first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, MIDCOURT, WINNER: “He’s getting so good right now, he’s taking everything on his own and he does things so easily. Horses, when they get into that rhythm, it’s kind of hard to get beat.  John Shirreffs has done an amazing job with this horse.  He is not very easy to deal with in morning, but John is an expert with those kinds of horses.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SHIRREFFS, MIDCOURT, WINNER:  “In the afternoon, he shows up.  We think the further he goes, the better he’ll get.  When this horse applies himself, he’s a really good horse.  We’ll probably run next in the Native Diver at Del Mar (Grade III, 1 1/18 miles on Nov. 23).”     NOTES: The winning owner is C R K Stable LLC.last_img read more

Carballés and Martínez, to eighths; Verdasco, sick leave

first_imgSpanish tennis gamers Roberto Carballés Y Pedro Martinez have handed the primary spherical of the match on Tuesday Buenos Aires, class ATP 250 and disputed on clay, after beating the Italian Marco Cecchinato (6-4, 7-6 (3) and Portuguese Joao Domingues (7-6 (0), 7-5), respectively, on a day through which Fernando Verdasco He retired due to sickness.The Tenerife, world quantity 88, the service of his rival broke within the inaugural sport, which responded with a ‘counterbreak’. A brand new break within the seventh allowed him to win the sleeve.Already within the second, Carballés resisted up to 5 break balls, the final two with 5-Four down, and compelled sudden loss of life, the place he solved the crash on his first likelihood. On this manner, will face within the spherical of 16 with the Norwegian Casper Ruud, which on Monday eradicated the Cuenca Pablo Andújar (6-2, 6-3). For its half, Fernando Verdasco was compelled to leave the match due to sickness. “I wished to inform you personally that sadly I will be unable to play my match at present within the Argentina Open due to being sick. I simply hope to get well as quickly as potential to be 100% subsequent week. Thanks all in your help, “he mentioned on social media.The Madrid, who was going to face his countryman Pedro Martinez, Was changed by the Portuguese Joao Domingues, who earned his place within the first spherical as ‘fortunate loser’. Nevertheless, the Valencian quickly ended the Portuguese journey in a match through which he gained the primary half of the tie-break.After losing up to eight break balls within the second set, Alzira’s lastly received the ‘break’ within the ninth, and then confirmed his victory to meet within the spherical with Serbian Dusan Lajovic, third collection head of the South American occasion.last_img read more

40 Smallholder Farmers attend Vegetable Production Seminar

first_imgParticipants of Farmers Field School, supported by FAO in collaboration with the MOA.The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has opened a capacity building exercise for smallholder vegetable and poultry farmers to enhance social cohesion and improve the productivity of valuable vegetables.The capacity building exercise started since February 20 and is expected to conclude on March 3.Approximately forty farmers mostly women and youth from two counties, Montserrado and Margibi, are obtaining knowledge and skills in Farmer Field School (FFS) methodology, concept, and principles. When this knowledge is acquired it will enable them to regularly meet, discuss common problems and conduct practical experiments to mitigate and enhance productivity.FFS, a community-driven approach to agricultural training and education, is an interactive and participatory learning by doing approach. Farmers enhance their understanding of agro-ecosystems, which leads to production systems that are more resilient in local conditions and optimize the use of valuable resources for sustainability.Speaking recently during the opening of the training in Kakata, Margibi County, FAO Program Support Officer, Mr. Jesse Yuan urged the participants to take ownership of the project, that will ensure access and availability of local chicken, fresh eggs, and vegetables in the counties and surroundings.He said that FAO through the MoA designed the initiative to empower vulnerable women and youth farmers in vegetable and poultry production along the value chains.Explaining the sustainability of the project after the donor and partners’ departure, Mr. Yuan said the limited access of farmers to quality extension services are among several challenges the farmers have encountered over the years which have led to the failure of many interventions to impact the direct and indirect beneficiaries.To mitigate some of the challenges especially that of the extension services, FAO through its technical cooperation support is currently engaged with the MoA for the formulation of a project aimed at strengthening the capacity of the extension services.Mr. Yuan said the experiences farmers gain through FFS allow them to increase yields and income through sustainable ways. “This process also helps farmers to improve their analytical, decision-making and communication skills,” he said.He mentioned that the FFS is characterized by regular observation of the current crop, animal, fishery or forestry throughout a cropping or reproductive cycle; evaluation and introduction of more sustainable production practices (including pre and post-harvest and storage operation) building on local knowledge as well as testing and adopting new practices to the local context.It may be recalled that in 2016, FAO provided over US$400,000 to support the MOA for the project “Support to sustainable production and marketing of vegetable and poultry for Urban/Peri-urban women.” The intervention sought to provide valuable vegetables and address the issues of storage and simple irrigation that impeded maximum profit making for vegetable growers during the dry season in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Public hearing date set for South Peace gas plant

first_imgThe Calgary Herald is reporting, a public hearing has been set for a proposed South Peace natural gas plant, right in the heart of the target region, of the alleged EnCana pipeline bomber.The Spectra Energy plant would be located 16 kilometres west of Dawson Creek, and would process 200 million cubic feet per day of gas, for an in-service date of October 2011. The project also would include a one-kilometre pipeline, a liquids-handling loop and acquisition of a segment of the Spectra Energy Midstream Bissette pipeline. – Advertisement -Oral hearings on the line will start Nov. 30, at a venue yet to be determined, by the National Energy Board.For more on this project, click here and visit the National Energy Board website.last_img read more

Assassination attempt seen as inside job; security hiked

first_imgThey said al-Saadi’s car, which was parked outside the al-Zubaie compound, exploded within minutes of the suicide attack. The al-Zubaie aide said al-Saadi had recently been removed from the bodyguard detail as a “troublemaker” but was still on the deputy prime minister’s payroll and – for that reason and because he was a relative – was not searched when he entered the mosque. A cook for al-Zubaie who has since disappeared is also under suspicion. He was in the kitchen that was only about 30 feet from the prayer room when the attack occurred. Sami al-Askari, a top aide to al-Maliki, said al-Saadi had been arrested in the past on suspicion of insurgent activities but that al-Zubaie successfully lobbied for his release and then made him a part of his security detail, most likely because of their family relationship. The security official and al-Zubaie’s aide confirmed those details. Other government security officials theorized that al-Saadi enlisted the cook’s help to let a second person into the compound to carry out the bombing. They believed al-Saadi was the suicide attacker, although they conceded he could just be on the run. BAGHDAD – The suicide attack against Iraq’s Sunni deputy prime minister is now seen as an inside job carried out by a member of his own security detail – a distant relative who had been arrested as an insurgent, freed at the official’s request, then hired as a bodyguard, a senior security official and an aide to the victim told The Associated Press on Sunday. The assassination attempt, at least the third major security breach involving a top politician in four months, prompted Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to order a government-wide security shakeup, including plans to hire a foreign company to guard the Green Zone building where parliament meets, the security official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with reporters. A suicide attacker came within feet of Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zubaie and exploded his vest during a Friday prayer service in the private mosque attached to al-Zubaie’s home. The Sunni official was seriously wounded and nine people were killed. The senior security official as well as a key aide to al-Zubaie said Wahab al-Saadi, the distant relative accused of involvement in the attack, was the only person at the prayer service who has not been accounted for. The attack on al-Zubaie, who is now said to be out of danger after surgery in the U.S.-run military hospital in the Green Zone, was the third major security breakdown involving key members of the government or parliament since Nov. 21. Al-Askari and the security official said those attacks had prompted al-Maliki to order a full investigation of all security guards. Once complete, all those protecting Iraqi officials or lawmakers will be issued new badges by the government. Security IDs currently are issued by the American military. Those passes allow access to secure locations, especially in the heavily guarded Green Zone – site of the U.S. Embassy and most Iraqi government offices and parliament. In the Nov. 21 incident, a bomb exploded in the motorcade of Parliament Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, also a Sunni, as it drove into the parking lot at the Green Zone Convention Center where the legislature meets. Al-Mashhadani was not in the convoy when the bomb, placed in the trunk of his car, exploded. A second bomb was found under another car in the convoy and was detonated by an American military bomb squad. On Feb. 26, Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi narrowly escaped assassination when a blast ripped through a government meeting hall just hours after it was searched by U.S. teams with bomb-sniffing dogs. At least 10 people were killed. Abdul-Mahdi was slightly wounded in the explosion, which splintered chairs and destroyed a speakers’ podium. It went off moments after the minister for public works finished a speech in the third-floor chamber. Abdul-Mahdi had made a welcoming address a few minutes earlier, raising speculation the bomb could have been on a timer-trigger that missed the vice president by sheer luck. Al-Askari said not even the Green Zone was safe these days because personal security details, like the one working for al-Zubaie and other officials, are not under government control. “Every government official and lawmaker chooses his own security detail. I’m one of them; I chose my own security detail,” he said. The al-Maliki aide said that two members of al-Mashhadani’s security detail, both in possession of their U.S.-issued security IDs, had been caught last summer planting a roadside bomb south of Baghdad. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Spector’s defense attorneys warned

first_img“If the people have not been prejudiced, I’m not going to give it,” he said.” Spector, 67, is charged with the Feb. 3, 2003, murder of Lana Clarkson, who was killed by a gunshot wound to the mouth during a visit to the legendary music producer’s mansion. The defense maintains the 40-year-old actress shot herself. Tuesday’s hearing took place while the trial was in recess because of the prior commitment of a juror. It was to resume today. Similar hearings also were held last week while the jury was in recess because of a defense attorney’s illness. Left unresolved was the mystery of a missing piece of fingernail from Clarkson’s body that was the center of much discussion during the hearings. Fidler said he is still awaiting testimony from Dr. Henry Lee on that issue. After days of hearings, the judge in the Phil Spector murder trial declined Tuesday to issue sanctions against defense attorneys for being late in disclosing evidence, but warned that if he finds by trial’s end the prosecution’s case was harmed he will take action. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler rejected a prosecution request to ban testimony by defense witnesses whose information was revealed to prosecutors later than allowed. “If you obtain a conviction,” he told prosecutors, “and I excluded any defense witness, that would be grounds for reversal. That is an extreme remedy.” Before trial’s end he said he would consider telling jurors that the defense had wrongfully withheld evidence. But he said he would have to be convinced of a significant violation that harmed the prosecution case before he would do so. last_img read more

Zidane set for shock Madrid return – reports

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane walked away from Real Madrid last summer after winning a third successive Champions League title © AFP/File / Eric FEFERBERGMadrid, Spain, Mar 11 – Zinedine Zidane will make a shock return as coach of Real Madrid after the club decided on Monday to sack Santiago Solari, say reports in the Spanish press.Madrid president Florentino Perez has reportedly met with the board and resolved to dismiss Solari, with Zidane set to be his replacement, nine months after the he resigned at the end of last season. Zidane could take training as early as Tuesday and be in charge for Madrid’s La Liga game at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday. His priority will be to secure Madrid’s place in the top four after a turbulent fortnight that has seen them lose twice to Barcelona and knocked out by Ajax in the Champions League.Zidane won that tournament in each of his three seasons in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, as well as La Liga in 2016-17, while enjoying a strong relationship with the majority of the players.Gareth Bale was one of the few not to see eye-to-eye with the Frenchman and Bale’s future will become even more uncertain, should Zidane’s appointment be confirmed.Sergio Ramos had said earlier on Monday he accepts blame for the club’s “deeply disappointing” season but insists the players have no say on the coaching situation.Ramos posed a series of questions to himself on social media after Madrid had beaten Real Valladolid 4-1 in La Liga on Sunday night.“As footballers we like to do our talking on the pitch but this season is not turning out that way,” Ramos wrote.“Recent events have been disastrous and I’m not hiding. We are not hiding. We the players are primarily responsible and I, as captain, more than anyone.”On Solari’s position, Ramos said: “It’s a decision that’s not ours to make and in which we never interfere. We have enormous respect for the position and we always support the Real Madrid coach.“These reflections are, without doubt, the result of a deeply disappointing season but if success didn’t stop us, we’re not going to let defeat stop us. It’s our obligation to carry on, to work and to evolve.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Serie A starlet urged to SNUB Tottenham and make Juventus switch

first_img1 Sassuolo manager Eusebio Di Francesco has told Domenico Berardi he should join Juventus instead of Tottenham.The 21-year-old is expected to be on the move this summer after catching the eye in Serie A this season.Tottenham want to bring the striker to White Hart Lane, but Juventus have a buy-back option which can be activated next month.And Berardi’s manager, Di Francesco, believes the youngster would be better off joining than Italian champions.“Juve are the club most suited to a player like Berardi,” Di Francesco told Gazzetta dello Sport.“He is a talent who can endure a change of team and environment. Juve would help him settle in and would wait for him.” Domenico Berardi in action for Sassuolo last_img read more

DD Motoring: The last will be the first

first_imgOn Friday morning not far from Illistrin National School, near Letterkenny, a proud Donegal man, Manus Kelly will defend his title as the current winner of the Donegal International Rally as he powers the Number 1 seed his Subaru from the start line on special stage 1.Seventy six minutes later at thirty seconds intervals, (all going to plan) car number 152 will sit on the same start line to be the last competing car at the end of the field to start the Donegal Rally.This year however the last car to start the rally on Friday morning will be the first! Advertisement On Friday morning, Clive McGonigle and Steven Tinney will pull away from the start ramp of the Donegal Rally as the last seeded competing car on the road but for this crew it will be a first for them to compete on their first ever Donegal Rally. Both have never competed in a rally, but have been big fans all their lives.Steven Tinney who will compete in his first every rally when he starts in the Donegal rally next weekend as navigator. Photo Brian McDaidSteven Tinney who will do the navigating can remember heading to the Donegal rally with his father in the late 70s going down to Knockalla in the family’s two-litre Mk4 Cortina Ghia and watching the rally cars powering their way over the mountain pass.Steven, who is from St. Johnston does a bit of farming and has a quarry, has followed the Donegal rally every June all of his life. Now 42, Steven never thought he would ever sit in a rally car on the Donegal is now going to fulfill one of his life time ambitions which he says would only be possible thanks to his friend and his forthcoming team mate for the weekend rally, Clive McGonigle.Local Electrical Contractor Clive McGonigle who will swap his white transporter van for a white Mk2 Escort as he starts his first ever Donegal Rally next weekend. Photo Brian McDaidClive has also being a fan of the rallying and if the truth was told he always quietly has dreamed of doing the “Donegal” one day. Advertisement Local Electrical Contractor Clive McGonigle who will swap his white transporter van for a white Mk2 Escort as he starts his first ever Donegal Rally next weekend. Photo Brian McDaidOriginal journeyThese two Donegal lads have arrived at the signpost for the Donegal Rally on a road travelled by so many before them over the history of the event.Robert Ward once told me his story over a cup of coffee in the old Boyce’s Cafe of a brand new Mk1 Ford Escort BDA he bought which came up from Cork to Sligo on the back of the train. When Robert got as far a Sligo to collect it, the railway porters had the highly tuned Escort half flooded moving it around the station yard. Robert soon got the Ford powered up and firing back on all fours before drifting the MKI out of the railway station in Sligo and home to Donegal.Robert didn’t stop until he landed at the workshop where his wing man was ready with an angle grinder to cut into the brand new wings of the RS1600 to make room for the wider “bubble” arches which in turn would cover the wider fitted wheels and tyres. A roll cage in those days was a single bar over the centre of the driver and passenger and soon the car was ready to go rallying on the Rally of the Rosses which was to become the Donegal International Rally as we know it.The car that Clive Mc Gonigle will compete in on next weekend’s Donegal has come a bit further in distance and in time than Iarnród Éireann’s delivery of Robert Ward’s Mk1 BDA back in the day.Clive’s car started life at the other side of the world in Australia where the climate is a lot kinder to lovely cars like Ford Escort Mk2s. Henderson Motorsport in Raphoe imported the two door shell from Australia five or six years ago and were planning to build the car for hillclimbs for themselves until Clive spotted the escort shell sitting high up in the loft of the workshop in Raphoe. It may have taken Clive four years to bring the car to where it is today but boy has that being worth the wait.100% DonegalBack in the days of the first Donegal rallies, the only way of getting a good rally car was to buy an ex works one from the motorsport division of a big car manufacturer. Now there is a different way in Donegal to go rallying especially if you are going the modified Mk 2 Escort way. Over the last four years Clive McGonigle’s patience has paid off as bit by bit he has produced one stunning looking car.On Tuesday evening when we visited HASS in Raphoe. The car was sitting finished in gleaming diamond white on a lift in the middle of the workshop floor. The MK2 Escort still has a lot of work to be done with it before it goes through scrutiny next Thursday night ahead of the rally, but the level of finish of this car is second to none.The Escort sitting of the jacks at HAAS workshop in Convoy as they work to get the car ready for the Donegal Rally next weekend . Photo Brian McDaidA lot done, a lot to do. Clive McGonigle’s Escort sitting of the jacks at HASS workshop in Convoy as they work to get the car ready for the Donegal Rally next weekend . Photo Brian McDaidWhat the brilliant white paint covers beautifully is hours upon hours of craftsmanship by people like Rodney Stewart who carried out all the modifying and strengthening of the body shell at his workshop outside Ballybofey near Glenfinn. Rodney Stewart is just one of the talented motorsport people that work away on the body shells of Mk2 Escorts and rear wheel drive Corollas in Co. Donegal. At the front end of this beautiful Mk2 Escort more of Donegal’s finest motorsport engineering is on show ready to go. A brand new KGP unit sits suspended from an engine hoist within the engine bay of the car. Kevin Gallagher from Rathmullan built the engine for this car, he is better known in the wider rallying circles simply as ‘egg’!Kevin Gallagher’s company, KGP Engines will be more than likely that free revving sounding engines most spectators will hear on Donegal Rally stages next weekend as most of the Escorts, Corollas and Civics that will compete on the Donegal Rally will have KGP engines coming from this brilliant engine builder from Donegal.One of the amazing engines made by Kevin Gallagher (KGP) sits suspended on an engine hoist as they mechanics work against the clock to get the car ready for the Donegal Rally next weekend. Photo Brian McDaidOne of the amazing engines made by Kevin Gallagher (KGP) sits suspended on an engine hoist as they mechanics work against the clock to get the car ready for the Donegal Rally next weekend. Photo Brian McDaidThis two litre unit produces a lot more power than the owner of the car Clive McGonigle wanted to tell me about! But as the evening went on one of the boys working on the car whispered a BHP output number to me as he walked by.On Tuesday evening when we visited HAAS in Raphoe the boys were burning the midnight oil working late into the night on Clive’s Mk2 Escort, with the engine sitting suspended in its engine bay the team were in the process of making the exhaust system by hand from beautifully shaped stainless steel.All the suspensions and atlas diff are in place with the gearbox still to be fitted to the engine. The mechanics are confident that the car will be up and running before the weekend.Fully floating Atlas Axel to get the power for the KGP engine to the road. Photo Brian McDaidFrom Reci to RecceClive McGonigle is a self employed electrical contractor based in Convoy and has up to 11 employed at the moment and is presently completing a big job in Athlone.This Saturday morning Clive will go from RECI, the affiliated Registered Electrical Contractors of Ireland which he is a part of to doing a “Recce” of a different sort as he will join all the rest of the Donegal competitors for the forthcoming Donegal Rally at they complete this Recce (reconnaissance) of the that stages for pace notes for the Rally.This Donegal crew are naturally a bit nervous as the rally weekend end comes closer but are planning on really enjoying the rally and there number one plan is to get to the end of the event on Sunday evening.And finally…I have included a photo of a tractor pictured parked up perfectly outside St. Eunan’s College in Letterkenny on Wednesday morning.I am presuming its driver was sitting his or her Leaving Cert examination which starts the same day.A photo of a tractor parked up perfectly outside St. Eunan’s College in Letterkenny on Wednesday morning. Photo Brian McDaidI always associated the Donegal Rally with the Junior Cert, Group Cert and Leaving Cert exams, maybe it’s because it reminds me of a young Rory Kennedy who got excused from doing his exams on the Friday afternoon as his team mate, James Cullen needed him out of class to do the Donegal rally.The Glencar boys started the rally back seeded at 110 and passed nearly 100 competitors that weekend to finish 11th over all and top of their class.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: The last will be the first was last modified: June 9th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:clive mcgonigledd motoringdonegal rallyManus Kellysteven tinneylast_img read more


first_imgBOLTON Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has thanked the public for their support and prayers after a huge improvement in the condition of Fabrice Muamba tonight.The 23-year-old suffered a heart attack in the FA Cup game against Spurs at the weekend.Manager Owen, whose parents were from Donegal and who has a large number of cousins and relatives in Gaoth Dobhair and Letterkenny, had asked people to pray for Fabrice. Tonight the London hospital and Bolton said his condition had improved.His fiancee, Shauna Magunda, the mother of his son Joshua, posted on said on Twitter tonight: “All your prayers are working people thank you so so much. Every prayer makes him stronger.”Manager Owen said: “Everybody is praying for Fabrice, which is very important and that has been a real source of strength to the family.”The club and the hospital said of the well-liked footballer: “Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at The London Chest Hospital. He is continuing to show signs of improvement this evening. “He is currently able to breathe independently without the aid of a ventilator. He has also been able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately.“These are all positive signs of progress. However, his condition remains serious and the medical staff in intensive care will continue to monitor and treat him.“His family and club would like to thank the media for continuing to respect their privacy at this time.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyMUAMBA CONDITION IMPROVES: ‘YOUR PRAYERS ARE WORKING’ SAYS FIANCEE was last modified: March 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gaoth DobhairGlasgowletterkennyMUAMBA CONDITION IMPROVES: ‘YOUR PRAYERS ARE WORKING’ SAYS FIANCEEOwen Coylelast_img read more