Sojourner Truth provides Beckford with first winner

first_imgONeil Beckford, one of 17 apprentice riders who graduated from the Jockeys’ School in September of last year, rode his first winner when 4-1 chance SOJOURNER TRUTH romped the eighth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday. A past student of Tacius Golding High in St Catherine, Beckford, 26, could not hide his glee when he passed the post first aboard his 58th ride, standing tall in the saddle with his whip hand raised high in celebration. Having secured three rides on the 10-race programme, Beckford said that he was looking forward to his first winner in SOJOURNER TRUTH, especially when it was learnt that the hot ante-post favourite, BARS OF GOLD, was a late non-starter. “She had shown improved form in her last two races, and with Bars of Gold out, I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to finally win a race. SOJOURNERTRUTH usually runs her best races over the straight when fully fit, and she delivered today by three lengths,” he explained. SOJOURNER TRUTH is owned by All-Stars Pro and trained by Paul Hylton. The 8-y-o bay mare by Skipping out of Augus Mawnin was winning her first race in well over a year. Beckford, who is apprenticed to veteran trainer Vin Edwards, thus became the 12th graduate from the last batch to ride a winner. Looking ahead, the young rider said he would work even harder to maintain his weight (51.0kg) and establish himself as a go to claiming apprentice. Meanwhile, BRAVE PROSPECT, running as the 2-1 second favourite, ran on strongly to beat long-time leader and 3-2 favourite FRANKENSTORM by three lengths in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature over 1100 metres. The 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson for in-form trainer Neive Graham and leading owner O’Shaun Connection. Eleven ran. – O.C.last_img read more

HOUSEHOLD TAX: HOGAN ‘PUNISHING’ DONEGAL BY CUTTING MILLIONS FROM COUNCIL BUDGET

first_imgSinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has described Phil Hogan’s decision to withhold millions of euros from Councils including Donegal as “bully boy tactics”.He said that “imposing more cuts on local government will have a serious impact on the provision of services for hundreds of thousands of families.”Deputy Doherty said: “The introduction of the Household Charge was a bad idea.  It was ill-conceived, badly implemented and has no public support.  The whole issue has been mishandled from the start. “Last December the Department of the Environment told councils across the state what their 2012 allocation from the local government fund would be. Councils agreed their annual estimates on this basis. At no stage were councils told that this funding was dependent on the collection of the household charge.“Now half way through the year Phil Hogan is saying he is going to immediately withhold millions of euro from Councils which will have a serious impact on the provision of essential services for hundreds of thousands of families.“This is an utter disgrace and the fact that this is happening on the day that the Dáil is going into recess makes it even worse.  Once again Phil Hogan is trying to avoid any public scrutiny of his disastrous policies.“We accept that the government has to raise public finance but once again they go after the most vulnerable in society, who are more reliant on the services provided by local government.  Sinn Féin has set out how we would raise the necessary finance and have proved that the deficit can be addressed in a fair and equitable manner.” The outcome from Donegal was foreseen by the party’s county councillors however who voted against the 2012 Donegal CC budget on the grounds that it included household tax revenues.More than 65% of Donegal households still haven’t paid the household tax. HOUSEHOLD TAX: HOGAN ‘PUNISHING’ DONEGAL BY CUTTING MILLIONS FROM COUNCIL BUDGET was last modified: July 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:HOUSEHOLD TAX: HOGAN ‘PUNISHING’ DONEGAL BY CUTTING MILLIONS FROM COUNCIL BUDGETlast_img read more

UAAP greats from all sports honored as Season 80 unfurls

first_imgView comments The league relived its rich history by bringing back its celebrated stars from different generations.Former FEU star Rachel Anne Daquis during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHost Far Eastern University drew the loudest cheers when the likes of volleyball standout Rachel Daquis and basketball hotshot Terrence Romeo walked down memory lane along with the school’s other greats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“What I really miss about the UAAP is the crowd,” said Romeo in Filipino.Former Ateneo volleyball player Alyssa Valdez during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo wasn’t to be outdone with its star-studded volleyball tandem of Alyssa Valdez and Marck Espejo among its greats. One of University of the East’s biggest stars Robert Jaworski wasn’t able to attend but part of its contingent was Tisha Dominguez-Abundo, who led the school to a volleyball title in the late 60s.“I’m still hoping for our volleyball team to wake up from its long slumber,” said Abundo.Olympian Yan Lariba of La Salle was represented by his mother Imelda during the ceremony. Former Green Archer Renren Ritualo, the deadliest marksman during his time, was also present.Legendary basketball coach Aric del Rosario bannered University of Santo Tomas. Del Rosario built the UST dynasty that reigned from 1993 to 1996.Former UST Growling Tigers Cyrus Baguio and Dylan Ababou during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDel Rosario was joined by the likes of cagers Cyrus Baguio, one of the most exciting players to watch during his collegiate career, and Dylan Ababou, who was a vital part of the Tigers’ team that ended the school’s 10-year title drought in 2006.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES National University had Danny Ildefonso, who went on to win a couple of PBA MVP awards and eight titles in the pros, two-time UAAP MVP Ray Parks and rising tennis star Tin Patromonio, who recently won silver in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.NU Standout Danny Ildefonso during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“It feels good as an athlete that your hard work and passion are recognized,” said Parks.University of the Philippines flaunted senator Pia Cayetano, who was the Lady Maroons’ former captain who helped bring a volleyball title to the school in the early 80s. The Maroons also had Ronnie Magsanoc, who, along with Benjie Paras, was one of the leaders of UP’s championship run in 1986.Joe Lipa, Ronnie Magsanoc and Pia Cayetano lead former UP standouts during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“It’s an honor and privilege to be part of the selected few. It’s also nice to meet former greats whom you followed before but just formally met now,” said Magsanoc.Adamson’s Ewon Arayi, who made her mark as a standout in women’s basketball, was also part of the gathering of stars. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The UAAP Season 80 officially opens at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP recognized its glorious past as it honored former athletes who personified the league’s theme for its 80th Season: “Go For Great.”The parade featuring the member schools’ legends across all sports was the highlight of the nostalgic opening ceremony Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ The African basketball championship: Unique and entertaining Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man PLAY LIST 03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man03:28Hurricane Dorian lashes South Carolina, Great Abaco Island02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Ibrahimovic heads winner for Man United in Community Shield

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON (AP) — Manchester United hired Jose Mourinho and signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to bring a winning mentality and trophies to a fallen English giant.Barely a month at United and they’ve already made their mark.Ibrahimovic headed in an 83rd-minute winner on Sunday as United beat Leicester 2-1 in the Community Shield — the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season — and give Mourinho his first piece of silverware as Old Trafford.“That’s what it’s all about, winning trophies,” Ibrahimovic said. “This is why I came. Hopefully I can win much more than this.”On the day United moved closer to signing Paul Pogba in potentially a world-record transfer, its most high-profile offseason signing so far made an immediate impact, despite having a quiet game by his high standards at Wembley Stadium.Ibrahimovic was lurking at the back post when Antonio Valencia floated over a cross from the right wing. Beating Wes Morgan in the air, Ibrahimovic planted a downward header against the post and the ball rebounded over the line.The Community Shield is nothing more than a friendly match between the winners of last season’s Premier League (Leicester) and FA Cup (United), but both teams treated it seriously and Ibrahimovic proudly hailed it as the 31st title of his trophy-filled career.“Something big is going on with our team,” Ibrahimovic said, before walking with his teammates up the Wembley steps to lift the shield to explosions of ticker-tape.Eleven weeks after scoring an extra-time winner for United in the FA Cup final at Wembley, Jesse Lingard returned to the stadium to put his team ahead in the 32nd minute with a solo goal that started 45 meters out. He slalomed past both of Leicester’s center backs, Robert Huth and Morgan, darted past Danny Simpson and slid a finish under goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.Jamie Vardy equalized for the league champions in the 52nd, pouncing on a short back pass from Marouane Fellaini, who had done well initially to track back and break up play. However, his pass to goalkeeper David de Gea was underhit, allowing the alert Vardy to round De Gea and shoot in left-footed from an acute angle.Mourinho blamed Fellaini’s mistake on the slowness of the Wembley field.Ahmed Musa, Leicester’s club-record signing this offseason, was brought on at halftime and his pace, allied to Vardy’s, worried United. Eric Bailly, one of United’s three signings so far, lost his composure after a strong first half and was booked for fouls on Musa and Vardy.Musa missed a great chance — a header from five meters out — before Ibrahimovic’s goal.In injury time, Mourinho took off Juan Mata, who had only been on the field 30 minutes as a substitute. Mata, who was sold to United by Mourinho when the coach was at Chelsea, looked unhappy at a decision that was Mourinho at his ruthless best.Victory was all that mattered to the Portuguese coach, who hopes to soon be welcoming Pogba to Old Trafford after United announced earlier Sunday that the Juventus midfielder was set for a medical examination.“It’s an important victory but we have lots of work to do,” Mourinho said. “It was a positive performance for this moment of the season. It’s always important to start with a trophy.”last_img read more

Will Ajith’s Viswasam hit the theatres before Pongal 2019?

first_imgAjith’s forthcoming film Viswasam, directed by Siruthai Siva, is tipped to be a rural entertainer set in Koduvilarpatti village in Theni. The film boasts a stellar cast including Nayanthara, Anikha, Yogi Babu and Thambi Ramaiah in pivotal roles.Earlier, it was reported that Viswasam might hit the screens on Pongal 2019, which falls on January 14. According to the latest reports, the film might release much ahead targeting the long weekend.Rumour has it that Viswasam will hit the theatres on January 10, while Rajinikanth’s Petta will release the next day (January 11) worldwide. However, there has been no official confirmation on the same.It was reported that Ajith will be seen in a dual role when the poster of Viswasam was unveiled in mid-2018. However, director Siva revealed that he is not playing a dual role but will be seen in two different looks in the film.Siva, in an interview to a movie portal, said, ” He plays only one role. He essays a flamboyant character called Thookku Durai and will be seen sporting a handlebar moustache. In the first half, the story happens in the village. The second half will move to the city backdrop.”The mass entertainer, produced by Sathya Jyothi Films, is one of the most anticipated films of Ajith in recent times.ALSO SEE | Fans wait for glimpse of Ajith all night, actor warns them not to waste timeALSO WATCH | Rajinikanth vs Akshay Kumar: 2.0 trailer is finally outlast_img read more