FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES They include MEET JUSTIN, who was noted making rapid headway to finish 2-1/2 lengths eighth to GANJA MAN over the straight last Saturday. He will appreciate the longer distance and with outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson sticking with the ride. I take the Patrick Lynch-trained colt to win from CAPTAIN GRANVILLE, who was just behind him on his recent debut when third to SAMORA over 1500 metres. OFFICIAL REPORT, having beaten better in the not-too-distant past and now dropped in class, is preferred to the recent winner, FRANKENSTORM, in the third race, the Pick 3 Easy to Win Bonanza Trophy ($450,00-$400,000) claiming over the round five course. Nine have been declared, but OFFICIAL REPORT with Ruja Lahoe and the consistent FRANKENSTORM (speedy) are the two standouts. BARS OF GOLD, a winner in much better company when last raced on September 12, has been thrown in for a tag by trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes in lowly $180,000 and should slaughter his 15 rivals over 1500 metres with leading jockey Ellis retaining the ride. Despite the suspicious drop this low in class, BARS OF GOLD will report in good condition (seen at exercise) and should lead home GRAN CORAZON, PRINCE O’SHAUN, and EASTWOOD. The last three races in the first Super-6 should be won by the 2-y-o GOLDEN GLORY, with Aaron Chatrie riding for trainer Gary Subratie; CHIEF SECRETARIAT (Nelson up) in the Pick 3 Five Times A Day Trophy over 1820 metres, a non-winner of three event for four-year-olds and up; and DARLIN EMMA in the seventh for maiden four-year-olds and up over the straight. (1) MEET JUSTIN/CAPTAIN GRANVILLE (2) OFFICIAL REPORT/ FRANKENSTORM (3) BARS OF GOLD (4) GOLDEN GLORY/ OCEAN SEEKER (5) CHIEF SECRETARIAT/ ROUGH PATRICK (6) DARLIN EMMA/ALL FOR THE GLORY. – O.C. A huge upset by PRINCESS SALLEMA at 43-1 in the eighth race at Caymanas Park last Saturday ensured that the Pick-9 eluded punters and the carryover to tomorrow stands at $1.8 million. PRINCESS SALLEMA, one of three winners for the promising apprentice Bebeto Harvey on the card, also ensured that there were no takers in the late Super-6, resulting in a $1.3 carryover from race six to 11. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race three to 11 and the first Super-6 from race two to seven. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with the Pick 3 Simple Ting Fi Win Trophy over 1600 metres, to be contested by 11 maiden three-year-olds. MEET JUSTIN
COMMITTED PLAYERS The West Indies need to look also for players, good players, who are also proud people, committed people, and people who, although there is not one, respect the flag. And those kinds of players are necessary, very necessary. It makes no sense, or very little sense, to have the most talented players who, at the first sign of adversity, sulk and withdraw themselves from the game, sometimes, most times, affecting other players on the team. The West Indies need players who believe in one for all and all for one, and also players who, even though it is not true, believe, like a journalist, that he, or she, is as good as his, or her, last story. It is folly to fail, and fail, after one or two good performance and to stroll around the ground, to swagger, like the proverbial “cat’s pyjamas”. It is just as bad to treat one who has failed and failed after one or two good performances like royalty. My wish for 2016 is that these things will change. West Indies cricket has been through the good and the bad. It started promisingly, it had its watershed in 1950, it had its ups and downs, it became the best in the world, and now it is back at stage one. The return to the glory days, or near to them, must come back, hopefully, if not quickly. West Indies cricket basically has good, young players. They, however, need to commit themselves to the game and to the West Indies, to train hard and to play hard, and to remember who they are, where they are from, and that although it may not be the best in the world, although players from India, England, Australia earn more money than they do, those from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa are not. The West Indies players are paid what the West Indies can afford. It is as simple as that. My wish for the new year is that from all the few basically talented West Indies players some can be found with the class to carry West Indies cricket through these parlous times. The West Indies need players who can bat, bowl, field and know how to play the game. The West Indies need batsmen who can do more than reel off a pretty stroke here and there, bowlers who can really bowl and who can get good batsmen out, and fielders who can really field. My wish for this year is that the West Indies will see the light and realise that their cricketers are nowhere nearly as good as those of yesteryear, that their cricketers will also face that fact, that their cricketers play Test cricket two or three years too early in most cases, that our administrators will end their insularity, tighten up on West Indies cricket and make it stronger, and that they need to train and practice until they hear a voice say practice no more. West Indies cricket also needs to see less swagger in the cricketers, less cheerleaders, for whatever reason, among those who should guide, and among those guide technical development, and more people who can inspire and motivate rather than simply tell how to bat and bowl. The New year is just a few days old, and despite all the problems in West Indies cricket – the abandoned tour of India; the defeats at the hands of Australia; Sri Lanka, and Australia again; the crisis facing the Board; and the fact that no West Indian made it into Test cricket’s Top Ten at the end of the year – we wish all those in the fraternity all the best for 2016. The only saving grace last year was the wonderful and thrilling victory at Kensington Oval, the one which handed the West Indies a draw against England and which filled every West Indian with excitement and with plenty hope. Although that hope ended only in wishful thinking, my wish, despite my feeling that things will remain the same, in spite of the huffing and puffing by the toothless CARICOM governments, is that the gloom of 2015 will be replaced by a little light in 2016. I love cricket, and I am passionate about Melbourne, Jamaica, and West Indies cricket. Indeed, most people, those who know me and know me well, especially my family, will say that I eat, sleep, and drink cricket. Last year, the West Indies brought down the curtain with an embarrassing and humiliating performance against Australia. They did nothing right. They were terrible in batting, bowling, and fielding. Indeed, with the exception of Darren Bravo, Kraigg Brathwaite, and a few others, they looked like novices. This year, however, the West Indies are scheduled to play one or two series, and based on results of the recent past, things are hardly likely to be any better. In fact, every year it has been the same. Despite the utterances about improvements and little gains, nothing has changed; nothing at all. Looking at the team, which, despite its weakness, includes a few questionable selections, looking at the management team, which allows inexperience and non-performing youngsters to speak on behalf of the team, and looking at the people who consistently talk glowingly about what to expect from the players despite defeat after defeat, it is easy to write off the players – especially as it appears that nothing is really being done to remedy the situation. Despite all the talk, the huge entourage surrounding the team on every tour, the money reportedly being spent on West Indies cricket, and the outreach in West Indies cricket, nothing is really happening. The West Indies need a system to develop their young players into productive players. They need to play the game regularly, to train regularly, and not only when it is ordered and supervised. They need people, good people, checking on them regularly, and not only to sympathise with them and to pat them on the back like nice guys whenever they fail. They need people, coaches or whoever, who will also say something or do something constructive at such times, which, at this time, is most times.
GREAT FEELING Yesterday’s results “It’s a great feeling to score. It was my first start and I scored three, so it’s a great feeling. I will be happy scoring as many as I can. As long as the team wins, I am happy with that,” Jackson said after the game. Marshall scored all his goals in the second half, with quick strikes in the 56th, 75th and 76 minutes. The other St George’s scorers were Hakim Williams (37th), Lavaughn McKay (47th), Jevoun McKellar (61st), substitute Damani Harris (87th), and Ronaldo Watson, another substitute, completed the rout in the 88th minute. St George’s camped out in Tarrant’s half for the majority of the match and could have won by a greater margin as Tarrant spent most of their time doing damage control. St George’s coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell said the zone is a tough one and his team did not take anything for granted in four games played, scoring 24 goals and conceding one. “We always try to play as a team. Last year, we had many goal scorers, and so far, this year, we have had the same,” Bell told The Sunday Gleaner. Tarrant’s coach Lamar Morgan said he was ‘not pleased’ with the performance of his team. – St Andrew Technical 1 Jamaica College 1 – Excelsior 4 Greater Portmore 0 – Clan Carthy 0 Charlie Smith 1 – Mona 0 Holy Trinity 3 – Tarrant 0 St George’s College 11 St George’s College’s (STGC) hat-trick heroes Akiki Jackson and Alex Marshall put Tarrant High School to the sword, carving out an emphatic 11-0 win in ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup action at Winchester Park on North Street, Kingston, yesterday. The match, a return-leg encounter, was scheduled to be contested at Tarrant, but was shifted on Friday to the North Street school. Jackson, a former Wolmer’s student, opened the scoring in the tenth minute and added a second four minutes later. He rounded off his three-timer in the 62nd with a brilliant high-curling shot. The Jackson, Marshall combination gave the Tarrant defenders a tough time all afternoon. Marshall, last season’s top scorer has now scored six goals so far this season, while Jackson has four to his credit.
Linden Hospital maternal deathThe family of 41-year-old Jennifer Gill, of Amelia’s Ward, Linden, who died at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) last Monday evening following the delivery of a healthy baby boy, is expected to have a post-mortem examination done on her body today to determine the cause of death.The family had failed to show up for the procedure which was expected to be conducted on the body of the deceased woman at the Hospital last Wednesday; however, the woman’s niece confirmed that it was expected to be done today.LHC officials noted last Wednesday that the family now would have to travel from Linden to Georgetown to have the procedure done, since pathologists would not return to the Hospital to conduct the examination.The family had refuted claims that Gill did not require a C-section delivery. The medical institution would have so far completed its investigation into the matter and an official report was prepared and sent to the relevant authorities, including the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and the Director of Regional Health Services.The medical institution’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Farouk Riyasat noted last Wednesday that based on his medical knowledge and facts of the report, he believed that Gill died after suffering a blood disorder, referred to as Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC), which caused rapid blood loss and thinning, eventually leading to shock and kidney failure.The CEO made the statement during a media briefing, which was also attended by the Hospital’s CMO, Dr Romesa McDonald and Public Relations Officer Toshanna Alicock. Dr Riyasat had also said that the family’s failure to show up for the post-mortem examination had hampered the flow of information for the report.Officials had also indicated that the family had been kept up to date on the now deceased woman’s condition and that she was given the best possible care.
The Rosses Annual 2012 is a collection of stories, poems etc., relating to the social and cultural history of the area known as The Rosses in West Donegal.The official launch of the 2012 Rosses Annual will take place in Ionad Teampeall Chróine in Dungloe next Saturday 3rd December at 8 p.m. Everybody welcome. Light refreshments will be served.This year’s annual chronicles the stories and pictures of the Rosses down through the centuries and is a very worthwhile read, as well as an ideal Christmas present. All monies raised from its sale will go to Dungloe District Hospital. NOTICE: LAUNCH OF ROSSES ANNUAL 2012 was last modified: November 25th, 2011 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:ROSSES ANNUAL 2012
A Donegal couple made history when they became the one millionth championship supporter at Croke Park.Martin and Nicola McBride from Kerrykeel not only celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary but made the historic milestone.They were brought onto the pitch at half-time for their presentation by Paul Collins of Today FM. They received tickets to the All Ireland final. DONEGAL COUPLE MAKE HISTORY AT CROKER BY BECOMING THE ONE MILLIONTH VISITOR was last modified: August 27th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)
INLAND Fisheries Ireland has confirmed it is investigating a pollution incident earlier today on the River Eany.Local anglers say hundreds of small fish have been killed.“We have identified the source of a pollution incident at a pipe on the river. The water has been badly discoloured as a result,” said a spokesman for IFI. An initial brief inspection hasn’t located dead fish as yet, “but this could change when the water clears and that may take some time.”Further inspections will take place this evening and again tomorrow.One local angler who discovered dead salmon and trout told Donegal Daily however: “We have seen dozens of dead fish and we believe hundreds have been killed.“The river is still very murky from the pollution and when that water clears the full devastation will become clear. It’s looking really bad.” UPDATE: FISHERIES BODY CONFIRMS POLLUTION INCIDENT ON RIVER EANY was last modified: April 9th, 2013 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:UPDATE: FISHERIES BODY CONFIRMS POLLUTION INCIDENT ON RIVER EANY
The annual MacGill Summer School will adopt the theme of ‘2016 – Ireland at the Crossroads.’The event, now in its 35th year, takes place in Glenties from Sunday July 19th until Friday July 24th this year.Director Joe Mulholland has confirmed US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley will open the event this summer. Among the topics on the agenda this year will be the upcoming General Election, the crisis in the Eurozone and prospects for reform of governance in Ireland.Climate change and the promised referendum in the United Kingdom on its future place in the European Union will also be discussed.“However, the dominant theme will be the absolute necessity to get away from short-termism which has for far too long been a feature of public life in Ireland,” Mr Mulholland said.He said such an approach was no longer adequate for a country with a growing number of young and well-educated people who wanted to be able to live and work in their own country. MacGILL SUMMER SCHOOL TO DISCUSS ‘2016 IRELAND AT THE CROSSROADS.’ was last modified: April 11th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalGlentiesJoe MulhollandMACGILL SUMMER SCHOOL
ARCATA >> In a close, hard-fought basketball game, the team that makes the big shots down the stretch wins.In the fourth quarter of Friday’s Jerry Paul Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament semifinal match, that team was the Montgomery Vikings.Montgomery, behind 10 points in the quarter by a red-hot Evan Paulsen, stretched a one-point lead entering the fourth and turned it into a 63-46 victory over McKinleyville — outscoring the Panthers 26-10 in the period.“We got a few threes early in …