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first_imgBAFFERT TO GIVE TALAMO A LEG UP ON ZATTER SANTA ANITA HONORS KONA GOLD NEXT SATURDAYBruce Headley was born on Feb. 17, 1934, 10 months before Santa Anita opened on Christmas Day, 1934. More than eight decades later, both are still kicking.Headley, best remembered as the trainer of Kona Gold, for whom next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 sprint at 6 ½ furlongs is named, is still a fixture at Santa Anita, where his Aunt Flora brought him as a kid when he was five years old.“I saw Seabiscuit and Kayak II run here,” Headley said, referring to the winners of the 1939 and 1940 Santa Anita Handicap, trained by “Silent” Tom Smith. “That’s how I got hooked on racing. My Uncle Ted was a security guard here. I was born in a house in nearby Baldwin Park that’s still there.”Kona Gold was pure race horse. A Kentucky-bred son of Java Gold from the Slew o’ Gold dam Double Surprise, the bay gelding owned in part by Headley won nearly half his starts, 14 of 30, with seven seconds and two thirds, earning $2,293,384.Sold as a yearling for $35,000, he was the champion sprinter of 2000, winning an Eclipse Award that year in which he captured the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs in a dazzling 1:07.60 for six furlongs. He raced until he was nine years old.“He could run faster than anybody and he stayed sound,” Headley recalled. “He had real good bone structure. He was just an honest race horse and when he ran, he ran.“When he got too old to race, he became a very good pony. He’d lead the horses back and forth to the track, and even though some of them had a wild brain, he knew he had a job to do and he did it.“When he got too old to pony, I retired him to the Kentucky Horse Farm so everybody could visit him.”Kona Gold was euthanized at the age of 15 on Sept. 25, 2009, after fracturing his left front leg while exercising in his paddock.But for Bruce Headley and others of his ilk who sanctify the equine ghosts of Santa Anita, Kona Gold lives on in perpetuity. TOKYO CITY CUP WILL BE CELEBRATED SUNDAY HEADLEY REMEMBERS THE GREAT KONA GOLD LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Ax Man works 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-13-19Hunt works 4 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-13-19A Day in the Life With Equine Therapist  Tyler Cerin at Santa Anita ParkCandid Conversation Part 1 With Trainer  Richard BaltasCandid Conversation Part 2 With Trainer  Richard BaltasSwirling (Outside) &  Persuasive Cat work 4 furlongs (Sadler) 4-12-19Route Six Six (Outside) &  Don’tteasethetiger work 5 furlongs (Koriner) 4-12-19La Shirimp works 4 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-12-19Melissa Jane works 4 furlongs (Powell) 4-12-19Merger Arbitrage works 3 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-10-19Mistressofthenight works 4 furlongs (Baltas) 4-10-19Omaha Beach (Black Cap) and  Ky. Colonel (White Cap) work 5 furlongs 4-06-19FINISH LINES: Santa Anita presents the 15th annual Tokyo City Cup celebration tomorrow with a plethora of Japanese cultural events, performances and delicious cuisine . . . Bob Baffert has five of the 12 nominees to the Kona Gold Stakes, with Zatter a likely starter under Joe Talamo. Zatter, a four-year-old son of 2007 and 2008 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and 2007 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding sprinter Midnight Lute–trained by Baffert–has won two of five starts before finishing sixth in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes on March 30 . . . Kanthaka, third in the San Carlos in which he broke from the rail, is likely to return in the Kona Gold under Flavien Prat, according to Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward. Also probable for the Kona Gold is Sparky Ville, who worked five furlongs this morning in 1:03 under Ruben Fuentes for trainer Jeff Bonde . . . Among the 129 recorded workouts at Santa Anita was a four furlong move by Kona Gold nominee  Ax Man in 48:40 for Baffert . . . Geovanni Franco, third at 53-1 in the Santa Anita Handicap on Mongolian Groom for trainer Enebish Ganbat, journeys to West Virginia next Saturday to be back aboard the Kentucky-bred son of Hightail in the $1 million Charles Town Classic at 1 1/8 miles . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Santa Anita. The Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee will meet a day earlier on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend both meetings. An audio-only webcast of the Thursday meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website ( webcast). The agenda and  package of materials for the Board meeting as well as the  agenda and package for the committee meeting also are available on the website.last_img read more


Fifita out of Origin opener

first_imgNSW prop Andrew Fifita will miss the opening two games of the State of Origin series after sustaining grade two ankle syndesmosis in Cronulla’s defeat by Parramatta on Monday.The 24-year-old, who was the Blues’ best forward in last year’s series loss, rolled his ankle less than 10 minutes into the game and although he tried to play on, he was forced off the field and then left Pirtek Stadium on crutches.Fifita underwent scans after the game and it revealed the full extent of the injury which is set to keep him out of action between six to eight weeks.The news is a massive blow to the Blues’ preparations, with coach Laurie Daley naming his side next Tuesday, before the squad fly up to Coffs Harbour where they’ll set up camp before the series opener in Brisbane on May 28.Daley also looks certain to be without key back-rower Greg Bird, who was slugged with a grade three lifting tackle on Monday for a challenge on South Sydney’s Bryson Goodwin.If Bird accepts the charge he’ll miss four matches and the first two matches of the series, should he opt to fight the grading and lose he could spend six weeks out and miss all three games.NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce’s selection is also under a cloud after he was arrested on Saturday night following an incident at a Kings Cross nightspot.Blues star Jarryd Hayne bemoaned the timing of the incidents and admitted he feared the worst when he saw the Bird challenge on TV, with the NRL cracking down on lifting tackles following the career-ending injury to Newcastle’s Alex McKinnon.”It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours, I saw Birdy’s one and I rolled me head and thought ‘no he’ll miss Origin’,” Hayne said.”It’s tough, because when you put players in that position you think teammates have the upper body.”When a teammate let’s go there’s nothing you can do. But it was a dangerous position and they are a bit touchy on that as of late.”Hayne was near to Fifita when he sustained his injury and thought he’d simply twisted his ankle, only to realise it was much worse at halftime.”I saw him do it at the time and hoped it wouldn’t be too bad, but I saw him at halftime and he was on crutches and knew it must be quite bad.”I think it might be a while. It’s a real shame.” – NRL.comlast_img read more

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Race to KPL promotion heats up this weekend

first_img0Shares0000KCB players celebrate a goal during a past national Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo GroundsNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – The race to earn Kenyan Premier League promotion heats up this weekend with Western Stima, Nairobi Stima and KCB take to the field seeking not to drop points in the National Super League.The field is open for the top six teams but focus is on KCB who have tried to return to the top flight football for the first time since 2015 when they were relegated. The Bankers sit in third place, two behind second placed Nairobi Stima and 10 behind log leaders Western Stima who have played a game more than KCB.Next fixture for KCB will be against former KPL side Nairobi City Stars scheduled to be hosted at the Camp Toyoyo grounds on Saturday.The season has been full of ups and downs with the team nearly breaking into a trend of very nervy games where they just scraped through at the end.The ultimately sacking of head coach John Kamau has seen the Bankers play just one game under Elvis Ayany in which they held on to a 2-1 win against Kenya Police.Ayany is looking to improve on the last quarter hour of the game and look to do so against their next opponents, Nairobi City Stars.The Stars are 12 points behind KCB having played the same amount of games (31). As the season comes to the latter stages, the Bankers really have to take advantage of their situation so as to allow a smoother path to the KPL.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgA mother pleaded with a judge not to send her son to jail where he could get his hands on drink and drugs.The mother of the 17 year old Letterkenny boy told Judge Paul Kelly that her son could not go to St Patrick’s Institution.The mother spoke at Letterkenny District Court where the boy appeared after breaking his bail conditions. Gardai told the court the boy was facing previous charges and had agreed to keep an 8pm to 8am curfew and stay off alcohol as part of his bail.However Gardai said they found the boy out in the early hours of the morning on four occasions and also admitted drinking.The boy’s mother said he was attending Alcoholics Anonymous and was awaiting to see a child psychologist.He had also tried to take his own life.The boy’s mother said her son falls into bad company but she was trying to keep him on the right path.“He keeps falling into bad company. And then he drinks. He probably drinks every day.“There have been days when he wasn’t sticking to his curfew. If I am allowed, I can try and help him.“Sending him to prison won’t help him. It will just tempt him to keep trying to get alcohol and drugs inside,” she said.However, Judge Paul Kelly said he was satisfied the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had broken his bail conditions.He remanded him in custody to St Patrick’s Institution until February 11th.MOTHER BEGS JUDGE TO KEEP ALCOHOLIC TEEN SON OUT OF DETENTION CENTRE was last modified: February 6th, 2013 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:bailcurfewLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more



first_imgDONEGAL ratepayers could be out of pocket to the tune of tens of thousands of euro because of a legal case being brought by local solicitor Dessie Shiels.Shiels – a failed election candidate – has decided to challenge the co-option of independent councillor Michael McBride onto Donegal County Council in place of outgoing councillor Jimmy Harte.That means the council has to defend the action – which could cost a small fortune. If the council were to lose the case, we will all be left to pick up the bill.However if the council wins the case – and sources believe they will – Shiels will have to foot the bill.SHOCKING COST OF LEGAL CHALLENGE was last modified: July 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more



first_imgThe young Co Donegal man killed along with his friend in a crash yesterday has been named as Sean Martin.Sean Martin who was killed along with friend John Irwin in a crash yesterday.The well-known and very popular Pettigo man was killed along with friend John Irwin from Castlederg.The men were traveling on the Pettigo Road near Kesh when their car went out of control and crashed just after 4pm. Tributes have been flowing in for Sean, a former pupil of Colaiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon who worked at JM Joinery.Friends of the dead man have been leaving hundreds of messages on Facebook remembering Sean.The PSNI have launched a full investigation into the single vehicle crash.Friends of Sean remembered his great smile, love of rallying and country music and the fact that he was considered a real gentleman by anyone who ever met him.  HUGE OUTPOURING OF GRIEF AFTER TRAGIC DEATH OF YOUNG DONEGAL MAN was last modified: November 11th, 2013 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:crashDEATHSJohn IrwinPettigoPSNISean Martinlast_img read more


Skyhigh Wi-Fi

first_imgJournalist Jeremy Gutsche has knocked up an in-flight Wi-Fi bill that would knock you flat – $1200 on a 12-hour flight from London to Singapore on Singapore Airlines.Writing in Mr Gutsche explained: “I had an otherwise enjoyable flight, but the sticker shock of being gouged $1200 made me feel like I was deplaning from Total Bastard Airlines.”Mr Gutsche explained……“so what does it take to rack up $1200 of internet use? In my case, just 155 page views, mostly to my email. I know this because for the first time I counted up my page views to see where all the dollars went. I wish I could blame an addiction to NetFlix or some intellectual documentary that made me $1200 smarter. However, the Singapore Airlines internet was painfully slow, so videos would be impossible and that means I didn’t get any smarter… except about how to charge a lot of money for stuff. I did learn that.” While Singapore Airlines facilitates the service it is actually supplied by Onair and it charges standard global roaming rates.Many travellers have found to their dismay – and horror – that international roaming rates can be extremely expensive for mobile or cell phones.Travellers, whether on the ground or in the air, need to check very carefully the telecom package they are on.last_img read more

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Giving taxis a good name

first_imgEntrants from previous competitionshave become better drivers throughthe countrywide training opportunities.(Image: Arrive Alive) This year four of the country’s bestdrivers will win a snazzy Ses’ifikile taxi.(Image: Imperial Toyota)Janine ErasmusThousands of South African minibus taxi drivers who take pride in their work are competing for the coveted title of the country’s best.The Number One Taxi Driver competition has been running since 2004, with the 2011/2012 edition launched in December and the national finals scheduled to take place in June.The initiative was started by beverage company brandhouse, and is the flagship of its corporate social responsibility efforts to promote the responsible use of alcohol.With top brands such as Smirnoff, Amstel, Heineken and Captain Morgan in its portfolio, the company identified the taxi sector – with its vast reach into and influence on South African society – as the ideal target for the Number One competition.Working with Toyota South Africa, Caltex, the Department of Transport and the Road Traffic Management Corporation, brandhouse seeks to place responsible role models in the taxi industry, ready and able to inspire and educate their colleagues in road safety and good customer care.“The campaign is one of our key community enrichment programmes at brandhouse, aimed at not only promoting road safety within the minibus taxi industry but providing valuable skills to the drivers,” said brandhouse MD Gerald Mahinda.It’s a crucial part of the company’s efforts to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the communities that support it, he said. Over 25-million people use minibus taxis every day, and the general public opinion is that drivers are reckless and have very little regard for their passengers or fellow drivers.“Their bosses want money so they’re working under very strict conditions and it pushes them to go over emergency lanes and to drive recklessly,” said driving instructor Sthembiso Segolela, speaking at a testing session.Thousands of drivers to improve their skillsThe competition is promoted annually by distributing entry forms at taxi ranks, shopping centres and tollgates, and also through roadshows and other events, and has attracted thousands of hopefuls over the years.In this year’s competition, over 3 500 taxi drivers across the country have received training, in 53 testing sessions.The best of the best stand to win a 14-seater Ses’ifikile taxi, courtesy of Toyota – there will be four big winners this year – and each of the top provincial finalists will get petrol to the value of R50 000 (US$6 300)  from Caltex. To top all of that, six taxi owners will each win fuel worth R20 000 ($R2 500) and three will get a R15 000 ($1 900) fuel package.Participating drivers are tested on their theoretical and practical knowledge and are trained in advanced and defensive driving procedures, such as keeping a correct following distance, the safest way to stop, and driving in bad weather. The Toyota Advanced Driving Academy conducted the testing in all nine provinces and will also oversee the final round.Adjudicators are currently adding up the scores to identify the finalists from each province.Of the 27 shortlisted drivers, only nine will make it to the last round, but the remaining 18 will each receive R3 500 ($444) just for taking part, and will also take away invaluable skills learned along the way.The finals will take place at the Gerotek facility in Hartebeespoort, northwest of Johannesburg. A division of Armscor Defence Institutes, Gerotek is a multi-purpose organisation that encompasses consultation, training, testing and evaluation services to the industrial, military and commercial vehicle industries.The chance of a lifetimePrevious winners and now proud owners of their own vehicles have used the opportunity to put their entrepreneurial ideas into practice.Mpumalanga’s Raymond Ngomane, the 2010 winner, wanted to be a better driver, but also had his eye on the top prize. He said his life has changed dramatically since being named the country’s best taxi driver.“Through this initiative, I have managed to realise both of my wishes. I am now a proud and responsible taxi owner,” said Ngomane, who is the sole breadwinner for his family. His first passenger was his 89-year-old grandmother.The winner in 2008 was Godfrey Mosala from the North West province, and in 2009 it was Lunga Ronnie Tilolo from the Eastern Cape who drove off with the big prize.last_img read more

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Africa’s longest suspension bridge

first_imgThe Maputo-Catembe Bridge project, set to be completed at the end of 2017, will replace the current ferry system and various fragmented road systems.Construction of the bridge began in 2014. It is a joint construction and management project between the Mozambique and Chinese governments. (Image: Wikipedia)Brand South Africa ReporterMaputo Bay is an inlet of the Indian Ocean on the Mozambique coast, with the capital Maputo on one side and the town of Catembe on the opposite side. The bay is over 90 kilometres long and 32 kilometres wide.The Maputo-Catembe Bridge project, set to be completed at the end of 2017, will replace the current ferry system and various fragmented road systems that transport goods and tourists from South Africa and Swaziland into Mozambique.Currently, for tourists, driving is the best way to see Mozambique. But routes into the country are long and arduous, with much of the road system accessible only by 4×4 vehicles. If you do not take the ferry, trips from South Africa to the capital can take up to nine hours to complete.The 3km-long Maputo-Catembe Bridge – Africa’s longest suspension bridge – will cut the driving time down to four hours. With a width of 680 metres, it will be able to carry high volumes of traffic comfortably in both directions.Construction of the bridge began in 2014. It is a joint construction and management project between the Mozambique and Chinese governments. On completion, it is expected to become a significant gateway between South Africa and the rest of the Southern African Development Community. According tourism and business stakeholders, this will bring a major boost in trade and tourism.Completion of the bridge would open up the region for tourism, claimed Natalie Tenzer-Silva, director at Dana Tours, in a recent Tourism Update interview. The region around the bridge, she said, “is spectacular and tourists will finally be able to combine . magnificent sites within easy reach of each other”.Tenzer-Silva anticipated a surge in the self-drive market, and not just for the usual off-road enthusiasts who had made the destination popular. The distance from Ponta do Ouro, on the border with South Africa, to Maputo is almost 120 kilometres long and usually takes three hours or more to complete. But Tenzer-Silva said the bridge would allow visitors to reduce that time by a third.Maputo- Catembe bridge in Mozambique scheduled for completion in December 2017— Further Africa (@FurtherAfrica) December 1, 2015The only direct access to Maputo by vehicle from South Africa is via the border post of Kosi Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal, according to Traveller24. The southern Golela border post via Swaziland is an option; there are longer, more demanding routes through the Komatipoort, Lebombo, and Giriyondo border posts in the north to other parts of Mozambique. The bridge will offer one direct route, on suitable roads, linking Kosi Bay and Swaziland to Maputo and the rest of Mozambique.The bridge and linking roads will have a great impact on tourism, says Ndabo Khoza, chief executive of KZN Tourism. Hundreds of thousands of people travel between the two countries through border gates every month, often taking up to 12 hours to navigate the 90 kilometres to Maputo on often hazardous and unmaintained roads. The bridge will change everything about the journey.“This is truly one of the tangible legacy projects of the East3Route,” says Khoza. “It will make it possible for one to have breakfast in Durban, lunch in Mbabane (Swaziland) and dinner in Maputo.”Maputo- Catembe bridge close to 40 nears completion— Gregory Cabrol (@galclearing) October 20, 2015The bridge is considered to be the most important public works project in Mozambique since the country’s independence from Portugal in 1975. It is one phase in the three-phase 209km Maputo-Ponta do Ouro road project; the 35km Maputo- Catembe section around the bridge is the first phase to be completed.It will create 1 500 jobs for Mozambicans over the next two years, says Basilio Nzunga, a civil and structural engineer with the project.The second phase will be to revamp and repair the 109 kilometre road that connects Catembe and Bela Vista to the South African border. The third section – the Bela Vista-Boane road – will connect the Boane farming and industry district to wider markets.The full project, estimated to cost more than $700-million (R11.2-billion), will include revamping the border posts between South Africa and Mozambique.Source: AFKInsiderWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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November weather outlook

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The outlook for November calls for temperatures and rainfall above normal.It appears we will see a series of weak weather systems the next two weeks. Most of the state will be at or below normal rainfall into the start of November. However, the far northern tier of Ohio will see normal to above normal rainfall putting pressure on wet conditions and challenge harvest in the far north and northeast part of the state.After a start to November not really wet except far north, most climate models indicate a return to a more active weather pattern for middle and later November. Along with the wetter pattern will come temperatures several degrees above normal.Most areas will see the delayed freeze that was forecast for many months come to pass in early November, a few weeks behind schedule.The outlook for winter calls for near normal temperatures and slightly above normal precipitation.Early indications for next planting season in spring call for near normal temperatures and slightly above normal precipitation.Over the next two weeks,  the NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center 16-day weather models mean rainfall is around an inch in southern Ohio to three plus inches in far northern Ohio.last_img read more

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