Elliott hoping for Grey day

first_img Elliott said: “Paul Carberry rode him in his last bit of work and our horses are flying. He’s about 10lb better off than last year and I think he’s a better horse than last year. He’s had a wind operation. “I don’t care what the ground is, once he gets over the first five or six fences I’ll be delighted.” Another member of a strong Irish team is Paul Nolan’s dual Grade One winner Joncol. Nolan said: “We’re delving into the unknown asking him to race over the National trip. We know he’s a class horse, but he’s had numerous problems. He seems in good health now, but in his last couple of races his jumping hasn’t been brilliant. “I’m hoping Aintree will light him up and that he’ll run a respectable race and give his owners a great day out.” Kim Bailey won the National with Mr Frisk in 1990 and this year saddles outsider The Rainbow Hunter. He said: “He is in there with a nice weight, which is a big help. He ran very well at Ascot last time as the ground was very tacky that day and he didn’t really like it. He’s going to get better ground, which will suit him better. Provided he jumps the fences, he’ll stay. He goes there with as much chance as anything else.” Gordon Elliott is convinced he has a major contender for the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree today in Chicago Grey. The 10-year-old, who beat Tuesday’s big-race Fairyhouse winner Foildubh in convincing style over an inadequate trip at Navan last time, will be attempting to follow up the stable’s success in the world’s greatest steeplechase with Silver Birch in 2007. Chicago Grey was unluckily brought down in the early stages last year, but his trainer’s horses are in cracking form and he will have stablemate Tarquinius for company this time. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Esports nutrition company Runtime raises seven digit seed round

first_imgAleksandrs Zavoloks, RuntimeRuntime, the esports nutrition company based in Berlin, announced today that it has raised a seven-digit seed round. This was led by Everblue Management, and the seed round includes participation from the likes of BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, Döhler Ventures, Food Angels Germany and angel investors. The funding will be used to ‘expand operations, support marketing and sponsorship efforts, and further extend the range of products’.Runtime is focused on nutrition solutions for esports players. Their range of products are ‘specifically tailored to the needs of gamers’, they contain high-performance ingredients such as isomaltulose, branched chain amino acids, proteins and nootropics to help athletes achieve peak physical and mental operating levels. As of now, Runtime offers the “Next Level Meal”, a complete meal shake with one-third of required daily nutrition; the “Performance Drink”; and the “MEGABITE”, their first protein bar. All products are aimed at ‘supplying long-lasting endurance, improve wakefulness, and increase focus without the sugar rush or fast crash’.Runtime Founder and CEO, Aleksandrs Zavoloks commented: “We are thrilled to join forces with such amazing partners who believe in our vision of improving nutrition for gamers.“In 2018, we will introduce additional groundbreaking products and expand into new markets. We will continue to improve and innovate our products to enable all gamers and esports athletes to reach their personal best at all times.” Kerrie Juras of Everblue Management stated: “As both an investor in, and fan of esports, we are proud to partner with a team that recognizes esports players as true athletes. We support Runtime’s mission to provide premier products to a growing consumer base of gaming enthusiasts with discerning taste and high expectations of great product.”We spoke to Runtime CEO Aleksandrs back in May 2017, you can read this interview here. Esports Insider says: Whilst we’re not entirely sure what ‘isomaltulose, branched chain amino acids, proteins and nootropics’ are, they sound good, and Runtime products have, to our knowledge, been selling well. This sizable investment, with involvement from Jens Hilgers’ BITKRAFT of course, should help them take things to the next level.last_img read more

MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena Unveils New Patient Tower Plans

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMidMichigan Medical Center Alpena is on the move. The hospital is planning on making major changes. MidMichigan Medical Center Alpens is looking to make patients and their families more relaxed during their stay at the medical center.The hospital showcased new plans and photos of the future patient tower. The hospital rooms now were built in the 1940’s through the 1980’s. 80% of the hospital beds inside of the hospital aren’t private.The ER sees about 25,000 patients a year, that side of the hospital became the main focus before this tower was considered to be on the priority list. The new layout will also help medical teams when treating patients.The new patient tower will be located right in front of the hospital and a new power plant will be placed at the back of the hospital. The new patient tower would hide some parts of the old hospital but connect each floor together.Sherwin predicts that the new patient tower project will take at least 2–2 1/2 years to complete when constructions begins.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious No Injuries or Damages in Chimney FireNext TBTA ‘Going Green’ for St. Patrick’s Daylast_img read more

Pioneers of OKK Spars Will Participate at ‘Orlando Kids Cup’ in Zagreb

first_imgThe pioneer selection of the youth basketball club Spars from Zagreb will participate at the ‘Orlando Kids Cup’ in Zagreb on 27 and 28 December.At one of the biggest and highest quality tournaments for this age group in Europe, the Spars will play in group D together with teams from Cibona, Union Olimpija and Kastava, announced OKK Spars.The Sarajevo basketball players will play the first game on 27 December at 16:45 against Kastava. In the second game on the same day at 21:45, they will play against Cibona, and the last game of the group will take place on 28 December at 15:15 against Union Olimpija.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

2019 SANTA ANITA SPRING MEDIA POLL

first_img2019 Santa Anita Spring Media Poll34 Racing Days, April 12 through June 23Horse of Meet: Vino Rosso, winner of Grade I Gold Cup at Santa AnitaSprinter: Mucho Gusto, winner of Grade III Lazaro Barrera & Grade III Affirmed StakesOlder Horse: Vino Rosso                                                                               Older Filly/Mare: Vasilika, winner of Grade I Gamely StakesClaimer: Zuzanna, winner of two out of three Spring startsGrass Horse: Bolo, winner of Grade I Shoemaker MileGrass Filly/Mare: Vasilika3-Year-Old: Mucho Gusto3-Year-Old Filly: My Majestic Rose, winner of Grade II Summertime OaksTrainer: Doug O’Neill, led all conditioners with 23 winsJockey: Flavien Prat, led all riders with 23 winsApprentice: Jorge Velez, leading “bug boy” with nine winsRace: Grade I Gold Cup at Santa AnitaOwner: Reddam Racing, LLCAchievement: Rafael Bejarano, 4,000 career wins.last_img read more

Unchecked “cabal of Ministers” who did their own thing

first_imgDear Editor,I am pleased for the United Kingdom. They now have a strong Government with the prospect of being in power for the full term and which will allow them to do progressive things for their people. That is great news for their economy and their people. These elections were about Brexit and the overwhelming majority of the British people are sick and tired of how long this issue was allowed to drag on because of political squabbling.  Mr Boris Johnson came in as an outsider and the people decided to give him a full mandate to do what he said he would do because he was consistent in his messages. But more so, the people heard Jeremy Corbyn and they found him to be speaking from two sides of his mouth on Brexit, despite the people giving a clear mandate to Westminster to leave the EU. So the people decided to send a strong signal as to who is the real boss. They do not want people of verbal waffle and rhetoric like Jeremy Corbyn in power and they certainly do not want politicians in place who are not listening to them.These elections in the United Kingdom have many lessons for Guyana but I shall just deal with two of them today as follows:The role of the Brexit Party – Many Labour supporters who could not bring themselves to vote for the Conservatives but wanted to leave Europe, voted for the Brexit Party while the Conservatives’ base held strong. This act destroyed the Labour Party fortunes while keeping the Conservatives intact. Elections are about numbers and nothing else and sometimes 1 + 1 is equal to 3 in politics. It was the Brexit Party that got too many Labourvoters to cross-over to them and this caused the Labour Party to lose vital marginal seats to the Conservatives. The lesson that was reinforced here is that elections are all about the marginal voters.Meanwhile, in Guyana, the PPP/C must pay more attention to the marginal votes. The PPP/C has to make sure that the entire nation is aware that a vote against the Cup is a vote for the Palm Tree. It is as simple as that! Many of these third forces were formed in Congress Place as PNCR fronts; set up by the PNCR, for the PNCR, and to help the PNCR win power again using smoke and mirror tactics as developed in the Bahamas by two PNCR leaders. Again a vote against the PPP/C is a vote for the PNCR. So my message is simply this – beware of most of these small parties.  Even with all their sweet messages, many of them are being funded by the PNCR and are on a leash tied to Congress Place.  Such a situation will only be contributing to the destruction of democracy by helping the undemocratic forces in the PNCR who continue to deny this nation free and fair elections in violation of the Constitution. After 4 years and 5 months of underperformance on the human development front, it is clear that the PNCR totally deserves their place on the Opposition benches after March 2020.  My final wish is, let the people speak!2. The lack of policy leadership and competence in the PNCR – The last 12 months exposed how ill-equipped and incompetent Mr David Granger is on the big issues. He has proven that he does not have what it takes to unequivocally confront the major anxieties of the people. Unfortunately, he was ill for most of the time and because of this major determinant, he was unavailable to the people.  In his absence, his deputy was not empowered to act because no one in the Cabinet had much respect or trusted his decision-making capabilities because of what the PNCR did to him post-May 2015. Mr Granger reshaped Mr Moses Nagamootoo’s image from a firebrand politician before 2015 into an opportunistic “rubber stamp”. What Mr Granger left in his absence was an unchecked “cabal of Ministers” who did their own thing like wild horses on the prairie. Many of them made it up as they went along without any coordination on the major policy issues. So in the absence of Mr Granger, the Government floated from one crisis to another as indecision became the order of the day.  As indecision expanded, corruption in the Government also expanded as senior officials pounced on the opportunity that such an unchecked environment provided. That is why you can have a former Minister who was allowed to move from a shared accommodation with her family in a $15 million house to one that cost over $150 million within 2 years.  This was what team Granger came to represent for the people – incompetence and corruption.This is what the Guyanese people are seeing and many have already made up their minds based on the above factors and so many more.  The destiny of this nation is what it is and Mr Granger must be a man and accept his faith because the voice and the will of the people are all that matters today.Regards,Sase Singhlast_img read more

Faure Gnassingbè, ECOWAS Is in Your Hand: Can You Manage It?

first_img– Advertisement – The 51st Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has brought on board Faure Gnassingbè, President of the Republic of Togo, as the new Chairperson. He is succeeding President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who presided as the first female chairperson for the past year.President Gnassingbè’s ascendancy comes at a time when the regional body is striving towards establishing democratic governance, peace and stability, economic viability and investment in young people through education and employment. With a goal of establishing democratic governance, ECOWAS under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf used diplomatic and military interventions to oust Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia when he refused to peacefully hand over state power to the winner of the presidential elections, Adama Barrow. ECOWAS moved into Mali in 2013 with the same aim of restoring the democratically elected president of that country following an assassination attempt on his life. Under the same principle, ECOWAS is making frantic efforts to restore peace in fragile Guinea Bissau.ECOWAS nowadays pays keen attention to electoral processes in all fifteen member countries, with the hope that leaders will not tamper with results and will peacefully transfer power to their successors. This is where the outgoing chairperson, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, has taken ECOWAS, and has boldly stated among West African Heads of State that she will be turning power over to her successor in 2018 following the impending October election. She is not the only regional president to have set this record. Nigeria and Ghana did just that. Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat following the election that led President Muhammadu Buhari to power; likewise Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, who recently turned power over to President-Elect Nana Akufo Addo.Amid these developments, we are especially concerned if Faure Gnassingbè will be able to manage ECOWAS, as record of governance in his own country is questionable. His father, Gnassingbè Eyadèma, who took office on April 14, 1967, remained in power up to his death in 2005. During Eyadèma’s regime, the governance system was dominated by one party, Rally for the Togolese People. In the 1990’s the international community pressurized Eyadèma to democratize the governance system, something he strongly resisted. Like Yahya Jammeh’s regime in The Gambia, Eyadèma’s regime in Togo sent many pro-democracy activists to their graves.Upon Eyadèma’s death in 2005, Faure Gnassingbè was named by Army Chief Aakari Nandja as President, a situation that made the presidency of Togo to be viewed as the hegemony of the Eyadèma’s family. Gnassingbè’s first election in 2005 was triggered by security crackdown on civilians, and about 500 people were killed. The 2010 election, though described as “calm,” was held in the presence of heavily armed security personnel.Now that he has been elected ECOWAS chairman, can the Togolese President perform like his predecessor, or even better? We are not underestimating the potential of the Togolese leader. However, in the midst of the political turmoil and dictatorial leadership that had characterized the governance system of Togo, anyone can wonder if he will live by newly established ECOWAS goals and procedures when his time comes. Will he, when his term expires, be able to organize free, fair and transparent elections? Will he be able to relinquish power peacefully if defeated in an election? Can he create a free space for competition in elections?Now that all eyes are on you, Chariamn-President Gnassingbè, the time has come for you to build trust in members of the regional body, ECOWAS, Africa and the world at large by upholding and maintaining the successful democratic trends ECOWAS has set. We also hope that you will be able to clean your own house to lay the basis for confidence and respect, as you sit at the helm of ECOWAS – to move it forward in the coming year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lindener jailed for 38 years for rape of young relative

first_imgA 25-year-old Lindener, who was found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a young girl on separate occasions, was on Monday jailed.A probation report presented in court revealed that the convicted man, Keon Lawson, and the victim are relatives. The probation officer informed the court that prior to the incidents, the victim was an “above average” student, always cheerful and interactive. However, this changed following the incidents and the victim’s academic performance became poor and socialising was no longer an interest of hers.Convicted: Keon Lawson being escorted by Police ranks following his sentencing on MondayTaking this into account, Justice Morris-Ramlall considered the prevalence of the crime within Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), together with the fact that Lawson breached the trust of a relative and showed no remorse for his actions.Lawson of Wismar, Linden, was handed 18 years in jail on the first rape count, and 20 years on the second, which are expected to run concurrently.The first charge read that between November 1 and 30, 2014, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual activity with a six-year-old girl.The second read that on October 6, 2017, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual activity with the said victim, who was nine years old.According to reports, on the first occasion, the convicted man went over to the child’s home, then proceeded to hold the child, cover her mouth and committed the act.On the second occasion, the young girl visited Lawson’s home to uplift an item for her mother; however, upon arrival at his premises, he prevented her from leaving and proceeded to rape her.The child later confided in her teacher about the incidents and the teacher informed the parents and Police.Attorney-at-Law George Thomas represented Lawson while Prosecutors Teriq Mohamed and Nafeeza Baig presented the State’s case.last_img read more

Fish farms share pet-food trouble

first_imgIt wasn’t immediately clear if any of the farmed fish actually entered the food supply. Acheson said at least one affected firm’s fish were still too young and small to be sold. Investigators were visiting other U.S. aquaculture farms that used the contaminated feed. Farmed fish typically are sold for direct consumption or for stocking lakes and streams. The head of a St. Louis company reported brokering a deal to import nearly 353,000 pounds of what was supposedly Chinese wheat gluten that went directly to a Canadian aquaculture feed ingredient company called Westaqua. Listings for Canadian fish meal producers include Westaqua Commodity Group Ltd., based in Vancouver, British Columbia. When reached by telephone, the president of Westaqua Commodity Group Ltd. declined to talk about the matter. Since March 16, more than 100 brands of pet food have been recalled because they were contaminated with melamine. Acheson said that fish samples would be screened for signs of melamine. “Depending upon what we find in that testing, that is going to drive the next steps,” Acheson said. WASHINGTON – Farm-raised fish have been fed meal spiked with the same chemical that has been linked to the pet-food recall, but the contamination was probably too low to harm anyone who ate the fish, federal officials said Tuesday. The Canadian-made meal included what was purported to be wheat gluten, a protein source, imported from China. The material was actually wheat flour spiked by the chemical melamine and related, nitrogen-rich compounds to make it appear more protein-rich than it was, officials said. The FDA is considering enforcement options, officials said. The ingredients came from two Chinese firms: Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. and Futian Biology Technology Co. Ltd. The level of contamination is expected to be too low to pose any danger to human health, said Dr. David Acheson, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food protection. There had been a similar report a day earlier about other food animals, pigs and chickens, given contaminated feed. Canadian officials are aware of the finding, Acheson said. 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