Griffiths captures feature

first_imgHall of Fame jockey Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths paid homage to the legendary Royal Dad by winning the race named in his honour aboard 5-1 chance LONG RUNNING TRAIN at Caymanas Park yesterday, his second win on the 10-race programme. Griffiths, the leading all-time jockey in the annals of local racing with over 1,650 winners in a distinguished career spanning 40 years, was the customary jockey of the 1981 ‘Horse of the Year’ ROYAL DAD, who not only became the first Triple Crown winner at Caymanas Park that year, but the first to win 11 consecutive races as well. Griffiths, a five-time champion, pushed the ever-present LONG RUNNING TRAIN past the leaders DREAMCOMETRUE (72-1) and DWAYNE STAR (51-1) approaching the 600-metre pole. He then turned back a feeble challenge from 2-1 chance BRAWN to win easily. The 3-5 favourite SOUTHERN CRUISE, with leading jockey Shane Ellis aboard, finished 8-3/4 lengths third. Parsard said the change of rider and slower pace made the difference for LONG RUNNING TRAIN who finished 11-1/4 lengths fourth to fast-time winner POKER STAR, and BRAWN over 1300 metres a week ago. “Today, Long Running Train could sit in the early pace and make her move leaving the half mile. I knew she would have a lot in reserve from the final bend and when I saw Brawn looming for a challenge on the outside, I was not worried,” said Parsard, who along with Griffiths had two winners each on the card. The veteran trainer also posted 9-1 chance GO GO TRAIN to win the fourth race in a bang up finish despite jockey Oneil Mullings losing an iron and had to ride indian style up the lane. And for the second consecutive Saturday, Griffiths booted home the Philip Feanny-trained 8-5 favourite CAMPESINO to an easy victory, this time in the open allowance sprint.last_img read more

WORLD CUP: Costa Rica lifted expectations with run to last 8

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations This time, on its fifth appearance at a World Cup, Costa Rica will be taking on five-time champion Brazil in Group E, a team they also played in the group stage in the 1990 and the 2002 editions of the tournament.Here’s a closer look at the Costa Rica team:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCOACHCosta Rica’s qualifying path to Russia was riddled with doubts when coach Paulo Wanchope resigned after being involved in a fight at an under-23 game. Costa Rica’s biggest group game is against Brazil on June 22 in St. Petersburg, where it is also based for the tournament. The opener is against Serbia on Sunday in Samara. The team will also face Switzerland on June 27 in Nizhny Novgorod.SQUADGoalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Leonel Moreira (Herediano)Defenders: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), Ronald Matarrita (New York City), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Rionegro Aguilas)Midfielders: David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne-Sport), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Rodney Wallace (New York City), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Christian Bolanos (Saprissa)Forwards: Johan Venegas (Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (Los Angeles FC)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WORLD CUP: Balanced Brazil reduces dependence on Neymar Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Former midfielder Oscar Ramirez took over, keeping the same base of players from the 2014 World Cup, even those that did not enjoy regular playing time in Europe. Ramirez’s main challenge will be finding a way to fit new players into this core group, especially in the attack.GOALKEEPERSKeylor Navas is Costa Rica’s best-known player and has the leadership qualities to match. His strong performance in Brazil secured a move in 2014 to Real Madrid, where he has been a regular starter despite criticism from fans.Navas has won three Champions League titles with the Spanish club since he joined.DEFENDERSADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Giancarlo Gonzalez and Bryan Oviedo are undisputed starters.Kendall Waston, who scored the qualifying goal in a last-gasp draw against Honduras in Central American qualifying, is likely to also be included in the starting lineup.Other options include veteran Oscar Duarte and versatile defender Francisco Calvo.MIDFIELDERSBryan Ruiz, now 32 but one of the team’s best players in 2014, is the captain and main attacking threat.The Sporting Lisbon midfielder, who can also play as a second striker, was key to the run to the quarterfinals four years ago.Celso Gamboa, a defensive midfielder for Deportivo La Coruna, should also be confident of making the starting team. Cristian Bolanos, who plays for Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa, is struggling to overcome injuries.FORWARDSJoel Campbell, who is on loan at Real Betis from Arsenal, scored twice when Costa Rica beat the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifying. Ramirez also searched for options in the Costa Rican league, including David Ramirez and Ariel Rodriguez, who play for Saprissa.GROUP GAMES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Costa Rica’s Oscar Duarte goes up against Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku during a friendly soccer match between Belgium and Costa Rica at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Monday, June 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)SAN JOSE, Costa Rica  — After reaching the quarterfinals at the World Cup four years ago, Costa Rica has high standards to match in Russia.The Central American nation, with a population of just under 5 million people, won a group in Brazil that included England, Italy and Uruguay and only lost to the Netherlands in a penalty shootout.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Kennels specialize in lap of luxury

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The nation’s pet-boarding industry has figured out it doesn’t take much persuasion to get pet owners, often guilty about dropping their dog or cat off at a kennel while they head off on vacation, to pay extra for pampering: In the past five years, spending on pet services including boarding and grooming has more than doubled, to $2.5 billion, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association in Greenwich, Conn. “It’s the art of the upsell,” said Charlotte Reed, a pet-trend watcher who is vice president of The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters in Mt. Laurel, N.J. From boarding kennels to high-end pet hotels, the perks are growing ever more plentiful. Pet services range from birthday parties and spa treatments (such as massages and aromatherapy) to white-glove packages such as recording your dog’s first CD for $1,600. The extra services, Reed said, can pad a typical pet owner’s bill by 30 percent to 35 percent. Pet owners expect kennels to do more than board – they want their dogs and cats treated like children, said Jim Krack, executive director of ABKA, formerly the American Boarding Kennels Association, in Colorado Springs, Colo. WILLOW GROVE – Max and Leo race around one of the kennel’s two-room doggie suites, still filled with boundless energy even after a day of treats and activities. “You want me to read a story?” says Sonya DeFazio, a kennel employee sitting cross-legged on the floor with a “Clifford The Big Red Dog” book on her lap. The bedtime tale at Best Friends Pet Care caps a busy day for Max, a 7-year-old West Highland white terrier, and Leo, a 2-year-old Pomeranian. During their two-day stay, they’ve already had fitness sessions, walks, playtime, ice cream breaks, “suite treats” and bottled water. The final tab: $57 a day for services and $78 daily for boarding in the 56-square-foot “Boathouse Row” suite, which has a low-lying bed and is decorated with oars, sailboat wallpaper and a framed poster of the Philadelphia landmark for which the room is named. Pets typically stay four to five days. At Best Friends, a privately held Norwalk, Conn.-based company with 42 locations nationwide, customer demand has driven the growth in pet services, spokeswoman Deb Bennetts said. Pet services is one of the fastest-growing areas of business at PetSmart Inc., the Phoenix-based pet supply and services retail chain that changed its name last year from PetsMart. In the third quarter of 2005, revenues from pet services jumped 24 percent, to $71.5 million, from the same period a year earlier. PetSmart expects those sales to grow by an additional 20 percent this year and again in 2007. Since 2001, the chain has opened 35 PetsHotel locations, where one popular feature allows owners to telephone their dogs, which bark back in response, said spokeswoman Jennifer Pflugfelder. Michael San Filippo, a spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association in Schaumburg, Ill., said baby boomers and empty-nesters are helping drive the trend. “The kids are married or away and this sort of fills a parental need,” he said. When pet owners order services that their pets don’t really need, such as nail polish, “it’s more for the well-being of the owner,” San Filippo said. “There’s probably guilt there,” he said. “You might be away on business or vacation and you might be overcompensating with some pampering.” For some pet owners, nothing is too good for their beloved animals. At the newly opened Mazzu’s Canine & Feline Hotel in Philadelphia, pet guests are greeted with the soothing colors of a spa, a rock wall for a back-to-nature ambience and scents of lavender. There’s room service as well: Sassy, a nearly 3-year-old chocolate Labrador, was hand-delivered a 12-ounce filet mignon dinner at her $125-a-night carpeted suite. The steak was grilled lightly, sliced and served on a gold platter – and set her owners back $22. “I think it’s definitely worth it,” said Sassy’s owner, Christie Graziosi, a Morristown, N.J., resident whose husband’s three kids are grown. “Every time my dog has come home from those (boarding kennels) she’s usually hoarse because she’s been barking. You can tell she wasn’t happy there.” L.A. Dogworks in Los Angeles, which says its customers include Jake Gyllenhaal’s Atticus and Nicole Richie’s Honeychild and Foxy Cleopatra, offers a “Zen Den” – touted as an “eastern retreat” to promote the “total wellness experience” through massages, aromatherapy and other services. Even hotels for humans are getting in on the action. In December, New York-based Loews Hotels started “The Hound of Music.” The $1,600 package lets dogs ride a limousine to a recording studio, where a voice coach will help them cut their first CD. They can bark or howl along with a guitarist, harmonica player or karaoke beat. Lodging is included. So what’s next for pets? Geriatric services, said Darlene Frudakis, president of PetAg of Hampshire, Ill., a maker of nutritional products for pets that launched its first products for senior pet care last year. Frudakis said 75 percent of household pets are past middle age, or around 5 and older. When pets get old and sick, she said, instead of putting them to sleep, they can be checked into pet-nursing homes such as Bide-A-Wee’s Golden Years Retirement Home in Westhampton, N.Y. At Golden Years, cats with similar temperaments are grouped together and play in their own room. Dogs have their own cubicles with bedding. Staffers play with the pets and provide daily care, such as medication, cleaning and socialization. Darlene Larson, manager of individual giving at New York-based Bide-A-Wee, said the pets can be adopted as well but that it’s rare due to their age. The retirement home fee is $15,000 for your pet’s lifetime. “They’ll take care of your pet for life,” Frudakis 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

Chelsea transfer news: Maurizio Sarri urges the club to sign Napoli ace

first_img gameday cracker Chelsea looked at trying to sign the Albania international in the summer, but their advances were rejected by Napoli. tense Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has reportedly urged the club to work on a transfer for Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj.The Albanian was a regular for Sarri during his time with the club and now he wants to bring him to Stamford Bridge. REVEALED Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 1 REAL DEAL Latest Premier League Stories Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining center_img deals no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury whoops Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The Albanian is no stranger to interest from England as he has been watched by both Arsenal and Manchester United in the past.The pair have since cooled their interest in Hysaj but, according to Tele Sport in the player’s homeland, it is Chelsea who are now trying to sign the defender.Blues boss Sarri wants to sign a new right-back in January and he has told his club’s board to focus on landing Hysaj. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January last_img read more

DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCILLOR SLAMS LINE-UP AT MacGILL SUMMER SCHOOL

first_imgCouncillor Micheál Cholm McGiolla Easbuig has said described the line-up of speakers for the MacGill Summer School is a slap in the face for those who have borne the brunt of austerity.Independent Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig“Our county has been bled by the return of emigration during the austerity years, yet the very people responsible – the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and a host of other government representatives – have been invited to address a gathering which supposedly honours a writer himself forced to emigrate generations earlier. It is entirely inappropriate and a slap in the face for those who have borne the brunt of austerity, especially those forced to leave”, he said.He added that an even worse decision is to have a speaker from what he called “the racist UKIP party in Britain.” “Douglas Carswell’s party have made their careers from stirring up prejudice and ill-feeling towards emigrants there. We don’t need his poisonous brand of fear and loathing here. I believe there should be no platform of any kind for racists.”“Government reprsentatives manage to ignore our county and it’s problems all year round until there is the opportunity for publicity in Glenties. If they are so keen on debate why don’t they take themselves outside of the rarefied confines of the MacGill event and make themselves available for a public meeting where the people of the county can let them know exactly what they think of their austerity policies?”.“The real debate about this government and austerity is not taking place in polite discourse amongst the great and the good at the MacGill gathering. It is taking place among the many ordinary people who have suffered at the hands of this government and are debating about how it can be defeated. We have inflicted a heavy blow already through the massive boycott of water charges. We need to discuss how we can carry it forward and finish then off.”DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCILLOR SLAMS LINE-UP AT MacGILL SUMMER SCHOOL was last modified: July 20th, 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:donegalGlentiesMACGILL SUMMER SCHOOLlast_img read more

Concerns at volume of sand deposits in popular playground

first_imgConcerns have been raised about the growing volume off sand deposits at the Rathmullan Playground.The facility is having to be repeatedly closed down due to the issue.Councillor Dessie Shiels says the playground had to close during the recent St Patrick’s Day weekend. “The problem seems to be a danger of sand damaging the playground surface,” he said.Councillor Shiels said a lot of Council staff time was being ‘wasted’ cleaning sand.“Some kind of timber hoarding up to a certain height might be a relatively inexpensive and effective way to resolve the problem,” he suggested.The Council said it was aware of the large accumulation of sand in the last number of months. “Donegal County Council is currently considering options to reduce the volume of sand landing within the playground in certain storm conditions,” the Council’s response said.“Given its close proximity to the beach, it is very difficult to keep the playground free of sand.”Concerns at volume of sand deposits in popular playground was last modified: April 13th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Councillor Dessie ShielsLetterkenny Municipal DistrictRathmullanRathmullan playgroundlast_img read more

A’s can focus solely on wild-card game after walk-off loss to Angels in season finale

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.ANAHEIM — Much like the past few years with the A’s, nothing was on the line in their final game of the regular season. But this one felt a whole lot better.With everyone’s minds already on the AL wild-card game set for Wednesday in New York, Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Angels (80-82) on a walk-off home run surrendered to Taylor Ward by Chris Hatcher was about as painless as these type of games can get. This one was …last_img

Ohio Soybean Council technology named 2018 R&D 100 Awards finalist

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Light Curable Coatings, a bio-preferred floor coating that was developed through funding from the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and Ohio soybean farmers’ checkoff, has been designated as a finalist for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards. Winners will be announced in November at the fourth annual R&D 100 conference. The R&D 100 Awards program honors the 100 most innovative technologies of the past year. Finalists were selected by an independent panel of more than 50 judges representing R&D leaders in a variety of fields. More information about the awards can be found here.The coating is a UV-cured, high-performance, bio-preferred floor coating with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The clean, green soy-acylate-based product delivers exceptionally low cure times and meets or exceeds industry targets for appearance, hardness, adhesion, solvent resistance, and application temperature.“As Ohio soybean farmers, we can be proud that our checkoff dollars are being used to make products that are worthy of prestigious recognition,” said Nathan Eckel, OSC Research Committee chair and soybean farmer from Wood County. “This kind of honor just goes to show how versatile soybeans can be.”If Light Curable Coatings wins in November, it will be the ninth R&D 100 Award presented to OSC since 2002.For more information about Light Curable Coatings, OSC’s role in its development, or licensing, please contact Barry McGraw, OSC’s Director of Product Development & Commercialization, at bmcgraw@soyohio.org or 614-476-3100.last_img read more

Great Kaskaskia Dragon — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 As the quest for thirteen legendary Hidden Creatures enters its final phase, we search the world for the last of the elusive beings. There is quite a stir in the midwest region of the United States where a dragon, who once devoured maidens and guarded his treasure-filled cave, now watches over a sacred Traditional Cache. He may even be a distant cousin of this summer’s infamous dragon and could hold the key to finding more creatures of lore.Image by NRL Location:Illinois, USAN 38° 58.467 W 089° 07.191 Regarded as one of the longest staring contests known to man or beast, the Great Kaskaskia Dragon stands opposite a knight in freshly painted armor. The dragon plays with gentleman’s honor and never blinks, all while donning a dapper top hat. TraditionalGCHWFZby Barronvondobbin We hope he doesn’t realize one of these days that the knight is unmanned and release a fiery blast upon us all!Image by Infinity TeamWhen the top hats come off, the real show begins! In actuality, the Great Kaskaskia Dragon has a nearby business at its beck and call, covering all sacrifice…err…dragon feedings including the fuel that lights the way for any geocacher who stops by. Visitors are bequeathed a golden coin inscribed with the little-known adage, “Dragon fire brings good luck, make a wish” which may be sacrificed to appease the Great Kaskaskia Dragon, resulting in a fiery blaze from his magnificent mouth.Image by LedbettePlease note, you may use the knight as an inhuman shield, but you will have no success coaxing him for the cache container. Only when you politely request an audience with The Great Kaskaskia will you be free to search within his scaled, metal body for the modest micro container. May the luck of the dragon’s fire be with you all in the final quest for this geocache and all other Hidden Creatures!Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedBeyond Here, Lay Dragons (GCH52C) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 17, 2013January 16, 2013In “Community”Geocaching country souvenir: IndonesiaDecember 12, 2018In “News””Wawel” GC2CZCX GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 28, 2011November 28, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

Real-Time Search Outfit Collecta Releases API, Offers MacBook Pro for the Best App

first_imgjolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts “The API is really simple to integrate,” said Collecta CEO Gerry Campbell in a phone conversation yesterday. “It works very similar to the Twitter search API. We enourage that as a standard and wanted to make sure developers could easily pick it up and use it.”Campbell had an interesting take on Collecta’s approach to the ever-more crowded real-time search space.“Our focus is real web search,” he said, “not just the social web. We’re looking across the web everywhere to find timely items.”And while other real-time search engines, such as OneRiot, have PageRank-eqsue algorithms involving backlinks and user influence to determine search results, Collecta’s results are ranked solely on timeliness.“We believe really strongly in relevance. We’re just going about it in a different way. If you want to offer real-time search, you have to be true to the timeline. We give you not the summary of the story, but the story as it unfolds.”Campbell said this type of result is good for searches on entities and events, and he and the rest of the Collecta team feel the API could be put to great use in weather or fantasy sports applications.“We think publishers will find this very interesting to use for evergreen or static stories as a widget or sidebar,” he continued.API calls are limited to 5,000 per hour for developers who have not established a relationship with the company, and Collecta does plan to charge for high-level API usage as part of their revenue model.The company was funded by True Ventures to the tune of $1.85 million and is still figuring out how the product will be monetized.“Obviously, we’re building a business here” said Campbell.”‘I ran search at AOL… I’m pretty well-versed in search-related business models.”Although he noted that the startup is “still getting all the players on the field,” Campbell did reveal that the basis for Collecta’s business strategy will be offering creative solutions to brands and advertisers. “The reason I love search is because it’s the number one place where user value and advertiser value are completely aligned. When users are coming and looking to buy something, I expect there to be those opportunities in this kind of search, as well.” Collecta, the real-time search startup we reviewed in May and again in June, is releasing their API today and announcing that the developer of the best application will receive a MacBook Pro. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more