Racing world in mourning at death of J.T McNamara

first_imgJOHN THOMAS McNAMARA, the former leading Irish amateur rider, has died at the age of 41. McNamara, who was widely considered to be one of the leading amateur riders of his generation, was paralysed after suffering a broken neck after a fall on Galaxy Rock at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. It was 15 months before McNamara was able to return home from Southport hospital having been paralysed from the neck down, but gained many admirers for his courage in the face of adversity. As a rider, McNamara will be remembered by many for his ice-cool performance aboard the tricky ‘Rith Dubh’ in the 2002 National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival where his patience and horsemanship came to the fore as he coaxed ‘Rith Dubh’ ahead on the line. He also won the National Hunt Chase in 2012 aboard ‘Tea for three’, the Foxhunters’ Chase in 2007 on ‘Drombeag’ and the 2005 Cross Country Chase on ‘Spot the difference’.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: J T McNamara riding Teaforthree win The Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Steeple Chase on ladies day during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham racecourse on March 14, 2012 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)last_img read more

Arellano out to stun SSC

first_imgMunicipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown LATEST STORIEScenter_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member San Sebastian entered the finals needing to win only twice as an incentive for its elimination-round sweep, leaving Arellano with the challenge to beat the Lady Stags three times.Last Friday, the Lady Chiefs took Game 2, 18-25, 25-16, 25-11, 26-28, 15-13, against the Lady Stags who played out-of-sorts, their dip in form coming at the worst possible time even with three-time Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones showing the way.  —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Nakajima leads 33 foreign aces in Anvaya golf View comments Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Arellano U tries to complete a remarkable turnaround when it clashes with San Sebastian College on Tuesday in the finals of the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball at PhilSports in Pasig.The Lady Chiefs can wrap up their second crown in three years with a victory in the 4 p.m. duel with the Lady Stags.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

Cartoon; September 2, 2015

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first_img…in mimicry?Your Eyewitness has been around the block…and then some, but he’s still startled by our insistence in the Caribbean – Guyana in particular – on being “mimic-men” – a term coined by Naipaul since the sixties! We were mimicking – the Europeans called it “aping” – everything the latter did, save their ability to produce! At Christmas time, we insisted on importing “ice apple” and grapes while our “golden apples” withered on the vine!!We created “snow” with cotton to grace our “Christmas Trees” that imitated Northern firs, and waited for Santa Claus from the North Pole to bring us gifts on his sleigh drawn by reindeer! And so on and so forth!! At that time we were being granted independence – never you mind all that talk about “fighting” for independence – and you’d think by now we’d have decolonised our behaviour, wouldn’t you? After all, if we weren’t such avid readers, Marley had broken it down in song and asked us to “free our minds from mental slavery”.Here in Guyana, Forbes  Burnham and Cheddi Jagan donned “Shirt Jacks” to remind us that the “suit and tie” might have been de rigueur for “mad dogs and Englishmen” – but was rather silly (not to mention stifling) for us natives! But today, not only are Burnham’s disciples competing to outdo each other in the bespoke suit department – and deportment! – but from a glance in the newspapers, we’ve now added “Thanksgiving” to the list of our mimicry of things “foreign”.Yes…Thanksgiving from the US of A, complete with Roast Turkey, Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Sauce!! Now we’ve been imitating the Yanks ever since they descended to save the world for democracy in WWII – and bequeathed us with “Rum and Coke” rather than tossing down our grog neat! But this Thanksgiving thing really shook up your Eyewitness! After all, did we ask what was it the Americans were giving “Thanks” for – and how this related to our circumstances??The Americans are giving thanks for landing in “the New World” and then spreading over North America because of their “Manifest Destiny”! In doing so, like Columbus, it never struck them that the Indigenous peoples’ claim over that land, due to their occupancy for thousands of years, had any merit. They were, after all, “savages” who dared to resist when the aforesaid lands were being snatched away!! So the Europeans gave thanks, using the bounty of their “new home”!And here it is, in Guyana, where at least our Indigenous peoples weren’t wiped out in genocides and forced expulsions, we’ve now decided to adopt the American Thanksgiving!!At a time, when those who seized the land from the Native Americans, are expelling ILLEGAL immigrants!!…Govt’s food policy?Your Eyewitness was bemused by the big hoopla the Agriculture Minister gave to launching “apiculture” in our dear land of Guyana! And what is “apiculture”, you ask, dear reader? Beekeeping. Now there’s nothing wrong with beekeeping, and in fact there’s everything right! With all those bees perishing in America we might just be able to carve out a market niche, if we stick to it.So why the bemusement? Well, simply that when the same Minister shut down Wales estate and threw 1700 into the “roti-lines” he didn’t even show his face for a year, even though he’d promised those poor workers to “diversify” the lands to give them new employment. Aquaculture, agriculture, horticulture, silviculture and such like terms, were tossed around. Even some rice was grown.But those Wales lands have quickly reverted to “bush” – even the rice cultivation – while the Minister is promoting “apiculture”. What happened to the 6 Ps of plantain, pepper, papaya, pumpkin, passion fruit and pineapples? Goat bite them?Or did it bite the people of Wales?…in no-confidence motionsNational assemblies in parliamentary democracies like Guyana confirm the legitimacy of the Government in office. This legitimacy can be challenged by a motion of no confidence.And such motions are always given priority over any other business!last_img read more

Managing oil

first_imgGuyana most resembles the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa; not only in our level of development and societal and governance challenges, but by being resource rich and capital poor.The Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) has some salutary advice that should be heeded by our Government as they embark on the exploitation of our massive oil reserves: “The management of a massive influx of oil revenues poses serious challenges for any government, but especially for those without strong democratic and accountable institutions. Power and resources in oil states become concentrated in the hands of the state, encouraging citizens to make their living through ties with the Government. This practice, known as ‘rent seeking’, reduces the incentive for other forms of productive activity.In authoritarian states, counter pressures do not exist to push governments to develop economic strategies which are not oil-dependent, or oversight mechanisms for oil revenue management. Authoritarian states do not have democratically accountable executives, or open and transparent policy-making processes. They rarely have efficient civil service and tax authorities, independent legal systems, or active and informed civil societies.Incentives from outside the country encourage oil-dependence. Some oil companies are willing to make secret deals, and northern governments sometimes form strong alliances with authoritarian leaders. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) routinely encourage development strategies based on the comparative advantage of petroleum. And they support lending to deeply indebted oil exporters when it is clear that debt only supports unproductive activities and prolongs the ability of government to mismanage oil revenues.Oil development often brings an initial boom: higher per capita income, more employment, better nutrition and health, and more and better infrastructure. But boom usually soon turns to bust as rent-seeking and mismanagement of resources, and sometimes volatile oil prices, undermine the positive outcomes.The negotiating position of poor host governments is weak. Only a few very large and powerful oil companies have the technology to extract Africa’s deep oil. This means oil companies drive hard bargains over the percentage of oil profits accruing to them, often winning greater shares than they have been able to in other parts of the world.The more a country depends on natural resources, the worse is its growth performance, as it suffers from “the resource curse”. Oil dependence hurts development for the following reasons: The promise of oil wealth creates a ‘boom mentality’: governments create grandiose plans, work ethics are undermined, and productivity sinks.  Public spending increases dramatically, because governments expect massive revenue increases (which usually turn out to be less than expected).The quality of public spending declines. Money is wasted on corruption, as government officials accept bribes in return for awarding benefits. The volatility of oil prices hinders growth, distribution of wealth, and poverty alleviation. Booms encourage the loss of fiscal control and inflation, which further hampers growth, equity, and poverty alleviation. Foreign debt rises as governments borrow to cover shortfalls in expected oil revenues.Other sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing and agriculture, decline as a result of oil dependence. Income from oil replaces tax revenues, thus removing the need for government to account to people for how it spends their money.Oil-rich states at our level of development have several characteristics. Ironically, poverty heads the list. Nigeria, the biggest oil producer in Africa, received more than 0 billion in oil revenues over the past 25 years, yet more than 70 per cent of the population has a per capita income of less than per day. As economic growth fails to live up to expectations, governments in oil-rich states resort to repression to retain power, and spend heavily on the military.Oil resources have been used to fund authoritarian regimes, and dependence on oil encourages many forms of corruption. Companies make payments or loans to government officials to secure contracts and other benefits. Finally, oil can exacerbate pre-existing tensions in society, as different groups demand a share of revenues.last_img read more

Neymar out for two weeks with mumps

first_img0Shares0000Neymar celebrates scoring against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semi finals. PHOTO/FileBARCELONA, August 9- Brazil captain Neymar will miss Tuesday’s European Super Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia, after contracting the mumps, Barcelona said Sunday.The 23-year-old has previously been vaccinated against the viral disease more common in children, against which most people in the developed world are immunised when young. “Neymar will be out for two weeks after being diagnosed with parotitis (mumps), despite the fact that he had previously been vaccinated against the disease,” said Barca in a statement on their website.As well as Tuesday’s match against Sevilla, Neymar will also miss the two-legged Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao on August 14 and 17.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Terry sees red as debutante Pedro lifts Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Pedro celebrates after Chelsea scored during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns Stadium in West Bromwich, Britain, 23 August 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, August 23- Pedro Rodriguez produced a goal and an assist on his debut as Chelsea survived the dismissal of captain John Terry to prevail 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.A £21.2 million ($33.2 million, 30 million euros) signing from Barcelona earlier this week, reportedly snatched from beneath Manchester United’s noses, Pedro scored and set up Diego Costa as Jose Mourinho’s side went 2-0 up. Having earlier missed a penalty, James Morrison scored twice in response for West Brom, but despite Terry’s red card for a last-man foul, Cesar Azpilicueta’s first league goal proved enough to give Chelsea a first victory of the Premier League season.Asked for his thoughts on Terry’s dismissal, which came after he was substituted at half-time of last weekend’s 3-0 loss at Manchester City, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “I prefer to have no views. I prefer to try to keep quiet.“I know many people are disappointed with this result. People love Chelsea to lose again.“I’m so happy the players got what they deserve. Five points in three matches is not enough. The feeling is we are fighting against a lot. But today we won.”It was Chelsea’s first win at West Brom in five attempts and saw the defending champions belatedly find their gear after a 2-2 draw with Swansea City and the chastening defeat at the Etihad Stadium.On a dark, squally afternoon in the West Midlands, Morrison squandered an early chance to put the hosts ahead when his penalty was blocked by Thibaut Courtois — back in the Chelsea goal following suspension — after Nemanja Matic had tripped Callum McManaman.Fifteen minutes later, Pedro announced his arrival in English football by darting infield from the right, exchanging passes with Eden Hazard and finding the bottom-right corner with the aid of a deflection.Chelsea’s fans launched into a chorus of “Are you watching Manchester?” and United’s supporters will have found themselves looking away again 10 minutes later when Pedro’s cross-shot was turned in by Costa.Morrison reduced the arrears by bludgeoning home when Salomon Rondon hooked James McClean’s cross back into the box, only for Azpilicueta to restore the visitors’ two-goal cushion in the 42nd minute by rolling in a shot after Costa had chested down Cesc Fabregas’s pass.Terry saw red nine minutes into the second half for impeding Rondon as he bore down on goal before Morrison reduced the arrears with a glancing header, but Chelsea held out, Courtois thwarting Rondon in added time.Manchester City will replace Leicester City at the top of the table if they avoid defeat at Everton later on Sunday, while Southampton go in search of a first win of the campaign at promoted Watford.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgLocal Letterkenny company Orbit Security is celebrating 18-years in business by opening a fantastic new showroom. Local man Martin Hilferty set up the company back in 1996 and has seen the business go from strength to strength over the years.Through thick and thin Martin has built up a big a client base throughout Ireland offering various services including Static Security Guards, Event Security, Mobile Patrol & Key Holding. With the security industry growth has been going form strength to strength. In 2000 Martin added a System’s & services division to the business offering CCTV systems, Alarm Systems, Fire Alarms Systems Access Control & Automated Gates.In 2005 Martin’s brother Pauric joined the team and now Orbit Security employs over 80 full time and part time staff with their new showroom at the Mountain Top in Letterkenny and office’s in Dublin and now are expanding into the UK market.Martin told Donegal Daily, “Orbit Security’s growth has been both challenging and exciting over the years, but I would really like to thank all our staff for all there hard work and dedication.In 2013 Martin and Pauric launched another section to the business called Guardian I with cutting edge technology coupled with the very latest in monitoring offering clients a 24hour security solution at a fraction of the cost. Pauric told Donegal Daily, “Orbit Security is a local business with a national presence and now entering the UK market is a massive positive step for the company in the future growth.Gary Gamble will be broadcasting live from the official opening of their new showroom in the Mountain Top this Thursday from 1.30pm-3.30pm.Orbit Security is NSAI certified in “Intruder Alarms”, “Guarding Services” and Alarm Monitoring and is licencedby The Private Security Authority of Ireland.ORBIT SECURITY CELEBRATE EIGHTEEN YEARS IN BUSINESS BY OPENING FANTASTIC NEW ‘SHOWROOM’ was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsOrbit Securitylast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin local election candidate for the Glenties Electoral Area, John Sheamais O’Fearraigh, has called on Donegal County Council to make funding available to extend the local footpath infrastructure in the parish.Mr O’Fearraigh called on Donegal County Council to explore the possibility of the extending the footpath network from Luinneach to Carrickmcgarvey to make it safer for pedestrians in the area.“This stretch of road on the R257 is one of the busiest in the locality with children walking on a daily basis to the local national and secondary schools. “It would also be used frequently in the summer months by students attending irish courses in the area. It is important that the infrastructure is developed to ensure the safety of locals and tourists alike who use this route.“Over the years Donegal County Council has extended the footpath from Dore through to Bunbeg, Derrybeg and Srathmartin. By extending this footpath, it would connect to the existing infrastructure in the parish.“Last month the Sinn Féin team on Donegal County Council refused to accept the cutbacks contained in the Council Budget for 2014. Instead, Sinn Féin recognises the need to invest in our local communities, by developing local infrastructure projects and creating employment in the process.“I am calling on Donegal County Council to identify appropriate funding to develop this project, which would be a very worthwhile addition to the area.” SINN FEIN CANDIDATE WANTS GLENTIES BACK ON THE RIGHT ‘PATH’ was last modified: February 20th, 2014 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:footpathsGlentieslast_img read more

Former PR exec gets 3 years probation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAs part of his plea agreement, Sugerman admitted to defrauding clients out of $120,000, including thousands of dollars in hours he billed but didn’t work. “It’s what we asked for,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Kamenstein said after U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess sentenced Sugerman to probation and 250 hours of community service. “We think the judge did the right thing,” said Sugerman’s attorney, Ellyn Garofalo. “Steve cooperated, he testified in the grand jury and in the trial, and he fully accepted responsibility. “The government recognized the significance of his cooperation in obtaining the verdict it did, and the judge also recognized his cooperation.” Richard Kline, Fleishman-Hillard’s general manager in Los Angeles, said it would be inappropriate to comment on the sentence. The firm paid nearly $6 million to settle a city lawsuit alleging overbilling. A former Fleishman-Hillard executive who became a star prosecution witness after admitting to bilking the Los Angeles DWP out of tens of thousands of dollars, was sentenced Monday to three years’ probation. Steve Sugerman had faced 15 years in prison and fines totaling $750,000 for his guilty plea on wire-fraud charges. But prosecutors recommended leniency in exchange for Sugerman’s testimony against his former boss, Doug Dowie. He and John Stodder, a former public-relations executive who joined the firm after Sugerman left, each face more than 200 years in prison after their convictions on conspiracy and wire fraud. “I profoundly regret my actions … they were not defensible in any way,” Sugerman said before he was sentenced. “We deeply regret this incident. We’ve cooperated fully with authorities, and we’ve taken numerous steps to avoid something like this ever occurring again,” he said. Sugerman, who left Mayor Richard Riordan’s administration in 2000 to become Fleishman-Hillard’s senior vice president for public affairs, testified that Dowie never specifically ordered him to pad DWP bills, but he believed that’s what his boss wanted. He also said Dowie referred to the city utility as “the cash cow,” and described two telephone conversations in which his boss asked whether he could get $20,000 to $30,000 more out of the DWP. Also Monday, Feess indicated he would reject Dowie’s and Stodder’s motions for new trials, saying there had been “overwhelming evidence” of their guilt during their five-week trial this spring. “This was not a close case in the end,” Feess said. Dowie’s attorney, Michael Farhang, argued that prosecutors improperly tried to expand the conspiracy claims, and that other legal problems emerged after a juror admitted recognizing a witness. Stodder’s lawyer, Jan Handzlik, said that billing statements presented as evidence were inaccurate, but not fraudulent. “We’re disappointed obviously,” said Dowie’s attorney Tom Holliday with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Dowie and Stodder are scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 2. (818) 713-3731160Want 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