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first_imgThe 21st running of the Lady Geeta Trophy grade one feature over 1200 metres provided a bittersweet experience for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who, despite winning with 7-2 chance PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, said he was shocked when stable-companion and 3-5 favourite POKER STAR decked jockey Robert Halledeen at the start.”It was nerve-racking”, recalled the 15-champion trainer. “Although my other horse, Perfect Neighbour, made up for the disappointment by scoring a narrow win, what was more important was that neither Poker Star nor the jockey was injured,” he added.Bidding for his sixth consecutive win, POKER STAR pitched from the outside post position (No. 6) on leaving the gates and dislodged Halledeen, much to the horror of racing fans who had installed the reigning champion sprinter a howling favourite to win his third trophy event from as many races this season.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, ridden by four-time champion jockey Omar Walker for co-owners Alfred Lee and Jeffery Mordecai, broke well to chase the tearaway leader UPPA TUNE (5-2) with apprentice Bebeto Harvey into the straight, closing strongly in the last 100 metres to overhaul the consistent US-bred horse, winning by three-quarter length. The 2014 sprint champion POTCHEEN, highly fancied at 5-2, finished third after failing to go the early pace.Winner of the derby and St. Leger as a three-year-old in 2013 and voted the champion stayer of 2015, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR has now won 15 races from 36 starts lifetime with total stakes of just over $21 million. The 6-y-o horse, by Natural Selection out of Desperatehousewife, was bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited.The season’s first classics, the Post to Post 1000 and 2000 Guineas over 1600 metres, will both be run this Saturday, April 9.last_img read more

first_imgMILAN (AP):Nobody seems capable of stopping Juventus, at home or abroad. After taking a step closer to the Champions League final on Wednesday, Juventus can secure an unprecedented sixth straight Serie A title this weekend if results go their way.The team is also in the Italian Cup final, where it will face Lazio, and there is the feeling that this could be the year Juventus emulate the Inter Milan team of 2010 by winning the treble.”We have a huge week coming up,” Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said. “But we head into it with bundles of energy and enthusiasm.”The first trophy can be clinched this weekend if Juventus win at home against city rivals Torino tomorrow and Roma fails to do the same at AC Milan the following day.Juventus are currently riding a league record run of 33 straight victories at home, but a draw would also be enough if Roma lose at Milan.If Juventus doesn’t clinch the title this weekend, they could win it the following Sunday – at Roma. That match comes days after the secondleg of the Champions League semi-finals against Monaco, with Juventus leading 2-0.CONCEDED GOALSSince Serie A was founded in 1929, no club has won six straight titles – though Torino, Inter Milan and Juventus have all won five in a row.Juventus have appeared to have had the title sewn up for several weeks – even months.A key part of Juventus’ title defence has been its defence. The Bianconeri have conceded only 22 goals in the league, nine fewer than Roma.Before last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Atalanta, Juventus hadn’t conceded in any competition since a 3-2 cup loss at Napoli – a run of five matches, which included two games against Barcelona.The BBC of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini earned yet more plaudits after another stingy display in Monaco.”It’s the team which is special, the defence is only something extra,” Chiellini said. “The lads up front were exceptional tonight. We played well at the back but we had Gigi (Buffon) to thank, too, because when you’re up against players this good, you always end up conceding a few chances.last_img read more

first_imgAs the Machinery Corporation of Guyana (MACORP) celebrates its 25th anniversary, the company on Friday launched its new brand of machinery which is expected to not only use less fuel but also increase efficiency.A demonstration being conducted on the usage of the new machine by a staffer at MACORPThis was related at the launch of the equipment at the company’s Lot 26 Providence, East Bank Demerara location.At the launch, a demonstration of the new models of machinery was done where the company boasted of the new features of the machines.According to the Parts Manager, the new machines will be technologically savvy, in that it will require less human involvement in addition to it using less fuel and increasing efficiency by 45 per cent.The Chief Executive Officer of MACORP, Guillermo Escarraga, noted how grateful the company is to have been in Guyana for the past 25 years and that it continues to look forward to Guyanese support, especially with the launch of the new machines.He said the “very special product” will change the way work is done in Guyana. Escarraga explained, “Today everything is related to technology. We cannot live without technology… in the world of machines, this is a great advantage because machines work in remote locations and we need to be connected with them as well”.According to him, it is based on those very reasons that MACORP is proud to present the next generation of excavators to increase productivity and safety.The brief ceremony was attended by Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, Education Minister Nicolette Henry, students and other guests.last_img read more

first_img… as Association to protest in front State HouseIn light of the total ban on used tyres, which takes effect from April 1, the members of the Guyana Used Tyres Association (GUTA) will picket State House on Tuesday, with the aim of getting the attention of the President.At a press conference at Georgetown Club on Friday, the Association reminded that motorcars, minibuses and other vehicle operators will have to purchase new tyres, which will drive up transportation cost. As such, the Association has called for more consultations with Government.“The Guyana Used Tyres Association is not seeking a confrontation with any authority but rather a consultation with the authorities,” GUTA Public Relations Coordinator Nazim Hussein stressed.He, along with the organisation’s Vice President Mustaak Mohamed, and Treasurer Abdool Hamid met with the media on Friday.Notably, the used trye industry provides jobs for around 5000 persons and contributes in excess of $100 million in revenue. Hussein also pointed out that new tyres generate around “50 per cent less” revenue on a yearly basis.Highlighting the claim that used tyres cause more road accidents, Hussein challenged the authorities to provide the statistics cited that show such a correlation. According to his contention, more accidents are caused by speeding, alcohol consumption and inattentiveness, especially by use of mobile phones while driving.The group challenged the Finance Minister’s legal framework for implementing the ban. “Presently, there is no minimum requirement for a tyre in law, in Guyana,” Hussein claimed.It was further contended that the Bureau of Standards should employ technology to differentiate between “good used tyres” and “substandard new tyres”. The GUTA suggested that if the ban is instituted, there will be “significant increase of wear trye use” on the country’s roads, adding that the high cost of new tryes will force drivers to continue using their current tryes for longer periods. This, the group reasoned, will cause more road accidents.President of the Minibus Association, Ian Andrews, feels that the rising costs will be passed on to passengers and suggested some persons may want to smuggle tyres.“Guyanese are very innovative persons and if we are not careful and persons cannot afford to buy those tryes but they need it, you can have a smuggling culture that is going to develop whether through the borders or by boats,” he reasoned.Andrews further noted that if the maintenance, along with its associated costs increase, some bus operators may be forced to discontinue their operations, rendering them jobless.During the National Budget 2016 presentation, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced Government’s intention to ban the importation of used tyres, in a noted effort to promote the “green economy” and protect the environment.In April 2016, hundreds of concerned stakeholders had signed a petition to convince Government to rescind its decision to ban the importation of used tyres into the country but the measure was allowed to move forward.Truck tryes and agriculture machinery tryes are exempt from the ban.last_img read more

first_imgIt is the 47-year-old’s first warning and the decision was posted on the FA website, which also makes it clear that any manager receiving four such warnings must serve a touchline ban.City moved to within four points of Premier League leaders Liverpool thanks to Leroy Sane’s second half winner at the Etihad Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Referee Anthony Taylor has words with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 5 – Pep Guardiola has been warned by the Football Association over his behaviour after Manchester City manager launched into a touchline rant during the champions’ crucial 2-1 victory against Liverpool.Guardiola threw his scarf to the ground and shouted at fourth official Martin Atkinson after a decision from referee Anthony Taylor went against City in the second half on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgChristmas is coming early this year at McFaddens Pharmacy as they launch a whole host of fantastic reductions on a series of top-class products in the run-up to the festive season.L’Oreal Paris and Maybelline Cosmetics are now 33% OFF for the rest of November and December!The reductions are available both in-store and online at Fabulous NYX Make-up Kits and Pallettes are also now available in store.Scholl Velvet Smooth Essential Pedicure Gift Set is an AMAZING price now only €49.50 was €99.00. the offer “Buy On-line and enter a draw for a FULL refund of your order” is still on till end of December! Finally, McFaddens Pharmacy have announced that their Christmas club is now open.Their offering customers the chance to reserve as many gifts as they like with a small deposit, and then pay it off in small easy instalments.They’ll keep their gifts aside for them until they need them at Christmas.CHRISTMAS HAS COME EARLY AT MCFADDENS PHARMACY! 🙂  WOW! 33% OFF L’OREAL PARIS AND MAYBELLINE COSMETICS AT MCFADDENS PHARMACY was last modified: November 19th, 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:BusinessFeaturesMcFADDENS PHARMACYnewslast_img read more

first_imgTermon GAA Notes: Week Ending 22/05/12Minor Board:Congrats to Barry Gallagher and Anthony Grant who played at half time in the Cumann na mBunscoil game in Breffni Park in Cavan on Sunday. Our U14s took on St Eunans last Wednesday evening and were unlucky to be defeated.Our U8s took part in a blitz last Saturday. Thanks to Paddy, David and Coleen for looking after the teams and thanks to the parents for bringing children along. In what is a very encouraging sign we had 30 players there making up 4 teams. The U 12s recent good run of results came to an end in O Donnel Park  on Monday evening with both teams beaten by the host St Eunans teams. In the first game Termon fought back well in the second half and despite some good late scores from Evan Coleman, St Eunans had done enough to hold on for victory. The second game was a good contest with high skill levels on both side with the block being a prominent feature. St Eunans seemed to come by the scores a little easier than the Termon boys did and were deserving winners. Next up for this squad are games Vs Letterkenny Gaels at 6.30pm next Monday at the Burn Road.Our U10 boys squads will have thier first blitz of 2012 in O Donnell Park this Friday evening. All boys are asked to be at the venue by 6pm please.Coaching as usual this Saturday for U6s, U8s and U10s boys and girls and U12 Girls.Clean up of Club dressing Rooms this Saturday at 10.30am during coaching if anyone is available to help as we have first home blitz on at 2nd.Ladies Board: Commiserations to all the Termon members involved last Saturday when a strong Tyrone team defeated Donegal to win the Ulster Minor Championship.The Senior ladies had a comprehensive victory over Moville last Sunday in an excellent team and panel performance. The Junior ladies made the journey to Buncrana and despite a great comeback were defeated by the home side. Tara McDaid and Aileen McGlynn best for Termon. The juniors ladies are fixed to play Red Hughes this weekend while the seniors are down to play Glenfin.Congratulations to Geraldine McLaughlin who was selected on the Bord Gais Division 1 National League team of the year last week.Mens Board:Our Seniors and reserves had no league games last weekend but have a busy weekend ahead. They play Urris this Friday at the Burn Road and then both teams will travel to Downings this Sunday in what is a very important weekend in the league season. The club would like to thank Letterkenny Skip hire for their continued sponsorship of the Senior team which they renewed recently. Visit their website at for all their services and offers.Lotto:The Lotto draw took place in McClaffertys Churchill on Friday last. The numbers drawn were 7, 16, 19 and 26. There was no match 3 winner. The open draw winners were Bridget McBrearty, Lisa Gallagher and Anne Doherty. Next week’s draw takes place in the Glenveagh Inn, Sara Harkin and Martina Kelly are the coordinators. The jackpot is now €1100.Burn Road TimetableAll managers are to take note of the calendar for the use of the Burn Road now in place at the Dressing Rooms. Any additional trainings and games times are to be cleared with Martin Friel. This is to ensure the pitch isn’t double booked in the busy weeks and months ahead.GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

first_img19 November 2012The Springboks controlled the first half and then put together a second half of bone-jarring defence to hold off a determined Scottish onslaught and record a 21-10 victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.As it was in their 16-12 defeat of Ireland, South Africa managed to exert their game on the opposition for only half the contest. In the other half, they were forced to repel wave after wave of attack.After the game, Bok coach Heyneke Meyer admitted to being unhappy with his team’s performance in the second half. “I was disappointed with the second half because I really thought we had done everything we had set out to do in the early part of the game,” he said.‘Awesome’Nonetheless, he was hugely impressed by his charges’ commitment in defence, which he described as “awesome”.“We’ll take the win – it was ugly, but that’s how you win trophies, especially the World Cup,” he said, which would not have excited South African supporters still looking for more from the team on attack. Then again, it was the right result when reflecting on the last time the teams met in 2010 when Scotland won 21-17 and prevented the Springboks producing a Grand Slam winning tour.Whether or not victory was achieved with the kind of rugby that wins World Cups is debatable. World Cup winners would usually deal with the Six Nations’ wooden spoon team more convincingly – witness New Zealand’s 51-22 victory a week earlier – while the defensive battle for the title might come later between two more highly ranked sides.AttitudeCaptain Jean de Villiers commented: “Defence is not something you can coach entirely. It comes from within and the attitude you show there reflects your attitude towards the team and its cause.”Scotland’s coach Andy Robinson said: “Last week we were facing speed when we played the All Blacks, this week it was physicality. They were the toughest team we’ve played against. They showed the gulf that exists between the sides.”Flyhalf Patrick Lambie was included for the Ireland and Scotland tests after displaying good form in the Absa Currie Cup and dictating play. Yet, one gets the feeling, his natural game is being curbed in the international game and he is being asked to be too much like his predecessor, Morne Steyn, relying mostly on the boot set up play.A sideways moveIt all seems like a bit of a sideways move. If Lambie has been selected on the basis of his form, one would hope that he would be allowed to exhibit it, but his natural attacking instincts appear to have been curbed by coach Meyer’s conservative approach. Sure, the Springboks have won against Ireland and Scotland, but those wins would likely not have excited or impressed many of the team’s supporters.One man who has made a massively positive impression, though, is flanker Francois Louw. He was all over the field against the Scots, making tackle after tackle and stealing ball. His work rate is superb and effectiveness equally good. And his form was a continuation of the fine showing he put up against Ireland.In the continuing absence of Bismarck du Plessis, Andries Strauss has proved himself an international class hooker. On Saturday, his lineout throwing was pin-point. He was scrumming was strong and he also scored two tries, one after good work at the back of a rolling maul, the second as the result of excellent anticipation, leading to a fantastic one-handed interception, which he turned into a try.First pointsThe Boks’ first points at Murrayfield came from a turnover forced by Francois Louw, which became a penalty, converted by Lambie.Before that, however, there was an interesting call by referee George Clancy, who penalised South Africa for obstruction from a lineout. The Scots appeared to engage the maul and then disengage, but Clancy ruled they had never contested the maul, resulting in the obstruction call.Greig Laidlaw levelled the score at 3-3 after Scotland won a penalty at a ruck after 10 minutes, but Lambie nosed the men in green and gold ahead after 14 minutes when Laidlaw was offsides at a lineout.TryMidway through the half, captain Jean de Villiers opted against an easy penalty kick at goal and had Lambie kick for the corner. From the lineout, the Springboks drove for the try line and tore apart the Scottish defence to allow Strauss to crash over for his first try. A missed conversion left South Africa 11-3 ahead.Laidlaw had a chance to reduce the deficit after South Africa were penalised for playing the ball on the ground at a ruck, but he hooked his effort.After a strong run from Francois Louw, Scotland conceded a penalty by entering the ruck from the side and Lambie’s successful kick at goal extended South Africa’s lead to 14-3.Scotland skipper Kelly Brown followed Jean de Villiers’ example when he chose to kick to touch instead of taking a kick at goal, but fast and strong Springbok defence kept the home team out until Louw forced a penalty at a ruck.Big leadThe teams went into half-time with the visitors in charge and they soon improved their position when Strauss pulled down a pass from scrumhalf Mike Blair and ran through to dot down next to the uprights only six minutes into the second half. Lambie added the extras to make it 21-3 in favour of the Boks.From that point on, however, Scotland dominated field position and possession.Just five minutes after the Boks’ scored their second try, Henry Pyrgos, on for Blair at scrumhalf, sliced through the middle of a lineout close to the South African line to go over untouched after a clinically executed set move. Laidlaw’s successful conversion made it South Africa 21, Scotland 10, but more importantly it lifted the home crowd and team.Successive charge-downsOn the hour-mark, the Scots charged down two Springbok kicks in succession and came close to scoring, but they could not find a way through after forcing a five-metre lineout.With only 10 minutes remaining, the Scots again kicked for touch, but went unrewarded. A number of penalties went their way until, with four minutes left, replacement lock Flip van der Merwe was shown a yellow card for entering a ruck from the side.Eightman David Denton drove his way to within centimetres of the line and Tim Visser knocked on as the Scots continued to exert heavy pressure on South Africa.With time almost up, Scotland were stopped after they took a penalty quickly and possession was turned over.Turn overScrumhalf Ruan Pienaar booted the ball downfield and when the Springboks were awarded a kickable penalty they chose not to kick at posts, but instead knocked the ball into touch to seal a hard-fought victory.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgIn a CNBC interview interview aired on Monday, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates suggests that Windows 8 and Microsoft’s Surface tablet line could ultimately dethrone Apple’s iPad from its global tablet crown because iPad “users are frustrated.”Yikes! I guess Gates has access to the really good stuff.Office Should Be EverywhereLast month, I took Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to task for delaying the arrival of Microsoft Office productivity suite on devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating system. I was hoping Gates would set Ballmer straight. Unfortunately, Gates appears as confused as Ballmer – and equally tied to thecontracting PC ecosystem over which Microsoft has long ruled.(See also Ballmer’s Latest Blunder: No Office For iOS And Android Till 2014)It’s great that Gates cares so much about user frustration. Only, in this case he gets it exactly wrong:A lot of (iPad) users are frustrated. They can’t type. They can’t create documents. So we’re providing them something with the benefits they’ve seen that has made that a big category but without giving up what they expect in a PC. If you have Surface or Surface Pro, you have the portability of the tablet but the richness in terms of the keyboard (and) Microsoft Office of the PC.Wrong, wrong, wrong.Users are not clamoring for iPad to be more like a PC. If anything, users want their PCs to be more like the iPad. So far at least, the market makes that pretty darn clear: In the most recent quarter, Apple sold 19.5 million iPads – compared to 11.8 million in the same quarter last year. The Surface? Not so much. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Ballmer#bill gates#iOS#iPad#Microsoft Office#Windows#Windows 8 According to IDC tablet sales data, of the 49.2 million tablets that shipped this past quarter, the Surface accounted for a paltry 0.9 million – 1.8% of the market. In other words, the Surface barely rises above a rounding error. Worse, it’s not just the Surface. As IDC notes: “(All) Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets continued to struggle to gain traction in the market.” The combined total of Windows 8 and Windows RT sales across all vendors hits a still-minuscule 1.8 million units.That’s about what Apple’s iPad line sells in a week.Gates Doubles Down On Ballmer’s Mobile StrategyEarlier this year, Gates surprised analysts when he publicly stated that Microsoft’s mobile strategy was “clearly a mistake.” Many observers believed we would soon witness a rapid turnaround in the company’s mobile strategy – including the Surface and Windows Phone. No such luck. Today’s Bill Gates is completely on-message with Steve Ballmer:Windows 8 is revolutionary in that it takes the benefits of the tablet and the benefits of the PC (so) if you have Surface and Surface Pro you’ve got that portability of the tablet but the richness in terms of the keyboard and Microsoft Office of the PC.Gates is looking in the rear view mirror. While the global Windows user base of 1.25 billion is indeed massive, the PC market is no longer growing. Apple’s iOS – iPhone and iPad – are poised to surpass Windows. And Apple’s iOS is going to be only the second most popular personal computing platform – after Android.(See also Windows Phone, Still An Underdog, Comes Out Swinging.)Rather than touting the add-on Surface keyboard and the tablet’s support of Office, Microsoft should be focused on porting Office to what will soon be the world’s two most popular personal computing platforms – iOS and Android. As I said last month, “There was a time when Apple needed Office to be on the Mac. That time is past. Now, Microsoft needs Office to be on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.”The numbers don’t lie: For  the past quarter, the tablet market – which includes Surface – grew 142%. In stark contrast, the PC market fell 13.9%. brian s hall The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … (See also The Real Reason Windows Phone Is Failing.)Inexplicably, Gates and Ballmer don’t seem to see what everyone else is looking at. The market has spoken, and the market does not want to be tied to the PC. Microsoft has an opportunity to leverage its strengths in productivity software to the leading platforms, but is too stubborn to let go of its dreams of Windows dominating the mobile space. Clinging to the proverbial ‘stay the course’ message is exactly the wrong thing for Microsoft to say and do.Image of Bill Gates courtesy of Shutterstock.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more