Impressive win by Long Running Train

first_imgThe progressive American 4-y-o filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN made it two wins from as many starts this season, slamming her five opponents in the annual renewal of the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy grade one feature over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a short priced favourite at 2-5 with former champion Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN chased and disposed of long-time leader RAGING PROSPECT (31-1) leaving the half mile and moving away to win by seven lengths from SOUTHERN CRUISE (5-1). Following a stewards’ inquiry, BRAWN (3-1), who passed the post third with Aaron Chatrie aboard, was disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference to topweight HOVER CRAFT (4-1), who was promoted to third. Last season’s Most Improved Trainer, Harry Parsard, said that LONG RUNNING TRAIN is turning out to be a top-class filly and racing fans are yet to see the best of her. “She won with the minimum of fuss today and although effective over middle distances, she has progressed to a point where it’s going to be difficult for any horse to beat her going two turns,” argued Parsard, who also owns the bay filly by Flower Alley – Cuz You Never Know. “This was her first win in grade one company and I suspect it will be the first of many,” he added. Henry, on the other hand, described LONG RUNNING TRAIN as an ‘exceptional filly’ who is ready to go places. “I am happy that my recent shoulder injury, which kept me out of the saddle for almost a month, has healed in time to secure the ride and provide me with yet another win aboard her,” said Henry, who rode two winners on the card, including the 52-1 outsider PAPER N LACE for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in the second race over a mile. Meanwhile, on a day of upsets, LAZZA (4-1), the first of two winners for apprentice Hakeem Pottinger, won the Jockeys’ Guild of Jamaica Trophy race in post-to-post fashion, while CHEXIMAKIT, with Harleston Lewis up, scored a 15-1 upset in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup for maidens over the straight. Disqualifiedlast_img read more

Arrest warrant issued for alleged fraudster

first_imgNeil Benjamin of Lot 254 Section C Enterprise, East Coast Demerara, who earlier this month was arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly on a fraud charge detailing that, between October 7, 2017 and February 28, 2018, he obtained $725,000 from Keisha Cameron by falsely pretending that he was in position to purchase a Toyota Allion motorcar for her, knowing same to be false, has had a warrant issued for his arrest on Friday after he failed to make a court appearance to answer the charge of fraud.The matter will continue later in this month.RECAPAccording to the Prosecution’s case, on July 6, 2017, Keisha Cameron had a conversation with 52-year-old Neil Benjamin, a Guyana Power and Light (GPL) sub-contractor, in which she told him she wanted to purchase a used motorcar.The woman was reportedly advised by Benjamin to purchase a new car instead, provided that she allowed him to take her to his auto dealer. Facts related that the woman gave Benjamin $170,000 as a down-payment on the vehicle, for which she was never given a receipt. On two other occasions he allegedly collected other monies from Cameron, totalling $725,000.The Prosecution’s case is that after several months had passed, the woman inquired about the motorcar, only to be later told that Benjamin had never made any down payment for the vehicle.A report was made to the Police and the contractor was arrested and charged.The Police prosecutor had objected to Benjamin being placed on bail, and had informed the court that Benjamin had previously been charged for matters of a similar nature and was presently before the court.He was, however, placed on $200,000 bail.last_img read more

Flyers welcome Dawson Creek to town Thursday evening

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers are set for a clash with the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on Thursday night.The Flyers, winners of six straight games, are looking for a better performance versus the Senior Canucks who beat them 5-3 in Dawson Creek earlier in the season.“Should be a good game, we have had some great games over the past three years,” said General Manager Lee Hartman. “With first place on the line, I expect a fast, physical style of game as I sure the players do too.”- Advertisement -Thursday nights affair with the Senior Canucks marks the second straight game with a divisional opponent as the Flyers defeated Grande Prairie 5-4 last week. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

Adventurer hears ‘meow’ of the wild

first_imgErskine-Hellrigel, ever the rebel, chose a first-generation beast. “When I first got her, I couldn’t turn my back on her and walk out of a room; I used to have to back out of a room facing her,” Erskine-Hellrigel said. “If you run from a puma, they have that prey instinct that kicks in and they come after you. The same with her.” Zulie, now 6, has mellowed. Her daily diet of five cans of cat food has packed on some pounds – she weighs 19pounds to be exact – but she’s no slacker. Barely retracting her three-quarter-inch claws, Zulie chases the dancing red light cast by adoptive dad Don Hellrigel’s laser level rather than pursuing her former prey: clueless opossums, gophers, lizards and husky raccoons who wandered in the jungle-like garden at the couple’s Newhall home. In the old days, Zulie stashed her prizes in a den she made herself, which caused Erskine-Hellrigel to restrain her with a leash and halter during outings. Now, she’s content to sit atop a slumpstone fence, staring down the neighbor’s dog or watching TV – she dislikes static news anchors but perks up for wildfires and cartoons. NEWHALL In her childhood, Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel volunteered at the local nature center and raised a bobcat. That early experience with wild felines must have left its mark because, when she adopted a cat five years ago, she didn’t go for an ordinary kitty – she chose a Bengal. The exotic domesticated cats are a hybrid of small Asian leopard cats and domestic cats, prized for their showy coats and pleasing dispositions. After four generations of cross-breeding, they make suitable pets, but The family computer is her new favorite toy, which the cat has learned to turn on while Erskine-Hellrigel is away. “When I come home, it’s on; she’s been playing with the computer,” she said. “She pushes the mouse and smacks the cursor. She’s put together that mouse and cursor go together.” Erskine-Hellrigel, 55, is not imagining things. “The Bengals are more intelligent and a lot more interactive than any other cat I know,” said Canie Brooks, membership secretary for the International Bengal Cat Society, which counts 800 members worldwide. Brooks said she wanted an ocelot for a pet. “But now we have Bengals, which are domestic leopards that give (you) the look of the wild in your home, and they’re loving little things,” she said. Zulie loves her “mom,” often demanding reassuring kisses and strokes throughout the night after Erskine- Hellrigel returns from one of her many adventures. Don accepts his secondary role, allowing, “I have my place in her order of things.” Erskine-Hellrigel has kept more than 30 cats over the years, the oldest one living to 25. The animal lover rescued two other Bengals from a shelter, both fourth generation, one for a close friend and the other for her daughter, Christina Abney, 34. “They seem like they’re too smart for their bodies,” said Abney, an Orange County bank manager. Her cat, Belle, navigates the home as if it were a rustic outcropping, lunging atop the refrigerator and padding across high cabinets, bouncing from the second-story landing onto the entertainment center, then plopping on the couch beside her owners. During Erskine-Hellrigel’s acting career that began when she was 4 and spanned 26 years, she performed in more than 100 commercials and feature films. She has written screenplays, owned and operated an antiques store, is compiling an authoritative tome on California wildflowers, and, until last year, operated “Murder Express,” a murder-mystery entertainment business. She gave it up to volunteer at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, performing trail maintenance and shepherding programs, and at the Mountains and Recreation Conservation Authority. She is also an avid lobbyist for the California Wild Heritage Campaign, hoping to preserve untouched lands for generations to come. Erskine-Hellrigel, who was raised in the small Northern California town of Danville, speaks four foreign languages – Mandarin, Spanish, German, French – and understands some Italian and Portuguese. It’s served her well in her travels to Tibet – where she climbed 25,000 feet up the north side of MountEverest – China, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and Bolivia. On her to-do list this year are Bhutan, East Africa and India. Her dad worked in public relations, her mom was a homemaker, and Erskine-Hellrigel attributes her wanderlust to the travels of her mentors, her aunt and uncle. As a child, Erskine-Hellrigel performed on the Art Linkletter show and easily responded to the host’s query about what she wanted to be when she grew up: a butterfly. “I’m still flitting from thing to thing and place to place – and loving it,” she 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

‘I love Liverpool more than my pet dog!’ – Reds fans react after late victory

first_img1 Philippe Coutinho’s moment of brilliance meant Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool got the new season off to the perfect start.It was a largely uneventful 85 minutes until the game exploded into life when the Brazilian turned majestically before firing a rocket into the top corner from 30 yards.Liverpool fans erupted on social media and you can see the best reactions to the victory below … Philippe Coutinho last_img

REVEALED: CROOKED BISHOP CONDUCTED SHAM MARRIAGES IN DONEGAL

first_imgGuilty: Pat BuckleyA CROOKED bishop convicted of carrying out illegal marriages conducted three of the sham ceremonies here in Donegal, we can reveal.Pat Buckley, who is 61, was excommunicated by the Catholic Church more than a decade ago and now operates an independent church. He was given a suspended jail term after he admitted his involvement in sham marriages when he appeared in court in Belfast.Buckley, of Princes Gardens, Larne, was given a three and a half year jail sentence, suspended for three years after admitting 14 charges of conspiracy to defraud.He performed marriage ceremonies between illegal immigrants from Asia and Portugese women. He charged €400 plus expenses and conducted three of the marriages here in County Donegal.Sentencing him, the judge told him: “What you did was wrong. You committed a series of serious crimes which you did for a financial reward.”“Nothing can disguise the fact that you, as someone who professed to be a man of God and who should have been setting an example to others of how to behave, let yourself down, let your ministry down and betrayed the trust of all those to whom you should have been providing leadership and guidance.“The loss of your reputation is bound to have hit you hard.”An organised crime detective said the sentencing marked the culmination of an investigation that “spanned three continents and has lasted over four years”.“This investigation uncovered the systematic abuse of the EU immigration system in which criminals, some from a professional background, provided false documentation for work permits,” said PSNI detective Andrea McMullan.Speaking after his sentencing, Buckley said he felt a “strong sense of compassion for those who must live outside the EU in profound poverty and appalling circumstances”.“I am glad that the judge and the prosecution accept that I have provided solace to the outcasts and that my door is always open to the downtrodden.“I am sorry for allowing my compassion to bring me to the point of breaking the law – the laws that our society agree upon.“I did not intend to offend my fellow citizens, but I accept that I have, and again for that I want to say that I am sorry.”REVEALED: CROOKED BISHOP CONDUCTED SHAM MARRIAGES IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:BishopconvictedcrookPat Buckleylast_img read more

NEW LAWS NEEDED TO PROTECT LOUGH SWILLLY FISHERMEN, SAYS TD

first_imgIndependent TD Thomas Pringle has been informed by the Minister of State at the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources that legislation needs to be introduced to amend the 1959 Fisheries (Consolidation) Act to ensure that licenses for Oyster fishing on Lough Swilly are allocated to properly licensed fishing vessels.Concern has arisen in the recent round of license applications because while the license application documentation states that fishermen should have properly licensed vessels Inland Fisheries Ireland do not take this into account when allocating licenses.This has led to the situation where licenses could be allocated to people who do not have a commercial sea fishing license and therefore the onus falls on the SFPA to enforce the licensing law and applicants that can satisfy the sea fishing license requirement are refused licenses. According to the Minister the 1959 Fisheries (Consolidation) Act specifically excludes Inland Fisheries Ireland from examining the licensing of the vessel being used when deciding on an application.Said Deputy Pringle: “This is a ludicrous situation that could lead to unsuitable and possibly unsafe vessels being used in the fishery. It also places fishermen that have invested in tonnage and safety gear at a potential disadvantage when looking for licenses to fish.“The Minister has confirmed that work has commenced to resolve this situation and I would call on him to ensure that it is published and brought before the Dail without delay.”  NEW LAWS NEEDED TO PROTECT LOUGH SWILLLY FISHERMEN, SAYS TD was last modified: January 18th, 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:Deputy Thomas PringleNEW LAWS NEEDED TO PROTECT LOUGH SWILLLY FISHERMENSAYS TDlast_img read more

Your Internal Motors Can Run Nanotech

first_imgIn each cell in your body, and in that of every living thing, there exists a tiny motor named ATP synthase that Science News1 calls “the ultimate molecular machine.”  It converts electrical to chemical energy, writes Alexandra Goho, “with amazing efficiency.”  Now, Japanese have harnessed some of these motors (only 12 millionths of a millimeter high) to power artificial machines.  They attached hundreds of the motors to a glass surface and attached little magnetic beads to the rotor part.  With an electromagnet, they induced them to spin, and were able to make them rotate both clockwise and counterclockwise.1Alexandra Goho, “Nature’s tiniest rotor runs like clockwork,” Science News, Week of Feb. 7, 2004; Vol. 165, No. 6, p. 94; see also article by Jessica Gorman, “Nanotech Switch: Strategy controls minuscule motor,” Science News, Week of Nov. 9, 2002; Vol. 162, No. 19.Biochemists and nanotechnologists are rightly fascinated by these nanoscopic machines, but strangely silent about where they came from.  They want to know what they can do with them, but where did they come from?  They hope they can borrow them for all kinds of nanodevices, but where did they come from?    Suppose we were members of a Star Trek crew from a distant galaxy, and had just landed on Mars.  We find this little rover with solar panels and wheels and instruments, and all we can think about is how we can play with it.  Wouldn’t some sentient being on the crew be thinking, Where did it come from?Exercise: if aliens found Spirit or Opportunity on Mars, would they be justified in inferring intelligent design for its origin, even if they knew nothing about the designers?  Why or why not?  If scientists found an ATP synthase motor in the desert, but instead of being nanoscopic it was the size of a cement mixer, would they be justified in thinking it had evolved from the sand?  Support your answers.    We’ve had many previous headlines on ATP Synthase.  You can start at the 09/18/2003 article and work back through the links for more information.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Honeybees pick up “astonishing” number of agricultural, urban pesticides via non-crop plants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A Purdue University study shows that honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season.Christian Krupke, professor of entomology, and then-postdoctoral researcher Elizabeth Long collected pollen from Indiana honeybee hives at three sites over 16 weeks to learn which pollen sources honeybees use throughout the season and whether they are contaminated with pesticides.The pollen samples represented up to 30 plant families and contained residues from pesticides spanning nine chemical classes, including neonicotinoids — common corn and soybean seed treatments that are toxic to bees. The highest concentrations of pesticides in bee pollen, however, were pyrethroids, insecticides typically used to control mosquitoes and other nuisance pests.“Although crop pollen was only a minor part of what they collected, bees in our study were exposed to a far wider range of chemicals than we expected,” Krupke said. “The sheer numbers of pesticides we found in pollen samples were astonishing. Agricultural chemicals are only part of the problem. Homeowners and urban landscapes are big contributors, even when hives are directly adjacent to crop fields.”Long, now an assistant professor of entomology at The Ohio State University, said she was also “surprised and concerned” by the diversity of pesticides found in pollen.“If you care about bees as a homeowner, only use insecticides when you really need to because bees will come into contact with them,” she said.The study suggests that overall levels of pesticide exposure for honeybees in the Corn Belt could be considerably higher than previously thought, Krupke said. This is partly because research efforts and media attention have emphasized neonicotinoids’ harmful effects on pollinators and their ability to travel and persist in the environment. Few studies, however, have examined how non-crop plants could expose bees to other classes of pesticides. Looking at Midwestern honeybees’ environment through this wider lens and over an entire season could provide more accurate insights into what bees encounter as they forage, Krupke said.Krupke and Long collected pollen weekly from May to September from hives placed in a non-agricultural meadow, the border of a cornfield planted with neonicotinoid-treated seeds and the border of a cornfield planted with non-treated seeds. They waited to begin their collection until after growers had planted their crops to avoid the heavily contaminated dust that arises during the planting of neonicotinoid-coated seeds.The samples showed that honeybees collect the overwhelming majority of their pollen from uncultivated plants, particularly the plant family that includes clover and alfalfa.The researchers found 29 pesticides in pollen from the meadow site, 29 pesticides in pollen from the treated cornfield and 31 pesticides in pollen from the untreated cornfield.“These findings really illustrate how honeybees are chronically exposed to numerous pesticides throughout the season, making pesticides an important long-term stress factor for bees,” Long said.The most common chemical products found in pollen from each site were fungicides and herbicides, typical crop disease and weed management products.Of the insecticides, neonicotinoids and pyrethroids were the most common in the pollen samples and pose the highest risks to bees, Krupke said. While both are toxic to bees, they differ in their relative risk levels. Neonicotinoids are more poisonous to bees but are primarily used on agricultural land. Conversely, pyrethroids are typically used where pollinators are likely to be — near homes and gardens with a diversity of flowering plants — potentially exposing bees to higher levels of chemicals and on a more frequent basis. The study showed distinct spikes of pyrethroids in August and September, months when many homeowners spray these chemicals to knock out mosquitoes, hornets and other nuisance pests. Pollen from all three sites also contained DEET, the active ingredient in most insect repellants.Krupke said that little is known about how these diverse pesticides interact with one another to affect bees. The toxicity of insecticides, for example, can increase when combined with certain fungicides, themselves harmless to insects.The researchers did not assess colony health in this study.The study was published in Nature Communications on May 31 and is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11629.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s North Central Regional Integrated Pest Management Program funded the research.last_img read more

Corn ear abnormalities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, Seed Consultants agronomistWhile walking corn plots for fields as they get closer to maturity, it is not uncommon to observe some plant/ear abnormalities. One abnormality observed this time of year is a tassel ear. The picture is a tassel ear I observed recently while taking notes in a corn plot.Corn plants are monecious, having both male (the tassel) and female (the ear) flowering structures. Occasionally, female reproductive structures develop on a tassel, allowing for kernel development. Typically observed on tillers (or suckers) these tassel ears do not develop with a husk covering the kernels and do not produce harvestable grain due to damage from pests and environmental conditions.last_img read more