TODAY marks the final racemeet before Christmas, and with the 10-race programme offering a $5.4 million Pick-9 carryover, a payout in excess of $8 million looks a real possibility.Three trophy races will be run on the afternoon, including the annual renewal of the Sweet Ruckus Trophy over 1400 metres for native and imported two-year-olds, with a purse of $850,000.The other trophy races on the card are the round-five Stewards’ Cup for maiden two-year-old colts and geldings, and the Restricted Allowance II for the Titania Trophy over 1100 metres, which is confined to fillies and mares.The Philip Feanny-trained BUBBLING KITTEN, who impressed in the Dye Job Sprint, over 1200 metres, on December 12, renews rivalry with the runner-up and then-favourite, BLUE DIXIE, in a small field of six, and judging from the manner of her victory, she looks hard to oppose.Dye Job SprintBUBBLING KITTEN beat BLUE DIXIE by all of six and a half lengths in the Dye Job Sprint, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:13.1 under former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, who again has the ride.With the tongue tie fitted for that race, the bay filly, by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Shanna D, showed good speed to dispute the early lead with RALLY BABY and skittered away on entering the straight for a facile win, behind splits of 23.0 and 46.1.She is still extremely fit, and with the additional furlong no obstacle, should lead home Gary Subratie stable companions BLUE DIXIE and GOLDEN GLORY.Subratie indicated last Saturday that BLUE DIXIE had some minor issues for the Dye Job Sprint, but is expecting a better race today, and has called up outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson to try and make a difference. BLUE DIXIE looks a safe exacta horse.I also like the well-advanced newcomer, SIR RAJA BABA (working well) to lead home EQUUS in the Stewards’ Cup, in which nine two-year-olds will run; fleet-footed FIRE ALARM ahead of COMMANDING AVIATOR in the Titania Trophy; MESSITHEGREAT to recoup losses in the sixth; CRUCIAL VALOR in the seventh; and PRINCESS SHEMIKA to stave off CHEERS in the eighth.
– renews calls for forensic auditWith questions recently raised over the food bill at the National Assembly, a Councillor is pressing for a forensic audit into the Georgetown as he fears that lack of accountability may be masking similar expenditures.In an interview with Guyana Times Councillor Bishram Kuppen expressed his concern over the spending at the Council, especially as he says that promised quarterly financial reports have not been presented.“It has always been a concern of mine for all the expenditures that the City Council had and whether those expenditures are actually beneficial to the people ofCity Hall Councillor Bishram KuppenGeorgetown. When I saw that food bill there from Parliament, I recalled in the beginning in the City Council there were these lavishes given out to Councillors and perhaps the staff also.”“Over a period of time they have scaled back,” he continued. “But the concern is still we don’t know what the food bill is or if the Council is buying food for the staff, whether breakfast or dinner in the morning. Because we don’t get any detailed financial statements.”According to Kuppen, both he and other members of the Council have requested these documents from the Town Clerk and the head of the Finance Committee, Oscar Clarke, through Mayor Patricia Chase Green.“There was one particular instance where the Town Clerk said, and his words were to the effect that the Finance Committee headed by Clarke, who has been there close to 20 years, approved expenditure for the City Council.”“At one of those meetings also, the Chairman had said if Council Kuppen wants toCity Hallsee details and a quarterly report, he would get it. That was years ago and I’ve never seen it. The Committee has failed to provide full disclosure of all the expenditure and all the contracts they have approved.”With that being said, the Councillor stressed the need for a revamp of the system coming out of Local Government Elections (LGE). According to Kuppen, LGE must be used as a catalyst to bring more accountability and transparency to City Hall.“I think the way the City Council has been run, it has been mismanaged. The only way for the situation to change is for a complete forensic audit. No matter who wins the Local Government Elections, the ground work must be set for a forensic audit so you can start from scratch.”“You can know what systems are there, where the loop holes are, if there were improprieties, if there were illegal activities. Just like what the President said when he launched forensic audits into the various Ministries. He said this was the way to reset things. So we do need to reset the system and hold those who are accountable for misuse of the funds, accountable to the law.”City HallEarlier this year, City Hall’s inability to account for monies by providing relevant documents had prompted Auditor General Deodat Sharma to announce that another audit would be carried out at the municipality.He had made it clear that approaches would be made to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers this time around, if City Hall continued to be non-cooperative with auditors.Last year, the AG’s attempts to conduct an audit were stymied by documents not being provided. According to Sharma at the time, there were a number of gaps that remained unfilled in the investigation.He had noted that as a result of these missing and sometimes even damaged documents, there would be a number of pages in the final report that would carry disclaimers. This is all despite City Hall being the ones who wrote to the Auditor General’s Office requesting an audit.It was at one time reported that during the final phase of the audit, the probe was stalled due to this lack of cooperation. Things had reportedly reached a point necessitating a letter to be sent to Town Clerk Royston King, over the undue delays being caused by City Hall officials not making the necessary documents available for the auditors.
…Brigadier Mark Phillips possesses integrity– former Army ChiefGeneral Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, Bharrat Jagdeo has pointed out that the party has not decided on its Prime Ministerial (PM) candidate, adding that former Army Chief of Staff, Mark Phillips, like any other member of the party, can be nominated for that post.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo explained that the PM candidate will be selected from the civic component of the party and noted that there is a possibility that Phillips can be selected for this position.“I believe that he is a great person, I know of his skills, in terms of finance and his security credentials and I have heard a lot about his integrity. He would be a welcomed addition to our team, I made it clear to him that the process we would follow. I don’t know if anyone of our members will nominate him. It is very likely that his name could be nominated too because members of the central committee, the members of Parliament, anyone could nominate a person and we will treat each name on its merit and then make a decision,” Jagdeo told a news conference.Former Chief of Staff of the GDF, Retired Brigadier Mark PhillipsHe explained that Phillips was welcomed into the folds of the party.“Let me make it clear, we are not trading positions…the PPP will go into these elections making no commitments, we are working on a platform, a platform that is inclusive, we want progress for all Guyanese regardless of their race, their religion, wherever they live and we want to make sure that our people are safe in their homes, good quality education, and our oil resources work for everyone. We believe that there are many people who have great skills within our ranks and who will be part of our team through the Civic and also many individuals who we will have to tap for their skills,” the Opposition Leader said.The PPP/C General Secretary added that under a PPP Government, from 2020, there will be numerous opportunities for persons to obtain jobs, not only in the Government.“Right now we are talking about thousands of young professionals trained to manage to create a national core of managers for the oil and gas sector, thousands of opportunities, so we are not going to be engaged with any Party or individual with trading individuals….Mark Phillips said I want to be apart, I like the vision, I like the programme for the country, he is a patriot too and he wants to be a part of the team. When we come to selecting the PM candidate, the names are going to come up, we are going to have a discussion, and then we will make a selection but it is not dependent, him being a part of the team, is not dependent on that”.Meanwhile, on Friday, former Chief of Staff, Gary Best, at the Peoples National Congress press conference said that Brigadier Phillips worked under his leadership in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and displayed good qualities and possessed integrity.“Mr Phillips is a gentleman and he will decide what he wants to do with all his qualities but I will say in no uncertain terms that when he worked with me he had to display those qualities. I demanded of it, I got those qualities out of him, in the GDF he did a good job,” the PNC member said.
“I need to analyse things. It has been four and a half years since I stopped at Bayern and football has changed.”German media report that Heynckes could return to Bayern until the end of the season with current Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann tipped to take over for the 2018/19 season.Heynckes confirmed he has met with Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president Uli Hoeness and director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic.“Many things were discussed,” added Heynckes.Ancelotti was sacked last week after poor results and ex-Bayern defender Willy Sagnol is now in temporary charge.Despite his age, Heynckes says he feels “fit” enough to coach Bayern, who led to the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble in 2013 — the only German club to ever achieve the feat.“Bayern is pulling Jupp Heynckes out of retirement,” wrote Sport Bild.The club has not confirmed the report.With the team in disarray currently, the Bayern hierachy want an authoritative character who knows the club intimately, Bild said.Bayern are third in the Bundesliga, five points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.A stinging 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League led the club to sack Ancelotti last week.Two German coaches believed to be in the running to manage Bayern — Nagelsmann and former Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel — have no prior experience with the club.Heynckes coached Bayern over three periods — from 1987 to 1991, briefly in 2009 and then between 2011 and 2013.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jupp Heynckes has previously coached Bayern Munich over three periods — from 1987 to 1991, briefly in 2009 and then between 2011 and 2013 © AFP/File / DANIEL ROLANDBerlin, Germany, Oct 5 – Veteran German coach Jupp Heynckes confirmed reports on Thursday that he is considering a return to Bayern Munich following Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal.“It’s not yet done and dusted,” the 72-year-old Heynckes told the Rheinische Post, the local paper near his home in Moenchengladbach.
0Shares0000Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City dominated Basel 4-0 in the first leg, last 16 match in the Champions League © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGBASEL, Switzerland, Feb 14 – Ilkay Gundogan says there is still more to come from Manchester City after their “perfect” 4-0 rout of Basel left them on the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals.The runaway Premier League leaders destroyed Basel’s morale with a three-goal burst after just 23 minutes of the first leg last-16 mismatch. City’s first three goals came in a devastating nine-minute spell thanks to a header from Gundogan, a Bernardo Silva volley and a long-range Sergio Aguero strike.It was Aguero’s 14th goal in 11 games in 2018.Gundogan added a fourth after the break and was only denied a hat-trick by the dogged determination of Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.The tie looks all but settled ahead of the return leg at the Etihad on March 7.Gundogan says City can do better and he threw down the gauntlet to their Champions League rivals.“The result was maybe perfect, but there are still plenty of things to improve,” said GundoganThe 27-year-old German singled out City’s playmaker Kevin de Bruyne for his part in his opening goal.“I had the opponent on my back so it was not really easy to head it, but the timing was perfect and the ball was perfect from Kevin,” said Gundogan.Pep Guardiola’s City starved Basel of the ball, enjoying 69-percent possession.– ‘Clinical’ –“To win 4-0 away in the last 16 is an amazing result, we are almost in the quarter-finals, but I am not saying we are already there, out of respect for Basel,” said Guardiola.Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said the 4-0 rout of Basel was “an amazing result” but cautioned they weren’t in the quarter-finals yet © AFP / Patrick HERTZOG“We defended well and we were clinical — we had four chances and took them all.“If we get to the quarter-finals that is already better than last season and that is the first step for us.”The Spaniard heaped praise on Gundogan and his midfield team-mates, including David Silva who made a return off the bench after injury.“Ilkay is a guy with special quality, he is an amazing midfield player who has a sense for goal,” said Guardiola.“He was out for six or seven months last season and we missed him, he is an outstanding player who doesn’t feel the pressure.“With De Bruyne and David Silva, we have a fantastic midfield trio.”This was City’s 34th win in all competitions this season — one more than they managed in the whole of 2016-2017.City’s captain Vincent Kompany made his first Champions League appearance this season after a calf injury. He urged his team to give themselves a rousing victory margin in the second leg.“If we have this game at the Etihad and it’s a 3-2 or a 2-2 draw that won’t give us a good feeling to go to the next round,” said the burly Belgian.– Key returns –“We have showed we were the better team today and only for a lack of motivation or effort can we not do the same at home.”Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said the return of David Silva and Leroy Sane (L), who both came on in the second half against Basel, boosts City’s chances in the coming weeks © AFP / SEBASTIEN BOZONGuardiola said the return of David Silva and Leroy Sane, who both came on in the second half, boosts City’s chances in the coming weeks.They play Wigan away on Saturday, face Arsenal in back-to-back matches starting with the League Cup final on February 25, then host Chelsea on March 4.Sane’s return from an ankle injury after only two weeks was a surprise with the German back – a month ahead of schedule.“Leroy Sane lacks rhythm, but he showed a lot of courage to be here with us,” said Guardiola.Both Kompany and Guardiola criticised Basel’s Sankt Jakob Park pitch.“I thought the pitch was a bit difficult, it was freezing out there,” said Kompany while Guardiola described the pitch as “dangerous”.Basel boss Raphael Wicky said the first leg has been effectively decided by City’s first-half goal flurry.“They were very clinical, the first few goals were given away too easy and when you are 3-0 down after 23 minutes, it’s obviously over,” said the Swiss.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 James McCarthy Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is adamant that James McCarthy will win his battle with the boo-boys ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Euro 2016 qualifying clash against Scotland.The 24-year-old midfielder, who was born in Glasgow, is likely to encounter a hostile reception from the Tartan Army at the Aviva Stadium following his decision not to represent the country of his birth.However, O’Neill is adamant that the Everton dynamo will cope with take the atmosphere in his stride.“You have to be able to cope with these things, that’s what makes players,” O’Neill declared.“Players, for one reason or another, have been booed by away support for endless numbers of months and eventually, the very, very fine players, it doesn’t bother them after a while. They tend to get used to it.“But my own view is I think he should be able to cope, and I don’t see it being a problem to him – and he will have the bulk of the support, so that’s important.”The Boys in Green currently occupy fourth place in Group D but could boost their hopes of qualification and leapfrog the Scots with victory in Dublin.
LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB LADIES REPORTThe Minor team of Bridie Gildea, Joan Murphy, Kay Kelly, Jackie Ireland and Peggy Forde played the home leg of their qualifier against North West on Good Friday. They won 2 ½ matches and are 8 holes down. The team go to North West on Sunday 7th April at 1.30pm and we wish them good luck.The Easter weekend reentry competition, sponsored by Tommy Keys, was played over the four day holiday period, no results at time of going to press. The April Medal took place on Tuesday last with the top eight ladies qualifying with the Lady Captain for the Donegal Shield to be played in North West on April 27th. Results will be in next week’s press. This stroke competition was kindly sponsored by Lady members Anne Boyle, Mary Murray, Bridget McClafferty and Marian O’Sullivan.The popular Ladies and Gents Classic, organised annually by the Ladies Club, takes place on Friday 26th April. It is sponsored again this year by Brian McCormick Sports, Noel O’Connell and Dermot Condon. Please reserve a space on the timesheet for your team of four, any combination. Teams cost €80.Fixture cards are now available in the locker room. Please ensure that you read the Competition rules on Page 8 as there are some changes in regard to indices and the number of 18 hole competition cards needed to qualify for major competitions.All outstanding prizes will be presented in the clubhouse on Tuesday 9th April at 8.30pm following the Club competition. The draw for the Masters Sweep and thedraw for the Ladies Club Matchplay competition will also take place that night. GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY GC LADIES NOTES was last modified: April 2nd, 2013 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:Letterkenny Ladies Golf Club notes
Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have entered the race to sign England wonderkid Rhian Brewster from Liverpool.Brewster, the forward, has been in talks with the Reds over signing his first professional contract, although no deal has yet been reached. RANKED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Liverpool want to tie their prospect down, but he wants assurances over playing time in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team, and Premier League rivals have been alerted to his stalling contract situation, even though the basics of a long-term deal have been agreed in principle. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Brewster scored eight goals to finish top scored at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The 18-year-old has not yet made a senior appearance for the Anfield club, although he was named on the bench for Liverpool’s Premier League defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace back in April 2017.He’s regarded as one of the brigtest talents in the English game, having top scored with eight goals as the Young Lions won gold at last year’s Under-17 World Cup. 2 three-way race REVEALED LATEST Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 moving on TOP WORK Brewster has yet to make his senior debut for Liverpool Latest transfer news Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The Sun say Tottenham are Arsenal have checked on his availability, with Brewster already rejecting the opportunity to move to Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig of Germany’s Bundesliga.
Solanke has been linked with a move to Glasgow after starring for England’s Under-21 side over the international break.The young striker has been unable to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team this season. He is yet to make a first-team appearance and has been reduced to playing for the club’s U23s.But he has once again showed his ability in a Young Lions shirt, scoring two goals apiece in back-to-back wins over Italy and Denmark.WATCH: Liverpool starlet Solanke scores audacious backheel for England-U21sHis performances for England were so impressive that some Liverpool fans even called for him to replace out-of-form Roberto Firmino in the Reds’ line-up.Rangers are said to be keen on landing the striker on loan in January as a replacement for Nigerian attacked Umar Sadiq, who is set to return to Roma after failing to score in five appearances for the Scottish side.But, according to Jim White, that deal is not expected to happen. Jurgen Klopp wants the best for Dominic Solanke, but didn’t say that meant staying at Liverpool or moving out on loan A @LFC source says no chance of striker Dominic Solanke heading to @RangersFC on loan. “Nothing even close,” being told tonight.— Jim White (@JimWhite) November 23, 2018Solanke has wanted by a number of clubs ahead of the January transfer window, with Crystal Palace thought to be among the Premier League clubs interested in giving him a shot at more regular football.Jurgen Klopp discussed Solanke’s situation at Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s clash against Watford, and suggested a loan deal may be possible for the young striker.“The situation here is a bit difficult, you all see it, but if Dom continues like he did so far then everything will be fine, 100 per cent,” said the German boss. “There’s nothing to say about the short or long-term things. He’s our player and if I have to decide that, he will stay that as well.“In the moment, there is no alternative to it. We will see.“How you can imagine, we talk about that with the players first so they don’t have to watch boring press conferences to know what I think about them.“We will see what happens. But we want to help Dom so he can help us. That’s the target.” Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke will not be signing for Rangers on loan in January, sources close to the Premier League club have told talkSPORT.Mid-morning host Jim White was told by an Anfield contact that there is ‘no chance’ of the 21-year-old linking up with Steven Gerrard at Ibrox when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year. 2 Dominic Solanke has not made a first-team appearance for Liverpool this season 2
Two people were injured in a two-car collision in Bridgend last night.The incident occurred at 10.20pm on Sunday, on the Burt side of the Bridgend roundabout.A large number of emergency service vehicles attended the scene. There are no further reports of diversions this Monday morning. Gardaí are investigating the crash. An appeal has been issued for witnesses to come forward with any information which may assist Gardaí. The public can contact Letterkenny Garda Station on (074) 916 7100.Two hospitalised in overnight collision was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)