Mee takes Tramore triumph

first_img The finish was fought out by the last two winners of the race as Marito, placed in Grade One company for Willie Mullins and now with Colin McBratney, gave him most to do but had to give best in the straight. Marito had won a point-to-point on his comeback from injury and was sent off favourite to repeat his win of 12 months ago yet the heavy rain made the ground a real test. “It’s heavy going out there. I can’t say I was really confident as he was off the bridle from the top of the hill, but to be fair to him he kept going all the way and he stays really well,” said Walsh. The Tramore Supporters Club Handicap Hurdle went the way of Sambremont (8-15 favourite), a full brother to Djakadam. “I was disappointed with his run the first day so I’m delighted that he pulled out with a victory today,” said Mullins. “He is more of a chaser than a hurdler but he will probably stay novice hurdling this year. We will up him in trip as well. I think he will probably be better when the ground gets better.” Trainer James Daniel Dullea recorded the first double of his career as Just Get Cracking (6-1) and West Of The Edge (2-1 favourite) obliged. Roi Du Mee repeated his victory of two years ago in the At The Races Chase at Tramore. Roi Du Mee, ridden by Kevin Sexton, raced in a handy position and the 5-1 chance always looked under control. The pair had it to themselves from some way out as they left Aupcharlie and Rathlin behind with half a mile to run but Roi Du Mee, who has raced against the likes of Don Cossack and Champagne Fever this season, found the drop in class to his liking and won by eight lengths. Willie Mullins’ Turban fell, as did Rathlin at the last. Joey Elliott, brother of winning trainer, Gordon, said: “He loves being out in front and he loves that soft ground. “He is limited as to what he can go for, but Gordon will decide. “He might go for another Listed chase somewhere. He is paying his way and he enjoyed getting his own way in front.” While Mullins and Ruby Walsh were out of luck with Turban they took two earlier races. Avant Tout (4-9 favourite) was hard at work from some way out in the David Flynn Building Contractors Maiden Hurdle but he was on top when Utmost Zeal fell at the last. Press Associationlast_img read more

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President Trump Visits Miami and Fort Lauderdale Today

first_imgPresident Trump travels to South Florida today where he’ll visit the U.S. Southern Command in Doral.Trump will be in the Miami area to meet with dissidents from Cuba and Venezuela and receive briefing on drug trafficking from South America .Air Force One will be wheels down at MIA at noon.  Watch for traffic delays and rolling closures around the airport and in Fort Lauderdale for his motorcade.Trump will hold a fundraiser in Hillsboro Beach where a table at the event costs over half-a-million dollars.President Trump’s schedule here.last_img read more

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Christmas Fort Hancock Style, Circa 1943

first_imgPeaceful moments between companions, small talk over grainy photos and kids spinning records in the living room were simple pleasures of the holiday season on Officer’s Row in 1943. Three-quarters of a century later, the experience was revived at the Sandy Hook site by the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA). Welch’s wife Anne said Christmas decorations, vocal groups like the Swingtime Dolls and a visit from the big man himself, Santa Claus, were the historically accurate lures to get locals through the door and open their minds to what life on an isolated military base was like during the early 1940s. Inside the preserved residence – one of 18 historic officers homes constructed on site between 1898 and 1899 that make up Officer’s Row – the pocket doors were open to reveal family room settings alive with curious patrons flipping through albums of black-and-white photos. A younger group hovered near an illuminated Christmas tree trying to unravel the mystery of a desktop phonograph. “These interpretations of the past are meant to provoke thought and cause people to explore more on their own. We want to give people a taste of the story, which in turn causes them to go after more of it,” said Welch, a retired United States Army colonel with 30 years of military service. According to Welch, despite the holiday cheer, those stationed at Fort Hancock were still left with a sense of uncertainty about what the war would bring. After all, the garrison was a strategic stronghold used to guard New Jersey’s coastal waters from German U-boats and ensure safe passage of cargo in and out of the New York Harbor. “Warring soldiers coming together to celebrate life in a time of great darkness, that’s a miracle, and shows the power of Christmas. These types of stories resonate with people and their telling is all part of hosting events like these. It’s about bringing people together in a historical setting, piquing their interest with other historical discussions and inspiring them explore it deeper,” Uhler added.For more information about the History House at Fort Hancock visit sandyhookfoundation.com/history-house. Some of the troops simply arranged joint burials for fallen comrades or coordinated prisoner exchanges, but in other documented cases, soldiers exchanged food and souvenirs, played soccer games and even sang “Silent Night.” In a Dec. 15 interview with The Two River Times, AGFA Board of Directors member Shawn Welch said living history experiences are an effective way to bring local residents back in time. “People don’t realize how important that harbor was to World War II,” Welch said. “Sixty percent of everything we sent to Europe went through it. The Army’s job was to keep it open, and the Germans weren’t playing along. They sunk more than 5,100 of our ships in the Atlantic Ocean during the war. That’s one ship every eight hours.” In the foyer of the History House, Trinity Hall music director Andrew Bogdan said the event was a teachable moment for his students.  SANDY HOOK – A couple sat hand-in-hand on the garland-draped porch of the History House at Fort Hancock and looked out over five miles of Sandy Hook Bay separating the historic landing from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. “This is a very special time of year and you see how special it is through stories like that of the Christmas truce,” said Rev. John Uhler, an AGFA member.   “Some people are a little mixed on what military life is all about,” said Anne, who was dressed in an authentic military nurse’s uniform. “The socialization of the garrison and the acknowledgement of the holidays was a big part of it. There was a sense of family and community on the base and it’s something that needs to be recognized. It’s something we try to depict to people. Not every aspect of the military is militaristic.” During Saturday’s proceedings, Bogden sat behind an authentic World War II-era chaplain field organ, setting the stage for his choral group to perform a collection of Christmas classics, none more emotionally stirring for the vocalists than “Silent Night.” “Playing the song in this setting is very meaningful for all of us and a moment I know the girls are never going to forget,” said Bogden, who explained how in preparation for the performance he told his students the story of the Christmas truce of 1914, an unprecedented moment in the first World War when soldiers from opposing sides of the Western Front emerged from their fox holes and ventured into no man’s land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.last_img read more

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Get ready to play ball — exciting season on tap for NDBA

first_imgThe upcoming season looks very promising for Nelson Baseball on the eve of completion of upgrades to Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview.Thanks to the many hours of volunteer work, those upgrades should be completed in the next few weeks.“New irrigation system and natural turf infield replaces the hard clay infield we’ve been playing on for a few decades,” said outgoing Nelson and District Baseball Association President Larry Martel.“The City of Nelson is helping to upgrade the player dugouts, the backstop fencing and trees this year.“The outfield banks were overgrown and full of weeds and thorny scrubs which have been cleaned up and re-seeded.”Martel said had increased by 30 percent in 2014 last season in Nelson and NDBA also saw Okanagan Falls, Salmo and Kaslo join the West Kootenay Little League association for our house league schedule. The registration increase saw NDBA increase to 20 teams playing in the Minors — 9-10 years — and Majors 11-12 years.These divisions play a 12-15 game schedule and attend a couple of tournaments during the 10-week season that runs from April to June.Martel said T-ball 5-6 years — and Rookies —7-8 years — also have seen registrations increasing.“These younger baseball players have very limited travel and play all their games and practices at the new Lions park diamond,” he explained.NDBA baseball registration closes Friday (April 1) so that division managers can evaluate and get teams in coaches in place for the start of the West Kootenay League.Practices usually start soon after April 1 and the first games around the April 15th, weather permitting.“The season runs to the end of the school year then a few of the players continue with summer baseball in the American Legion, Little League provincials or with travel baseball teams that attend tournaments in July in the Okanagan or in Montana, Idaho and Washington state,” Martel said.Anyone interested in umpiring should attend at clinic hosted in Castlegar this year in early April before the first games.David Gray is  the new association president for NDBA.last_img read more

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Catch a cacher by the toe. – “EANEY-MEANY-MINEY-MOE” (GC3Q51P) – Geocache of the Week

first_imgPhotos: Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Some geocaches make you work for the find by being in a difficult-to-reach location, others make you solve a difficult puzzle before you can figure out the final coordinates. In the case of this geocache, the hard work comes once you get to the geocache’s location. Known as a field-puzzle (a puzzle solved—guess where—in the field), these geocaches require a certain level of patience, skill and maybe even a few TOTTs (tools of the trade). Geocachers at this puzzle have to use sticks to move a container to the top of the tube, but only one tube has the actual container. The best way to choose your tube? Eaney, meany, miney, moe. What the Geocache owner, mitrustme, has to say:“You have to work a matchstick container to the top of the pipe that has holes drilled into it with two nails and hope it has the log to sign and it not you have to start on the next pipe and so on till you get the right one.We had a cacher friend give us a single pipe and decided to make it a little harder, so we put four pipes on a pole and named it EANEY-MEANY-MENEY-MOE and put it in our front yard so we could watch everyone find it and bring them water on hot days and cocoa on cold days. We were very pleased everyone likes it and have made a lot of new friends.I just wanted to let everyone know this was my husband Ricky and my idea, he did the labor and put it up.  My husband was diagnosed with leukemia in Sept. 2011 and after 4 months of treatment he was in remission for nine months.  And I would like to thank all of our caching friends for make those nine months great.  He enjoyed all the caching trips we all went on and the events everyone put on.  Ricky passed on Nov. 17, 2012, 10 days after we found out his leukemia was back and I would like to thank all of our friends for their support.  Ricky loved caching!” This geocache requires hard work and a lot of patience.Two geocachers working to figure this one out.Which one will you pick?What has been the trickiest field puzzle geocache you’ve ever found? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More A close up view of this tricky geocache.Geocache Name:“EANEY-MEANY-MINEY-MOE” (GC3Q51P) What geocachers are saying:“This is BY FAR, my favorite cache EVER!!!! Super fun, and quite inventive. Thx so very much for the cache, and the good time solving it!” – Caching Bayou Self“Super Cool Cache!!! One of the best I’ve seen anywhere! I really wish there were more like this!! T4TC. Thanks so much for the Goodies as well.” – ISPI“Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Truly a test of the fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination if ever there was one.” – Ian’s Dad SharePrint RelatedAuburn Sea (GC3QGYZ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Do you think this is a game? — Flappy Cache (GC507NW) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 24, 2014In “Community”Maybe it’s over there? — To Too Two Easy (GC1XA6W) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 13, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

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‘Third is better than nothing:’ Creamline salvages bronze in PVL

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ PH football squads send strong message to SEA Games foes View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The Cool Smashers may not have made the championship round after getting eliminated by BaliPure in the semifinals, but assistant coach Oliver Almadro said the team is still pleased with how its campaign turned out.“As I’ve said before, I guess it’s not our time to be in the Finals but I’m happy that we ended it in winning fashion,” said Almadro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Third is better than nothing. We’re happy with this.”Creamline drew a throwback performance from Jing Balse, who delivered with 10 points, half of which came off blocks. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “She really played. For me, what we’re getting from Jing is not the power, the strength, but the intensity, the leadership,” Almadro praised.The Cool Smashers didn’t have their superstar Alyssa Valdez, who missed the team’s last eight games due to her commitments with the national team.“Bottom line here is Creamline is really a promising team. We miss Alyssa a lot, but we are cheering for her, for national team.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline settled for third place after beating Air Force, 18-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-16, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Francesca Raqraquin showed the way for the Cool Smashers with 18 points while Rizza Mandapat and Rosemarie Vargas added 11 points each.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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20 days agoInter Milan boss Conte hits out at Juventus fans over petition

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan boss Conte hits out at Juventus fans over petitionby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte has hit out at his former Juventus fans ahead of today’s game.Conte was asked about the petition, signed by over 15,000 fans, to have his star removed from the Allianz Stadium Walk of Fame, a proposal already rejected by Juve president Andrea Agnelli.“I’m disappointed that he had to intervene, because it just gave publicity to a vulgar proposition. It gave room to a move that showed ignorance, lacking values and education. I didn’t even want to discuss this, but you in the media are giving a spotlight to these stupid and ignorant people,” replied Conte.“Those are not fans, they are ignorant. I gave a message to the fans 10 days ago. We are fortunate to be involved in the best sport in the world and must set the example, pass on positive values and be enthusiastic about playing football. This is sport, not war. Sometimes people forget that.“It is a sport that should reflect positive human values, not hate and violence. If that’s not the case, then I am the first to walk away. Nobody makes me work as a Coach.“It’s increasingly difficult, because society nowadays highlights hatred and violence. I’ve honestly struggled since I came back to Italy from England. I see situations and wonder why I am even doing this.“As long as my passion for this sport surpasses these issues, then I will continue. If my passion drops, I will be the first to say it’s time to call it quits. It won’t be a big loss for football, but it won’t be a loss for me either.” last_img read more

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Flames slam city offer on arena claim theyd incur all costs

first_imgIt didn’t take long for the Calgary Flames to respond Mayor Naheed Nenshi releasing the official details of the city’s offer for a new hockey arena Friday morning.Shortly after Nenshi spoke at City Hall, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation President and CEO Ken King said the city was asking for the team to foot the entire bill.“Their proposal has us not only paying for everything but more when you consider incremental taxes,” King said.The city offered to pay one-third of an estimated $555 million arena, which would be paid back over time through property taxes.Another third would be paid by a ticket surcharge and the final third by CSEC, with the Flames getting 100 per cent of revenues and ownership of the arena.Nenshi did say they were open to ownership options.“If it makes more sense for the city to own and for the owners to pay rent, we could absolutely look at that,” Nenshi said. “If it makes more sense for there not to be rent, but a revenue-sharing agreement, we can look at that.“There was one big philosophical issue that we had to sort out, which is do parties who engage in paying for it get anything out of it monetarily?”But King argues his side would be paying for everything, considering the payback for the city’s investment, while deeming the surcharge would be at their expense.“If we don’t give that $8 as the contribution from our revenue source to the building fund, then it’s coming to us, so it’s our money,” he said, adding he doesn’t think can see eye-to-eye with any part of the three-way split.King was asked why the team’s wealthy owners shouldn’t simply pay themselves.“It doesn’t work,” he said. “Nobody in Edmonton is sitting in that beautiful new Rogers Place unless the deal that they put through, which was fostered and driven and argued and debated for a long time, was going to happen in any other way and it’s not going to happen in any other way here either.”King also criticized the city for the way he saw the original CalgaryNEXT proposal considered, stating the city dismissed it as a “$1.8 billion boondoggle.”When asked if city money with no strings attached was absolutely necessary for a deal to get done, King didn’t give a yes or no answer but did promote the benefit of a community revitalization levy.The levy is a provincial loan, which is then repaid by the City through property taxes from new developments.“The payback is massive,” he said. “You invest money, you build things, the taxes that come from those things pay the city back more and more.”Taking a page out of Nenshi’s playbook, King said he will release details of the Flames offer next week.“I don’t know where it’s going to end, but it’s not going to end with the city proposal that you saw this morning, it won’t work,” he said.last_img read more

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Theyre coming Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

first_imgThe flying cars depicted in science fiction classics such as “Blade Runner” and “The Fifth Element” have long been seen as flights of fancy, but their arrival is closer than you think. At least a dozen companies are prototyping or testing flying cars or passenger drones, according to a Deloitte report from January.Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035, with aerial delivery and inspection services adding on another $42 billion, a study by Porsche Consulting predicts.Vertical takeoff and landing craft (VTOLs) carry the promise of delivering people and goods across congested urban and suburban areas in a fraction of the time a driver would need, taking cars off the road in the process. But technological and regulatory hurdles remain. And whether aerial vehicles can substantially change commuter behaviour and emissions — or overcome questions of safety and public perception — is still up in the air.Most VTOLs — or eVTOLs if they are electric-powered — resemble an oversize drone, sporting a halo of small rotors around a passenger pod and taking off and touching down like a helicopter. But they will be quieter, cheaper and greener than their heli-cousins, experts say.“Instead of this deep, guttural, penetrating-through-walls sound, you have a much more acceptable sound, similar to a ceiling fan,” said Nikhil Goel, head of product at Uber Technology Inc.’s aviation team, dubbed Uber Elevate.Uber hopes to start hauling passengers in five-seat, hybrid VTOLs above Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth and a third city outside of the U.S. by 2023.“The vehicles are real. They’re coming. I think it’s going to be faster than anybody thinks is possible,” Goel said.He sees the first wave of aerial taxis providing a shuttle service between major airports and downtown vertiports that integrate into the mass transportation system, rather than leapfrogging from block to block — a hub-to-hub travel option akin to a monorail.“We are not building this product for the elite,” Goel said.A few years after the launch of Uber Air, as it’s dubbed, the cost of an aerial trip will be the same as one on the asphalt, he said.He calculates that an aerial taxi would cut a 90-kilometre commute between the downtowns of San Francisco and San Jose to 15 minutes, down from an hour and 40 minutes.Uber is not alone in setting its sights on VTOLs. Chinese drone manufacturer Ehang carried out flight tests with a single-passenger drone earlier this year, according to the company’s website. German startup Volocopter has produced an air taxi prototype, taking to the skies above Dubai in 2017. And Kitty Hawk, a California-based company funded by Google founder Larry Page, produced a sleek, one-seat VTOL prototype this year.Bell (formerly Bell Helicopter), is one of five companies Uber has teamed up with, along with Karem, Pipistrel and aerospace rivals Embraer and Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences.Scott Drennan, Bell’s vice-president of innovation, sees 2025 as a more realistic commercial launch target than Uber’s goal of 2023.Battery life is one area that needs to advance, with lithium-ion packs today lasting for between 50 and 100 kilometres on a multi-rotor electric propulsion system, he said.Regulations are another obstacle. To avoid crowding urban skies, VTOLs could trace existing airplane takeoff and landing routes, but at a lower altitude, buzzing along at between 150 and 330 km/h.Western aviation regulators bar out-of-sight drone operations for the most part. Discussions are ongoing with the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency, said Drennan, who said he has also met three times with Transport Canada regarding VTOLs.Mark Cousin, chief executive of Airbus’s A3 unit, stressed the traffic management hurdles on the horizon.“The vehicle is the easy bit,” he said. “The real challenge lies in integrating thousands of these vehicles into an urban air mobility system within cities.”A3 has put out an electric-powered VTOL dubbed Vahana. The autonomous prototype launched its first vertical flight in February.Drones would typically beat other modes of transportation, such as taxis, at distances of 20 kilometres or more in congested areas, according to the Porsche study.The report notes the technology’s limited potential, stating that it can relieve some pressure from congested urban hot spots — “but only some.”“If one tried to solve all traffic problems on the ground by moving into the air, the myriad take-off and landing spots would become the new choke points.”A city with more than five million inhabitants will likely have no more than 1,000 passenger drones in operation by 2035, the study predicts. That would make a relatively small dent in ground traffic.Uber cited Los Angeles as an appealing launch city in part because of the abundance of flat roofs there — a long-standing fire safety regulation required helicopter landing pads atop tall buildings.“But they’re actually not that well suited, because it’s not just a pickup and drop-off point,” said Robin Lineberger, head of aerospace and defence at Deloitte.“It has to be a place where people come, get ready to get on the aircraft…the vehicle has to land, recharge, refuel, maybe light maintenance and inspection going on. If you think about it, it really needs to be a small, multi-function airport service area.”Large parking lots downtown are ripe for conversion into vertiports, complete with conveyor belts, charging stations and hangars, he said.Insurance would function in ways similar to a helicopter manufacturer or transport service, Lineberger said, with premiums hinging on the probability and severity of accidents.However, public perception will be an issue for the foreseeable future. Fewer than half of respondents in a Deloitte global survey of 10,000 people this year were convinced that aerial passenger vehicles would be safe, with one-third undecided and one in five disagreeing. Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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School District 60 adds new feature to website for school bus operating

first_imgIn the event of district-wide cancellations, the School District says they will continue to post that notice to their website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has added a new feature to their website for school bus operating status.The School District says a widget has been added on the right side of the website which lists cancellations or delays.In the event of route cancellations, drivers will contact parents in addition to the information being made available on the website.last_img read more

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