War of Will, River Boyne & Raging Bull Head Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile


first_imgWAR OF WILL, RIVER BOYNE & RAGING BULL HEAD MONDAY’S   GRADE I, $300,000 SHOEMAKER MILE (TURF)WINNER GETS AUTOMATIC BERTH & FEES PAID INTO TVG BREEDERS’ CUP MILE THIS FALLARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2020)–Gary Barber’s War of Will, a winner of last year’s Grade I Preakness Stakes and idle since well beaten in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic, squares off with sharp veteran turf miler River Boyne, top French-bred miler Raging Bull and others, as they head an outstanding field of 11 three-year-olds and up in Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile (turf) at Santa Anita.The Shoe Mile is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, which enables the winner to receive an automatic berth and fees paid into the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY.  Named for the legendary Hall of Fame jockey, Bill Shoemaker was Santa Anita’s leading rider for an unprecedented 17 consecutive Winter/Spring Meetings, from 1950-51 through 1966-67.Headquartered with soon-to-be Hall of Famer Mark Casse at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida, War of Will ships west and will be trying turf for the first time since late in his 2-year-old campaign, while Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal’s Irish-bred River Boyne, a recent winner of Santa Anita’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, seeks his third consecutive win over the course for trainer Jeff Mullins.Most recently a troubled third in the Grade I Woodbine Mile Sept. 14, French-bred Raging Bull ships west from Palm Meadows for Chad Brown and will get the services of Joel Rosario.  A bona fide deep closer, Raging Bull should be on the move late.WAR OF WILLOwner:  Gary BarberTrainer:  Mark CasseA much troubled eighth, beaten 4 ½ lengths in last year’s Kentucky Derby, War of Will took the Preakness Stakes five starts back on May 18, 2019 and was subsequently well beaten in the Grade I Belmont Stakes.  Winless in four starts since his Preakness victory, the 4-year-old colt by War Front made his first four career starts on turf, his most recent a close fifth place finish in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf as a maiden on Nov. 2, 2018.  Winless in four tries on turf and 14-4-1-2 overall, War of Will arrived at Santa Anita on Tuesday and Casse has been bullish about his return to turf at one mile.  Ridden in his last 10 starts by Tyler Gaffalione, he’ll be ridden for the first time by leading man Flavien Prat, who won six races here this past Sunday.  Casse will also be represented by Florida-bred longshot March to the Arch, who comes off a third place finish as the 7-2 favorite in a Grade III one mile turf stakes March 28 at Gulfstream Park.RIVER BOYNEOwner:  Red Baron’s Barn, LLC & Rancho Temescal                      Trainer:  Jeff MullinsA phenom at age three, this 5-year-old Irish-bred was winless in seven starts at age four, but has enjoyed a resurgence this year when paired with an aggressive Abel Cedillo, who pointed him to a 2 ½ length score two starts back in the Grade III, one mile turf Thunder Road Stakes on Feb. 8 at 9-2 and a neck victory at 4-1 in the Grade I Kilroe Mile on March 7.  A winner of eight out of his 13 starts over the Santa Anita turf, River Boyne, who is 24-9-5-4 with earnings of $1,211,918, has never been better as he bids for his sixth graded turf stakes win on Monday.RAGING BULLOwner:  Peter BrantTrainer:  Chad BrownLast seen in Southern California winning the Grade I Hollywood Derby Dec. 1, 2018 at Del Mar, Raging Bull is winless in five subsequent Grade I assignments, but was only beaten 1 ¼ lengths in the Woodbine Mile after getting bothered badly at the break.  All five of his wins (from 12 starts) have come in combination with Rosario and it would appear all systems are “Go” off a lengthy freshening with three-time Eclipse Award winner Brown, who will also send out English-bred Without Parole, who was well beaten as the 3-1 favorite in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Jan. 25 at Gulfstream.THE GRADE I SHOEMAKER MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 11 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTWithout Parole–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–122True Valour–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–124Next Shares–John Velazquez–124Voodoo Song–Mike Smith–122War of Will–Flavien Prat–122Blitzkrieg–Drayden Van Dyke–122Majestic Eagle–Jorge Velez–122Raging Bull–Joel Rosario–122March to the Arch–Victor Espinoza–124Neptune’s Storm–Umberto Rispoli–124River Boyne–Abel Cedillo–126First post time for an 11-race card on Monday is at 12:30 p.m.  While there is no public admittance, fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or Xpressbet.com.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Liberia at Rio Olympics


first_imgAmidst government’s usual ‘no money syndrome’ due to budgetary constraints and failed promises from some senior government officials and presumptive sponsors, Team Liberia has safely arrived in Rio, Brazil, for the 2016 Olympic Games on borrowed money.Chief of Mission Malcolm Joseph told okayafrica.com over the weekend that the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) had to take a loan of US$75,000 from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) to enable the athletes and officials to make it to the games.He did not say how the money would be repaid, but pundits believe that it would be refunded through their annual US$5,000 budgetary allotment and grants from the International Olympic Committee.Mr. Joseph said the pair of US based Liberian athletes, Emmanuel Matadi and Mariam Kromah, were successfully processed and registered and accredited to represent the county.“The Liberia National Olympic Committee took a loan from LBDI bank and I (Chief of Mission) transferred the funds for their tickets to them. That’s how they arrived in Rio on Thursday. I in fact picked them up from the airport. Each of the athletes and technical staff received a very satisfactory per-diem provided by the LNOC,” Mr. Joseph said.Mariam Kromah, 22, will compete in the Women’s 400 meters track and field race. Ms. Kromah holds a Southern Mississippi outdoor record title in the 400 meters, with a season and personal best time of 24.87 in the 200 meters in 2015, according to Southernmiss.com. She competed for two seasons straight at New Mexico Junior College where she was named most outstanding athlete during the indoor and outdoor season as a sophomore.Emmanuel Matadi, 25, will compete in Men’s 100 meters. Matadi has won several titles for Minnesota State University and for his native Liberia. He won National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA division) 2 national titles in the 100 and 200 meters for Minnesota State.Matadi also won a bronze medal in the 200 meters at the just ended 2016 African championships. He has won NJCAA all American Honors capturing the 100 Jayhawk Conference title. Matadi has also won every race in the 100 meters category as a senior under Coach Mike Knox, according to the Louisville Cardinals profile of the athlete.According to Mr. Joseph, Matadi carries the hope of the nation on his shoulders: “He’s a top-notch athlete and we’re looking forward to him winning medals.”He told okayafrica.com “As I speak to you, the Government of Liberia did not provide a dime for the games. Ironically, this is a government who provided money to a private football club owned by the President’s son,” he claimed.“They used government money to support BYC (Barrack Young Controllers) to play an international match in Tunisia but they can’t support an international team for the biggest sporting event in the world,” he added.Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Henry Yonton confirmed to Okayafrica that the government could not provide funding for the Rio games, blaming it on budgetary constraints faced by the country due to the impact of last year’s Ebola outbreak.“I’m saying to you, the government did not have the money to fund the team to Rio,” said Yonton.“The Government of Liberia has supported other teams that have qualified before, why is he stressing on BYC? Is it because you want to politicize it, or simply because BYC is owned by the President’s son? Any team that qualifies to represent Liberia and fly the flag of Liberia is supported by the government of Liberia,” Yonton said.Mr. Yonton stated that the Ministry of Youth and Sports made efforts by requesting funding for the games but the Ministry of Finance told them that the money is not available.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Finance Ministry’s PSDI Loan Scheme:US$965.4K Missing


first_imgDr. James Kollie, Maritime Commissioner, was former Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs (MFDP) and signed all the loan approvals. President Sirleaf wants him to return from his trip abroad to answer to the audit.12 loan recipients disappear without traceBy Alvin WorziAn audit report on the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has revealed that 24 borrowers who received cash loans amounting to US$965,400 have not made any repayment, according to the arrangement.The report also says an additional twelve (12) businesses received an amount of US$545,700, but none could be located anywhere in Liberia, and the telephone contacts of the individuals who owned these businesses were permanently switched off.The loan, through the Private Sector Development Initiatives (PSDI), was meant to financially strengthen Liberian owned businesses, which were expected to repay, and the repayments would revolve or be disbursed to other Liberian businesses.PSDI is a project established in 2014 at the MFDP to provide loans to Liberian owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The process would have created jobs and accelerated the participation of Liberian owned businesses in the economy.According to the auditors, during 2014 to 2016, the project disbursed US$2,274,400 to forty-six (46) borrowers. The report reveals that Dr. James F. Kollie, former Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs (MFDP), signed all the loan approvals while serving in the position.“Documents reviewed showed that out of an initial amount of US$1,991,900 that was disbursed to thirty-six (36) customers, only US$282,500 has been recovered. The recovered amount was re-disbursed to an additional ten (10) customers, thereby raising the portfolio to US$2,274,400. This means that the initial disbursement of US$1,991,900 is still outstanding,” the report states.Out of forty-six (46) borrowers, only Garson Incorporated, located on 11th Street, Sinkor, believed to be owned by Dr. James Kollie, paid its obligation of US$150,000 plus US$10,500 interest, amounting to a total repayment of US$160,500. Garson Incorporated’s account statement reveals that the institution has only an US$11.00 obligation outstanding.The Internal Audit Unit (IAU) of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning conducted the financial and operational audit of the Private Sector Development Initiatives (PSDI).It said in May 2014, MFDP entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) to partner and establish an account (GE Fund) through which the borrowers would receive their loans.The report also establishes that there was a Memorandum of Understanding reached between MFDP and LBDI to run the PSDI loan activities together; however, customers’ evaluation-vetting was squarely done by MFDP.However, the evaluation-vetting conducted by MFDP-PSDI Desk provided many loopholes for default.For example, there was no collateral to back the loan; many borrowers used the borrowed funds as start-up for their businesses, while there is no evidence of comprehensive market survey on file. This created a serious impediment for recovery, thereby defeating the project’s objective for the revolving fund.The modus operandi of the MOU, which was signed by MFDP, MOJ and LBDI, outlines as follows: that the Ministry of Finance shall recommend beneficiaries of the GE Fund to LBDI and submit application packages containing the following: business registration, business proposal/plan, and tax clearance, among others.Loans were disbursed to either businesses owned by MFDP staff, or businesses with whom they have close connections, “and some of those businesses have not paid a cent against their obligation,” the report says.The businesses include LELAH INC (US$40,000), Pure Life Incorporated (US$ 65,000), People’s Water Company Liberia LTD (US$65,700), South East Water Company (US$75,000), and Zianab Business Center (US$20,000).From 2014 to 2016, US$4,111,450 was credited at different intervals. Of the US$4,111,450, US$1,665,454.91 was transferred to the PSDI loan account for loan disbursements, while the balance of US$2,445,995.09 was withdrawn on multiple check transactions.“Our attention is drawn to a specific LBDI check number 133866, valued at US$1,648,037. We observed that the check was written as debit to the LPSEGF Account and correspondingly deposited to another account called GOL Operational Account (A/C Number 02-2-0530000182) at the CBL. Details are highlighted in the findings,” the report says.In Dr. James Kollie’s press statement he posted on Facebook, he denied any wrongdoing and said:“My attention is being drawn to an ongoing audit of the Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) over which I provided general supervision when I served as Deputy Minister of Finance. I am grateful to the President for affording me the opportunity to respond fully to the claims, assertions and accusations made in the draft audit report.“Although I was the subject of the audit, contrary to best practice, and until only a few days ago, I was never notified or interviewed by the auditors. My first encounter with the auditors was on June 2, a day after the draft report was issued.“Of course, these are challenging political times for our country. As such, it is easier to pass public judgments before we hear all the facts, and or muddle what ought to be important professional engagements with political motivations. I fully understand that this is the country in which we live and these are ongoing consequences of a life in public service.“However, I wish to assure the country and our international partners that I served the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning with dedication and professionalism, and conducted businesses there within the boundaries of the law and acceptable best practices.As such I intend to cooperate fully, as I have always done, to assist in satisfying this ongoing audit as well as reconfirm my continued commitment to financial probity and high standards of accountability in our country.“Without trying to further prejudice the draft audit report, I want to refrain from addressing specific claims or accusations made in the report at this time, and once again, assure Madam President and the entire country that I will fully cooperate with the audit and ensuing investigations for I am confident that I did nothing wrong.“As requested, I am returning to the country immediately.“Difficult as it may be, I urge all to keep an open mind as we deal with this draft audit report which was leaked with obvious sinister motives and prejudicial intentions.”On Thursday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in a brief radio statement said “preliminary results of an ongoing audit process of the Private Sector Development Initiative at the Ministry of Finance & Development Planning, commissioned by the Minister of Finance, revealed some shocking outcomes and results that officials at the Ministry of Finance & Development Planning were making loans to themselves in violation of the law.”The President said the audit, which covers the period from 2014 to current, is being executed by the Internal Audit Agency.She said while the process is still ongoing, “We can say with a high degree of confidence that such a scheme set up at the PDSI is clearly a conflict of interest and will be dealt with by the full weight of the law.“Therefore, I have ordered the principal administrator of the program during the audit period, Commissioner of Maritime Affairs Hon. James Kollie to return to Liberia from his official trip to assist in the audit and answer all of the issues associated with it.”Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance is ordered to have a full audit report before the President within two weeks (June 23) for further action.The president said: “We…will leave no stone unturned in the interest of the nation.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Essequibo Regional Cooperative Union headquarters opened


first_imgThe Essequibo/Pomeroon Regional Cooperative Union Limited (E/PRCUL) was handed the keys to their new headquarters.The building, located in Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) comes after a conflict that ensued for a number of years between the E/PRCUL and Ganesh and Poonwattie Jaigobin over encroachment of land and property belonging to the Union. The parties however came to a resolution through dialogue on April 23, 2017, which led to the identification of alternative land and agreement of the Jaigobins to purchase, prepare, then construct the new Co-op Union building. Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott who has responsibilities for cooperatives, noted the ceremony as a symbolic rebirth.The now opened E/PRCUL headquartersMeanwhile, Minister of State Joseph Harmon highlighted that cooperatives are the main elements of Guyana’s quest for social cohesion and they instil greater social responsibility.“I am also convinced that cooperatives as are key elements in our quest for true social cohesion in our society. It will also instil in our people a higher sense of social responsibility especially with regard to care and use of public property,” Minister Harmon is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.He added it is his view that the cooperative movement can contribute meaningfully to the Government’s pursuit of the Green State Development strategy. Harmon noted that this will propel Guyana onto a path of sustainable and accelerated development through the establishment of a green economy and state which would provide the good life for all.last_img read more

Top 25 basketball roundup: Penn has first bid in tourney


first_img No. 6 Maryland 75, Georgia Tech 59: Crystal Langhorne scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half for the Terrapins (27-4) in the ACC tournament. No. 10 Georgia 72, Kentucky 40: The Bulldogs (25-5) held the Wildcats scoreless for the first eight minutes before winning in the SEC tournament quarterfinals. No. 11 LSU 52, Mississippi 46: Sylvia Fowles posted her 18th straight double-double (11 points, 14 rebounds) for the Tigers (25-6) at the SEC tournament. No. 13 Vanderbilt 105, Florida 77: The Commodores (25-5) shot 70.4 percent from the field in the first half en route to the SEC tournament victory. No. 15 Purdue 82, Wisconsin 79, OT: Katie Gearlds scored 26 points for the Boilermakers (26-5) in the Big Ten tournament. No. 22 Michigan State 77, Minnesota 68: Freshman Allyssa DeHaan had 27 points for the Spartans (23-7) in the Big Ten tournament. No. 24 North Carolina State 76, Florida 49: Gillian Goring had a career-high 22 points and 19 rebounds for the Wolfpack (22-8) at the ACC tournament quartefinals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOMEN No. 1 Duke 79, Virginia 58: Abby Waner scored 17 of her 24 points in the first half to lead the Blue Devils (30-0) in the quarterfinals fo the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. No. 2 Tennessee 81, South Carolina 63: Sidney Spencer scored 22 points and Alexis Hornbuckle added 17 for the Lady Vols (28-2), who are seeking a sixth sweep of the SEC’s regular-season and tournament titles. No. 4 North Carolina 90, Virginia Tech 60: Camille Little scored 20 points for the Tar Heels (28-3) in a quarterfinal of the ACC tournament. No. 5 Ohio St. 72, Indiana 60: Three-time Big Ten player of the year Jessica Davenport scored 30 points for the Buckeyes (27-2) in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in Indianapolis. Mark Zoller had 22 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, and Pennsylvania beat Yale 86-58 on Friday night in Philadelphia to claim its third straight Ivy League championship and become the first team to secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Quakers (20-8, 11-1) won their eighth straight game and claimed the Ivy title for the fourth time in five years. center_img No. 11 Southern Illinois 71, Drake 59: Jamaal Tatum and Matt Shaw had 19 points apiece for the Salukis (26-5) in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in St. Louis. The top-seeded Salukis will play Bradley (21-11) in the semifinals today. last_img read more

Tusker back to winning ways as Ulinzi stop Sofapaka


first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC’s Humphrey Mieno celebrating his goal against Zoo Kericho. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 13- Stephen Owusu stepped off the bench to score the winner as Tusker FC bounced back to winning ways after a dry run of three winless matches, beating Zoo Kericho 2-1 at the Ruaraka Complex on Wednesday.Danson Chetambe had drawn Zoo back level after Humphrey Mieno’s opener, but Owusu tapped home a cross from another sub, Mike Khamati to ensure Tusker rose back to winning ways and revive their slim title retention hopes. This comes as second placed Sofapaka suffered their first loss in five matches after going down 2-1 to Ulinzi Stars in Kericho, halting their perfect run and handing a huge advantage to leaders Gor Mahia who can open up a nine point gap with a win over Chemelil Sugar on Thursday.Cliff Kasuto and Samuel Onyango scored as the military side got a much needed three points after drawing last weekend away to Muhoroni Youth. The three points hoist them to fifth in the standings, one point behind Kariobangi Sharks.-Kariobangi Sharks beat Mathare-Sharks picked up three points on Wednesday after a splendid performance at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani saw them spank relegation threatened Mathare United 3-0.Tusker FC striker Stephen Owusu celebrates his goal with goal keeper David Okello. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYAIn Ruaraka, Tusker were in danger of another pressure piling loss, but they gave in a concerted last effort against a never say die Zoo to ensure they bagged the three points.“Our problem has been scoring but today, we at least managed to get two goals. It is a huge sigh of relief for us and I hope this is the turning point for us ahead of the remaining 10 games of the season. We have to continue working hard,” Omino told Capital Sport after the match.His opposite number Sammy Okoth was left ruing concentration lapses especially with Tusker’s winner having come against the run of play.“It is disappointing though our performance today was better compared to last weekend. Our aim now is to ensure that we at least finish the season well and avoid relegation,” Okoth said after the game.Zoo Kericho head coach Sammy Okoth. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAZoo were better starters into the match and Isaac Kipyegon had the game’s first effort on target with a 12th minute freekick from the edge of the box that went straight to David Okello in the Tusker goal.On the half hour mark, Nicholas Kipkurui had a brilliant opportunity after beating Okello to the ball at his near post from a Stanislus Akiya cross, but his nifty touch was inches wide.Tusker had struggled to create chances with Zoo dominating most of the play Boniface Muchiri was the most lively of Tusker players and his shot from distance in the 32nd minute was turned behind for a corner by the Zoo keeper’s fingertips.Te visitors kept on pushing and Mike Madoya forced a brilliant save off Okello in the 40th minute with a wonderful volley from the edge of the box. The pint-sized midfielder looped the ball over an advancing Martin Kiiza before volleying on target but it was punched away.Two minutes to the breather, Allan Wanga who was starting his first game for the brewers since the second leg had a chance from close range but he toe-poked the ball over after being flicked through by Muchiri.Tusker FC head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYATusker seemed better organized in the second half and it took only seven minutes for them to get going. Mieno finished off calm and composed inside the box after beating the box from a Muchiri cross.Three minutes later, Zoo keeper Samuel Koko made a brilliant fingertip save on the backfoot after Eugene Asike’s freekick from the right seemed to be heading into the top left corner of the goal.Tusker continued their dominance and Collins Shivachi came close with a freekick from the edge of the box which was spilled by Koko in the Zoo goal with the defense clearing away the spill.However, against the run of play, Zoo got their song back, Chetambe tapping the ball over keeper Okello after racing on to a through pass from Kipkurui. Both Shivachi and Mieno raced back to try and poke the ball off before it went in but the ball crossed the line.The equalizer gave Zoo the much needed adrenaline to push for a possible winner, but their efforts were nipped right in the bud nine minutes to full time when Owusu who had just come on for Kiiza tapped home a yard off goal from Khamati’s delivery.The brewers now move to sixth in the standings while Zoo remain 14th.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Giroud important to Arsenal, says Wenger


first_img0Shares0000Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring against Southampton during the English Premier League match at St Mary’s Stadium in southern England, on December 10, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 11- Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stressed that Olivier Giroud remains an important member of his squad after rescuing a point against Southampton on Sunday.The France international stepped off the bench to clinch a 1-1 draw for the Gunners with an 88th-minute header, after Charlie Austin had opened the scoring in the third minute at St Mary’s. It was Giroud’s fourth Premier League goal of the season in his 13th appearance as a substitute, and Wenger admits the striker will be rewarded with his first top-flight start soon enough.The 31-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Everton during the off-season and his future is likely to be the subject of speculation once more in January, but his manager is counting on him.“He is important – why should we lose an important player? It is up to us [and not Giroud],” Wenger said after the match.“He will start more games. I believe as well it’s always the same when you have many good players, some of them cannot play.“The question you get is always why does the guy who is good not play? Because if you take him on you have another guy who is good who will not play, it is as simple as that.”The French coach was seen complaining to the fourth official on a number of occasions at apparent time wasting from the Saints after the break.And he said afterwards: “I must say I am very frustrated as in the second half there was a lot of time-wasting.“Especially on the final ball on the counter-attack, it is very frustrating to give the advantage to the guy who had the foul because we were not only called back.“We were three against one but we played it quick and the referee called the ball back without any reason and that was a huge advantage for Southampton in the final minute.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘I am happy here’ – Spurs star quashes quit rumours


first_img Hugo Lloris 1 Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris insists he is happy to remain at White Hart Lane.The France international was linked with a move away from Spurs in the summer after Mauricio Pochettino’s side failed to qualify for the Champions League.Manchester United were said to be eyeing the 28-year-old amid doubts over David De Gea’s future.But Lloris insists he has never looked to leave the club, and has pledged his future to Spurs.“Of course I am happy here with Tottenham,” said Lloris.“I already replied to that type of question so the only thing I can say today is that I am happy at Tottenham.“I will do my best to get the best result possible for Tottenham.”last_img read more

‘The rumours are false!’ – Manchester United star denies he wants to quit club


first_img1 Anthony Martial looks set to stay at Manchester United Manchester United forward Anthony Martial appears to have dismissed claims he wants to leave Old Trafford.The France international had a mixed second season at United after initially impressing following his move from Monaco in 2015.The 21-year-old scored eight goals last term but struggled to command a regular starting spot and was often used in wider attacking roles by manager Jose Mourinho.At one point during the campaign, Mourinho said the player “needs to give me things that I like” as he explained the reasons why Martial was not featuring more often.That has led to suggestions Martial is unsettled and looking to move on, but he seems to have denied this in a succinct tweet.His tweet, written in French, translated as “the rumours are false”.last_img read more

BUNCRANA COLAISTE GIVEN EXTENSION OF TIME TO GET NUMBERS UP


first_imgThe Department of Education has granted an extension of time to allow a Buncrana school to remain open.Coláiste Chineál Eoghain had been threatened with closure in recent weeks because of low numbers of pupils.But CEO of the Donegal Vocational Education Committee Shaun Purcell has revealed the school will remain open. “I am delighted to confirm that the Department of Education & Skills has granted an Extension of the provisional recognition to Coláiste Chineál Eoghain for the 2013/2014 School year.“The Department has included a number of provisos including a yearly review.“I would like to thank everybody for the hard work, support and assistance that was provided in making our Appeal to the Department,” he said.The move has been welcomed by Senator Jimmy Harte. ” I am delighted to confirm that the Department of Education & Skills has granted an Extension of the provisional recognition to Coláiste Chineál Eoghain for the 2013/2014 School year.“The parents and teachers together with the local public reps were united in their efforts and they have been vindicated in their efforts today .“Cllr Martin Farren and myself spoke with Minister Quinn on the issue and it gives the school a chance to get established in Inishowen as it’s the only Colaiste in the peninsula.“It’s a good news story and I must may tribute to VEC CEO Mr Shaun Purcell who made a great pitch to the Dept and they took on all the concerns and information and thankfully came to a sensible conclusion.“I look forward to seeing Coláiste Chineál Eoghain expand and blossom into the future ” Inishowen Sinn Féin representatives, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Jack Murray, Ciaran McLaughlin & Mary Kelly have welcomed confirmation.In a joint statement, the Sinn Féin team said: “This is fantastic news for all those involved in the campaign for Colaiste Chineal Eoghain.“We congratulate Shaun Purcell, the parents’ committee, the teachers and all those who put in a huge effort to ensure a future for Irish language education in Inishowen.“All those involved now need to continue efforts to ensure that this becomes a permanent solution. “Sinn Féin representatives will continue to do everything we can, in every forum, protect and grow Colaiste Chineal Eoghain.”BUNCRANA COLAISTE GIVEN EXTENSION OF TIME TO GET NUMBERS UP was last modified: May 16th, 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:buncranaColaiste Chine EoghainVEClast_img read more