Clan on course for Kempton again | Racing News

first_imgOther leading hopes for the home team include Nicky Henderson’s RSA Chase winner Champ, the Philip Hobbs-trained two-mile star Defi Du Seuil and Vinndication from Kim Bailey’s yard. Dual winner Clan Des Obeaux is one of 24 entries for the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton.Trainer Paul Nicholls has claimed a record 11 victories in the festive highlight, five of which were delivered by the brilliant Kauto Star between 2006 and 2011.- Advertisement – Mullins has a trio of contenders as he bids to land the King George for the first time since the popular Florida Pearl struck gold in 2001 – with triple Grade One winner Kemboy joined by a pair of high-class novices from last term in Allaho and Melon.Joseph O’Brien’s Fakir D’oudairies, the Henry de Bromhead-trained Monalee and The Storyteller from Gordon Elliott’s yard complete the potential raiding party. The last Irish-trained winner was Tom Taaffe’s Kicking King in 2005.Colin Tizzard’s Lostintranslation disappointed in last year’s King George, after winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock, but bounced back to finish third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.- Advertisement – He has since saddled both Silviniaco Conti (2013 and 2014) and Clan Des Obeaux (2018 and 2019) for victory in back-to-back renewals, and looks set to play a strong hand once again.Nicholls’ Cyrname was a hot favourite for last year’s renewal – and although he was ultimately well-beaten by his stable companion, he bounced back to his best with an impressive display in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby last weekend.The Ditcheat trainer has already confirmed the pair are likely to renew rivalry on Boxing Day – and he has also entered Frodon and Real Steel, who was formerly trained by Willie Mullins in Ireland.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Avian flu viruses in Canada not dangerous, officials say

first_imgNov 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian officials said yesterday they would destroy all the poultry on a British Columbia farm where a duck was found to be carrying a low-pathogenic H5 avian influenza virus.That announcement came 2 days after the Canadian government reported the identification of a low-pathogenic strain of H5N1 virus in wild birds in Manitoba and other flu viruses in wild birds in British Columbia and Quebec.Officials said none of the viruses are considered dangerous to humans or highly pathogenic for birds. Despite its name, the H5N1 virus found in two ducks in Manitoba is unrelated to the H5N1 virus plaguing poultry and sickening some humans in Asia, they said.”I want to emphasize the H5N1 subtype detected in Manitoba is completely distinct from the strain currently present in Asia,” the Canadian Press (CP) quoted Dr. Brian Evans, Canada’s chief veterinary officer, as saying.Dr. Arlene King, head of respiratory diseases for the Public Health Agency of Canada, said the H5N1 strain found in the Manitoba birds has been seen previously in North America, according to the CP.British Columbia flock to be destroyedThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced Nov 18 that a farm east of Vancouver would be quarantined after a duck was found infected with an avian flu virus. Yesterday officials identified the virus as a low-pathogenic H5 North American strain and said the poultry there would be destroyed as a precaution, though the virus would be likely to cause only mild disease, if any, in exposed birds.The farm, near Chilliwack, is in the same area where an outbreak of H7N3 avian flu forced the culling of millions of poultry in the spring of 2004. The CFIA said the plan to destroy the flock is in line with recommendations made after the 2004 outbreak and guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The CP report said about 60,000 birds would be killed.Viruses found in wild birdsIn a Nov 19 announcement, the CFIA said testing of samples from the wild-bird survey revealed “low-pathogenic North America subtypes H5N3 in Quebec birds, H5N1 in Manitoba, and H5N9 and H5N2 in British Columbia.” Officials first announced in October that the survey had revealed flu viruses in a number of wild birds in the three provinces.The CFIA said the four strains have all been seen previously in North America and are not a threat to animal health with biosecurity measures now in effect. “The Public Health Agency of Canada has been working with the CFIA on the testing and has determined that there is no information in these findings suggesting a new threat to human health,” the statement added.”The good news is there is no Asian strain in any of the wildlife,” a Nov 19 Reuters report quoted Evans as saying. He said the survey included testing of 4,800 birds from seven provinces.UN plans avian flu early warning systemIn other news, United Nations officials said they plan to set up an early warning system to alert countries of incoming migratory birds that could be carrying avian flu viruses, according to Associated Press (AP) and Reuters reports.Plans for the system were announced at an international wildlife conference in Nairobi, Kenya, the AP reported yesterday. Marco Barbieri of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals said a pilot project should be operational in 6 months and the full system in 2 years.The Reuters report said plans call for a team of experts to collect information, maps, and charts from government and conservation organizations. Robert Hepworth of the UN said the information would be used in a computer system that would constantly monitor bird migration patterns and warn countries of potential threats. That will enable local authorities to give advice to people in affected areas, officials said.The UN Environment Programme is setting up the system, which is expected to cost between $200,000 and $300,000, Reuters reported.last_img read more

​KLP boosts lending to local authorities, as years of buffer-building pay off

first_imgKommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP), Norway’s main provider of municipal pensions, reported a 3.7% investment loss in the first quarter of this year – a period when the country’s domestic stock market tumbled by 24% – saying its buffers had equipped it for the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on financial markets.The NOK765bn (€68.9bn) Oslo-based institution also said it had expanded its capacity to lend to the local authorities and enterprises which owned it during the quarter.In its interim report, KLP posted a value-adjusted return on customers’ funds of -3.7% for January to March, and book returns – the return distributed to insurance customers each year – of 0.6%.Sverre Thornes, KLP’s chief executive officer, said: “The world’s financial markets remain challenging, but we have been building up buffer capital over many years to be equipped for these types of market disruptions.” Despite the big falls in the financial markets that were now happening, he said KLP was still very solid and well positioned to meet further disturbances over time, without causing clients worry.“The strategy is firmly aimed at delivering a good and predictable return over time,” Thornes said.KLP said its unit KLP Bank wanted to help the pension provider’s members “at a very challenging time”, so had made two significant cuts in floating mortgage rates, as well as allowing clients who were struggling to postpone repayment instalments.Municipalities and public enterprises found it harder to get loans during March’s financial turmoil, the pension fund said.“KLP, therefore, increased lending capacity to its owners by NOK5bn, and has granted NOK3.5bn in loans to municipalities and public enterprises since the middle of March,” it said. Before this increase, the amount earmarked for such lending was NOK1.5bn, the pension fund said.KLP reported that its within its NOK570.6bn common portfolio, equities fell by 15.6% in the quarter.However, that investment loss is shallower than the fall suffered by the Oslo Børs Benchmark Index, which lost 24.1% of its value in the quarter, according to information from the exchange.Among its other asset classes, KLP said short-term bonds lost 1.1%; long-term/hold-to-maturity bonds made a positive return of 1%, and property generated a 0.9% return.Total group assets grew slightly to NOK765bn from NOK763bn at the end of 2019.KLP’s capital adequacy under Solvency II – not including the transitional regulatory measures – declined to 234% from 342% at the same point last year, according to the Q1 report.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Ferguson denied Ronaldo Man U captaincy — Neville

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Gary Neville claimed Sir Alex Ferguson was reluctant to name Cristiano Ronaldo as captain of Manchester United over fears it would damage the squad’s morale.Neville was appointed United captain when Roy Keane left Old Trafford in November 2005, only to grow disenchanted in the role as a result of injury problems.The former right-back subsequently approached Ferguson and suggested handing over the armband to one of the club’s biggest names, such as Ronaldo.But Neville said the Scot instantly shut down the idea, insisting it could upset the apple cart in the dressing room.“I got injured a year after taking the captaincy and that became really difficult for me,” he told Sky Sports.“It felt as though I wasn’t contributing like a captain should be for my last four years.“I actually went to see Sir Alex in pre-season about the third year I was captain.“We had an amazing team: Ronaldo, [Wayne] Rooney, [Carlos] Tevez, [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes, [Michael] Carrick, [Rio] Ferdinand, [Nemanja] Vidic, [Patrice] Evra, [Edwin] van der Sar… there were some great personalities and players in that group.“I went over to Sir Alex walking onto the training pitch and said: ‘I don’t feel worthy of keeping the captaincy anymore. This team is to a level I can’t compete at.’“He said: ‘You’ll keep that f-ing armband, son.’ The reason he gave me: ‘You and Giggs will rotate it. If I give it to Ronaldo, Rooney will kick off. If I give it to Rooney, Ronaldo will kick off. If I give it to Vidic, Ferdinand won’t be happy.’“So literally I think me and Giggsy kept it for three or four years beyond that just purely because of the fact of the camaraderie in the dressing room.“We were the policemen if you like, the older statesmen.“Sir Alex wanted to make sure the team came first.“Even though I felt unworthy as a captain at that stage.”Neville and Giggs led United to two Premier League titles as captains, as well as Champions League and League Cup successes.They also claimed the 2008 Club World Cup having become European champions in the 2007/08 campaign.Tags: CaptaincyCristiano RonaldoManchester UnitedSir Alex Fergusonlast_img read more

Munster close in on home semi-final

first_img Within fifteen minutes of the restart, a try by Damien Varley followed by a penalty try gave Munster the bonus point they desired. Munster added further tries through Duncan Williams, Tommy O’Donnell, and a second penalty try. Hanrahan converted the first three of the half to give him sixteen points, and a perfect place kicking record, while Conor Murray stuck over the final pair. A Munster team showing 11 changes from the side that lost to Toulon in last week’s Heineken Cup semi-final found themselves immediately on the back foot. In the ninth minute Edinburgh’s pressure was rewarded with an unconverted try from stand-off Bezuidenhout. It followed good build-up from full-back Jack Cuthbert and centre Matt Scott. Stung by this, Munster produced 10 points in three minutes. Benefiting from a couple of slipped home tackles, the Irishmen reached the Edinburgh posts where Hanrahan stuck over a penalty. From the restart Munster swept back upfield led by centre Johne Murphy, who had been awarded a new contract in midweek, and a slick move ended with Conway scoring. Hanrahan converted and put his side into a 10-5 lead with a quarter of an hour gone. Edinburgh hit back with pressure on the visitors’ line that finished with prop Nel getting over from short range, and this time Greig Laidlaw converted to put Edinburgh 12-10 ahead. The Irish side had to come from behind after tries from Carl Bezuidenhout and Willem Nel but they finally clicked into gear and scored seven tries in total to keep themselves in third place, one point behind Glasgow. By half-time Munster held a decisive lead thanks to tries from winger Andrew Conway and Denis Hurley, with stand-off JJ Hanrahan converting both and kicking two penalties. Munster took a giant step towards a home semi-final in the RaboDirect Pro12 play-offs with a comprehensive 55-12 win at Edinburgh. Press Association Munster took a single-point lead with a penalty from Hanrahan and, in a momentum changing moment, Laidlaw was unable to match it two minutes later. Munster upped the pressure in the closing moments of the half. Twice they were turned over by the Edinburgh defence, but in the 40th minute Hurley was sent through a gap and his touchdown behind the posts was converted by Hanrahan, to send his side in leading 20-12. Munster began the second half with the sniff of the try bonus point in their nostrils. In the 49th minute the third try arrived when the pack mauled over with the score awarded to substitute hooker Varley, a replacement for Duncan Casey who suffered a shoulder injury after 30 minutes. Munster resumed their quest immediately, and when referee Marius Mitrea lost patience with Edinburgh’s offending on their line he awarded a penalty try converted by Hanrahan. Munster were in total control for the remainder of the game scoring three more tries and taking their points total beyond the half-century. Williams rounded off another fluent passing move with 15 minutes remaining and the Munster scrum forced a penalty score for the second time in the game, with lock Grant Gilchrist sin-binned and Murray converting. O’Donnell then rounded off the win in injury time. Edinburgh still have a part to play in sorting out the play-off positions as next week they visit current leaders Leinster. last_img read more

Hammers ‘are keen on Fletcher’

first_img Fletcher, who has made 342 appearances for the Red Devils, has only six months left on his contract at Old Trafford and is struggling to establish himself under new boss Louis van Gaal. Tony Pulis has admitted West Brom are in talks to sign the 30-year-old Scot and Allardyce hopes Fletcher will make a final decision soon. “You can get a work permit if there is an exceptional talent and it can be proven. “For me, exceptional talent is what it’s all about. “We’ve gone so far down the road now it’s very difficult to change the number of foreign players here but to make it even easier is a no-no for me.” West Ham visit League One high-fliers Bristol City in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, hoping to take another step forward in the tournament after beating Everton in round three via a dramatic penalty shoot-out. “We’ve got to continue where we left off against Everton,” Allardyce said. “We showed a huge amount of determination and ability to get through after extra time. “We were only a minute away from winning at Everton and we should have been more comfortable at home but we got through in the end. “We know it would be a real waste of all our time and energy getting through that round if we then didn’t beat Bristol City. “This game is very important to our season, we’ve been very successful in the league so we want now to be successful in the cup.” “We’ve had no permission to speak to Darren Fletcher,” Allardyce said. “He’s got quite a few clubs interested in him so when he makes his mind up everyone will know. “I don’t know what the timeline is. If any of the other packages offered to him are accepted then we would accept that. “Or if they hadn’t made their mind up or were negotiating somewhere else that would be it. We can’t wait forever. “I always think at this stage of the window, if you do get something nailed on you have to take it because you might end up with nothing if you don’t.” Allardyce also rejected suggestions made by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Thursday that English clubs would attract greater talent if the work permit rule was scrapped. The rules state a player must have featured in 75 per cent of his country’s international matches over the last two years to be considered an outstanding talent that would benefit the league. “I think the rules are fine at the moment,” Allardyce added. Press Association Sam Allardyce has confirmed West Ham are one of the clubs chasing Darren Fletcher but claims the Hammers are yet to speak to the Manchester United midfielder.last_img read more

MMA’s Lady Mariners Drop Season’s First Three Softball Games to Fisher College

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 CASTINE — For the Lady Mariners of Maine Maritime Academy, the spring softball season has gotten off to a tough start.The Lady Mariners came up short in each of the three games played at the University of Maine Dome in a weekend series against Fisher College. On Friday, MMA sophomore Mallery Stanley made her collegiate debut in the pitcher’s circle and allowed two hits by the Falcons in a 6-5 Fisher victory. But Stanley struggled with her control, walking 14 batters and giving up a three-run homer to Fisher’s Jackie Streeter in the second inning, which put the Falcons in front 5-2. In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Falcons again eked out a one-run victory, winning the first game 10-9 before rolling to a 13-4 win in the second game. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Lady Mariners will be back in action on Saturday when they face the University of Maine – Presque Isle in a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. at the UMaine Dome. MMA’s lacrosse team will open its season Saturday at Castine, hosting Green Mountain College at 1 p.m. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Postscenter_img Latest posts by admin (see all) admin Biolast_img read more

Beat writers offer mixed predictions on outcome of Syracuse-Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 18, 2015 at 5:45 pm Phil D’Abbraccio (20-5): Louisville 69, Syracuse 62Not in the CardsChris Jones’ suspension gives Syracuse’s backcourt a bit of a break, but SU doesn’t have the depth to offset Louisville’s frontcourt. Montrezl Harrell squares off with a Rakeem Christmas who is coming off his worst showing of the year. The Orange continues to battle through this thick slate of games, but also continues to lose them.Jesse Dougherty (20-5): Syracuse 58, Louisville 52Shuffled Deck It’s hard to say that Syracuse can joust with the No. 12 team in the country at this point of the season, but the announced suspension of the point guard Chris Jones changes a lot of things for Louisville. Jones is the team’s best ball-handler and, along with high-volume scorer Terry Rozier, is one of two guards that see significant minutes for the Cardinals. Without him, Rick Pitino has to reach into an incredibly thin bench and Louisville’s lack of depth — have you heard that term this season, Orange fans? — is the visitors’ down-the-stretch downfall on Wednesday night.Jacob Klinger (21-4): Louisville 63, Syracuse 57Cardinals inCardinals in, as in in the tournament that Syracuse would likely miss out on even if it weren’t for the postseason ban. So yeah, the Cardinals will be without their best ball-handler, who averages 13.6 points and 3.7 assists in 30.8 minutes per game. And that hurts them. But Louisville is still a press-till-death team that will give Syracuse’s backcourt its toughest test of the season. So for the first time in a long time, it’s foul trouble for the Orange’s guards that puts SU in trouble. And remember, Jim Boeheim said he doesn’t expect points from his bench just a couple days ago. Syracuse can’t win with five. Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse football depth chart: Week 1 vs. Colgate

first_img Published on August 29, 2016 at 10:48 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Related Stories THE SPREAD: From Texas to Syracuse, Dino Babers brings the Baylor-style offenseSyracuse football roster updates: Trey Dunkelberger back to TE, Scoop Bradshaw to WR and moreSyracuse football training camp blog: Devin Butler switches numbers, Kenneth Ruff catches passes again and moreSyracuse football quarterback Zack Mahoney earns scholarshipJamal Custis working on filling out frame and potential in 2016 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse released its Week 1 depth chart Monday morning, four days before the Orange opens the regular season against Colgate at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.Here are some of the most significant notes on the first pecking order released by SU since April 21.— True freshman Kendall Coleman is starting at defensive end opposite redshirt sophomore Chris Slayton. Coleman is the only true freshman on the first team and Slayton, at 296 pounds, moves from defensive tackle to defensive end where he’s listed above nicked-up redshirt freshman Jake Pickard.— Maryland grad transfer Amba Etta-Tawo is starting at wide receiver opposite incumbent starter Steve Ishmael. Etta-Tawo is listed in front of redshirt senior Alvin Cornelius.— Sophomore Cody Conway will start at left tackle after beating out Michael Lasker for the spot in training camp. Lasker is actually listed as the backup right tackle, while redshirt junior Jon Burton is behind Conway.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text— Sophomore Dontae Strickland, who played the hybrid in Tim Lester’s offense last season, is listed as the first-string running back ahead of Jordan Fredericks. Fredericks finished the season as the starter last year and has worked to drop his weight closer to 200 pounds, but Strickland gets the nod against Colgate.Other notes— Junior Jonathan Thomas will start at strong-side linebacker ahead of Ted Taylor.— Ervin Philips will return kicks and Brisly Estime will return punts.— Redshirt freshman Sterling Hofrichter takes over for Riley Dixon as Syracuse’s punterlast_img read more

Irish rugby team prepare for second test

first_imgThe Ireland rugby squad will return to training today in Johannesburg as they prepare for Saturday’s second Test against South Africa.The Ireland coaching staff will deliver a media update after the session, where they’re expected to indicate whether or not to lodge an appeal against CJ Stander’s one-week ban.The flanker was handed the ban yesterday after his red card duirng last weekend’s opening Test.last_img