Sir Frederick upsets in Nagrani feature

first_imgSIR FREDERICK, offering odds of 8-1 with former champion jockey Wesey ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, came through in mid-stretch to win the inaugural running of the Ram Nagrani Memorial Trophy overnight allowance feature over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.With punters installing the America 3-y-o colt SUPERIOR QUALITY, a red hot favourite in a field of seven, SIR FREDERICK broke well to race in touch early stages, but fell back approaching the half mile as TOOTING KAT (6-1) led at a fast clip from SUPERIOR QUALITY and AMICABLE (8-1).BESTSTRIDETOOTING KAT and the chasing SUPERIOR QUALITY came under pressure approaching the distance, but by then SIR FREDERICK had found his best strides. He disposed of TOOTING KAT early in the last furlong and was driven out to win by two lengths from rank outsider RUM PUNCH (77-1), who after missing the break and outpaced in last position, closed rapidly to beat the well-backed BUTLER CABIN (5-2) by a length for second with SUPERIOR QUALITY fading into fourth.Owned and trained by Howard McLeod and bred by Trevor James, SIR FREDERICK, a 5-y-o bay horse by Storm Craft out of Brenda’s Song, was notching his fifth win from 26 starts lifetime.The day’s co-feature for the Master Blaster Trophy over the straight five course, saw another 8-1 chance, AGAKHAN, with Richard Nunan riding for owner/trainer Deon Facey, storming through late on the stands’ side to win by 1-1/4 lengths from BAD BOY JUSTIN. The 6-5 favourite GOLDEN BULLET with leading jockey Shane Ellis aboard, disappointed in finishing out of the frame.Title-chasing jockeys Ellis and Robert Halledeen shared the riding honours with two winners each. Ellis emerged the performer of the month in the jockeys’ category with eight winners.last_img read more

Isolated in Gulf, Qatar campaigns to protect 2022 World Cup

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson AP source: 3 UCLA players stay in China; team returns to US Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award An association with the trailblazing Sheffield FC, which plays eight divisions below the Premier League, might seem tenuous. But Al Thawadi studied law at the University of Sheffield and this week he returned after 16 years to finally collect his graduation certificate during a brief presentation.Sheffield FC sought Qatar’s assistance because it was fighting for its future and being overlooked in a country that hosts the world’s richest soccer league. It started in 2009 while Al Thawadi was canvassing for FIFA votes in South Africa, and led in 2015 to 100,000 pounds (then $153,000) being invested by Al Thawadi to help the women’s team. Now Al Thawadi is trying to spur investment from across the English game to allow Sheffield FC to leave its base on the outskirts of the city and build a 6,000-seat venue and museum at its spiritual home at Olive Grove.“Too often the money takes the lead with Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar,” Sheffield FC chairman Richard Tims said, discussing wealth in the modern game that saw the Brazil forward bought by the Qatar-owned French club for a world record 222 million euros in August. “This project is the other end of the game.”Clubs are being asked to donate a sum corresponding with their foundation year, and it started with Premier League champion Chelsea agreeing to hand over 1,905 British pounds at a low-key event inside the rundown sports hall at Olive Grove.Tims flattered his guests, proclaiming: “The new pioneers of football are Qatar.” Al Thawadi then sought to assure the small group of dignitaries that the backing for Sheffield FC is a sign of Qatar’s commitment to the wider game. It is not, Al Thawadi maintained in a later interview, about latching on to Sheffield FC to add a shiny veneer to Qatar’s battered image.“Sheffield FC represents the start of football,” he said, “but more importantly represents playing football for the love of the game.”Qatar, though, appears locked into a perpetual struggle, requiring charm offensives like the trip to England to protect its status as 2022 hosts.“If it means we have to continue every day validating our right to host this World Cup,” Al Thawadi said, “so be it.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments The greatest threat to Qatar’s hosting status initially came from corruption investigators, who were troubled by some of the bid conduct but ultimately found there was no improper activity that swayed the vote.Censure came from labor watchdogs who believed a form of modern slavery formed the backbone of World Cup construction, and Qatar was compelled to safeguard rights and conditions for migrant workers. While progress has been made in a region unaccustomed to providing such protections, Qatar still faces demands to be more transparent about the cause of worker deaths and to eradicate exploitative practices like the “kafala” sponsorship system which binds workers to their employer.“The World Cup is a catalyst and an engine for accelerated reforms,” Al Thawadi said.Now more powerful forces are at play threatening the World Cup: Four Arab countries have severed diplomatic ties and placed Qatar under a blockade since June in a move claimed to stop the natural-gas-rich country from supporting terrorism — charges denied by Al Thawadi.“For whoever may want to bring this World Cup into a political debate, that is an action that they are doing unilaterally,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But Olive Grove, where the first rules of the modern game were conceived by Sheffield FC’s founders, was the latest stop this week for Qatar World Cup leader Hassan Al Thawadi on a mission to convince the global football community that his country remains a worthy host of the FIFA showpiece.Seven years after the controversial vote and five years until kickoff, doubts linger about Qatar’s suitability and right to host the Middle East’s first World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I believe we will always be in campaign mode,” Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar’s World Cup organizing committee, said at the self-styled “Home of Football” in an interview with The Associated Press. “Most host nations or host cities suffered from criticism.”Perhaps, but none on the scale faced by Qatar, which was unprepared for the sharp scrutiny that followed victory in the secret ballot that took the game’s biggest showcase to the smallest country yet. However sure Al Thawadi is, the World Cup will be played as scheduled from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 2022 — contentiously chosen by FIFA to avoid the fierce summer heat in the usual June-July slot — and he is clearly troubled by attempts to undermine the tournament.A day after speaking to The AP in Sheffield, Al Thawadi ducked out of the royal box at Wembley Stadium in London just before watching England play Germany to launch a broadside against what he perceives as efforts by Qatar’s regional rivals to bring down the World Cup.Dubai’s security chief has already said the only way to end “Qatar’s crisis” was to give up the event, though he later said he was referring to the financial impact of hosting. An Emirati minister followed up by tweeting that Qatar’s hosting of the tournament should “include a repudiation of policies supporting extremism & terrorism.”Lobbying firms backed by the nations opposing Doha have increasingly targeted the World Cup, while Twitter has been promoting anonymous paid posts attacking Qatar’s fitness as a tournament host, citing corruption allegations and worker abuses.“We refuse to have this World Cup used as political pawn or a political tool because we believe in separating politics from sports … and using sports as a means of resolving conflict,” Al Thawadi said in the Wembley library. “I hope that the blockading nations see reason to be able to participate and join for the sake of the region benefiting out of this World Cup.”The crisis has exposed the scale of risks associated with taking the World Cup to a region in flux. Stadium costs are rising after Qatar was forced to find alternative routes to import building materials, and security concerns linger.“You can’t always prepare for a specific incident, but you can always prepare with contingency plans and be ready with a very resourceful and very quick and effective reactionary mindset as well,” Al Thawadi said. “As soon as the blockade occurred, we were able to put Plan B and Plan C quickly in place and address some of the concerns and challenges that the blockade caused.”Originally pitched to FIFA voters as a World Cup to benefit the Middle East, the idealism appears to have been sunk. The vision could potentially be revived by sharing games with neighbors, a proposition floated externally during the bid and still perceived as an objective in the region.“Qatar has always been open to dialogue,” Al Thawadi said. “It’s always been open and it’s always supported our brother nations, to the extent that if (sharing the World Cup) was the ultimate goal, all that would have required was a simple conversation.”For now, England is where Al Thawadi has come to speak to shore up support for his World Cup project. MOST READ Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery Legacy, poses for a photo following an interview with The Associated Press in Sheffield, England on Thursday Nov. 9 2017. Following comments earlier this year attributed to German soccer federation president Reinhard Grindel, Al Thawadi said Thursday that “Qatar does not support terrorism. Qatar is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.” APSHEFFIELD, England — The birthplace of modern soccer is now an unassuming site: A couple of pitches with no stands for supporters, and a ramshackle indoor facility where damp rises on the walls and paint peels from the goalposts.When Sheffield FC formed in this northern English steel city 160 years ago, the wealth awash in the modern game was unimaginable to the founders of the world’s first soccer club. The symbol of how vastly soccer has changed is thousands of miles away in the Gulf, where stadiums are springing up in the Qatari desert and tens of billions of dollars are invested in infrastructure to ensure a tiny nation can host the 32-team World Cup in 2022.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Rainfall warning continues for the B.C. Peace

first_imgA look at the radar in the Peace region as of 6:50 a.m. Friday.- Advertisement – A rainfall warning is still in place for the Peace Region, and with Environment Canada’s precipitation estimates, up significantly, the Peace River Regional District has responded, with an evacuation alert, for selected areas in the South Peace. It goes to areas south of Dawson Creek, including the communities of Gundy, Tupper, Tomslake, One Island Lake, and Kelly Lake.The regional district responded Thursday to Environment Canada information that puts the South Peace rainfall amounts by Saturday afternoon between 80 to 115 millimeters.However, the forecasts issued at 5 a.m. Friday, for Dawson Creek and Chetwynd,  put the estimated totals for today and tomorrow at those weather stations, between 70 and 90 millimeters, with showers on Sunday.The Fort St. John station estimate, is 45 to 60 millimeters today, and then showers on both Saturday and Sunday.Advertisement The rainfall warning also extends into the Alberta Peace withe Grande Prairie forecast carrying a rainfall estimate for today and tomorrow  from 65 to 80 millilmeters.We understand the RCMP in Slave Lake has already closed Highway Two at two different locations near that community, due to flooding. If you see any flooding in the Peace region, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img read more