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Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Sunday, May 17, 2020

first_imgSHOEMAKER LURES MAJOR DUO FOR CASSE BALTAS HAS TWO SET FOR GRADE I GAMELY FIVE GRADED TURF STAKES MEMORIAL WEEKENDJOCKEY PRAT WINS SIX SUNDAY, MAY 17CASSE HOPES TO MAKE HIS MARK IN SHOEMAKERNewly-minted Hall of Fame member Mark Casse plans to have two starters in the Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf for three-year-olds and up on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at Santa Anita.They are Preakness winner War of Will and Sunshine Millions Turf and Grade II Wise Dan winner March to the Arch, each with impeccable turf bloodlines. Out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Vision of Clarity, War of Will was sired by War Front, while March to the Arch was sired by Arch and was bred and is owned by Live Oak Plantation in Florida.War of Will has made his last 10 starts on dirt. Both horses are  scheduled to fly first class to California tomorrow.Tyler Gaffalione has been aboard War of Will in his last 10 races, but Flavien Prat will ride in the Shoemaker. Casse was undecided on a rider for March to the Arch at press time.“March to the Arch has been unlucky in his last couple starts,” Casse said by phone from Florida, alluding to a third while lacking room in the Grade III Appleton March 28, and altering course in the Grade III Tampa Bay when third by a head Feb. 8. Additionally, the gelding was bothered when fifth by just a length in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile last Oct. 5.“He could easily have won two of those,” Casse said. “He’s a pretty good horse in his own right. He’s going to run well.“War of Will’s been training exceptionally well. He’s a Grade I winner on dirt (in the Preakness), so we’ll see if we can make him a Grade I winner on the turf.”War of Will ran four times on the grass as a two-year-old, finishing fourth with a four-wide trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He was second in the Grade I Summer Stakes at Woodbine and fourth in the Grade III Bourbon at Keeneland before his Breeders’ Cup endeavor, which may have been a blessing in disguise.“Thank goodness he had a terrible trip,” Casse said, “because if he’d have won, he may have never tried the dirt, so sometimes you have to be happy with what doesn’t happen.”Casse, whose main characteristics are a gentlemanly demeanor and a Cheshire cat smile, was understandably thrilled at being voted into the Hall of Fame on May 6. Born in Indianapolis and raised in Ocala, Florida, the 59-year-old has achieved international success but is most renowned for his domination of racing in Canada, where he has won the Sovereign Award as the nation’s outstanding trainer a remarkable 11 times.In 2011 he won his fifth straight training title at Woodbine Racetrack with a record 119 victories, nearly double that of the runner-up.At age eight, Casse accompanied his father, Norman, to the spring meet of the original Woodbine. In 1973, they traveled to Churchill Downs and saw Secretariat win the Kentucky Derby.Today, like all members of the racing world, Casse is coping as best he can during these challenging times, preparing on the fly as venues begin to display the “Open for Business” sign.“We’re hanging in there,” he said, preferring to look at the glass as half full. “We have a big training center in Ocala where we’ve had the majority of our horses. We just sent several to Woodbine and we’re running in Kentucky, waiting on New York and very soon we’ll be in California.“We have so many things to be thankful for, we have to look at the good, not the bad.”     Probable for the Shoemaker Mile, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, with the nominated winner entitled to automatic entry into the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Nov. 7: Will of War, Blitzkrieg, Raging Bull, Next Shares, Neptune’s Storm, True Valour, Without Parole, March to the Arch, Desert Stone and River Boyne.BALTAS KEEN ON GRADE I GAMELY DUORichard Baltas has a two-pronged attack planned for the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes, to be run at a mile and one eighth on turf on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.Currently battling for the training lead with Bob Baffert, Baltas will enter English-bred Bodhicitta and Irish-bred Lady Prancealot in the 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares, three and up.“It’s kind of a step up for Bodhicitta, but (Flavien) Prat wants to ride her back and she’s doing well, so if we could just run third, we’d be real happy with the filly,” Baltas said.“Lady Prancealot is doing great. She’s already a Grade I winner (the American Oaks at a mile and a quarter last Dec. 28). She’s been a gem and a pleasure to have in the barn.”Baltas has engaged Hall of Famer Johnny Velazquez to ride Lady Prancealot, a stone closer who was fourth in the Grade II Buena Vista on Feb. 22, which at one mile, is a less-than-ideal distance for her.     Early Gamely probables include Beautiful Lover, Bodhicitta, Etoile, Keeper Ofthe Stars, Lady Prancealot and Mucho Unusual.Baltas not only is delighted to be back in action at Santa Anita, but was proud to point out Saturday’s massive inter-state wagering handle of $14,342,635 on the 10-race program, the track’s first since March 22.“They handled 14-plus million, more than Gulfstream and more than Churchill,” Baltas said. “It shows that the desire for people to gamble on California racing is very strong.“They love the product. When we put it out there, it’s as good as it gets.”JOCKEY PRAT WINS SIX RACES ON SUNDAYWith six wins to his credit through nine races, including a victory aboard Bellafina in the Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes, French-born jockey Flavien Prat was poised to join the legendary Laffit Pincay, Jr. on Sunday as the only other jockey to ever record seven wins in a single day at The Great Race Place as one dance remained on the 10-race card.Alas, it wasn’t to be, as Prat ended up a non-threatening sixth aboard 9-5 favorite Winning Element in the 10th, a one mile allowance for 3-year-olds and up.In notching six wins, Prat nonetheless joined some very select company, as the feat had only been accomplished 12 times dating back to Dec. 25, 1934.  The first jockey to ever win six in a day at Santa Anita was the immortal Bill Shoemaker, a 17-time leading rider here who won six races on Feb. 23, 1962.(Pincay’s seven-win day came on March 14, 1987).With three jockeys turning the six-win trick twice each, Pincay (Oct. 23, 1973 & March 4, 1981), Sandy Hawley (Feb. 20, 1976 & March 26, 1976) and Darrell McHargue (March 5, 1978 & Oct. 25, 1979), five riders, Steve Valdez (Oct. 15, 1973), Patrick Valenzuela (Oct. 21, 1978), Martin Pedroza (Oct. 31, 1992), Corey Nakatani (April 23, 2000) and Rafael Bejarano (April 8, 2006) each did it once each.“That’s quite an amazing group of riders,” said Prat, 27, when apprised of those who had preceded him in winning six in a day.  “It was one of those days when everything you do is right.  It’s so good to be back racing here and I rode good horses all weekend.“Even though we had the break (with no racing until this past Friday, dating back to March 27), I thought I was fit and ready to come back.  I’ve never worked out so hard at home.  I’ve got a stationary bike and I lifted weights, not heavy, but enough to maintain flexibility.”With 55 wins through 44 racing days, Prat is 13 winners in front of Abel Cedillo in the current jockey standings and he’s looking forward to continued success this coming Memorial Day Weekend.“I’m really excited to ride War of Will for Mark Casse in the Shoemaker Mile (Grade I, $300,000 on May 25).  He was one of the best 3-year-olds in America last year and he’s proven he likes the grass.  I think the distance is going to be very good for him.“We’ve got good business all weekend and I know United is doing very well for Richard Mandella.  He was training great for Dubai, but we weren’t able to run and I think he’s sitting on a big race here in the (Charles) Whittingham (Grade II, $200,000 at 1 ¼ miles on turf) on Saturday.”Prat’s six-win hit parade began in Sunday’s first race aboard the Peter Miller-trained Querelle ($10.00).  His next win came in the fourth, aboard Phil D’Amato’s Noor Khan ($7.60), the fifth aboard Leonard Powell’s Bud Knight ($4.80), the sixth aboard Collusion Illusion ($7.40), the eighth aboard Simon Callaghan’s Bellafina ($3.60) and the ninth with Carava’s Harper’s Gallop ($8.00).With six wins from his nine mounts, Prat’s win percentage for the day totals 66 percent.FINISH LINES: Santa Anita is dark Monday through Thursday. Live racing resumes Friday, May 22, at 12:30 p.m., and continues through Monday, May 25, Memorial Day, featuring two of racing’s most prestigious Grade I events, the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile (turf) and the $300,000 Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf, plus the Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes at 5 ½ …A total of five graded turf stakes will be run over the Memorial Day weekend, including the Grade III, $100,000 Daytona at 5 ½ furlongs on Saturday, and the Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham at  1 ¼ miles on Saturday…Congratulations to trainer Mark Glatt and jockey Umberto Rispoli, as each had three winners on Saturday.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:WORKOUTS:Cistron (Sadler) 5-16-20Improbable (Baffert) 5-16-20Ollie’s Candy (Sadler) 5-16-20On Mars(Outside) & Too Hot For Curlin (D’Amato) 5-16-20Authentic (Baffert) 5-15-20McKinzie (Baffert) 5-15-20Scarto (Outside) and Bella D (Puype) 5-15-20Guitty (Powell) 5-15-20Shadow Sphinx (Baltas) 5-15-20last_img read more

Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past depleted Spurs

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives around San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 90-87 on Sunday night.Westbrook had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Thunder, who won their second straight.ADVERTISEMENT Steven Adams added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which won even though No. 2 scorer Paul George had just eight points on 2-for-17 shooting.Dejounte Murray had 17 points and Derrick White added 16 for San Antonio. With a chance to tie it at the end, Brandon Paul missed a 3-pointer and the Thunder rebounded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSpurs starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker sat out. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge rested with a minor knee issue and Parker was “dinged-up.” The Spurs still are waiting for forward Kawhi Leonard’s right quadriceps injury to heal.San Antonio’s Kyle Anderson sprained his left knee with a minute remaining in the third quarter and did not return. Jerami Grant’s 3-pointer as time expired in the first half gave the Thunder a 54-43 advantage. Adams had 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting and Oklahoma City led even though George went scoreless and Carmelo Anthony managed just three points.San Antonio rallied in the third quarter and cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 76-73 at the end of the period.Westbrook clinched his triple-double on an assist to George for a 3-pointer that gave the Thunder an 87-79 lead. George had made just one of 14 shots before connecting with 4:13 remaining.TIP-INSSpurs: Popovich said reserve forward Rudy Gay was “dinged-up,” so he did not play. … Paul made his first NBA start and was issued a technical foul in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Shots in the dark: Warriors work in Miami with lights out OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Thunder: G Alex Abrines, who is healthy but did not play the previous two games, scored five points in 15:22. … Westbrook had seven points, six assists and five rebounds in the first quarter. … Westbrook shot 2 of 6 on free throws.UP NEXTSpurs: Host the Detroit Pistons on Monday.Thunder: Host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Khan wants bout vs ‘favored’ Pacquiao

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Apinan helps Makati rally past Manila In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Khan, who once trained with Pacquiao under Freddie Roach, also picked the Filipino eight-division champion over Argentine journeyman Lucas Matthysse in their duel on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur.The British former light welterweight champion told that he’s “forcing his way” to becoming a world champion once again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd he’s looking at challenging Pacquiao, whom he feels is the better fighter in the fight that stakes Matthysse’s WBA welterweight crown.Pacquiao took a break in his General Santos City camp, tapering off his training before his camp leaves for the Malaysian capital on July 9. MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img His trainer and best friend Buboy Fernandez has declared that they have devised a plan to contain the raging bull style of Matthysse.Matthysse, on a belated shot at stardom and big paychecks, is expected to generate excitement in the fight set at Axiata Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES Amir Khan warms up in the ring during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFPManny Pacquiao, despite clear signs of slowing down, remains a big-ticket item in all of boxing.Even former sparring partner Amir Khan feels the same way and called out the country’s fighting senator to a September clash to finally push through with the showdown, which was announced last year but fell through.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Senator Suggests County Social Dev. Trust Fund

first_imgThe Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts and Audit is seeking the support of the Liberian Senate for a change in the procedures and policies under which the Social Development Fund (SDF) operates.In order to achieve that feat, Senator Edward Dagoseh is recommending that “a County Social Development Trust Fund be set up and its management team be completely professional in order for it to operate without the influence of political stakeholders.”In a communication to the Senate plenary dated January 15, the Grand Cape Mount County lawmaker asserted that annually, millions of United States dollars are put into the SDF to ensure that affected communities benefit from economic development to mitigate conflict in areas where concession companies operate.This, Senator Dagoseh intimated, is a substantial amount for community development considering the national budget needs of the country.Another key concern stated in Senator Dagoseh’s communication is the participation and interference of political actors, such as Legislators and ministers in the administration and implementation of the SDF, which he said conflicts with their respective roles to provide oversight, monitoring, and evaluation.Consequently, said the PAC Chair, a series of financial, administrative malpractices and political disagreements usually undermine the implementation of targeted projects for affected communities.Senator Dagoseh lamented that the recent County Development Reports indicate that existing procedures and policies have not attained the proportionate results relating to the purpose of the SDF.“At present, payment procedures from the SDF to the counties are full of bureaucratic bottlenecks, and in general, financial and operational reports from the counties to the Ministry of Internal Affairs as well as the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning are not given timely consideration thus delaying payments to the counties.”As a result of this, Senator Dagoseh said the commencement of approved projects are most times delayed and run into the rainy season. The projects are therefore not completed on time, not done according to specifications or are abandoned by contractors.Except for few, majority of the Senators voted for the set up of an SDF Trust Fund, and a motion proffered by Senator Armah Jallah was passed. The communication was sent to the committees on Internal Affairs; Ways, Means, Finance & Budget; and Lands, Mines and Energy; who are expected to report to plenary within two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP/C protests Bulkan’s “unlawful” selection of Mayor, NDC heads

first_imgAs pressure mounts on the Government to allow Guyana’s democracy to flourish, scores of supporters of the Opposition on Tuesday staged a peaceful picketing exercise outside the Ministry of the Presidency over the appointment of Government Councillors to head at least six Local Authority Areas where there was a tie after local polls.PPP/C supporters protest outside the Ministry of the PresidencyThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC)and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) received six seats each on the Mabaruma Town Council, Region One (Barima-Waini), while a similar situation obtained in five Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs).Senior Party members leading the picketing exerciseHowever, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan applied Section 13 (4) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01 and selected a Mayor for Mabaruma and Chairpersons of the five NDCs – a decision the PPP/C successfully challenged in the High Court last week.Justice Diana Insanally subsequently quashed the appointment of a Mayor for Mabaruma as well as the appointments of chairmen of the five NDCs.The Government has since indicated that it would challenge Justice Insanally’s decision and was confident of coming out successful, as it maintained Bulkan acted legally.But, in denouncing Bulkan’s “undemocratic” actions, PPP/C supporters from across the country, including Woodlands-Farm, Mahaicony, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); Woodlands-Bel Air, Region Five and Industry- Plaisance, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).The placard-bearing protesters braved the rains as they reiterated their position that “democracy was greater than the Government” and “democracy will prevail”.Speaking to Guyana Times, PPP Executive Secretary and Member of Parliament (MP) Zulfikar Mustapha explained that the protesters were out to register their rejection of Bulkan’s action.“This gathering is here to protest against the arbitrary decision made to appoint Chairpersons and Mayors in tied municipalities,” Mustapha stated.He said while the PPP/C had suggested a workable solution of rotation of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor position in Mabaruma and a similar system for tied NDCs, Bulkan went ahead and appointed APNU/AFC councillors to the positions, totally ignoring the PPP/C’s suggestion.Nigel Dharmalall, another PPP/C MP who was on the picket line said, Bulkan’s decision was “creating a cloud of controversy in the Local Government Elections (LGE)”.The parliamentarian stressed on the level of disrespect shown by the Government to the very principles of harmony and unity that it preached. He is calling on the President to listen to their concerns and let good sense prevail.He pointed out that the LGE were the basis for governance at the community level and his Party and supporters feel very aggrieved by the decisions made by Minister Bulkan.On Thursday last, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told a news conference that Bulkan disregarded the laws for the sake of convenience.“This here is an illegal action on the part of the Government,” Jagdeo declared.He told reporters that his Party sought to reach a compromise with the APNU/AFC and offered for there to be a rotation of the Mayorship and Deputy Mayorship in Mabaruma and similar arrangements for the five affected NDCs.Jagdeo said he personally spoke with the Government’s Chief Whip Amna Ally on the matter at the weekend where she said after consultations with President David Granger, a decision had been taken to accept the suggestion of the PPP/C.He said there were even discussions on the process and procedure and talks about a formal agreement on the rotation.However, Jagdeo said the Government has on its position and moved to flout the laws and unilaterally appoint APNU/AFC Councillors to the top posts, even in areas where the PPP won a plurality of votes.This action, Jagdeo said, is undemocratic and is thwarting the will of the majority of the people in those NDCs.last_img read more

Djokovic would happily miss W.Cup final for Wimbledon glory

first_imgCelebrating wildly after his friend Aleksandar Kolarov bagged Serbia’s winner with a superb free-kick, Djokovic watched the match from in a raucous players’ lounge at Queen’s Club in west London, where he is preparing for the start of the Wimbledon warm-up event next week.But the 31-year-old was surprised when he was told he would likely miss out on watching Serbia if they make a surprise appearance in the World Cup final.That is because the showpiece in Moscow is scheduled to kick off just hours after the Wimbledon men’s final begins at the All England Club on July 15.In truth, unfancied Serbia — who are competing at their first major tournament since 2010 — are far less likely to make the final than Djokovic, who is a three-time Wimbledon champion.But pressed on the potential fixture clash, Djokovic laughed off talk of mixed feelings.“Really? I didnt know that. Wow,” he told reporters.“From your mouth to gods ears as they say, hopefully that can happen.“I’ve been fortunate to win Wimbledon three times and play well there.“If that happens I would obviously be very happy to miss the World Cup final!”While Djokovic would swap World Cup glory for his own Wimbledon success, the proud Serb has been relishing his country’s return to the big time in Russia.“In the last 15 minutes I had to change a couple of shorts,” he said of the nervous conclusion to Serbia’s win over Costa Rica.“We didn’t qualify for last World Cup and the last two Euros, so we didn’t get a chance to enjoy these matches for a long time.“This was best way to start campaign. Everybody is watching in the players lounge.”– Insights –Djokovic has built up good relationships with several of the Serbia squad, often picking their brains about different ways to improve his training regime.“I’m friends with Kolarov who scored an amazing goal today, and (Nemanja) Matic, these guys,” he said.“It’s a different sport, but we share a lot of things in common as athletes. We support each other, but can also share insights into how we train.“As individual athletes we miss that feeling of being in a team. We only have that for the Davis Cup.“When you are playing for your nation, spending time together, it is wonderful.”Kolarov and company still have two more tricky group stage fixtures against Switzerland and Brazil.But Djokovic is already dreaming of Serbia advancing to the knockout stages in Russia.“Serbia have been quite successful in basketball over the years, but football is the most popular sport in the world and in our country as well,” he added.“Everyone would love to see the national team go far.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SNovak Djokovic insists he would happily miss a first appearance for Serbia in the World Cup final if it means he is back in the Wimbledon title match © AFP / Eric FEFERBERGLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 18 – Novak Djokovic insists he would happily miss a first appearance for Serbia in the World Cup final if it means he is back in the Wimbledon title match.Djokovic is an avid fan of the Serbian national team, who kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Russia on Sunday.last_img read more


first_imgSHOWBIZ EXCLUSIVE: Daniel O’Donnell has received the ultimate Christmas and 50th birthday present – a top-of-the-range 5 series BMW.The singing star was left gobsmacked when he received the present at the weekend from wife Majella.The navy blue car, which has a cream leather interior, is valued at more than a cool €50,000. Majella claimed on last week’s Late Late Show that she still hadn’t a clue what to get the man who has everything.But Majella had already hatched her husband’s present plan.A close source revealed “Daniel was absolutely gobsmacked when he saw the car.“Daniel and Majella aren’t normally that extravagant but Majella decided to push the boat out for Daniel’s 50th and Christmas. “Daniel is like a boy with a new toy. He absolutely loves his new car.”But Daniel’s birthday surprises didn’t end there.The Kincasslagh star told wife Majella that he didn’t want a big surprise party.So Majella instead planned a secret three day break away alone with her husband to pamper him.She even refused to tell Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy where they were going. But friends of the star have now revealed the couple spent the three days in the luxurious surroundings of the K Club on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night last.It is believed the three day luxury break in one of the hotel’s top suites cost more than €10,000 as everything was laid on including spa treatments and five star food.Although Daniel is about to undertake a tour of Ireland, the couple are heading away again on a luxury cruise in February.The couple have also revealed that they are to be separated for Christmas with Majella heading to Tenerife to stay with her mum and dad while Daniel will spend time with his mum Julia in Kincasslagh. DANIEL GETS THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS PRESENT – A 5 SERIES BMW! was last modified: December 14th, 2011 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:BMWdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Thursday, June 1

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for the best bits of Thursday’s Sports Bar show.There’s the best calls on whether money is beginning to ruin football from a fans’ perspective, and an exclusive interview with Stoke new boy Darren Fletcher.Plus, Danny Murphy is this week’s Fantasy Football Manager and there’s the best of Truth or Lie.Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img


first_imgLETTERKENNY GAELS JIGS AND REELS A HUGE SUCCESS – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: March 18th, 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:jigs and reelsLetterkenny Gaelslast_img read more


first_imgTHE government decision today to set the ‘free’ water allowance at 30,000 litres will see many households have their ‘free’ water allowance slashed by over 7.5 times says Independent Donegal TD Thomas Pringle.Speaking in the Dail tonight on the Private Members Motion on water charges Pringle outlined the cuts to the free allowance that many water users will face.Currently commercial water users that live on their premises such as publicans, small shop owners, post masters and B&B owners receive an annual domestic allowance of 227,000 litres and will now see this reduced to 30,000 litres by todays government decision. Said Deputy Pringle: “Even an ‘average’ family of two adults and two children under 18 years old will see their allowance of water reduced by 120,000 litres where they live on their premises. In effect this means that these family’s could see their bills increase by over €200 per year.“This decision today by the government shows that they do not have the interests of the consumers of water at heart and that they see the introduction of the water tax as a revenue generating exercise and not as a water conservation measure as the government would like us to believe.” TD PRINGLE ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF SNEAKY CUT IN WATER ALLOWANCE was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Thomas Pringlewater chargeslast_img read more

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