James Fanshawe excited at first runner in Breeders’ Cup | Racing News

first_imgFanshawe is well aware of the task facing his charge in America, but is adamant she is not there just to make up the numbers.He said: “It’s a very different track to what she’s been racing on – it’s round two bends and much tighter.“She’s a very well balanced filly, so I don’t think that will be a problem, and what will suit her is a truly-run race.- Advertisement – Impressive in the Group Two Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket in early June, the Godolphin-owned four-year-old was subsequently narrowly denied Group One glory in both the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.However, she could finish only fifth on her latest appearance in the Sun Chariot.Gosden said: “It was very, very soft ground for Newmarket in the Sun Chariot. They seldom called it heavy and that was the description they were giving on the day.“She found that a little bit too testing. Like most horses, she likes what we call good ground.”Aidan O’Brien’s Peaceful and Cayenne Pepper, from Jessica Harrington’s yard, represent Ireland.Following three successive runner-up finishes, Cayenne Pepper ran out an impressive winner of the Group Two Blandford Stakes at the Curragh in September.“I think it probably was a career-best last time,” said Harrington.“I was convinced she was a mile-and-a-half filly, but in the Irish Oaks and in the race at Cork (Give Thanks Stakes), she was in front until the last half-furlong and got run out of it.“Bringing her back in trip for the Blandford, and winning it like she did, I really was absolutely delighted with her.”Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup action gets under way with the Filly & Mare Sprint, for which Bob Baffert’s Gamine is the likely favourite.The following race is the Turf Sprint, in which Kevin Ryan is set to saddle dual Group One-winning filly Glass Slippers, who was last seen finishing second when bidding for back-to-back wins in the Prix de l’Abbaye.Ryan said: “She’s a top-class filly and the Breeders’ Cup is a very important meeting – it’s nice to have a filly that is good enough to run there.“She comes out of her races very well – she’s very tough and genuine.“She’s one of the best I’ve trained. She’s just been a very progressive filly who has kept on improving and I’m very privileged to have her to train.”Chad Brown’s Complexity and the Brad Cox-trained Knicks Go are among the leading contenders for the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, while George Weaver’s Vekoma and Steven Asmussen’s unbeaten colt Yaupon lock horns in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.Cox’s Monomoy Girl is a hot favourite for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, ahead of Kenny McPeek’s Swiss Skydiver. James Fanshawe is relishing the prospect of sending out his first Breeders’ Cup runner when Audarya contests Saturday’s Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf.The daughter of Wootton Bassett was winning a handicap on the all-weather at Newcastle as recently as early August, but has made huge progress since by claiming a surprise Group One win in the Prix Jean Romanet before finishing a close third in the Prix de l’Opera.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “At this time of year you’re just hoping your filly is in the same form as she has been for her last two races, as you’re going into the winter and some thrive and some start to hibernate.“She seems well and is showing no signs of that. I hope she’ll run a very big race.”British hopes are also carried by John Gosden’s Terebellum.- Advertisement –last_img read more

HURLING: MINOR BOARD U14 LEAGUE RESULTS

first_imgResults Round 3 U 14 hurling league.Carndonagh 3.8 Letterkenny Gaels 3.3.Dungloe/Gaothdobhair 7.5 Four Masters 3.1. Mc Cumhaills 3.10 Aodh Ruadh 2.4.St Eunans 4.10 Setanta 0.3.Burt 3.7 Buncrana 3.4  HURLING: MINOR BOARD U14 LEAGUE RESULTS was last modified: April 8th, 2015 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)last_img

Tributes paid to Polish diver who perished off Malin Head

first_imgTributes have been paid to a diver who lost his life off the coast of Donegal.Michal Marek was killed while taking part in an open-water dive in Malin Head on Sunday.Originally from Poland, the 36-year-old had been living in Ireland for several years with his sister, Agnieszka. He was based in Galway and was described as an ‘avid explorer’ by the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation.He was among a team which discovered the longest marine cave in Ireland in Clare.According to the ICRO Michal filled his life with underground and underwater adventures as a caver and cave diver and recorded the Irish cave-dive depth record during a venture in Pollatoomery — a cave in Mayo.Following his tragic death, the ICRO acknowledged his contribution to the organisation as a core-team member and stated that he ‘will be a huge loss’ and ‘will be missed by all who worked with him’. Tributes paid to Polish diver who perished off Malin Head was last modified: May 14th, 2019 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:diverdonegalMalin HeadPOLISHlast_img read more

Seahawks 27, 49ers 24: Studs and duds from overtime classic

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Levi’s Stadium has never had a bigger, louder and crazier game in its 5 1/2-year history, and losing Monday night’s zany affair will go down as the 49ers’ most painful loss there.Gone went starter after starter to injury. Gone went an early, 10-0 lead. Gone went the football, on appalling strip sacks and off receivers’ hands. Gone wide left went a potential winning field goal attempt in overtime.The 49ers’ undefeated record is gone. The division rival Seattle …last_img

Antarctica Hit by Catastrophic Meteors, Researchers Claim

first_imgA story in BBC News claims that multiple impact sites have been found under Antarctic ice covering an area 1300 by 2400 miles, with one impact making a hole in the ice 200 miles across.  The estimated date of these impacts (around 780,000 years ago) creates a problem, however:The research suggests that an asteroid the size of the one blamed for killing off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago could have struck Earth relatively recently.    Early humans would have been living in Africa and other parts of the Old World at the time of the strikes.If such a destructive impact killed off dinosaurs, how could the humans and other mammals survived?  A suggestion was quickly forthcoming: “But the impacts would have occurred during an ice age, so even tidal waves would have been weakened by the stabilising effect of icebergs on the ocean.”For an ad hoc just-so story to explain away evidence against a popular theory, this one takes the cake.  These theorists seem to have been hit with a rock on the head.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ancient Earth Smackdown at Santa Fe Tells Global Story

first_imgBiblical creationists believe in a global flood, but did you know secular geologists have a global catastrophe, too?  Both groups converge on evidence at a certain layer of rock.  To get there, we begin at a “a compelling story about the distant past” that emerges from a look at rocks near Santa Fe, New Mexico.    Leslie Mullen, writing for the online Astrobiology Magazine (a NASA website), told the story of an ancient impact.  No crater was left, because this impact is assumed to have occurred “sometime between 1.2 billion and 330 million years ago” – but no earlier.  Why?  Because a boundary layer forms the point of convergence of two global catastrophe stories.  Her article focused primarily on the alleged craterless impact of a body 5 to 12 times larger than the stone that formed the more recent Barringer Crater near Winslow Arizona.  The mountains near Santa Fe, by contrast, look like a “random jumble of different shapes and colors,” Mullins said; but they “can tell a compelling story about the distant past” to trained geologists.    As evidence for an impact, she cited the discovery of “shatter cones,” which are “cone-shaped rocks each have distinctive wavy patterns, as though the rock itself briefly became a flowing liquid before re-solidifying.”  Similar structures have been found at underground nuclear blast sites.  The only other force that can make these, she said, is the “instantaneous hypervelocity force of a meteorite impact.”  At the end of the article, though, she admitted that to tell the story of what happened will require “an army of scientists and graduate students studying this site, over many, many years.” – indeed, according to Horton Newsom of the University of New Mexico, an expert in meteor impacts, “It could take several lifetimes to do all the necessary work.”    But why the upper limit of 1.2 billion years?  It’s not just that volcanoes or erosion tend to erase craters over time.  Something happened at that point in the evolutionary timeline that affected the entire planet:Complicating the question is the “Great Unconformity”, an event that wiped about a billion years of history out of the geologic record of this region.  The disappearance of these tons of rocks was due to erosion – seas receded, and the newly exposed rocks wore away through wind, rain and other weathering processes.  Then the seas flooded in again and sediments began forming new layers.  The result is that a 330-million-year-old rock layer now lies directly on top of rocks that vary between 1.2 and 1.6 billion years old, depending on the location.But was the Great Unconformity limited to the region around Santa Fe?  It is very obvious throughout the Grand Canyon, where underlying rocks, even tilted sediments, were planned flat as a pancake over a vast area.  New sediments (beginning with the Tapeats Sandstone) lie on top of this clear boundary, sometimes with huge boulders embedded in the sandstone.  Whatever caused a violent shearing force to underlying igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks covered a wide area.    A search on “Great Unconformity” shows that this break in the sediments extends wider still.  A journal article posted at Cliffshade.com claims it is found in throughout Colorado, too: “Any volcanism or surface topography developing in Colorado during or before this time had been thoroughly erased by the close of the Great Unconformity.”  Wikipedia (no friend of Biblical creationism) states, “Geologist John Wesley Powell called this major gap in the geologic record, which is also seen in other parts of the world, the Great Unconformity.”  Clicking on the link elaborates further: “The Great Unconformity is a geologic feature that exists across the world at a relatively consistent rock strata (or depth relative to sea-level).”1     Any unconformity worldwide in its extent would seem to require to a global catastrophe.  Creationists confidently point to this layer as the onset of the worldwide Flood described in Genesis 6-9, when the rising, violent floodwaters sheared off the surface of the antediluvian world, destroying the world as it was (II Peter 3:3-9), then began depositing new sedimentary layers that became reworked as the floodwaters subsided (subject to post-Flood erosion and volcanism).  What else could have caused the Great Unconformity?  (See Canyon Ministries for arguments in favor of the Flood.)    A sample pro-evolutionist site responded with a different kind of catastrophe.  A writer at the Milwaukee Evolution League in 2005 answered the creationist claim with a counter-claim that glaciers did it.  “Only a glacier can plane off rugged, jagged mountaintops with such level precision,” the writer, who calls himself “SaganJr,” said.  “A massive enough glacier can literally bulldoze over rock, leveling off everything in its path.”  He claimed this also coincides with a time geologists believe glaciers covered the planet: “we know from other geologic evidence that the world was virtually covered in glaciers in the largest ice age the planet had ever seen,” he said.  “It makes perfect sense that a glacier planned off the angled, mountainous layers over 250 million years, before the earth warmed, oceans rose, and sedimentary deposits began to accumulate once again.  Certainly, this makes much more sense than claiming that a global flood did it.”    Either way, a global catastrophe occurred to form the Great Unconformity seen at Santa Fe, Grand Canyon, Denver, and other continents around the world.  Dates and mechanisms may differ, but creationists and evolutionists can’t dispute that flat, worldwide layer in the rocks.1.  CEH does not consider Wikipedia a reliable source; but for this reference, it can be considered reliably anti-creationist.If a “story” is required to explain the data anyway, who has a better one?  One thing is for sure: the present was not the key to the past, as Lyell believed.  This is also true for Venus and Mars.  So any hope of resting secular planetary science on natural laws – on observable, repeatable processes – is problematic, when they have to invoke very special ad hoc conditions to make their story fit the facts.  Creationists admit that the conditions for the Flood were special, but they are not ad hoc, because one chooses whether or not to believe the eyewitness that tells us what happened, and why.    Another thing that seems clear is that glaciers are a poor explanation for the Great Unconformity.  Glaciers slide down mountains.  If the whole world were a mountain covered with ice, the glaciers would have no place to slide and plane off the surface.  Where are the valleys, like Yosemite?  Where are the moraines?  Why did it happen when they say it did, and not earlier or later?  Where are the millions of meteors that must have fallen in a billion years, and why were none of them large enough to end the ice age?    The Great Unconformity is flat as a pancake in most exposures; this is clearly evident in the Grand Canyon for hundreds of miles.  The secular story also has to invoke about a billion years of missing history between the underlying rocks and the overlying sedimentary layers, which are also mostly flat as a pancake (all the way up to the rim of Grand Canyon).  If those million years took place, why are there not numerous gullies, channels and faults running through the Great Unconformity?  It appears that the surface of the earth was scoured flat in a single event, after which sediments quickly became deposited.  It looks like a global Flood.    The meteor that Mullins talked about, if that’s what caused the Santa Fe rocks to look like they do, occurred after the Flood – not hundreds of millions of years ago.  The secular date is decided based on the rocks in their presumed evolutionary context – in other words, the rocks in their head.  It is not based on some true history that is out there in the world.  It’s part of their scheme, their story, of how the world came to be.    If you want to believe the evolutionary story, full as it is of ad hoc special pleading, fine.  If you can live the several lifetimes for the army of secular geologists to try to figure out their story, fine.  But don’t fall for the notion that it is somehow superior or “scientific” because secular experts believe it.  Both camps need a story, but there is a difference between historical narrative and fiction.  Historical narrative has eyewitness testimony and usually tends to fit the observations better.  Look at the Great Unconformity and think about it.  You might want to also think about the 07/15/2010, 07/01/2010, and 06/27/2010 entries.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Green Open House Tour on October 5th

first_imgThe Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s Green Buildings Open House Tour takes place Saturday, October 5, and for the second year NESEA is teaming up with EnergySage to provide an online database of the hundreds of houses that will be open to the public.The Open House Tour is in its 14th year. It’s affiliated with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, which takes place on the same day. The National Solar Tour includes about 5,000 solar-energy sites around the country, which can be located with the help of a link at its website.Plug in your zip code and how far you’re willing to travel and you will get a list of participating properties.NESEA’s database includes car dealerships, churches, apartment buildings, and public buildings as well as houses. Each listing includes a description of the energy-related upgrade and how much it’s expected to save annually. Technologies include photovoltaic systems, solar hot water systems, ground-source heat pumps, wind turbines, and biomass and biofuel appliances.last_img read more

From the Archive: Faith and Fury

first_imgA barefoot symphony in a Cameroonian village with old newspapers tightly tied with string. Tactical rampage down a Sao Paolo beach with two precious socks rolled together. The rattle of a dribbled tin can on the lanes snaking through the Buenos Aires shantytowns.Soccer is sport at its most elemental: Anything,A barefoot symphony in a Cameroonian village with old newspapers tightly tied with string. Tactical rampage down a Sao Paolo beach with two precious socks rolled together. The rattle of a dribbled tin can on the lanes snaking through the Buenos Aires shantytowns.Soccer is sport at its most elemental: Anything can be a ball, anywhere a field of dreams, only passion the mandatory shirt to be pulled on. In this primitiveness of soccer rests its universal appeal; in its intrinsic dance-wingers spinning away from markers,strikers pirouetting in the box, midfielders on spiralling runs-lies its aesthetic value. Holland striker Marco van Basten flew across the field with such sinewy splendour that a Dutch TV documentary compared his movements to a ballet dancer’s. When Brazilian Ronaldo burst like a weaving ox through defences, a Spanish journalist wrote: “He has the constitution of a champion boxer, but the feet of Fred Astaire.Yet greatness has one final measurement. In Yaounde, Cameroon, stands a statue of Roger Milla; in Sao Paolo the faithful explain that when Pele meets the Pope, it is Pele who is granting the audience; in Buenos Aires boys still genuflect at the altar of a factory worker’s son called Diego Maradona. It is the worship accorded to men who danced their finest on the World Cup stage.last_img read more

Ajax wonderkids play down hype amid Man City links

first_imgAjax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have their feet firmly on the ground despite reaping high praise for their performances this season.Centre-back de Ligt is being courted by Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City and the 19-year-old is believed to be worth at least €50 million (£44m/$57m).Meanwhile, de Jong’s creativity in midfield, which has led to comparisons with Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, has also attracted interest from City and Barcelona. In fact, Goal reported on Wednesday that City are prepared to break their transfer record to secure his signature. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking after Ajax’s 3-0 win over NAC Breda, de Jong told De Telegraaf: “I had a good week with the Dutch team. We managed to qualify for the next round of the Nations League, so that’s great.”I know the stories will come [after good performances], but it [comparison with Cruyff] was quite extreme this time.”I try to stay focussed on what I should be doing. It’s nice to hear [these compliments], but I’m not even close to Johan Cruyff’s level and I’ll never reach it, so I make no illusions.”Ajax are now second in the Eredivisie, five points back from PSV Eidhoven, and sit second only to Bayern Munchen in Champions League Group E. Next, they face the group’s bottom side AEK Athens on Tuesday when a win would see them through the the knock-out phases. De Ligt’s defending has been crucial to their campaign so far and he has been nominated for the Golden Boy award which is presented to Europe’s best player under the age of 21. The Dutchman told AT5: “It would be great to win [the Golden Boy award], but it’s not in my mind right now. We have to focus on Athens [for the Champions League match against AEK].”I don’t see myself as a golden boy, I’m a normal boy. Of course it would be great to win [the award], but I don’t know if it’s going to happen.”last_img read more

Rep Afendoulis leads pension tax repeal in Michigan House committee

first_img State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis — chair of the House Tax Policy Committee – today led her committee colleagues voting to repeal Michigan’s pension tax.The committee’s advancement of the proposal is an important step in the effort to eliminate the tax on retirement income instituted in 2011.“In every Michigan community, seniors facing financial struggles have an even tougher time because of an unexpected tax costing them more money in retirement,” said Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township. “The pension tax was started at a time when Michigan’s economy was struggling. The state budget was subsequently balanced, to some extent, at the expense of those who can least afford it. Now we are in better times, and we have an opportunity to look at this again and do what’s right for retirees.”The committee’s vote advances the bill – one of the first introduced in the 2019-20 session – to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.House Bill 4006 would eliminate the pension tax approved in 2011, re-establishing Michigan’s previous retirement tax structure. Public pensions would be exempt from taxation and other retirement income would have higher deductibles for state income taxes. Social Security income would continue to be exempt.The proposal also would eliminate Michigan’s current, complex three-tiered retirement tax structure – which now has different rules for taxpayers depending on what year they were born.“I want this committee to be focused on good tax policy – and this is good tax policy,” Afendoulis said.### Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News,News 28Feb Rep. Afendoulis leads pension tax repeal in Michigan House committeelast_img read more