Euro-zone equities drive down returns for Portuguese pension funds

first_imgThe average investment return for occupational pension funds in Portugal over calendar year 2014 was 1.6%, according to figures compiled by Towers Watson.In calendar 2013, returns had been 5.9% and the year before, 6.3%.The highest individual return was 18% and the lowest -10.1%, while the median return was 4.2%.The figures were taken from a sample of 150 pension funds with aggregate assets of €11.8bn, about 90% of the local market. Averages were calculated using market value weightings.Gaudêncio Guedes,
 senior investment analyst at Towers Watson, said: “Thelow weighted average return reflects the poor performance of the biggest pension funds in the market.”Guedes ascribed the poor performance partly to over-exposure to the euro-zone within the equity allocation.He said: “Portuguese pension funds are mainly concentrated in the euro-zone market, both in equities and euro-zone core and national sovereign debt.“Euro-zone equities performed poorly over 2014, while euro-zone sovereign bonds beat all the forecasts, mainly in the peripheral countries.”At 31 December 2014, euro-zone fixed income stood at 36% of portfolios, down from 40% on 31 August 2013 – the last time the survey was carried out – while 1% was in international fixed income.Portuguese equities made up 7% of portfolios, with euro-zone equities (excluding Portugal) at 8%, and a further 8% in global equities, similar to the allocations in 2013.However, another factor affecting performance was the large allocation to real estate (direct 11%, indirect 6%) and to cash (19%).The comparative figures for 2013 were 14% in direct real estate, 7% in indirect real estate and 12% in cash.Guedes said: “Most, if not all, of the direct real estate consists of owning physical assets – buildings – within Portugal.“Cash holdings are also largely in euros, and both these asset classes have performed poorly compared with global markets.”He added: “Both in 2014 and 2013, we can identify a trend showing a preference by managers to have significant amounts of these two asset classes in their portfolio, dragging down returns.”last_img read more

Atuloma Rescues Rivers Utd with Narrow Win

first_imgCAF CONFEDERATION CUPRivers United bounced back from last week’s defeat to secure a narrow win Wednesday against Morocco FUS Rabat 1-0 in a CAF Confederation Cup match at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.The result now ensured that all four teams in Group A of the competition tied on three points after Match-day 2, with KCCA having beaten Club African on Tuesday.Nigeria’s United claimed the narrow victory thanks to a second-half strike from Emeka Atuloma, seeing them bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Club Africain earlier in the month. Rabat came into the game confident of claiming a second win following their defeat of KCCA on Match-day 1, but the North Africans were unable to get the better of their hosts.The teams will be in Confederation Cup action again on the first weekend of June. FUS will host Africain in Rabat for a regional derby, while KCCA will welcome Rivers United to Kampala.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

BiH kick-boxer Muamer Tufekčić defeated Azeri fighter

first_imgThe Supercombat event, which hosts many top-class kick-boxers is currently being held in Wien in Wien, reports sportsport.baThe only BiH representative Muamer Tufekčić defeated, in one of the best fights of the night, kick-boxer from Azerbaijan Aghalar Sadiqhov.This 26 year old fighter from Zenica is a member of kick-box club ‘Isak’ Zenica, and started the fight in the jersey of his favourite football club ‘Čelik’ which was greeted positively by fans.His next fight will probably be against Samedov and the date will soon be known.(photo: superkombat)last_img read more

Ask the ‘King’—Pryor back on track after assist from LeBron

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)— After a week of criticism and second-guessing, Terrelle Pryor felt as if a cool, fresh breeze had blown out all the things that troubled him. Pryor passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, accounting for 343 yards of total offense in No. 18 Ohio State’s 38-7 victory over Minnesota Oct. 24.The numbers—and the result—were in stark contrast to what happened seven days earlier. In a shocking 26-18 loss at Purdue, Pryor had looked confused, petulant and unnerved. He threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball away two times. Adding to the pressure surrounding Pryor, his high school coach in Jeannette, Pa., said last week that Ohio State’s offense is not maximizing Pryor’s abilities. In a story which first appeared on, Ray Reitz said his former charge looks like “a robot” in Ohio State’s offense.Pryor made a surprise appearance before reporters on Oct. 21 and appeared more relaxed than he had in interviews previously. He readily answered questions and spoke with conviction about the problems he has encountered.“I came here to be a quarterback, and for the rest of the season, we’re going to be pretty darn good,” the 20-year-old said. “I don’t know why [Reitz] would say something like that. I wouldn’t trade where I’m at right now.”Another Cleveland Cavaliers star, center Shaquille O’Neal, also had words of encouragement for Pryor after Cleveland lost to the Boston Celtics in an exhibition game last Wednesday night.Talking about his first visit to Columbus, O’Neal said, “It’s a very energetic crowd. I’m familiar with Ohio State football, of course. I know they’re always up there [in the rankings]. I just want to tell the quarterback to keep his head up. I saw that they’re getting on him the last two games. Keep your head up, young man, and try to get this football team back on track.”Pryor said the bad game at Purdue had helped open his eyes.“That opened me up to the world and opened me up to myself and who I am as a person,” Pryor said. “I think maybe that was the best thing to happen to us last week. Maybe we’ll learn from it. We’re having real good practices, and we’re just trying to get the fans back on our side.”James said someone asked him to speak with Pryor.“Well, I’ve known him for a few years, but our relationship started maybe a few months ago, when I was contacted on if it was possible for me to reach out to the kid,” James said. “It was a no-brainer of course. Our relationship has grown within the last couple of months. I try to keep up on him on game days. I wish him luck and throughout the week.”Now 24, James is in his seventh season in the NBA. He was one of the most acclaimed high school athletes of all time, then became an icon through both his abilities on the court and his marketing acumen. James has made few missteps in his professional and business careers.He said that when he speaks to Pryor, he speaks from experience.“At the end of the day, there’s a lot more than just football and basketball,” he said. “Because I know. I’ve seen it all. From a prep kid, I was very high [in terms of celebrity], and then I was a professional. So I’ve seen it all.”Pryor said he has been affected by all the attention he has gotten.“Let’s be real. If any of us were the quarterback at Ohio State, and you’ve got all these people around you, you’re sort of like a superstar,” he said. “And you start maybe thinking too much maybe of yourself and losing your head a little bit and losing focus.” HANDLING HIS BUSINESS—LeBron James throws down two against the Dallas Mavericks Oct. 20 at the Petersen Events Center on the University of Pittsburgh campus. James scored 12 points in the Cavaliers 99-66 exhibition game win. BACK ON TRACK—Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) steps up and into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown run against Minnesota during third quarter action Oct. 24, in Columbus, Ohio. Pryor passed for tw=o touchdowns and ran for another. An onslaught of vicious reviews followed, from media, Ohio State fans and from other observers.Pryor said he learned from that firestorm that he can’t do everything.“I used the resources I had. I used the offensive line and I used my receivers,” said Pryor, frequently criticized for trying to do too much by himself. “It meant a lot to me that my teammates supported me all week.”It wasn’t just teammates who supported him.“(I’m) trying to mentor him and get him through ‘life in the spotlight,’ which I’ve been through,” Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James said of his relationship with Pryor, whom he’s been trading text messages and phone calls with for the past few months.James is helping Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor learn how to handle everything that comes with being a celebrity athlete.James said he has been speaking to Pryor on the phone in recent weeks to try to help him deal with celebrity at a young age. James knows something about that, since he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated under the headline “The Chosen One” while he was still in high school in Akron, Ohio.“Being that No. 1 guy, how do you adjust to it and how do you get through it and still perform at a high level?” James said. “Sometimes it can be very difficult on [a young athlete]. I’m trying to be that guy who can really help him get through a lot of situations which he’s never seen before but now he’s seeing and understanding.”last_img read more

A very special OVERTIME R.I.P. ‘Hammer’

first_img:08 One of the five greatest players in UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas) history, he was the second player taken in the 1987 NBA Draft and went on to drop the hammer on the best in the world for 15 NBA seasons…And could have played 5 more if he wanted to.:07 His diet was that of a world class body builder, never smoked, didn’t drink, worked out nearly every­day, and at 47 years old, could still have played professional in Europe. I know this because he told me that the European teams called him to come play all the time.:06 When they call you names like “Rocky,” “Spike,” “Ace,” “Skylab” or “The Hammer” it’s for a reason. For those who don’t know the history, go online and review the legend that was Armon “The Hammer” Gilliam and be reminded of his greatness.:05 Armon brought “Sir Charles” Barkley to speak at our Willie Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquet a few years ago…yeah he would do stuff like that all the time…During his speech Barkley said, and I quote “when The Hammer was on the floor with me when we played together for the 76ers my job was a whole lot easier because nobody worked harder than The Hammer…and mmaaannn don’t get him mad, then even I had to watch out!”:04 Lock this in. The Champions “Hard Work” youth basketball camp will forever be named The Armon “The Hammer” Gilliam Hardwork Youth Basketball Camp. It is our pleasure and our honor to do so!!! The Camp will be held Saturday and Sunday July 30 and 31 for boys and girls ages 8-16. To sign them up for this special opportunity call The Champions at 412-628-4856.):03 As I said when the great Kenny Durrett passed away. “K.D.” was my best friend but he was the best friend to a lot of people. Some people…special ones…have that effect on the world. The same was true of Armon and for those of us that shared our special inner circle with him, we will remember these moments and smile forever. Myron (Brown), Coleman (Debbie), Chanel (Smith), (Dwayne) Woodruff, (Dominic) Gambino, B.B.(Flenory), (Dennis) Briggs, (Mike) Booker, Coach (Karen) Hall, “Hawk” (Connie Hawkins), Jennifer (Bruce), and Margo (Hinton) here’s to our friend:•The Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament, the team that never was!•The Willie Stargell Banquet, LeMont, Mt. Washington—Best dressed in the room•The Chicken Wing night. That’s all I can say!•The night at Station Square…Boys Nite Out•The night he brought Charles Barkley to the banquet•Every Connie Hawkins League game he played and brought the hammer down (and there were many).:02 Did you know he played piano, wrote music, wrote for the New Pittsburgh Courier, considered running for political office, had great faith, would do anything for anybody if he could, is ranked among the greatest power forwards in NBA history, and Dominique Wilkins said he was the hardest guy he ever had to guard !!!:01 And now Ladiees and Gentlemeeen here is your all time “Pittsburgh Dream Team”…Larry “Byrd” Richardson—Point Guard; Robert “Jeep” Kelly and Nathan “Sonny” Lewis—Guard (TAKE YOUR PICK); Kenny “Kid” Durrett—Small Forward; Maurice “Big Luke” Lucas—Center; and NOW, STARTING AT POWER FORWARD ARMON “THE HAMMER” GILLIAM…and The Rest of the Dream Team: Eugene McKay, Thomas “Junebug” Howard, George Harvey, Warner Macklin and Coach “Tuna Fish.”“DOUBLE OVERTIME”:00 Blessings and much love to the family of Armon Gilliam and much love to all that knew him and called him friend.This Game is Over…But He Will Play On!!! :10 An All-State wrestler, yea I said wrestler, out of Bethel Park High School. Basketball, he would say was his third love after football. :09 Little known to most of us until the summer of 1979 when Connie Hawkins came over to me behind the score table at East Hills Park and said “Neal, see that big guy standing on the hillside. He wants to get on a team.” To which I said, “Hawk, where can we put him. The league is jam packed” and Connie said, “I don’t know where but find him a spot…He’s going to be a superstar someday!!” Longer story short we found a spot for ARMON GILLIAM. When we next saw him the following summer, Armon had become “THE HAMMER.” BILL NEALlast_img read more

Leafs snap two-game slide by doubling Spokane 4-2 Saturday night in Lilac City

first_imgNik Newman registered his first multiple point game of the season to help the Nelson Leafs snap a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Lilac City.The two teams meet Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the NDCC Arena in the second half of the home-and-home Murdoch Division series.Newman, from Saugus, California, scored once and added two assists as the Leafs exploded for three goals in the first period past Spokane netminder Branden Amatto — including two markers in an 18-second span.The final 33 seconds was a wild time the teams combined for three goals, two by the Leafs James Sorriey and Newman and the final tally by Dylan Solberg of the Braves with six seconds remaining in the frame.Nelson then rode the hot goaltending of rookie Patrick Defoe who won his first game in the Green and White by stopping 32 of 24 shots. Spokane made a push in the third out shooting the Leafs 12-6.Leaf defenceman Riley Henderson scored his first goal of the season on the power play early in the third to give Nelson a two-goal cushion.Max Mois of Prince George opened the scoring for Nelson before Thomas McNevin replied for the Braves.Nelson, 2-1-0-1, pulls to within a point of Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch standings. Castlegar, thumping Grand Forks 9-2 Friday thanks to a five-point outburst from Anthony Delong, is third one point behind Nelson while Spokane, 1-4-0-0, is fourth. Grand Forks is winless in three [email protected]last_img read more

Castlegar’s Nichol takes home grand prize at Nelson Open Cashspiel

first_imgThere were plenty of big names at the 2014 Nelson Open Cashspiel — names like Horning, McHargue, Nerpin and Thomson.But in the end it was Myron Nichol of Castlegar coming away as the big winner at the $10,000 2014 Nelson Open Cashspiel Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.Nichol, third Barry Marsh and second Garry Beaudry, both of Nelson and lead Rob Babiarz edged out Ken McHargue of Sparwood 6-2 in six ends for the top prize to claim the $1,800 first prize.McHargue took home $1,500 for second place with the Andrew Nerpin rink of Kelowna taking home the $1,250 third prize.”It was a very successful weekend,” said Cashspiel draw master Nando Salviulo. “A lot of the out-of-town teams said they liked the format where 15 of the 16 teams won prize money,” Salviulo added.”Ten of the 16 teams at least got their entry fee back which is pretty good for a local bonspiel.”Most of the prize money was due to the tremendous support received from local businesses.Doug Bothamely of Riondel finished fourth with the Fred Thomson rink of Nelson winning $700 in the B-Consolation event.The Thomson rink, consisting of third Roger May, second Brent Pihowich and lead Brad Hartridge, lost out in the A semi final to McHargue on the last rock. Other Nelson based rinks were Nando Salviulo — third Dave Parker, second Bud Edgar and lead Tim Chale — placing ninth while the Jill Winters ladies rink coming in tenth.Winters foursome consisted of third Kristina Little, second Marlo Tedesco and lead Marcie Stefiuk.The Cashspiel, which was run for many years as the Nelson Merchants Cashspiel, is a prelude to the upcoming Kootenay Men’s zones hosted by the Heritage City club December 5-7.The men’s zones could qualify as many as two teams depending on the entry list for the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s provincial playdowns February 3-8 in Vernon.last_img read more


first_imgMike Smith2061430%55%$605,940 Richard Baltas4469514%45%$374,358 CAL-BREDS NOT UNDERESTIMATED BY PETER EURTONAshleyluvssugar has run in a Grade I or a Grade II stakes in nine of his last 10 starts, so it might appear he’s in a softer spot Saturday when he runs in the ungraded $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic presented by City National Bank for California-bred or sired horses.Not so says Peter Eurton, who trains the consistent six-year-old gelded son of Game Plan, winner of eight of 19 career starts, with three seconds, three thirds and earnings of $1,007,504.“We’ll try to get him to run his race from the rail,” Eurton said. “The one hole is the one hole. (Flavien) Prat is a great rider so he’ll do his best to get him into a good position. The horse is doing well.“Even though it’s not a Grade I race, the Cal-breds are good. We never underestimate anybody.”The field for the Turf Classic, which goes as race seven: Ashleyluvssugar, Flavien Part; Ward ‘n Jerry, Stewart Elliott; Ralis, Mario Gutierrez; Temple Keys, Santiago Gonzalez; Cardiac, Corey Nakatani; What a View, Tyler Baze; He Will, Rafael Bejarano; Patriots Rule, Joe Talamo; Tamarando, Martin Garcia; and Poshky, Jamie Theriot.The California Cup Turf Classic is one of five stakes Saturday in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, offering a total of $1 million in purse money. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.5074214%26%$331,230 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won FINISH LINES: According to Track Superintendent Dennis Moore, Santa Anita has absorbed a whopping 11.32 inches of rain this month. Although Sunday’s races were cancelled due to extremely wet conditions, Moore has today’s main track in “fast” condition . . . Old warhorse Royal F J, still earning his keep at age 10, makes his 92nd start in today’s eighth race. Trained by Jack Carava, the chestnut Royal Academy gelding comes off a rousing 2 ½ length win at Del Mar on Dec. 3. With an overall record of 91-8-17-14, he’s earned $535,540 . . . Sham Stakes winner. Gormley, mentioned by trainer John Shirreffs as possible for the March 11 San Felipe Stakes, worked five furlongs under Chantal Sutherland in company  with Hollywood Strike Gormley went in 1:00.60, while Hollywood Strike got 1:00.80 . . . Play ball! Of the 234 recorded workouts Thursday on Santa Anita’s fast main track (215) and dirt track (19), two were by horses named for diamond Hall of Famers, Catfish Hunter and Pee Wee Reese . . . Santa Anita simulcast host Megan Devine and’s Jeff Siegel will offer their selections at 10:50 a.m. Saturday and 11:20 a.m. Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens. Tom Quigley hosts. Peter Miller3178423%61%$363,550 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 21) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat711771124%49%$908,103 Tyler Baze741610722%45%$542,602 Bob Baffert2653419%46%$398,246 Peter Eurton2163029%43%$186,495 SPECIAL FIRST POST TIME SATURDAY IS 11:45 A.M.In an effort to better accommodate both the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational from Gulfstream and a 10-race Sunshine Millions/California Cup card locally, Santa Anita has moved first post time on Saturday up to 11:45 a.m.  Approximate post time for the Pegasus World Cup is at 2:44 p.m. PST.The Pegasus, which features a widely anticipated rematch between all-time North American money-won leader California Chrome and Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Arrogate, has generated tremendous interest nationwide and Santa Anita is thus expecting a large crowd for it and its Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup program.Separated by just a half-length in their only meeting, Arrogate prevailed in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here Nov. 5, but it was Chrome who took home his second Eclipse Award Horse of the Year title this past Saturday, in addition to being voted Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Male.A California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome has been trained throughout his amazing career by Art Sherman, 79, who sent him out to win the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies. Owned by California Chrome, LLC, he has won 16 of his 26 starts and amassed earnings of $14,502,650.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate followed up on a record-setting 13 ½ length win in the prestigious Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 27, with his Classic win over Chrome in what was only his sixth career start. He was thus voted Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male for 2016.For scratches, changes and complete Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup entries and morning line information, please visit Stewart Elliott5166812%39%$227,560 UNIQUE BELLA IN BULLET DRILL FOR LAS VIRGENESBudding superstar Unique Bella worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Thursday in a bullet 58.20 under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez for the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 5.“It was a very good work,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. “We usually don’t work them that fast, but she was doing it all on her own.”Two-time Eclipse champion Songbird, meanwhile, arrived from Kentucky on Monday to prepare for her four-year-old campaign.“She trained Tuesday, Wednesday and today, but she won’t be working (breezing) for at least a month,” Hollendorfer said of the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, who has not raced since absorbing her first loss after 11 straight facile triumphs, to Beholder by a nose in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Nov. 4.The 58.20 clocking, also recorded by the Richard Baltas-trained Lunar Empress, was the fastest of 86 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.24. DESERT STEEL RETURNS TO TURF IN SUNSHINE MILLION TESTDesert Steel returns to the grass Saturday where she has run 11 of her 15 career races. She is coming off a wide third-place finish in a minor stakes over Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta surface, but prior to that ran in 11 straight grass races, winning three.The six-year-old gray Desert Code mare bred by Harris Farms runs Saturday in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs.“I think she’s definitely better on turf,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “I don’t think she liked the surface last time, and she ran a good second last time she ran down the hill (in the California Distaff Handicap last Oct. 15) to Enola Gray. She’s the one to beat but my mare is sharp so we’re going to give it a go.”The Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, race two: Desert Steel, Rafael Bejarano; Enola Gray, Tyler Baze; How Unusual, Kent Desormeaux; All That heat, Flavien Prat; Tale of Papa Nick, Drayden Van Dyke; Late ‘n Left, Edwin Maldonado; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez; Lucy De, Stewart Elliott; and Cuddle Alert, Agapito Delgadillo.center_img ECLIPSE AWARD LANDSLIDE BY SO-CAL HORSESASHLEYLUVSSUGAR READY FOR TURF CLASSIC SPECIAL FIRST POST TIME SATURDAY: 11:45 A.M.DESERT STEEL RETURNS TO TURF VS. CAL-BREDSUNIQUE BELLA FIRES BULLET FOR LAS VIRGENES Drayden Van Dyke5059210%32%$319,441 Martin Pedroza4266614%43%$222,428 SOUTHERN CAL HORSES DOMINATE ECLIPSE AWARDSHeaded by Horse of the Year California Chrome, Southern California-based horses dominated Saturday night’s Eclipse Awards Dinner at Gulfstream Park, as seven horses took home a total of eight Eclipse trophies. Not only did the legendary six-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit win for the second time in the Horse of the Year category, he was also voted Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Male.“Chrome,” who began his 2016 campaign for trainer Art Sherman with an authoritative victory in Santa Anita’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9, would go on to win six consecutive races, including the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes here on Oct. 1, before running second by a half length to Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5.A winner of the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, California Chrome is tentatively scheduled to retire to stud at co-owner Taylor Made Farms in Kentucky following Saturday’s $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream.Bob Baffert’s Santa Anita-based Arrogate, who followed his record-shattering win in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 27 with his Breeders’ Cup Classic victory over California Chrome in only his sixth career start, was voted Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male.Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate was a perfect three for three at The Great Race Place in 2016, beginning with his maiden special weight win on June 5.In addition to Arrogate, Baffert also tasted Eclipse victory with Drefong, who was voted Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter. Unbeaten in three starts here last year, Drefong capped his championship season with a 1 ¼ length win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 5.“It just goes to show you how tough it is out here in California,” said Baffert. “We work very hard to compete at the top level, win big races and championships . . . that’s always our goal. I’m proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished.”In a masterstroke that has been commonplace throughout his incredible Hall of Fame career, trainer Richard Mandella oversaw Santa Anita-based Beholder’s fifth and final racing campaign, which was culminated by an epic nose victory over previously undefeated Songbird in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4. That, along with two other graded victories at Santa Anita, enabled the Spendthrift Farm color bearer to be named Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Female, making her a four-time Eclipse Champion.Undefeated in seven starts leading into the Distaff, Santa Anita-based Songbird began 2016 by streaking to four consecutive victories: in the Grade II Las Virgenes on Feb. 6, the Grade III Santa Ysabel on March 5, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 9 and the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 18, by a combined 20 ½ lengths.Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Songbird’s nose loss to Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff will no doubt go down as one of the greatest Distaffs of all-time, rivaling the 1989 showdown between Personal Ensign and Winning Colors.In what trainer Ian Kruljac, 28, described as “a once-in-a-lifetime day,” his prized filly, Finest City, won Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes, while Kruljac’s father, Eric, was on hand at Gulfstream to pinch hit for his son and receive Finest City’s Eclipse Award as Champion Female Sprinter.Based throughout the year at Santa Anita, Finest City, a four-year-old filly by City Zip, capped 2016 with a three-quarter length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint here on Nov. 5. Owned by Seltzer Thoroughbreds, Finest City was 8-2-2-2 on the year and amassed annual earnings of $823,200.Like Kruljac, trainer Peter Eurton brought home his first Eclipse Award as well, as his Champagne Room was voted Champion 2-year-old Filly. Based at Santa Anita, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Broken Vow broke her maiden in the Grade II Sorrento Stakes Aug. 6 at Del Mar and culminated her freshman season with an upset win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies here Nov. 5. Owned by Ciaglia, Exline-Border, Gulliver Racing, R. Christiansen and Sharon Alesia, Champagne Room has a 5-2-1-1 mark and earnings of $1,286,600.In addition to eight equine Eclipse Awards, Santa Anita-based Baffert and jockey Mike Smith were also finalists in their respective categories.Suffice to say, Santa Anita was The Great Race Place to be in 2016! Jerry Hollendorfer4898819%52%$743,684 Doug  O’Neill56691011%45%$382,468 Kent Desormeaux47106621%47%$679,723 Rafael Bejarano55781013%45%$531,953 Philip D’Amato2454521%58%$439,575 J. Keith Desormeaux1762435%71%$368,675 William Spawr1160255%73%$169,341 Luis Contreras43581012%53%$260,539 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS John Sadler1854528%78%$254,234last_img read more


first_imgA highly-charged meeting between nursing unions and management at Letterkenny General Hospital will take place today to discuss plans to close the Gynae Ward at the hospital.Staff at the ward were told of plans to shut the unit in September on Friday by the hospital’s Director of Nursing.It is understood the staff are to be redeployed throughout the hospital including the new Emergency Department at the hospital. The plans have been met with disbelief by nursing unions, patients, staff and political representatives.Not only is is female only unit for miscarrying women but the unit deals with very sensitive issues such as hidden pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.They offer a “walk in ” facility for women in early pregnancy to assure them on the health of their babies. On average, up to twenty women a day avail of this service.Women having surgery for breast, ovarian, cervical and other female cancers have a safe haven in Gynae to recuperate in a female only environment. According to campaigners who have set up a Facebook Campaign to keep the Gynae Ward open, this imminent closure will mean that patients will be in a mixed sex ward.     CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO SAVE GYNAE WARD AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL was last modified: August 20th, 2012 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:GYnae WardLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

Ostrich chases cyclists in Cape Town

first_imgCyclists training for the prestigious Cape Town Cycle Tour were joined by a speeding ostrich. Oleksiy Mishchenko captured the precious footage on his head cam. The clip has gone viral globally and has received over a million views on YouTube already. Cyclists training on Cape Town’s roads are joined by an ostrich on 5 March 2016. (Image: Screengrab via Youtube, Oleksiy Mishchenko, Viralhog) • Tourists watch as buffalo burst tyre to chase lions away  • Crowdsourcing the Serengeti: citizen scientists classify millions of photos online  • When on an African safari, lock your doors  • Cyclists tour and train in South Africa’s green oasis • Sanlam Cape Town Marathon goes silver Priya PitamberWhen a group of cyclists took to the streets of the Mother City to train for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, held on 6 March, they saw more than they bargained for when an ostrich decided to join them.Filmed by cyclist Oleksiy Mishchenko on 5 March, equipped with a head cam, the footage has already gone viral and has racked up over a million views on YouTube.“The road by the ocean side was quiet and a little deserted,” described Mishchenko about the road conditions.He spotted the ostrich, which gave chase to his friends. He admitted he was scared at first, but then he thought he was going to fall off his bike with laughter.“The ostrich didn’t have any problem to keep up at 50km/h and apparently they do 70km/h with no sweat,” he wrote.“Luckily the creature decided to leave us alone, as we were running out of road.”Watch the hilarious clip:Canadian Cycling Magazine noted this was not the first time animals and cyclists had met on the road. “At last year’s Tour de France, Warren Barguil of Giant-Alpecin was one of several cyclists who threaded through the unanticipated obstacle of a herd of cows,” its website reads “Horses, too, have proven themselves avid followers of the pro peloton – literally, like at the Tour de Suisse or the 1997 Critérium International.”Amused viewers tweeted their comments:Ostrich thinks he’s a cyclist! He just wants to be one of the gang.. #ConfusedIdentity #OnlyInSA #LoveSouthAfrica— Riverlodge Cape Town (@CapeRiverlodge) March 7, 2016 The ostrich was angry because the cyclist cut it off a few kilometers back #TheProjectTV— #TheProjectTV (@theprojecttv) March 7, 2016 I just watched a video of an ostrich chasing a cyclist.. I cry laughed— Stacey (@_staceystewart) March 6, 2016 #Cyclist chased by #Ostrich! That would certainly make me pedal faster!— Lucy (@lil_lucy_d) March 5, 2016last_img read more