Shane answers the doubters

first_img LEARNING EXPERIENCE “When you have two jockeys competing strongly, the fans get involved and that plays a big role in everything. You have to stay focused to be successful or you won’t make it. But he (Halledeen) will learn from this experience,” Ellis added. Ellis’ who surpassed 1,000 winners this year (now 1,033), is sixth on the all-time list for local riders. He, along with all-time leading jockey Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths, are the only riders still active locally who have won all five classics. However, he is disappointed that Caymanas Track Limited or the Jamaica Racing Commission failed to acknowledge his 1,000 winners milestone. “My career has been very good and I thank all supporters and fans who have been there throughout. No matter the criticism, they remained die-hard Shane Ellis fans and I love those people. Not that I do not love the people that criticise me, because when they criticise me it helps me to get better. “But what I was surprised about and very disappointed with was that I went past a 1,000 wins this year and they didn’t recognise it,” he commented. Ellis graduated as an apprentice jockey in 1996 with high expectations and it was no surprise when he won his first classic and first championship in 2000. The ‘Canterman’ has ridden 14 classic winners to date, including four 1000 Guineas with RAY OF HOPE 2000, LATONIA 2004, SAINT CECELIA 2009 and NIPHAL 2011. Two 2000 Guineas – ROYAL IMAGE 2008 and WILLIE GOLDSMITH 2013. Three Derby wins – AWESOME POWER 2001, TYPEWRITER 2012 and RELAMPAGO 2014. His Oaks wins came aboard LATONIA 2004, SAINT CECELIA 2009 and RAEVEN RANAE 2013) and he won the St Leger with TYPEWRITER 2012 and RELAMPAGO 2014. He has also had success in the Superstakes with PITTACUS 2003 and TYPEWRITER 2014. It may be a surprise to many that when Shane ‘Canterman’ Ellis topped this year’s jockeys’ championship with 83 wins, it was only the second title for the Caymanas Park favourite. The son of former three-time champion Winston Ellis, the ‘Canterman’ has a well-deserved reputation having won all of the major trophies at Caymanas Park in his two decades of riding. Ellis, who has had riding experience in Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago, says he has never really focused his attention on winning jockeys’ titles, just the big races and getting as many wins as possible each year. And at the start of the 2015 season, his focus was very much the same, until midway through the year when observers realised he was Robert Halledeen’s (second with 71 wins) main threat for the championship. “At the start of the season, I wasn’t even thinking about the championship. I was thinking about winning classics. But as time went by, I was always close to the leaders and people were saying that I cannot win the championship. So I had to prove a point to the fans who doubted Shane Ellis,” he told The Gleaner. But although he answered the critics, there are those who now say the two-time champion jockey cannot repeat the feat in 2016, and he is determined more than ever to make it two-in-a-row next year. “I was focused this year and next year, I will be even more focused. I can do it again,” he insisted. Dane Nelson (before he left for Canada), Omar Walker, and Halledeen all held the lead at various times. Ellis, however, took charge in the last four months of the year to hold off a late challenge from Halledeen.last_img read more

SNOW ME THE MONEY! BOOKIES SLASH ODDS ON DONEGAL WHITE CHRISTMAS!

first_imgErrigal in the snowOdds on Donegal having a white Christmas have been slashed by bookmakers.The county, along with Belfast and Dublin, are now 5/2 to have a white Christmas.The chilly conditions are being blamed on the coldest Atlantic temperatures since records began 80 years ago. The winter chill is due to a cold 1,500-mile wide swathe of the North Atlantic.The tranche of ocean is the coldest since records began before 1935, and forecast to cool Ireland’s usual mild westerly winds.Met Eireann will not make an official forecast until much closer to December 25th.But bookmakers including Paddy Power have slashed their odds on a white covering to be on the safe side. SNOW ME THE MONEY! BOOKIES SLASH ODDS ON DONEGAL WHITE CHRISTMAS! was last modified: October 20th, 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) Tags:CHristmasdonegalsnowlast_img read more

Sensex may see another year of high volatility in 2016

first_imgInvestors may witness another year of high volatility in stock markets in 2016 as a slew of negative factors could lead to further selling by overseas investors.Factors such as interest rate hike in the US, rupee depreciation and delay in reforms that resulted in aggressive of shares by foreign investors this year are also expected to rattle markets in the coming year.However, mid- and small-cap stocks will continued to be favoured by domestic investors next year until they realise the rally in the stocks is overdone.The sell-off, driven mainly by these factors, in domestic stock markets so far in 2015 has made benchmark indices head towards registering their worst yearly performance in four years. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have sold shares worth Rs 30,000 crore since June.Both the BSE Sensex and Nifty indices, which have hit all-time highs earlier this year, are mostly to end 2015 at nearly 5% below the closing levels on the last trading day in the previous year. The Sensex gained nearly 30% in 2014 when investors’ optimism on the Narendra Modi government was at its peak.Analysts expect FII selling to continue in 2016 largely due to concerns over additional monetary tightening in the US that could lead in weakening of rupee against the dollar.”We expect equity and currency markets to remain volatile in 2016 because of liquidity adjustment post US Federal Reserve rate hike and global economic slowdown,” The Economic Times quoted Rashesh Shah, chairman of the Edelweiss Group, as saying.Signs of slowdown in China and its authorities opting for yuan devaluation are also expected to weigh on investor sentiment. But passing of reforms by the government to boost business environment in the country may mitigate the impact of FII-selling in the markets.The Modi government was forced to delay the passage the Goods & Services Tax (GST) Bill in the past three sessions of Parliament, as it got struck in Rajya Sabha, where the BJP-led NDA does not have a majority.”If the GST Bill does not get passed within the first few months of the coming calendar (year), it will be a very bad sign and we would not want to increase our India allocation. But if it is passed, we would probably want to double our weight on India,” said Mark Mobius, executive chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group, Franklin Templeton Investments.”Stock-specific approach to markets will continue to work in 2016,” said Nilesh Shah, managing director at Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co. “It’s not what the asset class is going to do, it’s what you do within that asset class in terms of picking stocks that’s going to give returns.”last_img read more

Qatar to merge Qatargas and RasGas to create a bigger entity

first_imgQatar will merge two of its state-owned liquefied natural gas (LNG) firms to facilitate streamlining of distribution along with the creation of necessary scale for higher operational efficiency.The peninsular Arab country will combine Qatargas, the world’s’ largest producer of  (LNG), with smaller RasGas to create a bigger entity, according to a report in Saudi Gazette.The Gulf country is the world’s largest producer of LNG, which is produced by chilling natural gas to liquid form for shipment on tanker ships.The report quoted president and chief executive officer of Qatar Petroleum, Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, as saying that the plan to merge the two state-controlled firms would create a “unique global energy operator in terms of size, service and reliability”.The merger is expected to be completed within 12 months and save hundreds of millions of dollars.Notably, major global oil firms have a stake in these two LNG firms. While Total, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell have stakes in Qatargas production lines, RasGas is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil with the latter holding a minority stake in the company.Allaying fears of any possible job losses due to this merger, the CEO of Qatar Petroleum said there would be no job losses on the operating side.According to analysts, the move is seen as Qatar’s effort to adapt to prevailing low energy pricing regime in the world.last_img read more

SBI tops debit card transactions in April

first_imgReuters fileState Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, reported debit card transactions worth Rs 11,720.73 crore in April, which is a 31 percent share of the market, according to data from the Reserve Bank of India.SBI logged over 8.33 crore POS (Point of Sale) transactions using debit cards during the month of April, even as it has grown market share in debit card spends over the last six months. The number of transactions far outstripped the onsite and offsite transactions of HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank which were around 3.52 crore and 3.27 crore respectively.The country’s biggest lender reported debit card transactions worth Rs 11,720.73 crore in April, notching up a share of over 31%, according to RBI data. In October, the share was a shade under 30%.In contrast, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank saw their market shares drop over the six-month period following the note ban in November. Both banks were trailing SBI in April with debit card transactions worth Rs 4,818.66 crore and Rs 4,671.62 respectively.While the April data was definitely miles ahead of the October data, it paled in comparison with the record digital transactions seen in January – in the wake of demonetisation-fuelled bank deposits — across public and private sector banks with SBI’s market share at just 25.3 percent.At the end of April, SBI had nearly 35 crore debit cards while HDFC Bank has 2.39 crore debit card holders and 3.7 crore card holders for ICICI Bank.last_img read more

12 arrested over latest London attack

first_imgPolice staff a cordon west of Borough Market in London on June 4, 2017, with descarded medical supplies and first aid equipment left in the street following the June 3 terror attacks in central London. AFPBritish police arrested 12 people Sunday in connection with the attacks in London that left seven people dead, after raiding several addresses in Barking, a suburb to the east of the capital.”The investigation into last night’s horrific attack in London is progressing rapidly as the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) continue to piece together exactly what occurred,” the force said in a statement.It added that “a number of addresses” in Barking were still being searched.Four women wearing Islamic veils over their faces were seen being led away by police by an AFP photographer, although it was not clear whether they were among those arrested.There were several police vehicles outside a block of flats that had been cordoned off.Sky News had previously reported the arrest of four men following a raid by armed police at 7:00 am (0600 GMT), as well as one woman who was then released.Three men rammed a van through crowds of pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday, before attacking revellers with knives, leaving seven people dead and 48 in hospital.The assailants were shot dead at the scene, although police are still seeking to establish whether they had accomplices.Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick earlier told reporters: “We believe the threat that they posed was neutralised.”Of course it’s a very complex and confused scene, and a confused series of events.”So it’s important that we first of all make sure there is no one else outstanding. We don’t believe there is, but we must make absolutely certain of that.”We have a very large investigation ongoing, and we will be seeking to establish whether anyone else was working with or assisting in any way or helping in the planning of this attack.”last_img read more

Trump defiant despite rising outrage over border separations

first_imgIn this photo provided by US Customs and Border Protection, people who`ve been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, 17 June, 2018An unapologetic president Donald Trump defended his administration’s border-protection policies in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the US “will not be a migrant camp” on his watch.Images of children held in fenced cages fueled a growing chorus of condemnation from both political parties, four former first ladies and national evangelical leaders. The children are being held separately from parents who are being prosecuted under the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings.Trump on Monday falsely blamed Democrats – the minority party in Washington – for obstructing legislation to fix the situation. In fact, it was Trump’s administration that broke with longstanding practice of processing migrant families in civil, rather than criminal, proceedings that allow families to be held together.”I say it’s very strongly the Democrats’ fault,” Trump said Monday as his administration rejected criticism that the policy has resulted in inhuman and immoral conditions.Homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, “We will not apologise for the job we do or for the job law enforcement does, for doing the job that the American people expect us to do.”In an appearance before the National Sheriffs’ Association in New Orleans, Nielsen said: “Illegal actions have and must have consequences. No more free passes, no more get out of jail free cards.”Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after attorney general Jeff Sessions announced the new “zero-tolerance” policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. Prior procedure had limited prosecution for many family entrants, in part because regulations prohibit detaining children with their parents since the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.The policy change was meant to deter unlawful crossings – and Sessions issued a warning last month to those entering the US illegally that their children “inevitably for a period of time might be in different conditions.”The current holding areas have drawn widespread attention after journalists gained access to one site Sunday. At a McAllen, Texas, detention center hundreds of immigrant children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.Audio of sobbing children calling out for their parents dominated the discussion Monday. “Papa! Papa!” one child is heard weeping in an audio file that was first reported by the nonprofit ProPublica and later provided to The Associated Press.Administration officials said they do not like the family separations either – calling it the result of legal loopholes – but insist migrants who arrive illegally simply won’t be released or loosely kept track of.”The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” Trump declared. “Not on my watch.”Sessions, on Monday, echoed the administration’s defense of the zero tolerance policy, and called on Congress to act.”We do not want to separate parents from their children,” he said. “If we build the wall, if we pass legislation to end the lawlessness, we won’t face these terrible choices.”Mindful of the national outcry, lawmakers in both parties rushed Monday to devise a targeted legislative fix. But the White House signaled it would oppose any narrow fix aimed solely at addressing the plight of children separated from their parents under the immigration crackdown. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump’s priorities, like funding a border wall and tightening immigration laws, must also be fulfilled as part of any legislation.”We want to fix the whole thing,” she said. “We don’t want to tinker with just part of it.”The national debate over the family separation policy comes as Republican lawmakers are growing ever more concerned about negative effects on their re-election campaigns this fall. Trump is to travel to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a strategy session on upcoming immigration legislation.Underscoring the sensitivity of the issue, language curbing the taking of immigrant children from parents held in custody will be added to the House’s conservative immigration bill, a House GOP aide said Monday, A similar provision is already in a compromise GOP immigration measure between party conservatives and moderates, with the House expected to vote on both late this week.The administration is hoping to force Democrats to vote for the bills or bear some of the political cost in November’s midterm elections.White House officials have privately embraced the border policy as a negotiating tactic to win votes for legislation to fulfill the president’s pledge to build a border wall and to tighten the nation’s immigration laws.Trump’s commitment to the current policy showed no sign of faltering as voices of outrage and condemnation grew louder and more diverse.In Massachusetts, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker reversed a decision to send a state National Guard helicopter to the southern border, citing what he called the administration’s “cruel and inhumane” policy of separating children from their parents.The Rev. Franklin Graham, a longtime Trump ally, called the policy “disgraceful.” Several religious groups, including some conservative ones, have pushed to stop the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents. The Mormon church said it was “deeply troubled” by the separation of families and urged national leaders to find compassionate solutions.Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy “cruel” and “immoral,” and said it was “eerily reminiscent” of the US internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.On Capitol Hill, Republicans joined Democrats in calling for an end to the separations. Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton called for an immediate end to this “ugly and inhumane practice,” adding, “It’s never acceptable to use kids as bargaining chips in political process.” Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts said he is “against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration.” And GOP Rep. Mike Coffman warned, “History won’t remember well those who support the continuation of this policy.”last_img

Female student set on fire for accusing madrasa principal of rape attempt

first_imgAlim examinee Nusrat Jahan receives burn injuries at Sonagazi of Feni on Saturday. Photo: Prothom Alo A female student, 18, was allegedly set on fire at an examination centre in Sonagazi of Feni.The incident took place at the Songazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa centre in Feni on Saturday morning.The victim’s brother Mahmudul Hasan Noman said the Arabic first paper examination was scheduled to be held on Saturday morning. He accompanied his sister to the centre at Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa. Several students and office assistant Mostafa barred him from entering the centre. He left the centre after dropping off his sister.Earlier on 27 March, principal Siraj Ud Daula was sued allegedly for abusing the victim after calling her into his room. In connection with the incident, the principal is now in jail in a case filed against him. A group of students demonstrated demanding release of the principal while another group formed a human chain demanding his punishment.Quoting his sister, Noman said a section of students backed by principal Siraj Ud Daula took her to the rooftop of the madrasa and asked her to withdraw the case filed against the principal. As she remained silent, three students held her hands while another poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. They fled the scene immediately.As she cried out for help, teachers, students and locals took her to Sonagazi Upazila Health Complex and later shifted her to Feni Sadar Hospital. The physicians there sent her to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment.Sadar hospital resident medical officer Abu Taher told Prothom Alo that 70 to 80 per cent of her body was burnt. After the primary treatment, she has been sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Madrasa teachers and officials, however, declined to make any comment over the incident. Upazila secondary education officer Nurul Amin told Prothom Alo that he was preparing to send question papers to the exam halls at the time of incident. Hearing her screams, he came out of the room and found the burnt examinee. He informed the higher authorities of the matter.UNO Sohel Parvez, Sonagazi circle assistant police super Saikul Ahmed Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossaion, among others, visited the spot.Moazzem Hossain said police had taken the incident seriously and were investigating it. He said the police would identify those who were involved in the incident after the investigation.last_img read more

A nation that was

first_imgThe four-day photography exhibition Portraits Talk by Aman Chotani showcased a new perspective to learning and art imitating life. Chotani has captured some of his most beautiful pictures in Nepal but those images coming from the picturesque country are tragic beyond belief. As the Himalayan nation reels under a devastating natural disaster, the eminent lens-man decided that proceeds from the exhibition will contribute to Nepal’s relief efforts. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition that was held at India Habitat Centre included 28 photographs and a series of reflections culled out from the photographer’s myriad travel trips, detailing such details as the captured innocence of a child to the vulnerable ruggedness of the people of rural India.The exhibition that commenced on May 29 was inaugurated by Sandeep Marwah. Aman believes in telling stories through his captured images. His motto is to travel to beautiful, rusty, adventurous locations to capture untold stories, unseen traditions and unprecedented experiences.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThrough this exhibition, Aman has tried to portray his passion for travel and capturing new people in multiple settings. He not just clicks photographs but essentially translates his feelings and reading of a scene through the right shot.”I take photographs to define my experiences, to capture these moments and share the earth’s most extraordinary places with my friends and all of the aspiring vagabonds and wilderness trekkers that hope to travel one day,” says Aman Chotani.“Nepal is very close to my heart. I have captured some of my best images from Nepal. After the massive devastation in the country, I have decided to donate all the funds we manage to collect at my exhibition to the Nepal Relief Fund. I eagerly want all in Nepal to stand on their feet again. Pray For Nepal.” added Chotani.last_img read more