Superluminal, Nuclear Affair fancied for feature races

first_img NUCLEAR AFFAIR, a classy three-year-old filly from the stables of Gary Subratie, is coming off a fast-time win over this trip in the Seek Exercise Book Trophy on August 20. Now back to good form and Robert Halledeen retaining the ride, this year’s 1000 Guinea winner will not go down easily as she will report even fitter for this race. Stable-companion BRAWN, CAMPESINO and topweight PHINEAS are all ideally suited to the distance and should make it close, especially PHINEAS, who has beaten some of the best horses in the past year, including ‘Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM in last November’s CTL Invitational Mile. Other firm fancies on the card are DREAMLINER, with leading jockey Omar Walker aboard in the seventh race over the straight for the Nasatol Trophy, UNBREAKABLE to repeat in the third, SEEKING THE DAWN in the fourth and BURNING MEDIC in the eighth. TODAY’S 10-race programme at Caymanas Park will feature the open allowance race over 1300 metres for the Saint Cecelia Cup and the overnight allowance race over 2000 metres for the Kenneth Mattis O.D. Memorial Trophy. With the 2015 St Leger winner SUPERLUMINAL now back to winning form, having scored decisively over 1400 metres recently, the four-year-old son of Natural Selection ought to be followed, especially over the distance at which he won the St Leger in July last year as a 35-1 outsider. Paul ‘Country’ Francis will again ride SUPERLUMINAL from the convenient mark of 53.0kg and should get the job done ahead of proven course horse, TIMEFORARMS, with apprentice Bebeto Harvey aboard. A more competitive race is the annual renewal of the Saint Cecelia Cup to be contest by 10 horses, including the recent winners NUCLEAR AFFAIR, PHINEAS and TRADITIONAL PRINCE, as well as CAMPESINO, BRAWN and DREAMCOMETRUE, who have been running well in recent months. FITTER FOR THE RACElast_img read more

Kitten dumping in Donegal becoming ‘an epidemic,’ charity says

first_imgKitten dumping in Donegal is becoming an epidemic. That’s according to Donegal charity Animals In Need (AIN) who said the problem is getting worse and more frustrating.The animal charity said kittens have been dumped in plastic bags and boxes throughout the county this year. This included two tiny kittens sealed inside a plastic bag filled with water which was then left in a bin outside a takeaway in Ballybofey.Kittens rescued from Pettigo riverbank by touristsAn Animals In Need (AIN) spokesperson said: “In this case, some heartless person deliberately put the kittens into a plastic bag, filled it with water, sealed it shut and then dumped it in a rubbish bin.“The outcome they had planned for these little ones is clear and it was only a fluke they were found alive.’ “Thankfully local residents heard the freezing cold, soggy kittens crying and they were brought to Animals In Need where they fully recovered.“Less than a week later two more kittens were found left inside a carrier bag on the main street in Killygordon, which proved to be the start of a spate of kitten dumping around Donegal.”The AIN spokesperson added: ‘We have had kittens being found all over. We’ve had kittens dumped inside a box in Stranorlar, seven kittens found in a wheelie bin in Carndonagh and brought to the Garda in a plastic bag, three more kittens were sealed inside a box in Convoy and left to suffocate and five new-born kittens were found inside a plastic bag left on Donegal Pier.”The animal rescue volunteer added that this is just the tip of the iceberg, continuing: “Most of these kittens were only found by luck, they weren’t meant to be found.“There were five friendly kittens found on a quiet country road by a man who happened to be taking his grandson for a stroll, two kittens recently found in the middle of nowhere in Inishowen and two more by the masts in Raphoe and another two were found by tourists on the riverbank in Pettigo.”Under Irish law is it is an offence to abandon an animal, including kittens or unwanted cats. Dumped in a bin in Ballybofey – kittens on their adoption dayThe charity added that it is currently inundated with kittens who have been let outside at too young an age and are consequently getting lost or travelling in car engines.“Kittens should not be allowed out until they are at least 6 months and have been neutered or spayed,” AIN advise.With over a hundred gorgeous kittens and cats currently looking for homes at AIN, if you would like to add a furry feline friend or two to your family, please contact AIN’s cat helpline at 087 764 4420 or take a look at the Cats for Adoption album on their Facebook page at dumping in Donegal becoming ‘an epidemic,’ charity says was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Animals In Need Donegallast_img read more

Counting under way in South Africa’s elections

first_img8 May 2014Politicians showed off their party colours at the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) national Results Operations Centre in Pretoria on Thursday morning as the focus shifted from voting to counting in South Africa’s fifth democratic elections.The atmosphere at the centre was busy and jovial, with political party representatives keeping a close watch on the giant blue results screens, while others interacted with their competitors.The centre, which is shaped like a stock exchange trading floor, also serves as a base for journalists, political analysts and election observers.Just over 35 percent of votes had been counted by 9am, just 12 hours after polling stations closed at 9pm on Wednesday.The African National Congress (ANC) was leading the national election with over 2.8-million votes (59%), followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 1.2-million votes (26%) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) – the new kid on the block in South African politics – with over 204 000 votes (4.2%).“It’s always important to kick off fast out of the blocks,” ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe told SAnews. Dressed in a yellow, black and green ANC party T-shirt, khakhi pants and a black jacket, Mantashe expressed confidence in how the party had fared. “I think we’ve kicked out of the blocks very fast and I think we should keep the momentum.”Dressed warmly in a purple coat, DA leader Helen Zille was also present at the results centre, which was abuzz with excitement as results continued to pour in. Zille said that although there had been some “hiccups”, the elections had gone off as smoothly as could be expected.Representatives of the EFF, dressed in their trademark red berets and some in red jumpers, could be seen conducting interviews with the various media houses stationed at the centre.Earlier, Mantashe went to “check how the fighters are doing”, and could be seen exchanging banter with them.Source: read more

Samsung launches Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4

first_imgNew tablet computers from Samsung will feature screens that are richer in color than standard LCDs.These screens, known as AMOLED for active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes, are already found in smartphones made by Samsung and a few other manufacturers. But until now, tablets haven’t used them because larger AMOLED screens are more difficult to produce.Samsung Electronics Co. is trying to change that with its upcoming line of Android tablets, called the Galaxy Tab S. On Thursday, Samsung announced two such models, with screens of 8.4 inches and 10.5 inches, as measured diagonally.The tablets will start selling in the U.S. in July at $400 for the smaller model and $500 for the larger one – the same as comparable iPads. Models with 4G LTE cellular access are expected later in the year.Samsung is the world’s second-largest maker of tablets, behind Apple and its trend-setting iPads. In recent years, Samsung has been gaining market share – at Apple’s expense – by offering a wide range of sizes and quality.Earlier this year, it unveiled a “Pro” brand aimed at professionals. The “Tab” brand has been used on Samsung’s budget tablets and don’t come with a stylus, as Samsung’s “Note” tablets do. With the new screens, Samsung is elevating the Tab line to become its flagship tablet.Besides producing richer colors, AMOLED allows tablets to be thinner and use less power because screens typically don’t require backlighting. But IHS analyst Sweta Dash said the performance gap between AMOLED screens and regular LCDs has narrowed, while AMOLED screens can cost 10 to 30 percent more to make.advertisementSamsung does have the advantage of making its own screens, and the South Korean company can afford to reduce profit margins on tablets if that boosts volume and reduces costs on the screen-production business. What it learns from making tablet screens might even help it one day make affordable AMOLED television sets.Samsung did release an AMOLED tablet in 2012, but it was expensive and didn’t sell well. The new ones will be priced more competitively.The tablets are a quarter of an inch (6.6 millimeters) thick, which is thinner than iPads. The smaller version is also lighter than the iPad Mini, while the larger one is about the same as the iPad Air.The new tablets will sport displays of 2,560 pixels by 1,600 pixels, matching what’s found in the Pro series. By comparison, Apple’s iPad Air is at 2,048 pixels by 1,536 pixels. Apple markets its displays as “Retina” and doesn’t believe more pixels will necessarily be discernible to the eye. Apple is expected to refresh its iPad lineup this fall.Until now, iPad rivals have succeeded largely by undercutting Apple on price, and better hardware hasn’t been enough, said Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research at IHS. AMOLED screens could change that, she said, because colors will pop out when compared side by side at a Walmart or a Best Buy.The new tablets will also let people make calls when a Samsung phone is nearby and to unlock the device with a fingerprint. The tablets can support up to eight user profiles, so members of a household can get separate home screens simply by swiping their finger on the sensor.last_img read more