Start with Berranca on Guineas Day

first_imgTHE sparingly raced 4-y-o filly BERRANCA should make amends for her near miss over 1100 metres on March 26 when she takes on seven opponents in the 4-y-o and up restricted allowance, the opening Super-6 race over 1200 metres on tomorrow’s Post to Post Guineas Day 11-race programme at Caymanas Park. The Adore The Gold – Charity Dance offspring, who, in 2015 finished third in the in 1000 Guineas and second in the Oaks, returned from a nine-month absence recently and lost out by a head to RAS EMANUEL in a driving finish in a highly competitive race. Now a lot better for the run and bang-in-form claiming apprentice Linton Steadman riding for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, BERRANCA will not be easily denied from the convenient mark of 53.0kg. She will find the distance ideal and should lead home SUPERTRONICS and COMMANDING AVIATOR. DOC HOLIDAY, who has won a number of races in the past six months, should prove too strong for rivals in the closing stages of the second race (claiming $350,000 – $300,000) over 1300 metres. The stretch-running 6-y-o gelding, who now takes orders from trainer Tyrone Prince, has lots of speed ahead of him in the likes of down-in-class DIFERENTGENERATION, AUNT HILDA, and recent winner LEGAL ACCOUNT, who has changed stables since winning easily on a $250,000 tag on March 19. With DIFERENTGENARATION, in particular, sure to make things pretty hot, the pace should come back to the closer DOC HOLIDAY, who notched his last win over this trip some months ago at this level. The improving claiming apprentice Jerome Innis has the ride. GRAND TRAIN, who found only FABULOUSCONNECTION too good over the straight recently, should provide top apprentice Steadman with yet another winner in the third race over 1100 metres for five-year-olds and up. The 5-y-o grey horse has most appeal in the 10-strong field and gets the nod over the free-running DR DEAREST with former champion Wesley Henry aboard. SUB STRUCTURE, now dropping down two classes for the fourth race over 1100 metres for conditional $180,000 claimers, should come into her own with Steadman astride and win from MANDEYA and BALA BAD GIRL LINKS in a field of 10. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by CONCLUSION (improving rapidly now) and the well-forward first-time runner SUPER COP (working brilliantly), with Omar Walker riding him for 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta in a field of 13 maiden three-year-olds. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) BERRANCA (2) DOC HOLIDAY/LEGAL ACCOUNT (3) GRAND TRAIN/DR DEAREST (4) SUB STRUCTURE/MANDEYA (5) CONCLUSION/MR DOITBETTA (6) SUPER COPlast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s message to India after ICC World Twenty20 exit: Thank you for the support

first_imgVirat Kohli had a sensational run in the ICC World Twenty20, smashing 273 runs from five matches but India failed to put it across the West Indies at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Thursday night.However, the 27-year-old run-machine has come out to say that he is ready to move on and learn from the mistakes that led to the team’s ouster from the World T20.Kohli blasted an unbeaten 82 from 51 balls as India posted what seemed like a challenging 192 for 2 off the 20 overs. But the West Indies, aided by the fiery Lendl Simmons and Johnson Charles gunned down the target with three balls to spare.It was a heartbreaking defeat because India were touted as the pre-tournament favourites and had won 13 of their last 15 T20Is coming into the semis. But Kohli has taken the defeat in his stride and posted this message on social media.Kohli has had an exceptional run in ODIs and T20Is this year and has already smashed 1,006 international runs.advertisementlast_img read more

Nine years ago this Ojibway woman was murdered and now her children

first_imgMorrisseau was originally from Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, where she is buried, but some of her family live in Ottawa, where she did at the time of her death.Morrisseau was struggling with the wide swath of addictions in the inner-city community of Vanier, on the outskirts of downtown Ottawa.Because she was found on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River, police there have investigated her death.Soon after she was found, Gatineau police released a sketch of a man they called a person of interest and the description of a car they believe she was in before her murder.However, after all these years, her murder remains unsolved.Over the last year, APTN National News has tried to get police to open up Morrisseau’s file and allow reporters to see the work they have done to solve this case. Offering to respect any evidence police needed to hold back.Composite sketch released by Gatineau Police of man believed to have been involved in Kelly Morrisseau’s death In September, after months of uncertainty, Gatineau police spokesman Const. JP Lemay said they couldn’t do it.It would have been uncommon for police to open their file to the media said Lemay.The former lead detective, who retired two years ago, never knowing who killed Morrisseau, also wasn’t available.“The fact that it is an active police investigation, our people do not want to talk about details,” said Lemay.He said it’s active in the sense that police still occasionally get “new tips so investigators work the info in priority.”The lead investigator on Morrisseau’s case had “communications” with the family this week.“Their response is touching and motivating for him,” said Lemay.Morrisseau’s cousin Roxanne, was on Parliament Hill Tuesday when the national inquiry was announced.“We’re just hopeful we’ll get some closure as a family and get some healing,” said Morrisseau of a national inquiry.Her and Kelly’s aunt, Glenda Morrisseau, was found murdered in 1991 in Winnipeg, Man.Her murder also remains unsolved.There was a sign of hope about two years ago when APTN first reported that police had a potential new suspect in early 2013.They had their eyes on Marc Leduc, a man who was charged with the murders of two Ottawa women, one dating back to 2008.They were going to compare Leduc’s DNA to evidence the killer left behind, suggesting police at least have DNA of the man who killed Morrisseau.That determined to be inconclusive.Leduc wasn’t the first person police had asked to take a DNA test. The investigation has taken them throughout the country and it’s believed parts of the United States.Lemay said, while all murders are terrible, Morrisseau’s left a lasting impact on those within the force.APTN visited the parking lot where Morrisseau was found Thursday.The sun was shinning and it was warm as joggers and cyclists moved about.As for her two youngest children they are growing up in a world without their mom, waiting for answers, like so many Indigenous families across the country.kjackson@aptn.ca‎ (Kelly Morrisseau, 27, was found stabbed in a Gatineau park across the river from Ottawa)Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOn the eve of the first meeting with federal ministers and families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Ottawa to discuss a national inquiry, there are two young boys starting to ask questions of their mother’s murder nine years ago.They were about two and four-years-old when the life of their mom, Kelly Morrisseau, 27, was taken Dec. 10, 2006 on the edge of Gatineau Park.Morrisseau was seven-months pregnant and left for dead on the cold pavement of a parking lot, bleeding from stab wounds about a kilometre from Hull hospital.Clinging to life she was found by a man walking his dog just before dawn.The only thing keeping her alive was the cold temperature.She would be pronounced dead within an hour, along with her unborn baby.Morrisseau was a mother of three and her two youngest children, now 13 and 11, want to know what happened to their mom – more importantly they want to know why no one has been arrested for killing her.“This time of the year, they have heavy hearts, especially with the uncertainty and general lack of information about progress in the investigation,” said one of their adoptive parents who asked that their names and location be kept anonymous. “The children are becoming concerned that Kelly’s death will be forgotten by the system as they are becoming aware of the challenges faced by Aboriginal people in this country.”The system is soon going to be put under the microscope by the Liberal government who called a national inquiry into the crisis of nearly 1,200 Indigenous women who have either been killed or vanished over the last three decades.The Liberals will begin by meeting with families Friday in Ottawa to hear what they want in an inquiry.last_img read more

Tina Fontaines family hopes report ensures others dont fall through the cracks

first_imgThe death of Tina Fontaine prompted a report from the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, which will be released Tuesday. File photo.Canadian PressThe woman who raised a teenage First Nation girl whose body was found in Winnipeg’s Red River says she hopes a new report from the children’s advocate will ensure a similar tragedy never happens again.“Whatever happens, nothing will ever bring Tina back, but with this thing coming out I hope it saves other children,” Thelma Favel, the great-aunt of Tina Fontiane, told The Canadian Press.The highly anticipated report from Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth Daphne Penrose will be released on Tuesday and is expected to detail Tina’s interactions with the child-welfare system, police, and others before she went missing. It will also provide recommendations to avoid future deaths.Members of Tina’s family will be present for the report’s release on the Sagkeeng First Nation, north of Winnipeg, where the 15-year-old spent much of her young life living with Favel.After Tina’s father was murdered in 2011, the teenager had difficulty coping so she left the First Nation in June 2014 to reconnect with her mother in Winnipeg.When Favel didn’t hear from the girl, she called Child and Family services for help.During the second-degree murder trial for Raymond Cormier — the man acquitted last year in Tina’s death — court heard how in the weeks after leaving Sagkeeng, Tina disappeared multiple times, returned to government care and was placed in a hotel.She was treated at a hospital, interacted with police, called 911 and was captured on security camera footage falling asleep between two cars behind a building named after Helen Betty Osborne — a Cree woman kidnapped and killed in Manitoba in 1971.Her 72-pound body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River that August.Her death renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and inspired volunteer groups such as the Bear Clan Patrol to protect the vulnerable on the streets. A 24-hour safe space for Winnipeg youth was dedicated to her memory last May.Penrose delivered the report to Favel last week, and while she was unable to share details, Favel said it demonstrates how deeply Tina was failed.“All the systems that failed her, even now it hurts. I could just picture her walking those streets and nobody helping her,” Favel said, choking back tears.“She didn’t deserve that. Nobody does.”Favel said she believes the report and its accompanying recommendations will be an important part of Tina’s legacy, making sure that gaps are closed and children are safe.“That’s my main concern, that no other kids fall through the cracks like she did.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies

first_imgAtal Bihari Vajpayee. Photo: ReutersFormer Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and travelled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture, died on Thursday, the hospital where he was being treated said in a statement.He was 93.A poet-politician, Vajpayee was one of the most popular leaders of prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).But unlike Modi, who critics say is a polarising figure despite his pledge of inclusive development for India’s 1.3 billion people, Vajpayee was the moderate face of Hindu nationalism, admired even by prominent political foes.Vajpayee served as prime minister briefly in 1996 then again from 1998 to 2004.”Former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was loved and respected by millions. My condolences to his family & all his admirers. We will miss him,” Rahul Gandhi, president of the opposition Congress party, tweeted.Vajpayee was one of the few leaders of the BJP to express anguish when hundreds of Muslims were killed rioting in 2002 in the western state of Gujarat, which Modi governed.Vajpayee called the 1992 destruction of a 16th-century mosque on a disputed site by Hindu fanatics India’s darkest hour.However, he also defended a Hindu campaign for construction of a temple on the disputed site, which Hindus believe was the birthplace of god-king Rama.Modi said Vajpayee’s stewardship had put India on a fast track to growth.”It was Atal Ji’s exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century,” Modi said in a tweet.Vajpayee suffered a stroke in 2009 and retreated from public view. Leaders of the BJP were gathering at his home in New Delhi to pay their respects.As premier, Vajpayee was not afraid to take risks. He gave the go-ahead for underground nuclear tests in 1998 believing nuclear weapons would be deterrent against China and Pakistan.Pakistan responded to those tests with six of its own, forever altering South Asian security, launching both countries on a race to amass the weapons.But a year later, Vajpayee rode on the first bus to begin a new service from Delhi to the Pakistani city of Lahore in a rare trip by an Indian premier to mend ties with the neighbour.last_img read more

6 Things Millennials Have Taught Me About Real Estate

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 12, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free 4 min read Many seasoned professionals discount millennials as a entitled, lazy, tech-driven generation. But whether the roots of this new generation’s work style and priorities stem from the parenting they’ve had or their technological adaptability is irrelevant.Related: 5 Ways Millennials Are Like No Generation Before ThemWhat is relevant is their impact on one particular area, real estate. Crowdfunding mortgages, increased listings automation and changes to office culture are only a few business aspects they’ve already impacted.So, perhaps we can learn from the way they work, because this generation’s style of working has something to offer the rest of us in more ways than one.Having worked with millennials, who are now the largest percentage of the workforce, over the past few years, I’ve noticed six ways they’re making waves in the ever-changing industry of real estate. 1. Questioning the way things are done Question everything, and be open to change. Many of us see this as a tireless theme among young professionals, but let it teach you to question your own ways. The world of real estate is constantly evolving, from the inroads the digital sphere is making, to new forms of financing. Throw “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” out the door. There’s always room for improvement, and the first step is questioning processes that are already in place.For instance, instead of going out of my way to find new clients, I’ve been encouraged by millennials to adopt onlilne lead generation as a key tool for gaining new clients. Why spend your time looking for new potential leaders when they can come straight to you?2. Getting experimentalAfter you’ve questioned enough, it’s time to take action and get experimental with your problem-solving. Even in real estate, startups have taken over. Millennials are usually the ones most interested in taking risks in order to bring in the latest thing. But risks sometimes work, because the greatest payoffs potentially come from venturing outside of the known. And the only way to see if these new ways will work is to experiment. Existing companies in the real estate industry need to take hold of this mentality to evolve and stay relevant.3. Embracing technologyTechnology has completely changed the landscape of real estate. Online listings were only the beginning. Digitally enhanced processes are making real estate transactions much faster, a quality that millennials truly value.On the consumer-facing side, mobile apps, online applications, housing-price history and other information are helping buyers to make more informed decisions. As a real estate professional, I find that automated software and CRM systems have also revolutionized market pricing and lead generation. Related: 9 Things You Need to Know to Give Millennials Great Customer Service4. Embracing a flexible schedule What’s work without a little play? Millennials have made flexible work schedules an integral part of young startup companies. Real estate is more than your typical 9-to-5; it requires 24/7 availability and a strong relationship with your clients. Your schedule must mirror your clients’ to truly develop trust and meaningful relationships.5. Using non-conventional forms of financingCrowdfunding started as a way for young entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into a reality without heading to a big bank for a loan. Now, the same can be said for real estate. Alternative lending includes crowdsourcing funds for investment properties from small investors; mortgages remain the most solid option to enable the quick turnaround needed in hot real estate markets. 6. Being loyalBeing loyal to a company, an idea or a way of working encourages all of the above. Millennials believe in not compromising integrity, in developing a strong connection with colleagues and in working for a company whose vision they’re aligned with. The result is that “loyalty” has risen to the top of their priorities list when they look for a company they can grow with. And that loyalty correlates with their passion for what they do.Working on ideas you’re passionate about can make all the difference — and millennials have plenty of passion. What do all of these things have in common? Taking a little risk on something — or someone — new can keep your business booming. It’s time for the rest of the real estate industry to catch up. Take a look at how your younger employees and colleagues work. Maybe they can teach you a thing or two. Related: This Is How Millennials Want to Be Managed Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more