Past the finishing post

first_imgCaymanas Park Results for Jan 23, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1400 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)/NB3YO-REST.STKS.1. ABBEY ROAD OEdwards3 51.52. * SILVER CLOUD RHalledeen 53.0 1/2L3. ZUGULU CChow 52.0 4/1 1 3/4 103.004. JAMAI RAJA WHenry 51.0 11/1 1 1/4WIN: $1615.00PLACE: $154, $58.00, $103.00Final Time : 1:26.2 Splits : 24.2, 48.0, 1:12.3,Winner : 4yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – BROADWAY BELLETrainer : RICHARD N. AZAN Owner : ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by IAN PARSARDQu: $1,393.00 Ex: $4,294.00Trifecta: $2,330.00Race 2 1400 M (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. * SMART TRAIN SEllis 53.52. QUEEN OF THE TOWN JErwin 55.0 2 1/2L3. MY FAVORITE DANCER AMartin 53.0 1/2L4. DEPUTY HEADGIRL OMullings 54.0 6 1/2LDNF #8 RUSSIAN SKIP HPottinger4 53.0WIN: $145.00PLACE: $57.00, $62.00, $55.00Final Time : 1:32.2 Splits : 25.0, 49.1, 1:16.2,Winner : 5yo b filly – SHUFFLING MADDNES – SMART CHOICETrainer : MORRIS POWELL Owner : JENIFER E HALLBred by PAUL CLIFTON WRIGHTNOTE: HORSE #8 RUSSIAN SKIP, JOCKEY FELL.Qu: $220.00 Ex: $504.00D/E: $9,060.00Superfecta: $727.00EIGHT THIRTY SPRINTRace 3 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES(DIV.I)1. DANCING QUEEN ISpence 56.02. ZANDRINA AMartin 54.0 Neck3. *PINELOPE SEllis 56.0 1 1/4L4. VERA CRUZ CChow 54.0 4 1/2LLate scratch : #1 PHOTOGENICWIN: $168.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.1, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – SORRENTINO – HONEYMOON BAYTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : HAM STABLES LIMITED (COMPANY)Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $447.00 Ex: $833.00D/E: $954.00 (12-1) $247.00Superfecta: $4,522.00Rolling Triple: $15,814.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2 & 6YO&UP-NW41. JOYFUL RAKOTA RLahoe 54.02. *FIFTYONESTORM JErwin 55.0 Dead Heat2. INFANTRY OFFICER BHarvey 52.5 Dead Heat4. BATTLE SONG RMitchell 53.0 1 3/4L5. WINESHA CBudhai 52.0 NeckLate scratch : #4 BELIEVEWIN: $367.00PLACE: $107.00, $70.00, $131.00Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.4, ,Winner : 6yo b mare – PAPI CHULLO – TOURING ACTRESSTrainer : PATRICK SMELLIE Owner : PATRICK G SMELLIEBred by FRANZ C. JOBSONQu: $250.00 (10,13) $929.00 Ex: $594.00 (10-13) $1,528.00D/E: $1,567.00Trifecta: (10-12-13) $475.00 (10-13-12) $724.00Hi-5 : (10-12-13-11-9) $17,798.50 (10-13-12-11-9) $17,798.50Rolling Triple: $7,720.00EIGHT THIRTY SPRINTRace 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES(DIV.II)1. *POISON GAS OWalker 54.02. AUTHENTIC CChow 56.0 5L3. ZEPHYR KPowell 54.0 1 1/4L4. DUTCHESS URIEL RHalledeen 54.0 1 1/4LWIN: $87.00PLACE: $62.00, $119.00, $112.00Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.3, 45.3, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – NUCLEAR WAYNE – PRINCESS LULUTrainer : PHILLIP ELLIOTT Owner : NORRIS A PHINNBred by HEWAN ELLIOTTQu: $255.00 Ex: $456.00D/E: $657.00Superfecta: $774.00Rolling Triple: $3,432.00Race 6 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) 5YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $100,0 SINCE SEPT.231. *CLASSICAL TRAIN JInnis4 48.02. AWESOME MARQUE JErwin 53.5 5L3. ROLEX AChatrie 52.0 Neck4. NO COINCIDENCE RHalledeen 53.5 Neck5. REAL VIBES MACHINE CBudhai 52.0 3 1/2L6. WAR HERO LMiller 52.0 1/2LLate scratch : #2 MR. LUVALWIN: $134.00PLACE: $81.00, $267.00, $90.00Final Time : 1:02.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.4, ,Winner : 5yo ch filly – WESTERN CLASSIC – REALITY TIMETrainer : RYAN DARBY Owner : RAPHAEL E GORDONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $1,316.00 Ex: $1,825.00D/E: $194.00 (6-2) $84.00Trifecta: $2,130.00Hit-6: $259,034.00Rolling Triple: $1,945.00Super-6: $451,755.50ALLAN E. ‘BILLY’ WILLIAMS MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 7 1400 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. * BRAWN AChatrie 55.02. SHINING LIGHT MWard4 47.5 3/4L3. FORCE DE JOUR BebHarvey3 57.0 3 1/4L4. RUM PUNCH JPatterson4 48.5 NeckWIN: $129.00PLACE: $67.00, $150.00, $148.00Final Time : 1:26.1 Splits : 24.0, 47.0, 1:12.0,Winner : 4yo colt – SARAVA – LA FAYETrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICHROSBred by SCF, INC DBA SOUTHERN CROSS FARMQu: $612.00 Ex: $923.00D/E: $332.00Superfecta: $5,757.00Rolling Triple: $523.00Pick-4: $5,856.00Race 8 1500 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. *DARLIN RMairs 54.02. SURE MAN ADancel 53.0 1 1/4L3. EAZY STEPPING RMitchell 53.0 4L4. GIRSHOM AndrePowell4 52.0 1 1/2L5. SEAL THE DEAL OWalker 55.0 1LWIN: $174.00PLACE: $170.00, $110.00, $200.00Final Time : 1:38.0 Splits : 24.1, 48.0, 1:15.3,Winner : 5yo b filly – DISTORTED – YANKEE PRINCESSTrainer : OWEN SHARPE Owner : OWEN & SOLOMON SHARPEBred by OWEN & SOLOMON SHARPEQu: $459.00 Ex: $963.00D/E: $858.00Trifecta: $4,120.00Hi-5: $12,083.50Rolling Triple: $2,488.00Race 9 1100 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. ROVING STAR JAnderson 55.02. SEMPER FIDELIS RMitchell 52.0 Head3. TWO STEPS UP CChow 54.0 Neck4. LUCKYBEGOOD DaneNelson 53.0 Sh.Head5. * EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS WHenry 52.0 3/4LLate scratch : #14 AWESOME CATWIN: $352.00PLACE: $119.00, $116.00, $106.00Final Time : 1:09.3 Splits : 23.3, 47.4, ,Winner : 5yo b colt – DISTORTED – SCHIZANDRATrainer : KEVIN BRIVETTE Owner : BIG BUSINESSBred by CALVERTON BROWNQu: $3,413.00 Ex: $3,334.00D/E: $2,573.00Trifecta: $7,995.00Hi-5: $66,430.00Rolling Triple: $7,978.00PlacePot 8: $49,304.00 (8 OF 8)Race 10 1600 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. *LONG RUNNING TRAIN WHenry 50.02. CAMPESINO BebHarvey3 53.0 1 1/4L3. ALL CORRECT LSteadman3 54.0 3/4L4. HOVER CRAFT AndrePowell4 51.0 3/4LWIN: 114.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:39.1 Splits : 24.2, 47.0, 1:12.2,Winner : 4yo filly – FLOWER ALLEY – CUZ YOU NEVER KNOWTrainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner : HARRY PARSARDBred by THREE CHIMNEYS FARM, LLCQu: $133.00 Ex: $355.00D/E: $1,317.00Superfecta: $490.00Rolling Triple: $9,260.00Race 11 1600 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW31. TECHNOCAT JErwin 57.02. *ALEXANDER JPatterson4 57.0 2L3. THE REAL RHYTHM DaneNelson 53.0 Neck4. WATER WAVE WHenry 55.0 1L5. GENERAL TOGO BBell 55.0 3LWIN: $206.00PLACE: $97.00, $75.00, $144.00Final Time : 1:44.0 Splits : 24.0, 48.1, 1:15.0,Winner : 6yo ch horse – TWILIGHT TIME – SECRET CATTrainer : RAY PHILLIPS Owner : MORRIS MYRIEBred by CARL ANDERSONQu: $345.00 Ex: $601.00D/E : $519.00Trifecta: $1,220.00Hi-5: $88,764.00Rolling Triple: $8,325.00Pick-4: $30,860.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $43,095.50 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $10,860.00 (8 OF 9) $240.00 (7 OF 9)Carry-over: $2,037,940.80last_img read more

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David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis: 2 peas in the same pod

first_imgDear Editor,Dr Chia Thye Poh, a former political prisoner from Singapore, is credited with the following quotation: “A hypocrite is more dangerous than a dishonest man. A dishonest man deceives and cheats, and a hypocrite betrays and swindles.”While there are many who fit this description, two immediately come to mind: David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis.At a time when Government’s public policy is to promote social cohesion, these so-called African Rights Activists give the impression of fighting for Guyanese of African descent, when collectively they have done very little to improve the wellbeing of ordinary Afro-Guyanese. Instead, they are more interested in self-gratification, using ‘black’ people to benefit themselves.Now, to secure their own interest, they will do and say anything to prolong the life of this caretaker Government, which is known for pilfering the resources of our country and employing frivolous legal challenges to delay the holding of elections.It is a pathetic David Hinds who, in an effort to showcase his party’s relevance, now dances to the African drums of the PNC/APNU as he readily admits to planning a series of community meetings in Buxton and other PNC strongholds to win back disaffected Coalition voters.Of course the five members of the WPA must all be aware that they are being used by the PNC/APNU to campaign in areas where the APNU is no longer welcome or have support. I have no doubt that David Hinds is being compensated or facilitated with taxpayers’ money for his services. Walter Rodney must be turning over in his grave by this betrayal.Lincoln Lewis, on the other hand, cunningly uses his position as a popular trade unionist to try to influence other disaffected Coalition voters, giving them the impression that it is the Opposition Leader who is being unreasonable by demanding that the President and the Attorney General respect our Constitution.In his usual diatribe in Kaieteur News (August 25, 2019), Lewis accused the PPP/C of neglecting to discharge its constitutional responsibilities.“The refusal of the Leader of the Opposition to return to parliament is an abrogation of constitutional responsibility, highlighting a shortcoming in his leadership as the nation’s second highest political office holder. His promises on behalf of the PPP, when he has the constitutional authority to work and ensure these are realised, must see us holding him to account. The PPP’s Members of Parliament (MPs), together with the Coalition’s MPs, must return to the National Assembly and legislate the promises now”, Lewis contends.Lewis’s arguments are totally fallacious. First of all, it is the Government that summons a sitting of Parliament, the Opposition does not have the power to do so.Secondly, when Parliament was illegally called into session on May 23, five months after the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM), Government did not invite the Opposition to extend its life by seeking a two-thirds majority, but instead approved a $7.9 billion supplementary appropriation, which included $3.5 billion in funding for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), $2 billion in funding for the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, and $1.5 billion for the Ministry of Communities; as well as several hundreds of millions in funding for the Ministries of Finance, Social Cohesion, Social Protection and National Security.In short, Government used Parliament for an assault on the Treasury, to draw down additional funds to support their shameless political campaign, disguised as “ministerial outreach”.The truth is: Lincoln Lewis is nothing more than a stooge for the PNC/APNU; employed to do their dirty work; trying to divert the blame from David Granger, the man who continues to disrespect and ignore our Constitution, by blaming it all on the Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.Lewis is worse than an apologist; who now deflects Granger’s constitutional responsibility as the only person under the constitution with the power to resign Cabinet, dissolve Parliament, and name a date for election; none of which he has done.The CCJ ruled that Charrandas Persaud exercised his constitutional rights and freedom of conscience when he voted in favour of the NCM, but the authoritarians and dictators see that as treacherous.Throughout the world, whenever an NCM is passed successfully, it means that someone from the other side voted for it. In no part of the world is that person described as treacherous and a traitor, except in Guyana.Unlike the Attorney General, who often does not realise how idiotic he sounds, Lincoln Lewis usually commands the respect of his peers. But no matter which way he twists and turns the facts, Lewis cannot refashion the Constitution to suit his purpose — which is to ignore Granger’s violations. His efforts to denigrate the Leader of the Opposition speak volumes of his allegiance and the way he has always seen things: through his ethnic eyes!Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

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‘Fertigation’ used in city parks for turf growth

first_imgThe city Parks and Recreation Department is looking at the need for signs to warn the public from drinking the water. The irrigation systems, he added, are separate from other water supplies, such as park drinking fountains. The system is expected to be economical, though Weber did not have comparative costs broken down. He did say, however, that a groundskeeper can spend a full day fertilizing the 130-acre Central Park with a commercial spreader. Fertigation has proved effective in city parks in Colorado Springs, Colo., and in Houston, which began using the process three years ago. Parks maintenance crews in Houston found fertigated grass on sports fields held up better in heavy use than when fertilizer was applied by spreader. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We think it’s a good program; we’re excited about giving it a try,” Weber said. “We’re trying to keep up with the latest technology to keep the parks looking as good as they can. They get tremendous use.” With winter over, the fertigation systems are in action. The expectation is that the turf will be better fertilized because adding nutrients to the irrigation systems promises a steady spread as often as necessary. Another advantage is the fertilizer is instantly absorbed, unlike dry nutrients that can blow away. “It’s generally a more productive way of applying fertilizer in that you apply smaller amounts on a more regular basis,” Weber said. “You end up with healthier turf.” Weber noted that city parks are watered overnight so the risk that a child will drink from a sprinkler fitted to spread fertilizer is limited. “Parks are irrigated after they close, and the grass is dry by morning,” he said. SANTA CLARITA – Grassy play fields need three things to stay lush: The sunlight’s easy to come by, sprinklers provide the water, but spreading fertilizer over acres and acres can take all day. The solution? “Fertigation.” Santa Clarita parks crews retrofitted irrigation systems in the fall at several city parks, including Central Park, so a small amount of fertilizer can be applied through the water sprinklers, parks superintendent Wayne Weber said. Now they’re ready to start documenting results. last_img read more

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Derby win £250,000 to spend on transfers

first_imgDerby have won £250,000 to spend on new players during the summer transfer window after winning the Sky Bet Transfer Fund.The Championship club were chosen at random from 10 Football League clubs, with Peterborough, Carlisle, Ipswich, Cardiff, Rotherham, Coventry, Newport, Bolton and Southend also in the draw.The Rams scooped the prize courtesy of fan Richard Jones and he wins a prize of £5,000 for himself as well as the club award.”We’re really pleased,” said Brandon Furse, head of ticketing, analytics and technology at Derby. ”We’re pleased for Rich Jones and we thank him for putting us forward.“This money will certainly help. We’ve got a new football management team at Derby. This will certainly help to strengthen us and it could make a difference.“We’ve been close the last couple of seasons and, who knows, this might just be the player that scores us that goal or saves that goal for us. We’ll put it to very, very good use.”Derby have already been busy in the transfer market this summer, with new head coach Paul Clement signing Darren Bent, Alex Pearce, Scott Carson, Chris Baird, Andreas Weimann and Tom Ince.The first Sky Bet Transfer Fund was won by the Rams’ east midlands rivals Nottingham Forest in December 2014. The Reds used the fund to bring in Chelsea’s Todd Kane and Aston Villa’s Gary Gardner on loan. 1last_img read more

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FORMER DONEGAL LADIES MANAGER HITS OUT AT ALL STAR AWARDS

first_imgDavy McLaughlin: Bemused by All Star selectionFORMER Donegal senior ladies manager has slammed those who pick the All Stars – saying they must never see games.Moville’s Davy McLaughlin said he was “astonished” to see no players selected at all  from two of the provincial champions – his Ulster-winning Donegal side and the Connacht-winning Galway team.“We had a situation where we won the Ulster title for the first time, beating Monaghan well in the final and yet they (Monaghan) got two all stars and we didn’t get any. “Galway won Connacht with a fine up and coming side and they took Cork to a replay semi-final. And yet no-one from that team was given an All Star.“It would appear to me at least that the people who pick the All Stars can’t be attending games because if they were it would be a different line-up.“I was 100 per cent certain we would get one All Star and had a sneaking suspicion we would get two but it didn’t happen. It’s as if some players are just given them for the sake of them getting it.“I was left totally bemused when we didn’t get any.” Treasa Doherty and Ciara Hegarty wre nominated among the defenders while Geraldine McLaughlin was named as a contender in the forwards.McLaughlin was this week named Ulster Player of the Year by the media.Davy McLaughlin had a great season with Donegal Ladies, taking the seniors to Donegal’s first ever Senior Ulster Championship and the U21s to the All Ireland B title.  FORMER DONEGAL LADIES MANAGER HITS OUT AT ALL STAR AWARDS was last modified: November 17th, 2015 by John2Share 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:all starsdavy mclaughlindonegallast_img read more

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Chelsea and Barcelona monitoring Fulham wonderkid

first_imgFulham teenager Harvey Elliott has attracted the attention of Barcelona and Chelsea after his brilliant performances in youth football.He doesn’t turn 16 until April but was invited to train with the first-team squad members who have remained at Fulham during the international break. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade There appear to be high hopes at Craven Cottage for Elliott but FA rules mean he cannot formally discuss a scholarship deal until January and he can’t commit to a professional deal until he is 17.According to the Evening Standard, he is also on the radar of Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.Elliott reportedly turned the heads of Barcelona officials when he shone for England Under-15s at a tournament in Italy earlier this year.However, the Cottagers will be hoping the success of Ryan Sessegnon can persuade Elliott to stay. moving on Sessegnon played a huge role in helping Fulham win promotion to the Premier League last season and was linked with moves to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United.But the 18-year-old remains at Fulham and is closing in on 100 senior appearances for the club. IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2center_img targets targets Slavisa Jokanovic is reportedly a fan of Elliott Sessegnon is another product of Fulham’s thriving academy LATEST REVEALED RANKED LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest Transfer News Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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Sao Paulo player Daniel Correa Freitas found dead in mysterious circumstances

first_imgSao Paulo midfielder Daniel Correa Freitas has died aged 24, the Brazilian club have confirmed.He is reported to have been found in a bush in Sao Jose dos Pinhais on Saturday, and was confirmed dead by the Instituto Medico Legal (IML) in Curitiba. Nota de Pesar: Botafogo lamenta falecimento de seu ex-atleta Daniel Corrêa Freitas e manifesta solidariedade a amigos e familiares. https://t.co/y4Ld7WxKud— Botafogo F.R. (@Botafogo) October 29, 2018 A Associação Atlética Ponte Preta lamenta profundamente a morte do meia Daniel Corrêa Freitas! Nossos sentimentos à família e amigos do atleta.— A. A. Ponte Preta (@aapp_oficial) October 29, 2018As reported by globoesporte, there has yet to be any news pertaining to the investigation into Daniel’s death. 1 O São Paulo Futebol Clube lamenta profundamente a morte do meio-campista Daniel Corrêa Freitas. O clube se solidariza e presta condolências à família do atleta.— São Paulo FC (@SaoPauloFC) October 29, 2018The cause of death has not been confirmed, though a report in Banda B states that Daniel was found with ‘two deep cuts on his neck, his head was nearly beheaded, and his genitals were severed’.Known as Daniel, the attacking midfielder started his career with Botafogo before moving to Sao Paulo in 2015. He had spent the last two years away from the club on loan, firstly with Coritiba, before moving to Ponte Preta then Sao Bento – the club he was playing for at the time of his death.Various Brazilian clubs offered their condolences to Daniel’s family once Sao Paulo confirmed the news, including Daniel’s first club Botafogo.center_img Sao Paulo released a statement reading: “The Sao Paulo Football Club deeply regrets the death of midfielder Daniel Correa Freitas. The club sympathises and pays condolences to the athlete’s family.” Daniel pictured during his time with Botafogo O Coritiba Foot Ball Club lamenta o falecimento de Daniel, atleta que jogou em 2017 com a nossa camisa. Nossos sentimentos para familiares e amigos.— #OCoritibaViveComVocê (@Coritiba) October 29, 2018last_img read more

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DDTV: JORDAN’S SUBWAY CARRERA RIPS IT UP ON YOU TUBE!

first_imgHis name is Jordan Devine, or Jordy D as he is known to his friends.He operates between Lifford and Strabane and is something of a cross between The Rubber Bandits and The Saw Doctors. His latest song Subway Carrera is getting thousands of views across You Tube and we thought it was worth a watching.He’s 18 and wears a Donegal jersey so he’s okay with us!Simply click on the video to play.  DDTV: JORDAN’S SUBWAY CARRERA RIPS IT UP ON YOU TUBE! was last modified: April 4th, 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:donegalJordan DevineLiffordstrabaneSubway Carerralast_img read more

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Monday’s QPR quiz

first_imgOh dear, Rangers fans. Today is definitely not the time to tease you with another tricky QPR quiz, so here’s a gentle one for you to stroll through on this difficult Monday.[wp-simple-survey-16]Click here for Friday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Talk 11 languages on your phone

first_imgA new mobile phone software, Amba-Afrika,will bridge language barriers in South Africa.(Image: Wilson) Thabo Olivier has worked tirelessly overeight years developing a groundbreakingmobile phone software.(Image: itnewsafrica)MEDIA CONTACTS• Thabo OlivierLingo Software+27 82 780 9733RELATED ARTICLES• Cheaper phone rates for SA• Infrastructure development in South Africa• Low-cost phones for AfricaBongani NkosiAt last, you won’t need to know even a single word of Tshivenda or isiXhosa in order to communicate with South Africans who don’t speak English.Thabo Olivier, a South African linguistics expert based in Bloemfontein in the Free State province, has developed a multilingual mobile phone application software to break the language barrier.The software program, named Amba-Afrika (“speak Africa” in Tshivenda), can translate any of South Africa’s 11 official languages into another. The program is also able to translate French, Portuguese, Arabic and KiSwahili, languages common in Africa.It has taken Olivier eight years to create Amba-Afrika, having come up with the idea in 2001. By 2004 he had developed Afrilingo, a computer version of the software, which is used in national parliament and business organisations.“The software has been installed at parliament, at legislatures and some municipalities,” Olivier said. “Various private sector companies have also acquired the application in their endeavour to not only promote multilingualism, but also promote cultural diversity amongst their employees and improve client-customer relations using multilingualism.“The need for mobility had … many clients asking for it to be deployed on a mobile handset.”It’s easy to useAmba-Afrika is fairly simple to operate as long as you know your way through your phone. Say you want to translate the phrase “I’m lost” to an isiZulu speaking person. You open the application on your mobile, much like you’d open your Facebook Bookmark, and type the phrase. After a few seconds a recording would say “ngilahlekile”, isiZulu for “I’m lost”, from your phone’s loudspeaker. The program is also able to construct sentences using the Ogden’s Basic English, a simplified English language with just 850 words developed by Charles Kay Ogden in 1930.“You can cross-reference from any language to any language,” Olivier said. “This allows the Zulu user to translate from Zulu to Tshivenda, for instance.“Once the translation is reflected on screen, the correct pronunciation is played by activating the play button.”The 300MB software has been developed on the Windows Mobile platform. Olivier is selling it through his entity Lingo Software from a cellular store in Bloemfontein using the Samsung C6625 as a downloading medium.“The application is in excess of 300MB and thus makes wireless download extremely difficult. We thus deploy the software by embedding it on the handset before the customer buys it,” said Olivier.The plan is to create a wide-ranging distribution platform. Olivier is currently negotiating to ensure that mobile phone users in South Africa would be able to access it from their network providers. Phones with GPRS, which is used for sending and receiving data, are able to download Amba-Afrika.“It will be available in South Africa before the World Cup. The handset supplier I am currently in negotiations with is a global player and they are in a position to take it across the globe.”The World Cup versionFor the Fifa World Cup, Olivier is currently developing a version of Amba-Afrika that will translate the languages of the 32 nations coming to South Africa in 2010. These include Serbian, Slovenian, Slovakian, Korean, German, Italian, Greek, Danish, Japanese and Spanish.“Would you feel safer going to a foreign country with the assurance that you can communicate in their language?” asked Olivier. “We as South Africans will also be able to capitalise on our world-famous friendliness by being able to greet our visitors in their language and communicating with them in theirs, and they in ours.”His vision is to design a version for every country in Africa in a bid to ensure that “we are able to preserve even the smallest of languages and give these an entry into the digital domain”.“The Zimbabwe version will include, for instance, all 18 local languages spoken in Zimbabwe, even Kunda, which is spoken by only 100 000 people.”Olivier, who speaks six languages fluently, believes that the future of information technology in Africa “lies in the mobile handset” and he has committed himself to doing more research into developing unique mobile solutions “that also cater to the linguistic needs of all those living in our continent”.He is working with various IT and linguistics companies in his venture, including the Cape Town-based internet development company Fusion Technologies.“I am blessed to have developed a linguistic software application through the use of IT. I have also been fortunate enough to work closely with some of the great linguistic experts in Africa though,” said Olivier.Olivier, who’s also a councillor of the African National Congress in the Mangaung Local Municipality, was named Top ICT Businessman in Africa at the ICT Achievers Awards in 2005 for creating Afrilingo.last_img read more

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