Castlegrace lands Fortria prize at Navan | Racing News

first_imgCastlegrace Paddy proved too strong for hot favourite A Plus Tard in the Tote Fortria Chase at Navan.Henry de Bromhead’s A Plus Tard filled the runner-up spot behind Ballyoisin in last year’s renewal of the Grade Two contest – and having since won a Grade One at Leopardstown and finished a close-up third in the Ryanair at Cheltenham, he was well fancied to go one better.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – However, it was clear some way from home it was not going to be entirely straightforward for the 1-2 favourite, as he jumped stickily on occasions under Rachael Blackmore behind his pacesetting stablemate Ornua.After the latter dropped away early in the home straight, Pat Fahy’s stable star Castlegrace Paddy (9-1) took over the lead, with both A Plus Tard and Eclair De Beaufeu in hot pursuit.In the end it turned into a straight shootout and try as he might, A Plus Tard could never quite get on terms with Castlegrace Paddy, who passed the post half a length to the good in the hands of Bryan Cooper.- Advertisement – “He jumped brilliant and himself and Bryan seem to get on very well,” said Fahy.“Hopefully we can keep going in this direction. We won the Hilly Way Chase in Cork a couple of years ago, but didn’t have a great year after that, so we won’t get too carried away.“More than likely we’ll look at Leopardstown over Christmas. He’s beaten a horse there that will probably improve a lot, but so will ours – I’d rate him him a serious horse.- Advertisement – “Maybe if the ground was good you’d be looking to go up in trip, but on that sort of ground I think that (two miles) is his trip.”last_img read more

Townsville house and land prices surge

first_img5 Beaufort Street in Belgian Gardens sold for $420,000 on November 5, 2016 but only $380,000 during its last sale, October 16, 2012.REIQ Townsville Zone Chair said Damien Keyes said people from all walks of life were buying into the market.“We’re seeing a real good cross section of people buying. We’re seeing more first home buyers in the established housing market but there are also downsizes, home buyers that are upgrading and a lot of renovators,” he said.“In that sense it makes sense that the older, fringe suburbs are popular.“A lot of renovators want raw houses and our market allows them to pick them up for around $200,000 or less. They than renovate then to sell for a profit once the market picks up.”KEY TOWNSVILLE PROPERTY FACTSDecember quarter sales: 437 (houses), 73 (units), 28 (vacant land)Quarterly median sale price: $345,000 (houses), $260,000 (units), $169,500 (land)Quarterly change: 4.6% (houses), 0.0% (units), 13.8% (land).Vacancy rates: 6.4 per cent, down from 7.1 per cent in SeptemberGross Rental Yield: 4.4 % (houses), 4.9% (units)Median weekly rent: $290 (3-bed house), $245 (2-bed flat), $300 (3-bed townhouse)(Source: REIQ/CoreLogic) 40 Dearness Street in Garbutt is among the recent success stories with the three-bedroom house selling for $310,000 on March 20, this year. It last sold for $261,000 in August 2010.“The area is set to benefit from considerable infrastructure and government spending programs, including the $250 million football stadium and planning for the $1.6 billion Port of Townsville project, which will help employment figures and stabilise business confidence,” she said.“The unit market held steady this quarter at $260,000 and, while there was zero growth this quarter, there was also zero contraction.“Unfortunately, the market has contracted 4.3 per cent over the year and, compared with five years ago, has contracted 16.2 per cent.”McGrath Estate Principal Brad Matheson said he believed Townsville had officially reached the bottom of the cycle and predicts further price hikes were on the cards in the year ahead.“The year has kicked off very strongly and I think the market has finally bottomed and won’t fall anymore which is a direct result of improved buyer confident,” he said.“In the first two months of 2017, our team alone recorded four off market sales and three of our properties sold above list price with multiple offers for these sought after homes.“One of them was a beautifully styled property in Vincent which received five offers within the first week and sold $21,000 above the list price.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Open house numbers have also doubled to what they averaged last year and we’ve found that the 4810 postcode has been particularly active with a lot of properties selling in under two weeks.” Townsville’s property market is on the move with house prices jumping 4.6 per cent to $345,000 and vacant land 13.8 per cent to $169,5000. Picture: Megan MacKinnonTOWNSVILLE’S property market is on the move with house prices jumping by 4.6 per cent to $345,000 and vacant land surging 13.8 per cent to $169,5000.Townsville figures accounted for the biggest median price change recorded across the December quarter across Queensland as cited in the Real Estate Institute of Queensland Marker Monitor Report, released last week.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:52Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTownsville property market wrap03:52It found rental vacancies were also down from 7.1 per cent in September to 6.4 per cent in December with gross rental yields have remained steady at a citywide average of 4.4 per cent four houses and 4.9 per cent for units.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said Townsville’s property market had a buoyant final quarter of 2016 with the city’s set to see further increases in the year ahead.last_img read more

Muhammad Ali planned details of funeral himself, spokesman says

first_imgMuhammad Ali began crafting details of his own funeral years ago, insisting on an open and inclusive service, a family spokesman said Tuesday.”This began with ‘The Champ’ a decade ago,” spokesman Bob Gunnell told reporters at a news conference. “As he convened the meeting, he said, ‘This is what I would like to see, this is the type of program that I would like to see, that is inclusive of everyone, where we give as many people an opportunity that want to pay their respects to me.’ “Ali also said it was important that the memorials be conducted in the Muslim tradition, Gunnell said.The three-time heavyweight champion died Friday night at age 74 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.The planning for the memorials involved many people in the Louisville, Kentucky, area who were asked to sign nondisclosure agreements, Gunnell said.The plans will begin to play out Wednesday in a series of events expected to draw thousands of friends and fans of the late boxer to his hometown of Louisville as well as reporters and dignitaries from around the world. While organizers say they will not release a full list of dignitaries attending Friday’s memorial service — the cornerstone event — they have said that former President Bill Clinton, actor and comedian Billy Crystal and journalist Bryant Gumbel are among those scheduled to give eulogies.Actor Will Smith, who played the title role in the 2001 film “Ali,” and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be among eight pallbearers, according to organizers.Here’s a schedule of the planned events:Wednesday: ‘I Am Ali’ festivalThe city-sponsored festival Wednesday will “celebrate Ali’s life journey and fierce determination,” according to the city of Louisville. In addition to arts, entertainment and education offerings, “there will also be a wall where children can write what they want to be the greatest in.” Thursday: Islamic funeral prayer programA brief program of prayer, called a jenazah, will be held Thursday at the north wing of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, with an overflow crowd allowed in Freedom Hall, where Ali’s last fight in Louisville was held in 1961. Imam Zaid Shakir, a Muslim scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, will lead the service.”To be properly prepared for burial, prayed over and then buried is a right owed to every single Muslim,” Shakir said in a statement provided by organizers. “If no one fulfills those rights, then the entire community has fallen into sin. In the case of someone of Muhammad Ali’s stature, to leave any of those rights unfulfilled would be a crime.”Friday: Funeral procession and private burialAli’s funeral procession will travel along the street named for him, Muhammad Ali Boulevard, and past his boyhood home before heading to Cave Hill Cemetery, where he will be buried. City officials are encouraging residents to line the streets to greet the procession as it passes. Memorial serviceThis service will be the main public celebration of Ali’s life, to be held Friday afternoon at the 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. The event will feature readings from the Quran, remarks from leaders from other faiths, eulogies from Crystal, Gumbel and Clinton and a poetry reading by Attallah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s eldest daughter.Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, also will read a statement from the President. Obama cannot attend, because the service conflicts with his daughter Malia’s high school graduation, Gunnell said.Ali’s widow, Lonnie, has spoken with Obama on the phone, and she “has appreciated his kind words and condolences,” Gunnell said.The city is largely giving itself over to the memorial service, offering free bus rides to ticketholders, urging downtown businesses to use common sense when deciding whether to open and imploring residents to offer a heaping slice of Southern hospitality to the throngs of out-of-towners. The police department is calling on some off-duty personnel to help, and the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau has lined up about 1,000 volunteers, its director said.last_img read more

Asia’s new hot spot: Macau

first_imgThe Las Vegas of the East is where you can also explore heritage sites, picturesque villages and intriguing museums.Day 1: Begin your holiday in this glitzy city, better known as Las Vegas of the East, by checking into the centrally located Sofitel Macau (Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos; Senado Square, which is a shopper’s haven, is a 10-minute walk from here. You’ll go past fountains, designer stores and kiosks that sell everything from souvenirs to trendy accessories. After spending a couple of hours here, have lunch at one of the restaurants and then head to the Ruins of St Paul’s, a 15-minute walk away. See what remains of a 16th-century college and cathedral that were destroyed in a fire. Macau is a fascinating place to just walk around as it’s packed with churches, temples, and of course casinos, that come alive when the sun goes down. Have dinner at O Porto Interior restaurant (tel: +853 2896 7770) located at the Inner Harbour and indulge in Macanese dishes like codfish cakes, stuffed crab and egg tarts. Before calling it a day, try your hand at gambling at Casino Lisboa, one of the most popular and oldest casinos in Macau.Day 2: The Macau Tower, 1,109 ft high, the ubiquitous landmark of the city, is next in line. Go up to the observation desk and see this glamorous city spread out below your feet. Standing on the glass floor is quite an experience. Those who want to do something adventurous can try bungee jumping or sky walking, but if this isn’t your cup of tea, browse around the shops or catch a flick at the cinema. For lunch, tuck into Portuguese chicken and prawns at Restaurante Litoral (, about 10 mintues away from the Macau Tower. Make your way to the Grand Prix Museum (tel: + 853 8798 4180). You can find out about the history of this race and spot a number of cars that were used over the years. Up next is the Wine Museum (tel: +853 8798 4188), with a fascinating display of different varieties of wine. Sample a few of them before choosing which one to pick up. Have dinner at Rossio (, the Portuguese restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel and then walk into the casino, where you can gamble till wee hours of the morning. Day 3: Today is your date with Coloane Island, about 30 minutes away from the hotel. The picturesque Coloane Village here is quiet and surrounded with pastel coloured houses, perfect for a walk. After lunch at Lord Stow’s Bakery (, which is famous for its egg tarts, make your way to Hac Sa beach, just five minutes away. Spend the rest of the day at this four-km long beach, which is ideal for swimming and water sports.Day 4: Check out of your hotel, head to Cotai Strip and book yourself into a suite at The Venetian ( Cotai Strip, where most of the plush hotels and entertainment centres are located, is similar to The Strip in Las Vegas. No prizes for guessing that this resort takes inspiration from the Italian city, Venice, and even has a canal where you can go for a gondola ride. The Venetian is a destination in itself and you can easily spend the day shopping, at the spa, and of course gambling. Keep the evening for the Zaia, billed as one of the most spectacular shows in Asia. In these 90-minutes, you’ll witness acrobats and other lovely performances at a state-of-the-art theatre. Day 5: Explore Taipa Island, about ten minutes away from your hotel. Visit the Taipa House Museum and then keep the afternoon for shopping. You can pick up almond cookies from the Taipa Food Street. In the evening, go to City of Dreams ( and watch The House of Dancing Waters, a great water-based show opened last September, and is something not to be missed.Must knowGetting there: Fly direct to Hong Kong from any of the metros. At Hong Kong airport take the one-hour ferry to Macau. Cathay Pacific, Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Air India fly direct to Hong Kong from Delhi. Fare from Delhi Rs. 25,000 (approx). You can get visa on arrival. Currency: The Pataca (MOP$) is Macau’s official currency. 1 Pataca is equal to about six rupees. Most of the shops accept Hong Kong dollars as well. HK$ 1 is equal to about Rs. 5.Must do: Even if you are not into gambling, try your luck at one of the casinos. It’s an experience to remember. We recommend Casino Lisboa.Food tip: It may be tough to find vegetarian food, but there are a few Indian restaurants in the city. Aruna Indian Curry & Cafe House is at Taipa island. Travel tip: The weather is pleasant all year round. Dress light for summer.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Barca target Luan extends contract with Gremio

first_imgTransfers Barcelona target Luan extends contract with Gremio Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:01 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luan Gremio Getty Transfers Barcelona Grêmio v Barcelona CONMEBOL Libertadores Grêmio The Brazilian promise was Gremio’s Copa Libertadores hero last week and pledged his immediate future to the club with a new deal Barcelona and Liverpool target Luan has signed a fresh deal with Gremio that extends his contract up until 2020. The 24-year-old forward received offers from several European clubs last summer to leave Porto Alegre, but decided to stay in his native Brazil. Barcelona win and BTTS v Sevilla 23/20 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And, just hours before Luan and Gremio take the field in Wednesday’s Copa Libertadores semi-final, second leg against Barcelona of Ecuador, the club announced he had put pen to paper on a new contract. “We are very happy because this is what Gremio always wanted,” president Romildo Bolzan told reporters on Wednesday. “Luan had said that he was ready to renew and that he would not leave Gremio unless the situation was resolved. “Additionally, it shows that we are willing to keep our players, our key assets, and most importantly those who have come through our youth ranks. “This is typical of what our policy of capitalising on what we have inside the club, and to make Gremio more competitive, can achieve. This is a time to celebrate.” Luan made his debut for Gremio in 2014, and has since become a regular part of the first team in Porto Alegre, scoring two goals in last week’s Copa Libertadores semi-final, first leg to put the club in a commanding position ahead of Wednesday’s return. His talents have also not gone unnoticed by the national team, as he was a key member of the 2016 Olympic Games gold medal side and also has been capped for the senior Selecao under coach Tite.last_img read more

10 months agoPremier League trio up for African Player of the Year

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Premier League trio up for African Player of the Yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Premier League is again dominating the African Player of the Year awards.The Daily Mail reports Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, along with Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have again made the shortlist for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) player of the year award.It is the second year running the trio have battled it out for the prestigious prize, to be named Africa’s finest player.Egypt striker Salah claimed the honour last year and will be favourite again, hoping to become the fourth player to win back-to-back titles after Senegal forward El Hadji Diouf, Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure.The award is voted for by the national team coaches and captains of CAF’s 56 member associations and the winner for 2018 will be announced in Dakar on January 8. last_img read more

25 days agoSimeone happy with progress of his new-look Atletico Madrid

first_imgSimeone happy with progress of his new-look Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is happy with the progress of his new-look team.The Argentine is confident that the young signings such as Renan Lodi and Joao Felix will improve with time.”It is clear that since we renewed for the club we understood the changes that were going to be made,” Simeone told the press.”Hopefully time will allow the youngest players [such as] Lodi and Joao Felix to improve.”With time and matches they will be better.”Patience only respects those who win.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mike Leach: Coaches Should Stop Worrying About Jim Harbaugh, SEC Should “Quit Being Babies”

first_imgMike Leach looks on as the rains come down.SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Mike Leach of the Washington State Cougars looks on against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)The Pac-12 was one of the many conferences that voted against satellite camps, which the NCAA banned last Friday. Not every coach is in agreement with the league. While some in his league, like Stanford’s David Shaw, don’t care about the ban, it makes sense that Washington State’s Mike Leach would be an advocate for them. The Palouse is probably not the easiest place to get recruits to visit. Leach hopped on with SiriusXM College Sports Nation today, and the hot topic of satellite camps came up. Leach rarely holds back on big subjects like this, and he certainly didn’t disappoint here.“A bunch of people need to worry about what they’re doing and not what Jim Harbaiugh’s doing.” — Mike Leach on @SiriusXMCollege— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) April 11, 2016Leach also said the majority of Pac-12 schools were for satellite camps. Isn’t sure how the league wound up voting to ban.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) April 11, 2016Leach: “They don’t need satellite camps (in SEC). … But for those in the SEC who don’t like satellite camps, quit being such babies.”— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) April 11, 2016Wasn’t happy about that, either. Bet B1G only Power 5 that would be unanimous pro. Varying opinions within leagues.— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) April 11, 2016Most coaches wouldn’t go so far as to call the SEC “babies.” Mike Leach is not one of those coaches.last_img read more