St Gabriel’s Respite House campaign launched

first_imgTHE first Respite House for children with physical disabilities and complex medical needs in the Mid-West will be a game changer for them and their families, one of the over 100 families across the region that will benefit from it has stated.St Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House, a special purpose-built facility, will be located in Mungret, on the outskirts of Limerick. This state-of-the-art, six-bedroom facility is being developed at a cost of€2,481,635, with €1m already donated by the JP McManus Foundation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up St. Gabriel’s has now embarked on a major fund-raising campaign – St. Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House is about time!’ – to raise a shortfall of over €1million for the facility, construction work on which will be completed in the autumn, with an opening scheduled for the spring of next year.Maia is pictured at home near Patrickswell Co Limerick with her parents Pat and Mary Quinlan.Pic Arthur Ellis.It’s fundraising campaign was launched last night at the Savoy Hotel, which sponsored the event, and was attended by families with children who will benefit from the new facility, members of staff, supporters, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan and others.Among those to address the event was Mary Quinlan, mother of 13 year-old Maia Quinlan from Limerick – the family that has generously allowed its personal story to be the case-study for the campaign in order to articulate the great need for this new facility.Speaking at last evening’s event, Mary said that at the moment, the only suitable respite facility in the country where Maia can go to is in Dublin and gave personal testimony as to how important it will be.  Maia is one of over 100 families across the region that need this vital service.“In June 2016 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. So, for a long time I was unable physically to look after Maia, which was very difficult,” she says of her own personal experience of the need for the centre.  For me, as her mum, and for my husband, who the burden of care fell to, we really needed the psychological peace of mind of knowing Maia was being looked after. And unfortunately that was probably the greatest source of stress.  If there had been a facility like the respite house available to us it would have been a huge support.”Of Maia’s needs, she said,  “Maia is like a newborn baby in the body of a 13 year-old. She has quadriplegic cerebral-palsy, so she is unable to use any of her limbs. She is unable to do anything for herself.  Despite all her difficulties she is one of the best people I know. I think if you are having a bad day, all you have to do is come in and sit with Maia and you will get a lot of perspective on what’s good about life.  But she does need round-the-clock care and sometimes there are other things that we absolutely have to do, whether it’s for our other children or a family event, and it’s very difficult to marry those demands with Maia’s needs. Maia will only have three years or so to avail of the facilities as it will be for children up to 18 years but even those few years will provide precious support. We know Maia will be in really good hands there. This will be an absolute game changer for a lot of families.”Said St. Gabriel’s CEO Máire O’Leary,  “From its very inception in 1961, St. Gabriel’s has been about putting services in place to help make life as positive as possible for children with disabilities.  Today, St. Gabriel’s provides the most advanced range of clinical therapies and interventions for over 600 children.  St. Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House is another stage of its advancement.  It’s a place for children to call their ‘home away from home’, their club, their getaway. It will be their own special space.“We will have the most experienced nursing and health-care staff in place to give the type of specialist care these children need, a level of care normally only provided by their parents or an acute hospital. We know the huge demands and stresses on parents who care for their children 24/7.  However, from speaking to these parents, the families want to care for their own child in their own home but need a little support from time-to-time to help them cope and recharge.“These parents give their children incredible love and care around the clock but they also have other aspects of life that need their attention and time; simple things such as tending to their other children’s needs, and, perhaps, as with Mary’s courageous story, their own health.  St. Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House will enable all of this.”Ms O’Leary thanked the JP McManus Golf Pro Am committee for their incredible support to the project, without which this hugely important facility for the region would not be developed and said that St. Gabriel’s is now turning to companies, business and organisations and the general bridge the capital funding gap.“St. Gabriel’s has had a tremendous can-do spirit over the years but it could never have become what it is without the support of the public and local business community.  We are getting very positive feedback about this project and our first pledge has come in from Limerick Twenty Thirty, which has committed to buying an overhead hoist for a bedroom to assist with lifting children.“We also want to thank Mary & Pat Quinlan and their family for stepping forward to be the face of this campaign.  They have an incredible story of love and devotion to Maia but they are also a perfect example, representative of hundreds across the region, of a family that still needs this type of facility so badly.”Said Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins:  “I know I’m not alone when I say St Gabriel’s holds a very special place in my heart.  I have had the great privilege of seeing first-hand the wonderful work St Gabriel’s School and centre have done over the years locally in Dooradoyle.  As St Gabriel’s embarks on this new chapter, I am excited and filled with hope. Now the dream of St Gabriel’s Respite House is finally coming into view the great need for it becomes all the more apparent.”Said Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan:  “I know from personal visits to St. Gabriel’s School and Centre and meetings I have had with them the incredible work that they do for young people in this region with complex physical and medical needs.  This respite house is another evolution of that.  But hearing the story of Mary Quinlan and her family, whom I really want to compliment for their courage in allowing that story to be told, really brings home how absolutely essential this centre is. It will, indeed, as she says, be a game changer for over 100 families across this region and we all need to get behind it.”Those wishing to donate to the campaign can do so by contacting:  Kate Sheahan, [email protected] Respite for children with acute needs is back open Free Structural Yoga classes in Limerick Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSMungretSt Gabriel’sSt. Gabriels Respite House Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Respite centre in Limerick ready but no funds to open it center_img Facebook Email Work almost completed on Mungret Link Road Analog Devices donation of two playing pitches to enhance community living Print Previous articleLimerick Facial recognition firm acquired in major dealNext articleJigsaw celebrate one year of supporting Limerick’s youth Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsCommunityVideoSt Gabriel’s Respite House campaign launchedBy Staff Reporter – July 17, 2018 2221 Seven Limerick post offices confirmed for closurelast_img read more

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Spafford Reveals Support Bands For 2018 Winter Tour

first_imgThe Arizona-based jammers of Spafford are gearing up to complete their biggest year yet with a three-night hometown throwdown at Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom this weekend. Without too much time off, the quartet will pick right back up on January 11 for a 29-date national tour, “For Amusement Only”. Today, the band reveals the support bands that will precede the band’s headlining two-set shows.Following two nights of pure Spafford in Minneapolis and Milwaukee, the first chunk of tour will feature an opening set from Goose–hitting Detroit, Cleveland Heights, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Syracuse, Lancaster, and Pawtucket. From there, Spafford will regroup for four more nights of “Evening With” shows through Asbury Park, Washington DC, Raleigh, and Atlanta. The Groove Orient will join Spafford for three of their four-night Florida run, hitting Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Jacksonville. Spafford will perform a two-set show in Orlando without any opening support. The Higgs will join the party on the West Coast with shows in Solana Beach, Santa Barbara, Crystal Bay, Missoula, and Boise; while Spafford carries the torch through San Rafael, Crystal Bay, Bend, Bellingham, Salt Lake City, Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Frisco, and Winter Park.All tickets are currently on sale on Spafford’s website. See below for a full list of Spafford’s “For Amusement Only” Tour.SPAFFORD ‘For Amusement Only’ Tour Dates1/11 – Minneapolis,​ ​MN​ – 7th Street Entry1/12 – Milwaukee,​ ​WI​ – Miramar Theatre1/13 – Detroit,​ ​MI​ – El Club1/14 – Cleveland​ ​Heights,​ ​OH​ – Grog Shop1/17 -​ ​Pittsburgh,​ ​PA​ – Club Café1/18 -​ ​Buffalo,​ ​NY​ – Iron Works1/19 – Syracuse,​ ​NY​ – Westcott Theater1/20 -​ ​Lancaster,​ ​PA​ – Chameleon Club1/23 – Pawtucket,​ ​RI​ – The Met1/24 – Asbury​ ​Park,​ ​NJ​ – Wonder Bar1/25 – Washington,​ ​D.C​. – Union Stage1/26 – Raleigh,​ ​NC​ – The Pour House Music Hall –1/27 – Atlanta,​ ​GA​ – Terminal West1/31 -​ ​Ft.​ ​Lauderdale,​ ​FL​ – Culture Room2/1 -​ ​Tampa,​ ​FL​ – The Crowbar2/2 – Orlando,​ ​FL​ – The Social2/3 – Jacksonville,​ ​F​L – Jack Rabbits2/28 -​ ​Solana​ ​Beach,​ ​CA​ – Belly Up3/1 – Santa​ ​Barbara,​ ​CA​ – Soho3/2 – Crystal​ ​Bay,​ ​NV​ – Crystal Bay Club Casino3/3 – San​ ​Rafael,​ ​CA​ – Terrapin Crossroads3/7 – Bend,​ ​OR​ – Volcanic Theatre Pub3/8 -​ ​Bellingham,​ ​WA​ – The Shakedown3/9 – Missoula,​ ​MT​ – Top Hat Lounge3/10 – Boise,​ ​ID​ – The Olympic3/11- Salt​ ​Lake​ ​City,​ ​UT​ – The State Room3/14 – Aspen,​ ​CO​ – Belly Up Aspen3/16 – Frisco,​ ​CO​ – Barkley Ballroom3/17 -​ ​Winter​ ​Park,​ ​CO​ – Ullrs Tavern[Photo: Bill McAlaine]last_img read more

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See Meryl Streep Rock Out in Ricki & the Flash, Co-Starring Audra McDonald

first_img Star Files View Comments Meryl. Audra. Ben Platt. Kevin Kline. Mamie Gummer. Are you excited for Ricki and the Flash yet?! The film, directed by Jonathan Demme, follows Ricki Rendazzo (Streep), who returns home after getting a small taste of fame as a rock star. Her ex-husband (Kline) has a new wife (McDonald), and her daughter (real-life daughter Gummer) is dealing with a tumultuous breakup of her own. Through tense dinner, naughty salon talk and rocking out, Ricki fights for one more chance to have it all. Take a look at the trailer below; the film is set to premiere on August 7.center_img Ben Plattlast_img read more

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Ighalo to pen massive deal at Shenhua after Man Utd exit

first_imgThe 30-year-old looks to head for the exit doors in the coming days, after his Chinese Super League side asked him to return ahead of the delayed restart of the season.Ighalo’s loan deal with the Red Devils ends on May 31.Although Manchester United have expressed a desire to keep the Nigerian striker for longer, Shanghai have so far turned down all approaches. Loading… Read Also: Manchester United fans sad over Ighalo transfer updateThe Chinese club has also offered Ighalo a two-year contract extension, which will see him earn around £400,000 per week.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed with Ighalo, who has scored four goals in eight appearances, but is said to be “relaxed” about the situation because Marcus Rashford is almost fully recovered from injury.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With15 Action Heroes 25 Years Ago And Now13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Top 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo is set to pen a £400,000-per-week deal when he rejoins Shanghai Shenhua according to Sky Sports report.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Oh brother! Lancashire team trebles up

first_img29 Nov 2017 Oh brother! Lancashire team trebles up Tags: Lancashire, U18 The Lancashire boys’ team played happy families in their final U18 match of the season – with three brothers in the side.The Holland brothers are all members at Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club with eldest James, 18, who has a handicap of 0.3, making his final junior appearance in the match against the Lancashire girls’ team.He was joined in the line-up by George, 15, who plays off -0.3, and Charles, who is 13 and is already down to 4.6.The match marked the first occasion the three brothers had played for Lancashire at the same time. James and George have been a regular fixture in the U18 Boys’ ranks this season, but Charles made his Lancashire debut in the mixed age contest against Yorkshire at Burnley, when he won his singles match.What’s more, there are more Holland brothers waiting in the wings, with Harry 10, and seven-year-old Jude, having also taken up the sport.Lancashire Boys’ Chairman Neil Dalton said: “It was great to see three brothers so proudly representing the county together – something nobody could remember having happened before. They are a lovely family – the lads are all very grounded and very hard-working.”He added: “The U18 boys’ season has seen some excellent performances and there are some exciting young players coming through the ranks thanks to the hard work going on at clubs across the county, with the support of the Lancashire Union.”While the appearance of the three brothers had county officials searching the record books to see if it had ever happened before, it was the Lancashire girls’ team who had the last laugh with an 8½-3½ victory over the tight and testing Formby Ladies’ course.Caption: Lancashire boys’ team players Charles, James and George Holland (back row from left), with younger brothers Harry and Jude.last_img read more

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Steelers fail on 2-pointer, fall to Ravens 22-20

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is unable to hold on to the ball for a 2-point conversion as he is pressured by Baltimore Ravens defensive back Chykie Brown in the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 22-20. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)BALTIMORE (AP) – Ben Roethlisberger draped his right arm around Emmanuel Sanders after the receiver emerged from the showers in the locker room, the quarterback accepting the blame for a failed 2-point conversion that settled a yes-no-yes-no-yes-no, 22-20 finish befitting the tense rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.Yes. The Steelers scored a touchdown on the first play after the two-minute warning. No. Replay showed that Heath Miller’s right knee was down at the half-yard line.Yes. Le’Veon Bell scored on 1-yard run. No. Replay showed his helmet came off at the half-yard line from a helmet-to-helmet hit by Jimmy Smith that left both players injured.Yes. Jerricho Cotchery caught a 1-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:03 remaining. No. The 2-point attempt that would have tied the game failed when Roethlisberger’s passed slipped through the hands of Sanders, who was screened by cornerback Chykie Brown.That left the Steelers with a frustrating loss to the Ravens on Thursday night, ending a three-game winning streak and putting Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes in serious trouble.“Ben gave me a good ball; I’ve got to make that play,” Sanders said. “It hit my hands, and I’ve got to make the play. It’s not on him. It’s on me.”Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman performs the national anthem in front of children participating in the Play 60 program before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Responded Roethlisberger: “I got frustrated with myself because I’ve got to give him a better ball. It wasn’t an easy catch, and I could’ve made it a lot easier on him, so I take that on myself.”The Steelers came that close, having awakened after a first half in which the offense generated 98 yards. Pittsburgh scored touchdowns on three of its four second-half possessions, nearly enough to compensate for a string of 3-pointers from Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker, who finished with five field goals.The Steelers (5-7), despite a losing record, started the day in a six-way tie for the AFC’s second wild-card berth. Now they can hardly afford to lose again.“It’s definitely a win-out situation,” Sanders said. “But what can we do but continue to focus on the next opponent?”The game had its share of weirdness. A first-half field goal attempt by Shaun Suisham was aborted because the Pittsburgh kicker misheard the snap count and started too early. The play turned into a 12-yard loss that gave the Ravens good field position for a scoring drive.In the third quarter, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin strayed to the edge of the field as Jacoby Jones streaked down the sideline on a kickoff return. Jones had to alter his path to avoid the coach and was tackled after a 73-yard return.“I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron, it provides a better perspective for me,” Tomlin said. “Obviously I lost my placement as he broke free, and I saw it at the last second, saw how close I was to the field of play.”Asked if he thought he interfered with Jones, Tomlin said: “No.”Jones’ take?“I don’t blame other people’s actions,” Jones said. “I still should have scored.”Then, of course, came the crazy sequence at the end. Tomlin had no problem with the actual rulings that overturned the two apparent touchdowns, but he wondered why it took so long to call for the review after Bell’s helmet came off.“I understand the rule that when a runner’s helmet comes off, the play is over,” Tomlin said. “The issue I have – I was told on the field that the touchdown was confirmed by multiple officials and then they reviewed. That’s my issue, from a mechanics standpoint.”The collision left Bell with a concussion, one of several Steelers injuries that included defensive end Brett Keisel (foot), guard Kelvin Beachum (knee), tackle Mike Adams (ankle), guard David DeCastro (foot) and offensive lineman Fernando Velasco (ankle).“It’s typical Steelers-Ravens in terms of being nip-and-tuck, just not enough plays down the stretch,” Tomlin said. “I appreciate the effort of the guys, but we didn’t come here with effort in mind. We came here to win.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org___Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAPlast_img read more

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Leafs deal for offence after acquiring Michael Rand from Bruins

first_imgHowever, the Leafs share the penthouse with the surging Beaver Valley Nitehawks after the defending KIJHL champs moved into a tie for the lead by edging Spokane Braves 2-1 at home Tuesday.Beaver Valley has a game in hand on Nelson heading into the weekend and will make up the contest December 29 when the Hawks complete a home-and-home series against Castlegar.Game one of the set goes Friday in the Sunflower City.For Nelson, the team has Grand Forks at home Friday before getting some much-needed rest.“We’re running two lines through all these games and everyone is getting tired,” said Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap.“As soon as the guys get back (from injuries) we’re going to be pretty hard to play against.”But Dunlap said the Leafs are not looking to far ahead to the holiday break.The team has a little unfinished business before enjoying some time away from the rink.“Grand Forks Friday has got to be a win going into the Christmas break,” Dunlap said.“And then those two against Beaver Valley when we come back are huge as well. But at least by that time we should have a couple more guys back from injury to help us out on the ice.”Leafs own BruinsThe Nelson Leafs meet the Grand Forks Border Bruins for the sixth time this season Friday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson is unbeaten against the Bruins in five games this season, out scoring Grand Forks 31-13.Grand Forks has lost 14 straight games dating back to a November 7 4-0 home-ice win over Columbia Valley.During that time Grand Forks has been out scored by a 74-25 margin. It’s a deal that has been in the works, from Nelson’s perspective, for at least . . . well, a very long time.Last week pen was put to paper as the Nelson Leafs acquired sniper Michael Rand from the Grand Forks Border Bruins for cash and future considerations.Rand joined the team this week and, ironically, plays his first game in the Green and White against his former teammates in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday at the NDCC Arena.“We think so, offensively, for sure,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan when asked if the 6-foot, 170-pound forward from Langley is the answer to some of Nelson’s scoring woes.“(Michael) has been out for a while since he asked for a trade. But he’s a big body who can skate.“He’s a guy who can shoot the puck and that what we’re looking for. We wanted someone up front who could put the puck in the net.”The trade couldn’t have come at a better time for the Leafs as the team struggles to just put bodies on the ice since a rash of injuries took more than just a few key players out of the lineup.However, McLellan confesses management is not done acquiring players to help the Leafs make a playoff push.“We’re still trying to acquire a defenceman . . . that’s been an ongoing project,” McLellan said.“We’ll see by January 10th what we can find.”“One more forward would be what our wish list would be but another defenceman is a real priority if the right player comes available by January 10th.”Can’t wait for Christmas (break)Despite losing three of its last for games, the Nelson Leafs remain in top spot in the Neil Murdoch Division.last_img read more

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CALIFORNIA CHROME, ARROGATE, BEHOLDER, SONGBIRD, STELLAR WIND, TEPIN AND FOUND LEAD INTERNATIONAL CAST OF 169 HORSES ENTERED IN 33RD EDITION OF BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SANTA ANITA FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (October 31, 2016) – California Chrome LLC’s California Chrome and Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate are the top two morning line favorites in a field of 10 3-year-olds and up set for Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), the climax of the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championship races to be run Friday and Saturday (Nov. 4-5) at Santa Anita.The 1 ¼-mile Classic is the richest of 13 Championship races worth $28.5 million in purses and awards to be run over the two days at Santa Anita and will be televised live by NBCSN and NBC. The Classic will be broadcast live at 8:35 p.m. ET on NBC (8-9 p.m. ET).Four Championship races will be run Friday, highlighted by the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles and featuring champions Beholder, Songbird and Stellar Wind in a field of eight.The 169 horses entered includes six also-eligibles. Among the entries are eight winners from the 2015 event at Keeneland. Going for repeat wins in the same race are Tepin (Mile), Found (Ire) (Turf), Wavell Avenue (Filly & Mare Sprint) and Mongolian Saturday (Turf Sprint). The others are   Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird (Distaff), Sprint winner Runhappy (Las Vegas Dirt Mile), Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Catch a Glimpse (Filly & Mare Turf) and Juvenile Turf winner Hit a Bomb (Mile).Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome is undefeated in six starts this year and has pushed his career bankroll to more than $13.4 million. Third in the Classic at Santa Anita in 2014, California Chrome is the even-money morning line favorite and will break from post position four under Victor Espinoza.Second on the morning line at 5-2 is the Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate.A winner of his past four starts, Arrogate exploded onto the national racing scene with a 13 ½-length victory in the Travers (G1) in his most recent start August 27. Mike Smith will be aboard the lone 3-year-old in the race and break from post position 10.Baffert, who won last year’s Classic with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and the 2014 Classic with Bayern, will have a second starter in the race in Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity. Winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) in his most recent starter and earner of more than $3.5 million, Hoppertunity will break from post position nine and be ridden by John Velazquez. Hoppertunity is 15-1 on the morning line.The three marquee names in Friday’s Distaff have a combined record of 47-35-8-1 for earnings of more than $9.7 million. The trio is a combined 25-22-3-0 at Santa Anita.Favored at 6-5 is Fox Hill Farms’ undefeated Songbird, winner of 11 straight including last year’s 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as one of her seven Grade 1 triumphs, will be facing older fillies and mares for the first time in her career.The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee will break from post position one and be ridden by Mike Smith, who leads all jockeys with 22 Breeders’ Cup victories.Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder, a two-time Breeders’ Cup winner with triumphs at Santa Anita in the 2012 Juvenile Fillies and 2013 Distaff, has been second in her past three starts. She was runner-up to Classic favorite California Chrome in the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar and twice to Stellar Wind in the Clement L. Hirsch (G1) at Del Mar and in the Zenyatta (G1) at Santa Anita five weeks ago.Beholder, the co-second choice at 5-2 is trained by Richard Mandella and will be ridden by Gary Stevens and break from post position eight.Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind, second in the Distaff last year at Keeneland to Stopchargingmaria, is trained by John Sadler. Listed at 5-2 on the morning line, Stellar Wind will be ridden by Victor Espinoza and break from post position five.In Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), Robert Masterson’s Tepin will attempt to beat the boys for the second consecutive year. Never worse than second in her past 14 starts, Tepin had her eight-race win streak snapped by Mile rival Photo Call (IRE) in the First Lady (G1) at Keeneland four weeks ago.Listed at 3-1 on the morning line, Tepin is trained by Mark Casse and will be ridden by Julien Leparoux from post position eight.Saturday’s second-richest race, the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), attracted a full gate of 14 runners and featuring North America’s top grass marathoner in Flintshire (GB) and defending champion Found (IRE).Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Flintshire was second in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Since coming to the United States and into the barn at Chad Brown, Flintshire has won three of four starts. Javier Castellano has the mount Saturday on the 5-2 morning line favorite and will break from post position four.Found, who upset Golden Horn to win last year’s Turf at Keeneland, comes to Santa Anita off a second-place finish October 15 in the Champion Stakes (Group 1) at Ascot after having taken the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1) 13 days before. Ryan Moore, who was aboard for the victory at Keeneland, has the mount Saturday and will break from post position 10.Found is owned by the partnership of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier, also owners of Highland Reel (IRE), the runner-up to Found in the Arc de Triomphe. Listed at 3-1 on the morning line as is Found, Highland Reel will break from post position 12 and be ridden by Seamus Heffernan.The feel-good story of these Championships resides in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) in which Sheep Pond Partners’ Lady Eli will go for her second Breeders’ Cup victory.Trained by Chad Brown, the winner of the 2014 Juvenile Fillies Turf has battled back from a life-threatening fight with laminitis to make it to Santa Anita. Second in the Ballston Spa (G2) in her first start in more than a year, Lady Eli won the Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) in her most recent start.Listed as the 5-2 favorite on the morning line in the field of 13 for the 1 ¼-mile race, Lady Eli will break from post position eight and be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.Five other Championship races are on the Saturday docket topped by the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), both at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.The Albaugh Family Stable’s Not This Time, an 8 ¾-length winner of the Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs in his most recent start, is the 7-2 morning line favorite in a field of 11 for the Juvenile. Trained by Dale Romans, Not This Time will break from post position 10 and be ridden by Robby Albarado.Speedway Stable’s Noted and Quoted, winner of the Chandelier (G1) at Santa Anita on October 1, is the 9-2 morning favorite for the Juvenile Fillies that attracted a field of 12. Trained by Bob Baffert, Noted and Quoted will break from post position 10 and be ridden by Rafael Bejarano.The $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) drew a field of nine and features a classic East vs.West matchup among Green Lantern Stables’ A. P. Indian from the East and Jay Emm Ess Stable and Los Pollos Hermanos Racing’s Masochistic and Spendthrift Farm’s Lord Nelson.All three runners are perfect in 2016: A. P. Indian going 6-for-6 in the East, Masochistic going 2-for-2 and Lord Nelson going 4-for-4 in Southern California with three of those victories coming at Santa Anita.Masochistic, who will break from post position seven under Mike Smith is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Lord Nelson is a 5-2 proposition and will exit post position six under Flavien Prat while A. P. Indian is 4-1 and will be ridden by Joe Bravo and break from post position five.Two defending champions will be in action in Saturday’s other sprints: Michael Dubb, David Simon, Head of Plains Partners and Bethlehem Stables’ Wavell Avenue in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) and Mongolian Stable’s Mongolian Saturday in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1). However neither runner is favored to repeat.In the Filly & Mare Sprint, Gary Barber and Sequel Racing’s Haveyougoneaway, winner of three consecutive starts, is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the field of 13. Trained by Tom Morley, Haveyougoineaway will be ridden by John Velazquez and break from post position two.Trained by Chad Brown, Wavell Avenue has won one of six starts this year and most recently was third to Saturday rival Paulassilverlining in the mud at Belmont in the Gallant Bloom (G2). Listed at 6-1 on the morning line, Wavell Avenue will be ridden by Joel Rosario and break from post position 10.Patricia Generazio’s Pure Sensation, a winner of three consecutive starts, is 5-1 the morning line favorite in a race that drew 16 entries. Trained by Christophe Clement, Pure Sensation will break from post position one and be ridden by Kendrick Carmouche.Mongolian Saturday, who snapped a four-race skid with a victory in the Woodford (G3) at Keeneland in his most recent start, is 12-1 on the morning line. Trained by Enebish Ganbat, Mongolian Saturday will break from post position three and be ridden by Carlos Montalvo.Completing Friday’s lineup is:$1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) – Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund is the 6-5 morning line favorite in a field of nine with one of his challengers being James McIngvale’s Runhappy, winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), the second choice at 3-1.$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) – Amerman Racing’s Oscar Performance is the 4-1 morning line favorite in a field of 14 and drew post position 13.$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) – Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier’s Roly Poly is the 4-1 morning line favorite and will break from post position 13, right next to John Oxley’s La Coronel, the second choice at 9-2 who will try to give trainer Mark Casse a second consecutive victory in the race on the heels of Catch a Glimpse’s score last year.last_img read more

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Warriors can’t take advantage of James Harden’s absence

first_imgOAKLAND – It took 77 seconds for the Rockets to make their first shot. It took four minutes and 15 minutes for the Warriors to make theirs.And at that point, it seemed inevitable the Warriors would lose. Yes, the Warriors’ 118-112 defeat to the Houston Rockets on Saturday at Oracle Arena did not become official until the buzzer sounded. But even in a game that featured six lead changes, Kevin Durant correctly observed that the Warriors’ 15-0 deficit to the Rockets became “the story of the …last_img read more

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Walking his way to success

first_imgZinto Activation Group is a brandactivation company that usesunconventional routes to achieveits goals. Sifiso Dlamini, founder and CEOof Eish Hade, shows off a conceptshoe for his summer 2012 range,while his partner Nkululeko worksin the background.(Images: Ray Maota) Dlamini holds up one of his nubuckand leather sneakers.(Image: The Business Place)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sifiso DlaminiEish Hade: Founder and CEO+27 73 077 2481RELATED ARTICLES• Meet a top social entrepreneur• Changing lives one biscuit at a time• SA businesswomen making progress• Siyazama: taking the world by stormRay MaotaSifiso Dlamini, has always been a sneaker fanatic. By the time he was 12, he owned 12 pairs of footwear because he knew that in Soweto, that was how one was judged.Dlamini is the founder and CEO of an aspiring streetwear brand named Eish Hade, which is currently focusing on footwear. Eish Hade loosely translates as “oops…I’m sorry” and is a term usually used in the townships after stepping on someone’s toes.The diminutive Dlamini said: “Having a pair of sneakers in Soweto meant a lot. You were cool and every kid on the block wanted to have their pair of sneakers.“I used to sketch sneakers in my spare time instead of going to play; this is where the passion to make my own sneakers came from.”Eish Hade sneakers are handcrafted and prices range from R280 (US$30) – R500 ($60), but one can also put a personal touch to them with customisations which, depending on the fabric used, will push the price up.“My partner Nkululeko Ndlovu and I were toying around with the name of the brand when we realised what most people in Soweto would say if they stepped on someone,” said Dlamini, “and we decided to make it the name of our brand.”Early yearsDlamini grew up in Meadowlands in Soweto and attended Langlaagte Technical High School, west of Johannesburg’s CBD.This is where he was to meet his future partner Nkululeko Ndlovu, when they attended school together from 2002 – 2006.After school Dlamini ran a spaza and games shop at home to provide an income – at the same time he started taking apart old shoes to get an idea of how they are put together.Although they parted ways after matric, the pair reconnected when Dlamini realised he could turn this sneaker-making hobby into a business.Dlamini’s favourite brand of sneakers while growing up in the 1990s was the Adidas Superstar, worn by most US hip-hop artists at the time.Loxion Kulca, the first homegrown urban streetwear brand in the 1990s, was to become one of Dlamini’s influences. Loxion Kulca, slang for “township culture”, started off as a headwear brand before being a fully-fledged streetwear brand with clothes and sneakers.“When I saw how successful Loxion Kulca was I knew then that I could make my brand work,” said Dlamini.Using an old pair of sneakers that he took apart, leaving only the shell, Dlamini re-assembled it using his own material in 2008 and this was to become his concept sneaker.“I made a few other pairs which I sold to friends and family. They loved them and from these I got a lot of feedback and constructive criticism,” said Dlamini.His mother also had a big impact, supporting him by buying material and letting him use her sewing machine so he could pursue his dream.Turning Eish Hade into a businessDlamini registered Eish Hade as a company in 2009 but he had trouble getting funding to start daily operations and was still working from his room at home.In March 2009 Dlamini went to The Business Place (TBP) looking for help with training in making shoes and funding to buy equipment.TBP assists new entrepreneurs by providing them with information, referrals, training, workshops, networking and business opportunities.During a number of one-on-one consultations at TBP he was referred to ChemCity. This Sasol group company assists entrepreneurs with creating business plans to gain access to funding.They also facilitated access to training for Dlamini at African Action which manufacturers school shoes, where he learnt about producing top quality products.Eish Hade now employs five people including Dlamini.Getting working spaceIn 2010 Dlamini and Ndlovu were attending the annual Back to the City music event in Newtown in the heart of Johannesburg, and were showcasing their wares when fortune shone on them.Back to the City is a hip-hop festival that has taken place on 27 April, Freedom Day, for the past six years.At the event they met Kyle Verbeek, account executive at Zinto Activation Group, who immediately loved their products and initiated a follow up meeting with them.“Meeting Kyle was a blessing because he initiated the meeting with Michelle Combrink, the owner of Zinto Activation Group,” said Dlamini.Zinto Activation Group is a brand activation company that brings a brand to the consumer’s attention in a way conventional media would not be able to, using methods such as road shows.Dlamini said: “Michelle immediately loved our raring-to-go attitude and gave us R10 000 ($1 214) to buy material, as well as a workshop on their premises for free.”This relationship is mutually beneficial as Zinto would need branded sneakers for their activation work and Dlamini would supply them.“I get to showcase my work to other people, thanks to Zinto’s exposure which brings in money to the company. We’ve done activations for Zinto involving telecommunications company MTN, Willards, the snack company; and BIC pens,” said Dlamini.The futureDlamini and his team are currently using three old model sewing machines and are in need of new machinery to up their production.“We are currently able to make at least four pairs of sneakers a day but under pressure we can make seven to eight,” said Dlamini.Dlamini said: “If there is someone who can fund us, they can come to the site and we can evaluate according to our business model how much is needed help us.“I see this company growing and us having our own factory in 10 years, creating employment and providing skills training to others.”last_img read more

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