AT THE FINISHING POSTWeather: Fine; Track: GoodRace 1 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT* 1. TEISHA’S DREAM SEllis 53.02. OBEDIENCE AGray4 51.0 9L3. IDON’TKNOW RMitchell 53.0 2L4. QUEEN OF THE TOWN LSteadman3 52.0 3 1/2LDNF #3 EAST SIDE GIRL DaneNelson 53.0WIN: $85.00PLACE: $53.00, $133.00, $59.00Final Time : 1:11.0 Splits : 24.3, 49.1, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – HOMING INSTINCT out of DARE TO DREAM by STAR OF MANILATrainer : GORDON DAVIS Owner : JUNIOR T GOLDINGBred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD.NOTE: HORSE #5 BOOK OF RULES CAME 6TH, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED OUT OF THE RACEQuinella : (4,7) $439.00 Exacta : (7-4) $550.00Trifecta : (7-4-1) $280.00Race 2 1500 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)1. DANOS LA PAZ RHalledeen 56.02. SIR SOUTH RMitchell 53.5 1/2L3. STAR NEW VISTA SMuir 54.0 3 3/4L4. HOLIDAY WEEKEND LSteadman3 53.0 3/4LLate scratch : #1 RAJA SARANGIWIN: $211.00PLACE: $130.00, $133.00, $134.00Final Time : 1:34.3 Splits : 24.3, 48.1, 1:13.0,Winner : 4yo b colt – WAR MARSHALL out of LADY RAKWALAAY byTrainer : NEVILLE PERALTO Owner : NEW BLUE LTD.Bred by JAGHAI O.D., J.P., HENRY WILLIAMQuinella : (3,8) $947.00 Exacta : (3-8) $1,550.00D/E : (7-3) $279.00 (7-1) $69.00Superfecta : (3-8-2-9) $15,845.00Race 3 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4)* 1. ROCKETEER LSteadman3 53.02. DAGGA DAGGA LINKS WHenry 54.0 3/4L3. WAR CHIP JErwin 53.5 Sh.Head4. WINESHA RHalledeen 53.5 3/4LLate scratch : #9 NUH VEXWIN: $140.00PLACE: $78.00, $63.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 22.4, 46.0, ,Winner : 6yo b mare – TRADITIONAL out of RACEE by FAST GOLDTrainer : TYRONE PRINCE Owner : DIMPLE R RUDDOCKMS.Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.NOTE: HORSE #1 CAME 2ND, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACE BEHIND HORSE #2Quinella : (1,3) $499.00 Exacta : (3-1) $1,224.00D/E : (3-3) $2,064.00 (3-9) $152.00Superfecta : (3-1-5-7) $21,419.00Rolling Triple : (7-3-3) $2,554.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $800,000) NB&IMP2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT* 1. RALLY BABY PFrancis 50.52. BIRD CATCHER WHenry 50.5 5 1/2L3. BIGDADDYKOOL SEllis 53.0 2 1/2L4. MISS MYRTLE RMitchell 51.5 1L5. LIKE A LADY OEdwards4 50.5 3/4LWIN: $91.00PLACE: $56.00, $61.00, $141.00Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.3, 45.3, ,Winner : 2yo ch filly – MARKET RALLY out of GIVEITTOMEBABY byTrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : MILADE AZAN, RICHARD AZAN, LAURENCE HEFFES & EDISON CHAIBred by MILADE AZAN, EDISON CHAI, ROHAN CRICHTON, LAURENCE HEFFQuinella : (7,10) $108.00 Exacta : (7-10) $229.00D/E : (3-7) $437.00Trifecta : (7-10-1) $428.00Hi-5 : (7-10-1-5-11) $1,275.00Rolling Triple : (3-3-7) $1,358.00Race 5 1100 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. EL NUMERO UNO SMuir 54.02. BATTLE SONG AChatrie 55.0 3 1/4L3. EUSEBIA RHalledeen 55.0 1L* 4. ST. BERNARD RMitchell 57.0 5L5. FLAGRANS AndreePowell4 49.0 6L6. YES WE WILL OnBeckford4 50.0 3/4LLate scratch : #3 PRINCE OSHAUN, #8 FABULOUSCONNECTION, #12 REAL VIBES MACHINEWIN: $186.00PLACE: $98.00, $109.00, $79.00Final Time : 1:09.0 Splits : 23.3, 47.4, ,Winner : 5yo ch horse – TRADITIONAL out of CODE STAR by LOST CODETrainer : TYRONE PRINCE Owner : MICHAEL L WRAYBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (2,7) $753.00 Exacta : (2-7) $2,044.00D/E : (7-2) $498.00Trifecta : (2-7-5) $1,072.00Hit-6 : (2-7-5-10-11-) $5,847.00Rolling Triple : (3-7-2) $1,976.00Race 6 1100 M (Purse $555,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CLAIMING($500,0-$450,0)* 1. ANGEL STAR OWalker 53.02. LAZZA SMuir 52.5 5 1/2L3. HAIL DE CAT JPatterson4 48.5 1 3/4L4. SLEW DI CLOCK MWard4 58.0 1 1/2L5. MINY LEE LSteadman3 52.5 NeckWIN: $119.00PLACE: $71.00, $103.00, $153.00Final Time : 1:09.3 Splits : 24.1, 48.3, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – DEPUTY GLITTERS out of MAKIN ME PROUD by MAKINTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICHROSBred by MICHAEL BERNARDQuinella : (4,11) $174.00 Exacta : (11-4) $291.00D/E : (2-11) $989.00Trifecta : (11-4-8) $492.00Hi-5 : (11-4-8-12-7) $88,514.00Rolling Triple : (7-2-11) $1,218.00Race 7 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)* 1. AWESOME CAT AndrePowell4 52.02. DR. DEAREST OMullings 51.5 5L3. MISTY WHenry 54.0 3/4L4. SEAL THE DEAL RMitchell 53.0 1 1/4LWIN: $81.00PLACE: $57.00, $99.00, $57.00Final Time : 1:16.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.1, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – TWILIGHT TIME out of JOLIE’S TREASURE by MISTER JOLIETrainer : CARL ANDERSON Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQuinella : (3,10) $520.00 Exacta : (10-3) $640.00D/E : (11-10) $194.00Superfecta : (10-3-9-2) $2,559.00Rolling Triple : (2-11-10) $1,028.00Super-6 : (3-9-7-2-11-10) $8,284.40Race 8 2000 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. BROWN GIRL HPottinger4 50.02. CAMOUFLAGE JErwin 53.5 Neck3. SIR BIGGS PFrancis 50.5 1 1/4* 4. GRINDING TO A HALT OWalker 54.0 5 1/25. STIR IT UP AChatrie 52.0 4 1/2WIN: $1973.00PLACE: $877.00, $187.00, $308.00Final Time : 2:13.0 Splits : 24.4, 51.1, 1:15.3, 1:42.1Winner : 3yo b filly – DEPUTY GLITTERS out of RAY OF HOPE by STAR ATTITUDETrainer : RYAN DARBY Owner : RAPHAEL E GORDONBred by FRANCIS BARNETT & EDISON CHAIQuinella : (4,12) $4,113.00 Exacta : (4-12) $13,858.00D/E : (10-4) $7,642.00Trifecta : (4-12-3) $6,643.00Hi-5 carry-over : $78,344.50Rolling Triple : (11-10-4) $19,250.00Race 9 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. DUTCHROW ADancel 54.02. GENUINE FRIEND SMuir 54.0 1 1/4L3. KING NEBARUE HPottinger4 50.0 Neck4. JUST LIKE EMMA WHenry 53.0 1 3/4L5. SILENT STORM CBudhai 53.0 2 1/4LLate scratch : #1 PERFECT GOLDWIN: $666.00PLACE: $190.00, $126.00, $814.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.3, ,Winner : 5yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION out of HEDIA’S PROSPECT by FORTUNATE PROSPECTTrainer : DEON FACEY Owner : DEON FACEYBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.NOTE: HORSE #5 PRINCESS SHEMIKA CAME 1ST BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 9THQuinella : (9,13) $5,660.00 Exacta : (13-9) $9,902.00D/E : (4-13) $328,344.00Trifecta : (13-9-7) $148,717.00Hi-5 carry-over : $259,285.00Rolling Triple : (10-4-13) $78,115.00Pick-4 : (11-10-4-13) $94,448.00Super-6 : (7-2-11-10-4-13) $678,481.00Pick-9 : (7-3-3-7-2-11-10-4-13) $38,581.00 (7-3-3-7-2-11-10-4-13) $422.50 Carry-over : $1,397,466.42PlacePot 8 : Carry-over : $171,495.00
…Guyanese advised to desist from importing animals – GLDAIn light of Guyana’s accomplishment of the Foot and Mouth disease-free status, residents are advised to desist from importing animals from its neighbouring country, Brazil, as this can pose as a threat to the country’s status.This was revealed by the Guyana Livestock Development Authority, which noted that although this may not be the case, it is important that residents are made aware and precautions are taken to avoid any negative effects in the future.Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the GLDA, Dr Dwight Waldron, noted that the organisation is trying to avoid the importation of animals from the country by effortsDr Waldron preforming an autopsy on a dead chickento maintain the availability of these animals in Guyana.“This is why as part of our Agricultural Development Plan for the region, we are making the animals available to you to ensure that such incidences are avoided,” he noted.If in any case, an animal is found to be positive when tested for the disease, it was revealed that the GLDA would be forced to slaughter all the animals of the respective region and embark on a countrywide Livestock Health and Production Sensitisation programme.This in turn, would have implications for the current status which the country holds.However, persons are reassured that there is no need to buy vaccines for Foot and Mouth disease which is currently a practice since as Guyana is free of the disease, and has been so for more than a decade.In wake of the recent epidemic of high poultry morality in Region Eight, Dr Wadron had been dispatched to the region to address this issue.The situation of improper animal husbandry began some months ago with the frequency of just a few chickens dying every week in Itabac. Recently, the number has skyrocketed to 20 at once and was brought to the attention of the Agriculture Minister Noel Holder during an outreach to the region.While addressing the concerns of the residents, Waldron noted that a proper diagnosis would only be possible with an analysis being conducted by the veterinary laboratory, after collecting samples of the dead birds. Consequently, he advised that arrangements should be made by the village to have the remains of a dead bird sent to the city for analysis.During his visit, an on-the-spot autopsy was conducted on a bird which had recently died to determine the preliminary cause of death. At the end of the procedure, it was determined that there was a high rate of parasites and signs of haemorrhage in the intestine.“When you look at the colour of the faeces it is consistent with coccidia and electrolyte which is a bacterium [and] the coccidia is a protozoan. The good thing is that both can be treated,” Waldron stated.Findings from the autopsy also revealed that there was congestion in the lungs due to the infection. The officer highlighted that animal husbandry should be properly conducted so as to not only prevent the loss of birds but also to ensure that diseases are not transferred during human consumption.“It is important that you follow the advice of our extension officers when it comes to feeding your animals… in addition to feed, probiotics are also important,” he advised.The Toshao of Itabac, Alexander David and Regional Councillor, William Peters who were present during the autopsy, were advised to look for similar symptoms in the remaining poultry and the medications that are to be administered.
…VC says he mistook them for churchgoersAn alleged bandit, who was neatly dressed when he robbed a man of his motor car, was on Wednesday remanded to prison by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Edwin Angus, 28, of Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD) denied that on March 14, 2018 at Princes Street, Georgetown, while being in the company ofEdwin Angus being escorted from courtothers and being armed with a firearm, he robbed Anthony Pickett of his silver Toyota Allion motor car, a cellular phone and cash; a total value of $2.2 million.In court on Wednesday, the Virtual Complainant (VC) said the men, who are known to him, were all decently dressed, as if they were going to church, when they cornered him and robbed him. However, Angus was adamant that he did not commit the act, telling the Court “I know this man my whole life. I grow up in front of he, I would never trouble this man thing… I was at home when this thing happened.” Police Prosecutor Simone Payne objected to bail being granted based on the prevalence of the offence, noting that the 28-year-old used a gun during the commission of the robbery. Magistrate Azore denied bail. The case will continue on May 30.
Eteringbang shootingA week after launching an investigation into an alleged shooting incident in the Cuyuni River, Region SevenPresident David Granger(Cuyuni-Mazaruni), the Venezuelan Government on Friday denied the allegation, saying that officers of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces did not fire any shots at the Guyanese crew.Through its embassy here, the Spanish-speaking nation said that the news reports carried about the alleged incident are all false, since there have been no such reports.“It is important to note that the investigations carried out by the Venezuelan military authorities have not reported of any incident in the above-mentioned area and our military units confirm not having carried out any military exercise in that location,” the embassy said.Following the incident, which occurred on May 30 last, the Venezuela Government launched an investigation, into reports made by officers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, who said that they were shot at by the Venezuelan soldiers, while travelling in a boat in the Cuyuni River.However none of the mining officers, nor the captain of the boat were injured in the shooting incident.The officers were carrying out inspections and monitoring gold mining camps in the Cuyuni area when the Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on them. They were forced to seek cover by lying flat in the boat as the captain sought to get the attention of the Venezuelan troops with whom he is said to be familiar with.After recognising the captain, the Venezuelan troops ceased fire and asked the GGCM official to identify themselves before they were allowed to proceed.President Brigadier David Granger has since labelled the situation as unacceptable; however, he also expressed confidence that it will not escalate into an international conflict.He also indicated that Government, once requested, might consider providing assistance to the Spanish-speaking nation during its time of economic crisis.The Foreign Affairs Ministry had dispatched a Note Verbale to the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry conveying its gravest concern over the incident and calling on the Venezuelan Government to desist from such provocative and dangerous actions on Guyana’s border.During an interview on the ‘Public Interest’, the Head of State explained that while the situation is unfortunate, it should not be a considered a clash between the two States.“It is localised… It was a local incident and we are not saying that there is no fault but my information is that the rain was falling very heavily and there might have been some misunderstanding with the boat that was taking the officials…,” he stated.Nonetheless, Granger said that matter is still unacceptable. “It is unacceptable in the relation between two States, on a river owned by Guyana for shots to be fired in a hostile manner,” he expressed.According to reports however, the Venezuelan soldiers opened fire at the vessel because they suspected it was carrying smuggled fuel and other contraband.This is not the first time there has been tension at the Guyana/Venezuela border.Last September, the Venezuelan military dispatched heavily armed troops as well as a gunboat and other heavy artillery to the Cuyuni area. Then in December, a Venezuelan helicopter landed at the Kaikan Airstrip, in Region Seven.
Police in A Division have arrested a fisher and two young women after an unlicensed firearm and matching ammunition were discovered in a house they were occupying.The illegal firearm and ammunition found in the fisher’s house at DiamondAccording to reports, at about 00:30h on Sunday, ranks from the Grove/Diamond Police Station received information and went to a house at 17th Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, where they conducted a search on the premises.During the exercise, the Police unearthed an unlicensed .32 pistol, along with two matching rounds.A fisher, 23, and two females in the house at the time have since been arrested and taken into custody. It was reported that the male suspect was found hiding in the ceiling of his one-flat home when the Police arrived.Meanwhile, the hidden weapon has been sent for ballistics testing to determine if it was used in any crime. Investigations are ongoing.Of recent, the Police have been cracking down on illegal weapons on the streets, as government works to strengthen the country’s porous borders through which illegal guns are smuggled into Guyana from our neighbouring countries.In fact, over the last few days the Police have recovered illegal weapons from various locations in the hinterland. Only Wednesday last, a miner found a firearm and four live rounds in Konawaruk, Mahdia, and handed over same to Police.Reports revealed that the miner was prospecting when he came across a bag containing a .22 semi-automatic pistol, a magazine and four live matching rounds. This gun was also sent for ballistics testing to ascertain if it was used in any illegal act.Also on that same day, a female Central Rupununi Ranch Manager was arrested with an unlicensed .38 Special Rifle at Manari, Lethem.Police ranks acting on information went to the 36-year-old female’s ranch and conducted a search where the discovery was made. She was since charged and remanded to prison.
– Advertisement -A small fire on the Pine River will be left to burn following an incident Wednesday. Shortly after 3:20pm, the Taylor Fire Department was called to a fire on a gravel bar on the Pine River, just west of Peace Island Park. Upon arrival crews discovered a large pile of washed up logs had been intentionally set on fire.Chief Ryder said only 4×4 vehicles were able to access the fire and so the fire department called in the assistance of the Ministry of Forests. The Ministry recommended the fire be left to burn itself out as it was located on a gravel bar in the river.The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating the fire as the Taylor Fire Chief believes the fire was set intentionally. If you have any information about the fire, please contact the RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.crimestoppersfsj.ca Photo: Smoke can be seen from the Taylor Bridge – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca
2018 Regional Super50…Seasoned Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson will resume his role as he prepares to lead a strong 14-man team into battle when the 2018 Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Super50 bowls off from October 3-28 in Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados.The West Indies Test batsman, who has led Guyana to 4 straight Regional 4-Day titles, recently emerged leading run-scorer of the just concluded 2018 Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)/Cricket West Indies (CWI) Jaguars 50-Over League with 336 runs, including three fifties.His deputy will be West Indies ‘B’ captain, wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble, who has also been on a high over the past few months, expanding his credential overseas.The team, which features a few notable faces, was recently selected following good showings in the League as well as consistency and success in the franchise over the past few seasons.Guyana’s batting will feature Johnson, Windies A and leading run-scorer for Guyana in the 4-Dayers last year, Chandrapaul Hemraj, opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, hard-hitting all-rounders Sherfane Rutherford, Christopher Barnwell and Romario Shepherd, and Bramble.This season also sees a return to Jaguars colours from opener Trevon Griffith, who made a strong case for national recall upon his return to Guyana following his stint with the Jamaica Scorpions. Griffith was among the best batters in the League, with a century and a fifty among other eye-catching innings to his credit.Selectors have opted for a decent trio of left-arm spinners in Ricardo Adams, who will play a big role with bat as well; Gudakesh Motie, veteran Veerasammy Permaul, and franchise player Ramaal Lewis.The seamer department will be led by Windies Test all-rounder Raymon Reifer, with pacer Clinton Pestano being the other frontline fast bowler named in the team. National youth all-rounder Ronaldo Alimohammed and wicket-keeper/batsman Kemol Savory, who finished with the most dismissals in the league, along with 176 runs, including a century, are on stand-by, and will join the team as selected players depart to fulfil their duties on the Windies tour to India.The coaching staff for the Jaguars remains the same, with the seasoned duo of Esuan Crandon and Rayon Griffith being Coach/Assistant-Coach to manage the team. Griffith recently completed stints as West Indies ‘A’ Manager as well as Guyana Amazon Warriors Assistant Head Coach in the 2018 Hero CPL, while Crandon has been expanding his fame as he recently coached the Windies B team along with skipper Bramble in Canada. The team’s Physiotherapist is Neil Barry Jr.Meanwhile, the Guyana Jaguars are scheduled to depart on Sunday 30th September, 2018 through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport as they prepare to capture the elusive 50-over title held by the Windward Volcanoes. (Clifton Ross)Guyana Jaguars Team: Leon Johnson- Captain, Anthony Bramble-Vice Captain, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Christopher Barnwell, Romario Shepherd, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Ramaal Lewis, Ricardo Adams, Trevon Griffith and Clinton Pestano.
The club’s previous worst run had been 464 minutes, in 1985. For a team that prides itself on flair and flamboyance, it is a streak that reflects just as badly on Lopetegui as the results, which could leave Real Madrid four points adrift of Barcelona later on Saturday, with a ‘Clasico’ to come next weekend at the Camp Nou. Asked about his future, Lopetegui said: “It is the last thing I am thinking about. I am thinking only about lifting the players.” Marcelo said: “We are with the coach until the death.” If Barca’s players were watching, they would have been licking their lips at the sight of Raphael Varane handing Levante a two-goal lead here after just 13 minutes. Jose Luis Morales and Roger Marti, from the penalty spot, were the beneficiaries. At the final whistle, Lopetegui stood on the touchline, with his hands on his hips, staring ahead in disbelief. He had left Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema on the bench, perhaps due to fitness issues, and the gamble backfired, despite both making a difference when brought on in the second half. Lopetegui had cited a lack of luck in recent weeks and Madrid were not blessed with it here. They hit the crossbar twice and the post once. They suffered a two-goal swing as a result of the Video Assistant Referee, one against called as a penalty, and one ruled out for offside.“I’m sure football will eventually give back to us what it is taking away,” Lopetegui said.But a single goal, from their 30-year-old left-back, in over eight hours is no fluke, and neither are the defensive lapses that could have seen Levante add more to their early double.Paco Lopez took charge of Levante in March and oversaw eight wins from 11 to avoid relegation. This season they are now seventh, a point behind Madrid.“I told the guys talent has its limits, but faith and conviction do not,” Lopez said. “This team believes in what they are doing.” – Scatty Madrid –Gareth Bale has his head in his hands, summing up Real Madrid’s mood after another loss © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSLevante were two up in 13 minutes and both came from Varane mistakes. The first was more blatant as he misjudged the flight of Sergio Postigo’s through ball, allowing Morales to nick it round Thibaut Courtois and fire into the open net. It got worse as Varane handled and VAR advised the error had been inside the box. Roger converted the penalty. For the rest of the half, Madrid were scatty and imprecise, their finishing spoiled by bad luck but a lack of composure too. VAR proved their undoing again, ruling Marco Asensio’s follow-up offside after Casemiro headed against the crossbar. Mariano was also denied by the woodwork while Ramos and Lucas Vazquez missed from three yards. At half-time, there were a scattering of white handkerchiefs — the traditional expression of discontent — but more whistles. After the restart, the home fans sang “echale huevos”, meaning, “play with some balls”. Lopetegui had thrown Bale on at the interval while Benzema and Dani Ceballos were introduced on the hour. Not before the 56th minute, when Madrid’s drought became their longest ever. Benzema shot straight at Oier Olazabal, who then pushed a bending Bale free-kick wide. Finally, Madrid scored, with that pair involved again as Bale flicked on to Benzema and Marcelo drove home.Madrid believed as Benzema struck the far post with a curling effort and Mariano thought he had grabbed an equaliser in the 87th minute. The striker, however, had strayed just offside. For Madrid, it was not to be.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui barking instructions, but to no avail as the Spanish league giants fall to a humiliating 2-1 home defeat to Levante. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMadrid, Spain, Oct 20 – Real Madrid failed to ease the pressure on coach Julen Lopetegui and instead set the record for the longest goal-drought in the club’s history during a surprise 2-1 defeat by Levante on Saturday. Madrid have now gone five games without a victory and when Marcelo gave them hope of a comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu, they had gone 481 minutes of normal time without a goal too.
Rafa Benitez 1 Rafael Benitez has expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to manage Real Madrid and wished his successor Zinedine Zidane well.Former Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea and Napoli boss Benitez was replaced by Zidane on Monday after a disappointing seven-month, 25-match spell as boss. He won 16 games.Writing on his personal website, rafabenitez.com, he said: “I would like to wish good luck to Zinedine Zidane, my successor, and his staff. To all the players, coaches and staff in both Valdebebas and Bernabeu, I wish all the best and also good luck.”Benitez replaced Carlo Ancelotti in June, signing a three-year contact with his home-town club.But the 55-year-old found himself under increasing pressure due to some indifferent performances and damaging defeats, most notably the 4-0 home loss to Barcelona in November.Benitez’s final game in charge was Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Valencia, a result which left Madrid in third spot in the Primera Division table, four points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid.The 10-time European champions then moved to remove Benitez and promote Zidane, but Benitez expressed no bitterness in his parting statement.“Now, at the end of my time as first-team coach of Real Madrid, I would like to use this article to say goodbye to everyone at every level of the club,” Benitez added.“I want everyone at the club from the board of directors, executives, workers and all of the fans, (to) know that it has been an honour and privilege to be in charge at this club, where I grew up as a person, player and coach from the lowest categories through to the first team.“As a madridista from Madrid, steeped in the traditions and values of this institution, which I learned in the old sports city of Castellana, it has been an honour to work for these colours.“I would especially like to thank everyone at the new sports city and the Santiago Bernabeu who, since my first steps through the door, have supported me and made my work easier. Thanks to all for helping.“With all my respect and thanks… HALA MADRID and NOTHING ELSE.”
A WOMAN punched her own sister-in-law in the face during a family dispute, a court has heard.Bernadette Ward, from Meadowbank in Letterkenny, was babysitting at her home last April when she answered a knock at the door, Letterkenny District Court heard.Inspector David Murphy said that when she opened the door she was punched in the face by her sister-in-law Geraldine Ward. The victim of the assault suffered bruising to her right eye as a result of the attack.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher, pictured, told Judge Paul Kelly that the incident was a result of a family feud at the time which had since been settled.“The parties involved are sisters-in-law and arose about comments allegedly made by the victim,” said Mr Gallagher.“There were some unhappy differences at the time and my client’s husband was stuck in the middle of this.”He said the victim Bernadette Ward had since ‘moved abroad’.The court heard Geraldine Ward was a mother of eight and her husband was unemployed.She had one previous conviction for the possession of knives.She agreed to enter into a €250 peace bond.WOMAN PUNCHED SISTER-IN-LAW IN FACE IN FAMILY FEUD was last modified: May 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:WOMAN PUNCHED SISTER-IN-LAW IN FACE IN FAMILY FEUD