Monthly Archives: July 2019

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Jul
31

The Department for Work and Pensions DWP has pro

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has promised that no disabled people will have their benefits reduced because of its decision to review 1.6 million personal independence payment (PIP) claims.The review follows last month’s decision by the new work and pensions secretary, Esther McVey, that she would not appeal a court ruling that found new rules introduced last year by DWP were unlawful, “blatantly discriminatory” and breached the UN disability convention.The rules, which were rushed into law by the government last March, had meant that people who were unable to plan or undertake a journey due to overwhelming psychological distress would receive fewer qualifying points when assessed for PIP, with many receiving a lower level of financial support as a result, or even no PIP at all.The new rules were only introduced because an upper tribunal ruling had found that DWP was wrong to say that such PIP claimants should not be entitled to those points.Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, announced this week that, following McVey’s decision not to appeal the court ruling, DWP would review every one of the 1.6 million PIP claims that have been made since the benefit was introduced in 2013 to see how many had been wrongly assessed and were now entitled to backdated PIP payments.The review will include all those previously found ineligible for the benefit after being assessed by DWP and its contractors, Atos and Capita.The cost of implementing the court judgement is estimated to be up to £3.7 billion over the next five years.Newton announced the review on Monday in a written answer to a question from Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams.Newton said the following day – in response to an urgent question from shadow disability minister Marsha de Cordova – that no-one would see their benefits reduced as a result of the review.But De Cordova told her that the “mess is one of the government’s own making” and was “a clear example to this government of the dangers of seeking to undermine both the independent judiciary and the House of Commons”.Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrats’ work and pensions spokesman, said that “the government’s attempt to prevent those with mental health issues receiving the higher mobility rate was, frankly, nothing but a shoddy attempt to save money” and “a disgrace”.Newton promised that no-one would need to have another face-to-face assessment because of the review, which will be based on “existing information”, although DWP may need to contact some claimants and their doctors for further information.She told MPs: “Nobody is going to be called in for a face-to-face assessment, and nobody is going to have money taken away from them.”Most of the 1.6 million people who have tried to claim PIP since 2013 will not be awarded any extra support as a result of the review, but Newton said DWP had estimated that about 220,000 could see higher payments.She said the department had “already started to recruit more people at DWP to help with the PIP review”, but she promised that the department would not have to make savings elsewhere in its budget to fund the work and the extra PIP payments.A DWP spokeswoman said later that the review process would have “no effect” on the speed of the continuing roll-out of PIP, which has gradually been replacing working-age disability living allowance (DLA) since 2013.Ellen Clifford, campaigns and policy manager for Inclusion London, said: “We are pleased the government is not going to waste yet more taxpayers’ money on appealing the high court ruling and are taking responsibility to review all current PIP claims.“This could have a significant, far-reaching impact on hundreds of thousands of people who experience psychological distress, for once in a positive rather than an adverse way. “However, this is an enormous undertaking with as yet no clear timetable or information about how it will proceed and we are concerned that this means further anxiety and uncertainty for disabled people.“At Inclusion London we have already had several phone calls from individuals who are affected who are currently missing out on essential benefits and all we can tell them is to wait.“This whole debacle is symptomatic of a PIP assessment system that is dangerously dysfunctional.“It is also a terrible indictment of how the system is failing disabled people that it took an individual woman living with mental distress to have to put herself through the ordeal of taking a court case against the secretary of state for work and pensions in order to over-turn unlawful and ‘blatantly discriminatory’ government policy.”Philip Connolly, policy manager at Disability Rights UK, said: “Many disabled people have lost out because of changeover from DLA to PIP, and we welcome the announcement that the government is going to review 1.6 million cases.“This review highlights the ongoing and persistent failures of the assessment process, which is badly designed and implemented.“Huge amounts of tax payers’ money is being wasted on poor quality assessments which deny disabled people benefits that they qualify for – that’s one of the reasons the success rate at appeal is so high.“We urge all disabled people who are turned down for benefits they believe they should get to use the independent appeals process.”Meanwhile, the Motability scheme – which is only open to recipients of the enhanced/upper mobility rate of DLA or PIP – has told Disability News Service that it has no way of knowing how many of its former customers lost their entitlement to a vehicle and had to return it because of the way the government applied the PIP rules on overwhelming psychological distress.Motability said this was because it “has no role in determining who receives DLA/PIP, and we don’t receive any information on the details of someone’s assessment, their disability, or how many points they received in each area.“Since the introduction of PIP, we have seen a changing mix of people joining the scheme, and in particular, an increase in customers with mental health conditions.“We expect this to increase further following the recent announcement.”last_img read more

Jul
31

A groundbreaking new partnership between disabled

first_imgA ground-breaking new partnership between disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) and Greater Manchester’s elected mayor could become a “template” for future work with local authorities across the region, according to one leading DPO.Greater Manchester Coalitionof Disabled People (GMCDP) said this week that it believed that Greater Manchester wasthe first combined authority in the country to establish a formal partnershipbetween DPOs and the elected mayor.The authority,led by Labour’s Andy Burnham, is now set to approve funding this month whichwill ensure that the lead of a new disabled people’s panel will be a paidposition.That will contrastwith lastmonth’s announcement by Sarah Newton, the minister for disabledpeople, who said that the chairs of nine new regional groups that will make upher new Regional Stakeholder Network would not be paid.GMCDP is nowasking disabled people to apply for the new part-time post, which will have apro rata salary of £31,100 a year.Thesuccessful candidate* will lead on work to set up the disabled people’s panel,which aims to “strengthen the voice of disabled people and their organisationsin shaping, challenging and influencing strategic policy issues that areimportant to disabled people across Greater Manchester”.Brian Hilton (pictured, right), GMCDP’s digital campaigns officer, said: “We are really pleased to be working with the mayor’s office on this important piece of work.“We hopethis can become a template for future work, not only with the mayor’s officebut across all Greater Manchester authorities.”He said thedebate around how much disabled people should be paid for their labour, skillsand expertise was “not a new phenomenon”. He said: “Thegovernment is not alone in trying to devalue disabled people by paying uspeanuts or, in the case of the regional disability network, nothing at all.“The currentpolitical climate allows such things to happen.”He pointedout that MPs from both sides of the House of Commons, including PhilipDavies and FrankField, have in recent years suggested that paying some disabledpeople less than the minimum wage would be a positive move forward. He said: “Thereality of course would be that it further divides our society into Us andThem. “Often therationale for paying us less is that we are less productive and that firms aredoing us a favour in the first place by employing us and by doing so keeping usoccupied.”But he saidthat paying disabled people less – or nothing – was “not the answer”. He said: “Theonly long-term solution is to remove the barriers that prevent us from gainingemployment, retaining our jobs and advancing in our chosen careers.“Not only isit important that disabled people and DPOs are recompensed for their time andexpertise, but it’s also important for and benefits the mayor’s office. “Paying forour expertise allows the mayor’s office to make demands on the work we do andthe input we provide. “Similarly,we are more focused, invested in the work being undertaken and committed tomaking the ongoing engagement a success.”The partnershipis likely to be seen as a campaigning success for GMCDP,which said before Burnham’s election as Greater Manchester’s firstelected mayor in 2017 that it hoped to persuade the successful candidate tomake the region a trailblazer for disability rights in England and “developground-breaking initiatives to tackle disability”.In contrastwith the Manchester post, Newton made it clear lastmonth that all those taking part in her new regional stakeholdernetwork – including the nine chairs – would have to work for free, apart fromtravel expenses and funding for disability-related costs.Newton alsomade it clear that non-disabled people and charities and other organisationsnot run and controlled by disabled people would be invited to join the network,potentially even as some of the regional chairs.*For details of the post and how to apply, visit the GMCDP website. The closing date is noon on Monday 18 FebruaryA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Jul
31

Photo essay Mission walkabout – Part two

first_img Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn 0% Getting out in the neighborhood is a good thing. When you walk you tend to see different places, things and people you didn’t notice before. That’s exactly what happened my last photo walk that I’m sharing with you. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Photo by Kathleen Narruhnlast_img read more

Jul
31

SFPD Chief Scott fires rookie officer who shot alleged carjacker in Bayview

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The SFPD confirmed that, on Friday, March 9, Scott “released” Samayoa — an act he is allowed to undertake unilaterally and for any cause, as the rookie was still in his probationary period.Calls and messages for Scott have not been returned. The San Francisco Police Officers Association (POA) on Monday assailed Scott in an e-mail to its membership, in the latest visceral denigration of the chief.“We have been bewildered by this chief since he came here. He makes no attempt to visit the troops, no attempt to go to stations. He’s very aloof, very distant,” bemoaned Gary Delagnes, the POA’s longtime president turned consultant. “The chief was party to this termination for purely political reasons. The victim was African American and this was the easy way out.”Samayoa is described by the POA as a “Hispanic who grew up in the Mission.”He “is a textbook example of what an officer should be,” read the POA’s letter to its unionized workforce. “Chris is an exemplary human being.”Samayoa, per the POA, is a fluent Spanish speaker who graduated from Riordan High in 2008 and the University of Arizona, and put his master’s at USF in counseling and psychology on hold to join the department. He worked at the Edgewood Center with troubled foster youth and as a case manager with homeless families, according to the POA.A number of police use-of-force experts, however, told Mission Local, the officer’s actions were troubling.Several noted that, when Samayoa fired the fatal shot, his fellow officers had yet to even draw their weapons.“That the training officer walks around and his gun is not out, it tells us something — it could suggest he did not perceive a threat,” Seth Stoughton, a professor at the South Carolina School of Law and a former police officer, told Mission Local in January.  “If he did perceive an ongoing threat, his gun would be out and he would be cornering around the car more carefully than he does.“Even if a guy was shot, you do not take for granted that he is not a threat anymore,” Stoughton continued. “Proceed cautiously. I didn’t see that type of cautious tactical approach when the training officer just walked around.”David Elliot Lewis, who served for four years as a trainer on the SFPD crisis intervention team, also raised questions about the officer’s actions. “Officers are supposed to shoot to protect life,” he said. “I don’t know who they were protecting.”Scott is entitled to fire Samayoa unilaterally, as he was just four days into his 12-month probationary period. Had he been a veteran officer, axing him would have required the Police Commission to act upon the recommendation of the chief.As an at-will employee, however, Samayoa’s options are more limited. “He has no recourse, really,” sums up Delagnes. He can demand a “Lubey Hearing,” as a dismissed probationary employee but, “he will most certainly lose,” the union honcho continues.Samayoa, Delagnes notes, is currently huddling with the POA to decide whether to file a writ with San Francisco Superior Court, to win back his job of four days. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott on Friday fired the rookie cop who, four days into his police career, shot dead an alleged carjacker. In return, the police union fired back a fusillade of its own, accusing Scott of cowardice and political expediency.Other officers — who would not speak on the record for fear of retribution from the police union — told Mission Local they backed the chief. One emphasized that cops must be held accountable for failing to follow procedures, including warning someone before shooting, and firing through a closed window.These are both directives Officer Chris Samayoa failed to follow. On Dec. 1,  Samayoa — in just his first week in the job — was the passenger in his training officer’s squad car as they pursued Keita O’Neal into the Bayview. The 42-year-old was suspected of violently carjacking a van from a California Lottery official and leading the police on a serpentine chase. The pursuit came to a close on a dead-end street, at which point O’Neal, who was unarmed, leapt from the vehicle and ran beside the trailing police car.Without lowering the window or shouting a warning, Samayoa killed O’Neil with a single shot to the head, an act that was caught on his body camera.center_img 0%last_img read more

Jul
31

Distillations A sense of where you are at the fabulous Alba Rays

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter I knew Julian before the idea of consciously choosing a gender was ever something he could acknowledge to himself … though he knew he’d never been comfortable with his own “femaleness,” for lack of a better term. I was there, I was a confidant, as he started testing the idea out … and I was completely unqualified and utterly out of my depth. All I could do was listen, and acknowledge when he seemed to be happy and when he seemed to be miserable. But that, apparently, was something he desperately needed; and the more he began to abandon any responsibility to be feminine, the more he embraced the aesthetics and style of masculinity, the more happy and functional he became. I’m not a psychologist, I don’t have a theory for it, I just saw it, and recognized it, and observed it out loud. I do not care about any moral theory which cannot recognize the value in my friend no longer being suicidal. That matters, damn it. And it distressed me deeply that in my corner of San Francisco, he felt pushed to be less colorful and flashy, and more conventionally masculine, because it was the only way he felt he could be accepted on his terms. “I love being fabulous,” he told me. “And it really disturbs me that men aren’t supposed to be. I actually forget about that, a lot of the time, until somebody tries to use that against me.”“We all walk tightropes in our lives,” I agreed.“Yes, but my tightrope has feathers and sequins. Which is fabulous.”The fried okra came, and Julian nearly leaped out of his seat to praise it. “Oh, that’s delightful on many levels!” he said. “Most places in the North just try dipping it in batter … that gets the flavor all wrong.” Julian has strong opinions about Northern attempts at Southern cooking; he grew up on a farm in the rural South, and his mother’s people are from Louisiana. What the hell is it about foodie culture, he has long wondered, that takes Southern cuisine and throws sugar all over it? When he realized that Alba Ray’s doesn’t do that, he started to feel at home.We ordered more drinks  — I got their take on a Hurricane (Plantation rum, passion fruit, lemon), which was as strong and tart as you could want it, and he got an Alligator Strut (Ketel One, yellow chartreuse, basil, lime, egg white), which Julian would spend the entire rest of the night praising it as a perfect blend of basil and bitter flavors. Score. The mirliton and cucumber slaw also got raves  — “fucking superb” — as did the black-eyed-pea cake. “Really?” he said to me. “Really? You’ve never had good black eyed peas before? I keep forgetting we’re from different worlds.” Suddenly he pulled a fan out of his sleeve, flipped it open, and was fanning himself. “I am shocked,” he said, grinning. “Truly shocked.”“Damn,” I said. “That fan … that is a fucking power move.”“Yes.” He arched his eyebrows. “And lewd as hell.”Oh, it was on now. This is what happens when my friends feel comfortable. The bar was weirdly slow getting us our drinks, and the kitchen actually forgot about our order of mac and cheese  — I don’t know what was going on there; the restaurant portion was pretty calm. We discussed whether they were understaffed … it seemed like they were, but also like they were wearing it exceptionally well … until the braised pork shank was brought over. It was a platter of dripping rendered meet with a knife stuck in it, a moment that took everything over. We gasped. “I’m so glad you ordered that,” the server said. “Not enough people do.”We dug in. “Oh my God, tender doesn’t even begin to cover this,” Julian gaped as we tasted. “Oh my goodness.” We ended the night with beignets … for which Julian felt didn’t need the accompanying salted caramel sauce but I vacuumed up like a, well, vacuum. I tried pairing it with an End of the Road (Glenmorangie, green chartreuse, Campari) … which was a mistake. Though delicate and lovely, the combination of the Glenmorangie and Campari was much more bitter than I’d expected, and the wrong counterpart to the pastries. I’d put the wrong elements next to each other.Julian, however, was finally relaxing for the first time. He’d flirted with the waiter, and it had gone well.“How does it feel,” he asked me, leaning forward, “to know that everybody here thinks you’re on a date with a gay man? Because that’s what’s happening, you know.”I shrugged. “It feels like everyone will be thinking you’re lowering your standards.”Julian laughed. Then the fan came out again. Read more from Benjamin Wachs By the time we got a table at Alba Ray’s, Julian  — a trans man from New York — was frustrated and disappointed by his perception that San Francisco has been misgendering him for most of his stay. Julian normally prefers to straddle the gender binary, to mix and match the feminine and masculine in his appearance. And in New York, he feels like it works. But here, he’s discovered  — at least among the corners of San Francisco that I’ve been able to show him — that any trace of femininity in his appearance is enough to get him called “ma’m” or “miss” every single time. It has confused and upset him more than he thought it would, so tonight he’s gone full-court masculine: a dapper gay gentleman in a stylish suit, with cufflinks and tie. Everything womanly suppressed. “If this doesn’t work, I don’t know what to do,” he said. “It’s strange: It’s like despite your reputation as a queer metropolis, anything remotely female is supposed to be a woman, and anything that’s a woman is supposed to be sexy.”“Kind of the sexual equivalent of the one-drop rule?” I asked.center_img “Exactly.”Alba Ray’s is a Cajun joint in the heart of the Mission, with about half the space used for a single long bar and the other half for booths and tables. I started with a Absinthe Suissesse from their house cocktail menu (Herbsaint and St. George Spirits absinthe, crème de menthe, orgeat) I am impressed  — maybe too impressed. I could easily sit at that bar, with one of these after another, for hours. That sounds like a very good time to me. I think I want to do that later. Julian got a Ward Eight (Buffalo Trace bourbon, orange, lemon, grenadine), and raved about it. I let out a little sigh of relief. I kind of needed a win here, to be honest. We had a whole “SF vs. NYC bohemianism” subtext going, and nothing about San Francisco had been feeling right to Julian. Not even the food: When I brought him to the Tartine manufactory he was actually traumatized. “I mean, I love overwrought food, and I thought I’d seen pretentious bakeries in Paris and Brooklyn, but … come on … do they actually expect anyone to read this menu without laughing? HOW? Their pretension is like a croissant, and each layer takes itself more seriously than the last!”But he liked the drink, and so far nobody here had assumed he was a woman, and he was excited enough by the menu that I let him order for the table. Much of the food is best thought of as southern tapas, along with a selection of larger entrees. Only the use of musical instruments on the walls as decoration pained him. Julian is a classically trained musician  — fancy degrees and everything — “and that just hurts,” he said. “They’re meant to be played.” Email Addresslast_img read more

Jul
31

IN the next week or so we will show you which play

first_imgIN the next week or so we will show you which players will be heading over to Australia as part of the 2013 Academy Tour.Here is the first batch…!Daniel Abram is a scrum half or full back who signed from Bold Miners having previously played at Warrington RU.Philip Atherton is a prop forward who signed from Orrell St James.Ricky Bailey is a full back or centre who signed from Shevington, having previously played for Telford Raiders.Tom Calland is a prop forward who signed from Widnes St Maries, having previously played at Widnes Moorfield and West Bank Bears.Many thanks to the sponsors who made the trip possible for this quartet.They are:Moortown ConstructionAdvantage Civil Engineering SuppliesWirehouseACS Construction GroupCTW Construction LimitedWarrington RU Will Fleetwood & Family EconoloftGrafton Merchanting Lock-Tec Access Control SpecialistsSt Peters Catholic High SchoolMy Life Social EnterprisesOrrell St JamesWe will introduce four more players on Monday.You can find out more about the tour here.last_img read more

Jul
31

SATURDAYS Reserve team game against Hull FC and t

first_imgSATURDAY’S Reserve team game against Hull FC and today’s 19s match v Cumbria have been called off due to the weather.last_img

Jul
31

KEIRON Cunningham says Saints have been working ha

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says Saints have been working hard as they prepare to face Wakefield on Sunday.Following a blank weekend on the fixture calendar, the coaching team have been able to spend a lot more time with their squad.And they hope this will give them the advantage heading into a crucial time of the season.“We are better for the week off but the way we played in the last 50 minutes against Hull KR it would have been nice to roll into another side,” he said. “It is certainly not an ideal situation, seeing other teams progress, but it gives us added motivation.“They players have had a short break and we have trained them hard. We also have a long turnaround to get them ready for Sunday.“Wakefield are a great attacking side and Chris Chester has done a good job. There is a feel good factor about the place and the players are going well for them.“That came through at the weekend in the way they progressed to the semi-finals.“Miller is continuing to mature and in Johnstone and Jowitt they have two good players. Wakefield have always had a knack of producing really good local outside backs. It will be a tough game but it always is up there.“I like the environment there and how intimidating it is. A couple of the lads who played at Knowsley Road enjoy playing at Castleford and Wakefield, where the crowd is on top of you. There’s a connection with the fans.”Luke Walsh could return for Sunday’s fixture at Belle Vue but Cunningham says it is too early to rule him “in or out” at this stage.And he’s reiterated his views on making a ‘short term signing’ fix.“Players don’t come in for half a year; short term fixes in rugby league don’t work,” he added. “If we get someone in it has to be a player who can do well for the club in the long term or I could shoot myself in the foot.“Our job is to keep on the heels of the top four. We need to keep on winning and picking up points. In the Super 8s everyone plays everyone and you don’t know what will happen.“We need to keep on building.”Tickets for Saints’ next four fixtures are now on sale.Call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or go online here to secure your spots for our away trips to Wakefield, Huddersfield and Wigan as well as our home tie with Widnes.last_img read more

Jul
31

The half back comes into the 19 in place of Kyle A

first_imgThe half back comes into the 19 in place of Kyle Amor.Justin Holbrook will choose his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles, 24. Danny Richardson, 28. Regan Grace, 32. Matty Lees, 36. Zeb Taia, 37. Ben Barba.Chris Chester will chose his 17 from:1. Scott Grix, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn, 8. Anthony England, 11. Matty Ashurst, 12. Danny Kirmond, 16. Tinirau Arona, 17. Craig Huby, 18. Joe Arundel, 20. David Fifita, 23. Keegan Hirst, 24. Mason Caton-Brown, 26. Chris Annakin, 32. Dean Hadley, 34. James Hasson, 35. Tyler Randell.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Ben Thaler.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Jul
30

Four condos affected in early morning Surf City fire

first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) – Several condominiums in Surf City are in need of repair after an early morning electrical fire Sunday.Surf City fire officials say they responded to the Surf Condos where smoke was visible behind some units. They found a fire on the back deck and quickly worked to extinguish it with the aid of the Pender County Fire and EMS.- Advertisement – Four condos sustained smoke damage but the damage was limited to them according to fire officials.last_img

Jul
30

Niche of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Paola restored

first_img SharePrint Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis visit restoration of Madonna tal-Karmnu nicheDOI / Clifton Fenech Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis visit restoration of Madonna tal-Karmnu nicheDOI / Clifton Fenech 1 of 3 <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis visit restoration of Madonna tal-Karmnu nicheDOI / Clifton FenechMinister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis visit restoration of Madonna tal-Karmnu nicheDOI / Clifton Fenech The restoration process dedicated to the niche of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Paola, has finally been completed.The project, carried out through the Restoration Works Scheme for Local Councils and handled by the Restoration Directorate, addressed the stone and paintwork of the niche.The newly restored niche was inaugurated by the Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici, who explained that this was one of a number of restoration projects benefitting around 21 localities so far.The restoration is understood to have addressed damage and deterioration to the niche caused by gradual wear and tear, biological impact and the placement of an electrical lighting system.Once the cracks and powdering were addressed, the niche was repainted using oil based paint, close to the original and provides a protective layer. Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis visit restoration of Madonna tal-Karmnu nicheDOI / Clifton Fenech WhatsApplast_img read more

Jul
30

Obi Mikel seals return to English football

first_img SharePrint Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel returned to England after parting ways with Chinese side Tianjin Teda. The Nigeria international joined Middlesbrough FC who play in the English Championship are are coached by Tony Pulis.AS Roma and Wolfsburg were reported to have shown interest in Obi Mikel but the 31-year-old revealed how Tony Pulis played a part in his decision to sign for Middlesbrough on a short-term basis:“I spoke to a few clubs and I also spoke to Tony [Pulis], had a good chat with him. He’s told me where he wants to go with it and it definitely fits with what I want to do.”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Jul
30

Virtualisation Optimised power and cooling to maximise benefits

first_imgAdvertisement There are three key points to understand about virtualisation as it relates to the data centre’s power and cooling infrastructure:Power and cooling technology is available today to safeguard availability and meet the challenges of density and dynamic power that often accompany virtualisation and consolidation.Power consumption will always be lower after virtualising as a result of computing consolidation and physical reduction of the amount of IT equipment. With optimised power and cooling to minimise unused capacity, power consumption will typically be less.Data centre infrastructure efficiency, measured as Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), will worsen after virtualising, due to fixed losses in unused power and cooling capacity. With optimised power and cooling to minimise unused capacity, power and cooling efficiency PUE can be brought back to nearly pre-virtualisation levels – sometimes even better, depending on the nature of improvements to the cooling architecture.The comparison of pre- and post-virtualisation power consumption involves two concepts relatively new to data centre cost analysis. As mentioned above, the first is “fixed loss” – the amount of power consumed by devices and systems regardless of load – which is responsible for the often surprising inefficiency of underloaded systems.The second is the distinction between energy consumption and energy efficiency, which can confuse a comparison of energy savings. Even without a parallel upgrade to power and cooling, virtualisation will always lower the electrical bill, but not usually as much as might be expected, because the presence of fixed loss in power and cooling systems and in spite of a reduction in power consumption by the data centre, the data centre’s PUE is typically worse after virtualising due to the inefficiency of underloaded power and cooling systems. – Advertisement – This lowered efficiency indicates room for improvement in power and cooling systems – it is, in effect, a measure of the potential for extracting even more value per energy Shilling.When virtualising, a parallel upgrade of power and cooling infrastructure will optimise both architecture and operation in a number of ways that safeguard availability, enhance manageability, lower power consumption and increase efficiency.In fact, row-based cooling, scalable power, variable capacity cooling and capacity management tools specifically are essential elements in realising virtualisation’s full potential in cost reduction, efficiency and reliability. These solutions are based on design principles that simultaneously resolve functional challenges, reduce power consumption and increase efficiency.In addition, the shift towards virtualisation, with its new challenges for physical infrastructure, re-emphasises the need for integrated solutions using a holistic approach – that will consider everything together and make it work as a system!last_img read more

Jul
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Googles Chrome browser comes to Apples iPhone

first_imgAdvertisement “People have been asking us for this for a long time, but we wanted to make sure we got it right,” Sundar Pichai, Google’s head of Chrome, said during his keynote presentation.Chrome is now the most popular browser in the world by some metrics, including Google’s own. It has 310 million active users, and a growing number of them are mobile. Google’s Android mobile operating system began using Chrome as its primary built-in browser in its most recent version.Chrome’s portability and constant updates have made it a hit, but it hasn’t been available on the world’s most popular smartphone and tablet until today. – Advertisement – Apple’s (AAPL, Fortune 500) restrictions on third-party software are legendary, but browsers in particular have had a difficult time making their way into the iTunes App Store. That’s because Apple’s doesn’t approve apps that duplicate its core functionality.Source: CNNMoneylast_img read more

Jul
30

20 Percent Mobile Phone Users Risk Losing Subscription

first_imgMTN Customers register their SIM cards Advertisement About 20% of subscribers have not yet registered their phone sim cards, information from telecoms indicates.Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) met telecom operators to discuss the post May 31, 2013 deadline process.The UCC communications manager, Fred Otunnu, explained that after the deadline, the operators will engage in the validation process of subscriber data for the next three months. – Advertisement – The validation process and period will also enable registration of new Sims to continue as well as registration of existing sims to continue for the next three months.”After that we switch off, this will take place after three months but during this time it will be validation, it is more less a cleanup process,” said Otunnu.There are about 17 million mobile phone users, which means about 13.7 million Sims are registered todate“The grace period enabled us to reach our customers particularly those in the rural areas and other hard to reach areas. We still have close to 15% of our customers yet to register,” said Mazen Mroue, MTN chief.The major glitch was the low public awareness about the SIM card registration which affected subscriber participation in the exercise. “Most subscribers do not have proper identification documents that meet the legal standards prescribed and as a result a large number of them cannot be registered,” said Mazen.One of the challenge during this exercise that has been on for more than a year is instances where operators are charged exorbitant fees by the local and municipal authorities for setting up of registration centers in their areas which derailed the process.On concerns that many subscribers registered but have not been verified till date, Mazen said the initial period of one year was focused on registering as many of the customers as possible as the company carried out a validation of the information although some back log existed.Credit: New Visionlast_img read more

Jul
29

MTN announces new cloud platform for SMEs in Rwanda and Cameroon

first_imgMTN Center in Kigali Advertisement Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been recognized as a key sector of local economies, particularly in emerging markets, where formal SMEs contribute up to *45% of total employment and up to *33% of GDP.In a bid to create greater efficiencies, as well as enable the growth of this sector, MTN Business is driving the development of ICT solutions, specifically for SMEs. To this end, MTN Business has unveiled a new cloud delivery platform in Rwanda and Cameroon, which will enable this segment of customers to access cloud services with greater ease.Dubbed MTN Business Cloud Services platform, the web portal will also be available in Swaziland, Ghana and Uganda by the end of April 2016, and will provide a comprehensive view of the product portfolio available for business customers from MTN, as well as its partners. – Advertisement – “This platform was developed to address some of the pain points experienced by our SME customers, in particular. As MTN Business, we are acutely aware that to enable the growth of this key sector, ease of access to solutions that drive efficiencies and lower costs, such as Cloud, is vital. While the benefits of Cloud services for SMEs are numerous, the process of accessing and purchasing such services can be daunting. Through the MTN Business Cloud Services platform, the emphasis is on simplifying this process and meeting customers’ needs – essentially we are putting control in our customers’ hands,” says Debbie Minnaar, Acting Executive, MTN Group Enterprise Business Unit.Through the MTN Business Cloud Services platform, customers can use single login credentials for all services and make use of “Live Help” to resolve any issues immediately and in local languages of the market from which the customer is accessing the platform. In addition, customers will be able to pay for products and services they require in their local currency, using different payment methods, including MTN Mobile Money.The roll out of the platform, which is set to go live in all MTN markets by the end of 2016, is aligned to the company’s strategy for the SME segment.“We recognise fully, the value of SMEs in our markets and we are committed to aiding their growth and development. Within the scope of MTN Business, we have a significant opportunity to become an effective strategic partner of SMEs and to contribute to this key sector of the economy by providing relevant and cost effective ICT solutions tailored for this segment, such as the MTN Business Cloud Services platform,” says Omotayo Ojutalayo, General Manager for SMEs, MTN Group Enterprise Business Unit.MTN continues to evaluate new cloud-based solutions for enablement and growth of SMEs.last_img read more

Jul
29

Dr Adriana Marais Appointed New Head of Innovation at SAP Africa

first_imgDr. Adriana Marais: Suppose mission to Mars, if so, the adventure represents humanity on Earth. (Photo Credit: P.O. SALLEH) Advertisement SAP Africa has appointed Dr. Adriana Marais to take on the role as Head of Innovation where she is expected to lead the IoT Lab, the Co-Innovation Lab initiatives, as well as other innovation streams for SAP while taking the company’s Digital Platform solutions to market.She will also drive strategic co-innovation projects and take responsibility for the SAP Start-up Focus programme – which provides SME’s with digital solutions to help accelerate growth, according to reports we attained.Commenting on her new role at SAP Africa, Dr. Adriana in a press statement said; “We live in the Digital Revolution where innovation is key to survival in today’s economy. What appealed to me about the role is that I can put my knowledge and experience into action and help transform Africa while changing the lives of people across the continent.” – Advertisement – Before joining SAP Africa as the Head of Innovation, Dr. Adriana was a Postdoctoral Quantum Researcher at University of KwaZulu-Natal and lectured in physics at University of Cape Town, a visiting researcher for Centre for Quantum Technologies, and so forth.Dr. Adriana Marais: Suppose mission to Mars, if so, the adventure represents humanity on Earth. (Photo Credit: P.O. SALLEH)Dr. Marais is also said to be one of the top 100 candidates in the Mars-One project and aspires to be one of the astronauts involved in the development of a human settlement on the planet.SAP Africa is available in over 23 African countries, Uganda being exclusive.[related-posts]last_img read more

Jul
29

STAR PREVIEW Arsenal v Crystal Palace

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]appy New Year !! Two Premier League games to start 2017 and the late televised game sees Arsenal take on Crystal Palace at the Emirates.Two sides at opposite ends of the table and it remains to be seen whether the Allardyce regime at Crystal Palace will prove successful long term.Certainly though, this season at least, success will be defined simply as survival with Crystal Palace currently hovering just two points over the relegation zone but only Hull below them did anything to improve their prospects with defeats for Sunderland and Swansea on Saturday.Arsenal get the chance to move into third with a win but Wenger is cautious that Allardyce may improve today’s rivals. He said: “The level of confidence or the level of urgency always goes a bit up when a new manager comes in, of course. That makes the game more difficult.“When you look at their squad, it’s a talented squad, because they have potential going forward, they are quick on the break and they are very versatile.”Arsenal v Crystal PalacePremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2016 PREMIER Arsenal 1-1 C PalaceAug 2015 PREMIER C Palace 1-2 ArsenalFeb 2015 PREMIER C Palace 1-2 ArsenalAug 2014 PREMIER Arsenal 2-1 C PalaceFeb 2014 PREMIER Arsenal 2-0 C PalaceOct 2013 PREMIER C Palace 0-2 ArsenalFeb 2005 PREMIERSHIP Arsenal 5-1 C PalaceNov 2004 PREMIERSHIP C Palace 1-1 ArsenalFeb 1998 FA CUP C Palace 1-2 ArsenalFeb 1998 PREMIERSHIP Arsenal 1-0 C PalaceFor Arsenal to entertain any hopes of a title this season (which might well be out of their control already) they must win this game and I can’t see that Allardyce has had much chance to change things significantly for Palace over the festive period so am sticking with the Gunners to be ahead at both half-time and full-time as my first bet of the year. It’s around 5/6 with Star Sports so a cautious but hopefully prudent start to 2017.As ever I’ll be keeping an updated P&L of all bets throughout the year.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ARSENAL / ARSENAL 12 points at 5/6 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: +0.00 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Jul
29

STARTERS ORDERS Sat Movers Specials

first_imgHORSE RACING1.45 ChesterCaradoc 9/2 > 2/13.10 GoodwoodZalpa 2/1 > 5/64.40 ChesterHeart Of Soul 13/2 > 3/15.20 CurraghWisdom Mind 11/2 > 3/1LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship Play-Off Final17:00 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event23/10 Aston Villa29/20 Fulham21/10 DRAWUEFA Champions League Final19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD5/4 Real Madrid21/10 Liverpool14/4 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 26 MayDAILY SPECIALSlast_img read more

Jul
29

STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY Round One Blog

first_imgSTAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY: Is underway !!!! Julie Collier brings the very latest news from Nottingham on the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Plenty of drama in round one and the 16 round two heats take place on Friday and Saturday.What a week it has been in the Star Sports Greyhound Derby!! It’s a Derby full of quality and it was a pleasure to be at Nottingham for the first round. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS The Irish Cesarewitch winner, Skywalker Logan (pictured below), set the standard for the first round and indeed for the competition with a track record-breaking performance. The stunning looking dog who is a son of Tarsna Havana and Sizzling Sarah, the dam of Magical Bale, looked impressive in running and smashed the clock romping home in 29.05, 11 sports quicker than the previous record set by Sawpit Sensation almost 7 years ago. It has left Logan as the ante-post favourite, backed into 8/1 after a favourable draw in the second round. Trainer Pat Guilfoyle was obviously delighted and perhaps a little overwhelmed by the swathe of attention surrounding himself and the dog immediately after. It was the first time I had met Pat, a full-time teacher who has already won the Irish Derby in 2017 with Good News. He is clearly a man who knows what he is doing with a dog and I thank him for taking the time to come over. He and his dog gave us all a very special moment at Nottingham on Saturday night. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSSizzling Sarah with her sons magical bale (right) and Skywalker Logan There were many happy punters who took the Star Sports offer of ‘the track record to go during the Derby’, initially offered up as big as 5/2 at the Star preview evening. It’s cost the sponsor £10,000. Ouch! It was lively in the ring at Nottingham as well with an improvement seen on business at Towcester in terms of bet numbers. According to Star Sports Lofty, the Irish punters who made the journey took full advantage of the number of Irish winners! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSstarsports.bet Martin ‘Lofty’ Chapman interviewed by me after Skywalker Logan’s track record breaking performance Queen Beyonce was the fastest of all the contenders to the halfway point in the Derby in the first round according to the Greyhound Star. 14.60 was her half way time followed by Roxholme Glory in 14.70, Braveheart Bobby 14.71 and Boylesports Xtra 14.72. Beyonce was seriously impressive to the eye and Star Sports duly laid her at 25/1 for £1,000 each way. She now also heads the ‘top bitch’ market as a 15/8 chance. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Ian Fortune has been giving me some stick following the first round. The Irish did indeed have 14 winners including the track record. But I am still confident in our English team! Liz and Rab McNair’s British bred’s did them proud over the weekend, Droopys Verve is drawn to perfection on Friday night in the second round and whilst Dorotas Wildcat has a tough draw in four to work from, Kevin Hutton was delighted with him after he was beaten by Wolfe and promises me the dog will massively come on for the run. So, sorry Ian, but we’ve still got Catmandoo! I’m not worried….. yet! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Unsurprisingly, the RPGTV performance of the round will go to Skywalker Logan as nominated by veteran viewer John Pickering from Bristol who will bring his wife Carol for a VIP night in Nottingham’s restaurant this weekend. Pickering recalled seeing Yellow Printer run in his first race at Wembley, describing him as the ‘fastest he had ever seen.’ He went on to win the 1968 Irish Derby and became Greyhound of the Year. He went on to say he ‘hopes people realise what they just witnessed and will be able to say in 50 years ‘I was there”. Happily, I was. And I will. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS There were a few hard luck stories of the first round as you would expect. I felt most sorry for Pat Buckley who had been so excited by his Burgess Bucks describing him as his ‘pride and joy.’ Bucks got a bump at the first bend but looked to go lame just before that and sadly is out of the competition. It was later reported he has a shoulder injury and a crack in his hock. Fingers crossed he is young enough that a return to racing isn’t out of the question. We wish the dog and the Buckley team all the best for the future with him. For my part, thank goodness for the Star Sports offer that means I get my ante-post bet on the dog back as a free bet to play elsewhere! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Heat winner Jacks Tornado has also unfortunately had to be withdrawn from the Star Sports Derby after his trainer Peter Cronin reported he has sustained a hairline fracture in his central metatarsal bone. Trap two in heat one will now be vacant, leaving Droopys Verve with a dream draw in trap 1. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Nic Jeal got four of his team through to the next round of the Star Sports Derby – Antigua Sands who showed great determination and Antigua Romeo who showed improvement at Nottingham. Brinkleys Poet went out after finding trouble in a tough heat and Antigua Vows missed out on a qualifying spot by a head behind Droopys Nadal. She can certainly consider herself a little unfortunate after she finished 4th clocking a time that would have been good enough to WIN 15 of the 36 heats! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS The Seeding Panel were reported by Nottingham to have deliberated over the seedings of six dogs after the first round. The tags for Jelly Flood (middle), Paganini Show (rails) and Lenson Whelan (rails) remain the same but ‘under review’ going forward. Roxholme Jim’s seeding was changed from middle to rails at the request of the trainer as was King Dylan’s. The Panel decided to alter the seeding of Headford Maurice from middle to wide. There are 61 rail seeds, 24 middle and 11 wides in the second round. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS The second round has certainly thrown up some cracking heats. Star Sports have seen plenty of money for Jaytee Taylor (pictured below) who looks to have a tricky draw in what may be the pick of the heats (heat 15) in the second round. He was looking pretty relaxed in the van on his way home after his race on Saturday night! He can only improve after being laid off since February with the Derby in mind. Elsewhere, defending champion Dorotas Wildcat has a tough draw in heat 13 where there could easily be trouble on the inside. In heat 4, the Irish Derby runner-up Magical Bale will again face Irish Derby winner Ballyanne Sim. The owner of the latter, Eamon Cleary, tweeted on Sunday to say he and the dogs were home in Ireland safe and sound after their 26 hour round trip to Nottingham which saw trainer Mark Robinson land a one-two with Sim beating Uncle Wexford after unfortunately being drawn in the same heat. Cleary went on to comment ‘What a buzz. No sleep needed!’ Good job! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Now, at this time of year, every year, I have to get the side of my brain that interprets the delightful Irish accent into overdrive. Unfortunately it’s taking longer than it should right now and frankly I made a right prat of myself at Nottingham on Saturday night. I wanted to interview Pat Guilfoyle, who I had never met or seen, for RPGTV before Skywalker Logan’s race. So, I asked Irish trainer Mark Robinson what he looked like.’He has black hair and he’s tin’ came the reply. ‘Tin?’ I asked. ‘Yes, tin’ again came the reply. It took me a while….!! Much to the amusement of those around us… LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSRoll on Friday!! I hope all your ante-post positions are looking good!LATEST VIDEOSSTAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY 2019: Our expert panel preview the 2019 Star Sports Greyhound Derby held for the first time at Nottingham Greyhound Track.Our panel, hosted by Julie Collier is:Kevin Hutton Greyhound Derby Winning TrainerMartin Chapman ‘Lofty’ Star Sports Greyhound ExpertIan Fortune Irish Greyhound ExpertTo check out the latest betting for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby visithttps://starsports.bet/event/greyhoundracing/228423/greyhound-derby-2019/ante-postYou can also download the Star Sports App, full details at:https://www.starsportsbet.co.uk/new-the-star-sports-app/STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY 2019LEADING ENGLISH CONTENDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LEADING IRISH CONTENDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>IRISH OUTSIDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ENGLISH OUTSIDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>WHAT TO EXPECT<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Kevin Hutton is the Star Sports defending Derby champion having won his first ever Greyhound Derby at Towcester last year with superstar dog Dorotas Wildcat. Now the Derby moves to Nottingham and ‘Cat-mandoo’ will be back to defend his crown, backed up by a very smart team.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BALLYMAC OSBYBallymac Osby was one of the dogs stolen from the Hutton kennel this time last year and came back in the worst state – it was touch and go for a while. He has gone on to become a very nice dog and heads into the Derby as a lively 50/1 chance.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>KINGSBROOK GLYNKevin hasn’t had Kingsbrook Glyn in his hands very long, in fact the first round of the Derby will be just his second race for the kennel. He’s a youngster who looks to have a very big future over slightly further distances than the 500m at Nottingham but, as a staying sort who will handle the trip and the rigours of a Derby, he takes his chance this week.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DOROTAS WILDCATThe 2018 Star Sports Greyhound Derby winner was a very classy champion. Since then he has won the Eclipse at Nottingham, a track he loves. He’s also been on stud duty but has returned to racing, Kevin believes, as good as ever. He is the fastest dog to go round Nottingham so far in pre-Derby trials and races and is the Star Sports ante-post favourite.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>MAGICAL BALEThis dog has been on a real journey. He was entered into last years Derby at Towcester but went out of the competition in the second round. Following that, he crossed the pond for a tilt at the Irish Derby, eventually finishing second in the final. Things haven’t been straight forward since but the dog looks great and Kevin tells us why he thinks this dog has a real chance of winning the Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JAYTEE TAYLORJaytee Taylor was a puppy star in the second half of last year at Shelbourne Park when he headed the betting for the Irish Derby after the early rounds. He’s barely raced since in anticipation of the English Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PRICELESS BLAKEPriceless Blake was most recently knocked out of the Scottish Derby semi-finals in 3rd place. A dog with nice early and a never give up attitude who will take his place in the Star Sports Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BOYLESPORTS XTRAWhat a stunning looking greyhound! Meet Bob. A dog who can ping the boxes like he is on elastic, as he showed at Shawfield in the Scottish Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PANTHERPanther is a huge, strong greyhound who has already caught the eye of a few after his trial at Nottingham last week. He didn’t handle the first two bends perfectly and you would think he will improve on his next look around.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JAYTEE JERRYAn October 2016 dog who still needs to mature a little. If he can do that and the Hennessy’s can keep him sound in the coming weeks, there is no doubting this lovely, friendly dog’s ability and potential.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DREAMING AGAIN: THE ENGLISH DERBYSusan tells us what it’s like to win an English Derby, why they want more and their best chance of winning a second English Derby this year.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LENSON WHELAN (name change TULLIG FOOTPAD)A March 2017 dog who is the first of the two new recruits from Pat Buckley’s kennel. Patrick tells us about the dogs temperament and why he thinks he can get better and better as the competition goes on.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BOCKOS RORYBockos Rory is a VERY young dog, just August 2017, but he will take his place in the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Patrick believes he is progressive enough and whilst he may be learning on the job, the ability and potential is there. He’s also a ready-made pet with an unusual tail!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>SEAGLASS TIGERLaid-back by nature, Seaglass Tiger is extremely versatile… and fast! Patrick is hoping his early and middle pace can help him go deep into the Star Sports Derby. He’s already proven in competitions and another youngster that will be improving.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>SEAGLASS PHANTOMAt the moment, this is Patrick’s number one pick for the Star Sports Derby. Here he compares him to other top class dogs in the country and tells us why he is so impressed by the dog he calls ‘the fastest he has trained.’<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DESPERADO DANThe dog known as ‘Des’ in the kennel won the Coronation Cup over 575m at Romford. This is a staying type of dog with track craft and a great strike rate who Patrick thinks could keep qualifying.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS BIKERThe second dog of a recent intake from Pat Buckley. He went out of the Star Sports Derby in the third round last year – can he go further this year? Patrick gives his early assessment of Biker and tells us how he is settling in.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>GOLDIES GINOLAA super-friendly dog as you can see! Known as ‘Dave’, Goldies Ginola is still only an April 2017 but may well be part of Patrick’s team depending how he trials. Patrick also tells us what it would mean to him to win the Star Sports Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>WORSEFORWEARThis April 2017 dog has only had 7 career starts but has won 4 of them. Peter tells us why he expects this dog to improve through the Star Sports Derby. Only time will tell how far he can go.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JAZZ BEATJazz Beat is a well bred son of Zero Ten and Volcano. He has had his share of injury problems which means he is lightly raced but he’s now fit, well and raring to go to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DA HEAD HUNTERDa Head Hunter has a different sort of profile to many of Peter’s others dog in that he is a second season dog. He ran in last years Star Sports Derby at Towcester, winning in the first round before a second round exit. Now at three and a half years of age, he is still lightly raced and will take his place in his second English Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>COOLAVANNY ABOUTA March 2017 dog who has only had 6 races – and won half of them. Now on the comeback from injury, Peter tells us why he thinks this is a dog that will keep improving and also why detecting and fixing niggles is so important to him.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>CROSSFIELD CONCrossfield Con is clearly a dog that Peter likes a lot and it’s easy to see why. The dog has never been out of the first two in his 6 races so far. His seventh race will be in the first round of the Star Sports Derby at Nottingham where Peter tells us why he could be a dark horse for the competition.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BADMINTON JETBadminton Jet was trained by Matt Dartnall during the Puppy Derby at Monmore where he picked up an injury. He was sent to Peter to race in the Con Kirby at Limerick but injury stopped him being entered. He’s raring to go now though and Peter says, totally unexposed.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JACKS TORNADOA 28.20 dog at Shelbourne and a brother to Crossfield Con. A big brindle boy who can definitely run.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LEMON EXPRESSThis is the only wide runner of Peter’s team so one who is likely to get decent draws in the Star Sports Derby. We do know he has great early, time will tell if he gets the trip.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>IRELAND v ENGLANDSo does Peter think this years Star Sports Derby champion will be Irish or English trained? Maybe no surprises in his answer here but it is certainly given with conviction! Peter gives his thoughts on Nottingham as a Derby venue and why he loves the English Derby so much.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BRINKLEYS POETBrinkleys Poet burst onto the scene last spring winning the Gymcrack at Kinsley. An exceptionally fast dog that has been plagued by an injury that threatened to end his career. But now he is back racing, Mark gives us his assessment of the dog’s current form.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA ROMEORomeo is the dog with the BIG character and a tail that wags so much he has injured it many times! To the eye, he is starting to look like the real deal and as Mark explains, he is expecting plenty more over the coming weeks.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ALIEN SEAKnown as Merlin in the kennel, this dog came over from Ireland with a big reputation. He turned 2 in April and has had very little racing so is one we can expect to see improving as the competition progresses.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA SANDS and ANTIGUA VOWThese two girls have big futures ahead of them and although Mark thinks it’s a big ask for a bitch to win a Derby, this pair could be in the reckoning for bitch to go the furthest in the competition.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>NOELLES PHELPSOHere David tells us why he thinks Noelles Phelpso has the attributes that will be required for the Greyhound Derby at Nottingham. Plus why he is very happy with where the dog is at with just four weeks to go.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PIEMANS BULLETPiemans Bullet has taken on and beaten the best in his career, including last years Star Sports Derby Champion Dorotas Wildcat. Now a veteran, and highly rated as a hurdler, he was most recently seen hurdling in the heats of the Grand National! But now, all roads lead to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PIEMANS STARThis is a dog that could be anything. He has literally only had one race for David, a flying 24.14 qualifying trial around Romford. David doesn’t have much time to get him ready for the Derby but there is no doubt the dog can run!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LIGHTFOOT KINGLightfoot King has been an unlucky dog when it comes to big finals. Now, as a December 2015 dog, he is as good as ever, lightly raced and has plenty of ability as we head towards to first round of the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Sean sees him as his best chance as things stand.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BALLYMAC DINGLEBallymac Dingle falls into the ‘could be anything category.’ He didn’t have an ideal start to his racing career but, now in the hands of Sean, he is being given every chance to prove his ability. He’s still finding his feet in his races but will be on the van for Nottingham and his natural progression could see him become a contender.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANHID CHARMER, BALLYMAC DEVON, CUORE DE FERROSean has 3 more dogs arriving at his kennel from Ireland in the coming days thanks to some big spending owners who have put their faith in him. All 3 are very exciting prospects. Sean tells us what he knows about them and also what it means to him to be heading to the Star Sports Derby with a team that gives him a chance of going far.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS NADALDroopys Nadal is a dog that has taken plenty of time to come to hand. Now, at just 2 years old, he’s an exciting dog for the Harrison/Wright kennel. Jimmy tells us why he thinks the dog will thrive at Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS TRAPPERDroopys Trapper racked up many top class wins as a puppy and broke the Sunderland track record to boot. At two and a half years old, Jimmy is hoping he can now carry that form into the Star Sports Derby and tells us why preparation is key with this dog.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS EXPERTAfter winning the 2017 All England Cup, Droopys Expert suffered an injury that ultimately meant we didn’t see the best of him in last years Star Sports Derby. He’s going to be 4 years old in October but he’s back in-form and, perhaps surprisingly, Jimmy believes he could be the best of the bunch.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS VERVEThe 2018 Star Sports Derby runner-up is one cool customer. A seriously Pacey dog who was extremely young to be lining up as a Derby contender, let alone finalist, last year as he only turned 2 during the Derby. He’ll have another crack at the title this year as a 3 year old and Jimmy explains why this dog will improve as the months go on.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ALISON KELLY PILGRIMAlison Kelly Pilgrim trains greyhounds for Ray Dean and Paul Surridge who have owned many good dogs before. Now, in a bid to win the Star Sports Greyhound Derby, Kelly tells us how her owners have invested in a nice team for her to take to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>MATT REDMANJune Harvey’s son and assistant trainer Matt Redman tells us about Ower Boy Bullet and assesses his chances for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Matt absolutely loves this dog and rates him extremely highly. He’s had his share of problems but now looks to be back on track.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>CRAIG MORRISCraig Morris, assistant trainer to Hayley Keightley with his early views on the big race.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RICHARD HARKNESS PREVIEWWith just over 3 months to go before the Star Sports Greyhound Derby gets underway, RPGTV pundit and former Derby-winning part-owner Richard Harkness gives his early thoughts on the contenders this year and tells us who he will be backing anti-post.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA ROMEONic Jeal has enjoyed much success in his relatively short time as a greyhound owner. Now he has new purchase Antigua Romeo aiming to be a real contender in this years Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Here, his trainer Matt Dartnall tells us more about this May 2017 son of Romeo Recruit and why he is expecting a lot of improvement over the coming months.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RISING BRANDYRising Brandy was nothing short of stunning in the 2018 Star Sports Greyhound Derby. But after winning his quarter final, connections were devastated to find the dog was lame at the pick-up with a shoulder injury that kept him off the track for six months. His trainer Matt Dartnall tells us how he is now on the road to recovery and how realistic a chance he is for the 2019 Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more