Gold Cup hero set for Durkan return

first_img “It’s a slightly inadequate trip, but he’ll be fit and well. It’s his first run, so we’ll see how we go. “Then it will be on to the Lexus, Irish Hennessy, the Gold Cup, that kind of plan at the moment. “He’ll be as fit as I can get him. It’s a Grade One, so it’s probably going to be a hard race. They need to be fit in order to take those races. “It’s 22 days to the Lexus after that, so you need to be fit going there. “It’s December 7, so hopefully the ground will be softish and safe. That’s the main thing.” Jim Culloty promises to have Lord Windermere as fit as possible for his seasonal reappearance in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown on December 7. The Mallow trainer wants his Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to be in reasonable shape for his first run of the winter, with the intention then being to head for the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown three weeks later. “I’m very happy with him and the John Durkan is the plan,” Culloty told At The Races. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Royal Caribbean claims video shows grandfather of child who fell out of window knew it was open

first_imgRoyal Caribbean Cruises is claiming that they have video proof that the grandfather of the toddler who died last year after the grandfather accidentally dropped her out of an open window, was “unquestionably aware” that the window was open before the incident occurred.Chloe Wiegand fell to her death while abroad Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship in July when her grandfather lifted her up onto the window’s ledge and she fell 11-stories to the deck below.During the investigation, the grandfather Salvatore Anello, told authorities and his family that he lifted the child up so she could bang on the windows like she does at her older brother’s hockey games, but he was unaware that the window was open. Additionally, Anello told authorities that he is colorblind so he could not tell the difference between which windows were open and which were closed.The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company stating that the company violated industry standards by failing to provide reasonably safe windows in an area where children play on the ship.In a counter to the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family, Royal Caribbean cruises reported that surveillance video shows that the grandfather was fully aware that the window was open because he leaned his upper body out of it seconds before picking the child up and dangling her out of the window for half of a minute:“This is not a case of an unknowing child approaching an open window and falling out because the window was defective or improperly positioned,” the court documents read. “Rather, this is a case about an adult man, Chloe’s step-grandfather who, as surveillance footage unquestionably confirms: (1) walked up to a window he was aware was open; (2) leaned his upper body out the window for several seconds; (3) reached down and picked up Chloe; and (4) then held her by and out of the open window for thirty-four seconds before he lost his grip and dropped Chloe out of the window. His actions, which no reasonable person could have foreseen, were reckless and irresponsible and the sole reason why Chloe is no longer with her parents,” according to court records obtained by WPTV.Royal Caribbean cruise also added that all the windows have a green film on them to help distinguish which ones are open and which are closed, as well as handles on the ones that do open.The cruise company has since submitted the videos to officials and is seeking the dismissal of the family’s lawsuit.last_img read more

Black Sharks drowned by Morocco in opening game

first_imgGhana’s National Beach Soccer team, the Black Sharks failed to record their first point in the ongoing African Beach Soccer Championship , after they were thrashed 9-2 by the hosts, Morocco in a Group A opener at the El Jedida Beach Soccer Arena yesterday.The Moroccans showed their class few seconds into the game when Striker Nassim’s acrobatic effort beat Ghana goalie, Daniel Osabutey. The black sharks quickly pulled level after Divine Sappor turned in an expertly struck free kick.But that equalizer served the north Africans the tonic needed for the rest of the game as they overpowered the Ghanaians with their pace and tactical positioning.The Moroccans continued to create chances but Daniel Osabutey’s bravery kept them at bay till the final seconds of the first half when two more goals were let in courtesy Nasim and Boulakuaoba.The misery of the sharks on the night was heavily compounded in the second half, as the host team put four more goals past them much to the excitement of the vociferous Moroccan fans in the Arena.Ghana then got on the score sheet again through Joseph Larweh’s strike to inspire a possible come back in the final half of the game, but the dream was utterly shuttered. Striker Brigel widened the score margin. For Morocco’s Talisman, Nassim, his sharpness on the night earned him a well deserved hat-trick which wrapped the emphatic 9-2 Opening day Victory.The win sends Morocco to the top of Group A because of a superior goal margin than Senegal who beat Madagascar 7-3.Ghana’s hopes of making it to the Beach Soccer World Cup now hinge on the Next Game against the highly Favored Senegalese Team.In Group B defending champions Nigeria had a bright start to their campaign after beating Libya 8-4 to go top of the Group.Ivory Coast also showed class as they brushed aside Egypt with resounding 4-1 victory. The games continue today in both groups at the El Jedida Beach Soccer Arena.last_img read more