Kenneth Graham rises from ashes of devastating fire to win €10k HSI bonus

first_imgA YEAR after a devastating fire at the his yard resulted in the death of two horses, Donegal show jumper Kenneth Graham collected a cool €10,000 win bonus at the weekend.Graham won the Horse Sport Ireland International Show Jumping Challenge after he won the 2019 Cavan Equestrian Centre International Grand Prix.It brought him full circle, almost exactly a year after a blaze tore through Lenamore Stables in Muff. Two horses died in the blaze, caused by an arson attack. Five more were saved by his girlfriend, Megan McGettigan, his groom, who won a €1,000 bonus at the weekend.“It was tough to come back,” Graham said.“We had a lot of great friends and family to thank for getting us back to where we were. We got back up and running as quickly as we could.“We were all determined to get back. It was hard for all of us.  “It was nice to win a year on from that. For Megan, too, as she had to go in and take the five horses out. She got burned in the fire and had to get treatment. She saved a lot. Ten more minutes and all of the horses could have died.The damage caused by the arson attack at Lenamore Stables. (North West News Pix)“She works so hard in the yard. She got the Groom of the Year award a little while after that, which she deserved. It was nice for her at the weekend to be rewarded too.”Graham revealed that the damage – said to have been in excess of €100,000 – by last year’s inferno could have been much worse, but for the quick intervention.He said: “Ten minutes more and we could have lost much more. There were seven horses in there and two of them died. At the far side of the shed, there were 60 bales of straw. The whole place could have gone up.”Graham won on the aptly named Beir Bua (be victorious) in Cavan. He was the only rider eligible for the bonus – awarded for three podium places at the four Grand Prix meetings – and he did it in style aboard the nine-year-old grey. “There was a lot of pressure for the weekend,” he said. “You don’t get to jump for that kind of money too often. “That was Beir Bua’s first time at that level, too. Anything could have happened during it. I went into the lead half way through the jump off. The three before me went clear and when I was in the lead I was fairly sure that I would finish in the top three. There was a lot of talk and banter in the build-up to the weekend.”He needed one more podium place to get the bonus. Earlier in the year, he came third at Mullingar and won in Millstreet. Those podium places were earned on board George, owned by his father, Willie Lapsley from St Johnston.“We had a great year,” he said. “Beir Bua is a nine-year-old, but doesn’t have much experience. It was nice to do it on a horse that we produced. That was Beir Bua’s first international grand prix.“We spend a lot of time with the horses, training them and producing young horses.“That’s the season over now. It was a great year in the end. The bonus is a new thing that has started and it’s brilliant to keep riders competing. It won’t be won too often I’d say because you need three podiums from the four events.”He was a late-comer to the sport although he always helped out with his mother, Geraldine, at the Lenamore yards. “I wasn’t very keen, but once I got into it, I got the bug,” he said.Graham paid tribute to his family and friends for their support and also hailed the influence of Swiss pair Regula and Haymbert Wassmer, from Zurich, who have been invaluable.Now, he’ll take a break from competition over the winter but has earmarked an event in Spain in March. He said: “We always try and get away to compete two or three times a year. With everything else we had going on we didn’t go this year, but definitely we want to get on the road again in 2020.”Kenneth Graham rises from ashes of devastating fire to win €10k HSI bonus was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Beir BuaGeraldine GrahamHorse Sport Ireland International Show Jumping ChallengeKenneth GrahamLenamore Stablesmufflast_img read more

Top Ships Gunvor Ink JV Deals for Tanker Duo

first_imgzoom Athens-based shipowner Top Ships has entered into two joint venture agreements for two medium range (MR) tankers with commodities trading house Gunvor Group.The deal, which has a 50-50 basis, is related to the 50,000 dwt product tankers M/T Eco Holmby Hills and M/T Eco Palm Springs.The ships are currently under construction in Hyundai with expected deliveries in the first and second quarters of 2018, respectively.Top Ships previously announced that it had acquired 49% of each vessel and prior to entering into the joint ventures increased its shareholding to 50%.Upon their delivery from Hyundai, each of the two product tankers will enter into time charter employment with Clearlake Shipping, a subsidiary of Gunvor Group, for three years firm plus two additional option years.The total potential gross revenue backlog from these contracts is estimated to be about USD 55 million.“The joint ventures with Gunvor Group represent a major milestone for Top Ships and we expect that this partnership will create a lot of synergies that will be beneficial for both parties,” Evangelos Pistiolis, company CEO, said.last_img read more

FortisTCI on five hour Chalk Sound black out

first_img Related Items:chalk sound, fortis tci, lineman, power FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Recommended for you Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Apr 2015 – A five hour power outage yesterday was caused by an underground circuit fault according to FortisTCI. Around 2pm, the Chalk Sound area lost electricity and according to a Fortis report, the power was returned by around 7:30pm. The company explained lineman worked through the restoration and apologized for the inconvenience.last_img read more

Guilty plea Padgett gives SIPT revealing bank statments

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2016 – A lot of bank statements were shown in court this morning as the Special Investigation Team’s lead attorney Andrew Mitchell highlighted payments made by Richard Padgett to Floyd and Lisa Hall. Mitchell said while the Halls will argue that this money was for commissions and therefore legitimate, he plans to show the court that they were not. The list of monies, in the tens of thousands moving from Padgett and even his wife to the former Finance Minister and Deputy Premier and his wife went to companies the pair owns including Paradigm and Whale Watchers. It also revealed the level of money going to the Progressive National Party, under the leadership of Michael Misick around the time of the 2007 General Elections. It was obviously a well funded political machine. Mitchell says Padgett, who was working many ideas for developments including one on East Caicos wanted to create something special and very profitable in the Turks and Caicos and was seeking ‘curry favor’ from the government of the day to make his dreams a reality. During proceedings today, John Perry, QC for former Public Works & Housing Minister, Jeffery Hall challenged Mitchell to prove that monies deposited by the ‘rich man’ referring to Richard Padgett were transferred from the PNP account, illegally. Perry reminded Mitchell that he cannot generalize and that each count against each defendant has to be individually proven and supported by actual evidence. Mitchell said he would provide the evidence for a $75,000 dollar deposit from Mr. & Mrs. Padgett to the PNP.Before the lunchtime break, Andrew Mitchell started to get into the meat of a South Caicos development where 7,000 acres were bought and where there were requests to fast track the project stemming from early 2006 and involving a Chicago developer. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Developer monies allegedly paid to PNP & Defendants Related Items:flloys hall, Guilty Plea, john perry, Lisa Hall, simon padgett Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week Recommended for you Guilty Plea In Court Cases Urged Where Offences Have Been Committedlast_img read more

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit update on issues facing SDPD

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Lauren Phinney, Carlos Amezcua, Posted: August 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There is a lot happening at the San Diego Police Department, including a review of the controversial carotid restraint technique.Police Chief David Nisleit joined KUSI’s Carlos Amezcua and Lauren Phinney with the latest on this and shared an update on the department’s recruitment efforts. KUSI Newsroom, Lauren Phinney, Carlos Amezcua Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 16, 2018 San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit update on issues facing SDPDlast_img read more

Veterans Would Receive Free Public Education under Massachusetts Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Legislation introduced in the Massachusetts House would eliminate any gaps in federal G.I. benefits allowing veterans to attend public colleges in the state for free.The bill, sponsored by Rep. James Arciero, is supported by dozens of lawmakers, but there are still questions about how much the proposal would cost the state. The bill would provide full coverage of all tuition and fees for any veteran who has served 90 days of active duty, reported the Lowell Sun.“I am proud that Massachusetts leads the nation in providing for veterans and their families and offers the most generous veterans’ benefits of any of the 50 states,” Arciero said in a statement. “We need to continue to strengthen our ability to care for our veterans and ensure all veterans in Massachusetts receive free public higher education.”The G.I. bill covers tuition and fees for Massachusetts veterans at colleges and universities, but time restrictions on when the benefits must be used and a sliding scale for the cost of education depending on how many years the veteran served leave gaps in coverage, according to Arciero.“While the G.I. bills lift the financial burden of the cost of higher education from most veterans, my legislation will ensure that no veteran will ever slip through the cracks,” Arciero said.A spokesman for the state Executive Office for Administration and Finance said it is too early to determine if it would be feasible to fund the bill in the state’s budget, according to the story.Last month Arciero testified before the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs to support a favorable recommendation from the panel, which would move the bill to the Ways & Means Committee.last_img read more

MercedesAMG GT 53 4Door Coupe sneaks in just below 100000

first_img More From Roadshow Mercedes-Benz 68 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe: Beautiful brutality Hatchbacks Luxury cars Sports Cars 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car 0 Mercedes-Benzcenter_img 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe: A practical beauty Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment Enlarge ImageGiven the price of the GT 63 variants, the GT 53 looks like a screaming deal. Mercedes-AMG Back in December, Mercedes-AMG released pricing information for the first GT 4-Door Coupe model to hit the US market, the V8-toting GT 63. Now, we know how much the less expensive I6 variant will cost, and as it turns out, it’s a fair bit less.The Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4-Door Coupe will start at $99,995, factoring in $995 for destination and delivery, when it goes on sale this spring. That price is $37,500 lower than the next available trim, the GT 63, and it’s a far cry from the $159,995 GT 63 S that lives atop the lineup. Both 63 variants are already on sale.To be fair, there is a fairly large performance delta between the 53 and 63 models. The GT 53 sports a 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 gas engine that puts out 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. That mates to a 48-volt mild hybrid system that can provide an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of twist in short bursts. It’s still plenty quick, reaching 60 miles per hour in about 4.4 seconds, and it tops out at an electronically limited 174 mph.By comparison, the GT 63 and GT 63 S wield a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. It puts out 577 hp and 590 lb-ft in GT 63 form, enough to drop the 0-to-60 time to 3.3 seconds, while the top speed raises to 193 mph. The GT 63 S turns that wick up to a positively mega 630 hp and 664 lb-ft, dropping the 60-mph sprint to 3.1 seconds. If performance isn’t your end-all, be-all, then it might be wise to save a whole bunch of money by sticking with the GT 53.Even though it’s the “base” model, the GT 53 isn’t exactly light on kit. Standard equipment includes adjustable suspension, a Burmester surround-sound audio system, navigation and one positively gorgeous interior modeled after the GT coupe. The only bummer is that it still uses Mercedes-Benz’s old COMAND infotainment system, and not the new MBUX setup that’s making appearances on other new models. More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Share your voicelast_img read more

Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland says he wants to make a

first_img 2019 movies to geek out over 77 Photos Post a comment 0 TV and Movies Rick and Morty tweets out Pickle Rick episode blooper reel Rick and Morty back in production, pledges no more long waits Game of Thrones meets Rick and Morty in Pickle Rick commentary Rick and Morty finally reveals season 4 premiere date Share your voice More on Rick and Morty Ready to see these guys on the big screen? Fans can dream. Adult Swim Few fandoms are more devoted than Rick and Morty followers. Just ask the McDonald’s employees who dared run out of Szechuan sauce once the show brought it back.So when show creator Justin Roiland participated in a recent Ask Me Anything on Reddit and said he’d be up for a full-length movie, fans went full Pickle Rick with excitement.Roiland is also co-creator of Squanch Games, and the AMA was focused on the company’s first game, Trover Saves the Universe. But naturally Rick and Morty fans wanted to talk about the Adult Swim show — and its big-screen dreams.”Will we get a feature length Rick and Morty film ever? A rated R film that’s totally bananas?” asked Kev17362.And while Roiland wouldn’t commit, his positive reaction was enough.”I would love to do that, yeah,” he wrote. “Hmm. Hmmmmmm.”Roiland wouldn’t go into more detail, but fans highly approved. “The fake trailers alone would be incredible,” said one. He also answered a few fan questions about the show, noting the family dog Snowball (aka Snuffles) could return, if the right plot presents itself.”I would love to see Snowball again!” Roiland wrote. “It’s always just a matter of doing it for the right reason.”He also joked about a backstory for mad scientist Rick. When asked by a fan about a rumored mysterious history for the character, Roiland wrote, “I’ll tell you. It’s the fact that Ri–” and then stopped writing.Obviously the movie’s just a dream at the moment, but Rick and Morty fans can mark their calendars for a November return. Tagslast_img read more

Top Indian politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu dies aged

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Top Indian politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, dies aged 68 Closecenter_img Update: The chief minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, known to many as Amma or mother, Jayalalithaa Jayaram has died aged 68 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday 4 December. The former actress who was in a critical condition and on life support died at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. She was admitted to the hospital on 22 September after suffering from fever and dehydration.Original story: The popular leader of Indias southern Tamil Nadu state is in critical condition after suffering a heart attack. Large crowds are keeping a vigil outside the hospital where doctors are fighting to save the hugely popular – but highly controversial – former film actress.Jayalalithaa Jayaraman, 68, went into cardiac arrest on Sunday night, and underwent surgery at the Apollo Hospital in the state capital Chennai where she had been staying since being admitted with a severe respiratory ailment in September. She remains critical and on life support systems. Richard Beale, an intensive care specialist and part of Jayalalithaas medical team, said the situation is grave.Authorities in the southern state increased security around Chennai to prevent her worried supporters from creating public disorder. Police were deployed across the state to ensure security out of fear that her death could trigger widespread violence and riots.Popularly known as Amma, or Mother in the Tamil language, she had a successful film career that included appearances in nearly 150 movies.She has had three stints as chief minister of Tamil Nadu, the latest of which began in May 2011. She was introduced to politics by her cinema screen partner, MG Ramachandran, another actor-turned politician. She remains hugely popular despite being jailed more than once for corruption.The US consulate in Chennai warned US citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations and be vigilant because of the chance of violence. The death of Ramachandran, or MGR as Jayalalithaas mentor was known, sparked looting and rioting across Tamil Nadu by his grief-stricken supporters in 1987.Visit the International Business Times UK Pictures page to see our latest picture galleries.last_img read more

ED issues showcause notice to Karti Chidambaram over foreign exchange rules violations

first_imgKarti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, has been issued a show-cause notice by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) laws to the tune of Rs 45 crore. A firm allegedly linked to Karti has also been issued a show-cause notice.After more than two years of investigation, another Chennai-based firm called the M/s Vasan Health Care Private Limited has also been issued a similar notice by the ED for alleged foreign exchange rules violations to the tune of Rs 2,262 crore. The notices have also been served to foreign investors, seek their responses to the allegations of multiple Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) contraventions.”The total amount of contravention identified on different counts and found to have been committed by M/s Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited in the sale transaction of shares of Vasan (Chennai firm) to overseas investors is around Rs 45 crore,” the ED said in its notice.”Show-cause notice has been issued to M/s Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited, its directors and also to Karti P Chidambaram who appears to be the controller and ultimate beneficiary in these transactions,” the agency added.The show-cause notice issued pertains to the ongoing ED investigation into foreign investments in Vasan Health Care, both in the primary and secondary market. The company had received investments from Sequoia — one of the largest venture capital firms — and Mauritius-based West Bridge and also through GIC-Singapore, a senior official of the ED told the Hindu.”The overseas investors acquired Vasan’s compulsorily convertible preference shares directly from the company, against the investment of Rs 432 crore in different phases from February 2009 to November 2014. The shares were acquired at the face value of Rs 100 each,” the official said.The ED has accused the investors of acquiring equity shares from existing shareholders instead of having got it directly from the company. The existing shareholders include Vasan promoter AM Arun, his father-in-law Dwarakanathan and his partnership firm AMA Associates, and Advantage Strategic Consulting. The ED has alleged that Karti controlled the business activities of the Advantage Strategic Consulting.”During the first round, shares were sold at Rs 7,500 per unit in 2010-end. In the next round, March-May 2012, shares were sold at Rs 5,242 per unit. The total amount spent by the overseas investors, which ultimately benefited the then share holders, is Rs 357.72 crore,” the official was quoted by the Hindu as saying.The ED also discovered that the Sequoia Group, which had invested in the preference shares of Vasan Health Care in February 2009, sold its stake worth Rs 25 crore in March 2012 to GIC-Singapore for Rs 177.40 crore, thereby getting a return of over seven times its investment. The ED, after checking the share transfers, found out how Advantage Strategic had got the Vasan shares.”Vasan promoter, Ms Arun, who had been allotted Rs 100 face-value shares on Rs 100 premium, transferred 3 lakh shares to her father, Mr Dwarakanathan, without receiving any consideration. Her husband Dr Arun then immediately got 1.5 lakh shares transferred from Mr Dwarakanathan’s account to Advantage Strategic, which was till then not linked to Vasan’s operations, for just Rs 50 lakh. The amount was paid over a year after share transfers,” the official said.Advantage Strategic allegedly sold 30,000 of the 1.5 lakh shares to an investor of the Sequoia Group for Rs 22.50 crore following which Rs 1 crore was given to Dwarakanathan on receipt of payment. The ED has also accused Vasan Health Care of not having followed the FEMA provisions or having informed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) about the share transfers to the overseas investors.”Besides, Vasan transferred 6.8 million dollars to Singapore supposedly for setting up a wholly owned subsidiary there, without receiving the mandatory share certificates for investments abroad. The funds were further transferred to Dubai and Sri Lanka, for forming step-down subsidiaries without keeping the regulatory bodies in the loop. This led to contraventions involving Rs.162 crore,” the official told the daily.The ED has said that the amount of the alleged contravention by Advantage Strategic in the sale of the shares of Vasan Health Care is around Rs 45 crore. Show-cause notices have, therefore, been issued to the company, its directors and Karti, who the ED says “appears to be the controller and ultimate beneficiary in these transactions.”last_img read more