‘Exciting’ Douvan all set for chasing debut at Navan

first_img Press Association Ruby Walsh expects Douvan to make a “good transition” to the chasing game on his eagerly-awaited debut over fences at Navan on Sunday. The son of Walk In The Park was a dominant winner on each of his four starts after joining Willie Mullins from France last season, proving himself the cream of the crop in the two-mile novice hurdling division with key victories in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing John, behind Douvan at Gowran, Cheltenham and Punchestown last season, has already made a flying start to his chasing career with successive triumphs at Punchestown and Douvan gets his chance to show his worth over the larger obstacles in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Chase. center_img “He seems to be in great form. He did really well over the summer. He was a big, raw horse last year and looks to have developed and matured a bit,” Walsh told Racing UK. “He’s schooled well over fences and of the horses who ran behind him last year, Sizing John has run twice and won twice, which is franking the novice hurdle form a bit. “Hopefully he’ll make a good transition. If he jumps on the track like he has at home, it should be a good transition. “He seems to have plenty of stamina, but he definitely has loads of speed as well. He’s quite a quick horse for a big horse. “He was a very accurate jumper of a hurdle and if he’s as accurate at a fence, it’ll be exciting.” Douvan, who is already a best priced 9-4 favourite to strike Cheltenham Festival gold once more in the Arkle Trophy, will face 13 rivals this weekend. Tom Taaffe’s course scorer Rogue Trader is one of five runners in the field for leading owner JP McManus, while Tony Martin saddles Blair Perrone and Bobbie’s Diamond. last_img read more

Syracuse staves off feisty Albany in near comeback upset

first_img Published on April 1, 2014 at 10:16 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 It took 48 seconds for Syracuse to set the tone for what could have and should have been another quick and painless win.Amy Cross took a pass from Alyssa Murray just outside the crease for an easy first goal. By the 16-minute mark, SU had built a five-goal lead and the offense was running like clockwork.But then the shots stopped finding the cage. The turnovers mounted. Albany’s offense found its rhythm. And what looked like an easy win soon became one of SU’s toughest battles of the season.“They had a lot of heart,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Albany, I think played very inspired, and really gave us a tough game.“We just lost a little mental focus.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (11-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) found itself in a dogfight with No. 18 Albany (9-1, 1-0 America East), but managed to slip past the Great Danes, 13-11, at the Carrier Dome in front of 532 fans on Tuesday.SU dominated on shots attempted, 33-15. It dominated on the draw, 22-4. It had four more opportunities on free-position shots. It had every reason to pull away. But Albany forced 16 turnovers on the defensive end, tallied 11 saves and scored on 11 of  its 15 shots to hang tough with the third-ranked Orange.“We’re a big momentum team, so once we start scoring we challenge each other to keep scoring as well,” said Albany attack Allie Phelan, who scored five goals. “We know they’re a momentum team as well, so we just tried to fight through when it wasn’t as great.”Syracuse entered halftime leading just 7-5, but started out the second half with three straight goals of its own to seemingly quell any hope that Albany had of pulling off the upset. A Devon Collins charge toward the net put SU up 10-5 just eight minutes in.But 30 seconds later, Albany secured a turnover and got out in transition as attack Maureen Keggins only had to beat SU defender Kasey Mock. As she ran down the field, the entire Albany contingent stood up, waiting to see if she could convert.Keggins juked past Mock and put the ball in the back of the net and the Great Dane faithful erupted.“What we talked about was not letting it really get away from us,” Albany head coach John Battaglino said. “They were so good on the draw, and we just kept scrapping, just trying to build on a goal, then a defensive stand and get back into it. Nobody was afraid to go to the net.”The shot sparked a 4-0 run for Albany, which cut the lead to 10-9 with under 11 minutes to play.The score seesawed down the stretch. Syracuse would score, but Albany would come right back, and it wasn’t until Kayla Treanor gave the Orange a 13-11 lead on a free-position shot with 3:08 to play that Syracuse had any semblance of control.After the Orange controlled the draw, closing it out meant just holding on to the ball.“I think everyone wants the ball at the end of the game,” Treanor said. “Everyone wants to score at the end of the game. It’s just about being patient and getting the right opportunity and it just opened up and I got an opportunity.”The tone of Syracuse’s postgame press conference was one more of relief than satisfaction.The statistics show a game that Syracuse should have won far more easily. The final score shows a game that Albany fought just to stay afloat.“It’s definitely frustrating,” Murray said. “I think every time we get the opportunity, we want to score, we want to put the ball away. Some of it’s a little bit of bad luck, hitting the pipe a couple times. But it’s just the way the game goes.“A win’s a win and we were able to pull it out.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Alumna founds youth mentoring organization

first_imgJulian Jenkins, the senior director of regional recruiting for the company Next College Student Athlete and avid supporter of The Big Homie Project, said he has seen how inspirational Diep has been to community members in the East Palo Alto and greater Silicon Valley area.  Diep said The Big Homie Project is unique in that it not only works to inspire the youth in the area, but it also allows adults to see the impact they can have on students’ lives without it being dependent upon monetary donations or other financial help.  Diep, a 2018 graduate, spearheaded the program The Big Homie Project, in spring 2019 to provide opportunity for a demographic that often falls through the cracks. The program aims to connect rising high school juniors and seniors in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a “big homie” mentor and help marginalized students enter career fields where they are often underrepresented.  Where there are gaps in academic and career achievement for underprivileged kids in the Bay Area, alumna Jacqueline Diep works to build bridges.  Diep’s desire to help underprivileged youth is inspired by her own story: After growing up in foster care and struggling with homelessness, she credits the mentors throughout her life for achieving her goals. Diep said she believes healthy mentorship is the biggest contributor to a student’s success and drive. Diep said exposure was the first step to fulfilling the achievement gap that many underprivileged youth face, but success in college and career pursuits is not the only goal of The Big Homie Project. The organization also prioritizes opening doors to new experiences and hobbies for the students, such as joining sports teams or going to recreational centers in the area.  “When you’re able to visualize and see someone who looks like you in a position or doing something that you might want to do, it’s more [easily] obtainable,” Diep said.  “There’s a lot of people that want to give back and a lot of people that like giving back to young people but may not just know how to do it,” Jenkins said. “So [Diep] gives them a platform because she’s actively doing it.” Jacqueline Diep created the program to give back to her community in the Bay Area after her own difficult childhood. (Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Diep) Makayla Miller, a senior at Palo Alto High School and a student in The Big Homie Project, hopes to study psychology or social work and said she has found great guidance in her “big homie” Auriel August, a Stanford general surgery resident. Miller said having a mentor who she can personally relate to and see herself in keeps her motivated and focused.  Diep’s search for adults to mentor students goes further than their success; she looks for mentors who come from similar backgrounds and demographics as the students she aims to help, as she believes representation is a key component for students to thrive.  Diep hopes that through The Big Homie Project, she can give back the mentorship she received and provide essential guidance for students just like her.  “For me, the monetary exchange is you and the position that you’re in and the fact that you can actually help a kid and you can change someone’s life without having to open up your wallet,” Diep said.center_img “When you see people on TV, you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s a one in a million chance that could happen for me,’” Miller said. “But when it’s someone that is in your community, someone that you can call on the phone and talk to if you want to, then it’s more like, ‘I can continue pursuing what I want to pursue and I can get to where I want to get because this person did.’” “Some of these mentorship programs [are] very generic and it’s like, ‘Oh, let me help you with homework or let me help you with college applications,’ but [our goal is to] peel back that layer a little bit more,” Diep said. “I realized that I would not be where I am at today, I would not be a high school graduate, a college graduate, let alone a USC graduate, had it not been for my social worker, my teacher, mentors, people who just really looked out for me,” Diep said.  “For most people who come from either underserved communities or come from the background I come from, we don’t talk about it,” Diep said. “It’s never ever a ‘poor me’ story because that will never ever get you out of the circumstance that you’re in. You have to be able to just push forward. And what I realized was that [with] a lot of kids in the community, especially East Palo Alto, I saw a mirror image of myself, basically.”  Diep said she is certain volunteering as a mentor for marginalized youth and creating networking and bonding opportunities for them is far more impactful than any amount of money could be.  “My goal is that every kid figures out a way out of a community like East Palo Alto,” Diep said. “Facebook is a few blocks away and you have all these companies that are a few blocks away and yet you have this community over there that’s struggling.” “Kids — if they’re not given exposure to certain things, they’re not gonna know what it is,” Diep said. “But through rock climbing, [Miller’s] confidence was built and she’s now a very advanced climber because of The Big Homie Project.”  “Yeah, of course you can give them money … but time and physically being there … there’s not much to replace that,” Jenkins said. Working at tech giants such as Facebook and Google, Diep said she would often get caught up in the day-to-day grind that defines the startup capital but wanted to extend herself further than just her job and give back to her community. Looking toward her immediate surrounding area, Diep centered The Big Homie Project on a demographic she felt needed the most attention — youth in East Palo Alto, a predominantly Black and Latinx city in the Bay Area that is often stigmatized as dangerous.  Rock climbing was never something Miller would have considered taking up as a hobby had it not been for her mentor organizing an outing to the local Planet Granite facility.  CORRECTION: A previous version of this article said that the organization name was Boys & Girls Clubs of America. It is the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

US Legislators Want Declaration Made Regarding Guyana’s Election

first_imgCMC The CCJ, which is Guyana’s highest court, also indicated that it wanted to re-assure the entire world and specifically the people of Guyana that it “will treat with this matter on the basis of what is submitted. “We extend our support and solidarity to the people of Guyana, who have borne more than their fair share of patience during this process. For their sake, the future of democracy and the rule of law in our hemisphere, the ongoing uncertainty and gamesmanship must end.,” they said in their statement. “We share in the frustration expressed by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of American States (OAS), and other international stakeholders, and call on the Guyanese authorities to issue an official election declaration that reflects the results of the March 2nd election which were confirmed in the official recount by CARICOM’s observer mission.” They are calling on President David Granger to “honour the will of the Guyanese people and concede. The statement issued by Jim Risch, Bob Menendez, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues, comes even as the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is yet to rule on an appeal filed by two members of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C). But in their statement, the US lawmakers said “nearly four months since their national election, the Guyanese people are still waiting for an official result following the general and regional elections in their nation. This is unacceptable. They said that recent reports suggest “questionable manoeuvres by interested parties designed to continue forestalling a final declaration of results, which members of the press say indicates a defeat for the incumbent government”. GEORGETOWN, Guyana –Four members of the United States Foreign Relations Committee Friday described the non-release of Guyana’s official election as “unacceptable”. The CCJ has said it has given no indication as to whether or not it has jurisdiction to hear the appeal filed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and the party’s presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali in relation to a Court of Appeal ruling. The CCJ will begin hearing arguments on Wednesday next week. ‘We are not going to have regard to anything outside of this Court,” Justice Adrian Saunders told the parties on Thursday.last_img read more