Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Sunday, March 1, 2020

first_imgDrayden Van Dyke96 44% 16 3rd ITM% Joel Rosario122 17 ROSARIO RIDES STORM THE COURT IN SAN FELIPEPeter Eurton, who has been mulling Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes or the March 14 Rebel at Oaklawn Park for champion Storm the Court’s next race, said this morning the 2019 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding two-year-old male “will probably stay here” for the San Felipe Stakes, a leading steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.The Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe is one of five attractive events Saturday including the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, the Grade II San Carlos Stakes and the $75,000 China Doll Stakes. The San Felipe offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winning horse, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to the third horse and five to the fourth.With last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Flavien Prat opting to ride undefeated Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Thousand Words for Bob Baffert in the San Felipe rather than Storm the Court, whom he has ridden in each of his five career starts, Eurton has engaged Joel Rosario to pilot Storm the Court.“Rosario wasn’t able to work him for me yesterday,” Eurton said, referring to Storm the Court’s five furlong bullet move in 59.40, “but Umberto (Rispoli) worked him for me. I was very pleased with it. He couldn’t look any better. This is his second race back and we’ve still got another two months (before the Kentucky Derby on May 2).With 22 Kentucky Derby qualifying points already accumulated, Storm the Court is in relatively good stead in that category, although there are ample more up for grabs in the San Felipe, “and everybody needs them,” Eurton said.Entries for the San Felipe and other Saturday races will be taken on Wednesday. Early San Felipe probables include Authentic, Fast Enough, Honor A.P., Storm the Court and Thousand Words. Honor A.P. worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.80 for John Shirreffs.‘OVERNIGHT SENSATION’ RISPOLI SEEKS NEW AGENTUmberto Rispoli made a sudden and sensational impact with both horsemen and handicappers through 32 days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet with 27 victories, three of them yesterday, but in a classic example of what have you done for me lately, today he is looking for a new agent.The 31-year-old two-time champion in his native of Italy took Santa Anita by storm under the sagacious guidance of world class agent Ron Anderson, but when it was announced yesterday that Anderson will now represent Hall of Fame member John Velazquez in addition to future Hall of Famer Joel Rosario, that left Rispoli sans representation and undecided as to whether he will continue in California or go elsewhere.“At the moment I have no plans,” Rispoli said Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner between exercising horses. “This happened so fast, I have no idea what I’m going to do or what agent I’m going to take.“I only got the news two days ago and it’s not easy because it hit me like a thunderstorm fell on my head. Honestly, I still don’t know. I have races to focus on today and will have a break tomorrow to think about what is going to be best for me.“California has been very kind to me so far and it would be good to stay if I can find a good agent. Going to Kentucky raises the question of people there not knowing me like they do here, but so far, no plan, no decision.“I feel a little lost but hope to find myself soon, so I’m not worried about that. It was a surprising decision to me, but Ron decided John probably was best for him.“I’m very grateful to Ron because if it wasn’t for him, I would never be in America and I’m sure he’s going to help me make the right decision for my future.”Rispoli said he’s had no inquiries from other agents at this early point, although Scotty McClellan, who reached racing’s apex representing Hall of Fame members Chris McCarron and Alex Solis, has been prominently mentioned among prospective agents.  Contacted by phone this morning, McClellan, who has not had a rider since Joe Talamo left California for parts east in early January, said he would be interested in representing Rispoli.“I want to look around,” Rispoli continued. “I’m new in this country, only been here two months, and this happened so fast I still have to decide what’s best for me as well as my family.“I’m pretty sure Ron will help me make the right choice in finding a new agent.”MIDCOURT DRILLS FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPMidcourt, winner of five of seven starts under trainer John Shirreffs, worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.40 in his last major drill for the Santa Anita Handicap. Regular rider Victor Espinoza was aboard the five-year-old Midnight Lute gelding who captured the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Feb. 1. Probable for the 84th edition of the Big ‘Cap include Combatant, Endorsed, last year’s winner Gift Box, Midcourt and Two Thirty Five. Combatant worked five furlongs this morning in a bullet 1:00 flat for John Sadler.LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN RETURNS IN GRADE II SAN CARLOSLaw Abidin Citizen, a durable and versatile son of Twirling Candy, makes his first start in seven months in Saturday’s San Carlos Stakes for three-year-olds and up at seven furlongs.“He’s been training well and he’s pretty versatile,” said trainer Mark Glatt of the six-year-old gelding, winner of six of 23 career starts, including last summer’s Grade III Longacre’s Mile and earner of $416,167 thanks to victories at distances from 6 ½ furlongs to a mile and on both dirt and turf.Probables for the San Carlos: Flagstaff, Law Abidin Citizen, Manhattan Up, Roadster, Sparky Ville and St. Joe Bay.Sparky Ville worked five furlongs this morning in 1:02.80 for Jeff Bonde, while St. Joe Bay went the same distance in 1:00.80 for John Sadler.OHIO SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT WIN IN KILROE MILETrainer Michael McCarthy has Ohio at the ready to win the Frank E. Kilroe Mile for the second straight year. Last year, the nine-year-old Brazilian-bred posted a 9-1 upset by a nose over favored Catapult.Probable for Saturday’s Kilroe include Desert Stone, Frontier Market, Got Stormy, Kingly, Next Shares, Ohio, River Boyne and True Valour.‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IN CHANDELIER ROOM MARCH 8“Go West Young Lady!” A successful event for nearly two decades in Saratoga Springs, New York, Santa Anita will host its first “Fashionable Fillies” Luncheon in the Chandelier Room on Sunday, March 8.The event is sponsored by The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, a charitable trust which provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families.The event, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., includes cocktails, lunch and the opportunity to shop from local vendors. Tickets are $150 each and all proceeds will be earmarked by the foundation to benefit the backstretch community of Southern California.Those interested, please respond to Shannon Kelly, executive director, at (212) 521-5327, or via email at skelly@jockeyclub.com.OUTRIDER CAMACHO AND HIS HORSE PROMOTE ANIMAL WELFARE, SAFE RACINGHis day begins at 3:30 a.m. Every day. His name is Jesus Camacho, barn foreman/exercise rider for trainer Bill Spawr by morning and Santa Anita outrider on afternoons.Camacho, with his horse Justin, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding that was re-trained following his racing career, are integral parts of an invaluable front line in Santa Anita’s efforts to maintain the highest standards of equine safety and welfare each morning and afternoon.“Justin and I are a team, that’s the best way I can describe it,” said Camacho, 52, who lives in Mira Loma, 40 miles east of The Great Race Place. “He loves his job. When there’s a loose horse in the afternoon, he knows what to do and we get the job done. I’ve trained him to stand still whenever I get off of him and he’s really like what a buoy is to a lifeguard at the beach. We both need each other, and he does a fantastic job.”In a world in which precious Thoroughbreds require 24/7 care and attention, Camacho is a great fit by any measure. A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Camacho grew up with horses.“My dad and his dad were jockeys,” he said. “Wherever we were racing, at Caliente or in Mexico City, that’s where we lived. I’ve got four sisters and a brother, Ruben (Camacho, Jr.) and he’s a jockey at Emerald Downs near Seattle. I’ve been getting on horses my whole life and I started getting paid to get on them when I was 13.“I came here when I was 19 and I went to work right away at the racetrack, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Pomona. I love my job. People say, ‘How can you work so many hours and so many days?’“I just tell them that for me, it’s not work. Being with the horses is something I love and being a part of a great team with Bill in the morning and then taking the horses to the gate in the afternoons is an incredible honor and privilege. I work with the stewards on the radio and if Dana (Stead, Track Veterinarian) or any of the jockeys see or feel something with any of the horses, the stewards know about it and these horses are looked at very closely. If there’s any question at all, Dana will recommend they be scratched.”For his part, Stead views Camacho as indispensable on Santa Anita’s safety team.“He’s a vital component to what we do,” said Stead. “Camacho (he’s seemingly never referred to by his first name) is very, very perceptive. He often spots trouble before it happens. He truly has a calming effect on horses and his horsemanship is invaluable to us. When we have difficult situations, he does not hesitate. He’s very courageous and he’s always working to improve any situation, regardless of the circumstances.”Loose horses present challenging circumstances, fraught with potential danger.“I’ve ridden all over the world and Camacho is one of the best outriders we’ve ever had,” said veteran jockey Aaron Gryder. “He’s in-tune with his surroundings and when things happen, he’s quick to diffuse any danger. He’s a great horseman and a great person.”“My day starts at 3:30 every morning,” Camacho said. “I’ve been with Bill for 29 years now and we think alike. He and I check every single horse before they get tacked up, so we’re ready when the training track opens at 4:45. We take everyone’s temperature and check everyone’s legs, to make sure they’re not carrying any heat in their ankles or knees and to make sure they haven’t hurt themselves in any way overnight.“I get on about eight or 10 horses every morning and probably breeze about three or four a day, every Sunday and Monday. Bill likes to use the training track a lot and he likes getting everyone out early, before it gets too busy and while things are nice and quiet.”             Although she’s no longer a part of the Spawr barn, Eclipse Award winning Older Dirt female Midnight Bisou, who has won five Grade I stakes and banked $3.7 million, is a personal favorite of Camacho’s.“I’ve been on a bunch of good horses, but she was special,” he said. “We were so sad to see her leave (when transferred to the eastern-based stable of Steve Asmussen following a third-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks in May 2018).  She’s the kind of horse you want to stick with . . . But I’m proud of what she’s achieved because I know we were a big part of her early development. When she came in, she was very green and had so much to learn.  She’s always had a ton of class and I’m rooting for her tomorrow (in the $20 million Saudi Cup against top males). This will be her last year in training and then we can look forward to seeing her babies run in the future.”And for all who come to the races or morning training sessions at Santa Anita, be they fans, trainers, owners or jockeys, Jesus Camacho is one of the many people they know they can count on to ensure the well-being of horse and rider, seven days a week.FINISH LINES: There will be a Celebration of Life Thursday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Director’s Room at Santa Anita for trainer Henry Moreno who died last Sunday at the age of 90 . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, March 2 through 5, and resume live racing 1 p.m. Friday, March 6. There will be simulcast wagering Wednesday and Thursday with free General Admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. 2nd $1,358,852 $673,497 3 1st John Sadler59 $645,287 14 LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN BACK IN GRADE II SAN CARLOS 45% 61% 33 8 15% 30 Philip D’Amato73 Bob Baffert64 Abel Cedillo197 9 1st 15% RISPOLI PONDERS FUTURE AFTER AGENT DEPARTS 11 53% Flavien Prat138 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 1st, 2020Golden Hour Double With Jeff Siegel and Zoe CadmanAndrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Drift AwayWORKOUTS:Midcourt (Shirreffs) 3-1-20Honor A. P. (Shirreffs) 3-1-20Neptune’s Storm (Baltas) 3-1-20Ollie’s Candy (Outside) and Peter’s Kitten (Sadler) 3-1-20Gift Box (Sadler) 3-1-20Storm the Court (Outside) and Shooters Shoot (Eurton) 2-29-20Kingly (Baffert) 2-29-20Royal Act (Outside) and Draft Pick (Eurton) 2-29-20Goalie (Outside) and George Herman Ruth (D’Amato) 2-29-20 ITM% 23 42% $883,976 MIDCOURT BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP 9 24 27% 8 21% $1,128,176 Tiago Pereira98 29% 31 48% 12% 3rd 48% 22% $1,759,644 Michael McCarthy33 16% 15 5 Doug O’Neill79 16 TrainerSts 15 9 46% Win% $1,181,821 Money Won 27% 13 $1,851,954 2nd 4 $690,908 19 Win% 21% 67% 13 32 52% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller56 48% 20 STORM THE COURT HAS ROSARIO FOR SAN FELIPE Umberto Rispoli113 12 Richard Baltas88 18 42% 10 Money Won 14% 44% 7 67% $1,326,242 12 27 5 $315,205 $1,836,784 $786,862 27% 20% 30 15 20 OHIO SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT WIN IN KILROE MILE OUTRIDER CAMACHO ‘BRINGS IT’ IN BOTH AM AND PM 20 2 11 ‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IS HERE MARCH 8 $316,502 23% (Current Through Friday, Feb. 28) JockeyMts 11 9 30 8 Steve Knapp40last_img read more

Taxi hijacked on Carmichael Street

first_imgA taxi driver attached to the Kitty Cab Taxi Service, Sheriff Street, was on Sunday attacked and robbed of his Toyota Allion motor car on Carmichael Street, Georgetown.Ramesh Persaud of Lot 4 Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was hired by a female to take her to Carmichael Street about 17:00h.Guyana Times understands that upon arrival at the destination, the 53-year-old driver exited the vehicle and was attempting to assist the woman in unloading her bags from the trunk.While Persaud was doing so, two armed men pounced on him and ordered him away from the motor car.He complied, and the two men and the woman boarded the vehicle and made good their escape, heading east on Middle Street, then south into Waterloo Street.The matter was reported and Police have since launched an investigation.last_img read more

North West man charged for murdering “Ninja”

first_imgWhat was supposed to be a festive holiday drink turned tragic when a 33-year-old gold miner allegedly stabbed his friend to death during a row over alcohol at Waramuri Mission in Region One (Barima-Waini).Exactly one week following the incident, the miner was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan on Wednesday when he was not required to plead to the indictable charge.According to the prosecution’s case, Navin Harris murdered Rondea Peters, called “Ninja”, on December 20, 2017 at Waramuri Mission, Moruca in the North West District.Reports indicate that the two men were imbibing when the now deceased man accused Harris of stealing his liquor. An argument ensued and quickly escalated to a physical scuffle during which Peters was reportedly stabbed to death with a knife.The case was transferred to be heard at the Aquaro Magistrate’s Court in Region-One.last_img read more

‘Naive’ Rashford’s red card can’t temper Mourinho’s joy

first_imgThe 20-year-old reacted by putting his head into Bardsley’s face, earning the dismissal that prompted a critical assessment from United boss Mourinho.“I don’t know what happened. I would say it was naive. It was a kid and a very experienced man,” Mourinho told the BBC.“Bardsley’s been in the game for 20 years and Marcus is a naive boy.”Rashford had earlier won a penalty that was wasted by United midfielder Paul Pogba, who saw his effort saved by Joe Hart.The miss continued a troubled start to the campaign for French World Cup winner Pogba, who was criticised by Mourinho in the close-season for his erratic effort levels for United.“I never blame a player for missing penalties. I blame the ones who refuse to go up there. Paul’s scored some good ones for us,” Mourinho said.It was still a good afternoon for Mourinho despite the unwanted contributions from Rashford and Pogba.United’s win, secured by two Romelu Lukaku goals, steadied the ship after successive defeats against Brighton and Tottenham had condemned the club to their worst start for 26 years.On the day United fans flew a banner over Turf Moor that was critical of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward — who has feuded with Mourinho over transfer policy — this was an encouraging result for the Portuguese coach.“It was a very, very good performance. They played very well as a team,” Mourinho said.“The three points were an important thing, the quality of the performance and happiness of the team is an Old Trafford response – the way Old Trafford reacted to the boys in the Spurs defeat was important.“We should score many more goals. The result shouldn’t have been open until the last minute.“There were lots of good performances but (Marouane) Fellaini was fundamental, together with (Chris) Smalling and (Victor) Lindelof.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marcus Rashford saw red in Manchester United’s win at Burnley © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYBURNLEY, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Jose Mourinho labelled Marcus Rashford as “naive” after the Manchester United striker was sent off for a headbutt in his side’s 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday.Rashford saw red when Burnley defender Phil Bardsley appeared to kick out at the England international after a challenge.last_img read more

Six Nations is ‘love-hate relationship’ for Schmidt

first_imgSchmidt also won the prestigious world coach of the year award last year on the back of the Grand Slam and an historic home win over world champions New Zealand, the second time as Ireland head coach he had got the better of his compatriots.However, while Schmidt enjoys the competitive nature of the Six Nations, and the passionate crowd engagement, he does harbour mixed feelings about the tournament which kicks off on February 1.“I have a love-hate relationship with it,” he said at the tournament launch in London on Wednesday.“Sometimes I am on the bus going to Lansdowne Road and you pass a hotel just before you get there and you look out and people are really enjoying themselves.“I say to myself I just hope this (the match) does not go bad and I am almost tempted to say to the bus driver ‘whoa, let me off’.“I just want to go and have a pint with these people and have as good a time as they are having.”Schmidt, who intends to take perhaps up to a year off to focus on family projects in New Zealand, says people would be wrong if they think he will be distracted by his sabbatical.“I want to make sure that these next 10 months are as good as I can make them and I want to help the players and put as much of my effort into that,” said Schmidt. “That is where my energy goes.”– ‘Proud of the people’ –Schmidt, whose decision to take time out rules him out of contention to replace Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach when he too steps aside after the World Cup, says he will miss several things when the time comes to say farewell.“I am extremely privileged to have been close to a group of men who work as hard as they do and achieve what they have done,” said Schmidt.“To enjoy their success on the edge of it and be a witness first hand has been an incredible privilege and I will miss that for sure.”Ireland scrum-half Kieran Marmion’s determined display on the wing in the win over Australia in 2016 is an abiding memory for head coach Joe Schmidt © AFP / Adrian DENNISSchmidt added the second thing he will miss is being in the changing room after a match when the players have “given everything”.“Rory (Best the captain) and I spoke about a couple of games in 2016, the massive focus was on Chicago when we beat New Zealand (the first time Ireland ever beat the All Blacks),” said Schmidt.“But the end of that autumn series we were so hit by injuries against Australia that Kieran Marmion (a scrum-half) spent 40 minutes on the wing and had the task of trying to tackle Israel Folau and did an unbelievable tackle on (David) Pocock (the Irish held on to win 27-24).“Moments like that you can be incredibly proud of the people you work with. I will miss that hugely.”Schmidt says his successor, Englishman Andy Farrell, the team’s defence coach, has the qualities to build on his legacy.“He certainly fills a room,” he said. “I am too small and scrawny to be able to eyeball a player but he certainly can.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is approaching his final Six Nations championship and despite three titles including the 2018 Grand Slam he admits to having mixed feelings © AFP / Paul FAITHLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 24 – Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admits he has a love-hate relationship with the Six Nations despite engineering three titles and a Grand Slam last season.The 53-year-old New Zealand-born coach will step down after this year’s World Cup having transformed the Irish from a demoralised outfit, when he took over in 2013, into the number two side in the world.last_img read more

Watch Maradona lead wild celebrations after managing Mexican side to play offs

first_img The World Cup winner has never been adverse to controversy During Argentina’s game with Nigeria, he was caught swearing at opposition fans from his director’s box.He was also hospitalised in Russia after appearing to collapse in the same game after being helped from his seat at the St Petersburg Stadium, before collapsing into a chair. Not one to contain his emotions, Maradona celebrated wildly after Vinicio Angulo’s strike settled the tie 1-0 on aggregate.The second tier of Mexican football is now deep into the Liguilla (the play-offs), with Dorados next up against Juarez.The first leg of the semi-final will take place in Sinaloa on November 21-22, with Maradona’s side travelling to Juarez for the return leg on November 24-25.Maradona was thrust into the limelight once again over the summer at the World Cup – sparking concerns over his health. Diego Maradona led the wild celebrations after leading Dorados into the semi-finals of the Mexico’s second tier play-offs.The Argentina legend has inspired The Big Fish since taking over in September and helped them defeat Mineros de Zacatecas on Saturday to edge closer to the trophy. 2 Maradona leads the wild celebrations in the changing room 2last_img read more

DONEGAL SUNSETS – MORE OF YOUR STUNNING PICTURES

first_imgPATSY FERRY CAPTURED THIS IMAGE FROM HIS HOME IN DERRYBEGThanks to everyone for sending in your pictures of Donegal sunsets.You can send your pictures to info@donegaldaily.comTHE FIRST IN A SERIES OF STUNNING PIX FROM NOEL FERRY, TAKEN AT BALLYMACOOL, LETTERKENNYFROM NOEL FERRY, TAKEN AT BALLYMACOOL, LETTERKENNYFROM NOEL FERRY, TAKEN AT BALLYMACOOL, LETTERKENNY – DONEGALDAILY.COMFROM NOEL FERRY, TAKEN AT BALLYMACOOL, LETTERKENNY – DONEGALDAILY.COM  DONEGAL SUNSETS – MORE OF YOUR STUNNING PICTURES was last modified: December 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SUNSETS – MORE OF YOUR STUNNING PICTURESlast_img read more

Softball Edges Evansville, 3-2, On Sunday To Complete Series Sweep

first_img EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Drake University softball team edged Evansville, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon to complete the series sweep in the opening weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play. Drake (12-10, 3-0 MVC) sophomore Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.), who went 2-for-3 at the plate, drove in the deciding run with a RBI single in the fourth inning after Evansville (11-12, 0-3 MVC) had tied the game at 2-2 in the previous inning. Starting pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) was untouchable in the circle after Wright’s big hit as she didn’t allow a single Purple Aces hitter to reach base in the final four innings. Newman tossed her second complete game in as many days to earn the win and improve to 10-5 on the season. She allowed just two runs on two hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Wright scored Drake’s first run of the game in the third inning coming in on an RBI single by freshman Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.). The Bulldogs added one more run in the frame on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.). Evansville’s two runs were scored in the bottom of the third inning. Newman hit the first batter, then allowed a one-out base hit and walked a batter to load the bases. The Purple Aces capitalized with a double that scored the two runs but the Purple Ace who walked was thrown out at home plate trying to score as the Bulldogs got out of the inning without further damage. Wright led the offense with two hits while four others had at least one hit in the game. Drake is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts South Dakota State in its home opener. Two games are scheduled at Ron Buel Field with first pitch of game one set for 2 p.m.Print Friendly Version South Dakota State 3/22/2016 – 4:00 PM Full Schedule Roster Next Game: Live Stats Preview Watch Livelast_img read more

Deal to cap LYIT student rents working well

first_imgA deal agreed between the Letterkenny Institute of Technology and landlords to cap rent for students is working well and attracting more students to study in Letterkenny as it is more affordable.With a 15% increase in students attending the LYIT in 2019/2020, there were fears there was not going to be enough accommodation available.This problem was overcome as digs became available in Letterkenny and a new block of apartments opened in Ballyraine to accommodate the growing numbers. Last year 80,000 students got the SUSI grant in Ireland. This year 10,000 less students will be receiving the grant.The decline takes place as student numbers overall are increasing year on year.Mary Hernandez is the VP of Welfare and equality in the LYIT. Mary attends training with the Union of Students in Ireland.To make sure students in Letterkenny aren’t ripped off, Mary has agreed a deal with the landlords working alongside the LYIT. “I have contacted each landlord one by one to agree a deal.“We have agreed no accommodation should be higher than €320 a month.“This includes all bills, electricity and heating for example. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it in the end,” she said.Schools Engagement Officer Fiona Kelly says so many students attend the LYIT as Letterkenny is so affordable.“Accommodation prices in Dublin are €700/€800 a month. Parents can’t believe how affordable accommodation is in Letterkenny,” she said. Deal to cap LYIT student rents working well was last modified: November 21st, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Exodus Theory Inherits the Wind

first_imgAn old theory that the Exodus story occurred because of natural winds has surfaced again.  It seeks to provide a purely natural explanation for what the Old Testament records as a miracle.    Two atmospheric scientists from Boulder, Colorado, Carl Drews and Weiqing Han, referenced a theory by Doron Nof (see his website) that briefly made a splash in 1992 on TV with model demonstrations of high winds blowing back the waters off a submerged sandbar.  Some believers tended to think this might give a plausible explanation for the Exodus story, while unbelievers tended to discount the Exodus story as elaboration of a natural phenomenon.  Drews and Han drew from Nof’s idea, which was elaborated on by Russian scientists Naum Voltzinger and Alexei Androsov, with new models and experiments: “A suite of model experiments are performed to demonstrate a new hydrodynamic mechanism that can cause an angular body of water to divide under wind stress, and to test the behavior of our study location and reconstructed topography.”  They also pointed to a new site for the crossing on the western Sinai Peninsula rather than the Gulf of Aqaba.  Between the Lake of Tanis and the Nile, they calculated, a land passage 5 km wide might have opened up for 4-7 hours under winds of 28-33 m/s (62-74 mph), but they admitted, “these stronger winds may render walking too difficult for a mixed group of people.”  Their theory was published in PLoS One.1    As to whether this provides a plausible natural explanation for the Red Sea crossing, Drews and Han were restrained in their paper: “Wind setdown is the drop in water level caused by wind stress acting on the surface of a body of water for an extended period of time.  As the wind blows, water recedes from the upwind shore and exposes terrain that was formerly underwater.  Previous researchers have suggested wind setdown as a possible hydrodynamic explanation for Moses crossing the Red Sea, as described in Exodus 14.”2  But in the popular press, they drew the connection more directly.  Drews was quoted in Live Science saying, “People have always been fascinated by this Exodus story, wondering if it comes from historical facts.  What this study shows is that the description of the waters parting indeed has a basis in physical laws.”  Similar, in Science Daily, the subtext was that the Biblical miracle can be explained naturally: “Computer Modeling Applies Physics to Red Sea Escape Route” was its headline; Live Science titled its story, “Parting of Red Sea Jibes With Natural Laws.”  Indeed, Brett Israel in his write-up was ready to exchange Gods: “Mother Earth could have parted the Red Sea, hatching the great escape described in the biblical book of Exodus, a new study finds.”1.  Carl Drews and Weiqing Han, “Dynamics of Wind Setdown at Suez and the Eastern Nile Delta,” Public Library of Science: One, 5(8): e12481. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012481.2.  See Exodus 14 (ESV) at BibleGateway.com.There’s baloney in this story, but first, some disclaimers.  It’s true the authors and reporters never denied the Exodus story was miraculous or called it a myth.  It’s also true that Biblical miracles can be accomplished with natural means (example: the Jordan crossing made possible by a landslide upriver, as described in Joshua 3).  These become, then, miracles of timing of natural events.  For all we know, the authors respect the historicity of the Bible’s account and may even wish to shed light on its miraculous character.  Lastly, studying the power of wind and its ability to create land bridges under specific circumstances is honorable scientific practice.    The baloney is in two inferences: (1) that explaining a Biblical story “naturally” is superior to accepting a miracle.  That assumption begs all kinds of questions: what is meant by natural and miracle?  What is meant by a scientific explanation?  There are nuances of coordination between natural law and divine action that are glossed over in the broad-brush assumption that natural law trumps miracles (see joke).  A false impression is promulgated that all Biblical miracles can be subsumed under “natural explanations,” with a corollary that the Biblical accounts themselves are extensions of normal, natural phenomena that ancient people exaggerated and interpreted as miracles.    The second problem is this: it would take more faith to believe the “natural” explanation in this tale than the straightforward Biblical account in Exodus 14.  Yes, God did use a “strong east wind all night” as part of his action (v. 21), but the Bible goes on to say the waters became “a wall to them on their right hand and on their left” (v. 22).  Moreover, the timing of this amazingly specific wind (if that is all that was involved) – a finely-tuned wind that could blow waters left and right and maintain dry land in the midst of the sea (v. 22) without blowing women and children into the water with hurricane force gusts – was so precisely timed as to begin when Moses stretched out his hand over the sea (v. 21), allow all the Israelites to cross, then stop exactly when Moses stretched out his hand again (v. 26), drowning the entire army of Pharaoh.  Is the theory of Drews and Han, and their predecessors, somehow an improvement?  By any account, it’s a miracle anyway taking their theory, so where is the net gain in “natural” explanation?    The Bible is explicit that this was an actual miracle under the direct purpose and intervention of God.  Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets and psalmists recalled this extraordinary example of God’s power to protect His people, by opening a path in the “great deep” for them to cross.  If such things happened normally from time to time, any Jewish teen could see through it, telling Mom and Dad, “What’s the big deal?”  It would be a miracle if the Exodus story lasted more than a generation.  If you are a Bible believer, avoid getting sucked into the idea that these so-called “natural” explanations of Biblical miracles help make them more plausible.  At best, they still require a lot of faith and leave many questions begging.  At worst, they are paths to unsophisticated skepticism and leave many questions begging.  Be more charitable than Science Daily and Live Science; 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