Police fired tear gas outside the White House late Sunday as anti-racism protestors again took to the streets to voice fury at police brutality, and major US cities were put under curfew to suppress rioting.With the Trump administration branding instigators of six nights of rioting as domestic terrorists, there were more confrontations between protestors and police and fresh outbreaks of looting.Violent clashes erupted repeatedly in a small park next to the White House, with authorities using tear gas, pepper spray and flash bang grenades to disperse crowds who lit several large fires and damaged property. At one point, some of the protestors who had reached a bridge were forced to scramble for cover when a truck drove at speed after having apparently breached a barricade.The driver was taken to hospital after the protestors hauled him from the vehicle, although there were no immediate reports of other casualties.The New York Times said he was later arrested.There were other large-scale protests in cities including New York and Miami.Washington’s mayor ordered a curfew from 11:00 pm until 6:00 am, as a report in the New York Times said that President Donald Trump had been rushed by Secret Service agents into an underground bunker at the White House on Friday night during an earlier protest.Gucci, Rolex stores ransacked Looting was reported Sunday night in Philadelphia and the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica, and images on Fox TV showed ransacked Rolex and Gucci stores in New York city.Officials in LA — a city scarred by the 1992 riots over the police beating of Rodney King, an African-American man — imposed a curfew from 4:00 pm Sunday until dawn.”Please, use your discretion and go early, go home, stay home,” the city’s mayor Eric Garcetti said on CNN.The shocking death last Monday of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minneapolis ignited the nationwide wave of outrage over law enforcement’s repeated use of lethal force against unarmed African Americans.Floyd stopped breathing after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and is due to make his first appearance in court on Monday. Late Sunday, as many were being arrested for curfew violations in Minneapolis, authorities moved Chauvin to another location from the Hennepin County Jail for his own safety, according to Minnesota’s corrections commissioner.Three other officers with him at the arrest have been fired but for now face no charges.Governor Tim Walz has mobilized all of Minnesota’s National Guard troops — the state guard’s biggest mobilization ever — to help restore order and extended a curfew for a third night Sunday.The Department of Defense said that around 5,000 National Guard troops had been mobilized in 15 states as well as the capital Washington, with another 2,000 on standby.The widespread resort to uniformed National Guards units is rare, and evoked disturbing memories of the rioting in US cities in 1967 and 1968 in a turbulent time of protest over racial and economic disparities. Trump blamed the extreme left for the violence, saying he planned to designate a group known as Antifa as a terrorist organization.’A nation in pain’ Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Trump, who has often urged police to use tough tactics, was not helping matters.”We are beyond a tipping point in this country, and his rhetoric only enflames that,” she said on CBS.Joe Biden, Trump’s likely Democratic opponent in November’s presidential election, visited the scene of one anti-racism protest.”We are a nation in pain right now, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us,” Biden tweeted, posting a picture of him speaking with an African-American family at the site where protesters had gathered in Delaware late Saturday.Floyd’s death has triggered protests beyond the United States, with thousands in Montreal and London marching in solidarity on Sunday.On the other side of the globe on Monday, thousands marched to the US consulate in Auckland chanting “no justice, no peace” and “black lives matter.”In Germany, England football international Jadon Sancho marked one of his three goals for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn by lifting his jersey to reveal a T-shirt bearing the words “Justice for George Floyd.”Topics : Local US leaders appealed to citizens to give constructive outlet to their rage over the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, while night-time curfews were imposed in cities including Washington, Los Angeles and Houston.One closely watched protest was outside the state capitol in Minneapolis’ twin city of St. Paul, where several thousand people gathered before marching down a highway.”We have black sons, black brothers, black friends, we don’t want them to die. We are tired of this happening, this generation is not having it, we are tired of oppression,” said Muna Abdi, a 31-year-old black woman who joined the protest.Hundreds of police and National Guard troops were deployed ahead of the protest.
The historian Niall Ferguson, in his book Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, makes the point that the US has invaded and occupied many countries over the past two centuries, yet in terms of their economic and political institutions, relatively few of these have evolved into anything remotely resembling miniature Americas. That may be unduly harsh, given the post-war occupations of Germany and Japan which have led to stable democracies, but there are few other examples.Ferguson sees three fundamental deficits that together explain why the US has been a less effective empire than its British predecessor: its economic deficit, its manpower deficit, and – most serious of the three – its attention deficit.It is the latter that is most responsible for the chaos in the Middle East. Solving the issues requires deeper understanding and longer timeframes than the US has ever been prepared to give. Perhaps, unlike the British, the problem with the US is not that they invade a country to create regime change, but that they then leave too quickly without leaving time to build up the institutions that underpin democratic societies.Removing Saddam Hussein from Iraq without any plan for what should happen next has been the clearest example of this. Minorities in Iraq and Syria have sheltered to a great extent under the regimes in power. Iraq’s Christians, estimated at 1.5m and one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world, fled in their hundreds of thousands after the US invasion led to increased violence against them.William Dalrymple, in his book From the Holy Mountain, follows the journey of a Byzantine monk around the Middle East and laments the destruction of Christian communities throughout what used to be its heartlands. Short-sighted foreign policy decisions by the US and European powers have not encouraged the creation of pluralist societies in the region.So what can and should be done? Ed Husain gives some valuable advice that is worth discussing, even if some of it may sound naïve. First, he thinks that the US and European powers should assist in the creation of a Middle East Union akin to the EU. As he points out, conflict in Europe was eroded through growing interdependence on each other for trade, security and prosperity. These were the founding principles for the creation of what is now the European Union.His second suggestion is more controversial, advocating a Muslim Marshall plan. The war in Iraq was estimated to cost the US $2trn, according to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office in 2007, but no economic reconstruction plan for the region has been conceived. But, as the author admits, if Arabs, Turks, Kurds and Iranians do not expedite the creation of a Middle East Union, then responsibility for the breakdown will be theirs: “The West cannot be held accountable for the failings of a divided people.” It is also difficult for politicians to justify financing a Middle East reconstruction fund when the oil states within the region have the resources themselves.Perhaps the most significant suggestion that Husain makes is the requirement to expel the violent extremists from within Islam. “The House of Islam is on fire – and the arsonist still lives there”, he declares.By that, he means the violence of Salafi-jihadis who, in the earliest days of Islam, were known as Kharijites, or outsiders. They were, he says, declared to be non-Muslims by Muslim scholars. As Husain points out, Salafi-Wahhabism is the prevailing Islamic movement in Saudi Arabia today, yet represents less than 5% of the world’s Muslims. The reason it has become such a potent force is that Saudi Arabia has spent an estimated $200bn of its oil wealth in recent decades strenuously propagating its hard-line theology around the globe. “The 1749 allliance between the Saudi royal family and Wahhabi clerics must be nullified,” argues Husain.Europe and the US are living with the consequences of short-term responses to the problems of the Middle East. The House of Islam should be required reading for any European or US politician attempting to deal with the instability and violence in the region that shows little sign of abating. The “War on Terror” announced by then-US president George W Bush after the 11 September 2001 attacks has been often characterised as essentially a war against militant Islamic fundamentalism. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding has led to negative associations with Islam as a whole, exemplified by current president Trump’s suggestion at various times of a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the US.Europe faces the consequences of the disruption caused in the Middle East since the US invasion of Iraq, the removal of a stable (albeit very unpleasant) government in Libya, and the chaos in Syria caused by the attempts to remove another, very unpleasant regime. Home-grown terrorists have been created through the dissemination of a narrow virulent set of beliefs that are contrary to what the mainstream set of beliefs of Islam has been throughout the history of their religion – so goes the premise of Ed Husain’s book The House of Islam: A Global History. Husain argues that there are ways forward that could conceivably bring peace and stability to the region. What is absolutely clear, however, is that causing violent regime change without any plan for post-war stable and just societies has been a recipe for disaster.Creating such societies does not consist of simply holding an election in countries with little history of democracy, and without the institutions such as a free press and an independent judiciary that underpin stable democracies.
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Spurs to face Bulgarian minnows in Europa League opener Mason Greenwood played a starring role with a marvellous brace as Manchester United thumped AZ Alkmaar 4-0 to secure their status as group winners in the Europa League.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made nine changes from the victory over Manchester City with only Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial keeping their places.Nemanja Matic was handed his first start since the reverse fixture on October 3 in a much-changed United side.But the changes appeared to affect the chemistry between the players with AZ certainly starting the brighter of the two sides.Indeed, United’s only shot on target in the half came when Andreas Pereira found space down the left and fired at goalkeeper Marco Bizot to earn a corner early on.The Dutch side had the better opportunities with striker Dani De Wit and Calvin Stengs both fluffing their lines from the edge of the box within a minute of each other.But after the break, United took more risks and their bold approach paid off as Matic and Mata combined delightfully down the left and Ashley Young fired home from a tight angle to open the scoring – or rather, the floodgates.United had a second just four minutes later when Greenwood robbed Midtsjo of possession, perhaps unfairly, before striking a clean effort into the bottom corner from 25 yards.Before AZ knew it, they were 3-0 down. Jordy Clasie made a clumsy challenge on Greenwood in the area and referee Sandro Scharer had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up stepped Juan Mata and the Spaniard found beat Bizot with a fierce effort.With a goal and an assist under his belt, Greenwood had the bit between his teeth and the 18-year-old showed his fearlessless on the ball as he took it Wijndal before squeezing a low effort in at the far post. The goalkeeper should have done better, but the element of surprise had to be factored in.Those four goals arrived in just 11 minutes and AZ looked dazed and confused after a devastating period of play from the hosts.United played out the remaining half an hour with the confident, fast-flowing football Solskjaer has demanded for some time – and perhaps the answer all along has been Greenwood, who surely must be in contention to start against Everton on Sunday. Tags: Europa League
“They try and make the referees’ mind up for them. We all know that staying on your feet does not get rewarded if you’re fouled. We all know that.” Allardyce was reluctant to comment further, adding: “I’m not paying any more money to the FA.” Unsurprisingly Mourinho felt Ivanovic deserved a spot-kick. “I think it’s a penalty,” the Blues boss said. “On television it looks a penalty, for me. I think the other guy grabs him. But no reaction until Carroll reacts negatively.” It was “just an isolated situation”, according to Mourinho. “The game was good, aggressive, but correct,” the Chelsea manager added. “The only guy that dived was (Enner) Valencia. It was not in the box, it was outside the box. Nobody reacted negatively to that.” Mourinho was frustrated by his side’s failure to beat West Ham last season, but the Blues have much more in their armoury this term. “We are a much better team when we have the ball,” Mourinho added. “Last year we were very strong defensively, very well organised, but a bit lacking in creativity when we had the ball. “The challenge this season was to bring that creativity, that dynamism, without losing the good defensive qualities of the team. “At the beginning of the season there was a little bit of conflict between these two ideas. It was difficult to have a clean sheet. “In this moment we have a good balance.” Chelsea are also hard-working. Instead of training twice on Saturday, the players opted to train immediately after the Hammers victory to prepare for Sunday’s trip to Southampton. Some will have a recovery session, others a more strenuous workout. Mourinho said: “I had two training sessions for tomorrow, but they were crying so much in the dressing room I decided to make a change. They are training now.” West Ham face another test of their European ambitions at home to Arsenal after disappointing Allardyce with their first-half showing. “I’m angry with the first half, the way we approached the game,” said the Hammers boss. “We didn’t play like I asked the players to play. They got too sucked into a negative style, passing it sideways and backwards instead of forwards into the right areas. “As good as Chelsea were, and as talented as they are, our goalkeeper was in great form but the two goals were so avoidable. “We got better at the start of the second half and then gave a stupid goal away. We created our best chances towards the end of the game. That was too late, and we didn’t take any of them. “I have no complaints about the result.” It was his second goal in two games and a ninth win from nine home games was completed by Diego Costa’s 13th of the season. “He always had that (goalscoring ability),” said Mourinho, who made Terry captain during his first spell. “He’s full of confidence. I see my John of 2004, 05, 06. I see him. I don’t see any difference. “I only see a difference when I see his twin (daughters) when they go to the training ground because they were born in that period and now they are running and kicking balls. “In him there is no difference. He’s playing so good.” Chelsea were comfortable winners, but it might have been more straightforward had they added to Terry’s opener before the interval. Adrian saved well from Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic went down in the box, angering Andy Carroll and West Ham. Hammers boss Allardyce said: “I thought he went down looking for a penalty. The Hammers, who began the day in fourth place, have been transformed since being criticised by Mourinho for playing “football from the 19th century” last season and joked on Twitter they had arrived at Stamford Bridge by horse and cart. Yet Sam Allardyce’s men sat back and were overrun by Chelsea, who broke the deadlock through Terry’s first-half tap in. Jose Mourinho praised the longevity of John Terry after the Chelsea captain’s goal breached the West Ham defence to set up a 2-0 win for the Barclays Premier League leaders at Stamford Bridge. Press Association
The former Tottenham striker smashed home a sumptuous volley in first-half injury-time to settle a game the Black Cats, who started the day perched precariously above the Barclays Premier League drop zone, dominated to ease themselves three points clear of the chasing pack. Defoe’s effort, which prompted a half-time congratulations from Magpies keeper Tim Krul in the tunnel, provided a moment of exquisite quality for the home fans to celebrate along with a much-needed 1-0 win, but the club’s new head coach was not unduly impressed. The emotions were markedly different in the Tyneside camp with Newcastle head coach John Carver admitting some of his players had not handled the derby pressure. He said: “Well, possibly yes, possibly. Let’s be honest about it, because five in a row is a long run, isn’t it? Let’s be honest. Maybe one or two people can’t handle it. I’m not going to go into names – I’ll leave that to you guys to decide – but it’s a fact, yes. “I am sitting here – do you think I’m embarrassed? I am absolutely embarrassed, yes I am. I am embarrassed to be part of it, yes, but I am a part of it and I have to deal with it.” Newcastle have lost their last four games and have won on two of the 13 they have played in all competitions under Carver, and the 50-year-old admits their own top-flight status is far from secure. He said: “We have only got 35 points – you need 40 points. We have got seven games left. “You are down to the bare bones, you are thinking, ‘Where’s the next point coming from?’. Let’s be honest – and I’m an honest guy – I am thinking that way. But by hook or by crook, we have to turn this around somehow.” Dick Advocaat was in mischievous mood after seeing Jermain Defoe ease the pressure on Sunderland with a stunning winner to condemn Newcastle to a fifth successive derby defeat. Press Association Advocaat said with a smile: “It was an easy goal, an easy shot. He gets paid for that.” He added: “It was not only a fantastic goal – it was an important one, but the way the team played must give them a boost. Not only did they work their socks off to get a good result, but also football-wise it was much better than last week. “Only at the end, Newcastle took all the risk and with the long balls, we had a little bit of a problem, but until the 75th minute, we were the team that dominated the game, controlled the game. But we had to score more goals, that was the only problem.” Sunderland had bossed the first half and although Newcastle were better after the break, rarely looked like surrendering the lead they took in stunning fashion seconds before referee Mike Dean was due to blow the half-time whistle. Costel Pantilimon’s deep free-kick was headed down by Steven Fletcher and Defoe, who had anticipated perfectly, lashed an unstoppable volley past the helpless Krul and into the top corner. It was a goal worthy of winning any game and ultimately it did just that as the home side spurned a series of opportunities to cement victory while Ayoze Perez might have snatched a point his side did not deserve with a late close-range volley. Asked if he was confident he would keep the Black Cats up after steering them into 15th place, Advocaat said: “Hopefully on May 24, we are still there because that’s the most important thing. This helps. “I always have said we will survive, but this is just the first game. But we had to win today because there was a lot of pressure on the team.”
Current or past members also include journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, documentarian Michael Moore (who joined with the intent of dismantling the organization). The National Rifle Association’s board of directors meets today after NRA president Oliver North said over the weekend he won’t serve a second term as president which ends today. That came after a bitter in-house fight between North and NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre. The longtime chief executive accused North of trying to drive him out of the NRA. Nine US presidents have been NRA members. In addition to Ulysses S Grant, they are: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush (who resigned in 1995), and Donald Trump. Three US vice presidents, two chief justices of the US Supreme Court, and several US congressmen, as well as legislators and officials of state governments are members.Wayne LaPierre says NRA President Oliver North is extorting him and pressuring him to resign as CEO over allegations of financial improprieties https://t.co/ToqfIFKi5U— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 26, 2019
A local first grade teacher has been arrested after she reportedly pushed a 7-year-old’s head into a wall causing one of his teeth to fall out and leaving him with a busted lip.The incident was reported at Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School on January 28th.Police say surveillance video showed the teacher 64-year-old Cynthia Smith, walking in the hallway with students surrounding her on both sides. The victim is also seen playing with a bulletin board in the hallway. Smith then walking over to the student, puts her hands on the student’s head and neck, and then shoves the student’s head into the wall. Smith then walks away as the student is seen holding his mouth.When authorities interviewed the 7-year-old about the incident, he confirmed what was seen on the video and told authorities that Ms. Smith told him not to touch things on the wall before she shoved his face into it. The victim then says his tooth came out and there was blood in his mouth so Ms. Smith later told him to go wash his mouth out.Smith told authorities that students were trying to remove things from the wall but at no time did she touch any of them.The principal at the elementary school told authorities that the teacher has been at the school for 12 years and has at least four complaints against her pertaining to her aggressive behavior towards students.Smith was arrested on January 31st on a charge of child abuse but she has since been bonded out of jail.
After suffering its first conference loss of the season two weeks ago, the No. 7 Wisconsin volleyball team was able to rebound with a pair of tough victories against Indiana and Purdue and remain one game behind Penn State in the standings.“The Penn State loss was emotional, and a lot of energy went into it,” head coach Pete Waite said. “The players really had to refocus and get back on track because we still had the second half of Big Ten play and a lot of the matches are on the road. It was great that they got right back on their horse and got some wins under their belt.”The Badgers also had to fight adversity last weekend. Facing match point against Indiana, Wisconsin battled back with four straight points to win the match to give the team even more confidence as it moves forward with the rest of its season.“For as long as I’ve been a part of this team we have been the comeback kids,” junior middle blocker Audra Jeffers said. “I have been in so many matches at Wisconsin where we’re down and it’s match point against us and we come back. Just being a veteran on the team and knowing that we’ve done that before and we can come back (gives us confidence).”Now the Badgers are looking to take that momentum gained on the road and turn their longest home stand of the year — four matches — into a successful one.“Our players are really excited, and I know our fans are happy to have us here,” Waite said. “This is an important stretch for us here as we continue in the second half of play here. We have to gain some energy and momentum as we head into the Penn State match again.” Even though the Badgers might be looking forward to the rematch against Penn State, Wisconsin realizes it has to take care of business this weekend, otherwise the Big Ten title will not be on the line the next time UW faces the Nittany Lions.“You have to respect everyone in the Big Ten,” senior middle blocker Taylor Reineke said. “[Michigan State and Northwestern] are good teams. They’re solid. They have some great players. We’re just going to have to come out and play our hardest.”Wisconsin’s first test on the home stand will be much-improved Michigan State Friday night. The last time these two teams faced, the Badgers beat the Spartans 3-1, keeping MSU winless in the Big Ten and in last place. Since then MSU has gone 5-3 to move into a six-way tie for fifth place.“Michigan State has always been a very physical team, but they moved some players around the lineup,” Waite said. “They have found better positions for them and are playing with a lot more confidence.”If the Badgers are going to be successful against the Spartans, they will have to focus on stopping MSU’s senior outside hitters — Ashley Schatzle and Katie Johnson, who both are averaging more than four kills per game at 4.35 and 4.24 respectively.“[Schatzle and Johnson] are both big guns and are heavy hitters,” Waite said. “They have a lot of shots and they play front row and back row. You just don’t see that very much in the Big Ten anymore. They are hard to stop because of how many shots they got, but I think our block is big enough that it can disrupt some things. We are hoping that will happen this weekend.”Following their match against Michigan State, the Badgers will host another team on a roll Saturday night in Northwestern. Coming off a seven-match losing streak, the Wildcats have won four in a row — including two wins against then-ranked opponents in Minnesota and Michigan — to also move into the six-way tie for fifth in the Big Ten at 5-7. “Northwestern had been starting some younger players in front of some veterans,” Waite said. “They decided that the veterans were doing a better job and got back on the court. Especially (Brittney) Aldridge has come in and put up some big numbers for them.”While Aldridge has been coming up big for the Wildcats lately, their senior outside hitter Lindsay Anderson –who is averaging 3.71 kills per game — leads the surging Northwestern squad.“Anderson bangs the ball,” Waite said. “She is especially good at just banging it off the block and hitting a lot of different shots.”If Wisconsin is going to be successful this weekend, it knows that putting up a big block — like UW did last weekend in stuffing 35.5 shots — will be an important factor in deciding the outcome of the matches.“It is so crucial,” Jeffers said about blocking. “Everybody behind the block is working and doing their moves based on what the block is doing. Our defense isn’t on the same page if the blocking is not (working well).”
Sunsets, TMZ and whether or not USC quarterback Matt Barkley highlights his hair were just a few of the topics discussed at the panel Communicating with the Media on Monday.USC’s branch of national honor society Lambda Pi Eta hosted the discussion delving into athletes’ interaction with the press and social media.Sports talk · Dan Durbin, director of Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society, and quarterback Matt Barkley, a junior majoring in communication, discussed on Monday athletes’ interactions with the media. – Lisa Parker | Daily TrojanTim Tessalone, USC’s sports information director, began the discussion by contrasting the sports journalism of today with the field when he first started working for USC in 1979.“Media were almost like lapdogs to athletes back then,” Tessalone said. “Athletes were idols. They were on a pedestal, and anything bad that happened, the media looked the other way.”Tessalone said now anything athletes do or say could be criticized and analyzed by the media.Becoming a public figure is something Barkley, a junior majoring in communication, said he has struggled to learn how to handle.“You really have to watch what you say at all times because you never know who is going to snap a picture,” Barkley said. “And anything you see on the Internet is there forever.”Dan Durbin, director of the Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society, said part of the reason why student-athletes face so much media scrutiny is because of the notoriety of USC.“USC is one of the two or three marquis sports institutions in all of Southern California, including professional teams,” Durbin said. “You [student-athletes] are a sports star in Southern California whether you want to be or not.”Finding a balance between being a normal college student and a semi-professional athlete is something Barkley said he deals with through Twitter.He not only tweets in support of his team after football games, but also posts tweets about computers and “geek stuff,” Instagram pictures of sunsets and even settles rumors about his natural blond hair.“I like to let the fans see a part of me that they wouldn’t normally see unless they were around Heritage Hall all the time,” Barkley said.Barkley’s Twitter can also be a tool for official USC sports communication, Tessalone said.“We had him [Barkley] tweet when we hired one of our assistant football coaches, and he broke the news via Twitter,” Tessalone said.Athletes’ social media image can be important to more than just their portrayal in the press. For Barkley, it could make or break his chances to win the Heisman Trophy next year, Durbin said.“It’s a political campaign, it’s a beauty contest — you have to look pretty at the right times,” Durbin said.Just as Barkley has had to learn to deal with the media in his college experience, students who attended the event said they learned from his commentary.“It was a fantastic learning experience to get a great point of view from someone inside the Trojan sports family,” said Juliann Johnson, a freshman majoring in public relations. “It’s much different from what I expected.”Annenberg students also said they felt the event augmented their journalism education.“I appreciate the opportunity Annenberg is giving the audience to learn about sports, social media and journalism,” said Alyssa Nakamoto, a freshman majoring in print and digital journalism.Though his football career forced Barkley to become aware of his image on social media much sooner than his peers will become aware of theirs, he said the experience is something everyone will have to go through.“The number one rule on the team is to protect the team, and if you have that in mind when you are on your phone or computer, you know if something you are going to send out is going to hurt the team,” Barkley said. “It makes you aware; you have to be on your guard and be careful. Your words are immortalized now.”
Meanwhile Gold Cup champion Coneygree is out for the rest of the season through injury.It’s not thought to be a career-threatening problem – but will rule out a defence of that title at Cheltenham in March. Today’s 8 race card was called off after an early morning inspection found water logging on parts of the course.The meeting had already been postponed earlier this month due to the weather.Marketing manager at Powerstown Park Eugene Cooney says they are hoping to improve drainage on parts of the course in the coming years.