Lord Equus to rebound

first_img IDEAL TRIP (7) PROLIFIC PRINCESS (8) ITALIANO/MIND SET (9) LORD EQUUS/CLASSY AVIATOR (10) LOTTERY TICKET/ HONEY DARLIN (11) NUCLEAR AFFAIR (12) SMOKEY TOPAZ/ MERITONE Walker, Graham, and O’Shaun Connection should team up once again to win the eighth race over 1500 metres (claiming $450,000-$400,000) with down, in-class ITALIANO. Having beaten better in his first two races of the season in January, the seven-year-old grey gelding should defy topweight of 57.0kg over what is an ideal trip for him but should still be wary of the Wayne DaCosta-trained MIND SET and the recent winner STAR NEW VISTA. LORD EQUUS, who finished a good fifth to FUTURE KING in the recent Post to Post 2000 Guineas, should take a lot of beating in the ninth race over 1200 metres, this for non-winners of two three-year-olds. Trained by 14-time champion PhilipFeanny, LORD EQUUS notched his last win over this trip in the fairly good time of 1:13.4, and based on his good fourth to CHASE THE GREAT in the March 19 Prince Consort Stakes (Guineas trial), will prove hard to beat with only 51.5kg and Oneil Mullings aboard. CLASSY AVIATOR (Wesley Henry up) and the Wayne DaCosta-trained LITTLE BIG HORN (Walker up) are twin dangers in a field of 11. Race number 10 for the Ricochet Cup over the round-five course for maiden three-year-old fillies should resolve itself into a straight fight between the Feanny-trained HONEY DARLN (Mullings up), who went down fighting against SUPER COP last Saturday, and the DaCosta-trained LOTTERY TICKET (Walker up), who showed promise on her recent debut. It should to be close, but for me, it’s LOTTERY TICKET. The 11th race, the Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks for native-bred three-year-old fillies over 2,000 metres, looks a mere formality for the impressive 1000 Guineas winner NUCLEAR AFFAIR, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros. This exceptional hree-year-old filly is unbeaten in three starts this season, and having looked razor sharp at exercise, should lead home Guineas runner-up A THOUSAND STARS in a field of 10. Then, close all bets with the speedy SMOKEY TOPAZ under top apprentice Linton Steadman in the last race over 1,200 metres, where MERITONE and BLUE DIXIE are main rivals in a field of 11 overnight allowance horses. TOMORROW’s Jamaica Oaks 12-race programme at Caymanas Park offers a host of carry-overs, including $4.2 million in the Pick-9 from Race Four to 12 and $1.1 million in the late Super-6 from Race Seven to 12. There is also a place pot carry-over of $281,000 as well as $95,097 hi-five carry-over from Sunday to tomorrow’s fifth race and a superfecta carry-over of $146,000 from Sunday’s eighth race to the first race tomorrow. We look at the second Super-6 commencing in Race Seven, a four-year-old and up restricted allowance (non-winners of two) for fillies and mares to be contested by 10 starters over 1,200 metres. VALLEY OF QUEENS, KIMBERLY GOLD, SWEET DIMENSION, and the sparingly raced filly PROLIFIC PRINCESS are expected to figure prominently. Victory should go to the Neive Graham-trained PROLIFIC PRINCESS despite racing for the first time since August of last year. Back then, she was a runaway winner over this trip in the fairly good time of 1:14.3, and with connections, including popular owner O’Shaun Connection doing very well with their string of horses this season, PROLIFIC PRINCESS should return with a bang under title-chasing jockey Omar Walker. She has most to fear from KIMBERLY GOLD, who hails from the in-form stables of Steven Todd. LATE SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

Sixteen arrests on first night of Donegal Rally

first_imgGardaí say they are happy with the significant decrease in arrests on the first night of the Donegal International Rally 2019.Sixteen people were arrested overnight in Letterkenny this year – down from 30 on Friday night in 2018.Thousands of visitors arrived in Letterkenny in recent days to follow the Donegal International Rally. But, as with every year, there have been a number of public order and dangerous driving incidents. The arrests for Friday night were:11 arrests for Public order offences1 arrest for drink driving1 arrest for dangerous driving2 people were found in possession of illicit drugs1 person was arrested and interviewed in relation to an assault to appear in CourtSix vehicles were also seized. The Roads Policing Unit are carrying out a high volume of checks on roads across the county this weekend. A zero-tolerance policy is in operation on dangerous driving as the authorities aim to “keep the race in its place”.Gardaí are delighted with the outcome of their efforts on Friday night and have thanked the public for their co-operation.In a Facebook post they said: “We are delighted to announce that the number of arrests overnight for road traffic offences was significantly lower than it has been over the past number of years on the first night of the Donegal International Rally. “We want to thank everyone for taking the Road safety message on board.“Everyone had a great day yesterday and we hope that the road safety message continues to be remembered by all for the remainder of the event!”Follow the Donegal Daily Live Blog for updates from the 2019 Joule Donegal International Rally here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2019/06/21/live-follow-the-2019-joule-donegal-international-rally-on-our-live-blog/  Sixteen arrests on first night of Donegal Rally was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:arrestsdonegal international rallyGardairallylast_img read more

Giants playing their best baseball in 12 months, beat first place Brewers at home

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — A June swoon, you ask?Not around the foggy confines of China Basin, where the Giants are playing their best baseball in a full year.For the second time this month, the Giants have won three in a row as they took down the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on the strength of three home runs, a solid night from starter Drew Pomeranz and four innings of one-run ball from a quartet of relievers.Pablo Sandoval, Kevin Pillar and Mike Yastrzemski all homered for the Giants as they turned the …last_img read more

How To Best Approach Your Indie Film Budget

first_imgWhether you’re creating a low-budget short or a multi-million dollar feature, follow these considerations for creating a comprehensive (and realistic!) film budget.No matter what your budget, there is always one constant: creating a budget for your film should surely guarantee that every dollar will be spent wisely. A properly constructed budget will allow you to look critically at all of your departments, which in turn provides you with much needed clarity on critical decisions that need to be made throughout the process. For example: How much do you need to set aside for star talent (if any)? What elements can you, or need to, barter for if the budget is very low? Is it better to rent or buy gear? What can you get for free? What are the largest unavoidable expenses?To begin the budgeting process, I recommend breaking things down into the 4 following major categories, all of which are standard to just about any film budget:Pre-Production ~10%Production ~35%Post-Production ~35%Distribution and Marketing ~20%Understanding your needs, ahead of time, for each of these basic components of the filmmaking process will keep you organized and ultimately make your life that much easier.Pre-ProductionPre-production is comprised of all the items you must address in the beginning phases of your production up until the day you go to shoot your film. In this stage, your budget will account for items such as location scouting, insurance, office expenses, courier services, script fees, casting director rate, and just about anything else that you need to pay for before actually getting to set. Theoretically, pre-production should be the easiest to predict in terms of cost and if you’re shooting a low or micro-budget film, this stage will likely be the cheapest of the four components of your budget (no more than 10%).ProductionFor films of any scale, production is often where the most amount of money is spent, simply because there are more unavoidable costs during this stage. Big ticket items such as paying your cast and crew, location permits, gear rentals (including the camera, lenses, filters, rigs, tripods, and extra batteries), insurance etc. are all items that necessarily will need to eat into your budget. Other line items such as catering, lodging (if necessary), transportation costs for cast and crew and makeup are also big considerations, but some of these can be mitigated by thinking outside of the box. For instance if you’re really on a shoestring budget, you might be able to get a local catering company to sponsor your film, ultimately bringing down your food line item.During production it’s wise to keep a “miscellaneous fund” or rather a contingency of money that isn’t accounted for in case you incur unforeseen expenses such as repairing equipment that breaks or renting additional gear that will help you get the most out of your shots. As I mentioned earlier, the majority of film budgets are spent during production (not including huge blockbusters that spend the most on marketing), but regardless I typically recommend designating about 35% of your budget to actually shooting your film. As you will see in the sections that follow, both post-production and marketing deserve just as much attention and funding.Post-ProductionI always advise leaving a healthy portion of your budget for post-production, even if you aren’t making a heavily post-driven film (such as a VFX spectacle or action movie). No matter what genre you’re working in, if you skimp out in post your film will suffer and the money you spent in production will be somewhat wasted. Post-production funds will go towards your editor, colorist, sound designer, composer, and the rest of your post team. Not to mention you may need money for music licensing, stock footage, and deliverables (like a DCP for festival screenings).Personally, I recommend allocating about 35% of your budget for post-production (the same as your production budget). This may seem like a lot, and many filmmakers choose to put more into production, but you will be doing your film a disservice by cutting corners in this department. Your final audio mix alone is worth its weight in gold, as clean audio will literally make your film more valuable when you go to sell it. I’ve seen some films completely ruined in post production because of a lack of funds…and these were films with great scripts and great production/cast/crew behind them. Without enough budget or time left over for post, the final products just didn’t work.Distribution and MarketingOnce you’ve got the final master of your film, it’s time to start pushing it out into the world. It’s rare that independent filmmakers allocate a sufficient amount of budget to marketing, but this should really never be the case. After all, without marketing dollars no one will ever see your movie.To start, you need to create a strategy to reach your audience and eventually turn a profit. There are cost efficient options such as blogging or reaching out to other bloggers/online publications in hopes that they will share your films trailer or write a review. As well, social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo can be instrumental in your films success on a grass roots level if you really push things on those platforms.That said, you will also want to account for the following, more costly, items marketing in your budget: A website for your film, screenings at various theaters, film festival applications, local ad campaigns, and hiring a publicist (if needed). Like any other phase mentioned here, make note of what can be done on your own and what bartering options are available to you within your network to keep your costs down. In any case, do your best to allocate at least 20-30% of your funds to marketing, and be prepared to do most of the leg work if you are trying to keep the costs down.There is no one-size-fits-all budget format, and ultimately you must create a budget that is most in-line with your film’s needs. However it is essential that you create a well thought out, organized budget for your project to ensure that all bases are covered when it comes to the four important elements of filmmaking. Familiarizing yourself with the film’s needs ahead of time will make the entire process (and your life) easier.When you begin itemizing your expenses, be sure to gain a clear understanding of what you can contribute to the process on your own and who you can utilize in your network to lend your film a helping hand. After you’ve worked out these essential details don’t forget to include some breathing room by creating a “contingency” fund, which will go toward miscellaneous or unforeseen expenses you may (and likely, will) incur when setting out to make your film.last_img read more

Why Your Guest Post Fails

first_imgI know a lot of people firmly believe that you can–and should–increase your web presence by finding other people with a presence and asking them if you can write a guest post. The idea is that, by exposing their audience to you and your ideas, you will gain new community members.For a lot of people, this works. If you’re Chris Brogan, it makes sense to guest post on copyblogger. If you’re coppyblogger, it makes sense to have Chris publish a guest post.Each week, I receive four or five emails asking if the author can provide me with a guest post. I always thank the person for their offer, explain that guest posts don’t align with my strategy here, and ask if I can help promote their content in some other way.I stop short of telling them that I believe their community-building (or attention-getting) strategy is broken. But it is broken.No Shortcuts: A guest post might get you a nice bump in traffic. It might give you a nice little boost in attention. But neither of those are great indicators of success if everything else isn’t right. There is no quick fix for a long term problem.No Content: If your own blog isn’t already chock full of great content, there isn’t any reason to believe that pointing people to your site is going to help you build community. Your site needs to stand on its own; it needs to be worth the reader’s time and attention because it’s a great resource. This counts for a lot more than a recommendation.You Don’t Want Community: If you are selling a product, especially a software product, you don’t really want to build community–you want to advertise. Content about your product, your service, or your offering is marketing–not a guest post.Fake Backlinks: It’s a nice idea to believe that guest posts are going to create the kind of backlinks from highly trafficked sites will improve your SEO results. But there’s a better way to get backlinks: publish something worth linking to in the first place.There are points for style here, too. If your email begins with, “I am a big fan of your blog,” or “I just read your post titled . . ,” you very quickly betray the fact you don’t read the blog and that you are outside the community. If you were part of the community, you would already be known. Guest posts work better when you are already part of the community.Now I am no expert on content marketing. For that, go see copyblogger and Chris Brogan. But the heart of content marketing is content. The more great content you produce, the easier it is to produce the “marketing” results.QuestionsWhat do you want to accomplish through a guest post?Is a guest post the best way to accomplish that goal?Would you do better to focus on producing better content?Are you trying to build community or are you really trying to advertise?last_img read more

Augmentation or Automation

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now People. Ideas. Technology. In that order. This is what the Air Force Col. John Boyd used to admonish the Defense Department with over and over again, as it pertained to jet fighters.Last week a number of us who think, speak, write, and improve sales were invited to CEB (now Gartner) to talk about what we see going on in the world of sales, and to view their new research. The first day we were together, we spent much of the time talking about artificial intelligence and automation as it pertains to sales. No matter how the conversation shifted, it somehow found its way back to these issues.My contribution to the conversation was an observation that the more we talked about technology, the more it was clear that what was most important was the human aspect. What was interesting is that the human aspect wasn’t absent from the conversation, it was underlying everything that we discussed, even when it wasn’t stated.The reason this was so prevalent in our conversation is because so many technology companies believe they can improve sales without building better sales people. Mistakenly, they put things in exactly the opposite order of what Colonel Boyd insisted on.There are more and more companies—and more and more people—who believe that automation is going to replace salespeople and all human interaction as it pertains to buying and selling. Some of the people who believe this to be true write about sales and put themselves forth as sales improvement experts, all the while berating salespeople for continuing to believe that they create value for their clients, and for continuing to prospect when all is already lost. Some of them believe that the Millennial generation is going to be so very different than their parents that selling is going take place exclusively over digital channels and that all prior forms of communication are dead.They are incorrect.Clearly, if a salesperson can add no value, that role will be disintermediated, and automation and artificial intelligence will easily replace them. That means if you are a walking brochure, or better stated, “a walking website,” you don’t create enough value so that you cannot be easily replaced by technology. The bottom half of the hourglass economy is going to be transactional.At the top of the hourglass economy, however, the place where decisions are complex, strategic, potentially risky, and expensive, artificial intelligence and technology are going to augment salespeople. As a trusted advisor, you’re going to leverage things like big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, to create even greater value. Your ability to leverage the tools is going to be part of what makes you a trusted advisor, just as the illiterate Kings of old surrounded themselves with people who could read, write, and think.If you want to play the long game here, it is people, ideas, technology, in that exact order.last_img read more

Deflated Ball: Blake gets 29 in Clips’ 108-92 rout of Lakers

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA UP NEXTClippers: Host Suns on Saturday.Lakers: At Suns on Friday. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “We got blown out, so I didn’t play too well,” Ball said. “It was great to start out, but all I care about is winning, and we lost today. We’ve got to regroup.”Ball is expected to revitalize his hometown team this season, but the rookie started out with all the nerves and mistakes that might be expected from any 19-year-old with the weight of a 16-time NBA championfranchise on his slender shoulders.Beverley, who joined the Clippers in Paul’s trade to the Rockets, had 10 points while introducing Ball to high-level NBA defense.“I just had to set the tone,” Beverley said. “I told him after the game, due to all the riff-raff his dad brings, he’s going to get a lot of people coming at him. He has to be ready for that, and I let him know after the game. But what a better way to start him off. I was 94 feet guarding him tonight. Welcome his little young ass to the NBA.”Along with a handful of good-looking passes and a 3-pointer late in the first half, Ball went 1 for 6 from ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH the field and committed two turnovers.“He’s going to be a great talent, but he has to go through the tough times,” Beverley said. “He’llappreciate this when he looks back on it.”Brook Lopez scored 20 points in his debut for the Lakers, and Jordan Clarkson added 18.“I wasn’t happy with what we gave our fans tonight,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Obviously I heard the (boos), and we deserved it at those times.”TIP-INSClippers: Danilo Gallinari had 11 points in his LA debut. … Coach Doc Rivers answered back at Paul, who said he didn’t like the Clippers’ team culture in a documentary that will be released this week by ESPN.“Listen, when you leave, you should just leave,” Rivers said. “I don’t think you have to try to burn the house down or justify why you left. That’s what I would say to it. I like our culture.Lakers: New G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed this game while beginning a two-game suspension for getting arrested in March and later pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. … Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers’ other first-round pick, had eight points in his NBA debut. … Andrew Bogut, the former Golden State center, had three fouls and three turnovers in his Lakers debut.NEW BACKCOURTEven with several new contributors, the Clippers already resemble a hard-nosed, tough-minded veteran team led by Beverley. Milos Teodosic, the other starting guard in Rivers’ revamped lineup, hit two 3-pointers in the 30-year-old Serbian rookie’s NBA debut.MAGIC BALLIt was a busy night for Lakers executive Magic Johnson, also a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Magic watched from the tunnel while Staples Center showed Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on the scoreboard during pregame warmups, and he celebrated behind the scenes when the Dodgers clinched their first World Series berth since 1988 during the first half. “I’m just happy for all the players and all the Dodger fans across the world,” Johnson said. “This is a moment that I’ll never forget. I was torn, because I wanted to be here for Lonzo Ball’s first game as a Laker, but my heart is in Chicago. … I’m so happy with Clayton Kershaw, that he can finally pitch in the World Series. He deserves this moment, and all our players deserve this moment, too.” Staples Center erupted in cheers when the Dodgers recorded the final out in Chicago, and again when the final out appeared on the video board. Loss to Pirates only motivates Red Lions Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, and guard Lonzo Ball, right, reach for a loose ball along with Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Patrick Beverley crowded chest-to-chest with Lonzo Ball before an inbounds pass in the first quarter while they were 94 feet from the basket. Moments later at midcourt, Beverley emphatically fouled the Lakers’ rookie point guard and watched him fall.Ball still might turn out to be Los Angeles’ basketball star of the future, even after his awfully quiet NBA debut.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The present in this town still belongs to the Clippers, even without Chris Paul.Blake Griffin scored 29 points and DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 24 rebounds in the Clippers’ 108-92rout of the Lakers on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLou Williams added 12 points in the Clippers’ first game since Paul spurned the perennial playoff team after six years and forced an offseason trade to Houston. The Clippers will have a new look this season after adding Beverley’s tenacity and several new scorers, but they were still miles ahead of their Staples Center co-tenants in both teams’ season openers.Beverley and the Clippers got little trouble from Ball, who had three points, four assists and nine rebounds in 29 minutes during the first game for the No. 2 overall pick from UCLA. He had about 40 friends and family members in the stands, including his voluble father, LaVar.last_img read more

SPORT-GAVASKAR 2LAST

first_imgThe former batsman said that Kohli also should be lauded The former batsman said that Kohli also should be lauded for keeping his calm in tense situations. “When you see him during fielding, look how animated he is. But with the bat, he is a completely different personality. He is very composed, doesnt let any emotions come in the way,” he pointed out. Apart from Kohli, Gavaskar lauded skipper Dhoni for using his resources well. Dhoni managed to surprise the Australians by bowling Yuvraj Singh, whose part-time left-arm spin got India the crucial wicket of rival captain Steve Smith last night. “Dhoni reads what the oppositions strengths are. He realised that Raina could be expensive against Australia because he doesnt turn the ball much. This pitch wasnt affording turn. Thats why he brought Yuvraj. So reading the oppositions strengths is what the captains need to do and Dhoni does it better than most,” he said. Also getting Gavaskars praise was veteran pacer Ashish Nehra. Gavaskar felt Nehra has managed to ensure that India dont bleed runs in the death overs. “This team has been gelling into a formidable outfit. It had all its bases covered. Earlier, the death overs were causing problems, India were leaking runs and therefore losing their grip on the match, that has now been stopped. “Generally the last 5-10 overs go for a 100 runs, now I think thats been brought under control because of Nehra ji. His contribution to this team cannot be underestimated,” he said. PTI PM SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

11 days agoLeicester defender ​Soyuncu coping well with replacing Maguire

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Leicester defender ​Soyuncu coping well with replacing Maguireby Ansser Sadiq11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City centre-back Caglar Soyuncu has admitted that he is enjoying the change in his role this season.After the departure of Harry Maguire to Manchester United, Soyoncu stepped up as the club’s first choice center half alongside Jonny Evans.He only played six times for the Foxes last term, but he has been nearly ever present this term.Leicester are flying high in the Premier League as they chase a top four finish.”Of course, it’s not easy to replace world’s most expensive defender,” the 23-year-old told TRT Spor.”There is pressure and that’s completely normal. But as a footballer, you have to overcome the pressure.”Every player in the Premier League has that pressure. But my teammates and the manager are helping me a lot. I think we started the season quite well; we have a great friendship inside the team.” last_img read more

Thunder Bay police doesnt have competency for proper death investigations top detective

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National News The Thunder Bay police force doesn’t have the “competency” to conduct proper death or homicide investigations, says a high profile former Toronto homicide detective.David Perry, who now runs Investigative Solutions Network, said he was disturbed by what he discovered after examining the death of Stacy DeBungee, an Ojibway man from Rainy River First Nation who was pulled from Thunder Bay’s McIntyre River in October 2015.Perry is a former Toronto homicide detective who led the Holly Jones and Cecilia Zhang investigations in 2003. He also led an investigation into Kenneth Estabrook, a New Brunswick police officer who molested more than 250 children.Perry said the Thunder Bay police failed to follow the most elementary steps when conducting a death investigation in DeBungee’s case. What he saw didn’t leave him with much confidence in the city police force.“No, they don’t have the competency to do a death investigation, or a homicide investigation, unless they can show me they have done a better job than they did in this one,” said Perry.I personally just don’t accept the fact that all of these people ended up in the river …– Retired detective David PerryDeBungee’s case fits a pattern in the Thunder Bay police’s handling of cases involving the deaths of Indigenous people in the city’s waterways. In case after case, the Thunder Bay police quickly and publicly rule out foul play and determine the drowning death to be the result of an accident or misadventure while doing little investigative work to support their conclusions.Perry also wrote a report on Darryl Kakekayash, an Indigenous man who survived an attack by a group of white men who threw him into the river in 2008. He said Kakekayash’s story, which is not an isolated incident, coupled with the number of recent deaths recorded in the city’s waterways, opens up another, more troubling possibility.“I truly believe that there is likely a pattern…just look at the number of deaths that they have had. You have Darryl’s case. I’ve heard of others, rumours, about others being thrown in the river,” said Perry. “Do they have a person or people in Thunder Bay that find it to be a sport to throw people in the river? Whether the intent is to be murder or mayhem, I don’t know…. It’s quite possible they have something more sinister happening there than we know.”Stacy DeBungee, an Ojibway man from Rainy River First Nation was pulled from Thunder Bay’s McIntyre River in October 2015.Perry said he has doubts the Thunder Bay police has the desire to crack this type of complex case.“If they had the desire to do it, they probably have the ability. Where there might be a disconnect is there doesn’t seem to be a commitment from the Thunder Bay police service to stop this,” said Perry.“I personally just don’t accept the fact that all of these people ended up in the river, as many of the cases stated, because of the consumption of alcohol, falling asleep, then rolling into the river. It doesn’t make sense to me.”Stacy DeBungee, 41, was pulled from the McIntyre River on the morning of Oct. 19, 2015. That same day, Thunder Bay police issued a press release stating it was “not a suspicious death.” The police issued a second press release the next day saying the death was deemed “non-criminal.”Retired Toronto detective David Perry, right, talks with APTN Correspondent Jorge BarreraPerry said he was initially perplexed by the police’s decision to declare it case closed so quickly.“All that information was going out even before a postmortem had been conducted. I just wondered how they came to that conclusion,” said Perry. “I still don’t know what happened to Mr. DeBungee and that is what troubled me. There were a lot of unanswered questions, a lot of things that were rather routine in terms of a sudden death investigation that should have been done and I had no evidence to show that they were done.”Perry said Thunder Bay police investigators did not even bother spending time with DeBungee’s family.“The family gave me a good sense of the last hours their loved one Mr. DeBungee was alive. I found out quite quickly where he went when he left that house, who he was supposed to meet with, what the purpose of that meeting was,” said Perry. “The mystery was why he didn’t come home that night and how did he end up in the McIntyre River.”Perry managed to track down four people DeBungee was with the evening before he was pulled from the river. They told him they left DeBungee on the river bank with another individual who has since vanished. DeBungee’s identification documents were found along with identification belonging to the now disappeared individual, said Perry.“As a former police officer, when I see people’s identification strewn about, that concerns me. Were they robbed? And if so, what were the circumstances? We know that alcohol was involved that night, were they simply sleeping and someone took everything out of their pockets?” said Perry. “Were they beaten and robbed? Was there violence involved? At this point, we didn’t know anything and found all that very interesting that all of these things were there and there was nobody following up on it.”Perry then discovered that DeBungee’s debit card was used on the same day he was pulled dead from the river. The card was used in three ATM withdrawals ranging from $20 to $40. DeBungee’s card was also used at a Canadian Tire, an LCBO near the river and for a taxi ride.A section of the McIntyre Floodway in Thunder Bay. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNThunder Bay police investigators did not follow any of these leads.Perry called and left messages to follow up with them on the case – those calls were never returned.“I just can’t understand how you couldn’t look at that information and take it in the most serious way,” said Perry.A lot didn’t make sense to Perry about how the Thunder Bay police handled the case. DeBungee’s body was discovered against the backdrop of a coroner’s inquest into the death of seven First Nation youths who died in the city between 2000 and 2011—including five who died in the river. The coroner’s jury would eventually conclude it could not determine what led to three of the river deaths.“I think it was a matter of incompetence, that they never slowed down and even assessed what was happening in Thunder Bay and the fact they were under a microscope and being reviewed by a coroner’s inquest and that inquest had been going on for months, it was front page news,” said Perry. “It could be systemic racism. It could be a view that, ‘we found another intoxicated Indigenous person in the water, therefore it’s a drowning. They must have rolled in their sleep down the bank and fell into the water.’”Perry said the failures of the police force begin at the top with the chief and go all the way down to the constable on the beat. Chief J.P. Levesque, is currently facing charges of obstruction of justice and breach of trust for allegedly disclosing personal information about Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs.“I tend to believe in policing as a fundamental element of our community. What can change a police service that is struggling like Thunder Bay is leadership and direction. It is not just at the top, it has to go all the way through the ranks,” said Perry.The Thunder Bay police asked the OPP to review its DeBungee investigation. After initially rejecting the request, the OPP began a review of the case in February and submitted its report in mid-May. The Thunder Bay police said it is reviewing the OPP report.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more