12 Premier County runners at Listowel Harvest Festival.

first_imgThere’s Tipperary involvement from the very start of today’s card at Listowel, with Ballinure’s Hilary McLoughlin and Denis Hogan sending Count of Carabass and Teeline respectively in the opening race at 2 o’ clock.Next up at 2:35 is the South Western Scrap Metal Handicap, where David Wachman’s Hint of a Tint competing with the David Marnane-trained Seanie and Eamon O’ Connell’s Sassaway.David Wachman will also have an eye on the Listowel Printing Works Maiden at 3.05 – with Senior Counsel facing opposition from Aidan O’ Brien’s A Greater Force and Irish Arrow- trained by Tommy Stack. There are also three Tipp entries in the L.M. Carey & Company Handicap at 3:40.Que Sera Sera- David Wachman’s third runner in a row- goes against the Denis Hogan-trained Amazing Star and TJ O’ Mara’s Castle Bar Sling.And the final Tipperary trained entry is John J Nallen’s Minella Tweet- who’s involved in the John Francis Handicap Hurdle, which goes to post at 5.50.last_img read more

Kane heads long list of World Cup worries for England

first_img0Shares0000England manager Gareth Southgate faces problems in goal, defense, midfield and attack © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 14 – Harry Kane’s injury casts a shadow over England manager Gareth Southgate’s squad announcement on Thursday for friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy just three months from the World Cup kick-off.But the Tottenham forward’s ankle ligament damage suffered in his side’s 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday is just one of many headaches for Southgate as the Russian showpiece looms. Spurs announced on Wednesday that England’s talismanic striker is expected to return next month, meaning he should be fit for the World Cup.Kane’s prolific form had been one of few comforts for Southgate since encouraging draws against world champions Germany and Brazil in November, with many of his key players limited in their first-team chances for their clubs.Here are some of the issues that Southgate must grapple with.Hart problemGoalkeeper Joe Hart lost his place in a struggling West Ham side for 14 games and duly made a costly error as the Hammers went down 3-0 to Burnley on his return to the team on Saturday.However, Southgate is not blessed with experienced back-up options, with Stoke’s Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford of Everton boasting just a combined seven caps.Dearth of defendersIn defence, Southgate’s preferred centre-back pairing of Gary Cahill and John Stones have fallen down the pecking order at their club’s Chelsea and Manchester City.Danny Rose has also failed to re-establish himself as first-choice left-back at Spurs after a long injury layoff.Joe Gomez won man-of-the-match against Brazil but has since been usurped by fellow Englishman Trent Alexander-Arnold as Liverpool’s first-choice right-back.Injury-hit midfieldMidfield is where Southgate’s options have seemed most limited for some time and injuries have not helped a host of World Cup hopefuls.Ruben Loftus-Cheek earned rave reviews for his performances in his first senior international outings in November but has not played since December due to an ankle injury.Harry Winks’s progression at Spurs has been halted by injury and, despite returning in November from a long-term hamstring problem, Adam Lallana has been ousted from Jurgen Klopp’s strongest side by Liverpool’s brilliant front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.Ross Barkley has barely featured since securing a January move to Chelsea, while Jake Livermore was one of four West Brom players disciplined by the club after being questioned over the theft of a taxi on a night out in Barcelona last month.No competition for KaneThe desperation for Kane to be fit is understandable given a look at the lack of potential understudies.Jamie Vardy is best placed thanks to his 16 goals for Leicester this season.Marcus Rashford also impressed a watching Southgate at Old Trafford last weekend by scoring twice against Liverpool in his first league start of 2018.However, of those to feature in recent Southgate squads: Tammy Abraham (4), Danny Wellbeck (3), Jermain Defoe (3), Daniel Sturridge (2), and Dominic Solanke (0) have scored a combined 12 Premier League goals this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Living in The Hole

first_imgNo related posts. A slum that about 100 people consider home, El Hueco lies behind Jacó’s all-inclusive resorts, casinos and international restaurants. It’s the antithesis of the touristy enclave. But like the infamous beach town, El Hueco’s own prosperity is dependent on the tourism business.“Jacó doesn’t produce anything,” Carlos said. “If there wasn’t tourism, we wouldn’t have jobs.”Spending time with Carlos and María is an education on life in the other Costa Rica. On a budget of just $480 a month, María and Carlos make it work.  The single room that shelters the couple and their two children is only about 300 square feet. Not an inch lacks purpose. The perimeter of the cramped space is lined with the family’s possessions, and so is the kitchen. The bathroom, essentially a toilet behind a makeshift wall, sits about three feet away from a few cots huddled together in the corner. Smiling family photos cover the walls, as do school pictures of the oldest child – a great source of pride. Not many in the neighborhood have the chance to hang such adornments.In El Hueco, even an elementary education is considered a luxury. School itself is free, but uniforms and school bus rides are not, meaning many adults in the neighborhood cannot afford to have their children transported to or dressed for school. To decrease costs, some parents rotate their children in and out of school, allowing them to share one uniform. María has noticed that many of the community’s children run around the neighborhood when they should be attending high school. “This is not a place for minors,” she said. “Their minds are like sponges, and they soak up all the bad influences.” Carlos’ two young children run in circles, playing tag on a path that winds through one of Costa Rica’s poorest neighborhoods. On one side of the path flows a river contaminated by sewage. Ramshackle homes droop down an embankment on the other.Most of the homes lack doors and windows, revealing disheveled interiors. Carlos’ home is the last in the long line of dwellings. When visitors come, Carlos’ family members pour out to say hello, including his wife, María, his mother, his brother, his in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews. “Welcome to our home,” María says.María and Carlos, who requested that their last names be withheld for safety reasons, have lived in “El Hueco” the past 14 years. That’s the name of their neighborhood. The hole. Carlos and María can afford to send their children to school because Carlos works 12 hours a day, six days a week as a security guard for a prominent hotel in downtown Jacó. He gets Mondays off.In her position as a cook in another hotel in Jacó, María only works on weekend shifts during low season. High season also has its peaks and valleys, though. María says she is grateful for the work, and even more so for a recent raise. Recently, her hourly wage increased from ₡800 to ₡1,200 per hour.María’s new wage is in line with the Costa Rican minimum wage for non-skilled workers in the tourism industry, and it adds up to a daily rate of just under $17, based on an eight-hour work day. In Nicaragua, where María and Carlos are from, their salaries would be at most half of that, María points out.     Carlos provides the lion’s share of the household income, and every penny is spent with purpose. After laying out $140 for electricity, $88 for the school bus ($2 per day) and $240 for food, just $12 of savings remains from their monthly income.With no financial wiggle room, the family and many other residents of El Hueco sometimes ask for money from tourists and locals. María said she’s embarrassed about having to do so, but she also emphasized the necessity. Despite the challenges, Carlos and María consider themselves lucky – they know things could be worse.“We live in poverty,” Carlos said, “but we make it work.” Facebook Comments The municipality of Garabito is also an occasional source of extra income. Home to about 22,000 people and encompassing Jacó and Herradura, the municipality works closely with antipoverty programs, such as Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social (IMAS), which is funded by the national government. The organization helps poor children get an education. It also provides aid to families in times of crisis. A new community center under development will also provide free afterschool programs.The central issue, according to Garabito Deputy Mayor Karla Gutiérrez, is volume. With the tourism in Jacó creating job possibilities, people continue to arrive in search of opportunities. “If we take out two people, six will enter. The problem is there’s no control,” she said.Because El Hueco is one of three similar communities in the area – Cristo Rey, located in nearby Herradura, is the second largest – the issue doesn’t end with finding alternative housing for those in El Hueco. Each time one family leaves, there’s a race to claim the vacancy.“[Residents] call family members and tell them they’ve found housing and that they can all live together,” Gutiérrez said. “[El Hueco] is used as housing for entire families, not just individuals.”last_img read more