Irwin’s Bakery has secured a major new contract worth £1m for its signature ‘Joey’ products, which will be supplied to Asda stores across the UK.Produced by its cakes and biscuits division, Howell House, the madeira buns, covered in a flavoured coating and sprinkled with desiccated coconut, will be available in Asda in a number of different varieties.Irwin’s original Jammy Joeys were first listed in Great Britain in 2012, and now Asda will list three of its most popular varieties – Jammy, Snowy and Chocolate – as well as packs of Joey Bites in up to 400 stores.John Hopkins, sales director, Irwin’s Bakery, said: “We are delighted to take on this new business, which strengthens our existing relationship with Asda. It’s fantastic to see a local favourite take off and become a leading product across the UK with a major retailer.“A contract win on this scale not only highlights the quality and taste of our products, but showcases the appeal of traditional Northern Irish produce on a UK-wide basis.”The deal takes Irwin’s annual business with Asda to more than £4m.
CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY TO FEATURE FIVE CAL-BRED OR SIRED STAKES ON SATURDAY, $200,000 SNOW CHIEF & $200,000 MELAIR SHARE TOP BILLING
MOTOWN MEN & SHIP IN JOY BOY HEAD FIELD OF 10 IN $150,000 TIZNOW STAKES La Fiera, a winner of the one mile turf Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields April 26, and Sheer Pleasure, a rousing off the pace winner of Santa Anita’s Evening Jewel Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, head a competitive field of seven 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes, to be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.Owned and bred by Dr. and Mrs. William T. Gray and trained by Greg James, La Fiera broke her maiden for a $32,000 claiming tag going one mile on synthetic Tapeta four starts back at Golden Gate and has three wins from five starts. A dark bay or brown filly by Comic Strip out of the Roar mare Ms. Booty, La Fiera, who gets the services of Rafael Bejarano, will try natural dirt for the first time in the Melair. With earnings of $82,607, she’s proven a tractable sort and will likely stalk the early pace on Saturday.Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing, Sheer Pleasure rallied from far off the pace to take the state-bred Evening Jewel by three quarters of a length. A 6 ½ length first-out Cal-bred maiden special weight winner going six furlongs at Los Alamitos Dec. 19, Sheer Pleasure has two wins from four starts. A dark bay or brown filly by Birdonthewire, she is out of the Blare of Trumpets mare Kathryns Birthday and has earnings of $147,450.Second, beaten two lengths by La Fiera in the Campanile at Golden Gate April 16, trainer Peter Eurton’s Ashley’s Sassy was third, beaten five lengths by Sheer Pleasure two starts back in the Evening Jewel at Santa Anita. Owned by her breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashley’s Sassy is 6-2-1-2 with earnings of $135,800. A two time sprint winner, she is by Decarchy and is out of the Urgent Request mare Ashely’s Folly.Third, beaten two lengths by La Fiera in the Campanile Stakes, Jack and Barbara Owens’ homebred Niassa was a close third five starts back in the one mile Soviet Problem Stakes versus state-breds at Los Alamitos Dec. 7 and rates serious consideration with Flavien Prat set to ride for the first time. A dark bay or brown filly by Papa Clem, she is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Glamour Cat and is 8-3-0-3 with earnings of $126,930.The complete field for the Melair Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira, 118; Thermodynamics, Gary Stevens, 118; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 123; Niassa, Flavien Prat, 120; Ashley’s Sassy, Mike Smith, 120; La Fiera, Rafael Bejarano, 123, and Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 118. GOLDEN GATE INVADER LA FIERA & LOCALLY BASED SHEER PLEASURE HEAD $200,000 MELAIR STAKES STAKES WINNER GO WEST MARIE HEADS FIELD IN FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES RECENT STAKES WINNERS GRAZEN SKY & RICHARD’S BOY HEAD $200,000 SNOW CHIEF; FIELD OF 11 SOPHOMORES SET TO CONTEST 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF Motown Men heads a field of 10 California-bred or sired older horses in Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes at a mile on the main track.Motown Men, who is trained by Ted West, was claimed out of a $40,000 optional claiming race March 8, won at a mile in an allowance race April 10 then went on to run a close third in the Grade III Precisionist going a 1 1/16 miles on the main track May 2.The 6-year-old gelding by Decarchy has one win and a second at the Tiznow distance and will again be ridden by Tyler Baze. He is owned by Gulliver Racing, LLC and is 28-5-6-5 overall with earnings of $294,459.Joy Boy ships in from Midwest for trainer Kellyn Gorder and returns once again to Santa Anita following his Gus Fonner Stakes win in Nebraska on April 25. The 7-year-old gelding by Tribal Rule has two wins, two seconds and third at the mile distance and will gain Joe Talamo as he breaks from the far outside in Saturday’s Tiznow.Joy Boy is owned by Kevin and Tammie Hulse of TK Stables, LLC and is 36-11-5-3- overall with earnings of $455,377.The complete field for the Tiznow Stakes, to be run as the ninth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 121; Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 119; Toldeo Eddie, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Magic Mark, Fernando Perez, 119; Short Heat Wave, David Flores, 121; Soi Phet, Kent Desormeaux, 124; Poshsky, Elvis Trujillo, 121; Rousing Sermon, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 121; Joy Boy, Joe Talamo, 124. GRADED STAKES WINNER HARLINGTON’S ROSE HEADS FIELD IN SPRING FEVER STAKES Stakes winner Go West Marie heads field of eight in Saturday’s Fran’s Valentine Stakes for California-bred or sired older fillies and mares going one mile on turf.Trained by Eddie Truman, Go West Marie will attempt to improve her perfect record at the Fran’s Valentine distance Saturday. Ridden by Gary Stevens in her last four starts, in which she has not finished worse than second, Go West Marie will retain the services of the Hall of Fame rider.A close second in the Grade III Las Cienegas turf sprint on April 11 and a winner of both the Irish O’Brien Stakes and the Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Stakes earlier this year, Go West Marie will attempt a mile on the grass for just the second time.Owned by Peter Redekop, B.C Ltd, the 4-year-old filly by Western Fame is 19-6-2-5 overall with earnings of $482,520.Mike Puype’s Chati’s On Top is coming off two back-to-back wins in allowance company and will look to make the jump in class Saturday. A close second in the Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate on June 8 going a mile on the turf, she has one win, two seconds and a third overall at the Fran’s Valentine distance.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify she is 13-3-5-2 overall with earnings of $184,228.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out stakes winner Heat Du Jour. A winner of the Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar on August 17 at a mile on turf, Heat Du Jour ran fifth in her next two stakes attempts; the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap on Sept. 1 and the Oct. 4 Swingtime Stakes.Owned in part by Hollendorfer as well as Mark Schlaich and George Todaro, she is 26-5-2-4 overall with earnings of $263,910.The complete field for the Fran’s Valentine Stakes to be run as the sixth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: My Monet, Gonzalo Nicolas, 121; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 124; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 121; Heat Du Jour, Corey Nakatani, 124; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 121; Qiaona, Mike Smith, 119; Mangita, Aaron Gryder, 119; Chilada, Elvis Trujillo, 119. ARCADIA, Calif. (May 20, 2015)–A pair of $200,000 stakes, the Snow Chief, for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf and the Melair Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, headline a total of five stakes restricted to horses bred or sired in California on Saturday, California Gold Rush Day, at Santa Anita.The Snow Chief, which attracted a field of 11, is headed by Grazen Sky and Richard’s Boy, both recent stakes winners, along with impressive allowance winners Rocko’s Wheel and Zinvor.Owned and bred by Nick Alexander and trained by Steve Miyadi, Grazen Sky, a grey or roan colt by Grazen out of the Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, tried turf for the first time and pressed the pace en route to a 1 ¼ length win in the one mile Silky Sullivan Stakes on April 26 at Golden Gate Fields. The 6-5 favorite in a field of six state-breds, Grazen Sky followed up on a good second to highly regarded Gimme Da Lute in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita on April 4.With three wins and three seconds from six starts, Grazen Sky has earnings of $186,800. Like the rest of the field, he’ll try the deep waters of a mile and one eighth for the first time in the Snow Chief.Owned by Rockingham Ranch and conditioned by Peter Miller, Richard’s Boy comes off a neck win as the 9-5 favorite in the Desert Code Stakes, which was run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course May 2. A grey or roan gelding by Idiot Proof, Richard’s Boy finished third, a half length behind Grazen Sky two starts back in the Echo Eddie. With four wins from five starts, Richard’s Boy, who will try two turns for the first time, has earnings of $187,840.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and co-breeder Jimmy Ukegawa, Rocko’s Wheel rallied from off the pace to take a 1 1/16 miles state-bred allowance by 1 ¾ lengths on April 26 and thus looms a serious contender given his proven ability to act around two turns. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Rocko’s Wheel earned a Snow Chief best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 89 and will try to transfer his recent sharp form onto turf, which he’ll try for the first time.A dark bay or brown colt by Grazen, Rocko’s Wheel is out of the Double Honor mare Honored Gold and was bred in-part by D’Amato’s mentor, the late Mike Mitchell. Rocko’s Wheel has two wins from four starts and earnings of $81,900.Trained by John Sadler and owned by Triple B Farms, Zinvor was a handy 2 ¼ length state-bred allowance winner going a mile on turf April 4, and with two wins from three tries on grass, he rates a huge chance in the Snow Chief. A dark bay or brown gelding by Tribal Rule out of the Woodman mare Shady Lady Dancer, Zinvor is 8-2-2-1 overall with earnings of $109,068.The complete field for the Snow Chief Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Cardiac, Santiago Gonzalez, 118; Richard’s Boy, Fernando Perez, 123; Book Thirty Four, Felipe Valdez, 118; Zinvor, Victor Espinoza, 120; Grazen Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Chief of Staff, Tyler Baze, 118; Temple Keys, Drayeden Van Dyke, 118; Neveradoubt, Flavien Prat, 118; Rocko’s Wheel, Joe Talamo, 120; Pulmarack, Corey Nakatani, 118, and Over Par, Mario Gutierrez, 118. Graded Stakes winner Harlington’s Rose heads the field in Saturday’s Spring Fever Stakes for California-bred or sired older fillies and mares going six furlongs.Winner of the Grade III Las Flores on March 8 at the Spring Fever distance, Harlington’s Rose has finished in the money in each of her last four starts, including a third place finish in the Grade II Santa Monica on Jan. 19 after a slow start.The Steve Knapp trainee will again be ridden by Joe Talamo who has been aboard for her last four starts. Harlington’s Rose is owned by Thomas Halasz, Ryan Johnson, Paul Newhart and partners and is 21-4-5-2 overall with earnings of $371,040.Philip D’Amato’s Sunday Rules will be looking for her fifth win in a row Saturday. The lightly raced 4-year-old filly by Tribal Rule broke her maiden at first asking in August 2013, went on to win the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar the same year then after a 10 month layoff returned to the races winning by 8 ¾ lengths in her 2014 debut at Santa Anita. After another approximate 10 month layoff, she won again on April 30 going 6 ½ furlongs in an optional allowance race and looks ready to go once again.Sunday Rules is owned by her breeder Nick Alexander and has $224,880 in earnings.The complete field for the Spring Fever Stakes to be run as the third race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Shakeitupbetty, Elvis Trujillo, 119; Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo, 123; Sidepocket Run, Tiago Pereira, 119; Meinertzhageni, Fernando Perez, 121; Sunday Rules, Tyler Baze, 121; Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano, 119. First post time on California Gold Rush Day is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
MASSIVE TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO MONDAY OF $437,763; TOTAL SANTA ANITA PICK SIX POOL ON MONDAY PROJECTED TO APPROACH $2 MILLION
There is a massive two-day Pick Six carryover of $437,763 into Memorial Day, Monday at Santa Anita and track officials expect the total Pick Six pool should approach $2 million.The Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes, for fillies and mares three and up at a mile and one eighth on turf, has been carded as Monday’s eighth race and will highlight a 10-race program.First post time on Monday is at 2 p.m. The Pick Six will start with the fifth race, which has an approximate post time of 4 p.m. PDT. Admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m.For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, fans are encouraged to visit http://www.santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/.
7 September 2007The South African subsidiary of Kuwait-based IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFAHR) is further expanding its presence in the local hospitality sector, announcing this week that it has increased its stake in the Boschendal wine estate in Franschoek to 26.5%.Since IFAHR listed its 85%-owned subsidiary on the JSE in February 2006, the company has been busy investing in the development of premier leisure hotels and mixed-use resorts around the country.The Kuwaiti parent company has a market capitalisation of over US$1-biliion, while its South African subsidiary is worth over R1-billion.Announcing its maiden results in August 2006 following the listing, IFA SA stated that revenue had increased by 57% to $22.7-million (approximately R163.3-million) while profit after tax leapt by 209% to $5.9-million (approximately R42.4-million).“The strong performance of our assets has laid a solid foundation for growth,” IFA SA chief executive Talal Jassim Al-Bahar said at the time. “We expect this to be boosted by South Africa’s increasing popularity as a tourist destination and a hunting ground for international property investors.”ZimbaliThe company made its entrance into the South African tourism market by acquiring the Zimbali Lodge on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast, as well as a 50% stake in the Zimbali Coastal Resort, in 2003.Such has been its success with Zimbali that the company launched the Fairmont Zimbali in December 2006. The R1.8-billion development features a five-star hotel, a Gary Player signature golf course as well as freestanding villas for residential or investment purposes.Investors were offered a variety of ownership opportunities in the development, ranging from direct investment in a typical hotel condominium suite to the purchasing of an apartment or freestanding villas.The hotel suites will also be rented out, providing the owner with a return on investment as well as use of the property for a specified time each year. Investors who purchase an apartment of villa have the added advantage of having their properties serviced and maintained to the highest standards.The apartments and villas can also be included in a rental scheme, a concept that is very successful within Zimbali.“This exciting launch enables us to introduce a diverse portfolio of upmarket residential and leisure investment opportunities to the local and international market,” IFA Estates sales director Vaughn Reiche said.“The introduction of the Fairmont brand into Zimbali aligns us with an iconic world class operator, elevating Zimbali’s profile in the international luxury mixed-use resort market.”IFA SA also launched a fractional ownership property development in July this year, called the Fairmont Heritage Place, located within the Zimbali Coastal Resort, which it jointly owns with Moreland Development.Fractional owners are entitled to 14 days’ use of their own home and a further seven days’ use either within their own home or in a similar one each year.In addition, two of the three guaranteed weeks may be exchanged for time at another Fairmont Heritage Place community, while one week may be exchanged in order to stay at any one of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ properties worldwide.Boschendal EstateIn its first acquisition since listing on the JSE, IFA SA bought a 19.25% stake in the Boschendal Estate outside Franschoek in the Western Cape for approximately $10-million in June 2006.Commenting on the transaction at the time, Al-Bahar said the acquisition positioned IFA SA as an integral contributor to the mixed-use development on the 2 400-hectare estate.In addition, the purchase was in line with IFA SA’s strategy to deliver new premier resort and residential developments in South Africa, while also diversifying away from KwaZulu-Natal.“The intention is to use IFA SA as a platform for continued investment in Africa to expand the group’s global network of resorts, ensuring that we continue to deliver prime opportunities in tourism and real estate to our global investors,” IFAHR president Werner Burger said.Development plans for the Boschendal Estate, estimated at R2-billion, include an upmarket retirement village with 500 individual houses, a boutique hotel with upwards of 120 rooms, and a mixed-use development of a shopping centre, offices and apartments.In September 2007, IFA SA announced that it would purchase a further 7.3% in the estate, taking its total shareholding up to 26.5%. No details were given, however, on who the stake was purchased from or for how much.Legend LodgesToward the end of August 2007, IFA SA announced its entry into the South African wildlife hospitality market, by buying a 50% stake in a joint venture company that is to acquire Legend Golf & Safari Resort development.The Legend development, expected to cost approximately $411-million, forms part of the 22 000-hectare Big Five Entabeni Safari Conservancy that is located in the Limpopo province’s Waterberg range, a three-hour drive from the economic hub of Johannesburg.The residential estate features an 18-hole golf course, with each hole endorsed by the signature of one of the world’s top professional golfers, a world first. In addition, a state-of-the-art golf academy with a driving range will offer avid golfers various training programmes.In addition, the estate will include an internationally branded five-star hotel with a health spa and a wellness centre, as well as conference and recreational facilities for up to 2 500 delegates.Lying in the shadow of the Hanglip Mountain, the resort’s design and layout minimise impact on surrounding natural resources, preserving the bush environment, while enhancing privacy and tranquillity.As part of its commitment to social responsibility, the Legend Foundation will be established, enabling the local community to used the resort’s Fields of Legends complex for sports such as football, rugby, cricket, netball and hockey.“This acquisition is a continuation of our intention to invest in South Africa and Africa, a focus area of our set global expansion strategy,” Al-Bahar said. “Legend Golf & Safari Resort is one of a kind, and it will be a great destination for South African and international investors and tourists.“It is our aim to provide our clients with both superb and varied investment and recreational opportunities; this experience perfectly complements the Zimbali Coastal Resort and our other developments.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
6 May 2013Over 1 000 global business, government and academic leaders will converge on Cape Town from Wednesday to Friday to focus on driving Africa’s economic growth, boosting strategic infrastructure and unlocking the continent’s talent as part of the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa.These objectives form the three key pillars of the meeting organised by the independent international organisation, the WEF announced at a briefing in Johannesburg in Friday.“Africa has an historic opportunity to take advantage of recent improvements in governance, as well as its massive youth bulge, to transform its economy and society,” said WEF director of Africa, Elsie Kanza.“The World Economic Forum on Africa presents Africa’s leaders with a platform to build on these encouraging signs and work together to create innovative models, solutions and outcomes to tackle the region’s challenges and harness its great potential.”‘New growth trajectory’The South African delegation will be led by President Jacob Zuma. It will allow the country the opportunity to present its major programmes, such as the National Development Plan (NDP).“We will be showcasing the NDP, which places us on a new growth trajectory,” said Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. “We also support growth in Africa through regional integration.”South Africa’s position in Africa will also help the WEF drive its vision of building sustained economic growth, mitigating global risks, promoting universal health care, improving social welfare and encouraging environmental sustainability.“South Africa has long been a friend of WEF,” Kanza said.“South Africa is strategically important in Africa and part of the growing credibility of the region.”Africa Competitiveness ReportThe Africa Competitiveness Report will be released as part of the conference, as will two infrastructure reports on accelerating public-private partnerships and boosting regional infrastructure development on the continent.The Africa Competitiveness Report is released every two years and the 2013 report, titled “Connecting Africa’s Markets in a Sustainable Way”, will be the fourth edition of the study.“It explores policy areas to facilitate the connection of Africa’s markets and determine further regional integration,” the WEF said.“The report also provides profiles for 38 African countries, providing a comprehensive summary of the drivers of productivity and competitiveness on the continent.”The public-private partnerships report identifies key challenges and outlines how to manage a project preparation process, conduct a feasibility study and create an enabling environment.The regional infrastructure development report looks at public officials and private sector companies, best-practice framework and potential innovative infrastructure financing instruments.According to the WEF, there will also be several important meetings on the fringes of the two-day public programme.This includes the Grow Africa Investment Forum on Wednesday and Thursday, which will involve over 300 participants reviewing private sector investment opportunities in member countries.“With an expected annual growth of 5% in 2012-2013, Africa continues its transformative journey from a developing continent to a hub of global growth,” the WEF said.SAinfo reporter
11 June 2013 South African Airways (SAA) has become one of only six airlines in the world to be awarded “stage one” status in the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) environmental assessment, the airline announced on Sunday. The IATA environmental assessment is a two-year programme to develop and establish an environmental standard and management system for over 240 IATA member airlines. The standard will involve general and on-board recycling, efficient flight and airport operations, limiting and reducing carbon emissions, general energy efficiency and environmentally conscious procurement procedures. SAA was invited by IATA to participate in the programme. “As part of SAA’s group environment strategy and in SAA’s continuous effort to become one of the world’s greenest airlines, our customers can fly assured that we are taking great steps to establish ourselves as a market leader when it comes to environmentally friendly operations, efficient aircraft, green buildings and environmentally conscious employees,” the airline’s spokesperson, Tlali Tlali, said in a statement. The IATA environmental assessment is the first environmental management system for the aviation sector. “I am delighted to announce that SAA has satisfied the independent assessors and passed the IATA environmental assessment stage one,” said IATA’s Paul Steele. “This makes SAA one of the world’s leading carriers in the areas of environmental responsibility and sustainability.” South African Airways aims to comply with applicable international regulations and integrating environmental concerns with all SAA’s planning and decision-making processes through the implementation of effective environmental management systems. It also involves working towards industry goals such as a cap on aviation carbon emissions from 2020, with the aim being carbon neutral growth, and an average improvement in fuel efficiency of 1.5% per year between 2009 and 2020. SAinfo reporter
The Ujjain police on Thursday arrested a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor for allegedly attacking a man with a sword. A case under section 307 (attempt to murder) was registered against thim.According to the first information report (FIR) filed by the victim, the councillor, Mangilal Kadel, allegedly attacked him following an altercation in front of the victim’s house, said Sachin K. Atulkar, Ujjain Superintendent of Police. History-sheeterFormer State Cabinet Minister Paras Chandra Jain told The Hindu: “The victim is a history-sheeter and sold illicit alcohol in the area. During the scuffle, the councillor was also injured.” The SP clarified that the other cases registered against the victim in the past had no relation to the current incident.
SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Istiklol got a goal each at from Akhtam Nazarov and Romish Dhzalilov in the first half, before a second half brace from Manuchehr Dhzalilov ensured the Tajiks go into the second leg on Sept. 12 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City with a comfortable advantage. A 5-0 win at home will allow the Busmen to advance, but a 4-0 scorline will send the tie to extra time. But with the way the Tajik champions dominated the first leg, it seems the Busmen would need a miracle for that to happen. 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 shutoutNazarov opened the scoring by converting a penalty in the 25th minute after Kota Kawase brought down Dimitri Barkov inside the area. Romish Dhzalilov doubled the lead at the stroke of halftime with a clinical strike that left Roland Muller with no chance. The Busmen hardly threatened in the first half as Istiklol controlled proceedings, pressing high and winning the ball early. It didn’t help that the Busmen missed their top defender Super Herrera to suspension as Kawase struggled to deal with Barkov. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: Cray settles for silver in 100m dash LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Photo from AFC Cup Twitter.HISOR – Filipino club Ceres-Negros absorbed a 0-4 drubbing at the hands of Tajikistan champion Istiklol in the first leg of their AFC Cup inter-zone semifinal tie on Tuesday, leaving the Busmen with a mountain to climb in the return leg in three weeks time. On a chilly night in the outskirts of the capital Dushanbe, the Busmen struggled to cope against a relentless Istiklol side that made the most of its physical advantage by hassling and harrying the visitors at Hisor Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Coming out with renewed drive after the restart, the Busmen saw Bienvenido Maranon sending a long-range effort off target in the 51st minute, but cracks in the defense continued to show with Muller and Kawase colliding as Barkov pressed, before Junior Munoz made the clearance. As the Filipinos chased the game, Istiklol continued to find gaps in the defense with Manuchehr Dzhalilov scoring the first of his two goals from long range in the 67th minute. There was time for the Istiklol target man to score a fourth two minutes from time as the Busmen once again failed to deal with a cross, allowing Vadiev Dilshod to set up Dzhalilov who slotted home from close range. The Busmen fly home on Wednesday morning, but this was a tough reality check as they paid dearly for a sub-par away performance.ADVERTISEMENT
The Rebels were 10-3 winners over the Labrador Dodgers in the Men’s Open division, while the Southern Storm were 8-5 winners over the Caboolture Colts in the Women’s Open division. Congratulations to the following teams on winning their respective Cobras Cup titles on Saturday: Women’s OpenSouthern Storm 8 defeated Caboolture Colts 5 Women’s 2 Uni Rebels 3 defeated Southern Storm 2 Women’s 2B First Contact 4 defeated Caboolture Colts 1Women’s 3Eagles 5 defeated Uni Rebels 3 Men’s Open Uni Rebels 10 defeated Labrador Dodgers 3 Men’s 2ALabrador Dodgers 10 defeated Uni Rebels Gold 6 Men’s 2B First Contact 5 defeated CCU 4 in a drop off Men’s 3A Eagles 30’s 5 defeated Crazy Horses 4 Men’s 3BUni Rebels 15 defeated Eagles 1 Stay tuned to the website to read full match reports from the Men’s and Women’s Open Cobras Cup grand finals.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index finished on a near flat note Thursday, as U.S. stock markets were closed for their Thanksgiving holiday.The S&P/TSX composite index scraped out 0.72 of a point to advance to 16,074.30.Earlier in the day, the materials and energy sectors had helped push the Toronto market up modestly, as the health-care and consumer staples groups lost ground.“The positive performance this morning was the result of the resource sector. Both energy and materials were stronger on the day,” said Candice Bangsund, vice-president and portfolio manager at Fiera Capital.“In energy markets we’re seeing encouraging signs toward the rebalancing of the crude market. So we saw energy prices soar to a two-year high this week after a report that indicated a decline in U.S. stockpiles, while there’s also been a disruption in the Keystone pipeline that has helped to sort of boost that optimism that the market is going to find a better balance.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.65 cents US, up 0.09 of a U.S. cent. That marked the loonie’s third straight day of gains.Key drivers of the currency’s recent upswing are the weakening U.S. dollar and bullishness around the price of oil, which rose $1.19 at the closing of markets Wednesday.Commodities markets were also closed for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.On the Canadian marijuana front, Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s (TSX:ACB) stock was up about five per cent amid news that the Vancouver-headquartered pot producer intends to use its ownership of greenhouse design firm Larssen Ltd. to pressure other cannabis producers to enter partnerships that will further its aggressive growth plans.In a news release, Aurora said Larssen is involved with more than 15 cannabis industry clients globally, including five Canadian licensed producers. Shares of Aurora gained 32 cents or about five per cent to close at $6.74 on Thursday.In economic news, Statistics Canada reported retail sales in September were up 0.1 per cent to $49.1 billion for the month, boosted by sales at gasoline stations as prices climbed due to disruptions caused by hurricane Harvey.Economists however said it appears consumer spending has cooled after a hot start to the year.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.