Breen secures rare double

first_img The 31-year-old Yorkshireman was back in action on Catwalk IV following a forgettable performance during Friday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup when he collected 12 faults in each round as Britain finished equal sixth. Those mistakes probably put paid to Whitaker’s hopes of gaining World Equestrian Games selection – the British team will be announced later this month – but he showed considerable poise to bounce back so quickly from his Nations Cup misery. “The horse felt a lot more springy today than yesterday,” Whitaker said. “Maybe he was feeling a bit off on Friday. “He has got a big stride, and the jump-off really suited him today because the distances were long.” Whitaker collected just over £7,000 after a time of 44.16 seconds kept a high-class field at bay. His Nations Cup team-mate Guy Williams finished just behind him on Golddigger, with Ireland’s Thomas Ryan (Cruise On Clover) third. The feat has been achieved just once before in the same season at Hickstead – by Alison Dawes and Mr Banbury 41 years ago – but Irish rider Breen added his name to that roll of honour with Adventure de Kannan. The horse had an eye removed last year due to a long-standing condition, but it has not affected his performance, as illustrated by another blistering display. Six combinations from 25 starters made the jump-off, with British Nations Cup rider Robert Whitaker setting a scorching pace on USA Today by clocking a time of 43.25 seconds. Neither Phillip Miller nor Laura Kraut threatened Whitaker’s time, while both Guy Williams and David Simpson had fences down, but Breen pipped Whitaker by five-hundredths of a second to land the £4,000 top prize. It also meant he emulated his brother Shane, who won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup with Zarnita last year. “I am over the moon,” Breen said. “When I won the Derby a few weeks ago I said then that I wanted to win this class today. “He is a phenomenal horse. He obviously loves the Hickstead arena, and he has done it all for me. Every time he gives it his best, and it is usually enough. “He has all the attributes, and when you have got such an array of talent at your disposal it makes winning these classes that little bit easier. He is exceptionally good. “You want to win everything you can while you can, so it is another tick in the box.” Whitaker had to remain content with second place, yet it continued a profitable day as he returned to the podium just a few hours after winning the Bunn Leisure Salver. Trevor Breen completed one of British showjumping’s rarest doubles as he won the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup just five weeks after being crowned Hickstead Derby champion. Press Associationlast_img read more

Penalties negate multiple Syracuse drives, hurt Orange on defense

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. — Scott Shafer took his share of the blame. A delay of game negated a 43-yard field goal from Ryan Norton.“I did a horrible job on that,” the head coach said.But he was far from alone.Syracuse committed eight penalties for 72 yards — and in actuality it was more, as penalty after penalty canceled out significant plays for the Orange (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in its 24-10 win against North Carolina State (3-3, 0-3).From the game’s first possession, penalties haunted SU. Syracuse broke off a pair of runs for 10-plus yards in the first three plays. Two plays later, quarterback Terrel Hunt nearly gave the Orange a highlight-reel dash across midfield, only to have it be negated by a holding call against center Macky MacPherson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Macky was mad about the call,” Shafer said, “but I’m sure it was a good call.”Later in the quarter, SU lined up to go for it on a fourth down, but a false start by guard Rob Trudo forced Syracuse to punt.“We’ve got to get those out of our system,” Shafer said.By the second half, they were, and the Orange was able to slide past the Wolfpack. But not before a handful of costly penalties nearly gift-wrapped N.C. State a score.The Wolfpack was still unable to move the ball in the second quarter and was again lined up to punt. Wil Baumann’s kick traveled just about 15 yards. SU would have had excellent field position.But linebacker Lewellyn Coker was hit with a roughing penalty. The Wolfpack had new life and pieced together an extended drive. Ultimately, it ended with a failed fourth-down conversion, but it should have cost Syracuse at least three points.Said Shafer: “Both myself and the players got to clean up our act on some of those penalties.” Published on October 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Amazing footage of the lights going out in Athens during Earth Hour

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Amongst the landmarks that went dark worldwide to call for action on climate change was the Acropolis.Alexandros Maragos, filmmaker and award-winning photographer, captured the darkness enveloping the monument in a time lapse video. The video shows the flickering lights slowly dimming as the Acropolis plunges into darkness, giving it a dramatic feel.Mr Maragos is particularly known for his timelapse imagery that has been used by various brands across the world. he has also had his work featured and publishedby important international organisations and publications including NASA and National Geographic.In this project, the filmmaker showed how the Athenian jewel marked Earth hour on Saturday by turning its lights off at 8.30pm local time as part of a WWF initiative to to raise awareness of the plight of our planet.READ MORE: Athens to become a safe and sustainable capitalEarth Hour first took place in Sydney back in 2007 and since then, more than 180 countries have joined in, including Greece.Athens produced some of the most mesmerising photos that were uploaded by both professional photographers and social media users, with the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis going off all at once. Lights were also switched off at the Athens City Hall and Lycabettus Hill while many citizens showed support by turning their home lights off.“We are thrilled to see such an amazing response from Greek cities and citizens. As a part of a global community, Greece stands ready to sends its message on climate change, loud and clear.” said Demetres Karavellas CEO of WWF Greece.READ MORE: Athens Anaplasis – redesigning the Greek capitallast_img read more

Thailand increasingly popular for Australians

first_imgThe first five months of 2010 has seen an increase of 18 percent in the numbers of Australians visiting Thailand, compared to the same period last year. Without including its immediate Asian neighbours, Australia provides the fourth highest number of foreign visitors to Thailand, behind Russia, Germany and the UK. The 275,945 Australians that visited Thailand by the end of May also recorded higher spending rates. Around AU$3.23 billion was spent, again the fourth highest recorded spending rates of visitors, excepting Thailand’s Asian neighbours. But the increase in numbers has not translated into higher hotel occupancy rates. Marketing chairman of the Thai Hotels Association Ms Suprawan Tanomkieatipume said that Thailand’s 30,000 four and five star hotels have showed occupancy of only 45 percent, down from normal figures of 75 percent. She added that these figures would rise again soon once more Australian and European visitors flock to the country for the high seasons of June to July, and December to January.The country’s recent political turbulence has not affected investment, according to Ms Tanomkieatipume, who said that 4000 new rooms currently under construction would be available by the end of December. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Flast_img read more