Emma Lavelle accepts Paisely Park may need to progress again if he is to regain his Stayers’ Hurdle crown at the Cheltenham Festival.The eight-year-old suffered a shock defeat in the Grade One feature back in March – coming home a well-beaten seventh behind Lisnagar Oscar, having triumphed in his two prep runs for the main event.- Advertisement – “He came in with a beaming smile after that (gallop), because he was bulling for more as they crossed the line. Coming here was not about seeing how fast he could go up the home straight, it was about lengthening. He lengthened for five furlongs.“Both horses came out of it full of confidence. They’ve had a nice blow, and it would have brought him forward and hopefully put him spot on for a week on Friday.”Lavelle has no plans to go over fences with Paisley Park in the future, but admits he will need to raise his game again if he is to remain among the top rank in the staying hurdle division.- Advertisement – She added: “I’d say he will be a hurdler for the rest of his career. He is a great jumper of a hurdle now, but he took a long time to be a good jumper of a hurdle. I don’t know if he is manly enough to tackle fences. If we can win the races we have been winning, why take that risk?“Every year you look at the new horses coming up that are going to have a crack at that division, and we were one of them. I’d never take any of these horses for granted, but I sometimes think once you have been there and done it, there has been a history of those kind of horses remaining at the top for a while in this division, and we are hoping that he is one of them.“He probably will have to step forward again, but he is only eight. I think naturally he should still be getting better, if everything operates in the way that it should.” – Advertisement – It later transpired Paisley Park had suffered an irregular heartbeat at the Festival. But after he worked with stablemate Hoi Polloi at Newbury as part of Tuesday’s Ladbrokes Winter Carnival gallops morning, Lavelle believes he is primed for his return in the Long Distance Hurdle back at the Berkshire track on November 27 – a race he won first time out last term.Lavelle said: “He has been absolutely brilliant. Barry (Fenton) rides him all the time and he knows him inside out.“All the way through this season, he has been happier with him. He has just felt really sparky and well in himself. He is just much more up for it and he hasn’t had to ask him any questions.- Advertisement –
Photo courtesy of Port of RotterdamVan der Kamp’s new trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Ecodelta was christened last Friday (January 11) in Rotterdam.According to the Port of Rotterdam, this is one of the few LNG powered trailing suction hopper dredgers in the Netherlands.The ship is a key component of the new contract entered into by Bagger & Aannemingsmaatschappij Van der Kamp and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.As reported earlier by the Zwolle-based dredging company, under the agreement signed in November 2017, the newbuild named Ecodelta will be responsible for keeping Rotterdam’s port basins at the correct depth until 2023. All in all, the contracted work concerns an annual volume of 5 million cubic meters of dredged material.Distinguishing it from a conventional dredger, the Ecodelta is equipped with two ‘sweeparms’ to remove oil from the water surface, allowing it to quickly react to emergency response situations.Technical specification:Length over all 134.10m;Breadth 21.40m;Depth 8.35m;Dredging draught 7.35m;Hopper capacity 5,500m³;Diameter of dragarm 1,000 mm;Maximum dredging depth 37.0m;Installed power (4 dual fuel generator sets) 7,600 ekW;Azimuth thrusters 2×2,300 bkW;Bow thrusters 2×500 bkW;Volume LNG tank (approx.) 325m³.
Denver pauses Chick-fil-A’s bid, citing their opposition to gay marriageWTVR.com 24 August 2015The Denver City Council is taking its time deciding whether Chick-fil-A, whose CEO is opposed to gay marriage, should be allowed to open a restaurant in the Denver airport.The City Council has voted to take two weeks “to look at the policies involved” before voting on whether Chick-fil-A would be approved to fry chicken bits in the Denver International Airport.The City Council, which made its ruling last week, told CNNMoney on Monday that Denver “has been at the forefront of honoring gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and their families with non-discrimination clauses and partner benefits.”The fast food chain’s opposition to gay marriage is what gave the city council “pause.”“When Denver International Airport proposed a concession with a company that had a history of funding opposition to this recognition, it was important that we as a City Council take a pause to ensure that all the policies are in place with all of the entities involved to ensure there will be no discrimination, and that benefits will be provided equally to all employees and their spouses, regardless of their sexual orientation,” said the City Council.When asked about the issue, a spokeswoman for Chick-fil-A said the company is “focused on serving great food and providing remarkable service to every single customer.”http://wtvr.com/2015/08/24/denver-pauses-chick-fil-as-bid-citing-their-opposition-to-gay-marriage/