Yaya Toure axed after offering to hire sex workers for teammates

first_imgFootball ace, Yaya Toure, has been axed from this weekend’s Soccer Aid after offering to hire sex workers for his team-mates. Married dad Toure, 37, boasted he could bring 19 girls to the side’s five-star hotel in Cheshire. He also posted a pornographic video showing a naked woman in a bath in the group WhatsApp chat. It sparked a string of complaints from his appalled team-mates, who included several female players as well as celebrities. They called on Soccer Aid and ITV bosses to axe Toure from the game, held annually in support of children’s charity Unicef. Toure, who has three children with wife Gina, deleted the messages and issued an apology but today got the boot from Sunday’s game. An insider said: “Everyone at Soccer Aid was disgusted by Yaya’s messages. “There is a WhatsApp group for his team, the World XI, and everyone had been chatting in it. “Without being prompted, Yaya posted a video of a naked woman in a bath. “She was acting in a lewd manner and it was highly inappropriate. “He went on to say he could get 19 women like the one in the video to come to the hotel to the pleasure of those playing the match. “It was absolutely disgraceful and caused a huge amount of distress to some of the people who received the messages. “Soccer Aid is a charity game and is raising money for children. “So to have one of the players, especially one who is supposed to be a professional, making such lewd and gross suggestions is despicable.” Midfielder Yaya, who left Manchester City in 2018, sent the X-rated messages on Thursday night. The WhatsApp group was made up of his team-mates from his World XI side — including ex-Man United star Patrice Evra and female players Julie Fleeting, Lianne Sanderson and Chelcee Grimes. Players and coaches from their England XI opponents were also in the group, including Wes Brown. A string of complaints were then made to Soccer Aid and ITV, which is broadcasting the match live. Goalkeeper David James were also said to be furious. The insider added: “The messages turned the stomachs of the women, along with the men. “The atmosphere among both teams had been so good and spirits were high. These messages have really soured the mood. “Julie, Lianne and Chelcee and David James all made their feelings clear about how wrong they thought his messages were. They called for Toure to be taken off the team.” After bosses at Unicef and ITV were notified of the content, Yaya was told to delete them. Loading… He was then forced to apologise to everyone who received the messages and was warned his place in the squad was in jeopardy. However, feelings were running high during breakfast at the hotel this morning, with many feeling he should get the boot. A source explained: “Within a few minutes his messages had been deleted and Yaya got a mouthful from the bosses. “He repeatedly apologised to them and also said he was sincerely sorry for what he had posted to those in the group. “Not everyone was impressed however and it’s hard to move on from. This wasn’t just banter. “To many it felt misogynistic and wrong — and an apology just won’t cut it. “At breakfast on Friday morning it was all anyone could talk about. “There was no laughter and no one thought it was funny in the slightest. “Everyone signed up to Soccer Aid is there with one goal — to raise money for Unicef. This has cast a shadow over the event.” Toure was then told this afternoon it was the right thing for him “to step back”. This wasn’t just banter. To many it felt misogynistic and wrong. A spokesman for Soccer Aid last night told The Sun: “Inappropriate content was shared in a private group text. The message was quickly deleted and a full apology was made to all. “Soccer Aid for Unicef has discussed the above with the individual involved and he has decided to no longer continue to participate in this year’s event. “While it was an error of judgment, it was felt that the behaviour didn’t align with the values of the event and its cause, and it was the right thing for him to step back from this year’s match.” A second insider working on the charity match, which is in its 14th year, insisted that Yaya’s boasts would never have come to fruition — because of Covid-19. read also:FA presidency: Yaya Toure lambasts Cote d’Ivoire footballers for not supporting Drogba They said: “There are strict social distancing rules in place at the hotel the teams are staying at so Yaya’s suggestion to his team-mates could never have come to pass. “The hotel is blocked off solely for the teams and all those working on the game and there are rules in place. People cannot just come and go. “Yaya acted incredibly foolishly and is now paying the price for his stupidity.” This year’s match will be played behind closed doors for the first time in its history due to Covid-19 restrictions. The star-studded England squad includes Olly Murs, 36, Mark Wright, 33, and Paddy McGuinness, 47. Last year’s game raised more than £6.7million for Unicef. Funds raised this year will go to helping children battle coronavirus around the world. Like their Premier League counterparts, the Soccer Aid players will take the knee as a mark of respect to the Black Lives Matter movement before kick-off at Old Trafford. 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WWE Super ShowDown 2019 results: Undertaker defeats Goldberg, Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston retain titles

first_img– Braun Strowman defeats Bobby Lashley.- Lars Sullivan mauls The Lucha House Party.- The Usos get the win against The Revival. WWE Super ShowDown was billed as a show that was “equal if not better than WrestleMania.” While it had the pomp and circumstance of the annual extravaganza, that’s where the comparison ended.The show ended with the first-ever meeting between legends with The Undertaker squaring off against Goldberg. Maybe this would have worked 20 years ago when both men were in their prime but on this night in the blistering heat in Saudi Arabia, it turned out to be a sloppy, tedious affair with “The Deadman” scoring the win. One of the themes going into the show – which took place at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – was that Brock Lesnar would finally cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Instead, that turned out to be just the latest tease of him cashing in. After Seth Rollins defeated Baron Corbin to retain the Universal Championship, Lesnar was ready to take advantage of the moment. However, it was Rollins beating him down with a steel chair and the cash in never happened.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt was a rough night in the tough conditions with the temperature more than 100 degrees around the ring with the high moment being a local favorite winning the 50-man battle royal.Check out Sporting News’ complete WWE Super ShowDown 2019 coverage below.(All times Eastern.)WWE Super ShowDown 2019 live updatesThe Undertaker def. Goldberg5:48 p.m. FINISH: Goldberg hits a big spear and then kind of hits a jackhammer but Undertaker kicks out. He goes for a Tombstone Piledriver but falls down and then Taker with a chokeslam for the win. Goldberg was exhausted in the end and it felt like they may have called an audible to wrap up the match.The #Undertaker prevails.@Goldberg was NEXT! #WWESSD pic.twitter.com/74Iwmwm9BA— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 20195:45 p.m.: Old school Undertaker as he comes off the top rope and then hits a chokeslam. He motions to end this and picks up a dazed Goldberg and plants him with a Tombstone Piledriver but Goldberg kicks out. 5:43 p.m.: Goldberg charges at Taker in the corner but misses and goes face-first into the turnbuckle and now he’s bleeding. BTW, he had a slight cut on his head when he walked out to the ring so it looks like he was prepared to bleed. And don’t think Matt Riddle didn’t notice that.Awesome job bro, you’re already bleeding and the match hasn’t even started #WWESSD pic.twitter.com/Ovzh3t64Tq— matthew riddle (@SuperKingofBros) June 7, 20195:40 p.m.: They go face-to-face and Goldberg hits a spear. He hits another one and goes for the pin but Taker kicks out. He gets to his feet and grabs Goldberg by the neck but Goldberg gets out.5:35 p.m: Big entrance for the Dead Man including a druids lining up with lit torches before The Undertaker comes out. It’s time.The #Deadman has risen at #WWESSD! pic.twitter.com/W2CD8bMGFU— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 20195:30 p.m.: The cameras are outside of Goldberg’s room and security pounds on the door and he makes his way out. IHe disappears for a few minutes but finally makes his way out.GOOOOOOLDBERG has arrived! #WWESSD@Goldberg pic.twitter.com/KqbrDHmqJB— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2019Mansoor wins the 50-man battle royal5:20 p.m. FINISH: Samoa Joe tries to knock out Ali but only gets him on the apron and then he and Ricochet pull Joe out to the floor. Then they’re eliminated and Cesaro goes out. We’re down to Elias and Mansoor who is from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and trains at the WWE Performance Center. They go back and forth and he knocks Elias over the top to the floor for the win.HE’S DONE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!@KSAMANNY has won the biggest #BattleRoyal in @WWE history at #WWESSD!!! pic.twitter.com/1jcQlN0aWf— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2019Afterwards, Bryon Saxton interviews him and asks what it’s like to return home and win the biggest battle royal in WWE history. He said that last year, he was in the battle royal as a rooke but it has been his dream to win this match and represent his country around the world. “Tonight, I won the most historic battle royal in WWE history and my dream came true!” Then he gave a message to the crowd in Arabic and the pyro shoots off.5:15 p.m.: Shinsuke Nakamura, Sin Cara, and Rusev go out in a row and then The Miz eliminates Robert Roode. The Miz with kicks to Elias and Cesaro and then gets drilled with a kick to the face and he’s out. We’re down to the final six.5:11 p.m.: Otis finds enough space to do a caterpillar but then gets run into by Rowan and eliminated. The Usos with superkicks on Rowan and he’s out and then The Revival eliminate them.5:08 p.m.: Titus eliminates both member of the Viking Raiders and then gets knocked out. See ya Zack Ryder and then Curt Hawkins so the “RAW” tag champs are gone. The biggest guys remaining are Rowan and Samoa Joe. BTW, The Revival and The Usos are in this match so double duty for those teams. There goes Apollo Crews and Chad Gable.5:04 p.m.: Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Bo Dallas, Curt Hawkings, and No Way Jose are among those eliminated in the opening minutes. There is barely any room to move in there even with a bunch of people out of there. And there goes Tucker, Akam, and Rezar. Meanwhile, Titus has been hiding under the ring and just emerged.5:00 p.m.: Elias sings his way to the ring trashing everyone but before he gets in, The Miz jumps out and hits him. He tosses Elias in the ring and the match is one. Bodies everywhere.There are 50 men in this ring.We repeat, 🗣 THERE ARE 50 MEN IN THIS RING!!!!#WWESSD pic.twitter.com/s4W1IjUP7r— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 7, 20194:57 p.m.: DON’T RUN TITUS!#TitusWorldSLIIIIIDE?Come on, guys. That’s SO 2018.@TitusONeilWWE #WWESSD pic.twitter.com/UQpPkKnwy7— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 20194:55 p.m.: If you thought it was already hot in that ring, imagine it with 50 big guys squished in there at one time.Kofi Kingston def. Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE championship4:48 p.m. FINISH: Ziggler gets to his feet and superkicks Woods. He finally gets back in the ring but gets met with a Trouble in Paradise for the win. Afterward, Kofi celebrates with some kids at ringside and no Brock Lesnar cash in here.Time for a #NewDay celebration!! 🥞🦄@TrueKofi @XavierWoodsPhD #WWESSD #WWEChampionship pic.twitter.com/OuRIgKofYY— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 7, 2019Backstage, Byron Saxton interviews Ziggler who says he outwrestled and outperformed Kingston and it should have been him. He blames the loss on Kofi having a friend at ringside and demands a rematch in a steel cage match. 4:44 p.m.: Kingston connects with the SOS but Ziggler survives. Ziggler goes outside the ring and the champ flies off the top rope and knocks him down. 4:41 p.m.: Here comes Kofi with some big chops and a boom drop. Ziggler comes back with a DDT and makes the cover but Kofi kicks out. Both guys are working hard and this could be the best match of the show.4:35 p.m.: Ziggler is in control early stomping away in the corner and then tying him up and connecting with some elbows..@HEELZiggler showing off his determination tonight! #WWESSD #WWEChampionship pic.twitter.com/ZjGjOM69JY— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 7, 2019Braun Strowman def. Bobby Lashley4:26 p.m. FINISH: Lashley comes back and drives Strowman into the barricade and then hits a suplex on the ramp. They go back in the ring with Lashley climbing to the top rope but Strowman knocks him down and then hits a running powerslam for the win. Slow, methodical match but exactly what was expected.BRAAAUUUUUUUN!WHAT A WIN for @BraunStrowman here at #WWESSD! pic.twitter.com/NguMnITLuZ— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 20194:23 p.m.: Strowman fights back with a spinebuster followed by a shoulder block and then runs into Lashley in the corner. They go outside the ring and Strowman does his run around the ring and knocks Lashley down a couple of times.4:18 p.m.: A couple of big guys doing old school, big guy stuff including a test of strength. They break away and Lashley hits a powerslam but Strowman survives the pin attempt.Randy Orton def. Triple H4:06 p.m. FINISH: Orton stands over Triple H and snarls before backing up and is ready to punt his face. He goes for it but Triple H catches his foot and hits a Pedigree but Orton kicks out. They go outside the ring and Triple H drops Orton back-first onto the announcer’s table four times. They go back in the ring and Triple H charges towards Orton but gets hit with an RKO outta nowhere and secures the win.4:01 p.m.: Orton goes for the RKO but Triple H blocks it and hits a spinebuster. Now he has Orton in a crossface but finally gets to the ropes. Orton again for the RKO but Triple H counters and tries for a Pedigree. Orton counters and then RKO. He makes the cover but Triple H kicks out.3:56 p.m.: Triple H is on the apron and Orton is trying to connect with a DDT but instead hits a DDT. He puts Triple H on the top rope and hits a few shots before Triple H counters and then hits Orton with a clubbing shot from behind. He goes for the big knee but Orton turns it into a powerslam. Vintage Orton!3:50 p.m.: Orton is working over Triple H’s back and … chinlock! He holds it for almost 90 seconds before Triple H fights out and then gets knocked back down.3:47 p.m.: Orton misses Triple H in the corner and hits his shoulder hard against the post. “The Game” is now going after Orton’s left shoulder both in and out of the ring. I’m starting to think he may not get many chinlocks. And then, Orton counters Triple H outside the ring and drops him on the announcer’s table.3:44 p.m.: Old school, paced match as you would expect as they exchange counters early on. Triple H tries to lock his arms for the Pedigree but Orton gets out.3:37 p.m.: Triple H got to bring over one of his bikes.🏍 It’s ALL about THE GAME! 🏍 @TripleH #WWESSD pic.twitter.com/SEBclz6qdI— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 20193:30 p.m.: It’s been almost a decade since they’ve last had a match. I expect lots of chinlocks. Lots.Lars Sullivan def. The Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado) in a three-on-one handicap match by DQ3:27 p.m. FINISH: Sullivan was dominating before all three members of Lucha House Party got in the ring and started beating on Lars and the ref called for the DQ. Metalik hits an elbow off the top rope and three of them leave. Lars is only down for a minute and then he dismantles all three of them outside the ring. That was … something. 3:22 p.m.: Kalisto gets the start and is totally mauled by Lars who finally throws him in the corner. Lince Dorado gets tagged in and he’s putting up a little bit of a fight until he gets shoved face-first over the ropes to the floor.3:18 p.m.: If this goes more than five minutes, it will be too long.Shane McMahon def. Roman Reigns3:12 p.m. FINISH: Reigns is outside the ring and McIntyre hits him from behind but Roman comes back, driving him into the post and then hits a Superman Punch. He goes back in the ring and Shane mows him down with a spear but can’t get the pin. Shane goes to the top rope but Reigns knocks him off with a Superman Punch. He readies for a spear but Shane cuts him off before Roman hits him with a big right hand and as Shane falls, his arm swings out and he hits the ref. McIntyre jumps in the ring and connects with a Claymore Kick and Shane makes the cover and gets the pin. Yep, Shane McMahon just pinned Roman Reigns. This friendship pays dividends. @shanemcmahon leaves #WWESSD with the W! @DMcIntyreWWE pic.twitter.com/OZ9fcNpekS— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 20193:09 p.m.: All Shane so far and he has Roman grounded in the middle of the ring with a rear chinlock. Finally, Reigns gets to his feet and drills Shane with ten clotheslines in the corner and then a big kick to the face. He goes for a Superman Punch but Shane hits him mid-air with a chop block to his knee.3:04 p.m.: The bell rings and Shane immediately goes after Roman. He knocks him out of the ring after a few minutes and McIntyre gets in a shot behind the ref’s back. 2:58 p.m.: Of course, Drew McIntyre is out there in Shane’s corner. Side note – it’s around 102 degrees in the ring and Shane-o-Mac sweats when he does promos on “Raw” and “SmackDown”. He’s going to be a puddle after this one.Finn Balor def. Andrade to retain the Intercontinental championship2:50 p.m. FINISH: Balor is up on the top rope and Andrade joins him up there. Balor gets control and drives him face-first into the mat and then hits the Coup de Grace for the win. Nice match and “The Demon” remains unbeaten.Just #TheDemon doing Demon things.@FinnBalor is STILL your #ICChampion! #WWESSD pic.twitter.com/mIRu5Mz9BM— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 20192:47 p.m.: Andrade wtih a moonsault and he lands on his feet and tries and standing moonsault but Balor gets his knees up. Balor comes off the top with a foot stomp to the back of Andrade’s neck. Andrade comes back with a hammerlock DDT but Balor kicks out of the cover. He fires back with a powerbomb. 2:43 p.m.: Double clothesline and then Andrade with a kick to the head but Balor comes back with a clothesline over the top rope followed by a dive.2:39 p.m.: Balor on the offensive for the first few minutes but Andrade comes back with a missile dropkick and then a trio of suplexes.2:33 p.m.: Big time entrance for “The Demon”.Okay this is pretty awesome pic.twitter.com/4w6MxxhwEs— WrestlinGifs (@WrestlinGifs) June 7, 2019Seth Rollins def. Baron Corbin to retain the Universal championship2:25 p.m. FINISH: Corbin connects with Deep Six but Rollins kicks out. Corbin corners the referee and yells at him. He grabs a chair and comes back in the ring with it but the ref tells him to get rid of it. He does but again yells at the ref before the ref yells back. All of this allows Rollins to recover and he rolls up Corbin from behind and gets the pin.  After the match, a ticked off Corbin hits the End of Days and here comes Brock Lesnar with a chair in hand. Lesnar gets in the ring and Heyman is about to but trips and he drops the briefcase. Lesnar is distracted and Rollins hits him with a low blow. He picks up the chair and begins bashing “The Beast” over and over with it. Rollins with a Stomp with Lesnar’s head hitting the case and Lesnar is down and out but he did not cash in the briefcase. Yep, another teased cash in that didn’t happen. 2:20 p.m.: Rollins is fighting back with chops and a big elbow. He hits the Slingblade that knocks Corbin out the ring and then hits a dive. Corbin rolls out on the other side and the champ hits another dive. Back in the ring, Rollins with a kick to the face but Corbin kicks out. 2:15 p.m.: As expected, Corbin is focused on Rollins’ taped ribs and suplexes him across the top rope and then a second time. The broadcast team is talking about Seth’s core and Michael Cole adds that Corbin is “one of the most dangerous men in WWE”. 2:07 p.m.: Just like WrestleMania, we’re starting the main card with the Universal championship match. The Usos def. The Revival 1:57 p.m. FINISH: Jimmy Uso has Dawson cradled up but the referee has his back turned. However, they still get the win after a pair of superkicks and pin Dash Wilder. WHAT A WIN for @WWEUsos to kick off #WWESSD! 🤙🤙 pic.twitter.com/dFR6BLEqoD— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 20191:52 p.m.: The Revival has been in control and keeping Jimmy in the ring but he finally make the (literal) hot tag to Jey. He just crushed Dawson in the corner. Flycrossbodybody off the top rope but Dawson escapes.1:47 p.m.: Time for the kickoff show match with Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Renee Young at ringside to call the action. Cole said the actual air temperature is 94 degrees but it feels like 102 down in the ring. Yikes.1:25 p.m.: Seth Rollins is backstage with Byron Saxton and says he’s not 100% and his health “is what it is” but he’s ready for Baron Corbin as well as Brock Lesnar if needed.He’s ready for @BaronCorbinWWE.He’s ready for @BrockLesnar.He’s ready to leave #WWESSD STILL your #UniversalChampion! @WWERollins pic.twitter.com/WA7CGyIXsw— WWE (@WWE) June 7, 20191:20 p.m.: Both Alexa Bliss and Natalya traveled to Saudi Arabia with the hope that WWE could convince the government there to let them have a match. Apparently, that’s not going to happen with Dave Meltzer reporting that the Saudi government will not approve the women having a match on this show. The decision comes after it looked like it had been agreed upon but Saudi officials changed their mind. 1:10 p.m.: Paul Heyman explains that Brock Lesnar didn’t cash in on Seth Rollins on Monday after beating him down with a chair because of Rollins hitting him with a low blow at WrestleMania to help him win the Universal championship. Instead, the beatdown he dished out Monday was punishment for the low blow and today, he’ll punish him again by cashing in the briefcase and taking the title back.1:00 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of WWE Super ShowDown. Did you know this show is equal to or could be better than WrestleMania? That’s a real tag line for this show. Anyway, the kickoff show is beginning with Charly Caruso, Beth Phoenix, and David Otunga from the WWE headquarters.WWE Super ShowDown 2019 lineup- Goldberg vs. The Undertaker- Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon- Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin for the Universal championship- Triple H vs. Randy Orton- Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE championship- 50-man battle royal- Finn Balor vs. Andrade for the Intercontinental championship- Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley- Lars Sullivan vs. The Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado) in a three-on-one handicap match- The Usos vs. The Revival (kickoff show)WWE Super ShowDown 2019 predictions- The Undertaker defeats Goldberg in a short match.- Roman Reigns beats Shane McMahon.- Baron Corbin wins the Universal championship, only to lose it to Brock Lesnar after he cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase.- Randy Orton gets the win over Triple H.- Kofi Kingston successfully defends the WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler.- The Big Show wins the 50-man battle royal.- Finn Balor retains the Intercontinental championship against Andrade.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA BOLSTERS STRONG VETERINARY TEAM AS DR. LAURIE BOHANNON ASSUMES NEWLY CREATED POSITION OF SENIOR VETERINARIAN

first_imgSANTA ANITA BOLSTERS STRONG VETERINARY TEAM AS DR. LAURIE BOHANNON ASSUMES NEWLY CREATED POSITION OF SENIOR VETERINARIANARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2019)–The Stronach Group has announced the hiring of Dr. Laurie Bohannon to the newly created position of Senior Veterinarian. Bohannon will serve at the direction of TSG Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Dionne Benson as Santa Anita Park approaches the opening of its 23-day Autumn Meet on Friday, Sept. 27.Santa Anita, which has led the way in enacting state of the art equine protocols and best practices, will again be fielding a team of veterinarians which will be overseeing on-track training and racing on a daily basis.“In addition to Dr. Bohannon, we have a wealth of veterinary expertise working as part of our team here at Santa Anita,” said Benson. “Dr. Bohannon’s day to day role will be to work with our Association veterinarians to ensure the best possible on-track coverage during training and racing.“She will often cover on-track training in the morning as well as assist our primary Track Veterinarian, Dr. (Dana) Stead, in order to provide coverage during live racing.  Additionally, she will assist with morning examinations for both racing and training.”Bohannon, who received her DVM from Colorado State University, completed her internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, CA, and completed her residency in Surgery at UC Davis. Along with a Clinical Fellowship at Oregon State University, Bohannon has practiced in both private and regulatory veterinary medicine at California racetracks.Benson further noted that in addition to Bohannon and Stead, several other veterinarians will be taking on key roles, both during training and racing.“Dr. Stead will be returning as our primary on-track veterinarian in the afternoons,” said Benson. “He brings years of experience to this important task as well as the pre-race and pre-work examinations. Dr. Tim Grande (representing the CHRB) will also perform pre-race and pre-work exams on behalf of Santa Anita.“Dr. Grande has been performing these examinations for many years in Southern California and is an invaluable member of our team. Additionally, we hired Dr. April Chitrakar last year to assist in the mornings and she will be returning. Finally, we have Dr. Debbie Lamparter, who leads the Breeders’ Cup veterinary team. She’ll be assisting for several days during morning training prior to opening day here to ensure we have extra coverage.”Benson’s role will be largely administrative, as she coordinates implementation of a wide range of new policies and practices that are now in place to ensure equine, as well as human, health and welfare.“I am proud to see that the reforms that were enacted at Santa Anita earlier this year have worked so successfully this summer at Del Mar,” said Benson. “The entire Santa Anita veterinary team is ready to work hard to make this fall meet the safest it can possibly be for horses, jockeys and exercise riders and we want everyone to know that our commitment to horse welfare and safety is absolutely paramount amongst all of our priorities.”For more information on Santa Anita’s upcoming Autumn Meet, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

DONEGAL MUM WARNS: ‘MY GIRL’S NIGHT FROM HELL AT UNDERAGE DISCO’

first_imgA DISTRAUGHT mother has spoken of her ‘night from hell’ after allowing her 14-year-old daughter attend an underage disco in Letterkenny – and wants the events banned.The heart-broken mum says she ‘regrets the very minute’ she gave into pressure to allow her child to attend the disco.She told how her child: * Ended up in hospital getting her stomach pumped after getting drunk* Was wearing inappropriate clothing borrowed from older ‘friends’* Lost her mobile phone and cash* Was teased on social media for days afterwards. The mother told us: “I know even speaking to you that there will be parents who will judge me. There will be those who say she shouldn’t have been out; and those who think it’s all ok to be out.“But I now know I made a huge mistake by giving in to the peer pressure my child was facing and it was the worst thing I ever did.“My girl knows it was too now, and so I wanted to warn other mothers about what goes on before and after these discos.“There’s a huge amount of drink taken by kids who frankly don’t know how to handle it; there’s drugs available if you know where to go.“I can’t do anything to stop these discos and I’m sure some kids go out and behave responsibly but a night out for a young teenager now is miles away from what it was out when I was that age.” She said her child ended up in hospital because she was so drunk.“It was a nightmare; I felt just cold,” said the mother.“You don’t want to see your child like that in hospital when it can be avoided. It was just awful.”The girl had no money and no phone; a friend had called the mother to say her daughter was ill. Three months ago Donegal Daily reported how the underage discos were causing concern for Gardai in several towns in the county who were happy that the premises were being run properly, but that crowds were being drawn into several towns, but particularly Letterkenny.On one evening after a disco gangs from Buncrana and Letterkenny fought running battles with each other.And last year another mother hit out, claiming gangs of thieves targeted children at one disco, stealing cash and mobile phones.There is growing disquiet that such events are becoming the ‘norm’.“I’d rather be on duty when the adults are out in the town than when the 14 and 15 year-olds are out,” admitted on Letterkenny garda.“This is becoming a serious issue for the town.”It is also a serious issue for the staff at Letterkenny General Hospital who are left to deal with the aftermath of drink-fuelled nights out by school children.The mother added: “People will say ‘och sure this has been going on for years’ but I would ask any parent to drive around Letterkenny on the night of an underage disco and ask yourself ‘were we like that?’ and it was never this bad.”DONEGAL MUM WARNS: ‘MY GIRL’S NIGHT FROM HELL AT UNDERAGE DISCO’ was last modified: August 31st, 2013 by John2Share 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:drunkenfights.letterkennyunderage discoslast_img read more