Agricultural college sees surge in demand

first_img#SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Email Advertisement Twitter Previous articleLimerick students won’t take cuts lying downNext articleCouncillors row over Joint Policing Committee John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie THE number of applicants to courses at the Salesian Agricultural College in Pallaskenry has tripled in the last five years.In 2009 the college was threatened with closure as the demand for agricultural courses was so low, but now the college is forced to turn away students due to the high number of applications.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Principal John McCarthy told Limerick Post: “Since 2008 there has been a two to three-fold increase in our numbers and that has been across the board in all courses. Depending on the courses, we can’t accommodate all the applicants at this stage.“This year we have nearly 400 students; about four or five years ago we would have had between 100 to 120 and that was about it. Just a few short years ago I was campaigning with politicians to try to keep the college open and now we’ve gone to the other extreme.”Points for the college’s Higher Certificate in Agricultural Mechanisation, run in conjunction with LIT, have also risen, reflecting the increase in demand.Salesian Agricultural College is also privately paying two extra teaching staff to cope with the surge in student numbers.Mr McCarthy continued: “We also have a direct entry Certificate in Agriculture where we take 100 students and we have a long waiting list for that at the moment. Our Advanced Certificate in Mechanisation takes 26 students and we had about 60 applicants this year.”Regarding possible factors that may have led to the rise in popularity for agricultural courses, Mr McCarthy explained:  “First of all there are now a huge amount of young people looking at the area of agriculture. Secondly the jobs just are not there elsewhere, so people see the positives in having a business at home and getting work and an income from that. During the Celtic Tiger years the income from farming wouldn’t have been able to compete with a lot of other areas.” WhatsApp Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsAgricultural college sees surge in demandBy John Keogh – September 2, 2013 720 center_img TAGSagricultureeducationMusic LimerickSalesian Agricultural College Facebook Linkedin Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Print Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launchlast_img read more

CU young professional becomes part of something bigger

first_img continue reading » Even before she became part of the credit union movement, Melissa Janssen of Royal CU, Eau Claire, Wis., was passionate about education.“When I got hired I honestly couldn’t tell you the difference between a bank and a credit union,” she recalls. “I had no financial background.”Janssen was as eager to learn as she was to teach. After just two years in her role as Royal Credit Union’s Community Financial Education Coordinator, she’d already taken significant steps in her professional development, including becoming a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC).That’s when she heard about CUNA National Young Professionals Conference. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Franjo Tudjman Airport has a record number of passengers

first_imgThe month of July, both for tourist destinations and for the Franjo Tuđman Airport, was a record for the number of passengers.As many as 351.532 passengers passed through Zagreb Airport last month, an increase of 14,5 percent compared to the same month last year. The busiest day was July 17, when 12.598 passengers were recorded, and in addition to that, more than 12.000 passengers were recorded for three more days, which has not happened in the history of Zagreb Airport.Exceptional traffic growth of 10 percent, lasts all year round, and the services of the busiest airport in Croatia were used by more than 1,6 million passengers in the first seven months, point out Franjo Tuđman International Airport (MZLZ) and add that the volume of work and traffic has increased followed by an increase in the number of employees, so that since the opening of the new passenger terminal, a total of 118 new employees have been hired, of which 96 have been hired, while the rest have been hired for ancillary work. “The growth of the number of passengers was certainly contributed by the establishment of eight new routes, three of which are the routes of two new airlines Monarch and Emirates. The national carrier Croatia Airlines has opened four new destinations from Zagreb, and the existing airlines have increased the number of frequencies and capacities of the aircraft, which all directly affected the significant continuous increase in passenger traffic. ” stand out from MZLZ.Thanks to the existing flights, but also the introduction of new ones that connect Zagreb with other destinations and make it more accessible to a larger number of visitors, the number of passengers is expected to exceed three million for the first time by the end of the year.Related news:Will the announced strike of Croatia Airlines staff land aircraft in the middle of the tourist season?last_img read more

Australia’s economy set for first recession since 1991: McIntyre

first_imgMcIntyre forecasts GDP to grow by 0.4 percent in 2020, some 1.5 percentage points below his pre-coronavirus forecast.The Reserve Bank cut interest rates last week and money markets are pricing in a further reduction in April, which would bring it to the estimated lower bound of 0.25% and open the door to unconventional policy. The government is finalizing a fiscal “boost” that could amount to A$10 billion ($6.6 billion) to support firms struggling with cash flow and help them keep on employees.McIntyre predicts large budget deficits ahead as the automatic stabilizers — increased welfare payments and reduced tax collection — begin to take hold. That’s on top of the fiscal stimulus needed to boost demand and confidence.The Treasury and RBA estimate the impact on tourism and education from China’s shutdown and other virus fallout will cut 0.5 percentage point from GDP in the first quarter. That doesn’t include supply chain disruptions and is in addition to a 0.2 point cut from wildfires over summer. McIntyre said the comparison with the 2003 SARS epidemic is problematic because of the massive increase of China’s importance to both the Australian and global economies. He notes that in the Australian Dollar Trade-Weighted Index of the exchange rate, the weighting of the renminbi rose to 30 percent, higher than any other currency in the 36-year history of the gauge.McIntyre notes that the channels through which the reduction in domestic activity transmits during a pandemic were laid out in a 2006 Treasury paper whose author is Steven Kennedy, the current secretary to the Australian Treasury. That analysis saw the economy contracting 5% in the first year.Transmission of the virus in Australia is now occurring, meaning disruptions and shutdowns of aged-care facilities, child-care centers and schools. Health authorities anticipate several months of disruptions from the virus.McIntyre predicts the economy will bounce back, noting that fourth-quarter GDP released last week showed several segments turning around, including housing and mining investment. China is also set to stimulate its economy, which traditionally benefits Australia.Property prices Down Under have surged since late last year when the RBA resumed easing.“How Australia’s housing market weathers the virus outbreak will be a key area of interest given the earlier downturn in construction activity,” he said. “Australia’s resources sector also stands well placed to benefit from a resumption of activity in China’s construction sector and stimulus measures.”Topics : Read also: Virus puts globalized economy at risk, says OECD chief economistcenter_img Australia’s economy will record its first recession since 1991 as the hit from China’s virus-induced slowdown is amplified by slumping confidence and domestic disruptions as the outbreak intensifies Down Under, according to Bloomberg Economics’s James McIntyre.Gross domestic product will fall 0.4 percentage point in the first three months of the year and 0.3 percentage point in the second quarter, ending a 28-1/2-year stretch of economic growth, he said in a report Monday.“Isolations and domestic disruptions to contain the spread of the virus will have a mounting economic impact, which is likely to result in a further GDP contraction in 2Q and potentially beyond,” McIntytre said. “Stimulus, both fiscal and monetary, will help to reduce the damage, but is unlikely to be enough to offset the impacts.”last_img read more

Officials Change Plans as Hurricane Season Approaches in Pandemic

first_imgThose who do have to evacuate to a shelter will be required to answer health questions and have their temperature taken.Anyone suspected of having the coronavirus will be separated in their own section of the shelter. There will also be masks and handwashing stations.As for supplies, FEMA suggests putting your supplies together extra early, due to the spotty availability in recent months of some basic household products. The agency also recommends bringing extra hand-sanitizer, cleaning supplies and at least two cloth face coverings per person.FEMA has increased the grace period on premiums in the national flood insurance program from 30 days to 120 days, although anyone who makes a claim would have to pay their premium.Insurance adjusters will be able to take claims using phone apps, rather than meeting in person.The National Hurricane Center is also making plans to keep storm experts from becoming sick.“We’re doing what we can internally to keep everybody safe because the country needs us in a hurricane,” said hurricane center director Graham. “We’re looking at social distancing. We’re looking at one-way hallways. We’re looking at having work stations moved to offices. We’re doing everything we can to keep people safe because you have to keep healthy here at the hurricane center to ensure that we can perform the mission.”Although the official NOAA hurricane season forecast is due to be released in two weeks, other forecasts from universities and private forecasting companies are also predicting a busy storm season. Hurricane season begins in three weeks, and officials are acting to make sure we are all prepared, in case we experience a storm during the COVID-19 pandemic.Early forecasts are calling for an above-average season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.“We’ve dealt with multiple disasters in the past,” said Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center, in an interview Friday. “This one’s different, but at the same time, I think with early planning and early preparedness you can do a lot.”FPL says there could be a longer wait to restore electricity this year, despite improvements in processes.The company has implemented social-distancing procedures, requires personal protection equipment, sanitation procedures and separate travel by employees, all elements which can slow down repair operations. It also expects to have difficulty recruiting out-of-state repair crews.“Are we going to be able to amass those kind of crews?” asked Bill Orlove, spokesman for FPL “Are they going to be able to travel to the state? What happens if they get to the state and they’re not healthy due to our screening process?”He adds, “This season will be a season like no other, where we may be facing not only a hurricane but the pandemic. We are still committed to doing what we need to do. Going into this season, we’re asking customers for their patience, knowing that they may need to be without power for a longer period of time due to circumstances that are, frankly, extraordinary.”Local officials are also talking with the Federal Emergency Management Agency about potentially replacing or supplementing regular hurricane shelters with hotel rooms, due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing at shelters.The time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW, before the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family. https://t.co/i9w7JdbnDl #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong pic.twitter.com/kjmMq6HkYO— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) May 9, 2020last_img read more

Trojans ready for Cougars

first_imgAs the USC men’s basketball team returns to the friendly confines of the Galen Center for a two-game homestand, the Trojans will first play host on Thursday to a team that has encountered much of the same success as the Trojans.Addition · The Trojans have compiled a 5-2 record since sophomore forward Lenoard Washington returned to the team just before Christmas. – Avi Kushlan | Daily Trojan While the Washington State Cougars (13-5, 3-3) still have the opportunity to play in the postseason, its up-and-down performance in conference play mirrors that of the Trojans’ (11-6, 3-2) thus far.Sitting in fourth place in the Pac-10, the Cougars have bolstered their record with wins over Arizona and Stanford but have failed to perform against some of the more successful teams in the conference, falling to California at home and getting blown out by Arizona State on the road.USC can certainly relate; only days after sweeping the Arizona schools at home, the team faltered on the road, losing to Stanford at the buzzer and to Cal by eight points. They recently rebounded by overwhelming UCLA at Pauley Pavilion 67-46, which moved the Trojans into a two-way tie for second place in the conference.“We only have 13 games left to play, and we need to give our best effort every single time we play those games,” O’Neill said. “We’re 3-2 in the league, and we’re just trying to get to 4-2. Take it one game at a time and see where it goes.”The key to the Cougars’ success this season has come in the form of sophomore guard Klay Thompson ,who averaged 22.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, and freshman guard Reggie Moore, who averages 13.4 points and 4.6 assists. They will square off against the Trojans’ experienced tandem of seniors point guard Mike Gerritty and guard Dwight Lewis, who have played increasingly vital roles since Gerrity’s introduction to the team one month ago.“We played a lot of good offensive teams … we’ve got to do the same job against [the Cougars] tomorrow as we did against them,” O’Neill said. “They are a team that generates a lot of offense out of early stuff and second shots. It’s a necessity that we play great defense. Because of the way we’ve competed and played hard, we’ve put ourselves in a position to be a good team that way.”Despite the similarities between the teams, the location of the game seems to play into USC’s favor beyond simply having the home crowd behind it.The Cougars have had major struggles playing on the road, and it seems to be a deeper problem than their 2-3 record indicates: Washington State has been beaten by a total of 47 points in its three losses, and its best road win was a two-point victory over 9-9 Arizona.Meanwhile, the Trojans have found continued success at the Galen Center and now have a 7-2 record that includes wins over then-No. 8 Tennessee and Arizona State.Nevertheless, O’Neill sees every game as equal, stressing that the absence of a postseason for the Trojans has only made games more significant.“I’m approaching every game for us like its a postseason game, because we don’t have a postseason,” said O’Neill. “For us, what’s important is we don’t waste any days, cause this group’s only going to play together for 13 more games.”last_img read more

KCCA FC face Nigeria, Tunisia opponents next

first_imgMatchday 3 (June 2-4)Gp A: KCCA v Rivers, FUS v AfricainGp B: Swallows v Mouloudia, Sfaxien v PlatinumGp C: Smouha v Hilal, Zesco v LiboloGp D: Mounana v Horoya, Mazembe v SuperSportMarchday 4 (June 20-21)Gp A: Rivers v KCCA, Africain v FUSGp B: Mouloudia v Swallows, Platinum v SfaxienGp C: Hilal v Smouha, Libolo v ZescoGp D: Horoya v Mounana, SuperSport v MazembeMatchday 5 (June 30-July 2)Gp A: KCCA v FUS, Rivers v AfricainGp B: Swallows v Sfaxien, Mouloudia v PlatinumGp C: Smouha v Zesco, Hilal v LiboloGp D: Mounana v Mazembe, Horoya v SuperSportMatchday 6 (July 7-9)Gp A: FUS v Rivers, Africain v KCCAGp B: Sfaxien v Mouloudia, Platinum v SwallowsGp C: Zesco v Hilal, Libolo v SmouhaGp D: Mazembe v Horoya, SuperSport v MounanaNote: group winners and runners-up qualify for quarter-finals Share on: WhatsApp KCCA striker SserunkumaCONFEDERATION CUP: Mazembe begin group campaign against MounanaJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Uganda’s KCCA have got a tough group in the CAF Confederation Cup where they will face Tunisian, Nigerian and Morocco opponents.FUS Rabat of Morocco, also former winners of the secondary competition, face Club Africain of Tunisia, Rivers United of Nigeria and KCCA of Uganda in Group A.The group stage of the 14-year-old competition was increased from eight clubs to 16 this year in a new format.A cash boost guarantees all clubs $275,000 (250,000 euros) while the winners pocket $1.25 million.CAF Confederation Cup title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo will begin their group campaign in May at home to CF Mounana of Gabon.Mazembe and Mounana were placed in Group D with SuperSport United of South Africa and Horoya of Guinea when the draw was made in Cairo on Wednesday.Popularly known as the “Ravens”, the club from southern Congolese city Lubumbashi are the second most successful in CAF competitions with 10 titles.Mazembe outclassed Mouloudia Bejaia of Algeria 5-2 on aggregate last year to win the Confederation Cup for the first time after finishing runners-up four years ago.They began this year in the richer and more prestigious CAF Champions League only to be demoted after a shock qualifying loss to CAPS United of Zimbabwe.Only six of the 16 Champions League demotees survived a play-off phase in which they were pitted against survivors from two rounds of Confederation Cup qualifying.Record three-time Confederation Cup winners CS Sfaxien of Tunisia were placed in Group B with Platinum Stars of South Africa, Mouloudia Alger of Algeria and Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland.FUS Rabat of Morocco, also former winners of the secondary competition, face Club Africain of Tunisia, Rivers United of Nigeria and KCCA of Uganda in Group A.Zesco United of Zambia, Recreativo Libolo of Angola, Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan and Smouha of Egypt are in Group C.Matchday 1 (May 12-14)Gp A: FUS Rabat (MAR) v KCCA (UGA), Club Africain (TUN) v Rivers Utd (NGR)Gp B: CS Sfaxien (TUN) v Mbabane Swallows (SWZ), Platinum Stars (RSA) v Mouloudia Alger (ALG)Gp C: Zesco Utd (ZAM) v Smouha (EGY), Recreativo Libolo (ANG) v Al Hilal Obeid (SUD)Gp D: TP Mazembe (COD, holders) v CF Mounana (GAB), SuperSport Utd (RSA) v Horoya (GUI)Matchday 2 (May 23-24)Gp A: Rivers v FUS, KCCA v AfricainGp B: Mouloudia v Sfaxien, Swallows v PlatinumGp C: Hilal v Zesco, Smouha v LiboloGp D: Horoya v Mazembe, Mounana v SuperSportlast_img read more

How About the NFL Washington “Trumps?”

first_imgThe Washington NFL franchise is retiring the term “Redskins” and there are at least five options for the name change which was motivated by money rather than the team having a true racial sensitivity chip.This comes about a week after FedEx formally asked team owner Dan Snyder to change the name or the company would pull their sponsorship.FedEx is a primary sponsor of the team, and holds the naming rights to FedEx Field, where Washington plays. That same day, Nike removed all apparel from its website that included the word “Redskins.” Apparel from every other NFL team remained.“Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years,” the team said in a statement.So now that Washington is moving on from its old name, we take a look at some potential new names for the franchise.1. “Washington Redtails”The Washington Redtails is a name that started gaining traction this month. “The name Redtails celebrates the WWII Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces,” the graphic reads. “The nickname Redtails comes from their planes, which had a distinct crimson tail.”This name works for a variety of reasons. It allows Washington fans to keep the “HTTR” motto, the color scheme remains mostly the same and it honors the Tuskegee Airmen.Quarterback Dwayne Haskins even likes this one.2. “Washington Warriors”This name still draws some controversy. On one hand, it continues to keep Native Americans in mind while removing the term “Redskins.” But on the other hand, many people have an issue with Native Americans being used as a mascot at all.This is likely a name the franchise will consider, but since people are already having problems with it, switching to Warriors doesn’t seem like it’d be a smart move. It is worth pointing out that Snyder trademarked the name “Washington Warriors” in 2000. He was planning to use it for an Arena Football League team, but that team never developed.UPDATE: D.C. radio host Kevin Sheehan said during a podcast he had it “on pretty good authority” that Warriors is the leading contender for the Redskins’ replacement name.“I don’t think that’s a reveal by any stretch,” Sheehan said. “I think people do know that the Redskins have marked Washington Warriors just in case, and that this has been the way. I would bet big money on the Warriors being the new name for the football team.”3. Washington Hogs/Washington Red HogsThe Hogs were the nickname for the Washington offensive line that helped the franchise win three Super Bowl titles during the 1980s and early 1990s. Snyder said he wants to honor the “proud tradition and history of the franchise,” so what better way to do that than to name your team after the group that helped you win Super Bowls?The offensive line was simply called “The Hogs,” but if Washington wanted to get a little more creative, it could go with Red Hogs. The Red Hog is an actual animal, and it would allow the team to maintain its color scheme.4. Washington RedHawksDesigner Brandon Moore mocked up a logo and uniform design for RedHawks, a name that gained attention in 2017 due to a bizarre hoax. A group of Native American activists began tweeting out links that mocked the design of websites like Sports Illustrated, ESPN and others. But the websites were fake. (You can read more details on that movement here.)The group of Native American activists explained why RedHawks was a valid name change in a statement. Official Statement on #GoRedhawks campaign by Native advocates. “We created this action to show the NFL and the Washington Football franchise how easy, popular and powerful changing the name could be.” https://t.co/WBlk1WRR6n pic.twitter.com/M7uMBbbw7V — Washington Redhawks (@redhawksdc) December 13, 2017This wouldn’t be the first time a sports team changed its name from Redskins to RedHawks. Miami of Ohio made this switch during the 1997-98 school year. 5. Washington RedWolvesThe RedWolves is a name that started gaining traction from fans late in the process. Even some former Washington players praised the name. Will Compton tweeted his support tweeting, “I’d want to come back to Washington for one day and retire a Red Wolf.”Fred Smoot also praised the name on NBC Sports Washington.“It is an endangered species. It allows us to keep the ‘HTTR,’” Smoot said. “It allows us to keep the burgundy and gold. It allows us to have some crazy uniforms. Like I said before, I can see 80,000 people in FedEx Field howling like wolves after Chase Young gets a sack to win a game.”Honorable MentionsSome other names that have been floated out there include the Renegades, Defenders, Senators and Sentinels. The Sentinels would mimic the fictional team from “The Replacements.” And even though the XFL is dead, it seems unlikely the Redskins would just pick up the D.C. Defenders’ team name.The Senators got some early traction, but according to The Washington Post, the Nationals still own that moniker, and that’s probably a good thing. “Senators” doesn’t draw much excitement.Other names center around Washington’s political theme like the Washington Trumps…which is a longshot.last_img read more

Home is where the Leafs play this weekend as Green and White host three games at NDCC Arena

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs had better get used to some Heritage City home cooking.Because the Green and White play the next three Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games, and four of the team’s upcoming five, at home in the friendly confines of the Nelson and District Community Complex Arena.Three of the those games are scheduled for this weekend as the Leafs play host to Grand Forks Friday, Creston Thunder Cats Saturday and defending KIJHL champion Osoyoos Coyotes Sunday afternoon.Unfortunately, home ice has not been as accommodating as the Leafs would like as, although Nelson is 3-1-0-1 which is good enough for top spot in the Murdoch Division, the team is only 1-1-0-1 at home.Nelson hopes to better that mark Friday when the Leaf play host to winless Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Bruins have had little bite to start the season, going winless in three games while being outscored by a combined 28-4.Saturday, Nelson sees a Thunder Cats team that is 2-2 on the season.Sunday the defending league champion Desert Dogs appear to be starting the current KIJHL campaign off the way the club ended the season last March, as Osoyoos currently owns top spot in the Okanagan Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference with a 4-2 record.BLUELINES: Patrick Martens and Matti Jmaeff, both racking up four points Sunday against Spokane Braves, jump to the top of the Leafs scoring race. Both players have seven points. Nik Newman is third with six points followed by James Sorriey and Colton Schell — the latter getting a shot to play with Trail Wednesday against Merritt —with five points. . . .Nelson acquired some depth on defence as Jonathon Petrash is back with the team. The 20-year-old rearguard last played in Nelson in 2009-10 scoring 28 points in 47 games. [email protected]last_img read more

Filly & Mare Turf – Post-Race Interview Transcript – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgSir Michael StouteChris RichardsonLanfranco DettoriPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the winners of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf is Queen’s Trust owned by Cheveley Park Stud. We’re joined by the winning trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, as well as winning jockey, Frankie Dettori, and Cheveley’s managing partner, Chris Richardson, on the left. Sir Michael in the middle and Frankie on the right as we look up at them. Sir Michael, if I could start with you, and perhaps you could just describe the race as you saw it for us? We’d just like to hear it in your words?SIR MICHAEL STOUTE: Yeah, well, Frankie and I had a good chat. You don’t tell him too much. He knows his way around here. I was a little bit concerned about the 11 draw, but fortunately it looked as though it was going to be a really honest pace, which there was.THE MODERATOR: Frankie, you alluded in your last post race interview that the hot pace might have helped you today, the fast pace of American racing. Could you just describe the trip that you had that looked like a good one?LAFRANCO DETTORI: Yeah, the pace was solid early. I was a little bit outpaced, but let her find her feet. When we got to the backstretch, basically tried to find the spot where I could get in a challenging position, and I was very fortunate mid-turn that I got behind the favorite. And then on the straight, the first jump on me, and my first reaction, I thought, well, I’ll be a good third. Then she started to motor and, you know, it’s funny. It’s a sure straight, but those last hundred yards make a big difference, and she got into top gear, and we flashed past the line, I was pretty much sure that we won.THE MODERATOR: Very good. And, Chris, it’s been perhaps a frustrating year not being able to break through at the highest level with this filly. Can you just talk about the campaign and then stepping up today?CHRIS RICHARDSON: Yes, no, well, she’s a very talented filly, as Sir Michael has always maintained. It’s very exciting to have had a homebred to be able to be competing at this level. Sir Michael has been with Mr. and Mrs. Thompson for over 35 years, and it’s wonderful having had a little bit of a mixed introduction to the Breeders’ Cup to come here and have a fantastic day.The filly is hugely talented. We’ve seen her perform. She’s had good draws and been a little unlucky in a number of the races that she’s been competing in at the Group 1 level. And she’s shown a terrific turn of foot, and past horses like her, a true champion in the final stages of her last three starts. That was certainly shown today.And, Frankie, you couldn’t have given her a more clever ride. It was just a joy to watch. And you turning in for home, she would run to the line, and my goodness, she certainly did. So it was just fantastic.THE MODERATOR: Michael, this is your third win in this race, and we were just asking about the decision to come over here for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. What specifically about this filly did you think suited her for this race?SIR MICHAEL STOUTE: Well, she’s run a great race in the Nassau behind Minding. She had every chance that day, she just wasn’t quite good enough. But it was an excellent performance. I looked at what was going to be lining up. She hadn’t had a tough season. She was unfortunate, again, in her final start in England. Came through it well, and I thought I really would like to have a crack at this Filly Mare Turf. But I needed to persuade, and I wasn’t optimistic about it, because I knew their stand. But fortunately they came up with an affirmative, and thank God they did.Q. Frankie, this is your first time racing on her. Did she show you anything that you weren’t expecting today?LAFRANCO DETTORI: No, I rode her before she came to America one morning, and she didn’t give me much of a feel, but Ted Durcan, who I was working with, said she’s not very flash working in the mornings. But her form has been solid. I’ve been watching her all year. I knew we had a chance because the way the race was going to set up.Q. Sir Michael, in terms of her run today, was it a lot like the Nassau? Was it the same sort of form as that particular race?SIR MICHAEL STOUTE: Well, the Nassau had six. There were 13 today, and we were drawn 11, so it was always going to be a different ball game. We were just very prominent in the Nassau. But here, Frankie had to be sharp and clever because the draw worried me a little bit.Q. Chris, I know it’s early to think about, but would you mind maybe laying out a few of her potential targets for next year if you’ve had a chance to think about that?CHRIS RICHARDSON: Well, I obviously haven’t spoken to David and Patricia Thompson as yet. Obviously we are — she has got a huge amount of potential. She certainly will be staying in training next year. No doubt Sir Michael will speak to them and we’ll map out a plan as long as she obviously comes out of this race well. You know, it’s a shame that Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, Pat and David Thompson, are not here, but they are fantastic supporters of breeding and racing on an international level. The Breeders’ Cup have been fantastic in looking after us, and the support and back-up, and to come here and to actually win is a dream come true. It really is. I can only praise the trainer and the jockey, really, and the filly who, as I say, it’s just one of those special fillies.THE MODERATOR: We’re thrilled to have you all here. Thrilled you brought this filly, and we’ll hope to perhaps to see her back here again next year.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more