Royal Assault the hot tip for Bucknor feature

first_imgANTHONY Nunes’ ROYAL ASSAULT returns to his happy hunting ground in this afternoon’s 1000-metre straight G.A. ‘Sarge’ Bunny Bucknor Memorial, racing among overnight allowance horses. In his last 10 starts, the five-year-old chestnut beat the level three times, losing twice but under forgivable circumstances, one of which was in this very race last year, outclassed by BUZZ NIGHTMARE in a rapid-fire 57.1. ROYAL ASSAULT’s other loss in overnight allowance was last October when he had returned off a near five-month lay-up and finished third behind PROLIFIC PRINCESS and DREAMLINER at 1200 metres. Though he returns off a similar lay-up tomorrow, ROYAL ASSAULT, remains the class horse in the 12-horse field. When last raced on November 30, he beat none other than speedy TALENTED TONY K, which should have taken him out of the class. However, having not raced since, qualifies him to return to the level whereas he should really be facing open allowance company. RACE-FIT HORSES Though lightly raced and seemingly doing nothing much at exercise, ROYAL ASSAULT must not be taken lightly. After returning from his lay-up in October and placed third, he returned two weeks later in grade one and was fourth behind CAMPESINO, BUZZ NIGHTMARE and CHACE THE GREAT in the Caribbean Sprint. This afternoon, he faces race-fit horses such as FORCE DE JOUR, VISION and DANCING QUEEN breaking from gates seven, nine and 10, respectively, on a racing surface which should be running a bit heavier after being sanded last weekend. Class aside, a heavier track should be a plus for ROYAL ASSAULT, considering he is drawn widest at post-position 12, the more compact part of the track. Though carrying 56.0 kilos, he is a proven cut above his rivals and should be the horse to beat/ If ROYAL ASSAULT is, indeed, rusty, Philip Feanny’s DANCING QUEEN, carrying only 50.0 kilos, is dangerous. She is better than VISION and has the jump in the handicaps on FORCE DE JOUR, who is down to carry 55.0 kilos.last_img read more


Guaidóappointed ambassador takes possession of Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica

first_imgThis story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica, EU and Latam contact group on Venezuela will meet Thursday Costa Rica again voices support for new elections, peaceful transition in Venezuela Venezuelan diplomat in Costa Rica accuses Guaidó-appointed ambassador of usurping embassy Who is Juan Guaidó Maria Faría, appointed ambassador by the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, took possession of her country’s diplomatic headquarters in Costa Rica on Wednesday.The Costa Rican government has given Nicolás Maduro-appointed diplomats until April 15 to leave the country.Faría managed to enter the embassy on Wednesday morning, according to an AFP journalist.To chants of “The dictatorship has already fallen!” about 100 opponents of the government of President Nicolás Maduro gathered in front of the diplomatic premises and prevented access to the three Maduro representatives still in office in the Costa Rican capital.Costa Rica is among 50 countries that have recognized the authority of John Guaidó, and President Carlos Alvarado last week accepted the credentials of Maria Faria, designated ambassador for the self-proclaimed president.However, the Costa Rican authorities gave “90 calendar days,” or until April 15, for the three Maduro diplomats to leave the country.In this regard, the Foreign Ministry expressed its “strong rejection” of Faría’s initiative to take possession of the embassy on Wednesday, estimating that the ambassador should only assume diplomatic representation when the April 15 deadline expires.“This procedure is unacceptable because harms basic diplomatic norms of respect and trust in the international community, and above all, international law,” the ministry said in a statement.Faría responded that she had acted “in full compliance with regulations and in use of the facilities” and announced that she will meet Thursday with Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Ventura Robles.The Costa Rican government had not dispatched a representative to the Jan. 10 inauguration of Maduro for a second term and instead sent a diplomatic note to Caracas expressing “unequivocal condemnation” of the election’s conditions.President Alvarado warned, however, that Costa Rica “will not support any military intervention in Venezuela of any kind.”The ambassador appointed in 2014 by President Maduro, Jesús Javier Arias Fuenmayor, is no longer in Costa Rican territory.Update with editor’s note: The U.S. Department of State website provides a good summary of international relations between an embassy and its host country. It has been lightly modified below:An embassy is the headquarters for Government representatives serving in a foreign country.While the host government is responsible for the security of diplomats and the area around an embassy, the embassy itself belongs to the country it represents. Representatives of the host country cannot enter an embassy without permission — even to put out a fire — and an attack on an embassy is considered an attack on the country it represents.last_img read more


More than 250000 Chinese visited Turkey in 2017

first_imgTurkey received a huge flow of Chinese tourists in 2017, more than 250,000 Chinese tourists visited Turkey, up by drastic 47% from 2016.During the first two months of 2018, more than 57,000 Chinese visited Turkey, twice the number of the same period last year.Numan Kurtulmus, Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism, said, “China-Turkey Tourism Year was launched in Shanghai recently, aiming to boost tourism and cultural exchanges between the two countries. During the year, more than 60 activities including music performances, art and craft exhibitions, will be held in several Chinese cities.”The tourism year is expected to encourage more Chinese to travel to Turkey, and the number of Chinese tourists is expected to top 400,000 this year, Kurtulmus said.last_img read more