After four decades and 1,926 Caymanas Park victories, trainer Wayne DaCosta became the record champion trainer at Caymanas Park after topping the field for the 15th time with 67 wins in 2015. DaCosta also surpassed legendary trainer and former record holder Phillip Feanny, who has 14 titles. His achievement, surpassing one of the all-time greats of regional training, has given DaCosta great satisfaction, but to him, winning the title in 2015 was no great surprise. “I was confident (coming into the year). I had a full stable of horses, so I didn’t see why the results would have been any different from last year (2014),” he told The Gleaner. “He (Feanny) is still one of the great trainers of Caymanas Park, so it’s definitely a honour to surpass his record. It (15th championship) was indeed satisfying, it’s a great feeling to be number one. I don’t know how long it will last, but I am on the top now, and it is really a good feeling getting the 15th win,” he stated. DaCosta, who is second on the all-time list of winners saddled at the Park, says his love and passion for racing is the secret to his success and he has no plans to take a break anytime soon. “I can continue [training horses] until I die. I am doing something that I like, and from 1976 when I got my licence, I have always liked it. I see no reason why I should stop. “However, you never can tell (how long it will continue) because the sport can change in the turn of a dime. But now everything looks good and I have some good horses in the top class and some nice three-year-olds coming next year, so it could be the same old, same old you never can tell. “I want to thank all of my owners who have stayed with me over the years and my groom, Linval McFarlane, who has been with me for more than 30 years as an assistant trainer. racing has good times and bad times, and you will never know when your bad time is going to come. But I have some nice horses. I hope they keep sound and make it a memorable year again,” he stated. DaCosta trained the top three horses in stakes last year – Derby and Diamond Mile winner SEEKING MY DREAM ($13.58 million), ALI BABA ($5.37m), PERFECT NEIGHBOUR ($5.08m). He was also the leading trainer for two-year-olds, earning $9.06m. Supreme Ventures Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes winner FUTURE KING was the leading earner in this category with $3.66m.
Junior world No. 2 Lakshya Sen bowed out of the Junior World Championships losing to Japanese sixth seed Kodai Naraoka 21-14, 17-21, 14-21 in the men’s singles quarter-finals in badminton World Junior Championships in Indonesia on Friday.16-year-old Lakshya fought for an hour and 6 minutes but the Japanese triggered late in the match and trumped the Indian in rallies to march into the semi-finals of the tournament.??World Junior Championships:Lakshya Sen(JWR 2) lost to Kodai Naraoka(JWR 6, JPN).Score:21-14,17-21,14-21 pic.twitter.com/w38IkDWMjX- Olympic Press (@OlympicPressOrg) October 20, 2017Lakshya played a dominating first game where he scored five consecutive points compared to just two by Naraoka and won the game in just a single game point. From the second game onwards, Naraoka took control of the match and played better rallies.Even though Lakshya fought off one game point in the second game and three in the third game, it didn’t prove to be enough.Lakshya was the last Indian in the fray. 14-year-old Gayatri Gopichand Pullela, daughter of chief national coach Pullela Gopichand lost 7-21, 11-21 in the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals to sixth seed Chinese Cai Yanyan.13th seed Kartikey Gulshan Kumar also went down fighting 21-18, 15-21, 13-21 in the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals against eighth seed Nhat Nguyen.
Multichannel Network provider Barcroft Media has launched a new YouTube channel dedicated to the world of animals.The MCN’s latest channel features animal stories from around the world. Barcroft Animals will focus on the genre that parent company Barcroft TV says has consistently been the most successful with its 2.3 million subscribers.Barcroft is, for the first time, delivering six original series from launch. These include Safari Live, featuring real-time coverage of animals in their natural environment, and showcasing wildlife events across Africa, Beast Buddies, exploring the world of people who love and are obsessed with animals and Snapped!, a show that provides wild animal footage.The other originals are Dog Dynasty, featuring Hulk, the the world’s biggest pit bull, and following owner Marlon as he runs Dark Dynasty K9’s dog protection business in the US, Wild Rescue, featuring stories shot by vets and wildlife ranges rescuing animals in the wild, and Cute as Fluff, featuring baby animal stories.“Our audience is fascinated by animals and inspired by natural history. Launching with a collection of serialised digital content on our new channel Barcroft Animals will allow us to tell more of the stories we know our viewers love. It also gives us the opportunity to build brands and incubate whole video series in the digital space before taking them to linear broadcast,” said Barcroft Media CEO Sam Barcroft.
TV device software specialist, iWedia is providing software for two new ultra HD set-top boxes made by Askey Computer Corp.iWedia’s Teatro-3.5 software solution for Android TV set-top boxes (STBs) will now be available on the Askey STI6080 UHD IPTV and OTT Android TV STB and the STS2060 UHD IPTV and DVB Android TV STB. Both boxes support 4K HEVC.Teatro-3.5 is designed as a complete software solution for Android TV STBs, suitable for pay TV operators specialising in broadcast, multicast, and unicast delivery.Running Android TV Nougat (7.0), Teatro-3.5 is integrated with various conditional access systems and is connected to various service delivery platforms and content delivery networks.“Teatro-3.5 allows pay TV service providers to smoothly mix their own services delivered OTT, over IPTV, and over broadcast with third parties Android TV apps and services,” said Nikola Teslić, iWedia’s CTO.“The two STBs from Askey on which we have ported our solution have proven to be very efficient platforms to cover both the IP-only and the hybrid use cases”.Askey product director, Thomas Ho, said: “Our Askey STI6080 and Askey STS2060 set-top boxes provide the best value for money to pay TV operators who decide to adopt Android TV. With the pre-integration of iWedia’s Teatro-3.5, we allow them to use those boxes to access their own bouquet of pay TV services”.Separately, iWedia announced it has integrated Teatro-3.5 into the latest Android TV UHD STB from Korean set-top manufacturer, INTEK Digital.The software is being used in INTEK’s UHD-S72F set-top box – a cost-effective device for pay TV operators opting for Android TV.iWedia is exhibiting at IBC at hall 5, stand B40. Askey are at hall 5, stand C30 while INTEK can be found at hall 5, stand C38