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Harvard hosts high schoolers for International Economic Summit

Harvard hosts high schoolers for International Economic Summit

first_imgThe Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Council on Economic Education (MCEE), the International Economic Summit Institute (IES), and Harvard University, along with funding support from the Challenger Foundation, conducted the second ever New England high school trade simulation at Harvard’s Murr Center on Dec. 20.During the daylong simulation, 72 teams of students from high schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire received hands-on experience at negotiating trade alliances and developing economic policy.As part of the daylong summit, 370 students were separated into a number of groups, each representing a different country. The groups competed for points by passing written tests, presenting economic proposals, and trading goods and services with other groups. Students also earned points for donning costumes representing their “home nations,” and creating table displays that best represented these countries.The students’ goal was to serve as economic advisors to their selected countries, while aiming to increase the standard of living, said Scott Guild, director of economic education at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which co-sponsored the event. Guild said the program demystifies for students the workings of global economics and allows them to apply economic decision-making toward tangible goals.“Young people make economic decisions all the time,” he said. “However few understand or are exposed to the short-term and long-term implications of their actions. The summit’s curriculum and trade simulation provides teachers with a tool to engage students to focus and apply what they have learned in class about economics to a very specific goal and see if they can fulfill it.”A number of college students from North Shore Community College, Federal Reserve Bank staff, and industry partners volunteered at the event as scorekeepers, bankers, and greeters.“This was a wonderful day for MCEE, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Harvard University, and the hundreds of high school students and their teachers who came for the IES,” said Margaret Brooks, president of the MCEE. Dan McCarthy, MCEE chair and vice president of Eaton Vance Management agreed. “There is nothing like hands-on learning and this event gave these students exactly that — a fun and challenging opportunity to really apply their skills at a great college campus,” said McCarthy.Participating Massachusetts high schools were: Arlington High School, Bedford High School, Boston Latin School, Marshfield High School, Medway High School, Millbury High School, and KIPP Academy, Lynn. Out-of-state schools included Pelham High School, Pelham, N.H., and Canton High School, Collinsville, Conn.last_img read more

Zimmer named 2010-2011 varsity Leprechaun

Zimmer named 2010-2011 varsity Leprechaun

first_img“I tried out last year and got the Blue Squad [leprechaun position] … and came back this year with more experience and knowledge and was able to get the Gold Squad position,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted ever since I came here,” Zimmer said. “I knew that I fit the bill. I’ve never been shy in front of crowds.” Fifteen men originally came out for tryouts, and five remained for the final round of tryouts.  Zimmer said he has been vying for the position since last year’s tryouts.  Zimmer, who transferred from Purdue, wrestled his freshman year and came to tryouts his sophomore year as a cheerleading novice. Zimmer said his experience on the Blue Squad helped him secure the Gold Squad position, but it did have its difficulties. “I had a lot of chances to talk to Dan and ask him questions,” Zimmer said. “He really did serve as a very good mentor. He was a wonderful leprechaun.” “Being in the tunnel [before the Blue-Gold game] was such an amazing experience,” Zimmer said. “I think the thing I’m looking forward to most is running onto the field and carrying that flag at our home opener against Purdue.” As Blue Squad leprechaun, Zimmer led cheers at the men’s and women’s soccer, hockey, volleyball and women’s basketball games.   “It was a very big learning experience.” Collins said Zimmer is the right kind of leprechaun the program is looking for. Brian Kelly won’t be the only new face on the Notre Dame Stadium sidelines this fall.  “Dave really brought an intense level of energy to his tryout and that’s one of the most essential things that any leprechaun candidate needs,” Collins said. “I think in addition to his energy, he also has that fighting Irish swagger that the leprechaun needs to have.” While practicing for the tryouts, Zimmer said he and former leprechaun Dan Collins became friends.  “They like to see how you can handle yourself in a game time situation,” Zimmer said.“Being a Blue Squad leprechaun was sometimes difficult because often there wasn’t the same crowd capacity that men’s football or basketball had. But toward the end of the season, women’s basketball was very good and had the chance to travel with them to Connecticut and Kansas City. Zimmer was named the new leprechaun two weeks ago after an intense tryout that included cheerleading stunts, a three-minute pep rally, a television interview adapted to a game time situation, a jig-off and a pushup contest. David Zimmer, a junior from Angola, Ind. and a resident of O’Neill Hall, was named the new leprechaun for the 2010-2011 school year, kicking off his new role at The Shirt unveiling Friday at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.  “He grew up a lifelong ND fan so he has a sense of the tradition he’s now a part of,” Collins said. “He really understands the spirit he’s called to embody. He’s going to do a great job.” Collins also said Zimmer’s longtime enthusiasm for Notre Dame will benefit his work as the new leprechaun.  Zimmer said he looks forward especially to next year’s football opener.  “I actually had never had any cheerleading experience before,” Zimmer said. last_img read more

Vermont Ranks Low on State Policy Climate for Entrepreneurship

Vermont Ranks Low on State Policy Climate for Entrepreneurship

first_imgSBE Ranks State Policy Climates for EntrepreneurshipWASHINGTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) just released its 13th annual rankings of the states according to their public policy climates for small business and entrepreneurship in the “Small Business Survival Index 2008: Ranking the Policy Environment for Entrepreneurship Across the Nation.”SBE Council chief economist Raymond J. Keating, author of the study, said: “The U.S. economy is in a serious downturn, and the outlook for a robust recovery seems remote. That means state and local policymakers face some very difficult decisions, especially on budget matters. Depending on the policy course that state lawmakers choose, they can either make the economic situation in their own state better or far worse.”Keating continued: “A significant impediment to small business, entrepreneurship and investment is public policy gone awry. Quite often, policies have unintended consequences for small businesses when they raise costs, create uncertainty and diminish incentives for starting up, investing in and building a business. On the other hand, positive policies can be advanced that enable small business growth, job creation and entrepreneurship. The ‘Small Business Survival Index’ measures these policy actions.”The “Small Business Survival Index” serves as the most comprehensive measure of the states in terms of which ones offer the most conducive environment for small businesses, and those that make it more difficult for entrepreneurs from a government-cost perspective. The factors included in the Index – taxes, various regulatory costs, government spending, property rights, health care and energy costs, and much more – matter a great deal to the competitiveness of each state and to the well being of small business.The 2008 Index has been expanded to cover 34 major government-imposed or government-related costs affecting small businesses and entrepreneurs. The measures are added together for an overall rating.In terms of their policy environments, the most entrepreneur-friendly states under the “Small Business Survival Index 2008” are: 1) South Dakota, 2) Nevada, 3) Wyoming, 4) Florida, 5) Washington, 6) Texas, 7) South Carolina, 8) Alabama, 9) Virginia, and 10) Colorado. The more difficult state policy environments for entrepreneurs include: 40) West Virginia, 41) Hawaii, 42) Iowa, 43) Vermont, 44) Massachusetts, 45) New York, 46) Minnesota, 47) Rhode Island, 48) Maine, 49) California, 50) New Jersey and 51) District of Columbia.For a complete list of state rankings, and to access the “Small Business Survival Index 2008” report, please look for the Index image on the right hand side (right below “Business Tax Index 2008”) on www.sbecouncil.org(link is external). SBE Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research, training and advocacy organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship.last_img read more

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge for Pro Bike Racing (And Plenty of Fun)

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge for Pro Bike Racing (And Plenty of Fun)

first_imgSaturday 3:30 p.m.: Grab your team and see if you can finish 6 laps the quickest in the Adult Big Wheel Relay Race.Saturday 4:30 p.m.: Lace your shoes and participate in the Roanoke Valley Beer Mile. In addition to a quick run and beer, the top finishers (male and female) earn cash prizes of $500 each!Saturday 5:30 p.m.: Live music kicks off on the Martin’s Outdoor Stage with crowd-pleasing favorites such as Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and DJ Williams Projekt.Saturday 6 p.m.: The main event gets underway, starting with the master’s race (35+), followed by the women’s and men’ events.Saturday Later Night: Stay downtown for the Night Rider’s Ball that’s part of Bike Month. Admission to the event at Martin’s Downtown is $15. Ride your bike and admission (and valet parking) is free. Anyone who participates in the Clean Commute Challenge in May can also get in free.Virginia’s Blue Ridge Downtown Twilight CriteriumWhen: May 21Where: Downtown RoanokeCost: FreeRelated events (and information): Adult Big Wheel Relay Race, Roanoke Valley Beer Mile, Night Rider’s Ball Make a weekend of it.The Virginia’s Blue Ridge Downtown Twilight Criterium is bringing some of the best professional cyclists around to the heart of Roanoke on May 21.It’ll be a weekend of fast-paced bike action paired with plenty of fun for spectators. You can watch the races, take part in a Beer Mile or Adult Big Wheel Race, and join the after-party for the Night Rider’s Ball at Martin’s Downtown. There will be live music, a bike expo and beer garden as well.If you haven’t been to a criterium, or crit, before, it’s been compared to NASCAR on two wheels. The race is a high-energy cycling event that is designed to provide spectators with one heck of an evening of fun. Professional road cyclists traveling in a tight pack, will race lap after lap through the streets of downtown, each jockeying for the lead. A pack of riders will zoom by your watching point, but don’t blink — they’ll pass by again in about 90 seconds.So why not come to Roanoke for the weekend? (And don’t forget to bring your bike and experience some of the best cycling on the East Coast while you are here.)Here’s an idea of what you can do: http://www.vbrcrit.com/event-schedule/Friday evening: Check in to your hotel and head downtown for a local beer at Soaring Ridge or Big Lick Brewing. Both breweries offer craft beer made on site, have food trucks parked outside and live music.Saturday (or Sunday) morning: Grab your bike or rent one locally at Roanoke Mountain Adventures or UnderDog Bikes and experience firsthand the incredible riding of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.Head to Carvins Cove – 2nd largest municipal park in the U.S. – and ride the 60+ miles of singletrack. Join local IMBA riders for an intermediate ride at Carvins Cove.Take a spin on the Blue Ridge Parkway or the new local L’eroica Ride.If you’re looking for something a little more low key, hop on the Roanoke River Greenway and enjoy the various pit stops you’ll encounter (climbing gym, ice cream, restaurants, shopping, coffee, etc.last_img read more

Colombian Army dismantles the FARC’s financial structures

Colombian Army dismantles the FARC’s financial structures

first_imgBy Dialogo October 06, 2014 Terrorist groups diversify: security analyst An arrest and seizures Army soldiers recently captured an alleged FARC operative who was a key part of the terrorist group’s financial network. On September 6, the Army announced the capture of a suspected FARC operative who is known as “Metrallo,” age 45. Metrallo allegedly managed funds the FARC obtained through extortion and drug trafficking. Metrallo allegedly worked with the FARC’s Front 63. Troops attached to the Mobile Brigade 6, of the Specific Command of Caguán, captured Metrallo in the neighborhood of Buenos Aires, municipality of Cartagena del Chairá, in the department of Caquetá. A day before the Army announced the capture of Metrallo, troops from the First Division located a stolen truck that soldiers suspect the FARC was using to transport stolen auto parts, according to an Army statement. In a separate operation, Army soldiers in south Tolima, municipality of Planadas, seized ten motorbikes allegedly used by FARC operatives. In late August, soldiers with the Ninth Brigade of the Special Energy Battalion in the municipality of Gigante seized a bag filled with 15 million counterfeit pesos. Soldiers suspect the counterfeit money belonged to the FARC. The soldiers seized the counterfeit pesos after receiving intelligence that the FARC was transporting counterfeit funds in the region. center_img The Colombian National Army is attacking the financial structures of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), two terrorist groups which use funds from counterfeiting, illegal mining, drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises to fund their violent activities. The Army has made significant inroads in the battle to disrupt drug trafficking by the FARC and the ELN. Both groups generate a significant amount of their funds from trafficking drugs, according to Yadira Gálvez González, a security analyst from the National Autónomous University of Mexico. Army soldiers are disrupting drug trafficking operations not only by seizing cocaine and marijuana, but by dismantling drug-producing operations. For example, on September 17, Colombian Army soldiers with the Mobile Brigade 14, who are part of Task Force Apolo, destroyed a marijuana greenhouse in the municipality of Corinto, department of Cauca. The greenhouse contained 6,000 marijuana plants and was worth about $3.3 million (USD). In early September, soldiers with the Jungle Battalion 52 Colonel José Dolores Solano, Brigade 31, destroyed 140,000 coca plants in the municipality of Cararu, Vaupés. Coca is the primary ingredient used to make cocaine. Soldiers suspect the coca plants were being cultivated by the FARC’s Front Urias Cuéllar. Drug trafficking remains one of the main sources of generating funds for the FARC and the ELN. Disrupting the ability of the two groups to traffic drugs limits the funds they can generate for terrorist attacks. The FARC produces and traffics as much as 150 tons of cocaine annually, which generates about $2.5 billion (USD) a year, according to reports published in May 2014 in the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. Because Colombian security forces have been successful in disrupting the drug trafficking enterprises of the FARC and the ELN, the terrorist groups are turning to other criminal activities to raise money. “(Colombia) has become much better at tackling the flow of illicit money. Cutting organized crime’s flow of money is the most effective blow you can deal,” said Catalina Uribe Burcher, program officer for the Democracy, Conflict and Security unit at International IDEA, an intergovernmental agency which supports democracy throughout the world. International cooperation is crucial in the battle against the FARC, the ELN, and transnational criminal organizations. “The Colombian authorities are working with other Latin American countries to eradicate the coca fields, seize large quantities of drug, and better utilize technology. The security forces are improving their capabilities of maritime intervention and strengthening the international cooperation in judicial matters,” said security analyst Gálvez. “We have made significant progress in the fight against drug trafficking in Colombia and the drug manufacturing has been declining in the country. The authorities, through information sharing with other nations, have been hitting harder the organized crime inside and outside of the country.” I don’t like the article because it’s too short. It has no argumentation What awaits us if the government’s peace project fails, when these gentlemen who were subjected to the previous government. Now are equipping themselves financially, territorially, politically, weapons and human resources, with youth from an early age. It’s pure cocaine, false positives are what gets reported and then they bleed the country dry with accusations. I like it EXCELLENT WORK BY OUR ARMED FORCES. GOD BLESS THEM, ACCORDING TO THE FARC NARCO TERRORISTS THEY ARE NOT TERRORISTS OR NARCOS OR ASSASSINS. I SAY DEAD OR ALIVE INSOFAR AS THEY ARE VICTIMS OF THE STATE The Colombian Army is working at weakening the financial streams of income which are a bloodline for the guerrilla movement. The administration plays a crucial role in the art of anti-guerrilla combat, the actions of counter intelligence strike a heavy blow against the plans for barbaric acts against civilian and military targets, and their control over drug trafficking is definite, that’s why they are at the negotiating table, hoping the government doesn’t press on the fight against drug trafficking. Well, it has them sunk, without dollars their supplies dry up and the well-being of the bosses who live in other countries like millionaires exploiting the blood shed of young guerrilla fighters who give their lives to support those parasites called bosses. The army, the best entity the country has The future of our Colombia is in the hands of our authorities. Because if there is corruption among them and disdain for the homeland, we will never have a great country. Thank you and blessings to those who fight for us, against this scourge. Mr. Oscar Luis Cárdenas, I want to ask you about the little key because I haven’t heard from you again That is good for the Colombian army to ensure the population that there is nothing left for the terrorists but to lay down terrorism and join the people to work for the country of Colombia. This comment is from a Dominican who loves Colombialast_img read more

Metsger solicits two-year budget

Metsger solicits two-year budget

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA Vice Chairman Rick Metsger advocated for a return to a two-year budget in his article in the NCUA Report, released Wednesday.Of the NCUA’s operating budget, Metsger acknowledged criticism that the budget doesn’t fully provide visibility into the actual costs of staffing or major projects because they often involve multi-year development and costs.“(The) NCUA may be able to provide greater transparency and accountability, while giving credit unions greater certainty, by returning to the previous policy of implementing a biennial budget with rolling biannual reviews and adjustments,” Metsger wrote. “This would provide greater transparency on the costs of multi-year initiatives, as well as provide a broader perspective on how the budget aligns with the agency’s long-term strategic plan.” continue reading »last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Six-Point Plan to Cultivate the Next Generation of Pennsylvania Farming

Governor Wolf Announces Six-Point Plan to Cultivate the Next Generation of Pennsylvania Farming

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Six-Point Plan to Cultivate the Next Generation of Pennsylvania Farming Environment,  Infrastructure,  Innovation,  Press Release Pennsylvania Furnace, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today outlined his six-point plan to strengthen Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry amid a changing marketplace and new pressures during remarks to more than 500 industry leaders at Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences’ annual Ag Progress Days event.Governor Wolf cited the commonwealth’s competitive advantages and global reputation for quality and innovation as the foundation upon which to build the future of agriculture in Pennsylvania.“My vision for the future of agriculture takes advantage of what’s special about Pennsylvania’s farms and food processors to set us apart on a global stage,” said Governor Wolf. “We see tremendous opportunities for Pennsylvania, including the opportunity to diversify our business and capitalize on marketing opportunities. And even though there is no shortage of challenges, I believe we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on our many existing strengths and chart a path toward a dynamic and prosperous farming economy in Pennsylvania.”The governor pointed to a report he unveiled at the 2018 Farm Show that showed Pennsylvania’s agriculture and food industries generate $135.7 billion in economic activity annually. The industries employ nearly 580,000 people and pay wages of nearly $27 billion.The governor’s recommendations for the future of a vibrant agriculture economy in Pennsylvania build off of strategic recommendations contained in that report, which include:Rebuilding and expanding the state’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges, ports and broadband;Strengthening Pennsylvania’s workforce to ensure the next generation is prepared to lead;Removing unnecessary regulatory burdens and strengthening the state’s business climate;Establishing business ownership succession plans on the farm and throughout the food system; and creating more processing capabilities to accommodate a growing animal agriculture and protein sector.Under Governor Wolf, the state already has worked extensively to advance each of these five areas.The sixth point in the governor’s plan reflects his vision to make Pennsylvania the nation’s leading organic state. In 2016, Pennsylvania overtook Washington as the second leading state for organic sales in the U.S., producing and selling $660 million in certified organic commodities—more than double the amount sold in 2015. Additionally, the number of certified organic farms in the state increased 18 percent to 803 farms.The rise in organic sales comes as producers seek to meet growing demand. According to the Organic Trade Association, total U.S. organic food sales increased $47 billion in 2017, 8.4 percent increase, which outpaced the growth in the overall food market.“Demand for organic foods has skyrocketed over the last 20 years, and at last, our production is starting to catch up,” said Governor Wolf. “We can do more to help more producers and processors capture a bigger share of the organic market, and we can do that by leveraging our strong reputation in the marketplace.”The governor’s plan calls for raising public awareness among agricultural producers of the opportunities in organic production—both unmet market demand and the premium prices organic commodities command in the market. There is particularly high demand in Pennsylvania for organic feed grains to serve the state’s growing organic livestock industry, but presently, much of this demand is being met by grains shipped into Pennsylvania from other states and countries.The governor’s plan builds upon the state’s existing PA PreferredTM program. Many existing members already are certified organic producers, while others are interested in transitioning to organic production. Finally, the state also will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on standards for organic branding and marketing, and it will continue providing transition assistance to those operations that undertake the three-year conversion necessary to certify products and practices as organic.For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, visit agriculture.pa.gov. There visitors can also find a copy of the economic impact and strategic recommendations report under the “Hot Topics” section of the homepage.center_img August 15, 2018last_img read more

Gold Coast’s best Hamptons-style houses on the market

Gold Coast’s best Hamptons-style houses on the market

first_img It’s warm and inviting inside.It looks like a classic Hamptons-style home but there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.No expense was spared in its construction with custom-built features and arched windows distinguishing it while a hint of coastal flair breathes new life into the traditional style.The house spans two levels with the main living areas and one bedroom on the ground floor and four more bedrooms upstairs. The alfresco area and pool overlooking the river are highlights.The property will go under the hammer on February 23. Cooking would never feel like a chore in a kitchen like this. 116 Edinburgh Rd, Benowa Waters 1/87 Tahiti Ave, Palm Beach 1 Royal Mews, Sovereign Islands Dreaming of a Hamptons-style home? Check these out.IT is a classic style many house hunters are drawn to and one renovators and architects turn to for inspiration.The Hamptons style blends coastal and luxury features, making it the perfect fit for the Gold Coast’s envious lifestyle.While Australia’s version is much more laid-back than the traditional Hamptons style, it remains highly sought after.We’ve found three of the best on the market to fuel your daydreams. It has a jaw-dropping facade.Impressive is an understatement when it comes to describing this Hamptons-inspired house.A white palette with black accents and splashes of colour, feature lighting and luxury fixtures and fittings give it an air of sophistication with elegant touches.The three-storey waterfront property has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and an 11 car garage.Its standout features include an ornate fireplace, bold wallpaper and flooring as well as several outdoor living areas.The property is listed with a $7.395 million price tag. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe perfect spot to curl up and read a book on a rainy day. Less is more.A modern twist gives the Hamptons style a fresh look inside this villa.Wood floors and a neutral palette remain true to the design’s traditional form while pendant lighting and louvre windows add a contemporary touch.The residence has two storeys with an open kitchen, living and dining area that flows through sliding glass doors outside while its three bedrooms are upstairs.Close to the beach and a range of popular cafes and restaurants, its locations is also a drawcard.It’s on the market with a $1.05 million asking price. It has modern touches throughout.last_img read more

November 21, 2017 Police Blotter

November 21, 2017 Police Blotter

first_imgNovember 21, 2017 Police Blotter112117 Batesville Police Blotter112117 Decatur County EMS Report112117 Decatur County Fire Report112117 Decatur County Jail Report112117 Decatur County Law Reportlast_img

Long Dog and Bachasson primed for Royal Bond showdown at Fairyhouse

Long Dog and Bachasson primed for Royal Bond showdown at Fairyhouse

first_imgWillie Mullins pits smart novices Long Dog and Bachasson against each other in a fascinating Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday. Mullins’ son and assistant Patrick said: “I’m very taken with Long Dog and with what he does at home. Obviously we think a lot of him. He got injured on his first run and that’s why we ran him over the summer. “Sunday will be a test. He might be best with a trip, but he has the speed, particularly on this ground, for two miles. I think he’ll take a bit of beating. “On a form line with Three Stars, who Bachasson also beat, we think Long Dog might be up to giving the weight away to Bachasson. He is a year older than him as well.” Paul Townend rides French-bred Bachasson, who runs in the Un De Sceaux colours. The grey holds a rating of 147 after clocking up a record of four from four on Irish turf, meaning he is rated 3lb superior to Long Dog who has to give him that amount of weight under the terms of the race. He was also successful at Grade Three level when last seen in Tipperary. Mullins went on: “Bachasson was weak when he came to us and we didn’t think he would be strong enough for winter ground. “He has improved and improved and there possibly could be more improvement in him. His profile is one of progression. His last performance was probably his best. The ground doesn’t seem to bother him too much.” Press Association The County Carlow handler has saddled four of the last seven winners of the Grade One contest, including last year’s hero Nichols Canyon, who subsequently ended champion hurdler Faugheen’s unbeaten record at Punchestown earlier this month. Long Dog is the pick of Ruby Walsh and arrives on the back of four comfortable victories, landing a Grade Three at Limerick last month. Bachasson’s part-owner Colm O’Connell said: “It looks like we’ve got Long Dog to beat. “Our boy is only four and has already had a long campaign, we need to see about the ground and this is his biggest test to date. “When he started out at Sligo I never had any thought in my mind he’d be running in a Royal Bond, but when he won at Galway we started to think he had a lot of potential. “The horses he’d been beating were coming out and winning and a bit like with Un De Sceaux Willie has steadily brought him through the ranks. “He’s getting 3lb as a four-year-old, but horses his age are normally running in bumpers not in the Royal Bond. “He’s bred to act on soft, so we will hope for the best and he showed a really nice turn of foot last time.” Walsh told the Irish Examiner it was a tough choice between the pair. He said: “T he only reason I’ve gone for Long Dog is because I think he’ll handle testing conditions better. ” For horses that won the first race on the Monday and Tuesday of Galway, it’s hard to believe that at this stage of the season you’d still be scratching your head as to which one to ride in a Grade One. ” The handicapper says I’ve made the wrong decision as he has Bachasson rated 3lbs higher and he’s getting 3lbs off Long Dog, but the weather forecast is all that swayed me. “They’ve run at roughly the same time all season, have been winning with similar ease, and improving all the time. “I don’t know how you split them. I asked some of the lads in the yard and they were split 50:50. “It really is that difficult, and Long Dog is just my opinion – anyone who fancies Bachasson, I wouldn’t like to put you off.” Gigginstown are represented by Gunnery Sergeant and Archive. The former won a point-to-point and a bumper before falling two out when leading in a Gowran Park novice hurdle. He has to come into the reckoning for Noel Meade and Bryan Cooper. Eoin Griffin’s Archive was beaten into fourth by Three Stars at Navan, while t he field is completed by the Mouse Morris-trained Baily Cloud, winner of his last two hurdle races. last_img read more