Triple for Dane Nelson

first_imgFormer champion jockey Dane Nelson, who recently returned from a successful riding stint in Canada, highlighted yesterday’s annual Jamaica Racehorse Trainers’ Association raceday at Caymanas Park with three winners.His winners were the front-running 6-5 favourite RUNJOHNNY RUN in the fourth race over the straight, this completing a double for trainer Errol Waugh, 4-5 favourite PLATINUM RECORD, who romped the ninth race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds, and LUCKY NINE (made most) at 2-1 for trainer Gary Griffiths in the closing race over 1200 metres for the Trainers’ Association Trophy.Nelson’s triple comes on the back of a double at the Diamond Mile meet on December 10 when resuming his local campaign following an eight-month stint in Canada.LUCKY NINE UNLUCKYLUCKY NINE, unlucky in the fourth race on the previous Saturday, which saw the stewards disqualifying the first three past the post for causing interference to him, rebounded to win by 21/4 lengths from the 99-1 outsider MAJOR FORCE, with female jockey Andree Powell aboard. Highly-fancied MISS MYRTLE bolted prior to the start and was declared a late non-starter. The 3-2 favourite, PROUD PRESIDENT, ran below par to finish out of the frame.Meanwhile, highly fancied MONEY MAGNET, ridden by title-chasing apprentice Bebeto Harvey for trainer Richard Azan, won the opening Dye Job Sprint two-year-old race, while even money favourite WILL IN CHARGE captured the Seymour ‘Foggy’ Mullings O.J. Memorial Cup ahead of 2-1 second favourite BIRD CATCHER.Patrick Lynch, one of seven trainers honoured by the JRTA on the afternoon, saddled two winners, including the first two home (PLATINUM RECORD, KAMALI STAR) in the ninth race run in his honour. And young Harvey (60 wins) rode two winners to give himself an outside chance of catching long-time leader Omar Walker (67 wins) in the jockeys’ championship with four racedays remaining in 2016.last_img read more

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My Birthday Mixed with Disheartening

first_imgMr. Editor:One of the best treats you could give me on my birthday will be to publish my views in your widely read newspaper. Thanks for the space.Today Friday, November 14, 2014 marks my 50th birthday anniversary, but I am observing this milestone in my life with mixed reactions.Indeed, I am grateful to God for sparing my life to see this day, but I am also imbued with excruciating pains to see the dreadful trend in which Liberia, our mother land is taking.How disheartening it is to see Liberia retrogresses in achieving its development goals. What a pity that in a country of abundance of resources, a vast majority of Liberians still live in abject poverty while a privileged few enjoy unprecedented luxury?Many government officials entrusted with the mantle of authority to effectively manage the resources of the nation for the great benefits of all Liberians have over the years engaged in the systematic corruption which has heightened poverty and misery amongst ordinary Liberians.Without the shadow of doubt, the case of forging development in Liberia is proving to be a stubborn one owing to two basic reasons: Firstly, because the policymakers and planners in Liberia are almost always playing “deaf ears” to analytical views from critical thinkers expressed to see Liberia’s development enhanced; and secondly, bulk of the Liberian people have decided to play the role of spectators rather than play pro-active role in the nation building process.It is a pity that Liberia can show hardly anything, speaking in terms of development, after 167 long years of independence.The blunt reality is that Liberia will probably observe two or more centuries of independence without accomplishing any development if Liberians from all walks of life fail to reconcile their divergent views, and strategize the way forward to national growth and development.Let me close with an excerpt from Rev. Martin Luther Kings’ “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written on April 16, 1963: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyana should not auction remaining oil blocks – Oil Attorney

first_img– says Constitution sets limits on use of natural resourcesBy Samuel SukhnandanA local attorney who has extensive experience working with many oil companies is cautioning the current Government against making rash decisions when it comes to the remaining oil blocks offshore Guyana. This attorney, Melinda Janki, has said there should be no auction of the remaining blocks.Janki, who worked as an in-legal counsel for British multinational oil and gas company BP at its head office in London, said the first priority of the Government now should be to change the Petroleum Sharing Agreement (PSA) that Minister Raphael Trotman signed with Esso, Hess and Nexen. “The Government did not obtain competent legal advice. They did not obtain competent financial advice.Attorney-at-Law Melinda JankiObviously, the Government failed in its legal duties to the people of Guyana. They need to fix that before they do anything else,” Janki told Guyana Times on Sunday in an exclusive interview. Opposition Leader of Guyana, former President Bharrat Jagdeo, has called for the implementation of competitive bidding for the remaining oil blocks, or for the blocks to be kept for future generations.Jagdeo has been extremely critical of Government’s handling of the PSA with these oil companies. However, Government has said that a process of both direct engagement and selective bidding would be used to allocate the remaining blocks. Minister Trotman has expressed that direct engagements with other State-owned companies, such as Brazil’s Petrobras, would be sought in the future, but Janki has reminded that the Constitution of Guyana sets limits on what can be done with Guyana’s natural resources. She pointed to Article 149 J, which states: Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to his or her health or well-being; the State shall protect the environment, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures designed to prevent pollution and environmental degradation; promote conservation; and secure sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development. “Present and future generations” means that one cannot use up everything now. They must take into account children, grandchildren. You must put aside things for the future. This is not about infrastructure and other projects. That is out of date economics based on GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth,” she opined adding that there is a legal duty is to hand on to the next generation an intact natural capital base.According to her, this is clear from Article 36 of the Constitution, which also states that, “The wellbeing of the nation depends upon preserving clean air, fertile soils, pure water, and the rich diversity of plants, animals and eco-systems.” Janki maintains that money can’t be eaten, nor can oil be drunk.“The Government has to comply with Article 36. They have to preserve clean air, fertile soils, pure water, and the rich diversity of plants, animals and eco-systems. Before they auction any blocks, they must correct the mistakes they have made in the deal with Esso, Hess and Nexen,” she added.Oil contractOn the issue of the largest oil contract signed with Government, the British-trained Guyanese lawyer told Guyana Times that most people have failed to realize that the PSA is not with ExxonMobil, but with Esso, Hess and Nexen. “The focus is on Exxon, (but) the focus should be on these 3 companies. Who are they? What are their assets? Do they meet the requirements of the law? Has the Government carried out a proper due diligence investigation of these 3 companies?” she lamented. Janki said the criticisms about this agreement are too many for the Government to simply ignore. “These criticisms have to be taken seriously on the financial aspect of the deal… From a legal perspective, the contract is very unbalanced. The Government of Guyana has agreed to terms and conditions that give these 3 oil companies (an) unusual amount of benefits. For example, there seems to be no real mechanism to check what is happening. How will Guyana know something as basic as how much oil comes out?”The attorney said the contract should be replaced by something that is fair to Guyana and the people of Guyana. She said it is not a matter of being pro- or anti-Government, but a matter of the national interest. “This is a matter of law. The Government owes a legal duty to the people of Guyana. If the people of Guyana are not satisfied with this deal, if they are not satisfied with what the Government has done, then the people are perfectly entitled to object to the deal, and to insist that the terms of this deal are altered,” she explained. She said ministers cannot just sign any deal that they like. A minister, she said, must exercise his or her power for the benefit of the country. Therefore she believes there is scope to change the contract.last_img read more

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Alleged cattle thief wanted by Police

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force on Wednesday issued a wanted bulletin for a Mahaicony, East Bank Demerara resident in connection to larceny of cattle.Wanted: Delroy Cleon MorrisonDelroy Cleon Morrison, whose last known address is as Drill, Mahaicony, is wanted for questioning into the theft committed on  Abdul Jhuman between October 25 and November 24, 2018. The Force is urging anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Morrison to contact the Police on telephone numbers 229-2289, 229-3564, 229-2557, 221-1281, 229-2750, 229-2019, 226-3650, 226-1929, or 911 or at the nearest Police Station. It was stressed that all information would be treated with the strictest confidentiality.last_img

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Residents display labours of love at annual garden tour

first_img“I dont have to go camping!” he added.A new addition to the tour this year was the home of Tracy Christenson at 1529 102 Avenue. Christenson said she and her family moved into their home two years ago, and having mature gardens was definitely a big attraction for her.”Just to be able to sit in your yard and have beautiful-smelling flowers around you, and just the whole atmosphere, is nice,” she said.It has certainly been a labour of love to maintain those gardens, as she said she has spent lots of late nights after work weeding them.Advertisement Eleven private gardens – eight in the city, two in Pouce Coupe and just south of the village – were opened up for the public to take self-guided tours through. Organizers were fortunate to get a break in an otherwise rainy weekend, allowing for a great day for a walk though the gardens.Tom and Barbara Horn’s garden at 1609 95 Avenue was certainly a sight to behold. There were beautiful flowers in bloom everywhere the eye could see, and many interesting features such as a fish pond, raised beds filled with vegetables, and even a small cabin. Tom said it is a far cry from how their yard used to look when they bought their house 12 years ago.”This was all weeds and bush,” he said. “The only thing that was here was that shed, which used to be a greenhouse.”- Advertisement -Through years of hard work, he said they now have their garden to where it doesn’t require too much work other than when it’s subject to inclement weather. He said the recent heavy rainfalls have slowed a few things down, but has made other things made “quite luscious.”Horn said tending to their garden and their greenhouses is an enjoyable hobby for them both, and makes for a nice retreat without having to leave home.”We like eating the vegetables and picking the flowers, seeing the birds and everything.”Advertisement Christenson said the tour is a great way for her to show off the fruits of that labour.”This way somebody else can enjoy all my hard work other than just me,” she said, adding its a great way to share knowledge, and even plants, with other gardeners.The “tea” part of the garden tour took place at the Senior Citizens Hall on McKellar Avenue, where local volunteers were working hard in the kitchen to serve up snacks and refreshments to patrons for a small fee. There were also vendors outside selling all kinds of potted plants and garden features.The horticultural society relies on the tea and tour as its biggest fundraiser for the year. President Barb Carlson said the money raised goes largely towards awarding cash prizes for the horticultural division at the annual Fall Fair in August. She added it also allows them to donate to the municipal library to purchase gardening books, magazines and movies for the benefit of gardeners in the community.She said the tea and tour has been going for about 20 years now and it is different every year. For example, she said she noticed in recent years there is more awareness around conserving water and using environmentally-friendly practices such as mulching and composting.Advertisementcenter_img Besides sharing a common interest, Carlson said the horticultural society is a very warm and friendly group to belong to. She said they are always looking for new members, and encouraged anyone who might be interested to contact her at 782-8439.last_img read more

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French glamour club PSG turns to China for fans… and funds

first_imgPSG’s Asian fan base has grown while its social media presence has exploded along with the French club’s rising profile following the signings of world football’s most expensive player Neymar and French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.Riding the wave of rising popularity, the French club with the Eiffel Tower logo took advantage of the Asian tour to open a permanent office in Singapore.“With the growth the club has enjoyed in recent years, along with the arrival of our two superstars Neymar and Mbappe, we thought that now was a good time to do it, it was the right moment,” said Sébastien Wasels, the club’s Asia Pacific director.French glamour club PSG is looking to Asia for fans, and funds © AFP / FRANCK FIFEHe said the Qatari-owned club with ambitions to dominate Europe needs the base to handle rising Asian growth opportunities.And the club that could face sanctions by European football’s governing body UEFA for allegedly violating regulations over spending limits needs to significantly boost its income.PSG says that it has signed several commercial deals in the region including a multi-million euro partnership with marketing agency Desports for sponsorship and licensing rights in China and Hong Kong.– Younger generation –The club has also pinpointed three geographical growth areas in Asia and plans to hire a team of five expert locals to focus on business development opportunities in China, South Korea/Japan, and Southeast Asia/Oceania.During the club’s brief summer Asia stay that included matches in Singapore and the French Super Cup final against Monaco in Shenzhen, PSG hosted a range of promotional events.Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar Jr and celebrate with the trophy at the end of the French Cup final © AFP / FRANCK FIFEThe included a cooking class by the club’s Brazilian defender Marquinhos and a training session for young players at China’s “PSG Academy” by former star player Maxwell, now part of the PSG management team.PSG’s eSports section was also brought into play to woo the younger generation, hosting a FIFA video tournament for 400,000 participants on local platforms to boost the club’s active gaming sector.PSG’s social media footprint in Asia is rapidly expanding, says the club.“When QSI (Qatar Sports Investments, the club’s owners since 2011) took over, we had a million social media followers globally: 90 percent in France“Today we have 60 million… 90 percent outside France. No other sports entity has had that scale of digital growth.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and teammate Kylian Mbappe celebrate after a French Cup goal scored against Rennes in January © AFP / LOIC VENANCESHENZHEN, China, Aug 8 – After three pre-season tours in a row to the United States, French glamour club Paris Saint-Germain turned to Asia in search of new fans and business deals ahead of the new season.It’s the market “with the biggest growth potential,” according to a PSG official discussing the club’s two-week summer trip to Singapore and China.last_img read more

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Ex-Bayern star moved to Stoke for the money, claims former Switzerland defender

first_imgFormer Liverpool and Switzerland defender Stephane Henchoz has suggested compatriot Xherdan Shaqiri joined Stoke City in the summer for the money.Shaqiri completed a shock switch from Inter Milan to the Britannia for a club record £12m in August to join Mark Hughes’ newly assembled Potters side.The 23-year-old was earmarked as a star of the future in his early years before a move to Bayern Munich, but Henchoz believes his decision to join Stoke points to financial benefits over career ambitions.When asked on Drivetime whether he was surprised by the winger’s move, Henchoz said: “Of course I am. Coming to the Premier League is every footballer’s target because it’s the best league in the world at the moment.“But Stoke City. I don’t think they are going to be playing European football in the near future. It’s not the biggest club in the world as well.“So for me it was a bit of a surprise. I would say if he chose Stoke it was probably due to the money and the wages he would receive.”While Henchoz appears to review Shaqiri’s move to Stoke as a step down from perhaps loftier previous employers, he also questioned the player’s true potential after failing to assert himself in both Germany and Italy.He added: “To be honest, the guy was at Bayern Munich and he couldn’t get in the team with two different managers, [Jupp] Heynckes and [Pep] Guardiola.“Then he moved to Inter – another big club – and Mancini was his manager. He wanted the guy but at the end of the day he couldn’t play.”Henchoz joined Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on Drive to preview England’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Switzerland at Wembley.last_img read more

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DONEGAL RELAY FOR LIFE CASH TOPS €300K

first_imgDonegal’s Relay for Life has raised a colossal €300,000 – and the amount is rising!A committee meeting of the group held last night revealed the figure. Chairman of the group, Robert O’Connor said “This has again far exceeded our expectations.“This is due entirely to the efforts of teams, sponsors, and Donegal Public who gave us such fantastic support again this year.“Your efforts ensure that many more lives will be saved through allowing much needed research be undertaken.“Sincere thanks to all involved on behalf of myself and my fellow committee members,” said.  DONEGAL RELAY FOR LIFE CASH TOPS €300K was last modified: June 25th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Relay for Lifelast_img read more

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Sevilla confirm deal reached with Leicester for midfielder Vicente Iborra

first_img1 Leicester have reached an agreement to sign Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra, the Spanish club have announced.The 29-year-old Spaniard is now expected to meet Leicester officials to discuss a contract and undergo a medical.Reports have suggested Iborra, who played against the Foxes in the Champions League last season, will cost the English club around £12million.Iborra, who can also operate as a forward, has scored 30 goals in 172 games since joining Sevilla from Levante four years ago.He has won the Europa League three times and he captained the side last season. He has previously been linked with Sunderland and West Ham.A statement from Sevilla read: “Sevilla FC and Leicester City FC have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Vicente Iborra.”Once a deal is concluded, Iborra will be allowed to return to Sevilla to bid a public farewell to fans.Leicester have not yet commented on the development. Vicente Iborra is set to swap Sevilla for Leicester last_img read more

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Brilliant Convoy reserves win Division Four title

first_imgLotto 18/10/16: DB DL LM LH, 1 person matched 3 counties. Margaret McGloin Kinlough, sold at the pitch. Jackpot next week €5300.Underage Training will Start BACK this Fri from 6.30 till 7.30€2 and gumshields pleaseHard luck to our U 13 girls who lost out to BuncranaU 16 boys are though to N Board finalCheck fb page for Details of training and MatchCongratulations and Well done to our Reserve men who won the Div 4 reserve LeagueThanks to Everyone who has been helping out at the pitch over the last few weeks as we have been hosting a lot of GamesSt Mary’s ReservesBrilliant Convoy reserves win Division Four title was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:convoyGAASportlast_img read more

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