TOBA yearling sale, inaugural dinner this weekend

first_imgA total of 158 lots will be offered in the annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association of Jamaica (TOBA) yearling sale to be held in the official car park at Caymanas Park on Sunday, November 15, starting at 10 a.m.Lots are available for inspection at 8 a.m., and the accepted opening bid for any lot shall not be less than J$100,000.Prompted by TOBA for the umpteenth year, the sale usually attracts a significant number of buyers from the Eastern Caribbean, notably Trinidad and Tobago.In the past decade, the Trinidadians have been responsible for a number of record-priced yearlings with a view to racing them in Trinidad. Some have become champions, notably two-time ‘T & T Horse of the Year’ BIGMAN IN TOWN, who raced here early in his three-year-old career before he was shipped off to Trinidad by his high-profile owner, Baskaran Basswah. The rest is history.Yearlings from some of the island’s leading stud farms and from private breeders will be on show. They include leading stud farms such as HAM Stables Limited, Everglades Farms Limited, Orange Valley Estates, Lakeland Farms, Spring Park Stud Farm, Y.S. (1955) Limited, New Blue, and Argyll Farms.record priceLast year, a chestnut colt by Performing Magic out of Sea Treaty, bred by Everglades and purchased by noted Trinidadian owner Vishan Ali, fetched the record price of $4 million, surpassing the previous record of $3.8 million paid for BALLON D’OR in 2013.Meanwhile, TOBA and the Breeders Association of Jamaica, in association with Driveline Enterprises, has joined hands to host the inaugural pre-yearling sale awards dinner tonight at Jade Gardens, Sovereign Centre, starting at 7 p.m. Contribution is $5,000.- O.C.last_img read more

Grange endorses Guardian 5K Night Runs

first_imgKINGSTON: Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has lauded the work being done by the Guardian Group through its Keep It Alive 5K Night Runs, which takes place in Kingston and Montego Bay on November 5 and 12, respectively. “I am very impressed with what you’ve been able to achieve with these races. Since 2014, you’ve raised 22 million dollars to assist health care in our country, particularly hospitals. I commend you for providing this opportunity for our people to participate in a fulfilling, enjoyable and healthy event,” said Grange at yesterday’s launch at Guardian Life’s headquarters in New Kingston. According to the minister, the races fit into the ministry’s programme to increase the number of Jamaicans participating in sports as part of efforts to encourage a culture of physical fitness. “We want to see more people, at every age, playing sports. The more active we are, the healthier we will be,” the minister added. According to Grange, the ministry and Guardian Group have been “working well together in the implementation of the Jamaica Athletes’ Insurance Plan”. More than 1,200 of the country’s athletes across various disciplines are covered under the plan.last_img read more

BYC ‘Buys’ Nimba County’s Two Strikers

first_imgCounty Meet’s current highest goal scorer, potent striker Sam Jackson and versatile player Sartee Nimely of Nimba County are expected to move to 2nd division champions, FC BYC II.The duo, who are plying their trades with 3rd division Capitol Hill FC have already been signed, according to an official of the Barrack Young Controller (BYC) Incorporated, who begged to be anonymous.The source said BYC Board Chairman Robert A. Sirleaf, owing to a recommendation from President Sekou Konneh and officials of BYC, has already paid US$1,000 as ‘Transfer and Signature Fees”  and modalities for the tranfer have been concluded.Striker Jackson, 16, scored against Gbarpolu in Greenville, Sinoe County, during the preliminmary stage.  Jackson netted his 3rd goal in their 2-1 win Sunday against Grand Kru County.  Prince Chappy increased the tally, while Togar Gayflor got the consolation. Nimba’s win qualified them for the semifinals against Grand Gedeh, who pinned 10-man Lofa County, 3-1 in a lottery shot.At the end of the Nimba-Grand Kru’s game, the organizing committee awarded a football, with the flags of the 15 Counties to Jackson as the ‘Best Player of the Game,’ and it was present  by Liberia’s former celebrated star, James Salinsa Debbah.Player Sartee Nimely,  17, was instrumental  for Nimba County to top Group IV,  with 9 points, winning all their games.When contacted players Jackson and Nimely, in brief remarks expressed satisfaction in joining the ‘The Blues.’“We have contacted and signed and we are going to FC BYC,” the duo said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wealth Fund must directly address needs of Guyanese – US Ambassador

first_img…urges inclusionary approach with civil societyThe Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), which has been renamed the Natural Resource Fund, has to be formulated with the specific objective of addressing the needs of all Guyanese.This is the view of United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway. In an op-ed on Monday, the diplomat noted that education, agriculture, security and health were just a few of the areas of expenditure Government must concentrate on.“Let us be clear.  When I speak of a Sovereign Wealth Fund, I am talking about aUS Ambassador Perry Hollowayfund that will immediately begin to invest in education, health, infrastructure, agriculture, and security.“I am referring to a concerted effort by all stakeholders to start a continuous conversation on how best to implement fiscal plans that directly address the needs of all Guyanese now.  The urgency cannot be understated.”Holloway noted that difficult decisions would have to be made regarding managing the Fund and even on the question of future concessional borrowing. But he said that developing a comprehensive fund structure would ultimately pay off.“The development of a comprehensive sovereign wealth fund is the opportunity Guyana has been expecting to leverage the prosperity of the future into the development of the present.”“It is the right call and sends the right message to the Guyanese people and international donors and investors alike, that, above all else, Guyana is ready to come to the table with a plan that puts long-term, sustainable fiscal planning at the service of today’s progress, while protecting tomorrow’s future. “Noting that Guyana was “poised to be a very rich country for this region”, Holloway was optimistic about the country’s financial future. He urged politicians to use the chance to get the framework right when many other countries have not.“The input of the Guyanese people into the process will be instrumental to ensure the appropriate funds and mechanisms are in place to protect prosperity and pave a pathway to long-term growth.  Ultimately, that is what will mark success, not a specific type of fund, although excellent examples exist, but a fund that builds on a future aligned with prosperity and hope.”Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Finance Minister Winston Jordan have been on trips to countries like Uganda to examine their SWF structure.Uganda, which found oil in 2006, is also expected to start production around the same time as Guyana.Trotman had spoken of consideration being given to establishing three sub-funds within the SWF. Those sub-funds – the Stabilisation Fund, Infrastructure and Social Development Fund and Citizens Participation Fund – are all expected to complement each other.But despite promises from the Government that the SWF policy would have been presented in the National Assembly and debated in 2016, this is yet to happen.last_img read more

Linden security guard raped while on duty at nursery school

first_imgA 57-year-old female security guard attached to the Linden Security Services was allegedly raped while on duty at a nursery school in Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10.Reports are that the mother of two had made a security check of the premises at about 02:30h. She reportedly told investigators that after making the check, a male approached and started banging on the door of the guard hut in which she was housed at the time.She said she refused to open the door, but the man removed a few louvre panes from the hut and entered. He then held on to her and sexually assaulted her.“When I look around to look at him, he chucked my face in front and tell me not to look”, the woman said.She said the perpetrator appeared to be a young man in his late twenties or early thirties.After committing the act, the man escaped with her cellular phone.The traumatised woman told this publication she related what had occurred to a visiting security sergeant from the guard service, and asked that a report be made at the Linden Police Station. She said the Police arrived and took her to the Linden Hospital Complex, where a medical examination was conducted.The woman said she was granted seven days’ paid leave by the security company to deal with the trauma, and was informed that she would be placed at another location.According to the victim, she has been a security guard since 1994, but has worked with this security company since it took over from Home Safe Security on February 1.She is admonishing managers of security firms to pay more attention to the welfare of their female employees. According to her, there have been complaints from female guards regarding men visiting sites and making inappropriate sexual advances to female guards. She noted that requests has also been made for male guards to work alongside their female counterparts, or for more than one person to be on site, but these calls have gone unheeded.last_img read more

Teen hospitalised after mistakenly drinking acid

first_imgAn 18-year-old is currently hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) after she reportedly drank acetic acid by mistake.The incident occurred at about 11:00h in a stall at the Merriam Mall, Bourda, where Danielle Haley, a resident of the Joshua House, usually assist the owner with her craft business.According to the stall owner, Angela Robertson, she was at her business place with Haley, when the teenager asked her for some water as she was thirsty. The young woman subsequently picked up a light blue plastic bottle that was on a counter top and drank some of its contents, which happened to be acetic acid.Haley was immediately rushed to the GPHC, where she received medical attention and has been admitted a patient at the female medical ward.The matter was reported to the Police by the businesswoman and investigators have since questioned several persons.Moreover, the Police said the teenager was unable to give her statement.Nevertheless, further investigations are in progress.last_img read more

Carter Center urges political agreement for early election

first_imgThe full statement from Carter Center reads as follows:A Carter Center delegation led by Jason J Carter, Chairman of the Carter Center’s Board of Trustees, has been in Guyana this week, meeting with key stakeholders to learn about the current challenges facing Guyana and to assess whether the Center could assist Guyanese going forward. The Center’s visit comes at a critical moment. Guyana could move into a time of constitutional uncertainty after March 22, which marks the end of a three-month period following a contested vote of no confidence and the deadline to hold elections, unless there is a political agreement about the way forward and either a National Assembly vote or a court decision to approve an extension of the electoral timeline. From its conversations with senior political leaders on both sides, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Secretariat and Commissioners, and a variety of other stakeholders, the Carter Center provides the following comments: * President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo have a shared desire to have elections in the shortest possible time, consistent with law and pending judicial decisions. * Because March 21, 2019, is a national holiday, under Guyana’s Interpretation and General Clauses Act, the constitutional three-month period following the no-confidence vote would expire on the following day, March 22, 2019.* The Carter Center reiterates its support for Guyana and urges all sides to find an agreed-upon way forward to establish an early election date. The Carter Center hopes the National Assembly is able to convene no later than March 22 to authorise an extension of the election timeline and to avoid a period of constitutional uncertainty. * GECOM Commissioners recognise that the current voters list is “bloated.” A primary concern is the likely inclusion of significant numbers of Guyanese living overseas. GECOM Commissioners hold different views about whether or not to conduct a new house-to-house registration exercise to address this concern.* GECOM’s chief electoral officer has prepared various scenarios for election timelines, and in the event that a new house-to-house registration is not required, elections could be organised in July or August. Conducting a new house-to-house registration would mean an election would not be possible until late November.* Given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the vote of no confidence and the constitutional requirement for early elections, there are several steps that could be considered to try to mitigate concerns about the voters list while scheduling elections as early as possible, including:o Using data from the Ministry of Immigration, GECOM could prepare a reference list of Guyanese who are currently overseas (for three months or longer) and also included on the voter registration list. The voters on the reference list would not be removed from the registration list (other than through already existing legal procedures like, for example, the claims and objections process). But the reference list would be made available to party agents and scrutineers to facilitate enhanced review of these names during the electoral process, both during the claims and objections period and on Election Day, serving as a deterrent to multiple or substitute voting. o The reference list would supplement safeguards already in place in Guyana’s electoral administration to protect against multiple voting. As The Carter Center has recognised in the past, Guyana’s existing safeguards are strong and consistent with international standards for democratic elections. o In addition, GECOM could consider providing resources to expand the number of political party agents and scrutineers who can monitor the electoral process before, during, and after Election Day. These efforts could be complemented by a strong presence of international observers and domestic citizen observers to enhance transparency. * The Carter Center is aware of pending decisions from the Court of Appeal and that these decisions may be appealed to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). In the event that final court rulings invalidate the vote of no confidence, elections would not need to be held this year. Prior to the delegation’s visit, former US President Jimmy Carter spoke with President Granger and Opposition Leader Jagdeo, both of whom indicated they would welcome a Carter Center team. The delegation is led by Jason J Carter, President Carter’s grandson and Chairman of the Carter Center’s Board of Trustees, and includes David Carroll and Brett Lacy of the Center’s Democracy Programme.last_img read more

Tang takes Sunday evening race

first_imgTang’s win was determined by inches, as he and five other racers were neck-and-neck down the home stretch, with all five racers completing the course at 1:23:24.Second place went to Trevor McDonell, with third going to Pat Ferris and Chris Haugan at fourth.It’s a busy upcoming week for the Fort St. John cycling club. Wednesday, the Club will race in another Cactus mountain bike race, which will begin at 7 p.m. Then Thursday, racers will take part in a Baldonnel time trial, followed by a Cactus mountain bike race on Sunday.- Advertisement -For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club or any of its upcoming events, visit the Club’s official website.last_img read more

Tyler Stadnik wins Peace Country Championship

first_imgComing in second place was Kevin Shaw as he finished with a time of 1:51:00. Third was Matt Ellis in 1:55:57.Fourth place went to Roger St. Jean. He edged Darren Guliov as they finished with times of 1:58:01, and 1:58:03 respectively. Davide Loro was sixth, seventh place went to Sam Keats, and eighth place was Dawit Feyissa.- Advertisement –last_img

LGC to host Banks DIH & Citizen’s Bank golf tournaments

first_imgGolf action will get underway today and continue on Sunday at the Lusignan Golf Club, as many talented golfers will battle for supremacy over two days in the Banks DIH and Citizen’s Bank-sponsored golf tournaments.Today’s tournament will commence at 12:30 hrs under the name “Citizens Bank Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament”, while on Sunday at 08:30 hrs the Banks DIH Invitational Open will commence.PRO LGC Guy Griffith, Mark Lashley, Liquor Executive, LGC President Aleem Hussain, Communications Manager Troy Peters, and Gavin Todd, Engineering ExecutiveDuring the press briefing held at the Conference Room at Thirst Park, LGC president Aleem Hussain thanked the beverage giant for coming on board, and noted that this weekend will be a special weekend, as the golf course is up to standard and it will promise two days of intense action.“Sunday will be a double- header for the Banks Family. The tournament will bring to you more than you can imagine. Especially with Banks being a long time sponsor, this will be a big tournament, as it leads directly to the Guyana Open.We are looking to see how the Banks family will perform this weekend.”Echoing similar sentiments, Banks DIH Communications Manager Troy Peters said, “This weekend will be a warm-up weekend for the Guyana Open as we will be having the Citizen’s Bank and Banks DIH Tournaments. Banks has always been a major sponsor of the LGC…; about four years ago, we decided to team up; that is, Banks DIH and Citizens Bank (are going) to sponsor this tournament. We are very pleased to be associated with this tournament, as I am speaking on behalf of both tournaments. We already have our foreign players in the country so we are gearing up for action to set the stage for the Guyana Open.”The two tournaments will feature at least 60 players. Gavin Todd, Engineering Executive at Banks DIH, noted that players will be aiming to sharpen their techniques and build that confidence heading into the Guyana Open.He added it is his hope to come out on top, since he would be participating in both tournaments.last_img read more