first_imgCALIFORNIA-BRED S Y SKY RALLIES TO TAKE $200,000 MONROVIA STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER VAN DYKE; ALEXANDER HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY D’AMATO, GETS FIVE FURLONGS ON DIRT IN 57.54.  ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2019)–Versatile on both turf and dirt, California-bred S Y Sky accepted a switch to the main track and rallied resolutely to deny favored Belvoir Bay a repeat victory in Sunday’s $200,000 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita.  A 5-year-old Nick Alexander homebred daughter of Grazen, trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, S Y Sky got five furlongs in 57.54.Although she broke like a shot and had the early lead, S Y Sky eased back off the dueling twosome of Belvoir Bay and Lady Suebee heading to the far turn.  Leaving the quarter pole, Van Dyke angled off the rail, took dead aim on Belvoir Bay turning for home and blew by her approaching the sixteenth pole in a huge effort.“Phil told me she’s fast, but she can be tactical too,” said Van Dyke.  “We broke sharp, but I was able to take her back and she finished really well.”A rousing 3 ½ length winner in the five furlong turf Camilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on April 27, S Y Sky was off as the second choice at 2-1 in a field reduced to seven fillies and mares by four program scratches and paid $6.20, $2.60 and $2.10.“I thought she was doing well, but I’ve got to give the credit today to Drayden Van Dyke,” said D’Amato.  “She popped on top and she was in control, but Drayden realized the top two were really smoking so he eased her back and that was the winning move.  We’re looking forward to campaigning her the rest of the year.”Out of Alexander’s Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, S Y Sky notched her fifth stakes win and improved her overall mark to 13-7-5-1.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $662,320.“I knew if she caught Belvoir Bay at the top of the lane she would out-finish her, I was sure of that,” said Alexander.  “Her last race at Golden Gate, Flavien rode her and he made a huge move in the turn going for home and he said, ‘This filly has a huge turn of foot.’  The secret after that was just keep her busy.  She’s made over a half a million bucks in just Cal-bred races.“She’s out of a mare that I claimed from A.C. Avila at Del Mar about seven years ago for $16,000 bucks.  Everyone in her family has been a winner, we just get lucky sometimes.”Idle since running a close second in a Group I stakes going six furlongs on turf in Dubai on March 30, Belvoir Bay, who never threw in the towel, was off as the 4-5 favorite and paid $2.40 and $2.10 while finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Lady Suebee.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Lady Suebee was off at 7-1 and paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.76 and 45.19.Originally scheduled for turf, today’s Monrovia was moved to the main track at five furlongs earlier in the day due to the prospect of significant rain.  The American Graded Stakes Committee will confer in the coming days as to whether today’s running will retain its graded status.last_img read more

Eliab: It’s an awesome feeling to be back

first_imgEliab was one of six former Hunters players named in the final 29-man squad for the 2017 campaign in the Intrust Super Cup competition.The 26-year-old left the Hunters in 2015 to play with the London Broncos in the Kingstone Press Championship, United Kingdom, but has since returned.“I’ve been away for one year. I think I’ve brought back some experience from playing rugby league outside of PNG and I’m happy to bring something back to the team and support the team to go all the way this year.“The little things like playing around the ruck area, how to run the ball, passing skills and all that are part of the experience I got which I can use to help the younger players through this season,” said Eliab.Eliab said he followed the progress of the Hunters in the 2016 season up until the end saying it was a good experience for the younger players.“I missed the Hunters very much, missed playing alongside my brothers.“I’m now looking forward to going another step this year with them. It’s an awesome feeling to be back,” said Eliab.last_img read more

The fans respond and before the Atleti there will be another great entry

first_imgThe influx of spectators to the RCDE Stadium has skyrocketed since the arrival of 2020 and the amount of offers and discounts that Espanyol has offered, aware that the blue and white team needs to cement their salvation at home. If Barcelona reached 33,500, and before Athletic and Mallorca the entrance was at 27,000 and 29,000 fans with everything sold, The same is expected for this Sunday’s meeting against Atlético de Madrid. For the Sunday game, the club has also promoted a scarf to receive players when they leave the field. Not only will it be at that time. Also during the meeting a warning will appear for the video marker so that the fan takes his scarf and begins to shake and sing the songs of support to the team. The traditional coach welcome when you arrive at the stadium will be another exciting point of the day.Apart from these initiatives, the club also wants that in the training of this Saturday, which will take place at the RCDE Stadium, the heat of the fans reaches the players. That’s why he himself Raúl Tamudo, with a promotional video, launched the following call: “On Saturday at 11:00 we wait for you at gate 21 at the Curve and the Canito Grada to cheer on our players. Come on, let’s go”. There are already areas of the stadium that are fully occupied, and The ‘sold out’ sign is expected to be hung up again. If the partner responds, the entry would approach 30,000 again. In the afternoon, the club explained that there were only 300 locations left for sale, something that will surely be sold in a matter of hours.last_img read more

Biggest names, record numbers for CPL T20 Draft

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Organisers of the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are reporting that a record number of local and international stars have registered for the Player Draft scheduled for next Thursday in Barbados.Players from 14 nations have entered the draft for the fourth instalment of the CPL, which takes place from the end of June until the beginning of August.Among the assembled overseas stars is a 34-strong South African contingent headed by prolific top-order batsman Hashim Amla, leg-spinner Imran Tahir, and fast bowler Morne Morkel.Sri Lanka will have 20 representatives in the frame, including legends Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga, who will be looking to join their compatriot Kumar Sangakkara.There will be 23 players from Australia in the draft, including the experience of Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, and Michael Hussey, and a further 11 New Zealanders, including the likes of Nathan McCullum.A seven-member Bangladesh contingent features Shakib Al Hasan, one of the world’s finest all-rounders, while seven players from Afghanistan are in the mix.”Some of the leading names in world cricket have signalled their intentions to join the biggest party in sport at the CPL, so this year’s competition is sure to be our most exciting to date,” declared Director of International Cricket for the CPL Tom Moody.”Outside of our ‘marquee’ players, there are international players of the highest standard, including a host of World champions and a myriad players who continue to entertain and enrich the global game.”The list of West Indies talent in the frame for the six franchises this year includes stars Chris Gayle, West Indies World T20 captain Darren Sammy, and Lendl Simmons.COMPETITIVE ROSTERDarren and Dwayne Bravo are set to join the number-one-ranked T20 international bowler Samuel Badree, as well as Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.”It is, without doubt, our most competitive roster, and it is exciting to see such a high standard across the established and emerging nations around the world,” said Moody.”That players from 14 nations have entered the Draft illustrates the global reach of the CPL, and with a sizeable increase in the West Indies contingent, which is up by over one-fifth this year, it is clear that the T20 game is growing from strength to strength.”A statement released by the CPL on Tuesday said it is also expecting interest from North America as players from Canada and the USA, who recently competed in the Nagico Super 50 competition, aim to book one of the six coveted places.Two players each from England, Ireland, and Scotland, and one from The Netherlands will be the European representatives vying to secure a place in the CPL.Sixteen of the 157 West Indies players to register have already been retained ahead of the Draft, leaving 141 eligible for selection on Draft day.”This is 25 more than the 116 who vied for spots at last year’s Draft and represents a 22 per cent increase,” said the CPL statement.”Coupled with an 18 per cent increase in international player registration, this is further illustration of the CPL’s growing stature as one of the foremost tournaments in T20 cricket.”last_img read more

Regional Policy to Protect, Promote, Pay Whistle-blowers Proposed

first_imgThe Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr. has been elected vice chairman of the Bureau of Executives of the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA).Cllr. Verdier was elected during the Round-Table Meeting on “Whistle-Blowing” for member institutions of NACIWA and the Annual General Assembly of NACIWA held in Abuja, Nigeria from March 10-13.The Assembly also elected Issoufou Bouraimah of Niger as chairman, Mrs. Nafy Ngom Keita of Senegal as administrative secretary and Shollay Davies of Sierra Leone, financial secretary. They will serve for a period of three years.The Annual General Assembly of NACIWA also set up a committee to review the constitution of the organization. The committee comprises Professor Ibriga Luc Marius of Burkina Faso as president and Cllr. Verdier, Agapit Napoleon Maforikan of Benin, Mrs. Fati Abarchi, Niger and Dr. Luis Jose’ Tavares Landim of Cape  Verde as members.The Meeting was designed to re-enforce the capacity of anti-corruption institutions on “Whistle-blowing” in the region, with a view to enhance  their efforts in combating corruption as well as  deepening and promoting transparency and accountability at all levels in the governance process in member states.The conference also examined the skills, tools and methodologies deployed by member states to work in-country and across borders to effectively support citizens, CSOs and media involvement in whistle blowing practices in the region. At the close of the meeting, participants recommended that ECOWAS should develop a Regional policy on Whistle-blower protection.  They further recommended that efforts should be made to reinforce synergy between and among civil societies, media, anti-corruption institutions, legislature, judiciary and other stakeholders with the aim to promote whistle-blowing and the protection of Whistle-blowers.Participants also recognized the need to ensure absolute autonomy of anti-corruption Institutions in the region and promote integrity of the institutions, particularly in relation to Whistle-blowers.  They agreed that members of NACIWA should consider a compensation regime for Whistle-blowers; that there be continuous engagement on the enhancement of the capacities of the judiciary to understand better the mechanism of whistle-blowing and its processes; and the need for reinforcement of the collaboration between NACIWA and the ECOWAS Commission in order to help countries who have no anti-corruption institution to establish one. It was further agreed that member institutions should work towards the formulation of national whistle-blower legislation that will reflect best practices as obtained across the region, continent and the world; and that NACIWA should raise funds to promote whistle-blowing across the region.The meeting was attended by several heads and  representatives  of national anti-corruption institutions from the member-states of Benin; Burkina Faso;  Cote d’Ivoire;  Ghana;  Guinea;  Guinea Bissau; Cape Verde;  Liberia;  Mali;  Niger; Nigeria;  Senegal;  Sierra Leone and Togo.The Regional Advisor of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), a representative of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), the director of the Journal “l’Evènement” Niger and the representative of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) were also in attendance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Labourer killed during row over decade-old grievance

first_imgAn Essequibo River man was on Wednesday evening stabbed to death by a drinking partner after the two had an argument over an incident that occurred almost 10 years ago.Dead is 32-year-old Cedric Williams, a labourer of Foulmouth Village, Essequibo River.According to a Police report, the incident occurred on Wednesday just about midnight.Investigations revealed that the suspect, who is yet to be arrested, and Williams were imbibing at the landing when an argument ensued between the two over an incident that occurred in 2009.As a result of the disagreement, it is alleged that the suspect became annoyed, armed himself with a knife and stabbed Williams to the neck several times before fleeing the scene.The injured man was rushed to the Bartica Regional Hospital by public-spirited persons and was pronounced dead on arrival.The body is at the hospital’s mortuary awaiting a post-mortem.An investigation into the murder has been launched.last_img read more

Protesters call for transparent management of oil sale

first_imgA group of Guyanese on Monday assembled outside of the Ministry of the Presidency for a peaceful protest, calling for Guyana’s oil to be managed and sold in a transparent process. Recognised as the Youth Movement Guyana, the protesters called for the country’s oil sales to be transparent, indicating that this resource must not be devalued.This came in light of the Department of Energy’s revelation that Government plans to approach traders directly and have them buy Guyana’s oil. This announcement was first made in a Bloomberg report, which the agency later confirmed, adding that this arrangement was only intended for the first three crude lifts.Standing on the picketing lines, Robin Singh shared that US oil giant, ExxonMobil should be given the task of selling one lift of oil, until a new Government is elected. He said that with a caretaker Administration currently presiding over Guyana, any money obtained from a sale should be kept aside until a legitimate Government takes over. “We’re proposing that until the elections, there’s going to be one lifting of the oil. Exxon can handle that. Exxon can sell it and Exxon can put the money in escrow for whoever comes into Government or back into the Government. That is straightforward,” he positioned.According to him, this matter is too important to ignore, since it entails a substantial amount of the country’s money at stake, depending on the value of oil and what it is sold for. Nevertheless, it was indicated that the Movement will continue to watch over the actions of any Government to ensure transparency.Guyanese holding placards and voicing their concerns at the protest line on Monday outside President David Granger’s office“It’s too much to just let it slide and say ‘Well its elections’. No. This is trying to sell before you got and the reasons given are not logical or valid…We’re going to keep monitoring whoever is in Government to make sure that they’re transparent. If you want to sell oil, advertise. We have a Tender Board. We have a Procurement Act. Follow those laws and we’re okay. I think we’d be better off. Oil is not going to sell more or less than it’s worth and at the market price.”Meanwhile, Don Singh also spoke with Guyana Times, indicating that citizens are very sceptical about secretive deals, ever since the signing bonus was denied by Finance Minister, Winston Jordan and later brought to light.“We had that PSA in 2015 that we knew nothing about. We didn’t hear anything about it. Then we heard rumours of an oil bonus and it was denied and then we heard about it a year later. When I heard Dr Bynoe talking about this now, face-to-face meetings, thanks to Bloomberg for actually busting it because we, Guyanese once again would not have known anything about it. We’re talking about a lot of money here, three million barrels of oil. We would have to pay brokerage fees. Now we don’t know how we paying those brokerage fees to and as Bloomberg pointed out, face-to-face meetings are highly unusual. These things are done easily through Skype or whatever,” he said. Singh, who has been involved in other citizen-driven movements in the past, insisted that the Department should have waited until after the March elections when a new Government will be elected. He too expressed that Exxon should have brokered the first oil sale, since the value of the crude would be determined, allowing Guyana to assess its earnings from other such transactions.“With an interim Government in place and elections less than 10 weeks away, why not just wait? Why not let just Exxon do the first sale because they have layers of transparency that they would have to report to and we would also get an adequate idea of the value and product that we have. Why this rush and this ‘face-to-face meetings’ and we will secure something in the future? And then we’re asking the broker, whoever that is, to handle our backroom…What is going on? I’m weary of this nonsense that is going on.”Nadira Mohan also held a placard, stating that Guyana’s oil must not be sold for less than it is worth. She fears that with backroom deals, citizens will not reap the full benefits.“It must not be devalued. We need that it must be spent properly and all Guyanese must equally [benefit],” Mohan voiced.The Energy Department had indicated via a statement on Sunday that its uncertainty about the quality of the crude and the cost to refine it was another factor in this decision. This is despite Exxon consistently announcing that the crude it has found in the Liza Field is of high quality.The Department admitted that this may be considered a “novel” approach, a point that was made by the Bloomberg article. However, the Department defended the unusual situation by noting that learning from the traders was a strategic move that has precedent.last_img read more

Trotman backs Nagamootoo on Duncan’s reinstatement

first_imgSherod DuncanPrime Minister Moses NagamootooAFC Leader Raphael TrotmanOne day after it was revealed that sacked General Manager of the Guyana Chronicle Newspaper, Sherod Duncan was reinstated by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Alliance For Change (AFC) Leader Raphael Trotman supported the move, saying that the dismissal was too harsh a penalty in the first instance.Commenting on the issue, Trotman told Guyana Times on Wednesday that while it was for the Prime Minister to justify or clarify his decision to rescind Duncan’s dismissal, he did not believe that the Chronicle General Manager should have been fired in the first place over the breaches of financial regulations.“I did personally feel that the process with Mr Duncan could’ve gone or should have gone another way, but it is for the Prime Minister to exactly say why he did what he did … I had seen the audit reports quite frankly and I thought that while there may have been some breaches, they were not breaches in terms of theft of monies. There might’ve been some circumvention of some systems and I thought Mr Duncan being off the job for several months, perhaps a reprimand or some form of discipline (could’ve been taken). I found that dismissal was the harsher side of the penalties,” Trotman stated.In a letter dated May 31, 2019, Prime Minister Nagamootoo, an AFC Executive Member, “instructed” the then Chair of the Guyana National Newspaper Limited (GNNL), Geeta Chandan-Edmond, to rescind the decision taken by the Board two months ago to dismiss Duncan, also an AFC party member.Back in April, Chandan-Edmond had broken a deadlock and voted to have Duncan dismissed following recommendations from an audit, which found 20 transactions in which he breached several financial regulations.In a statement at the time, the GNNL Board had disclosed that one Director recommended one-month suspension and an extension of probation for Duncan while two other Directors recommended an extension in the probation period while three other Directors held the view that Duncan’s services should be terminated with immediate effect for gross misconduct.It was noted that a vote was then called on the matter and there was a tie which Chandan-Edmond broke.However, in the correspondence to the GNNL Chair, the Prime Minister, who has responsibility over State media, pointed out that he was informed by Directors that there was in fact no vote put to the table.Calling the decision to fire Duncan “arbitrary, capricious, unlawful and in excess of the jurisdiction of the Board”, the Prime Minister further stated in the missive that the Chair sought to mislead his office into thinking that the Board made the decision.In response to the Prime Minister’s correspondence, Chandan-Edmond submitted her resignation, telling Nagamootoo his statements were not only “insulting” to her but the other Board Directors who voted to have Duncan dismissed back in April.Furthermore, she sought to remind him that Duncan was accused of financial impropriety and mismanagement, which warranted the involvement of the Auditor General. Pointing out that Duncan was afforded all tenets of natural justice including a Board hearing during which he was allowed to be accompanied by his lawyer, Chandan-Edmond contended that not only was the process that led to Duncan’s dismissal exceedingly thorough in terms of due process, but it came under the express jurisdiction of the Board of Directors.Nagamootoo’s reversal of the Board’s decision has also resulted in at least two other Board members – Mervyn Williams and Hilbert Foster – resigning while Director Aaron Fraser has indicated that he too intended to follow suit.The audit of the State newspaper’s operations from June 1, 2018 to September 10, 2018 found that tender rules were violated, services were procured without contracts and approvals were given for payments without the regular procedure of company stamp or signature.There are over 20 transactions conducted under Duncan’s watch or by Duncan himself, which were in blatant violation of financial regulations.Further, cash advances were given to Duncan to travel overseas, but he did not clear the amounts. It was also found that the company’s personnel policy and procedures manual were ignored during the recruitment, termination, and dismissal of employees.Guyana Chronicle has a Management Tender Committee, which approves transactions ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 before payments are made. But during the stipulated time examined, no approval was given for nine such transactions valued at $1.6 million.Duncan also took an overseas trip with the marketing coordinator for the resuscitation of the publication’s New York edition. This trip cost in excess of $736,028, but there was no approval for such an event and to date, no relevant documents were brought forward to support these expenditures, the audit found.last_img read more

Parish claims Crystal Palace narrowly missed out on signing ex-England star

first_img Rio Ferdinand in action for QPR 1 Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has revealed the club almost signed free agent Rio Ferdinand in the summer, but were forced to pull the plug on any deal over uncertainty surrounding manager Tony Pulis.The Eagles were ready to launch a bid to sign the former Manchester United and England defender and Parish has admitted he was keen to bring him to Selhurst Park.However, QPR nipped in to sign Ferdinand at the end of July only a matter of days before Pulis left the club and all transfer activity had to be put on hold.Parish reckons Palace would have rivalled QPR for his signature had it not been for the upheaval at the club.“Yes, we were definitely interested in Rio,” Parish said.“Unfortunately just when he was signing for QPR we were in a state of flux with the managerial situation. We couldn’t give any certainty on that kind of thing. QPR were very keen and knew that they wanted him.“It was one we missed out on, it would’ve been great to have worked with him.”Parish, meanwhile, has assured Neil Warnock he will have funds to strengthen his squad in January.Warnock has steadied the ship at Selhurst Park following a tumultuous summer which ended with Manager of the Year Pulis resigning two days before the start of the new season.And he will backed by the Eagles board in the transfer market as they aim to build on last season’s 11th place finish in the Premier League.Parish added: “We’re already looking to the January window and trying to plan for the future. We want to make sure we stay in the league and try to build the club. There’s money available if we get the right targets“We will look at opportunities where we can strengthen our football club. We’re not going to sign players and Neil won’t sign players that he doesn’t think are better than anybody we’ve got. That would upset the apple cart.”last_img read more

Man filmed himself beating up ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend on stag party

first_imgA lifeguard filmed himself beating up his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend after the pair went on a stag party together.Josh Moffitt attacked Joshua Murdock outside a bar in Letterkenny, Co Donegal on March 11th last. The pair had spent the day in eachother’s company but things turned nasty when Moffatt began to ask Mr Murdock about his ex-girlfriend.Without warning, Moffitt attacked his victim outside McGinley’s Bar on Letterkenny’s Main Street.He punched Mr Murdock and then filmed him with his phone while he kicked him in the face.The innocent victim was left covered in blood and also suffered deep wounds over both eyes for which he had to be hospitalised and receive stitches.Moffitt, aged 25, appeared at Letterkenny District Court where he was charged with assault.Solicitor for Moffitt, Mr Patsy Gallagehr said his client had been drinking heavily at the stag party and although he had no memory of what happened, he accepted full responsibility for it.“This should never have happened and he only realised what he had done when the alcohol left his system,” said Mr Gallagher.He added that the entire incident had had a profound effect on Moffitt and his circle of friends.Moffitt, of Avonbrrok Gardens, in Coleraine, Co Derry, had no previous convictions, the court was told.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until December 17th for a community service and probation report as well as asking the Probation Service to see if this was a suitable case for restorative justice between Moffitt and his victim.He also asked for a victim impact statement from Mr Murdock.Man filmed himself beating up ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend on stag party was last modified: October 19th, 2018 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:attackcourtdonegalJosh Moffattlast_img read more