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Dr Paul Wright: Swift decision needed to fix horse racing industry

first_imgLast week, the best kept secret in horse racing in Jamaica was officially exposed. There was a statement from the Government that Supreme Ventures was now the preferred bidder in the much ballyhooed divestment of Caymanas Park, the only racetrack in the island. Although everybody at the track knew that Supreme Ventures had won months before, the comments from the vice president of the trainers’ association and the president of the Jamaica Racehorse Owners Association (JROA) reflected sentiments at the track that racing NEEDED divestment. Some of the older (and wiser?) fans and punters at the track were very wary of the announcement, however, as they remembered that there were two previous ‘preferred bidders’ in the planned divestment of racing out of the hands of Government and into the hands of private individuals (or companies) with the knowledge and the money that is so vital in the successful promotion of racing, as the Danny Melville-led Board showed some year s ago. Both bids came to nought. So after the collective sigh of relief from the representatives of the stakeholders in racing, came the return to reality by statements from Paul Hoo, a representative of Supreme Ventures and from lawyers representing the present champion jockey at the track, Shane Ellis. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES Betting terminals at Off Track betting stations are turned on up to one hour late on race days because of “technical difficulties”, which on investigation revealed that crucial operatives “came to work late”. Horses are withdrawn from races because of lameness or illness the day before racing are not declared as late non-starters until a few minutes before the scheduled start of the race, playing havoc with the important exotic wagers of punters whose selection is now transferred to the ‘on time favourite’, which in some case have very little or no chance of winning and therefore depriving the knowledgeable punter from choosing another horse with a more realistic winning chance. I could go on and on. Racing cannot continue like this. The Chinese ambassador has praised the present Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, for his penchant for making “quick decisions”. Racing people are now calling for a swift decision by his Government to try to correct the present promotion of racing. First, Mr Hoo reminded all of us in racing that the title ‘preferred bidder’ only means that negotiations for the divestment will now begin in earnest and the lawyers for Mr Ellis obtained an injunction in the courts that restrained the planned divestment until the promoting company, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), settled a lawsuit brought by Mr Ellis against the CEO of the track, who made comments (deemed derogatory by Mr Ellis and his lawyers). Those comments were made after Mr Ellis fell from a horse during a race some years ago. So for at least the next 9-12 months the status quo at the track remains – no Board in place and management that has become decidedly worse after the ‘preferred bidder’ official statement. For example, ‘technical difficulties’ is now the official response to queries about race day incidents that reek of incompetence. Last Saturday, a race was held up for at least 15 minutes because of ‘technical difficulties’ at the starting gate. It turned out that the gates “malfunctioned” because of a “lack of power”. This was quickly remedied by the frantic call for an electrician – obviously transported in a van racing from the starting gate to the grandstand area over and over again – to correct a problem that scheduled and regular maintenance checks could have prevented. The first race, on more than one occasion, has been delayed by “technical difficulties” when investigations revealed that a crucial member of the management team was “late” coming to work. NEGOTIATIONSlast_img read more

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Petron, F2 battle separate foes

first_imgMOST READ Upset hunt The Cargo Movers are on a two-game winning run, while the Power Hitters are coming from win over the Foton Tornadoes last Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s good that we are winning, but we always have to treat each game as though we are the underdogs,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos.The Blaze Spikers, champions in the past two conferences, will have “super imports” Kath Bell and Stephanie Niemer on their side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“But I’m sure that my players are aware of our goal so I have nothing to worry about,” added Delos Santos.F2 Logistics replaced injured Kim Kiana Dy with NCAA standout Cindy Imbo when they clash with PLDT at 4 p.m.center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? F2 Logistics looks to celebrate after Saturday’s playdate. —Sherwin VardeleonDefending champion Petron attempts to fight off complacency even as F2 Logistics calls in a replacement for its injured hitter when they clash with separate rivals on Saturday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.Seemingly unbeatable with eight wins under its belt, Petron will face Cignal at 6 p.m., hoping to not get distracted by their spotless record.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyinglast_img read more

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June 26th Community Events Photos

first_imgMany people browse the many tables inside the Royal Canadian Legion as they held a fundraising garage sale and BBQ.                                                          Picture: Amber Davy   The Midget Blue Jays hosted a car wash and BBQ outside the Totem Mall to help raise funds for their trip to the provincials.                                                              Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement – The Fort St. John Fire Department hosted a charity BBQ outside Lube-X Oil Change. All of the proceeds will go to the BC Firefighters Burn Fund.                                Picture: Amber Davy  The Motorcross Club hosted the Trail Blaz’n Power Demo Day. People were able to test drive various ATV’s.                                                                                    Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

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Ironic ending

first_imgOne million dollars is chump change in the rich halls of Hollywood. There are still several months until the post-Thanksgiving parade’s usual schedule. Perhaps someone will recognize that giving up on this irrepressibly L.A. event would be a dishonor to the very thing that put the city on the map. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT’S not just lamentable that the Hollywood Christmas Parade lacks the support to continue after 75 years. It’s downright ironic that the annual ode to Tinseltown would die, even as its neighborhood undergoes a rebirth. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the end to the annual parade because the lack of support and interest makes the $1 million cost too hard to justify. But which came first: A lack of community support or a lack of imagination by civic leaders? It’s hard to believe that this thriving business district couldn’t whip up some support, not to mention real Hollywood talent, with the right encouragement and help from political leaders, such as local Councilman Eric Garcetti and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. last_img read more

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‘One of United’s greatest frauds’ – Man United fans rage as 23-year-old agrees long term deal

first_img Manchester United transfer news: ‘Simply useless’ – Red Devils fans rage as Phil Jones is set to be offered new four-year contract at Old Trafford 1 Phil Jones, the man with a thousand faces, is in line to sign a lucrative new contract with Manchester United later this week, according to reports.However, the 23-year-old, who joined the Red Devils from Blackburn Rovers in 2011, remains a divisive figure.THE FUNNIEST PHIL JONES FACESSome fans believe that he’s stealing a living and should be nowhere near Old Trafford.Others think that he could become a top class central defender, if he manages to stay fit for more than a month at a time.But does the England international justify wages of £80,000-a-week?Jones’ services certainly seem a bit steep during the same week that has seen United linked with a move for Real Madrid stalwart Sergio Ramos.talkSPORT has compiled a list of the best reactions to the defender’s new contract below…last_img read more

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Defense key to winning without Kobe

first_imgBut the Lakers found their defense lacking in the first game without Bryant, a 98-94 loss to Utah on Sunday. The Jazz came to Staples Center as the league’s 28th-ranked offensive team, but scored 53 points by halftime and had too many easy baskets late in the game. “We have to play a better defensive game,” Odom said. “I think we thought we were going to win that game just by beating them on offense. We can’t let them get 98 at home. We should be able to sit on this team a little bit and stop them.” “If you’re doing the same things in your life,” Jackson said, “you’re living a pretty scattered and hectic life and you’ve got to really take this opportunity to change.” The Lakers have lost their past four games by a combined 13 points. They are 5-8 in games decided by five points or less this season. “Our situation is that we’re still a team that’s sitting above .500 and we have to learn how to win close games because that’s what it comes down to in the playoffs,” Jackson said. They also have some history to avoid tonight in Salt Lake City. Not since March 6, 1994 has a Jackson-coached team lost five consecutive games. The Lakers twice suffered through four-game losing streaks in Jackson’s first tenure. The Lakers missed five of eight free throws in the fourth quarter Sunday and went 15 of 25 from the line in the game. Yet there was one bright spot. Forward Kwame Brown, shooting 46.8 percent from the line this season, sank both free throws when he went to the line in the second quarter. Jackson said he was told it was the first time all season Brown had done so. Rookie center Andrew Bynum hasn’t played in the last five games. … Bryant attended practice Monday, but was still feeling under the weather. ross.siler@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL SEGUNDO – As soon as Kobe Bryant was suspended by the NBA last week, Lamar Odom hit upon a theme for the Lakers in the two games they would play without their guard, the league’s second-leading scorer. To win without their best offensive player, Odom reasoned, the Lakers would need to play their best defensive games of the season. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonLakers coach Phil Jackson, meanwhile, was upset by defensive breakdowns in the fourth quarter. The Lakers twice tied the game in the last four minutes only to watch it slip away. Jackson was perplexed as Smush Parker and Devean George lost track of Utah guard Keith McLeod in a screen around the basket. McLeod was left alone by Parker and flipped in a layup with 1:17 remaining to put the Jazz in front for good. “It was a mistake, it was a big mistake,” Jackson said. “Smush automatically switched. You can’t do that when you’re that man. You have to get called to help.” Jackson even talked to his team about how their late-game decisions could translate to the choices they make in life, especially when it comes to evaluating risk and reward. last_img read more

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Redknapp has the chance to avoid the public vote but does he need immunity?

first_imgActually questioned my knowledge on Harry when he said he was in the sas🙈😂#imacelebrity #HarryRedknapp— STU (@stu_baker11) November 28, 2018 Harry Redknapp will fight for the chance to win temporary immunity from being voted out of the jungle by the public when he takes part in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’s Immunity Games tonight.The former Bournemouth, West Ham, Southampton and Tottenham boss will lock horns with Nick Knowles and John Barrowman in the Bushtucker Trial in an attempt to avoid being the first celebrity to be voted out first in this series. Noel Edmonds will NOT be told what to do! 😂 #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/o9Rf3oPJqd— I’m A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) November 28, 2018It’s only a matter of time before things kick off between the pair.And the beginning of the show also saw a discussion about who left the dunny seat up the night before.Rita Simons was the complainant and viewers later found out it was our friend Harry who was the accidental culprit and he quietly confessed his crime Noel!Harry later talked about it in the Bush Telegraph, saying he was too scared to go public as he was scared Rita would “bash him up” – not the first time Harry has admitted to being scared of the former EastEnders actor.This is a mistake the best of us make and it doesn’t appeared to have lost him support! Harry Redknapp when he was in the SAS #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/Wg3tnirGe6— Grant McNamara (@GrantyBoay) November 28, 2018 #harryredknapp is just a ledge I just didn’t want Rita to beat me up😂 #ImACeleb— Gem balls (@gmiss32) November 28, 2018 1 @Redknapp as a Navy Seal/SAS Commando….. he who dares Rodney, he who dares!!! 🤣🤣 #ImACeleb #HarryRedknapp #harrytowin #teamharry— Caroline Daniels (@CazlarDH) November 28, 2018 Harry, Nick and John are going against each other in the first event of the Immunity Games! Grab those gym shorts and remember: the smallest obstacles are sometimes the biggest… 🤣 #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/Lts5KfVRHz— I’m A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) November 29, 2018The winner of the Immunity Games will also be allowed to select other campmates to be out of the firing line too.However, whether Harry wins the trial or not, as far as I’m concerned he does not need to worry about being the first celeb to be given their marching orders.Even though the lion’s share of last night’s episode was devoted to Malique Thompson-Dwyer and Sair Khan’s eating challenge – which saw them chow down on the likes of pig’s anus and mouse tail – Harry still had some great moments.Noticeable friction is developing in the camp for the first time as the celebs get more and more hungry but amazingly Harry appears not to be affected by it.Tensions between Noel Edmonds and Nick appear to be gathering more momentum as the former Deal or No Deal host continues not to obey campsite rules. Harry continues to be strong in the jungle @Redknapp haha it was his loo Rita sat on yesterday 🙊 too guilty to confess 🤷🏽‍♀️😅 haha love him 💗#imaceleb— Adela (@adela19620703) November 28, 2018The incident set the tone for a tense day in camp which later saw Rita and John have, let’s say, a firm discussion about how much rice rations the campmates should receive.It was then that Harry arguably saved the day with a brilliant joke.He told Rita that he was fine without eating any rice that day as he had learned how to go without food for a week from his days in the SAS!At first, Rita believed him but it became clear seconds later that he was on a wind-up which certainly eased the tension – and these fans loved the joke! “It was me, I was guilty, but I was too scared to tell Rita incase she bashed me up” 😂😂😂 If Harry Redknapp doesn’t win this programme I’m writing a letter #ImACeleb— Laura Wooding 🦕 (@Lauraodactyl) November 28, 2018 “I was scared to tell Rita in case she bashed me up” 🤣 Harry Redknapp is the gift that keeps on giving. #putthetoiletseatdownHarry! #imaceleb— Chelsey M (@chxlsmxd) November 28, 2018 The only SAS Harry Redknapp has ever been in is the Sandra Appreciation Society… Love that man! 😂 #ImACeleb 🦂🕷🐍— Timothy Robson (@RobsonTimothy) November 28, 2018When their dinner arrived later, the celebs were treated to camel, a meal Harry was reluctant to eat, saying it had given him ‘the right hump’.A good ‘Dad joke’ never goes amiss and this one was met with ironic cheers from his campmates.The next few days will be intriguing because let’s face it, it’s better telly when they’re at each other’s throats.Harry seems to coping best with the hunger – behaviour fit for a King of the Jungle?last_img read more

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TROLLS DEFEATED AS OFFENSIVE LOCAL FACEBOOK PAGE IS DEACTIVATED

first_imgA local Facebook page that caused disgust amongst the Donegal public has finally been deactivated following an online campaign.Trolls were trying to access Facebook accounts across Donegal with their vile rants.The news has been met with delight by those who were left horrified by the campaign of hate initiated by the vile TROLLS.The popular Letterkenny Buy and Sell page was hijacked by TROLLS who posted a string of offensive and abhorrent material on the page. A picture of an aborted foetus and a doll which the TROLLS claimed had spina bifida were just some of the horrendous content published by the throlls.However, there was an even more sinister reason for their appalling behaviour.The TROLLS were hoping to engage with the other users who were outraged at their posts in an attempt to gain access to their personal Facebook accounts in an attempt to retrieve their personal details.The moderator of the Letterkenny Buy and Sell page had been blocked out of accessing the page so he was unable to delete any of the content posted by the TROLLS. He was forced to set up a new page and anyone wanting to join the new page has to send a request in order to gain access.It is hoped this will alleviate the issue of trolling as the moderator can spot bogus accounts before allowing them access to the site.Donegal Disability campaigner Frank Larkin was so disgusted by the response he got from Facebook regarding the page that he considered deleting his social media account.Larkin issued a complaint to Facebook regarding the page and was stunned when he received a response back from Facebook officials who claimed the page didn’t breach community standards.Instead of deleting his account Frank set up a petition entitled ‘Deal appropriately with hate speech and images online relating to disability.’ Frank engaged with his followers on Facebook in an attempt to both highlight the situation and to force Facebook to do more in relation to such instances.The petition has been met with an incredible reaction with close to 1,000 already signing Frank’s petition.You can show your support for Frank’s campaign by signing the petition below.https://www.change.org/p/facebook-deal-appropriately-with-hate-speech-and-images-online-relating-to-disability TROLLS DEFEATED AS OFFENSIVE LOCAL FACEBOOK PAGE IS DEACTIVATED was last modified: April 23rd, 2015 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:donegalFacebookFrank Larkinhatredonlinethrollslast_img read more

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Yeovil’s Bevis Mugabi dropped as Desabre summons 30 man squad for AFCON qualifier

first_imgThe Uganda Cranes will play Tanzania next month (file photo)AFCON 2019 QualifiersUganda vs TanzaniaMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday, 08-09-2018The Uganda Cranes head coach, Sebastian Desabre has summoned a team of 30 players ahead of the Tanzania game in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.Addressing the media during the official press conference at FUFA House in Mengo, Desabre noted that he is hopeful and optimistic that the summoned players will prepare well ahead of the Tanzania clash;“I am confident in the players summoned, said Desabre.“All the players are very motivated and ready to give their best.“Personally, i have done the research and follow up on most players.“We shall start training on 1st September 2018 with a crop of locally based players before the rest of the foreign based will join on 3rd September.Concerning the status of team captain Dennis Onyango, the coach assured the country that Onyango is fit to represent his country.“I spoke to him (Denis Onyango) just a few days ago and he has recovered well. He is also set to fly to Morocco for the CAF Champions league.The team that was announced on Wednesday morning at FUFA House, has seen much of the core that has been featuring for the Cranes in the recent past retained including, Captain Denis Onyango, Godffrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Faruk Miya.Yeovil Town defender Bavis Mugabi has been dropped from the side despite featuring for his club in their 2-2 draw at home to Mansfield Town over the weekend.The tall center back’s spot has been taken by Murushid Jjuuko who is currently training with Vipers SC after refusing trails at Orlando Pirates in South Africa.Shaban Muhammad, Muzamir Mutyaba and Geoffrey Sserunkuma have also been under looked this time round despite the later scoring Uganda’s only goal in this year’s campaign.A total 12 local based players including five from KCCA-Charles Lukwago, Timothy Awanyi, Saddam Juma, Allan Kyambadde and Patrick Kaddu, have been called up.The surprise call up has been Onduparaka FC goalkeeper, Nicholas Ssebwato who receives a maiden summon to the senior side.Ssebwato had a brilliant 2017/18 season with the Caterpillars, conceding a second league low of 17 goals in the entire campaign.He replaces troubled custodian, Robert Odongokara who has had injury issues for a while now.Uganda is in group L alongside Lesotho, Tanzania and Cape Verde Islands.The Cranes defeated Cape Verde 1-0 in their first game of the qualifiers in July last year thanks to a late Geoffrey Sserunkuma goal.After Tanzania, they will face Lesotho in a double header a month later.The Team summoned:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundons), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC) and Salim Jamal Magola (Al Merreikh) and Nicholas Ssebwato (Onduparaka FC).Defenders: Denis Iguma (Al Nabi Shayth), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC), Murushid Jjuuko (not attached), Isaac Isinde (Kirinya JSS), TimothyAwanyi  (KCCA FC), Isaac Muleme (Assiouty) and Godffrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia) and Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC).Midfielders: Joseph Ochaya (Lusaka Dynamos), Hassan Wasswa (El Geish), Khalid Aucho (East Bengal), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City), Faruk Miya (Standard Liege), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel), Moses Waiswa (Vipers SC), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Yasser Mugerwa (Fasil Kenema) and Saddam Juma (KCCA FC).Forward: Yunus Ssentamu (Tirana), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba), Edrisa Lubega (Floridsdorfer AC), Patrick Kaddu (KCCA). Luwagga Kizito (Bate Borisov) and Darrick Nsibambi (Smoha).Comments Tags: Bevis MugabiSebastian DesabretopUganda Craneslast_img read more

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Safa and PSL aboard for 2010

first_imgTamara O’ReillyTwo giants of South African soccer have signed a memorandum of understanding with the 2010 Local Organising Committee to ensure the success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The agreement will see the national football governing body, the South African Football Association (Safa), and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) collaborating with the LOC on issues that affect the event such as media and marketing, security, match organisation, events management, protocol, accreditation, transport and logistics, and volunteer recruitment and deployment.According to Fifa, the memorandum outlines co-operation between the bodies to ensure Safa and PSL personnel have maximum exposure to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, as well as the Fifa Confederations Cup in 2009. For the two sporting bodies, the main aim is to ensure that there is a transfer of knowledge and skills between them and the LOC so that once the tournament is over, the knowledge gained can be used to enhance the game locally.“We want to use the Fifa World Cup as a tool to build skills for the PSL which will help in the running of professional football after the games,” reiterated Kjetl Siem, the CEO of the PSL. “This is a dream come true for the PSL. We respect the role of the LOC 100 percent but we will use this opportunity for the benefit of our future.”Raymond Hack, CEO of Safa, said co-operation from their side was aimed at ensuring the event goes off without a hitch and to create a football event that the country can be proud of. “You will not find more passion anywhere in the world. We all have the same goal which is to make sure that South Africa delivers the best Fifa World Cup ever.”One of the first issues the PSL, Safa and the LOC will collaborate on is pitch management. The LOC will look at including the two bodies on a proposed pitch monitoring committee to ensure consistency in the quality of pitches at all stadiums being used for the tournament.Already the PSL is training its media personnel as venue media officers who will handle queries at each of the stadiums during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June next year. This tournament is held every four years and the title is contested by winners of the various Fifa tournaments held worldwide, like the African Cup of Nations and the European Championship.Useful linksFIFA SA Premier Soccer League South African Football Associationlast_img read more