Unique double for trainer Robinson

first_imgTrainer Lorenzo Robinson had the unique distinction of winning races in separate countries yesterday. MR DOITBETTA romping home by 13 lengths in the inaugural running of the Simply Magic Cup over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park and a 70-1 outsider to victory at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, Canada earlier in the day. Robinson, a noted owner, trainer and breeder, was not present at Caymanas Park to see his fast-improving 3-y-o gelding, MR DOITBETTA (9-2), make hacks of his seven age-group rivals in the Simply Magic Cup to make it two in a row, but the news was music to his ears. Instead, Robinson was at Woodbine to lead in his other winner, having obtained a licence to train at Canada’s premier racetrack a fortnight ago, Speaking from Canada via telephone shortly after his double victory, Robinson said he was on top of the world. “Judging from the manner of his two recent wins, MR DOITBETTA, who, I understand, won in good time of 1:57.2, could develop into a live classic contender with the Derby, St. Leger and next month’s Lotto Clasic (Governor’s Cup) fast approaching. “The plan is to commute between Jamaica and Canada and, having started with a bang in Canada, it could open doors for me in no time up here,” he added. Ridden by the promising claiming apprentice Hakeen Pottinger, MR DOITBETTA was held off the early pace as the 7-5 favourite MY WAY led under pressure from ANOTHER FURY (5-1) approaching the final bend. By then, MR DOITBETTA had made rapid headway and, coming three wide into the straight, quickly disposed of MY WAY to win by a wide margin from 2-1 chance DR TRAIN. In the absence of Robinson, MR DOITBETTA was saddled by stand in trainer Lincoln Lungs. A roan gelding by Vibank out of Olympic Advice, “DOITBETTA” is owned and bred by Robinson as well. On a day when second-race winner, 3-2 favourite BARS OF GOLD was disqualified by the stewards for causing interference at the start, the nine-race programme proved challenging for punters. The upsets were provided by MIRACLE RECOVERY (made all) at 19-1 in the first race, KIRI at 7-1 in the third and TARANTINO at 9-2 in the fifth. Champion jockey Shane Ellis rode two winners in BAD BOY JUSTIN (3-1) and SURE MAN (5-2) in the sixth and seventh races, respectively.last_img read more

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Duala Market Stinks

first_imgDuala General Market, second in size to Red Light Market, is engulfed by a lengthy pile of foul-smelling, fly infested garbage that poses a sanitation hazard to the hundreds of petty traders and their customers every day.Also at high risk of a looming health disaster from this appalling dump, which stretches along the roadside and spans the entire market front, are thousands of residents, schools, health facilities, businesses and the like that share space in this highly populated area not far from the St. Paul River.Commuters must pass through Duala, which is the thoroughfare connecting downtown Monrovia with Brewerville and other settlements along the St. Paul River, as well as several counties, including Bomi, Gbapolu and Cape Mount, going towards the border with Sierra Leone. One cannot miss the pileup, mainly because of the unsightly debris and horrible stench. Coming to or from Monrovia as you approach Duala Market you have to ‘hold your nose and pass’ unless you are securely sheltered in an air conditioned vehicle.Clogged drains, sewer spills and more garbage are everywhere in this community located on the edge of a stretch of swampland. Crisscrossing this large community, dirty algae-covered-water stagnates in the chaotic, zone-less spans of dwellings, with their outside latrines, makeshift churches, schools, bars and petty businesses of all kinds.The entire area is a haven for insects and rodents bearing bad tidings of dangerous diseases such as malaria, typhoid, cholera and yes, even Ebola, which could break out at any time.During a midday tour of the Duala General Market last week, it appeared that piles of garbage lining the side of the road in front of market stalls had not been collected for a while by the contracted sanitation company.Most of the garbage receptacles placed there were already filled to capacity and are surrounded by the overflowing garbage strewn along the roadside. During the tour this reporter observed the facial expressions of marketers, customers and residents of the area clearly displaying their anger, frustration and disgust.The produce being sold nearest the road are displayed on the ground, with flies congregating over them – a turn off for most customers. Some of those approached about the horrible condition of the marketplace were very angry, to the extent that they began raining insults on the various ministries and agencies responsible for the upkeep of Monrovia and its environs.Many of them want the government and its partners in the sanitation sector to redesign the strategy for garbage collection and disposal in Monrovia and throughout the country.They identified some of the ministries and agencies that have statutory responsibilities for keeping the cities clean as the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Ministry of Public Works (MPW), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and especially the city municipalities.While touring the Duala area, several top government officials and affluent residents were seen speeding by in their air conditioned vehicles, trying to avoid the unsightly garbage and offensive odor. Commuters were overheard expressing shock and consternation (alarm, worry) over the incredible accumulation of garbage along the roadside.In several interviews with the Daily Observer, marketers stressed the urgent need for timely collection and disposal of garbage at strategic points around the Duala business center.Madam Hanful Meata Dukuly, 35, told the Daily Observer in an angry tone that she has to sell in the midst of the stench and squalor because she has no other choice.Madam Dukuly was so angry she vowed that if necessary “she will marry among the trash since the Liberian government cannot take swift action to clean the decaying garbage at the market.”Imported used shoe dealer Moses G. Garnawah said the sanitation company contracted to collect and dispose of the garbage has not been performing to the expectation of businesspeople and residents of the area.“In my view, this sanitation company has performed below standard and its contract should be terminated immediately,” Mr. Garnawah insisted.Cassava Dealer Susan Berry White, 55, who sells her produce a few yards from the garbage, complained that her customers are shying away from buying her cassava due to the filthy condition of the Duala Market area. “I continue to suffer losses because of the slow rate of cassava buyers at Duala Market for the past five months,” Madam White lamented.When contacted about the abysmal (terrible, bad) condition of Duala Market, an official of the Monrovia City Corporation’s (MCC) Sanitation Department only told our reporter that collecting garbage from Monrovia is carried out at different times during the week. Meanwhile, some major businesspeople in the area who spoke to this reporter advised the relevant ministries and agencies responsible for sanitation and environment to rescue the Duala General Market and the surrounding communities from an impending health crisis by regularly collecting and disposing the garbage.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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SARA remains mired in deep controversy – Nandlall

first_img…says Thomas, Retemyer holding posts unlawfullyAlthough the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) Act came into force since May 11, 2017, SARA remains mired in deep controversy, according to former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall.Opposition MP Anil NandlallNandlall reminded that several questions raised even before the Bill was tabled in the National Assembly by a wide cross-section of society, including, the parliamentary Opposition, to date remained unanswered.Expectedly, within one month of the Bill’s enactment, legal proceedings were launched challenging the constitutionality of several of the provisions of the controversial SARA legislation. These proceedings are still pending in the Constitutional Division of the High Court.SARA Director, Professor Clive ThomasThe Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) said if this challenge was successful, then everything that SARA would have done would become legally questionable, including the impending charges. “It would be interesting to see how the Government will navigate these technical legal issues,” he stated.Pointing to some clear loopholes in the transitionary period, Nandlall claimed that the persons who currently hold the position of Director and Deputy Director of the agency, Professor Clive Thomas and Aubrey Retemyer respectively, seem to be holding those posts unlawfully.“Having regard to the track record of the coalition Government, these persons are obviously enjoying handsome remuneration packages. The public is unaware of what these packages are, although public funds are being utilised to finance them,” he explained.SARA Deputy Director Aubrey RetemyerThe former Attorney General has argued that both Thomas and Retemyer may be obtaining those monies unlawfully, because the Act provides for the Director and Deputy Director to be appointed by the National Assembly. Neither Thomas nor Retemyer were appointed by the National Assembly.The terms of their office are to be determined by the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments, as provided for by the Act. Again, this has not been done, although it came into force over a year now.“Yet, Professor Clive Thomas continues to act as the Director of SARA under this transitionary provision. His continuation in office, therefore, is as illegal as that of the Deputy Director, who can only be appointed by the National Assembly under the Act and who was not,” he asserted.Nandlall, therefore, believes that the two men are in no position to lecture the nation about illegality and to be entrusted with the responsibility of investigating and curbing illegality.Political affiliationsThe other significant issue, which according to him, contaminates these two office holders, is their known and professed political connections. Professor Thomas is a leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), one of the political parties in the coalition Government.On the other hand, Retemyer was recently quoted in the press as conceding that he has a political affiliation. Though he did not disclose to which political party he is aligned, Nandlall said it did not take a genius to figure out where his political allegiance lay, noting that it was certainly not with the Opposition.“However, he maintains that despite his political affiliation, he can act fairly. What he fails to understand is that the test is not subjective but objective: it is not what he thinks, but the perception, harboured by the ordinary Guyanese, that is important. Quite frankly, a perception that he will take instructions from the Office of the President is a quite reasonable one to hold in the circumstances,” Opposition MP said.In addition to that, Nandlall reminded that State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) which was established as SARA, was housed in the Ministry of the Presidency while Retemyer was a member of the party in Government. He was appointed by the Ministry of the Presidency to SARU. That appointment still holds in SARA. SARA is still housed within the Ministry of the Presidency.“Minister Harmon conceded in the National Assembly that SARU’s budget is funded from the Ministry of the Presidency. So, it is quite natural to conclude that Mr Retemyer has political connections to the Government. These perceptions or realities will militate against Mr Retemyer and he may never be able to convince an alert Guyanese population of his impartiality and professionalism in this office,” he added.Tacuma Ogunseye and Desmond Trotman, two longstanding leaders of the WPA were also employed by SARU, which Nandlall said exacerbated the political contamination. There is no indication that they have not been transitioned over to SARA like their colleagues.(Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

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GDF rank gun-butted, robbed

first_imgAn 18-year-old member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was on Saturday morning gun-butted and robbed at about 01:30h, as he was making his way from a birthday party in Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke-Linden Highway.Robbed: Gershon SprostonGershon Sproston of Kuru Kururu was returning home when he was attacked by a lone gunman from behind, who struck him several times to his head with a gun before carting off with two cellular phones valued $50,000.A report was later made to the Kuru Kururu Police Outpost where investigations are said to be ongoing.The teenager was later accompanied to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre by his mother, Phyllis Sproston, where he was treated and sent away.Sproston’s brothers, Judah and Jahrael, related to Guyana Times that he was later taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital after his head began to swell and he was experiencing pain. Just last week, Glen Ramdass was attacked by two gunmen at his Lot 33 Kuru Kururu home. The gunmen escaped with nothing after the man managed to raise an alarm.Earlier this month, at about 04:30h, the lifeless body of 46-year-old legal clerk Gregory Frank, also called “Wayne”, was found lying face down in a pool of blood in the sitting room of his home at Lot 686 Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke/Linden Highway.The man was suspected to have been killed during a robbery.A post-mortem examination performed on the body of Frank determined that the man died as a result of asphyxiation due to compression injury to the neck compounded by blunt trauma to the head.Residents of Kuru Kururu have expressed concern due to the increased number of crimes in the area; as such, a call has been made for more frequent Police patrols in the evening.last_img read more

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Northern B.C. communities well-stocked with flu shots

first_img73 per cent of Northern Health staff and physicians have been immunized. “We have not had a situation in the north yet where a community is without vaccine and not able to access that,” she says. More than 20,000 of those doses have been administered by public health officers, and the rest have been distributed to other providers like pharmacies and clinics. Should anyone be short, Northern Health is able to redistribute those immunizations accordingly. In the past week, 16 more cases of H1N1 have been confirmed in northern B.C., bringing the total of lab confirmed cases to 63, with no deaths reported. William Osei, Medical Health Officer for the Northern Interior, maintains that this is a normal flu season. – Advertisement -“We usually have a peak in the beginning of January or end of December and then repeated four weeks later at the end of January or the beginning of February,” he explains, “so this is exactly what we saw in the past week.” Osei adds that the flu appears to be hitting a younger demographic this year, as well those over the age of 55. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Koeman: Spirited Anfield performance shows there’s still life at Southampton

first_imgSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman insists his side’s spirited performance at Liverpool shows there is still life at the club without their poached stars.The Saints had five first-team players plundered by top four sides this summer, with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren moving to Merseyside, Luke Shaw securing a Man United switch and Calum Chambers signing for Arsenal.But despite their reduced resources, the south coast outfit pushed Liverpool to the limit in their opening game of the new Premier League season on Sunday, with a late goal from Daniel Sturridge sealing a slim 2-1 win for the Reds.England youngsters Nathaniel Clyne – who levelled for the visitors with a brilliant finish following a flowing move after the break – and James Ward-Prowse were particularly impressive for the visitors, while striker Shane Long was also a threat on his debut.And while many have suggested Southampton could be danger of the drop this year following their mass exodus, Koeman insists the team can cope without their former key men.“If you have to lose at Anfield, the best way you can do it is by playing how we played today,” said the Saints boss, who oversaw his first competitive game in charge following his appointment in the summer.“I told the players in the dressing room that we have to be proud of the way we played, especially in the second-half. Ok, so the final result was 2-1, but we deserved much more than that.“We pressed Liverpool hard and we created two or three big chances to score. We did everything not to lose today, but that’s football. There was good movement, terrific build-up play, but it wasn’t enough in the end.“I don’t talk about the individuals, because we played like a team today, there was great spirit.“There have been lots of rumours about the club and yes, we’ve lost players, but the squad showed today Southampton is still a good football team.”last_img read more

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Without Neymar, PSG eye memorable comeback against Real

first_img“I speak with him practically every day, so yes we have agreed between us that we would see each other again later on in this competition,” said Paris defender Dani Alves when asked if he had been in touch with his fellow Brazil international.“For sure, we will feel his absence. But between sitting down and crying and getting up and getting on with it, I always opt for the second option.”Angel Di Maria, a Champions League winner with Madrid in 2014, is set to replace Neymar in the home line-up before a sell-out crowd of around 47,000 at the Parc des Princes.“He is a spectacular player, who made history with Real Madrid. He can play in any position across the middle, he moves well, has a good shot, and is quick,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane of Di Maria.PSG took the lead in the first leg in Spain last month through Adrien Rabiot only for Real to hit back with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice to break through the 100-goal barrier for the club in the Champions League.Marcelo also scored for Real, who are aiming to become the first club since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win a third consecutive European Cup.Madrid have not been eliminated from the Champions League this early since Lyon beat them in 2010. However, PSG are relying on their formidable record at home, where they are unbeaten in over 50 games going back two years.They have also overturned a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Real before, winning 4-1 in their UEFA Cup quarter-final return in 1993.George Weah scored for PSG that night. Now the president of Liberia, his son Timothy made his professional debut for the Ligue 1 leaders at the weekend.– No margin for error –A repeat of that famous comeback would be the biggest result for PSG since the Qatari takeover of the club in 2011, after four straight quarter-final eliminations and then a humiliating loss in Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago.“I think that we need games like this and to beat these teams to take a step forward and so that our opponents really take notice of PSG, and don’t just think we have loads of money,” said Alves, who played in two Champions League final victories for Barcelona.“PSG have had their limits in this competition in the past and now we need to go beyond them to keep on progressing as a club.”Zinedine Zidane speaks to the media at the Parc des Princes ahead of Tuesday’s game against PSG © AFP / FRANCK FIFEAn elimination would surely spell the end for coach Unai Emery, who is out of contract in June.Similarly, an exit would be disastrous for Zidane, with Real currently 15 points behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga and already out of the Copa del Rey.“After the game, it’s going to be difficult for one of the two teams, but that is football,” said Zidane.Given their domestic difficulties, Real are throwing everything into their quest to win a record 13th European Cup.“That can mean added pressure or added motivation,” said captain Sergio Ramos. “The margin for error is minimal.”Toni Kroos (knee) and Luka Modric (thigh) could return for Real after spells on the sidelines. Javier Pastore was named in PSG’s squad despite a calf concern, meaning Neymar is their only notable absentee.There will be a minute’s silence before kick-off of at this and all the midweek European games in honour of Fiorentina and Italy defender Davide Astori, who died suddenly at the weekend aged 31.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dani Alves (second from right) in good spirits with his PSG teammates in training on Monday ahead of the Real Madrid second leg © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Mar 5 – Paris Saint-Germain will attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit when they host Real Madrid in their heavyweight Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday (1945 GMT), but do so without the injured Neymar.The world’s most expensive player is recovering from a foot operation in Brazil, yet the French club remain hopeful they can overcome the defending European champions and advance to April’s quarter-finals.last_img read more

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SADNESS AS DOCTOR RETIRES AFTER 36 YEARS SERVING DONEGAL

first_imgThere was much sadness in West Donegal yesterday when one of the county’s longest-serving doctors hung up his stethoscope.Dr Lochlann McGill has served as a GP across Co Donegal for the past 36 years.He attended to his last patient at Falcarragh Health Centre on Friday. And Dr McGill received a huge surprise when staff at the local nursing unit organised a farewell party for the much-loved GP.The occasion was organised by matron Margaret McClean and attended by many of the staff who have worked with Dr McGill down through the years.Matron McClean spoke of Dr McGill’s kindness he always showed towards his patients and his courteous manner towards his staff.Along with Dr McAteer, Dr McGill was instrumental in setting up the community nursing unit in Falcarragh. Dr McGill, he lined out with Cloughaneely GAA team in his day, said he was now looking forward to practicing his love of the Irish language and spending more time with wife Carmel and his extended family.He can also get more time to take regular dips in the sea close to his home.A full retirement function has been planned for Dr McGill in August. SADNESS AS DOCTOR RETIRES AFTER 36 YEARS SERVING DONEGAL was last modified: June 30th, 2012 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:Dr LochLann McGillFalcarragh Health Centreretireslast_img read more

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Transfer ALERT! Marseille join race for Arsenal and Everton target Carlos Bacca

first_imgArsenal and Everton target Carlos Bacca has emerged as a target for Marseille, as the race for the Colombian’s signature hots up.AC Milan are preparing to sell the striker if they receive the right price during the summer window and a queue of clubs eyeing a potential deal has emerged.Bacca’s former club Sevilla are keen, while Valencia would also like to take him back to LaLiga.Everton officials recently discussed Bacca during a trip to Italy to meet with several Serie A sides, while Arsenal are consistently credited with holding an interest in him.Now the 30-year-old has an admirer in France as, according to France Football, Marseille are keen on snapping him up.It has been claimed that the Ligue 1 outfit are prepared to put a contract worth £3.5million per year, for three years, on the table to convince Bacca to move to the Stade Velodrome.Milan have placed a £17million price tag on the Colombia international, a fee well within the reach of the striker’s potential suitors. Carlos Bacca 1last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: AGONY FOR GAEIL FHÁNADA AS THEY EXIT INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER DEFEAT TO CLOUGHANEELY

first_imgGaeil Fhánada NewsLotto resultsNo jackpot winner. €100 winner Jerry Carr, Kerrykeel, €50 winner Francis McBride, Kerrykeel. Next week’s jackpot €3,950. Come on support our Club. Wouldn’t it be a nice wee lift for Christmas!!Intermediate Reserve Final in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny this Saturday 8th November at 12.30p.m.Gaeil Fhánada Reserves v Cloughaneely Reserves. Come on help our boys make history! Best of luck to John, Seamus and the boys in the final.Semi Final results Gaeil Fhanada Seniors 3:05 v Cloughaneely 2:14 Foireann Sinsir Gael Fhánada: Mark McConigley, Cathal Martin, Fergal Friel, Brendan Callaghan, Ryan McGonigle, Patrick McConigley, Mark Friel, Michael Sweeney 1-01, Jimmy Coyle Johnny Friel, Seami Nanny Friel 1-03, Aidan McAteer ,Marty McAteer , Seimi Coshia Friel 1-00, Ronan McAteer, Davitt Walsh came on Brendan Callaghan and Oisin Shiels 0-01 came on for Johnny Friel. Subs not used Eoghan Walsh, Jerry Diver Friel and Mylie McBride.Semi Final results Gaeil Fhanada Reserves 0:08 v N Brid Reserves 0:06Gaeil Fhánada Reserve team: Paul O’Connor, Shaun Coyle ,Paddy Heraghty Ken Dempsey Conor McGonigle, Paul Coyle (0:01), Kevin McGonigle, Eamon Sweeney(0:02), Colm McGonigle Jerry Diver Friel, Stephen McGonigle, Brendan Nanny Friel, Niall Carr (0:02), Shaun McGovern(0:02), Paul Friel, Brian McBride came on for Brendan Nanny Friel, Eoghan Walsh (0:01) came on for Stephen McGonigle, Shane Sweeney came on for Niall Carr (black card) Mylie McBride came on for Colm McGonigle GAA NEWS: AGONY FOR GAEIL FHÁNADA AS THEY EXIT INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER DEFEAT TO CLOUGHANEELY was last modified: November 4th, 2014 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaNoticesSportlast_img read more

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