Tomorrow’s race meet at Caymanas Park offers a Super-6 carryover of $956,0000 into the first race on the 10-race programme.The first Super-6 will embrace race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10, and the Pick-9 from race two to 10.We look at the first Super-6 which gets underway with a 1,100 metres race for $550,000 – $500,000 claimers in which six horses will run. The field includes JESSIE JAMES, a runaway winner over 1,500 metres on a $350,000 claiming tag on Wednesday. Although very fit, JESSIE JAMES will find the distance too sharp and victory will more than likely go to the speedy DRIPPING IN GOLD (Omar Walker up), who has beaten better in the not too distant past. SANTANA, who went down fighting to FORTUNEONEHUNDRED and ZACKONTHEATTACK over the straight last Saturday, looks the main danger.DASH BOARD, who scored easily over the straight on September 3 after a lengthy absence, looks all set to repeat in the second race over a mile in which the consistent SWEET DIMENSION, who finished fourth to ARIZONA GOLD over 1,500 metres on Wednesday, looks the principal danger to DASH BOARD, who will again have the services of inform apprentice Javaniel Patterson.EASY WINThe third race over 1,400 metres should see the recent winner UNBREAKABLE, now taking orders from champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, notching his third win from his last four starts.He won easily under topweight of 57.0kg when trained by Neive Graham recently and with Walker again in the saddle, should stave off the very fit ZACKONTHEATTACK and STAR NEW VISTA, who beat UNBREAKABLE over 1,820 metres some weeks ago.SEEKING THE DAWN, the mount of top apprentice Bebeto Harvey, gets the nod over the well drawn CORALANDO in the fourth race for maiden three-year-olds over the straight five course.Then, take the recent winner SUPERLUMINAL with Paul Francis again riding for in-for trainer Ian Parsard in the fifth for the Kenneth Mattis O.D. Trophy over 2000 metres, and DILIGENT (knocking at the door) well drawn on the stands’ side to finally open his account in the sixth race over the straight with Ameth Robles aboard.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) DRIPPING IN GOLD/SANTANA(2) DASH BOARD/SWEET DIMENSION(3) UNBREAKABLE/STAR NEW VISTA(4) SEEKING THE DAWN/CORALANDO(5) SUPERLUMINAL/TIMEFORARMS(6) DILIGENT
“The award means a lot for us as his parents … We (parents) think it is very significant, we are awed by it. We are humbled as we didn’t know his reach was so far. … the people he influenced and who love him. He was only a young man,” James told The Gleaner at yesterday’s function. Meanwhile, there will be some other new features to the tournament this year. The draw for the first round of games will take place at the National Indoor Sports Centre on October 19. Unlike last season when all the first-round matches were played on the same day, this season, the opening round of matches will be contested over two days (Friday and Saturday) at two venues, Sabina Park (Kingston) and Catherine Hall (Montego Bay), starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will also be a Super Cup anthem, which will be played prior to the start of every game. Each team qualifying for the Super Cup is guaranteed $25,000 for making the first round. The amount doubles after each round. The quarter-final teams will receive $50,000, semi-finalists $100,000, and the finalists $200,000 each. MVP and Golden Boot winners will receive trophies and $100,000 towards their personal development. The winning school is set to take home a prize purse of $1 million. email@example.com A new most valuable player (MVP) award will be handed out for this year’s FLOW Super Cup, which kicks off on October 21. The award will be called the Dominic James MVP Award in memory of the former St George’s College captain who collapsed during a Manning Cup match on September 20 and died after being rushed to hospital. FLOW’s vice-president for marketing and television Carlo Redwood described the St George’s captain as a “leader, very dependable, disciplined and humble” at yesterday’s launch of the 2016 Super Cup at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. “We have decided to introduce a new award this year, and the award will pay recognition to young Dominic James in a special way. He is the only player to have won both Super Cup trophies, first with Jamaica College and St George’s College,” Redwood stated. A moment’s silence was also observed in memory of the player. Meanwhile, Dominic’s father, David, said the family was in ‘awe’, but he thought his son deserved to have the award named in his honour. HUMBLING EXPERIENCE
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Marketers and others that travel between central Monrovia and other parts of the country daily are calling on Government to bring in more buses to help ease the transportation constraint.Some stranded commuters who spoke to the Daily Observer recently on McDonald Street stressed that the limitation of commercial vehicles in the city is posing a serious problem for them.Jenifer Peterson, a resident of Old Road said, “We find it difficult both in the morning and evening hours to get cars, and such [should] not always be the case. Government must try to reduce this stress by bringing in more buses that we can ride and pay as done in the case of NTA.”As economic and social activities are centralized in Monrovia at the national level, so it is with activities in Monrovia.Most social and economic activities are concentrated in central Monrovia. The majority of people from outside Monrovia come to the central to work and sell, which causes overcrowdedness during rush hours.In the morning, those living outside Monrovia fight for transportation to central Monrovia, and this creates transportation constraint for them.As drivers see the demand for transport, they add the already skyrocketing fare up to double the stipulated price, and commuters are compelled to pay as staying out late may be dangerous for them also.Jenifer added, “We normally pay LRD$25 from Broad Street to Old Road. But now we pay a little over that. I think if there were enough cars in the streets, there would be competition and fares will drop,” she said.Robert Dennis, student of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) and a resident of Duport Road Community said the Ministry of Transport should put in place mechanism to help solve the transportation crisis.He recommended that the ministry brings in more vehicles in the country for commercial use since there are more passengers than vehicles.“This is a serious issue. To get to school on time as students, we have to wake up as early as 5 a.m. every morning to fight for car. In the evening it becomes difficult for every one of us again, and we can’t boycott our classes. So we need the Government of Liberia to please respond to our concern,” he pleaded.For his part Bobby Manneh, a businessman and a resident of the S.D. Cooper Road community, stressed that it is disheartening that over the years, the issue of transportation has continued to fall on deaf ears.“I am sure this will not be the first time we speak about issues concerning our transport system or the challenges we face on a daily basis. Why has the government decided to remain quiet on the whole issue? We have spoken on this many times.”Manneh also noted that in addition to the difficulty in getting car to bring them to town and take them back to their communities, self designed transport fares by drivers was causing problem for the common people.He observed that the Ministry of Transport has not been strict in regulating fares in Monrovia, but drivers have been left to do as they please.Also speaking to this paper, Titus Summerville attributed the difficulty associated with transport to traffic congestion that occurs in the morning and evening.He said, “Leaving central Monrovia to ELWA Junction takes 30 minutes, but because traffic becomes heavy in the morning and evening, we stay up to 1 hour,” he said.Matthew Sayweh, a commercial driver who runs between Broad Street and Old Road also pleaded with the Government of Liberia to import more vehicles to create competition in the transportation business.“We need more people in the transportation field, so if the Ministry brings in more cars and puts system in place to board, it will help us the drivers.Frankly speaking, cars limited in the street and it is a serious issue,” he pointed out.He also noted that “The prices are increased because of the US rate. When the rate is high, we will have to increase fare because prizes of fuel and gasoline can rise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,In Stabroek News of April 8, 2019, there was an opinion piece from one GKH Lall which sought to instruct Mr Mohamed I Ali (executive member of the PPP) upon which plank he should jump. What campaign is Mr GKH Lall talking about?There can be no official campaign until general elections are called by Mr Lall’s candidate, Mr David Granger. It was Mr GHK Lall who said in the 2015 campaign that Mr Granger was polite and acceptable (see interview with Chris Ram) and offered his support to him. That is his right as a dual citizen and voter and beneficiary of the Treasury, thanks to his political and economic sponsors in the PNC. But please do not play with the people’s intelligence and pretend that you mean well for Mr Mohammed I Ali or the people of Guyana.This nation is yet to see the outcome of this politeness that Mr Lall was referring to in 2015. Is the word polite now being re-defined by Mr Lall? Is it polite to ignore the Guyana Constitution and not follow the rule of law? Is it polite to unilaterally impose on the nation a GECOM Chairman who has revealed himself as nothing else but a political apparatchik of Congress Place? Is it polite to supervise the greatest acts of corruption in the history of Guyana that took place between 2016 and 2019 and not do a thing as Executive President? Is it polite to be untruthful to the youths by stealing more than 30,000 jobs for them in three years in defiance of your promises in 2015?I was in Guyana in March 2019 and asked Mr Mohammed I Ali some hard questions. One of those questions was – Why are you (Mr Ali) not more on TV explaining your policy measures? In his wisdom, this was his answer. He asked me – Has an elections date been announced?Mr Ali further told me that at this time he is listening directly to the ordinary people in the villages and urban wards of Guyana on a 1-2-1 basis. His mission right now is to use the data gathered from those conversations to craft a menu of human development policies which can be launched swiftly once his party wins power. The common theme he is hearing is the need to create new jobs sustainably and this is what he plans to do when the occasion presents itself. He outlined for me in detail how he is going to create these 50,000 jobs over 5 years and from my international experience, I am convinced in my conviction that it is highly possible.What it needs is proper programme management of the plan, which is a skill set sorely lacking in Team Granger. So what appears like rocket science to these inexperienced and incompetent minds in Team Granger, is what the rest of the world is doing every second of the day – creating new jobs.When I was a Project Manager on a CDB Project, I had a chance to observe Mr Ali’s skill set and from what I saw, he is a person who has real project management competence and skills, unlike Mr Granger. This skillset served him well when he accelerated and project managed the PPP’s most successful public policy – housing. What the PPP did was to expand the stock of land available for housing by over 100,000 house lots in under 20 years. More than half of those lands now have real homes on them with real families in those homes who are on a pathway to building real new wealth with their real equity. That is the sort of human development that continues to evade these friends of Mr GHK Lall.I was advised that Mr Ali will be telling his story nationally when Mr Lall’s candidate, Mr Granger (who has now been certified after 3 years as a human development failure), calls the elections. Until such time, Mr Ali told me he plans to continue with his original plan – deepening his direct bond with the masses.Let me share a real-life example. When I visited Berbice in March 2019, two village teams told me they wanted to meet Mr Ali. I telephoned him and the very next day he was walking in those mixed Guyanese villages listening to the plight of the people and even sat down under a bottom house and had a meal with one of the families.So there is a method to the strategy and let the record speak, Mr Mohammed I Ali is not alone in this struggle to ensure that democracy is kept alive. There are thousands of us who are working tirelessly to protect this democracy won by Dr Jagan in 1992. Let the record show, history and time are on Mohammed I Ali’s side. Can we say the same for Mr GHK Lall and friends in Congress Place?Yours faithfully,Sasenarine Singh
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LNBA President, Cllr. G. Moses Paegar LNBA dedicates Legal Aid Clinic to render free legal services to people who cannot afford lawyersExtra judicial killings or mob justice will increase if people do not have easy access to the justice system, says Cllr. Moses Paegar, President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA). “When people are better informed about the law and can access legal remedy, whether on an affordable or pro bono basis, it is the only way the rule of law will prevail and people will come to court rather than take the law into their own hands,” he added.Cllr. Paegar was speaking on Friday when the association dedicated a building that will house its Legal Aid Clinic in Kakata, Margibi County. Funded by the USAID-Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption Program in Liberia (LPAC), the Legal Aid Clinic is expected to render free legal services to people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer when they have their day in court. He said there are historical evidence as to how, when and under what circumstances people resort to mob violence. Although Paegar did not elaborate on the evidence, he, however, urged citizens of Margibi County to take advantage of the clinic. He also called on the media to help to disseminate and educate the people on the importance of the clinic. “You have to help us to inform our people to take advantage of the clinic by registering their cases here without going to court,” Paegar indicated.Earlier, Assigned Circuit Judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Margibi County, Sikajipo Woloh, while cutting the ribbon to the legal aid clinic, reminded the audience that there are 45 pretrial detainees at the Central Prison. “This number needs to be reduced and I believe that if this clinic had been established earlier maybe we would not have arrived at that figure,” Judge Woloh noted, adding, “I know that with your participation the number of prisoners will reduce drastically.” He used the occasion to advise people in the county to avoid taking minor cases to court and to use the clinic as one of their major alternatives to resolving their disputes.LNBA Legal Aid Clinic in KakataUSAID-LPAC coordinator Gerald Meyerman also encouraged Liberians not to take what he described as “little cases” to court. “This clinic is the best place for justice to be adjudicated in a formal and efficient manner because it is there to assist everyone not to go to court,” Meyerman said. “The lawyers will be assigned to this clinic on a pro bono basis and try to find a way to resolve disputes between neighbors,” the USAID-LPAC coordinator emphasized.He, meanwhile, called on the LNBA to make sure that the clinic will have a positive impact on the people in the county. “It is not easy to find a lawyer to work without pay. But, you have to do it to help the people and to reduce the overcrowding at the prison,” Meyerman said.He also promised to work along with the clinic to ensure free legal services to those who may be in need.Giving an overview of the project, Joyce Reeves-Woods, chairperson of the Legal Aid Committee, said the Kakata clinic brings to two the number of clinics USAID-LPAC has constructed for the LNBA. “The first clinic is constructed in Monrovia and is now providing free legal services to people in Montserrado County,” Cllr. Woods indicated. According to Woods, they will also be engaging in finding peaceful resolutions to family, property and some minor criminal cases. “We are here to help you peacefully resolve legal disputes, I mean cases that are not necessarily going to court. We are here to practice Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); that is to say, we are trying to solve your problem to stop you taking petty cases to court,” she noted.Woods said if funding were available, they would establish additional clinics in Bong and Grand Bassa counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With trade unions renewing their calls for the re-establishment of the Labour Ministry, the Social Cohesion Strategic Plan finds that workers in the interior and rural areas are not adequately represented and as such, they are underpaid and overworked.The report identified mining and logging workers, out-of-school youths, domestic and unskilled workers and Indigenous peoples in the interior and rural coastal areas as the most disadvantaged when it comes to employment.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton presenting the Social Cohesion Strategy 2017-2021 report to Prime Minister Moses NagamootooIt stated that these workers are the ones who have inadequate access to jobs and if they do find secure employment, they are, most of the times, “not adequately paid for work done and experience discrimination in the workplace”.“Consultations in the interior regions identified Indigenous persons as experiencing discrimination in the workplace such as those in mining, logging, the hospitality sector, farm hands,” the report added.It further identifies the Social Cohesion Ministry as the advocacy ministry for responsive labour and social protection agencies and mechanisms.Under the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, there was a ministry solely dedicated to deal with the issues of labour. However, when the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government took office in 2015, it scrapped that ministry and introduced the Social Protection Ministry equipped with a labour department.The move was disapproved of by trade unions, and they have since been calling on the Government for the re-introduction of the Labour Ministry rather than a department to deal with the issues.The call was renewed by Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) General Secretary Lincoln Lewis at the united trade unions’ May Day rally. Lewis said a Labour Ministry was important for shaping and executing labour policies that affect all Guyanese workers — past, present and potential.However, President David Granger believes the labour portfolio is appropriately placed under the Social Protection Ministry, which covers a broad area.Efforts to contact Social Protection Minister Amna Ally for a comment on the findings highlighted in the report proved futile.Citizens’ safety, securityThe report also highlighted that citizens do not feel safe in their communities owing to a number of factors ranging from lack of health services to growing incidents of murder and robberies.“The feedback on recent examples where the Police have responded promptly and dealt with criminal activity in the neighbourhood or community can only be described as deeply troubling. In most of the consultations, irrespective of whether they were in urban, coastal, rural, or interior communities, participants reflected deep disappointment with the lack of, or limited, response of the Police to criminal activity in their neighbourhoods or communities,” it informed.The lack of, or late, Police response is a troubling indication of a serious area of deficit in the promotion of the social cohesion agenda in Guyana, according to the report. However, during the consultation period, it was found that the Community Policing Groups (CPGs) were more effective than the Police and there was a call for those groups to be formed in communities where they do not exist.“There is much work to be done in advocacy for legislation and action to address some of the more concerning deficits in the ways citizens experience safety and security, such as the way law enforcement officers are, allegedly, not responding appropriately to the rights and expectations of citizens; and the functioning of the courts with respect to the perceived lack of severity of custodial sentences to deter offenders. The Ministry of Social Cohesion may also have a role in advocating for better equipment, provisioning, and training of Police Officers in human rights, interpersonal relations, and cultural sensitivity, especially for such officers posted to interior regions and communities with Amerindian populations,” it recommended.The Social Cohesion Strategy 2017-2021 was presented to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo by Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton for consideration at the Social Cohesion Day celebration on Thursday last.
…woman in critical condition at GPHCA 22-year-old woman is battling for her life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after she was chopped several times about her body on Sunday when she informed her 35-year-old abusive reputed husband that she wanted nothing more to do with him.Injured: Vashti MahaseInjured is Vashti Mahase of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Speaking with Guyana Times on Monday, the injured woman’s mother, Zorina Mahase, said her daughter, Vashti Mahase, was involved in an abusive relationship with the assailant for about six months now.She related that her daughter grew tired of her abuser’s ways and wanted to leave the relationship, however, the 35-year-old farmer of Lima Dam, Mahaica, was determined to spend the rest of his life with Mahase. The worried mother said that things took a turn for the worst when her daughter recently learnt that she was pregnant and did not want to keep the child because of the abusive relationship with the farmer.According to Zorina Mahase, her daughter’s partner had threatened to chop her head off if she tried to have an abortion.Fearful for her life, Mahase left the abusive home and went to her mother’s residence. She returned a few days later, accompanied by her relatives to collect her belongings. This, according to Zorina Mahase, angered the farmer even more which led to a confrontation.Zorina Mahase related that the reputed husband subsequently went to the police station and reported that his reputed wife stole his money when she was moving out. This led to Vashti Mahase being arrested and placed in the lockups for a few days.Zorina Mahase recalled begging the police to let her daughter out and arrest the farmer. She said that the farmer subsequently went to the family and informed them that he will drop the allegation if Mahase would take him back.Days later, when her daughter was released, Mahase was threatened again and she, in turn, reported the matter. The woman was sent to the suspect’s home with a rural constable to serve a restraining order but when he saw her, he whipped out his cutlass and dealt the woman several chops to her face, hand, back and about the body. As the attack was launched on the woman, the rural constable ran away.After the rural constable ran away, the bleeding woman was picked up and rushed to the GPHC.According to the mother, her daughter was told that it was compulsory for her to be present when the restraining order was served since she needed to identify him.The distraught mother said she is pleading for justice for her daughter even as she fears for her own life.She explained that after regaining consciousness, her daughter informed her that during the chopping, the suspect kept saying “it wasn’t over”.The young woman has two kids from a previous relationship and they too felt the hands of the abusive man who himself is a father of six. Her children are currently with their father, who resides in Good Hope as well.The ECD Divisional Commander, Calvin Brutus, confirmed on Monday that the suspect is wanted for questioning in relation to the matter. He added that he was not certain why young Mahase had to be present during the serving of the restraining order.The Commander said he was told that the two were involved in an argument before the farmer charged out with his cutlass in pursuit of the woman.
Gabon international Aubameyang has scored 33 goals in 38 games for Dortmund this season Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City’s board to make a move for Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon international has been one of the standout players in Germany this season and has scored 33 goals in 38 games for the Bundesliga outfit this season.All of Europe’s elite are expected to bid for the 26-year-old this summer and Dortmund are braced for a series of offers.Man City, according to Le 10 Sport, have now joined the race for Aubameyang after Guardiola urged the club’s hierarchy to make a bid.The incoming Spaniard, who takes over at the Etihad this summer, is concerned by the club’s lack of depth up front.Guardiola is ready to cash in on Wilfried Bony and use some of the funds from that sale in any deal for Aubameyang. 1