Expect a magical run from Twilight Dreams

first_imgTWILIGHT DREAMS, the surprise package of the recent 2000 Guineas, reports well trained as the horse to beat in this afternoon’s Simply Magic Cup at 1820 metres. Out for the third time and sent off a rank outsider at odds of 99-1, TWILIGHT DREAMS ran the 2000 Guineas as though he was one of the favourites. The chestnut colt showed speed and pace to chase LOOSE CANNON from post-position one in a maximum 16-horse field, matching strides with SECRET TRAVELLER, while eventual winner FEARLESS SAMURAI tracked the pace from fourth. TWILIGHT DREAMS was still running strong a half-mile out in the one-mile Guineas before being passed by FEARLESS SAMURAI, who went after stablemate LOOSE CANNON three and a half furlongs out. Though relegated to third, TWILIGHT DREAMS stayed third into the lane, chasing splits of 1:11.3, and wasn’t joined by another horse until MARKET FORCE came with his run a furlong and a half out. Still showing fight TWILIGHT DREAMS actually improved into third with a half-furlong to run, going past a weakening LOOSE CANNON, almost as a team with MARKET FORCE, who started a late charge at FEARLESS SAMURAI. TWILIGHT DREAMS stayed third to the last quarter-furlong before being relegated to fifth by SOTOMAYOR and RADICAL closing from off the pace, beaten by a little less than six lengths. With his class exposed in the 2000 Guineas, TWILIGHT DREAMS returned to gallop seven furlongs in 1:28.2 eight days later, proving that he came out of the race none the worse, the only Guineas horse, fillies included, to have galloped so early after the opening classics. Down to carry 115lb and clearly the controlling speed this afternoon, the only question is whether TWILIGHT DREAMS will stay two turns. Apprentice Odean Edwards slips two kilos, making TWILIGHT DREAMS one of the lightest runners in the 12-horse line-up, returning 11lb lower than his Guineas outing two and a half weeks ago. He stayed on well enough at a mile with 126lb, against the best colts and geldings in the Guineas, to be given the benefit of the doubt in a weaker field.last_img read more

Announcement of an election date can calm the present political turmoil

first_imgDear Editor,I have full confidence that a date for the upcoming elections will be released soon and a return to calm will ensue. There is no need for anyone to be portrayed as uncivilised or uncouth and less need for aggression and revenge. We must avoid the potential for violence and the insulting of each other.We the people of Guyana are all looking for a transparent and trustworthy election process free of violence, disorder and corruption. Once a date is provided, which will be soon, the key issue left outstanding is to ensure we as a nation have a very successful election process supported by our confidence in the list of voters. GECOM should have been working in parallel to the judicial process, but that is now water under the bridge.A partial House-to-House Registration process is concerning and the rationalisation of the lists should not be a complicated process. Data processing in this day and age is not in need of supercomputers for such a small data set. The lack of ongoing registration throughout the years is the possible root cause of today’s problems and has allowed for the current list to be seen as obsolete. I do not disagree that GECOM is an independent body, but the current Administration of President Granger should be supplying additional resources to ensure the acceleration of the election process to meet the required constitutional timeline. Given the level of anxiety within the populace, we must ensure that a thorough job is done to provide a result free of the perspective of corruption.Increase the size of the House-to-House Registration team and utilise the Local Government resources to speed up the process. It is now also in the Opposition’s best interest to participate to ensure a transparent and trustworthy list is finalised. The aim of this should be a completion date of one month max and should be reflected in the election project plan. The question the Executive should ask is what will it take to make this possible? Then it is the Executive’s responsibility to provide the team with what they need to be successful.The consolidation and finalisation objective should reflect a similar timeline. While training and preparation of polling stations are completed simultaneously. The final month should be used to fine-tune the list, printing of ballots, and the correction of any minor errors while absorbing potential delays. GECOM at a minimum should be providing weekly updates on progress to ensure that if additional resources are needed, they can be provided by the Executive branch in a matter of days. As the date for elections draws near the end of the 3-month timeline, a progress report should be provided at least twice a week and in the final weeks, this should be daily so as to mobilise resources quickly, and jointly resolve any issues that may arise.Instead of continually worrying and extending the time to get things done, we need to shift to getting busy at resolving the issues. There should be no need to request an extension from the National Assembly at this late juncture, this will only add to the controversy, and for this election season, such a request should only be made in the case of a national disaster or an act of God (force majeure). It is time for all hands on deck to get the job done correctly, quickly and peacefully.Best regards,Mr Jamil Changleelast_img read more

WPA calls for report to be laid in Parliament

first_imgDr Walter RodneyRodney CoI The Overseas Associates of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) has made a bold call for President David Granger to lay the final report of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (CoI) in the National Assembly.The Presidential inquiry, which commenced in February 2014, sought to officially examine the circumstances which led to the death of historian, educator and founding leader of the WPA, Dr Walter Anthony Rodney.Rodney was killed in a bomb blast on June 13, 1980 in the vicinity of the Georgetown, Camp Street Prison. He was at the time said to be examining a communications device, built by then Guyana Defence Force Sergeant William Gregory Smith.The 17-month long investigation came to a premature end in July, 2015.“Now that the parties have spoken and the report has apparently been sent to the family, we expect the President to follow-through with his most recent pronouncement on this matter. That is to lay the report before parliament and release the report to the public,” the group said Sunday in a statement.It said it is now for the President to make arrangements immediately for the report to be sent as professional courtesy to all the lawyers who participated in the inquiry; to announce the date when the report will be laid before parliament; and to release it to the public.The group said it was also pleased that following a call by another major player in the coalition, the Alliance for Change (AFC), the report is reportedly on its way to Dr Rodney’s immediate family.Earlier last week, the AFC had issued a call to President Granger for the report y to be sent to the family and for it to be released to the public.“We have been reliably informed that contact was made with the family and the report is apparently on the way to them. We are glad that the government is now doing the morally correct thing by sending the report to the family of Walter Rodney. There can be no reason, nor explanation for the delay in sending the report to the family of Walter Rodney,” the group stated.It reminded of the “comprehensive statement issued on Friday 15 April by the WPA regarding the report of the Commission of Inquiry.“We are encouraged that in its statement the WPA recognised the importance of the inquiry to the process of national reconciliation which should unfold in the society. The WPA is the second major political party to express opinion on the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (WRCOI).”“These are important and necessary steps. As the WPA statement outlined the inquiry fortifies the moral base for intensified investigations, which must be carried out by the new administration into the unexplained and under-investigated killing spree allegedly masterminded by elements of the security forces and in the ruling political directorate in the last two decades,” the statement said.The Commission, headed by Barbadian Queen’s Counsel Sir Richard Cheltenham, and including Jamaican Queen’s Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Trinidad-based Guyanese Senior Counsel Seenath Jairam, was set up to investigate who or what was responsible for the bomb blast that caused the instant death of the WPA co-founder on the evening of June 13, 1980.At the time, former President Donald Ramotar had said that the establishment of the Inquiry was owing to the persistent requests by Rodney’s widow Patricia, and their three children.However, the People’s National Congress (PNC), the major partner in the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) coalition, had maintained that the move was a political stunt taken to tarnish its reputation.last_img read more

Weah Differs with Bility but Thanks Him for Honors

first_imgLiberia’s football idol, George M. Weah, has disagreed with football Chief Musa Bility’s decision to deny young Liberians a chance to participate in the National County Sports Meet if they are not in school.The 1995 FIFA World Player and Africa’s Football Legend told journalists that Bility should compel the National Government to make education totally free to enable skilled footballers whose parents or guardians cannot afford to send them to school, instead of denying them the chance to showcase their talents. Weah said it is globally good to encourage people to go to school ;but they should not be stopped playing football because through their talents they can be scouted for scholarships to pursue their education.He added: “What Mr. Bility needs is to go back to the drawing board and call on the government to make education free for kids whose parents don’t have; but should not deny them to play football.”Weah’s advocate stemmed from Bility’s recommendation to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to restrict the National County Meet to U-17 players who are in school.Mr. Bility expressed his confidence in the Ministry of Youth and Sports to organize the Annual Sports Meet, urged for the introduction of ‘Women Football’ to encourage gender equality.Football pundits believe Amb. Weah’s anti-support to Bility is because of his poverty-stricken but humble background where he superbly played football to get access to scholarships to the Muslim Congress and Well Hairston High Schools.His destitution was dramatically turned around when he played professional football. He is now regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time.Nonetheless,  Ambassador Weah expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Musa Bility’s leadership for naming a technical center as well as its headquarters in his honor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mixing Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

first_imgIt Takes a Village Africa, Founded by Matu Davis and her two artistic daughters, Erica Davies Cole (Spokesperson) and Evonne Adebo, have begun focusing on their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program, and have now incorporated Arts (STEAM) to improve competitiveness in science and technology development for children who require a more creative way of learning. “The first program that we are doing, called Girls in Technology, is another aspect of the STEM. STEAM is where we incorporate the arts. My sister is an artist and she recommended that arts be added into the STEM program,” Erica added. “We are partnering with Liberian organizations that need these STEM and STEAM components.”STEAM is an educational program that has been executed across the world, but is now in Liberia for the first time. It engages students in incorporated learning as they explore the world around them, thus allowing them to create innovative solutions to problems, and communicate their results while learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.STEAM is more than just the subjects, it is the intentional mixing of core contents with arts to inspire all students to think deeply, develop creative solutions, and aspire to a greater future. “We have another organization that’s doing arts where we take the children there to perform arts, drawing, different things of that nature just to be able to open up their creative third eye,” Erica stated. She says she and her siblings grew up with the fundamentals of arts, where they we were able to play violin, piano, learn Latin, Ballet, painting, etc.“We also engaged another organization in August that was able to have a Robotics Camp, teaching kids the dynamics of how to put together the mechanics (ROBOTS). With STEM, they also get to learn the Periodic Table, about carbon and carbon monoxide, which is very important,” she added. Erica also believes that children who are aware of different things that they sometimes don’t learn in school will be able to learn simplistic concepts through the STEAM program.Meanwhile, the international focus of the STEM program is to develop rigorous math and science skills through engineering, while the STEAM initiative embraces the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics to engage all students in authentic learning STEM is a global initiative, and for Erica and It Takes a Village Africa, their inspiration is the children.“I look at the children here in Liberia and it really brightens up my day. I see a lot of the children that’s here that are smart, creative and artistic. But they’ll go to school and be considered dull; and they are not, they are geniuses. We need to give them the tools to succeed” she revealed.“We at It Take a Village Africa want to provide the children with the tools to be able to succeed by accommodating them. With each pupil’s profile, we are able to test them and place them where they need to be placed and be in cooperation with the parents as well. Their parents and the holistic community as a whole will play a major role; therefore, we engage the parents and don’t want this to be something the kids just come or sneak into; It takes a village to raise a child.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Smoke from major fires in Slave Lake drifts over Fort St. John

first_imgIf you know of anyone else collecting donations, leave a comment below. Photo – TwitPic/CTV EdmontonEarly-Season forest fires have devestated the town of Slave Lake. According to CTV Edmonton, much of the town is on fire including the City Hall. Reports say all highway access in and out of the community are closed due to the fires, and high winds are keeping water bombers on the ground. – Advertisement -Smoke from the fires started drifting over Fort St. John late Sunday afternoon. The Weather Network is reporting that the smoke could last for 3-4 days depending on the progress of the fires. For more on the fire, visit Lake FM’s website, the local radio station in Slave Lake.  The fire has destroyed their studio’s along with several other building. You can also visit edmonton.ctv.caIf you’d like to help residents of Slave Lake, the Red Cross in Alberta is taking donations. You can donate by calling the national phone number at 1-800-418-1111. You can also donate online at www.redcross.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

Toure says Guardiola ‘has problem with African players’

first_img“I’m not the first to talk of these differences in treatment. At Barcelona I know that some also asked questions.”“Last summer, when Pep brutally got rid of (Wilfried) Bony, who had been signed a year earlier for a huge sum, I asked questions,” Toure said.The 35-year-old Ivorian played just 17 matches this season for City, who romped to the Premier League title, and he confessed to wondering if his limited playing time “was not because of my colour.”“I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted to take revenge on me, who was jealous of me, who took me for his rival. I felt humiliated,” said Toure, who is leaving City at the end of June.Toure joined City after three seasons at Barcelona where he had fallen out of favour after Guardiola took over as manager.“There had already been some tensions,” said Toure, who added that he was now taking responsibility for “being the one who smashed the myth of Guardiola.”Guardiola is “very rigid,” Toure said.“Other players will never say so in public, but some have told me they finish by detesting him because he is manipulative and plays a lot of mind games.”“As he is very vain, he wants to win with his players, those he chose, not those chosen by others. It’s his project.”Toure played 319 matches over eight seasons with the Sky Blues and won the Premier League three times and the FA Cup once.“To encourage me to be patient on the bench, he told me: ‘take the opportunity to sit close to me. That will be useful to you as an apprenticeship for you future trade.’ What I wanted wasn’t to start my retraining but to play football because I feel I can still do it.”Toure complained that Guardiola “did everything to ruin my last season” and to prevent him enjoying the sort of farewell fanfare that Andres Iniesta received this season at Barcelona and Gianluigi Buffon did at Juventus.“He stole my farewells with City. I would have liked to leave this club with emotion, as Iniesta and Buffon were able to do. But Pep stopped me.”Toure said that he felt he was capable of another couple of seasons at the highest level. For that reason, despite the urgings of his agent, Dimitri Seluk, Toure had turned down big offers from China over the past year.“I want a nice challenge in Europe,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manager Pep Guardiola embraced Yaya Toure as the midfielder came off with four minutes left in Manchester City’s last home game of the season. © AFP/File / Paul ELLISPARIS, France, Jun 4 – Midfielder Yaya Toure accused Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola of having “problems with Africans” in an interview to be published on Tuesday by France Football magazine.“He insists he has no problems with black players, because he is too intelligent to be caught out,” Toure said. “But when you realise that he has problems with Africans, wherever he goes, I ask myself questions.”last_img read more

Champions League Draw: Dream And Nightmare Scenarios For United and City In The Group Stage

first_img1 It’s that time millions of football fans look forward to… unless you’re a Liverpool fan.That’s right, the Champions League group stage draw has come around, and United fans can return to the competition following a year’s absence spent watching a combination of Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Liverpool embarrassing themselves on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.Due to format changes made by UEFA, which sees only league champions placed in Pot 1 this season, neither Manchester club will be among the giants in the draw (although that really makes no change for City).However, the rest of the pot seedings are decided by UEFA’s questionable club coefficient ranking and both sides have made it into Pot 2, therefore minimising the damage that can be done by missing out on a place in Pot 1… right?WRONG! Remember that questionable coefficient ranking we mentioned? It’s put everybody in danger as the impressive German duo of Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg are stuck all the way down in Pot 4, while their less impressive Ukranian equivalent of Shakhtar Donestsk and Dynamo Kyiv can look down on the Germans from Pot 3.It’s all very confusing, but we’re going to make it much simpler for you right now by showing you the best and worst possible scenarios that today’s draw could throw up for United and City.Manchester United and Manchester City’s best case scenario group could look like this:PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands – Pot 1)Manchester United/Manchester City (Pot 2)Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine – Pot 3)Gent (Belgium – Pot 4)OR Manchester United and Manchester City’s worst case scenario groups could look like this:Barcelona (Spain – Pot 1)Manchester United/Manchester City (Pot 2)Roma (Italy – Pot 3)Wolfsburg (Germany – Pot 4)Follow the Champions League draw from 16:45 (BST), live on talkSPORT.com.last_img read more

Gabi would welcome Chelsea forward back to Atletico Madrid as Martinez replacement

first_img1 Gabi (left) and Diego Costa (right) Atletico Madrid captain Gabi says Chelsea striker Diego Costa would be welcomed back to the Vicente Calderon after claiming Jackson Martinez “didn’t suit the team”.The 29-year-old Colombian joined Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande for £31.7million earlier this month after scoring just three goals in 22 games following his summer move from Porto.And midfielder Gabi feels Costa, who scored 54 goals in 114 Atletico appearances before joining Chelsea in July 2014, would prove the perfect replacement.“Bringing (Costa) back wouldn’t be a bad thing,” Gabi told Radio Marca.“Costa or (Alvaro) Morata (for Spain)? Costa.“Jackson Martinez’s way of working didn’t suit the team.”Second-placed Atletico currently trail Primera Division leaders Barcelona by three points having played a game more.Diego Simeone’s side head to mid-table Getafe on Sunday, while Barcelona host seventh-placed Celta Vigo.Atletico have won only one of their last five games in all competitions and Gabi feels the Colchoneros suffer by not having a Lionel Messi or Luiz Suarez in their ranks.“Barca are favourites (on all fronts) and will continue breaking records very forcefully.“We don’t have a Messi, Suarez or Cristiano (Ronaldo).“At the moment (Antoine) Griezmann isn’t making the same differences as those guys. He’s not currently on Messi’s level.“All those players are worth 100 million euros. We have less chances (of success) than them.”last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event There’s only so much Internet hubs can do to protect the safety of their users who gather and meet online. But it’s reassuring that the operators of the nation’s popular online social spot for so many young people, MySpace.com, has started to take more serious safety measures. More than 60 million people are members of the online networking hub, many of them teens, making it a place where they can meet other teens – and, unfortunately, come in contact with sexual predators. The company that owns Myspace, News Corp., has done the right thing by jumping to address the safety concerns head-on. The company has hired a former federal prosecutor to be its safety chief and this week said it would start displaying public service ads on the site to warn parents and teens about the dangers from predators and how to avoid them. That’s not just good sense, it’s also good business. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more