Franfield wins drama-filled Superstakes

first_img All FRANFIELD FRANFIELD, running at odds of 7-1 with leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths riding for big-race trainer Richard Azan, won the 37th running of the Burger King Superstakes – an eventful race which left the large crowd in a tizzy – over 2000 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. After passing the post five lengths clear of 18-1 outsider HOVER CRAFT in the $4.5 million race for three-year-olds and up, FRANFIELD had to survive a lengthy stewards’ enquiry, as well as objection from jockey Robert Halledeen, who rode third past the post PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (4-5) in the nine-horse field. It was the 7-1 chance, UNCLE TAF, who led for most of the way under former champion jockey Wesley Henry, but he was chased relentlessly by FRANFIELD, followed by PERFECT NEIGHBOUR on the rails and the 3-5 marginal favourite, TYPEWRITER, seeking his third consecutive Superstakes win, with customary rider Shane Ellis aboard. What looked to be developing into an interesting race at the halfway stage took a dramatic turn from the half mile when Griffiths pushed his mount past the early leader, UNCLE TAF, who hauled up sharply at this stage, interfering with the Wayne Dacosta trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who lost valuable ground. Thereafter, it was all FRANFIELD, as the four-year-old chestnut colt by Traditional out of Supa Lei kept on strongly to win by five and a half lengths from the late-closing HOVER CRAFT (18-1) from the Dacosta Stable. For Azan and 57-year-old Hall of Famer Griffiths, it was a day with the “kings and his horses”, as the race was billed. Azan saddled an unprecedented ninth Superstakes winner, including four straight by MENUDO from 1999 to 2002, while Griffiths was notching his eighth. FRANFIELD, who finished fourth to TYPEWRITER last year, raced in the silks of reigning champion owners Elite Bloodstock Limited. Azan, who also posted his unbeaten colt, ZUGULU, to win the $1 million two-year-old Juvenile Stakes with Ellis aboard, said: “Franfield is a better horse this year, and I was encouraged by his previous run with a fast-finishing second to Campesino over six furlongs on October 24. “I took him to task in preparation for the Superstakes, and given the easier pace, I am happy that he has delivered, and he will be back for the $13.5 million Diamond Mile on December 5.” On a day when star apprentice Linton Steadman rode three winners, POKER STAR (8-5) romped the Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint, while PHINEAS (3-1) got up on the line to pip derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM in the Coca Cola Invitational Mile.last_img read more

Blatche ‘apologized’ to Gilas for subpar showing, says Reyes

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERNational team coach Chot Reyes isn’t losing sleep with Andray Blatche playing his worst game as a member of Gilas Pilipinas on Monday.The naturalized player only mustered six points on a 2-of-9 shooting from the field, while also committing six turnovers in the Philippines’ 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT “With all the attention Andray is getting, it allows June Mar to operate in the post by himself,” Reyes said.Still, Reyes made it clear that he’s far from satisfied with Blatche’s performance and he is keeping his fingers crossed that the 31-year-old big man will have better conditioning come February for the second leg of the qualifiers.“Hopefully, in the next window, he’s gonna be in better basketball shape. He would have been playing for a couple of months in China, so that should be able to help,” he said.Reyes is also pining for Blatche to have more time with the national team pool.“The key is to get him practicing with us for more than five days, like what happened today.”ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But the seasoned mentor added the former NBA veteran was the first to reach out to his teammates after his lackluster showing.“He apologized personally to the team after the game at the dugout tonight. I think we’ve seen the worst of Andray’s games,” said Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBlatche had a forgetful offensive night but he more than made up for his shooting woes on the defensive end, hauling down 15 rebounds and blocking five shots in 28 minutes on the floor.His mere presence alone was also key in helping June Mar Fajardo churn out his best game to date in national team duty, with the four-time PBA MVP posting 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. “It’s really hard that he’s not in sync with our little counters, the little things that we do. We can’t teach everything in five days. You might be able to teach everything but to actually practice it, run it, make it instinct, you can’t get that in five days.”Blatche arrived in the country on November 19, giving him only less than a week to acclimate and blend in with his teammates before Gilas flew to Tokyo and faced Japan.Reyes knows crucial Blatche is to Gilas especially against the big teams like Australia.“We’re not too worried. We’d still rather have Andray than not have him, especially when we play the big teams. We’d still rather have Andray at this point,” he said.The Philippines plays Australia, which is also undefeated at 2-0, next in February.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Victor Oladipo scores 26, leads Pacers past Magic View commentslast_img read more

PPP concerned about Lindo Creek CoI ‘behind the scene’ scheme

first_imgEthno-political crime waveGeneral Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Bharrat Jagdeo has raised concerns over the sudden move taken by the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to act “behind the scenes.”Jagdeo said his party is paying close attention to the matter, especially when the CoI was intended to operate in a public space, instead of conducting pre-Commissioner, Justice (ret’d) Donald Trotmaninterviews with potential witnesses.“Working behind the scenes with witnesses creates a huge cause for worry because they could be really preparing people to come and lie at the CoI,” he opined.The PPP Executive reminded that his party always felt that the inquiry was ill-advised from the beginning especially since it was the Army that conducted the operation into the Lindo creek matter.“And the first act of (President) Granger was not to investigate the massacres and all the others things and how this gang escaped and almost conducted a reel of terror, but goes to Lindo creek,” he noted.Meanwhile, in defending the work of the CoI, Minister of State Joseph Harmon told media operatives on Thursday that there is no shortage of witnesses, but rather they have already started hearings.“…in camera hearings (are taking place) so there is already a body of evidenceMinister of State Joseph Harmonbefore the Commission… Last week of course there were some issues with respect to witnesses that are out of town,” he explained.Nevertheless, Harmon assured the media that these witnesses will be assisted with transportation expenses to get to the Commission. He said provisions for this are made in local laws.The CoI into the Lindo Creek massacre was postponed for a second time on Monday, February 19.The initial public hearing was postponed two Thursdays ago when Commissioner, Justice (ret’d) Donald Trotman reported that there were some internal prerequisites and logistical issues that caused the postponement.When reporters turned up at the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Citizenship in Waterloo Street, Georgetown, they were informed that all public hearings were “postponed until further notice.”When asked why, the Commission’s Public Relations Department related that the initial reason remains valid.The media was further informed that the lack of willingness on the part of witnesses to come forward is being blamed for the delay to commence the public hearing.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002.last_img read more

Guyana misspending public funds in health sector

first_imgIDB report findsA recent report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has found that Guyana falls into the bracket of countries that misallocate public funds, particularly in the health sector, when smarter budgeting could provide better services for citizens at no extra cost.A graph showing efficiency scores of some LAC countries including GuyanaThe report is titled “Better spending for better lives: How Latin America and the Caribbean can do more with less”. It found that several countries could improve their health sector indicators by making their spending policies more in tune with international efficiency standards.“Countries on the efficiency frontier are considered the most efficient for their level of health spending… however, 22 of 27 Latin American and Caribbean [LAC] countries are in the bottom half of the average efficiency rankings and 12 are in the bottom 25 per cent,” the report states, adding that Guyana is one such underperformer.“Among low spenders, efficiency bottlenecks in health outcomes achieved are clearly the main issue in Guyana,” the report adds. “The analysis suggests that several Latin American and Caribbean countries could substantially improve health output indicators while keeping their current health budget stable.”The report notes that life expectancy could be extended by four years for the Region. In several countries, including Guyana, the gain in life expectancy could be more than seven years.The publication, which is part of the IDB’s flagship studies series Development in the Americas, also argues against across-the-board cuts. It looks at several areas, including whether countries spend too much or too little on different priorities, whether the investments are adequate to ensure a better future, and whether those expenditures make inequality better or worse.Last year, Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings had revealed that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) were laying a heavy burden on the budgetary allocation to the Public Health Ministry.Dr Cummings had explained that the Chronic Disease Unit (CDU) has been addressing the top four causes of premature death in Guyana:  cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases.According to Minister Cummings, NCDs carry a huge cost for families and caregivers of those suffering from the diseases as well as Government.“Currently, about 70 per cent of the Ministry’s budget is being spent on NCDs. Therefore, it is imperative that we develop healthy lifestyle choices and practices early so as to avoid falling prey to NCDs,” she stressed.The Minister outlined that the Unit performed creditably in 2016 when compared to previous years.  She said there was much optimism that the new year would bring additional achievements that would further promote the work of the Unit.In collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Guyana Country Office, the Unit had completed the first leg of the implementation plan for the years 2016-2018 in sync with the Integrated Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Disease Strategic Plan 2013-2020.Dr Cummings had said the Unit continued to ensure that capacity building occurred in the regional facilities. In 2016, 10 new providers were trained and placed in the health-care sector to ensure that screening for cervical cancer continued. The training also produced a new provider in the Charity area, signalling the launching of a new site for VIA screening.As of early last year, there were 20 sites located across Guyana with a total of 33 VIA certified providers. A new cohort of 17 doctors and nurses from all six regions of the country where there are Regional Diabetic Foot Centres were trained in Diabetic Foot Care and Management.last_img read more

CRIC conference attracts 125 countries

first_imgFor the next few days, Guyana will be the host of the 17th Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), spearheaded by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The opening ceremony unfolded on Monday at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara (ECD) with 125 countries represented to share their contribution.The opening session of the 17th Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) at the Arthur Chung Convention CentreReceiving major support from the People’s Republic of China and member states from the Caribbean Community (Caricom), the convocation will give special attention to drought and the approaches which can be used in a monitored area. The importance lies within practices which can alleviate droughts beforehand via improvised techniques in farming and land management.The feature address was shared by the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who noted that Guyana is aware of the importance of implementing the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.This is evident in the country’s engagement with countries such as Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and Japan to preserve forestry resources, which evidently shows its commitment towards environmental development.“Evidence of the importance of Guyana’s role as a partner in the global environmental movement can be seen in the agreements that we have entered into with the kingdom of Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and Japan, as well as international organisations such as Conservation International, for the protection of our forest,” said Harmon.He added, “We have a deep appreciation for our unique position and the crucial nature of our responsibility in relation to the preservation of our land cover and the protection of our environment. We are as well, fully aware of the importance of the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification to the environmental health and well-being of our planet; a process to which we are fully committed.”Emphasis was placed on natural resources which have been enhanced for protection and conservation. Harmon contended that the country can be used as a model to demonstrate good practice in the management of such resources.“Guyana is fully committed to the protection and conservation of its natural patrimony, including its land resources. Our record of environmental protection and conservation of land and its resources provides a global model for good practice. Our contributions to national and international conservation include the one-million-acre Iwokrama Rainforest.”According to him, Guyana’s 20-year National Development Policy is establishing sustainable land management, inclusive of countering land degradation – one of the key aspects in the CRIC 17 discussions. For this, the Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Programme (LDN-TSP) and Sustainable Land Development and Management (SLDM) were initiated.“One of the key elements for the success of vision 2040 and the pursuit of our green agenda is sustainable land management and development which includes the mitigation and prevention of land degradation. In addressing these issues, Guyana has finalised its Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Programme and its Aligned National Action Plan (Aligned NAP) to combat land degradation. In addition, we have operationalised the Sustainable Land Development and Management project,” the State Minister said in his address to the delegates.It was mentioned that the outcomes of the conferences are significantly important towards bettering the management of Earth’s resources.CRIC 17 concludes on January 30.last_img read more

FKF tables Sh200mn budget for 2019 AFCON

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate Eric Johannah’s goal against Ethiopia during a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier at the Kasarani Stadium on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 6 – The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) says it has presented a Sh200mn (2mn USD) budget to the Ministry of Sports for next year’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after Kenya’s qualification was confirmed following Sierra Leone’s expulsion from the qualifiers.FKF boss Nick Mwendwa says they have put in an elaborate plan to prepare the team for a return to continental football for the first time in 15 years and noted the figure might reduce or increase depending on where the Cup of Nations will be held. “We have a game away to Ghana; now we are treating that game as part of the preparations for AFCON. Then we will play a friendly game in Kenya, then we will play against three teams as further build up. If it will be in Europe, the costs will be a bit high. On top of that, we are budgeting for one month away in the Cup of Nations,” Mwendwa explained on Thursday.Initially, the Federation had planned to have the team camp in France for three weeks with the Cup of Nations still in Cameroon, but with a change in hosts, that might change.Part of the plan was to play three build up matches in France and on top of it travel to London to play against Jamaica.“Now with Cameroon being stripped of the rights, we will wait and see who gets it because CAF has opened a one-month bidding window. If it’s in South Africa, then we will have to change our plans because we can’t prepare all the way in France and come down to play in South Africa,” Mwendwa noted.Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa addressing the press during a briefing at the Federation’s offices PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe added; “So depending on where the tournament will be, the budget might go up or come down. But we have already presented our budget to the ministry and we will wait to see.”Mwendwa also noted that with the Sports Fund set to be operationalized in the next few weeks, the budget of footing that budget will come down even as he admitted they are yet to pay Harambee Starlets for the three weeks they spent in camp before their Cup of Nations dream was cut short.At the same time, the Federation chief has said they will plan a friendly match in Nairobi against a high profile team after playing the last qualification match against Ghana in March as a way of thanking fans for their support and ‘sending the team off’ to AFCON.The team is scheduled to get into camp midway through may after the conclusion of the 2018/2019 season and get into high gear of preparationsMeanwhile, Mwendwa has said the Sh50mn promise made by Deputy President William Ruto for the team’s qualification to the Cup of Nations will be divided between the federation and the team.Deputy President William Ruto listens to Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa as Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti listen in at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAccording to the preliminary plan, the team will get 70pc (Sh35mn) while the Federation will get 30pc (Sh15mn) which will aid in offsetting bills incurred during the qualification process.“We are trying to see what is the best way to go about it, but we will always talk to the players and find out what works best for them,” Mwendwa added.Stars are now only waiting for an official communication from CAF confirming their place in the Cup of Nations, but are now primarily depending on the qualification rules passed last year.At the same time, Mwendwa has said they will still pursue the case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) involving Harambee Starlets’ exclusion from the Cup of Nations.“We are still pursuing it at CAS. We are trying to gather our documentations proper. We are going in full; we are going to ask for reprieve for those actions. This is just not about money but about justice. This was justice denied to Kenya at a critical point when CAF really bungled with the actions they were having. We will not relent until CAS makes a decision on this matter,” Mwendwa said.Starlets had gone into camp and trained for three weeks after CAF’s disciplinary board threw Equatorial Guinea out of the tournament after fielding an ineligible player in their qualifier against Kenya, only for the Appeals committee to overturn that decision.This happened barely a week to the Cup of Nations and FKF want the continental football body to reimburse the expenses they incurred during the team’s time in camp.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Boca Juniors waiting in the wings to sign former Man United and Man City man

first_img1 Boca Juniors are still waiting in the wings to sign former Manchester United and City man Carlos Tevez.The Juventus striker is the Serie A club’s leading scorer this season and is about to help them to another title.The ex-West Ham man is under contract at Juve until 2016 but has never hidden the fact that he longs to end his career at boyhood club Boca.Tevez and Juniors’ president Juan Carlos Crespi met up in the USA recently and Crespi posted a photo of the pair with the caption:“A joy to be with Carlitos. We wait forever” Carlos Tevez last_img read more

NORTH-WEST 10K NOW ACCEPTING CHARITY APPLICATIONS

first_imgMembers of the Letterkenny branch of Dyslexia Ireland receiving their cheque two years ago.The North West 10k committee is now inviting charities to make applications for this year’s 10k run and walk in Letterkenny which takes place on Sunday, May 1st.It’s the 20th anniversary of the charity race and walk so this year’s event will be a special occasion for the organization, which staged its first North West 10k event in 1997.Over the past 19 years a total of €709,000 has been raised for a broad spectrum of worthy causes. The 2014 event yielded €27,757 with the four charities getting €6,939 each. The closing date for applications is Friday 29th January and applications should be sent to Anne Condon, Grand Canal Building, Paddy Harte Road, Letterkenny or email anne@letterkennychamber.com.For further details on the charity North West 10k go to northwest10k.comNORTH-WEST 10K NOW ACCEPTING CHARITY APPLICATIONS was last modified: January 4th, 2016 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:charity applicationsdonegalNorth West 10klast_img read more

Former England doctor issues injury warning to Liverpool star

first_imgStarting for Uruguay, who finished fourth in 2010, is the commanding Atlético Madrid centre-back Diego Godín, who told a news conference yesterday that they were not worried by the striker’s potential return.“We have been preparing a long time ago to play the World Cup and it does not depend on a player,” he said.“[Salah] is a big, decisive player and we prepare ourselves in the same way whether he is [available] or not.” Uruguay’s Diego Godin is a formidable presence Salah suffers shoulder injury in Champions League final The former England team doctor has warned Mo Salah must be wary of Uruguay’s defenders aggravating his shoulder injury, should he come on as a substitute in Egypt’s World Cup opener this afternoon.The Liverpool ace dislocated his left shoulder less than a month ago in the Champions League final during a tussle with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos. 3 Salah joins Egypt players for a pre-match inspection at the Ekaterinburg Arena center_img 3 3 “I think he was always going to play, no matter what,” said former England doctor Ian Beasley, who worked with the senior men’s team from 2009 to 2016.“We don’t know if it was a proper dislocation or a strain, but with a month’s rehab he should be fine.“The real question is, how much training has he missed because of this injury? That will be the deciding factor.“If you’re a forward, you spend half your life holding off defenders.“You’re pushing defenders off and waiting for the ball to arrive, which you don’t always see on the telly.“That’s when his injury could have an impact.” Salah landed heavily and left the field in tears, while Egypt fans across the globe reacted angrily to what was seen as a judo-style move by Ramos – which went unpunished by the referee.And it is now clear the 26-year-old striker is not yet at full fitness, with Egypt coach Héctor Cúper starting him on the bench for the Group A clash at Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia.last_img read more

LADIES FOOTBALL: U16 GROUP FIXTURES THIS TUESDAY

first_imgLADIES U-16 football returns on Tuesday evening with fixtures across the county.U16 Fixtures for Tuesday 8th July.Group 1. Bundoran V Four Masters.Aodh Ruadh V Killybegs.Group 2.Kilcar V Ardara. N.Columba v Dungloe.Group 3.N.Muire V Cloughaneely.G.Dobhair V Termon….Group 4. Fanad Gaels V Letterkenny Gaels.Milford V Glenswilly.Group 5.MacCumhaills V Red Hughs. Glenfin V Burt.Group 6.Moville V Urris.Carndonagh V Buncrana…………………………………………CHANGE OF DATES MUST HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE FIXTURES COMMITTE AND BOTH CLUBS OR THE ORIGINAL FIXTURE DATE STANDS. Any changes granted must be played before the next round on the 15th July.In the interest of getting this competition played on schedule clubs must co-operate with each other and follow the simple guidelines of the fixtures committee!Any team not fielding this year must report this to the County Board immediately.LADIES FOOTBALL: U16 GROUP FIXTURES THIS TUESDAY was last modified: July 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more