DaCosta holds key to PM Stakes with Perfect Neighbour in Caymanas Park feature

first_imgFourteen-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta holds a very strong hand with three challengers in today’s grade one feature, the 53nd running of the Prime Minister’s Stakes, over 2000 metres.DaCosta saddles ante-post favourite PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, ALL CORRECT and the vastly improved HOVER CRAFT in a field of six.Despite the small field, the race should be keenly contested, especially with the Fitzroy Glispie-trained TIMEFORARMS, under four-time champion Omar Walker, gunning to crash DaCosta’s party.Last year, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was woefully unlucky to be beaten by a short head by the Dane Nelson-ridden COMMANDING CHIEF. But the 2013 Derby and St Leger winner represents the class horse of the field, and following his good second to stable companion HOVER CRAFT in the recent The Viceroy Trophy over 1800 metres, he can definitely go one better with topweight of 57.0kg.True, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR is winless in four starts over varied distances this season. But this marks the first time since winning the Governor General’s Stakes over the distance last October (Heroes Day) that the five-year-old son of Natural Selection-Desperatehousewives will be running over the distance, and it’s his race to lose, with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen aboard.He has worked well in preparation for this race, galloping seven furlongs in a brisk 1:29.1 on July 31. Remembering his easy win over COMMANDING CHIEF in the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres last Boxing Day, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, now back over two turns for the first time since then, catches my fancy.HOVER CRAFT, who ran on strongly to beat him by two lengths in the June 27 The Viceroy Trophy over 1800 metres when in receipt of 5.0kg, looks the obvious danger on similar weight terms, as the five-year-old son of He’stherealthing-Royal Pizzaz has shown significant improvement in recent months, while ALL CORRECT will more than likely set off in front in this small field and should make a brave bid.DaCosta’s best hope, however, lies with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who should bide his time close to the pace before coming through leaving the quarter pole for the victory.Elsewhere on the nine-race holiday programme, back-to-form DOC HOLIDAY (Halledeen up) should supplement his recent win by capturing the 2015 Independence Day Stakes Trophy over 1600 metres, to be contested by nine starters.Trained by Marlon Anderson, who has done well with his small string of horses in recent months, DOC HOLIDAY steps down in class with winning form and this should make his job a lot easier, despite the presence of another down-in-class contender, SIRMANDI, who has twice won a mile this season.I also like COURT CALL in the third race, ROYAL VIBES to catch old rival PRINCE ANDREW in the fifth, and down-in-class HOLOGRAM SHADOW to romp the seventh over 1300 metres.last_img read more

Coco-Cola to Expand Production Here, Donates 40-ft Container of Medical Supplies to National…

first_imgCoca-Cola International, a global nonalcoholic beverage bottling company operating in the country, has announced plans for the expansion of its production by adding new varieties to its many products on the local market as well as expanding its production capacity.Coca-Cola’s vice president and, Alexander B. Cummings, who led  a high-level delegation to Liberia last Friday,  informed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that his company, having operated in Liberia for over 50 years, was pleased to announce an expansion of its production by adding pure water and canned juice components to its product lines.Coca-Cola International is an American multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer, retailer and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups. The company has its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. It is best known for its flagship product Coca-Cola, invented in 1886 by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton in Columbus, Georgia.The company’s vice president, who is a Liberian national, made the disclosure about the pending expansion on Friday September 26, when he and his delegation paid a courtesy call on President Sirleaf at her Foreign Affairs office in Monrovia.He used the occasion to reaffirm the company’s commitment to further invest in Liberia as its contribution to post-war reconstruction, terming its partnership as not just “a fair weather” partner.“The expansion,” Mr. Cummings disclosed, “is a result of the conducive investment climate and the long standing partnership between Coca-Cola and Liberia, which will further provide additional job opportunities for the country,” an Executive Mansion press release quotes Mr. Cummings as saying.The new products, particularly Bonaqua mineral water, Mr. Cummings indicated, is expected to come online by March 2015.  He said  the equipment for the company’s expansion will begin arriving in the country this month,  October, 2014.Mr. Cummings stressed that the production of the Bonaqua mineral water will eventually lead to the production of canned juices in Liberia.On behalf of the company’s chief executive officer, Muhtar Kent, Mr. Cummings extended best wishes to President Sirleaf as she fights Ebola and expressed deepest sadness as he watches and listens to news on how Ebola is claiming the lives of thousands in the sub-region including Liberia.Mr. Cummings quoted Mr. Kent as saying that he has committed his company to closely working with President Sirleaf and her Mano River Union counterparts to fight the Ebola outbreak.Responding, President Sirleaf said Liberia was pleased by the announcement of the expansion as it demonstrates the company’s confidence in Liberia’s investment climate.  She assured the delegation of government’s openness to seeing more investment in Liberia while also expressing optimism that direct foreign investment turns to job creation and infrastructure development.Meanwhile, Coca-Cola has joined the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country with a large  donation including several assorted medical items to the National Task Force (NTF) on Ebola. Mr. Cummings promised to continue its assistance until a total eradication is reported.The Coca-Cola vice president said items donated included a 40-foot container of medical supplies, 50,000 cases of Bonaqua mineral water.Other items donated by the company included 30 infrared thermometers to twenty hospitals, and300 hand washing kits to communities surrounding its production site in Paynesville. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Upgrade works to Tucville to be completed by July month-end

first_imgUpgrade works in Georgetown’s Tucville (Trade Union Congress Ville) area in observance of that community’s 50th anniversary are expected to be completed by the end of July, according to senior representative on the Community Development Board, Christopher Jones. The scope of works include the installation of street lights, planting of palm trees along the community’s parapets, establishment of water fountains, placing of benches, and erection of a welcome monument at the head where Go-Slow Avenue meets Mandela Avenue. Several other improvement works are all aimed at creating a recreational environment for residents of the ward.This development project began a few weeks ago, and has since been successful in the placing of plant pots along the streets, the clearing of the ward’s major trench to facilitate the water fountains, and progress on the welcome monument, which is 90 percent completed.According to Jones, the Public Infrastructure Ministry has already given approval to the Planning Committee’s request for street lights to be installed in the ward, and this should commence shortly.In addition, he said, the fountains are being sourced, and should be ready for installment by July.Coordinator Jones has said he is very pleased with the support he has been getting from the residents, who are equally excited at ongoing developmental works. Community meetings are usually held on a weekly basis, and residents are briefed on the progress of works.The various projects currently cost about $1.7 million, and is being financed by members of the community.The development project commenced earlier in the month, and already a welcome monument has been constructed at the head of Go-Slow Avenue on Mandela Avenue. It carries the name of the community.last_img read more

Consumers vent frustration about GPL’s “unreliable” power supply

first_imgAs the festive season draws nearer, consumers from across the country have made numerous complaints about the constant power outages experienced throughout the day and the effects they have on their activities.On the West Coast of Demerara (WCD), residents indicated that they would have received over six intermittent power outages, especially in the morning and early afternoon hours.According to some, this has raised some concerns about the reliability of the power supply and the Guyana Power and Light’s ability to effectively meet the demands of all households and businesses, especially around this period.Sharda Bissesar of Uitvlugt, WCD, explained that she has been living in the area for the past seven months and the quality of service seemingly has decreased during the holiday season.“Leading up to the second week this month, we had like three blackouts every week and now it’s every day. Like you cannot predict what to do and always have to be prepared, ‘cause any time it’s happening and the service is very unreliable. I’m disappointed,” she stated.On the West Bank of Demerara (WBD), while there were complaints of unreliable service, another issue was the fact that calls went unanswered when consumers were trying to report these matters, as well as utility staffers taking ages to fix the problems.“I called last week about four times in the morning, because I was ironing and the current went off and on the fourth call, then somebody answered to say that it [the power supply] will come on shortly. We had to wait three-and-a-half-hours and this isn’t the first time,” an aggravated resident of Vreed-en-Hoop, WBD, explained.The same issue has been recorded in sections of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) such as Herstelling and Diamond, and in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Throughout last week, line maintenance was conducted within the perimeters of Georgetown and other sections of the coast. The power company would have advised persons that these activities would result in intermittent power outages, but many consumers have stated that this trend has continued throughout this week.Ironically, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had assured Guyanese that there would be full electricity capacity for the entire Christmas season. According to him, GPL has a supply of 134 megawatts of power and there were efforts to fix any shortcomings before the holidays.Patterson announced that some $3.9 billion was listed in the 2019 Budget for works on the distribution network, which is considered a weak link in the power supply. However, this would materialise only next year.last_img read more

Carpenter charged for executing Bartica miner

first_img…denies having “issues” with deceasedThe family of slain 21-year-old Antonio Dos Santos, a miner from Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), is one step closer to receiving justice as the man who is allegedly responsible for the young man’s death is slated for the court of law on Monday.Dead: Antonio Dos SantosCommander of F Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis told this newspaper on Saturday that the carpenter, who is accused of the crime, will appear at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday.Meanwhile, a police source confirmed that the accused and the now dead man were known to each other, and while the alleged perpetrator did not admit to any problems that he and Dos Santos had, enough evidence has been garnered that point in the direction that the suspect is guilty in this matter.On Monday last, Dos Santos was said to have been imbibing in front of an entertainment bar at First Avenue, Bartica, around 02:25h when the suspect approached the young man and shot him twice in the left region of his chest.The shooter then made good his escape while attention by others had been diverted to rendering assistance to the bleeding Dos Santos.The injured man was rushed to the Bartica Regional Hospital, where he was treated and quickly referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).However, before Dos Santos could arrive in Georgetown, he succumbed to his injuries at about 07:05h at the Bartica Airstrip while being medevaced.Police commenced a hunt for the 29-year-old carpenter of First Avenue, Bartica, but the manhunt ended when the suspect was handed over to the police by his mother at about 17:15h on Monday last.This is the second incident in under two weeks where a young man was shot while imbibing in a public spot and lost his life.Earlier this month, 23-year-old Patrick Matthew Fraser at Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was also shot twice while imbibing with friends in an abandoned yard, known as the “drug yard” at Bagotstown.Fraser of Republic Park, EBD, died at the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital (Diamond Hospital).Although no arrests have been made to date in relation to Fraser’s murder, investigators close to the matter had initially ruled out robbery as a motive for the young man’s death, stating that it appeared to be a “planned execution”.However, police say that investigations into this murder are presently on-going.last_img read more

GPF to implement traffic adjustment for CPL

first_imgThe Guyana leg of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 will be held at the Guyana National Stadium Providence, East Bank Demerara, commencing on Thursday, September 5, 2019, and as such, to facilitate free flow of traffic, the following traffic arrangements are expected to be put in place:• The eastern lane of the eastern carriageway of the East Bank Public Road from Nandy Park to Guyana National Stadium will be used only for patrons with vehicles to access parking.• Traffic proceeding south along the western lane of the eastern carriageway of East Bank Public Road will be allowed to flow continuously south to permit the free flow of traffic.• Public parking will be available at Providence Access Road (Red Road) in the compound on the south side of the road.• VIP and paid parking will be available at the second access of the Guyana National Stadium. The northern tarmac for paid parking and the southern tarmac for VIP’s parking.• VVIP’s and officials will use Greenfield Access Road for entering and exiting the stadium.• No parking will be allowed on both sides of the eastern and western carriageway in front of the stadium.• Patrons are advised to use carpooling and share a ride to ease the congestion, signs will be erected to guide patrons.These adjustments will take effect at least three hours before the commencement of every match. The dates are Thursday, September, 5; Saturday, September 7: Sunday, September 8; Thursday, October 3; and Friday, October 4, 2019.last_img read more

Jagdeo continues push for Norwegian SWF model

first_img… says only guarantee of economic securityGovernment needs to come clear on how it plans to manage the funds that are expected to flow from the emerging oil and gas sector, especially since Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has indicated that Government could be moving in another direction other than the Norwegian model of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF).Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThis is according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who said last Friday that countless economies were able to thrive using the Norwegian model of the SWF. However, Government here seems hell bent on going in another direction.Jagdeo was again addressing the pitfalls in the oil and gas sector and Government’s seemingly inability to effectively manage what could eventually become a booming oil and gas industry.Back in June during the debate of the Petroleum Commission Bill, Jagdeo had urged the fast tracking of the legislation that would open the way for the establishment of the SWF. He had said that government needed to build the fund around the model which exists in Norway. However, Minister Trotman was totally against it.“Mr Speaker, all those who lecture about Norwegian models obviously are in the dark ages because the new literature says that the Norway model cannot apply to countries that are developing like Guyana”, he had said in rebuttal to the Opposition Leader’s suggestion.At his press conference on Friday, Jagdeo said the Norwegian model remains the most successful model that has separated the management of the oil resources from the politicians.“It is done technically. So the procedure is clear so that political people do not get their hands on the money. It is the most successful model in the world and also avoided the destruction of the economy through the Dutch Disease. Most countries have gone down the path that has seen an increase in national wealth,” Jagdeo told journalists.Jagdeo said if Government will not be “going down this road “then it needs to state clearly how it intends to keep safe the country’s oil reserves.”The Sovereign Wealth Fund of Norway, officially known as the Government Pension Fund of Norway, is the largest in the world, at latest count worth more than a trillion dollars. The fund was created on the back of the country’s vast oil wealth to provide its citizens with pensions.The purpose of the petroleum fund is to invest parts of the large surplus generated by the Norwegian petroleum sector, generated mainly from taxes of companies but also payment for licence to explore as well as the State’s Direct Financial Interest and dividends from the partly State-owned Statoil.The current revenue from the petroleum sector is estimated to be at its peak period and to decline in the future decades. The Petroleum Fund was established in 1990 after a decision by the country’s legislature to counter the effects of the forthcoming decline in income and to smooth out the disruptive effects of highly fluctuating oil prices.Back in 2015 following the discovery of oil reservoirs by ExxonMobil, President David Granger had said that his Government would be focusing on the establishment of the much-needed fund.last_img read more

Green is the color of love

first_imgShowing your affection often means spending some green, a color local retailers are seeing plenty of as the love-struck scramble for Valentine’s Day gifts. With the average consumer shelling out $119 to please their sweetheart, the holiday amounts to a windfall for certain retailers. Total spending for the holiday is expected to hit $16.9 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Chocolatier Jamie Wilson, who owns Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Woodland Hills, expects to sell 1,000 chocolate-covered strawberries today . On Wednesday, Wilson was preparing for the crowds. “Tomorrow they’ll be lined up out the door,” Wilson said Tuesday. “Tomorrow is my biggest day of the year.” Wilson sells a pound of the berries for $18.95, plus other treats such as caramel-dipped apples and sweets in heart-shape boxes. The buzz for online retailers has mostly passed unless stores can guarantee Feb. 14 delivery, according to a survey of 250,000 online shoppers conducted by the marketing firm Oneupweb. Online sales peaked Feb. 6, which left more than a week for packing and shipping, the survey showed. Shopping online midweek may have been popular for two reasons. “Using the office broadband may be more convenient or consumers may be trying to keep their purchases a secret,” said Oneupweb President Lisa Wehr. Online browsing traffic spiked Feb. 12, boosted by beaus searching for last-minute gift ideas. Those who couldn’t find the perfect way to say “I love you,” or who pushed off the task will keep brick-and-mortar stores busy today. Lamya Mogri’s floral shop will be a frenzy of activity. She owns Woodland Warner Flowers on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills and plans on delivering more than 200 bouquets today. With the average tab coming in at $100, Valentine’s Day provides a sales boost that ranks up there with Mother’s Day and Christmas. “Sixty percent of our orders come in the last two days,” said Mogri, who brings on 15 extra workers and uses 9 vans to handle the floral blitz. This year, exotic flowers such as orchids, gingers and anthurium are popular, as well as the romantic staple, red roses. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 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

Search and Rescue crews working to rescue injured hiker

first_imgUPDATE: Here is an update to this story from 250News   https://www.250news.com/2016/06/04/fort-st-john-hiker-rescued-from-slope-near-powder-king/- Advertisement -PINE PASS, B.C. – Search and Rescue crews from Tumbler Ridge are assisting Nechako Valley, Prince George and MacKenzie Search and Rescue after being called to help rescue an injured hiker near Powder King.According to 250News in Prince George, crews have been working through the night Friday to rescue a female hiker that had suffered a leg injury in steep terrain.  The hiker is part of a five member hiking party.At this time limited information is known about the extent of the injuries and where the hikers are from.  We will update this story as more information becomes available.You can also read more about this story at 250News.com.last_img read more

Brentford striker completes Coventry switch

first_img Striker Nick Proschwitz 1 Coventry City have signed Brentford striker Nick Proschwitz on an emergency loan until the end of the season.The 28-year-old is available for selection straight away and could make his debut against MK Dons at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday.Coventry are still on the hunt for a new manager after sacking Steven Pressley on Monday, but interim manager Neil MacFarlane has acted swiftly to bring in Proschwitz.“We’re delighted to bring in a player we’ve been tracking at this club for a long time,” MacFarlane told Coventry’s website.“Nick is your typical target-man who can bring others into play and will give us an added threat in the forward areas.“We’ve got a crucial game against MK Dons at the weekend and he’ll go straight into contention for the game, and I’m sure he’ll have a positive impact from now until the end of the season.”last_img read more