Three females among 17 graduates of Jockeys’ School

first_imgHistory was created when three female apprentice jockeys graduated from a batch of 17 at the passing-out ceremony for the new Jockeys’ Schools trainees on the lawns of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), Hagley Park Road, last Thursday.The young ladies are 21-year-old Mellisa Ward, a past student of Camperdown High; 22-year-old Natalie Berger, a graduate of Gaynstead High; and 24-year-old Andree Powell, a past student of Clarendon College.Prior to this batch, only two women had graduated from the Jockeys’ Training School since its inception in 1980 – Azel Cowie in 1992 and Georgina Sergeon in 2009.The other graduates who completed the 24-week training course from February to July were Oneil Beckford, Dane Dawkins, Odean Edwards, Amoy Gray, Bebeto Harvey, Jerome Innis, Roshane Johnson, Kemoy Parchment, Javaniel Patterson, Hakeem Pottinger, AndrÈ Powell, Oneil Scott, Linton Steadman, and Anthony Thomas. They are scheduled to ride against senior jockeys at Caymanas Park on Saturday, September 26.JRC operations steward Haldene Johansen, who gave the course overview, disclosed that there were “significant changes to the programme this time around as the JRC listened to the stakeholders.””We placed greater emphasis on the core elements of the programme in order to produce well-rounded horsemen,” he said.Emphasis was placed on horsemanship, which was taught by well-known equestrian Susan Wates, race-riding techniques by retired Hall of Fame jockey Charles Hussey (now a steward), personal development, the rules of racing and an expanded nutritional programme to help new riders cope with weight the bestGuest speaker was former JRC chairman Dennis Lalor, who challenged the class of 2015 to be the best they can be, as they enjoy the opportunity their predecessors of a bygone era never had.Lalor, who as chairman of the JRC in 1980 spearheaded the formation of the Jockeys’ School, recalled that under the old system, the apprentices “were not required to be literate or numerate like the ones coming through the school today, hence the dropout rate was 35 per cent. I vowed to break that cycle … .”You are now the glamour boys and girls of racing. Being educated, this is your opportunity to take advantage of a noble sport, to ensure that corruption is avoided. Please be careful of the company you seek … . God be with all of you, and may your careers be the best,” said Lalor.Also speaking were Jeffrey Mordecai of the JRC sub-committee; Richard Longmore of the JRC; Owners Association president Dr Graham Brown; the respective presidents of the trainers’ associations, Vin Edwards and Dale Murphy; Jockeys’ Guild President AndrÈ Martin; Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited; and Ina Lawrence, principal of the Jockeys’ School.last_img read more

Flemmings gives TG West Kgn derby!

first_imgJunior Flemmings’ 81st-minute strike saw Tivoli Gardens to a 2-1 win over rivals Boys’ Town in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) west Kingston derby at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. Miguel Ricketts fired the home team in front after 22 minutes, but Peter Keyes equalised for the ‘Red Brigade’ on 62 minutes. However, Flemmings latched on to a pass late on and hammered a low shot past Mikhail Harrison in goal. It was only Flemmings’ second west Kingston derby at senior level, but as a resident of the community, he knows all about this fixture. “Tivoli Gardens playing Boys’ Town or Arnett Gardens is always a tough one, but we really did well. We dug deep to come out with the win, so kudos to the team,” the young striker told The Gleaner. His experience from his recent call-up for the Panama and Haiti World Cup qualifiers was a great learning curve, and he was eager to show what he had learned. PLENTY LEARNT “Being around the professionals in the national team, I really learned a lot, especially from the ones overseas, and I said that I have to transfer that mental aspect to my game and my approach to life, and I am getting there. I just have to keep working hard,” he reasoned. “It is not easy to leave schoolboy football and come into the Premier League playing against bigger, stronger guys with more experience. But I came here and worked and left the rest to God, and game by game, I will continue to work hard and, hopefully, the goals will come,” he said. Tivoli went ahead when Ricketts turned his marker and fired past Harrison. Carlos Wright thought he had found the equaliser minutes later, but he was offside. However, little past the hour, Peter Keyes fired a deflected shot past Edsel Scott from a quickly taken free kick. Boys’ Town were the stronger team after that and looked more threatening, but Flemmings broke away and fired a ferocious shot past Harrison to seal the win. Meanwhile, Portmore United climbed to the top of the standings after a 3-2 win over St Catherine rivals Rivoli. Portmore now have 27 points, two more than MoBay United, who were held 0-0 by UWI. Waterhouse and Reno drew 2-2.last_img read more

Long-time sponsor blocks Shelly-Ann’s MVP exit

first_img TWO SUGGESTIONS Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s move away from the MVP Track and Field Club has reportedly collapsed after her long-time kit sponsor Nike, according to our sources, threatened to pull the plug on their multimillion-dollar deal. Fraser-Pryce had started her background training with Reynaldo Walcott, who for several years have been a member of MVP’s technical team. Walcott is in the process of establishing his own club, which will be based at St Elizabeth Technical in Santa Cruz, with Nike initially giving their blessing to Fraser-Pryce’s move. However, The Gleaner understands that the American sportswear giant, which also sponsors MVP, changed its position after Stephen Francis, MVP’s head coach and Fraser-Pryce’s long-time conditioner, expressed his preference that she remains with the University of Technology-based outfit. Nike reportedly then suggested that Fraser-Pryce either remain at MVP or join another of their sponsored groups, the Los Angeles-based Bobby Kersee outfit, which includes American star Allyson Felix. Felix is Nike’s highest-paid female athlete at around US$1 million. Fraser-Pryce’s deal, which expires soon, falls below that figure but is expected to be renewed and improved. Fraser-Pryce has established herself as Jamaica’s flag-bearer in international female sprinting over the years, having won six Olympic medals, including two gold, as well as seven World Championships gold and two silver medals. She has spent her entire professional career wearing Nike’s swoosh and has taken every stride under the guidance of Francis, but the two seemed to be heading in separate directions after word broke during the Rio Olympic Games that she had decided to end her association with Francis and MVP. The sprinter has been training with Walcott in St Elizabeth ahead of the coming season, and had, according to our information, already secured a property in the parish. Her move seemed to have triggered a mini-exodus to Santa Cruz, with Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day cutting their ties with Bert Cameron’s Cameron Blazers and also making the move to the South Coast. With other MVP athletes – including one promising male sprinter – also said to be considering a similar move, it is believed that Francis, who earlier seemed resigned to losing his most decorated athlete, expressed a new position on the matter. President of the MVP Track and Field Club Bruce James, when contacted yesterday afternoon, stated that he did not wish to speak on the sprinter’s training arrangements at this point. “I am not commenting on Shelly-Ann’s training arrangements at this time,” said James. Fraser-Pryce ended a troubled 2016 season, where she battled with a serious toe injury and gained a bronze medal in the 100m at the Rio Olympic Games. She also helped Jamaica to a silver medal in the 4x100m.last_img read more

ESPN chief resigns, citing ‘substance addiction’

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Police investigate alleged assault of Raheem Sterling OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The company said Skipper’s interim replacement will be George Bodenheimer, who was ESPN president from 1998-2011.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense FILE – DECEMBER 18, 2017: It was reported that John Skipper resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, citing his struggles with a substance addiction as the cause December 18, 2017. SUN VALLEY, ID – JULY 5: John Skipper, president of ESPN Inc., attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 5, 2016 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world’s most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFPJohn Skipper, president of the Walt Disney Co. sports television unit ESPN, announced his resignation on Monday, citing an unspecified “substance addiction.”Skipper, 61, who has been with ESPN since 1997, also is stepping down from his post as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, according to a company statement. He had been in his current role since 2012.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem,” Skipper said in the statement.“I have disclosed that decision to the company, and we mutually agreed that it was appropriate that I resign.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe move comes with ESPN in retrenchment amid a shifting media landscape in which viewers are shifting to online platforms for television.Disney last week also reached a blockbuster deal to acquire key film and television assets of 21st Century Fox, including regional sports networks. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 MOST READlast_img read more

‘Liberia Requires a Revolution in Education’

first_imgThe Executive Director of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), Thomas Doe Nah has stressed that Liberia requires a revolution in its education sector in order for students to come on par with their peers in the region and beyond.Speaking on behalf of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) operating in the country at the launch of the Ministry of Education (MOE) Three-year Operational Plan (2014-2016), Mr. Nah said revolutionizing the education sector is crucial to improving the human resource capacity of Liberia.The CENTAL boss said the “Messy Education sector” needs a quick and thorough fix. He was speaking in reference to a statement made by President that the education sector was a “mess”.“From this point we are all called to arms for a revolution in education,” he said. From this perspective, Mr. Nah said it requires Liberians becoming more creative in dealing with the challenges facing the nation.”He emphasized that CSOs do not believe that the burden to begin the revolution and strengthen the education system rest only on the shoulder of the Ministry of Education, but needs a proactive approach to be carried-out  by all Liberians and partners.He called on government to provide the requisite financial support that will lead to the effective implantation of the operational plan, calling specifically on the Ministry of Education to turn a new chapter in implementing the plan.Mr. Nah expressed that civil society organizations as partners, are delighted that the Education Ministry has become more proactive in stepping up its consultation with partners, noting that the education operational plan represents a pivotal step in the country’s new education revolution.“We call for robust monitoring and evaluation system, and zero tolerance to corruption and other vices that undermine quality education. I can be a trusted partner in this revolution that we are calling for, but the trustworthiness of the partnership in this process will, at times, come up with critical reports, which will be evidence based and sincere,” he noted.Also speaking at the occasion, Senate Committee Chairperson on Education, Rivercess County Senator Dallas Gueh called on politicians to depoliticize subsidies that are provided to the education sector. “This area has to be owned and operated by the Ministry of Education and not the National Legislature,” Senator Gueh acknowledged.He said based on classification by the Education Act, authorities of the Ministry of Education should determine which school receives certain kind of subsidy and not the Legislature.“As chairman on Education, we are going to do everything possible to make sure that this particular function is carried out by the Ministry of Education and not the Legislature, and we will do everything to discourage interference by the Legislature,” Senator Gueh promised.The occasion took place at the Monrovia City Hall in Monrovia where President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf served as the launcher. The occasion was also attended by scores of government officials, development partners and members of the Diplomatic Corps.It can be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at a cabinet retreat in 2012 termed the education sector as a “Complete Mess”. This statement manifested itself last year when over 20,000 high school graduates, who sat the University of Liberia Entrance Exam all allegedly, failed.The MOE three-year Operational Plan is based on several documents including the Education Reform Law of 2011, Education Sector Plan (2010 -2020), Roadmap for System Transformation, National Agenda for Transformation (AfT) among others.It highlights priorities identified by education stakeholders during several consultative meetings including the National Education Roundtable Conference and the Joint Education Sector Review.  It serves as a catalyst to accelerate the “Education for All Goals”. It is underpinned by the principles of ownership and accountability.  The plan proposes a range of strategies and activities for improving the quality of education services to ensure that young people within the borders of Liberia are fully prepared for a favorable livelihood in a changing environment. The cost of implementing the Three-year Operational Plan is approximately US$180 million; whereas projection for year one is estimated at US$58.7 million.Out of this amount, US$3million is available while the funding gap is US$55million. The plan shall be financed through the Government of Liberia’s Annual National Budget and Donor contributions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Nation’s Destiny Must Rest on Its Shoulder”

first_imgChinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue has challenged the Government and people of Liberia to take responsibility for the destiny of the country, adding, “The destiny of a nation should and can only dwell on the shoulder of the nation itself, big or small.”In his speech marking the handover of the newly constructed Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), Ambassador Zhang emphasized that hard work, perseverance, strong leadership; right policies and unity are some of the defining factors behind success.He said it is from such experience that China has become great as it is in the world. According to Ambassador Zhang, both China and Liberia are developing countries facing similar development challenges which he said compel them to consider development as a top priority for which they must engage in mutually beneficial cooperation.The construction of the MVTC is one of China’s promised development projects to Liberia.The Chinese Ambassador expressed the hope that young Liberians will shoulder the responsibility to make better use of the facility to acquire knowledge that will help build their country.“I wish you can take this precious opportunity of getting access to modern training facilities in the new MVTC and devote yourselves to the development of Liberia,” Ambassador Zhang urged the youth.He reiterated China’s commitment to reliable partnership with Liberia, noting that it is not only in training and education, but also in all fields that could benefit Liberians.“Each generation has its own mission and it is our generation’s responsibility to further promote China-Liberia cooperation and inject new vigor into the comprehensive cooperative relationship between our two countries,” he emphasized.He urged Liberians to engage in team work, expressing China’s readiness to dedicate itself to work with Liberia.The MVTC, Ambassador Zhang said, is equipped with sufficient modern facilities to meet the learning needs of young Liberians.With a budget of roughly US$9 million, MVTC’s entire campus is composed of a large teaching, laboratory, and administrative building, and two dormitory buildings for faculty and students respectively.It is also composed of a library that can accommodate 300 people with energy and water supply systems that can serve the entire facility.It also has special facilities that will cater to the needs of the disables people and a sewage disposal system for environmental protection. The new facilities were constructed by the Shanxi Construction Company.In her words of appreciation to the Chinese Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the project as a “long awaited” one to get young Liberians to take charge and contribute to the development of their country.The President told Liberians that “the facility is ours, and so its operation and maintenance rest upon us.”She said poor maintenance and destruction of facilities have made it difficult for the country’s infrastructure to be maintained, expressing the hope that other government functionaries including the Legislature will cooperate in making the facility useful.She then commended the Chinese Government for the project and reiterated her call for the completion of the rest that include the ministerial complex and the refurbishing of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.Earlier, Youth and Sports Minister, Eugene Nagbe, said the completion of the project brings to realization President Sirleaf’s mandate to officials that they should not only break ground for a project, but the project should be fully implemented.He said considering that a greater portion of Liberia’s population is youth, the vocational training center was important to the Training Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program in meeting the skills needs of many young Liberians.The center, Minister Nagbe said, will teach electricity, plumbing, welding, masonry, carpentry, and other skills to prepare Liberians yearning for skills to make them productive in society.Meanwhile, the MVTC is a part of many projects the Chinese Government has completed and dedicated to the Liberian Government in aid. Others are the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Nimba County and the Fendall campus of the University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ExxonMobil fined US$74B for underpaying royalties in Africa

first_imgExxonMobil Corp, the company which is currently intensifying exploration activities in Guyana after striking oil here recently, has been fined a whopping US billion for underpaying royalties in the central African nation of Chad, where the company has been drilling for 15 years.According to international reports on the mega fine by Chad courts, the amount is about five times more than that country’s Gross Domestic Product, which the World Bank estimates at US$13 billion.The High Court in the capital, N’Djamena, announced its ruling on October 5 in response to a complaint from the Chad Finance Ministry that a consortium led by ExxonMobil hadn’t met its tax obligations.The court also demanded the Texas-based oil explorer pay $819 million in overdue royalties, according to the document.The penalty exceeds the $61.6 billion financial blow BP Plc incurred after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 killed 11 rig workers and fouled the Gulf of Mexico with crude for months, and is more than 70 times larger than the $977.5 million Exxon was ordered to pay fishermen and other victims of the 1989 Valdez oil spill in Alaska.Exxon, the world’s biggest oil producer by market value, began exploring Chad for crude in 2001 and has been pumping oil there since 2003.ExxonMobil recently announced a “world-class discovery” equivalent of 800 million to 1.4 billion barrels of oil following the drilling of the Liza-2 well in the Stabroek Bloc offshore Guyana.The discovery is the company’s second exploration offshore Guyana; the first was made in May 2015.“We are excited by the results of a production test of the Liza-2 well, which confirms the presence of high-quality oil from the same high-porosity sandstone reservoirs that we saw in the Liza-1 well completed in 2015.”As it relates to its legal woes on the African continent, a spokesperson for the company has said, “”We disagree with the Chadian court’s ruling and are evaluating next steps.”“This dispute relates to disagreement over commitments made by the Government to the consortium, not the Government’s ability to impose taxes,” he said.The President of the court, Brahim Abbo Abakar, confirmed the ruling to Bloomberg Markets saying, “It’s correct, however, the provisional enforcement is lower than the amount demanded by the tribunal,” he said, referring to the sum of $669 million also cited in the document. He didn’t elaborate.“Contract sanctity and respect for the rule of law are core principles used to manage our business over the long-term,” Exxon’s Spitler said.“It is vital for all parties to honour the terms of a contract and abide by applicable law in order to achieve the desired long-term benefits envisioned when projects begin.”last_img read more

CGX to drill Corentyne block in 2019

first_img…company renegotiates oil exploration plan with GovtCanada-based oil and gas exploration company CGX has announced plans to conduct an offshore exploration whereby it will be drilling the Corentyne block by November 27, 2019 in search of oil.The company, which has had operations in Guyana for many years, made the announcement on Monday, stating that it has renegotiated its work plan with the Guyana Government.As part of the renegotiation, the company has also agreed to relinquish 25 per cent of the acreage of both the Corentyne and Demerara blocks to the Government of Guyana.The new work commitments include drilling and exploration wells (Corentyne Block) by November 27, 2022; and acquiring additional seismic data or conducting seismic reprocessing by November 27, 2020.Additionally, the company will also complete any additional data processing and planning, and secure all regulatory approvals for the drilling of an exploration well by February 12, 2020 (Demerara Block).In that same block, it will also drill an exploration well by February 12, 2021 and February 12, 2023.For the Berbice Block, CGX will complete a geochemical survey of a minimum area of 120 square kilometres and commence a seismic programme defined by the survey by February 12, 2020.It will also complete the seismic programme and complete all processing and interpretation of data by August 12, 2021, and drill an exploration well by February 12, 2023.Chairman and Executive Director (Guyana), Professor Suresh Narine commented: “CGX Energy thanks the Government of Guyana for its continued partnership and support; we as a company are eager to pursue the new work commitments in this exciting Guyana basin, and in so doing, continue our unbroken commitment to the basin, the Guyanese people and its Government for more than 18 years.”Earlier this year, CGX was borrowing monies from its shareholder to stay afloat, and indicated that future oil exploration offshore Guyana would depend on restructuring its debts to several companies. With the major oil find by ExxonMobil, CGX said it hoped that it would be able to conduct further exploration.The highly-indebted CGX Energy had suffered a delay in carrying out further exploration offshore Guyana and had hoped that Government would favourably consider its request for a new date.In May, CGX said it was negotiating with its trade creditors, including with respect to the approximately US$14.4 million owed to Japan Drilling Co Ltd, approximately US$9.5 million owed to Prospector PTE Ltd, and the approximately US$2.9 million owed to Teikoku Oil (Suriname) Co Ltd, all excluding interest, with a view to determining how to address these significant payables in light of depressed oil prices.Guyana-focused CGX has been licensed to drill on the Eagle block since 1998 when it was granted a 10-year permit. But the company became ensnared in a maritime border dispute between Guyana and Suriname, and watched as a rig it had contracted in 2000 was chased off the site it was preparing to drill by Suriname gunboats. The border dispute was settled in 2007.CGX drilled several wells offshore thereafter, but did not find oil in commercial quantities. It also attempted several wells onshore in Berbice.last_img read more

Flyers Destroy High Prairie Regals

first_imgThe Fort St. John Senior Flyers travelled to High Prairie to take on the Regals Saturday night.Fort St. John came away with the win 13-2.  David Alexander had 4 goals and Ian Munro, Jeff Shipton and Kip Noble had 2.  Chris Ford, Paul Weins and Todd Alexander had one goal a piece.The Regals faced 73 shots on net while the Flyers faced only 28.- Advertisement –last_img

Moberly Lake man dies after assault

first_imgA Moberly Lake man is dead following an assault in Chetwynd.At approximately 5:45pm on Friday July 30th, the Chetwynd RCMP were called to an area in the 5700 block of the South Access Road.Upon arrival, RCMP located a man in a wooded area. The male, identified as 48 year-old James Allison, was suffering from undetermined injuries and transported to Chetwynd Regional Hospital.- Advertisement -Mr. Allison was then transferred to Vancouver General Hospital, where doctors confirmed he had been assaulted and that his prognosis was dire. Early Sunday morning, Mr. Allison passed away as a result of his injuries.The RCMP have now classified his death as a homicide. The investigation will be conducted by Chetwynd RCMP and the North District Major Crime Unit.The RCMP is asking anyone with information about this incident to call the Chetwynd RCMP at 250-778-9221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Advertisementlast_img read more