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

Ambulance needed at Ogle Airport – Labour Dept

first_imgIn light of a recent explosion at the Eugene F Correia International Airport while a Roraima Airways aircraftThe Roraima Airways aircraft which explodedwas under maintenance, the Labour Department has recommended that an ambulance be permanently stationed at the airport.The department conducted an investigation into the June 20, 2016 industrial accident, which left aircraft engineer, Anil Rampersaud, with injures following the explosion. Senior Labour, Occupational Safety and Health Officer,Prandatt Basdeo, carried out the investigation.At the time of the incident, Rampersaud and aircraft technician Darcy Chambers were executing maintenance tasks to the Roraima Airways Britten Norman Trislander aircraft.It was reported that a fire erupted and Rampersaud, who was standing on the wing executing his duties, jumped to the ground upon seeing the fire. In the process, he injured his left heel and suffered burns to parts of his body. He was pulled to safety and rushed to the Woodlands Hospital in a car.Chief Occupational Safety and Health Officer (ag), Lydia Greene said the Ministry finds it necessary to call on the airport’s authorities to take the necessary steps to ensure that an efficient ambulance service is provided – on site – at the Eugene F Correia International Airport.She stated that during the investigations under focus, it was revealed that in the absence of an ambulance service, the injured employee had to be transported to a city hospital in a private car. In doing so, he was exposed to the possibility of further injury.“The Ministry is of the view that such a deficiency in the safety arrangements at the airport needs to be urgently addressed by the airport authorities.”Greene said that several short comings may have contributed to the accident and noted that the company is expected to take corrective actions immediately.“Valuable lessons are always learnt from each accident and it is anticipated that the experiences garnered from this one will serve as a template to prevent similar occurrences. The Social Protection Ministry bemoaned the fact that there are far too many employers who treat occupational safety and health with scant regard because they place more value on profit than on people,” she said, adding that there are employers who place a high premium on the wellbeing of their workers by investing substantially in occupational safety and health.She urged employers and employees to utilise the recently established hotline, 225-7008, to report all accidents and potential accidents urgently since, “safety is everybody’s business”.last_img read more


first_imgErrigal College students are celebrating after being placed second in National Final of Build A Bank 2013.A group of six Transition Year students attended the National Final in the RDS yesterday, competing against 24 other schools from around the country.The team was judged by the top executives from AIB head quarters in Dublin. The students received €1,500 euro one for all vouchers and the school landed itself with an interactive white board.This is the second time for Errigal college to be placed 2nd. Errigal college is participating in the build a bank for six years reaching the National final five years in a row!This is another massive achievement for the Business Department who has been very successful this year. Business teachers Danny Mc Fadden and Deirdre Logue are delighted with how the students performed on the day.“They were a credit to themselves and there family and the school,” said Danny. “Errigal college would like to acknowledge AIB branch in Letterkenny for all their support to our students in the build a bank, and in particular student officer Rosie Cassidy and Rachel Mc Namara.” ERRIGAL COLLEGE STUDENTS DELIGHTED AFTER TOP FINISH IN BUILD-A-BANK COMPETITION was last modified: April 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ERRIGAL COLLEGE STUDENTS DELIGHTED AFTER TOP FINISH IN BUILD-A-BANK COMPETITIONlast_img read more