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

Jagdeo unclear on legal status of SARA’s Deputy Director

first_img…Supports Bar Association’s criticisms of Heath-RetemyerOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said he is unclear whether he should refer to Aubrey Heath-Retemyer as the Deputy Director of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), because Heath-Retemyer may very well be “squatting on the job”; but he agrees with the criticisms levelled against Heath-Retemyer by the Guyana Bar Association (GBA).Guyana Bar Association President Kamal RamkarranJagdeo claims Heath-Retemyer was not properly elected or selected to his current position at SARA, and the new legislation was not followed when he was put in that position. As such, Jagdeo says, GBA has a right to criticise Heath-Retemyer for seeking to lecture the judiciary about its decisions.“He wants a particular decision. Now, I have big concerns about judicial sloth, but I’m not saying that you should give a favourable position to the PPP (People’s Progressive Party) or an unfavourable position,” Jagdeo declared.He said Heath-Retemyer is seeking to suggest that he is looking for specific outcomes.“Here you have an individual who is trying to tell the judiciary what kind of decisions they must make. And if they make an adverse one to the SARA in protecting people’s rights, they come in for criticism. So it is within that context I support the statement,” Jagdeo said.The Guyana Bar Association (GBA) recently condemned the SARA deputy director for saying that members of the Judiciary needed training so that the Agency’s work could get done. Heath-Retemyer had lamented an apparent resistance by judicial officers to access information from commercial banks, something which is key to the work of the anti-corruption agencies, including the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).SARA Deputy Director Aubrey Heath-RetemyerHowever, the Bar Council of the GBA, in a statement on Tuesday, bashed the Deputy Director of SARA, saying that his comments could be construed as a “threat” to members of the Judiciary, as well as an attempt to direct the work and functioning of the country’s legal system – something he should avoid.Apart from the situation being alarming and of grave concern, it was also against Article 122 (a) (1) of the Constitution, which states that the Judiciary exercises its functions independently and free from political, executive or any other form of direction and control.The GBA went on to contend that “any insinuation that the Judiciary is somehow lacking in knowledge is unjustified, without merit, and could dangerously shake the confidence of the public in the ability of the Judiciary”. The GBA said Guyana is a democracy where the law is applied by an independent and impartial Judiciary, whose function includes restraining unlawful excesses by the Executive.On Sunday last, former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall had also condemned the remarks made by Heath-Retemyer, and blamed the situation of banks being reluctant to act in supplying the information requested on the fact that several pieces of legislation are clashing.“Some [legislation] require the bank to maintain clients’ confidentiality, and therefore prohibit them from disclosing the information requested, while some require the bank to make the disclosures,” Nandlall had pointed out.He noted that the issue was brought to the attention of his successor, current Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, whom Nandlall said “is incapable of taking advice”.Meanwhile, Jagdeo said the information requested places an administrative burden on the bank, and raises the issue of privacy. “And those are the issues being contested now, and the courts will rule one way or the other. The court has to balance protecting individuals’ freedom, liberties, rights and the necessity of the Government to do its work. I don’t think it’s a deficiency in the law, it’s the individuals making the political statement,” he opined.The GBA has posited that there is no place for comments like those made by SARA’s Deputy Director, while adding his action should equally be condemned by the Government for not being its view of the Judiciary, and by the citizens of Guyana as being an unjustified attack by an agent of the Executive on the independence of the Judiciary, and done in violation of the principle of separation of powers.last_img read more

Update – Serious vehicle incident by Chetwynd

first_imgUpdate – As of 3pm, highway 97 is now open in both directions. The RCMP have not released any information about the incident.Expect delays if you’re traveling to Chetwynd today.The Ministry of Transportation is reporting a serious vehicle incident approximately 15km north of highway 29 on highway 97.- Advertisement -Since early Saturday morning, the road has been reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 30 minute delays because of the vehicle incident.At this time, there is no word on when the road will be re-open in both directions.The RCMP have not released any information about the accident. If you have any information, please email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comAdvertisementlast_img read more

Thiago, Paulinho steer Brazil into last 16

first_imgHaving opened his Russia 2018 account with the second of Brazil’s two late goals in Friday’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica, Neymar was again impressive.After the tearful emotion of Saint Petersburg, Neymar cut a more joyful figure after this win, blowing kisses to the crowd as the five-time champions celebrated.As Group E winners, Brazil will now face Mexico in Samara on Monday, with group runners-up Switzerland taking on Sweden in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.In the pre-match build-up Brazil coach Tite said Neymar alone can not “shoulder the responsibility” for his team’s World Cup hopes.However, the 26-year-old seemed content to carry Brazil’s attack, motoring through Serbia’s midfield and crashing an early shot just wide of the post.The match at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium began at a ferocious tempo and Brazil left-back Marcelo was an early casualty, limping off after ten minutes to be replaced by Filipe Luis.Neymar had the best chance of the opening half hour when he forced Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic to palm his shot away.Brazil fans celebrateTempers frayed when Serbia midfielder Adem Ljajic scythed down Neymar, in full flight on the left flank, to earn a booking on 33 minutes.Brazil conjured the opener from nothing when a beautifully lofted pass from Philippe Coutinho found Paulinho, who flicked the ball over Stojkovic’s reach on 36 minutes to make it 1-0 at the break.Serbia repeatedly struggled to contain Brazil’s fleet-footed attack.Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was the next Serbian midfielder to be booked when he fouled Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus on 48 minutes.Serbia’s brightest spell came with half an hour left, only to be let down by poor finishing.Ljajic stumbled to take a return pass after a charging run into Brazil’s box and then fired over shortly after.Then with his defence beaten, Brazil goalkeeper Alisson palmed a save straight at Aleksandar Mitrovic, but the Serbia forward could only head the ball back into the grateful arms of the Brazilian shotstopper.To cap Serbia’s frustrations, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic fired wide, then Mitrovic guided a powerful header straight at Alisson from a corner.However, Brazil made sure of the win when Neymar swung in a free-kick and his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Thiago crashed home his header, unmarked at the near post, on 68 minutes.With one eye on the last 16, Tite took off Countinho with ten minutes left while Neymar twice went close to scoring the Selecao’s third late on, but the Brazil coach can be happy with his star forward.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil’s midfielder Paulinho (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Brazil in Moscow, landing Brazil in the final 16 for the tournament© AFP Francisco LEONGMOSCOW, Russia, June 27 – Brazil eased into the World Cup knockout stages after defeating Serbia 2-0 here Wednesday, with superstar Neymar sparkling in a win which sets up a last 16 clash against Mexico.Paulinho put Brazil ahead with a superb dinked finish on 36 minutes before Neymar swung in a cross for Thiago Silva to header the Selecao’s second goal with 22 minutes left in Moscow.last_img read more