Dr Paul Wright: Who is accountable?

first_imgThe ‘Diamond Mile’, the richest race in the history of horseracing in the English-speaking Caribbean, was completed at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The day saw 14 races being completed with record attendance, a record handle (money bet on the races), great dividends, and exciting finishes. Sponsors were there in their numbers; no money was spared in the preparation of the in-field for special guests; and a good time should have been had by all. Wrong. Whereas all the above is in fact true, the regulators had to have their now mandatory stab at “spoiling the party”. In the 10th race of the day, the betting favourite was horse number two, Silver Cloud. After being loaded into the starting gate, the horse squatted/fell in the gate, throwing the jockey head over heels (a poop-a-lick) backwards on to the surface. Luckily, the jockey was not hurt and quickly picked himself up and did some checks to make sure that he was all right. absolute shock To the absolute shock of racing fans, the horse was not removed from the gate for inspection by the veterinarian on duty at the gate. Our shock turned into dismay as the horse staggered out of the gate and trailed the field home, obviously feeling some effect of the fall. In every other racing jurisdiction where the safety of the participants (horse and rider) is the priority of paid individuals, that horse would have been examined out of the starting gate BEFORE the horse was allowed to start! But this is racing in Jamaica. who cares? If the horse is seriously injured and falls during the race, injuring the rider and possibly any of the other participants, oops, who won? Can this sport be allowed to continue like this? Apparently, YES. No one cares. No one is accountable. The day was an economic and sponsors success. So what? Divestment IS the only answer. However, with a somnolent Divestment Committee “waiting on Godot”, nothing even close to an announcement will come until a few days before the election, which has now been pushed back to “one day soon”. HELP! privileged positions The much-anticipated and longed-for meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board and the CARICOM subcommittee on cricket was held last Friday. After a three-hour meeting, the recommended dissolution of the board was not discussed as the reports out of the meeting suggest that the board has no intention of giving up its privileged positions. They have agreed to meet again on December 13, and, hopefully, the anxious West Indian fans will hear something from Mr Pybus and ‘President Dave’ about the recent revelation from reinstated coach Phil Simmons. Simmons had mentioned, before a failed attempt to silence him, that there was outside interference in the selection of the West Indies team. Fans of West Indies cricket (the “few” of us left) know that the only hope for the resurrection of cricket in the region rests solely on the removal of a group of men described by one of their own (Baldath Mahabir) as “unprofessional, tardy, or lax in many instances”. As our ancestors have taught us, “If fish come from river bottom and say that shark down there, believe him”. Administrators of sports worldwide will not give up their privileged position no matter what. FIFA continues trying to run football as the majority of that body’s executive is arrested on numerous charges. Sports can be saved. We the people have to insist on transparency and integrity of those who “volunteer” to run sports. We have to!last_img read more

Perpetual hires Frankie Lim as team consultant

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours INQUIRER sought Lim’s side, but he has yet to issue a statement as of posting.The Altas amassed a 4-14 record this past NCAA Season 93, with Prince Eze carrying much of the load in their campaign together with seniors Gab Dagangon, GJ Ylagan, and Keith Pido.Perpetual is set to begin its buildup for NCAA Season 94 early as it participates in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup in January.Lim last called the shots for Ginebra in the PBA in 2015 after a largely successful run in San Beda, where he won four titles from 2007 to 2011. He also briefly coached Stadium Jakarta in the NBL Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Amid celebration, SBP braces for lots of hard work ahead SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE) PLAY LIST 02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee00:50Trending 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 57-year-old Lim has recently been appointed as a team consultant for the Perpetual Altas.“He’s there in Perpetual now. He’s running the practices but he’s just a consultant,” the source said.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 folkJimwell Gican is still the team’s head coach, but the position has long been in dispute with Nosa Omorogbe also calling the shots for a handful of games last season.Another source who corroborated the report said that Lim is also trying to bring in a pair of assistant coaches. Frankie Lim. PBA IMAGESFrankie Lim is back in the collegiate scene.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Zuma’s removal was long overdue

first_imgDear Editor,The ruling African National Congress of Azania (still named South Africa), has finally removed Jacob Zuma as president. Zuma will be remembered as one of Africa’s most inept Heads of State. He will also be remembered for his shameful collusion with the imperial powers in the destruction of Libya and the brutal killing of one of Africa’s greatest leaders, Muammar Qaddafi.Like Thabo Mbeki before him, Zuma’s pursuit of neo-liberal economic policies has created a new class — a parasitic, bureaucratic bourgeoisie who work hand in hand with transnational and Boer capital to enrich themselves, their families and friends, all the while calling it “Black empowerment”. Truth be told, Azania has moved from apartheid to neo-apartheid. As the great revolutionary Pan-Africanist Kwame Ture pointed out, “Black visibility and Black faces in high places does not necessarily translate into Black Power”.Enter Cyril Ramaphosa, the new president, and one of the wealthiest men in Africa. Guyanese need to know that Ramophosa was a director of the Lonmin Mining Company and a senior member of the governing ANC when, in 2012, the South African Security Forces were given the order to shoot workers striking against Lonmin. In total, 34 workers were gunned down by Police.Referred to as the Marikana Massacre, this shocking act of State terrorism was eerily reminiscent of actions taken by the White Apartheid Regime of days gone by. A former leader of the National Union of Mineworkers, Ramaphosa, in an email between Lonmin management and government officials the day before the massacre, stated, “The terrible events that have unfolded cannot be described as a labour dispute. They are plainly dastardly criminal acts and must be characterised as such…there needs to be concomitant action to address this situation”.Ramaphosa was directly responsible for the company’s failure to abide by its commitment to build 5,500 houses for employees, instead completing only three dwellings. It was this and low wages that the striking workers were protesting.After more than two decades of ANC rule, the majority of Azanians are still without basic necessities, such as decent housing, electricity and healthcare, while the wealth of the country is plundered by foreign capital.The truth is that the ANC has betrayed its own Freedom Charter, and is quite content to manage a neo-colonial arrangement, facilitating EU and US control of African resources, not unlike the PNCR, who have betrayed the Sophia Declaration, and are also facilitating the plunder of Guyana’s resources in the name of “Black empowerment”.Like Organization for the Victory of the People (OVP) here in Guyana, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) under the leadership of former ANC youth leader Julius Malema are leading the charge when it comes to resisting neoliberalism and completing the national liberation struggle initiated by the African National Congress, Pan Africanist Congress, Azanian People’s Organization, and others.The EFF is now the third largest party in both houses of Parliament, having received 1,169,259 votes in the 2014 elections. Its members dress as miners and maids in parliament to reflect the people they represent. With more than half a million members and growing, they have relentlessly opposed Zuma’s corrupt leadership and the ANC’s neo-liberal agenda. Their battle cry is “economic justice in our lifetime”.EFF has just issued a statement vowing to oppose Ramaphosa, stating that he is every bit as corrupt as Zuma.In Azania, as in Guyana, Black faces in high places has not translated into liberation for Black people, who remain impoverished, exploited and marginalized despite the vast wealth of their countries. In both countries, the struggle for true independence, economic justice, human advancement and dignity in a genuinely multi-cultural society continues.God willing, our day will come.Sincerely,Gerald A PerreiraLeaderOrganisation for theVictory of the People(OVP)last_img read more

£48m-rated Chelsea and Man United target in favour of PL move amid exit talk

first_img1 Chelsea and Manchester United target Ivan Perisic has admitted he would prefer a move to the Premier League – if he leaves Inter Milan.Due to financial concerns, the Italian giants are expected to cash in on their prized asset in the summer, with the Croatia international attracting plenty of interest.Alongside the two English clubs, Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be keeping tabs on the midfielder.It has been suggested the French giants are ready to offer around £48m for Perisic, whose present contract with Inter runs until 2020.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the 28-year-old prefers a move to the Premier League, with Inter bracing themselves for further bids.Perisic made 41 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring 10 goals and providing 11 assists. Ivan Perisic: The 28-year-old made 41 appearances in all competitions this season last_img read more

GAA: DUNGLOE GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgAn Clochan Liath Club NotesBa iad 2, 7, 8 agus 21 na huimhireacha lotto a tarraingeadh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus agus nior baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €3,700 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Breda Boyle Diamond, Dungloe, Raymond Sweeney Cloughwally, Andrew Deish 7A Loughanure, Maggie Boyle Burtonport agus James Byrne Mass, Glenties.Bhain Bernie Sweeney as Bunbeg, Brid Molly as Tangavane agus Ann Marion Sweeney as Sheskinarone €100. ag an bhingo. The Minor board AGM was held on the 12th of November and the following officers were elected for 2013. Chairman Peter Ward, Secretary Marie Bonner, PRO Eamon McGee, Delegates to the southern board Paul Martin, Eugene McGarvey & Jimmy O’Donnell.Managers for the various teams were also selected U-18 – Tony Boyle, U-16 Eugene McGarvey, U-15 Og Sport – Eugene McGarvey, U-14 Marty Boyle & Peter Ward, U-13 Eoin Bonner & Eamon McGee, U-12 John Ward, Anthony Ward, Shaun McGonagle, U-10 Dessie Gallagher, U-8 Raymond Sweeney. Also mentioned at the night was the need to have additional help and volunteers for the ladies and hurling teams.A proposed information night to be held at a future date in order to attract some new volunteers and help in the future running of all these teams, more to follow on this. A fun day in the RCS gym starting at 10am is also scheduled for the 24th of November 2012 in aid of John Boyle’s cerebral palsy treatment fund. Finally the minor board presentation will take place on the 27th of December 2012 in the parochial hall at 8pm.The Club would like to sincerely thank Patrick and all at the Bayview Bar for a great fundraiser on Saturday night. A Big thank you to Thomas who contributed greatly to the proceedings and to the girls, Theresa and Emma and Éimear who provided their services on the night and last but not least to the brave volunteers Daniel, John, Hugh, Conor, Kevin, Ciaran, Donal, Patsy, Conor and James who made it such a successful night.  GAA: DUNGLOE GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: November 13th, 2012 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:GAA: DUNGLOE GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Crying foul over flier

first_imgPALMDALE – In a city that spreads more than 20 miles east and west, is it important that four of five elected officials live in the western half? It is to Mayor Jim Ledford, and it is to husband-and-wife mayoral and City Council candidates Desmond Kester and Marta Williamson-Kester, who are crying foul about the mayor’s political campaign mailer depicting them as West Palmdale residents. “It’s a lie,” said Desmond Kester, a Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office supervisor and second-time mayoral candidate who is the seventh-term mayor’s only opponent in Tuesday’s election. Containing a foldout map depicting residences of council members and candidates – captioned “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” – the mailer plays on a long-standing gripe among many east Palmdale residents that west Palmdale gets new stores and other amenities at their expense. “I guess I made a mistake,” he said. In any event, Williamson-Kester said, nobody considers west Palmdale to start at Sierra Highway. The dividing line is Division Street, where the street names change from East to West, or the nearby Antelope Valley Freeway. The home she has owned since 1977 “now may be more central than east side, but definitely not west side.” Ledford said Palmdale residents, before the freeway was built, considered the railroad tracks along Sierra Highway to be the dividing line between east and west. Williamson-Kester said she is also concerned about what she believes to be an organized campaign telephone operation telling voters incorrectly that she was endorsed by former Councilman Rick Norris. That brings her integrity into question, she said, because she has said in her campaign that she has asked no politicians for endorsements. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The mailer’s map shows the recently married couple at Williamson-Kester’s longtime home off 2nd Street East and Avenue Q, instead of Kester’s home near 20th East and Avenue S. The mayor’s mailer, which says, “East side Palmdale’s time has come,” is incorrectly depicting the only mayoral challenger as living west of Sierra Highway, Kester said. The mayor knows where he lives because he ran against him four years ago, Kester said. “In 2001, I kept saying I was east side,” Kester said. The mayor, whose home is off 37th Street East, said he assumed Kester moved in with his wife. last_img read more

Why you’ll never be short of finding a pint in this Donegal town!

first_imgOne Donegal town has one of the highest amount of pubs per person in Ireland.Research carried out by an Irish company shows that Lifford has the THIRD highest number of pubs per person in Ireland.The figures were given to the Sunday World newspaper by CEO of Reg Point Of Sale’s CEO Thomas Bibby. Bibby received a list of registered pubs in each Irish town from the Company Registration Office.He then compared them with specific population figures from the most recent Irish census.Below is the list of the top 10 Irish towns with the most pubs per person:Liscannor, ClareFeakle, ClareLifford, DonegalWaterville, KerryDoonbeg, ClareCastlegregory, KerryCong, MayoKnocktopher, KilkennyBallyvaughan, ClareSneem, Kerry Why you’ll never be short of finding a pint in this Donegal town! was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalpubslast_img read more

One ambulance for South West Donegal is ‘dangerous’ and ‘not acceptable’

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised the issue of the urgent need for a second ambulance to cover South West Donegal, covering the area from Inver Bridge to Glencolmcille, in addition to providing cover for the parish of Ardara.At present, just one ambulance covers the region and communities have raised concerns with delays in call outs.Deputy Gallagher says that cover ambulances have had to be despatched from either Letterkenny, Dungloe or even Ballyshannon to take patients from South West Donegal to hospital on a number of occasions. This has led to time delays of an hour or more in cases. “This is a vast geographical area, with many parts of these communities isolated and far removed from the nearest University Hospital, and as we are all aware, time for emergency call outs is critical and of the essence to safeguard patients recovery,” Deputy Gallagher said.“It is self-evident that there are inherent and clear dangers with the under servicing of Southwest Donegal, with only one ambulance crew covering southwest Donegal it is impossible to provide the service which is directed under the national guidelines for call out times, secondly there is no second call out team based within the locality,” he said.“The current ambulance crews are providing an excellent service; the issue here is the gross under funding of the service providing cover for this area, at present only one ambulance covers this entire area.”Deputy Gallagher said there are areas of serious concern without a second call-out team and called for government action on the issue. “Unfortunately the Government are not listening to the concerns of the general public or communities within southwest Donegal, previous political promises for a second ambulance have mounted to nothing.“It is not acceptable that such a reduced service level continues to be provided for south west Donegal, this matter requires immediate action by both the National Ambulance Service and the Government,” concluded Deputy Gallagher. One ambulance for South West Donegal is ‘dangerous’ and ‘not acceptable’ was last modified: August 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Microsoft, SA push ICT access

first_img6 October 2005Microsoft South Africa and the Universal Services Agency, an information and communications technology parastatal, and have announced a partnership to increase the number of South Africans with access to technology.The parties signed an agreement setting up the partnership at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday.As part of the agreement, Microsoft SA’s digital villages – or community technology learning centres – will over the next three years be taken into the government’s network of multi-purpose community centres.Microsoft SA currently runs 49 digital villages around the country, centres where community members can learn about computers and how to use them.The government, for its part, has set up more than 50 multi-purpose community centres across SA – one-stop shops offering a range of government products and services, as well as educational, technological and other resources.Microsoft has undertaken to provide free software, the sharing of its “unlimited potential” curriculum, as well as management and IT training for the new partnership.Microsoft and the Universal Services Agency will partner in training multi-purpose community centre managers in IT and small business management, including training in facilitating discussions with communities, fundraising, and running a small business in the South African landscape.Speaking at the signing, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said they hoped to reach over half a million people through the project.“Through these community-driven partnerships we hope to make a positive impact on South Africa’s ‘second economy’,” Ballmer said.“By working with NGOs and community leaders, we also anticipate assisting small businesses … to take advantage of information communications technology in their quest to succeed.”Ballmer said Microsoft remained convinced of the power of technology as a social and economic enabler, and believed it was key to the promotion of sustainable growth and development for South Africa.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

REAP AND RBDG grant funding meetings coming up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA, Rural Development will be holding three free Rural Business Development Grant and Rural Energy for America Program information sessions and application workshops in Reynoldsburg, Nelsonville, and Findlay.  The first hour will be for anyone interested in RBDG and the second hour will be on REAP.  You are invited to come and learn about the programs, receive information on the application processes, and ask questions.  Both programs have an upcoming deadline of May 2, 2016.Here is the information:WHEN:                     March 15th from 9:30 – 10:30 RBDG                                    March 15th from 10:45 – 11:45 REAPWHERE:                  Wayne National Forest Headquarters                                    13700 US Hwy 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764Conference Room                                   WHEN:                     March 17th from 9:30 – 10:30 RBDG                                    March 17th from 10:45 – 11:45 REAPWHERE:                  USDA, Rural Development                                    7868 County Road 140, Findlay, Ohio 45840Conference Room                     All are welcome.  Reservations are not required. If you have any questions or would like additional information, for REAP please call Christie Hooks at (614) 255-2397 or email at Christie.Hooks@oh.usda.gov; for RBDG please call Cindy Musshel at (614) 255-2427 or email at Cindy.Musshel@oh.usda.gov.last_img read more