THE Jamaican Jockey Agents Association, led by President Donovan Wilson, has joined the jockeys, grooms and Jamaica Racehorse Trainers associations in dismissing claims of affiliation to either of the two bidders involved in Government’s divestment of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL).The agents, who solicit rides on behalf of jockeys – liaising with trainers – are recognised and licensed by the Jamaica Racing Commission.In a press release signed by Wilson, the agents association said it “endorses the position taken by the racehorse trainers association, the grooms’ association and the Jamaica Jockeys’ Association, as specified in their press release, regarding the neutrality of all associations in relation to the current bid for divestment”.”We also stand with them in their declared stance not to endorse or support any action that involves the sale of any asset or land owned by CTL,” the agents’ release stated.Over a week ago, the trainers, jockeys and grooms issued a joint press release, declaring their neutrality in the process while stating they were “totally against” any proposed sale involving any of Caymanas Park’s 196 acres on which the horse-racing plant operates in Portmore, St Catherine.SAFEGUARDING LIVELIHOODThe jockeys’ agents, in their release, further stated that Government should include a clause to guard against any long-term closure of the racetrack.”We implore that a clause be placed within the divestment negotiations that guarantee that, in the event that local racing ceases to be held at the CTL racetrack for a period of more than three months, that the lease of the property would be voided and the property revert to the control of the Jamaican government,” the release added.This clause, Wilson said, would safeguard his members’ livelihood.”My membership is involved in a very specific profession and they can only earn their living if local racing is functioning. This is similar to the other membership of the other unions, i.e. jockeys, racehorse trainers and grooms.”The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) is in receipt of bids from two entities expressing an interest in acquiring state-run horse-racing promoting company, CTL.The bids were received from Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited and Supreme Ventures Limited, following the bid opening exercise at DBJ, on Friday, September 18.Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited comprises a number of stakeholders at Caymanas Park, including noted horsemen and investors Michael Bernard, Richard Lake and trainer Richard Azan.The DBJ and Caymanas Track Limited Enterprise Team (CTLET) are overseeing the privatisation process on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Planning.It is anticipated that the evaluation will be completed this month, after which the preferred bidder will be recommended by CTLET to the Ministry of Finance and Planning and to Cabinet for approval.
Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders, UWI FC, will look to inch closer to the $1 million bonus set aside for the team topping the preliminary stage when they welcome champions Montego Bay United (MBU) today, at UWI Bowl starting at 3:30 p.m.The game is one of six scheduled in the penultimate stage prior to the Championship title play-offs later this month.UWI are on top in the 12-team league with 58 points, followed by Humble Lion (57), Tivoli Gardens (52), Montego Bay (52), Portmore (49) and Arnett Gardens (45) as the teams in the top six.With that scenario, UWI FC only have to avoid defeat for the first time this season to their opponents in order to stay in pole position entering the final preliminary games next Sunday.Coach of UWI FC, Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, says his team is hunting the $1-million bonus prize money and ultimately the championship title in their quest for the double this season.UPBEAT ABOUT WINNING”We are upbeat about winning the $1 million. The players are going for it. We have MoBay, a team that beat us twice already in Montego Bay, so they should be high on confidence,” Gayle told The Gleaner.UWI’s key players include captain Rochane Smith, goalkeeper Amal Knight, former Reggae Boy Keammar ‘Dada’ Daley, Kemar Flemmings and former national youth star Dawyne ‘Rick’ Smith.Meanwhile, although MoBay still have a mathematical chance of taking the bonus prize, chairman Orville Powell says the aim is to prepare for the bigger prize.”We are at that stage of the season, where we have to step up by winning against UWI. We are not going to UWI to win a $1 million. I figure we have lost that chance,” Powell said about his team’s slim chances of coming out on top in the race for the bonus prize.MBU will travel to town with top players such as national senior men’s team representatives, Dwayne Ambusley, Owayne Gordon, Jourdain Fletcher, Kevon Lambert, Dino Williams and Allan Ottey.In another game of high interest, Maverley-Hughenden who are battling for their Premier League life, will oppose Humble Lion.Humble Lion are in the running for the bonus prize while eleventh place Maverley-Hughenden need a positive result in the relegation battle.In two previous meetings, Humble Lion won 3-0 and 2-0 at their Effortville Community Centre home field.
Texas AirHogs’ Na Chuang (36), Song Yunqi (15), Yang Yanyong (1) and Yang Jin (29), all of China, stand for the playing of the Chinese national anthem before an American Association of Independent Professional Baseball game, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Grand Prairie, Texas. The small ballpark in Texas just a few miles from downtown Dallas is home this summer for the Chinese national baseball team under an unprecedented setup. The Chinese players are part of a revolving roster in a professional league, getting to play more games and against tougher competition to strengthen their team for future international competitions like the 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — The starting lineups are announced in English and Spanish at home games for the independent Texas AirHogs, and then the Chinese national anthem is played.For about 30 members of the Chinese national baseball team, the suburban ballpark adjacent to a horse track and only a few miles west of downtown Dallas has become their summer home and training ground in an unprecedented setup.ADVERTISEMENT Serena Williams to play 2 events in run-up to US Open Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew They are a revolving part of the roster for a professional team in the United States, playing more games and against tougher competition while working to improve their team for future international events such as the upcoming Asian Games and 2020 Olympics.“The system that they’ve created here, where we work out in the morning, we’ve got weight training, the pitchers have a system where we throw on, the coaches have kind of set up a system that’s really helped them to be able to make the adjustment to play more games,” Sun Jianzeng, a 26-year-old right-hander, said through a translator.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Chinese players, who professionally back home would play only 20-30 games a season, make up about two-thirds of the expanded roster for the American Association team now formally known as the AirHogs powered by Beijing Shougang Eagles. The players ranging in age from 18 to 29 rotate on and off the active roster to play 6-7 games a week in one of the low-minor leagues not affiliated with Major League Baseball.“It makes it workable, because we don’t want to wear these guys down,” said AirHogs manager John McLaren, a big league coach for three decades who has worked with Chinese teams since 2011. That changed when the Chinese Baseball Association made arrangement with the AirHogs, allowing them to focus on daily development.They are now together all of the time in a 12-team league that stretches more than 1,300 miles south to north through the middle of the United States — and into Canada with the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The closest stop is Cleburne, Texas, where 53-year-old former big league slugger Rafael Palmeiro is starring for the Railroaders.China’s only Olympic berth was in 2008, going 1-6 in group play after an automatic berth as the host nation. That was the last time baseball was part of the Summer Games until its 2020 return in Tokyo.The AirHogs are a league-worst 17-44 this season, but player-coach Na Chuang said the team has progressed faster than expected, increasing the confidence of the Chinese players who will leave with McLaren and some of their national coaches for the Asian Games in Indonesia before the end of the 100-game AirHogs season.Kevin Joseph, who pitched in the majors briefly with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2002, is part of McLaren’s staff as an assistant pitching coach and invaluable translator. He learned Mandarin Chinese while spending more than eight years teaching baseball to young people after a friend with connections to baseball officials in China invited him there.“The big need I think for China is they don’t play a lot of games. So for them to be able to come, and to learn the rhythm of a baseball lifestyle, play against better competition, has been a great experience,” Joseph said. “The players have really meshed well with the Chinese guys, they love them.”There are the inevitable hiccups because of communication issues and culture differences, including the style of play the Chinese players were used to, but Joseph said things have gone great overall.“It’s fun just to watch them interact with everybody, and themselves, and show up every day, kidding and joking,” said McLaren, sitting in the coaches office next to a narrow room cramped with lockers. “It’s a clubhouse. They’re a different culture, speak a different language, but the laugh in the clubhouse is the same.”Joseph said hitters have changed the way they swing the bat, being more aggressive and ready to hit against velocity beyond what they’d ever faced.For the pitchers, the emphasis has been on throwing more fastballs and fewer breaking balls. Hardy said the catchers have started to understand what the coaches are looking for from pitchers. 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 LATEST STORIES Players not on the active roster for games go through early workouts at AirHogs Stadium, 10 minutes from the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers. There are conditioning and weight training drills that are new to the Chinese players.“They’re trying to do something they’ve never done before, which is play this many games on a daily basis, and you throw into the fact that with the exception of maybe three or four pitchers, they’re physically and experienced-wise overmatched,” said Larry Hardy, a former Rangers pitching coach filling the same role for the AirHogs. “But they’re getting better.”McLaren, who had a short stint managing Seattle in 2007-08 and was Washington’s interim manager for three games in 2011, was on the Philadelphia Phillies staff the past two seasons.He also managed China at the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017. Over that time, there would be gaps of six or seven months when he wouldn’t even see the team, and players would barely play baseball. China has a 2-10 record in its four WBC appearances, getting outscored 102-18 in those games.“These guys, I don’t think they’d ever played twice in a week,” McLaren said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments “The level of play is a lot higher,” Jianzeng said. “You can make smallest mistakes, can be hurt here as a pitcher. … Because you’re playing so many games, you’re learning about yourself as a pitcher, and you’re getting a lot more experience.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced
Dear EditorAt the last statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council of Region Six, I rose to highlight that during the PPP’s 23 years in office, no regional councillor of the PPP was a regional contractor with the RDC in Region Six.Now we are seeing not only regional councillors being contractors, but numerous Government officials and party activists of the coalition Government being given contracts. This is replicated across the entire country, I deem this action as corruption of the highest level under the APNU/AFC coalition Government.While I was trying to establish that this Government is a corrupt regime, I was cautioned by the Regional Chairman to rephrase my statement by saying that there are numerous alleged acts of corruption by the Government — a statement that’s too decent for the description of this Government.Let us start with the first evidence of corruption: As we enter Berbice, there is the monument site at Palmyra. The minister says that no geo-technical survey was done, and as such, millions were spent and no answers were given as to who and when taxpayers would be refunded their monies, which will be of tremendous benefit to Guyana.Not so long ago, an investigation was launched into corruption at NCN Berbice Branch. This is also a massive cover-up of corruption by the coalition Government.The reflective marking of the Corentyne Highway was completed only in January 2018, and the painted lines have already faded. I was made to understand that the paint was purchased by MoPI, charging for high quality paints and purchasing the lowest quality at the same price.The recent work that is being executed by the Works Services Group of the MoPI is the worst I have seen for a very long time. The Republic Road (in New Amsterdam) and the East Bank Berbice public road are just a few examples of poor standard and quality. This ministry needs to be investigated now.NDIA is another agency that needs to be investigated. Millions are being spent to execute works in Region Six. Some works are being done, while some are not being done but contractors are being paid. Sometimes contractors are paid ten times the cost of the volume of work done.Sincerely,Zamal Hussain
Three government functionaries are expected to face public hearings about audit reports from the General Auditing Commission (GAC), the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Legislature has announced.Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Ministry of Finance have all been invited to appear before the Joint Legislative Committee to answer to questions about alleged financial malpractices at their respective institutions.According to a statement issued by the PAC, the hearings begin with the Ministry of Finance on May 21-26, 2014 on several different financial matters ranging from Fiscal Outturn in 2008, Consolidated Financial Statement 2010-2012 to the Ministry’s Duty Free Program from 2006-2009. PAC further that the Ministry will account for an alleged L$22 million missing check from government coffer while the Administration and Expenditure from 2005-2007 of the Ministry remains unaccounted for.Current and former ministers, deputies and assistants including comptrollers of the entities mentioned have all been requested to attend, the statement said.Relative to LPRC and LEC, the statement maintained that LPRC management needs to address itself to a debt statement of 2006-2008 involving MOTC and the company. LEC is also expected to explain financial transactions linking the entity to malpractices as indicated by the GAC. PAC has conducted hearings on several government entities including National Port Authority, Robert International Airport, Ministry of Gender and Development among others.Recommendations from previous hearings are expected to be validated by both plenary of the Legislature in order to be submitted to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for actions.The PAC received a budget support of US$500,000 from the World Bank to conduct public hearings on all audit reports submitted to that body by the GAC.Many financial experts now question the independence of the committee when majority of its members are either senior partisans affiliates of the ruling Unity Party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Region Six Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has called for the Communities Minister to immediately review the stipend that is being offered to Regional Councillors.The call was made on Thursday by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Councillor Sam Fraser who noted that Councillors in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) are no different to those in Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice)RDC Councilor Sam Fraserwhom he claimed requested an increase in their stipend.Currently, Regional Councillors are given a stipend of $10,000 on a monthly basis. The Region Ten RDC is seeking to have the stipend increased by 150 per cent.Councillor Charles Sampson, in a motion, proposed the $25,000 stipend. Sampson argued that Municipal Councillors of Linden are given a stipend of $15,000.While the Municipal Councillors only have the Municipality of Linden to oversee, the Regional Councillors of that Region have to oversee the entire region including the town.However, Fraser attempted to move a motion but it was not constituted and as such it was disallowed. Regional Chairman David Armogan took his submission as a recommendation to the RDC.According to Fraser, the Councillors are expected to attend several meetings and represent the residents of the region and are not compensated for it. “We have to travel to see the work and projects in the region and to meet with residents…”The request was supported by the RDC.Armogan noted that the call to the Minister is, by extension, also being made to the Cabinet. “We are calling on the Government to immediately look at the question of increasing the stipend for Councillors within the RDC of Region Six,” Armogan added.
– as GCCI launches 2nd business forumThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Tuesday officially launched its Business Development Forum in the hopes that businesses will be given a chance to build their capacity for Guyana’s upcoming economic boom while addressing gaps in marketing strategies.Gary Thompson, a member of the forum’s steering committee; GCCI Executives Richard Rambarran and Timothy Tucker, and Martin Massiah, another member of the steering committeeThe forum was first launched last year. This time around, the forum will be held from September 27 to 28 at Pegasus. According to GCCI Executive Timothy Tucker, the event is a partnership between the Chamber and a number of other organisations.These organisations include the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Ansa McAL Trading Guyana, Republic Bank, and the Ministry of Business. Among the speakers at the event are businessmen Rosh Khan and Vishnu Doerga; Rowen Willabus, and Nigel Deosaran, who will deal with Initial Public Offerings (IPO) (the act of putting company shares on the stock market).“The primary objective of this is to develop businesses. So you want to move businesses from small businesses and grow them, so they can be competitive on the international standard. We have several different large companies coming into the country and the chamber wants its members and the business community to move from where they are”.“Last year’s event covered the small, medium and micro businesses capacity to develop and get ready for export. This year, we decided rather than have it so wide and so many speakers, we have niched it to two categories: marketing and finance”.Gary Thompson, a member of the Forum’s steering committee, explained that businesses are prone to failure when there is a lack of understanding about marketing. Thompson noted that the forum would therefore address this.“If we are to look at agro processing, we would see that most of these players have brands that are ready for the market. But what we see lacking is a clear understanding of marketing and branding. So we have a number of speakers lined up that will be able to speak to these issues. One of the fundamental things in marketing is identifying market opportunities and means”.“What we see lacking is people get into business without a clear understanding as to who is your target audience, your market size, density and dispersion. So the speakers at this forum will disseminate information to the attendees. And of course, $255 is insignificant to the kind of information you’ll be getting from the speakers,” Thompson said.Last year’s Business Development Forum was also held at the Pegasus. The fee at that time was $20,000. The Forum was hosted in partnership with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Nations University, Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, Republic Bank Guyana Limited and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
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1 Sporting Lisbon star Islam Slimani Newcastle have had a £15m bid for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani rejected.The Magpies completed the loan signing of Seydou Doumbia earlier today but are desperate to add another forward to their squad and have made several offers for West Brom hitman Saido Berahino.Slimani is another man attracting Steve McClaren’s attention after scoring 16 times in 18 league games this season.However, according to France Football, Newcastle have had a £15m bid rejected by Sporting.The Portuguese club are in no mood to sell now and have told sides to wait until the summer.Everton and Leicester had been interested earlier on in the transfer window.
1 Manchester City target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Manchester City could lose out in the race to sign in-demand Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, with Inter Milan keen on signing the Borussia Dortmund striker should Mauro Icardi join Arsenal.The Italian club are wary of the Gunners’ interest in the Argentine hotshot, who scored 16 Serie A goals last term.Arsene Wenger has been linked with a £50million move for the 23-year-old, and Inter may find such an offer too hard to refuse.And now the Gazzetta dello Sport has suggested that Milan have already lined up a contingency plan should they lose Icardi to the north London club – and it could spell problems for Man City.New boss Pep Guardiola has been heavily linked with Dortmund ace Aubameyang, who hit 25 goals in just 31 Bundesliga appearances last season.But Inter will turn to the Gabon star should they lose Icardi before the transfer window shuts, and will have cash to splash on securing his signature.