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Dr Paul Wright: Swift decision needed to fix horse racing industry

first_img NEGOTIATIONS Last week, the best kept secret in horse racing in Jamaica was officially exposed. There was a statement from the Government that Supreme Ventures was now the preferred bidder in the much ballyhooed divestment of Caymanas Park, the only racetrack in the island. Although everybody at the track knew that Supreme Ventures had won months before, the comments from the vice president of the trainers’ association and the president of the Jamaica Racehorse Owners Association (JROA) reflected sentiments at the track that racing NEEDED divestment. Some of the older (and wiser?) fans and punters at the track were very wary of the announcement, however, as they remembered that there were two previous ‘preferred bidders’ in the planned divestment of racing out of the hands of Government and into the hands of private individuals (or companies) with the knowledge and the money that is so vital in the successful promotion of racing, as the Danny Melville-led Board showed some year s ago. Both bids came to nought. So after the collective sigh of relief from the representatives of the stakeholders in racing, came the return to reality by statements from Paul Hoo, a representative of Supreme Ventures and from lawyers representing the present champion jockey at the track, Shane Ellis. First, Mr Hoo reminded all of us in racing that the title ‘preferred bidder’ only means that negotiations for the divestment will now begin in earnest and the lawyers for Mr Ellis obtained an injunction in the courts that restrained the planned divestment until the promoting company, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), settled a lawsuit brought by Mr Ellis against the CEO of the track, who made comments (deemed derogatory by Mr Ellis and his lawyers). Those comments were made after Mr Ellis fell from a horse during a race some years ago. So for at least the next 9-12 months the status quo at the track remains – no Board in place and management that has become decidedly worse after the ‘preferred bidder’ official statement. For example, ‘technical difficulties’ is now the official response to queries about race day incidents that reek of incompetence. Last Saturday, a race was held up for at least 15 minutes because of ‘technical difficulties’ at the starting gate. It turned out that the gates “malfunctioned” because of a “lack of power”. This was quickly remedied by the frantic call for an electrician – obviously transported in a van racing from the starting gate to the grandstand area over and over again – to correct a problem that scheduled and regular maintenance checks could have prevented. The first race, on more than one occasion, has been delayed by “technical difficulties” when investigations revealed that a crucial member of the management team was “late” coming to work. Betting terminals at Off Track betting stations are turned on up to one hour late on race days because of “technical difficulties”, which on investigation revealed that crucial operatives “came to work late”. Horses are withdrawn from races because of lameness or illness the day before racing are not declared as late non-starters until a few minutes before the scheduled start of the race, playing havoc with the important exotic wagers of punters whose selection is now transferred to the ‘on time favourite’, which in some case have very little or no chance of winning and therefore depriving the knowledgeable punter from choosing another horse with a more realistic winning chance. I could go on and on. Racing cannot continue like this. The Chinese ambassador has praised the present Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, for his penchant for making “quick decisions”. Racing people are now calling for a swift decision by his Government to try to correct the present promotion of racing. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIESlast_img read more

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Seniors get sheriff’s scholarships

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“C- and B-students don’t always have the opportunities students with a 4.0 have for college scholarships,” station Cpt. Michael Rothans said. “I hope this builds their confidence. We just want to help. By helping them, they in turn will help the community.” This is the first time the station has provided the scholarship. Rothans said he organized a fundraising barbecue to raise the money after he was promoted to captain this year. The station split a $1,000 scholarship between two Pioneer High School seniors – Carrillo and Nicholas Moran. El Rancho High School senior Edgar Garcia was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The winners all excelled in community service, said Rothans. Carrillo volunteered at a women’s health clinic, at juvenile halls and with a county probation officer. She hopes to be a probation officer when she graduates from California State University, Los Angeles. “I feel like there are kids who can’t communicate with their parents. I want to be that person,” Susie Carillo said. “I never go out, never had detention. I’m the total opposite of what they are, but I still want to help.” Edgar Garcia wants to go to Rio Hondo Community College and major in criminal justice. In a qualifying essay for the scholarship, he wrote that he works at Sears to help his family pay bills. He doesn’t make enough to pay for college, he wrote. “A decent education is what my parents always dreamed I had, considering that my parents didn’t even finish elementary,” he wrote in the essay. Moran also needs the scholarship, his mother Jackie Moran said. “Nicholas knew it was going to be really hard for us to afford college. We lost our home two years ago, and he’s been living between my parents and grandparents,” she said. Moran has volunteered at White Memorial Medical Center and done two ride-alongs with sheriff’s deputies as they patrolled the city. He plans to attend Cal State Los Angeles and go into law enforcement or business. Besides keeping a tight leash on her son, Jackie Moran said he learned right from wrong the hard way. When he was 7 years old, he saw his 5-year-old friend gunned down by drive-by shooters outside his house. His friend got into a car with his father to go home after an afternoon of playing together, when a man driving by fired into their car, Jakie Moran said. “The car came around the corner and shot indiscriminately,” she said. The boy was killed and the father was shot in the leg. “After that, Nicholas was scared to go outside. He became very withdrawn. That was his first experience with bad guys.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Susie Carrillo, a Pioneer High School senior, wants to help other teenagers who are not as lucky as her. Sheriff’s deputies want to help her. She and two other high school seniors received scholarships this week donated by sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. The scholarship winners are not straight-A students or sports stand-outs. They have all helped the community in some way and demonstrated a financial need. last_img read more

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Giants remain 0-for-September, lose sixth straight

first_imgMILWAUKEE–If the season played out as the Giants front office expected, Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria would be the leaders of a revitalized offense, Buster Posey would still be catching and Derek Holland would be finishing up a nice year as a long reliever.Expectations called for the Giants to contend in September, but instead the club is 0-6 in its final month and a season-worst six games under .500 after dropping a 4-2 series opener to the Brewers.Little went according to plan for the …last_img read more

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Lotus Glass Repels Water, Dirt, Bacteria

first_imgImagine never having to wash your windows again.  That would be a huge boon not only for window washers on skyscrapers, but for astronauts on the space shuttle or space station.  It may become a reality, thanks to the lotus plant.    Science Daily reported on work by a company in Atlanta that has developed a transparent coating for glass that renders it impervious to dirt and water.  The secret: imitating the surface of a lotus leaf, which “contains innumerable tiny spikes that greatly reduce the area on which water and dirt can attach.”  NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is taking a keen interest in this technology, because it can “prevent dirt from accumulating on the surfaces of spacesuits, scientific instruments, robotic rovers, solar array panels and other hardware used to gather scientific data or carry out exploratory activities on other objects in the solar system.”  The latest work seeks to manufacture the material such that it can withstand the harsh space environment.    For us earthlings, the applications of lotus-leaf surface coatings to everyday objects – eyeglasses, windshields, camera lenses and windows – promises a low-maintenance, clear view through the looking glass.  And there’s an extra benefit.  The material also repels bacteria.  Think of how hospitals could stay more hygienic with lotus-like surfaces on walls, windows and equipment.    For previous stories on the properties of the lotus leaf, see 10/17/2006, 01/18/2005 and 10/27/2004.This all began when someone looked at lotus leaves in the rain and noticed how the water beads up and runs off, leaving a clean surface.  Look around at nature and notice what other technologies have already been designed and could be applied to human needs. (You may want to get an early start if you manufacture windshield wipers.)  There’s a bright future in biomimetics, no thanks to Darwin. (Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Dehydration

first_imgDefinitionDehydration occurs when your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should.Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe, based on how much of your bodys fluid is lost or not replaced. Severe dehydration is a life-threatening emergency.CausesYou can become dehydrated if you lose too much fluid, dont drink enough water or fluids, or both.Your body may lose a lot of fluid from:Sweating too much, for example, from exercising in hot weatherFeverVomiting or diarrheaUrinating too much (uncontrolled diabetes or some medications, like diuretics, can cause you to urinate a lot)You might not drink enough fluids because:You dont feel like eating or drinking because you are sickYou are nauseatedYou have a sore throat or mouth soresOlder adults and people with certain diseases, such as diabetes, are also at higher risk for dehydration.SymptomsSigns of mild to moderate dehydration:ThirstDry or sticky mouthNot urinating muchDarker yellow urineDry, cool skinHeadacheMuscle crampsSigns of severe dehydration:Not urinating, or very dark yellow or amber-colored urineDry, shriveled skinIrritability or confusionDizziness or lightheadednessRapid heartbeatBreathing rapidlySunken eyesListlessnessShock (lack of blood flow through the body)Unconsciousness or deliriumExams and TestsYour health care provider will look for these signs of dehydration:Low blood pressureBlood pressure that drops when you stand up after lying downWhite finger tips that dont return to a pink color after your doctor presses the fingertipSkin that is not as elastic as normal. When your health care provider pinches it into a fold, it may slowly sag back into place. Normally, skin springs back right away.Rapid heart rateYour doctor may do lab tests:advertisementBlood tests to check kidney functionUrine tests to see what may be causing dehydrationOther tests to see what may be causing dehydration (blood sugar test for diabetes)TreatmentTo treat dehydration:Try sipping water or sucking on ice cubes.Try drinking water or sports drinks that contain electrolytes.Do not take salt tablets. They can cause a serious complication.Learn what to eat if you have diarrhea.For more severe dehydration or heat emergency, you may need to stay in a hospital and receive fluid through a vein (IV). Your health care provider will also treat the cause of the dehydration.Dehydration caused by a stomach virus should get better on its own after a few days.Outlook (Prognosis)If you notice signs of dehydration and treat it quickly, you should recover completely.Possible ComplicationsIf untreated, severe dehydration may cause:DeathPermanent brain damageSeizuresWhen to Contact a Medical ProfessionalYou should call 911 if:The person loses consciousness at any time.There is any other change in the persons alertness (for example, confusion or seizures).The person has a fever over 102 F.You notice symptoms of heatstroke (like rapid pulse or rapid breathing).The persons condition does not improve or gets worse despite treatment.PreventionDrink plenty of fluids every day, even when you are well. Drink more when the weather is hot or you are exercising.If anyone in your family is ill, pay attention to how much they are able to drink. Pay close attention to children and older adults.Anyone with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea should drink plenty of fluids. DO NOT wait for signs of dehydration.If you think you or someone in your family may become dehydrated, call your health care provider. Do this before the person becomes dehydrated.ReferencesChen L. Infectious diarrheal diseases and dehydration. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 171.Greenbaum LA. Deficit therapy. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 54.Santillanes G. Claudius I. Rehydration Techniques in Infants and Children. In: Roberts: Roberts and Hedges Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2013:chap 19.Review Date:8/22/2013Reviewed By:Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more