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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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Spurs worry over Dawson after Fulham’s shock derby victory

first_imgTottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was left with a potential injury headache following Fulham’s shock 1-0 victory against his team at White Hart Lane.Spurs defender Michael Dawson will be assessed by England’s medical staff after picking up a hamstring strain during the game.Dawson was substituted at half-time and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted the player will probably miss the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.“Michael will be assessed by the England medical staff in communication with our own to find out if he can make it or not,” Villas-Boas confirmed.“It is something they will have to decide between them but he probably won’t [be available].“He felt his muscle going in the first half and if he’d have carried on he would have been at risk of a major injury.”See also:Spurs lacked organisation, AVB 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ohio State Fair attendance up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2019 Ohio State Fair concluded its 12-day run on Sunday, Aug. 4 with an estimated 934,925 attendees entering the gates between July 24 and August 4. This marks an increase of approximately 3 percent more visitors than 2018.“This year’s weather was absolutely beautiful, and hundreds of thousands of Ohioans turned out to celebrate our great state and experience all that the Fair has to offer. Some of the most popular aspects each year are the animals, education, food, art and rides,” said Virgil Strickler, General Manager. “We are so thankful for the many people who worked hard all year long to make this a great Fair.”The annual Ohio State Fair, held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, celebrates agriculture — the state’s largest industry — and is well-known across the country for traditions including the famed butter cow and calf, the unique eight-acre Natural Resources Park, and one of the largest youth livestock shows in the nation.last_img read more

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Air-to-Water Heat Pumps

first_imgMost air conditioners and heat pumps sold in the U.S. — including most split-system air conditioners and ductless minisplits — are air-to-air heat pumps. During the winter, these appliances extract heat from the outdoor air and deliver warm air to a house through ducts or small fan-coil units. During the summer, these appliances deliver cool air to a house and dump unwanted heat into the outdoor air.Another type of heat pump, an air-to-water heat pump, produces hot water (or chilled water). When used for air conditioning, an air-to-water heat pump is called a chiller. Almost all air conditioners cool an air stream by blowing air past a copper coil. In a conventional split system air conditioner — called a DX (or “direct expansion”) system — the fluid in the copper coil is a refrigerant. In a chiller-based system, however, the fluid in the copper coil is water (or in some cases, a solution of water and antifreeze).When used for space heating, an air-to-water heat pump fills the role usually held by a boiler; it requires a hydronic (water-based) distribution system. The heat pump makes hot water; the hot water can be pumped through fin-tube baseboard units, in-floor PEX tubing, or a fan-coil unit. (A system with such a fan-coil unit is called a hydro-air system.) The fan-coil unit can be a small wall-mounted unit that looks like the indoor unit of a ductless minisplit system, or it can be a large fan-coil unit connected to a conventional forced-air duct system. Hydronic systems have pluses and minuses The main reason that American homes usually use ducts to distribute heat is that most Americans require air conditioning. In climates where air conditioning isn’t required — for example, in northern Europe — space heating systems are usually hydronic… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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Bill Clinton To Travel To AsiaPacific Region

first_imgOn July 16-23, President Bill Clinton will travel to India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia to visit the work of the Clinton Foundation and deliver remarks at the 20th International AIDS Conference.The trip will highlight President Clinton’s longstanding commitment to the Asia/Pacific region, as well as the work of the Clinton Foundation on a number of issues that are critical to the region, including global health and improved access to medicines; climate change; and economic development.President Clinton has a long commitment to the Asia/Pacific region. As President, he helped enhance global economic growth by responding quickly to the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997, and promoted economic development by elevating the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to a head-of-state event. President Clinton also encouraged inclusive, democratic governance across the region, and worked to promote peace and defuse conflict.Since leaving office, President Clinton has focused on the Asia/Pacific region – working to improve access to life saving medication through the Clinton Health Access Initiative; supporting commitments to global philanthropy through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI); and addressing the causes of climate change through the Clinton Climate Initiative. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, President Clinton was named U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Along with President George H.W. Bush, he headed an international effort to help countries devastated by the disaster recover, rebuild, and enjoy stronger economic opportunities. President Clinton traveled to the Asia-Pacific region fourteen times – eleven as President, and three times as U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.last_img read more

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Rising prescription drug prices in focus at Rices Baker Institute June 8

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Rising prescription drug prices in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute June 8 HOUSTON – (May 31, 2018) – Health economist Vivian Ho will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy June 8 on the rise of prescription drug prices and describe policy options to control increases being recommended by policymakers, researchers and clinicians.The event is hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences. The presentation is open to the public; the cost is $50 and must be paid upon registration.Who:               Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and director of the Center for Health and Biosciences, professor of economics at Rice and professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.What:             A presentation titled “Can Public Policy Control Rising Drug Prices?”When:            Friday, June 8, noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.Prescription drug expenditures are projected to reach $360.2 billion this year. Per capita spending on these drugs rose 5 percent in 2015 and 3.5 percent in 2016. The public was outraged by stories of Martin Shkreli raising the price of Daraprim by 5,000 percent and Mylan raising the price of a pair of EpiPens by 400 percent, according to event organizers. Meanwhile, the cost of the most novel anticancer drugs has risen by 400 percent over the past 10 years, and the cost of new drugs that can cure hepatitis C is tens of thousands of dollars. Ho’s presentation will explore questions about whether the prices of prescription drugs will continue to rise at extraordinary rates, whether a handful of blockbuster drugs are to blame and whether all patients will be forced to pay rapidly rising prices.The public must RSVP for the event at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1945. A live webcast will be available at the event webpage.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Image for download:http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/05/Ho-event-1ylr9tk.jpgImage courtesy of Rice University/123rf.com.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Center for Health and Biosciences via Twitter @BakerCHB.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. last_img read more