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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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Breaking: Frank McBrearty on verge of quitting Fine Gael

first_imgNewly elected Fine Gael county councillor Frank McBrearty is on the verge of quitting the party, according to sources close to the Raphoe man.McBrearty was elected to the Stranorlar Municipal District Authority just three days ago.The 50-year old is blaming internal pressure and claims he is being ‘bullied’ by other members of the party. He has told sources that he is seriously considering quitting the party.The source told Donegal Daily that McBrearty is also considering co-opting his wife onto the council.McBrearty was an Independent councillor but stood for Fine Gael in the latest election.The source said “Frank wanted to come in and work hard for his community and for Fine Gael. But he claims that certain sections of the party are doing their damndest to work against him. “He claims there is a personal campaign to force him out of the party and he said he simply cannot work with Fine Gael under these conditions.“He wants to quit and will make his decision shortly. He just doesn’t want to work with people who are working against him.”Breaking: Frank McBrearty on verge of quitting Fine Gael was last modified: June 1st, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Fine GaelFrank McBreartyquitlast_img read more

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Tribble wins Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls Title

first_imgCODY, Wyoming >> Garrett Tribble made the most of his first trip to the Cody Stampede. Tribble, from Bristow, Okla., is the newly crowned Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls Champion after riding Summit Pro Rodeo’s bull named Smokin’ Dragon for 85 points.That eight-second effort netted Tribble $5,414, which could be crucial money for him as he tries to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He is currently 11th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings.Tribble was …last_img read more

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How Did Blue Stars Get So Close to a Black Hole?

first_imgEvery solution breeds new problems, Murphy’s Law suggests.  Astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope feel that pain.  While finding confirming evidence for a supermassive black hole at the center of the Andromeda Galaxy M31, they are perplexed to see a disk of hot blue stars orbiting it too close for comfort.  Estimated to be 200 million years old, the 400+ stars are in a tight orbit a light-year across and careening around the black hole at 2.2 million mph.    Blue stars are thought to be short-lived and could not have formed so close to the black hole; the extreme tidal forces there should tear the matter apart and prevent collapse into stars.  “Gas that might form stars must spin around the black hole so quickly that star formation looks almost impossible,” said one astronomer, “But the stars are there.”  They said this is like watching a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat.  “You know it happened but you don’t know how it happened.”  Since even younger stars have been found orbiting the presumed black hole at the center of the Milky Way, maybe this “odd activity” is the norm.Puzzles are good for scientists, and better observations are welcomed like rain in a desert, but scientists also need to learn to think outside the box.  One question never asked is whether these stars really are 200 million years old.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_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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Shahid Afridi reveals he preferred limited-overs cricket over Tests

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said he preferred limited-overs cricket over the Test format. Afridi is known for his fiery batting style ever since his 37-ball century in one day internationals in 1996.Afridi was new to international cricket, just two days old to be precise, when he took Sri Lanka’s bowlers for cleaners in his first ODI innings to smash the then fastest ever hundred in the ODIs during a KCA Centenary Tournament match in Nairobi on October 4.Back then, only two formats were played — Tests and ODIs.Two years later, Afridi made his Test debut and went on to play 27 matches in the traditional format. He played his last Test in 2010 before retiring from the format to prolong his limited-overs cricket.Read – Shahid Afridi in trouble for keeping chained lion at homeAfridi finished Test cricket with 1716 runs from 48 innings scoring five centuries and eight fifties at an average of 36.51. In fact, his Test average was far more superior to his ODI and Twenty20 Internationals averages of 23.57 and 17.92 respectively.Afridi played 398 ODIs scoring 8064 runs and bagging 395 wickets.Afridi was undoubtedly one of the biggest entertainers both with bat and ball and that quality earned him the nickname of “Boom Boom” Afridi and a legion of fans across the world.”For me in today’s times, Test cricket, no way. I loved playing One-Dayers. I feel if you don’t enjoy something then you are forcibly trying to do it and I never liked being forced into anything,” the 38-year-old was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.advertisementEven after his retirement from international cricket, Afridi remains one of the most sought after players in T20 leagues across the world.”With T20s and T10s our careers too have stretched. Lesser the overs ina format, our careers will carry on for longer time,” he said.Afridi will next be seen in action in the second edition of the T10 Cricket League from November 23. The star all-rounder is the batting coach and icon player for the Pakhtoons.last_img read more