Newly crowned champion trainer Wayne DaCosta continued his dominance of the major trophy races in recent months when POKER STAR won the St Catherine Cup open allowance feature over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday to confirm his status as the country’s top sprinter.Installed a 4-5 favourite, with Robert Halledeen aboard, POKER STAR, coming from the number-one post position under topweight of 57.0kg, chased the fleet-footed BUZZ NIGHTMARE in the backstretch before getting the inside run and the lead when ‘BUZZ’ drifted out entering the straight.Under a bustling ride from Halledeen, the four-year-old bay gelding by Liquidity out of Buyabook kept on strongly in front to stave off the ever-present CAMPESINO (7-5) under new champion Shane Ellis on the inside by a length, covering the distance in the good time of 1:05.2 behind splits of 22.4 and 45.1 on a slow surface.Owned by Alexander Haber and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited, POKER STAR, according to DaCosta, has come on a ton after disappointing over longer distances during the 2015 classic campaign but really wanted to sprint.”This is a horse who won twice over 1300 metres in 1:17.2, and having won the Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint championship behind a fast time in his previous race on November 14, knew he was ready for all comers in the sprint department … . His next race could be in February, and we will take it from there,” said the 15-time champion trainer, who saddled three winners on the 10-race programme.The others were 3-5 favourite CRUISING MOTION (Halledeen up) in the second race for maiden three-year-olds, and BIG GEORGE, a 1-5 favourite in the very next race over 1200 metres, with former champion Omar Walker aboard.Walker, who also won the opening race for high claimers aboard 9-5 favourite ITALIANO for trainer Neive Graham to complete a double, shared the riding honours with Halledeen on a day when POKER STAR was one of five winning favourites. The lightly raced MEDICAL INSTINCT at 20-1 in the sixth race for maiden five-year-olds and up provided the day’s major upset.
The Arab Republic of Egypt has reconfirmed her bilateral relations with Liberia, and has vowed to increase support to Liberia, most especially the security sector.Egypt’s Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs, Amb. Mohamed Edrees, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday in their UN Drive office that President Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi of Egypt has expressed commitment to remain a ‘true partner’ with Liberia, a partnership that started in 1957.Amb. Edrees announced that most of Egypt’s support is capacity building, and that at least 900 security officers and civilians could benefit.He stated that the Medical Department of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) will undertake a specialized and improved medical training in Cairo, Egypt, in February 2017, and would be followed by technical training for Liberia National Police (LNP) officers, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), and other security agencies.The Egyptian Special Envoy said there would also be “civilian training in several areas, including agriculture, energy, water management, judiciary and scholarships for Liberians to earn Master’s and PhD degrees.”Amid Liberia’s transitional period marked by the 2017 presidential and general elections, Amb. Edrees said Egypt would provide the necessary support based on their assessment of the situation.He mentioned that Egypt and Liberia, last Friday, signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs). He signed on behalf of the Egyptian Government, while Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara signed for Liberia.Meanwhile, Atty. George K. Saah, Director of Media Relations in the office of Vice President Joseph Boakai, said the Egyptian Envoy, accompanied by Egyptian Ambassador to Liberia Alaa Issa, met V.P. Boakai on Capitol Hill and discussed a wide range of issues pertinent to the longstanding ties subsisting between the two countries.Atty. Saah said the Egyptian Envoy described his visit as “a mission of solidarity” aimed at consolidating the friendship between the two nations. In his welcome remarks to Ambassador Edrees, the Vice President said Egypt has been involved in Liberia’s health, agriculture and other areas of national development, and Liberia is proud of the bilateral relations between the two countries.Vice President Boakai briefed the Egyptian Envoy on the gains that the nation has made under this administration and pointed out that Liberia is headed for a historic democratic transition in 2017 and would require the input of all its friends to ensure a smooth transition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
When it came to power in 2015, the coalition Government reached a Consolidated Fund that had an overdraft of less than $50 billion. Three years later, that number has more than doubled, with the Auditor General Deodat Sharma, red flagging the state of the fund in the office’s 2017 report.According to the AG report, the Consolidated Fund had an overdraft of $89.9 billion as of December 31, 2017. In addition, the cash book had an overdraft of $109 billion and a difference of $19 billion.This, the report states, is because of a deposit of over $2 billion and debit advances of $1.6 billion that were not debited to the cash book; deposits of $5.3 billion not credited to the bank account and unpresented cheques of $23.5 billion.The AG noted that at the end of 2016, the overdraft state of the Consolidated Fund was $67.5 billion. Thus, 2017’s figures are a 33 per cent increase of $22.3 billion. And when one considers 2015’s figures, the overdraft has increased by $47.2 billion over the course of a few years.Finance Minister, Winston JordanIn its response to the AG’s findings, the Finance Ministry noted that Section 60 of the Financial Management and Accountability (FMA) Act 2003 allows for the Finance Minister to overdraw the Consolidated Fund.Quoting Section 60 (1) of the FMA Act, the Ministry noted that “The Minister may approve the use of advances in the form of an overdraft on an official bank account to meet cash shortfalls during the execution of the annual budget.”Conspicuously, however, the Ministry stops short of reading the next paragraph, which states “The Minister shall repay in full all advances in the form of an overdraft on an official bank account on or before the end of the fiscal year during which that overdraft was drawn.”In addition, the Ministry explained that the fluctuation in payments sometimes forces the Government to use the overdraft of the Consolidated Fund. It noted that use of overdraft by accounting officers in Ministries, departments and regions is prohibited.Article 216 of the Constitution of Guyana states, “All revenues or other (sums of) money raised or received by Guyana (not being revenues or other sums of money payable by or under an Act of Parliament into some other fund established for any specific purpose; or that may, by or under such an Act, be retained by the authority that received them for the purpose of defraying the expenses of that authority) shall be paid into and from one Consolidated Fund.”Article 217 stipulates that money cannot be withdrawn from the Consolidated Fund except: “(a) to meet expenditure that is charged upon the fund by this Constitution or by any Act of Parliament; or (b) where the issue of those (sums of) money has been authorised by an Appropriation Act; or (c) where the issue of those (sums of) money has been authorised under Article 219.”Despite this regime of stipulations, however, Government has been red flagged by the Auditor General’s office time and time again for not using the Consolidated Fund in the rightful manner.Auditor General Deodat Sharma had declared in his 2015 Audit Report that Government had kept more than $500 million, rather than deposit same into the Consolidated Fund. That report had spoken of the millions of dollars used on the D’Urban Park construction, Mashramani celebrations, and $51.5 million being spent on ‘music’.Financial experts have called on tougher laws to be implemented when it comes to using the Consolidated Fund, given its important purpose and history of abuse. read more
This year, event organizers have added a 10 km running event, to the 5 km run/walk event, for those who want a longer run. The 10 km run is a chip timed event, which means that participants will receive an official time for their run. Organizer Julie Ziebart, is optimistic that the addition of the 10 km distance will encourage more people to turn out on Sunday.The Mother’s Day Run and Walk will start at the Surerus Fields at 86th Street and 101 Avenue, with registration opening at 8 a.m., on Sunday, May 11th. The race itself will begin with a jazzercise warm-up conducted by April Stewart, at 9:30 a.m., when registration closes. The 10 km run begins at 9:45 a.m, and the 5 km run at 10 a.m, with an additional fun event for children, a free 1 km Kids’ Sprint, starting at 11:15 a.m. A Rotary-sponsored pancake breakfast will follow the prize presentations at 11:30 a.m.Ziebart says they are hoping to see 500 people register for the event this year. The number of participants has been increasing every year, with 450 turning out in 2013, despite the rainy weather. The forecast for Sunday is supposed to be warm with a high near 12 degrees, which she hopes will help the turn-out. Already, over 230 people have registered.- Advertisement -Entry fees are $15 for the 5 km event, if you register by Thursday at midnight, $20 for the 10 km event. After midnight on Thursday, the cost will increase by $5 per event. Two dollars from each entry fee wil go towards the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.Anyone interested in taking part in the event, can register online, on the Stride and Glide website www.strideandglide.ca and follow the links under Events. Online registration is open until midnight on Thursday, May 8th, and in-person registrations are being taken until 9:30 on Sunday morning. In-person registrations are being taken at the MNP office on 102nd Street, and during package pick-up at Ernie’s Sports Experts in the Totem Mall on Saturday, May 10th from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. The first 350 registrants will receive a bag from Ernie’s, containing gift certificates and other assorted goodies. read more
…although announcing 3rd discoveryBritish-owned Tullow Oil has made its third oil discovery offshore Guyana but despite finding high-quality crude this time, the company has decided against commercialising the oil.Tullow Chief Operating Officer Mark MacFarlaneIn a statement on Thursday, Tullow explained that its latest find at the Carapa-1 well on the Repsol-operated Kanuku licence was approximately four metres of net oil pay based on preliminary interpretation, which is below pre-drill estimates.According to the British-owned oil company, the Valaris EXL II jack-up rig drilled the Carapa-1 well to a total depth of 3290 metres in 68 metres of water. It added that “…the well will now be plugged and abandoned”.Nevertheless, Tullow noted that this find has extended the prolific Cretaceous oil play into the group’s Guyana acreage. The company pointed out that preliminary results of drilling, wireline logging, pressure testing and sampling of reservoir fluid indicate the discovery of oil in Upper Cretaceous age sandstone reservoirs.In fact, it added that rig site testing has indicated that the oil is 27 degrees API with a sulphur content of less than one per cent. Detailed laboratory analysis of the oil quality will follow in due course.“The Carapa oil discovery suggests the extension of the Cretaceous oil play from the Stabroek licence southwards into the Kanuku licence. While net pay is lower than pre-drill forecasts, the 27-degree API oil supports the significant potential of the Cretaceous play on both the Kanuku and adjacent Orinduik licences,” it noted.According to Tullow Chief Operating Officer Mark MacFarlane, the Carapa-1 result is an important exploration outcome with positive implications for both the Kanuku and Orinduik blocks.He added “…While net pay and reservoir development at this location are below our pre-drill estimates, we are encouraged to find good quality oil which proves the extension of the prolific Cretaceous play into our acreage. We will now integrate the results of the three exploration wells drilled in these adjacent licences into our Guyana and Suriname geological and geophysical models before deciding the future work programme”.Repsol is the operator of the Kanuku Block with a 37.5 per cent stake. Tullow Guyana BV also holds an equal 37.5 per cent stake while Total E&P Guyana BV has the remaining 25 per cent.This is Tullow’s third oil find offshore Guyana. However, in November, the company revealed that samples from both discoveries at the Jethro-1 well in August and Joe-1 well in September in the Orinduik Block showed heavy crudes with high sulphur content – a variety of oil that is less economically viable than the light, sweet crudes found by United States oil giant ExxonMobil right offshore Guyana in the neighbouring Stabroek Block.Despite this, however, it was reported in November that the British-owned oil company will continue drillings this year with hopes of finding better quality crude.Tullow holds a 60 per cent stake in the Orinduik Block, while Total E&P Guyana BV has 25 per cent and the remaining 15 per cent being held by Eco (Atlantic) Guyana Inc.Head of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe, had indicated at the time that such discovery is not unusual circumstances.“Most of the finds that are often announced, are announced based on a single well that is drilled. After that, the companies go back in to do appraisal drills. That appraisal drill may then help them to find additional types of fuel. So you can have in the first field, heavy fuel and later on, you can find lighter fuel. It’s not homogenous,” the Energy Director noted.However, when Tullow had announced its first discovery of oil in commercial quantities, the companies’ shares had jumped by over 19 per cent on the London Stock Exchange. But its November announcement of the low quality and unprofitable crude caused the companies’ shares to tumble.The British-owned oil company’s troubles continued to the end of 2019. In fact, its shares dropped to a 20-year low of 72 per cent as the group cut its oil production forecasts for the coming years and announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer Paul McDade as well as its Exploration Chief Angus McCoss.A similar drop in shares was seen on Thursday when the company announced that it will not be commercialising its latest find at the Carapa-1 well. At the open in London, Tullow’s stock fell as much as 20 per cent but narrowed later in the day to under seven per cent. read more
This Saturday morning on Sportsday we look ahead to Day Three of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.There’s also the latest ahead of the third day’s play at Lord’s between England and Pakistan and Chelsea’s bid to sign Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante.We have highlights from a thriller between Sussex Sharks and Hampshire and the latest from the Tour de France.All brought to you by Lisa O’Sullivan and the team.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The key to Campbell’s success in the first two days has been his ability to master the reachable par-5 holes. Six birdies and an eagle have given him an ever-so-slight breathing space at the top. “Yeah, they are (reachable),” he said. “I think it helps a lot, just because if you get up to a reachable par 5 and you’re not making birdie, you really feel like you’re giving one back.” Perez, who opened with a career-best 60 at PGA West, came back to the pack with a 1-over 73 at Classic Club, while Senden fired a 9-under at the Palmer course at PGA West. Steve Elkington (70 at PGA West) and Olin Browne (69 at La Quinta) are 10 under, while Kevin Sutherland, Tom Pernice Jr., and Phil Mickelson are 9 under. A group of 10, including 2003 Hope and Masters champion Mike Weir, is at 8 under. Perez found out first-hand about the wind at the Hope’s debut course. He was 4-over through 11 holes, before he got hot with birdies on four of the next five holes to drop back to par. He ended the day with a bogey after he sent his second shot on 18 into the water. PALM DESERT — It’s not often that a golfer opens a tournament at 9-under-par and isn’t the leader. If it bothered Chad Campbell, he didn’t show any disgust Thursday. Campbell fired a second-round, 6-under-par 66 to grab the lead from Pat Perez at the five-round, 90-hole Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. “This course is so much different than any other one,” Perez said. “It’s not even close to PGA West. And the wind tunnel, it howls here. The greens are hard. The course is brand new, so it’s not responsive to spin or anything. It’s just completely different.” The Classic Club played to a scoring average of 73.375 Thursday, an increase of two shots over Wednesday. Only nine of the 32 players recorded sub-par rounds. That didn’t surprise Perez, who tried to play a practice round at Classic Club, but grew frustrated. “I played about two holes and left,” he said. “I actually played nine and left. I couldn’t stand it. The flags were almost coming out of the hole, it was blowing 80 miles an hour on Sunday. I said we’re out of here. “That gave me a good enough sign of what could happen this week.” Senden rode the strength of two eagles the par-5s No. 6 and 18 at PGA West to get into contention. For the second straight day, Campbell has posted the low round for his course. He has played his last 44 holes without a bogey and has had just one bogey over his last 80 holes. “I think I’m a better player,” he said. “Hopefully every day I improve, that’s the goal. That’s what I’m working for. I’ve always said I want to be more consistent. I want to be able to contend more often. Every week that Tiger (Woods) plays, he’s around the leaderboard. “I have my weeks here and there, but I’d like to be more consistent.” Defending champion Justin Leonard posted an even-par 72 at La Quinta. It ended his streak of 31 straight sub-par rounds here, dating back to a 72 during the final round of the 1996 tourney. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Campbell accomplished the task at La Quinta Country Club, one day after firing a 63 at Bermuda Dunes. He played his second straight day of bogey-free golf to grab a four-shot lead over Perez and John Senden. “I played great again (Thursday),” Campbell said. “I hit a lot of good shots. I drove it in the fairway a lot, gave myself a lot of opportunities and was able to make a few putts.” read more
Before the results of last weeks scramble are announced, I have been informed that one players contribution to the previous weeks winning team was inadvertently omitted from last weeks report. Noel Kiernan showed his greenside skills to finish off the work of his team mates, and sink putts from all angles on several greens. As we all know, especially in scrambles, driving is for show but the serious business of the game is on the greens, and Noel proved he has it where it counts, so well done to all three on their victory. On to this week, and the duo of Damian Gallagher and John McClafferty were first on the winners podium again,joined by Paddy Lynch and Denis Deeney. While no detail is available at the moment on how they carved out their victory, they somehow managed to conjure up a winning score of seven under par, to nip the competition by the narrowest of margins. Another near miss for the rest of the field of competitors, but another chance comes along this Sunday at 11.45 for a 12 noon tee-off at Otway. GOLF NEWS: OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 5th, 2012 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:OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTES read more
Despite their FAI cup heroics, Finn Harps were brought crashing down to earth by Shamrock Rovers B at Finn Park tonight.Ollie Horgan’s side battled well throughout but a penalty after a half an hour which was dispatched by Chris Lyons was the only difference between the sides.Harps pushed hard towards the close as Rovers’ Conor Dunne was sent off in the 61st minute after a bad challenge on Keith Cowan. Harps lost whatever firepower they had up front when Kevin McHugh went off injured.But Rovers held on and Harps will now have to put all their resources into their FAI Cup Quarter Final. HARPS BROUGHT CRASHING BACK DOWN TO EARTH BY ROVERS was last modified: August 29th, 2014 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:finn harpsshamrock rovers read more
THERE is widespread dismay in north Donegal after the film festival Guth Gafa was axed this year…and moved North.And when it comes back next year it will “relocate to Inishowen and Derry as part of the 2013 Derry-Londonderry City of Culture.”The event has been held in Gortahork for the past six years and attracted some top class productions. It now means Gortahork and the surrounding areas will suffer a major tourism loss for the next two years.Organisers say their plan is to base next year’s festival in as yet unspecified location in Inishowen and run shows both there and in Derry.They have blamed the lack of funding for their inability to stage this June’s festival.“It will be sad for Guth Gafa to leave Gortahork where support from the community, and especially Ostan Loch Altan, has been great over the past six years, but we hope that we can pull off an even bigger and better event for the people of Donegal in our new location, and also support the people of Derry in their most exciting year as UK City of Culture, ” said Festival Director, Neasa Ní Chianáin in a statement. SHOCK AS DONEGAL FILM FESTIVAL AXED – AND MOVED TO DERRY was last modified: June 8th, 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) read more