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first_imgOrville ClarkeGleaner WriterGrade one horses hold centre stage for the first time at Caymanas Park this season in the annual renewal of Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy, 1300 metres, contested by seven starters.Among them is the reigning champion sprinter, POKER STAR, who bids for his fourth consecutive win in his first attempt in grade one company, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.POKER STAR can expect what amounts to his stiffest test from main rivals UPPA TUNE, with top weight of 57.0kg, PHINEAS and the consistent CAMPESINO. Despite this, the classy four-year-old gelding looks the type to follow.POKER STAR has been so progressive in recent months that he is on course to win his fourth consecutive trophy race from the convenient mark of 54.0kg. The son of Liquidity-Buyabook has twice won over this trip in very fast times, clocking 1:17.3 on the first occasion in May of last year and 1:17.2 on October 17.After winning the Caribbean Sprint Championship, 1200 metres, in a fast time on November 14, slamming CAMPESINO by three lengths, he duly completed a hat-trick of wins in the St Catherine Cup, open allowance, feature over 1100 metres on January 2, holding off CAMPESINO by three-quarter length in the fairly good time of 1:05.2.That performance would suggest that the Philip Feanny-trained CAMPESINO is fast catching up to POKER STAR, but I believe he was flattered by his proximity to POKER STAR. A bigger danger comes in the form of Harry Parsard’s American seven-year-old horse, UPPA TUNE (Shane Ellis up), who is consistent and versatile as they come.Since finishing 10th to SEEKING MY DREAM in the rich Diamond Mile on December 5, UPPA TUNE has looked his old self at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping five-and- a-half furlongs in a brisk 1:06.3 by 1:00.1 on February 7 and 1:13.3 for six furlongs a week later.The big question is: Can UPPA TUNE successfully allow a rising star 3.0 kg at this stage?I doubt it.Other firm fancies on the 12-race programme are SPORTING CLAY and BURNING MEDIC in the respective sections of the Long Shot Trophy, in which PRINCE O’SHAUN and ALEXANDER are respective dangers. I also like down-in-class ITALIANO to romp the fourth; BIG DATA in the fifth; NOLAN HILL in the seventh; and the champion two-year-old of 2015, FUTURE KING, to win the overnight allowance mile for the Walker/DaCosta team.last_img read more

first_imgDespite being rich in natural resources, Guyana remains dependent on only a few of those resources while its economy continues along a downward slide.Thus, Professor David Hinds has suggested that Guyana has to diversify its economy in order to save it. He stated that the dependency on two or three resources was one of the reasons why the economy has been slothful.“So, we have to move away from the dependency on one or two resources, because what happens when we don’t do well in rice or sugar? The economy doesn’t do well either,” he said.Dr Hinds posited that though oil was on the horizon, it would not solve our economic woes, because “we will continue doing what we have done with sugar and rice”.He pointed out that the manufacturing sector in Guyana was almost dormant, noting that while the country produced rice, there was still no proper functioning manufacturing industry around it.Economist, Dr Thomas Singh, told Guyana Times that Guyana has grown comfortable with just producing rice and sugar and has neglected other avenues to invest in. He stated that at one time Guyana was the envy of the Caribbean market, but now the economy has deteriorated. Dr Singh recalled a time when the economy was blooming and Guyana was benefiting from the exportation of cotton, rice, sugar, timber, gold, diamonds, bauxite and even confectionery.According to Singh, following Guyana’s independence, the manufacturing sector had accounted for 5.9 % of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. However, shortly after that period, the market economy was quashed and the then Government began experimenting with a socialist model – where they controlled everything, including the up and coming manufacturing sector.At present, Guyana’s manufacturing industry contributes about 10 per cent of the country’s GDP, providing employment for a scanty 12 per cent of Guyana’s population. There has been no growth of the value-added, export-oriented industry, where Guyana moves beyond manufacturing these few products to large-scale manufacturing of clothing, and forest, technology and glass products.However, Dr Hinds believes that there is hope for the economy. He stated that small businesses were very important in building an economy. Therefore, it is imperative to pay attention toward the re-development of the village economy.He highlighted that there were hundreds of acres of land aback of villages, “so why not spend money in developing those lands. …and if you develop those lands it becomes easier for farmers to take advantage of a developed land. Farming can become attractive in the villages. They can plant different vegetables and sell and the agriculture sector would grow and the spinoff would be a budding economy,” he posited.He added that the same emphasis that was placed on attracting foreign investments should be placed on developing a local economy and a local entrepreneurial class.Previously, Hinds had supported the need for the establishment of a Ministry of Economic Planning and the development of a national economic plan. He said, “Both the Government and the Opposition should sit down and come up with a National Development Plan for Guyana.”Former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran had also emphasised the need for an economic plan to take the country forward, and advanced the call for the establishment of a much-needed Ministry of Economics over some of the other established Ministries, such as Social Cohesion.“Guyana urgently needs an economic plan, especially in our current economic situation,” said Goolsarran.He had lambasted the Government for its denial of the current ailing state of the country’s economy. He said a three per cent growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) did not mean that all was well with the economy. He pointed out that 40 per cent of the youths are unemployed, there was evidence of under-employment, businesses were struggling and there was also the existence of parallel economies.last_img read more

first_imgA Congolese nun who worked with Spanish Catholic missionaries in Liberia has died of Ebola, the charity she worked for said Saturday in Madrid. Chantal Pascaline died early Saturday “due to Ebola at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia,” the Liberian capital, the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God said in a statement. Pascaline worked with Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, who being a Spanish national, was flown out of the country to Spain for special treatment.  He left Liberia on Thursday after contracting Ebola.Father Pajares’ country’s government said the same trial drugs that were tested on the US citizens—Dr. Kent Brantly and Nurse Nancy Writebol—who, too, contracted the deadly disease in Liberia, would also be tested on the Catholic priest.  The Hospitaller Brothers are in charge of the NGO that runs the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, where the priest and the nuns worked. Spanish health authorities said Thursday that the priest — the first Ebola victim in the fast-spreading outbreak to be evacuated to Europe — was in stable condition with no sign of bleeding. The hospital is not providing medical updates for the missionary, at his request. A weakened Pajares arrived in Madrid aboard a special hospital plane along with 65-year-old Spanish nun Juliana Bonoha Bohe. The nun had been cleared of Ebola before leaving Liberia, but doctors at Madrid’s La Paz-Carlos III hospital repeated the blood test on Thursday and said they would do so again in four days. The Hospitaller Brothers asked Madrid on Tuesday to “urgently” repatriate Pajares, Bonoha Bohe, Pascaline, and a Guinean-born nun, Paciencia Melgar, who was also infected with the virus. But officials said they would evacuate only the Spanish nationals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) on Monday arrested two persons who attempted selling about 30 bags of dried bush meat at the Clay Check Point on the Monrovia-Bomi highway.The FDA’s action was in compliance with the regulation banning commercial hunting of endangered forest species and the sale of the bush meat.An FDA official said 195 carcasses of bush meat were seized from three known Gbarpolu County-based sellers in Western Liberia. About 785 pieces from the slaughtered animals were counted in the presence of the sellers, identified as Betty James, Botoe Kenneh and Gladys Weah.When the counting was completed, FDA officials resolved, based on the regulation, to burn all the confiscated meat.In separate remarks, wildlife and conservation representatives reminded the meat sellers that the preservation of the endangered species was a paramount concern of the FDA and international conservation groups.“We are not going to compromise the commercial hunting regulation that bans the illegal killing of endangered species in our country for the sake of protecting our businesspeople,” an FDA representative warned.“I must admit to you all here that we have committed ourselves to the protection and conservation of all endangered animals in our country,” he added. FDA Assistant Communications Director, Richie Grear, earlier told the Daily Observer that two weeks ago, FDA rangers arrested some women with large quantities of bush meat from the Lofa Bridge area in Gbarpolu County. Mr. Grear said the latest action by the FDA should serve as a warning to would be violators of the seriousness management attaches to the enforcement of the commercial hunting regulation. During investigations held at the head offices of the forest agency by the Wildlife Department, the meat sellers were found in violation of FDA regulation banning commercial hunting.“As a result of the latest action by the FDA management, forest rangers have begun to step up the search and seizure of bush meat throughout their operational areas,” Grear disclosed.Following questions from the wildlife and conservation representatives, the meat sellers admitted to the crime.At the FDA investigation on Monday before a panel of wildlife and conservation representatives, the meat sellers appealed to the FDA management to provide them alternative business opportunities.The women also disclosed that they have been involved in the bush meat trade for several years and abandoning it could be a loss of income to sustain their families. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOnderneeming Sand Pit, Essequibo Coast residents are concerned about what they described as the poor-quality work done on the community’s main access road.According to residents, the road was completed a few months ago and alreadyA section of the recently-constructed Onderneeming Sand Pit access roadthere are potholes and deterioration of the surface. Residents, especially vehicle owners, are questioning the quality of work done and the poor design.Guyana Times was told by residents that the access road was the gateway to the backlands and was being used by heavy-duty vehicles transporting logs, sand, and other materials on a daily basis.The issue was raised at Tuesday’s sitting of the Region Two Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor Nathram said that owing to heavy rainfall works on the road were put on hold, but would continue as early as the weather conditions permit and residents are asked to be patient. The contract was awarded through Central Government by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.last_img read more

first_imgHe may not have played for Barcelona yet since his £15m transfer from Arsenal but defender Thomas Vermaelen has still provided us with one great moment.Injury has continued to prevent him appearing for the Spanish Liga club’s first team and news has been circulating that he will not don the famous shirt this season following a setback in his recovery.Vermaelen has, though, still provided us with one memorable moment from his time at Barca. Back in September the club’s loyal fans demonstrated that it really was ‘més que un club’ (more than a club) when they helped him out of a spot of parking bother.last_img read more

first_imgSaints were able to grab a foothold after the break but creating openings was another matter.Allan McGregor made a comfortable save from Mullen before Rangers came close once more as Morelos drove a shot against Samson’s legs.The Paisley number one was required again when Ovie Ejaria robbed McGinn inside the Saints box, while substitute Andy Halliday did well to deny St Mirren’s Cammy Smith late on. 1 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 🐃 #ElBufalo can’t stop scoring at Ibrox! pic.twitter.com/6l8PFH7tYV— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 12, 2018Barisic then gave a glimpse of his quality as he teed up the second in the 24th minute, swinging in a perfect free-kick delivery from deep on the right for Goldson to nod home.Gers were threatening to run away with the points, but then came another brush with officialdom after 31 minutes to make the task a little tougher.But unlike last week’s incident with Morelos, Gers had no complaints. Jamie Murphy gifted possession in midfield to Stephen McGinn and the Saints captain rolled the ball in behind the Gers defence, forcing McCrorie to drag down Brock-Madsen before the Dane could fire the Paisley men level.Referee Don Robertson immediately reached for the red card but there was no further punishment as Hayden Coulson fired the resulting free-kick into the wall.Even a man light, Gers almost grabbed a third when Goldson flicked a header against the far post from a Kent corner, while the woodwork also denied Saints just before half-time as Mullen jinked inside before sweeping a sweet effort off the top of the bar. Latest Football News smart causal Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible xi How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? NEW ERA Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener highlights ALTERED McCrorie was sent off for a challenge on Nicolai Brock-Marsden But by that point the Light Blues were already two goals to the good thanks to strikes from Alfredo Morelos and stand-in captain Connor Goldson.They surrendered victory in stoppage time of their opening-day clash at Aberdeen but there was never any danger of that happening this time as Alan Stubbs’ Buddies failed to make the most of their numerical advantage.They did come close when Danny Mullen clipped the crossbar just before half-time but Stubbs’ frustration will match that of his old Merseyside derby foe Gerrard, who will feel aggrieved that another promising display was ruined by a sending off.The Ibrox boss rested skipper James Tavernier and midfielder Scott Arfield as new signing Borna Barisic was handed his first start, while the Buddies had Birmingham loanee Nicolai Brock-Madsen in for his debut.Morelos was freed to play after his Dons dismissal was overturned on appeal and he took out his frustration on the Buddies with the 14th-minute opener as he carried out Gerrard’s instruction to press the visitors at every opportunity.The plan paid off as he slid in on Jack Baird to strip the centre-back of the ball. Ryan Kent picked up possession and immediately played in his Colombian colleague, who bounced back onto his feet before calmly steering the ball past Craig Samson. gameday Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures impact How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Rangers managed to avoid a repeat of their slip-up at Aberdeen after easing to a 2-0 win at home to St Mirren despite playing a large chunk of the game with ten men.Steven Gerrard’s men ended the game a man light for the second week running as Ross McCrorie saw red midway through the first-half.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Giants Shaun Anderson has pitched in just four major league games, but he has already earned the attention and respect of the top rookie hitter in the National League.Mets slugger Pete Alonso thought the world of Anderson long before either player reached the majors.“I’m definitely looking forward to facing a buddy,” said Alonso, who was teammates with Anderson at the University of Florida. “It’s awesome that me and him are here right now. It seems so far away, but three years …last_img read more

first_imgRemember when botulinum toxin, one of the most potent poisons known to man, entered medical science for good?  Now fashion models brag about how “botox” improved their good looks, and sufferers of excess sweating or migraines find relief with the neurotoxin.  The search for good in bad substances has not stopped; other venomous organisms, once a scourge of mankind, are being investigated as agents of health for our bodies and our crops.Nature’s pharmacy:  Live Science listed the following plants and animals as potential sources of medicine: venomous cone snails, cave creatures, sap from the guggel tree, a weed from the Nile, and various extracts from sea squirts.  “Nature is a prolific source of new medicines,” the article said.  “In fact, natural products have led to more than half of the new drugs introduced during the past 25 years.”    A passing reference to evolution said, “Over millions of years, organisms have evolved protective chemicals that interact with specific proteins in their enemies,” but did not elaborate on how that could have happened or how the organisms survived without them in the meantime.  “Where nature is hiding the next medical treasure is anyone’s guess.”Snail drug store:  Back in February, PhysOrg mentioned work at the University of Utah to isolate prialt, a venom from a marine cone snail.  “Prialt is injected into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord to treat chronic, intractable pain suffered by people with cancer, AIDS, injury, failed back surgery or certain nervous system disorders.”Scorpion fertilizer:  An article on Science Daily describes work at Michigan State working to understand scorpion venom as a useful pesticide for farmers.  Apparently the venom attacks some ion channels in insects but not mammals.  If researchers can determine why, they may be able to design pesticides that selectively attack insects without hurting other animals.  They are using the Israeli desert scorpion as their model organism.Spider painkiller:  Back in March, Science Daily reported on work at UC Riverside to isolate a toxin in the American funnel web spider that appears effective in blocking the action of calcium channels.  “The toxin offers a new target for studying T-type channels, which play a role in congestive heart failure, hypertension, epilepsy and pain.”The Live Science article mentioned above explained why natural substances hold promise for medicine: “Because all living things share the same basic biochemistry, those chemicals can interact with the same proteins in people.” Sometimes a little poison, injected into the right place under the right conditions, can bring healing and relief.  See also 06/08/2004, 05/21/2007 bullet 4, and 12/10/2010, bullet 14.We humans tend to attribute morality to substances – the anthropomorphic fallacy.  Toxins and poisons seem evil.  Actually, they are just molecules, involved in checks and balances in the web of nature, whose actions under the right circumstances can be salutary for humans.  Little is gained by making up stories about how they evolved in the unobservable past.  Observational, testable lab work will determine whether the substances we naturally avoid in spiders, scorpions, snakes, snails, fungi and bacteria can be useful for improving our lives. (Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No major changes this morning. Dry weather will take control for the next 2 days over the state. Cooler air pushes in over the state, but we are staving off the bitter cold push still until this weekend. We should see a good mix of clouds and sun today, and winds should subside over the gusty set up we saw yesterday. We start to dry down tonight and see dry weather for tomorrow and Thursday too. Rain is back for overnight tomorrow night through Friday. Moisture totals remain mostly unimpressive and we are bumping our forecast at .1″ to .7” over 70% of the state, but most of the rain totals above .4″ will be down near the river. Temps go near to below freezing overnight tomorrow night and do not recover Friday morning through much of the day. This may allow for some wet snow to mix in with our precipitation, even though it is light. The map at right shows liquid equivalent moisture totals through the end of the day Friday. Dry and significantly colder air returns for the weekend. Temps will be well below normal, and there no change in our thoughts about the potential for Saturday to see daytime highs stay below freezing over parts of the state.  Sunday can be sub-40 for highs over a large part of the region. We stay dry Monday through Wednesday of next week. We likely see clouds from time to time, but no new precipitation. Thursday, we see Clouds build and then have a chance of scattered showers north of US 30 in the morning. The rain threat extends to statewide by mid to late afternoon and goes through the overnight. We can see from .05”-.25” with 70% coverage. For the extended period, we are dry for next Friday and Saturday. But, then we move into another wet, active period for Sunday the 18th through Wednesday the 21st. We see at least 2 waves of moisture moving over the eastern corn belt in that time, perhaps more. Combined rain totals will be from .25”-.75” with the heaviest rain chances in the southern half of the state.last_img read more