Dr Paul Wright: Who is accountable?

first_imgThe ‘Diamond Mile’, the richest race in the history of horseracing in the English-speaking Caribbean, was completed at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The day saw 14 races being completed with record attendance, a record handle (money bet on the races), great dividends, and exciting finishes. Sponsors were there in their numbers; no money was spared in the preparation of the in-field for special guests; and a good time should have been had by all. Wrong. Whereas all the above is in fact true, the regulators had to have their now mandatory stab at “spoiling the party”. In the 10th race of the day, the betting favourite was horse number two, Silver Cloud. After being loaded into the starting gate, the horse squatted/fell in the gate, throwing the jockey head over heels (a poop-a-lick) backwards on to the surface. Luckily, the jockey was not hurt and quickly picked himself up and did some checks to make sure that he was all right. absolute shock To the absolute shock of racing fans, the horse was not removed from the gate for inspection by the veterinarian on duty at the gate. Our shock turned into dismay as the horse staggered out of the gate and trailed the field home, obviously feeling some effect of the fall. In every other racing jurisdiction where the safety of the participants (horse and rider) is the priority of paid individuals, that horse would have been examined out of the starting gate BEFORE the horse was allowed to start! But this is racing in Jamaica. who cares? If the horse is seriously injured and falls during the race, injuring the rider and possibly any of the other participants, oops, who won? Can this sport be allowed to continue like this? Apparently, YES. No one cares. No one is accountable. The day was an economic and sponsors success. So what? Divestment IS the only answer. However, with a somnolent Divestment Committee “waiting on Godot”, nothing even close to an announcement will come until a few days before the election, which has now been pushed back to “one day soon”. HELP! privileged positions The much-anticipated and longed-for meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board and the CARICOM subcommittee on cricket was held last Friday. After a three-hour meeting, the recommended dissolution of the board was not discussed as the reports out of the meeting suggest that the board has no intention of giving up its privileged positions. They have agreed to meet again on December 13, and, hopefully, the anxious West Indian fans will hear something from Mr Pybus and ‘President Dave’ about the recent revelation from reinstated coach Phil Simmons. Simmons had mentioned, before a failed attempt to silence him, that there was outside interference in the selection of the West Indies team. Fans of West Indies cricket (the “few” of us left) know that the only hope for the resurrection of cricket in the region rests solely on the removal of a group of men described by one of their own (Baldath Mahabir) as “unprofessional, tardy, or lax in many instances”. As our ancestors have taught us, “If fish come from river bottom and say that shark down there, believe him”. Administrators of sports worldwide will not give up their privileged position no matter what. FIFA continues trying to run football as the majority of that body’s executive is arrested on numerous charges. Sports can be saved. We the people have to insist on transparency and integrity of those who “volunteer” to run sports. We have to!last_img read more

Hate crimes decline in area

first_imgOnly Pico Rivera and La Habra Heights showed a slight increase. The former logged one hate crime in 2005 and two in 2006 while the latter went from zero to one. In the Nov. 22, 2005 Pico Rivera case, a man punched a woman he accused of being a lesbian and having a relationship with his wife, according to Lt. Dave Bobier of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. The station logged two hate crimes the following year. He said a racial epithet was painted on a fence owned by an African-American woman on Aug. 25, 2006, and someone carved an insult on a gay man’s car on Sept. 10, 2006. Bobier said the slight increase doesn’t mean it’s a trend. “You’re talking about an additional incident. It’s not an ongoing problem in the area,” he said. “It doesn’t point to a problem in the area.” Statistics kept by the sheriff’s Norwalk Station showed fewer hate crimes than what appeared in the FBI report. Sgt. Eric Fox said there were two racially motivated incidents in Norwalk and none in La Mirada for 2006. A racial slur was written on a fence and eggs thrown at a Norwalk house on April 20, 2006, he said. The victim was African-American. Eight days later, a minor who is African-American was the victim in an incident in which the suspects were Latino juveniles. Fox didn’t know the details of this case. Of the two La Mirada cases in 2005, the earliest one happened Jan. 9 and the victims were two African-American women and one African-American man. No details were available on this incident. Fox said the other case happened Dec. 24, 2005, when someone put a swastika on a Latino’s car. According to the FBI report, of the 7,720 incidents, 51.8 percent were motivated by a racial bias, 18.9 percent by a religious bias, 15.5 percent by a sexual-orientation bias, and 12.7 percent by an ethnicity/national origin bias. One percent involved bias against a disability. African Americans accounted for 66 percent of the 5,020 hate crime victims followed by whites at 21 percent, Asian/Pacific Islanders at 4.8 percent and about 2 percent were American Indians/Alaskan natives. The study found that 58.6 percent of the 7,330 known offenders were white and 20.6 percent were African American. The race was unknown for 12.9 percent, and other races accounted for the remaining known offenders. The suspects used intimidation in 46 percent of the 5,449 hate crimes classified as crimes against a person. Simple assaults accounted for 31.9 percent and aggravated assaults for 21.6 percent. Of the 3,593 offenses classified as crimes against property, 81 percent were acts of destruction/vandalism. The remaining 19 percent of crimes against property consisted of robbery, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, arson and other crimes. The bulk of the incidents happened in or near homes. The next most common location is on the streets, followed by colleges or schools, in parking lots or garages and at houses of worship. The Associated Press contributed to this story. ruby.gonzales@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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre An estimated 12,620 law enforcement agencies across the country participated in the FBI report. About 2,105 of the 12,620 law enforcement agencies reported 7,722 hate crime incidents involving 9,080 offenses to the FBI last year. The rest of the agencies said no hate crimes happened in their area. The FBI breaks down the type of hate crimes as those against a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability. In 2005, Norwalk had nine hate crimes reported while Whittier, La Habra and La Mirada had two each. Pico Rivera reported one case. Montebello, Santa Fe Springs and La Habra Heights also reported no hate crimes in 2005. Search: Look up hate crime statistics in your city Fewer hate crimes occurred in local communities last year, according to a 2006 FBI report released Monday. Norwalk had the most number of incidents reported for the Whittier area with five followed by Pico Rivera with two. La Mirada, La Habra Heights each had one hate crime. Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Montebello and La Habra had zero hate crimes for last year. last_img read more