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

Oklahoma cowboy follows in dad’s footsteps, leads the saddle bronc riding

first_imgRed Bluff >> In the second performance of the Red Bluff Round-Up, the saddle bronc riding changed leads by a half-point.An Oklahoma cowboy took the lead after the second performance of the Red Bluff Round-Up, the nation’s largest three-day rodeo.Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., scored a half-point better than Friday night’s high score to be 85 points going into Sunday’s performance.Braden, who is 28 years old, rode the Calgary Stampede horse Turbo Rocket, a twelve-year-old mare, for the win. …last_img read more

Sharks’ Evander Kane on Golden Knights: “We know they don’t like us”

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — Sharks forward Evander Kane led the NHL with 153 penalty minutes this season. But on the eve of Game 1 in the first round playoff series between his team and the Vegas Golden Knights, Kane also noted that only 29 of those minutes came at SAP Center.“I just want to be on my best behavior for my hometown fans,” Kane said with a smile Tuesday.Kane, with 30 goals this season, will obviously be of better …last_img read more

Time for Mars Life Again

first_imgMethane detection around Mars is giving new life to claims there is life on Mars.  Space.com #1 and Space.com #2 explain why NASA scientists are looking to see if the methane can be explained geologically or biologically.  Some news sites, like The Sun, go over the top with claims life has been discovered.  Only the readers who look at the ending lines will realize there is skepticism about the claims.  The BBC News presented both biology and geology as possibilities.  See earlier reports on Mars methane from 03/30/2004, 11/14/2004 and 12/14/2004.This can only mean one thing: it’s funding season again.  NASA helped distract attention from Clinton’s sins in 1996 with the whiz-bang press conference about life in the Martian meteorite.  That provided enough funds to launch the science of Astrobiology (04/17/2006, 08/06/2006).  They probably need a boost from Obama.  The safe money is on the geology (see sample rebuttal on Reasons.org).  Earth’s methane is biogenic, but Titan’s is geological.  The question no one is asking is whether a geological origin suggests Mars is not as old as claimed (09/28/2004).  You can ask it, though.  Meanwhile, enjoy Wayne Stayskal’s cartoon.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

US-Africa summit a major breakthrough: Zuma

first_img7 August 2014African leaders and the United States have agreed to work together to build stronger trade ties between the two continents, South African President Jacob Zuma said at the close of the historic US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington on Wednesday.Hailing the summit as a major success, Zuma touted the inroads made at the summit, including more than $33-billion in investments in Africa announced by US President Barack Obama.The summit, the first of its kind to be hosted by a US president, was seen by many as an attempt by Obama, who has African origins, to recalibrate relations between America and Africa. Some say it was also a legacy issue for Obama, whose father hails from Kenya.However, Zuma said that the conference had succeeded in bringing almost all African leaders together under one roof to discuss common interest with the United States, a crucial market for African goods.Africa is home to six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies and a rapidly expanding middle class, Zuma said, and this week’s summit was an affirmation both of Africa’s growth and of US willingness to take Africa on board as the two regions seek to expand their growth.South Africa’s inclusion in Agoa ‘no longer an issue’He added that, following the summit, the question of whether South Africa would continue to be part of a renewed Agoa no longer an issue.“That to us is very important, because before we came here some people were saying South Africa is now developed and doesn’t need Agoa. That is no longer the issue, because everyone has realised that South Africa is one of the key players in the integration of the continent and [that] if you pull South Africa out of that you really will be in a sense destabilising that process.”A ministerial meeting at the US State Department ahead of Wednesday’s summit had also eased lingering doubts regarding the Obama administration’s support for the renewal of the African Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa) when the Act’s current term comes to an end next year.“Given the manner in which this summit has helped to foster our relationship, it’s going to be very difficult for any future American leader to come and ignore that this summit has taken place and what it has achieved,” Zuma said.Support for Africa’s stand-by forceHe said a great part of the summit’s deliberations had focused on boosting US business ties with Africa, the continuation of Agoa, good governance as well as peace and security.The US also pledged to provide financial support for Africa’s stand-by force, which is expected to start operating in October.The good news is that America has changed its earlier stance on conflict resolution on the continent, and will not attempt to send any troops to Africa in times of crisis but will instead leave this to the continent’s leaders and the African Union.Since 2009, the US has committed to provide nearly $892-million to develop African peacekeeping capacity and strengthen African institutions. The US has also come out strongly in support of the work done by more than 67 000 African peacekeepers serving with the African Union and United Nations in Africa.US ‘not just playing catch-up with ChinaZuma played down suggestions made by some analysts that the US was simply playing catch-up with China, which is increasingly expanding its presence in the continent.“The view is that anyone who wants to make business in Africa is welcome. The Chinese have a role to play. Even Obama says they have a relationship with China. China’s presence in Africa is not an issue that was discussed. What we discussed was that Africa is opening up and whoever wants to come and invest is welcome.“Africa is saying here we are, we are ready to do business, and whoever wants to do business with Africa must come. A relationship should be based on mutual benefit and understanding,” Zuma said.There were fears, earlier this week, that the US stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict and the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa would overshadow the summit.But in his final press conference at the end of the summit, Obama said leaders from both sides had emerged more determined to strengthen ties between the US and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions.New financing to promote US exports to Africa“The summit advanced our shared interests in increased US-Africa trade and US investment in Africa and highlighted America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people,” Obama said.“By enabling discussion of tangible actions that can be taken to deepen the US-Africa partnership, the Summit fostered stronger ties between the United States and Africa.”The summit’s theme – “investing in the next generation” – reflected the common ambition that the US shared with Africa “to leave our nations better for future generations by making concrete gains in peace and security, good governance, and economic development,” he said.On Wednesday, Obama announced $33-billion in new financing to promote US exports to and investment in Africa.He made the announcement at the first US-Africa Business Forum, where he said that $7-billion would go to new financing to promote US exports to and investments in Africa under the Doing Business in Africa Campaign.US companies will also sign deals in clean energy, aviation, banking, and construction worth more than $14-billion, in addition to $12-billion in new commitments under the President’s Power Africa initiative from private sector partners, the World Bank, and the government of Sweden.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Embrace opportunity, Nzimande tells Class of 2014

first_img13 January 2015There are nearly half-a-million opportunities available to the matric class of 2014, Blade Nzimande, the minister of higher education and training said at a media briefing in Cape Town on Monday.Outlining his department’s plans for the year ahead, Nzimande said post-school study spaces available at South Africa’s universities and other training institutions had increased by 28 646 from 2014’s 396 449 spots.“Many of those who have met the entrance requirements for university study will be pursuing degrees, diplomas and higher certificates at one of 26 public universities,” Nzimande said.This included Sol Plaatje University and University of Mpumalanga, both of which are new universities, and the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU), which was promulgated as a juristic person in May 2014 and would be opening its doors to its first student cohort in January 2015.Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the 2014 matric results last week. South Africa’s overall pass rate dropped to 75.8%, down 2.4% from 2013’s figure of 78.2%.University study was not the only option open to prospective students, Nzimande said: Students could also access opportunities in 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).Nzimande said available opportunities included:Some 204 522 new entrant opportunities at universities;44 000 Engineering and Business Studies opportunities at TVET colleges;37 000 National Certificate Vocational programme opportunities at TVET colleges;About 85 900 occupationally directed (apprenticeship or learnership) opportunities in collaboration with TVET colleges, SETAs and employers;Artisan opportunities totalling to 16 250; andAn additional 37 423 learning programme opportunities in the form of 3 380 apprenticeships, 4 513 bursaries and 29 530 learnerships will be further provided by SETAs.Nzimande said there were 150 752 opportunities for learners qualifying for admission to bachelor studies at higher education institutions and 166 689 opportunities for learners qualifying for admission to diploma studies at higher education institutions.There are further 86 022 opportunities for learners qualifying for admission to higher certificate studies.“The national average annual increase in first-time entering students at higher education institutions from 2011 to 2015 is 4.5%, with first-time entering students making up approximately 25% of the total university student population.“In 2015, our public universities will provide access to approximately 204 522 new entrants wishing to pursue their studies across all general, technical and professional fields including business and management; science, engineering, agriculture and technology; humanities, social sciences, the arts and education,” he said.Qualified artisansThe minister said matriculants who had obtained a minimum of a higher certificate achievement could consider studying further at a TVET college for a national diploma, with 44 000 study opportunities available for both business and engineering studies.The National Development Plan, South Africa’s blueprint for economic growth, relies on South Africa producing 30 000 qualified artisans per year.“Thirty-seven thousand study opportunities are also available for individuals wishing to pursue a vocational programme, which leads to a National Certificate Vocational qualification.“In South Africa there is a growing trend of matriculants utilising learnership or apprenticeship opportunities to become artisans in the civil, mechanical, electrical, manufacturing or support services career fields,” he said.Nzimande also said that the post-school education and training sector had, through the SETAs and the National Skills Fund, committed more than R1.7-billion in the 2015/16 financial year to opportunities in these artisan fields that would result in grants for more than 16 250 artisan learners.SAinfo reporter and SANews.govlast_img read more

Vanguardia hopes Phelp’s return helps them get over playoff hump

first_imgRather than be down, the soft-spoken mentor has every reason to feel optimistic as he expects Eugene Phelps to return for another tour of duty for the Fuel Masters in the upcoming 2017 Governors’ Cup.“Hopefully, with Eugene Phelps helping us next conference, he can help us get that first playoff win which is very elusive,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoenix has made it to three straight playoffs after missing the boat in its first conference when it entered the league last season. Unfortunately, it met famed foes in all of those tries and quickly bid its title hopes goodbye.That fact isn’t lost on the mentor. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pumaren, Cone surprised to get techs for trying to pacify Tenorio, Romeo View comments LATEST STORIES Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia quickly shrugged off his disappointment after the Fuel Masters suffered another quarterfinal exit, this time at the hands of San Miguel, 115-96, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT But this time, the man Vanguardia fondly calls “El Destructor” will once again be in the country for the long haul.“He’s lock and loaded,” he said. “He has already signed with us and is committed with us.”Phelps saw action for only a game this past conference, recording 53 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks in Phoenix’s conference-opening 118-116 double-overtime victory over Blackwater.With Phelps in tow, Vanguardia believes that the high-scoring import is the cure to the Fuel Masters’ succession of futility.“We’re staying positive. We got to get over that hump and hopefully by next conference we get that first playoff win for Phoenix,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Robinson’s crusade: Coach Topex says journey to PBA sometimes take long route

first_imgRobinson had the opportunity to mentor some of this year’s PBA hopefuls and took the time to share his story.“I was telling them that whatever the result of this draft is, it should not be the end of your story as a basketball player,” he told the Inquirer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“It’s gonna be hard, realistically it’s hard,” he told the applicants. “But the question is yours to answer: How much do you want this dream to become a reality? It’s all gonna depend on you.”Robinson should know what he speaks of. He was part of the 2001 PBA draft that featured the likes of Mark Caguioa, Willie Miller and Roger Yap. Playing out of San Sebastian, he was picked in the fifth round. Generika-Ayala caps return to spotlight with third-place finish Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTopex Robinson had a little message for PBA Draft applicants during the draft combine on Thursday.Don’t lose faith. Sometimes, the road to one’s dreams is longer than expected.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I was drafted 44th (overall), I was not even signed,” he said.  “I went on to float for two years before I was given a chance.”Robinson eventually made the pros, making stops at Red Bull, Purefoods, and Alaska—he won two titles and earned an inclusion to the All-Defensive team along the way.Robinson currently is the head coach of Lyceum in the NCAA.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more