first_imgWilliam Spawr11 57% $634,079 Geovanni Franco36 $523,445 AT THE END OF TODAY’S ‘RAINBOW’ PICK 6 33% 5 3 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS J. Keith Desormeaux15 JockeyMts Steve Knapp18 $260,477 7 $501,385 George Papaprodromou13 Money Won $164,257 4 $142,753 47% 8 53% $606,915 HARD WORK PAYS OFF WITH WIN FOR IGGY PUGLISI 11 13% 36% 27% 2 9 8 10 8 Money Won 0 0 $459,506 $124,733 0 12 22% 11 2 $370,520 27% 11 9 Andrew Lerner7 3 9 7 11 5 Kent Desormeaux27 3 $567,394 2 4 19% 40% Edwin Maldonado30 68% 17% 7 2nd Drayden Van Dyke45 7 4 STREAKING DANUSKA’S MY GIRL SET FOR DESERT STORMERDanuska’s My Girl seeks her fourth straight victory and her second stakes in a row Sunday in the Grade III Desert Stormer Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs.All three triumphs, including the Grade III Las Flores Stakes last out on April 7, have come under jockey Geovanni Franco.“He’s made a big difference,” said Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward of Franco’s presence in the saddle. “She’s been on the lead all three times he’s ridden her and been further in front at the wire than at any point in the race.”Albeit a five-horse field, there is ample speed with the likes of Selcourt and Yuvetsi, in addition to Danuska’s My Girl, but Ward is optimistic.“Some in the race are coming off routes which may have dulled their speed a little bit,” he said, “but I think we can adapt to any situation.”The field: Selcourt, Joe Talamo, 7-5; Yuvetsi, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Smiling Tigress, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Danuska’s My Girl, Geovanni Franco, 8-5; and Show It N Moe It, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2.VANTASTIC SHARP, GETS PRAT FOR LAZ BARRERAVantastic has been firing bullets for tomorrow’s Grade III Lazaro Barrera Stakes for three-year-olds and up at seven furlongs, but must adjust from turf to dirt for Peter Eurton, who trains the Florida-bred colt for Ciaglia Racing, Sharon Alesia and Paul Van Doren.“It’s been nothing but turf his last five races, but he’s trained really well on the dirt so we thought we’d give it a try,” Eurton said.Vantastic was an eventful seventh going a mile on grass last out on April 4, beaten only three lengths despite steadying at the 6 ½-furlong point.“It was not a good trip,” Eurton said. “He got away a touch slow and got a bit a rank after that, but we have the Kentucky Derby-winning jockey on Saturday (in Flavien Prat).”The Laz Barrera, race eight of 10 with a 12 noon first post time: Mucho Gusto, Joe Talamo, 4-5; Sparky Ville, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Principe Carlo, Ruben Fuentes, 12-1; Vantastic, Flavien Prat, 5-1; Manhattan Up, Tiago Pereira, 6-1; and Synthesis, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1.SCOTT STEVENS TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD SUNDAYIn what will surely be an intensely emotional moment, veteran jockey Scott Stevens will be presented with the 2019 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following the sixth race Sunday at Santa Anita.A winner of more than 4,800 races in a career that has spanned 43 years, Stevens will be joined by family, friends and colleagues, including the 1996 Woolf Award winner, retired Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, as the pair thus become the first brotherly tandem to win the prestigious award in its 70-year history.The winner via a vote of jockeys nationwide, Stevens placed first among a list of five finalists that included Joe Bravo, Kerwin Clark, John Davila, Jr. and Julien Leparoux.“I know I was there when Gary won, but honestly, it’s been so long ago, I don’t remember,” said Stevens from his base at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. “This award is so special and I was honored just to be nominated. When you think about all the great riders and the great people that have won it and to be selected by a vote of your peers . . . It’s really more than I can describe.”Born Oct. 6, 1960 in Caldwell, Idaho, Stevens is the son of a former trainer, Ron, and rodeo queen, Barbara. Steeped in the ways of the horse-world from infancy, Stevens, who has more than 32,400 career mounts, broke his maiden on May 30, 1976 at Les Bois Park in Boise, at the age of 15.A member of both the Idaho and Canterbury Park (MN) Halls of Fame, Stevens has been a helpful, guiding influence to scores of young jockeys for decades.A nine-time leading rider at Turf Paradise, Stevens, who resides in Phoenix with his longtime partner Pam Isles, has two grown children, a daughter Jessica and a son, Jake, as well as five grandchildren, four of whom will join him on Sunday.Named for the legendary Hall of Fame jockey George Woolf, who died at age 35 following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf Award can only be won once, and it is intended to recognize riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing.The Woolf trophy is a replica of the life-size statue of George Woolf which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens Area.OHIO ON COURSE FOR GRADE I SHOEMAKER ON MEMORIAL DAYMichael McCarthy is looking for another upset with Ohio when he saddles the bargain claim in the Shoemaker Mile on Monday, May 27, one of three Grade I races on the Memorial Day holiday card along with the Gamely Stakes and the Gold Cup at Santa Anita.The Shoemaker Mile will be run on grass and is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, giving the winner a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 2.At 9-1, Ohio nosed out odds-on favorite Catapult in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe mile on turf March 30. “These races are always tough for a half-million dollars and being a Grade I,” McCarthy noted of the Shoemaker. “Ohio is doing very well. I’m very pleased with his works. He’ll come back and work again tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER REACHES $523.445Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot proved elusive again on Sunday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover of $523,445 into Friday.With $254,311 in “new” money wagered, Friday’s total Rainbow Six pool reached $719,530, and although there were no single ticket winners, 26 consolation tickets with six winners each paid $5,276.10.First post time for today’s eight-race card is 1 p.m., with post time for the fourth race, the first leg of the Rainbow Pick Six, approximately 2:30 p.m. PT.VETERAN COMEDIAN TIM CONWAY DEPARTS AS BELOVED FIGURE AT SANTA ANITAWhen news of comedian Tim Conway’s passing at the age of 85 became known Tuesday morning, fond memories of the comedic giant were rekindled among the many people in the racing industry whose lives he touched, perhaps none more so than the hundreds of jockeys with whom he interacted and advocated for.In a Winner’s Circle appearance on the occasion of Santa Anita’s Tim Conway Stakes, for two-year-olds at six furlongs on Oct. 6, 2012, Conway, who was alongside his son, Tim Jr. and retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, deadpanned, “They (jockeys) used to give me a lot of tips. None of them ever won. Amazing.”On the serious side, Conway and his wife Charlene were tireless in their efforts to raise money for disabled riders through the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, which was co-founded by their close friend, Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, in 1987 and assisted more than 2,000 jockeys over a 25-year run.“He was as classy a gentleman as he was funny,” said McCarron. “He was generous with heart, spirit, generous with his time and he was just a class act through and through. He could not have been more generous, especially with his time.”When asked why he thought Conway was able to connect so well with jockeys, McCarron responded, “Well, first and foremost, he had the utmost respect for riders. He understood what’s involved. You know, he tried galloping horses for a little while when he was very young in Cleveland, so for the rest of his life, he had the utmost respect for riders and trainers and owners . . . He had a deep love and respect for the industry as well.“When he was on tour with Harvey Korman, Tim used to tell his tour manager to book them in cities where they had races going on, so he could go to the races when he wasn’t on stage. That’s how much he loved the sport.”World famous as a result of legendary television roles on “McHale’s Navy” in the early 1960s, “The Carol Burnett Show” throughout the 1970s and various big screen appearances, Conway won six Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe trophy and was also widely acclaimed for playing the character of a hapless jockey named Lyle Dorf. Conway was hilariously funny as “Dorf” in appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and in many other television and film opportunities, including a comedic sketch during the 1987 Breeders’ Cup telecast on NBC from Hollywood Park.McCarron recounted a real-life mishap with Conway that provided a window into his comedic depth as well as his genuinely self-deprecating humor.“Tim and Charlene were at my house for Christmas, 1986,” said McCarron.  “I was recuperating from a broken leg that I suffered at Oak Tree, right before the Breeders’ Cup.  My wife Judy, had purchased an Equicizer from Frankie Lovato and it was in my living room.  My book shelves were loaded with trophies and Tim got on the Equicizer and he says, ‘McCarron, if I was a jockey, all these trophies would be mine.’“So, he got on, leaned forward and pushed on the horse’s neck and the neck snapped back and hit him right in the nose and actually broke his nose.  He couldn’t stop laughing, even though he was bleeding right away. Charlene took him to the Encino Hospital . . . Tony DeFranco (a close mutual friend) and Tim’s daughter Kelly took a video camera into the emergency room, which was against the rules, but Tim talked the doctor into letting them do it.“So Tony sets it up like he’s reporter and a jockey has been injured and they’re on-scene to find out his condition. The doc starts examining Tim and he asked him, ‘So tell me. What time did this incident happen?’“Tim goes, ‘Let’s see. It was the third race. That would’ve been about 1:30.’ Even though he was in serious pain, he couldn’t keep from laughing and he couldn’t keep us from laughing . . . That’s the kind of guy he was.  He was a wonderful human being and I feel a terrible sense of loss for Charlene and all the kids.”And, the same can be said of all those who knew the legendary Tim Conway here at Santa Anita and throughout the racing world.Tim Conway is survived by his wife, Charlene, and seven children, including Tim Conway, Jr., who hosts “The Tim Conway Jr. Show” weeknights from 6 to 10 p.m. on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Cistron works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-17-19Pricing works 5 furlongs. (Proctor) 5-17-19Juggles works 4 furlongs. (O’ Neill) 5-17-19Ashleyluvssugar works 5 furlongs. (Eurton) 5-17-19Friday’s at Shady works 4 furlongs. (Bonde) 5-17-19Weekend Watch: Highlighting  weekend action at Santa Anita Park Starting May 18th, 2019Stronach 5:  All-Star Ticket for May 17, 2019.Improbable galloped at Pimlico Race Course. 5-17-19 (Baffert)Anothertwistafate on the track at Pimlico Race Course. 5-17-19 (Wright)Brill galloped at Pimlico in preparation for the Black Eyed Susan Stakes. 5-16-19 (Hollendorfer)Elliott Walden talks about Improbable ahead of the Preakness Stakes.Bob Baffert discusses his pair of stakes contenders this weekend at Pimlico.Jimmy Barnes assistant trainer to Bob Baffert on  Improbable.Preakness Memories:   Kent Desormeaux recaps Real Quiet’s win in 1998.Preakness Memories:  Victor Espinoza highlights War Emblem as his favorite Preakness Victory.Preakness Memories:  Gary Stevens talks about Silver Charm in 1997.Kittyhawk Lass works 4 furlongs. 5-16-19 (Pupye)Caribou Club works 5 furlongs. 5-16-19 (Proctor)Bowl of Soul (outside) in company with  Dark Prince worked 4 furlongs. (Baffert) 5-15-19FINISH LINES: Trainer Jack Carava was more than pleased after jockey Iggy Puglisirode Bouncing Around to a 4 ¼-length victory at a $21 payoff in Sunday’s sixth race for $30,000 maiden claimers at 6 ½ furlongs. It marked the first win for the 45-year-old rider since November 2017. “Iggy’s always been a good friend and he’s really been helping me by breezing a lot of horses in the morning,” Carava said. “He breezed Bouncing Around two or three times, and the owners, Tim and Jed Cohen, who race as Red Barons Barn, told me Iggy had helped them a couple years ago breezing some of their young horses and to help him out anytime I could. They were nice enough to let him ride this horse, and it all worked out well.” . . . Condolences to family and friends on the passing Wednesday of owner Louis Figone at age 92.  Figone, who grew up in El Cerrito and ran the majority of his horses over the years at Bay Area tracks, raced as Frankfort Stable and owned 1987 Santa Anita Derby winner Temperate Sil in partnership with Charlie Whittingham, who gave Bill Shoemaker a leg up for the victory. Figone’s Billy Ball, trained by Ross Brinson, was a multiple stakes winner at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields . . . Congratulations to Debby Baltas on her 40th birthday today. In addition to assisting at the barn with husband Richard, the meet’s second-leading trainer, she also serves lip-smacking fare in Santa Anita’s track kitchen . . . Eric Kruljac is considering the Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington Park on Aug. 10 for Causeforcommotion, smashing nine-length winner of last Saturday’s Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes. At 1 3/16 miles on turf, the Beverly D. is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race awarding the winner a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Nov. 1 . . . Apprentice J.C. Diaz Jr. has been suspended three days (May 19, 24 and 25) for causing interference on Spanish Channel in last Friday’s first race, resulting in a disqualification of his mount from third to fifth . . . Preston Simms, winner of $327,000 in the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Handicapping Tournament, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday, 10:50 a.m., in the XBTV studios . . .  Senior Citizen Superfecta: Silver Summer (age seven); Crown the Kitten (also seven); Play Hard to Get (age eight) and Kristi’s Copilot (another seven-year-old) captured the first four placings in Sunday’s second race to produce a $70.73 superfecta . . . The popular spring carnival at Santa Anita offers three days of exciting rides, games and entertainment on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 25 through Monday, May 27. For details, please visit . . . Special early first time at Santa Anita Preakness Day tomorrow is 12 noon. Paddock Room doors will open at 7 a.m. for Early Bird action on Pimlico’s 14-race program, while Santa Anita’s restaurants, bars and Infield Area open at 9 a.m. $566,248 38% 14% 14% 3 Victor Espinoza29 4 $315,505 58% Rafael Bejarano66 23% 25% 4 68% 3rd $149,724 $466,903 VANTASTIC GOES FROM TURF TO DIRT IN BARRERA $302,365 57% Win% 6 2 14 7 3 7 3 4 67% 2 Heriberto Figueroa29 29% $108,065 50% (Current  from April 12 through Sunday, May 12) 11 John Sadler27 3 $459,244 Mario Gutierrez31 45% 1 1st $213,620 6 11 45% 0 7 $243,291 $223,979 3 4 19% 3 Martin Garcia28 TrainerMts Doug O’Neill42 Aaron Gryder47 57% 3 Flavien Prat44 60% 4 5 SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS RACING FAN TIM CONWAY 23% 7 18% 26% 16% Philip D’Amato34 9 $345,918 Ruben Fuentes67 2 Joseph Talamo57 44% 51% 8 12 Richard Baltas35 1 4 32% $315,014 Jerry Hollendorfer23 31% Tim Yakteen11 Richard Mandella15 2 4 8% 63% 8 3 4 THREE GRADE I’S HEADLINE MEMORIAL DAY CARD 53% $143,256 $218,364 10 2 0 16% 6 1 17% 0 ITM% 18% 36% 40% 1 61% Win% 6 ITM% 57% SCOTT STEVENS RECEIVES WOOLF AWARD SUNDAY $111,020 $71,30 2 2 49% 47% 50% 64% John Shirreffs12 56% 14 14% 12 4 23% DANUSKA’S MY GIRL EYES FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN Mark Glatt36 33% 7 27% 2nd 4 18% 3 1 20% 4 Tiago Pereira62 $129,902 $468,223 $601,840 1st 7 6 3rd J. 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“If Barça scores 70 for Willian José, nothing to say”

first_imgHe has considered that rumors and information about the player’s progress they will not affect the equipment, since they have been taking place for “month and peak” and have not influenced the performance of the equipment or the ram. The coach of the Royal Society, Imanol Alguacil, has Brazilian forward Willian José until “at least” the end of the season and has been referred to the 70 million clause of the player as the only possibility of leaving the club.“If they put the 70 there would be nothing to say”, has stated in the allusion to the termination clause of Willian José, an affirmation with which he has settled, at a press conference in Zubieta, speculation about a possible negotiation of the Royal Society with Barcelona for the transfer of the player , once the Catalans they can sign for the long-term withdrawal of Ousmane Dembéle. After saying, annoyingly, that the “subject of Willian José” and “leftover”, and more than a day after a Cup semifinal, Alguacil has said that he has the Brazilian striker finish the season at Real Sociedad.“He is with us and wants to continue being with us, I don’t know until when, but I understand that until the end of the season he will continue to be with us, “he has abounded.last_img read more

FIFA ethics committee bans Valcke for 12 years

first_imgGENEVA (AP):Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter’s long-time right-hand man, was banned from all football-related activity for 12 years yesterday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.Valcke was found guilty by FIFA’s ethics committee of wide-ranging offenses, including taking private jets for personal use, destroying evidence and trying to force through an undervalued sale of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup television rights for the Caribbean.”Mr Valcke acted against FIFA’s best interests and caused considerable financial damage to FIFA, while his private and personal interests detracted him from his ability to properly perform his duties,” the ethics committee said in a statement.Valcke’s ban is four years longer than the eight-year sanctions handed down to FIFA President Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini in December for a financial conflict of interest.The ethics judges said Valcke violated seven sections of FIFA’s code of ethics, compared to four each by Blatter and Platini, and also fined him 100,000 Swiss francs (US$12.4 million).The ban is likely not the end of Valcke’s legal troubles. He is expected to be asked to give evidence to American and Swiss federal prosecutors investigating widespread corruption in international football.His football ban comes one month after the 55-year-old Frenchman was fired by FIFA for a second time in a colourful career. The former television presenter and marketing executive had been suspended last September. The firing was based on an internal report about his conduct, including use of expenses and private jets.FIFA commissioned that report last year before a 2014 World Cup ticket agent alleged that Valcke sought to profit from a black market deal which later fell through. That allegation, made by ticket agent Benny Alon, prompted Valcke’s suspension and the ethics case to be opened.Valcke has consistently denied wrongdoing, and can appeal to FIFA and later to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”With today’s decision, the FIFA ethics committee has shown that it is not a credible, independent or objective decision-making body,” Valcke’s US-based lawyer Barry Berke said in a statement, criticising an “unjust and politically motivated decision”.”Mr Valcke is confident that when all the facts come out, it will be clear that he did absolutely nothing wrong in carrying out his duties for the good of FIFA and the sport,” Berke said.last_img read more

LFA Official Performs Poorly at Worst Confrontation

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) While the revitalized Liberia’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives, Red Lions FC have expressed their preparedness to win their Friday’s 1/16th final match against their Algerian side, C.S. Constantinois, a higher LFA official, (name withheld), was prepared to wreck the players’ commitment.Sports writers watched in utter amazement as the official threw insults at the Ghanaian investor, who has spent thousands of United States dollars to get the team where it is today.At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium yesterday, sports writers covering the LISCR FC versus Watanga FC FA semi-final tie, (Watanga won 3-2), were attracted to the official, who was not prepared to back down his insults at the Ghanaian investor.The LFA official, having thrown caution and respect to the wind, exposed his own weakness, and many soccer fans wondered how he even got to the LFA, or how was he elected as an LFA official at the last elections.“This attitude is unbecoming of an LFA official,” soccer fan James Weah, Sr., told the Daily Observer, expressing his disgust at the official’s nasty behavior.He said the official’s action is a shame to Liberian football, which has always encouraged level-headedness, especially at the highest level in ‘force majeure’ (unexpected) situations.“A formal complaint should go to the LFA’s Ethics and Grievance Committee to ensure that such a disgrace does not happen in football circles,” he recommended.A spokesman for the Ghanaian representative told the Daily Observer that while the LFA official’s action is regrettable, “We are resolved to help develop Red Lions FC so that Liberians will be proud of the team.”He refuted the LFA official’s accusation that the investor does not mean well for Liberian football, and was quick to add that it was not the most responsible way to address any form of misunderstanding, if there ever was any.He told the Daily Observer that the Red Lions management did not abandon or did not decide to withdraw from the CAF Confederation Cup.“We calculated the amount, close to US$70,000.00 for the Algerian trip and since our players are new to each other, we have not been achieving the successes anticipated.“We wrote letters, with the assistance of the LFA secretariat and sent them to corporate Liberia, including TOTAL, NOCAL and many others.“Our position was to raise the concern of the Liberian people and the business community to lend us a hand in the process.“It was never our intention to abandon the CAF Confederation Cup but for an official of the LFA to publicly insult our Chief Executive Officer has shown that the real motive is elsewhere,” he said.He explained that the management of Red Lions is determined to provide all necessities to the club, adding, “We are grateful for the involvement of relevant authorities to ensure that Red Lions defend the Liberian flag on Friday.”“Our CEO loves his team, and cares about the playing body,” he added, “it is true that he is a Ghanaian but it also true that the players of Red Lions are all Liberians.”He regretted the political grandstanding that surrounded reports about Red Lions being placed under new management, pointing out that football as a sport must be devoid of politics.He meanwhile commended LISCR FC president Mustapha Raji and the former president of Nimba United FC for their strong support and advice when Red Lions FC’s CEO had been abused and he was in a state of frustration, due to the lack of appreciation for his commitment to raise Liberian football to another positive level.last_img read more

Climate forecasting critical to sectoral decisions – CIMH scientist

first_imgSocial Scientist at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), Dr Roche’ Mahon has said climate forecasting is a critical element in sectoral decisions.She was speaking at the launch of the fifth National Climate Outlook Forum (NCOF) hosted by the Guyana Hydrometeorological Service at the Herdmanston Lodge this morning.Social Scientist of CIHM, Dr Roche’ MahonAccording to Dr Mahon, Guyana is among a few Caribbean countries that convenes a national climate outlook forum. Even in the face of limited resources, she said the commitment of the Guyana Hydromet Office has consistently engaged sectoral stakeholders in this way.The National Climate Outlook Forum was introduced to the hydrometeorological service through the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) back in 2016. It is a United Nations (UN)-led initiative by the World Meteorological Organisation that guides the development and application of science-based climate information services in support of decision in climate-sensitive sectors, agriculture, being one of them.Dr Mahon noted climate information provided as a service to climate-sensitive sectors, in years or decades in advance, often need to improve decisions, reduce loss and reduce and improve productivity.“It is also the tailored advice, provided by the hydromet service that will become critical in sectoral decision-making in the coming months, with more climate models forecasting a week to moderate El Niño evolving in the next period, what does this mean for deviation in Guyana’s seasonal climate? What does it mean for the sectors that have to adjust to potential variations?” she is quoted by the Department of Public Information as enquiring.Dr Roche’ said the Guyana Hydromet Office is a key agent in the country’s sustainable development agenda, whose role supports socioeconomic productivity.Representing the office of the Guyana Hydrometeorological Service, Komalchand Dhiram said the hydrometeorological office falls within the purview of the agriculture sector, the hydromet service found it easier to collaborate with the Agriculture Ministry.The successful feedback from the initiative has pushed the hydro office to explore other climate-sensitive sectors.The GFCS currently has as priority, sectors including agriculture, food security, water, health and energy.GFCS assists countries and communities to better cope with natural climate variabilities and human-induced climate change.last_img read more

Exclusion of commercial, office space from CJIA contract

first_img…intended to encourage local content – Jagdeo– says Govt responsible for CHEC violating contractOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has clarified that while the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project contract did not initially cater for certain amenities; this was a deliberate strategy in order to create opportunities for local contractors.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAt his press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo explained why the original CJIA contract did not contain provisions for commercial, office and cargo areas. According to the former President, the reason they took those things out is because they could have been done by locals.“These were things being done by the Government, separate from the contract. We deliberately took those out. The idea was these could be done by local contractors. They shouldn’t be part of the contract.”Jagdeo expounded that while things were not included in the contract, the Government should have implemented those that were. And according to Jagdeo, the Government ought to be held accountable for not doing its part to ensure that contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) delivered what it was contracted to deliver.“Now we’re getting criticised for what’s not in the contract, rather than what was in the contract that this Government has changed, so we now have a rehabilitated terminal rather than a new terminal. And they reduced the size of the apron,” Jagdoe said. “And we get criticised for what we didn’t put in the contract, but they’re not even achieving what we put in the contract.”A model of the works on the terminal initially proposed“An entirely new airport, pulling down the (terminal) building and building a new terminal and a huge apron for eight aircraft and eight air bridges… I can accept the criticism that maybe we didn’t put in office space. But why aren’t we holding this Government accountable for ensuring that the contractor delivers what we put in the contract.”With only two air bridges catered for under the coalition Government’s modified agreement, they went to the National Assembly last year to request $346.5 million in supplementary funds towards the purchase and installation of two additional air bridges.In 2019, taxpayers are likely to hand out even more funds as the project remains in an incomplete state. Former Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson, had told the media in January that additional works are still to be carried out on the multibillion-Guyana dollar facility.In mid-December 2018, Minister Ferguson had revealed that $65 million was approved to be spent on the Airport’s upgrade of its technology which was geared to be able to track the weather, among other aspects.She had also explained that the new technology will assist pilots in tracking the weather patterns to make better landing decisions as the airport was making the transition from manual to digital. This $65 million was in addition to the $346 million which had been sought earlier in 2018.According to documents seen by Guyana Times, as of January this year, outstanding works to be completed include the South West runway extension pavement works and sections of the Departure Terminal; namely Immigration, Security Screening, and Duty-Free concessions areas.Meanwhile, as of January, CHEC has been paid US$132 million. When payments to the consultant and local contractors are also factored in, that sum rises to US$142 million. Government’s contract with CHEC expired in December of last year.In 2012, under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, Guyana secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government was slated to inject some US$12 million.Upon completion, the Airport is expected to have four air passenger boarding bridges for arrivals and departures; a 450-seat departure area, escalators and elevators in addition to an extended runway catering for larger categories of aircraft.last_img read more

FSJ Northern Strikers earn a spot in Tier 1 Interdistrict league

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The Fort St. John Strikers U-17 Girls Soccer team has earned a spot in the Edmonton Interdistrict Tier 1 League.The Strikers are the first team in the North West Peace District to enter the league. Head coach Dan Turner said, “The girls have a tough road ahead with some very intense competition, but they are looking forward to the challenge.”The U17 team has competed in Tier 2 tournaments for the past couple years before playing in their first Tier 1 game this weekend in Edmonton versus the Scottish FC, Victoria FC and Edmonton Strikers.- Advertisement -Centreback Kenzie Chilcott is excited about the challenge presented to her team, “This is going to be a learning experience. We want to keep pushing ourselves to improve and we need stiffer competition to do it.”The league calls for games every weekend, but the Strikers will travel to play three games once a month. They’re back In Edmonton on November 18th and 19th to clash with the Edmonton Drillers, Internazionale SC and St. Albert Impact.last_img read more

Fort St John Huskies home this Thursday as they host Sexsmith Vipers

first_imgThat win was during the Huskies’ seven-game winning streak. The last time that the Huskies and Vipers met was at a home game, on November 23, where the Huskies beat the Vipers with a win of 7-4. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be home this Thursday, December 12, as they take on Sexsmith Vipers. – Advertisement -The winning streak then ended on the road last Saturday, December 7, after falling 3-2 to the JDA County Kings.center_img Currently, the Huskies are in first place in the NWJHL standings with 15 wins, four losses, and two overtime losses, while the Vipers are in sixth place with four wins, 16 losses, and two overtime losses. The Huskies vs the Vipers is this Thursday, December 12, with puck drop at 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. Advertisementlast_img

Falcao may pay price for World Cup fitness fight, warns South American expert

first_imgSouth American football expert Tim Vickery admits there are question marks over the long-term fitness of Radamel Falcao.The Colombian strike star missed the World Cup in the summer with a serious knee injury and has only recently returned to action.Manchester United sealed a season-long loan deal for the forward on transfer deadline day and he is line to make his debut against Queens Park Rangers this weekend.In a further twist, stories have re-surfaced this week suggesting Falcao is older than 28 and, while Vickery refutes those claims, he does confess to being more concerned about the ‘age’ of his body.“There have been stories in South America that he is a couple of years older than he says, but school teachers have been produced who have confirmed he is that age,” he said on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.“But the question for me is how old are his knees? You wonder if he has paid the price for working night and day to get fit for the World Cup.“He suffered that serious injury at the start of the year and the line at the time was there no chance [of him recovering in time for Brazil 2014]. He worked so hard to try to get fit, but failed, and has he paid a price for that?“He didn’t start for Colombia in their friendly against Brazil this week and only came on for the last 15 minutes, which is a declaration he’s not fit.“As long as he’s fit he will score reams of goals from the service he will get from [Angel] Di Maria. And let’s hope he is fit because it’s wonderful for the Premier League to have a player like that, but that question mark will exist until he gets out on the pitch and proves otherwise.”last_img read more

Coach keeps Argentina guessing about Messi’s future

first_img0Shares0000Press rumours claim Lionel Messi has asked to be excused from Argentina’s friendlies in 2018 © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Aug 21 – Argentina’s interim coach Lionel Scaloni refused to be drawn on Lionel Messi’s international future after leaving the five-time World Player of the Year out of his squad for upcoming friendlies next month.Local media had claimed the Barcelona star asked to be excused from international duty for Argentina’s four remaining friendlies in 2018, starting with a trip to the United States in September to play Guatemala and Colombia. “I’ve spoken with Messi and from that conversation I picked my squad,” said Scaloni, who took over from the sacked Jorge Sampaoli after Argentina’s underwhelming World Cup last-16 elimination to eventual champions France.“We didn’t speak about what could happen in the future. We know what Messi represents for us and we’ll see for the future.”Messi, 31, has retired from international duty once before after missing a penalty in Argentina’s shoot-out defeat by Chile, for the second year running, in the 2016 Copa America final.That lasted little more than a month, though, before Messi returned to the blue and white shirt for Argentina’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.As it turned out, the twice former world champions were on the brink of elimination until a Messi hat-trick in their final qualifier earned a 3-1 come-from-behind victory away to Ecuador and a place at the global showpiece in Russia.He failed to dazzle there, though, and hasn’t spoken publically since the South Americans beat Nigeria in the group stage to earn a spot in the knock-out rounds.Messi wasn’t the only Argentine star to be left off Scaloni’s list as Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, new AC Milan signing Gonzalo Higuain and Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria were also missing.“No player has told me he doesn’t want to be picked,” said Scaloni.“It’s clear that we must include new people in this adventure. I’ve spoken to most players and they’re available.“It’s the time to freshen things up. We’re convinced it’s the right time to call up these lads, they have huge potential.”In form domestic-based pair Cristian Pavon of Boca Juniors and Matias Vargas of Velez Sarsfield were called up alongside young Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez and his recalled club team-mate Mauro Icardi.Argentina play Guatemala on September 7 in Los Angeles before taking on Colombia in New York four days later.They will play two more friendlies in October and November against as yet unnamed opponents.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more