Flying Miracle fancied in the third

first_imgTomorrow’s race meeting at Caymanas Park offers no carryovers, but the 10-race programme looks a bit more challenging than last Saturday’s, and punters should be on guard for upsets.The first Super-6, with a guaranteed minimum of $750,000, gets under way with restricted stakes for three-year-olds and up to be contested by seven starters, including last Saturday’s fast-time winner CHOO CHOO BLUE, the speedy POLLY B with female apprentice Melissa Ward aboard, ZUGULU, and in-form DINNER BY SEVEN.The winner is almost sure to emerge from this quartet, but the lightly raced American three-year-old filly, CHOO CHOO BLUE, looked so improved when running on Lasix for the first time on May 14, clocking a fast 59.0 over the round five course, that she is given the edge over the consistent POLLY B, with in-form Robert Halledeen retaining the ride.Next on the programme is division one of a 3-y-o maiden special over 1200 metres in which 12 have been declared.This race looks tailored for the Patrick Fong-trained NEHEMIAH (Jevanne Erwin up), who, despite a below-par fourth to DYSFUNCTIONAL over 1500 metres on April 16, had run some good races prior to that.Chief among them was his blanket-finish fourth to DR TRAIN over 1300 metres on March 28 but was a disqualified winner over 1100 metres earlier that month. The son of Burning Marque, Luvvy Duvvy should win from KANALOA and THAT’S THE MAN, who ran an improved race for second to PRINCESS EMANUELLE when Lasix was administered last Saturday.The ultra-consistent FLYING MIRACLE caught the eye with a fast-finishing third to SIR SOUTH over 1200 metres on May 11, a distance short of is best. The 6-y-o son of Miracle Man gets the ideal trip of a mile in the third race, and despite the presence of the down in class trio of UNBREAKABLE with champion jockey Shane ELLIs, STAR NEW VISTA and BIGBROWNGREYHOPE, FLYING MIRACLE with apprentice Dane Dawkins riding for trainer Ryan Darby, has most appeal among the eight starters.PHOTO FINISHThe recent winner, WINESHA, with apprentice Javaneil Patterson aboard, is tipped to repeat the expense EUSEBIA and CLEARLY OURS in the fourth race over 1100 metres for $180,000 claimers.Then, take DI COBRE (apprentice Jerome Innis up) to go one better in the fifth race over the straight following his photo-finish second to ELVIRA over the course on April 23; and LUCKY NINE with apprentice Hakeem Pottinger in the sixth. Their respective dangers are the very fit ELVIRA and OK DUDE.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(10 CHOO CHOO BLUE/-POLLY B(2) NEHEMIAH/KANALOA(3) FLYING MIRACLE/-UNBREAKABLE(4) WINESHA/EUSEBIA(5) DI COBRE/ELVIRA(6) LUCKY NINE/OK DUDElast_img read more

‘Natural Resources Must Benefit All’

first_imgMr. Kwenah (immediate left in the African gown) with other stakeholders at the ceremony,-Says new NCL team leader at induction ceremonyThe newly inducted management team leader of the Non-governmental organization (NGO) Coalition of Liberia (NCL) has declared that every Liberian is entitled to resources that God has endowed the country with, and all must therefore benefit from the way the resources are being used.Samuel K. D. Kwenah said stakeholders in the resource sector, specifically the government and concessionaires must ensure that local communities, who are the custodians of these resources, adequately benefit from proceeds of resources that are extracted from their area.Kwenah spoke at the induction ceremony of NCL’s newly elected management team. The ceremony was held on Thursday, August 23, 2018, in Monrovia.Those inducted along with him were Dominic Johns, deputy team leader, Amos Kanneh, secretary, and Judeh F. Blamoh, finance officer.According to Mr. Kwenah, Liberia has a lot of natural resources which, if managed with efficiency and transparency, would transform  the lives of Liberians. “This is possible, but we just have to do our best for all of the people, especially the vulnerable masses, to benefit,” he said.He said that the formation of NCL was as a result of a survey which showed that the perennial conflicts in the country, including the civil war that erupted over the years, are as a result of disenchantment over poor management of natural resources.Kwennah is also  program manager for the Extractive Industry and Human Rights program of Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU), a member NGO to the NCL—a conglomeration of local NGOs involved in natural resources advocacy.The coalition, since its establishment 15 years ago, has been managed by an interim team until this year when the members elected a permanent management team.It was founded in the wake of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) in 2003 by three local NGOs. One of its founding members is the Green Advocates International, headed by Cllr. Alfred Brownell.“While stakeholders at the CPA were all about sharing power and the country’s wealth, NCL was about protecting our natural resources,” Mr. Kwenah said.“Today marks a major milestone in the history of the NCL since its formation because we are consolidating the vision of our founders. We must all endeavor to ensure the proper management of our resources for all Liberians,” he said.Kwenah recalled that Liberia has about half of the entire rain forest remaining in West Africa as 45 percent of the country’s 4.3 million hectares is covered by forest underscoring that with a relatively small population, and rich natural resources, proper management can provide income and opportunities for future generations.According to him, NCL has elevated its strategic plan dialogue on accounts of transparency, accountability and competence as a new management assumes office soon.It can be recalled that a few months ago, the NCL held a five-day retreat at its resource center in Dwazohn, Margibi County, where a five-year strategic plan was developed to re-engage collaborating actors, a process that is aimed at enhancing the proper use of natural resources.The retreat focused not only on conflict resolution in the management of natural resources, but also on strengthening a peaceful coexistence among member NGOs within the coalition.Abraham Guillen, then  representative from the EU delegation who served as the installing officer, said it will be a huge benefit to the country if it is to manage its resources well.“Liberia is a very rich country, and every Liberian can benefit if the right things are done,” Mr. Guillen said. He was also the Team Leader of Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) Support Unit.Guillen then urged the team to ensure unity among its members. “You need not to just work as a team but to differentiate the mandates of each member and the coalition. You can achieve a lot more for your country when you work hard,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rangers hope Sosa more than just show

first_imgIt also didn’t hurt that Texas batting coach Rudy Jaramillo coached Sosa in the Rangers’ minor league system two decades ago and stayed close to him since. Or Sosa agreed to leave his boom box at home and check his entourage at the clubhouse door. That left only two questions and, as Texas general manager Jon Daniels told SI.com last week, Sosa aced the final part of the exam. “We wanted to make sure he wasn’t coming back just to hit 12 home runs,” Daniels told the magazine. And steroids? “He said it was flat-out a non-issue for him,” Daniels added. Sosa has managed to make it a non-issue so far by deflecting questions this way: “Let me make the team first, and then let me worry about this.” It’s not much of an answer, but at least it shows Sosa has his priorities in order. Maybe taking a big risk comes easy to someone who started out playing baseball in the streets with bundled rags for balls and tied-together milk cartons for shoes. And who could forget Sosa in the early days of the steroids scare, calling reporters over to his locker and holding up a bottle of Flintstones vitamins as the source of his considerable power? Or the time he got caught using a corked bat and swore with a straight face that it was just for batting practice, “to put on a show for the people”? This one could turn out to be a show, too, or more likely, a sideshow to Barry Bonds’ gloomy pursuit of Hank Aaron’s cherished mark. Either way, it’s an audacious dare. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If you don’t think that stings, then you don’t know Sosa. “I’ve missed the fans. I’ve missed crowds of 40,000, I’ve missed hitting,” Sosa said. “I’ve missed doing what I do.” No sooner had Sosa hit his second home run of the exhibition season – out of the appropriately named Surprise Stadium in a win Wednesday over the Diamondbacks – a lot of people sounded convinced he still can do what he once did. The Rangers’ risk in this is minimal. As if the contract didn’t prove they’re no longer in the charity business, know that owner Tom Hicks parted with even that piece of change only after sitting down to dinner with Sosa and sending his scouts to the Dominican Republic to confirm Sosa was working as hard as reports said he was. Judging by his appearance this spring – a taut 225 pounds – Sosa was. But money, at least as one measure of how far his star has fallen, does matter. Mike Piazza, who’s also 38, is getting $8.5 million to be a designated hitter in Oakland, and he trails Sosa on the career RBI list by almost 300. The guy Piazza replaced, 38-year-old Frank Thomas, just signed for two years and $18 million in Toronto, and he’s 101 home runs behind Sosa on that list. center_img Sammy Sosa didn’t come out of hiding and amble into baseball for the money. He’s got plenty. Even if Sosa earns a spot with the Texas Rangers as a designated hitter and triggers every bonus clause in his contract during the regular season – the final frontier: 600 plate appearances – he still makes only $2.8 million. That might sound like a lot, but not to a guy who banked eight-figure checks nearly every year for a decade. last_img read more