Nelson off to Canada

first_imgThree-time champion jockey Dane Nelson left the island yesterday to ride in Canada for an extended period for the second consecutive year. The 32-year-old, who is the leading jockey with 26 winners so far this season, will ride at Assiniboia Downs, Northlands, and Canada’s premier racetrack, Woodbine in Toronto. Nelson, popularly called the ‘Warrior Chief’, was champion jockey for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014. Having ridden the brilliant 3-y-o filly to victory in the recent Post to Post Guineas over a mile, Nelson will miss the ride in the April 30 Jamaica Oaks. He has, however, disclosed that he will return home to ride her in the June 25 Jamaica Derby over 2400 metres. Meanwhile, the filly’s trainer, Gary Subratie, said reigning champion Shane Ellis is likely to ride her in the Oaks. Nelson, who rode 46 winners on his first visit to Canada last year, joins fellow jockeys Paul ‘Country” Francis, Richard Mairs, and Shamaree Muir, who all left the island in recent weeks to ride in Canada. – O.C.last_img read more

National Reference Laboratory still not testing for mosquito-borne diseases

first_img– amid surge of dengue, ZikaAlthough it was announced that the National Public Health Reference Laboratory would commence testing for Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses, blood samples from suspected cases are still being sent overseas for testing.The Public Health Ministry had declared that the Laboratory, which was expected to start testing for mosquito-borne viruses years ago, would commence testing soon, since it has two trained medical technologists working at the facility. However, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) continues to receive samples for testing.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, stated that the Laboratory has been constrained by a shortage of consumables to test for the different viruses.“We are concerned about this matter, particularly that we are unable to test for Zika, since it is on a rise,” he said.The CARPHA had trained the two Guyanese medical technologists attached to the National Public Health Reference Laboratory to test for the three vector-borne diseases. Shameza Ally Sonaram and Johanna Vaughn had completed training at the agency on operating equipment to test vector-borne diseases and were expected to work along with a number of other specialist staff identified by the Ministry to perform specific duties in helping them complete these tests.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud had stated that the Laboratory would be the principal testing site. “We had the intention to build capacity level at our National Public Health Reference Laboratory, but, of course, you know these lab tests are very specific, and not only require special skills, operators and technicians, but also require special equipment,” he said.So far, there have been 5375 reported cases of Chikungunya, with 264 confirmed cases, and 35 confirmed cases of Zika in Guyana. There are also 303 confirmed cases of dengue fever in Guyana.The rise in these vector-borne diseases had influenced the move towards facilitating local testing.last_img read more

Guyana records 9.2% tourists increase

first_imgGuyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has recorded a 9.2 per cent increase in tourists to Guyana compared to the same period last year.In its mid-year re port, the GTA revealed that Guyana has since gained 122,967 visitors for the period January- May 2019 compared to 112,578 persons over the same period last year.Visitors from the Caribbean account for 49.4 per cent, while those from the United States and Canada account for 31.1 per cent and 7.1 per cent respectively.In 2018, Guyana had recorded a 17 per cent increase in visitors’ arrivals up to September. As such, the sector was given a massive boost with $305 million being allocated to GTA in the 2019 Budget and $93 million to the Department of Tourism.Former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had noted that the increase was given in recognition of the importance of the tourism sector.Guyana had also recorded the highest increase in growth in the tourism sector within the Caribbean during the first half of 2018, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organisation during a State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) held in The Bahamas. In March of this year, Guyana was awarded in Berlin after being named the number one “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world from among the top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide. The newly-created “Best of Ecotourism” category was added in 2019, and put Guyana up against very well-known and experienced ecotourism destinations like Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.GTA President Brian Mullis had said of Guyana, ““Guyana has expended considerable effort in recent years not only to develop new and innovative eco-friendly tourism products as a part of the national Green State Development Strategy, but also to incorporate sustainable tourism best practices into all aspects of its strategy, planning and programming while educating the world about its deep commitment to maximising the positive socio-economic and conservation outcomes from tourism.”Further, Guyana was also honoured at the “Golden City Gate” Film Awards held in Berlin as the winner of the ‘Destinations’ category. Destination Guyana took first place for its nature destination video in the worldwide video competition that has been running for 19 years.last_img read more

Trackers make late comeback to tie Grande Prairie

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers got one out of a possible four points this past weekend.The Trackers played a pair of games on home ice at the Pomeroy Sports Centre, hosting the St. Albert Source for Sports Crusaders on Saturday, and the Grande Prairie Athletic Club Storm on Sunday.On Saturday, the Trackers were sluggish to get out of the gate, while the Crusaders came out flying. St. Albert led Northeast BC 2-0 early in the second, before Jeridyn Loewen scored on the powerplay assisted by Connor Bowie to cut the Crusaders’ lead in half. St. Albert was done yet, as they scored a third goal with two minutes left in the second frame.- Advertisement -The Alberta-based team would add another pair of goals early in the third before Bowie scored with 4:33 left in the game. An empty-netter sealed the deal as St. Albert won 6-2.On Sunday, the Trackers faced off against their division rivals from Grande Prairie. Nick Vanderploeg got the Trackers on the board first with a powerplay goal assisted by Jeridyn Loewen and Joel Bourgeois with a late first period goal. The Storm answered back just over a minute later to tie things up going into the second frame.The Athletic Club got a go-ahead goal in the first four minutes for the stanza. Though Connor Bowie answered right back to tie things up, the GPAC Storm took a 3-2 lead going into the third frame.Advertisement Late in the third, Grande Prairie made it a two goal lead with a disputed deflection that could have possibly been a kicked puck. The disputed call seemed to fire the Trackers up. After being assessed a minor for Interference, Bowie jumped out of the box with a minute and a half left and took a pass from Cooper Beamish, scoring to get the Trackers to within one.With the goaltender pulled, the Trackers kept applying pressure in the forward zone. With only twelve seconds left and a shot about to be taken from the high slot, Grande Prairie intentionally dislodged their own net, earning a penalty shot for the Trackers. Stepping up at centre ice, Aiden Craig-Steele faked out netminder Brayden Gyurkovits forehand side, easily roofing it backhand top shelf to tie the game.The Trackers are back on the road this weekend, facing off for a tournament in Prince George.last_img read more

Happy monkeys

first_imgStill, it’s a tad galling to see all this attention lavished on a few visiting primates when L.A.’s residential primates – namely, us – don’t get the same consideration for our living conditions or aesthetics. Few of L.A.’s neighborhoods would pass feng shui muster – or any rational quality-of-life metric – what with the lax billboard rules, crammed streets, crumbling sidewalks, lack of streetlights, and traffic-clogged roads belching fumes. In a city that scarcely pays attention to planning for its residents’ needs, it’s amazing to see the care given to its zoo population. No one wants unhealthy living conditions for monkeykind. But why should that be OK for humankind? THE Los Angeles Zoo is taking no chances with its new golden-monkey exhibit. The zoo is building a $7.4 million enclosure to house a trio of Chinese primates being loaned to the city starting at the end of the year. And the zoo is doing everything it can think of to make sure the living conditions make for happy monkeys. Everything, it turns out, includes hiring a feng shui consultant to see to it that the enclosure design gives appropriate consideration to “life-force energy” flowing through, not to mention a happy baby-monkey-making place. Yes, it might all seem a little new-agey and touchy-feely. But the silly extravagances aside, it does makes sense for the city to take the extra care to create a habitat to best suit its monkey investment. The terms of China’s “loan” of the monkeys, after all, carries a $100,000-a-year price tag. And gone are the days of concrete cell-block zoos. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire’ author Martin Fletcher joins Hawksbee and Jacobs

first_imgAuthor Martin Fletcher joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to discuss his new book, ‘Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire’ which asks questions of the original inquiry.The Bradford City fan, who lost three generations of his family in the stadium fire, believes the fire was not an accident.Listen to the emotional interview by clicking abovelast_img

Lancaster recognized as business-friendly

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Also honored Tuesday night was Northrop Grumman Corp., for its business leadership in economic development, and Jack Kyser, the nonprofit business advocacy group’s chief economist. “Northrop Grumman displays outstanding economic development leadership and corporate citizenship,” Allen said. “They provide high quality jobs for the Los Angeles County area, and their commitment to educating and training our future work force ensures that we will continue to nurture and grow our region’s prosperity.” Northrop Grumman, a global defense and technology company, employs 120,000 workers – 20,500 of them in the county. Kyser, on the job for 25 years, was awarded the Eddy for excellence in economic development leadership. He is recognized as an expert in interpreting and forecasting economic trends in the five-county region, and for analyzing major industries in the area. BEVERLY HILLS – Lancaster, which created 5,000 new jobs in recent years under a pro-business flag, was named Tuesday night as the county’s “Most Business Friendly City.” The Antelope Valley city edged out immediate neighbor Palmdale, along with Santa Clarita, Burbank, Cerritos and Long Beach in the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.’s 12th annual Eddy Awards at the Beverly Hilton “The city of Lancaster best represents what can be achieved when our city governments work side-by-side with the business community to create business-friendly environments where quality jobs can grow,” said Bill Allen, LAEDC president and chief executive officer. Among the city’s business-friendly programs noted by judges was the Mayor’s Roundtable where companies meet with the mayor and city department heads to resolve issues. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Two men charged in connection with Orange Hall and Church attack

first_imgTwo men have pleaded guilty to charges of arson and criminal damage following an attack at an Orange Hall and adjoining Presbyterian church in Convoy.The attack happened on October 3rd, 2014. The two men, Damien Murray and Eamonn McGill today pleaded guilty to connected charges following the attacks.The men’s cases have been adjourned until the December sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court.Damien Murray, aged 35, of 26 Ardmiran Park, Stranorlar, is charged with arson at Convoy Thiepval Memorial Loyal Orange lodge Number 1005, Kiltoal, Convoy.The other man, Eamonn McGill, aged 33, of Machmeendstown, Convoy, was charged with causing criminal damage to the door at Convoy Presbyterian Church, Letterkenny Road, Convoy.Judge Terence O’Sullivan also ordered a medical and psychiatric report in the case of Murray and also ordered McGill to sign on at Ballybofey Garda station.A previous sitting of the courts had heard evidence of how there was more than €240,000 in damage caused to the Orange Hall.Two men charged in connection with Orange Hall and Church attack was last modified: April 27th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arsonattackconvoycriminal damageletterkennyOrange Halllast_img read more


first_imgGolf News:Although the winter is well and truly still here, it’s time to dust off the snow from the clubs and join club captain Noel Fisher and lady captain Iris Condron for their joint drive-in this Sunday 1st March.The format will be a mixed scramble, alway good for a laugh, and the tee times are 9.30 am and 1 pm. Intending participants, including members of neighbouring Portsalon GC, should have their names in to the clubhouse, at 9158319, 30 minutes before tee off.The club would also wish to offer condolences to members Gerard, Patsy, Brendan and Louis Gallagher on the passing this week of their mother Jennie. May she rest in peaceGOLF NEWS: OTWAY CAPTAIN’S DRIVE-IN TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: February 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more

Every Premier League team’s pre-season fixtures and schedule revealed

first_img 5 How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Preparations will continue when teams report back to pre-season training, although this year, due to the World Cup, the training programme will be shorter than usual ahead of the campaign kicking off on August 11.But who is playing who this 2018 pre-season? talkSPORT have collected all the data released so far, and present every match scheduled by a Premier League team this summer.You can see all the details below…ARSENALJuly 14: Boreham Wood v Arsenal (3pm) – Meadow Park, BorehamwoodJuly 26: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid (7.30am) – National Stadium, SingaporeJuly 28: Arsenal v Paris Saint-Germain (7.30am) – National Stadium, SingaporeAugust 4: Arsenal v Chelsea (2pm) – Friends Arena, Stockholm The World Cup might be going on right now, but that doesn’t mean the Premier League has been forgotten about.The fixtures for 2018/19 have been released, managers have been sacked and replaced, and signings have been made as every side looks to do better than last year. gameday England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 5 MANCHESTER UNITEDJuly 19: Manchester United v Club America (7pm) – Phoenix University Stadium, ArizonaJuly 22: Manchester United v San Jose Earthquakes (2pm) – Levi’s Stadium, Santa ClaraJuly 25: Manchester United v AC Milan (11pm) – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CaliforniaJuly 28: Manchester United v Liverpool (5pm) – Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MichiganJuly 31: Manchester United v Real Madrid (8pm) – Hard Rock Stadium, MiamiAugust 5: Bayern Munich v Manchester United (7.15pm) – Allianz Arena, MunichNEWCASTLE UNITEDJuly 17: St. Patrick’s Athletic v Newcastle (7.45pm) – Richmond Park, DublinJuly 24: Hull City v Newcastle (7.45pm) – KCOM Stadium, HullJuly 28: Porto v Newcastle (7.30pm) – Estadio do Dragao, PortoAugust 4: Newcastle v Augsburg (3pm) St James’ Park, NewcastleSOUTHAMPTONJuly 5: Southampton v FC Schalke 04 (12.30pm) – Kunshan Stadium, KunshanJuly 11: Jiangsu Suning v Southampton (12.30pm) – Xuzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, XuzhouTOTTENHAM HOTSPURJuly 25: Tottenham v Roma (10pm) – SDCCU Stadium, San DiegoJuly 28: Tottenham v Barcelona (11pm) – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CaliforniaJuly 31: Tottenham v AC Milan (8.30pm) – U.S. Bank Stadium, MinneapolisWATFORDJuly 27: v Stevenage v Watford (7.30pm) – The Lamex Stadium, StevenageJuly 28: v Brentford v Watford (3pm) – Griffin Park, LondonAugust 4: Watford v TBC (3pm) – Vicarage Road, WatfordWEST HAM UNITEDJuly 8: FC Winterthur v West Ham (3pm) – TBC, SwitzerlandJuly 14: Wycombe Wanderers v West Ham (3pm) – Adams Park, WycombeJuly 21: Preston North End v West Ham (3pm) – Deepdale, PrestonJuly 25: Aston Villa v West Ham (7.45pm) – Bescot Stadium, WalsallJuly 28: Ipswich Town v West Ham (3pm) – Portman Road, Ipswich 5 possible standings 5 ALTERED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes HUDDERSFIELD TOWNJuly 10: Bury v Huddersfield (7.45pm) – Gigg Lane, BuryJuly 14: Accrington Stanley v Huddersfield (3pm) – Wham Stadium, AccringtonJuly 25: Huddersfield v Lyon (7.45pm) – John Smith’s Stadium, HuddersfieldLEICESTER CITYJuly 21: Notts County v Leicester (3pm) – Meadow Lane, NottinghamAugust 1: Leicester v Valencia (7.45pm) – King Power Stadium, LeicesterLIVERPOOLJuly 7: Chester v Liverpool (3pm) – Deva Stadium, ChesterJuly 11: Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool (7.30pm) – Prenton Park, TranmereJuly 14: Bury v Liverpool (3pm) – Gigg Lane, BuryJuly 19: Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool (7.45pm) – Ewood Park, BlackburnJuly 22: Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund (4pm) – Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North CarolinaJuly 25: Liverpool v Manchester City (8pm) – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New JerseyJuly 28: Liverpool v Manchester United (5pm) – Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MichiganAugust 4: Liverpool v Napoli (6pm) – Aviva Stadium, DublinAugust 7: Liverpool v Torino (7.30pm) – AnfieldMANCHESTER CITYJuly 20: Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund (9pm) – Soldier Field, ChicagoJuly 25: Manchester City v Liverpool (8pm) – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New JerseyJuly 28: Manchester City v Bayern Munich (7pm) – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERSJuly 10: Basel v Wolves (6pm) – Tissot-Arena, BielJuly 14: Young Boys v Wolves (3pm) – Berner Stadion, NeufeldJuly 19: Wolves v Ajax (2pm) – Bescot Stadium, WalsallJuly 25: Stoke City v Wolves (7.45pm) – Bet365 Stadium, StokeJuly 28: Derby County v Wolves (3pm) – Pride Park, DerbyAugust 4: Wolves v Villarreal (3pm) – Molineux, Wolverhampton predicted Latest Premier League news How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures center_img How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics crackers 5 New Arsenal manager Unai Emery takes his side to Singapore BOURNEMOUTHJuly 27: Bristol City v Bournemouth (7pm) – Ashton Gate, BristolJuly 28: Nottingham Forest v Bournemouth (3pm) – City Ground, NottinghamBRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBIONJuly 21: AFC Wimbledon v Brighton (3pm) – Cherry Red Records Stadium, LondonJuly 24: Charlton Athletic v Brighton (7.45pm) – The Valley, LondonJuly 28: Birmingham City v Brighton (3pm) – St Andrew’s Stadium, BirminghamBURNLEYJuly 13: Cork City v Burnley (7pm) – Turners Cross, CorkJuly 20: Macclesfield Town v Burnley (7.45pm) – Moss Rose, MacclesfieldJuly 20: Curzon Ashton v Burnley (7.45pm) – Tameside Stadium, Ashton-under-LyneJuly 23: Preston North End v Burnley (7.45pm) – Deepdale, PrestonJuly 29: Burnley v Montpellier (1.30pm) – Turf Moor, BurnleyAugust 5: Burnley v Espanyol (1.30pm) – Turf Moor, Burnley possible xi NEW ERA New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini leads his side in five pre-season fixtures How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? CARDIFF CITYJuly 16: Tavistock AFC v Cardiff (7pm) – Langsford Park, TavistockJuly 18: Bodmin Town v Cardiff (7pm) – Priory Park, BodminJuly 20: Torquay United v Cardiff (7pm) – Plainmoor, TorquayJuly 25: Rotherham United v Cardiff (7.45pm) – New York Stadium, RotherhamJuly 28: Burton Albion v Cardiff (2pm) – Pirelli Stadium, BurtonCHELSEAJuly 23: Perth Glory v Chelsea (12pm) – Optus Stadium, PerthJuly 28: Chelsea v Inter Milan (TBC) – Allianz Riviera Stadium, NiceAugust 1: Chelsea v Arsenal (TBC) – Aviva Stadium, DublinAugust 7: Chelsea v Lyon (TBC) – Stamford Bridge, LondonCRYSTAL PALACEJuly 12: Helsingor v Crystal Palace (5.30pm) – Helsingor Stadium, HelsingorJuly 16: Halmstads v Crystal Palace (5.30pm) – Orjans Vall, HalmstadJuly 21: Oxford United v Crystal Palace (3pm) – Kassam Stadium, OxfordJuly 24: Stevenage v Crystal Palace (7.45pm) – Lamex Stadium, StevenageJuly 28: Reading v Crystal Palace (3pm) – Madejski Stadium, ReadingJuly 31: Boreham Wood v Crystal Palace (TBC) – Meadow Park, BorehamwoodAugust 7: Kingstonian v Crystal Palace (TBC) – King George’s Field, TolworthEVERTONAugust 4: Everton v Valencia (3pm) – Goodison Park, LiverpoolFULHAMJuly 7: Crawley Town v Fulham (TBC) – Motspur Park, LondonJuly 14: Reading v Fulham (1.30pm) – Recreation Ground, Aldershot Burnley have Europa League fixtures against Aberdeen during their pre-season schedule smart causal who plays? Pep Guardiola’s Man City are hoping to retain the Premier League title How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Slavisa Jokanovic guided Fulham back to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs silverware last_img read more