O’Neil Hinds: Small owner making big moves

first_imgWith the first quarter having ended, popular owner O’Shaun Connection (O’Neil Hinds) has held off the chasing pack to maintain his lead in the owners’ championship, thanks to back-to-back winners at Caymanas Park on Easter Monday.His winners were 4-5 favourites FLYING MIRACLE and BRAVE PROSPECT in the seventh and eighth races, respectively. Both were ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Neive Graham.Once again, Hinds said he was happy to see his familiar light blue silks carried to victory by his two horses, as he duly ticked off his eighth and ninth wins of the season.”Winning races is the joy of every owner and speaking personally, I am thrilled to win not one race today, but two. This has enabled me to hold on to the lead ahead of closest rivals Elizabeth DaCosta and Carlton Watson, with over $3.1milion in stakes,” he explained.”The fact that I have neither a classic horse nor a grade one horse at my disposal will affect my numbers down the road, but the key is to win consistently with claiming horses and see where it takes us, as I would love to win the owners’ championship one day,” said the 40-year-old owner.WON 19 RACESHinds said his aim is to surpass his best ever season in 2013, when he won 19 races. His winners that year included the best horse he has owned to date, FANTABULOUS, who won races up to the open allowance level.Hinds said FANTABULOUS was successful at stud and is the dam of a filly sired by Adore The Gold at New Blue Stud Farm. Also doing stud duties is PRINCESS SHANEIL, who enjoyed a fairly successful racing career.A successful businessman, Hinds is the owner of the O & S Tack Room situated in the official car park at Caymanas Park. The Tack Room, operated by his wife Shauna-Kay Hinds, sells a wide range of horse accessories, medication and equipment to horsemen at the track.”The facility came on stream in the summer of 2013 and has gone a far way in making things available to horsemen in an effort to make their work easier. Given its success, we went that extra mile by sponsoring a race – the O & S Tack Room Trophy – run annually in August for the past two years. This is our way of giving back to the sport,” he emphasised.Meanwhile, on a day when the young claiming apprentice Linton Steadman rode three winners on the holiday card, the 2-1 favourite SHINING LIGHT, with Paul Francis riding for owner/trainer Gary Griffiths, outfinished 5-2 chance DWAYNE STAR by a neck to win the Easter Sprint Cup overnight allowance feature over 1100 metres.last_img read more

Burying Our Ebola Dead: MOH Cannot Escape Its Urgent Professional Responsibility

first_imgWe carried on Monday a very sad, disturbing story about two decomposing Ebola bodies in Weala, Margibi County, that have had a traumatic effect on the town and its inhabitants.  The deceased, members of the Tate family, had  been dead for well over a week and all attempts to get Health workers there to remove the bodies have proved unsuccessful. This terrible episode has forced inhabitants of the neighborhood to flee the area, becoming displaced persons in their own town. Only last Tuesday, August 5—coincidentally the very day the Tates died—we published an editorial calling on government to return to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare its professional responsibility for burying the Ebola dead.  We argued that caring for the dead is not a political function relegated to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), as suggested by Health Minister Walter Gwenigale, but rather a medical and scientific function that often involves a medical doctor, especially with specialization in pathology. And now here we are, with people dropping dead all over the place and the seeming total confusion and incapacity of government to handle their remains.  In the Jos Hansen area of United Nations Drive down Waterside last weekend, another corpse was found and neighbors had to put it in a plastic bag and haul it by rope to be buried in a shallow grave.  In Grand Cape Mount, too, an Ebola body was recently abandoned in a home, where they left an eight-child.  The child also died.It is very sad that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH) has rejected our argument that they, more than any other GOL agency, are responsible for dead bodies, most especially the highly contagious Ebola dead.  On Tuesday morning, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, told the Daily Observer that MOH “is no longer responsible for Ebola bodies, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs.”  This means that MOH has failed to see that because they have surrendered their medical and scientific responsibility, leaving Ebola bodies to politicians, who have NO expertise in this business, bodies continue to lie unattended, causing greater spread of the epidemic.MOH does not see that the Ebola corpse crisis continues.  On Tuesday we reported that some 45 bodies had been improperly buried, again in Johnsonville, and the stench has driven people from their neighborhoods.  When contacted, of MIA officials issued the alarming statement that “Removal of dead bodies is not relevant!”Can Doctors Gwenigale and Bernice Dahn now see what we are talking about?  The MIA is NOT the proper agency to handle this matter because that is not what they were trained to do.We call on the President immediately to return the responsibility for Ebola bodies to the MOH and give them the money, equipment and supplies to do this urgent job, lest the spread of the Ebola virus will continue.What happened in Weala and now again in Johnsonville should never be allowed to happen again, for such a situation is highly dangerous, and could further expose people in the surrounding areas to the virus.The MOH and its local and international partners should develop a comprehensive strategy to handle Ebola corpses.  The MOH and partners should equip the handlers with full protective gear, with the chemicals they need to spray the remains, and with sufficient and well organized transportation to ferry the bodies to recognized  burial sites and the crematorium.  MOH should lease vehicles from Monrovia’s rental dealerships to carry out the task at hand.  But we can understand if some rental agencies may be reluctant to get involved.  GOL should then purchase of a fleet of minibuses specifically to be used as hearses for the Ebola dead.Another problem we at the Daily Observer have heard about is that the Ebola response hotlines are not functioning.  We have heard countless complaints from people who say they have called these hotlines repeatedly and no one answers.  We hope that the MOH can fix this other problem, too, by deploying and crash-training non-essential hospital staff to manage the hotlines.  These operators should be strongly instructed to be helpful, clear and empathetic, realizing that they are dealing with people in distress.   Non-English speakers should be connected to operators who speak their languages.  This can be done and such a system can be well established and continue to everyone’s benefit even after Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Karakara, Speightland residents call for desilting of creeks, river

first_imgA resident standing in a section of the river that needs desilting to demonstrate how shallow it has becomeSand build-up at a section of the river…say farmlands, livelihoods affectedResidents of the Speightland and Karakara communities in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are appealing for sections of the creeks and the Demerara River area to be desilted. According to the residents, sections of the waterways in the communities are severely blocked due to bauxite overburden sediments caused by mining activities.They noted that this is an issue which has been affecting them for a number of years as farmers explained that many farmlands are under water.Residents further explained to this publication that some sections of the river and creeks which they utilise as modes of transportation have been rendered impassible.Speaking with this publication, affected resident Eddy Edwards noted that the situation gets even worse when there is low tide.“The issue is the sand that comes from the mines area – the tail end that draws to the creek…we’re looking for assistance…” he indicated.The resident added that there is a severe blockage which has caused a section of the community’s creek to disappear.“We had to cut a small channel to pass and it’s very hard to pass sometimes. It’s worse now,” he said.Edwards said he has made requests to the mining company in the area in the past but no assistance has since been granted.The issue, he noted, has had major effects on the livelihood of residents.“People need to use their land to farm, but right now it is under water, for ‘umpteen’ years…people does work up here, I mean for themselves, like lumber; Amerindians accustomed to farming, fishing. Now it’s become a even more bigger issue because it not only blocking the creek but the river too,” Edwards pointed out.Farmers of the predominantly Amerindian community, Speightland, utilise the creeks and rivers to transport their produce and according to Shouldel Persaud, a resident, it is difficult to traverse with paddles or speedboats due to the shallowness of the creeks and river.He noted too that this often results in damages to the boats.“Sometimes you come out here [to a section of the creek] and you can’t pass. It’s pure sand, no water. Every day you carrying out your greens you got to come out and push in your boat when you meet out at the creek mouth. If is high tide you could drive in but time like now [low tide] you got to come in and push in your boat. Otherwise to that, you got to wait til the water rise to come in back. That is the problem”, he noted.At a particular section of the river, one can actually walk to the middle without any hassle as was demonstrated by a resident.Persaud pointed out that years ago, residents got some relief after the affected areas were dug by an excavator but he said the issue has since returned.According to Edwards, there is need for proper maintenance of the areas to prevent the issue from recurring.“The Government should desilt this creek, get some sort of dredge operation. They need to build back the depth and they have to keep servicing it all the time because more the depth goes more sand will go. So they have to keep clearing it all the time. The other thing is, they got to do a diversion, re-channel the creek. That will serve a lot of the problems here – get all the lands that under water dry”, he said.Edwards said he is even willing to secure a dredge to undertake the works if he is given a contract to do so. But he noted that he is still sceptical that anyone will look into the issue since residents have been making this request for years.“This is a really big issue and nobody is paying attention,” he noted. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

Bush-Clinton team rallies grads

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DURHAM, N.H. – Former presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton put politics aside Saturday, urging University of New Hampshire graduates to focus on helping others both in their community and around the world. The former rivals have worked together in recent years, raising millions of dollars for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. “I can’t tell you the selfish pleasure I get out of working with President Clinton,” Bush told a chilly, damp crowd of about 17,000 at the outdoor ceremony. “It’s a very selfish feeling in my heart to be out there doing something to help others.” Bush, who joked about all the “broke but happy parents” in the audience, told the 2,650 graduates that they don’t have to run for office to become leaders. “All you have to do is care, roll up your sleeves and claim one of society’s problems as your own,” he said. Clinton told students that while they are graduating in a “culturally diverse and creative time,” they also face a world marred by “inequality, insecurity, and – because of climate change and resource depletion – unsustainability.” “I believe that you are going to be given a great opportunity to change this world of division and divisiveness because it’s also a world full of decency and hope,” he said. The former president also made a lighthearted reference to his wife’s campaign for president in thanking J. Bonnie Newman, the university’s interim president. “Thank you Madam President Newman,” he said. “I like the sound of that. I’ve decided that women should run everything, and George and I can play more golf.”last_img read more

Arsenal transfer report: Gunners target wantaway Marseille youngster

first_img Bilal Boutobba (right) in action for France’s Under-17s last season Arsenal are set to mount a pursuit for Sevilla target Bilal Boutobba, according to reports in Spain.The Marseille teenager has been on the Gunners’ radar since January and he recently rejected a new contract offer from the Ligue 1 club.Sevilla were leading the race to land the attacking midfielder but, according to Estadio Deportivo, the north Londoners are now ready to gatecrash the Spanish club’s plans.A France youth international, Boutobba made his senior debut at the age of 16 but has been kept back in the club’s second team this season.But that has not prevented Arsenal and Sevilla from continuing to scout the youngster. Both clubs are expected to make contact with the player before the end of the season to try and negotiate a free transfer. 1last_img read more

Lashbrook opening marks beginning of project

first_imgEL MONTE – Nearly 200 people celebrated the opening Saturday of Lashbrook Park, touted as the beginning of what hopefully will become a series of interconnecting recreation areas along the San Gabriel River. El Monte officials said the teardrop-shaped 1.8-acre park was once a blighted area peppered with junk and a home for vagrants. “If you had seen it before, it was just a mess,” City Manager Juan D. Mireles said. El Monte joined with Los Angeles County, the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and Amigos de los Rios to spearhead the $600,000 project, which broke ground a year ago. Lashbrook also marks a unique collaboration between several groups: the California Conservation, Los Angeles Conservation and San Gabriel Valley corps, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The park was transformed into what one official called “a crown jewel” in the “Emerald Necklace,” a name for what is hoped will be 17 miles trails, parkland and waterways along the river from Duarte to Pico Rivera. But getting the park was not easy, officials said. First off, nearby residents opposed it. “We heard the pain of this community when we came here two years ago,” said Claire Robinson, executive director of Amigos de los Rios. “When we came they said they did not want a park.” She said the city addressed the residents’ concerns. “Today, let’s celebrate,” she said. “I invite all of you to move up the river with us and start working on the next park immediately.” The 3141 Lashbrook St. park has a play area, benches, native trees and plants and signs giving the English and Tongva Indian names for the featured plants. “It’s a beautiful day in El Monte,” Mayor Ernie Gutierrez said. “It’s a historical day in El Monte as well.” “I never thought we’d have something like Lashbrook here,” said Gutierrez. “It’s a wonderful thing that’s happening.” County Supervisor Gloria Molina was praised throughout much of the opening ceremony for getting some funds for the project. “I wish I could say I did it by myself,” she said. “But that is not the case.” Molina said later $1 million in Proposition A funds would be available for other parks. Among those celebrating the new park Saturday was Jasmine Rodriguez. The 7-year-old was testing out the new playground. “I like it,” she said of the park, listing the swings, tetherball, and “dirt” as among her favorites. When asked to elaborate, she couldn’t. It was her turn to whack the tetherball. Staff Writer Araceli Esparza contributed to this story. phil.drake@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

The pressure of the Man United job has changed Jose Mourinho, talkSPORT told

first_img1 Jose Mourinho has not been a picture of happiness this season Jose Mourinho has changed from a charismatic guy to ‘very dour’ since taking charge of Manchester United.This is the view of former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan, who was speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.Appointed in the summer to replace Louis van Gaal, Mourinho has never recaptured the early spirit that was associated with him when in his first spell in charge of Chelsea over a decade ago.Even his return to Stamford Bridge in 2013 saw Mourinho possess a more reserved personality, and he called himself ‘the Happy One’ when first introduced to the media.However, his time at Old Trafford has been marred by apparent attitude problems and a consistently miserable media personality.Jordan believes he has only become dour because he is in charge of the Red Devils, with the pressures of the United job getting to the Portuguese coach.Jordan told talkSPORT: “I don’t really understand Mourinho’s temperament these days. Maybe it’s highlighted by the nature of people like Klopp who are so effervescent.“He’s gone from this very charismatic guy to very dour, and I think it’s to do with the size and scale of the Manchester United job – that brings its own set of pressures.”With United guaranteed to finish sixth in the Premier League this season, Mourinho has lost all interest in the last few domestic matches to focus entirely upon the Europa League final.The Red Devils play Ajax in the Stockholm showpiece just three days after their final day clash against Crystal Palace – and Mourinho is expected to name a line-up against the Eagles which is a youth team in all-but name.That Europa League final will determine whether United qualify for next season’s Champions League, and will be the factor as to whether Mourinho’s debut season has been a success or a failure.However, Jordan feels – whatever the result against Ajax – United have underperformed this term.He added: “The reality is that Manchester United have underperformed this season in lots of different ways, from the amount of money they’ve spent“As Graeme Souness said, they had their trousers taken down in the [Paul] Pogba deal.“At the end of the day, Manchester United should still, with respect, beat Ajax on Thursday [sic] whether they are playing Crystal Palace on Sunday or not.“Let’s be clear – they barely turned out and lifted a leg against Southampton, did they?”last_img read more

And now for the hard part

first_imgStunned in the opening set by a young National University trying to pull off another statement win, Ateneo needed to dig deep to fetch a 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 triumph Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre and keep its winning streak intact.“The first round was really a tough one for us,” said Almadro. “We really learned a lot from here but I’m telling my players that going into the second round, it will not be any easier.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Lady Bulldogs showed just how much opponents will be clawing at the Lady Eagles. Given little hope against a team that entered the game on a five-game win streak, NU drew inspiration from a gutsy victory over University of the Philippines to carve out an opening set win.“They really showed us that despite being rookies, they can compete against veterans and all of the teams in the UAAP actually,” said skipper Bea de Leon, who finished with 13 points, behind Maddie Madayag’s team-high 17. “That was one of the toughest games we played actually for me.” Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:42PH 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 Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo coach Oliver Almadro and his Lady Eagles needed to battle their way to the top of UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball.And he warned his wards that things would only get tougher.ADVERTISEMENT “It was kind of a wake-up call in the first set seeing how they played and they did a really good job,” said Kat Tolentino, who added 10 points, the same output of Ponggay Gaston.  “I think it’s their mentality that they have nothing to lose. If they win, then it’s a good boost for them. But if they lose they’re rookies so it’s not as much pressure [as it is] for us.”And if Ateneo needs any reminder just how tough the second round will be, La Salle provided it in the second game as the Lady Spikers stayed at the heels of the Lady Eagles with a 25-15, 25-19, 26-24 victory over last year’s Finals foe Far Eastern U.It was the fifth win in seven games for La Salle, which kept Ateneo’s 6-1 record within reach.“We have to put more effort and more sacrifices this second round. Teams will want to beat us, they will play even better. So hopefully the positivity and energy will manifest in the second round,” said Almadro.“I think the second round will definitely be harder because of the adjustments of the teams,” added Tolentino.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Fun and games help Beermen surround newcomer Romeo with family atmosphere SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FEU was in it in the third set, overhauling a six-point deficit to take set point at 24-23. But Tin Tiamzon found her range and La Salle’s vaunted blocking clicked just in time so that by the time Des Cheng shuttled in the winning point, the Lady Spikers deflated the Lady Tamaraws’ fight. —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more