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

Exmar Secures Final USD 200 Mn for Caribbean FLNG

first_imgzoom Belgium’s LNG and LPG carrier owner and operator Exmar has secured a USD 200 million financing for its floating liquefaction unit Caribbean FLNG.The financing deal was reached with Bank of China, Sinosure and a leading European financial institution, according to Exmar.Currently under construction at Wison Offshore and Marine shipyard, the Caribbean FLNG is scheduled to be delivered in the coming weeks, after being postponed a number of times.The proceeds from the financing will be used to pay the last instalment to the shipyard.Caribbean FLNG was set to work for Canada-based oil and gas company Pacific Exploration and Production (PEP), however, the agreement between Exmar and PEP was terminated in March 2016.“Progress has been made on the future employment of the Caribbean FLNG and future communication on this is expected in the coming months,” the company said in April.last_img read more

RCMP keeping an eye on Burnaby Mountain protest

first_imgAPTN National NewsA British Columbia judge granted an injunction to Kinder Morgan last week to remove activists from Burnaby Mountain.The protesters are trying to stop Kinder Morgan from starting survey work needed to twin an existing pipeline.The deadline for protesters to leave passed with no arrests, but as APTN’s Tina House reports this can happen at any moment.last_img

New federal bill to shorten court delays wont work in the north

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsIn northern communities that don’t have the RCMP, witness statements, community testimony can be an important part of a case.But what happens if there is no preliminary hearing?That’s what one Yellowknife defence lawyer is speaking out against in the face of a new federal crime bill.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img