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31
May
2020

MAJOR US RACING ORGANIZATIONS ANNOUNCE PLANS TO IMPLEMENT PROHIBITION OF RACE-DAY MEDICATION

first_imgTWO-YEAR-OLD LASIX BAN TO START IN 2020; STAKES RACES LASIX BAN IN 2021A coalition of leading Thoroughbred racing associations and organizations announced today a new initiative committed to phasing out the use of the medication Furosemide (Lasix) beginning in 2020 and eliminating the use of Lasix in stakes races held at their racetracks beginning in 2021.Coalition racetracks that have signed on to this initiative include all tracks owned or operated by Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and The Stronach Group as well as Del Mar, Keeneland, Lone Star Park and Remington Park, Los Alamitos Racecourse (Thoroughbred), Oaklawn Park and Tampa Bay Downs. Taken together these tracks represent 86% of the stakes races assigned graded or listed status in the United States in 2018.  The coalition tracks will work diligently with their respective horsemen’s associations and racing commissions towards implementing this effort.Under the new program, beginning on January 1, 2020, two-year old horses would not be allowed to be treated with Lasix within 24 hours of a race. Beginning in 2021, the same prohibition would extend to all horses participating in any stakes race at coalition tracks.  Accordingly, in 2021 the races comprising the Triple Crown would all be run under the new rules regarding race day medication.Breeders’ Cup Limited, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association (TOBA) and the American Graded Stakes Committee of TOBA, and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association have also joined the coalition in support of this new policy.“This is a progressive and unified approach to the subject of race day medication, achieving consistency with international standards for young horses and those that form the foundations of our breeding stock,” said David O’Rourke, president and chief executive officer of NYRA.“This is a huge moment that signals a collective move to evolve this legacy sport. While there is still more work to be done, these reforms are a good start. This industry coalition has taken an important step forward toward a uniform policy and we are committed to focusing our attention and resources on how to make further improvements that directly prioritize equine health and safety. We applaud our industry partners and we look forward to continued collaboration,” said Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of The Stronach Group.“Over the past several years, we have met with numerous stakeholders to drive action on many of our sport’s central issues,” said Bill Carstanjen, chief executive officer of CDI. “This is a significant and meaningful step to further harmonize American racing with international standards. We will continue to work with other stakeholders, including our horsemen and regulatory agencies, to fully implement this and other important reforms.”“This new program is an essential step as we look toward the long-term sustainability of US-breds on the national and international stages. Protecting the integrity of our sport is core to our mission and is our collective responsibility to the industry,” said Keeneland president and chief executive officer Bill Thomason.The coalition racing organizations invite other North American race tracks to join this effort and adopt the same policies. Participating tracks include Aqueduct Racetrack, Arlington International Racecourse, Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Fair Grounds, Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park West, Keeneland, Laurel Park, Lone Star Park and Remington Park, Los Alamitos (Thoroughbred), Oaklawn Park, Pimlico, Presque Isle Downs, Saratoga Race Course and Tampa Bay Downs. Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park will continue to run under the previously announced limitations to race-day medication.last_img read more

14
Jan
2020

Cardno GM: ‘$24.5M Liberia Construction Project is Road to Success

first_imgOn June 2, Cardno launched a $24.5 million project to construct 450km of roadways in rural Liberia. The Feeder Roads Alternative and Maintenance Program (FRAMP), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, will work in four of the most populous counties for four years. “Cardno will – through this program – help to create jobs, improve livelihoods and increase access to essential markets and services,” Cardno General Manager Mark Swatek said on his first visit to Liberia. Liberia’s high rainfall – five meters annually – can wash out well-built gravel roads. But 90 percent of the country’s roadways are unpaved. Feeder roads provide rural communities critical access to health care, education, markets and basic social services. Limited road access to such services has an impact on local economy. Farmers face unpredictable road conditions that affect their ability to sell their produce and provide for their families. The challenges of transporting goods across existing roadways also increase the costs of imported goods. “We have the passion, courage and commitment to make a positive difference,” Swatek said. “This holds true for all of our work on this program in Liberia.” The project will not only build roads, but also develop a community-driven maintenance system for sustaining the progress, and train local construction firms, engineers and city planners to manage the network of roads. “We take the time to be innovative,” Swatek said. “And this program will be testing and utilizing some of the most cutting-edge road construction methods that we know of.”FRAMP is part of Cardno’s ongoing and long-term commitment to working in Liberia. Cardno is also providing technical assistance to Liberia’s Ministries of Health and Public Works, a press release 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

12
Jan
2020

Jagdeo dubs move to increase tolls a “campaign gimmick”

first_imgBerbice River Bridge…“It is criminal. This is an act of desperation”The move to increase tolls for the Berbice River Bridge has been dubbed a political gimmick by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, which was orchestrated by the coalition Government.Addressing his weekly press conference on Wednesday at his Church Street, Georgetown office, the Opposition Leader gave several key explanations for his argument.According to him, the toll increases seemed to have come as a result of collusion between Government and the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI).He is of the firm view that this would most likely lead to the Government acting as the “knight in shining armour” who steps in and saves the day by blocking the increases.Jagdeo said the Chairman of BBCI, Dr Surendra Persaud, who is also linked to theOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAlliance For Change (AFC), instigated the decision made by the Board.“The Berbice Bridge Act in Section 3 under Toll Order states that the maximum amount of toll to be charged during concession periods and any increase requires the Minister’s intervention and the Minister implements it through a toll order,” he explained.He went on to state that the toll order specifies the rates and must be signed by the Minister. It therefore means that an increase cannot take effect without the Government’s intervention.“It’s easy for anyone who wants to get to the bottom of this matter to do so. This is purely a campaign gimmick. We know that for sure. It is all a strategy,” Jagdeo argued.Referring to Dr Persaud, Jagdeo claimed that Government may have succeeded in getting him to announce an increase but to make it “so shocking that they will once again get a campaign issue.”“It is criminal. This is an act of desperation on the part of the coalition Government… they can’t campaign on anything else so they are whipping up sentiments,” the Opposition Leader claimed.Jagdeo pointed to several reasons why the Government had to resort to this means in order to garner support, mainly the declining economy in the county.He said health care has not improved in Berbice, the Ophthalmology Centre is inoperable and thousands were left without jobs, no major infrastructural work ongoing in the region.“So, what do they do? Well they have the toll majorly increased in order for them to act like they care for the people when they decrease it,” Jagdeo stated.TransformationalMeanwhile, in shutting down suggestions that the construction of the bridge was a bad deal, Jagdeo, who also serves at the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), said it is and remains a proud decision he has made while serving as President of Guyana.“I’m proud of the fact that I passed this law and signed an agreement and built the bridge without burdening taxpayers. The toll was similar to what people were paying to cross on the ferry.”“This bridge has been transformational for Berbice and I am being blamed. But I want to say that in my tenure, the airport was started, and the stadium was built in my tenure and the swimming pool, Convention Centre, many tactical institutions, Linden Hospital and water treatment plant, the Skeldon factory, the Leonora Track… contrast that with what they are doing, practically nothing.”He reminded that the then People’s National Congress (PNC) Government had spoken about the idea of building that bridge but nothing was done until the PPP took up office.Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader said the financial model which is an annex to the bridge’s contract, guides how the bridge is to be operated.He noted that the financial projection shows a constant decrease, with the exception of two years, of tolls until 2026 when the bridge is expected to be handed over to the State.Currently, the revenue of the Berbice River Bridge is reportedly doing better than that in the financial model, as such; Jagdeo further questioned the shocking increase.“All Government has to do is not sign the toll order. If they collude with the company to increase the toll, we are committed to decreasing rates back to same level if we regain power,” he added.Furthermore, the Opposition Leader urged the Government to release documents to the public regarding to operations of the bridge.“We urge the Minister to not sign toll order, if they persist in this which we believe is a ploy, PPP will reverse this. We believe that this is a part of a gimmick in the campaign season,” he said.It was announced on Tuesday that to cross the bridge, cars and minibuses will now have to pay $8040; small trucks, pickups and four-wheel drive vehicles $14,600; medium trucks $27,720; large trucks $49,600; boats $401,040; and freight $1680.The increases are expected to take effect on November 12, 2018, the same day as Local Government Elections. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

11
Jan
2020

Exciting card slated for Saturday, says Marques

first_imgBoxing action will return to the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall this weekend with a number of young boxers taking to the ring to compete in the ‘Young Guns- The proving Ground’ boxing card.Brainchild of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC), in collaboration with Dexter Marques and Clive Atwell, the five-card competition is regarded as an avenue to give younger boxers an opportunity to showcase their talent while building their portfolios.Speaking with Guyana Times Sport, organizer and boxer Dexter Marques shared a bit about the event’s purpose.“It’s all about exposing our young boxers, because for the past couple years we haven’t had a champ, we haven’t had a title fight, or no belt to our country; and we have a lot of young fighters now turning pro, and we expect good things from them”, Marques stated.He noted that development of those boxers would provide them with opportunities to venture outside of Guyana and the Caribbean for a higher level of competition.“By building our young fighters, it helps them to move forward into the boxing world; ‘cause they’re a lot of openings and shots waiting for our young fighters, but they need to build their records, and the only way they can do that is to prove themselves in competition,” he explained.The boxing enthusiast also disclosed that plans are in the pipeline to keep similar competitions going, since it would be beneficial to the objective of continued development.“Myself and the Board came together, and the plan is every other month there will be a card, and boxing will be alive,” Marques shared.The undeniable main bout of the night will be the middleweight showdown between Guyana’s Derick Richmond and Barbados’s Keithland King. In this grand event, Marques noted, there will be a lot to prove, since competition between the two countries has been ongoing for some time now.“The Bajan guys always think that they control from middleweight to the light- heavy to the heavyweight; so it’s a very good competition for our Guyanese fighters. Guyanese fighters think they control those categories too; so it’s a good competition,” he said.The other fights of the night will see Anson Green going against Joel Williamson in the junior welterweight category, Delon Charles and Terrence Adams matching gloves in the featherweight category, and James Moore and Romeo Norville exchanging punches in the cruiserweight category.The only female encounter of the night will see Rewinna David and Ansilla Norville facing off in the bantamweight division.Marques is urging boxing fans and the populace alike to come out and support this noble venture. “Everything will be more exciting because it’s youngsters; all we need is the support from the public, because we want boxing to be the number one sport in Guyana again.”Admission to Saturday’s bout is $1000 for entry to the stands, and $2000 for a ringside seat.last_img read more

11
Jan
2020

Ringing the bell for the ‘forever’ stamp

first_imgThe forever stamps are expected to remain on sale, well, forever. But while postal officials expect them to be popular with consumers, they also think commemorative stamps that feature special subjects will continue selling well. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The “forever” stamp will go on sale Thursday, with an opening-day ceremony at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The stamp, which carries an image of the Liberty Bell, will sell for 41 cents and will remain valid for first-class postage regardless of future rate increases. The current 39-cent price for first-class mail rises to 41 cents May 14, but buyers can use the forever stamps before that if they wish. The stamps will be sold in booklets of 20 and postal officials said there is no limit on purchases. When postal rates go up in the future, the cost for the forever stamp will also rise, but old ones will still be valid for mailing a letter. last_img read more

10
Jan
2020

Ronaldo retains Club World Cup for Real Madrid

first_imgRonaldo was once again Real’s man for the big occasion as his strike went through the Gremio wall eight minutes after the break to ensure the European club champions were also crowned world champions for a fifth straight year.“We wanted to win because Real Madrid have never won five trophies in one year,” said Ronaldo. “I think we played a very good game and deserved to win.”Ronaldo has now scored 15 goals in 20 appearances for Madrid this season despite a slow start in La Liga.“The numbers speak for themselves,” added the Portuguese. “I give my answers on the pitch. The team were phenomenal and it is another trophy for the CV.”Gareth Bale was left on the bench despite scoring with his first touch as a substitute against Al Jazira on Wednesday to book Madrid’s place in the final, as Zinedine Zidane kept faith with the same side that started Real’s Champions League final triumph over Juventus back in June.Gremio booked their ricket to Abu Dhabi by winning the Copa Libertadores for the third time last month and Madrid knew they weren’t in for a comfortable evening just two minutes in when Gremio captain Pedro Geromel raked his studs down the back of Ronaldo’s calf without any punishment from Mexican referee Cesar Ramos.Ronaldo, though, confirmed he will be fit for next weekend’s Clasico against Barcelona.– Stubborn opposition –Madrid dominated possession but, unlike in their profligate semi-final performance, found clear-cut chances hard to come by against the well-organised Gremio defence.Luka Modric came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box that flew inches wide of the far post.Ronaldo also hammered a long-range free-kick that dipped onto the roof of the net, whilst Edilson gave Keylor Navas a similar scare at the other end with a free-kick from range.Gremio pleaded for the referee to consult with the video assistant referee (VAR) when Sergio Ramos clipped Ramiro inside the area early in the second period.However, those claims fell on deaf ears and Madrid instantly broke up the other end to open the scoring.Ronaldo was tripped 25 yards from goal and the world player of the year’s resulting free-kick sneaked through a gap in the Gremio wall to skip into the bottom corner.Gremio were handed a lifeline when Ronaldo had the ball in the net again just before the hour mark, but Karim Benzema was flagged for being marginally offside in the build-up.Marcelo Grohe then turned another Modric drive onto the post and made great stops from Ronaldo and Bale in the final 10 minutes to keep Gremio in the game.However, the Brazilians failed to register a single shot on target as Madrid comfortably held out to seal their most successful ever year with a fifth trophy.Earlier, Mexican side Pachuca beat hosts Al Jazira 4-1 in the third-place play-off.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo strikes the ball to score a free-kick during their match against Gremio FBPA in Abu Dhabi on December 16, 2017 © AFP / KARIM SAHIBAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dec 16 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to retain the Club World Cup.A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition’s history and adds to the La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup titles already won by Zinedine Zidane’s men this year.last_img read more

25
Dec
2019

County adds bus line

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER – A new bus line serving unincorporated South and West Whittier will begin Jan. 21. The line will go from Sorensen Park in West Whittier to the Whittwood Town Center.The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $811,225 contract with Southland Transit Inc., which will run the line.“We are complementing regional and local existing transit services by increasing mobility for area residents,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said.†”This long-awaited service will provide residents accessibility to regional transit points and key local destinations.”The two-way shuttle service will connect to other transit lines run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the cities of Montebello, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier, as well as the county-operated Los Nietos Shuttle.“The shuttle will not only connect South Whittier residents with vital municipal and social services but safely deliver students to school and employees to work,” Supervisor Don Knabe said.”Cost will be 25 cents. It will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturdays.The service will begin with buses already owned by the county, but by the summer, two buses purchased with federal money will take over.The county received a federal grant – with the help of Rep. Linda Sanchez, R-Lakewood – to purchase two new, propane-powered El Dorado EZ-Rider II Max buses. Each will sit 29 people.A committee of local residents also will work with an environmental design company to develop the official name, logo and overall look.The first week of operation – Jan. 21-28 – will be free. A transit fair at the Community Resource Center, 10750 Laurel Ave., Whittier, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 21 to kick off the new service.County officials will make a formal presentation on the new service at the South Whittier Coordinating Council’s 7p.m. Jan. 9 meeting also at the Community Resource Center.Angie Castro, spokeswoman for Molina, said the ridership initially should be 15 to 20 per hour and eventually 30 to 45. Ralph Pacheco, president of the Whittier County Community Coordinating Council, said the new route will provide a new era of mobility for local residents and families.“It will hit areas that have not been served by public transit,” Pacheco said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com(562)698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more

22
Dec
2019

Kelly’s Centra Cancer Walk takes place next weekend

first_imgKelly’s Centra in Letterkenny are hosting their annual ABC walk next weekend.The charity event will take place next Saturday, October 15th @ 12midday. This is the store’s 5th annual walk which has raised €20,000 to date.We are leaving the store walking to Tescos shopping centre & back (optional)Refreshments served in the diner after the walk. Entry fee €5.00, walkers & children are encouraged to wear PINK to create awareness.Kelly’s Centra Cancer Walk takes place next weekend was last modified: October 8th, 2016 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)last_img read more

22
Dec
2019

Expect more from me, says Mucureezi

first_imgFOOTBALL–Paul Mucureezi arrived on the national scene with a bang. Four goals that left South Sudan dizzy and out of excuses. It could only have been South Sudan but then again who knew the KCCA forward until then? It could have been CHAN qualifier but it wasn’t a friendly either.PML Daily caught up with Mucureezi last week and the player left nothing to imagination of the level of confidence he is in ahead of the first leg encounter with Amavubi Stars on Saturday.PML: How does it feel after scoring four goals on your debut against South Sudan?Mucureezi: I feel normal but the only thing that has changed is that I keep hearing my name mentioned everywhere but its okay because it’s football-related and football is my life.PML: You have had your first session under new management how has it gone?Mucureezi: The person giving instructions is different but the session is more of the same like Micho’s  [former Cranes head coach whose trust Mucureezi repaid with those remarkable four goals]. I didn’t expect much to change because they (Basena and Kajoba) worked with Micho for a long time. But, honestly, it doesn’t matter who is in charge because I am here to serve my nation and hopefully i will do exactly that with the new bosses.Mucureezi (R) and team mates stretch during Cranes training at Namboole. Shaban Lubega.PML: Take us through the emotions you felt during the South Sudan game.Mucureezi:- You all know I came off the bench and I had it in my head that my chance had finally come as they don’t come every day. When I scored the first goal, I was in total disbelief because I didn’t expect it would come so easy. By the time I scored the fourth, I felt I could score a hundred more if time allowed.PML: Do you feel any pressure going into the Amavubi game?Mucureezi: Definitely, the pressure is there but not to score goals but to help my nation qualify for CHAN 2018 and make my tea mates perform better. If a chance comes my way and I score a goal, glory be to God, but my aim is to help my nation to qualify.PML: What should Ugandans expect on Saturday?Mucureezi: Ugandans should expect a wonderful game from the whole team because we have been together for a while now and know what to do to earn results. Yes, the players might be starting life after Micho but rest assured that coaches Basena and Kajoba can get the job done.Comments Tags: toplast_img read more

22
Dec
2019

Armed Gardai take part in checkpoints along Donegal/Derry border

first_imgGardai set up a number of high-profile checkpoints along the border with Derry over the weekend.The checkpoints were set up in conjunction with their PSNI counterparts in Derry.Members of the Garda armed support unit took part in some of the checkpoints including the one pictured on the N13 at Bridgend. The checkpoints come following a surge in cross-border crime in recent weeks.Armed Gardai take part in checkpoints along Donegal/Derry border was last modified: August 12th, 2018 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)last_img read more