Former top-class campaigner COMMANDING CHIEF should score a long overdue win in today’s competitive looking overnight allowance race over 1300 metres to be contested by 13 starters at Caymanas Park.COMMANDING CHIEF last won the grade one Prime Minister’s Stakes in a titanic tussle with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR over 2000 metres on Independence Day 2014 (August 6), and although yet to win another race since, has run some useful races in defeat, even though sparingly raced.When he last competed, in open allowance company on January 23 for new trainer Spencer Chung, the eight-year-old gelding by War Marshall out of She Knows Beau ran a decent race behind the progressive filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN and CAMPESINO over a mile, finishing six lengths sixth after racing prominently in second entering the straight.Having worked well in preparation for today’s encounter and stepping down to overnight company in the process, COMMANDING CHIEF has a glorious chance of reliving past glories.MOST ACCOMPLISHEDHe is easily the most accomplished in the field, following big-race wins in the St Leger and Gold Cup when trained by Everal Francis, and with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson sticking with the ride, the hint should be taken.Still, it won’t be a walk in the park for the veteran campaigner as he faces some very fit opponents in SHINING LIGHT, MIRACLE STAR, RED FLAG, EDISON and HOVER CRAFT, all ideally suited to the distance.The Wayne DaCosta-trained HOVER CRAFT (Omar Walker up) not only won in grade one company last season, but was second to FRANFIELD in last November’s Superstakes, and with 1300 metres not too sharp for him, is a worthy opponent. The same can be said of the Gary Griffiths-trained SHINING LIGHT, a recent winner who will love every inch of this race.However, COMMANDING CHIEF has never had it this easy in years and thus gets the vote.Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are SUPERTRONICS (knocking at the door) to go one better in the second race; stable-companion BIG GEORGE to repeat in the third; GOLDEN GLORY in the sixth; down-in-class BOLD AVIATOR in race seven; and the speedy OPTIMUS to finally deliver in the eighth race for maiden four-year-olds and up over 1000 metres round.
Make no mistake about it, ahead of the planned December 30 protest date, supporters and key figures of this government have been engaged in discussions on what to do or how to handle the planned December 30 protests. From information gathered by this newspaper, hawkish voices calling for the use of force and violence to quash the protest have appeared loudest, leaving a distinct impression that a bloody hell awaits protesters on December 30, 2019.News, fake or real, of a cabinet meeting reportedly held on Monday have gone viral on social media and the news appear to convey the impression that President Weah held his ground firmly rejecting suggestions by some to create a bloody hell on December 30. However, attempts by this newspaper to obtain official confirmation of this report proved unsuccessful although a highly placed source (name withheld) told the Daily Observer that President Weah had indeed gone against the wishes of some top advisors calling for blood on December 30.From history, this newspaper recalls that 40 years ago, President Tolbert found himself in similar straits with a planned mass protest in the wings and with an array of hawkish officials led by Justice Minister Oliver Bright leading the pack. The veteran Liberian journalist and pamphleteer, Albert Porte would later recall in his publication, “The Day Monrovia Stood Still” his pleas for restraint on bended knees at the feet of the President fell on deaf ears. President Tolbert, looking him in the eye, angrily retorted that “Government cannot afford to look weak”.In the aftermath of the brutal suppression of the demonstration with over two hundred persons killed, according to unofficial accounts and millions of dollars’ worth of property destroyed, a rueful President Tolbert, apparently having realized that his government’s response was a total clusterfuck (disastrously mishandled), would insist he did not give shoot to kill orders but rather instructed the security forces to shoot at the lower extremities.Only a year later he was overthrown in a bloody coup d’etat, victim of a hatched conspiracy by those in his inner circle in concert with the CIA according to Dr. Neil Hahn. Some of those in President Weah’s inner circle were also in the inner circles of both Tolbert and Doe. Somehow, and by some means, they have wormed their way into President Weah’s inner circle and the fruits of their advice have become clear for all to see. Under their watch, nothing appears to be working and nothing seems to be in the works to get things going.And should the Liberian people turn out in their numbers on December 30, it will not be at all surprising given the level of economic hardships which continue to bite harder by the day and to which this government has appeared either insensitive or incapable of addressing. Currently, a major issue of concern is the artificial drop in the value of the US dollar against the Liberian dollar while, at the same time, prices continue to rise. Most Liberians transact business in Liberian dollars. Imported goods are priced in US dollars and this means with the exchange rate at 190 Liberian dollars to one US dollar, one has to spend more Liberian dollars to purchase US dollars and this is causing additional hardships for the ordinary man and woman.And truth be told, failed policies, both fiscal and economic, are responsible for this. And truth be told further, Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah, in the perception of the public, is chiefly responsible for the economic and financial mess in which we find ourselves, although the Daily Observer is well aware that former President Sirleaf’s adoption of a neoliberal and neoconservative economic agenda for Liberia as well as unbridled corruption under her watch laid the basis for the woes currently afflicting the economy.As like fools rushing in where angels fear to tread, this government steadfastly refused to conduct an audit of what was being inherited. And they did so in a “Kukujumuku” (a highly compartmentalized and secretive) type arrangement wherein pledges were made and concessions extracted. Whatever those concessions involved remain unknown but it is known that rather than placing the interests of Liberia as first and foremost priorities, instead the protection of President Sirleaf’s personal interests was placed as first and foremost priorities on President Weah’s agenda.For example, no questions have yet been asked to date about the US$50 million stolen from NOCAL under the watch of Robert Sirleaf and for which the former President declared she took responsibility. Since she has not proved courageous enough to restitute the amount or provide some explanation, President Weah should consider it his duty and obligation to demand explanations because he is now harvesting the bitter fruits.And he is not being helped at all by those around him. They are instead enriching themselves and pretending to him that everything is all right when everyone knows that nothing is working or appears to be working. And they include the likes of the Baghdad Bobs who interpret every fart as some sort of divine wind. Thus, it is not surprising that that they advocate the use of violence because they fear that public protests could endanger and threaten their perks and privilegesBut the threatened use of force and violence to quash the December 30 protests will certainly prove to be the spark to the tinderbox that could unleash another vicious cycle of violence with unforeseen and unintended consequences. Thus, the word should go out to officials of this government to stop playing with fire. Should these officials by their reckless conduct provoke violence that spills out of control they will be held to blame. And they will be held accountable in a big way.The Daily Observer thus welcomes and commends President Weah for his bold stance taken to eschew violence. 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– at FITUG’s 6th Triennial ConferenceSocial activist and commentator Christopher Ram while addressing the Sixth Triennial Conference of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) urged veteran trade unionists to step aside and pave the way for a new generation to lead the movement.Social activist Christopher Ram addressing the FITUG Conference“Changes apparently come to trade union movement leadership only when there is death… Is that what this movement is really all about? It’s time that there be change as much in the Government as it is in the labour movement. If we are to have development in this country, the labour movement is a critical part of our society and it has, it must bring new ideas, bring new blood, bring new initiatives and bring courage. You’re not going to be popular,” he told the gathering during the opening ceremony of the Conference.According to the social commentator, lengthy leadership spells not only weaken the trade union movement but put unions at a disadvantage to properly represent members. In fact, he noted that when leaders were ineffective and unions had democratic challenges, Governments enjoyed and even benefited from such a status quo.“The Government doesn’t mind if the trade union movement is in disarray, because the trade union movement has no capacity or no standing to really challenge the Government… The whole structure of the movement needs to change, term and age limits introduced, and new blood nurtured. I must confess to a total lack of hope that things will change and as I look to the future, all I see is the further decimation of the movement by its leadership,” he posited.A section of the gathering at the opening of the Sixth Triennial Conference of FITUG on WednesdayAgainst this backdrop, Ram went on to talk about Government’s disregard for the trade union movement, which was seen in its failure to establish a dedicated Labour Ministry as well as failure to pass a single piece of worker-related or primary social legislation in its almost three years in office.He also called out President David Granger for his inaction when Minister Keith Scott, who has responsibility for the Labour Department within the Social Protection Ministry, called union leaders “impotent” – an action which Ram believes is “fireable”.Furthermore, the social commentator also bashed the coalition Administration over its handling of the sugar industry, which has been downsized, resulting in some 10,000 workers being placed on the breadline and their 40,000 dependents suffering as a consequence.“I have found it difficult to find another parallel and in terms of sheer numbers, this must be the single largest layoff in the history of Guyana. But what did I find? Neither the Government nor the Corporation has put in place mechanisms to cushion the financial, social, economic and personal impact and consequences on lives and livelihoods of these people,” he stated.Ram criticised Government for ignoring the recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) it had established and subsequently abandoning the White Paper it had presented to the National Assembly when it calved off substantial assets to the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL) – the same agency that was treated with derision and disdain by the governing parties when they were in Opposition.The Sixth Triennial Conference of the Federation was held under the theme, “For betterment through organisation and solidarity”.However, Ram highlighted that the apparent disparity and disunity between the unions has divided the trade union movement now more than ever with leaders fighting each other rather than Government for betterment of their members.On this note, FITUG Chairman Carvil Duncan sought to call on the various unions to put aside their differences and re-establish one strong labour umbrella body.“Division hurts the workers tremendously, strengthens the hands of the administration and creates the conditions for increased exploitation. For the good of workers, for the good of the country, this is that time to gather stones and mend. That’s where FITUG stands today, the ball is now in the court of the TUC (Guyana Trades Union Congress). History is watching and whatever we do, we will have to account,” Duncan posited.Despite being invited to the one-day conference, which was held at the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) Head Office, the GTUC failed to turn up.
The B.C. election campaign is entering the stretch run after a testy leadership debate, which saw the two major party leaders again exchange verbal shots over gang violence, the economy and a variety of social issues. NDP leader Carole James once again challenged the Premier, on the lack of an increase in the provincial minimum wage… [asset|aid=1327|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2adc3101b1c784e05d6ee21b3401772a-James_10_Pub.mp3] For his part, Mr. Campbell stuck to his argument, that increasing the wage will just further damage, an already badly damaged economy… [asset|aid=1328|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2adc3101b1c784e05d6ee21b3401772a-Campbell_3_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Green Party leader Jane Sterk said the minimum wage is red herring in both the major party platforms, and proposed instead, a guaranteed livable income for all BC residents. She also repeated her contention, albeit with some shaky grammer, that voters have had a belly full of the Liberal/New Democrat blame game…. [asset|aid=1329|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2adc3101b1c784e05d6ee21b3401772a-Sterk_3_Pub.mp3] A post debate Ipsos-Reid online poll suggests, James narrowly won the debate, with 36 percent of those voting, rating her performance the best of the night.Advertisement
Wenger has received more offers than he expected, but says he will not be accepting any easy options.“It is exciting because you will be tested again, that’s what I want again in my life basically I am a competitor who needs to be tested,” he told BeIN Sports.“I don’t know exactly what will happen now, but I am in front of an empty page and I will have to write the next chapter.”Wenger also explained his decision to reject offers to become Real Madrid’s head coach on more than one occasion.“Real Madrid I think I turned down two or three times you know,” he said. “It’s one of the teams I loved when I was a kid. I just felt that it was a very sensitive period for Arsenal Football Club.“When we built the [Emirates] stadium the banks asked me to commit for five years. The first time I thought it was inside the five year and I thought I cannot do that, that would betray my club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger departed Arsenal as manager with one year remaining on his contractLONDON, United Kingdom, May 31 – Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down Real Madrid on multiple occasions and says he wants to be “tested” in his next role.The 68-year-old Frenchman has already expressed his desire to continue his managerial career after ending his 22-year spell at Arsenal.
SINGING star Imelda May prepared for her incredible TV appearance with Jools Holland on New Year’s Eve by spending a few days in Co Donegal.The Mayhem singer spent Christmas week staying with her brother Brendan who has a holiday home just outside Ardara.Our exclusive picture shows Imelda treating locals to a song in the Nesbitt Arms. “I love it in County Donegal,” she told locals. “It’s great that I have a brother with a holiday home here. It’s like getting away from it all. It’s my first time here but I will definitely be back.”The 37-year-old Dubliner was one of the star guests on Jools Holland’s annual New Year’ Eve musical spectacular ‘Hootenanny’.“When she was here, Imelda visited a lot of the shops and spent time in both the Nesbitt Arms and The Corner House,” said Stephen McCahill.“She treated us all to a few songs, on her own and with her parents. She seemed very relaxed and told everyone she loved it here. I think she enjoyed the fact that people just let her get on with her holiday and didn’t make a fuss over her. “Everyone was very impressed by how down to earth she was, how warm and friendly, just like her parents.“She said she’d be coming back and I wouldn’t be surprised if she became a regular visitor.” SINGER IMELDA MAY – I JUST LOVE DONEGAL was last modified: January 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ArdaraImelda May
Hanging baskets, containers and window boxes are a great way to add colour to your home during summer. There are lots of different ways to fill hanging baskets depending on your budget and the type of flowers you like.Now is the time to start preparing, planting and planning how to maintain them throughout the summer season. First you need to decide where you would like to put the hanging baskets around your house and garden.It is best to look for nice sheltered, sunny positions. Choose the size of baskets you would like – 12 inch up to 16 inch in diameter are the most popular.Then pick the type of basket you are going to use.There are lots of different types available, from the traditional wire with a moss style liner to a decorative metal or rattan material. You can even get self-watering baskets. Once you have chosen your basket you need to fill this with good quality compost.Use compost with a slow release fertilizer so that your plants will be fed slowly throughout the summer as they need it.Compost should also contain water retention gels. This means that the baskets will not dry out as quickly as ordinary multi-purpose compost might.Westland’s Container & Basket Compost contains both of these for optimum results.Now it’s time to choose your plants. Start by deciding what colour scheme you would like, there are so many options. You can go for one colour, a mix of different colours or a colour scheme depending on your taste.Pick an upright Fuchsia or Geranium for the centre of the basket, and then choose a selection of foliage with flowering basket plants for around the edge.There a so many plants to choose from. Surfinia (trailing petunia), Verbena, Sanvitalia and Million Bells are very colourful plants that will spread throughout the basket and several feet over the edge if well looked after.Choose a Nepeta for a large trailing foliage plant which will fill out your basket and trail down to the ground. If you use a wire basket it is possible to plant some lobelia or trailing basket plants around the side of the basket as you fill it with compost.Remember to push the plants through from the outside so the leaves don’t get damaged.Planting an upright plant in the centre with lots of trailing plants around the edge ensures a uniform shape to your hanging basket.For a 14 inch basket you will need 1 centre piece with 6 basket plants around the edge.Please contact any of the team at Robert Kee Garden Centre for suggestions and advice on other sizes of baskets or plant choices.David’s Top Tips for happy hanging baskets· Water your baskets well as soon as you plant them· Feed weekly with Levington Tomorite – always a good choice for flowering plants· Plants can be thirsty, just because it’s been raining doesn’t mean your baskets have had enough to drink.Water them every day and twice a day during hot weather but not when the sun is shining on them.To check if your basket has been watered enough, place one hand underneath it and try to lift it.If it is very heavy it’s well watered but if it’s quite light, water more.As flowers fade, cut the old flower and a bit of the green stem off. This will keep your baskets flowering in abundance.During stormy weather it may be best to lift down your baskets to prevent them getting damaged.If you have any questions or gardening queries feel free to contact us at Robert Kee Garden Centre, Laghey. Tel: 074 9721805 Ext. 4 E:firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.rkee.ieTalk soon, David Perry HND. Hort, Garden Centre Manager, Robert Kee, Laghey.ROBERT KEE GARDENING TIPS: HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL HANGING BASKETS was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Gardening TipsHanging BasketsnewsRobert Keesummer
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View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)DALLAS — As they watched Dirk Nowitzki’s shooting heat up yet again, fans at the American Airlines Center thought they might be watching history Saturday night.Nowitzki will have to wait another game to reach his latest milestone, but his Dallas Mavericks got a much-needed win.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Nowitzki closed within three points of Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA scoring list and the Mavericks ended a seven-game losing streak with a 121-116 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.Entering the fourth quarter with just four points, Nowitzki scored 10 in the first five minutes of the period to bring himself to the cusp of Chamberlain for sixth place on the career scoring list.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, logisticsNowitzki hit a turnaround jumper, a 3-pointer, two free throws and then another from long range with 7:15 left in the game. With the crowd buzzing on every Mavericks possession in the final minutes, Nowitzki missed his final five shots before leaving to a standing ovation in the final seconds.“I was going for it there,” Nowitzki said. “I just didn’t have another hot hand down the stretch.” Warriors roll past Thunder without Kevin Durant Cleveland’s last lead came at 10-9 midway through the first quarter, and the Mavericks led by as many as 21 in the second half before the Cavaliers made a run late to make the final score closer.“I think we took a huge step back defensively,” Love said. “We’ve been looking at film, but when we’re not scoring that ball it’s almost like we’re giving up on the defensive end.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Though both attended shootaround Saturday, Larry Nance (rib contusion) and Tristan Thompson (left foot soreness) remained out for Cleveland. … With Phoenix winning Saturday at New Orleans, Cleveland’s six road wins are the fewest in the NBA.Mavericks: Brunson and Powell’s numbers have spiked since the All-Star break, with Powell averaging 17 points (nine prior to the break) and Brunson averaging 16 (seven). Brunson is also shooting 92 percent from the free throw line compared to 67 percent before the break. … Dorian Finney-Smith scored 14 to reach 1,000 points for his career.SEXTON’S STREAKSexton surpassed 20 points for the fifth game in a row and 19th time in his rookie season. He finished one short of his career high.“The game is starting to slow down for him a little bit,” Cavs coach Larry Drew said. “He’s just really doing a good job of picking and choosing his spots.”GOING FOR ASSISTSNowitzki’s teammate Devin Harris remained on the floor in the final quarter. It was Harris who delivered the assist on the basket that gave Nowitzki 30,000 points in 2017. Harris wanted another chance at history Saturday. LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ “I think everybody sacrificed and tried to get it over for him,” Harris said. “We wanted to get it for him. I’m hoping this next game we will be able to.”Harris finished with a season-high nine assists.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Detroit on Monday, starting a three-game homestand.Mavericks: Host New Orleans on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte He has another home game on Monday before the team leaves on a three-game road trip.“Breaking records is always fun,” Nowitzki said. “If it happens at home, it’s even more special for fans that have been riding with you for such a long time.”Nowitzki was one of seven Mavericks in double figures, helping to offset leading scorer Luka Doncic’s absence due to a right knee contusion.Maxi Kleber had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for Dallas, and Jalen Brunson and Dwight Powell had 16 points apiece.Collin Sexton scored 28 for the Cavaliers. Kevin Love and Cedi Osman each had 22 for Cleveland, which has lost three in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event
London, Jul 4 (PTI) Mike Brearley and Brendon McCullum have warned of “a looming potential crisis” in international cricket and stated the game could soon reach a “point of no return” as it struggles to compete with T20 leagues across the world. Former England captain Brearley, in his final meeting as chairman of the MCC World Cricket Committee, warned that players “from countries lacking the funds to pay their top players well” will see those players “choose these domestic tournaments ahead of making themselves available for their countries.” They led calls for a “rethinking of the distribution model in international cricket”, besides urging the ICC to build on their “conceptual plans” for a Test Match Championship. “For international cricket to flourish, competitive levels need to be close and teams need to be able to field their best players. The committee is worried that with the spread of privately owned T20 leagues and the rapid increase in remuneration, more players from counties lacking the funds to pay their top players well will choose these domestic tournaments ahead of making themselves available for their countries,” Brearley was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “The more this happens, the greater the threat to international cricket, not only to Test cricket, but also to ODI and T20s. “The committee is aware of the gradual encroachment of domestic T20 leagues into crickets schedule and the threat this poses to Test cricket. Whereas a few years ago ICC was willing to accept a window for the IPL, now the question is: do we need windows for Test cricket?” Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who also sits on the committee, said the absence of AB de Villiers from the South Africa side for the Test series against England was “another red-flag moment” for Test cricket and warned of a “tipping point” for the game as a whole. “I dont see T20 leagues as the devil, by any stretch,” McCullum said. “But its how we continue to make sure Test cricket continues as an important game at the same time. Thats where theres probably a tipping point: whats more important? These leagues or the international game? “The actual health of the game is outstanding but the perception in some parts of the world is that the entertainment of Test cricket is diminishing. So were trying to ensure there is context to every Test and we feel the Test Championship would bring that in and we encourage the ICC to continue to bring this to the table.” Brearley termed de Villiers absence a “wake-up call”. The MCC World Cricket committee has, over recent years, argued for a revision of the sports laws which have largely been incorporated into the ICC Playing Regulations. PTI AH AHadvertisement