That’s wrong, says Dr Wright! … questions stewards’ authority to determine rider’s mental state

first_imgRACEHORSE owner and breeder, Dr Paul Wright, has questioned the authority of the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) to determine jockey Aaron Chatrie’s state of mind, which led to them standing him down from his remaining mounts at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Dr Wright has referred to Rule 7d of the Jamaica Racing Commission Act, which authorises the stewards, “To suspend a person from performing his duties at a race or race meeting after considering medical opinion on the person’s health.” “They made a medical opinion on a jockey’s potential to earn a living, based on non-medical evidence. That is a restraint of trade. It is the man’s living. You made a medical decision with no training. The doctor on duty was next door the stewards. Do they know whether he is a trained psychiatrist or has any training in psychiatry?” asked Wright, who previously served as doctor on duty at the racetrack for 14 years. Operation steward Eustace Williams, who said Chatrie had engaged in “ungentlemanly behaviour” and was deemed “a danger to himself and others”, has countered Wright’s referral to Rule 7d, saying the section speaks to physical health, not mental state, which, he said, turned out to be “a judgement call”. “We saw his behaviour and how he appeared. He could have been a danger to himself, other persons and horses. It was basically a judgement call that we had to make,” he explained. Williams yesterday pointed to Rule 7i, which empowers the stewards, “To take such action, in advance, as they may regard as necessary to prevent an infringement of the Rules.” Wright remained adamant, however, that Chatrie was denied the right to earn a living based on non-medical evidence. “As far as I know, the stewards of a race meet cannot declare a man unfit unless they get an opinion from a duly qualified medical person, after examination and diagnosis. He is then to be sent off, immediately, to a tertiary institution for further expert opinion,” he stated. Only doctors allowed “The jockey signs a contract to ride a horse. The only person who can take him down is a doctor. The retainer is a contract that states, I am going to ride your horse. That information is published in the race form and newspapers. People bet based on which jockey is riding which horse. “Chatrie was down to ride SEEKING HOPE. He was replaced by Orlando Foster, who, on form, can in no way be compared to Chatrie,” Wright lamented. Meanwhile, Chatrie, who was on Tuesday slapped with a 10-day ban for the incident, in addition to $20,000 in fines, lodged an appeal with the JRC on Wednesday. He was fined $10,000 for the WOMAN IS BOSS disqualification and an equal sum for the previous week’s disqualification of BOLD AVIATOR. Chatrie has asked for a reduction in his sentence as well as a stay of execution, which would allow him to resume riding, pending appeal. The jockey’s ask for a stay of execution was in line to be heard by the commission yesterday.last_img read more

Ex-Raptors coach Casey named NBA Coach of the Year

first_imgDwane Casey, current head coach of the Detroit Pistons, accepts the coach of the year award for his work with the Toronto Raptors at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Dwane Casey has won the NBA’s Coach of the Year award for his work with his former team, the Toronto Raptors. He was fired last month and has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons.Casey led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time in franchise history. Toronto won a team-record 59 games. Casey coached the East in the All-Star Game for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Kangaroo stops play during Australian women’s soccer match Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Focus placed on youth empowerment through unity

first_img2018 Emancipation celebrations By Lakhram BhagiratGuyana’s motto, “One People, One Nation, One Destiny”, was aptly manifested when thousands of Guyanese from various ethnicities donned dashikis and kaftans to join in the African Cultural Development Association’s (ACDA’s) annual Emancipation Day celebrations at the National Park.Emancipation Day signifies the official abolition of slavery on August 1, 1838, a day which signalled the beginning of a new era for the previously enslaved Africans. They started receiving payment for their labour, were able to pool their resources to purchase plantations, and were able to convert them into villages.President David Granger and Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton examining some artifacts on displayFor over two decades, ACDA has been putting on the annual celebration in the National Park, highlighting the struggles of the enslaved Africans as well as giving patrons the opportunity to indulge in traditional African cuisine.This year, the celebrations took a turn in a different direction, as it was quite evident that the youths played a bigger part. When Guyana Times took a walk through the National Park and spoke to several celebrants as well as exhibitors, the common theme was the focus on youth empowerment.Finance Minister Winston Jordan stirring the pot of cook-up rice in LindenYouth Purnel Alsopp was with his colleagues manning the Museum of African Heritage’s booth when this publication caught up with him. He said the mere fact that a celebration of this magnitude is being held yearly to honour the struggles of his ancestors makes him immensely proud. He noted that, as cliché as it sounds, Emancipation Day signals the start of another year of empowerment, and looking back.Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira at the Linden Emancipation activities on Wednesday“It means freedom! Being able to separate yourselves from mental slavery and every other type of slavery that is prevalent to the African race. This celebration means camaraderie, consciousness, wake, and a movement we as young black people can be proud of,” Alsopp noted.The sweet sounds of the djembe wafted throughout the National Park, causing those around to vibe to the beats. In addition to the drumming, the sight of persons across all ethnicities decked out in their traditional African clothing was one to behold. The tourists also did not spare the opportunity to flaunt their colourful pieces of clothing.Former Education Minister Priya Manickchand greeting a fellow celebrantIt was a family affair for a lot of people, as they took the opportunity to bond over a pot of cook-up rice and a few conkies as well as a savory slice of cassava pone. Charity was there with her two children and nieces bonding. She said this is her maiden participation in the ACDA Emancipation celebrations, and that she is in awe of the extravagance.Several Administration and Opposition officials took the time to visit the various booths and interact with celebrants. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said the importance of Emancipation Day is widely understood, and that we should forge for a unified Guyana.“We’ve spoken extensively about the holocaust that African slaves had to undergo when they were brought here against their will, and the struggle was very intense. But that struggle made a huge difference, because it brought freedom not just for people of African origin, but for people all around the world; and so I am very happy to be here to celebrate the struggle and also the contribution of Afro-Guyanese to the development of our country. They’ve made a seminal development from slavery, as freed slaves and then as Guyanese; and so this is part of our achievement as Guyanese, and this is what we are here to celebrate,” Jagdeo said.Business Minister Dominica Gaskin said Emancipation Day is a time to reflect on what it means not only to African Guyanese, but “also humanity on the whole.”Joining her colleague was junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes, who said she always looks forward to Emancipation Day. She said the day reminds her of the rich culture, history, and privilege of enjoying the freedom fought for by their ancestors.“It is a privilege to celebrate that I am not picking the cotton; rather, I am wearing the cotton. We all should be privileged to be here and celebrate, because had it not being for the good fight that was fought, we would not be here,” she said.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and former Education Minister Priya Manickchand took the time to remind Guyanese to honour the sacrifices of the then enslaved Africans, and contributions they have made towards building Guyana. Nandlall’s successor, Basil Williams, said that 180 years later, Guyana is on the threshold of further development, and urged the people to reflect and strive to achieve unity.Cook-up competitionCapitalising on the goodness of Emancipation Day, Chief Brand Products hosted its second Cook-up Rice competition. Participants competed in two categories; namely, vegetarian and obstacle rice, which is a combination of a variety of meats.Each participant was required to use the Chief Brand seasonings along with Lasco coconut milk powder in the preparation of their meal.Tami Khan, Chief Brand Representative, told this publication that the main criterion for judging is the taste, but added that points will be awarded for presentation and aroma. She said the winner would be taking home $100,000 along with bragging rights.In the end, Elvis Shepherd won the obstacles category, while Waveney Dorris took home the vegetarian prize.BerbiceIn Berbice, President David Granger underscored the importance of the Village Movement in the development of any community when he joined the Berbice Association of African Groups at Number 53 Village, Corentyne.Addressing the hundreds in attendance, the Head of State said the Village Movement plays a pivotal role in any community. He equated it to the family, education and employment. The Village Movement, he said, was created by Emancipation.He explained that the slaves pooled their money and were able to purchase a total of 6000 hectares of land.“This was a great Village Movement, but it was not exclusive to Africans. The Village Movement is important even today, because it is the cradle of the Nation,” Granger said.During his address, he rehashed a speech he delivered at Kildonan in August 2015 and echoed at Ithaca on the same day in 2016, and again last year at Fyrish, where he spoke of the four pillars needed to build a strong community: the church, the school, the home and work.At Kildonan, the importance of the school in community development was highlighted; and at Ithaca, the importance of work was focused on. Last year he spoke of the importance of the church. This year it was the Village Movement, as President Granger noted that even though it was the former slaves who pooled their money and bought villages, other ethnic groups moved into those villages.Granger said that after Emancipation, the Africans who were separated from their families returned to their villages. He noted that it was togetherness that ensured that the slaves won legal emancipation. He referred to Emancipation Day as being the most auspicious day on the Guyanese calendar of events.“It was a day of deliverance from the worst crime against humanity — two hundred years of enslavement and bondage. It was a day of departure from degradation and discrimination on the plantation, but it was also a day of determination, in which eighty thousand people decided that they will never be slaves again, and that they wanted better lives for themselves and their children,” Granger said.According to the Head of State, August 1, 1838 was also a day of demographic change in Guyana; for after that day, the country was never the same since… the people of the country came together.Granger said that, apart from the culture celebration, Guyanese now have to move from social emancipation to economic emancipation. According to Granger, in this age of information, ignorance is a choice. On that note, the President announced that bicycles were going to be given to twenty-five children on the Corentyne to assist them to get to and from school.LindenLindeners were treated to an array of African culture on Tuesday and Wednesday at the second annual ‘Freedom fest’, a programme hosted at the Wisroc playfield in Wismar, Linden in observance of Emancipation Day.The programme, which was hosted by Member of Parliament (MP) Jermaine Figueira in collaboration with the Right Start Foundation, commenced on Tuesday with a soiree, and continued into Wednesday with a showcase of African food, music, fashion, poetry and dance.Wednesday’s event saw the attendance of Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Minister of Finance Winston Jordan. It also featured performances by Jamaican artiste Dwayne Stephenson, the Linden Music Band, and Epic dynamic dancers, among others. The initiative was fairly supported by Lindeners, who came out in their numbers over the course of the 2 days.Minister Harmon said he was glad to be joining the people of Linden to celebrate. And Chairman of the Guyana Reparations Committee, Jonathan Adams, in his remarks, also addressed the issue of reparations and issues faced by Africans following emancipation.“We are saying as a people…are saying to those former European partners…’listen, you must help us develop’,” he said.He further called on all to join the support for reparations, and to make it part of their domestic and community and national agenda. Adams said this is where people of African descent are getting opportunity to create equality and equity.He added that the Reparations Committee is presently following up the Ancestral Land Commission and is putting together an Ancestral Lands Bill with the hope of taking it to President David Granger in an effort to achieve 18 percent of the land mass of Guyana for people of African descent. (Additional reporting by Andrew Carmichael and Utamu Belle)last_img read more

Flyers look to continue playoff winning ways in Grande Prairie

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers are set for the sixth game of their round-robin style playoffs in Grande Prairie Thursday night.The Flyers are coming off an overtime thriller versus the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on Tuesday, improving their record to 4-0-1 and a four-point lead over the Sr. Canucks for first overall in the NPHL West Division playoff standings. The boys in blue and white know there’s a lot riding on the game tonight for both teams, especially the Athletics.“A must-win game for Grande Prairie,” said General Manager Lee Hartman. “We are expecting a tough game tonight in their barn. A win by us [Flyers] would end Grande Prairie’s playoff hopes.”- Advertisement -Tonight’s date with the Athletics gets underway at 8:30 p.m.last_img

Plenty planned for local riding club

first_imgFor more information on the Git Along horse club, visit their official website, or call either Sheryl at 250-785-4560 or Kait at 250-262-6691. Riding enthusiast can prepare for a slew upcoming events in the Peace Region.Taking place every Wednesday, the Git Along horse club will be holding Gymkhanas at Charlie Lake’s Harris Arena.- Advertisement -Registration for the event will be held at 5 p.m., with rides starting at 6 p.m.The horse club will also be hosting their mid-summer fun day, which will be taking place on August 6, beginning at 10 a.m. Participants are being asked to bring their own lunch, with a potluck supper to follow.The club will also be holding a poker ride the following day, August 7, with riding beginning at 11 a.m.This weekend, the club will be riding at the Hubley Ranch, located at mile 58 1/2; signs will be posted along the highway. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to attend.Advertisementlast_img read more

Fort St. John’s Radius Inspection Services purchased by larger Edmonton-based company

first_imgBuffalo says the acquisition is part of their ongoing effort of expanding into under-serviced locations – calling Fort St. John “a growth market for oil and gas and pipeline development.”Radius, which will now be referred to as Silver Shadow Inspection Services, will continue to operate locally and provide additional services to its clients – such as mainline gamma crawler and phased array.Glen Griffiths, Regional Manager of Buffalo, is leading the transition between Buffalo and Silver Shadow in aligning the organizations together and integrating Buffalo’s structure.- Advertisement -“The acquisition provides Buffalo Inspection Services with the capability of increasing its presents in northeast British Columbia working in partnership with an experienced and capable team,” the company writes in a press release.Buffalo Inspection Services is the largest non-union NDE company in Canada, and has been providing NDE services primarily to the oil and gas industry across Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia for the last 38 years.This acquisition creates a 226 person workforce.Advertisementlast_img read more

Juventus complete double with seventh straight Serie A title

first_img0Shares0000Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates © AFP / TIZIANA FABIROME, Italy, May 14 – Juventus sealed a seventh straight Serie A title on Sunday after a goalless draw against ten-man Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.The Turin giants had needed just a point to officially seal another title and become the first team to complete the league and Cup double for four consecutive seasons. “7th scudetto in a row! Mind-blowing!,” tweeted Juve’s Swiss star Stephan Lichsteiner.Roma played the final twenty minutes a man down after Radja Nainggolan was sent off for a second yellow card after a foul on Argentina striker Paulo Dybala.It is the 34th Scudetto in Juventus’s history.Massimiliano Allegri’s side also won the Italian Cup in the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday with a 4-0 win over AC Milan.With one game left to play Juventus cannot be caught by second-placed Napoli who are four points behind after winning 2-0 at Sampdoria on Sunday.Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma team had already sealed their Champions League place next season after Inter Milan’s 2-1 loss against Sassuolo.“Juventus has a special mentality that has been built up over the years, they are a club that manages to stay united and compact in difficult times, and that’s what the other teams have to do,” said Di Francesco.“We must not give up, we have a lot of young players who are new to this level, we also have to improve the group and strengthen where we are a little less strong.”Juventus had early chances with Edin Dzeko firing over, a Lorenzo Pellegrini right footer flying wide and Aleksandar Kolarov’s free-kick hitting the side netting.Paulo Dybala threatened early and broke through early in the second half after an Alex Sandro cross but the goal was disallowed because the Argentina striker was offside.Nainggolan received two yellow cards in the space of five minutes and left Roma down to 10 men for the final 20 minutes.But Juventus did not take advantage of their advantage although Dybala did have penalty appeals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldo still part of Portugal team, insists coach

first_img“There are no questions to ask. Ronaldo is part of this team, just read the post he wrote today,” said Santos, referring to the message the Juventus player sent to wish his teammates good luck via Twitter.Portugal booked their ticket to the semi-finals next June after holding Italy to a 0-0 draw at the San Siro on Saturday.They progressed top of Group A3 with one match to play, dashing Italy’s hopes in the process.“The qualification confirms the quality of our football,” said Santos.“I thought it would be a great match and instead especially in the first half we had a lot of difficulties.“After the break I explained to them what was happening, and the game became more balanced.”Portugal host relegated Poland in three days in Guimaraes, in a match that has no significance for either side.But Santos insisted: “The final match against Poland will be important because it will be on front of our public, who are always with us.“We have to play well and to win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“Cristiano Ronaldo is still part of this team,” insisted Portugal coach Fernando Santos. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIMILAN, Italy, Nov 18 – Portugal coach Fernando Santos insisted Saturday that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo remains a key part of his national team despite being left out of his Nations League squad, after the European champions became the first team to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner spent much of last month vehemently denying allegations of rape and was dropped by Santos for the Nations League internationals amid accusations by former model Kathryn Mayorga that Ronaldo raped her in 2009, just before he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United.last_img read more

Study: Family inclusion key for bulimic teens

first_imgBulimia nervosa occurs in an estimated 1 percent to 2 percent of teens; another 2 percent or 3 percent experience some symptoms of the disorder, which can also include using inappropriate weight-loss methods, use of laxatives and obsessive exercising. In addition to digestive problems, the disorder can cause mineral imbalances in the body that affect the heart and kidneys, swelling of the salivary gland and the loss of dental enamel through repeated exposure to gastric fluids while vomiting. LeGrange said parents of bulimic children have often been made to feel guilty about intervening: “What parent would step aside and play a minimal role in treatment if their child was diagnosed with cancer? Nor should they if a child has an eating disorder.” While the family-based approach was more successful, the researchers say it’s unclear whether the family involvement or the focus on eat behavior was the most important factor.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LeGrange, director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of Chicago, and colleagues did a comparative trial involving 80 patients, ages 12 to 19, diagnosed with bulimia or with severe symptoms of the disorder, which is characterized by binging on and purging food. Forty-one of the patients were randomly assigned to family-based treatment, the rest to supportive psychotherapy that seeks to address issues that may have triggered the disorder. In family-based treatment, parents and sometimes siblings attend clinic sessions with the patient and are trained to take an active role in the home, encouraging healthy eating and monitoring the patients during and after meals. The study showed that 40 percent of teens whose families were included in the treatment program had stopped binging and purging at the end of a six-month treatment session, compared with only 18 percent who received therapy on their own. Six months after the treatment ended, 30 percent of those getting family-based treatment were still avoiding the dangerous eating habits, compared with 10 percent in the psychotherapy group. By Lee Bowman SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE New research shows that therapy that includes the parents of teens suffering from bulimia is twice as successful in helping adolescents overcome the eating disorder than those undergoing psychotherapy alone. “Parents are in a unique position to help their adolescents, yet treatments typically exclude them from the process,” said Dr. Daniel Le Grange, lead author of the study, published Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry. “Now we have the evidence that we need to bring them back in.” last_img read more

Derby and Sunderland target leaves role

first_imgReal Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement has announced he is leaving his post following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti this week.It was widely expected that Clement, brother of former West Brom defender Neil, would follow the Italian out of the Bernabeu after his sacking on Monday and the Englishman took to Twitter on Friday to confirm his departure.“It has been an honour to have worked with Carlo at the Number 1 Club in the World,” he wrote. “Thank you to all the Players, Staff and Fans. Hala Madrid.”Clement worked with Ancelotti at Chelsea and Paris St Germain before the duo moved to the Spanish capital in 2013 and has recently been linked with the vacant manager’s positions at Derby and Sunderland.The Rams are looking for a new manager following the sacking of Steve McClaren on Monday, while the Black Cats are also in the market after Dick Advocaat retired from club management. 1 Paul Clement last_img read more