Italiano will rebound

first_imgThe horses have come out in full force for tomorrow’s 12-race programme at Caymanas Park, featuring the season’s first grade one-trophy race, the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy and the Long Shot Trophy for $180,000 claimers, both over 1300 metres.Both the Pick-9 and Super-6 start anew after they were cornered last Saturday, the Pick-9 offering the guaranteed minimum of $1 million and both Super-6s minimum payouts of $750,00. The Pick-9 will embrace races four to 12, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race seven to 12.Seven starters have been declared to contest the opening race over 1820 metres (restricted allowance 3), including co-favourites BALLON D’OR and MIND SET, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis and four-time champion Omar Walker, respectively.Both are well suited to the distance, and along with recent winner TURBO MACHINE CAT, should ensure keen competition. MIND SET from the stables of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has the most appealing form, having finished two lengths second to DREAMCOMETRUE over 1500 metres on January 9. The Anthony Nunes-trained BALLON D’OR caught the eye when running on well for third to stable-companion SOUTHERN CRUISE over 1400 metres on January 30 and will only go down fighting. MIND SET, however, has greater pace and will get first run and thus gets the nod.MAIDEN CONDITION RACENext on the programme is a 4-y-o and up maiden condition race in which SLEW DI CLOCK under top apprentice Linton Steadman, LAZZA with apprentice Hakeem Pottinger, and the lightly-aced EL SALADO with in-form apprentice Bebeto Harvey, should have the finish to themselves in a 10-strong field.EL SALADO, a 4-y-o bay colt by Deputy Glitters out of Muchacha Favourita from the stables of Randolph Scott, has shown promise in two races last year, and although sidelined for nearly 11 months, has looked sharp enough at exercise to return on a winning note against such moderate opposition.LAZZA has good pace and could use it to best advantage, while SLEW DI CLOCK finished second to CRUCIAL VALOUR over this trip on December 23 and could go one better.SILVER CLOUD, who went under in a driving finish as the favourite to the rank outsider ABBEY ROAD over 1400 metres recently, is programmed to recoup losses in the third race over 1600 metres in which the free-running filly BUBBLING KITTEN and the late-kicking ORIGINAL TRAIN are twin dangers in a quality field of six.ITALIANO, who has won two of his last four races, steps down in class (claiming $450,000 – $400,000) for the fourth race over 1200 metres and now back with his old connections (claimed), including jockey Omar Walker, represents a five-star banker in a nine-strong field. The grey gelding won back-to-back races for popular owner O’Shaun Connection and trainer Neive Graham some weeks ago but was subsequently claimed. He was reclaimed by Graham last Saturday after finishing third to DWAYNE STAR on a $500,000 tag and cannot be opposed on a $450,000 tag.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the speedy BIG DATA under Aaron Chatrie and SPORTING CLAY with three-time champion Dane Nelson in division one of the Long Shot Trophy. Their respective dangers are MISTER BONES and PRINCE O’SHAUN.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) MND SET/BALLON D’OR(2) SLEW DI CLOCK/ELSALADO(3) SILVER CLOUD/ORIGINAL TRAIN(4) ITALIANO(5) BIG DATA/MISTER BONES(6) SPORTING CLAY/PRINCE O’SHAUNlast_img read more

Senior Finance Officials Under 21-Day Surveillance

first_imgThe Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has now officially “joined” the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, which last week snatched away one of their senior colleagues, Mr. Patrick Sawyer.Mr. Sawyer, who met his untimely death in Lagos, Nigeria, after he had gone there to attend an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conference, was the Coordinator of the ECOWAS National Unit at the MFDP.Speaking with our Health Correspondent Sunday, July 27, the MFDP Media Services Director, Mr. Sidiki Trawally, stated that individually, the Ministry’s staff have been engaged in the preventive methods and “most of them have their personal sanitizer, which they use daily.”Mr. Trawally said that in order to strengthen their involvement in the anti-Ebola campaign, the Ministry has put in place a thorough sanitary program and admonished all staff to use the hand washer or personalized sanitizers or disposable gloves available at the Ministry’s entrance.The Ministry announced Monday that in order to instill confidence in users of services at the MFDP, “At the very highest level of the Ministry, all senior officials who came in direct or indirect contact with Mr. Sawyer have been placed on the prescribed 21-day observatory surveillance period starting July 20th, the day Mr. Sawyer departed the country for Nigeria.” The Ministry further said that all concerned senior officials have been requested to telecommute (work from home) until certified by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) to return to active duty.In addition to the above measures, the Minister of FDP, Amara Konneh, has requested the Ministry of Health to immediately quarantine and properly sanitize both the former Ministry of Finance and the former Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs buildings, including the newly constructed National Authorizing Office of the European Union.“Due to these measures, the Ministry [was] temporarily shut down 12 PM on Monday, July 28, and reopened on Tuesday, July 29.”The Minister has also given permission to other employees, who made no contact with Mr. Sawyer, but have been traumatized as a result of the situation in the past few days and would like to take some time off, to stay home until they deem it necessary to return to duty.Among other things, however, all essential employees still working at the Ministry have been asked to observe strictly the following measures: “Use of the elevator is restricted to only 4 persons per trip; absolutely, no clustering on the stairways; no gathering of more than five persons, except for meetings in conference spaces or spatial environment; absolutely no handshakes, hugging of other physical bodily contact; and please report any suspicious illness or strange conditions amongst employees.The Ministry has also asked that only persons with genuine business dealings and transactions would be permitted on the premises and that all employees are further encouraged to wear long-sleeved clothing to minimize any possible risk of exposure.“Notwithstanding, the general public is advised to carry out their normal transactional businesses at the Ministry and follow closely the measures announced in the interest of public health.Meanwhile, the MFPD tax policy unit will review, in conjunction with the Liberia Revenue Authority, a proposal for the relaxation of tariffs and duties on the importation of sanitary materials and other bleach products during the period of this situation.” (For the latest news and updates, follow us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liberian-Observer-Online/42279623238.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more