Denial, and Resignation, From Trump and a Handful of Aides

first_imgSince early Wednesday morning, when Mr. Trump angrily declared the election to be a “fraud” on the public, he has been mostly ensconced in the Oval Office or the presidential residence, watching television coverage and brooding.Besides his children, he has spoken by phone and at the White House with a coterie of advisers, including the former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, his deputy campaign manager, Justin Clark, his adviser Hope Hicks, and Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.- Advertisement – As he played golf on Saturday, aides said, Mr. Trump was surprisingly calm, given the news he had received upon his arrival. But he had not yet begun to watch television news coverage of Mr. Biden’s victory.Aides cited things they believed Mr. Trump could point to as accomplishments even in defeat, including getting the second-most votes in American history and drawing a new batch of voters into the Republican Party. Vice President Mike Pence spent part of Friday in the Oval Office with Mr. Trump, but the president’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who tested positive for the coronavirus the day after the election, has been working remotely on the campaign’s current legal challenges.Mr. Trump’s advisers had succeeded in persuading his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani to stand down from some of public allegations about fraud. But Mr. Giuliani called Mr. Trump directly to appeal to him, and the president signed off on a news conference outside a landscaping company in Philadelphia that started Saturday morning just after news outlets called the presidential race for Mr. Biden.Some aides were candid with Mr. Trump that there was not much of a path forward, even though they said they would continue on. Only a few had seemed resistant to the idea that Mr. Biden was likely to win, including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, people who spoke with Mr. Trump said.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Police arrest rape suspect in South Tangerang after year-long investigation

first_imgPolice in South Tangerang, Banten, have arrested a rape suspect who had remained at large for nearly a year since the victim filed the report on the day the assault reportedly took place.South Tangerang Police head of criminal investigation Adj. Comr. Muharam Wibisono said the suspect, identified only as RI, had been arrested at his residence in the Parigi area of Pondok Aren on Saturday evening. Read also: Rape survivor shares story on social media after police investigation stallsShe said the man subsequently beat her with what she believed was a piece of metal until she was almost unconscious and raped her.On the same day, the victim said, she was taken to a hospital for a physical examination for a police report that she filed shortly after. She also said RI had texted her that day to apologize, before also threatening her.“I would not have [shared this post] if the police had taken action, but by law, I do not have enough evidence to put this [expletive] in jail, so all I can do is expose him,” she wrote in the caption of the post, in which she also posted pictures of CCTV footage purportedly showing the perpetrator.In the Instagram post, she also showed several screenshots of texts and nude photographs that the alleged perpetrator reportedly sent to her.Muharam, however, claimed that the victim had not included RI’s texts to her in her police report. He said the investigation had taken a long time as the police needed to find and confirm the identity of the suspect.“So, it was not a lack of evidence that hindered the investigation. We had the victim’s report, information from the witnesses and a physical examination result, which were enough to identify a criminal offense,” he said.Read also: Indonesian lawmakers are biggest enablers of nation’s rape culture“But we did not have the suspect’s identity. And when we did have a name, with the help of the police’s cybercrime unit, we had to confirm that it was the right person,” he added.Human rights activists have raised their voice over this case, reiterating the importance and urgency of passing the sexual violence eradication bill (RUU PKS), which has been removed from this year’s priority legislation list by the House of Representatives.Uli Pangaribuan of the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice’s Jakarta office previously told the Post that the victim had contacted the foundation for legal assistance. Uli regretted that the police provided no updates to the victim since the report had been filed.Topics : “We have questioned the perpetrator since the arrest, and he has confessed his action. The confessions he made were identical to the details the victim had reported,” Muharam told The Jakarta Post on Monday.The incident came to light recently after the alleged victim turned to social media to express her frustration over the protracted investigation into the case that reportedly happened in August last year.In an Instagram post that has since gone viral, the victim said RI was a stranger who had suddenly entered her house in the morning of Aug. 13.She wrote that she initially mistook the man for someone she knew since she had only just woken up. When she followed him to her dressing room, she realized that the man was a stranger she had never seen.last_img read more

Huge Indonesia mine resumes operations after lockdown protest

first_imgIn May, Freeport said it would reduce the number of staff at the mine, which employed about 25,000 people, after infections rose in the area. Operations have resumed at the world’s biggest gold mine in Indonesia, the company that runs it said Saturday, after workers blocked access to the site in protest at being stopped from visiting their families over virus concerns.The miners at the Grasberg complex in the country’s easternmost Papua region reached an agreement with the US-based operator Freeport, which said it would resume bus services for workers to return home.This week more than 1,000 employees demonstrated at the mine’s main entrance over the decision to cancel bus services to the city of Timika in response to fears about the spread of coronavirus infections. Topics :center_img Many workers had been unable to leave the site — a high-altitude open pit that is also a major copper mine — for six months.Freeport spokesman Riza Pratama told AFP Saturday that the roadblock had been removed after a long negotiation period.Several buses departed from the mine late Friday, carrying some workers who had been granted a leave of absence, said local company spokesman Kerry Yarangga.These bus services will be run with stringent health protocols including Covid-19 testing, Yarangga said.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta calls on Arsenal fans to provide ‘powerful energy’ but knows he must convince them first

first_imgMikel Arteta knows he needs to build the trust of the Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal fans to provide his team with a powerful energy and in turn he promises to make their lives better as they will enjoy watching their team.The new Arsenal boss is desperate to repair a tense relationship between the team and the fans which festered under his predecessor, Unai Emery.A toxic atmosphere had developed at the Emirates, which was part of Granit Xhaka being stripped of the club captaincy after a clash with fans when he was substituted against Crystal Palace earlier in the season.Arteta, who captained the Gunners and won two FA Cups during his time as a player at the club, knows that the fans in north London can be a driving force for success and wants to build on the positive response his team received during his opening match as manager – a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think energy is everything, in life, in football and in sports. If we are able to generate this it will give us a lift,’ said the Spaniard. Comment Mikel Arteta calls on Arsenal fans to provide ‘powerful energy’ but knows he must convince them first Arteta is looking to foster a relationship with players and fans (Picture: Getty Images)‘I was really pleased with how the fans treated the players [against Bournemouth] and I was happy that the players went to see the fans after the game as well because we need that connection.‘Slowly, we need to build that back to where it was. It’s going to be very powerful for us to use that.’Arteta knows full well that it is a two-way street and the fans need to have some encouragement in order to provide the energy he is looking for, especially when the atmosphere has been so poor in recent weeks.‘Hopefully we can change it,’ Arteta continued. ‘First I need to convince the players and then, if I can convince the players, afterwards we can convince the fans.‘I think it’s very, very important in my job. At the end of the day they’re expecting a lot from us.‘We have to give them enjoyment, we have to make their lives better and, when we win, it will be better because they will be happier.‘It’s our responsibility and we have to do everything we can to achieve that.’Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday in a huge test for Arteta so early in his managerial career.The draw at Bournemouth left the Gunners 11th in the Premier League table and closer to the bottom three in points than fourth place, where Chelsea currently reside.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAfter the point on the south coast, Arteta insisted his aim for the season was simply to make an impact on the team as quickly as possible.‘My only one now is to review the game and find solutions to do it better,’ he said after the draw with the Cherries.‘To attack better, to concede less on the counter-attack, to defend better and prepare a good training session for them to improve them, that’s all.‘I don’t look at the games against Chelsea or [Manchester] United – it’s now. At the moment the urgency is now. And we need an impact now.’MORE: Paul Scholes names Arsenal’s three key players and the problem Mikel Arteta must sort out firstMORE: Granit Xhaka ‘angry’ with Mikel Arteta after talks over Arsenal exit Phil HaighFriday 27 Dec 2019 11:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Frank Leboeuf picks between Man Utd’s treble winners and Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’

first_imgFrank Leboeuf picks between Man Utd’s treble winners and Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 Apr 2020 5:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link199Shares Ferguson and Wenger had a huge rivalry between them (Pictures: Getty Images)Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf says Manchester United’s ‘unstoppable’ treble-winning team were better than Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ due to their ‘maturity’.Sir Alex Ferguson’s side won the league, Champions League and FA Cup, while Arsene Wenger’s Gunners went a whole season without losing a single Premier League game.Both completed feats that no other team has been able to replicate, and are considered as two of the best Premier League outfits in the history of the competition. Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTWorld Cup winner with France, Leboeuf, had the unfortunate experience of coming up against Ferguson’s United side while at Chelsea in 1999, and he believes they trump the Invincibles.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe told ESPN FC: ‘I didn’t play against the Invincibles, I was already gone, I played against the 1999 [Man United team], even though we had a fantastic season with Chelsea, we lost only three games during the season, those guys were unstoppable.‘They were absolutely fantastic, there was a maturity in the squad because they had been playing for many years all together, they were really impressive when we played against them.‘I will go for the 1999, even though it has almost always been a nightmare to play against the Gunners, especially at the former stadium [Highbury].’ Comment Man Utd are the only team to win the treble (Picture: Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side came close to matching Arsenal’s record, but suffered their first and only loss of this season to Watford at the end of February.Ray Parlour, who was a key member of the Invincible squad, admitted he celebrated the Hornets’ win, he said: ‘Of course! I had a few drinks that night!More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Records are there to be broken and I’m sure if a Liverpool player was in the same place I was they’d want us to lose as well! ‘But it’s no big deal, really. I know it’s a very good record to have and I’m very proud of it, but the most important thing is winning the league and Liverpool are still going to do that.’MORE: Man Utd chief Ed Woodward’s admission on mega-money moves throws Jadon Sancho transfer into doubtMORE: Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos drops major hint on Arsenal futureFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Oshoala Dethroned as Salah Retains African Player of the Year Title

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeEgypt and Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah, last night won his second African Player of the Year award, beating off competition from teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.He is the fourth African after El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure to win the award back to back. The Egyptian was unarguably the expected winner of the 2018 African Player of the Year award due to his stunning season for both country and club.Salah secured 13 goals in the English Premier League to help the Reds lead the log this season. The 26-year-old was named the Premier League Player of the Year and ranked high in Goal 50, FIFA Best Awards and Ballon d’Or. He was voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second time last December.Last season, he finished with 44 goals across all competitions and helped Jurgen Klopp’s men end as runners-up in the Champions League.Salah shrugged off a shoulder injury to feature in the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he scored two goals in two games for Pharaohs.Speaking shortly after he was presented his award, Salah said: “I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row,” Salah said.After dominating the podium in the last three editions, Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala was beaten to the African Woman Player of the Year award by South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana. The South African was voted the Most Valuable Player of the last African Woman’s Nations Cup in Ghana last month, when the Super Falcons won the title a record ninth time.The Super Falcons were named the women’s National Team of the Year while men’s National Team of the Year surprisingly went to Mauritania.Morocco’s national team’s coach, Herve Renard was selected as the National Team Coach of the Year. Banyana Banyana’s Desiree Ellis was the winner of the women’s version.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Juan Francisco Estrada outboxes Srisaket Sor Rungvisai to claim WBC junior bantamweight title

first_imgINGLEWOOD, Calif. — We thought we were getting a Fight of the Year candidate Saturday night, but instead we got a virtuoso performance from one of the best fighters in the world.Juan Francisco Estrada finally came up big in a marquee fight, earning a 12-round unanimous decision over top pound-for-pound fighter Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for the WBC super flyweight title in a long-awaited rematch. Estrada (39-3, 26 KOs) outboxed Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41 KOs) in the early going and outlasted a late surge from the Thai champion, winning by scores of 116-112, and 115-113 twice. The bout headlined a DAZN-streamed card from The Forum, a place that’s long welcomed some of the sport’s smallest warriors. A crowd of 5,127 attended the show.Join DAZN to watch Canelo-Jacobs and 100+ fight nights a year In their first encounter last February, Estrada got off to a slow start. That wasn’t the case Saturday, as Estrada came right out of the gate attacking. He dominated from mid and long range, blasting Rungvisai with combinations before moving out of the way of return fire. Estrada looked loose, with his opponent looking stiff. Estrada made Rungvisai miss wildly and when the Thai tank landed a big shot, Estrada took them well. In their first fight, Estrada went back to the corner early and mentioned that Rungvisai indeed hits hard. But after going 12 rounds the first time, Estrada knew he could take Rungvisai’s best shots. Estrada set up some of his best work early on with a precise body attack. The opening round saw Estrada work the body, which then allowed him to land some pretty uppercuts. Estrada’s best punch was a jab, which kept Rungvisai at bay as he came in recklessly throwing overhand rights. In the seventh, Estrada landed a couple of right hands, and avoided Rungvisai’s attack. When the two met in center ring moments later, Estrada patted his gloves together and landed a nice right hand, further cementing his dominance up until that point.Rungvisai surprisingly fought from an orthodox stance early in the fight, finally going to his natural southpaw stance in the later rounds.By then, Estrada had built a big lead on the scorecards. He was up 80-72 on one card and 78-74 on two others. Rungvisai came on strong towards the end, but it was too little, too late. But Estrada didn’t stop trying to pile up points on the cards.“I needed to show the Mexican fans and everyone here tonight that I was going to win that belt,” Estrada said.In his two previous big fights, Estrada came up short against Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in a close loss in November 2012, and again versus Rungvisai via majority decision in February of last year. At long last, Estrada gets that career-defining victory and has established himself at least on the fringes of the top ten fighters pound-for-pound in the sport.Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn told Sporting News he would love to see Estrada and Rungvisai do it again, but also noted that he has WBA champion Khalid Yafai (25-0, 15 KOs) in his stable, and that would be quite a unification bout if it were to come off.“If he wants a third fight, I will give it to him,” Estrada said in the ring afterward. “I would prefer to fight some other champion first. That’s what I think is next.”Estrada was the clear crowd favorite, with chants of “Gallo! Gallo! Gallo!” ringing out across The Forum throughout the night. With Chocolatito’s best days behind him, Southern California fight fans may have found the next 115-pounder to throw their support behind for the foreseeable future. Though The Forum wasn’t quite as packed as in Chocolatito’s prime, Estrada is 30 years old and definitely won himself some new fans with his fantastic performance.–It wasn’t easy, but Los Angeles native Daniel Roman unified two belts at 122 pounds with a 12-round majority decision over then-unbeaten TJ Doheny in a thrilling war. The scores were 116-110 twice and 113-113 in favor of the WBA champion, who was fighting in the LA area for the first time in his career. He added Doheny’s IBF belt to his mantle with the win.Doheny proved to be a bit tricky early on, using cute movements to frustrate Roman and make him miss, landed pot shots to a lot of success. Doheny tasted the canvas in the second round courtesy of a long left hand from Roman but didn’t otherwise seem hurt. An action-packed fourth round forced swelling around Doheny’s right eye and blood from the nose, but he answered with his own barrage. He nicked a close sixth round before unloading the clip on Roman in the seventh. Roman went down from what was ruled a slip, though it could have easily been ruled a knockdown.Roman took control of the bout in the ninth, clipping Doheny with a big right hand. The 10th round saw Roman land some body shots that bothered the IBF champion, and a left uppercut early in round 11 sent Doheny to the canvas. It looked as though it was going to spell the end of the fight, but Doheny proved his grittiness in not only surviving but getting off some shots of his own.After the fight, Roman said he wants to face unbeaten Rey Vargas, the WBC champion at 122 pounds. Doheny was a long-odds underdog but proved he belongs at the top level and doesn’t lose much in defeat beside his world title.Jessie Vargas earned his $1.2 million purse in his super welterweight debut, stopping a game Humberto Soto in the sixth round. Vargas (29-2-2, 11 KOs) was cut by a headbutt in the opening moments of round two and had to deal with a pesky Soto (69-10-2, 37 KOs), who landed some tremendous shots.It was an even affair through four rounds, with the two trading on even terms when the fight was in a phone booth. When Vargas got some distance, he was able to land almost at will, beginning in the fifth round. He dropped Soto with a pretty overhand right in the sixth round, and sensing blood in the water, chased Soto to the ropes. It was there Vargas wasted no punches, landing some devastating punches at will before referee Thomas Taylor rescued Soto at 1:48 of the round.Vargas earned his first win since December 2017, following back-to-back draws against Adrien Broner and Thomas Dulorme. Soto should hang them up after giving the fans a solid effort. Vargas still wants a fight with Kell Brook. Compton-trained super middleweight Anthony Sims Jr. (19-0, 17 KOs) saw his 17-fight knockout streak come to an end, earning a 10-round unanimous decision over gatekeeper Vaughn Alexander (14-3, 9 KOs) by scores of 98-92 twice and 96-94. The 24-year-old Sims looked solid but is still some time away from being a serious player at 168 pounds.2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakhram Giyasov (8-0, 6 KOs) of Uzbekistan (now fighting out of Brooklyn) struggled on the way to a unanimous decision over Emanuel Taylor (20-6, 14 KOs) in their ten-round super lightweight bout. Taylor hurt Giyasov a number of times throughout the bout but was mostly outworked en route to scores of 99-91 twice and 97-93. Sporting News scored the bout 95-95, and even Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn felt the scores were too wide when he stopped by press row at the conclusion of the bout. Giyasov clowned a bit and got checked with left hooks from Taylor inside on a number of occasions. Taylor just didn’t piece enough combinations together and Giyasov did. Giyasov proved he’s still well away from championship level.Towering 18-year-old Mexican-American middleweight prospect Diego Pacheco (3-0) made easy work of Guillermo Maldonado (1-1) in the opening round of their four-round bout. Maldonado didn’t belong in the ring with the former top-rated amateur Pacheco, who was making his U.S. debut after fighting twice before his 18th birthday in Tijuana. Pacheco was a crowd favorite, hailing from East Los Angeles, and at 6’4″ is a monster at the weight. He hurt Maldonado with every shot he landed and put him down in a heap in the corner with a barrage, bringing an end to the fight at 1:46.last_img read more

Biden says endorsements from Tom and Christie Vilsack ‘gigantic’ boost

first_imgDES MOINES — Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and his wife, Christie, endorsed Joe Biden’s bid for president Saturday.Tom Vilsack said Biden has a unique combination of experience and long-standing relationships with decision-makers around the globe.“We elected a rookie in Donald Trump,” Vilsack said during a Radio Iowa interview. “We elected a person who had no governing experience, a person that walked into the highest office in the land and the most difficult job in the world with no clue as to what that job was and it’s fairly obvious.”Christie Vilsack said Biden has ideas focused on rural economic development that will appeal to Iowans.“That’s a really strong point that we have here, that the vice president has a plan for that,” Christie Vilsack said. “We’ll be out there with the Bidens in the next week or so, in those communities, so we’ll have an ample opportunity to talk about it.”Biden will embark on an eight-day bus tour of the state next weekend. The former vice president said getting the Vilsacks’ backing is a “gigantic” boost to his campaign.“The most significant thing that’s happened in this campaign so far in Iowa is these two incredible people endorsing us,” Biden said late this morning. “…The two most respected people in this state…They deeply care about this state. It’s in their blood. It’s real.”Jill Biden, who has campaigned solo in Iowa on her husband’s behalf, used the word “beloved” to describe the Vilsacks, suggesting character witnesses are important in this election.“You know, our kids are watching and it’s important they see a president that they can feel proud of and that they can respect,” Jill Biden said. “And, like Tom said, we need somebody with experience and so all those things point to Joe.”Tom Vilsack served two terms as governor and then served eight years as President Obama’s secretary of agriculture. Vilsack said polling shows Biden has a national advantage in a one-on-one race against President Trump, plus Biden does better in key states that are crucial to winning the Electoral College.“And then, finally, people know him,” Vilsack said. “They know where he comes from. They know the value system that’s important to them and it’s very similar to their value system.”Vilsack has suggested Biden has shown a resilience as a candidate and an ability — in Vilsack’s words — to “take a punch.” Biden routinely tells audiences he’s targeted by Trump and Republicans in congress because he has the best chance of beating Trump next November. CNN reports an associate of former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani is willing to testify that the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee went to Vienna last year and met with a former Ukrainian official to try to dig up dirt on Biden.“Devin Nunes doesn’t surprise me at all,” Biden told Radio Iowa late this morning. “Devin Nunes has never been what you might call the most trusted or honorable person in congress. Now we learned that he was trying to undercut me…to keep me from being the nominee.”South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham recently indicated he plans to make Biden’s son, Hunter, a focus of impeachment proceedings when they reach the senate.“I must tell you I’m really disappointed in Lindsey Graham. I don’t know what’s happened to him…He’s had this 180 degree turn and I wonder what John McCain is thinking right now,” Biden told Radio Iowa. “John and I disagreed. We fought like hell, but we both were honorable with one another and we never did anything that was anything other than honorable. I just don’t quite get it.”Both Biden and Graham were invited by the McCain family to speak at McCain’s funeral in Arizona. The Bidens and the Vilsacks spoke with Radio Iowa earlier today between public campaign events in Des Moines and Knoxville.Biden is scheduled to make a campaign stop in Mason City on Tuesday morning December 3rd at a site to be determinedlast_img read more

“I see Lautaro happy in Milan”

first_imgZanetti revealed several anecdotes about the ex-defense Taribo West: “Once he invited us to his birthday at seven in the afternoon. We arrived, there were six of us, and he began to pray. The hours passed and he did not stop. At 10 at night he suddenly said to us: ‘Okay, the party was over. It ended. ‘And so we left, eating nothing. ” Regarding his role as vice president, he stated, “When they proposed to me, I went to college to study business and finance. Once you stop playing, you must start from scratch.” Christian Vieri follow his daily show on Instagram with big names in live football. This Thursday it was, among others, Javier Zanetti, who commented on the rumors about the future of Lautaro Martinez, main objective for the front of the Barcelona: “When we signed him, we already knew he was going to go far. With Conte he trains great, he can grow and give us a lot “. In the middle of the coronavirus emergency, nobody wants to talk about the market, but the vice president of Inter reiterated that he does not see the ‘Bull’ far from Milan: “At such a difficult time we don’t think about what will happen, but I see Lautaro well here, have fun. And with Lukaku he is great“.last_img read more

Off track at the track

first_imgCaymanas Track Limited (CTL) is losing money on a daily basis. The Government of Jamaica, the only shareholder, insists that the company will be divested. Timeline after timeline for divestment passes by with a regularity that defies logic. A “divestment committee” is formed and the chairman insists that he is “working on it” (reminds me of a Burger King advertisement of recent vintage) when questioned by worried stakeholders. One could not be faulted for thinking that the Government-appointed board of the company would develop a more hands-on policy as frantic attempts are made, first to minimise losses, and second, to improve the handle (the amount of money bet on its programmes), both locally and overseas. Instead, punters, the life blood of the sport, are treated as if ‘dem-mus-come’. Races never start on time. The official reason is always “technical difficulties”. The air-conditioned North Lounge at the track is subject to the whims and fancies of the employees. For example, no ticket sellers are in place half-hour before the start of the first race, and air-conditioned units are either not working or not turned on at least one hour before the start of the first race to welcome the early punter. Also, food is running out during well-established ‘big’ racedays, and recently, word has surfaced that fans/supporters of racing who buy four reserved seats for six months to enable these supporters of racing to bring guests to the track from time to time are told by the promoters that they will be issued with only two tickets, and if they are bringing guests who do not come to the track with the person who paid for the seat, “just ask for one of us at the gate” and it will be okay! Woe on to the guest if the named official is not available at the time of arrival of the guest. There is a story making the rounds at the track that last week Thursday (September 3), CTL was simulcasting races from Gulf Stream Park in the USA. The second race was won by horse #5, Behzads Pride. However, when the results were posted by the company, another horse (my source insists that it was horse #4, Unspoken Quality) was posted as the winner and dividends declared. It is further alleged that punters who backed the posted winner promptly cashed their tickets. Minutes later, after a telephone call to “control”, the error was corrected, and punters who correctly selected #5, Bezhads Pride, as the winner, were duly paid. My source insists that losses to CTL were in the region of J$190,000. Another loss. The standard answer of “Oops!” will be accepted and the company moves right along to another day. Another loss! Finally, the action of the raceday stewards in suspending jockey Aaron Chatrie after his mount, Woman is Boss, was disqualified for interfering with Asia’s Dream in the seventh race on Saturday August 29 was understandable after a slow-motion review of the race. However, to suspend the jockey from taking further part in the race meet (he had two more rides for the day) because he was guilty of “ungentlemanly behaviour” when told of his disqualification, begs the question: Are the raceday stewards competent enough to make a decision that a jockey is in “no condition to ride?” I maintain that that decision is a medical matter. Even if it is psychological, evidence from a doctor/psychologist MUST be obtained. No decision that affects a livelihood should be made arbitrarily. It must be evidence-based. As the operation steward stated when questioned by The Gleaner reporter, Ainsley Walters, they do have a discretion (according to the rules) that is unassailable. BUT ONLY IF THERE IS EVIDENCE! Each individual deals with anger and disappointment differently. One jockey may remain quiet and take it out on the horse or his competing jockey. Aaron Chatrie may have “blown his top” to get it all off his chest and thereafter ride in a most professional manner. Only a steward with a crystal ball would know which is about to happen and anticipatory breach of rules just isn’t allowed. This wrong MUST be corrected. J$190,000 in losseslast_img read more