The three-year-old campaign leading up to the 1000 and 2000 Guineas in April reaches a crucial stage at Caymanas Park today with the $1.3 million Thornbird Stakes for native-bred fillies and the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings, both sponsored by Front Runner, sharing the spotlight over 1400 metres. The fillies, in particular, have been lighting up the campaign, and going into this their final prep, the 11 declared coming to ensure an intriguing contest. Among the principals are the hat-trick seekers RUNALLDAY from the Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes stables, BILINGUAL, who is also trained by Nunes, and Dwight Chen’s MARLENE MY LOVE, All three have looked potential classic winners but may need to show further improvement to stop the classy SHE’S A MANEATER, who has won four races from five carer starts, including a fast-time win over this trip in January. Trained by 16-time champion Wayne DaCosta for owner Winston Kong, the free-running bay filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’ Ahwhofah lost her only race on Boxing Day when caught and beaten by the grey colt SOTOMAYOR in the $4..25 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile, a race in which she turned for home a clear leader. However, she showed in her last race that she had definitely trained on, winning impressively ahead of subsequent winner ANOTHER FURY in the good time of 1;25.3 with customary rider, reigning champion jockey Omar Walker aboard. She continues to look sharp at exercise, and having won twice over this trip, her proven class should ensure that nothing overhauls her in the closing stages. Three time winner DaCosta and Walker should complete the feature race double with recent winner FEARLESS SAMURAI in the Prince Consort Stakes to be contested by nine starters. The chestnut colt by Fearless Vision out of Sayuri has won three races from five starts, but really turned heads last time out when slamming MONEY MAGNET over 1100 metres, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:06.0. FEARLESS SAMURAI (working well) will be seen to even better advantage over this trip, and despite the strong claims of hat-trick seeker DON CHASSIS and recent winner DONTAE, he should take a lot of catching. A notable absentee from the line-up is the ‘Baba’ Nunes-trained SOTOMAYOR, who has bypassed the Prince Consort Stakes in preference for the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance mile, a race he should win ahead of the in-form IAN LINKS, now stepping up to a mile. Other firm fancies on the card are LAWS OF THE CODE in the first race, ZEPHYR in the third, BIG BLACK NATION in the fourth, TIZ A VIBE in the fifth and SUBBIE in the seventh.
In the wake of news of wells being poisoned by unknown persons, citizens of Ganta have begun strengthening community policing in collaboration with the Liberia National Police, Ganta Detail.According to Ganta Police Commander, Sgt. George Payne, the police, along with the community, will work hard to avoid harm coming to the community.Since last week Tuesday, he said, Police have begun regular patrols during the night hours from community to community with the assistance of community watch teams. The fear of the water poisoning intensified early Tuesday, 5th August 2014, in Ganta and its’ surrounding towns after a well was allegedly poisoned in a family compound belonging to Immigration Officer, Maj. Alfred Yormie.Although the report is yet to be verified as to whether the water was really poisoned, residents of the compound, and neighbors did notice that the well had been forced open and what appeared as a chemical-like powder was seen sprinkled around the well and in the yard, where the well is located.As of now visitation around Ganta night hours has become very difficult, because every community is on a watch to know who is moving around their community.“We are checking for any strange movement in our community,” said one of the community leaders.The news of poisoning water has caused alarm in the community, making citizens to be even more afraid of this than about of Ebola.Unconfirmed reports reaching the Daily Observer say that in Bahn, there was an alleged poisoning of a hand pump and materials like syringes and a glove were found under a nearby pump close to the Refugee Camp.And in Grand Gedeh, it was alleged that some groups of men were seen going around in Zleh Town telling people that they have Ebola medicine to be placed in a well, but some of the men were immediately arrested and are currently under detention at the police station in Zwedru.“Yes, we see the Ebola, but I think water poisoning is the one that is killing people and they are putting the blame on Ebola,” said Mr. Yormie.“If God had not been on our side to lead us to discover the poisoning of our well, we may all have been dead by now,” he added.Tension is said to be building up across Nimba in the fight against Ebola and about well poisoning and the poisoning of food items such as candy, among others.It is alleged that the four persons who died in Kakata recently, died from poisoned candy, which was given to some kids by unknown persons.However, two persons had reportedly died from Ebola in Nimba, one in Ganta and the other and the other along the Ganta-Saclepea road, while brinh rushed to the clinic.The little child who died in Ganta and another relative earlier tested positive of Ebola by the Ministry of Health (MOH) team, after their father died from Ebola almost a month ago. But they did not transfer them to the center until his death, while the relatives remain very serious.Residents are complaining of the slow response of the Ministry of Health workers in quickly relocating positive cases or expeditiously removing the Ebola bodies.“Our lives are at risk in this country, because those claimed to be Ebola positive are still living in the same community with other people,” said Yeesah Karto.The body of the man who died while en route to the Saclepea Clinic is said to be lying on the main road close to the town call Yarsonnoh, since his demise on 6th August 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)