Start with Berranca on Guineas Day

first_imgTHE sparingly raced 4-y-o filly BERRANCA should make amends for her near miss over 1100 metres on March 26 when she takes on seven opponents in the 4-y-o and up restricted allowance, the opening Super-6 race over 1200 metres on tomorrow’s Post to Post Guineas Day 11-race programme at Caymanas Park. The Adore The Gold – Charity Dance offspring, who, in 2015 finished third in the in 1000 Guineas and second in the Oaks, returned from a nine-month absence recently and lost out by a head to RAS EMANUEL in a driving finish in a highly competitive race. Now a lot better for the run and bang-in-form claiming apprentice Linton Steadman riding for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, BERRANCA will not be easily denied from the convenient mark of 53.0kg. She will find the distance ideal and should lead home SUPERTRONICS and COMMANDING AVIATOR. DOC HOLIDAY, who has won a number of races in the past six months, should prove too strong for rivals in the closing stages of the second race (claiming $350,000 – $300,000) over 1300 metres. The stretch-running 6-y-o gelding, who now takes orders from trainer Tyrone Prince, has lots of speed ahead of him in the likes of down-in-class DIFERENTGENERATION, AUNT HILDA, and recent winner LEGAL ACCOUNT, who has changed stables since winning easily on a $250,000 tag on March 19. With DIFERENTGENARATION, in particular, sure to make things pretty hot, the pace should come back to the closer DOC HOLIDAY, who notched his last win over this trip some months ago at this level. The improving claiming apprentice Jerome Innis has the ride. GRAND TRAIN, who found only FABULOUSCONNECTION too good over the straight recently, should provide top apprentice Steadman with yet another winner in the third race over 1100 metres for five-year-olds and up. The 5-y-o grey horse has most appeal in the 10-strong field and gets the nod over the free-running DR DEAREST with former champion Wesley Henry aboard. SUB STRUCTURE, now dropping down two classes for the fourth race over 1100 metres for conditional $180,000 claimers, should come into her own with Steadman astride and win from MANDEYA and BALA BAD GIRL LINKS in a field of 10. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by CONCLUSION (improving rapidly now) and the well-forward first-time runner SUPER COP (working brilliantly), with Omar Walker riding him for 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta in a field of 13 maiden three-year-olds. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) BERRANCA (2) DOC HOLIDAY/LEGAL ACCOUNT (3) GRAND TRAIN/DR DEAREST (4) SUB STRUCTURE/MANDEYA (5) CONCLUSION/MR DOITBETTA (6) SUPER COPlast_img read more

GuySuCo downplaying production deficit

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU has seen a statement by the GuySuCo with regards to its 2019 second crop performance. The Corporation’s statement, aspects of which were reported on October 11 in a section of the media, was in response to a statement that was issued by our Union wherein we expressed, very much, our concerns with respect to the performance of the sugar industry thus far.We saw, in the statement, the Corporation said that the GAWU and the NAACIE “…did not take the time to apprise themselves of the real situation regarding the production status…”. We are at a loss to understand what “the real situation” really means. Nevertheless, it was as a result of probing during our October 1 engagement with the GuySuCo, that our Union was able to get a better understanding of the situation the industry is in at this time. We have sought, in the past, to become au fait with plans and situation of the Corporation, but our genuine efforts are being ignored for reasons unbeknownst to us. This is a marked departure from the past when the Union and the workers were treated as valued stakeholders, deserving to know of the industry’s challenges and to consider, collectively, workable efforts to alleviate the difficulties were being faced.The Corporation, in its statement, sought to downplay its production deficit contending that our Union was, seemingly, engaged in misinformation. This, however, is far from the truth. The reality is that the data the GAWU shared was given to us by the Corporation during the engagement we mentioned. We had, obviously, no reason to question the GuySuCo information that was given to us. It appears, in the future, we may have to find some means to ensure that credible and accurate data is shared with us.Now it seems that the Corporation has double-checked its figures and has sought to downplay the worrying state of affairs. Though it has not released, publicly, as far as we are aware, the data to substantiate its contention. We, nevertheless, will give the GuySuCo the benefit of the doubt. But whether the deficit is 35 per cent or 23 per cent or somewhere in between, it does not negate the reality the industry is severely behind its targeted production. It is, in our view, a difficult obstacle to surmount in the remaining crop weeks and, it seems, the crop would have to be extended.We saw too the sugar company charging that “…the second crop which was initially projected to commence in the last week of July…” We find this statement strange bearing in mind that the production schedule that the Corporation provided to our Union, among others, indicated clearly that the first week’s production would be during the week ending on August 9, 2019.The GAWU is, indeed, happy to learn that most of the factory difficulties were resolved though we are aware that there are still some nagging issues. Expectedly, if the Corporation’s statement is anything to go by, those issues would be remedied in a short time. Moreover, we were heartened to have learnt that the Corporation “…is confident that the production targets for the second crop would be achieved…” We are also, like the Corporation, hopeful too.At this time, the GAWU cannot fail to reiterate that important to the industry’s success is the commitment, efforts and dedication of the thousands of workers in the fields, factories, offices and elsewhere. Those workers, who despite the difficulties of their tasks, continue to exert great effort and make significant sacrifices but yet they are treated in the worse of terms. They have, in the era of the “new GuySuCo”, not gotten an increase in pay, they have had their long-standing benefits simply ignored, and have seen some benefits suspended without rhyme or reason. Undoubtedly, the situation and circumstances have greatly impacted them and their families.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more


first_imgYOUR INVITATION TO A COFFEE MORNING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE……. was last modified: April 16th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:coffee morningletterkennyThe Sandwich Companylast_img read more