first_imgThree medical personnel from the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) will be heading to Argentina on August 23 to partake in capacity building exercises focused on quality management and control in the area of blood banking.The training for the blood bank staff forms part of the second stage of a three-year agreement between the Governments of Guyana and Argentina, and which falls within the framework of the South-South Cooperation Agreement between the two South American nations.The third phase will entail a visit by the Argentine team to Guyana in December of this year, followed by the continuation of training for the three NBTS medical personnel in 2017.Acting Director of the NBTS, Dr Pedro Lewis, along with Quality Manager Davina Singh and Donor Organiser, Tonza Bamfield, will beArgentine Ambassador Luis Martino (left) and Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton at a joint press conference on Wednesdayheading to Argentina on August 23.Argentine Ambassador Luis Martino said the overall aim of the programme is to improve the blood safety levels in Guyana by building and strengthening human capacity, knowledge and technology.Ambassador Martino said if all goes well with the three-year programme, they are ready and willing to broaden the scope of the South-South Cooperation in health beyond blood transfusion to other areas, such as medicine.Martino said that upon the completion of the first phase, the experts shared with him that they detected many strengths at the NBTS.According to him, the upcoming phase will now allow the participants to have a first-hand view of the procedures and standards at the Garahang Hospital. This will, in his view, help in the development of a plan for ongoing capacity building in all the regions with a blood banking presence.Meanwhile, Acting Director of the NBTS, Dr Pedro Lewis, explained that the NBTS has already been able to improve its services due to the visits by the consultants during the first phase of the programme. Areas which have been improved include blood management and the collection of statistics.Dr Lewis thanked Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, as well as Ambassador Martino for the capacity building opportunities presented to him and his colleagues.The other two staff members, Davina Singh and Tonzam Bamfield, also expressed gratitude for the opportunity and both stressed the importance of the work that they do at the NBTS.They spoke of the importance of the capacity building exercises and assured that they will grasp all of the knowledge and experience that they can in Argentina so that they can share such with their colleagues in the other regions.In addition to the NBTS in the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) compound, Guyana also has a blood banking presence at the Suddie Public Hospital, the West Demerara Regional Hospital, New Amsterdam Regional Hospital and the Linden Hospital Complex.Dr George Norton stressed that the Public Health Ministry is working assiduously to improve health care services.last_img read more

first_imgMr. Wilson Tarpeh has been appointed by the President, George Weah, as the new Commerce Minister of Liberia.He comes into this position at a time when the Liberian economy has never been in greater control by foreigners. This reality caused our new President, Mr. Weah, to proclaim in his Inaugural Address last Monday that Liberian business people will no longer “be marginalized.”That remark by President Weah was wholeheartedly welcomed by the Liberian business community, many of whose members have been finding it extremely difficult to compete with their foreign competitors who for the past 12 years have been overwhelmingly favored by the past administration. These foreign enterprises have historically enjoyed another serious advantage—they are well financed, not only by local banks but also by tons of money flowing from the oil-rich Middle East.Realistically, we do not expect these two highly favorable scenarios—persistent government favor and being heavily financed—to change overnight. The Weah Administration is already faced with many very serious challenges, including the many that were terribly neglected by the past administration, such as education, health and sanitation, agriculture and the very economy itself, which President Weah has probably already realized is broke.But these difficulties, compelling as they are, give the new Commerce Minister, Mr. Tarpeh, no excuses. Beginning today, technically his first day in office pending confirmation, he must refresh his mind about the realities he already knows too well, being himself a Liberian businessman who has lived in the country throughout the war and has seen how one sector after another of the nation’s economy has been gobbled up by foreign business people.And guess what? Liberians have done it to themselves by engaging in that senseless and totally unnecessary 14-year civil war, which reduced us (Liberians) to penury (abject poverty, pennilessness), while foreigners capitalized on our fratricide (brother killing brother) and became even more entrenched in their ownership of almost everything in the country, including their leasing, for 40-60 years, of sizeable tracks of urban land.Commerce Minister Tarpeh, in his new job beginning today, will soon realize that even the importation of our staple food, rice, is controlled by a Lebanese monopoly, and foreign business people also control most of the wholesale and retail businesses.Part of this problem is Liberians’ lack of entrepreneurial capacity and skill. Mr. Tarpeh will immediately have to tackle this problem, too, if he, his boss, President Weah and the rest of us must arrest the ‘marginalization’ of Liberian business people.How shall we do this? The Commerce Ministry should institute a program to introduce entrepreneurial training in our schools, colleges and universities and find the financial resources to empower those who successfully go through these programs to go immediately into business. Mr. Tarpeh knows what we are talking about because he has served in many important economic and financial portfolios in the country, including president of the Agricultural and Cooperative Development Bank (ACDB) and Finance Minister.Another important part of the new Commerce Minister’s responsibilities—along with those of the Finance and Justice Ministers, the Central Bank of Liberia and the commercial banks—is to find a way to teach and encourage Liberians to PAY THEIR DEBTS TO THE BANKS! How shall these institutions do this? By organizing seminars and workshops for Liberian business people to impart the importance of developing honesty and a high sense of responsibility in business.Needless to say, the new Commerce Minister must set the example for all his staff in the Ministry by living above the fog and maintaining the highest standard of integrity, and insisting that ALL those working under him follow suit, in the supreme interest of Mama Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMinister Tarpeh: “Fronting has over the years undermined the essence of Liberianization policy.” The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Wilson K. Tarpeh, has praised the partnership between Liberia and the European Union (EU), which has also been instrumental in facilitating Liberia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).Minister Tarpeh outlined the five priority areas of intervention of the ministry, including food standards (Import/Export); Accountability; Economic Diversification; Empowerment and development of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Improving the Import Process.Tarpeh assured partners of government’s commitment to creating the conditions for economic growth through stability and rule of law, and also through specific support initiatives, such as the recently launched Liberian Business Hub, and the establishment of the SMEs Fund.Speaking at the sixth edition of the EU-Liberia dialogue meeting held in Monrovia recently, Tarpeh said that the government will support local businesses and investments, limiting foreign investments to sectors where the local supply cannot meet the local demand.He expressed concerns that the support to agriculture provided by international partners during the post-conflict period has not produced the expected results, especially in terms of creating employment opportunities for the 70% of Liberians below 40 years of age.The Chair of the National Investment Commission, Quinton A. Tunis, announced the creation of a National Investment Fund to finance pre-feasibility and feasibility studies in all the priority sectors of the current administration in order to have a set of bankable projects to be presented to prospective investors.Tunis also expressed frustration with some foreign investors, who he said despite benefiting from specific incentives, are not living up to their commitment to employ local workforce.He announced that work is ongoing for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to facilitate internships for graduates of vocational training schools, as well as revive the Market Reform Committee to monitor doing business indicators in the country.The EU encouraged Liberia to continue paying special attention to stability and rule of law to maintain the presence of the investors already on the ground, and to attract fresh capitals.The EU and Liberia agreed to remain focused, and positively engaged on the dialogue for an enhanced partnership, while reaffirming their desires to support the regular exchange of views and expressed the need to have two dialogues yearly.According to a statement, the EU spoke of specific issues that will need re-visitation to gather details in the next political dialogue.The seventh annual EU-Liberia Political Dialogue, the statement said, will take place in February 2019, while the eighth will most probably take place in July the same year, shortly after the end of the African Union Summit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA total of 29 touts who engage in activities at the routes 40, 41, 42, 44, 45 and 47 minibus parks were arrested between Monday and Tuesday as the Police continue their activities to restore order and civility at those parks. This particular Police initiative was started in March of this year, and will be ongoing until the desired results are achieved.Some of the touts at the Brickdam Police StationOn Monday, 13 touts were arrested, charged and placed before the courts. Those who pleaded guilty were fined, while others who pleaded not guilty were released on bail.Traffic Chief, Senior Superintendent Linden Isles, has said that, through the ongoing campaign and determination of the traffic ranks, notable progress has been made to address issues being faced by commuters.This latest operation was spearheaded by Sergeant Michael Ramdas and a team from Traffic Headquarters.Continuing the campaign, on Tuesday, Inspector Shawn Massay, Sergeant Sheldon Wickham and other ranks of the Brickdam Police Station conducted a similar exercise at all of the mini-bus parks throughout Georgetown, and 16 other touts were arrested and charged with soliciting of passengers.Meanwhile, at the station, the team from Brickdam took the opportunity to educate the individuals on the recently released Code of Conduct for Minibus Operators and other personnel by the Department of Consumer Affairs.They were also briefed on breaches of the Traffic and Road Safety Regulation, such as obligation to carry passengers, speeding, loud music; and failing to adhere to traffic light signals, road markings and signs.last_img read more

first_imgTickets for all games can be picked up via the Encana Events Centre’s website: https://www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com/events/detail/wnt-camp DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Canadian National Women’s hockey team is going to be in Dawson Creek starting next Monday.The team will be undergoing a lot of training both on and off the ice during the camp, preparing for the upcoming hockey season.The camp is being hosted in Dawson Creek as per the five-year hosting agreement between the City of Dawson Creek, Spectra Venue Management – which runs Encana Events Centre, and Hockey Canada that was announced at the beginning of June.- Advertisement -The partnership is a new model and approach for Hockey Canada towards hosting events. This historic partnership will identify diversity in events with approximately one event being hosted at the Encana Events Centre every 18-24 months.The Canadian Women’s National Camp at the Encana Events Centre is taking place September 10th-16th. As part of the camp, the team will be playing a number of exhibition games, including interquad scrimmages and matches against the Fort St. John Huskies and Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.The Junior C’s will take to the ice vs. Canada Red next Friday night at 7:00 p.m., and against Canada White at noon on Saturday the 15th. The Huskies will battle Canada Red immediately afterward, at 3:00 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIn the concluding match of the Guyana Hockey Board’s (GHB’s) Junior National Indoor Hockey Championships, on Sunday evening at the National Gymnasium, Old Fort Gold Chasers managed to edge past the dominant GCC Bingo Spartans to cop the Under-21 female title. However, the ladies from the GCC Bingo Spartans team had other reasons to celebrate, as did the Under-21 GCC Pitbulls and the Under-16 Joseph Stars.The five-day championships, which saw competition in the Under-10, Under-13, Under-16 and Under-21 divisions, also saw the GCC Thunder emerging as the most dominant children’s team in the Under-10 division, wherein they copped the title. Their category was played in a round-robin format, which saw them coming out victorious after accumulating the most points.Meanwhile, the Saints Scalpels led the charge in the Under-13 Mixed division. Scalpels’ final encounter saw them defeating Saints Scorchers 3-2 for the championship.This led the way for the semifinal and finals of the fiercely contested Under-16 and Under-21 divisions on Sunday.The male Under-16 division was championed by Joseph Stars, who again defeated Saints in a close encounter. Both teams were tied 2-2 at the half, but Joseph’s Warren Williams broke the lock and carried his team to victory three goals to two.The fortunes were read correctly in the Girls’ Under-16 division, as the Bingo Spartans played to an unbeaten championship. In the semi, Spartans made light work of the GCC Her-ricanes with a 4-0 win to book their final spot.They were met in the final by the Saints, who cruised to a penalty shootout win over Joseph Stars 2-0.Spartans played their usual attacking game in the final, with star players Abosaide Cadogan and Sarah Klautky netting one each for the 2-0 win over Saints.Little did they know their celebrations would be halted later in the evening by the Old Fort Gold Chasers. With confidence on their side, Bingo Spartans repeated their Under-16 semifinal feat with a 2-0 victory over Her-ricanes, whilst Old Fort blazed past Saints 3-1.In a match that was sure to go the Bingo Spartans’ way, the usually aggressive team was quieted by Old Fort’s superb defence, which restricted the Bingo Spartans from scoring. Old Fort, on the other hand, copped an early goal from Carolyn Deane, and held on to their lead even in the midst of the Bingo Spartans’ scoring tactics. The match eventually ended 1-0 in Old Fort Gold Chasers’ favour.The most entertaining final match of the night had to be given to Pitbulls’ and Old Fort’s encounter in the Male Under-21 category. The highly intense match ended in a 3-3 draw, plunging the game into penalties, much to the delight of the spectators. In the shootout, Pitbulls proved to be the better team, scoring 2-1 for the championship.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Staying in business in the San Fernando Valley is tough enough for Maurice Vanegas – now he and hundreds of other entrepreneurs have to consider the possibility of mandatory health insurance. Under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to provide health care for all Californians, businesses with at least 10 employees would have to provide health insurance for workers or contribute 4 percent of their payroll into a state fund. In Los Angeles County, there are 61,418 businesses with between 10 and 499 employees, according to census figures. In the San Fernando Valley, hundreds of businesses would be affected by the plan. At Vanegas’ Sun Valley company Transit Systems Unlimited, he does not offer his 50-plus workers health care because he needs a system that is fair to full- and part-time employees. He supports universal health care but thinks businesses have already been taxed to the hilt. “There is only so much you can tax a small-business owner,” Vanegas said. He already pays 24 percent of his payroll into workers’ compensation, 6.5 percent into Social Security and 6.4 percent into unemployment insurance, he said. Advocates say Schwarzenegger’s plan will fix the “broken” health care system and provide a model for universal care for the nation. However, the governor’s mandate “offends” the basic values of independent-minded business owners, says Michael Shaw, legislative director at the California branch of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a nonprofit that represents 35,000 businesses in the state. Instead of requiring insurance, the focus should be on making care affordable and offering incentives to businesses that provide health insurance, he said. “If you make it affordable, you are already going to capture a lot of businesses,” said Shaw, who added that reform was badly needed. In California, 6.8 million people are uninsured, while 17 million people rely on their employers for coverage, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of the census. There is a fear that thin profit margins will be wiped out by the mandate and force some out of business, according to Paul Keckley, head of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, a private research think tank in Washington, D.C. “Four percent is not inconsequential,” Keckley said. Other employers will get around the law by outsourcing labor and hiring contractors. Small firms have had to shoulder faster rising health care costs than big businesses, according to a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Companies with between three and 199 workers saw their premiums jump 8.8 percent in 2006, while companies with 200 or more employees paid 7 percent more. Since 2000, the overall cost of health insurance has soared 87 percent. “The burden of a fragmented system of coverage falls heaviest on the small employer and their workers,” said Mary Pittman, president of the Health Research and Educational Trust, which partnered with Kaiser on the survey. There is another solution that small businesses would support, according to Roberto Barragan, president of the Valley Economic Development Center. “They (legislators) need to recognize that the only way it makes sense for business to support a health care plan is if you tie it to workers’ compensation reform,” he said. “Otherwise the business community is going to oppose it strongly.” Schwarzenegger’s plan will inevitably change as it goes through the Legislature, but small-business owners are already discussing how they will shoulder the cost. Murray Wishengrad, owner of The Stand Restaurant in Encino, already pays part of his employees’ health insurance. He wants a solution to reduce costs by linking workers’ compensation and health care. “We’re double paying premiums for when they’re hurt at work and when they’re hurt playing soccer,” Wishengrad said. “Why double dip?” Julianna Szegedi can barely afford her own health coverage, let alone hire someone to help her run Discount Framing on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills. She welcomed Schwarzenegger’s plan, saying it was the government’s “job” to provide health care for everyone. But Szegedi, 60, is worried she will not be able to keep her own coverage for much longer. She pays $900 every other month for coverage with a $500 deductible. “I have a hard time (paying) for myself,” Szegedi said beneath a wall covered in partial frames. “But I’m 60. I need to keep it in case I have to go into the hospital.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (L) vies with Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy during a match in Liverpool, north west England on October 28, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 28 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted his side had laboured hard in their uninspiring 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at Anfield on Saturday.Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum would suggest this was an easy afternoon’s work for Liverpool but they were dreadfully pedestrian in the first half of a match that never really got going. Yet Klopp knew his men needed to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and the German was just pleased to have picked up the three points against a battling Huddersfield side.“The first half was a little bit stiff, that was clear,” he said.“We didn’t want to give them any opportunity for a counter-attack but it was not too difficult to fix it at half-time to create more.“We had more chances, but it’s a big relief to be honest because the pressure was there. There is no doubt about that.“I could hear that people didn’t like the first half too much, I know it’s hard work but in the end probably nobody remembers the first half because the second half was really much better.“It helped a lot today — three goals, three points, clean sheet, very, very important.”– ‘It was a deserved defeat’ –The first half was dull fare -– apart from an impressive Jonas Lossl penalty save after Tommy Smith was adjudged to have fouled Firmino in the box.Mohamed Salah’s penalty was well struck but Lossl did brilliantly to block the effort down to his left and when Jordan Henderson badly scuffed the rebound, the half-time whistle could not come quickly enough.After the interval, Liverpool finally settled as they eventually broke down Huddersfield’s rigorous defence.Sturridge –- in for the injured Philippe Coutinho — beat the onrushing Lossl to open the scoring after 50 minutes and when Firmino nodded home a James Milner corner soon after, the result was beyond doubt.Huddersfield battled but Wijnaldum fired into the roof of the net from close to the penalty spot with 15 minutes left.Huddersfield manager David Wagner was still impressed with what he had seen before Liverpool opened the scoring.“We played defensively very well, we neutralised their power and I’ve never seen Anfield that quiet for a long time until we conceded the first goal,” said Wagner, who is Klopp’s best friend.“I think at the end it was a deserved defeat but for me, the idea of our game worked over 55 or 60 minutes.“If you want to steal a point at Anfield you have to perform from the first to the final whistles but we couldn’t quite manage that today.“We have four points away from home so far this season and we shouldn’t forget how hard it is to come to play at Anfield.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match against Huddersfield Town December 12, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFHUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom, Dec 13 – Chelsea responded perfectly to head coach Antonio Conte’s claim their Premier League title hopes are over with a convincing 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.Tiemoue Bakayoko opened the scoring midway through the first half with a deft clipped finish, offering an answer to supporters who have criticised him for a series of poor performances following his July move from Monaco. Willian headed in a second goal shortly before half-time and Pedro made it three to leave Chelsea level on points with second-place Manchester United, who host Bournemouth on Wednesday.“A good win,” Conte told BT Sport. “From the start we played good football.”Upwardly mobile Burnley are one place below Chelsea in fourth after edging Stoke City 1-0, while Crystal Palace hauled themselves off the foot of the table with two late goals in a dramatic 2-1 defeat of Watford.Conte, who has cut an increasingly grumpy figure this season, said after Chelsea’s surprise 1-0 defeat at West Ham United that his side had no chance of catching leaders Manchester City in the title race.For Chelsea’s fourth game of nine in a packed December, Conte was without his 10-goal top scorer Alvaro Morata because of a bad back, but Eden Hazard shone as a false nine and was ably supported by Willian and Pedro.“I have decided for this solution,” said the Chelsea manager.“It’s not the first time to play with these type of players — Hazard, Willian, Pedro. I think they are very good technically. They are very fast. They played very well.”The visitors thought they had made the breakthrough in the sixth minute, but Pedro was just offside as he ran clear to slot in Willian’s pass.But Chelsea made their superiority count as they took the lead midway through the first half.Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl slipped as he cleared the ball and Victor Moses’s header was touched on stylishly by Hazard to Willian.The Brazilian fed a pass left for Bakayoko to chip over the advancing goalkeeper and into the net despite Chris Lowe’s attempt to clear off the line.– Dyche dreams –The champions got their second goal two minutes before half-time.Stand-in captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s long diagonal pass from inside his own half found Marcos Alonso in space on the left and he had time to cross for Willian to bounce in a header at the far post.A third Chelsea goal took less than five minutes of the second half to arrive and again it came from an Alonso cross.Willian held off Mathias Jorgensen and teed up Pedro to hammer into the top-right corner from 18 yards.Huddersfield, who stay 12th, claimed a stoppage-time consolation when Laurent Depoitre glanced a header into the net from fellow substitute Florent Hadergjonaj’s left-wing cross.Burnley provisionally climbed to the dizzy heights of fourth place after Ashley Barnes drilled home in the 89th minute to snatch a gritty win over Stoke at Turf Moor.The modest Lancashire club climb above Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, all of whom are in action on Wednesday.“Football is about realities, but also about dreams,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche told BBC Radio 5 Live.“We’re having a real go at what we can achieve this season.”There was an extraordinary finale at Selhurst Park, where Palace scored twice in the dying stages to beat Watford and leap out of the relegation zone from the foot of the standings.Daryl Janmaat put Watford in front in the third minute, but after Tom Cleverley was sent off, Bakary Sako bundled in an 89th-minute equaliser and Wilfried Zaha teed up James McArthur for a stoppage-time winner.“When you win a game in the last minute, it says a lot for the players’ character and it’s great for the fans,” said Palace manager Roy Hodgson.“We’ve got an awful long way to go, but we are making a fist of it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgGomez’s riding style seemingly has changed over the last six months. Instead of battling on the early pace, the Arcadia resident has been using a more conservative approach and waits until the stretch to ask his horses for their best. His riding is reminiscent of the now-retired Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye, who became a legend with his come-from-behind victories. ARCADIA – Garrett Gomez, who in 2005 turned his life around by going from substance abuse problems to his best year ever as a jockey, served notice on New Year’s Day that 2006 might be even better. Gomez won Santa Anita’s first race with Successful Seeking ($7), added Winnin N Grinnin ($4) in the third and capped off a triple when he guided Make Mine Minnie ($8.20) to a 1 3/4 length victory over Zoemeg in the $79,400 Blue Norther Stakes, a race that was switched from turf to dirt because of persistent rain. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThose are the tactics Gomez employed in the Blue Norther. He rallied rom fourth on the far turn with Make Mine Minnie to wear down six rivals in the final furlong and ran the mile in 1:35.94 over a wet-fast track for trainer Jeff Mullins. Six-year-old Badge Of Silver never had run on grass, but he found a “good” turf course to his liking and won the $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap in wire-to-wire fashion for jockey Patrick Valenzuela. Badge of Silver, trained by Bobby Frankel, had competed against such good horses as Saint Liam, Lime House and Purge in important dirt races on the east coast and Midwest, but seemed to relish the switch to the lawn. “Bobby’s the greatest (referring to Frankel),” Valenzuela said. “Bobby knew his action was good on turf. He said, `He’ll run good. Don’t worry. Just ride him with confidence.’ ” Badge Of Silver ($10.60) won by 2 1/2 lengths over Atlando with Toasted third. He traversed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.02. center_img Santa Anita ends its holiday program today with another stakes doubleheader, the $75,000 Hill Rise Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on the turf and the $100,000 El Conejo Handicap at 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt for older sprinters. The El Conejo, which drew a field of 13, has showcased some of the best sprinters in California. Lit De Justice scored in 1996, while fan favorite Kona Gold won the Grade III race twice, once in 1999 and again in 2003. Both horses went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. This afternoon ex-claimer Jet West, a winner of three consecutive races including a nose victory in the $150,000 California Cup Sprint on Nov. 6, is the 5-2 favorite. “He’s very versatile,” trainer Ted H. West said. “The first time we ran, he pretty much went wire to wire with really fast fractions, and the last couple of times he’s come from off the pace.” Apprentice jockey Saul Arias won his first-ever Southern California race when he directed the late-running Jackieosofabulous to a $33.40 upset in Sunday’s fifth race for $16,000 claimers. Hurricane Katrina prompted 48-year-old trainer Josie Carroll to send her stable to Southern California rather than campaign on her regular circuit in Louisiana. “Normally, we would have been at the Fair Grounds, but we were looking for an alternative,” Carroll said. “We’ve got 22 horses here and we sent a few to Louisiana Downs in Shreveport. The purses are great out here, so we thought we’d come out. It’s a tougher meet, obviously, but we’re just going to feel our way around and see how we fit.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more