After four decades and 1,926 Caymanas Park victories, trainer Wayne DaCosta became the record champion trainer at Caymanas Park after topping the field for the 15th time with 67 wins in 2015. DaCosta also surpassed legendary trainer and former record holder Phillip Feanny, who has 14 titles. His achievement, surpassing one of the all-time greats of regional training, has given DaCosta great satisfaction, but to him, winning the title in 2015 was no great surprise. “I was confident (coming into the year). I had a full stable of horses, so I didn’t see why the results would have been any different from last year (2014),” he told The Gleaner. “He (Feanny) is still one of the great trainers of Caymanas Park, so it’s definitely a honour to surpass his record. It (15th championship) was indeed satisfying, it’s a great feeling to be number one. I don’t know how long it will last, but I am on the top now, and it is really a good feeling getting the 15th win,” he stated. DaCosta, who is second on the all-time list of winners saddled at the Park, says his love and passion for racing is the secret to his success and he has no plans to take a break anytime soon. “I can continue [training horses] until I die. I am doing something that I like, and from 1976 when I got my licence, I have always liked it. I see no reason why I should stop. “However, you never can tell (how long it will continue) because the sport can change in the turn of a dime. But now everything looks good and I have some good horses in the top class and some nice three-year-olds coming next year, so it could be the same old, same old you never can tell. “I want to thank all of my owners who have stayed with me over the years and my groom, Linval McFarlane, who has been with me for more than 30 years as an assistant trainer. racing has good times and bad times, and you will never know when your bad time is going to come. But I have some nice horses. I hope they keep sound and make it a memorable year again,” he stated. DaCosta trained the top three horses in stakes last year – Derby and Diamond Mile winner SEEKING MY DREAM ($13.58 million), ALI BABA ($5.37m), PERFECT NEIGHBOUR ($5.08m). He was also the leading trainer for two-year-olds, earning $9.06m. Supreme Ventures Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes winner FUTURE KING was the leading earner in this category with $3.66m.
Dr. Wilhemina Jallah, confirmed as Minister of HealthFollowing weeks of delay and reported intensive closed-door lobbying, the plenary of the Senate at its 19th day sitting yesterday received a report from its Committee on Health, Gender, Children, and Social Protection recommending the confirmation of Health Minister-designate Dr. Wilhemina Jallah.The Health Minister-designate had made two appearances before the Senate committee. At both appearances she refused to comment on the issue relating to the death during surgical operations of a female Prelate, Desiree Fahnbulleh, at her clinic. She had informed the lawmakers that her inability to address the issue was due to legal advice from her lawyer, as the matter is already in court.But during her last appearance, Dr. Jallah clarified that the death of Pastor Fahnbulleh was not intentional and that in fact, she had, like all medical practitioners, taken that very important oath to save lives, which she asserted she has done over a period of more than 30 years.Also recommended for confirmation by the Committee on Information, Broadcasting, Culture & Tourism was another controversial nominee, Eugene Fahngon, for the position of Deputy Minister for Public Affairs, Ministry of Information. Mr. Fahngon during his confirmation hearing had described the process as a mere formality, a statement many Senators did not take lightly.The committee on Agriculture also reported to plenary that the Minister of Agriculture-designate Mogana S. Flomo, Jr. during confirmation hearing and based on his educational background and experiences, deserves the plenary blessing.In total, according to the agenda of yesterday, plenary received over 35 nominees’ recommendations for confirmation, which was eventually taken in executive session.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A parent reacts near the STEM School during a shooting incident in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, U.S. in this May 7, 2019 image obtained via social media. STEFFAN TUBBS/VIA REUTERSA parent reacts near the STEM School during a shooting incident in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, U.S. in this May 7, 2019 image obtained via social media. STEFFAN TUBBS/VIA REUTERS Two male students armed with handguns burst into a Denver-area science and technology school and opened fire on Tuesday, killing one classmate and wounding seven others before being taken into custody, law enforcement officials said.Several of the surviving victims of the attack at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, a Denver suburb, were initially listed in critical condition at local hospitals and in surgery, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said at a briefing.An 18-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene, Spurlock said a short time later.“Two individuals walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school, and engaged students in two separate locations,” Spurlock said.He told Reuters in a brief interview that the suspects, each armed with a handgun, opened fire in two separate classrooms. They were identified only as two male students of the school, one an adult and the other under age 18. The school serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade.Television images showed police vehicles gathered outside a suburban house about 2 miles from the school, where one of the suspect was believed to live.Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the school, located about 25 miles (40 km) south of Denver, within two minutes of the first reports, Spurlock said, and “engaged the suspects.”Law enforcement officials declined to comment on a possible motive for the rampage, saying it was too early in the course of the investigation, which was being assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.The White House said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting.The shooting occurred less than a month after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in nearby Littleton, about five miles (8 km) from the Highlands Ranch school. In 1999, two Columbine students killed 13 people there before committing suicide in what remains one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.SON SHOT THREE TIMESA man who identified himself as Fernando Montoya said his 17-year-old son, a junior at STEM, was shot three times, and that one of his friends was also wounded.Montoya said his son told him that one shooter walked into his classroom and opened fire with a gun. One shooter was already in the classroom, the son told his father.“He said a guy pulled a pistol out of a guitar case and started to shoot,” Montoya told ABC affiliate Denver 7.As the incident unfolded, medical helicopters landed and took off outside the school, while snipers took up position on nearby roofs. SWAT team officers with rifles secured the area as ambulances and police officers arrived.Stunned kindergartners and weeping high school students could be seen walking down the steps of a building designated as a “reunification centre.” Most were holding their parents’ handsColorado Governor Jared Polis said he was sending additional state law enforcement officials to the scene.“We are making all of our public safety resources available to assist the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department in their effort to secure the site and evacuate the students,” Polis wrote on Twitter. The White House offered a message of condolence. “Our prayers are with the victims, family members, and all those affected by today’s shooting,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said. “The White House has been in communication with state and local officials, and the President has been briefed and continues to monitor the ongoing situation.”Some of the worst mass shootings in the United States have occurred in Colorado. In addition to Columbine, a man opened fire at a movie theatre in Aurora, another Denver suburb, in 2012, killing 12 people and injuring scores more.Tuesday’s bloodshed in Colorado came one week to the day after a gunman opened fire on the Charlotte campus of the University of North Carolina, killing two people and wounding four others. A 22-year-old former student of the university has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the case. WhatsApp SharePrint