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first_imgCONQUEST TSUNAMI, EDDIE HASKELL, HUNT & SECRETARY AT WAR HEAD FIELD OF NINE IN SUNDAY’S $70,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS OVER DOWNHILL TURF COURSEFIRST POST TIME FOR A 10-RACE CARD ON SUNDAY IS AT 12 NOON ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2019)–Owner Gary Barber’s Conquest Tsunami heads a solid field of nine older horses in Sunday’s $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes, to be contested at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.A two-time winner over the unique downhill layout, Conquest Tsumami’s primary threat could be the Mark Glatt-conditioned Eddie Haskell, who although winless in six tries down the hill, comes off a pair of impressive allowance wins at five furlongs over the Del Mar turf.  Throw in turf specialists Hunt and Secretary At War, and the Clockers’ Corner shapes up a deep and competitive betting race.CONQUEST TSUNAMIOwner:  Gary BarberTrainer:  Peter MillerA hillside winner of the Grade III Daytona Stakes seven starts back on Feb. 18 of last year,this 7-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding comes off a big third place finish, beaten 1 ¾ lengths, in the Grade III Joe Hernandez Stakes down the hill on Jan. 1.  A bare-knuckled front running sprinter, he showed the way in the Hernandez prior to being collared by a pair of top horses–Caribou Club and Stormy Liberal.  With a 4-2-1-1 mark over the course, Conquest Tsunami is 28-8-4-4 overall with earnings of $715,411.EDDIE HASKELLOwner:  Philip J. Wood & Jim HaileyTrainer:  Mark GlattA 6-year-old gelding by Square Eddie, he’s the lone California-bred in the lineup.  Idle since taking a 5 furlong classified turf allowance on Dec. 1 at Del Mar, “Eddie” bids for his third win in a row and his fourth in his last five starts.  Claimed six starts back for $50,000 in April of last year, he’s got three third place finishes from his six hillside starts.HUNTOwner:  Michael HouseTrainer:  Phil D’AmatoThe leading money earner in the field with $909,454, this 7-year-old Irish-bred gelding has been idle since running sixth in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap on Aug. 19.  A winner of five out of 11 hillside starts, he’s also the only Grade I winner in the field, having taken the Grade I Shoemaker Mile (turf) here three starts back on May 28.  Reunited with leading rider Flavien Prat, who has guided Hunt to eight wins from 16 tries, Hunt exudes class and looms dangerous as a fresh commodity.SECRETARY AT WARSlam Dunk RacingTrainer:  Richard BaltasSecond, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles turf Seabiscuit Handicap Nov. 24 at odds of 72-1, this 5-year-old full horse by War Front seemed to blossom in four starts last year for Baltas.  Originally based on the East Coast with Jimmy Jerkens, Secretary At War stalked the pace en route to half length one mile turf allowance in his first start for Baltas Aug. 18 and matched his 94 Beyer Speed figure in running second last time out.  With an overall mark of 18-3-3-3, he’ll be trying the hillside for the first time and be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano.THE $70,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 8 of 10                                      Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTRegal Born–Mario Gutierrez–120Cistron–Aaron Gryder–120Eddie Haskell–Tyler Baze–120Secretary At War–Rafael Bejarano–120Hunt–Flavien Prat–124Pubilius Syrus– Geovanni Franco – 124Conquest Tsunami–Drayden Van Dyke–124Blended Citizen–Joel Rosario–124Calculator–Brice Blanc–124                    First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 12 noon.   For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


Ramjattan backpedals on decision to keep sugar industry alive

first_imgThe future of the sugar industry and GuySuCo was a crucial, monumental issue in the 2015 Regional and General Elections, but it is now on the back burner.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan delivering his speech in 2015Consistently in 2013 and 2014, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) denied they had any plan to close the sugar estates.On their campaign trail in 2015, the incumbent Government promised that no sugar estate would be closed and that sugar workers would enjoy a 20 per cent annual increase and better benefits under an APNU/AFC Government.In addition, they promised that under their tenure, sugar would see even more glorious years ahead.During a rally in 2015, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan told those gathered that “As part of taking care of the people, we have to ensure that certain industries that are the foundation of this economy, Guyanese economy, are looked after and in Berbice here they are two major ones, the sugar industry, and the rice industry and I want to tell you that the propaganda that you are hearing the APNU/AFC coalition is going to ground both industries to the dirt is all lies! We are not going to in any way close the sugar industry”.The Wales Sugar Estate, West Bank Demerara (WBD), which was the first to be closed by the APNU/AFC coalition Government, putting thousands of workers and their families on the breadlineWhile APNU/AFC wildly uses financial feasibility as the excuse to close sugar, former President Bharrat Jagdeo and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic contended that there are compelling socio-economic reasons for keeping sugar.He pointed out that sugar is the largest single employer in Guyana, after the public service. Sugar provides the bulk of the drainage and irrigation in Regions Three, Four, Five and Six.Sugar plays a critical role in the viability of the National Insurance Scheme and contributes considerably to the Government’s income tax receipt, which is a significant foreign currency earner.Sugar also creates a whole village economy that falls like dominoes when sugar is not working. See what has taken place in Wales, Patentia, West Bank Demerara, Canje, Enmore and La Bonne Intention (LBI).The vendors in the community markets in these areas, taxi drivers, grocery shop owners, tailors and seamstresses, jewellers and barbers and hairdressers have seen their livelihoods gone up in smokes.The closure of the four sugar estates at Rose Hall-Canje, Skeldon (both in Berbice), East Demerara (Enmore to Ogle) and Wales (West Bank Demerara) tossed close to 7500 workers into a financial crisis.In addition, that same rally in 2015, Ramjattan signalled his intention of the sugar and rice industry by noting that: “We intend, my brothers and sisters, to make that industry [sugar] profitable again, we have to make it profitable because it is that creates so much employment not directly but also indirectly for so many people across this country,” Ramjattan cited.Nevertheless, despite all the sugarcoated talks and speeches on keeping the sugar industry alive, Ramjattan has another story to tell.“We want to wane the next generation away from cane cutting, a place where PPP wants to put them back.” Those were the words of Ramjattan at the APNU/AFC campaign launch on Friday at D’Urban Park.2019’s, 92,246 tonnes of sugar were sold in the local, regional and international markets compared to 110,273 under the PPP Administration.In May of 2019, the coalition Government was preparing to sell off huge swathes of land owned by the GuySuCo as part of moves to sell off the several loss-making estates.This was being executed even as the Administration prepared to revive interest in the ‘for sale’ assets by local and foreign investors.The downsizing of the sugar industry has been fiercely resisted by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the parliamentary Opposition and a number of other agencies.The operations of the La Bonne Intention Estate were amalgamated with those of the Enmore Estate; those at Wales were amalgamated with Uitvlugt and there are plans to privatise Skeldon. But the closure of the estates and the sacking of workers are having an effect on the economy.last_img read more


Update NASA declares end of Opportunitys mission

first_imgIn June 2018, a planet-encircling dust storm blotted out the sun over Opportunity for several months, weaning it off solar power and draining its batteries. Since then, JPL has sent the golf cart–size rover 600 commands to revive it. Engineers hoped seasonal winds, running high between November 2018 and the end of January, would clear the solar panels of dust, allowing for its recovery. But that hasn’t happened.“The end of the windy season could spell the end of the rover,” says Steven Squyres, the mission’s principal investigator at Cornell University. “But if this is the end, I can’t imagine a better way for it to happen … 15 years into a 90-day mission and taken out by one of the worst martian dust storms in many years.” Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Mars Exploration Rover Mission/Cornell/JPL/NASA Update: NASA declares end of Opportunity’s mission NASA’s Opportunity rover, seen here in a composite image, landed on Mars 15 years ago. Its end is nigh. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email *Update, 13 February, 2:10 p.m.: After more than a thousand attempts to revive the Opportunity rover, including a final unanswered command last night, NASA formally declared the end of the rover’s mission today. Read our story from 25 January here: There’s little hope left for rousing NASA’s Opportunity rover, which landed on Mars 15 years ago this month. For the past 6 months, the rover has sat silently and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, is running out of tricks to revive it. In the next few weeks, officials at the agency’s headquarters will decide whether to continue the search, the mission’s scientists say. 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We’re running out of time.”The martian winter, which in 2011 ended the mission of Opportunity’s twin rover, Spirit, is months away. Sunlight is waning in the southern hemisphere and temperatures are dropping. Efforts to revive the rover have now lasted as long as the past campaign to revive Spirit. JPL is trying a few more long shots, such as commands that would tell Opportunity to switch to back antennas, if it had barely revived and was trying to use a broken antenna. “After that, I don’t know what to do next, if anything,” Callas says. Before the 5-week U.S. government shutdown, the plan was to have NASA headquarters weigh in on whether to continue the efforts after the windy season, he adds. With a plan now in place to reopen the government, such a decision could come soon from NASA science chief Thomas Zurbuchen.Whenever its mission ends, Opportunity will leave a trail of superlatives. Although it was only guaranteed to last 90 days on Mars, it ended up enduring at least 5000. It traversed a path 45 kilometers long, often driving backward because of an overheating steering control. It explored ever-larger impact craters as it went, with their deposits revealing more and more of the martian interior. Even after all that time, its 1-megapixel cameras were still working beautifully, says Jim Bell, a planetary scientist at Arizona State University in Tempe who leads the rover’s color camera team. Bell, for one, isn’t giving up hope. The rover is perched on the rim of Endeavor crater, he notes, and a wind gust could still come and revive Opportunity. “No one has ever won a bet against it. I’m not about to start.”From its landing in Meridiani Planum in 2004, Opportunity quickly revealed the sulfate-rich sandstones it drove on. The stones likely formed as shallow muds in lagoonlike environments, says Raymond Arvidson, a planetary scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and the rover’s deputy principal investigator. “There was an ephemeral lake system, going dry, going wet. That’s a huge discovery.” The rover was intended to explore where Mars could have been habitable in the deep past, Bell adds, and Opportunity was the first to provide possible evidence for it.Subsequent craters explored by the rover revealed that periods of habitability extended far longer in the martian past than once thought. It spotted veins of the mineral gypsum near crater rims, which form thanks to evaporating water. And, in 2013, it provided the first surface observations of 4-billion-year-old clays, from a time on Mars older than the rocks probed by the Curiosity rover, when water could have truly been abundant. The finding, 9 years into its mission, validated observations from orbit, expanding the hunt for such clays, says Alberto Fairén, a planetary scientist at Cornell. “A beautiful example of how collaborative science should be done.”Few expected when they signed up for the Spirit and Opportunity rovers that they’d still be working on one 15 years later. In the end, though, Bell adds, “Mars always wins.” By Paul VoosenFeb. 13, 2019 , 2:10 PMlast_img read more