Shining Light for Easter Sprint

first_imgIt’s holiday racing at Caymanas Park today, the 11-race programme featuring the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race for the Easter Sprint Trophy over 1100 metres.Ten starters have been declared, including leading lights SHINING LIGHT, DWAYNE STAR, RED FLAG, SILVER CLOUD and ACTION MAN.All should ensure a keenly contested race over this snappy trip, with the likes of RED FLAG, ACTION MAN and LADY SHANKARI coming to make things pretty hot on the headlines, with the trio of SHINING LIGHT, SILVER CLOUD and hat-trick seeker DWAYNE STAR coming on strongly in the last furlong.The veteran campaigner RED FLAG from the Solomon Sharpe stables has been knocking at the door for the longest while and could prove strongest of the speedsters. However, they should play into the hands of the progressive four-year-old colts SHINING LIGHT and DWAYNE STAR, both winners in recent months.The Patrick Lynch-trained DWAYNE STAR looked much improved when slamming hot favourite FORTUNEONEHUNDRED by 7 1/2 lengths over the round five course in high claiming company on February 13 and now steps up to overnight company. Having worked well, this will not deter the son of Storm Craft, who looks tempting at the weights with 51.0kg and in-form Aaron Chatrie aboard.Still, preference is for the Gary Griffiths -trained SHINING LIGHT, who notched his last win over this trip in restricted company on January 16 and has run some big races in defeat since, despite not having the best of luck in running.SHINING LIGHT failed by only half a length to catch EDISON over 1300 metres in overnight company when last raced on March 5, but could well have won had he not encountered traffic problems. Back in action from the convenient mark of 52.0kg, the chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of Bachelor Of Arts is preferred to DWAYNE STAR.His ability to quicken under pressure in the closing stages should make the difference. Shamaree Muir, who won aboard him on January 16, again has the ride.last_img read more

Black filmmakers get boost for big productions

first_imgSouth Africa has launched a three-year incentive scheme to help black filmmakers develop their businesses to the point they can take on big productions – and create more jobs in the country’s growing movie industry.Trade and industry minister Rob Davies launched the South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive Programme on 16 September.The programme, which will run until March 2017, will give a rebate of 50% for the first R6-million filmmakers spend in Qualifying South African Production Expenditure. Known as QSAPE, this is the money spent on copyright and goods owned by film producers, and on facilities and services provided by South African companies and individuals. Qualifying applicants will also receive 25% of QSAPE expenses over R6-million.Local filmmaker Uzanenkosi Mahlangu, creator and producer of the local TV series Intersexions, said the new incentive would benefit South African black scriptwriters and filmmakers, as they currently struggled to produce uncommissioned, original material by themselves.“The incentive programme will change all of that,” he said. “Although it might not persuade lawyers and economists to turn into filmmakers but it might stop some filmmakers from feeling like they needed something to fall back on.”Making films to boost economic growthDavies said at the launch that the new incentive aimed to give emerging black filmmakers direct support that was not available in the Film and Television Production and Coproduction Incentive programme, launched in 2004. That scheme was set up to stimulate economic growth and participation in the industry.“The film industry, through various engagements and consultations, indicated that the previous scheme and threshold did not accommodate nor support emerging filmmakers,” he said.“The Department of Trade and Industry has now reduced the threshold and upped the incentive in an effort to create many opportunities for people with low-budget productions for televisions and films. In this way more productions will be supported than ever before.”In discussions held with members of the film and TV industry in May, Davies gave the assurance that his department would continue to improve its incentive scheme for South African filmmakers.The country’s movie industry needs quality filmmakers, he said at the launch of the incentive, for it to live up to its reputation of being a competitive driver of the economy. The DTI also plans to send a trade mission to Hollywood to showcase the South African film industry.The incentive is open to South African black-owned qualifying productions with a total production budget of R1-million or more. Companies must be at least 65% owned by black South Africans and have a level three black economic empowerment status. They must also employ a black producer or director who is credited for that role in the film.Related links:Industrial Development CorporationDepartment of Trade and IndustryNational Film and Video Foundationlast_img read more

NCGA emphasizes RFS importance to the Trump Administration

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Growers Association, along with other agricultural organizations, sent a letter to President Trump on Monday, calling on the President to maintain the integrity of the RFS.“We appreciate the President’s support of the RFS since the early days of his campaign,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “Rural America supported President Trump last year, now we need the President to support rural America.  Supporting policy changes that undermine the RFS will hurt farmers, renewable fuel plant workers, and rural America.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects 2018 net farm income will decline an additional $4.3 billion this year, a 6.7 percent reduction from 2017 levels. This represents the lowest net farm income, in nominal dollars, since 2006 and is a 50-percent decline in net farm income since 2013.The letter to the President disputes the recent claims made by an East Coast refinery that the RFS is to blame for their recent bankruptcy.  “Mismanagement of a single refinery should not be used as an excuse for undoing ten-years of sound policy,” Skunes added.  “Last November, the EPA concluded RIN values are not causing economic harm to refiners. The failings of one company should not be used to destroy a successful energy policy that serves not only millions of farmers who rely on strong market demand created by the RFS, but the hundreds of ethanol and biodiesel plants and tens of thousands of plant workers. The reality is, most refiners are reporting double-digit profit increases.”“Mr. President, now is not the time to turn your back on rural America. Do not undermine the RFS and risk putting farmers in an even harder economic situation than they are already in,” Skunes added. “There is a win-win here, but it means following the intent of the RFS and increasing the supply of RINs through regulatory parity for E15 and higher blends of ethanol to lower values, as well as bringing more transparency to the trading system.”To view a copy of the letter sent to President Trump, click here.last_img read more

Imran suggests fixing could be found in teams other than Pak

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Imran Khan says it’s impossible to gauge the extent to which spot-fixing has spread worldwide and wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to use innovative methods to investigate the whole issue and not limit it to only his country.The 1992 World Cup-winning captain feels that if it is proved that Pakistani players were actually involved in spot fixing in the series against England, they should be banned to set an example.”If what the News of The World [newspaper] has uncovered is spot fixing, then I am afraid it could be a lot more than what you could imagine because, clearly, it wasn’t the ICC investigations that uncovered these allegations. So, God knows how much of this goes on?” Imran told Headlines Today in an exclusive interview in New Delhi.”How can anyone tell whether someone has bowled no balls after being paid money or it’s an accident? In my opinion, there has to be a worldwide investigation into this because it could be widespread. It is impossible to detect. ICC has to come up with innovative ways of finding it out. If Pakistani players are involved, they must be punished,” he said.Asked specifically on allegations against some Pakistani players, Imran declined to jump the gun. “These are still allegations and a case is still going on.Natural justice demands that you are innocent until proven guilty. That’s why I am waiting for the verdict,” he averred.Kapil Dev, who led India to 1983 World Cup title, felt the ICC should properly channelise its resources to check corruption in the game. ” This World Cup [to be held in south Asia in February- April] will be very important for the ICC. It should play its role very carefully and very strongly. I personally would like to see Pakistan cricket come up. Whatever happened in the last six or eight months, we have pointed fingers on Pakistan,” he said.advertisement”But if ICC spends the right amount of time and money, these things can be sorted out. The authorities who are handling this and are deeply involved 24 hours [a day], they should see this as a challenge and say ‘ why things have landed up this far’. More important is that the ICC put together its heads and say, ‘we’ve to rectify everything with it’.” Arjuna Ranatunga, who captained Sri Lanka to an unexpected world title in 1996 and was part of the discussion, suggested that the ICC should involve former cricketers of integrity to assess the corruption in the game.”I personally feel that they [ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit sleuths] should go and see matches personally, ball by ball, and see what’s happening.The ACSU is run by top cops and they don’t know anything about cricket. You need to involve proper, honest cricketers to get them analyse these things,” he said.”When cricketers say something, they will probably mean that there’s something fishy. But a cop will maybe go and check their bank balances. You need to involve honest, proper cricketers who they [ match fixers] won’t be able to buy. That’s the easiest way to stop this [ malaise].” Imran felt that Pakistan is not just confronting spot fixing charges, but its entire cricket setup needs to be overhauled.”Unfortunately, it’s the way cricket is run. The president of the country appoints the cricket board chairman and that’s where things going wrong. The only qualification for the chairman is that the president likes him and he’s accountable to no one. Basically, it’s the ad hoc basis on which the team is run,” he said.”The moment the team loses, there’s pressure on the team. He [ board president] wants to do something … sacks the captain. We had five different captains in one year. You can’t have stability in the team if captains keep changing.” Asked if he was the right person to head the cricket board, Imran was sure his political opponents won’t let him clean the system. ” I know what the problems are in Pakistan. And I know if I am put in that position, I will not be able to function properly. I have political opponents in Pakistan and they would like to see me fail and would not let me succeed,” he said. Kapil was for Imran heading the board and even said Pakistan’s ” 80 per cent” problems would vanish if he was at the helm of cricketing affairs.Ranatunga disagreed and cited his own case to illustrate how politicians interfere in board’s working in the Indian subcontinent.advertisement”Imran can’t sort out PCB. I couldn’t sort out Sri Lankan cricket and I was there only for 11 months. I tried to stop corruption and I tried to set the cricket right and I was thrown out by a minister who was the most corrupt in the country,” he alleged.On Pakistan’s prospects at the World Cup, Imran felt that if pacers Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir are cleared of spot fixing charges, it would boost the team’s chances. ” If they play, Pakistan’s chances go up. They are outstanding. They are the sort of bowlers who will get early wickets. There are two ways of winning one-day matches – one is by containing runs, the other is by taking wickets. They can get wickets. That would give Pakistan a chance.”last_img read more