Lord Equus to rebound

first_img IDEAL TRIP (7) PROLIFIC PRINCESS (8) ITALIANO/MIND SET (9) LORD EQUUS/CLASSY AVIATOR (10) LOTTERY TICKET/ HONEY DARLIN (11) NUCLEAR AFFAIR (12) SMOKEY TOPAZ/ MERITONE Walker, Graham, and O’Shaun Connection should team up once again to win the eighth race over 1500 metres (claiming $450,000-$400,000) with down, in-class ITALIANO. Having beaten better in his first two races of the season in January, the seven-year-old grey gelding should defy topweight of 57.0kg over what is an ideal trip for him but should still be wary of the Wayne DaCosta-trained MIND SET and the recent winner STAR NEW VISTA. LORD EQUUS, who finished a good fifth to FUTURE KING in the recent Post to Post 2000 Guineas, should take a lot of beating in the ninth race over 1200 metres, this for non-winners of two three-year-olds. Trained by 14-time champion PhilipFeanny, LORD EQUUS notched his last win over this trip in the fairly good time of 1:13.4, and based on his good fourth to CHASE THE GREAT in the March 19 Prince Consort Stakes (Guineas trial), will prove hard to beat with only 51.5kg and Oneil Mullings aboard. CLASSY AVIATOR (Wesley Henry up) and the Wayne DaCosta-trained LITTLE BIG HORN (Walker up) are twin dangers in a field of 11. Race number 10 for the Ricochet Cup over the round-five course for maiden three-year-old fillies should resolve itself into a straight fight between the Feanny-trained HONEY DARLN (Mullings up), who went down fighting against SUPER COP last Saturday, and the DaCosta-trained LOTTERY TICKET (Walker up), who showed promise on her recent debut. It should to be close, but for me, it’s LOTTERY TICKET. The 11th race, the Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks for native-bred three-year-old fillies over 2,000 metres, looks a mere formality for the impressive 1000 Guineas winner NUCLEAR AFFAIR, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros. This exceptional hree-year-old filly is unbeaten in three starts this season, and having looked razor sharp at exercise, should lead home Guineas runner-up A THOUSAND STARS in a field of 10. Then, close all bets with the speedy SMOKEY TOPAZ under top apprentice Linton Steadman in the last race over 1,200 metres, where MERITONE and BLUE DIXIE are main rivals in a field of 11 overnight allowance horses. TOMORROW’s Jamaica Oaks 12-race programme at Caymanas Park offers a host of carry-overs, including $4.2 million in the Pick-9 from Race Four to 12 and $1.1 million in the late Super-6 from Race Seven to 12. There is also a place pot carry-over of $281,000 as well as $95,097 hi-five carry-over from Sunday to tomorrow’s fifth race and a superfecta carry-over of $146,000 from Sunday’s eighth race to the first race tomorrow. We look at the second Super-6 commencing in Race Seven, a four-year-old and up restricted allowance (non-winners of two) for fillies and mares to be contested by 10 starters over 1,200 metres. VALLEY OF QUEENS, KIMBERLY GOLD, SWEET DIMENSION, and the sparingly raced filly PROLIFIC PRINCESS are expected to figure prominently. Victory should go to the Neive Graham-trained PROLIFIC PRINCESS despite racing for the first time since August of last year. Back then, she was a runaway winner over this trip in the fairly good time of 1:14.3, and with connections, including popular owner O’Shaun Connection doing very well with their string of horses this season, PROLIFIC PRINCESS should return with a bang under title-chasing jockey Omar Walker. She has most to fear from KIMBERLY GOLD, who hails from the in-form stables of Steven Todd. LATE SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

Calgary woman convicted in sons strep death granted day parole

first_imgCALGARY – A woman whose son died after she failed to take him to the doctor for a strep infection has been granted day parole.Tamara Lovett, 49, was convicted of criminal negligence causing death early last year and was sentenced to three years in November.“When asked who you held responsible for the death of your son, you emphatically stated that only you were to blame,” the Parole Board of Canada said in its June 14 decision.“Speaking with the board about your son’s death was emotional for you. You stated that, prior to your son’s death, you were ‘not in the right mindset’ and you held views regarding conventional medical care that you have since realized were extreme and unsupportable.”At her trial, court heard that Lovett gave her seven-year-old son Ryan dandelion tea and oil of oregano when he developed the infection that kept him bedridden in their Calgary home for 10 days in 2013. The trial heard that Ryan was dead well before his mother called 911 to say he had stopped breathing.The parole board decision notes Lovett has been accepted into a community residential facility.As a condition of her day parole, she cannot care for any children under 18, or any otherwise vulnerable person. She must also continue to attend psychological counselling to address her grief and loss, as well as her mental health.The period of day parole is to last six months.The board said it received several letters of support, including a confirmed letter of employment. It noted that Lovett has sources of support in the community.A pastor also spoke on her behalf at the hearing.“He indicated that when he first met with you, you were sad. You were dealing with grief and recovery as well as healthy boundaries. He provided that you are educated and a hard worker,” the board said.“He admits you had trust and abandonment issues when your parents separated, but coming to jail opened your eyes … He advised that you have come to terms with the loss of your son and he believes you have the tools and fortitude to go forward.”Lovett told the board she was on a “spiritual journey,” was working with a psychologist and was re-establishing bonds with her surviving son and other close relatives.The board said there were no issues while Lovett was out on bail, while she was in a minimum-security prison or during 30 escorted temporary absences.But granting full parole would be premature, it said.“While the board recognizes the progress you have made, the board notes that your changes are recent, as is your accountability.”last_img read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces Nearly 15 Million in New Grants

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced nearly $1.5 million in new grants today, including a new program aimed at addressing the rampant stigma against HIV-positive people and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community.With this round of grant-making, EJAF is awarding seven new and six renewal grants that fund innovative projects addressing the health and human rights challenges facing LGBTQ people, and supporting cutting-edge advocacy work on drug policy and HIV decriminalization. The new funding amounts to $1.456 million, bringing EJAF’s grant investments for 2014 to date to nearly $2 million.In particular, EJAF’s new LGBTQ Community Initiative will engage directly with marginalized voices within the LGBTQ community to identify urgently-needed new approaches in our ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. Specifically, the Initiative will work to address the lack of knowledge surrounding HIV among gay Americans, to create a more transparent culture in LGBTQ communities affected by HIV, and to fight the severe lack of access to welcoming medical care available to LGBTQ people in this country.“This has been a year of great triumphs for LGBTQ Americans. However, rates of HIV infection are still increasing in the community. That’s why we are investing an additional $1.0-1.5 million across our second and third grant cycles to support new, dynamic, innovative programs by LGBTQ organizations and organizations working to confront the AIDS crisis in the community,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “The health and equality of gay people will continue to be top priorities for the Foundation.”A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation examined the understanding of HIV among gay and bisexual men, and their results further underscore the importance and timeliness of EJAF’s LGBTQ Community Initiative. The survey revealed that few gay and bisexual men report discussing HIV with their friends and sexual partners; most are not getting tested for HIV as regularly as they should; and more than half report that their doctors have never recommended that they be tested for HIV and that they rarely ever discuss HIV with their doctors.The Initiative also includes a particular emphasis on programs for transgender people.“Transgender people are sidelined within the broader movement to end HIV and in the fight for expanded access to healthcare,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott Campbell. “We look forward to working directly with advocates from the transgender community who can help us ensure that our grants continue to go where the need is highest.”“The Elton John AIDS Foundation is committed to confronting HIV/AIDS where it exists,” said EJAF Founder Sir Elton John. “We recognize that the health needs and rights of LGBTQ people, and particularly transgender people, are critical components to ending HIV in the United States. The Foundation also recognizes the lack of funding and leadership in this area and is rising to the challenge to meet this need.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more