IAN LINKS yesterday made light work of five overmatched rivals to win the 2000-metre Reynold ‘Ren’ Gonzalves Memorial by 16 lengths, a distance exceeding the length of the tote board at Caymanas Park.Partnered by two-kilo claiming apprentice Jerome Innis, the Wayne DaCosta-trained four-year-old colt sat off the pace, fifth down the backstretch, while BALLON D’OR fended off RAGING PROSPECT and MIRACLE STAR on the lead.Asked to pick up the pace five furlongs out, IAN LINKS eased into third and literally cruised down on BALLON D’OR approaching the three-furlong marker.Still running on the bridle, IAN LINKS effortlessly swept to the lead and turned for home with his rivals all running for second.Ridden out by Innis in the straight, IAN LINKS flew away and won unaccompanied at odds of 1-5, leaving BALLON D’OR to beat SCAR in a private battle for second.DaCosta closed a quick double with A THOUSAND STARS in the following event, the last race of the day.Returning off a six-month lay-up with Omar Walker astride, the four-year-old filly tracked stablemate GOLD MINER and EXECUTIVE CHARM before taking over approaching the home turn.Though well clear a half-furlong out, A THOUSAND STAR almost came to a halt, breaking down with Walker, who frantically kept the filly on her legs to safely get past the post.LEADING RIDERWalker was the day’s leading rider with two wins, landing the sixth event with much-improved DRAGLINE.He was, however, denied a three-timer by the narrowest of margins, a nose, aboard 6-1 chance RED PARROT, pipped on the line by Robert Halledeen aboard BIGBROWNGREYHOPE at odds of 2-1 in the fourth race.Walker leads the standings with 39 winners, more than doubling Halledeen on 19, his nearest active rival in the jockeys’ colony.Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday and Labour Day, next Tuesday, May 23.
The Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) and its partners on Tuesday, Septermber 6, launched a two-day community program in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, to promote human rights and gender equality.With more than 100 participants from Lofa, Bong and Nimba, the initiative is in collaboration with the Ministries of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Education, and Justice, including the Liberia Naitonal Police Women and Children Protection Section, and the independentNational Commission on Human Rights.The objective, according to the organizers, is to promote human rights in rural communities, strengthen gender equality and reduce discrimination.The program was held under the theme, “Stop Violence Against Women and Girls.” It also seeks to specifically strengthen gender equality and reduce gender-based violence, discrimination and vulnerability in rural communities in the three counties.The Red Cross focus person at the occasion, Ambullai Perry, said zero tolerance on gender-based violence was necessary to curb the practice across the country.“Red Cross does not support the act of beating on anybody, whether the person is your child or not. We are not in support of violence of any kind. This is why we are collaborating with the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC) to ensure that violence of any kind is prevented,” Mr. Perry emphasized.According to him, the organization is opting to spread love among the citizenry, which is one of the key principles of human rights. The launch also brought several youths together to create a platform for their communities – sharing their experiences, knowledge and lessons learnt with government and other stakeholders.The youths, through the Behavioral Change Community (BCC), will be empowered to raise awareness on human rights to reduce discrimination and gender-based violence in their various communities and schools.The program was followed with a working session during which the participants asked questions on various topics that helped them understand key concepts on gender and sex among young people, the effects of harmful traditional practices, and the impact of teenage pregnancy on girls’ education.The European Union and the Danish Red Cross funded the program.European Union (EU) Program Manager for Governance in Liberia Erik Kristensen said the EU is committed to helping the LNRCS fight against gender-based violence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
APTN National NewsIn Ottawa, a much anticipated House of Commons committee review of the Harper government’s proposed anti-terror bill has begun.Bill C-51 is under the microscope.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.