Native-bred three-year-old non-winners of two take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today in the annual renewal of the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association of Jamaica (TOBA) Trophy race over 1200 metres.A large and competitive field of 16 will face the starter, including top contenders ROAD WI SEH, TARANIS, BONGO KING, TURBO MACHINE CAT and the free running ACTION MAN, all fit horses.Indications are that the winner will come from this group, especially with the likes of TARANIS, BINGO KING and ROAD WI SEH looking really sharp at exercise.ROAD WI SEH, a free-running sort who figured prominently for a long way in both the Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) and the derby earlier this season, has changed stables since his last race, moving from trainer Patrick Chang to Lorne Kirlew, who has a good strike rate.This being his easiest task for some time, ROAD WI SEH should come into his own and prove a tough opponent, with top apprentice O’Brien White riding this lightly raced 3-y-o colt by Adore The Gold out of Dream Watcher from the convenient mark of 54.5kg.This being only his sixth outing, ROAD WI SEH has lots of scope and with middle distances more to his liking, gets a golden opportunity to supplement his maiden win over the round five course on March 28.Tight race aheadWhile I really fancy his chances, ROAD WI SEH can ill-afford to skip a beat, with TARANIS and BONGO KING present.Both have been trained to the minute, the Richard Azan-conditioned TARANIS under leading jockey Shane Ellis extensively prepared by his trainer in preparation for this trophy. The Everal Francis-trained BONGO KING has also caught the eye in his preparation and along with the very fit TURBO MACHINE CAT (Omar Walker up) should take it down to the wire for the major share of the $868,000 purse.But ROAD WI SEH could just be that much classier than his opponents and now reverting to a more suitable middle distance trip, should rebound with a win at the expense of main rivals TARANIS and BONGO KING.Other firm fancies on the card are BARS OF GOLD, with leading jockey Shane Ellis to stave off old rival GEISHA’S GLORY in the third race for the Aston Commock Memorial Trophy over 1700 metres; DOOLAHIN to rebound in the fourth for maiden three-year-olds; COUNTRY TRAIN for in-form trainer Marlon Anderson in the fifth; THE BEST FLYER to go one better in the seventh; and SUPERIOR QUALITY in the ninth for overnight-allowance horses over 1100 metres.
The Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) continues to make strides in advancing the medical services offered to members of the public.On January 26, a team of doctors, headed by Dr Yu Zijun, successfully performed the hospital’s first radical resection of rectal carcinoma, a type of surgery forDoctors performing the surgery at the LHCtreatment of rectal cancer. The surgery was performed on a 53-year-old male. Also part of the surgical team were Dr Jin Zhen – an anaesthetist; Dr Geng Shouming – a Gynaecology consultant and Dr Joseph London, a resident surgeon.Dr Yu Zijun, who spearheaded the team, specialises in this field in China.Speaking with Guyana Times, Public Relations Officer (PRO) attached to the LHC, Toshanna Alicock, said the doctors who performed the surgery were very experienced, knowledgeable and committed to their patients. She further encouraged members of the public to take advantage of regular screenings offered at the medical institution. “We’re very pleased that we were able to perform this surgery at the LHC and more so that it was successful. We are encouraging persons to have regular check-ups done to detect cancer in its early stage,” she indicated.
0Shares0000The teenager started freestyle football in 2016, learning tricks by watching videos on YouTube © AFP / MOHD RASFANKLANG, Malaysia, Jul 13 – The slick freestyle football moves of a Malaysian Muslim girl have boosted her into the spotlight in a country where the sport is dominated by men.Sporting a headscarf, Qhouirunnisa’ Endang Wahyudi executed deft moves, juggling the ball before balancing it on her soles and later on her forehead. “The headscarf is not an obstacle,” the 18-year-old student told AFP at a park in Klang, a city about 40 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of the capital Kuala Lumpur.In freestyle football, players use all parts of their body to perform often acrobatic tricks with the ball © AFP / MOHD RASFAN“It’s normal. It’s just how you handle it.”In freestyle football, players use all parts of their body to perform often acrobatic tricks with the ball.More than 60 percent of Malaysia’s 32 million people are Muslims. Many Muslim women in the country don the traditional hijab and loose-fitting clothing in line with Islamic requirements of modesty.Islam does not stop women from playing sports, Qhouirunnisa’ said. The teenager started freestyle football in 2016, training and learning tricks by watching videos on YouTube.She trains four to five days a week, balancing, kicking and juggling the ball for up to three hours in every session © AFP / MOHD RASFAN“With freestyle, you can be free as long as you don’t show (your body),” Qhouirunnisa’ said, adding that she has the full support of her family.Football is one of the most popular sports in Malaysia, despite the national men’s team being ranked a dismal 171st in the world. Fans across the country often watch matches live on TV well past midnight, cheering foreign teams in competitions like the World Cup.“Freestyle in Malaysia is mostly (practised by) men,” Qhouirunnisa’ said, but added that girls in the country were becoming more interested in it.Her Instagram account has more than 72,000 followers © AFP / MOHD RASFANShe trains four to five days a week, balancing, kicking and juggling the ball for up to three hours in every session.Her freestyle tricks have a growing online audience: her Instagram account has more than 72,000 followers.Qhouirunnisa’ hopes to one day meet her idol, teenage French freestyle star Lisa Zimouche.“Being a woman is not an obstacle,” she said. “You can be active in sports.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)