Popular owner Oneil Hinds (O’Shaun Connection) has hit the ground running at the start of the new season, thanks to four winners including the grey ITALIANO who romped the opening James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Hinds and trainer Neive Graham teamed up for a second winner on the nine-race card when highly fancied PERSIAN BELLE (2-1) made all in the fourth race for $250,000 – $210,000) claimers over 1820 metres, winning by six lengths from PERFECT FLYER (5-2) who chased him relentlessly. The seven-year-old gelding, ITALIANO, running as the 1-4 favourite with former champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, shot past early leader AGAKHAN (2-1) leaving the half mile and breezed home by five lengths from 2-1 chance GOLDEN BULLET in a field of seven $450,000 $400,000 claiming horses. PERSIAN BELLE, on the other hand was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson. Significantly, both horses were claimed, but Hinds was not perturbed. “That ‘s the nature of game, you would like to keep horses when they win and do well for the most part, but there are others out there in the claiming marketplace with an eye for an Italiano or Persian Belle and as the owner, it’s best you lose them as winners,” said Hinds who finished sixth on the list of top owners last year with 18 winners and $81 million in stakes. “I can’t complain about my numbers in 2015, but the plan is to finish higher in the standings this season even though most of my earnings will come through claimers,” added Hinds ,who owns the O&S Tack Room (horse supplies and accessories provider) located on the Caymanas Park compound.
Alarm broke out last Saturday when residents of Bushrod Island discovered that the relentless assault of the Atlantic Ocean had hacked off a portion of the fence of D. Twe Memorial High School in New Kru Town.A visit by the Daily Observer revealed that the school is the next target to be destroyed if nothing is done to halt the erosion.“This must not be allowed to happen,” said New Kru Town resident, and a former graduate, James Weah, demanding that “the Liberian Government must save D. Twe.”D. Twe is the only government high school that caters to residents of New Kru Town, (NKT), Colonel West (CW), Logan Town (LG), Popo Beach, (PB), Caldwell and other outlying communities.Since 1981, investigations conducted with residents revealed, successive Liberian Governments have ignored appeals to save the school.“If nothing is done immediately,” said another resident, “we will lose this important school.”A long time resident of New Kru Town, Mr. Samson Tweh, warned that it would be unfair for the Liberian Government to ignore the threat to D. Twe’s existence.“I have seen journalists come here and go. I have also seen them telling the government that the erosion is destroying our houses.“All our appeals have not paid off and it appears that there are people at the Ministry of Education who have grown their ears for decoration,” Mr. Tweh said in frustration.Another resident Mr. Wonplue Weah, known as Daddy Cool, who took our reporter on a guided tour last Saturday, asked, “Can the Liberian government afford to lose D. Twe?”“That should not happen,” insisted Mr. Weah. “Losing the school would mean that those who have been elected to seek the school’s interest don’t care or are not aware of the danger it will bring upon the community.”Mr. Weah said current difficulties in the education system should move the Ministry of Education to swiftly find a solution to save the only government high school on Bushrod Island.Residents of Popo Beach, and Logan Town, interviewed appealed to the Liberian government to take immediate measures to save D. Twe High School.“I’m appealing to Education Minister George Werner to make it a priority to save D. Twe,” Doris Doe of Logan Town said.Meanwhile, a youth group in New Kru Town is said to be preparing a petition for Rep. Edward Forh, of District #16 on the urgency to save D. Twe High School.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)