FRONT RUNNER THE Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series for native bred two-year-olds commences its 12th season at Caymanas Park today\ with the first race in the series, the $2.95 million Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres taking the spotlight. The series, which offers $11.4 million in total prize money, will continue on November 26 with the $3.6 million Pick-3 Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, before culminating on Boxing Day, December 27, with the $4 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who has dominated the series with 12 wins since it started in 2005, holds a strong hand – as usual – with three challengers, led by the unbeaten pair of SHE’S A MANEATER, under leading jockey Omar Walker and ARMAGEDDON, with Ameth Robles up, as well as MR. UNIVERSE. SHE’S A MANEATER and ARMAGEDDON were impressive in victory on their only outing, the filly SHE’S A MANEATER looking awesome in winning the $1 million Front Runner Sprint over 1100 metres by 10 lengths (eased) in the smart time of 1:05.3, one of the fastest ever recorded by a two-year-old. This filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’, Ahwhofah, is obviously a special brand and having looked razor sharp at exercise in her preparation, could do something out of the ordinary. DaCosta also believes that ARMAGEDDON has a touch of class, having won his only race by the proverbial city block recently. The son of Nuclear Wayne galloped 5 1/2 furlongs in a fast 1:06.3 at exercise some days ago and is focused enough to ensure that my selection, SHE’S A MANEATER, is extended. Other firm fancies on the Cash Pot raceday programme are FIERY PATH to go one better in the first race, DYSFUNCTIONAL to do likewise in the third, PRINCE KAMALI in the fourth and SHADE OF BEAUTY in the seventh.
Local department store Guyana Stores Limited (GSL) is in hot water after it was flagged by the Social Protection Ministry for various infractions, including unsafe and insanitary working conditions.Guyana Stores Limited flagged for labour, other infractionsFollowing a workplace inspection carried out by the Ministry on February 13, the company was given an ultimatum to rectify the breaches that were unearthed.According to the Ministry on Wednesday, the inspection was carried out by Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith Scott, who observed the infractions of the Labour Act, Chapter 98:01 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Chapter 99:10.Among the breaches were the absence of a Health and Safety Policy, the absence of required records such as accident and wages registers which are mandated by law to be kept by employers, and a failure to have a fire extinguisher in the workplace.“Most disturbing of all the breaches were the unsafe and insanitary working conditions which obtained. For example, there were holes in the walls of the ablution area which also had stagnant water on the floor, posing a danger to the health and safety of employees; non-functioning toilets and few working fans and light,” the Ministry outlined in a missive.It went on to say that in addition to oral advice to remedy all observed breaches, the management of Guyana Stores was issued with a written ultimatum to correct the infractions within three weeks beginning February 15, or face prosecution.On this note, the Ministry issued a stern warning to businesses on upholding the labour laws.“The Ministry of Social Protection wishes to reiterate that it has no intention to compromise with the health and safety of the nation’s workforce and will do everything possible to enhance workers’ protection,” the statement added.In light of Guyana Stores Limited being flagged for various infractions and now being asked to correct them, other employers are being encouraged to enhance the level of social protection which they provide to their employees.