first_img Sharing is caring! 15 Views   no discussions LocalNews Opposition Leader wants details on Layou River restoration contracts by: – October 31, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Hector John. Image via: uwpdm.comLeader of the Opposition United Workers Party Hector John has indicated that his party need information with respect to the companies contracted to dredge the Layou River following the collapse of the Matthieu Dam in July.The Matthieu Dam which collapsed on the 27th of July, 2011 caused the Layou River to overflow its banks and as a result damaged properties, agriculture, livestock and businesses.Disaster Management Officials have warned that due to the rise in the river bed, the Layou area is prone to flash flooding and have erected signs to warn the general public.Mr John told a press conference with media workers last week that the Opposition UWP requires the government to explain the terms of the contracts awarded and to whom.“After three months of the disaster of the Matthieu Dam we are hearing that the government from Monday has contractors on the river doing some excavation. We would like to know the name of the companies on the river, the terms and conditions of the contracts with these companies on the Layou River.”John further stated that the government also needs to inform the public whether they have made arrangements with land owners in Layou in order that their property could be used for stock-piling of the excess silt.“We also would like to find out if there were agreements with the land owners on the banks of the river because you have a lot of stock piling to do and you need property to do that if you want to clear the river, he said.Mr John also stated that “we would also like to find out who is the government engineer responsible to oversee the excavation works on the Layou River”.According to John these points are pertinent and need to be clarified as the Layou River situation is a serious one which affects the entire west coast communities.“It is very important and we need to get some information because we have not heard anything coming to the public on what is going on at the Layou River. We are just seeing barcoes and heavy equipments on the Layou River so we need some clarificationMeantime John says the livelihood of the residents of Layou have been affected since the collapse in July.“It is a serious, serious disaster affecting the people in that area especially farmers, they do not have access to their farms in Layou Park area and we do not have access to the country through that interior road. The livelihood of the people of Layou, the fishing, agriculture and also employment opportunity for the young men of Layou and St. Joseph who worked on the Layou River during the tourist season in terms of river tubing; all these people are at home.”According to Mr John, “farmers were promised $500.00 each by the government sometime in August they had that meeting in St. Joseph and they have not received that, we had damage to our Agricultural Station on the west coast; the only one in the Layou Valley area and to damaged private property”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgBilly Batts Rallies To Win $75,000 Baffle Stakes By 1 ½ Lengths As Rispoli Notches First-Ever Santa Anita Stakes Win; Miller Trainee Gets 5 ½ Furlongs On Turf In 1:03.37ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2020)–With a hot pace to exploit, classy Billy Batts rallied strongly through the lane to take Friday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf by 1 ½ lengths while providing jockey Umberto Rispoli with his first-ever Santa Anita stakes victory.  Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Rockingham Ranch, Billy Batts got the distance in 1:03.37.Idle since running a close second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at one mile here Nov. 1, Billy Batts broke sharply and was fourth, about three lengths off the lead heading into the far turn.  With his stablemate Bullet Proof One, the lone filly in the race, carving out fast fractions, “Billy” reeled her in leaving the furlong pole and won in very impressive fashion.“It was a great opportunity to ride a horse like him,” said Rispoli, a 31-year-old Italian native who began riding at Santa Anita on Dec. 28.  “He comes from the Breeders’ Cup, so people were expecting a lot and Peter was confident in the run.  He broke quite sharp and for the first couple of furlongs, he was asking me to (be into the race).  When we swung out, he was full of run.“I’m very happy for that and I’m very happy that my first stakes win didn’t take so long.  I love this place.  I love the people, I love the weather, I love everything.  Every time my boy (Hayden, 2 ½) comes out, I win!”Stakes placed in his last three starts, Billy Batts, a Kentucky-bred ridgeling by City Zip, was the second choice in a field of six sophomores at 2-1 and paid $6.80, $4.20 and $2.80.“I thought (Bulletproof One) had a better chance at five and a half, but they pressed her pretty hard the whole way and it took its toll,” said Miller.  “Billy is a good horse and we needed to get a prep into him to get him ready (for a one mile dirt race in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 29).”Out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Down to Hearth, Billy Batts, in registering his first stakes win, is now 8-2-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $48,120, he increased his earnings to $302,560.Last early, Rager rallied well to be second by a half length under Drayden Van Dyke.  Off at 9-1, he paid $10.20 and $5.20.Rookie Mistake, no match for the top two, was third by a length over Bulletproof One and paid $2.80 to show with Mario Gutierrez up.Fractions on the race were 22.75, 45.38 and 57.19.Note:  Baffle, a multiple stakes winner on turf and dirt, was owned by Canadian timber magnate Frank McMahon (who also owned Majestic Prince, winner of the 1969 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, as well as the Preakness Stakes) and trained by Johnny Longden.  Baffle, who was effective sprinting and at middle distances, set the hillside turf course record for 6 ½ furlongs on Feb. 7, 1970, when he stopped the clock in 1:11 4/5 under Wayne Harris, a mark that stood for more than 20 years.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more