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Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM

More top-class middle-distance horses needed

After a four-week respite, racing resumes at Caymanas Park on Wednesday of next week (public holiday) when the Jamaica Turf Club will present a nine-race card for the opening leg of a four-day meeting which continues on the following three Saturdays, ending on June 9.

The original programme called for nine races on each day, but the promoters had to abandon the nine-furlong Lady Huggins Stakes on the second day and the 'B' class five furlongs round on June 2 (public holiday).

Only six entries were received for the Lady Huggins and the chief reason for this is clear and simple. There are just not enough top-class middle-distance horses in training.

Tres Bien, Sunny Deen and Concordant, three of last season's regular campaigners, are all either lame or ailing, while several of the others, such as Chutney, Restore and Guinevere, have been retired to stud.

Beef men get Gyles' pledge

STRONG SUPPORT for the island's beef-cattle industry in retaining the local trade in choice beef, when the industry takes over that trade from imports, was pledged by the minister of agriculture, the Honourable John P. Gyles, at the Institute of Jamaica Lecture Hall in Kingston, yesterday.

Guest speaker at the specially called meeting of beef-cattle growers, held under the auspices of the Jamaica Livestock Association, Gyles was commenting on a two-point resolution which had just been passed.

"The proposals now before you aim to make this business our own. I can assure you of the fullest support and cooperation of not only the Ministry of Agriculture but also of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in retaining that trade when you have succeeded in capturing it. We will be solidly behind you."

Independence bonus proposed for government employees

A request to minister of finance, the Honourable Donald Sangster, that Government give consideration to the award of a bonus and salary advance to its workers during Independence Celebrations Week has been made by the NWU.

In a letter to the minister, the third vice-president of the union, Lester McKenzie, asked that the Government award an Independence bonus of not less than one week's pay, plus a salary advance of one week's pay, to weekly, daily paid, part-time government and quasi-government employees.

He urged that the same principle be applied to monthly paid workers employed by Government.

Arts celebrations group to organise fêtes in villages

An Arts Celebrations Committee has been appointed by the Honourable Edward Seaga, minister of development and welfare. The Arts Celebrations Committee is principally charged with organising celebrations in the villages for Independence, and hopes to cover more than 1,000 rural villages.

Festivities are to include digging songs; quadrille dances, maroon dances, Jonkanoo, Kumina rituals, fishermen's regatta, children's games, speech, drama, singing and other activities.

The Arts Celebrations Committee hopes that commercial interests will help to provide prizes and other forms of assistance to help make the celebrations memorable.

Flight record broken

Captain David Desmond, at the controls of a Pan American DC 8 Jet Clipper, put a new speed record in the Pan Am log by flying the 81 miles between Montego Bay and Kingston in 14 minutes Monday, according to a release by Pan Am yesterday.

Captain Desmond lifted his wheels from Montego Bay Airport at 9:37 a.m. with 40 passengers and a crew of nine, and arrived at Palisadoes at 9:51 a.m.

The previous record of 15 minutes was set on March 27.