Former top-class campaigner COMMANDING CHIEF should score a long overdue win in today’s competitive looking overnight allowance race over 1300 metres to be contested by 13 starters at Caymanas Park.COMMANDING CHIEF last won the grade one Prime Minister’s Stakes in a titanic tussle with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR over 2000 metres on Independence Day 2014 (August 6), and although yet to win another race since, has run some useful races in defeat, even though sparingly raced.When he last competed, in open allowance company on January 23 for new trainer Spencer Chung, the eight-year-old gelding by War Marshall out of She Knows Beau ran a decent race behind the progressive filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN and CAMPESINO over a mile, finishing six lengths sixth after racing prominently in second entering the straight.Having worked well in preparation for today’s encounter and stepping down to overnight company in the process, COMMANDING CHIEF has a glorious chance of reliving past glories.MOST ACCOMPLISHEDHe is easily the most accomplished in the field, following big-race wins in the St Leger and Gold Cup when trained by Everal Francis, and with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson sticking with the ride, the hint should be taken.Still, it won’t be a walk in the park for the veteran campaigner as he faces some very fit opponents in SHINING LIGHT, MIRACLE STAR, RED FLAG, EDISON and HOVER CRAFT, all ideally suited to the distance.The Wayne DaCosta-trained HOVER CRAFT (Omar Walker up) not only won in grade one company last season, but was second to FRANFIELD in last November’s Superstakes, and with 1300 metres not too sharp for him, is a worthy opponent. The same can be said of the Gary Griffiths-trained SHINING LIGHT, a recent winner who will love every inch of this race.However, COMMANDING CHIEF has never had it this easy in years and thus gets the vote.Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are SUPERTRONICS (knocking at the door) to go one better in the second race; stable-companion BIG GEORGE to repeat in the third; GOLDEN GLORY in the sixth; down-in-class BOLD AVIATOR in race seven; and the speedy OPTIMUS to finally deliver in the eighth race for maiden four-year-olds and up over 1000 metres round.
– Advertisement – Barely a month after emerging victorious at the polls in the Lofa Electoral District #1 by-election, Representative Francis Sackila Nyumalin has been accused of ditching the Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD) to pledge support for Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.ULD is one of over 20 political parties qualified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to contest the October representative and presidential elections. Rep. Nyumalin won the by-election under the ULD ticket in Foya to replace the late Rep. Eugene Fallah Kparkar.Addressing journalists at the party’s headquarters yesterday in Monrovia, ULD national chairman Solomon G. Kahn said Rep. Nyumalin showed great ingratitude for Lofa Electoral District #1 by his defection.“Politically our party feels disappointed in Rep. Nyumalin on grounds that he has expressed his desire to support the Unity Party, which dashed his hopes and aspirations,” the ULD chairman said.He added that Nyumalin should have been preaching the manifesto of the ULD that provided him the opportunity to serve his people in the House of Representatives.“We at the ULD have no problem with any political institution, but the actors in those institutions and the ideas they preach are the ones we are against,” Mr. Kahn noted.Concerning penalties or whatever other options are on the table, he said the national executive committee of the party is studying Rep. Nyumalin’s utterance in support of the VP, and will make a decision in the future.He announced that his party will hold its national convention on Saturday, April 22 in Monrovia to elect its officials, including the standard bearer, chairman, vice chairman, general secretary, among others.“Holding conventions and carrying out other mandates are requirements set by the NEC for political institutions, including ours, that must be respected,” he pointed out.Concerning criteria to contest for positions at the party’s convention, Kahn said one must be a partisan and apply for the position.Rep. Nyumalin is yet to respond to charges that he has betrayed ULD. His office denied that his support to Vice President Joseph Boakai is a betrayal of ULD.Meanwhile Khan said Madam McDella Cooper is an aspirant for the standard bearer position. He named Isaiah M. Sackor, William York, Onisemus Tompoe and Diaby Nagbe as some of those contesting for the chairman, co chairman, general secretary and member of the convention’s elections committee, respectively.Responding to media queries after the press conference, the standard bearer-in-waiting, Madam MaCdella Cooper, said she has no problem with dual citizenship, citing that Liberians are granted citizenship in many countries around the world.“I respect the laws of our country but there are many good Liberians and other nationals out there who want to come home and contribute to the rebuilding of the country. We need to give others the chance to help in the reconstruction of this nation as we go out there and pay taxes to develop other people’s countries.“I don’t think we should limit our country by preventing our friends to come home and help to build it,” Cooper said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Mr. Kahn “We at the ULD have no problem with any political institution, but the actors in those institutions and the ideas they preach are the ones we are against.”
Having joined PSG, 34-year-old Alves hopes Neymar will show courage and decide to swell the French capital club’s large Brazilian contingent, that includes forward Lucas Moura, and centre-backs Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.Neymar, 25, is involved in a tug of war between the two European giants with his potential transfer to Paris the major saga of the off season.“I hope it will happen. I’ve got nothing to do with his decision, it’s a very important decision for him,” said Alves, after scoring in PSG’s French Super Cup victory over Monaco in Tangiers on Saturday.“Men have to make these kind of decisions. I hope he’ll join us, he’s one of my best friends and I always want my friends to be close by.“I can’t interfere in his decision. It’s his decision to make but we’ll welcome him with open arms if he comes.”PSG are allegedly weighing up whether or not to trigger Neymar’s 222-million-euro ($261 million) release clause, which would more than double the biggest transfer fee ever paid, currently the £89 million (105 million euros, $115 million) Manchester United forked out to bring back France midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus.Pogba was then instrumental in convincing his friend Romelu Lukaku to join United from Everton for £75 million earlier this month.But Alves says he won’t be trying to influence his compatriot.“I helped him once, I helped him come to Barcelona. I didn’t make the decision for him, but I simply told him what there was at Barca, and he decided to go there,” said Alves.“Decisions are for the courageous. I’m the most courageous: I decided to quit Barca, to quit Juve; I always make my decisions.“He has to decide for his maturity and his ideas about continuing to improve.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar of Barcelona vies for the ball with Real Madrid during their International Champions Cup football match at Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Miami, Florida © AFP / HECTOR RETAMALTANGIERS, Morocco, Jul 30 – Veteran Brazil international full-back Dani Alves said he is hopeful superstar Neymar will join him at Paris Saint Germain but insisted he isn’t using his personal friendship to sway the Barcelona forward’s decision.The two were team-mates at Barca from Neymar’s arrival in 2013 until Alves left to join Juventus a year ago.