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Owner Stephen Curran said: “Everything has been going well and he seems in good form at home. “He’s back with Tony and we’re looking forward to his first race back after injury. “We’re hoping to get him ready for Punchestown, but Saturday will tell us a lot and we always take it one day at a time with him. “Whatever he does at the weekend he’ll improve on it.” Flemenstar stars in a dozen entries for the two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two event, with Martin also represented by Savello, last seen finishing sixth in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham. Sandra Hughes is also double-handed with Art Of Logistics and Bright New Dawn in contention, while Willie Mullins relies on Felix Yonger. There is a potential British challenger in the shape of Donald McCain’s Desert Cry. The Charles Byrnes-trained Arnaud, Tom Taaffe’s Argocat and Rathlin from Mouse Morris’ yard are also in the mix. Flemenstar will make his long-awaited return in Saturday’s Webster Cup at Navan. A three-time Grade One-winning chaser for trainer Peter Casey, the 10-year-old has been sidelined by injury since making a successful debut for Tony Martin in November 2013. That was Flemenstar’s fourth victory from six starts at Navan and having been nursed back to fitness, he will make his comeback in County Meath this weekend. Press Association
Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 1. “So our aim is to keep the cup, take the cup to the honourable commissioner (for sports) and onward to the number 1 man in the state, the governor.”In spite of whatever happened in Benin, Rivers Angels are still favourites for the AITEO Cup title on Wednesday and if they win, they will become the most successful team in the competition with seven titles. They are currently tied on six titles with Pelican Stars of Calarbar.However, Ibom Angels can draw inspiration from their male counterparts, Akwa United, who emerged winners of the men’s AITEO Cup on Sunday.The women’s AITEO Cup final will take centre stage at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos on Wednesday, October 18. 0:25
Less than two weeks after a ban on the importation of used tyres took effect, the Government is being asked to revisit this policy in light of the many challenges that lie ahead.Members of the Guyana Used Tyres Association (GUTA) staged a protest outside State House on Tuesday, calling again on the Government to reverse its decision.The Association’s Vice President, Mustaak Mohamed said that the concerns of members were not taken into consideration by Government.A group of minibus drivers and used tyre business owners protesting outside State House on TuesdayHowever, Mohamed told Guyana Times that there was still time for Government and the Association to meet and come to an amicable solution on the issue.“They (Government) could call us in, we could come to a compromise and we could discuss the thing. A lot of poor people will be punished and out of a job because of this,” he opined.Mohamed, who owns a used tyre business, said now that changes have taken place, he would have no choice but to lay off the four persons he currently employed.“And you check: if you have 500 tyre shops in this country, and each of these businesses has one or more worker, they will be out of a job and the Government has no job for them,” he asserted.The GUTA official told this publication that despite Government’s decision to reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) on new tyres, people would not be able to afford them.“When can you save $80,000 to buy four tyres? They are making it hard for people,” he stressed.GUTA’s Public Relations Coordinator, Nizam Hussain told this newspaper that he too was hopeful that the Government would agree to meet with members.“I am positive that His Excellency, Mr David Granger, with all due respect, if he understands our viewpoint, he will be able to work out with us some arrangement. I am positive that the Government will want to accommodate some sort of an ease for the people of Guyana.”Hussain spoke about the negative effect the ban on used tyres would have on the economy.“It will interfere with the shipping, insurance and brokerage companies. There is a domino effect, because once there is an increase in anything that has to do with transportation, prices will go up.”The Association has posited that the revenues generated by ‘good used tyres’ were in excess of $100 million annually, but with the ban in effect, that figure would be halved.Moreover, members of the GUTA asserted that the ‘used tyre industry’ allowed for employment of about 5000 young people across the country.The group has said it understands Government’s concerns regarding used tyres, and has suggested that the Bureau of Statistics develop a mechanism to recognise the ‘good’ used tyres from those that were substandard.The GUTA suggested that with the ban in effect, there would be “significant increase of wear-tyre use” on the country’s roads, as the high cost of new tyres would force drivers to continue using their current tyres for longer periods.The ban on importation of used tyres took effect on April 1.