Proportional Representative (PR) candidate of the Sans Souci-Melville constituency in the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Wakenaam, Sheikh Ahmad is confident that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will garner gains in the Essequibo island district at this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE).As the November 12 date draws closer, the PPP/C representative told Guyana Times on Sunday that various candidates and representatives would continue meeting with potential constituents to convince them that their Party was the most suitable for their local representation.He told this newspaper that he expected the Party would secure a return to victory as it had done since the 1994 LGE were held. After the LGE resurfaced in 2016, the PPP/C secured 15 out of 18 seats, having won eight of nine constituencies. The Party opted to withdraw from Constituency Two, Rush Brook/Maria Johanna this time around owing to discrepancies in the list of candidates for the area. Nevertheless, Ahmad, who took over the NDC chairmanship in January, believes that his Party has the platform that will draw residents to cast their votes in its favour.“Our plan is for no new taxes and we want to continue to work with the drainage and irrigation system to enhance farming in terms of coconut, rice, plantain, cattle and to continue to work with community centres and grounds to enhance sport and sporting facilities,” the incumbent Chairman observed.Ahmad, who is also a farmer and businessman, told this newspaper that he would continue working with fellow farmers on the island with a view of having more input from them as they would have first-hand knowledge of the issues that arise in the agricultural sector. To this end, the politician said that he would place special focus on the areas of marketing, production and quality.He highlighted that his island has good drainage networks owing to an excavator that the Council obtained in 2010. The incumbent Chair outlined that every year the NDC was guided by its Work Programme whereby 26,000 rods of trenches and drains were cleaned and maintained, while kokers were also kept in working condition. Ahmad, however, stressed that many of the roads on Wakenaam were in a deplorable state although he was hopeful that Central Government would provide the NDC with a grader to level the roads ahead of overall road works.“There are 10-12 miles of deplorable roads on the island,” he stressed.He committed to working with various levels of Government to ensure that he advocated for the rights of his constituency. This comes even though the ruling party at the central level is the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC). However, at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) level in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), the PPP/C controls the majority, which has been advantageous to Wakenaam.“It wasn’t an easy task to work with Central Government as it was tough at first, but somehow found a working relationship with the Region and with our subventions, we have been able to achieve assistance for works,” he noted, referencing the recent breach of the sea defence and consequent flooding on the island which saw a multi-stakeholder approach being utilised to address the issue.Ahmad said that residents were very optimistic in supporting the Party’s candidates on his belief that they would garner the majority on the Wakenaam NDC.“We have been in the field working and we have shown the concern of caring and providing services for everyone despite your nationality, race or political affiliation. We have been a diverse Party, which has put our support to every person that has asked us for help. We reach out to them and that’s why we should be the persons returning to run the NDC,” the PR candidate stressed.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardAnd after a 31-year career, “I also want to walk away in one piece.” Bailey is scheduled to ride three or four horses on the Sunshine Millions card at Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach, Fla. A large group of family or friends will be in attendance for Bailey’s farewell ride, which is expected to be aboard Silver Tree, trained by Bill Mott, who put Bailey aboard Cigar for the final 15 wins in a glorious record-tying, 16-race winning streak in 1995-96. Bailey has been one of racing’s top riders for nearly 15 years, usually ending up on many of the best horses in training. Among his greatest accomplishment was the campaign aboard Cigar, a two-time Horse of the Year who gave him perhaps his greatest win – the 1996 Dubai World Cup. Winning the Kentucky Derby “is probably the pinnacle of any jockey’s aspirations, but if I had to pinpoint a race for me it would be the Dubai World Cup with Cigar,” he said. “Not only was it a victory for me, but I was representing the United States. It was as close to being an Olympian as I could probably ever be.” Bailey often said he didn’t really love horses until he climbed aboard Cigar, and his voice seemed to quiver when he spoke of it. With that, Bailey said Wednesday he’ll retire after riding at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28 in the Sunshine Millions. The 48-year-old Bailey will then begin his next career as a racing analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports, where he will be part of about 20 telecasts, including the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup. Bailey cited other reasons for his decision, “but the one that matters the most is I just really feel it’s time – time to spend more time with my wife, Suzee, and my son, Justin.” “He was the most genuine, charismatic horse I think I’ve ever been on in my life,” he said. Bailey will become the latest Hall of Fame jockey to hang up his tack. Pat Day retired in August and Gary Stevens retired a second time in November. Known as a fierce competitor and for being well prepared for every race, Bailey will depart as a seven-time Eclipse Award winner and the nation’s second-leading money earner behind Day. Bailey, with 5,890 wins through Tuesday, has earned close to $296 million; Day retired with nearly $298 million. “What’s great about Bailey is he rode like he was still 25,” trainer Bobby Frankel said. “He wasn’t scared. I was impressed the way he’d go through holes with no fear. And he came into the paddock before the race well prepared. He knew exactly what was going on – he’d handicap the horses and the jockeys.” Some of Frankel’s biggest wins came with Bailey in the saddle – the 2003 Belmont Stakes with Empire Maker, the 2002 Travers with Medaglia d’Oro, and the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Sprint with Squirtle Squirt. Bailey, who rode primarily in New York, won the Derby with Sea Hero in 1993 and Grindstone in 1996. He also won the Preakness twice and the Belmont Stakes twice – his win aboard Empire Maker spoiled Funny Cide’s bid for the Triple Crown. He won his record 15th Breeders’ Cup race on Oct. 29 at Belmont Park, taking the Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard Saint Liam, who is expected to be named Horse of the Year at Monday’s Eclipse Awards dinner. Bailey has won the Classic a record five times. “He’s been the most dominant rider the last 15 years, and one of the most accomplished riders ever,” retired great Angel Cordero Jr. said. “He’s in there with guys like Pincay, Shoemaker, Arcaro, Day. He’s one of us, no doubt.” Bailey began his pro career in 1974, at the age of 17, when he won at Sunland Park in New Mexico aboard Fetch. Bailey battled alcoholism before getting sober in 1989 and wrote about his experiences in “Against The Odds: Riding for My Life,” published last year. Even with a top Derby prospect in First Samurai, Bailey knows the time is now to say goodbye. “One horse or one race wasn’t going to change my decision,” he said. “It’s time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Jerry Bailey was thinking retirement for several years and finally, a few weeks into this season, he knew it was time for his illustrious Hall of Fame career to come to an end. “I still enjoy competing in the biggest races on the best horses on the biggest days,” the two-time Kentucky Derby winning rider said. “But to get to those days, there are a lot of routine days and I just didn’t feel the passion I should have felt.”