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SVREL targets greater Caymanas Park profitability


first_imgSupreme Venture Racing and Entertainment Limited’s (SVREL), racing director Chris Armond, says transforming Caymanas Park into a profitable entity is the ultimate goal of the SVL subsidiary the new owners and operators of the venue.Armond revealed a number of changes which are geared at improving the racing product and ensuring a commercially efficient racing track.One of the major revenue increasing plans is the ammendment of several exotic bets such as the ‘Twilight Six’ (early pick-6), ‘Sunlight Six’ (late pick-6), ‘Superfecta’, ‘Pick Nine’ and ‘Pick Four’, as well as the creation of a bet call single-winner bonus.Only one person can win the single-winner bonus, so if there is more than one winner for a bet, a percentage of what is left for the payout to the winners will be set aside to create the single-winner bonus.If there is no single-winner for more than a month, SVREL will have the ability to declare the next race day as a mandatory payout, so even if there is more than one winners that day the bet will be paid out, and this will include all the funds that have been accumulated in the single-winner bonus, in addition to what is wagered on the day.mandatory payment”So everything will be paid out on that (mandatory) day, even if there is more than one winner. If you have no winner of the bet (mandatory payout) then you will a carry-over, but no money from the carry-over will be put into the single winner bonus.The whole carry-over will be a carry-over for the next bet,” Armond stated.This option will be offered at both OTBs and at Caymanas Park and the Racing Director believes this will certainly increase interest among punters.”If you have a single-winner bonus that reaches $10 million, the betting that day will be significantly higher,” Armond noted.Meanwhile, he revealed they are also looking into ‘tweaking the claiming system to suit the quantity of horse available.”The claiming system has been around for about 25 years and I don’t think enough tweaking has been done based on the horse population we have.It’s important we ride races on conditions that suit the horse population and that’s one of the first priorites we will undertake, to see how best we can improve on what we have,” Armond said.He added that Caymanas Park enjoys 60 per cent of the betting dollar and the bookmakers 40 per cent, noting that if they can’t increase the betting dollar, they want to increase their percentage.last_img read more


In letter researchers call for fair and just treatment of Iranian researchers


first_imgIranian wildlife scientists using camera traps to study animals including the Asiatic cheetah have been accused of espionage, but some government officials have called the charges baseless. 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Countrycenter_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Update: In a letter released today, more than 330 conservationists and scholars from 66 countries assert that the imprisoned Iranian environmentalists “worked and carried themselves with the highest moral integrity” and call for a “fair and just evaluation of the evidence, access to lawyers of their choice, and a transparent trial.” In the letter addressed to Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, the authors, including primatologist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, “strongly condemn” the possibility that “the neutral field of conservation could ever be used to pursue political objectives,” and they declare that they “are convinced our colleagues had no such part.”Here is our earlier coverage from 30 October:Prosecutors in Iran have charged four conservationists with “sowing corruption on Earth”—a crime punishable by death. Email The environmentalists, who work with the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Tehran, were arrested in January on suspicion of espionage. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards accused them of using camera traps—intended for monitoring rare Asiatic cheetahs and other wildlife—to eavesdrop on the nation’s ballistic missile program. Many observers view the detainees as pawns in a power struggle between the hardline Revolutionary Guards and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s relatively moderate administration, which in a review last spring determined that the spying accusation is baseless. But Rouhani’s allies have been powerless to secure the conservationists’ release.“The scientific community can do a lot by challenging the narrative that is being sold by [the Revolutionary Guards],” says Kaveh Madani, a water management expert at Imperial College London who served as Iran’s deputy vice president for the environment for several months before leaving the country in April after coming under escalating pressure from hardliners. “People trust the scientific community, and once they come with their counternarrative, the hardliners cannot sell their BS easily.”Human rights organizations learned last week that the charges against the four—believed to be Taher Ghadirian, Houman Jowkar, Morad Tahbaz, and Niloufar Bayani—have been upgraded to a capital offense. “This is a very bizarre charge to bring against environmental activists,” and “totally unprecedented,” says Tara Sepehri Far, a researcher with Human Rights Watch in New York City.Two of the accused serve on International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) panels that weigh evidence of the status of wildlife populations and recommend whether to add or remove species from IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. Ghadirian and Jowkar are members of the cat specialist group, and Ghadirian is also on the bear specialist group. “IUCN is deeply alarmed by the charges,” says IUCN Species Survival Commission Chair Jon Paul Rodríguez, a conservation biologist at the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research in Caracas. Camera traps are “indispensable” for tracking the status and biology of threatened species, he says. “As far as I am aware, practically the only information we have on the Asiatic cheetah comes from camera traps.”Iranian security officers have detained five other environmentalists on similar accusations; one, Kavous Seyed-Emami, co-founder of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, died in mysterious circumstances in Tehran’s Evin Prison in February. Authorities claim he committed suicide. No trial date has been set for the remaining eight detainees.last_img read more