SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONS 1. DAISY DUKE 2. VALDERRAMA 3. JOLLY D 4. KINGSWOOD 5. MOVIESTAR 6. REGGAE ROAD Well-bred DAISY DUKE, a half-sister to open-allowance campaigner Money Magnet, can give punters a perfect start at a good price in the opening race of the Sunrise-6 at Caymanas Park tomorrow. The opening event is an 800 metres race for maiden two-year-olds and has attracted just seven starters. DAISY DUKE finished behind most of the field on her July 8 debut but had an excuse as she was slowly out. Trainer Richard Azan has now replaced the tongue tie with a visor, and DAISY DUKE, even with the sparingly used Delroy Beharie aboard, is expected to be more alert at the gate and run an improved race. Trainer Anthony Nunes has presented punters with a real puzzle in Race Two. VALDERRAMA, a fairly well-bred three-year-old who slammed a subsequent winner by all of seven lengths on July 7, has been thrown in for a claiming tag of just $250,000. He won in the manner of a good three-year-old, and it is surprising that he has even been placed in claiming company. There is nothing to suggest, however, that PIZZARRO or ACTION MAN, two other leading contenders in the race, should test a good, improving three-year-old, and he is my firm choice to make it two in a row. JOLLY D should not be opposed in the third. Last time out, over 1000 metres straight (July 7), JOLLY D led all the way to slam $350,000 claimers by almost three lengths. He returns at the same handicap among the same claiming group and will travel 200 metres shorter. In that July 7 race, he was clear by six lengths at the 800 metres mark and is thus a firm banker. Leading rider, apprentice Anthony Thomas will be aboard. Three-year-old maidens will face the starter in the fourth, and KINGSWOOD, the mount of many-time champion jockey Omar Walker, looks to be a good thing. The grey colt is just returning after a fair debut on May 5, but has been busy on the exercise track. In that debut effort over 1200 metres, KINGSWOOD broke slow and was doing his best work at the end. He will travel an extra 100 metres and should catch rivals deep in the final furlong. A very poor set of maidens will contest Race Five, and the nod goes to MOVIESTAR, who has the best finishing time for the 1600-metre distance, while REGGAE ROAD ran extremely well in his last outing and is the choice in Race Six.
Small, medium-scale miningIn an effort to help small- and medium-scale mining operators manage their businesses in a more efficient and effective manner, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) is seeking ways to introduce best international practices which can evolve the industry.Mining in Guyana can be grouped into three broad stages – prospecting, production and closure/remediation, and focusing on development within each stage can potentially improve the efficiency and effectiveness of mining operations and, therefore, increase productivity and profitability.But the GGDMA recognises that it is the norm for many miners to neglect the first and last stage of mining and focus on the production or second stage.Hence, it noted that without proper prospecting, most miners normally operate on a ‘hit and miss system’ as they often proceed to mine in a haphazard manner, which would then lead to financial ruination very quickly.The GGDMA explained that conducting some amount of basic geological exploration could help to greatly improve prospects for a positive outcome.The Association also recommended that miners upgrade from using sluice boxes in their operations.“Almost all small- and medium-scale miners in Guyana use a sluice box as their sole recovery equipment. A sluice can only recover gold which is free or not bonded to other minerals “(Free gold)’. Additionally, the recovery is very poor; sluice boxes recover about 40 per cent of the gravity recoverable gold; hence, 60 per cent of the gold mined is lost in the tailing produced,” the GGDMA noted.The Association said there were a number of technologies that have much higher gold recoveries.“Centrifugal separators such as Falcons and Knelsons and/or pulsating jigs for example are seen as the next technological step for the small- and medium-scale miner.“This equipment can replace or be incorporated with the sluice box; however, as mentioned before, the applicability of equipment should be determined based upon the nature of the gold ore and the physical nature (shape and grain size distribution) of the gold itself,” the body stated.For a green economy, the GGDMA said, the application of more efficient recovery technology is the way forward for the final stage of mining.Currently, a major obstacle in remediation is that with the current recovery technique used 60 per cent of the gold remains within the tailings. Therefore, the potential to rework old mined lands with newer, more efficient recovery technologies is imminent. The GGDMA said remediation was, therefore, primarily tied to improving mineral processing and recovery techniques and maximum utilisation of the resource.“After which, once an area has been mined out, there should be a central land use plan developed based upon the land owners or land use objectives,” the Association added.It said it saw its role as being critical to the development of small- and medium-scale miners in Guyana and announced that it was currently reviewing several position statements for adaptation.“These statements constitute the core principles for mining companies and national mining associations which are members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). In previous correspondence with the ICMM, the GGDMA noted that the mining industry of Guyana could acquire strong support in applying sustainable development principles to mining,” the mining body said.The GGDMA further said it also committed to supporting decisions made on the basis of valid data and sound science, key tenets of the ICMM.“The GGDMA recognises that the small- and medium-scale mining industry must evolve and adapt in response to changing circumstances,” it noted.As a result, the GGDMA said it has been purposely engaged in a number of initiatives, in response to rising challenges for the benefit of its members and to civil society, and at large for the stakeholders in the small- and medium-scale mining industry in Guyana.These initiatives include identifying global best practices in mineral exploration, mineral processing with special emphasis on improved mercury, free gold recovery, technologies and techniques, and remediation of mined-out lands. Best practices are sought based on what is appropriate, adaptable and most cost-effective for the geographical and geological environments in which our small- and medium-scale miners operate in Guyana.In this effort, the GGDMA had and still have collaborative partnership arrangements with international agencies such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Guianas; Conservation International (CI) and through CI, arrangements with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF).The Association has undertaken the task of investigating and identifying global best practices, which would be applicable to Guyana, in partnership with local and international agencies.In this context, applicability will be determined via pilot facility where the identified best practices can be first applied, tested and proven, and then be used to demonstrate and to teach Guyanese miners.