Thursday, September 20, 2007

Divine intervention, Perhaps!

Todays News from Yahoo!
Many people around the world would now of the Horse flu out break in Australia. This being the first time this horrble virus has come to our shores. It has the potential to disrupt horse events for months to come but as a side effect of this, is the flow on effects due the quarentine restriction placed on venues. One of these is the World Youth Day.
This event is one of the largest on the Papal Calender. So is the Horse Flu Divine Intervention to stop the event taking place here or is it something a mere co-incidence maybe.....?

'Time is up' for Pope's run at RandwickTime has run out to host the World Youth Day's papal mass at Sydney's Royal Randwick racecourse, Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'Landys says.With 10 months left before the mass and 12 months worth of work to be started, it will take a miracle to have the event at Randwick, Mr V'Landys says.
Randwick has become a quarantine centre for 700 horses affected by the horse flu, stopping World Youth Day (WYD) organisers accessing the track to start work.
"I don't believe they can do it in time," Mr V'Landys told ABC Radio.
"They've really got to now find another venue.
"They need to construct a stage and altar, to accommodate 800 cardinals and the Pope, over a dam. They've done no hydraulics works.
"They've got to put 4,000 toilets into the centre of Randwick and put a sewer line underneath the track.
"They haven't even done geotechnical works to see what works are required."
Racing officials and trainers, who opposed the papal mass being held at Randwick before the horse flu outbreak, have expressed disbelief that WYD workers could be granted permission to enter the quarantined zone.
Mr V'Landys says the mass should be held at Sydney's Homebush Olympic site.
Mr V'Landys will on Friday chair a racing industry meeting to discuss possible programming changes to the 2008 Sydney autumn carnival in the wake of the equine influenza (EI) crisis.

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