Monthly Archives: October 2020

Al Shaqab Racing’s Al Hawra remains unbeaten

Al Shaqab Racing’s homebred AL HAWRA (FR) (Wooton Bassett x Salwa) remained unbeaten on her second start in the Prix de Pauillac, a Class 2 race over 1,900m for 2YOs on turf at Bordeaux-le-Bouscat, France, on Thursday, 29 October. The bay filly won the race very easily, following a winning debut over a mile on the all-weather at Pau on 3 October.

Having settled in third position, under Jordan Plateaux, in the race at Bordeaux, AL HAWRA took the advantage rounding the final turn and kept on going all the way to the post. She won the race by impressive ten lengths in front of CALLIOPE (FR) (Diamond Green). IN FALL (GB) (Le Havre) was 15 lengths behind in third.

Her trainer, Simone Brogi, told Equidia: “I have to say that she has surprised me. We did not have a lot of races for her. Once you’ve won a maiden, you have to go for these races. That can be a bit difficult sometimes, but, today, Al Hawra did something I did not expect. I think she liked the heavy ground and maybe that’s why she won so easily. I was not ready for such a display, so we will talk with all her connections before deciding where to go next. She’s a quiet well-bred filly. And, at some point, those horses show they have quality. That’s what she did today. We will see if there’s some improvement in her.”

By the top sire Wootton Bassett, AL HAWRA is out of the GALILEO mare SALWA who was unraced for HE Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani and is a sister to the useful CITY IMAGE. AL HAWRA is just the second foal of racing age for this young mare.


Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club

MOH launches new website dedicated to publishing health related updates within the Kingdom

Manama, The Ministry of Health has launched a new website dedicated to publishing updates on public health related issues within the Kingdom of Bahrain, in addition to the national efforts taken to safeguard the health and safety of citizens and residents. The website is accessible at



The Minister of Health, HE Faeqa Saeed Al Saleh, highlighted that the website was launched in line with HRH the Crown Prince’s directives to further develop the quality of health services provided to all, adding that the comprehensive website provides accurate information through convenient interactive online services accessible to all, in Arabic and English.



HE Al Saleh further highlighted that the website, in its initial version, will raise awareness among the Kingdom’s citizens and resident by serving as a platform to provide detailed updates on Bahrain’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, precautionary measures and decisions issued by the government, as well as the efforts of Team Bahrain – especially first responders and other essential workers – in combating the virus.



HE Al Saleh noted the importance of the website as an official source for information and updates on the COVID-19 global pandemic, adding that the website will continue to provide important general health developments within the Kingdom of Bahrain.



The website will publish the latest news, summaries of monthly and weekly COVID-19 contact tracing reports, as well as engaging public awareness videos and infographics on data related to COVID-19.



Furthermore, the website also provides precautionary health measures and guidelines, answers to frequently asked questions, and a list of private clinics authorised to provide COVID-19 related health services.


Source: Bahrain News Agency

Foreign Ministry; Supreme Council for Women hold focus group

Manama, The Foreign Ministry and the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) held a focus group shedding light on Bahraini women’s diplomatic career.





The initiative is part of events being held on the sidenlines of the Bahraini Women’s Day, which will celebrate women working in the diplomatic field.





Bahraini women diplomats working at the Foreign Ministry and the Kingdom’s embassies abroad, diplomats’ wives and children also toolk part in the virtual focus group.





Foreign Ministry Undersecretary, Head of the Equal Opportunities Committee Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa Al-Khalifa paid tribute to Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, Wife of HM the King, SCW President for her support which contributed to empowering women in all sectors, including the diplomatic field.





She commended Bahraini women who hold high-profile diplomatic posts and represent their countries in the best way, noting the increasing proportion of women diplomats at Bahraini embassies abroad over the past few years.





SCW Assistant Secretary-General Shaikha Dina bint Rashid Al-Khalifa said that focus group aims to discuss the reality of Bahraini women in the diplomatic field and suggest new ways to further consolidate their participation.





SCW Advisor for Strategic Planning and Development Dr. Dunya Ahmed moderated the focus group, stressing the council’s keenness on working jointly with the Foreign Minister to follow-up on results and highlight international practices and initiatives aimed at supporting women’s participation in the diplomatic field.





Bahrain’s Ambassador to German Abdulla Abdullatif Abdulla praised the SCW efforts, led by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa to support women in all sectors, including the diplomatic field.





Shaikh Wesal stressed the importance of the newly-established Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Academy for Diplomatic Studies in promoting Bahrain’s diplomatic work.


Source: Bahrain News Agency

Bahrain’s Ambassador to Washington: Middle East yearning for change

Washington, The American news website, Fortune, published an article by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States of America, Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa, entitled “Why now was the right time for Bahrain to normalize relations with Israel”. The article reads as follows:


“I’ve read a lot of analysis by experts and pundits over the past few weeks about why Bahrain chose to normalize relations with Israel. Much of this commentary is well informed, but an equal portion misses the mark.


In many ways, the Sept. 15 White House signing ceremony and the Oct. 19 conclusion in Manama of a Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic, Peaceful, and Friendly Relations between Bahrain and Israel, as well as a collection of seven memoranda of understanding, are but the culmination of years of focused but patient statecraft.


Over a decade ago, we shut down the Israel Boycott Office, based on legislation passed by our national parliament. Since then, senior Bahraini and Israeli officials have met regularly in international fora.


In 2019, our then–foreign minister told Israeli journalists visiting Bahrain: “Israel is part of the heritage of this whole region, historically…The Jewish people have a place amongst us.” He made this statement, in part, because Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Bahrainis have been living together harmoniously on our island for centuries.


But why take these actions now? Because it is the right thing to do—for Bahrain, for the Palestinians, and for the region.


For too long, the Israeli-Palestinian issue has caused untold suffering for people of the Middle East. Alternating spasms of conflict and peacemaking over the past 70 years have produced a tragic legacy of death, destruction, and disappointment for too many generations of Arabs and Israelis.


The Middle East of today is a very different place than it was for previous peacemakers. Bahrain and its allies face new and unprecedented challenges: a virulent and existential threat of religious extremism, an ascendant Iran that has successfully co-opted governments and citizens across the region, and a rash of civil conflict that has created failed states to our north and south. In order to achieve sustainable peace in our region, cooperation among all parties is required.


A new generation of leaders has come of age in our region. They acknowledge the unprecedented challenges facing us and the need for more assertive and determined action. The peace agreement signed between Israel and Bahrain (known as the Abraham Accords, along with an Israel–United Arab Emirates peace agreement) is but the most visible manifestation of a greater will to take decisive steps in defense of our mutual interests and to shape our national destinies.


And yet, some things have remained constant. Not only do Bahrain and the U.S. share common interests and values, but the region cannot know true peace and prosperity without a strong partnership that unites us.


Our agreement with Israel helps advance this strategic imperative, and it represents a continuation of Bahrain’s approach to peacemaking as the only realistic option for the advancement of our two peoples.


In this context, Bahrain has long been at the center of regional and international gatherings that focus on religious freedom, economic development, security, and civilizational dialogue.


Events such as the Peace to Prosperity workshop, held in June of last year, underscore Bahrain’s principled commitment to building a durable peace that advances the livelihoods of everyone, including the Palestinian people.


What also has not changed is Bahrain’s commitment to a viable, independent Palestinian state. His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa made that position clear when, in commenting on the agreement, he told the UN General Assembly on Sept. 24, “We consider this a cornerstone for achieving a just and comprehensive peace leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”


Some commentary has speculated about the quid pro quo that persuaded Bahrain to sign onto the deal. Was it weapons, or financial assistance, or security guarantees? Such questions miss the mark. The establishment of relations with Israel gains us a strategic long-term advantage, not short-term tactical rewards.


The time has come for a new approach. Bahrain’s future—like its past—depends on openness, tolerance, and diversity.


We simply cannot afford to close our doors to the free—and peaceful—exchange of people and ideas. Our economy relies heavily on the manufacturing, tourism, and services sectors.


The innovation and entrepreneurship that drive private sector productivity and growth require a steady stream of new sources of capital and expertise. Integrating Bahrain more fully into the economies of the broader Middle East is, therefore, a necessity that we expect will pay dividends for our future generations.


In his remarks at the White House Abraham Accords signing ceremony, Bahrain’s foreign minister, Abdullatif Al Zayani, noted that this achievement represents “a moment of hope and opportunity for all the peoples of the Middle East and, in particular, for the millions in our younger generations.”


We decided to open new bridges of understanding and cooperation with Israel in order to secure a brighter future for the millions of young people who have never known normalcy.


Leaders must offer their people hope: the conviction that things can change for the better, that they are masters of their own destinies rather than victims of someone else’s actions. We believe that the newly defined relations provide an attractive alternative to the disappointments of the past by offering a realistic vision based on openness and inclusion.


The Middle East yearns for change, and for Bahrain, the time is now.”


Source: Bahrain News Agency

Guess & Co. Corporation Shareholders Elect Directors

Guess & Co. Corporation Shareholders Elect Directors

Directors Elected at 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

MIAMI, Oct. 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Guess & Co. Corporation is pleased to announce its Board of Directors following their election at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The Board of Directors is responsible for overall governance of Guess & Co. Corporation. The following individuals were elected to the Board of Directors at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders that was held on Friday, October 30, 2020.

Mr. Jerry D. Guess, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ms. D. Michelle Stewart, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. James R. Jackson, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Mitchell M. Cohen, Lead Director of the Board of Directors

Ms. Paris N. Smith, Director

Ms. Kyra A. Anderson, Director

Mr. Stephen T. Baldacci, Director

Jerry D. Guess,
Director & Chairman

Jerry D. Guess

Jerry D. Guess, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Guess has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 13 years old. A strategist and visionary, Mr. Guess is committed to leveraging his experience of over 20 years to improve the lives of others. He partnered with others to launch Guess & Co. Corporation as a company focused on providing solutions to problems in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. As someone who has had personal and business setbacks, Mr. Guess is a resilient leader who brings intestinal fortitude to the table for his team and the company’s clients. Mr. Guess has completed Business coursework at Adams State University. He is currently enrolled at Purdue University Global where he is pursuing a degree in Finance. His business experience spans many areas including start-ups, finance, mergers, acquisitions, turnaround, restructuring, bankruptcy, reorganization, business development, strategic planning, marketing, public relations and community development. He successfully launched a for-profit social enterprise as senior deputy chairman and president. He also served as chairman and president of a midwestern general contractor. Mr. Guess has made contributions to the community over the years. He served two terms as voting member of the Forsyth County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he reviewed and approved grant proposals for at risk-youth. He was also a candidate for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board following the resignation of a member. Mr. Guess was appointed chairman of the board of directors of Guess & Co. Corporation in January of 2019. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Guess was principal and responsible for strategy and development. As chairman of Guess & Co. Corporation, Mr. Guess has provided leadership to the Board that has encouraged contributions from all members in guiding the company’s future.

D. Michelle Stewart,
Director & Deputy Chairman

D. Michelle Stewart

D. Michelle Stewart, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ms. Stewart joined the company as interim executive vice-president and managing director in 2017. She was then appointed interim executive vice-president and chief corporate officer. Ms. Stewart was the initial architect of the company’s strategy during its start-up phase. She was in charge of analyzing market and expansion opportunities. In late 2017 she became president of the company. Following a brief retirement, Ms. Stewart returned to Guess & Co. Corporation in February of 2019 to assume her role as deputy chairman. Ms. Stewart has two decades of business experience. She began her career as a real estate investor. She has handled $500 million in transactions over the years. Ms. Stewart has completed coursework in Organizational Leadership at Colorado State University Global. Prior to joining Guess & Co. Corporation, she was a partner in a commercial finance company for small businesses. As deputy chairman of the board of directors, Ms. Stewart works closely with the chairman to oversee the board.  Ms. Stewart is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors.

James R. Jackson,
Director & Vice-Chairman

James R. Jackson

James R. Jackson, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Jackson is an experienced financial professional. He retired from Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) after over 37 years of service. He began his financial career as a fiduciary tax associate for the financial institution. Mr. Jackson became a charitable trust officer for the bank and was responsible for managing over 500 accounts for the bank’s wealth management clients. Following his retirement, Mr. Jackson became a partner in a private security service. In that role, he facilitated training, handled administration and business development. Mr. Jackson joined Guess & Co. Corporation initially as special adviser and worked closely with the board of directors and senior management on important matters. As a director and vice-chairman, Mr. Jackson is responsible for overseeing the governance of the company along with the chairman and deputy chairman. He is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors. Mr. Jackson is chairman of the nominating and governance committee of the board of directors, and a member of the audit committee of the board of directors.

Mitchell M. Cohen,
Director & Lead Director

Mitchell M. Cohen

Mitchell M. Cohen, Lead Director of the Board of Directors

Mr. Cohen is a seasoned executive and corporate director. Mr. Cohen is chief executive officer at Pursuit Management LLC. He served as chief financial officer of Athenian Venture Partners. He has more than 30 years of financial, operations and general business experience as a senior executive at several public and private companies. Prior to Athenian, Mr. Cohen completed an engagement as the interim financial executive of a publicly traded asset manager. He also spent nearly five years as the CFO and secretary of Asta Funding, Inc. Mr. Cohen has also spent over seven years in public accounting with a heavy emphasis on financial audits of hedge funds and mergers and acquisitions engagements. Mr. Cohen has experience raising money in intricate PIPE transactions, reverse mergers, public offerings, and private company financings. Mr. Cohen served as the chief financial officer, executive vice-president and secretary of Ramp Corp. from November 2003 to September 2004 and served as its principal accounting officer since November 2003. Mr. Cohen joined Ramp Corp. (Formerly Medix Resources Inc.) in November 2003. From June 2002 to October 2003, he was a financial and business consultant to three public companies. From November 1998 to May 2002, he served as chief financial officer of Siebert Financial Corp. and served as its executive vice-president. The public companies included Siebert Financial Corporation, Everything’s Jake and Ehrlich Bober Financial Corporation. Mr. Cohen has taught continuing professional education classes for accountants with a focus on Securities and Exchange Commission matters and has taught continuing education classes at Hofstra University. He has also been a featured speaker at investment and industry conferences. He served as the chief financial officer of two other publicly traded companies. Mr. Cohen graduated from Queens College with a B.A. in Accounting and with a minor in Economics. As lead director, Mr. Cohen has an important oversight role for the company’s board to ensure that the company adheres to high standards of governance. He is a member of the nominating and governance committee of the board of directors. Mr. Cohen is chairman of the audit committee of the board of directors.

Paris N. Smith,

Paris N. Smith

Paris N. Smith, Director

Ms. Smith is a public sector professional. Ms. Smith served as initial and interim lead director of Guess & Co. Corporation at the company’s launch in 2017. Prior to Guess & Co. Corporation, Ms. Smith was lead director for a multi-million dollar diversified private holding company following her tenure as vice-chairman and secretary. Ms. Smith is an experienced business and cyber security professional with over a decade of experience. She completed studies at University of North Carolina at Charlotte before studying Network Security at ECPI College of Technology. Ms. Smith earned a Cyber Security Degree from Strayer University. She has held several technology management positions including serving as deputy director of Technology for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Most recently, Ms. Smith has been an electronic discovery and forensics analyst for the U.S. government. Ms. Smith holds an active Top-Secret/SCI Clearance. She is a member of the audit and nominating and governance committees of the Guess & Co. Corporation Board of Directors. Ms. Smith was re-appointed to the board of directors in March of 2019.

Kyra A. Anderson,

Kyra A. Anderson

Kyra A. Anderson, Director

Ms. Anderson is an experienced business professional. Ms. Anderson is currently deputy chairman, president and CEO of The Guess Corporation Holding Co., Inc. (TGC), a for-profit social enterprise company that operates businesses that provide second chance employment opportunities.  She is also chairman and president of The Guess Construction Company, Ltd. which is a full-service general contractor. Prior to her business career, she was a performing music artist and model. She also owns an independent record label. Ms. Anderson worked for Guess & Co. Corporation as vice-president, assistant secretary, and assistant treasurer in 2018. She has a keen understanding of the company’s operations. She was appointed to the board of directors in August of 2020. Ms. Anderson is a member of the nominating and governance committee and compensation committee of the Guess & Co. Corporation Board of Directors.

Stephen T. Baldacci,

Stephen T. Baldacci

Stephen T. Baldacci, Director

Mr. Baldacci is a seasoned business executive with a wealth of experience. Mr. Baldacci previously served as senior executive vice-president, chief corporate officer and group president of operations for the company. Mr. Baldacci served as president and chief marketing officer of The Washington Redskins, a professional team in the National Football League. In that role, he was responsible for reviving a legendary brand and he succeeded in making it one of the most valuable franchises in the league. He was an equity partner and chief marketing officer for Snyder Communications, an advertising firm, where he helped successfully grow the company from $4 million in annual revenue to over $1.4 billion, and facilitated the firm’s eventual sale. As founder and CEO of Baldacci Communications/BC Worldwide, Mr. Baldacci provided consulting, marketing and post-merger integration management to many clients including AMTRAK, GEICO, Apogen Technologies and Virginia Tourism. Mr. Baldacci earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Hartwick College and participated in graduate studies at Georgetown University.  Mr. Baldacci was appointed to the Board of Directors in September of 2020.  He is a member of the executive committee, nominating and governance committee and compensation committee of the board of directors.

About Guess & Co. Corporation

Guess & Co. Corporation is an emerging global stewardship solutions company with energy, health care, technology and real estate businesses. We partner with communities, companies and governments to improve the welfare of people. Guess & Co. Corporation is a registered contractor with the U.S. Government to provide solutions to federal government agencies and members of our company have active top-secret/SCI clearances. We are based in Miami, Florida and have over 20 subsidiaries. Guess & Co. Corporation was founded in August of 2017. The management team of Guess & Co. Corporation has over 50 years of combined experience.

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