Goldson, Stevens make pro debut at Contender

first_imgTwo promising 28-year-old boxers – Jamaican Camion Goldson, representing the Caribbean team, and Rashid Stevens ,fighting for the USA team – will make their professional debuts tonight on the Wray and Nephew 2016 ‘Contender’ show at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Old Hope Road in St Andrew, beginning at 9:30 p.m. It was an interesting sidelight when the draw was done, that these two debutants were pitted against each other, and a keen contest is expected. Both have over 50 amateur fights and have represented their countries in overseas competition. Stevens has more accomplishments and told The Gleaner yesterday that he has a 45-9 record and was the 2015 National Golden Gloves champion. He also said that he has won other national titles and was runner-up in the tournament that was held recently to select the USA team to the Olympic Qualifier in Argentina. He was oozing confidence and said that he was keen on making a successful debut to the professional ranks. Goldson has been one of Jamaica’s leading amateurs for some time and has been a national representative on several occasions. His performances have not been consistent, but he has shown that on a given night, he can perform brilliantly. This is the seventh week of competition in the preliminary round of the series, which has 16 boxers vying for quarter-final berths. Following next week’s competition, the eight boxers remaining will be seeded and the top four will draw their opponents from the other four contestants. The main prize is purse money of two million dollars, with the runner-up getting $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000. The contest will be shown live on TVJ.last_img read more

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Former heads call WICB response to CARICOM ‘pointedly discourteous’

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Three former presidents of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have condemned the decision by the Dave Cameron-led WICB to ignore a request for an urgent meeting with CARICOM leaders.Sir Wes Hall, Patrick Rousseau and Ken Gordon have also blasted Cameron’s response to the prime ministers’ request as “pointedly discourteous”.Last month, Chairman of CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Committee, Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, called for an urgent meeting with the WICB to discuss the latest independent report which demanded a dissolution of the board.However, the embattled WICB president has been insisting that the board of directors first needed to go over the controversial report before any meeting with CARICOM could be held.”The president of the WICB, Mr Cameron, has responded that such discussion can await the next scheduled meeting of the WICB on December 12th, a pointedly discourteous response to CARICOM leaders who have been supportive of the WICB in so many ways,” said the joint statement from the three former WICB presidents.”You and your board have erred very badly, President Cameron, and we publicly call on you to reflect on the unfortunate implications of your response to CARICOM leaders.”resignation en blocThe latest report on the WICB was compiled by a cricket review panel, which was chaired by UWI Cave Hill campus Principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau.Apart from the dissolution of the WICB, it also recommended the resignation of the current board and the appointment of an interim board.Also, the panel recommended that a change management expert be installed to help run the affairs of cricket in the region until a new governance structure is implemented.Hall, Rousseau and Gordon say Mitchell’s request for an early meeting with the WICB is reasonable.”You carry an important trust as president of the WICB. But no individual or transient board can be bigger than the game and the shaping of its future,” they argued.”Prime Minister Mitchell’s request for an early meeting is eminently reasonable and necessary. We urge that you accede to it so that the consultative process may continue.”The former presidents also pointed out that the “widespread demand for transparency and accountability, coupled with the obvious deterioration in the performance and governance of West Indies cricket” has led to the appointment of three independently structured committees over the past eight years.They were referring to the Patterson report, Wilkin report and the Barriteau report, which was published two weeks ago.”The Patterson and Wilkin recommendations have been treated with scant courtesy and virtually ignored by WICB which appointed them,” the former presidents noted.”It is also significant that the three reports were unanimous in the view that the structure of the WICB must change following the resignation of current directors.”last_img read more

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In Margibi, Health Workers Top Ebola Death Rate

first_imgHealth officials in Margibi County have expressed disbelieved and frustration over the alarming rate of the death toll among health workers in the county due to the deadly Ebola virus disease.Speaking to the Daily Observer Monday, August 11, in Kakata, the Community Health Director of Margibi County, Mr. Joseph J. Korhene, said 26 persons have been so far diagnosed with the disease. Out of the 26, he said 17 have died with 14 of the dead being health workers.The Margibi County Community Health director explained that among the 14 health workers, 12 of them were working with the Charles H. Rennie Hospital, the only public referral health facility in the county.He said two other health workers in the county died with three non-health workers, making the total Ebola death recorded rate to 17.According to him, out of the 26, who had been diagnosed positive with the virus, at least 22 are health workers.Mr. Korhene noted, because of the hard increase in the death toll of health workers, others are now afraid to return to work, as the result almost all of the health centers in the county are closed including the only refer hospital — C.H. Rennie Hospital.He described the death related to the virus in Kakata, the main city in the county, as alarming and that they as local heath workers are arranging workable programs to help protect health workers in the discharge of their duties.According to him, the Margibi County Health Team has begun training health workers across the county in various disciplines as the means of strengthening the workforce in the county.The Margibi County Community Health boss also advanced that plans are on the way for the constructing of what he termed as holding centers for suspected Ebola patients in the county.Mr. Korhene noted that the high death rate among health workers in the county was due to the lack of their capacity to earlier detect Ebola related cases. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Police to Arrest Bush Meat Sellers, Crowded Vehicles

first_imgIn line with measures to combat the deadly Ebola virus in the country, the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Christina Tah, has with immediate effect authorized the Liberia National Police (LNP), headed, by Police Director, Col. Clarence C. Massaquoi, to arrest anyone found with bush meat.Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, July 30, at the Ministry of Justice in Sinkor, the Justice Minister said the police were enforcing the bush meat ban because it has been suspected that bush animals are carriers of the deadly Ebola virus.“The police will confiscate any bush meat to ensure that the Ebola virus is curtailed,” Minister Tah said.The Justice Minister also called on the media to help support the government’s awareness and sensitization campaign to combat the virus. The government cannot solve all of the problems for its people, the Justice Minister said, and called on the media to play a responsible role in combating the disease.“We will arrest anyone who will give wrong Ebola information to the public, as the media is a powerful medium that is to be used to propagate the right messages about the virus that is killing our people, including doctors and other health workers,” she declared.She reminded the public that the Ebola problem remains a national emergency, but that the government is doing all it can to fight the epidemic.Law enforcement officials have also been mandated to closely monitor and regulate the transportation sector. The Ebola virus can be contracted by contact with a carrier’s bodily fluids, to include sweat. Cllr. Tah stated, therefore, that commercial drivers will not be allowed to over-crowd their vehicles, promising to enforce traffic laws to this effect through the Liberia National Police (LNP).The government is also making sure that all borders have Ebola testing equipment in order to get people tested before leaving and entering the country, Minister Tah asserted.“We want to call on the general public to comply with the health workers, who will be carrying on the testing at the various borders. If anyone is  found in misconduct, that person will be arrested and forwarded to the police for further questioning.”At the conference, the Deputy Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, finally admitted that due to increase in Ebola cases among health workers, including deaths, some  hospitals were closing their facilities. Health Ministry officials had previously maintained that health facilities were not closing, but that people had simply stopped going to hospitals out of fear.“The Phebe and C. B. Dunbar Maternity Hospitals have closed down due to the absence of health workers and Ebola protective equipment for health practitioners. This is due to the deaths of 28 health workers, including doctors who lost their lives since the outbreak of the virus.”Mr. Nyenswah urged the public to do its part and observe strict sanitation measures such as hand-washing, submitting to medical testing and adhering to other Ebola measures to ensure that they do not contract and spread the epidemic. He said hand gloves must be reserved for health workers and practitioners.Deputy Minister for Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Isaac Jackson, warned those misinforming the public about Ebola to desist, as the Government will not relent in arresting perpetrators.The Deputy Minister said it was unfortunate that a pastor would use the media to propagate misleading information, describing Ebola as a curse and stating that he (pastor) could bathe with an Ebola patient and not contract it.     The conference brought together officials of government from the security and law enforcement sectors, including the Commissioner of Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Cllr. Lemuel Reeves; Police Director, Col. Clarence C. Massaquoi; and Deputy Police Director for Operations, Col. Abraham Kromah, as well as Solicitor General of Liberia, Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bandit escapes with $ 1.2M in midday robbery

first_img– taxi driver shota taxi driver was on Thursday afternoon shot during an armed robbery at Oronoque and Charlotte Streets, Georgetown.Guyana Times understands that around 12:30h, the man dropped off a woman, Elda Belle, who was just about to make a payment at the Jailing Auto Store before a lone gunman pulled up on the western side of Oronoque Street and grabbed the bag t she was carrying, which contained some $1.2 million in cash.When this publication arrived on the scene, the visibly shaken woman was speaking with Police investigators, giving an account of what had just transpired. This publication has learnt that the driver, reportedly a Cuban, was shot in the leg during the ordeal which lasted several minutes. According to reports, a Queensway security vehicle transported the man to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he is currently receiving medical attention.Eyewitnesses informed this newspaper that after shooting the man, the gunman then got into the passenger seat of a dark blue Toyota 212 getaway car. Police quickly rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area.An eyewitness told media operatives how the events unfolded.“I observed a guy came out the car with a gun. I went for cover because I’m unarmed and I heard shots fired – I thought they were entering Jailing, [but] they were not, so when the shots fired, a guy came in here and didn’t speak English, came in here and blood was coming down his leg and when I looked up I saw a guy go back and he had a bag with him. He jumped in the (Toyota) 212 and sped away,” the eyewitness recounted. Guyana Times understands that two .32 spent shells were recovered from the scene as Police continue their investigations. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

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Pardew tells Arsenal loanee Sanogo he must fight for Crystal Palace place

first_img1 Yaya Sanogo in action for Arsenal Arsenal loanee Yaya Sanogo has been told by his new Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew that he is not guaranteed a starting place at the south London club, but now has the platform to show that he can be a star performer in the Premier League.The Eagles signed the 21-year-old on Tuesday and he is on loan until the end of the season.Sanogo failed to establish a regular first-team place at Arsenal and Pardew says that first team games will be the key to his development.Pardew said: “I think he is a player that needs perhaps first team games and they are limited at Arsenal with the competition that is in front him. He comes into our club with much more of an even chance of playing.“Wenger, who I spoke to, has high regard for him and feels it will be good for Arsenal and for him to come on loan.“It’s a platform for him, no more than that, to see if his development is ready to be a Premier League player for Arsenal and he needs to prove that at this football club.“He now needs to grow in stature and confidence of playing in the Premier League. That doesn’t come easy and he may need to come in and out and in and out”last_img read more

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Monaco aim to bounce back as PSG’s rivals try to rebuild

first_img0Shares0000Leonardo Jardim hopes that Radamel Falcao stays at Monaco © AFP/File / YANN COATSALIOUParis, France, Aug 8 – Monaco open the new Ligue 1 season on Friday looking to re-establish themselves as a force in France, while opponents Lyon try to maintain their status despite the loss of star player Nabil Fekir.With Paris Saint-Germain strengthening their squad and Neymar staying put for now, there is little doubt about the destination of the title before a ball has even been kicked, but 2017 champions Monaco are among a small group of clubs hoping to cling onto the reigning champions’ coattails. They are trying to bounce back from a dreadful last campaign that saw them avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth, but they are waiting on Radamel Falcao’s decision on whether he wants to stay in the principality.The Colombian has a year left on his current contract and is reportedly pushing Monaco for a new three-year deal, with the club offering the 33-year-old a one-year extension.“I want him to stay. Everyone knows that I like the player. He’s one of the highest quality players we have, he’s a professional at 200 percent,” coach Leonardo Jardim said on Wednesday.The Portuguese, who returned in January after being temporarily replaced by Thierry Henry in October, is unconvinced that the current team, which could also end up being without Sevilla target Rony Lopes, is capable of making a charge for Europe.“The team looks at the same level as last season”, was his scathing assessment, adding that his side is already “lacking solutions up front” ahead of Falcao’s potential departure.Lyon meanwhile will make their debut under new coach Sylvinho, who was hand-picked by club legend and sporting director Juninho and has been set a minimum target of replicating last season’s top-three finish.That could be complicated by the departures of captain Fekir to Real Betis for the low reported price of 19.75 million euros ($22.1 million) plus 10 million euros of add-ons, Tanguy Ndombele to Tottenham Hotspur and Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid.However they are helped by the other clubs in the chasing pack, Lille and Marseille, both going through busy summers.– Villas-Boas confident Thauvin will stay –Dario Benedetto (R) arrives at a Marseille side aiming for Champions league football under Andre Villas-Boas © AFP/FileNew Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas is confident that his side can also bounce back from a poor 2018-19, which saw the southern giants finish outside the European places amid fierce fan protests and the resignation of Rudi Garcia, ahead of their opener against Reims.They have brought in defender Alvaro Gonzalez and Argentine international striker Dario Benedetto, with Mario Balotelli released, and Villas-Boas revealed on Thursday that he believes winger Florian Thauvin will stay on the Mediterranean coast.“Flo is happy to stay, and that’s important for us, with a decisive player like him. We have very big ambitions this year, we have to keep our best players and Flo is part of that group,” he told reporters.“We have quality and if we can stay with this group, without further sales, we can finish on the podium (top three, Champions League qualification), which is our main objective.”Lille, who finished 16 points behind PSG in second last season and kick off against Nantes on Sunday, have lost one of France’s best players in Nicolas Pepe and Thiago Mendes, who joined direct rivals Lyon.With all of PSG’s traditional rivals in a state of flux, there is room for any one of them to make a play for the top three, although Thomas Tuchel’s side look out of reach for the rest.“What makes the difference is organisation, the structure of the team,” said Villas-Boas.“But in France you can be as organised as you like, but then you have (Kylian) Mbappe doing his thing…”Ligue 1 fixtures this weekend (all times GMT)FridayMonaco v Lyon (1845)SaturdayMarseille v Reims (1530), Angers v Bordeaux, Brest v Toulouse, Dijon v Saint-Etienne, Montpellier v Rennes, Nice v Amiens (1800)SundayLille v Nantes (1300), Strasbourg v Metz (1500), Paris Saint-Germain v Nimes (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man City report: Blues ready £39m bid for 22-year-old Athletic Bilbao defender

first_img1 Pep Guardiola is a big fan of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte Manchester City are ready to splash £39million on Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.Incoming boss Pep Guardiola has prioritised strengthening the centre of his defence this summer and he is a big fan of 22-year-old.City have reportedly been in talks with Bilbao for a number of weeks as they try to thrash out a deal.And now, according to Cadena SER, the Premier League side have agreed to activate France Under-21 international Laporte’s £39m release-clause.City had been hoping to tie up a deal worth around £30m, but Bilbao have refused to budge on their asking price.last_img read more

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Chelsea and AC Milan agree loan deal for Tiemoue Bakayoko – reports

first_img ALTERED getty LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Bakayoko failed to impress in pre-season gameday NEW ERA impact smart causal Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Sky in Italy are reporting that the 23-year-old France international will have a medical with the Italian club on Monday morning.Bakayoko joined the Blues from Monaco last summer for £40m but failed to adapt to the Premier League in his debut season.Reports suggest he is disappointed to have been omitted from new boss Maurizio Sarri’s plans.The west London club have acquired Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic this summer, making Bakayoko surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes center_img How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? highlights 1 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible xi possible standings AC Milan have agreed to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko on a season-long loan from Chelsea, according to reports.It is understood the deal will include an option to buy for £35.56m. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures last_img read more

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Arsenal Fan TV forced into rebrand after club talks

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1 Robbie Lyle (left) founded the channel ALTERED The channel has re-branded to @AFTVMedia the @ArsenalFanTV handle will no longer be in use pic.twitter.com/pF9rE2UwDA— Follow @AFTVMedia (@Arsenalfantv) August 9, 2018The channel was set up in October 2012. It is described as the “No1 fan channel on YouTube” and was “set up by Arsenal fans for Arsenal fans”.It has just over 820,000 subscribers with a total number of views currently over 487,500,000 across its 9,129 uploaded videos. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes impact How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Arsenal Fan TV has been forced to ‘rebrand’ itself after the football club held discussions with the controversial YouTube channel.According to The Sun, a breach of copyright on the word ‘Arsenal’ for audio and visual recordings was having a negative impact on the club. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more center_img gameday smart causal possible standings Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack It is understood Arsenal did not send a cease and desist letter but that discussions were held between the club and the channel.Arsenal Fan TV has been rebranded as @AFTVMedia on Twitter and Instagram, with the previous handle of @ArsenalFanTV tweeting the news. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade highlights NEW ERA possible xi Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more

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