Spotlight on The Axeman

first_imgDespite losing his World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight super title on the scales last June 13 when he came in one pound overweight, Jamaican boxing star Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters gave a superb performance at the Madison Square Garden Theatre against Miguel Marriaga to win his 12-round non-title fight by unanimous decision. Tonight, he seeks to show the world that he is still championship material when he takes on American Jason Sosa over 10 rounds in the co-feature bout on an HBO promotion. The other featured bout is a WBA heavyweight title contest between Luis Ortiz and Bryant Jennings, and the venue is the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, in Verona, New York. An interesting note with regard to tonight’s fight is that it will be in the super featherweight division, which is 130 pounds. Speaking with The Gleaner yesterday, Walters said that the decision was taken by his camp to make him fight at the higher weight class, to see how he handles it. “In boxing, three pounds of additional weight makes a lot of difference, and I just want to see how comfortable I am at that weight,” he said. He added: “There is big money in the featherweight class, particularly with Lomachenko on the horizon, but if I feel comfortable fighting at 130, I may just move up. There are some good boxers up there too, and the Japanese Super champion (Takashi) Uchiyama is a crowd pleaser. A fight against him would pull in some good money. “I am just going into this fight with an open mind. I have trained hard, I am feeling good and very strong, and I am going to let it all hang out.” STUDYING THE OPPONENT Asked about his opponent and whether he had watched tapes on him, Walters replied: “I don’t watch tapes. My trainers do that and then make suggestions as to how I should fight an opponent. When we get into the ring, however, I see what my opponent has to offer, and I then show him what I have. After that, may the best man win.” Based on the records of the two fighters, tonight’s fight promises to be explosive. Walters has a 26-0 record with 21 knockouts and Sosa has an 18-1 record with 14 knockouts. Sosa is on a 13-fight knockout streak. Walters has an 81 per cent knockout ration, while Sosa’s is 64 per cent. Because of these statistics, the predictions are that the fight will not go the distance, and Walters is starting as the favourite. Walters’ dad, Job, who has been assisting with his training for over a month, is confident that his son will win. “This will be an early Christmas present for Jamaica,” Job Walters said.last_img read more

Miss or Mrs? Serena’s marriage shows Wimbledon’s use of courtesy titles

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Only the women at the grass-court Grand Slam are addressed with a title before their names to reflect their marital status.In other words, when a chair umpire announces that Serena has won a game, it’s, “Game, Mrs. Williams.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFor her sister Venus, it’s, “Game, Miss Williams.”And for Roger Federer, it’s simply: “Game, Federer.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Serena Williams of the United States waves as she celebrates defeating Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova in their women’s singles match, on the third day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday July 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Serena Williams’ recent marriage has shined a spotlight on one of Wimbledon’s many quirky traditions.Suddenly “Miss Williams” has become “Mrs. Williams” in the words of chair umpires — a small change that has led to bigger-picture questions about whether the All England Club is too old-fashioned.ADVERTISEMENT 35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer It’s a difference that is in contrast to other moves in the name of gender equality in tennis. Since 2007, there is equal prize money for men and women at all Grand Slam tournaments. And over the first three days this week, there were more women’s matches scheduled for Centre Court than men’s — something that decades ago just wouldn’t happen.However, the players themselves seem rather indifferent — or even unaware — when it comes to how they are addressed.“They call Serena ‘Mrs. Williams’?” Venus asked after her second-round victory when the subject was raised. “That’s cool. I mean, I remember Janet Jackson had that song and she said, ‘Miss Jackson.’ I like that. I am Miss Williams, so … .”The “Miss” or “Mrs.” used to be included on scoreboards as well, but that tradition was dropped in 2009.Federer said he hadn’t realized that the women are addressed differently depending on their marital status. He’s also perfectly fine with chair umpires not using a “Mr.” in front of his and other male players’ names.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “For me, I’m happy if they say whatever they say, as long as it is ‘game’ and my name somewhere, and not ‘game’ and the other name,” Federer said with a laugh Wednesday. “That makes sense, right?”This is Serena’s first Wimbledon since she married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November. That union has given her a new place in Wimbledon’s official fact book as well — in the list that details the marriages of all past women’s champions, runners-up and semifinalists.There are no such marriage lists for the men.“I actually never knew they had that,” Williams said after her second-round victory on Centre Court. “It will be interesting to know why it’s not for both sexes.”The tournament fact book shows multiple marriages as well — 1923 doubles runner-up Joan Austin had four husbands, for instance — although Williams is confident that will never apply to her.“Hopefully,” she said, “it will be just one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Providence Baptist Church Donates to Vulnerable Institutions, Individuals

first_imgProvidence Baptist Church has joined the global campaign to fight one of the world’s most deadly diseases, Ebola.The church, through the Providence Foundation, Inc., (the community development arm of the congregation, which provides humanitarian services throughout Liberia and beyond) visited several communities in and out of Monrovia to identify with Liberians amid the rapid spread of the virus in the country.According to Rev. Joseph J. Roberts, Sr., Director of Congregational Life at PBC, the initiative is indicative of the church’s role in serving as a partner with Government to fight the spread of the disease and to minister to the moral, physical, material and spiritual need of the nation and its people.Providence Baptist Church donated several items including: Rice, Chlorine, buckets, oil, chloride, money and soap.Institutions that benefited from the donations, according to Rev. Roberts included, but not limited to: the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home, the School of the Blind in Brewerville, School of the Blind in Gardnersville, the Love Orphanage Home on the Robert field Highway, the Bo-Waterside community in Grand Cape Mount County, the Government Hospital and the Amandu Town Community in Bomi County, and some members of the Muslim Communities in and around Monrovia.Receiving the donation on behalf of the Convention, LBMEC’s Assistant Executive Secretary, Rev. Emmanuel Shaw commended the Church for the donation and called on other Baptist churches to see PBC’s example and follow suit. “We will distribute this donation to the needy people and all that is being donated here today will be documented for future reference,” Rev. Shaw lamented. He called on the Beneficiaries to make use of all the preventive measures being earmarked by the Ministry of Health to avoid contacts with the virus.The donation in Monrovia and its environs follows similar gesture in Western Liberia, undertaken by PBC’s Rural Outreach Ministry, headed by Rev. Maria P. Smith, where the church donated some anti-Ebola materials to residents of Gborgbeh and Amadu Towns in Bomi County and Bo-Waterside in Grand Cape Mount County. Items donated included: soap, chlorine and buckets, among others.  Rev. Maria P. Smith, Director of Christian Education at PBC, also stressed the importance of the donation to the people, adding that Ebola is real. The Church (Providence) which currently runs the DeVos Medical Center in Bo-Waterside used the occasion to launch a ‘house to house’ distribution exercise of anti-Ebola related materials to a community of 3,000 inhabitants.Receiving the donation, the Bo-Waterside inhabitants lauded the Church for the timely gesture. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of the Tewor District, Madam Theresa Passewe has also extolled the Providence Baptist Church family for identifying with her citizens in the wake of the spread of the virus. She stressed in a very angry tone that everyone, including the Government of Liberia and their lawmakers have all abandoned them in this fight.Acting Pastor Roberts, in our interview, mentioned that the church’s senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr. felt compelled, while on his working vacation in the United States, to speak at Churches and related philanthropic organizations out there about the needs and shortcomings of our nation and challenges of the congregation. Donations were made possible through The DeVos Foundation Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia; Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton, NJ; Fountain of Raleigh Fellowship Raleigh, NC; Madison Square Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Genesis Baptist Church, Greensboro, North Carolina; Sister Cherly Clarke New York City; The Providence Fellowship, USA; among others.As the distribution continues in Western Liberia, plans are underway by the church, through its DeVos Medical Center, to open a holding center for suspected Ebola patients before they can be transferred to a Government Treatment Center. According to the Chief Administrator of the Medical Center, Ms. Bendu Fully, consultations with the local authorities were ongoing for the establishment of such a center as early as possible. Ms. Fully, also a Register Nurse, called on the Liberian government, individuals and humanitarian organizations to provide the center with Personal Protective Gears (PPES) and other anti-Ebola materials to cater to patients in its ‘expected holding center. Bo-Waterside is a border town that separates Liberia and Sierra Leone with estimated inhabitants of close to 50,000.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Another Travel Agent Sues Minister Sendolo

first_imgMonths after the Pan African Travel Agency sued Minister of Land, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sendolo, over unpaid airline tickets totaling US$7,268, another travel agency, L’Aphilia Travel and Tours, has taken the Minister to the Monrovia City Court for “theft of service.”The L’Aphilia management has sought the court’s intervention to compel Sendolo to pay US$40,168 in airline tickets provided to the Minister some time ago.Minister Sendolo is expected to appear in court today to answer to a charge of “theft of service.”The agency sought the court to prosecute Minister Sendolo, alleging that the Minister, during 2014 and up to 2015, obtained its services through which he received air tickets totaling over US$40,000.The agency said defendant Sendolo has refused to pay the amount despite numerous efforts to have him settle the arears.“We have exercised every possible means available to have the Minister pay the money, but he has refused and failed to make the payment (for) the ticket service rendered him by the airline,” the court document alleges.According to court documents, the alleged act by defendant Sendolo is “wicked, unlawful, illegal and intentional” in violation of Section 15.52 of the Penal Law of which the Minister is charged for “theft of service.” Lawyers representing defendant Sendolo have up to today to respond to the allegation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trade unionist Ann Anderson dies at 51

first_imgRenowned Guyanese trade unionist Ann Anderson died on Tuesday following a brief period of illness.At the time of her death, Anderson was 51 years and was the General Secretary of the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU). She was the first female to hold that position after joining trade unionism in 2005.Ann AndersonUpon her appointment as General Secretary, Anderson had vowed to attract more women into the movement. She wanted to expand the Union’s organisational drive, targeting non-traditional workers and the self-employed including taxi drivers, and grouping them so that they could be represented.A few months shy of one year after her appointment in 2009, Anderson led an exercise that picketed the Pegasus Hotel over management’s “union busting” tactics. At the time, the Hotel had 52 staffers who were represented by the CCWU and Anderson had stated that the owner, Robert Badal, did not want workers of the Hotel unionised.Anderson was also the Caribbean Regional Coordinator of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) at the time of her death. Her untimely passing comes as she was to attend the first ITF meeting on March 16, 2018 in Argentina.last_img read more

Public Telecommunications Ministry to create new ICT policy

first_imgThe Public Telecommunications Ministry has announced plans to craft an Information Communication Technology (ICT) policy framework, which is expected to bridge the gap which exists between the hinterland and coastal communities as well as to steer Guyana onto the path of 21st Century technologies.These plans were announced by Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes earlier this week, who noted that the framework was also intended to develop other areas in Guyana.“The Ministry of Public Telecommunications is developing the policy framework for the full utilisation of ICTs for our national development. This framework at a microeconomic level seeks to facilitate sustained economic growth and poverty reduction; promote social justice, transparency and equality; mainstream gender in national development; empower the youths and disadvantaged groups; stimulate investment and innovation and create universal access,” Minister Hughes stated.She noted that the benefits of the policy are goals which Guyana should work towards. However, the framework will only be effective if the current legislation is modernised along with the development of the current ICT arrangement.“These, of course, are lofty goals which we’re determined to uphold and deliver. We recognise, however, that every other policy initiative of this nature, there are going to be challenges. We have to continue to develop our ICT infrastructure. We also need to continue to modernise our current legislation and policy frameworks and we have to evolve our education methods and delivery for the 21st Century environment.”It was related that technology is the way forward for continuous development, since communities would be linked and the safety of citizens would be improved. Furthermore, the implantation of these technologies has already been implemented in some public institutions.“This environment uses technology to provide more Government services to our citizens, online learning and telemedicine till we reach our remote hinterland communities. Smart classrooms and smart hospitals are already being constructed here in Guyana today, and soon the use of technology to create a safer city is going to be implemented,” Hughes posited.Meanwhile, the training of personnel in the various fields of communication will also be done to highlight the intervention measures that are being taken by the Ministry to transform Guyana into a digital nation.“We are creating a digital Guyana. We know that we have to look critically at our human resource development and strategies and so our commitment to training will take us all there.”This week, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) has been hosting a roadshow in collaboration with the Ministry in various regions across Guyana. Some of the activities that were hosted include an e-agriculture workshop, community outreaches, a cyber-security workshop and an ICT youth fair. The roadshow concludes today.last_img read more

Karen Simpson and Jim Eglinski say Goodbye

first_imgPhoto:  Karen Simpson wipes away tears during Mayor Eglinski’s goodbye speech – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe November 24th City Council Meeting was the final meeting for Mayor Jim Eglinski and Karen Simpson.- Advertisement -Both candidates were not re-elected in the November 15th Civic Election.  Both gave speeches Monday night.Below is Mayor Jim Eglinski’s speech: (REPOSTED as of 12:30 PM due to speech cutting off)[asset|aid=669|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20081125T1226.mp3]Below is the speech from Karen Simpson:Advertisement [asset|aid=664|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20081124T1902.mp3]last_img read more

One person seriously injured after motorcycle accident

first_imgThe Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle collision involving a pick-up truck and a motorcycle at around 7:30 p.m.  The collision occurred at  the intersection of 8 street and 120 avenue.The driver of the motorcycle was flown to University of Alberta Hospital with serious head injuries.  The passenger of the motorcycle was taken to the Dawson Creek Hospital and later released.The occupants of the pick-up truck were not injured in the collision.- Advertisement -At this time the Dawson Creek are still investigating the collision.last_img read more

Board OKs broader powers for county chief administrator

first_img“It’s a step toward putting someone in charge,” said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies. “A better step would be to have a county mayor, but that’s a harder step.” Two previous applicants turned down the county’s recent offers for the post. “This will help recruit a \. I’m guessing that the people they recruited said, `Look, you are not giving me enough power. I don’t have the power to hire and fire that I need.’ The important thing is that they put this on the ballot. If it’s just a temporary shift, then it’s not good,” Stern said. The exceptions to the CAO’s hiring and firing powers would include the nonelected auditor-controller, county counsel and executive offices, plus the elected sheriff, district attorney and assessor. Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who cast the opposing vote, noted that voters have rejected proposals for an elected county executive in the past. “We don’t know if we are going to have four, six, eight, 10 or 12 junior CAOs running around, building new offices and hiring new staff costing millions of dollars,” Antonovich said. “But that’s OK. We’ll get this money out of thin air. And to create this body that will be a soundwall between elected representatives and their voters is wasteful and disruptive to our democratic form of government.” Although many details have not yet been worked out, CAO David Janssen has proposed creating clusters of departments that would be overseen by deputy CAOs. Janssen has until May to develop a plan for the new structure. “Supervisor Antonovich is correct,” Janssen said. “This is not going to be free. I could do it for free, but it would have no meaning. The idea is to have three or four deputy CAOs responsible for oversight of the departments. “That way you don’t have to go to five different departments if you have a concern about why something is not being addressed. You can go to one place and be assured it’s going to be fixed.” Under a “nonintrusion” clause in the ordinance, the supervisors would be barred from contacting department heads to instruct them to take certain actions. However, the supervisors would be able to contact department heads to seek information or assistance for constituent problems such as animal or property services. “It’s hard for a department head to say no to a member of the board, even if it’s a suggestion,” Stern said. “But it’s a step in the right direction.” If the measure wins final approval Tuesday, the measure would go into effect as an “interim ordinance.” Ultimately it would be replaced by an amendment to the county charter, and supervisors plan to decide soon whether to place it on the June 2008 ballot. If supervisors do not place the ordinance on the ballot, the interim measure will remain in effect until supervisors vote to rescind it. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who proposed the ordinance along with Supervisor Don Knabe, said the county’s current structure doesn’t allow it to effectively deal with crises ranging from a growing health department deficit to overcrowded jails. “Has any one of us ever taken responsibility for the things that go haywire here or is it always somebody else’s fault?” Yaroslavsky asked. “So let’s not think this is a brilliant form of government. “This was a system concocted in the late 19th century when cows outnumbered people probably 100 to one. I don’t think with the number of problems we have brewing in this county that you can honestly say to the people of the county that we’ve done a great job.” (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stung by difficulties in luring a new chief administrative officer, Los Angeles County supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to give the position greater authority, including the ability to hire and fire most nonelected department heads. The change in the power structure of the nation’s largest county requires final approval Tuesday. It would create a structure similar to those in Ventura, Orange and San Diego counties. Advocates say the change will help the county recruit a new CAO and allow the Board of Supervisors to hold one person accountable for fixing many of the county’s problems. last_img

Video: Young Man United fan cries uncontrollably after learning Robin van Persie will leave Old Trafford

first_imgManchester United striker Robin van Persie is set to leave the club this summer and join Fenerbahce.The Dutch striker has been told he will not be a first choice forward next season, and, talkSPORT understands, has agreed a four-year deal with the Turkish giants.And it’s all too much for one young fan, who has a striking resemblence to Wayne Rooney’s young son Kai.Upon learning that his hero would be departing these shores, this four-year cries uncontrollably and his parents thought they’d film it and post it online! Lovely!Are you crying into your pillow at the thought of RVP’s departure? Or desperate to see the back of the former Arsenal man? Leave your thoughts below…last_img read more