Former world champion to train J’can boxers

first_imgFormer WBC heavyweight champion American Oliver ‘The Atomic Bull’ McCall will be visiting Jamaica later this month to work with the island’s amateur boxers.McCall, who is most known for his title win against Lennox Lewis in 1994, says that Jamaica has been relatively quiet in boxing internationally. However, he says, he intends to make world champions of young local talent in the future.”I want to spend the next few months working with some of the amateur boxers there, so once they do turn pro, they will go up to another level of expectancy and win titles,” McCall told The Gleaner.He says Jamaica has to ensure it does not get left behind by other countries, especially European nations, who he says are elevating in the sport.McCall has trained with world-famous coaches such as Emanuel Steward and George Benton and he says he wants to pass on what he has learnt from them to young Jamaican fighters.”I want to pass some of this on so we can compete with all the other countries in the world and I believe that really starts at the amateur level,” he said. “As the years go by, it might be two, or even 10, but the ring generalship and the ring knowledge will be passed on, and you will see a wave flow of what I’m able to give that has been given to me by hall-of-fame trainers.”JOY FACTORMcCall will be brought to the island by I-Fight Promotions, led by his friend Chris Joy.Joy’s popularity in Jamaica has grown in recent months as he was the promoter for Team USA in last season’s Wray & Nephew Contender Series, which his fighter, DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley, won.Joy also put together the Jamaica versus Cayman Islands Pro-Am Fight Night, which saw Jamaicans Jermaine ‘Cross Breed’ Bowen and Sakima ‘Mr Smooth’ Mullings in separate main-event bouts.Jamaica Boxing Board of Control President Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones is welcoming McCall’s visit.”Chris Joy has very good connections with the professional side of the sport and the fact that he is bringing the likes of an Oliver McCall to work with our amateurs, in my eyes, can only be positive,” Jones says. “We definitely have the talent here so more and more bouts bode well for the activity necessary to get our athletes to that next level.”last_img read more

Aston Martin DBS 59 makes the Superleggera even more desirable somehow

first_imgEnlarge ImageThere’s nothing that a coat of proper green paint can’t make better. Aston Martin If you want an Aston Martin that’s handcrafted to your personal tastes, that’s what the automaker’s Q division is for. But now, Q by Aston Martin has announced a 24-vehicle limited edition of the DBS Superleggera, and it’s a stunner.Aston Martin this week unveiled the DBS 59. Each of the 24 models Q by Aston Martin puts together will commemorate the automaker’s 1-2 finish at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans with its DBR1 race car. Nothing’s changed under the hood, but some of the aesthetic touches on this model are so pretty, you may not even care how fast the car is (it’s still mighty fast, don’t worry).The exterior starts with a coat of Aston Martin Racing Green, and that’s offset with glossy carbon fiber on the roof. Bronze elements adorn various corners of the car, including the front grille, hood badging, brake calipers and even on the 21-inch alloy wheels. A tiny roundel on the front fender denotes the car’s position in its 24-model run — a nod to motorsports, natch, even if it’s a small one. Out back, a bronze foil inlay spells out the chassis and engine codes for the DBR1 that won Le Mans in 1959.It’s the interior where things get truly crazy, though. The seatbacks and door panels feature a textured material meant to mimic the DBR1’s original seat design. The bronze bits continue inside, with the metal making its way to the shift paddles and embroidered logos on the seatbacks. There’s additional embroidery on the sun visor, offering up the date of the 1959 running of Le Mans and reminding the driver that the DBR1 made its way around the circuit 323 times before seeing the checkered flag. Heck, there’s even a replica racing helmet and replicas of Carroll Shelby’s racing gloves along for the ride. It’s the whole kit and caboodle. Under the hood is the same 5.2-liter, twin-turbo V12 in the regular DBS Superleggera, churning out 715 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. Only 24 examples of the DBS 59 will be made, and they must be ordered through Aston Martin Cambridge, which commissioned the limited run. A price wasn’t specified, but considering the “regular” DBS Superleggera starts at $304,995 before any Q handiwork, it’s bound to be a wallet-buster. Share your voice Post a comment More about 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Performance Cars Luxury cars Exotic Cars Coupes 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeed Aston Martin 15 Photoscenter_img 0 Preview • 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: Beast mode 2019 Dodge Durango SRT review: Three-row muscle car Aston Martin DBS 59 showcases Q by Aston Martin’s expertise More From Roadshow Tagslast_img read more

Putin Poroshenko discuss steps to restore peace in East Ukraine

first_imgA long-running dispute over natural gas supplies will be on the agenda when Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko hold talks in Italy later this week, the Kremlin said.A Kremlin statement issued late on Tuesday said the Ukrainian and Russian presidents had spoken by telephone and discussed measures to restore peace in eastern Ukraine.They are expected to continue discussions on the conflict as well as on the gas dispute on the sidelines of a summit of European and Asian leaders they are both attending in Milan on 16 -17 October. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenRussian natural gas producer Gazprom cut supplies to Ukraine in June after Kiev failed to pay gas debts which Russia says have now reached more than $5 billion.Ukraine faces a possibility of energy shortages this winter if no deal is reached, risking a replay of the disruptions to Europe’s gas supplies seen in 2006 and 2009. Europe receives a third of its gas needs from Russia, and around half of it is pumped via Ukraine.Officials from Russia and the European Commission, which is mediating the talks, say a deal could be near. Poroshenko said on Saturday he hoped for ‘significant progress’ on the issue during the talks on Milan.Efforts to reach agreement have been complicated by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of providing pro-Russian separatists there with extra troops and weapons, a charge Moscow denies.The conflict has caused the worst standoff in Moscow’s relations with the West since the Cold War, with the United States and the European Union having imposed sanctions on Russia over the crisis.last_img read more

ALS linked to occupational exposure to electromagnetic field

first_imgPeople who are exposed to very low frequency electromagnetic fields at workplace – such as pilots and welders – may be at double the risk of developing ALS, the most common form of motor neurone disease, scientists warned today.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological disease, characterised by progressive degeneration of the motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.There is currently no cure, and those affected usually die within a few years of diagnosis. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers relied on data from the Netherlands Cohort Study that involves more than 58,000 men and more than 62,000 women, who were all aged between 55 and 69 when they were first entered the study in 1986.Participants who had died of motor neurone disease (76 men and 60 women) were compared with around 4,000 (2411 men and 2589 women) who had been randomly selected for the purposes of the current study.Their detailed employment histories were converted into workplace exposure to solvents, pesticides, metals, extremely low frequency magnetic fields and electric shocks. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”ELF-MF are magnetic fields produced by electrical appliances and the power grid, with a frequency up to 300 Hz,” said Roel Vermeulen, from Utrecht University in Netherlands.”Jobs with relatively higher ELF-MF levels are for example: electric line installer, repairers and cable jointer, welders, sewing-machine operators, air craft pilots – essentially jobs where workers are placed in close proximity to appliances that use a lot of electricity,” said Vermeulen. High levels of electromagnetic field exposure were largely confined to the men, and depended on job type.These ranged from two to 25 per cent among the men.Participants’ neurological health was then tracked for an average of 17 years to see if any of them succumbed to ALS.During this time, 76 men and 60 women died of ALS.Occupational exposure to extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields was associated with a heightened risk of developing ALS among the men.Those whose jobs had exposed them to high levels of extremely low electromagnetic fields were more than twice as likely to develop ALS as those who had never been exposed through their work.Furthermore, those in the top 30 per cent of cumulative exposure were nearly twice as likely to develop the disease.The other occupational factors assessed were only weakly associated with ALS risk in both men and women, and there was no clear evidence of a linear increase in risk according to the amount of cumulative exposure, researchers said.The findings strengthen the evidence suggesting that ALS may be linked to workplace exposure to extremely low electromagnetic fields, they said.last_img read more

Another criminal from Howrah found dead

first_imgKolkata: A notorious criminal from Howrah identified as Manoar Ali, alias Guddu, was found dead on Wednesday morning from the Sandhyabazar area in Howrah.On Wednesday morning around 5 am, locals saw a man lying on a cycle van with his throat slit. Some locals identified him as Manoar Ali, alias Guddu. Howrah police station was immediately informed. Police sent the body for autopsy. According to local sources, Guddu was a henchman of Ramua, who was murdered by some criminals on Sunday night inside his rented flat in Sodepur. But Guddu had developed enmity with Ramua a few years ago and left the gang. Later, Guddu joined Ramesh Mahato’s gang, who is a known rival of Ramua. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalPolice sources informed that Guddu was accused in several murder, extortion and other cases and arrested multiple times. Last time, he was arrested in October, 2018, on charge of sections of Arms Act. Recently, he got bail and went somewhere in South 24-Parganas to take shelter. It is suspected that Guddu might have had thought that in Ramua’s absence, he could take over his area of domination. It is also suspected that he was connected to Ramua’s murder. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDuring the preliminary investigation, the sleuths suspect that the gang members of Ramua might have murdered Guddu as the style of committing the crime is similar to their style. According to sources, the sleuths got to know that Mahato’s gang had gathered somewhere in Shibpur area, where Guddu also joined them. What happened afterwards is not clear. Police are checking the CCTV footages of a nearby shop to find out who had placed Guddu’s body on the van at Sandhyabazar.last_img read more