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Board planning more Fight For Peace boxing cards

Posted in rbiazxks on January 19th, 2020

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Boxing Board (JBB), Stephen Jones, says that the (JBB)/Fight For Peace inaugural ‘Gloves over Guns’ boxing card, which takes place on Saturday at the Denham Town Community Centre, is just the start of a broader initiative.Speaking to The Gleaner following the official launch of the ‘Gloves over Guns’ boxing card at the Denham Town Community Centre on Tuesday, Jones said they are hoping to have an impact on as many communities as they can in Kingston and Montego Bay.”This is the start and it will not be the only one. In six weeks we intend to have another leg of the tournament. So we start here (Denham Town), go to Montego Bay come back go to Fletcher’s Land, Hannah Town, Parade Gardens, Boys’ Town,” he said.He also hopes the event will be a vehicle for peace in the communities and surrounding areas,Communication aim”The main aim of this programme is to get greater communication between adults and children,” he stated while adding that the idea to use boxing as a unifying force came from the community.The ten-fight card is scheduled to take place from 5p.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday. Five of the bouts will see Fight For Peace fighters going up against opponents from the boxing board while there will be three elite bouts and one female bout.Pauline Perez, Denham Town’s Community Development Committee (CDC) president, said she hopes the event will help to restore some hope to the community”People are saying there is no hope for Denham Town. They asked me what is going to happen. But with Fight For Peace and other agencies there is now hope. There are five districts -Denham Town, Hannah Town, Trench Town, Fletchers Land and Tivoli – and this Saturday you will see persons from across the board and with the area being a zone of special operations, this will give people more confidence to come across on Saturday night,” she said.last_img read more

Tony Becca | Well played, CCC Marooners

Posted in rbiazxks on January 19th, 2020

first_img SAME OLD STORY While it may have been something of a surprising result, however, it certainly was not, according to a few experts, a surprising and a shocking result. And it was not so for these reasons. The CCC Marooners got to the final a few seasons ago, and this time, after playing in Group ‘A’, they had one victory against the Hurricanes, two over the Pride, and one against the Scorpions, who they dismissed for a paltry 82 runs, while losing to the Hurricanes and the Scorpions. And then, after topping the zone, five points ahead of Jamaica, the Marooners manhandled the Red Force in the semi-finals and easily put away the Jaguars in the final. The Red Force, boasting some of the top dogs in limited-over cricket and the overwhelming favourites for the title, were beaten from the start of the supposed shoot-out, and the Jaguars were tamed in their pursuit of additional regional honours. Against the Red Force, the astute Carlos Brathwaite, probably seeing what happened to the Scorpions when they lost with one delivery to go on the previous night bowling in the dew, won the toss and elected to field. The CCC need not have feared the dew. In under one hour, the Red Force’s feared batting line-up of Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Denesh Ramdin, and Nicholas Pooran was history, as the scoreboard read 27 for six on the way to 92 in 33 overs. In one over, in his second of the innings, pace bowler Akeem Jordan removed three batsmen to make it three runs for four wicket off three overs, and when he bowled Darren Bravo shouldering arms, it was 25 for six with his figures reading five wickets for six runs off six overs. The Marooners replied with 93 for three off 16.2 overs to win by seven wickets with 33.4 to spare. Two days later, they won the toss again, decided to field first again, and destroyed the Jaguars again. The Jaguars, aided by some poor batting, were bundled out for 204 to which the Marooners replied with 205 for four off 37.4 overs to win by six wickets with 12.2 overs to spare. CCC’s performance, therefore, was certainly neither not surprising nor shocking. The surprising performance was the discipline, the urgency in the field, and the general approach, the confidence of the CCC players, and the disciplined bowling of the team, especially that by pacers Jordan and Jermaine Levy, and particularly by Jordan against the high-riding Red Force. It was a long, long time since I had seen a West Indian pacer bowl with such discipline, accuracy, and swung the ball, both ways, in a regional tournament. Except for Pooran, who drove carelessly at a good delivery to be caught at the wicket, and Dwayne Bravo, who carelessly swung at a high, useless bouncer and was caught, all the batsmen were dismissed by simply good bowling as Jordan ended with figures of 10 overs 18 runs, and five wickets. The really surprising results, probably, were the USA’s defeat of the Scorpions and the Hurricanes and Canada’s victory over the Windward Islands Volcanoes. Unlike the refreshing victory of the CCC Marooners in the West Indies domestic competition, the West Indies, or the Windies, were up to their old tricks once again. After losing the two-Test series, one by an innings and 272 runs, the other by 10 wickets, and losing the first one-day match by eight wickets with 6.1 overs to spare, the West Indies hit back brilliantly in the second one-day to tie the match, and even more brilliantly, to win the third by 43 runs. At that stage, the score, in matches, was one-one, and with two to go, many West Indians, as usual and especially the players, were smiling and hoping, or rather thinking that with two matches to go, the West Indies would either draw the series or, with a little luck, win them both and surprise not only most West Indian fans but also cricket fans everywhere. After all, although the bowlers were being clobbered left, right, and centre, the batsmen, two of them, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, one solidly and elegantly brilliant, the other dashingly brilliant, were standing tall, and with innings of 123 not out and 95, 106 off 72 deliveries and 94 off 64 deliveries, were just about matching Virat Kohli, 140 off 107 deliveries, 157 off 128 deliveries, 107 off 110 deliveries, and Rohit Sharma, whose 152 came off 117 deliveries. In confirming that all that glitters, especially on one occasion, is not gold, however, what followed was the same old story, or recent story, of West Indies cricket. On Monday morning, in the old Brabourne Stadium in the old city of Bombay (now Mumbai), the hope started to disappear. India, bolstered by Sharma and Ambati Rayudu, 162 off 137 deliveries, and 100 off 81 deliveries, blasted 377 for five declared, and after choking the West Indies at 20 for three, including two run-outs, and at 77 for seven after 18.5 overs, bowled them out for 153 in 36.2 overs to win by 224 runs to suffer their second heaviest defeat ever. The fifth and final match was even worse. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the West Indies were blown away for 104, and India replied with 105 for one off 14.5 overs to win the match by nine wickets with 35.1 overs to spare. In winning the series 3-1, India sprinted to victory by winning the final match before the break, and before 50 of the allotted 100 overs were bowled. The Super50 cricket tournament is over, and heartiest congratulations to the Combined Campuses and Colleges aggregation, to coach Floyd Reifer, to captain Carlos Brathwaite, and most of all, to Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, who, despite criticisms, championed their participation in the regional exercise. In winning the title for the first time, the CCC Marooners topped the four big guns of the region, Barbados parading as the ‘Pride’, Jamaica as the ‘Scorpions’, Trinidad and Tobago as the ‘Red Force’, and Guyana as the ‘Jaguars’, plus the Leeward Islands, who played as the ‘Hurricanes’. In upstaging the finalists Guyana, who as the ‘Amazon Warriors’ won the four-day trophy and were hunting the Super 50 title to complete the regional ‘double’, the CCC Marooners, a selection of regional players, selected after the territorial teams had selected their team, more or less, made it a comfortable wire-to-wire affair. 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Strangulating…

Posted in rbiazxks on January 14th, 2020

first_img…sugar workersOne of the most callous actions this PNC-led government has acquiesced in is the fee it allowed its much-coddled SPU to charge the fired sugar workers of Skeldon Estate for fishing in the canals of the “backdam”. Thrown into the streets two years ago, without the government facilitating any sort social net much less alternative employment, the hapless ex-workers have been forced to scrounge around for their families’ survival.And what have they done to alleviate the pangs of hunger? Not robbed fellow citizens as so many have done and are excused because of their “poverty-stricken” background! But to fish where sugar cultivation has been abandoned since the closure, and the fields have reverted to bush! Do the mandarins of the SPU – who’re besotted with the refurbished club-with-swimming-pool at LBI – realise that the canals in the backdam have become so overgrown, these ex-workers in search of fish can walk across them? Ironically, that they have to clear the trenches to get at the fish is actually helping with drainage!!But what kind of mindset is behind this kind of spite and vindictiveness? We know the PNC wanted to cripple the PPP’s support base in the sugar industry but do they want to cripple the people LITERALLY?? What’s amazing about all of this is the rest of Guyana can close their eyes to the governments’ economic genocide of the sugar workers, without any of the guardians of public morality uttering a word of condemnation. And it IS economic genocide – literally. Leaving 7000 heads of households without any means of bringing bread to their families is definitely dooming them to mass death. But think of the social pathologies that have been exacerbated in the always sugar belt before that slow and painful death!And it’s not that the government, based in Georgetown as it is, has been oblivious to the travails of the rural poor. They admirably sought a $2Billion loan from the CDB to clear the lands and canals behind four villages – Ithaca, Buxton; BV and Mocha – and provided seed money and seeedlings to the villagers to make them sustainable cash crops farmers. Why couldn’t they have done the same on the four estates that were shuttered? Don’t these people deserve to live? Well…no!! The villages being assisted are all PNC strongholds and the villages strangled are all PPP strongholds!! Why should the latter survive.Back in the seventies, when Cheddi Jagan suggested a “National Front Government” to Forbes Burnham, he complained about the PNC’s rampant racial discrimination against Indians. Burnham blithely advised Cheddi: “It’s political comrade; not racial!”As if it matters to those who’re doomed to die because of the discrimination!…electionsThe PNC and AFC came out with pickets in front of the GECOM office demanding “no elections before house to house registration”!! Imagine that!! Oh how the world has changed!! It was the PNC, after all, which started the whole mess in 1967 when they fiddled with the list of electors by creating a National Register from which the former would be “extracted”. In the “extraction” they selectively brought forward names of supporters who hadn’t reached 18, which took them over the line in 1968 along with the horses and other overseas voters from England.And since then, the Opposition’s been fighting for “clean” voters’ lists via “house to house” verification exercises. But between these exercises, with the explosion of technology, GECOM was mandated, funded and staffed to keep the voters’ list up to date through a process of “continuous registration” and to so certify up to specified dates. That date at present is April 2019.With Elections constitutionally scheduled for March 19, what’s the problem?Just that the PNC and AFC don’t want to let go of the “sweet”!!…VenezuelaHopefully, latest US sanctions against the Venezuelan oil company by sequestering revenues to Opposition controlled accounts, combined with EU calls for dialogue and “free and fair elections” might just allow the Venezuelan people to determine their future.last_img read more

Asian boost as Blatter closes on FIFA win

Posted in rbiazxks on January 11th, 2020

first_img0Shares0000MANAMA, April 30- Sepp Blatter closed on a fifth term as FIFA president on Thursday as a key ally, Asia’s soccer boss, won new powers and silenced dissent at a regional congress in Bahrain.The Swiss was assured of strong Asian backing by Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa, who was re-elected unopposed at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) gathering. The Bahraini royal became a FIFA vice president into the bargain and he showed his growing clout when he slapped down a South Korean protest over voting procedures.Blatter had warmly praised Asia in his speech to an audience which included his FIFA presidential rivals Prince Ali bin al Hussein, Michael van Praag and Luis Figo.And Shaikh Salman returned the favour when he renewed Asia’s pledge of allegiance which he made at last year’s extraordinary congress before the World Cup in Brazil.“Dear president, please be assured that the Asian football family stands firmly behind you as the AFC member associations decided unanimously in Sao Paulo last year,” Shaikh Salman said in his closing remarks.“We look forward to working together with you in the future.”Whether all of Asia’s 46 votes go to Blatter on May 29 is open to question but at football’s final regional congress before the vote, the 79-year-old looked unassailable.– Confucius –However Blatter, who can expect nearly unanimous support from 54-vote Africa, was not his usual ebullient self as he made his last major speech to voters before the FIFA polls.Quoting Confucius in a meandering address which earned loud but not thunderous applause, he insisted Asia was the “most important continent” for FIFA.“Asia is the biggest and most important continent in the world, and also it’s the most important for FIFA’s present and future,” Blatter told delegates.Blatter praised Asia’s development in football, calling it vindication for FIFA’s policies and handouts which have helped secure him strong backing in the region.“(Chinese philosopher) Confucius said, if you want to help your friend or your brother, don’t give him a fish but teach him how to get fish,” Blatter said.FIFA’s second-biggest confederation after Africa is a stronghold for Blatter, with common ground including support for the much-criticised 2022 World Cup in Qatar.He has close ties with Shaikh Salman, who came to power in 2013 after his Qatari predecessor Mohamed bin Hammam was banned from football over corruption allegations.After winning a four-year term unopposed, together with a FIFA vice presidency which has been absorbed into the role, the Bahraini significantly strengthened his position.South Korea’s Chung Mong-Gyu fell foul of the newly empowered sheikh when he tried to protest against a split vote for seats on FIFA’s executive committee.Shaikh Salman would not let the Korean football chief speak and he then announced: “If anyone would like to make a statement, it has to be by written request.”The row stemmed from a move to divide voting for three FIFA executive committee seats into a ballot for one two-year term, and a separate poll for two four-year stints.While Chung lost out in the eventual voting, Shaikh Salman’s ally and Kuwaiti powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah was elected to the two-year term unopposed.The influential Olympic Council of Asia and Association of National Olympic Committees boss is also firmly behind Blatter, another sign that the FIFA presidency is his.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

H.Stars hold Zambia in final AFCON qualifier

Posted in rbiazxks on January 11th, 2020

first_imgGuinea Bissau, who already qualified for the 2017 showpiece finished top on 10 points despite losing 1-0 to Congo Brazzaville.With zero chance of qualifying, both sides were only playing for pride with the biggest stake being the FIFA ranking.Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi made two changes from the team that played midweek friendly in Kampala, Uganda with Gor Mahia left back Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma being deployed as an offensive winger while Aboud Omar started at left back.Ouma took Francis Kahata’s place with the Gor Mahia creative midfielder completely missing from the match day squad.Brian Mandela returned to the heart of defense with David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng going to the bench.The hosts started the match on a high with Kalaba and Winstone Kalengo, both who ply their trade in Congo being the most dangerous on the Chipolopolo side.Kalaba showed early intent with a long range shot, but Stars keeper Boniface Oluoch proved equal to the task with a routine take.The TP Mazembe forward once again knocked on Kenya’s door, taking on Musa Mohammed on the right but his shot from the weaker left foot rolled wide.Defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino, who plies his trade with Zambian outfit Zesco United and which plays their home matches at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola had a tough time managing the two; Kalaba and Kalengo.Harambee Stars winger Jesse Were in action against Zambia’s Adrian Chama.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIt was the latter, his former team mate at Zesco who bore the full brunt of his no nonsense man marking, twice being felled with the second offense landing Owino a booking.Stars picked up into the match midway through the half, but the decision making in the final third was all that went wrong.In the 28th minute, skipper Victor Wanyama released Eric Johannah on the right with the Mathare United man floating in a decent cross but Simon Silwimba managed to clear the ball with Ayub Timbe lurking at the far post.Johannah tried his luck with a shot from distance in the 35th minute but his shot went over.Jesse Were also attempted from virtually the same distance after some good work from Wanyama, but the effort was deflected for a corner.The Zesco United forward who has scored a majority of his 15 season goals at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium but his glancing header from a Johannah cross couldn’t’ trouble his club team mate Jacob Banda.The hosts were better in the opening exchanges of the second period but were caught completely off when Timbe latched onto a long pass from Wanyama, lifting it over the advancing Banda in the Zambia goal.Okumbi then introduced Michael Olunga for the tiring legs of Were who had worked hard all evening.Zambia had a chance to draw level in the 66th minute when Nathan Sinkala’s header at the far post from a Kalaba corner went inches wide.Ten minutes later, Kalaba had an effort with his freekiock bending beyond the wall but Oluoch pulled up a great save to punch the ball out of danger.But a slip in concentration in the final minutes of the match handed Zambia the equalizer, Kalaba slotting home with a half volley after Felix Katongo chipped the ball to the far post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe on the ball against Chipolopolo’s Emmanuel Mbola. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 4 – Zambia skipper Ranford Kalaba equalized with three minutes left as the Chipolopolo played to a 1-1 draw with Harambee Stars in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final Qualifier at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.Ayub Timbe had given Kenya a 63rd minute lead, but Kenya could not hold on till the final whistle and the result now sees them finish bottom of the Group E on five points while Zambia finished third on seven points.last_img read more

Montebello names first African-American interim fire chief

Posted in rbiazxks on January 6th, 2020

first_imgMONTEBELLO – The city council, during its meeting Wednesday, named James Murphy as its interim fire chief. He is the first African-American to hold the position. He was expected to sign a contract Thursday, said Interim City Administrator Randy Narramore. Murphy will be chief on a month-to-month basis as the city continues its efforts to find someone to fill the position permanently, Narramore added. For more information on the new chief, read tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CONFIRMED: FA charge Man City and Chelsea with failing to control their players

Posted in rbiazxks on December 28th, 2019

first_imgManchester City and Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players in the bad-tempered conclusion to Saturday’s Premier League clash, the Football Association has announced.But Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has avoided censure for apparently striking Fernandinho during the bench-clearing melee.City striker Sergio Aguero was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz, prompting the furious finale at the end of Chelsea’s 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.City midfielder Fernandinho was sent off for shoving Fabregas and now serves a three-match ban.Aguero is banned for four matches, having already served a three-match suspension for violent conduct earlier this season.Chelsea’s eighth straight Premier League win finished on a sour note and saw both title contenders charged. The clubs have until December 8 at 1800 to respond to the charges.A statement from the FA read: “Both Manchester City and Chelsea have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.“It follows an incident in the 95th minute of the game on Saturday (December 3, 2016).“Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas will not face any further action in relation to an incident involving City’s Fernandinho.“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.“Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.“For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.” Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were both sent off during the match 1last_img read more

VIDEO: Sevilla 3-3 Real Madrid: Los Blancos set new Spanish unbeaten record

Posted in rbiazxks on December 28th, 2019

first_img1 Zinedine Zidane’s men scored twice in the final seven minutes to draw Real Madrid set a new Spanish unbeaten record of 40 games after coming from 3-1 down to draw against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey.Los Blancos trailed by two goals with seven minutes left to play before Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema ensured Zinedine Zidane’s men left Andalucia with a place in history as well as the quarter-finals.A Danilo own goal gave the hosts the lead, but Marco Asensio levelled the scores on the night after completing a mazy run which started in his own half.Stevan Jovetic and Vicente Iborra restored the home side’s advantage to give them a fighting chance of progression. However, two late goals from Ramos and Benzema cut short those dreams as Madrid advanced 6-3 on aggregate.Watch the goals below…last_img read more

Serie A giants open talks regarding summer swoop for Spurs star – reports

Posted in rbiazxks on December 25th, 2019

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Inter Milan have begun talks with Tottenham with a view to making a summer swoop to buy Christian Eriksen, according to reports.The Denmark international’s contract expires next summer and he is also on Real Madrid and Juventus’ radar. LIVE ON talkSPORT Eriksen has yet to sign an improved deal at Spurs, meaning the club may have to cash in this summer in order to avoid losing him for nothing.And according to Tuttosport, Inter have entered the race for the 27-year-old with the Italian club’s director of football Piero Ausilio, kicking off preliminary talks to try and get Eriksen to the San Siro.The report has even suggested Ausilio was at Spurs’ Champions League triumph over Manchester City on Tuesday night. targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Eriksen scored a late winner against Inter at Wembley to help keep Spurs’ Champions League campaign alive in November Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM LATEST TRANSFER NEWS In fact, they are 27 points off the top with seven games remaining and appear set to lose star duo Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic in the summer.And Eriksen is viewed as a player who can make Inter, who have not won Serie A since 2010, competitive in the title race once again. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Eriksen actually scored against Inter at home and away in the Champions League as Spurs recovered from a terrible start in the group stage to reach the knockouts.Inter, who are currently third in Serie A, are looking to close the gap on leaders Juventus and second-placed Napoli. IN DEMAND TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED Southampton vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Wigan vs Norwich (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 2:05pm) – talkSPORT talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST targets Eriksen’s future at Spurs is very unclear moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 2 However, they have a huge fight on their hands with Real Madrid also reportedly keen on Eriksen, who’s likely to be available for £130million.Eriksen has featured 200 times in the Premier League at Spurs and has been involved in 110 goals in that run.last_img read more

Rangers chief Stewart Robertson appointed to SPFL board

Posted in rbiazxks on December 24th, 2019

first_img“It’s about building relationships – it helps that we know them from days gone past, so that’s made it a bit easier to do that.“They have got the confidence in us now that the board and the team here are looking to do the best for Rangers, but also for Scottish football.”The Championship representatives are Martin Ritchie (Falkirk) and Warren Hawke (Morton), while Iain Dougan (Stranraer) will represent League 1 and League 2.The other board members are chief executive Neil Doncaster, new chairman Murdoch MacLennan and independent non-executive director Karyn McCluskey. In addition, SPFL appointees to the 2017/18 Scottish FA Professional Game Board are Neil Doncaster (SPFL), Duncan Fraser (Aberdeen), Peter Lawwell (Celtic), Ian Maxwell (Partick Thistle) and Mike Mulraney (Alloa Athletic). Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson will become the club’s first representative on the SPFL board.He will join Hearts owner Ann Budge and Hamilton chairman Les Gray as the Scottish Premiership representatives for the 2017/2018 campaign.This was Robertson’s third attempt to join the governing body’s top table, having previously applied two years ago before pulling out of the running last year.Speaking in 2015, Robertson said: “A club of Rangers stature should be at the top table – we should be in there and have a voice and should have an influence with what’s going on in the Scottish game.last_img read more