Kestna Davis tames ‘Iron Dawg’ Raye

first_imgA mixed reception greeted the outcome of the super-middleweight bout last Saturday night, at the Alpart Sports Club in St Elizabeth, between promising middleweight boxer Kestna Davis and boxer-comedian Miguel ‘Iron Dawg’ Raye. Their six-round bout was the feature attraction on a six-fight ProAM card, promoted by Creative Sports and I-Fight Promotions in collaboration with the Jamaica Boxing Board, that was dubbed ‘Wray and Nephew Fight Night’. Davis won by unanimous decision, as judges Lindell Allen, 60-54; Ransford Burton, 59-55; and Eion Jardine, 60-50; gave him victory by a wide margin. The antics that came from Raye, his lack of boxing skills and the failure of Davis to end the fight early as he had promised, led to a spirited debate after the fight ended, and there is every indication that it will continue. There were two professional bouts on the card, and in the other six-rounder, the judges had Toriano Nicholas defeating Doran Weir by unanimous decision, 60-54. WAR OF WORDS There was a war of words before the fight, and Davis stated publicly that it would not go the distance. He tried to knock out his opponent, but Raye used fair and foul means to frustrate him. He clinched, chatted, used his head as part of attack, and drew several cautions from referee Peter Richards. In the end, Davis was relieved when the fight ended, and said he had become frustrated by his opponent’s behaviour. He conceded, however, that he had learnt a lot from the fight. “Iron Dawg is very unorthodox and did not give me room to fight. My tactics were also bad, as I should have stayed outside and attack his body. Anyhow, I did not do this and he went six rounds. I learnt a lot, however, and will be better next time around,” he conceded. Raye was not too sure what he would do in the future. “I am not sure if I am going to continue to fight,” he said. “His height and reach gave him the advantage, and I accept the decision of the judges. I am not sure if I am going to continue boxing. I may go into singing,” he confessed. In a very predictable fight, Nicholas easily won every round against Weir, and near the end, some spectators called out the boxers and told them, “You are boring. Fight.” In the amateur section of the programme, Jamaica and Guyana won two bouts each to square their series after four very entertaining and action-packed contests that gave spectators their money’s worth. Jamaica won the first bout when bantamweight Marvin Shea defeated Claremont Gibson on points. Joel Williamson came back aggressively after being floored in the first round to score a second-round technical knockout victory over Jamaica’s Ricardo Carter in a lightweight contest. Colin Lewis had too much speed and punching power for Jamaica’s junior welterweight boxer Patrick Sahadeo, and put his team in the lead 2-1, but middleweight Ian Darby salvaged some pride for Jamaica, by outpunching his rival Desmond Amsterdam for a win on points.last_img read more

Gold miners remanded on robbery charge

first_imgWednesday’s session at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts saw two gold miners being hauled all the way from the interior district of Potaro-Siparuni (Region Eight) to stand before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer to a charge of robbery with violence.Michael Isaacs and Colin Tony, also known as “Country”, were jointly charged for robbing Eric Singh of some $85,000 in cash and one pennyweight of gold worth $10,000, a total of $95,000 on May 21, 2017 at Pamela Landing, Region Eight.In addition, the men reportedly used violence on Singh during the commission of the offence.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore related that the VC was a shopkeeper in the area and was attacked by the suspects as he was in bed sleeping. According to Police, Singh received several chops about his body from a cutlass during the ordeal causing him to be rushed to the Mahdia Hospital where he was admitted.This publication understands that Singh was only released from the Hospital on Wednesday morning.The accused professed their innocence, but were remanded to prison by the Magistrate who turned a deaf ear to their pleas.Tony alleged that he shared an apartment with the victim and they were attacked by some men who robbed him of his cellular phone and escaped with a quantity of gold belonging to him.The defendant argued that it was he who ran out of the house to seek help when the attack took place.Meanwhile, Isaacs denied having any part in or knowledge of the crime.The matter continues on July 18 at Mahdia Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

Local NBTS improving under agreement with Argentina

first_imgOver the past two years, Guyana has been benefiting from improved National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS) as a result of the strengthened diplomatic ties between Georgetown and Buenos Aires for the past 45 years.This possibility was reiterated during recent talks between Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings, and Argentine Ambassador to Guyana, Luis Martino.The two countries inked a technical cooperation pact in mid-2015 under which Guyana will benefit from the expertise available under the agreement to boost the country’s NBTS.Minister Karen Cummings and Ambassador Luis Martino and a Ministry staff following their recent meetingBlood supply in the public health sector has been maintained purely by voluntary donations by the nation’s multiethnic population. Four years ago, public health authorities recorded 89 per cent in voluntary donors which climbed to 94 per cent the following year. Between January and June of 2015 when the compact between Georgetown and Buenos Aires was sealed, the figure had reached 100 per cent.The deepening South-South cooperation is seen as pivotal to maintaining voluntary donation while making better other aspects of the NBTS Cummings and Martino said during talks at the former’s Brickdam, Georgetown office.The current agreement has four stages, with the latest talks zeroing in on the final phase and looking ahead to future agreements.Last year, three Guyanese attached to the NBTS had skills-enhancing training in Argentina and the new expertise garnered then is to practically applied here under what the two sides refer to as Phase Four which include “building and strengthening human capacity and skills to exchange knowledge and technology in relation to blood services” according to the terms of the agreement.So far, the local NBTS has had a diagnostic visit by Argentine experts; physicians operating in both the Public and Private Sectors have benefited from continuous medical education offered by Buenos Aires at their Hemotherapy Centre of the Garrahan Hospital while practical aspects of the CME training will be fleshed out when a team of specialists from Argentina visits Guyana later this year.“During the visit the team will conduct an audit of the NBTS, which will include an examination of blood donors’ recruitment and retention. It is imperative that this activity be conducted as soon as possible.This will ensure that the NBTS maintains its high quality and standards, as well as its compliance with internationally recognised best practices,” the joint agreement specifies.Continuing it said: “The Government of Guyana looks forward to broadening and strengthening its relationship with the Government of Argentina and for both countries to continue collaboration in the field of public health. With the help of the Argentine experts from the Garrahan Hemotherapy Centre, the NBTS of Guyana will continue to deliver the highest quality of standards of blood transfusion services to the people of Guyana.”Guyana and Argentina established diplomatic relations in June 1972 and since then, Ambassador Martino said the independent nations “have achieved a lot” and have now set their collective eyes on improving the capacity-building capabilities between the South American Republics.Dr Cummings is pushing for Argentine assistance to help build a blood collecting facility in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). According to national figures, some 80 per cent of blood donated to the NBTS come from Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and there are great prospects in the region famous for its bauxite production.During the recent discussions between Cummings and Martino, the idea of a tripartite compact involving the two countries and PAHO/WHO to collaborate to improve national blood collection here despite Guyana’s current human resource challenges, equipment shortfall and the lack of critical knowledge in the blood collection sector.It was also envisaged that the tripartite compact envisaged can target telemedicine as an initiative targeting the reduction of maternal mortality and the incidence of non-communicable diseases here, Cummings and Martino agreed.last_img read more

New Barcelona boss Valverde vows to ‘revisit’ tiki-taka

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s new coach Ernesto Valverde gives a press conference during his official presentation on June 1, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Jun 1 – Newly installed Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde vowed Thursday to “deepen” and “revisit” the renowned slick passing game of the Catalan giants in a bid to lead the club to success in all possible competitions next season.“I know the style because I played here” between 1998-90, Valverde said at his first press conference after being named successor to Luis Enrique on a two-year contract with the option of a further year. “I must adapt myself, or rather readapt, in a certain way. My goal is always to deepen the style, to revisit it once again.”Valverde, 53, has some big shoes to fill, Enrique having won nine of 13 possible trophies in his time at the helm.“I must absolutely adapt to the style of the gameplan employed by the team, which has had so much success,” said the coach, who signed from Athletic Bilbao.“To have a very collective gameplan, based on midfielders,” he said, adding that he wanted to win “all competitions that we can” next season.“What I’ve always liked is that Barca manages to achieve its ends through its gameplan, without speculating, by going forward.”Valverde did not say what exactly he wanted to improve.“We’ll see over time,” he said. “In football, you always have to keep going forward. If you don’t, you go backwards. But it’s a progressive issue and we’ll see little by little.“To say what can be improved is a dangerous thing and I can only tip my hat to what my predecessor Luis Enrique, who is a great coach, achieved here.“I have my idea about what can be done, not better but in a different way.”Turning to his motivation in joining Barca, Valverde said: “I said I wanted a tough challenge and it’s one the toughest.“When a team like FC Barcelona calls you, you don’t have to think about it too much.”Valverde also dismissed any worries about managing a squad packed with some of the world’s best-paid and recognised players.“I expect to find a squad of young players who want to win and will give the best of themselves,” he said.“We idealise too much all this, millionaire players and all that. I don’t know many players who were born millionaires.”Working with Argentina’s Leo Messi would be a “unique experience”, the coach added.“He’s the best player I’ve ever seen on a pitch. Sometimes you could say Leo Messi has reached the summit, but he surprises you even more the following day.“I hope to enjoy seeing him play and do everything possible to help him. And I hope he’ll continue to surprise us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Go home, Van Gaal. You are drunk!’ Fans react to shocking Man United news

first_img Matteo Darmian and Louis van Gaal 1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal faced the media early on Tuesday morning over in San Jose and sent fans crazy with just one comment.No, not his admission they’re trying to sign a mystery striker, but his revelation Matteo Darmian will be a back up at Old Trafford to Antonio Valencia.The Ecuadorian winger spent most of the season at right-back last year but many believed signing Darmian would end his spell there. It appears though, they may be wrong.“We have brought Darmian for the second position behind Valencia and now already because of that injury [Paddy] McNair has to play there,” said Van Gaal.Is the Dutchman just trying to keep his new signing on his toes, or is he serious?See how Manchester United fans reacted below…last_img read more

‘Alias’ returns with new baby, old darling

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Other familiar faces who will crop up in Sydney’s life during the show’s final episodes include best friend Will Tippin ( Bradley Cooper), mother Irina Derevko ( Lena Olin) and nemesis Julian Sark ( David Anders). ABC’s spy drama, “Alias,” starring Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, will return April 19. The two-hour episode will feature the birth of Sydney’s baby and the reappearance of love interest/fellow spy Michael Vaughn, played by Michael Vartan. Garner, 33, gave birth to a daughter, Violet, on Dec. 1. The baby is the first child for Garner and her husband, Ben Affleck. “Alias,” created by J.J. Abrams, is ending its five-year run this spring. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rough landing expected for market

first_imgIt looks like this unwinding real-estate market is going to make more of a mess than expected.How big remains to be seen, but it will be noticeable. “I don’t think there is any doubt it’s going to be a harder landing than was originally forecast,” said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at “The forecasts were made with the rose-colored glasses still firmly in place.”Support for that opinion can be found in all the housing-market reports for June that showed sales levels well under last year’s, the number of properties for sale mushrooming and prices starting to stabilize, although some records were set, including in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County.And in some places prices in June did something not seen in a long time — fall under year-ago levels. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesOf the 101 markets in Los Angeles County, the median price in 16 fell under the year-ago level, including Tarzana ($567,000, down 27.2 percent) and Calabasas ($1.1 million, down 17 percent), according to DataQuick Information Systems.(DataQuick’s count includes new and previously owned houses and condominiums. Large changes in local median home prices typically indicate both local home-price appreciation, and often, large shifts in the composition of housing-market activity.)The June report from the California Association of Realtors showed that five major markets saw a year-over-year price drop.Sales are now in a nine-month slump and prices, though still climbing to record levels, show signs of running out of steam.A tipping point may be fast approaching here in the Valley, too. June’s record $625,000 median is just $25,000, or 4.2 percent, above where it was in July 2005. That $600,000 price was a record then, too. Even if prices do flatten, it won’t be much help for anyone trying to get into the market for the first time.That’s more support for a harder-than-expected landing.“The fact is appreciation has pushed affordability beyond the bounds of many buyers and that, coupled with a rising interest-rate environment is bound to have an effect on people,” McBride said.Ryan Ratcliff, an economist at the UCLA Anderson Forecast, believes that a worst-case scenario of the early 1990s all over again for California is unlikely.“That’s just rare in the historical record. You only see it in severe recessions,” he said.And a recession is not on the event horizon for the state or Southern California over the next several years. So far.Nevertheless, this housing market will make its presence known.“It’s not going to be a total collapse of the market but it’s not going to be so soft that you won’t know it,” Ratcliff said.There is no doubt that sales took a sharper turn than the California Association of Realtors expected.Last November, the Los Angeles-based group forecast a 2 percent sales dip this year. But in June it was revised down to a 16.8 percent decline, the biggest since a 30.2 percent plunge 24 years ago.Some areas of the state will do better than others.Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist, attended a conference in Northern California on Friday. She heard that San Francisco still has low inventory and sellers are getting multiple offers. Locales that could get stressed include those that have seen a lot of building or condominium construction.“It’s more like a return to normal with a bumpier landing in some areas than others,” she said. “It’s not a replay of the mid-1990s. The economy is growing. We’re seeing not spectacular but certainly solid job growth.” 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA Killybegs businesswoman has left more than €2 million in her will.The late Margaret B Gallagher, a company director of Church Road, Killybegs left a total estate of €2,048,981 when she passed away.The value of the will does not mean a cash amount but can also mean property, etc. EndsKILLYBEGS WOMAN LEAVES A FORTUNE IN HER WILL was last modified: March 13th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Leeds and Brighton in race to sign Polish wonderkid – reports

first_imgLeeds and Brighton are battling it out for the signature of Polish teenager Mateusz Bogusz, according to reports in Poland.The midfielder, who currently plays for Ruch Chorzow, is out of contract at the end of the season. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly keen on the teenager Latest Transfer News moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED 1 And according to Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy, the Whites and the Seagulls are both monitoring the 17-year-old, who was offered a trial with Napoli earlier this year.A string of impressive displays in Poland’s second tier have seen Bogusz emerge as a potential star of the future.He has five goals in 19 games this season and also represents his country at under-19 level. LIVING THE DREAM LATEST center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has been happy to use a number of young players since he took charge at Elland Road last summer.The Whites are currently top of the Championship at the campaign’s midway point, despite a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Hull on Saturday.Bielsa’s men are bidding to return to the Premier League after a 15-year absence. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets last_img read more

YMCA Holds Annual Dinner Tonight

first_imgThe Washington County Family YMCA Board of Directors invites all Y members, participants, and community members to attend their annual dinner. The event will take place on April 24, 6:00 pm at Southern Hills Church. Enjoy an evening of reflection on the Y’s community impact, and learn more about what the future holds for your Washington County Family YMCA through the gift of possibility. Those in attendance will enjoy a meal catered by Ron Smith’s QBC Catering and desserts by Shelby Elrod.   There are several incentive prizes donated by local businesses including a youth Jeep from John Jones Auto Group, a YETI cooler from ACE Hardware of Salem, a $200 Wal-Mart Gift Card from MainStream Fiber Networks, and a pair of IU Basketball tickets donated by Dr. Gene and Judy Hedrick to name a few. Tickets for the event are $15 and available at the YMCA Front Desk, or by contacting Board Member Donna Brewster at 812-883-2203.last_img read more