Still, he does have two World Championships bronze medals to his name and he does carry a greater sense of calmness and confidence about him these days, but despite the cold shoulder he’s receiving from the pundits, Powell remains convinced that this may be his shot and actually welcomes the fact that most eyes are focused elsewhere. It’s a shame really. Powell arrived in Beijing as the second fastest man on the planet with his 9.81 seconds season’s best bettered only by Gatlin and having posted seven sub-10 seconds times. “It’s a good feeling to be back, we have a lot of great memories here in Beijing. At the 2008 Olympics the Jamaican team came here and dominated and we left our signature here in Beijing so it’s good to be back, I think everyone remembers that and they are coming out to see the Jamaican team again,” Powell added. “I don’t mind, let them focus on whoever they want to focus on and leave me out of it, let me do what I am supposed to do. Everyone has their own opinion and beliefs. I believe in myself and I am going out there to show them that I am there,” Powell told The Gleaner yesterday during an interview at the Nuo Hotel in Beijing. BEIJING, China: With all the talk about a Usain Bolt/Justin Gatlin clash in the 100 metres heading into the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, one can be excused for forgetting that another Jamaican speedster Asafa Powell is also in the medal mix. “I’m in gold medal shape, I am one to contend with and I am going out there to give everything I have and I will definitely run fast here,” added Powell, whose camouflage pants matched his militant attitude. “I know that they are in the race with me but I try to focus on my own thing there’s nothing you can do to avoid competing with these guys so it doesn’t make sense to make them be your problem. My problem is to execute my race and run like I’m supposed to,” Powell continued. Under normal circumstances, it would be criminal to write off a man with such an impressive record and a history of high – level performances. The thing is, Powell will not easily shake his reputation of being an athlete that more often than not fails to deliver when it really matters – at major international championships. “Come Sunday when we cross the finish line (after men’s 100m final), I want to be the one in front, that would be the most satisfying thing for me because over the years I have been running and I’ve not been able to get that individual gold medal yet so that’s really my aim,” said Powell, who added that he isn’t too worried about Gatlin’s form or Bolt’s ability, noting that his focus is to execute his own race. The heats of the men’s 100m get started at 6:20 a.m. Jamaica time on Saturday.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and spinner Nikita Miller have been slapped with fines for breaches of the Code of Conduct during the fourth round of matches in the Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament which ended on Monday.Another player, pacer Roshon Primus, was also reprimanded for similar violations which occurred last weekend, a release from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said late yesterday.All three players have admitted to the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by the respective match referees, the statement said.Joseph was reported by on-field umpires Danesh Ramdhanie and Leslie Reifer Jr, for a Level 2 breach during the match between Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Windward Islands Volcanoes at Windsor Park in Dominica.After fielding the ball from bowling the final delivery of the 18th over in the Volcanoes’ second innings, Joseph is accused of throwing the ball at or near batsman Johnson Charles in a dangerous manner while the batman remained in the crease.Match referee Carlyle Felix imposed a fine of 50 per cent of Joseph’s match fee for the breach.Miller and Primus were both reported by match umpires Verdayne Smith and Gregory Brathwaite, for Level 1 breaches during the match between Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park in Jamaica.Match referee Denovan Hayles imposed a fine of 20 per cent of Miller’s match fee, for using offensive language to match officials when he was notified about wearing incorrect playing equipment.Primus was subject to an official reprimand from Hayles, after he showed dissent at the umpire’s decision by delaying his departure from the wicket.He was adjudged lbw off the final delivery in the 56th over of the Red Force second innings.
Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has ordered the reactivation of the mining licence of Romanex Guyana Exploration Ltd, paving the way for the company to undertake exploration and mining activities in the Marudi Mountain area of Mining District Number Six, Rupununi.According to a release from the Natural Resources Ministry, the area had been characterised by irregular mining, with persons occupying lands in the area after operations of Romanex had ceased some time ago. The Minister’s decision to approve the operations follows a process of verifications, meetings and engagements held between the mining company, the Rupununi Miners Association (RMA) and the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO) on the best way forward.More than 300 small-scale gold miners who had been operating in and around the Marudi Mountain area had called on the Government to take urgent action to regularise their operations in light of recent moves by the Canadian-owned company to resume operations in the area. Additionally, the residents of South Rupununi have lodged complaints about the illicit movement of people, weapons and narcotics in the area.As a result of this call, and the concerns and complaints made, the Natural Resources Ministry appointed Major General (Retired) Joe Singh to hold mediation discussions between the aggrieved parties during the period April 22 to 25, 2016 and an agreement was successfully brokered between the various stakeholders.
… as GTT calls for audit into Digicel’s ‘illegal’ bypass with SurinameGuyana Telephone Telegraph (GTT) has called for an independent audit into Digicel Guyana Inc unlicensed trans-border link between Guyana and Suriname that has been active for more than five years.This call was made as the telephone giant and other agencies support to a fair and competitive telecoms landscape. GTT believes that the time has come for this matter to be investigated and brought to light – one that can finally provide transparency to the Guyanese public.The telephone company in a release stated that there is no ambiguity about this bypass activity – in fact, it claimed that it is a demonstration of remarkable arrogance and disregard for rule of law in Guyana.Only recently, Digicel reportedly indicated to the PUC that its bypass operation was not appropriate for the discussion at hand but did not deny any aspect of the operation.GTT is also of the view that the ‘illegal’ bypass is causing significant harm to Guyana, financially.“With liberalisation on the horizon, the practice of equity and transparent conduct of all players is of paramount importance. It is essential that both the public and our leaders have the complete details about Digicel’s bypass operations, and that they understand the full consequences of the company’s actions, which are illegal and in direct violation of their licence,” the company said in a release to the media.It is based on the aforementioned occurrences; GTT has called for the audit but more importantly, over a period of time and more recently, it was assured that the matter was drawing the attention of the local regulatory authorities.In addition, by conducting this audit, GTT is of the belief that Guyanese will know the complete details of the alleged unauthorised cross-border link. It is also contending that since assuming office, the Government has pursued a number of audits to bring clarity to various aspects of our economy.Given the financial significance of an illegal bypass operation, it would certainly seem appropriate for a similar audit to take place with regards to the illegal bypass, the statement added.Meanwhile, GTT is also calling for Digicel Guyana to release documentation to show where it has made tax payments on the revenue generated by the ‘illegal’ bypass operations.This, it stated will determine whether or not the company has failed to pay some US$30 million to the Guyana Treasury for the past five years.Apart from the loss of taxes, valuable spectrum is being used by Digicel Guyana. “We all have a right to know whether this spectrum has, in fact, been stolen by Digicel,” the release stated.Only last Tuesday, the PUC held a hearing to determine whether GTT promotions are anti-competitive, as claimed by Digicel Guyana.As a result of that hearing, it has since been determined that an assessment of the services will be conducted.This is according to Chairman of the PUC, Justice Prem Persaud. The promotion in question is the “GET MORE PAY LESS” promotion. According to Persaud, it was Digicel’s contention that it could not compete with GTT because of the rates.
An alleged attempt by two young teenagers to end their lives was thwarted on Friday afternoon after they were intercepted by ranks of the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Coast Guard.According to a statement from the Army, the incident occurred sometime around 15:00h on Friday at the Kingston Jetty, Georgetown, and involved two secondary school students.It was reported that the Coast Guard rank along with the Unit’s Welfare Officer confronted the teenagers as they were about to jump into the water.“The two teenagers, who were allegedly preparing to jump into the deep waters at the mouth of the Demerara River, were spotted by an observant rank who immediately intervened with the assistance of the Unit’s Welfare Officer,” the military’s post on Facebook stated.It further detailed that the Guyana Police Force was subsequently summoned to the scene and the teens were taken into custody.When contacted, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman told this newspaper that he was unaware of the incident. However, the Force’s Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan was able to confirm the incident but was unable to provide further any information.If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, kindly seek help from the Guyana Inter Agency Suicide Prevention Helpline, on telephone numbers (+592) 223-0001, 223-0009, 600-7896, 623-4444, or email: email@example.com, Twitter: guyanaagency; WhatsApp: (+592) 600-7896, 623-4444; Facebook: Guyana Inter-agency Suicide Prevention Help Line.
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Fawaz, 31, is passionate about boxing and, in the space of two months, went from young oil industry entrepreneur to full-time professional boxing promoter.“I started meeting with boxers and I realised at the same time that they don’t have enough money to pay for their licence or even to feed themselves, or access to train,” he told AFP.“There are not enough events. What they really need is a stage to showcase their talent.”As a result he decided to help them, buying equipment and even paying their 10,000-naira ($28, 22.50-euro) licences to fight.– Rise and fall –Boxing promoter Raufu Ladipo displays a lightweight belt to be contested by boxers during a GOtv title fight at the National Stadium in Lagos on April 15, 2018 © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMIBoxing used to be the most popular sport in Nigeria until the 1950s and 1960s but completely disappeared from view until the beginning of the 2000s.Michael Gennaro, a boxing historian at Bossier Parish Community College in the southern US state of Louisiana, said he was “shocked” when he flicked through local newspaper archives.“Boxing was in the newspapers almost every day, kids had scrapbooks of their favourite boxers, and Nigeria had two world champions already in 1957 and 1962,” he added.Hogan Bassey was featherweight champion of the world in 1957 while Dick Tiger was the middleweight title holder in 1962 and also held the light-heavyweight belt in 1966.Boxing was popular across many former British colonies but Nigeria differed in its wealth of generous local sponsors.The arrival of military governments from the late 1960s however brought an abrupt end to boxing’s popularity as a succession of leaders saw no international prestige in it.Tiger brought politics into the sport by preferring to represent secessionist Biafra, whose unilateral declaration of independence in 1969 sparked a 30-month civil war.“At the same time Muhammad Ali refused to enrol in the US Army to go to Vietnam, Dick Tiger became public enemy number one,” said Gennaro.“Boxing had the image of a revolutionary sport.”Since the beginning of the 2000s boxing has made a come-back in Nigeria and been seen as a way for aspiring boxers from impoverished backgrounds to find fame and fortune © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMIWithin a few years, Nigerian boxing had collapsed due to lack of sponsorship.“If there is no money, there is no reason for boxing,” said Gennaro.– TV resurgence –Everything changed because of Adewunmi Ogunsanya, the head of the satellite television platform Multichoice Nigeria.His GOtv channel has organised an annual “boxing night” since 2004, which is watched by millions across Africa.The 2016 winner, Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, took home a cheque for one million naira.The super-lightweight told media that before his victory he never wanted to turn professional because there were few opportunities to fight and no promotions.But he added: “I hope to be a billionaire boxer, win the world title and be talked about the way great boxers are talked about. That is my aspiration.”Jenkins Alumona, boxing promoter for Flykite Production, said popularising boxing again will lead to the discovery of Nigeria’s next world champion.Nigeria’s Rilwan Babatunde (L), popularly called ‘Babyface’, is decorated with a belt after beating Benin’s Djossou Agoy Basile during a West African Welterweight GOtv title fight at the National Stadium in Lagos, on April 15, 2018 © AFP/File / Segun OGUNFEYITIMICurrently, there are some 300 professional boxers in Nigeria, added the former sports journalist.Cynthia, a 17-year-old from the poor Lagos suburb of Bariga, decided to give the sport a go after watching the televised bouts.She now trains under the trees of a state-run school at weekends with the help of her coach, Always Kazee, a former barber turned professional trainer.“I want to become a champion. I want to become rich and, by God’s grace, I know I will make it,” said Cynthia, with a look as determined as her right hook.“Boxing already changed a lot of things in my life. I went to places where I thought I would never go, like Elite Box in Victoria Island for example.”– Wealth of talent –The wealthy Lagos suburb of Victoria Island is only a dozen or so kilometres (miles) from the teeming crowds on the mean streets of Bariga.But in a country of more than 180 million, where the gap between rich and poor is among the widest in the world, it might as well be light years.Rehia Osagie, who founded the Elite Box club two years ago for the city’s monied upper classes, has also opened it up to professionals who don’t have equipment to train.Satellite television platform Multichoice Nigeria has organised an annual “boxing night” since 2004, which is watched by millions across Africa © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMI“There is talent in this country and we are kind of working our way back (to where boxing was) but it’s very tough to make a living from it,” he said.“At the moment, the main people who are being successful are actually the ones who leave the country.”Top British boxer Anthony Joshua is said to have wanted to represent Nigeria — where his parents are from — at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.But the Nigerian federation turned him down because he was late for qualification.At the London Games in 2012, he became super-heavyweight champion.In March, Joshua — who in recent fights has arrived in the ring flying the Union Jack and the Nigerian flag — beat New Zealand’s Joseph Parker to unify the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Boxing used to be the most popular sport in Nigeria until the 1960s but fell out of favour for decades, in part due to lack of sponsorship. But since the start of the 2000s it has made a come-back © AFP/File / SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMILAGOS, Nigeria, Apr 23 – When Selah Fawaz decided to organise his first boxing match in Lagos, he didn’t expect more than 500 spectators. In the end, over 800 tickets were sold and he had to turn away dozens of fans at the door.The stands were full, music pounded at full blast and the green and white Nigerian flag fluttered during the most eagerly awaited bouts.
From staff reports When Darren Collison went to UCLA’s bench in the second half of an exhibition game, it seemed like a customary move to rest a starter during a blowout. However, Collison injured his left knee Friday against Azusa Pacific and will have an MRI today. Collison had his knee wrapped and was on crutches after the game. Ben Howland said the worst-case scenario is a meniscus tear. That could mean a 4-to-6 week rehabilitation period and possible arthroscopic surgery. Collison never limped off the court. He scored the game’s first points off a steal and a one-handed dunk, so perhaps he came down awkwardly on the court after that play. Collison was meeting with a doctor and his parents after the game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Asked if he heard something pop, Collison said: “A little. We’ll see.” Collison scored 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting and added seven assists in UCLA’s 111-61 victory.
Singer Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella are enjoying Christmas at home with their baby grand-daughter Olivia.The five-month-old is pictured with Daniel beside the family Christmas tree. Daniel’s step-daughter Siobhan gave birth in August to baby Olivia and Daniel says this Christmas is extra special because of it.But if you are a Daniel fan, he’s never too far away.Daniel’s TV appearances over the next few days are as follows:This evening 24th Dec at 8.30pm The Abba Christmas Party on ITV.Make a date tomorrow Christmas Day at 8pm Channel 266 on Sky with Paul Claffey, Gerry Glennon & Daniel on Ireland West Music TV Christmas Cracker! On St Stephen’s Day join Daniel with a host of special guests on RTE 1 at 9.20pm DANIEL HOME FOR CHRISTMAS WITH GORGEOUS GRAND-DAUGHTER OLIVIA was last modified: December 24th, 2015 by John2Share 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) Tags:CHristmasdaniel o’donnelldonegalolivia