Tsetsi Davis bows into action tonight

first_img “Do not pay any attention to his record,” was the word from his camp yesterday” as he put some finishing touches on his training. “We are here to win and we know who we will be fighting. We have studied tapes of Davis in action, and have noted some weaknesses that we intend to exploit. We are the underdogs and that is fair, but we have a plan of action, and there will be a big upset tomorrow night,” was the final word. In the first fight on the series, Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings fought Winston Matthews, a Canadian with only one win and two draws, and the feeling was that he would have had an easy passage. He was pushed all the way however, and ended up with a close decision. Will history repeat itself? We will certainly know tonight. In the meantime, Davis has been posted as the firm pre-fight favourite. Wray and Nephew Contender crowd favourite, Tsetsi “Lights Out” Davis, makes his 2017 debut in the competition tonight, against Canadian David Leblond, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, in a fight, that on paper, looks like a mismatch. The night’s action starts at 8.30 p.m. with two amateur bouts, and the main event, which will be broadcast live by Television Jamaica, goes on at 9.30. Davis has appeared in every Contender series since its inception in 2013 and has reached the finals twice. He lost to Devon Moncriffe in 2013 and to Sakima Mullings in 2014. Last year he bowed out early when a clash of heads in his encounter with Richard Holmes senthim packing with a serious cut over his right eye. “This is my year,” he told The Gleaner yesterday. “I have trained hard, I am ready and I plan to go all the way” was his bold prediction. He is one of the seeded boxers in the competition, and had what was seen as the luck of the draw in the first round of the competition, when he picked Leblond’s name at the pre-fight draw. Leblond, who is a brash 23-year old boxer, has had only one fight as a professional, but his camp points to the fact that he learnt his skills as an amateur. Record no botherlast_img read more

Accusations against the Prize are false and without merit (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to the claims made in letters to the national newspapers by Rev. Gideon Cecil and Ras Aaron Blackman:* That the Guyana Prize for Literature privileges Guyanese writers resident overseas• That it awards prizes only to a small clique of friends in that circle of overseas- based writers• That local writers and unpublished manuscripts are overlooked• That local writers do not stand a chance against the foreigner ones; and• That local writers are denied opportunities for recognition and development as writers.The Guyana Prize was established “to recognise and reward outstanding work in literature by Guyanese and Caribbean authors, in order to:(1) Provide a focus for the recognition of the creative writing of Guyanese at home and abroad(2) Stimulate interest in, and provide encouragement for, the development of good creative writing among Guyanese in particular, and Caribbean writers in general.Since it began in 1987, the clear majority of winners have been resident overseas. The Prize Awards have always been meant to go to the best of the nation’s literature, and the harsh reality has been that, since the 1950s, the vast majority of practising and professional writers left the country, most of them settling overseas. This means that the bulk of the best Guyanese literature is being produced in the UK, Canada and the USA. It should not be surprising that that is where most of the winners have been.In spite of that reality, it is plainly not true that there was a bias towards those writers “in exile”, and a neglect of local residents. The judges have proven themselves ready to recognise the best talent when it is resident in Guyana, and have not hesitated to award the Prizes to them. Contrary to what has been peddled, there have been outstanding cases of local writers, most of them with unpublished manuscripts, defeating well known names who have been established overseas.Here are some examples: Harischandra Khemraj was an unknown writer – a school teacher in D’ Edward Village in Region Five, West Coast Berbice, with no previous publications when he won the top prize – the Best Book of Fiction in 1994 with Cosmic Dance. Among the vanquished were celebrated literary high flyers based overseas Fred D’Aguiar, David Dabydeen, Beryl Gilroy and Cyril Dabydeen. That was a major find, an emphatic advance for Guyanese literature at home.Harold Bascom has now advanced to be a playwright with four Guyana Prize victories and one Caribbean Award. He resides in the USA. But he was a local writer and dramatist in Lodge, Georgetown when he received his greatest recognition up to that time – the Guyana Prize for the Best Book of Drama in 1994 for his unpublished manuscript of the play Two Wrongs. What is more, he repeated the achievement in 1996 while still a local resident, when he entered his playscript of Makantali.Yours faithfully,Al CreightonSecretary, GuyanaPrize.last_img read more

May 23rd Community Events Photos

first_imgKids take part in the Junior Handling event at the FSJ Kennel Club Dog Show at the Taylor Arena.                                                                                                  Picture: Amber Davy Lola the St. Bernard takes a break after finishing a catagory at the annual Dog Show.                                                                                                  Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement – The FSJ Mixed Slow Pitch Ice Breaker Tournament started today at the Surerus Ball Diamonds.                                                                                             Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

Tiger not in Nissan Open, but Mickelson will be

first_imgUsually, Phil’s out and Tiger’s in. This year, Tiger’s out and Phil’s in. “It was a pleasant surprise,” said Tom Pulchinski, the tournament director. “(Mickelson) normally doesn’t play. We’re normally not on his regular schedule. I haven’t heard anything about why he is playing, but I’m glad he is.” “I don’t necessarily need to get a telephone call from (Woods) or his agent explaining to me why,” Pulchinski said. “I don’t feel I need that. It’s not just him, it’s any player. In the years that Phil didn’t play, no one was calling me from Phil’s camp. I don’t take any offense to that. That’s the way the business of golf is.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The tournament has a gaping hole without Woods, the world’s No. 1 player. The consolation for tournament organizers and fans is that the tournament has eight of the top nine ranked players in the world. Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Mickelson, John Daly and others will tee it up at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades on Thursday. Mickelson hasn’t played at Riviera since 2001, when he was 5-over-par and missed the cut. “I’m starting to play well, so I want to play a little more,” Mickelson said from the Pebble Beach National Pro Am. “I want to try to get in contention a couple more times because I wasn’t in contention the first three weeks. That’s why I wanted to do it. Also, I’m real excited about how I’m driving the ball and Riviera is a course where you have to drive the ball well. I haven’t played the best there in the past.” Pulchinski didn’t find out about Woods’ absence, officially anyway, until PGA Tour officials faxed the list. Of course, he didn’t know about Mickelson, either. And that was OK with him. center_img LOS ANGELES – Tiger Woods isn’t playing at the Nissan Open, but Phil Mickelson is in the field. Tournament organizers weren’t shocked when Woods’ name wasn’t on the commitment list, but they were surprised to see Mickelson included. last_img read more

Ibra’s debut ‘possibly’ as soon as Saturday- coach

first_img0Shares0000When Saturday comes: Zlatan Ibrahimovic could make his LA Galaxy debut this weekend © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKLOS ANGELES, United States, Mar 29 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Major League Soccer debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy could come as soon as Saturday, said Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid who described the Swede as “not a normal, mortal human’.The Swedish star won’t arrive in Southern California until Thursday night and is due to meet his new teammates on Friday morning. But Schmid didn’t rule out the possibility that he’d be ready to play a role on Saturday when the Galaxy take on their new cross-town rivals Los Angeles Football Club, at StubHub Center in suburban Carson.“You’re talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” Schmid said in comments posted on the team’s website. “You’re not talking about a normal, mortal human. I’m sure he’ll tell you the same.“He’s a competitor. He loves to compete and he loves challenges. If you ask me is he 90 minutes fit for Saturday, no. But will he play a role in the game? Quite possibly.”Ibrahimovic’s impending arrival in Southern California was announced last week with characteristic swagger, as a full-page advert in the LA Times that read simply: “Dear Los Angeles, You’re welcome.”The giant 6ft 4ins tall (1.95m) striker has an ego to match his towering physique, but has backed up his boasts by collecting an incredible 31 winners’ medals in spells with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.That total doesn’t even include two Serie A titles won on the field with Juventus but subsequently stripped for the Italian giants role in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.He signed with the Galaxy after securing his release from United, but hasn’t played since re-injuring his right knee in December.He hasn’t played for United this season since featuring in a 2-2 draw against Burnley on December 26.Schmid said he and his staff are exploring how best to utilize Ibrahimovic.“Obviously we think him coming in when he comes in, he might play a part in the LAFC game,” Schmid said. “But we really have to see where he’s at physically.“But, yeah, we’re starting to think about how it could all fit together.”Schmid certainly has no concerns on that front.“He’s a great player. Anytime you put a great player in the lineup, it helps you,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Alberta group urges women to get more confident talking about politics

first_img“Everybody has their own issues, and we want them to share their issues, so we don’t want it to be all about us,” she said.“Mostly, we want women to be involved,” she said. “We want them to feel they have a safe platform to discuss things that are important to them, without being judged.”—Follow @smithjoanna on TwitterJoanna Smith, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — A group with roots in the oil and gas industry is encouraging women to talk about politics this fall, even if they hold widely different views.The non-profit organization, called Canada Powered by Women, registered as a third-party advertiser with Elections Canada last month,and has received $32,500 in contributions from several Calgary-based people and businesses so far. That includes $25,000 from Susan Riddell Rose, the CEO of Perpetual Energy Inc., a natural-gas company.Lucy Miller, a former head of the United Way of Calgary, said the idea for the group began when some women got together over the summer and started talking about the Oct. 21 election.- Advertisement -“They came together because they were concerned about what’s been happening in the country over the last four years,” said Miller, the spokeswoman for the group, who noted the carbon tax brought in by the Liberal government Justin Trudeau was one of the shared concerns.“We had our own personal things that we were looking at, but then we started to say, ‘I wonder how the rest of Canada is feeling? What are other women thinking?’ ” she said. “Maybe this conversation should be bigger.”The organization is launching its campaign in Calgary next week, encouraging women to take part in an online conversation by following the hashtag #canadapoweredbywomen, promoted by a similarly named Instagram profile.Advertisement Canadian voters are thinking about climate change and the environment more than ever before, according to most public opinion polls, with scientific findings and personal experiences with extreme weather-related events bringing the issue to the fore.Still, Elections Canada warned some environmental advocacy groups this summer that any paid communications about the truth of climate change could be considered a partisan issue once the election is called, because Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, is promoting a platform that denies climate change is caused by human activity.The Canada Elections Act restricts third-party advertising during campaigns, affecting any ads about issues that any political party brings up once the election is called.The rules do not prevent third parties from talking about the issues, but if they spend more than $500 on an ad then they have to register as a third-party advertiser trying to influence how people vote.Miller said the women behind the registered third-party group did not create it to push their own agenda.Advertisementcenter_img That account, which had about 2,100 followers as of Tuesday evening, has already begun posting things like tips for how to consume political news, a question asking women to share what their ideal lives would look like in four years, and images of both Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer with their families on the first day of school.The group will also be releasing a report it commissioned from Leger Research, which suggests women are lagging behind men when it comes to how confident they feel talking about important issues in social settings, or trusting their own judgment when it comes to casting their votes.Miller, who sits on the board of directors at Tourmaline Oil Corp., made it clear that the environment — and the ways in which she disagrees with how the Liberal government has been handling the file — is an issue that is important to those who started the group.She said she does not think it was a good idea to ban oil-tanker traffic on the northern B.C. coast, wants to see Trudeau do more to push the construction of pipelines and would like to see Canadian oil and gas promoted as a comparatively clean source of energy around the world.Advertisementlast_img read more

Inter Milan ready to step up interest in Liverpool midfielder

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Lucas is top of Roberto Mancini’s transfer wishlist at Inter Milan.The Anfield star has fallen down the pecking order under Brendan Rodgers with more recent arrivals Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson preferred to him in the central midfield role and Emre Can also emerging in the same position.The Brazilian has suffered two medial knee ligament injuries in the last four years which have limited his contribution on Merseyside, but Inter still see plenty of potential in the anchor man.Inter are languishing in mid-table in Serie A and the the 27-year-old could be brought in to help shield a vulnerable defence that has conceded 24 goals already this season.Inter might use their crop of Samba Stars to lure Lucas to Italy with Hernanes, Dodo, Juan and Jonathan already in Mancini’s squad. Lucas Leiva in action for Liverpool 1last_img read more

‘Newcastle MUST be relegated to rebuild for the future’ – David Ginola

first_imgNewcastle favourite David Ginola believes the Magpies need to be relegated from the Premier League to ‘start from scratch’ and build a better team for the future.Rafael Benitez is yet to taste victory as manager as the Tyneside outfit came from behind to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw with derby rivals Sunderland on Sunday.The result, which made it five games without victory for Newcastle, left the team 19th in the Premier League table and three points from safety.With eight games remaining, and a trip to face relegation rivals Norwich on the horizon, Newcastle will face a nervy end to see if they can avoid the drop.But ex-Toon forward Ginola insists a return to the Championship would be a positive step for the club.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breafast, Ginola said: “I would like to see Newcastle stay in the Premier League, but on the other hand I think going down to the Championship could be good for the club.“They need to go back to scratch, they need to start all over again. For many years Newcastle has been in a situation like this and at some stage they need to realise that things need to be dealt with properly.“They’ve brought in Rafael Benitez, but if they’re relegated at the end of the season he will go. Who is going to be their next manager?“So please Newcastle United, let’s go down to the Championship! Let’s start again, let’s have a manager for the next five years, let’s work on the academy and bring some talents from the academy into the first-team.“Forget about just trying to stay in the Premier League. If you do this, you’re going to be stronger over the next five years.”last_img read more

Indian tribes branch out from casinos to golf courses

first_imgIn February, the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe rolled out a plan for a $400 million casino and golf resort in central New York. Next month, the first full season of play opens at The Meadows of Mystic Lake Golf Course owned by Minnesota’s Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which runs one of the Midwest’s largest casinos. “It brings in a different type of clientele,” said Bill Rudnicki, the Shakopee tribe’s administrator. “We want to be seen as a resort facility.” Golf and tribal casinos mix well, said Sean Hoolehan, president of the 21,000-member Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Hoolehan knows that well as superintendent of the Wildhorse Resort and Casino on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon. “Gamblers aren’t necessarily golfers, but golfers are generally gamblers,” Hoolehan said. “It’s a good bet that when you bring in golf groups you’ll get some of them to spend time in the other facilities.” Many tribes don’t leave that to chance, offering cut-rate packages to lure golfers and encourage them to check out the casino, too. At Dacotah Ridge, for instance, a night in the hotel, breakfast and a round of golf can run as low as $100 in the summer; the 18-hole rate by itself is $80 with a cart. “Golf generally is a lousy business. Most courses don’t make any money,” said Brad Klein, Golfweek magazine’s architecture editor. “Golf is designed to sell something. Usually it’s real estate; in this case, it’s casino rooms. The golf itself is a loss leader.” Tribes closely guard their financial reports, making it difficult to measure how golf affects their balance sheets. Brian Pendleton, former Lower Sioux general manager, said the tribe felt an immediate lift in revenue after Dacotah Ridge opened six years ago. People came from farther away – most players travel at least 90 miles – and reserved rooms at the casino hotel. Gamblers who stay overnight typically spend an additional four hours at slot machines and card tables, he said. But just any golf course won’t do. Tribes have gone all out and hired revered designers like Tom Fazio, Jerry Pate, Pete Dye and Rees Jones, whose involvement can earn courses instant acclaim. “They’re willing to spend a lot more money on construction. They tend to be rather fancy, a little higher-end and better-maintained than most market courses,” Klein said. The $8 million Dacotah Ridge course came from Jones, who has designed more than 100 courses, some of which have hosted PGA championships and U.S. Open events. Bob Larsen, one of the first players off the tee when the course opened its season last week, said Dacotah Ridge stands out from other courses he’s played. “It’s so wide open. There’s no worries about getting hit by (a golfer on) another hole or anything like that,” Larsen said. “Some (courses) seem like they’re so compact that they had to struggle to get the other nine holes in there. You need a helmet to play golf.” “This caliber is just far and above,” Larsen added.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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“When Native American tribes put up a course next to their resort, they don’t put up just a run-of-the-mill course,” he added. “They put up a really spectacular course.” There are more than 50 tribal-owned courses in 16 states, and 20 or so others are planned, according to KlasRobinson Q.E.D., a consulting firm that works with tribes. More than half are situated near casinos. The building boom has been recent, with at least 40 percent of them constructed since the turn of the century. Last spring, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation opened a highly touted 36-hole golf complex – one private course and one for the general public – adjacent to its Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. MORTON, Minn. – Dacotah Ridge Golf Club sits deep inside Minnesota farm country, far from any four-lane highways and surrounded by towns with tiny populations. But the remote location hasn’t kept golfers from flocking to test their skills against the stiff winds, rolling hills and demanding greens at the club, whose owner, the Lower Sioux Indian Community, just happens to operate the Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel a few miles up the road. In Minnesota and elsewhere, American Indian tribes that have mastered the casino gambling trade are increasingly venturing into the golf course business. The immaculate layouts springing up around the country are routinely winding up on must-play lists of leading golf magazines. “The native tribes that own casinos are realizing that you have to have something more than just a casino to bring guests in,” said Henry Boulley, a member of Michigan’s Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa and organizer of the Native American Cup golf tournament. last_img read more

HARTE APPEALS FOR FANS’ SAFETY AHEAD OF EUROPEAN QUALIFIER AGAINST RUSSIA

first_imgSenator for Donegal North East, Jimmy Harte has backed calls for safety ahead of the Ireland v Russia European Qualifier on September 6th in Russia.The Labour Senator is a keen football fan and has followed Ireland across Europe in many tournaments.Indeed the Letterkenny politician was amongst the travelling Irish fans who travelled to Moscow when Russian fans went on the rampage. “Having been one of the fans that travelled to Moscow in 2002, I experienced first hand the security concerns highlighted and I do not want to see a repeat of these horrifying incidents.“I have raised the issue in the Seanad and have called for the safety of Irish fans to be made a priority.“The Department of Foreign Affairs should liaise with both the Russian authorities and the FAI to ensure that all the necessary advice is given to supporters intending to travel.“All fans travelling to support Ireland in this crucial qualifier should feel safe and they must be assured that there will not be a repeat of the incidents seen in 2002,” he said. EndsHARTE APPEALS FOR FANS’ SAFETY AHEAD OF EUROPEAN QUALIFIER AGAINST RUSSIA was last modified: June 24th, 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) Tags:European qualifierRepublic of IrelandriotsRussiaSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more