BOXING: Wray & Nephew (SUB DECK) Popular series gets under way on March 9 Welterweight boxers will be in the spotlight this year when the very popular Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender boxing series kicks off on Wednesday, March 9, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Hope Road in St Andrew. The series, which started in 2011 and alternates between middleweight and welterweight boxers each year, is a made-for-television production that is sanctioned by the Jamaica Boxing Board. It will be broadcast live each week on Television Jamaica (TVJ) at 9 p.m. and will see 16 boxers drawn from the Caribbean and the United States vying for top honours. The first prize is one million dollars. The team concept will again be used this year, with one team of eight boxers being designated Green and the other eight-man team Yellow. One boxer from each team will go up against a boxer from the opposing team every week in the preliminary rounds. At the quarter final stage, the eight boxers left in the competition will be seeded and a draw will take place to decide on the matchup each week. There will be eight preliminary bouts, four quarter-final fights, the two semi-finals and then the finals. There will also be two amateur bouts each night. There will be an official launch on Thursday this week, at which the promoters will give the details of the format that will be followed this year, the names of the boxers on the two teams and the total prize money that will be paid out to the boxers. The Caribbean team will have boxers from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and Barbados and will be a mixture of new talent and tried and proven crowd favourites. Previous winners were in 2011, middleweight boxer Ricardo Smith; 2012, welterweight Donovan “Police” Campbell; 2013 middleweight Devon Moncriffe; 2014 welterweight Sakima Mullings; and 2015 middleweight Kemahl Russell.
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz had the perfect warm-up for next month’s Copa Centenario Cup when they stunned World number three ranked Chile 2-1 in Santiago last night.The Boyz produced a disciplined and resolute performance over the defending Copa America champions and now appear ready to surprise some of the big guns when the Copa Centenario kicks off in the United States.Clayton Donaldson fired the Reggae Boyz in front after 36 minutes and Joel Grant made it 2-0 on 53 minutes, before Nicholas Castillo pulled a goal back for the home team eight minutes from time.Jamaica led at half-time when Je-Vaughn Watson slipped a pass to the wily Gareth McCleary down the right and the tricky winger’s low cross found the Donaldson, who didn’t get the best first touch but reacted sharply to toe the ball past the advancing Chilean goalkeeper from six yards.The Chileans, who also had their chances in the half kept the Jamaicans under constant pressure for the last five minutes but the Boyz held their lead to the breakAfter the break, the hosts had the Boyz under siege with wave after wave of attacks but the Boyz caught them on the counter and Grant headed home from Giles Barnes’ cross on 53 minutes to make it 2-0. The home team increased their intensity afterwards and created but squandered numerous opportunities. But they eventually got a goal back. Kemar Lawrence’s attempted clearance hit Nicolas Castillo and went into the net.The Chileans tried desperately to get an equaliser but the Winfried Schafer-coached team held firm in defence to come away with a famous victory.
Liverpool’s Emre Can celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the Champions League qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Hoffenheim at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)LIVERPOOL, England—Juergen Klopp had just seen his Liverpool team slice open Hoffenheim to score a third goal in the opening 21 minutes when he turned to the celebrating Anfield crowd and roared: “That’s football!”Liverpool returned to the Champions League group stage in some style on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT With the attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane combining brilliantly, Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 4-2 with a devastating attacking display to seal a return to Europe’s elite club competition after a two-year absence.The Reds advanced 6-3 on aggregate in the qualifying playoff and will be placed in the pot of third seeds in Thursday’s draw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“The start of the game was like a thunderstorm,” Klopp said. “We were so dangerous, so clinical. We could have scored even more.”Hoffenheim is playing in European competition for the first time in its history this season and was swept away on another atmospheric night at Anfield. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sandro Wagner headed in a late goal for Hoffenheim.“We were running around like headless chickens,” Nagelsmann said of his team’s display in the first 30 minutes, “and they were scoring the kind of goals they always score in the Premier League.”“Sometimes,” he added, “you just have to admit your opponent is better.”Liverpool produced its exhilarating performance without star playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who remains unavailable — officially because he is both ill and injured — amid sustained interest from Barcelona.On this evidence, the Reds don’t need him, although their defensive frailties were exposed again, especially on the flank of left back Alberto Moreno.Liverpool joins Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Europa League winner Manchester United as part of a five-strong English representation in the group stage.Here’s a look at the other second legs in the playoffs:Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Philippines scores gold in lawn bowls men’s fours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ What’s in store for your animal sign this year Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Emre Can scored goals either side of Salah’s tap-in as Liverpool surged 3-0 ahead. The third goal was masterful, with Mane breaking clear, cutting inside and backheeling the ball to Firmino, whose cross to the far post was tucked home on the volley by Can.“I think we’ve scored a few nice goals,” Klopp said of his nearly two years in charge, “but that was outstanding.”With his team now needing five goals to progress, Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old coach, Julian Nagelsmann, threw on an extra attacker in the 24th minute and Mark Uth had an immediate impact, drilling a low shot into the corner four minutes later.Neither defense covered itself in glory in the first half, and the goals kept coming after halftime. Jordan Henderson robbed Hoffenheim captain Kevin Vogt to run through on goal, before passing across for Firmino to slot into the bottom corner in the 63rd.“He was impossible to defend,” Klopp said of Firmino, his deep-lying striker.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Derek Jeter, right, stands outside of a suite after a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Marlins Park in Miami. Major league owners unanimously approved the sale of the Marlins on Wednesday to an investment group led by Jeter and Bruce Sherman. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Derek Jeter’s group closed on its purchase of the Miami Marlins on Monday, and he and new controlling owner Bruce Sherman will speak publicly for the first time about the deal at a news conference Tuesday.Major league owners last week unanimously approved the $1.2 billion sale of the franchise by Jeffrey Loria to the investment group led by Jeter and Sherman. The closing came one day after the Marlins concluded their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Irving, Hayward make preseason debuts in Celtics’ victory Among issues to be addressed by the new owners will be the future of major league home run and RBI champion Giancarlo Stanton, whose salary will nearly double next year to $25 million next year, which could make him unaffordable for the revenue-challenged franchise.Also in question are the status of manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill.Loria became widely unpopular because of his frugal ownership. He bought the franchise for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, part of the current Boston Red Sox ownership group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJeter, who played on five World Series champions with the New York Yankees, will head baseball and business operations for a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003. He has about a 4 percent stake in the ownership group.Sherman has the highest equity stake at about 46 percent. The venture capitalist spent much of his financial career in New York and has a home in Naples, Florida. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees
High Court Judge Justice Navindra Singh via gaol delivery brought a formal end to January session of Demerara Criminal Assizes on Thursday last. In a statement issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Tuesday, it was observed that 32 of 229 cases in Demerara were disposed of. This number reflected that 14 per cent of the cases were cleared from the judicial backlog.The April session of the Demerara Criminal Assizes commenced Tuesday where Justice Bovell-Drakes, Justice Kissoon and Justice Barlow are on rotation. The DDP’s office said that the Berbice February Session will continue until May while the Essequibo February Assizes will conclude on May 21.DemeraraJustices James Bovell-Drakes, Navindra Singh and Simone Morris-Ramlall sat at the previous session. Of the 32 matters from the previous session; the Office of the DPP presented 24 in the High Court of Demerara while eight were nolle prosequi (dismissed) by the DPP.Of the 24 cases presented, 12 were for the offence of murder, 11 for sexual offences and one for the offence of attempted murder with an alternative count for wounding with intent. The statement noted that there were four guilty pleas, 10 convictions, seven not guilty verdicts by jury and three formal verdicts of not guilty; that latter of which was ordered by the presiding Judge.For Sexual Offences Court, presided over by Justice Morris-Ramlall, four were for the offence of rape. Justice Morris-Ramlall passed lengthy prison terms for several men who were found guilty of rape, especially that of young children. Notably, over 140 listed cases in Demerara related to sexual offences.One of those charged were Rohan Daniels called “Shine Buck”, who was sentenced to life, with possibility of parole after 40 years on two counts of child rape. Another case was that of Ganesh Chaitram who was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia after he was found guilty of child rape with a female relative in 2016.“The eight matters Nolle Prosequi by the DPP were for sexual offences. The complainants in these matters indicated in written statements they did not wish to proceed with their matters,” the DPP statement pointed out.BerbiceIn Berbice, Justice Sandil Kissoon first sat from January and closed the October Assizes and then opened the February 2018 Assizes. There were 21 matters heard in the county of which seven were for the offence of murder, 11 others were for sexual offences and three other cases for the offence of attempt to commit murder.“In four of the murder trials, the accused all pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter and were respectively sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, 12 years imprisonment, 25 years imprisonment and 15 years imprisonment,” the statement noted.EssequiboMeanwhile, the Essequibo Criminal Assizes commenced on February 20, where 62 matters were listed to be heard. Seven matters have been presented and prosecuted – one was for the offence of murder in which the accused pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. In one other matter for the offence of manslaughter, the accused pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.The five other matters were for sexual offences; in two of these five matters, the accused were respectively sentenced to 35 years and 25 years imprisonment for rape of a child under 16 years. Justice Margaret Kurtzious presided in Essequibo.
Parking meters returnThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown has extended the stipulated 14-day public scrutiny period for its amended parking meter by-laws by an additional 14 days expiring on May 8, according to Town Clerk Royston King.King made the disclosure at Monday’s statutory meeting of the Council. The Town Clerk told the Councillors that they have received a number of written comments as it relates to the amended by-laws hence the suggestion to have the public scrutiny deadline extended. “We have been receiving written comments on those by-laws and in discussions you (Mayor Patricia Chase-Green) asked to expand the time for public inspection and we had extended time to May 8, 2018; the last 14 days came to an end to April 19,” King said.Currently, the amended by-laws are posted at the Agricola Post Office, General Post Office, East Ruimveldt Market, Albouystown Market, Bourda Market, Stabroek Market, Festival City Clinic, the Mayor’s Office, the Offices of the Town Clerk and Chief Constable, the City Treasurer’s Department and the Dorothy Bailey Health Centre.The current set of amended by-laws was approved at an Extraordinary Statutory Meeting on April 4. Since then an oversight committee was established to supervise the proper functioning of the controversial parking meter project. The committee has two Councillors, Noelle Chow-Chee and Akeem Peter, along with two members of the contractor, Smart City Solutions and an independent member.After the by-laws have undergone their round of public scrutiny, the written comments along with the by-laws will be forwarded to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan for his approval and then be published in the official gazette.The parking meter project was initially launched in January of 2017, but received high levels of rejection and criticism from the public. The lop-sided contract was contested by drivers and even Councillors of the municipality; this led to the suspension of the by-laws by Central Government.Following a renegotiation, Smart City Solutions and the M&CC reached a new agreement under the controversial parking meter project, which would now see persons paying $150 per hour and $800 for eight hours of parking in the city. Meanwhile, residents of the city would be issued with a restricted residential pass for free parking from 17:00h-19:00h Monday to Friday while parking would be free on Saturdays.During the renegotiation, the subject of share profit and contractual obligations were discussed and it was agreed to have them remain the same – 20/80 M&CC-SCS for a period of 20 years. It was also disclosed that in the event of arbitration, the proceedings would be held in Miami despite the jurisdiction being Guyana.
The Valmiki Vidyalaya High School has successfully launched its College for Business and Technology which is now equipped with a state-of-the-art computer centre.Director of the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation, Jay SobhrajNow the Valmiki College for Business and Technology, the newest tertiary educational institution located at Crown Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, is the product of a fruitful collaboration between the institution and its newest partner, the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation.During the simple launching ceremony, Director of the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation, Jay Sobhraj pointed out that the school’s massive transformation is the result of teamwork.The newly launched Valmiki College for Business and Technology“It’s a collective team effort, this project here is not our first rodeo this is to be exact our fourteenth and it was all achieved under twelve years, we are all passionate [about] what we do and most importantly we do it with sincerity. This project was made possible after we made a visit here”, he underscored.While disclosing that the project was completed in the space of three months, Sobhraj further grasped the opportunity to admonish those present to set high standards with regards to the provision of education for future generations, so that more can be achieved personally and as a nation.“We must always have the drive for educating our people as parents, you want to make your children and grandchildren be better than you, whatever you’ve done. If they do the same as you, It means you as a parent has failed, it means you’re not raising the bar. We have to keep raising the bar higher” he urged.Meanwhile, Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine in his brief remarks lauded the school’s accomplishments as he urged students to take advantage of the opportunities offered while pursuing studies diligently.“Education is the key to success, it is the greatest asset you could ever achieve in life, I urge you as youths to take your education for when one is young your mind is like a sponge. It’s capable of absorbing everything so use the time you have to absorb and observe…today’s investment can be tomorrow’s foundation, be wise and think twice, make a decision with an impact.” Narine posited.The school’s computer centre is expected to serve both students and the wider society in equipping them with skills to thrive in a rapidly changing ICT professional environment. The non-profit institution is now expanded to offer varying academic services while at the same time instilling the Hindu culture and religion.Among the persons present at the launch were Principal of the institution, Yogeshwar Mathoo; former Commissioner of Police, Seelal Persaud and Governor of the Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga, among other dignitaries.
talkSPORT’s top Spanish football expert Graham Hunter joined the Sports Bar to discuss the latest rumours linking Manchester City target Jurgen Klopp with Real Madrid.Reports in some newspapers have linked the La Liga side with a move for the outgoing Borussia Dortmund boss, should Carlo Ancelotti be removed as Bernabeu chief in the summer.“These are reasonable rumours,” Hunter told talkSPORT. “There are no doubts that Carlo Ancelotti’s job is under threat.“Real Madrid want Zinedine Zidane to take over from Ancelotti but, after one season, is he ready? Paris Saint-Germain are candidates to take Zidane away as well.“Jurgen Klopp is a coach who has given Real Madrid just horrifically hard nights [in the Champions League]. They admire and like him. He’s a big character, who can handle the pressure.“Is he a shoo-in for the Bernabeu? No. Is it a reasonable shout that, should Ancelotti move on, they will look at Klopp? That’s a reasonable concept.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe gift drive was organized by Parents of Westchester With Orville Wright. The students delivered the gifts Wednesday. On Friday, the agency gave the gifts to 100 families with children 5 and younger. ROLLING HILLS PREPATORY Drama students take 1st place The California Educational Theatre Association has awarded the drama club at Rolling Hills Preparatory School first place in an annual competition. Earlier this month, the association’s Southern California chapter gave the club a first-place award in its division in the local round of competition. WESTCHESTER HIGH 100 families get toys, clothing Students and parents from Westchester High School collected more than 1,000 toys and clothing items to provide to a Westside foster home. The students presented the gifts to the Westside Children’s Center, a foster care and adoption placement center, parent Florence Bracy said. Students performed Woody Allen’s play “Don’t Drink the Water” at the George Nakano Theatre in Torrance. The school will perform at the High School Theatre Festival in January. TORRANCE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT New trustees are sworn in Two recently elected trustees were sworn in to the Torrance Unified School District board last week. Taking the oath of office Dec.10 were longtime school volunteer Terry Ragins, who begins her second term, and Don Lee, a former Torrance city councilman serving his first term on the school board. Lee, a Torrance High graduate himself, has three children in TUSD schools. Ragins and Lee were elected to the board in the Nov. 6 election. The board also elected new officers last Monday, with Michael Ernst named president, Al Muratsuchi vice president, and Mark Steffen the new clerk. On the Web: Education reporters Paul Clinton and Shelly Leachman blog about what’s happening in South Bay schools every day at http://www.insidesocal.com/schoolnotebook/ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Responding to the arrests, the U.S. Border Patrol stepped up vigorous inspections of traffic entering the country from Canada and put agents on overtime on high alert along the 4,000-mile border, Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar told reporters in Washington on Monday. A U.S. law enforcement official said investigators were looking for connections between those detained in Canada and suspected Islamic militants held in the United States, Britain, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Denmark and Sweden. American authorities have established that two men from Georgia who were charged this year in a terrorism case had been in contact with some of the Canadian suspects via computer, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing. Prosecutors have said the Georgia men, Ehsanul Islam Sadequee and Syed Haris Ahmed, traveled to Washington to shoot “casing videos” of the Capitol and other potential targets. Sadequee, 19, a U.S. citizen who grew up near Atlanta, is accused of lying to federal authorities during an FBI terrorism investigation. Ahmed, 21, a Georgia Tech student, faces a charge he provided material support and resources for terrorism. In Atlanta, Ahmed’s lawyer, Jack Martin, told AP there may have been some connection between his client and the suspects, but he insisted it wasn’t part of any terrorism plot. “Other than having the possibility that they may have met at some point, I know of no indication that anyone believes my client had anything to do with what these guys were up to,” Martin said. A U.S. counterterrorism official said the 17 suspects in Canada are an example of a type of group that authorities have been concerned about for some time: self-organized, ad hoc cells of homegrown extremists, a development first seen in Britain.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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Authorities said more arrests were expected, possibly this week, as police pursue leads about a group that they say was inspired by the violent ideology of the al-Qaida terror network. “We’ve by no means finished this investigation,” Mike McDonell, deputy commissioner for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, told AP. “In fact, you might look at it that, really, we’re just starting with the arrests. We have a responsibility to follow every lead.” Although both Canadian and U.S. officials said over the weekend there was no indication the purported terror group had targets outside Ontario, McDonell told AP on Monday that there are “foreign connections,” but he would not elaborate. In Washington, a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House, said President George W. Bush spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the case Monday afternoon, but gave no specifics of what was discussed. “Prime Minister Harper called the president to update him on the situation involving the arrest of 17 individuals in Toronto who are charged with terrorism-related offenses,” spokesman Frederick Jones said. TORONTO – Police said Monday more arrests were likely in an alleged plot to bomb buildings in Canada, while intelligence officers sought ties between the 17 suspects and Islamic terror cells in the United States and five other nations. A court said authorities had charged all 12 adults arrested over the weekend with participating in a terrorist group. Other charges included importing weapons and planning a bombing. The charges against five minors were not made public. The Parliament of Canada, in Ottawa, was believed to be among targets the group discussed. Toronto Mayor David Miller said the landmark CN Tower and the city’s subway were not targets as had been speculated in local media, but declined to identify sites that were. A Muslim prayer leader who knew the oldest suspect, 43-year-old Qayyum Abdul Jamal, told The Associated Press on Monday that Jamal’s sermons at a storefront mosque were “filled with hate” against Canada.