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Lewis makes 2016 Contender debut tonight

first_imgRamel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis, a former finalist in the ‘Wray & Nephew Contender’ series, will make his 2016 debut tonight against Fard ‘The Messenger’ Muhammad from Las Vegas, Nevada, in a five round fight.The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica at 9.30 pm.Lewis, who has a record of six wins, which include three knockouts and three losses, has not fought since May 2014, when he lost to Tsetsi Davis in another Contender bout. He added a lot of weight during this time and had some difficulty coming down to the 147 welterweight limit.LOSING WEIGHTHis camp has stated that he has been working very hard over the past six weeks, that his weight is down to the welterweight limit, and that he is in good condition. He told The Gleaner recently that he is “feeling great, and looking forward to the first fight.”Lewis is known to be a hard-hitting fighter with power in both hands and is always a feared opponent. He is also quite vulnerable, however, as he leaves himself wide open at times.His opponent, Muhammad, is a late replacement and is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who is making his debut as a professional boxer. His record shows that he has a 3-3 MMA professional record and fought as recently as February 20 as a bantamweight. Fighting as a welterweight tonight, he should not have any problems making that weight and could well be giving away a lot of pounds against Lewis.It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the cleaner style of professional boxing. In MMA, one can use hands and feet and wrestle an opponent to the canvas. Boxing skills are necessary, but are not the primary weapons in MMA. The rules of professional boxing are very different, and Muhammad will have to change his style a lot to cope with the new format.The boxers in the competition are vying for the Wray & Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 title and prize money of $2 million for the champion, $500,000 for the runner-up, $250,000 for third place, and $200,000 for fourth place.last_img read more

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A look at how the Warriors might defend James Harden

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – The Warriors try to follow the rules. Even when they do, the Warriors still often get penalized.Then again that is what happens to most of the 28 other NBA teams that defend Houston guard James Harden. He will either make a step-back 3, sink a floater or go to the free-throw line after drawing contact both real and imagined.Yup, the Warriors will sure …last_img read more

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Young South Africans urged to volunteer

first_img15 June 2012Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has called on young South Africans to make positive changes in their communities by volunteering their services.Sexwale was speaking during the handing over of new houses built by youngsters in the farming community of Kirkwood outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, just two days before South Africa celebrates its Youth Day national holiday.“We emphasis this thing of volunteerism because this is the month when young people took to the streets and took matters into their own hands to better the lives of South Africans – they never sat back,” Sexwale told scores of young people at Thursday’s handover.Youth build programmeThe houses were built by a group of youngsters as part of the National Youth Development Agency’s (NYDA’s) “youth-build” programme, which encourages young people to participate in community development through the construction of houses.The 36 houses are part of the 36th anniversary of the June 16 Youth Day commemorations. The agency said each house was subsidised through sponsorships to the value of R79 812.78, which included all the building material.Sexwale said there was often a misconception among the youth of today that voluntary work was mainly for old people and the unemployed. He found it strange that many young people refused to do voluntary work even if it would equip them with skills.“This the month we remember a painful year 1976, but what we need to encourage in today’s youth is that despite the challenges, they can still do things to better people’s lives, things like what these youngsters here have done,” Sexwale said.Sexwale hailed the 150 youngsters who were involved in the construction of the houses, describing them as an inspiration to the nation and the heroes of 1976.He said that his department and the NYDA would spread the initiative to other provinces to encourage more youngsters to get involved in the programme.Human settlements projects ‘across the country’Among the beneficiaries of Thursday’s handover was 75-year-old gogo Nongazelo Maqhabase, who had been sharing a small shack with her three grandchildren for many years.She said: “I do not have words to describe how I feel, I never thought I would one day own a decent house of my own. I am a happy person today, I express my gratitude to all those who were involved in the building of the house.”Sexwale said the government was currently busy with human settlements projects across the country. A total of 10 000 houses were being built in Lephalale in Limpopo province, 50 000 in KwaZulu-Natal, and 35 000 to the south of Johannesburg.“So we are building human settlements all over the country, and by doing so we are not just putting a roof over people’s heads but we are creating jobs for the youth, because construction is a skill – we are providing skills, educations and knowledge.”‘We are also present in construction’NYDA CEO Steven Ngobeni said the agency was impressed by the interest it had attracted from young people, considering that construction was viewed as “a sector for the unskilled”.“As young people we are making a statement that we are also present in construction, and we need that skill to be further strengthened in us,” Ngobeni said. “As young people we refuse to let our challenges stand in the way of us seeing progress both for ourselves and our communities.”Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Obed Bapela, also speaking at the handover, decried the fact that more than 50 percent of South Africa’s unemployed youth were under the age of 35.He blamed a lack of skills and a high dropout rate at schools as contributing to the country’s youth unemployment.“In 1991, we enrolled more than 1.5-million, but only 500&nsbp;000 reached matric,” Bapela said. “We cannot pride ourselves over that; we have to change focus and the way we do things.”He said the Presidency would be requesting all ministers to produce a report on “what they have done for the youth”.“We will be requesting them to give us reports on what is it that they have done in job creation and youth development since we established youth directorates in all departments”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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The depth in Indian boxing catches the eye

first_imgTalk of depth in Indian sport, the 2010 Games have been a revelation. In the see-saw battle between the hosts and England to finish second in the medals tally, India did lose some gold medals which were almost taken for granted.One thought Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi or Leander and Sania Mirza would certainly win gold medals as also Ronjan Sodhi in double trap.But as if to make up for the loss of these, came the solid showing from the Indian boxers on Wednesday. Agreed, Suranjoy Singh, arguably the brightest talent in Indian boxing, walked in and out of the ring without having to land a punch as his opponent failed to show up because of an injury.That set the tone for the next two gold medals from boxing, with Manoj Kumar and the powerhouse called Paramjeet Samota rocking the Talkatora Stadium.So what is it about Indian boxing that we can now conveniently overcome the disappointment of Vijender Kumar and Akhil Kumar not making it to the final stage?I think the depth in the sport was always there. Now, it’s just that the boxers are getting the right support from the federation and the Indian government to hone their skills and gain from the exposure-cum-competition tours.Suranjoy’s achievements in the last four years are quite impressive and it was sad the paying public did not get to see the 52kg boxer showcase his talent.For sheer consistency, he has earned the nickname ‘Chhota Tyson’. It’s a nickname which has caught on among the boxing lovers and now finds its way into headlines as well! However, old timers will always remember ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson as someone who was heavier and more mean inside the ring.advertisementSamota has again shown consistency and, being in the highest weight category, he looks pretty good on his feet and in his approach.At a time when babus in the sports ministry are still calculating how much they will have to cough up for all the medals won, one must appreciate the efforts put in by coach B.I. Fernandez. On your TV sets, it is Indian coach G.S. Sandhu who does all the talking, and he is good at PR!But the man who stays tucked away from the media is Fernandez, who was almost taken away from India after the Beijing Olympics by Cuba, from where he hails. Luckily for Indian boxing, he returned to help the talented bunch. The results are there for all to see.last_img read more

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19 days agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luiz

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luizby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hailed matchwinner David Luiz for victory over Bournemouth.Luiz struck the only goal of a tense encounter.Emery said, “The most important thing is to have a lot of corners offensively. In this match, we had a lot of corners in the first half, but in the second half we had less. When we are taking that corner, we can score. We did that today and It’s important for us to have confidence with different players scoring.”He’s very positive. Every time he’s speaking about positive things and helping young players. He came late into the squad but really, his commitment is very high with us, and his behaviour is too. Everybody is happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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RCMP arrest suspect in Charlie Lake in connection to Pouce Coupe murder

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North District Major Crimes Unit has arrested a male in Charlie Lake in connection with the death of Troy Streeper.On Friday Jessie Romeo Fougere was charged with manslaughter, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.  Then on December 8, investigators determined that Fougere was in residence in Charlie Lake.  The residence was contained with assistance from the Fort St. John RCMP, North District Major Crimes, and the RCMP Emergency Response Team.After an extensive attempt at negotiation, the RCMP Emergency Response Team entered the residence and arrested the suspect. On February 16, 2017, the RCMP started their investigation into the suspicious death of Troy Streeper in Pouce Coupe.  Streeper was 55 years old and a resident of Dawson Creek.  The RCMP believe Fougere and Streeper were known to each other.Fougere made his first court appearance in Dawson Creek on December 9 and is now scheduled to appear in Dawson Creek Provincial Court December 11 at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Visions Voices with Medium Tania Thomas

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Medium Tania Thomas will be bringing her live show, Visions & Voices to the Lido theatre, Thursday, April 4th.Thomas is an internationally known Spiritual Medium and Intuitive Life Coach. Thomas believes that each person should leave her session or live event feeling better than they did when they first walked in.Visions & Voices event will feature selected readings by Thomas alongside the music of the Sarah Smith Musical Duo. This evening is said to be uplifting, inspiring and comforting. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show ends at 9:30 pm “Events such as these very often create a deeper sense of community. People are involved in the very personal aspects of private stories and the empathy is incredible,” said Thomas “Friendships are made, supports are discovered and people learn that it’s ok to cry, it’s ok to be honest in grief and to allow others the opportunity to offer support.”Thomas shares she is a natural born medium, with a “give it as I get it” motto allowing the words that your loved ones wish to say to come forward unfiltered and true. Thomas’s intention is to change the way that you view life following physical death.  To bring some comfort, reminders of small joys and direction to your life as you move through the grief.For a link to the FB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Veteran actor Chinmoy Roy no more

first_imgKolkata: Veteran Bengali actor Chinmoy Roy has died, family sources said Monday. He was 79. Roy died of cardiac arrest at his Salt Lake residence at around 10:20 pm Sunday, they said. Roy is survived by his son and daughter, his wife actress Jui Banerjee had died a few years back. Born in Kumilla district in present day Bangladesh in 1940, Roy had started his career in Bengali films in the 60s and became indispensable to the film makers for his portrayal of comic characters retaining the very essence of Bengaliness and a certain culture. He was equally noticed along with big names like Soumitra Chatterjee and Rabi Ghosh in a classic comedy like Basanta Bilap or in Dhonni Meye. Roy had been cast by Satyajit Ray in a small role in children’s fantasy Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. He immortalised the character of Tenyda in the film Charmurti which became a major hit in the 1980s.last_img read more

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JNU sedition Delhi govt seeks months time to grant sanction to prosecute

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government on Wednesday sought before a court here a month’s time to decide whether to grant sanction to prosecute former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat directed the AAP government to file a “proper reply”, citing a definite time-frame. DCP of Special Cell of Delhi Police, Pramod Kushwaha, had earlier told the court that the agency has already sent a request to the Delhi government seeking sanction and added that sanction was an administrative action and the charge sheet can be filed without that. The Delhi Police had earlier told the court that authorities were yet to give requisite sanctions to prosecute Kumar and others in the case, and it would take two to three months to procure sanctions. On January 14, police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.last_img read more

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Ktaka students who missed NEET will get another chance Javadekar

first_imgNew Delhi: Karnataka students who missed the medical entrance examination NEET on Sunday due to a train delay will get another chance, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday.The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for these students will be conducted on May 20, he said. The decision was taken following a request by Karanataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. “Happy to announce that Karnataka students who missed NEET exam due to railway delay will get another chance,” Javadekar tweeted. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAlso, in Odisha, where the NEET was postponed in view of the cyclone ‘Fani’, the exam will be conducted on May 20, he said. In West Bengal’s Siliguri, where students at one exam centre couldn’t take the test because they didn’t get the question paper in the opted language Hindi, the reexamination will be held on the same day, the minister said. The NEET for admission to medical colleges was held across the country on Sunday. But hundreds of students from Karnataka missed the exam as their train reached Bengaluru an hour after the scheduled reporting time for the exam. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadKumaraswamy held a meeting Monday with Chief Secretary T M Vijaya Bhaskar and Higher Education Department officials on the issue and raised the matter with the HRD ministry. Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda also wrote to Javadekar, seeking an early redress to the students’ grievance. Chief Minister Kumarswamy’s office tweeted, “Thank you @PrakashJavdekar and @HRDMinistry for considering the request and helping our students.” Some reports said over 500 students from various places in North Karnataka districts failed to make it to the exam venue due to a five-hour delay in Hampi Express while the others missed the opportunity due to a change in an exam centre. Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had tweeted on Sunday highlighting the issue. He had tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet. The National Testing Agency, which is conducting the NEET the first time, has announced exam centres will remain the same.”On request of the government of Odisha, in the wake of ‘Fani’ cyclone the exam for candidates whose centre was in the state was postponed till further notice. It will now be conducted on May 20,” an NTA official said. “The centres for the exam will remain same as announced earlier,” the official said.last_img read more

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