Could Guyana see an Olympic medal in boxing come 2020?

first_imgAt is evident that Guyana is seeing an impressively high level of skills and flair from young boxers who represent the Golden Arrow Head in both the local and regional scene.Judging from the pugilists’ success in recent months, the future looks bright and hopefully by 2020 their skills are enhanced so they could win Guyana medal/s at the Olympics Games. Repeating or bettering what was done by Michael Parris in 1980 when he won Guyana’s first medal in this very sport, which remains our only decoration from the Games to date.In November 2016, Guyana recorded a shattering haul of medals at the Caribbean Youth Development Boxing Tournament held in Barbados, reminding the region how robust we are in this sport, having sent 11 youngsters who returned with a total of 10 gold and one silver. Quite astonishing!Then again at “Nuff Cuff” earlier this month, the intensity was intact.Never in the history of the event has Guyana been so dominant in the sport, all of which give credence to the position that the level of these athletes is improving rapidly but in order for them to achieve further, support must be given from the country as a whole.One of the leading coachs –coach of Forgotten Youth Foundation Sebert Blake – has thrown his career on the line, banking all on a medal at the Olympics if he should get the right support from those responsible.Already, Nicolette Henry, Minister with responsibility for Sport; President of the Guyana Olympics Association, K A Juman Yassin; Director of Sport Christopher Jones; and President of the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association Steve Ninvalle have all pledged their unwavering support towards the development of these individuals.With the likes of Jason “AK-47” Bakker, Desmond “Dynamite” Amsterdam; both of whom were destructive on first tournament of the year by the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association, Keevin Allicock and Christopher Moore all in the mix, the sport can see a lot of progress if these individuals are nurtured appropriately.Allicock was adjudged the Best Youth Boxer at the Lennox Blackmoore intermediate boxing card in September 2016, while Moore was given the same title at the championships in Barbados.But what is particularly surprising, unlike a lot of the sports that are centred in the capital city, boxers have emerged from the outskirts of the other counties and have been just as belligerent as their Georgetown counterparts.One such fighter is Akil Mounter who hails from Essequibo and has made an instant impact on the boxing fraternity. Similarly there is Jamal Eastman from the Rose Hall Jammers Gym in Berbice doing the Ancient County proud with his exceptional footwork.However, when visiting a lot of these gyms there is a sense of depravation when it comes to gears and nutritional foods that are both needed to have these boxers in prime condition.We see boxers sharing gear (old gloves and boots), boxing in a ‘bottom house’ gym with a broken down ring and eating food of far less nutritional value than what is required. Of course some of these boxers are not paid adequately but need financial support to enhance their ability, thus they revert to doing a day job and training in the nights and early mornings.Therefore it is fair to say with limited resources these boxers are performing in an environment that is not ideally conducive but nevertheless are dominating their regional counterparts. One is only to fathom their thoughts what heights would these talented youngsters achieve should they be given the opportunity they so deserve.Could we see a gold medal in boxing at the Olympics? Could we see the next Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao coming from Guyana?All in a nutshell, it is our opinion that the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association is steering these fighters in the right direction and should they get the required support from the administration, corporate Guyana and Government of Guyana, it is predicted at least a medal at the 2020 Games and more positives prior and subsequent to the Olympics.last_img read more

Joint Press Statement – HE Governor Dr John Freeman and Premier Hon

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 19, 2017 – Providenciales – It is ten days since Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands.   We thank God that no lives were lost but we are all too conscious of the damage done to people’s homes – not least to the homes of the most disadvantaged members of our communities – as well as to core infrastructure.Since Irma’s passage across the islands we have been wholly engaged on the provision of help to those most in need and upon the process of gradual recovery from Irma’s worst effects, especially in our family Islands.   To this end the TCIG has been and remains totally dedicated through all relevant agencies led by DDME but including government ministries and also non-governmental bodies and organisations, not least the commercial sector to direct help and assistance where most needed.But assistance and recovery from such a disaster cannot be achieved by TCI alone, resilient as the people of these Islands are and as they have proved once again.   We have therefore welcomed the very considerable level of advice and direct help provided by the UK, Canada, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other governments and by regional and other international bodies and organisations.   Such assistance is ongoing, but we wish here to highlight the following contributions – which in the case of military forces are not about boots and policing but about vital aid to local communities which is being warmly welcomed – to assist immediately and directly the recovery of the most challenged parts of these Islands:– UK military have been helping to clear debris and repair buildings in order to restore services.   For example they have cleared out several Government buildings including the Treasury to allow reconstruction to commence.– In South Caicos, the UK military have made repairs to the clinic, decontaminated water storage tanks and have cleaned up primary and high schools anticipating their reopening.– The UK military are working closely with the Bermudan military, who have sent 30 of their rank to assist in Grand Turk, and the Canadian military who have a frigate ship based off South Caicos from which they to are assisting the local community, not least with provision of water.– The UK’s Department for International Development has delivered 400 shelter kits and 655 litres of bottled water to South Caicos.– Yesterday in Provo, UK Aid delivered 276 shelter kits which include two 7×5 tarpaulin sheets and 24m of rope each, these are vital for repairing roofs.– UK Aid will shortly be delivering a health kit to South Caicos which contains enough vaccines for 10,000 people for three months.We remain grateful for the additional show of support from the UK Government evidenced by the visit of Lord Ahmad, Minister of State at the FCO with responsibility for the UK Overseas Territories.    We are equally grateful for the visits of regional leaders and the visit of the Chairman of Caricom, Prime Minister of Grenada, Hon Dr Keith Mitchell who led a high level Caribbean delegation in a show of regional support.Hurricane MariaOur responsibility for disaster management does not of course end with Irma and we must state clearly now that the recently formed Hurricane Maria may also pose a threat to the TCI later this week.   Once again we must make ourselves ready as a community and as individuals to face down that new Hurricane should it, as currently seems highly possible, threaten and risk further damage to these Islands and people.We in government will again prepare shelters and take other measures; but this must involve us all as individuals and families and we encourage you now to prepare as best you are able to take steps to ensure adequate water and food provision both during as well as after the possible passage of Maria which is forecast currently to be possible on Thursday and Friday of this week.Press Statement: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

Galaxy S10 5G phone will launch first at Verizon in Q2

first_img4:38 1 Samsung said in December that it would introduce a 5G phone for Verizon, AT&T and other wireless providers in the first half of 2019. Its first device uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor paired with the chipmaker’s X50 5G modem. The US carriers are in a race to be first with the faster networks — and woo the biggest handset makers. When it comes to the wooing, Verizon appears to be ahead. Along with Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G launching first on its 5G network, Motorola soon will release a 5G “Mod,” or module, that attaches to the back of the Moto Z3 to let it run on the faster wireless network.screen-shot-2019-02-20-at-3-25-44-pmVerizon will be the first carrier to get Samsung’s 5G phone. But other carriers in the US and around the world will also be getting the device later this year.   CNET Supercharged Galaxy S10The Galaxy S10 5G has a 6.7-inch display packed into a device about the same size of the Note 9. The older device is 6.37 inches long by 3.01 inches wide and has a 6.4-inch display. The Galaxy S10 Plus also has a 6.4-inch display. “While it’s a big display [in the Galaxy S10 5G], it’s not a big phone,” Suzanne De Silva, director of product marketing at Samsung Electronics America, said at a press meeting ahead of Unpacked.  Now playing: Watch this: The camera set-up is similar to the Galaxy S10 Plus, but the Galaxy S10 5G also has a fourth lens on the back of the device to give 3D-depth information for augmented reality and other tasks. But it’s not capable of 3D mapping for secure biometrics to unlock the phone, like what Apple has done with Face ID. The Galaxy S10 5G has a 4500 milliamp battery, larger than the 4100 milliamp battery packed into the Galaxy S10 Plus. 5G phones are expected to consume more power than 4G LTE phones, which means they need bigger batteries to get through the day. Samsung isn’t saying yet how much the device will cost, but it’s likely to be pricier than its fancy Galaxy S10 Plus. That phone starts at $1,000 for 128Gb of storage. Samsung also hasn’t finalized the colors, but the model viewed by CNET ahead of the launch was a shiny, silver metallic finish. It also has a 5G logo on the back. The initial 5G phones on the market are expected to be expensive. It’s possible they could be significantly higher than 4G LTE variants. OnePlus, for instance, believes its first 5G phone may be $200 to $300 higher than this year’s flagship OnePlus 6T. That’s a whopping 36 percent to 55 percent increase over the older device. Justin Denison, Samsung’s senior vice president of mobile, in December at a Qualcomm conference said the belief is that 5G’s expanded capabilities will make consumers willing to shell out more because they feel like they’re getting more. “If you generate enough value [in the phone], then consumers will be ready to pay,” he said at the time.Originally published at 11:30 a.m. PTUpdate at 1:22 p.m. PT: Adds comments from Samsung executive.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will launch first on Verizon’s network.  Sarah Tew/CNET If you want Samsung’s super-fast 5G phone ASAP, you’ll have to be a Verizon subscriber. The Galaxy S10 5G will be available first on Verizon’s network when it launches in the second quarter. It then will be sold by AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile later that same quarter. Samsung didn’t give specific details about the launch dates or pricing, but Drew Blackard, Samsung senior director of product marketing, told CNET after Unpacked that the device will be more of an “incremental step-up” from the $1,000 S10 Max, not a huge jump like the $1,980 Galaxy Fold. He noted it will be over $100 more expensive but declined to give any further specifics. “That’s natural because it has a bigger battery, more cameras and also has 5G,” Blackard said in an interview. Comment Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve See also center_img The phone is essentially the Galaxy S10 Plus on steroids. It has an extra camera lens on the back, bigger battery and other features that makes it the highest-end phone Samsung will have available the first half of the year.Samsung unveiled the phone Wednesday at its Unpacked event in San Francisco. The launch came with a host of announcements, including the introduction of Samsung’s new flagship smartphones — the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and cheaper S10E. 5G speeds5G technology is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. It will also connect a device to the network faster, with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload.The overall speed gains mean that phones will be better equipped to handle complex computing tasks in a fraction of the time they currently take. This could make possible advanced photography features, artificial intelligence actions and augmented reality apps, all of which would take far too long to process with today’s phones. 5G technology will also allow driverless cars and buses to talk to each other, as well as surrounding objects, such as smart streetlights.”5G will change everything,” Blackard said during the Unpacked keynote. “It’s true, it won’t happen overnight. [But] the whole tech industry has been laying the groundwork for 5G for decades.”Samsung has tended to be ahead of the pack when it comes to new technologies. Its devices were some of the first to use OLED displays, and it also released slightly curved phones early on. It’s natural for the company to push into 5G as quickly as possible. Samsung, facing a slowdown in smartphone demand, hopes 5G — along with foldables and other new device features — will help get consumers excited about phones again. No, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 doesn’t automatically mean 5G Galaxy S10 chip kills it in our early Snapdragon 855 benchmarking tests Samsung, Verizon will partner on 5G smartphone in first half of 2019 Samsung and OnePlus 5G phones: 6 things you need to know now Share your voice 64 Photos Galaxy S10 features: New cameras, colors and fingerprint… Tags Phoneslast_img read more

Xbox One backward compatibility ends as Microsoft works on Project Scarlett

first_img • Tags E3 2019 reading • Xbox One backward compatibility ends as Microsoft works on Project Scarlett Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know 2 Comments Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action See Allcenter_img Share your voice Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw E3 2019 Gaming Xboxers Xboxing at E3 2019. James Martin/CNET E3 2019 for Microsoft is all about its next-gen Xbox console, called Project Scarlett. As part of that focus, Microsoft on Monday released its final batch of classic Xbox games that’ve been re-engineered for compatibility with the current Xbox console, the Xbox One. Now, instead of tweaking more older games to work on the Xbox One, the company will start working on making Xbox One games compatible with upcoming iterations of the console. “We have now shifted our focus to help make the games you love playing on Xbox One compatible with future Xbox hardware,” Jason Ronald, director of the Xbox platform, said in a blog post. “After this week, we have no plans to add additional Original Xbox or Xbox 360 titles to the catalog on Xbox One, but we’re excited to continue our work on Xbox compatibility across platforms and devices, which remains a top priority.” Microsoft began Xbox One backward compatible support in 2015, first with Xbox 360 games, then eventually with original Xbox games. The company would deliver periodic updates of older titles to make them compatible with the latest console.   Microsoft officially announced its new Xbox console on Sunday during the company’s E3 press conference. The next-generation hardware will have an SSD drive, GDDR6 RAM and a CPU and GPU from AMD that’ll make the system four times more powerful than the Xbox One, the company says. Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Microsoftlast_img read more

Fresh areas flooded in Sirajganj

first_imgThe flood situation in Sirajganj has worsened. Photo: Prothom AloThe flood situation in Sirajganj has worsened following a rise in the Jamuna water level on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.“The Jamuna River was flowing 146 centimetres above the danger level at Sirajganj point at 6:00am,” said executive engineer of Water Development Board (WDB) in Sirajganj Syed Hasan Imam.Fresh areas were inundated as water level of the Jamuna River had risen by 19 centimetres in the last 24 hours, he added.Low-lying areas of Sadar, Kajipur, Belkuchi, Chouhali and Shahjadpur upazilas remained submerged by Jamuna water since Tuesday.last_img read more

OIC to file case at ICJ over HR violation against Rohingyas

first_imgRohingya .File photo ReutersThe Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called upon the ad hoc ministerial committee led by the Gambia to take immediate measures to launch the case of Myanmar’s human rights violations against Rohingyas at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on behalf of the OIC, reports UNB.It affirmed its support for the ad hoc ministerial committee on human rights violations against the Rohingyas in Myanmar, using all international legal instruments to hold accountable the perpetrators of crimes against the Rohingya, according to the final communiqué issued by the OIC after the 14th Islamic Summit Conference held in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.Bangladesh is hosting over 1.2 million Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar district and majority of them entered the country since August 25, 2017.The conference insisted on the importance of conducting international, independent and transparent investigations into the human rights violations in Myanmar, including sexual violence and aggression against children, and to hold accountable all those responsible for these brutal acts in order to make justice to the victims.The OIC member states called for ensuring free and unrestricted access to humanitarian assistance by affected persons and communities.They reiterated its deep appreciation for the people of Bangladesh and the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for opening their hearts and borders and giving shelter in Bangladesh to the forcibly displaced Rohingyas and consistently supporting the dispossessed and distressed Rohingya with Bangladesh’s scarce resources.The conference called on the member states to come up generously to share the increasing burden of Bangladesh.The conference welcomed various mechanisms established at the international level to improve the situation in Rakhine State, and reiterated its support to regional mechanisms, particularly Asean through Asean Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), in conducting the necessary needs assessment to identify areas of cooperation in order to create conditions conducive for safe, voluntary, and dignified return of the Rohingyas.The conference condemned the inhumane situation in which the Rohingya Muslim community lives and called for urgent action to end acts of violence and all brutal practices targeting this minority and give it all its rights without any discrimination or racial profiling.It emphasised that the government of Myanmar is fully responsible for the protection of its citizens and underscored the need to stop the use of military power in Rakhine immediately.The conference urged the government of Myanmar to take practical, time-bound and concrete steps to restore the citizenship of Rohingya IDPs and forcibly displaced Rohingya Muslim Minority Community who were deprived of their nationality, with all associated rights, especially the right to full citizenship, and to allow and facilitate the return in safely, security and dignity of all Rohingyas internally and externally displaced, including those forced into taking shelter in Bangladesh.The conference reiterated adherence to the purposes, objectives and principles of the OIC Charter, such as to serve the causes of Islam and Muslims, within a spirit of genuine solidarity.It reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of the resolutions of OIC Summits and Ministerial Conferences.The conference endorsed the outcome documents including resolutions of the previous OIC Summits and Councils of Foreign Ministers as well as ministerial Executive Committee meetings.The conference reiterated its continued support for the OIC’s efforts, initiatives and good offices intended to contribute to finding equitable and just solutions to the issues of Muslim communities and minorities in non-member states.It commended the role of the OIC in protecting the rights of these communities and minorities and preserving their identity, culture and dignity, particularly in Myanmar, Southern Philippines and Southern Thailand as well as the causes of Muslims in Europe, in total respect of the sovereignty of the States in which they live.last_img read more

Man killed in police gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationA suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police at bordering Dumurtala in Bakshiganj upazila of Jamalpur district early Monday, reports UNB.The deceased is Shipon Mia, 32, son of Jalal Uddin of Munshirchar village in Sadar upazila of Sherpur. He was wanted in 18 criminal cases, said police.Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area in the early hours of Monday, said AKM Mahbubul Alam, officer-in-charge of Bakshiganj police station.At one stage, Shipon and his associates opened fire at police, forcing them to fire back that triggered a ‘gun battle’.Shipon sustained bullet injuries while trying to flee the scene. He was taken to Bakshiganj Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead, the OC said.Police recovered a motorbike, a pipe-gun and 300 yaba tablets from the spot, he claimed.last_img read more

For Houston Energy Capital May Mean More Than Oil And Gas

first_img X Alternative sources of energy are becoming increasingly popular in Texas and other places.It’s good news for the environment, but what does it mean for Houston, a city whose economy depends heavily on oil and gas?John Berger, the CEO of Houston-based solar company Sunnova, wants the Bayou City to be known as the capital for all energy sources, not just oil and gas.“We should embrace technology, we should go out there and we should take our talent — the best people, I think, in the world as far as energy, and the biggest cluster of those people certainly — and we should harness that talent,” he said. “And we should be in lead of everything: solar, wind, oil and gas, everything.”Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. Share 00:00 /03:51center_img Listen Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaSunnova CEO John Berger says Houston is on the way to becoming the capital of all energy, not just oil and gas. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more