Moncriffe, El-Sinawi hunt Contender semi berths

first_img El-Sinawi also oozed confidence. He said he had enjoyed the break since his last fight on April 18, and was now much sharper. His trainer Richard Phillips, who he described as “a top trainer from Detroit who has a lot of good fighters”, is with him on this trip. “I am glad that Richard is here, as he brings out the best in me,” El-Sinawi declared. The Contender title, he said, was his main goal, and he had to make the next step tonight a successful one. He then said that he was “fit and ready”, and was “anxious to get into the ring.” He declared his love for Jamaica, and said that one of the reasons he had to win tonight was so that he could keep coming back. Last week, Canada’s David Leblond took the first semi-final spot with a victory over Donovan ‘police’ Campbell who retired after the second round. Two confident first-round winners, Devon Moncriffe with a 13-8-1 record representing Team Jamaica, and Waseem El-Sinawi 2-2, fighting for Team Canada, will clash tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road in Kingston, as they seek semi-final berths in the 2018 Wray and Nephew Contender series. The action starts at 8:30 with two amateur bouts, and the main contest over five rounds, which will be televised by TVJ, gets under way at 9:30. Both boxers were impressive in their first-round battles. Moncriffe defeated Tyler Wilson by a fourth-round technical knockout, while El-Sinawi stopped Jamaica’s Ramel Lewis in the second round of their contest. Both men were brimming with confidence yesterday and predicted victory. They did not have any weight problems in the preliminaries and were again on weight yesterday. All the remaining boxers in the competition were required to sign new contracts yesterday, in which the overweight penalty was changed from a fine to disqualification. This was put in place because a few boxers have not been making the 147-pound welterweight limit. Michael Gardner, one of the pre-fight favourites to win the top prize of $2 million, could not make the weight last week, and therefore lost his place in the competition. The Jamaica Boxing Board has also put special weekly pre-fight weigh-ins in place to monitor the weight of the remaining boxers in the competition. Moncriffe, who is a former winner of the competition, told The Gleaner yesterday that he was “in great condition”. “My training has gone well I am feeling good and I am going to give the public a good show,” he declared. He also said that he felt much sharper fighting as a welterweight than in a higher weight class. “I am lighter, so I can move faster, and both my hand and foot speed have improved,” he volunteered yesterday. He then added that he really wanted to win the Contender title a second time. Confidentlast_img read more

Visa requirement for Haitians a product of legislation – Greenidge

first_imgForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge said on Friday that the visa requirement for Haitians entering Guyana is a product of legislation, discussion and agreements among the Caricom states.He said that, sometime ago, certain categories of travellers from Haiti, including diplomats and Government officials, were exempted from visa requirement, but the general populace is now required to be in possession of a visa when visiting Guyana.Greenidge’s statement was a response to an update on the Haitian nationals that are currently in protective custody of the Police here. They are said to be victims of a human trafficking ploy.According to Greenidge, Guyana has found itself in a position now where Haitians come to Guyana, but the Police, (in this case) acting on evidence, decided that there may be cases involving people-trafficking. “Therefore, they have held some of those persons”.He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hoping that the police move expeditiously to decide whether there is evidence, and try to ensure that particularly women and children in that group are not put in any unacceptable circumstance in terms of conditions.He said Guyana’s international obligations regarding all migrants have been communicated to the police.Greenidge has said that Guyana, since the 1940’s and 50’s, has not been receiving a high influx of migrant flows. He said there has therefore not been any modifications to the legislation and regulations.“So you are treating everybody as though they are normal travellers or visitors; and if they arrive in large numbers, the police and immigration act in a way consistent with the legislation that is appropriate for large migrant flows, including refugees”.He said Government has to be sure it is in position that, should that happen, it is treated properly and expeditiously. He said that is a concern that has been brought to the attention of executing agencies.Police are currently investigation the alleged involvement of Haitians and other Caribbean nationals in a transatlantic human trafficking scheme. Late last month, 10 persons were taken into Police custody, while in excess of 40 citizens of the French Caribbean State were subsequently transferred into protective custody after falling victim to the scheme.Ranks of the Guyana Police Force had unearthed the scheme which links Haiti, Suriname and French Guiana in a major human trafficking operation, using Guyana as their main transport harbour. Based on information received, Haitians are brought to Guyana, then taken to Suriname and later French Guiana, where some of them are being abused and exploited for labour. Following a tip-off, ranks have been zooming in on a 20-year-old medical student who was taken into custody on Friday after the discovery of evidence linking the Haitian national to the ongoing trafficking scheme.During their investigations, Police were directed towards information which revealed that the medical student had been receiving large sums of money from Haiti, which they believed are his payments from traffickers for his supply of individuals to be exploited.As such, the 20-year-old was arrested by ranks from the Major Crimes Unit at his Eccles, East Bank Demerara home, where a Haitian woman and her child were found.A further 10 individuals were detained that very evening, among them Haitians and Surinamese. These individuals were en route to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), from where another 12 children and 15 adults were brought in through this system.According to information received, upon arrival at the airport, the Haitians provided information to officers regarding reservations made at the Guyana Marriott Hotel and Princess Hotel. An investigation was then conducted regarding the reservations, only to discover that they were subsequently cancelled.Reports revealed that the victims of this grand human trafficking scheme left their homeland in promise of a better life and favourable salary once settled in French Guiana. However, the Haitians were faced with conditions contrary to the arrangements the moment they left their home.last_img read more

Rosberg puts Formula One champ Vettel in shade

first_img“There’s quite a loss of grip due to the regulation changes, but you get used to it quickly and then start to explore how the new car feels. So far we can be happy, we had a couple of issues, but it’s normal when the car is new.”Rosberg’s speed followed on the trail of teammate and former seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher who was fastest on Wednesday with 1min 18.561sec.“I’m happy with the testing that we have achieved here in Jerez, and we learned a lot about the Pirelli tyres and a few other things for the new car,” said Rosberg.“It seems that the tyres are closer performance-wise this year, with the rear tyres also looking a bit stronger.“You can’t really compare the lap times with other teams, but it was interesting to learn a lot with our 2011 car. Now I’m really looking forward to the two Barcelona tests with our new Silver Arrow.”Lotus driver Romain Grosjean clocked the second-fastest time of the day with 1:18.419 off 117 laps while Britain’s Lewis Hamilton was fourth in his McLaren.“Today felt pretty good considering it was my first time in the new car. My initial feelings are pretty positive, despite going through a long, tough programme of initial tests — there were no nasty surprises, which is pleasing,” said Hamilton.“This year’s car feels a bit different from last year’s. In 2011, we had so much stability from the rear-end, particularly in the high-speed corners, but we’re now having to find that grip elsewhere, or, at least, take grip off the front and somehow offload it at the rear.”The third day of testing at the Spanish circuit took place in challenging, chilly conditions with Force India unable to get extensive track time after French driver Jules Bianchi buried the car in the gravel.Force India were unable to repair the damage, which left Nico Hulkenberg kicking his heels until Friday’s final day of testing.Thursday times:1. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes-AMG) 1min 17.613sec 118 laps2. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus-Renault) 1:18.419 1173. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull-Renault) 1:19.297 964. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:19.464 805. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:19.734 796. Sergio Perez (MEX/Sauber-Ferrari) 1:19.770 467. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) 1:20.412 678. Bruno Senna (BRA/Williams-Renault) 1:21.293 1259. Giedo van der Garde (NED/Caterham-Renault) 1:23.324 740Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000JEREZ, Spain February 10 – Double world champion Sebastian Vettel returned to the track for the first time in two months on Thursday, but was overshadowed by German compatriot Nico Rosberg.Vettel, behind the wheel of the new Red Bull RB8, clocked 1min 19.297sec in his first stint of winter testing with Rosberg flying to a day’s best of 1min 17.613sec in his Mercedes.“It’s been two months since we were in the car, so it does take a couple of laps to get back in the rhythm, but the car feels fine and as we expected,” said Vettel.last_img read more

Sociedad held by Madrid in six-goal thriller

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain 27th May – Real Sociedad’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in a decade were dealt a blow as they could only manage a 3-3 draw at home to Real Madrid on Sunday night.Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Maria Callejon had given Jose Mourinho’s men a 2-0 lead in his penultimate match in charge before a spirited fightback from Sociedad saw them level matters through Xabi Prieto and Antoine Griezmann. Sami Khedira then put Madrid back in front 10 minutes from time, but Prieto struck again in stoppage time to at least give Sociedad a share of the spoils.“We played a great first-half with a lot of chances, but we had a great goalkeeper in front of us,” Sociedad boss Philippe Montanier lamented afterwards in praise of Diego Lopez’s fine performance for the visitors.And Lopez himself acknowledged how hard it had been to contain Sociedad.“Sociedad have demanded a lot from us,” he told reporters.“They are a very good offensive team that have a lot of variety, good play and the fact they needed to win to play in the Champions League did the rest.”The Basques now trail Valencia by two points with just one game to play in the fight for fourth place after Roberto Soldado’s solitary goal was enough to earn Los Che a 1-0 win over Granada.Meanwhile, Barcelona kept up their charge towards 100 points with a 2-0 win at Espanyol thanks to goals in either half from Alexis Sanchez and Pedro.And all three relegation places will go down to the final day with Deportivo la Coruna, Real Zaragoza, Celta Vigo and Mallorca all still fighting to avoid the drop.Madrid were without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso in San Sebastian, but they were gifted the perfect start on six minutes when Mikel Gonzalez gifted possession to Higuain and he strolled through to slot home his 15th league goal of the season.Sociedad were then denied by a series of fine saves from Lopez, whilst Griezmann and Imanol Agirretxe both fired off target when they should have done better.And the home side were then stunned when Madrid doubled their lead on 57 minutes when a wonderful teasing cross from Kaka was flicked in by Callejon.However, Sociedad were given a lifeline just seven minutes later though when Khedira handled inside his own area and Prieto, who scored a hat-trick in Sociedad’s 4-3 defeat to Madrid earlier in the season, comfortably slotted the ball into the bottom corner from the resulting penalty.Griezmann then did finally get the goal his performance deserved when he prodded home Carlos Martinez’s fine low cross 12 minutes from time.Amazingly Madrid were immediately back in front when Mesut Ozil released Khedira to dink a neat finish over the advancing Claudio Bravo.But there was on final twist as Prieto struck again to give Sociedad hope of still claiming the fourth and final Champions League spot next weekend.Champions Barcelona meanwhile enjoyed a much easier afternoon at neighbours Espanyol as they cruised to a 2-0 win to move within three points of Madrid’s record 100 point tally from last season.The visitors went after 14 minutes thanks to a wonderful individual goal from Alexis Sanchez and after Mubarak Wakaso had been sent-off for Espanyol, Pedro wrapped up all three points with a neat volleyed finish five minutes from time.At the bottom Celta managed to keep themselves alive with a comfortable 2-0 win at Valladolid thanks to goals from Gustavo Cabral and Iago Aspas.They are now level with Zaragoza who lost 4-0 at Real Betis on 34 points with Deportivo, who were also defeated 3-1 at Malaga, currently safe on 35 points.And Mallorca also kept themselves alive for another weekend as they drew 0-0 at Atletico Madrid, however the Islanders are now bottom on 33 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

40 arrested in Paris over Euro 2016 violence

first_imgOther arrests took place outside the Stade de France where the match was played. They were for public order offences.The base of the Eiffel Tower was engulfed in clouds of tear gas as riot police repelled the youths, who started fires on the pavement and threw bottles and other objects at the police lines, AFP photographers said. Police in riot gear faced off with crowds, as at least one police truck fired water at demonstrators.The police, who had posted a message on Twitter and issued warnings in the Metro informing supporters the fan zone was full, used water cannon to extinguish the blazes.The ground was littered with broken fencing and shattered glass as evening fell, with piles of rubbish burning and firefighters were later deployed to put out larger blazes on the streets of Paris, including at least one car that was set on fire.Meanwhile, nine people were taken into custody in the eastern city of Lyon for violent behaviour, insults or possession of fireworks and one officer was lightly injured by a spray can, police said.Last week, riot police fired tear gas in clashes with youths on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris after France’s qualification for the Euro 2016 final.Earlier clashes between fans at the June 11 England-Russia match in Marseille left 35 people injured in violence that French prosecutors have largely blamed on around 150 “well-prepared” Russian supporters who carried out targeted attacks on England supporters.Portugal’s shock win over France in the European Championship final was the country’s first international title, though superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to watch the match injured from the touchline.The buildup to the football tournament had been overshadowed by fears of jihadist violence following November attacks that left 130 people dead. In the days before it kicked off, unions disrupted trains and grounded planes and uncollected rubbish built up in the streets in strikes and protests against labour reforms.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Riot police officers take position during scuffles on the Champs Elysees avenue after the Euro 2016-PHOTO/ AGENCIESPARIS, France, July 11- Around 40 people were arrested in Paris Sunday after police used tear gas and water cannon against football fans hurling glass bottles at officers at the Eiffel Tower during the Euro 2016 final.Crowds of supporters, some donning French or Portuguese flags, gathered at the base of the Paris landmark before and after Portugal’s stunning 1-0 victory over France after they were refused entry to the fan zone which was packed to its 90,000 capacity, Paris police said.last_img read more

Transfer ALERT! Barca to battle Chelsea and Man United for in-demand Verratti

first_imgChelsea and Manchester United’s pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti could be blown out of the water by Barcelona – who are set to offer in excess of £60million for the midfielder.The Spanish giants have identified the highly-rated 24-year-old as their number one summer target and, according to Mundo Deportivo, they are ready to pay over the odds in order to land him.PSG director of football Patrick Kluivert recently stated that Verratti would not be leaving the French champions any time soon, but Barca’s latest statement of intent is surely set to test their resolve.Manchester United and Chelsea have been continually linked with the Italy international and were expected to battle it out for his signature during the summer.However, Barcelona’s admiration of the player and superior financial power could persuade Verratti to move to La Liga instead, if indeed PSG decide to cash in.Verratti has made 34 appearance for club and country this season, scoring twice. Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti 1last_img read more

Everton to unveil Theo Walcott on Wednesday as £20m deal finalised

first_imgTheo Walcott has completed his move to Everton.The winger was at the Merseyside club’s Finch Farm training ground on Tuesday to undergo a medical and thrash out personal terms after a £20m fee was agreed with Arsenal.talkSPORT understands the deal has now been finalised and Everton will announce the 28-year-old’s signing on Wednesday morning.Walcott was deemed surplus to requirements at Arsenal after 12 years in north London.He has scored 108 goals in 397 matches for the Gunners but his last Premier League start  for the the club came in April 2017.The 47-cap England international, who won two FA Cups with Arsenal, becomes Everton manager Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the transfer window.Striker Cenk Tosun, a £28million arrival from Besiktas, made his debut at the weekend, playing an hour of the 4-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley. 1 Theo Walcott has ended his 12-year Arsenal stay last_img read more

Mayor declares mission a success

first_img“We visited both our partners of the future and our competitors of the future,” Toebben said. “You can’t build a world-class city without seeing what other cities are doing.” David Fleming, incoming chairman of the chamber, said the trip also provided a vision for future decisions that are needed locally. “We couldn’t have picked a better place to visit at a better time,” Fleming said. “It is part of what Los Angeles has to do in the future. What they have done there in the last 10 years is amazing and we have a long way to go to catch up.” Villaraigosa said he came away impressed with the architecture of the Asian cities and the need to instill a sense of the style of Los Angeles. “We have 77 new buildings going up and there is no reason we can’t incorporate artistic designs in them,” Villaraigosa said. “The `See My L.A.’ campaign features the Disney Hall because of its unique design. We should do that in all our buildings to make them stand out.” Councilman Dennis Zine, who accompanied the mayor, saw that the city needs to operate more efficiently – from its airports to its public transportation system. “They are way ahead of us,” Zine said. “We have a long way to go to catch up to make sure we have public transit available at every large location in the city so we can move people and goods around.” Also on the trip were officials from L.A. Film, which oversees location shooting in the city. Agency President Steve MacDonald said he met with the executives of several top Japanese advertising agencies to discuss a drop-off in commercial shooting in Los Angeles. “Part of it was the impact of Sept. 11 on the world, but we also have a lot more competition from other American cities,” MacDonald said. “We were able to tell them what we offer and try to get them to come back to Los Angeles to film.” (213) 978-0390 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Some highlights of Mayor Villaraigosa’s two-week trip through Asia: China: – Opened L.A. tourism office in Beijing, the first U.S. city to do so. – Met with Chinese officials to discuss support for Los Angeles’ bid for the 2016 Olympic Games. – Announced first Pacific Port environmental conference. – Discussed environmental efforts for cities. South Korea: – Signed a rivers-revitalization effort with Seoul officials. – Obtained commitments of more than $300 million in investments in Koreatown. Japan: – Expanded the “See My L.A.” program to attract more tourists. – Viewed mass-transit and airport improvements.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Declaring his 14-day Asian trade mission a success, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday that he’d planted seeds for Los Angeles’ economic growth in other countries while learning about the competition the city faces in the future. At a City Hall news conference, Villaraigosa said he returned with a renewed commitment to invest in the infrastructure of Los Angeles. “Folks, I tell you that if we are going to compete in the future, we need to make the investments in our ports and airport, in our transportation system, in our buildings. We have to make this a priority. “You look at what some of these cities have done. With subways and a maglev system and bullet trains that are 40 years old and they’re still way ahead of us. We need to make that commitment to invest in ourselves.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The $500,000 trip to China, Korea and Japan was Villaraigosa’s first extended tourist and trade trip. He said he hopes to take similar trips to Mexico, Latin America and Europe. “We have to get our message out,” Villaraigosa said. “We are the second-largest city in the United States, have the busiest ports and the No. 1 destination airport for foreign travelers.” On the trip, Villaraigosa said, he finalized agreements for more than than $300 million in foreign investment in Los Angeles, visited the city’s tourist office in Beijing and expanded the “See My L.A.” promotional campaign. “We laid the foundation for future collaboration and economic development between L.A. and our trade and tourism partners. Our mission established and strengthened relationships that will pay lasting dividends. Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, one of 50 business leaders on the trip, said it was an important mission on a variety of fronts. last_img

United sign striker Mikkelsen ahead of top of table clash

first_imgMcKinnon said: “He is a strong, aggressive player who is good in the air and I think he will add goals here between now and the end of the season.“He is fit and, subject to international clearance, will come right into the squad.” Dundee United have completed the loan signing of striker Thomas Mikkelsen from Odense Boldklub.Mikkelsen joins Ray McKinnon’s side until the end of the season and will go straight into the squad for Friday night’s crucial Championship match against Hibs at Easter Road.The 26-year old has played 26 times for the Danish club, scoring four goals.The Tangerines had been looking for a forward to bolster their squad as they bid to win automatic promotion to the Premiership. United are currently just a point behind Hibernian as the teams prepare to face each other. last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Swans move for McKenna, Gers wait on Lafferty

first_imgAnd whilst Derek McInnes may face a fight to keep the Scotland centre-back, he’s looking to add firepower at the other end of the park and is reported to be leading the chase for Birmingham City attacker Greg Stewart alongside Premiership rivals Hearts.Should Stewart end up at Tynecastle rather than Pittodrie, he could yet find himself linking up with Kyle Lafferty whose future with the club still remains uncertain.Rangers have already saw their initial bid for the Northern Irishman rejected but are apparently in no rush to make a deal and are happy to wait before making their next move. It’s a huge week for Scottish football and an even bigger one for our four clubs competing in Europe.After almost three months of waiting, the Premiership begins on Saturday, but for Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers and Hibs there’s still the small matter of European qualification to take care of first.Aberdeen face one of the biggest challenges as they travel to Burnley for the second leg of their battle of Britain clash on Thursday, and if reports are to be believed then it won’t be the only British border that their defender Scott McKenna will be crossing this summer.Reports in Wales claim Swansea have contacted the Dons to make their interest official in the young centre-back as they look to take him to the Liberty Stadium.last_img read more