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


Parking meters to become active in January

first_img… as installation commencesBY RAMONA LUTHIDespite obvious protests against the implementation of parking meters throughout the streets of Georgetown, the City’s Town Clerk, Royston King, has announced that by January 9, 2017, all parking meters will be fully installed and working.This was disclosed on Wednesday during the parking meter launch, when the Managing Director of Smart City Solutions, Amir Oren and his Public Relations Officer (PRO) Kit Nascimento, in the company of King and other City Hall representatives met with members of the public and the media.Prior to this, it was disclosed that the parking meters will be completely installed around the city by the end of December; as such, the controversial meters are now installed on a few streets in Georgetown, namely Avenue of the Republic and Regent Street, among others.King expressed happiness towards the implementation of the parking meters, which he described as a “bold initiative.”“This project has utility in three areas. First of all, the environment and sustainability, the other area is infrastructural development, and the third area is city economics,” he said.The Town Clerk went on to announce that the funds garnered from the initiative will be re-invested to upgrade roads and similar facilities, including the development of cycling lanes and also to introduce, install and operate the “City transit system, particularly for senior citizens and children.”King stated that for now, though, some parking meters are installed, and no one will pay for parking until next year, adding that he hoped persons will become acquainted with the electronic device.Managing Director of Smart City Solutions, Amir Oren asserted that the introductory period for the parking meters will be launched as of January 9, 2017, and members of the public will be taught how to use the machines.“The system is very easy to use. As I’ve said many times before, Georgetown is not the first, nor the last to introduce a system like this which is very important, not only to parking but mobility,” he posited.Town Clerk Royston King; Managing Directors of Smart City Solutions, Amir Oren and Simon Moshevilli and other City Hall representatives at the launch of the metersHe expressed confidence that those who are against the parking meters presently will be much more receptive of it once they become acquainted.The parking meters will be charging a fee of $50 plus Value Added Tax (VAT) every 15 minutes of parking along the streets of Georgetown. This will also be mandatory to public transportation, until preparations are made for alternative parking spaces.Recently, Oren had said that the implementation would be divided into two phases, adding that the first phase of the parking meter project will occupy 3237 parking spaces in Georgetown, utilising 157 parking meters.The machines will be stationed close to all the commercial hubs in Georgetown. The meters, intended to regulate traffic, will be situated along Quamina Street, Water Street, Hadfield Street, Camp Street, Church Street, North Road, Robb Street, Regent Street, Charlotte Street, South Road, Croal Street, Brickdam, Avenue of the Republic, Wellington Street and King Street.From its genesis, the parking meter project was rejected by citizens and the Private Sector. However, the “shady” contract was endorsed by the Government, which after scrutinising of the contract, stated that no illegalities were found, and so the project was given the “go ahead”.At that time, the project was being spearheaded by Kamau Cush, who was named the Director of Smart City Solutions. However, just a few weeks ago, the company’s PRO stated that Cush was only a shareholder of the company and was no longer operational.The company’s PRO also stated that the parking meters would be operational from 07:00h to 19:00h Mondays to Saturdays. However, parking is free any time before 07:00h and after19:00h, on Sundays and holidays.last_img read more


Spice Girls unleash pop nostalgia at LA show

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Thirteen songs in (give or take a few covers) and you may wonder if you may go into Spice overload, but then you remember you waited 10 years to remind yourself what the madness was all about. And with all the dancing, singing, reminiscing and girl-on-girl loving – Mel B. (Scary Spice) affectionately grabs a few bums or two – you’ll have just enough to take you through another 10 years – until the next reunion tour. The Spice Girls of the new millenium have not slowed down since exploding on the scene in the mid-90s. All five of the British pop stars revived a number of hits (many that you may not have remembered existed) at the Wednesday night show at L.A.’s Staple Center. Decked out in custom-made Cavalli gear (with not a hem left un-sequined or un-glittered, it seemed) the other Fab Five gave a jam-packed, choreographed one hour and half of straight pop singing (live, for the most part), some pop and locking, and a log of affectionate grabbing that led you from their opening “Spice Up Your Life” to the inevitable ending of the single that started it all, “Wannabe.” The screams of the crowd began at the door, and intensified when Victoria Beckham’s (Posh Spice) Galaxy star husband David was spotted in his private box directly facing the stage, just 10 minutes before the show started. But as much as one might expect a bland offering of what was once the biggest girl group of its time a little more than a decade ago, the reunion tour was actually a well executed and entertaining production that omitted any opening act or intermission (as if fans hadn’t waited long enough) and had the five Spice Girls (Posh, Baby, Scary, Ginger and Sporty) running up and down the stage and stairs, without missing a beat (or losing a stiletto). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Luxury sales profits drive automakers

first_imgDETROIT – Despite consumers’ growing affection for smaller and more fuel-efficient cars, luxury vehicles are holding their own in the U.S. market, and automakers hope to maintain that momentum with new models that will be introduced this week at the New York Auto Show. Mercedes-Benz plans to simulate an electrical storm with lightning bolts to debut the redesigned E-Class sedan. Lexus will show a hybrid sports car, while Audi AG will introduce the redesigned 2008 TT coupe and Infiniti will debut the 2007 G35 sedan. BMW AG’s Z4 coupe will make its U.S. debut, and Acura will show a production-ready version of its RDX crossover vehicle. The New York show opens to the public Friday. Automakers are responding by emphasizing that luxury vehicles can be fuel efficient and clean as well as powerful. Saab will have an ethanol-powered concept coupe called the Aero X at the New York show. The Aero X has a 400-horsepower V-6 engine but emits less greenhouse gas and cuts dependence on foreign oil, Saab says. Lexus says its 2007 GS 450h is the world’s first rear-wheel-drive hybrid sport sedan. The car, which will be in New York and will go on sale in May, has a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that, when combined with an electric motor, performs like a 4.5-liter V8. The GS 450h has an estimated fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon, Lexus says. Automakers have a lot riding on luxury brands. As sales of SUVs fall, so do the healthy profit margins those vehicles provide, estimated at $10,000 per vehicle or more. Luxury sales can soften the blow. Nowhere is that more true than at General Motors Corp., which has been struggling with falling U.S. sales and lost $10.6 billion last year. Its revamped Cadillac lineup is widely viewed as a success, and the automaker is now turning its attention to Saab, the luxury brand that has been in the red since GM acquired it in 2000. Saab’s annual U.S. sales peaked at 47,400 in 1986 but sank as low as 18,800 in 1993. The brand sold 38,343 vehicles in 2005; by comparison, Lexus sold 302,895.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventSales of luxury vehicles rose 6 percent in the first quarter compared with an industrywide sales increase of 1 percent, according to Tom Libby, the senior director of industry analysis at the Power Information Network. Luxury sales now make up 11.2 percent of the market, Libby said. The Power Information Network, which is a division of J.D. Power and Associates, considers 14 brands to be luxury, including Lincoln, Cadillac, BMW, Volvo and Audi. Luxury sales will continue to grow this year because household wealth and consumer confidence are on the rise, said Paul Taylor, chief economist with the National Automobile Dealers Association. Luxury sales last surged in 2000, but had been trending downward since 2001 in part because of weakness in the economy, Taylor said. But the U.S. luxury market isn’t universally healthy. While entry-level and mid-size cars like the Acura TSX and the BMW 3-series were up between 4 percent and 5 percent in the first quarter and large sport utility vehicle sales were up 8 percent thanks to the revamped Cadillac Escalade, sales of mid-size luxury SUVs dropped 5 percent, Libby said. Hummer saw the largest sales increases because of its new H3 SUV; Jaguar performed worst, with sales dropping 41 percent. There’s also evidence that high gas prices could stifle luxury sales, Taylor said. They are already hurting sales of used luxury vehicles, he said, and he expects full-size SUVs to take a hit this summer if gas prices rise to $3 a gallon. Full-size luxury SUVs won’t catch their stride unless gas prices fall to $2.50 a gallon or below, he said. last_img read more


Brendan Rodgers warns under-fire Liverpool star he must give MORE – LISTEN

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has warned under-fire Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge he must give more to the team if he wants to become a regular part of Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice XI.Sturridge made a blistering start to his Reds career under former manager Rodgers after arriving from Chelsea in 2013, but he has struggled with fitness and form in recent years.The 27-year-old’s role at the club has steadily reduced since Klopp’s appointment, and he has made only five Premier League starts – scoring just two goals – this season.  And, having been accused of lacking the effort and drive to fight his way back into contention, Rodgers says Sturridge needs to prove he offers something other than pure goalscoring ability.Rodgers, who admitted he often found it difficult to accommodate Sturridge in his Liverpool line-up, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Daniel will always get goals, he is that quality, but it’s about trying to fit it into the way your team works.“That wasn’t easy to do when I was at Liverpool. We always had to find a way to fit him in the team.“Sometimes he was out wide with Luis Suarez central and other games he was central and Luis was wide. There was always a conundrum there because you want to be aggressive and press the game and there are certain areas of the pitch where you always have to look – if Daniel is in the team – where you can and can’t press.“There is no doubting his goalscoring ability but a number nine in the modern game now has to give more than that.“I brought him into the club because I wanted to build a team that was fast, dynamic, unpredictable, had power and pace and Daniel gave us all of that. He joined us in the January and for the next 18 months he was incredible.“He has the talent to be one of the best players and strikers in the world, but the best players in the world are available. You look at Suarez, Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo – they play games.“They are churning out 50, 60 games a season, plus international games, so you have to be available. If he is available and he is fighting and pressing and running, everything else comes natural to him.”last_img read more


Trustees back off building new parking at Rio Hondo

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. “I didn’t think it should be. It’s more important to get better lighting to improve security and safety, academic buildings, dealing with infrastructure, improving the walkway from the bottom, etc. “This (vote) does not preclude ever building a parking structure. It’s just not in priority one,” he added. However, building a new parking facility was one of the goals administrators and board members used cited when they proposed the bond measure, said Trustee Gary Mendez, who voted to keep new parking as a priority project. “We campaigned on that issue,” Mendez said. “I was surprised that a majority of the board voted not to build it. They said it takes away classrooom space. I wish they’d just come out and say it’s not going to be built.” 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER Rio Hondo College officials once characterized building new parking for the hill-top campus as one of the most “pressing issues” facing the community college. Now they see building new parking spaces as something that can wait until after 2012. In a 3-2 vote, trustees decided not to include a new parking structure among the first-phase list of projects to be built with money from Measure A a $245 million bond measure passed by voters in 2004 for campus improvements. Instead, the board placed parking into the “priority two” list of planned projects, meaning that the new structure will have to wait until other improvements are addressed, said Trustee Andre Qintero. “The question we voted on was whether it was to be in priority one,” said Quintero, who voted againt prioritizing parking.last_img read more


C-K council ‘strips’ number of adult entertainment parlours allowed

first_imgChatham-Kent council narrowly decided Monday in a 9-8 vote to only allow a single strip club to operate in the municipality at any time.The municipality previously provided licences to three adult entertainment parlours, but two of them – JR’s in Chatham and Kent Tavern in Wallaceburg – have since closed their doors. Spanky’s in Chatham will now hold the only licence for this type of business.Clerk Judy Smith said the municipality provided the recommendation as a way of “cleaning up the bylaw” to reflect the one remaining adult business in Chatham-Kent.“There are establishments like this that most municipalities try to limit the numbers,” added John Norton, general manager of community development for the municipality.“When a business disappears, it’s an opportunity for council to consider how many of that type of business they wish in their community.Councillors Mark Authier, Mike Bondy, Carmen McGregor, Anthony Ceccacci, Marjorie Crew, Joe Faas, Aaron Hall, John Wright and Mayor Darrin Canniff voted in favour of the recommendation.Against it were Brock McGregor, Melissa Harrigan, Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, Clare Latimer, Jamie McGrail, Steve Pinsonneault, Doug Sulman and Trevor Thompson.“It’s interesting how regulation around businesses that might have what I will call ‘ethics’ involved in them seem to go unquestioned, but then (for) other business regulations we put forward, we would really comment if it’s government’s role to put those regulations in,” said Harrigan.The West Kent councillor said there might have been “good intent” in trying to limit this type of business, but it may end up doing a “disservice” to workers in this industry.“In actuality, what that can often lead to is the result of unlicensed business taking place in an unregulated area and then there’s less ability for open conversation and control and potentially the safety of people who are working in adult entertainment establishments,” Harrigan said.Pinsonneault said he had a problem with the recommendation because he wants to support free enterprise, “whether you think the business is appropriate or not in the community.”Thompson asked whether or not this decision would make the remaining licence more valuable.“I wouldn’t want to speculate on what the value of licences is in the marketplace,” responded Norton.Thompson then said he had made his point.Authier noted council had previously decided to allow only six licences for payday lending businesses.“This is the same thing, basically, as far as I’m concerned – putting a limit on licences,” he said.last_img read more


Pace claims sought-after home win

first_img “It’s great to show them that they backed the right player and to thank them for putting women’s golf back on the map.”Preparation for the first Major With the first Major of the season just two weeks away, Pace said she loved the fact that she could stay competitive at home. “It is absolutely fantastic that we have a Tour again and we can compete here in front of our friends, fans and family,” Pace said. “I need to do some work with the putter, but otherwise I feel absolutely ready for the Kraft Nabisco Championship in two weeks. “It’s been fantastic to compete with my peers, as well, but I was most impressed by the amateurs we saw in action over the last few weeks. We have some incredible talent coming through the ranks, and I predict we are going to see a lot of South Africans on the Ladies European Tour in the near future.” SAinfo reporter 24 March 2014 South Africa’s top golfer Lee-Anne Pace entered the Investec Cup for Ladies determined to finally pull off a victory on home soil. At the Lost City resort in North West province on Sunday, she accomplished her goal, recording a resounding six-shot victory in the final event of the inaugural Sunshine Ladies Tour.‘Mission accomplished’ “Four, three, two, one. Mission accomplished,” an elated Pace said after lifting the tile. “I came here to win after finishing fourth, third and second in my other three starts on the new Sunshine Ladies Tour and I am so pleased with this result.”Comfortable victory Pace hit the front with a flawless 70 in the second round and overcame a shaky start to post back-to-back birdies at the 17th and 18th holes for a one-under-par 71 final round and a comfortable victory on even-par 216. Two-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner Monique Smit also picked up two birdies on the back nine to steal into second with a 74, while Sun International Challenge champion Tandi von Ruben took third on eight-over with a 76. With the winner’s cheque of R100 000, Pace, who recently moved to Pearl Valley Golf Estates, vaulted to the top of the Order of Merit.‘So pleased’ “I am so pleased that I could finish the mission I started at Millvale Private Retreat on Friday,” she said. “I could only compete in three events on the new Sunshine Ladies Tour, due to scheduling conflicts with the Ladies European Tour and the move to Pearl Valley. I finished fourth at the Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am, came third at the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies at Glendower and second at the SuperSport Challenge. “I jokingly said that the next one better be first, and then I really started wanting it. I wanted to win at least one event on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and for my sponsor, Investec.last_img read more


Free Dropbox Forensics Tool

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Dropbox Reader is a set of Python scripts for forensic investigators. The scripts provide investigators with information about a particular Dropbox user’s account and activities, such as the registration e-mail, Dropbox identifier and most recently changed files.Dropbox Reader was created by Cybermarshal, the computer forensics wing of ATC-NY.Here’s a list and description of the tools from the product website: read_config script outputs the contents of the Dropbox config.db file in human-readable form. This includes the user’s registered e-mail address and Dropbox identifier, software version information, and a list of the most-recently-changed files.read_filecache_config script outputs configuration information from the Dropbox filecache.db file. This includes information about shared directories that are attached to the user’s Dropbox account.read_filejournal script outputs information about Dropbox synchronized files stored in the filecache.db file. This includes local and server-side metadata and a list of block hashes for each Dropbox-synchronized file.read_sigstore script outputs information from the Dropbox sigstore.db file, which is an additional source of block hashes.hash_blocks script produces a block hash list for any file. This block hash list can be compared to the block hashes from read_filejournal or read_sigstore.dropbox_contains_file script hashes one or more files (as per hash_blocks) and compares the resulting block hash list to the files listed in filecache.db (as per read_filejournal) and reports whether the files are partially or exactly the same as any Dropbox-synchronized files. klint finley Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#saas last_img read more


Ohio ~ Personal Income Tax, Practice and Procedure: Dividend Paid to S Corporation Shareholders from Earnings Attributable to Its C Corporation Days Qualified for Nonresident Tax Credit

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportIndividual income taxpayers who were co-owners through grantor trusts of an S corporation that was previously a C corporation, were allowed to claim an Ohio nonresident tax credit in relation to dividend income it received from previously accrued C corporation earnings because the dividend constituted nonbusiness income allocable to Missouri, the taxpayer’s place of domicile. As per the applicable statute, nonresident taxpayers are allowed a credit against the Ohio tax due for that portion of Ohio adjusted gross income that is not allocable or apportionable to Ohio under the allocation and apportionment provisions. Further, nonresidents’ “dividends and distributions” are not allocable to Ohio unless their domicile is in Ohio at the time the income is paid or accrued. A distribution of earnings and profits that accrue to a C corporation that later becomes an S corporation that is in excess of the accumulated adjustments account is generally treated as a dividend to the extent of the corporation’s accumulated earnings and profits from its C corporation days. In the present case, the dividend was nonbusiness income, as there is a distinction between the event triggering income tax liability (declaration of the dividend) and the event triggering the taxpayers’ liability as S-corporation shareholders when they report their distributive share of the corporation’s current income on their individual income tax return (accrual of income by virtue of the corporation’s business activity). The tax commissioner erred in treating the taxpayers’ dividend the same as a distributive share of the S corporation’s current income. Accordingly, the tax commissioner’s assessment in relation to the amount of credit associated with the dividend was reversed.Giddens v. Testa, Ohio Supreme Court, No. 2014-2012, December 28, 2016, ¶404-584last_img read more