Jamaica aim at four gold in Athens

first_imgJamaica hopes to set the stage for a successful staging of the 2018 International Sport Kick Boxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships by fielding four gold medal prospects for this year’s tournament in Athens, Greece, which starts Wednesday and concludes on Saturday. Jamaica combined martial arts team members Subrina Richards, Akino Lindsay and Sheckema Cunningham, all ISKA Amateur Members world champions, are joined by Ackeem Lawrence, an International Taekwondo Federation Pan Am gold medallist as Jamaica’s brightest propects for gold in Athens. Lawrence has had considerable experience fighting at the ISKA United States Open but gets his first taste of Amateur Members Association World Championships, which is primarily hosted in Europe, and will make its first trek to this hemisphere when Jamaica hosts next year. Jason McKay, who heads ISKA Jamaica, said he is confident the quartet will return with four gold, pointing out that the strongest squad has been chosen and need to do well. “It is considered really crucial that, being hosts, countries should have persons defending their world titles. Lindsay won gold when he debuted at Portugal 2015, but was dropped for 2016 due to not having sufficient local activity. He, however returns as one of the brightest prospects to take gold,” McKay pointed out. “Cunningham was dropped from last year’s squad for not meeting the minimum training requirements, plus she was injured when she had gone to Cyprus in 2014. She, however, is in her best form in years, showing her diversity with a great knockout in World Taekwondo Federation action this month in Jersey, wining two gold medals.” Of the four, Richards is possibly Jamaica’s greatest prospect for gold, having won three ISKA world titles in her career and not losing a fight for the entire season last year. -A.W.last_img read more

Time to end this charade of ancestral land claim

first_imgDear Editor,Former President Bharrat Jagdeo is right in stating that the CoI into ancestral land and the entire way the matter is being handled will worsen ethnic relations (Guyana Times, August 27).Scholars I have spoken with say no group other than Amerindians have rightful claim to ancestral land title.The definition of the term ancestral land refers to an original entitlement, possession and occupation of land by an indigenous people. Since Afro-Guyanese, like Indos, Portuguese, Chinese, and Mixed, are immigrant groups, they cannot make a claim to ancestral title. The Amerindians have ancestral land rights because they are considered the native people, and they are custodians or guardians of the ancestral lands.A few Africans claim that their ancestors came to Guyana before the Amerindians, and thus have ancestral title. They quote discredited research from some writers who also say Africans went to outer space hundreds of years ago, and that Africans had nuclear bombs long before whites.Some Indians also feel that Indians had space shuttles hundreds of years ago. All of those who peddle such idiotic claims need to get a reality check. Neither Africans nor Indians had space shuttles or nuclear weapons hundreds of years ago.Indians, Africans, and others have had to acquire title (purchase or being given by the state) to land post slavery, since they cannot make a claim to ancestral land. These groups were brought to the colony to do the work of the white colonial rulers, and they subsequently acquired land. Some squatted on land after slavery ended because they could not afford to purchase land. Some freed Africans bought land with savings from the apprenticeship period. The mere fact that Africans bought land after slavery renders moot any argument that Africans have ancestral right to land.There are some who assert that Indians and Portuguese took away African lands during or after indentureship. There is no evidence to support such a contention, and it never happened. Research reveals that Africans owned more land than Indians and Portuguese during the indentureship period. The Indians bought land from Africans and the planters during and after indentureship.It is worth noting that land was never given to Indians during or after indentureship. In exchange for a return passage to India, a plot of land was disbursed to some Indians (a fraction of one per cent of the 239,000 who were indentured) that were much less in value to the return boat passage of about at that time. Thus Indians were cheated of that . And in many cases, the land was virtually useless (and abandoned) and hardly worth a few dollars. This fraud gives the descendants of the ancestral victims a right to make a claim for land as compensation.The fact that Indians purchased or leased land from Africans for farming during and after indentureship suggests that Africans owned more land than Indians, and supports the argument that Indians did not take anyone’s land. Land was deeded by the colonial state to Indians and others who purchased it. Those who make a claim to land or a village or estate would have had a deed.Had Indians pooled their return passage, savings and financial incentives for re-indenture (in excess of million at the time), they would have been able to purchase over 125 estates (of roughly 500 acres each estate) similar to how Africans bought a few estates.It is time to end this charade of ancestral land claim, and leave the Amerindians with their rightful land, rather than worsen racial division of country.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Algeria’s Mahrez tipped for top Africa award

first_img0Shares0000Leicester City’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez is set to be crowned African Footballer of the Year for 2016 © AFP/File / Paul EllisABUJA, Nigeria, Jan 4 – Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez is favourite to be crowned African Footballer of the Year for 2016 on the back of his contribution to Leicester City’s shock English Premier League title win.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) title would make it a hat-trick of wins for the 25-year-old, who has already been named PFA players’ player of the year and BBC African player of the year. The CAF award ceremony — Africa’s most prestigious and now in its 25th year — takes place in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Thursday.Mahrez was a key figure for Leicester last season, which saw the English East Midlands club defy 5000-1 odds and predictions of relegation to clinch a fairytale title victory.He played in all but one of the Foxes’ games in 2015-16 and scored 17 goals.The slightly-built, right-sided forwarded also had humble beginnings, starting out with hometown club AAS Sarcelles in 2004.Also in the running for the CAF title are reigning footballer of the year, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, and the Liverpool and Senegal star Sadio Mane.Should Mahrez win, he will end a 19-year absence on the podium for a player from north Africa since Morocco’s Mustapha Hadji in 1998.Other Algerians to have won are Rabah Madjer in 1987 and Lakhdar Belloumi in 1981.Elsewhere in the Maghreb, the title has gone to Morocco’s Badou Zaki (1986) and Mohamed Timoumi (1985); Mahmoud Al Khatib (Egypt, 1983), Tarek Dhiab (Tunisia, 1977); and Ahmed Faras (Morocco, 1975) when the awards were organised by France Football magazine.This year’s winner will be picked by CAF member associations’ national team coaches, a panel of journalists and television consultants.Aubameyang and Mane stand between Mahrez and a clean sweep of wins.For the 2015 awards, Gabon skipper Aubameyang was a surprise choice ahead of Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast and Manchester City.Aubameyang’s goals at Dortmund handed him the African crown and this past year he remained prolific in front of goal, netting 25 goals in 31 appearances in the Bundesliga.The mercurial Mane became the most expensive African player when he moved to Liverpool for a transfer fee of £34 million last year.The 24-year-old winger has since justified his high price tag, scoring nine goals in 19 matches for Liverpool this season.African champions Mamelodi Sundowns have two players –- Khama Billiat of Zimbabwe and Denis Onyango from Uganda –- in the running for the best African-based player.Zambia skipper Rainford Kalaba is the other contender for this award after his exploits with TP Mazembe in last year’s CAF Confederation Cup.English Premier League-based Nigeria youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) and Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) are top contenders in the various younger players categories , while the country’s team who won Olympic bronze are gunning for Team of the Year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘I’m available if England need a target man!’ – Pointless star Richard Osman

first_imgPointless star Richard Osman told talkSPORT he offered his services to England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of the summer’s Euro 2016 – as the big man upfront!The hit quiz show’s co-presenter, and huge Fulham fan, joined fellow comedians John Richardson and Matt Forde on Saturday’s Warm Up to chat about his beloved Cottagers.And the 6ft 7in funnyman – that’s taller than Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll – told the boys about his encounter with former Fulham manager Hodgson, and revealed he had a proposition for the Thee Lions boss.Speaking on the Warm Up, he said: “I interviewed Roy Hodgson at a charity event, and I know he still hasn’t picked his team for the European Championships.“So I told him, ‘listen, if you’re looking for a fat Peter Crouch – I’m your man!’“It turns out, however, that he wasn’t.”Here’s to dreaming Richard!Listen to the full interview above!last_img read more

FREE FAIR DAY AT THE GLEBE AS PART OF NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK

first_imgThis year, as part of Heritage Week, there will once again be the annual Fair Day at The Glebe Gallery on Sunday the 19th of August from 1.00pm until 5.00pm.This will include a craft sale, with traditional and contemporary craft – work created by local craft makers of the highest quality.Many local artists will be displaying and selling their artwork around the grounds. There will also be a country market with the best of local produce, and demonstrations including ploughing with horses, traditional corn cuttting and vintage tractors. Kids activities, live music, and fun and laughter in the beautiful grounds of the Glebe House on the banks of Loch Gartan. Admission is free! A fantastic day out for all the family.“Come and celebrate all that is great about Donegal”For further information please contact the Glebe Gallery at 074 91 37071FREE FAIR DAY AT THE GLEBE AS PART OF NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK was last modified: August 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fair DayHeritage WeekThe Glebe Gallerylast_img read more

VIDEO: Liverpool youngster Kevin Stewart hits STUNNING volley in training

first_img1 Kevin Stewart is really knocking on Jurgen Klopp’s door now.The 23-year-old hasn’t appeared in the Premier League since making a brief substitute appearance against Chelsea back in September.But the midfielder could force his manager’s hand if his performances in training are anything to go by.Stewart even suggests his girlfriend might have been watching on.Check out the youngster’s stunning strike below… The 23-year-old hasn’t appeared in the Premier League since September last_img read more

Wall Street rises on gridlock hope

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The Dow rose 19.77, or 0.16 percent, to 12,176.54. The blue chips closed above the record of 12,167.02 set on Oct. 26 and came within a few points of a record trading high of 12,196.32 reached Tuesday. Broader stock indicators also advanced. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 2.88, or 0.21 percent, at 1,385.72, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 9.06, or 0.38 percent, to 2,384.94. Bonds rose, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury falling to 4.64 percent from 4.66 percent late Tuesday. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices fell. Light, sweet crude rose 90 cents to $59.83 on the New York Mercantile Exchange after the Energy Department reported domestic crude inventories rose last week but that gasoline stores fell. The gains this week continue a run-up seen in October that was interrupted last week when a string of poor economic data sent stocks lower. Already this week the major indexes are up at least 1.5 percent and have offset last week’s losses. While Wall Street wants an economic slowdown to ease inflation and persuade the Federal Reserve to lower short-term interest rates, investors grew concerned last week that perhaps the economy was cooling too quickly and would fall into a recession. A series of private equity buyout deals lifted spirits Monday as have some better-than-expected profit reports. NEW YORK – Wall Street rose for a third straight session Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrials reaching another record close as investors grew more confident that a huge victory by Democrats in congressional elections would result in gridlock and keep lawmakers out of the way of business interests. The market had largely expected Democrats to gain control of the House of Representatives, but a delayed outcome in the Virginia Senate race had, during early trading, unnerved investors who dislike such uncertainty. Stocks showed gains following the announcement that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will resign. Some investors saw “headline risk” from Wednesday’s news but expect that Wall Street will quickly get back to business. “I would think over the next several weeks that investors should return their focus to the likelihood for interest rate moves in the decelerating economic climate, the moderating earnings growth and the weakening housing market,” said Elizabeth Weymouth, global investment specialist at JPMorgan Private Bank. Looking at the ramifications of the election, Weymouth said that while gridlock could again become a fixture in Washington, she said investors will likely still consider whether Democrats might make an effort to somehow cap prescription drug prices, increase the federal minimum wage or raise the 15 percent tax on some dividend gains. Subodh Kumar, chief investment strategist for CIBC World Markets, contends that while energy stocks, for example, might have been expected to see pressure amid concerns about windfall profit taxes, the overall mood on Wall Street is positive. “One of the interesting things to look at it is that bond yields have been relatively stable and the dollar has been moving up. I think one can look at that as anticipation that reduction of budget deficits will be a higher priority in Washington,” he said.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

Liverpool win court battle with New Balance and can wear Nike kits from next season

first_imgManchester City vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Liverpool have won their High Court battle with New Balance over the club’s search for a new kit sponsorship deal.The Reds were taken to court over their alleged refusal to honour the terms of its reported £40million-a-year contract with the American company, which expires in May 2020. AFP or licensors Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta update LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week statement Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Under the terms of the deal, New Balance is entitled to renew its sponsorship if it matches the terms of any competitor’s offer to sponsor Liverpool kit.But the current European champions, who have been offered a £30m-a-year five-year deal by Nike, argued that New Balance cannot match Nike’s offer in relation to the marketing and distribution of Liverpool products.Giving his ruling in London on Friday, Mr Justice Teare ruled in Liverpool’s favour, finding that ‘the New Balance offer on marketing was less favourable to Liverpool FC than the Nike offer’.The judge said Nike’s offer to use ‘global superstar athletes’, such as tennis player Serena Williams and basketball star Lebron James, to promote Liverpool products could not be matched by New Balance. on target rookie error Liverpool are in the final season of their existing kit deal with New Balance Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 1 PEP TALK latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future LATEST In his written case, Mr Oudkerk argued that Liverpool dismissed New Balance’s offer to match terms as the club was ‘wedded to Nike’, and that ‘it appears that the club had resolved to reject the New Balance match come what may’.Guy Morpuss QC, representing the club, argued that the claim was ‘really an attempt by New Balance to use a matching clause for a purpose for which it was never intended’.He said New Balance’s contention that it could distribute Liverpool kit to 40,000 stores was ‘a myth’, adding that the company had ‘grossly overstated’ the number of stores it could distribute to.“The idea that New Balance would even get football kit into anything close to those 40,000 stores is utterly fanciful,” Mr Morpuss added. appointed “It must follow that Liverpool FC is not obliged to enter into a new agreement with New Balance,” Mr Justice Teare said.New Balance immediately applied for permission to appeal against the judge’s ruling.Opening New Balance’s case last week, Daniel Oudkerk QC said the key issue was whether New Balance had matched ‘the material, measurable and matchable terms of a third-party offer’.Liverpool argued that New Balance has not matched Nike’s offer, which includes a commitment to sell licensed products in ‘not less than 6,000 stores worldwide, 500 of which shall be Nike-owned’.But Mr Oudkerk said New Balance has ‘approximately 40,000-odd retail doors globally’. LIVE on talkSPORT targets stalemate Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff last_img read more

Indiana Senate Approved Attempted Murder Charges For 12-Year-Olds

first_imgChildren as young as 12 could soon be charged as adults with attempted murder in Indiana.The state Senate yesterday overwhelmingly approved a new plan that lowers the age for attempted murder charges.Current law says kids younger than 14 cannot be charged as adults. That prevented prosecutors from seeking more jail time for the 13-year-old who shot a classmate and a teacher at Noblesville West Middle School last May.Only three senators voted against the plan.last_img

Knutson is Bowhunter Freestyle Champion

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffAbigail Knutson is one of the National Field Archery Association Indoor National champions.MARSHFIELD – Pittsville High School freshman, Abigail Knutson is the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Indoor National champion for Bowhunter Freestyle in the Young Adult Female class.Knutson earned the title in Cincinnati, OH, during the NFAA Indoor Nationals tournament held March 15-17 at the Duke Energy Center.Abbi competed against young adults, ages 15-17, from Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, and Texas in the Flight 1 group, edging out Wisconsin’s Madeline Kruger with scores of 596-595.last_img read more