Patrons should see a real fight this time

first_img 43 VICTORIES Corley is a 41-year-old veteran from Washington, DC, who has had 70 fights, with a record of 43 victories, 26 losses and one draw. He has boxed all over the world and last fought in Denmark on February 26, scoring a tko victory over Osama Hadifi. He has fought for world titles several times, among them a loss to Zab Judah for the WBO super lightweight title in 2003 and another loss to Miguel Cotto for the same title in 2005. He also had a non-title fight loss to boxing kingpin, Floyd Mayweather Jr, in 2004. Azore has 16 victories, five losses and three draws in a career that started in December 2006 and saw him becoming the Guyanese welterweight boxing champion in December 2012. He has been inactive recently because of his inability to get fights, but has been training hard for several months since learning that he would be a challenger in the Contender series. He told The Gleaner yesterday that he is “fit, ready and confident” and is looking forward to a good fight. Two experienced boxers – DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley from the USA and Iwan ‘Pure Gold’ Azore, a Guyanese-born fighter who lives in Trinidad and Tobago – will exchange punches tonight over five rounds in the second preliminary bout of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender Series. The action starts at 9 p.m. at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Old Hope Road, and will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week, spectators left the venue bemused and disappointed when after only 55 seconds, one of the boxers, 19-year old Xzaviar Ford from North Carolina, USA, suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder and could not continue, gifting the bout to his opponent, Jamaican Richard Holmes, who was declared the winner by technical knockout. The promoters and sponsors were very disappointed with the outcome and have made an effort to have a better line-up this week. Corley, who was not on the original list of boxers selected to appear this year, was recruited a few days ago to join the USA team in their bid to defeat the Caribbean team. The format of the competition is that there are eight boxers on each team – the Caribbean and the USA – respectively. A draw is then used to select the opponents from both camps, and they will challenge each other over five rounds, with the winners moving on to the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and then the final. The eventual winner of the competition takes home $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Claims Five Titles At MVC Individual Championships

first_img MVC Individual Championships Final Draws Story Links Freshman Megan Webb finished runner-up in the Flight 6 draw after falling to Evansville’s Theodora Soldatou, 6-2, 6-4. The Bulldogs began the day with a pair of doubles championships. Kenya Williams and Liza Petushkova beat Evansville’s Pentsova/Tkachenko 8-6 to claim the Flight 2 doubles title. Joely Lomas and Mela Jaglarz brought home the Flight 3 doubles title with their 8-6 victory over Stoney Brook’s Carrion/Pam. Seniors Summer Brills and Tess Herder finished in third-place with their 8-3 victory over Evansville’s Soldatou/Yamada. The Bulldogs will return to action on Oct. 19 when they travel to Lawrence, Kan. for the ITA Central Regional Championships. Print Friendly Version NORMAL, Ill. – The Drake University women’s tennis team took home five titles at the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships Monday in Normal, Ill. Drake went on to win three of the seven singles draws. Brills cruised past Valpo’s Jelena Vujanic 6-1, 6-2 to win the Flight 2 championship. Lomas took home the Flight 3 title after defeating Missouri State’s Phoebe Boeschen 6-4, 6-4. Petushkova won the team’s final individual title by beating Evansville’s Nicoli Pereira 6-3, 6-0 in the Flight 5 championship match.last_img read more

Why Warriors coach Steve Kerr is staying out of China-NBA debate

first_imgFor now, Warriors coach Steve Kerr is sticking to sports when it comes to commenting on Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.Kerr, arguably the most socially conscious coach in professional sports, hesitated Monday night to jump into the international debate created by Morey’s tweet about China that also compromised the NBA’s massive business interests in that country.When asked if he had a reaction to Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters in their ongoing battle with the …last_img

Public works’ million-job target

first_img11 March 2005The state’s expanded public works programme (EPWP) will see between R15-billion and R20-billion pumped into South Africa’s economy over the next five years, with the aim of employing a million people by 2010.The EPWP is a labour-intensive programme aimed at promoting economic growth and sustainable development by offering people part-time jobs while they gain various skills.Through the EPWP, employment opportunities will be created in government-funded infrastructure projects, environmental and cultural programmes, and social programmes involving home-based care and early childhood development.“The centre-piece of the EPWP is a large-scale programme of using labour-intensive methods to upgrade rural and municipal roads, municipal pipelines, storm-water drains and paving, as well as fencing of roads, community water supply and sanitation, maintenance of government buildings, housing, schools and clinics, rail and port infrastructure, electrification infrastructure, and so on”, Mbeki said after the Cabinet approved the programme in 2003.According to EPWP coordinator Shaun Phillips, the programme will spend at least R15-billion on labour-intensive jobs over the next five years. This, he said, would translate into the building of 37 000km of roads, 31 000km of pipelines, 1 500km of stormwater drains and 150km of urban sidewalks.President Thabo Mbeki announced plans for the EPWP in May 2004. By September 2004, says Phillips, the programme had been launched in all nine provinces, and by March 2005 R1.4 billion had been spent on the programme, creating over 82 000 job opportunities.Those taking part in the programme receive training funded and arranged by the Department of Labour, as well as a stipend of R35 a day on average, depending on the nature of project.“The EPWP is not a solution for poverty in South Africa”, Phillips told journalists in Johannesburg this week. “The main aim is to create job opportunities and improve the level of education and training.”Tying in with existing programmesThe EPWP will tie in with various existing poverty relief programmes, including the Land Care, Faranani-Pushing Back the Frontiers of Poverty, People and Parks, Coastal Care, Sustainable Land-based Livelihoods, Cleaning up South Africa, and Growing A Tourism Economy programmes.Mbeki cited the highly successful Working For Water and allied programmes – Working on Fire and Working for Wetlands – as examples of projects that would sustain the EPWP.The Working on Fire Programme operates on a budget of about R30-million and has over 300 projects around the country, providing work and training opportunities to some 21 000 people.The EPWP is modelled on the “Zibambele” programme initiated by the KwaZulu-Natal department of transport in 2000. Zibambele maintains the province’s rural road network while providing poor rural households with a regular income.Households working on the Zibambele programme receive R334 for eight days’ work a month to maintain a length of road to an agreed standard. In 2002/2003 there were approximately 10 000 Zibambele contractors maintaining approximately one-third of KwaZulu-Natal’s rural road network.The Limpopo Government has named its own rural road rehabilitation project “Gundo Lashu”, TshiVenda for “Our Victory”. Over 200 people in the Sikhunyane community in the former homeland of Gazankulu are already employed in the programme that will link their village up with the outside world.Mbeki, speaking at the launch of Gundo Lashu last year, said the success of the programme would depend on strong partnerships between the government, labour, business and communities.The programme, Mbeki said, focused on the unemployed, particularly those who were marginalised from the mainstream of the economy. “We want workers to gain skills while they are employed and increase their capacity to continue working elsewhere once they leave the programme”, he said.Although funded through the department of public works, the EPWP will involve all spheres of government and state-owned enterprises – and will also look to the private sector for additional support.The Business Trust, an initiative of South African companies in partnership with the government, has set aside R100-million for the programme. And Absa, one of the country’s major banks, has offered to provide financial assistance to contractors taking part in the programme.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio industry leaders join together to denounce tariff increase

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kolt Buchenroth, Zach Parrott and Joel PenhorwoodTariffs Hurt the Heartland — the nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs — in conjunction with the Council of the Great Lakes Region, hosted a town hall this week in Cleveland at the 2019 Great Lakes Economic Forum.The event featured a discussion with Ohio business owners, manufacturers and farmers on the impact of tariffs on the state’s economy. The conversation came one day after President Trump announced that he will be increasing tariffs substantially this week.The group released the following statement regarding the tweet announcement that tariffs on $200 billion of goods will increase from 10 to 25% on Friday.“For 10 months, Americans have been paying the full cost of the trade war, not China. To be clear, tariffs are taxes that Americans pay, and this sudden increase with little notice will only punish U.S farmers, businesses and consumers,” Tariffs Hurt the Heartland said in the statement. “If the President follows through on this threat, the consequences will be dire. Raising tariffs to 25% could cost nearly one million American jobs, according to recent estimates. This decision will also roil financial markets and increase the likelihood of retaliation on American farmers who are facing the lowest income levels in years.”A recent study by the non-partisan economic research firm the Trade Partnership found that if tariffs are increased to 25% it would result in 29,100 job losses in Ohio.Tadd Nicholson, executive director of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, talked with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood following the meeting.Listen to the full interview here Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“Trade has always been a simple thing in agriculture,” Nicholson said during the group conversation. “We know that we can outcompete in production of food in the world. When there is a tariff coming, that means that there is some form of retaliation. The retaliation will quickly affect agricultural products like soybeans, corn and wheat. If the price of soybean plummets, because of a trade war with China, it causes a overproduction of another product like corn, and low profitability of soybean. The impact is compounded. The livestock industry is also affected, because our corn and soybean goes into the feed of livestock animals. “Agriculture needs a win. We are in a depressed economic state. Any benefit we see in the future will come from trades and exports with other countries.”Agriculture isn’t the only industry seeing hard times in part because of tariffs. The motor industry has recently stepped out with their perspective, especially since Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana lead the way for employment in automobile manufacturing.“Twenty percent of employment has grown in the midwest, because of vehicle manufacturing and production has grown, as well as investments from the suppliers,” said Ann Wilson, senior vice president, Government Affairs, Motor, and Equipment Manufacturers Association. “Steel and aluminum tariffs raise the price of domestic steel and aluminum has increased 50% from last year. Most developers are small manufacturers. They have to pay more for their inputs of steel. President Trump has a study on his desk, that has not been made public that could put a 25% tariff on all imported automobile parts. Companies like O’Reilly and NAPA are not investing in the United States, including Ohio, because of the uncertainty whether or not they can make imports. Employment will decrease and consumer prices will increase.”The beverages industry has also seen some troubling results, according to Cleveland Whiskey founder and CEO Tom Lix.“In 2017, 15% of business came from exports to the UK, they were predicted to go up to 20% by 2018. By 2018 there was not a single bottle of Cleveland Whiskey sold in Europe. The tariff causes the prices on the whiskey to be marked up. The tariff caused the whiskey prices to be increased by 50%. Cleveland Whiskey had to fire two employees, because they could not afford to have them,” Lix said. “We buy things from around the world everyday and it is crazy to me that we aren’t encouraging those kinds of trades. The fact that we are manipulating these trade deals and using it as a political tool is absolutely absurd, and it hurts a whole lot of people. Mark my words, the economy won’t stay this good forever. We are making things worse for ourselves.”The group was also joined by Ed Brzytwa, director of international trade for the American Chemistry Council as well as Mark Fisher of the Council of the Great Lakes Region and Farmers for Free Trade co-founder Angela Marshall Hofmann.last_img read more

10 months agoSpain coach Luis Enrique praises Real Madrid midfielder Isco; but also warns…

first_imgSpain coach Luis Enrique praises Real Madrid midfielder Isco; but also warns…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Luis Enrique says he remains a fan of Real Madrid midfielder Isco.While he has struggled at club level this season, Enrique has included Isco in every squad he has selected since taking charge.He said, “I like Isco very much. He is a player who in the last World Cup was at a very high level and maybe he was the best player of the national team. “His quality nobody is going to discuss it, but his state of form and minutes of play will indicate the possibilities he has in the national team. “Isco has been selected in all six games and played in most of them. More than my words, you have to look at the facts.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoAubameyang seals comeback win for 10-man Arsenal over Aston Villa

first_imgAubameyang seals comeback win for 10-man Arsenal over Aston Villaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery has lauded Arsenal’s character after they came from behind twice to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at the Emirates on Sunday.John McGinn gave the visitors an unexpected lead in the first-half, who were soon ahead with men on the pitch after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was a shown a second-yellow card.Fortunately for the Gunners, Nicolas Pepe’s converted from the penalty spot to score his first goal for the club and level the scores, only for Wesley to restore Villa’s lead with a poacher’s goal a minute later.But it wasn’t over for Arsenal, as substitute Callum Chambers made it 2-2 after 81 minutes before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s superb free-kick completed the comeback.Speaking after the game, Emery said: “I think here we are doing and creating good spirit with our supporters and the players, they are feeling that. “But it’s first our commitment, our behaviour, fighting for each ball and also taking some risks for attacking and above all we are using and when we were one less player. “That is good. Today is two things for me: the first is that character, that connection with the supporters, and after this, how we can improve defensively and throughout the first 11. “Really we lost more balls than we wanted and this is the one situation we didn’t have the control over in the first 30 minutes like we wanted. It’s one thing for me to improve and to work with the players. “With that victory it’s better and after last week against Watford it was competitive and today, we need to take a good balance in our emotion, in our mentality but today I think we can be happy and it is one step ahead.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Football OSU prepares for brutality of Big Ten

OSU redshirt junior defensive linesman Tyquan Lewis (59) rushes towards the ball carrier along with the rest of the Buckeyes defense during a game against the Tulsa Hurricane on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWith three games down and nine to go, the Ohio State football team enters Big Ten play with a perfect record and a positive outlook for the rest of the season.The No. 2 Buckeyes bowled over then-No. 14 Oklahoma to round out nonconference play, 45-24. Although the Sooners were the first true test for the Buckeyes in 2016, conference play determines the validity of any top-ranked team and its chances of reaching the College Football Playoff.After enjoying a day off on Saturday, OSU has shifted focus to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and their head coach Chris Ash, former co-defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes under OSU coach Urban Meyer from 2014 to 2015.With a daunting Big Ten schedule ahead, the OSU is doing its best to focus on Rutgers without putting too much thought into the rest of the schedule before the game kicks off.“It’s so early right now and you better worry about the next game, the next practice, the next game, and not worry about anything else,” Meyer said. “That’s my concern is with all the added publicity, press conferences and everybody being told how good they are, that’s, I really worry about that.”Combined, the rest of the Big Ten excluding OSU has a record of 31-13 overall, with five undefeated teams. Of those five, the Buckeyes will be facing four of them. Even with the time off during the bye week and the implications of the rest of the season, the team is focused on the next matchup.“You come off this big road win and you get a week off. Not necessarily a week off, you get a Saturday off,” said OSU redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis. “You really get to sit back and watch. I know I watched a little film of myself and the other guys. You get to basically coach yourself and see what you need to do to get better.”Rutgers will present a familiar scheme to the Buckeyes, due to Ash’s involvement while he coached at OSU. When Greg Schiano arrived to coach the defense, there was much speculation as to how different the defensive approach would be.Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said the defensive schemes by Ash and Schiano are extremely similar. The only difference is the emphasis on attacking the ball and creating turnovers.In terms of the team mindset from the players, the beginning of the Big Ten schedule marks the time to buckle down for the rest of the season.“The Big Ten, that’s the real deal,” Worley said. “(There are) good teams in the Big Ten right now. One of the strongest conferences if not the strongest conference right now.”Last season, the Buckeyes were 7-1 in Big Ten play, dropping the second-to-last conference game to Michigan State 17-14. The Scarlet and Gray dropped from the top four, and ultimately missed out on the College Football Playoff, which they had won in the previous year. With a younger, more inexperienced team, the Buckeyes will need the same kind of success in the next nine games that the team enjoyed through the first three to prevent the same fate as last season. Starting out well has given OSU a positive attitude, but the practice and hard work is far from over for the Buckeyes.“It’s a great league for our players. It just builds confidence especially with a young football team. It builds some confidence but you don’t want it to be false confidence. And that’s where you come back and evaluate what you’ve done,” OSU running backs coach Tony Alford said about the skill of the Big Ten. “Yes, we have done some good things, but we can’t rest on that either. We’ve got a lot of improvement to go.” read more

Ohio State mens soccer opens conference slate against Northwestern

Then-sophomore forward Zach Mason (7) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Oct. 20, 2013. OSU tied the Wildcats, 0-0, after two overtimes.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter seven overtime periods and three draws, the Ohio State men’s soccer team can finally stop fretting over grabbing its first win – just in time to face a familiar conference foe.“We’re not pleased that we have three draws, but we’re pleased that we don’t have three losses,” junior midfielder Zach Mason said. “Undefeated is always a good thing to have, obviously we want to start turning those (draws) into some wins, but getting one is the first step.”OSU is scheduled to open its conference slate Sunday against Northwestern after a week off.The Buckeyes (1-0-3) defeated Elon 1-0 in Wilmington, N.C., last Sunday to seal that first victory. Junior forward Joao Ehlers, playing in just his second game for the Scarlet and Gray after dealing with a groin injury before the season, dropped in the golden goal early in the first overtime period to deliver the victory. The Brazilian transferred to OSU from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., prior to the season.“It was an amazing play by my teammates, we always work together,” Ehlers said.He was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday for his efforts.“I had the opportunity to finish close to the goal and I got lucky; the ball went through the net.”Fresh off their first victory, the Buckeyes are set to face a team they’ve had little success against in recent years.OSU has not beaten Northwestern since the 2007 season, although the two teams did battle to a scoreless draw in Columbus last year.“You play the conference foes every year, so you’re familiar with their players, we know some of their strengths and weaknesses,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “It is pretty easy to prepare for conference teams because you are very familiar with them.”Conference play has certainly shown it can be a major struggle for Bluem and the Buckeyes despite the familiarity between schools. The team went 1-3-2 against its conference opponents last season, including a 2-0 loss to Michigan State in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.“It’s always the most important time of the year, because doing well in the Big Ten really sets your benchmark for the year,” Mason said. “If we can start off with a win, it will make a statement. We haven’t been that successful in the Big Ten the last few years, but it’s a new year, and I think we’re ready to get in the top tier of the Big Ten.”It has been a busy start to the season for OSU. The team has begun the season with a pair of two-game weekend tournaments. If that’s not enough, it has yet to finish a game in regulation time.“We’re really tired and beat up right now,” Bluem said. “It’s been a long preseason, it’s been a tough couple weekends playing Friday-Sunday-Friday-Sunday like that, so this is a good time right now to have a week to prepare for Northwestern.”The Wildcats (2-0-2) are led by a stifling defense that has only allowed one goal in their four games this season. Senior goalkeeper Tyler Miller set a school record with his 30th career shutout in Northwestern’s scoreless draw against California State University, Fullerton on Sunday.The Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener against the Wildcats is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more