Ashley ‘can hardly wait’ for Lightning bout

first_img“I am excited and can hardly wait to get into the ring tomorrow night to regain my world title.”Jamaica’s Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley sounded quite eager to get back in the ring as she spoke with The Gleaner yesterday about her World Boxing Council (WBC) Super bantamweight title fight tonight against Irish boxer Christina ‘Lightning’ McMahon, at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York.Ashley previously held the title from July 23, 2011 to September 6, 2014, when she lost it to Jackie Nava by way of a controversial majority decision in Mexico.Since that victory, Nava also won the World Boxing Association (WBA) version of the title and was declared a super champion. She therefore gave up the WBC title, leaving it vacant and Ashley and McMahon will go at each other tonight to succeed her.Ashley takes a 22-10-1 record with four knockouts into the ring, while McMahon, who is the interim WBC bantamweight champion, goes in with a 7-0 record that includes three knockouts.Ashley has more experience than her opponent and told The Gleaner that she had “a great camp” and is ready for the fight.She confessed that her trainer has been having a hard time keeping her in check these past few days.”I am so up for this fight that I just wanted to keep working and working, but he told me on Tuesday that I am ready and should now take it easy.”The unbeaten McMahon, who also boasts an impressive amateur record, is a fast mover inside the ring and has good hand speed, hence the nickname ‘Lightning’.She likes to go after her opponent, so with Ashley being a good all-round boxer who moves quickly and counter-punches effectively, everything points to a fast-paced fight with plenty action.last_img read more

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Minibus drivers slapped with second causing death charge

first_imgIndependence night accident…Michael Thorne, driver of the Route 42 minibus involved in the Independence Night accident, was on Friday slapped with another causing death charge.Jamal McCloudRoxanne MitchellHe along with the other defendant, Jamal McCloud, appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The offence brought against them alleged that on May 26, 2016 at Bagotstown Public Road, East Bank Demerara, they drove vehicles bearing licence plate BPP 6158 and BPP 167, respectively, thereby causing the death of Joycelyn Elcock.The prior offence alleged that on the same day at the same location, they drove the said vehicles, thereby causing the death of Roxanne Mitchell.They were both previously placed on $250,000 bail.According to the Prosecution’s facts, Elcock did not fully recover following the accident and died on July 22. Bail this time around was granted at $100,000 each.They are going to be brought before the court again on August 15, 2016.On the day of the accident, Mitchell and her family were returning home, having attended the Flag Raising Ceremony at D’Urban Park.According to reports, the accident occurred around 01:30h.Mitchell’s husband told police that the Route 42 bus slammed into the Route 32 bus that his family was travelling in at the time.As a result of the impact, half of the Mitchell’s body went through the windscreen of the vehicle. The other vehicle that was driven by McCloud then slammed into her, pinning her.Firefighters on the scene successfully removed the woman’s body from between the two mangled vehicles and rushed her to hospital where she was pronounced dead.The two drivers also sustained injuries, but were treated and sent away after which they were arrested and charged.last_img read more

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Ramjattan says Blanhum will not be removed as Crime Chief

first_imgDubbed a ‘serious pillar’ in the Police Force– Assistant Commissioner Williams to act as Crime Chief The recent move to send Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum on leave has sparked controversy, with many persons claiming that the decision is one that could be a clear indication that there may be some major reconfigurations waiting to take place within the Guyana Police Force (GPF).Acting Crime Chief Paul WilliamsBut Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has put those rumours to rest, stating that Blanhum had accumulated excessive leave and based on a request from him, leave was granted. In fact, Ramjattan said the Crime Chief had accumulated over one hundred days annualised vacation.“I noticed that a lot of people are saying we are trying to get rid of Blanhum. Blanhum is a serious pillar in this Police Force. Whatever it is, understand that; and he has done a fantastic job in the opinion of the Government and in the opinion of the Minister,” Ramjattan told media operatives on Thursday.The Minister stressed that he would need the Crime Chief back on duty in time for Christmas when there is always a peak in criminal activities. His leave was approved for September to December, 2017.In explaining what took place after Blanhum proceeded on leave, Ramjattan explained that while Blanhum’s Deputy Detective Senior Superintendent Rishi Das would have been the next person in train to take up that post in his absence. Das decline and later fell ill on the job.Assistant Superintendent Rabindranath BudhramGiven the circumstances, the initial decision was made to have Commander of F Division (Interior locations), Assistant Superintendent Rabindranath Budhram take over until such time. However, it was felt that Budhram was doing an already good job in his assigned area and that he should remain there.“We need Budhram in F Division because you would appreciate that that Division has three regions under it (Regions Two, Seven and Nine) and Budhram has been doing an extremely good piece of work since he has taken on that Division. And we are also doing a further sub-divisioning of F Division,” he added.The Minister said at this point in time, Assistant Commissioner Paul Williams will act as head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) until Blanhum returns. Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner Lindon Alves will act as Commander of B Division (Berbice).“He (Williams) has a law degree and the arguments were made that he would be better placed there,” he further added.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanRamjattan asserted that when a senior Police Officer is on leave it automatically puts pressure on the system and leads to a temporary reshuffling that is necessary to keep the Force functioning effectively. He argued that while the temporary reshuffling has raised some suspicion, this is not the case.“It is about strengthening and ensuring that we have continuity in where it should be…So, it is not what is going on wrong. The implicit messaging of your questions is as if a whole set of things going on wrong. No, it’s not and we are trying as best as possible to address this issue.”last_img read more

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Federal Election Tuesday – Candidates Make Final Pitch

first_imgThe final poll of the federal election campaign suggests Stephen Harper is poised to win another minority.The Canadian Press Harris-Decima rolling survey puts support for the Conservatives at 34 per cent, followed by Stephane Dion’s Liberals at 25.Jack Layton’s New Democrats have the backing of 19 per cent of respondents. In vote-rich Ontario, the Conservatives are in a statistical dead heat with the Liberals — 35 to 33 per cent. The Liberals hold a big lead in Atlantic Canada.Advertisement Stephen Harper began his day in P-E-I. He’s still battling for support in Quebec, and repeated a warning that a vote for the Bloc will only serve to isolate Quebec. The Conservative leader now travels on to Fredericton and then closes out his campaign in Vancouver.Stephane Dion was also in Fredericton this morning, before whirl-wind stops in Quebec and Manitoba.Dion says he’ll travel right across the country in a last-ditch effort to draw votes away from the New Democrats and Greens.Dion will wrap up his day in B-C, where the Liberals aren’t expected to win more than two-or-so seats.N-D-P Leader Jack Layton is urging his party’s supporters to spend a little Thanksgiving time with voters, to convince them to vote New Democrat in the election tomorrow. Layton spoke today in Oshawa, Ontario. – Advertisement -The Tories are tops in the West.Politicians are making a frenzied pitch for votes in the final day before Canadians go to the polls tomorrow.The Conservative and Liberal camps will both travel from coast-to-coast today.Advertisementlast_img read more

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No Ozil! Arsenal’s Champions League line-up v Dortmund picked by Adrian Durham

first_img1 1 Has Arsene Wenger got the bottle to drop Mesut Ozil?That’s what talkSPORT Drive presenter Adrian Durham is asking.“He’s paid £42million for a skilful footballer, but one who was always keen on clocking off mid-season,” he said in his Mail Online column. “Bringing him to the Premier League where there is no winter break was always risky.”Adrian believes Ozil is being carried by his Arsenal team-mates, just as his Germany colleagues did in the World Cup.“Arsenal’s full-backs go forward, they need protection,” he added. “There’s more chance of Joey Barton refusing to talk about himself than there is of Ozil tracking back.”Ahead of the Gunners’ Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, we asked Adrian to name an Arsenal starting XI without the World Cup winner.There are concerns over Calum Chambers, with the £16m summer signing struggling with tonsillitis and if he is ruled out, manager Arsene Wenger can call upon right-back Hector Bellerin. This is despite the 19-year-old having just one Arsenal appearance to his name.Wenger, though, claims Bellerin is not fazed by the pressure. “He’s quick and his final ball is good. He lacks a bit of experience but he’s very dangerous,” he added.Adrian Durham’s Arsenal XI v Dortmund without Mesut Ozil: Adrian Durham thinks Arsene Wenger should drop Mesut Ozil Agree or disagree with this line up? Leave a comment below.And tune in on Wednesday 17 September at 4pm for something of an Arsenal special on talkSPORT, as Arsenal fan Piers Morgan goes head-to-head with Adrian Durham on the Drivetime show. Listen here.last_img read more

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Kimanzi to make changes for Mauritius tie

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars Under-23 head coach Francis Kimanzi shares a light moment with senior team coach Sebastien Migne during the 2020 Olympic Qualifier against Mauritius at Kasarani Stadium on November 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – Emerging Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi says he will mix up his squad on Sunday when the team goes down against Mauritius in the return leg of the first round 2020 Tokyo Olympics Qualifier in Port Louis.Carrying a 5-0 advantage from the first leg, Kimanzi will be tempted to play around with the squad and give playing time to players who did not have a chance on Wednesday in Nairobi. “We had a camp of 22 players and we are only allowed to have 18 on the game. We have a few who did not get a chance to play, not because they are not good but because there are rules. We are not giving presents to anyone but at 5-0, they stand a chance to play and also build their confidence,” Kimanzi said.The tactician though has made two changes to his squad, the Mathare United duo of Ahmed Ahmad and Lennox Ogutu being named in the team while there’s no place for the England-based duo of Jonah Ayunga and Henry Ochieng.Ochieng came on as a second half substitute in the first leg while Ayunga was not part of the 18. Kimanzi says the two players have good quality but notes he will take time integrating them into the team.“When you have a lot of new players from a different culture, it is usually tricky for them in the first time and as a coach you have to be clever when introducing them. They have great quality but you have to build a foundation first before bringing them in,” Kimanzi added.Harambee Stars Under-23 skipper Joseph Okumu goes up for an aerial challenge against Mauritius’ Alison during the 2020 Olympic Qualifier at Kasarani Stadium on November 14, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAmong the players likely to be rested include defender and skipper Joseph Okumu who picked up an ankle knock in the first leg and Kimanzi might be tempted to rest him for either Mike Kibwage or Ogutu.The tactician was impressed with the huge 5-0 win in the first leg that more or less earns them a ticket into the second round of qualification where they will meet the winner between Sudan and Seychelles.“I think it was a wonderful performance especially because this is a new initiative. When you play the first match and you get the confidence to play the way they did and get a huge win, then it is impressive. They did their best and showed they are ready to play,” Kimanzi further stated.Meanwhile, Harambee Stars head coach who has been part of the Under-23 technical bench says he has been impressed with some of the players and they stand a chance of making it into the senior team, singling out defender Okumu.Harambee Stars Under-23 midfielder Teddy Osok vies for the ball Mauritius’ Adel Lingue during the 2020 Olympic Qualifier at Kasarani Stadium on November 14, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“I like to mix some experience and young players and I think some of them show the quality. They stand a chance to be in the team for AFCON, but they have to work hard. It is good some of them they are very interesting, but in the high level, you have to repeat your performance or even better,” the tactician said.Meanwhile, he has also stated that if the team makes it to the third round of qualification, he will not call any of them for the AFCON qualifier against Ghana next March as the two tournaments clash dates.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Boot taxes irk union

first_img But Butcher questioned the rationale, saying the union interprets Internal Revenue Service rules in a way that treats the boot allowance as a nontaxable reimbursement rather than a bonus. She also said workers should get the full $100 at the time the allowance was issued so they could use that payment directly to buy gear. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As city leaders focus on escalating bonus costs as a way to trim a nearly $300 million budget deficit, a spat over boot allowances shows how contentious and complicated the issue can be. Service Employees International Union Local 347 has filed an unfair employee relations practice allegation with the city’s Employee Relations Board, claiming officials broke the rules by deducting taxes from the boot allowance received by many workers March 1. The $100 payment – about $68 after taxes – goes to more than 5,000 blue-collar workers, said Julie Butcher, general manager of the union. “It may seem like a little thing to most people but not to the folks doing the work,” she said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Butcher said the public is largely unaware that many city employees have to pay for their own tools and uniforms and only receive partial reimbursements in the form of bonuses. She added that many workers require expensive heavy boots for work in difficult and dangerous conditions. But City Controller Laura Chick said there has been no change in the boot allowance that workers receive. What has changed, she said, is that the city has begun deducting taxes on it when the once-a-year boot allowance check goes out rather than as part of the gross taxes the city has deducted all along. “It’s more noticeable this way to the employee,” Chick said. “But nothing changed in terms of the amount of taxes the employee is supposed to pay on the boot allowance.” City officials changed the process after consulting with tax experts who suggested that it was necessary to comply with the law, Chick said. last_img read more

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SINN FEIN BLAST REPORT ON JOHN DOWNEY OTR AFFAIR AS ‘POLITICAL’

first_imgDonegal fisherman John Downey had received letter saying he was not wanted by policeTHE Sinn Fein boss who dealt with the issue of on-the-run republicans has today slammed a report by British MPs as “political manipulation”.Gerry Kelly said the parties on the House of Commons committee who drafted the report were “political opponents” of Sinn Fein and he expected nothing less from them. And he denied the so-called ‘administrative scheme’ dealing with on-the-run suspects was a “secret”, saying his political adversaries knew about it as far back as 2001.Today’s report by a cross-party group of British MPs was compiled after Donegal fisherman John Downey had murder charges against him thrown out at the Old Bailey in London in February 2014.The case collapsed after it emerged Mr Downey – a senior Sinn Fein figure in Donegal – had received a comfort letter from the British Government saying he was not wanted by any police force.However, it later emerged that he was wanted by Scotland Yard over the 1982 Hyde Park bombings.A subsequent report by Lady Hallett said the scheme was not a secret and was not unlawful.Gerry Kelly said he is not surprised by the findings of the British MPs.He stressed that he put more trust in Lady Hallett’s previous report on the matter.Mr Kelly said: “As far as I was concerned this was a political manipulation of an issue as opposed to Lady Hallett who came in and investigated the issue.“At no time was this issue a secret. People knew all about this as far back as 2001.”SINN FEIN BLAST REPORT ON JOHN DOWNEY OTR AFFAIR AS ‘POLITICAL’ was last modified: March 24th, 2015 by John2Share 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:SINN FEIN BLAST REPORT ON JOHN DOWNEY OTR AFFAIR AS ‘POLITICAL’last_img read more

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Seller hopes model behavior will give homes lived-in appeal

first_imgSome visitors seemed a little taken aback, but others joined right in with the birthday celebration. One family played along with the whole thing, asking how long Simmons and Chen had lived there, then turned chilly when asked questions by a reporter. Centex employees sat on the periphery, but no one seemed to question who they were or why they were there. If the concept proves successful, the company expects to employ it again at other developments. “Where does the reality end and the … good God, reality begin?” mused Jim Garfield, a senior publicist for Roddan Paolucci Roddan, the Palos Verdes Estates-based advertising and public relations company that created Home Life. “It’s exciting, scary and really unique, all at the same time. You sit at your desk and wonder, will people come, will it work, will people find it interesting and, most importantly, does it get the client’s story out?” The client seems to think so, though Larson drew a line between Home Life and reality TV shows “Big Brother” and “The Real World.” “This isn’t reality real estate,” she said, as the actors rehearsed at a walk-through on Thursday. “If you come back next week, Camille wouldn’t have been voted out of the house. We didn’t want to do a gimmicky thing, we just wanted to do something different.” This seems odd – and the company acknowledges as much – but with the formerly white-hot real estate market looking decidedly cooler of late, nothing’s too unusual to hook buyers. Just putting in leather couches and baking cookies won’t do it anymore, at least in Centex’s mind. To make the home-buying experience more real, the company felt it had to employ a very unreal strategy. It feels like reality TV, except there’s no TV. Call it reality reality, then: reality filtered through a highly choreographed scenario. It’s completely engineered to make the viewers feel like it could be them eating breakfast together and debating what sort of dog to adopt. Schnoodle or cockapoo? Not a retriever – everyone’s got those. Like many families in Santa Clarita, they’re young – so young that when 13-year-old Danny Devan asks Chen, who plays her mother, which birthday they’re celebrating, Simmons glosses it over. The actresses are 13 years apart in age, which “Dad” nimbly dodges, saying, “Darling, let’s not talk about your mom’s younger days, shall we?” They’re also multiracial and very good-looking. Simmons, a Tasmanian who did a stint on “Baywatch,” looks unusually like his fake kids, who are of German and Filipino parentage. Chen, who’s awaiting news on whether her television pilot got picked up, hails from Taiwan. In just about the only bit of reality involved, Danny and Colin Robert are, in fact, brother and sister. This could also explain why they’re so good at pretending to argue. The kids were all smiles and Mom and Dad were happily celebrating her birthday for the fourth time when Kevin Miller sat down at their table. The Santa Clarita resident, a real estate agent by trade, came out, curious to see the show. He spoke to Chen, likening the experience to a play in which the audience takes part. He then spoke to Mom and wished her a happy birthday. “It warms up the house,” he said after the scene played out. “It makes the whole thing seem more intimate than `Here’s the brochure, here’s the floor plan, go look around.”‘ That taps right into a key part of consumers’ minds, according to Debbie MacInnis, vice dean of research at the USC Marshall School of Business. Buying a home becomes one of the most complex, emotional decisions a person makes, so any way to hook a wavering shopper becomes an advantage. “You imagine yourself in this situation,” MacInnis said. “If you have a beautiful experience, that gets people to think, oh, I want to live like that!” And, by extension, “I want to buy this place.” With houses sitting unsold longer these days, it might not be such a crazy idea. “The market isn’t what it was last year, that’s for sure,” said Linda Slocum, a local Realtor with Fred Sands of Valencia. “Most of the new home builders have inventory now, so maybe they feel that this is something they have to do. Some of them are having little barbecues or things like that, but that’s pretty standard. There’s nothing like this, though.” But, hey, that’s California for you. In the state that gave birth to Hollywood and Disneyland, the major purveyors of moderated reality, this isn’t such a big stretch. As her actual kids pretended to celebrate their fake mom’s birthday, Musette Caing leafed through a beauty magazine and laughed that this sort of thing would not fly back in Michigan. Very California, she said, very Disney. “It’s like watching a live TV show, only there, you’re only watching from one angle and here, I can go in the other room, do anything I want, see what I want,” she said. “It’s almost like you’re a ghost.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3737160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThey’ve been hired to lounge around a model home, read magazines and occasionally pretend like they’re having breakfast. Welcome to the new reality of real estate. Dallas-based Centex built four model homes, filled them with furniture, then took things one bizarre step further. The company hired four actors to play the role of a family, in a role that’s half improv, half sales demo. Centex has 166 homes to sell in its Milestone development, starting at $507,500 and heading into the $600,000 range, and figured it needed just a little something extra to entice people to come check things out. On Saturday, Home Life made its debut for a public audience, with more than 100 visitors streaming through the faux family tableau. SANTA CLARITA – The scent of baking scones wafts through the house as children’s feet pound the floors. “Dad” rushes to get things ready as “Mom” lounges on the couch. It’s a birthday party for Camille Chen. “Husband” Jaason Simmons has breakfast in the oven and there’s about to be a surprise: He and the kids remodeled the den into a game room and won’t Mom, a notorious poker fiend, be pleased. Except Chen and Simmons aren’t married, the kids aren’t theirs, they don’t really live in the house and they’re all Centex Homes marketing director Amanda Larson’s employees. last_img

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RTE GET A LESSON IN SHOPPING – LK STYLE!

first_imgThe Letterkenny Chamber and Shop LK got the chance to promote Letterkenny on RTE television this week and show how they are fighting back.Shopping in Letterkenny is getting better and better and even RTE has noticed.The success of the Shop LK Christmas event has caught the attention of the ‘RTE Today Show.’ On Thursday evening, Letterkenny was showcased to a country wide audience. Emma Boylan, Digital Marketer for Letterkenny Chamber went live on RTE to highlight the benefits of shopping in Letterkenny this Christmas to back up the wonderful video of the Christmas lights switch on event that was also shown.Co-presenter Dáithí Ó Sé commented on Emma’s ShopLK t-shirt – “Is that shop Limerick?”But Emma was quick to tell him that it was Letterkenny being represented and went on to highlight the many reasons why shopping in Letterkenny is a must this Christmas.“Letterkenny has a wide variety of shops from major brands to local independent retailers……with the majority of retailers giving 25% on the sterling…it is the commercial centre of Donegal” stated Emma. Letterkenny Chamber intends to send Dáithí a Shop LK t-shirt of his own, along with a turkey curry recipe, a little joke between Emma and Dáithí. The full interview can be seen on RTE player. The main focus was on shop local and Shop LK and what Letterkenny was doing compared to other towns. Shop LK started in 2004, long before ‘shop local’ was trendy.The voucher system was put into place in 2006 and to date €1.2million worth of vouchers have been sold. This is great for Letterkenny as all this money goes straight back into the local community.Toni Forrester Letterkenny Chamber CEO remarked “Shop local is so important for our business community to survive and thrive, to reach €1.2 million has been an amazing achievement. Taking into account the multiplier effect we believe this figure could be doubled at the very least.”Through Shop LK Letterkenny is fighting back and taking control of its own future. In general retailers in the town are reporting better Christmas sales and with the sterling rates available we hope the trend will last.With such successful shop local seasonal campaigns, a huge range of businesses, great rates for sterling and attitudes turning back to shopping local in Letterkenny; things can only get better. Shop LK vouchers can be purchased in Letterkenny Chamber or online at www.shoplk.ie. They make the perfect gift as they can be spent in over 100 businesses in Letterkenny. From an eye brow wax to an oil fill a Shop LK Voucher is a shopping spree in your pocket.RTE GET A LESSON IN SHOPPING – LK STYLE! was last modified: December 17th, 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:RTEShop LKlast_img read more

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