first_imgJamaican Michael Gardener, representing the Caribbean team in the Wray and Nephew Contender 2016 Series, makes his debut as a professional boxer tonight. Gardener will face USA boxer José Guzman, over five rounds in the fifth week of competition at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. Fight time is 9.30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week the series heated up considerably when Guyanese boxer Revlon Lake fought a bruising battle against Anthony Woods from The Bahamas to take a majority decision, and tonight’s fight promises to be in the same vein. The 22 year-old Gardener is faced with a huge task, in this his debut, but he and his camp have stated that they are very confident of victory, despite the fact that Guzman, who is 27, is a seasoned professional with 20 fights on his rÈsumÈ. It is not an impressive one, as he has won six, lost 13, and had one draw, but the fact is that he has been a professional since 2006. He last fought on March 5, losing to John Hernandez in New York over six rounds. Gardener has been one of Jamaica’s best amateur boxers and has been a champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. He has represented Jamaica in overseas competitions several times and is known to be a hard-hitting boxer. His major fault as an amateur was that being primarily a counter-puncher, he had the tendency to react and fight back rather than lead and be aggressive. As a result, he was usually coming from behind, and in a three-round fight, he therefore, found himself in trouble on several occasions. Over five rounds, he has some more time, but he still cannot afford to lose the early rounds as catching up would be difficult. The tactics that he uses tonight will be very important if he is to make a successful debut. He has good punching power, but his opponent, who was born in Puerto Rico and who has been living in the Bronx, New York, for some time, is quite likely to be very aggressive, so the ingredients are there for an exciting contest. The winner tonight moves into the quarter-final, and will be one step closer to the Contender 2016 title and first prize of $2million. The runner-up takes home $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. In the next stage of the competition, the boxers will still challenge each other over five rounds, but the semi-finals will be over seven rounds, and the final in July will be a 10-round contest.last_img read more

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first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks center Joe Thornton is one of three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced Friday.Other finalists named were winger Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets and goaltender Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders. The award is given “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”Thornton, 39, overcame major injuries from the prior two seasons, suffering a torn ACL and MCL in both his left …last_img read more

first_imgThe Univisa is expected to boost touriststatistics in all SADC member countries.(Image: Lanz Von Hörsten,South African Tourism)Janine ErasmusThe process for establishing a single visa for visitors to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states is about to be expedited. Once the visa, known as the Univisa, is in force, tourists will find it much easier to move between the associated countries.This was decided at the recent inter-ministerial SADC conference held in Angola in March 2008, and it is expected that tourism will receive a major boost because of the simplification of the visa application process.South Africa’s representative at the conference, Deputy Minister for Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, explained that according to statistics on foreign visitors, SADC countries are a preferred destination for tourists. “Noting this encouraging development, the inter-ministerial committee representing SADC member states is currently exploring further avenues such as the Univisa to optimise tourism income.”The new system will be based on the European Schengen visa system, which allows visa holders to move freely between the 15 Schengen countries without having to obtain a separate visa for each. This saves the tourist time, money and bureaucratic hassles, and makes travel within Europe much easier.The Schengen countries are Austria, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. The SADC equivalent will, according to Mabudafhasi, impact positively on tourism revenue for all member states.“Tourism growth is good news to us because it results in the creation of jobs and eradication of poverty,” said Mabudafhasi. “Tourists spend money as they move and distribute income to many enterprises, including those belonging to communities. Although the expected benefits of these plans are focused on medium to long-term, we are expecting a positive outcome during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Free movement within SADCTo date, nine of the 14 SADC countries – Botswana, the DRC, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe – have signed a bilateral agreement to encourage the free movement of SADC citizens within the region. The agreement, known as the Protocol on Facilitation of Movement of Persons, will enable entry into a SADC country without a visa for no more than 90 days per year, among other strategies.The protocol is one of the steps towards the establishment of the single visa system. It was signed initially by seven SADC member states at the 2005 SADC summit held in Gaborone, Botswana, with two more coming on board some time later.The protocol will come into force once it has been ratified by two-thirds of the members of SADC, a process that has yet to be realised, although the minimum number of signatories have now put pen to paper. The signatories still have to resolve relevant issues such as costs, policy agreements, procedures and visa requirements.The free movement protocol as it exists today is the third version, the first two not making it past the stage of consensus. The initial draft was prepared as far back as 1995 but was rejected by South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. In 1997 South Africa submitted another draft which, between 1998 and 2005, was the subject of much discussion until the third version, an amalgamation of the 1995 and 1997 versions, was put together by the SADC secretariat and finally agreed on by member states in 2005.Trade integration throughout the regionIt is hoped that the proposed SADC free trade area, which has been a work in progress since 2000 and is due to come into effect in 2008, will also benefit enormously through the Univisa initiative. The free trade area marks the first step towards a European Union-like system in Southern Africa and is to be followed by the establishment of a customs union by 2010, a common market by 2015, a monetary union by 2016, and a single currency by 2018.Already 10 of the 14 SADC countries have ratified a Trade Protocol which does away with customs tariffs on many goods, mainly foodstuffs. By the end of 2008, according to this agreement, at least 85% of customs tariffs on trade goods will have been abolished, facilitating the establishment of the free trade area.The free movement protocol falls in line with other collaborative SADC programmes like the Trans-frontier Conservation Areas, including the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which spans three international borders. SADC acknowledges the significance of involving all stakeholders to reach a working agreement on the management of these areas. It is hoped that the free movement protocol and the Univisa will promote the sharing of knowledge and skills in these important fields.Useful linksSouthern African Development CommunityDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismGreat Limpopo Transfrontier ParkPeace Parks FoundationRegional Tourism Organisations of Southern Africalast_img read more

first_imgFive persons have been arrested and several persons, including five police personnel, were injured in Pakur of Jharkhand when a clash broke out between villagers and policemen on Wednesday over cow slaughter during the Id festival. The situation is said to be tense but under control.Police officials said the villagers at Dangrapara under the Maheshpur police station in Pakur district bordering West Bengal attacked policemen on Wednesday when they reached there on a tip off that cow slaughter is being done on the Id festival. Since 2015, cow slaughter has been banned in Jharkhand and on August 18, the Jharkhand government had issued a directive for deputy commissioners of all districts to make sure that cattle were not slaughtered on Id.“The villagers attacked the policemen… five policemen, including the Maheshpur police station officer in-charge Umesh Prasad, were injured while some villagers too got injuries in the clash… the situation is under control now,” Pakur Superintendent of Police Shailendra Prasad Barnwal told journalists. Both the SP and Deputy Commissioner of Pakur, Dilip Kumar Jha are camping at Maheshpur, said R.K. Mallick, Jharkhand police spokesperson. “Deputy Inspector General, Raj Kumar Lakra, has also been sent along with additional forces to bring the situation under control”, he added.Baton chargeThe police had resorted to baton charge and used tear gas shells against protesters. However, local people claimed that the police also opened fire on them in which at least seven persons were injured. The police imposed Section 144 in the area which prohibited assembly of four or more people at a place.Many injured villagers crossed the Bengal border for treatment at the Rampurhat government hospital in Birbhum district, 45 km from Pakur.last_img read more

first_imgCourts in China’s western Xinjiang region have sentenced 113 people to jail terms ranging from 10 years to life for terrorist activities and other crimes, the Xinjiang government said, the latest in a slew of prosecutions targeting militant separatism.The sentences come after Beijing has vowed to crack down on religious extremists and separatist groups, which it blames for a series of violent attacks in Xinjiang, the traditional home of the Muslim Uighurs, and elsewhere.Exiled Uighur groups and human rights activists say the government’s repressive policies in Xinjiang, including controls on Islam, have provoked unrest, a claim Beijing denies.Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, is crucial to China’s growing energy needs. Analysts say that much of the proceeds have gone to the Han Chinese, stoking resentment among Uighurs.The latest sentences were handed out last Wednesday by courts in 11 counties and cities in the Kashgar region, Xinjiang’s official Tianshan news website said late on Sunday.It did not identify the ethnicity of those sentenced, but they had Uighur names.Those sentenced were accused of crimes such as “being involved in organising, leading and participating in a terrorist organisation, inciting ethnic hatred and ethnic discrimination”, bigamy, drug trafficking, robbery among other crimes, the Tianshan news report said.China has been on edge since a suicide bombing last month killed 39 people at a market in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi. In March, 29 people were stabbed to death at a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming.There is now a “competitive race” among various areas to arrest and sentence Uighurs, Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, the largest group of exiled Uighurs, said in an email.advertisement”Uighurs who have revolted and expressed dissatisfaction against China’s repression are now accused of terrorism,” Raxit said.At least 380 people have been detained in the last month in a sweeping crackdown on violence in Xinjiang.State media last month reported a public mass sentencing, reminiscent of China’s revolutionary era rallies, attracting a crowd of 7,000 at a sports stadium in Yining city in the northern prefecture of Yili.Around 200 people have died in unrest in Xinjiang in the past year or so, the government says, including 13 people shot dead by police in a weekend attack on a police station.last_img read more