Mullings denied title in Ghana

first_img CLOSE RANGE Lawson, who won the Inter-national Boxing Federation’s, International welterweight title in 2013, and trains in Chicago, showed good boxing skills and was also resourceful at close range. Mullings had his periods of ascendancy, but Lawson managed the fight very well, and cheered on by the hometown crowd, he kept the Jamaican under constant pressure. The fight meant a lot to him he said afterwards, because it was a part of Ghana’s 60th anniversary celebrations. At the end of the fight, he dedicated the victory to his country. Jamaica’s leading welterweight boxer Sakima Mullings, failed in his bid to win the vacant World Boxing Council International Silver Welterweight title on Saturday night, when he lost by majority decision to Ghanaian Fredrick Lawson, at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana. The scores showed wide disparities. Judge Daniel Van de Wele scored the fight 114-114, judge Eddie Pappoe 116-113, while judge Lateef Muiss had Lawson winning by a wide margin 119-109, which meant that he scored only one round for Mullings. It was however, a close a fight, as shown by the other scorecards. Mullings entered the ring with a 19-2 record, with 14 victories, either by knockout or technical knockout. Lawson had a 24-1 record, with 20 victories inside the distance. With these records, there was an expectation that the fight could end early, but this was not to be. It turned out to be a close encounter, with both boxers seizing the initiative from time to time.last_img read more

Teenagers held at gunpoint in foiled Better Hope robbery

first_imgIn another brazen attack, bandits on Thursday afternoon held two females under the age of 18 when they attempted to rob a Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, furniture store.Bandits attempted to rob this East Coast Demerara furniture store on ThursdayAccording to information gathered, around 14:30h, two bandits, one of whom was armed, rolled up on a black CG motorcycle at the Pradeep’s Furniture Store and demanded cash from the proprietor’s 16 and 17-year-old granddaughters. The teenagers were attending to the store at the time the would-be robbers infiltrated.According to reports, the armed bandit took one of the girls to the back of the furniture store and placed a gun at her belly, demanding that she hand over the cash. The other bandit who was unarmed kept watch with the other young lady at the front. After it was explained that cash was unavailable, the gunman escorted the girl to the front but pointed the gun to the other sister.At this point the girls’ father who is the proprietor’s son-in-law returned and the bandits assumed that he was a regular customer and left.The ordeal has left the family shaken.Proprietor Pradeep Jangbir told Guyana Times that police responded in less than 15 minutes and are currently investigating the attempted robbery.Meanwhile investigations by Guyana Times revealed that the number plate of the motorcycle bares the registration number CF 6479.last_img read more

Accelerate implementation of security reforms – Granger to GPF

first_imgCommander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President David Granger, on Thursday underscored the need for the Guyana Police Force to accelerate the implementation of security sector reforms, which he said, will among other things, restore public trust in the Force as well as correct any mismanagement of the country’s premiere law enforcement agency.The Head of State was at the time delivering the feature address at the opening of the Force’s Annual Officers’ Conference at State House. This year’s conference is being held under the theme: ‘Security Sector Reform Implementation – Enhancing Capacity Through Training, Infrastructure and Human Resource Management.”After months of ground work, British Security expert Russell Combe compiled and handed over a report to the Guyana Government in January 2018, detailing critical measures to be undertaken to strength the Police Force.Heads of the various Joint Services agencies at the opening of Police Force Annual Officers Conference held at State House on WednesdayAccording to President Granger, these transformations under the Security Sector Reform Programme (SSRP) will provide a rounded enhancement of the Police Force to better serve citizens through improved crime-fighting and law enforcement capabilities.“Security Sector Reforms is aimed at improving public trust and confidence, developing stronger organisation, boosting the Force’s intelligence, responsive and investigative capabilities and producing a more versatile Police Officer. Security sector reforms, therefore, must be accelerated to strengthen this vital institution in 2019,” he asserted.The Head of State posited that that these reforms will also revise the Force’s institutional framework; something which is already evident with the installation of the new leadership which saw reintroduction of Deputy Commissioners.Furthermore, he outlined that the reforms will allow the law enforcement body to address issues such as chronic-underfunding, the lack of adequate funding and low standards as identified the in SSR report.“Reforms will reverse the Force’s record of low maintenance and the abuse of movable and immovable assets. It will pay greater attention to the selection and training of its Constables and Cadets to enhance the welfare of its Constables and sub-ordinate officers by improving the conditions under which some of them are obliged to live and work, particularly West of the Essequibo. And to ensure promotions are based on hard work, integrity and merit,” the President detailed.Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Leslie James in brief remarks recognised that the implementation of these reforms is an important undertaking for the Force.“We have engaged with our counterparts in the United Kingdom (UK) and to this end, three main pillars have already begun implementation, that is, training, human resources management and infrastructure,” the Top Cop posited.The US$4.7 million Security Sector Reform Programme was initially launched in 2007 but was scrapped two years later after major disagreements between the then Administration and the UK Government over some of the conditions of the plan.However during a meeting with former British Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2016, President Granger had requested that the multimillion-dollar security sector pact be revived.As such, Colonel Combe was brought in to conduct an assessment on the state of the local security sector and come up with steps to be taken to improve services.While the report focuses primarily on reforms within the Guyana Police Force, there are also measures included to address issues plaguing the prison and the fire services as well as the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF’s) Coast Guard.Colonel Combe is expected to oversee the implementation of his recommendations until March 2019 when his tenure would come to an end. The UK expert had previously stated that his government does not want to see the report sitting on the shelf, gathering dust. In fact, he noted that the report was compiled in such a way that it can be broken up and separated into parts to be dealt with by different groupings.Since the handing over of the report almost one year ago, it is yet to be released. However, President Granger on Thursday assured that the ‘dynamic’ report will be made public when it is laid in the National Assembly.“It’s not a secret; if it was a secret we would have kept it to ourselves but we’ve sent a copy to the Leader of the Opposition and it is meant to be laid in the National Assembly. It is a public document [and] public security is a public responsibility,” the Head of State asserted.The Police Officers’ Annual Conference, which will conclude on Saturday, will see presentations made on various aspects of law enforcement by security experts.last_img read more

Ban on pot clubs grows

first_imgIn the meantime, Lazzaretto said the city decided to be “pro-active.” “A lot of cities were waiting for the laws to straighten out,” Rosemead City Manager Andrew Lazzaretto said. “It is better to get out in front of the issue.” California voters in 1996 passed a proposition that allows those who demonstrated a medical need for marijuana the legal authority to obtain and use it. In 2003, the state Legislature enacted a program that authorizes the distribution of cannabis to qualified patients. But the state law appeared to contradict a 2005 United States Supreme Court ruling that held the federal Controlled Substance Act prohibits any person from possessing or using marijuana. Prior to the passing of the moratorium, the city did not have an ordinance prohibiting or limiting marijuana dispensaries, said Oliver Chi, deputy city manager. ROSEMEAD – The Rosemead City Council has adopted a temporary ban on medical marijuana clubs, joining the growing ranks of cities with prohibitions against the establishments. The moratorium, which received unanimous council support, temporarily prevents marijuana dispensaries from operating within city limits, officials said. The city now has less than a month to decide whether to extend the moratorium for another 10 months. After that period, the council will vote on a permanent policy, city officials said. Many cities have been waiting for state and federal laws to reconcile differences, said Rosemead City Manager Andrew Lazzaretto. Many cities, such as Azusa, Glendora, El Monte, Monterey Park and Monrovia, have passed temporary bans. Don Duncan, Southern California coordinator of Americans for Safe Access, an Oakland-based medical marijuana advocacy group, said that it is too early to decide whether the increased numbers of cities passing moratoriums will benefit cannabis dispensaries. “The moratoriums themselves are not a problem if they serve as stepping stones to regulations,” Duncan said. “What is a problem is if they are being used as a stalling tactic.” Duncan said he hopes the moratoriums will lead to regulations, such as requiring security guards, limiting use near sensitive facilities, such as schools, and limiting hours of operation. He added that it is important the dispensaries are given a fair shake. “It is most important that they exist for the people that need it, and that they are given a safe and reliable place to get it,” Duncan said. jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want 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

Juventus not in crisis, insists Allegri

first_imgBut Allegri said morale was buoyant ahead of a key Champions League clash at home against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.“Juve is not in a crisis, the championship is long, the Champions League is another competition,” he told a press conference.“We have to regain balance. We can’t get depressed, because we drew in (Atalanta) Bergamo and we lost at home to Lazio.“What matters most right now, however, is tomorrow’s match against Sporting, who will be a difficult opponent, as they defend well, and have a strong and experienced coach. “They played a great match against Barcelona, so we must be smart, keep our heads and stay focused.”Juventus are level on three points in Group D with Sporting — who have never won in Italy — with Barcelona leading after winning their opening two games, 3-0 over the Italians and 1-0 over the Portuguese.“It’s mathematics. If we win the next two games we are qualified, otherwise we have to wait for others,” said Allegri, who insisted he would still count on Argentine star Paulo Dybala for penalties despite him missing two in recent games.“After the first few games he (Dybala) was being compared to (Lionel) Messi, now because of the penalties he isn’t anymore.“He’s young and extraordinary, these things will strengthen him and allow him to find a balance. “Will Dybala take the penalties? Always him. That absolutely will not change.”Meanwhile, veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini warned that the championship was not on the back-burner as they focused on the Champions League after two heartbreaking final defeats in the past three years.“Juventus have always held great importance for the Italian championship, bearing in mind that you can only get to the Champions League if you play well in your domestic league,” he said. “The experience is different, what you need to win is different, and you must be ready to go from day one in the Champions League while Serie A is a more gradual growth step by step.”— ‘Pedigree’ –And Sporting coach Jorge Jesus — whose only defeat in 14 games this season was against Barcelona — believes all is still to play for in the group. “I wouldn’t want to rule out Olympiakos’ chances yet either,” he said. “There are still three group games left after this.”“Juventus have reached the Champions League final in two of the last three seasons, so they’ve plenty of pedigree in this competition, but we won’t let that dampen our morale,” continued Jesus, who led Benfica to victory in the 2014 Europa League semi-final in Turin.“I would like to be able to have the same feelings tomorrow as when I won here as manager of Benfica and I believe that’s possible even if, just like back then, we are about to take on a very strong Juventus team.”“The Bianconeri may have just one point to show from their last two games, but we should not let that deceive us. We know full well that we’re still coming up against a top team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus’ coach Massimiliano Allegri attends a training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Sporting CP Lisbona on October 17, 2017 at the ‘Juventus Stadium’ in Turin © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOTurin, Italy, Oct 17 – Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri insisted Tuesday that the Serie A champions were not in crisis despite recent setbacks.Italian title-winners in the last six seasons, Juventus lost to Lazio on Saturday — a first home defeat in over two years — to trail leaders Napoli by five points.last_img read more

First steps being taken to build $5.6 Billion Petrochemical Facility in Prince George

first_imgCompany officials also say there is a possibility of a mono-ethylene glycol plant being constructed on-site to utilize the balance of the ethylene produced.“Council strongly encourages businesses to invest in our community. We think this project has great potential and promises to have a major, positive economic impact for Prince George, the region, and the whole province,” says Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George. “I would like to thank West Coast Olefins for recognizing the fantastic business and industrial opportunities available in our city and that Prince George is a supply and service hub for all of northern BC at the confluence of rivers, roads, and rails as well as an official Foreign Trade Zone. Council looks forward to the appropriate and necessary environmental and regulatory processes and consultations occurring with local, provincial, and First Nations stakeholders over the next few years.”As the project would be constructed within the territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, West Coast Olefins will be working closely with Chief Clay Pountney and his Council.“Lheidli T’enneh Nation looks forward to potentially partnering with West Coast Olefins to ensure that if the project is approved will provide significant economic benefits to Lheidli T’enneh and our members, and is designed and built in a way that is aligned with our values,” states Chief Pountney.The company is preparing to enter the formal regulatory approval process and is targeting a final investment decision by the end of 2020, followed by a three-year construction period to bring the facilities into full commercial operation.Advertisement Officials have also had several meetings with First Nations, local leaders, and construction companies over the past six months.“The Prince George facilities, using the latest available technologies and leveraging feedstock and transport advantages available in the city, will be the most competitive in North America,” says Ken James, President and CEO of West Coast Olefins. “We are overwhelmed with the level of support we have received. Mayor Hall, Council, and City staff have been very helpful in understanding the importance of economic diversification to the city.”The overall project will include;• An NGL Recovery Plant to recover ethane, propane, butane, and natural gas condensate from Enbridge’s West Coast Pipeline.• An Ethylene Plant to produce one million tonnes per year of polymer-grade ethylene.• A Polyethylene Plant to consume most of the ethylene produced.• Associated off-site facilities and infrastructure.Advertisement This will include a significant public engagement and consultation process.West Coast Olefins Ltd. was incorporated one year ago to develop value-add projects that can leverage the abundant natural gas resource in British Columbia. The Company has assembled an experienced team with the business, technical and financial skills and track record to successfully execute a project of this complexitycenter_img CALGARY, AB – A 300-acre site in the BCR Industrial Area within the City of Prince George has been secured by West Coast Olefins of Calgary for the construction of a $5.6 billion petrochemical project at the site.According to the company, the project would include a world-scale ethylene plant and polyethylene facility with the majority of the polyethylene product being shipped to growing Asian markets.The company shares, once fully operational, the facility will create up to 1,000 permanent highly skilled jobs, while several thousand workers will be required to support the construction effort over a three-year period.- Advertisement -On-going economic benefits for the community would be provided with large investments in the millions of dollars to sustain capital investments to support the facility.With local sensitivity to air shed concerns in the “bowl area” of Prince George, especially particulate matter and odour issues, the company shares the plant uses a low-carbon, clean-burning mixture of methane and hydrogen as its main fuel source for fired equipment that has no soot or odour and minimizes GHG emissions. West Coast Olefins believes that this makes a strong case for how this project fits with the provincial climate action plan.West Coast Olefins representatives have been researching Prince George for the past year and meeting with Prince George-area contractors to investigate local capabilities to ensure the use of local labour and associated construction and fabrication infrastructure.Advertisementlast_img read more

Middlesbrough boss Karanka handed one-match touchline ban

first_imgMiddlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has been handed a one-game touchline ban by the Football Association.The Spaniard was charged with improper conduct for his behaviour in the closing moments of Boro’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn on November 29.Karanka was accused of pushing fourth official David Coote as tempers flared following a controversial late equaliser for Rovers.He requested a personal hearing and the FA have now issued a ban.It means he will have to watch Saturday’s Championship clash with Derby from the stands.An FA statement read: “Following an independent regulatory commission hearing today (Wednesday), Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka will serve a one-match touchline suspension with immediate effect.“Karanka, who was also fined £2,000, admitted an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to his behaviour during stoppage time at the end of the game against Blackburn Rovers on 29 November 2014.” Aitor Karanka 1last_img read more

Liverpool prepared to gamble on ‘new Suarez’

first_img1 Anfield Liverpool are poised to make a shock move to sign CA Juventud striker Jaime Baez in the January transfer window.According to Tuttomercatoweb.com, the Merseysiders have made an approach to sign the 19-year-old youth prodigy, who has been labelled the ‘new Luis Suarez’ in his native Uruguay.Baez plies his trade in the top tier of Uruguayan football and Liverpool scouts have reportedly watched the teenager this season.The young forward has been in fine form this term – smashing five goals in 14 appearances – which has also alerted Spanish giants Valenica to his enormous potential.Baez could be available next month for a fee in the region of £3million and Liverpool, who lead the chase to sign the striker, might be tempted to gamble on the player given their injury problems in attack.last_img read more

Men surprise girlfriends by proposing on TV

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! How many tears of joy can a morning news viewer take? NBC’s “Today” show pushed the sweetness envelope this morning with surprise wedding proposals to 20 women, a sweeps-month stunt the network billed as “the world’s biggest engagement.” Grooms-to-be, including Chris Nappi of North Hollywood and Alexander Raphael of Calabasas, wrote to the show’s producers to make their cases for the opportunity to take part in this grand-scale simultaneous engagement. The women were lured to the New York studio with the expectation of a couple’s makeover. The occasion wasn’t intimate, but there’s no doubt it’s memorable. The segment was scheduled to air in the 8 a.m. hour of “Today.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardlast_img read more

KELLY’S 4X4 DELIVERS THE GOODS ACROSS LETTERKENNY

first_imgThe weather may be threatening to make it the third white Christmas in a row.But there’s now no excuse for not having all you need in the house this festive season.Not since Kelly’s Centra store in Mountain Top, Letterkenny announced their 4×4 home delivery service. Be it coal, briquettes, gas, home-heating oil or a few bots and pieces for the kids when they come home from school, Kelly’s will deliver to your door.Customers can text, call, fax or email their delivery requests and the Kelly’s 4×4 will be there before you know it!Customers can text 086 2162052, phone 074 9122026 or fax 074 9126797.Kelly’s can also get orders ready for collection on their way home from work or school so you don’t have to hang around and wait in the cold.     KELLY’S 4X4 DELIVERS THE GOODS ACROSS LETTERKENNY was last modified: December 14th, 2011 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:Kelly’s Centralast_img read more