Ashley wins WBC award

first_imgJamaican female boxing sensation Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Comeback of the Year Award last Friday night at the 2016 Female Boxing Convention, which was held in Tijuana, Mexico, from January 27-31.Ashley, who lost her WBC Super bantamweight title on September 6, 2014, to Mexican Jackie Nava by way of a controversial majority decision in Mexico, regained the title on October 29, 2015, with a sparkling victory over Ireland’s Christina McMahon in New York. She was nominated for three awards Comeback of the Year, Champion of the Year, and Event of the Year.She dominated the fight, floored McMahon in the eighth round, and had her in serious trouble in Round 9. McMahon was able to weather the storm however, and ended up with a loss by unanimous decision. This obviously impressed the judges.Ashley told The Gleaner on Sunday that the competition was keen for the various awards and that she was elated to have picked up the award for her fight against McMahon.”Winning this award is great. It is icing on the cake after regaining my title, and it shows recognition not only from the WBC, but from the fans all over the world who were part of the decision making process,” she said.Ashley, who has been consistently nominated for the RJR Sportswoman of the Year Award, won the Chairman’s Award in 2014 for her achievements as a boxer. She was the 2015 Female Boxer of the Year and was nominated for the 2015 Sportswoman award.OLDEST FEMALE BOXERShe said that she was surprised at the ceremony on Friday when she was also presented with certificates from the Guinness Book of Records organisation for being the oldest female boxing champion in the world in 2013 and again in 2015 when at age 48, she defeated McMahon.She said: “I always get a thrill when people say to me, ‘You do not look 48 years old’. This is a tribute to my lifestyle and my work ethic, and I plan to box for many years to come. I want to continue doing well for myself and my country, so I work very hard.”It would be great if it is a title fight, but if not, I will still be happy as long as I get to fight before my home crowd and hear them cheering me on over an opponent.”last_img read more

Of Faith, Hope and Love

first_imgDo you’ve faith to remove mountain,Or hope that life must go on;And love that doesn’t discriminate?Then, you’re on track my friend!For, having faith to surmount your obstacles,Hope that life must go on no matter what;And love that transcends all barriers,Makes you quite wonderful, too!Faith is bold and stronger than might,Hope is courageous than an athlete;And love knows no condition,Possessing these makes life worth living!Let your faith not be weak,And let your hope not be in man;Or your love full of condition,Your faith, hope and love should be unwavering!For, having faith even to the end,And hope that your time will inevitably come;Or love that doesn’t discriminate,Will indelible impact your life-style my friend!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort St. John Road Closures this Sunday

first_imgSeveral blocks of 100th street will be closed Sunday for the Classic Cruisers Show and Shine.100th street from 101 Ave to 105 Ave will be closed from early Sunday morning until late Sunday night to accomdate the event. The event will include numerous classic cars, live music, kids kiddie train, drag racing cars and more. For more details on the event click here- Advertisement -The event will run from 9am to 5pm on Sunday.last_img

Eriksen-inspired Denmark out to spoil Peru’s W. Cup return

first_imgHowever, Denmark have their own goal-machine in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eriksen, who netted 11 goals in his team’s qualifiers, a record bettered only by Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski on the road to Russia.The 26-year-old struck a stunning hat-trick in the 5-1 demolition away to Ireland last November to secure Denmark’s play-off victory, then scored and created another in a 2-0 friendly win over Mexico in a pre-World Cup warm-up.With France installed as Group C favourites, neither team will want to drop points at the first hurdle.The spotlight in Saransk will be Guerrero, 34, who is set to lead Peru’s ageing strike force alongside Jefferson Farfan, 33, whose goals against Paraguay and New Zealand, in a play-off victory, carried them to their first World Cup finals for 36 years.(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on June 14, 2018 shows Peru’s Jefferson Farfan (L) in Lima, Peru, on November 15, 2017, and Denmark’s midfielder Christian Eriksen (R) in Dublin on November 14, 2017. Denmark, in Group C, open their World Cup against Peru in Saransk on June 16 before facing Australia and France. © AFP/File / LUKA GONZALES, Paul FAITHHaving been banned for testing positive after a qualifier against Argentina last October, Guerrero won a last-ditch legal appeal to appear at the finals.He promptly showed his class by scoring twice on his return in a 3-0 friendly win against Saudi Arabia a fortnight ago.However, competition is fierce within the Peru team to win places to face the Danes.“We put are creating good pressure in the team to give the coach a problem, it won’t be easy for him to choose the players,” said defender Anderson Santamaria.Peru winger Edison Flores, scorer of five goals in qualifying, who plies his trade for Aalborg in the Danish league, is confident.“I am a small player but with a lot of mental strength. To be in a World Cup is the best thing for a football player. Our coach believes in us and we in him,” said the 24-year-old who stands at 1.67 metres (5ft 5ins).The match pits the tallest team at the World Cup, Denmark, who average 1.85m, against the smallest in Peru, who average 1.78m.The Danes’ burly centre-back pairing of Simon Kjaer and Andreas Christensen will be tasked with containing Guerrero and Farfan.Denmark have avoided defeat in their last 14 matches, dating back to 2016, and coach Age Hareide has talent up front to choose from with Ajax starlet Kasper Dolberg, 20, and Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen vying to start as striker.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Peru’s forward Paolo Guerrero (C) vies for the ball with teammates during a training session at the Arena Khimki stadium, outside Moscow, on June 11, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. © AFP / YURI CORTEZSARANSK, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Paolo Guerrero will look to prove his drug-ban controversy is behind him on Saturday when Peru face Denmark and their star goal-scoring midfielder Christian Eriksen in both teams’ World Cup opener.The presence of Flamengo forward Guerrero is a huge relief to Peru boss Ricardo Gareca after his 14-month ban for taking cocaine was overturned just weeks before the World Cup kicked-off.last_img read more

Zimmer selected as Shadow Minister for Northern Affairs and Northern Economic Development Agency

first_img– Advertisement – Zimmer has served as a Member of Parliament since 2011 and was elected for his third term this past October. Zimmer says he is honoured to have been asked to serve in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Northern Affairs and Northern Economic Development Agency, adding that he looks forward to continuing to serve as a strong advocate for Canada’s northern communities. With this announcement, Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, has been appointed Shadow Minister for Northern Affairs and Northern Economic Development Agency. OTTAWA, O.N. – Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, Andrew Sheer, announced on Friday, November 29, the Party’s Official Shadow Cabinet. Zimmer most recently served in a number of capacities such as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.last_img read more

Exclusive – Spot on! Hart backs Pellegrini’s damning verdict on Man City

first_imgJoe Hart has backed Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s criticism of his side – and has called on his team-mates to shape up and tighten up.The Blues have started the season poorly by their standards and are already six points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea with nine matches gone.Pellegrini’s side crashed out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, in a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle, and are also struggling in the Champions League, with just two points from their opening three games.The Chilean slammed his side following the midweek defeat to the Magpies, claiming his players lacked ‘trust’ and were conceding goals too easily.And Hart has echoed his manager’s view.“It’s a fair assessment,” he told Drivetime, when asked about the 61-year-old’s comments. “Those little breaks are going against us and we’re dithering on the ball.“People are punishing us. That’s football though. We’re there to be beaten when we don’t play to the standard we want to play at.“We’re very keen to turn that around against Manchester United on Sunday.”You can listen to live and exclusive national radio commentary of Manchester City v Manchester United only on talkSPORT from 1.30pm on Sundaylast_img read more

Sport in 2019: Twelve big moments in pictures

first_img0Shares0000Eliud Kipchoge broke one of running’s symbolic barriers when he ran the marathon distance in less than two hoursPARIS, France, Dec 25 – The action was spectacular, exciting and colourful for 12 months around the globe, but the thrilling and sometimes surprising images also caught the wider significance of modern sport.Siya Kolisi South African Rugby captain Siya Kolisi brought the World Cup to Soweto © AFP/File / Michele SpatariSiya Kolisi stood tall as he showed off the Rugby World Cup trophy at a victory parade in Soweto on November 7.Kolisi, South Africa’s first black captain, had led the Springboks to victory five days earlier in Yokohama.Less than a month after Chester Williams, the sole non-white in South Africa’s first World Cup triumph in 1995 died at 49, Kolisi, prop Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira and wingers Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi were key members of the team.LiverpoolAfter scoring four goals to beat Barcelona, all of the Liverpool squad and the Kop saluted each otherLiverpool did not walk alone as they won Europe’s top club competition for the sixth time.A tepid final in Madid was effectively settled by a controversial penalty award in the second minute.After that Tottenham were powerless against a defence martialed by the magisterial Virgil van Dijk.The most memorable moment came at home at Anfield in the semi-final on May 1 when the Reds, trailing 3-0 from the first leg deficit, beat mighty Barcelona 4-0.The Kop roared and their team responded.Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton flew the flag with his crew after clinching the Formula 1 title in TexasLewis Hamilton had something to spare as he clinched his sixth Formula One driver’s title at the US Grand Prix with two races left in the season.Mercedes started strongly, winning the first six races, with Hamilton taking four of them. Even when the Ferraris were faster and their 21-year-old starlet Charles Leclerc collected four straight pole positions, Hamilton kept finding a way to win.He ended the season with 11 victories in the 21 races to collect a third straight title. He is now just one world title behind the all-time mark of Michael Schumacher.Eliud KipchogeKenya’s Eliud Kipchoge making history in ViennaEliud Kipchoge’s run on October 12 in a Vienna park might have been carefully stage managed, yet it was still a momentous and emblematic feat.The Kenyan became the first person to complete a timed run over the marathon distance in under two hours. After narrowly missing in 2017, he beat the symbolic mark by almost 20 seconds.He also bettered the world record by two minutes but did not break it. Because he ran behind a pace car, was escorted by a rotating phalanx of pace makers and had no competition, the official record remains a relatively leisurely 2:01:39, set by Kipchoge in Berlin 2018.Simone BilesUSA’s Simone Biles smiles after winning two gold medals on Sunday in the beam and floor finals at the world gymnastics championships in Stutgart.Simone Biles sparkled again at the gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart in October.She won five more golds to take her tally to a record 25. Biles unveiled two fresh and complex elements, sparking debate after the international gymnastics federation assigned the moves relatively low values arguing that they did not want other gymnasts to endanger themselves imitating the American.The triumph came in a tough year which saw Biles speak about being abused by former US team doctor Larry Nassar. The 22-year-old American has suggested that she will retire after the Tokyo Olympics next year.Tiger WoodsTiger Woods celebrates after sinking the putt to win his 15th major at the US Masters in AprilTiger Woods showed he still has claws as he tore through the field on the final round at the Masters on April 14 to win his first major in 11 years.The 43-year-old Woods started the final day clad in his famous Sunday red and two shots behind Francesco Molinari. Over the last seven holes, five other men held or shared the lead.Only Woods held his nerve as he won his 15th major and fifth Masters. The rest of the season was more of the struggle, but Woods had proved he can still perform on the biggest SundaysBen StokesKey deflection — Ben Stokes dives to make his ground as the ball hits his bat before speeding to the boundary in the World Cup final at Lord’sBen Stokes stooped to conquer. Returning to the England team after a ban following a brawl in 2017, he started the World Cup with runs, wickets and an astonishing catch to win man of the match.From there, his year just got better. In the final against New Zealand, he made 84 not out to earn England a tie, helped by a bizarre incident when he was hit by a fielder’s throw as he dived for a run, deflecting the ball for four overthrows.England won on tiebreak. Stokes was man of the match. In the Ashes, he clobbered an unbeaten 135, to claw England back from the brink in the third Test at Headingley.Steve SmithSteve Smith took a terrifying blow to the head but return to continue dominating the England bowlersSteve Smith climbed off the canvas to eclipse even Stokes in the Ashes. The former Australian captain, also returning from a ban, was flattened by England fastest bowler Jofra Archer in the second Test and missed the third, the ‘Stokes Test’.But he still finished the series with 774 runs in four Tests — 333 more than the next highest scorer, Stokes — at an average of 110.57 as he ground down England’s bowlers and ensured Australia drew the series and retained the Ashes.Djokovic, Federer, WimbledonNovak Djokovic was happier than Roger Federer after their marathon Wimbledon final © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLNovak Djokovic and Roger Federer pushed the limits as they fought out a dazzling heavyweight men’s final at Wimbledon. At 4 hours, 57 minutes it was the longest Wimbledon final.It only ended as soon as it did because of the first ever fifth-set tie-break in a Wimbledon final. Djokovic retained his title, 7–6, 1–6, 7–6, 4–6, 13–12, after saving two championship points.It was his 16th Grand Slam title. Only Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (19) have more. Between them the three have now won the last 12 Grand Slams.JapanJapan’s rugby players have captured the nation’s imagination with their fairy-tale run at the world cupJapan were refreshing hosts at the World Cup. They brightened the competition with their high-energy running rugby, upsetting both Ireland and Scotland to reach the last eight for the first time before bowing out to eventual winners South Africa in the quarter-finals.Indeed, their bowing also attracted attention. Japanese teams and fans have acquired a reputation for tidying up after them selves when they play away. As hosts, they also set a good example, as other teams copied their habit of bowing to fans.Lindsey VonnLindsey Vonn showed off some of her many medals after her farewell downhill at the ski World ChampionshipsLindsey Vonn finished her career by collecting yet another medal.The American speed queen said her body was too battered to continue her pursuit of Ingemar Stenmark’s record of World Cup victories, but at the end of another injury-hit season she was still quick enough at 34 to claim an eighth World Championship medal in the downhill in Are, Sweden.She skied 19 seasons and won 82 World Cup races, both records for women. She won races in five disciplines and she always brought style and elan to events.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Don’t go, Jack! Arsenal legend would ‘hate’ to see midfielder make Man City move

first_imgLiam Brady claims Jack Wilshere is “Arsenal through and through” and admits he would “hate” to see the midfielder wearing a Manchester City shirt.Wilshere has failed to win back a spot in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI since returning from his latest injury absence, and City are reportedly planning a £30million move to tempt the 23-year-old away from the Emirates in the summer.But former Gunners star Brady, who also served as the club’s academy director for 18 years, says it would be a huge blow see the homegrown star depart.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “I don’t know what is going through Arsene Wenger’s mind, I don’t know what is going through Jack Wilshere’s mind, but I think I know what is going through the people at Man City’s minds – they need English players and it is no surprise to see they might target Jack Wilshere.“But I would hate to see him leave the club because I have known the kid since he was ten years of age and he is Arsenal through and through.”After bursting on to the scene as a teenager, Wilshere has seen his career stall due to a succession of ankle injuries and has been restricted to just a handful of games this season.Brady believes his problems are of his own making, however, and claims, if he can become more clever in the tackle, he can go on to fulfil his vast potential.“I think Jack is too brave for his own good,” said Brady.“He goes into challenges where he isn’t favourite and he is dangling his leg out. He is too brave for his own good and has paid the price for that.“But it is early days yet for Jack. You just have to think of how he played for England against Brazil at Wembley that day that England beat Brazil. He was absolutely fantastic. He ran the show in the middle of the park.“And how he played against Barcelona when Arsenal beat Barcelona in the Champions League – let’s hope we can get Jack back to that level.”last_img read more

Rasshan could go back to QB

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt became an issue after starter Ben Olson was knocked out in the first quarter, forcing red-shirt freshman walk-on McLeod Bethel-Thompson into action. “I talked to Coach Dorrell and he said he didn’t put me in the game because I didn’t get any (practice) snaps,” Rasshan said. “(Dorrell) said we’ll go in and get a blue print and see how everything is going. I think I have the most experience at quarterback, so I definitely think I can help the team there.” Dorrell said the availability of Olson, who has a left knee injury, and Patrick Cowan (knee) will be assessed. Using Bethel-Thompson, true freshman Chris Forcer and Rasshan are also options. “I don’t have all the answers today, so don’t ask me today,” Dorrell said. “But those are the things we’ll have to consider over this weekend and move forward.” The quarterback situation was dire after Olson was hurt while being sacked by the Irish, and may not improve in time for Cal. Olson, who was on crutches but declined comment after the game, will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his injury. Cowan tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee two weeks ago against Washington, and has not practiced since. By Brian Dohn and Jill Painter STAFF WRITERS UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said the coaching staff will spend the next day or so deciding what to do with its quarterback situation, but Osaar Rasshan will be involved in it. Rasshan, who moved to receiver in the offseason, said he was told by Dorrell after UCLA’s 20-6 loss Saturday to Notre Dame he would return to quarterback during practice and could be the starter when the Bruins return from a bye and host California on Oct. 20. “We think all (Olson’s) ligaments are intact, and in pretty good shape,” Dorrell said. “We need to make an evaluation at some point over the weekend.” Bethel-Thompson completed 12 of 28 for 139 yards, was intercepted four times, sacked four times and fumbled three times, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Home sweet home Notre Dame freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen completed 17 of 27 passes for 84 yards in the first victory of his college career. Notre Dame continued to enforce a policy that freshman players can’t talk to the media, even though this was the former Oaks Christian star’s homecoming and Notre Dame’s first victory. “He was pretty fired up because this is his home turf,” Weis said. “He managed the team and did what we asked him to do. He’s a freshman, and this is the first time as a starting quarterback that he’s won. So, he’s as happy as anyone right now.” No Moline UCLA junior defensive tackle Chase Moline did not dress for the game because of migraine headaches. He practiced during the week. Who’s watching? When the deal was signed 14 years ago, it seemed like Notre Dame’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 83 years would be a big deal. ABC picked up the game, but not many people saw it. The game was slated to go to only 18 percent of the nation. The rest of the country was to get Ohio State at Purdue. Odds and ends Senior left guard Shannon Tevaga, a four-year starter, played for the first time since injuring his knee Sept. 15 at Utah. … UCLA reserve linebackers Shawn Oatis and John Hale each missed the second half because of concussions. … Bruins receiver Dominique Johnson suffered a left ankle sprain.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

Ex-cops heat up cold cases

first_img A 1957 case involved two El Segundo police officers murdered while on patrol. The cold case investigators were able to develop new leads on the case and resubmitted evidence, including two partial fingerprints that resulted in a composite print, which led investigators to a suspect who eventually pleaded guilty. “We are having our fingerprint people review all the cases from 1980 to 2000 and enter them into the automated fingerprint identification system,” Mondry said. “As our database grows, the potential for leads increases.” Despite the elaborate laboratories depicted on television in shows such as “CSI,” the reality is that homicide investigators often have to wait years for DNA analysis because of a lack of facilities or budget. Mondry recently received a grant that will pay for carefully-selected cases to be fast-tracked through the system. Out of the thousands of open cases, only 150 will be covered by the grant. “The potential for DNA is extreme, but it takes money and people,” Mondry said. Each homicide’s evidence is compiled in a “murder book,” a scrapbook of sorts that includes a summary of the case, all interviews, field and lab reports, photographs and printouts from various sources. These books are given to the contract investigators who may or may not have known of the case before their retirement. In addition to easing the load on homicide investigators working current cases, the contractors bring years of experience and street smarts developed over time. “If they didn’t use us, nothing would get done,” said Adams. “Not knocking the guys working now, but they just don’t have the manpower to do everything. Before I retired, we were working 30 cases a month and these (cold) cases took a back seat.” Mondry’s unit has had its share of success. It recently tracked a suspect from a 1981 Compton case through Georgia and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, capturing him in Cleveland. In some cases, witnesses who were afraid to testify at hearings have come forward; in others, the evidentiary paths have led to suspects who have since died themselves. Adams acknowledges the limitations of reinvestigating old cases. “We don’t want to get a family’s hopes up or down or raise expectations by talking with them,” Adams said. “If there are things we needed to have done but didn’t have the money to do (when the crime occurred), I don’t want to call them and tell them we’re looking over the murder. “But when we’re able to have the investigators call and let them know we’ve convicted someone, they are very grateful.” Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant For the last five years, experienced homicide investigators, most of them retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, have returned to help investigators comb through cases marked as “unsolved actives.” There are seven such cases in the Santa Clarita Valley and 25 in the Antelope Valley. A grant approved by the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 14 provides $500,000 a year for eight investigators to work as contractors, reviewing evidence, audio and video recordings, notebooks, and new technology – such as DNA analysis – that might not have been available at the time the murders were committed. The investigators are also updating computer files to try to identify suspects. “We’re able to take an address or partial name or bit of information and use these as a tool to review the case,” Sgt. Paul Mondry, who oversees the unsolved case unit. “Out of 1,700 cases, we were able to identify 135 for further forensic investigation. All of this boils down to a potential for workable leads. We’ve made more than 30 DNA hits using this system.” In 1991, Valencia homemaker Ann Racz vanished after dropping her children off at her ex-husband’s home. In 1993, martial arts instructor Veronica Estrada was found strangled off Soledad Canyon Road just west of Camp Plenty Road. Suspect Stuart Milburn was tried twice, but both cases ended in mistrials. They are just two of the thousands of Los Angeles County homicide files being looked at by investigators who have turned in their badges, but aren’t ready to turn off their expertise. The retired detectives want to give closure to victims’ families or to colleagues who worked the cases for years without solution. “When investigators talk to the families they are very grateful, even if it means that after all these years, somebody is still thinking of them,” said Dick Adams, who worked 14 years as a homicide detective before retiring. center_img HOTLINE If you have information that might help homicide investigators on unsolved cases, call (323) 890-5500. 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