‘Frog’ ready to jump all over US teen

first_imgJamaica’s Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes, 28, one of the leading boxers on the Caribbean team, will take on 19-year-old Xzaviar Ford from North Carolina, USA, in the opening salvo of the Wray & Nephew Contender 2016 boxing series, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Old Hope Road, tonight.The made-for-television series will be broadcast live, starting at 9 p.m. by Television Jamaica.Now in its sixth season, the series has proven to be very popular in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and this year it will be eight boxers from Jamaica (five), Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana (one each), going up against eight boxers from the USA (seven) and the Bahamas. Competition this year will be in the welterweight division.Holmes goes into the ring with a record of 10 wins and five losses and it is of note that he was the runner-up last year – when it was a middleweight contest – with the upper weight limit being 160 pounds. He lost to Kemahl ‘Hitman’ Russell.LOSING WEIGHTWhen asked about his weight by The Gleaner yesterday, Holmes said he has had no problem moving down to the welterweight division – where the limit is 147 pounds – because his normal weight is in the region of 152 pounds.He confessed to not being “100 per cent ready at this time” because he has only been in high level training for about a month. He is confident that he will do well tonight, however, and warned that his opponent had “better be ready for some fireworks”.HOLMES’ OPPONENTFord, his opponent, has only four fights, with one victory and three defeats. He said his plan is to use his speed to good advantage against Holmes.The American’s trainer, Chris Joy, was also confident that his boxer would be able to hold his own and give a good performance.The bout will be over five rounds, a change from previous years when the preliminaries were fought over six rounds.There were some controversies with drawn fights last year, so the promoters, after discussions with the Jamaica Boxing Board, made it an uneven number of rounds this year to guarantee a clear winner. The semi-finals will be over seven rounds, but the final will remain a 10-rounder.The winner of the series will take home $2 million, runner-up $500,000, third place $250,000, and fourth place $200,000.last_img read more

Inter join Arsenal and Man United in transfer race for midfield star

first_img1 Arsenal and Manchester United will have to move fast if they want to sign Geoffrey Kondogbia, after reports in Italy claimed Inter Milan are making moves to sign the Monaco midfielder.Both Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal are believed to be big admirers of the 22-year-old, who was outstanding during the recent Champions League game at Emirates Stadium where he helped the French side come away with a convincing 3-1 victory.Reports in England on Tuesday suggested Monaco are prepared to listen to offers for Kondogbia during the summer and value him at £14.5m.But there could now be a third club entering the running to sign him after FCInterNews claimed the Italian giants are looking to take him to the San Siro at the end of the season.Roberto Mancini is desperate to see his side challenge at the top of Serie A and hopes to sign several new faces to help them compete for silverware once again. Geoffrey Kondogbia last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL’S MICK CROWNED EUROPEAN CHAMPION

first_imgDONEGAL strongman Micky Coleman has been crowned a double European Champion!The Stranorlar man took on competitors across Europe in Estonia today and won TWO gold medals.Micky, who has been writing about the build-up to the championships on donegaldaily.com, won the raw and equipped 100kg bench press….meaning he will return to Stranorlar Champion of Europe! Said the 35-year-old: “I was only aiming to get into the top five in Europe so to win is just unbelievable. I’m just incredibly delighted.”His biggest fans are his wife Paulina and has two children Kate, aged 11 and five-year-old Jake.Staff at the Energie Gym in Letterkenny where he works…..and works out…are over the moon.“They’ve been superb,” said the new European Champ! “The top class equipment here at the gym in Letterkenny is the best available.“I use it in my spare time….I suppose no-one can ever accuse me of slacking around the place!”BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL’S MICK CROWNED EUROPEAN CHAMPION was last modified: September 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:energie gymeuropean championmicky colemanlast_img read more

Watch: The humpback is back for an amazing encounter with fishermen

first_imgA local fishing crew caught a lot more than they bargained for when they caught a glimpse of a humpback whale in Donegal Bay on Tuesday.The mighty creature was spotted off South Donegal among schools of dolpins and bluefin tuna.The whale wasn’t shy either, as it surfaced only a few feet away from the fishing boat. The amazing marine moment was caught on camera and shared by the Donegal Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, but viewers are advised that the video contains expletives:Video: Donegal IWDGThese events follow another sighting of a humpback whale off St John’s Point on Sunday. Sightings are expected around the Irish coast at this time of year as whales come to their seasonal feeding grounds. However, two whales in Kerry baffled researchers after returning to the region together 20 years after their first recorded sighting.The Donegal branch of IWDG advised that there is a good chance of seeing the humpbacks off the north west coast at St John’s Point, Sliabh Liag and Carrick. If you do see the whales, the public is asked to report all sightings to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Watch: The humpback is back for an amazing encounter with fishermen was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:CoastfishHumpback WhaleMarinelast_img read more

SA to step up small business support

first_img6 May 2010 She said all nine provinces had co-operated, even Gauteng and the Western Cape, which did not have Seda offices. Davies said 20 000 callers had accessed the small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) payments hotline, which was launched in September and is housed at the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda). She said the advisory council on co-operatives would include advisers drawn from those on the ground in all provinces as well as legal people. The government plans to increase support for small businesses and co-operatives via a new academy and advisory board, and by introducing legislation that makes it easier for South Africans to run co-operatives. The hotline, which helps business owners claim late payments from government departments and public bodies had so far facilitated payments of R31-million to entrepreneurs, he said. Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Maria Ntuli said there were over 23 000 co-operatives registered by the department, but that only about 2 000 were “functional”, making training and monitoring of the sector vital. Source: BuaNewscenter_img SMME hotline Ntuli recently visited the provinces to determine the nature and problems of support to small enterprises, and will this week table her report on her findings before Parliament’s Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee. Institutional support Briefing the media ahead of his budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town this week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said his department would also be looking to revive its proposal for government to buy 10 key products and services from small business owners. “Let’s create entrepreneurs and opportunities for the people, so they can stand up for themselves,” said Ntuli. The department was also looking at institutional support for small businesses, specifically at how to boost finance and business training and wanted to interrogate whether government support was viable and whether the country had a proper support system in place.last_img read more

Evans, George lift Joberg2c MTB title

first_imgShortest stageThe shortest of the nine stages commenced at a furious pace as the teams left Jolivet Farm in the Highflats region. MacDonald and Woolcock rode hard up front to force an early break on the single track, which the riders hit after 5 kilometres. “I’m sure it will become an important race for our team from now on.” The Nedbank 360Life duo, who won the African leader jersey at the recent Absa Cape Epic, completed the 910km journey from Heidelberg in Gauteng to Scottburgh in 32 hours 27 minutes and 39 seconds, which left them 17 minutes clear of defending champions Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock of RE:CM, who recorded a total time of 32:44:43. Wheelchairs donatedThey donated a wheelchair per stage win to the Cycling for Mobility initiative and an additional 14 from the proceeds of the auction of their African leader jersey. ‘It’s one of the top races’“They said it’s all about the riders and certainly the trails are testament to that. It’s one of the top races I’ve done…definitely in this country.” He said the two standout stages had been day four, when the riders dropped down the escarpment from Sterkfontein Dam into KwaZulu-Natal, and the penultimate stage through the Umkomaas River Valley. MacDonald and Woolcock continued to drive the pace up Heart Rate Hill, with Evans and George sitting comfortably just behind them. The Nedbank 360Life rider said he and George had gotten a lot out of the event, but had also been proud to give something back. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 7 May 2012 Itec Connect-Vodacom’s David Morison and Louis-Bresler Knipe finished two minutes off the pace in 2:30:06 to take third on the day and the final step on the podium overall in 33:27:09. RESULTS Women1. Ischen Stopforth, Catherine Williamson (bizhub-fcf) 38:33:272. Sarah van Heerden, Jackie Church (Itec Connect-Vodacom Ladies) 40:34:313. Michelle van der Westhuizen, Jo Mackenzie (Cycling for Mobility 2) 54:38:04 MixedErik Kleinhans, Ariane Kleinhans (Contego 28E) 36:08:58Johan Labuschagne, Yolande de Villiers (Cycle Lab KTM) 37:12:12Carel Bosman, Leana de Jager (PeptroPro-bizhub) 39:15:23 Only Evans and George, Morison and Knipe, and the Transact pair of Paul Cordes and Arno du Toit, were able to stay with them. “Once the break was there, it was just a matter of consolidating to the end,” said Evans. Contego 28E’s powerhouse couple, Erik and Ariane Kleinhans, also added the mixed category medal to their recent Epic title, completing the nine days of riding in 36:08:58. SAinfo reporter Men1. Kevin Evans, David George (Nedbank 360Life) 32:27:392. Waylon Woolcock, Neil MacDonald (RE:CM) 32:44:433. David Morison, Louis-Bresler Knipe (Itec Connect-Vodacom) 33:27:09 “We’re spoilt to be able to come back and do this twice in the space of two weeks. We’ve checked out the tracks and I think we know where we’re going to make the racing.” The final day’s racing over 71 kilometres ended in a dramatic sprint across the beach, with RE:CM cementing their runner-up spot in the overall standings with a second stage win in 2:27:59. Nedbank 360Life followed them over the line just seven seconds later. ‘An easier way to end the tour’“It played out pretty much as we thought,” said Evans. “RE:CM wanted to win one more stage, so we had a free ride and just got to sit on. It was actually nice because it’s an easier way to end the tour.” Evans said afterwards that the event had exceeded his every expectations and that he and George had thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the 550-odd riders in the community-run race villages. Ischen Stopforth and Catherine Williamson of bizhub-FCF took line honours in 2:57:17 to seal an almost uncontested victory in the women’s race in 38:33:27. Evans said they were now looking forward to their next big goal, the BOE Sani2c, which traces the last three days of the Old Mutual joBerg2c. Top South African mountain biking stars Kevin Evans and David George debuted in spectacular fashion at the 2012 Old Mutual joBerg2c, taking five stage wins en route to overall victory at Scottburgh on the Kwazulu-Natal south coast on Saturday. The hills towards the first water point, after 33 kilometres, split the front group and the two top teams in this year’s race, RE:CM and Nedbank 360Life, were able to open up a gap of 1:20 on Itec-Connect Vodacom and Transact.last_img read more

Acting on Uganda’s anti-Aids progress

first_imgPupils in the ITLP programme perform in a play for members of their community in Uganda. In another production, complete with props, in Uganda, pupils show what they have learned. Playwright Judy Tate (in glasses) discusses the day’s work with participants of an ITLP workshop in Khayelitsha, Cape Town in June. (Images: ITLP)MEDIA CONTACTS• Uganda Aids Commission +25 64 14 288 065Valencia TalaneUganda has been hailed over the past two decades as one of the champions of the fight against HIV/Aids in Africa, thanks to the country’s proactive approach to dealing with the disease in the early 1990s.A massive government-led awareness campaign in 1989 led to a significant drop in new infections over the next few years. In 1992, 18% of the population had been infected, but the number dropped to less than half over the next decade and in 2001 was recorded at 6.4%.The good news was that the people of Uganda were avoiding infection in large numbers and so the focus could shift towards providing proper treatment for those who were already infected. The bad news, however, was that efforts to hold awareness drives waned, and the multi-sectorial approach of the government lost some of its hold. Soon enough, more and more Ugandans were becoming infected again. Figures released in 2011 show an infection rate of 7.2%.U-turn in infection ratesIt was in 2009, at a press conference held ahead of World Aids Day, that the secretary-general of the Uganda Aids Commission (UAC), Dr Kihumuro Apuuli, admitted that a shift in the government’s campaign focus had brought the country to the point where new infection numbers were once again rising, citing 2002 as the year that this became notable.Although the growth in new infections was slower than that of the 1990s, Apuuli’s organisation asserted that the general attitudes of people towards the disease needed to change. Their latest figures at the time showed that 65% of the cases were among married couples.The most affected population group is the 15-49 age demographic, and there are more women in the statistic than men, which intensifies the danger of mother-to-child infection in pregnant women.Authorities concede that the government alone will not be able to tackle the problem and achieve the results of 11 years ago, but with as much participation as possible at community level, the most vulnerable groups can get something out of the awareness campaigns.Messages through theatreEnter the International Theatre and Literacy Project (ITLP), a US-based NGO that brings theatre artists from all over America to developing countries to conduct workshops on writing plays and performing with school pupils and teachers. Started in 2005 by Marianna Houston, former director of the New York-based Theatre Development Fund, the ITLP has worked in countries like Tanzania, Malawi and Rwanda since its establishment.The programme’s focus is on community development and awareness of HIV/Aids, and by involving young people in the performing arts, it is able to convey messages to the broader community by way of writing plays which the pupils then perform for members of their communities, in the familiar environment of their villages.“Everyone gathers around and there’s a platform and someone has a little bit of a costume and you’re going to learn a lesson,” explained Houston in a recent interview with Media Global News, a news site with a focus on the developing world.“You’re going to learn how to put a condom on a banana, and you’re going to learn how to get tested for Aids, you’re going to learn about corruption…you’re going to learn something.”Throughout the performances, there are discussion intervals where audience members tackle the conflicts highlighted in the scene in order to find a solution.Houston feels that this form of awareness is more effective because the audience gets to learn from trusted members of their community, and this strengthens the likelihood of them changing their behaviour, and in turn helps reduce the impact of the disease.The benefits of theatreITLP’s workshops take place over a course of two weeks and are facilitated by the organisation on the one hand and the teachers at participating schools on the other. The pupils take part from Monday to Friday during a break in the school term, and at the end of the two weeks, they perform a play that they have written themselves.Although the plays are in English, summaries are made available that are translated into the language commonly spoken by members of the community.The work by the cast does not end there, however, as the pupils also get to perform the play again for the rest of the school when the term commences.“The programme contributes to new perceptions of themselves as young citizens capable of fostering a new kind of leadership in their communities and country,” said Houston.An added incentive for pupils who wish to participate in the programme is the chance to receive a scholarship, given by the ITLP to cover the cost of textbooks and tuition.In Tanzania, two of ITLP’s participants from St Margaret’s Academy got an opportunity to attend the Camp Treetops, a residential camp in New York as part of the ITLP-Nowicki scholarship, funded by film producer Stefan Nowicki.“Theatre is a very good method for communicating information [in] an oral history society,” said Houston. “The act of coming together at a performance reconnects communities with cultural roots.”last_img read more

South Africa’s rhino fight takes to the air

first_img29 November 2013 South African National Parks (SANParks) is to beef up its arsenal in the fight against rhino poaching with the deployment of a Gazelle military helicopter. The Gazelle was donated by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation and African aerospace and defence group Paramount, and forms part of an on-going capacity building partnership announced a year ago. A Seeker MKII Surveillance aeroplane, also donated by the foundation, has been operating in the Kruger National Park since December 2012. Speaking at the helicopter’s unveiling at Letaba in Limpopo province on Thursday, SANParks CEO David Mabunda thanked the Ichikowitz Family Foundation for their involvement, which has included the provision of fuel, pilots, specialised training and operational capacity. Ivor Ichikowitz, the chairman of the foundation and founder of the Paramount Group, said the Gazelle would give SANParks superior airpower in its fight against rhino poachers. The light attack helicopter has a maximum airspeed of 310 kilometres per hour and a range of 670 kilometres. “A critical part of this helicopter’s capabilities is its speed and the fact that the Gazelle has a night vision capable cockpit,” Ichikowitz said, adding “Part of our contribution is to the training of the pilots to be able to fly at night, thereby fundamentally taking the war directly to the poachers.”Kruger rhino census Mabunda, outlining the results of a census conducted a few months ago, said it was estimated that the Kruger National Park was home to between 8 400 and 9 600 white rhino. SANParks scientists conducted the census using a 40% block count survey method. The census took three weeks to complete in September, making use of three helicopters with a total of 220 flight hours. The bottom line, Mabunda said, was that despite escalating poaching, increased anti-poaching operations had ensured that there were relatively stable rhino numbers in the park since 2008. “We are certain that without intense anti-poaching operations, Kruger’s rhino population would have begun significantly declining by now.” Ichikowitz said that, with the Gazelle now part of SANParks’ anti-poaching operations, “we hope that the fight for the rhino will reach a tipping point in 2014”. He added that his foundation was assisting SANParks with further training of its game rangers in advanced bush tracking techniques, and together with Paramount would be providing SANParks with tracker dogs and related training in 2014. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

It Isn’t Selfish, It’s Ethical: The Importance of Self-Care

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPixabay[Heart Hand Hands Love by ArtsyBee, September 3, 2015, CC0]“Now that we have absolute evidence of the negative consequences of compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress reactions that are too high and that your resilience can’t deal with… all of those things are unethical. It’s unethical to work with other people when you know that you’re not functioning at your best because of the need for self-care and for attending to your own particular needs.” –Dr. Charles FigleyWe were all deeply engrossed in conversation within the chat pod during Dr. Figley’s captivating keynote session for the 2017 MFLN Virtual Conference when he expressed the above thought that hit me like a ton of bricks and stopped me in my tracks. I’m not being selfish, I am being unethical when I don’t take time for self-care. And, for me, unethical trumps selfish any day of the week.When Dr. Figley first mentioned self-care, a barrage of comments started to ensue, which included far more negatively related connotations than positive ones. Here are a few that stood out:“It’s easy to feel like you should be “tough enough” to not need to take time for yourself.”“There is a social stigma and negative association with self-care. It is oftentimes viewed (unfortunately)as selfish and is therefore taken with a layer of guilt.”“It feels selfish to make sure my oxygen mask is on before I take care of others.”“Sometimes finding time for self-care is hard when so many are in so much need.”Sometimes the struggle is that the needs seem so urgent… an example would be the failing health of a loved one. It’s so hard to say ‘no, I need to take care of myself”.As Military Family Service Providers, it’s easy for all of us to have these thoughts and associations with self-care. But, isn’t it a totally different ballgame when you hear that what you are doing is unethical? Isn’t it ironic that the one reason most of us had for NOT taking time for self-care (selfishness) was actually doing more harm than good? But, if the “unethical card” isn’t enough reason for you to start practicing self-care like it was for me, here are some great responses from other participants in our chat pod who seemed to have a much more positive spin on self-care:“My emotional bucket can get empty and needs a refill sometimes.”“So many forget that if your emotional bank account is overdrawn, you can’t invest in anyone else… Self-care is so important, decompressing from tough cases and having your listening board to bounce thoughts off…”“I learned that I have to sit with the discomfort of other people’s judgment when I take care of myself.”“Encouraging helping professionals to take time for self-care and opening conversations like this one are so important! We need to continually encourage self-care as part of the culture for the profession.”So, whether your reason for taking time for self-care is because you recognize that your glass is empty or because you know you are being unethical, you are doing yourself AND your clients a huge favor that can make all the difference in the world!We would love for you to share your motivation for taking the time for self-care in the comments below.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more