Shocking defeat for Walters

first_imgSHOCKED! That was the response from boxing fans worldwide last Saturday night after Jamaica’s Nicholas ‘Axeman’ Walters quit after the seventh round in his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Super featherweight title fight against Ukraine’s Vasyl ‘Hi Tech’ Lomachenko, which took place at the Hotel Cosmopolitan Las Vegas in Nevada, USA.Although starting as the 1-11 underdog in the fight, Walters, who went into the ring with a very impressive 26-0-1 record and tremendous goodwill from around the world, was expected to give a world-championship performance against his rival, who has been the talk of the boxing world recently, because of his exceptional boxing skills.Lomachenko entered the professional ranks three years ago after an amazing amateur career that saw him win 396 of 397 bouts. Since then, he was able to win two world titles in seven fights, and was having his first defence of the title he won on June 11 this year, with a fifth-round knockout victory over then champion Roman Martinez. He now has a 7-1 record.Both men talked up a storm in the build-up to the fight, and each man predicted a knockout victory. It was Lomachenko who delivered, however, and it turned out that he stated correctly, in advance, just what he would do with Walters. The first four rounds, he said, would be used to test Walters and see what he had in his arsenal, and from round five, he would open up “and take care of business”. That was exactly what he did.LITTLE ACTIONThere was very little action in the first round as both men were cautious, but Lomachenko did just enough in the closing stages to take the round. The pattern was the same in the second, and it was easy to see that Lomachenko had a carefully worked out plan. He threw just enough jabs to impress the judges, and in the meantime, successfully parried the jabs and hooks thrown by Walters. It was obvious that his camp had devised a plan to stop the vaunted Walters left hook to the body, as it rarely landed. The right hook to the head, another Walters weapon, was also effectively blocked, and in short order, Walters did not have many options.In the meantime, by the fourth round, Lomachenko was consistently finding the mark with his jabs. He hit Walters with clean punches, while the Jamaican pugilist could not find the moving target that was Lomachenko. One could see by then that Walters was frustrated by the dominance of his opponent, as he just could not mount an attack. At the start of round five, Lomachenko unveiled the second part of his script. He upped the tempo and his hand and foot speed made him the master, offensively and on defence. This was the beginning of the end for Walters.AGGRESSIVE SIXTH ROUNDIn round six, Lomachenko was more aggressive, and he again stepped up the pace in the seventh. His hand speed was phenomenal, and for the first time in his career,Walters had no answers. His corner had panicked and there was obvious confusion there, so he came out for the round with no plan. He absorbed a lot of punishment in this round and it was obvious at the end of the round, that he was in serious trouble.It came as a surprise, however, that instead of answering the bell for round eight, Walters called it quits. The verdict was a technical knockout, and he had suffered his first defeat in 28 fights. He said afterwards that the layoff of nearly a year had affected him badly, and this was obvious, as he was not able to do anything right. He now has a few difficult months ahead of him, and drastic action will have to take place to revive the 30-year-old’s once promising career.last_img read more

Former Chief Magistrate among 4 appointed Senior Counsel

first_imgIn keeping with a promise to make annual appointments of senior counsels, President David Granger has conferred four long-serving legal practitioners with ‘Silk’. These appointments will take effect from January 1, 2018.Fitz Peters, SCAmong the newly appointed senior counsels is former Chief Magistrate Kalam Azad Juman Yassin, who was admitted to the local Bar in 1971. Yassin is currently the President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) – a post he has held since 1996.Attorney Fitz Le Roy Peters was also conferred with Senior Counsel status and in his 36 years as a legal practitioner, has held the post of Deputy Solicitor General at the Legal Affairs Ministry for 10 years before starting private practice in 1998 to date.Josephine Whitehead, SCThe other newly conferred Senior Counsel is Attorney Andrew Mark Fitzgerald Pollard, who has over 30 years of experience in civil and commercial practice. Given his specialty in commercial and company law, he holds the post of Director in several local corporations including Guyana Stockfeeds Inc, Sterling Products Limited, and Croesus Minerals Inc.The final Senior Counsel appointment is Attorney Josephine Whitehead. She is a former law lecturer at the University of Guyana (UG) and also a founding member of the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic, as well as its secretary.K A Juman Yassin, SCAccording to a missive from the Ministry of the Presidency on Saturday, these persons were conferred with ‘Silk’ by the Head of State after he considered their high quality of service in the legal profession and having confidence in their knowledge of the law.This recent appointment is the second group of legal practitioners to be elevated to the status of Senior Counsel by President Granger. Back in January 2017, he appointed nine senior counsels.Those conferring with ‘Silk’ earlier this year were Neil Aubrey Boston, Charles John Ethelwood Fung-A-Fat, Justice Alison Roxane McLean George-Wiltshire, Clifton Mortimer Llewelyn John, Rafiq Turhan Khan, Vidyanand Persaud, Rosalie Robertson, Justice Claudette Singh, and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams.last_img read more

3-year-old Lindener needs urgent medical attention

first_imgA Linden family is seeking the help of the public in securing funds for their three-year-old daughter who has been diagnosed with Retinoblastoma (cancer of the retina of the eye) and is in urgent need of treatment.Three-year-old Crystal John and her father, IvanCrystal John of Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, was diagnosed with the life-threatening disease when she was just eight months old, resulting in the removal of one of her eyes. It has since spread to her other eye and she is currently unable to see.In an effort to save her life and prevent further spread, her remaining eye has to be removed. As such, her parents, Ivan John and LaShawn Daniels, are seeking the assistance of the public in an effort to raise funds for her to travel to Cuba to receive urgent treatment.The family is presently seeking to secure US$10,000, which includes treatment, accommodation, transportation and other costs. A number of organisations, including the Giving Hope Foundation – Guyana and the Sar & B Nonprofit Foundation have since been on the quest to assist the family in raising the funds with the help of the public.Linden Nurse Colwyn Allen has also organised a telethon on his radio programme “Healthy Living with Nurse Allen” in an effort to assist.  Donations can be made via Citizens Bank Account # 219-002-772 and GBTI Account # 001062730013.  A GoFundMe account has also been set up at GoFundMe: parents can be contacted on phone numbers 690-0866, 670-4337 or 687-7171, or interested persons can contact the Giving Hope Foundation on phone numbers 227-6588 or 624-0531 to donate.last_img read more

India, Guyana seeking to develop direct business trades

first_img…as India’s 70th Republic Day observedThe Indian High Commission on Thursday evening hosted a celebratory ceremony to commemorate India’s 70th Republic Day, which is commemorated on January 26 every year.Speaking at the event, which was hosted at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown, India’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam noted that this year marks the 50th anniversary since the establishment of complete diplomatic relations between Guyana and India.He commented on the developments in India throughout the years and their present position in the world among the top-ranking nations. The Indian Government is currently seeking to relaunch the country by 2022 as a place whereHigh Commissioner, Venkatachalam Mahalingam delivering his remarks at India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations on Thursdayequity is key and all are subjected to better livelihoods.“During the last three years, India has proved to be a stable economy model in many areas including its regulatory framework. India is shifting from being an informal economy to a formal economy. India has earned its reputation of one of the 10 most-wanted Foreign Direct Investment destinations with an FDI of US$60 billion in 2018,” said the High Commissioner.High Commissioner Mahalingam noted that since the establishment of full diplomatic relations between India and Guyana in 1968, the two countries have been “warm and friendly but also we have consistently held common positions and supported each other in the multilateral arena. India and Guyana have much in common as we share the same colonial past, freedom struggle through peaceful means and our societies being multi-racial and multi-cultural.”According to the High Commissioner, bilateral trade between the two nations is some US$35 million, a figure which he deemed as below potential. It has caused some increased thoughts on ways to enhance some direct engagement in agriculture, renewable energy and pharmaceuticals among others.“The annual bilateral trade between India and Guyana, as reported by both Governments, is around US$35 million, which is far below potential. The trade through third countries for Indian goods and commodities is also equally high and it is expected to be much more than the actual reported trade figure. We are striving hard to enhance direct engagement between the business communities to enhance trade and investment in the fields of renewable energy, agriculture, education, mining, etc and enhanced cooperation in expanding pharmaceutical trade.”His words were followed by a brief presentation by the Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo who lauded the economic programme of the country, which has produced mass development.“Your country has embraced a dynamic economic programme and has embarked on a transformational path…The bounds of friendship between Guyana and India shared close historical and ancestral bonds which continue to deepen our cultural exchanges at the people-to-people level,” said Nagamootoo.Among those who attended the event were Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo; Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali; acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards; members of the Diplomatic Corp and other stakeholders.last_img read more

Largest-ever Guyanese contingent ready for CAC Games

first_imgWith the Caribbean and Central American (CAC) Games fast approaching, the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) has unveiled a 98-member team that will travel to Barranquilla, Colombia to represent the “Land of Many Waters”.GOA officials and Coaches of the various sport disciplinesThe contingent, which comprises 79 athletes and 19 officials, can be considered the largest one that Guyana has ever taken to an international engagement, and will depart these shores in a matter of days for the Games, which will run from July 19 to August 3.At the press briefing on Thursday, GOA President KA Juman-Yassin voiced high hopes for the team’s performance. The explained the importance of the team being successful in Colombia.“Apart from swimming, I think everyone else had to qualify which is exceedingly good. The success of these games for athletes would be to qualify for the Pan Am Games next year in Peru,” he asserted.Meanwhile, Juman-Yassin has disclosed that the GOA has provided all the necessary resources for the athletes with little assistance from the Government of Guyana.GOA President KA Juman-YassinGuyana will take representatives from 10 disciplines inclusive of badminton, boxing, taekwondo, squash, cycling, table tennis, hockey, athletics, rugby, and swimming. The teams will be accompanied by one or more coaches and Deion Nurse will act as Chef-de-Mission while Phillip Fernandes will act in the assistant capacity. Nurse explained that he was expecting top-class performances from the Guyanese sportsmen and women.“We’re expecting our athletes to go out there and to do their best. After that whatever else comes will be icing on the cake. There’re a few sports that stand out that we expect that should do well and as such, we look forward for them to materialise,” he said.Badminton Coach Gokarn Ramdhani expressed immense confidence in his small team of seasoned players. “They’ve been training very hard for the past two to three weeks and beyond that. As you know, we’re up against a lot of tough players from Central America, but we will still try our best to build our rankings points towards Pan Am and future tournaments,” Ramdhani said.Additionally, Guyana Taekwondo Association (GTA) President Ramjeet Ramphal also expressed high levels of confidence in his athletes. “We expect quite a lot from these two athletes. I’m hoping that these two can bring about a change in taekwondo, and at least bring home a gold,” he proudly stated.Badminton – Gokarn Ramdhani (Coach); Narayan Ramdhani; Priyana Ramdhani and Jonathan Mangra.Boxing – Terrence Poole (Coach); Keevin Allicock and Colin Lewis.Taekwondo – Roland Thomas (Coach); Mark Choy (Coach); Adrian Spellen and Justin Choy.Squash – David Fernandes (Team Manager); Ramon Chan-A Sue (Coach); Juanita Fernandes; Mary Fung-A-Fat; Ashley Khalil; Taylor Fernandes; Sunil Seth; Kason Khalil and Nyron Joseph.Cycling – Joseph Britton (Coach) and Romello Crawford.Table Tennis – Matthew Khan (Coach); Godfrey Munroe (Coach); Priscila Greaves; Trenace Lowe; Christopher Franklin; Natalie Cummings; Shemar Britton; Nigel Bryan; Joel Alleyne and Chelsea Edghill.Hockey (Men) – Robert Fernandes (Coach); Jamarj Assanah; Aroydy Branford; Rayon Branford; Jerazeno Bell; Hilton Chester; Marvin Dannett; Jason DeSantos; Robert France; Randy Hope; Kareem Mckenzie; Mark Sargeant; Meshach Sargeant; Medroy Scotland; Andrew Stewart; Steven Xavier and Dwayne Scott.Hockey (Women) – Latoya Fordyce (Manager); Damon Woodroffe (Coach); Sheneki Baptiste; Vanessa Pires; Min Sodia Culpepper; Ashley DeGroot; Ulrica Sutherland; Dominique DeGroot; Dacia Woodroffe; Trisha Woodroffe; Nicole Eastman; Marisha Fernandes; Princess Wilkie; Samantha Fernandes; Alysa Xavier; Marzana Fiedtkou; Gabriella Xavier and Bushani Kaladeen.Athletics – Sham Johnny (Coach); Troy Doris; Winston George; Janea McCammon; Leslain Baird and Emanuel Archibald.Rugby – Peter Green (Manager); Lawrence Adonis (Coach); Dwayne Schroeder; Claudius Butts; Avery Corbin; Richard Staglon; Peabo Hamilton; Patrick King; Ronald Mayers; Jamal Angus; Godfrey Broomes; Rondel McArthur; Ryan Gonzalves and Osei McKenzie.Swimming— Sean Baksh (Coach); Andrew Fowler and Jamila Sanmoogan.last_img read more


first_imgA man killed by a drunk-driver had pleaded with him to slow down just minutes before he was killed.Stephen McElwaine, 34, died after the car being driven by his friend Barry McFadden, 34, crashed near Stranorlar in June last year.The friends had been working plastering all day and McFadden had decided to go for a drink. McFadden, of Drumkeen, admitted being drunk, causing death by dangerous driving, and a number of other motoring offences.Another friend in the car, Jason Ward, later told officers that McFadden was speeding and that Mr McElwaine had pleaded for his to slow down.Sgt Kevin Lynch said none of the three had been wearing seatbelts and McElwaine was trapped under the van when Gardai arrived at the crash in Ballynaglack.He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital but he died there on June 18.Forensic experts found the van was travelling at 104km/hr in an 80 kph zone with a bald tyre.Members of Mr McElwaine’s family sat in the court but refused to give evidence.“They wish to keep their grief private,” said Patricia McLaughlin, prosecuting.Defence counsel Brian Walsh said the incident had “blown” two families apart.The court heard McFadden accepted full responsibility for the death of his friend and was deeply remorseful.Judge John O’Hagan said he accepted that McFadden had shown genuine remorse.“He has sentenced himself. Every waking day for the rest of his life he is going to have to live with this. He is going to have that sense of guilt and remorse forever.”The judge jailed McFadden for four years for causing death by dangerous driving but suspended the last year.He was also given two concurrent six month jail terms for drink-driving and driving whilst disqualified and banned him for driving for ten yearsMcElwaine’s family wept as the sentence was passed.MAN PLEADED WITH DRUNK DRIVER TO SLOW DOWN MOMENTS BEFORE DEATH CRASH was last modified: November 7th, 2013 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:Barry McFaddendeathdrink drivingLetterkenny Circuit CourtStephen McElwainelast_img read more


first_imgAfter two disappointing days organisers of the Eurosurf in Bundoran are hoping the competition can get back on track today.The good and calm weather has not made for ideal conditions for big waves in the past couple of days.But organisers are hoping that will change today with a bit of a wind beginning to take up. Thousands of surf fans have been in Bundoran for the past week for the championships and it is estimated more than €10 million will be riase for the local economy in Donegal.Ireland are currently sitting sixth in the competition and organisers hope the competition will resume around now.Weather permitting, it is hoped the finals of the competition will be held this Sunday.Ends SURF’S UP AGAIN IN BUNDORAN….AFTER TWO FLAT DAYS! was last modified: September 30th, 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:bundoranEurosurflast_img read more


first_imgFinn Valley Councillor Patrick McGowan said pressure must be put on Government to extend the Fodder Transport Scheme for the North-West where growth is much slower than rest of the country.“Farmers in Donegal and the North-West continue to struggle with the fodder crisis, which is still causing huge distress,” he said.He added Minister Coveney needs to visit Donegal and see for himself and to extend the fodder transport scheme for a further two weeks at least, which should be reviewed on a weekly basis after that. “Under the exceptional circumstances being experienced by farmers, the Minister needs to come up with a package of aid for farmers, unfortunately there is more unsettled weather forecast for next week.“We need to see more direction and leadership from the Minister on this.“The fodder crisis is not over and there now needs to be more forward planning for next year because there will be long term consequences following this present crises and there is every chance we could have a similar crisis in 2014,” said Cllr Mc Gowan.   DONEGAL NEEDS EXTENSION TO FODDER TRANSPORT SCHEME – McGOWAN was last modified: May 25th, 2013 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:cllr patrick McGowanfodderlast_img read more

Economy hale despite blast of hurricanes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The economy shrugged off the ill effects of the hurricanes very gracefully,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s The hurricanes did bite into economic activity, especially when it came to jobs. Zandi and other economists believe economic growth probably would have topped 5 percent if the hurricanes had bypassed the United States. Nonetheless, the GDP’s growth during the third quarter was the strongest since the first three months of 2004. Also, it showed the economy gained considerable momentum from the 3.3 percent pace in this year’s second quarter, the April-June period. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials lost 82.29 points as investors fretted that the robust GDP growth might prompt the Fed to order more rate increases in the future than had been anticipated. Separately, a Federal Reserve report suggested the economy had solid momentum in October and much of November. WASHINGTON – The nation’s economy demonstrated just how sturdy it is, posting its strongest quarterly showing in more than a year despite the Gulf Coast hurricanes. Gross domestic product, the best measure of economic standing, increased at a hardy 4.3 percent annual rate from July through September, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The reading was even better than the 3.8 percent pace estimated a month ago for the third quarter, and it exceeded analysts’ projections of a 4 percent pace. GDP measures the value of all goods and services produced within the U.S. The upgraded performance reflected brisk spending by consumers and businesses, despite record energy prices, and stronger investment in home building. Manufacturing, retail sales and hiring improved in many regions, the Fed said. Housing activity, while still healthy, slowed in many markets; demand for home mortgages eased in some areas. The Fed’s observations added to other signs of a gradual cooling in the hot housing market. Looking ahead, economists predict the economy will turn in a solid performance in the October-to-December quarter, even based on the assumption of consumers’ belt-tightening. Economic growth projections for the fourth quarter range from a growth rate of more than 3 percent to 4 percent. A few analysts believe the GDP could come in around 2 percent, a subpar performance. In the third quarter, though, consumers and businesses did their part to keep the economy rolling. Consumer spending grew at a 4.2 percent pace, the strongest since the final quarter of 2004. Economists predict consumer spending will slow considerably in the fourth quarter even if holiday sales are solid. Growth from other areas should help blunt that and allow the economy to log a good quarter, most economists said. Businesses boosted spending on equipment and software at a 10.8 percent annual rate in the third quarter, while investment in housing construction grew at an 8.4 percent pace. Federal spending rose at an 8.1 percent rate, reflecting some outlays due to the hurricanes, analysts said. President George W. Bush, pointing to the GDP report, said Wednesday that “businesses have overcome the challenges of two hurricanes and high energy prices.” That good news, however, has not helped Bush’s approval ratings in polls. They have fallen to some of the lowest levels of his presidency. While the overall economy has weathered the fallout from the hurricanes well, the labor market has felt more deeply the devastation. Employment in September declined for the first time in two years. In October, payrolls grew by just 56,000, an anemic figure. Ahead of the government’s release Friday of the employment report for November, many economists are forecasting a healthy rebound, with the economy adding more than 200,000 jobs during the month. Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and his colleagues maintained at their Nov. 1 meeting that the hurricanes only “temporarily depressed” employment and production. Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in late August; Rita followed in late September. Those storms, which battered crucial oil and gas facilities, choked off commerce and destroyed businesses, sent energy prices skyward and fanned inflation fears. To fend off inflation, the Fed raised interest rates in November and signaled that a rate increase was likely at its next meeting, Dec. 13. The Fed’s regional survey, released Wednesday, found consumer prices increased moderately in some areas as certain businesses passed along to shoppers a portion of their higher energy costs. “Persistent … price pressures” for energy and other materials used by businesses were reported in most regions. An inflation gauge tied to the GDP report showed prices rising at a 3.6 percent rate in the third quarter, compared with a 3.3 percent pace in the prior period. When food and energy prices are excluded, “core” inflation – which the Fed watches closely – actually moderated. Core inflation rose at a rate of 1.2 percent in the third quarter, down from a 1.7 percent pace in the second quarter. 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

Public urged to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah strikes

first_imgDonegal County Council is urging the public to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah passes across the western seaboard today and into this evening.Met Eireann has issued a status OrangeWind warning for Donegal and all counties along the western seaboard from 9am today until 6am on Monday morning and a Yellow weather alert for rain in Donegal valid until 6pm this evening. Earlier today Met Eireann increased the warning status for Kerry to red.Donegal County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team is currently monitoring the advice from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) and weather forecasts from Met Éireann and the Council remains in a state of readiness to deal with any incidents arising from the storm. However to date there has been no storm related call outs for the Fire Service in Donegal and reports of only a small number of fallen trees that Council crews have responded to.The Council is urging the public to keep up to date with the weather forecasts and to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and protect property during this weather event.Keep up to date on Council services by registering at or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook @donegalcoco or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil .During office hours you can contact theCouncil on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency call 074 91 72288. Public urged to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah strikes was last modified: December 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more