Gardener makes impressive pro debut

first_imgJamaican welterweight Michael Gardener made a spectacular debut to the professional ranks of boxing on Wednesday night when he scored a knockout victory over JosÈ Guzman from the United States SA in the fifth week of competition in the Wray and Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 series at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.Guzman hit the deck at one minute and 22 seconds of the second round and could not make it back to his feet before the 10-count was administered by referee Peter Richards.There were some question marks surrounding Gardener’s appearance in the competition with no professional experience, but he stated before the fight that it would not matter.”I have had good experience in 40 amateur bouts all over the world. I am in the best condition of my life, and I am going to win this fight convincingly. It will be pure excitement,” he stated at the weigh-in.He then proceeded to back up his words with his fists.Guzman, with 20 professional fights and a 6-13-1 record in a 10-year career, was also confident. “My experience will make the difference, and I have been in the ring with the best,” he stated. He did show in the early stages of the fight that he has experience. His jabbing was pinpointed and he scored freely in the first round, but Gardener made it clear right from the outset that he had a knockout in mind.He threw some good jabs, but his main target was his opponent’s body, and he put the full weight of his 146 pounds behind every hook that he landed. The first round was fast and sometimes furious, with Guzman throwing mostly jabs and Gardener mixing it up with jabs to the head and hooks to the body.NO CHANCES TAKENThe pace stepped up in the second round and Gardener came out of a clash of heads with a cut over his right eye. He dabbed at the cut with his gloves and then seemed to decide not to take any chances, with the fight possibly being stopped.He moved in aggressively and suddenly landed a hard right hook to Guzman’s body that made the American wince and then fall to his knees in agony. He bent over, with his head on the canvas, as referee Richards gave the count. He did lift himself briefly, but the pain was obviously too much for him, and even after the count reached 10, he remained on his knees.In two entertaining amateur bouts, heavyweight Ricardo Brown from the G.C. Foster gym outpointed Oshane Watson from Heavy Metal gym; and light heavyweight Renaldo Beckford, who is based in St Mary, defeated Dwayne Henry from Stanley Couch gym, also on points.last_img read more

TFCI Mobilizes 40,000 Farmers in River Gee

first_imgAn official of the Tarlesson Farmers’ Cooperative Incorporated (TFCI) says the entity has mobilized 40,000 farmers in River Gee County for rice and vegetable production. Elijah W. Toe, Executive Director of TFCI made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on Monday.He said the organization has acquired 50 acres of land to cultivate rice and vegetables.The TFCI was established in 2015 by Rev. Roosevelt Tarlesson, who now resides in California, United States, Mr Toe said.“We initially proposed to the Ministry of Agriculture for a grant of US$500,000 to include training, extension services and technical assistance to local farmers,” Director Toe said, adding that the group does not intend to engage in subsistence farming.The MOA informed his group, however, that such funding is not in the Ministry’s budgetary appropriation, Toe said.The MOA instead suggested that the farmers apply for loans to enhance their agricultural activities in River Gee County, Toe said.TFCI officials did apply for a loan, which would also help with youth empowerment, through a formal letter to the MOA. The TFCI also requested for farming equipment to expand its multipurpose agricultural projects in Kanweaken and its surrounding towns in River Gee County, Toe disclosed.On April 24, 2016 TFCI requested a grant of US$10, 000 from the MOA. Although the MOA is yet to respond to its request, TFCI believes that much can be achieved if it gets the grant.Director Toe described agriculture as the bedrock of any country because it stimulates socioeconomic development.Toe underscored the need for the reconstruction of highways and farm to market roads in all parts of the country.He added that bad roads have been the biggest challenge facing farmers in River Gee County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fire service to crackdown on city businesses

first_imgAs part of its annual Fire Prevention Month observation, the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) will be cracking down on businesses in Georgetown that are not in conformity with necessary safety regulations.“We will be visiting schools and businesses randomly to ensure that they are in compliance with fire safety regulations, so they need to be on the lookout,” according to Fire Prevention Officer Nigel Gravesande.Speaking with Guyana Times on the sidelines of a donation by the NEW GPC INC, Gravesande gave an update on the activities planned for the month, which includes the inspection.The Fire Prevention Officer posited that during this annual exercise, several city businesses are often flagged for not adhering to the necessary safety practices.“We found mostly in commercial buildings along Regent Street, and especially inFire Prevention Officer, Nigel Gravesandethis period when they’re now doing stocktaking for the Christmas season, you find that they have a problem of overstocking, poor housekeeping, no fire protection, no detection system or alarm system.”“So these are just some of the areas that we’ll be looking at. We have a problem also where there are poor electrical wiring, overloading and these kinds of things but we’re going to be looking at all these aspects,” Gravesande noted.The Fire Prevention Officer went on to note that in dealing with those businesses that are in breach of the safety regulations, the fire service will write to them after a valuation and make recommendations on what needed to be done to get inconformity with the necessary regulation.“After the letter is sent, they will have a period of time to clean up their act and failing to do so, will allow us to take the necessary action in terms of taking them to court,” he stated.While he could not give any specific figure or details at the time, Gravesande did note that they have taken persons to court in the past, adding that in some cases the business even had to close down as a result of their lack of conformity.This year’s Fire Prevention Month will be observed under the theme: “Promote a green economy; Give priority to fire safety”. The activities will kick off with a career fair on Wednesday at the National Park after which the event will be taken to other districts throughout the country.In addition to the inspection exercise, another area the fire service will be focusing on is educating citizens on safety practices, particularly with regards to waste disposals and open/outdoor fire.According to the fire prevention officer, they will be targeting persons living in close environs, such as new housing schemes and in the city, imploring them to refrain from lighting fires that can affect others within their environment.Just two weeks ago, some 22 students from Tutorial High School and another from Richard Ishmael Secondary School were rushed to the hospital after being affected by smoke coming from the GPSU Ground on Thomas Lands, where persons were burning the dried grass to groom the field.Gravesande pointed out that permission has to be giving to persons in these areas before they can go ahead and light fires, adding that none was sought in this case.Nevertheless, he went on to suggest that persons make use of the disposal services in getting rid of their waste as oppose to lighting fires, which not only affect others but also damage the environment.last_img read more

Audit finds planting program cost far more than value of flora alone

first_imgAnd the audit is drawing concern as the city is launching Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s sweeping initiative to plant 1 million trees in the city. The DWP provides most of the free trees being distributed at promotional events. “I know trees are good and I’m all for trees,” said Board of Water and Power Commissioner Nick Patsaouras. “What I’m focused on is, it’s inefficient to spend $100 per tree. “A million trees multiplied by $100: Where does the money come from? It’s a waste; it’s inefficiency.” Organizers of the Million Trees initiative, however, said they’re hoping to avoid DWP’s high costs, in part because the program requires residents to pick up their own trees. “We use tree adoptions where the city pays for the tree stock and that brings the cost down to $15 per tree because, obviously, we’re not paying for the labor,” said Hutson Morris-Irvin, program manager for the Million Trees L.A. Foundation. In the recent DWP audit, labor costs were estimated to add about $63 to the cost of each delivered tree. Last year, the DWP rewrote the Conservation Corps contract, cutting the per-tree cost to $72. The utility currently is revising the contract again so the corps will receive $55 per tree delivered. In addition, the Conservation Corps will receive $260 to plant each large tree, a sum similar to what the city’s Urban Forestry Division spends to plant large trees. Board President David Nahai said the audit and contract revisions are part of a department overhaul led by the new board, which was appointed by Villaraigosa in 2005. Under the new direction, all DWP programs are scrutinized, and feel-good social projects are weighed against their effects on ratepayers. Launched in 2002, Trees For a Green L.A. was promoted by the DWP and then-Mayor James Hahn as environmentally friendly and socially conscious. The L.A. Conservation Corps hires and trains teens at risk of sliding into gangs and other trouble, who were to do much of the tree maintenance and delivery. “At the time the contract was entered, everybody thought they were doing the right thing,” Nahai said. “In this case, initially the contract was too expensive by about 30 (percent) to 35 percent, but it was caught and revised and we’ve obtained a better deal for the people of Los Angeles.” L.A. Conservation Corps Division Manager Dan Knapp said the utility never paid $101 just for tree delivery. “The program included a lot more than that. It’s not a tree delivery program. It’s a tree education and civic engagement program,” said Knapp, who worked with the DWP to launch Trees for a Green L.A. The $101 per tree also covered start-up costs including restoring a nursery in Griffith Park, buying equipment, developing a tree-tracking system using scanners and bar codes, and hosting weekly tree-planting workshops across the city. To reach its goal of planting 100,000 trees per year, DWP officials had planned a major advertising and public relations campaign. But in 2002, city Controller Laura Chick audited the utility and found it had spent millions of dollars marketing its Green Power program with little environmental benefits to show for the money. Feeling the heat, the DWP cut publicity plans for the tree giveaway. And without promotion, there wasn’t a big demand for 100,000 trees per year, as the DWP had envisioned. The corps scaled back its operation, reducing its workers on the project from 30 to five and getting rid of two of its three delivery trucks. “We understand that with public funds, there are a lot of checks and balances. We have to make sure we’re as cost-effective as possible,” Knapp said. The original 2001 contract was $8 million for two years; the corps ended up collecting a total of $3.9 million through 2005. A second contract of $3.9 million was approved last March. In the long run, the tree giveaway is supposed to fund itself through energy savings. A U.S. Forest Service analysis for the DWP estimated that one tree could save $194 worth of electricity over 30 years. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For nearly four years, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spent $101 each time it delivered a tree worth $12 to ratepayers under its Trees for a Green L.A. giveaway, according to a new internal audit. Approved in 2001, the free-tree program offered ratepayers as many as seven shade trees delivered to their homes in an effort to reduce air-conditioning and energy demands. Trees also were distributed and planted near public buildings and on public land. The goal was to root 100,000 trees a year – at a cost of roughly $40 a tree. But the utility and its contractor, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, fell far short of that mandate – only distributing or planting 36,000 trees over 3 1/2 years – which boosted the per-tree cost to $101. last_img read more

Update – New forest fires start in the North Peace

first_imgAccording to the Forest Service, the Beatton Airport Road Fire is 85 per cent contained.  At last count 69 firefighters were working the fire along with three helicopters and two pieces of heavy equipment. UPDATE:  As of 9:30 p.m. seven new fires have started in the B.C. Peace.  Local residents near Mile 57 have provided the following photo of a fire in that area.  Local residents are currently fighting the fire.  We have been unable to confirm if there are any forest service crews helping with that fire.Local residents worked to fight a fire at Mile 57 of the Alaska Highway April 29.Local residents worked to fight a fire at Mile 57 of the Alaska Highway April 29.Here is a list of all the new fires that started Saturday.Mile 57 – 0.09 HA in size1.5 km S Doig First Nations – 0.009 HA in size2km North of Doig First Nations – 100 HA in sizeGoodlow – 0.009 HA in sizeBoundary Lake – 0.009 HA in size25 km South of Dawson Creek – 4 HA in sizeWest of Beryl Prairie – 0.009 HA in size- Advertisement -Original StoryFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At least two new forest fires have started in the North Peace.According to one eye witness there is a new forest fire in the Goodlow area near the Goodly recreation grounds.  We understand one air tanker has been deployed to this fire.  At this time, we are still waiting for more information about this fire.Advertisement Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There is also a fire 2km North of the Doig River First Nation.  That fire is 100 hectares in size and under an initial attack.As of 8 p.m., the Forest Service and the Peace River Regional District have not provided any further information.If you have information about new forest fires in the area, please email us at  You can also send photos and video to that address as well.Saturday was the first of at least four warm days with temperatures on Sunday expected to reach 23 degrees and 25 on Monday.  The forecast also calls for wind gusts up to 40km/h on Sunday.Advertisementlast_img read more

TRANSFER REPORT! Arsene Wenger ready to ‘break the bank’ for Leicester sensation

first_img1 Riyad Mahrez in action for Leicester City Arsene Wenger will splash the cash to bring Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez to Arsenal this summer, according to reports in France.The winger has been one of the players of the season so far, weighing in with 16 league goals and 11 assists.Clubs from across Europe have taken a note of the Algerian’s form and the likes of Barcelona have been linked with summer moves.But, according to Le10 Sport, it is Arsenal who are ready to break the bank for Mahrez at the end of the season.Wenger is a big fan of the 25-year-old and positive scout reports have urged him to make a move this summer.Leicester are very reluctant to sell their star man and it is reported any bids must be in excess of £30m to stand a chance of landing Mahrez.last_img read more


first_imgThe Mayor of Letterkenny has said the biggest tribute the townspeople can pay the late Jim McCormick is if they keep the town tidy and hopefully in the race for Ireland’s Tidiest Town.Mayor Gerry McMonagle was speaking following the sudden death of businessman Jim McCormick in Spain in the early hours of yesterday morning.Mr.McCormick, the owner of Magees Chemist on Main Street, is believed to have died very suddenly from a heart attack. Mayor McMonagle said “The work did Jim behind the scenes in trying to help Letterkenny win Ireland’s Tidiest Town will never be known.“He put almost all of his life into his business and into the tidy towns organisation locally.“I think it will be a fitting tribute if people go out of their way now to help Letterkenny go one step further and become the country’s tidiest town” he said.Letterkenny was just four points behind winner Killarney in this year’s competition and many feel it is only a matter of time before the town wins the award. Meanwhile tributes continue to flow in for the late Mr McCormick who is survived by his wife Fionnula, sons Gerard, Brian and Eoin, extended family and many, many friends.EndsMAYOR URGES PEOPLE OF LETTERKENNY TO PAY DEAD BUSINESSMAN THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE was last modified: September 17th, 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)last_img read more

Sterling ‘to reject contract offer’

first_imgRaheem Sterling is poised to reject Liverpool’s initial offer of a new contract, according to the Daily Mail.The 17-year-old from Harlesden has been discussing an improved deal at Anfield, with other clubs said to be keen to lure him away.It is claimed Liverpool are preparing to offer him in the region of £20,000 a week but Sterling’s camp believe he deserves closer to £50,000.Sterling, who left QPR to move to Merseyside in 2010, turns 18 next month.Click here for the Chelsea v Liverpool quizSee also:Sterling in line for new 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Live postgame video: Reactions to Warriors win over Rockets

first_imgRelated Articles CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceWatch the postgame reactions from the players and coaches following Sunday afternoon’s intense Game 1 when the Warriors survived with a 104-100 victory as both sides spent time complaining about the officials.Kevin Durant was brilliant in scoring 35 points and Stephen Curry buried a late 3-pointer as Golden State left the Rockets fuming. Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon …last_img