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

Boone Pickens: ‘I don’t have any conversations with Gundy’

first_imgdid he become a relationship expert before or after his 4th divorce? Clearly, he’s not getting enough attention at home.— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) September 28, 2016Just recently, Boone also brought up Mike Gundy’s 2-9 Bedlam record, calling him out for his lack of success against the Sooners.“You remember what I said? I didn’t say we had to win. I said we had to be competitive,” Pickens told the Tulsa World. “We’ve sure been competitive with some of them, but we’re still struggling with OU. Les Miles beat OU, didn’t he? Two out of four? Yeah. That’s competitive.”Pickens also talked about Big 12 expansion and David Boren in the interview with Bohls, adding that he thinks that “maybe it’s time for David [the University of Oklahoma President] to retire.”Maybe Pickens isn’t taking the 2-2 record so well, or maybe he’s just a grumpy old man who has no filter. Either way, the comments aren’t exactly great timing for a team looking to take down a ranked Texas team coming to his own stadium on Saturday.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Boone Pickens loves to stir the pot. And one masterful way to do that is to mention Mike Gundy.He did just that on Monday, telling the Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls that he doesn’t “have any conversations with Gundy.” And when given the opportunity to downplay their relationship status and whether there was tension between the two, Boone calmly blew into the smoldering ashes. “I don’t know, but Mike doesn’t handle people relationships very well. And he gets mad about things. I’ve heard he’s written some notes about me that weren’t very complimentary.”Relationship advice from Boone Pickens? Somewhat difficult to consider him a field expert in relationships…last_img read more

Rev. Thwaites Supports Call for Social Workers in Schools

first_img He issued a challenge to the UWI Social Work Department to provide modules, research material and interaction for those principals. Story Highlights Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is expressing support for the placement of social workers in the local school system.He was responding to a recent call by the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) for the involvement of social workers in schools. The Education Minister said the appeal is to be supported. “It is not to take away work from anybody. It is to fill a distinct professional gap that exists,” he stated.The Minister was addressing the launch of a special issue of the Caribbean Journal of Social Work entitled, ‘Social Work & Development: Caribbean Insights’, on October 23 at the Undercroft, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus.He endorsed the journal, produced by the UWI Social Work Department, stating that it “helps to create a solid base for reflection and for action.”The Minister noted that the relationship between the profession of social work and social activists needs to be explored, defined and deepened in relation to the education process as an urgent priority.He issued a challenge to the UWI Social Work Department to provide modules, research material and interaction for those principals, who are now in training, so that they can have better schools and a better understanding of the principles involved in social work.He also asked the Department to create serviceable partnership with the National Parenting Commission. “We need your help. The help of persons with your skills, your input, regarding the revision of the education code developed two generations ago, which provides disciplinary and other procedures, which are completely inadequate to face the current realities of our time. Get ready,” he stated.Rev. Thwaites also invited reflections on the education process in subsequent journals, asking for solutions and suggestions and not carping criticisms. “We want the practical suggestions, affordable therapies. That is what your unit is for, that is what this university is for if it wishes to continue receiving public esteem,” he said.Head of Department, Dr. Heather Ricketts, said this issue of the journal has been published in recognition of the more than 50 years of social work education at UWI, Mona. “This is a very proud occasion for us at Mona,” she stated.She said the publication is, in many ways, a celebration of the growth and maturity of social work education within the UWI. “The special issue shows that social work education at Mona has not just survived but has adapted in order to more effectively contribute to national and regional development,” Dr. Ricketts said.In the meantime, Editor, Dr. Peta-Anne Baker, said the Caribbean Journal of Social Work is important as it is a vehicle for disseminating research, experience, insights, from staff and students in the social work programme and others.“This particular publication tries to take a really critical look at what is happening in social work using the Jamaican experience, but also brings on board, some of that Caribbean experience, and so you find a mix of articles addressing some of the familiar terrain, particular terrain relating to children,” Dr. Baker said.She noted that the authors of the individual chapters are excited about what they have produced. “Yes, they have some flaws, but we don’t think they undermine the value of the work that is presented,” she stated.The programme included a dramatic presentation from a piece in the journal entitled: ‘Re-writing the script: The drama of HERstory and the women of SISTREN’ which showed the stark realities of many women as recorded by SISTREN.Lecturer, Karlene Boyce-Reid, presented copies of the journal to the National Library of Jamaica and the UWI Library. He also asked the Department to create serviceable partnership with the National Parenting Commission. The Minister noted that the relationship between the profession of social work and social activists needs to be explored.last_img read more

USCG Enforces North Korea Sanctions in East China Sea

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay A U.S. Coast Guard cutter has been sent to Sasebo, Japan to enforce North Korea sanctions in the East China Sea.The USCG cutter Bertholf arrived to Sasebo on March 3 following a deployment in the East China Sea where the crew assisted in United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) enforcement against illicit ship-to-ship transfers that violate North Korea sanctions.The move is a part of the United States’ ongoing contribution to international efforts in combating North Korea’s maritime sanctions evasion activity. Ship-to-ship transfers of fuel and goods, like coal, going to and from North Korea are prohibited under UNSCRs.In April 2018, the United Nations’ Security Council blacklisted 27 ships as part of its clamp down on North Korea over its nuclear program. The sanctions included one individual and 22 companies involved in trading of coal, refined petroleum and oil with North Korean counterparts, which had been declared illegal.Only two months earlier, in February 2018, the U.S. imposed sanctions on 28 ships, as well as 27 entities and one individual.“Our actions are part of the ongoing maximum economic pressure campaign to cut off sources of revenue that this regime derives from U.N. and U.S. prohibitive trade to fund its nuclear and ballistic missile programs,” Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury Secretary, earlier said.last_img read more

Content recognition app provider Shazam has named

Content recognition app provider Shazam has named former NBCUniversal executive Lauren Zalaznick to its board.Zalaznick, who served as executive vice-president at NBCUniversal and also worked at MTV, will be an independent board member for Shazam.Shazam said that Zalaznick’s strategic knowledge and deep operating experience would be a major asset in the development and execution of its expansion plans.“Lauren has devoted her career in media to transforming the cultural landscape. From her start as an independent feature film producer to her most recent role as executive vice-president, NBCUniversal, Lauren’s expertise on the intersection of content, technology, and data will bring tremendous value to Shazam as we pursue our mission to be the world’s leading media engagement company,” said Andrew Fisher, executive chairman, Shazam. read more