Mendoza Jr now heads WBA

first_imgThe World Boxing Association (WBA), one of the leading controlling bodies in professional boxing, has a new president. He is Gilberto Mendoza Jr, a former vice-president who succeeds his father, Gilberto Mendoza Sr. The latter resigned recently because of ill health.There was a similar father-son succession two years ago with the World Boxing Council (WBC) when Maurice Sulaiman succeeded his father, JosÈ Sulaiman, as the head of the World Boxing Council (WBC).On that occasion, the older Sulaiman had died. The WBA is the oldest of the top four organisations that control professional boxing worldwide. The others are the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Organisation.The elder Mendoza was in Jamaica with his son in 2012 for the world featherweight title fight between Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters and Dualis Prescott, a fight that Walters won by a technical knockout in Round 7 to take the then vacant WBA featherweight title. He has been ailing for some time, and because of his poor health, he decided at age 72 to “hang up his gloves”.tribute to Mendoza SrNo doubt as a tribute to Mendoza Sr, and also as a reward to his son for the hard work he has put in as a vice-president for many years, Mendoza Jr was elected unanimously by the 40 delegates who were present at a meeting of directors in Panama when Mendoza Sr made his retirement announcement by video stream.It had been generally expected that whenever Mendoza Sr decided to retire, his son, who has been by his side many years as a confidante, would succeed him.The WBA, which had its base in Venezuela for many years, relocated to Panama in 2007, and Mendoza Jr had been acting as president during the recent illness of his father.Commenting on his election, he said that he was happy to take over the leadership, and the only regret he had was that his father was not present physically when the directors made the decision to elevate him to the top spot.In accepting the position, Mendoza Jr said that the passion that he puts into his job was inherited from his father and urged the worldwide boxing fraternity to ” let us all work together for the good of the sport”.last_img read more

KSAFA to increase referee pool

first_imgThe Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) took a major step towards reducing the drastic referee shortage in the conference, by forging a partnership with USAID Comet – II, to train 28 young men from various inner city communities for eight weeks, to be qualified referees. The partnership is valued at over $250,000, with more support expected from other KSAFA partners. According to KSAFA general secretary, Dwayne Dillon, who spoke at the launch of the programme on Saturday at Melbourne Cricket Club, KSAFA has under performed in the area of referee development and will have to take an intensive and deliberate effort to get back in the top flight of referees in the country, which is dominated by St Catherine and Clarendon referees. He noted that KSAFA boasts seven Premier League teams and hosts the most football competitions at any level in the country, but is woefully lacking in its referee representation and performance. Cancellations At present, KSAFA has only one FIFA Referee, Karl Tyrell, and two assistants, Garnet Page and Keeble Williams. KSAFA president, Wayne Shaw, says the confederation’s shortage of referees has forced many postponements in their competitions, especially at weekends and they have no choice but to look to St Catherine and Clarendon for support to ensure games are completed as schedule. “Kingston and St Andrew have a shortage of referees and we want to increase the referee numbers. We try to get kids between the ages of 18 to 25 because we want people to stay as long as possible,” he said. The 28 trainees, were selected by the programme’s coordinator and Masters League general secretary, Samantha Harvey. They go through a rigorous eight weeks programme where they will learn the laws of the game in four weeks of class room sessions, before sitting an exam in the fifth week. A physical training schedule will be developed for the trainees during class room sessions and then intensified in the last three weeks of the programme. Theory work for the programme will be done at the Camperdown High School from Mondays to Fridays, while practical sessions will take place at the JDF Air Wing on Saturdays.last_img read more

ECOWAS Approves Foreign Min. Ngafuan’s ‘National Early Warning Mechanisms’

first_imgECOWAS Special Representative to Liberia, Amb. Baba Tunde Ajisomo,  has disclosed that ECOWAS Heads of State have approved Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan’s proposal for the establishment of the National Early Warning Mechanisms.“On the 8th of July in Accra, the leader of the Liberian Delegation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Ngafuan, defended robustly the establishment of The National Early Warning Mechanisms, which the ECOWAS heads of state  approved on the 10th as a platform to strengthen the national mechanisms for preventing conflict and for providing leakages between the national level and regional level”, Amb. Ajisomo stated.The ECOWAS diplomat’s assertion was contained in his opening statement on Thursday during the Awareness and Capacity Building Meeting on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), held at Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Amb. Ajisomo observed that the uniqueness of the National Early Warning Mechanism is that it will serve as the coordinating unit in preventing conflicts as well as in addressing early potential threats.He said he was happy that Liberia was also hosting an event on the importance of the early warnings as the Liberian Foreign Minister rightly said, adding, “What we need to do now in line with the policy framework of the national early warning is to institutionalize it and bring on board all relevant stakeholders as our Heads of State agreed on the 10th of July in Accra”.Amb. Ajisomo added that he was proud that Liberia is not only a pioneer member of ECOWAS but that Liberia has been contributing effectively to the operations of ECOWAS.He said he looks forward to early institutionalization of the National Early Warning Mechanisms as it will serve as the temperament structure for addressing potential threats and conflicts.Also speaking, Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan expressed satisfaction that following eleven years of uninterrupted peace in the country following the end of the civil war, the nation can collaborate with the Global Center aimed at deepening awareness on R2P issues in Liberia, assess the country’s capacities and hold discussions on developing an Integrated National Action Plan for preventing mass atrocities.Minister Ngafuan reflected on the country’s efforts and participation in regional and global R2P’s initiatives,  including Liberia’s participation in a Regional Policy Forum on the Responsibility to Protect held in Abuja, Nigeria in June of 2012; Liberia’s participation in the Meeting of the Global Network of National R2P Focal Points in Accra, Ghana in June of 2013; the  country’s contribution to the Group of Friends for the Responsibility to Protect in December of 20013; and at the continental level, Liberia’s active participation in the debates shaping major policy decisions on peace and security on the continent.He noted that Liberia, as a country in a sub-region that suffered the brunt of bloody civil war splattered with accounts of the perpetration of gut-wrenching savagery whether by state actors or amorphous groups. He stressed the need for engaging in efforts that aid the country in erecting the necessary road blocks to conflict which occasion mass human suffering.“That is why we as a government welcome the R2P initiative because Liberia benefited from the concept where countries far and near seeing the self destruction we were dealing ourselves, intervened to prevent us from going further down the path of destruction and to build peace”, he added.The Minister observed that globally, there is a wide gap between verbal pronouncements and practical actions in living up to the R2P commitment, adding that countries must commit their scarce resources both materially and humanly.He observed that some countries in the world, especially those with the wherewithal, may choose only to intervene in conflict situations when their strategic  national interests are at stake,  and not necessarily because of human rights abuses or the humanitarian considerations.He urged countries executing their R2P obligations to commit scarce resources, both material and human.Minister Ngafuan noted that oftentimes, these “strategic national interest calculations do not capture the women and children caught in the line of fire, the ones who are maimed and raped. Their calculations are rather based on business and politics. It is not just talking peace; if it means dying to ensure peace then countries must be more committed to making the ultimate sacrifice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Dispense Justice Without Fear, Favor’

first_imgUS Ambassador presenting certificates2U. S. Ambassador Elder cautions newly trained magistrates and judgesUnited States Ambassador Christine Elder on Friday, May 10, cautioned the 56 graduates of the Professional Magistrate Training Program (PMTP) to dispense justice without fear or favor as well as devote themselves to their “honorable duties,” if they want to see the constitutional guarantee of equal treatment under the law.Amb. Elder informed the newly admitted magistrates that if they were to dispense justice without fear or favor, “you will be contributing in no small measure to your country’s hard won democratic gains, and also help support a peaceful, stable and prosperous society that will serve the interest of all Liberians.”The ceremony, held at the Temple of Justice, witnessed the successful completion of the 3rd PMTP of the James A.A. Pierre Judicial Institute (JI) 12 month program, which is designed to recruit, train and mentor Liberian magistrates. It is conducted in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption Program (LPAC).Amb. Elder, who served as the guest speaker, reaffirmed her country’s commitment to fund the 2019 and 2020 4th PMTP cycle.According to the her, the US Government’s support to the 4th PMTP is to move closer to the former Chief Justice Johnnie N. Lewis’ (deceased) vision to have over 300 magistrates trained working in the 152 municipal territories to increase access to justice for all Liberians and strengthen the rule of law in the country, “an essential element of any democratic and stable society.”Amb. Elder, meanwhile, encouraged all justice sector institutions to recruit and empower more women to pursue legal careers.US Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder challenges new magistrates to dispense justice without fear or favor.She praised the JI PMTP III program for graduating twice as many female participants as did PMTP II (or 20% of PMTP grads). Elder stressed the key role female Liberian magistrates must play to ensure that the judiciary is more capable to respond fairly to the problems other women face with respect to access to justice.Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, recalled that since the establishment of the PMTP in 2008, it has conducted several training programs with the aim to improve the quality of service of judicial employees and other actors in the justice system.Justice Korkpor named judges, city solicitors, public defenders, clerks of court and police officers as some of those who have benefited from the “specialized designed training programs.”He then used the ceremony to praise USAID/LPAC for the support in training the magistrates, and described the program as ‘a boost in the reform process of the country’s judicial system’.“We must acknowledge that this laudable achievement is being made possible with the continuous support from the government working in tandem with our development partners. We therefore extend our gratitude to the Government and People of the United States of America for their support,” Korkpor said.He meanwhile explained that each of the new magistrates/judges were recruited based on both their personal ability, and personal commitment to serve in the community that currently lack appropriate magistrate court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jury empanelled for duo accused of killing 3 in 2014 arson

first_imgA 12-member jury was on Tuesday empanelled to hear the case of 24-year-old Avishkar Bissoon and 74-year-old Ganga Krishna, who were charged for three counts of murder. The jury was empanelled before Justice Brassington at the High Court.Dead: 11-year-old Theresa RozarioBissoon, formerly of Sheriff Street, Campbellville, and Krishna, also called “Buddie” and “Scientist”, formerly of North Road, Bourda, Georgetown, both pleaded not guilty to the indictments which detailed that on November 14, 2014, at Lot 65 King and Robb Streets, Georgetown, they murdered 14-year-old Clarissa Rozario and her 11-year-old sister, Tressa Rozario.The accused are also facing a murder charge for the death of 63-year-old Hilrod Thomas, the teens’ father, who succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital for second and third degrees burns.Attorneys-at-Law Dexter Todd and Mursalin Bacchus are representing the two accused, while Prosecutors Seeta Bishundial in association with Lisa Cave are presenting the case on behalf of the State.Murder accused: (From left) Avishkar Bissoon and Ganga KrishnaChief Magistrate Ann McLennan back in January of 2017 committed the duo to stand trial at the High Court after a prima facie case was made out against them.A number of witnesses are expected to be called throughout the trial, as hearings commence today before Justice Reynolds.It was reported that the two sisters were asleep when the Robb Street, Georgetown, building they occupied with their father was allegedly set on fire. The teens were trapped in the early morning inferno and were burnt to death, whilst their father jumped through a window to escape the flames but subsequently died.Investigations took Police two years to crack the case, and it was only until a drug addict reportedly confessed to Police that he was offered money to set the building under dispute on fire that the events began to unfold.Police believe that the building was torched to drive out the occupants, who were also claiming ownership of the property by prescriptive rights.last_img read more

Europa League round-up: Everton cruise to victory over Wolfsburg

first_imgEverton got their Europa League campaign off to a flying start as they cruised to a slightly flattering 4-1 win over Wolfsburg.Roberto Martinez named a strong Toffees side and while they were clearly the better side against their Bundesliga opponents, the first three goals all had a slice of fortune about them.After a tentative start at Goodison Park, Everton suddenly clicked into gear with Steven Naismith, Leighton Baines and James McCarthy all combining well for the opener, which came when the striker’s effort was luckily deflected into the bottom corner from Ricardo Rodriguez’s block.On the cusp of half-time Everton doubled their tally as Seamus Coleman headed home after Baines’ mishit strike fell perfectly for the Irishman in the box.While Dieter Hecking’s side could curse their misfortune, the third goal was courteous of a refereeing blunder when Luca Banti bizarrely gave a penalty for a challenge on Aiden McGeady that was clearly outside the box. Baines was more than happy to dispatch the spot kick with ease.In fairness to the German side, they did not let their heads drop and actually shaded the second half in terms of chances, with Howard representing a brick wall they could not break down.The American goalkeeper had to be hand on several occasions to repel De Bruyne, Luis Gustavo and in particular, Rodriguez, whose curling effort had the veteran at full stretch.There remained time late on for Everton to get their fourth when Kevin Mirallas polished off an excellent Samuel Eto’o pass, while Wolfsburg deservedly got on the scoresheet moments later when Rodriguez curled a sumptuous free-kick into the top corner.Meanwhile, Tottenham earned a good point as they were held to a goalless draw by Partizan Belgrade.Driven on by a hugely vociferous crowd, the Serbian outfit more than matched their illustrious rivals and Spurs could feel midly content to come away with a point.The best opportunity of the game came after just two minutes as Tottenham academy product Harry Kane rattled the woodwork with a blistering effort.Despite Tottenham’s dominance of possession, their defence remained susceptible and debutant Federico Fazio almost committed a total howler when he misjudged the flight of the ball, allowing Danilo Pantic a clear sight on goal, which fortunately Hugo Lloris thwarted from just five-yards.Spurs could count themselves lucky not to go down to ten men in the first-half when Andros Townsend foolishly got himself booked for dissent and then followed that up with what looked like an elbow into the face of Vladimir Volkov.Goalmouth action had dried up with both sides keeping each other at arm’s length, though Spurs fans would be happy to see substitute Erik Lamela dancing around Partizan tackles as he continues to rebuild his reputation.Overall, both sides could be content with a point in a match that failed to get the pulses racing.Elsewhere, Celtic were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw at FC Red Bull Salzburg.The Scottish champions had failed to win any of their four previous visits to Austria, but looked on course for victory after Wakaso Mubarak and Scott Brown had them 2-1 ahead with 12 minutes to go.But Jonathan Soriano netted an absolute worldly of a free-kick from 25-yards to leave the Bhoys cursing their luck.Earlier on, debutant Wakaso fired Celtic ahead when he found room in the area and placed a drive past the keeper on 14 minutes.Alan equalised for the hosts before half-time with the aid of a deflection, but Brown restored the visitors’ lead with a sensational 25-yard strike.However, Soriano’s sensational strike ensured things would finish all square. 1 Everton’s Leighton Baines celebrates scoring against Wolfsburg last_img read more

Blow for Man United! Former Chelsea star is going nowhere, claims boss

first_img Kevin De Bruyne in action for Wolfsburg 1 Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking has rubbished talk of former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne leaving the club this summer.The Belgian has been in stunning form for Wolfsburg this season, scoring 11 goals and laying on 20 assists for his team-mates.The 23-year-old only joined the German club in January 2014, arriving from Chelsea for £18m after struggling to nail down a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge.However, the attacking midfielder has already been linked with a return to the Premier League as Manchester United weigh up a summer swoop.But Hecking believes that any talk of De Bruyne leaving the Volkswagen Arena is untrue and says he is settled in Germany.“Kevin De Bruyne is very happy here. I don’t see him leaving us in the summer,” Hecking told Sky 90.last_img read more

Leicester to investigate ‘regrettable error in judgement’ by striker

first_img1 Jamie Vardy Leicester will investigate a “regrettable error in judgement” by Jamie Vardy, after the England international was filmed allegedly using racist language in a casino.The Sun on Sunday published footage, reportedly taken in the early hours of July 26, that appears to show the England international abusing a fellow gambler in a casino and calling him “Jap” on three occasions.In a statement released by Leicester to Press Association Sport, the 28-year-old said: “I wholeheartedly apologise for any offence I’ve caused.“It was a regrettable error in judgement I take full responsibility for and I accept my behaviour was not up to what’s expected of me.”Leicester issued their own response, promising to look into the incident.“We expect the highest standards from our players on and off the pitch and for them to set an example as role models in our community,” read a statement.“We have noted Jamie’s apology and will begin a process of investigation into the incident imminently. There will be no further comment until this process has concluded.”Leicester are owned by the Thai Srivaddhanaprabha family and it is only a matter of weeks since they terminated the contracts of Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson, son of former manager Nigel, for their conduct on a close season tour of the country.The trio had featured in a sexually-explicit video during which racist language was used and were sacked following an internal investigation.last_img read more

Wycombe 1-1 Villa – little surprise relegation looming for Garde and co.

first_imgIt’s not hard to see why Aston Villa are on course for a place in the Championship next season.Despite there being 54 places between them and opponents Wycombe, they could only draw this FA Cup third round clash.Villa hadn’t kept a clean sheet away from home in the FA Cup since 2009 and they never looked like fixing that leak.And 20 minutes after Micah Richards gave Remi Garde’s side the lead, Joe Jacobson equalised from the spot.The two teams were giving the ball away cheaply in the opening exchanges, but Richards the skipper gave his side the lead after 22 minutes when he calmly slotted the ball past Lynch from 15 yards following work from Carles Gil.The goal was deserved as Villa began to exert some dominance and the fans clearly enjoyed it when they began cheering ‘we’ve scored a goal’.However, just three minutes into the second half Wycombe were awarded a penalty when Ashley Westwood jumped with his arm and caught Matt Bloomfield in the face.Jacobson made no mistake from the spot when he sent Mark Bunn the wrong way.Villa were punished for their lack of urgency and were almost behind moments later when the League Two side went on the attack once again.Sam Wood played it to Thompson whose cross was met by Wood’s volley inside the area, but the effort was cleared off the line by Jores Okore.It was a scruffy second half display from the Premier League club, but as the game entered the last ten minutes, substitute Jordan Ayew displayed some trickery in the box and his shot went inches wide, while Rudy Gestede’s deflected shot bounced off the bar.They looked threatening, but ultimately could not find a way past Wycombe and while boos rang out from the away end, the home support cheered their side off and will look forward to the replay at Villa Park. 1 Joe Jacobson celebrates his penalty against Aston Villa last_img read more

DONEGAL LADIES DOMINATE DERRY MARATHON 10 MILE WARM UP

first_imgGary Keenan, president, Athletics NI, congratulates Clare McGuigan (Lifford AC) won winning the Derry Airtricity 10 mile road race. Included are Ann Paul (City of Derry), right (runner-up) and Evelyn McGlinley (Inishowen AC), third.Donegal female athletes dominated the podium positions in the ladies category of the Airtricity 10 mile road race held in Derry earlier today.Clare McGuigan, from Lifford AC, took first place ahead of City of Derry Spartan Ann Paul with Evelyn McGinley, of Inishowen AC, in third spot.The race was the final warm up event for the upcoming Walled City Marathon on 1 June. Over 400 runners took to the start line for the 10 mile course which featured most of the 26.2 mile marathon route.Foyle Valley’s Chris McGuinness produced a personal best time to win the men’s race.The Derry runner broke the tape in 55 minutes 47 seconds to clinch first place ahead of Ciaran McGonagle, of the Rosses club in Donegal, who narrowly pipped Foyle Valley’s Pius McIntyre for second spot.City of Derry Spartan Mark Mullan continued his impressive form to clinch fourth place. DONEGAL LADIES DOMINATE DERRY MARATHON 10 MILE WARM UP was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:10DerrydonegalLadiesmile marathonlast_img read more