American boxer DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley is a man of few words, but his fists spoke loud and clear on Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium when he destroyed his Guyanese opponent, Revlon ‘Lion Heart’ Lake, in just 55 seconds of the first round, to move dramatically into the semi-finals of the Wray and Nephew Contender series.The first semi-final will be on June 8 between Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes and Tsetsi Davis.One space was left after three other quarter-final bouts, and Corley cemented his No. 1 ranking in the competition with a sensational victory over an opponent who was expected to give him a close fight. This was not to be, however.The action started briskly, with both men throwing hard punches at each other. Southpaw Corley found the mark first with a straight left that shook his opponent, but Lake responded quickly with a one-two combination that was designed to send a message to Corley. Everything was pointing to a very exciting encounter at this stage of the fight when out of the blue, Corley landed a savage right hook to the head of his opponent, and down he went, to gasps of surprise from the large crowd.Referee Owen Nelson started his count, and most people in the arena expected Lake to get back to his feet. He did not, however, move as the count continued, and when at the magic eight he still had not made a move to get back up, the realisation set in that the end was near.LOOKING DEJECTEDThe referee moved the count from eight to 10 and then signalled the end as Lake sat on the canvas looking dejected. He then pointed to his right ankle and said that it was hurting, and he was immediately given medical attention by Dr AndrÈ McDonald, the ringside physician.His faculties seemed clear, but he indicated that he could not have resumed as he had twisted his ankle and it was hurting. Having been counted out, he resigned himself to the knockout defeat, while Corley celebrated quietly and indicated that he had merely “taken care of business”.”He threw a good combination and I responded with a right hook. It was a sweet shot and it took him out,” he said afterwards. He then added, “I am ready to move on to the finals.” His opponent in the semi-finals will be Michael ‘The Wasp’ Gardener, a talented Jamaican amateur, who made his debut as a professional in the competition on April 6 with a second-round knockout victory over American JosÈ Guzman. He then followed this up with a points victory over Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis on May 7 and is now ready to do battle with Corley on June 15.Corley expressed confidence that he would be in the finals, while Gardener taunted him and stated that at age 41, he will not like getting into the ring with him. Corley acknowledged his age but pointed to his achievements. ” Yes, I am 41, but any man who went 12 rounds with Floyd Mayweather must be doing something good,” he pointed out and then stated confidently, ” I will be ready.”In the two amateur bouts on the card, Sanjay Williams from Bruising gym scored a second-round technical knockout victory over Samuel Grant from Sugar Olympic gym, and Fabian Tucker from Sugar Olympic scored a unanimous decision over Seantonie Johnson from the St Thomas Boxing Club.
Amb. Gang speaks at the occasion attended by members of the diplomatic corps Despite real and legitimate threats of destruction and mayhem from Boko Haram in the northwest, Cameroonian Ambassador to Liberia Beng’Yela Augustine Gang says his country’s development is progressing.Marking the observance of Cameroon’s 45th National Day with a well-attended reception in Monrovia last Tuesday, Ambassador Gang said while the Boko Haram scourge still exists in Cameroon and its neighboring countries, his government’s priority development and infrastructure projects remain on course.“Our patriotic defense forces, assisted by our friends, have now forced Boko Haram to resort to Kamikaze, a hit-and-run tactic,” Ambassador Gang mocked, naming instead several major developments undertaken by Cameroon. They include a one kilometer second bridge linking both shores of River Wouri in Douala, the 220-kilometer Douala-Yaoundè motorway, Kumba to Mamfe road in the south, and the Kribi deep seaport.“The Kribi deep seaport is now completed and its management is in place. At full thrust, Kribi will open up the hinterland of southern Cameroon and will service northern Gabon, Congo, the DRC, the Central African Republic, Chad and, eventually, South Sudan,” the Ambassador told his guests.Other major projects the Ambassador named are the newly commissioned referral hospital in Sangmelima, a teaching hospital in Bamenda for which groundbreaking recently took place in the northwest region and three modern stadia currently under construction in Douala, Bafoussam and Yaoundé for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.He indicated that Cameroon’s efforts to halt Boko Haram’s impact is built upon his country’s active commitment to cultural and religious harmony.Ambassador Gang also told the scores of diplomats, government officials and his compatriots who converged at the celebration that Cameroon continues to launch several regional “Agro pole” projects that will boost revenue for home-grown agro-industrial start-ups across the nation.According to Ambassador Gang, these projects initiated by his government make the 45th National Day of Unity worth celebrating.One major challenge in Cameroon, the Ambassador noted, however, has to do with what he described as “some socio-cultural and syndicated recriminations” of debates mostly by English-speaking compatriots of the education and legal sub-systems.He said in the wake of this issue, the social media has been misused to pervert the public communications space with “hate messages and threats.”Nevertheless, President Paul Biya has recognized that many concerns raised were genuine and therefore decided to use peaceful dialogue to resolve them, he said.On Cameroon-Liberia relations, Ambassador Gang reaffirmed his country’s commitment, saying the strength of their relations and diplomatic presence in each other’s capital can only be a factor for excellence.On the that basis, the embassy is considering discussions on modalities for the training of quality interpreters and translators in Cameroon’s specialized institutions for their deployment in Liberia and of senior and seasoned career professionals in strategic sectors, Ambassador Gang indicated.Speaking on behalf of the Liberian government, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Elias Shoniyin regretted the activities of Boko Haram in Cameroon and assured its Government of Liberia’s support to the expulsion of the sect from the region.Minister Shoniyin also called on Cameroon to help Liberia in its development and extended on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia warm felicitations to the people of Cameroon on the celebration of their National Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LONG BEACH – Over the objections of some students and faculty, California State University trustees voted Wednesday to boost executives’ salaries as much as 12 percent in an effort to make them more competitive with other institutions. The board’s 14-2 vote raised the salary of CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed from $377,000 to $421,500, while Long Beach State President F. King Alexander will get a raise from $291,208 to $320,329. All the other campus chiefs got comparable increases except Mildred Garcia, president of CSU Dominguez Hills, who is new to the job. Trustees said the pay hikes were necessary to recruit and retain high-quality executives, who often can find greater salaries and retirement benefits elsewhere. “We have suffered because our salaries lag so far behind,” said Jeffrey Bleich, the board’s vice chairman. (562) 499-1308.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who also serves as a trustee, said the raises were a “very serious mistake.” He argued that the hikes were excessive and inappropriate at a time when students have faced a recent string of fee increases. He also said he saw no evidence that salary levels were affecting recruiting and retention. “If any of the presidents are leaving, that’s news to me,” said Garamendi, who joined Trustee Ricardo Icaza in voting against the hikes. Students speaking at the meeting said the salary increases were unfair considering that they have seen fee increases and overcrowded classrooms. “We simply do not understand why our funding is lining the pockets of CSU executives instead of investing it in the classroom,” said 22-year-old Angela Stubbs, a senior at CSU San Marcos. The trustees had hired Mercer Human Resources Consulting, which reported in July that the average $259,435-a-year salary of a CSU president lags 46 percent behind the salaries of 20 other institutions surveyed. [email protected]