Leading Jamaica middleweight boxer Kemahl Russell will take on American Martez Jackson in a six-round warm-up fight tomorrow night at the Shrine Temple in Macon, Georgia.This is the first of two fights that are designed to get him ready for a World Boxing Association regional title fight, which is slated to take place in December.Russell, who was the Wray and Nephew Contender Middleweight champion in 2015, has been training in New York, USA, for the past two months, and his manager, Leiza-May Keane, told The Gleaner yesterday that he is in great shape and is primed for an exciting performance. He will enter the ring with a 9-0 record, with seven of those fights ending inside the distance.His opponent, Jackson, has a 3-1-2 record.Russell made his mark in the Contender series and earned himself a reputation of being a very aggressive fighter. In the series, he showed both good boxing skills and punching power and won most of his fights inside the distance. In the finals of that contest, he scored a fourth-round tko victory over Richard Holmes. In his last fight against Mexican Hector Nava in Mexico, he scored a first-round knockout.Reflecting on his fight tomorrow, he told The Gleaner that he was going into the fight to get some good work and come out victorious. “I am not thinking of a knockout, but if it comes, I will take it. What I need now is to fight regularly, and the plan is for me to be back in the ring next month. I have been promised a title fight, and that is my major goal now. I want to be a world champion, and these fights are stepping stones,” he said.
Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Beef and mushrooms with pearl onions, Italian vegetable blend. Tuesday: Chicken fricassee, brussels sprouts. Wednesday: Chicken chow mein, corn. Thursday: Lasagna with meat sauce, lima beans. Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Donation is $5, or $2.25 for ages 60 and older. Reservations are due 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays at the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. Call (805) 517-6261. Meals include salad, whole-grain bread, fruit, milk and choice of yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick. Friday: Turkey roast, carrots. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain 1 Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea have formed a three-way battle to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.The Argentine international was heavily linked with the Gunners two summers ago but instead joined Napoli from Real Madrid. However, Higuain is now eyeing a move away after the Partenopei failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.According to Italian newspaper Il Mattino, the three English heavyweights have all submitted bids to Napoli but have yet to meet their asking price of £36m.Juventus are also monitoring Higuain’s availability with Carlos Tevez set to move to Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos 1 You can’t please everyone.Manchester United are being linked with an incredible £28.6million swoop for Sergio Ramos but some of the Old Trafford faithful still aren’t happy.The Real Madrid star, who has won a Champions League, three La Ligas, a World Cup and two European Championships, is still only 29 and is reportedly keen on joining Louis van Gaal’s side.But still Man United supporters are turning their noses up at the prospect of landing Ramos.See what fans are saying on Twitter below…
Rangers chairman Dave King has insisted the club have “no intention” of reversing the decision to slash Celtic’s ticket allocation for next month’s Old Firm derby.The Light Blues announced earlier this season they would be handing their Old Firm rivals just 800 seats for the December 29 derby clash. 3 3 Rangers chairman Dave King An unnamed superintendent claimed there had been a “clear link between the actions of the Celtic players (which immediately inflamed an already delicate situation) and subsequent response of the Rangers fans”.Another police report, which was published following a Freedom of Information request, claimed: “Celtic players did a lap of the pitch before stopping in front of the Rangers supporters and celebrating which incensed the Rangers supporters.“Public order officers intervened to prevent disorder and them entering the pitch.”The police debrief stated they would liaise with clubs over “post-match celebrations on the pitch”. Celtic players have been accused of goading Rangers fans It was a move which saw the Hoops respond in tit-for-tat fashion ahead of the pair’s Scottish Premiership meeting at Parkhead in September.Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers also criticised Rangers’ decision, with the Northern Irishman claiming it has damaged the fixture as a spectacle.“There has been something taken away from the games,” said Rodgers.“I think over the course of the games, home and away, they have been great spectacles, partly because of the impact of the away support. That’s now limited.”But King, speaking at the Rangers International Football Club’s annual general meeting at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, insists the new arrangement is here to stay.Responding to a question from a shareholder, the South Africa-based tycoon said: “I can give you absolute assurance that the board has no intention of reversing that decision.”Managing director Stewart Robertson also warned the Parkhead players they have a “responsibility” to behave both during and after next month’s Ibrox showdown.It comes after the publication of a police memo which claimed the Celtic squad had provoked an angry response from Rangers fans following their 1-0 home win in the opening derby battle of the season. 3 Brendan Rodgers has slammed Rangers’ decision to allocate only 800 tickets to Celtic fans for the upcoming Old Firm derby Rodgers insists it is “unfair” to blame his players for the actions of opposition fans.But Robertson says the Hoops squad did play a part in the ugly scenes following the match.The Rangers chief told the meeting: “Players have a responsibility to be very careful about their actions during games and after games.“Every action can have a reaction, as we saw that day. We just can’t have a repeat of that and players have to be very conscious of what they are doing, whether it be celebrations or other actions.“We would hope we don’t see any repeat of that at all, anywhere.”
BY PATSY McGONAGLE: The annual Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge, a 10 mile event round the scenic Isle of Doagh starting in the village of Ballyliffin and finishing on the stunning Pollan Beach, takes place today, Saturday.This is my invitation to you to join us at 2pm – and join hundreds of others who are ready to take the Challenge whether it’s to walk/jog or run.Described by donegaldaily.com last year as the world’s most scenic run, it was won by local Carndonagh man John Harkin in beautiful conditions.Once again joggers, walkers and runners are expected from throughout these islands – and all and more are welcome to join in. An added aspect to the ocassion this year are races for primary school children simply turn up for a 2.30pm start on the beach and away you go. This addition will add to the family involvement of the entire day.Registration is at the Ballyliffin Hotel from 11 am or better still pre enter by logging in to www.visitballyliffin.com which also outlines accommodation choices for the visitor or failing that send an email to email@example.com indicating your participation to avoid the queue.Post race refreshments for participants in coastal event in Ballyliffin Lodge. Check it out on facebook searching for Ballyliffin International 10 ml coastal challenge – and keep an eye here on donegaldaily.com. DDTV: BALLYLIFFIN COAST CHALLENGE TODAY – COME ALONG TO WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL RUN/WALK was last modified: April 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: BALLYLIFFIN COAST CHALLENGE TODAY – COME ALONG TO WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL RUN/WALKDDTV: TIME TO GET YOUR ENTRY IN FOR BALLYLIFFIN COAST CHALLENGE
Serving the morning regulars, a sullen Murph the Bartender, muttering under his breath about Notre Dame’s demise. “It’s a cryin’ shame, indeed,” he said. “Even the wearin’ o’ the green couldn’t save my Irish. USC had all the luck with that ball flyin’ out of Matt Leinart’s hands and stopping the clock. “But next year we’ll take the shillelagh to those Trojans, and their turncoat Irishman coach, Pete Carroll.” Now let’s get Grill-ing: Coach Charlie Weis and the Irish couldn’t complain too much about Reggie Bush’s nudge of Leinart over the goal line. Notre Dame received many favorable calls, and had three fewer penalties than USC. … The Irish flag outside the Shortstop Grill was at half-staff on Sunday morning, a day after Notre Dame’s three-point loss to USC. Remnants of the boisterous crowd that watched the epic struggle remained somebody’s green “Return to Glory” Notre Dame sweatshirt on one table, a half-full USC beer mug on another. The voice of The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan poured out of the Grill juke box: “And we raised a glass to JFK, and a dozen more besides, when I got back to my empty room, I suppose I must have cried.” We’re not that keen on the Heisman Trophy watch. It’s an over-hyped space-filler. Besides, Leinart clinched it Saturday with his gutsy audible on the fourth-and-9 pass to Dwayne Jarrett. Not to mention his won’t-be-denied sojourn into the end zone. Time to prepare that acceptance speech. … Ironic that Notre Dame was bedeviled by a Catholic, with Leinart having prepped at Santa Ana Mater Dei. … Last week Margie Mayo of Rancho Cucamonga called the proprietor of the Shortstop Grill. Unaware that the establishment is fictitious, she wondered if a large throng of Notre Dame fans would be gathering there to watch the game. … Disappointed, Margie and husband David viewed the classic at home. “We’re Catholic and we’ve been to Notre Dame for the USC game before,” Margie said. “They almost beat them. It’s amazing what (Notre Dame did). It seems like when these teams play, they find strength from somewhere else.” … Both teams, yes. … A viewer could grow old waiting for CBS to move from one NFL score to the next, showing way too many individual statistics for both teams. Blame the fantasy league geeks for that. … Former Pacific High School star Meaghan Leon is an assistant cross country coach at Duke University, where she ran. She also dates 6-foot-10 Duke basketball player Patrick Johnson, said Leon’s mom, Carmel Brand. Brand is the Pacific athletic director. … Speaking of Pacific, the Grill toasts the Pirate football team and coach Randy Jensen for their upset victory against San Andreas League favorite Carter on Friday night. But this is no time to start missing practices again, Pirates. It’s only one victory, albeit a great one. … Cheers also to the Los Osos football team, surprise 52-21 victors against Rancho Cucamonga. Nice effort by the non-transfers. … Pacific’s football victory makes a season-ending Pacific at Cajon game possibly loom large. Also big is today’s girls volleyball match between the schools at 4:30 at Cajon. Both are unbeaten in league. … Thumbs-up also to Colton football coach Harold Strauss for his quarterback taking a knee deep in Redlands territory near the end of a 50-12 Colton blowout. Redlands won both underclassmen games, so the roles could be reversed some day. We’re sure Terriers coach Jim Walker would do the same. … When John Tyree retires from football, he needs to get behind the mike. Here is the A.B. Miller coach’s way of saying a quarterback (not one of his) is inaccurate: “He couldn’t hit a bull in the (rear) with a bass fiddle.” … Fortunately for USC fans, Matt Leinart doesn’t need a bass fiddle. John Murphy serves up frosty ones and tasty tidbits every Tuesday at the fictitious Shortstop Grill. Contact him at (909) 386-3853 or firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sinn Féin Councillor John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh, has today welcomed the commitment made by Donegal County Council today to carry out urgent Remedial works at Creeslough National School which are needed to keep the school open.The Councillor made the comments after it was confirmed that the local authority is planning to repair a sewerage pipe which was damaged following a village renewal scheme during road works which had previously been carried out by a private contractor.It’s believed that during these works, damage was caused to the pipe under the main road which runs adjacent to the school; this damage consequently resulted in sewerage backing up into the toilets in the National School. Welcoming the news that Donegal County Council has since committed to repairing this damage, Cllr Ó Fearraigh said that the remediation work is necessary to ensure that the school remains open.“This repair work was required urgently to ensure that a safe environment is maintained for the children who attend Creeslough National School, and also for the school’s hard working and committed teaching staff,” he said.“I have been in contact with Donegal County Council and they have informed me that they are now carrying out this work to ensure that the current sewerage problems here will be resolved within the coming days.“I am both glad and relieved that Council authorities have agreed to rectify this unfortunate situation and I will continue to liaise with school management and officials from the Council in order to ensure that all possible assistance and support is afforded to Creeslough National School.” CREESLOUGH SCHOOL SAVED FROM CLOSING OVER SEWAGE PIPE DAMAGE was last modified: October 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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)
27 October 2014Despite the Ebola virus threat in West Africa, there is growing appetite from Western investors for Africa’s markets which promise high returns.Western investors, facing sluggish growth at home, are hoping the continent’s budding markets can help them tap into Africa’s “frontier markets’. Frontier markets, also known as “pre-emerging markets’, are countries with investable stock markets that are less established than those in the emerging markets.This despite the Ebola epidemic which is threatening the economies of not only the three worst affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – but the rest of the region.Speaking to Agence France-Presse (AFP) Hubert Segain, a partner at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, said Africa has lots of opportunities for fast growth. “The Americans are beginning to look, the whole world is looking, because it’s the last big territory with a lot of opportunities for growth,’ he said.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts despite the heavy economic toll from the Ebola epidemic, sub-Saharan Africa’s economy will expand 5.1% in 2014 and 5.8% in 2015 — the highest growth outside Asia.New appetite for African investmentsThe new appetite for African investments has seen countries across the continent set up stock exchanges, with Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania being the latest countries to establishing their own markets. The stock exchanges, often governed by more defined rules than private investments, offer African companies a stable and transparent environment to access Western capital.Western stock exchanges are beginning to link with African stock exchanges, encouraging companies to double-list. Segain said more than 10 African companies, or those with assets in Africa, recently listed for the first time on the London Stock Exchange, regarded as one of the world’s largest equity markets.France’s Euronext Paris also recently signed a cooperation agreement deal with Algeria’s stock exchange and also agreed to provide Tunisia and three Middle Eastern exchanges with trading technology.Companies face challenges to double-listAnthony Attia, CE of Euronext Paris, said the exchange operator is looking into double-listing. However, the potential for making profit comes with many challenges.“The first hurdle is seeing Africa as a single entity. It brings together very different geographical areas with varied levels of political and economic stability,” said Attia, adding that liquidity also presents hurdles since there is a limited number of players in Africa’s financial markets.The BRVM exchange based in Cote d’Ivoire, which covers eight West African countries, already gets more than half of its volume from international investors, according to its CE Edoh Kossi Amenounve.BRVM was set up in 1998 and has only 37 companies from eight countries listed. Amenounve believes it will take another five or six years for it to reach a decent size.South Africa has by far the most developed market on the continent, with about 400 companies listed, followed by Egypt and Nigeria, both with about half of that, according to Segain. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is also far and away the largest by market capitalisation, with US$37-million, more than four times as much as its nearest rival Nigeria.SAinfo reporter South African Competitiveness ForumBrand South Africa will host its second South African Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 November 2014 under the theme “Active citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality”. Top minds from business, government, civil society and the academic world will come together to discuss our position in the world, and uncover ways to give South Africa a competitive edge on the global stage. Click hereto find out more.Follow the conversation on Twitter via #CompetitiveSA.
13 February 2015As has become tradition, President Jacob Zuma invited several special guests to his State of the Nation Address (Sona), delivered on 12 February. The night is one of pomp and circumstance that signifies the opening of parliament for the year, and the start of government business after the annual holiday.“I would like you to join me in congratulating my special guest, our ace Olympic swimmer Chad Le Clos,” Zuma said, to much applause.“Chad received swimming’s highest honour in December after he was crowned the world’s best swimmer for 2014, by the International Swimming Federation, amongst many other outstanding achievements.”Earlier in 2014, Le Clos became the first man to be named Fina’s Swimming World Cup series winner for the third time, collecting 27 gold medals along the way. Le Clos is also the first swimmer to go unbeaten throughout a World Cup series and also the first swimmer to win all the butterfly events.Zuma also spoke of three special girls from Moletsane High School in Soweto, whom he was hosting. “They are Ofentse Mahasha, Hlengiwe Moletsane and Tiisetso Mashiloane. Ofentse and Hlengiwe attended the last G20 summit in Australia and performed exceptionally well, making us truly proud.”The three won a school essay competition on the importance of the G20 for both South Africa and Australia. They were chosen by the Australian government to attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane in November 2014.“One of these learners told me, ‘If you decide you want to be something, you must work hard and put your eyes on it.’ She wants to be the president of South Africa,” Zuma said.Another South African making the country proud was not in the house, but was remembered by the president: “Allow me also. to congratulate in absentia, another star performer who has brought glory to our country, Miss World, Miss Rolene Strauss.”Zuma’s fifth special guest at his Sona was another athlete. “I would also like to introduce another special guest, the country’s Sports Star of the Year and Banyana Banyana striker, Miss Portia Modise. Congratulations Portia,” he said.While most South Africans were only able to watch the event on television, they were not forgotten, with the president thanking all of those who took their time to contribute to Sona 2015 following his request for input from citizens about what they would like to hear from him.“In terms of the inputs, our people are concerned about, amongst others, crime, roads, access to education, youth internship schemes, water, electricity and support for small businesses. Contributions requiring feedback are being referred to government departments for action.”Turning to agriculture, “a catalyst for growth and food security”, Zuma spoke of the government’s work with the private sector to develop an Agricultural Policy Action Plan. In doing so, he also welcomed another of his special guests, the winner of the 2014 Agriculture Female Entrepreneur Award, Nokwanele Mzamo, from Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape.Previously known as the Female Farmer of the Year and initiated in 1999, the awards seek to encourage and increase the participation of women, youth and people with disabilities in agriculture. The major thrust of the programme is to underline the fact that women play a significant role in food security, job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation.Mzamo scooped the award for the Top Entrepreneur in the Sector: Export Market, making her the overall winner. The 44-year-old and 58 other beneficiaries established the Luthando Farm, in the Sunday River valley, in 2003.The farm produces seasonal crops and citrus fruit that are exported to the Middle East, Europe, United Kingdom, Russia, Canada and China. It produces about 220 579 cartons of export citrus.Zuma’s final special guest was Mapule Phokompe from Mahikeng in North West, the winner of the Women in Water conservation awards. “At our tea yesterday, Ms Phokompe [explained to me] why Mafikeng is now called Mahikeng. I now know,” he said.The president had met his special guests for a high tea in the afternoon of 11 February, before the Sona. Also at the tea was the chairperson of Brand South Africa, Chichi Maponya.In introducing Phokompe, he urged all residents of South Africa to conserve water. “Every drop counts. The country loses R7-billion a year to water losses.”The Department of Water and Sanitation encouraged the involvement of women’s organisations from the rural areas to devise practical ways of conserving water and producing food. The Mosadi Tshwene project, led by Phokompe, from the water- scarce Disaneng Village in Mahikeng, topped the Water Conservation Category in the 2014 Women in Water Awards competition by practising the best water conservation method in the production of vegetables.“We believe the opening of parliament and the State of the Nation Address is an event for all South Africans because parliament is an institution of the people and we therefore want people to visit parliament to feel part of it,” Zuma said before his address.“That’s why every year we invite special guests of the president on the strength of the good work that they do in the development and promotion of our country and the sacrifices each has made for South Africa.”The guests were chosen for representing the country in various sectors on the international stage. “We also invite the families of late struggle heroes and heroines to see the good work and contribution of their family members.”In a break from tradition, for the first time a female praise singer introduced the Sona, Kgato Welminah Masemola of Ga-Marishane village in Limpopo. The imbongi is a community leader and sews traditional Sepedi dresses and does traditional bead work.SAinfo reporter