Joshua calls out Wilder after beating Parker on points

first_imgBritain’s Anthony Joshua moved a step closer to becoming undisputed heavyweight champion of the world on Saturday after beating New Zealander Joseph Parker on a unanimous points decision in their title unification bout.The 2012 Olympic champion, taken to 12 rounds for the first time in his professional career after 20 previous knockouts, added Parker’s WBO belt to his own WBA Super, IBF and IBO titles.The three judges scored it 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 to Joshua, leaving only Deontay Wilder’s WBC title still to conquer.“Wilder. Let’s go baby, let’s go,” shouted Joshua from inside the ring to raucous cheers from the 78,000 crowd packing Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, also namechecking Tyson Fury as another possible opponent.“Do I want to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world? IBO, WBO, IBF, WBA…I’m not into the hype, I’m about business. So let’s get the business done.“Let’s see what the future holds, I’m down for whatever, whenever,” added the Briton, making clear he wanted Wilder to face him in Britain rather than Las Vegas.The American was not among those present, despite being invited by organisers, the undefeated champion opting to watch from afar instead.STICK BEHIND THE JABBoth fighters had stepped into the ring undefeated, with Joshua weighing in six pounds heavier than his shorter opponent and with a longer reach.If some had expected an early knockout it did not pan out that way, even if Joshua could be said to have controlled most of the 12 rounds by using his jab and left hooks to telling effect.Apart from an explosive sixth round, with both trading some stinging blows, neither looked likely to buckle with Parker showing more staying power than any of Joshua’s previous opponents.The referee also intervened repeatedly, breaking up the fight whenever the fighting livened up and calling a time out in the ninth with Joshua returning to his corner to tighten up his gloves.“My strategy in there was to stick behind the jab,” said Joshua.“It’s one of the most important weapons. The old saying is the right hand can take you around the block, but a good jab will take you around the world. And that secured me another world title belt,” he added.“I know the bookies say I might get a knockout…but forget the hype, Joseph Parker is a world champion. So I knew he was going to be determined. So this does become a boxing match, not a fight.“Joseph Parker stated this would be war, I stated this would be boxing finesse. I stuck to my word and I controlled it behind the jab, the counter-punches.”The 26-year-old New Zealander, who had been led into the ring by Samoan chiefs under a barrage of strobe lights before Joshua walked in to the sound of ‘Paid in Full’ and ‘Another One Bites the Dust’, was gracious in defeat.“Today I got beaten by a better champion, a bigger man,” he said.“I’m going to come back stronger. No regrets, take it on the chin. Better man on the day.“I would love to have another go.”last_img read more

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Effective crime control and prevention

first_imgDear Editor,Professionals in the Criminal Justice field have long recognised the value of community based efforts in crime prevention and control. Widespread application of this concept to the streets and neighbourhoods of local communities throughout the nation represents a new thirst in the search for approaches to combat illegal activities. Implicit in this trend is the idea that Guyanese can no longer rest on the comfortable assumption that the establishment of institutional machinery to deal with crime constitutes an adequate response to the problem.The continuing evidence of increasing criminal activities has made it clear that our Courts, Police and Correctional Institutions cannot solve the problem alone. We cannot ask those in the Criminal Justice System to take full responsibility for a task demanding the concerted action of every individual, community, and institution in the country.Just as the causes of crime lie imbedded in the structure of the community, so does its solutions. The successes of a variety of local crime prevention programmes suggest that the necessary elements for effective programmes are available in most communities. What is most commonly lacking is the will to act and the knowledge of how to organise effective programmes.Citizens’ concerns about crime must be translated into action.Crime prevention must be given the same priority that environmental problems have received in recent years. It is incumbent upon professionals in the Criminal Justice System to align themselves with the community to develop the level of awareness necessary to spark widespread involvement in crime prevention activities.Responsibility for initiating action must also be accepted by leaders representing all segments of the Public and Private Sectors. Without energetic, local involvement, of the total community, the Criminal Justice System will inevitably fall even further behind in its crime control prevention and rehabilitation efforts.Ample opportunities exist for private sector participation. They begin in the home and extend through the entire social structure of the community. There is an abundance of evidence that delinquency and crime occurs with greater frequency where there is also poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and inadequate medical and recreational resources. Efforts to alleviate these and other conditions that contribute to criminal activities are necessary if a community is to have a significant impact on the total group of crime-related problems.These activities must be coordinated with programmes more directly concerned with the Criminal Justice System.Most desirable as a foundation for development of programmes and activities is an overall evaluation of our Criminal Justice System to identify priority needs. What also must be recognised and used to its advantage is the vast reservoir of skill and expertise that exists within the private sector of the community, labour, business, industry, churches, schools, private foundations, social agencies, clubs, organisations and private citizens can be called upon to supply manpower, funds and other resources.To begin with the Police can establish or actively assist Volunteer Neighbourhood Security Programmes that involves the public in neighbourhood crime prevention and reduction. Such programmes can include for example: 1) The marking and identification of personal property. 2) Instructing neighbourhood volunteers to telephone the Police concerning suspicious situations and to identify themselves as volunteers and provide necessary information. 3) Insuring that participating volunteers do not take enforcement action themselves. 4) When an arrest result from the volunteer’s information, the Police notifies him/her by telephone; and, 5) Acknowledgement through personal contact, telephone call or letter, of every person who provides information.Further the police can establish or assist in programmes that involve trade, business, industry and community participation in preventing and reducing commercial crimes. Next the police can seek the enactment ordinances that establish minimum security standards for all new construction and for existing commercial structures.Finally the Police can create a specialised unit to provide support services to a jurisdiction wide coordination of the agency’s crime prevention programmes. Such programmes are usually best operationally decentralised.Yours respectfully,Allan R Gateslast_img read more

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2015 Kenya Open drum roll starts

first_imgKenya will be relying on Richard Ainley and John Karichu to lead the team’s challenge for the top spot at the signature event last won by a home golfer in 1994 when Peter Livingstone beat a field of experienced golfers to take top honours.“Our goal is to make this tournament prestigious enough to attract top flight golfers from all over the world.“To achieve this, we will have to continually invest in our infrastructure and player development and I am therefore glad to note that tournaments such as the Barclays Golf Circuit are providing our players with a platform to practice their swing year round ahead of big tournaments such as the Open,” Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman, Peter Kanyago stated.This year’s Barclays Golf Circuit ends in March where top performers will earn a place in the Open Pro Am.“In the last five years we have witnessed a tremendous growth in the sport both in the calibre of players and number of people taking an interest in the sport. Growing interest among the youth is a clear indication that golf has a great future in Kenya,” Jeremy Awori, Managing Director Barclays Bank of Kenya underscored.“We therefore intend to continue supporting the growth of the sport in Kenya by partnering with relevant stakeholders such as the KGU and the Kenya Open Golf Limited to identify areas of collaboration that will help us achieve this goal,” he added.South Africa’s Jake Roos is the defending champion after clinching victory in a dramatic finale where Dismas Indiza and Greg Snow were the best-placed local players, finishing 5th and 6th in the overall standings.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, February 25- The drum roll to 2015 Barclays Kenya Open started with the launch of the event that will run from April 9-12 at Karen Country Club on Wednesday in Nairobi with organisers announcing a field of 156 local and international golfers will vie for a share of the 200,000 Euros (Sh20.78m) prize kitty.The annual European Challenge Tour event that will be played at Karen for the third year in a row will tee off with two Pro-Am events on April 7 and 8 sponsored by Barclays Bank and Coca Cola.last_img read more

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Balotelli ditches pregnant girlfriend again

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, November 14- Mario Balotelli’s fiery on-off romance with pregnant former girlfriend Raffaella Fico is off again, it has emerged.Balotelli, 22, had kissed and made up with Raffaella, 24, last month after the two split in a bitter doorstep bust up earlier this year when she flew to Britain from Manchester to confront him over his cheating. Police were called in as the two had a furious argument and the underwear model was escorted away in tears – only to reveal a few weeks later that she was pregnant with his child.Initially Balotelli refused to accept the news and had demanded a DNA test but the two made up and in October were spotted romantically kissing and cuddling on the balcony of her home near Naples after he jetted in to surprise her.But now it has emerged that striker Balotelli, who was dropped for last week’s match against Tottenham, has not been in touch with Raffaella, who is due to give birth on Christmas Day, since they met up last month – and they have rowed over the fact he wants her to have the baby in Manchester.Raffaella, who earlier this week was the lead model in a wedding dress show, said: ‘All I will say is that to be a good father doesn’t just mean giving your DNA. A good father needs to be besides the woman he has decided to have a child with.“He should be present, he should be interested. He can’t just turn up at the last minute and pick up the packet (baby). You should love a child even when it’s in it’s mother’s tummy. You can’t just buy children with money. He’s just disappeared. He doesn’t want to be a father.”A source close to Raffaella said:”She was hoping things were back on track after Mario flew over and they patched things up but it seems his back to his old ways and he has not been in touch at all for weeks. There’s a bit of friction over where Raffaella gives birth. Mario would like it to be in Manchester but she wants to be in Italy close to her mother.“All Raffaella wants is a nice stable relationship and atmosphere into which she wants to bring their baby into and what she would like above all is to get married, in church with a lovely dress and all the trimmings that go with it – a nice reception, doves, confetti and be surrounded by family and friends.”During the summer the two had waged a bitter war of words through various articles in Italian magazines with Balotelli accusing her of cashing in on the pregnancy while she hit back and claimed he had stalked her with late night phone calls.Then in a statement last month Balotelli said:”I have decided to try again with Raffaella. The DNA test has not been performed and hasnothing to do with my decision. In any case, I would have asked for the test in that situation with anyone, not just Raffaella.“I am sorry for everything that has happened over the last few months and above all forwhat has been said and written. I ask once again for you all to respect our private life that in the future must remain private, a pledge taken by me and Raffaella.“There will be no further statements or interviews.”Last month it also emerged that Balotelli had bought a new apartment near his adopted parents home in Brescia which he wanted to Raffaella and the new baby to move into but she is not keen on making the move to the north of Italy.Raffaella, who has previously dated Cristiano Ronaldo, met Balotelli after she appeared on Italy’s version of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here with the footballer’s sister and she is also famous in Italy as an underwear model and Big Brother contestant, while she also once offered her virginity for a million Euro. – DailyMail0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Aguero made most of Fellaini headbutt, says Jose

first_imgFellaini was dismissed in the second half just seconds after he was booked. The Belgian chased Aguero down, fouled him and then as the Argentine rose off the floor, thrust his forehead forward.Referee Martin Atkinson immediately issued a red card, but United boss Mourinho wasn’t convinced.“I saw Aguero in the tunnel and no broken nose no broken head. His face is nice as always,” said Mourinho.“I spoke with Marouane, he feels very disappointed. I spoke with Martin Atkinson and he said, in his opinion, it was a red card.“I didn’t watch but I can guess that it’s half red card and half very experienced, smart Argentinian player.”Nevertheless, Mourinho was pleased with a draw at the Etihad, with United now a point adrift of fourth placed City and two behind Liverpool in third, who have played an extra game.“People were focused on the points difference between us and Manchester City but I think people forgot to look at the distance to Liverpool,” Mourinho added.“This point can be a very important point for us.“Against Swansea [on Sunday] with the support of Old Trafford, and with 24 matches unbeaten, we go and try and fight until the end.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini (L) reacts to Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho (R) as he leaves the pitch after being sent off during the English Premier April 27, 2017MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 28 – Jose Mourinho has accused Sergio Aguero of exaggerating his reaction to Marouane Fellaini’s headbutt in the Manchester derby.Manchester United clung on with 10 men for a goalless draw at neighbours Manchester City on Thursday, to leave the Champions League ambitions of both clubs in the balance.last_img read more

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West Ham 1-0 Sunderland: Sakho late show saves dismal Hammers

first_img West Ham match-winner Diafra Sakho celebrates with team-mates West Ham striker Diafra Sakho scored a late winner to rescue a desperately dull encounter at Upton Park as the Hammers claimed 1-0 victory over struggling Sunderland.In a Premier League clash seriously lacking in any rhythm or class, the Hammers had the better chances but were continuously frustrated by the dogged visitors, who had new manager Dick Advocaat at the helm for the first time.Sam Allardyce’s men had appeals for what looked like a stone-wall penalty turned down in the second half when Kevin Nolan was grabbed round the shoulders and hauled down by John O’Shea in the box, but the midfielder was flagged for offside as the ball was popped through to him.Players were still berating referee Lee Mason minutes after the incident had passed, but the hosts’ frustrations were soon expelled by Sakho’s sweet winning strike two minutes from time.The Senegal striker found the net with a crisp volley from Mark Noble’s deft flick over the top to spark the Boleyn Ground bubbles and further dent Sunderland’s top flight survival hopes.Fans were made to witness a poor outing from both sides, with the best chances of the opening half failing to hit the target.Jermain Defoe blazed a volley wide of the posts after a bright run onto a long punt up field, while Sakho also missed the goal with a close-range header.Costel Pantilimon was then called into action for the first time to save a speculative 30-yard hit from Alex Song, but neither goalkeeper was particularly busy as the teams were locked in a battle for possession in the middle of the park.Aaron Creswell was a bright spark for the Hammers and it was from the young full-back’s driving left-wing run which provided another gift of a chance for Sakho after the break, but the forward could only glance another headed chance wide.Clear-cut goalscoring opportunities continued to be at a premium, with both teams scrappy in the final third, but West Ham shot-stopper Adrian was later on hand to stop a dipping long -range piledriver from Black Cats defender Patrick van Aanholt, which he thundered in out of nowhere.Defoe continued to fluster his markers but just didn’t get the service from his team-mates, as another of the Englishman’s defence-splitting runs was well cut out by James Collins, and the Black Cats’ lack of firepower cost them again as it was the Hammers who found a late winner.Sakho was rewarded for his persistence, being in the right place at the right time to latch onto Noble’s neat flick into the box and the striker made no mistake, nestling a fine volley into the bottom corner for his 12th goal of the season to secure a last gasp win.The loss leaves Sunderland just one point above the relegation places, while West Ham rise to ninth having equalled last season’s points tally. 1last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid join race to sign Chelsea target Faouzi Ghoulam

first_img1 The Algerian defender will take part in the Africa Cup of Nations in January Atletico Madrid have joined Chelsea in the fight for Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam.The Algerian has made nearly 100 appearances for the Italian club in three years and he has impressed during that time.Chelsea have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old in January as Antonio Conte believes he can operate as a left wing-back.However, according to Calciomercato, Atletico Madrid have now also joined the race for Ghoulam.Like Chelsea, the Spanish club are looking to bolster the left side of their defence and they have identified the Algeria international.However, any chances of a move in January could be affected by Ghoulam taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations that month.last_img read more

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Everton to sign Man City man, Leicester set Mahrez price, Leeds to land starlet

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Roma have made an enquiry for Manchester United defender Daley Blind. The Serie A club have made contact with United, who want close to what they paid for the Holland international, who joined them from Ajax for £13million in 2014. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City will have to stump up £70m to land Riyad Mahrez before tonight’s transfer deadline. Leicester have rejected an initial bid of £50m for Mahrez and have told Etihad bosses to meet their valuation or forget about signing the Algerian ace. (Daily Star)Everton expect to complete the signing of Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City on Deadline Day. Mangala, who arrived from Porto in 2014 for a fee of £32m, is understood to be joining the Toffees on a loan deal. (SkySports)Leeds United are in advanced negotiations to sign Tyler Roberts from West Bromwich Albion in a deal worth up to £4million. Roberts has attracted interest after a fine loan spell with League One Walsall, where he has scored five goals in 17 games and West Brom are prepared to sell due to the 19-year-old having six months left on his contract. (Daily Mail)Southampton have had a club-record £25million bid for Spartak Moscow forward Quincy Promes turned down. (Daily Mail)Swansea City continue to close in on a record deal to bring West Ham forward Andre Ayew back to the Liberty Stadium on deadline day. (WalesOnline)Wolfsburg are trying to persuade Liverpool midfielder Lazar Markovic to join them ahead of Swansea. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge backed to secure World Cup spot after West Brom loan moveChelsea have agreed an £18million fee for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, according to reportsPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has arrived in England to finalise his move to ArsenalTottenham are close to completing the signing of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-GermainLiverpool and Arsenal have been told to wait if they want to sign Monaco star Thomas LemarFrench club Bordeaux are in talks to sign former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, after missing out on Diafra Sakholast_img read more

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Video: District 9 fever hits SA

first_imgFilmed in Johannesburg, directed by a South African-born computer graphics whizzkid, and using a science fiction storyline to parody apartheid … the film that has taken the US box-office by storm opens on the South African circuit, in what turns out to be quite a premiere party.Click arrow to watch video.More about the movie and how it came about on MediaClubSouthAfrica.comPosted on SouthAfrica.info on 21 August 2009.last_img

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