• MMAJ Seeking Local Recognition

    first_imgMixed Martial Arts Jamaica (MMAJ) C.E.O. Daniel Chacko-Wilmot said that the association’s recognition by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) will help the island to produce more amateur fighters of what he describes as a high standard.The MMAJ was officially recognised in December by the IMMAF, which is seeking to create regulations to monitor the sport globally. This will ensure that young fighters will get proper training and protection from serious injuries while competing.Chacko-Wilmot said that international recognition will aid the local body in becoming licensed by the Ministry of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport.”They always say to get recognised in Jamaica, you have to actually get recognition from an international federation before you get local recognition,” he said. “It’s a very important step, because, not only will it help us to get more support nationally from within the sports ministry, but it also opens us up to a lot of experience and knowledge we can gain from the various representatives of the IMMAF. It’s gonna open up more doors for our fighters and more opportunities as well.”Chacko-Wilmot, who credits multiple Olympic gold-medal-winning sprinter Usain Bolt for the recognition he has brought to Jamaican athletes in various sporting disciplines worldwide, said it is unfortunate that in Jamaica, especially at the ministerial level, persons are not familiar enough with mixed martial arts, although they know of the sport’s most recognisable promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC).”It all depends, I guess, on how our athletes do abroad as well as when we have local competitions,” Chacko-Wilmot said. “I think our success would be what would drive the support from them. Once you’re successful in any particular sport, you’ll get more attention, so it’s really on our athletes to do their best and to perform very well so that they will attract the attention.”INCREASED PARTICIPATIONIn recent times, there have been more mixed martial artists competing in regional and international competitions as fighters such as Robert ‘Danger’ McCarthy, Kyle Chin, and Jovan Gayle are regulars to the Caribbean Ultimate Fist Fighting Championships in Trinidad and Tobago, while Matthew Colquhoun, Cleon Bardowell, Kaffain Williams, Kasrie Cassells, Uriah Hall and Randy ‘Rude Bwoy’ Brown all compete in international competitions – Hall and Brown in televised UFC bouts.However, Chacko-Wilmot said that he wants more events on local shores and as a result, he is looking to create a cage in Jamaica, in order to stage local competitions. He said that doing this will influence local gyms to build their own as doing so is more feasible than shipping one in from overseas. He adds that this will also attract IMMAF officials to the island to train referees and judges, which will increase the number of personnel needed to oversee these competitions he wants to start.last_img read more

  • First Lady commends Dharm Shala for 95 years of service to the poor

    first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Monday joined Kella and Pamela Ramsaroop, donors, well-wishers, family and friends of the Dharm Shala Home of Benevolence for all races to mark its 95th anniversary.First Lady Sandra Granger takes a closer look at one of the candlesticks displayed at an exhibition hosted by the Dharm Shala as Kella Ramsaroop, Managing Director, explains its historyFirst Lady Granger heaped praised on the Ramsaroops who have ably filled the vacuum left following the death of their father Harry Saran Ramsaroop in 2013, who himself had taken up the mantle of leadership after his father, founder of the Dharm Shala, Pandit Ramsaroop Maraj died in 1950.“This family has served and cared for those in need for nearly one century, and it continues to serve. That dedication is all the more remarkable in an age where so much store is being put in material things, where success is rated by material possessions and social position,” Mrs Granger said. The First Lady added, “we must commend Kella and Pamela for keeping faith with their grandfather’s and father’s dreams and for devoting themselves to the Dharm Shala.”In giving a brief history of the genesis of the Dharm Shala, Pamela Ramsaroop said her grandfather, Pandit Maraj, travelled widely across Guyana and was moved by the plight of the needy. She said that before he founded the Dharm Shala with assistance from the Hindu religious society, he started out by giving alms, introduced indigent persons to religion and started a soup kitchen with assistance from businessmen and residents in the Albouystown area.“A devout practicing Hindu”, who also appreciated the teachings of Christianity, Kella Ramsaroop said her grandfather’s compassion and commitment to the poor knew no bounds. In 1941, twenty years after he established the Albouystown facility, the Dharm Shala extended its services to Berbice, where it established a building of similar capacity and erected a temple and a church to serve its residents and the wider community.After her grandfather’s passing, her father then dedicated 29 years of his life in service to the poor. Today, Kella Ramsaroop serves as the Dharm Shala’s Managing Director and works alongside her sister to operate the home.Meanwhile, Nicholas Boyer, of National Hardware Limited, remarked that the warmth, which pervades the Dharm Shala is a testimony to Pandit Ramsaroop and the values that he passed to his son and granddaughters. He commended the family’s life of service to the poor, noting that it has inspired his family and has been the impetus, which motivated his and other families and donors’ involvement in the charity.“When you come here to serve, whether you donate monetarily or by time, that you become part of this family and I encourage everyone here today, who is already part of the family, to continue to give and to be supportive of the work,” Boyer said.On arrival at the Dharm Shala Complex, King Edward Street, guests were greeted by the sound of steel pan music played by Ras Camo Williams and a Powerpoint presentation of the work of the late Pandit Ramsaroop and his son Harry Ramsaroop.last_img read more

  • “I want to go home,” says China’s veteran Italian coach Lippi

    first_img0Shares0000“I want to go home,” said China’s Italian head coach Marcello Lippi. © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHAMILAN, Italy, Oct 1 – China’s veteran Italian head coach Marcello Lippi has confirmed that he will more than likely retire when his contract with the Asian side expires early next year.The 70-year-old former Italy and Juventus coach expects to leave management after the Asian Cup in January. “I want to go home,” he told Radio Anch’io Sport. “I have a contract that expires on January 31, at the end of the Asian Cup.“We’ll see after that, but I think it’ll be my last experience. Am I likely to leave China in February? Yes.”A former defender who played most of his career with Sampdoria, Lippi has spent 36 years in management.He led Juventus to five Serie A titles and their last Champions League triumph in 1996, as well as guiding Italy to victory in the 2006 World Cup.He took his first coaching position outside Italy six years ago with Guangzhou Evergrande who he guided to three Chinese Super League titles.Lippi took over the China national side in 2016 and is reported to be the best-paid international coach in the world on wages of between $23 million and $27 million a year.China failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Birmingham eyeing swoop for former Arsenal youngster

    first_img Jay Emmanuel-Thomas [right] 1 Birmingham are poised to make a move for Bristol City striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.The former Arsenal striker only started ten league games this season but still played his part in helping Steve Cotterill’s side gain promotion into the Championship.Emmanuel-Thomas is out of contract this summer and seems unlikely to stay at Ashton Gate.Birmingham are looking to strengthen their forward line during the summer and Gary Rowett could be set to make a move for the 24-year-old.Emmanuel-Thomas hinted that he could be set to leave the League One champions when he tweeted: “What a fantastic day today all round, love these boyz to da max. Going to miss them.”last_img read more


    first_imgToday, Saturday, is the 75th anniversary of the apparitions at Kerrytown when several members of the local Ward family reported seeing images of Our Lady and the Holy Family on a rock face near their home at Kerrytown, about two miles from Annagry.Like many other places where apparitions have been reported, Kerrytown has not been without its critics, but it has stood the test of time.Many people still come to meditate and pray at “the Rock” as it is known. Over the years visitors have come in huge numbers from near and far with a particularly strong following from Dublin and Northern Ireland. It was never formally recognised by the Church, and one former priest in the Annagry Parish was even quoted at the time as saying: “there never was a Kerrytown and their never will be a Kerrytown.”In October 2009 Bishop Philip Boyce declined to comment after 14 pilgrims claimed to have witnessed crosses in the sky and also said the statue of Our Lady on the rock face turned life-like and shed tears.The group visited the shrine at Kerrytown after Dublin spiritual healer Joe Coleman predicted Our Lady would appear on a specific date. Mr Coleman claims to have witnessed apparitions of Our Lady on a number of occasions.There is no formal event advertised to commemorate the 75th anniversary but it is expected that pilgrims from all over the country will travel to Kerrytown today, Saturday and over the weekend. One member of the family who reported the apparition in 1939 still resides in the locality. LOCALS TO MARK 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF KERRYTOWN APPARITIONS QUIETLY was last modified: January 11th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:AnnagryKerrytown apparitionsOur Ladylast_img read more

  • Ex-Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina set to STAY at Napoli despite Newcastle interest

    first_imgFormer Liverpool star Pepe Reina is set to stay at Napoli this summer – despite interest from Newcastle.The goalkeeper has been discussing a new deal with the Italian club as his current contract is due to expire in a year.However, an agreement has not been reached and Newcastle have since offered the player the chance to join them this summer.Napoli, however, do not want to let Reina leave – even though they run the risk of losing him for free in a year.Indeed the Serie A side, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, have now made that decision final and told the 34-year-old he won’t be leaving.Reina is still set to hold contract talks with Napoli over a new deal, but whether they are successful or not will have no bearing on his future this summer. Pepe Reina 1last_img read more

  • DEAL DONE! Steve Mandanda leaves Crystal Palace for Marseille on one-year deal

    first_img1 Steve Mandanda has returned to Marseille after a miserable spell with Crystal Palace Marseille have re-signed former goalkeeper Steve Mandanda on a one-year deal from Crystal Palace, the Ligue 1 club have announced.Mandanda, 32, had spent nine seasons with l’OM before joining the Eagles last summer on a free transfer, making 441 appearances for the club.However, he played just 10 games in all competitions for Palace, and has now penned a contract with Marseille until the end of the 2017/18 campaign after the two clubs reached an agreement over his transfer.last_img read more

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold compares Joe Gomez to Liverpool team-mate

    first_img Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool have looked considerably more solid at the back than last season 3 “We’re not conceding as many goals and we’re still getting results, sometimes grinding them out.“A win is a win at the end of the day and we’ve shown this year we can win in different ways.”According to Opta, Liverpool have faced just 21 shots on target so far in the league this season.And full-back Alexander-Arnold suggested that the signing of goalkeeper Alisson Becker has also contributed to helping the Reds look a more solid defensive outfit. However, the 21-year-old has featured in ten of Liverpool’s first eleven games so far this campaign.Gomez has forged a good understanding at the back with the club’s record signing Virgil van Dijk in a season where the Reds have conceded just three goals in eight Premier League games so far.And Alexander-Arnold heaped plenty of praise on his club and international team-mate.He told “He’s [Gomez] showing this season he is a top player.” REVEALED Gomez in action during Liverpool’s goalless draw against Manchester City last weekend Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow This injury sustained in a friendly against the Netherlands ruled Gomez out of the Champions League final and World Cup RANKED silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img gameday cracker shining Latest Liverpool FC News Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Trent Alexander-Arnold has labelled Joe Gomez as a “mini-Virgil” following the centre-back’s great start to the season with Liverpool.An ankle injury towards the end of last term prevented Gomez from featuring in the Champions League final with the Reds or the World Cup with England. “At a young age, he’s one of the best in his position in the league. That takes some doing, so that’s credit to him especially with the setbacks he has had.“He has an immense hunger and drive to keep succeeding, going forward and getting better. You see that every day in training with the way he applies himself.“The relationship he has forged with Virgil has really helped him. He probably looks up to Virgil as a bit of a role model. It’s like he’s a mini-Virgil at times!”Alexander-Arnold added: “There’s probably a bit more of a difference from last season in terms of how we’re defensively organised. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Alexander-Arnold said: “The messages the manager gives us and the way we defend as a team is front footed.“We don’t want to concede too many chances and we haven’t so far this season, but when the ‘keeper has been called upon, Alisson has made some world-class saves and shown he is a world-class ‘keeper.” latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 3last_img read more

  • The Battle for Tweet Dashboard Supremacy: Brizzly versus

    first_imgdana oshiro While there’s a great deal of overlap between Brizzly and, the two companies are clearly close competitors. Test by registering here and let us know your favorite Twitter tool in the comments below. Tags:#start#startups Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In late August was nothing more than a URL shortener service with link stats and malware filters. While the company allowed users to cross post to social networks like Twitter, Myspace and Digg, it was simply too late to the space to be considered a contender. As of today the caterpillar has transformed into a butterfly. is spreading it’s new wings with a slew of features and instead of resembling Bitly, it’s looking a lot closer to the current social media reader of choice Brizzly. offers the basic features of Brizzly including the ability to edit your status, view your Twitter feed, direct message friends, retweet great content, view trending topics and save searches. But where Brizzly also incorporates Facebook statuses, forgoes Facebook and concentrates on its URL shortener roots. The company does a great job of ensuring against malware through inline link, image and video previews. Additional key features include:1. GeoTags: Images with geotags are automatically displayed alongside a map of their location2. Text Shortener: automatically reduces your word count with Twitter shorthand (“2” for too, “u” for you)3. Image Upload: You can upload images and files up to 10MB each4. Commenting: Users can comment on your images and files5. Analytics: In addition to real-time links on your stats you can also set up to notify you every time a person leaves a comment or downloads your files6. Follow: The service allows you to find people and instead of scrolling through people you can search for a person and either unfollow them or add/remove them from a list.7. Conversations: Users can create conversation threads around a specific message and keep all of those replies in one place. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

  • Nokia Lumia 1020 Cat Out Of The Bag

    first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Even as Nokia prepares for its big “Zoom Reinvented” press event in New York City this morning, the device that was to be in the spotlight has already escaped into the wilds of the media jungle.Thanks to the rather untimely release of some promotional videos on the AT&T YouTube channel, details about the latest Nokia smartphone, the Lumia 1020, are making the rounds early today. Though the videos are now marked private on YouTube, Engadget has their own copies of the videos.Apparently, this is a smartphone that’s more about the camera than the actual, well, phone. Here’s what the promotional videos are hyping:Nokia PureView, predecessor to the Lumia 10206x zoom in HD 720p41 megapixel image sensorOptical image stabilizationLarge backside illumination sensorFull manual controlAdvanced Zeiss opticsActually, there are some sound features played up in the videos, too. The Lumia 1020 is touted as having digital high-performance microphones and the capability to record high-quality stereo with deep bass.It is not known whether other carriers besides AT&T will be getting the phone, nor have other features been confirmed. Nokia has managed to keep some of the reveal for itself, later today.Images by Dan Rowinski.center_img readwrite The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Nokia#now last_img read more