Tony Becca | Grant’s night to remember

first_img MOST MEMORABLE FIGHT Sandwiched between stars like George Headley, Herb McKenley, Arthur Wint, and George Rhoden, and others like Lawrence Rowe, Don Quarrie, Michael Holding, and Merlene Ottey is Bunny Grant, one of the greatest boxers Jamaica has ever produced. As a boxer, and the Jamaica and the Commonwealth champion, Grant, who died a few days ago, was one of the greatest heroes of the Jamaican people. On three occasions, Grant featured in three memorable fights between two great Jamaicans when he fought a draw with Percy Hayles at George V1 Memorial Park in 1960, when he defeated his compatriot at George VI Memorial Park, and again when he defeated him for both the Commonwealth (British Empire) and Jamaica lightweight titles in the National Stadium in 1965. Those three fights and the two victories set Grant on the way to becoming a household name in Jamaica. Grant, however, was more than a household name, and he proved that by not only beating other Jamaicans, like Killer Solomon, Gerald Gray, Kid Banga, Kid Bassey, and Roy Goss, but also dozens of fighters from around the world, at home and abroad, including men like Lennox Beckles of Guyana, Johnny DePeiza of Trinidad and Tobago, Carlos Teo Cruz of Puerto Rico, Maurice Cullen of England, and Bruno Acran of Italy. Probably the best of them, the one to remember, however, came on the eve of Jamaica’s independence, at Jamaica’s spanking new National Stadium, and before the eyes of his own people. On August 5, 1962, all of Jamaica, it seemed, made their way to the National Stadium. The roads leading to the stadium were blocked with traffic, and they were jammed for hours. My father of blessed memory, in his black Ford Anglia motor car, my mother, two brothers, and I, were caught up in what appeared an unending traffic jam on that memorable night. That was the night when Grant and England’s Dave Charnley fought for the Commonwealth (British Empire) lightweight title and the crowd went wild, chanting “Bunny, Bunny” with every left jab that found its mark. The Jamaican, the hometown boy, carved out a victory that when the result was announced, the cheers were so loud that all of Jamaica – from Negril to Morant Point – must have heard the roar of happiness. Grant’s fast hands, his speedy footwork, and his stinging left jabs were too much for the Englishman as he boxed his way into Jamaican folklore, giving Jamaica, and the tens of thousands who packed in the stadium that night, an early Independence gift, a gift which saw him finishing the year, at age 22, with four titles – the Latin American junior welterweight title, the British Empire lightweight title, the Jamaica lightweight title, the Jamaica welterweight title, as well as the Machado Sportsman of the Year award. The victory over Charnley may have been Grant’s finest hour as far as decorations won were concerned, but there were other fights which probably meant more. One was in 1963 when he fought world-rated Carlos Hernandez of Venezuela and lost, and another was a few months earlier, shortly after the Charnley fight, when he fought the world number three lightweight, Doug Valiant of Cuba, at the National Stadium and beat him on points in what, according to the records, was Grant’s biggest win. His biggest fight, however, was against Eddie Perkins, the world welterweight champion. In becoming the first Jamaican to battle for a world title, Grant traded punches with Perkins at the National Stadium on Aril 18, 1964, in the first world title fight in Jamaica for the WBC and the WBA junior welterweight and lost, a unanimous decision. In his time, George Leslie Grant, popularly called ‘Bunny’, fought eight world championship fights in a career spanning 15 years and in which he boasted a record of 102 fights, 86 wins, 10 losses, and six draws. However, the one Jamaicans will always remember, the one Jamaicans will always talk about, is the one when the Jamaican beat the Englishman for the Commonwealth title and handed Jamaica a fitting birthday gift.last_img read more

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Cape Town night sky tops at photo contest

first_imgCape Town photographer Eric Nathan’s shot of the Mother City at night has earned him the top prize at the International Earth & Sky Photo Contest. But it also points out the effect light pollution has on our skies and the need to reclaim and reconnect with the stars. Eric Nathan’s image of Cape Town at night has earned the photographer worldwide acclaim. His image beat 839 entries to claim top prize at the International Earth & Sky Photo Contest. Click image to view in larger resolution. (Image: Eric Nathan) Staff writerWhen Cape Town photographer Eric Nathan stood at the top of Lion’s Head on a cold June night and snapped the Mother City, he would not have thought the image would garner worldwide attention. Yet it has done exactly that.The photograph Nathan titled Star trails above Table Mountain has earned him first prize in the 2015 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest, beating 839 other entries. It also took top spot in the Against the Lights category. But apart from these accolades, the success of Nathan’s image is in showing the effects of light pollution and that we need to reconnect with the stars we have lost to artificial light.The competition is hosted by photographic institution The World at Night (TWAN) and Dark Skies Awareness Project, which looks to preserve natural sites that are important to astronomical studies.Nathan, who lives between the Cape Town and London, would have taken more than seven hours to produce the image as it is a stack of over 900 30-second exposures.The image shows just how artificial light has come to dominate the natural world, with Table Mountain framed by the southern areas to the left and the exclusive beachside suburbs of Camps Bay to the right.According to TWAN, the images selected as winners were most effective in showing how important and delicate the starry sky is, and how bad the problem of light pollution has become. “Today, most city skies are virtually devoid of stars. Light pollution is not only a major waste of energy, it also obscures the stars, disrupts ecosystems and has adverse health effects.”TWAN founder and contest chair, Babak Tafreshi, said the contest’s goal was to present the night sky in this context and encourage us to preserve and reconnect with it. “The sky above us is an essential part of our nature, a heritage for us and other species on this planet.”View the rest of the 2015 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest entries:last_img read more

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Solar Energy and Intel® Solid-State Drives Help Cambridge University Develop Eco-Friendly Vehicles

first_imgDownload Now Britain’s Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) is a team developing a solar-powered car to compete in the prestigious World Solar Challenge 2011. Founded in 2007, CUER is developing cutting-edge, energy-efficient, and race-winning vehicles to prove the viability of sustainable energy. The cars are powered only by the sun. To speed up the design process, ensure optimal performance, and gather data for future design refinements, CUER collaborated with Intel and made extensive use of Intel® X25-M SATA Solid-State Drives (Intel® X25-M SSDs).  “On average, we gained an overall 10 times performance increase in terms of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis thanks to the Intel contribution, including the Intel® Solid-State Drives,” said  Oliver Smith, HPC and IT manager for CUER.To learn more, download our new CUER business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many others, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center.last_img read more

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“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgAnother weekly round up of the news in Touch footy from around Australia and the world… * The countdown continues for the NTL, in one week’s time we’ll be hitting the road for the trip to Coffs Harbour. It’s going to be big with a record number of teams and the introduction of permits such as the ACT competing on their own for the first time, sure to add more to the competition. And did we mention the band playing at the functions??? Xparte…the band Aussie Mens Open coach Tony Trad rocks around with have agreed to perform at both the Opens and Seniors functions…no doubt they will draw the crowds and give us the best closing functions we’ve had yet! Make sure you don’t miss them! * An updated draft draw was loaded onto the website on Thursday, so make sure you’ve checked it out and whether there have been any changes for your side. * Today is officially the last day of summer! * The news is out and about that Kevin Thompson has been appointed as the new CEO for Australian Touch. We look forward to working with him and he’ll kicking off in the position by working with retiring CEO Bill Ker for the next few months. He’ll be attending the `Our Sporting Future’ conference and Australian Sports Awards in Sydney this week with other ATA officials and will then travel down to the NTL in Coffs Harbour. * All players interested in the Seniors tour: Please note that there is a memo on the website and also other links for nomination forms and selection policies, make sure you have a read so you are aware of all of the information and criteria. The story is on the ATA homepage. Please also remember you will be ineligible for selection if you do not tick your team registration form in the appropriate place prior to the start of competition. * Some Touch news out of Western Australia: Former National Men’s Coach Peter McNeven has been in WA for the past week visiting teams and coaches ahead of this weekend’s WA State Championships. “Macca” and WA State Development Manager Matt Bamford have visited a number of metropolitan clubs, as well as Kalgoorlie, Karratha and Geraldton. In all of these areas, coaches have been given the opportunity to attend coaching workshops. It’s also been a chance for further media exposure for the sport, with Peter and Matt interviewed for television and newspaper stories, and a live broadcast with ABC Radio. In the week ahead, the two will be in Broome and a number of metro clubs before Peter provides coaching evaluations during the State Championships. * The squads for the upcoming 2005 NSW U/14 & U/16 Regional Championships have been announced with the tournament taking place on the 2nd & 3rd of April at The Kingsway Playing Fields, The Kingsway Werrington (Penrith Touch Association Playing Fields). For team listings for the Hornets, Rebels, Suns, Mets, Eagles and Scorpions please see www.nswtouch.com.au * The Hot Spots program is helping another affiliate get off the ground…Macquarie University Touch have received their referees shirts and Touch balls and had several advertisements in local newspapers, with their competition beginning in mid-March. If you know of a new affiliate that’s just joining up or just beginning contact Rachel Moyle at media@austouch.com.au because the Hot Spots program could provide very beneficial assistance to getting up and running or building player numbers. * Touch SA have been making an impact on Adelaide’s major newspaper with the lead up to the NTL…check out the following story: TOUCH SA ARTICLE * Touch Victoria is looking for AusTouch leaders, it’s a great opportunity to further the development of our Junior players and the sport in general, check out the following link for all the info: AUSTOUCH LEADERS WANTED * Remember, in the lead up to the NTL there’s plenty of opportunity for local and regional media coverage. If you need someone to write you a press release or contact your local newspaper or media outlet, talk to Rachel at the ATA office on (02) 6285 2703 or email media@austouch.com.au By Rachel Moyle media@austouch.com.aulast_img
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TFA CALLING FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE NCRG

first_imgTouch Football Australia is calling for applications for the National Coaching Reference Group (NCRG).The role of the NCRG is to oversee coaching standards and coaching development for the sport of Touch football.The NCRG has four key areas of responsibility, theses are: a) Education & Training (course content and delivery strategies) b) Communication (processes, information technology and administration) c) Coaching Improvement (observations, mentoring, self-development and elite) d) Youth, Women & Indigenous Coach Development (recruitment and retention)For more information on the application process or the position, please click here: NATIONAL COACHING REFERENCE GROUPlast_img read more

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Sydney Rebels Win Mixed Open NTL Title

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS Sydney Rebels made it a hat-trick of national titles in the mixed opens division by defeating the Brisbane City Cobras 9-8 in a drop-off.In a match that lived up to the pre-match hype, the two sides showed off their skills during a touchdown-fest.Rebels co-captain Matthew Wigg said to win a third title was an incredible feeling.“This grand final win is the best win out of all of them. It is pretty good,” he said.“The [Western] Tigers took it to us [in the semi-final]. It was probably the longest drop-off any of us have been involved in and we weren’t happy to go to another one [in the final] that was for sure.”Jamie Chan was fantastic for the Rebels, scoring a hat-trick of touchdowns and taking home the male Player of the Final award.“Jamie Chan was a legend, he spent about 50 per cent of the time on the field in both drop-offs,” Wigg said.“But all the big guns stepped up as well. Manu [Wakely], Rushy [Daniel Rushworth], Frosty [Christian Frost] and all the other boys did really well to get us to the line.”The Rebels posted two early touchdowns thanks to Chan before Phoebe Thomas got the Cobras on the line.The two sides traded touchdowns until half-time where the Rebels took a 3-2 lead into the break.But it was the Brisbane side that came out firing in the second half.From the restart, the Cobras ran down the left-side of the field and the women’s Player of the Final, Alyce Hulbert, crossed over to level things up.They soon had the lead when Natasha Clifford crossed the white stripe.It was a cat and mouse game; whenever the Cobras scored the Rebels would hit straight back.It was like that until the full-time whistle when it was 7-all and it continued in the drop-off.The Rebels scored first in the drop-off through Tina Ashworth but the Cobras hit back in their reply set thanks to Lachlan Stanton’s third touchdown.With the scores at 8-all, the teams dropped to four players.But it was soon all over when Christian Frost scored the decisive touchdown to give his side their third consecutive Mixed Open title.SYDNEY REBELS 9 (Jamie Chan 3, Manu Wakely 2, Jason Say, Carly Walsh, Christian Frost, Tina Ashworth touchdowns) def BRISBANE CITY COBRAS 8 (Lachlan Stanton 3, Kieran Poole 2, Natasha Clifford 2, Alyce Hulbert touchdowns).For all the news, results and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League, you can get it through the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMixed opens finallast_img read more

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9 months ago​Southampton boss Hasenhuttl lauds Long

first_img​Southampton boss Hasenhuttl lauds Longby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was full of praise for Shane Long.The veteran attacker ended his goal drought, which stretches from April, to help the Saints beat Leicester.The result puts them in 16th, a point away from the drop zone. And Hasenhuttl credited the tireless display from Long for his side’s win.He said to reporters after the game: “If you try to improve your game during the week in every session on the pitch then you can earn something on the weekend.”He showed that he can be a very important part in this team because he was very hard to stop, he saved a lot of balls, was always working in the net and against the ball as long as possible.”When he was finished then I take him off and can only congratulate him for a fantastic game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoBarcelona prepared to offload midfield trio

first_imgBarcelona prepared to offload midfield trioby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are prepared to let Ivan Rakitic, Carles Alena and Riqui Puig leave in January.The trio have been rarely used by manager Ernesto Valverde due to the sheer number of options he has in midfield, with Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Arthur his preferred trio.Arturo Vidal and Sergi Roberto are also ahead of them in the pecking order.Sport says they could all take up options to move elsewhere in the winter window. Rakitic would prefer a move to Italy or France over a switch to Manchester United in January.Spurs and Real Betis want to sign Alena on loan, while Puig could stay if they both leave. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Solidarity Message by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller Delivered at the 50th Anniversary Summit of the OAU/African Union

first_imgSOLIDARITY MESSAGE BY THE PRIME MINISTER, THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER O.N., M.P. DELIVERED AT THE 50th ANNIVERSARY SUMMIT OF THE OAU/AFRICAN UNION ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA SATURDAY, MAY 25 2013SALUATION:– Madam Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma– Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn,– Heads of State and Government– Distinguished Ladies and GentlemenGreetings from the Caribbean, the beautiful islands set like jewels within the warm Caribbean Sea. Although we are separated by distance and waters deep, we remain connected by the blood of our ancestors. This is a wonderful homecoming for me, a daughter of African descent.As I stand here the lyrics of reggae icon Bob Marley come to mind:“Old pirates, yes, they rob ISold I to the merchant shipsMinutes after they took IFrom the bottomless pitBut my hands, were made strongBy the hand of the AlmightyWe forward in this generation, triumphantly.”Marley’s Redemption Song is, for us in the African Diaspora, a reminder of the dehumanizing experiences our ancestors suffered. It evokes the Spirit of Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance.When people of African origin were seen as less than human and only deemed fit for domination; Marcus Garvey saw people with a rich history and culture; a people with a bright future. Garvey exhorted: “Up you mighty race. You can accomplish what you will.”We regard the struggle for justice and human dignity as indivisible and borderless. Jamaica’s prominent role in the Non-aligned Movement, the anti-apartheid struggle as well as our campaign for a New International Economic Order made us natural allies of the African Union.The late Pan-Africanist Dudley Thompson reminded us in 2005 that “Fifty years ago, none of us would have been sitting here. Fifty years ago, our grandparents would not have thought that we would be returning to Africa with a message in our hearts that Africa is our home.”I commend you, the African Union, for placing focus on, and accelerating the process of integration in the continent. Excellencies, I call on you to stand in defence of the Pan Africanist philosophy now taking shape – the formal recognition of the African Diaspora as the Sixth Region of Africa. Jamaica celebrates this development. Let us strengthen our trading, investment, social and economic relationships to improve the quality of life for all our peoples.I thank you on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica for honouring three outstanding Jamaicans, Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley and Dudley Thompson, in recognition of their contribution to Pan Africanism.My brothers and sisters:On this important 50th Anniversary, I congratulate you and leave with you the words of Bob Marley:‘One Love, One Heart’.I thank you.last_img read more

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National pharmacare strategy to preserve existing system Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the national pharmacare committee assembled this week will preserve the best parts of Canada’s existing drug plans, rather than abandon them in pursuit of a new, country-wide universal program.Speaking a day after tabling his third budget, Morneau said Wednesday that the new pharmacare advisory council will explore a strategy on how to close gaps in the current patchwork to ensure all Canadians have access to the medications they need.“We need to consider how we can best make use of our existing system — which, after all, for most people in this room, is probably working — but recognize that there are very significant gaps that we need to deal with,” Morneau told the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa.“We recognize that we need a strategy to deal with the fact that not everyone has access and we need to do it in a way that’s responsible, that deals with the gaps, but doesn’t throw out the system that we currently have.”The advisory group, led by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, was officially announced in Morneau’s budget Tuesday. Hoskins will likely be supportive of maintaining existing systems — he was behind the introduction of an Ontario pharmacare plan this year that covers 4,400 medications for people under 25.His new committee will work with provinces, territories and Indigenous groups.A national pharmacare plan is seen as a major undertaking with a hefty price tag. Last fall, the parliamentary budget watchdog warned it could cost $19 billion a year.While on stage Wednesday, Morneau noted that Ottawa wants to proceed in fiscally responsible way. He made a point of saying he sees a very big difference between a national pharmacare “strategy” and a “plan.”Following his appearance, he told a news conference that “there are parts of the system that are working well, there are parts of the system that really aren’t working well — we need to consider both those parts.”Morneau’s comments that some of the existing systems could remain in place drew condemnation from the Canadian Health Coalition, which issued a news release Wednesday accusing the minister of backing away from a universal public drug plan.“This is a cruel sleight-of-hand,” James Hutt, the group’s interim national director for policy and advocacy, said in a statement.“Millions of Canadians have been waiting decades for life-saving medications and were ecstatic (with) the Liberals’ announcement yesterday. Now, today they clarify that the Liberals want only partial drug coverage — not for everyone.”The coalition said Canada is the only country with a public health-care system that lacks a national public drug plan for everyone.Hoskins has until the spring of next year to deliver his final report, setting the stage for the Liberals to make pharmacare a centrepiece of the party’s 2019 election campaign and possibly expropriate a central plank of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s platform.In Wednesday’s question period, New Democrat MP Peter Julian painted the new pharmacare strategy as yet another Liberal study: “If he wants to steal NDP ideas, steal them, put them into practice, don’t just stare at them — it’s weird.”Earlier Wednesday, Morneau also defended his budget against complaints it didn’t do enough to shield Canada from shorter-term competitiveness threats linked to incoming U.S. tax reforms.Morneau said the government will focus on more immediate worries like NAFTA and lower U.S. corporate taxes at the same time it takes steps to address longer-term domestic risks, such as the aging workforce.Tuesday’s fiscal plan was packed with billions of dollars worth of new investments, including measures to increase the labour-force participation of women.To pay for it all, the Liberal government used up roughly $20 billion of additional fiscal room over the coming years that came from economic improvements, reprofiled infrastructure commitments and lower-than-expected departmental spending.“We need to play a long game and we need to play a short game — and that’s what we’re trying to do and happily our economy is in a position where we have the ability to do that,” Morneau said.He later reiterated that his department is still doing its homework on impending U.S. tax reforms that business leaders have warned could damage to the Canadian economy.Tuesday’s budget showed the Liberal government is still predicting billions of dollars in annual deficits over the coming years — starting with a shortfall of $18.1 billion for 2018-19 and no timeline to return to balance.Morneau is focused on another fiscal “anchor” of lowering the net debt-to-GDP ratio, which is a measure of Ottawa’s debt burden. The budget predicts the ratio to decline each year over the outlook.The Liberals came under attack Wednesday for failing to outline a timetable to eliminate the shortfalls despite its improved fiscal position.“There’s no question the prime minister has inherited great fortune,” Pierre Poilievre said in the House of Commons in reference to the stronger economic conditions.“This government is blowing every penny of it.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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