‘It’s a fantastic feat’ – Barbican target extending four-year unbeaten run, more titles

first_imgCoach of Barbican FC Charles Edwards says his team aims to continue its dominance in the local Women’s Football League. Barbican notched their 11th Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Sherwin Williams Women’s League title when they beat Waterhouse 4-2 in the final at Stadium East last Sunday. Tashika Small netted a brace for the champions, scoring in the 13th and 52nd minutes, while Kenesha Reid (11th) and Latoya Duhaney (61st) scored the other goals. Waterhouse’s national Under-20 player, Jessica Johnson, scored in the 68th and 90th minutes. LEAGUE TITLE It was also Barbican’s eighth consecutive league title. The east St Andrew club has won 24 trophies in women’s football and seven Sherwin Williams Colourscape knockout titles, plus six mid-season trophies. That has made them the most successful club in women’s football locally. Barbican had also beaten Waterhouse 4-1 in the KO final a week earlier. “We have not lost a game since 2011, so that is a record we would like to strengthen as long as possible,” Edwards disclosed. “It is a fantastic feat in winning so many titles and the girls want to win to add more, so they are motivated and certainly looking forward to next year,” the long-serving Barbican coach added. Barbican FC will be handed the trophy, medals, and $400,000 at the awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday at the JFF’s offices in New Kingston.last_img read more

‘That was no draw’, says Walters after boxing decision

first_img“I clearly won the fight; that was no draw. I am shocked by this decision,” were the words of a disappointed Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters yesterday, when asked to comment on the majority draw decision of the judges in his fight against Jason Sosa, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York, on Saturday night.In what has been declared by journalists who watched the fight at ringside as ‘the worst scored fight of 2015’, one judge, Tom Schreck, had Sosa the winner 96-94, while the other judges, Wynn Kintz and Don Ackerman, had it 95-95. The Gleaner scored the fight 97-93 for Walters, and as another point of reference, experienced HBO scorer and former international boxing judge, Harold Lederman, scored it 99-91 for Walters.It was a hard-fought and entertaining fight, with Walters, (26-0), fighting as a super featherweight (130 lb) for the first time. Having lost his featherweight title in June on the scale, when he weighed in a pound over the featherweight limit of 126 lb, Walters was using this fight as a benchmark to see how he would perform at the higher weight class.On this occasion, he fought a bigger man in the person of Sosa, who entered the ring with a 18-1-3 record, but he held his own in a fight that was mostly at close range, and his vicious body attacks clearly bothered his opponent. If one could find fault with his work during the 10 bruising rounds, it would be that he did not use his jabs enough.Whenever Walters went on the outside, he looked far superior than his opponent, and it was surprising that his trainers, Celso Ch·vez and Job Walters, did not tell him at any time in the fight to use his jabs more.The impression given was that they wanted to prove a point. They wanted it to be seen that Walters could outslug a bigger opponent.This tactic nearly backfired, however, as the judges clearly did not give Walters full credit for the good, clean punches to the body that he landed repeatedly. Walters was clearly the better fighter, and in the fifth round, he shook Sosa with a left hook to the body and right cross to the head combination.Surprisingly, he did not follow through and Sosa weathered the storm.BEST ROUNDSWalters gained the ascendancy as the fight progressed, and in the eighth round, he seemed as if he was trying to end it. This was one of his best rounds.Ironically, Sosa came out aggressively for the ninth, which was perhaps his best round.Walters came back firing on all cylinders in the final round, using jabs and hooks to good advantage, and it seemed a mere formality when the fight ended that it would be the Jamaican raising his hands in victory for the 27th time. That was not to be, however, as he had to share the spoils.He told The Gleaner that he will be taking a break for Christmas and the New Year and will be in Jamaica for a holiday soon.”I am coming home for a short holiday, after which I will sit down with my team and decide what we will do in 2016,” said Walters.last_img read more

Region 4 records 650 HIV cases in 2017

first_imgRegion Four (Demerara-Mahaica) has recorded the highest number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases for 2017.The stunning figures were displayed during the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) consultation for Faith Leaders, hosted at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown on Thursday. The two-day PANCAP consultation is being hosted with the intent of developing an action plan to eliminate AIDS by the year 2030.According to statistics presented, Region Four has recorded the highest number of HIV cases in 2017. This was, however, just one of the disappointing and shockingMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr. Karen Cummingsrevelations made, as the country has also seen an overall increase in HIV cases, owing to the fact that 705 were recorded in 2015, 855 in 2016, and a whopping 961 cases were confirmed in 2017.Region Four has since earned the title of the region that is most populated with HIV affected persons due to the fact that it is evidently the most populated region in the country.Trailing Region Four was Region Three, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, with 130 cases of HIV in 2017.For the same year, Region Eight, Potaro-Siparuni, was documented as the Region with the least number of cases, since a mere three persons were diagnosed with the virus there.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, has said there are many gaps in AIDS responses, which deserve some attention.She said, “There are still major gaps in the AIDS response, and then there are barriers that still stop people from accessing quality health care services. Too often, stigma and discrimination prevent people from accessing the much-needed health care…this situation needs to be promptly addressed, in order to ensure equitable and equal access to treatment is universal among those living with HIV”.The Minister went on to encourage the use of treatment, as she noted that neither HIV nor AIDS is a death sentence.“HIV is no longer a death sentence. When the HIV outbreak first began, (the disease) most individuals developed in about eight to 10 years, and once persons were diagnosed with AIDS, he or she had a two year life expectancy…HIV is no longer a terminal illness we describe it as a chronic, manageable disease,” Cummings added.The Health Minister took the opportunity to encourage the religious leaders to continue working together as they seek to develop solutions to reduce the spread of the virus.The two-day consultation with Guyana’s national faith leaders will conclude today.The initiative is part of a series of engagements with faith leaders in Guyana under the PANCAP Justice for All (JFA) programme.Over the two days of the session, the 40 participants would propose solutions for resolving the challenges in developing a viable faith leaders’ network, and focus on how and what can be done to end AIDS.last_img read more

Need gas? Don’t fill up in Yahk

first_imgHowever, if you’re headed west when you arrive in Yahk, before you head west from Creston, head south, to the nearby Kingsgate border crossing, and then it’s just a short drive to Bonners Ferry in Idaho, where you can buy gasoline for 289 cents U.S., or just 76 .3 cents a litre.One final note, the GasBuddy monitor also showed if you start your trip by filling up in Dawson Creek, you could still do it for a 114.7 — 14.2 cents a litre less than you could in Fort St. John.And, the only place in the province you could do better than that was at the Costco in Prince George at a 112.9 cents. There is a little place in the Southern BC Interior, about halfway between Creston and Cranbrook on Highway Three, named Yahk.It is one of those blink and you could miss it places, and, if your holiday travel plans call for a trip this summer into that area, and you care about how much you pay for gasoline, make sure you have at least enough when you get to Yahk, to get to Creston or Cranbrook.According to our latest GasBuddy.com check, you’ll pay at least a 119.9 cents a litre in either one of those communities, but that’s a bargain when compared to what you’ll pay at the Hummer filling station on the Crowsnest Trail in Yahk.- Advertisement -According to the same GasBuddy monitor, 100 litres of regular fuel at the Hummer will cost you $199.90 — that’s right, a 199.9 cents a litre.However, if you prefer premium, you’ll pay more than anywhere else in the country — 209.9 cents a litre, and that aforementioned 100-litre fill up will cost you $209.90.On the other hand, if you’re headed east when arriving in Yahk, with enough gas to get to Lethbridge — about a four hour drive — you could get 100 litres at the Mayor Magrath Drive Costco for 109 cents a litre, and enjoy a minimum savings of $99.Advertisementlast_img read more