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Ja’s Davis too tough for young American

first_imgJamaica’s Tsetsi Davis, one of the favourites to take the 2016 version of the Wray and Nephew Contender title, had an easy first fight, on Wednesday night, as he completely overwhelmed his young American opponent Courtney McCleave in their five round fight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.     McCleave’s corner threw in the towel at two minutes and 10 seconds of round four. McCleave, who is 21 years old, and has been a professional boxer for only a year, showed his inexperience  right  from the start of the fight. He really looked like a boxer with only three previous fights, two of which he lost, and his record is now one victory and three losses. Davis, who now has a 15-4 record,  had won the three previous rounds easily and seemed to be on the brink of a knockout victory when McCleave’s corner threw a towel in the ring to signal to referee Ransford Burton, that their fighter was in no condition to continue. It was the right decision for them to make, as McCleave would just have been  beaten up badly and knocked out, if the fight had continued. Davis, who last fought on July 1 last year, when he dropped a majority decision to Richard Holmes, showed that he was in need of a fight. He stalked McCleave  from the opening bell, but  missed with several  punches that were thrown to his opponent’s head. His timing was badly off and he would have been better served if he had tried to build up his attacks behind his jab. McCleave showed some boxing skills as he tried to score points with his jabs, but these were tentative and had no muscle behind them.  A few landed to Davis’ head and body but had no visible effect on him and certainly did not dissuade him from coming in. After repeatedly missing with punches to the head, Davis changed strategy and made the body his target, and this paid dividends, as McCleave was definitely hurt a few times.  He increased the pressure each round and after round three it was clear that the fight would not  last much longer.  Davis stepped up the pace at the start of this round,  and his hooks to the body made McCleave wince in pain. His corner saw what was happening and correctly gave the signal to the referee that their fighter had had enough. Davis now moves on the quarter-finals, where he will certainly get better opposition. He has a lot of work to do in the meantime, however, as his conditioning seemed suspect. He is, however, one step closer to the first prize of $2-million and the title that has eluded him over the years. In the amateur bouts that preceded the main event,  Raheim Pitter from Boys’ Town scored a first round technical knockout victory over Shaquille O’Neil from Sugar Olympic gym, while Joshua Forrest-Davidson from Seaview Gardens gym had a similar second round victory over Joel Wedderburn from the St. Thomas Boxing Club.last_img read more

RAW or SmackDown, who won WWE Survivor Series? Results and reactions

first_imgIn the Survivor Series 2018 kickoff match, SmackDown’s tag team division defeated the counterparts from RAW in a 10-on-10 Tag Team Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match.Women’s 5-v-5 Elimination matchThe first match of the show proper was the Women’s 5-on-5 elimination match. Both teams had put themselves in prime position for internal dissent during the Kickoff. To secure the “total humiliation” of the blue brand, RAW team captain Alexa Bliss subbed out the quarreling Ruby Riott and Natalya for best buddies Sasha Banks and Bayley. SmackDown’s captain Naomi, decided to fill the vacant position on her team with the more-than-willing Mandy Rose.The match progressed with the usual back and forth eliminations, with Smack Down’s Asuka and RAW’s Nia Jax and Banks being the final three. Jax let Sasha handle most of the work, but she had no desire to give up the glory.With Banks perched atop the turnbuckle and closing in on a victory, Jax snuck onto the apron and shoved her head-first into the waiting clutches of Asuka, who ensnared Banks in the ‘Asuka Lock’ and quickly notched a submission. Jax immediately struck, flattening Asuka with a trifecta of leg drops and sealed the deal with a ‘Samoan Drop’.Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke NakamuraWith RAW 1-0 up, Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins locked horns with United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. After a slow-build match, filled with high-risk spots and stiff hits, it was the ‘King Slayer’ that walked away with the win, beating the ‘King of Strong Style’.advertisementAOP vs The BarRAW Tag Team Champions AOP defeated the SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar to make it 3-0 in favour of the red brand.Men’s 5-v-5 Elimination matchIn the Men’s 5-on-5 elimination match, Braun Strowman was easily ‘The Monster Among Men’ as he singlehandedly won the contest with four straight eliminations.Strowman had made his distaste for all his teammates – Finn Balor excluded – clear before the bell rang, and the feeling was clearly than mutual, especially between himself and Drew McIntyre. McIntyre threatened to seize control of the match from the start, when he tagged himself in and scored a surprise elimination of Samoa Joe (the only Team RAW elimination not recorded by Strowman). That set off a chain of events that culminated in a brief throw down between Strowman and McIntyre.Team SmackDown responded in opportunistic fashion. Rey Mysterio ousted Balor after a dizzying back-and-forth. The Miz called a surprisingly crisp game as Team Captain. Shane McMahon put his death-defying bonafides to good use with a ‘Leap of Faith’ that took out both Strowman and the announce table, as well as a ‘Coast-to-Coast’ that helped send RAW’s Dolph Ziggler to the showers.It seemed, for a moment, like SmackDown had the chance to outlast the red brand, until Strowman re-entered the picture. Strowman clotheslined McMahon clean out of the air on a second Coast-to-Coast attempt (this one to Lashley) and stormed back with near-immediate eliminations of Jeff Hardy, Mysterio and Miz. That left Shane as the last man standing for Team SmackDown. The SmackDown Commissioner refused to drop his hands, but even Shane knew he was destined to go down fighting. Strowman scooped him up for a ‘Running Powerslam’ and put the match away in monstrous fashion, giving RAW a 4-0 advantage over SmackDown and effectively sealing the Survivor Series for RAW.Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte FlairIt was the dream match between RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, but the finish was a nightmare for Rousey, who won by disqualification after Flair blasted her with a kendo stick.Another WWE ‘Face’ turned ‘Heel’, as the Flair thrashed Rousey with the kendo stick, drove her into a steel chair, and then wrapped the chair around Rousey’s throat and ruthlessly stomped on it. Rousey staggered to her feet with welts from the attack raising on her flesh. This wasn’t what she, or the entire WWE Universe, expected from this dream match.Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Bryan Another dream match, this time between newly crowned WWE Champion Daniel Bryan against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.Whatever plan Bryan had of playing with the Beast, it didn’t work, as he got caught in ‘Suplex City’ and found himself mercilessly tossed around the ring like a sack of potatoes. While Bryan had the look and pose of a post-collision crash-test dummy, the Universal Champion grew so bored with his own dominance (Paul Heyman, by contrast, looked horrified) that he let Bryan up after the first F-5 of the match.advertisementLesnar and Bryan exchanged blows, the Universal Champion with his F-5s and German suplexes and the WWE Champion with his signature ‘Yes’ kicks and dangerously stiff running knees. Bryan briefly countering with a triangle but Lesnar hoisted the WWE Champion onto his shoulders, hit the F-5 and secured the win. The night ended with RAW clean-sweeping SmackDown 6-0.(With inputs from WWE)last_img read more

Wipro Ventures makes its first VC investment with TLV Partners deal

first_imgWipro Ventures Ltd. has invested an undisclosed sum in the Israel-based TLV Partners to officially enter the race to invest in venture capital (VC) firms and start-ups dealing with disruptive technologies, reports Mint.Wipro’s first investment in TLV Partners, the Tel-Aviv based VC firm that is valued at $115 million, will open up opportunities for it to tie up with start-ups in the latter’s portfolio. This would be aimed to improve Wipro’s services with a focus on enterprise software and security.”We engage with these companies based on the level of maturity of the solution and the specific needs of our clients,” a Wipro spokesman told the publication. According to Mint, Wipro Ventures is said to have invested less than $5 million in TLV Partner’s debut fund-raising. “As we try to broaden our reach in the start-up ecosystem, it’s impossible for any one individual or team to evaluate the most promising start-ups. So it’s only logical that we also look to invest/partner with some early-stage venture capital funds,” a Wipro executive had told Mint last year.The corporate arm of Wipro has already invested in a total of six start-ups, two of which — Axeda and Altizon — focus on internet-of-things technologies. The others are Talena, which specialises in big data management; Emailage, which combines machine learning and cyber security; Vicarious, which focuses on artificial intelligence; and the real-time cyber security firm Vectra.Wipro’s move reflects the new strategy in the IT and BPO industry, where big IT vendor companies are competing to invest in VCs to gain access to a wider range of start-ups involved in areas like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cyber security and big data.Wipro’s investment in TLV Partners highlights how lucrative Israel’s enterprise software ecosystem is to India since Infosys had acquired another Israel tech firm, Panaya, for $200 million in 2015, according to the Economic Times. Infosys had earlier invested in two VC firms, Vertex Ventures and 500 Startups, last year. The company’s capabilities were also extended to cloud computing, wearables and data extraction through its investment in Trifacta, Waterline Data, CloudEndure and Nova.last_img read more

Mosque massacres revive Balkan war wounds

first_imgA woman writes a note to leave among flowers left in tribute to victims in Christchurch on 17 March 2019, two days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city. — Photo: AFPAs the gunman drove to the two New Zealand mosques where he carried out his mass killings, a Serb nationalist song was heard playing in the background of the haunting video he broadcast live on Facebook.The mass shooter’s weapons also bore the names of several historical Serb nationalist figures, revealing an unexpected interest in Balkan conflicts that stirred bad blood in a region fractured by war.Hours after 50 people were gunned down in two mosques by the Australian right-wing extremist in Christchurch, Bosnia’s ambassador went on local television to express concern about the song heard in the suspected killer’s video that went on to show him murder victim after victim.It was a “Serbian nationalist song in which the name of Radovan Karadzic is mentioned and called on to lead Serbs”, he said, referring the convicted war criminal who led Bosnia’s Serbs during the 1992-95 war.Karadzic will go before a UN court this week to hear the final verdict on his 40-year sentence for the genocide of Muslims in Srebrenica and other atrocities during the inter-ethnic conflict in Bosnia that left 100,000 dead.According to the Bosnian diplomat, the song’s lyrics also say “Turks must be killed”, a term hardline Serb nationalists still routinely use to refer to Bosnian Muslims.Though linked the 1990s war, the song played by the 28-year-old suspect Brenton Tarrant appears to have more recently been revived as an internet meme in the extreme-right circles he circulated in online.But Tarrant also connected his savage act to figures deep into Balkan history, alongside a roster of other right-wing extremists from across the globe he paid homage to in his hate-filled manifesto.- Ottoman obsession -Among the historical military figures whose names were scrawled on Tarrant’s weapons were several Serb nationalist icons.They were men who fought in famous battles against the the Ottoman Empire’s armies, such as Milos Obilic, a knight in Serb folklore, and Stefan Lazar, a 14th-century Serbian prince.The names of two other 19th century Balkan military leaders against the Ottomans, including Montenegrin general Marko Miljenov, were also written on the guns.During the Ottoman empire the Balkans was a site of frequent contact and conflict between the Muslim and Christian worlds.That history remains a key reference point for Serb ultra-nationalists today.According to local authorities, Tarrant travelled to the region himself in 2016 and early 2017, passing through Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, and then Bulgaria in November 2018. He also visited Turkey.- ‘Inspired by Serb nationalism’ -In Sarajevo, the Islamic Community of Bosnia said it was alarmed that the “assassin started his bloody escapade to the sound of a song glorifying war crimes in Bosnia”.He “was clearly inspired by this same extremist ideology and hatred” of the 1990s, the group added.The shooter’s Balkan references also aroused bad memories in Kosovo, a mostly Muslim and ethnic-Albanian former Serbian province that broke away in a 1998-99 guerilla war. Some 13,000, mostly Albanians, were killed in the conflict.Writing on Twitter, Kosovo’s former foreign minister Petrit Selimi said the Australian gunman was “inspired by a particular brand of white supremacist nationalism rooted in #Serbia”.He added: “Wars and genocide perpetrated by Serbian ideologues, in Kosovo and Bosnia, seem to have become a point of inspiration for far right across the globe.”- ‘Anti-Serb hysteria’ -Officials in Serbia and Bosnia, whose Serb community is semi-autonomous, have been quick to denounce the finger-pointing.Bosnia’s ethnic Serb Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak condemned the “anti-Serb hysteria” he felt seized the region after the Christchurch massacres.”It is dangerous and irresponsible to establish a link between the crazy actions of a disturbed and sick person and an entire people,” he said in a statement.The country’s Serb co-president Milorad Dodik, who shares the post with a Croat and Muslim counterparts, also criticised the “vile campaign” against his community.Meanwhile in Belgrade, foreign minister Ivica Dacic insisted “Serbia had nothing to do with” the massacre.And the ultra-nationalist Serbian politician Vojislav Seselj, who was convicted of crimes against humanity but still serves in parliament, appeared to see himself as the victim of the story.”The demonisation of the Serbs will continue until our country has surrendered,” he told the local channel Happy TV.last_img read more

Faith activists urge UN Environment Assembly to address human side of climate

first_img Tagscreation care dietary laws ecology environmentalism faith and environment homepage featured Pan-Amazon synod U.N. Environment Assembly Vatican Synod,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — At a small tent on the edge of the U.N. campus here, environmental activists from the world’s faith traditions huddled on the sidelines of last week’s March 11-15 meeting of some 5,000 environmental scientists, politicians and civil society, the fourth gathering of the United Nations Environment Assembly.As the official delegates discussed current environmental challenges, sustainable consumption and production, the faith leaders, who joined the assembly for the first time in a U.N.-sponsored event called “Faith for Earth Dialogue,” talked about what religion’s role is in environmental protection.“Religious leaders have a unique role to play in promoting ecological sustainability, especially because 85 percent of the (world’s) people are affiliated with a religion,” said Rabbi Yonatan Neril, who is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem and attended the event.The faith-based group unexpectedly served as a spiritual presence after the Ethiopian Airlines crash, which particularly affected the U.N.’s offices in Nairobi, a hub of the international aid community that lost several members in the disaster.The assembly, which represented more than 170 United Nations member states, said it had delivered a bold blueprint for change that directs a radical shift in the approach to tackling environmental challenges.The group also agreed on a series of non-binding resolutions, key among them a proposal to protect oceans and fragile ecosystems.But those attending the Faith for Earth Dialogue urged the U.N. to recognize the growing religious wave of concern and called for dramatic steps while saying that enough was not being done to address climate change and related environmental challenges.The Rev. Fletcher Harper, left, addresses panelists during the U.N.-sponsored event called “Faith for Earth Dialogue” at the U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 15, 2019. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili“There should be no mistake that more and more religious communities are clear that we face a clear emergency,” said the Rev. Fletcher Harper, the executive director of GreenFaith, an American interfaith coalition for the environment.“We need a stronger representation of values, combined with science, to underlie the policies of the world in relationship to the environment,” said Harper.At the same time, Harper said, it was not easy for intergovernmental bodies like the U.N. to integrate faith voices because their audiences are nation states, for whom religion can be a complicated subject.The world’s religions can look for ways to change their own cultures to make faith itself more sustainable, said Neril.RELATED: Clergy divided as Kenya moves to save forest, evict 40,000 settlers“Meat in particular has a disproportional impact on climate change because cows emit methane from their digestive systems,” said the rabbi. Changing diets can be difficult, but religious teaching can have a powerful effect on what we put in our mouths and can support compassion toward animals.Rev. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, coordinator of the Sector on “Ecology and Creation” at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said he took hope from the increasing spiritual response to climate change, including the indigenous communities around the world who view themselves as the protectors of the land or planet.He cited climate change as one reason Pope Francis has called a special synod for October of this year of Roman Catholic bishops from the Pan-Amazonian region.“He (Pope Francis) believes at the period of planetary emergency, the answer can come from these people, who have defended our common home for thousands of years. We can learn from their indigenous wisdom,” said the priest. “It is a time when the whole world will sit at the feet of the indigenous people and learn from them to take care of our common home.”Experts say tropical forests that are home to other indigenous groups in the Congo Basin, Asia and Central America also help regulate regional and international weather patterns.Above all, the faith activists urged the U.N. delegations to the assembly to approach climate change as an urgent human problem as much as a scientific one.Bright Mawudor, the deputy general secretary of the African Conference of Churches, said in a speech to her fellow faith leaders that climate change was the world’s common future. “It’s as real as the food that we eat or as the clothes we wear. We need to tackle it with urgency,” Mawudor said. Share This! Share This! Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email In Tel Aviv, Jews join with Muslims in vigil mourning New Zealand dead Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Fredrick Nzwili Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Survey: Black millennials skip church as early adults more than whites center_img By: Fredrick Nzwili Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Fredrick Nzwili Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Fredrick Nzwili Fredrick Nzwili is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For more than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace and conflict, development, security, environment and wildlife. His articles have appeared in international media organizations among others; The Tablet, The Christian Science Monitor, The National Geographic and Kenyan local newspapers; The Standard and the People Daily.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Fredrick Nzwili Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This!last_img read more