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Rwanda, Uganda stand off talks deferred to heads of state

first_imgRwanda accuses Uganda of supporting rebels A delegation of Rwanda and Ugandan officials failed to come up with concrete agreement to the tiff that has marred relations between the two nations.The meeting held on Friday in Kampala came to an impasse after delegations from both countries failed to come up with a solution on key contentious issues.On the table was a resolution to the presence of Ugandan forces within Rwanda as well as alleged illegal detention of Rwandans in Uganda.According to Rwanda’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and EAC affairs Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe, there was mutual trust and cooperation during the latest round of talks.He however added that consultations with respective presidents was needed to clear contentious issues.“We will consult our Heads of State & agree on way forward on different proposals that were put on the table especially from the Rwandan side. I hope that in the near future, we could have good faith and good will towards solving the issues we have,” Nduhungirehe said after the meeting.More than 7 hours of a deep, open, frank but cordial discussion between #Uganda & #Rwanda. No agreement on a solution to the most contentious issues (Uganda’s support to armed groups & illegal detention of Rwandans in Uganda). We agreed to refer the matter to our Heads of State. pic.twitter.com/IvdEgpnO1F— Amb. Olivier J.P. Nduhungirehe (@onduhungirehe) December 13, 2019This second meeting had aimed at easing growing tension between the two countries. It was coming nearly three months after they first met in Kigali in September, for what was thereafter supposed to be monthly meetings.The meeting was also attended by ministerial delegations from Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo as facilitators.Relations between the two countries have been frosty over the last few years but things got worse in 2017 after it became clear that Ugandan leaders were openly backing armed groups that seek to destabilize Rwanda.A December 2018 UN Group of Experts report confirmed that Rwandan armed groups operating in eastern DR Congo were receiving recruits and supplies from Uganda.Subsequently, Kigali broke the silence in March this year publicly accusing Uganda of facilitating recruitment of armed Rwandan groups, illegally arresting and torturing Rwandan nationals, and committing economic sabotage against Rwandan exports.While Kampala denied all this, many Rwandans continued to disappear in Uganda and those who were finally released and dumped at the border with Rwanda have told of harrowing tales of torture and attempts to recruit them into armed Rwandan groups.Related Uganda issues advisory on Rwanda travelcenter_img Uganda, Rwanda begin crucial talks in Kigalilast_img read more

COVID-19 week of April 10 updates

first_imgProgressive Dairy shares news, industry statements and press releases, and educational resources for dairy producers to help deal with the impacts of COVID-19. Email additional news and resources to Dave Natzke.dave@progressivepublish.comTHIS WEEK’S COVID-19 UPDATES USDA confirms farmers eligible for PPPAs part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress approved the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP is a guaranteed loan program administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and designed to support small businesses and help support their payroll during the COVID-19 crisis.advertisementadvertisementAs the law was written, however, there was some question concerning eligibility of agricultural business and farmer eligibility under the program.The USDA recently posted guidance on farmer and ag business eligibility here, confirming agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers with 500 or fewer employees whose principal place of residence is in the U.S. are eligible.Attorneys with Michael Best provide some information. Historically, there has been a division between the USDA and SBA regarding labor, and agriculture has generally been excluded from participating in economic injury disaster loans (EIDL) programs. Now, however, agricultural enterprises, of any type – be they agricultural companies, farms, agricultural enterprises, cooperatives or sole proprietorships – may avail themselves of the financial assistance available through both the EIDL and PPP programs.Find more information at the Michael Best COVID-19 Resource Center.Holstein Association postponing 2020 conventionThe 2020 National Holstein Convention, originally set for June 22-26, has been postponed for one year due to the national COVID-19 pandemic. The Pennsylvania Holstein Association will now host the convention, June 19-24, 2021, at the Lancaster Marriott.advertisementInformation regarding junior contests and activities, as well as the adult annual meeting proceedings, will be forthcoming. Those who made room reservations for the 2020 convention are reminded to cancel.Contact the Pennsylvania Holstein Association at (814) 234-0364 for information. More information will also be available on the convention website and through social media channels as it becomes available.National Guernsey convention postponedThe 2020 National Guernsey Convention, planned at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, has also been postponed until 2021.The organization’s leaders intend to conduct an annual meeting and director elections, and hope to carry out some additional events in a virtual space. Check the American Guernsey Association website for details.Pennsylvania will host the 2021 convention, June 12-15, 2021.Spanish language webinar offered for farm workersThe Cornell Farmworker Program and the Finger Lakes Community Health Clinic are hosting a webinar in Spanish for farm workers and farmers. The webinar, broadcast via Zoom, will be held on Monday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. (Eastern time). Advance registration is required.advertisementDr. Canario, medical director of Finger Lakes Community Health, will discuss the coronavirus, what it is, how to protect oneself and what one should do now. He will also respond to questions submitted in advance. Mary Jo Dudley, with the Cornell Farmworker Program, will moderate the session.Producers, groups seek to lift retail dairy purchasing limitsIn the face of the COVID-19 crisis, consumer demand of fluid milk at retail stores surged, and some retailers struggled to keep shelves stocked to meet that demand. In some cases, retailers established purchasing restrictions on milk, frequently limiting customers to buy one or two gallons or half-gallons per shopping trip.Those incidences of purchasing limits on fluid milk and other dairy products at a time when some dairy farmers are being asked to dump milk or cut production has drawn the ire of producers on social media. In addition to individuals posting store names to publicize those cases, some dairy organizations and others have been working to get retailers to remove purchasing limits.In California, Western United Dairies (WUD) contacted the Dairy Institute (DI) of California, a nonprofit trade association representing milk and dairy processors, raising awareness about the restrictions.Working with the California Ag Council, DI and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, WUD is working to get products donated to those in need through the California Association of Food Banks.The American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is actively working with retailers in its six-state region to ensure a safe, abundant milk supply for consumers. The ADA North East retail team shifted from its traditional audit program that includes store visits to assess dairy case hygiene and conditions. In the past two weeks, the team helped stock more than 54,400 dairy products in stores throughout the region.To ensure that stores were making milk available, the team contacted the major retail chains in the market area – representing about 1,400 stores – to confirm that their corporate offices have lifted the limitations on the amount of milk and dairy products shoppers can purchase.In Missouri, the Department of Agriculture and State Milk Board issued an open letter to grocery retailers, requesting they remove customer limits on milk purchases. It noted that milk processors and distributors have successfully diverted the milk supply from schools and restaurants to grocery stores and are delivering 100% of the orders being placed.Center for Dairy Excellence plans second COVID-19 conference callPennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence will host another free conference call, April 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (Eastern time) to discuss questions and concerns related to COVID-19.To participate, dial (978) 990-5000, then enter access code 553371# when prompted.Dairy farmers are encouraged to submit coronavirus-related questions and concerns and share their direct experiences. A panel of industry representatives will provide updates on resources and support available at the state and national level.Approximately 400 dairy farmers and industry professionals participated in an initial call, April 7.To ensure as many questions can be addressed as possible, questions must be submitted in advance of the call. Text or call (717) 585-0766 to submit questions, or email Zach Myers. (zmyers@centerfordairyexcellence.org).Visit the Center for Dairy Excellence website for other COVID-19 resources.Midwest family farm groups want ‘small’ target for COVID-19 aidFamily farm-based organizations in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and South Dakota sent a letter to Congress calling for strong oversight of the recently passed COVID-19 aid package to ensure the USDA disburses aid to people and rural communities, not global agribusiness firms.In the letter, the Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment (CFFE) urged Congress to set up guardrails for the USDA regarding a total of $24 billion in aid designed to support farmers hurt by the enormous disruption in markets and supply chains caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, CFFE called for no public money to go to new or expanding confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).As Congress considers a new stimulus package, the CFFE pointed to the urgent need to address structural failures in agricultural markets. The CFFE highlighted the need for a two-year suspension of loan payments, a halt on loans for new or expanding CAFOs, a moratorium on new agribusiness and food industry mergers, stronger fair market practices rules, enabling access to safety net programs for farms and small food businesses and mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL).The CFFE is composed of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Dakota Rural Action, Land Stewardship Project, Food & Water Watch and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.Midwest livestock market auctions suspendedIn response to COVID-19 concerns, some Midwest livestock auction markets have suspended regularly scheduled sales.Equity Cooperative Livestock will suspend sales normally held on Mondays or Saturdays at its auction market in Marion, Wisconsin. Additionally, Wednesday private treaty sales are suspended. Timm Gildernick, Marion’s market manager, will be working with producers to help find trucking and alternative markets livestock can go during this temporary shutdown.Equity will continue to operate and host sales at other markets, according to Equity Chief Operating Officer Tod Fleming. Equity is a federated cooperative with auction markets at 12 locations, serving producers in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.Citing comments from potential buyers who say they will not participate in auctions due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the Lanesboro (Minnesota) and Decorah (Iowa) Sales Commission Inc., suspended sales at both locations. Decorah sales on April 6 and April 13, and Lanesboro sales on April 8 and April 10 have been suspended. The company anticipates the suspension will be short term. An update will be provided on April 13.Read: COVID-19 and livestock auctions: Check your market.Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery offers equity payout to leave dairyingMembers of a western Wisconsin cooperative are asking members to cut milk production and are offering a financial incentive for some producers to exit dairying.In a letter to members, the board of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery urged all producers to reduce the amount of milk being shipped by 7% by culling cows, drying cows early and reducing the feed ration.The board also approved a program to encourage members to quit dairy farming by paying the equity in the cooperative for the years 2010 to 2019. The program is only for the first 100,000 pounds of milk per day of member milk. The cows must be sold by April 15, and members must provide proof of where the cows were sold and are not allowed to sell their cows to an existing member of the co-op. Any member participating in the program will not be allowed to ship back to the cooperative without board approval.With locations in Ellsworth and Comstock, Wisconsin, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery specializes in the production of cheese curds and artisan cheeses. The co-op has about 300 family farm patrons.Texas A&M AgriLife donating COVID-19 testing kitsTexas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) viral sampling kits – usually used on pigs, cows and chickens – are being repurposed into more than 2,000 COVID-19 tests for humans and sent to hospitals across the state. The sampling kits were being assembled from lab supplies already in stock at the lab.The kits consist of a swab, a vial with transport media to preserve the sample in the vial and a bag. The kit components are approved by the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for use in sampling humans for the COVID-19 virus.COVID-19 and contracts: Force majeureAgricultural contracts – including agreements for production agriculture, contract growers and custom feeding – often include a provision called “force majeure” to cover unforeseeable circumstances that prevent a party from fulfilling its contractual obligations. As COVID-19 brings the world economy to a crawl, businesses and individuals should review their contract language to see whether a force majeure provision is triggered, according to Brianna J. Schroeder, with the firm of Janzen Ag Law, Indianapolis, Indiana.Writing on the Janzen Ag Blog (Read: COVID19 & Force Majeure in Agricultural Contracts), Schroeder notes some contracts give examples like a work strike, acts of God or war. New governmental regulations could qualify too. The key is that the parties cannot have reasonably foreseen the event. The event must be beyond the control of the contractual parties. Often the contract includes requirements that a party give notice to the other parties if it intends to trigger or rely on the force majeure provision. Does the COVID-19 outbreak qualify as a force majeure event that excuses a party’s noncompliance with contractual provisions? It depends, Schroder writes. Courts do not uniformly apply these provisions in the same way – instead, courts look at the specific language and the parties’ intent at the time they signed the contract.Agricultural businesses are heavily dependent on contracts which may be impacted by the disease itself, the resulting governmental shutdowns, or by other interruptions to the supply chain. A force majeure provision might provide either party with a way to avoid penalties for failing to perform – but it depends on the specific language used in the contract. Contact your attorney for legal advice on whether your contracts may be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic impacts. Every contract is different, so each answer may be different, Schroeder concludes.Look into Paycheck Protection Program loansOne of the provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security Act (CARES) is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees, including agricultural-related businesses affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19. (See analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation here.)Beginning April 3, you can apply through any existing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and participating Farm Credit System institution. Consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. The PPP will be available through June 30, 2020.A PPP loan will cover 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs, measured over the 12 months preceding the loan origination date, plus an additional 25% for non-payroll costs. Payroll costs include salaries, commissions and tips; employee benefits (including health insurance premiums and retirement benefits); state and local taxes; and compensation to sole proprietors or independent contractors. Non-payroll costs include interest on mortgage obligations incurred before Feb. 15, 2020, rent under lease agreements in force before Feb. 15, 2020, and utilities for which service began before Feb. 15, 2020.The U.S. Small Business Administration will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities.FFCRA offers tax creditsThe Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) is designed to help the U.S. combat the workplace effects of COVID-19. It contains two major components:1. The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act2. The Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act The FFCRA is designed to help the U.S. combat the workplace effects of COVID-19 by reimbursing private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The law enables employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.Eligible employers can receive a credit in the full amount of the qualified sick leave and family leave wages paid for between April 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020. The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division administers the paid leave portions of the FFCRA. Read fact sheets in English and Spanish.Other Progressive Publishing articles related to COVID-19Dairy CORE proposal seeks immediate cash infusion, regional supply management flexibilityDairy product exports were higher ahead of COVID-19 disruptionsNMPF, IDFA propose ‘Milk Crisis Plan’Forage Market Insights: Hay market isn’t isolated from COVID-19COVID-19: A hard conversation about the riskRabobank: Dairy facing three wavesCattle Q&A: Davey Griffin on meat safety during COVID-19Surplus milk: Can you feed it to your dairy herd? Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

Eastern OptX Announces Two New Delay Lines for Cost-effective Radar Target Simulation in a Lab

first_imgEastern OptX (EOX), specialists in fiber optic delay lines for RF and microwave test applications, announced two new delay lines for radar testing. The E-501 fixed delay line and the E-3001 variable delay line are designed to lower the cost of testing a radar system’s accuracy and receiver sensitivity. The E-501 and E-3001 delay lines allow engineers to create repeatable range accuracy by replicating the target distance and propagation loss with a benchtop system in a lab. “Using EOX delay lines can reduce or eliminate outdoor target range testing. Field testing is expensive and unpredictable. We offer repeatability in both distance and amplitude measurements which are critical parameters for radar and communications testing,” said Joe Mazzochette, General Manager, Eastern OptX. EOX delay lines employ fiber optic technology to overcome the shortcomings of conventional schemes including acoustic, digital, and coaxial transmission delay lines. EOX uses actual system signals with no analog-to-digital (A/D) or digital-to-analog (D/A) conversions, thus allowing “real world” testing of the entire radar system. With a wide dynamic range of >100 dB and frequency range to 18 GHz, EOX delay lines are universal target simulators that can be used right out of the box. The E-501 fixed delay line is an economical, high-performance turnkey product for radar testing as well as WiMAX, wireless communications, and altimeter Eastern OptX Introduces Two New Delay Lines for Cost-effective Radar Target Simulation applications. It features ultra-wide bandwidth, low loss, high isolation, low noise, and high dynamic range. It is available with a delay time of up to 100 μsec and a frequency range of 0.1 to 6 GHz. The E-3001 variable delay line is a high performance, turnkey product for the radar test industry. It has multiple delay cells with front panel or computer control with up to eight switchable delays. The E-3001 features ultrawide bandwidth, low loss, high isolation, high dynamic range, and a frequency range of 0.1 to 6 GHz. The E-3001 is available with time delays up to 100 μsec, with longer delays possible upon request. Price and availability The E-501 and E-3001 delay lines are available immediately for order with delivery in 30 days. The E-501 starts at U.S. $15,000. The E-3001 is priced starting at $30,000.last_img read more

RFMW Enters Distributor Agreement with APA Wireless

first_imgAPA Wireless Technologies, a Florida based designer and manufacturer of high performance Oscillators, PLL Synthesizers and YIG replacement Oscillators, have entered into a distribution agreement with RFMW Ltd. Effective from May 15, 2017, RFMW Ltd. is now a franchised worldwide distributor of APA Wireless product offerings. As part of the agreement they will also offer specialized component-engineering support for customers.APA will now have the opportunity to engage customers early in their design process. Their superior phase noise performance and switching speed coupled with top-notch manufacturing offers would allow customers both high performance and economical pricing.With an in-house capability and readily available engineering support for semi-custom devices, APA can now also deliver quick-turn prototypes and reduce RFMW’s customer’s time to market. That capability matches perfectly with RFMW’s focus on serving customers, in diverse markets, who require a wide range of RF/microwave components.last_img read more

Pramugari Hibur Penumpang dengan Cara Unik Di Tengah Penerbangan yang Nyaris…,Bandara Taoyuan Taiwan Alami Penurunan Jumlah Penumpang Sampai 70 Persen

first_imgUsai meletakkan plastik berwarna merah seukuran kantong celana itu, pramugari yang tak disebutkan namanya tersebut meninggalkannya dengan sengaja dan berjalan ke bagian belakang pesawat. Tentu saja pramugari tersebut ingin duduk di kursi awak kabin mengingat pesawat akan segera take off. The Points Guy Ada banyak jalan untuk menghibur penumpang di tengah sepinya penerbangan. Dengan cara unik dan simpel sekalipun, tentunya dengan memperhatikan berbagai aturan yang berlaku, penumpang bisa benar-benar terhibur, bahkan pada kondisi yang mengkhawatirkan di tengah pandemi virus corona atau COVID-19 seperti sekarang ini, layaknya apa yang telah dilakukan oleh pramugari di Amerika Serikat (AS).Baca juga: Di Tengah Isu Corona dan Cuti Tak Berbayar, Pejabat Malaysia ini Malah Terapkan Soal Kostum Syariah Bagi PramugariSeperti dikutip dari laman dailymail.co.uk, Rabu, (18/3), seorang pramugari Southwest Airlines belum lama ini berhasil menghibur pelanggannya dengan sebuah hal unik. Tepat jelang beberapa detik sebelum pesawat lepas landas, pramugari tersebut meletakkan sesuatu di lantai, tepat di tengah tempat duduk yang diisi penumpang. Awalnya penumpang tak mengerti maksud dan tujuan pramugari tersebut. Ketika roda pesawat mulai meninggalkan runway dan bagian moncong pesawat berada pada posisi lebih tinggi dibanding ekor pesawat, perlahan plastik berwarna merah tesebut meluncur ke belakang, menuju lokasi pramugari tersebut berada. Dari situlah penumpang yang berada dalam penerbangan Southwest Airlines dari Dallas menuju Orlando tersebut mengerti. Pramugari tersebut rupanya hendak menghibur para pelanggannya dengan cara sesimpel itu.Salah satu penumpang yang menyaksikan momen tersebut, Kady Carrougher, mengatakan bahwa pramugari tersebut diakui berhasil menghibur dirinya di tengah sepinya penerbangan. Pasalnya, penerbangan tersebut hanya memuat 29 dari kapasitas 175 penumpang. Saking terkesannya, ia pun tak lupa mengabadikan momen tersebut dan membagikannya di media sosial Twitter.Hingga kini, video tersebut sudah ditonton lebih dari 300 orang dan berhasil mengundang komentar positif dari netizen. Bahkan, video tersebut sampai menarik perhatian salah seorang peneliti dari Newsflare, perusahaan video viral yang berbasis di London, untuk meneliti lebih lanjut terkait sejauh mana dampak dari video tersebut terhadap publik.Selain berhasil menghibur penumpang di tengah sepinya penerbangan, cara tersebut mungkin juga menjadi sebuah hiburan tersendiri bagi maskapai, khususnya di Amerika. Terlebih setelah Menteri Keuangan, Steven Mnuchin, memberikan peringatan perihal situasi penerbangan di AS.Sebelumnya, pada hari Selasa, Menteri Keuangan, Steven Mnuchin memperingatkan bahwa wabah virus corona dampaknya ‘lebih buruk daripada 9/11’ terhadap industri penerbangan. Hal itu setidaknya dapat terlihat dari beberapa maskapai di Negeri Paman Sam, seperti United, Delta, dan Virgin yang secara drastis memangkas jadwal penerbangan mereka.Tak hanya itu, ketiga maskapai yang masuk dalam jajaran maskapai top di AS tersebut juga mengambil berbagai langkah pemotongan biaya dan menggrounded pesawat dalam jumlah besar akibat sepinya penerbangan.Baca juga: Pramugari EasyJet Bikin Tubuh Penumpang Melepuh Akibat Ketumpahan MieSelain itu, melalui Airlines for America (A4A), maskapai penerbangan juga telah meminta paket bailout dari pemerintah, berkisar antara $45 miliar hingga $65 miliar atau Rp924 triliun. Bila paket bailout tersebut tidak terealisasi, asosiasi yang mewakili 11 maskapai penerbangan utama Amerika Utara tersebut memprediksi bahwa tujuh maskapai terbesar di negara itu akan benar-benar kehabisan uang antara Juni dan akhir tahun.Gedung Putih sendiri telah meminta Kongres pada Selasa lalu untuk menyetujui paket stimulus darurat tersebut (baliout) untuk membantu para pelaku bisnis, khususnya industri penerbangan, mengatasi dampak ekonomi dari pandemi pandemi virus corona atau COVID-19. Bila bailout tersebut disetujui, hal tersebut akan menjadi paket penyelamatan ekonomi tertinggi sejak resesi hebat tahun 2008 lalu.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

Truck fire creates havoc on I-75

first_imgA late day fire created a real challenge for First Responders on Wednesday here in Campbell County.Northbound rush hour traffic dealt with a slowdown due to a truck fire that happened near Mile Marker 142 on I-75 at Caryville a little after 5 pm yesterday afternoon.  Caryville Fire Chief Eddie Hatmaker tells WLAF that a blown motor on the trucks tractor caused the non-injury fire.  Hatmaker and his CFD Firefighters were assisted by the Jacksboro Fire Department, the Campbell County Rural Fire Service, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Emergency Management Association.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/21/2018-6AM – PHOTOS COURTESY OF CFD CHIEF EDDIE HATMAKER)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

‘Lady Jags’ bow out of CONCACAF Women’s Caribbean Qualifier!

first_img– Bermuda defeats Suriname 1 – 0 to advanceFor the first time since 2010, Guyana’s senior national women’s football team, more commonly known as the ‘Lady Jags’, have failed to advance out of a group stage, after failing to do so in Group E of the CONCACF Caribbean Women’s Qualifying tournament, following a scoreless draw against Barbados last evening at the Leonora Track and Field Centre.Needing a win after seeing Bermuda gaining three points against Suriname (winning 1–0) to sit on top of the group with seven points, Guyana, despite having the better team, failed to connect on their many chances against a shabby ‘Bajan’ defence.Guyana entered the game with a superior goal advantage, having won their previous game 6–1 (against Suriname) and drawing their opening game 2–2 against Bermuda.It was an unsatisfactory start to coach Ivan Joseph’s campaign at the helm of the women’s programme, as the Canadian said he intends to build a viable women’s programme where the ladies will see regular engagements internationally.Guyana finished second in the group with five points (one win and two draws) with Bermuda (two wins and one draw) being the only team to go through the round.Suriname ended with four points (one win, one draw and one loss) while Barbados failed to score any points.last_img read more

County Hurling League

first_imgThere are two games down for decision in the County hurling league this evening.Eire Óg Annacarthy take on Clonoulty Rossmore in Clonoulty at 8pm.While at the same time Drom & Inch meet Sarsfields in Borris. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img

Andy Ruiz Jr planning to destroy Anthony Joshua’s mentality by being ‘even faster’ than first fight in rematch

first_img 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Boxing – thesun.co.ukcenter_img People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter ANDY RUIZ JR claims he plans on destroying Anthony Joshua’s “mentality” when the pair face off for their rematch next month.British ace AJ is looking to reclaim his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts six months after Ruiz Jr floored him four times in a victory at New York’s Madison Square Garden that shocked the boxing world.Andy Ruiz Jr is looking to stop Anthony Joshua’s game plan with his quick handsCredit: Getty ImagesAJ is looking to reclaim his heavyweight belts in Saudi ArabiaCredit: PA:Press AssociationAll eyes will be on Diriyah, Saudi Arabia when AJ and Ruiz Jr clash for the second time on December 7.And Ruiz Jr has warned Joshua that he will come out firing even faster than before.The big-hitter told Sky Sports: “I’m expecting that [a cautious strategy from Joshua].“But if he wants to bang, it’s better for me. I love to bang because that’s the fighter I am.“December 7 we have to pressure, work the body, break him down. Especially his mentality.“We’ve got to see where he’s at because all the pressure is on him.“The pressure isn’t one me because I followed my dream, made my dreams come true. “Of course I want more – I want the legacy of Andy Ruiz Jr.“People haven’t seen me cut off the ring. I actually break them down even faster when they try to box me around.“We all have a plan until we get hit, like Mike Tyson would say. I’m pretty sure he will want to box me around.“One punch can change the fight. That’s what happened on June 1. It might be a little harder than the first fight. I’ve got to show my skills, my talent.“Especially me staying small. I don’t like he likes fighting [that style]. I don’t think he’s ever fought a short guy that pressures and is pretty slick.“I felt like I was boxing him around even though I was the shorter guy. I was counter-punching him.“When he would throw, I would throw back with more punches. He saw something that he’s never seen before.“People said before, who would you rather right: Joshua, Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury? I always said Joshua because of his style.“Styles make fights. His style was perfect for me to become the unified heavyweight champion.”Ruiz Jr floored AJ four times in his shock victory at New York’s Madison Square Garden six months agoCredit: Getty ImagesRuiz Jr vs Joshua 2 – Live stream, UK ring walk time, date, start time, TV Channel, undercard and betting odds for huge fight in Saudi Arabia Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017last_img read more

Dillian Whyte was shot twice, stabbed three times, and became a dad at 13 – but still he achieved his boxing dream

first_img Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 DILLIAN Whyte is set to return to the ring in Eddie Hearn’s back garden to fight Alexander Povetkin on August 22 in a Matchroom Fight Camp finale.The plush surroundings are a long way from how far he has come.Dillian Whyte’s road to the glory has been anything but smoothCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe Body Snatcher Whyte was shot twice and stabbed three times before making it in the ringCredit: Action Images – Reuters‘The Body Snatcher’, as he is frighteningly nicknamed, grew up in the concrete jungle of Brixton as a self-confessed thug, where he had to use his fists to get himself out of bother.But that didn’t always work when guns and knives were brought to the fight.As a street kid, the 31-year-old British heavyweight boxer was shot twice and stabbed three times on the mean streets of South London, as gangs ran rife.And as soon as he became a teenager, Whyte’s life changed dramatically when he became a father for the first time.However, that hasn’t stopped the 6ft 4in brawler from succeeding in life – who recently saw his name cleared of any doping charges as he still targets a world championship title fight.GUNS OF BRIXTONWhyte was born in Jamaica in poverty, and his mum left the family home in Portland when he was just a toddler to find a job in London.“Man when I was growing up in Jamaica we suffered, suffered, suffered,” he told BBC Sport last year.“Some days we couldn’t eat, we’d go to bed hungry. She left me with people who didn’t take very good care of me.“They were taking the money my mum was sending and was telling me she wasn’t sending anything.”By the age of 12, Whyte and his brother Dean joined his mother in Brixton. But soon he was wayward, corrupted by the cruel, impoverished surroundings he was growing up in.Whyte’s mum left the boxer when he was two-years-old in Jamaica and moved to LondonCredit: InstagramWhen Whyte was 12 he moved to Brixton to rejoin his mumHe was stabbed three times, once sewing himself back together instead of heading to his local A&E at King’s College Hospital in Camberwell.Whyte was also shot twice after getting caught in a gang war in Clapham, and painfully had to remove a bullet from his leg because he didn’t want to bother his hard-working mum.“I took the bullet out and hid out,” Whyte told The Telegraph.“It was out of respect for my mum. I didn’t ever want to bring police to her house.“Doesn’t matter what I did or how bad I was, I showed respect for her. If I was ever injured, I couldn’t go to the hospital in case they alerted my mum, so I did what I had to do.”At school and growing up on an estate, Whyte was often asked to take on bullies, who he gladly put on their backsides in exchange for change and sandwiches.“I’ve always been a fighter,” Whyte told the Daily Mirror. “I’ve never had a choice. Growing up I had to fight to survive.“Kids used to pay me to fight bullies for them, I swear. At schools and around my estate. The bullies were older and bigger than me.“Sometimes they gave me food, it could be sandwiches or it could be money. I think £2 was the most I got and £2 was a lot back then. You could buy a hell of a lot of sweets for £2 back then.”TIME INSIDE CHANGED EVERYTHINGA threat of spending life behind bars changed Whyte foreverCredit: Dave Pinegar – The SunIn his late teens, Whyte found himself in prison in Bristol awaiting trial and facing up to 20 years behind bars.An emotional visit from his mum and sister opened his eyes, and he hated seeing them upset.“My older brother died and she was saying she didn’t want to lose another son,’ Whyte told the Daily Mail.“As bad as I was, I never wanted to disappoint my mum.“When she came to the prison in Bristol, she said, ‘Son, we’ve been through so much in life”. I looked at my mum’s face and the tears rolling down her cheeks and I felt bad and I felt ashamed.”It made Whyte change his ways for the better.BOXING BECAME HIS REDEMPTIONA life in the ring was soon to save Whyte Whyte began life as a kickboxer training at Miguel’s GymCredit: PA:Press AssociationWhyte also competed in the MMA, flooring his only opponent Will RivaWhyte needed something to channel his anger and aggression growing up, and he found it in the discipline of boxing.It’s fair to say that Miguel’s Gym provided him with the platform to build another life for himself.“I didn’t do too well at school, to be honest, but boxing saved me and changed my life,” Whyte once said.“And it was going well, because I knew it was my best chance in life.”But originally, Whyte tried his hand at professional kickboxing. And he was a success too.He was a two-time British heavyweight kickboxing champion, claiming the BIKMA Super Heavyweight British Championship title, and was also a one-time European K1 champion.He ended his K1 career with an impressive record of 20 wins and just one loss, before turning to MMA.In 2008, he fought at the Ultimate Challenge MMA – defeating Mark Stroud with a hugely destructive left hook only 12 seconds into the first round.DADDY DAYCAREWhen he was just 13-years-old, Whyte became a father for the first time. He has since had two more children.But it was becoming a teenage dad that meant he had to grow up quick.“I was a dad at 13-years-old so I have been looking after kids and I had to rush my mental state, growing up a lot faster,” he told 1 News.“When you become a dad it changes everything, where most kids were running around I’m working two jobs and doing other things to get money to feed my children.“I’m trying to win these fights so my kids have a good life and make sure they don’t have to struggle the way I struggled.”At the age of 13 Whyte became a father for the first time. He has since had two more childrenAMATEUR HOURIn 2009, Dillian began a career in boxing at amateur level.And for his first fight, at the age of 20, he couldn’t of fought anyone tougher.Whyte squared off against future heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua, and in truth he battered him.Joshua was floored in one round, with his opponent on the front foot throughout their three-round fight. In the end, Whyte was the victor by unanimous decision.In another contest, he left another amateur opponent in a coma after knocking him out – thus earning his vicious ‘The Body Snatcher’ moniker.But Whyte’s amateur career was short-lived after a dispute with the ABA regarding his kickboxing background, and he was forced to turn pro in 2011.As an amateur, Whyte famously defeated Anthony JoshuaWhyte, posing with Tyson Fury, also one put an opponent in a coma after knocking him out in a amateur fightCredit: InstagramJUST SAY NOIn 2012, Whyte failed a drug test after his victory over Hungary’s Sandor Balogh.He tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine (MHA), which he claimed he mistakingly took with a nutritional supplement called Jack3D, and was handed a two-year ban.Whyte appealed a year later, but the ban was upheld even though a tribunal accepted he didn’t knowingly take MHA.“The supplement was described on the container as ‘an ultra-intense muscle supplement, giving strength, energy, power and endurance’,” Charles Flint QC, the chairman of the appeal tribunal, said in 2013.“It was plainly intended to be a performance-enhancing supplement which an athlete should only take after having taken great care to ensure that it does not contain a prohibited substance.“The athlete took no steps to make any proper enquiries of his manager or coach, any person with medical or anti-doping expertise, or the sports authorities, as to whether the supplement was safe to take.”Although that set him back, Whyte is now stronger than ever.From life experience alone, he’s certainly worth it.Despite a drugs ban in 2012, Whyte has got his career back on trackCredit: Getty Images – Getty Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk Real or Fake? 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