Bruising Gym founder and head coach Carl Grant was praised for his foresight in setting up the gym and congratulated for the work he is doing in the Stony Hill area by Custos of St Andrew Donna Parchment Brown at the gym’s seventh anniversary celebrations at the Stony Hill Primary and Junior School last Saturday night.Parchment-Brown said that it was noteworthy that Grant was taking time to nurture and train his boxers, who, she noted, were doing well both locally and overseas. She urged him to continue doing so as it was a well needed service to his community.Parchment-Brown also presented Grant with his AIBA 3-Star Certificate, for which he qualified last year. This is the highest qualification in amateur boxing and is awarded by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after the recipient receives special training and passes the relevant examinations. He is the only Jamaican currently holding this certificate.Grant told The Gleaner afterwards that he was encouraged by the words of the custos and that this provided him with the incentive he needed to continue working with the young people in the area.At the presentation ceremony, boxers Felice Groves, Kestna Davis, Michael Gardener, and Omar Campbell were awarded plaques for being the representatives from the gym who have been selected to represent Jamaica in international competition. They received their awards from Winston Chung, a sales representative of Diamond Paints, one of the gym’s sponsors.Outstanding graduatesSakima Mullings and Richard Holmes were recognised for being outstanding graduates of the gym’s amateur programme. Mullings was crowned Wray and Nephew Contender champion in 2014 and Holmes was runner-up in the same competition this year. These awards were presented by Wray and Nephew Contender champion 2015 Kemahl Russell.Three individuals who have made substantial contributions to the gym’s growth, and to boxing in Jamaica, were also honoured. They were William Tavares-Finson, who was president of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control when the gym was founded; Leroy Brown, also a former president and now general secretary of the board; and Robert Forbes, owner of the Olympia Crown Hotel. These awards were presented by Everoy Chin, who is the consul general in Jamaica for the Republic of the Phillipines and a member of the Jamaica Boxing Board.
Categories: LaFave News The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by state Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain.LaFave’s measure requires air ambulance operations to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without having a say or knowing the costs.Air ambulance companies currently participate in “balance billing” where the patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. This leaves patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.“I’m proud of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for voting with patients and the people of the state of Michigan,” LaFave said. “This bill package is a small step in the right direction toward lowering health care costs and increasing transparency.”House Bill 5219 now moves to the Senate for consideration. 06Dec Rep. LaFave’s air ambulance legislation flies through House
Portuguese pay TV company Zon Multimedia plans to introduce individual profiles for different family members and users within a household as a future iteration of its next-generation Iris advanced TV service, according to José Alberto Pascoal, head of operations and infrastructure management at Zon.Taking part in the international technology summit at the ANGA Cable congress yesterday, Pascoal said Zon also wanted to add social networking with Facebook integration to its Iris service. Iris was initially bundled with Zon’s 100Mbps offering. To increase take up it has now lowered the speed requirement, which Pascoal said had significantly boosted take-up of the service.Referring to Zon’s experience of connected TV to date, Pascoal said, “Smart TV needs to be standardised or it will die”. Zon introduced a smart TV widget on an LG TV model but Pascoal said the company was frustrated by the fact it had to develop a new app for each model.