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.
26 November 2013President Jacob Zuma visited the Ikhaya Lethemba Centre in Johannesburg on Monday to mark the start of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign.The centre accommodates, counsels, rehabilitates and prepares rape and abuse victims for their court cases.The President spoke to victims and staff, and highlighted the need for support for victims of rape and abuse in order to reduce the trauma they experience.“It must be very devastating and intimidating for rape victims … to walk into the court and to be looked at by everybody,” Zuma said.“If I was a victim I would go through a terrible experience, and justice has to be done for the perpetrator to be convicted. Then I have to re-live it again in such an environment.“Legally, we need to find a way where we lessen the trauma,” he said.Zuma was taken on a tour of the centre’s library, computer training section, and justice preparation section, where victims are prepared for court appearances in a room designed to look like a courtroom.Zuma also spoke individually to residents, many of whom had fled from abusive partners.He was accompanied on his visit by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Theatre owners here did not screen the film Padmaavat following threats by a local organisation and the recent protests against its release in several States, including Uttar Pradesh. The Sanjay Leela Bansali-directed period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh was released across the country on Thursday amid tight security. “This is a voluntary decision taken by theatre owners. We had strengthened security outside cinema halls where the film was to be screened. However, they did not ask us for any additional security,” Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandey told PTI. The move by cinema halls came after Kshatriya Mahasabha, district coordinator, Santosh Kumar Singh, warned owners here to refrain from screening the film. “We have been patrolling different cinema theatres since the past two days. We conveyed our message to all cinema halls that if they chose to ignore our diktat then this would be entirely at their own risk,” Mr. Singh said. Posters of the film at cinema halls were also removed. A theatre owner, on the condition of anonymity, told PTI that they were watching the situation. “We will decide the future course of action in the next two to three days,” he said. He said that owners were not willing to risk any loss of life or property for the sake of a film despite the police assuring adequate security.
The Indian women thrashed Kenya 3-0 in Pool DIndian men and women table tennis teams notched up wins in their respective pool matches of the 20th Commonwealth Games being held at the Scotstoun Sports Campus here on Friday.While the men defeated Guyana 3-0 in Pool C, the women thrashed Kenya with the same scoreline in Pool D.In the men’s first match, the pair of Sanil Shankar Shetty and A Anthony Amalraj defeated Paul David and Christopher Franklin 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 followed by Soumyajit Ghosh’s 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 victory over Franklin in the first men’s singles to wrap up the match.Amalraj totally demolished Shamar Britton 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 in the dead rubber to make it 3-0 in India’s favour.Meanwhile, the Indian women’s doubles pair of Ankita Das and Poulomi Ghatak drubbed Della Mgenya Njani and Sejan Dipan Thakkar 11-6, 11-5, 11-5.Manika Batra defeated Sejal 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 to give India a 2-0 unassailable lead which was increased further to 3-0 when Poulomi thrashed Jinita Azad Kumar Shah 11-4, 11-3, 11-5.