Gardener makes pro debut on tonight’s Contender card

first_imgJamaican Michael Gardener, representing the Caribbean team in the Wray and Nephew Contender 2016 Series, makes his debut as a professional boxer tonight. Gardener will face USA boxer José Guzman, over five rounds in the fifth week of competition at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. Fight time is 9.30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week the series heated up considerably when Guyanese boxer Revlon Lake fought a bruising battle against Anthony Woods from The Bahamas to take a majority decision, and tonight’s fight promises to be in the same vein. The 22 year-old Gardener is faced with a huge task, in this his debut, but he and his camp have stated that they are very confident of victory, despite the fact that Guzman, who is 27, is a seasoned professional with 20 fights on his rÈsumÈ. It is not an impressive one, as he has won six, lost 13, and had one draw, but the fact is that he has been a professional since 2006. He last fought on March 5, losing to John Hernandez in New York over six rounds. Gardener has been one of Jamaica’s best amateur boxers and has been a champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. He has represented Jamaica in overseas competitions several times and is known to be a hard-hitting boxer. His major fault as an amateur was that being primarily a counter-puncher, he had the tendency to react and fight back rather than lead and be aggressive. As a result, he was usually coming from behind, and in a three-round fight, he therefore, found himself in trouble on several occasions. Over five rounds, he has some more time, but he still cannot afford to lose the early rounds as catching up would be difficult. The tactics that he uses tonight will be very important if he is to make a successful debut. He has good punching power, but his opponent, who was born in Puerto Rico and who has been living in the Bronx, New York, for some time, is quite likely to be very aggressive, so the ingredients are there for an exciting contest. The winner tonight moves into the quarter-final, and will be one step closer to the Contender 2016 title and first prize of $2million. The runner-up takes home $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. In the next stage of the competition, the boxers will still challenge each other over five rounds, but the semi-finals will be over seven rounds, and the final in July will be a 10-round contest.last_img read more

Rangers wrap up deal for Brighton defender Connor Goldson

first_img scrap Goldson had limited playing time during the 2017/18 season Scottish Premiership news Rangers have been very busy in the transfer window, as Gerrard looks to bridge the gap on Celtic – who have dominated Scotland’s top tier since 2012.Goldson arrives at Ibrox alongside Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria and Nikola Katic this summer. 1center_img Goldson, who had heart surgery in early 2017, told his new club’s official website: “I am delighted to join Rangers, even though it hasn’t taken that long to sign it seems like it has taken forever.“I am just pleased to finally get it done and to get the chance to showcase my abilities at a massive club with a huge fan base.”The defender made 40 senior appearances for Albion but only made three Premier League appearances in the 2017/18 season.Seagulls boss Chris Hughton said: “Connor has done extremely well for the club in the three years he has been here, but he wants to play regular senior football, and at this stage we cannot give him that guarantee.“Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy were exceptional last season, and very consistent in the central defensive positions, which left Connor with very limited opportunities, and I totally understand his position and desire to want to play regular football.“He has been a great professional and a pleasure to work with – and he has shown a great mental strength to come through a very tough time after he underwent crucial heart surgery just over a year ago.“On behalf of everyone at the Albion, I would like to thank Connor for his time at the club and wish him all the very best for the future at Glasgow Rangers.” Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Brighton defender Connor Goldson has left the club to join Scottish Premiership side Rangers on a four-year deal.Goldson, 25, is one of a number of new signings the Gers have made this summer as new boss Steven Gerrard looks to reshuffle the squad ahead of the 2018/19 season.last_img read more

Jennie Garth Helps Raise Awareness Of Childhood Hunger

first_imgFeeding America has launched new public service advertisements (PSAs) starring celebrity actress Jennie Garth to bring attention to childhood hunger.Video: Feeding America Child Hunger PSA with Jennie GarthFeeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, has partnered with the Ad Council since 2008 on a Hunger Prevention campaign designed to raise awareness about hunger in America and the fight to solve it, led by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks. Jennie Garth donated her time and talent for the project, as have other celebrity activists in past PSAs, including Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner.“No child should go hungry in this country,” said Jennie Garth. “Feeding America is working hard to make sure that, in our near future, childhood hunger will be a thing of the past.”According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America – 15 million kids – struggles with hunger. While food insecurity affects people of all ages, it is particularly devastating for children because of the potential for long-term consequences. Research has shown that good nutrition has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity.“Childhood hunger is a problem we have the power to solve. It takes motivated people to support local food banks and the acceptance that hunger is faced by far too many children in every community across America,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “We’re so grateful to Ms. Garth for lending her influence to this issue, and hope that these new PSAs allow us to expose the prevalence of child hunger and engage the nation in solving the problem.”The new PSAs feature Garth in a food bank discussing the disproportionate effect of hunger on children and pointing out the fact that the billions of pounds of surplus edible food wasted each year in the U.S. can help feed families who are hungry. The ads encourage audiences to visit FeedingAmerica.org to learn more about hunger in their communities, and get involved in the fight to end hunger by volunteering at a local food bank, contacting their Members of Congress, and donating food or funds.“We’re proud to partner with Feeding America to continue to produce compelling work and help solve this critical issue,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “No one should go hungry in America, especially around the holidays. We hope that Garth’s recognition will encourage volunteers, supporters and donors to support the millions of children in need.”The new PSAs are an extension of the Hunger Prevention campaign which was launched by Feeding America and the Ad Council in 2008. The new TV PSAs were created pro bono by 360i. Per the Ad Council’s model, all PSAs will run in advertising time and space entirely donated by the media. Since the launch of the Hunger Prevention campaign, media outlets across the country have donated more than $374 million in support for the PSAs.last_img read more

Wilmington Band Parents Wilmington Sons Of Italys Comedy Night A Huge Success

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Sons of Italy and the Wilmington High School Band Parents held another successful Comedy Night Fundraiser on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Club.Close to 300 people attended the annual event to help support the fundraising activities of both organizations.Thanks to the tremendous effort of both groups, over $7,000.00 dollars was raised for the two organizations to split.Special thank you to Steve Bjork for helping organize the event by securing 3 fabulous comedians this year as he has for many years!Kevin Caira of the Wilmington Sons of Italy was the event Chairperson again this year and did a fantastic job leading and organizing the event as he has for many, many years!Left to Right: Andrea Desario (Band Parents), John Romano (Wilmington SOI President), Kevin Caira (Event Chairperson Wilmington SOI), Steve Sica (Band Parents President), Doreen Dawson (Band Parents)(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Sons of Italy.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTO: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Supports WHS Band Parents Trivia NightIn “Community”COMING SOON: Wilmington Sons of Italy & WHS Band Parents To Hold Huge Yard Sale On September 7In “Community”Wilmington Sons of Italy & WHS Band Parents To Hold Huge Yard Sale On September 7In “Community”last_img read more

One killed as police van collides with microbus

first_imgPolice van. File photoA man was killed and three other injured in a head-on collision between a police van and a microbus in Baraigram upazila of Natore on Wednesday morning.The accident took place on the Bonpara-Hatikumrul highway of Mohishbhanga in the upazila.According to Baraigram Bonpara highway police, additional police super of Baraigram circle Harun Ar Rashid was busy patrolling the highway in a government van. The van collided with the microbus at Mahishbhanga on the way to Baraigram.The driver of the microbus Shahjahan Ali, 32, was killed on the spot while Harun Ar Rashid along with his bodyguard Ibrahim Hossain and police van driver Mobarak Hossain sustained injuries.Initially, the wounded were taken to Amena Hospital in Bonpara. Later, they were shifted to Natore Sadar Hospital.It was raining when the accident took place, Bonpara highway police station sub-inspector Mahfuzur Rahman said adding that “the microbus driver might have been drowsy while driving.”The body of the deceased was recovered and sent to highway police station. Shahjahan was from Munshiganj.Read more: Over 25,000 killed on roads in 3 yearslast_img read more

Memorial Hermann To Pay Nearly 2 Million To Resolve Improper Billing Allegations

first_imgThe Memorial Hermann Health System agreed to pay the United States over $1.9 million to resolve allegations that it improperly billed government healthcare programs.U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, of the Southern District of Texas, made the announcement on Monday.“Charging the government for higher cost inpatient services when patients only require lower cost outpatient services is a waste of taxpayer money and a violation of trust with the patient and with the government,” said Patrick, in a press release. “This settlement should deter similar conduct in the future and help make health care more affordable.”Federal prosecutors alleged that between 2009 and 2014, three hospitals in the Memorial Hermann System – the Texas Medical Center, Southwest and Memorial City – billed Medicare for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient services. Therefore, the government said, the hospitals received larger reimbursements than they were entitled to.Below is a statement from Memorial Hermann, provided to Houston Public Media:“During a routine audit of claims data from 2009-2014, it was discovered that a limited number of records lacked the detailed information necessary under complex billing documentation requirements in regards to physician decisions to admit patients as inpatient versus outpatient. Care provided to patients was appropriate and necessary and there have been no allegations to the contrary. We make every effort to ensure that we have a robust documentation process in place that adheres to our highest standards of accuracy. An agreement has been reached with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to refund the overpayment flagged in the audit dating back to before 2014.  Additionally, we have a longstanding compliance program to ensure that we continuously meet the rigorous documentation standards required in an increasingly complex regulatory environment.”The Memorial Hermann Health System bills itself as the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, and runs and operates 15 hospitals, according to its website. Sharelast_img read more

Time for some golf

first_imgThe 34th Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) Inter-Unit Golf Championship was inaugurated recently.The four-day golfing extravaganza is one of the most important tournaments on the amateur calendar. Top ranked amateur players such as Udayan Mane, Manu Gandas, Saquib Ahmed, Trishul Chinnappa, Samarth Dwivedi, Simarjeet Singh, Ankur Chadha and Manav Das were seen in action during the tournament. The tournament also witnessed India’s No 1 lady golfer Gurbani Singh and Viraj Madappa and Piyush Sangwan playing for the Championship. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Some of the prominent players from GAIL who would be vying for the Championship are India’s No 2 lady golfer and reigning Sri Lanka Open Champion Gauri Monga, reigning National Amateur Champion Pratap Atwal and local golfer Jaibir Singh. The tournament began with two-day practice rounds followed by the two-day main event to be played on a stroke play format.Speaking on the occasion, R D Goyal said, ‘GAIL has been taking a number of initiatives to promote sports within the organisation and at the same time, supporting and promoting sports and players outside the organisation as well. Participating in PSPB tournaments is one such important platform.’last_img read more

Govt to carry out statewide communal harmony campaign

first_imgKOLKATA: The Bengal government will carry out a state-wide special campaign to spread the message of communal harmony and create awareness on different development projects of the Mamata Banerjee government.The campaign will be held in three phases. From November 2 to 4, the special campaign will be held in Kolkata, Hooghly, Nadia, Howrah and Purulia. In Kolkata, the campaign will be held at Deshapriya Park where awareness will be spread through various folk performances. There will be different artistes from Kolkata participating in it. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere will be different cultural programmes, along with one digital tableau and two normal tableaus that will be moving around places to spread the message of communal harmony with the caption – ‘Ekotai Sampriti’ and create awareness on different development projects of the Mamata Banerjee government. More than 30,000 folk artistes altogether will take part in the event at 5,000 different points across the state. There will be an exhibition on handicraft goods manufactured by the members of Self-Help Groups. There will be various competitions for school-goers as well. Districts will witness various artistes from Kolkata besides folk artistes. The next two phases of the campaign will be held after Kali Puja. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe second phase of the special campaign will be held in East Midnapore, Cooch Behar, Jhargram, Alipurduar, North and South Dinajpur, East and West Burdwan from November 16 to 18. Consecutively, the third phase will be held from November 23 to 25 in West Midnapore, Bankura, Malda, Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Murshidabad, North 24-Parganas, Birbhum and Siliguri (A part of Darjeeling district). The programme in Hooghly will be held at Bhadreswar, Madarihat in Alipurduar, Balakoba in Jalpaiguri and Naihati in North 24-Parganas. In some places, the programme will be held at auditoriums; while in others makeshift tents will be set up for the same. In Howrah, the programme will be held at Sarat Sadan at Howrah Maidan. It may be said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has always spread the message of communal harmony and peace in congruity with the tradition and culture of Bengal.last_img read more

Tips to minimise indoor air pollution

first_imgAdd more plants to your decor and keep a tab on your appliances to keep a check on the indoor pollution at your home, say experts. Plants not only brighten up a space, but also are a source of fresh air. These Indian plants: Areca Palm, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue and Money Plant (all common names) will actually grow fresh air for you indoors.No smoking should be allowed inside homes. Smoking and second hand smoke are the biggest contributors of air pollution indoors. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEnsure you use low VOC (Volatile organic Compounds) paints in your home, which ensure that toxic gases and substances are not released indoors during hot/cold variations in temperature indoors.A common problem that is not addressed indoors is fixing your water leakages. Very often, we ignore water leakages into the home, which then allow the growth of fungus, mould, and mildew, which causes or worsens conditions such as asthma, wheezing, and sinus. Taking precautions such as fixing of leakages, maintenance repairs to prevent loss of heat/ cold indoors, will ensure better air quality inside. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKeep a tab on your appliances. Appliances like your refrigerator and oven can emit harmful gases without regular maintenance. Make sure you take up the scheduled services and have a professional look at your devices at regular intervals.Regular dusting is important. Every home is prone to dust and dirt accumulation. While you clean your floors and upholstery regularly, you might miss out on the nooks and corners and also the roof of tall furniture sets. In this scenario, a deep cleaning can reduce the risk of dust particles that can become irritants. Open the windows. The air at home can be more harmful as it can high concentration of pollutants compared to the outdoors. Keep your windows open for 5-10 minutes daily or strategically place ventilation ducts to tackle the issue. Sunlight and ventilation can go a long way to keep you and your family healthy.Another good idea is to minimise the use of pesticides at home. Use bio-friendly products instead. Limiting the number of toxic products you introduce in to your indoor air will also make the space as less polluted as possible.Make sure your gas stove is well-ventilated. While cooking at home, it is important to ensure the gas stove is well ventilated to limit the production of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons produced due to incomplete combustion. These gases are not healthy indoors and pose serious health risks in the long-term.Install exhaust hoods or fans in the kitchen and bathroom to reduce humidity. Humid air in the kitchen and bathroom increases the exposure of the indoor occupants to mold and mildew. Molds carry tiny particles that can enter the body and result in serious illness such as colds, persistent coughs, and even fungal infections. The installation of exhaust hoods and fans in the kitchen and bathroom will help reduce exposure.Get rid of odors; don’t mask them. Most people usually try to avoid indoor odors by masking them with artificial fragrances and air fresheners. It simply worsens the problem because the artificial fragrance or air fresheners contain VOCs and phthalates which can harm your health even more. Instead, find the source of the odors and eliminate, and clean the area with homemade cleaners or with baking soda.Remove carpeting if possible. Carpets act as a harbor for small dust particles and pet dander which increases indoor air pollution. The dust particles from carpets are associated with chronic lung problems such as asthma and persistent coughs. Removing the carpeting is a sure way of reducing indoor air pollution.Keep trash covered. Covering trash aids in keeping away pests and insects. It is part of critter management which will reduce the need for the use of pesticides and other artificial critter elimination chemicals. As a result, it will reduce indoor air pollution by reducing toxic substance emission from the artificially manufactured critter management products.Minimise clutter. By minimising clutter, it is easier to manage the accumulation of dust that carry bacteria, mold, mites and fungi which significantly reduces indoor air pollution from these sources.last_img read more

This Startup Is Bringing 3D Printed Insoles to the NBA and the

first_img When we spoke last April, Kegan Schouwenburg’s company SOLS, which makes custom 3-D printed orthotic insoles by scanning customers’ feet, had just completed a $6.4 million Series A funding round. Fast forward less than a year, and this New York-based startup just raised another $11.1 million in financing.The interim period between funding rounds has been pretty insane for Schouwenburg and her team; since last spring, the company has grown its network of podiatrists, orthopedics and physical therapists from 50 to around 330. (SOLS provides each doctor with an iPad equipped with its app that, using a process called photogrammetry, takes hundreds of photos of a patient’s feet and knits them together to create a detailed virtual model.)But the even bigger news is that SOLS is about to launch a direct-to-consumer line of insoles. Instead of having to visit a doctor, buyers will soon be able to scan their feet at home, via a smartphone app, and order the insoles online. It’s a pivotal moment for the company — one that marks its transition from niche medical product built exclusively for people with advanced foot problems (at $300 to $700, SOLS medical insoles don’t come cheap) to a product intended for anyone looking for a more comfortable walking experience. At a much more affordable $125, the direct-to-consumer insoles are available for pre-order and will launch in May.Related: Photoshop’s Latest Feature: 3-D Printing CapabilitySchouwenburg’s own background may be firmly rooted in design, but SOLS has recently forged a strong relationship with the athletic community. Terdema Ussery, president and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, just joined its board, and the company’s latest funding round included a new investment by Melo7 Tech Partners, the venture fund co-founded by NBA Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.Though Schouwenburg is not an athlete, she understands why SOLS appeals to the sports and performance sector, where “everyone is just looking for that extra cutting edge.” The NBA, she’s come to learn, is incredibly tech-forward. “They’re really excited about the applications of how data and analytics and wearable technology can affect the game,” she says.During this year’s New York Fashion Week, SOLS partnered with the NBA to launch a futuristic robotic 3-D shoe – “something that could exist 10 years from now” — which debuted during an NBA All Star Weekend event hosted by Carmelo. Christened the “ADAPTIV” the 3-D printed shoe merges fashion and performance; embedded with LED lights, whose colors shift to match the wearer’s outfit, the shoe is also outfitted with shock robotics that inflate or deflate based on the wearer’s movements, decreasing the risk of lower extremity injury.Carmelo Anthony and ADAPTIV, SOLS’ 3D printed shoe prototypeImage credit: SOLSRelated: How 3-D Printing Startups Are Shaping the FutureSOLS has already struck up a partnership with Destination Races, a boutique marathon series, and is in the process of talking to gym chains as well as major professional sports teams, in both the NBA and in other leagues, Schouwenburg says.What’s more, the company plans on launching a line of sensor-enabled insoles this summer that would allow wearers to monitor their fitness and health stats – a la a Fitbit – via their feet. “Look, a lot of people don’t want to wear something on their wrists,” Schouwenburg says. “I’ve heard that enough times now that it’s really resonated.”Despite the cutting-edge results that have already come to fruition thanks to SOLS newfound athletic cachet, Schouwenburg wants to keep the focus on everyday consumers, people who may or may not play sports at any level, much less professionally. For her, SOLS insoles are about making life more comfortable, whether that means jogging in the morning without getting exhausted, fixing a real medical need, or simply not feeling the need to take one’s shoes off in the elevator after work.”There are so many people in this world, who have so many different kinds of problems,” she says. “But we all get up every day and put on our shoes. We want to make that experience a little bit better for everybody.”Related: Staples Rolls Out 3-D Printing Program Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » March 3, 2015 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more