Invasive plant control

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaThat new plant will look great in your landscape. You have the perfect spot for it. But think a minute before you plant it. Do you know you can keep it there?Nearly all of the invasive plants that plague people now, from Chinese privet to kudzu to Chinese wisteria, were deliberately planted in someone’s landscape. Only when it was too late did people realize they couldn’t contain their exotic plants.To help prevent even more invasive plant species, the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council and Georgia Southern Botanical Garden will provide the Coastal Plain Invasive Plant Control Workshop Sept. 28 in Statesboro, Ga.You’ll learn how to recognize the major invasive plants, including new threats, in the Georgia coastal plain. In both classroom studies and field exercises, expert instructors will show cost-effective ways to control these plants. They’ll identify alternative plants to use instead of invasive ones, too.The workshop will be at the Wildlife Center on the Georgia Southern University campus. It will begin at 8 a.m. and end with a 4 p.m. session.The fee is $40 for GA-EPPC or GSBG members and $50 for nonmembers if you sign up by Sept. 20. It’s $60 after that. The fee covers a notebook of resources, lunch and snacks.To register or learn more about the workshop, contact the GSU Continuing Education Center at (912) 681-5551.last_img read more

Bolton Valley extends season pass deadline through its ‘Extra Innings’ weekend

first_imgBolton Valley Resort,In conjunction with its Extra Innings Weekend this weekend, Bolton Valley Resort has announced  that it is extending its early-bird season pass purchase deadline until Sunday, April 10 as well. The resort, just 30 minutes from Burlington, currently is offering the lowest prices on next year’s All-Access Season Pass until the new purchase deadline.‘The Extra Innings weekend has become a quick hit, and we felt that extending the season pass deadline through until the last day of this season made sense,’ said Bolton Valley President George B. Potter. ‘With extra days to purchase your season pass, the ‘extra’ them will be running wild at Bolton Valley this weekend for sure!’On Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, skiers and riders wearing the logo of their favorite baseball team will pay just $25 for a lift ticket (regular lift tickets will be $29, all ages). The Vista Quad to the summit will run from 10 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m. both days. Timberline, Wilderness and all other lifts will be closed so terrain is for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders only. The Deli and the James Moore Tavern will be open, with specials in the Tavern. Half price deals on rental equipment and select retail items will be available as well. Season passes also will be honored.The 2011-2012 All-Access Season Passes now will be on sale through April 10 for $449 for adults and $159 (when purchased with a parent’s adult season pass) for youth ages 7-17. After the deadline, the pass prices will increase.A 2011-12 Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass includes: unlimited alpine skiing and riding; a 20 percent discount on rentals, retail shop purchases, group ski and ride lessons, and lodging (includes condos, suites, or hotel rooms); a Sports Center Membership including access to an indoor heated pool, hot tub, and sauna; and access to 6km of groomed Nordic and snowshoe terrain.Bolton Valley Resort is Vermont’s most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 71 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park. Bolton Valley is one of only two ski resorts in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. A complete Sports Center and Indoor Amusement Center plus Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests.BOLTON VALLEY, Vt. (April 6, 2011)last_img read more

Nicaraguan gangs must be confronted: security analyst

first_imgBy Dialogo October 25, 2013 Violent consequences The presence of operatives from transnational criminal organizations and an increase in drug smuggling and weapons trafficking are responsible for an increase in violence in RAAN in recent years, according to Mónica Zalaquett, director of the Center for the Prevention of Violence (CEPREV) “All of Central America is being affected by organized crime and Nicaragua is not the exception. In recent years, there has been no only a considerable increase in drug trafficking but also an increase in weapons trafficking,” said Mónica Zalaquett, Director of the Center for the Prevention of Violence (CEPREV, for its acronym in Spanish). The rate of killings in RAAN was 18 per 100,000 residents in 2011. That is higher than the overall rate of killing in the country, which is 11 per 100,000 people. Expelled gang members Gangs rob from drug cartels Nicaraguan authorities are working hard to combat drug smuggling. In 2012, Nicaraguan security forces seized 4.5 tons of cocaine, $14 million in cash, 141 vehicles connected to drug traffickers, and 153 properties allegedly purchased with drug money. Large cash seizure Some Nicaraguan gangs are robbing transnational drug cartels of drugs, which they then sell to domestic drug dealers. These robberies are commonly known as “drug jolts.” Nicaraguan gangs have been committing such robberies for almost 20 years, according to Nicaraguan security analyst Roberto Orozco. “In 2012, there were at least 27 local groups dedicated to ‘drug jolt’ operations, a phenomenon that originated in the 1990s,” Orozco said. Such crimes do not always involve drugs. Gang members also steal firearms and cash from drug cartel operatives, security analysts said. Gang members who steal drugs from transnational criminal organizations are commonly known as “tumbadores.” Once they steal a shipment of drugs, tumbadores will try to transport the drugs as far north as possible, one tumbador said in an interview with The farther north the drugs are smuggled, the more that organized crime groups will be willing to pay, the tumbador said. For example, a kilo of cocaine would be worth $11,000 in El Salvador, $15,000 in Chiapas, in southern Mexico, and $20,000 in Matamoros, in northern Mexico, the tumbador explained. The prices are higher further north because drug smugglers have higher risks and greater expenses the farther north they go, the tumbador said. Maritime drug smuggling In addition to collaborating with local gangs, Mexican drug cartels are sending their own operatives into Nicaragua to coordinate drug purchases, authorities said. In August, 2012, Nicaraguan National Police arrested 18 people who were posing as Mexican journalists. Police found $9.2 million in cash inside a van some of the suspects were using. The suspects were probably doing to use the money to pay for a large amount of drugs in Costa Rica, according to Fernando Borge, a spokesman for the Nicaraguan National Police “They were planning to take all the money to Costa Rica to pay for a load,” Borge said. The suspects had press credentials which said they worked for Televisa, a large Mexican television network. Nicaraguan National Police investigators checked with the television network, and confirmed the 18 suspects did not work for Televisa. The press credentials were forgeries, authorities said. One of the 18 suspects, Manuel de Jesus Herrera Pineda, had ties to Los Charros, a gang which smuggles drugs and other illicit items north from Costa Rica into Nicaragua and Mexico. Los Charros has ties to the Sinaloa Cartel and La Familia Michoacana, another Mexican transnational criminal organization. The suspects claimed they planned on covering a criminal trial in Managua. In recent years, U.S. authorities have expelled about 100,000 gang members from the country. These gang members have settled in Guatemala, El Savador, Honduras, and souther Mexico. But very few gang members have started living and operating in Nicaragua, according to security analysts. The number of gang members expelled from the United States to Mexico is relatively low, said Mario Zamora, the former Costa Rican director for migration. This pattern has helped Costa Rica, according to Zamora. Since relatively few gang members have been expelled to Nicargaua, very few have made their way south to Costa Rica, he said. Drug enforcement In RAAN, local gangs help drug cartels smuggle drugs along the Atlantic coast. Local gang members operate go-fast boats which smuggle drugs to and from Sandy Bay, located in RAAN. Local gangs, including the Reñazcos and the Tarzanes, collaborate with Los Zetas and the forces of El Chapo to smuggle drugs into and out of Nicaragua, Petray said. These collaborations have led to increased drug sales in RAAN and other parts of Nicaragua, authorities said. “Central America has stopped being just a transit point for drugs to become an operation and activities center,” Félix Maradiaga, the former secretary general of Nicaragua’s Ministry of Defense, told El Pais. Nicaraguan security forces should continue their strong efforts to combat local gangs, which are collaborating with increasing frequency with transnational criminal organizations, said Roberto Petray, director of the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights. Collaboration between Nicaraguan gangs and transnational criminal organizations, like the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, is particularly strong in the Autonomous North Atlantic Region (RAAN), Petray said. “Gangs in Nicaragua are starting to work as hit men and also in human trafficking. These activities must be controlled by the National Police because they are starting to happen within the country,” Petray said. I think fighting the drug trafficking groups and gangs should be more constant and frontal. Governments or states should coordinate efforts and truly try to detain these scourge. We shouldn’t be risking the safety of our families and of our society everyday because of a group of thugslast_img read more

FLREA conducts Law Week events in Tallahassee

first_img June 1, 2001 Regular News FLREA conducts Law Week events in TallahasseeSean Pence, Jose Alfonso, and Haley Pitts won their first case before the Supreme Court of Florida recently. However, all three “attorneys” were elementary school students.The students were visiting the Supreme Court as part of a Law Week celebration. Sean, 7, from Royal Green Elementary in Miami; Jose, 11, from Amelia Earhart Elementary in Hialeah; and Haley, 10, from the Community Christian School in Tallahassee made a great team arguing as respondents on behalf of the Sunshine County School Board.The young students argued against an older team of students in a mock appellate hearing on the constitutionality of school uniforms. The “justices” were also students ranging from 8-17 years of age. The arguments for the petitioner, Students Against School Uniforms, included the need to respect students’ freedom of expression rights. The ability to wear clothing of the students’ choice was a First Amendment right, the petitioners argued. Their young counterparts, however, responded that uniforms would contribute to school safety issues. Students would be less likely to make fun of each other if uniforms were required. School would be a more equal environment. Finally, counsel argued that school uniforms would only impact students during the school day and they could express themselves in other ways such as hairstyles and accessories.The student justices ruled 7-0 in favor of the school board and uniforms. Sean, Jose, and Haley were quite proud of their accomplishments. They appeared confident throughout the proceedings holding up the U.S. Constitution to emphasize their point. FLREA conducts Law Week events in Tallahassee Justice R. Fred Lewis center_img The Law Week students participated in the mock oral arguments to learn more about the appellate process. Justice R. Fred Lewis and Susan O’Halloran, staff attorney for Justice Major B. Harding, participated in the group tour and educational program. An awards luncheon followed where the student essay and poster contest winners presented their first-place entries. Chief Justice Charles T. Wells presided over the awards ceremony where first-through-12th-grade students shared their thoughts on how to protect the best interests of our children. Jose Alfonso, a fifth- grader at Amelia Earhart Elementary in Dade County, won in the third – fifth grade essay division. Jose wrote about his fears and worries as a child. He asked the question, “How can today’s society teach us violence and then punish us for doing it?” Jose challenged citizens and particularly business persons to protect the best interest of children by using freedom in “our favor.”First-grader Viana Stelli Segarra from Cracker Trail Elementary in Highlands County won first place in the K-second grade division. She wrote about how lucky girls are to live in America because girls and boys are treated the same. Girls here can play basketball, soccer, or any sport they want, Viana wrote.A wide array of posters and essays addressed this year’s theme. To review all winning entries, visit the association’s website at and go to “What’s New.”Following lunch, winning high school students from the second annual appellate brief writing competition presented oral arguments before Chief Justice Wells and Justice Lewis. The students argued the hypothetical case of Frank Booth v. Travis Bickle. Travis Bickle had been injured after fans rushed out of a shopping mall, surrounded a limo, and rocked it from side to side, until the limo flipped over. Bickle sued Booth claiming the video “Natural Born Boy Bands” prompted the crowd to act in a lawless manner. The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Bickle. On appeal, questions presented before the U.S. Supreme Court included whether the First Amendment bars a cause of action against Velvet Productions for creating the video “Natural Born Boy Bands,” and whether the court can “pierce the corporate veil” of Velvet Productions and hold Frank Booth personally liable, as a shareholder of Velvet Productions.Roberto Moran and David Longman of Coral Reef High School in Miami received the highest ratings on petitioner’s briefs. Heather Mattern’s and Samantha Newsome’s brief for the respondent took top honors as well. The students, from Palm Bay High School in Melbourne, worked together as a team to write the brief.Recognition was also given during this year’s program to teacher Rosie Heffernan and her students from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Miami. Heffernan’s students won the national championship for the We the People… the Citizen and the Constitution program for the second straight year. We the People is the preeminent constitutional education program in the country, where students apply their constitutional knowledge to contemporary situations in a mock congressional hearing.Hialeah Middle School students in Jackie Viana’s class took top honors in the state Project Citizen competition. The students tackled a community problem and found a solution for flooding. The portfolio will represent Florida in the national competition in San Antonio, Texas. The students received a first-place eagle trophy.last_img read more

So you think your law firm is safe?

first_img So you think your firm is safe? So you think your law firm is safe? Patsy T. Epperson Firm safety is about more than your personal office security. Although this is a very important issue, there is another factor which probably does not immediately come to mind. How safe is your data?According to the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, 93 percent of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster and 50 percent of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy.A fire in your building could totally destroy not only your physical files but your computer systems and electronic data as well. Without adequate backups stored offsite or in a fire resistant safe, how would your firm survive? Manual reconstruction of every case, every file, every pleading could be a financial disaster.Fires and flooding are not the only causes of data loss. A hardware or system malfunction is the leading cause of data loss claiming 44 percent. The second leading cause, at 32 percent, is human error with software failures coming in third at 14 percent. Viruses fall a distant fourth at 7 percent. Viruses have caused their share of damage, that’s for certain. And although this can be irritating and requires down time to clean up, it normally doesn’t cause true damage. However, some virus strains, and several worms, will reformat a local disk. The anti-virus software companies, such as Symantec, Trend Micro, and, McAfee work hard to stay on top of the “newest” viruses, which come out almost daily.Software failures can take many forms. For example, a corrupted file that can not be opened can be caused by the failure of a software program such as Word or WordPerfect. However a computer that will not boot-up or freezes and will not respond may be experiencing failure of the operating system. If this is an individual PC then the data lost would be anything saved on that specific hard drive and in some instances, it can be recovered. A software failure on a server however is a much bigger issue. Here, a solid backup system is mandatory and saves your office from disaster.So how do you protect your firm? A huge step forward is to backup your digitized information, either to a tape, a CD/DVD or an external hard drive. But don’t store these backups in a file cabinet or desk — either remove the backup from the premises or store it in a fire proof lock box. With an appropriate backup scheme you should never hear your office administrator say to you, “Our server just crashed and we lost everything. But it’s worse, the last good backup we have is from December 2003.” That means reconstruct everything from January 1, 2004 forward.While you never want to hear those words at all, wouldn’t you rather be told, “Our server just crashed, we lost everything. But the good news is, our backups are in great condition and we can restore everything through last night.”What can make the difference between the bad news and the good news? The following list provides some examples of what can cause problems even if you are running backups every night.• Damaged/broken media.• Overwritten data.• Media errors.• Incomplete backups.• Reformatted/erased media.• Malicious damage.• Flood/fire damage.A backup is only good if you can restore the information from it. The backup scheme will not be complete if you are not certain your media is good and the backup jobs are running correctly. This requires a test restoration and should be done on a regular basis.To condense this to four major points:• Set a schedule for backups. Daily, weekly, and monthly backups will give you the most protection and make certain they take place on this schedule without fail. The nightly backup should include a verification procedure to confirm the integrity of the backup.• Store backup media off-site. And even better, make certain that the off-site location is a safe place, that the media is in a fire proof container and out of danger of flood.• Replace your media annually. This is more important than most people realize. Media wears out and can develop bad sectors — a bad or damaged tape, CD or external hard drive will not produce an acceptable data restoration. But don’t go strictly by one year. Watch you backup reports. If the media shows bad sectors replace it immediately, regardless of the age.• Last but not least, test that your data can be restored. If it can’t be restored, it is of no use to you.Sometimes a test restoration is the only way to determine if there is a problem with your backups.Take the time to review your backup scheme. If it falls short, then do whatever it takes to implement a good backup system. It can’t be better said than the quote from the CIO Magazine. . . “Data is a valuable corporate asset and should be managed as such, like cash, facilities, or any other corporate asset.”Patsy T. Epperson is a client relationship consultant with Aegis Computer Services, Inc., and is a former legal assistant. She can be reached at (850) 422-2661 or [email protected]center_img August 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Sri Mulyani appoints new oil palm agency head amid commodity’s challenges

first_imgFinance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has appointed Eddy Abdurrachman as the new Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund (BPDP-KS) president director, replacing Dono Boestami.Sri Mulyani told Eddy Abdurrachman that his responsibilities were “very heavy and full of challenges” and that the agency needed to monitor the impact of COVID-19. Indonesia lso jumped whereas global crude palm oil (CPO) remained steady. China is the largest importer of Indonesian CPO, according to recent association data.”I hope that Eddy Abdurrachman with his previous experience as the customs and excise directorate general and the secretary of the Coordinating Economy Ministry can use BPDP-KS funds for programs that are in line with building a sustainable industry,” she said in a statement on Monday. “I want replanting to be the focus of [BPDP-KS],” said Sri Mulyani.In 2019, CPO prices fell below their economical price, compelling the government to suspend last September’s export tax imposed on CPO and its derivative products until January of this year to ease the financial burden on palm oil producers.Read also: Palm oil export levies suspended to help producers cope with low pricesIndonesian Palm Oil Association (Gapki) chairman Joko Supriyono said in a February press conference that he also sees 2019 as a challenging year as trade spats over the EU’s sustainability and trade policies hang over the Indonesian industry.The industry also faced a long period of drought last year, coupled with tariff issues with India.Gapki data showed that palm oil exports had increased to 36.17 million tons in 2019, up by 4.2 percent from 2018. Indonesia sent most of its palm oil to China in 2019, around 6 million tons, representing 16.5 percent of overall exports last year. India followed with 4.8 million tons (13.2 percent) and the European Union with 4.6 million tons (12.7 percent). Topics :center_img Read also: Coronavirus drags down commodity prices as demand from China dropsIndonesia has become the largest palm oil-producing country in the world, making up more than 55 percent of world production. The palm oil industry is a significant foreign exchange earner for Indonesia, as it contributes 13.5 percent to the total non-oil and gas exports of US$22.3 billion, Sri explained.The minister also reminded the agency’s officials that according to the President’s direction, the palm oil replanting program must be carried out for 500,000 hectares within the next three years. She suggested BPDP-KS partner with the microcredit program (KUR) to strengthen palm oil replanting financing. Last year, the government had simplified requirements for oil palm smallholders to access assistance for the replacement of their old trees through the people’s oil palm tree replanting program after the meager realization of the program in 2018.last_img read more

COVID-19: Community in Madiun builds ‘open kitchen’ to help affected residents avoid hunger

first_imgSyamsul said most people in the neighborhood worked in the informal sector as street vendors, parking attendants and pedicab drivers and the like and their daily income had been devastated because of the coronavirus outbreak.Some residents also had to temporarily shut down their small businesses to comply with the government’s physical distancing policy to curb the spread of the disease.Syamsul and some residents launched the initiative to help their neighbors upon learning about their situation.“I started here with three other people. We donated our money – Rp 100,000 [US$6.35] each – so that we could collect at least Rp 400,000 to start,” Syamsul said on Thursday last week while he was cooking with the other residents in the kitchen. With the money, they bought food supplies to start operating the kitchen.In the beginning, the open kitchen could provide around 90 food packages in the morning and another 90 packages in the evening. After running for a couple of days, the initiative caught the attention of other residents who also donated food supplies, cooked food, cash and human resources.The open kitchen can now produce 220 packages of food per day, of which 110 are distributed in the morning and 110 in the evening. In order to produce 110 packages, Syamsul said, the kitchen needed around Rp 500,000 per production.The open kitchen distributes the meals directly to each house to avoid crowds.Syamsul said he hoped such an initiative could help people whose livelihoods were disrupted by the pandemic.“Many people have raised their concerns [about the pandemic]. We just want to play our small part in helping those in need,” he said as quoted by of Monday afternoon, East Java had recorded 440 confirmed COVID-19 cases, making the province — which has recorded 30 fatalities so far — the third-hardest hit nationwide, after Jakarta and West Java, respectively.Indonesia recorded at least 4,557 positive cases and 399 deaths linked to the disease, according to the government’s official count on Monday. (asp)Topics : A community unit in Madiun, East Java, has set up an “open kitchen” so that people in the area whose incomes have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will not need to go hungry.Residents of community unit (RT) 37 in neighborhood unit (RW) 09 of Mojorejo, a subdistrict of Taman district in Madiun, have built a kitchen accessible to the public in the yard of a house.The RT chief, Syamsul Hadi, 43, said the kitchen was opened two weeks ago.last_img read more

Speewah has a population of about 900 residents

first_img719 Speewah Road, Speewah. Ray White Cairns Beaches. Cairns Post Real Estate liftout 9/12/17UP THE Macalister Range and just past Kuranda lies the small, rainforest-covered hamlet of Speewah.A locality of the Mareeba Shire Council, Speewah has a population of about 900 residents, with an average weekly income of almost $1,300. The median price for houses is $477, 000 and has grown steadily over the past three years. In general, properties in Speewah come on spacious bush blocks with views of the rainforest and hidden from main roads.Speewah Conservation Park, which covers an area of 15.2ha, was gazetted as a conservation park in December 2004, following a donation of land to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) by local residents Ron and Pam Elgar. Smooth, green-trunked cadagi trees Corymbia torelliana and tall kauri pines Agathis robusta provide a scenic setting and the surrounding rainforest provides a tranquil backdrop for the camping and day-use areas.The park is adjacent to Barron Gorge National Park and includes a camping area which is a convenient base for exploring the long-distance walking track network in Barron Gorge National Park.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoSpeewah Country Tavern worker Trish Vohland has been making the 20-minute drive from her home in Mareeba to the popular pub since she started working there in December.“Speewah is a very easy drive from Mareeba,” she said.“I tend to like all the customers. They’re all different sorts. You have locals who have retired, then you have the everyday worker and I find they’re all quite friendly.“Thanks to the rain, it is all green everywhere at the moment.”The tavern also provides motel-style accommodation and a service station provides one of the few places off the Kennedy Highway to fill up when heading west from Cairns.It is on the edge of lush World Heritage rainforest and freshwater Grove Creek. The Speewah Equestrian Centre is another attraction in the area drawing horse-lovers out of the city. The centre offers lessons and holiday camps.last_img read more

Aikey collects Sunoco bonus on record night at Indee

first_imgINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (May 23) – One of Independence Motor Speedway’s winningest drivers went home with a bonus following his latest checkered flag run, on a record setting opening night.  By Jerry Mackey The headliner of the night was the 25-lap IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature. Jeff Aikey drew the pole position and went on to drive the Rick Dralle-owned no. 77 to a comfortable win. The race went flag to flag with Aikey taking the win and first $250 Sunoco Race Fuels bonus of the season over Eric Pollard and Sean Johnson.  Saturday mid-day rains made for very challenging conditions at Indee but thanks to the never say die attitude of co-promoter Justin Temeyer, the new season got underway on Saturday night with­out fans in attendance due to the Covid-19 restrictions. The record 161 drivers in attendance gave a very big shout out to Temeyer and partner Mick Trier for making the racing happen.  Kaden Reynolds established himself as a driver to be reckoned with in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division. Reynolds took the action packed win over Billy Rhodes and Tyler Ollendieck. It was an all Murty front row in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event. The elder of the two, Da­mon Murty fought off the challenges of his son Dallon early before Steve Meyer snuck between the two. Damon went on to get to the checkers first ahead of Meyer and Dallon Murty.   Jeff Aikey took the opening night IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature win and took home the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels bonus given Saturday at Independence Motor Speedway. (IMCA Photo) Tony Olson shot to the high side on the very fast track in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main from his second row start and took the lead from pace setter Kip Siems. Olson scored the opening night win ahead of Jayden Schmidt, who made the long tow from Seymour, WI. Siems rounded out the top three on opening night.   Aikey also sat on the pole for the IMCA Modified main event, but Troy Cordes had his 71C ma­chine dialed in, raced from a third row start and overtook Aikey and cruised on to the win ahead of Jordan Hicks and Darin Duffy.  last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night 20: Godzilla vows to win WBF title for Nigeria

first_imgRelatedPosts GOtv Boxing Night 20: Ehwarieme eyes world title Esepo delighted at winning best boxer prize at GOtv Boxing Night 20 Ehwariemi wins WBF title as Agbaje emerges best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 20 Onoriode “Godzilla” Ehwariemi of Nigeria has vowed to defeat his Argentine opponent, Argentina’s Ariel “Chiquito” Baracamonte, when they clash for the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental heavyweight title at GOtv Boxing Night 20.Their clash will headline the nine-bout boxing show, which holds on 28 December at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. The show will also feature live musical performances by Zlatan Ibile, Mayorkun and Ortisefemi among other artistes.Speaking after his training in Lagos yesterday, Godzilla, whose 18 fights have yielded 17 victories by knockout and loss, said he is aiming to win the title for Nigeria.“This fight is a fight for my country. I will do everything legitimate to ensure the belt comes to Nigeria. Argentina tends to beat us at football and I intend to summon the spirit that propelled Nigeria to win the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games to avenge our numerous defeats by Argentina on the football pitch,” he said.The hulking ring artist said he is familiar with Argentine boxers, having had nine fights in the country. While he is fighting Chiquito for the first time, he, however claimed to be familiar with his strengths and weakness through videos of his previous fights.“I have watched videos of him of fighting. I’m taller than he is, meaning I have a longer reach. He likes to get close to his opponents, but I’ll keep him at a distance and punish him once the opportunity arises. He won’t be able to cope with my punches and I’m confident that the fight will not go beyond two rounds,” he bragged.Three other title fights are scheduled to hold at the event. They include a defence of theWest African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight title by Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, who faces Ghana’s Ezekiel Anan; WABU welterweight title defence by Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, who takes on Ghana’s Sanitor Agbenyo; and the national bantamweight title bout between Sadiq “Happy Boy Adeleke and Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi.Other bouts are the national featherweight challenge clash between Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje and Olusegun Moses, national super featherweight contest between Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola and Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan; national light heavyweight duel between Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, and Olanrewaju Segun. Professional debuts for Alaba “Eylbow” Omotola and Bolaji “Fight to Finish” Abdullahi and an all-female bout between rising star, Cynthia “Boby Girl” Ogunsemilore and Aminat Yekini.The best boxer at the show will win a cash prize of N1 million attached to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.Tags: GOtv Boxing Night 20Onoriode Godzilla EhwariemiWBFlast_img read more