Shadow boxing – Local gyms appeal for help … JBBC to develop national gyms

first_img PROPER EQUIPMENT GRANT WANTS OWN PLACE One gym with no equipment problem is Bruising gym. Owner Carl Grant ‘begs’ when he travels and only needs a place to open a full-time gym. “When I travel, I tell them in Jamaica, we have no gear. When competitions are over, I beg gear. I own a truck, so it’s easy to move stuff,” he said. Some equipment he got through a friend who looked them up online and sent a barrel with shoes, gloves, gear and punching bags. “I can host a tournament and have gear for the opposition and my team. But I can’t sit and wait on the boxing board,” he continued. NO EQUIPMENT PROBLEM Grant now wants his own place. He says a location has been identified for development. “We get the privilege to use the Rocky Valley Community Centre for nine years, but we outgrew it. We need an indoor gym that can open 24 hours. Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn is looking about a piece of land, and the Sport Development Foundation said if I can show proper documentation, they will fund it,” he said. His setback is lack of running water. “We (centre) just need water and a place to call our own, but, otherwise, we are alright. If they (the board) need results, they must put in resources, and they are not doing that,” he added. For Wallace, it’s distressing not having a reliable training venue. “The main thing we need is a space. If Government can help us get somewhere, it would be good. They promised to develop somewhere near six years ago, but I can’t put my faith in that. I need somewhere I can call Sugar Knockout. I tried at home, but the space is too small. I tried it in Waterhouse, but some people don’t want things to be better between the communities,’ he added.center_img Jamaica Boxing Board of Control president Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones has admitted that local gyms need more equipment. However, plans are afoot to develop two national gyms. “The only thing missing is equipment. The focus is on a national gym, which will look more professional. We will build the national gym, Stanley Couch, and we are working on having another in Montego Bay. I will be comfortable having two gyms we can be proud of, then we can assist others with resources we have,” he said. Jamaica’s proud and decorated boxing history and the great boxers of the ’70s and ’80s were a result of the inspiration and foundation of local boxing gyms. However, in the ’90s, most of those facilities, like the Guinness and Dragon Gyms, closed. As a result, the enthusiasm and success went with them. Recently, Wray and Nephew has attempted to revive boxing with the ‘Contender Series’ and gyms have popped up all over again, with young and inspired boxers again dreaming of being world champions. Can these gyms again produce world beaters, the likes of Mike McCallum, Richard ‘Shrimpy’ Clarke, Bunny Grant, Percy Hayles, Uriah Grant, the late Trevor Berbick and Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock? The reality of present-day Jamaican gyms leave a lot to be desired. A visit to Sugar Knockout Gym in Olympic Gardens and the Bruising Gym in Stony Hill revealed that gyms are short on equipment and most are on borrowed space and time and need somewhere to call home. “Nobody give us anything,” Lindel ‘Sugar’ Wallace, Sugar Knockout Gym founder, told us. “The boxing board gave us a glove we use (in training) and it’s the same gloves we use to fight. We need a mid-section ball, speed ball, punching bag, skipping rope, mouthpiece and bandages, and I am not getting any help and I would be glad if I could get some,” he said In two months, Jones wants proper equipment at the Stanley Couch Gym and intends to have regular fights there “weekly or every two weeks’. While in Montego Bay, he wants a location where anyone can work out. “National boxers will be free, but we will seek membership so the gym take care of itself,” he reasoned. Both Grant and Wallace also believe Wray and Nephew can also do a lot more to assist the gyms.last_img read more

Airbus has $16 billion deal with Honeywell

first_imgAVIATION: Torrance-linked firm will build power units for new line of A350 wide-body planes. By Donna Borak THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Honeywell International Inc., which has operations in Torrance, said Wednesday it will provide the major mechanical systems for Airbus’ new long-range, wide-body A350 aircraft. Both Goodrich Corp. and a division of United Technologies Corp., Hamilton Sundstrand, say they will be competing for future work on the aircraft. Charlotte, N.C.-based Goodrich is providing Airbus with a structure to cover the engine and a system to decelerate the aircraft during landing for all three of the A350’s passenger planes. The deal is expected to generate $10 billion over the next 20 years, the company said. The A350XWB family is Airbus’ plan for a series of efficient, medium-capacity, long-range wide-body aircraft. With a range of up to 9,569 miles, it is available in three basic passenger versions: the A350-800 accommodating 270 passengers, the A350-900 seating 314, and the A350-1000 for 350 passengers. Total firm orders and commitments for the A350XWB stand at 254 aircraft, including 154 firm orders and 100 commitments. The Airbus aircraft is scheduled to hit the market about five years after rival Boeing Co.’s new midsize, long-haul 787 jetliner. To date, Boeing has received 706 orders for the 787. The plane is sold out through late 2013. Business writer Muhammed El-Hasan contributed to this article.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The contract is expected to generate more than $16 billion in revenue over 20 to 25 years. Honeywell said the contract is the largest systems and equipment package Airbus has awarded to date on this program. As part of the deal, Honeywell will design and build an auxiliary power unit and other equipment that supply pneumatic and electric power for the aircraft while on the ground or in-flight. The company also will build systems to manage all of the air used on the aircraft for environmental control, including cabin heating, cooling and pressurization. Airbus has yet to announce deals for its avionics and cockpit controls for the redesigned A350, which has traditionally been a strong area for Honeywell, JPMorgan securities analyst C. Stephen Tusa said in a note to clients. Honeywell spokesman Bill Reavis said it is too early to say whether the work will mean more jobs in the South Bay. Honeywell Aerospace employs 1,112 workers in Torrance, where it makes products that control the environment on planes and cool aircraft machinery. last_img read more