Fighters Young and Old Go Head-to-Head at Villa-Parke’s Boxing Show Last Weekend

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Photo Gallery Fighters Young and Old Go Head-to-Head at Villa-Parke’s Boxing Show Last Weekend Photography by NICK CARRANZA | Story by BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 5:34 am More Cool Stuff Subscribe Villa-Parke’s renowned Annual Boxing show brought over a hundred amateur fighters from all over California this past weekend to compete in the ring and get a taste of the spotlight. With fighters ranging from age eight to fifty-four, the park’s community center was packed to walls to see these fierce men and women push their bodies to the limit in the name of America’s oldest competitive sport.“The experience was electrifying,” said Fausto De La Torre, Villa-Parke’s Boxing Specialist.The boxing show is an yearly display of some of Pasadena’s hardest-working and aspiring boxers. It allows boxers of all ages to match up with out-of-city opponents who want to get in the ring and make it count.For many young boxers, the annual boxing show serves as their debut match, while others may have much more experience under their belts. Either way, it is a platform for talent to surface under the microscope of community spectacle which was well attended.“The crowd echoed through the entire facility. The show of support was amazing,” explained De La Torre.De La Torre’s longstanding after school boxing program is where these athletes commit months of training to hopefully match up and put their skills to the test at this annual competition. This event brought 150 boxers to Villa-Parke, many from several hours away, to register to fight at the 2016 Boxing Show. Out of the eleven students from De La Torre’s program that registered, four were successfully matched up and able to step in the ring with a total of 21 matches throughout the day.“We could have matched up 30 bouts, but ultimately couldn’t because of time purposes and the high turnout,” explained De La Torre. “We make sure we are fair in matching up the fighters appropriately according to their weight, age and level of experience.”All of the fighters were given three rounds to come out with a win, which lasted between one and half and three minutes per round depending on their experience. According to amateur boxer and attendee Nick Carranza, the young fighters were hungry for victory.“The kids definitely didn’t hold back. They were fearless,” said Carranza.Of the four fighters from Pasadena that were able to compete, the youngest fighter Humberto Robles proved to be the rising star that De La Torre aims to shape through his dedicated program. At 17 years old, the boxing show was Robles’ eleventh official match as a fighter. Rightfully so, he took home the win and put on a good fight.“He’s at the stage where he now displays the skills we teach. He is a colorful fighter who is definitely a 2020 Olympic hopeful,” explained De La Torre.From young talent like Robles that showed a promising future in the sport, older fighters proved that they still have the fire inside and passion for getting in the ring despite their age.“Seeing the guys in their fifties get on the canvas and step up to the challenge was captivating. This is why we do it. We the guys to get in there and experience the adventure that boxing brings,” said De La Torre.Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez was in attendance to administer awards to participants. Every fighter received an award as an appreciation for their participation in keeping the tradition of the sport alive and well in Pasadena and surrounding areas.Villa-Parke’s Annual Boxing Show accomplished the incredible feat of showcasing a year’s work of sacrifice and dedication into an exciting six hour event for the city to see. The blood sweat and tears that these dedicated fighters brought with them under the lights and in the ring is an experience that Pasadena will continue to host for years to come.Whether it’s for the young talent who seeks a career or it’s the older men who to value the health benefits from staying active, the level of talent that comes through the doors remains uncompromised to say the least.In case you missed it, the fighter’s in the Villa-Parke program will be heading the the Police Activities League (PAL) Boxing Tournament June 20-25 in Oxnard to keep the competitive fire going and to bring home more victories for the city of Pasadena. 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Istria wants to become a top destination for IT professionals, not just tourists. Certainly a great upgrade to tourism

first_img“In particular, our shortcoming is the lack of professional staff. Joint action is needed to influence the creation of staff that will remain there. And not only that – we want to bring young ICT professionals to Istria“, ističe Verbanac. Istria has long been known as a top tourist destination, and companies from the ICT sector operating through the ICT Istria Expert Group and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Pula decided to further brand the quality of life of their region to attract top professionals and companies.  The branding strategy defines five values ​​of Istria as a brand. These are courage, excellence, local value, openness and ease of living. The problematic points are, in addition to the already mentioned lack of manpower, finding accommodation for professionals and bureaucracy. That is why a Branding Strategy has been developed that promotes Istria as an ideal place to live, work and study. The goal is to create a stimulating business environment in which the competencies of the sector will create significant benefits not only for ICT companies but also for the economy of the entire county.  The corona crisis has shown the strength of the ICT sector, and now is the right time for the region to impose itself as an attractive destination for digital nomads. This requires the help of the state, ie the regulation of such a form of work that will enable experts to work for any global company, and enjoy all the benefits of life in the local area.  Photo: mirkobozzato, pixabay.com The fact that innovative ICT companies such as Infobip, Inter Soft Technologies, Infosit already operate successfully in Istria, achieve global success and represent a great development perspective certainly helps to attract experts. They are focused on new technologies, and often their clients are the world’s leading companies in their segments. So, good foundations are there, and now we need to work on them and send a clear message to professionals around the world – that Istria is a desirable region for them and their companies.  Or turn Istria as an ideal destination for digital nomads, and still rely on tourism, ie the quality of life in Istria. A great new direction, added value and an upgrade to tourism, not to mention that it is not good to put all the eggs in one basket, which we felt very well on our skin this year. We are currently working on the visual identity of the ICT Istra association, which will communicate the balance between business and private life, and on the other hand show the diversity of advanced solutions that emerge in a non-burdensome and positive environment. This is precisely the comparative advantage that is important to emphasize nowadays in order to attract domestic and foreign IT talents. “The strategy will enable us to have better visibility and recognizability of our activities aimed at local self-government units, the academic community and the general public, all with the aim of popularizing ICT in Istria. This sector can be a generator of strategic economic growth in the region, but it needs the support of the local community, not in business because they are top experts in their field, but in removing bureaucratic obstacles and the orderliness of society itself.”, He points out Dean Verbanac President of the Professional Group of IT Istria, adding that through the development of the strategy they established the key advantages that Istria can offer as an ICT destination, but also what the problems are. last_img read more

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Ramey reigns at RaceSaver Nationals

first_imgKevin Ramey reigned as champion of the sixth annual RaceSaver Nationals. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (Sept. 2) – A little precipitation didn’t dampen Kevin Ramey’s night.The Fort Worth, Texas, flyer reigned as champion of the sixth annual RaceSaver Nationals Sunday at Eagle Raceway, earning $2,500 plus a bonus based on his number of sanctioned starts this season.The checkers came after a late restart and ahead of defending race winner Jason Martin.Ramey, the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national points leader, had topped Friday’s opening night qualifier and started from the pole. Jake Bubak raced from his mid-pack start to third and Ethan Barrow was fourth. Luke Cranston followed as the top five was represented by drivers from as many different states.A light rain began to fall as cars were pushed out for the main event and continued throughout. Martin took the lead from his inside row one spot as Ramey fell to second and Casey Burkham’s settled into third with Barrow fourth.Barrow moved up to third on lap six with Cranston passing Burkham for fourth two laps later. Joey Danley joined the battle near the front the next time around before a caution.Burkham moved back to fourth on the restart and Barrow advanced to second before Bubak cracked the top four with 11 to go.Danley came to a stop on the next lap, the resulting yellow erasing Martin’s big lead and putting Barrow, Ramey and Bubak on his tail.Ramey again took the second spot with five circuits remaining and Bubak followed him into third the next time around. Action slowed again with three to go, setting up a dash to the finish.Ramey used the bottom of the track to pull alongside Martin coming out of turn two on the restart, making contact as they entered the backstretch. Ramey then pulled ahead of Martin and held him off for the win.Steven Shebester won the second qualifying feature, and Andy Shouse scored the $1,000 Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champions, rescheduled because of weather from Saturday to Sunday.Feature results – 1. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas; 2. Jason Martin, Lincoln; 3. Jake Bubak, Arvada, Colo.; 4. Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind.; 5. Luke Cranston, Holcomb, Kan.; 6. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln; 7. Clint Benson, Papillion; 8. Claud Estes, Godley, Texas; 9. Steven Shebester, Mustang, Okla.; 10. Anton Hernandez, Arlington, Texas; 11. Adam Gullion, Lincoln; 12. Mike Houseman Jr., Des Moines, Iowa; 13. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas; 14. Ryan Kitchen, Lincoln; 15. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan.; 16. Casey Burkham, Combine, Texas; 27. Cody Ledger, Omaha.17. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa.; 18. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas; 19. Jason Danley, Lincoln; 20. Shon Pointer, Grand Island; 21. Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D.; 22. Kaleb Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 23. Nathan Weiler, LaVista; 24. Joey Danley, Lincoln; 25. Tyler Thompson, Des Moines, Iowa; 26. Jason Howell, Fort Worth, Texas;Race of Champions – 1. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla.; 2. Bubak; 3. John Carney II, Lubbock, Texas; 4. Martin; 5. Howell; 6. Houseman; 7. Barrow; 8. Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa; 9. Johnson; 10. Newlin; 11. Blurton; 12. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa.; 13. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas; 14. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa; 15. Ballenger; 16. Matt Richards, Lincoln; 17. Ramey; 18. Tyler Drueke, Eagle; 19. Gullion; 20. Shebester.Andy Shouse won the Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champions and $1,000. (Photo by Joe Orth)last_img read more

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Mourinho’s United Looking to Improve on Worst League Start at Everton

first_imgManchester United will be looking to improve on their worst ever start to a Premier League season when they visit Everton today.Jose Mourinho’s men have taken just 20 points from their 13 matches and have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches.The United boss will be back in the dugout after missing the midweek victory over West Ham in the EFL Cup after a one-match ban from the FA and is expecting a tough game against the Toffees. “I managed against Martinez’s Everton, Moyes’ Everton and it is always difficult,” Mourinho told a pre-match press conference.“It is always beautiful with a great crowd and a great stadium. I had so many great matches there. Some I lost, some I won, but always a great match. The way United is playing, combined with the way Everton always try to play means it should be a very good match.”Confidence could be an issue in the Everton camp considering they’ve only won one of their last nine games in all competitions. However, they are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League games at Goodison Park, winning five of those.United captain Wayne Rooney will be suspended for today’s game against his boyhood club after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the midweek EFL Cup win over West Ham.Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are back in contention after serving one-game bans of their own, but Luke Shaw is a doubt with an unspecified injury, while Eric Bailly (knee) and Chris Smalling (toe) remain absent.Ronald Koeman says he will face a tough decision when it comes to choosing his team with everyone but long-term absentee Muhamed Besic available for selection.Everton have lost four of their last five meetings with Manchester United in all competitions (W1), with the most recent of those defeats coming in the FA Cup semi-final last season.Manchester United have won at Goodison Park on 15 occasions in the Premier League; at no other away venue have they won more often in competition history.Romelu Lukaku has played for Everton on six occasions in the league against Manchester United without scoring; his most against one team without finding the net for the Toffees.No duo has created more chances for each other in the Premier League this season than Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (16).Everton have outrun their opponents on just one occasion this season (vs Swansea); a league-low.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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