Emoov is the most successful hybrid estate agency for price achieved, a survey by property data firm Twentyea has revealed.It has undertaken a competitive pricing analysis of the whole UK for both the regions and the whole of the market. The research looked at data from the past two years and benchmarked Emoov’s competitors against an average selling price of £352,263.This research found that Emoov delivered the best value to vendors by £4,000 compared to its main hybrid and online competitors, on average.Twentyea’s data shows that Emoov sold properties on average for £1,596 more than HouseSimple, £2,093 more than Yopa and £3,939 more than Purplebricks, for example.Hatched, which was closed down by its parent group Connells last month, does not feature within the research.Twentyea says it calculated price achieved for each of the hybrid estatebagents by taking the average of the price changes for an agent’s listings, which it reached by comparing Land Registry data with a property’s initial asking price.“Purplebricks and Yopa are listing agents and they do a very good job of marketing to sellers, listing the home and then taking their hands off the wheel,” says Emoov’s CEO Russell Quirk (left).“I’m a traditional agent at heart and I’ve always set out with Emoov to do the sales progression bit as well as the high street.“The Twentyea data means that it is now absolutely and statistically provable and correct that where eMoov is concerned you save money on fees and we get vendors a higher price.”Hatched Purplebricks hybrid estate agents Russell Quirk Emoov YOPA October 4, 2018Nigel LewisOne commentChris Arnold, Agency Negotiation Agency Negotiation 4th October 2018 at 10:20 amThis constant misrepresentation of dubious statistics fools no one. Read the report.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Emoov achieves best ‘price achieved’ of all the hybrid estate agents, says data firm Twentyea previous nextAgencies & PeopleEmoov achieves best ‘price achieved’ of all the hybrid estate agents, says data firm TwentyeaNigel Lewis4th October 20181 Comment1,449 Views
68, passed away at Arbor Glen Center, Cedar Grove, NJ on August 5, 2018. Alex was born in Bayonne and resided there most of his life. He was predeceased by his parents Genevieve (nee: Serafin) and Alex Gobruk and his sister, Catherine. He is survived by his friends, Gerard and Betty Anne Ruane and their family. Funeral arrangements by WILLIAM KOHOOT Funeral Home, 854 Avenue C.
By Tim KellySebastian Hudak’s unlikely journey as a baseball player began with a note handed to him by a new friend at his new school.It ended — for this season — with a spot on his league’s All-Star team and a run at the South Jersey championship.Ten-year-old Sebastian has Noonan’s Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which often manifests in a form of dwarfism. He relocated to Ocean City in 2017 from Riverton, Burlington County with parents Chuck and Kelly and six brothers and sisters. A seventh sibling, 10-month-old Clay, joined the brood a bit later.Following a year of home schooling to better adjust to their new town, the school-aged Hudaks entered the OC public school system last September.The usual “new kid” stigma did not affect Sebastian, whose nickname is “Sea Bass.”“He never had problems making friends,” his mom said. “Sea Bass makes friends wherever he goes.”Thus, it was unusual to hear that her son had bonded with Wyatt Tolson and his twin brother Graham. What was unusual was a note Sebastian handed her soon after he entered OC Primary School.“It was the name and phone number of (the twins’) dad Dan, and an invitation to come out for the Ocean City-Upper Township fall baseball program.“It was so ‘old school’ to receive a note like that and it was so Sebastian,” she said with a laugh.He played with the “fall ball” program and this spring joined the “Padres” of the 10-and-under Ocean City Little League where he played for Coach Terry Clemens.“What immediately stood out was Sebastian’s spirit, and how the other kids rallied behind him,” Clemens said. “He’s such an underdog as the smallest kid and so enthusiastic, it raised the level of play of all the kids. I honestly I didn’t know he had any kind of (physical challenge) until I saw him trying to run. He was hustling as hard as he could, but he wasn’t as fast as the other kids.”“Then I spoke to his Dad and found out that he had Noonan’s Syndrome. Until then he was just the little guy trying harder than anyone.”The Padres plowed through the regular season beating all comers and reached the championship game, where they finally lost.“They really had an amazing season,” Kelly said.Sebastian’s take: “I liked playing on that team. The best part was, we were really good!”Sea Bass contributed to the Padres’ on the field, and not just as their inspiration. “He always played hard. He has a great glove,” his coach said. “Offensively, he gets the bat on the ball. The only area where (Noonan’s) affected his play was running the bases.”Children growing up with Noonan’s syndrome can be affected by short stature, heart defects and other physical problems and developmental delays, according to the Mayo Clinic website.In Sebastian’s case, a mild heart murmur shortly after birth developed into a larger problem with his heart valve and eventually, the Noonan’s diagnosis and open heart surgery. Since then, his symptoms have been managed well by his parents and doctors.“His current height is four feet, two inches”, his mom said. His spirit is so big it can’t be measured, both coaches said, and none of the physical challenges has held Sebastian back.The Hudak family needs just one more kid to field its own baseball team. Parents Chuck and Kelly and kids Fisher, Mary, Wade, Charlie, Sebastian, Poppy, Ollie and Clay gather for a group photo. (Courtesy Hudak family)“He comes from a great family,” Dan Tolson said. “They are very spiritual, and Sebastian certainly is a spirited boy. He was the spirit and the light of our team. That rubbed off on all of the other players.”The other Hudaks are Fisher, 17; Mary, 15; Wade, 13; Charlie, 11; Poppy, 6; Ollie, 4; and baby Clay.Following their son’s big season with the regular team, Kelly was surprised to receive an e-mail from Tolson, asking why there had been no response to his call for players interested in representing the league on the All-Star tournament team.“(Sebastian) is exactly the kind of guy every team needs,” he said. He’s that kid who tries his hardest all the time, no matter what (the score might be),” Tolson said.Kelly was stunned. “He really did well (in the regular season). But the All-Stars? We didn’t respond initially because we assumed he was not at that level.”But when tourney play began there he was. Designated as a sub, Sea Bass came off the bench.Sebastian Hudek is introduced before a recent Ocean City Little League All-Star tournament game.In tournament play, Sebastian made his mark just as he did in the regular season, and again raised his team’s level of play. They went 2-1 in pool play to advance to the knockout round and reached the South Jersey semifinals before falling to Northfield.Inserted in right field against Middle Township, Sebastian made a spectacular catch to help preserve an 8-6 victory. “It was the defensive play of the game,” Tolson said. “It pumped everybody up. They were so excited for their teammate.”Ocean City Little League official Greg Donohue said inclusion is a big part of the league’s mission.“We leave it up to the parents,” Donohue said. “If the parents think their child can benefit from participating, we make every effort we can to accommodate the opportunity to play baseball.”No one would doubt Sebastian benefitted. Earlier in the regular season, the youngster made an unusual request of his coach.“Sebastian told me ‘I want to pitch’ and we had the opportunity to put him out there on the mound,” Clemens said. “He did an outstanding job, pitching a scoreless inning.”Soon after the season, the note-passing that started Sea Bass’s baseball career came full circle.“I received a beautiful thank you note,” Clemens said. “Sebastian mentioned his stint pitching for us as one of the things he was thankful for.“That’s the kind of kid he is.”Mom Kelly Hudak with the younger branch of the family from left: Poppy, Clay, Sebastian and Ollie. Sebastian Hudak, (just left of center, with arms folded, hat on backwards) with his Ocean City Little League All-Star teammates. (Courtesy Kelly Hudak)
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Lifesite News 28 Nov 2012Those who say intolerance is a major problem in the debate over homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” have a valid point, but not in the way they think, according to one of the nation’s most popular pastors. In a whirlwind media tour to promote the tenth anniversary edition of his bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life – What on Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren said the belief people can differ without rancor has disappeared, replaced by an insistence on ideological conformity. “I am in favor of not redefining marriage,” he said on Tuesday’s edition of CBS This Morning “It’s not illegal to have a gay relationship in America. And so, it’s not a big issue to me.” Co-host Charlie Rose replied, “You have to be tolerant of other people’s views,” “The problem is that ‘tolerant’ has changed its meaning,” Warren said. “Tolerant used to mean, I may disagree with you completely, but I’m going to treat you with respect. That’s what tolerant means.” “Today, to some people, tolerant means you must approve of everything I do,” he continued. “That’s not tolerance. That’s approval.”Such homosexual lobbyists as Dan Savage have attempted to paint all those who reject homosexual unions as bigots and bullies, a designation both Warren and Rose said does not fit him. Instead, comity and shared aims should animate people in the public debate, Warren said. While he does not endorse every position taken by the National Organization for Women, he has acted as a “co-belligerent” when that group opposes “pornography, that objectifies a woman’s body.”http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/rick-warren-tolerance-has-disappeared-from-the-same-sex-marriage-debate
As USC Hotel continues on the path of recycling and reducing waste to conserve resources, De Jong said it was critical that prospective guests know about the hotel’s sustainability efforts. He said guests will feel a sense of internal contentment in knowing they made a greener choice. De Jong said USC Hotel will strive to maintain the silver level and continue making eco-friendly changes to move toward gold-level certification. The hotel has committed to advancing environmental research and continuing to serve the needs of the Trojan community. The Hotel’s process of analyzing past trends in its resource utilization and pollution emittance aims to ensure that future generations have equal access to natural resources. Green Seal, a U.S. nonprofit, evaluates a hotel’s waste reduction, energy consumption, water management, pollution minimization and eco-friendly purchasing. “There really is this global call for action,” said Caltabiano, a senior majoring in international relations. “USC will either be the leader and go first or will eventually transition to a sustainable university because everyone else will.” “I think the sustainable 2028 goals, which the administration is currently planning, are going to be very impactful,” Caltabiano said. “President Folt hopes to have USC become plastic-free within the next two years, and these policy changes made by the school will really be impacting the sustainable purchasing decisions that the everyday USC student will be doing.” De Jong said he hopes the USC Hotel can become an educational resource and a catalyst for other entities on campus to go green. USC Hotel’s has made it its goal to protect Earth’s natural resources for the health of future Trojans without compromising innovation and business. And now that is becoming a reality according to USC Hotel and USC Hospitality Executive Director Dirk De Jong. After a year of the Green Seal organization auditing its practices, the USC Hotel received a silver-level Green Seal certification in January. Looking forward, he wants the hotel to become a leading example of sustainable practices for their campus partners. “It is really a collective mindset. It is really about moving the community and society in that [sustainable] direction,” De Jong said. “Things need to be replaced after a certain amount of time. Instead of discarding them, we actually donate them to a homeless shelter.” “These larger infrastructure projects are changing the choices that students have in a positive way,” Caltabiano said. “Now you will not have the option of the less sustainable product at the USC Hotel and will not have the option of purchasing a plastic water bottle [on campus]. By changing the infrastructure and the living environment around us, we are going to start subconsciously making more sustainable choices.” Isabella Caltabiano, Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Affairs Director, said that as part of the 2028 sustainability goals, President Carol Folt highlighted the importance of reviewing old buildings to incorporate more efficient use of energy and water while limiting waste. Using USC Hotel’s example as a critical shift toward sustainable infrastructure’s campus-wide catalytic expansion, Caltabiano said she hopes USC becomes a leading example to inspire students and universities to prioritize their environmental vision. Gabrielle Kim, a freshman majoring in political science, said that by renovating buildings like the USC Hotel with clean technologies and renewable energy sources, all people related to the hotel will become more conscious of their individual energy consumption. “More of the impact from making these environmentally friendly infrastructures and buildings will not be a direct environmental change that is positive right away, just because there already has been so much damage done,” Kim said. “But I do think that it’s the mental impact that it’ll have that is greater … because I think once USC recognizes how it can be sustainable then it’ll incorporate that in other aspects … I think it’s just an attitude shift that will make a big difference.” USC Hotel’s sustainability efforts include installing a flow restrictor to save water and replacing disposable toiletry products with multi-use options such as reusable shampoo bottles. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) “We always look at how any new initiative will meet the needs of the USC community, students, parents, staff, alumni — anybody that stays with us,” he said. Caltabiano is working toward policy changes at USC that would make eco-friendly options prevalent and easily accessible on campus. USC Hotel has implemented a flow restrictor, a water-conserving device and replaced disposable products, such as plastic shampoo bottles, with reusable amenities. These changes positively impact the environment while still being attractive to guests, De Jong said. De Jong said the process for fulfilling the Green Seal requirements for waste minimization, energy efficiency, water conservation, wastewater management and environmental responsibility is extensive. With the help of Green Seal and data scientists, USC Hotel collects and analyzes data on the hotel’s consumption of resources. De Jong said that to earn the certification, USC Hospitality aimed to reduce its carbon footprint and excess consumption of natural resources while maintaining a quality experience for it’s customers. Caltabiano commended the efforts of USC Hospitality on its composting bins and said that the initiative would also be implemented in the University’s residential colleges. Correction: A previous version of this article reported that USC Hotel received an award. It earned a Green Seal certification, not an award. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.
— Bellator 220 presents some of the more notable names in the organization. Don’t sleep, though, on Gaston Bolanos, who begins the main card action.— A lot is on the line for MacDonald ahead of his first title defense.— Benson Henderson wanted Brent Primus. Instead, he’s getting Adam Piccolotti. Henderson goes in-depth to SN on why he’s getting the latter and not the former. MMA pundits expected welterweight champion Rory MacDonald to steamroll through Jon Fitch and advance to the semifinals of the Welterweight Grand Prix in the main event of Bellator 220.Fitch and the judges inside the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., had other plans. MacDonald and Fitch fought to a majority draw (48-46 Fitch, 47-47, 47-47). Sporting News scored it 48-47 for MacDonald. Despite the bout ending in a tie, MacDonald, as the welterweight titleholder, advances to the semifinals to face Neiman Gracie on June 14. Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4If the ending of the fight wasn’t strange enough, MacDonald’s comments during his postfight interview should be of concern. He wouldn’t even say whether he will take on Gracie a little less than seven weeks from now at Madison Square Garden in New York.”It’s hard to pull the trigger,” MacDonald told John McCarthy. “I don’t have that killer instinct. It’s hard to explain … it takes a certain spirit to come in here and put a man through pain and I don’t know if I have that same drive to hurt people anymore.”MacDonald (20-5-1) got off to a good start in the first two rounds. He landed the harder shots and was able to get right back to his feet when Fitch took him down. The momentum shifted in Fitch’s favor in the third round when he was able to get MacDonald to the canvas. This time, though, Fitch didn’t let MacDonald go. The 41-year-old connected on sharp elbows to bloody up MacDonald, digging punches to his body and grinding him to knock the wind out of him. MacDonald came out relentless in the fourth round, landing a sharp elbow and immediately connecting on a head kick that staggered Fitch. But Fitch remained determined; he moved forward and scored another takedown to remain in top control for the rest of the round. Fitch (32-7-2, one-no contest) went back to grappling in the fifth, taking down MacDonald and giving him no space to get back to his feet. That paved the way for the controversial majority draw ruling.Here is what happened at Bellator 220 (all times Eastern):Bellator 220 updates, resultsRory MacDonald and Jon Fitch fight to a majority draw; MacDonald advances to semifinals1:12 a.m.: MacDonald and Fitch go to a majority draw (48-46 Fitch, 47-47, 47-47); by rule, the champion advances to the next round. Hard to see where a judge gave Fitch an apparent 10-8 round. He wasn’t dominant enough to warrant such a score. Not a fan of MacDonald moving on this way. A sixth round should have been ordered and whoever won it would have advanced. Round 5: Knowing he needed to be dominant, Fitch sent MacDonald right back to the mat. Fitch had himself in great position and didn’t give MacDonald room to breathe by pounding the body. I don’t get why Fitch didn’t try to go for the finish because it wasn’t a 10-8 round and he didn’t put MacDonald in a dangerous position to be stopped. I have a feeling these scorecards are going to be all over the place. (48-47 MacDonald)Round 4: MacDonald started out on fire, wobbling Fitch with a sharp elbow and following it up immediately with a hard body kick. To Fitch’s credit, he hung in there and took MacDonald back down to the canvas. Unlike the previous round, Fitch didn’t do much with it. Hard to award rounds when you have dominant position and do nothing with it. Fitch needs a stoppage to win the championship. (39-37 MacDonald)Round 3: Fitch needed to change the tide and he did just that. Not only did he secure another takedown, but this time, he kept MacDonald down and went to work. He got into MacDonald and bloodied up him with elbows and continuous punches to the body and head. It isn’t the most crowd-pleasing style to implement, but it is effective. If Fitch is going win the belt, he needs to keep getting takedowns. (29-28 MacDonald)Round 2: Fitch once again scored two takedowns, but MacDonald got up each time with relative ease. MacDonald is doing a good job in controlling the action on the feet and using his distance well. An impressive takedown at the end of the round by MacDonald to let Fitch know he can do that, too. If MacDonald can do it again with some time, watch out, as he’s lethal when on top. (20-18 MacDonald)Round 1: The fight is already playing out the way pundits had expected it go. MacDonald needed to keep it on the feet and Fitch to get takedowns. While Fitch scored two takedowns, MacDonald threw and connected on the harder punches. (10-9 MacDonald)12:28 a.m.: It is now time for the main event of Bellator 220: Rory MacDonald puts the welterweight title on the line against Jon Fitch in the final bout of the opening round of the Welterweight Grand Prix. Will MacDonald (20-5) be able to erase the nightmare of getting battered by Gegard Mousasi in their middleweight title bout in September? If he can’t, Fitch (32-7-1, one no-contest) has a good shot at walking out with the gold.Ilima-Lei Macfarlane stops Veta Arteaga to retain the women’s flyweight championship12:14 a.m.: Macfarlane def. Arteaga via TKO at 1:56 of the third round when the ringside doctor stopped the fight. Macfarlane began the third with another takedown, then connected on one of the most vicious elbows you will ever see (or hear). The crack from elbow to forehead was audible. Immediately, blood gushed out of Arteaga’s forehead. Referee Jason Herzog called for a timeout. The ringside doctor looked at the deep cut and wouldn’t allow Arteaga to go on.Big elbow from the champ, @Ilimanator in round two. 💪💥 pic.twitter.com/sTAlCSajzk— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 28, 2019An entertaining fight and one that should be run back. Even though Macfarlane won the first two rounds, they were close and Arteaga made a good showing. Macfarlane wants a rematch and, hopefully, Bellator officials let it happen.Round 2: Macfarlane wasted no time going right at Arteaga and taking her to the mat. What she didn’t expect was Arteaga landing a sharp elbow to cause a cut to Macfarlane. But what Arteaga didn’t expect when the fight made it back to the feet was that Macfarlane would be effective standing by staying on the outside and throwing leg kicks to control distance. Arteaga has to find a way to get on the inside. (20-18 Macfarlane)Round 1: A fun opening round. Smart move by Macfarlane going for and being able to get a takedown right away. She tried for a kneebar and submission to no avail. Have to give Arteaga credit. She didn’t get overwhelmed and kept herself in the right positions to avoid trouble. (10-9 Macfarlane)11:47 p.m.: What an entrance by Macfarlane. One of the best in MMA.🍍👊The champ is here! @Ilimanator makes her walk to the cage in typical and extravagant fashion. pic.twitter.com/7quLTaZVMF— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 28, 201911:44 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of Bellator 220: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defends the Bellator women’s flyweight championship against Veta Arteaga. Since winning the belt, Macfarlane (9-0) has won both of her title defenses, over Alejandra Lara and Valerie Letourneau, by submission. Arteaga (5-2) earned her shot at the belt by defeating Emily Ducote and Denise Kielholtz, respectively.Arteaga has to keep the fight on the feet because if Macfarlane gets it on the ground, it’s all over.11:31 p.m.: Henderson def. Piccolotti by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). Unbelievable fight. That was one of the best grappling contests you will see inside an MMA cage. Piccolotti had the advantage in the first round and Henderson had the upper hand in the second. Everything came down to the third round. Each guy secured a choke, but Piccolotti made a gigantic mistake with his. He left a slight opening and Henderson capitalized. He stayed composed, slipped out and got into full mount to land right and left hands to the final bell. The judges remembered what happened at the end, and it was Henderson in control. Henderson has now won three consecutive fights and is back in the lightweight title picture. One more win and Henderson will get another chance to win the championship.11:15 p.m.: Highly entertaining first round. Piccolotti tried for a couple of chokes and Henderson rose back to his feet with about 40 seconds remaining. Henderson blasted Piccolotti with a series of leg kicks and a sharp elbow and staggered him with a head kick to close the stanza.11:08 p.m.: Coming up at Bellator 220, Benson Henderson squares off with Adam Piccolotti in lightweight action. Henderson (26-8), a former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, seems to have gained his footing inside the Bellator cage, winning back-to-back fights after losing three of his first four bouts in the organization. After losing back-to-back affairs, Piccolotti (11-2) has gotten those two wins back. This fight is the biggest of Piccolotti’s career and one Henderson cannot overlook.Phil Davis chops down Liam McGeary to earn a submission victory11:57 p.m.: Davis def. McGeary by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:11 of the third round. Davis threw a left jab to break McGeary’s jaw and send him to the canvas. Davis mounted McGeary and threw a couple hard ground-and-pound punches. Davis went for a rear-naked choke and as soon as he touched McGeary’s jaw, the Englishman tapped out. A surprising performance by Davis. Very shocked to see him willing to engage, stay on the outside and throw leg kicks. McGeary had no answer for the strategy until he decided to go forward in the third round, but Davis’ striking proved to be too [email protected] gets the victory via TKO! 💥@BellatorMMA #Bellator220 pic.twitter.com/JYgW533yGs— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 28, 2019If Davis can keep working on his striking, light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader better watch out.10:45 p.m.: Why isn’t McGeary checking Davis’ leg kicks? All those kicks are adding up to a ton of damage. McGeary needs to alter his strategy in a hurry as the third and final round is about to begin.10:31 p.m.: Up next at Bellator 220, Phil Davis goes up against Liam McGeary in light heavyweight action. Davis and McGeary (13-3) met at Bellator 163 in November 2016 with the former using his dominant wrestling to become the light heavyweight champion. Can Davis put on a repeat performance, or has McGeary learned from his past mistakes?Gaston Bolanos makes quick work of Nathan Stolen 10:18 p.m.: Bolanos def. Stolen by TKO at 2:21 of the first round. A great ending to the fight when Bolanos and Stolen were attempting to throw left hooks at the same time. Bolanos connected first to send Stolen to the mat. He threw two ground-and-pound punches to finish off Stolen. It’s time for Bolanos to face a quality opponent. The talent is there; now he needs a test to see how good he really is. Couldn’t ask for a better start to the card.Gaston Bolanos starts the @BellatorMMA Main Card with a BANG! 💥We’re just getting started. Watch #Bellator220 now! 👉 https://t.co/j4BIUf4XnH pic.twitter.com/56V0vnBbGf— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 28, 201910:13 p.m.: Gaston Bolanos takes on Nathan Stolen in lightweight action to kick off the main card of Bellator 220. Bolanos (4-1) makes his 2019 debut having won three consecutive fights. Stolen (8-4) is in desperate need of a victory after losing three in a row and four of his last five. This is designed as a showcase for Bolanos. Can he rise to the occasion?Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of Bellator 220. An exciting night of action is in front of us with two world championship fights at the top of the bill. Grab the refreshments and enjoy what should be a great night.Bellator 220 undercard resultsAviv Gozali def. Travis Crain via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of the first round; lightweightsMatt Perez def. Justin Tenedora by knockout at 4:52 of the first round; flyweightsJosh San Diego def. Brandon Laroco via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26); featherweightsJordan Williams def. Diego Herzog by TKO at 1:21 of the third round; middleweightsAbraham Vaesau def. Justin Roswell via TKO at 1:59 of the first round; middleweightsBellator 220 fight cardMain cardRory MacDonald (c) vs. Jon Fitch for MacDonald’s welterweight title.Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (c) vs. Veta Arteaga for Macfarlane’s women’s flyweight title.Benson Henderson vs. Adam Piccolotti; lightweights.Phil Davis vs. Liam McGeary; light Heavyweights. Gaston Bolanos vs. Nathan Stolen; lightweights.Preliminary card Tom Ponce De Leon vs. Jamario Mulder; welterweights.Diego Herzog vs. Jordan Williams; middleweights. Justin Tenedora vs. Matthew Perez; flyweights. Abraham Vaesau vs. Justin Roswell; welterweights.Aviv Gozali vs. Travis Crain; lightweights. Josh San Diego vs Brandon Laroco; catchweight. Boris Novachkov vs Chris Inocencio; Featherweights Ignacio Ortiz vs Roger Severson; Featherweights Bellator 220 latest news — Jon Fitch explains to Sporting News when and why he considered stepping away from MMA.— Ilima-Lei Macfarlane talks with SN about a variety of topics leading into her title defense in Bellator 220’s co-main event.— Rory MacDonald tells SN why he regretted moving up to middleweight to challenge champion Gegard Mousasi.
– says APNU and AFC divided on issue; accuses AFC of being ‘opportunistic’Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has thrown his support for custodial sentences for small quantities of marijuana to be removed from the law books in its entirety, but maintained that he is not in favour of the legalisation of marijuana for commercial purposes.Jagdeo made this announcement on Thursday during his weekly press conference at his Church Street, Georgetown office. He reminded that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has made a commitment to support a ‘conscience vote’ should the matter come up for a vote in the National Assembly.“To send somebody, a young person or even an older person…to jail for less than a quarter ounce of marijuana for three years, when we have people who are traffickers, and we have people growing large quantities of marijuana, becauseOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothey have money they get off from the system,” he explained.The former President said he is not opposed to having them face some penalty, but he would recommend alternative or non-custodial sentencing such as: community work and rehabilitation. “Sentence them to community work, sentence them to rehabilitation… you don’t want them locked away,” he added.Jagdeo noted that it was not a contentious issue as that of the death penalty and could be resolved.Further, the PPP General Secretary noted that it is clear that the Alliance For Change (AFC) and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is divided on the issue. Also, the AFC he said, has used the recent sentencing of a father to three years to speak about it, describing the party as opportunistic.For almost three years, the AFC has still not managed to find support from the APNU to support the motion in the name of AFC parliamentarian, Michael Carrington, to move the first reading of the Narcotics Drug and Psychotropic Substances (Control) (Amendment) Bill. The motion to have the first reading of the Bill was tabled since December 10, 2015. The Bill itself has not been made public.Former AFC Chairman Nigel Hughes, with the help of Attorney Mark Waldron, had drafted the bill, which seeks to soften the penalties for marijuana possession. That draft bill stipulates that persons who are found in possession of the drug for personal use would be required to pay a fine of $10,000, or perform community service for a period of time, something that is being widely supported.But Jagdeo also explained that calls for public consultation on this very issue by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, is just an attempt to delay the issue. He said AFC members in Government are also being pressured by its party members to push for the changes to the marijuana laws. “Their best way to deal with it (division) is to push it off via a call for public consultation,” Jagdeo observed.He said, “This public consultation, I think is to solve the contradiction that they have among themselves.” When questioned as to whether he would support looking into the economic benefits of marijuana, Jagdeo said, “I am not supporting the legalisation of marijuana, growing marijuana, trading marijuana, selling marijuana in Guyana, you go to jail for that sort of thing, that’s our law I am not supporting that.”Minister of State Joseph Harmon has also affirmed that decriminalising the use of this substance is not on its immediate radar. He instead has laid that responsibility at the feet of the Judiciary, stating that the matter of sentencing lies within the purview of the Judiciary.“With respect to decriminalisation of marijuana, that is not a matter that is engaging our immediate attention. What we have (is) a motion in the National Assembly by one of our members about the sentencing policy with regard to marijuana,” he explained.Carrington’s draft legislation intended to reduce the penalties attached to possession of small amounts of marijuana intended for personal use has been pending for a year now in Parliament.While a number of developed countries have acted to decriminalise marijuana, and the movement is gaining momentum worldwide, President David Granger has instead cautioned against buying into practices being embarked upon by developed countries that have the requisite framework in place to support such legislative reforms.The President has made it clear that such reforms are currently not a concern of the Government; and, on a more personal note, has declared that he would not subscribe to the usage of marijuana.According to Guyana’s Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act, once someone has summarily been convicted of possession of any narcotic, that person is liable to be imprisoned – for at least three years and at most five. There is also a fine attached to such conviction.