Joshua Pacio, new ONE strawweight champ Yosuke Saruta open to rematch

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “If ONE tells me to do the rematch then, bring it on,” said the newly-minted strawweight champion Saruta through an interpreter.“I never say no to a match. I’ll fight anyone at any time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Hugo Ruiz dominates Jhack Tepora replacement in featherweight bout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Photo from ONE Championship.JAKARTA, Indonesia–Last Saturday night won’t be the last time Joshua Pacio and Yosuke Saruta would be slugging it out inside the ONE Championship cage.With their world title fight too close to call, it’s almost inevitable that the two would be pitted against each other soon in a rematch.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “Agree or not, I have to agree [with the result] because that’s the decision of ONE Championship so next time I fight, I need to win convincingly,” he said in Filipino.“I want a rematch right away but it would still depend on ONE. I’m motivated to come back and I can’t wait to train again and return to the cage.” Saruta, who was just a replacement fighter for his injured compatriot Hayato Suzuki, took the belt after earning a split-decision win.The 23-year-old Pacio, who yielded the crown in just his first title defense, doesn’t seem to agree with the decision but he isn’t the type to cry over spilled milk.The Team Lakay star has already set his sight on the potential second fight.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Samukai Peace Tourney Ends with Several Awards

first_imgA month long Brownie J. Samukai Peace and Unity Football Tournament ended over the weekend at Kebbah Town, near Barnesville, outside Monrovia.The tournament brought together several communities, including Openville, Beh-Wigne, Bend And Stop and Kebbah Town.In the soccer grand final, Bend And Stop team lifted the prestigious trophy and a cash award of Ld100,000; runner-up Beh-Wigne team received Ld50,000 and a trophy; and Kebbah team received a cash prize of Ld25,000 and a trophy.Two children soccer teams that participated in the tournament in the children category each received a trophy and a set of jerseys.Meanwhile, because of delays in the kickball and soccer final matches, the re-scheduled games will come on this Sunday, March 2 between Bend And Stop and Kebbah Community.On the same day, Referees will clash with a select side of the Liberia National Police.Presenting the awards to the teams earlier, Hon. Brownie J. Samukai, Minister of National Defense, in whose honor the games were played, said it was meant to unite and bring the various communities together to celebrate.He said the Ld325, 000 spent for the entire tournament, including the awards is to give the community a chance to be together, and meanwhile praised all the participants for their fair participation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eternal Blame Game: Mugabe, Sirleaf & Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue… Or Demand Participatory Democracy

first_imgBy Torli KruaZimbabwe may start impeachment proceedings against President Mugabe soon. However, the legally frail reasons given for his impeachment makes us to conclude that the greatest need in African nations is not a patriotic leader. Africa needs a better system of governance, not a better president running a corrupt system built on individual accomplishments. After assessing the horrendous continental impact of great African leaders with outstanding accolades such as Nobel Laureates, freedom fighters and royalties, we have concluded that participatory democracy, a government that empowers citizens as masters and relegates politicians as public servants may work better in Africa. It’s time to ignite participatory democratic revolution to destroy the “works of the Devil” across Africa.So what exactly is participatory democracy and why might it work better in Africa? Participatory democracy is a government of the people, by the people and for the people, which empowers citizens not only to vote for politicians but also empowers them to set salaries and benefits of their employees (public officials), propose laws directly without petitioning public servants such as lawmakers or presidents, repeal bad laws and even recall corrupt leaders before their term expires. This requires change of constitutions! Variations of this form of government originated in Greece five centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ and thrives today in modern Switzerland, European Union and the United States of America.We visited Zimbabwe several times in the 1980’s and admired the beauty of the country and their admiration of their patriotic leader, Robert Mugabe. Yesterday, we watched and listened to disgusted Zimbabweans reacting angrily and emotionally to the speech of President Mugabe and we realized Zimbabweans are not addressing the bigger issue of systemic flaws embedded in most systems of governance in Africa that narrowly focus on individual accomplishments, not governing systems and institutions! We are not attorneys but the Zimbabwean reasons for seeking impeachment of an elected president sounded frivolous and feeble: “Mugabe lets his wife, Grace to usurp power.”  Did Grace violate the law? IS Grace or Mugabe above the law? The Zimbabwean reason is similarly echoed across African capitals like Monrovia: “She allowed her son to bankrupt the national oil company.” Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, “He allowed his son to loot the national treasure.” Luanda, Angola: “He allowed his daughter to enrich herself.” Doubtless, the laws of Liberia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Nigeria were designed by politicians to make the politicians the masters who live in riches and luxury while reducing the people to mere slaves trapped in poverty, illiteracy and misery indefinitely! So instead of making noise and complaining about corrupt leaders running corrupt systems of governance, why aren’t the people of Liberia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Nigeria demanding new constitutions that empowers the people, not the politicians? In Arizona, USA, with a FY-2017 budget of US$9.61 billion dollars pays lawmakers US$24,000 yearly because the people voted to pay their lawmakers US$24,000. It’s a government of the People of Arizona!And yes, in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and elsewhere across Africa, there are routine elections sponsored by the “international community” that puts corrupt politicians in power to do what the Holy Bible calls the “works of the Devil” in St. John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” Across Africa, political violence, ritualistic killings, skyrocketing unemployment, illiteracy and diseases are killing the people! Still the people are programed to keep crying, like the Zimbabweans for yet another new president to run the corrupt system, and not demanding a new system that fulfills the will of the people! It makes no sense! The words of the Holy Scriptures are crying out loud the solution to Africa’s problem: It’s time for systemic change! Matthew 12:33 “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.”We are not proud of Zimbabwe because by seeking another President after a 37 year rule of a patriotic leader they are not addressing the core problem. Citizens across Zimbabwe, Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria ought to be yearning for Participatory Democracy that empowers the citizens. We are not proud of the European Union and the United States Embassies that nurtured and supported corruption using taxpayers money. That is why we launched the Citizens Independence Movement (CIM), to expose the complicity in sustaining corruption by western embassies across Africa to taxpayers in donor countries. We aim to train citizens across Africa in participatory democracy and civic leadership, so that citizens demand a government of the people, by the people and for the people, not mere donor sponsored elections that puts corrupt politicians in power to do the works of the Devil found in St. John 10:10; “Steal, kill and destroy.”This commentary was written before Mugabe stepped down yesterday, Tuesday, November 21, 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SDI Identifies Gap to Community-Concessionaire Relations

first_imgAccording to SDI officials, the many instances of conflict in concession areas come not because citizens are resistant to operations of concessionaires or concessionaires are doing wrong, but because what the locals need to know about the concession is not explained to them in an ideal manner.Launches bridging strategiesThe Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), along with other stakeholders, has identified communication gaps as an impediment to cordial relations that should exist between concessionaires and affected communities.Therefore, the entity has launched a project aimed at bridging the gap in order to establish effective communication and understanding between the two parties.The project, titled “Improving Communication and Understanding of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Standard and Mechanisms, and Their Application in the Country and at the Sub-Regional Level,” was launched on January 15, 2019, in Monrovia. It seeks to collaborate with the RSPO in order to improve communication among stakeholders in the oil palm sector, to establish understanding and cooperation.To do this, SDI’s Coordinator Nora Bowier said that the project, following the launch of the forest watchdog, will conduct a two-day training activity for communities and civil society organizations (CSOs) that are stakeholders to the project.According to other SDI officials, including Richard Sam, the many instances of conflict in concession areas come not because citizens are resistant to operations of concessionaires or concessionaires are doing wrong, but because what the locals need to know about the concession is not explained to them in an ideal manner.Sam, in a power point presentation, said the 9-month project is expected to collaborate with stakeholders of the RSPO in order to improve communication and understanding that will reduce tension in concession areas and yield the needed benefit for all stakeholders.NBC Executive Director ColemanNational Bureau of Concession (NBC) executive director Gregory Coleman noted that expectations of community dwellers about concession is high; and therefore concessions should follow the RSPO’s regulations and principles in order to create the environment that those locals will benefit from activities of concessionaires.Coleman said the NBC is under obligation by virtue of its mandate to oversee activities of concessionaires in terms of environmental impact, respecting protective areas, and ensuring that affected communities wherein concessions operate benefit.He added that land tenure policy is also part of activities that the NBC oversees, and that it is also there to protect concessionaires.He urged oil palm companies under the RSPO to empower communities within which they operate, not just by giving handouts but implementing development which will be sustainable and will make an impact on the greater number of people in the community.The RSPO with which the SDI collaborates to implement the project, is a body of oil palm producing companies and CSOs that was established in 2004, with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders.It has policy and regulations in place in order to guide member concessions that subscribe to it; it certificates an oil palm producing company that complies with policies.The RSPO has been active in Liberia over the past years, because it is one country in which large oil palm companies have come to invest.  Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), Sime Darby and the Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO) are prominent among companies and individual farms operating in the country.RSPO Technical Manager for Africa Elikplim Dziwormu Agbitor also observes that there are three areas causing problems in Liberia; namely, communication, land rights and participation.He said because of poor communication, concessionaires and communities do not understand one another, something he noted causes participation to be poor.He said contentions arising over land rights has also been a serious problem, thereby bringing accusations and defenses from both parties (concessionaire and community).  He however expressed the hope that conflict over land ownership will be resolved as the Land Right Act is being passed by the legislature.One of the oil palm companies that has experienced a number of confrontations with local residents is the GVL in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties in the south-east.GVL has been accused of encroaching on protected forest and shrines preserved by the locals, something which the company has denied.Dr. Michael Abedi-Lartey, GVL General Manager for Sustainability, conceded that the communication process and attitude associated can show bias, which he said the pilot project should take into consideration as it is implemented.On concern about withdrawal of GVL from the RSPO, Dr. Abedi-Lartey said the company did not withdraw but put in for voluntary suspension, because so much attack was coming against them that they did not have the space of time to resolve issues.He argued that joining the RSPO was voluntary as required by the policy; since that is the case, they were also asking for voluntary suspension.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More persons arrested as probe widens

first_imgMore persons have been hauled into the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Eve Leary, in connection with the murder of businessman Deon Stoll which occurred on Monday in front of El Dorado Trading, Kitty, Georgetown.Dead businessman: Deon StollActing Crime Chief, Senior Superintendent Michael Kingston told Guyana Times on Friday that at least four persons are now in Police custody for the murder of the businessman, who was fatally shot in a vehicle after being attacked by masked gunmen.One of the persons in Police custody is said to be a medical practitioner, who attended to the wounds of an injured man, suspected to be the masked gunman, but did not report the incident to the police.According to Kingston, investigators are conducting their line of investigation based on preliminary reports and evidence gathered at the crime scene.The white motorcar (HC 7162) that is said to have been the vehicle that the gunmen used was found abandoned on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) some two days after the shooting.On Monday morning, two masked gunmen pounced on Stoll and his driver as he was about to enter El Dorado Trading to conduct business. Stoll was shot but managed to return fire at the gunmen. He shot one of the gunmen twice. His driver and a security guard at El Dorado trading were also shot.Stoll also called “Mow” hailed from Charity, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) but resided in Bel Air, Georgetown.Reports are the businessman arrived at the establishment at about 10:20h and as he was about to exit the car, two gunmen, who arrived in a white car, opened fire on him and his driver, Clayton Powley.A review of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage showed that Stoll was sitting in the front passenger seat in a motorcar (PPP 6727) driven by Powley. A white Toyota motorcar with tinted windows that had appeared to be trailing Stoll’s vehicle also stopped across the road from the business place seconds later. Stoll had earlier visited a business place on Sheriff Street, whence he collected an undisclosed sum of money.Two gunmen, donning handkerchiefs to conceal their faces, jumped out of the car and rushed towards Stoll’s car. One gunman opened the door at the driver’s side and a scuffle began between him and Powley, who soon exited the vehicle to better defend himself. Powley received a gunshot wound to his arm in the process while his assailant rushed back to the waiting white Toyota motorcar.The other gunman rushed to the front seat passenger door and opened it before attempting to snatch something from Stoll. The businessman also appeared to have been putting up a fight from inside of the vehicle but was shot to his stomach. His shooter was unable to grab anything from the car. As he attempted to run away, the injured Stoll returned fire with his handgun. The CCTV footage showed that the gunman was shot twice by Stoll. He stumbled both times before escaping in the awaiting motorcar which sped away.The CCTV footage showed Stoll holding on to his stomach as he fell on the ground. Security personnel attached to El Dorado Trading, along with residents of the neighbourhood, rushed to Stoll and Powley’s aid. They managed to transport the injured men to the Georgetown Public Hospital for emergency treatment. However, Stoll succumbed at the hospital. Initially, it was believed that one of the gunmen was Guyana Defence Force member, 18-year-old Olijah Chesney, who was found dead in Tucville Squatting Area, Georgetown, with two gunshot wounds. However, the Police have since said that Chesney was not involved in the robbery.last_img read more

I understand why Arsenal fans are angry, admits Cech

first_img0Shares0000Petr Cech was beaten three times in the first half as Arsenal slumped to another heavy defeat by Man City © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 2 – Petr Cech says he can understand why Arsenal fans turned on their struggling team during Thursday’s chastening 3-0 defeat against Manchester City.Just days after losing by the same scoreline to City in the League Cup final, Arsene Wenger’s side endured another miserable blow at the hands of the Premier League leaders. First-half goals from Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane left sixth-placed Arsenal 10 points off the top four and facing the prospect of missing out on Champions League qualification for a second successive season.With seven defeats from 13 games across all competitions in 2018, Wenger’s future is reportedly in doubt as the Arsenal hierarchy ponder ending the Frenchman’s reign after almost 22 years in charge.The Emirates Stadium was half-empty for the City game and the fans that did turn up in freezing conditions were quick to show their frustration at Wenger and his players.A section of the crowd chanted ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ as the players traipsed off at half-time, with jeers spreading throughout the stadium at the end of the game.Gunners goalkeeper Cech had no complaints about the supporters’ fury, saying: “I understand the frustration of the fans.“You come and you want your team to do well, and when you are 3-0 down at half-time then you are not happy.“Everybody has an opportunity to make their feelings known. Football fans — this is their way of showing this. Second half we improved but the damage was done in the first half.“With the conditions like that unfortunately so many people could not turn up to the stadium. It is unfortunate people miss out on a big game. But that is something we cannot control.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Inter Milan defender turns down Southampton switch

first_imgInter Milan star Andrea Ranocchia has spurned the chance to join Southampton, according to reports in Italy.Saints boss Ronald Koeman is desperate to add another defender to the club’s ranks while he is also concerned about the strength and depth in his squad.According to FcInterNews, the Dutchman reportedly made contact with the San Siro side over Ranocchia but the 27-year-old has made it clear he wants to remain in Italy.Although Roberto Mancini’s side want to keep the Italy international, the centre-back has also been the subject of a bid from Roma for his services this season, while Premier League side Everton have also been linked. Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia 1last_img

KEATING SNATCHES A POINT FOR TEN-MAN HARPS

first_imgRuairi Keating slotted home from the penalty spot to save a deserved point for ten-man Finn Harps against Wexford Youths at Finn Park.Harps striker Ruairi Keating snatched a point for Harps. Pic by Gary Foy.Ollie Horgan’s team was forced to dig deep after the dismissal of steady central defender Keith Cowan.Cowan’s controversial dismissal came in the 43rd minute after an altercation with Danny Cullen. Cullen’s reaction to a general outbreak of handbag swapping would have made Daniel Day Lewis proud but it was enough to get Cowan an early shower.It certainly wasn’t Cowan’s night as he had what looked like a legitimate goal ruled out in the 33rd minute.The big schoolteacher jumped highest at the far post after a headed on ball from Damien McNulty.Cowan’s header sneaked in at the foot of the post but referee Ben Connolly claimed he had fouled the defender and awarded a free out. The lively Ruairi Keating continued to show a deft turn of foot to test the Wexford defence but couldn’t find that vital opening.Harps went behind in the 65th minute when Killian Cantwell got onto the end of a Dean Broaders free-kick to head the ball beyond an all-at-sea Conor Winn who probably could have done better.Harps battled to get back into the game and were helped by the lively arrival of the lively (and masked) Sean McCarron after a number of weeks out injured.But it wasn’t until the 85th minute that the breakthrough came when Keating was fouled in the area by Wexford ‘keeper Graham Doyle.The on-loan Sligo Rovers man kept his cool to send Doyle the wrong way to make it 1-1. That’s the way it finished and Ollie Horgan will probably be happy that his ten man team managed to snatch a point.KEATING SNATCHES A POINT FOR TEN-MAN HARPS was last modified: April 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:drawfinn harpswexford youthslast_img read more

Donegal ETB welcomes report on off-shore island schools

first_imgDonegal Education Training Board (ETB) welcomes the publication of the report and recommendations of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills (JOCES), on Off-Shore Island Schools, published today.The report makes 8 recommendations, covering a range of issues.They include: 1. The reinstatement of the island allowance for teachers in island schools as an incentive for accessing and retaining teaching staff;2. Inadequate School Budgets – an annual increase of €20,000 per post-primary island school;3. Teacher Allocation – that the formula for teacher allocation be amended and increased to reflect the needs of off-shore island schools;4. Enrolment and Scholarship Schemes – that the Minister investigates the possibility of extending the scholarship scheme and removing the exclusion of Gaeltacht pupils from the eligibility criteria.5. That DEIS staff supports are extended to Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore Island;6. That a specific policy to address the needs of island schools is drafted and implemented; and7. That a system of ‘island proofing’ be implemented for legislation, policies and initiatives produced by the DES in the future.The recommendations of today’s report follow closely, and indeed, are similar to, the recommendations made by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and Islands in its report which was published in September 2017.Donegal ETB would welcome a deputation from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and Islands and from the JOCES to its two island schools Colaíste Phobail Cholmcille, Tory Island and Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore Island.Donegal ETB’s Chief Executive Anne McHugh thanked the Joint Committee on Education and Skills for inviting it to attend its hearing on 19 December 2017. It also wishes to thank Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh for preparing the material in this report which ultimately enabled its publication today. Donegal ETB trusts that the Minister for Education and Skills will act on the recommendations of this excellent report and, by so doing, reverse the inequalities in the current system, for the future of all our island schools and their island communities.Donegal ETB welcomes report on off-shore island schools was last modified: February 27th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal ETBislandsoff-shorereportschoolslast_img read more

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 17

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand- dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An information sign at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand- dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand- dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The tourist area at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand- dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area surrounding Kimberley’s famous Big Hole, one of the largest hand-dug mining excavations in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: An exhibit at the tourist area surrounding Kimberley’s famous Big Hole, one of the largest hand-dug mining excavations in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Sutherland, Northern Cape province: Cast of Mrs Ples, one of South Africa’s many famous fossil specimens of the hominid Australipithecus africanus , at the Sutherland Observatory visitors’ centre. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Sutherland, Northern Cape province: Ammonite fossil at the Sutherland Observatory visitors’ centre. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 17:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more