Pacquiao launches bid to unearth Chinese boxing stars

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments 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 Kerr: Stephen Curry injury ‘a good thing for our team’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Famed boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines speaks to the media during a press conference with Jeff Horn of Australia in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao hopes to unearth the next Chinese world champion and help grow the sport with an academy in the largely untapped country.The 38-year-old, who controversially lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn in July, was in Beijing this week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson He and Chinese sports-development firm Dancing Sports held a signing ceremony that included plans to build a Manny Pacquiao International Boxing Academy in the capital, the company said.Zhou Wenxin, chairman of Dancing Sports, said their tie-up would deepen Chinese-Philippine relations in boxing and beyond.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe academy will draft in coaches from abroad to help develop Chinese boxing, which has never had a truly world-class fighter. There is no public timeline for when it will be built.China’s most famous boxer, Zou Shiming, lost his WBO flyweight belt when he was knocked out by Japan’s unfancied Sho Kimura in his first defence in July. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. When Pacquiao’s plans for China were first announced in 2014, he said that he believed the partnership could help thaw frosty ties between the Philippines and China, who were engaged in a territorial maritime dispute in the South China Sea.Relations have since improved considerably under current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.At the time, Pacquiao defended the decision to open a boxing academy in China instead of his own country.“In the Philippines we don’t have a problem (producing good boxers),” said Pacquiao, a hero in his home country and also a senator.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Region 10 to scale up agriculture through gardening clubs

first_imgIn the quest to scale up agricultural activities in Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice), the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is exploring the creation community gardening clubs.This was recently outlined by Regional Chairman Renis Morian, who posited that the initiative, once adopted, would assist the Region with securing an agriculture budget.Region 10 has been without such a budget for a number of years. Morian said community gardening clubs may also promote youth involvement. The community has for years been dependent on the bauxite and gold industries. Morian explained that he will meet with the Region’s Agriculture Committee to broach the initiative:“I am still pushing to see agriculture scale up in Region 10… I want to look at community gardening clubs and involve a lot of young people. It’s another way of helping our youths to look in this direction. It also speaks to our food security and also helps the community. I will discuss this with the Agriculture Committee and together, the gardening clubs will come on stream.”Just recently, Agriculture Committee Chairman Douglas Gittens disclosed that several recommendations were put forward on agricultural enhancement when the Committee met for discussions. He pointed out that the committee would like to become involved in agro-processing training through the Agriculture Ministry.The committee is expected to present a plan for developmental activities for the Region to the Minister of Agriculture. It has also made recommendation for a department of agriculture in the Region, with subdepartments such as for aquaculture, with the aim of initiating a budget to the Region, through the Plan of Action for Regional Development (PARD).Morian has also urged the Committee to write the National Agricultural Research Extension Institute (NAREI) and Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder, regarding steps to be taken.last_img read more

ERU Officer Denies LD$3.7M Drug Smuggling Allegation

first_imgAn officer of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Cyrus Slewion on Wednesday, July 16 took the witness stand and declared his innocence in allegation of drug smuggling.Cyrus isDefendant Cyrus Slewion  and his accomplices including, Perry Dolo, head of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s convoy,   were arrested in November 2013 of allegedly smuggling 10 bags of marijuana weighing 315 kilograms and  valued at  L$330,750,000, after crossing over from Sierra Leone.The jeep that was allegedly used to carry out the mission is “Escort 1”, which normally leads President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s convoy.But, testifying at Criminal Court ‘C’ yesterday, the defense first witness alleged that since his arrest and incarceration at the Monrovia Central Prison, he had been tortured and beaten by state security.Explaining about his alleged implication, witness Slewion said that before his arrest, he received a call from Dolo, whom he said had been his childhood friend.He further testified that Dolo during the conversation informed him, Slewion that he had a very serious break down at the Bo-Waterside border crossing point in the town of Tienne, in Grand Cape Mount County.The witness said Dolo also told him that he (Dolo) needed his immediately intervention.   “It was based on the urgent call that Dolo sent  Mohammed Bah, a Guinean national and another defendant, with a taxi that took me from Monrovia to that county,” he added. Slewion maintained that “At  that moment I had just returned from assignment and I was resting at my house when I received that emergency call. Because of Dolo being my friend and he was in problem, it was how I took the risk that night and drove along with Bah.”“When we arrived at Senji’s check also in Grand Cape Mount County,” the defense witness said, “we were stopped by the joint security and advised not to continue with the journey.  I insisted that I was an officer of the ERU and I was on an urgent business.  That was when they  allowed us to cross the check point that night.”He further alleged that after they crossed the check point and on their way to the Bo-waterside in Tienne, it was when they were arrested by officers of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) assigned at that border.He testified that while they were detained in Tienne the DEA officers used several torture measures to compel them to sign a confession statement that were written by the officers.“We told them we would not  sign the document in the absence of our lawyers.  But  they insisted that we should sign it.  We were also beaten after refusing not to do so without the presence of a lawyer,” the defense first witness claimed.“We were denied food and water for days.  Because of such treatment, we were compelled to sign the alleged confession statement that was   written by the DEA,” Slewion further alleged.However, the crime that defendants allegedly  committed is a bailable offence, but a request to have them temporarily freed on bond was denied by the court, before the start of the proceedings. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dismissed FDA Managers’ US$6M PUP Case Ruling on Ice

first_imgThe Judge of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia Peter Gbeneweleh is yet to announce the new date for his ruling in the US$6 million Private Use Permits (PUPs) brought against dismissed Forestry Development Authority (FDA) managing director, Moses Diakpo Wogbeh, and several other persons, including a surveyor at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy.The Judge was reportedly forced to postpone the ruling immediately after the lawyers on July 22, rested their final argument. They cited the July 26 Independence Day celebration held in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties as reason for the postponement.Ever since the July 26 Independence Day celebration, Judge Gbeneweleh has remained reluctant to announce the new date for his ruling.The defendants were being tried for their alleged individual roles in the illegal issuing of up to 61 Private Use Permits (PUPs) that authorized commercial logging operations on nearly 2.5 million hectares of forest land in the country when they were serving in their respective positions.They were charged based on the report of a Special Independent Investigative Body (SIIB) setup by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to inquire about the issuance of the 61 PUPs by the defendants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Closed sandpit to be converted into green space – Mayor

first_imgPlans are on stream to transform Region Seven’s sandpit area at Five Miles, Bartica into a green space. Formerly operated by the Bartica Town Council, the sandpit was, because of safety infractions, issued with a cease work order by Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes last May.Bartica Mayor, Gifford Marshall, told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that within another three months, the sandpit will be cleared and relocated to another site, and the vacant space would be transformed into a recreational area.“The housing area between One (and) Five Miles has no recreational facilities; plus, going east, we have a whitewater and a normal creek. So we will develop the area into a green space, which will entail a playfield and a place for relaxation,”The closed Bartica sandpitMarshall explained.This venture will be undertaken as a partnership between the Council and the business community of Bartica, and is expected to be completed before year end.Mayor Marshall has said that despite the economic challenges encountered with the closure of the sandpit, this new venture will take the town one step closer to attaining its green agenda.“It is an economic blow, but we will use that to our advantage, to ensure that good things come out from this; which will be in keeping with our green agenda,” Marshall stated.Following the sandpit’s closure, the council has managed to correct the major infractions, which include benching of the walls to prevent trucks from driving into them.The mayor pointed out that following correction of the infractions, the Council was informed by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) that an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit and a Lands and Surveys no-objection order are necessary before the sandpit can resume operating.Marshall assured that the municipality endorses safety, and, as such, is working to guarantee that safe practices are carried out not only at the sandpit, but generally in the township of Bartica. The mayor also committed to having personnel on site at the new sandpit, to ensure that the site operates within the ambit of the safety procedures.last_img read more

Howell clips Mickelson to win Nissan in playoff

first_imgPACIFIC PALISADES – Charles Howell III now has something his good friend Tiger Woods doesn’t: a win at Riviera Country Club. Phil Mickelson had the Nissan Open under control but stumbled down the stretch Sunday and bogeyed the 18thhole, while Howell, who started the day three shots back, snuck his way up the leaderboard. Howell has been on a tear this season. In five events, he has already won $2 million and leads the money list and FedExCup points list. Howell has said his main priority during the early part of the season is qualifying for the Masters, which is played in his hometown of Augusta, Ga. This victory virtually assures him a spot in the season’s first major. Howell made seven birdies and one bogey Sunday, making his big move on the back nine as he birdied the 14th, 16th and 17th holes, twoof which are par-3s. He birdied the 14th by making a 17-foot putt and the 16th with a 33-footer. He was on the green in two on No. 17 and two-putted from 49 feet for birdie. He wasn’t spectacular on the playoff holes, but neither was Mickelson. They both parred the 18th hole, which was the first playoff hole. Howell had to make a 6-footer for par after Mickelson parred the hole. They continued to the 10th hole, where Howell lost a playoff to Mike Weir at the Nissan in 2003 by missing a 6-foot putt. Howell said he thought about that debacle just before the playoff started. He hit his tee shot left and onto a cart path behind the trees. He opted to hit instead of taking a drop, and his ball just clipped the tree branches and advanced just 16 yards. He chipped to within two feet and made the putt. Asked about the hole, Howell said: “We have a love-hate relationship.” Then On to the par-3 14th, where Mickelson and Howell both came up short of the green on their tee shot on the par-3. Mickelson, who was 52feet away short, used his putter on the fringe, and it hopped up on the edge and was 10 feet short, but he missed the putt. Howell chipped to within threefeet and sank the putt to save par. Howell said he wasn’t preoccupied with all the near-misses over the past few years. “If you look at the state of where my golf game was in the middle of last summer, I would have cut my arm off for a second-place finish,” Howell said. “They were looking pretty darn good. No, I kept looking at it as I’m getting closer. I’m getting closer. “The second at 84 Lumber (Classic) toward the end of last year was really important for me to get an affirmation that I’m starting to get back. And then to start this year off this way, I knew I was close.” Howell can go back to Orlando, Fla., and show off his trophy to Woods, who is 0 for 9 as a pro at the Nissan. Woods skipped the tournament for just the second time since he turned pro. Howell, who’s been to Woods’ home and sat and stared at his majors collection of major trophies, said he won’t do any trash talking. “I guess he doesn’t have a Nissan Open trophy, but he’s got every (other) one on me,” Howell said. “I can’t give him any (grief), are you kidding me?” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Howell trailed Mickelson by fourshots after 12 holes, but his unusually steady putter, coupled with Mickelson’s uncharacteristically shaky short game, was enough to force a playoff. Howell parred the third playoff hole – making a 3-foot putt after Mickelson missed from 10 feet – to give him just his second PGA Tour victory. Howell, 27, shot a final-round 6-under 65 on what he said is his second-favorite golf course and won $936,000. Mickelson shot a 3-under 68. center_img “To finally win here, I’m speechless,” Howell said. “I’m the luckiest guy in the world right now.” Howell had seemed like the unluckiest guy on the tour for a while. He had ninesecond-place finishes since his last – and only – victory, the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill in 2002. He finished second to Woods in the Buick Invitational last month and in a tie for second at the Sony Open to start the season. When Howell’s putt fell in the cup on the final playoff hole, the par-3 14th, he didn’t jump on a car or pump his fists. He simply looked up and closed his eyes. The look had relief written all over it. “I said a prayer before I hit the putt,” Howell said. “You know, I said, `It’s time, let’s go in.”‘ last_img

Rural volunteers celebrated at awards banquet

first_imgNorth Peace Historical Society Peter Bonderud – McLeod Recreation and Social Services SocietyRichard Buller – Tupper Community ClubPat Buller – Tupper Community ClubCathy Whelpton – Tupper Community ClubAdvertisement 2013 Rural Facility Excellence Award, presented for excellence in facility concept, design, development, operation and the demonstration of outstanding or innovative aspects which have made or could make significant impact in the recreation or cultural field:Tupper Community Hall 2013 Rural Organization Awards, presented for outstanding achievement and contribution to the enhancement of rural recreation and/or culture:DoeRiver Recreation CommissionAdvertisementcenter_img “The Peace River Regional District values each and every one of the community organizations and their volunteers who dedicate their time and energy in order to provide recreational, cultural and social activities and services throughout the rural communities of Electoral Areas B, C, D, and E,” writes the PRRD in a release. The recipients are nominated by community organizations, and approved by Electoral Area Directors. The 2013 award winners are below:- Advertisement – 2013 Individual Achievement Awards, presented for outstanding contributions to rural recreation and/or culture:Dave Russell – DoeRiver Recreation CommissionAdvertisement Rachel Bunnett – Farmington Community AssociationGeorge Hauber – Kiskatinaw Fall Fair AssociationTucker Hauber – Kiskatinaw Fall Fair Associationlast_img read more

Driver heads for court date

first_img“We had no warning. No skid marks, no anything,” Beckham said. “The next thing I know, I was flying in the air like a fly getting hit by a fly swatter.”Atkins was driving erratically down Sheldon Street, under construction at the time with just one lane open, police said.Beckham’s and Diaz’s trucks were parked in a center lane, said Los Angeles police Officer Douglas Larkin, the investigating officer in the case.Ultimately, Atkins hit four vehicles before finally getting out of the stolen Lincoln, Larkin said.“According to witnesses, he looked over at the two bodies lying on the ground and fled the location,” said Larkin, recently honored for outstanding service for his work on the case.A preliminary hearing is set for Friday in San Fernando Superior Court to determine if there is enough evidence to send Atkins to trial.Meanwhile, those affected by the crash struggle to understand why it had to happen.Beckham, 59, lives on the same North Hollywood street as the Diaz family. He said he was at a storage facility in Sun Valley the morning of the crash when he got a call from Diaz inviting him to come over and work on a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda that Beckham was helping restore.Split-second decisions – such as deciding not to drive through the yellow light at Sheldon and Roscoe, then stalling after hitting the brakes – continue to haunt Beckham.“I think about it all the time,” Beckham said. “I’m standing here looking at his house right now. I see his kids all the time waiting for the ice cream truck. … Everybody says I’m so lucky I’m alive. I don’t feel lucky, I’ll tell you that.”A hardworking and devoted family man, Diaz earned enough money from his glass-installing job to buy a comfortable three-bedroom home for his wife and children.Monica Diaz, 37, said that since the day her husband was hit, life has gone from “day to night” for her and her six children.“It’s very difficult for me right now,” said Diaz, whose two youngest children, 22-month-old twins Aracely and Arely, will never know their father.The other children have displayed signs of emotional upheaval as they continue to deal with the loss of their dad, a man who took his role as father seriously.To this day, the children often grow fearful when their mom leaves the house, thinking that she, too, might not come home.Her oldest, 14-year-old Itzal, wants to have a traditional quincea?era ceremony, a coming-of-age celebration for a Latina girl’s 15th birthday. But Diaz, who has taken work with a security company, said it would cost a lot of money.Even if she could afford it, the coming-of-age ceremony for her daughter would be bittersweet, Diaz said.“Her father can’t dance with her,” Diaz said through her tears. “It’s the custom that she dances with her father.”Despite the heartache of losing their father, the children are doing their best to move forward, earning honors in school, motivated in part by their father’s wish that they excel academically, Diaz said.Itzal has been especially motivated to someday make sense of her family’s tragedy, Diaz said.“She wants to become a lawyer and help accident victims.”rick.coca@dailynews.com 818-713-3329See Related Story: Hit, run and get away – 50% do160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD -On the morning of Nov. 11, 2005, Monica Diaz, a mother of four and six months’ pregnant with twins, watched as her husband grabbed a gas can out of the family’s garage on his way to help a friend whose truck had stalled a few blocks away.She wanted him to close the garage door before she left for a doctor’s appointment, but Rogaciano Diaz, 38, told her it wasn’t necessary.“Don’t worry about it,” he told his wife as he jumped into his pickup truck for the half-mile trip. “I’ll be back in five minutes.”Rogaciano never returned. About 11:25 a.m., while he poured gas into the tank of Stephen Beckham’s 1984 Chevrolet pickup truck on Sheldon Street just north of Roscoe Boulevard, the two men were struck by a hit-and-run driver in a stolen car and catapulted about 45 feet, police say.Beckham survived, but Diaz slipped into a coma and died a month later.Nearly two years after the tragedy, DNA evidence found at the scene of the crash led to the September arrest of Johnny Atkins, 31, of Panorama City, who has been charged with felony manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.Atkins was driving a 2006 Lincoln LS sedan that had been stolen from a local dealership nine days earlier, police said.On that Veterans Day morning, Atkins hit Diaz’s truck, which slammed into Beckham’s, which quickly swung around and sent the two men flying, police said.last_img read more

HSE AGREE TO SUBSIDISE DONEGAL FLIGHTS FOR TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN

first_imgThe HSE has agreed to subsidise flight costs for children in the county with life limiting conditions in order to travel to Dublin for treatment.Donegal Airport at CarrickfinnIt follows weeks of discussions involving the families of service users and HSE personnel and management regarding the possibility of allowing sick children to fly from Donegal’s Carrickfinn Airport to avail of treatment at hospitals in the capital.The move has been welcomed by Deputy Pearse Doherty. “After a number of weeks of talks I am absolutely delighted that the HSE has agreed to provide funding of up to €2,000 to assist with air transport for children with life limiting conditions to travel from the airport here in Carrickfinn to Dublin where they can receive the necessary medical care.”“This fantastic announcement was made after a recent meeting between the HSE and local parents group ‘Our Children’s Voice’ where it was confirmed that the money would be made available for the initiative.”“It should not be underestimated what this decision means to all the families and loved ones of these young children who for years now have been forced to travel either by car or bus to reach Dublin to make hospital appointments, often travelling for five or six hours if coming from the west of the county.”At present, there are over 140 such families in Donegal who care for seriously ill children. Deputy Doherty added “I have been in contact with some of these families today and they are absolutely overjoyed by this news, as they have passionately lobbied for this initiative for a very long time and today I must congratulate them for their efforts.”“The HSE has written to me today to inform me of their decision and to state that access criteria for this funding will be drawn up with plans hopefully to be finalised in June.”HSE AGREE TO SUBSIDISE DONEGAL FLIGHTS FOR TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN was last modified: May 6th, 2015 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:Carrickfinn AirportdonegalHSEill childrenlast_img read more

Crystal Palace playing hardball with Marseille over goalkeeper Steve Mandanda

first_img Steve Mandanda 1 Crystal Palace have turned down Marseille’s opening bid for goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, according to reports in France.The 32-year-old only arrived at Selhurst Park in July but is expected to leave having made just nine Premier League appearances during his first season at the club.His old club Marseille are interested in resigning their former favourite and have held talks with Palace.However, according to RMC, the London club have rejected an initial £1m offer, although discussions are expected to continue.last_img