Ramón Laureano’s rapid rise to A’s Opening Day leadoff man

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceTOKYO — Things were a lot different for Ramón Laureano just a year ago.Around this time in 2018, the A’s center fielder was frustrated in extended spring training down in Arizona in the aftermath of breaking his left pinky finger after he was hit by a pitch in a Cactus League game. The injury robbed him of re-establishing himself as a top prospect with his new organization after the Houston Astros had soured on him …last_img read more

South Africa retains ranking in 2015 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

first_imgMo Ibrahim, chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, at the launch of the 2015 Ibrahim Index of African Governance in London on Monday 5 October. (Image: Mo Ibrahim Foundation)Johannesburg, Tuesday 6 October 2015 – South Africa has retained its position in the 2015 Ibrahim Index on Africa Governance. In the 2015 Index, South Africa has retained its rank of 4 of 54 countries assessed in the Index.This follows South Africa’s improved performance in the 2015/16 World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Index which saw South Africa rise seven places from 56 to 49 of 140 countries.The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) measures the quality of governance in 54 African countries on an annual basis by looking at four areas: Safety and Rule of Law, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development. South Africa’s performance in each of these areas earns it the position of 7 (up from position 8 in 2014), 4, 2 and 6 respectively on the continent. Countries in the SADC region have also performed well in the 2015 Index.Brand South Africa CEO Kingsley Makhubela said, “We welcome South Africa’s performance in the 2015 Ibrahim Index of African Governance particularly in areas where improvements have been noted. The National Development Plan (NDP), together with various other instruments, will guide South Africa’s interventions to address other areas of concern including, amongst others, issues around personal safety.”“South Africa commends countries in SADC, in particular, on their performance in the Index. Although the 2015 IIAG indicates improved performance by countries on some indicators, we cannot under-estimate the urgency for the continent as a whole to implement Agenda 2063.”“All countries on the continent should have national programmes to drive their social and economic development. These programmes by African states will collectively contribute towards Africa’s plan for holistic socio-economic development.”“In this regard, we call on all South Africans in their different sectors to play their part in implementing the NDP which will be South Africa’s contribution to Agenda 2063. Continuous improvements in the various pillars identified in the NDP will translate into better performance by South Africa in various indices that assess our competitiveness and attractiveness as an investment destination,” concluded Mr Makhubela. [1] Please note that the ranking cannot be compared with previous years’ data. Annual refinements are made to the scores, and the entire IIAG dataset is revised retrospectively. Analysis above therefore draws comparisons between years based entirely on 2015 IIAG dataset. For more details on methodology, please see the methodology section of the IIAG website.last_img read more

Weight’s over: It’s fight time

first_imgREAD: Ancajas steals limelight from main boutSo confident was Ancajas that he’s going to be cleared for his fourth defense of the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown that he did not even look at the registered figure, leaving it to MP Promotions representative Joe Ramos and matchmaker Sean Gibbons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe smiled and waved at the group of Filipinos in attendance, before leaving the makeshift stage to have his first meal for the day—three hard boiled eggs washed down with warm water.His opponent, Israel Gonzalez came in lighter at 114,  a pound under the limit, and was also cheered on by fellow Mexicans. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “We hit our target,” said chief trainer Joven Jimenez, whose next aim is to bring up Ancajas’ weight on fight night Saturday at the same venue.READ: Jimenez says Ancajas will put on a showTo do that, Ancajas will eat every three hours, taking bigger servings each time.According to Jimenez, who supervised Ancajas’ stationery jogging with intermittent burst of speed and improvised “sauna” session, 128 pounds would be ideal, the same weight when Ancajas fought against Japanese Teiru Kinoshita in Brisbane, Australia, and Irish Jamie Conlan, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.In the second weigh-in Saturday morning, however, Ancajas must not go beyond 125 as mandated by the sanctioning body.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Trainer Joven Jimenez says Jerwin Ancajas will put on a show Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Just like in their stare down Thursday, Gonzalez provided some anxious moments when he moved too close and threw a piercing look at Ancajas, who did not blink.Tension vanished just as quickly when Gonzalez offered a handshake, then patted Ancajas at the back.Gonzalez’s actuations were not all for show, according to Ancajas, as he could see and feel the Mexican’s determination to wrest the crown he took from Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo in Taguig in 2016.“But I won’t let him have it,” said Ancajas, who dreams of being recognized as a great Filipino champion like Pacquiao, the late Flash Elorde and Pancho Villa. Jerwin Ancajas and Israel Gonzalez (right) put up fighting stance after Friday’s weigh-in. Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas—Making weight is the least of Jerwin Ancajas’ concerns.A kilo over the limit Thursday night, Ancajas did little workout at his hotel room yet tipped the scales at an ideal 114.75 pounds in the official weigh-in held at American Bank Center Friday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more