Rematch of the century?

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But it proves Mayweather’s flair and showmanship as a promoter. With Pacquiao-Mayweather 1, sold by both camps as the “Fight of the Century,” panned by critics and boxing purists as the fight that was five years past its shelf life when it was finally held in Las Vegas in 2015, the only way to generate a lucrative “Rematch of the Century” would be to start promoting it early.Pacquiao has said he would fight one more time this year, targeting a December playdate.Despite their first fight failing to meet boxing expectations—there was little slam-bang action from two of the best welterweights of all time and Pacquiao complained of a shoulder injury later—it was the richest bout in history until Mayweather tangled with UFC star Conor McGregor in a crossover duel.If Mayweather, indeed, signs up to fight Pacquiao, who has been clamoring for a rematch, and hopes to get within sniffing distance of what he earned against McGregor, he’ll have to start promoting early—which may exactly be what he’s doing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 That alone would have lit the social media feeds of boxing fans. The caption that accompanied it, though, set the rumor mill on fire.“I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year another 9 figure pay day on the way @mayweatherpromotions,” wrote Mayweather.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe post garnered more than 100,000 likes and 1,300 comments in just 20 minutes, underscoring the drawing power of both boxing superstars, who are generally considered the best of their era and the most influential fighters of their generation.Do a little digging and you’ll get to a video posted by boxing journalist Lance Pugmire on YouTube, where Mayweather was even more explicit. In the video, Mayweather is hamming it up with boxing manager and matchmaker Sean Gibbons, with the latter goading him about going after win No. 51 and referencing Wanheng Menayothin, the Thai fighter who one-upped Mayweather by hiking his record to 51-0 after beating Filipino Pedro Taduran.Gibbons was in the midst of talking about Menayothin, who has never fought outside of Thailand, when Mayweather interrupted him. The two went on an exchange that ended with “Money” laying the challenge for Pacquiao.“We’re gonna take the belt, we’re gonna get the payday and I don’t want no shoulder excuses,” Mayweather said.And while the whole episode was titillating enough to tickle boxing fans’ fancy or, at the very least, induce rounds of debate on whether it would make for palatable viewing, there was little confirmation on whether Mayweather was serious or this was just another outlandish PR stunt.Pacquiao, on the other hand, could not be reached for comment at press time.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA/INQUIRERThe video was quick, less than 50 seconds on Instagram. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his posse crossed paths with Manny Pacquiao and his entourage and the two exchanged a few words.Both were in an event in Japan and the loud music drowned out a lot of the exchange. In the video, which the undefeated American boxer posted on his Instagram account, Mayweather can be heard saying: “I’m coming back” and Pacquiao repeatedly answering “I’ve got the belt.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gallant silver for PH rowers Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READlast_img read more

Liberia at 167

first_imgThis week our beloved country turns 167 years old and what, besides our survival, do we have to show for it?  Here again we face the age-old question, “What does the age of Methuselah have to do with the Wisdom of Solomon?”  The answer is nothing.And yet, we must thank God for our survival through all these decades of   challenge.  We started from scratch in 1847, just at the time we almost lost it, as the British were challenging our sovereignty. They were refusing to pay custom duties at our seaports.  That is when Joseph Jenkins Roberts, with vision and passion, stepped up to the challenge and in January 1847 convened the Constitutional Convention.The result was the Declaration of Independence, proclaimed on July 26, 1847, followed by the first elections, when Roberts defeated the Convention, Chairman S. Benedict, to become Liberia’s first President.The British, who had earlier challenged our sovereignty, were the first, in 1848, to recognize our independence.  The British Monarch, Queen Victoria, invited President Roberts to Buckingham Palace and sent him back home with two gunboats.But the young nation was yet to face some very serious challenges, not only   the deadly tropical diseases, malaria included, that were decimating the small population; but also many boundary disputes, prompted by gunboat-backed encroachments on Liberian territory by the British on the Grand Cape Mount side (known historically as the Gallinas Country), and the French, on our Nimba-Grand Gedeh-Maryland sides.  That is how we lost so much of our territory while our so-called Mother Country, the United States, out of whose belly Liberia was born, looked the other way, lifting not a finger to protect the beleaguered country.And yet, here we are today–having survived 167 tough, demanding years, during which we experienced the most serious national test, the 14-year civil war.  By the grace of God, we overcame it, and now face the challenge of maintaining and sustaining the peace and the democratic governance that have emerged.  This sacred charge we must do EVERYTHING to keep.We can do so by putting RELENTLESS and sustained PRESSURE on the national leadership and on ourselves, to abide by ALL the rules of good governance.  We must, with all our might, fight and conquer corruption, greed, nepotism, selfishness.  We must remind ourselves and the people in power that these vices DO NOT PAY.  All the people and regimes that practiced them in the past, where are they now, how did they end, and how much of the loot did they retain?We must encourage, even compel our leaders to LISTEN actively and responsively to the people’s cries.We believe it is, at this point, important to reflect on some of the historical facts about our great Mother Country, to remind ourselves that we as a nation still have promise that we should work very hard to fulfill.America gave many ingenious gifts to the world.  The United States was 100 years old when, in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone; 127 in 1903 when Henry Ford invented the world’s first automobile and the Wright Brothers invented the airplane. The USA was 169 when in 1945, following the end of World War II, she became the world’s first super power!  The second was the Soviet Union, but the USA was far more powerful because she could feed herself and much of the world; was the world’s richest nation and also the most industrialized.In 1969, when the USA was 193, she landed a man on the moon, the only country yet to do so.Liberia, too, has geniuses. One of them was Edwin J. Barclay who at the age of 19 composed the words and music of The Lone Star Forever, one of the world’s greatest anthems.  We have had and still have many more.  Our challenge is to find, train and refine them and give them opportunities to excel in their various avenues of endeavor.Now that we face the prospect of striking oil, here is yet another opportunity God has given us to leapfrog into development.  Let us do everything this time to make the best possible use of this and all other resources for the development and advancement of our country. The hope is that when, 33 years hence, in 2047 we strike 200 years old, we will have much more to show for it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teachers prepare for strike!

first_imgExecutives of the Guyana Teachers Union, this morning held the first of two engagements where teachers announced at the Union’s Woolford Avenue headquarters, that they are fully on board with the strike action.The details of this and other stories can be found in the Tuesday, August 21, 2018 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

EnCana fined $150,000 by WorkSafe BC

first_imgEnCana Corporation has been fined $150,000 by WorkSafe BC following a fatal accident near Dawson Creek.According to WorkSafe BC, EnCana failed to do everything reasonably practicable to coordinate activities and to establish and maintain a system or process to ensure compliance.  The incident occurred in June 2008 when workers were performing the high-risk activity of falling trees up to 24 inches in diameter.  During this process a worker was struck by two hung up trees.EnCana failed to coordinate activities that resulted in a lack of first aid services and lack of evacuation procedures that may have prevented the worker’s death following the incident.- Advertisement -Other companies have also been fined that operate in the Peace Country.  Core Pipelines was fined just over $50,000 following an incident in January of 2008.  No one was seriously hurt.  The incident occured while attempting to climb a 32-35% sloped hill covered in ice, a tracked, flat-decked vehicle with a cab spun out and the engine stalled. As a result, and without braking power, the vehicle slid downhill out of control and hit a tree.  WorkSafe BC found that the vehicle was inappropriate for use in transporting workers under the conditions of the work site.Canadian Natural Resources has been fined just over $29,000 for an incident from October 2009.  The WorkSafe BC report states the following “As prime contractor of worksite, the Firm failed to do everything reasonably practicable to establish and maintain a system or process that would ensure compliance with the Act and Regulation. These are repeat s.118(2)(b) violations.”In total, WorkSafe BC imposed 152 penalties totaling more than $2.7 million for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the OHS Regulation) and the Workers Compensation Act (the Act).Advertisementlast_img read more

Ranieri won’t believe Leicester can win title until it is mathematically certain

first_imgClaudio Ranieri says he will refuse to believe Leicester City can win the Premier League until it is mathematically certain.The Foxes beat Watford at Vicarage Road thanks to a Riyad Mahrez stunner to move five points clear at the top of the league after title rivals Tottenham and Arsenal drew 2-2 in Saturday’s early kick off.Manchester City won to reinvigorate their title charge meaning it is a four-horse race with only nine games remaining.But Ranieri insists he and Leicester are taking it game by game and no one is believing they can win the title until it is a certainty they cannot be caught.When asked if he believes Leicester can win the title, Ranieri said: “Not yet. We are in a good position but I know we aren’t a Chelsea, a Manchester City, Arsenal or Tottenham.“This season we are building. It’s good to have a five point lead but it is not enough. I will only believe when it is mathematically [certain].”Ranieri praised his side’s resilience during the hard-fought 1-0 win away to Watford, saying the fight his players showed was exactly what he wants to see from his football teams.“I knew it was a battle and we fought a lot – as did Watford,” he said.“I wanted to see my players fight tonight, this is my idea of football. For us it is important to grow up and build the spirit and winner’s mentality.“This season has been okay and I don’t know what we can achieve.”last_img read more


first_imgGlenswilly captain James Pat McDaid talks to Pauric Hilferty about tomorrow’s ULster Club final.Simply click to play. DDTV – GLENSWILLY CAPTAIN JAMES PAT KNOWS IT WILL TAKE A HUGE EFFORT TO WIN ULSTER was last modified: November 30th, 2013 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:glenswillyJames Pat McDaidPauric HilfertyUlster Championshiplast_img read more


first_imgThe new Mayor of Donegal County Council, Cllr John Campbell, will meet with Donegal Youth Council tomorrow at 2pm in the County House in Lifford where he will present the group with a recently granted European award.County House in LiffordThe Youth Council are holding tomorrow’s meeting in the County Chamber in Lifford where they will receive the Assembly of European Regions “Most Youth Friendly European Region” Special Prize to recognise one of their projects from last year.The group of young people, who are based from all over the county, have had their SPARKS Mental Health roadshow from last year selected as the 2014 winner of the Prize. The Assembly of Eurpean Regions is made up of 230 regions from across 35 European countries and they present this award every 2 years to one project as a means of acknowledging best practice in youth participation and involving young people in democratic life.The Award jury met in Brussels last week where they selected the Donegal group’s project to be the overall winner.As part of the prize a representative from the group recently travelled to Jönköping in Sweden in June to do a presentation about their project for the Annual AER Youth Regional Network.Chairperson of the Donegal Youth Council Shane Hegarty says it will be great to finally receive the award. “We have known for a little while that we were selected for the award so it will finally be a day to properly celebrate the achievement and we also look forward to meeting with the new Mayor John Campbell who has already been a good supporter of us in our work over the last year in his role as Councillor,” said Shane.The Donegal Youth Council SPARKS Mental Health Roadshow saw them work with over 800 young people from all over the county.The roadshow, which kicked off in Letterkenny on World Mental Health Day, also visited Stranorlar, Gaoth Dobhair, Buncrana and Donegal Town during October and November.Donegal Youth Council is funded by the Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and is co-ordinated by the Donegal Youth Service at local level. For more information on Donegal Youth Council you can contact Co-ordinator Martin Keeney on 087-6806676. MAYOR TO PRESENT EUROPEAN AWARD TO DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL was last modified: June 24th, 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:Cllr John CampbelldonegalDonegal Youth CouncilLiffordlast_img read more

Local musicians unite for a free Live Aid gig

first_imgLocal musician Martin Orr has organised a Country Sunday for Live Aid Ireland in Voodoo Venue Letterkenny.This event is free of charge and will take place on Sunday December 8 from 5pm to 9 pm.Live Aid Ireland is a nationwide fundraising campaign set up to raise money for the homeless services this Christmas. Proceeds will go to the Simon Communities of Ireland countrywide to fund the vital work they do on the front-line to end homelessness.The Simon Community work to empower people to access and retain a home by providing housing, prevention, addiction treatment, emergency response and other targeted interventions, through advocacy and partnership.The number of people who rely on the Simon Community for accommodation, healthcare and support has drastically increased as the homeless crisis has spiralled. Last year alone they gave a helping hand to 7,600 individuals and families.Here’s who can you expect to see at Live Aid Ireland’s Country Sunday:Keith Fletcher will be MC on the night.Honky Tonk HeroesThe Davy K projectMark BlackJean CurranMaria Mc Cormack and Rachael Mc GettiganLetterkenny and District Pipe BandRaffle tickets will be sold throughout the night and Martin and the team in Voodoo Venue welcome any donations. Local musicians unite for a free Live Aid gig was last modified: December 3rd, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:charitydonegalfreeletterkennyLive Aid IrelandMUSICVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

South Africa’s CSIR displayed advancements at Scifest

first_img10 March 2016The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) showcased its work at the 20th annual national science festival, Scifest, which took place from 2 to 8 March at the 1820 Settler National Monument in Grahamstown.The festival aims to promote public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology and innovation (STI).Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor attended the opening. “The main purpose of Scifest is to introduce young people to the exciting world of science and technology and to encourage them to choose to be part of this community of science and innovation,” she said.Minister Pandor commends Scifest for making science acessible to young people via @dstgovza— SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (@dstgovza) March 5, 2016CSIR at Scifest“The CSIR always participates at Scifest because we believe in making a difference and improving the lives of ordinary South Africans and contributing towards a competitive economy using science and technology,” said Tendani Tsedu, CSIR media relations manager.“To be able to do this, highly skilled people are required, which is why we are always looking for bright, passionate people to join our organisation.”He said Scifest provided the perfect platform to be able to interact with youngsters to entice them into a career in science.The organisation participated in six workshops:Biopharming: Biopharming is the use of genetic engineering to insert genes that code the useful pharmaceuticals into host animals or plants. This is done in order to produce large quantities of the useful pharmaceutical such as antibodies or vaccines over a short period of time and at very little cost. Inundu pods: Inundu (moth) is an airborne electronics test, evaluation and training pod for missile and radar programmes as well as electronic warfare training. See how the pods work: Radar: Radar is an object-detection system that uses radio waves to determine the range, angle or velocity of objects. The CSIR provides contract research, technology development, operational testing and evaluation support, acquisition support, performance requirement studies and expert consultation in the field.  Sensors: Nanomaterials that can ultimately be used in an array of sensors, such as gas sensors, which could greatly improve the safety of miners through a gas leak early warning signal. Pupils from Love Dale Kids College listening to #CSIR researcher talking about #sensors and #nanotechnology #Scifest— CSIR (@CSIR) March 3, 2016 MultiCAM: MultiCAM is a state-of-the-art multi-spectral imaging system that can detect and visualise UV discharges and infrared thermal gradients to expose electrical faults, and then overlay the images to give the user a comprehensive picture of the state of high-voltage equipment and installations.  Polymer nano-composites: New and advanced materials can be developed through the incorporation of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology in polymer science is used to improve the mechanical properties of plastics with a particular focus on the beneficiation of South African nanoclays. The think-tank also provided attendees with information about bursary applications and internship programmes.Building a great countryPandor implored schools to initiate science activities that would help learners do well in maths and science.“You, the learners present here, have time to work hard and to succeed in science technology and engineering,” she said. “You live in a time in which there are immense possibilities for all young people. I hope you will use the festival to learn about science careers and to think about contributing to building a great South Africa.” reporterlast_img read more

Africa ‘must enable investment to grow’

first_img23 January 2014Africa needs to create an enabling environment for domestic and foreign investment to realize its potential and ensure inclusive growth for its population, panelists agreed at a special session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.However, the continent had many challenges to overcome, including addressing a pervasive and growing inequality that was fueling instability. And with the continent’s population expected to rise to 2-billion by 2050, it was imperative that the foundation for sustainable and inclusive growth be laid now.“We need jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, one of the panelists at the session dubbed “Africa’s Next Billion”. “Economic and social inclusion is a top priority. We create space for the private sector, and it’s one of government’s responsibilities to distribute the fruits of growth.”More intra-Africa trade could boost economic growth, Mahama added. “I feel ashamed that trade between our countries is only 11%. That is unacceptable.”To build on the progress Africa had made so far, he said, governments also had to continue to realize the democratic dividend of good governance, respect for human rights and rule of law.Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan pointed out that there was stability in most African countries today. “But before we could talk about economic growth, we needed political stability,” he said.Aliko Dangote, chief executive of Nigeria’s Dangote Group and a co-chair of this year’s annual meeting, pointed out that the majority of foreign investors were too cautious in the lead-up to elections and during what could be the short-lived reign of political parties. “Today there is no government that will be against business, so go ahead and invest,” he urged.“People always underestimate what Africa can be,” Dangote said. “By 2050 we will have a united Africa with one common market … Can you imagine if we had sufficient power? Our GDP would be US$9-trillion by 2050. It can happen.”Julian Roberts, group chief executive of Old Mutual, United Kingdom, told participants: “Africa is on the move and it is moving forward. But we need to ensure we have an enabling platform for business.” Roberts said the continent would not succeed unless there was a “handshake between government and the private sector”.If the continent’s infrastructure bottlenecks can be overcome, particularly intra-African transportation routes, intra-Africa trade could flourish and create prosperity,” Roberts added. “Our target should be 80% intra-Africa trade by 2050.”Africa’s economic growth might be accelerating, but, according to Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, United Kingdom: “The concentration of wealth and power is excluding and locking out millions of people, which is driving insecurity and instability.” So far, economic growth had been a race to the bottom, Byanyima said. “We need a race to the top so we have policies and regulation to protect human rights, the environment and reduce poverty.”Doreen Noni, creative director of Eskado Bird, Tanzania, noted that young people in Africa were not trained from a young age to have entrepreneurial skills. Because of its huge young population, Africa’s workforce was set to burgeon by 2050. “We need to awaken our youth … and direct them to be entrepreneurial. We can only get our continent to have inclusive growth if we are educated and change our mindsets.”Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more