Pacquiao looking to make it a short night against Thurman

first_imgMighty-PH opens Jones Cup campaign against Iran LATEST STORIES Pacquiao punished the mitts and pummeled the heavy bag with an extra oomph on Wednesday as they opened the camp to media at Wild Card Gym.AdChoices广告Ads by Teads“I always try to push myself and punish myself in training. That’s the key to my career. It leads to everything I can do. My speed, power and footwork all come together from my hard work,” Pacquiao said.But his top cornermen were concerned about burning himself out, or worse, hurting himself from too much exertion.Fernandez, who is also his boyhood buddy, said Pacquiao need not overcompensate for being a 40-year-old boxer.“I told him I would be the first person to notice if he’s slowed down. If he has lost strength. Because I’m the one who takes his punches in training,” Fernandez said.ADVERTISEMENT MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:35Manny Pacquiao compares ‘heavy-handed’ Keith Thurman to Antonio Margarito01:46Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Benefits of township living Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’center_img ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Even by the loose, open-book standard of the Pacquiao camp, Fernandez was being too generous in laying out his entire fight plan for the July 21 WBA unifying welterweight title at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.“If a 7.1-[magnitude] earthquake rocked LA, then we’ll bring the earthquake to Las Vegas, but a 10.5 magnitude,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut, cautioned Fernandez, they will have to watch out for Thurman’s big punch.“May halibas ’yun (he can throw a haymaker),” he added. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Fernandez said Pacquiao still trains with the same intensity as 10 years ago, only this time they get to have more days-off.“And when that happens, I will be honest to him,” added Fernandez, who is also the newly elected vice mayor of Polangui, Albay.“He’s in top shape already, sometimes we need to tell him to slow down,” assistant trainer Nonoy Neri said in Filipino.Still, Pacquiao said: “When you work hard in the gym, you can do what you want to do in the ring. It makes it easy and that’s our goal here in camp.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP PromotionsHOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao’s relentless attacks against Oscar dela Hoya, and his accurate counterpunching against Ricky Hatton are what the eight-division champ hopes to bring against Keith Thurman to make it a short night.“We’re going home early on fight night,” said Pacquiao’s chief trainer, Buboy Fernandez, in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summerlast_img read more

Bastille Day: again

first_imgOn July 14th 1789, revolutionaries in France stormed the Bastille fortress housing political prisoners in Paris — a symbol of the despotic absolute monarchy defined by King Louis XIV’s arrogant declaration, “I am the state”. The following year, King Louis XVI was deposed and France set on the course to constitutional democracy under the immortal slogan, “liberty, equality, fraternity”. Along with the American War of Independence a decade earlier, these two events have reminded oppressed people across the world that freedom cannot be won without struggle, and it must be guarded against those who would stifle it in their lust for power.Yesterday was July 14, but sadly, no one appeared to have remembered that, 40 years ago, on that day in 1979, the murder of Father Darke prompted our national poet Martin Carter to pen his poem, “Bastille Day”.Burnham was preparing his customised constitution to institutionalise his dictatorship by creating an Executive Presidency in which he could echo Louis XIV, “I am the state”. Walter Rodney and several other members of the WPA had been charged with arson of the Ministry of National Development and the Office of the General Secretary of the ruling PNC, and had appeared in court that morning. Supporters, including Martin Carter, who followed the van taking them from the Court and along Brickdam were attacked by House of Israel thugs, one of whom fatally stabbed Fr Darke, who was taking out photographs.In the poem, one draft of which he had dedicated to Walter Rodney, Carter lamented: “Not wanting to deny, I believed it. /Not wanting to believe it, I denied our Bastille Day. /I have at last started/ To understand the origin/ Of our vileness, and being/ Unable to deny it, I suggest/ Its nativity/ In the shame of knowledge/ Of our vileness, we shall fight.”On the eve of Bastille Day 2019, when PNC Leader David Granger reacted to the consequential orders of the CCJ in an Address to the Nation, it was clear that he intended to exploit the “vileness” of racialised politics in our society to remain in power, never mind that he is destroying the sanctity of our Constitution, which undergirds our fledgling democracy.In the face of the CCJ’s pleas for Guyanese leaders to “exercise their responsibilities with integrity” in choosing the new GECOM Chair and setting a date for elections, in accordance with the Constitution, Granger, sadly, betrayed that he is lacking that critical value for democratic leadership. Since it is impossible to cover every contingency with specific rules in a constitution, democracy demands that leaders not only respect the letter, but the spirit of their foundational social contract. However, even though the CCJ painstakingly delineated that under Art 106, elections must be held within 3 months of the successful passage of a no-confidence motion — in this case Sept 18, as measured from its definitive confirmation on July 18 — Granger dragged his old red herring of “credible elections” to pass the buck to GECOM, where he is once again wangling to have his hand-picked candidate for the Chair, possessed as he is of the casting vote.Secondly, Granger actually lied when he claimed the Opposition Leader “rejected the idea of acting in a consensual manner (when) he chose to put forward candidates for the post who have been rejected previously”, because he is on record as having approved those submissions when he met the press following the July 4th meeting with the Opposition Leader.While on Bastille Day 1979 our democracy was challenged by the murder of a priest — and Burnham promoted David Granger as Commander of the GDF to protect that flank — the challenge today from Granger and the PNC is even more insidious, because of the disinformation they are spreading to undermine the Constitution.After the PNC regime had assassinated Rodney a year after Bastille Day 1979, in his poem, “For Walter Rodney”, Carter called them “assassins of conversation”, i.e. of civilised political discourse.Guyanese must not deny our Bastille Day threat, but rise up to arrest the slide towards dictatorship.last_img read more

Still not too late to save sugar

first_imgDear Editor,I have noticed that the Government mentioned that it is still to make a final decision on the closure of more estates. It, therefore, suggests that this is not yet a closed deal.Simultaneously, I have seen the Private Sector registering some grave concerns and at the same time proposing to buy some of the estates.I have read the grave concerns of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) in relation to the availability of molasses, the main raw material for its core product, rum.With all of these legitimate positions by various entities the industry can be saved from closing and made profitable again. The Wales Estate can go back into production as well.It is my view that the Private Sector can be mobilised to put together a new company to buy estates that the Government does not want to hold on to.Two of those companies, DDL and Banks DIH Limited can benefit tremendously if this industry is allowed to continue. I say “allowed to” because I am convinced that the industry could be very profitable and can continue to make a great contribution to our country as a whole.If they could be persuaded to take the lead in creating a new company to take over the estates, that would be a major step forward. The rest of the Private Sector can also be part of this new venture.If the more recognised Private Sector companies want to be conservative and don’t want to put all the capital needed at the start-up level, they could also make shares available to the workers, the unions in the industry and the public at large.We still have in Guyana a considerable amount of skills and experience in the sugar industry. If this initiative is perused quickly, those skills can be retained to help manage this new company. If it is not done soon, most of those technical skills and managerial experience will migrate and can be lost to our country.Already Guyanese are playing vital roles in the Jamaica sugar industry as well as in the US and further afield. We can harness them here and allow them to save this industry once given the opportunity.The industry is not difficult to turn around. It can be done with good management, which it did not have since 2015. The Government hired persons who had no interest in making the industry profitable. They were liquidators than messengers.Before the infrastructure in the industry is broken up completely this initiative needs to be pushed now.As I have said over and over many new revenue streams can be established and the industry can be made very, very profitable. Already, the programme to transform the fields into more machine-friendly lay out has started. At Skeldon estate it has gone a far way. At Enmore estate some 80 per cent of the lands are already converted for more machines-friendly operations.While this process is going on, the productivity of labour has gone up by use of cane loaders.The industry can have a distillery, a plant to produce ethanol; a sugar refinery and more co-generation plants, to name some additional products. Its by-product can help create other factories.Already, one company was using its bagasse to produce bio-degradable containers, for example, food boxes.A lot of cost cutting measures can be applied. Liquid fertilisers can be used and that will bring down our import cost greatly. Bagasse could be compacted and replace wood in starting up the factories. Another huge cost benefit. This was already tested and proved hugely successful. It was done together with scientists from IAST.Such investments in the industry would pay great dividends in a very short period of time.Providing resources to sugar should not be seen as subsidy. Indeed, it is an investment. The industry can be made very profitable.Over the centuries the sugar industry has proven to be very resilient. This is not the first time that it has been in crisis. But it always bounced back stronger. This can happen again, if the regime thinks and involves others instead of throwing in the towel after the first punch.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Kitty businessman slapped with fraud charges

first_imgA Kitty, Georgetown businessman was slapped with three counts of fraudulent conversion on Wednesday and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Nyron Maraj denied the charges which alleged that on August 15, 2016, he was entrusted with 0,000 by the Virtual Complainant (VC), Rory Forde, to spray a Ducati superbike. However, the defendant allegedly converted the money to hisNyron Marajown use and benefit.In addition, the defendant was entrusted on a later occasion – between February 2 and February 15, 2017 – with $270,000 to purchase riding gear, which he again converted to his own use.The third charge read that Maraj fraudulently converted to his own use and benefit, some $7,086,450 which was entrusted to him on February 6, 2017, by the VC, for the purpose of purchasing one Toyota Tacoma truck.The prosecution’s case contends that the defendant is a body shop owner who residing in De Abreu Street, Newtown, Kitty. The court was told that the parties are known to each other for a number of years, and the VC had unsuccessfully attempted to contact the defendant via telephone after entrusting him with the cash. As such, a Police report was made.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones stated the prosecution’s file is incomplete as there are a few documents outstanding. Following a bail application by defence Attorney Everton Singh Lammy, Maraj was release on $100,000 bail. The case will continue on March 15.last_img read more

Superb pictures from 2016 that Manchester City fans will love

first_imgIt’s been a year of much change for Manchester City.Manuel Pellegrini signed off with the League Cup in his final season, before Pep Guardiola, the club’s new manager, swapped the Allianz Arena for the Etihad.So talkSPORT has taken a look back at City’s year, in pictures.Scroll through the gallery above to check out a selection of superb snaps from Manchester City’s 2016. 7 Pep Guardiola is officially unveiled as the manager of Manchester City in July, five months after it was confirmed he would take over from Manuel Pellegrini Kevin De Bruyne scores the winning goal in the second-leg of City’s Champions League quarter-final with Paris Saint-Germain, booking his side’s place in their first ever semi-final in the competition 7 John Stones, the most in-demand centre back of the past two seasons, make his debut for new club City in August 7 Manchester City fans bid farewell to Manuel Pellegrini in the Chilean’s final home game in charge, a 2-2 draw with Arsenal in May 7 7 Yaya Toure returns from exile to score a brace in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in November 7 Manchester City stun Barcelona at the Etihad, beating Pep Guardiola’s former side 3-1 in November to avenge the 4-0 defeat to the La Liga giants in October 7 Manchester City lift the League Cup in February after beating Liverpool on penalties in the final at Wembley Stadium last_img read more

The Liverpool-linked wonderkid predicted to be world class: Reds target assessed

first_img Could Ryan Sessegnon be on his way to Liverpool? 1 Football statistics experts WhoScored.com take a look at the Liverpool target who has the potential to be ‘one of the top left-backs in the world’The new manager bounce theory was certainly put to the test on Monday night as Leicester, fresh from the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, romped to a 3-1 win over Liverpool with Craig Shakespeare at the helm. It was a damaging loss for Liverpool, who have now won just two of their 12 competitive games in 2017.After showing so much promise in the earlier months of the season, the Reds’ campaign looks to be crashing down, with defensive errors routinely setting them back.For manager Jurgen Klopp, the transfer window can’t come soon enough as he aims to rectify Liverpool’s issues at the back. While they can do with strengthening at the heart of the defence yet again, a new left-back is also essential, even if James Milner has impressed in the role.As a midfielder by trade, the Reds could use a specialist in the position in order to improve their defensive fortunes.As has been rumoured, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon could be in line to move to Merseyside following a strong run of form this term, as his WhoScored.com rating of 6.96 from ten league starts suggests.Now Sessegnon, at only 16 years of age, would unlikely come in as a first team regular. He is yet to sign professional terms with the Cottagers, which is impossible until he turns 17 in May, but even with a deal in place it is unlikely to do little but allow the West Londoners to command a fee for the left-back.“He is only 16 years old, but 100% this player is going to be at the highest level soon,” Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic said in January. Teammate Stefan Johansen added: “It’s 99% certain he will be one of the top left-backs in the world.”There is ample pressure on the player to realise his potential, but he’s showing that he is more than capable of growing to fulfil Johansen’s prediction and ecome one of the best left-backs in the game.Many have likened Sessegnon to Gareth Bale at the same age as he breaks forward with aplomb to help stretch opponents. Indeed, 14 successful dribbles is the joint fourth best of all teenagers in the Championship this season. What’s more, he is joint-third for key passes (11) for teenagers in England’s second tier, able to carry possession forward well and provide for his teammates this term.His goal against Cardiff back in August saw him become the Championship’s youngest ever goalscorer, that coming four days after his first appearance in the league. 47.2 passes per 90 is also one of the better returns of teenagers to make five or more appearances in the Championship this season and reinforces a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘passing’.Considering Klopp demands his full-backs provide the attacking width from deep, Sessegnon’s offensive output would be a boost for the side, while his tidiness on the ball would benefit a Liverpool outfit that is averaging the second most possession (58.6%) in the Premier League this season.The youngster’s defensive performances have also drawn adulation, and while 21 tackles from 15 league appearances isn’t an outstanding return for the defender, that he has been dribbled past just eight times this season is notable. Considering full-backs are more prone to facing tricky wingers, widemen struggle when up against Sessegnon, which has seen his list of admirers grow.The likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City are also rumoured to be keeping tabs on Sessegnon, but Liverpool are thought to be leading the race to secure the defender’s services. While it is unlikely he would be rushed into first team action at Anfield, he’s very much one for the future and could well be the Reds’ first choice left-back for years to come should they beat off the chasing pack to secure the 16-year-old’s signature.For more stats on Ryan Sessegnon, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

Gordon Reid wins first ever Wimbledon wheelchair men’s singles title

first_imgGreat Britain’s Gordon Reid landed his second Wimbledon title of the weekend with a brilliant victory in the tournament’s first wheelchair singles event.The 24-year-old from Glasgow beat Sweden’s Stefan Olsson 6-1 6-4 to the delight of a large crowd on Court 17.Nerves looked to affect him when Reid double-faulted on his first match point, but on the second Olsson sliced a backhand into the net and the home crowd roared its delight, chanting “Reid-o, Reid-o”.Reid and Alfie Hewett took the men’s wheelchair doubles title on Saturday, and Sunday was shaping up to be a big day for British tennis with Andy Murray, Heather Watson and women’s wheelchair doubles star Jordanne Whiley also heading into finals. After raising the winner’s trophy for his victory – which earns him a £25,000 paycheck – Reid told the BBC his second victory was an “incredible” feeling.He said: “To have an opportunity to play singles here is something I have dreamed of for a long time.“It’s amazing, and to come here and win it in front of the people I love and all my friends and family and coaching team and so much support is unbelievable. I am never going to forget this moment.”last_img read more

Boost for intra-African, BRICS trade

first_img28 February 2013South African companies, including foreign companies based in South Africa, stand to benefit from relaxed cross-border financial regulations and tax requirements, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in Cape Town on Wednesday.Delivering his 2013 National Budget speech in Parliament, Gordhan said that outward investment reforms that applied as part of a new set of “gateway to Africa” reforms would also apply to companies seeking to invest in countries outside of Africa, including in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countriesBoost for cross-border tradeThese reforms include the relaxation of cross-border financial regulations and tax requirements on companies in South Africa, as well as reforms making it easier for banks and other financial institutions in South Africa to invest and operate in other countries.Brand South Africa welcomed these moves as being in line with South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), which acknowledges the global shift of economic power from West to East, while also highlighting the rise of Africa.“This is an important step to enabling trade and supporting regional integration,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said in a statement following Wednesday’s Budget speech.Gordhan said Africa now accounts for 18 percent of South Africa’s exports, including nearly a quarter of its manufactured exports, and that the SA Reserve Bank had approved over 1 000 large investments into 36 African countries over the last five years.Southern Africa development projectsSouth Africa is also helping to fund several development projects in the wider southern African region, with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) accelerating investment into neighbouring countries, particularly in the field of electricity generation and transmission and road transport.Added to this, South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) last year funded 41 projects in 17 countries to the tune of R6.2-billion. Most of these projects were in industrial infrastructure, agro-processing and tourism.State company Eskom was also now considering investing in several regional generation and transmission projects outside South Africa.Gordhan said there was a proposal to pool the foreign exchange reserves of the five BRICS member countries, with the idea of using this to support one another in times of balance of payments or currency crisis. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa collectively hold reserves of US$4.5-trillion.He said work was under way to create a trade and development insurance risk pool, with the aim of setting up a sustainable and alternative insurance and reinsurance network for BRICS members.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Talk to me: United adds voice recognition check-in service

first_imgUnited Airlines has teamed with Amazon to offer voice check-in. Photo: YouTube. Talk may be cheap but it can be useful in dealing with flights if you own an Amazon Echo device and fly with United Airlines.United has become the first US carrier to offer a “skill” using Amazon’s Alexa voice recognition service to allow customers to check in and ask a variety of questions about flights.Passengers can ask questions about the amenities on board a flight or check on how it’s going by simply asking: “Alexa, ask United what is the status of my flight to San Francisco’’.Customers whose Mileage Plus frequent flyer accounts are connected to Alexa will be able to check in using the command: “Alexa, ask United to check me in’’.“Every day we connect nearly 400,000 customers to business meetings, loved ones and new adventures,” said Praveen Sharma, vice president of digital products and analytics at United.  “Introducing the new skill to check in and receive flight information with Alexa is an innovation that gives our customers extra time to prep for a business meeting, play with their children or relax as they get ready for their upcoming flight.”United is not alone in investing in technology with airports and airlines expected to spend almost $US33 billion globally on IT this year.A report released this week by l technology firm SITA found the top agendas for both airlines and airports were investments in cyber security and cloud services.This included investments in passenger self-service and the use of mobile devices.The SITA  IT Trends Insights 2017 report found airlines were sharply focused on mobile services, with 73 per cent currently providing check-in by mobile devices, 70 per cent providing boarding and 68 percent status notifications.This was expected to top 97 per cent by 2020.A key growth area was real-time flight updates over social media, something currently done by less than a third of airlines but forecast to be adopted by more than 90 per cent in the next three years.The search is also on for a killer app: 94 per cent of airlines rated streamlining services into a single app as a priority, with more than half saying it was a “high priority”.“Mobile app capabilities and usability are developing quickly and an increasing number of airlines plan to use mobile as a customer service tool, including at times of disruption,’’ the report said.Self-service was a buzzword with airports, with almost 90 per cent planning to invest in self-service check-in, bag drop and boarding facilities.Read: Dubai Airport to introduce new facial recognition technology.“Airports operators have a keen focus on improving the journey through the terminal and are looking to new technologies such as the Internet of Things, beacons and sensors, to support their goals,’’ the report said.  “SITA’s insights show that 80 per cent are investing, or planning to invest, in these technologies over the next three years.”last_img read more

Training Your Brain to Increase Productivity

first_imgTags:#start#tips The hot movie at theaters right now is the mind-melting thriller Inception in which thieves steal ideas by entering people’s subconscious by way of their dreams. The thing about our subconscious is that it is at work even when we are awake and it can affect the nature and focus of our thoughts. For startups, maintaining focus on the most important goals of your company is imperative to success, and Y Combinator founder Paul Graham says he has learned to train his brain to do just that.Graham is an excellent source of valuable information for startups, partly from the essays he posts to his personal website. In the first half of 2010 Graham wrote just one essay, but thankfully has returned to the full swing of writing with three essays in July so far.“I’m always delighted to find I’ve forgotten the details of disputes, because that means I hadn’t been thinking about them.”– Paul GrahamOne of his essays from this month, “The Top Idea in Your Mind,” details his theory that the brain will think about whatever it wants to. Our “top idea,” he says, is whatever our brain reverts to pondering when we aren’t really thinking about anything – or what we think of in the shower, for example.“This idea will thus tend to get all the benefit of that type of thinking, while others are starved of it,” writes Graham. “Which means it’s a disaster to let the wrong idea become the top one in your mind.”For startups and young entrepreneurs, the top idea should be concepts like “How do I raise more money?” or “How do we better engage our customer base?”. Unfortunately, the life of a startup isn’t always smooth sailing, and hiccups can get in the way of valuable thinking time. Graham says he has trained his mind to avoid wasting thoughts on negative or inconsequential things. One of the things he avoids thinking about are disputes – something he believes most people allow to overcrowd their thoughts and stifle productivity.“I’ve found I can to some extent avoid thinking about nasty things people have done to me by telling myself: this doesn’t deserve space in my head,” he says. “I’m always delighted to find I’ve forgotten the details of disputes, because that means I hadn’t been thinking about them.”If theres one thing startups should take away from Graham’s essay it’s that distractions can be devastating to a company’s productivity. By avoiding situations that could potentially preoccupy the brain’s “top idea” spot, startups and young entrepreneurs can remain focused on the most important goals of their companies. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts chris cameronlast_img read more