ONE: Kingad remains unbeaten, nabs 5th win

first_imgAiman halted Kingad’s offense in the second round with a reverse triangle choke, but the Baguio native still found a way to pummel his opponent with his elbows late.Kingad would then survive a triangle choke in the final two minutes in round three before finishing the bout with another round of strikes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnKingad kept his immaculate record intact at 5-0, while Aiman (2-2) saw his two-fight win streak snapped.Stefer Rahardian takes control of Eugene Toquero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStefer Rahardian also took control of Eugene Toquero to emerge victorious via unanimous decision in their flyweight bout. MOST READ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Danny Kingad dominates Muhammad Aiman. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDanny Kingad kept Team Lakay’s record in ONE: Kings of Destiny unscathed as he beat Muhammad Aiman via unanimous decision Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Bucking an inadvertent low blow early in the bout, the 21-year-old controlled the first round with his ground game, nailing his Malaysian foe with strikes.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Toquero survived Rahardian’s rear-naked choke attempts in the first two rounds and even had the chance to lock in the guillotine on the Indonesian late in the second round before the bell rung.But the fighter out of Bali MMA was too much for the Filipino fighter, taking him down numerous times in the final round to win in the judges’ scorecards despite Toquero’s late flurry of strikes.Rahardian (6-0) remained unscathed in his MMA career, while Toquero (8-5) dropped to his third straight loss.Xie Bin submits Chan Rothana. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChinese bantamweight Xie Bin made Chan Rothana tap out to a D’arce choke with 1:46 in the second round.The 19-year-old took the Cambodian to the ground early but had to wiggle out of a guillotine choke late in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Xie (3-2) made sure he won’t make the same mistake again, choking Rothana (4-3) out early in the second round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Keys to Victory: UST-La Salle Final 4 match-up Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentslast_img read more

The Struggle for Liberty – FITUG

first_imgThe Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) joins easily with all Guyanese in the observance and, indeed, celebration of Emancipation 2017.We are well aware of our colonial history which this occasion reminds us of. We recall that the British colonial plantocracy did everything in its guile and power to keep African slaves in plantation bondage even after the British Parliament passed the Emancipation Act in August of 1833. The enslaved had to wait until August, 1834 – one full year later – to enjoy liberty. But with stiff conditions. They had to register as “apprentices” to work for limited payment on the same pre-1834 plantations. This apprenticeship was intended to last for four (4) to six (6) years. FITUG highlights the foregoing to illustrate that freedom was not easily granted. Hundreds of slaves had died in the 1823 East Coast Uprising – just eleven (11) years before 1834. Slaves on the Essequibo Coast saw their leader, Damon, executed for thinking that complete emancipation had been granted. To add salt to the wounds of the forced population, the Planters were awarded thousands of pounds as “compensation” for the loss of their African labour. The slaves received nothing for their years of slave service. But the Spirit of Man – however severely tested – is resilient and given to liberty. The African forefathers utilised savings from the Apprenticeship service to buy lands and began anew their lives under the new conditions. Since then their descendants have made admirable strides in the various fields of human endeavour. They have become an important part of Guyana’s demography. However, 179 years after 1838’s “full freedom” Guyana is still beset by modern day problems. Today, we see a new struggle being engaged in by Guyanese of various persuasions. The rising cost of living affects FITUG’s working-class members; crime is dramatic, dangerous and they are literally daily occurrences. The government itself does not seem inclined to negotiate a living wage for its own employees, even as the private sector – whether in commerce, mining, manufacturing or agriculture – lays out the restraints hampering production. At this time, even as we celebrate our Emancipation Day and the positive striges made, FITUG urges workers to unite in solidarity against any burgeoning repression. We must take inspiration from the African pioneers of post-1838, in the pursuit of economic and social justice for all.Let not the forefathers’ struggles be in vain. A reflective and happy Emancipation Day 2017 to all Guyanese.last_img read more

“I’m a fisherman since I was 9 years old”

first_img…“Braff” tells his story of hard work, determination and successBy Lakhram BhagiratOne thing that is guaranteed in life is the fact that at some point, there is going to be struggles, but how we deal with those struggles is what truly defines us as individuals. The struggles we encounter should not be what defines us, rather we should use those struggles to achieve our end goals.On the paved road, there is always going to be bumps but when we fall, we should get back up, dust off and continue. For 47 years, Rambarran “Braff” Persaud has been constantly dusting himself off and has no plans of going down without a battle.Persaud’s story is one that resonates with many Guyanese, mostly in the poverty-stricken areas, since they know the battle to survive every day. When life handed him the short end of the stick, Persaud knew he needed to forge ahead in order to “become something”.Born in deep poverty to a family that depended on the water for their living, from an early age Persaud knew the value of hard work. He knew that life would be different from that of many others. As a child, he had no idea what the inside of a school looked like but he knew the ins and outs of being a fisherman.“Me father didn’t have a choice but to carry we. He never try to put we somewhere else but he always say that we must treat the workers nice because fisher wuk nah easy,” he said.At the tender age of 9, when most people are busy playing with their friends and going to school, Persaud would get up early and go with his father onto the Atlantic Ocean as he sought to learn the workings of becoming a fisherman. After his father felt that he had accumulated enough knowledge, Persaud was given his own boat along with his brother and they would go out on their own.At that time, the Unity, Mahaica native would just go close to shore and fish with his brother. They would bring in their catch and prepare for the next day.“We used to go out on the beach corner. Abay never go to school. Long time the wuk nah been hard because you used to get plenty fish and you used to get the money. Now it [the work] is better but the fish get hard. It [the fish] is not so plenty and there is plenty boat and you nah get the price fuh the fish,” he said.From his childhood days at sea, Persaud remembers that there were times when the rain would soak them, the sun would bake them, and their boat would go down in the water but they braved it all. He said back then he was never afforded the opportunity to own or be given a cloak to shelter from the rain or sun, rather he would use cloth seine as protection and wrap up in it.The hardships, according to him, have shaped him and drives him to achieve a better standard of living. Working at an early age and being forced to grow up meant that Persaud’s life was fast-tracked. In 1988, he met and eloped with Anita Jairam. Their life of struggling entered a new dimension but for him, the support system was there and ever present.Out of their union came seven children and as his family grew, Persaud knew that life needed to be different for his four daughters and three sons. He knew that the opportunities that he failed to get needed to be presented to his children. Education needed to play an integral role in their development.He began to tread a different path and ensured that at no time would he take his children out of school to join the family fishing business. While he would take care of the home and send his children to school, his wife stood by his side and they persevered. They saved whatever they could, whenever they could and about five years ago, it all became worth it.After years of working for one of his sisters who owns a boat, Persaud was able to acquire his own.“Lil bit, lil bit we save up and first me buy me engine and then some seine and then me buy me boat. Life is nice now. Me nah regret because me wuk and get me own boat and thing. Before then, me used to wuk meh sister boat.”Over the years that he has been a fisherman, Persaud said that he has never had any major incident or been attacked while on the water. He lamented that piracy is mostly a concern for persons in Region Six but added that they are also aware and always alerted.“Don’t start going to sea young because it hard.Long time you nah even get a cloak or a piece ah plastic and you got to be in the rain and rain and sun ah beat you. Me father always tell me that you must treat yuh workers nice because fisher wuk nah easy so nah invest yuh money in something you nah know nothing about,” he advised.With two sons still in school, Persaud continues to push to further improve their lives.He said that he is sure that the fishing industry is not for his children since he once took his older son out to sea but seasickness got the best of him and he never went back.Whenever he is not out in the ocean, you can find Persaud and his workers at the Mahaicony Stelling repairing their seines before they prepare to go back out.last_img read more

What rivalry?

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Abandonment issues MOST READ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna “We have so much respect for Lyceum that we could not afford to relax,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, seeking a fourth consecutive championship title for the Lions. “It feels great to be back in the finals.”With an unblemished record, San Beda will advance to the finals outright where the Lions await the survivor of the stepladder semifinals beginning next week with No. 3 seed Letran facing either San Sebastian or Mapua in a sudden-death encounter.The winner in that semifinal confrontation faces the Pirates, who wound up as the No. 2 squad with their 13-5 record. The two squads will then duel for the right to face the Lions.Losing the 6-foot-7 Nzeusseu stung mightily for Lyceum, the one player the Pirates could not afford to lose especially opposite the Lions.Nzeusseu, who hurt his foot against the San Sebastian Stags, rode the bench the entire game, leaving Jaycee Marcelino, Jerwin Guinto, Reymar Caduyac and Jeffrey Santos to carry much of the offensive load.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Playing at full strength, the defending champions took all of the drama out of their well-advertised matchup with the Pirates with a runaway 85-62 victory on Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.Donald Tankoua and James Canlas were right on target from the get-go, helping the Lions in set up the carnage on their way to sweeping the 18-game challenge in the elimination round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Top MVP contender Calvin Oftana also sizzled midway in the second quarter as San Beda visibly exploited Lyceum’s doughnut-hole defense brought by the absence of brawny center Mike Nzeusseu.The Lions built a double-digit advantage there and were never really threatened the rest of the way. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Against a school it has faced twice in a championship duel, in a game where its title resolve was supposed to be tested, San Beda came out and turned its showdown with Lyceum into a showcase of superior—and untouchable—team effort.ADVERTISEMENT Tankoua frolicked inside with 26 points on 10 of 15 shooting and eight rebounds with no Nzeusseu putting a body on him in the paint.Taking it easy at the onset, the Letran Knights had to wipe out a huge deficit before brushing off the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 87-79, in the other game.Larry Muyang was too big, too strong for the Generals, delivering most of his 20 points around the rim apart from pulling down majority of his 11 boards during the latter half when the Knights finally buckled down to work.Jerrick Balanza and Bonbon Batiller likewise did not let the game slip away by taking it aggressively to the hoop and putting the Knights (12-6) in complete control middle of the final period after climbing from 19 points down.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Lancaster plan calls for retail, homes

first_imgThe EIR is one of two major documents that needs to be approved before construction can begin. The other is a specific plan, a planning guideline for how the project will be developed. Final versions of both documents are scheduled to be approved at the same time, first with the Planning Commission on July 30 and then by the City Council on Aug. 14. The earliest construction could begin is early 2008. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The environmental document looked at a development of between 1.1 million and 1.6 million square feet of retail, commercial and residential space built out over 10 years. The document also looked at 44 acres of the project being earmarked for a medical district that would eventually include a 200-bed hospital of 300,000 to 400,000 square feet and accompanying office and support space, including a 1,000-space parking structure. The project envisioned in the document includes a 150-room hotel with 40,000 square feet of conference space, 256,000 square feet of office space and a 2,500-seat theater. The residential component covered in the document calls for 105 single-family homes, 445 town houses and 120 apartments. The apartments would be built atop retail businesses. A design concept that serves as the basis for the environmental and planning documents calls for an east-west “Main Street” geared toward strolling shoppers that intersects with a north-south line of shops. The design concept includes a main central plaza for community gatherings and a secondary plaza on the eastern end. LANCASTER – The public has another opportunity next week to weigh in on the development of the Amargosa Creek shopping center/medical complex. Lancaster’s Planning Commission will take oral testimony on the draft environmental impact report at a 7 p.m. hearing Monday in council chambers, 44933 Fern Ave. Written comments on the document will be taken through July 2. “This is an important one to the city,” said Brian Ludicke, Lancaster’s director of community development. “We want to make sure people are aware of the proceedings.” The project covers 152 acres bordered by avenues K-8 and L and by Fifth and 10th streets west. last_img read more

HAMMER ATTACK LEAVES WOMAN TERRIFIED IN HER HOME

first_imgA woman was left terrified when a man attacked her home with a hammer in Letterkenny.House was attacked with hammer.The incident happened in the Manor View area of Long Lane at the weekend.The man, believed to be an Irish national, called to the house demanding to speak to a Polish man. The man had been banging on a number of doors in the area looking for a named man.When a woman answered the door, she was met by an angry man waving a hammer.The man lashed out and broke a window with the hammer.The woman explained that the man had the wrong house and he left. It is believed the man then got a taxi back down the town.Gardai were called to the scene and interview a number of frightened tenants.They are keen to speak to any taxi-driver who may have given the man a lift.The attack happened between midnight and 1am in the early hours of Sunday morning. HAMMER ATTACK LEAVES WOMAN TERRIFIED IN HER HOME was last modified: September 16th, 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:attackGardaiLonglaneManor Viewlast_img read more

Strachan names largely unchanged squad for double header

first_imgSlovakia sit one point ahead of Strachan’s side while Slovenia are equal on points but ahead on goal difference.GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwards Gordon Strachan has named a largely unchanged squad for Scotland’s crunch World Cup qualifying double header next month.The national side take on Slovakia at Hampden on October 5 before closing their campaign away to Slovenia three days later. Liam Cooper is the only new face in the pool of players as he is handed his first call-up since March’s qualifying win over Slovenia.Russell Martin, Tom Cairney and Steven Naismith all miss out. Darren and Steven Fletcher, who both pulled out of the last squad, return to the setup. Strachan has continued to overlook Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor despite his run of form under Brendan Rodgers this season.The midfielder has not been involved with Scotland since the country’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier away to Germany three years ago.Scotland sit fourth in Group F on 14 points but a place in the play-offs is still in the country’s hands.The Dark Blues take on both sides also competing for spot at Russia next summer. last_img read more

Sioux Center Downs Sheldon in Girls Basketball

first_imgSioux Center Iowa — Hope Arends hit a pair of free throws with less than a second on the clock to give Sioux Center a 52-50 home win over Sheldon in a girls basketball matchup Thursday night. At the other end with :04 seconds left Sheldon’s Raegan Freeman had hit a free throw to tie the game at 50-50.In a game that featured numerous lead changes through out Sioux Center led at the end of the first quarter 20-13. In the second quarter Sheldon’s Brooklyn Grady dropped in 12 of her 14 points to spark the Orabs to a 34-25 halftime lead. Her effort included a trio of 3-point buckets as the Orabs hit 7 threes in the first half. In the third quarter Jacie Vander Waal went off for 11 points as the Warriors regained the lead at 48-45 going into the final 8 minutes.Hope Arends and Brooklyn Grady tied for game high honors with 14 points each. Maliah Kleinhesselink added a dozen points as the Orabs had two players in double figures to match Sioux Center. Vander Waal finished the night with 11 points.With the win Sioux Center is even at 2-2 on the year and in the conference. Sheldon stands at 0-5 on the season and 0-4 in the Siouxland.It’s a quick turnaround for both teams with Sheldon hosting Sibley Ocheyedan friday night. Sioux Center will be at George Little Rock.last_img read more

Proteas ready to face Pakistan: Smith

first_img“I had major surgery five months ago and my workload over the last five days has stepped up, so I’m following the programme that is in place to make sure I can get on to the field on Monday.” JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis opened the batting to practice against the new ball, although both batsmen are more likely to face the second new ball because of their roles lower down the order. 11 October 2013 Weather conditionsWeather conditions, Smith said, also played an important role in the game. “We wanted to get used to the heat. I think we have done that,” he reckoned. SAinfo reporter and Cricket South Africa FailedIronically, Smith was the only top order batsman to fail, making two on his return to the national team after six months out of the game as a result of an ankle injury that required surgery. The Proteas travel to Abu Dhabi on Friday and will wrap up their preparations for the first test on the weekend. Proteas captain Graeme Smith declared himself satisfied with his side’s preparations on Thursday after they drew their three-day warmup match against Pakistan A in Sharjah ahead of the first test against Pakistan, starting in Abu Dhabi on Monday. He chose not to bat in the second innings, even though he hadn’t spent much time at the crease. Smith explained that it was a precautionary decision and said he is confident he will be prepared for the first test. As is the way with most tour warm-up matches, the tourists used the contest to get in some batting practice. “Bar the three days we have had here, we have had two tough training sessions and a lot of other fitness work in the heat. We are feeling a lot more settled in the heat than we were three days ago.” Addressing South Africa’s performance against Pakistan A, he said: “If you have followed the team for the last period of time you will know that warm-up games are process driven. It’s more about getting the workload under our belt rather than pushing the intensity to win games.” “It’s a management process more than anything,” he explained at a press conference after the match. South Africa goes into the three-test series having last lost a series away from home in 2006. Since that series in Sri Lanka, the Proteas have played 28 tests on foreign soil, winning 15 of them and losing only four times, with nine draws. They posted 354 for 8 declared in their first innings, to which Pakistan A replied with 311 for 6 declared. The Proteas then posted 109 for 3 in their second innings, as members of the lower order were given a chance in the middle.last_img read more

South Africa supports Nigerian tragedy families

first_imgSouth Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation has had an overwhelming response from people whose loved ones are still missing after the building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, on 12 September.“Since the appeal made for family members to send photographs of their affected loved ones to the Operations Centre at Dirco, we have received an overwhelmingly positive response and we appreciate this gesture of cooperation,” the department said in a statement on Thursday.“We have forwarded the pictures to the South African Consulate in Nigeria and the team on the ground in Lagos is making use of the pictures in the process of identifying those of our fallen compatriots, who can still be identified through the use of photographs.“We understand that some of the bodies may take a while to be positively identified due to the nature and extent of the calamity.”Dirco’s operations centre to help families affected by the tragedy can be contacted on 012 351 1000. Its newly set up operations room in Pretoria also provides consular services and advice to families, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The public can contact the department on the following numbers:012 351 0924012 351 1757012 351 1262012 351 1623Assessment team in NigeriaAccording to the South African consulate in Lagos, there were 349 South Africans visiting the church at the time of the incident. Of these, 265 were found alive.That leaves 84 unaccounted for. The number of South Africans confirmed dead, according to the South African mission in Nigeria, currently stands at 67.The mission said 10 bodies have been positively identified as South African citizens by reference to identity documents found on their bodies. The families of the deceased have been informed. Social workers are available at the Dirco operation centre and OR Tambo International Airport to provide support to these families.Once the deceased have been positively identified, the government will ensure their remains are returned home.The South African high commissioner and consul-general have been working the church’s leadership and other authorities, visiting the scene and going to hospitals and mortuaries to identify those nationals injured or killed.In Pretoria, the 24-hour operations centre is relaying information from Nigeria to families, as well as receiving information from families and sharing the information with the team on the ground in Lagos.Task teamAn inter-departmental team has been put together and the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure has also been activated to provide technical assistance and support to the victims and their families.The team is led by Jeff Radebe, the minister in the presidency, and is made up of a number of ministers of national departments. It will lead efforts to support the families and manage the impact of the tragedy.An assessment team has arrived in Lagos to evaluate the situation on the ground. This will give feedback to the government on the arrangements needed to treat or bring home the injured. It will also work with Nigerian authorities to return the dead to South Africa.“Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues that have lost their loved ones in this heart-breaking tragedy,” Dirco said.“The whole nation shares the pain of the mothers, fathers, daughters and sons, who have lost their loved ones. We are all in grief. This is a time for all of us to work together to bring comfort and support to the affected families during this difficult time.”SANews.gov.za and SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more