Nietes wants either Gonzalez or Sor Rungvisai next

first_imgAFP PHOTOSDonnie Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino champion, isn’t the type of fighter who settles for a second-rate opponent.Nietes, who retained his IBF flyweight title after stopping Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco in the seventh round Sunday in the US, wants either former four-division champion Roman Gonzalez or WBC super flyweight titleholder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai next.ADVERTISEMENT “There has been talk of me fighting ‘Chocolatito’ (Gonzalez) next. That’s a fight I want. I’d also like to fight [Sor Rungvisai],” Nietes said in an interview with after improving to 41-1-4, 23 KOs.Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs), who was widely considered as the top pound-for-pound fighter until he lost to Sor Rungvisai in March of last year by majority decision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe two fought again six months later and this time, the Thai champion didn’t leave anything to chance by knocking out the hard-hitting Nicaraguan in the fourth round.Sor Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40 KOs) also kept his belt on Sunday after edging Mexican challenger Juan Francisco Estrada by majority decision in a slugfest. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Well-rested Wangs-Letran blasts JRU, ends 2-game skid Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Urgent cry for a boxing gold

first_imgLATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Picson made a loud noise after veteran internationalist Nesthy Petecio, a heavy favorite, lost by split decision to a Chinese fighter in the preliminaries. He claimed Petecio got robbed by the judges.After Petecio, four more fighters fell one after the other.To contend in Friday’s semifinals were middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial, flyweight Rogen Ladon and light flyweight Carlo Paalam.The boxing team returned from the 2014 Incheon Asiad without a single gold medal. Before that, Rey Saludar won a gold medal in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.Roberto Jalnaiz won the lone gold for the Philippine contingent in the 1990 Beijing Asiad.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 All final bouts will be held Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tigresses, Lady Maroons eye finals slots Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No Filipino boxer who has no chance whatsoever of winning would be sent to the 2018 Asian Games.This was stressed by Ed Picson, executive director of the Abap (Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines) prior to their journey to Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Picson, also the spokesperson of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) traveled to Jakarta with eight boxers, 7 males, 1 female.Picson had to explain when asked why there had been zero publicity on his boxers during their training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The boxing team has perennially been looked upon to deliver for the National contingent in both the Olympics and the Asian Games.After a relatively quiet start in Indonesia, only three male boxers were left to contend for medals. But the most delightful performance by the national boxers was scored by three simonpures—Elias Recaido, Reynaldo Garrido, and Mansueto Velasco—who captured three gold medals in a sterling performance in the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima.Velasco went on to bag a silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.There’s keen interest in the national boxing team, as a great performance could eventually lead to a slot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.In the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the late Anthony Villanueva finished with a silver medal.Of the three Filipino boxers who would figure out in the semifinals in Jakarta, middleweight Marcial, two-time Southeast Games champion, was favored to move on to the finals. He stopped an unbeaten pro boxer from Macau in the preliminaries.He was to face an acid test against tough Israil Madrimov of Uzbekistan, while light fly Paalam was to face an Indian foe named Amit.Ladon, who saw action as the lone Filipino qualifier in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, was pitted against Thailand’s national champion Tongdee Yuttapong.Meanwhile, Picson said he’s hoping the battle-tested Filipino trio would succeed in moving onto the gold-medal round.Ladon, lone Filipino hope bombed out in his first bout in the Rio de Janeiro, but was expected to do better in Jakarta.“I have trust and confidence they can all do it,” Picson declared on the eve of the boxing semifinals.last_img read more

The President’s Welcome Pardon of Ugandan Convict

first_imgAmong the 50 prison inmates pardoned this Christmas by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the most touching and most welcome was the Ugandan young woman who had been convicted two years ago of drug trafficking.When Shira Nalwadda arrived here in November 2013, she was arrested at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) after security officers found a consignment of narcotics in her luggage. She was later taken to Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, where in April the following year she was convicted of trafficking 1.2kg of cocaine valued at US$30,000 and remanded back to prison. She has been there for over two years until she was pardoned by the President last week, along with 49 other convicts.Her lawyers tried to get her released and deported to Uganda, but they claimed that the government said it had no money for her transportation back home. The lawyers were especially concerned that Shira had a serious diet problem—she is not used to eating rice, rather matoky (pronounced ma-to-kay), a special variety of bananas which is the staple food of the Baganda, Uganda’s largest ethnic group. Afraid that the young women might starve to death, the lawyers tried in vain to get the government to send her back home. That is when the Daily Observer got involved and on several occasions editorially appealed to GOL to find the money and send Shira home. Such action was in the domain of the Executive Branch of government, notably the Ministry of Justice, but we could get no one even to comment on the matter. Shira was transferred to a prison in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, where she remained until her pardon last week.Upon her release, she tearfully told reporters that her experience in jail was “total hell.” She further divulged that she had been “set up” by someone who had asked her to bring the bag containing the cocaine to Liberia. “I will never trust anyone again,” Shira told reporters. The question is how was it possible for her to receive a piece of luggage from another person to bring along with her on the plane all the way from Uganda? In all airports around the world there are effective announcements loudly broadcast on the public address system, in every part of the airport, warning passengers NOT to accept anything from anyone to carry on the plane. Airport personnel, especially security personnel, are also trained and ordered to ask each passenger SPECIFICALLY, “Did you pack your bags yourself?” Also, “Have your bags been in your possession at all times during your travel?”There is also another critically important announcement: “Please keep your carry-on luggage with you at all times. Any luggage found lying around in the absence of the owner will be damaged or destroyed.” Surely this 26 year-old woman was old enough to hear, heed and obey all such announcements. So did she willingly disobey them? Why?The final question, an answer to which seemed never forthcoming from her testimony was: What was the purpose of her trip to Liberia? On what mission had she come and who was her host in Liberia; or who was the person that invited her here? The absence of an answer to this particular question left her totally vulnerable, dangerously exposed and criminally liable.We are taking pains to undertake this analysis not simply to revisit, in a sinister (spine-chilling, evil) manner, a crime that has already been pardoned by the Liberian Chief Executive. Our aim here is to serve a rational, emphatic public warning to all travelers, especially our own Liberian people, to beware, whenever they travel, by air, land or sea, of the evil machinations of people who would choose to take chances by using you as though in the interest of doing them a normal favor. Do everything possible, including following ALL the rules and the warnings, in order to be on the right side of the law—why? To keep out of trouble and to enjoy and take the fullest advantage of the opportunity to travel.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guerrero scores twice on Peru return after doping ban

first_imgThe Swiss federal tribunal, Guerrero’s last legal recourse, overturned a ruling by the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that saw him suspended for 14 months.As well as allowing Guerrero to participate in the June 14-July 15 showpiece, it has also given the player hope of seeing his ban reduced or annulled as it ruled the CAS decision “unjustified”.Guerrero has played just a handful of matches for his Brazilian club Flamengo since he was initially banned on November 3, a ruling that forced him out of Peru’s two-legged World Cup play-off with New Zealand.But the former Bayern Munich star displayed no obvious signs of rust against Saudi Arabia in St Gallen, Switzerland, as his two goals sealed a convincing win after Andre Carrillo had fired the South Americans ahead on 21 minutes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paolo Guerrero’s availability at the World Cup is a huge boost for Peru © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Jun 3 – Paolo Guerrero scored twice in a 3-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia to cap an emotional week for the Peru captain who was cleared to play at the World Cup after his long legal battle against a 14-month drugs suspension.The 34-year-old striker won a last-ditch legal appeal on Thursday to appear at the tournament in Russia despite being banned after testing positive for traces of cocaine following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October.last_img read more

Leeds close in on loan deal for Premier League man

first_img Will Buckley [right] in action for Sunderland 1 Leeds United are on the verge of landing Will Buckley on loan from Sunderland.The former Brighton and Watford winger has not featured for the Black Cats this season and is not in Dick Advocaat’s plans.Now he is hoping to kickstart his career back in the Championship with Leeds after they made their move.Buckley is expected to join up with Uwe Rosler’s squad this week but will not complete his switch until next week, to ensure his 93-day emergency loan deal runs until January.last_img read more


first_imgA very busy week for the Motiv8 LK team commenced with the usual bootcamp and cycling training schedule.On Wednesday evening contestants were given a real feel for the third aspect of the Gaelforce Triathlon as they undertake a crash course in the basics of kayaking on Gartan lake. Despite some initial trepidation (and the occasional rollover!) a very successful outing was had by all with Letterkenny Chamber President John Watson stating ‘It’s a pity the Olympics are so soon, with a bit more time I think I good grab at least a silver in this event’!Fundraising for Motiv8 LK’s assigned charity Donegal Action for Cancer Care also intensified with a bucket collection around Letterkenny coupled with a car wash at Mountain Top on Saturday last.Volunteers were once again joined by members of Downtown United FC and despite the weather, spirits weren’t dampened, with the public once again supporting generously.DACC spokesperson Betty Holmes was once again thrilled with the day, stating that ‘for us it was great to know that many people were aware of the work of Donegal Action for Cancer Care and in addition wanted us to keep up our good work. We are a voluntary group and convinced that what we are doing can make a difference. Thank you Motiv8 LK and the contestants in the challenge for supporting DACC.’With less than two weeks to the Gaelforce Competition all nine contestants are primed for action and have really made incredible strides since training began on May 1st.Motiv8 LK would like to thank all volunteers who helped out with fundraising duties on Saturday and the public who once again supported generously. An additional word of thanks to Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Kellys Mountain Top Centra and Club Voodoo who have also assisted greatly.Additional information on Motiv8 LK can be seen on or KAYAKS, BUCKET COLLECTIONS AND CAR WASHES – ALL IN A WEEK FOR MOVTIV8 LK! was last modified: June 12th, 2012 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)last_img read more


first_imgA 16-year-old Donegal soccer player has been banned for TWO YEARS after head-butting a referee during a U16 cup semi-final clash.The incident took place during a Letterkenny District League Schoolboys cup clash between Dunfanaghy Youths and Gweedore United.The Dunfanaghy player head-butted referee Keith Ferry in the 77th minute of the clash. The TWO-YEAR ban also prohibits the player from entering a stadium that is affiliated to the FAI as part of his lengthy suspension.Donegal League secretary Terry Leyden feels that it’s imperative referees are given maximum respect by players.He told The Donegal News, “I always say that referees should be respected.“Referees need protection and we will give it to them. “It goes back to clubs and to team managers to instil discipline into their team and make sure that the game is played in the right vein.”DONEGAL U16 SOCCER PLAYER BANNED FOR TWO YEARS AFTER HEADBUTTING REFEREE was last modified: May 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:banneddonegalnewsSportTwo YearsU16last_img read more

Colorado Rallies Past Drake Men’s Basketball

first_img Full Schedule Roster Texas State 11/17/2018 – 2 p.m. Box Score (HTML) Story Links Next Game:center_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Box Score (PDF) 2The Drake University men’s basketball team suffered a 100-71 loss to Colorado in the Bulldogs’ first road game of the season Tuesday, Nov. 13, evening at the CU Events Center.The Buffaloes assembled a 27-5 run that spanned two four-minute periods that bookended halftime to pull away for the win in their season opener.”I thought early in the game, I liked where we were at,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “It felt like the end of the first half and beginning of the second half got away from us. I told the guys ‘this doesn’t define us.’ It’s a night that got away from us. We need to look at the tape and see the areas we need to improve, but we’ll continue to get better and this group will respond.”Colorado’s victory was keyed by 25 points from Namon Wright while the Buffaloes defense limited Drake to 38.7 percent shooting while the CU offense converted at a 58.9 percent clip.Nick Norton led Drake (1-1) in scoring with 18 points and four assists while D.J. Wilkins added 16 points, 11 of them in the first half. Wilkins buried a pair of early three-pointers from the wings to put Drake up, 6-5, in the first four minutes of the contest. The Bulldogs made four of their first eight three-point attempts to keep pace with the Buffaloes until CU went on a quick 12-0 run in less than two minutes to take a 27-19 lead with less than eight minutes left in the opening half. Facing their first bit of adversity of the season, the Bulldogs responded with a 13-2 spurt of their own that included three three-pointers to take a 32-30 lead with less than four minutes left in the half. However, Colorado outscored Drake, 15-2, to close the half as the flow and pace of the game ground to a halt. Wilkins scored 11 of his points in the first while Norton added nine.Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, intermission did not slow the Buffaloes stampede as they opened the second half on a 12-3 run to extend their halftime advantage. The Bulldogs were held without a field goal until Noah Thomas converted on a floating layup with 15:26 remaining in the contest.Colorado continued to add onto its lead as the Bulldog rotation started to be hamstrung by foul troubles in the second half to prevail with the 100-71 win.”We got into some foul trouble, we had to manage it a little bit,” DeVries said. “But our movement got stagnant and you can’t let a team shoot 60 percent and outrebound you by 15 and expect to win.”Drake returns to Des Moines Saturday, Nov. 17, to host Texas State for a 2 p.m. tipoff. Saturday’s contest will also be ‘Community Day’ at the Knapp Center with $1 advance general admission tickets available by using the promo code DOLLAR at Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgTHE RnaG Donegal Senior Championship quarter-finals will go ahead as originally planned in mid-September, the Donegal County Board has announced.The fixtures had been the subject of some confusion following the county’s team’s exit from the All-Ireland series, with next weekend among the dates put forward.Last night however the County Board fixtures committee – the Competitions Controls Committee – has reverted back to the weekend of September 14 and 15. Kilcar will take on Glenswilly, defending champions St Eunan’s play Malin while Sean MacCumhaills will take on Killybegs and Gaoth Dobhair will play Ardara.The intermediate semi-finals will take place on August 31 and September 1.Saturday September 14thSt. Eunan’s V Malin – Venue – The Scarvey Buncrana (6.30pm) MacCumhaills v Killybegs – Venue – Tir Chonaill Park, Donegal Town (6.30pm)Sunday September 15th,Kilcar v Glenswilly – Venue – MacCumhaill Park (3.00pm)Ardara v Gaoth Dobhair – Venue – O’Donnell Park (6.30pm) GAA NEWS: SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINALS NOW IN MID-SEPTEMBER was last modified: August 13th, 2013 by John2Share 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:GAA NEWS: SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINALS NOW IN MID-SEPTEMBERlast_img read more

Africa’s Great Green Wall to stop the spreading Sahara

first_img13 May 2016Imagine an immense forest spun out along one of the world’s greatest deserts as a coast-to-coast barricade to the spread of the sands. This is the vision of the Great Green Wall of Africa, now a step closer after a recent AU conference.The plan is to create a living barrier of trees and plants, 14 kilometres wide and running for 7 000 kilometres along the southern border of the Sahara’s Sahel desert. It would pass through 11 countries, beginning at Senegal on the west coast and ending in Djibouti in the east.The historic first conference on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) was held in the Senegalese capital of Dakar from 2 to 7 May 2016, as all role-players came together to find ways to make the vision a reality.The Great Green Wall will stretch from one coastline on the west of Africa all to the way to the east, covering 7 000 kilometres. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube, TerrAfrica)The aim is to push back at land degradation and desertification in the Sahel and Sahara. Increased vegetation will also boost food security and help local communities to adapt to climate change, according to the GGWSSI.These videos explain the project:The conference follows the recent Global Climate Summit in Paris, where leaders and partners pledged $4-billion (about R60-billion) to the Great Green Wall over the next five years.Naoko Ishii, Head of #GlobalEnvironmentFacility watching our VR film ‘Growing a World Wonder’ at #COP21— Great Green Wall (@GreenWallAfrica) January 11, 2016Watch Time Magazine’s coverage:“The Great Green Wall Initiative generates a great operational platform for responding to the development conundrum of African dry lands,” said Jamal Saghir, an advisor on Africa at the World Bank.The bank is increasing support for African initiatives to build resilience against climate change, he said.ProgressThe AU started this pan-African project in 2007.“A decade after the initiative started, today the Great Green Wall stands as one of the most innovative and daring endeavours in human history, a real world wonder,” said Dr Janet Edeme, an AU agricultural expert. Since 2007, significant strides have been made. Senegal has planted more than 11-million trees, Nigeria has created 20 000 jobs in rural areas and Ethiopia has restored 15-million hectares of degraded land.The many potential benefits of the Great Green Wall include increasing food security, creating jobs and improving farmlands. (Image: Design Week, UK, Venture Three)The conference“With increased challenges of climate change, the need for appropriate risk management strategies should be emphasised,” said Bukar Tijani, Africa representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation.“Youth employment and inclusive growth, including women empowerment, are critical, particularly in light of urbanisation and migration and the dividend that can accrue to Africa from its growing youthful population.”At the conference, partners refined a roadmap to implement the Paris pledges to boost livelihood opportunities for local communities and establish greater resilience against climate change. At the end of the first day, ministers affirmed their commitment to implementation in the Dakar Declaration.The Great Green Wall is a collaboration between the AU and international partners such as the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel, the EU, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the UN’s FAO, the Global Environment Facility, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Sahara and Sahel Observatory, and the World reporterlast_img read more