Three PH boxers hope to turn quarterfinal triumphs into gold medal berths

first_imgCarlo Paalam of the Philippines (in blue) fights against Taiwan’s Tu Powei (in red) in their men’s light fly (49kg) round of 16 boxing match at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYOJAKARTA—Philippine boxing started out with a whimper but shoots for a kick-ass finish on Friday when three pugs look for victories that will assure the Philippines of silver medals in the 18th Asian Games here.Carlo Paalam, Rogen Ladon and Eumir Marcial climb the Jakarta International Expo ring riding big quarterfinal wins, but Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines secretary general Ed Picson is warning his charges of complacency.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Trust the system: Volleyball stars plead for patience ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES “Of course, their foes are also talented; they’re all in the semis just like them,” Picson said. “Our boys will have to take the fight to them, not be overconfident.”Ladon takes first crack at a gold medal match berth when he slugs it out with Thailand’s Yuttapong Tongdee in the flyweight class at 2:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. in Manila) before Paalam tangles with India’s Amit at 6:15 p.m. in the light fly division.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’Marcial drew Uzbekistan’s Israil Madrimov in the middleweight bracket’s final four, slated to go off at 7:45 p.m. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Teachers’ strike, decimated sugar industry, and Guyana’s oil

first_imgDear Editor,How could we have billions of barrels of oil in 2018 and not be able to pay our teachers a living wage? The value of having the requisite quality of well-paid and motivated teachers of the highest calibre will reverberate across this nation in positive ways that will lift Guyana out of its morass.Let us, for this occasion, set aside the multiple ways that funds can be sourced from our treasury to give at least 25 percent increase to our teachers for 2018 and a 5 percent increase for each year, 2019 and 2020. Instead, let us source the needed funds from our oil resources now.What is more important to the development of a nation than the education of our youths? We hear so much of the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, English and Artisan skills, yet we show great trepidation in taking the necessary actions to ensure that we empower our teachers with the benefits to get the job done and stem the increasing trend of violence, robbery, idleness, underdevelopment of our youth, marginalisation of our youth, alarming levels of migration, poor communication skills, a subservient culture, inferiority complex, and contract subjugation.The leveraging of our oil resources for the benefit of our teachers and support of the sugar industry, among others, will have an immediate and positive impact on the economic welfare of Guyana. What folly it is to create a wealth fund while our teachers and sugar workers are thrown under the truck.We often hear of providing for future generations. I beg to differ somewhat, and state emphatically that the most important generations are those among us now. And the empowerment of current generations will benefit current and future generations.Too often our political leaders are servile, complicit, compromised, weak-kneed and spineless to the global powers that we cannot engage with Exxon’s Esso, Hess, and Nexen – mano a mano and negotiate a contract that 1: pays a realistic signing bonus exceeding US$500 million; 2: Increase the royalty to at least 10%; and 3: Have the partners of the Government of Guyana that signed on to the 2016 Production Sharing Agreement disgorge themselves of the foul pre-contract costs that are doubling every two years from US$460 million at the end of 2015 to over US$900 million in 2018.How many billions of barrels of oil must be found before we find ways to monetise the oil discoveries to fund our teachers and sugar industry now?In the midst of the Exxon’s Esso oilgreeopoly, we have the aptly named “Wood” McKenzie agent releasing a report dated August 31, 2018, noting that Guyana’s Liza complex located in the Stabroek block accounts for 15% of all conventional crude oil found globally since 2015. “Wood” clusters over several key data points, such as amount of oil in the Liza complex, acreage of the Liza complex, location of the other 85% of crude oil found since 2015; and unsurprisingly, the amount of royalty for the owner of the oil: Guyana.Wood McKenzie then gloats over the triple play for Esso, Hess, and Nexen, comprising of attractive fiscal terms, scale of resource, and oil reservoir quality.How foolish it is that we have billions of barrels of oil in our backyard and we can’t pay respectable salaries to our teachers and support our sugar industry. Are our negotiating skills so hollow and inept that we can’t use monetary value leverage, with the billions of barrels of oil, to benefit Guyanese in need now; starting with our teachers, sugar workers and nurses?More probably, the failure to leverage the billions of barrels of oil has more to do with the despicable 2016 oil contract that Guyana signed away with Exxon’s Esso and its partners for a measly 2% and other superficial benefits.With 123 billion acres of land and water on earth – 29 percent land and 71 percent water — our beloved Guyana has been blessed by Nature, Providence and Divinity to have Guyana’s Stabroek Block, comprising 0.005 percent of the earth’s surface containing billions of barrels of oil offshore.Let us have the courage to demand that the resources in our 0.005 percent offshore secures a contract that is best for Guyana’s ascendancy, and provide a livelihood commensurate with our oil wealth: for our teachers, sugar workers, nurses, pensioners, youths; and provide financial support for our industries and build infrastructure that will propel us to developed country status.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

Ex-soldier died from gunshot wounds – autopsy

first_imgThe finding of the autopsy done on the body of Marlon Rodney, the ex-soldier who was shot at the junction of Durban Street and Mandela Avenue in Georgetown during a heated argument with two men, is that he died as a result of gunshot wounds.Rodney was shot at least four times on April 25, 2019 during a heated argument over money owed to one of his assailants. During the incident, 20-year-old Shaquille Dion of Durban Street, Georgetown, who was passing at the time, also sustained gunshot injury, but has since been discharged from the hospital.Guyana Times was told that the shooting occurred at about 09:30h, and stemmed from a disagreement Rodney had had with one of the gunmen. According to reports, Rodney and one of the men reportedly had had a heated argument over money owed to him by Rodney when the suspect left and returned with two others.Following another headed argument, the trio, who were reportedly brandishing guns, opened fire on Rodney. Following the shooting, the suspects escaped.An investigation has since been launched.last_img read more

1 dead, 8 suspected swine flu cases detected in Region 1

first_imgEight persons were air-dashed to the city from Region One (Barima-Waini) on Saturday afternoon to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for further treatment after they were displaying symptoms attributed to the H1N1 virus (swine flu). All eight persons are Chinese who were working with Guyana Manganese Inc in Region One. Another employee of the company, who displayed the same symptoms, has since died. His body was, however, left in Region One.Guyana Times was told that among the symptoms which the men displayed were fever, cough, headache, body ache, respiratory issues and unstable vital signs.This publication was told that on receiving reports of the suspected H1N1 virus, officials at GPHC began taking precautionary measures by quarantining an area for the eight patients.One patient receiving medical attention in an ambulanceWhen this newspaper contacted the hospital for a comment on the matter, officials were tight-lipped. However, when contacted, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud said that it is too early to presume that the men have “swine flu, dengue, or any other deadly disease”.“It would be crazy to say they have this or that because tests have to be conducted before any disclosure is made in this regard. What I can say is that we received reports that these men fell ill in that area (Region One) and they had to be brought to the GPHC. We are doing tests but have to wait on results before pronouncing and as soon as we know what they have we will let the public know,” he told Guyana Times on Saturday afternoon.But even as the hospital is yet to diagnose the men, Regional Health Services (RHS) Director, Dr Kay Shako denied that the men are suffering from swine flu.Reports are that a medical team from the Mabaruma Regional Hospital had been deployed to the Matthew’s Ridge area following reports that some persons were exhibiting signs and symptoms caused by contracting the deadly disease.At about 14:30h on Saturday, four ambulances with medical staff, who were all suited up with protective gear, arrived at the Eugene F Correia International Airport to receive the patients, who were medevaced from Region One by Roraima Airways.Some of the patients making their way from the plane to another ambulanceWhen Guyana Times arrived at the airport, the men were seen exiting the aircraft coughing and had to be helped by medical personnel to reach the ambulances.This newspaper was told that the men were taken to Region One as labourers and were clearing a mining site when they fell ill. Attempts by this newspaper to contact the Ministers of the Public Health Ministry for an update on this situation proved futile.Just a few months ago, in January, Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings said that the re-emergence of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) in the Caribbean Region is cause for great concern among public health officials throughout the region, but Guyana has already been on heightened alert since the discovery of the H1N1 virus in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago.At that time, the Ministry had voiced its call for persons to practice good hygiene – washing your hands frequently with soap and water or using alcohol-based rubs and to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and avoid close contact – you are expected to be about six feet away from a person suffering from the H1N1 virus.Persons are being advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay at home, rest to treat the fever and see your primary care physician should they contract the virus. Healthcare workers are asked to ensure that they practice infection control and use personal protective equipment.Some of the symptoms of Swine Flu are: Fever (but not always, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, watery, red eyes, body aches, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea and vomitinglast_img read more

Prosecutor says athletes had steroids

first_img Player dies A defensive back for Daytona Beach’s minor league football team, who was knocked unconscious in a helmet-to-helmet block, died from a broken neck, according to a preliminary autopsy report. Javan Camon, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defender for the Daytona Beach Thunder of the World Indoor Football League, probably was killed instantly Monday, said a Volusia County spokesman, speaking on behalf of the Medical Examiner. Camon was injured when he tried to tackle the ball carrier in the fourth quarter of a game. A Columbus Lions receiver blocked Camon on the play, sending him to the turf. He went into cardiac arrest, Daytona Beach police said. “I understand that the involvement of athletes and celebrities makes this a sexy story, but I assure you we are not, at this point, we are not concerned with the celebrity factor,” Soares said. “Our focus here is to shut down distribution channels.” Soares was in Orlando, Fla., for two pharmacy raids conducted by federal and state agents at two Signature Pharmacy stores. Four company officials, including a married couple who are both pharmacists, were arrested. They were charged with criminal diversion of prescription medications and prescriptions, criminal sale of a controlled substance and insurance fraud. Receiver charged A Duke wide receiver was charged in the traffic death of another driver after a weekend accident in Reidsville, N.C. Raphael Chestnut was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, the state Highway Patrol said. He also faces a charge of driving left of the center line. He is to appear in court April 16, according to court calendars. Chestnut is not expected to be disciplined by the football team, a Duke spokesman said. Douglas Smith, 50, died at the scene, the patrol said. His wife and infant in his car weren’t injured, and Chestnut wasn’t seriously injured. The patrol said alcohol or drugs weren’t involved in the Sunday wreck, which happened on a curve during heavy rain. New soccer league A new women’s professional soccer league, with help from Major League Soccer, will be launched in 2008 with teams in Los Angeles, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago and Washington. It would replace the Women’s United Soccer Association, which folded in 2003 after three years. A sixth team, which already has financial backing, will be announced once it has chosen a city to play in, Antonucci said. The league hopes to add two more teams in 2009. Duke evaluated Duke University needs to become more diverse, inclusive and engaged, a committee concluded in Raleigh, N.C., in its evaluation of campus culture following rape allegations involving the lacrosse team. The committee called for a new course requirement for undergraduates focusing on racial and class differences in the United States, and increasing admission standards at the elite, private university in Durham. Olson responds Arizona’s Lute Olson labeled speculation that he has Parkinson’s disease “a vicious, vicious rumor” that is “totally false.” The 72-year-old coach brought up the subject at his weekly news conference. “I have gotten some calls about rumors and certain radio stations running some things about me having Parkinson’s, which is a complete lie,” Olson said. “I have physicals like everyone else does. There is absolutely no medical indication of any type of problem.” Messier honored Mark Messier skated onto the ice at Rexall Place in full equipment and hoisted the Stanley Cup for an Edmonton Oilers crowd that seemed to cherish him more than ever. After his No. 11 jersey had been raised to the ceiling, Messier took a final lap of the ice in the old building where he helped turn the Oilers into a dynasty. Briefly Quarterback Damon Huard has agreed to a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Defensive tackle Hollis Thomas has agreed to a four-year, $12 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. San Francisco 49ers linebacker Derek Smith underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a damaged muscle connected to his left eye, a delicate injury that hampered his play last season. Smith won’t participate in contact drills until the preseason, but should be healthy for his 11th pro campaign. Marat Safin beat Stefan Koubek of Austria 7-5, 6-2 in his opening round-robin match at the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. Defending champion Rafael Nadal, playing his first match since the Australian Open quarterfinals, rallied past Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday in the first round of the Dubai Open in the United Arab Emirates. Defending champion Luis Horna lasted just two games before retiring with an injury against fifth-seeded Gaston Gaudioin the first round of the Mexican Open in Acapulco. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img A New York prosecutor said athletes and celebrities were involved as customers in an illicit steroid sales network that produced at least four arrests on Tuesday. However, Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares declined to name any specific consumers. He said his office was not investigating patients, but instead alleged producers and distributors that include doctors and pharmacists. last_img read more

Latest slow-moving traffic experience: video roadshows

first_imgWhile law enforcement officials condemn the activities as dangerous – and often illegal – experts say people are turning to video as they search for answers to the madness on the roads. “Los Angeles has some of the worst traffic in the world,” said James David Ballard, a sociology professor at California State University, Northridge. “It’s in response to that particular reality. It’s people coming to grips with their circumstances.” Encountering a bottleneck on the Sepulveda Pass, for instance, Eric Swiss pulled out his camera and recorded the scene around him. He called it the quintessential Los Angeles movie – one that goes on for miles. “If you get frustrated about it, it’s going to get you,” said Swiss, 32. “It’s part of life in L.A. You might as well turn it into something useful.” Given that nearly everyone in Los Angeles is an aspiring filmmaker, it’s not surprising that self-expression comes in the form of clever camera work. Video after video shows life on the jam-packed Ventura, San Diego and Hollywood freeways, along with a commentary about dealing with it. In a weird juxtaposition of L.A.’s notorious traffic and its legendary filmmakers, hundreds of motorists are videotaping their experiences on the region’s roadways and posting them online. In one video posted on, two buddies duel with toy swords as their cars sit side by side in a jam on the 405 Freeway. Another motorist created a two-minute monologue comparing the experience of sitting in traffic to the five stages of grief. One motorist’s frustration is palpable as she holds up her camera cell phone while driving, creating a six-second clip and saying, “Los Angeles traffic, it’s as bad as you ever heard.” In one short, a guy gets up on the hood of his car and dances. In another, two hipsters with long dangling earrings ignore the traffic whizzing by on the Ventura Freeway as they sing and shimmy in their seats to a popular tune. Making the videos is a healthy way to alleviate stress, particularly the type that develops in traffic jams, where motorists have no way to deal with pumping adrenaline, said Martha Beck, a Phoenix-based life coach, adding that tension levels drop if drivers can focus on something else. “It’s not the traffic that’s causing the frustration so much as your interpretation of it,” she said. “Your mind is telling you, `I’m going to be late.’ “If you can shift that storytelling of the mind – such as making a YouTube movie – immediately your stress level will go down.” Still, while some are busy making these videos, there’s also a solid audience watching, responding and connecting to them. They are armchair critics of an experience they know all too well. Beck said viewers are drawn to the videos because traffic remains an unsolved problem for them. Attention is naturally drawn to situations that are not resolved, because people are looking for answers. “Traffic is a problem people don’t feel capable of solving on their own,” Beck said. “They want to commiserate and pay attention to it wherever they see it.” (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Video: New balls please! Check out Arsenal boss Wenger playing football tennis

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Is this the man to solve Liverpool’s goalscoring problems?

first_imgLiverpool are being linked with a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen striker Son Heung-min, with his agent claiming the Reds are keen to sign his client.The South Korean, who has scored 11 goals for the Bundesliga side this season, is a regular for his national side and Brendan Rodgers has sent scouts to watch him in action on a number of occasions this season.And, as this video proves, he certainly knows where the goal is.last_img

Former Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng joins Gran Canaria-based club

first_imgFormer Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is on the move again having agreed a deal with Las Palmas.The 29-year-old was released by AC Milan at the end of last season, during which he started just one Serie A game for the Italian club.Boateng only arrived in January, for his second spell at the San Siro, after he left Schalke in January.And now the Berlin-born Ghana international is set for a spell in Spanish football with Las Palmas.The Gran Canaria-based club, who finished 11th in La Liga last term, announced the signing on their website ahead of his unveiling on Tuesday.The statement read: “Las Palmas has reached an agreement with representatives of the player Boateng.“Las Palmas had been working on incorporating this player since early July. It is certainly the most important foreign player who has joined the club in recent decades.” Kevin-Prince Boateng 1last_img read more


first_imgSir, – Growing up in Gweedore in the 1980s, I came into contact with Michael Ferry, as many young people did. He was involved in youth clubs, he went on official school tours, he ran a school tuck shop and became a school caretaker.It was widely known among children then that he was “dodgy” and plying children with drink. There must have been doubts about him in the minds of adults too. Yet no one intervened. At that same time, a vicious paedophile priest, since convicted, was also active in the area.I am sure there is much wringing of hands and shaking of heads in Gweedore this week, but how was this allowed to happen? I am sure if he was shoplifting or robbing the post office he would have not got away with doing so for over 20 years. – Yours, etc,DONAL McATEER,Pirttipolku,Helsinki, Finland. SEND YOUR VIEW TO INFO@DONEGALDAILY.COM.You can write as much as you wish, but make your comments publishable or they may be edited.YOUR VIEW: PAEDOPHILE FERRY RAN SCHOOL TOURS AND TUCK SHOP was last modified: July 21st, 2011 by gregShare 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:Gaoth DobhairGweedoremichael ferry school scandallast_img read more