Colquhoun Upbeat Despite First Loss

first_imgLocal Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Matthew Colquhoun said that his loss to American Roy Cooper III in their X-1 World Events Welterweight title fight two weeks ago has not done much harm to his career, and he has learnt from the experience. Colquhoun suffered his first professional loss in MMA by way of a first-round knockout to Cooper and he said that after reflecting on the bout, he realised that he went into octagon with the wrong attitude. “I guess I could say I got caught up in the playing of mind games and being too overconfident,” Colquhoun told The Gleaner. “I didn’t respect the experience he had enough. But I learnt not to allow my opponent to draw me out. He’s shorter than I am but he’s more built, and he packs a punch.” He said the trip from Kingston to Honolulu, Hawaii, where the match was staged took a toll on his body, and that also probably influenced the outcome. Mixed Martial Arts Jamaica CEO Daniel Chacko-Wilmot is, however, pleased, despite the result. “Although I am disappointed at the loss, I must say that I am extremely proud of Matthew’s achievement in getting such a title shot,” Chacko-Wilmot said. High expectations “Believe me, we have not seen even half of what he is capable of, so expect this young warrior to reach the highest levels in MMA in the very near future. This young lion will only get better.” Colquhoun is now back in Florida, where he trains, as he gets ready for another bout later this month. This time he will be facing Colombian Daniel Holguin in a bout that was to take place last summer but got cancelled at the last moment. “My next opponent will face a very different fighter from what they have been seeing,” he said. “A different fighter in attitude, technique and overall fighting style. Right now, I’m working on aspects to tighten up my game and improve the way I fight, and to adjust to fighting a different fighter.”last_img read more

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SBP sends team to Asian Games after all

first_imgView comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Rain or Shine had originally been tapped to represent the country in the Asian Games, but SBP pulled that plan at the last moment fearing it could not come up with a competitive squad.But with pressure mounting on the SBP to reconsider, the country’s national federation for the sport gave in.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, under heavy public pressure, will send a team to the Asian Games after all, a source told the Inquirer Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The SBP and the PBA are expected to make the announcement official at 6pm, before Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra.Rain or Shine will form the nucleus of the squad, as originally planned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It is unclear if the PBA will lend more players than it had originally agreed to in order to beef up the Elasto Painters, who can also tap reinforcements from the Gilas cadet program.If the original setup remains, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao will handle the team. Series changerlast_img read more

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Pacquiao set for New York, LA pressers

first_imgManny Pacquiao is coming back to the United States, and he couldn’t have chosen a more fitting city to announce it than in the Big Apple.Pacquiao, set to fight in America after more than two years, is set to announce his upcoming duel against Adrien Broner on Monday morning in New York City.ADVERTISEMENT A presser is scheduled 11 a.m. (10 p.m. Sunday in Manila) at Gotham Hotel in Broadway. Another presser will be held the following day, this time in Beverly Hills, California.The Philippine senator was to reportedly depart for the United States Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMultiple online news sources said the fight against the 29-year-old Broner would be held Jan. 19 at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, site of Pacquiao’s greatest fights of his career. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Azkals also flaunting its best coaching staff with Eriksson, Cooper, Greatwich View commentslast_img read more

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Is ECOWAS Shooting Herself in the Leg Too?

first_imgFor the past few weeks, the City of Monrovia has virtually been at knife’s edge, so to speak, amid rising tension emanating from the Montserrado County and District#15 elections in which the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), formerly the Congress of Democratic Change, saw its candidates Paulita Wie and Abu Kamara pitted against opposition candidates Darius Dillon and Telia Urey in Montserrado County senatorial and District #15 representative races, respectively.For so long, since 2005 the CDC has enjoyed a large following in Montserrado County, particularly in Monrovia, the nation’s capital. Until these recent elections, the CDC had long held sway in Montserrado County with the electorate turning out in their numbers to vote CDC to power. Until these elections, any candidate appearing in public with President Weah at their side was sure to win at the polls because the masses would invariably turn out to cast their votes for the CDC.The elections results would however this time, leave a sour taste in the mouths of the CDC leadership as the masses turned out but failed to cast their votes in favor of the CDC and instead voted the opposition which saw senatorial candidate Darius Dion clinching the vote by an overwhelming margin far above that recorded for President Weah when he contested the senatorial elections in 2014.But unlike the 2014 senatorial elections, which was virtually violence free, these just concluded elections have been marred by violence that have resulted in life threatening injuries and severe damage to property. From all accounts including photos and video evidence, it has been supporters of the CDC unleashing violence and perpetrating mayhem against the opposition.For one thing, these elections have been watershed moments for the CDC which has, since 2005 enjoyed unflinching support from the masses but which now finds itself in dire straits with the loss of two legislative seats in Montserrado County, long since prided by CDCians as its stronghold where it could not possibly lose an election to an opposition candidate.But these elections have come at a time of severe economic difficulties for the masses, most of who are caught in poverty traps from which escape has proven extremely difficult and challenging if not impossible. For most of these people, hopes for their salvation, until now, remained pinned on the mercurial football star whose fancy footwork on the soccer field had dazzled millions around the world, Liberians being no exception.The many accolades he won for his success on the football pitch, including his stint with the Lone Star football team especially during the country’s most difficult moments, endeared him even more to Liberians; and it was by no means surprising that thousands of Liberians threw their support behind his initial and subsequent runs for the presidency. After a 12-year wait, he finally earned the coveted prize in the 2017 elections and was elected president of this post-conflict nation.At his swearing-in to office, he pledged to Liberians before the entire world that Liberians would be players, not spectators, in their own economy. He also pledged that corruption would have no place in his government and that he would transform Liberia for the betterment of all.Barely, two years into his sojurn, President Weah appears overwhelmed by the challenges of office, through which he seemed unable to dribble his way much like he did to opposition numbers on the soccer pitch to the delight of thousands of cheering supporters. But the weight of office appears too much to bear and the cast of individuals he has surrounded himself with have not helped much.His officials also appear lost and confounded and their response to popular stirrings against their corrupt behavior is the use of violence intended to intimidate and cower the opposition into silence. For to them, the loss of power is unfathomable and they seem prepared and sufficiently filled with desperation to do anything or commit any act only to assure their grip on power. They appear stuck between a yesterday that is fast fleeting and a tomorrow whose relevance is now and whose time has come.Thus, the recent spate of violence meted to opposition figures by supporters of the CDC and encouraged by its officials, particularly its Chairman Mulbah Morlu and Youth League chairman Jefferson Koijee, are but signs of desperation which suggest that the likes of Morlu and Koijee appear prepared to put this nation on fire, being completely oblivious to the consequences of their actions. It is like shooting oneself in the leg.In face of a wave of public condemnation of the unprovoked violence unleashed by CDC supporters against Telia Urey and her supporters in Logan Town over the weekend, Morlu, perhaps reeling from the wave of condemnation was quick to tender an apology for the action. Yet, at the same time he was calling on Ms. Urey to stop crying and playing victim.And the fact that the Police has displayed open bias in its law enforcement duties, has not helped the image of this government and is deepening the culture of impunity as perpetrators of violence are allowed free range. But what this newspaper finds very disconcerting is the rather shameful silence and disposition of the ECOWAS mission in Liberia towards these acts of violence which have the propensity to take Liberia back to its gory past.The embassies of the United States and European states accredited to Liberia, as well as the EU delegation here, have spoken and condemned the violence, although belatedly but where is the voice of ECOWAS in all this? Has her early warning mechanism failed or has it rusted away or is it just indifference feigned or real?Such displayed silence and virtual inaction is even more shameful and disgusting in view of the huge sacrifice in human lives and material resources ECOWAS committed to the restoration of peace in Liberia.The Oxford Dictionary of English idioms defines the expression “shoot yourself in the foot” as “to inadvertently make a situation worse for yourself; demonstrate gross incompetence”. From all indications, the CDC led government by its policies, economic, social and otherwise, keeps shooting itself in the leg and incurring increased displeasure of the people.Is ECOWAS also shooting itself in the leg too?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ex-Speaker Tyler to Challenge Sen. Johnson

first_imgFormer Representative J. Alex Tyler served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from April 7, 2007 to September 27, 2016. — But Sen. Johnson said Tyler’s will be violating the coalition’s law Former Speaker J. Alex Tyler, of the 53rd House of Representatives, has confirmed report that he will be challenging incumbent Senator of Bomi County, Sando Dazoe Johnson, in the 2020 senatorial elections.With that confirmation, Johnson said Tyler’s desire to contend for the seat will be in violation of an agreement by members of the Coalition concerning claims to territory by institutional members of the Coalition in a given election. Sen. Sando Johnson, being a member of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) believes he is covered by the rule by virtue of the fact that both he and Tyler (Liberia People Democracy Party -LPDP) are members of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change comprises the Congress for Democratic Change, the NPP and the Liberian People Democratic Party (LPDP).Fifteen sitting senators, who were elected during the 2011 elections are seeking reelection in the midterm senatorial elections, scheduled in October, 2020.Tyler, a former Bomi County District #2 Representative, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview on Friday, April 26, 2019, after the wake-keeping of the late Representative Adolph A. Lawrence, that he is certain of contesting the senatorial race in 2020.Senator Sando Johnson said former Speaker Alex Tyler of the Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP) cannot venture or contest in Bomi County of which a sitting Senator is an executive member of the NPP and part of the coalition.“Let me say I will be contesting the 2020 senatorial elections in Bomi County,… I will be challenging Senator Sando Johnson at the poll,” Tyler said, settling the speculations.He is the political leader of the LPDP, and also member of the governing council of the ruling CDC.Mr. Tyler added, “I am aware of Johnson being the sitting senator but, again, be aware that I have not lost election in my entire political life, and will not do so anytime. I contested the 2005 election, and was reelected 2011, and then the speakership two times. I’ve never lost in any election and will not do so in 2020.”Between 2005 and 2012, Tyler participated in four elections, including the representative seat in 2005; reelected in 2011, and then elected to the speakership in 2007; and reelected in 2012.He served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from April 7, 2007 to September 27, 2016. He is the second longest serving speaker next to the late House Speaker Richard Henries of the First Republic.It may be recalled that 49 lawmakers, comprising two-thirds of the House of Representatives, affixed their signatures on a ‘resolution’ that unanimously removed Tyler as the speaker. The decision came in the aftermath of the row over the criminal indictment against him arising from the controversial Global Witness Report that cited bribery aimed at illegally tweaking Liberia’s public procurement law, an act which the former Speaker was denied.Meanwhile, reacting to Mr. Tyler’s confirmation, Sen. Johnson told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that if the two go to the polls, Tyler will be violating the coalition’s agreement, which was notarized.“No partisan of the Coalition has the right to contest in a district or county, which has been declared by another party of the coalition as their district or coalition with a sitting representative or senator,” Sen. Johnson said.“Tyler of the LPDP cannot venture or contest in Bomi County of which a sitting Senator is an executive member of the NPP and part of the coalition,” Sen. Johnson said. “I am the national vice chairman for administration of the NPP, and so another Coalition partisan cannot challenge me in primary on the Coalition-NPP ticket.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LAX southern paths ready for takeoffs

first_imgThat first phase – moving the runway – came in about $15 million under its original budget of $265 million. The next phase – installing the center aisle and other taxiways – is expected to take another year and a half. The runway officially reopened to air traffic a few minutes after 1 p.m. Monday. “Yeah, baby,” Villaraigosa said as he watched a slender American Airlines jet touch down on the runway, its wheels kicking up a powdery white plume of construction dust. Villaraigosa and other city leaders will receive a report in the next few weeks that will likely shape the debate over whether the northern runway merits a similar redesign. doug.irving@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6649160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The southern runway at Los Angeles International Airport reopened to flights Monday after months of construction work, as questions about airport safety turned to the airport’s northern runway. Construction crews have spent the past nine months ripping up and rebuilding the southern runway, clearing space for a new taxiway that will give airplanes more room to maneuver. The $333 million project addresses a long-running problem of errant aircraft getting dangerously close to other planes while taxiing at LAX. Most of those close calls have happened on the southern runway, and airport officials have described the work there as crucial to passenger safety. But the runway on the north side of LAX has the same configuration. “Right now, there is no demonstration that the north runways are the same kind of safety threat that the south runway was,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “First things first.” LAX has two pairs of runways, one on the north side of the passenger terminals and one on the south, each with two separate landing strips. Both look like gigantic, concrete “equal signs.” In general, airplanes land on the outside runway, then must cross the inside runway to get to the gates. Occasionally, something goes wrong and an airplane rolls onto that inner runway while another airplane is landing or taking off on it. LAX had the worst record in the country for that kind of potentially disastrous mistake from 2000 to 2003. The airport has recorded 37 such mishaps in the past five years, 28 of them on the southern runway. One solution, airport planners decided, was to pry apart the two southern landing strips and install a center aisle between them. That would slow down airplanes by forcing them into a series of turns, and give them a place to wait for clearance to cross the inside runway. Work crews began breaking up the southern-most runway in July, then rebuilt it about 55 feet closer to El Segundo. The project involved enough concrete to pave an eight-lane highway from LAX to downtown, said William Withycombe, regional administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. last_img read more

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Northern Rockies RCMP continue to investigate suspicious device found in mobile home

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – Northern Rockies RCMP were alerted to a suspicious device located in a vacant mobile home, on May 22, in Fort Nelson.According to the RCMP, a witness said that they had found the device after spending some time inside the mobile home for several days. Once the device was located they immediately left the scene and contacted police.Then on May 23, following an investigation, the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit attended the scene and secured the device. As a precaution, residents were told to leave their residence while the matter was resolved.- Advertisement -RCMP say arrangements are being made to render the device safe.  Through investigation and searches, no other devices were located.The Northern Rockies RCMP Detachment thanks the public for their patience and compliance during this investigation.last_img read more

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Nursing program gets grant assist

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDr. Karen Cowell, dean of the college’s Health Sciences Division, said the college has reached capacity in its nursing skills lab. Thus, part of the money will pay for a modular building to house a lab, as well as pay the salaries of two full-time instructors. “This spring, we used our lab from 6:50 in the morning till 9 o’clock at night, and eight hours on weekends,” she said. A new health sciences building that will provide room to expand the nursing program won’t be open for several years. That AVC was able to secure 5 percent of the $10 million grant program available statewide is a credit to the creativity of the proposal and support from area hospitals, according to Cowell. LANCASTER – With a critical need for more registered nurses, Antelope Valley College has been given a $512,787 state grant that should allow the school to get 38 more students through its associate-degree nursing program by June 2008. The money from the office of the California Community Colleges will enable AVC to add a modular building near its new north parking lot to accommodate a nursing skills lab and faculty offices. The lab will include patient-care areas containing beds and manikins. The added space will enable AVC to open the doors to an additional 20 registered nursing students, as well as licensed vocational nurses making the transition to registered nursing. Officials hope to have another 38 students ready to take the national licensing exam to become registered nurses in two years. “I think it’s really important to give credit to the two hospitals (Antelope Valley and Lancaster Community) because both of them are willing to help us any way they can. It helps us immensely. It shows a strong need. And the state likes to see that,” Cowell said. Cowell expressed hope that the state would continue to provide additional money for nursing education. “We’re hoping this won’t be just a once-in-a-lifetime deal. We’re hoping we’ll be able to sustain this,” she said. Cowell added that any nurses interested in teaching part-time for the college should contact her at (661) 722-6404.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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REGISTRATION FOR THE NORTH WEST 10K (AND FREE T-SHIRT!) IS ON TODAY!

first_imgSigning on the dotted line for the NW 10K.Registrations for the North West 10k continue this afternoon (Saturday) from 3-6 p.m at the Letterkenny Community Centre.Runners and walkers are encouraged to come along and pre-enter to avoid delays before tomorrow’s charity event which must start at 2.00 sharp.Remembers only the first 2,000 are guaranteed the new 20th anniversary t-shirt. The first 2,000 entrants will get the cool NW10K t-shirts.REGISTRATION FOR THE NORTH WEST 10K (AND FREE T-SHIRT!) IS ON TODAY! was last modified: April 30th, 2016 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:donegalletterkennyNorth West 10kregistrationst-shirtslast_img read more

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South Africa’s Performance Improves in 2018 Index of Economic Freedom

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 07 January 2019 – Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s improvement in the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom. In terms of economic freedom, the Heritage Foundation indicates that with a world rank of 77/180, South Africa is 4th in the African region. The country’s over-all economic freedom score improved with 0.7 on 2017.General Manager for Research for Brand South Africa, Dr Petrus de Kock said: “The index provides some insight into dimensions of the South African economic environment as the country continues to grapple with historical challenges, and the need to spur on entrepreneurship and innovation. Notable improvements for South Africa in 2018 include the improvement in the area of investment freedom, and judicial effectiveness. The latter is significant coming in a year where the administration of President Ramaphosa made investment a key focal area of its work.”South Africa’s improvement in the rankings comes as a result of advancements in the areas of property rights which is up from 67.6 in 2017 to 67.7 for 2018; judicial effectiveness increased from 59.7 in 2017 to 65.9; fiscal health sees an improvement of +4.6 from  70.7 in 2017; business freedom advanced by +3.1 points from 62.0 in 2017; labour freedom improved by +1.2 in 2018 from 58.9 in 2017; and investment freedom significantly improved by +10.0 from 40.0 in 2017. Notable is South Africa ranks higher than two European nations, being – Italy (79/180), and Greece (115/180).“We are pleased with the upward trend of the nation’s competitive performance, particularly since 2018 saw a declining global competiveness of the economy, and South Africa also slipped into a technical recession during the first half of the year  which it moved out of after the economy saw a 2.2% rebound in the third quarter. It is therefore promising that South Africa, according to the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom, is ‘moderately free’ in terms of its economic activity. Economic freedom is about much more than a business environment where business flourishes, it has a far reaching impact on other aspects such as human development and the power of choice. Consequently, it remains imperative for South Africa to continue safeguarding openness to its market, government size and rule of law,” added Dr de Kock.On the global front based on the measurements of this index, the Heritage Foundation finds that the global average economic freedom score is 61.1, the highest score since inception of the index 24 years ago. At an aggregate level, of the 180 economies measured by the index in 2018 – 102 scored better, while the economic freedom scores of 75 got worse. In the case of South Africa it can be noted that the country is one of the 102 that improved its economic freedom score.Released on an annual basis by the Heritage Foundation, the Index of Economic Freedom provides insight into the extent to which governments enable an open and unrestricted economic environment for citizens and businesses to operate in.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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