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first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees He said: “Arum is talking about Lucas Matthysse. Look, we have a fight with Pacquiao coming up within three weeks. He’s looking strong. He’s looking great. Looking forward to it and the fight is in full steam ahead.”Here at home, commercials on the KL championship have started appearing on television over the weekend.Pacquiao himself said there’ll be no stopping the fight.“I’m trying my best with the help of God to make the fight a success. I also pray for my detractors that God may enlighten their minds and soften their hearts,” Pacquiao said.When doubts were raised over the KL championship, Pacquiao made it clear he’s in direct communication with Matthysse and that they were both very excited about their title bout.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town It was reported that MP Promotions has paid Matthysse $500,000 as part of the agreed $2.5 million purse.The money was supposed to be deposited in escrow a month back yet. But boxing people in the know said MP Promotions will have until the weigh-in to deliver the full purse.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ We have a fight.”Legendary Oscar de la Hoya stated that firmly to quash rumors about the world welterweight championship fight between Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur not taking place.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan The championship is slated on July 15 and De La Hoya said he will be in Kuala Lumpur to help Pacquiao promote the event.“I have my plane tickets already, so we’re ready to go,” he told Steve Kim of BoxingScene.com.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDe La Hoya did not have to go out of his way to affirm the staging of the championship. But Bob Arum fanned rumors about the event being canceled due to some financial hassles and the MP Promotions’ failure to meet money commitment deadlines.De La Hoya, who handles Matthysse, is an identified partner of Pacquiao in the KL promotion. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 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 Pacquiao floors sparmate Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has officially opened the National Housing Policy workshop for its Housing Policy validation process.At the Thursday, April 17 ceremony, VP Boakai expressed gratitude for the great effort put into the policy crafting enterprise, which cumulated into a Draft National Housing Policy.VP Boakai stressed the government’s commitment to ensuring the improvement of Liberia through the provision of a program that would provide more accommodation for needy citizens.“This is squarely in consideration of the reality that housing constitutes one of the four basic requirements for human survival, including clothes, food, and dignity, that are critical to human rights issue.”VP Boakai explained that the government is aware that a shortage of housing has always been a serious problem over the years in this country—a situation that was compounded by the civil crisis in Liberia.“We want to register thanks to the National Housing Authority and all of the key actors in the sector who have pushed the policy formulation process to the level we recognize today.”VP Boakai called on the public to always appreciate the efforts of the government—making salaries and other benefits available for better livelihood, especially under difficult circumstances.According to VP Boakai, the government is working with other actors to formulate strategies and approaches to tackle the twin-problem of affordability and accessibility that has long impeded the progress of housing in the country.The National Housing Policy workshop brought together officials of government and UN partners, including the chairman of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia, Chief Zanzan Karwor; and Clara Doe Mvrogo, of the Monrovia City Corporation.The Managing Director of the National Housing Authority, Mr. Samuel Thompson, said Liberia had a coherent housing policy, but lost the chance to make the most of that opportunity.He explained, “This has resulted in inefficient land use, unresponsive markets, very poor functionality of shelter, and minimal construction skills, among other issues.”Mr. Thompson expressed thanks to the committee of the National Housing Policy and other partners for the roles in ending some of the difficulties faced by the housing sector in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The Serie A club paid £1.75m to sign the 23-year-old on a season-long loan in a deal which also included an option to buy him outright.However, according to Calciomercato, Fiorentina have now decided not to take up that option and the winger will return to Juventus in the summer.But with little room in the first-team squad in Turin, it is likely that Juve will be looking him to shift him quickly so he could be available for a knockdown price. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY shining Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE REVEALED RANKED no dice Liverpool target Marko Pjaca could be back on the market this summer, according to reports in Italy.The Merseyside club were vying to land the talented Croatia international from Juventus during the summer, but they lost out to Fiorentina. 1center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY Fiorentina appear to have decided against signing Pjaca permanently Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury And that could tempt Liverpool into reigniting their long-standing interest in Pjaca to seal a summer swoop.Croatia international Pjaca has made 11 appearances for Fiorentina during his loan spell, scoring one goal for La Viola in a 3-0 defeat of SPAL.last_img read more

first_img8 August 2005President Thabo Mbeki has expressed solidarity with the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, remembering the atomic bombs that killed hundreds of thousands of people there in 1945.The bombing of the Japanese cities during World War II left thousands of innocent people killed, maimed and injured.About 140 000 people were killed after the US Enola Gay dropped a bomb over Hiroshima, which then had a population of about 350 000, on 6 August 1945. Another US bomber dropped a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki, killing about 80 000 people.World War II ended on 15 August 1945, when Japan surrendered.Speaking in Pretoria on Saturday, the 60th anniversary of the bombings President Mbeki said the international community bowed its head in respect.“The tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 60 years ago, made a huge impact on the people of South Africa”, Mbeki said. “Despite our own struggle against the vicious system of apartheid, we marked this day over the decades in commemoration of that great tragedy.”Mbeki said South Africans campaigned vigorously for the total elimination of nuclear weapons.“We are very pleased that South Africa voluntarily dismantled its nuclear weapons capability and committed itself to the opposition of all weapons of mass destruction during South Africa’s democratisation.”He explained that South Africa reaffirmed its commitment to work with the people of Japan and the international community in creating a nuclear-free world and safe global environment.“We owe it to the memory of all the victims of the atomic bombings to build a global society based on the enduring values of peace, tolerance, understanding and the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 13 August 2012South Africa’s Burry Stander made a valiant attempt to claim a medal in the men’s cross-country mountain bike race at the Olympic Games on Sunday, but came up just short with a fifth place finish after a gruelling race.Hadleigh Farm sounds like a pleasant enough place, but the mountain bike track, with its twists and turns and ever changing elevation, including plenty of climbing, is a real challenge, especially when the world’s elite cross-country competitors are duelling one another and racing it at their maximum pace.After a furious start to Sunday’s race, Stander found himself 15 seconds down on the leading trio of Jaroslav Kulhavy, the overall 2011 World Cup champion, Nino Schurter, the winner of this year’s Pietermaritzburg World Cup and three other World Cup events, and the Italian Marco Aurelio Fontana after the first lap.Slip on lap fourThe South African star then put in consecutive fastest laps to haul in the leaders. A small slip on lap four, however, saw him dropped once again as the front-running trio piled on the pace. Stander and Spain’s Jose Antonio Hermida, the winner of the 2010 World Championships, became the closest chasers to the men in medal position.There appeared to be a slight slowing by Kulhavy, Schurter and Fontana on the penultimate lap as they prepared themselves for a tactical, lung-bursting showdown on the seventh and final lap of the course, but it wasn’t enough to let Stander and Hermida close the distance.Czech ace Kulhavy snatched a vital inside line on the last sharp climb before the finish to edge ahead of Schurter for the victory. Fontana, meanwhile, lost his saddle on the last lap, which allowed the two chasers to close the gap on the bronze medal winner. Hermida then sneaked in front of Stander on the finishing line, just four seconds behind Fontana, to take fourth place.Stander’s finishing time of 1:29:37 was half-a-minute behind the winner, Kulhavy, his team-mate in non-Olympic action on Team Specialized.Five seconds off the podiumAfterwards, Stander told reporters: “Fifth, being 10 seconds off the podium [he was actually only five seconds behind Fontana] you can’t be disappointed with that.“Obviously you’re here for a medal, but I gave it my all. I prepared as much as I could and put absolutely everything I could into this year. It was just 10 seconds too slow, I guess.“With two laps to go on that steep climb the guys absolutely smashed it. I was on my max and there’s nothing you can do.“It’s a very fair sport, you give what you’ve got, and if you don’t have it you don’t have it, and the top three guys deserved it today.”Fellow South African Philip Buys suffered a fall at the start of the race, which left him in last place on the first lap. It was a tough break and the going from there was tough. He eventually finished in 35th place, just over 11 minutes behind the winner.Just how tough was the competition? Consider the case of France’s Jean-Christophe Peraud. He raced for AG2R La Mondiale at the recent Tour De Franc where he finished in 44th place overall out of the 153 finishers. At Hadleigh Farm, he was the 29th of 42 finishers.Men’s marathonThe only other South African representatives in action on the final day were Lusapho April, Stephen Mokoka and Coolboy Ngamole in the men’s marathon.April was the highest finisher of the three, clocking exactly two hours and 19 minutes to finish in 43rd place. Mokoka claimed 49th place, less than a minute later, while Ngamole failed to finish.Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich raced to victory in 2:08:01 to win his country’s first medal since John Akii-Bua captured the 400 metres hurdles title in Munich 40 years ago in a world record time.last_img read more

first_imgNelson Mandela’s gravesite in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, will eventually be opened to the public.Opening Mandela’s gravesite to the public will be one of the projects to mark the centenary of Mandela’s birth in July 1918. (Image: Roel Wijnants)Nelson Mandela’s gravesite in Qunu, now only accessible to family, will be open to the public once developments in the area are completed.“It is something that will happen in the future,” said Ndileka Mandela, the oldest grandchild of the statesman, who died in December 2013, told the Sunday Times newspaper.“It would be selfish of the family to say that we’ll close it to the public, because Madiba was a people’s person. At some point we will open it to the general public.”However, another grandchild, Ndaba Mandela, did say it would still “take some time” as various processes would have to be followed.Grandson Mandla Mandela confirmed discussions about the matter were under way. He also said that the ANC and various sectors of the government would be consulted.“I don’t think this is a family issue only. There has to be a dialogue.”Mandela, who died at the age of 95, is buried on a hill in his childhood Qunu homestead in rural Eastern Cape.His birthday, 18 July, is celebrated later this week. The United Nations has declared the day the annual Nelson Mandela International Day, on which people are encouraged to do something to help others. In South Africa, the day has been expanded into the full month of July, known as Mandela Month.Source: News24WireWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

first_imgCandidates of the three major political parties in Odisha — Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress — filed their nomination papers for the Bijepur Assembly bypoll on Monday, the last day of the exercise.The nominees — Rita Sahu of the BJD, Sanat Gartia of the BJP and Dillip Panda of the Congress –— went in procession one after another and submitted their papers before the Returning Officer at the Sub-Collector’s office in Padampur.The bypoll was necessitated after Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik vacated Bijepur and retained the Hinjili seat in his home district Ganjam in south Odisha. He had won from both the seats in the Assembly elections held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year.Ex-MLA in frayMs. Sahu had won from Bijepur as a BJD candidate in 2018 by a margin of over 41,000 votes when a bypoll was held in the constituency following the death of her husband and then Congress MLA Subal Sahu.BJP nominee Mr. Gartia had unsuccessfully contested from Bijepur in the last Assembly election. He was defeated by Mr. Patnaik by a margin of over 57,000 votes.Congress nominee Mr. Panda, who is vice-president of the Bargarh unit of the party, is contesting Assembly election for the first time. The constituency is all set to witness a triangular fight among the three parties as has happened in the last two polls. The BJD stands at an advantageous position since the Chief Minister is likely to campaign in Bijepur. While announcing Ms. Sahu’s name as his party’s nominee on Saturday, Mr. Patnaik had said that Bijepur will continue to be a focus constituency for him.The bypoll is scheduled for October 21, when more than 2,32,000 voters will exercise their franchise in 285 polling booths. The counting of votes will be done on October 24.last_img read more

first_imgTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the series, please visit the Youth Trans Tasman website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=6460&pID=14 The Touch Football Australia Facebook page will also be updated frequently during the event. To become a fan of Touch Football Australia, please click on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 Related Files2011_youth_trans_tasman_expose-pdflast_img read more

first_imgEx-Chelsea striker ​Sutton: Lampard wouldn’t have signed Pulisicby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Chris Sutton does not believe that boss Frank Lampard would have signed Christian Pulisic.The American arrived at the club this summer, but his transfer was sealed in January with Borussia Dortmund.Pulisic has found it hard to earn game time at Chelsea, with the likes of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian and Pedro preferred in the winger slots.And Sutton does not think the 21-year-old would have been a Lampard signing.”He has to prove himself,” Sutton told Radio 5 Live.”Frank Lampard has no agenda against him, he’s picking the best possible team to win games of football, that’s his job.”He wasn’t Frank’s signing, of course.”With [Callum] Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount coming to the fore, he’s going to have a major issue getting into the starting line-up. I really do think that. I don’t see a way in for him at the moment.”Fifty-eight million, a lot of money to spend and it would be interesting to ask Frank now if he would sign him at this moment in time if he hadn’t signed him before? The answer to that, I think, is pretty obvious – he wouldn’t.”But, there’s a reason Chelsea spent the money on him, he’s still a young man and got enormous talent, he has to go out and show it. It’s good for Frank in terms of strength in depth.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgIcebreaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie has commenced the commercial voyage carrying the first cargo of liquefied natural gas produced at the Yamal LNG plant.The vesse, owned by Russian shipping company Sovcomflot, completed its first Yamal cargo loading at the Port of Sabetta, Yamal Peninsula, on December 8.“This is a remarkable day for us all. I congratulate all those who worked on this project, on this wonderful occasion, the first loading of a new tanker…,” Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, said.“This is an extremely important sector for Russia. This is not just an important event in our country’s energy sector, or gas production and liquefaction. This is a more ambitious project. What I mean is that we are faced with the enormous task of developing the Arctic and the Northern Sea Route.”The event marks “a milestone moment” in the history of the development of the Russian Arctic, according to Sergey Frank, President & CEO of Sovcomflot.“Never before have merchant vessels of such a heavy tonnage been able to operate in such extreme navigational and ice conditions, as the ones at Yamal, independently and year-round,” Frank added.Christophe de Margerie is the first in a series of 15 icebreaking LNG carriers ordered for the Yamal LNG project to transport LNG year-round in the challenging ice conditions of the Kara Sea and Gulf of Ob.The vessel is capable of sailing independently through ice of up to 2.1 metres thick. It has been assigned an ice class Arc7, the highest ice class amongst existing merchant vessels.Christophe de Margerie docked at the Yamal LNG terminal on March 30 after completing its ice trials.Image Courtesy: SCFlast_img read more