Joshua Pacio-Hayato Suzuki rematch ‘a 50-50 bout,’ says Filipino veteran Rene Catalan

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Edward Kelly promoted to Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Photo from ONE ChampionshipVeteran Filipino fighter Rene Catalan thinks the ONE strawweight world title is up for grabs when his compatriot Joshua Pacio defends his crown for the first time in a rematch with Japanese challenger Hayato Suzuki next month.Pacio and Suzuki will headline the ONE: Eternal Glory event at Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “This is a 50-50 bout. As long as Pacio can keep the match off the ground, he has a big chance to win. We all know Suzuki is experienced on the mat, and he already beat Pacio by doing just that in their first bout,” Catalan said.Suzuki got the better of Pacio in their first bout, submitting the Team Lakay standout with a rear-naked choke in the first round back in August 2017.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 ChrissCatalan though, said Pacio is a different fighter since that loss.“But Pacio has improved a lot, and he has more experience in grappling now. I think he can already cope up with Suzuki if it goes to the ground. Suzuki has to persevere on taking the fight to the canvas if he wants to win,” Catalan said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Hayato Suzuki has the experience, and he knows the art of war. But Pacio is consistently growing. He has the talent and the skill set to prove that he is the more versatile fighter between them,” he added. “The challenger has already beaten Pacio in the past, but he has to work twice as hard because Pacio has evolved so much since his loss to Suzuki.”The 22-year-old Pacio, who beat Yoshitaka Naito in their second encounter three months ago to win the belt, is also putting his four-fight winning streak on the line.“Suzuki could be the most difficult opponent for Pacio in the strawweight division, but Pacio is a different fighter every single time he steps into the cage,” Catalan said.“If Suzuki wants to win, he shouldn’t blink an eye because Pacio will make him pay for every mistake he commits in the fight.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:14Carpio 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 View commentslast_img read more

Defense Minister Hails US Support to AFL

first_imgThe Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai Jr., Thursday, March 27, hailed the government and people of the United States of America for the positive ties and their nonstop support to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) from the restructuring process in 2006 up to transformation, now in process.  Minister Samukai informed the visiting delegation that the AFL is currently carrying on its own recruitment and training exercises. The exercises, he said are being led by the very soldiers who were trained in the United States as part of the restructuring process of the AFL.He explained that the AFL is being developed into a “citizens’ army,” under the theme: “A Force for Good.” The army—in the eyes of some—is itself shaping into what is beginning to look like a force that will perform well its part in the reconstruction phase of the country.The Defense Minister made these representations Thursday at his Barclay Training Center (BTC) office when a high-powered U.S. Military delegation headed by Brigadier-General, James S. O’Meara, made a courtesy call on him.B/Gen. O’Meara was accompanied to the Defense Ministry by Mr. Lee McTaggert, Col. Timothy D. Mitchell, Col. Bunn and Col. Lu Perozo.“I am pleased with the United States Government’s engagement with the AFL and the tremendous support it has received and enjoyed over the years—especially when it comes to the Coast Guard,” Samukai told the visitors.Minister Samukai then expressed gratitude to the delegation for the visit, and praised the United States mentors that are assigned to AFL personnel, amid the restructuring process.He also thanked the US Government for the one-year extension of “Operation Onward Liberty”—an exercise that provides some backup to soldiers of the AFL patrolling and protecting Liberia territorial borders, it has been suggested. Minister Samukai further informed his visitors about progress made by the newly promoted leadership, given the new challenges they face. He emphasized the high level of cooperation existing amongst them in helping to maintain peace and security in Liberia.  Minister Samukai, has meanwhile stressed the need for more training for the AFL from the US Government with specific reference to land maneuvering, mobile training, training for the Coast Guard as well as for engineering, given the scheduled United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL.)The US military delegation is in the country to reinforce bilateral relations at the senior Inter-Governmental level, to review United States support to Liberia, and to discuss issues of mutual interest.For his part, B/Gen O’Meara extolled Minister Samukai for the level of progress made so far since the restructuring of the AFL began in 2006.He assured authorities at the Ministry of National Defense of his government’s willingness to continue assisting Liberia in its recovery process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister Chenoweth Outlines Challenges in Agriculture Sector

first_imgAgriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth, has spoken of some challenges facing the agricultural sector of Liberia and has called on the government to provide more funding toward the sector.She named constraints such as limited farming equipment to enhance mechanized agriculture, the lack of insecticides to treat fruit crop, and limited agriculture loans for local farmers as major problems.Minister Chenoweth made the statement recently at a conference in Monrovia.“It is time that government takes bold steps toward mechanization of agriculture in the country, if we are going to become self-sufficient in food,” she said.She disclosed that there is insufficient modern equipment presently at her Ministry to distribute to various farming organizations across the country.“At the moment there are only 13 tractors at the Ministry of Agriculture to get to local farmers. We are moving these machines to the various counties where farming activities are active. But what can a single power tiller or tractor do in a county?  she asked.“This is a serious challenge which we have brought to the attention of the government. Therefore, we are looking forward to the delivery,” she added.Minister Chenoweth furthered that there are no actual statistics for the production of fruit, adding that the lack of insecticide poses a serious constraint toward fruit production.She said that most fruit grown in Liberia are damaged by insects, thus making fruit processing by some Liberian entrepreneurs difficult.“The Wulki Farm, which is owned by the Ureys in Careysburg District, is no longer processing fruit for the market, due to the lack of chemical to control the infestation of insects. All of the oranges, grape fruits and others were damaged by insect on the farm, leading the farm to cease the processing of fruit,” she explaines.She stated that more money was needed to purchase insecticides to enable farmers combat those pests in order to produce juices on the local market.According to the Agriculture Minister, the Ministry does not have all the funding to take care of purchasing agro chemical like pesticide to enhance fruit crop production in the country.She further mentioned that government has made some effort toward addressing the issue of agricultural financing for local farmers.“The issue of access to loan for local farmers has also been a major challenge. Many commercial banks in the country are not willing to do business with farmers as they see it as risky. However, we are thankful to the Central Bank of Liberia(CBL) for providing some money last year to loan out to our farmers,” she said.Minister Chenoweth, however, pointed out the need for the CBL to put in place a proper mechanism that will ensure that most local farmers benefit loan to improve their farms.“Most Liberian farmers are lacking the collateral to get loan and there is high interest rate on the money borrowed. We want a system that will help most of our poor farmers to get loans,” she concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NDIA, West Berbice to upgrade drainage system

first_imgWork on the office to house the  National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA)  at Onverwagt, West Coast Berbice in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) which began last year, has been completed.The NDIA office, which is situated alongside the Headquarters of the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA), will seek to upgrade the drainage system and make better provisions for drought in the Region.The soon-to-be commissioned Region Five office of the NDIAActing NDIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dave Hicks said recently, “The NDIA knows that farmers anywhere, who have a 50 per cent fear of losing their crops or livestock to floods or drought, will not bother to farm. So the NDIA in Region Five, in particular, will work and support the agencies in doing whatever is necessary to boost farmers’ confidence in the D&I system and have them feel encouraged to  cultivate  and even expand their production of crops and livestock within the Region.”According to Hicks, all that is required to get the office up and running is the installation of connections for electricity to the building.The office will be manned by a senior engineer of the NDIA assisted by ancillary staff and he will support the MMA/ADA; the Regional Democratic Council and the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in the Region to implement and monitor projects aimed at increasing the discharge capacity of rain-flood waters and the provision of irrigation for agricultural purposes during El Niño (drought) weather conditions.NDIA projects for 2018Among the projects the Region Five NDIA office will spearhead and support in 2018 are the upgrading of resuscitated sea sluices along the West Berbice Coast; the establishment of additional sluices and the provision of another electrical pump for drainage of West Berbice at Trafalgar. The NDIA will also look to increase the hydraulic efficiency of the tertiary and secondary drainage systems in Region Five with the provision of nine excavators. These machines will be at the disposal of the Regional Administration for routine remedial and emergency works along the Region Five coast.The NDIA’s office will also seek to boost the efficiency of drainage in the riverine areas. Projects to be undertaken in this area this year will include extending the polder behind  Pine Ground to Gordon Table along the right bank of the Mahaicony River to protect cultivation plots from water coming in from the backlands; and installing a dual purpose pump at Mora Point, Mahaicony River, to provide either drainage or irrigation when necessary. The pump is to be acquired from India. Other projects include infrastructural upgrades for replenishment of the Abary Conservancy with water from the Berbice River and the drawing down of water from the upper reaches of the Mahaica River at Kuliserabo to supply the Perth/Biaboo Main Canal for the benefit of low-risk rice production aback Mahaicony.The NDIA will also fund the replacement of tail regulators for all the high-level irrigation canals within the MMA/ADA project area in West Berbice. This is to ensure better management of irrigation water supplies and less stress on the drainage system from free-flowing water into canals without tail gates.Hicks said the NDIA was assisting the MMA/ADA since that agency did not have the financial resources at the moment.last_img read more

Alaska Highway Closure – explanation

first_img [asset|aid=675|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f52897b0bd0605827e4a2b5d303a12f-Passarell-Trailer-3_1_Pub.mp3] That was confirmed by the Ministry’s district manager Renee Mounteney. [asset|aid=676|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f52897b0bd0605827e4a2b5d303a12f-Mounteney-1_1_Pub.mp3] She also confirmed there was some delay in trying to find a truck in which to put the cargo.Passarell says the department of transportation is always involved when a highway has to be closed, and in this case, ministry staff did assist in rerouting traffic. [asset|aid=674|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f52897b0bd0605827e4a2b5d303a12f-Passarell-Trailer-2_1_Pub.mp3] She adds the RCMP did have to co-ordinate various agencies involved in the clean up (i.e. CBSA, M of Transport, the Trucking Company, etc), but as most of the rerouting was officiated by the Ministry of Transportation, RCMP members weren’t taken away from other duties all day long.Advertisement A little more information has come to light on the trailor crash, that caused the Alaska Highway at the Baldonnel underpass to be closed for almost a full day.If you recall, the closure began on Monday evening at around 10 o’clock, when the trailer went off the road, overcorrected, and ended up on its side.The road was reopened yesterday at about 7:20 pm, although there had been several detour options available to motorists passing through.- Advertisement -We are now finding out the trailer was an American Transporter heading from the lower 48 to Alaska. As the truck had no stops scheduled within Canada, it had a seal placed on it by the Canadian Border Services Agency.RCMP Constable Jackelynn Passarell explains. [asset|aid=673|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f52897b0bd0605827e4a2b5d303a12f-Passarell-Trailer-1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

Ten arrested after Senegal soccer stadium deaths

first_img0Shares0000Senegalese authorities and the league federation found fans of Dakar-based US Ouakam were responsible for triggering a stampede which saw a stadium wall collapse at a cup final, crushing eight fans to death and injuring dozens more © AFP / SEYLLOUDAKAR, Senegal, Aug 8 – Ten football fans have been arrested in connection with a stampede last month which killed eight supporters attending a cup match in Dakar, Senegalese police said Tuesday.Those detained, all followers of local team US Ouakam, were detained Monday on suspicion of murder and premeditated assault, a police official told AFP. One of those arrested is the chairman of the US Ouakam supporters’ club who allegedly failed to help authorities identify fans who triggered the stampede.On Friday, the Senegalese league declared the Dakar-based outfit “wholly responsible” for the tragedy which occurred after Ouakam fans threw stones and other objects at rival Stade de Mbour supporters during Senegal’s League Cup final on July 15.A wall collapsed onto fans fleeing the stadium to escape the hail of projectiles, with some crushed in the panic. Eight people died and dozens more were injured in the crush.The match had to be abandoned in extra-time with Stade de Mbour, from south of the capital, leading 2-1 at the Demba Diop stadium. Afterwards, they were awarded the trophy.The Senegalese federation last week handed US Ouakam a seven-year ban from all national competitions.After the ban expires the club will have to resume in the regional level fourth division. They were also fined 10 million CFA francs (15,245 euros/$18,000).The league justified the punishment in finding that the Mbour fans were trapped by the falling stadium wall while trying to escape the “fury” of rival fans whose team were headed for defeat.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spurs end Newport’s Cup run at the second attempt

first_imgBut it was a different story at Wembley where, with South Korea’s Son Heung-Min impressing for Tottenham, Dan Butler’s 26th-minute own goal and an Erik Lamela strike eight minutes later put Spurs 2-0 up before half-time.Tottenham will now travel to third-tier strugglers Rochdale for a last-16 tie on the weekend of February 17-18.“It’s the FA Cup and it’s difficult,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told the BBC. “But I am happy because we wanted to be in the next round.“Son Heung-Min is doing fantastic this season and he feels important.“It is important to keep going and winning games. We are going to be very busy in the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup but we want to keep this run.”Meanwhile Newport manager Michael Flynn praised the visitors’ performance.“It was a good start in the first 25 minutes, but the manner of the goal, the way it went in, it took it out of the boys and deflated them,” he said.“I am very proud of the players. They put in a huge amount of work and they have done themselves and the club proud.”But not even the lure of a fixture at Wembley, Spurs’s temporary home while a new ground that will replace White Hart Lane is constructed, could stop Newport midfielder Sean Rigg quitting between the two ties to become a tattoo artist.The FA Cup has been a huge financial boost for Newport, with their run to this stage earning them at least £700,000 ($972,000, 792,000 euros).But the concern for the Welsh club was that the chance of an upset had come and gone at their Rodney Parade ground, where a goal from Irish striker Padraig Amond put them on course for a famous giant-killing.Newport were far from overawed in the replay and they were unlucky when a cross from Moussa Sissoko deflected off Butler and past stranded goalkeeper Joe Day to put Spurs ahead.It was not long before Spurs had their second goal, when Lamela, getting on the end of a well-weighted through ball from Son, scored for the first time since finding the net against Gillingham in September 2016.Spurs were comfortable in the second half but late in the game Amond had a chance to add a Wembley goal to his one at Rodney Parade in the original tie only to shoot at Michel Vorm.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Erik Lamela celebrates after scoring against Newport County at Wembley Stadium in London, on February 7, 2018 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 8 – Tottenham Hotspur finally ended lowly Newport County’s brave FA Cup run with a 2-0 win in a fourth-round replay at Wembley on Wednesday.Eight-time winners Spurs were just eight minutes away from a humiliating exit when England striker Harry Kane scored to salvage a 1-1 draw away to fourth-tier Newport last month.last_img read more

The 2nd Fort St. John Rangers seek fundraising opportunities

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The second Fort St. John Rangers are planning an international trip in the summer of 2021 and are seeking fundraising opportunities.The Rangers will be going to London and Paris and staying in hostels and Girl Guide accommodations as they travel. The Rangers require to raise $7085 per Ranger that plans to travel on this upcoming trip.Trying to raise funds to reach their goal, the Rangers have put out to the community they are wanting to help with your projects in efforts to raise funds for their trip.- Advertisement -The Rangers say they are willing to paint, do garbage clean-up after events, serving and clean-up after banquets, collect bottles, face painting at events, lot cleaning to mention a few ideas.If you have an upcoming project and could help with the Rangers fundraising efforts you can contact;Kayla Eicher at kayla.eicher91@gmail.comAdvertisement Tena Middleton at tenajam@yahoo.comlast_img read more

Gor striker Tuyisenge scoops June award

first_imgThe Rwandese scored five goals in that month that saw K’Ogalo win all their five matches on a trot.He was awarded Sh100 000, a trophy and a 49-inch LG TV courtesy of sponsors at their Camp Toyoyo training base.Following another outstanding month that saw them pull clear of their closest challengers Sofapaka, the team got an extra Sh50,000 for their contribution to the player’s June exploits.The 27 year-old emerged the best after scoring a brace against Nzoia Sugar FC and a goal each against Wazito FC, Ulinzi Stars, Posta Rangers and the winner against Sony Sugar.Jacques Tuyisenge is the June SJAK Player of the Month. Photo/COURTESY“I’m so happy to have been recognized with this award. I have for a long time hoped to win it and it is great to finally get it. I dedicate it to my team-mates who helped me achieve it. I can’t score without their input and they have really been great. Actually, the team functions because we are a unit. We play as a team and that is why we are this strong,” Tuyisenge noted.Tuyisenge also hopes to track the absent Elvis Rupia’s goal count and clinch the GoldenBoot this year. He was a runner-up for the gong last year and is the leading contender after Rupia’s departure to Zambia.“I can win the Golden Boot this year. As a striker whenever I leave a football pitch without scoring it hurts me so I want keep scoring and exceed the current leader who is not playing here anymore,” he addedTuyisenge who had a slow start to the season was shouldered with the responsibility of taking over the scoring mantle from Meddie Kagere, now at Simba and did not disappoint and his five goals clearly showed that he has what it takes to help the 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions to retaining the Sportpesa Premier League crown.Gor, who have played three matches less than the rest, are 12 points clear on the log and are still active in the CAF Confederation Cup and the FKF Shield Tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge posing with the trophy and TV. PHOTO/SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, July 26 – Gor Mahia talisman Jacques Tuyisenge was on Thursday named the June SportPesa/SJAK Player of the Month.Tuyisenge scooped the award after beating team-mate creative midfielder Francis Kahata in the poll conducted by Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Football Committee.last_img read more

China’s football dream more elusive after latest flops

first_imgChina’s national team have long been an embarrassment to the country and on Friday, Marcello Lippi’s side lost 1-0 to Qatar in Doha, triggering another bout of soul-searching and finger-pointing by Chinese media and fans.Titan Sports, citing “informed sources”, said that an apoplectic “high-ranking official” got on the phone to a team supervisor at the Khalifa Stadium before half-time to demand what was going on.Lippi, said to be the best-paid international coach in the world on reported wages of between $23 million and $27 million a year, admitted he was shocked by the team’s performance in Qatar.That was followed on Monday by a moribund 0-0 draw with Bahrain, who are ranked 113th in the FIFA rankings to China’s 75th, prompting Lippi to say that he was “mentally prepared for criticism”.Some incandescent fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, called for the national team to be disbanded.The 70-year-old Lippi, who is expected to step down after the Asian Cup in the UAE in January, said he had been “surprised and worried about the condition of our players” before the Qatar game.“If the Asian Cup opened next week, I’d be worried, but we still have time to become better,” added Lippi, who led his native Italy to win the World Cup in 2006.– Big money, little return –China improved when Lippi took over nearly two years ago, but that initial bounce is gone. In his 21 games in charge they have won eight, lost eight and drawn five.They failed to reach the World Cup in Russia — in Lippi’s defence, most of the damage to China’s qualifying hopes was done before he arrived — and he is under pressure for the first time.Lippi’s side had plenty of the ball against World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar but lacked a cutting edge up front, where Chinese Super League (CSL) top-scorer Wu Lei had little support or service.Lippi has previously bemoaned his lack of strikers, saying it was because CSL teams tended to favour expensive foreign forwards, limiting chances for Chinese players.On Monday, the Chinese Football Association announced that another well-known coach, the 71-year-old Guus Hiddink, will take over the under-21 side — another statement of intent.The Dutchman will earn just under four million euros a year after tax, local media said, which is more than England manager Gareth Southgate.With Lippi and now Hiddink, China boast two top coaches, albeit ones that are nearing the ends of their careers.– ‘Chronic illness’ –But there is widespread acknowledgement that China do not have the players to compete even with Asia’s best.The average age of Lippi’s starting line-up against Qatar was 30, underlining the dearth of young talent.“Speaking with no exaggeration, Lippi’s national team is truly standing at a crossroads,” journalist Bai Guohua wrote in the Soccer News newspaper.Bai said that the inclusion of the 38-year-old midfielder Zheng Zhi “reflects the frustrating reality of Chinese football -– if the younger players could take over quickly, don’t you think Lippi would be willing to bring in more youngsters?”As part of president Xi’s football drive, youth academies and pitches are springing up in China, but it is expected to take several years before they begin to bear fruit.China have only reached the World Cup finals once, in 2002, when they failed to win a point or score a goal.Bai lamented that “it feels like we are far from one step away from the World Cup”.“This is not a unique problem for Lippi’s national team, but a chronic illness of the Chinese football team.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000‘Prepared for criticism’: China’s head coach Marcello Lippi © AFP / STRSHANGHAI, China, Sep 11 – China is throwing money at President Xi Jinping’s ambitions to boast a top-class national football team and one day host a World Cup.But while the latter can be achieved by splashing the cash, the former appears further away than ever after a desperate four days.last_img read more