Boxing passage to Olympics needs to change say PGAs

first_imgPacific and Oceania boxing bodies want to pull out of its current affiliation to Asia and have its own qualifying competition for future Olympic Games.Pacific Games Associations (PGA), members of the bigger Pacific Games Council (PGC) and amateur boxing bodies from Oceania want a change in pathway to the Olympic Games.Currently for the Rio Olympics next year, Oceania boxers come under Asia for qualification.“This matter was raised with Robin (Mitchell- ONOC President) and also President Bach, the IOC President that we are concerned especially now that boxing is a member of Asian Boxing Federation and its no-longer an Oceania Boxing Federation, and we are very concerned especially where a lot of members invested a lot of money in their boxers and the qualification now its even harder and we not recognising our region,” said Marcus Stephens, chairman of the PGC’s Sports Committee.“Probably for Rio, it’s a bit too late but maybe after Rio, in Japan we’ll looking at that particular issue.”Dr Mitchell says he’ll be meeting up with President Bach on this matter next week and also with the President of the International Amateur Boxing Federation (AIBA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the IOC Congress. PACNEWSlast_img read more

Federer gives a survival lesson and qualifies for the Australian Open semifinals

first_imgPhoto: Reuters The Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, world number 3, qualified on Tuesday for the semifinals of the Australian Open after beating American Tennys Sandgren (number 100) in five sets after saving seven game points in the fourth set.The 38-year-old Swiss, who visibly suffered some physical discomfort, won 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, in a match that lasted four hours. This laborious victory adds to the five sets and three hours and 31 minutes he needed to defeat Australian John Millman in the third round of the tournament. The Swiss wins Sandgren in five sets saving seven ‘match-ball’His opponent in the next round will be the winner of Djokovic-Raoniccenter_img “Today I had incredible luck, I improved my game as the game progressed and the pressure decreased,” Federer said he saved three match points when he lost 5-4 and then another four, three of them in a row, in the game. tie-breaker of that hard-fought fourth set.“Today I didn’t deserve the victory, but here I am and obviously very happy,” Federer added. “I just told myself: I believe in miracles,” he said, referring to the moment when defeat seemed inevitable.All the more so because this Tuesday was not well physically. “Sometimes you feel weird. I felt a pain in the groin, my leg was tightening a little. I don’t like to go to the doctor, I don’t like to show my weaknesses,” Federer said.In the second and third set, Federer became nervous and argued with the referee about a warning. Then he asked for a medical break and left the court when he was losing 6-3, 2-6, 0-3.Overwhelmed in the second and third set, the Swiss miraculously won the fourth set and in the fifth he regained his tennis magic to sentence the match.“We will have to play better in the semifinals, because if I don’t have time to go skiing,” joked Federer when speaking on the court, immediately after the game. In the next round, he will face the winner of the duel between Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic.last_img read more

Even after 4th MVP, Ildefonso believes Fajardo hasn’t hit his ceiling yet

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “I’m proud and happy with the achievements June Mar has been getting, but I think as long as he’s healthy, he can still win more MVPs. It’s good if he gets another one and set a new record being the MVP for the fifth time,” said the San Miguel great, who himself was a two-time MVP.READ: Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFajardo’s fourth MVP award puts him in an illustrious club together with legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, but only the gentle giant has won the plum in consecutive seasons.He’s currently tied with Ildefonso for the record of most Best Player of the Conference awards at five. View comments “The competition is getting stronger, so he has to make it a project to be more fundamentally sound on offense and defense. He can’t get too comfortable on his position because the other teams are catching up and adapting on his game, so he should find a way to add more weapons to his arsenal,” the outspoken bench tactician said.Austria also believes that it’s high time for him to make his mark in the international stage.“It’s about time for him to help the national team. He has one of the biggest potential to help the national team succeed and he’s really going to be a valuable contributor for Gilas if he’s healthy,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beermen’s Mythical Five domination testament of hardwork, sacrifice MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Ildefonso is also hopeful that Fajardo’s defensive efforts would also be noticed as he expects the big man to figure in the league’s All-Defensive Team.“I hope he continues being a part of that because with June Mar, it’s not just about the offense because he’s big, but also, his defense should be commended,” he said.READ: Fajardo on pace for another PBA MVP awardFajardo was named to the All-Defensive Team for the third time in his career after leading the PBA with 11.34 rebounds and 2.02 blocks this season. He was cited as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year back in the 2015-16 season.Meanwhile, San Miguel coach Leo Austria is hoping to see his prized big man continue to develop basic skills, which will go a long way in helping him survive the big bullseye on his back.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter winning his fourth consecutive Most Valuable Player award, the milestones June Mar Fajardo can cross off his checklist seems to be getting smaller and smaller.But his mentor Danny Ildefonso believes that the Cebuano giant, despite an already successful five-year career, is nowhere near his ceiling and can still win the MVP award again next year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

Lesnar set for WrestleMania rematch after 7-man Elimination Chamber

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES “Woken” Matt Hardy was successful in taking out Bray Wyatt, hitting a Twist of Fate for the three-count.In the kickoff show, The Club topped The Miztourage after Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows connected with a Magic Killer on Curtis Axel.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reigns outlasted six other men, last pinning Braun Strowman after a trio of Superman Punches and a pair of thunderous Spears to come away with the victory and set his date with destiny.Strowman was dominating the seven-man Elimination Chamber match, taking out Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Elias, John Cena, Finn Balor, and Seth Rollins one-by-one, before Reigns pulled through in the end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Monster Among Men, though, had the last laugh as he sent Reigns through one of the pods as the show came to a close.Ronda Rousey also formally signed her WWE contract, but not without controversy as she sent WWE COO Triple H crashing through a table after Raw general manager Kurt Angle uncovered The Authority’s master plan against the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion. MOST READ Roman Reigns connected with a Superman punch to book his ticket to a WrestleMania date with Brock Lesnar. Photo by WWE.comBrock Lesnar is set to meet a familiar face at WrestleMania after Roman Reigns emerged triumphant in the biggest Elimination Chamber match in WWE history on Sunday in Las Vegas.The Big Dog will once again meet the Beast Incarnate in April, this time with the WWE Universal Championship hanging in the balance.ADVERTISEMENT Alexa Bliss successfully defended her Raw Women’s Championship, last eliminating Sasha Banks with a top rope DDT in the first ever women’s Elimination Chamber match.Also part of the match were Bayley, Mickie James, Sonya Deville, and Mandy Rose.The Bar also retained their Raw Tag Team Championship over Titus Worldwide after Sheamus and Cesaro connected with a White Noise-diving neckbreaker combo on Apollo.Asuka also kept her unbeaten streak intact, reversing Nia Jax’s powerbomb attempt with a jackknife pin for the victory.Jax, however, attacked Asuka after the match and speared her through the ringside barricade.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Political end to Olympics: North Korea offers talks with US It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

AJ Edu, Kai Sotto excited for twin tower tandem at Batang Gilas

first_imgThe Philippines’ youth program placed fourth in the Fiba U16 Asian Championship in Foshan with Sotto becoming the Mythical Team’s center while also qualifying for the Fiba U17 Basketball World Cup where they placed 14th out of 16 countries.Sotto, though, has found a running mate in 6-foot-11 AJ Edu as Batang Gilas competes in the Fiba U18 Asian Championship in Thailand.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’“I’ve said before, just like the fans, I’m excited. Everyone’s been saying nicknames like Twin Towers and stuff and it’s really cool,” said Edu during the team’s send-off press conference Thursday at Crowne Plaza.“Kai and I have a good relationship right now, on and off the court, and I think I can develop to something really good in the future,” added Edu, who will play for University of Toledo in the NCAA’s Division 1. “AJ will help me in a lot of ways and I will learn so much from him,” said Sotto who is two years Edu’s junior.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As for Sotto, who’s on his fourth stint as a Philippine international, playing with Edu will not only mean that the team will have another big man in the middle but he will also have someone that will help him in his basketball career.“I’m excited to play with him because he’s a special player because he’s not just tall but he’s also athletic,” said Sotto in Filipino. “We’re both rim protectors and in offense we can play off each other.”Both Sotto and Edu agree they won’t be taking up each other’s spaces on the floor since they will play different positions once they play at the same time.Sotto is the team’s center while Edu will play as the power forward.“We’re going to give our heart out and I think I’ll link well with him being the 5 and me being the 4 so it will be good,” said the 18-year-old Edu.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments MOST READ Batang Gilas had relative success when it only had one tower in 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto.ADVERTISEMENT 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’ Fajardo takes home 7th PBA Best Player of Conference award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Adhere to due process to honour CCJ’s recent rulings

first_imgDear Editor,A generation ago, a British sitcom captured the essence of the Westminster model of governance and dispensed with the polite fiction that ministers are indispensable. ‘Yes Minister’ portrayed the attempts of a bumbling over-promoted politician (now minister) to enact policies and handle crises. Each policy floundered as it met the impermeable ranks of the British civil service; each crisis was handled by civil servants with minimal input from the minister. The source of the satire holds true wherever the Westminster model persists— ministers are really just transitory figures at the helm of a permanent structure of government.The model of a permanent, politically-neutral civil service derives from our time as a British colony. Patronage— always a feature of the colonial civil service— became entrenched post-Independence. Much of our public sector has since served as a repository for political acolytes through successive administrations. The result? An Orwellian dystopia: a hopelessly bloated bureaucracy, a chronic shortfall of skillsets and experience, and a corresponding decline of trust in these public institutions and services among the general populace.Our solution? Two strategies linked to American-style governance have been adopted, perhaps a symptom of our unabashed reverence for all things American. The first is to hire contract workers at inflated salaries (either as an additional layer of patronage and cronyism or to fulfil key tasks or both). The second is an insatiable appetite for ‘capacity building’ in all spheres of government. Presumably the donor agencies prefer to continually fund ‘capacity building’ than to insist that the entire system requires root-and-branch reform, and not just periodic ‘tweaks’ and upgrades.The current system is, therefore, an uncomfortable and unworkable hybrid of two competing models of governance from Westminster and Capitol Hill. The bloat extends as far as our Cabinet, now the same size as Brazil’s, with few obvious gains other than an index-linked rise in photo-opportunities and travel junkets.Neither Westminster nor Capitol Hill can be held up these days as infallible models of good governance. However, the ethos of the Westminster model endures in our system of governance. No one is indispensable. No politician, no minister, no civil servant. All are in place to serve the nation. Further, the politics of division have birthed a precarious situation where minority governments look set to continue indefinitely in Guyana. So no one, no particular party, no interest group, no cohort is assured a lasting grip on power. A plea, therefore, for all involved to adjust their mind-sets and get on with the business of governance in a functioning democracy. There is a compelling need for all parties to adhere to due process, to honour the CCJ’s recent rulings and to proceed with gravitas and dignity. What we have at present is a ‘pappy show’ worthy of an episode of ‘Yes Minister’.Yours faithfully,Isabelle de Caireslast_img read more

Office of Professional Responsibility to actively monitor Police performance

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is undertaking a programme to tackle the main complaints and issues prevalent in each department.Police Commissioner Leslie James greeting residents at the Government outreachIn an exclusive interview, Police Commissioner Leslie James described it as a “thinking outside of the box initiative”.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the plan will help to better ascertain what are the issues affecting residents and, by extension, what the OPR needs to address urgently within the various communities, the Commissioner said.The Commissioner was among senior ranks manning the Public Security Ministry’s booth at the Sixth Government Outreach at the National Track and Field Centre in Edinburgh, Berbice.He explained that previously the OPR gathered information that was fed to it directly. However, by now tasking OPR officials to visit each division, the body and, by extension, the Force, would have an idea of what was going on. The new move will also serve as a tool for understanding how divisional ranks are perceived to be performing by the residents and stakeholders they protect and serve.Providing an overview of the booth’s activities, Commissioner James said enquiries focused on follow-ups about noise nuisance complaints, investigations, a lack of feedback from stations about incidents, possible false imprisonment cases, gun licence applications and a reported “unusual death” that was currently under investigation.Sunday’s government outreach follows a similar successful exercise conducted at Fort Wellington in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) on April 25. The next outreach will be held in Linden on April 30.last_img read more

Winners announced for Ice Fishing Derby

first_imgIn the adult division, first place went to Len Fallis, who snagged a fish measuring in at 1 lb, 7 oz, with a length of 42 cm. Fallis’ fish was the biggest catch of the tournament. Second in the adult category was between two contestants, Cyril Jones and Jon Kitt. Jones’ catch weighed in at 1 lb. 7 oz. at 42 cm. Kitt’s catch weighed in at the same measurements and weight, however, the tie breaker was awarded to Jones, who took home second place honours. In the kids category, first place went to Parl Cardinal, who caught a first place catch weighing in at 1 lb, 3 oz and measuring 39 cm long.- Advertisement – Second place was awarded to Jamie Bennet with a weight of 15 oz, 36.5 cm in length and third place went to Tyler Kitt with a fish of 13 oz. 35.5 cm. After being caught, smaller fishes were released back into the water, while the larger ones were cooked, kept or donated. Organizers made sure not to waste any of the fish reeled in over the weekend.last_img read more

Seller of Vick’s pit bull pleads guilty to dogfighting charge

first_imgAllen didn’t help kill the six to eight dogs that failed to perform well, prosecutors said. The details outlined in the indictment against Vick and related court filings fueled a public backlash against the Atlanta Falcons star and cost him several lucrative endorsement deals, even before he agreed to plead guilty to the dogfighting conspiracy charge. In his plea, Vick admitted to helping kill the underperforming pit bulls and supplying money for gambling on the fights. He said he didn’t personally place any bets or share in any winnings. The NFL suspended him indefinitely and without pay. Vick and his co-defendants still face state felony dogfighting charges.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.U.S. Attorney Michael Gill recommended that Allen spend no time in prison if he complies with conditions of the plea agreement because Allen cooperated with the investigation, had no prior criminal record and had limited involvement with Bad Newz Kennels. But U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson said he isn’t bound by that recommendation, and must take into account federal sentencing guidelines in the case. As part of his plea, Allen admitted in a statement that he sold a female pit bull named Jane in 2001 to Bad Newz Kennels in rural Surry County, and traveled with Vick’s dogfighting associates to Jane’s fights. In 2003, Bad Newz Kennels entered Jane in a “champion dog fight” – meaning she was fighting for her third consecutive win. Jane won the “champion” purse in a fight over another female pit bull. The winning purse is not known, according to documents filed by prosecutors. Allen also is accused of advising Vick and his co-defendants on managing and caring for pit bulls used in the rural Surry County dogfighting operation, and helping Vick and his associates pit their dogs against each other to determine which ones were good fighters, according to the document, filed by the U.S. attorney’s office. RICHMOND, Va. – A man who sold a champion pit bull to suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal dogfighting charge. Oscar Allen entered the plea to conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce to aid in illegal gambling and to sponsor a dog in animal fighting – the same charge to which Vick and his three co-defendants in the Bad Newz Kennels operation pleaded guilty. Vick is expected to be sentenced in December. The 67-year-old Allen, who lives in the Williamsburg area, is to be sentenced Jan. 25, 2008. He faces a maximum punishment of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release. He was released with conditions, including a prohibition on buying or selling any dogs. last_img read more

Gold Line heading east

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOYLE HEIGHTS – Construction to extend the Metro Gold Line further east entered a new phase Thursday as a pair of 1,000-ton boring machines were lowered into the ground to begin tunneling. The Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension will extend the light rail six miles east through Little Tokyo, the Arts District, Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. The $899 million project is scheduled for completion in late 2009. Beginning next month, the two machines, nicknamed Lola and Vicki, will dig two 1.7-mile tunnels at an average depth of 50 to 60 feet underground. The tunnels will extend between Mariachi Plaza and First and Lorena streets in Boyle Heights. Although it is a light rail line, the surface streets in Boyle Heights are too narrow to accommodate light rail trains. “The City of Los Angeles, especially the Eastside, is moving forward now as we enter this critical tunneling phase,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who chairs the MTA board. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, who represents the area, also attended the ceremony. “It’s a milestone that was achieved thanks to a united community, united local leaders and a united congressional delegation,” Molina said. “It won’t be long before we can all see the light at the end of the tunnel and that will be a welcome sight, indeed.” Acting on a motion from Molina, the MTA board Thursday voted to rename the project the Edward R. Roybal Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension after the former congressman who died in October. Roybal’s daughter, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles, represents the Boyle Heights area. “For the families of the East Los Angeles community whose transportation needs have been ignored for far too long, this is truly a day to celebrate,” Roybal-Allard said in a statement. Tunneling is slated to be completed in September, said MTA spokesman Jose Ubaldo.last_img read more