Koncz expects Pacquiao-Matthysse to generate more than Manny’s last fights

first_imgMichael Koncz, Manny Pacquiao’s longtime adviser. Photo by Mark GiongcoThere’s a likelihood that July 15 isn’t the first and last time Manny Pacquiao will fight in Malaysia.Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s longtime adviser, bared there’s a possibility of Manny Pacquiao fighting again in Malaysia but it will depend on the turnout of the Filipino boxing icon’s fight against Argentine champion Lucas Matthysse which will be staged at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 View comments LATEST STORIES “The offer that Manny got in Malaysia is tremendous and our goal is now is to maximize the returns so the investor’s happy and we go back there in the fall,” Koncz said. “We have to show that we know what we’re doing and we can give them a return then, we’ll have another one.”The Pacquiao and Matthysse fight is the biggest boxing match to be held in Malaysia since Muhammad Ali beat Joe Bugner in 1975.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 crownEver the showman, Pacquiao remains one of boxing’s biggest draws despite being at the tailend of his illustrious career and with an aggressive fighter like Matthysse on the opposing corner, Koncz believes the bout will be a big hit.“I like this fight because it’s a challenge. it has tremendous opportunity to be a crowd-pleasing explosive fight,” he said. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Definitely, [this fight will generate] more money than the last three to four fights [against] Bradley, Vargas, Horn.”Koncz said the target for Pacquiao’s next fight is in November with the hard-hitting Ukranian Vasyl Lomachenko as the likely opponent.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matthysse vows fight ‘to the death’ against Pacquiao P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more

‘Stop Doubting Ebola’ Campaign Intensifies in ELWA Communities

first_imgIn the fight against the deadly Ebola virus,  especially with the latest news of the puzzling deaths of a nurse and her family of about seven members killed from the virus in the ELWA Hospital Communities, a group under the banner, Friends of Mark Sackie, has ended a two-day sensitization and awareness preventive campaign on the virus in that communities.On Sunday, the group, at the verge of the sensitization  distributed 168 buckets freely to six communities in ELWA and urged the inhabitants to “stop the doubt: Ebola is real and prevent it.”Alongside the buckets, So Klin laundry detergent and Madar Bleach Chlorade were also given freely for the constant use of washing their hands, along with Ebola prevention leaflets.The benefitting communities were Frog Island, Rock Crusher, King Gray, Nyondea, Millionaire Quarter and Kpelleh Towns.The awareness campaign and donations, according to the leader and the frontrunner, Mark Sackie, are intended to accentuate  the heightened fears of the outbreak of Ebola and instill hope that the virus can be prevented by avoiding physical contacts with suspected persons showing signs and symptoms of the virus and always washing hands with soap.  The neighborhood people were also urged to stop touching dead bodies and eating fruits eaten by animals as well as avoid eating dead or dried animals (bush meats).Mr. Sackie listed the signs and symptoms as high fever, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting and sore throat.Mr. Ebenezer Hentie of King Gray and David Brown of Millionaire Quarter said the donations were timely and urged others to emulate the gesture of the Friends of Mark Sackie, while Elder Lewis Colnoe of Rock Crusher said he hoped that the unbelievers would believed that there is Ebola.The awareness campaign was interspersed with arguments from some youths saying that Ebola isn’t real while most of them were of the conviction of its real presence in the country.A teenager, David Sonnie, said the infection of the US physician, Kent Brantly, a 33-year-old doctor who had been serving as medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, clear his doubts.Mr. Sackie is a Liberian and is working in the private sector. He currently resides in the country, but chose to create awareness in the ELWA communities because he was born there.“I have always identified with the people of ELWA whether there is good or bad,” Mr. Sackie said. “But his prayer is that there should be no new case either in ELWA, Liberia or Africa or the world.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Unions rejecting “performance” criteria

first_imgUG salary negotiations– as grades for some students remain outstandingAs the administration of the University of Guyana (UG) moves forward with plans to offer staff increases of no more than eight per cent, the relevant unions are hesitant to accept the ‘performance’ aspect of the agreement.UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw GriffithThis was related by UG’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, who told Guyana Times recently that the unions representing UB staff members and UA members on Friday indicated a willingness to accept the offers of eight per cent and six per cent respectively. Professor Griffith, who also serves as the institution’s Principal, however, noted that his insistence that the performance of staff members be considered before the payments are disbursed was not sitting well with the workers’ representative bodies.The University of Guyana“We gave the final offer (Friday) and the sticking point is not so much the percentage increase, the sticking point is that I’m insisting that performance be part of that agreement and they (the unions) are saying no, [so] I’m saying we’re not going to have any agreement,” the Vice Chancellor affirmed.Government’s budgeted recommendation was that staff should be paid 15 per cent salary increases for 2017, but UG opted to offer less than what was proposed. It was on August 30 that the unions learnt of the administration’s offer, which followed negotiations that began on July 12.Professor Griffith on Friday indicated that it was improbable to offer increases to staff members who have outstanding grades for students who completed last semester and have already begun a new academic year.“They have accepted the money part, but the money [aspect] is part of a larger agreement that says ‘performance’, especially for people who have got outstanding grades; [they] are not supposed to get [increases] until they turn their grades in,” he noted.This publication was informed that upon the University’s disclosure of the performance criteria, the unions informed members that if they were not in agreement, they could go to conciliation.“The final offer is 6-8 per cent retroactive to January 1, 2017, but inclusive of performance issues, performance is important. You can’t just get the money and not consider performance,” Griffith maintained.Over the past several months, there have been stalled negotiations between the UG administration and the union bodies, so much so that workers staged several protest actions, demanding substantial salary increases and called for academic and non-academic staff to receive hikes of 23 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.UG had noted in late September that obligations, including benefits such as allowances for travelling, entertainment, uniforms and academic materials; study leave (salary and housing for three months); sabbatical leave (salary and housing for 12 months); leave passage; and duty allowance for Deans, heads and co-coordinators would all be met if the staff accepted the deal.UG viewed this current offer in the context of what was affordable in keeping with the mandate by the University Council. The institution had pointed out that increases in base salaries and pensions were not the only financial obligations that the University had to meet.In 2016, workers had said that while the UG administration claimed it had no money to pay benefits, including 10 bursaries for their children who performed with distinction at national exams, it was at that time able to find “over $8 million to increase the salaries of statutory officers who had joined the university some eight months prior”. To this end, it was highlighted that the take-home pay of certain categories of staff amounted to approximately $1 million per month.Vacation leave and students’ outstanding gradesSpeaking on the plight of students waiting on grades, an insider highlighted over the weekend that after examinations are completed in May or early June, some lecturers would proceed on vacation leave outside Guyana for several weeks or months and would only start marking examination papers and later submit grades upon their return to the jurisdiction.This newspaper was further told that depending on the prevailing factors, some courses may start later than the regular scheduled semesters. This is also responsible for some of the delays in availability of students’ grades.Over the years, many students have complained that not knowing their grades before the new semester commenced affects the registration process as certain courses serve as a prerequisite to others. It was expressed that this situation creates uncertainty and anxiety which could affect students’ ability to actively focus on the new academic year.last_img read more

Tar Heels make the Devils blue

first_imgRookie Ty Lawson added 15points for the Tar Heels (21-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 10points early in the second half before finally going ahead to stay in the final minutes. Freshman Jon Scheyer had a career-high 26 points for the Blue Devils (18-6, 5-5), who have lost three straight games for the first time since 1999 – when they lost to Connecticut in the NCAA championship and opened the 1999-2000 season with two straight losses. For the second straight year, North Carolina’s youngsters walked into one of college basketball’s most intimidating arenas and came out with a confidence-building win. Freshman Brandan Wright scored 19 points while Tyler Hansbrough added 16 to lead the fifth-ranked Tar Heels past No. 16 Duke 79-73, earning their second straight win in Cameron Indoor Stadium. After trailing by as many as 10 points early in the second half, the Tar Heels hung around by constantly subbing in an endless stream of fresh bodies while pressuring Duke’s ballhandlers the entire way. By the time the game was entering its final minutes, North Carolina looked fresher and found ways to knock down the critical shots. No. 1 Florida 71, Georgia 61: Corey Brewer scored 18points, Al Horford added 17 and the visiting Gators (22-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) stretched their winning streak to 15 games. No. 4 Wisconsin 71, Penn St. 58: Alando Tucker scored 24 points, Michael Flowers added 12 and the visiting Badgers (23-2, 9-1 Big Ten) pulled away after halftime. No. 7 Pittsburgh 60, West Virginia 47: Sam Young scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Panthers (21-3, 9-1 Big East) to a win for the Mountaineers’ first home loss of the season. No. 9 Kansas 97, Kansas St. 70: Brandon Rush scored 18points and the Jayhawks (20-4, 7-2 Big 12) routed the Wildcats in a rough and spirited renewal of a long rivalry that has been re-energized with the arrival of coach Bob Huggins. center_img No. 11 Marquette 67, Rutgers 47: Ousmane Barro had 11points and 11 rebounds to lead the host Golden Eagles (21-4, 8-2 Big East). Oklahoma 67, No. 17 Oklahoma St. 60: Nate Carter scored six of his 18 points in the final minutes to help the host Sooners stave off a late rally and preserve a win over the Cowboys (18-5, 4-4) in the Bedlam rivalry. No. 18 Alabama 80, Mississippi St. 79: Ronald Steele drove the length of the court for a layup with 6.7 seconds left to give the host Crimson Tide (18-5, 5-4 SEC) the victory. No. 20 Kentucky 95, South Carolina 89: Ramel Bradley scored 21 points and Bobby Perry added a season-high 18 to lead the host Wildcats (18-5, 7-2 SEC). No. 21 Southern Illinois 60, Bradley 50: Tony Young scored 25 points to lift the host Salukis (20-5, 11-3) over late-charging Bradley and remain tied atop the Missouri Valley Conference. No. 22 Georgetown 73, Louisville 65: Roy Hibbert scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Hoyas (17-5, 7-2 Big East) to their sixth straight win. WOMEN No. 15 Baylor 80, Texas Tech 67: Jhasmin Player scored a career-high 22 points to lead the visiting Lady Bears (20-4, 7-3 Big 12), who have 20 wins for the seventh-straight season. No. 16 Texas A&M 69, Missouri 63: Takia Starks scored 21 points and the Aggies (18-4, 8-2 Big 12) weathered a rally by the host Tigers for their fifth straight win. Notre Dame 64, No. 17 Louisville 55: Charel Allen scored 21 points and the host Irish used a big run late in the second half to overcome a 12-point deficit and beat the Cardinals (21-3, 7-3 Big East). No. 18 Bowling Green 86, Ball St. 76: Reserve Amber Flynn had 18 points and eight rebounds, Kate Achter added 18points and the host Falcons (21-2, 10-0 Mid-American) held off a late rally. No. 19 Middle Tennessee St. 83, Louisiana-Monroe 70: Amber Holt scored 25 points and Chrissy Givens had 22 as the visiting Blue Raiders (22-3, 14-0 Sun Belt) shot 59.6 percent from the field. No. 21 Nebraska 62, Kansas St. 55: Kiera Hardy scored 13 points to lead the visiting Cornhuskers (19-4, 8-2 Big 12) to their fourth straight win and seventh in eight games. 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

Atmenta leads St. Paul, 2-0

first_img“We gave up just (five) hits today and I’ll take that from our pitchers every outing,” Chiefs coach Annette Ledesma said. “We hit the ball hard, but just couldn’t get them to fall. “I credit Atmenta because she really got stronger as the game went on. She really turned it on in the last inning and our hitters had to work hard.” So did the Swordsmen, who earned the victory by scoring two runs in the fourth inning. St. Paul put runners on first and second with one out following singles by Ashley Latios and Atmenta before Adrianna O’Neil’s RBI single to right field made it 1-0. Atmenta then scored when the throw home eluded catcher Ariel Mendez. “We told them to just keep hitting and eventually they will fall through,” St. Paul coach Cassie Morales said. “I’m really proud of them.” SANTA FE SPRINGS – The St. Paul and Santa Fe high school softball teams could not both win in Thursday’s nonleague game at Little Lake Park. It just seemed that way. The host Swordsmen, playing their season opener, were all smiles after they got seven solid innings in the pitcher’s circle from Kaelynn Atmenta and scored a 2-0 win over the Chiefs. The Santa Fe players weren’t too disappointed after losing for the first time in four games, however. center_img Atmenta took it from there. She struck out five in the final three innings to finish with six for the game and a two-hitter. “(Atmenta) was very much in the zone,” Morales said. “She came up big.” Atmenta did run into some trouble in the seventh. Santa Fe put runners on first and third with two outs, but she got Kristen Flores to fly out to center field to end the game. steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 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

Chilliwack Cattle Sales back in business, former employees may face criminal charges

first_imgThe association says Chilliwack Cattle Sales has taken action, installing cameras to provide 24-hour surveillance.A video released earlier this month appears to show 8 employees at the largest dairy operation in the country involved in the abuse of cattle at the farm.They have since been fired but could still face charges, pending the outcome of an investigation led by the SPCA. – Advertisement –last_img

Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, January 12

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester United are closing in on a shock £25m move for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte. (Daily Star)Liverpool could sell Mario Balotelli this month and put the cash they receive for the striker towards deals for Napoli hitman Gonzalo Higuain and Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero. (Daily Express)Liverpool are close to selling winger Oussama Assaidi to Dubai-based Al-Ahli for £4.7m. The winger has cut his short his loan spell at Stoke ahead of the permanent switch. (The Sun)Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko has described Arsenal as ‘the club of my heart’ as he eyes a January switch to the Gunners. (Daily Mail)Arsenal and Manchester United target Virgil van Dijk says he is more likely to leave Celtic in the summer than during the January transfer window. (Daily Star)Wilfried Bony was paid £1million by Swansea to remove a £19m release clause in his contract. Bony signed fresh teams with the Swans in November with the club demanding the clause be dropped from his new deal. He is now set to seal a move worth £30m to Manchester City. (The Sun)Aston Villa are hoping to conclude a £3.9million deal for Valencia’s Carles Gill with the attacking midfielder flying into Birmingham on Monday. (Daily Mail)Leicester have made a £3million bid for Tottenham right-back Kyle Naughton. While Spurs have not accepted the offer, they are willing to allow Naughton to leave this month – and Swansea are expected to table a counter offer. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines… ‘Has there been any progress at Man United?’ – Riled Van Gaal reacts to press probesMan United 0-1 Southampton: Super-sub Tadic stuns dreadful Red DevilsKoeman hails ‘unbelievable spirit’ of Southampton’s history makersManchester City defender close to Schalke switch, says general managerExclusive – ‘I’m no rhino!’ Mertesacker laughs off criticism from Szczesny’s fatherStoke City boss lauds ‘intelligent’ Arsenal star Sanchezlast_img read more

MEG AND PATRICK PICK UP GYMNASTIC GOLD!

first_imgMeg and her medals!On Friday two local gymnasts travelled to Belfast to compete in the Northern Region Special Olympics Gymnastics Competition in the Belvoir Activity Centre.Twelve year old Meg Carr from Hawthorn Heights competed in Level One and came first in the Floor Routine, the Beam Routine, the Bars and the Vault and also won the All Round Female category for her level.Thirty one year old Patrick Quinlivan from the Long Lane area competed in Level Four and came first in the Men’s Floor Routine, the Pommell Horse, the Rings, the Parallel Bars, the High Bar and the Vault and also won the All Round Male category for his level. Congratulations are extended to both gymnasts for all their hard work especially with the new routines.Meg & PatrickMeg and Proud Sister Nell!All hail Meg! Meg with members of LCGC  MEG AND PATRICK PICK UP GYMNASTIC GOLD! was last modified: May 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:MEG AND PATRICK PICK UP GYMNASTIC GOLD!last_img read more

Just three days left to enter First Dates Donegal!

first_imgThings will be heating up in Dunfanaghy next month as First Dates hopefuls gather in Arnold’s Hotel. Singletons looking for love are in for an exciting weekend of mingling, music and maybe more on Friday 10th to Saturday 11th November in the seaside town.For anyone hoping to find romance before the holiday season, this could be your chance to meet The One, but you have to hurry! There are just three days remaining to get your entry in for Saturday’s First Dates Donegal Dinner and tell Arnold’s about your dream match. Where can you sign up? Visit: http://www.arnoldshotel.com/Live-Music-Events-in-Donegal/FirstDatesDonegal to get the application form.Arnold’s Hotel DunfanaghyFirst Dates Donegal, a first for the county, will be a weekend packed with fun and entertainment. People are encouraged to get out from swiping behind their phones and meet fellow singletons face to face!Yes, you can book in for the weekend or you can just drop by and enjoy the fun and socialising and apply for the First Dates Dinner. You don’t have to be a hotel resident to take part. The restaurant of romance at Arnold’s HotelCathy Cowan of Arnold’s Hotel outlines the plan for First Dates Donegal: “Friday night we have drinks promotions, Mayo band Flat Out live and a 90s Party until late with DJ Dano.“Saturday night is our First Dates Dinner and it will follow a similar format to the TV Show but no cameras rolling.“After all the dates are over the party starts in the bar with The Humble Earthworms followed by a Late Night DJ Set with iRadio’s Louise Clarke until 2am.”Flat OutHumble EarthwormsLouise ClarkeNon-Residents are very welcome to enjoy all the entertainment and fun of the weekend and are also permitted to apply for a blind date at Saturday’s First Dates Donegal Dinner. For those who really want to make a weekend out of it, you can book the exclusive First Dates Donegal Package for €135 per person sharing. Single Rooms priced at an additional €20 per night. – 2 Nights Bed & Full Irish Breakfast– Pre-Dinner Prosecco Reception– 3 Course Gourmet Dinner– A Blind Date– After Party in Arnolds Bar til LateVisit: http://www.arnoldshotel.com/Live-Music-Events-in-Donegal/FirstDatesDonegal for all the details. You never know, this could be the start of a beautiful romance!Just three days left to enter First Dates Donegal! was last modified: October 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Arnolds Hotelfirst dates donegallast_img read more

South Africans tackle corruption

first_img15 March 2012South African civil society initiative Corruption Watch received more than 500 complaints from the public in the first month of its existence, with municipalities, traffic cops and the health sector the most frequently complained about.The strong response reflected “a clear willingness on the part of members of the public to reveal their experiences of corruption and speak out against it,” Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis said in a statement on Sunday.The initiative seeks to facilitate the flow of information and enable the South African public to hold their leaders, in both the public and private sector, accountable.Corruption Watch will investigate certain of the complaints, while using all the information it receives to identify corruption “hot-spots” in the country.Members of the public can report cases by visiting www.corruptionwatch.org.za, e-mailing info@corruptionwatch.org.za, or sending an SMS to 45142 at a cost of R1 per message. Whistle-blowers can choose to remain anonymous.Giving voice to the public“Our principle objective is to give voice to the public,” Lewis said. “No government or business leader who looks at our data and at our Facebook page can be left in any doubt as to the level of outrage on the part of ordinary members of the public.”The organization defines corruption as the abuse of power and public resources – whether at the hands of government or business sector employees and institutions – for personal gain. “Corruption could include the abuse of lottery funds, municipal funds, government pension funds and medical aids, and public donations to charitable bodies.”Just under half the cases reported so far fell within its mandate, Corruption Watch said, with about 32% concerning industrial relations issues, consumer grievances (especially about banks), misconduct by lawyers, municipal mismanagement, and business-to-business fraud.‘Serious allegations’Many of these had been referred to organizations better placed to deal with consumer protection or labour issues.“The remaining 25% of cases require further assessment as they were not easy to categorise,” the organisation said. “They were service delivery complaints, which may be due to badly managed processes or a result of corrupt behaviour.”Among the cases Corruption Watch was currently investigating were cases involving “serious allegations of corruption,” Lewis said.“In two of these, we believe that we have sufficient evidence to refer to the law enforcement authorities or the Public Protector. We will closely monitor progress on the cases and inform the public regularly.”Report on the health sectorIn its first month, Corruption Watch also launched an application with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the Gauteng Department of Health for access to the report of an SIU investigation into allegations of fraud, procurement irregularities, and financial mismanagement in the Gauteng Health Department.The investigation was initiated by a Proclamation in May 2010. However, the report on the investigation was never shared with the public.The SIU report, said Lewis, was likely to reveal “crucial details about how public officials abused their power and public resources to undermine not only the health system but the general health of ordinary citizens.“Access to the SIU report will greatly assist the process of discussion of a report into corruption in the health sector which has been commissioned by Corruption Watch and which we expect to release soon.”In April, Corruption Watch plans to launch its first campaign and release its report into corruption in the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department’s traffic policing function. “This will kick off a major campaign aimed at reforming the JMPD and informing the public about their rights and duties in relation to corruption in traffic policing,” the organisation said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more