Team Lakay aspiring for Manny Pacquiao’s longevity

first_imgEduard Folayang, the current ONE lightweight king, said winning titles across different divisions the way Pacquiao did is near impossible to pull off in MMA.“Boxing and mixed martial arts are two different sports, so it will be hard to replicate his success in being a world champion in as many weight classes,” Folayang said. “There’s a huge gap in weight in each division in mixed martial arts.”But aiming to have the same staying power as Pacquiao’s is tough but achievable for Folayang. “What I hope to accomplish instead is to be a world champion for as long as he is. He encourages me to stay healthy, long enough to compete in a world championship at 40,” said Folayang.“Everything he is right now is a result of his hard work and perseverance. His story inspires all of us in Team Lakay.”ADVERTISEMENT NorthPort teammates blown away by Robert Bolick: ‘He’s not even a rookie’ View comments MOST READ Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA, Indonesia—Team Lakay doesn’t have to look far for an added source of motivation in its fighters’ bid to remain as world champions for as long as they could.Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has been one of the best boxers of his generation for the longest time and although, he’s not the same fighter he once was when he conquered one division after another, he’s still a world champion even at age 40.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That longevity is what the warriors of Team Lakay are aspiring to emulate on the MMA stage.“Manny Pacquiao is an inspiration to all of us in Team Lakay. We all saw how he rose from from poverty to superstardom,” said Team Lakay headmaster Mark Sangiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“If we can, we would love to replicate the duration of his title reign. We also hope to compete at that level on a global stage at 40 years old.”  Pacquiao won his first world title as a flyweight in 1998 then, went on to claim seven more major belts to become the sport’s only eight-division champion after dismantling Antonio Margarito for the WBC light middleweight crown in 2010. On Sunday (Manila time), the fighting Senator is defending his WBA (regular) strap against Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

US$1.2M Allocated for Sea Erosion Victims

first_imgPrince Anything Wreh, National Housing Authority (NHA Deputy Director for Administration, said government has allocated US$1.2 million for the construction of 100 housing units in the VOA Brewerville City for people affected by sea erosion.Mr. Wreh made the disclosure yesterday at the Information Ministry regular Thursday press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.He said the amount will go directly towards the relocation or repatriation of victims of sea erosion from West Point, one of the slum communities in Liberia.“The NHA has negotiated for 25 acres of land for the construction of the housing units. The project will kick-off by December and will be completed early June 2017,” Mr. Wreh said. According to him, the construction of each unit will cost about US$ 8,000, where the government has also identified such initiative as a national emergency that needs quick attention.He said the NHA will ensure that the units are purposely for those victimized by recent sea erosion victims only, not to be used for gambling, rent, lease, commercial center or school when completed in June of 2017. “We will have adequate sanitation conditions, bathroom in each of the unit, massive and proper septic tank, and a good road network leading to the main road onward to the estate,” he said. Director Wreh disclosed that there has been a time were people residing in West Point engaged into finding place to sleep at night due to sea erosion that destroyed homes, adding that, “We see people with children leaving to get place for the night and even seeking refuge in canoes and churches. This rainy season, the situation has been more deplorable as well.” “Over a period of time, we are fully aware that our mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who reside in West Point have become victims of the sea erosion. Over five thousand have been made homeless. This number was gathered about a month and half ago but with possibilities that the number has increased now,” he stated. Director Wreh said women and children continued to live in a devastated condition, which the government or NHA needs to intervene quickly, through relocation as is ongoing now.He said statistics have shown that most of the people living in West Point are either fishermen or live on the fishing industry in that area. Director Wreh further disclosed that the new location in Brewerville or VoA is also closer to the sea, which will accommodate their livelihood, adding that, “There should be no fear that future sea erosion would lead to relocation of the second West Point.” He stressed that only victims and homeowners will benefit from the 100 housing units, adding that ‘Over the last two years, there have been victims of West Point who have formed an organization called West Point Victims Relief Association. We have 1800 family heads who signed a petition to have government voluntarily repatriate or relocate them.”Meanwhile, according to him, there will be a major conference at the Monrovia City Hall that will bring together all stakeholders from West Point to discuss and look at the plan for the US$1.2 million that has been provided. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berserk church member slits pensioner’s throat

first_imgThe injured man, Victor DanielsA 78-year-old man was attacked on Saturday while at church on Princes Street, Georgetown, by a member of the congregation, who reportedly recently got baptised but went berserk and cut the man’s throat.Guyana Times visited the injured man, Victor Daniels, at his Bent Street, Georgetown home on Wednesday, where he recalled that he and a few other church members, including the suspect, had finished some construction work and were cracking jokes when he was attacked.Reports are the man was attacked at about 10:00h on Saturday morning.“We were at the church. We were fetching in sand because the fence got to be done and so. After we finish fetching in the sand, we were making jokes, you know the wuk done so we feel nice. Suddenly I feel someone vice (choke) me but I feel is somebody making joke with me so I say wah wrong with ai yuh? We just done wuk stop making yourself stupid but then I feel it getting tighter and I feel like a prick so I just carry my arm (back) and I go down to the ground and that is how it (the cut) come right up here,” the injured man recollected.He said he was not sure who had hurt him until he heard the Priest and other church folks shouting at the man asking what he had done. By then, Daniels said he was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was treated.The man said he underwent a surgery and received 23 stitches to his neck. But in forgiving the youngster for what he had done, the pensioner said that he does not want the youth to go to jail.“It’s not a robbery, that’s why I say something wrong. He tripped out, that why I told the Police he needs psychiatric evaluation because in these things all they study is incarceration but if you incarcerate a man, when he come out back is the same place he deh. It might even be worse,” the man stated.According to him, the young man joined their congregation about a year ago and was, in fact, recently baptised.The man’s wife, 75-year-old Veronica Daniels, told this newspaper that she thought she lost her husband when she got the news. She said, “I say that’s it. I say my husband die because if you hear somebody slash your husband’s throat you know is not nothing (good)”.She said she is nonetheless happy that her husband is alive today. Mrs Daniels also expressed that she wants the young man to receive psychiatric treatment as she believes he had a mental breakdown that caused him to operate the way he did.last_img read more

MP confused by Govt’s sudden need for PPP model

first_img– Points to Govt’s unwillingness to honour Berbice Bridge agreement Close to six months ago, Government laid a Public-Private Policy (PPP) Framework document in the National Assembly. This document is an institutional and legal outline that encourages the private sector to participate in the procurement and financing of public projects.More recently, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, declaring Government’s intention to prepare for the modernisation of Port Georgetown, said Government was looking to attract private sector financing, but a feasibility study would first have to be done before commencement of the project.Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill has said he welcomes the fact that there is a follow through with this idea, but he has reminded that it had been under active consideration before the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had demitted office in 2015, and had been discussed at Cabinet level.“The development of Port Georgetown is not a new development by the coalition Government. It is the Shipping Association and the private sector (which) had long indicated the need for the Government to do something…so that we can carry greater capacity to reduce freight,” he explained.Edghill told Guyana Times on Sunday that the PPP model had been used by the PPP/C as a developmental tool to garner financing to advance Guyana’s development. He recalled that it had also received heavy criticism from the then Opposition parties, A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC).“As a matter of fact, they saw a jumbie behind every tree when it related to the PPP arrangement, and they had a lot of negativity… They painted it as if it was something that was causing Government to be giving away projects to friends and families,” the MP also recalled.He also said it is heartening that the GovernmOpposition MP Juan Edghillent would like to move forward with a PPP model for Port Georgetown; but the former Junior Finance Minister said this development is of major concern because that same model had been used to produce an infrastructure development project such as the Berbice Bridge.“…which has been constantly attacked, so much so that they have taken over the arrangements of the bridge and (are) unwilling to honour the agreement in the PPP arrangement… I am particularly confused and concerned, and I believe that every Guyanese ought to be…,” he added.Edghill is questioning the intent of the Government. “Is it to have a policy of PPP arrangement for infrastructure development? Or (do) they want to see it to benefit a particular or selected group of individuals? Because if they are faithful to the PPP model, then their treatment and handling of the Berbice Bridge in terms of negotiation, those who took the risk are not left at a disadvantage…or breach the contract and not wanting to honour the concessions in the agreement,” he explained.“So it is troubling to me to find out how they would like to advance a PPP model for Port Georgetown while continuing their rhetoric, and moving beyond their rhetoric to actual attacks on the signal PPP which was used for the Berbice Bridge.”Further to that, he said the PPP framework document that was laid in the National Assembly earlier this year has not yet been debated and publicly ventilated. He also said it carries with it a list of concerns, particularly the total elimination of National Procurement and Tender Administration where, in that framework that they have, established a single sub-committee which supersedes the procurement laws.According to the framework, the Government’s intention is to encourage innovation in as many ways as possible. It said PPPs have been applied to the infrastructure sector, in particular areas of electricity, telecommunications, water, transport and solid waste.The Government plans to use the model for a number of key areas of development. These include the Demerara Harbour Bridge, the Linden- Lethem road link, the Deep-Water Harbour and container port, the Mini and Maxi Hydro plants and energy farms, and milk plant for Guyana, among others. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

Rehab includes trip to slopes

first_imgAll five servicemen who made the trip to Bear Mountain were seriously wounded in Iraq, said David Donaldson, a recreation therapist at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Four of the men are amputees, and the fifth is recovering from a brain injury. “What we’re doing up here is we’re working on strength, working on stamina, working on balance, endurance,” Donaldson said. “And then there’s the psycho-social aspect, just being out on the mountain on a beautiful day like today.” Army Specialist Josh Gutierrez, who hails from West Covina, was on a mission to find two captured soldiers in Iraq in June 2006 when a bomb blast took away his right leg and wounded his left leg. Gutierrez said the hardware in his left leg – seven screws and a metal rod – “is the only thing that’s stopping me from running right now.” He also said he and other wounded military personnel need to take on challenges, such as learning a new sport, to help the rehabilitation process along. Navy Corpsman Randell Leoncio said the day was about “getting back out there and doing things you used to do.” Leoncio was born in the Philippines and came to Laguna Hills in 1991. He learned to snowboard before he was deployed to Iraq. In October 2005, he was riding in a Humvee through Ramadi when a roadside bomb exploded, flipping the vehicle. The attack cost Leoncio his leg, but not his enthusiasm for snowboarding. After a few hours on the slopes, Leoncio said losing a limb shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying life. “As long you have the will,” he said, tapping his prosthetic leg with one hand, “you can do whatever.” (909) 386-3921160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The soldier, who was fitted with prosthetic legs after being wounded in Iraq eight months ago, was one of five servicemen who came to Bear Mountain Tuesday for the first part of a two-day skiing trip that is one stop on their path to rehabilitation. The ski lessons came courtesy of the U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center, which is housed in a small building near the resort’s ski slopes. This season is the center’s 19th winter, executive director Tom Peirce said. The organization’s mission is to help people with physical or mental disabilities play sports. Equipment like the “sit-ski” that Keeslar rode down the shimmering white slopes Tuesday is one example of the way sporting equipment can be adapted for people who have been injured. Peirce’s center worked with the Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization that aids wounded veterans, to make the ski lessons happen. The San Diego-based Don Diego Ski Club also helped out by donating money. BIG BEAR LAKE – Jacque Keeslar doesn’t need legs to ski. The 37-year-old grew up in Big Bear Lake and knows his way around the slopes of Bear Mountain Resort. On Tuesday, he found a new a way to ride the mountain. A U.S. Army staff sergeant, Keeslar lost both legs to the blast of an improvised explosive device eight months ago in Iraq. On a return visit to his hometown Tuesday, he learned to make his way down a snow-covered hill on what he called a “sit-ski,” which is basically a chair attached to a single ski. “It’s kind of the same, you know. It’s just about going up there and conquering the mountain,” Keeslar said. last_img read more

Negredo expected to miss three months after undergoing surgery, says Man City boss Pellegrini

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed striker Alvaro Negredo has undergone surgery and is expected to be sidelined for three months.The Spanish striker suffered a fractured metatarsal in Friday’s pre-season friendly victory over Hearts.“Alvaro had surgery today on his broken foot and he will probably be out for two or three months,” said Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference ahead of the club’s match against Sporting Kansas City.“It is a blow for us because Alvaro is a very important member of our squad so obviously we will miss him.”Negredo became an instant hit with City fans after arriving in a £16million deal from Sevilla last summer.He scored an impressive 23 goals in his first 33 games but his form tailed off and he failed to score in the final four months of the season.He was linked with a move away from the Etihad earlier this summer, but put an end to speculation over his future last week by insisting he was happy at City. Alvaro Negredo with manager Manuel Pellegrini 1last_img read more


first_imgA young Inishowen woman is doing what she does best to help a little lad with cancer.Little Jack is still battling cancer.Clare Mc Carron from Buncrana and she’s “A Dancer Against Cancer.”She recently opened a new state-of-the-art dance studio in Buncrana called Elite Dance Academy (formally Elite Dance Crew).Clare takes up the story.“We have many different style of dancing at Elite from Hiphop, Showdance, Cheerleading, Jiving, Breakdancing,“I love my job and I love helping people last year I came up with an idea to run a dance event to help local families and with the help of my dancers we came up with “Im a Dancer Against Cancer”“So many people are affected by this horrible disease, and I wanted to help,Our jiving classes brought many dancers in each week and one of them was a lovely mother Majella Donaghy. A couple of weeks into our classes her little Boy Jack aged 4 got Diagonised with Leukemia. Straight away I knew I wanted to help so on Friday the 5th June in The Plaza in Buncrana we are putting on an amazing show to help Jack.”“I’m a Dancer Against Cancer” is a night of fun, music and dancing will all local dance schools invited including Cathy Hegartys Irish Dancing, Illico Dance Studio, Studio 47, Shauna Doyle Jivers, Eilliott School of Irish Dancing, Zumba Buncrana, The Plaza Line Dancers, & my Own School Elite Dance Academy followed by The David Craig Band,An Amazing Line up Of Acts that will blow your mind with their talents.Clare added “Im so excited, Jack’s parents Majella and Seamus have 4 children, Nicole, Conor Jack and baby Seamus.“Over the years Majella and Seamus and their families have helped so many people and fund raised thousands for The Galway Cancer Bus and now it’s our time to help them.“I want to Thank everyone who has helped me organise this event in anyway and anyone who wants to help or get involved contact Clare on 0862677022.”All proceeds are in aid of Jack Donaghy.‘DANCERS AGAINST CANCER’ STRUFF THEIR STUFF FOR LITTLE JACK was last modified: May 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:’I’m A Dancer Against Cancer’buncranadonegallast_img read more

Whittier-area school board leader says members not in it for benefits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Whittier City School District board President Ken Henderson …said he and other Whittier-area school board members are not in it for the money or benefits. It’s more about community involvement. “I believe that anyone who wants to be and is a successful board member does it because they want to improve schools not for the benefits it provides,” he said. In the Whittier City School District, the East Whittier City School District, the Los Nietos School District, the Lowell Joint School District, the Little Lake City School District and the South Whittier School District, board members receive a $240 monthly stipend for attending all meetings. That amount is the minimum board members can receive under state law. The minimum amount applies to districts with anywhere between 1,000 and 10,000 students. El Rancho Unified and Whittier Union High school district board members receive $400 a month, while board members for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District receive $750 per month. Those two amounts are also set by state law $400 for board members in districts with between 10,001 and 25,000 students; $750 a month for members in districts with between 25,001 and 60,000 students. “The stipend is just for meeting attendance and it’s not usually much,” said Danny Villanueva, …assistant director of business advisory services for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. “Typically, board members will get the compensation and health benefits and mileage reimbursement, but I’m not aware of anything else.” By comparison, board of education members for the 500,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District receive $2,000 a month, their own offices, staffs and district-supplied vehicles. All but two of nine Whittier-area public school districts the Whittier City School District and the Los Nietos School District offer health insurance to school board members. Los Nietos trustees say health insurance is available for purchase by board members, but premiums are taken out of the monthly stipend. Henderson said the Whittier City School District has been “very focused on reducing costs,” so officials do not offer the benefit to board members. In the Whittier Union High School District, board members get $10,000 in life insurance, a benefit also offered to regular district employees. The Lowell Joint School District offers a Medicare supplement to board members who have served for at least 12 years and were appointed before 1994. Board members also have the authority to increase their stipends by 5 percent. But no local school board has done so in recent years, officials said. “It’s a noble deed to want to serve your community,” Villanueva said. “They’re public servants who get to spend endless hours serving the children of the community.” -Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — In less than two weeks, voters will decide among dozens of candidates vying for seats on area school boards, which set policies and steer the course for local public school districts. But most voters are unaware what these part-time elected positions pay. In nine local districts, board members receive monthly stipends that range between $240 and $750. Most members also receive paid medical benefits that cover them during the duration of their terms. Members also get mileage reimbursements and paid expenses for traveling to conduct district business.last_img read more

Settlement recommended though evidence sketchy

first_imgA 20-year-old woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a detention officer at Central Juvenile Hall should receive a $321,520 settlement, despite a lack of evidence to file criminal charges, the county Claims Board recommended Monday. In a case that originally sought $1.7 million, county officials already have spent about $367,000 on legal fees and other costs, so the board recommended settling. While the detention services officer adamantly denies assaulting the unidentified woman, a nurse at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center who examined her concluded that she had injuries consistent with a sexual assault, according to a report written by Assistant County Counsel Roger Granbo. “Although our medical expert testified at deposition that the injury was also consistent with other conditions unrelated to sexual abuse, a jury may sympathize with (the woman) and return a verdict in her favor,” Granbo wrote. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But an LAPD detective found that there was insufficient evidence and, because of inconsistent statements the victim made, did not find her credible. Prosecutors also found that there was insufficient evidence to file charges, and the Probation Department’s internal investigation determined that the allegations were unfounded. The Board of Supervisors will vote Dec. 20 whether to give final approval to the settlement. In another case Monday, the claims board recommended a $100,000 settlement for Claudia Prada, who was sunbathing near the lifeguard tower at Hermosa Beach when a lifeguard truck allegedly drove over her right hip, officials said. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 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

Strip club banned from using sign

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! INDUSTRY – The electronic advertising sign at an all-nude club just can’t get turned on, at least not legally.The Industry City Council has refused to let the owners of the Deja Vu Showgirls at 16025 Gale Ave. activate an electronic advertising sign, which city officials say was modified without permission.Management at Deja Vu declined to comment for this story. The plaza is owned by Amusement Industry Inc. An official from the the plaza’s management company declin- ed to comment, saying he was unfamiliar with the issue. Electronic display signs have been banned in the city since 1993, but the club’s sign, built in 1982, was grandfathered in with the caveat that it never be altered, only repaired, said Mike Kissell, Industry planning director. The sign was used to advertise activities at the all-nude club.When workers “ripped the guts out and completely overhauled the sign” at Cathay Bank Plaza a few months ago, city officials declared the sign illegal, Kissell said.Since the electronic message board makes up only a portion of the sign, the city will not force Deja Vu to tear it down, Kissell said. But the club is prohibited from activating the electronic display.The company that renovated the sign on Dec. 8 appealed to the City Council, but the council denied the appeal. Company officials argued the sign was not significantly altered.City officials said electronic display signs are not appropriate for the area.“It’s a matter of them doing the work without checking with us first,” Mayor Dave Perez said. “They weren’t supposed to be upgrading the sign. The city a long time ago decided we didn’t want electronic signs. We’re trying to be good neighbors, and we don’t think people in La Puente and the unincorporated areas, like Hacienda Heights, want a bunch of flashing lights all over the place.” 962-8811, Ext. 2703last_img read more