Torres vows to do best for Philippines in ONE championship debut

first_imgPossible La Salle reunion as Cardona tries out for Pumaren, GlobalPort LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “I’m quite nervous but I will do my best for the Philippines.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “I look at Rika and I know I can take her on,” said Torres in Filipino as if she flicked a switch to turn her confidence on. “I don’t know if I’ll knock her out or submit her but I know I can take her on and I’ll do my best to represent the Philippines.”Jomary Torres of the Philippines ready to make her debut. Photo by Bong LozadaTorres looked like a wallflower in the elevated panel during the press conference but seemed at home when talking to Filipino reporters once she got out of the stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 21-year-old gamely answered in her local tongue and expressed her eagerness to step into the ONE cage come Saturday at Cotai Arena.“Even if this is my first time fighting at ONE, I’ll do my best to win,” said Torres. “I’m excited, I will fight Rika Ishige so I’m pretty excited for this opportunity.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments MACAU—She may have stuttered in the press conference at The Venetian in Macau, but Filipino atomweight fighter Jomary Torres has the silent confidence ahead of her debut fight in ONE Championship.Torres is set to fight Thai contender Rika Ishige in her first fight in the Asian promotion on Saturday in ONE: Kings & Conquerors here.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

LADA, Lofa Rice Processors Sign Agreement

first_imgTo build the capacity of Liberian farmers and other actors of the value chain for the enhancement of food security, the Liberia Agri-business Development Activity (LADA) on Monday, February 21, signed an agreement with two rice processors in Lofa County to upgrade their processing capacities.The two rice processors are Mohammed Kamara of the Agriculture Infrastructures Investment Company (AIIC) and John Selma of the Selma Agriculture Development Corporation.The signing ceremony coincided with the opening of LADA’s Lofa County field office in Voinjama and was attended by Lofa County Superintendent George Dunor, district authorities, representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, farmers, processors and staff of LADA. Speaking at the program, the Agri-business Private Sector Advisor of LADA, Mrs. Watchen Harris Bruce, said the initiative will transform the processors into industrial rice processors to provide quality and standard rice for both the local and international markets.According to her, LADA intends to industrialize rice production in Liberia in order to improve the incomes of small holder farmers.She said the selected processors are currently processing rice at 2 metric tons a day. But with the provision of the industrial milling equipment, the processors will have the opportunity to process rice to 10 metric tons, adding that it will create market opportunities for several farming communities.“As we sign this agreement, we are beginning to procure rice mills to get the processors begin operation very soon. The agreement is on a 50 percent cost share arrangement that allows the processors to take full ownership of their businesses,” she said.Mrs. Bruce indicated that Liberia spends more money on the importation of rice and so it is necessary to build the capacity of local processors to help reduce rice imports.“There are plans to build capacities of additional processors in our targeted counties during the lifespan of our project to enhance processing,” she disclosed.Lofa County Superintendent George Dunor thanked LADA for helping local farmers in his county and asked the beneficiaries to make maximum use of the opportunity.“Our county is still striving to regain its status as the breadbasket so you, as citizens, must know that you are accountable to appropriately use the resources provided to ensure continuous assistance from partners,” he cautioned.Representing the Ministry of Agriculture was the County Agriculture Coordinator of Lofa, Theophilius Baah.Mr. Baah promised his office’s commitment to work with the rice processors to access better markets. Mohammed Kamara and John Selma said that they “are grateful to LADA for the opportunity” and expressed optimism in working with farmers to improve their incomes.Meanwhile, LADA has also refurbished the shop of a local agro-dealer in Voinjama City to reach farmers with necessary services.The shop is equipped with various agro-chemicals such as insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers and other farming implement.LADA is a US$20 million agriculture project sponsored by the United States Government under the Feed the Future global food security initiative with the goal to increase agricultural income through investment in the Liberian agri-business sector in Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Montserrado counties. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aspiring filmmakers being urged to register for workshop

first_imgAs excited filmmakers and aspiring ones across Guyana continues to prepare their films for a chance to have their films screened at this year’s third annual Timehri Film Festival, it was recently announced that persons still have an opportunity to participate in its Documentary Filmmaking Workshop.Speaking to Guyana Times on Monday, Marketing and Logistics Director of the Festival, Alysia Christiani said persons interested in being part of the workshop – which is scheduled for May 28 to June 2 at the Business School, Brickdam Georgetown – can register online at timehrifilmfestival.com/documentary-workshop.Christiani informed that the workshop will be beneficial to filmmakers and even those who are aspiring, but do not know where to start.During the course, participants will learn how to create short documentaries focused on stories within their communities. It is also expected that the course will explore how the fundamental storytelling methods used in fiction, can be used to create immersive non-fiction films among others. The students will also learn the fundamentals of interviewing subjects, conducting research and documentary shots.The deadline for registration is May 28. The cost of registration from now until April 30 will be $36,000. Late registration fee will be $41,000.As it relates to the Film Festival, slated for May to June this year in Georgetown, outstanding films submitted by participants will be selected by a panel to be screened at the event.Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr George Norton on Friday last noted his eagerness to be part of the event. He said although it is being hosted by a private organisation, he is happy that it is becoming a reality.Last year’s Film Festival was held during the months of May and June. It lasted for six days and reportedly featured over 26 short films.The activity saw partnerships with different countries. It was reported also that last year’s screenings of the short films were held at different locations across the country, mainly to target a wider audience.“Adero”, a short film which won the 2015 Caribbean Film Project, and was directed by Guyanese Kojo McPherson, was screened at MORAY House attracting a major audience including First Lady Sandra Granger and Ministerial Advisor on Public Telecommunications, Enrico Woolford.The film was about a brooding 30-odd-year-old corporate drone on a quest to find his true identity; journeying through his dreams as much as in the physical world.last_img read more

Emergency TB drug supplies procured – Govt

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry is providing assurances that everything will be under control, following the shortage and interruptions in supply of drugs to treat drug resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB).These assurances were given by Director of Pharmacy, Oneil Atkins and Manager of the National TB programme, Dr Jeetendra Mohanlall. The Ministry confirmed that there was a recent shortage of the drug Ethionamide. According to Mohanlall, however, emergency supplies of this drug arrived in Guyana last week and were distributed.Explaining the recent shortage, Dr Mohanlall said the National TB Programme is pushing for quality second line medication for Guyana’s drug resistant TB drug resistant patients. It is understood that due to some global challenges, the delivery was delayed.The programme had to resort to emergency supplies which arrived beyond the expected time of delivery. According to the Ministry in a statement, the four second line drugs used to treat these drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) patients are sourced from South Korea, Japan India and Cyprus, through the Global Drug Facility (GDF).According to Mohanlall, the medicines will be enough to treat “all drug-resistant TB patients for another year”. This is the first time in four years that we “had a brief interruption” of one of the medications for patients, the National TB Programme Manager added.Mohanlall also related that while there were 150 screenings in 2014, this figure jumped to 1540 in 2017. He also noted that of the 2015 cohort of drug-resistant TB patients, 40 per cent successfully completed the two-year treatment. This figure climbed to 60 per cent in 2016. The 2017 cohort of DR-TB patients are continuing treatment.He said TB patients generally have socio-economic challenges and they need psycho-social support in their management. To strengthen his position, the National TB Programme Manager is strongly advocating boosting the social protection of these patients which he said, “is in line with the END TB Strategy”.Although Guyana has a 90 per cent coverage of Direct Observation Therapy Strategy (DOTS), there are still many challenges presented by defaulting patients such as drug addicts, the homeless and the internal migrant population such as miners and loggers.In 2017 it was observed that a fifth (20 per cent) of the TB patients also habitually abuse drugs and alcohol.“These can be difficult to manage under the DOTS strategy and there are some who need to be in specialised care facilities such as TB Step Down Care Unit set to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2019,” Mohanlall said.last_img read more

Dawn Hastings-Williams downplays rumours of APNU prime ministerial nomination

first_img– says she’ll “know what to do” if offered roleWith elections fast approaching and analysts expressing doubts whether the Alliance For Change (AFC) will even be allowed to keep the prime ministerial candidacy, rumours have been circulating about a potential People’s National Congress (PNC) prime ministerial candidate.Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-WilliamsCurrent Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams is at the centre of these rumours. A parliamentarian for the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Hastings-Williams was elevated to her new ministerial post this year after the resignation of her predecessor, Joseph Harmon, owing to his dual-citizen status.When asked by Guyana Times, Hastings-Williams noted that these were just rumours and that she has never been approached with regard to filling the post. Asked if it was something she would consider, Hastings-Williams noted that it was not on her radar at the moment.“When that day comes, I’ll know what to do,” Hastings-Williams said when asked if she would decline such a nomination if party leaders in APNU actually pitched such a proposal to her.There is speculation that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo will be replaced by the dominant APNU with someone from its own campPrior to the General and Regional Elections of 2015, APNU and the AFC signed the Cummingsburg Accord that stipulated conditions for the two parties to contest the elections as one.But throughout this political marriage, the AFC was criticised, especially by the parliamentary Opposition, for what many describe as the submissive role it has played since joining forces with APNU.Decisions, such as the closure of sugar estates which put thousands of sugar workers out of jobs, have gone unchallenged and have even been supported by the AFC. This is despite the fact that the Agriculture Minister portfolio is held by a party member, Noel Holder.In addition, there has been the strategic reallocation of responsibilities away from Ministries headed by AFC officials, to other Ministries. There is also the fact that the Cummingsburg Accord stipulation that the Prime Minister has responsibility for chairing Cabinet and domestic issues was not followed through.Questions have, therefore, been raised by analysts whether APNU would offer the AFC the same terms it offered in 2015 when the Accord was first signed. These questions took on a life of their own after the AFC’s wretched performance in Local Government Elections (LGE) in 2018.After Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan’s selection as the AFC’s prime ministerial candidate in waiting, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had intimated that APNU was duty-bound to accept Ramjattan as President David Granger’s running mate as long as the Cummingsburg Accord was in effect.But despite the AFC choosing Ramjattan, the PNC has shown a dogged preference for the incumbent, Moses Nagamootoo. This has manifested in APNU officials making public statements in support of the Prime Minister.PNC heavyweight and Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence recently stated publicly that while the AFC has elected Ramjattan as its next prime ministerial candidate, APNU and the AFC have not met on this new development.The AFC top leadership had, in mid-November of 2017, moved to revise its governing agreement with its majority coalition partner. This made little headway and talk of revising the agreement petered out after the AFC’s showing at the LGE, where it failed to win a single Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).At present, talks between the two parties still seem to be stalled. A meeting that was supposed to have been held last Monday between the two coalition partners was cancelled, with APNU sending out a release to say that documents were exchanged and would be perused.last_img read more

Benteke ends 14-game goal drought

first_img0Shares0000Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring against Leicester City during their Premier League match at the King Power Stadium on December 16, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 16 – Christian Benteke ended a 14-match goal drought with a 19th minute header for strugglers Crystal Palace in their Premier League victory at Leicester on Saturday.It was Palace’s first away goal of the season and they went on to win 3-0 — Benteke creating the second for Wilfried Zaha — to move out of the bottom three. The 27-year-old Belgian international striker owed his team-mates a goal after controversially missing a last-gasp penalty he should not have taken in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.Last week, Benteke — who should have allowed Luka Milivojevic to take the spot kick as the Serbian had scored a penalty earlier in the match — apologised to his team-mates and manager Roy Hodgson, admitting he had let them down.However, the former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker denied his goal on Saturday was a means of repaying his team-mates for the penalty incident.“Not owed something because we are a team but I just wanted to show that I’m always involved and I will do everything to get back on my form,” Benteke told Sky Sports.“I’ve been really patient, I’ve been through a hard time but I’m a big believer and I really work hard. I just got what I deserved to get.”Hodgson, whose side have improved so much under his aegis that for the first time in their history they have gone seven games without defeat in the Premier League, praised Benteke but rued the fact he will miss the next game against Swansea because he is suspended.“I think it (the goal) will do a lot for Christian Benteke’s confidence, and the crowd really got behind him today, they appreciated his work rate too, and that was fully deserved,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.“They were singing his name which was fantastic because after missing the penalty he perhaps rightly, many people were saying, got some stick from the crowd.“But on this occasion they’ve turned very quickly singing his name and that was fully deserved.“I am surprised though he has picked up five yellow cards (earning the suspension) because he is a gentle giant, so I’d love to know how he picked up the previous cards.”On the pitch Benteke gave the perfect riposte by creeping in between Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson to head home Andros Townsend’s cross and then stuck his fingers to his ears by way of celebration.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vivian Krause shines spotlight on finances and structures behind anti-pipeline groups

first_imgMore information on Krause’s work can be found on her Twitter account @FairQuestions. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Independent Investigative Researcher Vivian Krause was in Taylor on Friday, June 14, to discuss the controversy that Canada’s Resource Industry is currently facing.Presented by The North Matters, Krause particularly focused on the impact that the high level of activism is having on Canadian oil and gas resource communities.Krause shined a spotlight on the finances and structures behind many activist groups, especially those that are influenced by foreign funding.- Advertisement -According to Krause, the reason for the cancellation of many pipeline projects is because of controversy manufactured deliberately as part of a campaign to land-lock Canadian oil to prevent selling oil at a higher price.“The reason that these projects died on the vine is because of controversy and people need to know that the controversy was manufactured, deliberately, as part of a campaign to sabotage those projects so that Canadian Oil would be land-lock, kept in North America and couldn’t get it to overseas markets to get a higher price.”Krause says this campaign is being funded by an American Charitable Foundation, the Tarsands Campaign, that wants Canadians to find a better way to use fossil fuels in order to reduce impacts on the climate.Advertisement While Krause agrees that it is important to reduce the impacts on the climate, she finds it unacceptable the way it is being handled as it is giving the US a huge advantage which, she claims, is starting to hurt Canada as a nation.“People need to know that this is being funded by an American Charitable Foundation and they want us to make better use of fossil fuels that we still do need to use and to decrease the environmental climate impacts of our use of fossil fuels. We can all agree that it’s important but the way they’re going about it is unacceptable because it’s giving the United States a huge billion-dollar advantage, it’s hurting our country and now it’s threatening to tear us apart.”Krause believes that there are better ways of reducing the impacts of oil than to completely push Canada out of the global market and that Canada needs to become a leader in the future transition of energy.Krause says she is currently working on a documentary that further explores who is funding the anti-pipeline activists and the reasons as to why.Advertisementlast_img read more

Kisumu court dismisses Muhoroni KPL appeal

first_imgThe Appeals Court upheld the High Court decision that ruled that the club did not demonstrate that the decision to relegate it is grounded on unreasonable rules and standards.M’inoti says the premier league has progressed to mid-season and granting the applicant a reinstatement order would disrupt the league.Muhoroni Youth FC was relegated to the super league after finishing last on the table in 2017.Wazito FC and Vihiga United FC were promoted to the national super league after finishing top on the super league.Muhoroni Youth FC had gone to court seeking to overturn their demotion from the top tier league following a dismissal by the Football Kenya Federation after failing to pass the Club Licensing test.M’inoti struck out the appeal for lacking merit with costs to the applicant.-By Ojwang’ Joe-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Appellate Judge Kathurima M’inoti ruled that the court cannot grant application for the inclusion of the applicant into the league.KISUMU, Kenya, July 26 – Muhoroni Youth Football Club has suffered yet another blow in their attempt to be reinstated to the Kenyan Premier League after Kisumu Court of Appeal dismissed their appeal.Appellate Judge Kathurima M’inoti ruled that the court cannot grant application for the inclusion of the applicant into the league.last_img read more

Inter Milan turn attentions to Chelsea star

first_imgInter Milan will turn their attention to signing Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado after missing out on his club-mate Mohamed Salah, according to reports in Italy.Inter had been keen on signing Egyptian winger Salah, but Sky Sport Italia believe he is close to joining Fiorentina on loan with the Tuscan side having a binding clause obliging them to buy him at a later date.The San Siro giants have instead switched their sights to Cuadrado, who has disappointed since moving to Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina in January in the deal that first saw Salah move to Florence on loan.The report claims Inter will make a loan bid for Cuadrado, with a mandatory option to buy him next summer.Chelsea are said to be open to the proposal, although Inter are also monitoring Napoli’s Dries Mertens in case the deal with Cuadrado falls through. 1 Chelsea star Juan Cuadrado in action for Colombia last_img read more

Candidates slam sheriff

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe challengers are Steve Perez, a former county supervisor and one-time deputy who narrowly was defeated for sheriff by Wimbish in 2002; Donny Youngblood, a former Sheriff’s Department commander; Jim Raul “J.R.” Rodriquez, Larry Studer and Chevy Garza, all sergeants with the department. All the challengers are faulting Wimbish for not addressing a manpower shortage of about 170 positions, sworn and civilian, throughout the department. “We have a lack of true leadership and staff,” Rodriguez said. “To carry vacancies when we have money is a slap in the face.” Wimbish said when he became sheriff, poor economic conditions thwarted staffing efforts. The county’s budget situation has improved, allowing positions to be filled, he said. “Things are starting to fall into place,” Wimbish said. Each of the challengers said he would bolster the number of deputies on the street in the near term through internal changes and he would push for expedited filling of vacancies. “I’m the only candidate with a plan to add 200 deputies at no cost to the taxpayer,” Studer said. The majority of those additional deputies, about 160, would come by implementing a deferred retirement option plan in which deputies could agree to push back their retirements while their pensions would go into an interest-earning account. Studer wants to convert 32 detention deputy positions to civilian posts and put those deputies on the street. Wimbish criticized Studer’s plan, saying he doesn’t account for other expenses associated with fielding deputies, such as providing patrol cars and equipment. Youngblood, the former commander of the Mojave substation, noted that the Rosamond substation is short three deputies. “Carrying three vacancies is absurd. Why did we wait until now?” Youngblood said. “Is it a coincidence we’re spending more on deputies in an election year?” Perez is also critical of the department’s low staffing levels. Perez said he has the necessary management experience to help the department recover. “The sheriff’s not merely a law enforcement officer. The sheriff has to have experience as an administrator,” Perez said. “He has to know how to handle budgets and work with other departments. I have the necessary experience to develop the plan and implement the plan.” Youngblood is touting his experience, which includes 30 years in the department before retiring and his endorsement by former Sheriff Carl Sparks. “You can’t buy experience. You have to live it,” Youngblood said. Challengers raised questions not only about Wimbish’s management, but about his integrity as well. Garza cited a 2005 incident in which Wimbish intervened on behalf of a friend to let him out of jail early after he had been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. “You can’t live by a double standard,” Garza said. “You don’t embarrass the department by letting someone out early.” Of that incident, Wimbish said he did nothing wrong and that state law allows for someone arrested in those situations to be released to a responsible adult. Rodriguez said if elected, he would call for an immediate audit of the department’s budget. Rodriguez said he believes there are funds not properly utilized that could fund additional deputies. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSAMOND – Candidates for Kern County sheriff are taking aim at incumbent Mack Wimbish, challenging his integrity and management skills and placing the blame for the department’s manpower shortage on his shoulders. Wimbish is defending his record, saying it has taken much of his first term to repair damage from years of tight budgets and hiring freezes. “We are on the road to recovery,” Wimbish said. “These things don’t repair themselves overnight.” Wimbish, who is seeking a second term as sheriff, is running in the June 6 primary against five challengers, all officers or former officers in his department, including a former Kern County supervisor. last_img read more