It was the Team Lakay bet’s fifth straight victory since moving up the weight class, putting him in prime position for a future title shot against ONE Lightweight Champion Martin Nguyen.Marat Gafurov (16-1) also made quick work of Emilio Urrutia (11-5) as the Russian featherweight submitted his American foe with an arm triangle choke at the 2:34 mark of the opening round.Dae Hwan Kim (13-3-1) did just enough to best Masakazu Imanari (36-18-2) in a highly entertaining bantamweight clash to win via unanimous decision.It was a clash of styles, with Dae wanting to keep the fight on their feet while Imanari imploring his Korean opponent to meet him on the ground.Dae flooredImanari twice in the first two rounds and held his own against the Japanese contender, going on a full mount to take the win.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The Igorot contender was methodical in his attack, trying his earnest to keep himself composed as the Australian lightweight tried to bait him with taunts.Banario connected with a front kick as he was the aggressor to end the first round before once again picking his spots in the succeeding rounds. The approach seemingly frustrated Pang, who tried his best to catch the elusive Banario.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 crownGracious in victory, Banario gave props to Pang for a hard-fought duel.“This man is the greatest fighter I’ve ever faced. He’s 40 years old and he’s still strong. This guy gave no excuses,” he said. Akihiro Fujisawa (3-0-1) topped Kaji Ebin (2-1) with a technical knockout victory at the 1:48 mark of the first round.The Filipino bet seemingly dislocated his shoulder after the Japanese bantamweight took him down and put him on a side control, leading to a verbal tap out in the opening round. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Honorio Banario. Photo from ONE ChampionshipHonorio Banario proved to be slicker than his Australian foe as he emerged victorious Friday at ONE: Heroes of Honor at Mall of Asia Arena.Banario (13-6) nipped Adrian Pang (22-12-2) via split decision to stay unbeaten in the lightweight division.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ONE: Gina Iniong bounces back, outwits Taiwanese foe MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments
Several new mothers and expectant mothers in Linden, Region Ten (Upper Demerara/Berbice) were on Thursday presented with a variety of baby-friendly products, compliments of the ‘Mommy Me’ Project, an organisation founded by overseas-based social worker Jean Nurse.Mommy Me Project team with the items to be presentedOne lucky mom receives her gift of baby products8Nurse and her team visited the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) where they made the donation. She explained that while it was the second time for the project, which is conducted biennially, it was the first time that Linden moms have benefitted.The first project was conducted at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Nurse, a social worker for 25 years, explained that while she was born and raised in Brooklyn, both of her parents are from Guyana.She said while she frequents the country, she enjoys giving back.Nurse thanked her co-workers here and in the United States who provided contributions.The recipients and staff at the LHC also expressed gratitude for the kind gesture.
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Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Jordan Henderson has urged Raheem Sterling to follow suit after committing his long-term future to Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo)Bayern Munich would like to extend Pep Guardiola’s contract as coach beyond the summer of 2016, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the club’s chairman, has said, a move that would deliver a considerable blow to Manchester City’s plans to recruit the Catalan. (The Times)Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is eyeing an escape to Manchester City. The Italian is fast becoming City’s best option if they decide to axe Manuel Pellegrini. (The Sun)Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood will move for Hull’s Jake Livermore if the Tigers are relegated. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have been knocked back by Real Madrid after inquiring about stars Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane. The Blues were ready to use the Premier League TV windfall to make a £100million summer swoop for the Bernabeu pair. (The Sun)Paris Saint-Germain are set to battle it out with Manchester United for Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder. (Metro)Mauricio Pochettino has denied speculation that Hugo Lloris is considering his future at White Hart Lane, telling a news conference: “He is happy here and wants to reach the Champions League with Tottenham.” (ESPN)Newcastle are ready to offer Marseille forward Andre Ayew a lucrative four year contract to move to Tyneside. (Daily Mirror)West Ham are planning to move for Real Madrid’s European goal hero Javier Hernandez as part of an extensive summer recruitment programme. (Daily Mail)West Ham United have made a fresh move to try to secure an agreement from David Moyes to succeed Sam Allardyce as their next manager. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United are confident of making Memphis Depay their first summer signing. The Red Devils have been linked with a £25m move for the PSV starlet (Manchester Evening News)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Hull boss Steve Bruce insists big boys should hold no fear for TigersTony Pulis on talkSPORT: The West Brom boss on his epic charity challenge and the Baggies’ tough run-inAlan Pardew rubbishes reports linking Crystal Palace with Newcastle starReports – Chelsea face battle for Marseille midfielder
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Van Nuys Closer to home Re: “Stars come out for farmers” (May 25): Up in a tree. Don’t take our vegetables away. Don’t cut down the “tree.” Surrounded by the urban jungle. We need to preserve it for the 300 victims. Joan and Darryl, while you are singing and proselytizing your city and county councils are taking away your open space – cutting down 100-plus-year-old trees – hundreds of acres being turned to concrete. Wildlife corridors decimated – nesting grounds turned to mulch – wake up. Come out to Chatsworth and the Northwest Valley. Bring a tissue to wipe your tears. Re: “Enron execs Skilling, Lay convicted of conspiracy” (May 26): I’m sure Kenneth Lay and his gang thought of themselves as titans of industry, when in reality they were no more than snake oil peddlers selling mirrors and smoke. After five years, justice has prevailed and now we have to wait until September for sentencing. I guess the hope now is that these scumbags live a long life in prison. – John Strout – Allen Glazer Chatsworth Free land Re: “Stars come out for farmers” (May 25): Man buys property, property is “seized” by the city or state (eminent domain). City does not use the property as it had intended, man gets property back. Man allows the community “free” use of the land and the now famous “South Central Farm” is born. Now 12 or more years later, man wants to realize the benefits of his hard legal efforts and the property in which he invested. Sounds like the American dream. To all the Hollywood types, put your money where your mouth is. The owner should be graciously thanked for the use and benefit of using his property. The “farmers” it would appear, so used to the bleeding heart liberal giveaway programs, now are looking for more free land. Unbelievable. – Tim Powell Mission Hills What about taxes? Re: “Stars come out for farmers” (May 25): Even if someone comes up with $16 million or the current property owner comes down in price to $10 million, one question: Who is going to pay the property taxes? Those will be expensive vegetables! – Heather Bruce West Hills LAPD at LAX Re: “LAX shift may cause cops chaos” (May 25): LAX is the No. 1 terrorist target. The fact is, LAPD officers are the best trained in the nation. If airport police officers want to start handling specialized functions then they will need to go back into the academy and get trained. When a shooting occurred at the El Al Israeli airlines in 2002, LAX had to call in the big guns of LAPD to handle it. We should continue to utilize LAPD officers to handle specialized situations and remain the primary authority in keeping us safe from a terrorist attack at LAX. – Monica Harmon Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Rangers have named their third summer signing Rangers have announced the signing of Benfica player Dalcio on a season-long loan.Dalcio flew into Scotland on Sunday night along with Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha and fellow Portuguese player Fabio Cardoso and the 21-year-old attacking player has become the club’s third summer signing.The former Portugal Under-20 international told Rangers TV: “What attracted me was the history of the club, the size of the club, and mainly, the supporters – the amazing fans the club has.“The gaffer was a real influence on me too. I know he is really competitive and ambitious, and that was the reasons I wanted to join him.“The manager has said he is here to help me and to improve me. On the club, we need to put it on top where it belongs.” 1
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Just a couple days after a report surfaced suggesting Kevin Durant could fully rehabilitate his Achilles injury and return to the court during the 2019-20 season, a knee specialist is advising Klay Thompson to take two years off.What’s next for the Warriors — Stephen Curry getting the yips?Dr. Tim Hewett, speaking to Heavy.com, wasn’t picking on Thompson, who blew out his left ACL in fateful Game 6 of the NBA …
A sunflower field in South Africa’s westernFree State region.(Image: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighWith South African farmers considered to be among the best in the world, the Republic of Congo is enlisting their help to improve food security and social development by inviting them to set up agricultural operations in that country.Andre Botha, chair of Congo Agriculture, an organised agriculture body affiliated to South Africa’s Agri SA, said this is an ideal opportunity for local farmers to diversify their operations.Lying on the western border of the much larger Democratic Republic of Congo, the central African country desperately needs a viable agricultural sector. It currently has to import most of its food from France and China, food that is often expensive and of low quality.It’s a win-win arrangement: the Congo offers South African farmers free land, exemption from taxes and import duties for five years, and they can take profits out of the country. Farmers also have the option of selling their Congo businesses, or leaving them to heirs. In return, the farmers’ responsibility is to establish commercial farms that will guarantee food security within five years.Botha is confident local farmers can meet these conditions, helping create a successful farming industry that would have major benefits for the Congo’s economy and people.“Currently the country’s total debt is 70% of its GDP, so this does not leave much for development of the economy,” he said. “With this initiative, one year’s good crop has the potential to reduce total debt to 40% in a year.” Not only would it provide a reliable local source of food, but prices would be lower and food quality would improve.Social development initiatives are also on the cards. “Farmers have to get involved in empowerment of local people and skills development, and this is why there are already plans to establish a preschool, primary school and agricultural academy there.”Fertiliser manufacturers, equipment suppliers and financing institutions have also expressed interest in the venture and are considering setting up branches in the Congo.Why South Africa’s farmers?Ernst Janovsky, an agricultural economist and general manager for Absa Agribusiness, said there is no doubt that South African farmers have earned their stripes.“I can say for sure that they are of the best in the world. They are capable of farming without government support, can compete against the rest of the world and even with our scarce resources they produce profitably.”He said it is encouraging that government policy on the continent is shifting its focus to food security. “Basic food production is important across Africa now,” he said. Instead of only cultivating high-value crops such as roses for export to European markets, there is a renewed focus on developing primary agriculture.Professor Andre Louw, agribusiness specialist at the University of Pretoria Department of Agricultural Economics, said South African farmers had proven their ability to thrive in difficult conditions.“They are doing well considering all the challenges.” An erratic climate, drought and floods, high interest rates and input costs, and crime are a few of the difficulties South African farmers face.“If you put all these challenges on a scorecard, it is clear that our farmers have to be very solutions-driven and resilient to cope,” he said.Food security for the worldBotha said the world is increasingly looking to Africa for food security. With the global population growing, countries such as China and India need more food.“The food requirement for the world will increase and Africa is the only place where this can be done,” he said. “We have the land, rainfall and right climate to do it.”With optimal conditions, grain production can be significantly increased – and the Congo’s farming conditions are far better than South Africa’s.“If we can produce what we currently are under semi-desert conditions, imagine what our farmers can do in a high-potential area,” Botha said. Farmers already in the Congo can produce some 10 tons of maize per hectare in dryland (unirrigated) conditions, while South African dryland farming can only produce 3.4 tons per hectare.Janovsky said subtropical African countries have some of the best farming land and seasonality is more defined. Although the tropical conditions of the Congo could be problematic for crops that need cold units for production, he said it is still possible to grow many other types of crops there.All that’s needed now is rural infrastructure improvements. But Janovsky said even this is not an insurmountable problem, as agriculture could piggyback off infrastructure developments by mining companies in the Congo.Farmers aren’t leaving South AfricaBotha emphasised that the Congo’s invitation does not mean South African farmers are abandoning their country. “This initiative is not a ‘great trek’ for farmers to run away,” he said. “Of the 70 farmers who are already there, no one has sold their farm in South Africa.”He added that farmers have a good working relationship with the South African government.“There has been a lot of pressure from the G8 countries for South Africa to fulfil their role as Africa’s powerhouse. We are supporting the government’s African initiatives with the skills we have.”Useful linksAgri SA Congo Government Portal (French)South African National Department of Agriculture South African Agriculture Portal LandbouWeekblad (Afrikaans)Farmer’s Weekly Grain South Africa SA Studbook
South Africa’s predominantly youthful population gives it a strong competitive advantage, as developed countries increasingly face the problem of aging citizens.Play Your Part reporterBrand South Africa has introduced, for the first time, a platform for young people to take part in the conversation about South Africa’s global competitiveness. The second annual South African Competitiveness Forum is set to be held on 4 and 5 November at the Ernst and Young offices in Sandton, Johannesburg.Young people have a critical role to lay in making South Africa an internationally competitive country. Africa’s predominantly youthful population gives it a strong competitive advantage, as developed countries increasingly face the problem of aging citizens.The opportunity is for the energy, vibrancy and enthusiasm of young people to be positively channelled towards their own personal development, and the development of South Africa.This is one of the appeals made by South Africa’s National Development Plan, which aims to address the country’s past and future challenges and sets out a vision for what it should strive to achieve by the year 2030.Black youth account for two-thirds of unemployed South Africans under 35. Unemployment is highest among those aged 15 to 24, and second highest among 25- to 34-year-olds. Research suggests that if a person fails to find a job by the age of 24, they are likely to never be formally employed.Youth and innovation workshopAlthough the youth make up 41.2% of South Africa’s population, only 6% of them are involved in business or self-employed. The youth and innovation workshop at this year’s South African Competitiveness Forum will focus on current and past youth initiatives and other successful interventions that can be used examples from which to learn. The conversation will examine what we are getting right, and what young people can do to improve the South African nation brand.In the discussion on youth and with youth, and their contribution to South Africa’s growth and development, the forum will ask how we can be inspired to do things differently to reduce youth unemployment and underdevelopment. It will look at what government, civil society and business can do together to solve these problems.The 2014 Forum will be held under the theme “Active Citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality”. This is a direct call to action to all South Africans to unite to build the country’s competitiveness in the world.The other forum workshops will discuss competitive cities, foreign direct investment, the labour market, expansion into the rest of Africa and active citizenship.Register for the South African Competitiveness Forum.Follow the South African Competitiveness Forum at @Brand_SA and via #CompetitiveSA.
Founder of “Bow Tie Challenge”, Chris Megaffin Play Your Part programme is Brand South Africa’s nationwide programme that encourages active citizenship and looks to impact the country positively in order to fulfil the bigger picture of building a positive Nation Brand.Active citizenship means people get involved in their local communities and democracy at all levels, from towns and cities to nationwide projects and dedicating their own time/resources / talents to contribute to their local communities.There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every individual to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate.Founder of “Bow Tie Challenge”, Chris Megaffin, is a teacher who is originally from Toronto, Canada. He is a fashion activist who is on a mission to fight for social justice and he is using bow ties to achieve this.Earlier this year the Bow Tie Challenge was launched. The Bowtie Challenge is a fund-raising initiative that was born as a result of his passion for teaching, interest in fashion and desire to make a difference in his local community. Chris pledged to wear a different bow tie every day for 365 days a year starting January 1st, 2018.“As an international teacher, I have come across educational inequalities in every country where I have taught and I have always wondered what I could do to make difference in the lives of these children”.South Africa has some of the highest levels of socio-economic inequality in the world, and this is nowhere more apparent than in the educational system across South Africa. Statistics South Africa also show that children from disadvantaged backgrounds spend an average of 3 years less time in school than their privileged counterparts.Also, fewer of these children are put into early childhood development programmes – which we know to be fundamental to a child’s education and development. The situation feeds youth unemployment, and contributes to general instability in the country, as millions of South Africans cannot afford to buy food or access healthcare, decent sanitation and other essentials of a dignified life.Chris is using the campaign to raise awareness about the importance of education and to raise funds for Afrika Tikkun. Afrika Tikkun is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide children from underprivileged communities in South Africa with high-quality education and development from cradle to career.Ensuring quality education is a national priority. The National Development Plan describes education as a key lever to improving the quality of life in a society. Education improves the overall skills and abilities of the workforce, leading to greater productivity which contributes to economic growth.Chris is collaborating with some of South Africa’s up and coming designers who will help design the bow ties. He says this is to help support local businesses and give the designers exposure. Meet local designer ShwezuShwezu have designed a bow tie especially for the campaign in the colours of the South African flag.“When approached with the opportunity to design and produce a range of bow ties for this initiative, we didn’t hesitate for a second. Not only is it fun, colourful, creative and inspiring but it also resonates with Shwezu.co.za‘s ultimate aim – to contribute to the growth and prosperity of our nation. For this reason, we only use local materials and producers to create our unique Shwezu Shweshwe bow ties and other products. We strongly believe that by acquiring new skills (e.g. fashion design and sewing) through a good education, the youth of South Africa have the ability to unlock countless opportunities to grow and thrive.”Shwezu is an online store for South African inspired fashion, shoes, bags, accessories and gifts all tied together by one common denominator, Shweshwe – the iconically South African fabric.How to get involvedDonate to The Bow Tie Challenge via http://thetravelingeducator.com/2017/09/the-bowtie-challengeShare the Challenge on social media to raise awareness about the inequalities of education in South AfricaJoin the challenge, upload a photo of yourself wearing a bow tie to any social media platform #bowtiechallengeFacebook – https://www.facebook.com/thebowtiechallenge/?ref=bookmarksTwitter – https://twitter.com/bowtiechallengeInstagram – https://www.instagram.com/the.bow.tie.challenge/