ONE: Catalan not after revenge against brother’s conqueror

first_imgD-League: Fuentes drills winner as CEU slips past Wangs-Letran Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robin Catalan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFilipino strawweight contender Robin Catalan will be taking on a familiar foe in Kritsada Kongsrichai of Thailand in his return to the cage.Kongsrichai, however, isn’t someone Catalan has faced before.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Catalan hasn’t fought since suffering a second-round setback at the hands of former world champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke seven months ago.He is raring to come back but knows he can’t get overly excited against an opponent like Kongsrichai, who is on a two-fight win streak and will be buoyed by the hometown crowd.“I know that he is a strong opponent, and I will do everything in my power to try and beat him,” he said. “This will be a good match because win or lose, I am going to give it everything I’ve got and more.”“My confidence level is great, and I am so excited about this bout because I really want to win,” he added. “I think that between both of our skills, we will definitely put on an exciting and explosive match for the audience and viewers.”Catalan isn’t worried about fighting in a hostile territory. In fact, he is using it to his advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism But his brother Rabin did, and lost to Kongsrichai by first-round stoppage three months ago.Catalan, though, cleared that avenging his brother’s defeat is not his motive in fighting Kongsrichai in the undercard of ONE: Iron Will on Saturday at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“For me, it’s me pure business. This is my career. This is my work. I will fight to get the victory,” said Catalan. “I will just do my job and also do my best against him.”“I believe my family will be proud of me if I get the win on Saturday. But again, this is nothing personal.” MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery “The difference will be how I apply my new skills against him. I am definitely happy to face a hometown hero like him. It challenges me,” he said.“I am very eager and definitely very hungry to compete again, I want to win this bout and work my way up to face the best in this division.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold03:12Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimslast_img read more

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Amara Konneh Calls for More Resources for Ebola

first_imgLiberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara M. Konneh and delegation have concluded  constructive country-level discussions with the officials of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other development partners, aimed at mobilizing support for the government’s fight against the  Ebola epidemic.In conversations with the World Bank, Konneh requested that the institution and other development partners use their convening powers to assist Liberia in raising additional resources to fight Ebola and also to support the country’s economic recovery plan.For more than a week, Minister Konneh and his  delegation, including Central Bank Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones, the president of the Liberia Bank for Investment and Development (LBDI, John B. S. Davies III, Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood, amongst others, have been in Washington DC working to make Liberia’s case for more support to be provided expeditiously to stop the killer virus and its destructive impacts on the nation.The delegation articulated clearly that Liberia was looking for new avenues of support to fight Ebola and deal with probable associated economic and social issues. The Liberian Team requested bilateral and multilateral partners to not re-program existing commitments but rather provide injection of new funds.Minister Konneh said the discussions were fruitful and Liberia was able to make a strong case for the World Bank to provide additional assistance following the provision of US$52 million of crisis funds last month.“We are aiming to raise around $50 million dollars as direct support and we hope our key projects will be accelerated, including work on the Redlight to Gbarnga road, and feasibility studies on the Ganta to Tappita road.”Minister Konneh also met with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Raj Shah, who assured him that every support will be provided to help stop the transmission of Ebola.Discussions were also held with the Millennium Challenge Corporation over a possible funding window that could be harnessed to accelerate Liberia’s economic stabilization and recovery.Discussions with the IMF focused on additional support beyond the recent US$48 million dollars under the Extended Credit Facility program to be channeled through the Central Bank of Liberia.Representations were also made for additional commitments under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF).The Managing Director of the IMF, Madam Christine Lagarde, suggested to her colleagues that there is a need for more budgetary support for Liberia as short-term spending is critical during these difficult times.In the United States, Minister Konneh consummated a deal worth US$27 million dollars with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the rehabilitation of the Roberts International Airport runway. EIB also expressed willingness to work together on future pipeline projects.In meeting with the Swedish International Development Office, Minister Konneh pleaded with the Swedes to increase their support to Liberia, beyond the US $10 million dollars committed through International Non-Governmental Organizations.In a related development, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has agreed to provide an immediate injection of roughly US$15 million to the banking sector for trade financing.The IFC is also actively exploring ways to provide financing to small businesses, particularly in the Agriculture sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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KRU, DPP to probe rape allegations on Kenya 7s player

first_imgMusician Wendy Kemunto made allegations on her Instagram page that Wanyama who was part of the Victoria Sevens winning squad, was one of two rugby players who raped her during her birthday on February 10.“The @ODPP_KE has already contacted the Victim and appropriate action is being taken in consultation with DCIO Kilimani cc @DCI_Kenya,” the ODPP office further tweeted under the hashtag #JusticeforKemunto.In a separate statement, the Kenya Rugby Union said it had received the reports and would be reviewing the issue which is now in the hands of authorities.“The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has been made aware of reports about alleged sexual misconduct involving a contracted Kenya Sevens player. The matter will be reviewed as soon as practicable by the KRU, in line with existing procedures for all contracted players,” KRU said in the statement.“It is also important to note that with a report having been made to law enforcement authorities, the KRU cannot comment further about the allegations pending the outcome of investigations,” it further added.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Frank Wanyama in action for Kenya Sevens during a past World Rugby Sevens Series tournament.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1- Both the Kenya Rugby Union and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) say they have launched investigations over rape allegations leveled against contracted Kenya Sevens player Frank Wanyama.“The @ODPP_KE treats information about rape very seriously. Be rest assured that the matter is being given due attention as matter of urgency. The @ODPP_KE has already got in touch with Kilimani DCIO CC @DCI_Kenya and action is being taken,” the ODDP official Twitter account posted on Monday afternoon in response to the issue.last_img read more

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Sunderland star Giaccherini holding out for ‘dream’ Chelsea

first_imgSunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini has NOT agreed a £2million deal to join Italian side Torino, as he is still holding out for a ‘dream’ move to Chelsea.The Italy international shone at Euro 2016 as he helped Antonio Conte’s side reach the quarter-finals in France.Giaccherini has since been linked with a move to Torino, in a deal which would see Sunderland net around £2m, however, Conte has also considered bringing the 31-year-old to Stamford Bridge with him this summer.And now Giaccherini’s agent, Furio Valcareggi, has confessed his client still hopes to secure a dream move to Chelsea.“Unfortunately we don’t [have an agreement with Torino],” Valcareggi told Gazzetta Dello Sport.“There has been contact and interest. Torino have taken note of the costs and how the transfer would have to be done and now they are considering it.“But this also applies to Fiorentina and Bologna, who are gathering information before moving on.“If Chelsea were to call? Chelsea would be a dream.” 1 Sunderland and Italy midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini last_img read more

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Simi Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUNDAY Sunday evening hike, 5 at the Rocky Peak Trailhead at the end of Rocky Peak Road off Santa Susana Pass. Call (805) 584-4400. MONDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $40, or $20 for 65 and older. Call (805) 379-2378. Power Walking, 8-9 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $30. Call (805) 584-4400. Muscle Sculpting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Studio Art Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Open Gym Basketball, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Jazzercise Aerobics, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Alternative Recreation Program: Yoga Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Houghton Park, 4333 Township Ave., Simi Valley. Parents can register and participate with their child. Monthly fee: $24. Call (805) 584-4400. New Hope for breast-cancer survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Free. Registration required. Call (805) 527-5360, Option 3. Aqua Fit, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Peggers Cribbage Club, 7 p.m., at Simi Country Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1550 Rory Lane, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-8164. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Fee: $5. Lessons taught by Dick Hodnefield. Call (805) 583-3055 or e-mail Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Women’s Anger Management class, 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619.last_img read more

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first_imgBOXING: There was joy for Letterkenny ABC at the weekend – when talented young boxer Paddy McShane landed an Ulster title.McShane had boxed skilfully throughout the competition and has a bright, bright future in the sport. He delivered an assured, controlled and excellent performance in yesterday’s Nine Counties final.McShane, who fights at 36kg has been training very hard for a number of months.Secretary for Letterkenny ABC, Mandy Douglas told Donegal Daily, “Paddy puts in a big effort all the time in training and is one of our most dedicated boxers.“We’re delighted his hard work and dedication has paid off, and we are all so happy he won this Ulster title.”Pic. With coaches Rory mcShane (dad)  and James Browne. Thanks also to our coaches for all the voluntary time and effort the put in DELIGHT FOR LETTERKENNY ABC FIGHTER PADDY MCSHANE AS HE WINS ULSTER TITLE was last modified: February 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:boxingLetterkenny ABCMandy DouglasnewsPaddy McShaneSportlast_img read more

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first_imgJason Black had his hands full at Vincent’s, the charity clothes shop this evening which he officially opened for the St. Vincent De Paul at Lr. Main St in Letterkenny.He is pictured with area manager of St Vincent De Paul, Mary Ponsonby and a mother and daughter both called Evylnn Connaghan as they made the 1st donation after the official opening. Photo By Brian McDaid/ Cristeph Gallery   JASON HELPS OPEN NEW ST VINCENT DE PAUL CHARITY SHOP was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:charity shopJason BlackletterkennyST VINCENT DE PAULSVPlast_img read more

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Shocking 3 year wait for neurology services uncovered at LUH

first_imgIt has been revealed that up to 500 people are currently on a waiting list for neurology services at Letterkenny University Hospital. New correspondence from the hospital outlines that waiting times for a routine appointment is 3 years.Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has condemned the delays and branded them as ‘completely unacceptable’. Deputy McConalogue explained, “The waiting times for neurology appointments at Letterkenny University Hospital are completely unacceptable.  The fact that there are now 500 waiting for appointments shows the scale of the backlogs in the hospital.“This is leaving patients with conditions such as MS, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions have to endure these excessively long wait times to see a neurologist,” explained Deputy McConalogue.“It had been anticipated that a second neurologist, currently based in Sligo, would help to ease the burden significantly.  It took some time for the post to be filled and now that it has, it has been revealed that that neurologist will only be providing 2 clinic days per month in Letterkenny University Hospital.  While this may provide some relief, the fact that the consultant will only be available for 2 days a month leaves a lot to be desired and will do little to address the lengthy waiting lists.“Our neurology services are severely under-resourced and overburdened. Much more needs to be done to address this. “There are over 700,000 people dealing with some form of neurological illness in Ireland.  Currently there are more than 5,000 patients waiting over a year to see a neurologist. This is unacceptable.“I will continue to push the Government to advance the neurological services in the North West and across the country to bring us in line with our European counterparts,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Shocking 3 year wait for neurology services uncovered at LUH was last modified: December 7th, 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:Charlie McConalogue TDLetterkenny University Hospitalneurologylast_img read more

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Penalties for UIF defaulters

first_imgLess than 10% of South Africa’s employers have complied with the law by forwarding their employees’ particulars to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), according to a study released in Pretoria on Wednesday.(Image: Pixabay)Brand South Africa reporterThe study was conducted by the UIF to gauge the level of compliance since the inception of new UIF Act in April last year.The Act requires that employers provide the fund with payroll information. To ensure better service delivery, the UIF last year adopted an “e-approach” involving electronic installation of payroll information.According to the UIF Act, anyone who is out of work due to a situation created by the employer is entitled to financial benefits.In terms of the Act, employees are required to pay one percent from their monthly income to their employer, who is required to add another percent before submitting the amount to the UIF Commissioner.The Act also covers a wide range of benefits, including unemployment, illness and maternity benefits, as well as benefits related to adoption and dependents.“Our records show that there are about 400 000 employers countrywide paying UIF. However, only 30 000 of them have forwarded their employees’ particulars to the Fund,” UIF Commissioner Shadrack Mkhonto said.Mkhonto said the remaining 370 000 employers may face penalties, but more importantly, they are putting their workers at risk. “Access to unemployment benefits will be twice as difficult for workers who are not registered on the UIF database,” said Mkhonto.He stressed that the collection of payroll information is the cornerstone of the UIF’s new database system, which replaces the traditional “Blue Card” as a record of payment and method of claiming benefits, streamlining the administration of the Fund and bringing an end to long queues of applicants.“It means that employees need only submit a claim form and produce a valid identity document to access benefits, as opposed to the previous system where numerous documents were needed to process a claim.”However, said Mkhonto, should an employee not appear on the UIF database, “a lengthy process of verifying data will have to be undertaken before benefits can be paid to the employee, thus inconveniencing both employers and employees.”Employers may submit employee information manually – the UI19 form is obtainable at your nearest labour centre – or on the UIF Web site, or by e-mailing a payroll extract to the UIF database administrator, or via a file transfer protocol (FTP) obtainable from UIF offices.For more information, phone the UIF Call Centre on (012) 337 1700.Source: BuaNews, Department of Labour, Department of Social DevelopmentWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Soweto’s field of dreams

first_img25 June 2009In 1959, when the gates of Orlando Stadium in Soweto first opened and the grounds became the official home of the Johannesburg Bantu Football Association, few would have guessed that, 50 years later, the Brazilian national team would train on that very pitch.An icon of both soccer and the struggle for freedom in South Africa’s famous township, Orlando Stadium holds a special place in the history of the game in the country.It has launched many notable soccer careers, housed major football clubs such as Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows, and hosted countless Soweto derbys between traditional arch-rivals Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.Only a month after the venue’s 50th birthday, Orlando Stadium continues to make its mark – as evidenced by the bus bearing a prominent “Brazil” sticker sittings outside the player’s entrance.Gearing up for their 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup semifinal clash against South Africa, the Brazilians took on Kaizer Chiefs’ under-17 side in a practice match at the stadium this week.With some of the world’s top footballing nations visiting the country for the tournament, ordinary South Africans have benefited from unique opportunities to engage with international stars outside of attending matches – in this case, seeing the South American samba kings of soccer at a stadium that holds so much importance, not only Soweto but for South Africa.Sitting on the sidelines, South African football legend Doctor Khumalo, now the under-17 coach for Kaizer Chiefs, reflected on what Orlando Stadium means to him.“I remember coming here when I was around 11 or 12 years old,” Khumalo said. “I would accompany my father to the stadium when he worked as assistant coach for Kaizer Chiefs. In those days I was one of the naughty boys, so I never thought I would play here! But eventually I made the first team.“I first played in Orlando Stadium in 1987,” Khumalo said. “It was a league match against Pirates. I wasn’t nervous about playing Pirates, we had played them before at Ellis Park, but this was the first time I would play in the Derby, in the township.“The crowd was always big when you played in the township – and that made me a little bit nervous.”Back in 1987, Orlando Stadium could seat 24 000 people. Today, the newly revamped venue with its contemporary steel design can accommodate a crowd of 40 000.Towering over the suburbs of Orlando East and Mzimhlophe, the stadium boasts a host of world-class facilities, including a 200-seater auditorium, a conference centre, a gymnasium and 120 hospitality suites.“Today Orlando Stadium is an international stadium,” says Khumalo, who is also a 2010 Fifa World Cup ambassador. “Just look at the lights, the pitch, the stands – everything has changed.”On the pitch, Khumalo’s boys are faring well against the Brazilians. “This is a great opportunity for the boys – an opportunity of a lifetime. This never happened in my time. But now, because of the Confederations Cup, we have Brazil right here.“I don’t think people know how important this day is,” Khumalo said. “These boys grow up admiring guys like Pato, and now here they are playing right alongside him.“Dreams have come true here at Orlando today. Lives have been changed.”As the final whistle blows to mark the end of the training session, the under-17s make their way off the field, patting each other on the back. The pride is tangible.They pose for a photo with the Brazilians, in a moment that forever seals an unforgettable day at Orlando Stadium – and another anecdote for the historians of Soweto and South African soccer.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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