first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Powerlift Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAlthough she’s already a veteran of numerous wars, powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta still feels the nerves as she prepares for the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur.“There’s still pressure. Although this would be my eighth time in the ASEAN Para Games, I know that I’m also not getting younger,” Dumapong-Ancheta, who is once again competing in the +85 kg category of women’s powerlifting, said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT At 43 years old, Dumapong-Ancheta, a polio victim, acknowledges that time is no longer on her side.“I know that in a few years time, I’ll be retiring. I told myself that if I won’t win a medal in the ASEAN Para Games level, I think that should be the time that I step away and make a graceful exit,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut her coach Ramon Debuque still maintains his belief on the Ifugao native. That is enough to keep Dumapong-Ancheta fighting as she looks to add another gold medal to her already stocked collection.“I had a talk with my coach and he told me that I still have time. He told me that I still have five years or more, and I intend to give my best in these last competitions,” she said. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mayweather on why McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao: ‘I wasn’t counterpunching’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ MOST READ Winning start Break new ground Dumapong-Ancheta is also happy to see the Philippine paralympic movement evolve since she first started in 1997.“I’m glad to see that in terms of support for the athletes, the interest for disability sports have gone up. We’ve gone a long way and I’m proud to say that I was part of that journey. Looking back to those days that we didn’t have uniforms and any formal training, to what it is today where we get whole year training and allowances, I’m just glad for everything that has been given to us,” she said.Her bronze medal win in the +82.5 kg category at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics opened the floodgates for Dumapong-Anchenta and differently abled athletes as sports officials and sponsors started giving them a second look.But with the benefits come the expectations, and Dumapong-Ancheta said the Filipino paraathletes are motivated they deserve the support as they seek to bring home medals in the regional tiff.“We know we can compete and we can defend whatever we’ve won before. We also know that we shouldn’t just match, but also surpass the records we’ve had in the past. We intend to give our all every time,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_img 1 Chelsea have a tricky trip to Merseyside to face top four hopefuls Everton in Saturday’s late kick off, live on talkSPORT.Both sides are unbeaten in the league after two games, but the Blues have a poor away record against the Toffees, having lost four in their last five meetings.Jose Mourinho, speaking before the match, revealed goalscorer Diego Costa was unlikely to feature in their last match before the international break.The in-form Spaniard suffered a minor hamstring injury in training and is Chelsea’s only doubt, while ex Blues strikers Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o are in line to start for the hosts.Here is how Chelsea could line up:GoalkeeperThibaut Courtois should start his third match in a row after keeping a clean sheet in the 2-0 Leicester win. Petr Cech can then target the Champions’ League group game against Schalke after the break to make his first appearance of the season.DefenceExpect the back four to stay the same as Chelsea look to improve their record against Everton. Leicester had chances to score last weekend so skipper John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta will definitely have to up their game. They all trained with Eto’o last season and should have some ideas about how to stop him scoring if he starts. With Lukaku it’s a case of keeping strong and tracking his movement.MidfieldThis will be the strongest test Mourinho’s midfield has faced so far and he will hope they stay compact but creative. Cesc Fabregas will be the brains behind Nemanja Matic’s brawn breaking up Everton’s attacks and starting Chelsea’s. Eden Hazard scored his first goal of the season last weekend and the Blues’ top scorer last season will want to increase his tally. World Cup winner André Schürrle is playing well and should start with Oscar, who is improving every game.AttackDidier Drogba should get his first Premier League start since 2012 with Costa on the bench at best and Fernando Torres reportedly on his way out. The Ivorian has recovered from a pre-season ankle injury and will be looking to add to the 157 goals he scored during his first spell. Costa has started his Chelsea career prolifically, with goals in both games so far, so Drogba must score to challenge his position. 1 Didier Drogba What would your Chelsea line up be? Share your thoughts with a comment below…last_img read more

first_imgThe 25-year-old’s drought has raised questions over his ability to spearhead United’s attack.It is clear he is lacking confidence and manager Jose Mourinho attempted to lift his spirits following Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Juve at Old Trafford, insisting ‘the goals will arrive’. It was another frustrating night for Lukaku against Juventus’ immense back-five “But he’s definitely good enough to lead the line, he just needs help.“Regardless how good a player you are, there does come a time when you come up against top class defenders where you need some help.“And while that team continue to play that kind of style, it is going to be very difficult for anyone up there on their own, whether it’s Lukaku or not.”Listen back to Mark Bosnich on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above 3 3 3center_img And ex-United man Bosnich has also offered his support to the misfiring frontman, insisting he needs greater support from his midfield team-mates to provide him with more chances.“Yes I think he is good enough, there’s no doubt about that,” the Australian told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“We saw that at the world cup with Belgium, although you have to say he had better players around him. Lukaku scored four goals at the World Cup and is Belgium’s all-time leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku has been backed by former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, who insists the striker IS good enough to lead the line for the Red Devils.The Belgium international has found himself under the spotlight over his lack of goals this season, with his dry spell continuing against Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday.Lukaku has scored nine goals this term, but only four of those have been in a United shirt and he has not found the net for his club since September – a run of eight games. Mark Bosnich during his time at Manchester United. last_img read more

first_imgDonegal Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn has reacted furiously to claims by Junior Health Minister Roisin Shorthall that it will take up to a year to open the new A&E Department at Letterkenny General Hospital.The Sinn Fein TD raised the matter in the Dail last night and was told by Minister Shorthall that the Government could not intervene.However she did reveal that a recent meeting with liquidators could see an end to the debacle but admitted that it will still take at least 20 weeks until the unit is opened. The new unit has been delayed by a year due to NAMA’s collapse of the building contractors, McNamara Construction.A number of sub contractors are still owed large amounts of money due tot he sudden stoppage of the construction.Deputy MacLochlainn said the people of Donegal deserve much better and accused the new Government of breaking their promises.“The people of Donegal deserve better. There has been a deafening silence from the Government on this scandal and not much better from the Government Deputy, Senator, and Minister in Donegal. “The fact is that an arm of state, NAMA forced McNamara construction into receivership and in doing so caused Donegal sub- contractors to be each left without tens of thousands of euro owed and the people of Donegal and staff at Letterkenny Hospital without the badly needed new facilities.“It is not good enough for a Minister to hide behind lawyers and bondsmen. Where is the new leadership we were promised by this Government?” he said.He added that he will continue to press the Government to push to have the unit opened as son as possible.“The new extension should have been up and running by now. The failure of this 100 day old Government means that morale amongst front line staff at the hospital has been sapped.“There are serious challenges ahead for Letterkenny General Hospital, including more savage cuts, a shortage of junior doctors, possible closure of wards, and the ongoing delay in many surgical procedures. “Both I and my colleague, Deputy Pearse Doherty are determined to hold this Government to account in the Dáil and ensure that they honour their pre- election promises to the people of Donegal and the people of Ireland”ENDSFURY OVER GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO LETTERKENNY’S A&E DELAY was last modified: June 16th, 2011 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:Deputy Padraid MacLochlainnLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

first_imgEx-major hurricane Ophelia will pass to the north of Donegal during today, Thursday, bringing strong to gale force winds to western and northern districts in particular.The system follows just weeks after the remnants Hurricane Katia saw wind speeds reach 122kp/h at Malin Head.The UK Met Office has just issued a Yellow Warning for the Six Counties and have advised members of the public to be aware of the risk of disruption to travel plans. The advisory relates to strong northwesterly gales that will develop during Thursday, particularly around exposed coastal locations and over higher ground. The warning is valid from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM today, Thursday.Irishweatheronline.com has reported: “Parts of the northwest also will see winds reaching maximum sustained speeds of 50-60 km/h with higher gusts of 70-95 k/ph. Regions most at risk include west Galway, west Mayo and Donegal.“The winds will be strong enough to fell trees and cause minor structural damage.“Winds will not be as strong elsewhere, however. Coastal parts of Clare, Kerry and Cork will see sustained winds of 45-50 kp/h, gusting to 65-75 kph. Conditions will be much calmer inland, with average winds speeds of 30-35 kp/h expected in the Midlands and inland parts of the southeast. On the east Leinster coast, sustained winds will be closer to 40-50 kp/h.” RTE has issued the following forecast – saying winds will be even higher: “It will be extremely windy on Thursday with the strongest of the west to northwest winds in parts of the north and northwest, where severe gusts of 110 to 120 km/h are likely in exposed areas and coastal regions.”The site also repeated its forecast of snow over the higher hills of Donegal tonight.“Windy and cold with passing blustery showers of rain and hail, risk of snow on higher summits mainly northwest, highs 12-15 C with some readings near 10 C mid-day in northwest (sea level), winds WNW 40-60 mph,” it added.BREAKING NEWS: WEATHER ALERT ISSUED OVER EX-HURRICANE OPHELIA HITTING DONEGAL was last modified: October 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalex-hurricaneHurricane Opheliasnow on higher groundlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – An attorney for City Councilman Roger Hernandez is asking the city pay legal fees the councilman incurred in an investigation of his failure to file papers for a gift from a car dealer.“I believe that it would be in the best interest of all concerned, including the City of West Covina, that Councilman Hernandez be represented in this matter at public expense,” Hernandez’s attorney, Robert Corrado, wrote to West Covina City Attorney Arnold Glasman.Mayor Shelley Sanderson said the council planned to discuss Hernandez’s request during a closed session during tonight’s council meeting.“I have an opinion, but, because it’s a closed session, it’s probably best I wait to hear from the other council members and see if there is any more information,” she said.Prosecutors from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office allege Hernandez got an $11,000 discount on a 2004 Chevy Tahoe he bought in December 2003 from Clippinger Chevrolet, whose president is Ziad Alhassen.Hernandez in March voted to approve a $3.5 million redevelopment deal with Alhassen, which included a $500,000 reduction in debt city officials say Alhassen owed the city.In an affidavit, prosecutors say Hernandez should have listed the discount as a gift on government filing forms.Hernandez, who bought the Tahoe for about $21,000, down from the original $34,000, claimed the vehicle was damaged during 2003 attacks on Clippinger Chevrolet by members of an extremist environmental group. ben.baeder@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703last_img read more

first_imgThe Univisa is expected to boost touriststatistics in all SADC member countries.(Image: Lanz Von Hörsten,South African Tourism)Janine ErasmusThe process for establishing a single visa for visitors to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states is about to be expedited. Once the visa, known as the Univisa, is in force, tourists will find it much easier to move between the associated countries.This was decided at the recent inter-ministerial SADC conference held in Angola in March 2008, and it is expected that tourism will receive a major boost because of the simplification of the visa application process.South Africa’s representative at the conference, Deputy Minister for Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, explained that according to statistics on foreign visitors, SADC countries are a preferred destination for tourists. “Noting this encouraging development, the inter-ministerial committee representing SADC member states is currently exploring further avenues such as the Univisa to optimise tourism income.”The new system will be based on the European Schengen visa system, which allows visa holders to move freely between the 15 Schengen countries without having to obtain a separate visa for each. This saves the tourist time, money and bureaucratic hassles, and makes travel within Europe much easier.The Schengen countries are Austria, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. The SADC equivalent will, according to Mabudafhasi, impact positively on tourism revenue for all member states.“Tourism growth is good news to us because it results in the creation of jobs and eradication of poverty,” said Mabudafhasi. “Tourists spend money as they move and distribute income to many enterprises, including those belonging to communities. Although the expected benefits of these plans are focused on medium to long-term, we are expecting a positive outcome during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Free movement within SADCTo date, nine of the 14 SADC countries – Botswana, the DRC, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe – have signed a bilateral agreement to encourage the free movement of SADC citizens within the region. The agreement, known as the Protocol on Facilitation of Movement of Persons, will enable entry into a SADC country without a visa for no more than 90 days per year, among other strategies.The protocol is one of the steps towards the establishment of the single visa system. It was signed initially by seven SADC member states at the 2005 SADC summit held in Gaborone, Botswana, with two more coming on board some time later.The protocol will come into force once it has been ratified by two-thirds of the members of SADC, a process that has yet to be realised, although the minimum number of signatories have now put pen to paper. The signatories still have to resolve relevant issues such as costs, policy agreements, procedures and visa requirements.The free movement protocol as it exists today is the third version, the first two not making it past the stage of consensus. The initial draft was prepared as far back as 1995 but was rejected by South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. In 1997 South Africa submitted another draft which, between 1998 and 2005, was the subject of much discussion until the third version, an amalgamation of the 1995 and 1997 versions, was put together by the SADC secretariat and finally agreed on by member states in 2005.Trade integration throughout the regionIt is hoped that the proposed SADC free trade area, which has been a work in progress since 2000 and is due to come into effect in 2008, will also benefit enormously through the Univisa initiative. The free trade area marks the first step towards a European Union-like system in Southern Africa and is to be followed by the establishment of a customs union by 2010, a common market by 2015, a monetary union by 2016, and a single currency by 2018.Already 10 of the 14 SADC countries have ratified a Trade Protocol which does away with customs tariffs on many goods, mainly foodstuffs. By the end of 2008, according to this agreement, at least 85% of customs tariffs on trade goods will have been abolished, facilitating the establishment of the free trade area.The free movement protocol falls in line with other collaborative SADC programmes like the Trans-frontier Conservation Areas, including the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which spans three international borders. SADC acknowledges the significance of involving all stakeholders to reach a working agreement on the management of these areas. It is hoped that the free movement protocol and the Univisa will promote the sharing of knowledge and skills in these important fields.Useful linksSouthern African Development CommunityDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismGreat Limpopo Transfrontier ParkPeace Parks FoundationRegional Tourism Organisations of Southern Africalast_img read more

first_imgATHENS – Greece’s professional soccer leagues, suspended after a brutal attack on a top refereeing official, have resumed with a new President – who has been linked to criminal activity in the game.League officials sent a letter to the soccer federation saying they will strive to prevent any more assaults on referees but didn’t give any plan how.They also elected Asteras Tripolis President Giorgos Borovilos, another former refree, as President to replace Dimitris Agrafiotis, who quit in disgust at the corrupt state of the sport in Greece.Panathinaikos voted against the appointment, complaining that Borovilos has been implicated in the case of the criminal organization in Greek soccer although there haven’t been any major prosecutions in years despite a lingering scandal.Action will begin again on Nov. 29. Other changes include a new Alternate President, Panthrakikos President Dimitris Tzelepis as the team owners self-police the sport with almost no intervention from the sports ministry.The Super League board meeting agreed then to send a letter to the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) assuring it of its intentions and asking it to reverse its decision against having referees appointed for soccer games, that led to the postponement of the 11th round of Super League games last weekend.It also decided that this weekend it will be the 12th round to be played, while the 11th will be rescheduled for January 10-11, 2015.EPO issued a lukewarm statement that showed it wasn’t happy but agreed to put an end to the lockout in the professional leagues.“Although EPO is not satisfied with the content of the letter that shows and illustrates the very large operational problems of the league, it believes that it is in the right direction; for that reason it will appoint referees so that the national competitions can continue and be completed smoothly,” read the EPO statement.Hours before the agreement, the family enterprise of referee Ilias Spathas in Piraeus was broken into, with burglars causing damage and stealing 2,500 euros.Spathas had recently refereed the game between Asteras Tripolis and Olympiakos in which Asteras protested of referee bias in favor of Olympiakos.Christoforos Zografos, an assistant head of the referees association, was beaten with iron bars outside his home. No one was arrested in the attack that led to the brief suspension of soccer, which draws heavy betting for a sport which has drawn charges of bribery, corruption and match fixing involving players, referees, owners and a host of others.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli is now 10 years old in international cricket. It was in 2008 against Sri Lanka in an ODI at Dambulla that Kohli made his international debut.And in these 10 years, Kohli has carved out a special place for himself in the world of cricket. Considered to be the best batsman in the world presently, Kohli now also leads the Indian side in all the three formats.Kohli created a separate identity for himself in the initial years of his career with his in-your-face attitude, a completely different approach than what Indian players were generally known for. But the leadership role has changed Kohli’s nature to an extent. He’s more calmer now with few fiery incidents led by an adrenaline rush.However, Kohli courted a lot controversies in the beginning of his career. One of the biggest such moments came in 2012, when Kohli showed the middle finger to fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the Australia tour after getting frustrated by the taunts of the crowd.Virat Kohli has exceeded all expectations in England, feels Greg ChappellIn an interview with Wisden Cricket Monthly, Kohli has now picked the 2012 incident as a moment he would rather forget.”The one thing I remember most is when I’d had enough of the Australian crowd at Sydney [in 2012] and I just decided to flick a [middle] finger at them. ‘I’m so cool’. The match referee [Ranjan Madugalle] called me to his room the next day and I’m like, ‘What’s wrong?’. He said, ‘What happened at the boundary yesterday?’. I said, ‘Nothing, it was a bit of banter’. Then he threw the newspaper in front of me and there was this big image of me flicking on the front page and I said, ‘I’m so sorry, please don’t ban me!’. I got away with that one. He was a nice guy, he understood I was young and these things happen.advertisement”I really laugh at a lot of the things I did when I was younger but I’m proud that I did not change my ways because I was always going to be who I am and not change for the world or for anyone else. I was pretty happy with who I was.”Virat Kohli retains top Test ranking after 104 runs in Southampton TestKohli also credited his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma and his family for keeping him in check during the initial years of his career.”My coach, Rajkumar Sharma, was always looking at things from the outside and he understood me the most, after my family, because I had interacted him so much over the years. My family as well. Every time they felt like I was not on the right path they told me.”But my coach was the one that was very stern with me. If I was doing something wrong he would make sure that he got that across, one way or the other. He was the only person I was scared of when I was growing up. I went into his academy when I was nine and even now I still speak to him about my game.The 29-year-old Kohli added that as a captain he wants to guide youngsters in the team.”I look forward to guiding the young guys in the team to not make the same mistakes that probably I made when I was their age because I want them to have three more years of quality cricket compared to going up and down, struggling here and there and then finally finding their feet.”If I see someone making the same mistakes that I committed and I cannot correct them, then it’s my failure. If I choose to stay quiet I’m not really doing my job. You don’t want to suffocate anyone but the mistakes I made early in my career, I would not like to see youngsters make them more than once, because that’s just wasting such an important phase of their lives and careers.”last_img read more

first_imgThe kabaddi trails conducted by the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) turned out to be one of total confusion when their rival association’s players came in for a match against the Indian squads, which was never scheduled.On top of that, neither the men’s nor the women’s national team came for the trials as it was understood that a Delhi High Court’s order dated August 2, was completely misinterpreted by the petitioners from the rival New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI).Last month, NKFI had conducted their own trials in Bengaluru to select a men’s and women’s squads with an eye on a trial match against the two national teams who went to the Asian Games.NKFI has alleged that there have been rampant malpractices with regards to selection of the Indian teams for the Asian Games in Jakarta.Also read – Asian Games 2018: India women settle for silver in KabaddiThe Delhi High Court order clause 9 (i) states: “The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India — respondent no. 4 shall conduct a selection process which shall commence from 15th September, 2018 at 11 am.”There was no mention of any national teams required to take part in the trial process.When the petitioner’s lawyer Bharat Nagar was asked that nowhere in the court order it is stated that senior India teams need to come for selection trials, he replied: “Well that’s an interpretation. We will submit our prayer that we came for trials but Indian team didn’t turn up.”When asked that since it was only mentioned trials, why did the players of the rebel body (NKFI), who got all kitted up, not compete against other aspirants, the advocate said: “But we had come here to play the national team.”advertisementAlso read – Asian Games 2018: Indian men’s kabaddi team settles for bronzeIt was a sorry sight for all those players whom NKFI had roped in promising a trial.In fact, it was learnt that most of the players who had come under the rebel association’s banner have not been part of national camp for a long time.As it eventually panned out the AKFI, following court orders, conducted an open for trial where girls from all age groups competed in front of observer Justice SP Garg.There was only one AKFI office-bearer, assistant secretary Deoraj Chaturvedi, who was present and he ran for cover when scribes asked him about the manner in which trials were being conducted.”Why are the trials being conducted?” he was asked and he replied: “I am only following the Honourable Court’s Order,” Chaturvedi replied.Also read – The insider that ended Indian kabaddi’s golden run at Asian Games 2018When asked what exactly is the Court Order, his answer was even more baffling.”I don’t know what the Court’s order is. You people please read it,” was his reply.”Please leave me as I am a paid employee. My post is that of assistant secretary but I am a salaried employee. My job was to get referees and look after arrangements and I have done that,” Chaturvedi said.When asked what will happen when these U-16 and U-19 girls win their matches, his answer was: “I don’t know”.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more