Seating reserved for fireworks display at BSP stadium.

first_imgThis is because the fireworks will come off the outer stands later in the ceremony.Many are disappointed and complained no warning was given by orgnaisers.last_img

Mayweather on why McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao: ‘I wasn’t counterpunching’

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Alyssa Valdez headed to Taipei to play for volley club ‘Attack Line’ Break new ground As it turns out, the UFC Lightweight Champion fared better on hitting the evasive fighter than some of the biggest  names in boxing—including the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto.In a recent footage from and relayed by MMA Fighting, Mayweather downplayed McGregor’s high striking success rate and said it was a result of him wanting to give fans a show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“That’s because I wasn’t counter-punching and boxing,” the recently retired fighter explained.“The reason why he probably landed a higher percentage or landed more shots than those guys was because I was coming straight ahead, I was barely moving, knocking his shots down a little bit and just breaking him down.” Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:14Carpio 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 Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference after a super welterweight boxing match Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)It’s been over two weeks since Floyd Mayweather Jr. kept his unblemished record intact after turning back the UFC’s Conor McGregor in arguably the biggest boxing match this year.Although the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer cruised to victory en route to a 10-round TKO stoppage, boxing aficionados were amazed that McGregor, a boxing neophyte, managed to land a lot of punches against Mayweather’s seemingly impenetrable defense.ADVERTISEMENT “Money” also bared that he played coy in the earlier rounds and went with an aggressive approach in the latter ones, as advised by his team.“That was the game plan, let him shoot everything,” he said. “I know he was gonna shoot shots from awkward positions, but the game plan was to dig into the body with good shots, hit him with left hooks, hit him with straight right hands and keep walking towards him, keep pressing him and pushing him back.”His scheme proved to be effective, as Mayweather got his first finish in six years, after last knocking out Victor Ortiz in 2011.“I could have just stayed on the outside, out-boxed him and counter-punched him, and probably still stop him down the stretch, but that’s not what I wanted to do,” the brash fighter said. “I wanted to press and push him.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Pacquiao commends McGregor, MayweatherSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’last_img read more

Cancer Patient Cries for Urgent Assistance

first_imgFor those that know him, Cooper S. Barh is an agreeable and approachable fellow. He has been that way all his life. Sadly, the mild mannered father of four, who dislikes attention, noticed a small swelling in his left jaw that would usher him into the limelight, drawing excessive attention to himself.“It was around 2011 that I noticed the slight swelling. I didn’t pay much attention to it. I just thought it was something that would eventually go away,” he said.Unfortunately, the swelling didn’t go away as it grew rapidly; leading some people to suggest that he was a victim of witchcraft.But Cooper Barh is not a superstitious man. Ignoring that prognosis, he decided to seek medical help.“I first went to JFK Hospital in 2011, but they said their system was down. I was referred to Mechlin Clinic on Randall Street in Monrovia, but their system was also not working. Fortunately I met a doctor at Mechlin Clinic who was also at JFK, who said he wanted to help, but that he could only do so at Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County.” After several tests, an X-Ray and a sample of fluids taken from the swelling, Barh was diagnosed with a malignant form of ameloblastoma, a type of cancer in the mouth. It is a rare, typically benign tumor that originates in odontogenic epithelial tissue (tissue of the jaw, usually near the third molar, a large back tooth). These tumors are rarely spread to other parts of the body, and they rarely develop into a malignant growth. They can result in lesions that lead to severe abnormalities in the jaw and face.Neoplastic tissue associated with an ameloblastoma can also easily infiltrate and damage the surrounding bone structures. Thus, wide surgical excision is often necessary to treat and/or reduce symptoms of this disorder.“To say the least, I was devastated. Surgery was suggested, but all I could think of was how was I going to be able to afford the cost?” he asked.Unable to afford surgery on his Liberia civil servant pay, between 2011 and 2014, Barh, who works at the Ministry of Public Works, watched with utter dismay as the tumor continued to grow, drawing stares from everyone he came across. A brief glimmer of hope presented itself in 2014 when a team of visiting physicians at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital promised to treat him, but later said the surgery cannot be performed in Liberia. Since then, Barh has been trying to seek medical attention outside Liberia to no avail.“I am appealing to humanitarians and groups to help me because I am dying slowly. Since 2011 to now, I have not received any treatment for this cancer. The sickness is growing slowly. Please come to my aid and help me seek medical help as this cannot be treated in Liberia,” he pleaded with the public.Those willing to help can reach the victim’s brother, Mr. Lawson on 0775 541 286.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alta. Peace Fatality

first_imgOne person is dead and another in hospital in Grande Prairie, following a three-vehicle collision last night in the Alberta Peace.The Spirit River RCMP says it occurred, about six o’clock on Highway two just south of Highway 677 and, it involved a minivan, a welding truck, and a pickup.Police believe one of the vehicles crossed the center line, resulting in a head-on collision and, a passenger in the mini-van was killed.The driver of the same van suffered undisclosed injuries but, nobody in the other two vehciles was hurt.Ice, snow and poor visibility resulting from blowing snow are, all believed to have been crash factors.Police are still withholding the names of the victims. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Billy Graham: A spirit unbowed

first_imgQ: America’s evangelical subculture has recently undergone some interesting changes, including the rise of new, more liberal voices whose views on cultural issues stand in sharp contrast to those of the religious right. What do you make of such changes? A: As an evangelist, my calling has always been to proclaim the central message of the gospel: What Christ did for us by his death and resurrection, and our need to respond to him in repentance and faith. I’ve always tried to avoid being associated with groups that focus on political issues, either on the right or the left. That isn’t my calling. However, I’m very concerned about the growing polarization we see today, both in our society generally and even among some evangelicals. Somehow we’ve got to find a way to get past this and find a common ground. Q: Have your views on such issues as foreign policy and homosexuality grown more liberal through the decades? A: Well, I hope they’ve grown more balanced over the years, although I try to avoid labels like “liberal” or “conservative.” When I was young, I thought I knew the answer to almost everything, and I cringe when I look back at some of those ill-considered remarks. The world is complex, and as I’ve grown older I’ve learned that foreign-policy issues, for example, usually aren’t as easy as they may seem on the surface. Homosexuality is not a lifestyle that is endorsed by the Bible, although I don’t believe Christians should single out homosexuals for condemnation or contempt. God loves the homosexual just as much as the heterosexual, and so should we. We have all sinned, and we all need God’s grace and forgiveness. We also all need God’s strength to fight temptation and to change our lives. Q: Do you follow news from the Middle East and Iraq? If so, is there anything you’d like to say about the conflicts in those places? A: I try to follow the news from there, and Ruth and I pray every day for our president. I don’t think any of us can appreciate the pressures he faces. We pray also for our military personnel who are serving over there, and for their families. One of our grandsons is serving over there as an Army Ranger, and a few weeks ago he was wounded by shrapnel while on duty. Thankfully, he is recovering, but this has brought home to us what the families of our military personnel are going through. Some of the tensions in the Middle East go back thousands of years to Abraham in the Bible, with the births of Ishmael and Isaac. I also think we aren’t as knowledgeable about Islam as we should be, or the centuries-old conflict between the Sunnis and the Shiites. These conflicts took centuries to develop, and they won’t be solved overnight. At the same time, we ought to pray for peace in that part of the world, and encourage our leaders to do everything they can to promote peace. Q: What has age shown you most vividly? A: To depend on the Lord for everything, and to be thankful for everything he gives us, including hope for the future. I’ve also learned that even if we can’t do everything we once did, God isn’t finished with us, and we can still serve him. Sometimes the greatest service we can do for someone is to pray for them, and I find myself doing that more and more. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A: One of the joys of growing older is the opportunity for us to spend more time together. Sometimes we’ll just sit for hours, holding hands and talking or watching a video, or even just enjoying each other’s company in silence. After a lifetime of travel and being apart so much, we treasure this stage of our lives. At the same time, old age has its burdens, and we aren’t immune. Whoever said, “Old age isn’t for sissies” had it right. For years Ruth has struggled with serious pain because of the degeneration of the bone structure in her back, and she is now bedridden. I have several continuing health issues. Ruth and I know that each day is a gift from God, and we are thankful for them. Q: What gives you comfort and hope? What is your daily faith practice? A: My greatest comfort comes from knowing that I belong to Christ, and that no matter what happens, he will never leave me or forsake me. He will be with me as long as I’m on this Earth, and some day I will go to be with him in heaven forever. I look forward to that day! The Bible and prayer have always been the foundation for my daily walk with God, and they still are. For many years I’ve made it a practice to start the day by reading the Bible and praying, and I still do this as much as possible. Ruth and I also try to end the day by praying together and reading a brief passage of scripture. MINNEAPOLIS – He is 88 now, bent by age and ailments, spending his days sitting with his beloved bedridden wife, Ruth, at their home in the mountains of North Carolina. Yet the stature of Billy Graham, whose global ministry got its start in Minnesota, continues to grow. In December, the Gallup Poll named him among the 10 most admired men in the world – a 50th time for him on that list. Graham, who has made only a few personal appearances in the past years, rarely grants interviews. He spoke to the Star Tribune – by e-mail, due to his poor health – because he has a deep appreciation for Minnesota, where he was a Bible college president and created the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Q: How are you and your wife, Ruth, doing? last_img read more

Holocaust survivor killed in Virginia shootings saved students by blocking door

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) _ The e-mails from grateful students arrived soon after Liviu Librescu was shot to death, telling how the Holocaust survivor barricaded the doorway of his Virginia Tech classroom and saved their lives at the cost of his own. Librescu, an Israeli engineering and math lecturer who survived the Nazi killings and later escaped from Communist Romania, was one of several foreign victims of Monday’s shootings, which coincided with Israel’s Holocaust remembrance day. “My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Librescu’s son, Joe Librescu, said Tuesday in a telephone interview from his home outside Tel Aviv. “Students started opening windows and jumping out.” Joe Librescu, who studied at Virginia Tech from 1989 to 1994, said his mother received e-mails from students shortly after learning of her husband’s death. The gunman, identified as Cho Seung-Hui _ a 23-year-old English major and native of South Korea _ killed 32 people, then committed suicide. Also among the victims was G.V. Loganathan, a 51-year-old engineering professor from India, his brother G.V. Palanivel said from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Peruvian student Daniel Perez Cueva, 21, was also killed while in his French class, said his mother, Betty Cueva. Loganathan, who was born in the southern Indian city of Chennai, had been a professor at Virginia Tech since 1982. “For us it was like an electric shock. We’ve totally collapsed today,” his brother said. “Our parents are elderly and have broken down completely.” When Romania joined forces with Nazi Germany in World War II, the young Librescu was interned in a labor camp, and then sent along with his family and thousands of other Jews to a central ghetto in the city of Focsani, his son said. Hundreds of thousands of Romanian Jews were killed by the collaborationist regime during the war. Librescu, who was 76 when he died, later found work at a government aerospace company. But his career was stymied in the 1970s because he refused to swear allegiance to the Communist regime, his son said, and he was later fired when he requested permission to move to Israel. In 1977, according to his son, Israel’s then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin personally intervened to get the family an emigration permit, and they left for Israel in 1978. Librescu left Israel for Virginia in 1985 for a sabbatical year, but eventually made the move permanent, said Joe Librescu: “His work was his life in a sense.” The academic community in Romania also was mourning Librescu’s death. “It is a great loss,” said Ecaterina Andronescu, rector of the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, where Librescu graduated with a degree in mechanics and aviation construction in 1953. “We have immense consideration for the way he reacted and defended his students with his life.” At the university, people placed flowers on a table holding his picture and a lit candle. “We remember him as a great specialist in aeronautics. He left behind hundreds of prestigious papers,” said professor Nicolae Serban Tomescu. Librescu, who specialized in composite structures and aeroelasticity, published extensively and received numerous awards for his work. He received a doctorate from the Bucharest-based Academy of Sciences in 1969, and an honorary degree from the Bucharest Polytechnic University in 2000. He also received several NASA grants and taught courses at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome and at the Tel Aviv University in Israel.last_img read more

Five clubs that have successfully DEFENDED the title most often

first_img 6 6 6 Getting to the top is easy, staying there is the hard part, so the saying goes, and English football has proved that time and again.Manchester City will testify to that, having failed to defend a Premier League title they fought so hard to win, following their 2014 success with an even more lamentable defence than they put up after claiming top spot in 2012.REVEALED: CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHAT IS THE WORST TITLE DEFENCE EVERBut successful title defences are much rarer in the English top flight than you might think.Up to and including the 2014/15 campaign, there have been 115 opportunities for the champions to defend their title, since Preston North End claimed the first Football League championship in 1889.Preston did indeed become the first club to win back-to-back titles, in 1890, but since then top spot has been defended successfully on just 23 more occasions, by 10 different clubs.Like Preston, Sunderland (1893), Sheffield Wednesday (1904), Portsmouth (1950), Wolves (1959) and Chelsea (2006) have all achieved the feat once.But which club has managed to defend the title more than any other?Only five clubs have defended the title successfully more than once…Joint third: Arsenal have successfully defended the title twice, in 1934 and 1935You have to go all the way back to the 1930s (see the picture below) to find an Arsenal team that managed to defend the title, in a decade when the Gunners dominated English football.Under the management of Herbert Chapman, Arsenal won their first league title in 1931, only to finish runners up to Everton a year later.But the title went back to Highbury in 1933 and, despite the tragic passing of Chapman from pneumonia in early 1934, the Gunners successfully defended their title 12 months later with George Allison in charge.Allison oversaw another successful defence to secure a hat-trick of titles in 1935, but despite the club winning another nine top flight titles to date, Arsenal have never managed to finish first in consecutive seasons since. Second: Liverpool have successfully defended the title five times, in 1923, 1977, 1980, 1983 and 1984With 18 league titles to their name, Liverpool have managed to hang on to top spot five times in their illustrious history.The first successful defence came way back in 1923, but it was during the glory years of the late 1970s and early 1980s when the Reds were at their imperious best.In the period between 1976 and 1984, Liverpool only failed to win the First Division twice, in 1978 and 1981, and on those two occasions they won the European Cup!But after achieving a hat-trick of titles in 1984, their next three titles (in 1986, 1988 and 1990) were followed by unsuccessful defences and they are still waiting to finish first in the Premier League era. First: Manchester United have successfully defended the title seven times, in 1957, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009With a record 20 top flight titles to their name, Man United have had more opportunities than any other club to defend top spot and they’ve done a pretty good job of it.Sir Matt Busby’s legendary ‘Babes’ were responsible for the first of those successful title defences, before the tragedy of the 1958 Munich air disaster.United subsequently went 26 years between the last of Busby’s titles (in 1967) and the first under Sir Alex Ferguson, but between 1993 and the latter’s retirement in 2013 they racked up an astonishing 13 Premier League trophies.In 1994 (pictured below), United defended their Premier League title as part of their first league and FA Cup double, before winning back-to-back titles in 1996 and 1997.A hat-trick of titles followed in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and United became the first club to claim a second title hat-trick with first place in 2007, 2008 and 2009.No club has managed to defend the title since United’s success six years ago. Joint third: Huddersfield Town have successfully defended the title twice, in 1925 and 1926Before he made Arsenal one of English football’s greatest clubs, Herbert Chapman had made his name by turning Huddersfield into the best team in England.Chapman (pictured below, far left, in a Huddersfield team photo) led the Terriers to titles in 1924 and 1925, before taking the Arsenal job, leaving Cecil Potter to guide Huddersfield to a hat-trick of championships in 1926.center_img Chelsea celebrate back-to-back Premier League titles in 2006 6 Joint third: Aston Villa have successfully defended the title twice, in 1897 and 1900Historically one of English football’s giants, Villa had won six titles by 1910, but have claimed just one since, in 1981.But at the turn of the century they were a force to be reckoned with, defending the title they’d won in 1896 by claiming the league and cup double in 1897.A quirk of that campaign is that Villa became the only team to win both the Football League and FA Cup trophies on the same day – a defeat for Derby County in the First Division gave Villa the title on the same Saturday they won the FA Cup final against Everton (pictured below).Three years later they were celebrating another back-to-back title success, but little did Villa fans know that success would prove a lot harder to come by in future.  6 6last_img read more


first_imgGROW is a Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. Members are helped to recover from all forms of mental breakdown, or indeed, to prevent such happening. GROW, founded in Australia in 1957 by former mental sufferers, has a national network of over 130 Groups in Ireland including Donegal. Its principal strength is the support members give each other from their own experience in matters to do with mental health.This is a GROW Testimony from one of their Donegal participants – Alan’s Story of Recovery From the age of 16 I had experienced depression and anxiety regularly. I also experienced bullying. I used to drink alcohol occasionally to overcome these feelings. Overall though, I felt mentally and emotionally okay.However, last year my best friend died due to suicide. After the suicide, things went downhill pretty much straight away. I immediately started feeling very guilty about it and had loads of self-blame. These thoughts started taking over my life. Added to this I had the normal feelings of sadness and loneliness because of losing a friend.Eventually I sought help from a counsellor. This helped me to understand and come to terms with different elements involved in suicide. I found it very useful to talk about the issue and also to understand it a bit better. It really helped.I also started attending a local GROW Mental Health weekly support group. This helped me to focus on my own mental health. I was advised by the group to get back to keeping active. I used to be involved in sports and go to the gym regularly. I stopped doing this after losing my friend. This task may seem very small but it helped me loads. It stopped me from isolating myself. It’s definitely working. At the time I felt I was the only one going through these feelings. Now I know that a lot of people battle with feelings of guilt but, with help, they can eventually begin to turn things around. I’m one of those people.For information about GROW – visit the website on or call 074 91 61628/086 770 2860 in confidence.GROW MENTAL HEALTH: A TESTIMONY FROM A DONEGAL PARTICIPANT was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGROWmental healthlast_img read more

Waste collector Ferry says he is broke and ‘intends to apply for social welfare’

first_imgFormer Donegal waste collector Jim Ferry has avoided jail again after appearing in the High Court and breaching court order.Mr Jim Ferry, who operated Ferry’s Refuse Collection and Ferrys Refuse Recycling up to 2016, was ordered to fully disclose his financial accounts to Donegal County Council during a High Court sitting on Tuesday. Mr Ferry avoided jail again when he was given until January 2019 to hand over all information requested by a forensic accountant of Donegal County Council.RTE News reports that senior counsel for Donegal County Council, Richard Lyons, applied to have Jim Ferry sent to prison for failing to fully cooperate with efforts to recoup money.The money is needed to fund the “environmental carnage” caused by Mr Ferry’s illegal dump at Rossbracken on the banks of Lough Swilly. An estimated 21,000 tonnes of rubbish is said to be buried at the site which is in a Special Area of Conservation.Donegal County Council faces a multi-million euro bill for the clean-up, which the tax payer will have to pay if Mr Ferry does not cooperate and give information to address outstanding issues with his accounts.Counsel for Mr Ferry, Francis Treanor, objected to the application to jail his client and said Mr Ferry was not trying to hide anything.The court heard Mr Ferry had more than €150,000 seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau, following raids on properties linked to him and his companies. The court also heard that Mr Ferry was broke and intended to apply for bankruptcy and social welfare.Mr Justice Barrett found Mr Ferry to be in contempt of court and put the case back to January, warning that Mr Ferry will be jailed if he does not provide the necessary information.Read the full report on RTE News: collector Ferry says he is broke and ‘intends to apply for social welfare’ was last modified: October 6th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Hughes tables £7m bid – report

first_imgMark Hughes tabled a £7m bid for Blackburn’s Chris Samba immediately after being confirmed as QPR boss, the Daily Mail reports.Rangers recently offered £5m for the defender, who signed for Rovers when Hughes was manager at Ewood Park. The Daily Mirror say Hughes will get a £1m bonus if he keeps Rangers in the Premier League.Hughes will be given a free rein to completely overhaul the club, the Daily Telegraph reports.According to The Sun, QPR’s board want Hughes to secure a European place next season.Meanwhile, the Mirror suggest Fulham are among the many clubs watching striker Jamie Vardy of non-League side Fleetwood.The Sun, on the other hand, claim Fulham are planning to hijack Leicester’s attempt to sign Billy Sharp from Doncaster.The Mail say Jose Mourinho wants Real Madrid to block any move from his former club Chelsea for Angel di Maria.Chelsea are reported to be interested in signing the Argentine winger, who is said to be unhappy with his current contract.Didier Drogba could be paid more than £300,000 per week if he leaves Stamford Bridge to join former Blues striker Nicolas Anelka at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, according to the Mirror.But the Daily Star say Drogba is Hughes’ number one transfer target for QPR.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more