Demetrious Johnson says winning ONE title would be ‘icing on the cake’

first_imgWidely-considered to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, Demetrious Johnson  hardly has anything left to prove inside the cage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES 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 The Octagon was Johnson’s stage. He went 18-2-1 in the UFC as he dazzled North America and Asia is next.“I spent seven years in North America fighting the best in the world. I’ve never traveled to Asia to fight the best. I think now is the perfect time to do it,” the 32-year-old Johnson said.“Now that they just announced a World Grand Prix for the flyweight division, it’s has always been a dream of mine to actually compete in Asia in a World Grand Prix. The biggest thing that you can expect from me for coming over here to compete in Asia is that I’ll do my best. I am taking no shortcuts.”ONE on Wednesday announced a pair of Grand Prix tournaments slated next year with Johnson and Eddie Alvarez headlining the flyweight and lightweight divisions, respectively.“I love DJ because, of course, he’s a phenomenal martial artist. There’s no question he’s an outstanding athlete and he has all the technical abilities but what I really low about him is look at how humble he is in victory, look how gracious he is in defeat,” said ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei seeks Olympic badminton gold despite cancer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown But Johnson isn’t done yet as his move to ONE Championship offers him a new challenge that lights up the fire in his belly.“Obviously, That (winning the title) is the goal right now. I’m very focused on that. It’s gonna be the icing on the cake,” Johnson said when asked about his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’ve accomplished a lot in North America now I’m ready to go over here in Asia and cement my legacy over here.”It was Dana White, president of UFC, himself, who declared Johnson as the best MMA fighter of all time last year after Johnson broke the UFC record for most title defenses with 11 in style when he submitted Ray Borg with a flying armbar. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Desperate attempt to deflect from real reasons

first_imgDear Editor,We note recent statements by executive member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Aubrey Norton. Norton is reported by a section of the press as saying that activists and other high-profile members who have withdrawn their support from the APNU/AFC have done so as a result of the PPP’s lure of “filthy lucre”.We view Norton’s comment, though laughable, as a desperate attempt to deflect from the real reasons behind the rapid departure of persons from the governing coalition.If, according to his claim, the motivation was for enrichment purposes then it would have made more sense for us to remain with the ruling cabal given its stated position, as alluded to by his colleague, PNC Chairperson Volda Lawrence who said “The only friends I got is PNC so the only people I gon give wuk to is PNC”. Those words are supported by actions as there is a plethora of evidence which shows the massive distribution of the State’s largesse to a small group of persons connected to the APNU/AFC.No amount of spin and trickery by the likes of Aubrey Norton will work as we are not aloof like him and his ministerial colleagues who are now subsumed by the trappings of political power. We interact with scores of ordinary Guyanese daily, many of them supported the coalition in 2015 – and just like us they too feel a sense of betrayal by the numerous unfulfilled promises.It is the ‘ground troops’ such as ourselves who have had to bear the brunt of the frustration of young people from areas such as Campbellville, Sophia, Kitty, Alberttown, North and South Ruimveldt, East and West Ruimveldt, Albouystown and Charlestown who we persuaded to vote for the coalition in 2015 and who are still yearning for the jobs and the elusive “good life” promised to them.It is us who have borne the brunt of the criticism from UG students who were promised ‘free education’ but have had to deal with a 48 per cent increase in their tuition fees since the APNU/AFC assumed office. How do we respond when confronted by UG graduates who were promised jobs within one year of their graduation in 2015 but later heard from none other than President David Granger that it is not the roleof his Government to create jobs when the question of his failure to deliver on that promise was put to him?Norton and the others have no idea what it is like to be accosted regularly by pensioners who’ve had their water and electricity subsidies removed and are now being made to pay taxes on medical services.We also have to live daily with the complaints of neighbours, fellow villagers and relatives who are teachers, nurses, members of the disciplined services and other public servants who we told during the 2015 campaign that they will receive substantial increases in salary and other benefits. How do we now explain the minimal increases given since 2015; the removal of the tax-free one-month bonus etc and then juxtapose it against the hefty increases given by the leadership of the Government to themselves after a mere three months in office?It is we who have to contend daily with the hardships brought about by the increase in over 200 tax measures by the coalition Administration.Some of us have had firsthand experience of the suffering of residents affected by the closure of Wales Estate. We interface daily with the struggling former sugar workers and looked on helplessly as they were made to wait for more than a year and even wage a court battle, in order to receive their severance payment from a Government which we convinced them to vote for and which promised to do the exact opposite of what it did.On a personal level, many of us – like thousands of ordinary Guyanese – have had to contend with hardships brought about by the incompetence of this Government. We worked tirelessly and invested our time and resources towards a coalition victory in 2015. When this victory was achieved we were neglected and treated with disdain. Some of us had ideas of policies that could’ve been implemented that were gleaned from our interactions in our communities. These were all shot down. We became useless foot soldiers as the objective of an APNU/AFC electoral victory was achieved.A cabal of corrupt individuals has taken over and it is this group which is experiencing the promised “good life”.These reasons along with the corruption and disrespect for the rule of law which has characterised APNU/AFC governance left us with no choice but to part ways with the coalition and no amount of lies and misinformation from the likes of Aubrey Norton will change that.Instead of trying to tarnish respectable, honourable and patriotic individuals, many of whom he rubbed shoulders with, he should be truthful with the public.Regards,Dave Danny Sr,Former PNC Member of Parliament and Central Executive MemberDave Danny Jr,Former APNU/AFC Regional Democratic Councillor (Region Four) and PNC Youth ExecutiveIvan Bentham,Regional Democratic Councillor (Region Four)Karen Dalrymple,Former PNC activistNicola Dalrymple,Former PNC activistAlicia Adams,Former PNC activistOrin Kennedy,Former PNC activistlast_img read more

400 child abuse cases reported in 2 months

first_imgIt is just over two months into 2019 and there have been some 400 reports of child abuse cases so far.UNICEF Country Representative Sylvie FouetThis was revealed by Country Representative of UNICEF Guyana, Sylvie Fouet, who said the statistics are alarming.“Violence against children, just to let you know that in Guyana, is really at an alarming rate and since the beginning of 2019, we already have 400 cases being reported,” Fouet said, while adding that last year there was a total of one thousand cases. She further noted too that this number had even gone as high as three thousand cases at one point.Fouet made this disclosure on Tuesday when the University of Guyana teamed with the Judiciary and UNICEF Guyana to launch a Forensic Psychology and Sexual Offences Special Training Series.According to the UNICEF official, this link between law and science will go a long way in changing the way Guyana responds to and documents child abuse cases as well as sexual violence in general.The Forensic Psychology and Sexual Offences Special Training Series is an 8-module course being offered by UG.Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Emanuel Cummings, drew attention to the significant role forensic psychology and forensic medicine can play in increasing the capacity of the Judiciary in solving crimes and cases. To this end, he went on to note the importance of DNA profiling in solving sexual offences cases.A section of the gathering at Tuesday’s launching of the Forensic Psychology and Sexual Offences Special Training Series at the Pegasus Hotel“The evidence that can be derived from DNA profiling can make or break the outcome of a case… It allows for the comparison or comparing the profile of the perpetrator against the list of other suspects; the likelihood of holding the perpetrator accountable; and the likelihood of preventing future crime since the perpetrator DNA is then added to the database,” he stated.Dr Cummings noted that this new programme being offered will significantly impact the way sexual offences cases are being solved in the local criminal justice system.“So the plight focus of this course would provide an excellent foundation for continued education for the Judiciary in various forms of forensic science, including forensic psychology and medical science in an effort to strengthen the justice system by building the capacity for the use and interpretation of a more credible evidence,” the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences posited.Meanwhile, acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, recognised the impact insensitive treatment has on the victims especially within the criminal justice system.“The complexities of working with victims [and perpetrators] of sexual violence requires specialised training and intervention on the part of all involved in the process… Therefore, to ensure prompt, adequate and effective court response to needs of justice for both offenders and victims, an intensive approach is needed. That is why were are here today,” Justice Cummings-Edwards stated.However, the acting Chancellor went on to note too that the personnel working in this field, they also need debriefing programmes to deal with the “vicarious traumas”, hence sustainable skills and capacity are needed.“We intend to improve our adjudication of sexual offences cases, reduce or eliminate secondary trauma of victims and to adopt a coordinated approach with all stakeholders as well as enhance our awareness of the evidence base knowledge in this direction,” she added.This new programme, according to Justice Cummings-Edwards, is among the many initiatives the Judiciary is embarking on to enhance the criminal justice system in Guyana. She pointed to the fact that just over one year ago, the sexual offences court was established while noting that plans are afoot to expand this facility to Berbice in about two months, and then to Essequibo.The UNDP had reported that Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world for women. In fact, Guyana was named second in top three of 10 countries in the world with the highest rate of rape against women and girls in the English-speaking Caribbean.last_img read more

Gor beat Posta Rangers to go 14 points clear

first_imgHowever, the reigning champions had to live dangerously in the final seven minutes after Cavin Odongo halved the deficit for Sammy Omollo’s men, but K’Ogalo held their own for the slender lead till full time.Kerr made only two changes from the team that lost to Bandari in Mombasa on Tuesday, Boniface Oluoch regaining his place in between the sticks with Shabaan Odhoji dropping to the bench while Innocent Wafula came in for the absent Godfrey Walusimbi.With Walusimbi absent, utility man Philemon Otieno was handed the task of manning the left side of defense while Wafula turned to the right, with Karim Nizigiyimana on the bench as he is yet to get full match fitness.Gor had a good start and broke the deadlock after 13 minutes, Tuyisenge towering above everyone in the box before nodding home a Kahata corner. The Rwandese international had a taste of the nt just five minutes before, but his goal had been ruled out for offside.The league leaders, still purring in hurt after Bandari broke their unbeaten run three days ago kept the pressure on and Tuyisenge had a go for a brace minutes later but his spectacular effort on the volley was deflected for a corner.Humphrey Mieno too came close but his header from Wafula’s delivery couldn’t connect to the target.Posta Rangers midfielder Luis Tera controls the ball under pressure from Gor Mahia’s Ernest Wendo during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on August 10, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyPosta’s activity infront of Gor’s goal was minimized and the closest they came was seven minutes to the break when Joseph Nyaga tried his luck with a shot which was however calmly collected by Oluoch.Staring at a third consecutive defeat against Gor, Posta came off the break with some weight of determination to claw back both goals.Georson Likonoh had an effort hit the bar in the 50th minute with Oluoch bouncing back to clear the mess.As they threw bodies into attack, Posta were dealt a blow in the 57th minute when Gor won a freekick in a favorable position and dead ball specialist Kahata whipped it in with ease past Gradus Ochieng.Gor had to make a change later when keeper Oluoch limped off injured and was replaced by Shabaan Odhoji who didn’t have to do much until the 83rd minute when he picked the ball from the net after Odongo tapped the ball home when Jeremiah Wanjala’s shot hit the bar.The goal made for some nervous end to the tie as Gor has previously dropped points from a winning position, but this time they managed to defend better for the vital points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jacques Tuyisenge is joined by Humphrey Mieno in celebrating his goal against Posta Rangers on August 10, 2018 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu. PHOTO/KPLNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10- Gor Mahia shook off the blues of their first loss of the season last Tuesday to Bandari, beating Posta Rangers 2-1 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Friday evening to go 14 points clear on top of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) standings.Goals in either half from Jacques Tuyisenge and Francis Kahata saw the record 16-time KPL champions move back to winning ways and establish a healthy lead on top of the standings in their fourth league match in 10 days.last_img read more

‘Chelsea will still win title’ former Blues striker tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has backed the Blues to bounce back from their surprise defeat to Newcastle and go on to win the Premier League.Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season in all competitions this weekend, a result that has seen their lead at the top of the table cut to just three points.But Cascarino has backed Jose Mourinho’s men to kick on and claim a fourth Premier League title.“I think they’ll do it,” the ex-Blues’ star told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“I think they’ve got a bit more than [Manchester] City. If you get City’s best XI, they can match anybody – there’s no doubt about that. Chelsea are a better organised team though. Yesterday was a bad result, but I think they’ll bounce back and be fine.”Cascarino continued by saying that while the defeat will be disappointing for the west London side, it could prove to be a blessing in disguise.“In some ways it takes the monkey off the back of Chelsea. I thought they could go the whole season unbeaten. You have to give Newcastle credit though.”Chelsea’s defeat was slightly tainted by Mourinho’s comments that the Newcastle ball-boys were time-wasting, while on the pitch star striker Diego Costa’s struggles to find his early season form continued, but Cascarino believe the Spaniard will rediscover his shooting boots soon.“He’ll be fine. If there’s one thing I’m certain of, it’s that I look at him and there’s hunger and desire. It’s a tricky period for him. He hasn’t quite played to the level of September and October, but he’ll be fine.”last_img read more

The Liverpool attack to start against Swansea and win by more than a goal at Anfield?

first_imgLiverpool take on Swansea on Sunday afternoon looking to rectify their patchy home form.Despite a 2-1 victory against Bordeaux to secure Europa League progress on Thursday night, the Reds have so far flattered to deceive at Anfield this season as visiting teams line up to frustrate the hosts.Perhaps a more alarming statistic is that Liverpool have failed to win a game at home this season by more than one goal under both Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp’s stewardship.Swansea, though, have won just once in the league since August, with manager Garry Monk feeling the strain of warped expectations as they look to reignite their campaign.But how will the Reds line up against them? Considering various injuries and a suspension to Lucas Leiva, this is how talkSPORT predicts Klopp will approach the game.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who made the cut… 24. Joe Allen (defensive midfield) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 11 11 11 11 20. Adam Lallana (attacking midfield) 11 37. Martin Skrtel (centre back) 11 11 11 11 11 23. Emre Can (central midfield) 7. James Milner (central midfield) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Liverpool line up against Swansea 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) 11. Roberto Firmino (striker) 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 10. Philippe Coutinho (attacking midfield) last_img read more

Bin Laden warns Iraq’s Sunnis, calls for bloody war against Israel

first_imgCAIRO, Egypt – Osama bin Laden warned Iraq’s Sunni Arabs against fighting al-Qaida and vowed to expand the terror group’s holy war to Israel in a new audiotape Saturday, threatening “blood for blood, destruction for destruction.” Most of the 56-minute tape dealt with Iraq, apparently al-Qaida’s latest attempt to keep supporters in Iraq unified at a time when the U.S. military claims to have al-Qaida’s Iraq branch on the run. The tape did not mention Pakistan or the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, though Pakistan’s government has blamed al-Qaida and the Taliban for her death on Thursday. That suggested the tape was made before the assassination. Bin Laden’s comments offered an unusually direct attack on Israel, stepping up al-Qaida’s attempts to use the Israeli-Arab conflict to rally supporters. Israel has warned of growing al-Qaida activity in Palestinian territory, though the terror network is not believed to have taken a strong role there so far. “We intend to liberate Palestine, the whole of Palestine from the (Jordan) river to the sea,” he said, threatening “blood for blood, destruction for destruction.” “We will not recognize even one inch for Jews in the land of Palestine, as other Muslim leaders have,” bin Laden said. In Iraq, a number of Sunni Arab tribes in western Anbar province have formed a coalition fighting al-Qaida-linked insurgents, which U.S. officials credit for deeply reducing violence in the province. The U.S. military has been working to form similar “Awakening Councils” in other areas of Iraq. Bin Laden said Sunni Arabs who have joined the Awakening Councils “have betrayed the nation and brought disgrace and shame to their people. They will suffer in life and in the afterlife.” White House spokesman Tony Fratto said bin Laden’s tape shows that al-Qaida’s aim is to block democracy and freedom for all Iraqis. “It also reminds us that the mission to defeat al-Qaida in Iraq is critically important and must succeed,” Fratto said. “The Iraqi people – every day, and in increasing numbers – are choosing freedom and standing against the murderous, hateful ideology of AQI. And we stand with them.” Several hours before the tape was issued, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, said al-Qaida was becoming increasingly fearful of losing the support of Sunni Arabs and had begun targeting the leaders of the Awakening Councils. Petraeus said al-Qaida attaches “enormous importance” to “these tribes that have turned against them, and to the general sense that Sunni Arab communities have rejected them more and more around Iraq.” “They are trying to counter this and they have done so by attacking them,” which is increasingly turning Sunnis against al-Qaida, he said. In the audiotape, bin Laden denounced Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, the former leader of the Anbar Awakening Council, who was killed in a September bombing claimed by al-Qaida. “The most evil of the traitors are those who trade away their religion for the sake of their mortal life,” bin Laden said. Bin Laden said U.S. and Iraqi officials are seeking to set up a “national unity government” joining Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. “Our duty is to foil these dangerous schemes, which try to prevent the establishment of an Islamic state in Iraq, which would be a wall of resistance against American schemes to divide Iraq,” he said. He called on Iraq’s Sunni Arabs to rally behind the Islamic State of Iraq, the insurgent umbrella group led by al-Qaida. Besides the Awakening Councils, some Sunni insurgent groups that continue to fight the Americans have rejected the Islamic State. Bin Laden said Sunnis should pledge their allegiance to Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the little known “emir” or leader of the Islamic State of Iraq. U.S. officials have claimed that al-Baghdadi does not exist, saying al-Qaida created the name to give its coalition the illusion of an Iraqi leadership. “Failure to give allegiance to the emir after he has been endorsed leads to great evils,” bin Laden warned. “Emir Abu Omar would rather have his neck severed than betray the Muslims … Emir Abu Omar and his brothers are not one of those who accept compromise or meeting the enemy halfway.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgCHARITY: A Donegal woman has renewed her appeal for donations towards the Vesnova Orphanage in Belarus. Myrtle Doherty, from Ramelton, launched her initial annual appeal for nappies/clothes/toiletries and medication for the Vesnova orphanage in Belarus just after Christmas – and so far she’s had a very good response. Myrtle told Donegal Daily, “This collection is done on behalf of the Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group who do fantastic work in the Belarus.“There are 170+ children in this orphanage and conditions are not ideal by any means but have improved considerably with the help of lots of volunteers and groups.“Last year we sent 15,000 nappies and a large consignment of clothes, shoes, toiletries, toys, play equipment and vital medications from Donegal.“So far our appeal for Belarus is going okay, we are getting a lot of clothing donations but we desperately need more nappies, wipes & nappy creams or even financial donations that I can use to buy nappies. “Closing date is next Sunday 31st January – people can ring me on 0876825387/0749151671.”RENEWED APPEAL FOR DONATIONS IN AID OF ORPHANAGE IN BELARUS was last modified: January 20th, 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:charitydonegalFeaturesnewsOrphanagelast_img read more

Friends puzzled by report of attack

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Jim is nobody that lunges at nobody with a knife,” said neighbor Tony Sellon, who became good friends with Weyenberg in recent years. “That was bad doctoring. That was some bad medicine.” Byron Schmidt, 81, lives around the corner from Weyenberg’s bungalow apartment and would regularly take Weyenberg’s dog for a walk. Weyenberg apparently had pain in his neck or back, and Schmidt said he had trouble sleeping. “He was under pressure and he kept telling me that he was taking pain pills and different things and he was not happy with the doctor,” Schmidt said. Weyenberg physically assaulted his wife and chased her with a knife before going after a neighbor, police said. When the officer arrived, Weyenberg advanced on him with the knife, and the officer opened fire. “He was very, very close,” said Jette, who had no comment when asked about Weyenberg’s possible prescription drug use. Police did not release the name of the officer because the investigation is ongoing. Weyenberg worked with his dad, who ran a business supplying equipment for preschools, Sellon said. He liked to go fishing and take care of his dog. “I don’t think Jim would have hurt anybody,” Schmidt said. “But in my mind, I don’t think he knew what he was doing.” (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – A knife-wielding man shot and killed by a police officer outside his Victory Boulevard apartment was on medication that might have clouded his judgment, neighbors said Monday. James Weyenberg, 42, was shot about noon Sunday after he tried to stab the officer with a medium-sized kitchen knife, police said. Moments before, Weyenberg was chasing his wife through traffic in the 1600 block of West Victory. A motorist parked his pickup truck between the couple to protect the woman, said Sgt. Jay Jette, a spokesman for the Burbank Police Department. Two neighbors described Weyenberg as a gentle man but said he was under stress and taking medication. last_img read more