SI internationals to join national team

first_imgFred Kini confirmed to PNG LOOP that that Amicale management has agreed to release him with experience duo of Nelson Sale and James Naka to join the national side in Honiara.Kini said they will leave Port Villa  today and arrive in Honiara a day before the first friendly encounter on Thursday March 24.New Zealand based Micah Lea’alafa arrived in the country on Tuesday.The national side will play two friendlies against the visiting PNG side on Thursday 24th and Sunday 27th March at Lawson Tama. Picture soure: read more

Warriors focus on crown, not historic unbeaten run

first_imgMore Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions “We want 15-0. That’s what we want,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday, his version of taking one win at a time.“We literally have never once mentioned 16-0. To me it’s a miracle that it’s even a possibility. It’s so hard to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe difference between making history and taking the title was put in clear perspective last year when the Warriors won an NBA record 73 regular-season games but lost the finals to Cleveland, squandering a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven series and falling to the greatest comeback in finals history.“We’re more focused on what happened last year in terms of we were up 2-0 and we came here and the series shifted,” Kerr said. “That’s the important lesson, not any historical benchmarks or anything like that. It’s definitely not something we’re focused on.” The Warriors, who won 113-91 and 132-113 at home over the Cavaliers, swept Portland, Utah and San Antonio to reach the finals.They surpassed the 13-win streaks of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers and the 2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers to set the record, although “Showtime” Lakers star Magic Johnson claimed Monday his squad would have swept the Warriors in a series.Hearing that, Warriors forward Draymond Green began a long period of laughter before saying, “That’s my thoughts.”The best record for any champion in NBA playoff history belongs to the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers, who went 15-1 to claim the crown, their only loss in the opening game of the finals.‘A huge hurdle’ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filoil: San Sebastian blasts UP for sixth straight win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img The Warriors know history can be bittersweet. There are four championship banners in the team’s practice facility and a much smaller one to commemorate 73 wins.“We have a huge hurdle to get over tomorrow,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “To give ourselves a chance at even coming close to thinking about (16-0), we need to really just lock in on how hard this 48 minutes is going to be to really seize control of this series.“We talked about it before — 16-0 doesn’t matter in any stretch of the imagination unless that’s a closeout game. And that’s the opportunity in front of us, because all it is is just winning a championship and doing what you need to do to get that done.“Tomorrow is another step in that direction that we need to be ready for.”Complacency will not be setting in for the Warriors, Green vowed.“There’s no feeling of we’re almost there. You’ve got to play every game like you’re down. If you can keep that mindset you’ll eventually reach the goal,” Green said. “But to say we’re up 2-0, we’re good, we still got two more games to win and those two will be way harder than the first two.”Green had said that the effort to win 73 games might have taken focus on the title quest last year, but Curry said he had no regrets about how Golden State handled the situation.“That was a decision that we had talked about and we had discussed as a group,” Curry said. “I don’t know if there may be have been a little bit of a mental fatigue when it comes to just how much it took to get that 73 done and then having to restart and go to the playoffs. “But honestly I wouldn’t regret those decisions at all. We were one game away from winning a championship, so I don’t think you can second guess that that much.“This situation, it’s nice to be able to just turn the page and focus on winning the championship and in its purest form and that’s what we’re about right now.” For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPA year after making history but falling one game short of an NBA title, the Golden State Warriors are focused on capturing the crown, not a possible unbeaten playoff run.The Warriors remained perfect in the 2017 post-season by sweeping the first two games of the NBA Finals at home and enter game three Wednesday at Cleveland on a record 14-0 playoff win streak — two wins shy of the first undefeated run to a championship.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Guyana 2.0 – Post-2017 Business Summit?

first_imgAm I the only optimist in the room? Because what I heard at that conference is a fair share of apprehension. Let us start with the business risk and its definition vis-à-vis Guyana. The Economist Intelligence Unit, who are the experts in this field, defined country risk as “a threat to economic growth or human progress of varying probabilities that are not part of the central forecast”. In layman’s language, this is an understanding of what is actually happening in the economy that the Ministry of Finance fails to recognise and mitigate with progressive public policies. This is where a President ought to be paying keen attention, but do you (the reader) think our pageantry President, Mr. Granger, cares or understands the core fundamental issues?If one looks at the graph below, which highlights the real GDP (% change from the previous year), we can clearly see Guyana is going in the wrong direction, and this is expected to get worse in 2018, notwithstanding that it has been reported that some G$12 million in billboards have been erected all over the country to showcase the picture of the Minister of Finance in preparation for the upcoming speech.I sometimes wonder if this man has a secret plan to launch a palace coup to unseat his own president with all his idle theatrics and misrepresentation of the economic facts. But the more important point remains: that if $12 more million could have been found, we could have had an on-the-spot distribution of $1,000 to each public school teacher. That is what a caring Government does!From my calculation from and reconciliation with the August 2017 figures coming out of the Central Bank, Guyana will struggle to achieve 3% this year. Even if the Minister tries to sell that number in his budget speech, he cannot prove it. Because fundamentally, since he arrived, he has been presenting guess-timate budgets that are off target from the actual numbers. If one reconciles the 2016 budget to the real 2016 performance, it is clear that the 2016 budget figure was misleading and in stark dissonance from the 2016 actual performance. But in the absence of competence, a heavy dose of subterfuge and deception seems to be the game plan of this Granger regime.It is an indisputable fact that Guyana has retrogressed economically, socially and politically under this David Arthur Granger regime. The country comes across as old and anaemic, battered and bruised, with a frightening and increasing debt stock and a stronger chance now of slumping into recession than it had in 2015. Unless and until Guyana cracks the investment curse that continues to adversely affect the nation, we must expect massive volatility in capital flows (most of the time massive spates of capital flight out of the country – the latest estimate for 2017 was US$53 million).This situation can be confirmed by the negative terms of trade that I saw highlighted in the latest IMF report. The current account at the end of August 2017 is at one of its worst positions in years, and valuable foreign currency from the international reserves continues to be burnt up. But rather than reforming GuySuCo, there is a determined effort to close down estates that are foreign currency contributors? Am I missing something, or are the policymakers just plainly stupid?I am again feeling that sinking feeling that I endured as a child in 1984 under the then PNC regime, when the CIA described Guyana as an “economic tinderbox and economic wasteland,” thanks to Burnham. As the loss of confidence in the Granger regime intensifies, the economic risk will expand. As a reaction to this deteriorating situation, I would not be surprised if this Granger regime imposes capital controls before 2020 as the foreign reserves come under further stress.Knowing this incoming economic missile is now locked on the Guyanese economy, it is imperative that all forces motivate the regime to wake up and do something; do anything to prevent further asset destruction from happening in the private sector. But that requires a pragmatic and sensible macroeconomic strategy, something I am yet to see in action from Minister Jordan. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that Mr. Jordan skipped the Business Summit, because such ludicrous statements as “no new taxes in the 2018 Budget” would not have gone down well after the backdrop of the heavy tax burden that was imposed in the 2017 Budget.In the final analysis, it is not too late for Guyana 2.0 to be unleashed, but it requires economic and political leadership on all fronts, something surely lacking in this Granger regime.last_img read more

NFL NOTEBOOK Coach rips player for moody attitude

first_imgFrom news services Jaguars receiver Matt Jones was criticized for his sometimes-lackadaisical body language in high school and college. Now he’s hearing about it in the pros, too. Coach Jack Del Rio publicly questioned the former first-round pick’s on-the-field demeanor, indicating Jones takes plays off and pouts when he doesn’t get the ball. “I’m not comfortable with some of the body language he’s exhibiting,” said Del Rio, who added he recently addressed his concerns with Jones. Jones responded Wednesday, saying he was “a little” surprised by Del Rio’s remarks and noting that he got similar questions in high school and college. “It’s how I am,” Jones said, wearing a fishing hat, slippers and sporting a scruffy red beard. “I’m not a guy that’s jumping up and down all the time. But I’m still happy for everybody else. I want to win.” McNabb bristles at question Donovan McNabb reiterated his statement on HBO that black quarterbacks face greater scrutiny than their white counterparts and then ended an interview by walking off the podium at the Eagles’ practice facility. “It’s just reality,” McNabb said. “It’s something that I’ve been a part of and other quarterbacks before and after me have been a part of. Did I expect any backlash? Yeah. Everything I say, I expect backlash from it.” Troubled Johnson joins Cowboys Troubled defensive tackle Tank Johnson signed a two-year contract to play for the Dallas Cowboys and vowed to be a productive player even though an ongoing NFL suspension prevents him from playing until Nov. 11. “I know I’m not a risk,” Johnson said. “I’m a highly intelligent person and I take pride in a lot of things I do in life. Like any other person, I’m going to make mistakes and I’ve made mistakes. I’m coming to Dallas to be a productive defensive lineman.” Coordinator takes blame Coordinator Chuck Bresnahan took the blame for the way the Cincinnati Bengals’ defense played in Cleveland, saying it should have been better prepared. The Bengals (1-1) had one of the worst defensive showings in franchise history Sunday, allowing a previously inept Browns offense to roll up 554 yards in a 51-45 victory that has been difficult to shake. Coaches clear the air Jets coach Eric Mangini cleared the air with Baltimore’s Brian Billick after the Ravens coach accused New York of using an “illegal” ploy to draw his team offside during Sunday’s game. “I talked to Brian (Tuesday) and we had a good conversation,” Mangini said Wednesday. “It was important for me to talk to him and make sure we didn’t have a misunderstanding.” Around the league Cowboys: After seeing the videotape of Terrell Owens’ latest touchdown celebration, the NFL office wasn’t laughing. Owens was fined $7,500 for a celebration that included him using the goal post and football to poke fun at the New England Patriots’ spying scandal during Dallas’ 37-20 victory over Miami this past Sunday. 49ers: Running back Frank Gore didn’t return from his mother’s funeral in Miami in time for the San Francisco 49ers’ practice Wednesday. Coach Mike Nolan expects the Pro Bowl starter to be back in practice today and face the Steelers on Sunday. Chiefs: Chicago terminated punter Dirk Johnson’s contract and re-signed cornerback Ade Jimoh. Rams: Steven Jackson apologized to his teammates for his sideline rant at the end of the team’s second straight loss. Eagles: J.R. Reed, released after his muffed punt led to a loss at Green Bay in the season opener, was re-signed to provide depth in the Eagles’ banged-up secondary. Texans: Receiver Andre Johnson ruled out playing against Indianapolis this week as he recovers from a sprained knee. Jets: Quarterback Chad Pennington sat out Sunday’s game, but he said he hopes his injured right ankle has healed enough for him to be in the huddle this weekend against the Miami Dolphins.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

Locals to keep eye on park

first_imgWhen city officials told of plans to remove the giant robot slide because it is outdated and unsafe, the committee rallied to save it as a piece of art, then helped oversee the new playground plans. The park was built in the 1970s and is one of the city’s oldest. The residents feel territorial about it, Weiss said. “We’re hoping to show a presence so these kids know they can’t do this again, so they know someone may be watching.” (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAUGUS – When Santa Clarita Park, home of the landmark robot slide, was hit by a barrage of racist graffiti, a small group of Saugus residents took it personally. “This is our park,” said Mark Weiss of the Saugus Action Committee. “That’s not the kind of thing we will tolerate.” Weiss, in cooperation with city officials, is helping organize a pilot park watch program, formed under the philosophy of Neighborhood Watch where residents learn to keep an eye on their own. Sign-ups will be taken at today’s rededication of the Seco Canyon Road park. The event is sponsored by the committee and the city and will run from 1 to 5 p.m. The park pool will be open from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for free swimming, and there will be a barbecue and games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The event was planned after vandals hit the brand-new playground equipment, inking racist epithets on the $200,000 worth of toys. “When the parks department wanted to upgrade the play equipment they came to us, made a presentation about what they planned,” Weiss said. “We partnered with them, and then to see someone come and deface it like that. No way. “The city had been toying with a park watch concept. They said, Are you guys interested in being the pilot. We said, You bet.” The plan is to collect volunteers, then have the crew trained by the Sheriff’s Department to keep eyes open and report suspicious activity. The goal is to keep up a presence in the park to deter vandals. The committee has worked with the city to offer residents’ viewpoints on local projects. Members were involved in planning the median landscaping on Bouquet Canyon Road, sponsored two movie nights in the parks and took over the annual Easter egg hunt at Central Park. last_img read more

Pico Rivera officials order equestrians out

first_imgAdditionally, a golf course may be built on the property, city officials said. City officials Saturday called off a meeting arranged with the equestrians for Monday after the group of boarders ignored the deadline and spent the night at the stables. Pico Rivera City Manager Chuck Fuentes said he then ordered to put “no trespassing” signs up. He said he also ordered staffers to begin what he called “legal action” against the horse owners. “We had hoped to reach an amicable resolution,” Fuentes said. “But now we have a legal plan in place, and the boarders will be duly notified of all the costs associated with this, which could be in excess of $500 a day.” He declined to specify what the action would be. “At this time that would not be prudent,” he said. The city has also hired a stable closure specialist to care for the remaining 60 or so horses at the facility. The specialist was slated to start work today. None of the city’s plans have made sense from the start, said Joseph Uribes, who boards his horse, Petey, at the stables. “I’m prepared to stay in my tack room until I get a real reason from the city on why they want to get rid of us,” he said. While most of the 90 boarders who kept 163 horses at the stables have left, the group of hold-outs, who call themselves the Pico Rivera Equestrian Boarders Association, said they were prepared to deal with the consequences. “I am going to stay here and camp out here every night until the city is willing to sit down and work out an amicable \ for everybody involved,” said Frank Oliver, the president of the association. He would not identify what demands would appease the boarders, saying he would rather let city officials hear it from the boarders firsthand. The group was never able to raise enough money to hire an attorney. “We are broke,” said Oliver, who spent most of Saturday trying to work things out with City Attorney Jamie Casso via a series of phone calls. “But in light of what is going on, we plan to stay because this is morally and legally wrong.” By Saturday, their ranks were thinning. “I thought something could get accomplished, but I guess that was wishful thinking, and the city is a business after all,” said Marnie Hoffman, who readied her horse, Garbo, for a move to a new home in Burbank on Friday afternoon. “All I can say is, for all of us here, it is a very sad and tragic time.” Staff Writer Molly R. Okeon contributed to this story. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A peaceful protest by horse owners angered by the city’s closure of the Pico Rivera Stables turned ugly Saturday afternoon when officials locked the gates to the facility. Security personnel hired by the city took the action after an equestrian threatened to ride her horse out even though officials had told her and others that anyone who left would be unable to bring their horse back in. “No trespassing” signs also went up Saturday, and deputies were on call as officials threatened legal action against boarders who refuse to vacate the site. As of Saturday afternoon, about 12 boarders had chosen to ignore Friday’s deadline imposed by the city to leave. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“This is not right and is creating a hardship for the horses,” said Amanda Frederickson, the equestrian who wanted to exercise her family’s horse, Bubbles, off the premises. Pico Rivera city spokesman Bob Spencer said Frederickson was allowed to exercise her horse and return to the stables. At 8:40 p.m., he said he was unaware if anyone else was allowed that privilege. The Pico Rivera City Council voted March 7 to close the stables, which have been at the site for nearly 30 years. Council members discontinued the city’s contract with Ventura Productions, the company that operated the 11003 Rooks Road facility. The city was losing $14,000 a year operating the stables, officials said. The city also could no longer meet federal Environmental Protection Agency requirements needed to keep the stables open. last_img read more

Citrix Expands Desktop Virtualization Offerings with RingCube Acquisition

first_imgCitrix announced Wednesday that it has acquired RingCube to expand its virtual desktop product line and add flexibility to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). By adding VDesk’s technologies to its current XenDesktop offerings, Citrix plans to simplify the transition from physical desktops to virtual desktops.According to John Fanelli, vice president of product marketing for the Enterprise Desktops and Applications group at Citrix, companies generally have had two not entirely satisfying choices for VDI – dedicated or pooled VDI. Dedicated VDI allows companies to move the desktop virtual machine into the data center and allows admins more control over the desktop, but at the expense of storing full images of each user’s desktop. As Fanelli pointed out, if a company has 100 VDI users, it has to store 100 VMs that are full images. This can be quite costly when it comes to storage. Each user, however, does have the ability to customize their desktop and save settings between sessions.The pooled VDI model is an alternative that slims down the required storage, but at the cost of forcing all users to have the same image. When a user restarts their desktop or logs in/out of their desktop, the settings resume to the default image. Fanelli says that this is fine for call center environments and a few other scenarios, but not quite suitable for many use cases.RingCube’s VDesk offerings, however, give a third alternative – the personal vDisk. The company can have a standard Windows image that serves as the basis for every user’s desktop, but each user has a “vDisk” that saves their application settings and changes compared with the standard Windows image. This means that the storage required for 100 users is not 100 copies of Windows and all its applications, but one copy of the Windows image and 100 vDisks that are changes as compared to the initial image.RingCube’s products are already fully compatible with Citrix’s XenDesktop offering, so the amount of work required to mesh the product lines should be minimal. However, Citrix is keeping mum about its plans for RingCube’s offerings now that the acquisition has closed. According to Fanelli, the existing customers will continue to be supported under any agreements they have with RingCube currently but sales have stopped until Citrix announces its pricing and plans. Fanelli says that Citrix is not giving a timeline for that announcement. Pricing for the RingCube VDI personalization software was at $65 per user.Note that RingCube is not the only company that offers technology like the personal vDisk. For example, Red Hat’s Virtualization for Desktops also offers what it calls “linked images,” that it claims will save “up to 90 percent storage capacity.” Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now joe brockmeier 1 Tags:#enterprise#news#Products center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Indian Space Scientists Protest the Blacklisting of Colleagues

first_imgNEW DELHI—India’s scientific community is turning up the heat on the government over its controversial sanctions of four former officials of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for alleged missteps in a satellite deal. In the latest protest, Roddam Narasimha, an aerospace scientist at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore, resigned on 24 February from the Space Commission, India’s top space policy body. Narasimha wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the “actions taken against the scientists could demoralize the Indian Space Research Organization’s scientific community, and adversely affect its ability to take the kind of technological initiatives—not always without risk—that are the hallmark of an innovative organization.” Last month the government banned four scientists—including former ISRO head G. Madhavan Nair, who oversaw India’s successful Chandrayaan-1 lunar probe in 2008—from holding a government position for the rest of their lives. The unprecedented punishment cited “procedural lapses” during negotiations to lease two communication satellites to a private company. The other three are K. R. Sridhara Murthi, former head of Antrix Corporation in Bangalore; K. N. Shankara, former head of ISRO’s Satellite Center in Bangalore; and A. Bhaskaranarayana, former director of ISRO’s satellite communication programs. The action against Nair and the others was intended as “a warning to scientists,” V. Narayanasamy, minister of state in the Prime Minister’s office, told Manorama Online earlier this month. Nair and his colleagues have denied wrongdoing. Senior Indian scientists blast the ban. It “has done a lot of damage to morale. … Nobody will want to take risks or do anything bold or out of the box,” says Anil Kakodkar, a nuclear engineer and former chair of India’s Atomic Energy Commission. “Top scientists who have served the country well have just been dumped and thrown out like garbage,” adds Singh’s science adviser, C. N. R. Rao, a chemist at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre. 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He and his colleagues “have given [our] sweat and blood to the country,” he wrote in a 24 February letter to Singh. Nair, president of the International Academy of Astronautics in Paris, asked Singh to hold off on implementing the ban and he sought an impartial inquiry into the imbroglio. The controversy dates to 2005, when Antrix, ISRO’s commercial arm, inked a $250 million deal with Devas Multimedia Private Limited to custom make two high-powered communication satellites that would give India seamless multimedia access even in remote areas not served by landlines or mobile phones. The two satellites were to transmit over S-band, in the 2 to 4 gigahertz range. In February 2011, the government, citing “increased strategic needs” for defense applications, annulled the contract and returned $14 million that Devas paid in advance for the satellites’ manufacture. Devas has since claimed damages against ISRO in an international arbitration court; a hearing is scheduled for 12 April. Two government investigative committees last year found that the four scientists did not inform the government in writing that ISRO was manufacturing and leasing communication transponders to a private company. “Not informing the government about such a private contract is a big lapse,” says M. R. Srinivasan, a nuclear engineer and former member of the Planning Commission, a government body that crafts India’s 5-year plans. “There is no justification for keeping the government in the dark, as it involves taxpayer money,” says Srinivasan, who was not a member of either investigative committee. Nair insists that the deal did not violate government rules. He claims his successor, ISRO Chair K. Radhakrishnan, is leading “a witch hunt” against him and “pushed his personal agenda to make out a case by misrepresenting and misdirecting the government on this whole issue.” Radhakrishnan says he has no personal agenda. The government last week sought advice from India’s attorney general about whether the ban on the scientists has legal standing.last_img read more

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao to speak at the Oxford Union

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementBoxing legend and future Hall of Famer and currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao will speak at the Oxford Union following an invitation sent out by the union.Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is most recently coming off a stoppage win over Lucas Matthysse in July in a thrilling fight which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is now scheduled to fight Adrien Broner at Las Vegas on January 17 on Showtime PPV.Manny Pacquiao has been a very active politician and in June 2016 was elected as a senator and will serve a six-year term until 2022. He enjoys tremendous support amongst the people in the Philippines and is seen by many as the successor to Rodrigo Duerte as president.Stephen Horvath, President of the Oxford Union, has said that Pacquiao’s presence will continue the “fine tradition” of the hosting high profile speakers from across the world.He added: “As the first and only eight-division world champion and the winner of 11 world titles, your legacy as a world champion professional boxer is unmatched,”“Your strategic brilliance and your remarkable speed make you a truly legendary fighter. We would be delighted to hear more about how you stood above the characteristic trash-talking of big fights to stay focused on winning. You have applied this determination and endurance to your political career as well, overcoming an initial setback in your first election to become a widely-popular and respected Senator.”“At a time where there is such international interest in the politics of the Philippines, our members would be intrigued to hear more about your views on President Duterte and the war on drugs. On top of your success in politics and boxing, it is impressive that you are so involved in basketball as a player, owner and coach. We would be truly honoured to host you and learn from your immensely rich life.”Nick Brown, Secretary of the Oxford Union, who forwarded the initial initiation to Pacquiao, has said that “it would be an honour to host Sen. Pacquiao and hear him discuss his career, both about his epic boxing journey and his career in Filipino politics, something which many of our members are watching closely.”Manny Pacquiao rose from extreme poverty to fighting Floyd Mayweather in a 2015 super fight which is the highest grossing fight in the history of sports.Also Read-Boxing: Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner targeted for Januarylast_img read more

Lingard’s antics spurred us on versus Manchester United: Arsenal’s Leno

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has revealed Jesse Lingard’s goal celebrations at the Gunners’ expense inspired their revenge victory over Manchester United. Lingard infuriated Arsenal’s players when he launched into a ‘moon-walk’ to mark his goal in United’s 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round win at the Emirates Stadium in January. Lingard irked fans by posting his celebration on Instagram. But Granit Xhaka’s opener and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty gave Arsenal the 2-0 win they craved. Arsenal climbed above United into fourth place in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Related News Arsenal star Granit Xhaka’s wife makes her Instagram private after death threats Granit Xhaka stripped of Arsenal captaincy after emotional outburst towards fans Lingard missed the game due to a hamstring injury but Leno admitted the England star’s antics had spurred on Arsenal. “In your mind you will never forget something like that, when somebody is celebrating,” Leno said. “You don’t want to see it again so we were motivated and we knew before the game about our chance because Man United had one more point than us. Now we have a two-point lead and that was enough motivation.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Wedding bells for Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and singer Perrie Edwards?last_img read more