first_imgCanelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a middleweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez was just Saul Alvarez back then, a red-haired 15-year-old who wanted nothing more than to make some money boxing.He got his chance on a summer night in 2005 in a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico, where he grew up. His opponent was another teenager named Abraham Gonzalez, but he could have been anyone.ADVERTISEMENT Alvarez showed some potential by stopping Gonzalez in fourth round. Afterward he collected his first real payday.“Eighty pesos,” Alvarez recalled this week. “I think it was like $6.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogA dozen years later, the pay has gotten a lot better. On Saturday night Alvarez will make millions as he meets knockout specialist Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight showdown that boxing purists are comparing to some of the division’s great fights of years past .Some 40 million of his countrymen are expected to be watching on television as the fighter who is arguably Mexico’s biggest sports hero takes on the fearsome Golovkin in a fight that could define the career of both fighters. The fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view in the U.S. Break new ground MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Germany takes over at top of FIFA rankings from Brazil 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start LATEST STORIES “I give a slight edge to Triple G because of his sheer punching power with both hands,” Leonard said. “Canelo has to fight the best fight of his life, just like when I fought Hagler. I had to be technically sharp, strategically sharp and smart.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img A costly, catty dispute finally settled “My mentality is 100 percent to win,” Alvarez said. “Every night before I go to bed I visualize a knockout.”Alvarez has been on the big stage before. He and Mayweather delivered more than 2 million pay-per-view buys in their fight, and he has consistently drawn big crowds and big television numbers over the last five years.He’s done beer commercials with Sylvester Stallone, collected multi-million dollar purses, and established himself as the latest in a long succession of aggressive Mexican fighters.If he can beat Golovkin — and he’s a slight underdog — he’ll have a handful of championship belts and a signature win that will resonate throughout the sport. It’s something he thought would happen if he beat Mayweather, but at 23, he wasn’t ready for the defensive master.“Most definitely I was too young and it showed,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “I don’t take it today as a defeat but as an experience. I learned a lot from that fight.”In Golovkin, Alvarez will be fighting a boxer who hasn’t lost since the gold medal match in the 2004 Olympics. He’ll also be facing a slugger who has 33 knockouts in 37 fights and is defending his middleweight titles for the 19th time.But Golovkin looked somewhat vulnerable in his last fight, where he went 12 rounds with Danny Jacobs. He won, but the fight that may have convinced De La Hoya to risk his most marketable fighter against Triple G.No one on either side expects it to be easy.“He has a very aggressive style. He comes to search and destroy and he comes in search of a knockout,” Alvarez said. “You know me, I don’t back down. I’m a counter puncher and I like to fight. It has all the ingredients to be one of the best fights ever.”Whether the fight will deliver the classic everyone expects remains to be seen. But it has brought talk of great middleweight fights from the 1980s, including Tommy Hearns versus Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Hagler against Sugar Ray Leonard.Leonard posted a video on Twitter this week giving his thoughts on the outcome. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ “This is for my country and my people,” Alvarez said. “Simply put, the people wanted this fight.”It won’t be a fight for the faint of heart. Golovkin had a 23-fight knockout streak before going the distance in his last fight, while Alvarez is a masterful counterpuncher who is not afraid to mix it up.Between them they have only one loss in 88 fights. Alvarez suffered it in 2013 against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight he admitted he took too early in his career.By contrast, he may have waited until just the right time to fight Golovkin. Alvarez and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, were widely criticized for avoiding Golovkin for the last two years, but now Alvarez has grown into a full-fledged middleweight and both fighters seem to be in their prime.There shouldn’t be many surprises. And there will certainly be no excuses.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe stiff competition brewing at Devin Events and Consultancy’s inter-high school debate soared to new heights on Friday, when all-girls St. Theresa’s Convent defeated the boys from Calvary Baptist High School by 88-86 points, to qualify for the quarter finals stage. The audience watched in high suspense as the teams – both at their best – raised the stakes for the competition, debating for and against the maintenance of Liberia’s dual currency system.Impressed with the high marks on both sides, head judge Varfee Holmes described the match as “competitive” and lauded the teams for their talent and “intellectual skills.” Yet, he advised both teams to hone their research skills, and thereby increase their accuracy in presenting information at future debates. Speaking for the corps of judges, he expressed delight at the maturity both teams displayed during the match, commending their “ability to avoid attacking personality and sticking to the issue.”Responding to the judges’ marks, Calvary Baptist Representative George Mandeh, expressed satisfaction with his school’s performance, noting that it was merely a two-point loss, and an opportunity to learn from his team’s mistakes and lead in the next competition. “I believe in the judges,” he said, “as the game was free, fair, and one of the finest matches ever played.”Earlier, Convent Captain Olivia Livingstone presented the winning argument, stating “dual currency establishes a firm basis for a prudent financial sector, which provides financial integration with developed nations, creating the market for more efficiency and quality of services.”Still with the argument, she remarked that the issue with dual currency signals [the government’s] permanent commitment to curb [inflation], fiscal responsibility and transparency. Liberia, she said, has enjoyed low inflation, growth in fiscal responsibility and transparency, because of the dual currency policy, adding that, in the situation of chronic inflation, individuals use the US Dollar to protect the real value of their income. “If Liberia had not maintained her policy on dual currency,” she explained, “[the country] would not have been able to pay some of [its] massive international debt; [or finance] the restoration of infrastructure development.’’ Presenting the opposing view, Calvary Captain Bill Ivan Gbafore countered that dual currency exhibits “complete disrespect [for] the nation and violation [of] the act that created the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).”The policy of dual currency, he explained, is hurting the Liberian people and the economy with devastating near- and long-term consequences. Citing seen data released by the CBL, Gbafore argued that the government has failed to maintain price stability in the face of the escalating depreciation of the Liberian Dollar against the US Dollar; a bad condition that has inflicted hardship on [Liberian] citizens.He also cited a statement purportedly made in 2013 by of Finance and Development Planning Minster Amara M. Konneh, publicly admitting that “many Liberians are suffering because the exchange rate has sky-rocketed, leaving the country in a state of financial dilemma.” “The persistent depreciation of the Liberia dollar in the market, he observed, is hurting all Liberians, especially the poor and downtrodden, who have to pay for everything in the local currency.”Alex Devin, CEO of Devin Events and Consultancy, said the debate enables the public to cross-examine schools’ extra academic performance, as well as their regular curricula. It also affords students the chance, he said, to apply their critical thinking skills toward understanding and solving society’s complex problems. Such experiences, according to Devin, make a huge impact on each student’s academic life.The Convent-Calvary match marked the start of the tournament’s knockout stage. The winner of the debate is expected to walk away with US$1000, while the runner-up will take home US$750, and the third place winner, US$500. Apart, from awarding cash prizes and trophies, certificates will be given in several other categories to schools that participated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSaturday, the Flyers will hit the road for round two with the Chiefs, which will be played in Horse Lake. It’s been quite some time since the Flyers have laced up their skates, as the team’s last game took place back on Dec.10, when they defeated the Dawson Creek Canucks in Fort St. John by a score of 5-3. The Flyers enter Friday night’s game as the NPHL’s West Division last place team, with a record of 1-3-1. However, they have played significantly less games than the remainder of the teams in their division.- Advertisement – Friday’s home game will be played at the North Peace Arena and the puck is scheduled to drop at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgThe event, originally scheduled to take place Friday, June 8, has been moved to Tuesday, June 12.The day of athletics will still be held at the Bert Bowes track, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with competition running until 3 p.m.The championship event will feature over 400 elementary students ranging from grades 1-6, competing in a variety of track and field events.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgSam Allardyce believes West Ham may struggle domestically this season if their Europa League campaign is successful.The Hammers face Maltese side Birkirkara in the first leg of their second qualifying round clash on Thursday, and face another four matches before they even reach the competition proper.With six group stage games then possibly to follow, the east London club are likely to play more than 50 matches this season.Slaven Bilic’s main task this campaign is to keep the Irons in the Premier League, ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium.And Allardyce, who left Upton Park at the end of last season, claims the Croatian could struggle if the club continue to progress in Europe’s secondary competition.“Europe is going to be a defining factor,” the 60-year-old told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “If West Ham have a very good run in Europe it could have a detrimental effect on their Premier League results.“If you play more games in Europe, along with the FA Cup and League Cup, you’re going to test the squad.“I’m not sure the squad is strong and deep enough if they have a long run in Europe. Staying clear of injuries is the most important thing in any manager’s season.“If not, Slaven Bilic could run into the same problems I did over the last four years.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Mary’s Meals team from LetterkennyA very special group of people based in Letterkenny is celebrating a milestone in September. Mary’s Meals Support Group is five years old.As most people know, the Letterkenny Mary’s Meals Support Group like to act their age so being ‘five’ they are going to have a wee PARTY to CELEBRATE their fifth birthday. It takes place on Monday 15th September starting with a Mass of Thanksgiving in St Eunan’s Cathedral at 8 pm. This will be followed by a cup of tea up in the Conference Room.After being set up in 2009, the support group made a commitment to sponsor a school. This entailed funding the feeding programme being run by Mary’s Meals.Around 300 pupils attended the John Parvola School, in Liberia. These were fed on a daily basis thanks to funds raised by the group in Letterkenny.By 2014 the number attending the school has risen to over 800, all of whom are receiving a daily meal thanks to the Mary’s Meals Support Group in Letterkenny. THE JOHN PARVOLA SCHOOLThe John Parvola school now has 800 children, all who are fed by Mary’s Meals.The Mary’s Meals Support Group in Letterkenny was established by local businessman Marcus McClintock and vet Gerald Roarty of the Donegal Animal Hospital. Mr Roarty first heard about the Mary’s Meals while he was working in Zambia and Mr McClintock became aware of their good work during a visit to Medjugorje.They were both impressed with the work undertaken by Mary’s Meals and decided to set up a group. They organised cake sales and bag packing in local supermarkets in a bid to raise funds for the school feeding programme at the John Parvola School where many of the children were ex child soldiers.Scottish International Relief (which began Mary’s Meals) had worked in Liberia for over ten years, and introduced Mary’s Meals in 2002. This was shortly after the end of the civil war that had devastated the country, including the education system. The war had forced children into becoming soldiers which has left a devastating legacy for their lives and for the country.Overall Today Mary’s Meals is a global charity. It currently provides a meal every school day for 923,572 children across five continents. The aim of Mary’s Meals is to address the immediate needs of a hungry child by giving him or her something to eat. This enables the child to receive the education that can offer an escape from poverty. The average global cost to feed a child for a whole school year is just €14.50.In the areas were Mary’s Meals operates, there is a rise in enrolment, attendance and academic performance. Mary’s Meals is a low cost charity that is committed to spending at least 93 cent of every Euro donated on its charitable work. Last year this figure was surpasses and Mary’s Meals spent 95 cent of every Euro donated on tis charitable workLETTERKENNY MARY’S MEALS SUPPORT GROUPLetterkenny Mary’s Meals Support Group launched “STEP by STEP to FEED a CHILD” in August 2013. This was a sponsored walk and many of the members walked over 236 km from Malin (Donegal) to Knock (Mayo) to create awareness and raise funds for the charity. This was such a success that many of the group members undertook the walk again this year. The support group took part in Donegal is happy and has held a number of fundraising events over the last five years including the “M Factor”, a number of table quizzes, coffee mornings, raffles and guest teas. The group has a book (Mercy at Work) and a CD (We can make a difference) on sale. The Chairperson of the Letterkenny Support Group, Fr Eamonn Kelly said ‘Letterkenny Mary’s Meals Support Group are ordinary people trying to make a difference to the lives of our wee brothers and sisters. When we look at the fact that millions of children are starving in the world, many people are so overwhelmed that we do nothing to help. But when we find that with Mary’s Meals we can feed a child in a place of education for €14.50 for a year then we feel that we can make a difference. I like to call Mary’s Meals the ‘do-able charity. I can raise €14.50. I can feed a child. We can improve a child’s life. I am empowered to feed the next child’THE INSPIRATION BEHIND MARY’S MEALSMagnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals said: “Today, around the world, fifty-seven million children miss school because of poverty. Instead of sitting in a classroom getting an education, they are working in fields, begging on street corners, or scavenging among the garbage to survive.“Our vision is that every child should be able to receive one good meal every day in a place of education. Working together with people who share our ideals, we believe that our vision can be achieved in this world of plenty, where there is enough food for everyone.”For more information please contact Letterkenny Mary’s Meals Support Group, Ard Choluim, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.Phone 087 7080736Email: marysmealsletterkenny@outlook.comFor more information on Mary’s Meals please visit www.marysmeals.ie or follow the charity on www.twitter.com/marysmeals and on www.facebook.com/marysmeals* Mary’s Meals began in Malawi in 2002 when its founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow met a young woman called Emma who was dying from AIDS. She was sitting on the mud floor of her hut surrounded by her children. When Magnus asked her 14-year-old son what his dreams were in life, his stark reply was: “To have enough food to eat and to go to school one day”. This was a key part of the inspiration that led to the Mary’s Meals campaign.Mary’s Meals began feeding 200 children in one Malawian primary school in 2002. Today, the organisation reaches 923,572 children with a daily meal in school, across five continents.FOOD FOR THOUGHT FROM MARY’S MEALS AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR FIFTH BIRTHDAY! was last modified: September 10th, 2014 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:donegalJohn Parvola HospitalMary’s Mealslast_img read more

first_img Ruben Neves: The 20-year-old arrives at Wolves from Porto in a club-record deal 1 Wolves have smashed their transfer record to sign Ruben Neves from Porto and confirmed a loan deal for defender Willy Boly. Defensive midfielder Neves has signed a five-year deal for around £15million to link up with former manager Nuno Espirito Santo.Boly follows Neves from Porto and has penned a season-long loan deal as the Sky Bet Championship side continue to revamp their squad.The club are also close to signing former Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy on a free transfer after Carl Ikeme’s shock leukaemia diagnosis.Portugal international Neves made 76 appearances for Porto and the fee tops the £12million Wolves paid for Helder Costa in January.“I’m very excited to play at this club,” he told the club’s official site.“It is a very big club and I hope to help the team to win their goals.“I have always wanted to play in England and we have a good team. I think we can do good things this season.”Nuno played Neves 16 times at Porto last season, including in their 5-0 Champions League win over Leicester, while the midfielder also made three appearances for Portugal’s Under-21 side at Euro 2017.“Ruben is a very good player who can bring new things to our squad,” said Nuno. “I know him well, I worked with him last year – he’s a good player.“When a player is captain of a big team like Porto in a Champions League game at such a young age, it means a lot.“He was very pleased to come here, it’s a good challenge for him.”Boly made five appearances for Porto last season after joining from Braga last August. Former England international Ruddy is also set to sign after they made a late move to beat Sunderland to the goalkeeper.Birmingham and Aston Villa were also interested in Ruddy, who earned one England cap against Italy in 2012.Ruddy left Norwich this summer after seven years at Carrow Road and will join Wolves’ pre-season trip to Austria with the club still dealing with Ikeme’s diagnosis. The 31-year-old goalkeeper is a popular member of the dressing room and will start treatment immediately.last_img read more

first_imgRachel Ward with Megan & Noreen Marley welcome the 86 motorcyclists!Eighty Six motorbikes set off from the Diamond, Donegal Town recently for the first ever Bike Run & Show. The idea was the brainchild of Jackie Maguire and Ian & William Gillmore and the lucky beneficaries of the fundraising event was the Donegal Branch of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.The organisation provides vital support and assisatance to those suffering from the dehibillitating and as yet, incurable disease. Cousins Erin & Kian Gallagher pose behind a special “Limo” Honda 90.To date a super €2,200 has been collected from the event.The Run took in Ballybofey, Convoy and Letterkenny finishing up in Donegal Town for a Barbecue and music in O’Donnell’s Bar.The organisers also ran an art competition for pupils of the Abbey Vocational School.The winners were: Eimear McGee, Erica Price and Rossa Doherty whose paintings will now be auctioned at an award function to be announced shortly. All proceeds will be go to MS iIreland ( Donegal Branch).Many thanks to Paul O’Sullivan for the pictures.Ronan & Keara Flannagan, Raphoe & family enjoy the sunshine in Donegal Town Last Of The Summer Wine!: Jackie Irwin, Tommy McGroary & Winston Robinson Linda Lyons & Veronica Gillen collecting for MS Ireland. The cavalcade returning to the Diamond MOTORCYCLISTS DO THEIR BIT TO FIGHT MS IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 31st, 2013 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:Donegal TownmotorcyclistsMSlast_img read more

first_imgQPR must produce a second-half comeback to keep their promotion dream alive after James Perch put Wigan ahead in the play-off clash at Loftus Road.Level at 0-0 from first leg and with the home crowd hoping for a repeat of the famous play-off triumph against Oldham 11 years ago, the scene was set for an early barrage from Harry Redknapp’s side.Instead they found themselves behind after only nine minutes after a defensive lapse involving two of their most consistent performers.Nedum Onuoha was slow to close down James McClean and the Irishman’s left-wing cross was snapped up by Perch, who got in front of Clint Hill to score from close range.Rangers continued to look shaky at the back but began to create openings at the other end, with Niko Kranjcar forcing a save from keeper Scott Carson and Gary O’Neil shooting wide before a Joey Barton corner almost led to an equaliser.Charlie Austin’s header from Barton’s delivery was cleared off the line by McClean, with the ball then striking Onuoha and bouncing wide.Redknapp opted not to start with Ravel Morrison, who is among the QPR substitutes. QPR (4-4-1-1): Green; Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill; Doyle; Barton, O’Neil, Hoilett; Kranjcar; Austin. Subs: Murphy, Henry, Yun, Benayoun, Zamora, Hughes, Morrison. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img“The credibility of South Africa being ranked as one of the top emerging economies in terms of its ease of doing business has a significant impact on its competitiveness as a country with which investors would want to do business in the future,” he said. Announced by the World Bank in Washington on 4 November, the Ease of Doing Business Index is created by the international financial institution, using empirical research to show the effect of improving regulations on economic growth. Source: Brand South Africa “In contrast to this, South Africa lost ground in areas such as starting a business, registering a company and trading across borders.” Within the World Bank’s latest index, this holds true. In areas such as investor protection, South Africa outperformed the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) averages in all four pillars. This includes extent of disclosure, extent of direct liability, shareholder suits and investor protection itself. Higher rankings indicate better, usually simpler, regulations for businesses and stronger protection of property rights. Consistent ratings as an investment market as well as a strong ranking against emerging markets – specifically the BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China – underpin South Africa’s performance in the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business Index. 18 November 2010 Matola added that South Africa’s role as an emerging market which can compete comparatively with some of the BRIC countries and act as a credible connector to the 1-billion consumers on the continent had been boosted by the recent results, where all four BRIC nations lost ground, and where sub-Saharan Africa made the greatest improvements. “As with other indices issued of late, South Africa has not lost place as a result of declining scores, but rather as a result of other economies improving at a more rapid rate,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said following the release of the latest results.center_img Matola said that Brand South Africa would continue to prioritise efforts to promote the country’s reputation as a globally competitive investment destination, guided by indices such as the World Bank’s Doing Business Index and others. Globally competitive investment destination The index is meant to measure regulations directly affecting businesses, and does not directly measure more general conditions such as a country’s proximity to large markets, quality of infrastructure, inflation or crime. South Africa lost two places in the latest index results, and is now placed 34 out of 183 economies. “Our consistent ratings are underpinned by improvements in areas such as closing a business, where we are up three places to 74; as well as in enforcing contracts, where we improved our position to 85 from 86,” Matola said. “Studies and reports such as these are key to our understanding and efforts to position and profile South Africa as a trade, investment and tourism destination of choice.” “It is critical that we align all the recent indices with our own strategic priorities and measure the direct impact of our efforts in these regions on a market-by-market basis,” he said. This article was first published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more