Arum, White deny Pacquiao-McGregor talks

first_imgAmid Manny Pacquiao’s admission that he has reached out to McGregor’s camp for a possible fight, the two honchos were quick to quell such talk.READ: Pacquiao ‘extends’ McGregor challengeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“That would be weird because he’s under contract with us,” White said during UFC Fight Night: Fresno post-fight presser as reported by Yahoo! Sports.  “If that’s true, I will be suing Manny Pacquiao and whoever’s representing him, so I’m assuming that’s not true.”White also assured that McGregor’s next fight will be in the UFC. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES AMA coach sees a bit of Arwind Santos, Jeron Teng in top tick Owen Graham Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Manny Pacquiao (left) and Conor McGregor. FILE Photos from AFPHall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum and UFC president Dana White may not see eye-to-eye on many things, but they agree on one thing.There is not going to be a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Arum, meanwhile, called the talks of a possible boxing fight between the boxing legend and the MMA star a “total nonsense.”READ: Pacquiao teases ‘real boxing match’ with McGregor in 2018“If there is such a fight, Pacquiao or any other boxer would give McGregor a beating. But there are no negotiations right now. McGregor is still spending the money that he earned from the fight with Mayweather,” said Arum in a report on boxingscene.comIt was Pacquiao, though, who fanned the rumors of another cross-combat fight by posting a photo of McGregor on Instragram with the caption that included the hashtags “real boxing match” and “2018” earlier this month.READ: Pacquiao commends McGregor, Mayweather ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Pacquiao later admitted to AFP that he and McGregor have had initial talks “but we have not yet had any follow-up conversations.”“If we can negotiate it, I have no problem. It is okay with both of us,” Pacquiao also said in the same wire report.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Who Left Dead Baby on Kru Town Beach?

first_imgWhat parent would abandon the dead body of their child on a beach and at the mercy of predatory birds?That was the question being asked by residents near City View Beach in New Kru Town yesterday when the dead body of a baby boy was discovered in the early hours of the day.The baby boy was in his diapers and covered with a tee-shirt with the lower part of the body concealed in what someone described as a ‘young lady’s brown hand bag.’There was foam at the mouth of the infant and further investigation did not reveal any beating marks on the body.There was no forensic investigation on the nature of death, but it would seem that the boy had not been dead for many days.he hand bag and its cargo lay at the edge or near a pool of isolated water at the tributary of St. Paul River and the Atlantic Ocean, inside New Kru Town.Though there were no tears in the eyes of people, mostly women, who thronged the scene, many expressed anger at the ‘wicked’ mother, who would treat her child with such apparent lack of human decency.Residents interviewed by the Daily Observer did not know anything about the child nor its ‘wicked’ mother, neither could we locate anyone with any slight knowledge of the nfortunate child.The news of the discovery of the infant’s body spread like wild fire as many residents streamed to the scene to have a glimpse of the ill-fated childMany people speculated that the mother could be a teenager who might have been struggling with the child.“And the father also could be another teenager,” another said.Considering such a combination, many cried out against illicit and unchecked sexual relations between teenagers that result in unwanted pregnancies.For several hours during the Daily Observer’s presence, only civilians poured in their numbers to witness the tragic scene and there was no information about any investigation by anyone to find out who the parents are or what might have been the cause of the infant’s death. The infant’s death, many said, demonstrates the failure of the Liberian society to manage the family unit.“All over our communities,” said another woman on the scene, “young women and men are sharing themselves without regard to what could come in the future.”Others blame the harsh economic realities in the country where many parents are unable to provide for their teenage children, and as a result, allowing them to make decisions that would mortgage their future forever.Many others complained about the lack official response, against the Liberia National Police whenever such an incident occurs.“The police don’t care about such incidents,” one resident complained. “They are supposed to be here to control matters.”Officers at the New Kru Town Police Depot carried out their activities as usual and because they are not authorized to speak to the media, none of them risked speaking with this reporter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AG should be hauled before court for contempt – Nandlall

first_imgFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall believes his successor should be hauled before the Court for Contempt for his flagrant violation of the sub judice principle when he publicly spoke on the Carvil Duncan matter, currently engaging the attention of the Court.Nandlall contended that Attorney General Basil Williams is no ordinary litigant and therefore his pronouncements on a pending court case will not go unnoticed.According to Nandlall, Williams practically signalled to the judiciary, government’s desired expectations regarding the Duncan matter.Attorney General Basil WilliamsCarvil DuncanThe embattled trade unionist filed proceedings in the High Court challenging the actions by the Executive to remove him from office as Chairman and a member of the Public Service Commission, a member of the Judicial Service Commission, and a member of the Police Service Commission.The quintessential issue for the determination of the court is whether or not it is lawful for the Government to have embarked on this path, in light of the fact that there are pending criminal proceedings in the Magistrate’s Court, to which Duncan has pleaded not guilty and whereof his attorney, Nandlall, opines he is protected by a constitutional doctrine which presumes him innocent until proven guilty in those proceedings.Notwithstanding the existence of these pending proceedings in the High Court, the Attorney General at a recent press conference asserted that the Government can lawfully remove Duncan from office during the pendency of the criminal proceedings and before its determination.Nandlall argues that the Attorney General is the head of the Bar and the Executive’s principal legal representative and therefore his official influence can be overwhelming.“He has publically signalled to the Judiciary and the particular judge, the Executive’s view and I dare say, its expectations. Is the Attorney General attempting to prejudice the outcome of the pending case? Is this the example the head of the Bar is setting for other lawyers? Should lawyers now engage in public articulation of cases which are the subject of pending litigation?” Nandlall advanced.He strongly believes that the Attorney General satisfied all the ingredients of the offence of Contempt of Court, for breach of the sub judice rule. “In any properly functioning judicial system, Mr Williams would have been hauled before the Judge for Contempt. But it is now a matter for the Judiciary,” the former AG noted.During the news conference, the AG expressed: “We don’t have to wait for no criminal matter to be completed to move administratively against anybody, that’s always been the rule …if you are a public servant and you are charged for any offence in Guyana, what happens to you? You’re interdicted…”But Nandlall rapped the AG for thinking that Duncan is a public servant.“Mr Duncan is the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, a high constitutional office whose function is to employ, transfer, promote and discipline Public Servants. This office holder has a strong regime of security of tenure akin to that of a judge of the Supreme Court. By what rational process of reasoning and logic can such an office holder be equated to a public servant?” he stated.He explained that the Public Service Commission Rules have no applicability whatsoever to Duncan.“Indeed, it is Mr Duncan’s responsibility to apply those rules to Public Servants. It is the constitution, the Supreme law, which applies to Mr Duncan. Therefore, not even by analogy, can Mr Duncan be sensibly equated to a Public Servant or can the Public Service Commission Rules apply to him.In any event, Mr Duncan was not “interdicted”. The President established a disciplinary tribunal to investigate his removal from office. Long after the establishment of the tribunal, Mr Duncan was then “suspended”. Therefore the disciplinary process to remove Mr Duncan from office commenced long before his suspension,” he said in response to the AG.Nandlall continued by noting that the AG misrepresented or misinterpreted the Public Service Commission Rules.“These rules clearly provide that if a public servant is charged with a criminal proceeding, no disciplinary action can be taken against him until those criminal proceedings are determined. The rationale is clear: to proceed with disciplinary proceedings while the criminal charges are pending, would not only abrogate the presumption of innocence, but would also prejudice the criminal proceedings.”Rule 80. (1) of the Public Service Commission Rules provide: “Where criminal proceedings have been instituted in any court against an officer, Permanent Secretary or the Head of Department, the Commission shall not institute disciplinary proceedings against the officer upon any grounds arising out of criminal charge until after the court has determined the matter and the time allowed for an appeal from the decision of the court has expired; but where an officer, on conviction, has appealed, the Commission may commence proceedings after the withdrawal or determination of the appeal.”last_img read more

LETTERKENNY IS LOVING STERLING THIS EASTER

first_imgPROMOTED POSTMichael McBride, Letterkenny Mayor and toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber. Photo- Clive WassonRetailers in Letterkenny are all backing the Love Sterling campaign and are displaying their exchange rate in bright pink letters as the Euro continues to weaken against sterling and they are all set to reap the rewards just in time for the Easter break.Brian McCormick, Letterkenny Chamber President said There is so much value to be had at the minute across Letterkenny. “If a customer is using sterling they can get up to 40% extra. As the commercial centre of Donegal we are well used to exchange rate fluctuations and we are taking full advantage of the exchange rate at this moment. Over Easter we generally see an increase in visitors and holiday makers from Northern Ireland and we hope that the exchange rate gives them an opportunity to shop, stay and relax in Letterkenny.”Letterkenny Chamber under its ShopLK brand is trying to keep up with the changing rate, with some businesses changing daily. This week we are seeing rates varying in the range €1.35 – €1.40 with some even offering more.Brian continues “This is Letterkenny’s time to make hay while the sun shines and we want to welcome back all our Northern customers to re-discover what Letterkenny has to offer. This town has a great shopping reputation and we are keen to keep our loyal customers and to attract back those who may not have been here for a while and with Spring in full swing what better time to experience all that Letterkenny has to offer.”It’s the value and variety that draws people to Letterkenny. It still has an active and busy traditional Main Street with big brands working alongside independent and family businesses. Then close by are the shopping centres, the retail parks and lots more in between and after a few hours shopping there’s lots of places to relax for a coffee, a meal or for family entertainment. No matter where you go in Letterkenny, you’ll see the big brands you know and love and you’ll get even more for your money.Letterkenny’s other little secret is the amount of parking available, there are over 3000 spaces some of which are free and others charging just €1.50 for the whole day. If you’re just popping in for a message there is still 30 minutes free on street parking across the town. If you haven’t heard or are a bit confused about what this means to you read on. You can park in any of the on-street spaces in Letterkenny without a ticket for 30 minutes from the time you pull in. If you want to stay longer you need to purchase a ticket from one of the parking meters and then the maximum stay is 2 hours.Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber said Letterkenny offers such a fantastic variety of retail outlets with virtually all the brand names you might recognise in other cities, but where Letterkenny stands out is the convenience and value.“All the shopping areas are easily accessible either on foot or just a short drive, parking is free and/or very reasonable and with the exchange rate at the moment what’s not to like. We know there are lots of people who haven’t visited in a while so this Easter why not do your spending in Letterkenny.”Re-discover what Letterkenny has to offer this year. Value, choice and excellent service make Letterkenny the perfect shopping destination. Letterkenny really is the shopping centre of Donegal this Easter. LETTERKENNY IS LOVING STERLING THIS EASTER was last modified: March 25th, 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:donegalletterkennysterlinglast_img read more

GAA: RUTH LENNON’S COUNTY MINOR HURLING NEWS

first_imgNinety Hurlers took part in the first County Winter Training Programme on Saturday in Deele College. Hurlers born from 1996 to 2000 should attend this intense training session. The next scheduled date for this training programme is on Saturday the 27th of October 2012 at the same venue. Bus times will be sent to each club closer to the date.The U13 North West League is in full swing with teams from the north of the county playing in both divisions.The Minor Board County Hurling AGM will be held on Tuesday the 16th of October at 8:30 pm in the County Offices, Ballybofey. Please note that the nominations for officers should be submitted to the secretary Sharon Harnett by the 12th of October. The Chair, Vice-Chair and the Secretary are all stepping down this year after a much valued service to the county. We would like to thank them for their work and would encourage others to step up into these positions. Without these roles it would be very difficult to run county hurling in the forthcoming year. GAA: RUTH LENNON’S COUNTY MINOR HURLING NEWS was last modified: October 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: RUTH LENNON’S COUNTY MINOR HURLING NEWSlast_img read more

DONEGAL WIN FOURTH VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS TITLE IN A ROW

first_imgMANAGER Joe McKelvey led Donegal Vocational Schools to a fourth straight success with victory over Cavan at Brewster Park, Enniskillen.In a superb battle, the Donegal lads eventually won out with goals the difference – 3-13 to 1-13.Darach O’Connor was the hero on the night – and a supersub at that. He came on 13 minutes into the second half and scored two goals and two points – and set up Donegal’s third goal.As tactical changes go, McKelvey couldn’t have got it more right.No wonder O’Connor is being tipped for future senior success for club and county.  DONEGAL WIN FOURTH VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS TITLE IN A ROW was last modified: November 27th, 2013 by John2Share 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:CavandonegalVocational Schools Finallast_img read more

Chelsea star preferred to Neymar by Real Madrid fans

first_img IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Hazard is popular among Madrid fans The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 1 LATEST TRANSFER NEWS targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Real Madrid supporters would prefer to see Eden Hazard at the Bernabeu next season over Neymar, according to a poll.Marca asked 200,000 fans who their ideal replacement for Juventus-bound Cristiano Ronaldo would be and 15% chose the Chelsea star compared to 14% who went for Neymar. The overwhelming winner was Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who received a whopping 54% of the vote.Madrid president Florentino Perez’s first-choice is understood to be Neymar but Hazard represents a more realistic option.The Belgium captain starred at the World Cup for his country, outperforming Neymar in the Red Devils’ quarter-final victory over Brazil.He is a known admirer of Madrid and has long-been linked with a move to Spain.Earlier this week, the winger said: “Real Madrid is a dream for any player, with or without [Zinedine] Zidane [as coach].”Hazard’s contract with the Blues ends in 2020 and he is yet to sign an extension despite Chelsea’s best efforts. REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on LATEST last_img read more

ELECTION 2014: ‘LET’S MAKE FRIDAY A REFERENDUM ON AUSTERITY’ SAYS MURRAY

first_imgJack MurrayInishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has made a final appeal to voters saying that Friday’s elections had become much more important than parish pump politics and asked the people of Inishowen to make this election a referendum on austerity and vote for change.Cllr Murray said: “Over the last three years I have worked tirelessly for the people of Inishowen. This work included:“I established the unfinished estates working group in the peninsula. This led to the successful completion of many unfinished estates such as Ard Ban and while another motion will also successfully fix the sewerage problem in 3 estates in Bridgend this summer. “I successfully prevented the council from accessing personal information to track those boycotting the household charge.“Securing investment on many roads throughout Inishowen in order to improve road safety, including a road crossing in Muff which (despite many delays) will go ahead in June.“I opposed all unfair budgets in Donegal County Council despite the risk of losing my seat in doing so.“I have been an outspoken critic of St Patrick’s Day junkets to America. “I have helped countless people gain improvements to their council homes and helped many people overturn incorrect decisions on social welfare, carer’s and medical card decisions.“I have also secured thousands of euro to dozens of community and sporting groups throughout Inishowen.“However, this local election has become much more than parish pump politics. It is an opportunity to have an impact on national government policy. It is on opportunity for the people to say, en masse, that enough is enough. This election can become a referendum on austerity.“I would ask that you use your vote to oppose water charges and the property tax. Say that forced emigration is not a solution to the unemployment crisis and that it is not good enough for Donegal to be the only county in the state without access to rail. Say that we want that A5 so that we can have a dual carriageway connection to Dublin like every other region in Ireland.“We should voice our anger that there is not a single cancer centre for excellence, in this state, above the Galway-Dublin line despite there being 8 below it. “We have been ignored for so long by successive governments who have been supported by their colleagues in the council. This our chance to stand up for Donegal.“We now need a strong collective voice which says that there is a better way. This can only be done by voting Sinn Fein. We are the only candidates who are asking for a mandate for a credible and fairer economic alternative.“I hope that the people of Inishowen can endorse that alternative next Friday and I would appeal to voters to vote for myself, Ciaran Mclaughlin and Albert Doherty in the local elections and vote for Matt Carthy in the European election.”ELECTION 2014: ‘LET’S MAKE FRIDAY A REFERENDUM ON AUSTERITY’ SAYS MURRAY was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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

Half-time: Wigan 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR made a solid start to the Championship play-off semi-final first leg at the DW Stadium, where Armand Traore and Junior Hoilett were both named in the starting line-up.Wigan’s only early chance fell to Gary Caldwell, who headed straight at keeper Rob Green from Jordi Gomez’s cross.At the other end, Gary O’Neil had an effort blocked after being set up by Charlie Austin and Traore headed over from Hoilett’s cross.Roared on by more than 3,000 travelling fans, Rangers have so far defended in numbers when needed and looked to hit on the counter-atack when possible.Green produced a decent save shortly before half-time, reacting quickly to keep out Gomez’s low shot at his near post.Veteran centre-back Richard Dunne, back in the R’s starting line-up, has struggled at times and is on a yellow card, having been booked for a foul on Callum McManaman. QPR: Green, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Hoilett, Barton, O’Neil, Traore, Morrison, Austin. Subs: Murphy, Carroll, Yun, Doyle, Hughes, Henry, Kranjcar.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Technology & the American Creativity Crisis

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining.” That’s the opening salvo in a recent Newsweek story that points to the latest results from the Torrance Tests of Critical Thinking that assess Americans’ “CQ” – creativity quotient.Measuring the CQ involves a series of simple tests to track divergent thinking and other problem-solving skills. These are scored based on fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. First developed by E. Paul Torrance, researchers have been administering these tests to children as well as tracking their successes as adults since the 1950s. By no means a perfect assessment of creativity, the CQ scores of kids do seem nevertheless to be a prediction of their “creative accomplishments” as adults. “Those who came up with more good ideas on Torrance’s tasks grew up to be entrepreneurs, inventors, college presidents, authors, doctors, diplomats, and software developers,” write Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, authors of the Newsweek article. “The correlation to lifetime creative accomplishment was more than three times stronger for childhood creativity than childhood IQ.” Who’s to Blame?Video Games: It’s no surprise that the Newsweek article is quick to blame television and video games for dulling our children’s creativity, even though the authors admit that there is no conclusive evidence that they’re the culprit.Game designer Raph Koster responded to the article on his blog, suggesting that games can encourage, not dampen problem solving. He admits that “many games these days “come with the answers” – there’s only one way to solve the puzzles they present – a “through line” that was created by the designers.” But he notes that the Newsweek article points to the creation of “paracosms” – detailed imaginary worlds – as being strongly correlated with winning a MacArthur “Genius Grant” as an adult. And rich fantasy play is arguably an important part of much video game-play. Measure the wrong thing, get the wrong thing. – Vicki DavisSchools: Despite the relatively easy target of video games as responsible for the decline in kids’ creativity (I guess blaming rock music for the decline of Western Civilization is no longer acceptable), it’s the American school system that seems to shoulder most of the responsibility, according to the Newsweek article. Instead of encouraging creativity, teachers must adhere to curriculum standards and regular testing. As teacher Vicki Davis notes, “Measure the wrong thing, get the wrong thing. Our students are a product of the formula of measurement we use to gauge progress.”Who Can Solve the Problem?Finger-pointing – at teachers or at video-game makers or at the entertainment industry – does little to address the decline in Americans’ CQ. And if, as the Newsweek headline suggests, this is a “crisis,” then it seems as though the tech industry – an industry that both fosters and relies on creative thinking and on innovation – should probably take notice and take action.Koster suggests that game developers respond to this CQ decline by attempting “to make games that encourage creative thinking, if not out of some sense of civic or moral obligation, then as a way of “paying it forward” – something made us creative enough to make the games in the first place, so we shouldn’t hog all the fun.” Similarly, there are many opportunities for creators of education technologies to design products and services that don’t just make kids better standardized test-takers, but make them skilled problem-solvers.The Newsweek article concludes that “Creativity has always been prized in American society, but it’s never really been understood. While our creativity scores decline unchecked, the current national strategy for creativity consists of little more than praying for a Greek muse to drop by our houses. The problems we face now, and in the future, simply demand that we do more than just hope for inspiration to strike. Fortunately, the science can help: we know the steps to lead that elusive muse right to our doors.” Can technology help develop more creative thinkers as well? Or will it continue to be seen as part of the problem? Tags:#Analysis#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watterscenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more