Gonzales picks up emotional first win in ONE Championship

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA — The feeling of victory was so foreign for Ramon Gonzales that he was a bit shocked when members of the media approached him after his fight.But after his impressive showing against Liu De Ri Ge Hu of China on Saturday at ONE: Total Victory here, it won’t take long before he gets the hang of it.ADVERTISEMENT Indians bounce back after win-streak snapped End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “I’m so emotional earlier because this is my first win in ONE in my three fights. I’m just so happy,” Gonzales said in Filipino.Exuding confidence from the start, Gonzales (2-2) waited for the perfect opportunity and it came in the second round when he locked Liu (2-3) in a triangle choke to force the tap out at the 1:52 mark and finally taste success at ONE.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“That was our second option, to finish it on the ground. Even if we’re standing, we know that we can match. But I felt I can beat him from the beginning and I just continued being aggressive in the second round until the end of the fight,” he said.With his first victory in ONE Championship in the bag, Gonzales seeks to continue improving his conditioning as he returns to the lair of Hitman MMA a winner as he set his sights for bigger challenges in the future. 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 Winning startcenter_img Break new ground MOST READ “Whoever ONE gives me, I’ll be sure that I’m ready,” he said. “I’ll continue working on my strength and conditioning because I learned that fights will all depend there. You can’t be out of air.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Govt yet to sign contract for Specialty Hospital

first_imgGovernment is yet to sign the contract with India-based construction firm Fedders Lloyd for the construction ofAn artist’s impression of the Specialty Hospitalthe controversial Specialty Hospital.Health Minister Dr George Norton told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the contract is currently with the Indian government. He said as soon as the Indian government completes its evaluation, it will be handed to the Government of Guyana.Finance Minister Winston Jordon recently said the project was moving at a rapid pace, with consultants currently putting the documentation together ahead of the first phase of construction expected to begin by midyear.Jordan said Fedders Lloyd had already modified the design, taking into account the work already done by the previous contractor, Surendra Engineering.He assured the project would cost no more than the remaining US$13 million (of an initial $18 million) line-of-credit provided by the Indian Exim Bank.In 2012, the hospital contract was awarded to Surendra Engineering to design and construct the facility.Its services were subsequently terminated owing to several contractual breaches.The matter was taken to the High Court and compensation was accordingly awarded to Government.During that initial bidding process, Fedders Lloyd was disqualified, but the company’s legal representative Khemraj Ramjattan (now Vice President and Public Security Minister) had argued against that verdict.Despite this, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition, even while in Opposition, contended that Fedders Lloyd was wronged.Shortly after assumption to office, the government signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the disqualified company to undertake the construction, citing that it would be more economical and less time-consuming than going through the transparent process of retendering.The government’s decision to hand the contract to the company was made despite a public outcry over the manner in which the award was handled and concerns about the lack of transparency and accountability surrounding the entire transaction.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Arsenal to beat the odds to claim back-to-back Bayern Munich victories?

first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager brings us the latest odds from the week’s Champions League clashes, with Arsenal a popular bet to claim back-to-back wins over Bayern Munich.The Gunners secured a shock 2-0 victory at the Emirates last week, can they do it again in Bavaria?Arsene Wenger’s men are 13/2 to beat German giants, while Bayern are overwhelming 2/5 favourites to win.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

DeLay likely to step down

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “He’ll resign,” a former senior DeLay aide said. In an interview with the Galveston County Daily News in Texas, DeLay said his decision was based partly on troubling internal polling results, including a poll taken after the March Republican primary that showed DeLay beating Democrat Nick Lampson in a close race. “Even though I thought I could win, it was a little too risky,” DeLay said. DeLay stepped down from his House majority leader post in January as an election-year corruption scandal staggered Republicans and emboldened Democrats looking to reclaim power in the House and Senate. A former exterminator before his election to Congress in 1984, DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury on charges related to laundering campaign funds in a Republican bid to win control of the Texas Legislature in the 2002 elections. He is accused of funneling corporate donations to Republican candidates for the Texas House in violation of state laws. A federal investigation also is pursuing DeLay’s ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. DeLay has denied any wrongdoing in both cases. But DeLay’s woes continued to build over the past week. On Friday, DeLay’s former chief of staff pleaded guilty to conspiracy and promised to help with a federal investigation of bribery and lobbying fraud relating to Abramoff. Tony Rudy admitted conspiring with Abramoff – both while Rudy worked for the Texas congressman and after he left the lawmaker’s staff to become a lobbyist himself. He is the second former DeLay staffer to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the lobbying probe. The plea agreement makes no allegation that DeLay did anything wrong. Just days before Rudy’s plea, Abramoff was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for fraud in connection with a separate case, a casino-boat business deal. He was allowed to remain free while helping the congressional corruption investigation in Washington. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texan touched by a lobbying scandal that ensnared some of his former top aides and cost the Republican his leadership post, won’t seek re-election to Congress, officials said Monday. They said DeLay also is likely to resign his seat and leave Congress by the end of May or mid-June. That would trigger a special election for his replacement. DeLay was expected to disclose his plans today at a news conference in Houston, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the congressman had not made that announcement. Several officials said DeLay, an 11-term congressman, called Texas members of Congress to tell them he is dropping out of his re-election race. last_img read more


first_imgAT last there has been some more recognition of the achievements of Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.It appears the defensive tactics of our Jim are being compared to those of one Giovanni Trapattoni!That’s right – the manager of the nation’s soccer team, it seems, has learned a few things from the Glenties man. So says Irish Times journalist Carl O’Malley!And who are we to disagree. If defensive tactics worked for the soccer heroes in Moscow against Russia (and the nation is delighted), then what’s the big deal?You can read what else he has to say here:www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2011/0908/1224303699378.html TRAPATTONI…SURE HE’S LIKE JIM McGUINNESS was last modified: September 8th, 2011 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:donegalGAAgiovanni trapattoniIrelandJim McGuinnesssoccerlast_img read more


first_imgThe State has agreed to orders that it will pay most of the substantial legal costs of the unsuccessful challenge by Donegal woman Marie Fleming to Ireland’s laws on assisted suicide.Marie Fleming and husband TomThe 59-year-old, who was originally from Lifford, died last month after losing her landmark right-to-die case. The Supreme Court agreed to an application by Ms Fleming’s lawyers not to formally draw up the costs order until her estate has been constituted.RTE reports that the court agreed to affirm an order made by the High Court awarding Ms Fleming costs against the State of the High Court hearing.It also awarded Ms Fleming half of the costs of her Supreme Court appeal.Ms Fleming was in the final stages of Multiple Sclerosis when she began her court action seeking to be assisted in having a peaceful and dignified death at a time of her choice without the risk of prosecution for anyone who helped her.Last April, the seven-judge Supreme Court ruled the right to life under the Constitution “does not import a right to die” in what it described as this “very tragic case”.STATE AGREES TO PAY MOST OF LATE MARIE FLEMING’S COURT CASE COSTS was last modified: January 21st, 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:court caseLiffordMARIE FLEMINGlast_img read more

49ers legend Joe Montana knows how Dwight Clark would feel about ‘The Catch’ statue

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Joe Montana, forever linked with Dwight Clark, knows exactly how his old friend would have handled the unveiling of “The Catch” statue on Sunday morning.“He’d be whispering in my ear: ‘You know they didn’t call it ‘The Throw’ for a reason,’ ” the quarterback joked.Montana and more than 70 other former 49ers attended the unveiling ceremony at Gate A outside Levi’s Stadium. The twin statues feature an …last_img read more

Kruger elephants off to Mozambique

first_img“I trust that this move will further cement the regional conservation role that the Kruger Park has assumed since the establishment of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park,” Kruger National Park MD Bandile Mkhize said at Skukuza this week. Source: BuaNews The South African National Parks Veterinary Wildlife Services’ game capture team, led by Dr Markus Hofmeyr, captured four young adult elephant bulls in the southern area of the park this week, and will capture two adult elephant bulls next week. 19 September 2008 The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park includes the Kruger Park, the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. Transported by road Meanwhile, the 2008 Kruger Park elephant population census is currently under way. Last year’s census revealed a total of 13 050 elephant in the park. The restoration of Gorongosa is being supported by non-profit US conservation organisation the Carr Foundation, which has recently signed a 20-year co-management agreement with the Mozambican government to run the park. To date, the Carr Foundation has invested over US$10-million (about R81-million) in the park. “We will be using our standard elephant capturing technique of darting the elephants from a helicopter and, after a brief diagnosis of their general health, they’ll be loaded onto trucks and transported by road to Gorongosa,” Hofmeyr explained.center_img “According to the Elephant Population Norms and Standards Document, which was released earlier this year, translocation is an acceptable means of population control,” Mkhize said. “I therefore believe that by helping to re-establish viable elephant populations in other areas, we are not only bringing slight relief to our situation but also helping to repopulate depleted populations elsewhere on the sub continent.” “It will improve the already good working relationship we have with Mozambique.” Elephant population control Translocating elephants is one way in which the park is attempting to control elephant numbers, while heated debates continue over the ethics of reintroducing culling. Private game capture company Specialist Game Services will then transport the elephants to Gorongosa National Park near the Mozambican coastal town of Beira, a distance of over 1 300km. The elephant translocation is just one project where the Kruger National Park and Gorongosa National Park are working together for conservation. Fifty buffalo were translocated from the Skukuza Boma Complex to Gorongosa during 2006 and these will be joined by another consignment of buffalo during 2009. South Africa is sending six elephant bulls from the Kruger National Park to Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, as part of plans to restock the 350 000-hectare park that fell into ruin during Mozambique’s 16-year civil war.last_img read more

A diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity

first_imgNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 14In 2030, South Africa will be a society where opportunity is not determined by race or birthright, and where citizens accept they have both rights and responsibilities. We will be a united, prosperous, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.   •  Overview•  Document downloads•  Quality basic education•  Health care for all•  Safety & freedom from fear•  Economy & employment•  A skilled workforce•  Economic infrastructure•  Vibrant rural communities•  Sustainable human settlements•  Accountable local government•  Natural environment•  South Africa in the world•  Efficient public service•  Inclusive social protection•  Nation building, social cohesion Nation building – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 15: Nation building and social cohesion• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 14: Nation building and social cohesion• Infographic: Nation buildingNation building – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, South Africans are more conscious of the things they have in common than their differences. Their lived experiences cut across the divisions of race, gender, space and class. The nation is more accepting of peoples’ multiple identities.In this South Africa there is:• Broad-based knowledge about and support for a set of values shared by all South Africans including the values contained in the Constitution.• An inclusive society and economy, with equality of opportunity and outcomes.• Increased interaction between South Africans from different social and racial groups.• Strong leadership across society and a mobilised, active and responsible citizenry.Nation building – The challengesDespite progress since 1994, South African society remains divided. The privilege attached to race, class, space and gender has not yet been fully reversed.There have been rapid improvements in access to basic services, but their quality continues to be affected by who you are and where you live.• Life expectancy at birth for white women is still more years than that of black women.• African graduates find it harder to be absorbed into the labour market even with engineering degrees from the former white university institutions than their white counterparts.• Attitudinal, physical and communication barriers continue to exclude and marginalise persons with disabilities.Opportunity continues to be largely defined by race, gender, ability, geographic location, class and linguistic background. Unemployment is particularly high among black youth.The economy has not yet generated new opportunities in the form of employment and openings for new enterprises, on the hoped-for scale. Women still suffer from discrimination in both the education system and in the labour market.Apartheid spatial patterns mean limited opportunity for sharing of space across race and class and thus there is still limited interaction across race. Another legacy of apartheid spatial logic is that the poor often live far from places of work. This makes it harder to find work and raises the cost of transport.The social, psychological and geographic elements of apartheid continue to shape the lives and outlook of many South Africans, even though apartheid no longer exists on the statute books.It is this inherited psyche of racial, gender and sexual orientation prejudices and stereotypes, breakdown in values, inequality of opportunity and massive poverty, as well as competition for scarce resources, which helps fuel racism, xenophobia and gender-based violence. Part of the apartheid inheritance psyche is a tendency for the populace to abdicate responsibility for their wellbeing to the government.Open displays of opulence are a growing scourge in South African society. Their offensiveness is particularly marked because of South Africa’s high levels of inequality and unemployment. Society should have balanced and appropriate incentive systems commensurate with the individual’s contribution to society. Excessive displays of wealth as well as unjustified differentials in income distort these incentives.Nation building – Action requiredSouth Africa cannot achieve unity and social cohesion without reducing the gaps between rich and poor, black and white, women and men, city and country. In doing this, it is necessary to recognise the historical obligation for redress, to correct the wrongs of the past and to affirm the historically disadvantaged.Immediate actions are reducing inequality of opportunity, redress, enabling the sharing of common space, and awakening the populace to speak when things go wrong and be active in their own development. We must also promote knowledge of the Constitution and foster the values it contains.Without unity, the nation cannot hope to correct the wrongs of the past. Without correcting the wrongs of the past, unity would be superficial.Specific action includes:• The Preamble of the Constitution to be read in a language of choice at schools assemblies.• The bill of responsibilities to be used at schools and prominently displayed in each work place.• Sustained campaigns against racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia.•. The Commission of Gender Equality and the ministry should audit and deal with gaps in legislation and develop joint targets, indicators and timelines for monitoring and evaluating progress towards gender equality.• Employment Equity to continue and new models of BEE to de explored to improve the efficacy of the programme. Clear targets should be set for broadening economic participation, enhancing predictability for economic actors.• Improving public services and spaces as well as building integrated housing and sport facilities in communities to ensure sharing of common spaces across race and class.• Incentivising the production and distribution of all art forms that facilitate healing, nation building and dialogue.• All South Africans to learn at least one indigenous language, business to encourage and reward employees who do so.• Promote citizen participation in forums such as Integrated Development Plans, Ward Committees, School Governing Boards and Community Policing Forums.• Work towards a social compact for growth, employment and equity.Nation building – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to achieve a diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity.• Knowledge of the Constitution and fostering Constitutional values• Equalising opportunities, promoting inclusion and redress• Promoting social cohesion across society through increased interaction across race and class• Promoting active citizenry and broad-based leadership• Achieving a social compact that will lay the basis for equity, inclusion and prosperity for all.Nation building – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to achieve a diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity..GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDERResearched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015last_img read more

Adobe’s Mask Tracker vs Mocha AE CC

first_imgThe video was created by Imagineer Systems, the company that created Mocha. You can see more awesome tutorials regarding Mocha on their Vimeo page.As you can see in the tutorial, Mocha is a far superior program for tracking footage. However, at the end of the day it just comes down to how difficult the object or footage is to track. If there is minimal or simple movement you may only need to use After Effects or Premiere, but if it is something more intense you may need to use Mocha.Have any tips for using the tracking features in Adobe software or Mocha? Share in the comments below. Tracking your video footage? The following video tutorial from Imagineer Systems demonstrates when to use Mocha and when to use After Effects.Motion tracking can be an extremely frustrating part of the post production process, especially if your footage is less-than-ideal. However, over the last few years there have been some significant improvements to motion tracking features in the Adobe software, making the entire process much easier.One of these new features is the Mask Tracker in After Effects. Simply put the mask tracker allows users to draw masks around their object to track only certain objects in your scene. This was a significant improvement over the original two point tracker in After Effects, but it still isn’t perfect. That’s where Mocha AE CC comes into play.Mocha is a third-party program included in the Creative Cloud that can be used to get accurate and consistent tracking. Tracking data in Mocha can be easily integrated with After Effects and Premiere Pro making it a great tool to use alongside an Adobe workflow project. However, that’s not to say Mocha is perfect.Because Mocha isn’t a native plugin or effect inside of After Effects it takes extra time to import your footage in to Mocha, track, then export that information back into After Effects or Premiere. If time were an unlimited resource this wouldn’t be a problem, but because you are likely on a time crunch you need to know when to use the native trackers built into After Effects and when to use Mocha.In the following video we will take a look at this situation and hopefully shed some light on some circumstances where one might be superior to the other. The video covers:Using a Mask TrackerWorking with Bezier CurvesThe Mocha WorkflowExporting Tracking Datalast_img read more