British stars Khan and Brook in talks about bout

first_imgWe are young MOST READ Kell Brook and Amir Khan. AFP FILE PHOTOSBritish boxing stars Kell Brook and Amir Khan ‘are in talks’ to fight each other in May 2017, according to IBF welterweight world champion Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn.Both pugilists experienced chastening defeats when they stepped up a weight division to middleweight — Brook’s bout with the outstanding Kazakh Gennady Golovkin being halted in the fifth round and Khan going one round further with Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Khan and Brook, both of whom are 30-years-old, said they would not make that mistake again and reverted to welterweight — though it is not known whether Brook’s world title would be at stake. “There’s a good chance of it (the bout) happening,” Hearn told the BBC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“Amir wants it to happen, so does Kell. We want to put a fight on for the fans.“Kell has proved himself. He beat Shawn Porter and had a good fight with Golovkin. The time is right,” added Hearn.center_img Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments Certainly both fighters suggested they were enthusiastic to fight each other — Hearn suggested it could take place in Manchester in ‘Manchester Arena or Old Trafford’ — judging by their tweets on Wednesday.“The 1st man to smash kell brooks face @GGGBoxing (Gennady Golovkin), standing with him (a photograph of Golovkin and Khan) is the next guy to smash Kell Brook’s face,” tweeted Khan, who earlier this year said Brook wasn’t of high enough stature for him to fight.Brook responded in kind.“Glad you’ve woken up from your last KO, I believe our teams are talking. Look forward to sending you back to sleep #Queen Kardashion zZzZzZ,” tweeted Brook.ADVERTISEMENT Retirement ‘could happen’ in 2017, says Nowitzki Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

As Arctic neared 2019 winter max, Bering Sea was virtually ice-free

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Though yet to be called officially by scientists, Arctic sea ice extent appeared to hit its annual maximum on March 13 when it covered 14.777 million square kilometers. The 2019 max stats are among the top ten lowest on record, and well below the 1981-2010 average maximum extent of 15.64 million square kilometers.One thing that stood out this winter was the extraordinarily low amounts of ice in the Bering Sea at the start of March, surpassing record lows seen in 2018 for the same dates. Seasonal ice in the Bering Sea is already known to be volatile, but it’s getting worse under climate change.A new study also found something remarkable on the opposite side of the Arctic: in recent years, according to the research, Greenland has been receiving more rain, including in winter.These rain events are triggering sudden, rapid ice melt and are responsible for a tremendous amount of annual runoff. Ultimately, these rains could prove catastrophic for the Greenland ice sheet, and for sea level rise. Scientists scout for a location to collect data on sea ice in the Chukchi Sea. Continued decline of Arctic ice, due to human-caused climate change, is hypothesized to be a factor in the destabilization of Earth’s weather patterns. Photo by Kathryn Hansen / NASA,After four years in a row of record low winter sea ice extent, the Arctic received a bit of a reprieve this year. This winter’s maximum — the day when sea ice extent is greatest — was likely reached on March 13, when Arctic sea ice covered 14.777 million square kilometers (5.7 million square miles). Though the National Snow and Ice Data Center has not yet officially declared the maximum, 2019 Arctic sea ice extent still remains among the top ten lowest on record for March, and well below the 1981-2010 average maximum extent of 15.64 million square kilometers (6.03 million square miles). Cold weather over much of the Arctic this winter preserved whatever ice had managed to form.The exception was in the Bering Sea. Spanning 2 million square kilometers (772,000 square miles) between Alaska and Russia, the Bering Sea has had a rough go of it the past two years. Last winter, sea ice extent in the region plummeted. An unusually warm Autumn followed. By November 2018, when ice should have begun to reform, the Bering Sea experienced the lowest ice extent ever documented in the satellite record for that time of year.Then the weather shifted.“For December and the first half of January, sea ice expanded quite a bit… the ice extent never got up to average, but it was pretty close; we were almost at 90 per cent by the middle of January,” said Rick Thoman, a retired climatologist with the National Weather Service who now serves as an Alaska climate specialist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center. “However, in the last week of January the weather pattern changed pretty dramatically.” An anticyclone system formed over Arctic Canada, with high pressure over northwestern Canada and low pressure in the Bering Sea. These two systems drew warm air into the region from the south, halting the formation of new ice while also pushing existing ice out to the north. Bad weather only exacerbated these losses.Arctic sea ice extent in the Bering Sea and Bering Strait on March 4, 2019, a record, as compared with 2018 on the same date (the previous record) and March 2012, the year that still holds the record for the September Arctic sea ice minimum extent. Image courtesy of Neven at the Arctic Sea Ice Blog with data/maps from University of Bremen.“I’ve counted 15 different storms that have affected the northern Bering Sea — one every three days,” Thoman said at the start of March. These storms created strong winds and wave action that had “really eaten up a lot of the ice.” From January 27 to March 3, the Bering Sea lost 373,000 square kilometers of sea ice (144,000 square miles) — an area nearly the size of Montana. According to Thoman, this will mark only the third time in the satellite record when the winter maximum in the Bering Sea was reached in January. (Winter maximum is almost always reached during March.)The seasonal ice in the Bering Sea is already known to be volatile, but it’s getting worse under climate change. Now the ice is thin, and sometimes mushy, which means it simply can’t withstand powerful weather systems moving through, unlike thicker ice. “It just doesn’t seem like it’s as thick or as robust as it should be,” said Thoman. “The temperatures in the Bering Sea were very warm [last year] and we’re seeing the results of that now.”Going into the summer melt season, Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, says no one knows exactly what will happen in the Bering Sea as it depends on the vagaries of weather patterns, “but we know it’s going to be low.”Satellite imagery of the mostly ice-free Bering Strait on February 28, 2019. Image courtesy of NASA.Any ice issue in the Bering Sea also spells problems for the Chukchi Sea, connected via the Bering Strait to the north. Because the Bering Sea had very little ice cover in January and February, all of the sun’s energy went toward heating the ocean water rather than melting the ice on top. This means sea surface temperatures in the Bering Sea will be warmer than usual come summer, and that water flows north into the Chukchi. “This virtually assures another late freeze-up in the Chukchi, and freezing the Chukchi is a prerequisite for forming ice in the open Bering Sea. It’s a positive feedback,” said Thoman.The loss of sea ice in the region is also creating a precarious situation for towns along the Bering Sea coast. In Gambell, Alaska, located on St. Lawrence Island, residents report only about two-and-a-half months of sea ice this winter, while also facing constant storms. The rough weather has led to non-stop swells crashing onto shore, unhindered by the sea ice. “It’s caused a tremendous amount of erosion, threatening their air strip and other town infrastructure,” said Thoman. “The whole idea that a lack of sea ice causes increased erosion is not new, but now we’re seeing it spread to more communities where it had historically not been an issue.”The lack of sea ice is bad news for local livelihoods too. March is normally when coastal people are busy crabbing and fishing out on the ice. Under current conditions, that can’t happen.On the other side of the Arctic, rainy weather has inundated the Greenland Ice Sheet, proving that despite the colder weather, it’s anything but business as usual in the North. These rain events – with some parts of the ice sheet now getting rain even in winter – are triggering sudden, rapid ice melt and are responsible for a tremendous amount of annual runoff. It’s believed that the Greenland Ice Sheet is losing 270 billion tons of ice every year — the majority of which stems from direct meltwater runoff. That means rains over Greenland could have a disastrous effect in the long run.“It’s an interesting year, but what’s going on in the Bering Sea is the story right now,” concluded Serreze.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.A polar bear walks an ice-free Arctic shore, with fractured sea ice in the background. Photo on Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change And Extreme Weather, Climate Science, Global Warming, Impact Of Climate Change, Monitoring, Oceans And Climate Change, Research, satellite data, Sea Ice center_img Article published by Glenn Schererlast_img read more

Bolick, Red lions put Pirates in their place with huge second half

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing the team tipped to challenge their reign in the NCAA, the San Beda Red Lions gave the Lyceum Pirates a quick reminder of their strength and firepower.Robert Bolick scattered 16 points to lead a balanced offensive as the Lions turned back the Pirates, 96-79, last Wednesday for an impressive start to their Filoil Flying V Premier Cup campaign in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Lions turned what was expected to be a dogfight into a rout, clamping down on the Pirates in the second half on their way to a come from behind victory at Filoil Flying V Centre.“The players got too excited that’s why we started bad,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez whose team is coming off a training camp in the United States. “In the second quarter, I told them to relax and to prepare for the press. With coach Topex (Robinson), Lyceum is a different team. If we want to beat Lyceum we have to raise our intensity level.”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 Lions went ahead, 51-49, after Ranbill Tongco drilled a triple with 1:15 left in the second period, before ripping the game wide open early in the third behind Arnaud Noah and Clint Doliguez.San Beda held Lyceum to 29 points in the second half. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Gilas needs Blatche backup End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In other games, Perpetual Help outlasted the University of the East Red Warriors, 72-68, for its second win in four games, while University of the Philippines nipped Emilio Aguinaldo College, 61-59.The Altas saw their 13-point lead cut to one early in the final period before Gab Dagangon and Jack Hao joined forces to restore order for Perpetual.Alvin Pasaol was the lone bright spot for the Warriors finishing with 19 points as Mark Olayon and Clark Derige were each held to six points.Paul Desiderio tossed 18 points while Diego Dario added 14 points, including the marginal basket late in the game for the Fighting Maroons who improved to 3-0.“We started flat but we calmed down ourselves and it was good that we were able to bounce back and it all started in our defense,” said UP coach Bo Perasol. “We need to learn some more on how to close out the game. I think we closed the game really bad but Diego’s shot bailed us out.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

IOC’s large role in anti-doping creates conflict of interest

first_imgWADA’s president for the past six years, Craig Reedie, is an IOC member, soon to be replaced by Witold Banka, who also serves at Poland’s minister of sports.Both connections — to the IOC and to governments — are conflicts of interest.The IOC conflict came into full view in 2016, following WADA’s most muscular play for independence. WADA recommended a total ban of the Russian team for the Rio Olympics, after revelations that the Russian government had directed a doping scheme designed to help athletes cheat at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and other major events.Days later, the IOC, with Reedie sitting out the vote, rejected the recommendation.It sent a chilling message: In the IOC’s view, WADA was more a service provider than a shaper of its policy, even in the drug-fighting area it had been formed to police.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw That’s how the World Anti-Doping Agency was created two decades ago.Formed with good intentions, WADA finds itself at a crossroads as it celebrates its 20th anniversary at a conference this week in Poland. It’s an agency riven with conflicts of interest that have hindered its fight against drugs and exacerbated its 4-year-old struggle to hold Russia accountable for a massive doping scandal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“One thing you can’t have is built-in interference,” said Edwin Moses, the Olympic champion hurdler who serves on WADA’s education committee and is also the former chairman of the U.S. Anti-Doping Committee. “You’ve got to cut your ties to everything.”Because the IOC provides half of WADA’s annual $34.6 million budget, its members hold six of the 12 seats on its executive board. Representatives from the Olympic movement also hold half of the spots on the 38-person foundation board, which rubber stamps the legislation. 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DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees “They decided Russia was too important to not be at the Olympic Games, instead of the other way around,” said Dick Pound, an IOC member who served as WADA’s first president and remains on its board.Since then, WADA’s moves in the Russian saga have disappointed critics, who have called them too soft. Russia was technically banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics , although hundreds of “Olympic Athletes from Russia” competed. Russia was reinstated immediately after the games.With less than a year remaining until the Tokyo Olympics, the case has been re-opened because of proof Russians manipulated data handed over as part of a deal that brought the nation back into compliance. Decisions on the punishment for that are due at meetings scheduled for Nov. 17 and Dec. 9.“For the IOC to have such a stranglehold on WADA only ensures that WADA will do what it has done for the last three years, which is to capitulate at every turn,” said Jim Walden, the attorney who represents Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.The Russia case also illustrates the vulnerability of WADA’s close relationship to governments, which combine to provide the other half of its funding.Though not the case in the United States, most Olympic teams are funded by their governments, and some of those governments have a deep interest in fielding good teams. That often conflicts with a beefed-up anti-doping regimen.At around the same time WADA was formed, many countries started building their own independent anti-doping organizations, putting them in charge of testing inside their own borders.WADA depends on these organizations to follow its rules. But many are cash-strapped while others, like Russia, are essentially arms of the government with a win-first agenda.One consequence is the vast gap that exists between testing programs in various countries.In 2017, for instance, the three countries who conducted the most tests — Germany, China and the United States — combined to collect more than 35,000 blood and urine samples. The bottom 29 countries on the list combined for 957. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist No matter what the size, any organization looking to WADA for the boilerplate might be getting the wrong message.“You can’t be the leading regulator and tell everyone else to be independent when you’re not,” said Rob Koehler, a former WADA executive who know leads Global Athlete, which seeks a louder voice for athletes in the Olympic world.WADA has introduced major governance reforms, part of which are designed to give athletes a bigger say. Reedie said defining “independence” for a global regulator such as WADA is a difficult task.“Nobody, that I can remember, was demanding independence up until roughly December 2014 when we started to struggle with the Russia exercise,” Reedie said.Pound doesn’t think independence means the decision-making structure must be completely stripped of insiders who have institutional knowledge.“It’s a technical thing. You need some expertise to know what you’re talking about,” Pound said. “I always thought ‘independence’ was a frame of mind.”Few, though, have been able to straddle the line between anti-doping and the trappings of an IOC life as well as Pound, who led one of the key investigations into Russian doping and has been a consistent critic of the IOC on doping-related issues.While Tuesday’s conference included a number of pleas for more independence, any move for true change would almost certainly have to come with the blessing of the IOC.President Thomas Bach used Tuesday’s event to announce the committee was pumping an additional $10 million into the drug-fighting cause . He challenged the governments to add $5 million, as well.“The question they have to ask is whether they want to cede power and take a chance that democracy might do a better job,” John Fahey, a former WADA president, said of the IOC and governments. “I don’t expect anyone to be in a hurry to say ‘Yes.’ But it needs to happen.” /gsg ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee KATOWICE, Poland  – The idea made sense. Given the rampant amount of drug abuse in Olympic sports, the sports world needed a global watchdog.FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach speaks at the opening of the executive board meeting of the IOC at the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland. The incoming leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency asked for more money. The International Olympic Committee said `yes.’ IOC president Thomas Bach pledged $10 million to fight doping in sports, half of which would go toward storing samples from pre-Olympics testing for 10 years and the other half toward investigations and research.(Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)But who would pay for that sort of operation? The International Olympic Committee decided it would split the bill with governments.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img

Folau equals try record as Crusaders win streak ends

first_imgBased in the New Zealand town where a white supremacist killed 50 people a week ago, the Crusaders were playing their first game since the tragedy.But the reigning champions were unable to get the win they desperately wanted, crashing 20-12 in a scrappy match on a wet night at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Folau wrote himself into the record books with a 59th touchdown, matching the mark held by Doug Howlett during his stints at the Highlanders, Hurricanes and Blues between 1997-2007.In a show of solidarity, both teams ran onto the field at the same time before linking arms in a minute’s silence to commemorate those who died in the mass shooting that stunned rugby-mad New Zealand.The Crusaders, who wore armbands with the words “United 15-03-2019”, marking the day of the tragedy, cancelled their match last week against the Highlanders so the players could return home.Asked if he had a message for Christchurch, Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock replied: “Obviously it hasn’t been a great week but we stayed pretty tight. That’s what we’re trying to do as a team and we’re doing it as a city too.”Many of the players admitted the shootings hit them hard and the Crusaders’ focus was lacking as Jed Holloway powered through two tackles to dive between the posts after just three minutes.The Waratahs got another try eight minutes later when Folau won a ball in the air and offloaded to Cameron Clark who scorched down the line.Stunned, the Crusaders, minus the experienced Owen Franks and Kieran Reid, woke up and pulled one back when George Bridge sliced through the defence after a line-out win.But a Bernard Foley penalty saw the home team head to the break with a 15-7 lead and on a greasy pitch, the Crusaders couldn’t find a way back.The Tahs dominated in the second stanza with Folau’s late touchdown putting the game beyond reach. Will Jordan pulled one back for the Crusaders on the siren, but it was too late.– Hats off –Earlier, a late try and conversion from Beauden Barrett saw the Hurricanes end the Stormers’ three-game win streak 34-28 in Wellington.The two teams also linked arms during a moment’s silence ahead of a see-sawing eight-try game.South Africa’s Stormers came into the match with plenty of confidence, but playing in New Zealand is a tough assignment and they failed to make the most of their opportunities.The visitors took a six-point lead with SP Marais slotting two easy penalties but the Canes, who rested All Blacks trio Dane Coles, TJ Perenara and Ngani Laumape, soon settled.When the Stormers made a mess of a lineout, big prop Ben May drove over the line and with Stormers’ fly-half Jean-Luc du Plessis in the sin bin, Jordie Barrett got their second.Kolisi hit back by slipping through the defence after a line-out and they got another when Bongi Mbonambi flopped over from a driving maul.But the Canes came storming back with Wes Goosen getting two second-half tries before Barrett worked his magic to settle the game.In Singapore, Japan’s Sunwolves put up a valiant fight despite the previous day’s announcement of their exit from Super Rugby hanging over their heads, but lost to South Africa’s Lions 37-24.Team captain Dan Pryor said the news the Sunwolves will be axed after next season was “devastating” on the players but coach Tony Brown said it had “zero” effect on how they played Saturday.“We got a goal we got to do this year and next year and the boys are up to to complete that goal,” Pryor said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NSW Waratahs and Wallabies player Israel Folau equalled the all-time Super Rugby try record © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Mar 23 – The Canterbury Crusaders’ 19-game win streak was brought to a halt Saturday by the NSW Waratahs, with star Wallabies fullback Israel Folau equalling the all-time Super Rugby try record.Defeat culminated a traumatic week for a team left reeling by the Christchurch mosque massacres.last_img read more

‘Epic’ debut for spoof film at box office

first_imgThe comedy spoof “Epic Movie” debuted atop the box office as Oscar contenders got a bump in the first weekend since the Academy Award nominations were announced, according to studio and industry estimates Sunday. “Epic Movie,” which lampoons dozens of films, a few MTV shows and Paris Hilton, raked in $19.2 million. It was a cost-effective release for 20th Century Fox, which enjoyed a similar turnstile bonanza a year ago with the spoof “Date Movie.” “When you gross the first weekend almost what it costs to make, it is enormously successful. We’re pleased,” Fox executive Bert Livingston said of the Regency Productions film distributed by Fox. “It seems these teen audiences have just this insatiable appetite for these spoofs,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “They are economically sensible. It’s just a license to make money for the studio.” “Babel,” another Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, was 13th with $2.6 million, a 25 percent hike over the previous weekend. “Obviously we’re very enthused about the impact of the seven Academy Award nominations,” Paramount Vantage executive Rob Schulze said of the “Babel” showing. Rounding out the Top 10 was “The Hitcher” from Focus/Rogue. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Audiences also turned out for Universal Pictures’ “Smokin’ Aces,” a violent, dark comedy about hit men converging on Lake Tahoe for the $1 million prize to assassinate magician Buddy “Aces” Israel. It opened in second place with $14.3 million. “It’s a very edgy, R-rated, hip and cool movie. It doesn’t surprise me,” Dergarabedian said. In third place was Fox’s everlasting “Night at the Museum,” which took in additional $9.5 million to boost its six-week total to $217 million. The new Jennifer Garner movie from Sony, “Catch and Release,” was No. 4, and “Stomp the Yard” from Sony/Screen Gems was fifth. Four Oscar nominated films followed: Paramount’s “Dreamgirls” was No. 6; Sony’s “The Pursuit of Happyness” was No. 7; “Pan’s Labyrinth” from Picturehouse was No. 8; and Miramax’s “The Queen” was No. 9. Oscar aspirant “The Departed,” which added 1,326 screens Friday, jumped from No. 35 last weekend to No. 12 with a $3 million take. last_img read more

Boxing hall of famer slams Mayweather-McGregor as ‘ridiculous’

first_img0Shares0000Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis (C) waves from the ring at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York, in January 2016 © AFP/File / DON EMMERTLOS ANGELES, United States, Jun 19 – Boxing hall of famer Lennox Lewis won’t be spending his money on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, saying he “can’t take it serious” because the outcome is too predictable.The former undisputed world heavyweight champion said the combination of Mayweather’s boxing experience and hand speed will be too much to handle for McGregor, who has made him name as a mixed martial arts fighter. “It’s ridiculous to me,” Lewis told US sports broadcaster ESPN. “You are talking about one discipline where you can use only your hands and only a few can do it.“Every battle sport always starts with your hands, but they are two totally different sports.”The fight is being held in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and promoters are hoping to make millions off the pay-per-view sales. Scheduled as a 12-round boxing match with 10 ounce gloves, three-time world heavyweight champion Lewis says it won’t go the distance.Ireland’s Conor McGregor has made him name as a mixed martial arts fighter © GETTY/AFP/File / Ethan Miller“I can’t take it serious,” Lewis said. “Mayweather is the best in his weight class, no one can touch him in boxing.“Floyd will stop him. He’s just too good at boxing for McGregor and McGregor is just too inexperienced.“I wouldn’t buy it — but I would be interested in the result. To me, I know who is going to win already so there’s no use in watching it.”Lewis, who fought for Canada at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, joins a growing list of boxing purists who have come out against the much-discussed fight which will take place August 26.The 40-year-old Mayweather has been retired since beating Andre Berto in September 2015 and improving his career record to 49-0.The matchup with McGregor gives Mayweather a chance to reach the 50-0 career milestone.Former champ Oscar De La Hoya and promoter Kathy Duva have also slammed the event as an exhibition spectacle, pointing to the fact that the 28-year-old McGregor has never had a professional boxing match and only dabbled in the sport as a teenager.But unlike those two, Lewis doesn’t feel the novelty matchup will hurt boxing’s image.“I don’t believe it would damage boxing …. I love Bruce Lee and the other disciplines and when he fought against other fighters, you wanted to see the differences, so I can see the appeal,” Lewis said.Mayweather-McGregor have yet to get together face-to-face since the announcement but they are expected to announce a promotional tour that will take them to a couple of major US cities.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Graduates overcome setbacks to earn long-sought degrees

first_imgLife’s setbacks, surprises and opportunities can sidetrack a college student, often turning an associate degree, usually earned in two years, into a five-year endurance test. But for Linda Bear, 65, the experience has been nothing less than an odyssey. During her 44-year quest for a liberal arts degree from Los Angeles Valley College, Bear became a mother, a grandmother, started an outreach program for people with HIV/AIDS, served as the vice-chairwoman of the county Democratic Party and knitted items for specialty boutiques. “I was getting an education all along in other ways than through school,” said Bear, who now has California State University, Northridge, in her sights. “I never stopped learning.” “I had a few bumps along the road,” said Bear. “I had to concentrate on raising my daughter. Sometimes, I was working two jobs in order to survive.” In the mid-1980s, Bear once again started taking night classes at LAVC and chipped away at her degree. But then politics, social and business interests pulled her off course again. Two years ago, at the urging of Laurence Bear, her husband of 12 years, Bear met with a school adviser and discovered she only needed seven more classes to graduate. She gave school one more try. “No matter how many steps you go backward, know that you are going to go forward again,” Bear said. “Look at me: 44 years later, I’m graduating from L.A. Valley College and I’m moving on to Cal State Northridge.” Like Bear, 22-year-old Karen Linares got sidetracked when she first started community college after her 2002 graduation from Chatsworth High School. After figuring out her $7.50- per-hour job at a discount store wasn’t going to cut it in the long run, Linares re-enrolled at LAVC in 2005. At the urging of Chicano studies professor Pete Lopez, Linares joined the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan and became involved in student and community issues. During spring break, she went to New Orleans to help rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina, teaming up with 18 other LAVC students and three faculty members. “It was beautiful, but horrible all at the same time,” Linares said, recalling the warmth of the people she met there amid the devastation. As she spoke to her fellow students Tuesday she reminded them of the good work professors did on their behalf. “We all had a Mr. Lopez at least once in our time at Valley (College),” Linares said. Linares plans to attend CSUN, where she’ll major in Chicano studies. She hopes to return to Valley College as a professor. Vincent Araneta, whose wife, Sharon Giron, was receiving her nursing degree, said that the pair, both 30, had put off having children so his wife could pursue her goal of becoming a nurse. “Amazing,” said Araneta. “It’s a dream fulfilled. A lot of sacrifices, but we got through it.” Giron’s parents traveled from Union City, near San Francisco, to see their daughter graduate. “I feel good,” said her father Evie. “She’s a working student.” LAVC president Tyree Wieder said working students are the rule and not the exception in today’s college experience. “One of the things we find is almost all of our students are working while attending school – not just a few hours a week. The vast majority are holding down jobs while raising families. There’s more on their plates these days than in the past.” Although figures weren’t available for graduates, Wieder said another thing that is on the rise is an increase in armed forces veterans on campus. “When I started (in 1994), we had a handful of veterans,” Wieder said. This last semester the campus had 452 veterans enrolled. “We have not only a lot more veterans, but female veterans,” Wieder said. “They’re a visible part of our campus now.” (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More than 2,000 students from Los Angeles Valley, Mission and Pierce colleges picked up associate degrees Tuesday on their campuses. Guest speakers included politicians such as state Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, at Los Angeles Valley; city Controller Laura Chick at Pierce; and Yvonne Chan, principal of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, at Mission. But the focus was on students like Bear. Giving a commencement address to hundreds of ecstatic graduates and their families and friends, Bear encouraged her decidedly younger contemporaries to follow their dreams “step by step.” Born in Boyle Heights and raised in East Los Angeles and Montebello, Bear first attended California State University, Los Angeles, after her 1959 high school graduation. At the urging of her first husband, she left college in 1961. “He wanted to buy a house and so he said, `Quit school and save money to buy a house,’ which is sort of what women did then,” Bear said. Bear enrolled in Los Angeles Valley College in 1963, but she divorced soon afterward. The single mother had to jump back full-throttle into the work force. last_img

Pochettino’s first Tottenham team: Flops to get a second chance?

first_img1 Tottenham star Erik Lamela Last season was a write off for Tottenham Hotspur.Numerous new signings, the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, a string of poor displays, heavy defeats and a madcap few months under the gilet-sporting Tim Sherwood left Spurs fans feeling a little demoralised.But now former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is at the helm and things are beginning to settle down.The first-team, and several players looking to make some senior appearances this season, look to be enjoying training, while Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela, Lewis Holtby and Sandro all appear pretty happy in pictures on Instagram and Facebook after tough campaigns last time out.Now the squad are setting off for America as they begin their pre-season tour and although a whole host of World Cup stars will be unavailable, Spurs look like being able to call on an extremely strong squad for their opening clash, which is against Seattle Sounders on Saturday, July 19.But is this how Mauricio Pochettino’s first starting XI will line up?last_img read more

‘Barnum’ staged in big-top tent

first_imgAdvance tickets may be purchased by calling the AVC Theatre Arts Department’s ticket hotline at (661) 722-6300, Ext. 6728, or by visiting Steven Standerfer handles public relations for Antelope Valley College. He posted this story June 15 to the Antelope Valley hub on Staged in an actual circus big- top tent, the musical theater show “Barnum” will be presented by Antelope Valley College’s Theatre Arts Department on campus at 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster, on Friday and Saturday. “Barnum” chronicles the life of P.T. Barnum and his rise from humble beginnings to his stature as a world-renowned impresario. It will be staged in a red and white striped big top just south of the AVC Black Box Theatre, with weekend shows at 8 p.m. and a 10 a.m. Saturday “family show” matinee. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $15 for senior or military, and $10 for students or college employees. Group family tickets are also available. 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