first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I have been asked about that fight against Eduard since last year, but for me, why would I fight my family? He’s my brother and If I fight him, there will be a gap, a wall between us,” he said in Filipino.READ: ONE: Belingon, Banario score KOsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFolayang, the ONE Lightweight Champion, is coming off a successful first title defense against Ev Ting at ONE: Kings of Destiny on Friday, while Banario is on a streak of four straight wins, with his last coming in a stunning first round knockout of Jaroslav Jartim.Though there is the  urge to once again hold the belt, the former ONE Featherweight Champion said that he’s willing to wait for his time and be on Folayang’s side, supporting his fellow Igorot taste success at the top of the mountain. “For me, I’d just wait for my time to come. I’m happy for Eduard and for him to hold the belt for a long time. I already knew how I feels to be a champion. All I want right now is to continue winning. My time will come when I’ll be able to hold that belt too and become a two-division champion,” he said.READ: Folayang successfully defends ONE Lightweight titleHowever, ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui said that a possible Folayang-Banario clash couldn’t be stopped given their status as top contenders in the ONE lightweight division.“That’s a challenge you see in mixed martial arts quite a lot, two guys from the same camp. That’s something that they have to work on,” he said. “For me, I want to put together the most exciting fights for the fans and top ranked contenders that deserve a title shot fighting. That’s what we’ll continue to do.”ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Honorio Banario celebrates after his knockout win over Jaroslav Jartim. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Eduard Folayang and Honorio Banario both seeing success in ONE Championship’s lightweight division, one could not help but think if the Team Lakay stablemates are bound for a collision course.But if Banario would have it his way, he would rather not face his Baguio brethren.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Pumaren, Globalport ‘looking to make changes’ in roster MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government View commentslast_img read more

first_img…despite Ministry’s announcement that area is off limits for miningIn an apparent face-off, the National Mining Syndicate and the Natural Resources Ministry have drawn sharp lines of division over the Parish Peak, Upper Berbice mining area.According to the Syndicate, the Ministry’s statements that the area is restricted are untrue.In a statement from Renwick Solomon, head of the 14 mile Issano Syndicate, heHead of the 14 mile Issano Syndicate, Renwick Solomonnoted that the area actually had more than 90 mining operations that were allowed to work with Ministry oversight. Since miners from the Syndicate just want an equal chance to mine, he noted that it was disheartening for the Ministry to say that the area was off limits when it was aware of the other operators.“The past five years, perhaps longer, has seen active and unrestricted mining in the Parish Peak area. The National Mining Syndicate has a deep appreciation for the efforts being made by the Administration to preserve the country’s biodiversity.“In fact, there are over 90 active mining properties operating in the Parish Peak area and moreover, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) have full oversight of these operations.”However, the Syndicate noted that it believed that a principled and fair decision must be taken to ensure that anyone seeking mining opportunities was treated equally. It stated that while the Ministry was reasoning that the area was designated as a GGMC reservation, officials still allowed miners to acquire land there.“We find it unfair that the Ministry would use the reasoning that the area is a GGMC Reserved Area, one that was held by Goldstone Resources Limited in 1999 and is important for biodiversity given that the Upper Berbice River comprises pristine lowland forests containing diverse and abundant wildlife, but yet allow persons to acquire land to mine in the area.”In its statement last week, the Ministry had noted the concerns being raised by the Berbice mining syndicate about a lack of access to the area. The Ministry recalled that at a meeting with various syndicates on March 29, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had informed the Syndicate that the area was off limits.According to the Ministry, this is because of environmental and forest certification considerations, which have to be assessed before miners can be allowed to mine in the area. It stated that the area in question was a GGMC Reserved Area.“A Biodiversity Assessment Team (BAT) Survey in 2014 had determined that the area is important for biodiversity. The Report has recommended stringent monitoring by the relevant regulatory agencies including the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), EPA [Environmental Protection Agency], and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).”The Ministry added that a collaborative effort with local residents and relevant communities to ensure compliance with Guyana’s regulations and laws was also recommended. This, it stated, is to prevent overharvesting and the removal of protected/prohibited species.“It has also been recommended that local stakeholders must be incorporated in decision-making, management and monitoring of the area since they have the best local knowledge, and that the use of the main access road must be monitored.” “Measures must also be taken to prohibit unauthorised activities and regulate wildlife harvesting according to the 2013 Guyana Wildlife Management and Conservation regulations.”Efforts to contact the Natural Resources Minister were futile.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, October 24- Real Madrid meet Barcelona for the 229th time on Saturday in one of the most anticipated El Clasicos in recent times as Luis Suarez prepares to make his Barca debut.Here, AFP Sports looks at five famous matches from the historic rivalry between Spain’s two biggest clubs: Real Madrid 5 Barcelona 0 (La Liga, January 7, 1995)Just a year after guiding Barca to a 5-0 win over Real, Danish midfielder Michael Laudrup sealed his controversial switch to Los Blancos by sealing revenge for his new side by the same scoreline thanks to an Ivan Zamorano hat-trick and further goals from future Barca favourite Luis Enrique and Jose Emilio Amavisca.Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 3 (La Liga, March 10, 2007)Lionel Messi announced his arrival on the Clasico stage by scoring a hat-trick as 10-man Barca came from behind three times to snatch a dramatic draw.The Argentine’s brilliance couldn’t spark a revival in the title race, however, as Madrid went onto win the league, finishing 18 points ahead of third-placed Barca.Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 6 (La Liga, May 2, 2009)Pep Guardiola’s first game in charge of Barcelona at the Bernabeu was also billed as a title decider as Madrid came into the game just four points behind Barca’s eventual treble winners and on a run of 17 wins and a draw in 18 league games.They even scored first through Gonzalo Higuain, but Barca responded emphatically as goals from Catalan born centre-backs Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique added to doubles from Thierry Henry and Messi.Barcelona 5 Real Madrid 0 (La Liga, November 29, 2010)Barca’s best performance of the Guardiola era destroyed Jose Mourinho’s Madrid to move top of the table and they never ceded that advantage on their way to a third consecutive title.Messi was once again the driving force, although he didn’t get on the scoresheet, as he provided two glorious assists for David Villa after Xavi and Pedro Rodriguez had put Barca in control before Jeffran Suarez rounded off a famous night for the Blaugrana.Real Madrid 3 Barcelona 4 (La Liga, March 23, 2014)Billed as a potentially decisive match in the Liga title race, the game swung back and forth as Andres Iniesta gave Barca an early lead before a Karim Benzema double put Real in front.Messi brought Barca level before half-time only for Madrid to retake the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty.However, Messi was to have the final say as he completed a hat-trick with two more penalties to become the top goalscorer in the history of the fixture.Defeat for Real was gratefully received across the Spanish capital as Atletico Madrid moved to the top of the table on the same day and held off Barca on the final day of the season to break the big two’s 10-year domination of La Liga.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The 19th Annual Bluey Day in Fort St. John has exceeded all expectations this year and has raised over $108,000, with more donations expected in the coming days.Thirty participants were brave enough to shave their heads in support of cancer treatment in the region this year. All of the money raised on Bluey Day will go towards cancer treatment at the Fort St. John Hospital.“The generosity of this community never ceases to amazing me.  I could not be prouder of the ‘Be Brave & Shave’ participants who really outdid themselves in their fundraising efforts and their bravery in shedding their locks,” says Jennifer Moore, Executive Directors of the FSJ Hospital Foundation.  “This was a great way for me to start my time with the Foundation.  I am thrilled with the results and attribute the overwhelming success all to the participants, volunteers, and my staff who organized the event.”- Advertisement -The goal for 2017 was $100,000, and was bolstered by an early $50,000 donation from Giovanna Mucci in honour of her late husband Edmondo. Including that donation, the Hospital Foundation predicts that year’s final tally will be over $160,000 for the Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund.Since 1998, 662 participants have had their heads shaved, and raised over  $1.7 million.last_img read more

first_img“What you’re seeing is that Riyadh’s hard line against Ottawa is going to result in substantial harm to the Canadian economy in general.”He said the recall of 12,000 to 15,000 Saudi students from Canada, and accompanying relatives, is going to remove as much as $2 billion in annual investment in the Canadian economy.The cancelling of flights between the two countries means Canada loses an important link not only with Saudi Arabia but with numerous Saudi allies such as the United Arab Emirates, which was quick to declare its support for the measures against Canada, he said.According to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Canada exported $1.45 billion worth of products to Saudi Arabia in 2017, with about half in the category of vehicles and equipment at $760 million.The federal office says Canada imported $2.6 billion worth of goods from Saudi Arabia, with $2.5 billion of that in mineral production.Advertisement “Basically, the cupboard gets rearranged.”Saudi Arabia declared a freeze on new trade with Canada and recalled thousands of students attending Canadian universities following a tweet last week from Global Affairs Canada that expressed concerns about the arrest of activists in the kingdom.The Saudi foreign ministry has also ordered Canada’s ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country.“A rise in tensions puts Canadian bids to win major healthcare projects, education projects, transportation projects, on an increasingly shaky footing,” said Allam, a former Canadian diplomat and head of Allam Advisory Group.Advertisement CALGARY, A.B. – Canada can easily replace the oil it imports from Saudi Arabia should relations with the Middle Eastern kingdom deteriorate to the point that trade in crude is halted, says an energy economist.But this week’s trade tension escalation means Canada will be on the sidelines as the Saudis try to diversify their economy away from its dependence on oil and gas, said Omar Allam, a Canadian consultant who specializes in advice on doing business in Saudi Arabia.Eastern Canadian refineries import about 75,000 to 80,000 barrels per day of Saudi Arabian crude, said Judith Dwarkin, chief economist with RS Energy Group in Calgary, on Tuesday.- Advertisement -That’s less than 10 per cent of total imports and amounts to a “drop in the bucket” compared with the United States, she said, which accounts for two-thirds of imports and could easily cover Saudi’s share thanks to growing domestic production.It is also dwarfed by the 3.5 million barrels per day of Canadian oil that Canada exports mainly to the U.S.“The Saudis, if they choose to supply less to Canada, will divert those barrels, possibly to China, and U.S. barrels that would have gone to China, but are uncompetitive under Chinese tariffs, come to Canada,” Dwarkin said.Advertisement A handful of Canadian companies operate in Saudi Arabia and could potentially be affected by the ongoing trade battle.Precision Drilling Corp. of Calgary has about 900 employees working between Kuwait, where it has five active rigs, and Saudi Arabia, where three of its four rigs in the country are currently active, the company confirmed, without offering further comment.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says on its website it has had a 24-year relationship with Saudi Aramco, the national Saudi Arabian oil company, providing general engineering services for its oil and gas facilities.Armoured tanks and personnel carriers have been Canada’s biggest recent export to the kingdom. A London, Ont.-based firm called General Dynamics Land Systems signed a $15-billion deal with Saudi Arabia in 2014 to export its light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.By Dan HealingAdvertisement THE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED getty Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Chelsea and Manchester City are battling it out in a frenetic Carabao Cup final with the game currently goalless, and you can listen to it live on talkSPORT now.So if the score at Wembley stays that way what happens next? Below you can see what the situation is in the event of a draw in this season’s competition. RANKED FOOTBALL LATEST BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img 1 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Will there be extra time and penalties in the Carabao Cup final?With fixture congestion a real issue for EFL clubs, action has been taken this season.There will be no 30 minutes extra-time in the Carabao Cup, with games going straight to a penalty shootout if they finish level.Shootouts have reverted back to the traditional format, rather than the ABBA penalty format which was used last season.The EFL hopes the change will help reduce fatigue in players after the midweek games.And the competition will only bring in a two-legged format once it reaches the semi-final stage.In the event of a draw at the semi-final stage after both legs, the away goal rule doesn’t apply and there is no extra-time.The final follows the more traditional format, however and if both teams are drawing after 90 minutes, penalties will only take place after extra time.Is VAR in operation?Premier League clubs voted against the Video Assistant Referee being used this term in the top-flight.But in the Carabao Cup it will be used at every home match played by top-flight teams.Last year only the semi-finals and final saw the use of VAR. ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Who will lift this trophy in February? last_img read more

first_img“It sucks when we’re losing. It’s horrible but you have to strive to do better.“However, you don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself. Instead of trying to win the match, you go in trying not to lose.“If that happens, everyone goes into their shell and you can’t have that.“We’re here for a reason. We’ve got some of the most exciting outside Peter Horne says Scotland have to release the pressure on them and play with freedom if they are to break their nine-gameSix Nations losing streak.Defeats to England and Wales have burst some of the post-World Cup optimism among supporters.Fit-again Horne is one of a number of fresh faces in contention to play Italy this weekend and says the whole squad should be excited about the chance to end their dismal run of form.“It’s been a while since we won a Six Nations match but there’s no-one hurting more than the players. backs in the world but what good is it if the likes of Hoggy and the others are going into their shell?“That’s not going to help anyone. We need them to be expressing themselves.“Any time Hoggy gets the ball in a bit of space I light up because I think something is going to happen. That’s what we want. We want it to spread through the rest of the squad.”last_img read more

first_imgThe annual Culdaff New Year’s Day swim was a great excuse for locals and visitors to start 2019 with a fresh dip in the Atlantic.The event is a hardy annual event and a big crowd again braved the chilly conditions for the afternoon swim.The event had another great turnout to raise funds for local charities. See the photos below by North West Newspix: Picture Special: Brave locals take part in annual New Year’s Day swim in Culdaff was last modified: January 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:culdaffCuldaff and Malin.New Year’s Day Swimlast_img read more

first_img2012 Spencer grad Kyleigh Hebert recently traveled to Costa Rica’s capital city to play basketball and lend a hand to those in need(Photo courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Stout Athletics Department)By Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — Kyleigh Hebert recently returned home to Spencer from a 12-day trip to Costa Rica that allowed her to show off her basketball skills as well as make some new friends and take in an entirely different culture.Hebert, a 2012 graduate of Spencer High School and soon-to-be senior on the University of Wisconsin-Stout women’s basketball team, was among a group of NCAA Division II and Division III players chosen to represent Beyond Sports in Costa Rica.Beyond Sports is an organization that started a sports program three years ago to give college athletes a chance to face international competition and to help the youth of Costa Rica through service work.Hebert, who has averaged 9 points per game and led UW-Stout in assists the past two years, said the trip was invaluable.“It was such a new experience, and it brought a lot of joy in playing basketball again,” Hebert said. “Not that it hasn’t been enjoyable, but having such an awesome experience makes you very excited for the game.”Hebert was able to enjoy the excursion with a Stout teammate, junior Jenna Goldsmith. A familiar face along for the trip made it that much more enjoyable.“Having Jenna there, to share it together, brought us a lot closer, and we are excited to build on this together,” Hebert said of Goldsmith, who is from Minnesota. “It was a culture shock, and it was nice to have someone to talk to about everything.”The group of players from across the United States was selected based on all-conference awards, individual achievements, and nominations from college coaches to represent women’s college basketball abroad.Hebert said the team had a couple of practices before playing three games against Costa Rica’s U20, U21, and U23 national teams. Costa Rica’s eventual national team that will compete for a spot in the next Olympics will be chosen from those three teams later this year.“They play a different style for sure,” said Hebert, an applied science major at Stout. “They are pretty crafty with the ball and a do a lot of different things around the basket. They use a lot of spin on their shots underneath.“I felt I did pretty well. The first game was definitely the best, but I think I played pretty well in all the games.”Aside from basketball, the team also ran two basketball clinics for Costa Rican youth in San Jose, the country’s capital and home of nearly 80 percent of its population.“We ran two clinics, one for Special Olympics and one in a very poor area of San Jose,” Hebert said. “Then we spent two or three days at the beach, which was about two hours away, and came back and left for the rain forest for a day and went zip lining and to a volcano hot springs. It was pretty awesome.”Paul Lecker is publisher of, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at read more

first_imgEveryone is fascinated by AI, but a survey by Gartner found that only 4 percent of businesses are really using AI, although 46 percent are anxious to get started.Whit Andrews, research vice president at Gartner, said that “despite huge levels of interest in AI technologies, current implementations remain at quite low levels. However, there is potential for strong growth as CIOs begin piloting AI programs through a combination of buy, build and outsource efforts.”Gartner summarizes four lessons identified from their clients who have taken on AI projects:Don’t Overreach.   “Start AI projects with a small scope and aim for ‘soft’ outcomes.”Augment existing jobs — don’t displace them.  “Get them [workers] excited and engaged with the idea that AI-powered decision support can enhance and elevate the work they do every day.”Educate Staff. “Ensure that early AI projects help transfer knowledge from external experts to your employees.”AI-Based Decisions Need a Why. “Executives need to understand why it is effective, and offer insights into its reasoning when it’s not.”last_img read more