ONE ‘in discussions’ to make fight between Vitor Belfort, Roy Jones Jr. happen

first_imgWATCH: The legend Vitor Belfort in the flesh! #ONENewEra | @MarkGiongcoINQpic.twitter.com/OWOxrMpVZQ— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) March 28, 2019TOKYO, Japan—MMA icon Vitor Belfort mixing it up with boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. in ONE Championship has the potential to either work or turn out to be a flop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said he likes the possibility of the two squaring off.ADVERTISEMENT In fact, Sityodtong said ONE is already talking to Jones, who was untouchable in the ring during his prime, about the fight with Belfort. READ: MMA legend Vitor Belfort signs with ONE Championship “We’re in discussions with Roy and I would love to do it,” Sityodtong said during the ONE: A New Era press conference on Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton here. “Roy is one of the best boxers of all time. He is lightning quick and has massive KO power.”“It could be a legend vs legend match.”ONE just signed Belfort, a former light heavyweight champion in the UFC, last month.Both have legendary careers in their respective fields but are also well past their primes.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US MOST READ READ: MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight weekBelfort, 41, was knocked out by Lyoto Machida in his last fight at UFC 224 in May 2018 while Jones turned 50 two months ago.A potential bout between the two came up after Belfort called out Jones in an interview with mmafighting.com.Jones, who is a four-division world champion, had already accepted Belfort’s challenge but there had been no development since until Sityodtong bared the ongoing talks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Is Rafael dos Anjos willing to fight in ONE Championship? ‘Of course’ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Eya Laure delivers on promise, helps Sisi Rondina lead UST to Final Four

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST officially clinched a spot in the semifinals when National University stunned University of the Philippines in the first of the two Sunday games 25-21, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 17-15.The Lady Maroons crashed out of the Final Four race after dropping to a 6-7 card while UST got to third seed at 9-4 while FEU is at fourth at 8-5.Laure, who had 17 points against the Lady Tamaraws, said it’s not just Rondina whom she and the other players are dedicating their games for.There’s also graduating libero Rica Rivera, injured sophomore and Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Allesandrini, and even Laure’s older sister EJ who sat out Season 81.“This is for the UST community, for Ate Sisi, Ate Rica, Ate Milena, Ate EJ, everyone who’s not with the team right now and who will graduate after the season,” said Laure.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Laure added that they should not settle even if they’ve reached the Final Four and they will prepare harder ahead of the semifinals where one slip and everything will be wasted.“Of course the Final Four is a whole different playing field, so we won’t settle just because we qualified,” said Laure. “We’ll do our best to build our character so that we won’t be overwhelmed with the atmosphere.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Harden scores 29 as Rockets rout Jazz in Game 1 MOST READ 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 ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Eya Laure entered the collegiate program of University of Santo Tomas with a lot of hype.She was a one-time high school MVP, a Rookie of the Year, a Best Attacker, a Best Setter, and a two-time Best Opposite Hitter, needless to say Laure had the chops.ADVERTISEMENT Laure, however, moved up to the seniors’ team not as the main star but with a promise to help Cherry Rondina reach the pinnacle of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The rookie promised Rondina that she would help lead the team to the Final Four, and possibly the championship, playing as the second fiddle to the fifth-year superstar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnd Laure stayed true to her word after the Golden Tigresses clinched a Final Four spot Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.“I’m happy because I kept my promise to Ate Sisi,” said Laure in Filipino after UST thrashed Far Eastern University, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23. “We’re taking this step by step. We’re aiming for the Final Four and we’re not in a rush.”last_img read more

When Boston Marathon turned into a sprint, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono was ready

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ 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 Forecasts of cold and rain forced the Boston Athletic Association to prepare again for the worst, and heavy rains and lightning overnight led organizers to delay some of the buses shuttling runners out to the start. An early-morning military march was delayed for 90 minutes, but had the lightning continued the whole race could have been canceled.Para athletes and others with imperfect contact with the ground were offered a deferment; not a single one took it, race director Dave McGillivray said.The skies remained clear for the entire elite race and a light rain began falling mid-afternoon. But instead of the hypothermia that had been feared from anticipated cold weather — extra heaters were ordered for the medical tents — temperatures soared into the low 70s and doctors were dealing with exertion heat stroke.One runner had a core body temperature of 109 degrees, medical coordinator Chris Troyanos said. A total of 2,217 runners needed medical attention on the course or at the finish line; 103 people were transported to hospitals and 13 were admitted overnight.All were expected to be released Tuesday, Troyanos said.McGillivray said the changing forecasts put pressure on organizers that last year’s dreadful — but predictable — weather did not.“It was a moving target all week long,” he said. “But pressure is a privilege. And the B.A.A. team is at its best when we are challenged.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’ve never run on the track before,” the 30-year-old Kenyan said on Tuesday after picking up a check for $150,000 as the winner of the 123rd Boston Marathon. “To me, it was a lesson. I never lost hope.”A six-time marathon winner, Cherono was the fastest man in the field by virtue of his victory in Amsterdam last fall in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 6 seconds. That speed came in handy Monday when the pack ran faster in the second half than the first, and Cherono completed the final mile in 4:29 to get to the tape before two-time Boston winner Lelisa Desisa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn fact, at the 30K checkpoint there were still a dozen runners in the lead pack, including three of the last four champions: Desisa, who won in 2013 and ’15, Geoffrey Kirui (’16) and Lemi Berhanu Hayle (’17).“I was not thinking of what they did last year,” Cherono said. “I was running my own race.” Women’s wrestling to cap competition at Tokyo Olympics Lawrence Cherono, left, of Kenya, runs to the finish line to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in front of Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, right, on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Sometimes a race is both a marathon and a sprint.Lawrence Cherono paced himself for 26 miles from Hopkinton to Boston, making the turn from Hereford Street for the last 600 meters on Boylston shoulder-to-shoulder with two other runners. From there, it was a footrace.ADVERTISEMENT Cherono finished in 2:07:57, the fastest winning time in Boston since Geoffrey Mutai’s 2:03:02 set a course record and a world best. Desisa slowed up, grimacing in agony, and finished 2 seconds behind.Worknesh Degefa won the women’s race in 2:23:31 after pulling away from the pack in the outer suburbs and running alone for more than 20 miles.“This is going to change my life,” she said Tuesday. “This marathon throws me onto the world stage. Winning the Boston Marathon is everything.”A year after dealing with some of the foulest weather New England has to offer — temperatures in the mid-30s, an icy rain and near-gale headwinds — organizers lucked into a pretty nice day. Temperatures were in the high 50s at the start, and the rain held off until late in the afternoon.That led to some new challenges.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View commentslast_img read more

Ebola Aftermath in Liberia

first_imgNecessity, says an adage, is always the good mother of invention. This aged-old proverb seems to be holding true in the wake of the continuing fight to find a cure for, and to eradicate the Ebola virus.For months now, the troubled West African region and the world, witnessed the rude awakening of the international medical community to what was by all accounts, another unfolding regional and possibly global catastrophe. The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) did not only threaten millions of lives, it proved to be untreatable and was spreading hysterically.Hundreds of infected persons died within days of contracting the killer virus. Impoverished hamlets, poverty stricken villages, as well as unhygienic municipalities and overcrowded cities in the West African region had their thumbs tight on the panic button.Thanks to the over-worked and unsung heroes in the international bio-medical and pharmaceutical communities, we are now seeing a much needed light at the end of the dark Ebola tunnel.Already an American Doctor, Kent Brantley, who was stricken with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia, where the virus has been raging, responded positively to a new anti-Ebola drug called ZMapp, which is still in its trial stages. Dr. Brantley and an American missionary were airlifted to the United States of America for treatment. Another beloved American doctor, Rick Sacra, who contracted the disease while working in Liberia, has since recovered. In the wake of this welcome news about the Americans that were treated for the virus, comes positive news of anti-Ebola vaccines that are currently going through the tryout stages.Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the United States Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a gathering of experts that clinical trials of the new Ebola vaccine could be started as early as next year. Thanks to the efforts of the United States, the affected countries, the United Nations and other institutions of goodwill. True to his word, a  clinical  trial  for  a  possible  treatment  of  Ebola  began  on  the 1st  of  January, 2015,  at the  Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA)-3  Medcins San Frontier’s (MSF) Ebola   Management   Center   in   Paynesville,  Liberia.   Led   by   Oxford   University from the United  Kingdom,  and  funded  by  the  Wellcome  Trust,  the  experiment  aims  to  determine  if  the  anti-viral  drug,  brincidofovir,  is  an  effective  treatment  for  Ebola. Given that barely few months ago, there was no known cure for this scourge called Ebola; it is remarkable that a cure backed by a proven Ebola vaccine may well be a medical reality.However, these two positive developments should not give any room for complacency. Already, lessons have been learned, some of which are: the long-term health, psychological and environmental afflictions for those whose families were either crushed by the disease or communities and lands that were used for cremation or unsafe burials. That is precisely the story of the residents of Boys Town community in Marshall, a suburb that is only few miles from Monrovia, the capitol of Liberia. The government and its partners used an open-air Indian crematorium to primitively burn victims of the Ebola virus without basic awareness or consultation with those who live in the area.Needless to say that those responsible for public health administration, should now see the urgent need to reach out to the affected community and provide psycho-social counseling for residents, relocate the Indians and disallow the use of the crematorium which should be transformed into a memorial. Provision of basic health services, which are woefully lacking, is the just thing to do. An action in that direction would mitigate or curtail likely future environmental and related hazards.For starters, public hygiene regimens throughout the country remain shamelessly deplorable. Residents of various communities, including Boys Town are frequently victims of environmental diseases. In other words, diseases that are caused by unpleasant surroundings like malaria, typhoid, dysentery, etc, and now Ebola, are the ones that affect these communities. That is why it is mind boggling to even reveal that safety and health protocols were ignored in disposing the remains and used personal protective equipment (PPE) of nothing else but Ebola victims.A senior government official was sincere to admit that “they (officials) looked the other way and endangered the lives of those who live in the vicinity of the crematorium which should never have been used for any reason”. While the residents surely would appreciate a rare admission from a public official for not defending the indefensible as it is habitually the case, it brings no relief for what they suffered.   As a result of such open and primitive burning, it is unclear what the future holds for residents of that community as it relates to their health, psychological and environmental wellbeing.Successive governments of Liberia have failed to prioritize and regulate the public health system until the Ebola virus stimulated the sleeping collective conscience of the country. Thus, the importance of a credible and assessable public health delivery system will continue to gain prominence long after Ebola is gone. With the aforementioned, it is expected that the recent appeal or suggestions proffered by residents of that community be given timely support as an appropriate first step to set in motion a healing process by all concerned. It can be recalled, that the residents of that community in a strong-worded statement, asked the government and its international partners to encourage the Indians to relocate and disallow them to use the crematorium for the same reasons the government was pressured to cease its cremating activities.Residents of that community having suffered months of trauma due to the burning, smear and loud bursting sounds of Ebola victims for months, also requested that government and its partners  provide counseling services to members of the community, including a select few that were hired without proper guidance to perform such an abnormal task.On August 2, 2014, residents of the affected community awoke to an unusual movement of fleet of trucks belonging to the Firestone Company, reinforced by the nation’s military, transported loads of wood to the old Indian Crematorium on Marshall Road in Margibi County.When the Indians established the crematorium in the 1980s; it was deemed a logical site because the area was then uninhabited. It is now situated in the middle of a thriving neighborhood which makes occasional cremation even by the Indians an immoral act due to its closeness to occupied residential buildings.Members of the community indicated that while they are united against the heartless treatment meted out against them; they, however, are supportive of efforts to eradicating the deadly Ebola virus. The residents also noted that their hearts are loaded with profound grief for the victims of the horrible disease.The question now for any well-meaning individual, government, local or international institution, is how can anyone who lives in that area ever forget the daily sight of mass parade of their fellow citizens being incompetently dumped and burned so close to them with smoke deriving from their burned remains, saturating the air and their homes?Therefore, the health, psychological and environmental impact and its associated pain cannot be overemphasized; so the government should take hasty concrete steps to lessen the situation which could rightly be termed as an “immeasurable trauma.”With the above mentioned recommendations, it is expected that the government, as custodian of rights and safety, act quickly to redeem its missteps not only to reassure the injured and peaceful community of Boys Town, but other communities that are anxious about what transpired in their sister community. The ancient cremation carried out in that neighborhood, which was identical to watching a horror movie, has disturbed the air, stigmatized and contaminated the environment, caused trauma as a direct result of heavy explosions during cremation, and polluted open wells and water table of the people of Boys Town.About the Author:Mr. Tibelrosa Summoh Tarponweh is a resident and spokesperson for the Boys Town, Marshall Community, whose advocacy is intended to draw attention to the gross violation of the community’s right to live in a safe and healthy environment. Email: tibelrosa@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Correction

first_imgThe story published on page 12 of the Daily Observer’s Thursday, September 10 edition (Vol. 16, No. 469), bearing the headline: ‘LIMU Lambasts Gov’t Over Lack of Tangible Gift attributes a number of remarks to the president of the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU), Martha E. Akorsah. Said remarks were taken from a LIMU press release delivered on Friday, September 4 by Mr. Henry Johnson, LIMU’s vice president for administration.When asked, Mr. Johnson informed our reporter that the remarks were made by Ms. Akorsah. However, Ms. Akorsah has since come up to refute claims that she made any such statements as published in the press release. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rep. Korgar Orders Murder Suspect Released in Nimba

first_imgThe alleged ring leader in the brutal murder of Chester Gonker in the police cell in the bordering town of Buutuo has reportedly been released by the Circuit Court in Nimba County upon the orders of Rep. Samuel Korgar, in whose district the incident occurred.In his letter addressed to the Prison Superintendent of Nimba County dated September 15, signed by the Clerk of Court Arthur Gaye, Rep. Korgar said, “You are hereby commanded to release the living body of Steven Monwoan, who is charged with the crimes of murder and criminal conspiracy.”The letter was addressed to prison superintendent Thomas Queewon, who when contacted via mobile phone on September 22, confirmed the release.The circumstance surrounding the suspect’s release is not clear and was not explained in Rep. Korgar’s letter to Mr. Queewon, but a police source told the Daily Observer that the suspect was released, because he fell ill while in custody.When contacted via mobile phone on September 22, Rep. Korgar said he was driving and could not talk to our reporter.Stephen Monwoan was among 11 others from the Wea Chiefdom in Buu – Yao Administrative District, who in late February allegedly stormed the police station in Buutuo and brutally mobbed Chester Gonker to death in retaliation for their kinsman (Emmanuel Bowyah) who was allegedly killed by Gonker.The two deceased men had a scuffle overnight on the highway between Frolay Town and Tenpea Village when Emmanuel was reportedly stabbed to death by Chester.Chester reported himself to the police chief in Frolay and said he was attacked by two men while going to visit his girlfriend and in self defense stabbed one of his attackers who later died.Upon his explanation and without hesitation, he was transferred to Buutuo and held in custody for further investigation into the matter he had reported. When the news of Emmanuel’s death reached his family in Wea Beeplay, a group of men boarded motorbikes and stormed the Buutuo Police Station, overpowered the two police officers on duty and killed suspect Gonker.The case has not yet come to trial, causing tension between the two chiefdoms – Wea, where the group of men come from and Nimnkwia, where Chester originated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Make Pan Africanism a Reality

first_imgThe President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate has cautioned the International Conference on Pan-Africanism and Negritude not to continue to dwell in the philosophical scheme and concept of Pan Africanism, but must go beyond the scope of the everyday challenges and how to solve the many questions confronting the organization and its peoples.Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah made the assertion when he was selected to deliver the opening remarks at the historic international conference held early this month at the Howard University in Washington DC, the United States.Declared Mr. Jallah, “We must rise majestically to new heights of solving the many questions that confront us as a people and work substantially to make Pan Africanism a realty and not a mere concept discussed in our many intellectual assemblies.”Delving into the background of the organization, Pro Temp Jallah described Pan-Africanism as a movement with a rich and long history spanning more than 200 years. “Africans on the African continent and those in the Diaspora have wrestled with asserting a common African identity and with the inescapable fact that all Africans, whether on the continent or in the Diaspora, share an interconnected past, present and future.”“One of the earliest of Pan-African Congresses,” Senator Jallah recalled, “was the Chicago Conference on Africa, held on August 14, 1893. That conference addressed such questions as: “The African in America”; “Liberia as a Factor in the Progress of the Negro Race”; and, “What do American Negroes Owe to their Kinsmen beyond the Sea…” The Gbarpolu County lawmaker recognized Trinidadian Barrister Henry Sylvester Williams, whom he said, thinking about a political movement organized around a series of conferences that would draw representatives of the African Race from all parts of the World, in 1897 established the African Association. The aim of the association was to encourage a feeling of unity and facilitate friendly intercourse among Africans, and “promote and protect the interests of all subjects claiming African descent, wholly or in part in the British Colonies and other places, especially in Africa,” said Mr. Jallah.Pro Temp Jallah specifically recalled contributions of several luminaries to the evolution of pan-Africanism, among them: the Jamaican Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey, the African American scholar W. E. B. Dubois and Tanzanian President Julius Mwalimu Nyerere. “What remains true is that the questions and verities that challenged these Pan-African luminaries and pioneers still haunt us today.”Drilling deep beneath what he termed as the vast universe that is Pan-Africanism and to focus on the specifics of existing political, economic and cultural realities as they impact the Pan-African experience, Jallah admonished the movement not to stand in awe of the Pan-African forests and forget the trees.As the conference discussed Africa, the lawmaker Jallah reminded the participants that Sub-Saharan Africa is lagging behind every other region in the world on almost any conceivable socioeconomic, sociopolitical metric.“In the last 25 years, Africa South of the Sahara was only able to lift 28 percent of its poor out of extreme poverty, which is defined as living on less than US$1.25 a day in purchasing power parity terms. In Asia that number is close to 70 percent. In Latin America, that number is 66 percent. This I argue is a fundamental challenge of Pan-Africanism. This is a tree that this conference should reflect upon.”“Why,” he wondered, “is it that challenges of poor governance appear to disproportionately affect sub-Saharan Africa, and that even here in the United States and Europe, persons of African descent continue to live in poverty amid American and European affluence?”“Scores for the Program of International School Assessment (PISA), which measures math and reading skills of students in different countries, show that sub-Saharan Africa ranks at the very bottom among all regions. Here in the United States, about 45 percent of black students in American public high schools drops out before graduation, while figure of whites is 22 percent. The academic underachievement of Africans in our current technological globalized universe is a fundamental pan-Africanist challenge,” Jallah declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Malaysia’s ‘Phoenix’: hijab-wearing wrestler breaking barriers

first_imgDuterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer This picture taken on July 10, 2019 shows the hijab-wearing Malaysian wrestler known as Nor “Phoenix” Diana tying her headscarf before a training session in a gym in Kuala Lumpur. – A hijab-wearing, diminutive Malaysian wrestler known as “Phoenix” cuts an unusual figure in the ring, a female Muslim fighter taking on hulking opponents in a male-dominated world. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)A hijab-wearing, diminutive Malaysian wrestler known as “Phoenix” cuts an unusual figure in the ring, a female Muslim fighter taking on hulking opponents in a male-dominated world.Dressed in flame-patterned trousers, a black and orange hijab and top, Nor Diana uses sophisticated moves to throw and pin down her larger rivals in front of hundreds of cheering spectators.ADVERTISEMENT Vital Malacañang meeting up for PSC, Phisgoc “As soon as she became popular, we received a lot of messages from fellow hijabis who inquired about joining wrestling as well,” Ayez Shaukat Fonseka, her coach and fellow fighter, told AFP.“She kind of broke the barrier and just proved to them that if she can do it, they can do it too.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Like WWE, the Malaysian version is as much theatre as sport, as participants compete against one another with matches ending in a pre-determined outcome.Nor Diana, a pseudonym as she prefers not to reveal her true identity, seems an unlikely wrestler — outside the ring, she is shy and soft-spoken, and her day job is working in a hospital.But when she puts on her wrestling gear, she transforms into the fearsome Phoenix.“As Phoenix, I’m a totally different person. She may be small, but she can do things that people can’t imagine,” Nor Diana told AFP at a wrestling gym in Puchong, outside Kuala Lumpur.“When she’s in the ring, she’s fast and always wants to win,” she explained.ADVERTISEMENT Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Benefits of township living MOST READ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Growing popularityNor Diana first started training as a wrestler in late 2015, following her teenage dream of becoming a fighter, and made her debut a few months later.More than 60 percent of Malaysia’s 32 million people are ethnic Malay Muslims and, while the form of Islam followed is generally moderate and tolerant, society can still be conservative.Many Muslim women in the country wear the traditional headscarf and loose-fitting clothing in line with Islamic requirements for females to dress modestly.“In the beginning, it was always hard for me, because a lot of people said I can’t wrestle because I’m a Muslim and I wear the hijab,” she said.But she has soldiered on, with her family’s full support, and enjoyed her greatest success so far in early July, defeating four men to be crowned Malaysian wrestling champion.Initially, she competed wearing a mask, to reduce the chances people would recognize her. But after losing a match last year she removed it and has been competing without one ever since.She remembered being fearful about the reaction — but her popularity has only increased since, with thousands now following her on social media, helping to boost wrestling’s profile in Malaysia.While it is growing in popularity, wrestling remains relatively small in the Southeast Asian country. There are about 30 fighters and matches take place every two to three months in front of a few hundred supporters.Nor Diana is one of just two women wrestlers. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Standing just 155 centimeters (five foot, one inch) tall and weighing 43 kilograms (six stone, 10 pounds), her speed and agility make her a match for almost any opponent.And far from being criticized by conservatives for throwing herself into wrestling, the 19-year-old has become a hit on social media and spurred the interest of other headscarf-wearing women.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Even though I am Muslim, and I wear the hijab, nothing can stop me from doing what I love,” she said in the ring after winning a recent fight.She takes part in local outfit Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW), which has similarities with hugely popular World Wrestling Entertainment from the United States. View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo dedicates latest San Miguel Beer title to family in Cebu

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon MOST READ Read Next “Personally, I struggled but my teammates, the coaching staff, never gave up on me, even if I had bad games, they were always there to show their support,” said Fajardo. San Miguel started the conference 2-5 and were in danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time with Austria at the helm.Things changed when Chris McCullough replaced 2017 Best Import Charles Rhodes and the Beermen sneaked into the playoffs as the seventh seed on there way to becoming the lowest-ranked team in PBA history to win a championship.“It wasn’t easy because the start of the conference we’re already struggling not just me but the whole team,” said Fajardo, the league’s only five-time MVP.Fajardo was the league’s top scorer and rebounder in the Philippine Cup, a conference the Beermen ruled for the fifth straight year, with 22.1 points and 12.5 rebounds but his numbers dipped in the eliminations of the Commisioner’s Cup.His confidence, however, never fluttered thanks to the constant support of his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake LATEST STORIES Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Relief for Tokyo 2020 after smooth triathlon mixed relay test ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo has once again reached the pinnacle of the PBA when San Miguel took the Commissioner’s Cup title, beating TNT in six games.The 6-foot-10 center won his eighth championship with the Beermen and even though he’s experienced tremendous success over the years there’s still that lingering feeling that it wasn’t enough.ADVERTISEMENT Fajardo has been known to be close to his family in Cebu, especially to his mother Marites, and he said that the championship would have been more special if his kin was in Manila with him.“I dedicate this championship to my family and it’s just sad that they aren’t here with me tonight,” said Fajardo in Filipino after San Miguel’s Game 6 win, 102-90, Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It would’ve been better if they were here because I can hug them, I can hug my mom, dad, my brother, my nieces and nephews, it would’ve been a much different experience.”Fajardo also admitted the latest title run was one of the most difficult they’ve had under the Leo Austria era. Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her View commentslast_img read more

Gregg Popovich sees Australia as Fiba World Cup basketball threat

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Cristiano Ronaldo says 2018 ‘probably worst year’ of his life WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her United States’ Kemba Walker, left, talks to coach Gregg Popovich during the first half of the team’s exhibition basketball game against Spain on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)MELBOURNE, Australia— Team USA coach Gregg Popovich sees Australia as a title threat at the upcoming Fiba World Cup in China.He’ll soon find out how much of a threat when the teams meet Thursday in the first of two exhibition games in Melbourne. A record Australian basketball crowd of 50,000 is forecast for the match at Marvel Stadium. The second game is set for Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT “Huge, huge threat,” Popovich said of the Boomers. “They are one of the teams that can win the whole thing, without a doubt. I’m not saying that because I’m here. It’s just a fact.”“They’ve been close for several years, and they are hungry. They are talented. They have the toughness and physicality to go with it. I think they are one of the top contenders without a doubt.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAustralia, led by Patty Mills, who is coached by Popovich at San Antonio, lost the bronze medal final at the 2016 Olympics to Spain.The U.S. team is thin on superstars, with only Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez combining for five NBA All-Star appearances in comparison to their last Olympics squad which had 33. Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’center_img MOST READ But Walker, who last month joined Boston after eight seasons in Charlotte, said criticism of the U.S. team was spurring them on ahead of its title defense in China.“We don’t care — we want to be here and are putting in the time to be here and we definitely take that as motivation,” Walker said Wednesday. “We have a bunch of guys who don’t mind being the underdogs. We are hungry and we are going to go out there to try and win a gold medal.”Walker said he, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell and Celtics guard Marcus Smart would share the captaincy duties as part of a leadership group.“I take pride in being a leader and guys looking to me and I’m here to set the tempo and bring my experience and energy,” he said.Australia, meanwhile, hopes to end 55 years of losses against the U.S. The Americans have won all 25 games against Australia since 1964.ADVERTISEMENT Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more