FILE — Top Rank promoter Bob Arum during the final press conference held at the KA Theatre in MGM Grand, Las Vegas Nevada on Wednesday, 29 April 2015. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORAThe fight between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan is not official yet, as per the Filipino boxing champion’s longtime promoter Bob Arum.In an interview with BoxingScene.com, Arum didn’t have much to offer as far as the reported bout is concerned.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Fab February over for Cavaliers, who face tough March ahead Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident “No,” Arum said in the interview when asked if Pacquiao-Khan is official. “I have none. We’ll see what we see.”READ: Pacquiao-Khan fight set for April 23FEATURED 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 returnArum’s comments came on the heels of the two welterweights’ announcements on social media that they had come to terms in fighting on April 23.The Top Rank honcho cleared everyone in Pacquiao’s camp is still on the same page. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions “I don’t know what offer were talking about but obviously we’re all collegial, we’re all on the same team and we’ll discuss what is the best move for Manny tomorrow,” said Arum, who is scheduled to talk with Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).READ: Abaniel joins Pacquiao-Khan undercard There has been much confusion surrounding Pacquiao’s next fight.Last January, the 38-year-old Pacquiao was set to fight Jeff Horn in April in Australia before the venue was reportedly moved to the UAE a month later.Then came the latest development about Khan, who brings more appeal to fight fans rather than the little-known Horn.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 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 View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao and Khan go a long way. The two were former sparring partners and were once handled by the same trainer in Freddie Roach before Khan and the Hall of Fame coach had a falling out in 2012.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES
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‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards “We expect that we will learn a lot from the top three teams in the PSL,” said Yamamoto.Kobe Shinwa will face Foton on Thursday, Cignal on Friday, and Petron on Saturday with all three games taking place at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED 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 returnYamamoto added their short stint in the PSL will help them prepare for their tournament in Japan come April.“What we can learn from this league will help us in our college tournament and hopefully we’ll win that tournament,” said Yamamoto. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippine Super Liga’s new guest team may be playing in the Invitational Conference for just three days, but the Japanese team knows its stint in the local league won’t be a stroll in the park.Kobe Shinwa University head coach Kiyokazu Yamamoto said Wednesday they are expecting a tough task ahead of them as they take on the top three teams in the PSL.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Last year’s Invitational Conference featured Est Cola as the guest team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Barroca surprise top vote-getter in PBA All-Stars Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu LATEST STORIES ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media 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 Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties
Triple Crown aspirants SHE’S A MANEATER and FEARLESS SAMURAI have been drawn in post positions one and ten respectively for Saturday’s 97th running of the Boom Jamaica Derby to be contested by 13 native-bred three-year-olds over 2400 metres at Caymanas Park. The draw for post positions was conducted by officials of Caymanas Track Limited and the Jamaica Racing Commission in the presence of owners, trainers and representatives of the sponsors in the Trainers’ Room at Caymanas Park yesterday. Ante-post favourite SHE’S A MANEATER, winner of the 1000 Guineas, will be ridden by champion jockey Omar Walker for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. DaCosta also trains 2000 Guineas winner FEARLESS SAMURAI. He will be ridden by apprentice Linton Steadman for also trainer DaCosta. MARKET FORCE, who won the Lotto Classic after the disqualification of first past the post HENRY THE SECOND, has drawn post position 12 and will be ridden by Shane Ellis for trainer Richard Azan. The other main contenders for the Jamaica Derby are SOTOMAYOR to be ridden by former champion jockey Dane Nelson from post position nine for trainer Anthony Nunes. MARLENE MY LOVE from the stables of trainer Dwight Chen, will be ridden by Jevanne Erwin from post position two while Ameth Robles will partner SECRET TRAVELLER (gate five) for trainer Harry Jaghai.
LONDON, England, (CMC): West Indies were busy yesterday preparing for the decisive third Test at Lord’s starting tomorrow, but also anxiously keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma back home in the Caribbean. The team paused during its preparations yesterday to reach out to everyone in the path of the powerful tropical cyclone, which was packing winds of over 175 mph and was due to make it way through the northern Leeward Islands last night. Islands like St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, and Anguilla are bracing for the impact of the tropical system. “Our fans are in our thoughts and prayers as they prepare for Hurricane Irma,” captain Jason Holder said in a special message. “Please take all necessary precautions as you prepare for this hurricane. Our love and our wishes go to everybody in the Caribbean as you go through this tough time.” The touring Windies include one Antiguan in Alzarri Joseph, the 20-year-old fast bowler, and he also sent a message to his fellow countrymen and those on the projected path. “I’m urging my fellow citizens of Antigua and Barbuda and all those in the Leeward Islands as well as all those on the path of the hurricane to prepare, and be ready for whatever comes our way,” he said. “I’m advising everyone to take every precaution, and I hope and pray we get through safely.” West Indies are chasing a historic series win in England after losing the first Test by an innings and 209 runs inside three days at Edgbaston, but rebounding to win the second match by five wickets at Headingley.
Resuming the day at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on 210 for seven, Sri Lanka lost their last three wickets for two runs in the space of 22 balls. Fast bowler Keon Joseph (3-33) and Cornwall (3-69) both ended with three wickets apiece, while Jacobs (2-33) and left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell (2-41) claimed two wickets each. Sri Lanka ‘A’ then started brightly with Weerakkody blasting nine fours in a 58-ball cameo as he put on a hasty 82 for the first wicket with Chandragupta. The introduction of the spinners halted Sri Lanka’s progress, however, as Jacobs and Cornwall grabbed two wickets apiece to leave them struggling on 98 for four at lunch. The second “Test” bowls off October 19 at the same venue. FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica (CMC): Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs snatched a six-wicket haul to propel West Indies ‘A’ to a crushing innings and 13-run victory over Sri Lanka ‘A’ on the final day of the opening four-day “Test” yesterday. The 32-year-old finished with six for 27 as the visitors, following on by 152 runs, were dismissed cheaply for 139 in their second innings to fall 1-0 behind in the three-match series. Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall supported with three for 53 as Windies ‘A’ ruthlessly disposed of the Sri Lankans in just three hours. Opener Sandun Weerakkody struck an aggressive 56 and partner Ron Chandragupta, 27, but once they both departed, the last nine wickets tumbled spectacularly for a mere 45 runs. Three wickets apiece
Subpar fielding Today I don’t think we fielded as well as we wanted to, even I let the team down with the ball,” said Brathwaite who conceded 56 runs from his four overs. “Chasing 195 was always going to be an uphill task but there were a few positives – the way Fabian Allen bowled in the middle with two batsmen in Rohit and Shikhar (Dhawan) going – and the way he kept them under wraps until he finally Shikhar out. “On a tour like this it’s hard to just look at the negatives; sometimes you just need to take the small positives and go away with them. Hopefully we can put them together in the final game and come out with a win.” West Indies play the final T20 International of the series on Sunday in Chennai. Match report on B4. LUCKNOW, India (CMC): Skipper Carlos Brathwaite tried desperately yesterday to search for the positives after West Indies crashed to a 71-run defeat to India in the second Twenty20 International, to record their fourth straight series defeat inside the last 12 months. India piled up a challenging 195 for two off their 20 overs behind captain Rohit Sharma’s superb unbeaten 111 and West Indies bungled their run chase to end on 124 for nine at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium. “It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance. Obviously last game we bowled and fielded very, very well.
While she declared that she was unsure whether there would be changes in the batting line-up, Taylor said she had great faith in her bowlers. “I can’t really say if we’re going to have any changes [in the batting]. I think, going forward, that would be the decision of the coaches and I, and we’ll see what happens,” she said. “It’s a great feeling to have such talented girls, girls that have been working over the last few months, over the last few years, working on their game, working on their bowling. And there’s never a doubt in the bowling department that if we put up 90 runs that we can’t come and put up a good fight. And looking at how we played in Guyana and here, we do have a good bowling unit.” Taylor said the team was now setting their sights on their crucial third-round match against Sri Lanka, where a win would put them through to the semi-finals. “We want to win every game. We want to top the zone, get that momentum going into the semis. So I know it won’t be easy. We still have a lot of work to do, and we have tomorrow’s (Thursday) training, and we just have to go out there, work on what we need to work on and come out fighting hard again,” Taylor said. Wednesday’s scores: West Indies: 107 for seven off 20 overs (Kycia Knight 32, Natasha McLean 28; Shabnim Ismail 3-12, Dane van Niekerk 2-8). South Africa: 76 off 18.4 overs (Marizanne Kapp 26, Lizelle Lee 24; Stafanie Taylor 4-12). GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): While conceding that her team’s bowling department is quite potent, West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor wants her batters to show more application when they are at the crease. For the second straight match, the West Indies’ bowlers were forced to bail them out of trouble after they were limited to just 107 for seven in their 20 overs against South Africa on Wednesday. In their opening match against Bangladesh, which they also won, the Windies only mustered 106 for eight from 20 overs. And while Taylor has backed her bowlers, she said more was expected from their batters. “Looking back in Guyana, our batting is not the best at the moment. And here, we are still in that position, and we struggle to reach to 107. I thought that in the middle there, Natasha [McClean] and Kycia [Knight] batted well. We needed that partnership, and I think the bowling performance topped it off. “We said in our team meeting we’ve been working hard in the nets and our game. I just believe it’s all about application, [and] we need to give ourselves some time to assess the wicket. I don’t believe we are giving ourselves some time. We’re good batters that can clear the boundary at any time. I’m not worried about boundaries. I just believe our application just needs to get better,” Taylor said during the post-match press conference following her team’s victory over South Africa by 31 runs. FAITH IN BOWLERS
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and Caribbean Airlines are pleased to announce a partnership, which will position the airline as the ‘Official Airline of the Reggae Girlz’.The partnership comes at a very opportune time as Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz will be very active in 2019. The history-making Senior Reggae Girlz will be participating in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the National Under-17 and Under-20 Reggae Girlz will begin their own campaign for World Cup glory, beginning at the Caribbean and Concacaf levels.President of the JFF, Michael Ricketts, expressed his delight at the partnership and thanked Caribbean Airlines for coming “on board” at a time of critical need. He urged other corporate entities to follow the lead of Caribbean Airlines in supporting the women’s programme.Focus on women’s football”There is a lot of focus on the women’s programme, starting with FIFA, and the JFF is also ensuring that the country’s very talented women footballers are facilitated to do their best and make the country and the region proud.The JFF cannot do it alone, and the support of Caribbean Airlines and others is very much appreciated. Caribbean Airlines has once again shown why it is a leader in the region,” said Ricketts.Caribbean Airlines CEO Garvin Medera hailed the Reggae Girlz’s spirit and described the Women’s World Cup-bound team as an inspiration for the entire region.”We are honoured to join the Reggae Girlz on their truly extraordinary journey. The team represents the quintessential spirit of Jamaica; the work ethic, the verve, and the optimism.The Reggae Girlz have inspired us all, and Caribbean Airlines is honoured to support the mission as they continue to show the world what they can do,” Medera.
All roads will lead to Lake Mainstay resort, Mainstay/Whyaka Village, Essequibo, for its 8th annual Car and Bike Show and After Party on April 15.The event, which has been quite a success every year, is expected to be bigger and better with a number of categories added. This year, vehicles will compete in 18 categories in five groups.In the Overall group, judging will be done for the best car, best SUV/bus, best bike (small) and best superbike.In the Artwork group, prizes will be given for the best car, bus/SUV and best bike, while in the Auto Internal group, prizes will be awarded for the best sound car, best sound SUV/bus, loudest sound car and loudest sound SUV/bus. There will also be the Audio External group which will determine the best and loudest sound among the cars, SUVs and buses. The final group will be the Extreme Sound and will determine best sound, loudest sound and classis.However after the judging, there will be the after party with Pream’s Mega Sounds. Other attractions include food courts and beverage bars along with a children’s fun park. Registration fees for each category will cost $4000 and can be uplifted at Lake Mainstay Resort Offices – Georgetown and Essequibo; Gutty’s Variety Stall – Charity; G&P Jaigobin and Sons Supermarket – Henrietta; Cellular Plus Store – Anna Regina; Anil Cellphone Store – Anna Regina Market; Derick Photocopy Shop – Anna Regina Post Office and Universal Pharmacy – Suddie. The registrationform can also be downloaded from the resort’s facebook page @ www.facebook.com/lakemainstay.Registration closes on April 12. Over $1 million in cash prizes and trophies will be up for grabs.Admission to the event cost $1000 and $500 for children under 10 years old. Gates open at 16:00h but the action starts at 18:00h. The event is sponsored by Castrol Oil, Banks Beer and Stag Beer.
Women play an integral role in the development of the world. They are fluid beings who manage to ascribe unto themselves all sorts of non-traditional roles that sharply conflict with conservative, conventional and traditional descriptions of what it means to be ‘female’ and a ‘woman’.As a matter of fact, women, over the past four decades, have sought to remove the barriers set by society, and in some cases religion, about the types of jobs and roles that they must play in order to maintain what some refer to a healthy ‘gender-balance’.In sharp retaliation, women have refused to be viewed as the weaker gender or sex; irrational, emotionally weak and incapable of leadership. They have broken so many barriers in order to prove to the world and menfolk what they have always known — they can do anything that a man does, just as good as he does it, or even better.In recent times, womenfolk have achieved much success in their fight for equality and gender parity, as well as equity. They have fought long and hard to be respected, but they know too well that men will not willingly relinquish whatever God-given claim they believe they have to the divine hallways of ‘power’, ‘authority’ and executive leadership on several global fronts.And so women internationally have set about to redefine the world they live in in order to prove that they, too, possess the divine ethos to lead, govern, and be respected, if not feared. According to Forbes Magazine, last year 100 women did just that, but out of that total, three emerges as the most powerful and influential in the world of politics. These women are the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and Taiwan’s President Tsa Ing Sung.No Caribbean woman featured on that list. And this is important, because only a few women within this hemisphere attempt to run for higher political office; and when they do, they have upset the norms and status quo of their respective parties in order to be selected or seen as possessing the qualities to run as Prime Minister or President. The race is most times more taxing on women than men. Portia Simpson-Miller, Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Mia Motely — respectively from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados — understand this all too well. But these women, when given the chance, have rolled out remarkable reforms that have resulted in booming economies, the advancement of women and children’s rights, social progress, and law and order. But many of them have been outfoxed by their male counterparts, who most times attack their sex and their suitability to govern men, even if it is not explicitly said.At home, Janet Jagan led the way after becoming Guyana’s first female parliamentarian and Cabinet Minister (1953, 1957, 1961), before serving as the country’s first female President under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Winifred Gaskin and Shirley Field-Ridely are among others who soon followed.At the December 16, 1968 elections, some 212 names featured on the lists submitted by political parties, but only 23 were women (10.8 per cent). This number increased by 2.2 per cent in 1970, according to the University of West Indies, and by another three per cent by 1980. The numbers climbed in the early 1990s and 2000s. Today, over 34 per cent of all parliamentarians here are female.By throwing her hat in the race to become the People’s National Congress’s Presidential Candidate back in 2011, the late Dr Faith Harding was attempting again to change the status quo and politics of conventionalism in her party. Despite, the fact she failed, Dr Harding wanted to send a strong message to womenfolk here. That message was that they needed to do much more than be satisfied with ministerial appointments and parliamentary seats. If they wanted real change, they needed to steer the ship; fly the plane; lead the Parliament as Speaker and/or run the country. Also, Elizabeth Harper’s decision to accept nomination for the Prime Ministerial post in the PPP is nothing short of bold and admirable, though the PPP lost. The recent PNC Congress, too, where Volda Lawrence and Annette Ferguson clinched two of the party’s top posts, is also instructive.By their actions, they have paved the way for ‘the girl child’ and womenfolk to build confidence to go against the grain. Guyanese women are strong and fierce competitors. Whilst they thrive under Home Economics in the conventional sense, they also understand what Guyana needs to move it forward. Those women from the major political parties, who have long languished in the dark, must seize the moment and run for office in 2020. They must break the glass ceilings above their heads and at least shake-up the country’s political establishment.Too many of our women politicians are invisible. They must be seen and heard. 2020 may be the year when Guyanese utter the words Madam President or Madam Prime Minister again if they invest the political capital and funds needed into running a campaign using mainly women as their constituency.