Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In this file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during a weigh-in for a fight against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.  APUFC President Dana White dropped a bombshell revelation on Wednesday, claiming that he was having “real” talks with undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. about possibly fighting inside the octagon.The 40-year-old slugger, however, denied White’s claims and said that people have “misconstrued” his earlier comments about mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas reconcile in emotional NBA TV special Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed “People said, ‘Floyd said, Oh, he’ll be fighting in the UFC for a billion dollars’ – that’s not what I said,” Mayweather explained in an interview with FightHype.com. “What I said was this: I made a billion dollars. If I made a billion dollars before, I’ll do it again. If I choose to get in the UFC and fight for the UFC, or fight three fights or four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars, which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights. I could make a billion dollars.”After cashing in over a hundred million dollars in his retirement bout against UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor last August—notching a 50-0 pro career record in the process—fight fans marveled at the idea of a rematch under MMA rules.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If I choose to get in the octagon and fight – fight three fights, three or four fights, and then fight Conor McGregor in the octagon. We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather, and I don’t look forward to getting back in the boxing ring,” he said.“That’s what I don’t look forward to doing. So, I’m just saying, I could (make a billion in the UFC). I’m not doing it. But I’m saying, what I could do is make a billion dollars quick if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying.” 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities McGregor, meanwhile, has noted publicly several times that he wants a rematch against Mayweather but under the UFC banner.Pundits, however, doubt the cunning Mayweather will risk his unblemished fighting record, especially out of the comforts of the boxing ring.“I never said I was going to fight in the UFC,” Mayweather said. “I didn’t say that. I just said if I wanted to and what I could do. ‘Would’ and ‘could’ do isn’t the same thing. I’m not going to do it, though.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Mayweather on why McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao: ‘I wasn’t counterpunching’ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

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Russia loses 2 more Olympic silver medals because of doping

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES Read Next Luge officials have maintained that their sport is clean, even while bobsled and skeleton — the other Olympic sliding sports — have been dealing with the aftereffects of the state-sponsored Sochi doping program for some time. Russia has lost two bobsled gold medals from Sochi in the IOC decisions on doping, a gold medal in skeleton, a bronze in women’s skeleton and now two silvers from luge.“We’ve heard for so long that luge doesn’t have a problem and everything’s fine and blah blah blah,” Hamlin said. “And now everything’s going to be questioned.”Two cross-country skiers disqualified Friday, Nikita Kryukov and Alexander Bessmertnykh, already lost team event medals in recent weeks when other Russians were disqualified.Of the 46 hearings, three athletes were cleared.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments Bolts turn back Elite 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img In this file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. APLAUSANNE, Switzerland — Russia has lost two more Olympic medals from Sochi because of doping, and luge has now been touched by the scandal for the first time.Albert Demchenko, a luger who won two silver medals at the Sochi Games, was among 11 athletes disqualified by the International Olympic Committee on Friday (Saturday Manila time) and banned from the games for life.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Demchenko won silver in men’s luge and as part of the team relay. Also banned was Tatiana Ivanova, who was also part of the team relay.They were among the last 11 rulings on the 46 current doping cases reviewed by the IOC. Lugers from Italy, Germany, Latvia and Canada are set to be upgraded in the medals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe International Luge Federation had no immediate comment about the IOC decisions. FIL President Josef Fendt said in recent weeks that he believes the Russians sliding now are clean — a comment that was appreciated by Demchenko, who is now a coach within the Russian federation.“On one page, it makes you question everything that their entire program has done,” said 2014 Olympic women’s bronze medalist Erin Hamlin of the U.S., whose medal placing will not be affected by Friday’s decisions. “At the same time, I beat a lot of them. So you know what? It didn’t work. And in that sense it’s extra-satisfying. But questions it all, not just the Olympics, and that stinks.”last_img read more

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Nets rout Wizards to end four-game losing streak

first_imgWall scored 10 points and Beal had only four as the pair combined to miss 20 of its 26 shots.“You’re not going to expect that type of performance from them,” Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie said. “They are who they are for a reason. They’re great players, All-Stars obviously. Just good preparation and we obviously got lucky a little bit, too.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRondae Hollis-Jefferson had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets. Caris LeVert scored 17 points, while DeMarre Carroll, Dinwiddie and Nik Stauskas added 15 apiece to help Brooklyn snap its four-game losing streak.Kelly Oubre Jr. had 13 points for the Wizards. Dinwiddie, who did not score in the first half, scored 11 straight to give the Nets a 64-47 lead with 9:24 left in the third quarter. That was followed by a three-point play by Carroll as Brooklyn went up by 20.Later in the quarter, Jarrett Allen put together a six-point streak to put the Nets up by 30 points and they went on to an 88-61 lead heading into the final quarter.Dinwiddie scored all of his points in that decisive third quarter.The lead continued to grow, this time with Stauskas taking the lead role. He made three consecutive 3-pointers, added a free throw and hit a driving layup with 3:32 remaining to give the Nets a 116-76 bulge.“We got our butts kicked, myself included,” said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. “We just seemed a step slow all the way. We’ve got to show more resolve and we didn’t do that tonight.”Allen finished with 10 points.Wall only played 16 minutes. He missed nine games (Nov. 25-Dec. 12) with a sore left knee and Washington went 4-5 during that span.“I was going to play him just eight minutes in the first half and get him most of his minutes in the second, but we didn’t keep the game close,” Brooks said.Overall, Washington shot 36.6 percent, while Brooklyn connected on half its shots. Washington Wizards’ Markieff Morris, right, competes for the ball with Brooklyn Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APNEW YORK — One of the NBA’s best backcourts sure didn’t play that way.And with John Wall and Bradley Beal shut down, the Brooklyn Nets led the Washington Wizards by as many as 40 points in a 119-84 victory on Friday (Saturday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was terrible,” Beal said. “We couldn’t make shots, get around or defend anybody. It was bad. It was really bad. It’s really one of those games you want to forget about and move on to the next one.”The Nets never trailed in the game, taking an early 10-point lead before settling for a 26-23 advantage after the first quarter.A layup by Hollis-Jefferson with 2:36 left in the second quarter gave the Nets an 11-point lead, and they went into halftime ahead 53-43.Hollis-Jefferson finished the first half with 15 points and eight rebounds.“You want to come out, you want to compete. You want to be fierce. You want to be someone that the guys look to as far as energy and competitive spirit,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “I feel this is the start of something new.”ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Pelicans hand Magic seventh straight loss LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’last_img read more

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Westbrook’s 3-pointer lifts Thunder past Hawks

first_imgLATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Thunder dominated the second quarter. They broke a 28-28 tie with a 14-2 run to start the quarter, with Raymond Felton and George each hitting two 3-pointers. After the Hawks pulled within 51-43, Oklahoma City went on a 13-5 run and led 64-50 at halftime.Atlanta scored 11 straight points to cut the Thunder lead to 74-70 midway through the third quarter.Oklahoma City made only 19 of 31 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Atlanta Hawks’ Malcolm Delaney, left, tries to get the ball away from Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game. APOKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook hit a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to cap a 30-point, 15-assist outing, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Atlanta Hawks 120-117 on Friday (Saturday Manila time).Carmelo Anthony added 24 points on 7-of-12 3-point shooting and Paul George scored 17 for the Thunder, who have won five of their last six after an 11-14 start.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitiescenter_img Atlanta, in last place in the Southeast Division, made Oklahoma City work for this one, rallying after falling behind by 16 points in the first half.The Hawks led 92-88 with 8:49 left after a basket by Kent Bazemore. Westbrook re-entered the game and led the Thunder on a 16-5 run. Anthony’s 3-pointer with 5:34 left gave Oklahoma City a 104-97 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Hawks came back again, eventually tying the game at 117 on two free throws by Ersan Ilyasova with 11.1 seconds left. After a timeout, George inbounded to Westbrook, who made the final shot over Atlanta’s Taurean Prince. Without a timeout, the Hawks could manage only a desperation heave at the buzzer.Marco Belinelli scored 30 points to lead Atlanta, which is 2-7 against Western Conference teams this season. Ilyasova added 22 points for the Hawks, who went 15 of 32 from 3-point range. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bucks close with 9-0 run to beat Hornets BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View commentslast_img read more

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Tenorio says Ginebra can’t be satisfied with win over Magnolia

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slaughter more than ready to play bigger role for Ginebra Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READ LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venuescenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — LA Tenorio warned Ginebra to not get too caught up on the moment, especially after the team’s 89-78 win over Magnolia to start the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“It’s a great start for the season, but we still need to do a lot of things and we can’t be satisfied. Yes, we won the game, but we need to improve on a lot as a team,” Tenorio said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tenorio was one with coach Tim Cone as he feels that the game shouldn’t have been the Gin Kings’ for the lackluster showing they felt their team had at Philippine Arena.“We need to look at this win because the win hides all the lapses. When you win, you think you did all the right things, but on the other hand, it could also look like it was the opponent’s off-night,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderGinebra turned the ball over 18 times in the game, which led to 18 easy points for Magnolia.What worked to the Gin Kings’ favor, though, were the Hotshots firing blanks as the former’s defense limited the latter to just 36 percent shooting for the game. Tenorio, however, could not deny that Ginebra’s will to win drove them to win, as he himself unloaded 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and five steals in the game.And for him, all the credit should go to Cone.“Coach Tim is pushing us everyday,” he said. “We weren’t solid on this game and we’re not expecting it right away, but we know that it’s a process. We have to get better every day, every practice.”“We’ll improve more. We’ll look at the videos and see our mistakes for us to get better, for us to be a playoff team, and a championship contender also. This is not an assessment na that Ginebra is a strong team even though we have injuries. This is not the barometer. We want to be solid like how we were in the championship and in the playoffs. You’ll see more that we’ll be disciplined and our game will be better.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Retired NBA star Tim Duncan training in MMA, coach says he could fight professionally

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Social media was ablaze as the lanky Duncan, once utilized to terrorize opposing defenses, is now being used to throw punch-and-kick combinations.“What happens when your training partner is 7ft tall ??” Echols captioned the post.Speaking to Bleacher Report, Echols said Duncan’s sheer size and natural athletic ability would be a handful to today’s professional fighters.“(Duncan) would be a legit competitor, for sure,” he said. “He has a desire to learn and compete. He has the heart for it. He most definitely would be a competitor.The veteran MMA coach also revealed he once tore his bicep during a session with the hulking athlete.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ What happens when your training parter is 7ft tall ??😵 #martialarts #kickboxing #echolsfitness #training #timduncan #goat #SanAntonio pic.twitter.com/5cQUj0r0V5— Jason Echols (@EcholsFitness) July 26, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant But despite his client’s combat prowess, Echols believes Duncan must keep doing MMA as a hobby rather than  fight professionally one day.“I would highly encourage him not to (fight). Being a retired Spurs player, I wouldn’t want him going out there and getting punched and kicked by some of those guys, but Tim would be a competitor,” he told the news outlet.Furthermore, Echols revealed that another legendary Spurs player, David Robinson, trained with them as well. He also hinted on a possible clip of the two behemoths going at it during sparring.“Maybe the public will see (that) in the coming days,” Echols said. “You never know.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:#MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon afterSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Duncan’s career as arguably one of the best forwards to ever play in the NBA may have already come to a close, but his venture into other athletic fields continues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhile showing up in the San Antonio Spurs’ facilities and practicing with his former team from time to time, the retired basketball legend has found a new calling as he trains in mixed martial arts (MMA).His trainer, Jason Echols, recently posted a video of the now 41-year-old Duncan in action during a light kick-boxing session. LATEST STORIES NCAA: Knights shoot for third victory versus Blazerslast_img read more

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China Open: Naomi Osaka Through to Round Two Despite Being ‘Riled Up’

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Beijing: Naomi Osaka said she had been “really riled up” as Japan’s two-time Grand Slam champion reached the second round at the China Open on Sunday despite being far from her best.The 21-year-old former world number one racked up 26 unforced errors on the way to a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) win over Jessica Pegula of the United States. Fourth seed Osaka looked frustrated and disgruntled on several occasions against the 76th-ranked Pegula.Osaka, who plays Andrea Petkovic of Germany or Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann next in Beijing, was disappointed that she was unable to replicate the form which won her the Pan Pacific Open in Japan a week ago.”During tournaments, the first match is always the worst for me,” said the US-based star.”But I was kind of expecting it to be better because I just played really well in Tokyo.”I don’t know, I thought it would carry on. I was a little bit frustrated that I felt my game wasn’t really where I left it.””I just felt like today I was really riled up, not really sure why,” she added, also describing herself as “very stressed” and “very nervous”.”I also didn’t want to lose in the first round,” she said.Osaka’s triumph in the Pan Pacific Open was her first trophy since her second consecutive Grand Slam triumph at the Australian Open in January.Another two-time Grand Slam winner, Simona Halep, showed no ill effects from a persistent back problem to cruise into round two in Beijing with a 6-1, 6-1 demolition of Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson. china openJessica PegulatoNaomi Osakaround two First Published: September 29, 2019, 2:31 PM ISTlast_img read more

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I would be a supportive hubby, will cook breakfast: Arjun

first_imgMumbai, Feb 15 (PTI) Actor Arjun Kapoor, who is playing a house-husband in his upcoming film “Ki and Ka”, has said that he would be a supportive husband in real life.The actor, playing a homemaker spouse of actress Kareena Kapoor who will be seen as a careerist woman, said housewives are often taken for granted and its time they should be valued.”The concept exists in front of us and we take them (housewives) for granted. The film deals with something important. People say you (house wife) sit at home. (But) a housewife doesnt (merely) sit at home, but takes care of the house. She does sacrifices, lets go off her dreams and aspirations to nurture us (children),” Arjun told reporters here at the trailer launch of the film.The “Gunday” actor wants men to see the film.”I would like a lot of men to see this film, hug them (their wives) and tell them how much they value them. Every human being wants to be valued and loved whether I can or not..one just needs to support the partner (sic).”I think no man or woman should dictate what he or she should do. It (the film) is just an opinion but these things do matter today. In my personal relation I would love, respect and be supportive to the girl. I would even make breakfast for her,” he added.The “Ishaqzaade” actor feels there is a change in the society as there are lot of women working today.advertisement”We do see women working around. I have seen more female journalists. There is a change. I think onus is on the media as well to educate people. We make entertaining films, we try to showcase things,” he said.Kapoor said, “We should be positive about the change than having a myopic view on it. We live in a fantastic country where we can make our choices and make most of it. Stop blaming other people”.In the trailer of “Ki and Ka”, the 30-year-old actor is seen cutting vegetables and doing other household chores.”I dont know much about cooking. It was during this film that I learned. I know bit about cooking. I took things for granted,” he said. (More) PTI KKP NSK DBSlast_img read more

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Bravo, Razzaq new joinees in St Moritz Ice Cricket

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) West Indies Dwayne Bravo and Pakistans Abdul Razzaq are the latest cricketers to join a host of former stars for the inaugural St. Moritz Ice Cricket to be held in Switzerland from February 8-9.The other big names confirmed for the event are Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Shoaib Akhtar, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Grant Elliot, Monty Panesar, Shahid Afridi, Graeme Smith and Owais Shah.The unique two-day event is set against the serene and breath-taking backdrop of the Swiss mountains which will host two matches in two days.The lake freezes into an extremely thick layer of ice which then gets covered by the soft falling snow, enabling the lake to withstand more than 200 tons of weight, which makes it the perfect area to construct a pavilion village and grandstands to watch and support the festivities.The cricketers have been divided into two teams — Badrutts Palace Diamonds and Royals.Besides the two matches, the itinerary will also boast of a scenic tour of the Swiss local and a gala dinner where the fans will get a chance to rub shoulders with their favorite cricketers.The event is a joint initiative of Vijay Singh, CEO, VJ Sports and Akhilesh Bahuguna, Director, All Spheres Pvt Ltd.”We are delighted to have Dwayne Bravo and Abdul Razzaq as the newest additions to Team Royals. Both have a very good fan following and the crowd at the stadium and elsewhere will have a great time watching their favorite players battle it out in the snow,” said Bahuguna.advertisement”I am particularly happy about Bravo joining the ranks as he becomes the first from West Indies to do so. We are surely going to get enthralled with the Caribbean spirit.”Vijay Singh, CEO, VJ Sports added: “Everyone remembers the nail-biting matches when Virender Sehwag used to bat against the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Abdul Razzaq. We are all set to recreate history and are really excited to see all these legendary players once again take on the challenge and give their fans a lot to cheer about.”The unique aspect is, of course, the 22 yards giving way to snow rather than the usual soiled one.”Players will use the traditional cricketing gear including the red-ball but will wear sports shoes instead of spikes. The matches will be played on a matting pitch. PTI SSC AT ATlast_img read more

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India vs Australia: Adam Gilchrist is Rishabh Pant’s latest fan

first_img4th Test, Day 3 Scores:(Full scorecard)Brief Scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Australia trail India by 386 runsFormer Australia captain, Adam Gilchrist is in awe of India’s young wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant, whom he believes has a great foundation to become a successful Test cricketer.Even as former India and Australia captains, Mohammad Azharuddin and Ricky Ponting have likened Pant to Gilchrist, the wicket-keeping great is seemingly excited at the prospect of watching Pant go about his business in the longest format of the game.Gilchrist heaped rich praise on Pant for his unbeaten 159 that helped India set a massive first innings total of 622 for 7 declared against Australia in the ongoing fourth Test in Sydney. India have already sealed an unassailable 2-1 lead and are looking set to clinch a historic 3-1 win, their first-ever series win on Australian soil.Pant, who made his Test debut as recently as 2018 during India’s tour of England, also became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in Australia when he reached the three-figure mark on Friday. Pant, with 350 runs, is now second on the list of batsmen with most runs in the ongoing series as he went past India captain Virat Kohli during his SCG masterclass.”He played a beautiful innings… We probably all expected him to bat aggressively from ball one but he showed he can build an inning and then by the end of it allowed himself to play with all the freedom that we know he’s got,” Gilchrist told foxsports.com.au.advertisement”It was entertaining. He’s a cricketer that I would happily pay to watch.”Pant can develop into a really reliable wicketkeeper: GilchristPant broke Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane’s record of most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series (20) on the final day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne but questions have been asked about his glovework as he has squandered quite a few good chances from behind the wickets.Wriddhiman Saha, who is known for his world-class glovework, is waiting in the wings after being sidelined from the ongoing Australia series due to a shoulder injury last year.However, Gilchrist believes India needs to give more time to Pant so that the Delhi Capitals wicketkeeper can become “really reliable”.”Although he’s missed a few opportunities with the gloves, he’s certainly held onto more than he’s spilled. If he’s prepared to work on his game, I’m sure he’ll develop and become a really reliable keeper,” Gilchrist said.”He’s a cricketer that is at the start of his journey so he’ll learn these particular parts of the game and he’ll learn that there’s always more time than what you think, but he’s got a great foundation to be a successful Test cricketer,” he added.Also Read | Rishabh Pant will score more Test hundreds than MS Dhoni: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Rishabh Pant’s perfect birthday gift for his mother: A record-breaking hundredAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant sign SCG honours board after sensational hundredsAlso See:last_img read more

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Love | Hate

first_imgAlso, to those wondering about the “sweaty stomach panels” (can we call them that?) – it IS in fact sweat (see pic of a non-sweaty Chelf…hope I never type that sentence again) and it’s also a different material which just accentuates the sweat. See examples here and here.The intro video – it’s terrible and you can’t convince me otherwise. Although one of my Twitter followers did mention that they’re planning on inserting new highlights every week and didn’t want to include very many from last year because OSU had different uniforms. I’d be more okay with this but, as the same follower pointed out, we got punked by Connecticut.Finally, the team – you know the part of all this that actually matters. I think I probably extrapolated Weeden’s averageness to the entire organization when, in reality, the secondary was spectacular, the DL was better than it’s been in years, the running backs were strong, and the receivers showed off their incredible depth (there’s no way this isn’t the deepest WR unit in the country). As for Weeden, he’ll be fine. He’s the 2nd leading passer in the nation, he threw one bad ball, had one misread route, and got a bad bounce from Josh Cooper’s facemask.The 666 yards they put up leads all D-1 squads. This team is good. Maybe not quite top 5 good yet, but rock solid “we will line it up against anyone in the country anytime you want” good.So my bad for overreacting, I can’t wait until they lay the wood on a wounded Arizona team.I just wish Dana was still here so he could walk to midfield with his hands raised after shoving 55 down Mike Stoops’ throat as reciprocation for Stoops doing the same thing after Bedlam 2003.Maybe we can get Monken to do it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! On Saturday night/Sunday morning (depending on how you look at it) I wrote a post about the Louisiana game in which I said OSU didn’t look like a top ten team. I went on to criticize the student section (for leaving early), Brandon Weeden (for all his picks), the marketing department (for that horrid intro video), and the uniforms (I couldn’t see the numbers).I think I came off like some sort of closet OU “I’m going to complain unless we beat teams 80-0” type who just wanted to sit at my desk and take shots at everything that didn’t pleasurably stroke my oversized expectations.That’s not true (“that ain’t true!!”) and I probably overreacted to a few things. At the same time though, I expect a lot from a fan base, a program, and a team that believes it has arrived in a blaze of glory on the national stage. I guess I should have titled my post “Saturday night didn’t feel like a top 10 experience.”Here are my takes on a few lingering things from the weekend:First, to the students, I tweeted it out on Saturday night but let me reiterate: this is once-in-a-lifetime stuff. I know we’re playing Louisiana and you have better stuff to do involving ping pong balls and plastic cups, but I just hope you don’t take this season for granted. At some point this year this team is going to need you for a quarter, for a half. I hope you’re ready. And to your credit, I have NEVER seen the student section as full it was 15 or 30 minutes prior to kick. Props for that.The uniforms (my gosh, how hard are we going to drive the uniform talk into the ground this year?) – They were fine. I came home and re-watched some of the game on TV and they actually looked pretty sharp. I think the gray will look terrific on something other than white. Although I stand by my statement that you absolutely cannot tell who’s who on the field from the stands. I feel bad for all the booth spotters this year, well, except for whoever’s spotting for Craig James and Jesse Palmer. If you’re foolish enough to run around with those two then I don’t really feel bad for you about anything.last_img read more

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Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening: Dale Steyn

first_imgMaybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening: Dale SteynSouth African pacer Dale Steyn opened up on the Kolpak deal which has robbed South Africa of many cricketers, joked that the Brexit deal will stop players ending their international careers.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 17:31 IST Dale Steyn said winning the 2019 ICC World Cup would mean everything for him (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDale Steyn has taken 439 Test wickets, the leading wicket-taker in the format for South AfricaSteyn said that the Brexit will bring and end to South African players opting for the Kolpak dealSteyn said that it is an individual’s choice, adding that it is a major concern for Cricket South AfricaDale Steyn, South Africa’s 35-year-old pacer is widely regarded as the greatest fast bowler the country has produced. The pacer’s accuracy and speed have been his biggest strength on the cricketing field and despite his battle with constant injuries, his comeback trail on the pitch has been nothing short of remarkable.The pacer has taken 439 wickets in the Test format which made him the leading wicket-taker in the format for South Africa. Steyn has 196 and 61 wickets in the ODI’s and T20I format respectively.In an exclusive chat with ANI, the pacer talked about what can possibly stop the Kolpak deals and he opens up about his possible future in the game and what is he seeking out of the 2019 ICC World Cup which is scheduled to be played later this year.South Africa were recently given a major setback as Duanne Olivier, their key performer in the recent series against Pakistan opted to end his South African career and opt for a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire. There have been many players who are choosing to opt for these deals and the pacer Steyn believes that this is an individual choice that a player makes and it is a major concern for Cricket South Africa.”I think it is each person to themselves. I personally do not want to consider it. I know it is a concern for Cricket South Africa (CSA) and a very difficult one to stop. Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening, who knows,” Steyn told ANI.advertisementWhen one sees Steyn bowling, one can notice the passion the cricketer plays with. The pacer’s career has been hampered by injuries over the past few years, but his comeback trail has been one for the ages. The 35-year-old still looks to bowl fast and disturb the batsmen’s game in the middle.The pacer believes that he has taken his career as it comes and now he believes that maybe he was just to born to play the game of cricket. The player will now look to achieve the World Cup to end his career with achieving almost about everything. Steyn believes that winning the World Cup would be a huge thing for him and he expects the weather conditions to dictate the pitch situation in England and Wales.”I am a competitive person by nature and maybe I was just born to do what I do. I would obviously love to win the World Cup for my country, I am expecting normal English conditions for the World Cup, but these conditions may vary according to the weather which will be present during the tournament,” Steyn said.Steyn, went past Shaun Pollock’s record of 421 wickets which made him the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in the Test format. Steyn was tied at 421 with Pollock for a pretty long time but was not able to go past Pollock due to his reoccurring injuries. But Steyn finally went past the record in the month of December last year in a match against Pakistan. Steyn believes that his aim to achieve the record was a key motivator for him to get back into the team.”It was amazing to get past Pollock, having the record to aim for was one of the motivating factors to try and get back on the field. It was a long and very tough time in rehab. I am just very happy to be back and contributing, many wrote me off saying that I would not get back, but I am very happy to have proved them wrong,” Steyn said.South Africa are currently riding on a high as they recently defeated Sri Lanka in both the ODI and T20I series. The Proteas were able to clean sweep the visitors in both the formats. The pacer did not mention any single top contender for the tournament as any team can defeat the other on their given day, however, he mentioned that Australia, England, India would be the key teams to look out in the World Cup.”There are many teams that can win the World Cup. England, Australia and India and more,” Steyn told ANI.Recently, the incident of ‘Mankading’ surfaced in a match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Punjab’s skipper Ravi Ashwin dismissed Jos Buttler, much to the dismay of the latter. The whole cricketing fraternity was seen divided on this issue and when Steyn was asked to comment on this, he told ANI “I have said my bit on Twitter, I do not really want to comment more on this.”advertisementFollowing the incident, the pacer took to Twitter to express his views on the whole issue.”He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old Ashwin,” said one tweet.He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old ashwinDale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 25, 2019″So here’s a Mankad suggestion. Why not get the 3rd umpire to check the front foot for no balls, if he/she notices a batter leaving their ground prior to delivery he/she can then issue either a warning or 5 penalty runs. If the batter continues, Mankad comes in no worries,” Steyn said in another tweet.So here’s a mankad suggestion.Why not get the 3rd umpire to check the front foot for no balls, if he/she notices a batter leaving their ground prior to delivery he/she can then issue either a warning, or 5 penalty runs. If the batter continues, mankad comes in no worries.Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 30, 2019Steyn would look to keep producing winning performances for South Africa and he would hope to be an X-Factor for the team in the upcoming World Cup.South Africa take on the hosts England in the opening match of the World Cup on May 30.Also Read | Sri Lanka Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne arrested for drunk drivingAlso Read | Australia bowlers deny report of David Warner rift after ball-tampering scandalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Dale SteynFollow BrexitFollow KolpakFollow South AfricaFollow 2019 ICC World Cuplast_img read more

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KOBC to Offer Financial Support to 10 Shipping Firms

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The government-backed Korea Ocean Business Corporation (KOBC) is to offer financial support to ten small and medium-sized shipping companies in an effort to help the ailing shipping industry.The organization selected the shipping companies as partners under sale and lease back (S&LB) projects. This way the companies would receive benefits such as interest rate cuts and extension of maturity through the sale and lease back support.According to a statement released by South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, the ten companies would benefit from KRW 74 billion (USD 66.1 million) being used to take over 10 vessels.The investment is expected to be finalized by November 2018, the Ministry informed.Based on the 5-year plan for reconstruction of the shipping industry, South Korea reviewed the bases of 36 vessels of 18 companies that applied for a survey on shipbuilding needs in May.Just last week, the government of South Korea approved a major investment in Korea Ocean Business Corporation. On July 24, the country’s finance ministry said that KRW 1.35 trillion (USD 1.2 billion) in-kind investment would be made into the new company through stock contribution.Korean Ocean Business Corporation, which was established earlier in July, would focus on supporting the country’s five-year plan for the reconstruction of its depressed shipping industry with the construction of about 200 ships in the next three years.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Contest Challenges Youth to Innovate with Data

first_imgThe province and Dalhousie University are inviting youth to innovate using data at an open data contest. The contest will challenge participants to use data from Nova Scotia’s open data portal to come up with a unique product, like a website, app or model, that will promote tourism, help immigrants, manage natural resources or protect the environment. “Open data is about using data to drive innovation,” said Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis. “We are challenging our youth to put their creativity and problem-solving skills to work and use data to create something new and beneficial for the public.” The contest starts Saturday, March 4, which is International Open Data Day, and ends Sunday, March 5, when the best innovations will earn prizes. The contest is open to individuals and teams. “Understanding how to analyze, visualize and model data are critical skills essential in a digital society,” said Sandra Toze, director of Dalhousie University’s School of Information Management. “These competitions are an excellent way to build skills and demonstrate how working with data can have economic and social benefits within our community. Dalhousie is committed to increasing data literacy within Nova Scotia.” For more information, or to register, go to data.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

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UN food ships converge on Iraq as health teams fan out across

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) told the daily briefing in Amman, Jordan, on UN humanitarian activities that ships were arriving in the region with tens of thousands of tons of food and staff members were working around Iraq to assess the conditions of silos, mills, warehouses and food agents.”The WFP logistical machine continues to build up steam as we race to ensure that 27 million Iraqis can again head to the food agents in their neighbourhoods and receive their regular monthly rations in May,” spokesman Khaled Mansour said.The unloading of 28,500 tons of wheat from the United States, the largest in-kind contribution to the WFP emergency in Iraq, continued in Mersin, Turkey, over the weekend and was expected to be completed tonight. A further 37,000 tons of wheat from Russia purchased under an old contract from the UN Oil-for-Food programme was scheduled to begin unloading tomorrow in the port of Toros, also in Turkey.An Oil-for-Food shipment of 32,500 tons of food reached Aqaba, Jordan, yesterday from Thailand, while a second Oil-for-Food shipment of 50,000 tons of wheat grain from Australia arrived there on Saturday. Since the war, the UN Security Council has entrusted Secretary-General Kofi Annan with administering humanitarian supplies from the programme, under which Iraq was allowed to use a portion of its oil revenues for food and medical purchases.For its part the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was rapidly expanding its work around Iraq, from Mosul and Kirkuk in the north, to Tikrit, Diyala, Baghdad, Nasiriya and Basra in the south.”WHO’s national staff – 327 – have been working flat out to support the re-establishment of the health situation in Iraq,” spokesperson Fadela Chaib told the briefing. She added that where needed, WHO was coordinating delivery of essential supplies and equipment, and was on the alert to detect and respond to disease outbreaks. The agency was also carefully monitoring hospital security, the status of essential services including water and electricity, and the overall condition of health facilities.As an example, Ms. Chaib cited a recent urgent request from Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad for insulin, as the hospital had completely run out of the life-saving medication for diabetes. WHO in Jordan purchased 600 vials – each vial lasts a patient two to four weeks – rented a taxi and sent it back to Baghdad, ensuring replenishment of stocks only hours after the initial request. The Jordan office has 2,500 more vials of insulin ready to go.The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (UNOHCI) said water was now available in Baghdad but at very low pressure and households needed to collect it from the main tap, normally located next to the main door, and boil it before drinking. Water supply was gradually improving, but chemicals for water treatment were in short supply.Spokesperson Veronique Taveau said a UN inter-agency mission reached Basra, Iraq’s second largest city, yesterday to carry out a humanitarian assessment. The situation there was improving but still tense, she added. Water supply remained inadequate in many areas, garbage collection was problematic and there were occasional blackouts. All hospitals were functional and protected by the military and 50 per cent of staff were reporting to work.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said some schools in the south were reopening but in many cases, it was simply not possible yet. As an example, spokesman Simon Ingram cited Az-Zubair, where out of 124 schools five were completely destroyed in the war and 40 more were thoroughly looted. UNICEF was helping to make up the shortages by distributing “school-in-a-box” kits, each of which provides basic classroom materials for up to 80 children.”It’s a start, but only a start,” Mr. Ingram added. read more

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UN agencies to help monitor Georgian elections

The UN Department of Political Affairs, the Development Programme (UNDP) country offices and the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme have teamed up with the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the operation.UNV deployed six volunteers in the week before Christmas in response to a request from the UNDP country office in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, to provide technical assistance in key areas such as voter education and registration and support to media centres, as well as electoral monitoring and observation.On very short notice, UN Volunteers were recruited from Romania, Burundi, Ghana, Burma, the Philippines and New Zealand.”We had to leave our homes and families in a big rush with Christmas and New Year celebrations waiting at the door,” said Caius Suveti, a UNV administration officer in Tbilisi.The turmoil leading to Mr. Shevardnadze’s resignation arose from protests of parliamentary elections in November which the Vienna-based OSCE declared “seriously flawed.” read more

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Developing countries lag far behind in cultural trade says UNESCO report

Between 1994 and 2002, international trade in cultural goods increased from $38 billion to $60 billion, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report said. But “while globalization offers great potential for countries to share their cultures and creative talents, it is clear that not all nations are able to take advantage of this opportunity,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura noted. “Without support to help these countries participate in this trade, their cultural voices will remain marginalized and isolated.”According to the report – Flows of Selected Cultural Goods and Services, 1994-2003 – Latin America and the Caribbean accounted for only 3 per cent of the total trade of cultural goods in 2002, one point more than in 1992, though far behind other world regions. Oceania and Africa have not shown any progress, with a combined share of less than 1 per cent in 2002.The report analyzes cross-border trade data from about 120 countries and presents new methodology to better reflect cultural trade flows, contributing to UNESCO’s effort to collect and analyze data that clearly illustrate the central role of culture in economic, social and human development.The United Kingdom was the biggest single exporter of cultural goods in 2002 with $8.5 billion followed by the United States ($7.6 billion) and China ($5.2 billion). The US was the biggest importer of cultural goods at $15.3 billion, followed by the UK ($7.8 billion) and Germany ($4.1 billion), according to data based mainly on customs declarations. read more

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Its in our best interests to bite our tongues Kennys White House

first_img 34 Views ADMITTING THAT ENDA Kenny is right is a difficult thing to do, particularly when it involves his resilient decision to visit Donald Trump on St Patrick’s Day.Kenny has said that he will continue the sixty-four-year-old tradition of meeting the US President in The White House on St Patrick’s Day, despite nationwide pleas for him to cancel.The controversial decision received the feverish backlash of TDs, journalists and a huge wave of the angered Irish public. One petition against the trip has successfully obtained well over 30,000 signatures.Anti Trump sentiment is understandableIt’s completely understandable why such resentment for Trump exists. His temporary ban on people from a number of countries – mainly Muslim – from travelling to the United States, has startled the world. It is less understandable, however, why people are shocked.Much of the controversies which have dominated his first weeks in office involve promises he clearly made before being voted in. Despite our predominant disapproval of Trump’s actions here this week, it is in Ireland’s best interests that Mr Kenny does travel to the White House on March 17.Securing relations with the USAs the new US President operates with such ruthless intent, wouldn’t ensuring that relations with him remain as secure as possible be a wise strategy? Cancelling the trip would get massive attention both here and in the US, undoubtedly straining what has traditionally been a positive connection between our two nations.A negative air may already exist between the two leaders. Before the election, Kenny openly labelled comments made by Trump as “dangerous and racist”.Considering the comments may have been brought to the attention of Trump, however unlikely that is, cancelling the visit would only add fuel to the fire. A fire we should be doing utmost to keep quietly under control.Trump spinWould Trump be in anyway perturbed by the news that he was not receiving a hand-delivered bowl of shamrocks from Enda Kenny? It’s safe to assume that he wouldn’t be. In fact it’s unlikely he wouldn’t waste much time thinking about it at all. The problem would most likely arise from what Trump has branded the “crooked media”.If Kenny cancelled the trip, the news would undoubtedly transpire into embarrassment for Trump, at the hands of the media. We can safely assume this would not sit well with the 45th President.We must also look at how we have failed to bring issues to the fore in the past. Petitions were unheard of when bombs bombarded innocent middle eastern civilians during the Obama administration, when Iraqi detainees were inhumanely tortured under Bush, or while US-backed terrorist groups toppled President Assad, creating the current refugee crisis.Why do we suddenly feel the need to make our disapproval known?Is it because this time it is Trump? If so, fair enough, the man does himself little to no favours in the popularity stakes. But is it right to differentiate between leaders based on their popularity?There is also the uncertainty that Brexit has brought. Our closest neighbours have basically broken continental ties, leaving us somewhat isolated and uncertain about what the future holds.We have yet to learn what implications the controversial referendum result will have for Ireland. So ensuring that we have as many friends in the political world as possible, especially as powerful as the US, seems vital.Economic prudence for IrelandTrump has named Ireland as a nation that hosts US companies at the expense of their home economies. He has also clearly declared his intentions to dramatically lower corporate tax rates to lure such companies back to home soil. With 700 US companies having subsidiaries in Ireland and employing 150,000 people, perhaps we should be cautious.Very little could happen that might deter Trumps intentions to take back US companies – a bowl of shamrocks definitely won’t have much influence – but having a conversation with him surely wouldn’t hurt our case. That’s considering Mr. Kenny is up to the task.Judging by what has been an eventful first twelve days in office for Trump, many more shocks could well be on the horizon.We must bite our tonguesThe genuine intentions of the people of our country, one of the most welcoming and charitable nations in the world, must be admired. Seeing struggling people having an outlet suddenly denied has unnerved many of us, as we continue to hold our doors open. But sadly, on this occasion it seems to be in our best interests to bite our tongues, as bitter as it is.If anything, the meeting does provide the rare opportunity for our leader to engage in talks with one of the most powerful world leaders. It is an ample opportunity for Enda Kenny to express any concerns he may have. It’s likely he won’t, much to the dismay of our peeved population.Andrew McGinlely is a freelance writer, blogger and opinion sharing enthusiast from Co Galway. His work has featured in The Journal.ie, The Irish Independent, Writing.ie and A Lust For Life.‘Not in my name’: 30k sign Irish petition against Kenny visiting Trump on St Patrick’s Day>Enda Kenny says he will tell Trump in person that he disagrees with his travel ban> https://jrnl.ie/3219475 Short URL By Andrew McGinley Andrew McGinley Feb 7th 2017, 6:30 AM center_img Share108 Tweet Email ‘It’s in our best interests to bite our tongues. Kenny’s White House visit gives us a rare opportunity’ Enda Kenny must visit Donald Trump this St Patrick’s Day, writes Andrew McGinley. 45 Comments Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Goblins of the SpiderUniverseWill They Appear in Homecoming

first_imgStay on target Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split Spider-Man Homecoming is just around the corner! While we don’t know much one thing we do know is that it is tied to the official Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which is simply good enough for most fans.One thing that put the nail in the coffin for our favorite web-slinger in theaters was his endless amount of villains. Studios are wanting more too quickly. Sam Rami’s third installment of the series showed the confusion on hand. Sony tried picking up the pieces when they rebooted the series with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. Before they could get another installment in, red flags from reviews began to pop up all over. This would kill what was to be a larger look into Spider-Man’s most iconic enemies, the Sinister Six.After leaked emails stirred the pot at Sony, it felt like hard to obtain franchises quickly began to free up. Sony and Marvel came to an agreement to let Spider-Man swing into their popular main line pictures, only if Sony could still obtain the Spider-Man license to release stand alone films.In Homecoming, our main villain The Vulture is played by Michael Keaton. We’ve also heard rumors that The Tinkerer may be the one behind the Vulture’s mechanical suit. Plus room for a third villain, maybe teased for the next movie? My thought is, could it be the Green Goblin? Could it be any Goblin for that matter? Let’s break down some of Parker’s most vicious villains, The Goblins.GREEN GOBLINNorman Osbourn has always been a thorn in Spider-Man’s side. The owner of Oscorp has done despicable things to not only to Peter and his loved ones but to Norman’s son Harry Osbourn as well. The Green Goblin always seems to be Spider-Man’s main nemesis in any reiteration of his tale. We saw William Defoe portray the Green Goblin in Raimi’s films. Then years later, we are reintroduced to the Green Goblin in Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films, only this time the baddie ends up being Peter’s close friend Harry Osborn. This was possibly the worst iteration of the character, more-so than Rami’s Robo Green Goblin. Why has the Green Goblin been so difficult to adapt to film? Both actors who portrayed Norman were diabolical. I honestly blame the look. The Green Goblin has always had a terrifying look to him. A pointed nose almost reaching a pointed chin, with an almost cartoon-like grin from ear to ear. Early makeup tests of Raimi’s Goblin (that are floating out there) show exactly how the character should have looked from the beginning. Could we see the return of Spider-Man’s most diabolical enemy in Homecoming? I honestly don’t think so. The character needs time to breath. I say Let the Sinister Six build throughout a few more films and have Norman step in to bring them all together. And for the love of Aunt May, give us the practical effects Green Goblin mask that we all deserve!HOBGOBLINWho is The Hobgoblin?! Either of the Kingsley twins? The Kingpin’s son, Richard Fisk? Ned Leeds? How about the Jason Macendale? The character of Hobgoblin has always been a conundrum for fans of the comics. So much so that the creators had a hard time pegging down the character to one identity. This is probably why we never saw an adaptation of Hobgoblin in any of the movies. Now would be a great time to maybe hang up the green cowl for the orange one. In Homecoming, give us a more vicious Goblin. One that is closer to the Macendale Hobgoblin where he is transforming underneath the mask. I’ve always enjoyed the Hobgoblin’s look over the Green Goblin. Plus I really enjoy that he uses actual jack o’lanterns and not cybernetic bombs. Though not very practical, there are ways of getting around this with magic entering the Marvel Universe with last year’s hit, Doctor Strange.DEMOGOBLINHave you noticed that each iteration of the Goblin gets more and more extreme? Some would say almost out of hand. The 90’s were an “edgy” time and with that came more edgy villains. Demo’s essence was fused with late Hobgoblin wielder Jason Macendale’s after he sold his soul to N’astirh for more power. After a battling Moon Knight and Ghost Rider, Hobgoblin was able to split off from his demon half, thus creating Demogoblin. An extreme hellfire version of his original goblin form infused with mystical powers. Obviously, we would not see Demo until Hob was thrown into the mix for a film adaptation. But even if they tried to get past that, involving the ‘Righteous’ storyline into the mix, would be a bit intense for a Spider-man film. This is also why we will probably never see Cletus Kasady in a Spider-Man film.GREY GOBLINDid you know Gwen Stacey and Norman Osbourn had twins? Marvel loves twins! Twins Gabriel and Sarah were in hiding until Peter Parker went to find them and tell them the truth about their deranged father. Spider-Man meets them on the Brooklyn Bridge, the same bridge Gwen on. Gabriel, being brainwashed by his father lashes out at Spider-Man thinking he is his father (yet another lie by Norman) tries attacking Spider-Man only to have police fire at them, wounding Sarah as she almost perishes the same way her mother did. Luckily Spider-Man rescues her and Gabriel runs off to infuse himself with the goblin serum after finding out that Spider-man was actually telling the truth, creating The Grey Goblin. This is one of the newest version of the Goblin. If used in Homecoming they would have to ditch the entire backstory as Peter is still a kid but would ultimately make no sense.JACK O’LANTERNThough, not a Goblin at all. Jack o’lantern controls Oscorp technology of his very own, flying around on a glider chucking pumpkin bombs like the Goblins before him. The original Jack o’lantern ends up being ex-CIA agent Jason Macendale, AKA: The Hobgoblin. Before dawning the Hobgoblin outfit, Jason became a hitman for hire after leaving the CIA. The beauty of Jason Macendale’s character is that he goes between both Hobgoblin and Jack o’lantern identities. These could be two brand new villain IP’s in one that Marvel has not even toyed with yet. Plus I feel each identity would look amazing in a new Spider-Man picture. Of course, there were other versions of Jack o’lantern in later comics. Steven Mark Levins, his brother, and Mad Jack. With these stories, the Jack o’lantern character gets very mystical having his head detach from his body and explode on enemies. I highly doubt we will see ol’ Jack in Homecoming. But if we did, I’d probably jump out of my seat in pure joy that this character as finally gotten the attention it deserves.So looking over all the Goblins, it looks as if Green Goblin still reigns supreme being the most cohesive villain for Spider-Man to battle. Though I’m confident that Sony will steer clear of the Goblin story for the first film and give Peter a more grounded storyline. I honestly didn’t even touch on Peter turning into a goblin himself and the over the top War Goblin army. Hell, even Ultimate Goblin would be a bit much for the film franchise. Honestly, I’m anticipating Jack to take us by surprise. But I’m not holding my breath.last_img read more

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