Vargas next in line for former world champion Khan

January 18, 2020

first_imgBritain’s Amir Khan celebrates defeating Canada’s Phil Lo Greco in their Super-Welterweight contest at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, northern England, on April 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFBritain’s former light welterweight world champion Amir Khan will fight Colombian Samuel Vargas on September 8 as he continues his quest to earn a tilt at winning the welterweight world title.The 31-year-old will meet Vargas in Birmingham hoping a convincing display will get him a world title fight before the end of the year.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese court hands US football coach ‘excessive’ 4-year prison sentence Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Vargas, who is based in Toronto, Canada, is ranked 10 in the WBA division.Khan fought for first time in almost two years, and won for the first time since 2015, when he demolished another fighter from Toronto, Canadian Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds in April. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“One of my aims this year was to be as active as possible so I’m very happy to get back in the ring again so soon against Samuel Vargas,” said Khan at the announcement of the bout.“Vargas is a tough and well-schooled fighter who has shared the ring with some top welterweights including Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Vargas ended up with him on the wrong end of a knockout against both Gracia and Spence.“I have to get past Vargas before looking at the biggest challenges going forward. I’m not going to be taking Vargas lightly because I know he will be coming with everything on September 8.”Vargas, whose last fight ended in a draw with Mauro Godoy in February, said he would put up a much better performance against the 2004 Olympic silver medallist than Lo Greco had done.“I have been granted more than enough time to properly prepare for Amir and you will see the best Samuel Vargas to date,” said Vargas.“Mark my words, we might both be from the same city and county but I am nothing like Phil Lo Greco that’s a guarantee -– I’m going to give Amir hell,” added the 29-year-old.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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 awardlast_img read more

Todee District Yearns for Improved School, Other Facilities

January 18, 2020

first_imgResidents of Koon Town, Todee District, Upper Montserrado County are seeking for the intervention of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to compel relevant government agencies and the authorities of the Ministry of Education (MOE) to provide their children improved educational facilities and also empower them economically.In line with the residents’ request, the district commissioner, Sam K. Morris explained to the Daily Observer recently in the district that the entire Todee District, which contains the Koon Town and its environs, lacked improved educational and other important facilities.According to him, 60 percent of the 12 schools in the district are damaged to the extent that some of the students sit on the bare floor and or benches made from bamboo chairs to learn, while few of the government assigned teachers in the area have since November last year, reportedly abandoned classes to run after their salaries in Monrovia.Commissioner Morris made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with this paper shortly after the residents met with President Sirleaf during ceremony marking the dedication of the refurbished military facilities at the Todee Academy on Friday, December 27, 2013.According to him, apart from the deplorable state of schools and road network in the area, the women need economic empowerment through a loan scheme to do business.He explained among other things that the district lacks market hall and a commissioner office to conduct official businesses.“We don’t have market hall, commissioner office space, proper latrines, etc. please help us by directing relevant government agencies responsible to construct some the basic needs of the district,” Commissioner Morris yearned on behalf of the residents. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Young blows away field in BBC time trial

January 12, 2020

first_imgThe first Challenge Cup in GP for the season. It will be a hill climb at Grovedale at 11 am and a road race at 2 pm (both at Alberta time). The Blizzards currently lead the points for the season after two races out of the nine race series. Colter Young set the fastest Baldonnel 16 km time of the season, on Thursday night, with a blazing fast 22:30 minutes. Stephen Ferris was second at 25:00 and Bob Andrews third at 25:29. P at Ferris was 4th at 25:42 and Kevin Shaw 5th at 26:01.- Advertisement -George Gamble was 6th at 26:05, Roger St. Jean 26:15, Peter King 26:27, Les Elliott 26:45 and Tim Gladysz 28:07 for the top ten times.Richard Wood was 11th at 28:19, Dean Lowry 29:12, Sam Keats 29:33, Owen Giebelhaus 30:39, Adam Currie 35:48 and Dawn Gladysz 49:50.Tristen Bourassa did 26:20 for 8 km.Coming up Sunday:Advertisement -submitted storylast_img read more

Northeast unemployment rate takes a small jump

January 12, 2020

first_imgAs reported earlier, the province-wide seasonally adjusted rate held firm at 7.3 per cent in July but that left it slightly ahead of the national rate. It dropped from 7.4 to 7.2 per cent, the lowest level since December 2008, at the peak of the latest recession. The Canadian rate is also nearly two full percentage points lower than the rate in the U.S, which dropped slightly but is still at 9.1 percent.- Advertisement – As a result the local area jobless rate went from 4 to 4.4 per cent but remains the lowest regional rate in the province.last_img read more

Fort St. John RCMP looking for suspect in afternoon robbery

January 11, 2020

first_img“On October 9th at approximately 5 pm a Caucasian female entered the Econo Liquor Store on Alaska Road South and demanded money from the employee working there. The female had a knife but was unsuccessful in getting any money and left the premises,” Cpl. Jodi Shelki said in a press release. “No one was hurt.”Cpl. Shelki says police immediately searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.The suspect is described as a female, 5’3 in height, approximately 125 pounds, 28 – 35 years old, and has blue eyes. She was also seen wearing a black hooded sweater at the time of the incident, and is also described as having “cakey” makeup.- Advertisement -If you know the suspect or anything about the incident, contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250 787 8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.last_img read more

Cancer patient gains a new outlook on life

January 3, 2020

first_imgSugioka was one of the first 25 to be involved with that trial. And that was seven years ago. “Of all the patients that have been on the two trials, the majority have lived over two years,” said Dr. Linda Liau, the UCLA neurosurgeon who performed surgery on Sugioka. “There are now nine patients out of 18 that have lived four years from when they received the vaccine. Statistically, these patients are doing much better than without the vaccine.” Yet much is still unknown about the vaccine’s effectiveness, and whether it’s the treatment or the patient’s own physiology that is behind extending his or her life span. For that reason, Liau is hoping to recruit 150 glioblastoma patients to take part in the second phase of the study at 15 cancer centers nationwide. “I’m hoping that we’ll finally be able to answer if what’s happening is anecdotal, or if it’s really the vaccine,” she said. “Right now we can’t.” Brain cancer is among the rarest of the cancers, affecting about 20,000 Americans each year, Liau said. Researchers at UCLA began looking into a vaccine in 1998. Though there are similar studies being conducted at other universities, Liau said, individualized vaccines are often expensive to make, and less likely to be produced on a mass scale. That’s why studies are few and far between, she said. West Hollywood resident Kevin Carlberg, a 30-year-old musician who was diagnosed with the same brain cancer five years ago while on tour with the Blues Traveler and the Dave Matthews Band, agreed with Sugioka’s sentiment. After Liau explained the procedure to him, Carlberg said he was convinced to take part in the study. “It was like a why not?” he said. “It’s not going to hurt me. No pun intended, but it was like a no-brainer. “Dr. Liau saved my life. Her vaccine is another part of saving my life. The more people that know about it the better.” Because Sugioka has survived for seven years, Liau said she and other physicians have been able to learn more about the treatments. They test her blood frequently to see how her immune system is holding up. Though she still experiences fatigue and other complications and must take at least a dozen different medications a day to stabilize her hormones, Sugioka said she is proud that her survival is allowing researchers to learn more about brain cancer and the vaccine. “She has a good outlook on life and that really helps her,” said Mary Iwaki, Sugioka’s grandmother. A Burbank native, Sugioka graduated from UCLA with degrees in anthropology and business. She was a first-year law student when the headaches began. She almost fell from a flight of stairs at school because of the pain. Even after surgery, she studied for her finals from her hospital bed, she said, because she wasn’t ready to accept that her life path had changed. Her father, Gregory Sugioka, said it was difficult watching his daughter struggle with the illness. There were the physical pains and fatigue of chemotherapy and radiation, of course, but also the realities of her condition: her inability to go to work when all her friends have moved on to careers. And it was difficult for him to accept that he might lose her. “The hardest thing for me was that my oldest daughter was leaving me so soon,” he said of those early days. But Sugioka said she has accepted her life course. She has embraced Buddhism, visits with her grandparents more often, and says she has become closer with her friends, who invite her on trips, and with her younger sister Tricia, who helps care for her on days when she feels ill. All this because she was given more time, she said. “I live for the present, for day to day,” she said. “I have had my suffering, but it’s helped me in other ways.” (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sugioka, 30, of Burbank was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most deadly form of brain cancer. UCLA doctors knew that even with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, most patients with glioblastoma live only about 12 to 18 months. Given those odds, Sugioka said she had no choice but to try all she could to stay alive. “If you know you have terminal cancer, you should try anything you can,” she said. She first underwent a delicate procedure to remove the tumor. The surgery involved keeping Sugioka awake so surgeons could speak with her to make sure they were not removing the part of her brain that controls language skills. She then enrolled for the first phase of a clinical trial at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center that involves using the patient’s tumor tissue to create an individualized vaccine. The vaccine is then injected, much like a flu shot. The tumor had grown to the size of a tennis ball, pushing deeper into Jennifer Sugioka’s brain and causing blinding headaches. She had trouble speaking, standing and studying for her law degree. But in a curious way, that same tumor that now sits in a University of California, Los Angeles, lab gave Sugioka the ability to see: the family who loves her, the friends who care for her and the UCLA neurosurgeon who gave her more time, thanks to a vaccine developed with Sugioka’s cells from her own tumor. “I see more clearly now,” she said. “I had wanted to become a lawyer to make lots of money. Instead, I learned that family and friends are more important, that time with them is everything.” last_img read more

Hepatitis A vaccinations backed for young children

December 25, 2019

first_img Since 1999, the government has recommended hepatitis A vaccinations for children in 17 states where rates of the disease were highest. But the success of those campaigns seems to have leveled off, and health officials fear rates might rebound. Expanding the vaccination recommendation to all the states could prevent 100,000 cases and 20 deaths in the lifetimes of children vaccinated in one year. The direct costs of the vaccine program, currently $22 million, would increase to $134 million. Hepatitis A vaccines were first licensed in 1995, but it was only recently that the government approved their use in children as young as age 1. Also on Wednesday, the panel unanimously recommended that pertussis vaccine be added to the tetanus-diphtheria booster shot for adults. The action was an attempt to help prevent whooping cough deaths of infants who can catch it from adults who might not know they are infected. Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a potentially fatal bacterial respiratory infection. Children are routinely vaccinated against it, starting at 2 months, although the protectiveness of the vaccine wanes after five years. Pertussis is now considered rare. Reports have declined dramatically since the 1930s, and had leveled off before a rebound in this decade. About 26,000 cases were reported in 2004, up from fewer than 10,000 in 2000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – All children between ages 1 and 2 should be vaccinated against the hepatitis A virus, a national vaccine panel recommended Wednesday. About 25 percent of hepatitis A cases occur in children, but many adults get the disease from infected youngsters, health officials said. The virus, which attacks the liver and can cause fever, diarrhea and jaundice, is sometimes caused by eating food contaminated with feces. It is rarely fatal. But in 2003, nearly 600 people were sickened by hepatitis and three died in the nation’s largest outbreak. The cause was blamed on contaminated onions served at a Pennsylvania restaurant. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which helps set federal vaccination guidelines, voted unanimously to recommend that a two-dose vaccination be given young children. The panel’s recommendations are routinely adopted by federal health officials and are influential to doctors. last_img read more

Weather: Some roads to be gritted from 8pm tonight

December 21, 2019

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced it will grit a number of roads from 8pm this evening (Fri).It follows a warning that temperatures will drop in parts of the county.The following routes will be gritted from 8pm: 01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central09: Cill Ulta East12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West17: Donegal North18: Donegal SouthLT: Letterkenny TownWeather: Some roads to be gritted from 8pm tonight was last modified: November 29th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:councildonegalgritterslast_img read more

Coyotes 3, Sharks 2: Takeaways from another gut-punch loss in December

December 20, 2019

first_imgSAN JOSE — On the day that Bob Boughner was introduced as the Sharks’ interim coach, general manager Doug Wilson was asked if this was simply a season in which his team had to take a step back.After all, teams such as the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and even the Chicago Blackhawks, all recent former Western Conference powers, are now in the process of regrouping or rebuilding. Why are the Sharks immune?“I don’t think you have to take a step back,” Wilson said Dec. 12. “We have the …last_img read more

Three years on: Madiba’s death, reflections from Ramaphosa

December 18, 2019

first_imgOn the third anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela, the Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted “Mandela the Freedom Fighter and Mandela the Democracy Builder”. We’ve collected quotes from the speech Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa gave at the event.South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on 5 December 2016, the third anniversary of the death of Mandela. (Image: The Presidency, Facebook)Compiled by: Priya PitamberOn the third anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela, 5 December 2016, former freedom fighters, politicians and diplomats gathered at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where they marked the occasion with an event under the name “Mandela the Freedom Fighter and Mandela the Democracy Builder”.Speakers included Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and Dr Leon Wessels, who served as Ramaphosa’s deputy chair of the Constitutional Assembly.Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, and his granddaughter, Ndileka Mandela, were also present.“We are not living the reality of Madiba’s dream,” said Sello Hatang, the foundation CEO.He believed that if Madiba had still been with us, he would have prioritised the challenges the country faced. If this was not done “the formal processes of democracy will lose the great majority of our people”, he said.Watch Ramaphosa’s address:Read quotes from his speech:On recalling the past:We are here to mark the anniversary of a profoundly painful moment in the life of our young democracy, the day on which our founding president, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, drew his last breath. Three years later, we are here to remember him, to celebrate him, to honour him and to reflect on his legacy.On Mandela’s arrest:It was on this day 60 years ago, in 1956, that Madiba and 155 other leaders of congress were arrested and charged with high treason. It was a moment of great uncertainty for our country and of great peril for the congress movement and its leaders. It was an audacious and cynical attempt by the apartheid regime to destroy the congress movement and define as treason the demand for those freedoms that are now enshrined in our Constitution.On the signing of South Africa’s Constitution:Later this week, we will mark the 20th anniversary of the signing into law by Madiba of our country’s democratic Constitution. It was a moment of jubilation, as the South African nation was born. The Constitution became our nation’s birth certificate.On challenges and achievements:Despite the progress of the last two decades, we must acknowledge that we have not transformed our economy to serve the interests of the majority. Although we have experienced periods of economic growth, we have not built up an industrial base of the scale and diversity required to extract optimal value from the natural resources we possess in abundance.On learning from history:We risk being diverted from the path we have chosen. It is at a time like this that we are called upon to look into our past. It is perhaps at moments like these that we should seek counsel from the lives of our forbearers. We are called upon to remember the legacies, the struggles, the values and the qualities of the great leaders of our people. We are called upon to reflect on the history of our movement, the principles for which it has stood and the ideals for which it has fought – and for which we continue to fight.On unity:The Constitution is not only the supreme law of the republic. It also informs who we are and what we want to be. The unity that we must work to build must be founded on the principles of non-racialism and non-sexism. It requires that we grapple directly with the attitudes, practices, institutions and material circumstances that perpetuate racism and sexism.On an equal society:For as long as the natural state of the black South African is poor and the natural state of the white South African is privileged, we will never succeed in building a non-racial society. For as long as the economic and social conditions of women are inferior to those of men, we will never succeed in building a non-sexist society. There is an urgent need – if we are to be a united nation – to redistribute the wealth of our country.A united South Africa requires the restoration of the land to those who work it. It requires meaningful transfer of ownership and control over the country’s natural resources, over the means of production, to the people as a whole.On the National Development Plan:South Africans need to be committed to a common programme to achieve that vision. That vision and that programme is the National Development Plan. The actions it identifies for the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequality by 2030 have largely been embraced by a broad cross section of South African society.On listening to each other:The most significant advances in our struggle – indeed in much of human endeavour – have been achieved through dialogue. But where there is no meaningful engagement, where those in positions of responsibility do not listen to the cries of the people, then the seeds of discontent, of instability, of conflict are sown.This is a moment when we, as leaders, need to listen and be in conversation with our people. This is the time to listen. This is not the time to display a sense of arrogance. This is not the time to ignore our people.On Mandela’s leadership:For he embodied so much of what we seek in a leader. Although he was one of the most famous figures of the 20th century, he was humble to a fault, never arrogant and devoid of any sense of entitlement. He listened to those he disagreed with. The more he disagreed with someone, the more intently he listened. He was always a unifier, never a divider. Now more than ever, we need leaders of his quality and integrity, leaders who are committed to serve only the interests of the people.We have to ask ourselves uncomfortable questions such as “Does South Africa today have such leaders?”. Does our movement have such leaders? Are we living up to the example that Madiba, (Oliver) Tambo, (Walter) Sisulu and (Albert) Luthuli set? Most importantly, are we living up to the expectations of our people?In conclusion:Let us remember how Madiba characterised his journey through life. Let us make Madiba’s journey our journey. Let us make Madiba’s long walk our own long walk.I miss Madiba more when I remember his moving and touching words about his journey when he said:“I have walked that long road to freedom.I have tried not to falter.I have made missteps along the way.But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come.But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”I too dare not linger for my long walk has not yet ended.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more