Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Conway Springs outlasted Trinity Catholic 22-8 and improved to 4-0 for the season. Also, Oxford was destroyed by Medicine Lodge 46-0.Conway Springs 22 Trinity Catholic 8Two touchdown runs by Payton Winter in the third quarter proved to be the difference as the Cardinals eked out a 22-8 win. Trinity scored first on a 65 yard touchdown pass from a Kaleb Hammeke pass completion to Isaac Miller in the first quarter. It would be Trinity’s only score.Conway Springs never scored until 3:44 of the second quarter when Collin Koester scored on a 1 yard run, tying the game at 8-all. After Winter’s two scores in the third, Conway Springs held Trinity scoreless the rest of the way.Overall, Trinity had more offense 289 to 251 but committed four turnovers. The Cardinals never lost the ball. That was probably the difference right there. Six Conway Springs players rushed with the ball with Winter leading with 84 yards on 15 carries. The box score is here.Medicine Lodge 46 Oxford 0The Indians took a 30-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and added two touchdowns in the second and third quarter for victory.Scoring stats:1st QuarterML Burden to Bayliff 2 yard TD Pass. PAT FailML Burden to Fisher 3 yard TD Pass. PAT Run BayliffML Burden to Dvorak 8 yard TD Pass. PAT Burden to BayliffML Burden to Bayliff 21 yard TD Pass. PAT Bowman Run2nd QuarterML: Burden to Bowman 6 yard TD Pass. PAT Burden to Bayliff3rd QuarterML: Burden to Bowman 9 yard TD Pass. PAT Bowman runFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.
John Mellencamp, “Other People’s Stuff” (Republic Records)In his youth John Mellencamp was known to be cocky. That brashness carried him to the big stage, where he became a stadium-scale rocker with an adventurous spirit.He mostly fell short of the stature attained by contemporaries named Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, but he sometimes took bigger risks.Mellencamp’s fearlessness is well-represented on his latest album, “Other People’s Stuff,” a collection of cover songs, some of them American classics, from four decades of work.This cover image released by Republic Records shows “Other People’s Stuff,” the latest release by John Mellencamp. (Republic Records via AP)There’s a version of “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize,” the old civil rights anthem, which Mellencamp introduced at a White House event in 2010. Mellencamp’s gentle interpretation may surprise those not expecting such soulful notes out of a white man from the heartland.There’s also a slowed-down take on “Wreck of the Old ’97,” the iconic train song, and a Merle Travis song called “Dark as a Dungeon” that Mellencamp originally performed for a documentary about coal mining. Mellencamp’s earthy, cigarette-shaped growl conveys working-class honesty on both.There are cuts that would fit in neatly on “The Lonesome Jubilee,” Mellencamp’s finest album, with accordion and fiddle enhancing the hard-charging vibe. And there are hints throughout, in the range of songwriters he’s embraced — from Jimmie Rodgers to Robert Johnson to Stevie Wonder — that Mellencamp’s brashness sometimes takes him where others won’t go.That’s an essential truth about Mellencamp’s career that this collection reinforces with gusto — that even when the songs are not his own, the man takes chances.
IN SPORT.ES El Barça renuncia a Halilovic “We can execute this option to buy at any moment during the loan period,” he explained. Halilovic is now on loan to Las Palmas until June 2018 from the German side. Cruz added that the intense negotiations needed ‘nine signatures’. Las Palmas general sporting director Toni Cruz says that Barcelona have given the option to buy on Alen Halilovic to the Canarian club. That means the Croatian midfielder’s future is now in Las Palmas’ hands. 27/01/2017 Sport EN Upd. on 28/01/2017 at 00:11 CET “It’s public that FC Barcelona have a right to buy – they had it with Hamburg, but while we are in the loan period, the clauses can only be executed by us. It was a transfer. For this I say that we are grateful for the actions of Hamburg, Barcelona and Halilovic’s father.”
By JARROD POTTER “I’M NOBLE Park through and through and always will be.” Mick Fogarty bowed out of senior coaching…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.
Mullins might also call upon Sharjah, successful in the Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Last year’s first and second, Supasundae and Faugheen – winner of the race in 2016 – could also take their chance.The first of eight Grade 1 races at the Dublin Racing Festival is the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle which has attracted 57 entries, an increase of 22 on last year. Battleoverdoyen heads the way after his Grade 1 success in the Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle and his rivals could include the Pat Fahy-trained Dunvegan, Philip Dempsey’s Derrinross and the Henry De Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle. Willie Mullins has made 18 entries for the race including his Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle third Getareason, Annamix, Tornado Flyer, Relegate and Robin De Carlow.The Ladbrokes Dublin Chase will be run as a Grade 1 for the first time and has attracted a strong entry from Britain with the Ruth Jefferson-trained Waiting Patiently, Nicky Richards’ course specialist Simply Ned, Saint Calvados, trained by Harry Whittington and the Harry Fry-trained Hell’s Kitchen among the 15 entries. Last year’s winner Min, Footpad, Un De Sceaux and Great Field look to give Willie Mullins every chance of success in the race while Jessica Harrington has entered the long-absent Sizing John.British entries Knocknanuss, trained by Gary Moore, and the Nicky Richards-trained Reivers Lad are among 19 horses, up from 10 last year, in the Grade 1 Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase. A formidable home team is headed by the Joseph O’Brien-trained Le Richebourg, the Terence O’Brien-trained Articulum and Aidan Howard’s Winter Escape. That trio is backed up by a Gordon Elliott quintet featuring the Limerick Grade 1 winner Hardline and Mengli Khan.Day two of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on Sunday, February 3 also features four Grade 1 races and the Unibet Irish Gold Cup has attracted an impressive entry of 24 horses.Waiting Patiently, trained by Ruth Jefferson, which gets another entry here, the Nicky Henderson-trained Top Notch and Jonjo O’Neill’s Minella Rocco make up the challenge from the other side of the Irish Sea with leading Cheltenham Gold Cup fancy Presenting Percy, trained by Pat Kelly, heading a strong Irish contingent.Last year’s winner Edwulf and the 2017 winner Sizing John have been entered by Joseph O’Brien and Jessica Harrington respectively, while Willie Mullins has made five entries, headed by his impressive Savills Chase winner Kemboy, Al Boum Photo and Bellshill. Trumping them all with seven entries is Gordon Elliott who has entered the only mare in the field, Shattered Love. Noel Meade’s Road To Respect, Henry De Bromhead’s Monalee and the Tony Martin-trained Anibale Fly are three more notable entries.Also over fences, the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase has proved popular with trainers with an entry of 25 comparing favourably with last year’s initial take up of 18. La Bague Au Roi, unbeaten in three starts over fences, including the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices´ Chase at Kempton on St Stephen’s Day, heads the way and is a likely runner for trainer Warren Greatrex.Monalee won the race for Henry De Bromhead in 2018 and the County Waterford trainer has made four entries for the latest renewal with Chris’s Dream and Paloma Blue making plenty of early appeal. Chief among a team of eight entered by Gordon Elliott look to be Christmas Grade 1 winners Delta Work and Hardline. Aidan Howard has given Winter Escape an entry while Terence O’Brien’s Articulum is another that has the two-mile, five-furlong event as an option.The younger brigade get their chance to shine in the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle which boasts an entry of 27, an increase of 17 on last year. The Tom Mullins-trained Rocky Blue, winner of the Grade 2 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival could renew rivalry with Gordon Elliott’s Coeur Sublime in a race that could also feature a rematch between Joseph O’Brien’s Sir Erec and the Willie Mullins-trained Tiger Tap Tap, first and second in a maiden hurdle over the same course and distance late last month.An entry of 25 was received for the Grade 1 Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle last year but 32 horses are in line to take up the challenge this time. Battleoverdoyen is one of nine in Gordon Elliott’s squad while Aramon, another Grade 1 winner, is one of nine entered by Willie Mullins.Pat Keogh, Chief Executive of Leopardstown Racecourse, said,“We were delighted with the success of the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival in 2018 and are confident that 2019 will be bigger and better. The goal of this festival is to celebrate Dublin with the very best that National Hunt racing has to offer. We are delighted with the quality and quantity of entries and thank the owners and trainers for their support.“After only one year the festival has established itself in the spring calendar and we are delighted to have eight Grade 1 races and an increased prizemoney purse of over €1.8m. This has only been possible through the ongoing support of our sponsors and Horse Racing Ireland. Dublin is one the most vibrant and enjoyable cities in Europe and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors from around Ireland and overseas to the Dublin Racing Festival.”Ed Nicholson, head of Unibet racing sponsorship and communications, said:‘We are both delighted and honoured to continue our association with Leopardstown and the Unibet Irish Gold Cup. Previous winners of the Unibet Irish Gold Cup reads like a who’s who of jumps racing, and we are privileged to sponsor such a prestigious event; it’s a race that resonates both sides of the Irish Sea, and one that links in well with our other racing sponsorships.“Once again, the Unibet Irish Gold Cup has attracted an incredible list of entries; but given the prize money on offer and the iconic nature of the race, that is no surprise. It’s a race that every owner, trainer and jockey yearns to win.”Ladbrokes Head of PR, Nicola McGeady said:“We are really happy with the entries and another stellar weekend of racing is expected. We very much expect Apple’s Jade to continue her unbeaten streak, while it’ll be interesting to see if punters are willing to forgive Footpad.”Notes to Editor:Dublin Racing Festival will combine the best that the city has to offer over one weekend with top quality National Hunt racing, celebrating the best of Dublin culture, music, fashion, food and craic. With live music on both days from top Irish acts including Delorentos, and live rugby across the venue after racing when Ireland and England lock horns. This is the perfect way to spend a weekend. Advanced one day general admission tickets are €30 and €35 on the day. Gates open on both days at 10:45am with the first race away at 12:50pm on Saturday and 12:40pm on Sunday. For more information see Leopardstown.com.Unibet betting on the Unibet Irish Gold Cup:Kemboy 7/2, Al Boum Photo 9/2, Presenting Percy 9/2, Road To Respect 5, Bellshill 10, Monalee 10, Waiting Patiently 10, Anibale Fly 12, Killultagh Vic 12, Sizing John 12, Total Recall 14, Tout Est Permis 14, Shattered Love 14, The Storyteller 16, Balko Des Flos 20, Outlander 20, Edwulf 25, Minella Rocco 25, Top Notch 25, Alpha Des Obeaux 33, Monbeg Notorious 33, Don Poli 40, Sub Lieutenant 40, Noble Endeavour 50.Ladbrokes betting on the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle:Apple’s Jade 6/4, Melon 7/2, Sharjah 7/2, Supasundae 4, Laurina 4, Faugheen 10, Saldier 14, Petit Mouchoir 14, Cilaos Emery 25, Farclas 25, Tombstone 50.Ladbrokes betting on the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase:Footpad 4/5, Min 3, Great Field 5, Un De Sceaux 6, Waiting Patiently 8, Saint Calvados 8, Simply Ned 10, Castlegrace Paddy 12, Sizing John 14, Special Tiara 16, Doctor Phoenix 25, Hell’s Kitchen 25, Ordinary World 25, A Toi Phil 40, Avenir D’Une Vie 66. CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO ENTRIES FOR SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO ENTRIES FOR SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3 The two-day Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3 boasts the strongest of entries. A wonderful renewal of the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle on the opening afternoon is on the horizon with star mares Apple’s Jade and Laurina featuring in the initial line up for Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins respectively. Edwulf (Derek O’Connor) winners of the Unibet Irish Gold Cup.Leopardstown.Photo: Patrick McCann 04.02.2018 Waiting Patiently, Presenting Percy, Road To Respect, Apple’s Jade, Laurina, Battleoverdoyen, Simply Ned, Footpad, Le Richebourg and La Bague Au Roi among exciting Leopardstown entry. Edwulf (Derek O’Connor) winners of the Unibet Irish Gold Cup. Photo: Patrick McCannprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
When the season began, Monmouth University men’s basketball head coach Dave Calloway knew his team would be a bit of a work in progress in the early going. His hope was that the pace of improvement would be quick enough to generate some excitement about the program as it looked to resume its place as a force within the Northeast Conference. Based on the Hawks’ last two games, that buzz may well be on its way, as MU has posted impressive back-to-back wins to improve to 5-9 overall, and seems poised to tackle the meat of its NEC schedule. On Dec. 23, Monmouth used a 17-1 run over the final 6:12 of the game to earn a 65- 51 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Thanks to a balanced attack that saw four Hawks score in double digits, Monmouth dominated the game late and gave a glimpse of a team that is beginning to find its rhythm. Justin Sofman led the way with 18 points (including a season-high five three-pointers), while Travis Taylor registered his fifth career double-double with 14 points and a careerbest tying 11 rebounds. Will Campbell added 13 points and six boards, while James Hett scored 10 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed three rebounds. The game was close through three quarters, but with just over six minutes to play, the Hawks took over to win their final nonconference game of the year. It was a confidence-building finish for the Hawks, who went 10-for-11 from the free throw line in the second half, and were 12-of- 14 for the game (85.7 percent). Monmouth then entered Saturday night’s game with Quinnipiac looking to build on the win, and did just that, beating the Bobcats, 72-60, in front of an enthusiastic crowd in West Long Branch. Freshman Ed Waite led the way for MU, scoring 17 points, while seniorWhitney Coleman added 16, as the Hawks evened their NEC record to 1-1 on the year. Now 4-2 at home on the year, Monmouth also got strong offensive efforts from Taylor (14 points, seven rebounds) and Campbell (14 points) to pull out an important win over a good Quinnipiac squad. Early on, the teams traded momentum, as QU jumped out to a 5-0 lead before MU got a Campbell trifecta and a Waite three-point play to grab a 6-5 lead. The teams continued to trade runs throughout the first half, with Monmouth clinging to a 31-27 lead at the break following a Coleman three-pointer with just two seconds to play. Once the second half began, Monmouth increased its lead to six before a Bobcat 9-1 run tied the score at 37-37. QU then took the lead, 41-38, before the Hawks scored six straight to grab a 44-41 edge with just over 13 minutes to play. QU then tied the score at 44 before the Hawks launched the run that would decide the game. Waite scored a pair of baskets to spark the run, with Coleman adding a pair of trifectas to open up a 57-48 lead with 6:45 to play. The Hawks’ run reached 17-4 (to the delight of the home crowd), and with 5:37 to play, MU was up 61-48 with the game well in hand. QU tried to respond with a run of its own, outscoring MU 6-1 over the next two minutes, but another Coleman three-pointer (his fourth of the game) shut the door and sealed the win for the Hawks. Down the stretch, MU once again was clutch from the free-throw line to maintain its lead and secure the important win. For the game, Monmouth outshot the Bobcats, 46.3 percent (25-54) to 40 percent (22-55) from the floor and 63.6 percent (14-22) to 54.5 percent (12-22) from the free-throw line. Both teams shot 36.4 percent from long range, with the Hawks making 8-of-22 to the Bobcats’ 4- of-11. Monmouth’s defense was the key in this one, as they held the conference’s secondleading scorer, James Feldeine (18.9 points per game) to just 12 points, and junior forward Justin Rutty (15.4 ppg, sixth in the NEC, and 10.4 rebounds per game, first in the NEC) to just four points and seven rebounds. Waite, a 6-5, 225-pound former football player, deserved much of the credit for the defensive work done on Rutty. The Monmouth pressure also caused the Bobcats to commit a season-high 23 turnovers, which the Hawks turned into a 28- 12 advantage in points off turnovers. Should the Hawks continue to play teamoriented basketball on both ends of the floor, they should play their way into contention in the NEC before long. Next up for Monmouth is a Thursday night match-up with Central Connecticut State in the MAC in West Long Branch. The Blue Devils fell to 4-7 overall on the season with a 70-53 defeat to Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon, and were scheduled to take on Colgate on Monday night. CCSU is led offensively by its backcourt, which consists of 6-3 sophomore guard Robby Ptacek (13.8 ppg) and 6-0 junior Shemik Thompson (12.3). Monmouth will need to neutralize those two if it hopes to win its second straight NEC affair and cement its status as one the rapidly improving teams in what is beginning to look like a wide open conference race. Tip-off is 7 p.m. today. BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer Back-to-back wins show team’s potential
By Greg StutchburyCaptain Richie McCaw scored a second-half try to help the All Blacks maintain their five-year unbeaten record in New Zealand with a tense 14-10 victory over a combative Springboks side in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.McCaw was the beneficiary of a pin-point cross-kick from Aaron Cruden that was hauled in by number eight Kieran Read who fed his skipper who dived over in the corner.Cruden slotted two penalties for the home side while Beauden Barrett added another after he replaced Cruden late in the second half to give the home side 16 points at the top of the Rugby Championship table. South Africa are on 10.“It was a hell of a battle out there tonight,” McCaw told reporters.“I think the difference in the first half, we were on the back foot a little bit when they were getting the edge at the contact area and we were forced into poor decisions and poor kicks and poor handling.“When you do that against a team like that you put yourself under pressure.“The second half was better but no means perfect.”Rookie South Africa flyhalf Handre Pollard had been seen as a gamble by coach Heyneke Meyer, but demonstrated a mature cool head far beyond his 20 years and inexperience of just three previous tests.IMPRESSIVE POLLARDPollard set up Cornal Hendricks’ first-half try with a brilliant inside pass, converted it and then slotted a long-range drop goal for the visitors who had the opportunity to win the match late on with several attacking lineouts but were thwarted.“It’s a tough one to swallow,” said Springboks captain Jean de Villiers, who played his 100th test match on Saturday. “It’s a loss to a quality side and very good team.“We gave ourselves a chance but didn’t quite get there in the end.”The All Blacks have been unbeaten in New Zealand for five years – a run of 36 successive tests – last losing at home to South Africa in Hamilton on Sept. 12, 2009.The hosts had the majority of the ball and territory but were thwarted by a superb Springboks defensive effort, led by number eight Duane Vermuelen and flanker Marcel Coetzee.The All Blacks attempted to play at a high pace, forcing the Springboks to slow the game down by walking to lineouts and players to seek medical treatment at regular intervals.The visitors’ defence, however, more than demonstrated that teams who want to play rugby will still need to do the basics first by committing players in close before going wide and to hang on to the ball when inside their opponent’s territory.The All Blacks also kicked too often into open field rather than pinning the Springboks back in their own half, while their adherence to having lock Brodie Retallick feeding a prop to smash into the midfield defence became too predictable.The Springboks led 7-6 at halftime after Hendricks scored a try from Pollard’s inside pass that the International Rugby Board junior player of the year converted.The home side’s only reward was two penalties to Cruden in the first half, though he missed a third from long range after the halftime hooter had sounded.McCaw then scored in the corner after a sustained buildup that culminated in Cruden making a pinpoint cross kick to Read, who took the ball and waited for McCaw to pop up outside him and dive over.Pollard slotted a long-range drop goal in the 56th minute and the visitors then placed the All Blacks under immense pressure in the final 10 minutes but the home side managed to hold on to keep their unbeaten record at home alive.“It was pretty desperate times,” McCaw added of the final 10 minutes. “It reveals the character of your team when you have to dig deep.“They were also under pressure because they had to score so we just had to hold our nerve and keep tackling and the mistake came.”
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 On the other hand, Thompson—who almost got finished in two separate occasions during the bout—acknowledged his previous shortcomings and vowed to finally achieve his dream of becoming UFC champion.“I know for a fact I wasn’t at my best. He was at his best. He hit me with two big shots that put dudes to sleep and he couldn’t do it with me,” he was quoted as saying in a Fox Sports report.“He tried to finish me with the guillotine and couldn’t do it. In the fifth round, I felt great. I felt like I could have gone another three rounds but I wasn’t at my best. I didn’t let my hands go the way I should have,” the former kickboxing star added.After the UFC confirmed the rematch, the lively pair did not waste any time taking jabs at each other on Twitter.Screen Grab from TwitterUFC 209 is scheduled on March 4, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Other bouts for the main card include a rematch between heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt and a featherweight clash between Darren Elkins and Mirsad Bektic. Khristian IbarrolaADVERTISEMENT Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ MOST READ Brighter future as Maroons acquire services of Akhuetie Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES The two highly touted combatants fought tooth-and-nail for 25 minutes, but two judges could not determine the winner and scored it a draw, while the other one gave the nod to the champion.Both fighters received ‘Fight of the Night’ bonuses and sparked debates between MMA pundits as to who really won the bout. Even UFC president Dana White said that a rematch is in order after the match was done.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 returnWoodley, meanwhile, spoke on his podcast ’The Morning Wood’ on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) and immediately went off on the challenger.“He got under my skin so much that I’m just going to go ahead and fight this dude,” the Roufusport fighter said. “Like straight up. He got under my skin that bad where I don’t even care about the ration and the money and what fight makes the most sense. You need to be careful what you ask for. ‘Wonderboy’ you want it — come get it. You want a fight, you want to get done worse than you did the first time?” UFC welterweight champion Tyron ‘The Chose One’ Woodley would once again look to defend his title against Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson at UGC 209 in May. Image: UFC.comLooks like ‘Wonderboy’ will have a second crack against the ‘Chosen One’ after all.After their gruelling five-round war ended in a majority draw at UFC 205 in November last year, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) would once again face off against the division’s number one contender Stephen Thompson (13-1-1), in the main event of UFC 209 in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round View comments
Confronted with a debt of over G$345 billion at the end of 2017, the politicians are yet to convince the people that the “GOOD LIFE” is coming. This Granger government is exhibiting a mentality that says it can out-borrow, out-tax and out-spend any other government in the history of Guyana. But to what end? Where is empirical evidence to prove that all of this borrowing has helped to expand the productive sectors and productivity per capita?The two main indicators to identify debt stress in a nation are the Debt-to-GDP ratio and the Debt Services-to-Total Revenue ratio (see graph below). On both scores, the post-2015 government has moved in the wrong direction.In May 2017, the Government of Guyana promised the IMF, in the Debt Sustainability Analysis process, a Debt Services-to-Revenue ratio in 2018 below 7.7%. But that was nothing but an empty promise, because, within 12 months, it had marched on these figures in the opposite direction, as the graph above proves. Today Guyana is rapidly moving toward a point of increasing its debt stress, with the Debt-to-GDP ratio set to surpass 50% in 2019, for the first time since 2014.Why are these indicators important to the people? The Debt-to-GDP ratio tells the story of the ratio of the total public debt to the value of the total goods and services produced in that country within a year. This ratio indicates the ability of a nation to pay back its debt. A higher ratio speaks to the fact that it will become more difficult to pay back the incurred debt. To complicate matters, Guyana’s growth rate is currently in the “dog house”, thanks to the policy paralysis in the Granger regime.The Debt Services-to-Revenue ratio is an indicator of the portion of revenue set aside exclusively to pay debts. The higher this ratio, the more difficult it becomes to repay one’s loans, and fewer dollars will be available for important services like education and healthcare. In economic management, a higher Debt-to-GDP ratio usually leads to a higher Debt Services-to-Revenue ratio. Today, all the indicators are pointing to increasing debt stress, thanks to the bankrupt economic policies of this Granger government.In 1990, under the PNC, the Debt Services-to-Revenue ratio was 140%, which means that Guyana had to default on some of its debt in those days, because it could not meet its debt repayment. At that time, the international community deemed Guyana as uncreditworthy and technically bankrupt. By 1993, during the PPP administration, it had dropped to 105%, thanks to some work under Hoyte, but Guyana was still not out of the woods. By 2009, that ratio had dropped to 6%, thanks to a combination of efforts both locally (focused agenda from the PPP on paying debt installments) and internationally (debt write-off initiative).However, since 2009, there have been serious concerns about how our debt stock was being managed. Loans are being borrowed, but it is unclear who has benefited from these loans. In a growing economy, the challenge is masked, and thus under the PPP, though it was a concern, it was not brought to the front burner. But when an economy is flatlining, as is happening today under Mr. Granger, we have a major problem, as the debt stress escalates without much recourse.The solution is simple: increase revenue or cut expenses. What is happening today under Mr. Granger is revenue is flatlining and expenses are rapidly expanding. In the APNU/AFC Manifesto, the Prime Ministerial Candidate, Mr. Moses Nagamootoo, promised the nation that his government shall “cut out waste and extravagance and limit borrowing”. But as the evidence proved, Mr. Nagamootoo is just a button that Mr. Granger presses when he want to hear codswallop, because Nagamootoo’s word are nothing but hot air.If one observes Table 9 in the National Budget, one can find that the travel cost of the government in 2014 was G$3.5 billion. In 2017, it was G$4.9 billion. This Granger administration has increased its international travel cost by over G$1 billion within 30 months. In those same 30 months, over G$300 million was spent on the two State Houses on Main Street for two families. Until this financial waste and extravagance is cut out, the only way to complete the financing of the budget is more borrowing. But expansion in debt not backed by expanding payback capacity destroys jobs and economic growth, and the world know it. Can we understand why the investors are not coming?
Some fans stopped looking for tickets after FIFA hinted that they were hard to come by.“I was impressed and excited about seeing the announcement that the majority of games had sold out,” England supporter Sean Cottrell said. “I was also disappointed as I was planning to take my family to see a few of the games.“But we changed our plans when we saw that we unlikely would be able to get tickets. It was probably something lost in translation in the communications and now I regret not double-checking.”The choice of stadiums isn’t always helpful for fans, either, even for those a short distance away.England’s next game against Argentina is in the northwestern city of Le Havre, which has no scheduled flights to anywhere in the world. Fans face a journey of about three hours from Paris by road or rail. There are ferries from Portsmouth in southern England to Le Havre, and they take about five hours.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao “If the fans don’t come out, they are missing out,” said Nikita Parris, who scored England’s opening goal against Scotland on Sunday. “It’s going to be a special World Cup.”France’s three games in the group stage have sold out, with the final tickets for the second game against Norway in Nice on Wednesday snapped up after the host’s impressive 4-0 victory over South Korea. Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Golden State won, but both teams lost Game 5 LATEST STORIES Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge “Some people were waiting to see what France could do in the opening match,” France coach Corinne Diacre said Tuesday. “We did what was expected of us. We now have six more steps to come.”The semifinals and final in Lyon in early July are already sure to be full, according to FIFA.FIFA said last week it had “allocated” the majority of tickets — 460,748 — to French people. After that, more tickets have been allocated to Americans — 130,905 — than the rest of the world combined. Britons rank third with 29,307 tickets, up a third from figures provided to the AP in April.The group games involving the defending champion United States are listed by FIFA as sold out, starting Tuesday against Thailand in Reims.“It’s been quite incredible to be a part of this World Cup,” U.S. forward Alex Morgan said, “because every single World Cup I think has had some sort of progression in the amount of eyes on this tournament, the amount of support of the host country, the amount of stadiums and the fact that every single game is an individual game and that it’s not a doubleheader.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Fans cheer for their teams prior the start of the Women’s World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)NICE, France — FIFA’s attempt to hype Women’s World Cup ticket sales didn’t go exactly as planned.The sport’s governing body gave the impression that tickets for the tournament in France were hard to come by when it boasted to the public a month ago: “You can still buy tickets for a few matches.”ADVERTISEMENT But with the opening weekend taking place against the backdrop of many empty seats, FIFA came clean on Tuesday after providing misleading information.FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in Paris last week that 20 of the 52 matches had been sold out. FIFA revised that number to 14 on Tuesday, meaning 70 percent of the stadiums will not be at capacity as it stands.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOf the nine games in the opening four days of the tournament, the only capacity crowds were at host France’s victory over South Korea in Paris on Friday and at Brazil’s win over Jamaica in Grenoble.While providing details of ticket sales to The Associated Press, FIFA did not respond to questions about why it implied on Twitter on May 7 that there was little availability nor why Infantino inflated ticket sales. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments