ONE launches reality search for next MMA superstar in Asia

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Potts grateful to end college career with a title after season’s struggles It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ “One of our biggest missions is taking martial arts, Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, and placing it front and center for the entire world to witness,” said ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.“We are excited to travel across Asia, visiting the most iconic cities, to discover the next big superstar.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneFranklin, a multi-time middleweight champion when he was still fighting, will make stops in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing.Now serving as ONE’s vice president, Franklin said he looks forward to the new practitioners that can elevate the sport of mixed martial arts to a new level. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny ONE Championship is in search of the next fighting superstar.The premier mixed martial arts promotion in Asia launched a new documentary series that features Rich Franklin traveling from gym to gym looking for up and coming martial arts talents.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Throughout my time in ONE Championhsip, I have been a witness to some of the best martial arts talents,” said Franklin. “Stars today such as Angela Lee and Eduard Folayang came from the grassroots level of talent in Asia and the next martial arts superstar is just waiting to be discovered.”Selected athletes will compete in trial exhibition bouts and all have a chance to earn a six-figure contract with ONE Championship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

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Brendan Rodgers hails Celtic squad after first win as Hoops manager

first_img1 Brendan Rodgers says his Celtic side have ticked all the boxes so far during their pre-season workout.The Hoops registered their first win under the Northern Irishman on Sunday when Ryan Christie netted the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Austrians Sturm Graz.That result came three days after his first match in charge of the Scottish champions ended in a 2-2 draw against NK Celje in Slovenia and Rodgers is pleased with the work put in so far.The former Liverpool boss told Celtic TV: “I felt it was a great exercise for us. This was Sturm Graz’s sixth and final game of pre-season before they start the league, and for us playing our second game, I felt we were very good.“Most of the objectives were achieved from the game in terms of our fitness and football. The cohesion within the team is different at the moment, because I am picking different teams, but the first half was very good – we had good speed in the game, scored the goal and could have had two or three more and didn’t concede.“The second half was a little bit more broken, but there was still a good mentality in the players and it was another step up in their fitness levels.“We set some targets before the game and for me the players achieved them all. We are only a week-and-a-half in and I was really pleased with the first half and that pressing element, that hunger to get the ball back was good.“We have worked on getting the ball back within four passes when the opponent scores or we score, and we did that and should have been 2-0 up straight away. So there are many pleasing aspects and the team, cohesively, is coming together day by day.“It’s been great out here. We have a good chance to work together on the field and to reinforce our principles off the field so I’m really happy with how it’s going.”Scott Brown also made a surprise second-half substitute appearance as he returned earlier from hamstring trouble earlier than expected.But his involvement has encouraged Rodgers, especially with the Hoops’ opening Champions League qualifier just over a week away.The manager said: “Scott’s obviously a way off in terms of his fitness but he’s very determined and he’s a wonderful captain. He’s a good guy to have around and he’s worked very hard so it was just about introducing him back into it.”Rodgers also confirmed new signing Moussa Dembele will get his first taste of action for Celtic during Wednesday’s friendly encounter with Olimpija Ljubljana.“He will feature on Wednesday night,” said the manager. “He’s only just with us and you need to give them seven to 10 days before you get them on the field or else you have a high risk of injury so he’s a guy that will come in and play some part on Wednesday.” Brendan Rodgers last_img read more

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Computer student had schoolbag with bank cards and security details

first_imgA computer student was caught with a schoolbag containing notebooks full of bank security numbers and bank cards when Gardai raided a hotel in Co Donegal.Drissa Dembele, a second-year student at Dublin Institute of Technology appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with fraud. The court heard that Dembele was part of a group of men who had booked into Dillon’s Hotel in Main Street in Letterkenny on November 22nd, 2017.Staff subsequently found out that the bank card used by Dembele was not in his name and contacted Gardai.When Gardai arrived at the hotel, they found Dembele in a hotel room with a number of other men.They had in their possession a schoolbag with a copybook containing a copybook full of bank numbers as well as numerous bank cards which were not in their names.The bank card used by Dembele to book the room which cost €109 was registered to a bank in Germany.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher said his client was a 24-year-old computer student who had been in Letterkenny for a party.No other charges apart from using a false bank card to book the hotel was brought before the court.Mr Gallagher added that Dembele had dropped out of college in second year but was keen to finish his degree.Judge Paul Kelly sentenced Dembele of Castelview Road, Swords in Dublin to two months in prison but suspended the prison sentence for 12 months.Computer student had schoolbag with bank cards and security details was last modified: November 28th, 2018 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:courtcredit cardDillons HoteldonegalGardailetterkennylast_img read more

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New Orleans rail service resumes on Amtrak route

first_img Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said he expected more than 30 passengers to arrive today and that “the business will grow steadily but slowly over the next several weeks.” Greater numbers of passengers are expected next year, after tracks to the east are repaired. Service to the west should resume before that, he said. “This helps return the area to some normalcy,” Magliari said. “We’re far from normal here right now. But each step toward normalcy is important.” Jimmy Elliott, 63, leaned on his cane as he was helped off the train. He was returning from Chicago for the first time since evacuating on Aug. 28. “There’s no place like home,” he said. Elliott said he was told his home in the Algiers neighborhood on the city’s West Bank did not sustain much damage, but he still gazed through the train window as it arrived. “I was trying to see what I was coming home to,” he said. Michael Anderson, 21, a senior airman in the Air Force, was visiting from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, after returning from a four-month tour in Iraq. He first tried to get a flight, but an early winter storm that dumped heavy snow across the northern Plains canceled those plans, forcing him to get on a train to Chicago to catch the City of New Orleans. Waiting for him were his 15-year-old brother, 12-year-old sister and mother, Paulette Anderson, who cried as they embraced. “I’m so happy he’s home,” she said. “It’s a good day.” Another train, the Crescent from New York, was expected to arrive later Saturday. It will also be the first train to depart New Orleans today en route to Meridian, Miss., Birmingham, Ala., Atlanta and other stops on the way back to New York. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW ORLEANS – Amtrak resumed passenger rail service to New Orleans on Saturday, bringing mass ground transportation back to the city for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. The train called the City of New Orleans arrived with 29 passengers aboard, greeted by a handful of well-wishers, after leaving Chicago late Thursday. As he stepped off the train, Marty Robinson, of Paducah, Ky., sank to his knees, sang a song and proposed to his girlfriend as she greeted him. She accepted. “I’m nervous. I’m shaking,” said Lorraine Talbot of Houma, La., who embraced the man who sang songs to her by phone in the weeks since the storm. last_img read more

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AVONDALE ARE FROM DEAD YET, WARNS HARPS BOSS HORGAN AHEAD OF CUP REPLAY

first_imgA place in the semi-finals of this season’s FAI Cup remains up for grabs for Finn Harps and Avondale United as the two meet again at Finn Park on Wednesday to replay their quarter-final tie (kick-off 8.00pm).The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Avondale Park on Sunday afternoon. After a scoreless first half, Michael Funston game Harps a 51st minute lead before Danny Long equalised for the hosts in the 77th minute.Despite earning the replay and bringing the Munster Senior League side back to Finn Park for a midweek game, Harps manager Ollie Horgan has warned the tie is far from over. “Sunday’s game saw two evenly matched teams and a draw was a fair result,” said Horgan. “The hot day and tempo of the game took a lot out of us and will need to recover quickly.“It is good to still be in the cup but Avondale won’t be any easier to try to beat in Ballybofey,” he continued, “especially with a few good fresh players to come back in for replay.”Horgan said that although Avondale are not a League of Ireland club, they would hold their own if they were a team competing in the same Division as Harps.“While Avondale aren’t a league club, they would compete comfortably in the First Division and accumulate a substantial amount of points. “They have loads of experience and play good football. Avondale will have a stronger team out for replay with their captain among others returning.“They were strong enough as they were on Sunday so we know it will be very difficult to try to get through,” he said.Harps, with home advantage, will be hoping to reach a first FAI Cup semi-final in fifteen years. Wednesday’s replay will be played to a finish on the night, with extra-time and penalties to decide the outcome if necessary.Damien McNulty and Sean McCarron are available again after missing Sunday’s game in Cork through suspension. However, Tommy McMonagle is out while Caoimhe Bonner is a doubt. AVONDALE ARE FROM DEAD YET, WARNS HARPS BOSS HORGAN AHEAD OF CUP REPLAY was last modified: September 15th, 2014 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:AVONDALE UTDBallybofeyfinn harpsFinn Parklast_img read more

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Barca link to Blues keeper played down

first_imgThibaut Courtois’ father has played down reports the goalkeeper has been targeted by Barcelona.Courtois has not played for Chelsea since signing from Genk in 2011.He has impressed while on loan at Atletico Madrid, prompting speculation that Barca want him as a replacement for Victor Valdes.But Courtois senior told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure: “At this moment there is no contact with Barcelona.“A few days ago Thibaut had contact with the goalkeeping coach of Chelsea, who will soon report on his progress at Atletico.“When this is done, we will work with Chelsea and talk about his future.”Click here for today’s Chelsea quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Bulldogs, Cardinals cruise to 3-set wins

first_imgChester >> The Los Molinos Lady Bulldogs and Corning Lady Cardinals volleyball teams continued their winning ways Thursday night with quick wins over Lassen and Las Plumas, respectively, but the Red Bluff Lady Spartans and Mercy Lady Warriors wouldn’t fare so well, falling to Chico and Burney.The Bulldogs went into Chester and beat the Volcanoes handily in three sets, 25-11, 25-5, 25-8.Heather Rodriguez was named player of the match for the Bulldogs, posting 5 aces, 13 digs and 15 assists.Rac …last_img

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Nelson Mandela Bay is smart

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela multi-purpose stadium. The municipality’s listing as one of the most intelligent communities in the world will enhance its status as a 2010 host city. (Image: Nelson Mandela Bay)Janine ErasmusThe Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Bay municipality has made it onto the 2009 list of the world’s 21 most intelligent communities. The list is issued annually by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) on the basis of a community’s capacity in and innovative use of broadband.African communities are starting to make their presence felt in the global broadband arena. Nelson Mandela Bay follows Cape Town’s feat – in 2008 the Western Cape capital was the first and only African city to make it to the Smart21 list.The municipality, which includes Port Elizabeth and the nearby towns of Uitenhage and Despatch, is home to 1 200 000 citizens in around 289 000 households.It was singled out with 20 other communities from 12 nations on four continents, among them two counties and two multi-city metropolitan areas. Nelson Mandela Bay is the only African entrant to have been thus honoured in 2009.ICF development director Louis Zacharilla lauded each nominee for their efforts in improving their environment through innovative broadband applications.“The ingenuity of these communities is exemplified in their investments in the future of the young, the growth and progress of job-creating businesses, and economic security,” he said at the announcement. “An overarching theme of the 2009 honourees has been the dedication to putting people first and building a ‘talent inventory’ that will thrive with technology and innovation.”Industrial hubNelson Mandela Bay is the acknowledged hub of the automotive industry in South Africa, an achievement commended by the ICF in its citation. The municipality is also investing into information and communications technology (ICT) with the goal of establishing an ICT sector built around call centres and ICT outsourcing. This will serve to bridge the current inequality in education and income.The recently developed Nelson Mandela Bay Technology Hub is a project that focuses on providing support to small- and medium-sized businesses in ICT and related industries. An initiative of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, the Technology Hub plays a crucial role in the growth of these businesses in the province’s burgeoning ICT sector.The municipality has also developed a detailed strategy for the implementation of wireless and fibre-to-the-premises broadband, an initiative which will further narrow the digital gap. Fibre-to-the-premises is a type of network architecture where fibre optic cable is run right into the client’s premises, in contrast with traditional methods which use copper for last mile delivery.The introduction of an e-government programme in 2008 has helped to raise the standard of services in the municipality. The scheme consists of four focus areas – government to citizen; government to government; government to business; and internal efficiency and effectiveness.Among the recently implemented e-government solutions is the full computerisation of six community libraries, complete with office packages as well as public internet and email facilities. All municipal departments are now connected with a cost-saving 100Mb wireless network, and work more efficiently with an electronic document management system.The municipality’s traffic control system is to be improved, with new traffic signals and CCTV screens and cameras. The new bus rapid transport system, which is expected to form the core of the public transport system up to 2020 and is currently under construction, will also be accommodated with priority at traffic signals for buses.Worthy of imitationThe ICT panel concluded that the Nelson Mandela Bay approach is “worthy of imitation, because it creates a bold strategy and high-quality plan but sets realistic expectations for achieving it within the community’s means”.The ICF’s Smart21 list is part of its annual Intelligent Community Awards programme, an initiative that identifies the most technologically-savvy communities on the planet. An intelligent community is defined by the ICF as being a community, irrespective of its size or composition, which views bandwidth as an essential resource, one that is vital to economic growth and public welfare.Nominations are received from hundreds of communities of all sizes and on all continents. Once the 21 smart communities for the year have been named, the list is further shrunk to a shortlist of seven, from which the world’s most intelligent community is selected.No African nominee has yet made it to the final seven, but in light of the fact that two years ago an African city had never been named at all, it is surely just a matter of time. The 2009 winner is Stockholm in Sweden.Nomination to the elite Smart21 group is considered a great honour, as well as a step towards wider recognition as an intelligent community with a bright future in the ever-growing broadband economy. The Smart21 initiative is now in its fourth year of existence.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesNelson Mandela Bay is the best Wacs cable gets the green lightBroadband in Africa set to soarUseful linksNelson Mandela BayNelson Mandela Bay tourism siteIntelligent Community ForumComputer Society of South AfricaSavant ICT portallast_img read more

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Gujarat school children receive bags with Akhilesh Yadav’s picture

first_imgIn an embarrassing gaffe, the Gujarat government’s education department distributed thousands of school bags bearing former U.P. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s picture in the tribal district Chhota Udepur.The school bags were distributed to newly enrolled students in government run primary schools in Chhota Udepur.As the picture of school bags embossed with Mr.Yadav’s image went viral on social media, the State government ordered a probe to ascertain how the bags landed up in Gujarat and which agency procured them.According to district primary education officer Mahesh Prajapati, the district panchayat had procured 12,000 of these bags through an e-tender from a Surat-based company. This was a part of the State’s annual school enrollment drive.There were stickers pasted on the bags but the smiling image of the former U.P. Chief Minister was bared when the students removed the stickers.According to sources, the bags were originally manufactured for the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh and were apparently recycled to be distributed in Gujarat by hiding Mr.Yadav’s image under stickers.last_img read more

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BJP denies faulty EVM ‘propaganda’

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has hit back at the Opposition for involving the party’s name in its complaints about tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) during polling on Monday. BJP leaders said the State Election Commission (SEC) has taken note of the complaints and denied most of them, including the alleged manipulation in Satara. The SEC had even conducted mock polling at certain locations under the watch of party representatives to ensure clean and fair elections, they said. The party rejected claims that VVPAT slips of some voters in Navlewadi village in Satara’s Koregaon constituency showed votes cast for other candidates went in favour of the BJP. “The State Election Commission has rejected all claims of EVM manipulation. At the same time, the SEC has denied any such incident took place in Satara of votes being diverted to the BJP. In such a scenario, Opposition parties are using this propaganda to target the BJP. We deny any such reports and propaganda,” Mukund Kulkarni, spokesperson of the State BJP, said.last_img read more

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