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Holm aiming for upset of Justino, 2nd title belt at UFC 219

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ While Justino would be the favorite in any bout, Holm is intriguing because of her highs and her lows.She stopped Rousey with that vicious head kick and earned instant fame beyond her sport, but then she followed up with three consecutive defeats, including a lackluster decision loss to Germaine de Randamie in February for the inaugural women’s UFC featherweight title.When de Randamie gave up the belt rather than fight Justino in her first defense, Justino claimed the strap with a win over Tonya Evinger in July. Holm ended her skid with a stoppage of Bethe Correia in June and then booked her second shot at the featherweight title.While Holm could make MMA history with a win over Justino to claim a belt in her second weight class, this fight also presents a chance for Justino to beat the most famous female fighter aside from Rousey, whose career appears to be over one year after her comeback loss to Amanda Nunes.Holm and Justino are both accomplished strikers with polished punching skills, so it won’t be a surprise if this bout is contested on the feet. Holm’s style appears to give her a chance against Justino, who hasn’t faced many strikers with Holm’s ability.And while Holm is the underdog, she is determined to enjoy her chance to become a two-belt champion.“It’s not just any fight card in Vegas,” Holm said. “It’s the last fight card of the year, and it’s a busy time in Vegas. I feel like there’s going to be a lot of energy, and my whole thought is just to take all that energy in and just live in it and be in the moment.” /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The UFC is hoping that plenty of people are wondering what will happen when the promotion wraps up an eventful 2017 with its traditional end-of-the-year show in its hometown.The UFC 219 card also includes the long-awaited return of lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0), who hasn’t fought all year and has been in the cage only three times since April 2014. The Dagestan-born Russian, who missed weight for a much-anticipated bout with new lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in March, will take on Brazil’s Edson Barboza.The pay-per-view portion of the card begins with the return of popular welterweight Carlos Condit, who will take on durable veteran Neil Magny.Justino has won eight straight fights by stoppage, most in brutal fashion. Only her use of performance-enhancing drugs has slowed Justino’s dominance of her division and the women’s sport in general, particularly since she finally joined the UFC last year.“I think Holly is a great fighter for me, because she’s a big name, too,” Justino said. “She has a lot of fights, a lot of experience. I think it would be a great fight.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments Holly Holm of the United States reacts after knocking out Bethe Correia of Brazil during their UFC women’s bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017. AFPHolly Holm has already shocked the sports world with one upset victory over a seemingly unbeatable mixed martial arts champion.She sees no reason she couldn’t do it again when she faces Cris “Cyborg” Justino in the main event of UFC 219 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Belo to the rescue Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Just over two years after Holm (11-3) won the UFC bantamweight title with a jaw-dropping stoppage of Ronda Rousey, Holm is a big underdog when she steps into the T-Mobile Arena cage in Las Vegas to take her shot at Justino (18-1) for the featherweight belt.Justino seems unbeatable. The Brazilian hasn’t lost since her MMA debut in 2005, and she has honed a physical, pounding style that no fighters have solved — or even survived to the bell in any fight since 2008.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut Rousey seemed equally unbeatable when she entered the cage with Holm in Australia — and the whole world saw what happened when Holm kicked Rousey in the head.“I think there are similarities with the feeling of it,” said Holm, who also had her share of impressive wins as a professional boxer before entering MMA. “I think that because I’ve done it more than once now, in boxing and (more prominently) with Ronda, to be the underdog and come in, I think that people think, ‘Oh, OK, well, Holly is capable of doing some things.’ But I feel like there’s more of a curiosity behind it. Not necessarily just thinking I can’t do it, but kind of, ‘Hmm, I wonder if she’s going to do it this time.’” Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

Matano rallies AFC fans ahead of CAF sojourn

first_img“Playing in continental football is not a joke and we need the support of the 12th man. Football is about everyone; the players, the coaches the management and most importantly the fans. They have to come, they have to fill Bukhungu and give us that home advantage,” Matano said as he looks ahead to the fixture.He added; “We know that this is the region where most AFC fans come from and now that this is their team they should come and push us.”Ingwe will almost be guaranteed of a full blast loud Bukhungu Stadium if anything from last year’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup is to go by.And Matano has promised to reward the fans with victory on Sunday, saying his team’s desire is to break the duck and qualify for the Group Stages of the Confederations Cup.“The first leg is usually very important and we are treating this match very seriously. We have to ensure we don’t concede and most of all win the game to make the second leg easier for us. We are playing at home and we should take that advantage,” Matano said.AFC Leopards’ Joseph Kuria tussles with KCCA’s Musana Hassan during a friendly match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe team is yet to taste victory in competitive football this year having started off with a 1-0 loss to arch rivals Gor Mahia in the KPL Super Cup and drew 1-1 with Posta Rangers in their league opener last weekend.However, the team has enjoyed victories in friendly matches having beaten Ugandan Champions Kampala City Council as well as Sudanese side Al Hilal in their last friendly on Monday.Matano is pleased with the spirit and motivation of his players and says he is confident they are in a good position to produce a good result on Sunday.“The players have been improving with each game and we are a better team now. We have taken our lessons and the new players have also massively improved and gelled well into the team. The only thing remaining is for us to do the work on the pitch,” he said.Adding; “I cannot say much now; we will do the talking on the pitch.”Ingwe’s last experience in continental football was in 2014 when they bowed out in the first round after a 4-2 aggregate loss against South Africa’s Supersport United.This year, Matano is confident of guiding the team into the group stages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano shouts instructions from the touchline during a Past Kenyan Premier League match Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7- AFC Leopards have already had their first training session at Kakamega’s Bukhungu Stadium ahead of Sunday’s Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederations Cup tie against Madagascan side Fosa Juniors FC.The team travelled to Kakamega in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and ahead of the fixture which will be played in the backyard of their ‘traditional home-ground’ head coach Robert Matano has issued a rallying call to fans to back them up on match day.last_img read more

‘I’m scared of Liverpool’ – Fans of top-four rivals fear new look Reds side

first_img1 Liverpool endured a disappointing season last term and slumped to an uninspiring seventh place finish in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers.However, a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Stoke City has seemed to spark the Northern Irish manager into life.As a result, the Merseysiders aren’t hanging around this summer.Danny Ings, Roberto Firmino, Adam Bogdan, James Milner and Joe Gomez have already arrived, while a deal for Southampton right back Nathaniel Clyne is also in the pipeline. It’s not even July!It certainly looks as though Liverpool’s starting line up will be in much better shape come the start of the season, but what have the rest of the top four contenders made of the Reds’ early transfer business?Well, it look as though it could be squeaky bum time at Old Trafford and beyond now that Liverpool are making moves this summer.You can read the best reactions to Liverpool’s transfer business below…. ‘I’m actually worried’ – Top four rivals are fearful of new-look Liverpool side last_img read more

Archive stores history’s voices

first_imgSTUDIO CITY – Housing everything from booming speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. to the Welsh-accented voice of poet Dylan Thomas, the Pacifica Radio Archive holds more than 50 years of recorded history in a library the size of a small garage. Tucked away on shelves in a corner at KPFK studios are original recordings made for broadcast by Pacifica’s network of five public radio stations. Many have long since become historic. They include the sound of touchstone moments from the civil-rights era, poetry readings, news reports from Vietnam, interviews with major writers and off-the-wall radio plays. Pacifica is working to digitize its more than 55,000 recordings before time wears away the old reel-to-reel tapes. In six years, the organization has digitized fewer than 10,000 of the tapes, but its goal is to transfer all of them. She gave the short speech on Vietnam with notes taken from her husband’s pocket “upon his death,” as she explained it to the rapt audience in Central Park. There are also less solemn recordings. Among the most unusual is a 1974 comedic reading of the Nixon tapes, featuring Cass Elliot of the Mamas & the Papas playing the part of H.R. Haldeman, President Nixon’s chief of staff. About 350 of the archive’s recordings have been digitized with grants Pacifica received in the past few years, DeShazer said. The Grammy Foundation gave $92,000 over three years. “What’s interesting and also gratifying is to know that a radio station actually kept all this material,” said Kristen Madsen, senior vice president with the foundation. “We’re so used to living in a world where you throw things out as soon as you don’t need them, and many radio stations, because of budget, would have recorded over those tapes.” The notable recordings also include the sounds of Dylan Thomas and Allen Ginsberg reading their poetry, and interviews with Langston Hughes and James Baldwin. Matthew Lasar is a history professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the author of two books about Pacifica. Lasar said that while the Pacifica network has always had a decidedly leftist bent, it started off being open to conservatives. Caspar Weinberger, who later headed the Department of Defense under President Reagan, was a commentator on one of the stations, Lasar said. But after the Red Scare, many conservative voices left Pacifica, which became more polarized, he said. The archives are also mostly made up of voices from the left, but that does not take away the historical significance.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“That’s the challenge, to get these things digitized before the magnetic material falls off the tapes or something happens to them,” said Mark Torres, operations director and senior producer for the Pacifica Archives. The company raised $167,000 during its annual listener fund drive Nov. 27, and in the six years since it has started digitizing old recordings, it has raised $1 million from listeners. It would cost about $12 million to digitize everything, said Brian DeShazer, director of the archives. Pacifica’s recordings go back to 1949, with the creation of KPFA in Berkeley, the first station in a network that got its name from being started by pacifists. KPFA was a leftist station that managed to store some of its best recordings. KPFK was created in Los Angeles in 1959, and as other stations joined the network, noteworthy recordings were sent to the station to be duplicated and distributed. That fed a catalogue of recordings that over decades started to become an official archive. Among the gems that have already been digitized is a 1968 speech by Coretta Scott King given in New York City about three weeks after her husband was assassinated. last_img read more

DOZENS FACING FINES FOR DODGING TV LICENCE FEE

first_imgDOZENS of people across Co Donegal are facing substantial fines and being forced to pay arrears for failing to have TV Licences.Fourteen cases were dealt with at Letterkenny District Court this week.Some defendants faced fines of more than €200. The cases – and others before other district courts in the county – are a result of a clampdown in the spring as TV Licence Inspectors called at hundreds of homes where there was no record of a licence being held.Judge Paul Kelly was given several different excuses by the defendants – who we have decided not to name – for failing to have the licences.The prosecutions were brought by An Post.We understand a new wave of inspections are underway in the county.Under new government proposals every home in the country will be required to have a TV license whether or not people have a television.The new rules are expected to be in place next year.DOZENS FACING FINES FOR DODGING TV LICENCE FEE was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by John2Share 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:District Courtdonegaltv licencelast_img read more

McMONAGLE CALLS FOR REINSTATEMENT OF CARERS RESPITE GRANT IN FULL

first_imgLetterkenny Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Mc Monagle is calling on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Social Protection to reverse the cuts imposed on carers in 2013 and to reinstate the respite care grant in full.Cllr Gerry McMonagleCllr Mc Monagle said carers are among the hardest working groups in society.“The work they do is invaluable to their families and communities and their work saves the state millions of euro every year. “Instead of appropriately recognising and rewarding this contribution the government has instead cut benefits, including the Respite Care Grant. The meager €5.00 extra in children’s allowance won’t make up for that.“As public representatives we hear testimonies from parents and carers who can’t afford to heat their homes, can’t afford to buy new shoes for their children and who haven’t been able to go on a family holiday for years. The Respite Care Grant is used by families to pay for necessities as well as treats and its cut has caused enormous hardship for thousands of families.”“ The government in its recent budget had many options in terms of trying to reverse some of the worst impacts of successive austerity budgets. Restoring the Respite Care Grant should have been a priority. What we are saying is that it is not too late. In the overall scheme of things we are not talking about a huge sum of money – just €29.6 million – out of a budget of billions”Cllr Mc Monagle concluded by saying “As our economy begins the slow journey towards recovery, I would urge the Government to recognise the home as a centre of care and signal their commitment to recognising and respecting carers and respond to their needs by beginning to reinstate the Respite Care Grant to its original payment of €1,700”.  McMONAGLE CALLS FOR REINSTATEMENT OF CARERS RESPITE GRANT IN FULL was last modified: October 25th, 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:carer’s allowancedonegalgerry mcmonaglelast_img read more

TRAGIC ERIN STILL BEING TAUNTED ONLINE

first_imgTragic Erin Gallagher is still being taunted online almost a year after her tragic death.The late Erin and Shannon GallagherSick online posters are still leaving messages for the Ballybofey teenager who took her own life last October.But the owners of the controversial ask.fm site can’t be bothered to remove them. One insensitive posting is aimed at another girl named Erin Gallagher.The poster asks “Aren’t you meant to be dead?”Another poster pretends to be Erin’s older sister Shannon, 15, who also took her own life after the death of her 13 year old sister.The bogus poster writes “Erin you were my wee sister. I miss you dearly. I wish you could be here.” The tragic girls mum Lorraine last week slammed the controversial website calling on the Irish Government to ban it. TRAGIC ERIN STILL BEING TAUNTED ONLINE was last modified: August 11th, 2013 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:ask.fmERIN GALAGEHRSHANNON GALAGHERlast_img read more

IRISH WATER MUST PRESERVE ICONIC ROADSIDE WATER PUMPS – COUNCILLOR

first_imgIrish Water has been called on to clearly state what it plans to do with the country’s many old traditional roadside water pumps, dozens of which can be found throughout Donegal.A traditional water pump in Mountcharles.Cllr John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh’s call for clarity comes as the mystery surrounding the future of our historic hand pumps under the patronage of the controversial utility company remains to be addressed.“The fact that what lies in store for our ancient roadside water pumps, many of which adorn communities the length and breadth of Ireland, is indeed very worrying. “Of course, while many of these old pumps have been superseded for water supply and have become largely redundant, they have quite rightly been retained as features in our localities and continue to provide character and charm to our parishes.”He asked will these iconic public water pumps be removed by Irish Water in anticipation of the government’s planned water charges?“These pumps, which are not only iconic and visually attractive, they are centuries old and form part of the built heritage of our towns and villages and need to be preserved.”In addition to his calls on Irish Water to clarify this matter, Cllr Ó Fearraigh slammed both Government parties – as well as the previous administration – for their part in the introduction of water charges. He also went on to urge everyone to attend this Wednesday’s Water Charge Protest in Dublin, which it’s expected will coincide with a Sinn Féin tabled motion of No Confidence in the Taoiseach.“Fine Gael and Labour must start listening to the people – nothing short of the complete scrapping of water charges will satisfy protestors.”“And it’s important that we mustn’t forget that it was under the previous Fianna Fáil/Green party government that water charges were first proposed; this means that they cannot simply distance themselves from these unjust charges either.”“I would encourage everyone who can make it out to attend this Wednesday’s Protest to do so as it will be a hugely important event: while thousands of people will be taking part in the demonstration against Water charges outside Leinster House on Wednesday, inside Dáil Éireann TDs will vote on a Sinn Féin tabled motion of No Confidence in the Taoiseach.”“Through people power and through us all standing together this Wednesday, the people have the chance to send central Government a clear message that we do not support their plans to introduce these charges.” IRISH WATER MUST PRESERVE ICONIC ROADSIDE WATER PUMPS – COUNCILLOR was last modified: December 8th, 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:Cllr Sheamais O Fearraighwater pumplast_img read more

DONEGAL’S NATIONAL LEAGUE OPENER WITH DERRY WILL BE SCREENED LIVE ON SETANTA SPORTS

first_imgDonegal’s National League opener with Derry will be screened live on Setanta Ireland.Donegal’s Allianz National League opener with neighbours Derry will be screened live on Setanta Sports.Setanta Sports have issued the full schedule of fixtures that they’ll be screening live over the next number of months.Donegal’s clash with Derry will form part of an Ulster double-header on the channel. Donegal will play Derry on Setanta Ireland, while Tyrone’s clash with Monaghan will be shown on Setanta 1.Donegal’s clash with Dublin on the 7th of February at Croke Park will be shown live on Setanta 1.Donegal narrowly missed out on a semi-final appearance in the Dr McKenna Cup on Sunday, but manager Rory Gallagher has been happy with his side’s application.Donegal bounced back from defeat by Derry in their Dr McKenna cup opener to record wins over Queen’s University Belfast and Fermanagh. However, the season gets underway proper in Ballybofey next Saturday night when they welcome Brian McIver’s Derry side to Mac Cumhaill Park.If you can’t make the match, and you have Setanta on the TV, the  you can watch the game from the comfort of your own sitting room.The full Setanta schedule for 2015 is outlined below.SETANTA SCHEDULE FOR 2015 (Subject to change)Allianz Football League January 31: Donegal v Derry, Setanta Ireland, 7pmJanuary 31: Tyrone v Monaghan, Setanta 1, 7pmFebruary 7: Dublin v Donegal, Setanta 1, 7pmFebruary 7: Meath v Kildare, Setanta Ireland, 7pmFebruary 28: Tyrone v Derry, Setanta Ireland, 7pmFebruary 28: Cavan v Down, Setanta 1, 7pmMarch 7: Dublin v Tyrone, Setanta Ireland, 7pmMarch 7: Cavan v Kildare, Setanta 1, 7pmMarch 14: Mayo v Dublin, Setanta 1, 7pmMarch 14: Meath v Laois, Setanta Ireland, 7pmMarch 28: Dublin v Derry, Setanta Ireland, 7pmMarch 28: Down v Meath, Setanta 1, 7pmAllianz Hurling League February 14: Cork v Kilkenny, Setanta Ireland, 7pmFebruary 14: Limerick v Waterford, Setanta 1, 7pmFebruary 21: Cork v Clare, Setanta Ireland, 7pmFebruary 21: Waterford v Laois, Setanta 1, 7pmMarch 7: Dublin v Cork, Setanta Ireland, 5pmDONEGAL’S NATIONAL LEAGUE OPENER WITH DERRY WILL BE SCREENED LIVE ON SETANTA SPORTS was last modified: January 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAALivenewsSetanta SportsSportTVlast_img read more

Thailand and Taiwan interested in joining TPP

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nations hoping to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have begun preparations to ensure acceptance when the Asia-Pacific regional trade deal opens to new member states. The TPP, negotiations on which were initiated in late 2008 and concluded last October, includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40% of global GDP. The countries combined have more than 800 million consumers. Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak stressed the need for his country to improve its competitiveness as part of preparations for joining the TPP.“With more than a year left before the TPP is open to new members, Thailand will take this opportunity to conduct a public hearing to voice opinion from all sectors involved before signing the agreement,” he said.Taiwan’s new president, Tsai Ing-wen, previously indicated she wants the island nation to join the TPP and that the country must resolve issues related to imports of U.S. pork products, including its ban on ractopamine. Agriculture Minister Tsao Chi-hung said the United States and Taiwan have yet to hold talks related to U.S. pork. In April, Chi-hung’s remarks on allowing imports of U.S. pork from hogs fed ractopamine triggered a protest from Taiwanese pork producers.The National Pork Producers Council has been pressing the Obama administration to urge Taiwan to lift the ractopamine ban, which is not based on science. Ractopamine, which is widely used as part of a healthy, balanced diet to help pigs convert dietary nutrients into lean muscle, was determined to be safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is approved for use in pork production in 26 countries, with 75 additional nations allowing the importation of pork from hogs fed ractopamine. In July 2012, the U.N.’s Codex Alimentarius Commission, which sets international standards for food safety, approved a maximum residue limit for ractopamine, which U.S. pork meets. Along with Thailand and Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Honduras and Colombia have expressed an interest in joining the TPP.last_img read more