Jerwin Ancajas at lobby of Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina. Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas— Just one pound above the weight limit, Jerwin Ancajas found a moment to relax Wednesday night.Right after a meet and greet at Rockit’s Whiskey Bar & Saloon Wednesday night, the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion rode back to Holiday Inn Downtown Marina, where he and Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez were billeted for their title duel at American Bank Center on Saturday here.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: UST looks to ‘overachieve’ anew, targets twice-to-beat LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ancajas went directly to his 15th floor room, changed into sleeping clothes, turned off the light, and dropped on the king-sized bed.He crawled inside the bedsheet, pulled out his mobile phone, put the ear plugs on and shut himself out from distractions.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 folkEyes closed, Ancajas reminisced on his journey so far.Lured by his brother, Jesar, into the sport, Ancajas won in the 2008 Palarong Pambansa in Palawan and was named best boxer in the Philippine National Games four years earlier. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson He turned pro at 17 in 2009, won the IBF crown from Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo in 2016 and defended it thrice against Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, Japanese Teiru Kinoshita and Irish Jamie Conlan in succession last year.Finally realizing his goal of fighting in the United States, Ancajas is now looking forward to attaining global recognition like his idol and benefactor, eight-division champion Sen. Manny Pacquiao.The first step is to beat Gonzalez convincingly. And on fight night, Ancajas plans to be patient, stalking his prey, before going for the kill.That would be easier said than done. Gonzalez, who was riding a 13-bout unbeaten streak before an upset to lightly regarded countryman Argi Cortes, promises to keep on winning.“I don’t want to lose again,” Gonzalez told Filipino media through an interpreter before his open workout at Neighborhood Center Boxing Club Wednesday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Since that defeat, he has racked up eight wins, five by knockouts, and was rewarded with a title shot against Ancajas.Having studied videos of Ancajas’ last few fights, Gonzalez knows he is in for a rough, tough night.“He’s aggressive, a strong fighter with fast hands,” said Gonzalez, whose 21-1, 8 knockout record pales in comparison to Ancajas’ (28-1-1, 19 KOs) card.Gonzalez trained in high altitude for two and a half months at Jiquipilco, 40 kilometers north of the famed Toluca Mountains. He also sparred for over 100 rounds.Gonzalez, who learned boxing from his grandfather and an uncle, said he intends to exploit Ancajas’ “predictable” footwork, and lure the Filipino into a punch.With the official weigh-in set Friday afternoon, Gonzalez said he’s just a little above the 115-pound limit.“I don’t feel any pressure,” said Gonzalez, youngest among 10 siblings. “The pressure is on Ancajas and I’m going to give it to him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
…as School of the Nations enforces additional security…Police launch probeAmid ongoing security threats at the School of Nations which has caused much disquietude to parents and students, two senior secondary institutions within Georgetown were in the same situation on Friday afternoon after bombing and shooting threats were made by an unknown person.Guyana Times understands that the social media accounts created on Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram, which were reportedly sending threats to School of the Nations, gave a bomb scare to Queens College while threatening to shoot persons the Bishops High School.When this publication visited Queens College a few minutes before classes were dismissed at 15:00h, the school was reportedly on lockdown as gates remained padlocked and heavily guarded.A few moments prior, Police ranks had visited the school with a sniffer dog toSecurity locking gates at QCassess the situation.Parents were not allowed to enter the premises so they waited outside until classes were dismissed. As customary, they would utilise the Thomas Road, Georgetown entrance to collect their kids. This was blocked, and vehicles were not allowed to enter the school’s compound.At the Bishops’ High School, there was a similar scenario as students waited inside the premises until their parents arrived.The person who is responsible for these threats are still unknown and Police said that they have been making efforts to apprehend the suspect.As information circled about the situation at the schools, the individual dispatched small messages to drive fear into students and teachers.One of the posts later said, “Lock down ain’t gonna stop me.”The Guyana Police Force (GPF) announced a few hours after, that several persons were later questioned about the threats at both schools and an investigation has been launched. Assurance was given that the safety of all stakeholders remains a commitment.“Those matters are also being investigated by the Guyana Police Force which wishes to assure members of the public that it is committed to ensuring safety and security of all students, teachers, administrators and parents of the aforementioned schools and all other private and Government schools,” the GPF stated.Nations’ securityMeanwhile, at School of the Nations, parents gathered for another meeting forGates locked at Bishops’ as most students waited on their parentsupdates on the recent security measures that were implemented ever since it’s Director, Dr Brian O’Toole was shot at his home on Sunday evening.Along with Police presence, the institution has sought to make modifications to a hut in front of the premises where contents entering the school are likely to be monitored.Adding to that, the Professional Guard Services were engaged to provide baton services at the institution. It was maintained that they are desisting from having guns present on site during learning periods.However, the bags of senior students will be searched along with younger students who are accompanying these older children. This is to ensure that weapons and chemicals are not stealthily passed through security checks.Guyana Times understands that the school is looking at a lockdown situation should any emergency arise, rather than an evacuation process.Parents were informed of the ALICE protocol, which means alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate and is an active shooter response tactic. This will most likely be used in the event where the students’ safety is jeopardised.At a recent meeting with the guardians, Executive Officer Dr Dexter Phillips would have stated that they are installing additional security cameras at blind spots along with an increased security presence at the entrances. But this did not do well with parents, who demanded that security measures be completely implemented before classes resume as per normal. For the past week, classes were put on hold pending these changes.As for the suspect, who has been causing these disturbances and worry, Police Commissioner Leslie James had recently indicated that four persons were questioned.
…distributes hampers to elderly in Crane, WCDThe Guyana Police Force (GPF), in continuing its outreach programme, met with residents of Paradise, West Coast Berbice (WCB) over the weekend.Images from the two sessions of the outreach programmeThe residents were given the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding issues affecting them, chief among which is noise nuisance.The clamping down of noise nuisance is, however, being presently addressed by the Force, which recently trained 31 ranks to tackle the issue.Previously, 50 were trained in the said area during a two-day session on Noise Management Training.The Paradise residents were told of their rights and the best way forward in reporting and dealing with the issue.Additionally, as part of the Force’s Crime Prevention Strategy, the team of police took the opportunity to share valuable crime prevention tips with the citizens.The residents were reminded to always lock doors while in or out of the house, use other means available like an individual’s voice to identify who is at the door before opening it, and to immediately report suspicious activity to the nearest police station.“If you see something, say something. Take time to familiarise yourself with building evacuation and fire safety plans, keep items such as chequebooks, wallets, cash, jewellery, etc out of plain sight. Secure them properly. Do not keep large amount of cash in homes or on person. Always be aware of the environment and to report any sighting of persons climbing over a fence to gain entry to property”, the ranks told the residents.In addition to the tips, contact numbers for the Station Sergeant and the Officer-in-Charge of the Number 3 Sub-Division were provided to aid in faster and confidential passage of information.The residents expressed satisfaction at seeing the police on foot visiting the communities and thanked them for sharing the crime tips.In the meanwhile, On Thursday last, ranks of the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station visited the Crane Housing Scheme where hampers were distributed to several elderly couples and single mothers of the community.The team, led by Inspector Chandradatt Kooldeep along with Sergeant Deon Parris, Rural Sergeant Maxine Rose, Constables Brayan Fraser, David Abrams, Ulric Ceaser and Neighbourhood Police Donnette Brammer presented the hampers to Errol Noble, 84, and his wife Joycelyn Noble, 63, of Crane Squatting Area and Paulette Williams, 41, a single mother of six of Crane Old Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD).The recipients of the hampers expressed thanks and appreciation for their hampers and urged the Police Force to continue to do their outstanding work.The Crane Village is currently being used as a pilot project for “Team Policing” and thus far, much progress has been achieved since its commencement on April 15, 2019.
The Big Sunday event, which has grown in popularity since 1999, encompassed 362 volunteer projects in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and Riverside counties. Big Sunday, a partnership with the office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is still enlisting volunteers at www.bigsunday.org for 237 community projects today. The give-back ends in a big pizza bash at Griffith Park tonight. In Los Angeles, organizers say the outburst of community service wipes out the stereotype of a self-absorbed city hostile to its neighbors. “Oh, man … it’s just been an amazing day – there is so much (being) accomplished around the city it could take your breath away,” exclaimed Big Sunday spokeswoman Rachel Schwartz. Suddenly, there were vegetables in North Hollywood. Troop care packages in Encino. A spruced-up animal shelter in Chatsworth. Community service erupted across Southern California during a Big Sunday volunteer weekend billed as the largest volunteer give-back in the nation. “Normally, I’d be in bed with my wife, asleep,” Dexter Conner, 28, of Toluca Lake said while raking soil to create a “hidden garden” in North Hollywood. “I’m just trying to help out when I can.” And help out they did – and will. As many as 50,000 volunteers are rolling out of bed to paint over graffiti, plant gardens, spritz schoolyards and more. In Pacoima, 400 volunteers sodded an entire soccer field at Bert Corona Charter School in two hours. In North Hollywood, about 50 children and adults created a Rio Vista Hidden Garden at North Weddington Park, turning a weed-filled corner into a haven for “champion tomatoes” and other pickings. “You can actually make soup out of these squash blossoms,” said Rhonda Hakimovich, a Rio Vista Elementary School teacher making a mound for squash, corn and beans for a succotash for her students. In Encino, nearly 100 volunteers sorted T-shirts, CDs, suntan lotion and other treats destined for troops overseas. Operation Gratitude, working in numerous shifts at the state National Guard Armory, drew volunteers from as far away as Rancho Cucamonga. “I feel a debt to those in the service under fire today,” Jack Knight, a 69-year-old volunteer from Studio City, said in between crooning showtunes for care-package sorters. “If we didn’t have (volunteer) Little Leaguers, food-bank workers, church volunteers, this country would stand still,” he said. In Chatsworth, dozens of volunteers shared in a Help Some Old Dogs Find Some New Homes event, decorating and painting signs at the West Valley Animal Care Center. “I even gave up my finals soccer game for this thing,” said Jose Ruiz, 14, of Winnetka. “This is my good deed for the day.” dana.bartholomew@ dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Cengiz Under’s goal in the first leg last month ultimately proved crucial for Roma, but Dzeko was the hero on the night and also proved instrumental in Shakhtar defender Ordets being shown a straight red card with 12 minutes left.That sending-off led to tensions spilling over, with Shakhtar’s Facundo Ferreyra picking up a booking for shoving a ballboy over an advertising board.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side are the second Italian team to advance to the quarter-finals after Juventus, with the draw for the last eight taking place on Friday.“The standing ovation is not for me but for everyone, we are deservedly in the quarter-finals,” said Dzeko of the applause which accompanied him off the pitch.“We managed to do something Roma hadn’t in 10 years, so going forward to play against the best makes us all very proud.“We are among the eight best sides in Europe.”Roma did not concede a goal at home in the group stage and hammered Chelsea 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, so the home fans in the crowd of 47,693 would have been confident their side could get the job done.The Ukrainians dominated early possession though, and there was a scare for the hosts when Alessandro Florenzi nearly nodded a free-kick into his own net.Ferreyra then came close after Federico Fazio lost the ball just outside his own box, before Roma struck seven minutes into the second half.Kevin Strootman sent Dzeko through as Shakhtar tried without success to play the offside trap, and the Bosnian forward prodded a shot through the legs of goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov and into the net for his fourth goal in the Champions League this season.Dzeko was then brought down by Ordets who got a straight red card for his troubles, making Shakhtar’s task that bit harder.– Roma pounce on mistake –“We knew that sooner or later they would make a mistake and we’d pounce on it,” said Roma coach Di Francesco.“If we face any opponent with this attitude and determination, we can go far.”“Roma made the most of a single moment,” said Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca.“Dzeko of course was a key player, but apart from his goal they didn’t have a chance, we had possession. If we had finished off the chances we had in the first leg the match would already have been over.”Roma held on, and after Italy’s shock failure to qualify for the World Cup, their progress to the last eight along with Juventus is a boost for the country.There have not been two Italian clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2006/07, when Roma joined eventual winners AC Milan in the last eight.There will also be at least three Italian coaches in the quarter-finals — Di Francesco, Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and Vincenzo Montella of Sevilla.Di Francesco added: “I spoke with Montella a few days ago and we said we’d meet in the final.”Antonio Conte could make that four with his Chelsea side facing Barcelona on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Edin Dzeko celebrates after scoring the goal that took Roma through to the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Shakhtar Donetsk © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEROME, Italy, Mar 14 – Roma reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 10 years as Edin Dzeko edged them past Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday and allowed the Italians to win the tie on away goals.The Bosnian striker’s 52nd-minute goal proved enough after a 2-1 first-leg loss in Ukraine, with 10-man Shakhtar failing to find the late strike they needed after Ivan Ordets was sent off late on.
0Shares0000Hard to replace: Fernandinho is a player of rare talent, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 14 – Pep Guardiola has acknowledged finding a long-term replacement for Fernandinho is becoming a matter of increasing urgency for Manchester City.The 33-year-old Brazilian has become one of the most important players in City’s line-up during Guardiola’s three seasons at the club, with his hard work and passing ability as a holding midfielder providing both security in front of the defence and scope for the team to attack. Reigning champions City have lost just one of the 19 Premier League matches in which Fernandinho has played, whereas they have been defeated in both of the games he has missed.Guardiola does not appear to have a deputy of the same quality — John Stones, normally a centre-back, struggled in the role when Crystal Palace won at the Etihad Stadium on December 22, while Ilkay Gundogan has not been entirely convincing either.City have been linked with a move for Frenkie de Jong from Ajax at the end of this season, but the Dutch midfielder is attracting significant interest from other clubs too.Guardiola acknowledges he cannot expect Fernandinho, signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, to play as much for City as he gets older, adding a solution has to be found for next season.“It’s not easy to find the specific quality of the players,” said Guardiola.“Maybe there aren’t many, but there are players who can play in that role.”The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss added: “Specifically with Fernandinho’s role, it’s so difficult to find. He knows the Premier League, after three years together here, he knows everything and that’s so important.“But, of course, for the next season it’s an important target to find. He’ll be 34 and he cannot play every few days.”– ‘Excellent’ Neves –Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves has impressed for Wolves this season © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYThere have been reports in British newspapers suggesting Wolves’ Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves may be a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, although their roles are slightly different.Neves, whose Wolves side visit the Etihad on Monday, tends to play as one of two holding midfielders, whereas Fernandinho performs that role on his own in the City line-up.“Ruben Neves is an excellent player,” said Guardiola, whose second-placed side will be looking to cut Liverpool’s seven-point lead at the top of the table.“The system at Wolves involves playing with two holding midfielders, not just one. But he’s an excellent player.“There are many clubs in the world, many holding midfielders in the world, and most of them can play here. That’s not the point. The point is that most of them are under contracts.”But Guardiola insisted, for all City’s wealth, there were limits to even their transfer budget.“A month ago, I started reading: ‘Ruben Neves, £100 million. That is not going to happen. We are not going to pay £100 million for a holding midfielder.“Of course, all departments in the club, we have in every position four or five or six options (potential targets) –- depending on age, what we believe and, of course, the price.”– ‘Nuts’ with the agents –Despite the likelihood of losing out on De Jong, Guardiola has no qualms over the work being done by City director of football Txiki Begiristain and his team to bring in top-class players.“I would say they are incredible, top at what they are doing. It looks simple but it’s not simple. It looks easy but it’s not easy,” said Guardiola.“I am in touch quite often with Txiki, especially, because he is close to my door. I know exactly what they do, with the (City) academy, with the first team and they are doing it really well.”“But sometimes it doesn’t depend on us,” said the Catalan manager.“You have to pay the club, pay the family and talk with the players, and with the agents, it’s nuts. It’s complicated, so, so complicated.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Results from last night’s greyhound racing at Lifford Stadium were:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Sugarland Gig 6/4 fav; 2, Over the Line 4/1. Time: 19.65. Distance: 1.25 lengths.Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Oghill Hack 6/4 fav; 2, Lacey Girl 7/2. Time: 19.25. Distance: 6 lengths. Race 3 The Try a Trio 350 (350 yards): 1, Wilma 3/1; 2, Macsruso 5/1. Time: 19.60. Distance: 1.25 lengths.Race 4 The Booking Office 525 (525 yards): 1, Pretty Jockey 4/1; 2, Original Song 4/1. Time: 29.94. Distance: 1.25 lengths.Race 5 “Like” Us on Facebook 525 (525 yards): 1, Crossleigh Thyme 4/6 fav; 2, Edenvale Maeve 4/1. Time: 29.02. Distance: 7.5 lengths.Race 6 The Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 350 (350 yards): 1, Ardnasool Rio 9/4 fav; 2, Gobal Club 5/2. Time: 19.45. Distance 4.5 lengths. Race 7 The Upcoming Sweepstakes 525 (525 yards): 1, Paddock Paula 6/1; 2, Fridays Maybe 5/2. Time: 29.12. Distance: 3 lengths.Race 8 The Lifford €15 Special 550 (550 yards): 1, Tahina Kyle 4/5 fav; 2, Meadowview Dove 4/1. Time: 30.22. Distance: a neck.Race 9 The Ultimate Dining Experience (350 yards): 1, Mizen Magic 9/4; 2, Ardnasool Kagawa 3/1. Time: 19.08. Distance: 2.25 lengths.Race 10 A McLeans Bookmakers 525 (525 yards): 1, Ballybun Glen 31; 2, Hather If 4/1. Time: 29.44. Distance: 3.75 lengths.Race 11 www.liffordgreyhounds.com 550 (550 yard): 1, Hather Lock 1/1 fav; 2, Hanoras Dream 4/1. Time: 30.86. Distance: 0.5 length. Race 12 The Getting Out Bumper Stakes (575 yards): 1, Colarhouse Lady 4/1; 2, Castleroggy Rust 5/1. Time: 32.03. Distance: 2.25 lengths.GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: August 3rd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordRacingResults
REVEALED The striker, who is the son of former Leeds United and Manchester City star Alf-Inge Haaland, is regularly being scouted by Europe’s top clubs and interest in him is high.Manchester United have so far been leading the race for the teenager, who is considering his options this summer. Juventus are trying to beat Manchester United to the signing of teen star Erling Braut Haaland.The 17-year-old is already playing in the first team for Norwegian side Molde and he is being tipped as a star of the future. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade But now, according to Norwegian broadcast TV2, Juventus have muscled into the race for Haaland and put forward a formal offer.The Italian champions have made a bid of £4.5m for the Norway Under-19 international and they are confident it will be accepted.Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici is currently away working on a deal for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.However, it is understood one of his backroom team has flown to Norway to broker a deal with Molde this week.Should Haaland move to Juventus it is reported that he will be loaned out for his first season at the club. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father RANKED moving on targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Latest transfer news LIVING THE DREAM 1 targets three-way race TOP WORK IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer