Spaniard fires warning to DeGale

first_imgSpaniard Jose Maria Guerrero has warned James DeGale to knock him out early or face a shock defeat.The pair will meet at the Liverpool Echo Arena on 9 December, when DeGale will defend his WBO Intercontintental super-middleweight title against the wily 34-year-old.DeGale’s European crown will not be on the line as the Harlesden man is expected to make a February defence of that title against mandatory challenger Cristian Sanavia, who is not yet ready to fight.And Guerrero insists DeGale is in for a rude awakening if he regards next month’s clash – which will be screened live on Box Nation (Sky channel 456) – as a warm-up bout.Promoter Frank Warren wants DeGale to fight for a world title next year.Guerrero declared: “I will give him some advice: destroy me quickly. If not, you will have a big problem.“If he thinks that this is the easiest fight of his career then he will have a big surprise.“This is the biggest opportunity of my career and I will make all the necessary arrangements for me to win and come back to Spain with the title.“I’m not accepting this opportunity for money. I’m accepting it because I will win and fight for the world title myself next year.”Guerrero has a record of 29-2-1, with one of his two losses coming against German Mario Veit, who once challenged Joe Calzaghe for the world title.“In my life I only know boxing so if I want a good future I can’t lose this fight. My options are win or win,” he added.“I think that this hunger is my strength. I need to win and I will win. I want to show the world who Jose Maria Guerrero is.”Related stories:Injury rules Groves out of Liverpool fightLet history decidelast_img read more

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What Holds Us Together

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are those who would separate us based on our identities. This one is a man, and that one is a woman. This one is black, and that one is white. This is one is an immigrant, that one was born here. This is one is gay, and that one is straight. This one is rich, and that one is poor. This is one is Christian, and that one is Jewish. This one is a Republican, that one is a Democrat.Even though there are those who would point to our many differences for their personal or political gain, our individual identities do not separate us from our collective identity: American.America is a principle, an ideal. That ideal, written on parchment 241 years ago, is still a beacon of hope for much of the world, and it is a promise: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”The execution of this principle has been messy. Much of the time, it has been more honored in the breach than the observance. Humans, as fallible and frail as we sometimes are, have lacked the courage to live up to this ideal, as did the men who drafted the document. At other times, we’ve risen up to fight tyranny in its many forms. All in all, the arrow of progress is pointing largely in the right direction, even if there is still much work to do.We have more in common than we do differences, and what we have in common binds us together—even when some would have you believe otherwise.When you watch the fireworks tonight and celebrate with your family and friends, know that those who don’t look like you, that don’t believe what you believe, that don’t share your skin color, your politics, or your religion, are all celebrating the same ideal, that great and common bond that holds us together, even when we disagree.last_img read more

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London Olympics: Mary Kom enters quarter-finals of women’s 51 kg boxing

first_imgWomen’s boxing made a dramatic debut at the Olympics with Indian supermom M C Mary Kom intelligently outpunching Poland’s Karolina Michalczuk 19:14 to enter the quarter-finals of the 51kg category on Sunday.The packed Excel Arena was full of expectation as five-time world champion Mary Kom entered the ring against the physically stronger Karolina.There were whispers in the gallery if Mary Kom, who had to shift to a heigher weight category because of compulsions would be able to pull it off.Having trained away from the national men campers at home and chosen professional coach Charles Atkinson to help her out, Mary Kom was confidence personified.The taller Karolina could have been intimidating for any other opponent but not the seasoned Mary Kom.The exchanges in the first round were even, and it had the Indian crowds guessing as to what was in store.But once into the second round, Mary Kom looked comfortable, as she showed good strategy and superior footwork.If you had taken a look at the Indian’s stance on Sunday and her approach, you may have got confused she is a left-hander.But that seemed part of her strategy as she used the left glove to punch well and not get flustered by the aggression of her Polish opponent.There were patches when Karolina looked in a rampaging mood but her aggressive body language was not complemented by her punching because of an inferior technique.And once into the decider, Mary Kom had opened up a comfortable lead to walk away a 19:14  winner.advertisementAs five-time world champion, Mary Kom has accorded high priority to the Olympics where women’s boxing made its debut. If not, she may have chosen to hang up her gloves and stay back at home with her two kids.”It’s an emotional day for me as it’s my son’s fifth birthday. I cannot be there to celebrate because I am fighting in the ring. I am looking forward to being with him, but this is important,” said Mary Kom later.Asked to comment on her opponent, the Manipuri boxer said: “The Polish girl is very strong, but she is a little bit weak technically. If she was good technically none could beat her. I beat her because of my experience. I can move back and slip a little bit.”Mary Kom says being at “the Olympics are very special.””Every athlete works to play at the Olympic Games. This is my 12th year of fighting and I came out of retirement and changed my weight because I had to play at the Olympic Games. Luckily I qualified and today I won,” she said.Indian coach GS Sandhu said: “It is a very big day for Indian boxing. She boxed intelligently with good footwork and was scoring and moving.”Sandhu was appreciative of Mary Kom’s win emphatically, “I think she demonstrated all the moves and this is a very big lift for her and women’s boxing.”Explaining the weight change for Mary Kom, coach Sandhu was frank. “Changing weight was the only way she could get a chance (at the Olympics). She is still more like 48kg (light flyweight). I think they should not cut down the number of men’s weights but add more for women,” is his view.Karolina could not hide her disappointment after the defeat. “I would probably change the referee. I don’t feel beaten. I don’t feel like I lost and it was unfair,” she said.last_img read more

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Some people misleading Jat quota movement: Ajay Singh

first_imgNashik, Feb 21 (PTI) Former Union minister Ajay Singh today said some people are misleading the ongoing agitation by Jat community members for quota even as he underlined the need for reservation.”Jats are peaceful and non-violent, but some people are misleading the ongoing movement. Injustice is being done to the community. Politicians assure us of reservation, but the demand gets rejected in court. Reservation should be provided for the community by making a provision in law,” he said.Singh, also president of All India Jat Mahasabha, was in the city to address the 14th National Jat Intellectual conference.Singh, who had served as the minister of State for Railways in 1989-90, said, “Jats have presence in various sectors including Army, politics, sports etc. and have made tremendous progress. However, following internal differences and hostilities, our progress is stalled”.The event was jointly organised by Jat Community Service Trust and Delhi-based Jat Biographical Centre.”The picture would have been different had stalwarts like (former Prime Minister) Charan Singh and Devilal (former deputy-Prime Minister) came together,” he said.Vijendra Singh, who trained local girl Kavita Raut, an acclaimed long-distance runner, demanded financial assistance for the athlete who holds the national record for 10-km road running.Various office-bearers of Jat Seva Samiti also attended the function. PTI HVJ NSK ANP RDSlast_img read more

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Delhi pollution a reality but we have to focus on cricket: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgLocal boy Shikhar Dhawan admitted that there is pollution in the Delhi air and the Sri Lankans might be uncomfortable with situation but their main is to focus on cricket.This is the first time that someone from the Indian team has openly spoken about the pollution and said that the Sri Lankan cricketers’ discomforts might be genuine. He agreed to this when he was asked about Mohammed Shami’s condition, who left the field after vomiting on the fourth day of the third and final Test, after struggling with the high level of pollution in and around the ground. In the earlier press meets, India had claimed that the Sri Lankans were using delaying tactics and not focusing on cricket.”It is possible (that their discomfort is genuine). Now only they (Sri Lankans) know (if their concerns have been genuine). Maybe in Sri Lanka the pollution is not that high. There are more beaches in Sri Lanka. It’s natural that coastal areas won’t have so much air pollution. Of course, they may be feeling discomfort. And it is not as if there is no pollution. I won’t hide that. It is what it is. Maybe they are feeling it more, I don’t know.”We have so many players who are not from Delhi. But we as a group have a job on our hand. Of course there is high pollution in Delhi. But it is our responsibility to play and focus on cricket,” said Dhawan.”But I still insist playing is our farz and karm (he two words loosely translate to duty and deeds), which we should do. They must be feeling it (discomfort), though,” added the birthday boy, who turned 32 on Tuesday.advertisementWe are not letting the birthday boy @SDhawan25 escape today. ??? pic.twitter.com/OAtnIi203M- BCCI (@BCCI) December 5, 2017He also confirmed that Shami is fine and will play on the final day against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.Shami appeared to be struggling after bowling three overs. His reaction was similar to Sri Lankan seamers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage.After throwing up, Shami walked off the ground after consultation with the physio amid concerns over poor air quality.With India reducing Sri Lanka to 3/31 at stumps after setting a target of 410 runs on the fourth day and with three sessions left in the game, Shami is vital to the team since Virat Kohli has only four specialist bowlers in the team.”Shami is fine. You will see him in action tomorrow,” Dhawan told the media after the end of play.In the morning session, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 373 in their first innings, conceding a lead of 163 runs to India. India declared their second innings at 246/5, setting a target of 410.Dhananjay De Silva (13 not out) and Angelo Mathews (0 not out) were at the crease when the umpires called it a day, with Sri Lanka 379 behind the target.”We will try our best to go for the win tomorrow. Pressure is on them,” Dhawan said.last_img read more

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10 days agoFrance great Fernandez: Giroud must leave Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say France great Fernandez: Giroud must leave Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance great Luis Fernandez says Olivier Giroud needs to leave Chelsea.Giroud has struck in both of France’s games this week, but Fernandez feels he could be doing much more for the Les Bleus if he was playing consistently at club level.He explained: “I think he will leave Chelsea this winter, he has to leave. “If he does not find a new club, it may be complicated. You have to play and have rhythm. “There will certainly be a discussion with Didier (Deschamps, France coach).” last_img read more

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UNWTO Secretary General Calls for Closer Ties between Visitors and Communities

first_img “We cannot continue to build five-star hotels in three-star communities. This is a very important message we have to keep in mind. We cannot let our visitors live in bubbles; this is not acceptable anymore,” he emphasised. Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Dr. Taleb Rifai, says there must be more interconnectedness between visitors and residents of communities, in order to achieve greater community empowerment.He also suggested that there must be a “lowering of the walls between the host communities and the visitors”, in order to achieve that goal.“We cannot continue to build five-star hotels in three-star communities. This is a very important message we have to keep in mind. We cannot let our visitors live in bubbles; this is not acceptable anymore,” he emphasised.The Secretary General was addressing the opening ceremony of the UNWTO Global Conference on ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on November 28.Dr. Rifai said an issue such as this must be addressed courageously and with much conviction, and that part of the solution lies in “stronger, effective and transparent partnerships with the private sector and the Government”.“We cannot achieve any community empowerment without the full cooperation of the private sector and the owners of business,” he emphasised.Also at the opening ceremony were Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett; Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship, Councillor Homer Davis; St. Lucian Prime Minister, His Excellency Allen Chastanet; and President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez. Dr. Rifai said an issue such as this must be addressed courageously and with much conviction, and that part of the solution lies in “stronger, effective and transparent partnerships with the private sector and the Government”. Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Dr. Taleb Rifai, says there must be more interconnectedness between visitors and residents of communities, in order to achieve greater community empowerment. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Signing of the Air Passenger Information Services Agreement APIS

first_img Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation TCI needs UK letter of approval to start APIS with CARICOM Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp(via the Bahamas Information Services)(Runaway Bay, Saint Lucia) – The Bahamas has now acceded to all three of the agreements which will facilitate the air passenger information system (APIS) which will allow the exchange of information to our border management agencies in advance of passengers getting on the plane to fly here. There were three agreements to allow this to be brought into force. Fred Mitchell MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs took the opportunity to sign the accession documents in Runway Bay, St. Lucia in the margins of the meeting of foreign ministers of Caricom on 22 May . The photo shows from left seated Alva Baptiste, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of St Lucia and Chair of the Foreign Minister’s Council (COFCOR) , Mr. Mitchell, Secretary General of Caricom Irwin Laroque and at the back Clifford Williams, Foreign services officer of The Bahamas and High Commissioner Picewell Forbes of The Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of CARICOM). Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:apis, bahamas, Fred mitchelllast_img read more

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Klopp knew it was destined for the last game

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims he knew the fate of the group would boil down to the final round ahead of the crucial Napoli tie.The Reds need to win to stand any chance of qualifying for the Last 16, while Carlo Ancelotti’s men will progress as long as they don’t lose, or if they score an away goal and lose by only one.“I always thought this group would come down to the final round of matches before we knew where our destiny would lie,” Klopp wrote in the match programme as cited by Football Italia.“So there is no sense of shock or surprise we face this challenge tonight.“It has rightly been described as probably the toughest and most competitive group in the competition this season. PSG, Napoli and Red Star are outstandingly good teams and we are not too bad ourselves.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Of course, I will not hide away from the fact that we face the situation we do because our performances and results away from home in the Champions League have not been to the high standards we hold ourselves to.“If we earn the right to progress clearly it is something we will look to address. But we should also not ignore the fact that our future in the competition remains in our own hands because we have been really good at Anfield.“We all know what we have to do to qualify for the knockout stages. We won’t be looking to Belgrade for help or assistance as it’s completely irrelevant to us.“We have a job to do – a game to win – and if we give our best I think we have a real opportunity. It’s about this game.”last_img read more

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