Guggenheim to start in Europe with real estate debt investments

first_imgGuggenheim is likely to target investments in the UK and Spain, although Goldstein also has responsibility for the French and Swedish markets.Goldstein said Spain offered the “best opportunities at the moment”, and that Guggenheim would therefore focus on this market, as well as the UK, in the first few months.In the UK, it will focus on office and industrial properties, both in central London and the regions.“Residential is flavour of the month in London,” Goldstein said. “But it is clearly frothy at the top.”Guggenheim, which attempted to acquire Deutsche Bank’s real estate investment management arm in 2012, established its real estate operation in 2001, and has been expanding its activities and building up a real estate portfolio in both debt and equity.In March 2013, the firm appointed Henry Silverman to the new position of global head of real estate and infrastructure.Goldstein said Guggenheim would be making a careful entry into the European real estate market, remarking that it was “important not to run before you can walk”.He said one of his strengths was his ability “to forge partnerships and long-term relationships”. Guggenheim Partners is expected to make its first European real estate investment via the debt markets and will maintain a particular focus on the UK and Spain, according to its new head of real estate.Jonathan Goldstein, who joined the US company this year to lead its new European real estate business, told IP Real Estate he was already working on concluding two debt investments.Goldstein, who spent the past five years as deputy chief executive at Heron International, said: “We have a couple of situations that are well advanced, and that is because they were in progress already.”He added: “We clearly have capacity on the debt side and clients who are yield-hungry on the equity side. It will be a slightly slower burn.”last_img read more

Nancy DeWees

first_imgNancy passed away at The Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg on Friday, September 20. She was born in Hammond, Indiana on April 30, 1936. Her parents were Marvin and Elizabeth Anderson. She was married for 60 years to Thomas H. DeWees.Nancy was a 1954 graduate of Hughes High School in Cincinnati. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1958, earning degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Teachers College. At UC, she was a Dean’s List student and very active in student activities. Nancy was president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was selected for membership in Motor Board, the University’s honorary recognizing academic achievement and leadership. She met her husband, Tom, at UC when they were appointed co-chairpersons of a university committee.Nancy and Tom were married in 1959. They had two children, Pamela Sue and Thomas Edward. Nancy went to work as a teacher at Finneytown High School. She became a full time mom when she and Tom moved to Lawrenceburg, Indiana to join her parents in opening a family business, Ande Chevrolet-Olds. With the children grown, Nancy went back to work as a substitute teacher in the Lawrenceburg and South Dearborn Schools. She was a “full time sub” at South Dearborn High School. Nancy was a “Heart of Gold” volunteer. She was recognized as a Dearborn County Hospital “Pink Lady” with more than 11,000 hours of service. She also gave many hours of service to the Community Mental Health program, Kid-Ability , teaching elementary school kids how to recognize, avoid and report physical and sexual abuse. Nancy also gave her time to the Clearing House, P.A.W.S, Girl Scouts, and her church.Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Pamela Sue Minich. She is survived by her husband, Tom; her son Tom, (wife Sandy), son-in-law, John Minich; one granddaughter, Mary Kate DeWees, three grandsons, T.J DeWees, Joe and Nick Minich, two great grandchildren, Alya and Jack Minich. There will be a private burial service. There will be a memorial service at St. John Lutheran Church on Saturday, October 12, 2019 with visitation 12-2PM and service at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 4937 St. Road 48, Lawrenceburg, In 47025.last_img read more

Wakanow: Building on the Olympic Dream

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeAs a former American NBA player and son of a successful businessman Obinna Ralph Ekezie, 41, had been exposed to entrepreneurship at the highest level early in life. Little wonder that after an illustrious professional basketball career that saw him play in the NBA for eight seasons and was selected as the 37th overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies, the 2.8meters hunk would delve headlong into creating a business venture rather than looking for another paid job. Although his basketball career got the wings at Maryland Terrapins between 1995 and 1999, Ekezie insists that his father’s organisational ability first endeared him to be independent in life. Apart from learning the ropes from the senior Ekezie, the former NBA player looks in the direction of another former NBA player, Hakeem Olajuwon for inspirations. Playing for Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, was also very inspirational. He admitted taking every opportunity possible to learn from him. Today, Ekezie is the co-founder and CEO of Wakanow.com, the leading full-service, online travel company in Nigeria. His frustration from inability to easily book travel online between the USA and Nigeria and other parts of the world, largely informed the birth of Wakanow.com.Having cut his teeth in the Nigerian travel sphere in 2010 when he took advantage of the FIFA World Cup Africa was hosting for the first time in South Africa, Ekezie can now boast of Wakanow.com having the required expertise to handle any sports related travel and tour event. With the 2016 Olympic Games barely two months away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, how prepared is Wakanow.com? “Wakanow is an on-line travel agency,” observed Ekezie.He stressed that as the leading online travel in Nigeria, “we sell flights, hotel and tour packages. We help customers secure their visas. We offer end-to-end solutions for travelers. We also offer services like the prepaid cards that enable customers to pay for their transactions abroad. Then, we also have travel sim cards that are global… that enables customers use one travel sim card globally and get the best rates. We accomplish all of these, using modern technology,” observed the Wakanow.com CEO with pride.He points at the agreement his company signed with the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) recently that gives him the right to sell tickets to Nigerians going for the Rio 2016 Olympics as an edge over competitors in the travel and tour business.“We have been doing sports tourism since 2010 when we started with the South Africa FIFA World Cup. The Olympics is sports tourism. We did the London 2012 Olympics, the Brazil 2014 World Cup and now we are doing the Olympics. These all involve travels and people want to get to Brazil. So, we want to help them get the tickets, seamless air and land travels, book accommodation and generally make it easy for them to watch the events.“We have different packages and anyone interested picks the package that is convenient for him or her. We have the package that caters for the opening ceremony and closing ceremony. It enables the tourist or fan to watch all the events. We also have follow my team, which enables the tourist to follow Samson Siasia’s Dream Team VI national Under-23 football team to the match venues. Nigeria is playing in Manaus and Sao Paolo, so anyone interested can follow the Nigerian team to watch its group matches. You can take three matches, two in Manaus and one in Sao Paolo. We also provide other logistic services for our clients,” Ekezie assured the Nigerian football community interested in going to Btazil in summer.The Wakanow.com CEO however warns that visa applications and getting the Brazilian visa is the responsibility of the individual.“Our job is to ensure the documentation is done correctly. Most of the time, the host country usually makes it easier for the traveler to enter their country.“We encourage people to start the procedure early so that we can do the processing easier for them. We understand some people have difficulty in making full payment for the packages, so we have created a platform to help them pay for their packages in installments. We have been trying to encourage people not to wait for the last minute to start rushing for it to avoid creating a chaotic situation. That is why we encourage people to book early and secure their packages in good time,” he advised.However, despite the optimism of basketball aficionados that the D’Tigers are going to Rio2016 to build on their poor debut performance at the London 2012 Games in Brazil, the former NBA star is not one to delude himself of Nigeria making it to the semi finals of the men’s basketball event.“I don’t buy the idea that Nigeria can make it to the semi finals. My own experience in basketball shows that we have not developed the facilities and the talents to aspire to such heights. We have a situation where most of our players are based abroad and meet for the first time a few weeks to a competition. They don’t have the time to know their teammates,” he cautioned.Ekezie recalled that when Nigeria featured at the World Championship in Greece in 1998, the players hardly knew themselves.“Before the World Championship, we met ourselves just two weeks before the event. We had to practice for just two weeks, get to know how team members play before our first match. Coupled with the management issues we have, I will be impressed if we go beyond the second round.“We can’t begin to aspire for the semi-final if we don’t create the platform to develop talents locally. In some other countries, the players know themselves from the youth set up such that by the time they get to the senior team, they are familiar with each other. Even when they go to play in other parts of the world, they still came back to play as a cohesive team. Germany, Lithuania, Greece, Australia, Spain, Turkey all have a consistent system that delivers quality players to their teams,” stressed the Wakanow.com chief.He dismissed the general impression that because the team emerged African champion and has been playing as a unit since 2012, it is likely to have blended into a formidable force at the Games.“They may qualify for the second round. If you start talking about semi-finals, what would happen to the United States? What about France, Lithuania, Greece, Spain, Russia, Argentina. There is no magic to it. I will say the best we can get is second round after that, any other thing is a bonus,” he noted with finality.Despite the not too rosy picture of what to expect from the game that brought him fame and fortune, Ekezie insists he remains positive on the business side of the game.“My interest in sports is on the business side and not as a community social responsibility. My interest is in investing in basketball; build a valuable business using basketball. It is unfortunate that we don’t have facilities where people can go to relax and watch their favourite sport. We don’t have a 10,000 seat capacity arena in a good location to draw the crowd to the sport. So, we need to invest in that so that we can conveniently host teams from other countries.“When you talk about sports, you talk about tourism; you talk about people coming into the country to spend their money. Millions of people will be going to Brazil to spend money. They will stay in hotels, book flights, patronise local businesses during their stay in the country. These are the things our people should understand. Sport is a money-making machine, which should attract huge investments if we want to harness the sector very well.”The former NBA player has a parting shot for those in charge of government and sports in the country.“Sport has been reduced to a kind of charity event in Nigeria. It is not a charity event… it is big business. Some of the highest paying jobs in the world are sports related. It is only in Nigeria that sports have been treated as some kind of charity, which is why we still rely on government to fund it.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MBB : Fair breaks out of late-season scoring drought to lead Syracuse into Elite Eight

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Commentscenter_img BOSTON – With C.J. Fair’s dunk in transition, exactly a month’s worth of weight was lifted of his shoulders. A six-pack of poor performances spanning 29 days was erased with one simple, two-handed finish at the rim in the early moments of Thursday’s game.‘That definitely was a big part of my night, just seeing the ball go in the hoop,’ Fair said. ‘Then after the dunk I got a little floater or something, and I knew from there the ball was bouncing my way.’And for the first time since Feb. 22, the ball did in fact bounce Fair’s way. Behind an efficient 7-of-9 shooting performance, Fair snapped out of his slump to lead the Orange to a 64-63 win over Wisconsin on Thursday night at TD Garden. He led Syracuse in scoring (15 points) and rebounding (seven boards) to send SU to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2003.Early on, though, it appeared that Fair was destined for another subpar game. He was called for a travel and missed a pair of free throws on two offensive possessions within the first 10 minutes of the game, failing to register a point.But with a simple interception of a Ryan Evans pass, Fairkick-started his best game since SU’s win over Rutgers on Feb. 19. He quickly pushed the ball up ahead to Dion Waiters, who rewarded the sophomore forward with a no-look dish at the other end for the easy slam.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It was huge,’ Waiters said. ‘We were on the break, and I think the dunk I got him is what got him going. … I’m glad I got him going, and he came up huge for us.’His dunk gave Syracuse a 22-20 lead with 5:56 remaining in the first half, and initiated a 15-3 run that allowed the Orange to take the lead after 20 minutes of play.Fair’s trademark mid-range jumpers, which had gone awry since late February, suddenly found the bottom of the net just as they had during the majority of the regular season. He hit one from the left baseline, off an assist from Scoop Jardine, in the first half. And then returned to that spot – this time on the other end of the court – to sink a tough one-dribble pull-up over Evans and give SU a 44-40 lead in the second half.‘That’s what I was telling him before the game, ‘You have to step it up because it’s about time you wake up,’ Syracuse center Baye Keita said.By hitting his jump shots, Fair forced the Badgers to play him tighter on defense. And once his defender closed in, he was able to drive to the basket and take advantage of his quickness.After hitting the shot over Evans, his next basket came on a drive from right to left through the paint, allowing him to lay the ball in with his left hand off the glass.‘Today he was able to give us some scoring, and when he’s giving us scoring, we’re hard to beat,’ Jardine said. ‘He’s that offensive weapon that you don’t have to call a play for, but you look up and he’s got 15 points. That’s something special with a kid like that.’Rebounding, the one thing that remained fairly consistent during Fair’s slump, again proved crucial for the Orange down the stretch. He snatched a weak-side rebound off a missed dunk by Waiters and turned the putback attempt into a three-point play. He shook off his two missed free throws to convert his third and final attempt of the night, tying the game at 56-56 late in the second half.And on one of the biggest possessions of the game, it was Fair who ensured the Badgers came away with no points by hauling in a rebound despite Wisconsin center Jared Berggren breathing down his neck.So it was fitting that Fair made one final play to help seal Syracuse’s victory in the final 30 seconds. He lunged in to secure a 50-50 ball after Brandon Triche’s pass was tipped by a Wisconsin double-team in the backcourt.Fair got the ball across midcourt, forcing the Badgers to foul and take precious time off the clock.Said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim: ‘Tonight he was there for us. He was huge.’mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more

Dundalk make history with win over Bate Borisov

first_imgDundalk captain Stephen O’Donnell says that they proved that they belong at this level…The Lilywhites will now go into Friday’s play-off draw where they could face the likes of Man City, FC Porto, Villarreal and AS Roma.Later this evening, Celtic will also be aiming to book their place in this Friday’s draw.The SPL side have home advantage as they prepare to resume their third round qualifier against FC Astana.The pair played-out a 1-all draw in Kazakhstan last week after Leigh Griffiths bagged a precious away goal for the Hoops.Kick-off at Celtic Park is at 7:45. Dundalk will be playing European football right up until December after last night’s stunning win over BATE Borisov.The Lilywhites 3-0 win at the Tallaght Stadium sealed a 3-1 aggregate victory over the Belarussian champions and guaranteed that they will be playing in the Europa League group stages at the very least this year.Two headed goals from Dave McMillan and an injury-time strike from Robbie Benson means that the League of Ireland champions are now just one step away from a place in the Champions League group stages and the club now stands to earn a massive seven million euro windfall.last_img read more

Heart surgery and a new diet have Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen feeling good about 2019

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jansen believes being in better shape and locking his mechanics in early this spring will bring the movement and velocity back.“I’m not going to focus on that,” he said of the lost velocity last season. “I know you guys will and you guys will let me know about it. … To me, if you focus on velocity, then you’re going to create bad habits. That has to come naturally. In January, you’re not going to have velocity. You’re going to have no adrenaline. You want to make sure that your mechanics are in place and the velocity comes at the end.“If you’re going to worry about it now, you’re going to create bad habits and it’s never going to come. It happened with me last year when in April I wasn’t ready. I worried about my velocity and created bad habits. Then trying to get out of those bad habits is not fun. I’m just going to get myself ready and it will come. I know I have it in there. I’m not going to lose it.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The heart issue made the second half of last season a struggle for Jansen. But there were problems before that. A light workload in spring training (an attempt to compensate for the heavy burden Jansen had carried in the two previous postseasons) left him with an injured hamstring and unsettled mechanics for the first couple months of the regular season.Jansen has no intention of making that mistake again.“Definitely pitch,” Jansen said with a smile of his spring plans this year. “No sitting down and taking a vacation and helping you guys, doing media. I’m going to do my job, get myself ready and throw as many innings as I need to get ready for the season.”Jansen readily admits “I’m not happy at all about that year that I had last year.” He still converted 38 of 42 save opportunities during the regular season. But he let two leads get away during the five-game World Series loss to the Boston  Red Sox. His 3.01 ERA and strikeout rate (10.3 per nine innings) during the regular season were career-worsts. His 0.99 WHIP was his highest since 2014 and the home runs – oh, the home runs. His cutter – the superpower that has made him one of the best closers in baseball – deserted him at times. Without its movement and traveling with diminished velocity, Jansen gave up 13 home runs, the most by any National League reliever last season.Related Articles Jansen said his doctors have told him that there is only a 5 percent chance he will have another episode of atrial fibrillation. He is no longer on blood-thinning medication – something that he found difficult to play while taking last fall – and threw off a bullpen mound Thursday for the first time since the surgery.And he is not kidding when he says a weight has been lifted off him since the surgery. Jansen said he has lost 20 to 25 pounds this winter thanks to his “Kenley Jansen Diet” which cut out carbs and sugar – ice cream being the most difficult sacrifice.“It was a struggle but I did it,” he said at the Dodgers FanFest Saturday. “It was a struggle. A lot of mood swings. But I did it. I kind of messed up at Christmas and had rice for the first time. But now I’m watching what I eat. All that stuff you put in your body, it’s not good for my heart. Let’s worry about health first. I don’t want to do another surgery, so I have to take care of my heart.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called last year’s recurrence of the irregular heartbeat “a big, unfortunate wake-up call.”“He’s in fantastic shape,” Roberts said. PreviousLos Angeles Dodger pitcher Joe Kelly speaks to fans during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jensen during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New Los Angeles Dodgers’ AJ Pollack, center, with president Andrew Friedman, left, and manager Dave Roberts holds up his new jersey during a press conference during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, and Corey Seager during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuela signs autographs during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Angel Rodriguez shows off his art work on his head during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Joe Kelly speaks to fans during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Fans pose for pictures on home plate during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A Justin Turner fan wearing a red beard waits for him to make an appearance during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A small Dodger dog during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jensen shakes hands with fans during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New Los Angeles Dodgers’ AJ Pollack, right, with president Andrew Friedman, left, tries on his new jersey during a press conference during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New Los Angeles Dodgers’ AJ Pollack, left, speak with president Stan Kasten during a press conference during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman during a press conference for AJ Pollack during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, second from right, along with Jaime Jarrin, right, speak to fans during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jensen speaks to the media during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers fans during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuela signs autographs during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Two year old Sophia Sanchez of Los Angeles high fives the Dodger mascot during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jensen shakes hands with fans during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Fans pose with the Dodger mascot during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda speaks to the media during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Fans pose with the Dodger mascot during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New Los Angeles Dodgers’ AJ Pollack during a press conference during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Joe Kelly speaks to fans during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jensen during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 24Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jensen during Dodger Stadium Fanfest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — For four months last year, it was always on Kenley Jansen’s mind.There were multiple visits to a cardiologist, an app on his phone that tracked his heart’s daily performance and questions, lots of questions – from reporters and family, not to mention constantly swirling around in his head.“I’m feeling great, honestly,” said Jansen who underwent a 5½-hour surgery on Nov. 26, the second time in six years that he needed an ablation procedure to address defects in his heart that triggered an irregular heartbeat.“I feel like health-wise, I’m in a better spot now. I feel like a weight came off, doing that surgery.”last_img read more

King compares criticism of him to persecution of Christ

first_imgCHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Steve King says the criticism he has faced from fellow members of Congress over his offensive remarks gives him “better insight” into what Jesus Christ experienced when he was persecuted for his beliefs.The Sioux City Journal reports that King was attending a town hall meeting Tuesday in his home district in northwest Iowa when someone attending voiced concern about Christianity being persecuted in the U.S. King answered by drawing a comparison to facing his “accusers” on the House floor.The House voted 424-1 in January to rebuke King for remarks he made to the New York Times in which he asked why the terms white nationalist and white supremacist came to be considered offensive. King was also stripped of his committee assignments.last_img

Woman accuses Naby Keita of sexual assault and is met with saddening response from…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter(@popcornpontso)/This Is AnfieldAdvertisement oft8mwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs711xdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E95ialrn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 801Would you ever consider trying this?😱nl9Can your students do this? 🌚4d2Roller skating! Powered by Firework Liverpool FC midfielder Naby Keita has found himself in a latest disarray on social media. The Guinean international footballer has been accused of sexual misconduct by a woman on Twitter. The lady has made several posts narrating the incident, but unfortunately, most of the responses isn’t in her favour.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@popcornpontso)/This Is AnfieldPontso Dlamini, who is from Manchester, United Kingdom, runs a website called Popcorn’s Kitchen, delivering cooking essentials to the local public under the COVID-19 lock down. On 23rd June, Ponsto made several posts on Twitter, narrating an incident from the month of January, when she was sexually assaulted by Keita. Along with describing the complete incident, she also claimed to have gathered all the evidences, which include messages and recordings. She also added that reports were made to Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police.Advertisement In a follow up tweet, Dlamini claimed that the incident took plae after she was invited to Keita’s party by a female friend. She also added that Keita didn’t book a cab for her after everyone had left, and ‘started touching’ Dlamini, and even offered her cash after she resisted.Dlamini added more information about her text messages with her mother, phone calls with someone named Bayo who claimed to be Keita’s agent, and also the evidence she submitted to the police.Dlamini’s post soon gathered attention, and already has over 3.7k retweets. Unfortunately, the responses she have been getting for the most part is in a bad taste. Most netizens didn’t believe Dlamini’s claims. some stated that she is just seeking attention and the whole narrative doesn’t add up, expressed doubt on Keita ever doing such behaviour, and even accused her of lying.However, there were a number of people who defended Dlamini’s claims, and asked for a proper investigation into the matter. There haven’t been any response from Keita or Liverpool as of now.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Flight of shame: ‘White lives matter’ banner flown over Man City vs Burnley gameSreesanth working with Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan’s coach for comeback preparations Advertisementlast_img read more

The Impact Of Eastern Champs

first_imgThe absence of Eastern Championships from the 2016 high school athletics calendar is cause for concern. It comes at a time when teams from that end of the island are on the rise. For teams like Buff Bay High and St Mary High, Eastern Champs might have been a stepping stone to strong performances at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. St Mary High is the last eastern school to win a Champs title, if you discount the win by the boys of St Jago High in 1987, which came in a period when ISSA moved the Spanish Town school from Central Champs to Eastern Champs and back. With athletes of the calibre of schoolgirl Olympian Jackie Pusey and the speedy Doreen Small, St Mary High won Girls’ Champs in 1976 and 1977. Since then, the results of eastern schools at Champs make grim reading. Only Morant Bay High School had made the top ten since 2000, with a seventh-place finish for the boys and their female teammates reaching 10th in 2004. In fact, the alma mater of Olympic medal winners Juliet Cuthbert and Hansle Parchment has been the highest-placed eastern school at Champs more than any other from that region. Besides those top ten finishes, Morant Bay High has ten other top-15 placings in the 2000 – 2015 period. The closest any other eastern school has come to the Championships top ten is the 2013 12th place finish by former giants St Mary High. Concerted action seems to be needed to strengthen athletics in the region. Despite all that, Eastern Champs is well worth saving. Cuthbert and Parchment are only two of a long list of national senior representatives who competed for schools from the East. Rosie Allwood, Nikole Mitchell, Percival Spencer, Lelieth Hodges, Carrie Russell, Wilbert Walker, a 2004 triple Champs gold medallist for Morant Bay, and Javere Bell, all emerged there, with Bell’s 2011 Class One 400 triumph for Seaforth High garnering the last Boys’ Champs gold medal to be taken eastward. Fiona Richards of Buff Bay exemplified her school’s recent rise with a Class Two discus and shot put double at Champs last year. Before her, the last winner from the east was Orethia Powell of Morant Bay in the 2006 Class Four long jump. Fittingly, Buff Bay were the highest-placed eastern school on both sides of the gender fence at Champs in 20th (girls) and 16th (boys). The simultaneous disappearance of Eastern Champs and the long-running Howard Jackson Morant Bay Relays from the 2016 schedule may have been caused by the tight financial environment. Their absence removes opportunities for student athletes to put their talent on show and enjoy an extra-curricular activity with proven benefits of exposure, exercise and tertiary educational possibilities. The sooner Eastern Champs returns, the better. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980. GRIM READINGlast_img read more

ONE Championship ventures into boxing

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Pacquiao’s in-ring achievements speak for itself as he is the only pugilist in history to capture major world titles in eight different weight classes and was long rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites.However, boxing’s popularity in the Asian region is slowly ebbing due to several factors, including Pacquiao’s imminent exit from the sport and the growing reputation of another form of combat sport like mixed martial arts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Boxing promoters such as Bob Arum of Top Rank tried to replicate Pacquiao’s magic and rise to stardom with Chinese boxer Zou Shiming, but the 86-year-old American businessman failed to get the desired result.As the demand for boxing continues to wane in Asia, the sport has found an unlikely ally in ONE Championship, a mixed martial arts organization that was established in Singapore seven years ago. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Already solidified itself as one of the premier mixed martial arts promotions in the world, ONE Championship has set its sights on boxing.ONE Championship recently announced its partnership with Nakornloung Promotion to co-promote the world title defense of WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in the main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, which is set to take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6.“Our work in boxing has always been driven by our passion and love. The best part of it is that we get to give life-turning opportunities to boxers and their families. Each of them has their own stories, but they are all driven by the same dream – to be the world champion,” said Thainchai Pisitwuttinan, the head honcho of Nakornloung Promotion.“I am glad that our promotion and ONE Championship have coalesced in having a common mission and vision for combat sports athletes around the globe,” he added.Venturing boxing is a no-brainer for ONE Championship after it launched the highly-acclaimed ONE Super Series last April, which was created with the purpose of showcasing the purest forms of striking arts such as Muay Thai and kickboxing.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 At a press conference in Manila three months ago, ONE Championship big boss Chatri Sityodtong already hinted plans to establish a professional boxing league in addition to ONE Super Series, inviting boxers from all over the globe to join the promotion.A few months later, Sityodtong proved that he was dead serious in hosting boxing matches in ONE Championship, announcing his partnership with Nakomloung Promotion in staging Rungvisai’s homecoming bout in Thailand on October 6.Sityodtong described the organization’s venture into boxing as akin to ONE Championship’s buoyant effort in elevating mixed martial arts in Asia.“When we started seven years ago, nobody wanted to talk to us. They didn’t even want to work with us. Of course, that changed eventually. We have experienced such exponential growth in all areas. If we could do for it mixed martial arts, we can do it for boxing as well,” Sityodtong stated.Since its inception in 2011, ONE Championship has taken mixed martial arts in Asia into greater heights, broadcasting to over 1.7-billion potential viewers across 136 countries around the world.With a highly-active fan base that is engaged in both digital and social media platforms, the biggest local and global brands in the world have been attracted to ONE Championship.Forming a number of key partnerships, ONE Championship is at pace for a billion dollar valuation and an initial public offering in the next couple of years.In line with ONE Championship’s strategy of developing local and homegrown mixed martial arts athletes, the promotion ventured and scouted talents into new markets like Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, India and Vietnam as well as untapped areas of the Middle East, China and Russia.Sityodtong attributes the promotion’s success to its content and its extremely-loyal fans that are growing in number every single day.“ONE Championship captures the essence of entertainment similar to a show in Las Vegas, but combines it with the sporting excellence of elite martial artists. It also breaks the mold of being a global sports media property that is based in Asia,” he explained. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ If there is one athlete who put Asia on the map of the international sporting scene, it is boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sityodtong’s claim was supported by Filipino boxing standout Jerwin Ancajas, who was at ringside to watch ONE: HEROES OF HONOR live in Manila, Philippines this past April.Ancajas, the reigning IBF super flyweight titleholder, commended ONE Championship’s work in its production and promotion of athletes.“This is the first time I’ve watched a live mixed martial arts event. I’ve always watched it on TV, but it’s a whole different experience seeing it live. I really had a delightful time. The production value is truly world-class,” the boxer said.The 26-year-old native of Panabo City, Davao del Norte pointed out that ONE Championship’s dive into the boxing scene would make a huge impact on the sport.“ONE Championship is a huge promotion. It will be good for boxing because there are only few big boxing promoters in the Philippines and in Asia. This kind of support is needed, and should boxing have this kind of events, it will be a huge help for boxing in the region,” Ancajas stressed.Sityodtong admitted that he is fully aware of the vastness of boxing history in Asia, giving birth to boxers who left indelible legacies in the sport with the likes of Pacquiao, Gerry Peñalosa, Pancho Villa, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, Chang Jung-Koo, Yoko Gushiken and Yuh Myung-Woo.With ONE Championship trying its hand in boxing, Sityodtong believes that the organization will breathe new life into the sport in Asia to produce more top-notch pugilists.“I consider ONE Championship as the caretaker of every form of martial arts in the world, including boxing. We will make sure that the new generation of boxers in Asia will be fully nurtured. The legacy that Manny Pacquiao and other boxing greats have created must continue. We are reaching out. We shall grow together,” he ended. 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