No Holy Week break for Fajardo, Beermen after Hotshots push them to the limit In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “It’s a good thing but it’s better if we win whatever number was in the stat sheet, because it won’t matter if we lose.”Wong’s playmaking helped the Lady Eagles get to an 8-3 record and clinch at least a playoff for the last spot in the Final Four.And winning in a tough manner against the Lady Falcons would help, Wong said, Ateneo to have the mental and emotional edge it needs to close out the eliminations.“I don’t take any team easily, we have to fight against them no matter what,” said Wong in Filipino. “We may have clinched the playoff but our goal is the top two or the top one so it’s really important to get that twice-to-beat advantage so that will be the next goal for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ The Lady Eagles came back from a seven-point deficit, 22-17, in the fourth set and pulled off a 24-26, 25-19, 21-25, 26-24, 15-12 win.And setter Deanna Wong literally had a hand in all of Ateneo’s attack points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWong had a preposterous stat of 63 excellent sets even though the Lady Eagles scored just 57 spikes, but the third year playmaker isn’t a fan of delving too much into individual numbers.“Actually I don’t mind how many I had,” said Wong at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “All I really thought of was how I can chase the ball and how I can set the ball even if it wasn’t received perfectly.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It wasn’t just Ateneo’s comeback win against Adamson University that broke the lazy mundane on Sunday, but how it was also orchestrated.ADVERTISEMENT
From right: Naomi Tulay-Solanke, Mrs. Moore and others at the ceremonyActionAid-Liberia, in partnership with Community Healthcare Initiative (CHI) yesterday launched a three-year program valued at €500,000, (Five hundred thousand Euros) to reduce sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) as well as provide assistance to survivors.The program, which will be implemented in Margibi, Gbarpolu and Montserrado counties, is held under the theme, “Enhanced Protection from Sexual and Gender-based Violence for Women, Girls and Sexual Minorities,” with funding from the European Union (EU).ActionAid-Liberia Country Director Lakshmi Moore said the project will enhance protection against SGBV and other forms of violence against women, including rape, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation (FGM).The new program, according to Mrs. Moore, will also adapt a holistic approach by tackling structural issues at the core of SGBV, and then “facilitate the social, legal and economic empowerment of women, girls and sexual minorities, where the community leaders will contribute to increased access to justice for victims,” Mrs. Moore said.The three year-program targets 52,176 women, girls and sexual minorities in the three counties that will benefit from information and increased awareness of their rights and the will to reject SGBV by demanding protection from the government.She said the exercise will cover about 6,000 women, girls and sexual minorities in the targeted eight communities, to reduce and ultimately prevent SGBV.Representatives of CSOs, beneficiaries, government officials, other invited guests and employees at the official launch yesterday in MonroviaMrs. Moore told journalists that three of the 15 county health systems will be more informed and responsive with tools to support women, girls and sexual minorities, to gain access to quality anti-SGBV services at any of the accredited health facilities.Montserrado County Superintendent Florence Brandy, who launched the series, lauded the European Union (EU) for their support to the program.Brandy said despite numerous efforts to end SGBV, the challenge remains enormous, which requires a joint effort to address it.Naomi Tulay-Solanke, CHI executive director, said her organization seeks to create communities where the inhabitants will have access to adequate healthcare and social services.Mrs. Solanke said CHI is currently working with women and children to create the necessary awareness on rights to health by promoting peace in the country.With funding from the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Mrs. Solanke said: “CHI built the primary healthcare facility in Boboma, Gbarpolu County, and also engaged in water sanitation and hygiene initiatives, where they so far covered 117 schools in seven of the 15 counties.” The exercise was done in partnership with ActionAid-Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A woman miner was on Tuesday killed after a mining pit caved in on her while punting for gold at Arakaka Backdam, North West District (NWD), Region One (Barima-Waini) Dead is 44-year-old Eleen Figuera of Two Miles Arakaka.Based on information received, the now dead woman and others were working in the pit when the mud walls suddenly caved in and covered her. The others managed to escape with minor bruises.Figuera was subsequently pulled from the pit and taken to the Pakera District Hospital, NWD, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.Her body is at the Pakera District Hospital mortuary awaiting a post-mortem. An investigation was launched into the incident.In October, Lennox Douglas, 33, of Canvas City, Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) died at Issano Backdam, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) after the mining pit in which he was working collapsed.It was reported that the now dead man was working when “very hard mud” fell on him, pinning him to the ground. He was taken for medical attention, but was pronounced dead on arrival.In September, Deon Sproston, called “Jersey Joe”, 36, of Lot 133 Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and a miner only known as “Shawn” lost their lives in similar fashion at Mowasi Backdam, Konawaruk, Potaro, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).It was reported that the two men and other persons were working the walls of the pit with metal detectors searching for gold while it was raining heavily. While working, a large portion of the pit wall suddenly broke off and fell on both men, burying them alive.In January, 23-year-old Handel Payne, also called “Daggie” of Kaneville Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) died after the mining pit in which he was working at 35 Miles, Konawaruk Backdam, collapsed.Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that Payne and others were working in the mining pit when a piece of the mud wall collapsed behind them and subsequently struck Payne in the mid-section. He reportedly fell unconscious by which time the water began to rise rapidly. He was submerged and subsequently drowned. He was later pulled out, and rushed to the Mahdia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.In April, a miner named Kevin Adams, 25, of Linden, died at Chinese Creek Backdam, Mazaruni River, Region Seven after a pit caved in and buried him alive.One month later, in May, Ken Ranny, 20, a resident of Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni River, died after he was covered by mud after the wall of a mining pit in which he was working collapsed at Pepper Camp Backdam, Upper Mazaruni River.Then, one month later, in June, miner Elmo Adams died after he too was buried alive after the walls of a pit in which he was working caved at Imbaimadai, Upper Mazaruni.Back in 2015, 10 persons died in a mining pit in the Konawaruk area after it collapsed. The incident saw 17 miners being buried under a pile of dirt and rubble, but seven managed to escape alive with various injuries.The others remained trapped under the dirt where they perished. The 10 miners were Leyland Jones, Jason Trotman, Vick Bernard, Frank Bernard, Desmond Martins, Raymond August, Brian Bank, Trevon Phillips, Nanmore Kurt and another man identified only as “Michael”.The deaths were blamed on heavy rains in the area, improper mine design, and poor safety practices at the mining camp.
31 May 2012 South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs will hold round-table discussions with rhino owners in the country as part of its bid to combat rhino poaching, which has reached “an unacceptable level”. Addressing the media at the department’s first national rhino conservation dialogue workshop in Johannesburg on Monday, Deputy Director-General Fundisile Mketeni said rhino poaching had reached an unacceptable level. “We are now at war,” Mketeni said, adding that the department would continue to engage with various key stakeholders. The objective of the national consultations is to solicit well-considered views on how best to secure the protection, safety and sustainable conservation of the rhinos in the country. Other areas of concern, including trade, rhino horn stockpile management, awareness campaigns, international engagements and population management, will be considered in this process.Collaboration with professionals Monday’s workshop was convened in collaboration with Mavuso Msimang, who has been appointed by the department as a rhino conservation issue manager. Msimang has been tasked with convening a series of meetings comprising a broad range of organisations, experts and individuals with a vested interest in the sustainable conservation of South Africa’s rhino population. Also speaking at the briefing was Colonel Johan Jooste of the Hawks, who said they were also looking at engaging countries like China and Thailand. “We will also be seeking assistance from the professionals,” he said. Filming at the Kruger National Park will also be forbidden in a bid to protect the rhinos. According to the latest statistics from Environmental Affairs, the highest number of killings this year was at the Kruger National Park, with 137 rhinos; it accounts for more than half of the total rhino killings that have taken place in the country this year. Mpumalanga had the most arrests with 44, followed by the Kruger National Park with 38; Limpopo had 19 arrests, North West 16, Gauteng 14 and KwaZulu-Natal 10 arrests. Mketeni said plans were under way to host another summit with the various stakeholders in September. A crime line has also been established to improve the level of co-operation with the public, as well as make access for would-be informers much easier. South Africans can report incidents of rhino poaching or tip-offs that could lead to arrests and the prevention of illegal killings to 0800 205 005. Source: BuaNews
Denel will provide game reserves with the latest technology in surveillance and skills training for rangers, in aid of the rhino crisis in South Africa.(Image: Denel) Rhino Hero revolves around Zama, a rhino, and his efforts to protect his species.(Image: Rhino Hero)MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Masters ShortBlackMocca+27 71 520 4764RELATED ARTICLES• A legacy for the African rhino• Giving rhinos a voice through art• Sangomas join the rhino force• Taking the plunge for our rhinos• Special anti-poaching weapon for SA• Rhinos to get revenge on poachersCadine PillaySouth African National Parks (SANParks) and state-owned Denel, the largest arms manufacturer in the country, have signed a memorandum of understanding under which Denel will use its law enforcement technology to assist in the fight against rhino poaching.The country’s rhino death toll for 2012 currently stands at a shocking 549 – 61 more than the total for the whole of 2011. Out of this figure, 320 were poached in the Kruger National Park, which straddles the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces in the north east of the country.Figures released by the Department of Environmental Affairs show that more than 1 600 rhino have been killed by poachers over the past five years and on average South Africa is losing one rhino every day and a half.“We are convinced that this technology will build the ability to detect and deter would-be poachers and provide early warnings to law enforcement officials deployed on the ground,” said Riaz Saloojee, CEO of Denel.Sophisticated technology for game reservesSaloojee said that Denel has, over the years, developed highly sophisticated law-enforcement technology for use at home and abroad. The technology is currently used to combat perlemoen (abalone) poaching on South Africa’s west coast. As a result of excessive poaching, perlemoen was declared an endangered species in terms of CITES regulations in 2007, but the status was removed in 2010 when the illegal trade seemed to have subsided.SANParks spokesperson Wanda Mkutshulwa explained that Denel will provide game reserves with cutting-edge surveillance technology and will also assist in training rangers to operate and interpret data from the technological devices.Dr David Mabunda, CEO of SANParks, is confident that the latest initiative will help reduce incidences of poaching and keep the numbers of poached rhino down.“Though we admit that we have lost a few battles, and suffered a few bloody noses, we have no intention of losing this war,” he said. “We will fight until the last man or woman standing to save the nation’s heritage.”The details of the technology could not be revealed due to security reasons.Rhinos get their own appWhile Denel’s technology will hopefully detect poachers before they get to the rhino, two South Africans are also using modern technology to raise funds and awareness for the same cause.Anyone with a smartphone or tablet will now be able to download Rhino Hero, an application developed by social entrepreneurs Chris Masters and Alasdair Muller. At present the app works only on Apple devices but will shortly be available for Android.The pair, who started their company ShortBlackMocca together earlier this year, said that 50% of the proceeds raised from the app’s downloads will be donated to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), a leading conservation effort that has been at the forefront of the poaching war.Everyone can be a rhino heroRhino Hero revolves around the rhino Zama (isiZulu, meaning “to make an effort”) and his efforts to protect his species. According to Masters, the game was designed to create awareness and drive support by giving people a fun way to interact with the cause, which is close to the hearts of many South Africans.Zama does not have x-ray vision or super strength, but his strength comes from the people who support his cause. The player launches Zama into poachers’ camps, driving him to take charge and destroy the camps, one by one, scoring points and going up a level after reaching a certain number of points.“The beauty lies in the way the game mirrors the Save the Rhino campaign,” said Masters. “One person, or in the case of the game, one rhino, really can make a difference.”The popularity of apps and the large number of people downloading them regularly through their smart devices inspired the ShortBlackMocca team to focus on this ever-growing market. According to the Apple app store, as many as 25-billion apps have been downloaded through the store, while a further 10-billion were downloaded through Google’s Android app store.“It was a business opportunity,” said Masters, “but also a way to raise awareness through the types of apps they created.”Persecution victory The number of arrests made by South African authorities in relation to rhino poaching so far stands at 222. The recent sentencing of a syndicate member, Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai, to an unprecedented 40 years in prison, was welcomed by the South African government.Lemtongthai pleaded guilty to 59 counts in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court earlier this month.Justice minister Jeff Radebe commended the country’s National Prosecuting Authority for their work in bringing Lemtongthai to book.“Rhino poaching and smuggling threatens the government’s efforts in preserving our environment and economic stability of the country,” said Radebe in a statement.
Cariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts – both of whom are passionate about entrepreneurship and job creation – have started the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Cariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts (both in middle) with business owners who are involved in the Ukama Kitchen Incubator. Isaacs says the incubator aims to preserve heritage and culture through a celebration of home- baked and cooked food. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanTwo South African women who are passionate about both the food industry and entrepreneurship, have opened the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Through the incubator, unemployed women can cook or bake in a certified kitchen, explains co-founder Cariema Isaacs. This way, the women’s products will be compliant with government standards and policies, and sellable in a consumer market. The incubator was opened in December 2017.Isaacs, who wrote Cooking for My Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, says the vision of Ukama is to transform home cooks and bakers who sell their products to support their families, into fully fledged entrepreneurs.Calling them foodtrepreneurs (food entrepreneurs), she says the plan is for the cooks to reach a bigger target market, both locally and internationally, in the future.WatchA certified kitchenCo-founder Janine Roberts says a facility needs to be certified by a regulatory body that inspects the facilities and certifies them safe to make food items for the retail market. “We are certified by Intertek and we are also halaal certified by the South African National Halaal Authority.”Roberts, who has more than 14 years’ experience in the packaging industry, adds: “Women who work from home kitchens are not able to get their products listed in the formal retail market because of health and safety regulations. Retailers need to ensure they only buy from suppliers who work in facilities that are complaint with health and hygiene requirements.”Being compliant means the cooks are able to sell to national retailers such as Pick n Pay and Checkers.For the past ten years, Roberts, a serial entrepreneur, has focused on social entrepreneurship. Her company, Ukama Packaging Solutions, is a multi-stakeholder collaboration – a bridge – between clients seeking packaging services and micro-entrepreneurs providing the labour.In addition, she established the Ukama Community Foundation, an NGO linked to the company that every day feeds about 200 children from Vrygrond in Cape Town.She has received the Tony Elumelu Foundation Top 1000 African Entrepreneurs award, as well as the Spark International Changemaker award in 2015.Behind the scenesUkama Kitchen Incubator sets up equipment for, training and development of small business owners.Foodtrepreneurs already have products on the shelves at the Ukama Kitchen Incubator, which they have sold to customers. “These entrepreneurs have products such as biscuits and shortbread, samosas, smoothies, traditional atchars and Cape Malay jams.“[We have our] very own barista, who is also disabled and we really wanted to give him a chance to manage our coffee bar,” says Isaacs.BootstrappingThe money for the business came out of the pockets of Isaacs and Roberts, although the former says their challenge is lack of funding. They have set up a Kickstarter fundraising page and so far have received several small donations. “[Due to] the lack of funding our existing product lines are focused on longer-life shelf items such as pickles and konfyt [jam].“For items where preservatives are required, such as our curry and pasta sauces, we’d have to approach a food technologist and the cost per product, per hour, per consultation is exorbitant at this stage,” says Isaacs. “We simply cannot afford it, and we would like to help these women.”Writer Melissa Javan asked Isaacs more about the Ukama Kitchen Incubator:Melissa Javan: You said you wanted to change the landscape of home cooking and baking. How do you plan to do this?Cariema Isaacs: Yes, we feel strongly that our kitchen incubator will change the landscape of home cooking and baking businesses, because there are various benefits that are derived from producing products in a commercial kitchen.The aunty who sells her biscuits in the community will always only have access to her direct neighbours, friends and family.The foodtrepreneur, or business owner, has access – through the kitchen incubator – to knowledge and skills related to logistics, buying and selling, branding, marketing, recruitment, networking, accounting and the necessary business acumen one needs to run a successful brand and business. The same aunty is now not just selling, but she is learning business skills that will equip her to focus on profit generation, rather than on just making ends meet, collaboration and management of clients.MJ: Are you still fundraising for Ukama Kitchen Incubator on Kickstarter?CI: Yes we are. We’ve not managed to receive any funding apart from small donations and support from other business partners and brands.MJ: You wrote a cookbook about Cape Malay cooking. Is Ukama going to focus on Cape Malay cooking?CI: Many of our foodtrepreneurs had been following me on social media, so it was easier for them to contact me about becoming part of this initiative. Our intention is to focus on South African heritage fare, but we also recognise the current popularity of halaal cooking and baking, and it would be foolish not to capitalise on this trend.MJ: Why is an incubator necessary for people who want to take their home cooking and baking to the next level?CI: It allows for a broader target market, and an opportunity for the entrepreneur to market their products through a commercial and certified kitchen that complies with all hygiene and safety regulations. It’s also a chance to become a fully fledge entrepreneur supported by training, mentorship and coaching.Cariema Isaacs, co-founder of Ukama Kitchen Incubator, says cooks at the incubator will be able to export their products through Ukama’s commercial kitchens. Through the initiative, South African expats will be able to get from home products “the way mom made them”.MJ: How did you and your business partner meet?CI: Janine constantly has people coming to see her asking whether she can market or package heritage food such as jams. I was approached to help a co-op of unemployed women based in Bo-Kaap, who wanted to draw tourists to their homes for cooking classes.I contacted Janine about my own product range, which is due for release in 2018, which may have included the Bo-Kaap co-op. Janine spoke to me about collaboration and the idea of starting a kitchen incubator. We put our heads together and decided to start a company and build a vision for our brand; in less than a week the Ukama Kitchen Incubator was registered.MJ: What can people who join the Ukama Kitchen Incubator expect?CI: First and foremost, we are a family, as our name suggests – “Ukama” is a Shona word for family. We work in teams while still being able to maintain our individual products and skills.There are also areas that some newbies may find overwhelming, such as working in a commercial kitchen where rules and regulations apply, where we are pedantic about our packaging, labelling, presentation and hygiene standards.Through all of this, we also have fun and learn from one another and we always praise hard work and skill.MJ: On your Facebook page, you speak about your recipe swap with Sri Lankans. Are you planning to teach people at the incubator some of these recipes?CI: Oh my gosh, yes! I think in my past life I must have been a guru or coach or a mentor. I love teaching and sharing ideas and learning from others. I am also enrolled for part-time studies at the International Institute of Culinary Arts Dubai to attain my diploma as a chef, and I feel I can bring much of that knowledge to our kitchen incubator.MJ: Can you give us two lessons you learned in business?CI: Being an entrepreneur is hard work, but one of the most gratifying roles I’ve ever had. Every part of yourself is in every facet of the brand and the business and that, for me, speaks of my own ability to adapt and transform.Stay in your lane, don’t focus on who you think the competition is and what they might be doing – be true to your own vision. The vision should be your North Star and whenever you feel low or lost, that will bring you home again and again and again.Source: UkamaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We had an interesting discussion recently about how dry it was collecting soil samples this fall. It was so dry that the folks who sell soil probes are having a run on sales this fall because of the bent and twisted ones used in our hard, overly dry soil.This may have an impact on your soil test results. We learned in graduate soil chemistry class that dry clays can collapse around potassium (K) ions and trap nutrients there and away from crop roots — and away from a soil test. But here in Ohio I would never worry about such concerns before. We are usually wet, and the past several falls it has even been a bit difficult to get harvest finished before Christmas.Some field work always brings clarity to me — not just what happens in a lab. Nearby in Kentucky they had an opportunity to check out this soil sampling concern (http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/agr/agr189/agr189.pdf). Lloyd Murdock and Dottie Call found that pH and potassium are most affected by dry soils such as we see in the fall. They collected soil samples every two weeks throughout the growing season to track changes. They found that pH can dip as much as half a point in a dry season and may take until late fall to recover as the soil moisture rebuilds. For potassium, the difference can be as much as 50 to 100 pounds per acre reduction from a test in a wet season verses a dry season. And because so much potassium is tied up in residue, until we get fall rains to leach K back out of the residue, levels will be lower. Phosphorus (P) also dropped throughout the growing season as the crop pulled available P out of the soil solution, then recovered in the fall, just not as dramatic a change as for K.Their recommendation for the best way to estimate what your crop nutrients will have for the growing season is to pull soil samples in the spring. If you pulled samples as I did this fall, that’s OK, just be consistent in your sampling timing. And did this fall dry spell affect your results? If yes, then double check these results against past soil tests before you make any major change to your nutrient management plans.
Old wood windows are as charming as they are maddening. While they offer appealing craftsmanship and an authentic sense of home, they typically leak like a sieve. With rising fuel costs, an unstable economy, and a catatonic housing market, it’s simply becoming more and more difficult to look at those old units with pride.If you live in a historic district, you may not have the option of installing replacement windows. If you live elsewhere, however, you may be tempted to ditch the whole preservationist mentality and hop on the vinyl replacement train in hopes of reaping all the green rewards and cash savings of a modern home. Don’t—not without carefully considering your options first.By assessing your existing wood windows and making the right upgrades, you might be able to restore them to rival the performance of a standard replacement—at a fraction of the cost. Consider the potential of your existing windows You might make a window-replacement contractor’s head spin if you tell him that you’re going to repair rather than replace an old, drafty wood window. After all, thanks to progress in building technology, tight windows with astonishingly high insulating values — Serious Windows, for example — are now available. But not every advanced building solution or product makes sense for everyone. For many, repair work is a desirable alternative to replacement.In a collaborative effort, the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, the University of Vermont’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory set out to test the value in wood-window repair. In their 1996 paper, “Testing the Energy Performance of Wood Windows in Cold Climates,” they assessed the performance gains accrued through various wood-window upgrades, including the… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
Photo from ONE ChampionshipJomary Torres continued her sensational ascent to the top of the women’s atomweight division as she knocked out April Osenio in the preliminary matches in ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 21-year-old Zamboangueña wiggled her way out of the Team Lakay bet’s armbar on her right arm, lifted Osenio and slammed her to the mat.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo from ONE ChampionshipAlso, Edward Kelly hardly broke a sweat as he scored a three-hit combo knockout of Meas Meul.The Team Lakay featherweight fired a pair of solid punches and immediately nailed the high knee to the Cambodian’s jaw, stunning the challenger and prompting the referee to call for the bell at the 21-second mark of the first round.It was an emotional victory for Kelly, who finally achieved success in front of his home crowd.“Last time, I trained really well and I ended up with a loss. I was really disappointed,” he recounted. “But now, this is what happened. I’m so happy, not just for myself, but for my team and I hope my teammates will also get the win.”Kelly bounced back from his loss to Emilio Urrutia back in August to rise to 10-4, while Meul suffered his first defeat and dropped to 8-1.ADVERTISEMENT Federer reaches 7th Australian Open final after Chung retires Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises In the other preliminary fights, Rajinder Singh Meena (9-7) made quick work of Zhang Ze Hao (2-1), making his Chinese foe tap out to his guillotine at the 42-second mark of the opening round.Indonesian strawweight Adrian Matehis (4-3) submitted Eddey Kallai (0-3) with a rear-naked choke at the 4:15 mark of the first round to keep his Malaysian foe winless in the promotion. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Torres punctuated her emphatic win by pummeling Osenio with strikes to take the knockout victory 40 seconds into the match, the fastest victory in the women’s division of ONE Championship.Triumphant in the clash between the Filipinas, the undefeated Torres (4-0) now looks on to bigger things, saying she’s willing to take on all comers in her continuing journey in the promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m thankful to God that He gave me this win and I also am grateful for my coaches who put their trust on me,” she said in Filipino. “I’ll just accept whatever ONE gives.”Osenio, meanwhile, remains in search of her first win since returning to the cage as she fell to a 2-4 record. LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
It’s no doubt that Suresh Kalmadi is in for a tough time over allegations of corruption related to the Commonwealth Games.Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.Be it Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) is being given the royal snub ever since the Games ended.While the Prime Minister has ordered a probe over alleged financial irregularities, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has gone on record claiming the needle of suspicion is on the Kalmadi-led OC. But in her haste to blame Kalmadi and company, the chief minister perhaps failed to overlook the doings of her own departments.The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has pointed out several irregularities in the two showpiece road projects built specially for the Commonwealth Games by the Public Works Department (PWD) of the state government. In documents provided in an RTI reply to Mail Today, the CVC has expressed shock at how the cost of the prestigious elevated road over Barapullah Nullah could increase by over Rs 80 crore.The RTI query found out that while the estimated cost was Rs 352 crore, the tender was awarded for Rs 433 crore and that too within days of drawing up the estimate.”The estimate for the project was approved on July 30, 2008. Approximately 90 per cent items in the estimate were calculated on the prevailing market rate. But the work was awarded by the PWD (in August the same year) on higher rates by 23 per cent,” the CVC said in its reply.advertisementThe CVC has also indicted the PWD’s Ring Road bypass project, which provided dedicated access to the Indira Gandhi Stadium.The tender for this project was awarded by the department for Rs 214 crore to M/ S Simplex Infrastructure Ltd against an estimated cost of Rs 172 crore. The CVC documents say the tender was awarded by the PWD at “very high rates” by jacking up prices of materials and labour by as much as 36 per cent.” The amount was highly inflated by various methods. In labour rates, Rs 3.68 crore was included as transportation cost from labour camp to site of work which was not justified.Surprisingly, labour camps were allowed on site and do not involve any transportation of labour. There was another unjustified amount of Rs 25.84 crore by way of 25 per cent extra charges on labour and machinery cost,” the CVC document pointed out.With inputs from agencies