Shinya Aoki excited to fight for ONE lightweight belt vs Eduard Folayang in hometown Japan

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Leo Austria expects Terrence Romeo to rally behind Beermen’s cause: ‘He wants to win a championship’ Hell bent on regaining that he held for more than three years, Aoki (42-8) went on a 3-1 stomp on the next four fights after his loss to Folayang including three straight victories in 2018.And it’s after those victories that Aoki finally got a chance at the title he once owned against the very same fighter who defeated him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAoki will be facing Folayang in the main event of ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, the first time ONE Championship will hold a card in Japan, on March 31, and the Japanese icon expressed his delight in facing his rival in his home country.“I am happy to get the chance to fight in my home country for ONE Championship,” said Aoki. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom As if fate had it, Aoki and Folayang had a similar path to their rematch.Folayang (21-6) needed just one more day to complete a full year as champion but he suffered a stunning knockout loss to Martin Nguyen 2:20 into the second round of their fight on Nov. 10, 2017.The Landslide also two straight fights to set up a match with Singapore’s Amir Khan that the Filipino won via unanimous decision to regain the ONE World lightweight belt.Aoki did not comment on an outcome but he did it would be another firecracker of a bout between him and his once conqueror.“I don’t know what will happen in the rematch, all I know is that it will be a tough fight and I look forward to it.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Shinya Aoki. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Shinya Aoki waited more than two years to have a crack at the ONE World lightweight championship that he once owned.The Japanese fighter reigned as the promotion’s lightweight champion from April 2013 to November 2016 before losing the strap to Eduard Folayang via technical knockout.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

What do bettors think of Raiders’ chances this season?

first_imgWhen you follow the money, it’s hard not to believe the Raiders are in for a long season.With the NFL season kicking off in just two days, we took one last look at what the oddsmakers and bettors think of our Bay Area teams.The good news for the Raiders is they’re the most heavily bet team to win the AFC West, according to both and The not-so-good news is the money is flowing in because Oakland faces 16-1 odds to supplant the Chiefs as division winners.Perhaps …last_img read more

SA Reserve Bank ‘in good hands’

first_img21 July 2009 While Gill Marcus will be taking over the reins at the South African Reserve Bank at a challenging time, analysts are confident that the country’s central bank will be in good hands. On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma appointed Marcus to take over from Tito Mboweni as Reserve Bank governor on 9 November. Among the questions now being asked is whether the Bank will adopt a new approach to monetary policy under Marcus – and, in particular, whether it will shift from the inflation-targeting framework it has followed for the past decade. In 1999, South Africa adopted an inflation-targeting monetary policy framework that targeted the county’s inflation rate directly; a departure from the previous “eclectic” policy approach in which intermediate objectives still played a prominent role. Taking over from Chris Stals in 1999, Mboweni, the first black governor of the Reserve Bank, had to oversee this process, and was at times required to make unpopular decisions. While he has not been the darling of South Africa’s trade unions, Mboweni has been praised for ensuring stability in the country’s financial sector during his 10-year tenure. Econometrix economist Tony Twine does not expect a significant shift away from inflation-targeting under Marcus, although he does believe there could be “changes in emphasis”. The Reserve Bank’s mandate remained the same, irrespective of who occupied the position of governor, Twine told BuaNews. Mbweni would be missed, Twine said, although the country’s financial markets seemed to be “relaxed and highly positive” following the announcement of his departure. The reason for this, he said, was that the markets “anticipate working fairly well with Marcus … She is an engaging person; you can talk to her anytime and she always listens.” As a former deputy finance minister, a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank, and current chairwoman of Absa, one of the biggest banks on the continent, Marcus is no stranger to the markets. She also has political know-how required for the job, having played a crucial role in South Africa’s liberation as an active member of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) during the 1980s. She also has all the support she needs as she takes over one of the toughest jobs in the country. “It is really such an important time in the world for us to have organisational cohesion, and to work together in terms of what we need to do in the interests of the country,” Marcus said following the announcement of her appointment on Sunday. “I hope the style of leadership that I bring to the Reserve Bank is the style of leadership that I have exercised wherever I am and have been, and that is one of engagement.” Marcus said that, in her early days in the job, she aimed to listen and to learn and to see where the Reserve Bank was at this point in time. She did not expect her appointment to change her way of leading people, “and if it does I am sure there are enough people to pull me back to earth.” SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Neren Rau said that, under Marcus, business was “assured of prudent implementation of monetary policy and an openness to engage with economic stakeholders.” Rau saluted Mboweni for the contribution he had made over a decade at the helm of the Reserve Bank, saying he would be remembered “for the consultative manner in which he implemented monetary policy, and for making monetary policy accessible.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Boost for black-owned firms in SA

first_imgDTI’s deputy minister Bongi Ntuli believesthe scheme will empower black-ownedbusinesses. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)Black-owned emerging businesses are set to receive a welcome boost from a revised empowerment scheme recently introduced by government.The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) relaunched its Black Business Suppliers Development Programme in Pretoria on 28 July. It will offer financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a grant-application process.The programme was initially launched in 2002 and has already given grants to more than 9 600 local companies. The revised one will focus more on funding machinery and other equipment required by black-owned firms. It is partially funded by the European Union Job Creation Fund.Operating on a cost-sharing agreement, the DTI will cover 35% of machinery and equipment expenses. It is also offering up to R800 000 (US$110 000) for tools and an additional R200 000 ($27 000) for corporate development.As part of the country’s Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment policy, the programme is targeted at businesses that are more than 50% black-owned and all-women teams. The term “black people”, according to the policy, refers to coloured, African and Indian South Africans – all of whom were excluded from meaningful participation in the country’s economy during apartheid.Companies from all sectors with a current annual turnover of between R500 000 ($69 000) and R35-million ($4.8-million) qualify for funding.The programme will ensure that “small black businesses with potential are given the necessary assistance to grow their enterprises and become more competitive”, said the DTI’s deputy minister, Bongi NtuliThe success of the programme will be measured by the growth of the funded companies in terms of winning major government and private-sector tenders, jobs created and annual profits.“The launch represents a milestone in our efforts to support sustainable black businesses and small businesses in general,” said Tsepiso Makgothi of the DTI’s enterprise organisation division.Role played by World BankThe revised programme will have a trial run from 1 September 2010, with applications open until 15 November. During this period the DTI will be targeting 2 500 enterprises across the country.“The idea is to get as many applications as possible during these two months so that the process starts from there,” said Francisco Campos, a World Bank official who’s helping the DTI implement the programme. The World Bank’s role is purely to provide assistance – there is no financial involvement.If the target is reached, “applications will be closed for the time being”, Campos said.The programme will be piloted for 18 months until government launches the final version, which will allow time for improvements to be made, he added.“I am confident that that whatever teething problems we find will be addressed in this pilot phase,” said Ntuli.Since the initial launch in 2002, the DTI has set up a well-staffed unit to manage the programme. This, together with the new focus on funding equipment, will help the department better meet grant-applicants’ needs.“The new one is far bigger, far better. We believe it will benefit the SMEs,” said Dr Meshack Khoza, CEO of Fresh Thinking Capital, a company that conducted a study on the scheme progress since 2002.Nation-wide focusThe DTI is hoping to reach companies from all over the country, even those in rural areas. It will embark on a massive drive to get the word out.“There will be workshops throughout the country to create awareness,” said Campos.The department has contracted facilitators in all nine provinces to run the workshops. “We’re relying on our facilitators to spread the message,” said Makgothi. “We’ll go throughout the country to inform people so that when we launch it by 1 September, they know about it.”Although the World Bank is not funding the programme, it will monitor how the scheme is being implemented and conduct a study on it. Part of World Bank’s role is to ensure fairness and transparency in the roll-out process.Campos said they aim to guarantee that “no one is excluded on the basis of not knowing anyone” and that “everyone has an equal chance” to get funding.More beneficiaries since 2002The programme began with just four beneficiaries in 2002, but over the years has provided financial support for 9 663 businesses. With about 52% of these being majority-women-owned, the scheme is ensuring that “more and more people have an opportunity to participate in the economy,” said Makgothi.last_img read more

Venezuela beats Argentina to spoil Lionel Messi’s international return

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Dudamel surprisingly offered his resignation after the match. He told a news conference he was not happy about the political use of a visit by a government official before Friday’s game in Madrid, and said his future would be decided in talks with federation officials in the coming days.The last time Argentina played at the Metropolitano it lost 6-1 to Spain in a World Cup warmup in 2018.Argentina will play another friendly on Tuesday against Morocco in Tangier. Scaloni said he hadn’t decided whether Messi would play in that game.Argentina has not won a trophy since the 1993 Copa America. It lost the last two finals of the tournament to Chile, in 2015 and 2016. It also lost the 2014 World Cup final to Germany.The Copa America will be held in Brazil in June.Venezuela on Monday plays a Catalunya team that is expected to include former Spain players Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentina’s Lionel Messi, right, fights for the ball with Venezuela’s Juan Pablo during an international friendly soccer match between Argentina and Venezuela at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — Lionel Messi’s international return didn’t do much to help Argentina regain top form.Messi was back on Friday for the first time since the 2018 World Cup but couldn’t stop his team losing 3-1 to Venezuela in a friendly.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director Surging Nets eliminate LeBron James, Lakers from NBA playoff picture Salomon Rondon, John Murillo and Josef Martinez scored for Venezuela at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, while Lautaro Martinez replied for Argentina.Messi hadn’t played an international since the 4-3 loss to France in the round of 16 at the World Cup in Russia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“He played a good game” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said. “The chances we created were thanks to him.”Messi showed his usual deft skills and his long-range shot in the 38th minute was headed for the top corner until Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez Aray tipped the ball over the crossbar. Messi helped set up Argentina’s 58th-minute goal with a pass to Giovani Lo Celso, who eventually fed Martinez inside the area.Venezuela had opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Rondon ran on to a long pass into the penalty area and sent a right-footed shot beyond goalkeeper Franco Armani.Murillo made it 2-0 just before halftime by curling the ball away from Armani just inside the far post.Venezuela’s fast counterattacks were a nightmare for Argentina throughout and Martinez sealed victory by converting a 75th-minute penalty.“It’s satisfying to earn a victory against a team like Argentina,” Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more