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‘We Are Committed to Transparent, Accountable Leadership’, FDA Boss Allays Fears

first_imgThe Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) says his agency is committed to open, transparent and accountable leadership in the forestry sector.Director Harrison Karnwea gave the assurance Wednesday in Monrovia during a press conference intended to address the issue of funds committed by the Kingdom of Norway in an agreement with the Liberian Government and the concerns of logging companies operating in the country.Last month the Norwegian Government, through a partnership agreement with Liberia, committed US$150 million to GOL in exchange for  preserving the Liberian forests against deforestation, degradation and greenhouse gas emission.Director Karnwea also intimated that the FDA will continue to foster collective ownership of the Liberian forest resources through open dialogue where the interests of all partners and other stakeholders are protected and secured.He also explained that the partnership between Norway and Liberia is aimed at facilitating green growth through development of a deforestation-free agriculture sector in the country.Director Karnwea pointed out that the Kingdom of Norway will support Liberia’s efforts with its grant of US$150 million until the year 2020.Prior to the signing of the partnership agreement, Mr. Karnwea said, there were several consultations with civil society organizations working in the forest sector.He indicated that government ministries and agencies were also engaged in extensive consultations and the discussions were climaxed with a visit from the Government of Norway in June 2014.Director Karnwea further disclosed that during the initial years of the partnership agreement, funds from Norway to the tone of US$55 million dollars will be devoted to the implementation of policy measures and institution building.He further intimated that US$15 million will be for direct budgetary support to the Liberian Government which means that phase one will total US$70 million.The FDA head also disclosed that in the period towards 2020, an additional US$80 million will be paid for verified reduced emissions.The implementation of the partnership agreement will be flexible and adapted to the challenging circumstances of Liberia, he said.The partnership agreement will enable Liberia to place 30% or more of the Liberian forest estates under protected area status before 2020, something Liberia has not been able to do due to lack of funds.The agreement further stated that the initiative will build capacity in relevant institutions and increase efforts to enforce the law, strengthen forest governance to avoid illegal and unsustainable logging.Direct payments to communities for protecting the Liberian forest and establishing a public-private coalition with multilateral companies committed to zero deforestation policies are also part of the agreement.It further aims to contribute to sustainable development in Liberia through the protection of natural forests, restoration of degraded lands and development of Liberia’s agriculture through enhancement of sustainable agricultural management.Under the General Approach and Principles of the agreement, the parties will give all relevant stakeholders, including local communities, civil society and women in particular, the opportunity to fully and effectively participate in the planning and implementation of REDD+.Additionally, the parties (Norway and Liberia) will respect the rights of individuals, indigenous forest dependents and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to operations on lands on which they hold legal communal and customary rights.  The parties will ensure that those tenure rights are respected.“We have an unwavering commitment to work with all of our partners, including the Liberia Timber Association (LTA), civil society, the forest dependent communities and other partners that have a stake in the proper management of our forest resource,” Director Karnwea concluded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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UG, GTI, GL&SC to sign MoU to enhance land surveying

first_img…8 new surveyors sworn inAt the swearing-in ceremony for eight new land surveyors, Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) Commissioner Trevor Benn said that they were in the process of inking Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to further enhance the Land Surveying programme at the Government Technical Institute (GTI) and introduce a Land Administration Diploma programme at the University of Guyana.“Both signed on to work with us and the Board of Directors approved of this exercise and we are about to sign MoUs with those institutions to ensure that we can continue to support all of our budding surveyors and land administrators,” Benn noted.From left (sitting): Examiner and Board Member, Magistrate Dylon Best; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) Commissioner Trevor Benn and GL&SC Secretariat Manager Durwin Humphrey. From left (standing): Sworn Land Surveyors Romario Denhart, Orvil Parris, Kitfai Sue, Moyica Dodson, Mahendra Sahadeo, Brentnol Bart and Kevon WilliamsThe eight newly-minted Sworn Land Surveyors are Kitfai Sue; Orvil Parris; Romario Denhart; Kevon Williams; the lone female – Moyica Dodson; Mahendra Sahadeo; Brentnol Bart and Bhgeshwar Murli.Commissioner Benn noted that the role of a land surveyor was integral to the execution of the Commission’s mandate. He added that over the years, Mathematics and Astronomy were two of the subject areas with the lowest pass grade and they have taken steps to correct that with extra classes being offered.He also noted that they would be seeking to introduce an internship programme for prospective land surveyors before they are sworn in.“In 2018, however, it is going to be the beginning of a new era for surveyors in Guyana and this is resulting in the Land Surveyors Profession Act that was assented to in 2014, but for which we have been able to bring effect to some aspect of it at this time. The Act provides for the registration of land surveyors, the regulation of the practice of surveying and the administering of penalties in accordance with what is set out in the Act,” he informed.“Surveyors will be now only able to conduct surveys legally if she or he has a certificate of registration beginning in 2018. Certificates will reflect whether the surveyor is a government or private surveyor. This is so because for Government surveyors you are entitled to free registration, but for private surveyors there is a fee involved in the registration process,” he added.At the swearing-in ceremony, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who also has responsibility for the GL&SC, urged the new land surveyors to ensure that they act in a manner that further enhance the image of the surveying profession.“I believe that surveying is an exact science and, therefore, it cannot be who is right or who is wrong, it is what the science says. If it says this is a boundary, this is the boundary and it is not because your client pays you more money that you will say ‘look, this is not the boundary; that is the boundary’. That is professional dishonesty and we have to guard against that and surveyors are required to provide honest, impartial and fair service,” Harmon advised.Examiner and Board Member, Magistrate Dylon Best said that despite the myth of favouritism in the selection of land surveyors, the Board was bound to treat everyone fairly and did not condone favouritism.last_img read more

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Revealed! All 32 new Champions League kits ranked from worst to first – where does your club finish?

first_img 22. Galatasaray – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – We’re not keen on this half and half number and prefer their striped strip from last year. 20. Barcelona – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – It’s not the worst kit we’ve ever seen but we don’t like the break from the traditional stripes. 11. Gent – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – The two shades of blue in this strip look quality. 15. Benfica – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – Simple yet effective. 1. Bayer Leverkusen – Their black and red horizontal stripes look superb when paired with black shorts. 32 18. Arsenal – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – We’re not convinced about the white on the shoulders but it does stand out above the competition. 10. Juventus – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – A classic kit but the thinner stripes improve on last year’s effort from adidas. 23. Real Madrid – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – The silver trim makes this a better kit than the adidas efforts for Valencia and Dynamo Kiev. 32 7. Roma – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – The Italian side are famed for their classy strip but it’s not as good as usual due to the darker colour on the shoulders and sleeves. 32 32 32 32. Wolfsburg – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – Blue and green should never be seen without anything in between. 32 25. Dynamo Kiev – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – … and the same goes for this. 6. Malmo – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – The sky blue shirt and white shorts look magnificent. Very slick. 24. BATE Borisov – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – The blue with yellow trim looks quite nice in this strip from Joma. 17. Shakhtar Donetsk – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – It shouldn’t work but it does. 32 27. Olympakos – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – The colour of the Unicef logo doesn’t quite fit this red and white shirt. 32 32 19. Borussia Moenchengladbach – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – A decent enough effort from the German side. A new season means new kits and the 32 Champions League clubs have released their home shirts for 2015/16, we’ve ranked them from worst to first.Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so take a look at our top 32 and let us know which shirts you love and which ones you loathe by leaving a comment below.The new Champions League campaign kicks off on Tuesday, with PSV Eindhoven v Manchester United live on talkSPORT from 7pm. 32 13. Zenit St Petersburg – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – It’s maybe a little bright but it’s a good look from the Russians. 21. Astana – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – We’re liking this unique light blue and light yellow kit from adidas. 32 30. Maccabi Tel Aviv – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – The Israeli side’s bright yellow and blue shirt will ensure it’s hard to miss their players under the floodlights. 32 32 2. Atletico Madrid – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – It’s another classy number from Nike. 32 32 3. Manchester City – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – One of the best in the Premier League and it makes the step up to a top four finish in Europe too. 32 5. Lyon – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – An excellent and unique kit, as usual, from the French outfit. It stands out despite being mostly white. 32 32 32 12. Dinamo Zagreb – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – No sponsor on this Puma designed strip gives it a stylish look. 32 32 32 32 32 32 26. Valencia – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – This shirt is just far too plain… 8. Manchester United – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – This kit from adidas is an excellent start to their new deal with the Red Devils. 31. Sevilla – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – This effort from New Balance is pretty average. 32 32 32 29. PSV Eindhoven – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – The collar really lets down this classic kit. 9. Paris Saint-Germain – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – The French side have a pretty unique kit and this variation of their home shirt is a winner. 32 4. CSKA Moscow – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – The red shirt and blue collar is a great look and adidas pull it off brilliantly. 28. Porto – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – Another New Balance kit which fails to impress. 32 14. Chelsea – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – That Yokohama Tyres logo is far too high up the top but its simple design makes it a good shirt. 16. Bayern Munich – click the yellow arrow to see more Champions League kits ranked – We preferred last year’s shirt but this effort is stylish enough. 32 32last_img read more

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Green valley lives up to its name

first_imgJoaquin Valverde, owner of Valverde Country Hotel, has installed a mini solar farm, the first of its kind in the Gauteng. The new solar facility has the capacity to supply 2 500 litres of hot water to 18 guest rooms and two kitchens. (Images: Wilma den Hartigh) MEDIA CONTACTS • Joaquin Valverde   Valverde Country Hotel   +27 72 587 0362RELATED ARTICLES • Africa leads solar laptop revolution • Simple solar solution for rural Africa • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • SA’s future renewable energy mecca • First CT homes to feed power to grid Wilma den HartighWhen Joaquin Valverde bought Valverde Country Hotel in Muldersdrift, west of Johannesburg in Gauteng, about nine years ago, he had a vision to transform what was an abandoned building into a thriving business.But Valverde didn’t want to do it the conventional way – he wanted an eco-conscious business with a low carbon footprint.Instead of just paying lip service to going green, he’s introduced various greening initiatives at Valverde over the years. The most recent introduction is a mini solar farm, the first of its kind in the province.“We are embracing the trend to go green, which seems quite apt considering that Valverde means ‘green valley’ in Spanish and Italian,” Valverde says. “We believe that it is time for businesses to take environmental responsibility seriously.”Finding a concept that worksInstalling solar power technology at the hotel was a lengthy process and the final product is the result of many months of design, approvals and testing.Regardt Botha from RHB Consulting, a small engineering consulting company responsible for the design of Valverde’s solar facility, says that an initial proof of concept phase was completed in May last year. This involved levelling the ground and installing the ring feed piping, pumps and the first set of geysers.After about six months of testing the system over the coldest part of winter, the second phase was completed at the end of last year.Botha explains that the hotel’s solar power project had a few challenges. Usually, solar collectors are mounted on the roof of a building where the most sunlight can be captured.However, this was not possible at Valverde as all the buildings have thatched roofs, which could result in rotting of the thatch if the hot water leaked out.The positioning was also important as the collector panels had to face north and be installed away from buildings to prevent shadows on the panels.The solution to Valverde’s challenges was a centralised hot water plant and a ring feed to circulate it throughout the facility.Instead of hiding the geysers and panels, the mini solar farm was installed right next to the hotel’s swimming pool. “We decided to make a feature of it,” Valverde says.Sun power to heat waterThe new solar facility, valued at R150 000 (US$20 000), has the capacity to supply 2 500 litres of hot water to 18 guest rooms and two kitchens.This particular system, made from high quality materials to capture the maximum sunlight, is one of the most accessible types of solar technology for businesses and residential homes. It’s affordable, requires little maintenance and is relatively easy to install.The hotel can expect savings of about R10 000 ($1 300) to R12 000 ($1 600) a month on its electricity bill. “It will allow a 40% energy saving in the long run,” says Valverde.And there is no question about it – the water heated using this system is hot. On a visit to the farm early in the day the water temperature had already reached 70 degrees Celsius. Botha says on a sunny day, the water temperature can be as high as 95 degrees Celsius.If the water gets too hot, it is mixed down using a tempering valve to between 55 and 60 degrees Celsius to prevent scalding.Botha says one of the criticisms of this solar system is that the water does get very hot, but he argues that this is actually a benefit. The system’s highly effective sun energy storage capacity means that even with two consecutive rainy days, a situation not unheard of in the area, there will still be enough hot water to go around.Two-phase heating systemThe two-phase heating technology of the facility consists of two rows of five geysers, each connected to a solar panel. The first row of pre-heating geysers feeds into the second row of main supply geysers, which ensures that the hotel always has a supply of hot water ready to use.The dual glass vacuum tubes made from toughened glass are one of the unique features of this system, and work just like a conventional thermos flask keeps beverages hot.The thermal insulation mechanism doesn’t allow heat to escape easily, keeping liquids warmer for longer than in a typical container.When the tubes absorb solar energy, the sun penetrates the outer tube, heat is absorbed by the inner tube and the vacuum between the two retains the heat.“Because the tubes are round, they are less sensitive to the sun’s orientation and can absorb a greater amount of heat,” explains Valverde. “A specially formulated coating allows the tubes to absorb maximum heat without radiating it out again.”Reducing water consumptionBesides reducing energy consumption, cutting back on the amount of water used by the facility is another top priority for Valverde.So he’s installed a grey water recycling plant that works with a bio-filter to clean water using bacteria and natural filters.All wastewater runs through a natural filtering system, and is collected in two dams.“In doing this we are able to reduce our overall water consumption by using the water for irrigation,” he explains.Indigenous fish species such as tilapia and barbel have been introduced to the dam, which helps to maintain a healthy ecosystem by attracting local birds, frogs, ducks and even the occasional fish eagle.The hotel owner has also invested in other water-saving devices such as low-flow showerheads.Buying local, reducing wasteWhenever possible, Valverde sources fresh produce from local farmers. This further reduces the hotel’s carbon footprint and supports local suppliers.“We buy all our lettuce, herbs and some vegetables from a local farmer who produces everything organically,” he says.All organic food waste is disposed of in the hotel’s worm farm and the compost that results is used to cultivate the gardens and the vegetable patch on the property.Awarded green statusValverde recently became a member of the Event Greening Forum, an initiative that promotes sustainable and ethical business practices within the events industry in South Africa.“If you look at our picturesque surroundings it’s easy to understand what inspires us to preserve our natural heritage,” he says.last_img read more

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Google, ITA & The Future of DIY Data Mining Tools

first_imgRelated Posts Google + ITA: A SummaryA long list of industry players opposed the deal but Google will be required to continue offering data to other search engines for a number of years, at a “reasonable price.” Opponents argue that the move will raise travel prices and stifle innovation. Google says it will not raise prices and that its engineers working with ITA’s engineers, instead of just the data they produce, will lead to an increase in innovation in travel technology. The US Department of Justice appears to have made a deal with Google that would allow it to acquire ITA Software, a company that provides airline data to travel search engines, for $700 million with a list of conditions. One of my favorite websites in the world is now in Google’s hands. Built as a side-project by ITA engineers, Needlebase is a point-and-click data extraction tool that recommends merges and allows for data to be visualized in multiple ways including as maps. I am not a technology blogger because I am moved by news that air travelers may have to pay a few hundred dollars more per year. I’m moved by technology that puts formerly inaccessible skills into the hands of everyday people to create beautiful things, like Needlebase. Needlebase is the WordPress or YouTube of data extraction and manipulation and if Google kills it I’m going to be very upset. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick I’m not the only blogger who’s been excited about this service. Liz Gannes wrote first about it, saying: “Needlebase, as it’s known, is a nifty way to give structure to disorganized and constantly changing information on any topic.” If you know Liz you know that is about as excited as she gets about websites. (She’s an objective journalist.)I’m unabashedly excited about Needle, I use it almost every day to do things that I could never have done as quickly or at all without it. Here’s some reading on how and why:Needlebase: Get This DIY Web Analysis Tool Before Google Does Our initial review of the product.DIY Data Tool Needlebase Now Available to EveryoneA round-up of some examples of the things I’ve been able to do with Needlebase.How to Track the Future of the Music Industry (or Anything Else)Corporate Social Strategists on Twitter: Looking at the NumbersProbably my most complex and valuable use of Needlebase yet.How to Use Twitter Plus Needlebase to Discover Fabulous ThingsI built a list of journalists on Twitter with more than 500 followers and living in the South Eastern US. In minutes. And I recorded a screencast here on how to use the tools involved.Please Google, don’t kill Needlebase. If Web 2.0 was all about enabling anyone to publish content online and if the next stage of the web is all about working with the data from the last wave of publishing tools and from the coming world of connected devices – please let this tool for democratizing working with that data survive and thrive. Tags:#Analysis#Data Services#web last_img read more

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Google Glass Gets The SNL Treatment

first_imgGoogle Glass got the Saturday Night Live treatment this weekend in a Weekend Update sketch that poked fun at the absurdity of talking to a device on your face as a means of getting technology “out of the way.” As tech correspondent Randall Meeks, SNL’s Fred Armisen takes jabs at everything from the difficulty of connecting to Wi-Fi and Glass’ not-so-inconspicuous control gestures to the embarrassing online activities others might call you out on. Watch the clip below and let us know if you think the satire is spot-on. Tags:#Google#Google Glass#now What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … readwrite Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Choosing To Compete for Transactions or Relationships

first_imgThere are two ways to think about acquiring new clients and new orders. You can start from a transactional approach or you can start from a more strategic, consultative approach. The distinction is important.TransactionalA transactional approach is centered on acquiring orders. Orders are, in fact, how you get paid. The client places an order, you deliver it, and you send an invoice. And for some of your clients, this transactional relationship may be enough.But when you play at the transactional level, you are perceived as transactional value. Fine, if this is what you want. Being transactional will get you some orders. But it won’t get you the relationship you need to produce bigger outcomes. Relationship  Acquiring the client relationship is what opens up the possibility of getting all of their orders—even though it takes longer and is a more difficult outcome to obtain.The DifferenceClient acquisition and order acquisition are different. Order acquisition is transactional. It’s about taking orders, and that puts you in a contest for price. If the transaction is what matters, then the value being created is only a low-level of value.If you are instead focused on client acquisition, you have the opportunity to dig deeper and find additional ways to create real value. A more strategic level of value. You get an opportunity to design a solution that solves a bigger, more future oriented challenges. This not only earns you the right to acquire all of the orders, it earns you the right to do so at a higher margin. You are earning that higher margin by delivering greater value.center_img When your approach is strategic and consultative, instead of focusing on orders you focus on developing deep, trusted relationships. Instead of focusing on order acquisition, you focus on understanding your clients needs so deeply, and creating so much value around those strategic needs, that instead of acquiring orders, you acquire all of your client’s orders.last_img read more

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NIH ends funding for experiments using ‘random source’ dogs

first_imgAs of today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will no longer fund research on dogs procured from pounds, breeders, and other so-called random sources. The move is in response to a 2009 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, which concluded that cats and dogs acquired from such places were not critical for biomedical research, and that using them could damage the reputation of the research enterprise with the public. NIH ended funding for random source cats in 2012.Dogs and cats enter U.S. research laboratories via two main sources: Class A and Class B dealers. Class A dealers—typically large, corporate entities—only sell animals they raise themselves, while Class B dealers—typically smaller, “mom-and-pop” operations—sell animals that they obtain from other sources, such as pounds and breeders. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has policed both types of dealers since the 1960s, but the Class B system has long been plagued with charges that some of its dealers sell stolen and abused pets. 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Responding to the NAS report, the agency launched a pilot program to see if Class A dealers could provide the same types of dogs that Class B dealers usually provide—that is, mature, large, and well-socialized animals. NIH found that Class A dealers could indeed provide these animals. As a result, the agency announced late last year that, as of 1 October, 2014, it would not fund the procurement of dogs from Class B dealers. (All such projects funded before this date may continue.)“We’re very pleased that NIH has taken this action. It’s long overdue,” says Cathy Liss, president of the Washington, D.C.–based Animal Welfare Institute, which has pushed for the more humane treatment of laboratory animals. But she notes that random source cats and dogs can still be used by researchers and educators who don’t rely on government money. Since 1996, her organization has been pushing Congress to pass the Pet Safety and Protection Act, which would effectively outlaw the use of all random source dogs and cats in the United States. “Only then,” she says, “we will eliminate this blight on research.”last_img read more

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Still the King

first_imgLATEST STORIES Belying his 35 years, Nietes lived up to his moniker (Snake), striking and wobbling Reveco near the end of the sixth round before lunging for the kill with a hard right, three body punches and a lethal left in the seventh.The 34-year-old Reveco fell, staggered to beat the count, but was spared further punishment when his corner called the lopsided bout off at the 53-second mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter an uninterrupted reign of over a decade in three weight classes, Nietes finally proved that he’s indeed an elite fighter worthy of bigger, juicier pay-per-view bouts.No wonder, the pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental and torchbearer of Ala Promotions, sounded ecstatic after the victory that raised his record to 41-1-4 with 23 knockouts. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Viloria’s woes were compounded when he sustained a bloody cut on the left forehead caused by Dalakian’s wayward elbow in the 11th round.Now 37, Viloria skidded to 38-6, 23 knockouts.Dalakian stretched his win run to 16 with 11 knockouts. —ROY LUARCA Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving “Not only did I keep my title, I knocked my opponent out,” Nietes, who last tasted defeat in 2004, said in Filipino.In handing Reveco a fourth loss against 39 wins, Nietes lined himself up for a possible clash with Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who kept his World Boxing Council super flyweight title by majority decision over Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in the headliner of the event shown by HBO.Nietes said he is also looking at either Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez or Estrada for his next fight.While Nietes’ career gained luster, that of Filipino-American Brian Viloria dimmed further.The bloodied “Hawaiian Punch” yielded to the younger Artem Dalakian of Ukraine in their battle for the vacant World Boxing Association flyweight tile by unanimous decision, 118-109 thrice.ADVERTISEMENT Vargas reaches out to Peping LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus There’s plenty of venom and power left in Donnie “Ahas” Nietes to instill fear among his peers.Fighting before a global audience for the first time, Nietes knocked out Argentine Juan Carlos Reveco on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to retain the International Boxing Federation flyweight crown in SuperFly 2 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Mallya refuses to withdraw controversial TV advertisement

first_imgReacting to a legal notice slapped by off-spinner Harbhajan Singh’s mother on United Spirits Limited (USL), United Breweries Group chairman Vijay Mallya has reportedly refused to withdraw the controversial TV ad campaign.UB group chairman Vijay MallyaHarbhajan’s mother had on Saturday served the notice through legal firm Dewani Advocates & Consultants for spoofing the cricketer in a McDowell’s No 1 Platinum advertisement, wherein Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is seen ridiculing his team-mate’s role in a Royal Stag commercial.Mallya reacted to the reports of notice saying USL did not intend to pull the ad campaign off air. He said the company’s lawyers would recommend the next course of action.Meanwhile USL’s rival Pernod Ricard, which had earlier hired Harbhajan for its Royal Stag brand, said it had not advised the bowler on his legal move, but would support him.last_img read more