Amanda Nunes cites sinusitis for skipping fight at UFC 213

first_imgPainting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt Nunes, who beat Ronda Rousey in her last bout, said she felt out of breath during her weight cut. She also “felt off balance from the pressure in my sinuses. I was not feeling well enough to risk getting punched in the head with such pressure.”“I have never pulled out of a fight before,” Nunes wrote. “I am sorry to all my fans that came out to see me. I’ll make it up to you the next time I step in the cage.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’UFC President Dana White and Shevchenko sharply criticized Nunes for her decision, which forced the promotion to scrap the main event of its pay-per-view show. Shevchenko ripped Nunes for attempting a drastic weight cut, making her more susceptible to illness and many other health problems.“You can’t just say, ‘I don’t want to fight,’” Shevchenko said. Robert Whittaker won the interim middleweight title with an entertaining unanimous decision over Yoel Romero in the new main event of UFC 213.White was frustrated by Nunes’ unwillingness to fight despite having no major injury and being medically cleared to compete. White claimed he won’t book Nunes as a main event in the future, and although he once said the same about former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is headlining UFC 214 in Anaheim on July 29.“You can’t make anybody fight,” White said Saturday night. “(Nunes) just said, ‘I don’t feel right. I don’t feel good.’ I think that it was 90 percent mental and maybe 10 percent physical.”Nunes claimed the 135-pound title by beating Miesha Tate last July, and she defended it with a first-round stoppage of Rousey in December.Nunes’ fight with Shevchenko could be rescheduled for UFC 215 in Edmonton in September. Both fighters have been offered the new date, but a deal hasn’t been finalized.ADVERTISEMENT Amanda Nunes poses during the UFC 213 ceremonial weigh-ins, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Las Vegas. APUFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes blamed chronic sinusitis for her decision to drop out of her title defense at UFC 213 with just a few hours’ notice.Nunes revealed her condition in postings Sunday on Twitter and Instagram. Nunes made a trip to the hospital on Saturday and decided not to fight later that night, infuriating the UFC and opponent Valentina Shevchenko.ADVERTISEMENT Alaska, NLEX open Govs’ cup “The fight is being rescheduled,” Nunes wrote. “I still want this fight. I still want this opponent.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Unsubstantiated allegations made by the APNU

first_imgDear Editor,We the undersigned refer to a news report in the Guyana Chronicle of October 15, 2019, captioned “PPP running Lethem Town Council like a cake shop”. Editor, as a result of many misleading statements, we therefore totally wish to refute the unsubstantiated allegations made by the APNU Councillors, former Mayor Carlton Beckles and Yolanda Moffett.Regrettably, they were not informed early by the Town Clerk of the postponement of the Council meeting focusing on preparing for Lethem Town Week. However, two factors have to be taken into consideration.Firstly, the statutory meeting of the Council was postponed due to the lack of a quorum as a result of several Councillors being assigned responsibilities that demanded urgent attention on the day of the meeting.Secondly, in spite of Mr Beckles’ claim that the Council’s majority continues to make decisions without inviting the APNU/AFC Councillors to meetings, the minutes of the statutory meeting held in April 2019 records that the three APNU Councillors, inclusive of Beckles, stated they would not participate/cooperate with the Mayor and the rest of the council in Lethem Town Week Activities for 2019. Despite letters of invitation sent to APNU Councillor Moffett, she remained a no show at all Town Week Committee meetings. It must be noted that during its deliberations for the Lethem Town Week celebrations, the Committee proposed that invitations be sent Government functionaries inclusive of Minister of Communities and Leader of the PPP/C. No decision was made regarding the Leader of the PPP/C to launch Lethem Town Week.It is true that APNU Councillor Beckles sought clarity on the finances for 2019 Town Week. We, the undersigned, support his call that a detailed financial report should be published. But this can only be done after we have concluded the Town Week activities.This PPP/C-led Council will not break the laws and financial rules; unlike what happened under the APNU/AFC-dominated Council which managed the 2017-2018 Town Week Committee and still cannot account for funds received and spent in that year respectively. This is what Mr Beckles should be calling for – the publication of the financial statements under his watch. The fact that many businesses have demanded cash from the Council upfront today is due to the history of the previous Council not honouring their bills in 2017/2018 under Mr Beckles’ watch. Even labourers are still waiting for their pay because of how badly Mr Beckles and the PNC cabal managed Lethem Town Week 2017-2018.When the PPP/C won Lethem in the November 2018 elections, we met an empty and bankrupt treasury with liabilities in excess of $5 million. Over the last 10 months, due to prudent management, the PPP/C-led Council by Mayor John Macedo has been able to wipe off some $3 million of that debt.The PPP/C Council had successfully managed to rectify the wages/salary scale for its employees to their satisfaction as compared to the employee’s underpayment by the previous Council.A question was asked by APNU Councillor Beckles regarding the theft of an inverter at the Lethem Declaration Park. While we have called in the police, the act happened under the APNU/AFC-controlled Council and thus, Mr Beckles will be in a better position to answer to the police for the theft.Clearly, the allegations in the Guyana Chronicle are meant to distract, detract, and disturb the smooth functioning of the Council and divide the township.Editor, the work of the PPP/C-controlled Council will not be hampered by these false allegations, baseless insinuations, and acts of intimidation. We have a job to do and we remain accountable to the people of Lethem; we will not allow political pallbearers like Mr Beckles to interfere with the progress being made by a democratically run and accountable Council.The Lethem Town Council will continue to serve all of its constituents.Regards,Mayor  John MacedoDeputy Mayor  DebraKingCouncillors:Jason WilsonMegan ThomasFitzgerald SinghIndira Singhlast_img read more

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GTT launches Independence Night mega concert

first_img… investing significantly in independence celebration – CCOWith the golden jubilee anniversary activities already on the roll, GTT once again has indicated its support, this time with the hosting of its Independence Mega Concert slated for May 26 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara.During a briefing of the event on Tuesday, the company announced the details of the concert which is anticipated to be a major highlight of the independence celebration.Speaking at the launching event, Chief Commercial Officer of GTT, Gert Post, expressed how elated the company is to be such an active supporter of the events that will highlight Guyana’s accomplishment of thriving as an independent nation for the past 50 years.Post made it clear during the briefing, that the company’s role in the events leading up to the celebration is primarily to give back to the country as it marks 50 years, noting that “we only turn 50 once.”Being one of the largest concerts to highlight the anniversary, a number of local, regional and international artistes are set to take the stage “by storm”, making it a monumental night and much so, anniversary.Post disclosed that the top artiste of the night would be renowned US hit artiste Sean Kingston, who definitely will be a top attraction for the show.In addition, coming in from the Region are chutney sensation, Ravi B; along with Jamaica’s young and upcoming artiste, Vershon; and soca ‘phenomenal’ Bunji Garlin.Meanwhile, form Guyana’s own array of artistes – Jackie Jaxx, Natural Black and Jumo have been confirmed as performing artistes for the mega concert.With the aim of giving back to its customers, the company will additionally be offering special packages for persons purchasing tickets at GTT’s stores countrywide.Post informed that since the venue is set to hold over 20,000 persons, the company will be rewarding the public domain for just supporting the initiative.He said that persons purchasing tickets at the price of $2000 and are on the ‘blue network’ will receive a complimentary one-month data plan or Top Up of $2000 which would be valid for seven days.Even those who are not part of the network will receive a complimentary SIM card in addition to one-month data plan.Special rates also exist for persons shopping at GTT’s stores for smartphones over the next few weeks leading up the concert.Commenting on what is the dollar figure attached to all the contributions that the company is making to the celebrations, Post said that the “company is investing significantly” in pulling off the activities.He however clarified that the company has gotten on board since it has recognised how monumental the celebration is and what great impact it would make on the country’s economy.Post assured that GTT will continue to support the Government in any way possible to make Independence 2016 a remarkable one that would be etched in the country’s history.Over the past few weeks, GTT had made a contribution of $1 million for the four nights of fashion extravaganza, as well as $2 million for GuyExpo.last_img read more

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Chelsea confirm Torres Milan move

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, December 27 – Spain striker Fernando Torres will join AC Milan permanently from Chelsea in the New Year, the English Premier League leaders said Saturday. The news came several hours after Spanish media reports claimed the former Liverpool forward would be returning to his first club Atletico Madrid.The 30-year-old had joined Milan on a two-year loan at the beginning of this season.He won the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup in three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, but never lived up to goal-scoring expectations after a £50 million (64m euros, $78m) transfer from Liverpool.Torres will join Milan permanently on January 5, Chelsea said.The deal does not rule out a return to Atletico in the upcoming transfer window, though.The Spanish champions have indicated they do not have the funds for a permanent deal themselves, but may yet sign him on another loan deal from Milan once he has left Chelsea.In fact, Sports newspapers such as Marca and AS and national daily El Pais had said earlier that Torres’s move back to Atletico was decided after the Madrid club’s Italian player Alessio Cerci agreed to move to Milan in return.A return home could be what Torres needs to reignite a once sparkling career.The World Cup winner and double European champion scored 46 goals in 172 Chelsea appearances, but only 20 of those came in 110 league outings — a poor return when compared with the 65 Premier League goals he scored in 102 appearances for Liverpool.Torres moved to Stamford Bridge late on January transfer deadline day in 2011 for a then record British fee. Initial struggles appeared to be a crisis of confidence, as he managed just one goal in 18 appearances before the end of the season.The following season he scored 11 goals, including a hat-trick against QPR and a vital breakaway goal against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, but still looked a shadow of his former self.His best season in a Chelsea shirt came in the following campaign as he scored 22 goals across seven competitions, including the winner in the Europa League final against Benfica.He managed only 11 goals the following season, after which Jose Mourinho broke up his misfiring striking trio of Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba, all of whom left the club.Since his move to Milan he has scored just one goal in 10 appearances.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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KPL names All-Star team for Spain visit

first_imgThe squad is awash with upcoming players and among those called up include goalkeepers Faruk Shikhalo from Posta Rangers and Gor Mahia’s Peter Odhiambo who are yet to make appearances for their clubs in the league.Odhiambo however played for Gor in the SportPesa Super Cup where he was named the goalkeeper of the tournament after keeping three straight clean sheets while Shikhalo was a regular starter for Muhoroni Youth last season.The third goalkeeper in the squad is Sofapaka’s Mathias Kigonya.Among other faces in the squad who have not had much of national team experience include Ugandan Martin Kiiza who has struggled for playtime at Tusker in the first half of the season.Others are Western Stima’s Maurice Ojwang, Thika United’s Benson Iregi, AFC Leopards’ Vincent Oburu and Nzoia Sugar’s Victor Omondi.Two players will be dropped from the squad.Full Squad:Goalkeepers: Faruk Shikhalo (Posta Rangers), Mathias Kigonya (Sofapaka), Peter Odhiambo (Gor Mahia).Defenders: Bolton Omwenga (Kariobangi Sharks),Maurice Ojwang (Posta Western Stima), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Martin Kiiza (Tusker FC), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers).Midfielders: Ovella Ochieng’ (Kariobangi Sharks), Benson Iregi (Thika United), Clinton Kisiavuki (Nakumatt FC), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Humphrey Mieno (Tusker FC).Strikers: Victor Omondi (Nzoia Sugar), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Boniface Muchiri (Sony Sugar).Shares(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) SharesKenyan Premier League chairman Ambrose Rachier and his La Liga counterpart Javier Tebas pose for a photo after signing a partnership agreement between the two leagues in Nairobi on May 11, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 15 – The Kenyan Premier League has named 20 players to the provisional squad of an All-Star team that will travel to Spain in July for a series of friendly matches as part of the agreement between KPL and La Liga, signed in May.The team will be coached by Harambee Stars first coach Stanley Okumbi who will be assisted by Talanta FC tactician John Kamau and will depart Kenya on July 17.last_img read more

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Vote on school reform comes gift-wrapped for mayor

first_imgFor Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, it may just be the biggest Christmas gift ever – clusters of Los Angeles Unified schools that now will join his education reform movement.Imagine graduation ceremonies in a few years with hundreds of students all wearing Villaraigosa-like black suits and monochromatic ties and receiving their diplomas.If there were any dark spots in the news for the mayor, it was the small number of schools that will join the effort and questions over voting at Jordan and Santee high schools.The voting problem lies in how the district conducted the polling – apparently offering different rules to the mayor and United Teachers ofLos Angeles. Council President Eric Garcetti is making the biggest effort, spending his two-week holiday recess in Iowa for Sen. Barack Obama.Controller Laura Chick is taking a more prudent – and warmer – course of action, appearing at local events on behalf of Obama.Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson, who once tried out as a stand-up comic, knows how to work a crowd.At a lengthy hearing last week in a room packed with members of the Writers Guild, Wesson was trying to keep control and prevent outbursts of applause.“I appreciate your enthusiasm,” Wesson said. “But let’s keep it down. Unless you’re applauding for me.”The Los Angeles Fire Department, already dealing with issues of racial and sexual harassment in its ranks, is receiving new pressure over its hiring practices.This time, it is not because of any legal actions, but from the five-member Los Angeles Fire Commission that oversees the agency.Commission President GenethiaHudley-Hayes took the department staff and the city’s Personnel Department to task last week over the pace of hiring women and African-Americans.“This is not acceptable at all,”Hudley-Hayes said at one point. “I am not pleased at this.”Reports from the Personnel Department show that this fiscal year LAFD has hired just eight women and 10 African-Americans.Councilwoman Janice Hahn is getting a special holiday present this year.Hahn, who represents the San Pedro area, will be riding on the city’s Rose Parade float celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Port of Los Angeles.rick.orlov@dailynews.com213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe mayor’s team was told that approval would come if a simple majority of parents and teachers who voted Dec. 12 at the schools backed the mayor’s plan.UTLA, however, was told that approval would come if a majority of all teachers at the schools backed the mayor’s plan – not just the teachers who voted. The union also was told that teachers who were off-track could vote by Jan. 8.District officials are blaming the mix-up on miscommunication within its Innovation Division, which oversaw the election. Others, however, saw it as an effort to appease all the different factions.Presidential politics is dividing Los Angeles officials these days.While Villaraigosa has spent his weekends stumping for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Nevada and Iowa, other city officials are prepared to hit the trail for her chief opponent.last_img read more

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‘Aaron Ramsey looks a different player!’ – Reaction to Arsenal’s FA Cup win

first_imgArsenal put a forgettable seven days behind them as they booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals.The Gunners were 5-0 winners at home to surprise package Lincoln City, days after crashing out of the Champions League with a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich and a week after losing at Liverpool.The pressure has been growing on Arsene Wenger and fans protested outside the Emirates before kick-off, with the Frenchman out of contract in the summer.On the pitch, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Luke Waterfall [OG], Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey were on the score sheet against the non-league side.After Ramsey made it five, fans took to Twitter to discuss the Welsh midfielder, who tends to divide opinion among Arsenal fans.Some fans rate the 26-year-old – see below… Aaron Ramsey: The Welshman celebrates after scoring v Lincoln 1last_img read more

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Former Finn Harps star charged with vandalising friend’s car

first_imgA former Finn Harps and Republic Ireland international vandalised a friend’s car after wrongly believing he’d cost him his job with their local soccer club.Ex-QPR forward Paul McGee keyed Tony Mannion’s Mercedes six times between November 2015 and May 2016 — all the while carrying on as normal with him.Mannion managed the star — who scored four times in 15 games for Ireland — for Galway United and has known him for decades. Sligo-born McGee, 62, who played for the Ballybofey side under Patsy McGowan, pleaded guilty to six charges of criminal damage at Galway District Court recently, and was given the probation act as well as being handed down a fine of €3,600.The former striker, known as ‘Ski’ had previously worked as Head Coach in the Youth Academy with Salthill Devon in Galway but was let go.Mannion’s car was then targeted in a series of attacks. A Victim Impact Statement was read to the court in which Mannion spoke of the distress the incidents had caused him, his wife and daughter.A close pal of the Salthill Devon and former FAI coach said: “McGee blamed Mannion for losing his job, but Tony had nothing to do with it. While the incidents were happening, McGee continued speaking to Tony as normal. “Tony had no idea who was doing it, and his wife and daughter were worried their home would be targeted.”McGee won a League of Ireland medal with Sligo Rovers, the FAI cup with Finn Harps and a League of Ireland Cup with Galway United during a nomadic career which took in spells at Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers, Waterford United, Derry City, and Athlone Town.Former Finn Harps star charged with vandalising friend’s car was last modified: February 12th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtfinn harpsPaul McGeevandaliselast_img read more

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Upcoming Jackson County Community Input Meetings

first_imgThe Jackson County Planning Department, NCDOT, and the Southwestern Commission invite you to attend a community meeting to give your input on the future of Jackson County. Five identical meetings will be held across the county in order to reach as many people as possible. The meetings will be  drop-in format, with no formal presentation. Drop by anytime between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM to review plans and offer your comments related to Jackson County’s future plans and priorities. Topics will include transportation, infrastructure, economic development, education, housing, public health, recreation, natural and cultural resources, and more.November 29th – Department on Aging- 100 County Services Park, SylvaDecember 5th – Tuckasegee VFW-  26 Canada Rd., TuckasegeeDecember 6th – Qualla Community Building- 180 Shoal Creek Church Loop, WhittierDecember 12th – Cashiers Library- 249 Frank Allen Rd., CashiersDecember 13th – Savannah Community Building- 611 East Fork Rd., Sylvalast_img read more

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More SA businesses export

first_img9 June 2004A new survey shows a growth in the number of South Africa businesses exporting – despite a levelling out of global trends.According to the International Business Owners Survey 2004 by consulting firm Grant Thornton, the percentage of South African businesses that export increased from 39% in 2003 to 44% in 2004, while the global average remained at a constant 35%.Africa is the most prominent export destination for South African businesses (67% of total exports), with the second most popular destination being Western Europe (28%).According to Grant Thornton, exporting to sub-Saharan countries, as opposed to more northern African countries, is more common due to factors such as geographic proximity, transport infrastructure, similarities in language and culture, and relative political stability and safety.While China grew by 16% as a favoured export destination, the number of South African companies exporting to the US dropped by 9%. At the same time, companies exporting to Canada grew by 4%.According to the survey, in 2003 35% of local business owners reported that a quarter of their revenue was generated from their exports. In 2004, 24% of local business owners, compared to the global average of 38%, made this claim.Very few business owners worldwide, including South Africa, have transferred or plan to transfer their existing operations to other countries in the next two years. Hong Kong is, however, the most notable exception, with 46% of business following this route.The annual IBOS survey involves 6 900 business owners in 26 countries, including 250 business owners in South Africa. It represents a broad range of industry and commercial sectors with 80% of its respondents being privately owned. Grant Thornton: International Business Owners Survey SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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