The big fight: In Fury, Wilder faces true heavyweight equal

first_img9-year-old girl helps Stephen Curry fix online shoe access Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Fury has enough fame and success in boxing-mad England to match up favorably outside the ring with Wilder, and the Manchester native sees this matchup in quite different terms.“Wilder needs me, make no mistake,” Fury said. “He’s been champion since 2015, he’s made seven defenses, but he’s still unknown. So what do they need to do? Bring in a big-mouthed Brit, the best fighter in the world, and let him get his (tail) kicked. He’ll become known. He’ll get a good hiding from Tyson Fury, and he can rebuild himself. … Everyone will love the story, but he’s just not ready to get past me. This is too much for him.”Fury has fought twice since his 2 ½-year ring hiatus, both times against overmatched foes. But he is reinvested in his career after moving his training base to California, and he radiates confidence as he resumes his pursuit of the title belts he lost during his absence.Wilder sees Fury as a heavyweight whose record was even less impressive than his own before that shocking victory over the 39-year-old Klitschko.“You only have confidence because Klitschko didn’t throw punches,” Wilder said to Fury during their final news conference.Wilder and Fury seem almost certain to put on an entertaining show, and not just because of their compelling public appearances — the most recent of which ended with Fury ripping off his shirt after nearly coming to blows with Wilder on stage.Wilder’s style is occasionally awkward, but he loves action and realizes his best chance to win every fight is with the knockout power in his heavy hands.Fury is an excellent boxer who could frustrate Wilder for long stretches, yet he also loves to discard caution in favor of a good brawl.“I’ve been looking for somebody to knock me out my whole life,” Fury said. “I haven’t found him yet. I don’t think I’ll find him Saturday night.” No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Yet even the 32-year-old Wilder agrees he had never fought anyone approaching his own stature — not in physical size, but in boxing achievement — until quite recently. He has built his career with sometimes confounding deliberateness, taking his time to learn the sport he only picked up as a 20-year-old after moving on from football and basketball in his native Alabama.“Everybody has their appointed time,” Wilder said this week. “My time is now.”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 ChrissWhen Wilder steps into the Staples Center ring to defend his WBC title against Britain’s Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) on Saturday night, he finally has the right opponent on the right stage at the right moment. Fury is the lineal champion of the heavyweight division, thanks to his shocking victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, and his showdown with Wilder is probably the most important heavyweight bout since.The pay-per-view Hollywood spotlight encapsulates everything Wilder has craved for years, even when he knew he wasn’t ready. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “So much emotion is running through my body right now,” Wilder said. “I was ready for this 10 weeks ago. We only went through a training camp because we didn’t want to get stale. I didn’t need it. I’ve been ready for so long.”The 6-foot-7 American is actually the smaller man in this bout against the 6-foot-9 Fury, whose pure bulk obscures his nimble feet and excellent technique.Punching up is a new feeling for Wilder, both inside and outside the ring, but he can’t wait to try it.“This is bringing me close to my goal to be the one face, the one voice of the heavyweight division,” Wilder said. “America has needed a heavyweight champion like me for years. This is my time.”Wilder took another big step toward his ultimate goal earlier this year when he came back from an early knockdown to stop highly regarded Luis Ortiz in an entertaining finish. When British three-belt champ Anthony Joshua refused his advances this summer, Wilder booked a bout with the resurgent Fury, whose career foundered amid drug abuse and depression after his victory over Klitschko.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Boxers Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury exchange words as they face each other at a news conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. The pair are slated to fight Saturday night for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES — Deontay Wilder has waited a decade for the chance to pick on somebody his own size.Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is the most accomplished American heavyweight boxer of his era, a superb athlete with vicious punching power and a reckless streak. The Olympic medalist has stopped every man who ever stepped in the professional ring with him, following up his lone decision victory with a knockout in the first round of the rematch.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Swept up in Muslim genocide crisis Hindu Rohingyas are stuck in Bangladesh

first_img Share This! TagsBangladesh Buddhism Hindus homepage featured Islam Myanmar refugees religious freedom Rohingya,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Jennifer Chowdhury Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Jennifer Chowdhury Share This! Jennifer Chowdhury Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts With her life on hold, an immigrant woman marks two years in sanctuary Share This! News Catholicism Jennifer Chowdhury,Load Comments,Rozella Haydée White on how ‘revolutionary’ relationships can heal the wo … By: Jennifer Chowdhury News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (RNS) — As talks restart this month about repatriating Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh back to Myanmar, neither country’s government has an answer for the fate of Hindu Rohingyas still stuck in Bangladesh.More than a million Rohingya have fled Myanmar to settle in at least 27 camps in neighboring Bangladesh. The refugees are commonly recognized as a Muslim minority group that has been persecuted for its members’ faith by authorities in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.But outside the largest camp, Kutupalong, approximately 500 Hindu refugees live in a heavily policed settlement that looks more like a village than the crammed camps the Muslim refugees live in. The crisis has largely focused on the Muslim refugees, but these Hindus have their own set of problems.The Hindu families began arriving in Bangladesh along with the Muslim Rohingya in late August 2017, after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a militant Rohingya Muslim group, attacked 30 Myanmar military outposts, kickstarting the exodus of some 700,000 Rohingya.Hindu Rohingyas take part in daily life in their secluded refugee settlement in December 2018, near Kutupalong, Bandladesh. RNS photo by Amir HamzaThe Hindu refugees claimed ARSA attacked Hindu homes in addition to Myanmar military outposts the day the fighting began.“When they were killing each other, we escaped to Bangladesh,” said 60-year-old Hindu Rohingya refugee Mintu Rudro.Invested in keeping the country a Buddhist-majority land, the Myanmar government had already stripped Rohingyas’ citizenship rights in 1982, claiming they were illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh. The 2017 attacks began what United Nations investigators have called a genocidal crackdown.The Bangladesh government is particularly stringent about security in the area of the Hindu camp, due, it said, to interreligious conflict between Rohingya Hindus and Muslims. But it’s not entirely clear that the Rohingyas of either faith, who lived side by side in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, are responsible for violence against the other.The bodies of nearly 100 Hindu villagers have been found buried in mass graves in Rakhine state. In September 2017, during an official press trip, Myanmar authorities showed journalists two mass graves of Hindu Rohingyas. The Myanmar military blamed ARSA, as has a report released a year ago by Amnesty International. According to the Amnesty report, eight Hindu women survivors said ARSA forced them to convert to Islam and took them to Bangladesh.But the picture has kept shifting, perhaps because the women have not felt secure enough to tell the truth. They told journalists and aid workers in Bangladesh soon after they arrived that Myanmar security forces had killed their husbands. They changed their statements again in October 2017, when the Bangladeshi and Myanmar government repatriated them back to Sittwe, Myanmar, claiming Rohingya Muslims had attacked them.Delwar Hossain, a professor of international relations at Dhaka University in Bangladesh, told The Record in Nepal: “The Myanmar authorities seem to have gone to great lengths to divide the Rohingya Hindu from the Rohingya Muslims in their media management strategy and I would say they have succeeded there.”Hindu Rohingya refugee children study at a makeshift school in a Hindu refugee camp near the larger Kutupalong refugee area in December 2018 in Bangladesh. RNS photo by Amir HamzaVerifying these reports has been nearly impossible, as journalists and aid workers haven’t been allowed in the conflict area since August 2017. While the women no longer live in the Hindu camps, their polarizing statements have left the current residents fearful to go back to Myanmar.“We’re too scared to go back without the Bangladesh government’s help,” explained Rudro. “We don’t know what is happening in our villages and can only go back if there are proper measures.”In November, when the Bangladesh government prepared a list of 2,000 Muslim refugees to send back to Myanmar, residents of the Hindu camp were hopeful they would be sent back, too.“The camp-in-charge told us that we are planning to send you back,” said Rudro, referring to Bangladesh officials who run the camps. “But after that, no one came to get us. We would’ve gone back.”The Muslim Rohingyas were less willing to leave the safe, if miserable, camps. When army trucks were sent to repatriate them late last year, many hid in other camps and some even attempted to kill themselves when they learned they would be sent back to Myanmar.But the Hindu Rohingyas preferred instant repatriation. Like most of her neighbors, 50-year-old Jutsna Paul was packed and ready to go. She still hasn’t unpacked most of her things.“Send us to (Myanmar) or India. Our kids can’t grow up here in the camps,” said Paul.Some members of the Hindu community had already tried to live in India but were forced out by the Indian government. The Hindu Rohingyas want Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant them legal entry into the country.“India is a Hindu country, Modi is a Hindu and he is responsible for our well-being,” said Rudro.Rudro said he has no complaints against the Bangladeshi government or the Myanmar government. Neither has harmed the Hindu refugees, he said.“My son was visiting his uncle in another Hindu village in Myanmar when the violence broke out in August 2017. He still lives there and he’s fine,” Rudro explains.When asked why they don’t just cross the border and go back home, given that the Myanmar government has promised to keep them safe, Rudro and other Hindu refugees say they are too afraid to be mistaken for Muslims and shot at the border.“We just want the Bangladesh government to send us back properly. They took care of us all this time and they should be the ones to send us back.”(Jennifer Chowdhury is a 2018 reporting fellow for the South Asian Journalists Association.)last_img read more

Child Struck By Foul Ball At CubsAstros Game Player Breaks Down In

first_imgCopyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit Listen David J. Phillip/APA young child is carried from the stands after being injured by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Wednesday.A young child was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. in a terrifying scene during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s nationally televised game in Houston.Almora kept his eyes on the ball as it whizzed past the third-base line, past the existing safety netting and into the stands at Minute Maid Park. He clasped his head in his hands and let out a cry as fans gasped. He then fell to his knees burying his face in his arms. Teammate Jason Heyward and manager Joe Maddon attempted to console him as he cried.The Astros infield also dropped to their knees as a man, who seemed to be with the girl, scooped her up and rushed the child up the stadium stairs.Here is Albert Almora’s reaction as his foul ball struck a very young fan. A really horrific moment. Kids fall in love with the game of baseball after going to the ballpark and experiencing a Major League Baseball game. This shouldn’t happen. PRAYERS. 🙏🏼— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) May 30, 2019Almora struggled to play through the remainder of the inning. When it was over, he walked into the stands where he spoke with a security guard. The conversation ended in an embrace with Almora becoming overcome with emotion.After Albert Almora Jr. struck a young fan with a foul ball, in between innings he went immediately over to that section to ask about the situation. You can see he is overwhelmed with emotion as him and the security guard have a moment. This is just a terrible & sad situation.— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) May 30, 2019“All we heard was screaming,” said David LeVasseur told the Houston Chronicle. “We saw this dad pick up a child and run up the stairs. He took off running.”LeVasseur said the ball eventually landed at his feet.“I (came) upstairs and see the first aid guys up there and the dad is holding the girl. She (was) alert, she’s conscious, she’s fine. I was just going to give somebody in the family the ball. They kind of, naturally, shook it off. I asked the first aid guy if she was OK and he said he didn’t know.”In a statement, the Astros confirmed the girl was taken to the hospital but offered no details on her condition. “We are not able to disclose any further details at this time. The Astros send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family,” the team said.The Astros released the following statement. Our thoughts are with the entire family.— Houston Astros (@astros) May 30, 2019Speaking with reporters following the game, Almora said, “As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her.” He said the rest of the at-bat “was kind of a blur.”“I had to try to keep my composure during that at-bat, but when that half-inning was over, I just couldn’t hold it anymore,” he added.In 2017, New York Yankee Todd Frazier hit a foul ball that struck a young girl in the stands. The incident renewed the debate over more extensive protection for fans in major league ballparks, eventually leading all 30 teams to implement extended safety nets in 2018.MORE: Houston Matters Discusses Fan Safety At Sporting Events To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img X 00:00 /07:27 last_img read more

Canada Mexico win WTO nod for 1 billion in trade sanctions against

first_imgRelated posts:US, Latin American leaders push hard for proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators push hard for deal Trans-Pacific Partnership: 12 Pacific countries seal huge free trade deal Mexico takes Costa Rica ban on avocados to World Trade Organization WASHINGTON, D.C. – Canada and Mexico won WTO approval Monday to impose some $1 billion a year in trade sanctions against the United States over its country-of-origin labeling requirement for beef and pork.An arbitration panel at the Geneva-based World Trade Organization ruled that the U.S. policy, known by its acronym COOL, was unfair because it puts imported livestock at a disadvantage to domestic livestock.The panel concluded that Canada and Mexico, partners with the U.S. in the North American Free Trade Agreement, could apply  retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports.Canada, the largest U.S. trade partner, is authorized to impose up to CAD$1.05 billion (US$780.3 million) in sanctions annually in the goods sector, while Mexico can levy up to $227.8 million a year in retaliatory tariffs.COOL requires labeling that states where livestock animals are born, where they are raised, and where they are slaughtered.The labeling law, popular with U.S. consumers for giving greater transparency to their food purchases, was enshrined in the 2002 five-year Farm Bill. Congress strengthened it in 2013, even as Canada and Mexico were challenging the policy at the WTO.The U.S. meat industry, as well as Ottawa and Mexico City, have campaigned against COOL as an unfair and costly burden on producers.“Country of origin labeling harms Canadian and Mexican livestock producers as well as U.S. processors and producers. It also disrupts the highly integrated North American meat industry supply chain,” the Canadian government said in a statement after the WTO ruling.“Since 2011, the World Trade Organization has repeatedly ruled that COOL discriminates against Canadian and Mexican cattle and hogs and violates the trade obligations of the United States,” it said.President Barack Obama’s administration moved Monday to defuse the WTO decision, saying it would work with the U.S. Congress on alternatives to the labeling law.“We are disappointed with this decision and its potential impact on trade among vital North American partners,” said Tim Reif, general counsel for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, in a statement.“We will continue to consult with members of Congress as they consider options to replace the current COOL law and additional next steps. In the meantime, if Canada and Mexico take steps to raise import duties on U.S. exports, it will only harm the economies of all three trading partners.”Advocacy group Public Citizen said that the WTO decision was an example of how trade pacts can undermine the public interest.“Today’s ruling makes clear that trade agreements can — and do — threaten even the most favored U..S consumer protections,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.“We hope that President Obama stands by his claim that ‘no trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws,’” she said.“But in fact rolling back U.S. consumer and environmental safeguards has been exactly what past presidents have done after previous retrograde trade pact rulings.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more