Jose Ramirez punches Amir Imam (black trunks) during their WBC junior welterweight fight at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on March 17, 2018 in New York City. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPIconic trainer Freddie Roach guided Jose Ramirez to the World Boxing Council super lightweight world title, but it will be Robert Garcia in the champion’s corner as Ramirez takes on Danny O’Connor on Saturday.Ramirez signed with Roach after representing the United States at the 2012 London Olympics in a partnership that produced 22 straight professional wins — 16 knockouts — and a world title with his defeat of fellow American Amir Imam in New York on March 17.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Garcia said fans will see little change in Ramirez.“This is our first fight working together and I don’t want Jose to change much,” Garcia said. “This fight will be similar to what people have seen. I think the fans will start to notice the adjustments we have worked on after our second training camp together. We will have more time to work.“We have to put pressure on O’Connor and we have to go to the body. Those are two things that Jose has been very good at during his whole career.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins ‘Stay strong’: Football stars rally round Thai cave boys Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West After that fight however, Ramirez joined forces with Garcia, believing he wasn’t a high enough priority with the high-profile Roach.Despite the upheaval, he goes in as an overwhelming favorite in front of home fans in Fresno, California, against a challenger who brings a record of 30-3 with 11 knockouts to his first world title fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I feel like I have a responsibility as a world champion, so that responsibility helps me stay focused and grounded,” Ramirez said, adding that he hopes it’s a springboard to bigger things in the 140-pound division.“This fight will only lead to bigger fights. It’s another step to fighting the big fights. I want to fight all of the champions, but I have to take care of business July 7 against Danny O’Connor first. I am excited to come home and defend my title.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’
NEW YORK – Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm named after the three-headed hound that guarded the gates of hell in Greek mythology, got its start 15 years ago buying securities of distressed companies. The firm run by financier Stephen Feinberg mostly shunned publicity as it quietly grew into one of the most powerful players in the private equity and hedge fund universe with $25 billion in capital. But its days mostly out of the limelight came to an abrupt end Monday with front-page headlines about its plan to invest a bargain-basement $7.4 billion to win a controlling stake in Chrysler Group. Most of Cerberus’ cash will go into rebuilding Chrysler’s auto production operations, not into the pocket of DaimlerChrysler AG. The German-based maker of Mercedes-Benz autos was so anxious to get rid of its money-losing U.S. unit that it essentially agreed to kick in as much as $650 million in cash to unwind the 1998 takeover of the parent company of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands. Still, the deal represents a quantum jump in risk for New York-based Cerberus, which will now find itself on the hook for $19 billion in retiree health care costs at Chrysler, which has been losing market share to Asian competitors for years. Feinberg, a former U.S. paratrooper who became a trader at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. in the 1980s, launched his investment vehicle with $10 million and has since attracted a well-known roster of investors. Pension funds such as TIAA-CREF and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System are among its institutional investors. Cerberus has also been successful in attracting Republican Party leaders to its side. Besides former Treasury Secretary John Snow, who became chairman in October, the firm lists former Vice President Dan Quayle as a director. Donald Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary, was an investor in 2001, according to published reports. Some of its investments have also been tied to politics. IAP Worldwide Services Inc. is owned by Cerberus and led by former executives of Kellogg, Brown and Root, the subsidiary spun off by Texas-based Halliburton Inc., the oil services company once run by Vice President Dick Cheney. Earlier this year, the government contractor took over some work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center just as The Washington Post was reporting on subpar conditions at the hospital. And questions were raised last year after a high-ranking California Republican congressman backed funding for a defense project that benefited the investment company. Rep. Jerry Lewis, who at the time chaired the House Appropriations Committee, denied wrongdoing after he backed an $8.8 billion project to build a secure computer network for the Navy and Marines. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Lowenthal proposal also would give the commission the role of drawing congressional districts; Ashburn’s plan would leave that job with the Legislature. Ashburn’s measure also includes changes in legislative term limits, new campaign contribution disclosure requirements, suspension of lawmakers’ pay if they’re late in approving a state budget and a requirement that legislators hold periodic constituent meetings in their districts. How districts are drawn can determine which party dominates the Assembly, state Senate and California’s delegation to the House of Representatives. Critics complain that allowing legislators to draw their own districts constitutes a conflict of interest. Republicans – usually in the minority in the state Legislature during the past 50 years – have made several unsuccessful attempts to create redistricting commissions. The latest was soundly rejected by voters in 2005 when they turned down Proposition 77, an initiative supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. SACRAMENTO – A state Senate committee approved rival redistricting reform measures Wednesday without resolving sharp differences that could hang up future negotiations as lawmakers debate how – and whether – to give up one of their most powerful roles. The Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee voted 4-0 to send the proposals by Sens. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, and Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, to the Appropriations Committee, the last stop before the full Senate. Both measures are likely to end up going to a two-house conference committee, which would attempt to draft a compromise that could pass the Legislature and win voter approval. The two proposals would create an 11-member citizens commission to draw new legislative districts after each national census, but they would use somewhat different procedures in setting up the commission. Helping prompt this year’s efforts is a desire by many lawmakers to convince voters to modify legislative term limits. Lame duck legislators nearing the end of their terms are looking for a way to run for re-election in 2008 or 2010. That includes the Legislature’s top leaders. Political consultants with ties to the Legislature and Governor’s Office are attempting to collect enough voter signatures to put an initiative that would make those term limit changes on the Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot. But Schwarzenegger has signaled that he won’t support the term limits change unless a proposal taking redistricting duties away from lawmakers also is on the February ballot. Ashburn and some other legislators say the redistricting and term limits changes should be lumped into the same measure.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS Here is a list of local ceremonies and events for the Memorial Day weekend. FRIDAY: Flag-laying ceremony, 3:30 p.m., Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, 10621 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood. Call (818) 763-9121. SATURDAY: Flag-placement ceremony by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, 8 a.m., Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Call (310) 268-4678. Topanga Days country fair, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Free shuttle. Tickets $15; $7 for seniors, veterans, children 6-12. Call (310) 455-1980. Valley Greek Festival, 1-9 p.m. Saturday-Monday, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 9501 Balboa Blvd., Northridge. Free admission. Call (818) 886-4040. MONDAY: Tribute to Women Veterans, 9 a.m., Geranium Circle at Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Topanga Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m., begins at Pine Tree Circle, Topanga. Memorial Day Commemoration, presented by Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park and Mortuary, American Legion Post 150 and Boy Scouts of America, 10 a.m., 10621 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood. Call (818) 763-9121. Memorial Day program, 10 a.m., Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel will speak. Call (310) 268-4678. Memorial Service, 10 a.m., Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd. Call (818) 353-3777. Barbecue, 2-4 p.m., American Legion Post 377, 10039 Pinewood Ave., Tujunga, Call (818) 353-9856. Memorial Day Mass, 10 a.m., Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles cemeteries. See www.archdiocese.la/directories/cemeteries. Memorial Day service, 10:30 a.m., Valley Oaks Memorial Park, 5600 N. Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Condor Squadron flyover. Call (805) 495-0837 or (818) 889-0902. Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade, presented by the Canoga Park-West Hills Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m. Sherman Way and Vanowen streets between Owensmouth and De Soto avenues. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is the grand marshal. Call (818) 884-4222. Memorial Day Observance, sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, Pioneer Memorial Cemetery, 11 a.m., 14400 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar. Flag raising and 21-gun salute at noon by the All Veterans Burial Squad. Call (818) 365-5860 or see www.sfvhs.com. Memorial Day barbecue, noon-6 p.m., American Legion Post 308, 7338 Canby Ave., Reseda. Co-sponsored by Valley Post 582 and Van Nuys Post 193. Call (818) 344-3800. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Eden Hazard struck three times in a virtuoso display against Cardiff © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 15 – Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri hailed Eden Hazard as the best player in Europe after the Belgian’s hat-trick inspired a 4-1 victory over Cardiff on Saturday to maintain the Italian coach’s perfect Premier League start.However, Sarri believes Hazard can be even more prolific if he preserves his energy more to make the difference in the final third. “I thought that Hazard was one of the best players in Europe. But now I change my mind because maybe he is the best,” said Sarri of the man crowned the second-best player at the World Cup this summer.Hazard struck twice in seven minutes just before half-time to cancel out Sol Bamba’s early shock for the hosts at Stamford Bridge before completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot to take his tally for the season to five goals in just three starts.But Sarri wants his star man to spend more time closer to the opposition goal rather than dropping deep to get attacks started.“Hazard can improve more. I think he can spend less energy than now at 50 or 60 metres from the opposition goal,” added the former Napoli boss.“I told him… for me you can score 40 goals but you have to spend less energy. You have to play in the last 25 metres.”And Hazard hailed the freedom Sarri’s set-up has offered him to get forward and try to improve on his best ever tally of 19 goals for a season in English football.“(He) just wants us to play and to find space between the lines so then Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Cesc Fabregas can find us,” said Hazard.“We have a lot of freedom on the pitch, and at the moment when we try and do something, it’s coming off.”– Unlikely title challenge –Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard is the best player in Europe. The Belgian scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Cardiff © AFP / Glyn KIRKChelsea rebuffed interest from European champions Real Madrid for Hazard after the player himself declared an interest in moving on after the World Cup.And that resilience could yet yield an unlikely title challenge after finishing 30 points adrift of Manchester City last season.Willian’s sumptuous strike for Chelsea’s fourth edged the Blues ahead of Liverpool at the top of the table on goal difference with City just two points further back.But Sarri insists last season’s champions and Champions League finalists remain the benchmark for his side.“My target is to be the best team in England, but not in one month. Maybe one season, maybe a little more but our target is this.“At the moment, for me, in my opinion, Liverpool and Manchester City are better than us.”The feeling of being outclassed is one Cardiff may become accustomed to, having failed to significantly strengthen over the summer on their return to the top flight.Neil Warnock’s men have picked up just two points in 0-0 draws with a man advantage against Newcastle and Huddersfield from their opening five games.“We have got to learn quickly because these top teams punish you,” said Warnock.Cardiff couldn’t have asked for a better start when a well-worked Joe Ralls free-kick was headed across goal by Sean Morrison and bundled in at the back post by Bamba.However, they had no answer to Hazard’s trickery as he dummied a ball into the path of Olivier Giroud and then fired the Frenchman’s return pass low into the far corner.Hazard had the help of a deflection to put Chelsea in front from close range and gave the home side breathing space from the spot after Willian was felled by Bamba.Moments later Willian capped the rout with his own moment of magic with a wonderful curling effort from 20 yards that bent into the top corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Leigh Griffiths 1 Two goals from Leigh Griffiths gave Celtic the edge in their Champions League qualifier against Swedish side Malmo.The hosts found themselves 2-0 up inside 10 minutes after Griffiths and Nir Bitton took advantage of some slack defending.Former Celtic man Jo Inge Berget pulled one back for the visitors after the break but it was cancelled out with Griffiths’ second less than 10 minutes later.However, Malmo had the last word as Berget made the most of a scrappy corner to score his second of the game.Celtic started on the front foot right from the kick-off as Griffiths – who was preferred to Nadir Ciftci up front – opened the scoring after only three minutes.Stefan Johansen picked up the ball outside the area and slipped it through two Malmo defenders for Griffiths, who had beaten the offside trap expertly, to slot home.Celtic doubled their lead inside 10 minutes as Bitton glanced home another Johansen ball, this time from a corner, as he rose unmarked to head in from inside the six-yard box.It was a simple goal with Malmo’s goalkeeper Johan Wiland poorly positioned and the defence unable to pick up the Isreali’s run.Celtic began the second half as they did the first but it was Malmo who scored against the run of play after a breakaway goal from Berget, who scored two goals in four games for the Hoops while on loan from Cardiff in 2014.The Swedish side piled forward and Magnus Wolff Eikrem’s cross missed everyone before reaching Berget at the back post, who fired in for that potentially important away goal.However, shocking defending from the Swedes saw Celtic retake the initiative after an hour as Griffiths scored his second of the match.Malmo failed to clear the danger and with the ball hanging in the air, Griffiths rose highest to lob the ball over Wiland with a precision header off the post and into the goal.But, with virtually the last kick of the game, Berget got his second to set up a finely balanced tie ahead of next week’s second leg.
2 The cast is excellent – who doesn’t completely love Sue Johnston (Brookside, Waking The Dead), excellent as Doreen behind the bar? And Diane Morgan (aka Philomena Cunk) excels as Mandy – another one of those characters we’ve all come across at some point in our lives. The actress Brigit Forsyth’s appearance links it nicely to one of the most awesome British comedies of the 1970s Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?, in which she starred. Both sitcoms have similar comic timing, and equally well-defined characters. The script is smiling subtlety intertwined with sledgehammer funny.I reckon you’ll find it hilarious. If you’ve been in and around a club at that level, then you’ll REALLY get it. And as much as you’ll laugh at the characters, I also think you’ll find yourself wanting to have a pint of Moody Goose with them in the bar on matchday, before watching a pile of “sh*te” from the Stanley Bell End. Love it! Rovers is full of hearts of gold as well, as you’ll see. But Club Shop Ronnie could give you nightmares…Oh, and I’m in it as well. Briefly, but I’m in it. And here’s a question: my character Owen Niblock – is he all that? Rovers is a six part comedy series and starts Tuesday, 24 May at 10pm on Sky One We all love a good comedy show on TV, right? But there are very few over the years that have made me laugh out loud: I mean proper belly laugh, struggling to catch your breath, that kind of comedy. The laughs that bring tears to the eyes.Only Fools and Horses used to do it – the chandelier episode in particular is legendary. A lot of Alan Partridge stuff worked for me too – The Day Today was outstanding, as well as Steve Coogan’s subsequent work with Partridge. And then The Inbetweeners came along and I found myself having to pause the TV because I was struggling for breath laughing so much at the scene in which Jay tells the preposterous story of the guy who got his head stuck in a bottle bank.Funny stuff.So watching the first few episodes of Sky One’s new comedy Rovers I was hopeful. And I found myself laughing out loud. A lot. This is a genuinely funny comedy series. If you’ve been to a club way down the non-League pyramid, then Redbridge Rovers, where this TV show is set, will ring so many bells for you. The writers, David Earl and Joe Wilkinson (who play the characters Bruce and Lee), researched it extensively, visiting non-league Burgess Hill Town several times to get a real grasp of the subject.The Office has a place in my list of favourite comedy shows as well, and the cringe aspect of the David Brent character is in evidence in Rovers. (Earl starred in Derek with Ricky Gervais).Craig Cash (Royle Family, Early Doors) plays the main character stunningly well. We all know a Pete Mott – a bloke who seems unconvincingly, naively happy with his lot, and gets his kicks from the prospect of Redbridge possibly moving up to 16th in the table. You feel sorry for him, but not as much as you laugh at him. He immerses himself in that non-League world, oblivious to the opportunities life beyond the rusty crush barriers and corrugated rooves at most non-League grounds can offer. He’s thrilled and excited by tales of club legends (the Lobster), cup runs of yesteryear (why was the first team manager arrested??????) and the dreams (imagine playing Nantwich Town!), and those stories are told with the right balance of pathos and p**s take. Only clever writing, good acting and brilliant delivery can ensure stuff gets the right level of laughs. Pete’s facial expressions every time Tel and Mel are in the vicinity are a thing of artful beauty and joy. Mott devotes himself to Redbridge Rovers because life hasn’t been kind to him. The club is his constant. Win, lose or draw, the club is always there for him, whereas other things in his life have been a disappointment. For that reason, your heart goes out to him. 2 Craig Cash and Sue Johnston play Pete and Doreen in Rovers
Great day for the Outdoors today across Donegal. Picture by Annemarie McGowanDONEGAL is set to bask in glorious sunny weather over the Easter weekend, forecasters have said.It’s going to start off with a great day today with temperatures soaring this afternoon.RTE had been predicting rain for Donegal all week. But last night the Met Eireann forecasters completely revised the forecast, giving wall-to-wall sunshine for Good Friday after a frosty start.There will be more sunshine on Saturday AND Sunday.And while temperatures might hit 15C today, it will be a couple of degrees cooler by Easter Sunday afternoon.The dry weather is good news for businesses too across Donegal, particularly for retailers and those in the tourism industry. Hotels are reporting bookings up on last year.There may be a slight blip around Tuesday with the possibility of some light rain, before thing settle down and temperatures rise again later in the week.You can read the full DD weekend weather report here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2014/04/18/sunny-gorgeous-the-dd-easter-weekend-weather-report-with-the-mount-errigal-hotel/ GLORIOUS EASTER WEATHER FOR DONEGAL, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: April 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:beachdonegal daily weatherEaster weather Donegalsunshine
RTE has announced the appointment of two award-winning Irish journalists to lead the Six One news team, replacing Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ní Bheolain.Leading journalists Keelin Shanley and Caitríona Perry will now head up the evening edition after Brian Dobson signed off yesterday, while Sharon Ni Bheolain moves on to the Nine O’Clock news. Keelin and Caitríona will be bringing us the headlines from the studio in January 2018.Journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley is best known as the host of RTE’s Crimecall and RTE Radio 1 News at One. She has worked on many current affairs programmes on the station. Caitríona Perry has led coverage from Washington in recent years as the station’s correspondent and US Bureau Chief. She recently launched a book ‘In America: Tales from Trump Country’ documenting the US Presidential election.Also today, Sharon Ni Bheolain has been announced as the new presenter of the Nine O’Clock news on rotation with Eileen Dunne and new presenter of RTE Crimecall.Image: @rtepressHer former co-presenter Brian Dobson has moved to radio after 21 years delivering the news to the country.After 21 years, Bryan Dobson has co-presented his final Six One News. Here is a look back at some of his many highlights on the programme. pic.twitter.com/2S0gIk5Co7— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 25, 2017 On the new appointments, Director of RTÉ News & Current Affairs Jon Williams said: “For over a decade, Bryan and Sharon have set the standard for TV News in Ireland and I couldn’t be more grateful and more excited as each embarks on new challenges for RTÉ News.“I’m thrilled that Keelin and Caitríona will bring their intellect, competitive drive, and focus on storytelling to RTÉ’s Six One News.“In a news environment where we are bombarded by opinions and half-truths all day long, there’s no bigger challenge than to make sense of it all on Six One – and no better new presenting team to do so.”Image: @rtepress Two new RTE Six One presenters announced was last modified: October 26th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
A 24-year-old woman with strong Donegal connections has tragically died in a car accident on Christmas Day in the US.Gemma Grace Duffy died in a single-vehicle crash in Virginia State on Christmas Night. She was the only occupant of the car.Gemma lived in Springfield in Fairfax County, Virginia and is the daughter of Maria Drew and Charlie Duffy. Her dad Charles was originally from Drumkeen but moved to Philadelphia while Gemma’s grandparents John and Maureen Duffy are also from Drumkeen.She is survived by her mother Maria, father Charlie, stepfather Dan, brothers and sisters Dakota and Parker and her stepsister and brothers Kristin, Bob and Jon.At the age of 22, Gemma had participated in the Mary from Dungloe Philadelphia Pageant in 2015.Her funeral mass will take place in St. Katharines of Sienna Church, Wayne, Pennsylvania on Saturday 30th December. The family are seeking donations to help cover the cost of the funeral and memorial. The GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the family is available here: https://www.gofundme.com/funeral-memorialgemma-duffy Young woman with Donegal links dies in Christmas Day tragedy was last modified: December 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:donegalDrumkeenGemma Grace DuffytragedyUS