ONE: Rene Catalan puts streak on the line against former champion Yoshitaka Naito

first_imgLady Chiefs complete three-peat, beat Lady Altas in 4 sets Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The 40-year-old Catalan believes he is primed for a world title shot.“Fans can expect a strong performance from me on fight night. I am hungry to challenge for the ONE strawweight world title.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion PLAY LIST 04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion01:10Maguindanao massacre victims’ kin eagerly awaiting justice, says lawyer06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The bemedalled Wushu specialist aims to keep his winning trend going.“I am looking to showcase my best form yet against Naito, a former World Champion,” said the 2006 Asian Games gold medallist.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Our focus in training is how to stop his takedown attempts. Naito will surely want this fight on the ground, it is my job to make sure he doesn’t get a submission when we are on the mat.”Catalan remains unfazed by the daunting task of facing Naito (13-2), who has beaten former world champions including Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio, Thailand’s Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Brazilian Alex Silva. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino Rene Catalan stakes his fight streak on the line in his toughest challenge yet against former ONE strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito in ONE: Reign of Valor on March 8 at Thuwunnna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.Catalan, who has been on a resurgence after starting his ONE Championship campaign with two losses and one no contest, is currently 5-0 in his last five bouts.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NEC’s Lapses Worry INCHR

first_imgSince the voter registration (VR) was launched on February 1, the process has been marred by a barrage of irregularities ranging from misspelling of potential voters’ names to malfunctioning equipment and the “trucking” of eligible voters.The VR problems have now caught the attention of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) which said in a statement, that it is deeply concerned and worried about the waves of irregularities and other irregularities surrounding the VR process at various registration centers.Specifically, the INCHR said it has observed with grave concern the lack of logistics, abandonment of centers due to untimely payment of stipend to VR registration workers, insufficient registration centers and lack of security personnel in electoral districts #11, #15, #17, #5 and several other centers inMontserrado County as well as Grand Kru, Lofa, Nimba, Maryland, Bong and Grand Gedeh counties.“We have also observed that cameras, scanners and other equipment assigned to these centers to identify and prevent electoral fraud are malfunctioning, thereby either slowing down the registration or completely halting the process,” Commissioner James D. Torh said in a release.“The magnitude of these limitations,” the INCHR release said, “seriously challenges the resolve of Liberians and this government to ensure free, fair and transparent elections is held where every Liberian is afforded equal access, opportunity and space to exercise their political rights.”Another organization that raised similar concerns recently was the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC), which spoke of similar irregularities the VR process has encountered.The ECC spoke on the issues at a news conference in Monrovia where it also made mention of late arrival of staff at registration centers, miss-location of registration centers, misspelling of the names of registrants, defective cameras, and lack of security officers at registration centers.“Overall reports from the ECC observers across all 15 sub-political divisions (say) there have been challenges such as some centers not opening or issues with the cameras, but these have not been widespread,” said head of ECC’s Steering Committee, Oscar Bloh.Meanwhile, the INCHR strongly reaffirmed its commitment to promote human rights during the electoral processes and called on the government to expeditiously provide the necessary support to NEC to avert undue derailment of public trust in the upcoming elections.The INCHR is also calling on all eligible Liberians to register and report all and any behaviors inconsistent with the VR guidelines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsene Wenger admits England star’s future at Arsenal is uncertain

first_img Theo Walcott greets the Arsenal crowd 1 Arsene Wenger admits he does not know what the future holds for Theo Walcott – with the England forward currently a bit-part player at the Emirates Stadium.Walcott has not started a Barclays Premier League game since the 3-2 defeat at Manchester United on February 28 and has been limited to substitute appearances of late.The 27-year-old has fallen behind the likes of teenager Alex Iwobi and fit-again Danny Welbeck in Wenger’s pecking order – with just five league goals to his name this season.And, with his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s European Championships still in the balance, Wenger conceded he is unsure where Walcott will be plying his trade next season.Asked if Walcott could leave, Wenger replied: “I don’t know yet.“I’m not in transfer mode at the moment but I think he has gone through a bad spell. He has responded very well, because he said ‘okay, I will work harder and more’.“Even when he comes on now, you see he is motivated and focused. Let’s see how well he finishes the season now.”Despite a number of first-team regulars missing Thursday night’s 2-0 win over West Brom, Walcott was again restricted to a four-minute cameo off the bench.And Wenger admits Walcott, as well as other players not featuring regularly, are frustrated at their lack of game-time.“Of course. Tonight you have seen the team,” he said when asked if he could understand Walcott’s frustration at not playing much.“You have the emergence of a guy like Iwobi. But the players that did not play: Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and I forget a few that weren’t even in the squad.“All these players will be frustrated, or the guys who go out will be frustrated. Welbeck didn’t play, Campbell didn’t play.”After a season of potential title success looks set to end with the Gunners empty-handed, Wenger’s own future has again come under the spotlight.The win over West Brom was watched by a reduced crowd as fans stayed away from the Emirates Stadium in protest, or simply apathy, for the season.And, despite a 20th consecutive season of Champions League football now looking likely given the win over the Baggies, Wenger knows simply delivering another top-four finish is not acceptable.“Look, at the moment, no matter what I say or what I do, it’s fashion to not be good enough,” he said on finishing in the top four.“I do not want to add anything. We won our 500th Premier League game tonight and it’s not too bad. It’s never enough anyway, for me as well, and I can accept that.“What can I do? You know the modern world is like that and we have to live with it.”last_img read more