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first_imgCarpio 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 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims “I’ve never let you down,” Alvarez said to his fans. “I’ve never let you down and I never will. I respect what I do.”Golovkin is hoping to fight a different opponent at T-Mobile Arena on May 5, but it won’t approach the huge event that the rematch with Alvarez would have been.“I am looking forward to returning to Las Vegas for my 20th title defense and headlining my first Cinco De Mayo event on May 5,” Golovkin said in a statement. “It is time for less drama and more fighting.”It’s possible Golovkin and Alvarez could meet later this year, depending on any sanctions placed on the Mexican fighter.Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, publicly doubted that tainted meat caused Alvarez’s positive test.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose during a weigh-in in Las Vegas. Alvarez has withdrawn from his planned middleweight title fight with Golovkin, the latest result from Alvarez testing for a banned substance. The fight on May 5 in Las Vegas was to be a rematch of the draw they fought last September. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES — The Canelo-Triple G rematch, expected to be the fight of the year, is off.Canelo Alvarez has withdrawn from next month’s middleweight title bout with Gennady Golovkin, two months after Alvarez twice tested positive for a banned substance.ADVERTISEMENT “I have always been a clean fighter and I always will be a clean fighter,” Alvarez said Tuesday during a conference call. “I want to prove without a doubt that I have never intentionally ingested clenbuterol. I have nothing to hide and I want to be open and transparent through this process. . I have never taken illegal substances and this is no different.”The May 5 fight in Las Vegas was to have been a rematch of the draw they fought last September. But on March 5, Alvarez’s promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, announced he twice tested positive for the steroid in February. They blamed contaminated meat, and Alvarez agreed to random drug testing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt was unlikely the Nevada State Athletic Commission would approve the fight after it temporarily suspended Alvarez, who could face a longer suspension.Alvarez is to appear before the commission April 18 concerning the positive tests. Golden Boy President Eric Gomez said Tuesday the promoters were advised Alvarez likely would not be cleared to fight May 5. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Beermen aim for 3-1 spread Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Again with Mexican meat? Come on,” Golovkin said in March. “I told you, it’s not Mexican meat. This is Canelo. This is his team. This is his promotion. … Canelo is cheating. They’re using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it’s not happening.”The first bout was a memorable one. They traded big shots for 12 rounds, both believing they had won. The judging on one card, however, was strange.A 118-110 margin favored Alvarez by Adalaide Byrd; she had him winning all but two rounds. Another card favored Golovkin 115-113 while the third had it 114-114. The Associated Press also scored it 114-114.Such a close fight screamed for a rematch. And the May fight — on Cinco de Mayo, no less — has been highly anticipated.Now it must wait.Meanwhile, Golovkin’s promoters will search for a new opponent for the Kazakh, who owns the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO crowns.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDavid Kibuuka’s dry wit has made him a firm favourite on the comedy scene. Eugene Khoza is known for his boldness and quick- thinking comebacks. With over 10 years experience under his belt, Kagiso Lediga is one of South Africa’s leading funny men. Trevor Noah’s is fast becoming South Africa’s favourite comedian having already done several high profile shows. Loyiso “Loyiso for President” Gola uses his unique formula of comedy to shock and amuse audiences. Images: Podium Entertainment Khanyi MagubaneThe Cape Town International Comedy Festival taking place from 7 to 21 September is billed as the biggest gathering of comedians in South Africa.Now in its 12th year, the event attracts hundreds of comedy lovers each year and the 2008 edition of the festival has been beefed up even more.International comedians set to perform this year include, Mario Joyner from the United States, who opened for comedy legend Chris Rock’s No Apologies world tour, which also toured South Africa in June. He is also famous for his portrayal as the “pimped-out” lawyer in several episodes of US sitcom Seinfeld, as well as his guest appearances in Everybody Hates Chris.He returns to South Africa as host of the Main Arena venue at the festival. Fresh from Chris Rock’s world tour, he also opened for Jerry Seinfeld during his recent nationwide tour of the US.Sugar Sammy, a Canadian comedian of Punjabi descent, is also a firm favourite set to have festival goers rolling with laughter. Sammy has enjoyed quite a lot of success around the world, with his one-man show and his unique brand of stand-up comeday setting attendance records in the US, Europe, South Africa, and Asia.As with every year, there will be a platform for established as well as up-and-coming comedians. The “comedy showdown” programme consists of new and unknown comedians competing for the number one position. Over the course of the 14-day festival, the newbies will compete against each other, until the final few are awarded a chance to perform at the finale.South African comedians, who have recently been making international news, will also showcase their skills at the festival.Internationally acclaimed business and finance newspaper The Wall Street Journal recently featured a group of South African comedians who have been fearless in tackling social issues.The group of young, black comedians recently made the cover of the newspaper’s entertainment section, for their fearless comedic routines which joke about apartheid, from which many South Africans still carry scars.But if there is any therapy in humour, then these comedians Loyiso Gola, David Kibuuka, Kagiso Lediga, Trevor Noah, part of South Africa’s growing stand-up comedy fraternity, are proving that there could be some truth to the cliché “laughter is the best medicine”.Interviewed by author and Journalist Rian Malan for the Wall Street Journal, the comedians were not shy to talk about being part of a fraternity of comedians who break boundaries and who tackle issues that many South Africans still won’t dare to discuss, even at the dinner table.All based in Johannesburg and working regular gigs on the underground scene, the comedians gained much of their popularity after their hit TV show The Pure Monate Show literally meaning The Pure Delicious Show in Tswana, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages.The show consisted of satiric skits, which took a swipe at the nation’s obsession with crime, race, social standing and also the ever popular Zimbabwe jokes.No laughing matterAlthough the aim of stand-up comedy is to make audiences laugh at themselves in a non-degrading manner, the new breed of stand-up comedians are addressing serious issues, using humour as a medium.This young breed of comedians also find themselves in a favourable position where they are able to make comedy a full-time career, enabling them to constantly hone their craft.Trevor Noah for instance, although the 24 year-old has been performing for a little over two years, his sharp wit and bravado have already made him a firm favourite in South Africa.His career highlights include opening for internationally acclaimed comedian Russell Peters on his South African Tour, and being chosen to represent his country as the only local act at the Jozi International Comedy Festival that included six other headlining acts from six countries around the world.His achievements also include performing at the 2008 Cape Town International Comedy Festival. Comedians from around the world, including Canadian Sugar Sammy, are billed to perform at the festival.Leading the pack is Kagiso Lediga, with over 10 years’ experience under his belt. He started performing while he was still studying at the University of Cape Town.Besides performing at all the major comedy events in South Africa, Lediga has also travelled the world extensively, performing at comedy events including the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. He has also performed in New York, Toronto, London and Mauritius.Often described as crass; Lediga was the creator of the Pure Monate Show, which has in the past, been nominated for eight South African Film and Television Awards.As a writer, and one of the lead actors in the South African cult movie, Bunny Chow, he has also enjoyed success as a filmmaker. Bunny Chow scooped awards at the Toronto, Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals.In South Africa, Lediga won the Best Actor Award at the Cape Town Film Festival. His award also includes winning People’s Choice Award at the biggest comedy festival in South Africa – the Cape Town International Comedy Festival.One of the new leading faces of comedy in South Africa is Eugene Khoza. Described as an all-rounder comedian, he’s said to challenge prejudices and inverts stereotypes, tear down barriers and build up bridges. Undaunted by working in his native African language and in English, his razor sharp performances are littered with vernacular references and vivid characterisations.Khoza uses his life growing up in South Africa’s black townships as his source of humour, but cleverly include current affairs into his routine.From humble beginnings, which began when he won a comedy competition, he has grown from a relatively unknown name, to performing at all the major comedy events including the Blacks Only, Just Because comedy festivals as well as Heavyweight Comedy Jam. He is now the TV host of a programme keeping South Africans abreast on the developments leading up to the Fifa 2010 World Cup entitled, Build Up to 2010.Ugandan-born David Kibuuka’s popularity in South Africa has been on a steady growth path since he entered the comedy scene about three years ago. An honours graduate in finance at Wits University “Dave” as he is popularly known, has a unique brand of humour that combines wit and intellect without losing touch with his audiences.2008 has been a particularly good year for the finance-guru turned comedian. This year he opened for one of the top comedians in the world, Australia’s Carl Barron during his South African Tour.Apart from stand-up comedy, David also has a keen interest in movies, having also been a part of the critically acclaimed Bunny Chow film. He continues to grow his brand of comedy, which not only includes jabs at South Africans, but Africans as a whole, having lived in other parts of the continent.Award winning comedian Loyiso Gola, is notoriously known for keeping his audiences on the edge of their seats with slacked jaws and wide eyes thanks to his “shock tactic” humour.Having started his career from his hometown, Cape Town, while he was still in high school, his big break came when he was a runner-up in the prestigious Freshest Five comedy competition in 2003. Gola was only 19 at the time.With a successful one-man show Loyiso Gola for President and a TV show which he co-hosted with South African satire legend Pieter Dirk Uys, Loyiso is a versatile comedian, equally comfortable on stage an in front of the camera.His credits include opening for international superstars Russell Peters and Sugar Sammy on their South African tours, as well as his performances in London, Dubai and New York.Immensely popular amongst South Africans, Gola performs regularly at corporate functions and popular comedy clubs.The comedy fraternity was first made aware of his talents when he won the Sprite Soul Comedy competition and was the runner-up in the professional category of the Freshest Five Comedy Competition literally upon his arrival in Johannesburg in 2003.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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first_imgNot Knowing What You Want: Your success is not my success, nor mine yours. The way you measure success needs to be based on what it is you want from your life. You cannot find success unless you know what it is you want. So, what do you want?Not Having Goals: You can never hit a target you cannot see. Without goals, you will drift, allowing life to shift you this way and that. You need a list of goals for every area of your life that defines success for you. Write down your goals, and rewrite them daily.Not Having Disciplines: Knowing what you want and establishing goals is essential, but it is the consistent action taken daily and without fail that delivers the things you want. What do you need to do consistently to have what you want?Possessing a Bad Attitude: If you are negative, pessimistic, and cynical, you will also be disempowered. A bad attitude will prevent success as sure as any other factor on this list. You empower yourself when you are optimistic, believing you can succeed in spite of any obstacles.Believing You Are a Victim: Believing that the world acts on you and that you lack agency, the ability to act on your own volition, will absolve you of responsibility, and it will also eliminate success. You have the power to change the course of your life, regardless of where you started or where you are now.Not Skilling Up: You need skills. You need to be more before you can do more, and that means investing in yourself, the single greatest asset you will ever own, and the source of all your results.Failing to Do the Work: Success is an auditor. It knows whether you have done the work and paid the price success demands of you. If you don’t do the work, success will avoid you. Head down. Work.Failing to Persist Until You Succeed: You are going to have to persist. You are going to have to live on the plateau for longer than you believe should be necessary. You have to be determined and stay the course until you have what you want, never giving up or giving in. Persist longer than seems necessary.last_img read more

first_imgChakat Aboh, the consensus candidate of five major political parties in Arunachal Pradesh, on Monday filed her nominations for the byelection to the Khonsa West Assembly constituency in Tirap district. She is the widow of Tirong Aboh, who was gunned down by extremists in May soon after winning the seat on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket.Three others — Yumsem Matey, Wangchu Lowang and Azet Homtok — filed nominations as independent candidates too.“I filed the nomination as an independent candidate as suggested by all the political parties of the State,” she said after submitting her papers on the last day of nomination for the bypoll slated for October 21.Ms. Aboh said she could not disappoint the people of the constituency who wanted her to take her husband’s place in the Assembly. “I am indebted to Chief Minister Pema Khandu and the leaders of five political parties for being chosen the consensus candidate,” she said.last_img read more