From ring girl to fighter, Jessyca Holland débuts in the cage

first_imgHolland says even though this will be her first fight, she feels confident heading into the match.“I feel great, I feel really confident, and I have an awesome team and trainers backing me up.”She adds that while she likes to work the ground game, she isn’t afraid to stand toe to toe with someone either.- Advertisement -“I’m normally a grappler, but I’ve been working on my standup a lot. I feel good throwing my punches.”Holland says despite not knowing much about her opponent tonight, Jennifer Stumborg, it doesn’t change her thought process as she enters the cage.“It’s a learning experience, right? I love to do it. Why not go out there and battle it out?”Advertisement The fight will also be the first of Stumborg’s career as well.last_img

JASON BATTLES HIS WAY FOR A SHOT AT THE WORLD TITLE!

first_imgDonegal boxer Jason Quigley is going for gold.Jason Quigley is one fight away from an amazing gold medal.The powerhouse from Ballybofey put in a super performance to beat Russian Chebotarev in this morning’s semi-final of the World Championships.Quigley had to be in top form to overcome the highly-rated Russian. But the Finn Valley boxer put in a series of powerful combinations in the third round to stamp his authority on the fight.The Russian tried to respond but there was no stopping the 22 year old as he caught Chebotarev time and time again.Not even the fact that Quigley was forced to take a questionable second round standing count could stop him.The Donegal man eventually raised his hands when the referees returned their scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 all in favour of Quigley. The final now awaits Jason as he dreams of repeating his gold-medal winning performance at the European Games and become World Champion.Jason’s mum Muriel watched the fight at her workplace at said “I am so proud of Jason. He did so well again.”Jason will now face Kazakhstan boxer Zhanibek Alimkhanuly after his semi-final opponent, Anthony Fowler from England, was forced to pull out with a hand injury.All of Donegal and Ireland are behind you Jason. JASON BATTLES HIS WAY FOR A SHOT AT THE WORLD TITLE! was last modified: October 25th, 2013 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:boxingfinalgold medalJason QuigleyWorld Championshipslast_img read more

Khwezi Oils shakes up South Africa’s green fuel market

first_imgBrian Sibusiso Mpono is Playing his Part in ensuring that South Africa has a cleaner, greener future. His company, Khwezi Oils, is exploiting a new niche in the South African fuel market by making biofuel, refined from waste cooking oil, and it’s proving a hit with local trucking companies.Brian Sibusiso Mpono, founder of Khwezi Oils Biodiesel and Brand South Africa ambassador. (Image: Brian Sibusiso Mpono)Brand South Africa reporterThirty-year-old Mpono, from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, recognised the knock-on effects of volatile crude oil prices on the South African market, and that fossil fuels are creating environmental problems.He says, “I came to learn that biodiesel was the next big thing in the fuel industry and understood the volatility of the crude oil price and its effects on the South African economy. Too, that it was the prime answer to global warming and climate change as an alternative environmentally friendly energy fuel; this I researched and got from the rest of the world.”In 2011, Mpono founded Khwezi Oils Biodiesel and Khwezi Biodiesel; “At this point I realised that my business was to pioneer an innovation that did not exist commercially, by a young black South African … in the history of ‘petro-fuels’ at a refinery level.“The scale and enormity of the industry of my business is a colossal; Brent crude supplies are dwindling, and South Africa relies heavily on Brent crude oil for its refineries, which is why the price of fuel is out of control in South Africa. However, bio-diesel on the other hand uses sunflower oil (waste), collected from hospitality industry hotels, restaurants, fast food franchises and the like so dependency shifts from Brent crude to oil that is always available and also environmentally friendly, saving the ozone from carbon emissions and ultimately global warming.”Mpono is turning “trash-into-cash” now, supplying mainly the construction and trucking and logistics industries for the past three years. In its first year of trade Khwezi Oils generated R1.2-million in turnover, of which 30% was gross profit.When speaking about his love for the environment and his green initiatives, Mpono said he simply looked at where the “world is going and where it will be over the next 50 years”, and his common denominator was “green energy”.“The sulphur content in fossil fuels was the main cause of global warming because of carbon emissions, and biofuels was the answer.”He said he had always had the ability to meet communities’ needs.“The Wright Brothers revolutionised aviation; they foresaw that soon air travel will be necessary, whether they would still be living in that century or not didn’t matter; Jimmy Dunlop saw it necessary that just like human beings vehicles need ‘shoes’ and invented the rubber tyre; William Burton, the father of petroleum fuel, burnt oil at extremely high temperatures to refine fuel; Karl Benz and his wife, [created] the first petroleum powered engine. Just like all these pioneers, I have always had a knack for providing solutions for what the market wants and needs and meeting that.”Khwezi Oils Biodiesel began after a conversation about eco-friendly biofuels. (Image: Brian Mpono)Kwezi Oils starts upInitially Mpono ran a communications company, Khwezi Communications. He’d studied in the field, but the company didn’t succeed and he found himself unemployed.Then in early 2011, Mpono says,”I met a gentleman who ran a business with a fleet of trucks; we were just having a casual chat and he said to me he makes his own diesel! I said ‘nonsense’, because only Sapref, Engen and Chevron have refineries making fuel from brent crude oil.”“He said he makes it from sunflower oil, ok! He said come see it; I went to see him and yes he was making biodiesel as a hobby. Then me and my media knowledge I start going on telling where what and how, then he turns around and says to me; ‘Brian, if you can commercialise this biodiesel plant and make a business concern out of it, I will assist you in making it happen. Put your ideas and plans on paper and come see me tomorrow; I will teach you everything there is to know about biofuels’.“The next day I was back at his office; we sat down and spent a couple of hours going through formalities. By the close of business that day I had a fully-fledged biofuel business… he backed me to the tune of R300 000.”Despite the company’s early success, biodiesel was still relatively unknown in South Africa; Mpono says, “Overseas it was as common as spring water; maverick approach; I took my product to where it was needed; taxi and bus ranks, trucking companies; my product was not tried and tested, but I did it anyway risking the impact it might have on the engines on my clients’ vehicles. I did it anyway because I rested on the vision that come 2013 it will become a hot topic… I pursued with trial and error with an existing business concern.“Others shunned it because they were surprised by a black South African involved in fuel production; unheard of between Cape Town and Limpopo; those who tried it, tried it and were happy; those who weren’t, well I just didn’t convince them so I soldiered on.”Khwezi Oils is a two-fold business; creating profits for Mpono and his suppliers, many of which are local households. Mpono pays R4 per litre for waste oil, which would usually be thrown away.“In effect, waste cooking for me is liquid oil, and these households are throwing away money they could get back passively but they don’t know. Through Play Your Part, I have always envisaged educating communities, schools, universities about the environmental impact of ‘waste oil’, and how trash can be turned into cash.“Using open areas within these townships, set up recycling stations for disposing of used cooking oil, I would then pay that community for … each litre they dispose of. Through this initiative I am empowering and developing that community through environmental education at the same time – awareness for the environment they live in; because the very same waste cooking oil they dispose of for me, is the same ‘waste’ that will contribute to developing their community through the money generated from the oil; essentially I am subsidising their spend on cooking oil.“I am conscientising these communities to contribute actively and positively to saving the country and world from global warming by being environmentally friendly. But it takes a game changer like me to make them aware.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Robinson not losing sleep over Pirates’ 28 turnovers

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCJ Perez may have gotten his career-best in scoring, but it was his six turnovers that caught coach Topex Robinson’s attention.“Career-high in turnovers, too?,” the mentor quipped after Lyceum’s 78-73 win over San Sebastian on Friday where his prized ward dropped 28 points along with 10 rebounds against his six turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Not that Robinson was looking for faults in Perez’ game.The soft-spoken mentor knows that turnovers are an inevitable part of his team’s game given the Pirates’ fast-paced system. What counts is how they make up for those miscues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The thing about our team is we’re allowed to make mistakes. It’s not a sin to turn the ball over because you know that they really didn’t mean to turn the ball over,” said Robinson.“What’s important is how you get back after that turnover. I guess that’s very important to our team. So you just have to trust them that they’re gonna make mistakes and they’ll be responsible to make up for those mistakes later on.” Robinson has already accepted that more miscues will be coming Lyceum’s way, and a lot of which may come from his leaders like Perez. But the only way to negate that is to keep his wards prepared for everything that will be thrown at them.“We’ll work on the things that we have control of which is our preparation, on how we’re gonna cover our mistakes,” he said. “We wanna focus all of our energy to us, on how we’re gonna keep on growing, how we’re gonna keep on improving. That’s the good thing about committing mistakes: there’s always room for correction and always room for growth.” Christian Standhardinger piques interest of teams ahead of PBA draft Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next That mindset has been ingrained in the Pirates with Robinson trusting his players to make the right decisions, and it has worked wonders so far as they tout an immaculate 15-0 record this NCAA Season 93.“I just remind them of things, but I’m not gonna get mad at them. I played and I know the feeling if there’s so much pressure, but again, there’s no such thing as a perfect game. So we just let them be. They’re committing mistakes, but then again, I can trust them that they will always fight back and make up for those,” he said.The Pirates committed 28 turnovers in the game against the Golden Stags, no doubt a high mark for any team seeking to contend for a title.But Lyceum did not let San Sebastian take advantage of those, forcing the latter to commit 27 turnovers and holding them to a measly 34-percent clip from the field.Three wins away from completing the unprecedented 18-0 sweep in the elimination phase, the Pirates brace for the toughest stretch yet as they close their schedule with games against Letran, Jose Rizal U, and San Beda.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates PLAY LIST 02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Classy Real Madrid C.F. see off Manchester United F.C. to win UEFA Super Cup

first_imgReal Madrid beat Manchester United 2-1 on Tuesday to lift the European Super Cup for the fourth time as they became the first team to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990.Brazilian midfielder Casemiro struck the opener with a left-foot strike midway through the first half while Spain midfielder Isco consolidated Real’s advantage with a slick finish in the 52nd minute at the National Arena in Skopje, Macedonia.United’s new striker Romelu Lukaku got his first competitive goal for the club to reduce the deficit just past the hour with a simple finish on the rebound in the annual showdown between the European champions and Europa League holders.That sparked a brief period of pressure from Jose Mourinho’s United side and they could have drawn level when Marcus Rashford burst through but he was denied by Keylor Navas’ save, ensuring Real won their fifth international trophy under Zinedine Zidane.”We were superior for almost all of the game and it’s important that we’ve started the season by winning a trophy against a team that did everything they could to win,” said Real captain Sergio Ramos.”Towards the end they had more chances and tried direct play with physical players but we stayed calm in the tense moments and kept the ball. Aside from the final minutes, we had a great game.”Mourinho added: “We were playing a team full of fantastic players but we discussed (contested) the result until almost the end. We gave them a fight but have reasons to leave optimistic and proud.”advertisementMORE QUALITYThe United coach’s admission before the game that Real had much more quality than his side was confirmed as the Champions League winners monopolised possession and nearly took an early lead when Gareth Bale sent an instinctive shot narrowly over the bar.Defensive midfielder Casemiro then crashed a diving header against the bar before meeting Dani Carvajal’s perfectly weighted cross on the half-volley to add to his goal in the Champions League final win over Juventus.Photo Credit: Reuters Europa League holders United barely mustered an effort at Navas in the first period, the club’s record signing Paul Pogba wasting their only chance with a shot that was easily blocked when Henrik Mkhitaryan was unmarked screaming for the ball.Real continued to dominate after the break as United struggled to press their opponents in the heat and humidity that was so intense the teams took a water break in each half.A fine save by United keeper David de Gea prevented Toni Kroos from scoring moments after the restart while their defender Chris Smalling did well to block a goal-bound effort from Marcelo and send it into the side netting.Madrid did not relent, however, and standout performer Isco deservedly doubled their advantage with an arrowed finish beyond his Spain team mate De Gea after bursting into the area and exchanging a pass with Welshman Bale, who later rattled the bar.Real’s dominance waned towards the end as United forced their way back into the game but there was little question the all-conquering Spanish giants were worthy winners when Ramos hoisted the trophy into the Skopje air.last_img read more

HSH Nordbank Seeks Owner

first_imgzoom HSH Beteiligungs Management has started a bidding process to sell the majority of the shares in Germany’s HSH Nordbank, one of the world’s biggest providers of shipping finance.HSH Beteiligungs Management, owned by the Federal States of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, is putting up for sale up to 94.9% of HSH Nordbank’s shares as part of the bank’s privatization efforts. In May 2016, the European Commission said that the bank’s privatization has to be completed by the end of February 2018.The seller plans to dispose of all of its shares in HSH Nordbank, Citigroup Global Markets Deutschland, appointed to organize the sale, said.“HSH Nordbank has been significantly de-risked and restructured over the last years. As a result, HSH Nordbank’s profitability has continuously improved,” Citigroup said, adding that the bank posted a pre-tax profit of EUR 183 million (USD 197 million) during the first nine months of 2016.Expressions of interest should be submitted by February 27 and submissions of indicative bids are planned for March 31, 2017, according to Citigroup.The transaction will be subject, inter alia, to a parliamentary approval both in Hamburg as well as in Schleswig-Holstein.In June 2016, HSH Nordbank transferred a portfolio of non-performing loans from ship financing with a volume of EUR 5 billion (USD 5.5 billion) to hsh portfolio-management AöR of majority owners Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.With this move, the bank reduced its troubled assets, in line with the EU state aid proceedings.HSH Nordbank encountered financial problems in 2008 as the financial crisis disrupted a number of maritime loans, worth billions of euros.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Ohio State focused on excellent Minnesota team

With much of the talk surrounding Ohio State football concerning the College Football Playoff rankings, coach Urban Meyer said he’s more focused on the task at hand during Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference.After beating then-No. 7 Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes have their sights set on Minnesota — which is coming off a 51-14 thrashing of Iowa. Meyer said the Golden Gophers — who have just a pair of losses this season — are a team that deserves OSU’s full attention.Meyer said the Buckeyes “spend every second” of their day working to avoid a letdown against Minnesota.He said the Golden Gophers’ win against Iowa was their best performance of the season.Meyer on Minnesota: “This is an excellent team that’s in my opinion a top-25 team without question.”On whether he would coach a fourth quarter differently in order to impress voters, Meyer said: “Of course not. You do what you have to do to win a game.”In reference to sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson’s two fumbles and dropped passes against Michigan State, Meyer said mistakes don’t send players straight to the bench, but a lack of effort does. Wilson stayed in the game and ended up catching a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter in East Lansing, Mich. “If it was lack of effort, he’s out of the game in a second.”Meyer said he’d “never want to have a place where people are scared to make a mistake.”He said the cold weather expected at Minnesota — a high of 28 degrees is predicted for Saturday — is simply “part of the game.” He added that both teams have to deal with it just the same.Meyer said Minnesota’s defense is similar to that of Michigan State’s. He added the Golden Gophers have a “stop the run mentality.”He said sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa has “come a long way,” but Meyer added he thought Bosa could be an impact player from the start.Meyer said redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has a “relentless approach to everything he does.” He compared Barrett’s focus on preparation to two of his former quarterbacks in Tim Tebow (Florida) and Alex Smith (Utah).The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Golden Gophers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Paris SaintGermain coach responds to Neymars talks with Barcelona

first_imgParis Saint-Germain Coach Thomas Tuchel says the Brazilian is happy at the club and hopes to lead the club someday.Tuchel played down reports of talks between Barcelona and Neymar’s representatives after speculations increased over a possible move for the former Barcelona star.“I think Neymar feels really happy, he’s professional,” the coach told The Mirror.“I think he feels good here, both in the dressing room and on the pitch, he is disciplined, he does a lot of things on the pitch.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“You have seen his statistics and what he does in training.”Neymar’s stay in Paris has been filled with several speculations amid suggestions he is unhappy in the uncompetitive French League and craves to return to La Liga.He has been embarking on trips to Barcelona with many believed to be commercial trips. A move back to the Catalan club could see him reunite with former team-mates Messi and Suarez.last_img read more