George Groves says he proved he is a world-class fighter during his controversial defeat against Carl Froch, who retained his super-middleweight titles after what seemed like a premature stoppage.Groves floored the rugged champion in the first round and dominated most of the fight before an abrupt ending in round nineVideo courtesy of iFL TVSee also:Heartbreak for Groves in world title clashFroch insists ref was right to stop fightPromoter predicts Froch-Groves rematchGroves: I’ll bounce back and be championGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight refereeFroch claims Groves rejected rematch offerFroch ordered to face Groves in rematchGroves to face Froch in rematch on 31 MayFroch-Groves rematch will be at WembleyGroves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Liberia signed a R113-million grantagreement with the US MillenniumChallenge Corporation to financedevelopment in the country (Image: Hannelie Coetzee,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Amanda Burke +202 521 3850 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • SA allocates R500m for black farmers • Poor schools score textbooks • SA colleges get $6.7m boost • $90bn boost to Africa’s economyNosimilo RamelaLiberia has been awarded a R113-million (US$15-million) grant from the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to help it fight poverty, improve primary education for girls, broaden access to land and boost trade.The signing took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia on 6 July 2010. Speaking at the event, MCC senior advisor Cassandra Butts said the grant would help finance key development areas identified by the Liberian government.“The areas of priorities represent key constraints to economic growth, identified by Liberians as part of their own national development strategy,” she said.Set up by US Congress in January 2004, the MCC is an independent US government aid agency that assists countries committed to economic and political development.The grant will be made available to Liberia through a three-year threshold programme that will focus on challenges highlighted in Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.One of the objectives is to increase the number of girls enrolling in primary schools and keep them in the school system for as long as possible. The creation of a scholarship programme for girls, providing grants to communities to improve the education environment, mentoring programmes and awareness campaigns are some of the means of achieving this.“Liberia has made tremendous progress in its development effort and this grant will help buttress our poverty reduction strategy,” said Amara Konnah, Liberia’s planning minister.Turning to land issues, the threshold programme is expected to promote equal access to property and increased land security. This will go hand-in-hand with the Liberian government’s plan to boost citizens’ understanding of property rights issues, rebuild land administration and surveying capacity, and make the land registration and transfer process more efficient for locals.The grant will also help the country improve trade policy and practices, particularly when it comes to harmonising tariffs, working with regional and global bodies, and strengthening the regulatory environment.According to the grant agreement, the threshold programme will be administered by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which will be responsible for coordination, contracting and financial management. The MCC will oversee the programme.The MCC board of directors, who decided that Liberia should get the grant, said the country had made significant progress in many MCC eligibility indicators.USAID said the country showed a strong commitment to transformation aimed at fostering economic growth and poverty reduction.Africa’s long-term ambitionSpeaking at the signing ceremony, Donald Payne , chairperson of the US House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, congratulated Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the people of the country for meeting what she called “strict criteria which warrants the threshold agreement”.Payne stressed the importance of schooling in Liberia, especially for girls, and noted Sirleaf’s commitment to this issue. As an accomplished female leader herself, Sirleaf is seen as the ideal role-model for this sector of the population.At the ceremony Sirleaf thanked the host of delegates for visiting Liberia and praised President Barack Obama’s administration for continuing with the MCC programme.She then spoke about the establishment of the Liberian Education Trust, which is providing scholarships for girls to breach the gender gap, but warned that far more still needs to be done.“Retaining them in school is the issue,” she said. “While there may be many girls at the primary level now, by the time they reach upper classes, they begin to drop out due to poverty or sexual abuse. The MCC programme will help our government tackle those problems.”Switching from education to commerce, Sirleaf outlined one of her country’s key policies, which favours moving away from a reliance on aid towards economic growth driven by trade. She concluded that this policy is Africa’s long-term ambition.
At a time when Commonwealth Games Federation seems worried about poor attendance at various stadiums, sports enthusiasts had a harrowing experience while buying tickets at Talkatora Stadium, one of the venues for the ongoing Games, on Friday.For hours, there was no electricity at the stadium’s ticket counter which caused a crowd of ticket seekers. People had come from far off places to watch their favourite sportspersons in action but were left high and dry as no tickets could be issued.Things went from bad to worse when touts started selling tickets at inflated prices. People were seen buying tickets for more than double the price
Like the first two One-Day Internationals (ODI), the third and the final match of the series between India and Bangladesh was also interrupted by rain at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Thursday.India were reeling at 13/3 in 8.3 overs when the skies opened up with Cheteshwar Pujara and Manoj Tiwary batting at 3 and 0, respectively. Earlier, Robin Uthappa (5), Ajinkya Rahane (3) and Ambati Rayudu (1) got out.The visitors have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.Earlier, Indian skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to bat against hosts Bangladesh in the third and final cricket One-day international at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.India have made two changes, bringing in R. Vinay Kumar and Manoj Tiwary for Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav.The hosts have replaced Ziaur Rahman with Sohag Gazi.Teams:India: Suresh Raina (C), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel, Mohit Sharma and R Vinay Kumar.Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (C), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mithun Ali, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin Hossain.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, makes a layup as Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond defends during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Khris Middleton had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 119-103 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.The Bucks can finish off the Eastern Conference series Monday night in Detroit after winning the first three games by an average of 24 points.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pistons: The game was the first postseason game in Little Caesars Arena history. The Pistons and Red Wings both missed the playoffs in 2017-18 and the Red Wings missed again this season. The most recent NBA playoff game in the city of Detroit was April 27, 1985, when the Pistons lost 127-123 to the New York Knicks at Joe Louis Arena after damage to the Pontiac Silverdome’s roof.UP NEXTGame 4 is Monday night at Detroit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 76ers’ Jimmy Butler, Nets’ Jared Dudley ejected in Game 4 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Bucks overcame 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Blake Griffin in his return from a right knee injury. He missed the first two games of the series after sitting out four of the final six in the regular season.Griffin had an immediate defensive impact, forcing two turnovers on Milwaukee’s first three possessions, but struggled to keep up in transition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBrook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe each scored 19 points for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 14 points and 10 rebounds, struggling with foul trouble. Andre Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds.Griffin scored 15 points in the first half to keep the Pistons down only 67-54 at halftime, but Lopez dominated his matchup with Drummond. Lopez had 15 points and three blocks, and Drummond missed eight of 10 shots and had three turnovers and three fouls. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Drummond picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, but Antetokounmpo left a minute later with his fourth.Middleton, playing against the team that drafted him in 2012, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Milwaukee an 85-66 lead with 4:47 left in the third quarter. Drummond returned late in the quarter, but picked up his fifth foul after just 41 seconds.The margin was 100-78 at quarter’s end and the Pistons never put together a serious run in the fourth.TIP INSBucks: The Bucks hadn’t won the first three games of a playoff series since a three-game sweep of the New Jersey Nets in the 1986 first round. … Milwaukee was a plus-23 in the 10:48 that George Hill played in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess