Luis Ortiz hinted at cracks in Deontay Wilder’s armour – but is he still a force in the heavyweight division? | Boxing News

first_img Wilder KO’d Ortiz in a come-from-behind victory in their rematch Joshua analysed Wilder’s second knockout of Ortiz: “The good thing he does here, his back’s on the ropes against Ortiz, which is a dangerous place to be because on the ropes there’s no room to create space.“But what he does, he flicks the jab out to make Ortiz think, ‘Hang on a minute, there’s something coming back if I dive in.’“So Ortiz steps back and follows him across. What Wilder does as he’s moving round to get more space, from the ropes he’s moved around, he’s the general in the ring because he’s got all the space behind him.“Now Ortiz’s back is on the ropes, which is a very dangerous place for Ortiz, so Wilder’s done a great thing there to turn the tables.“He’s controlling with the lead hand. Not every jab is going to land, sometimes we just use it as a smokescreen to put something there.“And once that jab touches your hand, your shoulder, your face, I know this bad boy [the right hand] is going to follow.”Wilder’s run would eventually end due to the front-foot aggression of Fury, a different style to the one that Ortiz came so close with. – Advertisement – 1:10 Luis Ortiz may have sighed regretfully at seeing Deontay Wilder trounced by Tyson Fury earlier this year.It was Ortiz who, not once but twice, found himself within touching distance of ending Wilder’s fearsome reign – but on both occasions he succumbed to come-from-behind knockout punches.Now aged 41, Cuba’s heavyweight contender Ortiz is in last-chance saloon and is set to return on Saturday night against Alexander Flores. Wilder sensationally stopped Ortiz in their brilliant first fight Wilder sensationally stopped Ortiz in their brilliant first fight – Advertisement – Ortiz was, particularly from 2016 to 2018, considered to be an avoided and dangerous contender to the world heavyweight championships.Although he had a chance to face Anthony Joshua, promoter Eddie Hearn has said, and twice challenged Wilder, he possessed a reputation as a skilful southpaw that was better left alone.Ortiz’s left hand gave Wilder a shellacking in the seventh round of their first fight in 2018, wobbling the then-unbeaten WBC champion and coming within a whisker of an upset.Wilder said after battling back to end Ortiz’s unbeaten record: “He’s one of the best in the world. Nobody has given Ortiz an opportunity, even after I defeated him.“Normally after you knock somebody out, other guys are willing to fight him because they have seen weakness, chinks in the armour.“They didn’t want to fight Ortiz, they don’t want to fight him now.” Ortiz won many rounds in both fights with Wilder Ortiz won many rounds in both fights with Wilder

Representatives of the tourism sector of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County stayed in Slavonia

first_imgAs they point out from Vukovar-Srijem County, a positive example of cooperation between the two friendly counties is the exchange of mandarins, which has been going on for years, and since last year Vukovar-Srijem County has been donating apples to Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Director of the Tourist Board of Vukovar-Srijem County, Rujana Bušić, pointed out that guests do not have a large number of days to tour the whole of Slavonia, so a combination of programs was chosen that includes presentation and content, but also specific things that are important for travel agencies, and noted that this will be a very good invitation to start and inspiration for further research and intensification of collaboration. Director of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, and Vladimir Bakic  He pointed out that there is a nice cooperation between “blue” and “green” Croatia, but there is always room for improvement and that representatives of the economy of all Slavonian counties should be more actively involved in attracting tourists to Slavonia. The Dubrovnik-Neretva and Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Boards, in cooperation with the Dubrovnik-Neretva and Vukovar-Srijem Counties, organized a study trip to Slavonia for travel agencies from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, with the aim of presenting the tourist facilities and capacities of Vukovar-Srijem County. Also, a working meeting was held on the topic: “Tourist facilities and offers of Vukovar-Srijem County”. “The initiative was for travel agencies of Dubrovnik-Neretva County to come to the easternmost Croatian county and see what it has to offer, and Slavonia should join their tourist programs so that tourists can come to Slavonia as well. pointed out the prefect of Vukovar-Srijem County, Božo Galić. Although it is a symbolic collaboration, it is certainly stimulating and useful that strives for commercialization and confirmation of entrepreneurial activities. “In a recent presentation of Vukovar-Srijem County during their visit to Dubrovnik-Neretva County, this initiative also emerged. We had the opportunity to see how the entrepreneurs of Vukovar-Srijem County are organized and what products they can offer to the hotel and catering industry of our county. By organizing tourist visits of both domestic and foreign tourists, and with the experience of our travel agencies, we can contribute to the development of tourism in this continental part of Croatia.”Bakic pointed out. The guests visited the sights in our county, from the Ilok City Museum, walls, Ilok cellars, Principovac, and in the Municipality of Nijemci through a boat ride and a visit to Sopot, as well as the memorial part of Vukovar and Vučedol to the sights of Vinkovci.last_img read more

All the winners from the annual NQ Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards

first_img READ MORE The KentLAST night, the annual North Queensland Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards was held at the Ville Resort Casino. An array of awards were presented to those at the forefront of building innovation, with entrants ranging from apprentices to trade contractors and small family businesses to the biggest names in the building and construction industry.READ MORE Local builder puts his family home on the market Master Builders’ North Queensland regional manager Melissa Coulter noted the calibre of winners across the 43 categories.“The quality of the winning homes and projects is second to none and once more showcases the skill, knowledge and attention to detail that can be delivered by the builders in our region,” Ms Coulter said.“The homes and projects completed in our region over the past year have a positive impact on our community now and into the future and they are a testament to what our local builders are capable of. “The quality of our winning homes is also second to none and epitomise what living in North Queensland is all about.”A. Gabrielli Constructions was awarded the 2019 North Queensland Project of the Year for the Garbutt Depot Stage 2. Garbutt Depot Stage 2.The judges recognised that communication had been key at the project with a manager, engineer and project team on site full-time. “The multi-staged project for Ergon at its Garbutt depot required detailed programming and team communication from the builder to allow operations to continue throughout construction,” the judges said. “The breadth and scope of the project allowed A. Gabrielli Constructions to really engage with the client and practice their full range of skills.“Skilful execution of the contract including the external site works, right down to the landscaping, proved the expert and proficient delivery of this project. A worthy recipient for Project of the Year.”The winner of the 2019 North Queensland President’s Award was Emporio Property Group for the construction of a family home, The Kent. The judges acknowledged the careful consideration that had gone into the build. Brace for flood of tenancy tips House of the Year The Kent“The first view of the Kent made us want to see what was behind the inviting front elevation. The home had instant appeal as it sat well on the block with a nice wide frontage,” the judges said. “The kitchen is at the centre of the home and looks out to a large outdoor area providing a picture window for a full view of the herb and vegetable garden. “This home offers a clever layout with little wasted space and plenty of storage for a four-bedroom home with an ensuite to the main. “Great value, perfect for a family, the Kent is a very deserving winner of the President’s Award.”The North Queensland House of the Year went to Reeves Constructions for Cleveland Residence. Other North Queensland winnersCONSTRUCTION •Health Facilities up to $20 million: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for Medical Suite (Pimlico) •Education Facilities up to $5 million: A. Gabrielli Constructions Pty Ltd for Calvary Christian College Performing Arts (MountLouisa)• Education Facilities $5 million —$10 million: W & F Constructions Pty Ltd for Ryan Catholic College: Stage 3, Library & science (Kirwan)• Sporting Facilities: Transcape Enterprises Pty Ltd for Elliot Springs District Park, Waddi Mooli Park (Julago)• Community Service Facilities: Jackson Semler Pty Ltd for Local Disaster co-ordination Centre (Garbutt)• R etail Facilities up to $5 million: C.D. Lewty Pty Ltd T/A C.D Lewty And Sons for Dal Santo’s Deli (Ayr) • Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million: NAC Ceiling & Partitions Pty Ltd for The Ville Hotel & Casino VIP Room(Townsville)• Commercial Building up to $5 million: Taylor Builders Pty Ltd T/A Taylor Homes for Mac Advertising Offices (Townsville)• Industrial Building up to $5 million: W & F Constructions Pty Ltd for Richmond QFES Station (Richmond) • Industrial Building over $5 million: A. Gabrielli Constructions Pty Ltd for Ergon Energy Garbutt Depot Stage 2 (Garbutt)• Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes: T F Woollam & Son Pty Ltd T/A Woollam Constructions forPresCare Townsville (Douglas) • Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000: Murphy’s Construction & Maintenance Pty Ltd for Page & Pearce (Mysterton)More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 • Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000: A. Gabrielli Constructions Pty Ltd for GHD Townsville Office (Townsville)• E xcellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management: Roofguard Roof Restoration Pty Ltd T/A Roofguard RoofPainting for Princeton Villas (Kirwan)HOUSING• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000: Corinthian Constructions Pty Ltd for Lemonwood (Douglas)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 —$575,000: Paul Justin Shafer T/A Broadscope Carpentry Services for StantonRenovation (North Ward)• H ome Renovation/Remodelling Project $576,000 —$1 million: Lifestyle Constructions NQ Pty Ltd Alexandra (North Ward)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for Cleveland Residence (NorthWard)• Display Home $251,000 —$350,000: Emporio Property Group Pty Ltd for The Kent (Jensen)• Display Home $351,000 —$450,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for The Miraz (Julago)• Display Home over $551,000: Martin Locke Homes Pty Ltd T/A Martin Locke Homes for Family 310 (Julago) • Individual Home up to $250,000: Reef Coast Constructions Pty Ltd for Acheron 163 (Oonoonba)• Individual Home $251,000 —$350,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for Margaret (Ayr)• Individual Home $451,000 —$550,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for Litchfield (Alligator Creek)• Individual Home $551,000 —$650,000: Kiall Robert Franzmann T/A Franzmann Constructions for Modern Heritage (AlligatorCreek)• I ndividual Home $651,000 —$750,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for The Chandon (Yarrawonga)• Individual Home $1.26 million —$2 million: Sinclair Parsons Building Solutions Pty Ltd for Nelly Bay (Nelly Bay) • Best Use of Sloping Sites: Lifestyle Constructions NQ Pty Ltd for Seaview (Yarrawonga)• Medium Density up to 3 Storeys — 2 to 5 Dwellings: Taylor Builders Pty Ltd T/A Taylor Homes for Betts Units (Hughenden)• Medium Density up to 3 storeys — over 5 Dwellings: Taylor Builders Pty Ltd T/A Taylor Homes for Simpson Units (Richmond)SPECIALTY• Best Residential Bathroom: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for Cleveland Residence (North Ward)• Best Residential Kitchen: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for Cleveland Residence (North Ward)• Best Residential Swimming Pool: Anthony Maxwell Hartigan T/A Sun City Pools for The River (West End)INDIVIDUAL• Residential Trade Contractor of the Year: Paul Joseph Mifsud for Simpson Kitchen (Charters Towers)• Trevor Mustey Perpetual Award for Quality Workmanship: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd• Apprentice of the Year: David Beresford for Torgas (Pimlico)• Rising Star: Paul Justin Shafer for Paul J Shafer T/A Broadscope Carpentry Services (Hermit Park)• Women in Building: Deni Knuth for Roofguard Roof Restoration Pty Ltd T/A Roofguard Roof Painting (Mt Low) Amalfi Coast meets North Queensland last_img read more

Sagna wait goes on for Gunners

first_img Press Association The 31-year-old France international will be a free agent in the summer and has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, with the likes of Inter Milan, Paris St Germain, Galatasaray and Manchester City all said to be interested in acquiring his services. Wenger remains hopeful Sagna, who joined from Auxerre in July 2007, will eventually opt to stay on with Arsenal, with a deal, understood to be for two more years, having been on the table for some time. “At the moment they (talks) are not progressing. We know what we want from him, he knows what is on the table and that is where we are,” said Wenger. “The ball is not in our camp anymore, it is in his camp, and he needs to come back to us.” Arsenal host Newcastle on Monday night looking to cement their place in the top four of the Barclays Premier League ahead of Everton. Captain Thomas Vermaelen is expected back from a hamstring problem. However, midfielder Abou Diaby will not be rushed into a return from a serious knee injury after reporting a slight groin problem after playing for the Under-21s in midweek, which was what his first action since suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Swansea in March 2013. “Diaby played one half [for the under-21s]. How far away he is is difficult to say, but he had a little groin problem after the game so will not be available for Monday,” said Wenger. Defender Kieran Gibbs is still sidelined by a hamstring problem, while England midfielder Jack Wilshere continues his recovery. “Jack is progressing well. He is is still on target to be with our team in the last couple of games,” Wenger added. center_img Arsenal are no closer to tying up a contract extension for defender Bacary Sagna, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed. last_img read more

USC hosts conference on Buddhist ethics

first_imgUSC School of Religion assistant professor Rongdao Lai hosted the Conference on Buddhist Ethics  from June 8 to 10. The conference featured 34 scholars who discussed the application of Buddhist principles to important social issues. Thirty-four scholars at the Conference on Buddhist Ethics discussed race, class and resistance in relation to religion. USC professor Rongdai Lao organized the weekend-long event. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanThe event was sponsored by Tong Fa Temple and Malton Group, and was co-sponsored by the USC School of Religion, Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religion and Culture, USC East Asian Religion Studies Center and the Center for International Studies at USC. “In conceiving this conference, we were thinking that we really wanted to invite people working in different disciplines, covering different geographic areas and working on different time periods,” Lai said. “We have scholars from as far as Japan, U.K. and quite a few from Canada. I’m excited to welcome everyone to USC.”According to Lai, the conference comes after the first Conference on Buddhist Ethics at Dickinson College in 2016. Attendees were invited by the event organizers and were chosen based on their area of study.“We really wanted to invite people who worked in different disciplines,” Lai said. “We have an even number of male and female scholars. We have a balanced number of people in different stages of their career, so we have senior scholars in the field, [and] we also have young scholars early in their career.”Lai focused this year’s conference on discussing race, class and resistance in the context of Buddhism, to help nurture a healthy community and to promote Buddhist ethics. “In the planning process, we decided that we would be focusing on the issues of class, race and resistance,” Lai said. “We wanted to make sure to look at this from the doctrinal, historical, anthropological kind of perspective, in different parts of the world as well.”Multiple sessions took place over the course of the weekend. For the first 15 minutes of each session, the topic of the seminar was introduced. This was followed by a 40-minute session where participants were assigned to small discussion groups. Toward the end, the small groups convened for a general 30-minute session to discuss their thoughts. “In terms of conference format, I think this is very innovative because we decided that no one is going to be presenting papers,” Lai said. “We organized the conference more in the format of a workshop, so we appointed discussion leaders to set context and select certain sources that could be helpful in developing discussion arguments. On June 8, the conference consisted of two sessions. The first session, which discussed Buddhism and class, was facilitated by University of Central Florida professor Ann Gleig and University of British Columbia professor Jessica Main. USC professor Duncan Williams and Youngstown State University professor Michael Jerryson facilitated the second session.During her session, Gleig proposed a three-part definition for a class and its relation to religious students. She provided metaphorical models which implemented a loose framework for examining Buddhist class structures. According to Gleig, there are multiple models that can be used by scholars to shape an argument about class and religious studies.“You got the pyramid in which you got the smaller leader and much larger lower class and limited opportunities for movement and a lot of regulation on all areas of life,” Gleig said. “The binary model is something we are more familiar with, you know Marxist models where there is tension between the Proletariat and the Bourgeoisie.”On June 9, Harvard University professor Chris Queen and Bucknell University professor James Shields facilitated a session on right speech and social change. Following the seminar, the scholars visited the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.By the end of the  weekend-long event, the scholars gained knowledge of various aspects of Buddhism from other professors, as well as different perspectives that western and eastern countries had on the religion. “We tried to create this platform and community where people can be willing to trust scholars who make studying Buddhism their living to talk about important issues,” Lai said. “Engagement and being involved is a very important part of the conference for me, so the very success of the conference depends on participation from all and not the findings of one of two individuals.”last_img read more

Lakers’ investment in Steve Nash pays no dividends

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error No reason existed for Steve Nash to stay at the Lakers’ facility. The nerve irritation surrounding his back and hamstrings became too painful for Nash to do anything on the basketball court. The Lakers lacked so many healthy bodies they couldn’t hold a practice, anyway. Nash drove to his Manhattan Beach residence, the only destination that seems certain during an otherwise unpredictable journey.Nash then learned reporters wanted to talk to him. He drove back to the Lakers’ headquarters in El Segundo and addressed depressing topics surrounding his 1 1/2 seasons here with the Lakers.His arrival in the 2012 offseason spawned hopes of adding his first NBA championship to an extensive resume as one of the best points guard of this past generation. Instead, the Lakers have struggled while Nash has appeared in only 60 of the team’s 135 games amid uncertainty he can overcome the persistent nerve damage that plagues the 40-year-old’s body. “Life rarely goes as planned. I didn’t think it was a guarantee of anything happening here. I just thought it was a great opportunity to play for a great franchise,” said Nash, who expressed hope he can heal enough during NBA All-Star weekend to return when the Lakers (18-35) host the Houston Rockets (36-17) on Wednesday at Staples Center. “Everyone faces ups and downs in their life.“You have to embrace the difficult times.”See Steve Nash’s statsAfter securing Nash to a three-year deal worth $27 million through a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak had called the move a “home run.” But the Lakers struck out by conceding two first- and second-rounds picks.“No regrets,” Kupchak said. “You have to recognize where you are as a franchise. We felt we had a two-year window, maybe three to go for a championship. That’s what we did. Looking back on it, which nobody can do, that’s a different story. But at the time, we knew exactly what we were doing.”center_img The Lakers haven’t lamented Nash’s failure to restore Showtime. They’ve instead admired how Nash has approached his injuries with the same professionalism as when he returned to the team’s facility to answer repetitive questions about his health. “He’s a great player and one of the best ever,” said Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, who also coached Nash for five seasons in Phoenix. “He should be really proud of what he’s done. He keeps trying to do it and you have to admire that.”Segments of the Lakers’ fan base aren’t as nostalgic.Because Nash played in his 10th game this season, his $9.7 million salary next season will remain on the Lakers’ books even if he is forced into medical retirement. The Lakers could waive Nash through the stretch provision by Sept 1., ensuring only $3.2 million counts against the salary cap annually for the next three years. But it’s possible the Lakers retain him next season so they’d have more purchasing power for the 2015 free agency class which is expected to include Minnesota’s Kevin Love. This season, Nash has averaged only 7.6 points (lowest since 1998-99 season) and 4.7 assists (lowest since 1997-98 season) in 22.5 minutes (lowest since 1997-98 season). “I’m kind of oblivious to the noise,” Nash said. “I didn’t pound my chest when people told me I was great for a long time in my career. I’m not going to let it affect me when people think I should look at myself in the mirror.”Instead, Nash has concentrated on improving his health.He spent most of his offseason last summer in Vancouver, Canada with his personal trainer, Rick Celebrini, and performed two-a-day workouts that entailed improving movement patterns that could help minimize pressure on his spine. More ailments emerged with his previously fractured leg, a sprained left ankle, a stiff neck, a sore hip and a weakening hamstring. But Nash made four separate trips this season to Vancouver to correct the issues again. “Some days it sucks,” Nash said. “But other days, you feel great and you have a good session or a good game and it’s all worth it.”Nash reached that euphoria last week when he had a season-high 19 points and five assists in Philadelphia on his 40th birthday. But that elation evaporated quickly. Two days later, Nash felt more nerve irritation after colliding with Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich. Nash hasn’t been the same since.Few imagined this scenario considering Nash at age 37 still remained efficient in his final season with Phoenix. D’Antoni continuously chuckles when he recalls the general public anticipating Nash’s end when he signed with Phoenix in 2004, only to become the NBA’s oldest player a decade later. Kupchak also jokingly asked Nash if he would look bad by granting him a third year on his contract. “Some players sulk and kind of get depressed,” Kupchak said. “But this guy has worked harder than anybody to get back. I just feel terrible for him.”Nash has showed unyielding relentlessness for one simple reason.“I love to play the game and I want to get out there and help my team,” Nash said. “I want to give more before I live a long life without it hopefully.”last_img read more