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Mayweather ‘adopts’ panda, names it after himself

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first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “TMT” is Mayweather’s brand, short for “The Money Team”, a nod to the vast wealth he accrued boxing and now regularly flaunts.Mayweather retired for a second time this year after stopping MMA star Conor McGregor to improve his record to 50-0.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkChengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding showed pictures of the visiting Mayweather admiring and feeding his panda an apple and taking a selfie.His adopted panda was born in July 2016 and was previously called “Maodou”, or soy bean. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Austria credits players for Coach of Year award: I won’t be here if not for them This picture taken on November 30, 2017 shows US boxer Floyd Mayweather posing for a selfie by a panda enclosure as he visits the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu in China’s southwestern Sichuan province.Floyd Mayweather displayed his softer side as he adopted a baby giant panda in China — and promptly renamed it “TMT Floyd Mayweather”. / AFP PHOTO / – / China OUTHe hardly has a reputation as the cuddly type, but Floyd Mayweather displayed his softer side as he adopted a baby giant panda in China — and promptly renamed it “TMT Floyd Mayweather”.The 40-year-old American boxing star will, however, have to leave the panda at its home in southwest China and the 100,000 yuan ($15,000) adoption fee paid by him and another sponsor will go to the research centre where it lives.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather’s donation allows him to visit the panda and have it called by the name he wishes for a year, as well as receive greeting cards “from” the animal.Mayweather is on a tour of China that is taking in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau.He has not made clear the trip’s purpose but implied on Instagram that he was being paid.“Coming here with 23 people has been a great experience and it doesn’t hurt to get paid $3,000,000 to simply visit and vacation here in luxury for a few days,” Mayweather said in a posting this week that accompanied a photo of him on the Great Wall.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

No pain, no strain: Korean football, the Son Heung-min way

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first_img0Shares0000The SON Football Academy in Chuncheon is run by the father of Premier League footballer Son Heung-min, and focuses on the fundamentals © AFP / Jung Yeon-jeCHUNCHEON, Korea, Republic of, Aug 16 – As Son Heung-min’s career takes off in England, his legacy is already taking shape in South Korea — at an innovative academy where ball control is king and shooting is frowned upon.The SON Football Academy in Son’s native Chuncheon, run by his father Son Woong-jung, takes an unusual approach for South Korea where typically, training is strenuous and young players practise for up to eight hours a day. But the results of too much training too soon can be grim, says Son senior, a gifted former striker who had his career cut short by an injury he blames on overwork.“Korea’s football system is obsessed with winning… so kids are exhausted from a young age,” he told AFP.Determined not to let his son suffer the same fate, he kept him from joining a football team until the age of 14 and trained him on his own, focusing on fundamentals.Son Woong-jung, the father of South Korean football star Son Heung-min, runs a football academy to train young players © AFP / Jung Yeon-jeSo when his peers were playing 11 on 11, Asia’s future superstar worked on mastering basic skills –- ball control, dribbling and passing –- and for no more than two hours a day, to prevent burnout.It paid off: the 26-year-old forward is among the few players who can comfortably shoot with both feet and recently signed a new five-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur after emerging as the top Asian scorer in Premier League history.Now the older Son is applying the same philosophy to dozens of teenagers attending his academy in Chuncheon, a small city about 75 kilometres (47 miles) east of Seoul, where Heung-min spent his childhood.– ‘I yell at the parents’ –The 56-year-old has big plans for the SON Football Academy, hoping to expand it to eventually include a school, soccer pitches, futsal facilities, a gym and a museum dedicated to his son.With a strong emphasis on fundamentals, the training programme offered at the academy is as good as the one he used to teach his son, “if not better”, Son said.More than half the student body is over 15 years of age — and none has been taught to shoot yet.“Maybe in two years,” Son said, adding that practising shooting too early could strain the muscle tissues and later cause knee dislocation.The repetitive routines and seemingly slow progress do not bother students like Ryu Dong-wan.“My handling of the ball has become much more accurate,” said the 16-year-old, who hero-worships Heung-min.Students at the South Korean academy say the repetitive routines and slow progress don’t bother them © AFP / Jung Yeon-jeAlthough Heung-min no longer requires private training from his father, the older Son is always by his side, analysing his play after each game.It has always been this way: when Heung-min took the highly unusual decision to leave school at 16 to join Hamburg SV’s youth academy in Germany, his father accompanied him.“I stayed in a cheap motel across the academy and would wake him up early in the morning… for weight training before he left for team practice,” Son said.He has devoted his life to supporting his son — who has often attributed his success to his father’s dedication — and expects the parents at his academy to do the same.“I always yell at the parents,” Son said, chuckling.“Whether it’s golf or tennis, in whatever area, parents who raise a successful child are different,” he added.– Golden ticket –Many of his students’ parents, who look up to the coach as a role model, visit the training grounds every day, watching their sons repeat basic manoeuvres in scorching temperatures.Soccer mum Jung Hee-suk did not hesitate to move her entire family to Chuncheon -– a requirement to enrol in the academy –- in the belief that she was putting her son in the best hands.“He has decades of know-how,” she said. “He knows football better than anyone else.”Parents watch young South Korean football students on the pitch at SON Football Academy © AFP / Jung Yeon-jeThe eyes of South Korea will be firmly fixed on Heung-min, their stand-out player during the World Cup, during this month’s Asian Games in Indonesia.While lacking the prestige of the World Cup, the tournament could be career-changing for Son, as the team can expect exemptions from South Korea’s 21-month military service if they win gold.But Son’s father said the prospect of avoiding military service was “secondary” compared to the opportunity to make his country proud.“Of course, if we win a medal and Heung-min benefits from it, it will be a win-win for the country and for us,” said Son senior who, of course, will join his son in Indonesia during the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ketchikan testing local beaches for PSP toxins

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first_img(Photo: seator.org)Last summer, Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) began a phytoplankton and shellfish monitoring program in Ketchikan as part of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins Program. KIC tests samples, and informs the public if dangerous levels of the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning are found in local clams and mussels.Listen nowNicole Forbes is the environmental specialist at KIC in charge of collecting samples. She said it’s important for people to understand what paralytic shellfish poisoning is and how it is transmitted.“Basically there are tiny, microscopic plants in the ocean called phytoplankton,” Forbes said. “Most of them are not harmful. In fact, they produce 50 percent of our oxygen. But there are a few harmful species and one of those is Alexandrium and it produces something called saxitoxin. When the shellfish filter-feed, it gets collected in the shellfish, and when people eat it, that’s what causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.”PSP toxins cannot be cooked or cleaned out of shellfish, and freezing does not destroy the toxin. Consumption of the toxin can cause paralysis and death. Commercial shellfish is tested and considered safe. The Tribal Toxins Program targets recreational beaches.Forbes said KIC is testing samples at popular beaches in the Ketchikan area so people will know if clams, mussels, and cockles are safe to harvest. Currently, testing is being done at Settlers Cove and Whipple Creek. Forbes said they plan to add Seaport Beach in Saxman soon. She said the program is in the beginning stages and they are working to identify other sample sites.“We’re trying to figure out where most people harvest, so that we can get those results,” Fores said. “The thing is, you have to get results for each beach. Because you could go two or three miles down and it’s going to be completely different down there.”Forbes said there are three steps to the collection process which starts with weekly phytoplankton samples.“Which involves me going out there with a phytoplankton net and wading in the water, and grabbing a sample,” Forbes said. “I bring that back to our local lab, and I put it under the microscope and look for those harmful phytoplankton species that I was talking about. If I see one, that’s the first warning sign that we need to get a shellfish sample out as soon as possible, because it’s possible that saxitoxin is in the shellfish.”Forbes said suspect samples are sent to the Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s lab in Sitka. She said the turnaround time for testing is fairly quick. “I send it out on Tuesday, gets there Wednesday, I get results Thursday or Friday,” Forbes said.Forbes said the third step of the process is filtration which involves taking a water sample, filtering it, and then sending the filter to the lab, where phytoplankton species and quantities are identified, along with concentration of toxins.Tony Gallegos, the cultural and natural resources director for KIC, said Alexandrium may be present, but not necessarily producing toxins.“The scientific literature hasn’t come to clear conclusion on how you know whether they’re going to produce the toxins or not, what triggers that,” Gallegos said. “That’s still unclear. We can see the algae, but we need to actually do an analysis of those algae to see if they actually have toxins in them.”Forbes said phytoplankton aren’t as active in the winter because it is cold and dark, but she said no time of the year is safe to harvest without testing. She said they found high levels of toxins in butter clams at Whipple Creek this winter.“Actually butter clams hold onto the toxins longer, and then during the winter the shellfish slow down their filter feeding, so they can actually hold on to those toxins for the whole winter,” Forbes said.Forbes said she collects samples every two weeks, weather permitting, and if samples test positive, they are retested weekly. Results for all Southeast beaches being tested are posted in the data section of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Association Research website – www.seator.org. Information is also sent to local media.KIC is interested in identifying other local sites for sampling. If you have suggestions, you can contact Nicole Forbes at KIC. Forbes email is nforbes@kictribe.org.  The phone number is 228-9365.last_img read more