Governor Wolf Backs Bipartisan Bills to Help ‘Grandfamilies’ Affected by Opioid Crisis

first_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today threw his support behind bipartisan state and federal proposals to help “grandfamilies” and aid grandparents who have assumed sole care-giving responsibilities for their grandchildren, especially those affected by the opioid epidemic, by ensuring they have access to all the services possible to help them with their duties as caregivers and guardians.Governor Wolf backed a package of legislative proposals in the State House proposed by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks, and joined U.S. Senator Bob Casey in urging the U.S. House to pass his federal legislation, Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, which passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate.“One of the worst effects of the opioid crisis is the damage the disease of addiction has done to so many families across Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf. “Many grandparents are stepping up to take care of their grandchildren and we need to make sure they have our full support as caregivers and legal guardians of children, our most innocent bystanders to this awful epidemic.“These grandparents are making sacrifices to help their families and communities and they should be accessing all the resources available to help them. I hope the state legislature will send these bipartisan bills to my desk with the necessary funding to implement these programs, and I urge the U.S. House to pass Senator Casey’s legislation.”The state proposals recently advanced from the House include House Bills 2133 (Watson) and 1539 (Pashinski), and House Resolution 390 (Pashinski).According to the bills’ sponsors, an estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania. That number is increasing due to the devastating opioid crisis across the commonwealth. The House Children and Youth Committee held a hearing on the issue last summer, with estimates showing that Pennsylvania grandparents are saving the state at least an estimated $1 billion a year by keeping their grandchildren out of the foster care system. April 10, 2018 Governor Wolf Backs Bipartisan Bills to Help ‘Grandfamilies’ Affected by Opioid Crisiscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Chappell emerging as effective offensive threat

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoLen Chappell was the last player in NCAA history to average 30 points per game over an entire season, doing so for Wake Forest in 1962. It is fitting, then, that the offensive dynamo’s son would find his own offensive mojo on his fathers’ old stomping grounds. Literally underneath the banner — hanging in the rafters — and the gaze of his father, who was sitting in the crowd, Wisconsin junior forward Jason Chappell discovered his role in the swing offense and is now a reliable offensive option, not the liability many thought he might be.”The first couple games I was just trying to get used to being out on the floor and playing with all these guys,” Chappell said. “If you’re running the swing well you’re definitely going to get open, so you just have to make the most of it.”Chappell certainly didn’t do anything to embarrass himself through Wisconsin’s first four games of the season. Averaging 4.5 points, four rebounds, two assists and 19 minutes per game, Chappell was solid, but didn’t seem comfortable in the starting lineup.Since the second-half of the Wake Forest game, however, Chappell has looked infinitely more confident and quicker to let the ball fly should he find himself open.”That second-half my jump shot was feeling pretty good,” Chappell said. “I knew if I was open, I could hit it.”Against Wake Forest, Chappell scored a career-high 11 points, shooting 2-for-2 from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe in the second half after going 1-for-5 in the opening stanza.Chappell followed up his performance by setting a new career high in points scored against Pepperdine, pouring in 15 on 5-of-10 shooting, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. The offensive explosion has caught opposing teams off guard.”We didn’t know that Chappell can shoot the ball as well as he did,” Pepperdine head coach Paul Westphal said.Just as Westphal wasn’t cognizant of Chappell’s offensive abilities, neither was Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser.”If they keep saying … they are surprised, well obviously they aren’t doing their scouting too well,” Chappell said. “People will probably start taking notice more and more that I can hit the outside shot and start playing me differently, but for now I suppose I am enjoying it.”Chappell doesn’t have to light teams up on his own, but simply knock down the open shots that are sure to come his way as teams continue to key on junior forward Alando Tucker and junior guard Kammron Taylor.”We figured we could have our center clog the middle to keep Taylor and Tucker from hurting us inside and if we gave up anything, it would be shots to [Chappell],” said Westphal. “But he hurt us.”This kind of stratagem has been the defense du jour against Wisconsin this season, but might not hold out for much longer, should players like Chappell and sophomore center Brian Butch continue to contribute and make teams pay for double-teaming Tucker and Taylor.Although Chappell is listed as a junior, he might as well be a redshirt freshman for all the experience he has seen on the floor prior to this season, a total of 59 minutes in his first three years. The reason for the limited minutes wasn’t because of depth or skill level but simply because injuries have plagued Chappell’s career.He redshirted the 2003-2004 season after missing six weeks with a foot injury and then started off last year on the same foot — the wrong one — sustaining an ankle injury that hindered him from competing for minutes early in the season.”The one thing that people don’t realize, probably because I overshadowed him, is that he’s had injuries,” said Tucker, no stranger to injuries himself. “When I broke my foot, he broke his foot and he bounced back. Then last year he had an early ankle injury that he struggled with the whole season and, man, that plays on your confidence.”The UW coaching staff is hardly surprised about Chappell’s emergence as an offensive threat.”I think the best way to describe Jason is that he has taken advantage of his opportunities,” Badger assistant coach Greg Gard said. “We’ve always known that Jason has the potential. I always felt it was just about him getting some confidence and him getting some reps.”Regardless of how Chappell has emerged from obscurity, it is probably safe to say that when Wisconsin plays UW-Green Bay on Wednesday, Phoenix head coach Tod Kowalczyk won’t be caught off guard by anything he sees from Chappell. But then again, that might not even matter.”I don’t think defenses are ever going to start keying on me [as long as we have Tucker and Taylor], so I think there will still be open shots, whether they think I can shoot or not,” Chappell said.last_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo apologizes for comments about punching Mario Hezonja, but says he ‘meant it’

first_imgHezonja really disrespected Giannis like that 😳— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 1, 2018Antetokounmpo, who is from Greece, addressed those comments when he met with reporters Monday.“What I said, I meant it. I’m a person, I don’t take words back,” Antetokounmpo said. “I wasn’t mad, frustrated after the game. It was more of a pride thing. But I know I’ve got to choose better words, word my sentences better.”“Sometimes it’s tough because I’m not from here, I’m from overseas. So, I come off as more harsh. But I’ve got to do a better job. Because I know I’m a role model for a lot of kids.”“I’m a role model for a lot of kids…and I felt bad about that. What I said, I meant it…I have to choose better words.”Giannis on his post-game comments in New York:— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 3, 2018Hezonja said he’s not nervous about facing Antetokounmpo and the Bucks again later this month. Giannis Antetokounmpo regrets some of the things he said about Knicks forward Mario Hezonja.Hezonja finished a dunk and stepped over the 23-year-old Bucks star during the teams’ matchup last weekend. Antetokounmpo said after the game he was “going to punch” Hezonja below the belt “next time.” “I mean, that cannot affect me and I cannot worry about what they’re going to say,” Hezonja said Monday (via the New York Post). “I wasn’t even worried about it or who was it. I didn’t see to be honest. It was just great to get the crowd going.”The Knicks and Bucks will play a home-and-home back-to-back Dec. 25 and 27.last_img read more

Celebrate Parks and Rec Month in Monmouth County

first_imgSummer camps resume July 6 with modifications. Most will be outdoors and there will be fewer programs than in typical years, said Livingstone. However, many are running as scheduled. Face coverings will be recommended for outdoor camps and required for indoor camps. According to Patti Conroy, superintendent of recreation, registration for summer programs began June 3 and generated about $94,000 in revenue by the Monday, June 8 Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners meeting. While the MCPS encourages Monmouth County residents to take advantage of its offerings this summer, it advises that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 not use the parks or trails. It asks that visitors share the trails and warn others nearby when passing. There may be limited access to public restrooms and water fountains. Social distancing should be maintained with at least 6 feet from others at all times. Group gatherings should be avoided, it warned. While some activities are prohibited during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there’s still plenty to do through the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS). Middletown resident Christopher Porter told The Two River Times that he has golfed six times in the past week and a half, including at the Shark River Golf Course in Neptune. He said the experience has not been very different compared to other years, aside from the face coverings. “You just need to wear a mask if you want to go inside the pro shop or clubhouse,” he said.  Additionally, beaches at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch are also subject to periodic closures, according to the MCPS, if there are too many visitors.  Beaches and golf courses reopened in May and June per Gov. Phil Murphy’s orders. However, there have been limitations to comply with social distancing. Sandy Hook is following the state’s lead and has been operating at 50 percent capacity to enforce proper social distancing regulations for beachgoers. Before the pandemic, the national park would typically operate with a capacity of nearly 4,500, according to Daphne Yun, National Park Service spokesperson. MONMOUTH COUNTY – July is national Parks and Recreation Month, and with the summer heat kicking in, it could be a good time to go outdoors and have some fun while remaining socially distant and wearing face coverings as recommended by the CDC. “We have a lot open for people to enjoy in the parks,” said Karen Livingstone, public information officer with the MCPS. “There’s a lot where people can still come out and enjoy. Our attendance has been up throughout the park system.”center_img That includes basketball courts, boat ramps, fitness trails, skating rinks, marinas, off-leash dog areas, pickleball and tennis courts, picnic pavilions and more. But the most popular sites during the pandemic have been quintessential summer spots – beaches and golf courses, said Livingstone. Fishing areas and piers are also open, and the MCPS has even hosted two recent fishing derbies at the Manasquan Reservoir and Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold Township. Both derbies were attended by 100 participants, said Livingstone, and were successful. Social distancing regulations were still in place. July is national Parks and Recreation month, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in the Two River area. The Monmouth County Park System’s parks, golf courses, programs and more are open for all to enjoy – with social distancing guidelines in place. Courtesy MCPS Staying safe in the parks is important, the MCPS posted on its website. “Social distancing is the practice of reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of infections or diseases.” With few rainy days so far this summer, Livingstone said golf courses have also been busy this year. Tee time reservations are available one week in advance, with walk-on times generally available. Single-occupancy golf cart options are available during the pandemic and may result in limited cart availability throughout the day, according to MCPS. However, immediate family members, caretakers, household members and romantic partners can share a cart. Face coverings are required for entry into the golf centers. The article originally appeared in the July 2 – 8, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Thursday notes at 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games

first_imgThe venues have been chosen, the athletes have checked in and now the 2011 version of the B.C. Seniors Games is well underway with more than 3000 competitors kicking, throwing, hitting, discarding and acting their way to what is hoped to be a successful competition.However, before the torch is extinguished in Castlegar Saturday afternoon a group of volunteers will be hunkered down at Hume School in Nelson tabulating results to determine the winners of the 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games.Thursday was a crazy day at Hume Elementary as results trickled in instead of flowing into the computers.It appears many of the sites in Trail are not wireless friendly, forcing organizers to use human runners to get results to a terminal in the downtown able to transmit to results central in Nelson.No worries for friend, family and athletes.A later start to Friday’s action allows the organizing committee to get into the computer lab in the morning to bring the site up to speed.* Age is definitely not a hindrance to some athletes.For example, take a look at 90-year-old Dennis Scorah of Kelowna. There was the Okanagan cyclist, front and center (see gallery below) in the start gates during Thursday’s time trial in the cycling event of the B.C. Seniors Games.* Haley Park in Warfield has been the site of the busiest sport in the games  — track and field.The day starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. until Saturday when the sport concludes at 12:30 p.m.* Friday is another full day of sport activities in the three host cities — Castlegar, Trail and Nelson.In Castlegar there are horseshoes, badminton, carpet bowling, equestrian, floor curling, golf, slopitch, soccer, tennis and whist.Nelson events are bridge at Hume Elementary, cribbage at Central (DESK) Elementary, cycling, dragon boat racing at Lakeside Park, ice hockey at the NDCC Arena, one-act plays at Capitol Theatre and table tennis at L.V. Rogers.Trail has track and field at Haley Park in Warfield, archery, bocce, darts, five-pin bowling, golf, curling, and ice hockey at the Memorial Centre, pickle ball, swimming and tennis.* Closing ceremonies go Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Sports [email protected]last_img read more

Protestors challenge President to public debate

first_imgVAT on educationAlthough Government had defended the tax on private education, protesters are challenging officials to a one-on-one public debate on the issue, which has exploded into a grave national concern.“Mr President Granger, I have a challenge for you today. I am inviting you to come out of  your office, join us here on a Wednesday and have a public discourse with us right here outside of your Office. Let’s discuss this VAT on education. Let’s see what’s really stopping you from removing the VAT on education for us,” declared a student, Jonathan Yearwood,  who has stood in almost every picketing line outside the various Government entities calling for the removal of the 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education.Government has maintained that this tax will remain but promised to review the measure for the 2018 National Budget.But protestors are adamant in continuing their attempts to express displeasure against the policy, which has been described as backward.“(Ministers) have said that they’ve made millions of dollars from taxes throughout (last) year. I am saying it can be suspended and then revoked next year,” Yearwood stated.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had estimated that Government earned some $350 million annually from the tax.A group of protestors outside the Ministry of the Presidency on WednesdayAdditionally, the student expressed disappointment with the withdrawing of the motion for the education tax to be repealed by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland.The tabling of the motion would have sparked a debate at the highest decision-making forum in the country on the education tax.It was expected that the Alliance For Change (AFC) arm of the Government would have supported the motion in light of its public support of the movement against the tax.Stakeholders continue to argue that the education tax will hurt economic development, force persons out of the private education system and put pressure on an already burdened public sector.The group of protestors outside the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday was relatively small, but they affirmed that they represent hundreds of individuals who are affected by the policy.They reminded that  more than 15,000 persons had signed the petition against the tax which was submitted to Government.Despite the small turnout, protestors said they would continue to stage picketing exercises every Wednesday outside the President’s office.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had explained that Government could afford to remove the education tax without significantly harming its revenue framework by slashing spending in unnecessary areas in order to maintain its desired revenue stream.last_img read more

Tottenham captain Dawson completes Hull switch

first_img New Hull defender Michael Dawson Tottenham captain Michael Dawson has complete his long awaited move to Hull City, the Premier League side have confirmed.Tigers boss Steve Bruce exclusively told talkSPORT at the weekend that the club were close to agreeing a deal for the centre-back.And Hull confirmed on Tuesday evening that the 30-year-old has signed a three-year deal at the KC Stadium, arriving for an undisclosed fee.Dawson began his career with Nottingham Forest, earning England Under-21 honours and securing a move to White Hart Lane in 2005.The 30-year-old spent nine years with Spurs and became club captain following the retirement of Ledley King in 2012.“I have been here for almost a decade and have loved every minute of it,” he said on Tottenham’s official website.“I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club, including the supporters.“We have enjoyed some incredible moments together and I hope the club continues to move forward in the future.”Spurs chairman Daniel Levy added: “Michael has been an outstanding club representative both on and off the field.“He has always given everything for the Spurs shirt – just one of the reasons he is so deservedly popular throughout the club.”Dawson becomes the Tigers’ sixth signing of the summer and joins Tom Ince, Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass, Andrew Robertson and Harry Maguire in moving to east Yorkshire.“The season Hull had last year was incredible,” Dawson told Hull’s official Youtube channel. “To get to the final of the FA Cup, secure the Premier League position and now we’ve got to look to build on that and that’s what we’re going to do.“The chance to be in the group stage of the Europa League with a game on Thursday, all we can do is build on it and look forward to the season ahead.“You need the squad and the manager is getting the squad together to compete in both or all competitions. The players and the quality we’ve got in this dressing room, I’m sure we can manage that.“I’m just ready and raring to go.” 1last_img read more

Minor details can lead to major issues when offering employee benefits

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseAt first it can seem like a very minor (yet complicated and costly) detail that may be better off ignored by employers. And, in many cases it can be inconsequential, until it is not.The potential for problems with this detail start, very simply, when an employer hires an employee and offers benefits, such as health insurance. When employees receive benefits, the employer is legally required to provide a Summary Plan Description (SPD) through the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).On Oct. 1 of 2013 a notice went out through the Affordable Care Act to every employee in the U.S. informing them of the new options available. To be better informed, the notice instructed employees to consult their legally required SPD of workplace benefits. Guess what most employers did not have or had never even heard of before?In short, if an employee requests an SPD or the business is audited and the employer does not have it, this minor detail gets very consequential very quickly.“Every employer has to have a SPD for each employee for any health or welfare benefit that they provide. If you don’t have a SPD and it is requested in writing, all that employee has to do is turn you into the U.S. Department of Labor and, after 30 days, you have to pay a fine up to $114 per day until you provide the document,” said John Mayer with the Association Benefit Planners in Dublin. “The DOL starts an investigation and you get a letter from DOL about a full audit. If you don’t have the documents to produce, you have to figure out how to provide them. Most employers do not even know they need this. Then they don’t know who to call, so they call their lawyer. Then that gets expensive.”The specifics of the necessary SPD documents depend upon part-time or full time status, the particulars of the benefits offered and other factors.“This becomes an issue as soon as you have a full-time employee with benefits. The small employers are the hardest hit because they don’t know who to talk to about it. Where do you go as a small employer to find out about this?” Mayer said. “From our side, it can be a difficult discussion to get an employer to understand what they need. They don’t know what they don’t know. They tell us, ‘We’ll take our chances.’ But you as an employer are responsible for making sure this information gets to employees. A normal employer is not going to have any idea how to handle these things.”This is where folks like Clint Carter come in. Carter is retired and lives out of state, but for many years lived in Columbus and worked with businesses (including small Ohio agribusinesses) of all sizes to get them in compliance with federal acronyms aplenty, including ERISA. Carter admits that his services were not cheap or always pleasant to procure, but they very clearly beat the alternative.“If you can’t provide the SPD — a required document —now you have the Department of Labor involved with an audit, you have the IRS involved, and you have Health and Human Services involved,” Carter said. “They can all look for this Summary Plan Description.”To make matters even more confusing, many employers do have a Summary Benefits of Coverage document given to them by the benefits provider and think they have the situation covered, but they don’t.“In some cases, employers gave out the Summary Benefits of Coverage, which is not the Summary Plan Description. If they give out the SBC instead of the SPD and when that clock of 30 days is up, they literally could owe $114 a day until they are in compliance. Both the plan document and the Summary Plan Description must be furnished to the employees by the employer. The common mistake is that the employer thinks they are getting the documents from the carrier, which they are not. Carriers do not supply the federal ERISA documents. The employer can get them from third party administration firms or they can go to an ERISA attorney. One way or the other they need to obtain the documents,” Carter said. “If I hired you to work for me, and I offer health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance, each and every one of those has to have a document that is wrapped around it that has the ERISA language. Brokers go in and tell a small business owner that it would be great for them to put in benefits, which it is. But then they fail to help them realize that they have to be in compliance with the Department of Labor at the same time.”One way for employers to avoid this issue is to not offer any employee benefits, but that is not often a realistic or reasonable option.“At first, when employers hear about this they get upset and say they shouldn’t offer benefits, but in reality you should be offering benefits as an employer. Most employees today go to work not only for the salary but also for the benefits that are offered,” Carter said. “If you are not offering benefits, even if you only have 10 employees, all you are doing is training someone else’s employees because they will go work somewhere else that offers benefits. It is more expensive to train employees than it is to get these documents.”Of course, many employers who have employees with benefits never have an issue with ERISA compliance because they are never audited or no employee ever requests the documents. But Carter wants employers to understand the risks of non-compliance.“It is risk management. The increased scrutiny of the Affordable Care Act has increased the number of audits — I would say 60% of businesses get audited. Ohio is a huge state for audits, partly because it is a union state and partly because the Cincinnati region of the DOL looks at things more closely. I have had a three-person dental group get audited. I have worked with small employers in Ohio who have been audited multiple times by the DOL for their ERISA documents. One had 14 employees. That was 10 years ago and we have kept them in compliance since then,” Carter said. “Most brokers or CPAs will say that you are too small and you don’t have to worry about this, but this is an employer-plus-one law. Do you think the DOL would rather cut their teeth on small employers or large employers when they are training their own employees about ERISA?“My advice is that it is always cheaper to get in compliance than it is to pay the penalty. Whether you get in a wreck or not, you buy auto insurance every year. You also have homeowners insurance even in years where your house doesn’t burn down. Why would you not do risk management and make sure you have all of your documents? Most employers think this is inconsequential, but it can turn into something pretty major pretty fast.”For questions, contact Association Benefit Planners in Dublin at 614-527-6760.This is the fifth of a series of five stories in cooperation with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association highlighting human resource management solutions in Ohio agribusinesses.last_img read more

Pasaol ready for ‘unli rice’ after torching UST

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES And with a performance to remember, since this came in UE’s lone win in the first round, Pasaol got the green light to indulge on something his coach Derrick Pumaren stopped him from enjoying since the start of the tournament.READ: Alvin unleashed: After scoring 49, Pasaol hopes for 50 next timeFEATURED 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“Manong [Pumaren] gave me a reward today and that is I get to eat an unli [unlimited] rice meal,” said Pasaol in Filipino Saturday. “He won’t stop me now and he really didn’t allow to eat that much because I bulk up easily.”Pasaol’s walking, and playing, weight usually dances between 80 and 90 kilograms but the high-scoring forward doesn’t mind the heft he carries during games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol sat down on his padded chair inside the pressroom of Mall of Asia Arena with sweat dripping from his shoulders as he wiped off his wet forehead.The chunky forward just put up a game-high 32 points days after dropping 49 to pace the Red Warriors to their 96-91 win over hapless University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sablan: UST will be one of the top teams next season MOST READ READ: Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game“I’m really comfortable with my body because I’m a stretch four and I can also bang underneath,” said Pasaol who averaged 40.5 points and 10 rebounds in his past two games.And of the 32 points Pasaol scored against UST, none were bigger than the two that came with only 22.7 seconds left when he gave UE a 94-91 lead en route to the win.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Ancajas to show he’s ready for world boxing spotlight

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting But as he dangles the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown against Mexican Israel Gonzalez on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) at American Bank Center here, Ancajas intends to use the comparison as motivation.“I’ll do my best,” said Ancajas, whose reputation rocketed after he stopped three title challengers last year. “I’ll turn the pressure into motivation. I hope to reach even a lowly level of what Sir Manny has achieved.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor now, the pride of Panabo City residing in Magallanes, Cavite, is focused on the task at hand—beating Gonzalez convincingly, preferably in explosive fashion. This is first foray after all, into boxing’s mainstream— his fight will be aired by ESPN.“I’m not thinking of anything else right now,” said Ancajas, after checking in at 114.75 pounds in Friday’s official weigh-in. “My mind is focused (on the fight).” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Jerwin Ancajas confidently mounts the weighing scale as MP promotionsCorpus Christi, Texas—On US soil, before a global audience, Jerwin Ancajas is ready to introduce himself to the world.He carries a mounting pressure brought about by the lofty expectations—he is being touted as the next Filipino global boxing star after Sen. Manny Pacquiao, a curse of a label enough to buckle those who have to deal with it.ADVERTISEMENT Gonzalez came in even lighter at 114 lbs, a shade below the limit.After taking a nap, Ancajas will have a hearty dinner of fried fish, chicken tinola and beefsteak to recover the nutrients he lost in the process of shedding excess poundage the whole week.The target is to climb the ring at 128 lbs.Though tagged a heavy favorite owing to his impressive record of 28 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 19 knockouts, Ancajas is not taking Gonzalez (21-1, 8 KOs) lightly.The 26-year-old Ancajas said he would take his time during the 12-round bout, studying the movements and testing the power of the Mexican early on before going on attack mode.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Gonzalez, younger at 21, is also seeing action in the US for the first time and is eager to make a lasting impact.“I’m very happy for this opportunity. I came here to win the title,” said Gonzalez, who’s listed at 5-foot-6 like Ancajas but appears to be taller. “I’m going to frustrate him (Ancajas). I’m going in and out. Counterpunch when needed. I want to become the first world champion from Los Cabos (his hometown).”While Ancajas owns a higher knockout rate (63 percent), Gonzalez seems to be gaining power, having stopped five of his last eight opponents.That’s why Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ chief trainer, cautions his ward to be always on guard for the Mexican’s power punches—the left hook and right straight.Gonzalez, who did 10 weeks of high-altitude training back home, claims fighting southpaws like Ancajas poses no problem as he has two left-handers among his victims.What he doesn’t know is that Ancajas is a natural right hander who was converted into a lefty by his amateur coaches back in Davao del Norte.And if Gonzalez used Ancajas’ sixth-round disposal of Irish James Conlan in Belfast last November as basis for his preparations, he’ll be in for a rude awakening.Ancajas chiefly employed 1-2 combinations in that bout; he’ll be unloading volumes of punches this time.To show the world he is superstar material, Ancajas plans to put on a show and his camp believes even a judges’ win will be a letdown. LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:04Ancajas wary of ‘unpredictable’ Sultan01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City La Salle left in awe: ‘Before there was Alyssa, now there’s Rondina’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more