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(BBC) – UNIFIED world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua said a health issue left him “tired” and “drained” in the build-up to his June defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua, 30, reclaimed his world titles in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, dominating the Mexican over 12 rounds.Conspiracy theories had circulated after his initial defeat, one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight history.“I had some issue with my health which I was going through for a long time,” Joshua told the 5 Live Boxing podcast.The Briton added: “I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I felt so tired and drained and thought it must be down to training.“In the changing room before the fight I got a bucket of ice and was putting my head in it thinking ‘why do I feel so tired?’“The responsibilities of being world champion are difficult. All that stuff, feeling so tired, dealing with obligations.“Now I have energy, I haven’t missed a session.”He added: “After my check-ups it showed what the problem was and this is what you have to get sorted.“Even in this camp I had an operation done but as I’d started training in June I had no issues.”Joshua refused to say what the operation was but it is understood the procedure he had was linked to the issue diagnosed after his defeat by Ruiz.Joshua had hinted previously that he had something to reveal about what went on before his first career defeat and, after initial hesitation, provided at least some insight to the 5 Live Boxing podcast.Theories aired in the interim had ranged form him having shown the effects of being concussed in sparring to having a seizure before the bout at Madison Square Garden.He now says he feels “back” and “focused”.The two-time world heavyweight champion also said he learned a valuable lesson not to accept opponents at short notice – Ruiz was drafted in six weeks before their fight after American Jarrell Miller failed three drug tests.Joshua, who will return to the UK in the early hours of Monday morning with the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, was on the front of Sunday’s Saudi newspapers, alongside Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, who attended his fight.Despite widespread criticism of staging the bout in a country criticised for its human rights record, Joshua said he would “100%” be happy to return to the kingdom on holiday or to perform.Joshua is now expected to face either the WBO’s mandatory challenger – currently Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk – or the man in the same position with the IBF, Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.He said he was no longer interested in calling out WBC champion Deontay Wilder for a historic bout with all four world heavyweight titles on the line.Chasing a contest with compatriot Tyson Fury was also dismissed as Joshua said he hoped to focus on one “hurdle” at a time.“Looking so far ahead it can be a blurry vision looking that far out,” Joshua told BBC Sport.“Sooner or later I will be looking directly at the undisputed championship of the world.“If the opportunity presents itself I will fight Wilder and Fury. Wilder has a fight with Fury in February. Once that is out of the way they can start mentioning my name.“I can’t keep on fighting all the champions, the best in the division and then other people who say they want to step up don’t step up.“All challengers are welcome to take on this current unified champion.”Joshua said to defend his belts “on home soil would be big news” after promoter Eddie Hearn revealed he had been in discussions over a fight at Tottenham’s new 60,000-capacity stadium, most likely against Pulev.“It would be mega,” Joshua added. “Looking at how many people came out here shows there is still a big interest in the heavyweight division, especially now we are taking the belts back.“Sometimes it would be better against a Brit, but if not I follow the mandatories and defend them that way.”
Ivory Coast are seeking pre-Afcon friendlies with the Black Stars and Nigeria’s Super Eagles.The Ivorians, Cameroon, Mali and Guinea have been put together in Group D an all-West African affair and so, are seeking to prep themselves up for the Afcon Group D battles with friendlies against these two strong neighbouring countries.Nigeria, who won the last Afcon in South Africa failed to qualify for the 2015 edition in Equatorial Guinea while Ghana is placed in Group C alongside Senegal, Algeria and South Africa.Supersport.com understands that the Ghana FA is yet to fully accept the friendly as the body is still deliberating on a venue for the Black Stars’ pre-tournament preparations.An Abu Dhabi camping base had been initially planned but there have been reported objections to the choice within the FA ranks with head coach Avram Grant believed to be preferring a location in Spain. South Africa is the latest country that has been suggested as a possible camping base for the Black Stars.Despite having their choice of camping destination contested by the country’s sports ministry, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF), have maintained securing the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi for the Elephants to begin camp effective January 2, 2015.
GAA: A blistering second-half display from Kilcar ensured a comfortable passage into the semi-finals of the Donegal SFC.Kilcar powered past the challenge of Four Masters with a clinical and ruthless second-half display after a very opening period.Played in utterly horrendous weather conditions both sides found it difficult to adapt early on and the early stages of the game were littered with mistakes with both sides guilty of poor handling and kicking. Kilcar were hot favourites going into the game and even though they won very well in the end – they didn’t have it all their own way and Four Masters were more than a match in the first half an hour.A brilliant goal from Ryan McHugh midway through the opening half was the score that separated the sides at the interval with Kilcar 1-03 to 0-03 ahead.Four Masters had the advantage of the wind in the first-half but they didn’t make it count and Kilcar were placed to kick on after the break.And that’s exactly want they did, further goals from Andrew McClean and Stephen McBrearty ensured a comfortable win for the men from Towney. It was an excellent display and Kilcar will be delighted to have 3-13 in such woeful weather conditions.Kilcar are the first team through to the semi-finals of the Donegal SFC.Final score: Kilcar 3-13 Four Masters 0-08DONEGAL SFC: SENSATIONAL SECOND-HALF DISPLAY SENDS KILCAR INTO THE LAST FOUR was last modified: September 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSport
Dr Chris Barnard put South Africa onthe world medical stage when he carriedout the first human heart transplant inCape Town in 1967.(Image: kapstadt.org) Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, centre,described Barnard as one of the city’sgreatest sons.(Image: City of Cape Town)MEDIA CONTACTS • Solly MalatsiMayoral spokesperson+27 21 400 1382 or +27 3 943 1449Lyndon JafthaDr Christian Neethling Barnard – famous for performing the first ever human heart transplant – was honoured in early December by the City of Cape Town, which named a street after the brilliant South African cardiac surgeon.The ceremony took place exactly 44 years after Barnard’s astonishing medical achievement on 3 December 1967. The operation lasted nine hours and was accomplished after a thrilling race with other surgical teams around the world who were also on the verge of carrying out the same landmark procedure.Oswald Pirow Street, north-east of the city centre, is now known as Christiaan Barnard Street.Cape Town’s executive mayor Patricia de Lille described the Western Cape-born Barnard as “one of Cape Town’s greatest sons”.De Lille went on to say, “We honour what is best about our city by acknowledging the pioneer of one of the 20th century’s greatest triumphs.”The famous surgeon, who died in September 2001, is already commemorated in Cape Town by the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Longmarket Street, and in the Chris Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the city’s world-famous Groote Schuur Hospital.Oswald Pirow was a South African lawyer and far right politician who, it has been reported, was a secret Nazi sympathiser. Pirow served as South Africa’s minister of justice and defence from 1933 to 1936, and died in 1959.Honouring South African heroesThe Barnard renaming follows other changes in Cape Town.In November, Western Boulevard was renamed Helen Suzman Boulevard and on 15 July, Eastern Boulevard was renamed Nelson Mandela Boulevard.Helen Suzman was a politician and renowned anti-apartheid activist. She started her career in politics in 1953 with election into the House of Assembly as a member of the now-defunct United Party. For many years she was the only opposition to the ruling National Party.Suzman visited former president Nelson Mandela often during his 27-year jail term and was present when he signed the new constitution in 1996. She died in November 2009.Nelson Mandela Boulevard was renamed just ahead of the elder statesman’s 93rd birthday. Born in 1918, Mandela was the first member of his family to attend school, where he received his English name, Nelson. In his younger days he was an avid boxer and athlete before entering the political arena.Changing the names of streets has been a touchy subject, and has been known to receive either much resistance or much support, with not much in between.De Lille said the street naming process is a delicate one, but necessary if the country is to advance.“We cannot become prisoners of the divisions some of us have made in our minds. If we do, then we shall forever be stuck in debate, unable to see past the veils we have drawn over our own eyes,” she said at the Barnard ceremony.A medical pioneerChristiaan Barnard is one of an eminent group of physicians renowned for their role in advancement of medicine.Barnard put South Africa on the medical map with his pioneering work in the field of organ transplants. Today such operations are routine, but 44 years ago Barnard was venturing into unknown territory.The Charles Saint theatre suite at Groote Schuur was the scene of medical history when Barnard and his team successfully placed the still-beating heart of a fatally injured young accident victim into the body of 55-year-old Louis Washkansky.Although Washkansky died almost three weeks later because his immune system had been compromised by anti-rejection drugs to such an extent that he succumbed to double pneumonia, his 18 days of improved quality of life offered new hope to others suffering from incurable heart disease.The discovery in 1972 of the drug cyclosporine, which helps the body to withstand rejection of donor organs and protects against infection, has since opened up the field of organ transplantation.The theatre is now a museum.A team effortBarnard’s feat was made possible not only through his own genius, but because of the research done by others in the field, including his competitors, and with the help of a strong support team.And also because cardiac surgery was in the grip of rapid advancement at the time, with increasing success in correcting congenital heart conditions and operating on the human heart, and new technologies such as the heart-lung machine.Much work on animals was being done by cardiac surgeons in several countries, and the time was right for the technique to be taken to human patients.Barnard had successfully performed South Africa’s first kidney transplant, his only such operation, earlier in 1967 and was convinced that the Cape Town team had the knowledge, expertise and facilities to do the same with the heart. However, he was not the only one.Although there was something of a global race on to see which team would perform the procedure first, Barnard performed his operation just three days before Dr Adrian Kantrowitz in Brooklyn, New York.Kantrowitz’s infant patient died mere hours after the transplant and the surgical team admitted defeat.
Steve Bull: Wolves deserved winners at Man Cityby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves legend Steve Bull says they were deserved winners at Manchester City last week.He wrote for the Express & Star: “A lot has been said about City’s shortcomings on the day by pundits.”But that was not the story. The story was how good Wolves were against Pep Guardiola’s side.”Wolves set up to stop City from playing – to harass them – and they carried out the plan flawlessly.”It is amazing what a week can do in football, isn’t it?”It can knock you down or have you on cloud nine, and, thankfully, we have had the latter after Wolves’ wins at Besiktas and City.”We are playing at the tempo that was there so often last season again.”We didn’t have many chances against Besiktas, but the never-say-die attitude shone through.”Then at City, we were thinking it was the toughest fixture we could’ve asked for, but the lads went there in a positive frame of mind and got exactly what they deserved. To a man, they were fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoomImage Courtesy: Port of Marseille Fos The French port of Marseille Fos is to receive an EUR 50 million (USD 58.4 million) support under a funding agreement with European Union institution the European Investment Bank (EIB).The deal would support five key development projects, which require a total investment of EUR 136 million.These projects include connecting the two existing Fos 2XL deepsea container terminals via a mid-section to provide a continuous quay length of 2.6km. Due to start this summer, the extension will increase capacity by 15-20% and improve berthing for ultra-large boxships, according to the port.Two other projects in the Fos western harbour area are also covered under the agreement – further development of the Feuillane logistics park and renovation of two ship refuelling stations. Meanwhile, in the Marseille eastern harbour, the funding will go towards reorganisation of the Corsica and North Africa ferry passenger terminals and enlargement of the Passe Nord access for mega-cruise ships.The agreement was signed on May 28 by Marseille Fos CEO Christine Cabau Woehrel and EIB vice-president Ambroise Fayolle, who later visited the site of the container terminal project. Mme. Cabau Woehrel commented:“Ten years after having helped Marseille Fos to create Fos 2XL, we are honoured that the EIB is renewing its confidence in our projects to such a level. We now have the investment capacity to continue developing our infrastructure and to reinforce our international scope,” Marseille Fos CEO, Christine Cabau Woehrel, said.
TORONTO – Nova Scotia rapper Classified has been a proponent of smoking marijuana for years, but he says Canada’s new legalization laws have left him confused over the ways he’s allowed to promote the cannabis lifestyle.He knows it’s within his rights to express his love for weed. And he’s allowed to talk publicly about buying shares of OrganiGram, an East Coast cannabis company he struck a loose business relationship with earlier this year.After that it gets a bit hazy, since most celebrity endorsements of a brand are prohibited under the Cannabis Act.“I was emailing OrganiGram going, ‘you guys know I’m actually an investor so we can probably get away with advertising more.’ I’m kind of curious to see what they’re going to come back and say,” he says, sporting a baseball cap emblazoned with a logo for the company’s first recreational weed brand.“They’re so careful not to cross that line. Almost to the point where I’m barely doing anything. I’ll bring them ideas and they’re like, ‘No we can’t do that.’”“I don’t even know what they’re paying me for. Like I’m wearing a hat, I’m trying,” he adds.Classified, whose real name is Luke Boyd, has been at the forefront of Canadian hip hop for over a decade, making him a valuable asset for young cannabis companies looking for prominent pot smokers. He’s worked with Buck 65, produced singer Ria Mae and swapped rhymes on a track with weed aficionado Snoop Dogg.The rapper also seems eager to test the boundaries of the new federal laws. His latest music video might even do that once Health Canada catches a whiff of it.“Legal Marijuana,” released Wednesday to coincide with legalization, features Classified standing with dozens of people in a public park as they rap along with his verses and every so often toke up and exhale a puff of smoke.That part of the video should be fine under the law.What might raise legal questions is a line he speaks that could be deemed an endorsement of a cannabis brand. The moment happens late in the video after Boyd adjusts his baseball cap and draws attention to the logo for Edison Cannabis Company, which is part of OrganiGram’s recreational pot portfolio.“Feelin’ just right, rollin’ up some of that Edison Reserve. Oh Canada, things have changed,” he says.The line doesn’t appear in the version of the song featured on his album “Tomorrow Could Be the Day Things Change.”If Health Canada views the rapper saying a specific cannabis brand has him “feelin’ just right,” it’s possible the regulator might see it as crossing the line as an endorsement, suggests Denes Rothschild, a lawyer who watches the cannabis industry.“If he has some sort of business arrangement with them and they’re paying him as an endorser… I think it raises a question,” says Rothschild, a partner at the Borden Ladner Gervais law firm in Toronto.“(The laws) are being interpreted and a lot of it is going to come down to where the government chooses to draw the line.”In an emailed statement, Organigram said it “was not involved in the production of Classified’s video.”“We remain committed to ensuring our brands and marketing practices are compliant with Health Canada’s regulations,” said Ray Gracewood, Organigram’s chief commercial officer.Representatives for Heath Canada didn’t immediately respond to questions about how music videos will be considered under the new laws.In the meantime, Boyd is willing to open the floodgates to potential business opportunities. After investing roughly $20,000 into shares of cannabis companies, he says he’s pleased with the upwards trend in their market value.“I’m not a big stock guy at all, I don’t take chances with my money,” he says.“But I’m making more on stock than I am on touring, probably.”Boyd’s perspective on legalization is tempered by a sense of caution over widespread acceptance. He worries about the “negative” side of weed, especially with parents who smoke inside the house while their children are present.“Hopefully people will be smart and realize it’s not good to just sit here and blow smoke in kids’ lungs and let them grow up with this type of lifestyle every day,” he says.At his family home in Enfield, N.S., just outside Halifax, he says it’s a rule that nobody smokes around his three pre-teen daughters. He typically lights up inside his recording studio.“I put in a different ventilation system so I can smoke, so it’s not going through my house every day,” he says.“But at the same time my oldest knows I use it sometimes and it’s no different to her than like, ‘Oh mommy’s having a glass a wine.’ OK, well daddy’s out there doing his thing.”In many ways, the rapper says legalization makes hardly any difference for him or his friends.“They smoke it like it’s been legal for years,” he says. “I think most people have.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
Amaravati: Actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena, which is making its debut in electoral politics of Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday announced its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The party declared candidates for two Lok Sabha and 32 Assembly constituencies. It had earlier announced candidates for two Lok Sabha seats. The suspense continues over the constituency Pawan Kalyan will choose to contest as his name did not figure in the first list. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Young and successful start-up entrepreneur Gedela Srinubabu will contest for the Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam. Jana Sena’s state convenor Chintala Pardhasaradhi is the candidate from Anakapalle Lok Sabha constituency. The party had earlier announced former ONGC executive director D.M.R Sekhar and former BJP MLA Akula Satyanarayana as its candidates for the Amalapuram and Rajahmundry parliamentary seats, respectively. Former minister Ravela Kishore Babu, who quit the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join Jana Sena a few months ago, will contest for the Assembly from Prathipadu constituency in Guntur district. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Former Congress leader P. Balaraju was named as Jana Sena’s candidate from Paderu. Former Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar, now a key leader of Jana Sena, will contest from Tenali. The former Congress leader had represented this constituency for two terms from 2004 to 2014. The party’s General Secretary Thota Chandrashekhar will contest from Guntur West. Pawan Kalyan has already announced that Jana Sena will have an alliance with the Left parties. However, a formal announcement on seat sharing is yet to be made. Elections to the 175-member Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state are scheduled on April 11.
Mumbai: Marketers in India are missing potential opportunities to reach out to men in the categories where both genders are equal decision makers, according to a Kantar report. It revealed the disconnect between consumer and business opinions of gender portrayals in advertising. The AdReaction report noted that 58 percent ads on air target women exclusively, and only 35 percent are targeted towards both genders. While the clear majority of marketers globally (more than 75 percent) think they are avoiding gender stereotypes, 76 percent of female consumers and 71 percent of male consumers believe that the way they’re portrayed in advertising is completely out of touch, it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt noted that globally, gender-balanced brands drive greater brand value while brands that skew towards men tend to underperform and are valued on average $9 billion less, while only one in three brands achieve this balance in India. In the wake of the ‘MeToo’ movement, the industry globally claims they are actively designing for both genders and representing them in a progressive context. But less female marketers are convinced with the way theyre portraying men in the advertisements, it said. It observed that getting the gender placement right is important, especially from a digital and static perspective because it can be used as a targeting and optimisation variable in these channels. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt also noted that new information has the highest receptivity in India, more than 50 percent men and women become more positive towards the ads that have new information. This is closely followed by humour which has a critical role to play in improving the ad receptivity with both genders. “The report highlights that the bulk of ads in India are targeted at women; but marketers appear to be targeting them led more by stereotypes. Gender targeting should not be an either or decision and we need to challenge these outdated assumptions. From a portrayals perspective, more emphases need to be made towards aspirational and authoritative roles. The industry as a whole needs to be more aware than ever that things need to change, said Vishikh Talwar-managing director- Kantar Millward Brown, South Asia.