Appellate tribunal demands enforcement powers

first_imgAlthough being out of operation for almost two decades, the Public Service Appellate Tribunal (PSAT) has already begun disposing of cases filed, and is even preparing to have the legislation changed so that its decisions can be enforced.The tribunal is the body designated to hear the concerns of public servants seeking redress against decisions made by the Public Service Commission (PSC).According to PSAT Chairman, retired Justice Nandram Kissoon, the decisions of the tribunal are final, and must be carried out by the relevant authorities. “If we find that the PSC erred, then they have to rectify it. We may make recommendations, but they must rectify it,” he stated.The Chairman explained that if the decisions of the tribunal are not carried out, there is nothing the institution can do, since it has no legislative enforcement powers.“The only thing we can do, if we learn it is not complied with, is to write the minister. But no one controls the Public Service Commission, they are independent,” he posited.Nevertheless, the tribunal chairman outlined that this is something the institution is looking to have reserved. “Our annual report will recommend (sanctions if decisions of the tribunal are not carried out),” Justice Kissoon noted.The chairman disclosed that since being constituted back in May, the tribunal has received five cases – two of which were immediately disposed of, since they were appeals against decisions made by the Police Service Commission, over which the tribunal has no jurisdiction.He said there were two additional cases which were filed within 90 days of the establishment of the tribunal, as required, but had stemmed from before the institution was re-constituted. As such, the tribunal granted an extension of time to those persons to file their appeals.Meanwhile, the fifth case was filed only on Thursday last, the Chairman added.On Friday, the three-member body, which also includes Attorney Abiola Wong-Inniss and Winston Browne, encouraged aggrieved public servants to seek redress at the tribunal and fear no discrimination.“Public servants are afraid of everything… but there should be no fear whatsoever. What we have to do is to ensure that the Public Service Ministry and the Public Service Union sensitise and (educate), and make the public servants aware that they have nothing to be afraid of,” the Chairman stated.In attendance at the official dedication ceremony was State Minister Joseph Harmon, who reminded the PSAT that its duties include providing a mechanism for redress against any perceived wrongful action, to enable public servants to discharge their duties fearlessly, confident that they are protected against any form of victimisation or illegal sanction for so doing.First Vice President of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), Dawn Gardner, and Ombudsman of Guyana, retired Justice Winston Patterson, also attended the ceremony.last_img read more

Republicans, Democrats strike immigration deal with White House

first_imgWASHINGTON D.C. – Key senators and the White House reached agreement today on an immigration overhaul that would grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. and fortify the border. The plan would create a temporary worker program to bring new arrivals to the U.S. A separate program would cover agricultural workers. New high-tech enforcement measures also would be instituted to verify that workers are here legally. The compromise came after weeks of painstaking closed-door negotiations that brought the most liberal Democrats and the most conservative Republicans together with President Bush’s Cabinet officers to produce a highly complex measure that carries heavy political consequences. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said he expects Bush to endorse the agreement. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The accord sets the stage for what promises to be a bruising battle next week in the Senate on one of Bush’s top non-war priorities. The key breakthrough came when negotiators struck a bargain on a so-called “point system” that would for the first time prioritize immigrants’ education and skill level over family connections in deciding how to award green cards. The draft bill “gives a path out of the shadows and toward legal status for those who are currently here” illegally, said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. A spokesman for Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., one of his party’s key players in the talks, confirmed that the group had reached agreement. last_img read more

Milner up top for striker-less Man City? Team news ahead of West Brom trip

first_img1 Manchester City midfielders David Silva and James Milner Midfielders James Milner and David Silva could be deployed in advanced roles as a striker-less Manchester City take on West Brom on Boxing Day.Manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed on Tuesday that he is still without key forwards Sergio Aguero (knee) and Edin Dzeko (calf), while Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) is unlikely to be risked despite training with the first-team this week.That leaves Milner and Silva to again form a make-shift attack, their partnership proving successful against Crystal Palace last weekend with the Spanish playmaker scoring twice in a 3-0 victory, though teenage forward Jose Angel Pozo could get another chance.Captain Vincent Kompany (hamstring/calf) is also still sidelined but fellow defender Gael Clichy has recovered from a minor knock.While revealing Montenegrin forward Jovetic is close to a return, Pellegrini offered less positive news about Aguero and Dzeko, who could be out until “the second part of January”, having originally believed both would be back shortly after the New Year.Pellegrini said: “The injuries are the same as last week. The strikers – Sergio, Edin Dzeko and Jovetic, and Vincent Kompany.“I am not a doctor so it is difficult for me to know exactly but maybe Jovetic and Kompany will be soon, the end of this week or next week.“Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero will be the second part of January.”Provisional Man City squad v West Brom: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Silva, Nasri, Navas, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Lampard, Milner, Pozo, Ambrose, Sinclair.last_img read more

Everyone was unhappy under Jose – Rooney

first_img0Shares0000And, Rooney feels the positive atmosphere at the club, coupled with Solskjaer’s focus on attacking football, has facilitated the turnaround in form.LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 23 – Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney highlighted the change in attitude from the club’s player’s and backroom staff after the Red Devils cruised to a 5-1 win over Cardiff.In what was his first match in charge, caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer steered United to a convincing victory as they scored five goals in Wales for the first time since Alex Ferguson was in charge. It was a performance that was in stark contract to Mourinho’s last game at the helm – a 3-1 defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool.And, Rooney feels the positive atmosphere at the club, coupled with Solskjaer’s focus on attacking football, has facilitated the turnaround in form.“Everyone from the staff to the kitmen, they weren’t enjoying it,” Rooney told BT Sport. “You can see the staff are happy today and the players are too.“The lads played with a lot of energy, enjoyment and excitement.“When you’ve got confidence, you put yourselves in positions to score goals. That’s what we did. We were playing higher and the full-backs were higher. We pinned them back and created a lot of chances.”Next up for Solskjaer and the Red Devils is a home game against strugglers Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PROOF! These pictures show why Klopp is perfect for Liverpool

first_img Jurgen Klopp consoles Manuel Neuer while his Borussia Dortmund team celebrate victory over Bayern Munich – Click right for more pictures Jurgen Klopp, despite Borussia Dortmund’s tough season, has long been admired for his coaching ability but the German boss is also a class act.And this was evident again moments after his side had beaten rivals Bayern Munich in thrilling DFB Pokal semi-final clash.The game ended in a 1-1 draw with Dortmund claiming a 2-0 victory on penalties, sparking wild celebrations.But, while his staff and players were dancing in delight, Klopp, who is currently being linked with replacing Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, took time to console Manuel Neuer, who missed the vital penalty for Pep Guardiola’s side.This moment of compassion is stark contrast to Rodgers, who has been criticised in some quarters for a supposed lack of humility – a quality the most popular Reds bosses have traditionally possessed in abundance – and seeing Klopp’s moment of consideration for a beaten opponent will have the Anfield faithful hoping he is the next fan to take the helm at the club.Click the right arrow above to see Klopp’s kindness… Also, prior to the penalty shootout, Klopp gave adversary Pep Guardiola a huge hug Having seen Bayern Munich star Neuer miss the crucial penalty, Klopp took time out to console him – Click right for more pictures Klopp shows his class by offering his commiserations to Neuer – Click right for more pictures 4 4 4 4last_img read more

Minister to review DEIS Programme after TD highlights plight of Donegal schools

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has criticized the Government over the on-going failure to ensure the inclusion of a number of schools throughout Donegal which continue to be precluded from the DEIS Programme, despite the most recent expansion of the plan having only taken place last September.Deputy Doherty was reacting following a Dáil debate on the ongoing exclusion of schools from the scheme tabled last night, during which he called for a review of the scheme in light of the recent publication of new data which shows increased levels of deprivation in several areas across the county.In its response, the Government confirmed that a review of the programme would be completed in early 2018 however, no timeline was given as to when additional schools would be added. Slamming the Government’s response, Deputy Doherty said:“Last night, I immediately sought a response from Government to recent media reports which suggest that hundreds of schools throughout the state have been unfairly excluded from the new DEIS plan introduced earlier this year to coincide with the introduction of a new methodology for indentifying schools whose pupils are most at risk of educational disadvantage.“Clearly, these reports have only reinforced the genuine concerns which have been expressed by teachers and principals in several schools across Donegal who’ve questioned why their schools continue to be precluded from the scheme, despite the most recent DEIS plan only having been unveiled last September when a limited number of additional schools were added to the programme.“During the debate last night in the Dáil, I called on the Government to immediately initiate a review of the scheme in light of the most recent data on deprivation levels throughout the state which was only published last September, and which shows elevated levels of disadvantage in many areas of our county. “During the debate, I highlighted a number of such areas including primary schools such as at Gort a’ Choirce, Rann na Feirste and Mhín Tine Dé, as well as secondary schools such as Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, which all remain outside DEIS.“Shockingly, not only did the Minister fail to turn up for the debate in person, but the Minister of State appointed by Government to take the session in his absence refused to offer a timeframe as to when such qualifying schools will be added to DEIS going forward.“Instead, it was stated that a review of the scheme will be completed by the Spring of next year and that this evaluation should identify those schools presently precluded from the plan but which satisfy the criteria for inclusion.“While I’m glad that the Government has agreed to my suggestion that a review of DEIS be undertaken, it is simply scandalous that it is not in a position to state clearly when additional schools will be added.“Effectively, the Government is saying that despite it shortly going to be able to identify the very schools which are eligible for DEIS supports, it is refusing to give a commitment that DEIS status will be extended to them immediately following the completion of this review.“This means that pupils who are amongst those most at risk of educational disadvantage and who are not presently being given the necessary supports remain in limbo as this Government has now refused to pledge that supports will be made available to them without delay. “There is no reason why the additional resources cannot be allocated to schools which deserve them once this review is finished, and this delaying on the part of Government is a shocking dereliction of its duty to support these children.”Anger over Donegal schools excluded from DEIS programmeMinister to review DEIS Programme after TD highlights plight of Donegal schools was last modified: December 15th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:deis programmePearse DohertySCHOOLlast_img read more

Makers of popular weedkiller ‘Roundup’ denies it can cause cancer

first_imgThe owner of a weedkiller used by thousands of people across Donegal has dismissed claims that one of its key ingredients can cause cancer after a US court ordered the pay-out of $290m to a terminally ill man.Bayer, the German owner of chemical giant Monsanto, said today that the ingredient glyphosate – used in its weedkiller Roundup – is “safe”.“Bayer is convinced that glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer,” Bayer said. A California jury ordered Monsanto to pay nearly $290m (€253m) for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that its weedkiller Roundup might cause cancer.Jurors unanimously found Monsanto acted with “malice” and that Roundup and the professional grade version RangerPro contributed “substantially” to Dewayne Johnson’s terminal illness.RTE reports that following eight weeks of trial proceedings, the San Francisco jury ordered Monsanto to pay $250m in punitive damages along with compensatory damages and other costs, bringing the total figure to nearly $290m.Mr Johnson, a California groundskeeper diagnosed in 2014 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a cancer that affects white blood cells – says he repeatedly used a generic form of RangerPro while working at a school in Benicia, California. The lawsuit is the first to accuse the product of causing cancer but is a harbinger of a looming wave of similar legal challenges: observers say a Monsanto defeat likely opens the door to hundreds of other claims against the company, which was recently acquired by Germany’s Bayer.The lawsuit built on the conclusions in 2015 of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the UN World Health Organisation, which classified Roundup’s main ingredient glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, causing the state of California to follow suit.Meanwhile, Environmental group Friends of the Earth said that everyone that uses Roundup should review its usage in the light of the findings of the US court.Director Oisín Coughlan said the case is a game changer and very significant.He said they have always opposed the use of the substance because of its affect on pollinators. Roundup is Monsanto’s leading product and glyphosate is reportedly the world’s most commonly used weedkiller.Monsanto always denied any link to the disease and said studies concluded the product was safe.The company’s vice president, Scott Partridge, said hundreds of studies showed the herbicide does not cause cancer and said the company would appeal the verdict to “vigorously defend this product”.He said: “Roundup has been safe for four decades and will continue to be safe. There is no credible scientific evidence that demonstrates otherwise. “It is completely and totally safe and the public should not be concerned about this verdict, it is one that we will work through the legal process to see if we can get the right result. The science is crystal clear.”In November 2017 the European Union approved the use of glyphosate for the next five years.At the time, the President of the Irish Farmers’ Association, Joe Healy, said it was an important outcome for farmers and for science.The chemical has been used by farmers for more than 40 years, but its safety was cast in doubt when a World Health Organisation agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), concluded in 2015 it probably causes cancer.In 2016, a joint report by the World Health Organisation and the UN said that, while there was “some evidence of a positive association between glyphosate exposure and risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma” in some studies, the only large study of high quality found “no evidence of an association at any exposure level”.It concluded that glyphosate “is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet”.Makers of popular weedkiller ‘Roundup’ denies it can cause cancer was last modified: August 14th, 2018 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Blown away by Mapungubwe

first_img23 September 2004South Africa’s first kingdom, Mapungubwe in Limpopo province, dating back 800 years and situated in a game reserve, opens to the public from 24 September 2004.The newly launched Mapungubwe National Park borders on the Limpopo river and offers spectacular views of the river and South Africa’s neighbours, Botswana and Zimbabwe, at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers.The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 2003, bringing to five the number of South African sites that have been awarded World Heritage status (there are now six – see box down right).Mapungubwe and Makapane’s Valley, also in Limpopo province (see box down right), were declared National Heritage Sites by the SA Heritage Resources Agency in 2001 – the first two sites to be declared under the 1999 National Heritage Resources Act, which replaced the old National Monuments Act.This was a long-awaited trip for me, to explore Mapungubwe mountain and the culture of a lost kingdom dating back to the 1200s – rediscovered in 1933, but hidden from public attention until only recently.Mapungubwe National ParkSA’s newest park covers 28 000 hectares at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, boasts incredible natural and cultural riches, and forms part of an ambitious project to develop a transfrontier conservation area spanning three countries.Mapungubwe was the first society in South Africa in which class distinctions appeared, with the king physically separating himself from his subjects by living with his royal entourage on the mountaintop, to which his subjects brought food and water daily.I knew the basics: that Mapungubwe (“place of the stone of wisdom”) dated back to pre-colonial times; that they were the first people, after the Bushmen, to settle in South Africa; that they lived around a hilltop; and that a beautiful golden rhinoceros, some 12cm in length and 6cm in height and made of gold foil nailed around a wooden interior, had been excavated from the site.What I didn’t know was how awe-inspiring the area around Mapungubwe would be.A giant’s landIt resembles a giant’s land – huge boulders strewn below rocky koppies and cliff faces, with wild fig trees literally growing out of the rocks, their roots clinging to the rock faces.The surrounding vegetation is mostly grassland, interspersed with huge indigenous trees – among them the wonderful baobab, some of them probably thousands of years old. Closer to the river the vegetation thickens and develops into lush green forest entangled with creepers and shrubs.Mapungubwe itself is stunning. A small, free-standing, oval-shaped mountain 30 metres high with rugged, impregnable cliff faces all around it. On top it’s largely a flat grassy plain around 300m in length, interspersed with large rocky surfaces and giving spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, with the Limpopo glistening in the northern distance.The broader area around Mapungubwe had been occupied for several hundred years before people settled on the mountain. An area east of Mapungubwe, called Schroda, was believed to have been settled around 800 AD. When that was abandoned, the community moved to a hill about a kilometre south-west of Mapungubwe, now called K2, where they set up homesteads between 1000 and 1200 AD.K2 was also abandoned, and Mapungubwe taken over, in about 1220, the king establishing himself on the top of the mountain with up to 5 000 subjects on the plains around him.They grew sorghum and millet and cotton, as excavations of storage huts reveal, herded cattle, goats and sheep, and kept dogs. A tributary of the Limpopo, now dry, ran through the valley, providing water for the community.‘If the king was ill, the land was ill’It was a sophisticated society. They produced beautiful clay pots, decorated around the rim, of different shapes and sizes. Other items have been excavated: wooden spoons, whistles, funnels, and spindle whorls with which to spin the cotton they grew.They had access to gold, now believed to have been panned from the Shashe River, which runs through gold mining areas further north in Zimbabwe, and perhaps mined from further south in Gauteng. They mined and worked iron obtained in the area.Arab, Chinese and Indian traders, travelling from Sofala in Mozambique, reached this far, bringing with them glass beads and cowrie and mussel shells to exchange for ivory and gold.There are two significant elements to Mapungubwe society, according to Alex Schoeman, research officer in archaeology at Wits University: it was not cattle-centred but rather focused around the king, who was never seen by his subjects living on the plains around the mountain.“If the king was ill, the land was ill”, Schoeman says. The king’s grave has yet to be found, and could be hidden in any one of the surrounding hilltops or small caves.Secondly, trade was the basis of Mapungubwe’s economy, like any modern economy.Giving reasons for adding Mapungubwe to its World Heritage List, Unesco said the establishment of Mapungubwe “as a powerful state trading through the East African ports with Arabia and India was a significant stage in the history of the African sub-continent.”Mapungubwe and Great ZimbabweTo this Unesco added: “The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape contains evidence for an important interchange of human values that led to far-reaching cultural and social changes in southern Africa between AD 900 and 1300.“The remains in the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape are a remarkably complete testimony to the growth and subsequent decline of the Mapungubwe state, which at its height was the largest kingdom in the African sub-continent.”Theories abound as to why, around 1290 AD, Mapungubwe was abandoned.Contrary to earlier theories invoking climate change, it is now believed that a change in trade routes led to a shift in trade to Great Zimbabwe – another advanced society, located in the south-west of Zimbabwe and distinguished by great rock walls that still stand after seven centuries, despite no form of cement being used to bind them.According to Schoeman, the Great Zimbabwe settlement was in existence at the same time as Mapungubwe, begun around 1250, but was not related to the Mapungubwe people, differences in their pottery being taken as evidence of this.However, Schoeman adds, it’s likely that some royals from Mapungubwe moved to Great Zimbabwe, even though the Zimbabweans were Shona people while the South Africans were not – their ethnic group is still being debated.But whereas Mapungubwe came to an end at about 1290, Great Zimbabwe continued to thrive until around 1400, with a population of about 20 000. It’s believed this settlement disintegrated when the Portuguese colonised Mozambique and trade routes changed again.What Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe both prove is that complex societies existed in southern Africa long before the Europeans arrived at the Cape in 1652. And, unlike existing beliefs that Mapungubwe was the predecessor of Great Zimbabwe, that the two settlements existed concurrently.The golden rhinocerosThree significant gold items were found at Mapungubwe: the rhino, with exquisitely formed ears, horn and delightful upright tail (found in fragmented form and restored by the British Museum); the top of a sceptre around 15cm in length; and a golden bowl, about 10cm in diameter.All consisted of neatly tacked gold foil around the core wooden item, and these were found in what is believed to be one of three royal graves on the top of Mapungubwe.The queen had several strings of gold bead necklaces around her neck, and gold bracelets around her wrist. In fact, the first explorer to reach the top saw her skeletal hand sticking out of the ground, the soil having been washed away, with the bracelets still in place.In all, 18 000 tiny gold beads were uncovered, and up to 40 000 glass beads. There are several bowls of these beads in the Mapungubwe Museum at the University of Pretoria.That’s where you can see the famous rhino. I couldn’t stop staring at it – the thought that this was sculpted by a craftsman 800 years ago, yet still retains its simple form and natural beauty, is thrilling. It’s South Africa’s miniature version of Tutankhamun’s treasure.Mapungubwe’s mountaintop also gives clues to day-to-day life in the society. There’s a protective rock wall at the top of a stairway up the mountain – now a sturdy wooden ladder; then a series of interlaced branches worked into holes carved into the rock face.There’s also a series of small paired holes, chiselled out of a rock alongside the wall on top, for morabaraba, a chess-like contest played with maroela pips to represent cattle – a game still played today.There are other markings in the rock surface: half-circles indicating the base of huts, larger holes for hut poles, and flat-bottomed shapes in which maize was ground. There’s also a large bath-shaped indentation of around four metres across, used to store water – and for the royals’ bath times.Across the valley at K2 a large midden was found, and pottery, clay objects and beads have been excavated.Hidden existence?According to Schoeman, there was not a conscious effort to hide the existence of Mapungubwe, or the fact of its being the first kingdom in South Africa, an accusation that has been laid against the apartheid government.The University of Pretoria has been excavating the broader site for decades, but before that time, particularly in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, excavation by individual archaeologists was rather messy, with excavators only examining every third or fourth bucket of soil that came up from the diggings, and discarding the others.“So much was trashed then, we lost so much data”, Schoeman says. The sites had to be stabilised, and it was only in the last decade that some order was established.In the 1980s the University of Pretoria indicated the nature of the findings, although it did not publicise them widely, says Schoeman.“There was some self-censorship from Pretoria”, she says, “but this was not state censorship.” Mapungubwe: SA’s lost city of gold  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

BJP breaks library norms for event

first_imgA BJP meeting held in an auditorium of the National Library here sparked a controversy as library norms prohibit the use of its auditoriums for political programmes. The party held its workshop on the upcoming Panchayat polls in the Bhasha Bhavan Auditorium in the National Library premises on Saturday. BJP’s national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, and State president Dilip Ghosh along with several other State leaders attended the meeting. However, Director General (additional charge) of National Library Arun Kumar Chakraborty said that he is “not aware” of the matter. Sources said contrary to the library norms, party flags and banners were used in the premises for the meeting. “The National Library auditoriums cannot be used for political programs and use of party flags and banners inside the premises are also prohibited,” a senior National Library official told The Hindu. He also said that applications by political parties for using the auditoriums are rejected by Library authorities.last_img read more

Jeff Horn’s vision comes to fruition with win over Pacquiao

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH bows out of 3×3 U-18 quarters LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Well, that was part of the 10-point plan charted by Glenn Rushton, Horn’s millionaire trainer.According to Horn, who showed up with his handsome face marked with welts, cuts and bruises, performing before over 50,000 people, propped him up.And hearing them chanting his moniker, Hornet, gave him the strength to survive a near knockout in the ninth round and finish the bout still firing away.“That’s just my heart,” said Horn. “It keeps me going a couple of more rounds. I still feel good and came back in the 10th, 11th and 12th rounds. “READ: From former school teacher to world champion, Horn fulfills dreamADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READcenter_img Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia—Jeff Horn’s vision has come true. When the final bell rang, his arms were raised and the world welterweight title was on his waist.While Manny Pacquiao saw no sign, nor dreamed of emerging the loser in their “Battle of Brisbane,” Horn bared during Wednesday’s press conference that he pictured himself at the top of the ring, victorious.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winVery few believed the former school teacher then as he was the huge underdog in his WBO tussle against the legendary Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut Horn believed in himself, confident with his abilities and the preparations he and his trainers have taken in the course of a 10-month training camp.“It feels amazing, Horn said during the post fight conference at a function room of Suncorp Stadium. “I felt just lucky throwing a lot of punches to uspet his rhythm.” LATEST STORIES Roach on Pacquiao-Horn match: ‘It was a good fight’1.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Those homestretch rounds indeed turned out to be pivotal as the referees awarded it to him for the marginal points in a unanimous decision over Pacquiao, 117-111 once, and 115-113 twice.Acknowledging that Pacquiao was indeed a great champion, Horn said he’s willing to give Pacquiao a rematch.While he prefered his first title defense to be held in Brisbane, Horn said he’s open to the idea ofgoing over to the Philippines to give Pacquiao a chance to regain the the 147-pound crown.Another goal for Horn is to unify the welterweight titles and said he doesn’t mind facing World Boxing titlist Keith Thurman or International Boxing Federation king Errol Spence, both Americans.Horn, who reportedly earned $500,000 for his title crack against Pacquiao, who stands to get around $8 to 10 million, said he was also motivated by the desire to give his wife and his unborn child a better life.Now that he’s a champion, Horn has widened his horizon.Only 29, he can dream on without restrictions.RELATED VIDEO View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more