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WBO Review: Pacquiao Won Only 5 Rounds vs Horn’s 7 Boxing Rounds

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Philippines Games and Amusements Board said that it only wants to protect the integrity of boxing. It cites the miscalls by the referee and judges. Based on this, five anonymous, competent Judges from different countries were asked by the WBO to review the bout without sound. The results show that Pacquiao won 5 rounds while Horn won 7 rounds.






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[VIDEO]: Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday urges the World Boxing Organization to act on a protest letter sent by the Games and Amusements Board, the Philippines’ regulatory body for boxing.



Unfair but Cannot Change

THE World Boxing Organisation re-scores the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight title fight. This is because of the contentious unanimous decision awarded to the Australian challenger. However, it was clarified that there is no plan to change the result. The WBO just responded to the request of a Philippines government department to review the fight. Pacquiao accepted the decision but said that the referee was unfair.




Re-Scoring Results

The re-scoring tallied directly with two of the judges on the night. They both gave the 115-113 score for Horn. The third judge, Waleska Roldan, scored the Australian 117-111.




Promoter not Surprised

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum indicates that a re-match with Horn is possible for November or December this year. Pacquiao was also open to this as confirmed by him during an interview after the fight. He is always welcome to the Australian audience because of his graciousness after his defeat.









End of Contract

The Philippine Senator, on the other hand, claims that his promotional agreement with Arum is at an end and he also considers retirement at 38. He is actually old already for the ring but Arum leaves the re-match decision to Pacquiao.

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Australia’s role in isolating China when war happens with US

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
David C Gompert used to be the principal deputy director of National Intelligence from 2009 to 2010 and has currently led a US Army-commissioned report to examine the possibility of the world’d two military powers going to war, particularly US and China.

The US and China war if ever is expected to be long, and the destruction can increasingly become more intensive as it lingers. The bizarre thing is that, it could easily erupt just by triggering egos within the affected South China Sea regions over territorial disputes.

Gompert suggested in the report that Australia, a close American ally, could play a pivotal role that could secure the Asian allies if tensions with Beijing escalate.

“Depending on the cause and focus of the conflict, other East Asian states would mostly side with the United States in varying degrees: from support ranging from permission to use bases to the possible commitment of forces (eg Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines),” it says.

“The participation of Australian forces, because of their quality, could have military significance despite their small size.

“Apart from military contributions, the longer and more severe the conflict, the more and perhaps more permanently China could become isolated from the very region it aspires to lead”, as extracted from the report.

Reference: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-15/australia-would-be-vital-in-a-us-china-war,-army-report-says/7735836

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Who Knows? Cayetano can be best friends with Nancy Binay, Trillanes





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Allan Peter Cayetano seems to just laughed at the unexpected seating arrangement when he was in between Senator Nancy Binay and Trillanes during the resent senate session. He was even laughing with the lady senator. Can this be the start of a reconciliation now that the election is already over? President Rodrigo Duterte would have liked that if that is the case as he himself is a good friend of former Vice President Jejomar Binay. Indeed, this could be a way towards healing the country. Read this:

GMA reported: Am I being punished by the Senate? Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano jokingly raised this question Tuesday as he found himself seated in the middle of Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Nancy Binay. He asked if he is not punished then it should be his seat mates were being punished.


Binay is the daughter of former Vice President Jejomar Binay whom Cayetano criticized for alleged corruption during his stint as Makati mayor. Cayetano, together with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Trillanes, pushed for the Senate probe on the matter. Trillanes, on the other hand, had a rift with Cayetano when they both sought the vice presidency. Trillanes also scored Cayetano for defending his then runningmate, now President Rodrigo Duterte.

It added: Cayetano said he and Binay laughed over their situation. Asked if he would asked to be transferred to another seat, Cayetano said: No need as they have transferred already. Binay, meanwhile, told reporters that she was surprised with the seating arrangement.

Hilarious…Binay said. Do you know who my seat mates were? I’m ready but it seems that the two have not moved on yet; Binay joked. The seating arrangement will still be changed as Trillanes will be transferred to another seat being a member of the minority bloc.

Reference: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/575152/news/nation/am-i-being-punished-cayetano-jokes-as-he-is-seated-with-binay-trillanes

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Australia needs to be Independent to Survive Brexit Uncertainty


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Some Australians who do not know how their country gained the “land of the plenty” label should start being concerned with the Global economy that can be shaken by UK’s referendum to leave or remain as member of the EU. It may be a vote against politics and the orthodoxies of the political class but physical evidence shows us that there are significant effects of the event among Australians. The feelings of disenchantment in Australia aren’t nearly as visceral as they are in countries like the US and the EU. People belonging to the middle class in Australia have not been affected in the way such changes did harm to those countries while having post-recession. In any case, things should settle down after July 2.

The results for Britain leaving the EU might be known soon. Although the vote to leave is ahead, it is too early to say that Brexit is indeed happening. The departure from the EU might cause uncertainty and shock, but Australia can still be independent and can choose not to suffer from its effects – as Margaret Thatcher’s reminder went: “expect the unexpected” then nothing can shock anyone.

There are many things Australians themselves can control from inside the country, but there are also many things they can’t control. The happenings in the global economy, how Britain decided to vote, the progress of the Chinese economy, effects with commodity prices – are those cannot be controlled internally. So, a strong economic leadership in Australia is badly needed; a stable majority government with a clear economic plan to be resilient and able to deal with those unexpected turns of events – as the unexpected circumstances are about to happen.

Reference: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2016/jun/24/australian-election-2016-liberals-sailing-close-to-the-wind-with-d

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Rising Indonesian Athlete’s Wishes

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Published By: Elena Grace Flores

I am Sweania Betzeba Delisa and this is my story: I am 15 years old Indonesian athlete, from Kerobokan, Bali in Indonesia.  I love swimming  ever siSweaniance I was 2 years old. We have a simple family life but unfortunately, my parents divorced when I fell in love with swimming. I’m currently living with my dad and sister. My dad is a musician and I was always by his side wherever he went. I was lucky to be able to go to school at 3 years of age – despite the hardships that we’ve been through because father became the music teacher in the children’s school where I got enrolled in. This is where he met my step mom, mama Asih. I got the privilege to continue my schooling for free because they were both teachers in the my school.

Mama Asih mom was very supportive for my swimming quest and I really wanted to become an athlete since I was 7 years old. I knew it was impossible because my parents cannot afford the expenses for the training but with my step mom’s help and my cousin Billy’s efforts in coaching me since that time, I became a child athlete at 9 years of age. This is when trainers named Rizal and Andy discovered my potential. They invited me to join their swimming club and I practiced with them together with other members – who became my good friends. I really got a lot of help from them.

It was embarrassing not having much like when I lost my new goggles from the giant waves! I cried a lot thinking that I could never buy another one. To my surprise, my friend Mega, generously bought me even better swimming goggles in time for my very first national swimming competition! I did not know how I went through that since transportation expenses was a problem. However, another friend Yuka paid for the fare to and from Bandung plus I also got some vitamins from Ocan, another member of the swimming club and a dear friend. I gladly shared with them the bronze medal that I garnered from that competition.

After that I trained hard for the next competition, on the verge of having an injury on my knee. In 2011 at 12 years old, I got to know an International swimming club where I dreamed to belong, although for me at that time – it was an impossible dream because of being poor. My mom however supported my ambitions in any way she could. She managed to talk to the club’s swimming coach Andy Wibowo and negotiated an affordable deal for my membership  fee. Right after my stint there, I went to Jatayu and joined Bali Aqua Stars Team where I also met friends who are nice enough to support my quest. Noa gave me a new swimming cap and Eva gave a pair of cap and swim glasses. It was a privilege being able to practice with them.

It was always observed that I normally experience a relapse of my past injury in the middle of my workouts. My friend Indah advised me to go through an acupuncture  treatment – that me and her brother can get free treatment from a Korean doctor. Mama Asih was worried upon seeing my pain so she went out of her way for me to consult a specialist. That doctor really cured me – although his prescriptions were mainly vitamins. After all, it was just because of lack of vitamins. Upon knowing about it, donations from Bali Aqua Stars team poured in like the lot from Peter’s family. Coach Andy gave me a Herbalife milk . With those blessings, I continued training hard and no more injuries I could remember.

My swimming performance progresses from one medal to another until I have to compete outside of Bali on board a truck because obviously, we can’t afford air fares! This happened repeatedly but I really did not mind – and the time has come to bring honour to Indonesia by competing in the International arena. Of course, I cannot get to another country without boarding a plane. Just when my swimming career took off, one of the saddest event in my life happened. Mama Asih suddenly died because of heart attack. Mama Asih had been very supportive to me and I can’t be who am I now without her help. She loved me very much and she did worked very hard to get me through my swimming competitions. Even after her teaching retirement, she did a small buying and selling business just to pay my financial needs. She would even sell her personal stuff just for a ticket to a swimming pool!  was able to practice swimming everyday because of her sacrifice.

No matter how difficult it was to lose my greatest supporter, I still want to continue to chase my dreams on a higher lever. This will be my tribute to Mama Asih for being there for me from the start of my career to the national and international competitions that I was able to participate in. I did not know how hard it was for her to accompany me to my workouts with her illness – but I will not put her determination into waste. I know, that she is still with us in spirit as I continue living life to the fullest with my father and sister. I kind of remember the times when I did not have a mom around – and it seems like it’s happening again but Mama Asih’s example will always be in my heart and thoughts. Live without her is really unimaginable. Soon after Mama Asih’s demise, my grandfather who is always keeping me updated with swimming competitions happening here and overseas also died. This was another painful event in my life but despite of that, I struggled to make him and Mama Asih my inspirations because they are my heroes! It is enough for me thinking that they are happy for me – wherever they are now.

I’d like to believe that after all those sad moments, it’s now time for happiness to come. Nadi, a Yoga and Surfing Coach spotted me while I was singing with my father in a hotel. He complimented my voice and he invited me to his yoga and surfing classes. He then found out about my swimming prowess and was interested to support me through these physically challenged workouts in time for the British International Swimming Competition in Jakarta. It was a real struggle for my father to get an affordable airfare and commuting for 2 hours from the place of my cousin Vika in Jakarta where we stayed during the competition. The sacrifices were not in vain because I went home with 3 Gold medals and 1 Bronze. I could even get 2 more medals if not because of the unfavorable weather condition.

Getting back to Bali, I had to go back to Junior High School (SMPN 2 KUTA) but they were not too supportive with my competing nature – and since the tuition fee increased, we can’t afford to clear my school balance anymore – thus prompted me to not get my report card. I thought that International schools would be more supportive with my goals but I have no choice because of our financial status. So, I continued studying in Indonesian schools. I trained again with the help of my coach for the recent Bali International Triathlon. Christine helped me this time and she got me a sponsor in the person of SOLEMEN. I am SOLEMEN  and to Joni Wong who donated the appropriate Triathlon bike. These equipped me to win 5 Gold medals and 1 Bronze from the championship in the JIS International Competition.

I got the chance of a lifetime when Serenity Team sponsored my trip to the Philippines to compete in the Ocean Adventures Aquathlon in Subic, Olongapo City. Actually I wanted to follow the half ironman (1,9km swim+90km bike+21km run), but I was too young for it. Although I was first in swimming, I got the overall 5th place because I was only the 5th placer for running. I was confident that I can beat the best time in running with more practice. Next plan after the Philippines if circumstances favor it, I would like to compete in Sydney, Australia where a relative also is staying. For now, I am still hoping for some sponsors to help me in this goal! Hopefully, I would never run out of sponsors from Sea Games to the Olympic Games in 2015!

Written By: Sheania Betzeba

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