One Championship could return to ring next month: CEO
He said the job cuts in “non-essential” areas were necessary to insulate the company against an expected economic downturn, despite the $70 million cash injection.”Extraordinary times require very unusual prudence to protect the company and the longevity of many years to come,” Chatri said.”Our operating assumption is that the global economy will continue to suffer over the next 24 months, and potentially enter the worst global recession in history,” he added. “And so we want to be prepared, under all scenarios, with a lean organization with a big war chest.” With coronavirus laying waste to professional sports worldwide, One’s last event was in Singapore in late February, and it had to cancel a series of events in April and May.”Of course, this environment has made it trickier to operate but I’m always an optimist, and I believe that where there’s a will, there’s a way,” Chatri said by phone from Singapore.”We are looking at next month already. Nothing has been announced formally, but I can tell you that we are working very hard to come back,” he added.Chatri did not disclose the size of One’s now-reduced global workforce, but the company’s LinkedIn profile put the headcount at between 201-500 employees. Asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion, One Championship, could resume putting on fights as early as next month, its CEO told AFP on Monday, as he warned of rocky operating conditions ahead after the coronavirus.Chatri Sityodtong was speaking as the Singapore-based company slashed 20 percent of its workforce but also announced a $70 million funding boost from institutional investors.He said One, which promotes cards across Asia in mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing, was planning fight nights next month in China, Thailand and Singapore, depending on lockdown measures. ‘Big vote of confidence’ Chatri said the extra funding had come from existing backers as well as a new institutional investor — a “$20 billion fund” from the United States whose identity will be revealed in the coming weeks.The cash boost brings One’s total capital to $346 million and helps “future-proof” the organization, Chatri said.”I’m very grateful for this big vote of confidence, you know, in the middle of the worst global economic crisis in 100 years,” he said.”I’m just very, very excited and inspired to return back with live events this summer, and start doing what we always do.”Chatri said One was “in talks with every major Asian government to bring back our events online”. One Hero fights, feeder events for the main championship, will also be held in Shanghai on June 20 and 21, he said.The US-based Ultimate Fighting Championship on May 10 became one of the first sports to restart post-coronavirus.UFC has so far successfully put on six shows in tightly controlled environments under COVID-19 testing protocols in Jacksonville, Florida, and Las Vegas.One Championship also has eSports and reality TV interests, Chatri said, as well as its “crown jewel” of stadium fights. Topics :
Roseau Primary School told that their background shouldn’t determine their performance
Share Share Share Tweet EducationLocalNewsPrimary Roseau Primary School told that their background shouldn’t determine their performance by: – September 8, 2011 Sharing is caring! 25 Views no discussions Hon Petter St. Jean. Photo credit: GIS NewsEducation Minister Honourable Petter St. Jean has told parents of students of the Roseau Primary School that their socio-background has nothing to do with their performance.Mr St. Jean says the Roseau Primary School has been suffering because of the socio-economic background of the parents.“For a very long time now, Roseau Primary has been categorized as one of the schools that have suffered because of the socio-economic background of the parents. We speak here of the areas like Silver Lake, Yam Piece, Gutter and Pound. May I say to you parents that your geological location, your family background or your socio-economic status has nothing to do with the achievement of your children,” he said.He said every child can learn and every child can do well.“Politics is the involvement of parents and the wider community to ensure success for the children. I want to challenge you the parents of children of Roseau Primary to work hard and ensure that the school becomes one of the shining examples of education in Dominica,” he added.St Jean was delivering remarks at a ceremony to announce the adoption of that school by LIME Dominica.Dominica Vibes News
Dean Qingyun Ma to step down at end of school year
Qingyun Ma will be stepping down as the dean of the USC School of Architecture following the end of his term in 2017, according to a memorandum sent out yesterday by Provost Michael Quick.Ma was known throughout the USC community for the development of the USC American Academy in China, which has promoted a cross-cultural exchange in the arts, humanities and architecture, and the joint bachelor of science in geodesign between the Spatial Science Research Institute and the Price School of Public Policy.He created his own architecture firm, Ma Designers and Architects: Strategy, Planning, Architecture and Media, in New York in 1996 and in Shanghai in 1999. Ma was recognized for his designing and building of urban spaces and buildings by being named one of Businessweek’s most influential designers in the world.Ma was born in 1965 in Xi’an China and, according to USC Cinematic Arts’ World Building Institute, Ma graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1988 with a degree in civil engineering in architecture. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.Ma then practiced architecture at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. After practicing there, Ma created his own firm, MADA s.p.a.m., which has designed buildings like the Longyang Residential complex and the Silk Tower in China. He collaborated with Rem Koolhaas on the book The Great Leap Forward and also worked on the Central China TV headquarters in Beijing and the Stock Exchange Building in Shenzhen.Ma has had experience as a visiting professor at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. He has also taught abroad in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and France.The memorandum ended with praise and thanks for Ma’s contributions to the USC community and stated that Ma will return as a faculty member after his term as dean.“I am delighted that Dean Ma has decided to remain a member in the School of Architecture’s faculty following his deanship,” Quick said in the memorandum. “He is a valued member of the Trojan Family.”
Liverpool 1 – 2 Man Utd
Robin van Persie’s late penalty gave Manchester United victory over Liverpool on a poignant afternoon at Anfield.On an occasion when the Hillsborough victims and families were remembered in moving scenes before kick-off, these two great rivals produced a typically competitive and contentious encounter.Liverpool were reduced to 10 men when Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for a first-half foul on United defender Jonny Evans – but it did not stop captain Steven Gerrard volleying them ahead seconds after the interval. United, barely in the game for long periods, responded with a spectacular equaliser from Rafael Da Silva before Van Persie confirmed a fourth straight Premier League win nine minutes from time after Glen Johnson fouled Antonio Valencia.It left Liverpool and new manager Brendan Rodgers without a league win in five attempts this season and in the Premier League’s bottom three, once again rueing their lack of cutting edge.Liverpool enjoyed spells of complete domination in territory and possession but failed to make it count, leaving United, who were without centre-back Nemanja Vidic, the opportunity to take full advantage for their first win at Anfield in six games. As expected, Anfield was an emotional arena after the recent publication of the findings of an independent panel investigating the disaster at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. The panel cleared Liverpool’s supporters of blame and the build-up to kick-off was marked with a series of tributes to commemorate the occasion.Supporters arrived hours before the start to lay floral tributes at Anfield’s Eternal Flame Hillsborough memorial and The Kop was emblazoned with a mosaic reading “The Truth” while the word “Justice” decorated the lower Centenary Stand.Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton then presented flowers to Liverpool’s record goalscorer Ian Rush as opposing captains Gerrard and Ryan Giggs released 96 red balloons in memory of those who lost their lives.The ceremonies were impeccably observed by both sets of supporters, as was the ritual of the pre-match handshake between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra. There was no repeat of last season’s scene at Old Trafford when the Uruguayan, who had been found guilty of racially abusing the United defender, refused the Frenchman’s hand. When the action did start Liverpool exerted complete control of the first half but could not find the finishing touch to compliment their fine approach work. Gerrard was closest with a shot narrowly off target at the near post as United struggled to find any fluency.Liverpool’s flow was disrupted in the 39th minute when they lost Shelvey as he was shown a straight red card by referee Mark Halsey for a reckless lunge at Evans that left the United defender requiring treatment.Rodgers replaced Fabio Borini with Suso at the start of the second half and he was instantly involved as Liverpool claimed the lead they deserved. He showed confidence on the flanks and the move, which also included clever work from Johnson, ended with Gerrard sweeping a left-foot volley past Anders Lindegaard in front of an ecstatic Kop.United, who had brought Paul Scholes on for Nani to provide a measure of order to their midfield, were quickly level as Shinji Kagawa chested Valencia’s cross into the path of Rafael, who curled a superb finish beyond the stretching Pepe Reina. Liverpool were still pressing forward and twice Lindegaard rescued United, saving low from Suarez then turning Suso’s rising shot over the top. United had stabilised after that poor first half but it was still against the run of play when they went ahead from the spot – and Liverpool’s undoing was all their own work.Daniel Agger and Johnson collided on the halfway line to concede possession, allowing Valencia to race forward. The run ended with Johnson upending the winger in a desperate attempt at recovery.To make matters worse for the home side, Agger was hurt in the clash was taken off on a stretcher before Van Persie finally converted the penalty, despite Reina getting a hand to his powerful effort which found the top corner.Liverpool had run out of steam, ending with nine men after Martin Kelly was injured, allowing United to close out an important win.