No dead-end for bleeder Melindo

first_imgWBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi, right, of Japan and IBF champion Milan Melindo of the Philippines exchange punches in the 10th round of their world light flyweight boxing unification title match in Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Taguchi beat Melindo by a unanimous decision to win the both titles. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)Brutally battered, slugger Milan Melindo, 29, looked every bloodied inch headed for boxing’s wasteland at the start of the new year.Don’t tell that to his excitable handlers.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina They lost to a better fighter, said his chief trainer Edito Villamor. Yes and no.Melindo threw enough number of punches. But he didn’t lose plainly, he got sorely beaten.Looking back, it would become clear that it was neither his short reach nor blinding blood that caused ultimate defeat.More clearly, it was his inferior defense. Melindo had the silly habit of leaving his stiff head an easy target. He would often sacrifice and offer to receive in order to land a few licks of his own.There are big plans but no apparent change in the ring methodology.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments For example, Melindo should be taught to launch and land solid shots. It’s a must for him to avoid the throwing of half-baked bombs.This could be misunderstood or misinterpreted. But as things stand, Melindo connects punches that are powered mainly by great grunts, windy facial meanness.He wields a terrific jab, but his punches often emanate from the shoulders, instead of the main seat of power in the lower body.He often ends up delivering virtual slaps, his shots devoid of snap and sting.Of Melindo’s recorded 37 wins, only 13 came via knockout.His handlers need not go to Roach and Beristain for secrets and pointers on how to deliver airtight knockouts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jarata thwarts Fernandez ALA Stable CEO Michael Aldeguer said they had big plans for the methodical small puncher, who relinquished his IBF light flyweight crown in Tokyo a few hours before the close of 2017.Melindo lost his crown in 12 rounds to a tall and crafty Japanese WBA title holder but, as things stood at the final bell, he remains a big sell in Tokyo. He had fans at the edge of their seats the whole night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe started strong, but allowed himself to be dominated at the start of the second half.He resurged briefly, before wilting in blood and agony to surrender his crown. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Gov’t to Increase Budget for Agriculture

first_imgPresident George M. WeahPresident George Weah has reiterated agriculture as critical to the transformation of Liberia’s economy. As such, the President said his administration is rationalizing government’s expenditures to put more money to the sector to improve food security.He made the pronouncement on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in his pre-recorded nationwide address.The President presented his speech against the backdrop of the mounting economic hardship facing the country where prices of basic commodities are sharply rising to the detriment of ordinary citizens.He added, “We are delivering a new and improved fiscal policy that will be announced with the passage of a credible national budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. In the last several years, we have passed a budget that exceed our revenues potentials. We are now working together with counterparts in other agencies of government to pass a realistic budget.”“To achieve this,” the President said, “We will require sacrifices from all, because our actions will involve reform of our large wage bill, rationalizing government’s spending to put more resources to critical areas like health, education and agriculture.”Experts in the sector said since the end of the Liberian civil crisis (1989-2003), the country’s budget for agriculture is yet to align with the mandate of African leaders to allot 10 percent annually, this many stakeholders anticipate adherence.Up to current, the budget for agriculture remains at 3 percent annually with additional funding coming from external sources such as the World Bank, the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), African Development Bank and donor countries.However, despite these external sources for agriculture, experts are of the opinion that growth in the sector still remain elusive as smallholder farmers are faced with numerous challenges.It can be recalled that the President lamented the low agricultural productivity during his second annual message to the joint session of the 54th Legislature on Monday, January 28, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more