Heavyweights Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller hurl insults instead of leather

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history World fencing body ‘interested’ in France’s embrace of lightsaber British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, is shoved by Jarrell Miller, right, as they pose for photographs during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in New York, to promote their upcoming fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Staring contests, shouting matches, some shoving. Even a near mix-up with some members of the audience.All part of the pregame show, if you will, when heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Jarrell Miller shared a makeshift stage at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Miller especially was annoyed when Joshua said he would train for the fight in Brooklyn. And as allegations from each boxer flew about alleged use of illegal substances — Miller tested positive for a banned drug in 2014 — they shouted over each other into microphones at a news conference without ever really answering questions.Miller claimed Joshua “has to have people look up to him like he is some kind of a god” while adding Joshua is “a puppeteer.”But they were ready to make some predictions. Before leaving the stage early, Miller vowed he’ll step out of the Garden ring in June as the champion. And Joshua promised, “I am going to knock him out on June 1. He’s the softest puncher in the heavyweight division.”“I just gave him a big paycheck and some cheeseburgers,” Joshua joked. “It was an easy promotion.”The bout will be streamed by DAZN in the United States and televised by Sky Sports in the U.K. Hopefully it will have more jabs and hooks and uppercuts with the gloves on in the ring and not the mouthing off that marked the beginning of the promotion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The title fight, Joshua’s U.S. debut, isn’t until June 1. The WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belt holder is unbeaten (22-0, 21 knockouts), but has only fought in the United Kingdom, where he’s filled London’s Wembley Stadium and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium for defenses of his title. Now, it’s the Garden, an arena synonymous with boxing, but a new locale for the champion.“I am not here to win a popularity contest. I don’t want to focus on the recognition part,” Joshua said. “That’s a losing battle. But as far as fighting around the world, I like to fight wherever the market is. In the U.K., we had 100,000 coming out and that’s why it made sense to be fighting there. At the moment, it’s brilliant to be at Madison Square Garden, with a global audience.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Madison Square Garden is massive. Madison Square Garden is really big, brilliant. Wembley holds a lot more people, but this is something different and new territory.“We’ve built it from the ground up in the U.K., and now we’re coming over.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ He’s coming over to Miller’s backyard; the heavyweight known as Big Baby (23-0-1, 20 knockouts) is from Brooklyn. Joshua basically shrugs when that’s mentioned.“He gasses out, he gets hit a lot,”Joshua said of the 300-pound Miller. “He’s slow.”Miller wasn’t slow to insult Joshua at every turn Tuesday, calling the Briton everything from “phony” to “no role model” to a “prom queen.”“I am ready, you have no idea,” he said. “I breathe, eat and sleep Anthony Joshua. I got a picture on my wall of Anthony Joshua. I wake up in the morning with Anthony Joshua.“The way I got here is unconventional, something out of a fantasy book. I worked hard for this, hard. Ground it out. I got to go to war.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

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GST collections rise marginally to 102 lakh crore in July

first_imgNew Delhi: Gross GST collections stood at Rs 1.02 lakh crore in July, marginally up from the previous month, official data showed on Thursday. The July 2019 mop-up was, however, 5.8 per cent higher than the Rs 96,483 crore collected in the same month last year. Revenue collection from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) had slipped below the Rs 1 lakh crore mark for the first time in the current fiscal in June at Rs 99,939 crore.last_img

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Meet Miss Teen TCI contestants

first_imgAmber Hall – 19 year old Amber Hall will be representing Providenciales; her platform is to promote and expand art in the community and schools in TCI. Amber says she joined the Miss Teen TCI pageant to gain experience, increase her knowledge and to build her self confidence and self esteem. Arielle NeelyArielle is 16 years old and will be representing North Caicos. Arielle says she joined the pageant to meet new friends and learn more about herself. Arielle’s platform is aimed at helping young ladies by promoting self love and self confidence. Gessica Williams15 year old Gessica Williams will be representing Middle Caicos in the Miss Teen TCI pageant; her platform aims to shed light on illegal drugs and how it affects the community. Gessica says she always knew that she would be a pageant girl, which is her main reason for joining the competition.Later we feature the final two contestants of Miss Teen TCI 2015-2016 – Leanndra Pratt and Shanise Laurant. Related Items:Miss teen tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Results in for 2nd Miss Teen TCI; called a close contestcenter_img Busy holiday weekend Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Sept 2015 – The countdown is on now to coronation day for the ‘fierce five,’ after a showcase in float parade and at the Island Fish Fry on Thursday evening. Today, the teens will have their preliminary interviews and the final competition and crowning is set for Saturday at Brayton Hall. Let’s meet three of the contestants; Amber Hall, Arielle Neely and Gessica Williams. Teen TCI Pageant this weekend; events start at Fish Frylast_img read more

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Hanging by an unbreakable thread

first_img“Being an artist of any kind in the 21st century is not a choice any sane person would make,” laughed Gary Jones, a master puppeteer in the robotically advanced era, who is currently in India to make his puppets dance to his tunes.At a time when German, French, Italian, and Russian identified the repertoire of grand opera as an endeavour strictly NOT for children, Jones, at the age of 16, became hooked to it. His journey to being a professional puppet artist began in Chicago as the scenic designer of the world famous Kungsholm Miniature Grand Opera. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The first puppet presentation and the first opera I witnessed was their production of Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’. I was sixteen and got hooked to it that very moment. I returned to the Kungsholm many times until I was old enough and bold enough to apply for employment there. They hired me as an apprentice puppeteer and assistant scenic designer. For three years, two shows a day and three on Saturdays, plus all of the details that unfold backstage amply prepared me to practice the art form that I seek to share in India. The only roadblocks I encountered was latent racism expressed in subtle and not so subtle ways. None of that, however, derailed me. I was too busy enjoying the challenges of my work,” shared Jones. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn l975, he founded his own company, The Blackstreet USA Puppet Theatre which presents ‘Gary Jones & The YUPPETS’ (Young Urban Professional Puppets).Since then he has handcrafted hundreds of puppets, trained several aspirants in his unique performance technique and witnessed his work applauded by both national and international audiences. Box office attendance records were broken for his residencies at ‘The Smithsonian Institution, Division of Performing Arts’ in the ’80s. Over the years, Jones has created an original and eclectic repertoire suited for both adults and young people with a cutting edge focus on dance. In a free-wheeling conversation with Millennium Post, the master puppeteer talks about being a professional puppeteer in the 21st century, puppetry dying a slow death, and his plans for India. Read on:What are the duties attached to being a professional puppet artist? A professional puppet artist has no more duties than any other professional. My goal is to strive for excellence in every discipline that contributes to what the audience eventually sees on my stage. Sculpture, costume design, writer, dancer, carpentry, acting, rehearsal director, lighting design, audio mixes – all of these necessarily must be overseen by the puppet master. When touring, some of these responsibilities are delegated and others dispatched into the scary but often inspiring realm of a low-cost production. The ancient wisdom of ‘go with the flow’ still applies; often with miraculous results!What goes behind every story that you portray?The preparation does not even begin until I have authored the story and revised the script a million times. What goes before this dwells in the messy, sometimes painful room hidden behind myriad false starts, locked doors, and detour signs erected because the damn car breaks down or the credit card limit threatens disaster. The artist continues even with a broken heart or fractured leg. The physical preparation can be a bare stage or an elaborate set like the one that took me six months to complete in Los Angeles. What is your chemistry with your myriad puppets?The Blackstreet USA Puppet Theatre operates like most theatrical ventures across the planet. Favourite puppets get the most stage time. There is no such thing as democracy backstage. If you are having an affair with the puppet master, you get the part. A puppet must possess extraordinary capabilities to bypass this regrettable reality. And many do….they are exceptionally expressive, or they might be unusually balanced; their weight often plays a part – a heavy puppet quickly stresses the arm muscles of the puppeteer.A chemistry between a puppet and the puppet artist usually manifests only after a five or six-year stage association. With time and repeated performances with a particular puppet, one becomes super familiar with that character. One knows that this figure will veer left or right with a certain movement.Every artist has some inspiration behind their work. What’s yours and why?Inspiration I think is an overused term in the art world. I would say the workings of the creative mind cannot be separated from the functioning of the construction worker, a policeman, or a seamstress. Our thought processes tend to reflect the information that we focus on throughout our lives, consciously or unconsciously. What are we looking at? What are we seeking to find? Do we take everything we see, hear, touch as the last truth? I am always searching for a deeper meaning from all that I encounter and a challenge to the beliefs that have been, sometimes secretly, running my life. If answers are found that produce the “Ah-ha” moment, it has the potential to be converted into an art form to tell others what I have discovered.Is being a puppetry artist economical in the 21st century? What is the scope of this profession?Are you kidding? Being an artist of any kind in the 21st century is not a choice any sane person would make. Especially in the US. Although the scope of puppetry can be easily stretched to fit into any activity, it is rarely exploited.Those industries that have taken a chance by choosing puppets to augment their products, ideas, or anything else, have almost always been extremely pleased and wildly surprised by the results.You are coming to a country where the art of puppetry is dying and India is not the only country which is losing interest. Your views? Most countries, including India, are unaware that they see some form of puppetry daily. The traditional puppet artist handling a sculpted piece of wood is usually completely disguised and erased by today’s technology. Little electronically controlled robots appear across our movies, television, and device screens so ubiquitously that we hardly notice them. This is a form of modern puppetry. Unfortunately, these pervasive images contribute to the invisibility of the original form which suffers from the usual travails of live theatrical productions lacking a large promotional budget. Multiply this by 100! Even mega corps like Disney restrict their activities in this arena; preferring instead the safer financially wise road of technology. Fortunately, however, this has not stopped artists who continue to pour their energy into exploring their talent through puppets. Regardless of the millions being spent in the auction room of Sotheby’s, I applaud every artist, in whatever field, who continues to follow their unique path. Their efforts, although seemingly unimportant, are valuable in the extreme. It is not up to me or any other artist to attempt to revive or reposition the work they are doing to please the market.What prompts you to give an educational message through your art?I am no different than any other artist. As long as I feel that accepting the invitation does not seriously distort my art; and that the task may potentially affect a change in perception of puppetry and its capabilities, I say ‘Yes, come on guys (my puppets) let’s do this!’ and they usually follow. The field of education was the first to present its face to me. One of the dearest projects I’ve ever created was authoring a puppet presentation to educate 5th-grade students to the facts of the HIV-AIDS epidemic in the 1990’s. The proposal to create such a program was brought to me by the education department of a hospital serving a very poor ghetto community of Los Angeles.All agreed that this topic desperately needed to be addressed at an early age. Teenagers were dying in shameless numbers. But holding the attention of 5th graders on such a sensitive topic was a problem the hospital had not yet solved. Enter puppets! To extraordinary success, the program ran for five years until politics cut the funding. Curiously, I was invited to bring my HIV-AIDS education program to Honduras, Central America where I presented it in Spanish. The twist was that I trained teachers to make the puppets and reproduce the HIV-AIDS show before returning to Los Angeles.You are integrating art and educational experience through puppetry. Are you coming to India with the same objective? The path that I have set for myself in puppetry is to always leave plenty of room for new ideas, to take the different unexpected road, and to surrender when I get lost in territory I have never before encountered. So I have decided on only one repertory selection to bring to India. “The Perfect Symbol of Love” will certainly be performed, but whatever else the YUPPETS do will emerge as a welcome creative adventure once I set foot on Indian soil. I am an artist so I am entering the experience of India anticipating her influence as a surprise. No doubt I will be a bit uncomfortable and a bit off balance yet I am sure India will not let me fall. Failure here is impossible. I only hope that whatever I create while in India will be worthy of the riches she will offer during my stay. I say this, aware that the combined energies of India and Gary Jones may not be clearly revealed until I return to Los Angeles.last_img read more

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