first_imgSwift Technique, Philadelphia’s fiery funk extravaganza, is sprinting into their ninth year of existence at full speed! Their unique blend of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop and relentless showmanship has propelled the group into their most successful period to date. Featuring the powerhouse vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava and Nik Greeley, the band is releasing two new singles, “Lucky Bump” and “Reason to Be” to add to an ever-growing recording catalogue. With bombastic horns, thunderous bass and drums, driving guitar and keys, and more dance moves than you can shake a booty at, Swift Tech’s live performances are unmatched in energy, musicianship and pure feel-good fun. And with a recent appearance on the award winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, the group is commanding national attention.Step into the world of Swift Technique with their latest music video, “Lucky Bump.” Ever wonder what a troop of Punk Funkers does during the day? Did they ever leave High School? Under the guidance of their trusty penguin, Senator Squawks, Swift Technique delivers a Funky odyssey for the ages.With their first releases of 2017, Swift Technique presents two of their most polished, powerful and representative singles to date. In addition to the soulful vocal combo of Nik Greeley & Chelsea ViaCava, the group employs the talents of their large extended family of Philly musicians. The first single, ‘Lucky Bump’ takes you for a ride on the Soul Train and gets you moving with its classic and infectious groove. This feel good song is right at home in the roller rink or any dance club. It’s a true showcase for the members’ musical skill and cohesion.Check out their first wave of Spring / Summer Tour announcements below:3/23 Ardmore, PA Ardmore Music Hall3/24 Hamden, CT The Ballroom at The Outer Space3/31 Kerhonkson, NY Rock and Roll Resort v74/1 Syracuse, NY Funk n’ Waffles Downtown4/27 Brooklyn, NY The Hall @ MP5/18 Hammonton, NJ Camp Jam in the Pines5/19 Bedford, PA Domefest6/9 Stephentown, NY Disc Jam Music Festival7/14 Scranton, PA Camp Bisco7/15 Roanoke, VA Deschutes Street Pub[Music Video Directed & Produced by Bob Sweeney]Don’t miss Swift Technique when they bring their high-energy funk to The Hall @ MP on Thursday, April 27th in support of improvisational-reggae masters Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad   [Buy Tickets]last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Lorie Shaull / CC BY-SA 2.0SWANTON, Vt. — The number of people apprehended for illegally crossing from Canada into the United States along its northern border has nearly tripled over the past three years, and a growing portion are Mexican citizens, according to federal data.One Mexican man who crossed illegally to work on a Vermont dairy farm said it was easier than trying the southern border.U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics obtained by The Associated Press after a public records request provide new detail on what was apparent anecdotally: Along the border from Maine to Washington, 446 of the 1,586 illegal crossers apprehended in the 2019 fiscal year were Mexican, or 28%. That’s up from 20 of 558, or just 3.6%, in 2016.The numbers also increased for Romanians — many identified as ethnic Roma — and other nationalities, such as Haitians and Indians. Those tallies don’t include apprehensions for reasons other than illegal crossings, such as overstaying visas. This year’s data will likely look different because of travel impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael McCarthy said there’s been “a decline in illegal entries” since the arrival of the virus and the border closure, though he didn’t have specific numbers. But they’re expected to pick up again as travel resumes.A former U.S. Department of Homeland Security attache in Ottawa said she wasn’t surprised by more illegal crossings from Canada, though that total remains less than 1% of southern border apprehensions.“Like water at the lowest point, migrants will find their best way in,” said Theresa Brown, now director of immigration and cross border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.The Vermont farm worker, Diego, said he illegally crossed from Canada in 2017 because it was safer and cheaper than crossing the southern border.“The person who was going to get us across was recommended by a trusted friend and there was no risk that we were going to be cheated,” said Diego, 26, who’s from the Mexican state of Tabasco and spoke in Spanish. He spoke on condition that his full name not be used because he’s in the U.S. without authorization.Diego arrived via the northern border’s busiest sector for apprehensions: a 295-mile (475 kilometer) stretch across northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire that had more than half the northern border arrests last year, up from 38% in 2016. An informal review of criminal cases filed against people apprehended in Vermont and upstate New York over the last two years indicates most were trying to reach areas away from the border, such as New York City.The sector’s chief border agent, Robert Garcia, attributes its increase in illegal crossers to its proximity to Toronto and Montreal and the U.S. East Coast; increased focus on security along the U.S. southern border; and changes in Canadian entry requirements.In 2016, Canada lifted its requirement that Mexican citizens apply for visas to enter the country, as part of efforts to strengthen ties with Mexico. A similar change for Romanian citizens took effect in 2017.The Canadian government “monitors its immigration system closely” and takes seriously the responsibility for the shared border with the U.S., a statement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said.“Visa-free travel does not guarantee entry into Canada,” it said, noting such travel could be suspended if necessary to preserve the system’s integrity.Diego said he and four adults he didn’t know flew to Toronto from Mexico, waited days in a motel before traveling overland to Montreal, then took a taxi to a town near the Quebec-Vermont border. A guide took them to the border and told them that once they crossed, they should run across a plowed field to someone who’d be waiting.“They were there and they took us,” he said. “We had the luck.”Diego said the trip cost about $2,500, and he heard the person who arranged his passage was later arrested and deported to Mexico.In another recent smuggling case, a Canadian citizen born in El Salvador was extradited to the United States and charged with running a yearslong operation that crossed people from Canada into Vermont and New York.The Border Patrol says smugglers are willing to move around. In Maine — statistically one of the quietest areas on the border — a defendant apprehended in December admitted making six trips to northern Maine in a month to transport about 12 people to New York City.“If that made the hair on the back of your neck stand up a little bit, I would say it did on mine as well,” said Jason Schneider, the Border Patrol’s acting chief patrol agent for the sector that includes all of Maine.last_img read more

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang with his LamborghiniBerlin, Germany | AFP | Borussia Dortmund fans can now drive off in one of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s distinctive luxury sports cars after the Gabon international put it on the market for 279,980 euros ($329,096).German daily Bild report that the striker has put his silver-painted Lamborghini Aventador, advertised as a ‘celebrity vehicle’, up for sale with a car dealer in Dormagen, near Cologne.The 28-year-old footballer has a weakness for fast cars, and there is no mistaking that the car belongs to Aubameyang as it has his distinctive lightening-flash logo on the bonnet.The luxury vehicle has a top speed of 350 km/h. Aubameyang, who has scored 12 goals in 14 league games this season, had the vehicle painted silver with a colourful rainbow matt effect.The footballer was suspended by Dortmund last month after turning up late for training which led to him being mocked by ex-Germany international Olaf Thon, who used to play for Dortmund’s rivals Schalke.“Anyone who drives such fast cars and then comes too late to training, well there is something wrong there,” said the 51-year-old, who was in the West Germany squad which won the 1990 World Cup title.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgA Florida man says he contracted flesh-eating bacteria without touching the water.Tyler King was working in Santa Rosa Beach last week when his left bicep suddenly swelled to three times its normal size.He went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with vibrio, a flesh-eating bacteria often found in brackish water.King is the third person in less than a month to contract a flesh-eating bacteria in Florida.Lynn Fleming, 77, died last week when she was infected after falling at a beach on Anna Maria Island.A young Indiana girl contracted the infection while swimming in Gulf along the Florida Panhandle. The 12-year-old recovered after having several surgeries to save her leg.It remains unclear if the cases are somehow related, but all have contracted the bacteria in Florida sparking safety concerns.last_img read more

first_imgNo news is definitely not good news when you’re a team looking to improve its roster on the eve of the BC Hockey roster deadline.Leaf coach Dave McLellan said “it’s pretty slow our there.”“I’ve basically been in contact with every team in the league, but it seems everyone is holding their cards pretty close to their chest,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily prior to practice Thursday.McLellan said he’s a little upset at the way business is done in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League after seeing what he felt was a done deal fall by the wayside.The potential deal was with a team outside the Murdoch Division.“I did a favour for a team on the premise of what I thought would be a deal later in the year, but that fell through,” McLellan lamented.Junior teams, including those in the KIJHL teams have until Saturday (January 10) to finalize their rosters for the playoff run.Nelson has a few cards remaining to acquire players. McLellan was hopeful to land another defenceman and top six forward through deals.Injuries continue to hamper LeafsThe Nelson Leafs continue to look more like a Mash Unit than a hockey team as the Green and White prepare for a home-and-home series against Spokane Braves beginning Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Leafs defenceman Patrick Croome remains on the injury list while forward Michael Rand is out with the flu.McLellan said he is waiting also on status of forward Nolan Percival.As for forward Dylan Williamson, he gets the cast of his injured hand but won’t play while Blair Andrews is also not expected back until next weekend.“Hopefully we can use a few Aps (affiliate players) from the Kootenay Ice to help fill out the roster,” he said.Both goalies on deck for Spokane seriesMcLellan said both goalies, Adam Maida and Joey Karrer are available to play.Karrer saw his first action after the Christmas break in Sunday’s loss to 100 Mile House after overcoming a severe bout with the flu.“I thought Joey played pretty good Sunday considering it was his first game in a long time,” McLellan said.last_img read more

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has claimed the decision to abandon the National Spatial Strategy means Letterkenny’s status as a Gateway town has been lost – jeopardising future investment in the area.The Donegal TD says the town is now in limbo as a result of the move by Environment Minister Phil Hogan and businesses will suffer.“The decision to drop the National Spatial Strategy without any sign of a replacement plan for over a year leaves Letterkenny and the other 18 Gateway towns and hubs in utter limbo. This could have enormous consequences for Letterkenny and the surrounding area, putting future growth and investment here in jeopardy.” The National Spatial Strategy was originally designed to promote balanced regional development to offset dominance by the Greater Dublin Area and to help foster economic growth nationally by utilising our national resources effectively.Letterkenny is one of 18 hubs that has benefited form the status and helped lead to growth in recent years.But the Environment Minister Phil Hogan has announced plans to scrap the strategy with no replacement planned for at least another year.Deputy McConalogue continued, “Under the National Special Strategy, Letterkenny had a central role in attracting infrastructural investment and acting as an engine of growth for the surrounding area. This was particularly important in cross border relations with Derry. Now that the strategy has been completely abandoned by Fine Gael and Labour, the future role of Letterkenny is in doubt. “Businesses basing their long term projects on the plans outlined by the National Special Strategy now have to deal with greater uncertainty about infrastructural projects, population bases and transport links. Given the pressing need for job creation across Donegal the news that our Gateway town has been dropped will only create further uncertainty.“The government needs to start taking job creation in Donegal and the North West seriously. We have already seen through information supplied to Fianna Fáil last week that the IDA only achieved 3 investor visits in Donegal over the past two years compared to dozens in some other counties on the east coast, which have benefited enormously as a result. Figures from Enterprise Ireland also show a net loss of jobs in Donegal last year in contrast to the national trend. This latest news is another blow to hopes of investment in Letterkenny.”But Labour Party chair , Peter Cutliffe has challenged Deputy Deputy Charlie Mc Conlogue’s assertion this week that Minister Philip Hogan’s decision to abandon Gateway status for Letterkenny has jepordised potential investment in the town.“The National Spatial Strategy was another Fianna Fail smoke-screen suggesting the party was serious about creating jobs in the Region. I believe it was a myth and I challenge Fianna Fail and the Deputy to illustrate what direct benefit and jobs resulted from this strategy”, said Mr. Cutliffe .He continued that we badly need job- creation activity in the County as a whole and until we see the banks releasing credit to business , we will continue to struggle. “I really believe that job-creation is only possible if the Banks become more proactive and no amount of strategies can replace actual funding for job-creation,” Mr Cutliffe concluded .INVESTMENT IN LETTERKENNY IN DOUBT AFTER HOGAN ABANDONS GATEWAY STATUS FOR TOWN was last modified: February 19th, 2013 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)Tags:Charlie McConalogueGateway StatusinvestmentletterkennyPhil Hoganlast_img read more

first_imgHere’s a flock of bird stories that have Charles Darwin on stage or in the wings, so to speak.Was Darwin wrong?  Yes!  Contra National Geographic (10/24/2004), the science news outlets are all saying today that Darwin was wrong – but only about the origin of chickens (see EurekAlert #1, EurekAlert #2 and Science Daily).  The point of contention is so trivial, creationists lured by the headline might be chagrined to find the science media making such a big flap about a misdemeanor by the father of evolutionary theory, but not making a peep about what they perceive as his much bigger flights of fancy.Why pigeons sleep:  Pigeons take power naps, reported EurekAlert.  In fact, their sleep patterns seem similar to those of humans.  This can only mean one thing: “the independent evolution of similar sleep states in birds and mammals might be related to the fact that each group also independently evolved large brains capable of performing complex cognitive processes.”  Darwin was not mentioned but we all know he was a pigeon fancier.  He most likely took power naps himself, presumably not when writing books.Dino-age cormorants:  National Geographic News reported a discovery of large amounts of seabird fossils in Cretaceous strata on an island off New Zealand.  The “spectacular deposit” also included “bones that are too large to belong to birds, including what could be the big toe from a two-legged carnivorous dinosaur known as a theropod.”  The identification of the big one as a dinosaur, however, is tentative.  The bird fossils “seem to resemble modern seabirds known as cormorants” (see 05/24/2004).Darwin’s finches redux:  Peter and Rosemary Grant, the Darwin-finch experts, have distilled their 30+ years of research into a new book, How and Why Species Multiply (Princeton, 2008).  From the title, the book generalizes far beyond a few species on the Galapagos Islands.  Hanna Kokko reviewed the book in Science.1  Kokko did not add much new beyond the obligatory retelling of the Galapagos voyage and the inspiration it gave the young naturalist.  She hurriedly listed a few of the conclusions from the Grants’ painstaking research: stories of hybridization, founder populations, genetic bottlenecks, heterozygous genes, competition for resources, and the effects of drought on beak size.  None of this led to definitive conclusions.  Rather, “That context is where we start to understand what all the details mean.”  She ended quoting the Grants’ takeoff on Dobzhansky: “Nothing in evolutionary biology makes sense except in the light of ecology.”Another quick bird factoid comes from PNAS:  a Hungarian team found that falcons and humans (using paragliders) employ the same soaring strategies.2  “We find that there are relevant common features in the ways birds and humans use thermals,” they said.  “In particular, falcons seem to reproduce the MacCready formula widely used by gliders to calculate the best slope to take before an upcoming thermal.”1.  Hanna Kokko, “Evolution: Happening Now, Outdoors,” Science, 29 February 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5867, pp. 1187-1188, DOI: 10.1126/science.1154815.2.  Akos, Nagy and Vicsek, “Comparing bird and human soaring strategies,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online on March 3, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0707711105.Look carefully in each of these stories for clear, unambiguous evidence for Darwin’s primary contention that all living things – from bacteria to birds and humans – emerged from a single primordial cell through an unguided process of natural selection acting on random mutations.  You’ll see a lot of fluttering and clucking, but nothing of substance.  What has Darwin laid but a DODO egg? (i.e., a biology that chirps “Darwin only, Darwin only.”)    Flight engineering technology in birds, imitated by humans, leads to the conclusion birds were designed.  Was Darwin wrong?  Don’t be a chicken; answer the question with logic and evidence.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgRugby was among the 14 sporting codes represented at the 2014 National School Sport Championships. (Image: SportBlog)Sport has shown its ability to bring South African together. People who would otherwise never have socialized came together to celebrate as Francois Pienaar raised the Webb Ellis trophy, with the help of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela.That image, of the Afrikaner hero and the man who spent a life fighting oppression remains an iconic moment of reconciliation in the history of South Africa.Now the Department of Sports and Recreation and the Department of Basic Education are tapping into the restorative spirit of sport to hold the inaugural South Africa Schools Sports Championships at more than 23 venues around Tshwane, with the main centre being the University of Pretoria since 10 December with the finals being on 15 December.The games were launched at Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe Stadium on 10 December.The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, said at the opening of the games: “School Sport is the bedrock of development. No Star just fell out of the sky, they all came through a program, and these Championships will be foundation for our future champions.The Games will also help unearth schools in need of sports funding and identify talented and promising athletes. These young future stars will be given bursaries to help develop their talent. Minister Mbalula challenged the athletes, “You must take your participation here seriously, this is not just another competition. There has never been a program like this. Here we have different codes, where future rugby stars will come out; athletics, netball and other sporting codes will produce stars. If you are here you the best of the best in South African schools.”The games are themed: “Today’s athletes, tomorrow’s legends” and should be seen in the context of broader efforts to promote access to an organised and structured system of sport and recreation. At the end of the day it is about offering opportunities to South African youth to develop their talent and support high performance, while also building unity and pride, and growing the sport and recreation sector.More than 5 000 athletes aged between 13 and 19, have been competing in 14 sporting. There were also four indigenous games included, namely: Jukskei, Kgati, Khokho and Morabaraba.CULMINATION OF THE YEARThe Department of Sports and Recreation say the games are a culmination of activities that have taken place throughout the country in the School Sport League programme and is an opportunity for gifted sportspersons to be noticed by federation talent scouts.Throughout the year, schools compete at intra-school, inter-school, district and provincial level. The winning teams at the provincial level qualify to participate in the National School Sport Championship.Granville Whittle, the Deputy Director-General responsible for Care and Support at the Department of Basic Education, said: “Learning becomes easier for kids who participate in sport because playing sport makes them healthy. As a department, we support this programme. We value the importance of investing in administrators and coaches.“We are, however, worried because it is mainly boys who are actively participating in various school sport codes.”The best school in the country will be honoured at the closing ceremony to be held at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on 15 December.last_img read more

first_imgWith Emile YX (centre) at its helm, Heal the Hood has grown into an organisation playing a vital role in many children’s lives. (Image: Heal the Hood)The power of music cannot be denied. Often referred to as “the language we all speak”, music can help us understand ourselves and others by transcending boundaries of colour, religion and language to bring people together in a way that little else can.Music has always served to inspire people and has allowed for personal and social expression on a number of levels, be it through poetry, dance or its very creation.Emile Jansen, known as Emile YX in South Africa’s hip-hop circles, knows full well the power that music possesses and he, along with many of his peers from Cape Town’s notorious Cape Flats has worked to harness the power of music to serve the youth of the country.As a b-boy, or break dancer, MC, author, skater and teacher, Jansen has devoted a great deal of his energy and time to improve the lives of young people in South Africa. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of his efforts have been in his home town.“I came from a teaching background and decided to follow my passion for artistic performance with Black Noise,” he says. “But soon I saw that my teacher nature desired of me to help youth in our communities who needed platforms to express themselves and also needed alternatives to the normal distractions that the Cape Flats have to offer.”“My parents are both teachers. My mom is a school teacher and my dad coaches soccer. They both taught youth on the Cape Flats and their actions helped me to see the need to help out,” he adds.ORGANIC GROWTHThis intrinsic need to help others led to the formation of Heal the Hood (HTH) in 1998. It began as an informal movement by the youth for the youth in the Cape Flats, and was aimed at providing an alternative cultural experience for young people living in the crime-riddled community.“The HTH project was born out of my need to take action on the ideas that we were rhyming about and what we were reading from Black Consciousness or Human Consciousness literature,” Jansen says.By bringing together the different elements of hip-hop, such as dance, rap, poetry and graffiti, the movement has served to draw young people away from the gangsterism and other destructive behaviour they encounter on a daily basis on the streets of their neighbourhoods. In these areas, drugs, alcohol abuse, crime and violence are a way of life.“Over the years we have supplied alternative opportunities and ways for youth to vent the energies. We now focus on sharing that information with youth.” HTH not only offers the opportunities to vent energy, but also allows people to see the bigger picture, which will help them to liberate themselves and their families, he explains.HTH has gone from strength to strength and has grown into an organisation that has played a vital role in many children’s lives. Spurred on by the passion and commitment of Jansen and his colleagues, Heal the Hood has helped many youths to make the transition from young and misled children to productive members of adult society.Today the organisation offers free dance and rap lessons to youth looking to learn these art forms. These youngsters are then able to perform at schools and community halls, as well as at paid corporate events. In this way, Heal the Hood is able to showcase the talent of the children as well as the transformative powers of music and dance.As a b-boy, or break dancer, MC, author, skater and teacher, Jansen has devoted a great deal of his energy and time to improve the lives of young people in South Africa.SELF-SUFFICIENTThe corporate events are essentially a means for the youth involved to generate some sort of income for themselves and ease their reliance on the generosity of the public. Doing this allows them to further themselves as artists and individuals.Apart from these performances, Heal the Hood, an NPO, also facilitates the release of albums and mixtapes featuring young artists coming through the programme. They get the chance to get their material out into the public space and potentially jumpstart careers in the music industry.“Creating our own books and telling our own stories via documentaries and videos, et cetera, is how we see the future; sharing and changing of perception will come about. It is not just to heal the neighbourhood, but heal the head in order to heal the hood,” Jansen says.BUILDING ON SUCCESSUnlike many people building names for themselves in South Africa’s music industry, Jansen did not wait until he had achieved his own success before he decided to give back. Even before he was well known, as a youth himself, he was already doing much for his community through his involvement in youth development.It is this selflessness that has allowed Heal the Hood to stay in action for as long as it has, and that has helped to bring about a true change at a personal level for the youths involved. “The lack of knowledge of self and love for self is the underlying cause of the many gang, crime, drug, substance abuse, rape, murder, violence, et cetera problems in our communities,” Jansen says.“We now see that we must share knowledge of self with youth in order for them to use the skills we share to liberate themselves and not to see the challenger as the problem, but to seek within for the solutions.”For more information on Heal the Hood and its projects, or to get involved in its work, visit the organisation’s website, phone on 021 706 0481 or send an email to [email protected]“All we created has been to liberate our youth from the situations that they find themselves in. Now we see that their mental liberation is what we need to shift us from followers to leaders here in Africa… It is our duty as South Africans to seek our own solutions. We come from a great heritage and need to build on this sense of pride and self-worth.”last_img read more

first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago The undefeated former welterweight king, who is coming out of retirement to fight McGregor in Las Vegas, said he had spotted rabbit punches in footage of McGregor’s sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi.McGregor, who has never fought in a professional boxing contest, appears to floor Malignaggi in the footage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMayweather, 40, was unimpressed.“I had a chance to see it and my thought were, it was interesting,” Mayweather said of McGregor’s Malignaggi knockdown. “A lot of rabbit punching, a lot of illegal shots, behind the head,” he added.READ: McGregor vows fast finish against MayweatherMcGregor has hired veteran referee Joe Cortez during his training camp to help advise on boxing rules and ensure he fights clean.“He’s had Joe Cortez in his training camp and I’ve still seen him being extremely dirty,” Mayweather said.Veteran referee Robert Byrd will be responsible for managing the fight and Mayweather is confident he will maintain control of the contest. Byrd officiated in Mayweather’s 2013 win over Robert Guerrero in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Floyd Mayweather has accused Conor McGregor of “fighting dirty” in training but is confident of a clean battle when the two men meet in their August 26 superfight.Mayweather told reporters on a conference call on Thursday he believed mixed martial arts star McGregor had used illegal tactics in sparring sessions.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I truly believe the referee is going to do a great job,” Mayweather said.“The referee’s job is to keep the fight clean. He don’t have anything to worry about. I’m looking forward to following the Queensberry rules of boxing,” he added.Mayweather retired from boxing in 2015 with a perfect 49-0 record to emulate former heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano. A win against McGregor would see the welterweight become the only man to ever hold a perfect 50-0 record.Mayweather insisted however that moving clear of Marciano’s historic benchmark was not on his mind.“Even though this is my 50th fight, this is not my focus,” Mayweather said. “Rocky Marciano is a legend, he did it his way. I just like to do it the Mayweather way.”Win or lose, Mayweather is adamant that nothing will be able to tempt him back into the ring following his return against McGregor. He reiterated an earlier statement that this month’s fight will be his last.BACKSTORY: Mayweather ‘out of retirement for McGregor’“This is my last one. I gave my word to (adviser) Al Haymon, I gave my word to my children, I don’t want to break that,” Mayweather said.“I’m going to stick to my word — this is going to be my last fight.” Read Next Korea ousts Gilas Pilipinas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more