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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMartin Nguyen had just made history in ONE Championship after becoming the promotion’s first two-division champion, but he is far from over.After knocking out local hero Eduard Folayang in the Legends of the World card to become the simultaneous featherweight and lightweight titlist, Nguyen has now set his sights on Bibiano Fernandes’ bantamweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene And taking a drastic change in weight is no problem for Nguyen who will have to shed 25 pounds from his 170-lb lightweight body to challenge for Fernandes’ 145-lb title.“I’m not only here to win, I want to make history and Bibiano is the next step,” said Nguyen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I want Bibiano a hundred percent next year,” said Nguyen Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “My weight is all over the place.”Nguyen, who was riding a five-fight win streak prior to facing Folayang, was the virtual underdog against the hometown hero that even ONE’s chairman Chatri Sityodtong had the Filipino as the favorite.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I had Eduard as the favorite,” said Sityodtong.All those pre-fight notions came to an end, though, when Nguyen landed a right straight after dodging Folayang’s spinning heel kick 2:20 into the second round of their lightweight bout. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Fernandez proud to see Red Lions match Pirates’ big heart Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFormer President Sirleaf with some ex-officials. Confers honors on outgoing officials of GovernmentThe now former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Sunday, bestowed national honors on some of her officials in the Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Foreign Ministry in recognition of the their “dedicated services” during her administration.This was the former President’s last official function at the Foreign Ministry prior to turning over power to President George Weah yesterday.Among the honorees, in accordance with categories were the Most Venerable Order of the Pioneers: Marjon Vashti Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Dame Grand Commander; Sylvester M. Grigsby, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Knight Commander; McKinley D. Thomas, Liberia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Knight Commander.Other honorees are Youngor S. Telewoda, Liberia’s Ambassador to Japan, Dame Commander; Eugene Lenn Nagbe, Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Knight Commander; Patrick Sendolo, Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Knight Commander; Varney A. Sirleaf, Acting Minister of Internal Affairs, Knight Commander; Puchu Leona Bernard, Director General, Civil Service Agency, Dame Commander; and Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Dame Commander.In the category of Star of Africa, President Sirleaf admitted the following as Grand Commanders: Education Minister George K. Werner, Commerce Minister Axel Addy, Public Works Minister Gyude W. Moore, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, and Chairperson of the National Investment Commission, Etmonia David Tarpeh.The Humane Order of African Redemption category comprised Minister of Youth and Sports, Saah Charles N’Tow, Knight Grand Commander; Managing Director of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation, Dewitt von Ballmoos, Knight Grand Commander; Chief of Protocol of Liberia, Jervis A. Witherspoon, Knight Grand Commander; and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, B. Elias Shoniyin, Knight Commander.The Star of Africa is also one of the highest honors to which officials including Superintendents at this time were admitted. Those admitted included Nimba County Superintendent, D. Dorr Cooper, Commander; Buchanan City Mayor, Julia Kpui Bono, Commander; Bureau of Concessions Executive Director, Ciata A. Bishop, Commander; Law Enforcer/Criminal Justice Practitioner, James Y. Hunder, Sr., Commander; Chairperson of National Civil Society Council of Liberia, Frances R. Deigh Greaves, Commander; Executive Assistant to the President, Euphemia N. Brewer-Fasama, Officer; Deputy Chief of Protocol, Ethel Holt-Toles, Officer; and former Special Assistant to the Minister, Cornelia Kruah-Togba, Officer.Following the conferments, President Sirleaf indicated that the honorees, some of whom were not present at the ceremony, served with distinction and dedication in the interest of her administration and the country.She, however, did not clarify how the honorees impacted the country or her administration.Critics contend that some of those honored, by reason of their very poor performance, did not deserve such honors such as Education Minister George Werner who leaves behind a “messy education system”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more