Ryan Jakiri is set to become the first Filipino to compete in ONE Super Series when he clashes with China’s Han Zi Hao in a kickboxing bout in the undercard of ONE: Pursuit of Greatness on Friday at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Fielding respecting but not fearing Canelo in title match Jakiri, who hails from Zamboanga City, is a six-time Philippine national Muay Thai champion but the person standing in his way from making a good first impression in his promotional debut is no pushover.The 23-year-old Han has 58 wins across his name with 15 losses and Jakiri knows he can’t afford not to be in top form.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The ONE Super Series locker room has the best of the best in both Muay Thai and kickboxing. It’s a chance for me to raise my stock as a competitor in this sport,” said Jakiri.“I do not think Han Zi Hao offers anything I have not seen. I need to be ready for his fast hands, but otherwise, I do not think he is superior to me in any aspect,” he said. “I think he and I are stylistically similar, so I am looking to prevail over him with the improvement I have been making in my game.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Han split his last two fights, bowing to Cyprus’ Panicos Yusuf on points in July before beating Greek striker Stergos Mikkios via unanimous decision last month.Jakiri said he’s ready for anyone in his goal to be the No. 1 fighter in his class.“I will fight anyone as long as it will lead me to the top of my weight class. I am dedicated on making the most of any opportunity that ONE Championship grants me,” he said.“My goal is to win my bout in ONE Super Series on Friday. I am here for a reason and a purpose. While it’s a great feeling to represent the Philippines on the international stage, it’s also a big opportunity for me to reach for the stars and turn my dreams into reality.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum
Actor Ben Stiller has spoken of his support for refugees following moving meetings in Berlin, Germany, with families forced to flee conflict and persecution in Syria and Iraq.Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Visit Refugee FamiliesBen’s private briefing, organised by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, brought him face to face with three families who had lost everything because of war. With their livelihoods lost, their homes bombed, and their children unable to go to school, they had all made the difficult decision to make the perilous sea crossing to Europe in search of safety.Accompanied by his wife Christine, he talked with young couple Dalal and Najemaldeen, who made the dangerous journey only one month after Dalal had given birth to twin girls. Carrying only clothes and milk for the children, they fled their home town of Mosul in Iraq, eventually finding safety in Berlin.Nahed and Hassan shared a similarly harrowing story, describing the bombings that destroyed their home and businesses, and meant their children could not go to school. Nahed described the terror at being separated from her two young children, Mohamed (8) and Mayaar (5),on the tiny boat which took them across the Aegean Sea to Greece. But her resilience shone through as she explained her hopes for the future, and her determination to learn German and build a new life for the family.Ben also met with Nadia and Ahmed, whose sole goal was to keep their 11 year-old son Moustafa safe, and to get him back into education to preserve his future.“Just meeting these families immediately put a human face on this issue. These people have a lot in common with all of us. They are hard-working and educated and really just want the best for their kids’ futures,” Ben reflected. “I can’t imagine having to risk my child’s life on such a dangerous journey just because there are no legal routes to reach safety. Despite having lost everything, they spoke with great dignity and showed us great hospitality. People like Nahed, Dalal and Moustafa are the innocent victims of conflict and really need our support.”UNHCR briefed Ben on the wider Syria crisis including its humanitarian operations within Syria, in neighbouring countries, and in Europe. “It’s clear there are many challenges in meeting the needs of so many arrivals, but Germany has shown humanitarian leadership in providing a safe haven for people fleeing the world’s conflict zones. Both in Europe and the Middle East, agencies like UNHCR are doing a tough job with limited resources. It’s important to continue to shine a spotlight on the human impact of displacement, and on the urgent need to support UNHCR in its vital life-saving work.”You can learn more about Ben’s visit here.
APTN National NewsThe Yukon RCMP is facing another investigating after their officers were accused of roughing up a First Nations woman.RCMP members from Carcross, Yukon, are being investigated after a local woman filed a complaint against the officers for using excessive force after they arrested her last month.The woman said she was dragged from her home and roughed up in Whitehorse cells. Lynn Rose Johns said she suffered a concussion.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story.