KPK shows ‘lack of willingness’ to fight corruption in natural resources sector: Activists

first_imgCritics have questioned whether the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will be able to fulfill its promise of addressing corruption in the natural resources sector, which potentially accounts for the largest state losses of any sector in Indonesia.KPK chairman Firli Bahuri recently told the commission’s newly inaugurated deputy for law enforcement, Karyoto, to crack down on corruption in mining and other natural resources businesses.Corruption in the natural resources sector has, according to researchers, caused larger state losses than similar illicit practices in other sectors. Antigraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) recorded 37 instances of corruption in the natural resources sector under investigation, accounting for Rp 6.03 trillion (US$403 million) in estimated state losses – four times the estimated losses from corruption in the banking sector.Four of the cases were related to mining activities, causing an estimated Rp 5.9 trillion in state losses collectively. These were followed by similar illicit practices pertaining to land management with an estimated Rp 111.2 billion in losses from 16 cases.However, ICW researcher Egi Primayoga said the cases would not be solved anytime soon, blaming “the current KPK leadership’s lack of willingness” to solve them. Read also: 100 days of blunders: Watchdog slams new KPK chairman’s performanceFor example, the KPK has yet to complete investigation against Supian Hadi, the regent of East Kotawaringin in Central Kalimantan. The KPK declared the regent a suspect in February of last year for allegedly accepting gratuities between 2010 and 2012 from mining companies in exchange for mining licenses.The antigraft body estimated that Supian’s actions had caused Rp 5.8 trillion in state losses from environmental damage caused by the mining operation.“The investigation of the case should have been finished [by now]. However, I’m not sure that new KPK leaders will pay attention to such cases, as these practices often implicate bigwigs,” said Egi.Syahrul Fitra of Auriga Nusantara echoed Egi, saying the KPK’s pursuit of corruption cases in the natural resources sector had not shown significant results after the new leaders were inaugurated in December of last year.“Maybe they are working quietly. However, we have not seen significant progress so far. Several old cases have also been left hanging,” Syahrul said.He added that investigators’ limited knowledge of natural resources management had prevented them from connecting the illicit practices with their possible environmental effects.Read also: Nur Alam’s graft verdict ‘loss’ for environmental protectionLaode Muhammad Syarif, the executive director of the Partnership for Governance Reform (Kemitraan) and a former KPK deputy chairman, urged law enforcement to use other laws to prosecute graft suspects, such as the Mining Law.He called on law enforcement officers from other institutions – including the National Police, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and the Environment and Forestry Ministry – to cooperate in the pursuit of graft suspects in the natural resources sector.“If they are serious about prosecuting, for example, crimes related to mining, it will be very easy because the crimes are happening right in front of our eyes.”Responding to the criticism, KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri said the antigraft body had been working to curb corruption in the natural resources sector.However, he acknowledged the issue was not as simple as it may seem, because the root of corrupt practices in the sector was a phenomenon called “state capture” – a systemic political corruption in which private interests influence a state’s decision-making processes to their own advantage.“We have launched at least 27 cases pertaining to the forestry sector [since our establishment in 2003]. We are also studying to improve governance in the sector,” Ali said.Editor’s note: The article has been updated to include the KPK’s comment.Topics :last_img read more

Rowan buys two jack-up rigs from Petrobras

first_imgOffshore driller Rowan Companies has bought two jack-up drilling rigs from Petrobras for a total of $77 million. Rowan has concluded the purchase of two LeTourneau Super 116E jack-up rigs, the P-59 and P-60, which were both delivered new into service in 2013, in a public auction from a subsidiary of Petrobras for $38.5 million per unit, the driller informed on Friday.As previously reported, Rowan was the high bidder in a Petrobras public auction with a bid price of $30 million per rig. While the high bid was not accepted by Petrobras, after negotiations, both parties agreed to the revised price.The company said it intends to mobilize these modern jack-ups to the Middle East from their current location in Brazil in late first quarter 2018.Tom Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We consider this purchase an opportunistic investment, made near a cyclical low, at a highly attractive price. Since mid-2015 we have divested five older jack-ups (Rowan Louisiana, Rowan Juneau, Rowan Alaska, Rowan Gorilla II and Rowan Gorilla III).“The addition of these two modern rigs will help renew the Rowan fleet and increase the company’s future earnings capability. We are very familiar with the design and construction of these rigs. We are confident in our ability to integrate these jack-ups into our existing fleet to generate strong financial returns from this investment and deliver safe, efficient and reliable operations to our customers.”The company also announced that it sold the Cecil Provine in November 2017 for scrap, and has cold-stacked the Gorilla IV following the conclusion of its latest contract.last_img read more

Regional health care to be improved with establishment of CARPHA

first_img Sharing is caring! 14 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img HealthLifestyle Regional health care to be improved with establishment of CARPHA by: – July 5, 2011 Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) – The 32nd annual meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in St Kitts and Nevis culminated with the Bureau of Heads agreeing that it was a focussed meeting with positive outcomes, as the region observed CARICOM Day.Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis and incoming chairman of CARICOM, Denzil Douglas, said at the closing ceremony that the summit dealt decisively with key issues including health, climate change, agriculture, and transportation.Douglas, who has lead portfolio responsibility for human resource development, health, and HIV/AIDS in the quasi-Cabinet of the CARICOM Conference Heads of Government, disclosed that the new Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is now a legally established entity, following the signing of the inter-governmental agreement on July 2. This, he said, is a “fitting tribute” to the community.CARPHA was the third and final component of the 2001 Nassau Declaration to be realised by the Community; the other two being the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) and the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH).This agency is expected to improve the quality of health care delivery in the region by merging the core functions of the five regional health institutions (Caribbean Epidemiological Research Center (CAREC), Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC), Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), and the Caribbean Drug Testing Regional Laboratory (CDTRL).Douglas highlighted the significant role of the Community in the impending United Nations high level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention and noted that this issue was given priority attention as the region prepared its high-level delegation for that special session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS) in September.One of the major issues that the Community wants to include on the agenda of the high level meeting is the formulation of appropriate policies to address risk factors, such as tobacco, alcohol, diet and lack of physical exercises in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles among its peoples.The Community has been deemed the front-runner in the fight against chronic NCDS, since its first ever Summit in NCDs in 2007, and was largely instrumental in lobbying for the resolution that spawned this special meeting to address the pressing health problem of NCDs, which cause an average of over 70 percent of the deaths, globally.With regards to climate change, an issue that Guyana has played a leading role in advocating, Douglas said that it will be included on the agenda of the 2011 Summit of the Americas as a matter of priority, in light of the susceptibility of Small Island Developing States (SIDs) to this natural phenomenon.The conference had reviewed the region’s capacity to respond to hurricanes and underscored the role of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) as facilitator, driver, coordinator and motivating force for the promotion and engineering of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in all participating States.Referring to the link between agriculture and transportation, Douglas underscored the importance of preserving food security in the region as well as the need to transport adequately, people and goods across the Community. He said that decisions were made to engage and involve the private sector and the academic community in these two priority areas.Caribbean News Now Sharelast_img read more

Severin McKenzie wants manufacturers to be treated differently from merchandisers

first_img Share Share 29 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet LocalNews Severin McKenzie wants manufacturers to be treated differently from merchandisers by: – August 5, 2011 In photo: Emerald Touch, a locally manufactured bathroom tissue. Photo credit: visitdominica-wordpress.comSeverin McKenzie the Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Manufacturers Association, wants manufacturers to be treated differently than merchandisers.Mr. McKenzie reported to the media after a situational analysis workshop held for the members of the Manufacturers Association, that the Government should view manufacturers differently as manufacturing has the ability to assist in developing the country.“You cannot treat a manufacturer the same way that you treat somebody who imports finished products and just put it on a supermarket shelf. There is a very big difference and there is a very high risk in fact that manufacturer’s take. A manufacturer for example goes into the process of purchasing machinery, purchasing raw materials converting those raw materials, paying for the location whether it is rent or whether it is a mortgage that you have on the venue, transportation, workers, utility, you just name it and at the end of the day the only thing that you have is the final product that you are going to sell.Mr. McKenzie also highlighted the significant risk which manufacturers take when beginning this venture, as the success of the business depends on whether the consumers like the product or not.“God forbid that when you end up with that finished product the consumers say that they do not like it. A situation like this arises and then it could just throw your business into a precipice, because this is almost a point of no return. So it is a very big risk that the manufacturer takes, so you cannot treat a manufacturer who goes into this level of investment the same way as you treat somebody who sees something on the internet, brings it in, goes to the Customs clears it, puts it on the shelf, multiplies it by five and then sells it to the consumers,” he said.Mr. McKenzie noted that “there is a very big difference in merchandizing and importing finished products as opposed to manufacturing.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Kay doubles up at Farley

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa (June 16) – Justin Kay was a double winner Friday at Farley Speedway.The Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Models took the green with Nick Marolf blasting into the lead from his front row start. Marolf looked to be on cruise control as he rode the top side of extremely fast track but engine woes sidelined the leader as the race hit the midway point.Joel Callahan assumed the point only to have a spin as he worked lapped traffic force him to the rear. Justin then took over the point and went on to record the win. Tyler Bruening and Dan Shelliam completed the top three.The GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Modifieds provided another exciting feature. Matt Gansen took the race lead early, only to have the sixth starting Kay chase him down and make the win­ning pass on lap number 12 of the non-stop 20-lap main event. Gansen and Joel Callahan rounded out the top three.Troy Bauer snapped Tyler Soppe’s recent hot streak in the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA North­ern SportMod 15-lap main event. Bauer took command early and went on to score a 10-car length win over Nick Coates with Soppe recording a third place finish.Phil Holtz continued his stronghold on the Bakey Seamless Gutters IMCA Stock Car division with his third consecutive feature win at Farley. Scotter Dulin and Tommy Thompson completed the top three.last_img read more

Laney, Winebarger win Modified features during emotional weekend at Bakersfield

first_imgPre-race ceremonies at Bakersfield Speedway’s Budweiser Nationals paid tribute to Bailey Schweitzer. Cars pic­tured from left are the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod of her cousin Jared, the Western Pro Stock of brother Dakota, the IMCA Modified of cousin Justin and, in back, the American Stock Car of brother Brody. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Oct. 13-14) – Racing took a backseat to remembering a much loved mem­ber of the Bakersfield Speedway family.Bailey Schweitzer, daughter of promoter Scott Schweitzer, was one of the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas. She was remembered in pre-race ceremonies before both nights of the Budweiser Nationals, with a balloon launch held before racing began on Satur­day.“This has been a race I’ve always wanted to win and especially being able to do it this year means a lot to me,” said Friday night IMCA Modified winner Cody Laney. “There were a lot of peo­ple here and a lot of work went into this weekend. A lot of people came together.”Laney’s 30-lap win on Friday and Collen Winebarger’s 40-lap victory on Saturday both paid $1,500 and were Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events.Robby Sawyer ran up front early on Friday and was in and out of the lead before Laney got there to stay on the 18th lap. After moving to the lower line, Laney went on to take the win ahead of Saw­yer, Ethan Dotson, Brad Pounds and Bobby Hogge IV.Winebarger’s 14-hour tow from Corbett, Ore., was rewarded the next night with a start to finish run in the lead. Laney threatened to sweep the weekend but came up just short following a restart with two laps to go.“I’d put the competition here up against anybody,” he said. “You’ve got to bring your ‘A’ game be­cause there are so many good cars and we had a pretty good car all weekend.”Darrell Hughes II, Dotson and Danny Lauer rounded out the top five.Nick Spainhoward also scored a $1,500 feature win after leading the last three times around the track in Saturday’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod 30-lapper.Also the Budweiser Nationals winner in 2015, Spainhoward led Jason Nation, Austin Kiefer, Wayne Dotson and Garrett Jernagan across the stripe. Kiefer had led the first 27 laps.Oct. 13 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Cody Laney; 2. Robby Sawyer; 3. Ethan Dotson; 4. Brad Pounds; 5. Bobby Hogge IV; 6. Collen Winebarger; 7. Alex Stanford; 8. Ryan Daves; 9. Robert Sanders; 10. Scott Drake; 11. Kyle Heckman; 12. Joe Antonetti; 13. Grey Ferrando; 14. Ryan Porter; 15. Jordan Ha­gar; 16. Justin Crockett; 17. Blake Thornell, 18. Randy Thornell; 19. Troy Foulger; 20. Darrell Hughes II; 21. Chad Reichenbach; 22. Roger Holder.Oct. 14 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Winebarger; 2. Laney; 3. Hughes; 4. Dotson; 5. Danny Lauer; 6. Logan Drake; 7. Sawyer; 8. Justin Schweitzer; 9. Tom Malcolm; 10. Scott Drake; 11. Ferrando; 12. Pounds; 13. Sanders; 14. Stanford; 15. Heckman; 16. John Piker; 17. Troy Morris, Jr.; 18. Bill Egleston; 19. Foulger; 20. Porter; 21. Hogge; 22. Holder.Northern SportMods – 1. Nick Spainhoward; 2. Jason Nation; 3. Austin Kiefer; 4. Wayne Dot­son; 5. Garrett Jernagan; 6. Michael Johnson; 7. Chris McKellar; 8. Billy Simkins; 9. Cory Hemphill; 10. Lee Jensen; 11. Austin Manzella; 12. Matt Lewis; 13. Brylon Holder; 14. Brian Cooper; 15. Cale Kanke; 16. Tina Pounds; 17. Todd Cooper; 18. Matthew Mayo, Jr.; 19. Rick Chil­dress Jr.; 20. Shane DeVolder; 21. Clint Reichenbach; 22. Doff Cooksey.last_img read more

O’Neill spies Irish potential

first_img The former Manchester United player was an ever-present in O’Neill’s first campaign despite spending the latter half in near exile at Olympiakos following a change in management. He was still one of Northern Ireland’s most consistent performers despite his lack of game time in Greece and excelled in the summer tour of South America, putting in fine displays against Uruguay and Chile. Now back in England with Notts County, the 36-year-old is established as number with both club and country. “There’s no doubt about it, Roy is capable of playing at a higher level than League One but at this stage of his career the most important thing is that he is playing week in, week out,” said O’Neill. “The reports on Roy are very positive already and I went to see him myself earlier in the season when he was excellent. “He is still an excellent goalkeeper, he’s shown that with us, and now he’s back enjoying himself and playing with a smile on his face. “It’s good for us that both of our other keepers, Alan Mannus and Michael McGovern are playing regularly in the SPL but Roy is in a good frame of mind.” O’Neill had intended to cut two from his training squad before flying to Budapest on Thursday but the decision was made for him as MK Dons midfielder Ben Reeves – in line for a first cap after his display in the giant-killing of Manchester United – and Hull defender Alex Bruce withdrew. Reeves has a hamstring injury, while Bruce’s wife has gone into labour. They join Ryan McLaughlin (knee), Sammy Clingan (knee) and Stuart Dallas (leg) in pulling out of the match. Manager Michael O’Neill sees a Northern Ireland side with “more potential” as he prepares to begin his second qualification campaign at the helm. Press Association O’Neill’s maiden attempt was one to forget in terms of results, Northern Ireland finishing fifth in their World Cup group and winning just one of their 10 games. But during the qualifiers he oversaw a shift in both personnel and tactics, bedding in new players and experimenting with the recently-popularised 3-5-2. Now it is time for results, with a tightly-matched but hardly terrifying Euro 2016 group featuring Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland and the Faroe Islands. They kick off with one of their trickier tests, away to Hungary on Sunday night, but O’Neill is cautiously optimistic that things are heading in the right direction. “I don’t know if we’re a stronger squad than we were two years ago but I think we’re a squad with more potential,” he told Press Association Sport. “We’ve benefited from the time we’ve worked together, we’ve had a chance to build something, and there have been positives this summer in terms of the players’ club situations. “This time last year we still had four or five lads with no clubs sorted and it’s asking a lot of someone who is unattached to come in and play qualifiers. “But this time the ones who were looking – Craig Cathcart, Aaron Hughes, Chris Baird, Sammy Clingan, Roy Carroll – all got resolved nice and early. “All the players have had a decent pre-season and we’ll feel the benefit of that.” Perhaps the most crucial of that number to be back playing regular football is goalkeeper Carroll. last_img read more

Switzerland bring Portugal down to earth with a 2-0 bump

first_imgEURO 2016 champions Portugal slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Switzerland as their World Cup qualification campaign started dismally.Two goals in seven first-half minutes through Breel Embolo and Admir Mehmedi saw the hosts gain an unlikely lead, with the Swiss seeing out the result after the restart to claim maximum points.Portugal enjoyed more of the ball throughout the game, but failed to look threatening in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Renato Sanches.Switzerland meanwhile look composed throughout – Mehmedi put in a real shift for the hosts, while Embolo alongside him was tracking back and performed his defensive duties perfectly.Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka did see red late on, however, for a second bookable offence, with both challenges rather clumsy, but it was too late for Portugal to capitalise on the man advantage.(Eurosport)last_img read more

Aussies seal ODI series after Warner’s fiery 130

first_img(REUTERS)-David Warner’s 12th one-day international hundred and brisk fifties from Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head set up Australia for an 86-run win over Pakistan in the fourth match yesterday as the hosts secured an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.The diminutive opening batsman smashed 130 for his sixth ton in his last 11 innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground, including his century before lunch in the third Test against the same opponents in January.Maxwell then pulverised the Pakistan attack with his 78 off 44 balls and added a quick-fire 100 for the fourth wicket with Head, who hit 51 off 36 balls, as the hosts piled up 353-6 in their 50 overs after winning the toss and opting to bat.Pakistan needed to pull off the highest successful ODI chase on Australian soil to keep the series alive but lacked the required firepower in their batting and were bundled out for 267 with six overs remaining in their innings.Left-handed opener Sharjeel Khan top-scored for the touring side with his 74 off 47 balls keeping Pakistan in the hunt for the early part of their chase.Australia’s paceman Josh Hazlewood and leg-spinner Adam Zampa, playing in his first match of the series, picked up three wickets each.DROPPED CATCHESIt was a forgettable day for Pakistan in the field as they dropped at least five catches and gave away extra runs through misfields and overthrows.Warner put together a breezy 92-run opening stand with Usman Khawaja, who was caught behind for 30 and became the first of seamer Hasan Ali’s five wickets.Warner, who hit 11 fours and two sixes in his 119-ball knock, added 120 for the second wicket with captain Steve Smith which gave Australia an ideal platform for a huge total.“It’s the home crowd, absolutely love playing here,” Warner said after being presented with the man of the match award.“I was quite slow tonight, but it’s always special to put the boys in a great position.”Hasan dismissed Warner and Smith, who made 49 after being dropped on 10, in the space of three deliveries but it did not hamper Australia’s quest for quick runs.Maxwell was dropped on eight and made Pakistan pay for their profligacy by hitting 10 fours and a six in his innings as Australia accumulated 118 runs in their last 10 overs.Head smashed four sixes and two fours in his 36-ball knock.The fifth and final match of the series will be played in Adelaide on Thursday.AUSTRALIA InningsU. Khawaja c Rizwan b H. Ali 30D. Warner c Rizwan b H. Ali 130S. Smith lbw b H. Ali 49T. Head c Malik b Amir 51G. Maxwell c Sh. Khan b H. Ali 78M. Wade c Wasim b H. Ali 5M. Starc not out 0Extras (lb-8 nb-2) 10Total (for 6 wickets, 50 overs) 353Fall of wickets: 1-92 U. Khawaja,2-212 D. Warner,3-213 S. Smith,4-313 T. Head,5-339 M. Wade,6-353 G. MaxwellDid not bat: P. Handscomb, P. Cummins, A. Zampa, J. HazlewoodBowling: M. Hafeez 9 – 0 – 54 – 0, M. Amir 10 – 0 – 75 – 1,J. Khan 10 – 0 – 82 – 0(nb-1),H. Ali 10 – 1 – 52 – 5(nb-1),I. Wasim 9 – 0 – 69 – 0, S. Malik 2 – 0 – 13 – 0PAKISTAN InningsAz. Ali c Smith b Hazlewood 7Sh. Khan c Warner b Zampa 74B. Azam c Hazlewood b Head 31M. Hafeez c sub b Zampa 40S. Malik c Warner b Head 47U. Akmal c Cummins b Starc 11M. Rizwan lbw b Zampa 10I. Wasim c Wade b Hazlewood 25M. Amir c Wade b Cummins 5H. Ali not out 8J. Khan b Hazlewood 0Extras (lb-5 w-4) 9Total (all out, 43.5 overs) 267Fall of wickets: 1-15 Az. Ali,2-88 B. Azam,3-119 Sh. Khan,4-183 M. Hafeez,5-215 S. Malik,6-218 U. Akmal,7-245 M. Rizwan,8-252 M. Amir,9-267 I. Wasim,10-267 J. KhanBowling: M. Starc 7 – 0 – 42 – 1(w-3),J. Hazlewood 8.5 – 0 – 54 – 3,P. Cummins 8 – 0 – 45 – 1, T. Head 10 – 0 – 66 – 2,A. Zampa 10 – 0 – 55 – 3(w-1)last_img read more

Other Sports Pankaj Advani Continues To Create History, Clinches 22nd World Billiards Title

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Myanmar: One of India’s most consistent sportspersons, Pankaj Advani, on Sunday increased his tally of world titles to 22 by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Myanmar on Sunday. The 34-year-old has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint in the UK in 2014. In the short format of billiards, this is Advani’s fifth title in the last six years.  “It’s such a touch-and-go format and so unpredictable that winning this four years on the trot and five out of the last six is extremely special,” said the champion athlete.In a repeat of last year’s final against local favourite Nay Thway Oo, Advani re-enacted the one-sided match with the same eventual outcome as well as identical scorelines of 6-2.  “This is the 150 points format in Billiards which is a shorter format and it is unpredictable because anybody can win on that particular day and to maintain consistency in this short format is an incredible feeling (after winning title) for last four years,” he told PTI.From the word go, Advani was in full flow. The gifted Indian was leading 3-0 at the halfway mark with the help of fluent breaks comprising of 145, 89 and 127, while Nay Thway Oo was yet to open his account.  After pulling one back with breaks of 63 and 62, Oo was forced to watch Advani continue to extend the lead. He executed with flair as his sheer brilliance was on display, wowing the Myanmar crowd as they couldn’t help but appreciate his brilliant billiards. Advani secured the next two frames which included a 150 unfinished break. He scored a 74 break and shortly after that closed out the match. Oo was completely subdued by his accomplished opponent and had to settle for a silver medal for the second time in a row.Also Read | Pankaj Advani trounces Iran’s Amir Sarkhosh; clinches IBSF World Snooker ChampionshipWith another trophy in the bag, Advani extends his remarkable run of winning a global crown since 2003. The Bengaluru-based cueist has won more world titles in his sport than anyone else. Advani said winning trophies early in his career did wonders for his mindset.  “Sport is psychological in nature and it helped that I started winning at an early age, and that instilled tremendous amount of self belief in me and I guess that is the reason why I have been able to win that much. I feel the opposition has been great and will be better in years to come with a lot more younger players coming, so to be able to maintain this position and repeat this feats is going to be a  but then that’s what excites me and that is what the sport is all about,” he said. Also Read | IBSF World Billiards Championships: Pankaj Advani beats Mike Russell in grand finale to clinch 17th World titleOn winning a staggering 22nd world title, Advani added, “Every time I participate in a world championship, one thing is clear – my motivation to excel has not diminished. This win a testament to the fact that my hunger and fire are both well and truly alive.”  Advani have to adjust to snooker in less than 24 hours as he competes in the IBSF World Six-Red Snooker and the World Team Snooker Championships. Results: Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Nay Thway Oo (Myanmar) 6-2150(145)-4, 151(89)-66, 150(127)-50(50), 7-150(63,62), 151(50)-69(50), 150(150)-0, 133(64)-150(105), 150(74)-75(63).last_img read more