AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next LATEST STORIES Corpus Christi, Texas—For revered promoter Bob Arum, Jerwin Ancajas reaching the level of success Manny Pacquiao has attained will be too much to ask.Even then, however, the 86-year-old boxing Hall of Famer, believes Ancajas is destined for greatness like his idol and benefactor.“If he (Ancajas) will be able to achieve mini-half of what Manny has achieved, I’d be very happy,” said Arum, who has signed the International Boxing Federation champion to a six-fight contract under his Top Rank Promotions, on Friday.Ancajas caught Arum’s discerning eyes when he fought in the undercard of Pacquiao’s ill-fated defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown in Brisbane, Australia, in July last year.That time, Ancajas stopped Japanese Teiru Kinoshita in the second defense of his 115-pound title.“He’s a really nice kid. Humble and kind just like Manny. And he could really fight.“His life story is somewhat epic like Manny and is dedicated as a fighter. He has the Manny pedigree.”If Ancajas wins impressively, Arum has grand plans for MP Promotions’ first world champion.Apart from more lucrative purses, Top Rank is bent on pitting him against the talent-laden division’s best like World Boxing Organization king Naoya Inoue of Japan and World Boxing Council titlist Srisaket Sor Runvisai of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT Jaja wants more from self, NU after opening day win over Adamson Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments
What ‘missteps’? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao speaks to the media in Brisbane, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Australian fighter Jeff Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)BRISBANE, Australia—For all the claims and glowing reports that Manny Pacquiao is in tip-top shape for his battle with Jeff Horn on Sunday, Dundee Kim dares to go against the flow.“It’s rather strange, but Pacquiao looks like he didn’t prepare the work,” Kim told Filipino sportwriters after the press conference of the “Battle of Brisbane” at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday. “He’s not ready.”ADVERTISEMENT Kim, a Korean who migrated here and serves as Horn’s conditioning coach, believes the hard work Pacquiao put in in the last three weeks of training camp won’t be enough to keep his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.READ: Pacquiao-Horn nears selloutFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It seems he underestimates Horn, and that’s a mistake.”According to Kim, he’s basing his judgment from what he’d seen in You Tube videos and Facebook posts in the last two months. He also senses Pacquiao’s condition through the color of his face, the eyes, and his movements. Standhardinger arrives from Germany, attends first Gilas practice Kim said he’s talking from experience.READ: Pacquiao out to give former school teacher Horn a boxing lesson“I’m not trying to scare, but my left body is really sore from the pounding I’d been getting from Horn in training.“If he connects without body shield, it’s gonna hurt,” said Kim, adding that he’s going on a holiday after the July 2 title fight to reset and recuperate. “I’ve nothing left, all my energy is gone.”Pacquiao, of course, always oozes with energy for every fight. Unless, Kim turns out to be a psychic or a fitness genius.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ “His (Pacquiao) feet isn’t moving, his head isn’t moving, his power isn’t ready,” said Kim, who also serves as fitness guru of teams from South Korea, China, and Japan for the past ten years.Conditioning coach Dundee Kim. Photo by Roy LuarcaKim said his task is to develop Horn’s muscle mass and improve his speed through exercises and paddle work.And Kim believes he’s succeeded and Horn will deliver the “biggest shock in the world and throw it upside down.”READ: Two Filipinos in ‘Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao vs Horn The 49-year-old, who’s a Pacquiao fan and a Christian as well, said Horn is a different animal from Pacquiao’s previous opponents.“The way I’ve trained him, his intensity right from the start all the way up to 12 rounds,” said Kim, who warned Pacquiao that he might get hurt by Horn.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong
El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Padda fights off back pains to guide Adamson to first PVL win LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers JASON MILLER/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James has certainly earned enough throughout his career to last multiple lifetimes, but he continues to make smart investments with his money.Among his successful ventures is the emerging build-your-own pizza chain “Blaze Pizza,” which recently opened its 200th branch in just four years—making it the fastest-growing restaurant in the US.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next I mean who doesn’t like pizza 🍕!!!! 🤷🏾♂️. 😂😂😂. Ain’t that right @BlazePizza?!?! https://t.co/udZyBCGRUc— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 11, 2017James even appeared as an undercover employee named “Ron” in a viral promotional video for the company. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena “LeBron helps us punch in terms of our brand awareness well above our weight,” Blaze Pizza CEO Jim Mizes told Forbes.com.The four-time NBA MVP first invested in the restaurant in 2012, and currently owns 10 percent of the company, the report said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn 2015 James shunned a reported $14-million endorsement deal with fast-food chain McDonald’s to be able to join Blaze Pizza’s marketing campaigns.Since then, “The King” has promoted the innovative pizza place on his social media accounts. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Sprinter Dutee Chand clinched the gold medal in the women’s 200 metres as the Indians made a sweep in the event on the second and final day of the Taiwan Open Athletics Championships here on Friday.Overall, the Indian athletics team won nine medals, including four gold, three silver and two bronze, according to the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).Dutee clocked 23.52 seconds to clinch the sprint doubles after winning the 100m on Thursday. Srabani Nanda clinched the silver medal, clocking 23.55s while Jyothi HM finished third in 23.92s to complete the sweep.In the men’s discus throw, Kripal Singh finished on top of the podium with his best effort of 58.20 metre, followed by Arjun winning silver with a throw of 55.50m. Ci-Yun Li won bronze with his best throw of 47.03m.SILVER FOR OM PRAKASHIn men’s shot put, Korean IL Woo Jung clinched gold by throwing the iron ball to 18.12m. India’s national record holder Om Prakash Karhana heaved the iron to a distance of 17.85m to finish second for silver.Arivuselvam finished third in the men’s triple jump event with an effort of 15.62m.India won seven medals on the second and final day of the championships with two gold, three silver and two bronze.
All set to spearhead India’s campaign in the upcoming Sudirman Cup world mixed team badminton championships slated to be held in Australia, ace shuttler PV Sindhu is confident of a good show by the team.”I think we have a good chance, it’s a mixed team event so girls and boys both have to perform well. We are playing Indonesia and Denmark, so I hope we can win,” Sindhu said here on Saturday night after being conferred with the honorary life membership of the Cricket Club India.India, ranked no 9, is placed in Group 1D with Denmark and Indonesia in the preliminary stage of the competition, scheduled from May 21-28. The team had finished 9th in the previous edition of the championships.India will depend a lot on the world number five Rio Olympics silver medalist in the event, from which another top woman shuttler and London Games bronze medal winner Saina Nehwal has pulled out due to family reasons.Since only one woman could play as it’s a mixed team event, Sindhu said Saina’s absence should not be an issue.”Yes, Saina isn’t playing, but when it comes to one singles and doubles only one player is required, so that shouldn’t be any issue,” said the 21-year-old shuttler after having interacted with the CCI badminton-playing children at the club’s courts earlier.Sindhu, who won TOISA Sportsperson of the Year award, has slipped down from the world no. 2 ranking she achieved after winning the Indian Open, and is eager to move up the ladder.advertisement”I have already been in top two so I would definitely like to see myself as world number one, but before that I think you have to play well and if you do that ranking will automatically come,” she said.On current no 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese-Taipei whom she had beaten on way to the silver medal in Rio, Sindhu said, “We haven’t played much recently. The last was Rio and All England. So I haven’t faced her recently.””But she is winning a lot of matches and doing well for herself. But when it comes to me playing against her, I feel it’s going to be a good match,” she said.Asked about the high points for her after winning the silver in Rio, the lanky shuttler said, “Winning China Open and Indian Open. I had always wanted to win a Super Series (event) and by fulfilling that I feel very happy and it gives me a lot of confidence.””After the Olympics I’ve seen a lot of change, kids picking up badminton and also then a lot of academies have come up.”So, it’s a good sign and badminton as a sport is getting much more encouragement,” she said when asked about the changes she had seen in the shuttle game after her historic silver medal winning effort at Rio.Earlier during her interaction with the younger lot of club players, Sindhu evoked admiration when she said that she trained daily for 7-8 hours.She also said that players can learn a lot after losing a game by thinking back to the match and pinning down the errors they had made.”When I lose a point I don’t think about it (at that stage) as thinking over it would make you lose the next 2-3 points,” Sindhu said.
Samsung, as expected, launched the Z4 smartphone in India on Monday. The Z4 will be available for buying starting May 19 in mobile stores across India. “Beginning in May, the Samsung Z4 will launch in select countries, starting in India and will be available in black, gold and silver depending on the market,” the company had said in a press statement on Friday.Geared towards feature-phone users who are looking to make a switch to smartphones, the Samsung Z4 is powered by Samsung’s in-house Tizen (Tizen 3.0) operating system which is a custom fork of Android. It is a follow up to the company’s previously launched Z2. The Z4 will take on Xiaomi’s recently launched Redmi 4A.The Samsung Z4, although all-plastic, has curved 2.5D glass on the front that enhances looks and aesthetics. It comes with a 4.5-inch WVGA (480×800) display and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad core processor (unspecified chipset) coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with a 5-megapixel camera on the rear with dual flash LED and a 5-megapixel camera on the front with flash.The dual-SIM Samsung Z4 supports 4G LTE, VoLTE, and VoWiFi. It is backed by a 2,050mAh battery.”With more than 500 million feature phone users, India has immense potential for smartphone upgrade. As the market leader, we at Samsung consider it our priority to facilitate this journey towards smartphones. Our affordable Tizen series has been instrumental in catalyzing the smartphone upgrade and with Z4, we will offer yet another compelling product to affordable segment consumers,” Asim Warsi, senior vice president, Samsung India Electronics, said.advertisementSamsung launched the Z2 in India in August last year at a price of Rs 4,590.The Z2 features an all-plastic body with a textured back. It comes with a 4-inch display and is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor clubbed with 1GB RAM and 8GB of memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via micro-SD card. The dual-SIM phone runs Tizen OS and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready). On the camera front, it sports a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and VGA snapper on the front. The phone is backed by a 1,500 mAh battery.Also Read: Samsung Z4 with Tizen 3.0 OS launched, coming soon to India
Asian Games champion Jinson Johnson, India’s premier middle-distance runner, says he is very much capable of qualifying for the 1500 metres event at the Tokyo Olympics.”The qualification mark is set at 3:35 for Tokyo but the gold at Rio came in 3:50. The IAAF has made qualifications tougher. Nevertheless, for several years I have been doing things which were not done by my compatriots. I can springing surprises,” he told PTI in an interview in Bengaluru.The ace runner was in the city for unveiling of 12th edition of TCS World 10K ‘Finisher’s Tee’.Johnson’s personal best time is 3:37.86, which he set at Gold Coast CWG, last year.Johnson said he understands the requirements of IAAF to have only 40-45 participants to make the event highly competitive and that’s why the qualification parameters for the World Championships and the Olympics are tough.The Kerala athlete managed to qualify for the Asian Championships in 1500m despite a niggling calf injury and a below-par show at Federation Cup, which was his first competition this season.Johnson had to pull out of Doha Asian Athletics Championships due to calf injury while competing in the 800m there, which forced him to stay away from 1500m event.”These are ups and downs of the sports. I have always performed well in international competitions. Though I did not get any medal in 2018 Commonwealth Games, I got the national record in 1500m,” he said.Johnson had finished fifth at 2018 CWG with a timing of 3:37.86 to break past Bahadur Prasad’s 23-year-old mark.advertisementTwo months later, he broke Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old record in 800m.The IAAF Gold Label Race will be flagged off from Sree Kanteerava Stadium on May 19.Also Read | Aim is to qualify for Tokyo Olympics: Asian Athletics C’ships gold medallist Gomathi
NEW DELHI: Delhi’s air quality has been oscillating between good and satisfactory categories for the past one week, making it one of the longest spells of clean air in the national capital this year, authorities said on Friday.The authorities have attributed increased rainfall with approaching western disturbance as the main reason behind the improvement in air quality. According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was 44 on Friday which falls in good category, while the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said the AQI was recorded in satisfactory category at 59. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAn AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’. The level of PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometre) was recorded at 44 and the PM10 level was recorded at 21 on Friday, SAFAR said. The AQI was recorded at 69 on Tuesday, 63 on Wednesday and 75 on Thursday. Officials said it is the longest spell of clean air experienced by Delhiites this year. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe air quality is predicted to be in good category for the next three days, according to SAFAR. “Overall air quality of Delhi is in good category. Wide spread rain helped to the sudden improvement of the air quality. Increased rain fall activity is likely in association with approaching western disturbance and monsoon low, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall and isolated heavy rain falls are expecting over the weekend,” it added. According to the CPCB, PM2.5 levels in the national capital dropped by 7.3 per cent in 2018 when compared to 2017 and by 14.8 per cent over 2016. Similarly reduction in PM10 levels in 2018 is 8.6 per cent over 2017 and 16.5 per cent over 2016.
Environmental groups say a new trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico continues to coddle a fossil fuel economy that needs to shift in the face of climate change.“(Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau went into (these talks) saying we’re going to have chapters on the environment. We’re going to have chapters on Indigenous rights. We’re going to have chapters on gender,” Greenpeace Canada spokesman Keith Stewart said Monday.“All of that has disappeared and the focus has been on trying to protect and preserve the economic status quo.”Trudeau, as well as Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, said repeatedly during the early days of the talks that Canada would pursue a “progressive agenda” on trade.The deal does have a chapter on the environment, but critics such as the Council of Canadians call it weak and unenforceable.It mentions pollution, marine traffic, endangered animals and ozone, but ignores what many call the world’s largest environmental challenge.“The deal doesn’t even mention climate change,” Stewart said.Freeland disagreed.“This is in fact a very progressive trade agreement,” she said in Ottawa. “The environment chapter is enforceable. It is much stronger than previous environment chapters. That is a very progressive outcome.”Scott Vaughan, from the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development, called most of the environmental provisions in the agreement “boilerplate.”“A lot of it is standard text which has been used in environmental chapters in free-trade agreements for the last 20 years,” he said. “That text hasn’t had a significant impact on environmental quality one way or the other.”What has been thrown out is a provision in the old North American Free Trade Agreement that allowed corporations to sue governments for lost profits if they were injured by public-interest regulations such as environmental laws. The Council of Canadians pointed out that Canada was sued 37 times, mostly by American companies, under the old clause.“One of the good things is that they’ve eliminated (that clause),” said Stewart.Companies, however, will still be able to sue Mexico, particularly with regard to energy companies bidding on state contracts.Also, the deal obliges all three countries to prevent overfishing and stop subsidizing fisheries.“That’s a really welcome side of it,” said Vaughan.But Ben Beachy, of the U.S. Sierra Club, said the proposed agreement will allow U.S. and Canadian companies to continue to exploit weaker environmental rules in Mexico. He also fears new provisions that allow companies to challenge tougher regulations before they’re even enacted.“It would lock in Trump’s polluting legacy for years because it would make it that much harder to reverse the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks,” he said.Beachy also criticized the deal’s weak language. While it recognizes air pollution as a public health threat, it lacks any binding rules to reduce such pollution.Vaughan noted the deal’s environmental enforcement mechanism has still to be worked out. While the NAFTA-era Commission on Environmental Enforcement will remain, its budget, mandate and agenda are unclear.Concerned groups agreed the new trade deal does little to improve the likely environmental outcomes of such pacts.“We actually need to change things,” said Stewart. “This agreement doesn’t help us do that. This is about trying to continue the economic status quo.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960
A Norfolk County woman who attacked her landlord with a glass frying pan while she was under the influence of fentanyl was sent to jail for 11 months by a Simcoe Ontario Court judge.Elizabeth Carole Anne Schaub, 28, pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon when she recently appeared before Justice Aubrey Hilliard.Schaub admitted she had been using both fentanyl and hydromorphone on April 27 when she assaulted the 66-year-old man who had medical issues and had taken her in.“There were only two rules,” said Hilliard. “(You were to) pay the rent and not do drugs.”Schaub said she is disgusted with herself.“I want to get help. I’ve watched people overdose. I am truly sorry.”Schaub’s lawyer and the assistant Crown attorney agreed to ask for a 15-month sentence due to Schaub’s guilty plea, which prevented her landlord from having to testify and produce medical records.The judge agreed to give her some extra enhanced pre-sentence time served because she had been housed in a detention centre cell and locked down, all before being found guilty.Her 68 days of real time were credited at 120 days, leaving another 11 months to serve in jail.“You’ve seen first-hand overdoses,” Hilliard reminded Schaub.“When you get out you need to keep your son front-of-mind. We’ve seen fentanyl users get clean, get out, start to use again and overdose because their tolerance level has changed.“If you go back to using fentanyl when you get out, it will likely be the last thing you do.”Time served for assaultA Norfolk County man who assaulted a woman and threatened to kill her and her family was given a time-served sentence when he recently appeared in Simcoe’s Ontario Court.Peter Thiessen Dyck, 43, assaulted the woman last April 1.He quickly pleaded guilty to assault and threatening. A charge of forcible confinement was withdrawn.Justice Aubrey Hilliard credited Dyck with already serving 117 days and placed him on a three-year probation, which is the longest probation period allowed by law.Dyck had to submit a DNA sample for the national offenders registry and is under orders not to own or use weapons for the rest of his life.Man stole inflatable hot tubA Simcoe man who managed to steal an inflatable hot tub from Walmart last April 7 was sentenced to time he had already served when he recently appeared in Simcoe’s Ontario Court.Jason William John Balcomb, 41, of Austin Crescent, pleaded guilty to theft. He also pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by drugs and unlawful transportation.Justice Aubrey Hilliard sentenced Balcomb to 84 days of time he was credited with already serving, fined him $1,000 for his impaired driving and a further $235 for the transportation charge.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble
According to media reports, Mr. Barakat died when a car bomb detonated in the Egyptian capital’s suburb of Heliopolis. At least eight others were also hurt in the attack. “The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the family of the deceased and to the Government of Egypt hopes for the swift and full recovery of the injured,” the UN spokesperson’s office declared in a statement released earlier this afternoon. “He calls for those responsible for the attack to be brought to justice.”No group has, as of yet, claimed responsibility for Mr. Barakat’s killing.
You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. In that sense, Klinsmann left the U.S. in basically the same state in which he found it. However, his stint as coach was always about more than just on-field results; he was also supposed to overhaul America’s talent base and install a more competitive playing style. And in those categories — essentially wearing the “technical director” hat, rather than that of “head coach” — Klinsmann acquitted himself more ably, a shift personified by 18-year-old rising star Christian Pulisic. Such improvements never sustained themselves on the pitch for Klinsmann — at least not in conjunction with his at-times bizarre tactical experimentation — and that’s why he’s no longer the U.S.’s coach. But his successor will probably be picking up the team in a better place than Klinsmann did back in 2011, despite what the rankings may say. Share on Facebook Jurgen Klinsmann’s up-and-down career as manager of the United States men’s national soccer team has officially ended after five tumultuous years, with the USMNT announcing his dismissal Monday. Klinsmann arrived in 2011 after the team’s performance fell off late in Bob Bradley’s tenure as coach, and the German made significant gains early on: The U.S.’s Elo rating rose from 1714 (34th-best in the world) when Klinsmann took over to a high of 1858 (ninth in the world) after the team tied Portugal 2-2 in the 2014 World Cup. But ever since then, it’s been mostly downhill for the Stars and Stripes, culminating in a 33rd-place Elo ranking after the U.S. lost 4-0 to Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier last week.
Disembodied robots or “bots” or bodiless ghostly algorithms that haunt the Internet. Often bots spend their time spamming emails and comment sections with the newest deals on erection medicine. But bots can also be used for non-boner related content. Namely, Nigel Leck’s Twitterbot (@AI_AGW), which scours the twitterverse for echos of climate change denialism and automatically sends out rebukes to the offending tweeter. Every five minutes the bot searches for tweets relating to climate change denialism, and will respond to the tweeters from a database of hundreds of rebuttals with links to videos or further info. Forget the non-existent Twitter advertising, this is the future of spreading your ideas. The technology is simple enough to create that organization will be able to bombard you with responses based on certain words or phrases you use. Perhaps Twitter is really on top of what could be considered spam, but I’m surprised there hasn’t been more of this–for commercial, activist, or trolling purposes. But how long will that really last?via Discover
Charlotte Flair Google+ Pinterest Twitter Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Triple H said he was proud of the WWE 24 special on NXT that aired on the Network last night.Triple H touted this past weekend’s successful live event tour in Nashville and the Louder than Life music festival in Louisville.Triple H began hyping up tomorrow night’s TakeOver: Respect special, specifically the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic finals and Bayley vs. Sasha Banks in the Iron Man Match for the NXT Women’s Championship. Triple H touted the upcoming Breaking Ground series looking at NXT that will soon debut on the WWE Network.It then went to questions from the wrestling media.Wrestleview.com was able to speak to Triple H during the call about a few topics.On how important the Bayley vs. Sasha Banks match at TakeOver: Brooklyn was to revitalizing women’s wrestling in the WWE: “I think its huge and its gonna be massively important, but I think there are other moments that are massive and important and accomplishing the same thing. To say that one moment in time changes everything, it may seem that way when you look 10 years into the future, but when you’re in the middle of it, this has been a long time coming, all of it has. Building from Nattie being a part of it and Charlotte being a part of it and Sasha being a part of it and Sara Del Rey coming on board and just the way it was presented, the way fans were willing to accept it and also the way the world changed. Ronda Rousey and the UFC, the US Women’s Soccer team, just all these things and events happening at the same time that were empowering women. We happen to be in that mix in having the right people to execute, I think its one of the greatest matches I’ve ever seen and I’m not just saying for women. I think the reality of the situation is that all these bits and pieces are all cogs in a wheel of women taking that spot back and the world, whether that be the WWE Universe or anyone else, realizing that these are phenomenal athletes that are every bit as dedicated, passionate, invested and willing to do what it takes and make the sacrifices neccessary with themselves, their personal lives, their bodies as much as the guys are and recognizing them as such. To say that’s the moment that made it happen, negates all the stuff that happened before then to get them there to get that spot and I would hate to do that. Absolutely an important spot, but its not one moment, its this giant wheel of momentum and so many people are a part of that. Its funny I hear the bickering of the storyline-wise of ‘Well, I created the Divas Revolution, no I did.’ Its great fodder for storylines, but the reality of it is, they all did, they all started it, they all were a big piece of it and will continue to be.”On Bayley helping out backstage at a recent NXT live event and if other NXT talents have asked to help and learn things behind-the-scenes: “I think that’s a common thing, there are some people and its not a positive or a negative to anybody, there are some talent that wanna do what they do in the ring, they wanna be a performer, they wanna do it and that’s it, they don’t wanna think about it, they don’t wanna get into any other parts of it, they don’t wanna see anything else. And then there are some that are very inmersed into what the product is and wanna learn everything. ‘Well, why would you do that? Why would you do this? How does that work? Why are you guys on those headsets?’ They just wanna know everything. I think when you’re at RAW or Smackdown, sometimes those opportunties aren’t there, its crunch time and its just very involved and there is a lot of pressure and a lot going on and you can’t just have somebody sitting there just trying to listen to what’s going on. Here, you can and I try to encourage talent, I say to guys all the time, ‘Look, if you’re smart and you wanna learn the other side of the business too, this business doesn’t have to end for you when you’re done taking bumps, it can continue.’ I was always fascinated with the inside operation of the business, how it was worked, how things were created, all of it. And I think its why I now love doing what I’m doing, but some people gravitate towards that. Sami Zayn, when he was injured, was like, ‘Hey, when I’m at the shows, can I come and sit by where you guys are and listen to what is going on?’ Absolutely. I want him to understand that side of it and if that makes him see what he does in a different way and if he never thought of it in that way before, then that’s great if it makes him a better performer. Some are very interested in that, some are not. That’s a great thing, its no different when we’re here at the Performance Center and some talent want to be told what to do and they wanna train and they wanna bust their ass for their coaches and they wanna be done with it and others are fascinated with that coaching process and then if they are at an advanced level, they’re then trying to coach down to these other talent and trying to help them along the way and kinda be coaches themselves. And that’s just kinda a personality thing, but I encourage it, I think its great and I know we put timekeeper down there for Bayley, but she was just on the headset, listening to the show production as it was going on and to be honest, its a fascinating way to learn about the things you never thought of because you just see it on your side.”Other questions that were asked on the call by the wrestling media included: * The comparison in crowds in Brooklyn between NXT and the main roster and what can be learned from that* What lessons can be learned with the things NXT has done to branch out in 2015* Who has filled in for NXT promo class in the wake of Dusty Rhodes’ passing* If there will be a continued working relationship with New Japan after using Jushin Liger at TakeOver: Brooklyn going forward* Thoughts on Finn Balor crotch chopping outside the TNA offices in Nashville prior to the NXT live event there this past weekend* The debate over calling the Bayley vs. Sasha Banks match tomorrow night an Iron Man match or an Iron Woman match* On Vince McMahon not having final say over the booking of NXT and the rare instance of watching TakeOver: Brooklyn backstage as a fan* On Asuka’s debut tomorrow night against Dana Brooke* The Four Horsewomen Curtain Call at TakeOver: Brooklyn* If there is anything more to the rumors surronding WWE and NXT working with WWN and Gabe Sapolsky to use them as a feeder system to NXT* On how Apollo Crews has fared thus far in NXTYou can listen to Triple H answering questions from Wrestleview.com, as well as full audio of the call below. 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In the Anchorage School District, the largest in the state, officials say they’re used to going through budget negotiations with lawmakers. But they say this year’s proposed cuts are on a different scale.ASD Superintendent Deena Bishop says the governor’s proposed budget is just a starting point.“The process for public education funding is set up this way every year where generally what comes and is delivered in a suggestion from the governor is generally, I would say 99.9 percent of the time, not the budget for which school districts operate,” Bishop said.Bishop says the cuts proposed by the governor are considerably higher than in years past — cutting 19.51 percent, or $110,208,000, from the district — but through advocacy from districts across the state, she expects the final number to be very different.“School districts going to Juneau with what some might think as their hand out is the way the system is set up,” Bishop said.The Dunleavy administration proposed a balanced budget, where revenues match spending, in order pay a full Permanent Fund dividend. The budget proposal makes large cuts to education, Medicaid and the state ferry system. During an appearance on Alaska Public Media’s Talk of Alaska program, State Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman said that Alaska spends more money per student in schools than any other state in the country.“We spend the most and we get some of the worst results,” Tangeman said. “So again that’s not sustainable. I don’t know what the solution is to that but apparently throwing more money after it hasn’t helped solve that problem.”In the last several years, funding for public education has been flat, with no adjustments for inflation. So in practice, schools in the state have been operating with less money each year. Bishop acknowledges that the Anchorage School District has lower test scores than average, with the state as a whole ranked last in the country. But she says taking money away won’t make the situation better.“We are last. I get that,” Bishop said. “To change that, I need the resources and really the flexibility and the support to do what’s needed. We can direct more things in schools that will change those outcomes and it’s difficult, but it takes resources to do it.”Bishop also says that the district has already been making cuts as a result of lower funding.“Since, in the last three years or two-and-a-half years, Anchorage School District closed two schools,” she said. “We’re looking for efficiencies. Our administration has been reduced. We’re reorganizing. We’re finding different ways to do business.”If the governor’s proposal is approved, Bishop says the district would consider cuts to anything that isn’t a bare minimum requirement for schools to provide. That would mean cutting the dozens of teachers in programs like music, career technical courses and language immersion. Cuts to teachers in standard programs could also happen, resulting in larger class sizes. Additionally, services like free lunch programs and after school activities could be on the chopping block. Bishop says the cuts would hurt everyone, especially lower income families.The cuts extend beyond Alaskans with children in the schools.The governor has proposed eliminating the bond debt reimbursement program. The district had budgeted about $37.5 million for paying off bonds, with the state reimbursing the other $40 million. ASD Chief Financial Officer Jim Anderson says the governor’s change would shift responsibility for the debt to Anchorage taxpayers.“If the average home in Anchorage is about $358,000, so for the average homeowner, it would be about a $420 increase to their property taxes next year,” Anderson said.During his campaign, Dunleavy said he wouldn’t introduce any new taxes. When asked about this in an interview with Alaska Public Media and KTOO’s Andrew Kitchenman, Dunleavy clarified that new taxes wouldn’t originate from the state. Anchorage School District (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Under Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget, public education is facing a substantial cut. K-12 programs would see a reduction of about 23 percent, in addition to losing $20 million allocated by the Legislature last year.
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Listen 00:00 /01:05 Courtesy of HMAACHouston Museum of African American Culture’s building at 4807 Caroline St. in the Museum District Amy Bishop(L-R) HMAAC CEO John Guess; Naomi Carrier, Texas Center for African American Living History; Michelle Barnes, Community Artists CollectiveThe Houston Museum of African American Culture’s CEO John Guess says part of the problem is the disparity of income. It’s the notion that wealthy people only give to wealthy arts groups. “This city talks about diversity and its statistical population diversity only,” Guess says. “It’s not inclusion. And economically, we’re in the top five most economically segregated cities in the country.”The museum, better known as the ‘HMAAC,’ held a forum to talk about the challenges facing Houston’s African American cultural institutions. It’s been a year since the city rolled out its new Arts and Cultural Plan and Guess is disappointed with the results. But city officials say the door’s open. “We’re here and we’re ready to meet and talk individually, in small groups, and explore ideas,” says Debbie McNulty, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. She says they’ve spent part of the year bringing more art to neighborhoods that don’t have it.Guess says he plans to host similar forums in the future. The museum has also proposed a separate cultural plan for Houston’s African American Communities, which can be found here: A Cultural Plan for Houston’s African Americaan Communities JG. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share