The American middle class — from breakdown to resurgence

first_imgAdmission is free and open to the public. The location is handicapped accessible. Call 617.495.4072 for further information.The first session, “The long decline of the middle class and the great recession,” will be held 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with panelists Frank Levy, professor of urban economics at Massachusetts Institute Technology; Joe Nocera, columnist for New York Times; and Edward Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania.The second session, “Towards a more civil society: promoting citizen and government action,” will be from 1 to 3 p.m. with panelists Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures; Marshall Ganz, senior lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and Edward Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania.Download the event flyer. Read Full Story In honor of the Harvard Institute of Learning in Retirement’s 35th anniversary, the institute is hosting a forum on the American middle class moderated by Paul Solman of PBS NewsHour on Friday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at First Parish Church, 3 Church Street,  Cambridge, Mass.last_img read more

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Marselis Parsons retiring from WCAX, Anson Tebbetts to take over

first_imgWCAX-TV,Long-time WCAX-TV news director and anchor Marselis Div Parson is retiring, it was announced today, and former WCAX reporter Anson Tebbetts will rejoin the South Burlington television station and take over Parsons off-air duties. Tebbetts currently is deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Tebbetts will take over as news director, but will not be the regular news anchor.Parsons, meanwhile, will remain as the 6 pm anchor through the summer. He has been with WCAX for 42 years. Parsons was named news director in 1984. Since 1967, he has been a reporter, anchor, program producer and now news director. Over my years in public service, I ve known Marselis to be a fair and dedicated journalist of the first order, said Governor Douglas. As a reporter, then anchor and news director, he has shaped Vermont history with intelligent coverage and piercing insight. His love of Vermont and passion for telling a good story shines through in each evening’s broadcast. Div will be truly missed.Tebbetts will become news director at the end of May. Darren Perron will succeed Parsons as anchor of the 6 pm news.Tebbetts, a native Vermonter, will be stepping down as Vermont s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture immediately, a position he has served in since January 2007. He joined WCAX News as the Rutland Correspondent 1994, moving to Montpelier in 1995 to cover state government and the Legislature.Peter Martin, president of WCAX, said, We are delighted to welcome Anson back to WCAX as leader of the News Department. He is a gifted reporter and storyteller with a deep love for and extraordinary knowledge of Vermont. He was a farmer before he was a reporter, and even while he was a reporter. As our Montpelier Correspondent he demonstrated an extraordinary depth and breadth of knowledge about Vermont government and politics, even while producing delightful features about aspects of Vermont life off the beaten path. He is uniquely qualified to carry on the tradition of news which has made WCAX Channel 3 Vermont s Own .In assuming his new position, Tebbetts said, “I look forward to building on the strong tradition of story telling and fairness that’s been part of the Channel 3 newsroom for decades.”Raised in Cabot, Tebbetts was also news director of WDEV Radio in Waterbury from 1987 to 1989. He graduated from Emerson College in 1987. He lives on the family farm in Cabot with his wife Vicki and their two young children.Tebbetts has won numerous awards from the Associated Press in both TV and radio, including his coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. In 2001, the Vermont Farm Bureau honored him with the Friend of the Farmer Award. He continues to host the popular For the Birds program.Perron began his broadcast career in 1994 as an intern at WCAX News.  He joined the News Department full time in July 1995. He was promoted to Senior Reporter in 2004. Perron has anchored WCAX s weekend broadcasts. He has both produced series reports on a wide range of topics and has also covered of breaking news.In announcing Perron s appointment, Martin said, Darren is one of the most gifted Vermont broadcast journalists of his generation. He will bring to the broadcast the perspective of a young Vermonter with a deep knowledge of his state and an ability to connect with people of all ages. He will ably carry on the tradition established by Marselis over the two decades he anchored the news.Also a native Vermonter from Barton, Perron attended schools in Barton, and graduated from Lake Union High School in Orleans and Castleton State College. He lives in Burlington.Parsons said of the transition announced today: It has been a privilege to be the News Director of this station for almost 25 five years, and an honor to be invited into the homes of Vermonters, as well as viewers in New Hampshire, New York and even Quebec. I am confident Anson will continue the traditions of WCAX established by those who hired me, and I look forward to watching Channel 3 broadcasts with Darren and Kristin Kelly. They are two excellent journalists. I am proud to say I hired all three and I have watched Anson, Kristin and Darren develop into award winning broadcasters, Parsons said. It s not yet time too say goodbye, but it is certainly time to wish all three of them and all my colleagues at WCAX the best in the future.Kelly, once she returns from maternity leave later in the summer, and Perron will be the principal anchors on the evening broadcast.As part of the budget cutting maneuvering between the Douglas Administration and the Legislature, one of the two deputy agriculture secretary positions had been earmarked for elimination, though no action had yet been taken. The administration, Legislature and state union have been wrangling for months over how state payroll could be reduced and/or positions cut.Tebbetts was approached by WCAX as early as last February. The details of his hiring, however were not finalized until today.Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee said, Anson has been an integral part of our team here at the Agency and I will miss him personally and professionally. Many times I have relied on his guidance to navigate difficult situations. Anson has a wonderful way of looking at things that helped us get through some tough experiences.During his tenure as deputy secretary, Tebbetts was instrumental in getting many programs off the ground to help farmers and the community alike. “Our farmers are the backbone of Vermont. Driving our agricultural economy with strength, resilience, and creativity in changing times, Vermont’s farmers keep our land open, keep our people employed, and supply us with world-class, fresh products. They are leaders in reinforcing what makes Vermont special for all of us. I am honored to have worked with Vermont’s agricultural community, said Tebbetts. I have appreciated Anson s dedication to the state and to the agricultural community in Vermont, commented Governor Douglas. We will miss his enthusiasm and thoughtfulness, but I wish him the best in his exciting new endeavor. I have really appreciated this experience and have enjoyed working for agriculture and the state. The people at the Agency are some of the most dedicated and passionate people I ve had the opportunity to work with, said Tebbetts.last_img read more

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Bout two goes Saturday at Selkirk College

first_imgThe second bout of the West Kootenay Roller Derby season is ready to kick off Saturday at the Selkirk College Gymnasium.The doubleheader begins at 5 p.m. with the Dam City Rollers up against the Rossland/Trail Roller Girls. At 7 p.m. Salmo’s Babes of Brutality meet South Slocan’s Valley Vendettas.For more details go to http://www.kootenayrollerderby.com/2013/04/may-11th-double-header-castlegar/last_img

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Red Dog, Innkeepers, Jackson’s Hole crowned champs

first_imgHowever, Oso Negro gave the champs everything they could handle, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to force overtime.After two 10-minute extra time periods settled nothing, the teams took to the dot shot for penalties to decide the championship squad.In the Men’s Masters final, Jackson’s Hole used their experience to shut down the high-flying Bia Boro squad.Jackson’s scored early to grab a 1-0 lead.A mix up in communication in the Jackson’s defence gift-wrapped the tying goal for Bia Boro.The game remained tied through halftime intermission and well into the second half before Jackson’s Hole scored the winner.The goal came after Jackson’s keeper Tad Lake stopped a penalty shot after a Bia Boro player was hauled down in the penalty area.Bia Boro made a final push to find the equalizer, however, the Jackson’s Hole defence stood tall to secure the upset victory. There was plenty of drama at the Lakeside Pitch this weekend as the Nelson Adult Soccer Leagues decided the top teams to conclude the outdoor season.Red Dog concluded a wire-to-wire season Sunday by edging Yom Chi Ninjas 4-1 to capture the Nelson Star Ladies League.Meanwhile, Hume Innkeepers needed penalties to outlast Oso Negro Saturday evening in the Mallard’s Men’s Open League.In the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League, Jackson’s Hole scored the upset, knocking off regular season champion Bia Boro 2-1 to capture bragging rights Sunday afternoon at Lakeside.Red Dog entered the playoffs after finishing in top spot during the regular season.Red Dog then defeated Wink Wink Wild Cats 3-0 in the semi-finals before knocking off second-place Yom Chi Ninjas.In the Mallard’s Men’s Open, the Innkeepers completed the season without a loss as the defending champs edged out third-place finishers Oso Negro.last_img read more

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Wonders of the Spliceosome Coming to Light

first_img(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The more we learn about a vital molecular machine in the nucleus, the spliceosome, the more complex and important it seems.The spliceosome is a large “slicer and dicer” that takes DNA transcripts (messenger RNA) and prepares them for export out of the nucleus, where they will be translated into proteins.  Science Daily described what molecular biologists have learned about this amazing multi-function machine:The process of splicing is carried out by a highly complex molecular machine termed the spliceosome. Human spliceosomes are built up from protein and RNA molecules. They contain some 170 different proteins and five RNA molecules termed “small nuclear RNAs” (snRNAs). It is currently believed that certain snRNAs represent the tools with which the spliceosome carries out the cutting and joining of RNA sections, turning the messenger RNA’s precursor (“pre‑mRNA”) into mature messenger RNA. The proteins of the spliceosome are needed to bring these tools to the right place at the right time, and to set them into operation. Splicing processes in higher organisms are very highly regulated. In fact, differing patterns of excision and joining of a given pre‑mRNA molecule can lead to any one of a selection of different mature mRNA molecules — all from the same gene. This ability to select the mRNA product according to need is termed “alternative splicing,” and it is thought to be the most important means by which human cells manage to produce a vast spectrum of different proteins from a relatively restricted number of protein-encoding genes.So far, we’ve seen precision tools that arrive at precision times to do precision jobs.  We’ve seen that this multi-part, complex machine, aided by multiple other proteins and small RNA molecules, is capable of turning a transcribed gene into a vast array of protein templates by means of alternative splicing.  Years ago, it seemed a mystery why genes contained many apparently useless regions of code, dubbed introns, that had to be cut out of the messenger RNA (see 9/03/2003).  The spliceosome’s magic of alternative splicing is providing clues.The article, based on a press release from the Free University of Berlin, used some pithy analogies to help readers understand the process.  One of the tools was likened to a knife in a sheath, that safely moves to the cutting site, waits for a “start signal,” then unsheathes itself and goes to work.  The start signal is given by another machine with a “remarkable molecular architecture” that enables the knife.  But that start-signal machine is held on a short leash by another machine, preventing it from giving the start signal.  That machine acts like a “plug in a stopper,” the researchers said, making sure the start signal is only given at the right time.But then, the researchers found another machine that works in tandem with the “plug,” regulating the “start signal” independently.  “The existence of two or more different mechanisms to regulate the same cellular process underlines the importance of the exact timing of this process for the overall process of RNA splicing,” one of the researchers said.This information is not just academic.  “In humans, errors in this control mechanism can lead to blindness.”  Could this machine have evolved by chance?  The article does not mention evolution.  It did say, though, that the spliceosome has some 170 different proteins.  Could chance build just one protein?  (See our online book for the unforgettable answer.)We in this century are so privileged to get glimpses into the inner workings of life at its most basic level.  What would Aristotle or Galen, Leeuwenhoek or Darwin, thought if they knew that machinery—cutting tools, stoppers, regulators and other moving parts—so tiny as to be invisible without highly sophisticated human machinery—were keeping us alive?  Every second, every minute we are being upheld by trillions of machines like this that nobody even suspected were possible till the age of molecular biology.Had Darwin known this, he might never have dared to write a story that blind, unguided processes could explain life.  There’s an interesting novella on that theme that was recently presented on ID the Future in audio format, 5 episodes.  “I, Charles Darwin” transports the bearded buddha into the 21st century, where he learns about these wonders and responds to them.  To encourage you to listen, we won’t spoil the end of the story.last_img read more

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Playing a part to give youth a future

first_imgNomthandazo Radebe from Escourt inKwaZulu-Natal is helping young peoplegain much-needed work experience thatmost employers require from candidatesbefore hiring them. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nomthandazo Radebe   +27 76 668 0872 RELATED ARTICLES • Youngsters to map out their future • Youth month focus on empowerment • Youth Day: lessons from 1976 • New youth agency for South AfricaNosimilo Ramela Nomthandazo Radebe from Escourt in KwaZulu-Natal is helping young people gain much-needed work experience by giving them positions in her small sewing business and arranging internships at various companies.Many young South Africans fresh out of school, college or university struggle to find jobs nowadays, as most employers require candidates to have some form of experience before hiring them.“I hire those who are interested in sewing and train them to work with different fabrics and clothing design. I also hire young people who are interested in the business-side of things and get them involved with office and business administration.”Thandeka Gumede completed a diploma in computer studies and business administration in 2009, but struggled to find a job in her field and ended up working part-time at a grocery store.“I didn’t have the experience most companies needed from me before they could hire me. Working as a cashier was still not the right experience, but it helped give me an income now and again,” she said.Radebe helped Gumede get a six-month internship as an office administrator at a local business. If she performs well during her six months, the company will consider hiring her on a full-time basis.“I started working with Mam’Gumede in her sewing business. I did some bookkeeping for her and helped her with office work just to keep myself active in the work I had studied for while I searched for employment.“I confided in her about my struggle with securing a job, and she started helping me with looking for internships and training programmes. I was thrilled when I got the internship, and am grateful to her for helping me secure it.”Radebe said after helping Gumede find a job, she decided to invite other youngsters from the community to work for her so she could assist them in a similar way.“I find that some of the kids have no access to a computer, they don’t have well-structured CVs and they aren’t properly prepared for job interviews. So while they are here with me, I help them put together great CVs and motivational letters, and give them tips for interviews.“Here they have access to the internet, the phone and newspapers, which they may not be able to afford at home, and of course, they have some experience and a reference from me.”Getting a kick-startMxolisi Chiliza completed high school in 2010 and has been looking for a job in the transport industry, but didn’t have a driver’s licence or the necessary driving experience.“Mam’Gumede offered me a chance to come and work for her and earn some money and experience. I started off by accompanying her when she went to do her deliveries, or picking up materials and other supplies.“She then helped me with funds to go to driving school and get my licence. Now I do all deliveries for her by myself. I’m learning so much about the business and am confident now that I’m working and earning a living.”Chiliza said he wants to continue working for Gumede for a while and is not anxious about seeking employment elsewhere.“Right now she doesn’t have another driver, so I’m in charge of deliveries and checking on supplies. I want to stay with her for a while to get solid experience and help her build her business, and maybe even train other young people like she does, before moving on to bigger things.”Philip Sibanyoni started working for Gumede at the beginning of July this year and said he is keen to learn and grow from the opportunity. He completed his studies in project management in 2008.“I’ve been hungry for employment for about three years now, but every company wants you to have some experience before they hire you. Mam’Gumede has helped me get on the right path towards my career.”Gumede has hired him to help with various community projects.“I’m so excited about my work. I’m full of ideas and eager to learn all there is to know. I felt like my knowledge was expiring sitting at home doing nothing. With my new job I will be on the ball, keeping up with the latest news and information. When I leave here I will have this work experience and am sure I will be hired.”Gumede said she hopes to grow her business so she can provide more opportunities for other young people.“For those who cannot do anything for me in my business, I help them secure work at schools as teaching assistants, or service support for companies. The bigger my company grows, the more people I can bring in to gain experience and prepare for the workplace.”last_img read more

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Couchbase Releases Its First Product Since Merger: Couchbase Server

first_imgCouchbase has released its first product since its formation: Couchbase Server. It’s powered by Apache CouchDB and is available in both Enterprise and Community editions. Couchbase is the result of the merger between the companies CouchOne and Membase.According to J. Chris Anderson, chief architect of mobile at Couchbase, the new product isn’t a huge infusion of Membase into CouchDB. But it’s not just CouchDB either. “Couchbase Server includes CouchDB, Geocouch, and a pinch of Couchbase magic,” he says.According to Couchbase’s announcement, here are the differences between the two editions:Couchbase Server Enterprise Edition is recommended for organizations that plan to use the product in production. It is subjected to a rigorous quality assurance process and delivered with a “long-tail” maintenance guarantee, including indemnification and SLA-backed support options to minimize system downtime and revenue uptime. The API is fully compatible with Couchbase Server Community Edition.Couchbase Server Community Edition is for developers or hobbyists who want a compiled, easily installed binary distribution. Applications developed with the Community Edition can be deployed into production using the Enterprise Edition without modification.Couchbase claims that CouchDB is the most widely deployed NoSQL database in the world. The database is used by organizations such as Apple, The BBC, CERN and Mozilla. You can read our coverage of CERN’s use of CouchDB here. CouchDB also powers Canonical‘s Ubuntu One service.The company also announced the members of its advisory board, including: SQLite creator Richard Hipp, Facebook Director of Infrastructure Software Engineering Robert Johnson, Zynga CTO Cadir Lee, Cloudera CEO Michael Olson and several other high-profile business people and database experts. A full list of the advisors is here.Couchbase also recently released a developer preview of its Mobile Couchbase package.CouchOne was founded in Oakland, California in 2009 as Relaxed. It changed its name first to Couchio and then to CouchOne in 2010. Membase was founded as NorthScale in 2010 in Mountain View, California. It changed its name to Membase later that year.Couchbase competes with other big data-oriented and NoSQL databases, especially the CouchDB-based BigCouch from Cloudant.You can read our interview with Anderson on the subject of CouchDB here. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#news center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Taking Money out of the Solution

first_imgThe money that your prospective client takes out of your pricing is money they are taking out of the outcomes and results they are trying to produce.Your prospective client doesn’t realize this is what they are doing. They don’t understand that without allowing you to invest that money on their behalf through your solution, that money is not being spent in at all. They don’t recognize that while they may still have the cash, that cash would be put to better use generating the outcomes they need, and resolving the challenges that have caused them to consider changing in the first place. They believe, and they may not be wrong here, that you have padded your price, expecting to be asked for a discount. They believe, and they’re not wrong here either, that it is their responsibility to obtain the best deal they can for their company. So, they have to ask you for the discount.For your part, you have to explain that the money being taken out of the solution is literally being taken out of the solution. The discount that they are asking for results in less money being spent on the results they told you they need throughout the discovery process, and throughout the work you did collaborating to design the solution.Your prospective client can hold onto their cash and accept a lesser result, or invest the cash and produce a greater result. Look, if it makes better sense to invest less and change the solution to something that fits that investment, then recommend that and help them make that investment. But if they insist that the outcomes they need are important enough that they should change and do something different, then help them invest the right amount of money to do so, even if it’s more than they anticipated.What you don’t want to do is take money out of the solution only to deliver less than you promised, or less than the client actually needs.Photo credit: ashokboghani Water drain via photopin (license). Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UFC wraps up its first year of cards in New York with its second trip to Madison Square Garden. McGregor headlined a card last November that set an MSG gate record of $17 million.White said the sold-out 217 show should again rake in the cash.“We’re No. 1 here and this weekend we’re going to be No. 3,” White said. “New York’s been very good to us and we’re going to continue to come. We want to be No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 at MSG.”UFC also ran a show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and one in Buffalo. UFC seems poised to expand its East Coast footprint in 2018 with a card set for Boston and a possible return to New Jersey’s Prudential Center on the horizon.“This will be the biggest year in company history. We’re on track for the biggest year ever,” White said of UFC’s profits.COVER BOYMcGregor, the lightweight champion, was revealed Friday as the EA UFC 3 cover boy. McGregor shared the cover last year with Rousey. McGregor is coming off his richest payday yet in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., and said he wants a piece of the company before he returns to UFC.White was confident McGregor would return, possibly for a bout against interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson.“As we go into negotiations with Conor, there’s always all kinds of crazy stuff out there,” White said. “We always get deals done with Conor. Conor has been easy to deal with, and we’ll get it done.” Garbrandt puts the bantamweight belt on the line when he fights T.J Dillashaw (15-3) in what could be the fight of the night on a three title-fight card.“We’re the real main event,” Garbrandt said.Garbrandt won the championship at UFC 207 when he battered Dominick Cruz, snapping his 13-bout winning streak with flair. Garbrandt repeatedly knocked down Cruz in the fourth round and handed him his first MMA loss since March 24, 2007.Garbrandt, a native of Uhrichsville, Ohio, was a competitor on the reality series “The Ultimate Fighter” for fellow Team Alpha Male teammate Urijah Faber when he famously shoved McGregor and they had to be separated. Garbrandt would later coach against Dillashaw on TUF.UFC President Dana White has said Garbrandt’s talent and remarkable charisma gives him the potential to become UFC’s most marketable budding star in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The 26-year-old Garbrandt, a tattooed tough guy with remarkable charisma out of Ohio, makes his first defense of his 135-pound title Saturday night at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.His rapid ascent up the card — on the strength of an 11-0 record — has him positioned as a fighter who could make the leap into pay-per-view headliner and gravely needed superstar.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 shutoutThe MSG card is headlined by two stars pushing 40 in middleweight champ Michael Bisping (38) and UFC veteran Georges St. Pierre (36). UFC mainstream stars Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey have no fights on the horizon. Jon Jones, perhaps the greatest pound-for-pound MMA fighter ever, is again out indefinitely as he faces his latest doping penalty.The cage door for a breakthrough star is wide open for 2018. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Gamescenter_img MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 FILE – Cody Garbrandt, right, celebrates as he receives his belt after defeating Dominick Cruz, left, in a bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207 in Las Vegas. Garbrandt is slated to defend his title against TJ Dillashaw on Saturday at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — Cody Garbrandt got a pair of championship pep talks in the week leading up to the biggest fight of his career: Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson each stopped by for a motivational pick-me-up and to rub elbows with perhaps UFC’s next big thing.Garbrandt yearns to share more than championships with the stars — he wants to be stamped with the same greatness that defined them.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Totally able “It humbles you to have Dana White and the UFC believe in you, finally,” he said. “I feel I am going to be the next superstar. However, that doesn’t put extra hype or pressure on me to fulfill those shoes. I go out there and perform. And look, I have fun fighting.”Garbrandt vs. Dillashaw could be the fight of the night, but here’s what else to check out at MSG:HISTORYJoanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0) puts the 115-pound championship on the line against Rose Namajunas (6-3). Jedrzejczyk is set to tie Rousey’s mark of six title defenses.With a win Jedrzejczyk would make UFC history — and maybe headline her own PPV card.“There’s no if. I will,” Jedrzejczyk said.GSP RETURNSSt. Pierre ends his four-year sabbatical to fight Bisping for the middleweight championship in the main event. St. Pierre was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and pay-per-view draws during his long reign atop the 170-pound division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013.“He looks impregnated by aliens,” Bisping said.NEW YORK, NEW YORK Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

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Spot-fixing: ICC quizzes Neetu Chandra

first_imgProbing the spot-fixing scandal involving Pakistani cricketers, the investigators of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit has reportedly quizzed Indian actor Neetu Chandra. Sources said the questioning happened after Neetu’s name came up while scanning the phone records of spot-fixing accused cricketer Mohammad Asif. Scrutiny of Asif’s phone records was done after his former girlfriend and Pakistani actress Veena Malik had alleged that Neetu was the link between Asif and an Indian bookie. Veena has accused UK-based freelance photographer Dheeraj Dixit of being the Indian bookie who allegedly used to phone Asif leading the hushed conversations. Both Dixit and Neetu have denied the allegations. However, probes by both the ICC sleuths and the UK’s Scotland Yard are still on into the fixing allegations and no one has been given a clean chit by the investigators.last_img read more

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