Pistons, 111, Warriors, 102: Stephen Curry’s return doesn’t solve everything

first_imgDETROIT — Three weeks and eleven games later, the Warriors finally welcomed back Stephen Curry back onto the court.As the Warriors experienced in their 111-102 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, however, they did not enjoy the usual benefits that coincide with Curry’s presence. Instead, the Warriors (15-9) started a two-game losing streak for the second time this season.After rehabbing his strained left groin since injuring it on Nov. 8, Curry finished with 27 points, while shooting …last_img

NCS D-VII championship: Ferndale falls to Salesian College Prep 50-29 in section title game

first_imgA memorable season for Ferndale came to a close Saturday night with a 50-29 NCS D-VII championship loss to Salesian College Preparatory, Saturday night at Alhambra High.Ferndale never led in the first half but never trailed by more than a score either as the Wildcats matched each touchdown by Salesian.Lane Branstetter, Jenner Christiansen and Landon Gomes each rushed for first-half touchdowns. Branstetter’s came first on a 70-yard run. Both Christiansen and Gomes punched in short runs for …last_img

War on plastic: SA seafood restaurant chain bans straws

first_imgPlastics are the scourge of the ocean, with millions of tons annually finding their way into the world’s open waters and then into the stomachs of marine life.In an effort to help save the oceans from plastic pollution, the Ocean Basket restaurant chain is no longer offering customers straws with drinks and bags for takeaway meals. (Image: Pixabay)CD AndersonOne of the most notorious plastic products, doing the most harm, is the ordinary drinking straw. Popular seafood franchise Ocean Basket has banned the use of straws in all its restaurants.Each day, around the world, more than 500 million drinking straws are used and discarded. While some are recycled, most are dumped in landfills and find their way into the ocean, where plastic pollution is taking its toll on wildlife.One million seabirds die from ingesting plastic every year, in addition to more than 100,000 other marine animals. In one example, inspecting the stomach contents of a sea turtle that died from ingesting plastic refuse, Marine Conservation Institute scientists found more than a hundred drinking straws, alongside plastic bags, cigarette butts and plastic bottle tops.Ocean Basket has now officially implemented a ban on the use of straws – and plastic bags – in all 168 of its restaurants nationwide, rolling out during 2018. The ban is the first step the brand is taking in raising awareness of the effects of plastic pollution on the planet and its oceans. The company will also push for the ban in its restaurants around the rest of Africa, of which there are more than 20 – including in Nigeria and Zimbabwe – during the course of the year.(Image: Ocean Basket)The move follows a global trend by the food and hospitality industry to reduce its plastic use. The US city of Seattle has banned straws and plastic packaging outright, including large fast food franchises; internationally, these large brands have yet to implement a full plastic ban. In 2017, Kenya banned the use of plastic bags completely.Ocean Basket understands the ban is as much a moral decision as it is an economic one, stating in the official announcement of the straw ban on 10 January 2018: “The ocean sustains us with the basic elements of life; it produces half the oxygen we breathe, helps to provide the water we drink and delivers [to] us the very core of our business success – seafood.”The company is the first large food franchise in South Africa to implement the ban, and it hopes the other big names in the industry will take note and follow suit.“Ocean Basket is building a movement… [that] inspires all of us to prevent plastic pollution, reduce waste, improve recycling and live cleaner, healthier lives. Watch this space as we begin the rollout of projects over the next 18 months,” the company said.Smaller independent food outlets around the country, many in the Western Cape, have also effected a ban on straws and plastics in their day-to-day operations.Ocean Basket says the ban has been largely supported by its customers, and has encouraged consumers to take the message to social media, using the hashtag #refusethestraw to spread the word.The company is well known for its corporate responsibility, particularly when it comes to its primary product, seafood. Ocean Basket, as per the guidelines of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (Sassi) only uses seafood that has been harvested in a responsible, ethical manner.Greenpeace Africa has applauded Ocean Basket for the ban, welcoming more corporate involvement and responsibility in tackling environmental challenges. It hopes that more South African companies take note of the example set by Ocean Basket and are inspired to meet the same challenge and even take it further towards the ultimate goal: the complete eradication of processed industrial plastics across the board.(Infographic: Two Ocean Aquarium, Cape Town / Marine Conservation Institute)Source: News24, Good Things Guy website, Greenpeace Africa, Marine Conservation Institute Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Jevon Rockwell, May 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is not raining, but it looks like it might and it is kind of chilly. It looks like we may get an inch this week. We have not done a single thing in the last two weeks.We do have some corn that is spiking through. Our big concern right now is that some of the stuff we planted right before the rain is starting to crust over. We don’t want to see it rain anymore but that would help soften up the top a little to get what is in the ground up.The wheat looks really good. A neighbor here has some wheat that is really close to heading which is really early. If there is a problem we will spray fungicide but we generally do not because of the interseeding we do with soybeans in the wheat. The fungicide seems to delay harvest in the summer by a week or longer. By the first part of July, the beans that we interseed are starting to get big to where they can outgrow the wheat. We usually try to plant the beans when the wheat is throwing pollen. If you wait until the heads are full of grain the wheat gets too heavy and you can’t get through it.We have 100 acres of beans in and they are just starting to come through. I think everything has sprouted pretty well. I have dug a lot of corn up and it still looks pretty good. Uniform emergence will be an issue. In our sand it is colder and the corn has not emerged, but in the black ground it is already up.We have learned that you never plant before a big rain, but here we are considering planting a field or two when they are calling for a big rain. We may try to plant one well-drained corn field today, but that will be it. In another couple of weeks we will consider switching corn to bean acres.last_img read more

The Lowdown on the Short Form from Three Nominated Series

first_imgCreating content is more democratic than ever, but it also presents new challenges. So how do you get your project seen in such a crowded field?PremiumBeat gathered creatives from three successful web series to offer some insight into getting your projects in front of the right audiences and helping them go viral: Cameron Watson, creator of Break a Hip, whose star Christina Pickles is nominated for an Emmy; Tara Platt writer and star of Whatta Lark, 7 IAWTV nominations (winning best actor for Christopher Graham); and the dynamic duo of Roni Geva and Margaret Katch whose show, Ctl Alt Delete saw an Emmy nomination for Naomi Grossman as actress in a short form comedy or drama series.Image via Break a Hip.PremiumBeat: Given the enormous access filmmakers have to affordable equipment and rapidly growing distribution options, there is so much more competition for viewers. How have you all managed to get your shows seen? Did you have a marketing plan in place before you even went to production?Cameron Watson: We just made the decision to make a web series, and we set off to do it. None of us had done a short form show before, and we all just put our heads together and figured it out. Maggie Biggar, Steve Cubine, and I had made a pretty big independent feature together several years ago, so we know how to be scrappy and gutsy. And we had the incredible talent of Christina involved, so we were ahead of the game just coming out of the gate. We knew we would have to rely heavily on social media to promote our series, and we have done just that. It really is the “wild, wild west” out there with so much content, no rules, and tons of platforms. You get to make your own way. That is a good thing for creatives, but also overwhelming and sometimes [feels] like a cork in a giant ocean. But, like the cork, we keep floating along and never go under.Tara Platt: Wonderful question. Actually, I am sorry to say we didn’t head into things with a marketing plan in place, which meant we had to play catch up while we were in post. That isn’t to say it becomes [an] impossibility, just that having a clear plan for the distribution before even finishing production would have made things enormously easier and likely faster from shoot to screen. We were thrilled to get to partner with Revry and then later release on other platforms including Amazon. But I think that it is definitely a key feature in creating and producing a show — how to get it seen . . . and, realistically, who is watching it once it is out in the world. Are you hitting your demographic? Is there resonance? No one will go to bat harder and with more passion for your own projects than you will, so a large part of the job is getting other people excited about what you have created. It is your job, really! We have been working really hard to get viewers for our show. I, of course, wish we had even more eyeballs on it, as we are all immensely proud of it, but I’m thrilled with the response we have had, and humbled and honored by the festivals we have been official selections in (like the prestigious Bentonville Film Festival), and the seven current nominations from the IAWTV.Roni Geva/Margaret Katch: EPIC SHARING. We have shared it on our personal Facebook pages/Instagram/Twitter daily. We also joined a lot of relevant-to-our-show FB groups and shared it there. We have asked friends to share the video. We’ve learned as much as we can about the FB algorithms (which change weekly) and have tried to use that to our advantage.The truth is we did not have a marketing plan in place before we went into production, we just jumped in. Then, as we started releasing it, we realized we needed a plan. Our main plan was releasing the show on FB so that people could:1) Share it2) Boost it / advertise it3) Comment (which increases the post’s visibility on other people’s timelines)Then, we hired a PR company to help us get the word out on the show — and that’s how we got coverage on Bust/Ms./Buzzfeed/Tubefilter, etc. Then from that coverage, we get the WashPo article. All of that also increased our views.Image via Ctl Alt Delete.PB: With so much content out there, what do you feel are the most important elements for success when crafting a web series?CW A good story. Period. About a good relationship. Complicated, complex, and from the heart. All any of us want to watch is a relationship unfold and entwine. You can get bogged down checking out everyone else’s content and trying to navigate the terrain, but it is better and more freeing to focus on your own story and tell it from your heart.TP: I think that is really tricky, as many humans are in the world, there are that many potential options for taste, but I think you have to create something you care about first and worry about the response as a secondary element. If you simply set about to make something people will like/respond to, you have missed the opportunity to enjoy your creation. You have to be invested emotionally (whether that be purely the fun of it/entertainment creation or the necessity to tell a certain story/have your voice heard on a passion project). There are a million different reasons for making content, but you have to be clear with yourself why you are doing it, and make sure you accomplish that goal — do you feel you achieved what you set out to achieve? What have you learned? Numbers can be great from a metric standpoint, and of course there is always the end game of metrics/cost ratio, but you also want to have achieved your artistic vision while maintaining your creative soul.R/M: In our experience, it comes down to 3 things:– Make good work — well-written, well-acted (super important), and well-produced.– Pick a topic that you are wildly passionate about because you are going to be talking about it and promoting it nonstop.– Think beyond your first idea — the world has lots of web series about roommates or struggling actors . . . what stories are not being told?But above and beyond anything else — make good work.Image via Whatta Lark.PB: What is the end game for you?  Is a web series something complete, or are you hoping to move it to a network? There is only so long you can fuel the ship on your own and maintain this level of professionalism.CW: It is incredibly fun and exhilarating on this level, but also exhausting. We want to continue to tell the story of Biz and Wincy forever. And we will. But we would love “help” telling the story now. By that, I mean support both financially and creatively, whether that be a network or a platform that would support us.TP: I think it depends entirely on the project. Some titles are perfect creations as web series and should remain so, and we have a few of those in our catalog. Other times, it can be a great jumping-off point in spinning out into a film or even more of a television series. You have to know the best delivery device for the story you want to tell. Not every story warrants a feature, while others yearn to be explored in series form.With [Whatta Lark], I am not quite done with her yet. I don’t know if that means another season on the web or other digital platform to explore the storylines more thoroughly or a feature to get more of a meal of it at once and come to some resolution with her. I strive to achieve excellence in all of my projects and you are right, there are limits in trying to self sustain for infinite periods of time, but there are many options of how the next chapter can look. I am all in favor of taking some pitch meetings and seeing how we might be able to collaborate with a larger production company to continue with the world and characters. We still have so many ideas for these characters that I would love to be able to keep them alive in either a series or film.R/M:The end game is to move this show from web to full series, to have a half-hour show on a platform like Netlix or Hulu or Amazon — or even HBO or Showtime.And we will keep on keeping on until.We are using Broad City as a model (not for the content, but for the progress): a successful and well-received season 1, a more professional and more “namey” season 2, and then a sale to a bigger platform.Image via Cameron Watson.PB: Cameron, Break a Hip has been nominated for an Emmy for Best Short Form Series and Best Actor for the luminous Christina Pickles. That is pretty much the top of the mountain for artists — to have their material recognized by the Academy. What advice would you give to filmmakers to give them the best shot at that opportunity besides the obvious “cast Allison Janney in a supporting role?”CW: Just to be clear, Christina is nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. . . . It really is a dream come true for “our little show that could.” Christina is a beloved icon on TV, and this is her seventh nomination. She has never won. I want more than anything for this to be her time. She has had a career that spans decades, and to finally win for an innovative, new world, independent category would really be something. It would make Emmy history, really. Someone who made her mark in the heyday of TV dramas then legendary comedies now wins for a short form web series. That’s pretty special.PB: Clt Alt Delete deals with subject matter most won’t touch — but to me, it’s not the edgy shock of “abortion comedy” but the fact that the storytelling is so tight and clearly from Namoi’s nomination, the acting is stellar that makes the concept fly. What do you attribute to the success of the show?R/M: First of all, thank you.We think it’s a multitude of things:The fact that the stories are all based in truth is a huge part of our success. They are relatable human stories and the comedy comes from humanity rather than from bits being shoved into the story to try and make it funny. Obviously, we are wildly lucky to have the cast that we found — they are all profoundly talented and took our words and, again, made them so incredibly human and relatable.We also know that we had an extraordinary crew putting all of this together (both in production and in post). This is a labor of love with many brilliant minds coming together to very carefully tell this important story.Finally, we think the world is ready for this show in this particular and careful iteration of it. Only three out of every ten Americans want Roe v. Wade overturned. That means that 70 percent of Americans are okay with Roe v. Wade — maybe not for themselves, but for others. Media has always been at the forefront of changing hearts and minds — our show is simple, direct, and full of love. It’s earnest, and people respond to that.Image via Tara Platt.PB:Tara, It’s so cool that you use the way the web works to tell the story in vlogs — it’s an economical way that works well in the storytelling. How much of that was artistic choice, and how much was because of budget?TP: Thanks! It was very much a conscious choice, and both elements played a part. I knew the constraints that we would be working with financially in an effort to make a show that we could shoot affordably but still highly aesthetically. So I worked with our amazing writer Danielle Evenson to craft the story by working with the vlog aesthetic from the beginning.So it was always written with vlog in mind for season one, but with the hopes that if the show got its feet, we may be able to take the ladies off the webcam, so to speak. Then our stellar director America Young took the reins and helped the delightful and divine Christopher (Christopher Graham is Whatta Lark) and me tackle the work during the rehearsal process to keep the work you see on screen within the constraints of using the “to camera” approach while still feeling alive and real.Image via Break a Hip.PB: Anything you’ve learned on this journey that you wish you had known before you began production?CW: To just keep going. Like Biz. Just get up, and go outside, and do what you have to do. Raise money, write scripts, hire fabulous artists to surround you and great actors and a loving crew, and feed them all well!TP: I think it just solidified what I already knew. Work with great people, and it won’t be work at all. Each and every member of the team was so phenomenal, and delightful and creative and talented that it elevated the entire production to a whole other level. With something as collaborative as filmmaking I believe in the adage that a rising tide lifts all boats, and you definitely want to be elevated. So work with people who are the best at their job, and you will all shine! And of course to add to your initial question . . . do try to plan ahead for the end game before the game begins.PB:  Finally, Roni and Margaret, most marriages end in divorce and those include sex! How do you make a creative partnership work?R/M: We put the work ahead of our egos. It is more important to us that a joke lands, that the story is clear, that the shot gets done before the day is over, than that either of us gets a fancy credit. And we certainly lead our sets to work that way as well, which reduces conflict.We are wildly respectful of one another and over-communicate our feelings, our desires, our frustrations, and our needs to each other.We also have just slightly different artistic sensibilities. Roni is more broad and bright (think traditional sitcom) and Margaret is more subtle and subdued (think more modern shows like Catastrophe or Transparent). The complement of our two styles ends up creating something that we both get so excited about.And frankly, because we are so excited to make the work be the best that it can be, and because we trust each other, we always approach the other knowing that she has best intentions and then build from there.We truly believe that we make good work individually, but that each other’s particular touch on our collective work elevates it to a level we could not have found on our own.Cover image via Tara Platt.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Screenwriter Norman Steinberg on Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, and Getting HeardActor Charlie Schlatter on Work, Health, and ComplacencyInterview: How Filmmaker Jessica Sanders Brought a Tiny Person into a Big WorldInterview: Women Texas Film Festival founder, Justina WalfordInterview: Filmmaker Bradley Olsen and His FCPX Documentary “Off the Tracks”Best F[r]iends: Greg Sestero on Making Movies With Tommy Wiseaulast_img read more

Tripura newspapers publish blank editorials to protest killing of journalist

first_imgA number of newspapers in Tripura on Thursday published blank editorials as a sign of protest following the death of a senior journalist, Sudip Datta Bhowmik, near Agartala on November 21. The journalist worked for daily Syandan Patrika and also contributed to local television channel News Vanguard. His death occurred nearly two months after the murder of a young television journalist, Santanu Bhowmik. Reports said a Tripura State Rifles trooper shot dead Sudip Datta Bhowmik from point-blank range just outside the office of Commandant Tapan Debbarma at around 11.30 a.m. Surprisingly, the journalist was taken to GB Pant Hospital in Tripura at around 2.30 p.m where doctors declared him brought dead. Syandan Patrika, Dainik Sambad, and Tripura Darpan are among the newspapers who published blank editorials on Thursday. Using editorial space to register protestEarlier on Tuesday, prominent newspapers in Manipur left their editorial columns blank following an incident when the BJP’s youth wing burned down copies of vernacular newspaper Poknapham in front of the BJP’s party office at Nityapat Chuthek. Read moreFive Nagaland newspapers were published with blank editorial space in November 2015, to protest what they termed an effort by the Assam Rifles to suppress freedom of the media in the State. Rajasthan Patrika on November 16 this year, left its editorial blank with a thick black border to register its strong opposition to the controversial criminal law ordinance of the Vasundhara Raje government that puts restrictions on the media and gives protection to public servants.Also, during the Emergency The Indian Express carried a blank editorial in protest against the censorship of the press.last_img read more

Tripura CM defends remark on Net existence in Mahabharata era, gets Governor’s support

first_imgTripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday defended his comment on existence of Internet and information technology in the Mahabharata era.State’s Governor Tathagata Roy also came out in open to support the Chief Minister, who is leading the BJP-IPFT coalition government after defeating CPI(M) led left front from its 25 years uninterrupted governance.Mr. Deb, while speaking at a programme on computerisation of the public distribution system (PDS) in Agartala on Tuesday said he believed Internet, technology and satellite communication existed in ancient time as derived in Mahabharata. Without them, Sanjay (who, according to mythology), was awarded divine vision by Ved Vyasa) could not have narrated details of the war of Kurukshetra to blind King Dhritarashtra.Statement fuels controversyThe Chief Minister on Wednesday countered his critics after the statement fuelled controversy and instigated trolls on social media.“Narrow-minded people find it tough to believe this. They want to belittle their own nation and think highly of other countries. Believe the truth. Don’t get confused and don’t confuse”, Mr. Deb tweeted.The Governor, backing the Chief Minister, said: “Tripura Chief Minister’s observations about the happenings of the puranic period are topical. Its virtually impossible to conceive of devices like ‘Divya Drishti’, ‘Pushpak Ratha’, etc without some kind of prototype and study thereon.”last_img read more

Namajunas ready for what comes next as UFC’s new superstar

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “When they asked us what we wanted to be when we grow up, in kindergarten I always said I wanted to be a farmer,” she said.She’ll have to settle for the baddest woman in UFC.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 shutoutNamajunas plowed through her competitors and landed in the biggest garden of ’em all — Madison Square Garden, and in the fight of her life at UFC 217. She left Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a battered heap and walked out the 115-pound UFC strawweight champion. With a buzzcut and steely determination that made a hybrid of some sort of Ripley meets Eleven sci-fi character, Namajunas dominated in a flash and thrust herself into the conversation as the new face of UFC.“I was the talk of the town that night,” she said. “I’ve always felt that I was a star. I always knew that I am a star. The only thing that was missing was the belt.” Oh, Namajunas has the belt in the suburban Denver home she shares with fiancee and training partner, Pat Barry. It’s in her closet.“It’s got an energy to it, you know? We want to make sure we don’t too wrapped up in it,” she said. “But we’ll shine it up. Give it some love.”Namajunas has felt nothing but love since winning a title on a card that fans, starting with UFC President Dana White, widely called one of the best in the company’s 25-year history. Namajunas, T.J. Dillashaw and Georges St. Pierre all won belts as challengers.“The UFC in general, we’ve been in kind of a weird spot lately,” she said. “That card is something that doesn’t come by very often. We haven’t seen a card like that in a really long time and it was something special to remember.”UFC has spent the year craving a new box office star that can carry the promotion into 2018 and beyond while stalwarts Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Jon Jones are on the bench. UFC’s promotional push had been all-in on Jedrzejczyk, the Polish fighter who was a win away from matching Rousey with six straight title defenses.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Games Namajunas is used to taking the shine off UFC’s brightest female stars.Paige VanZant’s rise into championship contention was chopped when Namajunas choked her out in 2015.Michelle Waterson was pegged as the next one until Namajunas choked her out, too, in April.And Jedrzejczyk?She was never a factor in their fight. Namajunas dropped her early in the first round with a big right hand, finished off a combination with a vicious left and pounced on a fallen Jedrzejczyk to finish her off.The MSG crowd that was solidly behind Jedrzejczyk during the walk to the cage roared with cheers whenNamajunas won. Namajunas choked back tears as White placed the championship belt on her shoulder.“I make my environment what I want it to be,” Namajunas said. “I went to her castle where she felt comfortable, where she wanted to be in New York City and I took it from her.”UFC announcer Joe Rogan said a superstar was born in New York.“I hope the UFC realizes, and I think they do, that’s a … star. That’s a real star,” he said this week on his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “She’s a genuinely nice person. When you look like her and you’re 115 pounds and you’re a woman and you (mess) up the Boogeyman, yeah, crowds are going to gravitate to that. If she doesn’t become as a big a star as any other woman in MMA, I would be stunned.”Namajunas said that as champ, she wants to skip the brash trash talk that shot McGregor to mainstream stardom and has been imitated throughout UFC, including by the champions Jedrzejczyk, Michael Bisping and Cody Garbrandt, who all lost at UFC 217.Namajunas, who said she earned the nickname “Thug” as a kid from one of her neighbors, used her post-fightinterview to preach kindness. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Antetokounmpo leads Bucks past Spurs in Bledsoe’s debut John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Read Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rose Namajunas is announced before fighting Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, in a women’s strawweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 217 Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in New York. Namajunas won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Rose Namajunas posed with a UFC championship belt around her waist and a tomato plucked from her garden in her hands.Namajunas has always had a bit of a green thumb, a labor of love passed on from her mother who could make strawberries blossom even in a tiny patch of yard in Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This was the fight I had been fighting for,” she said. “Yes, the belt is a goal. But in this fight in particular, I wasn’t fighting for the belt but the bigger picture. Ever since I lost to (Karolina Kowalkiewicz), I decided I wanted to change the world.”Namajunas has said she was a victim of abuse and violence in a childhood complicated by watching her father suffer from schizophrenia. She also spoke out against the toxic atmosphere she found early in her MMA training at Roufusport. As Namajunas takes a turn trying to steer the women’s division into the future, she hoped she could serve as role model for someone looking for a voice.“Of course I want to leave things, especially negative things, in the past,” she said. “But if it can help somebody overcome something, then I want to make sure it ends up on a positive note. I don’t want to dwell on negative things.”The big negative in New York? Someone played the wrong walkout song. She requested “Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald.“They played some Oasis song or something,” Barry said.“It was definitely not my type of music,” Namajunas said.Namajunas planned to take some time off headed into the holidays and had no contender or timeframe in mind for her first title defense.She just knows that next time, everyone will be watching for her.last_img read more

Team Lakay leaves for Japan for ONE: A New Era

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Danny Kingad turns troubled past to promising future Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan PLAY LIST 03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director Undefeated women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee will also headline the event as she faces Xiong Jing Nan of China.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kevin Belingon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Members of Team Lakay leave for Japan Wednesday morning for ONE: A New Era fight card at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.Three Team Lakay fighters in Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon and Danny Kingad will be in action on Sunday in ONE’s biggest event yet.ADVERTISEMENT Folayang will be defending his lightweight world title in a rematch with Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in the main event.Belingon, on the other hand, stakes his bantamweight belt in a third encounter with Brazilian star Bibiano Fernandes while Kingad faces hometown bet Senzo Ikeda in the Flyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDemetrious Johnson, one of the greatest MMA fighters ever, is also making his keenly-awaited ONE debut in the stacked card as well as lightweight superstar Eddie Alvarez.Johnson faces Yuya Wakamatsu in a Flyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal while Alvarez clashes with the dangerous Timofey Nastyukhin in the Lightweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Has Amar Singh’s elevation in the Samajwadi Party alienated Mulayam from his family?

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s decision to appoint Amar Singh as the party general secretary, bringing him at par with his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav despite serious difference over the presence of an “outsider” in the party ranks, may have divided Uttar Pradesh’s first family more than ever before. Party insiders feel the move could further alienate Mulayam Singh from his family,including son Akhilesh.The rift is getting more defined with members siding with either the Akhilesh or the Shivpal camp. Amid all this, party stalwarts have chosen to stay silent, leaving the lower ranks to fight it out among themselves.’AMAR SINGH IS IN OUR HEARTS’By appointing Amar Singh as the party general secretary, Netaji has proved that Amar Singh is not an outsider, local SP leader Mohd. Akbar Qureshi told India Today. “Amar Singh dil mein bhi rahenge aur dal mein bhi (Amar Singh will stay in our hearts and in the party too),” Qureshi said.ALSO READ: Samajwadi drama: Now, Mulayam makes Amar Singh party’s National General SecretaryThe SP chief, Qureshi said, is known to be a staunch supporter of a person he likes and can fight even political opposition to protect the person from any harm.It comes as no surprise then that he backed Amar Singh even as his cousin and the second most powerful leader in the Samajwadi Party, Ram Gopal Yadav, has been extremely critical of Singh and blamed him for starting the fight in the party.In such a scenario, raising Singh to a rank equivalent of Ram Gopal is being read by party insiders as a move that could further alienate him from his family, including son Akhilesh.advertisement’AMAR CANNOT WIN AN ELECTION’A senior SP leader told India Today that Amar Singhs elevation in the party will become more apparent on October 6 when the SP chief will hold a ‘maha rally’ in Azamgarh. Mulayam Singh Yadav is the MP from Azamgarh, while Amar Singh is an Azamgarh native. By hosting a rally in the district with Amar Singh, the party chief is giving more credence to the former than he probably deserves, the SP leader said.ALSO READ: With Mulayam Singh’s backing, Amar Singh alive and kicking in SP “Amar Singh cannot even win an election for himself, and he is assuring Mulayam of bringing the Rajput voters into the Samajwadi fold in the hope that he will get a major role in deciding the electoral policy of the party,” the leader said.SENIORS STAY SILENTSenior party leaders, however, have refused to make comments on the issue. When contacted by India Today, SP General Secretary Ramji Lal Suman, who is currently staying away from political arclights in Agra, said he does not want to get “entangled” in this matter.Similarly, party leaders such as Sports Minister Ram Sakal Gurjar, Raja Aridaman Singh, Ramji Lal Suman and CP Rai refused to make any comments on the issue.ALSO READ: In the war for succession, why Mulayam can’t ignore Shivpal for son Akhileshlast_img read more