August 2019

Piedmont residents are waking to icecovered trees

first_imgPiedmont residents are waking to ice-covered trees and power outages after a winter storm moved through the region.As of 8:30 a.m. the North Carolina Department of Public Safety is reporting the most power outages in Forsyth County with 42,675 customers affected. In Guilford County, 21,814 are without power and over 14,000 in Henderson County.There is currently a Winter Storm Warning in effect in Forsyth and Guiford Counties through Sunday evening. The forecast calls for cloudy skies. There’s also a Winter Storm Warning in Watauga County with a mix of light rain and snow this afternoon. Here’s freezing rain in Long Creek Village. pic.twitter.com/43x9iBsk7K— City of Winston-Salem (@CityofWS) January 13, 2019A full list of weather-related closings can be found here.last_img read more

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first_imgA federal judge has declared unconstitutional a North Carolina law banning women from having abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy except in an urgent medical emergency.The decision Monday by U.S. District Judge William Osteen in Greensboro gave state legislators 60 days before his ruling takes effect to allow them to amend abortion restrictions or appeal his ruling to a higher court.The U.S. Supreme Court has protected abortion as a constitutional right until a fetus has developed enough to live outside the mother’s womb. The judge noted that North Carolina’s own medical expert conceded that’s almost never possible until the 22nd week of gestation.The law was challenged in 2016 shortly after lawmakers narrowed abortions after the 20th week of gestation so that they were only allowable if the mother faces a risk of death or serious and irreversible harm from some urgent medical emergency.The 2016 changes also “imposed substantial reporting obligations on abortion providers for any abortion performed after sixteen weeks, expanded the universe of medical facilities from which information is collected, restricted the type of doctor who may perform an abortion in the state, and lengthened the informed consent waiting period from 24 to 72 hours,” Osteen wrote in his ruling.The revised law also meant that abortions were no longer allowed for medical conditions that cause gradual health damage but never reached a specific point to make them immediately necessary, Osteen said.While North Carolina has not prosecuted anyone for an illegal abortion for more than 40 years, that could change in the future, Osteen said. He wrote that the state’s “strident defense” of the lawsuit as well as a wave of similarly worded laws in Wisconsin, Iowa, Arkansas and other states suggests officials haven’t disavowed future prosecutions under the 20-week ban.Some states have gone further this month. Mississippi and Kentucky outlawed most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy. A similar bill passed the Georgia Senate last week and now goes back to the House to approve changes. It is backed by Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.The North Carolina lawsuit was one of three filed weeks after President Donald Trump’s election challenging laws abortion-supporters viewed as unconstitutional restrictions. Laws in Missouri and Alaska were also challenged at the same time by the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive RightsNorth Carolina’s top Republican legislative leaders had no immediate reaction to the decision. Spokesmen for Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore said they needed more time to review the ruling.An attorney for the ACLU’s North Carolina chapter said Osteen’s decision affirmed that people have a constitutional right to make their own decisions about their pregnancy.”North Carolina’s ban was written by politicians to intimidate doctors and interfere in a woman’s personal medical decisions.” attorney Irena Como said. “Important medical decisions throughout different points of a woman’s pregnancy, including whether to have an abortion, must be left to the woman and her doctor – not politicians.”last_img read more

first_imgFor small businesses trying to fill open positions, finding qualified applicants can pose a major challenge. Sure, your company might not have the large contracts that a large corporation can offer, but as a business leader, you know how important people are to accomplish the mission of the organization. In an article published by SCORE, Sara Pollock, head of marketing at ClearCompany, suggests six ways small businesses can get a leg up when recruiting talent. 1. Increase compensationIf your budget allows, put more money toward higher salaries. The truth is, more money attracts more high-quality talent. 2. Bolster insurance and health benefitsPollock says many employees will accept a lower salary if they can receive a robust insurance or benefits package instead. Health insurance, she says, is often viewed “in terms of its potential value versus its expected value.” 3. Offer perksPerks such as a company car, reimbursement for gas or travel time, and catered lunches make work life more enjoyable and provide employees with incentives to work harder. 4. Promote work-life balanceRecent studies have found that people enjoy working from home, close to home or from a remote location. Make the option of flexible work locations available to employees and emphasize that opportunity to applicants. 5. Create meaningAs a small business owner, you can sell applicants on the great impact they will have on the company and its greater goals. Many professionals, Pollock says, desire the opportunity to work at a small company where “they can more readily see the immediate benefits of their work.” Emphasize the impact of the applicant’s work, specifically within the role you are hoping to fill. 6. Provide equityEarly employees at a new small business may have the opportunity to receive a profit-share or equity in the company in exchange for accepting a reduced salary. If this opportunity applies to your company, you can attract employees who believe in your business model and are able to accept a reduced salary now, knowing they can own a portion of the company later. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

A procession honoring St Padre Pio in recognition

first_imgA procession honoring St. Padre Pio in recognition of the Feast Day which celebrates the 50th Anniversary of his passing was held on Sunday, September 23rd. Held in Boston’s North End, the U.S. Coast Guard color guard led the procession with family and friends of organizers Anna D’Amore Sirignano and Natalina Tizzano D’Amore. A blood stained relic (first class) of St. Pio’s glove was carried through the streets. Following the procession, a Solemn Mass was held at St. Leonard Church on Hanover Street. Photos by Matt Conti.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron**Advertisement*last_img read more

first_imgThe demolition of the old Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) building at N. Bacalso Avenue will start next month to clear the area for a new and bigger public hospital.The new CCMC will share space with the regional Bureau of Fire office and the Cebu City Integrated Traffic Operations Management (Citom) in an “integrated emergency service area.”ADVERTISEMENT ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents LATEST STORIES Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos View comments MOST READ Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally “In times of calamity, the safest place should be a hospital,” delos Santos said. /Doris C. Bongcac, Chief of ReportersRead Next NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration “We need an area where we can house all the emergency responders. The BFP won’t be evicted there,” she said.Mayor Michael Rama said the integration plans will also address the city’s land ownership dispute with BFP-7.“This (integration) will solve the problem. When you secure a building permit, you will need proof of ownership,” he said.Safest placeDelos Santos told reporters after the meeting that the Cebu City government will implement its integrated emergency service area project by phases.They will start with the demolition of the existing hospital building and the construction of a six story building on the 500 square meter hospital lot, which will accommodate at least 300-beds.Hospital construction will later be expanded to meet Rama’s plan for the city to operate a 1, 000 bed-capacity hospital.There is also a plan to transfer or even close a portion of Panganiban Street which separates CCMC from the BFP-7 building to make the area compact and turn it into a complex.Rama earlier wanted the new city hospital built in a portion of the South Road Properties located at the back of the San Pedro Calungsod chapel.But plans changed with the discovery of an existing policy of the Department of Health (DOH) which prohibits the construction of government hospitals near bodies of water, delos Santos said. ApprovalMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsDr. Shawn Espina, lead convenor and chief executive officer of the CCMC Cares Movement, said the city hospital reconstruction project will be done through a Private Public Partnership (PPP).He said the new CCMC may eventually be run as a semi-private hospital but this scheme would need approval from the mayor and the City Council.“The most important thing is that we have to realize that when a hospital is controlled by government alone, it really won’t work especially as an emergency/trauma hospital,” Dr. Espina said.The surgeon said the CCMC will still service the city’s indigent patients even if it is run as a semi-private hospital provided that the hospital will have facilities like a medical arts building, an income generating project.ADVERTISEMENT “The public should know that health is not always for free. You have to understand that something should be done to ensure that they are healthy,” he said.AllocationCebu City has so far raised P8.7 million under its “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” campaign to fund the construction of a new city hospital which was closed due to earthquake damage.The city-owned lot along N. Bacalso Avenue remains the most accessible and suitable place for CCMC operations, Dr. Espina said.Delos Santos said Espina will present the new hospital building design during the City Council session tomorrow.She said the city has more than enough money including the P172.4 million allocation for CCMC rehabilitation included in the city engineering budget for 2014 to start constructing phase 1.The appropriation may be realigned from rehabilitation to fund the hospital construction project, she said.Building designDr. Espina said Care CCMC will also continue to raise funds from their private donors to help in the hospital construction project.Councilor delos Santos said the proposed city integrated emergency service area is about two-hectares big. Private doctors collaborating on the project also want it to be run as a semi-private hospital.These details were disclosed after a meeting by the CCMC ad hoc committee at the mayor’s conference room yesterday.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionThe committee chaired by Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos were also given a briefing of the city hospital’s new building design made by Espina-Perez-Espina and Associates led by architect Maxwell Espina.The CCMC Cares Movement, a private initiative by Cebu doctors, also raised at least P500,000 from donations of medical practitioners working abroad. 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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/jjeezy-partners-black-owned-telecom-company/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/jjeezy-partners-black-owned-telecom-company/ Grammy-nominated rapper, Jeezy, recently announced a new partnership deal with Figgers Communications, a black-owned telecommunications company.The goal of the partnership is to democratize the wireless products market. “There was a point in my life where I wasn’t able to pay the phone bill,” said Jeezy in a press release statement. “Now as a businessman and entrepreneur to be able to partner with Freddie, [Freddie Figgers, founder of Figgers Communications] someone who overcame similar life obstacles, and to give people more access to handheld technology at an affordable price, it’s truly a blessing.”Celebrity involvement in the telecom space is on the rise. Earlier this year, T.I. backed and endorsed Moolah Mobile—a platform that allows users to share in revenue from ads on their mobile devices.According to a press release, the first products to launch under the new partnership are the F3 cellular phone and the F-Buds earpods. The F3 5G-ready cell phone features a 6.2″ edge-to-edge 4K display with 18-megapixel dual cameras. The F3 can be used with any mobile carrier.Other products to be released under the brand include, the F-Buds, wireless headphones. The F-Buds are designed to pair up with any Bluetooth device, phone, and tablet. When paired with Figgers’ phones the F-Buds can translate over 100 languages to the language of choice. The F-Buds support 50 hours of talk time on a single charge and can be fully charged in just 30 minutes, again, according to the company’s press release.“As the youngest African American to own and operate an independent, U.S.-based telecommunications company, I built Figgers Communications on the premise that telecommunications access should be attainable for everyone,” said Figgers in the press release.“The Jeezy/Figgers Wireless partnership is a natural evolution of two men who experienced some of the same challenges during our upbringing but rose above those circumstances to make our mark.”last_img read more

Whats New in TechnologyLatest News for Entreprene

first_img What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursMen (BE Modern Man) SpeakersThis year’s incredible lineup of speakers includes:Akon – Chief Visionary, Akoin; Grammy-nominated artist, Producer, Entrepreneur, PhilanthropistMorgan DeBaun – Founder and CEO, BlavityAngela Yee – Radio Host, Breakfast Club; Creator, Lip Service PodcastKareem Yusuf, Ph.D – General Manager, Watson IoT, IBMDajae Williams – Manufacturing Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryDelane Parnell – CEO, PlayVSAbiola Oke – CEO & Publisher, OkayAfrica… and many other greats! be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/not-too-late-heres-why-you-need-to-attend-techconnext/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/not-too-late-heres-why-you-need-to-attend-techconnext/ What You Will SeeAs mentioned, there will be fantastic panel discussions, keynotes, and “BE Talks,” covering a wide range of topics: making it big in podcasting; building a real Wakandan city from cryptocurrency, discussing the latest in artificial intelligence, making money in eSports; and of course, presenting the latest and greatest black and brown innovators in tech.You will also want to attend the inaugural Black Tech Awards; see the finalist tech entrepreneurs vie for $10,000 in the TCX Pitch competition; and support the future of tech by rooting on the brightest computer science minds from 16 HBCUs as they compete in the BE Smart Hackathon (sponsored by American Airlines).Finally, there will be opportunities for networking, kicking back and relaxing, while enjoying great food and beverages (family-friendly and adult!)Register now! – $195 – all access; $99 Monday or Tuesday  Black Enterprise is back at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Oct 8-9 for TechConneXt – the premiere tech conference for people of color. This is not a music festival or mixer-only event. This is the place to be for tech job seekers, techpreneurs, enthusiasts, as well as the tech curious. There will be companies on-site looking to hire programmers, developers, engineers and more! Plus, some of the most successful and distinguished people of color in tech (or those who used tech to build their brands) will be on hand speaking on panels, giving advice, and taking your questions.Why Else Should You Attend TechConneXt?Your attendance is one step closer to:Solving the black tech diversity issueBuilding the tech pipelineBringing black tech professionals together to learn from one anotherlast_img read more

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first_img Accessories Gloves Latest From Our Partners More From Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Apparel Latest From MMA Warehouse Good Night Tee Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Sale Standard Ranked Rashguard SAN FRANCISCO — Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos have spent the better part of the last two years thinking about each other, studying each other, preparing to fight each other, and on two occasions, going to war with each other.Both have mixed results, with one win apiece. It is not only both men’s only UFC loss, but neither has ever even lost a round in UFC competition except to one another.Right now, from a record standpoint in UFC, they are identical. Each is 10-1, with eight wins coming by stoppage, and every win being dominant. But their similarities largely end there.Velasquez’s record of being in control for 90 percent or more of every fight he’s had in his career was only stymied by the knockout punch dos Santos hit him with behind the ear in the first minute of their first meeting. Not only that, but in his win over dos Santos, a decision on Dec. 29 that brought him the heavyweight title a second time, he won all five rounds decisively.He’s knocked out legends (Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira), destroyed beasts (Brock Lesnar) and twice left a storybook giant (Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva) looking like somebody had nailed him in the head with a perfect shot using a rock and a slingshot.Dos Santos’ victim list is even more impressive. He’s outstruck the best strikers (Mirko Cro Cop, Gilbert Yvel and Mark Hunt), and punched out black belts so viciously they may as well have been white belts (Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga).Stylistically and personality-wise, they are very different. But they are the two most dominant heavyweights of this era. They would have run though the division like a Georges St-Pierre or Anderson Silva, if not for the presence of the other.But that’s about all they have in common. That, and their professional goals are the same, to become UFC heavyweight champion, a title each man has taken once from the other.For all of the time they’ve been consumed with the other, the two are neither great friends, nor bitter enemies. But when the stories of their careers are told, there is a good chance their legacies will be largely intertwined. When their careers are over, and this era is looked back on, it is very likely each will be the other one’s greatest career rival.And that’s something both can kind of feel going into their rubber match. The title of best heavyweight of the era is in the balance at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, when the two square off at the Toyota Center in Houston.In preparation for the third act in their respective career story, they spent a lot of time together. They started in San Francisco on the UFC World Tour, then went to Los Angeles, New York and finally ended up at the Toyota Center itself, meeting with press and fans.For Velasquez, he’s happy he’s doing it now, because in a few weeks, things get deadly serious. He, along with his main training partner, undefeated Daniel Cormier, who is technically the No, 2 contender for the title and the best wrestler in the heavyweight division, will train together as usual, but the dynamic this time is different. Instead of one helping get the other ready, they are for the first time fighting on the same card, meaning they look to both build to their peaks together. It may sound like a minor difference, but to Velasquez, it’s a significant edge for him.The two men have indicated that they will probably never fight in competition, but will be in there with each other three times a week from early August until about a week before each man’s fight.”It’s definitely an advantage. We’re both trying to peak on the same day. He has a three-round fight. Three times a week, I’ll be in with him for three rounds, and then they’ll bring somebody fresh in for rounds four and five,” Velasquez said.While Cormier’s style is completely different from dos Santos, Velasquez is concentrating more on being the best he can be, as opposed to preparing to fight a simulated version of dos Santos.”After fighting three rounds with him three times a week, I’ll be ready for anyone else,” Velasquez said.Velasquez says the key is coming in with a set game plan for the Brazilian, and then honing it with the constant sparring and making it automatic by fight time with the constant repetition under fight simulated circumstances.”Where are you going to find someone that can emulate Junior?,” asked Velasquez’s manager, Bob Cook. “The only person in MMA would be him, or you’d have to get a top-tier heavyweight boxer to find someone of that size with that speed.”Cook noted that dos Santos, a heavyweight, is even faster than Velasquez’s teammate and sometime training partner, Luke Rockhold, a 6-foot-3 middleweight, who is also fighting on the Houston show against Tim Boetsch.Velasquez is very different from most heavyweight champions. He comes from a hard-working family. His father worked countless hours in the sun on the fields. It’s almost a family heritage thing, having a job that requires hard physical labor. While many athletes see training to get in peak shape as a necessary cost to reach a goal, for Velasquez, training hard something he’s done since childhood, seems instilled as part of him.Many fight for fame. But for Velasquez, while money is certainly part of his motivation, it clearly makes no difference to him if people recognize him when he’s in public or not. He’s gracious, but he is the opposite of somebody who is looking to be noticed or be the center of attention in a room. Still, as a UFC heavyweight champion, in some circumstances, you become that whether you want to be or not.”I feel like I’m three people,” he said over lunch. “There’s the person who is at home with his family (he has a wife and a four-year-old daughter). There’s the person in the gym. And there’s the person who fights.”While the person in the gym is the backbone of the person in the cage, he makes a clear differentiation.”It’s great to have a job where I can keep training,” he said.A star athlete in football and wrestling growing up, he got Division I offers in both sports. Unlike most in that situation, he chose wrestling. The choice at the time had nothing to do with an eventual career in MMA, since he never considered that until his junior year of college. He just thought he’d be better as a wrestler, and the hard work with little glory lifestyle of a Division I college wrestler fit in fine with him.While he was aware of UFC from the start and can remember watching early UFC tapes with his friends, in his mind it then faded away. While in college, when it resurfaced, he quickly knew his next direction.His wrestling coach at Arizona State, Thom Ortiz, said years ago that Velasquez had told him wrestling was “too limiting.” When he was out there on the college mats, in battle, his mind kept telling him when he saw openings to punch and kick, and attack relentless, taking any opening. But the rules didn’t allow him to do such a thing. In that sense, Ortiz felt Velasquez was mentally, a natural MMA fighter.Discussions about being professional fighters weren’t unusual in the wrestling room. Three former ASU wrestlers, Dan Severn, Don Frye, and Dan Henderson, had already become legends in the sport.A number of people in that wrestling room ended up fighting. Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway, who like Velasquez, were All-American upper weight wrestlers, ended up in the UFC. Both assistant coaches, Aaron Simpson and Eric Larkin, fought in the UFC and Bellator respectively. Even Ortiz, in his early 40s, fought a couple of times just so he’d better understand the experience of fighting.”Bader and C.B., they were thinking about it,” he said. “John Moraga (who lost to Demetrious Johnson in a UFC flyweight title fight this past Saturday), he was one of the guys I hung around with in college. He always wanted to do it but he got started late because at first they didn’t have his weight class. He’ll get better. I think it takes five years to really put it all together.”Dos Santos, 29, came from a poor section of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, a hotbed of the sport in the early ’60s. In his native land, he’s known more as “Cigano,” which means “Gypsy.” When Brazilians come to the U.S. to see him fight, nobody chants “dos Santos,” but “Cigano” chants fill the arenas. When tourists from the Brazil are in Las Vegas when he fights, they ask about “Cigano,” almost always, never Junior dos Santos.When they met up in San Francisco, sitting at the same table for a press luncheon, the interaction, or more precise, the lack thereof, spoke louder than any words. Neither had a bad thing to say about the other.Velasquez arrived early, and was quiet and polite. Naturally shy, he will answer any question brought up, but unless he’s fully comfortable with the person, he will not speak unless he is spoken to first. If not asked a question, he seems to be in constant thought. Whether it’s about his training, his fight, or his family, only he knows.When dos Santos arrived and sat several seats down, the two ignored each other. There was no casual greeting, no smiles, not even a nod of recognition. Nor were there any dirty looks, or attempts at mind games or intimidation. There was only a few people seated between them, but they very well may have been on different continents, like is usually the case.Dos Santos, who usually has a smile on his face and is fun loving, seemed at times tense, but most of the time was laughing and joking. Both spoke of the other in most respectful ways, but not to each other at all.Unlike many fighters, who give scientific explanations about their diets, Velasquez doesn’t worry about diet or weight that much. He’s 250 right now, although he doesn’t look it. He expects the rigors of camp will get him down to the low 240s.As far as eating, he didn’t seem concerned, past the point of telling the waitress, “No fried food, please.” Unlike dos Santos, he didn’t touch the cotton candy brought in as desert.”I made a lot of mistakes in the last fight,” said dos Santos, who in the past believed he had overtrained for the fight and thus didn’t perform at his best.Still, he would say nothing bad about his opponent.”He always moves forward,” said dos Santos. “His stamina, it’s very good, especially for a heavyweight. His grappling is great. He’s a complete fighter. But I’m also a complete fighter.””This time is going to be a different fight, for sure,” he said.Dos Santos noted the spinning back kick that he used to finish Mark Hunt as the example that he would not be the same fighter as in the first or second fight. Velasquez noted it as well, saying that while he’s very experienced at preparing for Dos Santos, he has to be aware that Dos Santos may come in with something he’s never seen before for that very reason. He noted that in a fight that may go 25 minutes, he can’t have a mental lapse, even for a second.There are some interesting parallels between this trilogy and the battles in Japan in the last era for heavyweight supremacy between the two best of their time. In those days, the battles were between Nogueira, one of dos Santos’ trainers and idols, and Fedor Emelianenko, who was Velasquez’s favorite fighter when he rediscovered the sport in college and decided it was going to be his future.Only when asked to stand in front of San Francisco Bay to pose for a photo did the two lock eyes. Neither would blink, flinch or move. There was not the slightest threat of violence that an intense staredown at times brings. But there was absolutely the feeling that neither was going to be the first to stop staring into the others’ soul or give the opponent any idea of weakness.When the posing for publicity shots ended, they went their separate ways. They would be flying on the same planes, and repeating the same thing, for the rest of the week.Tourists from around the world outside the Ferry Building watched, some recognizing the duo, others not. One older man noted that he knew they were two UFC heavyweight stars, but asked which one was the current champion. The greater visibility of MMA fighters in Brazil was clearly obvious, as Brazilian tourists reacted like a major cultural celebrity was there, making a big commotion about “Cigano.” Velasquez got stares of recognition and curiosity, had some people wanting to take photos with him, but no screams of people like a rock star was in their midst. Perhaps, if you had taken the show to Mexico, the reaction would be reversed.Velasquez’s father was born in Sonora, Mexico, and as a child he went to Northern Mexico to visit relatives frequently. He wasn’t aware that his fight was going to air live on Televisa, the leading network, in that country, but he fully understand what being on Televisa meant. On that night, in Mexico, he will be the cultural hero that millions will be watching.Javier Mendez, his trainer since Velasquez moved from Arizona, noted long before anyone had heard of Cain Velasquez, that he would be UFC heavyweight champion. He also said, with certainty in his voice, that unlike nearly everyone else when that day came that the guy who would train until puddles of sweat were all over the mats, and then mop it up when the session was over, would not change with the fame and money the championship would bring.Such things like the burden of being the center of the hopes and dreams of millions on the night of his next fight may add pressure, or create a sense of ego, to most.”No, no added pressure,” he quietly said, while thinking about whatever it is that makes him tick. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Top Contenders for Fight of the Yearcenter_img Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? 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Top Contenders for Fight of the Year

first_img Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Sale Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight Good Night Tee What’s Hot: Umm…the main event!While Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir are not what they used to be, this is a tantalizing matchup that many people wish had happened nearly a decade ago. But with Fedor competing in PRIDE in Japan and Mir slicing through competition under UFC rule, their paths never crossed.Leave it up to Bellator president Scott Coker to drum up the past and throw it on national television for free. That’s exactly what fight fans are getting tonight when “Last Emperor” looks to rebound from a knockout loss to Matt Mitrione last year and Mir aims to capture his first victory since 2015 in his first ever Bellator appearance.Also, not to be overshadowed by this glorious matchup of mixed martial arts (MMA) legends, the winner of Fedor vs. Mir will move on to fight Chael Sonnen in the semi-final round of Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix TournamentInjuries:Streaking middleweight contender John Salter was originally scheduled to fight Rafael Lovato Jr. on the main card, but was removed due to an eye issue. Salter was replaced by former UFC veteran Gerald Harris, who will now fight Lovato Jr. at a catchweight of 188 pounds.New Blood:The long-awaited MMA debut of jiu-jitsu prodigy and Conor McGregor teammate Dillon Danis (0-0) will finally go down tonight at Bellator 198. As one of the most highly-touted prospects in all of MMA — due in most to his grappling ability — Danis will look to cash in on a main card spot opposite unknown middleweight Kyle Walker (2-3).Considering Danis is already taking a page out of McGregor’s long book of tricks and proclaiming himself the king of Bellator MMA, his debut should be very interesting to watch. Danis should have no trouble bringing over his submission skills into the cage, but it’s yet to be seen if the 24-year-old blue chip prospect can do any damage with his hands. Training alongside a world champion like “Notorious” may help him greatly in that department.Who Needs A Win Badly: While Frank Mir has dropped his last two fights to Mark Hunt and Andrei Arlovski and could really use a win in his Bellator MMA debut, it is Fedor Emelianenko who desperately needs victory this weekend in Rosemont. If not to win the grudge match with Mir then to prolong his tenure in Bellator.Despite losing to Matt Mitrione in devastating fashion last year in New York City and falling victim to his first knockout defeat since 2011, “Last Emperor” still commands incredible allure heading into Bellator 198. But back-to-back loses to start his promotional career isn’t going to bode well for Fedor’s selling ability entering the second half of 2018. Hardcore fight fans will always want to see him compete for as long as he’s fighting, but casual fans will find it difficult to get behind a main event attraction that always loses, especially if they’re unaware of the Russian’s legendary resume.Interest Level: 9/10Even if Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir was the only matchup on this card you’d still want to tune in and watch. The heavyweight clash will not only spit out the third semi-finalist for Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament, but it will provide some insight into the long-time comparison between PRIDE fighters and UFC fighters. Fedor and Mir are long removed from their prime, but they remain worthy fighters capable of producing memorable fireworks inside of the cage.Adding to the main card madness will be Dillon Danis’ anticipated MMA debut, a co-main event clash between top featherweight contender Emmanuel Sanchez and former UFC knockout artist Sam Sicilia, and another look at the undefeated Neiman Gracie.Bellator 198 Main Card (9 p.m. ET)Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank MirEmmanuel Sanchez vs. Sam SiciliaGerald Harris vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.Neiman Gracie vs. Javier TorresDillon Danis vs. Kyle WalkerBellator 198 ‘Prelims’ (7 p.m. ET)James Bennett vs. Dustin StusseTom Angeloff vs. Sultan UmarAdam Maciejewski vs. Robert MorrowAdil Benjilany vs. Corey JacksonDan Stittgen vs. Mark StoddardMorgan Sickinger vs. Eric WiselyJoey Diehl vs. Nate WilliamsAsef Askar vs. Andrew JohnsonP.J. Cajigas vs. R’Mandel CameronBellator 198’s main card will start at 9 p.m. ET on Paramount Network. MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card, including the “Prelims” underard action that begins online at 7 p.m. ET. ProMax 440 BJJ GI Latest From MMA Warehouse Lockdown duffle bag Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam More From Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career UFC 224 CHEAT SHEETWhat UFC event is on tonight? UFC 224: “Nunes vs Pennington”Who is fighting tonight at UFC 224? Amanda Nunes vs Raquel Pennington women’s Bantamweight title fight is the main event.When does UFC 224 start? Today (Sat., May 12, 2018), beginning with Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard matches at 6:15 p.m. ET and then FX-televised “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET with the PPV portion kicking off at 10 p.m. ET.Where will UFC 224 take place? Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Where can I get UFC224 updates and results? Get full play-by-play updates and live coverage here! Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Esther Lin, MMA Fighting MMAmania.com There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq center_img Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Apparel Standard Ranked Rashguard Accessories Standard BJJ Gi Lights. Out. Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt It all goes down later tonight (Sat., April 28, 2018) at Bellator 198 live on Paramount Network from inside Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., as former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko takes on former UFC kingpin Frank Mir in a matchup that’s been 10 years in the making. Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Latest From Our Partners Gloves More: Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirementlast_img read more

On the Market A Stunning South End Townhouse

first_img By Madeline Bilis· Print 2/8/2018, 9:46 a.m. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Photo via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real Estate4 Ringgold Street, South EndPrice: $3,350,000Size: 2,958 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 3.5Situated in the South End’s Eight Streets neighborhood, this stylish townhouse for sale faces Ringgold Park. It sizes up to nearly 3,000 square feet, offering three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and an abundance of living space.At garden level, there’s an updated kitchen plus a wet bar and a family room. Upstairs on the parlor level, a fireplaced dining room opens to the living room, where there are built-in bookshelves, intricate crown moldings, and double doors leading to a private deck. An airy home office looks out to the deck, too, boasting hardwood floors and plenty of natural light.For information, contact Tracy Campion, Campion & Company Fine Homes Real Estate, campionre.com.Photo via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstatePhoto via Campion & Company Fine Homes Real EstateThe Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros.center_img Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. 000 For Sale/Rent On the Market: A Stunning South End Townhouse This posh pad has a private deck off of the living room.last_img read more

On the Market An 1893 Cottage Near Rockport Harbor

first_img Photo via Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage5 Doyle’s Cove Road, RockportPrice: $299,000Size: 600 square feetBedrooms: 1Baths: 2There is no cuter cottage in Rockport than Motif No. 1, an iconic red fishing shack at the end of Bradley Wharf. But this 600-square-foot abode for sale nearby is a close second.The one-bedroom house is a mere two-minute walk from good ol’ Motif. Built in 1893, the seaside cottage has been renovated to make the most of its 600 square feet. Its first floor is open-concept—a newly updated kitchen flows into the living area and dining room.A spiral staircase leads to the home’s single bedroom. It boasts a good-sized closet and a renovated bathroom, where there’s a clawfoot tub, a washer, and a dryer. Cathedral ceilings and exposed beams make the bedroom feel light and airy, while a wall of windows overlooking the ocean lets in gentle sea breezes.For information, contact Gretchen Parker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, coldwellbankerhomes.com.Photo via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokeragePhoto via Coldwell Banker Residential BrokerageThe Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. 79182 Print By Madeline Bilis· center_img 9/26/2018, 9:45 a.m. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* On the Market: An 1893 Cottage Near Rockport Harbor This one-bedroom house on Bearskin Neck makes the most of its 600 square feet.last_img read more

Logan Airport Food Workers OK a Strike Plan Day of Action before

first_img By Spencer Buell· Print 6/14/2019, 11:27 a.m. 113 Logan Airport Food Workers OK a Strike, Plan Day of Action before Fourth of July Airline caterers in 21 cities are threatening to walk off the job. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! DenisTangneyJr/Getty ImagesCue the fireworks.Hundreds of workers who prepare food and drinks for planes at Logan Airport are threatening to walk off the job, and have just voted to authorize a strike.Members of Unite Here Local 26, which represents 345 people who work for American and United airlines, voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of striking if they are unable to reach an agreement with contractor LSG Sky Chefs, a major caterer that works with airlines around the country. A day of action is planned for the day before the Fourth of July.Contract negotiations for LSG Sky Chefs have been ongoing since Oct. 2018 & are now in federal mediation. Now, workers are voting to authorize a strike if/when released by the NMB, which could prove disruptive to travelers. #AirportStrikeAlert #1Job https://t.co/B9POzZUafh pic.twitter.com/KecOtyaAwL— UNITE HERE Local 26 (@UNITEHERE26) June 13, 2019 Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* BREAKING: Airline catering workers at Logan Airport in Boston vote unanimously, 100% YES, in favor of authorizing a STRIKE if released by the government. #AirportStrikeAlert #1Job pic.twitter.com/imluL4Cvlg— UNITE HERE Local 26 (@UNITEHERE26) June 14, 2019This does not mean a strike is imminent—it’s just a formal threat to do so if it comes to that. According to federal law, the workers would also need to get permission from the National Mediation Board before walking out.Union leaders say their members want a pay increase to a minimum of $15, as well as improvements to the health coverage available to employees. Right now, the union says, the average salary for a food service contractor at Logan is $13.80. Also according to the union, just 38 percent of workers have company-sponsored health plans, while many rely on MassHealth. LSG and Unite Here have been in contract negotiations since October of 2018.“I’ve worked in airline catering for over a decade with nothing to show for it. I work two jobs, over 60 hours a week, but I cannot afford my rent,” Rosa Rodriguez, a food service worker at Logan, said in a provided statement. “This is the year we change things together. I am prepared to do whatever it takes to get out of poverty.”In a statement, LSG says it “values the hard work and dedication of our team members” and is “continuing to negotiate in good faith”:Our company values the hard work and dedication of our team members. Wages, as well as other benefits, including vacations, uniforms, and company provided meals, as well as health and welfare, are subject to the collective bargaining process between our company and their union representatives. We are currently in negotiations regarding our Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Union, and we are continuing to negotiate in good faith.Meanwhile, airline workers in 20 other cities have held or are planning similar votes over the next week. In Boston, the union is planning an “informational picket” on June 20th, and it says it will join unionized workers in a national day of action on July 3rd, just as Independence Day travelers swarm airports ahead of the holiday.last_img read more

Chambers Bay debuts new greens with an eye on championship future

first_imgIt’s been four years since the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, which was widely criticized for it’s bumpy, uneven fescue greens. In the event’s immediate aftermath, it appeared that the course’s championship future would hinge upon the condition of its putting surfaces.According to the Associated Press, the initial plan was to allow the naturally invasive poa annua grass to gradually take over the putting surfaces, but because the grow-in period would be faster for some greens then others, a complete and drastic overhaul was ordered. Three greens were replaced in 2017, and the course closed for six months to replace the others. It reopened in April.The good news for Chambers? USGA senior managing director John Bodenhamer is impressed by the improvements. “I wouldn’t overstate this but it did kind of exceed my expectations,” he told the AP after a late-March visit. “I expected to see a few more seams and things but I think it grew in beautifully. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised but I kind of was.”last_img read more