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Jasper residents can look forward to a brighter fu

first_imgJasper residents can look forward to a brighter future according to city leaders, both figuratively and literally.The city of Jasper is working with Alabama Power to upgrade the street lights to LED fixtures. David O’Mary, the mayor of Jasper, said that the old yellow lights are obsolete and were not energy efficient.O’Mary said the old lights, also known as sodium-halide lamps, required a lot of maintenance and that the better lighting will make roadways safer, reduce crime and more.“We’ll replace 2,800 fixtures,” said O’Mary. “We hope to have the project done by the end of year and it will really make a difference in the appearance of our city at nighttime, make it safer and over time it will be much more energy efficient and less costly to the city.”Work on the upgrade began in late August 2018 and the project is expected to continue until close to the end of the year. O’Mary said three contractors are currently working in the city to replace the lights.last_img read more

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TUSCALOOSA – The Tuscaloosa County Sheriffs Depar

first_imgTUSCALOOSA – The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department needs your help locating some of Tuscaloosa’s Most Wanted.Lavar Lyles, 41, is last known to be living in the are of Highway 69 in Greensboro. Lyles is wanted on trafficking marijuana charges.Clinton Heath Bryant, 41, is last known to be living in the area of 45th Avenue Northeast in Tuscaloosa. Bryant is wanted on possession of a controlled substance charges.Wimbley Lamar Cannon Jr., 38, is last known to be living in the area of Cribbs Mill Lane in Tuscaloosa. Cannon is wanted on possession of marijuana and trafficking cocaine charges.If you have any information on these or any others wanted by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, please call 205-464-8672 or visit tcsoal.org. You can also visit TCSO on Facebook here, or on Twitter here.last_img read more

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CLEVELAND AP — One second One shot One player

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — One second. One shot. One player.For one night, LeBron James made all of Cleveland’s problems disappear.James dropped in a fade-away jumper over Jimmy Butler’s outstretched hand as the buzzer sounded in overtime, giving the Cavaliers a cleansing 140-138 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.Moments after blocking Butler’s potential game-winning shot with 1.3 seconds left, James caught a long inbounds pass from Jeff Green, created some space from Butler near the foul line and sank a shot that ended Cleveland’s eight-game losing streak on national television.“Once I caught it, I just trusted everything I’ve done in my career,” James said.The Quicken Loans Arena crowd erupted and James was mobbed by teammates as the struggling Cavs, who have won just seven of their last 20 games, finally had something to celebrate after weeks of tension and turmoil in a season slowly slipping away.But as he has done so many times, James delivered one of those moments that have defined him.“The way we’ve been playing, we needed that,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who was back on the bench after falling ill Tuesday night in Orlando. “He was very special.”James finished with 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes. The three-time NBA champion also passed Zydrunas Ilgauskas (5,904) on Cleveland’s career rebounds list.Butler scored 35, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 for the Timberwolves, who were in position to win in OT before James came to Cleveland’s rescue.With the score tied 138-all, Butler drove the left side and had a step on rookie Cedi Osman before pulling up for a short shot. However, James, who had missed a 3-pointer that would have won it in regulation, came from the weak side to reject it and set up the dramatic finish.“I didn’t see him,” Butler said. “That’s part of the game.”The Cavs had lost their eight previous network broadcast appearances this season, prompting James to say last week following a lopsided loss to Houston that he and his teammates should be dropped from any more telecasts.Finally, they were primed for prime time.However, James wasn’t ready to lift his self-imposed TV ban.“It was a good win, but our record still stinks on national television,” said James, who scored nine points and assisted on Cleveland’s other basket in overtime. “We’ve got a couple coming up, so we’ll try to change that.”J.R. Smith added 20 points and Isaiah Thomas had 13 and seven assists in one of his best games in weeks.Towns made all six of his 3-point attempts and Minnesota drained a season-high 19 3-pointers, but the Timberwolves were unable to stop James when it mattered most.“One second in the game, it’s a tough play — and he made a hell of a shot,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “You don’t want to foul him, and I thought KAT (Towns) had great pressure on the ball. LeBron was in command of the game offensively and handling the basketball. LeBron can read the game better than anyone in the league.”LONG-RANGE RECORDCleveland made 21 3-pointers as the clubs combined to hit an NBA-record 40. The previous mark was 39 set by Golden State and Dallas on March 25, 2016.REBOUND RECORDIn passing Ilgauskas, James is now Cleveland’s leader in points, rebounds and assists. He joins Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett as the only players to lead their respective franchises in all three categories.“Jordan and KG, so it’s a pretty cool thing,” James said. “I’m blessed and I’ve been fortunate enough to play this game at a high level for a long time.”TRADE TIMEWith the NBA trade deadline set for 3 p.m. Thursday, the Cavs are looking for a deal. The team has been hesitant to part with the first-round draft pick it acquired last summer in the Kyrie Irving trade, but Cleveland may have no choice in order to add a quality player capable of pushing the club back into title contention.SWEET HOME CHICAGOButler will play in Chicago on Friday for the first time since being traded to Minnesota in June. He was the Bulls’ first-round draft pick in 2011 and played six seasons in Chicago.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Andrew Wiggins reached 6,000 career points. At 22 years, 349 days, he’s the sixth-youngest player to reach the plateau. James is the youngest at 21 years, 89 days. … Thibodeau has been impressed with Wiggins’ development. “He’s more of a complete player now,” he said. “The impact that he’s having on winning. We’ve seen he’s a gifted scorer, he’s shown that throughout his career, but now he’s doing other things — the defense, the passing, the hustle plays.” … Thibodeau and Lue go back to their days on Doc Rivers’ staff in Boston. Thibodeau understands the mental and physical grind for coaches, and expressed concern about Lue’s well-being. “I hope Ty’s taking care of himself,” he said. “That’s the most important thing is his health. He’s a great guy, he’s done a great job here. So always concerned about that.”Cavaliers: Dwyane Wade sat out as he continues to rest on the second night of back-to-backs. The 36-year-old played 22 minutes at Orlando. … G Iman Shumpert, who has been linked to some trade possibilities, sat out with left plantar fasciitis. … Lue dismissed a comment made by Thomas after the loss to the Magic that one of the Cavs’ biggest issues is that they don’t make enough in-game adjustments. “That’s not true,” Lue said. … Thomas turned 29 on Wednesday.UP NEXTTimberwolves: At the Chicago Bulls on Friday.Cavaliers: Begin a stretch of three straight road games before the All-Star break on Friday in Atlanta.By TOM WITHERSTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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UPF Belaru Universal Peace Federation in Belarus

first_imgUPF Belaru: Universal Peace Federation in Belarus in partnership with “Association of Korean residents in Belarus” and International NGO “Cultural Exchange” organized the event “Peace Road 2015: toward a World of Peace!” in Minsk, capital city of Belarus, on July 18. It was a beautiful sunny day. Also it’s very symbolic, that every year on 18 July — the day an international peacemaker Nelson Mandela was born – the United Nations celebrates the Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.The purpose of the event was to make a foundation for peace and prosperity in Belarus, to support peaceful re-unification of the Korean Peninsula and to let the public know of the peace ideology and achievements of founders of the Unification Movement Dr. and Mrs. Moon, who has worked to realize the ideal of One human family under God.In the morning cyclists and supporters gathered at the stunning site near Komsomolskoe lake close to Korean Embassy to start the Peace Road event. Representative of Universal Peace Federation in Belarus Vitaly Maksimov welcomed the participants and shared about vision of Dr. Moon, that first proposed the Peace Road at 1981. He spoke about the significance of the Peace Road as a substantiation of one unified world. The president of the “Association of Korean residents in Belarus” Ri Kimmi announced the importance of peaceful re-unification of the Korean peninsula and wholeheartedly supported Peace Road ideas. Then participants shared the goals of the rally with passers-by, who were invited to sign the Peace Road banner. Then the performance with Korean traditional drams and Belorussian songs was conducted. At the end to show the commitment to the concept of one world family everybody sang the unification song ‘Uriui Sowon’ in unison. Riders then set off to Korolevo. The main event was 53 km trek from Korean Embassy in Minsk ending at the Unificationists’ educational center in country side Korolevo. Some took a shorter five km route.After the completion of the ride cyclists arrived to Korolevo. The closing session included the presentation about Universal Peace Federation activities and Peace Road Highway project, followed by the performance with Korean and Belarusian dances and songs. The event concluded with the cake and banquet of Korean and Belarus cuisine. Participants of the Peace Road project want to send a message to the people all around the world that as members of One Family we share the responsibility to contribute to the World Peace.last_img read more

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Prepared by WFWP Kenya The WFWP Kenya chapter cele

first_imgPrepared by WFWP KenyaThe WFWP Kenya chapter celebrated the UN international Day at the center of the Single Mothers Association Kenya in Nairobi on the 29th September 2017 with the theme: “Together for Peace, respect, safety and Dignity for all’.The program was attended by children from the Day care in the center and also the students from the neighboring school.The Director of the center Mrs Angelina  Okweya Nandwa received the WFWP Team well and had organized the venue where the program will be held.The visiting team consisted of the WFWP Kenya officials, a UPA intern Suyoung Cho and Shinosuke a CIG Missionary.The program began with prayers, introductions, Entertainment followed by speeches which included the 2017 message of the UN Secretary General on issues of Youth.The children received donations of beautiful fans and book marks, items which are made by children at the Suwon MCF and kindly donated by WFWP Korea  Gyeonginambu Region which is a sister Region to WFWP Kenya . Mrs Susan Kone the President of the WFWP Kenya showed the participants the photos of the children making the items at the Suwon MCF in Gyeonginambu and they were all so impressed and grateful for the presents. WFWP Kenya gave donations of food items which were shared by all the participants.After the presentation of the donations the director of the center received some tokens and in her closing remarks thanked the WFWP for holding the program in their center. She promised to work in partnership with the WFWP in educating and empowering the youth in the community and to create an environment of Peace. There were 50 participants.The program ended with a group photo and refreshments.Click to see more pictureslast_img read more

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Prepared by UPF Congo Brazzaville For the realizat

first_imgPrepared by UPF Congo BrazzavilleFor the realization of victorious Vision 2020 Vision, UPF Congo Brazzaville organized a seminar for the Ambassadors for peace in Pointe-Noire City on April, 28 2018. It was an opportunity to award some of our new guests as new Ambassadors for Peace. We had 200 participants and among them we had 180 new guests and which including 20 ambassadors for Peace.The welcoming message was given by the UPF Pointe-Noire Chairman S.E Victor Matondo. After that General Secretary of UPF Pointe-Noire Mr Augustin Zodji, gave a lecture about the 5 Universals Principles of UPF.During this event 3 guests (two parliamentary and one pastor) were nominated as Ambassadors for Peace.Our National Leader of FFWPU-CONGO Rev. NDIELLE Norbert, gave a special lecture on the significance of Blessing of marriage by our beloved True Parents. After the lecture, participants joined a blessing of marriage by True Parents and our National leader officiated the Blessing Ceremony.last_img read more

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Rihanna Is Killing It As An Entrepreneur With F

first_img Rihanna Is Killing It As An Entrepreneur With F…5 Black-Owned Natural Beauty and Makeup Brands …How to Market Your App and Make Revenue How long have you all been on the market and what is the customer’s feedback?The beta version of the Taper app was introduced into the marketplace six months ago, October 2017. After spending loads of time in communities surrounding our product, our customer’s feedback has been positive and very suggestive, with a 4.7/5 rating out of 148 customers. Here’s what one customer had to say; (5) stars “Love the user-friendly interface. Easy to book appointments. The only future improvement I would think can be done to Taper, would be adding push notifications maybe a couple hours prior to appointments made. A thought would be maybe adding it to our apple wallet app as a reminder”How do users access the platform?Customers can access our platform on the Apple Store or Google Play Store by searching Taper. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/book-hairstylists-barbers-and-make-up-artists-with-taper-app/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/book-hairstylists-barbers-and-make-up-artists-with-taper-app/ Black Enterprise: In three sentences or less, tell me about your background.I’m an African American, millennial, passionate entrepreneur from Washington, D.C now living in downtown Los Angeles. I’m also an HBCU advocate, Bowie State graduate, and the founder of HBCU Buzz, a media outlet with a primary focus on HBCUs.Why did you start Taper?While working on Capitol Hill in DC, I was allotted a 20-30-minute lunch break, which I used to get a haircut near my office. The weekly issue would be using portions of that time to stop at the ATM for cash and other tasks I needed to get done within that small window of time. I developed Taper to not only solve those two problems but modernize the oldest pastime in the urban community, the barbershop and salon. The inspiration was geared around time management and fast-paced environments.With so many beauty platforms in the market, how do you stack up against the competitors?We leverage affordability, access, community, and dope features. We stack up well against our competitors.(Image: Taper) There are tons of platforms that allow you to find beauty services, so what makes Taper different? Black Enterprise caught up with founder Luke Lawal Jr. to discuss how he feels the platform differentiates itself in the market, why he started it, and what his current users are saying about it.Taper, Founder & CEO (Image: Luke Lawal Jr.)last_img read more

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Esther LinMMAfightingcom

first_img Esther Lin/MMAfighting.com Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Sale Biggest upset: Eye holding her own against Sarah KaufmanWorst judges’ decision: Two judges thought Tim Boetsch won 30-26Most boring fight: K.J. Noons and George Sotiropolous put everybody to sleepBeatdown of the night: Velasquez thumping dos Santos (again)* * * Prior to the pay-per-view (PPV) mixed martial arts (MMA) event in Houston, Texas, last night (Sat., Oct. 19, 2013), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White described UFC 166 as the biggest event in the promotion’s history, which is not surprising, given his reputation as a promoter.Only this time, he happened to be right. It was the biggest, best event the UFC has ever seen. But, little of that had to do with the headliners in the main event, Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and two-time title challenger, Junior dos Santos.No, it was the furious, relentless, indescribable, unbridled passion of “The Dream” in the Lightweight was between Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez, a memorable match that took home “Fight of the Night”-winning honors and maybe even “Fight of the Decade.”Watch full Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez video highlights right here.To see Sanchez plant his feet and go toe-to-toe with one of the most accurate strikers to fight at 155 pounds, and even dropping the guy in the third, was literally breathtaking. It was the single-most badonkulous throwdown I’ve ever seen.What, that’s not a word? Yes it is, go look it up dictionary. What, you couldn’t find it in there? That’s because you looked it up in the pre-Sanchez vs Melendez dictionary.But, I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s take a closer look at the performers (and non-performers) with UFC 166: “Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3” complete “Report Card:”UFC 166 Overall Report Card: “Fight of the Year,” “Fight of the Decade,” “Best Fight Ever:” Check, check and check! Seven finishes via jaw-shattering knockout: Check. A slick submission: Check. A sense of overwhelming satisfaction over money well-spent? Check mate. A+My predictions: 11 for 13. This card was relatively easy to predict since all the favorites won except for Jessica Eye and Gabriel Gonzaga. As luck would have it, those were the two fights I didn’t predict correctly. And well, as you’ll see later, Eye didn’t really win anyway. Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement MMAmania.com Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? Lights. Out. UFC 166 ‘Report Card’ Live stream UFC 166 ‘Velasquez vs Dos Santos 3’ online results, recaps, videos and more on PPV ProMax 440 BJJ GI Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? More From More: King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Commission: Eye Tested Positive For Cannabinoids Gloves Standard BJJ Gi Bantamweight [135]: Kyoji Horiguchi (B) vs. Dustin Pague (C-)Prediction: Horiguchi via unanimous decisionResult: Horiguchi via technical knockout (punches) at 3:51 of round twoDamn, son! Horiguchi got game! After Pague spent most of the first round riding the tiny Japanese fighter’s back, the Shooto champion showed exactly the reason he was the most highly touted new import on the card. Although many Japanese fighters have had a difficult time adjusting to UFC and the North American weight-cutting game, Horiguchi had little problem handling his much bigger opponent.That’s not to say that Pague didn’t put up a fight. In fact, he was on Horguchi’s back to start the match faster than the landlord on the first of the month. He tried numerous times to sink in the choke, but the Japanese fighter used two-to-one defense on the arms and completely ignored the one-armed choke Pague had on his neck while playing Dora the Explorer’s “Backpack.”It didn’t take long in the second round to discover that Horiguchi — who looks like he could make Strawweight, let alone Flyweight — has some pretty fancy Kung Fu-fighting moves. Lunging in, he clipped Pague numerous times, and when he did he was violent and ruthless in the finish.Winner: Although it’s nice to get into the win column in your Octagon debut, beating Pague is a little like riding the town bicycle. Everyone’s done it. I think he’d match up well against a guy who has proven he belongs in UFC, like Yaotzin Meza. The Glendale, Ariz., prospect got knocked out by heavy hitter Chad Mendes in his promotional debut, but bounced back with a win over The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) punching bag John Albert. That gives Meza and Horiguchi something in common.* * *Catchweight [148.5]: Andre Fili (A) vs. Jeremy Larsen (C+)Prediction: Fili via TKO in round oneResult: Fili via technical knockout (punches) at 53 seconds of round twoI actually switched this prediction at the last minute when I saw that Fili came in heavy. I knew he was a heavy hitter, but knowing that he’d cut from 178 pounds only 10 days ago I figured there was no way he was going to be able to sustain his usual offense.Bzzzzt … Wrong!Fili came out and landed pinpoint strikes against Larsen, beating the kid like a rented mule. You’ve got to give it to Larsen, though, because he doesn’t have much more than wild swings and an incredible heart. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a granite chin to help him. Fili finally connected early in the second round to put away Larsen for good.What’s amazing is that not only did Fili look spectacular, he wasn’t even winded after a 30-pound weight cut in 10 days. What’s even more amazing is that seconds before Larsen did a face plant into the mat he landed an absolutely ridiculous shot directly to the chin of Fili that really should have cut the power to any and all brain function.But, Fili ate it with a smile. Jesus.Winner: Look, I know all he really did was dispatch a kid who was on his way to the minor leagues anyway, but I don’t think I’ve been this impressed with a Featherweight in his UFC debut since a raunchy Irishman best known for running his mouth and draping strippers over his shoulder. With a full training camp I think Andre Fili can be a very dangerous challenge for many 145-pound fighters. Personally, I’d like to see him go toe to toe with former TUF: “Brazil” Featherweight winner Rony Jason.* * *Lightweight [155]: Tony Ferguson (A) vs. Mike Rio (D)Prediction: Ferguson via TKO in round twoResult: Ferguson via submission (d’arce choke) at 1:52 of round oneThis was a submission in name only. Tony Ferguson badly stunned Mike Rio early in the fight and then swarmed and dropped in his signature submission as Rio was struggling to fight the dying of the light. Wasn’t happening.It’s hard to give Rio a failing grade even though he couldn’t survive a full two minutes in the cage with TUF 13 winner Tony Ferguson. After all, sometimes you’re just not good enough and that’s not your fault. Rio tried what he knows, which is shoot in for takedowns and attempts to get it to where he’s better. The ground.But Tony Ferguson has a career takedown defense of 100 percent for a reason. Which means there was little way for Mike Rio to win this one short of asking his Fairy Godmother to grant him the wrestling strength of George St-Pierre overnight. He was outclassed on the feet from the get-go and it was only a matter of time before he got bumped back to coach.Winner: Tony Ferguson was gone for a long time after his setback against Michael Johnson. But with just one decision loss in his last eight fights, he’s still a pretty good addition to the stacked 155-division. That doesn’t mean there’s any need to rush him to the top. I’m going to throw this name out there and see if it sticks: James Vick. Sound weird? Well, maybe not. He’s 5-0 (officially), and his most recent win comes over Ramsey Nijem in August, the finalist who lost to Ferguson in TUF 13.* * *Welterweight [170]: Adlan Amagov (A+) vs. T.J. Waldburger (F)Prediction: Amagov via unanimous decisionResult: Amagov via knockout (punches) at three minutes of round oneThere are scary dudes and there are guys like Amagov. It’s one thing to get a technical knockout stoppage. It’s another to batter a guy’s chin so badly that their eyes roll back in their sockets and they don’t come back down again until the paramedics come inside the cage and load him onto a stretcher.Amagov is the latter dude. He absolutely demolished Waldburger, a UFC veteran who owns four wins inside the Octagon. Not only did he beat him on the feet, he utterly shut down any idea that Waldburger was going to have his way with him on the ground, using Russian combat sambo to toss him aside, and then some of the most brutal shots I’ve ever seen for a man who has one leg trapped in a single.After getting knocked out by a classic Robbie Lawler flying knee in Strikeforce, Adlan Amagov flew into the UFC under the radar. But after dropping to 170 pounds he’s very much on the intel charts of any fighter at that weight class. With the kind of grappling skills and power he possesses, we could be looking at the 170-division’s own version of Khabib Nurmagomedov.Winner: I like Jason High. After dropping his UFC debut to the talented Erick Silva, High bounced back with a quick win over James Head using his signature power guillotine choke. I think it’s a good match.* * *Lightweight [155]: KJ Noons (C-) vs. George Sotiropolous (F)Prediction: Noons via unanimous decisionResult: Noons via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)What a terrible fight. It’s one thing for Sotiropolous to fail to score takedowns in the fight when he’s a world class Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter. It’s quite another for the so-called world class kickboxer Noons to get his ass handed to him on the feet.You heard what I said. Noons may have gotten the nod, but he was lit up all night long. If not for staggering “G-Sots” in the third round, Noons might just have lost a standup battle to one of the worst stand up guys in the 155-pound division. And although FightMetric isn’t an arbiter of anything more than perspective, it’s important to note that the Aussie outlanded Noons 44-36 in rounds two and three.Seriously.Noons looks just about done as a fighter. Once a feared kickboxer in Strikeforce who went toe-to-toe with Nick Diaz, he’s a one-dimensional lazy fighter now, who uses his granite chin to offset the fact he gets tagged more than the checkout at WalMart. Beating Noons in 2013 requires little more than the word “mixed” in the mixed martial arts acronym. Had “G-Sots” mixed in takedowns with his kickboxing, even the awkward, gangly Australian likely would have beaten Noons last night.Winner: He’s marginal. Quite frankly, I don’t think he deserves the top guys he keeps getting put against and loses to. I also believe his stand up is vastly overrated. A guy like Anthony Njokuani would quickly expose that fact.* * *Women’s Bamtamweight [135]: Jessica Eye (B) versus Sarah Kaufman (B+)Prediction: Kaufman via unanimous decisionResult: Eye via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Honestly? It wasn’t even close. Wily veteran Kaufman took it to Flyweight challenger Eye all night long, pulling away in the second round before putting an exclamation point on her superiority in the third. The fact the judges got it so very wrong on the scorecards is a little baffling.Like I said before, FightMetric isn’t a science, but it helps to put things in perspective. What I saw last night was an extremely close round in the first, with Jessica Eye landing the crisper shots, using her speed to jump in and out and land at range before Sarah Kaufman could chase her down and land that money right. FightMetric said 25-23 Eye. Bang on.Second round was much different. After listening to her corner, Kaufman changed her game and stopped watching her strikes as they landed. As a result she landed more combinations and more power shots. Towards the end of the round the advantage was becoming clear. FightMetric said 26-17 Kaufman. The third wasn’t even close. Kaufman landed at will, staggering Eye and putting together combinations that looked like it might put her out.FightMetric said 38-23 Kaufman.It was a clear, dominant win for the Canadian. And considering there were no takedowns, it should have been an easy night for the judges. Somehow, some way, they scored it for Eye. What can I say? If there’s ever a shortage of monkeys for medical testing, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has several it can volunteer.Winner: What reward do you give a winner who actually lost? I have no idea. I guess there’s always the other Sarah, Sara McMann.* * *Welterweight [170]: Hector Lombard (A+) vs. Nate Marquardt (F)Prediction: Lombard via knockout in round oneResult: Lombard via knockout (punches) at 1:48 of round oneIf you thought Lombard was scary at 185 pounds, he looks ridiculous 15 pounds lighter. With something to clearly prove on his mind, Lombard stalked the veteran Marquardt around the cage aggressively, before catching the former 185-pound No. 1 title contender running backward and then landing some brutal punches to finish it off.Honestly, I’m not sure that Marquardt even stood a chance out there, but his game plan was all wrong. Instead of trying to slip and rip, Marquardt got caught pulling a Junior dos Santos, running backward along the cage with his chin straight up in the air. It was a recipe for disaster from the outset.As for Lombard, it’s hard to imagine what recipe for success any guys at 170 pounds will need to put together to defeat him. A lethal striker with speed, it’s going to require a fighter with an incredible double leg to put Lombard on his back and give him problems. An elite striker with good range might do well, but not if Lombard chooses to rush in the way he did against Marquardt.Winner: Lombard is a former Bellator champion and just knocked out a former Strikeforce champion. Given his age and the lack of depth at the top of the 170 pound division, I don’t think we need to pussyfoot around here. I’d like to see Dong Hyun Kim. Not only would his takedown defense be tested, he’d be forced to deal with the most aggressive welterweight currently fighting in the UFC (only Ben Askren in Bellator merely walks forward as recklessly and eats punches before pushing his victim on his back). Alternately, Jake Shields would be a hell of a test.* * *Middleweight [185]: Tim Boetsch (D) vs. C.B. Dollaway (B)Prediction: Boetsch via unanimous decisionResult: Boetsch via split decision (30-26, 27-29, 30-26)Anyone who thinks MMA judges aren’t a complete waste of time, money, and space on this planet, look at the scores. Two judges thought Tim Boetsch won all three rounds (when he was clearly dominated in at least two of them), while one thought CB Dollaway won all three rounds. That is so frustratingly stupid it would make any casual fan want to rage quit MMA (fortunately, there are the Diego Sanchez fights to compensate).First off, hats off to Dollaway. He went from consecutive knockout losses to retiring Jason Miller, killing the hype of arguably the best middleweight fighter on TUF Brazil 1, and then outwrestling former 205-pounder Boetsch. Speaking of which, how far has this guy fallen off the face of the earth? After knocking out Yushin Okami and “defeating” Lombard, he should have dropped his third in a row to Dollaway.Rounds one and two were so evidently Dollaway’s that’s there’s really no point in even bringing them up, other than to say I thought it was kind of funny that “Doberman” wants to be Nick Diaz all of a sudden. In round three, however, Boetsch landed some big punches, arguably winning the round. With a point taken from Dollaway for two eye pokes in the fight, the worst case scenario was a draw. How any person on the planet, let alone two judges, scored it 30-26 for Boetsch is beyond me. In fact, if Timmy’s mother was scoring the fight I doubt she’d give her son more than one round.Winner: I’m not going to speculate on who Boetsch should fight after winning the biggest robbery I’ve seen since Leonard Garcia was last seen wearing UFC gloves.* * *Flyweight [125]: John Dodson (A) vs. Darrell Montague (C)Prediction: Dodson via technical knockout in round twoResult: Dodson via knockout (punches) at 4:13 of round oneI’m not sure why Dodson required two gifts from Zuffa last night. The first was giving the No. 2-ranked Flyweight a relative unknown debuting in the UFC. Montague was decent, but he was clearly the Yoatzin Meza to Chad Mendes gift of the 125-division. The second was giving Dodson a “Knockout of the Night” bonus for a fight in which the guy wasn’t cleanly knocked out. For footage of that, look no further than the previously mentioned Amagov fight, in which Waldburger took a magic carpet ride to La-La-Land.At any rate, Dodson connected in this fight early and often. His considerable speed advantage paid off when he dropped Montague, who somehow recovered the first time and got back to his feet after doing a few stutter steps on the stanky leg dance floor. But, it was only a matter of time before Dodson connected again, and he did, followed by Montague’s forward faceplant that impressed somebody upstairs enough to hand Dodson an extra $60,000.Montague didn’t look terrible out there, but he did look like somebody who didn’t belong on a pay-per-view (PPV) card. With the shallowness of the 125-pound division, I imagine he’ll be back for another chance before too long.Winner: Either he waits to see the outcome of some of the bigger fights at 125 pounds (maybe a rematch against Demetrious Johnson) or he takes a fight against Chris Cariaso. Everybody else is booked.* * *Heavyweight [265]: Gabriel Gonzaga (A+) vs. Shawn Jordan (F)Prediction: Jordan via knockout in round oneResult: Gonzaga via technical knockout (punches) at 1:33 of round oneUnderestimate Gabriel Gonzaga’s striking at your own peril. Mirko Filipovic did. So did Josh Hendricks, Chris Tuchscherer, Dave Herman, and now Jordan. The amazing thing about the above photo is that immediately after Jordan landed flush on Gonzaga’s chin, he got blacked out by a counter right.Gonzaga is a complete enigma. After initially washing out of the UFC following an embarrassing loss to Brendan Schaub, he’s returned to win four of five, with his only loss coming by way of controversial Travis Browne elbow strikes that were dangerously close to the back of the head.Known as a submission fighter, his hands have made him one of most versatile guys in the heavyweight division, able to choke somebody out as likely as he is to put them to sleep with punches. As for Jordan, his unwillingness to respect Gonzaga’s power, as evidenced by the photo and his clear overreaching and overextension, has paid him back in kind.Winner: You know, I’m kind of partial to a Schaub rematch. I think he could take it easily this time around. If not Schaub, however, Stipe Miocic would be a big test. He already stopped one Croatian. Why not two?* * *Welterweight [155]: Diego Sanchez (A+) vs. Gilbert Melendez (A)Prediction: Melendez via unanimous decisionResult: Melendez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)You know, with most fighters you have an idea of what you’re going to get. A good striker, a good grappler, a good wrestler. After a while you learn their style and you can more or less predict what’s going to happen. Not with Sanchez. A lack of natural talent has never stopped him from overcoming adversity with a level of warrior courage and intensity that is second to none in UFC.Whether it’s Sanchez’s screaming body slam against Paulo Thiago, his ferocious attack against Clay Guida, his dog fight third round against Martin Kampmann when his face was a mask of blood, his thorough beating he put on Jake Ellenberger in the third round of their fight, or the one we all watched last night, you can be assured that a Sanchez fight is going to involve something special.Sanchez stood up against one of the most elite strikers who has ever fought at 155 pounds and traded blows like nobody has ever traded with Melendez. Not only did he stand his ground, he landed a ridiculous uppercut that dropped Melendez in the third. When Sanchez plants his feet and starts lunging shots he is one of the most dangerous fighters the MMA world possesses.The only criticism anybody could have about that fight is that it wasn’t two more rounds. I would have gladly traded it for the awful main event. There are fighters in UFC whom we are truly blessed to be able to watch and Sanchez is one of them. I hope he returns to the Octagon soon.Winner: Melendez is stuck in a kind of No Man’s Land right now. He may deserve a title shot, but not only is Josh Thomson there first, there’s a lineup after him. T.J. Grant and Khabib Nurmagomedov both have a fair claim to the shot before he gets another kick at the can. It’s up to Joe Silva to see how he can juggle all those match ups without giving Melendez a fight that isn’t worthy of his status as a No. 1 contender.* * *Heavyweight [265]: Daniel Cormier (B) vs. Roy Nelson (D)Prediction: Cormier via unanimous decisionResult: Cormier via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)I don’t know about you, but I’m about as excited to see Nelson back inside the cage as I am to pay my taxes. Nelson is a slow-plodding one-trick pony with a telegraphed right hand and a chin that doesn’t have the God-damn common sense to crack when it’s being touched 74 times in a 15-minute time span. Nelson was dominated everywhere this fight went, pretty much justifying what everybody already knew:He doesn’t belong anywhere near the top of the 265-pound heap.Cormier, meanwhile, manhandled Nelson effortlessly on the ground, dragging him around at will. When he wasn’t dominating on the ground, he was lighting up slow-mo Nelson on the feet. Much like Fedor Emelianenko, Cormier has a lunging style that packs a hell of a punch when it lands, which is often.Watch full Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson video highlights right here.Unlike Emelianenko, however, Cormier doesn’t have much of a killer instinct. Over the course of 15 minutes it should have been apparent that Nelson doesn’t belong in the same cage as the undefeated (12-0) fighter. He had several opportunities to turn up the volume and finish off Nelson, but he didn’t. Whether that’s an American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) thing, or just a poor sense of timing, is hard to tell.Winner: Any other answer than Velasquez is pointless. Sure, he can try to kill himself going to 205 pounds, but why? There’s nobody for Velasquez at 265 pounds, and the drop to Light Heavyweight doesn’t make any sense. This is the fight game, and yet in two separate divisions we have the same problem. Teammates who are putting another person’s career ahead of their own. Both Rory MacDonald and Daniel Cormier should put aside friendship, focus on business, and fight for the title (in their respective weight classes).* * *Heavyweight Championship [265]: Cain Velasquez (B-) vs. Junior dos Santos (F)Prediction: Velasquez via technical knockout in round twoResult: Velasquez via technical knockout (mercy stoppage) at 3:09 of round fiveDid anyone honestly enjoy that fight? I sure didn’t. It reminded me of Thiago Silva and Matt Hamill. Not in the fact that Silva was gassed, but that with a little effort it could have been ended long before dos Santos took more unnecessary brain damage.Watch full Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos video highlights right here.Well, you’ve got to admire dos Santos for trying at least … wait, no I don’t. “Cigano” did nothing to adjust his game coming into the trilogy. If anything, he adamantly stuck to his gameplan of standing against the cage and allowing Velasquez to lean on him and land bombs. If there’s an award for “Worst Gameplan of the Year,” dos Santos gets the gold with that performance.As for Velasquez, I can’t give him the props he deserves because he prolonged this far longer than he needed to. Is dos Santos dangerous? Sure. But, that doesn’t mean he needed to become the Heavyweight equivalent of Georges St. Pierre, landing huge shots and then allowing the Brazilian to recover by leaning against the cage. Several times it looked like dos Santos was about to go out, but Velasquez would stop punching and lean on the cage.It was the wall-and-stall version of lay-and-pray.In the intermission between the fourth and fifth rounds, I was hoping the doctor had the good sense to call off this travesty. Dos Santos was finished early in the third round and only by sheer dimwitted heart and courage was he still going through the muscle memory of clinching with Velasquez as he got the living shit beaten out of him. Herb Dean’s stoppage was the nicest thing anybody did all night for the guy.Winner: Like I said, Velasquez could certainly beat up some trumped up No. 1 contenders like Fabricio Werdum, but why? Daniel Cormier is the only fascinating fight for Velasquez.For complete UFC 166: “Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3” results click here and here. Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight Breakdown! 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Gloves

first_img Gloves Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attack Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Latest From MMA Warehouse Bloody Elbow UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Gordon Ryan Competition Kit White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Lockdown duffle bag White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for himcenter_img Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars ProMax 440 BJJ GI Sale More: Apparel Standard BJJ Gi UFC 240: Fights to make Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Latest From Our Partners Good Night Tee Accessories More From MMA fans were treated to a doubleheader of major events last weekend, with Bellator 172 on Saturday, followed by UFC Halifax on Sunday. Unfortunately for Bellator 172, it lost its big main event between Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione just hours before the start of the main card. Bellator MMA was clearly expecting huge ratings on Spike, but even with the unexpected cancellation of the Fedor fight, this event fared decently in terms of viewership. The overnight mark was 807,000 viewers (873,000 for DVR +3) and had a peak of 1.05 million viewers (1.2 million for DVR +3) for Patricky Freire’s knockout win over Josh Thomson in the replacement headliner. As for UFC Halifax (AKA UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne), the rare Sunday show on FS1 averaged 907,000 viewers. The peak rating was 1,019,000 viewers for the co-main event between Johny Hendricks and Hector Lombard. Both events went up against NBA All-Star Weekend festivities, with Bellator going head-to-head with the Skills Competition, while the UFC dealt with the actual All-Star Game. Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting has more details:The UFC show went against the NBA All-Star Game, which did 6,513,000 viewers. Bellator had similar competition, going against the All-Star Saturday night activities, which did 5,627,000 viewers, and Bellator also had competition from NASCAR on FS 1 and college basketball on ESPN.The viewership of the UFC and Bellator shows from a demographic standpoint were remarkably similar. Bellator had slightly more teenage viewers. The two shows did almost identical numbers in 18-34 viewers, while UFC had a small lead in viewers 35 and older.In the 18-49 key demo, the UFC audience was 67 percent men while Bellator’s was 62 percent men, which is a higher percentage of women viewers than MMA events usually get.All three of Bellator’s shows in 2017 have peaked at over 1 million viewers (although Friday night’s tape-delayed card from Belfast is not likely to extend that streak). It’s a good start to the year after a 9% decline in ratings in 2016. UFC Halifax is the first Fight Night on FS1 to fail to average 1 million for the main card, but 907,000 is still a respectable number, nevertheless. The next UFC on FS1 show will be on Saturday, March 11th, with a main event of Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum in Fortaleza, Brazil. Standard Ranked Rashguardlast_img read more

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Four Book Recommendations from Boston Executives

first_img Print By Chris Sweeney· 000 Business Four Book Recommendations from Boston Executives Including Spark, On the Road, and more. 10/3/2017, 5:00 a.m. Joseph “Jay” Hooley, chairman and CEO of State Street Corporation:The last book I read was The Boys in the Boat, an incredible story of individual perseverance and teamwork by an eight-oared U.S. crew team during the 1936 Olympics.Andrew Collins, president and CEO of Sentient Jet:On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, was one of the most interesting books I have ever read in that it drove me to read a ton more books, by him and others. In business, there is a book by Robert Slater called Ovitz, which is about Michael Ovitz, who founded the Creative Artists Agency. That to me represented an incredible story about what you can build through relationships.Matthew O’Toole, president of Reebok:A book that made a lasting impression is Spark, by Dr. John Ratey—it really solidified for me that exercise holds far more than physical benefits. Ratey proves that leading a fitness-focused lifestyle beats stress, lifts your mood, fights memory loss, and even helps us become more mentally agile.Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin’ Donuts:I’ve read several books on Steve Jobs, and think they’re important because he demonstrated true vision and courageousness after being fired from Apple the first time around, and navigating through difficult times when he went to Pixar. He showed a resiliency that I’d like to think I managed to copy over the course of my own career. Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* Keep your weekends full of the coolest things to do around Boston with our weekly Weekender newsletter. [Adapted from Boston Inc., a series of interviews conducted in 2015 and 2016. See more.]last_img read more

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A New Housing Initiative May Help Millennials Afford Houses

first_img 7/19/2019, 1:56 p.m. 204 Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. By Sofia Rivera· Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.*center_img For Sale/Rent A New Housing Initiative May Help Millennials Afford Houses The Mayor announced a mortgage program that will reduce interest rates for those with eligible incomes, in hopes of creating more first-time homebuyers. Print Photo by Tumisu via PixabayListen up, millennials: You can have your avocado toast and eat it, too. Or, your multiple jobs and maybe even afford to buy a house. Mayor Marty Walsh just announced a new housing initiative that will allow income-qualifying home buyers to pay off their mortgage at a reduced interest rate.Which means, eligible residents can benefit from lower payments each month, or enjoy a larger or nicer property (re: higher mortgage) at a reduced rate that is now within their range. The interest rate cut for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is available to both income-restricted and market-rate homes.But this program, called ONE+ Boston Mortgage, isn’t just for millennials desperate to escape the rental cycle. Groups such as the Barriers to Homeownership Working Group, which worked to create the program, were looking to provide solutions for low and middle-income families, families of color, and other first-time homebuyers, according to a press release from the mayor’s office.In addition to the Working Group, ONE+ Mortgage is a collaboration of efforts from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP), the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.The new program is an enhanced version of the MHP’s pre-existing ONE Mortgage program, which seeks to help two-person households making less than $90,000 afford their first home by buying down interest rates.Money to fund the reduced interest rates that ONE+ Mortgage offers will come from the $3.8 million produced by the Community Preservation Act, a surcharge on property tax bills that voters passed in 2016.“The ONE+Boston Mortgage will expand the purchasing power for Bostonians interested in becoming first-time homebuyers. This is a great use of Community Preservation funds and an investment in Boston’s future that strengthens homeownership and gives residents a chance to buy a home in the neighborhoods they love,” said Mayor Walsh in his announcement.Homebuyers can combine the reduced interest rate savings and additional financial aid from the city’s Boston Home Center up to a cap of $50,000. The Boston Home Center can offer loan assistance for down payment costs, a huge barrier to access for many potential homebuyers.Starting this fall, those looking to call a new home their own—and not just until September 1—can seek out the ONE+ Mortgage program at Citizens Bank, the City of Boston Credit Union, Eastern Bank, Rockland Trust, Boston Private Bank, Cambridge Trust, and Santander Bank.last_img read more