Vera at his ‘best’ ahead of ONE title defense vs Japanese foe

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments EDITORS’ PICK ONE Championship heavyweight champion Brandon Vera. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPBrandon Vera is set to defend his Heavyweight crown against an undefeated Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine in the main event of ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION on December 2 at Mall of Asia Arena.The Fil-American champion is returning to the ring a year since capturing the belt with a first round knockout victory over Paul Cheng, also at the MOA Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Vera will get a boost from the hometown crowd when he faces the 265-pound Sekine, who is undefeated in seven fights.“I can’t wait to be inside that ONE Championship cage again. The big fight atmosphere in Manila is amazing. Filipino fight fans are a passionate bunch.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH We are young In the past year, Vera has stayed in shape after training exclusively here in the Philippines, where he has since relocated.“Training has been phenomenal. I train with the best fighters in the world at Alliance MMA and with some really top guys in the Philippines as well. I am always in shape and ready to go,” said Vera.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentEven at 39, Vera believes he’s still at the peak of his illustrious mixed martial arts career, where he has racked up 13 wins and seven losses.“My mixed martial arts career has had its up and downs, highs and lows. But I feel that right now, I’m the best that I have ever been. I’m in my prime and I feel great,” said Vera. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Irving, James lead Cavaliers over Pistons Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modeslast_img read more

VP Boakai Launches Co-Investment Fund for Farmers

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has officially launched the Co-Investment Fund (CIF) to buttress farmers’ efforts across the country. The CIF will help improve agriculture in the country and is a US$3 million grant matching scheme that sets aside 30 percent of its investment for women owned businesses.At the launching ceremony on Tuesday in Gbarnga, Mr. Boakai also opened the Bong County office of the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) and the Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA).VP Boakai commended USAID, FTF and the CNFA for the initiative.“The launch of the Co-Investment Fund program echoes the government’s repeated reminders to stakeholders that investment in agriculture should not be considered an exclusive preserve of the government,” he said.VP Boakai said, “We need not look far to observe abundant evidence of the huge role private investment is playing in moving nations to self-sufficiency in food production.”The Ministry of Agriculture, VP Boakai said, is true to its desire to maximize the potential in utilizing all resources available to entice investment from the private sector.He hoped that the initiative will give support to strengthen LADA and USAID goals in the private sector.He said there is no doubt that this is the key opportunity to create awareness of the critical need for the private sector to be involved in the provision of vital inputs like fertilizers, seeds and other agricultural supplies to farmers.“This cannot be the job of government and the NGO/donor sector. And that is why we are so pleased that USAID has earmarked US$ 19.3 million for Feed the Future and LADA activity, which makes for an important initiative to strengthen the provision of private sector services to farmers for fertilizers, seeds and other inputs,” Mr. Boakai said.He disclosed that with the MOA’s leadership, Liberia will maintain and even speed up its march on the course to producing what “we eat and produce. We surely know that the future of our nation lies not in the extractive industries but in agriculture.”“We, therefore, re-echo our gratitude to USAID, FTF, CNFA, and all our farmers for this positive step that hopefully will whip up greater interest of private investors in agriculture. We have high hopes that this venture will be massively rewarding to our national effort at transformation,” he said. US Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elders said US Feed the Future (FTF) initiative seeks to reduce global hunger and poverty by investing in food security and agricultural development in partner countries, and LADA will spur private sector investment in agriculture, reduce post-harvest losses and enhance access.Amb. Elders said LADA works in partnership with the Liberian government towards its Agricultural Transformation Agenda.She said most of Liberian farmers are engaged in farming techniques with little to no access to post-harvest services to boost productivity.The ultimate goal of FTF program she explained is to increase the income of small holder farmers who are key to future economic growth and its task is to increase the number of farmers with access and training to use technologies such as irrigation, high yielding crop varieties and cold storage.“We must improve farmer’s opportunities to store and to sell their increased production by improving rural infrastructure, especially by rehabilitating and maintaining farm to market roads.“As we implement LADA related activities, we must also do everything we can to ensure that the benefits of post-harvest manufacturing processes which increase the value of crops remain in local communities,” she said. Amb. Elders noted that post-harvest activities will produce a multiplier effect in the local economy and improve the lives of farming families across Liberia.She challenged farmers to raise their sights and imagine what is possible with the right mix of agribusiness policies and incentives in their power to do as similar successful farmers who are now yielding good results.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wikipedia edits traced to companies

first_imgMost of the corporate revisions did not stay posted for long. Many Wikipedia entries are in a constant state of flux as they are edited and re-edited, and the site’s many regular volunteers and administrators tend to keep an eye out for bias. In general, changes to a Wikipedia page cannot be traced to an individual, only to the owner of a particular network. In 2004, someone using a computer at Exxon Mobil made substantial changes to a description of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, playing down its impact on the area’s wildlife and casting a positive light on compensation payments the company had made to victims of the spill. Gantt Walton, a spokesman for the company, said that although the revisions appeared to have come from an Exxon Mobil computer, the company has more than 80,000 employees around the world, making it “more than a difficult task” to figure out who made the changes. Walton said Exxon Mobil employees “are not authorized to update Wikipedia with company computers without company endorsement.” Wales said the “talk” pages are where Wikipedia encourages editors with a conflict of interest to suggest revisions. “If someone sees a simple factual error about their company, we really don’t mind if they go in and edit,” he said. But if a revision is likely to be controversial, he added, “the best thing to do is log in, go to the `talk’ page, identify yourself openly, and say, `I’m the communications person from such and such company.’ The community responds very well, especially if the person isn’t combative.” Most people using company networks to edit Wikipedia entries dabble in subjects that appear to have little to do with their work, although sometimes they cannot resist a silly dig at the competition. Last year, someone using a computer at the Washington Post Co. changed the name of the owner of a free local paper, The Washington Examiner, from Philip Anschutz to Charles Manson. A person using a computer at CBS updated the page on Wolf Blitzer of CNN to add that his real name was Irving Federman. (It is actually Wolf Blitzer.)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last year someone edited the Wikipedia entry for the Sea World theme parks to change all mentions of “orcas” to “killer whales,” insisting that this was a more accurate name for the species. There was another, unexplained edit: A paragraph about criticism of Sea World’s “lack of respect toward its orcas” disappeared. Both changes, it turns out, originated at a computer at Anheuser-Busch, Sea World’s owner. Dozens of similar examples of insider editing came to light last week through WikiScanner, a new Web site that traces the source of millions of changes to Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The site,, created by a computer science graduate student, Virgil Griffith, cross-references an edited entry on Wikipedia with the owner of the computer network where the change originated, using the Internet protocol address of the editor’s network. The address information was already available on Wikipedia, but the new site makes it much easier to connect those numbers with the names of network owners. Since Wired News first wrote about WikiScanner last week, Internet users have spotted plenty of interesting changes to Wikipedia by people at nonprofit groups and government entities like the CIA. Many of the most obviously self-interested edits have come from company networks. Last year, someone at PepsiCo deleted several paragraphs of the Pepsi entry that focused on its detrimental health effects. In 2005, someone using a computer at Diebold deleted paragraphs that criticized the company’s electronic voting machines. And that same year, someone from inside Wal-Mart Stores changed an entry about employee compensation. Jimmy Wales, founder of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, says the site has a policy that discourages such “conflict of interest” editing. “We don’t make it an absolute rule,” he said, “but it’s definitely a guideline.” Internet experts, for the most part, have welcomed WikiScanner. “I’m very glad that this has been exposed,” said Susan P. Crawford, a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School. “Wikipedia is a reliable first stop for getting information about a huge variety of things, and it shouldn’t be manipulated as a public relations arm of major companies.” last_img

Bernanke cautions on regulations

first_imgWASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that bank regulators should search for ways to reduce regulatory burdens imposed on the financial system in the government’s efforts to battle terrorist financing and money laundering. “Deterring and identifying misuse of the financial system, as important as that is, should not be so onerous that it stifles innovation … or reduces the international competitiveness of U.S. banks,” Bernanke said in remarks prepared for the annual conventions of two banking groups. He said the central bank was determined to work to streamline the reporting processes required by the Bank Secrecy Act “without diminishing the value to law enforcement of the information produced.” The Bank Secrecy Act, passed in 1970, is the government’s main tool in the fight against money laundering by drug traffickers and other criminals. Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, it has been increasingly used to halt the flow of financing to terrorist organizations. Bernanke delivered his comments by satellite to separate conventions of the American Bankers Association in Phoenix and America’s Community Bankers in San Diego. “We are ever mindful that banks and their customers bear a large share of the costs of regulation,” Bernanke said. “Minimizing the regulatory burden on banks is very important.” In his remarks, he made no mention of the current state of the economy or what the Fed might do when officials meet on interest rates next week. Bernanke said it was important for the banking industry to have the opportunity to get feedback from regulators on the usefulness of their reports on suspicious activity as well as guidance on ways to better identify the most significant risks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Transfer ALERT! Everton veteran Gareth Barry set for West Brom medical

first_imgVeteran midfielder Gareth Barry is set to undergo a medical at West Brom on Tuesday ahead of a permanent move from Everton.Tony Pulis is keen on signing the experienced star as a replacement for departed captain Darren Fletcher, who joined Stoke City on a free transfer earlier this summer.The Baggies boss wants 36-year-old Barry as his replacement, and is hoping to wrap up a £1million deal in time for Saturday’s Premier League clash at Burnley.He is expected to pen a 12-month contract at The Hawthorns with the option of another year.An ankle injury saw him miss Everton’s opening Premier League game against Stoke at the weekend, but the problem is not expected to complicate any deal and Barry could even be fit to make his West Brom debut at Turf Moor this weekend.Barry only signed a new contract at Everton in December. He has made 140 appearances for the Toffees since arriving from Manchester City in 2014.The former Aston Villa trainee, who has also played for Manchester City, has made 628 Premier League appearances and needs to play just five more matches to overtake former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs as the competition’s all-time record appearance holder.Everton boss Ronald Koeman was open to keeping Barry but the club’s summer spending has made competition for places fierce at Goodison Park, and the anticipated arrival of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea would see the former England international fall further down the pecking order.Barry would become the fourth new signing at West Brom this summer after the acquisitions of Jay Rodriguez, Zhang Yuning and Ahmed Hegazi.Pulis said in the build-up to his side’s opening game of the season against Bournemouth that he wanted four or five more additions before the transfer window closed at the end of the month. Gareth Barry is set to join West Brom 1last_img read more

Dante Leverock leaves Sligo Rovers

first_imgDante Leverock is leaving Sligo Rovers.The Bermuda international defender hasn’t featured regularly for the first team since headbutting an opponent incident during an FAI Cup tie against Limerick back in August, which saw him receive a five-game suspension.The Rovers boss confirmed Leverock’s departure from the Showgrounds during a wide-ranging end-of-season interview with Ocean FM Sport’s Austin O’Callaghan: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley 04/11/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.last_img read more

The Climate Train comes to town

first_imgThe on-board theatre educates pupilsin a fun, easily understandable way.(Image: Kathryn Fourie) The Climate Train has spent the pastmonth raising awareness around COP!7.(Image: Climate Train)MEDIA CONTACTS • Christelle TerreblancheIndalo Yethu+27 83 226 6458RELATED ARTICLES• COP!&: what’s possible, what’s not• Make a pledge to save our seas• Wear green for COP17• Brand SA hosts international media• New drive for greener carsKathryn FourieSkooching along the obviously-not-clean tar on my bottom, I’m trying to maintain a low eye-line to take a decent photograph of a wheelbarrow.Not the most interesting gardening artefact I know, but this one says ‘love me’ on it, painted in happy bright white letters. The shutter makes a satisfying click noise; I pull my face back from the view finder and am flustered when I catch the eyes of a tall man in a green t-shirt who is smiling under his arm at me.His hand is resting on a cow print bicycle with a solar panel attached behind the saddle. “Is this your bike?” he says.No, it’s not my bike unfortunately. Rather, it belongs to the travelling environmental activism collaborative that is the Climate Train.The tar I was sitting on is part of the passenger platform of the Pietermaritzburg train station, the second to last stop on the Climate Train’s journey to COP17 (the COP bit actually stands for Conference of the Parties, and yes, you guessed it this is the 17th meeting of this kind) in Durban.The much-anticipated climate conference opens on 28 November, with thousands of delegates flocking into Durban to debate crucial environmental issues.Spreading the environmental messageThe Pietermaritzburg train station is not a place I come to often, nor do a great percentage of the town’s people.It’s a forgotten historical spot, a redbrick brookie-laced building that hails straight out of a 1940s movie scene. I expect to see my grandad in his safari suit holding out his hand for me.Despite its charm, all around it the buildings have fallen into complete disrepair, equipment is abandoned, and shipping boxes are stacked and forgotten. Strangler figs eat their way through cement and brick.To me, it seems a very apt spot for a collaboration of artists to swoosh into town with a creative and vibrant environmental message.The Climate Train has been whizzing along South Africa’s railway tracks since 28 October, when it left Cape Town to visit 17 cities in seven provinces. It carried on board a true mixed bag of people and organisations; including poets, artists, environmentalists and even the occasional politician.Green awareness agency Indalo Yethu, Copart (Connecting our planet and re-imaging together), the British Council, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa are the main bodies making the Climate Train a reality…but what is it really about?What’s happening on the Climate TrainAfter chatting to the man in the green t-shirt, who turns out to be a land artist called Simon Max Bannister (after Googling him later I discover he’s darn good at what he does), I step aboard the train to see what’s going down.A hand-drawn map shows a layout of the train, and it seems I’m at the door of the board room.Venturing in I find an enormous box with ‘Coral Art Reef Capsule’ stencilled across the front. It has portholes that let one peer in, and inside is a mesmerising kaleidoscope of crocheted corals.Through the train windows I can see the women responsible for this art work crocheting like mad, sitting around a plastic table covered in a rainbow of wool. It is utterly beautiful, and I have to resist the urge to break into the box and roll around in the squishy nest of woolly colours as I move on to the theatre coach.Here, Copart’s Dylan McGarry is talking to a group of schoolchildren and a couple of adults about using renewable energy sources. He is surrounded by tomato plants, sculptures, TV screens and people.I smile to myself as he says “That’s right! It takes a very long time for organic matter to turn into oil, so we should rather be using sunlight to power things which is way better for the environment and we don’t have to wait a bazillion years for it to make itself!”I always like it when science people use words like bazillion. It makes them so much more human.This is what the Climate Train is about, making the rather large and scary topic of climate change something that anyone can relate to. Using mixed mediums of art, drama and teaching as well as discussion forums, the topic of climate change is tackled from a variety of different angles.A child will enjoy a creative play and the chance to paint all over a large sheet of paper, while an adult will relate to the exhibition coach filled with examples of alternative technologies and moreover, the opportunity to speak about environmental issues effecting their communities.Bringing the people’s concerns to COP17The Climate Train is as much about listening to disenfranchised communities around South Africa as it is about creating awareness around climate change.Station platforms are a subtle metaphor for a platform to allow voices to be heard, and it is the responsibility of the artists and organisers on board to take those messages to the end destination of COP17.McGarry, one of the creators of the original Climate Train idea, commented that he has been absolutely blown away by the response in some towns and horrified by many of the tales he has heard, especially those related to the mining industry.“The Climate Train has always been about opening up dialogue with people, we want to listen to what South African communities have to say; particularly those who are never given the opportunity to talk,” he said.But the mission of the Climate Train is not to preach about green issues, said McGarry, but rather to listen so that the people’s voices can be heard at COP17.COP17 ‘absolutely massive’After a long day filled with hundreds of schoolchildren, film crews, journalists and curious townsfolk; the Ambush group packs up all the indigenous trees from their Guerrilla Gardening initiative, they lift chairs and tables, pack up giant puppets and to be honest they look absolutely shattered.It’s bizarre seeing Bannister remove his installation art, like the cleverly split rock that he had placed on the tar and dressed with a sticky, dark stain of blood. In a few moments this very striking work of art is gone, and a wash of water later the ‘blood’ will trickle off the platform. Tomorrow this spot will simply be the station most of us don’t visit again.As we dismantle McGarry’s cleverly designed circular community conference table, crafted by his own hands which are now thrown in the air, he says “I have to protect this table, kids and graffiti, what can you do?”Blue ball point is scratched into the plain untreated wood; the Climate Train is far from a shiny glamorous PR circus, once you get past all the branding and media hype.Dirty, sweaty and exhausted, the crew talk about how they’re looking forward to departing for Durban the next day but are also a little nervous.“I haven’t ever been nervous about any kind of environmental march or gathering before” says Kyla Davis of the Well Worn Theatre Company and a member of Copart, “But it’s just that no-one knows what to expect with COP17. It seems like it’s going to be absolutely massive.”COP17 kicks off today in Durban. Just as Davis mentioned above, we are all curious to see what manifests at the conference, and as the Climate Train chugs its way into eThekwini we hope that the voices recorded on its month long journey will be heard among the din of the show.last_img read more

AOL Quietly Launches One of the World’s Biggest App Platforms

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#Features#news#NYT#web AOL announced the new developer site for MyAOL today to almost no fanfare, but at a time when some are declaring the Facebook platform “dead” – AOL’s new platform warrants some serious attention.The new MyAOL platform is an OpenSocial container based on the gadgets.*API, meaning developers shouldn’t have to do much to get their widgets up and running on it. A fair number of MyAOL gadgets already have millions of users, so the new developer site seems like a real opportunity.The Widget-o-sphereThe new MyAOL platform enters the game at a complicated time. Widgets, little modules of content and functionality easily embedded into websites but built by 3rd parties, were supposed to be the future of the web, according to some advocates in recent years. The Facebook Platform was heralded as the widget Holy Land, but key site design decisions treated widgets poorly from the start and subsequent Facebook redesigns have banished them to near invisibility. Defenders of the platform argue that the redesigned site just keeps really stupid apps from proliferating, making it all the more important to build widgets for actual utility. Scott Rafer, the genuinely brilliant if cynical co-founder of widget ad company Lookery, says the new Facebook is dead to him as a widget man. As a bulk-ad sales guy, Rafer’s company deals in very large part with really stupid widget apps. So it goes. If your platform isn’t supportive of stupid widgets, then your platform essentially doesn’t support widgets at all. MyAOL is BigMyAOL is a good old fashioned startpage. An increasing number of AOL properties have recently started incorporating 3rd party content and moving towards a strategy of openness. AOL has a bad rap but is doing some innovative things.The company’s new platform gives third party developers access to a large group of users. How big is the AOL platform? 10 million people have installed the AOL Weather widget, 6 million have installed the news app and there are 1 million AOL Pandora users. Those are very respectable numbers! In fact, they are much higher than almost all of the Facebook app numbers, though Facebook only exposes “active users.” The point is, it’s a strange time for the much-hyped widget but the opening of the MyAOL platform represents a good opportunity. In Firefox on my Mac the site doesn’t work very well, but it works well enough for millions of people. Widgets remain a promising paradigm, if only the host sites are truly comfortable promoting widget use for the long term, instead of burying 3rd party widgets and renewing their focus on in-house links. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

HP’s CloudPrint Coming to BlackBerry

first_imgTags:#mobile#NYT#web Related Posts sarah perez Today, Research in Motion (RIM) announced that they’ve licensed HP’s CloudPrint technology for use with BlackBerry devices. If you’re unfamiliar with CloudPrint, it’s a web service that allows you to use your mobile device to print documents to any available printer, and all you need is an internet connection to do so. The service was developed by HP’s IdeaLab, a part of the company’s central R&D arm, which features emerging technology made available for public use. CloudPrint works by allowing you to “virtually” print your documents to HP servers. Those documents can be saved on your PC or even your mobile device and can be in the form of emails, documents, photos, or web pages. After sending your file to the CloudPrint service, it will generate a code for that document which is then sent to your phone via text message (SMS). The final step is to log onto any computer that has access to the local printer and pull up the CloudPrint web site. There, you simply enter in the document code and your file, now converted to PDF format, is ready for printing. Alternately, you can choose to download the CloudPrint driver to your PC and save the files to the CloudPrint server before you travel so you’ll have them ready in advance. With the new partnership between RIM and HP, the CloudPrint service will come to BlackBerry devices in the form of a software download which will be made available to BlackBerry Internet Service subscribers and BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers. Of course, CloudPrint includes support for the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0, also launched this week. There’s no word yet on how soon the technology will become available. However, at the time of writing, HP’s CloudPrint site at has gone blank, stating only “thank you for your interest” along with a link to HP’s home page. Perhaps that means they’re making changes to it now. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more