Senate OKs new agency for boxing, combat sports

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Pacquiao, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Sports, noted that his Senate Bill No. 1306, or the “Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission Act of 2018” would “formulate and implement a national policy on the development, safety and welfare of Filipino professional boxers and combatants.”An amendment introduced by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon mandated the commission to provide assistance not only to local athletes and other stakeholders in professional boxing, but also to those engaged in professional “combat sports.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe bill also formally defined combat sport as “any sport, martial art or activity that involves, in accordance to the applicable regulation, striking, kicking, hitting, grappling, throwing and or punching opponents.”The new Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission will be composed of a chairman and four members, and will be placed under the administrative supervision of the Office of the President. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Under the bill, professional boxers and combatants will be enrolled in the Social Security System (SSS), National Health Insurance Program-Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig).Aside from requiring physical and medical examinations in all professional boxing and combat sports matches, Pacquiao said the bill would also mandate alternative livelihood programs for retired or injured boxers and combatants.  /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino boxing idol and Senator Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTO / Mohd RASFANThe Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to establish the new Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission to “promote the safety and welfare” of Filipino athletes.“It is about time that these passionate athletes who bring honor to our country while risking their lives inside the ring be given due attention, proper aid and necessary support,” Senator Manny Pacquiao said in his sponsorship speech.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title WTA calls for equal treatment of players, on-court coaching View commentslast_img read more

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Solar System Super Snapshots

first_imgHere are some of the most fascinating new images coming from spacecraft out there on duty – but they didn’t just come in on their own.  They are brought to you by highly intelligent and dedicated human beings: the navigators, instrument teams, deep space network engineers, flight controllers and scientists who gather and distribute the bountiful data manna from the heavens for the whole world to enjoy.Mars Rovers:  Spirit and Opportunity are celebrating their 4th anniversary this month (see mission page).  Latest images can be found on the press images page.  Spirit ended the old year with a dazzling panorama from its winter nesting ground (see caption).  Not to be outdone, the sibling rover Opportunity showed off its track record inside Victoria Crater (see press release).    Incidentally, if you heard that a large meteor is headed for Mars, JPL’s near-earth-object watchers have now ruled out an impact.  See the press release from JPL.Saturn:  The poles of Saturn are hot.  This is the reverse of the pattern on Earth, and appears unrelated to the amount of sunlight hitting the pole, said a press release from Jet Propulsion Lab.  Also unexplained is the hexagon-shaped feature over the north pole; see larger image at Planetary Photojournal and the movie.Titan:  The Cassini spacecraft went lake-hunting over the south pole of Titan last month, wondering if it would find a similar lake-spotted landscape found at northern latitudes.  Here is the result: only a couple of candidate lakes.  Scientists are now wondering if the lakes migrate from one pole to the other for the Titanian winter.    Note: the colors are interpretations of data from the Cassini radar.  Smooth areas are interpreted to be lakes, and are artificially colored blue in the image.  Radar, of course, has no color.    Another radar image shows evidence of flowing liquid, probably runoff from methane storms.  The image looks similar to the descent photos taken by Cassini’s ride-along Huygens Probe, which landed three years ago this month.  Have you taken the wild ride with Huygens down to the surface?Epimetheus:  A little moon of Saturn, just outside the main rings, has taken quite a beating, as revealed in a Cassini image.  One whole face seems bashed in by a giant impact that left a central peak on rebound.  The moonlet, about 72 miles in diameter, shows a variety of compositional materials and some geological processing, such as slumping of dark material.Ring moons:  Saturn’s two little ringsweeper moons, Daphnis and Pan, were revealed in a single image taken December 1.  Pan is the larger one, inside the Encke Gap; Daphnis, about 1/4 as large as Pan, plows through the center of the Keeler Gap.  If you look closely you can see how the gravitational tug of the moons distorts the surrounding ring material.  A movie from 2005 shows the action; see also the narrated version.Mars Odyssey:  The infrared orbiter Mars Odyssey has such a huge collection of images, it would be unfair to pick just one, but last June’s shot of flood-scoured terrain is certainly a keeper.  The thermal imager on Odyssey brings out much more information from the data, as seen in this sample thermal overlay.    One of the more intriguing images from Odyssey last fall was the discovery of deep cave pits.  The press release says some of them are almost 800 feet across.  It was by measuring the temperature differences between day and night that scientists inferred these are deep holes, not impact craters.  They were found on the flanks of a large volcano.The Outer Limits:  Remember the never-say-die Voyagers?  They are still on duty at the farthest reaches of our solar system.  Their most recent achievement was to pass the heliosheath, where the solar wind impacts the interstellar medium.  From the two separate data points, scientists determined that our interstellar bubble is squashed (see artist conception), perhaps due to the interstellar wind from nearby stars. Solar Poles:  Ulysses, the solar polar mission, is in the middle of its third north-pole pass over our sun.  It’s arriving just in time to watch the fireworks of the new solar cycle begin; keep abreast of solar activity at SpaceWeather.com.Venus:  The European Space Agency’s Venus Express has been orbiting our sister world since April 2006, and now has a collection of science images and artworks on its multimedia page.True Blue:  Rosetta has a ways to go on its mission to land on a comet in 2014, but it snapped this beautiful picture of home last November when just passing by.Mars in HD:  For sheer dazzlement, it’s hard to surpass the wonderful set of high-resolution images coming from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, affectionately known as “Mr. O”.  The HiRise Camera website, managed by the University of Arizona, can keep you occupied for hours or days.  Bookmark the link to the latest images for a weekly treat.  This magnificent camera can image things as small as a card table from orbit.    The silver medal for orbital images goes to the European Space Agency’s Mars Express.  Its 3D oblique images are the next best thing to being a Martian.  Browse at length and put on a happy face.Encores:  Let your eyes be the spacecraft: Space.com listed comets that can be seen from Earth: Tuttle and Holmes.  And check out the postcard from Jupiter: a dazzling montage of Jupiter and erupting Io (10/15/2007) from last year’s encounter made Astronomy Picture of the Day for January 8.We are just 2 days away from Messenger’s first pass of Mercury (see Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab press release).  This should provide the first images of the innermost planet in over 30 years, since Mariner 10 gave mankind the first close-ups during three passes in 1974-1975.  Messenger will make three passes over Mercury in 2008-2009, finally settling into orbit in March, 2011.  Watch the Science Images page for the latest.    What’s coming?  The Phoenix lander arrives at the Martian north polar cap on May 25.  Mars Science Laboratory, the next-generation super-rover, is being assembled now for launch in fall 2009.  Dawn is on the way to asteroids Vesta (2011) and Ceres (2015).  New Horizons is cruising beyond Jupiter for a 2015 encounter with Pluto.  And Cassini, after a daredevil fly-through of the Enceladus geysers on March 12, climbs into high-inclination orbit to celebrate the end of its prime mission on June 30 with stunning views high over Saturn.  But don’t mourn the end of a great ride; next day, July 1, Cassini begins its first multi-year extended mission – with perhaps another to follow, if all systems keep operating as well as they have since the 2004 arrival at Saturn.  Check out Cassini’s video collection.    In short, there is plenty of spirit and opportunity in space flight to inspire a young generation of explorers to join the veterans.  There will be puzzles galore to solve and exotic places to visit for the first time.Once in awhile you have to lift up your eyes from the battles over evolution on earth and just take time to marvel at outer space.  We get to see things almost daily that earlier astronomers could only dream about.  Keep the dream alive – with a good hand-hold on reality.    As you enjoy the alien worlds, keep in mind how lifeless and stark they are compared to the Earth.  A recent article on LiveScience said that our planet is right on the edge of habitability: “If Earth had been slightly smaller and less massive, life might never have gained a foothold.”  Were it not for just the right geosphere, atmosphere, and orbital distance, there would be no biosphere.  Human civilization, with all its ups and downs for over 6,000 years, has had a remarkably safe ride through the battleground of space (03/07/2007).  Of all people who have ever lived, we should be the ones to thank God the most for a privileged planet that permits – and promotes – both habitability and scientific discovery.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Newspaper Pay Walls Are A Good Thing – Here’s Why

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#journalism#Newspapers#pay-walls A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Guest author David Brauchl is chief communication officer for paid content strategy experts Piano Media. He was a professional news photographer for nearly 20 years, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work in Sarajevo, South Africa and Germany.Newspaper publishers struggle to successfully monetize their online content, and they are not getting any help from journalism schools, despite the fact that these are the very institutions preparing young people to enter the shrinking field and the ones you’d think would be trying to help newspapers stay alive, not hasten their demise.Most people understand that the content found in newspapers costs money to produce. The cost of producing that content is not diminished when the content is distributed online.Nobody should understand that better than academic professionals in the field of journalism.Nevertheless, some in the field have become advocates for making content free, even to the point of encouraging students to circumvent newspaper pay-walls and, in some cases, showing them how it’s done.Teaching Students To StealOne example is Kristin Gilger, an Associate Dean at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, who recently sent an email to all associate faculty detailing how to avoid a paywall that The Arizona Republic had installed.“With the Arizona Republic/azcentral.com going to a pay wall, you may want to share the following info with your students (especially if they’re required to read the newspaper for your class),” Gilger wrote. “A PDF of the front page of the Republic is available at the Newseum Web site.”Gilger’s email set off a remarkable discussion among faculty in which several members detailed techniques for defeating pay walls. One professor, John Leach, explained to his colleagues how he circumvented all pay walls by using two computers, different browsers, deleting cookies and using the “incognito” feature on Google’s Chrome browser. He justified his subterfuge with the assertion that “the students need that money more than Gannett stockholders do.”Another professor, Paul Atkinson, claimed he had “found a bypass to websites like the NYTimes and LATimes that restrict access.” His detailed instructions were to “copy the headline from the website, paste it in a search tab. The results will show the title and source. Sure, it takes a few extra seconds, but I’ve never been denied access this way.”A Lone Voice Of DissentOnly one faculty member, former Wall Street Journal reporter Anthony Ramirez, questioned the majority’s view that paying for content was reprehensible, writing that “I’m troubled by this ballooning information-is-free ethos.”University professors routinely include local newspapers in their curriculum to provide students with valuable examples of journalism in action. Clearly they must understand the impact a newspaper’s failure would have on the local community.However, the presence of a discussion like this at a premier journalism school where the ethical position is the minority view shows how difficult the business of journalism has become.What is the source of this ethical collapse? When did even the people who depend on the future viability of the industry for the sustenance of their careers and the well-being of their families decide that stealing the news was an acceptable action? Who gave them that idea in the first place?Papers Brought This On ThemselvesOne answer could be that newspaper publishers themselves created their own undoing. Starting 1996, all the news that was fit to print was given away for free using a business model that was wholly advertising-supported. This approach worked for a while, with newspaper advertising revenue topping out in 2006 at $64 billion.What followed, however, was stagnation and decline. By 2011, advertising revenue from both digital and traditional sources dropped to less than $25 billion. Clearly, radical measures were needed to preserve the industry.Enter the New York Times. The Grey Lady developed a reasonable pay-wall system that provided the casual reader 10 free online articles from the newspaper per month. For more dedicated readers, the New York Times requested payment for an annual subscription.It worked. The paper gained more than 350,000 readers when the pay wall went into effect, and the business continues to add subscribers at a 10% rate quarter-on-quarter.A Wake-Up Call To Newspapers While the New York Times’ pay wall does not completely discourage content theft, the paper’s bold approach served as a clarion call to the industry. With astonishing rapidity, other media publishers have jumped on the bandwagon. Currently, 25% of all U.S. newspapers monetize their content through some sort of payment system. Of course, there will always be readers who are comfortable with stealing proprietary content. No publisher can control the ethics of their readership. However, publishers can control the technology.Until now, most content security was easily defeated by javascript, manipulation of cookies or browsers with incognito settings. Newspaper publishers, aware of the myriad flaws within their payment systems, have been ready for a solution.Why This Matters To MeHow do I know about this, and why do I care? Genes maybe. My grandfather was the publisher of the Wheeling, W.Va., newspaper in the 1950s. My brother has been the editor of two major U.S. newspapers, and I made my living for almost 20 years as a photojournalist, covering most of the major conflicts in the 1990s, everything from the breakup of Yugoslavia to the Russian incursion in Chechnya.I have worked for the wires, photo agencies, magazines, newspapers, even online, with Salon right when they launched. I know the value of news, how it impacts decisions made at the top, how it affects the people living in dire circumstances and how important a job being a journalist is.I believe in media, and I want to see it survive, which is why, after taking some time to heal from PTSD, I got back in and joined Piano Media, a Slovak company, because it seems to me these guys, or companies like them, are the ones who will help journalism save itself.The Piano Media Pay Wall SystemIn 2011 Piano Media developed a system that allowed publishers in Slovakia to bundle their prime content within a payment system and charge for it like cable TV. Subscribing readers paid one low price and received open access to everything within the system in return.Readers have been receptive. Our system works. Within a very short amount of time, we expanded into Slovenia and then Poland.We recognized that publishers in bigger markets were equally desperate to find ways to monetize content with technology that was both efficient and secure.So we purchased the rights to software that could closely track audience engagement, enabling us to offer a proven payment system that could not be defeated by cookie deletion, use of multiple computers, special browser settings or alternative devices. This new system is called Piano Solo, and we will start rolling it out in December 2012.I hope that our software will change discussions like the one that took place at ASU. No longer will teaching the wrong side of ethics and morality be easier than discussing both sides constructively.I also hope that these discussions will help us restore the sense of trust we once had for our news when it arrived every morning. david brauchlicenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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UFC rival Nate Diaz slams McGregor over boxing loss

first_imgDiaz won their first bout via rear-naked choke, while McGregor avenged that loss at UFC 202 via decision. /raRELATED STORIES:UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insistsUFC: Diaz not rushing McGregor trilogy, says he won both fights Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Read Next The 32-year-old lanky fighter reposted a photo from the UFC’s official Instagram page, which quoted McGregor as saying, “I Never Lose Either I Win Or I Learn.” Houston Rockets sold for $2.2 billion Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses In true Diaz fashion, he lashed out at his former adversary and described the “fight of the century” as “over promotion.”“He punched himself out the same way he lost in the Ufc there was no learning goin on..,” he wrote.“Bullsh** get off the nuts this the sh*t I’m talking about Bruce Lee would’ve never lost like that,” he added, along with another expletive hashtag and emoji.Diaz’s comments came after McGregor appeared to be winning the early rounds of the bout, before Mayweather picked up his rhythm en route to a TKO victory in the 10th round. The MMA fighter was visibly gassed mid-way to the fight—which Diaz knows all too well as McGregor’s cardio was also suspect the first time they fought at UFC 196 last year.Although Diaz’s smack talk is nothing new for MMA fans, it certainly sets up the stage for a a possible trilogy bout, when McGregor decides to return to the promotion.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Although he came up short against one of the best boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves, Conor McGregor was widely praised by the mixed martial arts (MMA) community for his valiant effort against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut not everyone was pleased with the Irish superstar’s crossover from the octagon to the boxing ring, especially his rival Nate Diaz, who chastised the UFC Lightweight Champion in a recent social media post.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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10 months ago​Trabzonspor confirm no Liverpool offer for Omur

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Trabzonspor confirm no Liverpool offer for Omurby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTrabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu says Liverpool have not made an offer for Abdulkadir Omur. The 19-year-old, dubbed the ‘Turkish Messi’, has been linked with Liverpool in recent weeks, despite the club’s plethora of attacking talent.The Liverpool Echo reported this week that the Merseyside club were not interested in signing Omur this month, and Agaoglu has confirmed those reports.”If the numbers we want come from the lower teams of the European leagues, this offer is not [acceptable] in our opinion,” Agaoglu said. “[Omur] deserve[s] to play at the highest level in Europe.”[We] did not receive an official offer from Liverpool but there are offers from other clubs.” last_img read more

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a month agoValverde: Granada a test of Barcelona credentials

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valverde: Granada a test of Barcelona credentialsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde expects a big test of their credentials at Granada.Barcelona have failed to win either of their opening two LaLiga Santander games on the road, first losing to Athletic Club (1-0) before drawing with Osasuna (2-2).That was followed up by a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek and Valverde feels that all has to change.”Away from home we are not getting good results, it is costing us,” Valverde said during his press conference.”The [Osasuna] game in Pamplona, which we turned around, we were not able to win. We have to change that dynamic.”These kind of grounds can determine the championship because it is where you cannot slip.” last_img read more

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15 days agoHoward announced as Everton’s first USA ambassador

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Howard announced as Everton’s first USA ambassadorby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRetired goalkeeper Tim Howard has been announced as Everton’s first ambassador in the USA.Howard will make his first appearance in his new role in Austin, Texas, later this month with fans being invited to attend an exclusive event with the American on Saturday, 26, October, reports the Liverpool Echo.Howard will also represent Everton at NBC’s Premier League Mornings Live earlier on the same day for the Blues’ league encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion.The former Blues man made a record 354 Premier League appearances during a 10-year stint at Goodison Park with his last game coming in 2016.The 40-year-old officially retired from professional football on Sunday, playing his last game for Colorado Rapids in the MLS. last_img read more

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Rivals Has Added 2 Sixth-Graders To Its Football Recruiting Database

first_imgSixth-grade phenom Daron Bryden gets a Rivals profile.It’s no secret that college football coaches are pursuing recruits at younger and younger ages. But should there be an age that’s considered too young? This week, Rivals.com has added two sixth-grade players to its database. One – Daron Bryden – is a 5-foot-2, 105-pound quarterback. The other – Tyson Thornton – is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound running back. News of their inclusion on the site has been making the rounds.Rivals announces it will now monitor 6th graders for football (H/T @JeffDLowe, @USATODAYsports) pic.twitter.com/BIElTQ1Z7Q— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 16, 2015If you’re wondering what film of a sixth-grade football star looks like, well, here you go. Bryden’s father has been campaigning for his son for years.It’ll be interesting to see if either actually winds up playing collegiate football in the end.last_img read more

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TMC begins dharna over IT notices to Durga Puja committees

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Tuesday began its eight-hour long dharna in central Kolkata in protest against the central government’s decision to serve income tax notices to Durga Puja committees. Criticising the Centre for issuing the notices to several Durga Puja committees here, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had on Sunday announced that ‘Banga Janani Brigade’ – the women’s wing of the party – would sit on a dharna at Subodh Mullick Square on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Noting that festivals should be exempt from levies, she had urged organisers, participants and all people “who love Bangla” to join the protest. The BJP had on Monday criticised the TMC’s decision to stage the demonstration, accusing a section of ruling TMC leaders of laundering money allegedly looted in chit fund scams through the puja committees. The TMC had termed the allegations as “baseless”.last_img read more

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