LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief McGregor’s ability to pull off perhaps the most improbable upset in sports history likely rests on his chances to land not just one punch, but repeated combinations of blows on Mayweather, who has shown a decent chin on the few occasions he has been hit in the past decade.If McGregor can’t consistently hit Mayweather — and nobody has consistently connected against Money May in over a decade — he can at least avoid embarrassment by not getting knocked out — and there is no doubt McGregor can take a punch. His sparring partners have spoken of his tough chin, and it was evident last year in his two UFC brawls with Nate Diaz. Their second bout in August 2016 devolved into a brutal standup fight that left both men bloodied and bruised.McGregor’s disregard for defense in that bout — or his inability to defend himself from repeated head blows — could be decisive when facing Mayweather, who might be the most precise puncher in the sport. McGregor claims he has worked on defense during his training camp, but his predictions for the fight invariably return to his belief in his own power.No matter what happens to McGregor at T-Mobile Arena, he will rely on the skills he first learned at the Crumlin Boxing Club, where his mother Mags still works out. The club will be full of his fans when it screens the fight at about 5 a.m. Sunday morning.“You will see the culmination of everything I’ve learned and studied,” McGregor said. “A great many people helped to get me to what you will see this weekend.” “No fighter can train for what I bring into the ring or into the octagon,” McGregor said. “I am too skilled. I am too diverse. My movement is too much for them. All of these men will fall.”But for McGregor to make Mayweather fall, he’ll either need to land an astonishing home-run punch, or he’ll have to show more creativity and sustained boxing skill than MMA usually demands.While McGregor’s versatility and smarts have made him the UFC’s biggest star, he can use only one discipline against Mayweather — and no serious people outside McGregor’s camp doubt Mayweather has more boxing skill. Still, McGregor has devoted himself to boxing in recent weeks, bringing in former champ Paulie Malignaggi among his many sparring partners and recruiting Joe Cortez, the veteran boxing referee, to instruct him on the finer points of etiquette.“Fighting in Vegas, I just don’t see how Conor outpoints him (for a decision),” UFC President Dana White said. “Conor is going to get in there to rough him up and try to knock him out.”White and McGregor’s other fervent backers believe in his one-punch knockout power, which he showed most memorably in dethroning longtime UFC champion Jose Aldo. But one-punch knockouts are rare in 8-ounce boxing gloves, which diffuse the impact of a blow more than tiny UFC gloves.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor speaks during news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Before Conor McGregor had even heard of mixed martial arts, he wanted to be a boxer. He first stepped into Crumlin Boxing Club nearly 20 years ago in muddy football boots and started punching a heavy bag.McGregor returned constantly for the next seven years, determined to become tough enough to dissuade bullies in his Dublin neighborhood. He competed in amateur boxing matches against opponents of all sizes and shapes over the years, developing tenacity and power.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters 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 Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “There were no weight rules, no limitations on who you could fight,” McGregor recalled Wednesday. “We would just have an opponent assigned to us. That was always the joke: Everybody at the Crumlin Boxing Club had to fight heavyweights, no matter what size you are. But it was a good lesson. You must be prepared for any eventuality. You must be ready to fight. That’s how I was brought into this game.”McGregor is on top of the fight game this week before his Saturday showdown with Floyd Mayweather (49-0), the most accomplished boxer of his generation. McGregor, a former plumber who has never had a professional boxing match, will make roughly $100 million for stepping into the ring for the first time in the spectacle of the summer.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 shutoutAnd though McGregor moved into MMA training in his teens and eventually rose to win two UFC belts, he is no boxing neophyte. While he has other strengths, McGregor’s MMA career has been built in large part on his boxing-bred punching power, which is considered exceptional by his sport’s standards.Oh, and he also doesn’t lack confidence, which is no small thing when facing odds as daunting as McGregor’s chances against Mayweather. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
AC Milan coach Gattuso: We’re not taking Coppa Italia lightlyby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso says they’ll take their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria seriously.Milan also face Juventus next week in Jeddah for the Supercoppa.Gattuso said, “We’re not going on vacation to Genoa, we are taking part in a competition that we really care about.“Last season, we reached the Final of the Coppa Italia and that was a huge disappointment. “It’s true, we are facing a Sampdoria side in stunning shape, but we too will use the best team available to go through.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
The Ocho Rios police station now has a new standby generator, which will provide the facility with backup power when the grid goes down. Story Highlights Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, who officially handed over the equipment on Thursday (Aug. 31), explained that the generator “has an automatic transfer switch so that as soon as light goes it switches on and switches everything on without anybody doing anything.” The Ocho Rios police station now has a new standby generator, which will provide the facility with backup power when the grid goes down.The cost of the generator, including installation, is approximately $7.3 million.Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, who officially handed over the equipment on Thursday (Aug. 31), explained that the generator “has an automatic transfer switch so that as soon as light goes it switches on and switches everything on without anybody doing anything.”“As soon as light comes back it instantly flips back over to the public grid. We have also provided a base where we have erected a fence around the generator. We have also done some electrical installation between the generator and the building, ensuring that everything is up and running,” he noted further.Minister Montague said the standby generator is a“much-needed investment” and will enhance the operations of the police, which have been without such service for more than two and a half years.“Because Ocho Rios produces so much for the economy of Jamaica, we cannot afford for the men and women, who are serving the citizens here to be without (electricity) service at any time. This administration and this Minister take the welfare of our police officers very seriously,” he pointed out.He noted that Ocho Rios is one of five towns in the country that has closed circuit television (CCTV) coverage and “we want to make sure that at all times the CCTV cameras are up.”“We have a total of 37 cameras in Ocho Rios and they have been a great help to the police officers in detecting and preventing crime. Only recently, the cameras detected somebody trying to break into a car and the police was able to respond and prevent that,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister Montague informed that police stations are to receive $250,000 for routine maintenance.“It is to fix the bathroom, to fix the kitchen, to help with the electrical installation, to fix a window,” he noted.“What we have done is to ask the head of every station to do a project and to involve the community and where that project has to be signed off by the consultative committee, which is chaired by the Custos. I am pleased to inform that every police station in St. Ann has submitted their project to do some type of work,” he said.As it relates to the provision of protective equipment, he pointed out that 3, 500 ballistic vests have been procured and deployed.“I remember about nearly two months ago when the police had a confrontation with the most wanted man in Westmoreland and where the life of one of our young constables was saved by the ballistic vest,” he informed.The Minister also commended the Ocho Rios police for the quick action in apprehending escapees from the lock-up several weeks ago. The cost of the generator, including installation, is approximately $7.3 million.
New Zealand authorities have seized the country’s largest cocaine shipment which arrived to the port of Tauranga hidden in a compartment attached to the underwater hull of Maersk Antares container vessel.A spokesperson from Maersk Line confirmed that the shipment was discovered on October 31, when the boxship arrived to Tauranga from Chile in the late evening hours.New Zealand’s Customs Service informed that members of a trans-national drug syndicate approached the ship and retrieved the cocaine, with a street value of around NZD 20 million (USD 13.8 million), from the compartment.The authorities executed search warrants in Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and residential addresses in Auckland on November 1 related to the shipment, which culminated in arrests of four foreign nationals. The arrested people are believed to be in no relation to the ship’s crew members.The Maersk Antares, which is deployed on Maersk Line’s AC3/Triple Star service, linking Latin America, New Zealand and Asia, departed the Port of Tauranga “as per the schedule with no delay to the service,” the spokesperson said.“Maersk is fully committed to abiding by the local laws of every jurisdiction we operate in. As such Maersk Line is cooperating fully with the New Zealand authorities,” Maersk Line informed.Assistant Commissioner Chambers said that this is the largest single seizure of cocaine in New Zealand, and that the shipment was destined for New Zealand.
Source:https://www.elsevier.com/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 10 2019Alcohol is ubiquitous in Western society, and rates of excessive use among adults remain high. Excessive alcohol consumption is an established risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF), but what are the effects of moderate and mild consumption on AF? In a new study published in HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society and the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, Australian researchers showed that regular moderate alcohol consumption (an average of 14 glasses per week) results in more electrical evidence of scarring and impairments in electrical signaling compared with non-drinkers and light drinkers. Alcohol consumption is therefore an important modifiable risk factor for AF.AF is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating of the atria (the two upper chambers of the heart). Observational studies suggest that even moderate regular alcohol consumption may increase the risk of AF. A meta-analysis of seven studies involving nearly 860,000 patients and approximately 12,500 individuals with AF demonstrated an eight percent increase in incident AF for each additional daily standard drink. Despite the association between regular alcohol intake and AF, however, detailed human electrophysiological studies describing the nature of alcohol-related atrial remodeling have been lacking.Related StoriesExcess grey matter in the brain can predict escalating drinking behavior in teensSobering up: In an alcohol-soaked nation, more seek booze-free social spacesUTHealth researchers investigate how to reduce stress-driven alcohol useThe purpose of this study was to determine the impact of different degrees of alcohol consumption on atrial remodeling using high-density electroanatomic mapping. In this multi-center cross-sectional study in Australia, investigators performed detailed invasive testing on the atria of 75 patients with AF, 25 in each of three categories: lifelong non-drinkers, mild drinkers, and moderate drinkers. Patients self-reported their average alcohol consumption in standard drinks per week (one standard glass is around 12 grams of alcohol) over the preceding 12 months. Patients consuming two to seven drinks per week were considered mild drinkers, while those consuming eight to 21 drinks per week (average 14 drinks per week) were defined as moderate drinkers.The investigators found that individuals who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol (average 14 drinks per week) had more electrical evidence of scarring and impairments in electrical signaling than non-drinkers and light drinkers.”This study underscores the importance of excessive alcohol consumption as an important risk factor in AF,” said lead investigator Professor Peter Kistler, MBBS, PhD, FHRS, from the Heart Centre, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. “Regular moderate alcohol consumption, but not mild consumption, is an important modifiable risk factor for AF associated with lower atrial voltage and conduction slowing. These electrical and structural changes may explain the propensity to AF in regular drinkers. It is an important reminder for clinicians who are caring for patients with AF to ask about alcohol consumption and provide appropriate counselling in those who over-indulge.”
Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: New technology gives stronger voice to people, helps companies improve service (2019, January 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-technology-stronger-voice-people-companies.html Provided by Purdue University Explore further A Purdue University-affiliated startup has created technology to help companies better capture people’s feedback on services rendered and make improvements.In an era where real-time information is king, the technology is designed to help companies collect feedback for a variety of applications such as hearing from a hospital patient about their stay, employees about workplace conditions or tracking what visitors actually do when they visit a museum.Louis Tay, a psychological sciences professor in Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences, founded the company Expimetrics Inc. The company’s new platform could replace conventional survey tools, including those sent after purchasing something online.”Organizations and researchers have recognized that the only way to drive meaningful change is to understand how people experience their everyday life as it happens in the moment,” Tay said. “Our technology can help improve workplace well-being, reduce self-harm behaviors and increase creativity for people in any industry or field. We’re really proud of that.”The Purdue innovation is a cloud-based web and app platform. It uses real-time, real-world, multimedia and location capabilities to provide accurate experience responses.FFA, whose name stands for Future Farmers of America, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts have used the technology to better understand what visitor experiences look like in real time to provide programs and events with increased engagement.The platform is composed of two layers: One is for users who are interested in submitting their experiences, and the other is for people who are trying to capture the experiences.The platform offers several ways of collecting experiences, like location-based and direct surveys, along with multiple data types, such as self-report, voice, sound and video.”These data sets are much richer than what is available today, and when combined with Expimetrics’ proprietary analytical tools, drive better insight into behavior and engagement,” Tay said. “Expimetrics works with organizations and researchers to understand how experience insights can lead to a life-changing patient experience for a child fighting a serious illness, flourishing employee experience, a groundbreaking product innovation, or a pioneering academic research program.” Researcher creates ‘minimal chair’ that can ship flat, take seconds to assemble with no tools Say goodbye to the conventional focus group and its lack of real-time feedback.
FILE PHOTO: People take a walk by the water’s edge at Torside Reservoir in Longdendale, Derbyshire, July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble(Reuters) – Britain’s water regulator on Thursday called for the country’s utilities to invest the equivalent of £6 million every day for the next five years in plans to reduce pollution and leakages in increasingly stressed UK infrastructure. The Water Services Regulation Authority, Ofwat, said the targets of its “most far-reaching price review” ever included cutting pollution incidents by more than a third and reducing supply interruptions by almost two-thirds. “… We are calling for extra investment of £6 million each and every day to improve the environment and provide services for a growing population. At the same time we expect to see customers’ bills cut by an average of £50,” Ofwat Chief Executive Rachel Fletcher said (here Ofwat’s proposals included an additional £12 billion, to be invested over and above business-as-usual costs and investments, to improve services for future generations including by building reservoirs, moving water to where it is needed most and protecting the environment. Reporting by Muvija M in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick GrahamOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.