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Namajunas ready for what comes next as UFC’s new superstar

first_imgRose Namajunas is announced before fighting Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, in a women’s strawweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 217 Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in New York. Namajunas won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Rose Namajunas posed with a UFC championship belt around her waist and a tomato plucked from her garden in her hands.Namajunas has always had a bit of a green thumb, a labor of love passed on from her mother who could make strawberries blossom even in a tiny patch of yard in Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Namajunas, who said she earned the nickname “Thug” as a kid from one of her neighbors, used her post-fight interview to preach kindness.“This was the fight I had been fighting for,” she said. “Yes, the belt is a goal. But in this fight in particular, I wasn’t fighting for the belt but the bigger picture. Ever since I lost to (Karolina Kowalkiewicz), I decided I wanted to change the world.”Namajunas has said she was a victim of abuse and violence in a childhood complicated by watching her father suffer from schizophrenia. She also spoke out against the toxic atmosphere she found early in her MMA training at Roufusport. As Namajunas takes a turn trying to steer the women’s division into the future, she hoped she could serve as role model for someone looking for a voice.“Of course I want to leave things, especially negative things, in the past,” she said. “But if it can help somebody overcome something, then I want to make sure it ends up on a positive note. I don’t want to dwell on negative things.”The big negative in New York? Someone played the wrong walkout song. She requested “Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald.“They played some Oasis song or something,” Barry said.“It was definitely not my type of music,” Namajunas said.Namajunas planned to take some time off headed into the holidays and had no contender or timeframe in mind for her first title defense.She just knows that next time, everyone will be watching for her. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Roger Federer wins opening match at ATP Finals Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:14Carpio 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “When they asked us what we wanted to be when we grow up, in kindergarten I always said I wanted to be a farmer,” she said.She’ll have to settle for the baddest woman in UFC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNamajunas plowed through her competitors and landed in the biggest garden of ’em all — Madison Square Garden, and in the fight of her life at UFC 217. She left Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a battered heap and walked out the 115-pound UFC strawweight champion. With a buzzcut and steely determination that made a hybrid of some sort of Ripley meets Eleven sci-fi character, Namajunas dominated in a flash and thrust herself into the conversation as the new face of UFC.“I was the talk of the town that night,” she said. “I’ve always felt that I was a star. I always knew that I am a star. The only thing that was missing was the belt.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Oh, Namajunas has the belt in the suburban Denver home she shares with fiancee and training partner, Pat Barry. It’s in her closet.“It’s got an energy to it, you know? We want to make sure we don’t too wrapped up in it,” she said. “But we’ll shine it up. Give it some love.”Namajunas has felt nothing but love since winning a title on a card that fans, starting with UFC President Dana White, widely called one of the best in the company’s 25-year history. Namajunas, T.J. Dillashaw and Georges St. Pierre all won belts as challengers.“The UFC in general, we’ve been in kind of a weird spot lately,” she said. “That card is something that doesn’t come by very often. We haven’t seen a card like that in a really long time and it was something special to remember.”UFC has spent the year craving a new box office star that can carry the promotion into 2018 and beyond while stalwarts Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Jon Jones are on the bench. UFC’s promotional push had been all-in on Jedrzejczyk, the Polish fighter who was a win away from matching Rousey with six straight title defenses.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Namajunas is used to taking the shine off UFC’s brightest female stars.Paige VanZant’s rise into championship contention was chopped when Namajunas choked her out in 2015.Michelle Waterson was pegged as the next one until Namajunas choked her out, too, in April.And Jedrzejczyk?She was never a factor in their fight. Namajunas dropped her early in the first round with a big right hand, finished off a combination with a vicious left and pounced on a fallen Jedrzejczyk to finish her off.The MSG crowd that was solidly behind Jedrzejczyk during the walk to the cage roared with cheers when Namajunas won. Namajunas choked back tears as White placed the championship belt on her shoulder.“I make my environment what I want it to be,” Namajunas said. “I went to her castle where she felt comfortable, where she wanted to be in New York City and I took it from her.”UFC announcer Joe Rogan said a superstar was born in New York.“I hope the UFC realizes, and I think they do, that’s a … star. That’s a real star,” he said this week on his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “She’s a genuinely nice person. When you look like her and you’re 115 pounds and you’re a woman and you (mess) up the Boogeyman, yeah, crowds are going to gravitate to that. If she doesn’t become as a big a star as any other woman in MMA, I would be stunned.”Namajunas said that as champ, she wants to skip the brash trash talk that shot McGregor to mainstream stardom and has been imitated throughout UFC, including by the champions Jedrzejczyk, Michael Bisping and Cody Garbrandt, who all lost at UFC 217. 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Journalists Urged to be Ethical

first_imgMr. Coffey wants government release the money allotted by former President Sirleaf in the national budget to complete PUL’s headquarters. By Chris F. Pewu (Intern)The president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has advised journalists to be guided by the ethics of journalism in the course of their professional duties.Speaking recently at a regional Watch for Human Rights one-day media workshop in Monrovia, president Charles Coffey said journalists should respond promptly to concerns from the public especially in cases where the disseminated information was proven to be inaccurate which, he said, calls for an appropriate public apology.Coffey said journalists should not charge crime suspects as guilty  in their broadcasts and publications until they are charged by the Liberia National Police and also refrain from naming or printing names of relatives or friends of persons accused or convicted of a crime.He said that negative information can lead to destruction, adding that journalists should promote Liberia positively in this election period to maintain the country’s 12 years of peace.Coffey called on journalists to avoid discriminatory and derogatory utterances and stereotyping of certain individuals because of their race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, mental or physical challenges and sexual orientation.He said said talk show hosts also have a responsibility to be accurate and impartial in their coverage of election issues and candidates, with all candidates given opportunities to be heard. He called on newspaper columnists, editorial writers and other commentators to be judicious in expressing their views about election issues and candidates.Subjective opinions, he said, should not influence objective news coverage. He said opinion pieces should be clearly identified and not mixed with facts.He said journalists should respect embargoes on stories, adding that no editor or publisher should compel a reporter to write or broadcast false information, or express an opinion that is contrary to his or her professional convictions.Coffey said responsible election reporting should promote national unity and respect for the rule of law, and must reject appeals to sectarian or ethnic prejudice and conflict. He wants journalists to reflect the diversity of voices in their coverage.He called on journalists to conduct themselves with the highest standard of professional ethics at all times and must strive to maintain the confidence and respect of the public through their news content and their professional comportment.The executive director for Regional Watch for Human Rights (RWHR), Cllr. Thompson Adebayor, who is  a former journalist, commended Coffey for his words of encouragement to Liberian journalists.Director Adebayor referred to journalists as key players in the election and urged them to be wise in their professional duties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Public’s tips lead to sweep of apartments

first_imgLANCASTER – A recent multiagency law enforcement sweep of a Lancaster apartment complex that produced 16 arrests – including five for felonies – would not have happened without tips from the public, which these days seems increasingly engaged. That’s according to Lancaster station Sgt. Steve Sylvies, who heads the Lancaster Community Appreciation Project that led the April18 sweep. Sylvies said law enforcement descended on The Village at Beechwood based on information the public provided saying the apartment complex had become riddled with gang and drug activity. Sylvies’ LAN-CAP team was joined by sheriff’s deputies from the Target Oriented Policing and Gang Enforcement teams, state parole and county probation agents and county Section8 investigators. Sylvies said frustration with what local residents perceive to be an increase in violent crime has outraged the public, and the emergence of Antelope Valley War on Gangs and Crime, an anti-crime grass-roots group, has induced residents to take action. “People are fed up,” Sylvies said. “There’s a lot of outrage out there, and people want to be heard.” The felony arrests were on charges that included possession of stolen property, illegal weapons possession, possession of marijuana for sale and a parole violation. Additionally, 11 misdemeanor arrests were made on suspicion of resisting arrest, outstanding warrants, driving on a suspended license and marijuana possession. One vehicle was impounded. At two Section8 low-income housing locations, residents were found to be in violation of compliance agreements, and it will be recommended their rental agreements be terminated, authorities said. Sylvies said law enforcement gathered useful information from the suspects it expects will lead to additional operations. More importantly, he said he’s hopeful that the public will continue providing information to law enforcement. Sylvies urges the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials. He said information such as license plate numbers can sometimes help authorities crack big cases. “There’s a lot of things we don’t see when we’re driving around in marked cars,” Sylvies said. “They’re the ones who are living it and seeing it, and a lot of times they can be the missing piece of a puzzle we need to go to a location.” (661) 267-7802 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

RCMP Warning The Public About “Mystery Shopper” Scam

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are warning the public to be vigilant after investigating fraud complaints regarding a job scam.According to Cst. Nancy Saggar with the Fort St. John RCMP, the scam usually begins with an e-mail or text message advertisement that lets would-be participants become a “Mystery Shopper”. A cheque is sent out along with a letter outlining specific tasks that need to be completed at selected retailers to evaluate customer service.Individuals are instructed to deposit or cash the cheque while keeping a portion of the money as payment. The remaining amount gets transferred to the company claiming to have hired the mystery shopper. Eventually the targeted individual is notified by their bank that the cheque was fraudulent.- Advertisement -The Fort St. John RCMP would like to remind the public to be vigilant against these types of fraud and to protect their personal information. Anyone with information about the scan can contact the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or can call Crimestoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.For further information on frauds you may come across visit or call 1-888-495-8501.last_img read more

Madrid go top with gutsy win at Alaves

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Ramos scored the opening goal for Real Madrid in their 2-1 win over Alaves on Saturday. © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Nov 30 – Sergio Ramos scored a goal and conceded a penalty as Real Madrid battled past Alaves on Saturday to go top of La Liga before Sunday’s game between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.Barca and Atletico face off at the Wanda Metropolitano and Madrid did all they could to take advantage, with Dani Carvajal the unlikely matchwinner in a gritty 2-1 victory over Alaves. Ramos had headed Madrid in front shortly after half-time only to concede a needless penalty for throwing his arm across Joselu, which Lucas Perez converted before Carvajal poked in.Madrid pull three points clear of Barcelona and six ahead of Atletico, who have played a game more than the top two. Sevilla, in third, host Leganes on Sunday. Alaves stay 13th.A 1-0 defeat at Mendizorrotza 13 months ago came three weeks before Julen Lopetegui was sacked as coach but this time Madrid showed the kind of steel that was so painfully lacking last season.On a wet and windy afternoon in the Basque country, Zinedine Zidane’s side never showed the verve and creativity that was so impressive in the draw against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.But this was a gutsy performance that means they have now won six and drawn two of their last eight matches in all competitions, with the Clasico against Barcelona next month fast approaching.Gareth Bale made his first Madrid start since October 5 after recovering from a calf injury and his first too since his controversial celebration with Wales earlier this month, which sparked anger among his club’s supporters.Bale hit the post in the first half but faded and was replaced by Rodrygo after Alaves’ equaliser.With Eden Hazard out injured, Isco also kept his place while Alphonse Areola was given a rare outing in goal ahead of the rested Thibaut Courtois.Madrid were lucky not to concede another penalty early on as Aleix Vidal slalomed inside Ramos and then Eder Militao, whose dangling leg caught Vidal’s foot. Referee Guillermo Cuadra felt the fall was exaggerated.At the other end, Bale hit the post with a header and Karim Benzema latched onto a quick throw but instead of shooting, hooked the ball back for Isco whose effort was saved.Alaves grew in confidence as the rain grew heavier yet Madrid regrouped at half-time and took the lead soon after as Ramos was given a free header to glance in Toni Kroos’ crossed free-kick.But after scoring his sixth goal of the season, Ramos gifted Alaves an equaliser in the 66th minute by outmuscling Joselu in the penalty area, only to throw an arm across the forward’s chest. Perez made no mistake.Bale went off for Rodrygo and Alaves might have been able to build on their momentum if they had consolidated.Instead, parity lasted three minutes as Isco met Luka Modric’s cross at the back post and while Pacheco did brilliantly to save, Carvajal reacted faster than Victor Laguardia to the rebound.Perez almost drove in a late equaliser but Marcelo made a diving block and Ximo Navarro’s header had to be clawed away by Areola as Madrid held on.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgSAM-MILEY MCHUGH!STAR Donegal player Mark McHugh is certainly still glowing after the county’s All-Ireland success.And now that the Sam Maguire has visited a couple of weddings and a Christening, it was inevitable that the first doggie picture would appear.So here is Sam in the McHugh household this evening – with the family dog Miley getting snug for a wee nap!  MARK McHUGH’S PET POOCH GETS TO MEET SAM! was last modified: October 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon shortlisted for prestigious award

first_imgRyan Sessegnon heads a 10-person shortlist for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.The Fulham winger, 18, starred in the Championship last season as the Whites earned promotion to the Premier League. ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Ryan Sessegnon – FootballKare Adenegan – Para-athelticsFreya Anderson – SwimmingJames Bowen – Horse racingMax Burgin – AthleticsJack Draper – TennisGeorgia-Mae Penton – GymnasticsAnna Hursey – Table tennisGeorgia Roche – Rugby leagueMaisie Summers-Newton – Para-swimming REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2018 nominees Tennis star Jack Draper – runner-up at Wimbledon’s 2018 boys’ singles – has also been nominated, along with gymnastics’ Georgia-Mae Fenton, rugby league’s Georgia Roche, athlete Max Burgin and para-swimming’s Maisie Summers-Newton.Para-athlete Adenegan claimed her first senior gold medal as T34 100 metres European champion this year, aged just 17. She then set a new T34 100m world record at the London Anniversary Games.Swimmer Anderson won bronze for England in the 4x100m freestyle relay and the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She also finished fourth in the 100m freestyle at the European Championships, setting a new junior European record. BEST OF REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY He scored 15 goals on his way to winning the league’s player and young player of the season awards.Sessegnon joins 12-year-old table tennis starlet Anna Hursey, the youngest-ever Commonwealth Games competitor, among the nominees.Para-athlete Kare Adenegan, swimmer Freya Anderson and jockey James Bowen were also shortlisted, with the winner announced at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday October 21. 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow Sessegnon was central to Fulham’s promotion push Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Bowen became the youngest rider to win the Welsh Grand National, on Raz De Maree at Chepstow in January, and went on to claim victory in the Lanzarote Hurdle in his maiden season.Athlete Burgin set a world-best time in his age group for the 800m, and claimed the European Under-18s 800m title.Fenton represented England at the Commonwealth Games, claiming gold in the uneven bars.Roche was awarded rugby league’s first Woman of Steel award as she starred for Castleford in reaching the Challenge Cup final, and helped the club to a fourth-place Super League finish.Para-swimmer Summers-Newton claimed three golds and a bronze on her senior international debut at the European Championships in Dublin.last_img read more

San Jose Sharks 2019-20 preview: Stop with the nonsense

first_imgAnother year, another season in which the Sharks fail to win the Stanley Cup.That’s how you might expect a Sharks season preview to start. Although we won’t take the time to catalog the various season previews published over the past decade, it is safe to assume that most summaries of the Sharks focused on playoff disappointment, followed by an opining of what could have been, accentuated by pondering whether the Sharks could ever get over the hump.That is not how this preview is going to go. …last_img read more

The five-minute foldaway house

first_img24 November 2006When a fire in an informal settlement at KwaMbonambi in KwaZulu-Natal left scores of shack dwellers homeless, entrepreneur Rajan Harinarain came up with a solution, in the form of a foldaway house – complete with door, two windows and electrical fittings – that can be erected in five minutes.This week, Harinarain launched the patented dwelling developed from his concept together with the Zululand Chamber of Business Foundation, which will market the structures and provide the facilities for its mass manufacture at the chamber’s Community Park in Alton, Richards Bay.And the government has come to the party. Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, who attended the launch in Alton, has called on South Africa’s municipalities to make use of the temporary dwelling to provide quality accommodation for people affected by floods and fires.“Between the time that people are struck by disaster, and we are able to provide permanent shelter, is an uncomfortable time for any victim,” Sisulu said, describing Harinarain’s invention as “a celebration of innovation in problem-solving.”The waterproof, 14 square metre dwelling comes with two windows and a wooden door and weighs little more than 800kg, providing the basic requirements for emergency shelter.Made from galvanised metal, it is easily transportable, being just 24 centimetres high when folded, and can be erected by a handful of people in under five minutes.The container-like, modular structures can also be joined to provide accommodation for large families, as well as modified to include insulation and heat extractors.Zululand Chamber of Business CEO Bongani Mqaise told The Mercury that it would be help Harinarain to market the invention both in South Africa and beyond the country’s bordersThe foldaway house would also serve while permanent structures were put up to replace shacks in informal settlements and urban inner-city renewal projects, he reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Taking Inventory of Your Business

first_imgNow is a really good time to take inventory of your businesses. This exercise will enhance your ability to continue to run the race with focus, clarity, and direction. Business owners are always on the lookout for ways to save, especially when it comes to time and money. So here are some tips on how to assess where your business stands right now in order to make some positive changes in your business and personal lives.1. Reevaluate your business operations and expenses. Consider what other value you can add to enhance your product, or perhaps add complementary services. Take the time to study your business.Cut expenses to the barest minimum. For example, consider hiring an intern to manage your website instead of a paid consultant or company. An intern would benefit from the opportunity to enhance his/her portfolio, and may charge you a reduced rate for such services. If you pay for a direct fax line, check out eFax ( for free fax services (with limited amount of faxes; but, hey, this won’t matter if all you’ll need it for is within those limitations). Packetel P Fax ( currently has a special of $3.65 per month for unlimited faxing. How about shaving off costs on your monthly web hosting fees? is advertising unlimited domains and hosting space for only $6.95 a month.Anyway, you get the point . . . find ways to do the things you still need to continue doing to operate your business, but for less money!2. Reevaluate your personal life You should ask yourself some deeper questions during this slow time (assuming you’re still not so crazy busy working 14- to 16-hour days!). Dig deep to find out why you are doing what you’re doing. Is it because you are really passionate about it? Being in business should be an extension of who you are and what you love. What’s the point of giving your precious to something that doesn’t really bring fulfillment? Are there other things you can do in life, is there something more, or some other greater impact you can have on people?Take advantage of the extra time you currently have to really take stock of your life in general so tha,t when this slow season is over, you come out stronger on the other side and do the things you really love and enjoy, all while making a profit (can’t forget that!)3. Manage your time. The social media revolution has improved our personal and business lives tremendously. However, learning to manage how much time you spend online is a huge task. We are all bombarded daily with emails, but you can schedule when you write your messages and check your in-box. Maybe once in the morning and once in the afternoon, say at 10 a.m. and at 3 p.m. Create an autorespond message that tells senders that you will respond to emails during these set times only. Do the same with phone calls. Have a set time every day when you make and return phone calls. This structure will help keep people informed but also create a boundary that people will actually respect. In addition, if you blog, tweet, etc., set a day of the week to do it. You can get so wrapped up in Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, among the many other sites, that you get nothing done!4. Create a plan. Figure out the things you need to do to increase business—bringing in new clients or offering additional valuable services to your existing clients. Work on a simple and consistent marketing plan to stay in touch with the people who have bought from you and trust you. Take a sabbatical for a weekend, a week, or even a month to discover “leaky” areas where you may be losing money, and create ways to boost your bottom line. Write your plan down on paper. Great ideas can emerge during these brainstorming sessions.5. Take action. Once you’ve created your plan (on paper!), take action. Action is what breathes life into the thoughts you’ve put together in your plan. Sometimes, all you need is a kick in the bottom to take action.Managing your business requires continuous refinement of processes and activities that produce additional business. This Chinese proverb says it well: One thousand days to learn; ten thousand days to refine.Let me hear your comments or other thoughts that could be helpful to business owners!last_img read more