Nietes wins 3rd world title, beats Thai foe for vacant flyweight belt

first_imgFILE PHOTO – Donnie Nietes after his fifth round TKO win over Raul Garcia of Mexico on May 28, 2016. Photo by Roy LuarcaDonnie Nietes bagged his third world title after beating Komgrich Nantapech of Thailand by unanimous decision for the vacant IBF flyweight belt in the main event of Pinoy Pride 40 Saturday night at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Cebu.Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion in history, outpointed Nantapech, 115-113 and 117-111 on two of the judges’ scorecards.ADVERTISEMENT Nietes, who turns 35 on May 13, joined Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipinos to win at least three titles in three different divisions. He won titles in the minimumweight and light flyweight class.The Negros Occidental native improved his record to 40-1-4 with 22 knockouts. – Roy LuarcaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Paul scores 29, Clippers beat Jazz to force Game 7 Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View commentslast_img read more

48-hour hackathon begins today

first_imgGTT on Thursday handed over a cheque to Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, as the Ministry stages its first 48-hour hackathon from today, November 4 to Sunday, November 6, at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC).The cheque was handed over by Chief Executive Officer of the company, Justin Nedd, at the Centre.GTT CEO Justin Nedd presents a cheque in support of the HackathonThe hackathon will be a 48-hour non-stop event where programmers or coders get to compete in teams to develop applications for possible use in the Public and Private Sectors.Minister Hughes during an earlier press briefing pointed out that the event was seen as an opportunity for young entrepreneurs in Information Communication Technology (ICT) to be creative.Hackathons are events, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.The Minister had also emphasised the countless opportunities that can meet the needs of young people as the country advances in ICT. “We are working to ensure that we energise our young tech-savvy people in Guyana and I want to say that this really is going to be the first one, but in 2017 we anticipate we will have another two or three of such hackathons,” she stated.last_img read more

Vunipola let off with formal warning by RFU

first_img0Shares0000Club warning: England’s Billy Vunipola © AFP / Ben STANSALLLondon, United Kingdom, Apr 16 – England star Billy Vunipola has escaped with a “formal warning” from the Rugby Football Union after they held a meeting over his defending Israel Folau’s anti-homosexual social media comments.Vunipola liked Folau’s post and called for people to “live their lives how God intended” after the controversial Australia back, who is now facing the sack unless he repents, claimed “Hell awaits” homosexuals as well as drunks and adulterers amongst others. Vunipola — who also received a formal warning from his club Saracens — is free to play in this year’s World Cup for which he is a pivotal member of Eddie Jones’ starting XV.“Following a meeting between the RFU and Billy Vunipola, the Saracens forward has been issued with a formal warning under RFU rule 5.12 for conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union or the game,” read the RFU statement. “The warning will be retained on his disciplinary record for a period of five years and may be taken into account in future disciplinary proceedings.”Vunipola, who was booed every time he touched the ball in Saracens’ defeat by Bristol last Saturday, had according to the RFU accepted he hurt people by his stance.“During the meeting the player expressed genuine regret at his public comments and understood that he had caused hurt and offence as a result of his actions,” said the RFU.“He has been reminded of his responsibilities as an England player and as an ambassador for the game, which values inclusivity and respect.”Vunipola will also be available for Saracens’ European Champions Cup semi-final with Irish province Munster on Saturday after they, too, held talks. “The player has been formally warned about his future conduct,” said Saracens.“We recognise the complexity of different belief systems and understand Billy’s intention was to express the word of God rather than cause offence.“However, he made a serious error of judgement in publicly sharing his opinion, which is inconsistent with the values of the club and contravenes his contractual obligations.”Vunipola also issued a statement saying he did not intend to hurt anyone and he bears “love towards ALL people”.Folau, who was involved in a similar controversy last year, sparked the latest scandal when he posted a banner on Instagram last week saying: “Warning. Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators. Hell awaits you. Repent! Only Jesus saves.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Antonio Conte will quit Chelsea before next season, says ex-Premier League boss

first_imgAntonio Conte is unlikely to be Chelsea manager next season, believes former Premier League manager Harry Redknapp.Reports on Friday suggested the Blues boss could be preparing for life without Conte – with Luis Enrique and Massimiliano Allegri lined up to replace him.When asked by Alan Brazil and Mike Parry on The Warm Up if the Italian will be in the Stamford Bridge dugout next season, Redknapp said: “Long term? No.“Listen, I think he’s done fantastic and I like him.“I just think at the end of the year, personally, I’d be surprised if he is still there next season.”During his press conference on Friday, Conte only further increased speculation he could quit.“I have another year of [my] contract with this club,” he said.“But as you know very well everything is possible. In one moment you stay here, in another moment another person replaces you in your job.”Asked if he would extend his contract with Chelsea, Conte added: “In this case, I think the club has to decide to send me away.”last_img read more

Panel denies effort to block group home

first_imgAnother problem was that the commission wants to see that a majority of residents support a petition before they act, Dyer said. In this case, only 24 percent of the households on Orange Drive signed the petition, and some of those asked for their names to be removed once they found out that they would only be allowed one overnight parking permit, he said. Dyer’s staff report further stated creating an overnight parking restriction on just one street would result in residents parking their extra cars on other nearby streets to avoid paying permits or citations. Perez said the residents are “spinning the wheels of rumor and upsetting the community unnecessarily.” “I’ve been consistently saying that this isn’t going to be a shelter or a rehab,” Perez said. “I’m just as concerned about the children in the day care as anybody else. I keep saying there will be no ex-cons or people on probation, but nobody wants to listen to me.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But Perez’s neighbors have been in an uproar ever since news of his plans first came to light in September, fearing the home’s residents would pose a danger to children at a licensed day care next door. Gloria Avila, organizer of the petition, said she was working with the city to try different tactics in order to make it impossible or “at least difficult” for Perez to open such a home. “We were thinking if they pass the ordinance, then Jerry wouldn’t have any parking available for his group home residents,” Avila said. “It’s been four months already, and it’s wearing us down but we’re not going to give up. We’ll continue to fight this.” But after reviewing the parking patterns of Orange Drive, city staff concluded that there was “no identifiable need” to create a permit program for the street since the parking demand was considered normal. “We didn’t find any problems to justify the additional hardships on the city or the added expense,” said Joe Dyer, city traffic engineer. “The Supreme Court has ruled that cities that want to implement parking permit programs, they must be equitable and justifiable. Streets are paid for by public funds and this is a discriminatory act.” WHITTIER – The city’s Parking and Transportation Commission voted 4-0 Thursday to deny an attempt by residents to create an obstacle for the opening of a proposed group home in their neighborhood. The commission was considering a petition ordinance circulated by residents of Orange Drive that would eliminate all parking on their street between midnight and 6 a.m. and allow only one overnight parking permit per household. It was hoped the parking restrictions would make it impossible for their neighbor, Jerry Perez, to carry through with his plans to turn his house into a group home for adults struggling with addiction or who are handicapped. According to state law, he is allowed to have up to six people living in his house without needing a license as long as he does not provide treatment. last_img read more

Hearts add Conor Sammon and Faycal Rherras to list of summer recruits

first_imgHearts have continued to strengthen their squad with the additions of striker Conor Sammon and defender Faycal Rherras.They join Robbie Neilson’s side following former Dundee United attacker Robbie Muirhead’s decision to put pen to paper on Monday.The capital side have been adding to their pool of players ahead of their Europa League campaign which kicks off in just 16 days time. Sammon, who joins on a three-year contract, makes his return to Scottish football after his Derby County contract expired at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.  The former Kilmarnock goalscorer spent two and a half years at Rugby Park, scoring 18 goals in 27 appearances in his final six months at the club.Belgian-born Moroccan Faycal, who plays at left back, joins from Belgian side Sint-Truiden, where he made 49 appearances over two seasons. Speaking to the official Hearts website, Neilson said: “I’m delighted to get both players to Tynecastle.“Conor brings a lot of experience to the squad. He knows the Scottish game well after a successful period at Kilmarnock and has played at the highest level down in England. “Faycal is a player with real potential and will be a big boost to the defence. He’s played at a good level in Belgium and has been involved in the Moroccan international scene so it’s quite a coup to get him.“Both players will add a lot to the squad and I’m looking forward to working with them.”Meanwhile one player has gone in the opposite direction this week with Gavin Reilly joining Dunfermline on a season-long loan deal.last_img read more

DD Motoring: The Ford Focus RS

first_imgDriving this Focus RS was a bit like knowing you were dreaming and afraid you might wake up. All too soon my drive was over and as always with good dreams the memories fade fast in the real world.After my cousin dropped out of college I remember my late Aunt Bida updating me on his progress. Brendan! Ah he’s doing great, he now does the books for a band, what is it you call them? “FOCUS”! Nah that’s not it, they’re called “BLUR” that’s it. Knew it had something to do with your eye sight. Advertisement Think my drive in the new Focus RS this week was a bit like my aunt’s memory of the 1980s band, The Focus went that fast.It was more like a Blur! Both in terms of sheer power, 345 bhp, and the pure enjoyment.Ford are 100 years in Ireland this year and what better way to celebrate their anniversary than to take a drive in one of the fastest road going Focus that Ford have ever produced.Enjoying a cuppa at Macs as we test out the new Ford Focus RS from Hegarty’s .Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidAndrew Hegarty thought the blue RS was the nicest looking of the two RS Focus he had in the showroom. That blue is unique to the Focus RS he said. I had my own reasons for wanting to drive a white RS. Advertisement That oval Ford badge on a white Ford RS just sends me into a male version of Alice in Wonderland.I remember reading somewhere that in 1968 the first Ford MK1 Escorts RS 1600 were available in any colour as long as you ask for them in Diamond White!A decade on in the 70’s and I was living the dream, not Alice in Wonderland, more like “Brian in Ballymacool” working at the Old Hegarty’s Auto Services garage “out the Row” at 14 years of age on the petrol pumps, moving Ford Escort RS 2000s and Escort Mexicos around the forecourt.40 years on and I am back in Hegarty’s looking for excuses to move RS’s around their forecourt again; No doughnuts now, Brian! Andrew Hegarty warns me as he hands me the key of the gleaming white Focus RS, Doughnuts I thought, some chance, I wasn’t even going to chance a “coffee to go” in it.Getting into the RS and seeing the Recaro seats takes me back to the new Ford RS2000 of the 1970’s with the mesh in the see-through headrests.The best of the best in seating from Recaro on board the Focus RS which we drove this week. Photo Brian McDaidI press the starter button the engine rumbles to life, Cosworth breathed their magic on this latest power plant as they did on them first RS1600 escorts of the 60s. If them engines of the 1960s had a rasping sounds of sucking air and fuel into the inlet, now the present day turbos have the thunder of fuel and air pushed in the induction valves.To the untrained eye this diamond white Focus just looks like any other Focus. To a Cosworth Connoisseur, the heritage of this car has signs at every corner of it. I know cars that have smaller road wheels and tyres than the brake discs are on this Ford Focus, they’re massive! with blue Brembo Brake callipers looking out through the alloy wheels.The big brakes, a view through one of the wheels of the New Ford RS Focus to the Bembo Brakes Systems. Photo Brian McDaidThe traffic is heavy on the High Road as we await our turn to merge into it, 0-100kms takes just over 4 seconds, so it’s not to long before we are out in the flow of traffic.As you would expect from this RS, it has a stiffness to its suspension, but still this car can be very civilised on the road, that’s if you wanted that way. Give it a stretch of open road and give it the gas and it’s a different animal, there were hairs standing on my head where I no longer have hair! As this car gathered its horsepower, and shorten the straits, pure magic.I have to say that over the years the RS badge kind of lost it’s way, (in my view) when the power was transferred to the front wheels, but this RS has brought it all home again. It’s a bit like the riff of that song that you have forgotten over the years that transports you to a time, a place, and a feeling.Ford have always done this so beautifully and this Focus is the prime example. This RS is four-wheel drive but makes no big deal about it.Now if you want to really engage with it, you can at the flick of a button puts it into drift mode. It must put a load of power to the rear wheels. I honestly don’t know.. Mr. Hegarty!This car got a bit of bad press for this button when it was launched. As do most things that you enjoy these days.One of the reasons I like this RS in white is at a passing glance it might look like any other Ford Focus, but looks in this innocent white car is where it ends! There are loads of cars running about now with the clothes of far more powerful cars with spoilers and buckets seats and very slick low slung body lines.This car needs everything including that bad boy or girl button, it needs every inch if downdraft from its aerodynamics, every inch of grip from its go faster wheels, every bit of stopping power from them big Bembo brakes.I dreamed all my life of owning an RS, not that I think that I am that good of a driver.Driving this RS was a bit like knowing you were dreaming and afraid you might wake up.All too soon my drive was over and as always with good dreams they fade fast in the real world.In the old RS2000 it was the clonk of the gearstick making it way into the close ratio gear shift that will always remind me of them great cars. Now 40 years on it’s just pushing the start button and the rumble of the 2.3 engine’s note out through them two walk through exhausts that gets me.54,000 euros buy this white RS Focus, think the blue one might be dearer, but they are class, even at that price.The Lotto I made a journey to Dublin to say goodbye to the last of my aunts, who passed away last week.Funerals for me make me appreciate life.Me and my brother Cathal went up and shared the driving. Normally I just use the motorway from Adree on into Dublin all of the time. He was driving back and wanted to use the old Ashbourne Rd. which we did.I told him we still needed to find a place to pay for our toll on the M50 and we finally found a place in Ardee on the Dublin Rd. called Daybreak.I paid for the E flow, 7.80 for two passes on the M50 in the van, two Magnum ice creams for me and my driver, a bottle of Coca Cola for Cathal and a coffee for me, and two lotto one each for us for luck!I have to say I enjoyed my journey back home to Donegal sitting in the passenger seat going through all them old towns but as the week progressed I couldn’t help but notice that my regular stop at the filling station on the Motorway in Lusk was the filling station where the winning lotto ticket was sold on the same day and time that we were on the old road parallel to it. Mmmmmmmmm… Good Bye Focus RS.And finally I included a couple of pictures from Damien Tourish’s shakedown as he prepares for the Galway Rally this weekend.I am so happy to see this rally going ahead but think longterm spectators will have to get involved in some way for this free to view sport.Man and Machine. Damien Tourish , who by his own admission is a bit rusty pictured at the weekend as he get to grips with his Ford Escort MK2 in preparation for the forthcoming Galway Rally this weekend. Photo Brian McDaidOne of the biggest attendance to any sport in Co. Donegal is rallying. There is no gate receipts so no one really knows how may thousands of spectators come to Donegal every year. The Galway rally this weekend is the same and it gives that county on the western sea board a much needed cash injection to the local economy.We are in the same boat up here. So longterm there should be some way of taking the burden of insurance off the competitor. It will be to late trying to addresses this when the insurance premium gets to high.We overcame this before in the 1980s and to my memory Donegal Motor Clubs were one of the front runners in raising the much needed cash, The club also introducing new safety measures.On standby Our Motoring columnist on the Donegal Rally in the 1980s as part of a emergency team to fly to tan accident in the event of one happening.I can remember giving up my rally weekend to sit on call with accident cutting gear at a helicopter to fly straight to the scene of any accident on rally weekend.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: The Ford Focus RS was last modified: February 1st, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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)Tags:brian mc daiddd motoringfocus rsfordlast_img read more

Lowe’s Introduces LoweBot

first_imgThis fall, Lowe’s will introduce LoweBot, a NAVii™ autonomous retail service robot by Fellow Robots, in 11 Lowe’s stores throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Following a successful robotics test of OSHbot at one of the company’s Orchard Supply Hardware stores, LoweBot will roll out in phases over a seven-month period beginning in September in San Jose, Calif., and will further explore how robots can meet the needs of both customers and employees.“For nearly two years, we’ve studied how robots in our San Jose Orchard Supply Hardware store can help customers more effectively navigate the store to find products and assist employees with inventory scanning,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the company’s disruptive innovation hub. “Now, we are taking those learnings and applying them to a focused group of Lowe’s stores to see how the technology supports a broader customer and employee base.”LoweBot will add a layer of support to amplify the trusted advice of Lowe’s employees as it helps customers with simple questions, enabling more time for employees to focus on delivering project expertise and personalized service. Having the ability to scan inventory and capture real-time data with LoweBot will also help detect patterns or gaps that will ultimately influence business decisions.- Sponsor – As an omni-channel home improvement company, Lowe’s is working relentlessly to shape the future of retail and deliver simpler and more seamless interactions with its customers. Lowe’s launched Lowe’s Innovation Labs in 2014 to explore ways to meet the changing expectations of the customer today while evolving the company’s capabilities to better serve customers in the future. Intelligent help is just one area that the Labs is pursuing to see how emerging technology can improve the customer experience and complement employee project expertise.LoweBot was developed through a partnership between Lowe’s Innovation Labs and Fellow Robots, the same Silicon Valley technology company specializing in the design and development of autonomous service robots that worked on the OSHbot pilot. The partnership was initiated through SU Labs, a Singularity University program that connects corporate innovation teams with startups and other organizations to explore exponentially accelerating technologies and create new sustainable business solutions. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Digital Transformation: Balancing the Risk of Getting it Wrong Versus the Risk of Not Doing Anything

first_imgFOMO – the Fear of Missing Out.  It’s a hot button that marketers love to push.  Digital Transformation is the current hype and has become a marketing mantra for many tech businesses. The marketers aren’t totally wrong.  It is big.  It is useful.  When done right digital transformation can save a business plenty and also can bring many additional benefits, like better customer support and interaction, better reputation, and better product design and implementation.But do you need it tomorrow or next month or even next year? Sure, it would be great, but rushing to implement an ill-conceived plan may do more damage than good.  Good planning and investigation up front will save you headaches and job loss later.A survey by Advance 2000 (research completed by Vanson Bourne) found that 85 percent of business executives said that they will fall behind their competitors within two years unless they adopt digital transformation.  89 percent said that they industry that they compete in is being disrupted and that they need to respond. More than one quarter said their businesses won’t survive if they can’t make the transition.The Advance 2000 survey found that balancing the urge to to take quick action, executives worry if the implementation doesn’t work out  73 percent of executives worry that they could be fired if the project fails.  And it is no wonder that they worry — the survey also found that 90 percent of digital transformation projects fail to meet expectation.  Don’t forget to plan.last_img read more

Your Enterprise Is About To Get Even More Mobile

first_imgUnless you have been living in a cave the last 10 years or so, you have noticed a fundamental shift in how information workers work.   Long gone are the days when IT provided every employee a PC that remained at the office and over which IT had absolute control.  Today, thanks to Consumerization and an inexorable move toward mobile computing, using a phone and tablet for work in addition to a PC is almost a birth-right of every information worker. And IT usually does not provide two of the three, much less fully control them. Employees want everything, everywhere, and IT has to figure out how to enable this in the most secure manner possible lest employees figure out how to do it by whatever means necessary. Essentially, IT needs to re-think how users and devices are managed and secured.Mobile device management was born out of the need to bring some control to the chaos employees wrought by bringing in their personal smart phones—and later tablets—to the workplace. Without going into the full history of the evolution of MDM, suffice it to say that it has come to be accepted as the minimum standard for managing mobile devices. To date, it has been used to manage mostly iOS and Android devices. Windows PCs, in all their form factors, could only be managed using the traditional management methods that IT has been using very successfully for decades.Microsoft introduces mobile management for Windows devicesThis is about to change. On October 18, Windows PCs powered by Intel® Core™ and Intel® Atom™ processors are joining the mobile management party. That’s right, now IT will be able to manage Windows PCs with the same MDM tools they use to manage the other mobile devices in the enterprise. The new MDM APIs in Windows 8.1 will allow users to self-enroll their device with an MDM service, just like they have been doing with their smartphones.  The MDM service will then  automatically configure the device so it can access corporate resources securely. With the new MDM APIs, IT will be able to set password policy, provision certificates, configure per app VPN, WiFi, as well as set many other device restrictions.In addition to the MDM APIs, Microsoft is introducing several new features in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 that work together to provide controlled, secure access to corporate resources from devices that are not joined to the domain. For example, Work Folders use centralized file storage to synchronize a user’s documents across devices, whether the devices are domain joined or not. Workplace Join allows devices to be registered with Active Directory so that IT can give more granular access to corporate resources based on the device’s identity. Web Application Proxy allows IT to give controlled access to internal web applications to devices outside the corporate network. There are several more features but those are the major ones.All this can be configured by the user, remotely, without IT having to re-image the device. That’s what makes this set of capabilities so vital for Windows 8.1 devices to participate in the BYOD party.Airwatch is first out of the gateAirwatch, a leading enterprise mobility management vendor, is offering its customers same-day support for the Windows 8.1 MDM APIs. This is history in the making. For the first time, IT will be able to manage Windows tablets like the mobile devices that they are. AirWatch enables capabilities like advanced asset tracking, configurable network settings, remote enterprise wipe, push notifications and application management and tracking on Windows 8.1 tablets. Intel is excited to partner with Airwatch in advancing enterprise mobility to make devices and management even more secure, capable, and user friendly.Intel powers devices for every business needFortunately for users they can also choose from a wide variety of Intel-powered devices that fit their mobile life styles. Ultrabook™ 2 in 1 devices powered by Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors offer the best of both worlds by being a tablet when you want it or a laptop when you need it. Or, if user wants even more mobility, Intel® Atom™ processor based tablets are thin and light and provide longer battery life. No matter which Intel-powered device a user chooses, they are all compatible with existing Windows applications and are easy to integrate into the enterprise, whether IT chooses to traditionally manage them as PCs or use the new MDM method made possible by Windows 8.1.More info on AirwatchFor more information on Airwatch support for Windows 8.1 please attend the webinar and view the video below (both will be available at the following links after 8:30 a.m. EST tomorrow):Webinar: the Airwatch blog here: up for a free trial of Airwatch here: read more