2016 has not been an easy year for funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell. The Parliament Funkadelic and Talking Heads player announced a diagnosis of stage four lung cancer at the beginning of the year, and has since been raising money to both pay off medical bills and finance a solo album release. You can donate here.Naturally, people have questioned why Worrell, a successful musician who has recorded and performed with nationally acclaimed groups, would need to raise money in the first place. According to a new post written by Worrell and his wife, Judith Worrell, they claim that George Clinton stole all of the money from P-Funk’s esteemed members.You can read the testimonial from the Worrells below.While on tour in Bermuda with Maxine Brown, Bernie received a phone call from George saying he wanted Bernie to join Parliament-Funkadelic . Bernie asked me to go meet with George and negotiate his “deal” – which I did. It was the first of many contracts/agreements that George would go on to break.Within a month or two of Bernie’s joining, the group was stranded in Detroit where they’d driven from NJ to do a gig — when George told everyone he didn’t have money to get everyone back and, instead, they would gig in the Midwest and go in the studio. To make this palatable to the group, everyone was a member of Thang, Inc. The deal was that in response to everyone getting little to no money, the understanding was that they were all invested in Thang and royalties, etc. would be forthcoming to all.This pertained ONLY to original Parliament and Funkadelic members at that time: Parliament: Ray Davis, Calvin Simon, Clarence Haskins, Grady Thomas. Funkadelic were: Bernie Worrell, Billy “Bass” Nelson, Eddie Hazel, Tal Ross and Tiki Fulwood.Approximately 19??, George told everyone that he’d arranged cars for everyone. This was his idea of a royalty payment as he told the group that he’d gotten a special deal for everyone. While there was some grumbling (“I can buy what I want with my OWN money” – nobody refused. I can’t speak to what was going on in everyone else’s heads but for Bernie, we would buy a car anyway so we accepted and got a Volvo – which was repossessed (along with everyone else’s) a few months later when George neglected to make the payments.This is one example where payment of royalties under the Thang, Inc. agreement was carried out and the precedent for paying royalties (as agreed) was set.Considering this very unfortunate situation, be sure to check out Worrell’s YouCaring page and give what you can.
According to The Mirror, the captain of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Manchester City striker Edin Džeko refused to transfer to Liverpool.The officials of the club from Anfield are disappointed because Džeko decided to reject the transition to Liverpool and participate in the transfer with which he would become a member of the Reds, and Raheem Sterling join the ranks of Manchester City.Our national team player is one of the players who are considered to leave the Etihad this summer. Anyway, it is now clear that he will not end up at Anfield, especially as a part of the offer for Sterling.However, these news rejoiced the leaders of Arsenal, who are willing to pay 21 million Euros for Džeko.It remains to be seen how will this all end up.(Source: klix.ba)
Fatma Samoura (second left) welcomed by FUFA officials VP Mugisha, CEO Watson and Communications chief Hussein when she visited Uganda last year. FIFA and CAF are supporting Ugandan football to overcome hardships created by COVID-19 on the game. PHOTO FUFA MEDIACairo, Egypt | THE INDEPENDENT | Africa soccer governing body CAF will distribute $200,000 to each of its members to support the management of football at the domestic levels hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.At its meeting on Thursday via video-conference, the CAF Emergency Committee has approved the immediate distribution of financial grants to Member Associations (MA). A total of $10.8 Million will be transferred to the 54 MA’s on the continent as part of a relief plan to ease the financial burden on the African football community during these unprecedented times.“Due to the fast-spread of COVID-19, African MA’s have suspended all domestic competitions, which has brought about huge financial burdens on their shoulders. CAF has thus decided to wave the eligibility requirements to access the annual grants, so all MA’s can benefit during this difficult period,” said CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.Also, CAF is assessing the opportunity of additional financial support to MA’s for the resumption and organisation of their domestic competitions.Two weeks ago, CAF announced the distribution of USD 3.5 Million to the participants of the Interclub competitions for the 2019/20 season. The two club competitions, Total CAF Champions League and Total CAF Confederation Cup, were suspended after the quarter-final matches due to COVID-19.Meanwhile, CAF is monitoring the situation closely and working with the relevant authorities including the Wealth Health Organization (WHO), FIFA amongst others on the impact of the virus on the continent, and will announce developments to our competitions at the appropriate time.Last month, FIFA agreed to release $500,000 (Ush 2billion) to each national football governing body to help handle financial troubles caused by the coronavirus.FIFA will release a total $150 million (139 million euros) to its member football associations. FIFA said that “all operational funding” for 2019 and 2020 would be distributed amongst the 211 member associations in the next few days “as the first step of a relief plan to assist the football community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic”.Each national governing body will receive $500,000, that FIFA says would normally be delivered “upon fulfullment of specific criteria”, but will release those funds and any “remaining entitlement for 2019 and 2020”.FIFA president Gianni Infantino said that the funds were the “first step of a far-reaching financial relief plan we are developing to respond to the emergency across the whole football community”.“It is FIFA’s duty to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs,” added Infantino. “This starts by providing immediate financial assistance to our member associations, many of which are experiencing severe financial distress.”The funds come from the Forward 2.0 programme, which was launched in 2016 and will provide $1.746 billion (around 1.6 billion euros) in total over the 2019-2022 period.In March, FIFA announced the creation of a football aid fund but it has since not given any additional details on its operation or scope.READ LATEST UGANDA UPDATES ON COVID-19 HERE (click)Share on: WhatsApp
Tags: Surrey, Women and girls’ golf 28 Oct 2019 Saint turned winner – the future’s bright for Woad She could have been a footballing Saint.However, Surrey’s Lottie Woad has found her sporting heaven on the golf course.England Girls’ squad member Woad is one of the country’s brightest young talents and spent last week at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa with her international team-mates preparing for the 2020 season.Had she followed a different path then kicking a ball rather than striking one with a club could have been her sporting pathway.Woad is a talented all-rounder – excelling not only at golf, but football and cricket.At one point she could have chosen to pursue a route into football as a member of Southampton’s academy.But by then Woad had picked up the golfing bug and she’s never looked back.Woad has enjoyed an impressive debut year in the England set-up. She gained experience in team events at the European Young Masters in the Czech Republic and represented England in challenge matches against Switzerland and Ireland.Football’s loss is most definitely England Golf’s gain.“I started playing county stuff when I was nine or 10 and, gradually, I started to focus a lot more on golf ahead of my other sports,” admitted the 15-year-old during a break in sessions at the England camp.“Over time I got my handicap down and started playing for teams and I’ve met loads of new people and have just kept improving.“I used to play lots of other sports, but I have to prioritise golf now.“Now I maybe play a couple of football matches a year – just the cup ones – and the team understands that.“Luckily, I have good hand eye co-ordination for most sports.“I was good at football and cricket and I still play them to a high standard even if I don’t practise them. I’m naturally quite decent at them.“I could have gone down a football route. I played for the Southampton academy when I was 12 but I also played golf and then I decided to go down the golf path more and more.“I preferred golf and carried on.“My dad encouraged me and now my younger sister plays. My dad played a lot but he doesn’t do it so much now as he’s busy taking me everywhere!“I play at Farnham Golf Club and have always been a member there- it’s really nice.”As well as playing in junior events, Woad represented Surrey at the 2019 Women’s County Finals staged at Delamere Forest GC.But it’s on a national stage that the Surrey youngster is keen to impress.She added: “2019 was the first year I played for England. I went to the European Young Masters which was great as it allowed to me play competitive golf abroad for the first time.“I also played against Switzerland and we won and then I played against Ireland and that was a really good course at Hunstanton – just a pity we got drenched!“I also played in lots of ladies’ events on really nice courses such as Sunningdale and the Berkshire.“It was good experience and step up for me.“Finishing sixth at the European Young Masters was the highlight. I shot two good rounds of three under and one under.“It was a new experience for me being away from my parents and playing in a team format.“I’d never been to the Czech Republic and I enjoyed that too.”Now the focus is on 2020. Sessions on the range with England coach Mark Day, on-course tips from head of performance Nigel Edwards and classroom sessions on the mental side of the game are all part of the England Golf experience for the girls’ squad.Woad has a big year ahead of her with GCSEs on the horizon, but she is also excited about what her future holds in golf.“My school has been good giving me time off too for my golf, but with GCSE’s I might not have as much time off this year,” added Woad.“I didn’t play in the British Girls’ championship last year because I couldn’t make it and that’s a big one for me in 2020.“I want to play Home Internationals and get selected for other teams and help England get good results.“I follow both Men’s and Ladies’ tours – I like Georgia Hall and Charley Hull for how they played at the Solheim Cup. They are both inspiring.“Justin Rose is another I follow. He’s always been my favourite golfer because of how he swings the club and I like how he talks off the course. He’s really good.“The ultimate aim is to be a professional – I’ll work hard and see what happens.”Surrey has produced some excellent women golfers over the years – none moreso than Dame Laura Davies.“I met Laura when I was much younger,” added Woad.“They picked younger people to have a lesson with her when I was aged eight.“I remember it quite well and she gave me lots of tips. I don’t think my swing was very good back then!”Now playing off plus one, it has clearly improved. And there are plenty of exciting times ahead for one of England’s rising stars.Photograph credit: Leaderboard
Inspired by informal ladyboy volleyball tournaments on the beach in previous years, last year’s event was indeed a huge success. The ‘girls’ — more than 40 ladyboys from various bars around Pattaya and one team from Phuket — netted 285,854 baht for the Pattaya Orphanage/Children’s Home Foundation Pattaya and the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya’s Water4Life project.Ladyboy water-volleyball returning to Areca Lodge, Soi Diana on October 26. The orphanage used the money it received to cover permanent repair for a leaky room in an orphanage classroom. Rotary Club used its proceeds for its Water4Life program. The tournament raised enough money to provide water filtration systems — and consequently fresh, clean water — for two different rural Thai villages.Everyone, organizers, spectators and of course the ladyboys playing volleyball, had a wonderful time. Not to mention our goal of displaying the positive role that ladyboys play in our community — one that’s often overlooked.It was such a successful day that we’re happy to say that the 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition is slated for Saturday, October 26. Once again the Areca Lodge on Soi Diana is providing the venue. There will be eight teams of ladyboys representing eight bars from around Thailand taking part. Those signed up are Baby Boom, Kings II Bar, La Bamba Bar, Sensations and Stringfellows from here in Pattaya, TJ’s Music Bar from Naklua, Cocktails and Dreams from Phuket, and Temptations/Cockatoo from Bangkok.Like last year, the bars and the ‘girls’ are all donating their time and effort to help raise money for charity, and raise money we have! To date we’ve collected more than 500,000 for charity from ticket sales, bar sponsorships, donations and items for the charity auction held the day of the event — and we’ve still got a month to go.We hope that in the ensuing weeks leading up to the tournament at the end of the month, we can more than double last year’s total.Where will that money go? This year we are supporting four charities here in Pattaya, Phuket and Bangkok. Once again proceeds will go to Rotary Clubs Water4Life program. In addition to Water4Life, proceeds will go to another worthy Pattaya charity: HEARTT 2000. Led by Dr. Philippe Seur, HEARTT 2000 is a group of volunteers that assists those afflicted with HIV-AIDS.In Bangkok, proceeds from the tourney will go to St. Camillus Foundation of Thailand’s Camillian Home program. Camillian Home’s goal is to provide children living with disabilities as normal a family life as possible, as well as creating a barrier-free environment for people with disabilities and their families.Our fourth charity this year is Phuket’s The Life Home Project. Life Home’s aim is to provide a shelter for mothers who are HIV positive and their children where they can live safely in a supportive community.While a lot of folks are helping out, either through donating time and effort or money, none of this would be possible without the ladyboys themselves. As the orphanage’s Rev. Fr. Michael Weera Phangrak remarked last year, it might surprise people just how active ladyboys are in helping their community, and the Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition is just one example.For more information or to see how you can help, email [email protected], or visit www.lbwvb.com. Everyone involved in the first Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball competition for charity last year had no idea how well things would go. In fact we really had no idea until the day of the event how successful it would be, although we knew by then we were on track to raise more money for local charities than we initially hoped.
The tropical rainforests of Brazil, once thought to be pristine habitats of noble savages, show evidence of mass reworking by humans for millennia.They gained global attention in the 1950s: naked tribes living deep in the rainforests of the Amazon River basin. They murdered Christian missionaries, including Jim Elliott, who had come to share food, medicine, and the gospel. Civilized people around the world felt either revulsion or fascination with these people. Were they noble savages living in harmony with nature? Were they less-evolved members of Homo sapiens? Or were they degenerate children of once-mighty civilizations?Conventional wisdom, exemplified by National Geographic, took the first view: they were misunderstood families of basically peaceful primitive humans who survived in a pristine world, living off the land with no need for clothes, permanent dwellings or western implements. How dare westerners intrude on their space with alien religious ideas! The missionaries were killed out of fear or misunderstanding, not out of western vices like hate or intolerance. Anthropologists, aghast at finding tribespeople with western clothes and iron pots, fought with developers pushing the remaining untouched people groups further into the jungle.The Disney-style, Hiawatha, Jungle-book portrayal of Amazonia is starting to come crashing down. Discoveries of massive earthworks throughout the jungle are revealing an ecology modified by cooperative societies on a massive scale for centuries. Forerunners of today’s naturist monkey-hunters must have been sophisticated exemplars of intelligent design. A paper in PNAS explains the shift in thinking:Amazonian rainforests once thought to be pristine wildernesses are increasingly known to have been inhabited by large populations before European contact. How and to what extent these societies impacted their landscape through deforestation and forest management is still controversial, particularly in the vast interfluvial [between-river] uplands that have been little studied. In Brazil, the groundbreaking discovery of hundreds of geometric earthworks by modern deforestation would seem to imply that this region was also deforested to a large extent in the past, challenging the apparent vulnerability of Amazonian forests to human land use. We reconstructed environmental evidence from the geoglyph region and found that earthworks were built within man-made forests that had been previously managed for millennia. In contrast, long-term, regional-scale deforestation is strictly a modern phenomenon.This is like turning off the lights in the Fantasyland Castle and watching the workers change out of their costumes, pick up their lunchboxes and walk to their Toyotas as they head for home. The storyland was fun while it lasted, but now back to the real world: people are just people, where you find them.Other media have echoed this major paradigm shift:Mysterious Amazonian Geoglyphs Were Built in Already-Altered Forests (Live Science).Hundreds of ancient earthworks built in the Amazon (press release from University of Exeter).Amazon forest ‘shaped by pre-Columbian indigenous peoples’ (BBC News)The articles show photographs of some of the geoglyphs that had long been hidden by trees. First uncovered in the 1980s, they take the shapes of squares, circles and other clearly-designed patterns not explainable by natural causes. Live Science quotes Jennifer Watling of University of São Paulo and University of Exeter, the lead author of the paper:“There’s been a very big debate circling for decades now about how pristine or man-made the Amazonian forests are,” Watling said. The new study suggests that humans have been altering these forests for about 4,000 years.The press release adds:Dr Watling said: “The fact that these sites lay hidden for centuries beneath mature rainforest really challenges the idea that Amazonian forests are ‘pristine ecosystems’.“We immediately wanted to know whether the region was already forested when the geoglyphs were built, and to what extent people impacted the landscape to build these earthworks.”Even though the purposes of the structures remains unknown, the design is unmistakable. Researchers see evidence that large tracts were burned down to make clearings, but the rainforest modifications were done in a purposeful and controlled manner:Instead of burning large tracts of forest – either for geoglyph construction or agricultural practices – people transformed their environment by concentrating on economically valuable tree species such as palms, creating a kind of ‘prehistoric supermarket’ of useful forest products. The team found tantalizing evidence to suggest that the biodiversity of some of Acre’s remaining forests may have a strong legacy of these ancient ‘agroforestry’ practices.In other words, intelligent design is evident not just in the geoglyphs themselves, but in modifications of the forest species for the purpose and intent of the humans living there. The “legacy” of the forest today is different than it would have been if left to the unguided forces of nature.In addition to these evidences, the archaeologists found decorated pots that had been smashed, perhaps for ritual purposes. Watling thinks that people gathered at the geoglyph sites sporadically, at special times of the year for ceremonies or when coming to the ‘prehistoric supermarket’ for supplies. One thing is clear: “There’s loads of them,” Watling said of the earthworks. “And we don’t really know why.”Update 3/03/17: On The Conversation, Chris O. Hunt, a “cultural paleoecologist,” describes how science is often dictated by our political biases:When I started doing fieldwork in Borneo 17 years ago, most people thought of tropical forests as wildernesses, hostile to civilised human life and home only to vagrant, primitive people. Major textbooks portrayed these forests as largely unchanging over several million years.This mindset suited common political goals, previously for imperial expansion and more lately for corporate development. Logging, ranching, mining and dam construction were seen as bringing better lives to impoverished (and inferior) hunter-gatherers and small-scale farmers.But is he right to blame imperialists and businessmen? It could be argued that Darwinian materialists were expecting to find primitive people in remote wilderness areas, incapable of large-scale modification of their environments. Maybe he should look in the mirror and see what political biases are making him draw his own conclusions. All the while, he infers intelligent design from the evidence of forest modifications, but if he’s like most of his colleagues, he would probably abjure any association with the ID movement. Most certainly he would want to distance himself from the early Social Darwinists who exterminated primitive people on the grounds they were less evolved than white Europeans.Some principles of intelligent design theory are clear from this story. You don’t have to know who the designer was. You don’t have to know what the purpose was. All you need to establish a design inference is that an intentional modification of nature occurred that required foresight, intelligence and controlled execution. First, you rule out chance. Then, you rule out natural law. What you are left with is an intelligent cause. The design inference is robust; science uses it all the time. Archaeology is a perfect example. There’s no reason to rule it out for the earth, the universe or the DNA code when applying the same logic.Another implication of this story is that today’s tribes-people are degenerates from a once-great civilization. They are not noble savages, living peacefully with nature, even though they have gotten by for centuries with little in the way of tools. They obviously have the skills they need to live; they can climb trees, create poison darts, and find monkeys to shoot. They can grow their favorite crop. But their ancestors had organized societies, capable of modifying the landscape in big ways with cooperative effort. The BBC News estimates 8-10 million natives lived in Amazonia before Europeans arrived, but many were decimated by diseases they brought. Even so, the survivors could have remembered the technology they inherited.It’s also interesting that the archaeologists trace back the habitation to only a few thousands of years— not tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands. The timeline fits the Biblical record for the history of man.We need to look at the living descendants differently than we have been taught. They are not on the evolutionary path of Progress. They have regressed due to sin and forgetting their Maker. They live getting drunk and drugged, fighting with their neighbors, killing some who come to help them. Jim Elliott was right; they need the gospel.For a historical look at the “rise and fall of Progress,” see chapter 21 in Tom Bethell’s new book, Darwin’s House of Cards. Victorians were so drunk on the elixir of Progress they couldn’t think straight. Darwinism was born in that era. Now, environmentalists view man as the enemy of the earth. Yet Darwinism remains! Time to ditch natural selection. (Visited 93 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Melbourne United center Majok Majok (22), left, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, reach for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Oklahoma City. APOKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a big defensive stand to hold off Melbourne United.Josh Huestis had two massive blocked shots in the final seconds to help the star-studded Thunder escape with an 86-85 exhibition victory Sunday (Monday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT “To have the opportunity to play one of the best teams in the world and to know that our league can challenge those best teams in the world — it does a lot for our reputation in the league and it does a lot for our club’s reputation,” Vickerman said. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Melbourne, an Australian team, also was up against a time adjustment.“I know most of the guys couldn’t really get a good sleeping pattern, including myself,” Prather said. “My legs are a bit fatigued, but once you come to a game like this, you know all the adrenaline going and the energy to get going, so you know, we really don’t feel it too much.”Oklahoma City’s stars shot poorly. George had 22 points on 5-for-17 shooting, Anthony scored 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Westbrook was limited to nine points, going 3 for 10.“I was pretty impressed by the statistics that we held some people to,” Vickerman said. “For us, because we’re a little bit smaller, we try to fight through everything, and I guess that maintained some pressure on them rather than when you switch, there’s a little more separation.”Ware made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 80 but the Thunder responded with a 6-0 run that gave them the cushion to hold on.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Huestis blocked Josh Boone’s shot out of bounds, then blocked Casey Prather’s shot to clinch the win.Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman said he was proud of the way his team played against the All-Star trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Melbourne withstood a run by the Thunder with their stars in the game in the third quarter and made it competitive down the stretch.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 shutout“I felt coming into the half that they were really going to try to make a run with their best group,” Vickerman said. “We weathered that storm, and they had to keep some of those best players coming back to win the game.”Casper Ware Jr. scored 20 points, Boone added 15 and Prather had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Melbourne, a member of the Australia and New Zealand-based National Basketball League.
The referee stops the fight, after which Rose Namajunas celebrates a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — Rose Namajunas took the 115-pound championship away from undefeated Joanna Jedrejczyk with a dominant performance at UFC 217.Namajunas connected with a left in the first round and pounced once Jedrejczyk (14-1) hit the canvas on Saturday night. Namajunas pounded away at the fallen champ as the Madison Square Garden crowd went absolutely wild for a fighter that had been soundly booed during her entrance.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Wilder knocks out Stiverne in 1st round Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Namajunas (17-3) ended Jedrejczyk’s bid at matching Ronda Rousey’s women’s record with six straight title defenses.Namajunas choked back tears as UFC President Dana White slapped the strawweight championship belt over her shoulder. She was drowned out by the roars as she spoke about what the championship meant to her inside the octagon.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 shutout“Just confidence, conditioning, composure, content that I’m the champion,” she said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
One more plea for the newsletter: Sign up for it now and be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. $50John Kerry, the United States secretary of state, owes the city of Boston a $50 fine for failing to shovel his sidewalk. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia — a nation not known for its snow-clearance legislation — as a blizzard struck New England this week. [The Boston Globe]63.9 percentThe home ownership rate is now at its lowest level since 1994, down to 63.9 percent in the final quarter of 2014. [Los Angeles Times]96 tonsAmount of dog poop generated in New York City each day. [FiveThirtyEight]98 percent of scientistsAbout 98 percent scientists say the public’s lack of knowledge about science is a problem, so why don’t you guys go learn a book or something, geez. [Re/code]3,000 storiesI thought I was safe in journalism — I’d picked a good field, one that couldn’t be automated. I was wrong. The Associated Press is already automatically generating 3,000 stories each quarter. Right now, those stories are about companies’ quarterly earnings, but who knows when the robots will move on to the dog poop beat. [The Verge]$1.3 billionNew York City cultural institutions spent $1.3 billion on new construction over the past five years on projects including the expansion of the Queens Museum and the renovation of the fountains at the Met. In 2014, construction expenditures were up 46 percent from 2013 to $208 million. [Crain’s New York] You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe.9 communications majors It shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that the notoriously taciturn Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is not among the nine communications majors taking the field in Super Bowl XLIX. Playboy broke down the college majors of every player in this year’s game, and communications came out as the most popular course of study, with nine players, followed by sociology and general studies, with seven players each. [Playboy]11.8 percentAccording to the NFL, concussions decreased by 11.8 percent this season compared to last year, to 202 from 229. [The New York Times]14 percent riseThe average American office worker spends nine hours each week in meetings or thinking about meetings, up 14 percent from four years ago. [NPR]25 megabits per secondThe Federal Communications Commission raised the bar on the download speeds for “broadband” Internet to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) from 4 Mbps. Under the previous standard, 6.3 percent of households didn’t have broadband. Now 19.4 percent don’t. [Ubergizmo]
Real Madrid defender Nacho, spoke to the media after the match against Viktoria Plzen about the bad moment that Julen Lopetegui is going through.Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is going through the most difficult moments of his career, players like Nacho Fernandez are very aware of how much the boss is suffering and always try to express their support for their boss.Sometimes in the top clubs in European football, it’s complicated to convince the players to keep winning trophies, especially if they are coming from winning four out of the last five Champions League titles.It was quite evident that this dip in form was eventually going to happen, it’s unfortunate that this is happening in the same moment that Julen Lopetegui took control of the squad.Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez attended a public event this Wednesday and he was questioned by the press about the manager.“I see a hurt Julen, he’s just like every one of us. We are all professionals and all we think about is winning,” said Nacho via Cadena Cope. “We have to get through these complicated moments and now we have to hold the pressure and try to win El Clasico.”Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“El Clasico is a very special match, it’s a beautiful game that everybody wants to play. We have been through regular matches and we got back some good feelings with yesterday’s victory. We will get to this match very eager to play.”“Julen staying in Real Madrid is not my decision, all I care as his player is to win next Sunday and I want Julen to stay in the club.”“We are all to blame for this situation because we are a team. We can’t be looking out for what the press has to say about this situation, we have to remain focused on winning matches,” he concluded.📹VÍDEO | @nachofi1990: “A Julen le veo dolido como a todos los jugadores por la situación que estamos pasando”https://t.co/JvL5mREIGI pic.twitter.com/zAkz4g8zNz— Tiempo de Juego (@tjcope) October 24, 2018