WATCH: MMA fighter who lost fight accidentally punches ring girl

first_imgMan who recorded viral video of Taal crater irks Phivolcs chief PLAY LIST 01:17Man who recorded viral video of Taal crater irks Phivolcs chief01:06Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND The ring girl looked to be dazed by the punch, but surprisingly managed to keep her balance and stay on her feet.Whitney, on the other hand, appeared not to have done it on purpose and quickly rushed to the girl’s aid upon realizing what he had done.In the aftermath of the incident, Titan Fighting Championship CEO Jeff Aronson released a statement.“Our ring card girl was attended to by the ringside doctor and officials. She indicated she was fine and was more surprised by the punch than injured,” Aronson said.“Titan FC is broadcast around the world and we expect our athletes to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. We have spoken with Andrew Whitney and his management and they are taking appropriate actions to make sure this unforeseen incident is not repeated,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine The 32-year-old Whitney was on a four-fight winning streak losing to Sharipov on a unanimous points decision. It has yet to be known if he will face sanctions for his actions.  Khristian IbarrolaRELATED STORY WATCH: Enraged body builder slaps judge after losing contestSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter EDITORS’ PICK As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Mixed martial artist Andrew Whitney thought he had the victory in the bag against Farkhad Sharipov during their title bout at Titan Fight Championship last week.Much to the fighter’s dismay, the decision went in favor of his opponent, which left him visibly frustrated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliIn a fit of anger and disbelief, the brawler, nicknamed “The Beast,” reacted by swinging what seemed to be a random punch.However, as seen in a shocking video that has since gone viral, an unsuspecting ring girl was standing behind him and received the full-force blow straight on her jaw.center_img Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments Being on the receiving end of a professional fighter’s clenched fist is never fun, especially if your only job is to simply carry signs that display what round it is.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports James Yap wants to beat old team Star Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

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Which way, South Africa?

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneIt’s with horror I read that pre-election violence has again reared its ugly head in my beloved KwaZulu-Natal recently.As a Zulu woman I take this quite hard, because I don’t understand why Zulus must continue to kill each other because they belong to political parties formed out of ideologies which were never African to begin with.But as headlines of the violence continue to reignite the excitement of political journalists in newsrooms across the country, the unanswered question remains, “Where are we headed?”When President Kgalema Motlanthe announces this year’s election date, the election code will officially come into full effect.The code spells out the acceptable and unacceptable behaviour of South Africa’s political parties in the run up to the polls.Even if we all behave, though, the question will not become any clearer, I suspect – or will it?This year’s elections come at a particularly interesting juncture in our politics. Who ever thought there would be a split in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in our time?I suppose I’m just trying to come to terms with the enigmatic cloud that hangs over the 2009 elections.But I have faith in South Africans, because I suspect they know at a deeper level that vote they must, and so now are listening carefully to what the different political parties are saying ahead of the elections.I’ve been listening too, and what I’ve heard has ranged from brilliant to ridiculous.At the launch of his party’s 2009 election manifesto on 25 January, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi made a great deal of sense, I thought, particularly his view on education.“In spite of all the ANC’s policies – some of which were good – the education system has proven to have failed our youth – for an uneducated youth leads to a non-performing country, which spells out the demise of our future,” he said.“This is happening not because our children have suddenly become less intelligent, but because the machinery required for their education, formation, stimulation and assistance has become more inefficient.”I quote Buthelezi not because I particularly buy into his political ideology, but simply because he made sense.Some of our politicians’ promises have been ambitious. And so they should be.Desire is not bound by the limitations of reality. I believe politicians need to show us what kind of society they envision for us South Africans, and show a commitment to achieving that vision.No one, I believe, expects all the promises to be delivered at the end of every five-year term; it may take time and many years to achieve those goals.But without consensus on where we are going, which route do we know will eventually get us there? Is it the ANC route, the Congress of the People route, the Democratic Alliance route, the African Christian Democratic Party route, or the Freedom Front Plus route?Each political party seems to think it’s their own.When I watch TV or listen to the radio, I hear politicians capitalising on the failures of the government more than they highlight its strengths and what is has achieved. This is strategy, I am aware, but I still wish to hear something that will give me a clear picture of the way forward.If all political parties – ruling and opposition – would commit to putting South Africans first before political battles and do away with self-interest, than yes, to answer a blog title I saw recently, South Africa can produce another Barack Obama. It was, after all, his involvement in the movement to oppose South Africa’s apartheid regime that first fuelled his passion for politics.Addressing Wesleyan University Graduates in the US in May 2008, Obama said his involvement in the anti-apartheid movement at university increased his scope of understanding of the world beyond him. It was during those days that he made a decision to work at a grassroots level to bring about real and lasting change to the people of his country.The people of South Africa want the same. They want to see their lives transformed at a level that is visible and tangible to them.They want to listen to leaders with sincerity, who move them on an intellectual, logical and emotional level.I think that the 2009 elections will be uncomfortable for all parties, as politics has dominated the South Africa agenda over the past year in a unique way.South Africans have grown politically. They are now able to sort the fluff from the solid and are becoming aware of the power of their vote – my vote, which I will not let go to waste.According to a recent Human Science Research Council survey, almost 80% of South Africans plan to participate in the 2009 national and provincial elections.This is a good sign; the people are getting ready to speak.Khanyi Magubane is a journalist, published poet, radio broadcaster and fiction writer. She writes for MediaClubSouth Africa, and brings with her an eclectic mix of media experience. She’s worked as a radio journalist for stations including Talk Radio &702 and the youth station YFM, where she was also a news anchor. She’s been a contributing features writer in a number of magazines titles including O magazine and Y mag. She’s also a book reviewer and literary essayist, published in the literary journal Wordsetc. Magubane is also a radio presenter at SAfm, where she hosts a Sunday show. She’s currently also in the process of completing the manuscript of her first novel, an extract of which has been published in Wordsetc.last_img read more

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Camson willing to apologize to Almazan, says elbow wasn’t intentional

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sharapova inspired by Serena to get back to top SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais The situation escalated after Camson caught Almazan with a punch in the face before players and referees stepped in to restore order.READ: PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“It wasn’t intended. The replay will show that I wasn’t going for his face and I was just boxing out,” Camson told reporters in Filipino after the game. “I hit him and it was something unavoidable. Then he got back at me and it was just my pride at that point.”Both got ejected after being slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2.center_img Eric Camson vs Raymond Almazan. PBA IMAGESKia big man Eric Camson said he was merely getting in position for a rebound it wasn’t his intention to hit Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan with an elbow that triggered an ugly fight on Saturday.While fighting for positioning in the shaded area, Camson landed an elbow to the face of Almazan, who quickly retaliated with his own.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Kia came into the game having lost 16 straight games dating back to last season and Camson said all the losing was a reason for how he handled the situation.“I didn’t like what happened. I guess I just wanted to win so bad because we’re really tired of losing. We don’t want them (Rain or Shine) to make a run because we know that once they do, we’ll lose our morale,” said Camson, who had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 98-94 victory.READ: PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or ShineThe two got into a heated verbal exchange along the Cuneta Astrodome hallway on their way to their respective dugouts but after the game, Camson said he has no problems apologizing to Almazan first.“Being the younger player, I’ll be the one to approach him. I don’t see any problems with that because we’re all playing in the same league and we all have the same job,” he said. “I never wanted any of that to happen. I’m a man and I got hit.”ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Almazan declined to give interviews to the media after the game.PBA Office-In-Charge Willie Marcial said he will summon both players on Tuesday.Camson plans to use the meeting to apologize to Marcial and Almazan for his actions.“I will respect the league’s decision and I am willing to ask for forgiveness and apologize to sir Willie and Raymond.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

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The New Paradigm Its the Audience

first_imgWhat do we do now that “readers” have become “users?”In the last two months, I have attended B2B media industry gatherings as varied as an American Business Media meeting in New York, a CEO conference of UFI (the international trade fair operators group) in Geneva and the FIPP Digital Innovators’ Summit in Berlin.Different segments to be sure, but what was the chatter in the halls? Just this: we live in a world where people who used to be our readers are simply looking to find the best market intelligence available, however they can find it. Those who used to be “our” advertisers view their job as driving qualified leads to their companies’ websites to support sales and customer relationship efforts, rather than spending a media budget. People who used to just have a booth at our shows are looking at direct or digital contacts to replace our value.So, how do we remain relevant – no, crucial – in this environment? First, let’s look at our strengths. One of the advantages of B2B media, in contrast to consumer publishing, is the wide range of information we can obtain about our audiences – much more than simply name, address, and expiration date.When I became CEO of Canon Communications five years ago, I learned that we had as many as 74 discrete audience files across trade shows, publications, and digital media – this for a company 100 percent focused on the advanced manufacturing and design engineering market. Canon’s mission was to be the most effective B2B media company covering the advanced manufacturing market worldwide. Having the most comprehensive, robust database of design engineers and manufacturing managers was central to that mission.The Canon database gave us a comprehensive view of 1.2 million key players in advanced manufacturing worldwide, including a valid e-mail capture rate of over 90 percent. All of our customers – advertisers, sponsors, exhibitors – were trying to develop their own client and prospect databases, but none of them could hope to be as comprehensive as ours.In the print media segment alone, there were over 700,000 unique records, and almost as many in digital media, while our tradeshow division had 360,000 unique records. There were some surprises. Only a third of our magazine subscribers attended our trade shows or subscribed to our e-newsletters. About 30 percent of individual records showed up in more than one medium. That means that 70 percent of names appeared in only one category. Even though the company focused only on advanced manufacturing and design across all media, covering the entire market required us to have a presence online, in print, and in person. Perhaps even more important was our ability to segment. Last year, Canon launched two orthopedic trade shows and began delivering e-newsletters to this market, under the new Orthotec brand name. That brought substantial, profitable revenue with healthy expansion ahead, and we couldn’t have delivered this without at the insight provided by of our audience database. The lesson: Imagine the competitive advantage and barriers to entry that a company can build if it adopts, to use a medical device analogy, MRI-quality detailed imaging of the communities of buyers that its customers want so keenly to reach. One under-recognized fact is that B2B digital media is often more about digital outreach than it is about attracting website visitors. Revenues from e-newsletters, webcasts, etc. often equals or exceeds website ad revenue, and typically a large minority of website traffic comes from e-newsletter click-throughs. Increasingly, our marketing customers were willing to pay a lot to reach just the right people. Publishing and trade show brands were still important, but audience segmentation was becoming the key to happy customers, better ROI and expanded margins. Further, because our competitors couldn’t begin to match these services, we could price based on value rather than cost.In a world where disintermediation-the process of bypassing media companies– is becoming the norm, a unique, proprietary audience database is a very valuable tool. Audience information, advertiser information, and content can all be structured into databases and linked in order to provide ever more valuable services. Having more detail allows forward-thinking B2B media companies to target pertinent, actionable content and bring greater efficiency and ROI to their customers – as long as they know their behaviors well enough to offer the right services.Looking at it this way, one of digital media’s greatest values is the structured data it provides about content, customer and audience, and how those can all work together.Looking at the Canon model, I am confident that the future of B2B media is very bright for those who can succeed in creating – and leveraging – robust, interlinked data-fields in all dimensions for the industries they serve.Charlie McCurdy is CEO of Apprise Media.last_img read more

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Paytm Plans Online Retail Foray Compete With Flipkart Snapdeal

first_imgOnline retailers such as Flipkart and Snapdeal will have to face another competitor in the near future, as mobile payment services firm Paytm announced its plans to enter the e-commerce sector.Paytm – which is backed by Alibaba – estimates that its e-commerce foray will help to take its revenue run rate to more than $4 billion (Rs 25,417 crore) by year-end. “We were testing the product and already have 33,000 sellers on board. The sellers can come on board without paying a fee… The payment for products will be through the Paytm platform, which ensures that it is safe and secure for the end-consumer,” Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma, told The Economic Times.In the context of online retailing, revenue run rate is “total sales value of merchandise sold through the marketplace over a certain time-frame.”Sharma said that Paytm’s secure platform and the range of options will enable it to take on Snapdeal and Flipkart.”We have 33,000 sellers and we expect this to touch one lakh by year-end. They can list their products in simple steps and customers can also communicate with the seller through chat that is built into the platform,” he said.Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has 25 percent stake in One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm.Sharma expects number of people using its wallet services to go up to 100 million from the current 66 million, before the end of 2015. Swiss bank UBS expects the online retailing market to grow 10 times to a maximum of $60 billion by 2020, based on internet penetration, per capita gross domesict product (GDP) and total retail market size of the country, according to NDTV Profit.last_img read more

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Local DC Author Outlines Ways Current Drug Policy is Harmful to Business

first_imgEric E. Sterling, president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and director of the Business Council for Prosperity and Safety.For the past two decades, Eric E. Sterling, J.D. has been trying to unravel drug policy legislation he helped write while working on Capitol Hill. Sterling was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary from 1979 to 1989. As part of the Subcommittee on Crime’s staff, he was a principal aide in developing the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, the Anti-Drug Abuse Acts of 1986 and 1988, and other laws. “The work that I was involved in in enacting these mandatory sentences is probably the greatest tragedy of my professional life,” Sterling said.As president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and director of the Business Council for Prosperity and Safety, Sterling believes many people think private prison contractor revenues and the payrolls of correctional officers are the sole measure of the criminal justice system’s economic impact. There is another aspect most people ignore that businesses fall victim to everyday.In a recent booklet titled, “Eleven Ways the War on Drugs is Hurting Your Business,” Sterling points out that the profound impacts of drug prohibition policy on business and the economy is rarely evaluated. Sterling believes drug prohibition shrinks the customer base, increases taxes, creates crime, raises costs, and reduces profits of business owners. He presents the following facts:* Businesses have fewer customers because the war on drugs reduces purchasing power. According to Sterling, over the last 20 years more than 7 million Americans have received felony convictions for possessing or selling drugs. Tens of millions of others have criminal records for arrests or misdemeanor drug convictions. “Many of these people are drug-free, but struggle to find a job and a regular paycheck. Ex-felons are rarely hired for responsible jobs. Typically, they are underemployed, if employed at all,” said Sterling.* Potential customers can’t buy your products because the war on drugs has deprived them of credit. “Ex-felons’ applications for credit are often rejected, even if they have regular jobs. In many neighborhoods, a significant number of the men and women walking by your business can’t buy or order your goods or services by Internet or telephone,” Sterling said.* Fewer customers walk by your business due to drug prohibition crime. “The goal of drug prohibition is not to control drugs or [the use of drugs], but to make it scarce and thus drive up the price. Conflicts in the illegal drug business are not resolved in court, but with violence in the streets. Crime and disorder outside drives potential customers away,” said Sterling.* Business overhead is higher because insurance premiums and security costs are increased. “If drugs were legal and controlled, and addicts had better access to treatment, maintenance, and harm reduction services, addicts would not be driven to crime,” Sterling pointed out.* Health insurance premiums are higher because prohibition does not protect public health. One of the major costs to American business is the contribution to the health insurance premiums of its employees. “When drug users present themselves for treatment of legitimate medical conditions, they are rejected. Their untreated medical problems become major, expensive problems we all pay for,” Sterling said.* The housing business is further depressed and real estate taxes are higher because of prohibition crime. “It makes many neighborhoods unattractive, which significantly depresses residential and commercial real estate values. Housing is frequently abandoned and lenders won’t issue mortgages on such properties. The real estate tax base is depressed and your tax expense for municipal services is higher,” Sterling said.  He explains his theory even further. “The unanticipated consequences of drug prohibition cost hundreds of billions of dollars in losses annually. The American system of private enterprise balances incentives and regulatory tools such as legal markets, courts, insurance, professional ethics, licensing, regulation, and proper taxation for every aspect of our economy. It is time to use these tools to take the profits of the drug trade,” Sterling said.Controversial, at best, the issue of the impact of drug policy is evolving in many ways. “Currently, the Chamber does not have a position on this issue,” said Harold Wingo, president and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce. “However, we do want to engage all of our citizens to the maximum extent possible in the city economic opportunities. That’s why workforce development is so important to me as the new president of the Chamber. Part of the workforce development includes supporting efforts to integrate returning citizens in today’s economy.”The Office of Returning Citizens Affairs (ORCA) represents thousands of ex-offenders faced with problems on both sides of the issue. “ORCA believes that all residents of the District of Columbia, including returning citizens who have paid their debt to society, should have full participation in improving their economic status, and in turn, help to build the District’s economy,” Doxie McCoy, spokeswoman for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, said.last_img read more

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