Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Floyd Mayweather presents an entirely different challenge when McGregor steps in the Vegas ring Saturday night. In his professional boxing debut, McGregor must figure out how to beat Mayweather at his own game — something the best boxers in the world have never done.McGregor is a massive underdog, and deservedly so. But stop pretending the improbable doesn’t happen in combat sports, particularly when the self-proclaimed Mystic Mac is involved.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 shutoutTo declare McGregor can’t possibly win this fight displays more arrogance than, say, spending every night at a strip club the week beforehand, as Mayweather is currently doing.Of course the hard-hitting Irishman has a chance — and there are several tactics he could employ to pull the biggest upset in boxing history. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He throws hundreds of punches from every angle with the goal of setting up the vicious left hand that has turned out the lights on MMA opponents.And if none of that is successful, McGregor could bend the Marquess of Queensberry rules to their breaking point in hopes of goading Mayweather into a brawl.None of it is guaranteed to work. But it’s definitely worth a shot.Looking back at Mayweather’s history is a daunting task, given his 49-0 record, but it contains clues for tactics that could magnify McGregor’s chances.For instance, McGregor could amplify the strategy used by Marcos Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo. Both boxers pressed Mayweather constantly, using roughhouse tactics on the border of legality, and bombarded Mayweather with punches, many from unorthodox angles.Mayweather won both fights, but definitely looked uncomfortable for long stretches. McGregor doesn’t have the hand speed of those professional boxers, but he should strive to emulate their urgency.He should also attempt to show Mayweather things he’s never seen before in the ring, and his decision not to hire a boxing trainer for the bout might actually help in that regard. The UFC star should switch stances and try just about any punch, including the looping overhand shots rarely seen in high-level boxing matches because they’re easily countered, but common in MMA bouts because of the distance they create from the opponent.If McGregor gets hit, so be it. Every punch absorbed is the price for a chance to reply.McGregor believes Mayweather made a mistake by agreeing to fight in 8-ounce gloves instead of the typical 10-ounce pillows, but he shouldn’t rely solely on the unicorn one-punch knockout. While McGregor has definite power, only the biggest Mac homer would think it’s something Mayweather hasn’t seen from boxers — and Mayweather has shown a solid chin and excellent recovery skills on the few occasions he has been hit.Instead, the key is to use that energy to get in a good position to unload the left hand or a combination through Mayweather’s shifty defense. McGregor could repeatedly tie up Mayweather and attempt to land shots in the clinch. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program “The people who don’t believe it don’t know anything about fighting,” said UFC President Dana White, who admittedly has a slight bias here. “This isn’t going to be a boxing match. This is going to be a fight.”It’s also a fight between a 29-year-old southpaw in his prime and a 40 1/2-year-old veteran who hasn’t fought in nearly two years and doesn’t particularly want to be here, as he acknowledged repeatedly Wednesday. Mayweather isn’t the fighter he once was, and his competitive fire is dwarfed by his need for the mammoth paycheck from this endeavor.Conor McGregor speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. AP PhotoBut how does an MMA fighter with no competitive boxing experience since childhood take on a 21-year pro veteran with world championships in five divisions and arguably the most brilliant defensive skills in the history of the sport?He gets in Mayweather’s face, both before and during the fight.He charges forward from the opening bell and forces Mayweather to think defensively all night.ADVERTISEMENT LAS VEGAS — Just 20 months ago, a former plumber from Dublin fought a fearsome superstar who hadn’t lost in a decade. Conor McGregor talked his way into a big-money showdown, but he had to back up his boasts against Jose Aldo, one of the greatest fighters in his sport.McGregor finished the UFC featherweight champion in 13 seconds with one devastating left hand.ADVERTISEMENT Asian karting up Friday at Carmona View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 These things could all unsettle Mayweather, who typically doesn’t face trouble unless he takes a voluntary risk by moving into dangerous areas to throw combinations, or getting angry and brawling a bit.And therein is another potential route for McGregor. Call it the Aldo Strategy: If he can get Mayweather feeling both confident and angry, there’s a chance Mayweather will let down his defense enough to attempt to finish McGregor in brute style — and maybe McGregor will have an opening.Mayweather hasn’t seemed interested in McGregor’s typical trash talk during the buildup to the fight, but perhaps he could waver the champion’s focus with the wrong word, an errant elbow or a rabbit punch behind the head — enough to draw a warning, but not lose a point.McGregor amplified his boasts this week, calling Mayweather “a broken man” and vowing to finish him within two rounds. Nobody knows whether McGregor actually believes his bluster, but the Irishman has defiantly vowed he will win.It’s not probable. But with McGregor, anything is possible. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ
The turning point in England versus the Netherlands World Cup match has to be England skipper Andrew Strauss’s fine batting. He no only put a fast paced 88 on board but also forged a 105-run first wicket partnership with Kevin Pietersen.It was that partnership that eventually took the game away from the Dutch despite Ryan ten Doeschate scoring a career-best 119 and scalping two English wicket on the day.Man-of-the-MatchThough The Netherlands lost the games but Ryan ten Doeschate earned the Man-of-the-Match award for his all round impressive performance. Apart from score 119 on the day he even claimed important wickets of Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell.
Lionel Messi scored as Argentina edged past Bosnia 2-1 in the FIFA World Cup, Group F clash It took Lionel Messi just over an hour in Argentina’s World Cup opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina to show why so many fans consider him the best in the world.After a frustrating first half, the Argentina captain scored in trademark style in the 65th minute on Sunday night, completing a quick 1-2 connection Gonzalo Higuain and running through defenders before striking a brilliant left-footed shot off the post.The goal – only the second for Messi on football’s biggest stage – set off wild celebrations among the throngs of Argentine fans that had turned the famed Maracana stadium into a sea of blue and white. It also energized an unimpressive Argentina team that was ahead at that point only because of an early own goal by Bosnia. MATCH COMMENTARY Vedad Ibisevic scored a close-in goal in the 85th, but Argentina held on to win 2-1 in the Group F match “It’s the first game, I was anxious, nervous,” Messi said. “It was important to start with a win. We’ve got to improve certain things, but it was important to start with the three points.”Bosnia got the worst possible start to its first World Cup when Sead Kolasinovic scored an own goal after just three minutes.Messi sent a free kick from the left flank into the penalty area that Marcos Rojo barely touched before the ball bounced off Kolasinovic’s foot into Bosnia’s goal.advertisementBosnia bounced back after the early setback, with Izet Hajrovic slipping through Argentina’s five-man defense but failing to beat goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Five minutes before the break, Senad Lulic tested Romero’s reflexes with a well-timed header on a corner kick.Meanwhile, there was no sign of Argentina’s vaunted attack, as Bosnia gave Messi no space to work his magic and Sergio Aguero hardly touched the ball.Coach Alejandro Sabella put in Higuain at halftime, which allowed Messi to take a step back. That shift proved crucial, getting the Barcelona star more involved in the action.After a string of dangerous runs, Messi combined with Higuain, pulled left along the penalty area, and scored after leaping over defender Ermin Bicakic without losing speed and balance.Messi, who has been accused by critics of not playing with as much heart for the national team as he does for Barcelona, pulled on his blue-and-white striped jersey and ran to the sideline before pumping his fist toward the fans.”I wanted to release all the energy from other times when things didn’t go right (with the national team),” he said. “It’s always a pleasure to score with the national team”.Second-half substitute Ibisevic put some nerve back in the match when he picked up a pass from Senad Lulic and slotted the ball between Romero’s legs.Argentina plays Iran on Saturday, while Bosnia will play Nigeria.The match was the first World Cup game at the Maracana since Brazil lost to Uruguay in the final round of the 1950 tournament, which remains a deep wound in Brazilian football history. The July 13 World Cup final will also be held at the Maracana.
Neymar Rakitic wishes €222 million man Neymar was still at Barcelona Chris Burton 17:47 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Images Neymar Barcelona Ivan Rakitić PSG Primera División Ligue 1 The Brazilian forward left Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in a record-breaking deal last summer, with his absence still being felt in Catalunya Ivan Rakitic admits those left behind at Barcelona wish that Neymar had not made a €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazilian forward became the most expensive player on the planet in the summer of 2017 when trading Catalunya for the French capital.Barca responded to his sale by investing €105m in Ousmane Dembele, while their transfer record has been broken again during the current transfer window to land Philippe Coutinho in a €160m deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Rakitic, though, concedes that he would rather Neymar was still at Camp Nou and that a fearsome ‘MSN’ frontline with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez had not been broken up.The Croatia international told Marca: “I’m not going to lie to you, I would prefer that Ney was here with us. “Apart from being a great player, he is a friend and I am very fond of him. “After he left, we have to continue. Barca is not one, two or five players. It is the biggest club in the world and we have to keep working. “It would seem better to be able to count on him, but if he is not here, we join forces to be even better.”While Neymar did edge his way through the exits at Camp Nou following intense speculation surrounding his future, Rakitic saw off rumours of his own to stay put.The 29-year-old’s ongoing presence at Barcelona was questioned at times last season as he slipped out of favour under Luis Enrique, but he ultimately played his way to a new contract and insists he never gave any thought to moving on.Rakitic added: “If one day I’m a coach, I will not want to explain everything. “I am not a player who always goes to ask the coach or the club how things are going. And you don’t always have to understand things. “I did not understand it and I said it openly, but it is like that and what I had left was to work very hard and at the end of the season I was in the team again. “It was a situation that someone else could explain better than me. I have not changed anything. I am the same and I do the same work.”
phil steele toughest schedules 2015Alabama’s path to the College Football Playoff this fall will be a tough one. The Crimson Tide open their season against Wisconsin, host Ole Miss, Arkansas and LSU, and travel to Georgia, Mississippi State and Auburn, among others. Noted college football expert Phil Steele has Alabama’s schedule ranked as the country’s toughest. Top 10 toughest schedule 2015 1. Alabama 2. USC 3. Arkansas 4. California 5. Washngton 6. Auburn 7. Texas 8. Utah 9. Stanford @Pac12Networks— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) May 14, 2015This doesn’t seem to faze Crimson Tide five-star running back commit Damien Harris.Let’s get it https://t.co/WJGmR8mbzE— Damien Harris (@DHx34) May 14, 2015A 11-1 season and a win in the SEC Championship Game is likely what Alabama needs to make the College Football Playoff? Can the Crimson Tide get there?
Annie Lennox has been busy blogging nearly every day recently about the conflict in Gaza.“One common theme of self interest both sides must surely share is that ordinary citizens want to live sustainably peaceful lives,” she wrote last week. “Tragically the extremity of the situation means that “carnage” is the modus operandi. It is a horrendous price to pay and will only extend the bloodbath further to create more instability for everyone caught up in it.“This Gordion knot of violence is not the way to a peaceful solution FOR EITHER SIDE and never will be. Blessed are the peace makers.. But where are they???!!!!”As the death toll rises and more stories of senseless violence come to light, Annie had this to say earlier this week: “Gaza fighting continues as both sides reject each others’ cease fire announcements. According to UNICEF the death toll in Gaza has risen to more than 1,030, with 218 children killed, two thirds of them under the age of 12.“At some point in time the leaders will have to come to some kind of agreement, otherwise the future will be total oblivion on both sides…That has always been at the core of any statement I’ve ever made about this horrendous situation.“It’s in everyone’s best interest to find a peaceful solution.”To follow Annie’s blog, visit her official website.
BEIJING, China – China’s ceremonial legislature appointed Premier Li Keqiang, the No. 2 leader of the ruling Communist Party, to a second five-year term Sunday and approved the appointment of a director for a new anti-corruption agency with sweeping powers.National People’s Congress delegates voted 2,964 to 2 to approve Li’s appointment. The vote came a day after party leader Xi Jinping was reappointed China’s president with no limits on how many terms he can serve.The premier traditionally is China’s top economic official, but Xi, the country’s most dominant leader since Mao Zedong, has stripped Li of many of the post’s most prominent duties by appointing himself to lead party bodies that oversee economic reform and state industry.The legislature also approved the appointment of Yang Xiaodu as director for the National Supervisory Commission, created from a merger of the party’s internal anti-graft watchdog with one that oversees civil servants. It will have the power to detain suspects for up to six months without seeking court approval.Political analysts see the creation of the anti-graft agency as part of efforts to enforce party control over an increasingly complex society and government.A marathon anti-corruption campaign led by Xi has snared thousands of government officials and managers of state companies.Xi has been steadily tightening central control over the government and state industry while also stepping up efforts to crush dissent.On Saturday, a key Xi ally, Wang Qishan, was appointed to the previously ceremonial post of vice-president.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province of B.C. will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. about the draft Caribou recovery program.The meeting will happen at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre in Fort St. John. Energeticcity.ca will be streaming the meeting when it starts at approximately 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be live streamed below or on our Facebook and Youtube pages.Video is not published or doesn’t exist.
Fes – King Mohammed VI, received, Thursday at the Royal Palace in Fes, Charif Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui, whom the Sovereign appointed as Chamberlain of His Majesty, said a statement from the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery. Charif Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui is the grand- son of the late Princess Lalla Fatima Zahra El Azizia, daughter of Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz, and the late Prince Moulay El Hassan Ben El Mehdi.Charif Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui succeeds Mr. Brahim Frej, who has held the position since the reign of His Majesty the late King Hassan II. On this occasion, the King bestowed on Mr. Brahim Frej the Order of the Throne in the exceptional class in appreciation of the loyalty and dedication he showed during his rich career in the service of the Throne.
Anyone looking to knock off Roger Federer at Wimbledon will first need to break his serve. And if they have any hope of breaking his serve, it may die with the first point.Simply stated: Federer loves being up 15-0.When Federer wins the opening point of his service game, that pretty much means it’s already over. In his matches this year up to the start of Wimbledon, Federer won the first point in 278 games while serving, according to data from ATP. And in those matches where he served and scored first, he went on to win the game an overwhelming 270 times. That’s a success rate of 97.1 percent. Through the first three rounds of this year’s Wimbledon, the 36-year-old Federer did even better, winning 100 percent of the 33 games in which he served and won the first point.Although scoring first naturally increases a player’s odds of winning because it means that they held a lead at least once, for Federer, something about that first point on his serve seems to give him an outsize advantage. It’s possible that for Federer, winning the first point helps establish his service rhythm.How does he compare with the other top men in tennis? Favorably, of course. He’s Roger Federer, the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, including eight at Wimbledon. He’s also one of the greatest servers in the history of the sport. Dominic Thiem38734990.2 Rafael Nadal24222593.0 John Isner25224296.0 Alexander Zverev34230589.2 Juan Martin del Potro30928592.2 Kevin Anderson32830693.3 In the 52 weeks heading into Wimbledon, Federer has been a maestro at holding serve — winning 92.1 percent of his service games, good for third best on the ATP Tour.For reference, Rafael Nadal, the world’s top-ranked tennis player, has won his service games 89.1 percent of the time, which is stellar but not on Federer’s level.The two players ahead of Federer in percentage of service games won are serving powerhouses John Isner and Ivo Karlovic.However, Isner, Karlovic and Kevin Anderson, who ranks just behind Federer in service games won, are all flamethrowers. They regularly serve at speeds in excess of 135 mph. Federer’s serves aren’t slow, but he’s a different kind of server than the other guys at the top of this list, whose height gives them a superior trajectory on that stroke. Rather than blasting his serve past opponents who can’t catch up, Federer hits his spots. He uses a variety of spins and placements to hang with the ATP Tour’s most successful servers.Through Week 1 at Wimbledon, Milos Raonic had recorded the tournament’s fastest serve, at 147 mph, according to statistics from IBM. Isner was second at 144 mph. Federer was way down the list, tied for 39th, with a max speed of 128 mph.Even without otherworldly speed, when it comes to holding serve after taking a 15-0 lead, Federer is outperforming even dominating servers like Isner.Still, critics will point out that Federer’s recent success rate in games where he leads 15-0 while serving has been made possible by his skipping the clay court season entirely this year and sticking to his favored surfaces. Rallies are longer on clay, which reduces the importance of the serve. In fact, anyone surprised to see Nadal and his sterling service stats hanging back in fifth place on the table above would do well to remember that he plays many of his matches on clay.But Federer has always done well on Wimbledon’s grass. During the first week of the tournament this year, Federer won the first point of his service game 80 percent of the time. Between 2004, when he first ascended to No. 1 in the world, and 2017, Federer was winning the first point of his service games 75 percent of the time at Wimbledon. And while he’s topping himself this year, he’s also crushing the field: Last week, all the men in the competition won the first point of their service games only 66 percent of the time, on average.This is not to imply that there’s only one way Federer can win — he also holds serve plenty of times when he loses the first point of his service game. In 2018, up to the start of Wimbledon, he lost that first point 80 times. In 62 of those games, he went on to win anyway. That’s 77.5 percent to the good for Federer. Not bad, considering he started the game behind, but still nearly 20 points worse than when he wins that point.That gap may offer his opponents an opportunity. Knowing that, statistically speaking, they have a much better shot at breaking Federer’s serve if they can steal the first point, they might choose to be more aggressive on the opening point of his service games, particularly if they see a second serve. It’s worth a try.But if an ambitious opponent looking to break Federer does lose the first point, that opponent better make sure he wins the next point or he’ll be left with only the barest sliver of hope. When Federer has won the first two points on his serve this year, up to Wimbledon, he went on to win the game 99.5 percent of the time.So what happened when he won the first three points? Federer went up 40-0 while serving 151 times, and he won every one of those games. Up 15-0 On Serve Grigor Dimitrov29626489.2 David Goffin21718886.6 PlayerGamesWinsWin rate Roger Federer27827097.1% Source: ATP Marin Cilic33431995.5 When the first point decides the gameRate of holding serve when taking a 15-0 lead in 2018, entering Wimbledon, for the ATP’s top 10 men’s tennis players
Antoine Griezmann’s solitary strike earned Atletico Madrid a first win of the Liga season on Saturday as they defeated local rivals Rayo Vallecano 1-0.Atletico Madrid endured a frustrating evening against their rivals before the Frenchman’s intervention on the hour mark wrapped up the win for Simeone’s side.A Stefan Savic’s header from close range following a corner in the 63rd minute was expertly turned in by Griezmann.Angel Correa had Atletico’s best opportunity in the first half, but Rayo keeper Alberto Garcia did well to keep the Argentine’s effort out.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Shortly afterward, the Wanda Metropolitano got its first taste of VAR as Diego Costa’s screams for handball was confirmed to be false by referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez.Atletico will, however, be sweating on the fitness of fullback Juanfran, who hobbled off after half an hour with what the club described as a muscle problem.The win lifts the Europa League champions on to four points after two games, while Rayo is still without a point.
France midfielder Blaise Matuidi believes international teammate Kylian Mbappe has the kind of personality ‘every great player’ requires to fulfill their potential.Matuidi insists the Paris Saint-Germain star needs his great personality to become as successful as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Mbappe has become one of the best attacking players in the world over the past three years and was nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award, having lifted three domestic trophies at club level and the World Cup in Russia, earlier this summer.Matuidi believes the former AS Monaco youngster has the self-confidence and persona to become a true great in the game.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“It is his personality. It’s the player he is,” Matuidi told a news conference, according to FourFourTwo.“He is a great player; he is very talented. Every great player has a great personality. I’ve known that with Zlatan. I see that with Cristiano. Messi is also like that.”“Kylian will be a great player. He is already. He is doing big things. It’s good; we need players like him. So, I encourage him to stay like that.”
STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 1ST JUNE 2016 CSA confirms four nominees for public workers elections Recommended for you Related Items:dr. edward smith, election, People Progressive Party PDM gets 22 potential candidate applications; public meeting tomorrow Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 jan 2016 – The People Progressive Party, the orange party will not be a contender in the 2016 General Elections. While many are not surprised by the confirmation to Magnetic Media over the weekend by former leader, Dr. Edward Smith… what is surprising is that Smith has not given up on the idea of offering as a candidate. “From the very onset, I believe in choice. At that time they were saying both parties were not doing what they’re supposed to, they were calling them failed engines. It stands at that position right now, they are saying they have failed and that is why out came another party. It shows you that the PPP, they wanted an option, they want an alternative and therefore I believe in giving those persons that opportunity and if I can represent, that’s what I will do.”Smith said he is being courted by two political parties; that he will go with the one which most closely aligns with his dreams for a better Turks and Caicos. Dr. Smith, and his major mistake in properly denouncing US citizenship once he became a candidate in the 2012 General Elections forced an expensive by-election for the Cheshire Hall district. The Rufus Ewing led PNP still held on to election victory after the re-run.
StayzillaTwitterNational Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has dismissed an appeal by home-stay startup— Stayzilla, against the insolvency process order by National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).A three-member bench of SJ Mukhopadhaya, AIS Cheema and Balvinder Singh said that it did not find any merit in the company’s appeal and ordered dismissal, Business Standard reported.Earlier, one of Stayzilla’s founders, Yogendra Vasupal, had argued that there was a dispute and therefore the application under section 9 of the ‘I&B Code’ was not maintainable.But the NCLAT bench found that the document preferred by Jigsaw Solutions, who initiation the insolvency proceedings against Stayzilla, was complete.”As we find that there is no specific objection made by Stayzilla in writing, raising any dispute with regard to the quality of services as claimed to have been rendered by Jigsaw, no dispute can be raised at the stage of submitting reply under subsection (2) of Section 8 of the I&B Code,” the business daily quoted the court order.Earlier on September 15, NCLT’s Chennai bench had admitted the insolvency process against the Bengaluru-based startup on a petition filed by city-based advertising firm Jigsaw Solutions.Jigsaw Solutions argued that as the firm failed to repay its dues for the job undertaken, Jigsaw Solutions demanded Stayzilla to liquidate. Stayzilla had appointed Jigsaw Solutions to do outdoor and bus-shelter publicity for the debt-ridden startup.The NCLT bench had then appointed Karthigeyan Srinivasan as interim resolution professional (IRP) and ordered to complete the proceedings within 180 days.Countering the argument, the counsel for Stayzilla submitted that there were deficiencies in the work done by the vendor and accused Jigsaw of creating fake invoices to raise bills.One of the co-founders of Stayzilla, Yogendra Vasupal, was earlier arrested and was in prison for almost four weeks.
X 00:00 /50:26 On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Gov. Greg Abbott told the Southern Baptist Convention this morning that America is at a time of crisis. But are Southern Baptists facing their own crisis within their church? We consider the issues looming over this year’s event in light of scandals surrounding a major pastor.Also this hour: Mention Texas to some people in North Dakota and you might not like what you hear. Some in that state resent the money many Texas oil companies made at their state’s expense from fracking there. Journalist Maya Rao addresses that sentiment and other issues in her book Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks and the Making of an Oil Frontier.Plus, we learn how some Rice University researchers are using data science and statistics to make a more accurate estimate of those killed in the war in Syria. And we visit a collection of some 66,000 photographs by artist Andy Warhol at the University of Houston.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We also offer a free daily, podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
00:00 /03:54 Research came to light earlier this year showing that reading passages on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR tests, are one to three years above grade level.San Antonio middle-schooler Wes Scalf is not a fan of the tests.“It’s kind of stressful because it all builds up to one day,” Wes said, sitting at his dining room table with his mother. “They keep reminding you, ‘Hey, STAAR is coming,’ and I’m like, ‘I know! I’m trying not to think about it.’”When Wes was in fifth grade, he failed the math STAAR test twice.“I kind of felt like I failed myself a little bit, and I felt like I didn’t do good enough,” he said, thinking back to the day two years ago when he found out he didn’t pass.“I thought that he was handling it okay, just on the surface right at first,” said his mom, Lisa Scalf.But then, an hour after he went to bed that night, he sent his mom a text asking, “Mommy, am I stupid?”“As a parent, that’s just devastating because he had worked so hard,” Scalf said. “His grades had improved so much, and just for one test on one day to tear all that down was just heartbreaking.”Despite the setback, Wes thrived in middle school. He made honor roll, played tenor sax in the band and competed on the tennis team. Scalf said she received glowing progress reports from his teachers.But at the end of the year, he once again failed a STAAR test, this time in reading. At the time, Scalf just thought Wes didn’t test well. He receives special education services for learning disabilities, but his teachers said he was reading on grade level, and they expected him to pass.“Everybody was just sort of stunned,” she said.Camille Phillips/Texas Public RadioWes and Lisa Scalf pose for a portrait in their home.But now, she thinks she knows why.“To hear that they were testing at two to three grade levels above the grade level they should have been testing at was surprising, and really just made me angry,” Scalf said.The first study examining the reading level of STAAR tests was published in 2012 by researchers at Texas A&M University-Commerce. It calculated the difficulty of sentence structure and vocabulary using several different computer algorithms called readability formulas. The formulas are often used by librarians and teachers to find books appropriate for their students.Two more studies followed with the same results, but their findings didn’t become common knowledge until February, when they were highlighted in a Texas Monthly article.Mary Hardin-Baylor education professor Jodi Pilgrim, one of the authors of the 2016 study, testified at a public hearing on STAAR in March.“We train our teachers to avoid material that’s written at the frustration level. And what I mean by frustration level is any material that they may encounter where they don’t know 90 percent of the words,” Pilgrim explained during an appearance before the House Public Education Committee.“If a passage is written one to three grade levels above their grade, then you’re more than likely frustrating some of these students.”But Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath assured the committee that the STAAR tests are on grade level.“We have a valid, on grade-level assessment. It’s reliable,” he said.Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle grilled Morath for two hours over his position.He said the readability formulas used by Pilgrim and the other researchers are not a good way to measure whether or not the STAAR tests are on grade level because the formulas only look at sentence structure, not content.STAAR “is about where students need to be, not where students are but where students need to be,” Morath said. “Remember, it’s predictive of meaningful life outcomes and not based on just one dimension of language structure, but the entire domain of reading proficiency.”Morath said the Texas Education Agency does use readability formulas to help select reading passages. However, he placed more importance on the judgment of teachers. Committees of Texas educators approve reading passages before they’re added to STAAR tests.Pilgrim and other literacy experts agreed that teachers should be consulted to make sure students have the life experience to understand the text. But they said readability formulas should also be used.“Readability is the foundational level for all instruction in reading. The very first thing you learn when you become a literacy teacher is the level of the text — it makes all the difference in the world,” said Lora Darden, the director of elementary instruction at Round Rock ISD.Camille Phillips/Texas Public RadioState sanctions tied to STAAR tests are forcing Rodriguez Elementary in San Antonio to close at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.Several lawmakers filed bills in response to the testimony they heard, including San Antonio Democrats Diego Bernal and José Menéndez.Their companion bills filed in the House and Senate would put a hold on high-stakes consequences tied to the STAAR, like school closings and graduation requirements, until an outside investigator confirms that reading passages are on grade level.Bernal’s bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Public Education Committee on Tuesday.Menéndez has also filed a more hard-line bill that would put a hold on the STAAR tests until the investigation is complete.That’s more in line with what San Antonio mom Lisa Scalf would like to see happen — she’d like STAAR to be replaced with a different test — but it’s also harder to accomplish without losing funding. Federal law requires states to give students a minimum number of standardized tests.A bill amendment directing the Texas Auditor to review the third grade STAAR has already passed in the Texas House with bipartisan support.This piece was originally published on Texas Public Radio. Listen Camille Phillips/Texas Public RadioWes Scalf, 13, speaks to his mom, Lisa Scalf, in their home in February 2019.As the first wave of Texas students sit down to take the state standardized test this week, many parents, educators and lawmakers are wondering whether those tests are fair. Some are convinced the answer to that question is no. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
In an exclusive interview on Jan. 10, U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) told the AFRO he will file a complaint with the Capitol Hill police against one of his Republican colleagues. The controversy involves U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) removing a painting of one of Clay’s constituents, recently.The painting by David Pulphus, a high-school student in Ferguson, Mo., is at the center of a first amendment fight in the U.S. Capitol. (Courtesy photo)“On Dec. 29, 2016, a blogger wrote that there was a painting hanging in the U.S. Capitol that depicts police officers as pigs,” Clay said. “That painting was done by one of my constituents, David Pulphus, as a part of the annual Congressional Art Competition. The blogger said that the painting was offensive to police officers and a Fox News reporter initiated a campaign to have the painting removed.”Pulphus is Black.On Jan. 6, Hunter removed the painting from the Cannon tunnel of the Capitol and caused a firestorm of controversy. Clay said any actions that take place in the U.S. Capitol and its grounds on matters like this are the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol, not a member of Congress. “It is the Architect of the Capitol that supervised the art competition and determines where paintings are located,” Clay said. “This art form is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”Clay returned the painting to its original position on Jan. 10.Clay refuted some of the aspects of the painting that have been depicted. He noted that one police officer was shown as a wild boar and the other one had a horse head. Clay pointed out that the wild boar police officer was confronting a Black man that was shown as a Black wolf.“The young man was portraying a street scene in St. Louis,” the representative said. Clay represents St. Louis and much of St. Louis County. “This kid has a right to his feelings,” the congressman continued.The representative said that Pulphus was reflecting what he saw during his life including the murder of Trayvon Martin in which his killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted, and in nearby Ferguson where Officer Darren Wilson took the life of Michael Brown, as well as the New York City case of Eric Gardner where officers choked him to death. “These acts by officers exhibited animalistic behavior,” Clay said. “This young man was expressing free thought and expression.”The AFRO visited Hunter’s office in the Rayburn House Office building and made two calls for comment, but received no responses on the controversy or Clay’s talk of filing a complaint.
Netflix is going deeper into hock — announcing plans to offer $1.5 billion in debt notes — money it needs as it continues to dial up spending on original TV shows and movies.[UPDATE: On Monday evening, Netflix priced the debt offering at $1.9 billion, a substantial increase from the initial plan.]In announcing the planned debt financing Monday, Netflix included the standard boilerplate that it expects to use the net proceeds “for general corporate purposes,” but the company has been clear that it’s plowing capital into content. The financial instrument Netflix is using is to as referred as “junk bonds” in the industry, carrying a higher yield and higher degree of risk than investment-grade bonds.Netflix reported booming first-quarter 2018 results last week, exceeding subscriber-growth estimates both in the U.S. and abroad, to hit 125 million total streaming customers at the end of the period. The company reiterated that it expects content spending to be $7.5 billion to $8 billion for 2018 on a profit/loss basis, in line with its previous estimates. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Netflix also told investors it will “continue to raise debt as needed to fund our increase in original content.” Netflix had $2.6 billion in cash and equivalents as of March 31, along with $6.54 billion in long-term debt and $3.44 billion in long-term content payment obligations.“Our debt levels are quite modest as a percentage of our enterprise value, and we believe the debt is lower cost of capital compared to equity,” Netflix said in its April 16 quarterly shareholder letter.The latest proposed debt offering is the fifth time in a little more than three years that Netflix is raising $1 billion or more through bonds. That included $1.6 billion last fall, $1.4 billion (1.3 billion euros) in new debt financing a year ago, $1 billion in the fall of 2016 and $1.5 billion in February 2015. In addition, last summer Netflix took out a line of credit to borrow up to $750 million.Pictured above: “Stranger Things,” one of Netflix’s most popular originals
That’s why anything that disrupts one’s ability to emote is cause for concern, particularly in an age when Botox and other cosmetic procedures that paralyze, stretch, plump or otherwise alter the face are commonplace. Permanently pouty lips and smooth brows might be good for selfies, but research suggests they flatten your affect, disconnecting you from your feelings and the feelings of others. But what if you couldn’t smile naturally, with the usual crinkles around your eyes and creases in your cheeks? There’s convincing scientific evidence that the same kind of mutual engagement and interplay — with infants, or anyone else — would be difficult to achieve. Experts say mirroring another person’s facial expressions is essential for not only recognizing emotion, but also feeling it. If you’re like most people, you reflexively smile back and your insides just melt. The baby might react by smiling even more broadly and maybe kicking its feet with delight, which will only deepen your smile and add to the warm feeling spreading in your chest. “Muscle movements in the face sustain interactions between people, and if you take that out, you’re working with a blank slate,” said Jeffrey Cohn, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, who studies the link between the lack of facial expressiveness and depression. “That’s not an effective way of maintaining rapport or establishing connection.” Read the whole story: The New York Times — Let’s say you’re walking down the street and coming toward you is someone pushing a baby in a stroller. The baby looks right at you and bursts into a big, gummy grin. What do you do?