St. Pierre set for comeback fight vs Bisping at UFC 217

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. GSP is back for his people and on top of a UFC card one more time.But is it for the final time?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSt. Pierre (25-2) was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and pay-per-view draws during his long reign atop the 170-pound division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. After a lengthy sabbatical, he returns Saturday to headline UFC 217 in a 185-pound championship bout with Bisping (31-7), the gritty English veteran who won the middleweight championship in a surprise upset of Luke Rockhold last year.St. Pierre, now 36, left UFC as one of its biggest box office draws, holder of the second-longest winning streak in the promotion’s history and with enough stardom to grace the cover of a video game. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Four years later, St. Pierre returns to a UFC world that blew up into a $4 billion company without him.His fights with Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn that drew two of the biggest buy rates in UFC history have been passed six times, notably by cards headlined by Conor McGregor. Ronda Rousey came (and went?) and bulldozed her way into becoming a mainstream superstar. St. Pierre’s 12-fight winning streak that he takes into Saturday has been topped by Jon Jones and matched by flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. And it was McGregor again, with a championship belt draped over each shoulder, who was announced Friday as the EA Sports UFC 3 video game cover boy .But the use of a PS4 controller may be the only way to make sure McGregor steps into a cage any time soon. With Rousey, McGregor and Jones all sidelined, and UFC struggling to build a new crop of pay-per-view stars, the big attraction for 2018 just might be a blast from the past in St. Pierre.Another change, MMA wasn’t even legal in New York the last time St. Pierre fought. He’ll top UFC’s fourth card in the state in 12 months and the first at MSG since a McGregor-headlined show helped draw an arena-record gate of $17 million.Cody Garbrandt defends the 135-pound belt against T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts the 115-pound women’s title on the line against Rose Namajunas in the other two big PPV bouts.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Bisping, who had eight fights during St. Pierre’s break, is eager to add another big name to his improbable late-career surge of victories. Bisping defended his belt against Dan Henderson last year, and St. Pierre is a second straight opponent who isn’t among the top middleweight contenders for his title.The fight has been attacked as nothing but a money grab for Bisping and a desperate attempt by UFC to give MSG some star power in a year that has lacked in must-see main events.But the fight legend is back and Bisping would walk out of the cage with the biggest name win of his career should he stop St. Pierre. GSP was at UFC’s pinnacle in his prime — but a four-year layoff could be cruel to the fighter.“Why would I not want to come back, fighting Michael Bisping for the title in the Madison Square Garden, this mythical place?” St. Pierre said. “I would be fool to not take this opportunity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img St. Pierre, who hasn’t revealed any career goals beyond claiming Bisping’s 185-pound title, hasn’t decided if this bout would be his last.“Nothing for sure,” St. Pierre said. “Sometimes you win the fight and you could lose and sometimes you lose but you should have won. It depends how it happens and how I will feel and depend on a lot of stuff. But I don’t see myself going away for a long time so it’s going to be a good match.”St. Pierre hasn’t lost since April 2007 when Matt Serra took away the 170-pound belt. St. Pierre reclaimed the title later that year and beat Serra in a rematch shortly afterward.But St. Pierre didn’t fight between April 2011 and November 2012 while recovering from a torn ligament in his right knee. He bounced back from injury with wins over Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks.He beat Hendricks, who has a fight on the 217 card, by split decision, then decided it was time for a hiatus. St. Pierre had lamented the stress of his prominence in the sport, saying his obsessive nature prevented him from enjoying life while maintaining the focus necessary to train for title fights.“It’s hard on my nerves, but when I close my eyes at night, I give myself the choice would I want to be there or not,” St. Pierre said. “Yes, I want to. I don’t do it because I have to do it, because I really want to. I’ve never been forced to do anything I don’t want to in life, but I felt like I had that pressure from outside and I was stuck into a pattern. Now, I am doing it and I’m happier than ever.”GSP smiled and appeared happy on the MSG stage as foul-mouthed Bisping tried his best to rattle him with trash talk to fuel the fight.“There’s no other place and moment I want to be,” St. Pierre said. “I’m back now.”Bisping yelled, “I’ll retire him!”Robert Whittaker, the interim middleweight champ, could be on deck for the winner in a fight to unify the belt. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, Britain’s Michael Bisping, left, and Canada’s Georges St. Pierre face off during a news conference in Toronto, to promote their upcoming UFC 217. At center rear is UFC President Dana White. The pair square off on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)NEW YORK — Georges St. Pierre waved his hands as a conductor would to a chorus of “G-S-P” chanted by fans wrapped in Rising Sun headbands inside Madison Square Garden.“These are your people? These are your people, Georges?” fighter Michael Bisping chirped as he dismissed the rising cheers with a wave.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Transport Canada monitoring Wasaya Airways after major safety violations uncovered

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Cullen CrozierAPTN InvestigatesFirst Nation-owned Wasaya Airways is under the watch of Transport Canada inspectors after the company was found to be violating “major” components of their safety management system (SMS) during an inspection in 2013, APTN Investigates has learned.But an aviation expert says the northern Ontario company should have been immediately grounded and described their safety management system as in “shambles” based on a Transport Canada inspection report obtained by APTN.A team of Transport Canada inspectors descended on the Wasaya headquarters in Thunder Bay last March and spent about a week poring over the company’s SMS dating back a year to April 2012 according to the report.It was determined the airway, that serves remote First Nations in northern Ontario, to be in “non-conformance” in six different key elements relating to SMS, a regulatory requirement airways in Canada adhere to.Inspectors found staff didn’t know how to file safety reports, the main base in Thunder Bay had no carry-on sizing device, neither did sub-base Sioux Lookout, an emergency response plan hadn’t been updated since 2010 and none of the staff interviewed by Transport Canada were trained on it.An armed peace officer was also allowed to fly without documentation and without crew members knowing he was carrying a live weapon. There was also multiple issues with de-icing policies.To see the complete report click here.“There were indications employees had started to lose respect for the process and to question their supervisor’s commitment or their ability to bring about change. There were several gaps in functionally related elements which will cause the system to continue to break down,” the report said referring to how the SMS was implemented.Management then got a failing grade from Transport Canada or a “major” deficiency.“Staff did not understand what they were responsible for, people (were) not completing their duties and staff (was) not being held responsible for items under their control,” the report states.Dave Winter used to conduct aviation inspections for Transport Canada until he retired in 2010. APTN asked him to review the assessment of Wasaya and give his expert opinion.He described Wasaya as being in complete shambles regarding their safety reporting.“I would have suspended their operating certificate,” said Winter, who had planes grounded during his more than 30 years with Transport Canada. “To me that means there is something seriously wrong with the company. It’s up to Transport Canada to do something about that.”Transport Canada didn’t take Wasaya out of the air.Rather Wasaya was ordered to make adjustments and submit a report saying the changes had been made – known as a Corrective Action Plan.According to the report the plan was to be filed by June 17, 2013. It was filed in July.Transport Canada refused to provide a copy of Wasaya’s plan or speak about the company citing privacy reasons.Winter said if Transport Canada wasn’t going to ground the planes then the feds should have followed up with surprise inspections and went undercover on flights to ensure safety of passengers was being met.“I’d be putting those guys under pretty much constant surveillance,” said Winter. “I’d be watching them every day.”Transport Canada did say they have visited Wasaya twice since March 2013, but it’s not clear if one of those times was the initial inspection. They also said they’ll continue to monitor Wasaya but wouldn’t say how.They also said they conducted 11 inspections between 2001 and February 2013. Transport Canada didn’t respond in a timely fashion to a follow up question on how previous inspections missed what they determined to be major deficiencies in safety.Wasaya eventually refused to comment on “internal matters” and said it’s a private company accountable to the First Nations that own the airway.President Tom Morris initially offered to pay for an APTN reporter to fly to Thunder Bay and meet his staff. He would also pay for accommodations. He then offered to fly to Ottawa and meet with APTN before sending a letter declining any comment.Airways in Canada basically regulate themselves after Transport Canada begin implementing the SMS requirement in 2005. It’s one of the reasons why Winters retired. He didn’t think SMS went far enough to protect passengers and said he witnessed enforcement be scaled back.The systems allow for a company to establish, maintain and adhere to their own SMS.Federal inspectors then review the overall system.The expectation is the company will conduct internal audits and verify employees understand SMS to ensure it’s working.Transport Canada said they are satisfied with the changes Wasaya has made but their own report suggests management doesn’t always follow up on “Corrective Action Plans.”Winter said from his experience when airways are found not following safety rules they make it look like things will change but follow ups showed many times they didn’t.“When they get caught doing something like that they’ll put on the appearance that they’re doing something, but once the surveillance is done they go back to their old ways,” he said.That’s why he said it’s important Transport Canada continue to monitor Wasaya, at least to ensure the protection of passengers is being done.Wasaya is owned by 12 northern Ontario First Nations. Multiple chiefs said they had no knowledge of the Transport Canada report and asked that it be faxed to them.In 2003, eight people died when a Wasaya plane crashed heading to Summer Beaver First Nation.kjackson@aptn.caccrozier@aptn.calast_img read more

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent Wilmington Little League game summary:AAA: Astros vs. Rays on April 30 at Boutwell FieldIn by far the most exciting game of the year, in (relatively) Arctic temperatures again sending many fans to their cars to watch from the parking lot, it took last-inning heroics for the Astros to overcome a great game by the Rays who were dominant at times. The Rays had their best offensive output of the season led by Henry Almeda’s three hits and two runs. The whole lineup contributed with aggressive base running and big hits from Henry Santini and Nicholas Ryan. Defensively Jack Cyr was solid behind the plate keeping the Astros run game in check, and Jackson Griffith had a nice assist just barely throwing out a runner from the outfield. Pitching for the 2nd time this season, Henry Santini held the Astros in check while he was in the game and helped his own cause with some good defense. For the Astros, Andrew Santo fanned five in his two innings in his first start of the year. Joe Fennelly then bridged the gap to John Roofe who followed that up with two strikeouts in his inning. Dylan Costantiello fanned three in an inning, throwing some genuine heat and Tony Cummings slammed the door in the final inning. Costantiello, Connor Jamieson, and Fennelly shared catching duties. The Astros continued their very solid fielding with plays from Cummings, Fennelly, Cael Considine, Santo, Jamieson, Patrick Moriarty, Jake Gryglik, and Kevin Pruslin to name a few. Everyone was involved in the offense which included steals by Cummings, Santo, and Owen Wills among others, keeping pressure on the Rays’ defense. Gryglik hit a double and a wild triple where he outran the ball all the way around the bases. Roofe had two singles and a big double, eventually scoring the winning run. Moriarty had an early inning single and his aggressive baserunning helped set the tone for what was to come later. He also hit a towering double his next at bat. Considine continued his hot hitting with two singles and two runs while Costantiello also had two hits. Cummings and Fennelly each had a hit and a walk while Santo, Kyle Price, and Wills added singles as well. Aidan Raposa hit a sharp grounder moving the runners to help start the offensive onslaught the last two innings. Jamieson and Pruslin each had walks, Pruslin’s leading to the first run of the final rally. After his walk, clutch hits by Costantiello, Cummings, Fennelly, Considine, and Roofe finished the job.(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

Firefoxs new logo is starting to arrive

first_imgThe new logo features an even more stylized, leg-less version of the fox.  Mozilla; Stephen Shankland/CNET Mozilla has released a new test version of its web browser that introduces the new Firefox logo and drops “Quantum” from its name.Mozilla long ago moved the Firefox icon to a more stylized look, but the newest version is another step away from the original drawing of a fox wrapped around the globe. Even though the fox’s face is now in view and its limbs have vanished, it’s still easily recognized.The new icon arrived over the weekend in version 70 of Firefox Nightly, the incarnation designed for people who want to test the latest features and who can put up with crashes or other problems. Firefox Nightly will settle down into a beta version in coming weeks, then into the main version everyone gets a few weeks after that — Oct. 20, according to Mozilla’s plans. The new logo should follow that course, said Tim Murray, creative director at Mozilla.The logo in Firefox Nightly has a different blue/purple color scheme. The regular Firefox will stick with the red, orange and yellow colors.A simplified new Firefox iconThis is what the regular Firefox logo will look like once today’s Nightly version matures enough for release to everyone. Mozilla The new version also will drop the “Quantum” label Mozilla has attached to the Firefox name since the November 2017 release of Firefox 57, Mozilla said. The Quantum signified a major effort to speed up Firefox to better compete with Google’s Chrome, which dominates browser usage. A number of Quantum programs rebuilt parts of Firefox’s engine, and one such change — the GPU-acclerated Quantum Render technology to display a web page once Firefox figures out what it’s supposed to look like — is still gradually spreading to more computer types. The project also was called WebRender.”Our goal is that WebRender will be the primary rendering engine for the Firefox Browser and we will continue to roll it out to additional platforms throughout the coming months,” said Jessie Bonisteel, a Firefox engineering manager.Mozilla’s newest challenge to Chrome centers on protecting your privacy online — for example, by blocking websites and online ads that try to track you. Chrome has lagged other browsers like Safari, Firefox and Brave in that regard.Firefox usage is gradually decreasing, at least based on statistics Mozilla gathers from people willing to share that data. However, use of Firefox’s new tracking protection is increasing. “Following our release of Enhanced Tracking Protection on by default, we’ve seen our share of users keeping ETP on all the time rise as well,” said Porfirio Landeros, Mozilla’s senior director of product marketing.First published Aug. 12.Update, Aug. 13: Adds more details about the new logo and Firefox’s changes. 1:38 Check out Firefox’s new content-blocking tools Post a comment 0 Firefox Mozillacenter_img Share your voice Computers Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

10 exdefence officers join Gano Forum

first_imgTen retired defence officers formally join Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections at a programme at Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber on Monday afternoon. Photo: Prothom AloTen retired defence officers on Monday formally joined Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.They joined Gano Forum, a key component of Jatiya Oikya Front, inclusive of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), at a programme at Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber in the afternoon.The defence officers are retired lieutenant colonel and freedom fighter Khandakar Faridul Akbar, retired lieutenant colonel Sheikh Akram Ali, retired lieutenant colonel Mohammad Shahidullah, retired lieutenant colonel AFM Nuruddin, retired major Masudul Hasan, retired major Md Imran, retired major Md Badrul Alam Siddiqui and retired squadron leader Md Forkan Alam Khan, retired squadron leader MD Habib Ullah and retired squadron leader MD Mahmud.Kamal was not present at the programme due to his other engagement.Gano Forum executive president and lawyer Subrata Chowdhury welcomed the ex-defence officers.“We welcome 10 retired army and air force officers as they are going to start a new journey in politics by joining Gano Forum,” Subrata said adding, “We’ll work together for the country and restoration of democracy and people’s voting rights”Subrata hoped that people will win the battle of ballot on 30 December as it is the last chance for bringing a change in the country’s politics.Senior Gano Forum leaders, including its presidium members Jaglul Haider Afrik, AHM Shafiq Ullah, Gano Forum training affairs secretary Rafiqul Islam Pathik and executive committee member retired major Amin Ahmed Afsari were, among others, present.Earlier, Reza Kibria, son of slain former Awami League finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, joined the party and submitted its nomination paper to Kamal on Sunday to contest the 30 December parliamentary polls under Jatiya Oikya Front from Habiganj-1 constituency.last_img read more

TMC to observe black day to protest leaders manhandling in Assam

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) will observe “black day” throughout West Bengal on August 4 and 5 to protest against the detention and “manhandling” of its leaders at the Silchar airport in Assam yesterday, a senior party leader said today. TMC secretary general and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said the party will observe “black day” in every block and district of the state on Saturday and Sunday. “We condemn the way the public representatives were manhandled and detained by the Assam police at the Silchar airport. They being MPs had every right to visit a place, but all rules were violated and our party delegation was stopped. This is shameful,” he told reporters here. An eight-member TMC delegation, which had six MPs, were stopped at the Silchar airport when they tried to enter Assam’s Cachar district to assess the ground realities after the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published in the north-eastern state on Monday.last_img read more