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Sheamus: No doubt Philippines can also produce a WWE Superstar

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first_imgSheamus amassed a Hall-of-Fame worthy career in the WWE that spans for nearly a decade having captured the WWE, World Heavyweight, United States, Raw Tag Team, and Smack Down Tag Team championships.The real life Stephen Farrelly, however, started off in the most unusual of places—Ireland.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAs of date, there are only three notable Irish Superstars in the WWE and they are Sheamus, Becky Lynch, and Finn Balor.With such an obscure origin, Sheamus believes that a Philippine-born Filipino could eventually become a WWE Superstar. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon “I came from Ireland and there was no real wrestling scene in our lives… but there’s no such thing as it can’t be done in any country or any area,” said Sheamus during his media availability Thursday at Skinny Mike’s in Bonifacio Global City.Sheamus is in the Philippines to promote WWE Live in Manila that will take place on Sept. 20 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I have no doubt in my mind that somebody in this country, in the Philippines, wants to be a WWE Superstar.”The Philippines was already represented in the WWE when Filipino-American TJ Perkins competed and won the Cruiserweight Classic, becoming the Cruiserweight Champion in the process headlining 205 Live.Crystal, Jake De Leon, and Ken Warren of Philippine Wrestling Revolution also represented the country during WWE’s tryouts in China in July.ADVERTISEMENT Sheamus, who’s currently out with an injury, also had an unorthodox path to the WWE.Most of WWE’s Superstars either wrestled in Japan or in competing promotions in the United States but Sheamus started his professional wrestling career with Irish Whip Wrestling where he was the International Heavyweight Champion for two-times before transitioning to Britain’s independent circuit.Sheamus then moved to WWE’s developmental program with Florida Championship Wrestling where he was a one-time Heavyweight Champion.“There’s no reason why in, like, five years someone from the Philippines would be the one sitting here with this microphone answering your questions about their journey from here to promoting a show,” said Sheamus whose girlfriend hails from the Philippines. “You know, there’s no reason why that can’t happen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists As Gilas waits for rest of players, chemistry issues arise with World Cup drawing close ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 View comments MANILA, Philippines—For all Sheamus’ merits, it can be said that he is one diamond in the rough.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sunday school lesson continues to help those in need

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first_imgHandout Handout/Chatham Daily NewsThe boulevard that runs through the middle of Erieau was lined with food again on Sunday, continuing the tradition that began as a Sunday school lesson at St. Paul’s Anglican church to teach kids to go the extra mile. A Sunday school lesson at an Erieau church continues to benefit a combination soup kitchen and food bank in Blenheim.The boulevard that runs down the middle of Erieau was filled again with food on Sunday that was later delivered to the Word of Life Church in Blenheim to replenish the cupboards of the soup kitchen and food bank that operates on Wednesday and Friday.Kathy Noble, who teaches Sunday school at St. Paul’s Anglican church in the village located along the shore of Lake Erie, said the event began 11 years ago as a Sunday school lesson.“The whole idea is to go that extra mile,” she said. “We’re all expected to do certain things, but you can always go a little bit extra. You should always do more than what’s asked of you.”She said the first year, they lined the boulevard with pennies, which helped send some kids to camp.Noble, who used to own Eau Buoy Restaurant in Erieau, said Word of Life Pastor Tim Joyce was a regular customer. She suggested they take the Sunday school lesson and find a way to help the soup kitchen and food bank the church has operated for the past 22 years.“Between their church and our church … it’s just grown over the years,” Joyce said.She said local businesses, including OJ & Molly’s restaurant, Erieau Marina, Southside Marina and Bayview Bliss, also provide support that helps make the event a success. Handout/Chatham Daily NewsCapt. Positive and Mayor Darrin Canniff were among those helping line food along the boulevard in Erieau on Sunday. This tradition began as Sunday school lesson at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, organized by Kathy Noble, to teach kids to go the extra mile.center_img The event also raises money, through donations of $2 per foot, which generated $4,000 this year.“We’ve been empty for the last month and a half,” said Joyce, adding this donation replenishes the cupboards for the fall season.Joyce said this donation gets the food bank through to Christmas, when donations traditionally are at their highest.“It’s exciting, really exciting to see it happen every year,” he said.eshreve@postmedia.com @Chathamnews The first year, they collected 500 feet of food, and it has since grown to around more than 2,000 feet.“People who live in the village know about it and they bring their bags (of food) and set it out by the boulevard,” Noble said.She added the kids come along and start lining the food up along the boulevard so people can see it.“When something’s in a box, you don’t realize how much is there,” Nobel said. “We haven’t got a mile, yet.”last_img read more

Marshfield overcomes slow start to sweep past New Richmond in volleyball regional final

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first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield volleyball team found itself in a bind in the first game of its WIAA Division 1 regional final on Saturday against New Richmond.Marshfield trailed 24-20 in the opening game of the best-of-5 match, but suddenly, it flipped a switch.Marshfield scored the next six points, five on the serve of Anna Ripp, to capture not only Game 1, but all of the momentum.Marshfield rolled from there, beating New Richmond 26-24, 25-9, 25-7, to win the regional title and move on to next week’s sectionals. Marshfield will host both Sectional 1 semifinals on Thursday.Marshfield, the No. 1 seed, will play No. 5 River Falls at 5 p.m., followed by No. 2 D.C. Everest and No. 3 Eau Claire Memorial at 7 p.m. The winners move on to a sectional final at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Wausau West with a berth at the 2015 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament in Green Bay on the line.Marshfield led most of the first game before New Richmond scored six points in a row to take a 24-20 lead.After a kill by Ema Fehrenbach earned a sideout, and kept Marshfield alive, Ripp took over the serve and never relinquished it. She had one ace, Alexa Aumann had a kill and Fehrenbach’s kill ended the game, and New Richmond’s spirit.“I think it was just getting the nerves out,” said Ripp, who had 23 assists and three service aces in the win. “We had to keep telling ourselves that we believed that we can win and we pulled it out. We are the No. 1 seed and we had to prove ourselves – and we did.”The win gave Marshfield a feeling of confidence and it had its offense rolling from there on.Marshfield jumped out to a 9-1 lead and had another 9-1 run later to go on top 19-5. A kill by Stephanie Rhodes eventually ended it at 25-9.“This was the first playoff game for a lot of these girls and some of them did look a little nervous out there,” Marshfield coach Dawn Sadowska said. “I think we were afraid to make some plays. We just weren’t on in that the first game. We took care of it in the second and third games, so if those were our jitters and we’re done with them, that’s fine.”Game 3 went much the same way as Marshfield went up 6-0 off the serve of Ripp. After New Richmond closed to within 8-5, Marshfield scored 14 of the next 15 points to take a 22-6 lead. Fehrenbach had two kills and Aumann added another to finish off the match.“Our serving was huge for us and we were playing a faster offense,” Sadowska said. “Ema and Steph are hitting some really quick balls. If we want to get to the state tournament, we have to do that.”Rhodes finished with a team-high nine kills, and Fehrenbach and Hannah Meverden each had seven for Marshfield. Sara Dasler led the defense with 14 digs and also added three service aces.“All week Coach has really been stressing that we need to speed up the offense,” Ripp said. “We tried to do that as much as we could tonight. I think we need to collect ourselves and keep calm, because obviously when we’re nervous we tend to tense up and make mistakes. We’re a good enough team that we trust each other to pull through and get a win.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

How Modern Web Apps Erode the Work/Home Line: A Look at Evernote’s Users

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first_imgTags:#design#Features#Interviews#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … richard macmanus Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement How do people use web apps in this new, device-saturated era of the Web? In Part 3 of our interview with Evernote CEO Phil Libin, we look at the usage patterns of its users. One interesting data point is that 80% of Evernote users say they use the product both at home and at work. Evernote is a smart phone app that epitomizes the current era of web apps. It is used over a variety of devices, it syncs easily between those devices, it augments your daily life in ways not possible before the mobile web, it can be used equally at work or home. For a more in-depth look at these and other web app usage trends, read on…In Part 1 of our interview with Evernote CEO Phil Libin, we explored the history of Evernote. In Part 2, we looked at the future of Evernote, including its somewhat alarming plans to be your secondary brain via a brain implant. In this post, we’re looking squarely at the present and how Evernote is used now.RM: Is there a particular demographic that you’ve found has used Evernote more than others?“There’s a perception that it’s kids who drive the growth of the Internet, but that’s certainly not true for a lot of the main services.”PL: It’s pretty broad-based by design. So the idea with Evernote is that most people have two halves in their lives. There’s the social half, which is everything you do with your friends, co-workers and family – and keeping up with them. The social half is really well represented by new technologies: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and all that stuff. But then, most people have this other half: their private half, their informational half. It’s much more about keeping track of their own stuff. There really needed to be a signature company in that half. So that’s where we see Evernote.We target people that have important information centric components in their lives, which basically means it skews a little bit older. The median age for an Evernote user is about 37. We skew towards higher education, college graduates. We skew higher income, more professional people. But we’ve got all sorts of people using it and some of the fastest new growth [rates] are coming from students. We’re starting to get real popularity in high schools. In the past, it’s been people who have many things on their mind. People who have been doing things in their lives for a few years and have a lot of stuff they keep track of. So, it’s been older than the typical MySpace user.I think it’s actually similar to what Twitter sees [in terms of demographics]. There’s a perception that it’s kids who drive the growth of the Internet, but that’s certainly not true for a lot of the main services.Mixing Work & Personal in Web AppsRM: What are some of the main usage patterns for Evernote. You just mentioned students. I would guess they’re using it for note taking in their classes and things like that. Have there been other usage patterns that have stood out?“There’s a type of person – a modern knowledge worker – that has a really permeable membrane between work stuff and personal stuff.”PL: Well, they’re really broad usage patterns. We interview a lot of people who use it and the usage is really all over the place. For example, I use it for everything – I pretty much live in it. It’s got all of my personal information, when I travel to Japan I take pictures of everything I eat, [etc]. But it also has all of my business cards (when I get a business card, I just take a picture of it and upload it to Evernote. It also has all of my web clips, work documents – it all goes into Evernote. So it’s all of my professional life and all my personal life together. About 80% of our users say that they use Evernote both at home and at work. So, I think that’s the real sweet spot for us. It crosses several generations, but there’s a type of person – a modern knowledge worker, or someone who’s on their way to becoming a modern knowledge worker, that has a really permeable membrane between work stuff and personal stuff. That distinction is eroding for a lot of folks. That seems to be the type of person who is becoming enthusiastic about Evernote.RM: Yes, I’ve found this in my own use of Evernote – that it crosses both my work and personal life. I’ve got lists of things for my personal life and lists for my work life, so it’s an interesting product in that respect.PL: Yes and that’s very common. That’s very much what we find in our surveys. And a lot of companies are recognizing that to keep their knowledge workers happy and productive, they want to put as few artificial restrictions as possible about how they can be productive. So if someone likes using a certain set of tools for their personal life and that makes them happy and productive, a lot of companies want you to be able to use the same stuff at work. Evernote has found a really good spot in that kind of environment.Your Own Private Google?RM: Do you think of Evernote as like a private Google? Enabling you to search on your past, the things that you’ve done in the past or things that you’ve found in the past…“If someone likes using a certain set of tools for their personal life and that makes them happy and productive, a lot of companies want you to be able to use the same stuff at work.”PL: A little bit. It’s definitely your personal information, your personal memory. Everything that’s in Evernote is highly relevant to you, because you were the person who put it in there. So, in some sense it is your personal search and it works really well when you combine it with public search. With our Chrome extension, we just launched a feature that you can turn on in there called simultaneous search. So if you have the Chrome extension, whenever you search Google it will simultaneously search your Evernote account and it’ll combine the results. Both of them [Google and Evernote] become much more meaningful because it puts context around whatever it is you’re searching for. You definitely hit on something. Obviously Google is very big, but I think a search engine for your actual life and memories is a very good way to look at it.RM: Thanks Phil! We’d love to hear what RWW readers think of how modern web apps cross the boundaries between work and personal life. Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 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Calm, cruel and connected: May’s best and worst of IoT

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first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… It’ll put you back $300 per counter and you’ll need one for each social media platform. Sit and watch your popularity drop. Verdict: Miss.The Smart ZabutonFor cafe staff too busy staring at the social media counter to notice that their customers have moved from their seats, there is the Smart Zabuton, a cushion with that emits a signal when sat on (no, not like a whoopie cushion). This allows cafe staff to use the corresponding app to check how many seats are free in a cafe or restaurant. I guess it could come in handy if you are managing an event like a public awards ceremony that requires seat fillers. It could also be used at work by a controlling boss to see how long you spend sitting at your desk. Verdict: Miss.my.FlowDid you know someone has made a smart tampon? You seem shocked. Anyway, the my.flow notifies the wearer when it needs to be changed. It works via a long tampon string that reaches out of your underwear and attaches to a snap-on bluetooth sensor. This bluetooth sensor can then be clipped on to your waistband.This sensor then sends data to an app on your phone, analyzing how saturated the tampon has become and alerting the wearer when they need to swap out their tampon for a new one. While it’s commendable that the makers are aiming to solve the serious problem of toxic shock syndrome and blood leakages onto clothing, I’m not convinced that this is the way.The company is currently seeking funding with the intention to sell the sensor for a one-time price of $49. I’m genuinely amazed how many prizes this product has won, especially when more technology is addressing the problem in innovative ways like high tech absorbent underwear. It’s also reminiscent of the Pro-pregnancy tracker in being a rather redundant means to solve an issue. Verdict: Miss.TribyMobile phones are not conducive to the kitchen environment. I’m a keen cook and often find myself unable to answer the phone due to fingers encased with dough. I’ve also had the unpleasant experience of dropping a mobile in a sink full of water from an apron product while teaching a class. The Triby by Invoxia comes to my rescue.Triby is a digital assistant, Internet radio, connected speaker, hands-free speakerphone, and connected message board all rolled into one. Amongst other things, people can send messages, emoji and hand drawn doodles to Triby ’s E-Ink display via its dedicated app. In April it was the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled which means that users customers have hands-free voice control for information from Wikipedia and the web, weather, timers and alarms, news, shopping/to-do lists, sports updates and scores, smart home features, calendar entries, IFTTT, and much more—with new skills being added every week. It retails at $199 and I suspect it won’t be long before cheaper versions hit the market but with less sensitivity. Verdict: Hit.BitlockAs a person who loses keys more often than I’d like to admit, this product is very appealing. I also live in Berlin, where bike thefts are a huge problem – thieves literally go around with cutters and steal enough bikes to fill a truck.  BitLock is made of reinforced and heat-treated steel combined with a high-security disc locking mechanism. The lock is not only keyless but it’s corresponding app enables users to transfer pin number access to friends or visitors. The battery lasts five years and a GPS connection to your mobile ensures that you don’t lose your bike after one too many beers. And if your phone is dead, you can open BitLock by punching in a four-digit secret code with a sequence of button presses. It costs $129 which is considerably more than a key lock but would be a good investment. Verdict: Hit.BMW Motorcycles’ Emergency CallIn a serious motor vehicle accident, it’s vital to get help as soon as possible. BMW is introducing the intelligent eCall system, which is either automatically or manually triggered and sends out the position data – the coordinates of the motorcycle accident site – to a qualified BMW Call Center to initiate the rescue chain. In the “intelligent emergency call” option, the connection is established via the permanently installed mobile communication unit. Sensors on the motorcycle detect which event occurred whether a collision with another vehicle or crashing into an obstruction. A banking angle sensor detects which position the motorcycle is in.The intelligent emergency call takes three scenarios into account: Automatic triggering in the case of a bad fall / collision; automatic triggering in the case of a minor fall or collision (which the rider has the option to cancel the call by pressing a button); and manual triggering by pressing the SOS button for other road users in need. A message is sent to the BMW Call Center and a voice connection is established. A voice connection is mandatory if the eCall was triggered manually before further measures are initiated. Here, too, the accident victim/rider is also given the opportunity to cancel the emergency call at the press of a button or by turning off the ignition.I’m curious about the “intelligent emergency call system” how the rider can communicate with the BMW Call Center in his native language. Presumably in the future the call could go directly to emergency services? It would be great to see this kind of technology embedded in all kinds vehicles, including farm machinery like tractors. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Cate Lawrence Related Posts It seems that every day a new IoT device or means to connect existing devices is revealed. With so much energy in being devoted to tell us how, when, where, what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry. So we want to take a step back every now and take a critical look at the connected devices that actually go out and buy, right now.(Ed note: We also do a round-up of crowdfunding ideas you can’t quite get yet…or possibly should never be able to get.) Here’s what caught our eye, for all the right – or wrong – reasons:Smiirl’s social media counterSome people need regular validation. They stare in the mirror and think “But do people really like me?” If such people started a business, this would be the product for them, a visual counter by Smiirl displaying their company’s number of Twitter, Facebook or Instagram likes. As the company explains:“Place it in your window to attract new customers, hang it on a wall to convince them to join your community, or even in your offices to motivate your teams!” Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Alexa#Amazon Alexa#bicycle#bitlock#BMW#Connected Devices#Internet of Things#invoxia#IoT#motorcycles#my.flow#period tracker#safety#security#smart cushion#smiirl#social media#triby#women’s health last_img read more

Ultraviolet light could provide a powerful new source of green fuel

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first_img Ultraviolet light could provide a powerful new source of green fuel A forest of gallium nitride nanowires harnesses energy in light to convert methanol to ethanol. Sheng Chu/McGill University Methanol—a colorless liquid that can be made from agricultural waste—has long been touted as a green alternative to fossil fuels. But it’s toxic and only has half the energy as the same volume of gasoline. Now, researchers report they’ve created a potentially cheap way to use sunlight to convert methanol to ethanol, a more popular alternative fuel that’s less harmful and carries more energy.The new report is “great work” says Zhongmin Liu, a chemist at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China who was not involved with the research. If the process can be optimized and scaled up, he says, “It has the potential to change the world.”The notion of converting methanol to ethanol isn’t new. Companies already have a trio of chemical processes that do so. But these require adding heat, pressure, and toxic additives, such as carbon monoxide. Companies can also make ethanol directly by fermenting corn kernels or sugarcane. But growing those crops requires precious farmland that could otherwise grow food. Researchers and companies have also come up with ways to convert agricultural wastes into ethanol. 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In 2014, he and his colleagues showed a tiny forest of nanowires made from the semiconductor gallium nitride (GaN) could act as a catalyst to convert methane gas into benzene, a commodity chemical used to make dozens of other industrial compounds such as plastics, solvents, and adhesives. Catalysts are compounds that encourage other chemicals to react but aren’t themselves used up in the job. As a result, they can do their job over and over. In this case, the nanowires rearranged chemical bonds between carbon atoms, which is also what’s needed to convert methanol to ethanol. So, the McGill researchers decided to see whether GaN nanowires could work their magic on methanol.The researchers grew and tested several different nanowire compositions. As they report online last week in the journal Chem, they found a forest of long, thin GaN nanowires spiked with magnesium worked best to absorb ultraviolet (UV) light and use that energy to convert methanol to ethanol. The absorbed UV light caused the nanowires’ surfaces to become more negatively charged than their cores, the team found. The charge rips a water molecule from an individual methanol molecule sitting on a nanowire surface, leaving behind a reactive compound called methyl carbene. While the water molecule floats away, the carbene reacts with a neighboring methanol molecule to make ethanol.Liu notes that the process is just a proof of concept. Converting methanol to ethanol requires UV light, which is just a sliver of the sunlight that reaches Earth. For the process to be economical, he says, it may require tweaking the nanowires to get them to work with visible light, which has less energy than UV light, but is far more abundant in the sun’s rays.In addition to producing ethanol, the nanowire catalyst can also generate other valuable hydrocarbons like 1-propanol, an alcohol used in pharmaceutical manufacturing, from methanol, Li notes. This ability raises hopes for tailoring nanowires to convert low-value commodity chemicals into a range of higher value ones, using only light. By Robert F. ServiceFeb. 19, 2019 , 1:00 PMlast_img read more