Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ TJ Dillashaw punches Cody Garbrandt during a bantamweight title at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — T.J. Dillashaw dropped undefeated Cody Garbrandt with a right and finished him off in the second round to win the 135-pound championship at UFC 217 Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Dillashaw (15-3) was rocked in the first round and stumbled to his stool when he took a shot to the face to end the first. Garbrandt, predicted by many as UFC’s next big star, even ducked under Dillashaw’s left leg as he kicked and did a little dance to the delight of the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Dillashaw stunned Garbrandt with a high left kick to the head and then a right hook that corkscrewed Garbrandt’s body and effectively ended the bout. UFC President Dana White strapped the belt around Dillashaw’s waist as the new bantamweight champ.“No Love” Garbrandt (11-1) earned one of the loudest ovations of the night when he was shown on the screen walking into MSG. He walked out having lost his shot at taking the next step as UFC’s hopeful breakout star.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 shutoutDillashaw won the bantamweight title in 2014 and had two successful defenses before he lost the belt to Dominick Cruz in 2016. View comments
FILE – In this Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, file photo, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy arrives prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy says he is “haunted” by his high-profile domestic violence past and wants to prove he has changed as he makes his debut in UFC, a promotion that hasn’t hesitated to embrace fighters with legal or drug problems. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)NEW YORK — Greg Hardy’s eyes popped as he saw his name in bold print on the oversized placard that identified him as a UFC fighter.“That’s dope! It’s got my Twitter thing on it,” Hardy said with a laugh.ADVERTISEMENT Yes, his Twitter handle @greghardyjr was printed underneath his name to let fans know how to find the hulking heavyweight on social media. UFC enthusiasts and social media pundits had already pounced on the disgraced former NFL defensive end:— “he can beat up women that’s for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars— “why is this woman beater in the UFC?”— “which woman fighter is he gonna beat up?” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Keep scrolling and scrolling and the majority of the 240-character sentiments strike similar opinions: Hardy doesn’t deserve a chance to fight for UFC.Hardy understands those who want to wash their hands of someone arrested for assaulting a woman. While still playing football, Hardy was convicted in July 2014 of assaulting and threatening a woman who contended the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder threw her in a bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. He appealed, and prosecutors in North Carolina eventually dismissed domestic violence charges in February 2015, saying the accuser in the case couldn’t be found. The court heard the woman had reached a civil settlement with Hardy.“I do revisit the past at night,” Hardy said Thursday. “I’m haunted and I am a broken man. But at the end of the day, I’ve got to build myself back up.”Hardy wants to show he has changed as he makes his debut in UFC, a promotion that hasn’t hesitated to embrace fighters with legal or drug problems. His co-headline spot in a heavyweight bout Saturday night comes at a key moment for the MMA giant, its first show in its $1.5-billion contract with ESPN.Hardy played 12 football games in 2015 under a $13.1 million deal with the Cowboys before turning to professional fighting, where his rise has been rapid. The 30-year-old breezed through six fights — none lasting past the first round — and won a contract through a UFC reality show.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “I felt like that was the right thing for me to do,” he said. “I totally get it. I understand why people would have a hard time grasping the whole situation and why things happen. But I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe we can change our surroundings for a positive thing.”Hardy has had few positives since he had 15 sacks for the Carolina Panthers in 2013 when he was picked for the Pro Bowl. He was arrested on a cocaine possession charge in a Dallas suburb in 2016.“I’ve grown in every way possible and the people around me have helped me do that,” Hardy said. “Everything’s changed as far as the sport, the venues and myself. Please keep watching and find out for yourself.”Hardy hopped down the stage after the ceremonial staredown against Allen Crowder and gave White a big bro hug.But not all observers backed UFC’s decision to sign Hardy.“It’s quite offensive. It’s gross,” said Kiersten Stewart, director of public policy at Futures Without Violence, a national group that works to prevent domestic and sexual violence and child abuse. “It’s about making money off domestic violence. It really minimizes the harm that domestic violence does.”Stewart said Ostovich had every right to fight at Barclays Center with Hardy, but raised the question: “Why was she put in this position?”White said it was a moot point.“These are two UFC fighters and eventually they would have ended up on the same card anyway,” White said. “It could be this fight or it could be 10 fights from now.”Win or lose, Ostovich knows she’ll end her combat in the cage in tears. She’s been publicly stoic in the face of probing questions about her abuse and Hardy’s presence and is ready to let her emotions out once the bell rings. Through all the adversity, there was nowhere else she wanted to be but New York. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Jhack Tepora spearheads PH fighters in Pacquiao-Broner undercard Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening His debut comes one month after UFC allowed Jon Jones to compete following a positive drug test, moving an entire fight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles because Nevada regulators wouldn’t license the troubled superstar. It’s also several months after Dana White, UFC’s president, condemned Conor McGregor for his criminal act of throwing a wheeled cart at a bus full of fighters, then turned around and used the video footage to hype up an October megafight between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, a bout that itself ended in a melee.Scrutiny of Hardy’s ascent grew among fans when he was placed on the same card as flyweight Rachael Ostovich, who is fighting Paige VanZant. Honolulu police arrested Ostovich’s husband, Arnold Berdon, who pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and is accused of punching his wife in the head, face and ribs, fracturing her eye socket.White has defended having the two intertwined fighters on the same card and said he had Ostovich’s approval to book Hardy.“From the minute I called her, there was never a situation,” White said. “She didn’t know who Hardy was. She didn’t know anything about it. She said, ‘His situation isn’t my situation. They’re completely different. I don’t even know the guy and I’ll have no problem with any of this.’”Ostovich said in New York that she talked to Hardy this week to “squash whatever might be happening.”“Let’s work together and use this to help other people from both sides,” she said. “It wasn’t bothering me. It was just something that was on my mind and on my heart that I wanted to go in and meet with him.”Hardy appreciated the chat.“She’s a phenomenal person,” he said. “It shows greatness that she went through what she went through and came here to kick butt.”Ostovich was pulled from her fight against VanZant because of the severity of the injuries suffered in her attack, only to insist she could compete as she saw other fighters clamor for the marquee spot.She had earned her spot in Brooklyn and, once medically cleared — she wanted to clear the slate with Hardy. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments “If I was pulled from the card because of my situation and being at home just recovering and thinking about it, I would have been at home Saturday night watching my fight and just be so crushed,” she said. “It feels so much better to be here than not.”Hardy feels similarly about a new lease on life as an athlete. He was cheery — downright happy-go-lucky — and did not shy away from answering questions about his past, even as he was light on specifics.And he’s already made a great impression on the new boss.“The guy is gifted. He’s a great athlete. He looks good so far,” White said. “When he hits people, they go down.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
The BMW Group launched the 2019 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) in India today at a starting price of Rs 43.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Based on Mini 3-door hatch, the John Cooper Works facelift will be available at all MINI dealerships from June onwards as a Completely Built-Up Unit (CBU). It will be available in the country in 11 colour options — Chilli Red, Electric Blue, Emerald Grey, Melting Silver, Midnight Black, Pepper White, Solaris Orange, Starlight Blue, Thunder Grey, White Silver and the exclusive John Cooper Works Rebel Green.The 2019 Mini John Cooper Works facelift gets a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, TwinPower Turbo engine that makes 231 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Sports Steptronic automatic transmission. It can make 0 to 100 kmph in 6.1 seconds.The front fascia of Mini John Cooper Works facelift gets a hexagonal radiator grille with a honeycomb pattern. It is flanked by LED headlamps, which are surrounded by LED DRLs that incorporate indicators as well. The hatchback comes with a front apron with air ducts; side sills and 17-inch JCW track spoke light alloy wheels in black. It also gets chrome plated double exhaust pipes.The interiors of the new Mini JCW feature premium seats with headrests in Carbon Black Dinamica Leather and red accents. It sports leather steering wheel, which comes with paddle shifters. The door sills have an integrated John Cooper Works badge. There is the MINI head-up display providing a plethora of information. The circular central instrument panel has a 6.5-inch display. The hatchback gets a standard Harman Kardon Hi-Fi audio system with 12 speakers and an 8-channel digital amplifier.advertisementWhen it comes to safety features, the 2019 Mini JCW hatch gets front and passenger airbags, brake assist, 3-point seat belts, dynamic stability control, crash sensor, ABS, cornering brake control and run-flat tyres, as standard. Also standard are park distant control and a rearview camera. There are three driving modes — MID, Sport and Green.ALSO READ | Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture NoireALSO READ | Suzuki Swift Sport Katana limited edition launched in the NetherlandsALSO READ | MG Hector to be unveiled in India on May 15, launch in June 2019
A streaker wearing nothing but a green hat run onto the field and caused a delay in play in the World Cup 2019 match between England and New Zealand at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, on Wednesday.Security appeared very slow to react as the spectator jogged toward the wicket and danced about in front of New Zealand batsmen Tom Latham and Mitchell Santner. He then weaved around security staff as they attempted to stop him before he was brought to the ground.With the crowd cheering, the streaker briefly broke free from four members of security and ran back toward the middle. He was stopped for a second time and led away.New Zealand resumed the game on 145-6, chasing 306 to win, but eventually lost the game.England qualified for the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 27 years with a 119-run win over New Zealand, which is also effectively heading to the playoffs despite a third straight loss.Jonny Bairstow’s second century in a row helped England to 305-8 off its 50 overs, and the Black Caps never looked like chasing down the target after the run-outs of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in successive overs left them 69-4.New Zealand was eventually dismissed for 186 and leapfrogged in the standings by England, which will end the group stage in third place. The tournament host will play in the second semifinal, at Edgbaston on July 11, against the team that finishes in second place – currently India.England, which entered the tournament as the world’s top-ranked team, marches into the semis following morale-restoring wins over India and New Zealand back to back.advertisementNew Zealand is currently two points ahead of fifth-place Pakistan, whose final group game is against Bangladesh on Friday, but is highly unlikely to lose its place in the top four because of a far superior net run-rate than its rival.Also Read | World Cup 2019: England reach semi-finals after thrashing New Zealand in Chester-le-StreetAlso Read | Why it is nearly impossible for Pakistan to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso See
Stoke City Lambert leaves Stoke after failing to preserve Premier League status Joe Wright 22:50 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Stoke City Premier League Championship Having failed to keep the Potters in the English top flight, the Scot has agreed to part ways with the club and let somebody else lead a revival Paul Lambert has left his role as Stoke City manager by mutual consent following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.The 48-year-old replaced Mark Hughes at bet365 Stadium in January but was unable to stop them dropping into the Championship, winning just two of his 15 league games in charge.”Stoke City can confirm that Paul Lambert has today left his position as manager by mutual consent,” the club said in a statement on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part. “Paul would like to thank the Board, players and staff for the opportunity and their support. He would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Whilst looking forward to his next challenge, he would like to wish the club every success next season.”The club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018-19 season in the Championship.”Lambert claimed this week that he felt he was not given enough time to save Stoke’s top-flight status, although he insisted there is “a really good core” of players at the club.The news comes just hours after Swansea City, who were also relegated, confirmed they would not be renewing the contract of head coach Carlos Carvalhal. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 07:22 IST IPL 2019 will give us an insight into Virat Kohli’s leadership skills (RCB Facebook Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoyal Challengers Bangalore have never won the IPL despite big names in the teamGautam Gambhir recently slammed Virat Kohli’s leadership skills in the IPLIPL 2019 is a chance for Kohli to show he has evolved as a captain in the shorter formatsVirat Kohli is the world’s best batsman. In all three formats, Kohli has shown the hunger for runs and the desire to win games for his team. Nearly 11 years after his international debut, Virat Kohli has 41 ODI hundreds – only Sachin Tendulkar has more. Many years before he retires, Virat Kohli would have broken most of Tendulkar’s batting records.In Test cricket, Kohli has 25 hundreds which makes it a total of 65 international hundreds. Who knows! He might even go past 100 international hundreds. There’s more to the man. Virat Kohli is one win away from becoming the joint most successful Indian captain in Test cricket with MS Dhoni and his record in ODIs is outstanding.Under Virat Kohli, India have won 49 out of 68 ODIs. It is with Kohli at the helm that India won historic ODI series in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. But in all these ODI conquests, Virat Kohli has had the razor sharp MS Dhoni for constant guidance. Dhoni is an exceptional reader of the game and his presence helps the two young spinners enormously – Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal hang on to every word of advice from Dhoni.The Challenger Squad is turning up the heat at Chinnaswamy Stadium! #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/6rFGY2QRUbRoyal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 20, 2019In fact, Bishan Singh Bedi reckons Kohli is half the captain without MS Dhoni. “I am nobody to comment but we all are wondering that why Dhoni is being rested and his absence was felt yesterday, behind the stumps, with the bat and on field also. He is almost half a captain,” Bedi told PTI at a reception organised by the Australian High Commission for its cricket team.advertisement”Dhoni is not getting any younger, he is no spring chicken either but the team needs him. He has a calming influence on the side. The captain needs him by his side, he is visibly rough without him. It is not a good sign,” Bedi said after India decided to rest Dhoni for the final two ODIs against Australia.Without Dhoni, India lost the ODI series 2-3 after leading 2-0.Now here comes the real problem. The Indian Premier League. Left on his own, Virat Kohli has often looked bereft of ideas and his tactical acumen has now been questioned by Gautam Gambhir, who won Kolkata Knight Riders two IPL titles.”I don’t see him as a shrewd captain or a tactful captain as well. And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately a captain is only as good as his record till the time you don’t win the IPL. There are people who have won the trophy three times… there is MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go,” Gambhir told Star Sports. “You cannot compare him to someone like MS Dhoni or Rohit Sharma at this stage because he has been part of RCB and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years and he has been very lucky and should rather thank the franchise that they stuck to him because not many captains have got such a long run where they haven’t won a tournament. He should be very thankful to the franchise as they have stuck with him.”What happens when two legends meet on the ground? It makes for an epic practice session! #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/EUis13hDHfRoyal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 20, 2019These are strong words but Gambhir is factually right. Virat Kohli despite his brilliance with the bat has failed to deliver as a captain for RCB. He was captain when RCB last made it to the final in 2016 but it needed a superhuman effort from with the bat – 973 runs and four hundreds.MS Dhoni will not stay around much longer. What happens to Kohli then? What happens to Team India?Virat Kohli has led India admirably in Test cricket – he will forever cherish the Test series victory in Australia but his tactical blunders cost India dearly in South Africa and England.Captain Fantastic @imVkohli doesn’t hold back even in the nets! #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/O5sxndJKOaRoyal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 19, 2019This year, the RCB squad looks a lot more balanced. With Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer in the mix, they have two world class players to give that middle order far more solidity. If these two can combine their destructive powers with Kohli and AB de Villiers, who knows what RCB can achieve this year?But this IPL will give us an insight into Virat Kohli’s leadership skills and his tactical brilliance. Has he evolved as a captain? Or does Virat Kohli still need MS Dhoni by his side to help him through tense moments in tight games?advertisementAlso Read | Wrong decisions have kept RCB away from IPL title, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Personality and mental strength makes Kohli the best in ODIs: De VilliersAlso Read | Nothing out of Virat Kohli’s reach if he is fit and willing enough: Jacques KallisAlso Read | MS Dhoni to Virat Kohli in new IPL advertisement: Don’t be lateFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow RCBFollow IPL 2019Follow Indian Premier League Virat Kohli’s captaincy in focus as RCB look to forget Summer of 2018IPL 2019: Virat Kohli’s captaincy has left a lot to be desired in the IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope the world’s best batsman works wonders as a skipper this summer.advertisement
Sumit Nagal rises to career-best ATP Ranking of 159Following his runner-up finished at Banja Luka ATP Challenger last week, India’s Sumit Nagal has jumped 15 places on the ATP men’s singles rankings. advertisement Press Trust of India September 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 19:41 IST Sumit Nagal retains his position as the 2nd-ranked Indian men’s singles player (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSumit Nagal reaches 159 on ATP men’s singles rankingsNagal finished Banja Luka ATP Challenger as runner-upNagal tested Roger Federer in US Open 2019 1st roundContinuing his good run, India’s Sumit Nagal jumped 15 places to achieve a career-high ranking of 159 in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday.The 22-year-old from Haryana ended runners up in the Banja Luka ATP Challenger following a first round appearance at the US Open last month.He had leapfrogged 16 places after his first-round exit in the US Open where te took a set off Swiss maestro Roger Federer before losing the match.Meanwhile, Prajnesh Gunneswaran continued his run in the top-100. He rose three places to be world no. 82.Ramkumar Ramanathan slipped three spots to be 179th, rounding up the top-three Indians in the men’s singles.In doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan maintained their 43rd and 49th position, while Leander Paes moved one spot to be placed 78.In the WTA rankings, Ankita Raina continues to be India’s top-ranked player at 191 and is followed by Pranjala Yadlapalli, who is placed at 338.Also Read | ATP Cup: Roger Federer vs Andy Murray in Group C as Switzerland draw Great BritainAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sumit NagalFollow ATP rankingsFollow Tennis Next
Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App How to Cook Ribs in the Oven (Yes, They’ll Come Out Great) Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 7 of the Best Drink References in Music We return this week with Taste, the second album from Islands’ pair of new records. Recorded during the summer of 2015, Taste comes out alongside its twin, Should I Remain Here At Sea?, on Friday May 13th through Manqué Music. Both records are still available for preorder through the band’s wildly successful PledgeMusic campaign.The records may share a release date, but like many sets of twins, they bear little resemblance to one another. Should I Remain Here At Sea? harks back both titularly and sonically to the band’s debut, Return to the Sea, with its live off the floor recording process and more traditional indie-pop sound. Taste on the other hand, if it is to be compared to Islands’ older fare at all, resembles the band’s more recent work like Vapours and A Sleep & a Forgetting. Take, for example, the Taste‘s lead single, “Charm Offensive.” As bandleader Nick Thorburn puts it, the song is “all sharp angles, smooth lines and mechanical melodies, but just underneath is a desire for the round edges, the soft corners, a loose swing, and some crude revelry.” He adds, “I was trying to express that urge to find the good times, and let the bad ones go. To stop using songwriting as a pool to wallow in. To find the light, to sneak in, ‘pull back the shades, see the darkness fade.”That contrast radiates throughout the album. Thorburn has long excelled at combining cheerful music with cynical and morbid lyrics, but Taste inverts the arrangement. Here, it is the instrumentation that feels icy and the lyrics that warm the songs. That is not to say the music on Taste is bright and optimistic. On the contrary, many of the record’s songs express deep frustration and anxiety. The importance difference between the songs on Taste and those of other Islands’ songs is that the former’s frustration feels invested in the matter at hand.Taste comes out May 13 via Manqué Music and is available for preorder on Amazon, iTunes, and through PledgeMusic. 25 Vinyl Albums Every Man Should Own
Modi government 2.0 will soon declare the country open defecation free (ODF) since it already has achieved a toilet coverage of 99.25 per cent. And, then it will set another challenge for all states. The government machinery and non-governmental players have been working to make Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) a success. Since mere construction of toilets is not sufficient to promote holistic cleanliness in the community, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) launched the ODF Plus campaign. Also Read – A special kind of bondIt includes regular availability and usage of toilets, management of solid and liquid waste, cleanliness of water resources, maintenance of public and household toilets and awareness of personal hygiene. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’s guidelines also mention that after a village or district has secured the ODF status, efforts must be made to transition the village/district into an ODF plus one. Considering this emphasis, many ODF states are already trying to secure the ODF Plus tag. State governments have already made plans to achieve ODF Plus activities. Also Read – Insider threat managementSikkim, one of the first in the country to attain open-defecation free status for its rural population is a pioneer in managing plastic waste and has now decided to start composting. Himachal Pradesh, which ranked second in achieving ODF status, is now striving to climb the ladder. The state formulated a mechanism to deal with solid and liquid waste. It includes constructing soak pits and underground channels for liquid waste management and adopting a cluster approach for solid waste. Different clusters of 10-12 gram panchayats have been identified. Each will have waste collection at source, effective management, and disposal of waste. While plastic waste will be collected and sent to industries for recycling, organic waste will be converted into compost. Uttarakhand, too, came up with a plan to get its hands on the ODF Plus tag. The state made an announcement and disbursed Rs 5 lakh to all 125 gram panchayats to develop their existing solid and liquid waste management systems. The state’s villages will soon have community soak pits, compost pits, a segregation centre and separate sewage line for liquid waste. Gram panchayats have submitted a detailed project report that states the cost, manpower and infrastructure required for the ODF Plus mission. Since Uttarakhand is a hilly region, the distance between households is very high. Collecting and transporting waste every day is economically not feasible as the user fee is not enough. Besides, the households generate negligible dry waste so selling or recycling it is not an option. To overcome these challenges, the authorities will treat the waste of 4-5 gram panchayats together. Gujarat has also successfully climbed the first ladder and will soon deploy efficient ODF Plus-like activities. However, under National Rurban Mission, around 3,311 villages were selected in 2016 and they got two separate systems for disposal of solid waste and wet-dry garbage. This was further utilised to recycle and make compost fertiliser. Southern states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala are also trying to be ODF Plus. In India, 964 lakh toilets made nearly 5.6 lakh villages ODF. These villages will need to focus dedicatedly on sustainability, cleanliness of toilets and solid and liquid waste management to reach the next stage. This may hold challenges such as land availability for solid-liquid waste management, skilled and unskilled labour, community acceptability, and operation and maintenance issues. Although states are putting a reasonable amount of effort to ensure public participation and bring about a change in people’s mindset, still lot more needs to be done on the ground in terms of planning and execution of ODF Plus objectives. (The co-author of this piece may be reached at email@example.com. Views expressed are strictly personal)
21 August 2007The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has warned that countries in Asia and the Pacific will face serious difficulties in sustaining their response to the disease unless they become less reliant on external donors and commit more national funds to their AIDS programmes. Resources for national AIDS programmes in the region, while increasing, are insufficient for a long-term response to the pandemic, UNAIDS Asia Pacific Regional Director Prasada Rao told those gathered at the 8th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, which opened yesterday in Colombo, Sri Lanka.National budgets for AIDS programmes in the region account for only 30 per cent of the $1.2 billion allocated for AIDS, he noted, adding that, with the exception of Thailand, international donors fund the balance.Echoing his comments, Deborah Landey, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, said she hoped to see a substantial increase in domestic funding for AIDS in the region by next year.“In this third decade of the epidemic, it is becoming more and more important for countries not only to demonstrate strong political leadership, but to commit their own funds to tackling AIDS,” she stated. “This gives new meaning to the concept of national ownership.”Although prevalence rates remain low across the region, new infections rates are rising in a number of countries such as Papua New Guinea, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh. Overall, the region has seen some 1 million new infections in the last two years. Mr. Rao called on civil society groups – including people living with HIV – to continue and to increase pressure on Governments to deliver concrete AIDS programmes. “We need continued vigilance to ensure that HIV prevention and treatment are reaching people most at risk and most in need,” he said.The weeklong conference brings together more than 3,000 delegates from some 60 countries to discuss critical issues on AIDS in the region such as stigma and discrimination, access to HIV prevention and treatment and the importance of sustained political commitment on AIDS.
The Simcoe RONA store is looking to hire 20 new workers as part of a hiring blitz by Lowe’s Canada network of stores.The home improvement retailer is looking to fill more than 6,350 open positions nationwide this spring.“Whether you’re looking for a summer job, a career in home improvement, or an opportunity to share your home improvement knowledge in your retirement, now is the ideal time to join the Lowe’s Canada family,” Marc Macdonald, senior vice president of human resources, said in a media release. “Come meet our store teams-we’d like to know more about you.”Full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs will be available.A National Hiring Day will be held on Feb. 23 at stores across the country. Candidates interested in working at RONA in Simcoe can visit the location at 10 Davis Street East, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Feb. 23. The management team will be on site to accept applications and meet with candidates.Across the country, there are positions available for department managers, customer service associates, cashiers, stockers, boom truck drivers, and sales specialists. To accommodate student candidates, most seasonal jobs will begin in April.To learn more about available positions or to apply online at any time, log onto lowescanada.ca/en/careers.
* ‘signposted’ eco-models are cars defined as those vehicles that have been badged by vehicle manufacturers to draw attention to their environmental credentials. Examples of the best selling eco sub-brands are Mercedes-Benz blueEFFICIENCY, Vauxhall Ecoflex and VW Bluemotion. All manufacturers have made great strides to lower the CO2 emissions of their products, and it should be noted that some manufacturers deliberately do not brand their products as eco models.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “Continued vehicle manufacturer efforts to improve fuel efficiency and cut emissions has further reduced average CO2 output during a better than anticipated first half of 2010,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “The remainder of the year is set to be challenging, especially post the scrappage scheme. All manufacturers are committed to offering ever more efficient products through the introduction of increasingly efficient engines and alternative technologies.” · Average new car CO2 figure down 4.7% in first half of 2010 to 145.2g/km, compared with the same period in 2009.· Registrations of alternatively fuelled cars doubled over this period.· Some concern that rate of improvement may slow, but new technologies constantly emerging. · Average new car CO2 figure has fallen in every month of 2010.· Rate of improvement has cooled following the exceptional impact of the Scrappage Incentive Scheme.· Registrations of alternatively fuelled cars have more than doubled to 11,468 units in the first half of the year, and grew by 157.4% in June.· Registrations of ‘signposted’ eco-models* have risen by 141.4% in the first half of 2010 to almost 74,000 units and by almost 850% on the first half of 2008.
ETV News stock photo by Dusty ButlerThe Parowan Rams narrowly edged out the Lady Spartans in a non-region soccer match on Friday afternoon. The home win for the Rams came after an overtime period where they notched a lone goal to secure the win.The game saw the teams evenly matched in the first half as the Spartans and Rams both connected twice with the net, going into the break tied 2-2. The second half was much of the same as both teams scored one more, bringing the score to 3-3 at the end of regulation.The Rams had the advantage in overtime, grabbing one more goal to secure the 4-3 win.The Lady Spartans had eight shots on goal, three of which connected. Junior Sydney Stilson along with seniors Tern Allred and Sophie Huntington each recorded a goal for Emery. Kiri Cook protected the net for the Spartans, saving 17 shots.Up next, Emery will host Granger in Castle Dale on Thursday. Kickoff for the non-region matchup is slated for 3:30 p.m.
The Church of Scientology is controversial for its secretive practices and claims of brainwashing its members, which the church denies.Celebrity followers include Tom Cruise, who has donated heavily to the Church set up by American author Ron Hubbard in 1952.On May 19 this year, at St George’s chapel, Windsor Castle, Meghan Markle arrived for her wedding with her mother Doria Ragland, who divorced Thomas Markle in 1988.Both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace declined to comment on Mr Markle’s claims. Thomas Markle, father of the Duchess of Sussex, has claimed that the Royal Family are like Scientologists because of their secrecy.The 74-year-old, who has never met Prince Harry, also said the Royals are “cult-like” and may have secret handshakes.Mr Markle, who did not attend the wedding of his daughter after the furore caused by staging paparazzi photos, has previously said that during a phone call with Prince Harry, he hung up the phone and told the Duke of Sussex: “Maybe it would be better for you guys if I was dead… then you could pretend to be sad.”Speaking to the Sun, from his home in Rosarito, Mexico, Mr Markle said: “They are either like Scientologists or the Stepford family.”If they hear anybody say anything they just lock the doors. They need to speak up!“They are cult-like — like Scientology — because they are secretive. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “They close the door, pull the shades down and put their fingers in their ears so they don’t have to hear.“Maybe they have a secret handshake too! You cannot ask a question of them — as they won’t answer.”The former award-winning lighting director has previously said that he has been met with a wall of silence by Buckingham Palace, and reportedly last spoke with his daughter the day after her wedding.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Located 4.5 km south of the centre of Athens and on the edge of Faliro Bay, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) is perhaps the most significant cultural, educational and environmental project undertaken in Greece, and aims to become the first LEED platinum-certified public building in the country, and one of the first, for buildings of this complexity, in Europe and in the world. In addition, the Stavros Niarchos Park is expected to double the area’s green space, making it one of the largest in Athens. Conceived in 2006, the SNFCC is a private-public partnership and the foundation’s largest single philanthropic gift ($854 million/€617 million).With the desire to keep the SNFCC in constant dialogue with the public until its official delivery to the state, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) announced its intention to make the SNFCC again fully accessible to the public, organising open events that will give visitors the opportunity to re-discover and enjoy the project. The construction of the SNFCC has been officially completed and the SNF took delivery of the project this week, thus beginning the transitional phase of the delivery to the Greek state. As a pioneering initiative, the SNFCC regenerates and enriches the surrounding urban fabric of local communities and enhances the image of the city as a whole. Its environmental, social and economic impact is especially welcomed during the current difficult social circumstances, as a result of Greece’s unabating socio-economic crisis.An impact study report recently conducted by The Boston Consulting Group estimates that its construction has contributed €1.1 billion to Greece’s GDP, created 13,600 jobs and generated €57 million in revenues. The events commenced on 16 August, having as a main goal to give the public the chance to develop stronger ties with the project and accompany it throughout the delivery process to the Greek state, which is expected to be completed by the turn of the new year. The summer hours of operation for the Stavros Niarchos Park will be from 6.00 am to midnight every day. The winter hours of operation will be from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm. A program of free events will take place, including wellness and fitness programs (wellness and exercise consultants available daily from 6.30 am to 9.30 am and from 6.30pm to 9.30 am; yoga classes every Monday and Friday at 7.00 pm and every Tuesday and Thursday at 8.00 am, etc.) activities for children and families (such as the music and kinetics educational program ‘Play and Learn’ every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 pm and 8.00 pm), screenings (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9.00 pm) and music concerts. Visitors will have the opportunity to enter the buildings of the Greek National Opera and National Library of Greece by participating in one of the 90-minute scheduled guided tours taking place four times a day, at 9.30 am, 11.30 am, 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm. The two buildings will be otherwise closed to the public at this time while the transition to the Greek state takes places and the GNO and NLG prepare for their move into their new headquarters. The programming, which will take place from August until delivery to the state, is funded exclusively by the SNF.Temporary food trucks will be available for guests to purchase food and beverages. At a later stage, a restaurant and cafes will operate on a permanent basis. Τhe parking facilities, which follow the SNFCC’s opening hours, will operate without charge at this stage. Later on, parking facilities will be available upon payment. The parking structure has a capacity of almost 1,000 car spaces. The playgrounds will be available for use once the process for obtaining all the necessary permits has been completed. Moreover, free WiFi, named SNFCC-FREE-WIFI, is available across the entire SNFCC.The SNFCC’s new programming comes on the heels of the Metamorphosis celebration, a free, four-day cultural festival featuring performances, family activities and exhibits, which took place from 23 to 26 June, giving the public the opportunity to visit for the first time the buildings of the GNO and the NLG as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park in its entirety. Almost 120,000 guests visited the SNFCC during the four-day celebration. The SNFCC membership program was also launched during the events, and more than 41,000 members registered through 26,000 personal and family applications. The membership fees for these applicants were covered through a one-time grant provided by the SNF, for two years. It is worth noting that almost one in four members are children up to 17 years old. Membership registration will recommence in September and the fees paid by new members will contribute to the SNFCC’s future sustainability. Corporate and donor memberships will also be developed by the end of the year through close collaboration between the SNFCC AE, the NLG and the GNO.“The first phase of our vision has been realised,” said Andreas C. Dracopoulos, co-president of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. “The hope now is for the public to continue to embrace the SNFCC as its own, support it, enjoy it, make it a destination and integrate it into its daily life.” “This is a story of excellence,” stated Renzo Piano during a press conference on 24 June. “The excellence started with [Andreas C. Dracopoulos] and the foundation. They set up a very ambitious plan and then it went on. Because excellence is contagious. Once you start it goes through. It touched everything, it touched us.”About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation: Covering an area of 28,000m2, the new premises of the Greek National Opera can only be compared with the most modern opera houses in the world. The high aesthetics, state-of-the-art acoustics, as well as the installations of the main stage (1400 seats) will bolster a high-calibre artistic program. Furthermore, the alternative stage (400 seats) will become a hub of research and creativity in the field of education, community and contemporary artistic creation, with special emphasis in all forms of the musical theatre.The National Library of Greece, with its new 23,000m2 building, will house the existing collections of the NLG, serving the needs of researchers (National Research Library) as well as the general public (National Public Lending Library). The National Research Library will hold more than 4,500 manuscript codices from the ninth to the 19th century and a rich variety of important historical documents and archives. A lending library, bolstered by a significant book collection and other media, will include separate areas for adults, teenagers, and children and will offer a wide range of educational and cultural programs.The Stavros Niarchos Park covers 85 per cent of the SNFCC site and it is fully accessible to people with physical disabilities. The park’s landscaped paths are designed with a gentle grade upwards that leads to a summit 32m high, atop of which is the building housing the GNO and the NLG, offering spectacular views of the sea, the Acropolis, the whole park, and the surrounding neighborhoods. The park features a total of 1,450 trees, 280,000 shrubs, ground covering plants and grasses endemic to the Mediterranean.The energy canopy is a marvel of construction and engineering. The canopy measures 100x100m, is supported by 30 metal columns, which weigh a total of 4,700 tons, and is covered by 5,700 photovoltaic panels, producing 2GWh of electrical energy per year. Its highest point is at 46 metres. The canopy’s geometry and white hue create the optical illusion of a very light structure suspended above the SNFCC.With a length of 400m, width of 30m and depth of 70cm at the edges and up to 140cm in its center, the canal forms a continuous surface of water. It represents the city’s symbolic reconnection to the sea, and also functions as a recipient of rainwater, ensuring the site’s flood protection. It is supplied with seawater, which is filtered and then returns to the sea in a continuous flow.A listing of events taking place in August is available on the SNFCC’s website: www.SNFCC.org and the SNF’s website: www.SNF.org
Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Google+ Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE.com has revealed that former TNA and ROH star Austin Aries has officially debuted for NXT at the TV tapings tonight in Orlando, Florida at the CFE Arena on the campus of the University of Central Florida. His debut will air on the WWE Network on 3/2.The NXT Twitter account and Triple H both tweeted about the signing of Aries.You can view video of his debut at the link below.WWE: Austin Aries arrives in NXTRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Triple H WhatsApp Report: Petey Williams says Impact Wrestling is moving forward without Austin Aries Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Former WWE, Impact and ROH star Austin Aries set to debut for MLW Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Facebook Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Video: Watch Austin Aries no-sell the finish during Bound for Glory main event on Sunday
Facebook goddessroleplay Google+ Streaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz Says Now Playing Up Next April 20, 2016 at 1:51 pm Last night’s 4/18 WWE RAW drew an average of 3.34 million viewers on Monday night according to Showbuzzdaily.com.The first hour drew 3.486 million viewers, the second hour increased to 3.541 million viewers and the third hour saw the show drop down to 2.98 million viewers.This is down from last week’s show that drew 3.53 million viewers. RAW averaged a 1.19 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night, down from a 1.25 last week.Despite the drop in viewers, RAW ended up as the No. 2 show on cable Monday night beating out one of the NBA Playoffs games. A late NBA Playoffs game won the night on cable averaging over 4.4 million viewers.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipStreaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz SaysVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 4:57/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 33.26%0:03Remaining Time -4:54 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list I Missed Raw do to Better Call Saul Finale (which was amazing), but in general, fee like the storyline thus far has been good and enjoyable to watch. I am kinda cooled off on Dean Ambrose though… 2 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Twitter Comments are closed. Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Scarlet Fu April 20, 2016 at 10:35 am Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Cameron Huff Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WhatsApp Your see WWE how you can still do something great even after countless screw ups? Even though Shane McMahon isn’t really booking matches it’s still awesome to see him on Raw than The Authority. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next
By JEFF CHIU and ELLEN KNICKMEYERAssociated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) – Hundreds more firefighters and law enforcement officials headed Tuesday to Northern California to battle wildfires that have killed at least 17 people, including a 100-year-old man and his 98-year-old wife who were unable to escape their burning home. Authorities hoped cooler weather and lighter winds would help crews get a handle on the fires, which are among the deadliest in California history and are still burning completely uncontained. “The weather has been working in our favor, but it doesn’t mean it will stay that way,” said Brad Alexander, a spokesman of the governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The extra firefighters came from throughout California and Nevada. The extra law enforcement officers will help with evacuations and guard against looting, Alexander said. At least 100 people have been injured and 2,000 homes and businesses destroyed, according to authorities, who warned that all those figures were expected to climb in the coming days as more information is reported. Among the dead were Charles and Sara Rippey, who were married for 75 years and lived at the Silverado Resort in Napa. “The only thing worse would have been if one survived without the other,” their daughter, Ruby Gibney told Oakland television station KTVU. More than 400 miles away, flames imperiled parts of Southern California, too. Thousands of people were displaced by a wildfire that destroyed or damaged 24 structures, including homes. Hot, dry Santa Ana winds swept fire along brushy outskirts of Orange County suburbs and equestrian properties southeast of Los Angeles. More than a dozen schools were closed. The blaze, which disrupted major commuter routes, spread over nearly a dozen square miles in less than 24 hours as a squadron of helicopters and airplanes bombarded it with water and retardant, and an army of firefighters grew to 1,100 by Tuesday morning. At the other end of the state, residents who gathered at emergency shelters and grocery stores said they were shocked by the speed and ferocity of the flames. They recalled all the possessions that were lost. “All that good stuff, I’m never going to see it again,” said Jeff Okrepkie, who fled his neighborhood in Santa Rosa knowing it was probably the last time he would see his home of the past five years standing. His worst fears were confirmed Monday, when a friend sent him a photo of what was left: a smoldering heap of burnt metal and debris. Some of the largest of the 14 blazes burning over a 200-mile region were in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to dozens of wineries that attract tourists from around the world. They sent smoke as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) away. Sonoma County said it has received about 200 missing-person reports as family and friends sought to locate loved ones. It’s possible that many or most of the missing are safe but simply cannot be reached because of the widespread loss of cellphone service and other communications. Much of the damage was in Santa Rosa, a far larger and more developed city than usually finds itself at the mercy of a wildfire. The city is home to 175,000 residents, including both the wine-country wealthy and the working class. The flames were unforgiving to both groups. Hundreds of homes of all sizes were leveled by flames so hot they melted the glass off of cars and turned aluminum wheels into liquid. Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Noah Lowry, who now runs an outdoor sporting goods store in Santa Rosa, was forced to flee in minutes along with his wife, two daughters and a son just over 2 weeks old. “I can’t shake hearing people scream in terror as the flames barreled down on us,” Lowry said. His family and another evacuating with them tried to take U.S. 101 to evacuate but found it blocked by flames, and had to take country roads to get to the family friends who took them in. A 90-mile (145-kilometer) stretch of the highway is framed by the flames and a major concern overnight, said Brad Alexander, a spokesman for the California Office of Emergency Services. Highway 12, which winds through the heart of wine country, was also rendered unusable by the flames. “Sonoma and Napa counties have been hit very hard,” Alexander said. The flames forced authorities to focus primarily on getting people out safely, even if it meant abandoning structures to the fire. Firefighters rushed to a state home for the severely disabled when flames reached one side of the center’s sprawling campus in the historic Sonoma County town of Glen Ellen. Crews got the more than 200 people from the threatened buildings, one firefighter said, as flames closed within a few dozen feet. Fires from ruptured gas lines dotted the smoky landscapes of blackened Santa Rosa hillsides. Fire trucks raced by smoldering roadside landscaping in search of higher priorities. The flames were fickle in some corners of the city. One hillside home remained unscathed while a dozen surrounding it were destroyed. Kim Hoe, a 33-year-old tech worker from Penang, Malaysia, was staying at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, which was gutted by flames. He said the power went out around 1 a.m., and he and his colleagues started packing up when someone knocked on the door and told them to run. “We just had to run and run. It was full of smoke. We could barely breathe,” Hoe said. Late Monday, flames began coming over a ridge in an area bordering Oakmont and Trione-Annadel State Park, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Summer Black told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/2wLgBge ). Most of the Oakmont area was evacuated earlier in the day. October has generally been the most destructive time of year for California wildfires. What was unusual Sunday, however, was to have so many fires take off at the same time. Other than the windy conditions that helped drive them all, there was no known connection between the fires, and no cause has been released for any of them. ___ Knickmeyer reported from Sonoma, California. Associated Press writers Paul Elias, Jocelyn Gecker, Sudhin Thanawala, Juliet Williams, Janie McCauley and Olga R. Rodriguez in San Francisco, John Antczak and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles, Alina Hartounian in Phoenix and Martha Bellisle in Seattle also contributed to this report.(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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The duo covered a wide range of topics, including the singer/songwriter’s early music memories, how Ricky Skaggs influenced his career, the art of collaboration, memorable career advice, and why he’s a huge fan of MusiCares and Post Malone.The New Zealand native was quick to credit his drummer father for turning him onto his love of country. As a 5-year-old, Urban had the chance to see the legendary Johnny Cash in concert, which captured the young artist’s imagination.”What I remember from that concert is just how loud the crowd was,” Urban recalled. “I remember just the roar of everybody when this guy walked out on the stage and it’s never left me, and the power of when he played guitar and sang was an extraordinary thing.”By age 6, Urban was taking guitar lessons and learning from the country records spinning in his parents’ house as well as the local bands in his area. When he discovered the “chicken pickin'” style of guitar players such as Skaggs, the deal was sealed.Urban also discussed how his unique musicality stems from his affinity for collaborations. Not only has he recorded with other country artists but he’s also worked across many genres, including artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and many more.Indeed, his upcoming studio album, Graffiti U, will feature a collaboration with “Issues” singer/songwriter Julia Michaels, as well as borrowing a sample from country great Merle Haggard on another track.Julia Michaels Deconstructs “Issues,” Writing Songs | “Required Listening” PodcastFor his part, Urban feels collaborations keep his music fresh while also playing to his appreciation for all music genres and their creators, whether they are an EDM electronic-only musician or the classic instrumentalist.”I’m a big believer that it’s all still musicianship,” said Urban. “If you’re doing it on your MacBook Pro or you don’t play an instrument … they still have to compose these things like a painter putting paint together in a such a way that it creates a compelling image. That’s as valid to me as a guy sitting there playing guitar.”Urban further solidified his stance when asked by an audience member about his current favorite contemporary artist outside of country music.”Post Malone because he’s got his own thing, it’s insane,” Urban answered. “I don’t even know what it is. I don’t think he knows what it is, which is beautiful. It’s just an incredible fusion of things — singer/songwriter, hip-hop, R&B, soul. It’s just all out there and I love it.”His penchant for fusing genres and forging his own path as a singer/songwriter, while it looks effortless now, wasn’t always an asset to Urban. He recalled his early days playing shows around Nashville, Tenn., when a record label employee followed his band religiously, yet there was no indication the label wanted to sign him. When the guitarist finally asked why, the employee had some sage words of wisdom for the emerging artist.”You’re just really unique and it’ll be your biggest curse until it becomes greatest blessing,'” Urban recounted. “And as cheesy as that might sound … what I took from that was stay the course and it’s just going to take time.”With Goldman guiding the conversation, Urban went deeper on more personal topics, including his path to sobriety.”It’s such a personal thing, sobriety, for each person,” Urban said about his journey. “I wished I gotten sober many, many years before I did but it is what it is. I’m glad that I finally got here almost 12 years later. I think for me it’s made it possible to do the things I do.”Urban revealed that the Recording Academy-affiliated charity MusiCares was a driving force behind him getting help in the 1990s. The organization’s MAP Fund helped pay for his first rehabilitation treatment, which is part of the reason he has lent his support to not only MusiCares but other charitable causes throughout his career.To conclude the panel, audience members expressed their appreciation for Urban’s music, including fans from as far away as Canada, Brazil and France. For Urban, who will play a special showcase at SXSW at Stubb’s BBQ on March 16, it’s clear that his reach will continue to make waves in the music industry for years to come. Eddy CuePhoto: Jason Bollenbacher/Getty Images SXSW 2018: How Big Is The K-Pop Explosion? 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