ThinkAnalytics has appointed Deluxe Entertainment

first_imgThinkAnalytics has appointed Deluxe Entertainment Services executive, Simon McGrath, as chief operating officer (COO) and senior vice president (SVP) of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific regions.Simon McGrathMcGrath has 30 years’ experience in the TV technology sector. He joins from Deluxe Entertainment Services where he was SVP of strategy and business development, prior to which he was European managing director at thePlatform – now Comcast Technology Solutions.McGrath’s has previously also worked as chief marketing officer and commercial director for Europe at SeaChange International and as deputy CEO of On Demand Group until SeaChange acquired the business.“The second golden age of television is being driven by new technologies, particularly artificial intelligence and consumer analytics. As the industry focus shifts to content production, content marketing and understanding the consumer better, ThinkAnalytics is playing a pivotal role in helping operators embrace the same big data that retailers have been doing for years with loyalty schemes and real-time point of sale data,” said McGrath.ThinkAnalytics chairman, Eddie Young, said: “Following a significant increase in new customer wins in the Americas, Europe and Asia, we have bolstered our executive team with the addition of Simon.“Like Gabriel Berger, our recently appointed CEO, Simon brings a deep understanding of technology, business operations and customer engagement. This marks yet another important milestone in ThinkAnalytics’ growth.”ThinkAnalytics announced the appointment of former Vubiquity executive, Gabriel Berger, as CEO last month.last_img read more

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Half of TV sets shipped in Western Europe and more

first_imgHalf of TV sets shipped in Western Europe and more than this in North America and China are now 4K, according to IHS Markit stats presented at MIPTV this morning.IHS Markit research director, Paul Gray, said that developed regions are closing the gap on China with 55-inch screens driving 4K growth in the medium term as demand for 65-inch screens grows steadily.China is investing heavily in 65-inch and larger LCD panel screens, which will help see large screens fall in price, MIPTV delegates heard.“In China they are investing vast amounts of money in LCD panel fabs. Probably US$20-US$30 billion depending on how many of the projects you believe will come to fruition,” said Gray.“Screens are getting very big and very cheap,” he added, pointing out that consumers in China can now buy a 65-inch TV from respected manufacturer Konka for just CNY3,799 (€500).IHS predicts that home size will eventually limit the size growth of TVs but noted that 55-inch TVs started out-shipping 32-inch TVs in Western Europe from the fourth quarter of last year.“Essentially 55-inch and up is where the growth is – everything else is either flat or losing share,” said Gray. “Consumers really get the idea of bigger screens, retailers don’t want to sell you anything smaller than 55-inch.”Looking ahead, IHS expects 55-inch TVs sales will start to plateau by 2021-2022 with growth then coming from 65-inch sets.“We’re in a second wave of supply push now,” said Gray. “UHD was the first wave, the second wave now is just being bigger sizes or indeed huge sizes.”However, Gray said that he is “pretty pessimistic” about the European market for 65-inch TVs because of space constraints in homes and the need to rearrange furniture.He also raised a note of caution about 75-inch sets, claiming that the costs of shipping, packaging and delivering these larger and heavier TVs will add an inevitable price premium.“That [the 75-inch TV] to me look like a different business,” said Gray. “It’s like furniture or white goods and my worry is that 75-inch, independent of whether you’ve actually got space in your house for it, will remain a lot more expensive than people expect.”last_img read more

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VodafoneZiggo Liberty Global and Vodafones joint

first_imgVodafoneZiggo, Liberty Global and Vodafone’s joint venture in the Netherlands, will switch off analogue cable in Amsterdam on the night of December 10-11.The analogue switch-off in the city is part of a phased switchover that started in march this year. The operator has already turned off analogue in Capelle aan den Ijssel and Rotterdam.Ziggo said that it would inform customers well in advance of the changeover.Analogue subscribers switching to digital will be able to view extra channels including regional services and Ziggo Sport. The operator said that the switch would have no impact on prices paid by its customers, with customers able to retain their existing subscriptions.Jeroen Hoencamp, CEO of VodafoneZiggo, said that the number of people watching analogue had “decreased considerably” in recent years.last_img read more

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first_imgShare your views by completing our survey questionnaireContent rights holders and TV operators now see streaming as a mainstream way of distributing their offerings to consumers. But ensuring that the streaming experience matches the expectations of users is key to the success of such services.With multiple subscription and free services vying for consumers’ time and money, the battle to ensure that viewers remain loyal means that operators of online TV brands need to invest to ensure that their offerings not only match but exceed the quality people traditionally expect from broadcast TV.Digital TV Europe wants to know what the video industry’s leading minds think about the current and future state of the streaming experience. What do service providers need to put in place to ensure that they meet consumers’ expectations? How can they ensure that they win and retain customers? What elements of the streaming experience are likely to be crucial as quality differentiators in the battle between providers?The editorial team at Digital TV Europe will use the survey results as the basis of an in-depth report that will be available to you free of charge.Also compltete the survey to win a seat at our new VideoTech Innovation Awards! Deadline date: 30 July 2019Take the surveylast_img read more

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HDTV is increasingly seen even within Europe as

first_imgHDTV is increasingly seen, even within Europe, as the de facto standard for pay-TV services. Andy Fry surveys recent developments.It’s been a long time coming, but HD channels have now moved into the pay-TV mainstream. While there is still a lot of variation in HD take-up from territory to territory, the last year has represented a critical phase with consumer demand for HD-ready TV sets and set top boxes growing rapidly.France is a good indicator of this trend. At the end of 2009, 45.4% of TV homes had at least one HD-ready television, up 15.3% on 2008. By 2012, consultancy NPA Conseil/Euroconsult expects that figure to rise to 78%. In the UK, meanwhile, pay-TV providers BSkyB and Virgin Media have seen revenues boosted by consumer take-up of HD services. Sky added 429,000 HD customers in the second quarter of this year, meaning that 30% of its 9.8 million-strong subscriber base now pay an extra £10 (€12) per month for HD channels. Virgin Media now has 1.2 million customers signed up to its 26 HD-channel package, contributing to a recession-beating 5% increase in its ARPU year-on-year. The US, UK and Japan, however, probably have the most advanced HD line-ups in the world, with US cable operator Comcast recently increasing its HD offering to 100 channels in parts of New Jersey (recent add-ons include Comedy Central, BET, Lifetime and MTV). But other leading economies are catching up fast. In recent months, German pay-TV provider Sky Deutschland and cable operator Kabel Deutschland have both put HD at the heart of their growth strategy. While the former has a total of 10 HD channels available via cable and satellite, the latter is poised to unveil HD versions of US-backed channels SyFy, TNT Serie and TNT Film this autumn.With Scandinavia, Benelux, Poland, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific also experiencing an HD groundswell, it’s no surprise that channel operators other than those named above are anxious to enter the space too. Today, Discovery, National Geographic, MTV, Disney, AETN International and Eurosport, to name a few, all offer HD channels alongside their existing SD portfolios. Indeed, for some of the newer arrivals on the European pay-TV scene, there’s now a temptation to drop in an HD service first and add SD afterwards.New lease of life“In some territories there’s a kind of technology arms race going on.”Ed Palluth, Rainbow MediaPresident of MGM Networks Worldwide Bruce Tuchman says his company now has six HD services in the international market. And he’s convinced it’s the way of the future: “We’ve seen from the US market that once consumers experience HD they don’t go back. The issue until now has been getting the pricing and the content right, but in markets where consumers have 50-60 HD channels they’re increasingly happy to stay within that universe and not watch SD at all.” For MGM, the advent of HD has been a new lease of life: “Our classic movies look amazing in HD,” he says, “But more than that, HD has been an opportunity for us to move up the consideration list. By getting into the market early we are giving platforms what they want and creating greater visibility among consumers. It’s almost like dialling back to the early years of multichannel television.” MGM’s HD deals to date have been in the US, UK, Poland, Israel, Brazil and, most recently, Spanish-speaking Latin America. Available via Cablevision Argentina, Cablevision Mexico and Sky Mexico, Tuchman believes this deal, in a market which was historically slow to embrace pay-TV, is further evidence of the speed at which HD is bedding down.The dial-back effect is proving particularly valuable to US channel operators, many of which have access to native HD content from their domestic market (as opposed to SD content which has to be upconverted before it can be classified as HD). At MIPTV, for example, Scripps-owned Food Network announced plans to launch an HD version on Orbit-Showtime Network in the Middle East. Given that this launch came just a few months after the arrival of an SD version of Food Network in the UK and as a pan-regional feed in continental Europe, it’s a sign that newer players in the multichannel market see HD as an opportunity to leap ahead of rivals.Commenting on Food Network’s rapid move into the HD market, Scripps Networks International president Greg Moyer confirms that “the ability to tap our substantial library of quality high-definition lifestyle programming is an important driver of distribution, especially in EMEA markets.” And the good news is that platforms are responding positively. Marc-Antoine d’Halluin, CEO of Orbit Showtime Network, says that “having Food Network on HD really marks us out as forerunners in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing programming the way they are meant to be watched – in high-definition – and we’re proud to be leading the way.”Like MGM and Scripps, Rainbow Media is reveling in the opportunity offered by HD to promote channel brands such as Sundance Channel and We tv. “For us there’s an added advantage that our US parent company Cablevision has one of the world’s most advanced HD offerings,” says senior vice-president, international distribution, Ed Palluth. “We go to market with real understanding of the sector. For example we know from Cablevision research that the same show rates better in HD than in SD.”Like other channel operators, Rainbow has taken Sundance into Poland. But a particular coup has been the channel’s entry into France via platforms including Numéricable, Free and Alice. “We benefit from having a lot of high-quality native HD production to offer the international market,” says Palluth, “and we are also able to leverage HD content from our other US channels AMC and IFC.”HD offeringThere’s no hard and fast rule about what a channel operator’s HD offering comprises For some, the answer has been to simulcast, while for others it has been to create a “best of” channel. An example of the former is NBC Universal’s launch of SyFy in Germany while the latter group includes MTVN HD, a combination of music, event, extreme sport and kids shows (HD versions of Nick content are shown at weekends). The final choice depends on a number of factors, says BBC Worldwide channels senior vice-president and general manager, EMEA, Ian McDonough, ranging from the availability of native HD content to bandwidth capacity issues (one of the practical limitations which prevents platforms from simply duplicating everything). “Our approach has been to create a single high quality BBC HD channel. It offers everything from documentaries like Planet Earth to dramas like Whitechapel and Hustle,” he says. This has proved popular with platforms, says McDonough, “because it appeals to a family audience, whereas a lot of early phase HD channels are geared more towards men. We’ve successfully taken it into markets like Scandinavia [Canal Digital] Turkey [Turksat] and Poland [various], where the sale of HD-ready TV sets is now outstripping the sale of traditional receivers.”AETN International has gone down both routes with its History, Bio and Crime brands “depending on the individual market,” says AETN International’s senior vice-president Sean Cohan. “Sometimes the decision whether to simulcast or launch a differentiated service is about the economics, sometimes it’s about the rights. But just as often it’s about local audience tastes or the promotional needs of the platform. In the UK, for example, Sky charges an HD premium, so it makes sense to offer viewers different editorial.”Of course, this growing surge of activity around HD raises a whole host of commercial considerations. For example, with most channel chiefs predicting HD ubiquity at some point in the future, with HD replacing SD as the de facto standard, does it mean that all of them should be rushing HD channels to market? Does failure to act mean in obsolescence in the future?[icitspot id=”9284″ template=”box-story”]Cohan, who has seen shifts in behaviour on the US side, is cautious on this point: “I can see that 2011 might be a good year for HD if the global economy comes out of recession. But you have to keep in mind that there are still a lot of people who haven’t made the switch to HD. I don’t think we can quite say the tipping point has been reached for HD.”This point is echoed by Chellomedia’s chief operating officer Niall Curran, whose company runs a diverse portfolio of local and pan-regional channels. “How quickly you move is really down to a combination of market conditions and the kind of channels you operate,” he says. “HD represents quite an investment, so you want to make sure you’re getting into a significant number of homes when you sign a carriage deal. How quickly you act also depends on whether your channel is the service that will help the platform market its HD offering to customers. Often this is a discussion with the platforms.”There’s no question, for example, that blue-chip brands like Discovery HD, National Geographic Channel HD and MTVN HD are regarded as must-haves for most platforms. Starting in 2006, Discovery HD has rolled out across many of the major markets in the world, most recently linking up with cable operators Virgin Media in the UK and Zon Multimédia in Portugal in June. Prior to that, the majority of Discovery HD’s deals were with satellite platforms, so the fact that cable players are ramping up their HD offerings is further evidence of a new phase in the rollout of the format. This point is also underlined by MTVN HD’s deals, which include carriage agreements with Deutsche Telekom’s German IPTV platform T-Entertain, Hungarian DTH operation Hello HD, UK cable operator Virgin Media and Russian DTH outfit Platforma.Chellomedia’s portfolio also illustrates the point. While a pan-regional Chellomedia channel like Reality TV is not likely to get HD early-adopters trading up their television set or paying a subscription premium, a service like Central European documentary channel Spektrum might. Available to 3.6 million homes across markets such as Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Chellomedia decided that it did make sense to go HD in this rapidly-growing region, says Curran. “For us, the critical business decision has been to invest in our own architecture so we are completely equipped to deal with HD internally,” he says. “But the decision about when to go to market with an HD channel is dependent on market conditions. Our view is that it is dangerous to race ahead of the customer, particularly with channels which are based around the acquisition of third party rights. But it felt like the right time for Spektrum HD.”Chellomedia has taken a similar decision with Mov, a male-oriented action/horror movie channel it runs in partnership with Portuguese platform Zon Multimédia. Even more compelling was the case for going HD with Film1, its premium movie service in the Netherlands. Film1, and its accompanying channel portfolio, is the main provider of box office movies in Holland, and was a very early adopter of HD, says channel chief Casper Keller says: “It was expensive at first because so much content had to be upconverted from SD, but it was a way for us to gain experience in the market and offer our platform partners a point of differentiation with customers.” Like his US counterparts, Keller says there is no going back once consumers experience HD. “We simulcast Film1 in SD and HD, and we know that, given the choice, audiences watch the HD version.” Interestingly, Film1 does not charge its subscribers a premium for watching the HD version of the channel. Contrast that with the UK where Sky has managed to bolt on an extra £10 (e12) a month for giving its subscribers access to its HD bouquet. This raises an obvious question. Does HD represent a potential revenue boost for channels and platforms? Or does the ability to charge disappear as HD becomes universal? “Eventually, HD becomes the new SD,” says Keller, “in the way analogue was replaced by digital. But there are a variety of factors that will influence the speed of that transition. So during that period there will be some platforms which can charge customers extra.”Level of competitionOne obvious factor is the level of competition within markets: “In some territories there’s a kind of technology arms race going on,” says Rainbow Media’s Palluth. “In a market like Poland, where you have numerous platforms using HD and VOD to try and secure a competitive advantage, it’s tough to secure the kind of price premium that Sky gets.”Similarly, in the crowded Scandinavian market, HDTV was once seen as a USP for satellite operators. But with cable, DTT and IPTV platforms all encroaching on the space, there’s an inevitable downward pressure on pricing, says BBC Worldwide’s McDonough: “Here you have some HD channels available on basic, which is very different to the situation in the UK. Rather than pushing up prices, HD becomes a way of controlling churn.”The prospect of HD channels populating the basic tier is made ever more likely now that free-to-air channels are entering both the pay-TV and the DTT space. The same is true for brands like Eurosport, a business whose ethos is built around maximising subscriptions on the basic tier. While the early phase of rollout has seen Eurosport HD sitting within designated HD sections of the EPG, the likelihood is that the channel will be at the forefront of the trend towards HD channels in basic. In the Nordic region,  Eurosport general manager Amanda Evans says the arrival of an HD service in basic has been warmly welcomed by platforms looking for a competitive edge: “HD penetration here is high,” says Evans, “so the platforms have welcomed the chance to populate the basic tier with HD versions of established brands.”Of course, one noticeable development in the last six months has been the way set manufacturers and platforms have started talking up 3D. That sounds exciting for consumers, but surely it’s a distraction for channel operators that have only just started to see light at the end of the HD tunnel. Executives including Cohan are philosophical: “The pace of change is ever greater, but that’s the reality of the business and what makes it so interesting. Our view is that HD is real and happening now. 3D is a little further down the line and is probably more suited to event TV.”[icitspot id=”9283″ template=”box-story”]As with HD, the speed at which channel operators move into the 3D space will be dictated to a large extent by content supply and demand, says Rainbow Media’s Palluth: “The Sundance Channel is mainly built around independent films made on fairly tight budgets, so I don’t anticipate it being a consideration for the channel in the near future.”David Pounds, chief executive of programme distributor Electric sky, provides a useful insight into the state of the 3D content market: “We were one of the first companies to start looking at the 3D market from a content sales point of view. At MIPCOM last year, there were four or five channels showing interest in the area. This year, I’d expect it to be more like 40 or 50, which shows how quickly excitement has built in the area.”An interesting footnote is that US cable giant Comcast’s decision to deliver 100 HD channels, double the previous offering, is putting pressure on the operator to reduce its analogue tier to free up bandwidth. Subscribers to Comcast’s expanded basic tier have been told to install a digital box or risk losing channels. The message is that HD is on the cusp of pushing SD channels to one side.last_img read more

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Ann LoveTrust holds successful midwifery taster

first_img Ann LoveTrust holds ‘successful’ midwifery taster event at Altnagelvin HospitalWESTERN TRUST St Patrick’s College, Dungiven – Post Natal Staff Ashleigh Smyth, Shannon ThompsonTHE Western Trust says it has held a “very successful” Midwifery taster event at Altnagelvin Hospital.The event was held to give give students from local schools and colleges across Derry and Donegal who are considering a career in Midwifery an insight into the role of a midwife.Information on training, qualifications and job roles was shared with approximately 200 students who attended this event. ShareTweetcenter_img Anne Love, Volunteer and Work Experience Manager for the Western Trust said: “We are delighted to welcome students from schools in Derry, Limavady, Dungiven, Coleraine, Strabane, Castlederg and Donegal.“Many students aspire to work in a caring profession and this event gives them the opportunity to ask questions and make informed decisions regarding a future career in Midwifery.“Students are also advised on how they can get involved with the Trust through the volunteering scheme,” she added.Trust holds ‘successful’ midwifery taster event at Altnagelvin Hospital was last modified: March 11th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Tumblr Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Previous PostEntries Open For 5th Annual State Fair of WV Car Show Twitter Google+ Linkedin Mail Pinterest Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Kentucky Mines Linked to Gov. Justice Are Hiring By Tyler BarkerJul 10, 2018, 15:24 pm 386 0 Home NewsWatch Local News Kentucky Mines Linked to Gov. Justice Are Hiring PIKEVILLE, Ky.— Three Kentucky surface mines with connections to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice plan to hire 150 employees in an area where coal jobs have declined over the past decade.The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Bluestone Industries plans to begin production immediately. Bluestone said the mines are in Pike and Letcher counties and have been inactive due to market decline. Bluestone has ties to the Justice family.Justice and his family own dozens of mining companies and owe millions in unpaid property taxes to Kentucky counties where they operate.Justice told the newspaper Monday that the companies are entitled to dispute tax bills in some cases but said “we’re not going to walk away from an obligation.”The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said the number of eastern Kentucky coal jobs fell from more than 13,600 in 2011 to just over 4,000 in 2017. Next PostWhite Sulphur Springs Neighborhood Watch Declares Community BBQ A Huge Successlast_img read more

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first_imgHome NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Remains Identified As West Virginia Man Missing Since 2015 Mail CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedNewsWatch Remains Identified As West Virginia Man Missing Since 2015 By Yazmin RodriguezApr 08, 2019, 09:39 am 657 0 CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say human remains found by a worker clearing brush have been identified as a man who has been missing since 2015.Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheny tells news outlets the remains found near U.S. Route 19 last week were identified as 50-year-old Richard Lee Stonebreaker of Clarksburg.The body has been sent to a medical examiner to determine the cause of death. Previous PostKentucky Man Accuses West Virginia Hospital Of Child Abuse Google+ Facebook Pinterest Yazmin Rodriguez Yazmin Rodriguez is currently the morning and noon anchor for WOAY. She was born in Newark, New Jersey then later headed down to the Jersey shore where she received her bachelor’s degree in television and radio from Monmouth University. Linkedin Next PostGino’s Top Plays of the Week – April 7 Tumblr Twitterlast_img read more

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first_img Pinterest Facebook Previous PostWarren becomes first 2020 Democrat to call for impeachment Mail Twitter Tumblr Google+ Home Sports News Marshall Marshall, Western Michigan Announce Home-and-Home Series Next PostTIP: Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs WOAY – Marshall and Western Michigan have agreed to a home-and-home football series, with the Thundering Herd hosting the Broncos on September 14, 2024. Marshall will then visit the Broncos on September 6, 2025.Western Michigan leads the all-time series 22-12, but Marshall has taken five of the last six in the rivalry. The Thundering Herd defeated the Broncos in the MAC championship game in both 1999 & 2000, with the ’99 victory preserving an unbeaten season.Marshall has won their last three games against MAC opponents, defeating Miami (Ohio) each of the last two seasons, along with a 21-0 victory over Kent State in 2017; their last loss was to Akron in 2016. The Thundering Herd hosts Ohio this season in the Battle for the Bell. Linkedin MarshallSportsSports News Marshall, Western Michigan Announce Home-and-Home Series By Matt DigbyApr 19, 2019, 20:11 pm 523 0 Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read Morelast_img read more

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first_img Linkedin Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Man Arrested after Threatening to Kill Man with Machete Pinterest CrimeWatch NewsLocal NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Man Arrested after Threatening to Kill Man with Machete By Kassie SimmonsJul 26, 2019, 13:20 pm 484 0 QUINWOOD, W.Va. (WOAY) – Greenbrier County deputies arrested a man on Wednesday after he allegedly broke into his nephew’s home and threatened to kill him with a machete.The victim locked himself in the bathroom while Brett Wayne Altizer, also known as Jody Altizer, said he could not believe he was going to kill him with a machete.Shortly before 2 a.m., authorities arrived on scene where the victim and his neighbor told them that Altizer had left the house and moved to the wooded area behind the residence. The responding deputy says he could hear Altizer beating something with the machete, but could not find the accused after an hour of searching.A statement from the victim says: “I was in the bathroom and I heard someone holler. I was home alone, so I went to check and it was my uncle, [Jody Altizer.] He opened my door and was all the way in my house with a machete saying ‘I’m going to beat you to death.’ I ran into the bathroom and called my roommate and my uncle ran. I was in fear for my life.”The victim also claims Altizer was destroying items in the house in a threatening manner.Altizer is charged with domestic assault, brandishing and burglary. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a $1,000 fine. Kassie Simmons Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism.During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing.Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about.Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com. Next PostFayette County Teenager Sentenced to Prison for Federal Drug Crime Twitter Google+ Facebook Mail Previous PostDinner Boat Cruise on Summersville Lake Seeing More Business This Summer Tumblrlast_img read more

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first_img Marc’s shiver-inducing talk is exactly the kind of amazing speeches our regular summit attendees have come to expect of our always sold-out events. If you’ve never been to a Casey Summit before, now is the perfect chance to try one. Click here for complete details on the upcoming conference September 19-21 in the beautiful San Antonio hill country. Sincerely, Olivier Garret, CEO Casey Research Never in my life have I seen a round of applause like this one… and at an event normally composed of conservative, introspective investors to boot. But most surprising of all – and I must admit in my bias here  they were applauding a lawyer. A defense lawyer at that. The usual fare at our conferences has much more to do with how to keep your money safe (and invest it to grow, of course). But we always prefer to mix in a few speakers to give us a real, on the ground reality check of what’s happening to our freedoms. Thus, when we invited constitutional law and criminal defense attorney Marc J. Victor to speak, we expected he’d share his insights into a slowly eroding respect for individual rights. He did not. Instead, he showed us just how bad things are getting and at a breakneck pace just beyond the public eye. His talk was downright chilling. And now, for the first time, I’m excited to share his Casey Summit presentation in its entirety with all of you. He’s the highest-reviewed outside speaker we’ve ever gotten feedback on. This is a must watch. But first, I’m sharing it with you now because Mr. Victor has agreed to appear once again at next month’s Summit with a complete update on his talk. I just checked with our events team, and they say that, per usual, the Summit will likely end up selling out the hotel. There are just over a dozen rooms left for next month’s conference. So, you must register now if you want one of the few remaining rooms on site. And now, Marc’s full presentation:last_img read more

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first_imgThere are only two parcels left to be developed at Drexel Town Square, the former Delphi plant turned mega mixed-use development in Oak Creek.The 85-acre property southwest of West Drexel and South Howell avenues includes a Meijer store, a TownePlace Suites by Marriott hotel, several restaurants and Oak Creek’s city hall and library.The sites left to develop are part of WiRED Properties’ mixed-use South Main Street, said Doug Seymour, director of community development for the City of Oak Creek.The last standalone retail lot is currently under construction along South Howell Avenue. It includes a Verizon Wireless store, the area’s second Macaroni and Cheese Shop (MACS) and Stanton Optical. In August, Rick Barrett, owner of Barrett Lo Visionary Development LLC, will begin construction on the second phase of the Emerald Row luxury apartments. Phase one included 167 apartments. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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first_imgLast updated on June 18th, 2019 at 12:56 pmWauwatosa-based Zywave Inc. has acquired Chicago-based Code SixFour.Zywave is an insurance software-as-a-service solutions provider. Code SixFour is a proposal automation and advanced predictive analytics firm for employee benefits advisors.Zywave has gained Code SixFour’s products and customers. Eric Rentsch, founder and chief executive officer of Code SixFour, will join Zywave to build out its proposal automation suite. “We’re proud to welcome Code SixFour’s customers and employees to Zywave, and we’re excited to add their unique presentation and proposal automation products to our agency management tool set,” said Jason Liu, chief executive officer of Zywave. “Brokers now will have an end-to-end solution to help them find prospects, engage them with compelling content, and create comprehensive consulting proposals to illustrate the value their agency can provide to them.”“Joining Zywave is going to accelerate the progress we’ve made with our partners over the past several years,” Rentsch said. “Zywave’s new strategic vision aligns perfectly with the value Code SixFour brings to market. I’m personally excited to work with Zywave to further scale and innovate—and most importantly, to bring greater resources to help our clients deliver their individual stories to the market, with the best available consultative proposal system and content.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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Small Business Saturday is almost upon us – Saturd

first_imgSmall Business Saturday is almost upon us – Saturday, November 25, 2017, and I’m writing to encourage residents of the North End to support our local businesses that day.Local stores are the lifeblood of a community. Not only do they add culture and a rich tapestry of unique experiences to our neighborhood, they play a large role in stimulating the local economy. They employ residents of the community, providing jobs that otherwise wouldn’t be readily accessible those living in the North End. They also bring growth and innovation to the community through their creativity, energy and unique offerings.*Advertisement* When we shop at small businesses, not only are we supporting owners who live in our community, we are also essentially giving money back to our neighborhood. And, according to the United States Small Business Association, small businesses have generated 64 percent of new jobs, and paid 44 percent of the total U.S. payroll. Small businesses, in fact, make a big impact on our economy.Small Business Saturday was created to celebrate and support these integral parts of our community. By holding the annual event on the Saturday after Christmas, the aim is to bring some of the holiday shopping traffic to the doorsteps of local stores. According to the official Small Business Saturday website, last year’s day brought an estimated $15.4 billon dollars of business to local shops, and motivated 112 million shoppers to support local that day.We’re lucky to live in a neighborhood that boasts many high-quality small businesses. Many of the restaurants in the North End are owned by local residents and families, so they would be a perfect place to dine out on Small Business Saturday. We are home to a host of locally-owned fitness studios, including BTone Fitness on Salem Street and My Stryde on Hanover Street, so you could support a local business and get in a great workout on November 25. Lastly, we are surrounded by unique, locally-owned boutiques, including Heart & Sole (Hanover Street), Ensemble (Baldwin Place) and Shake The Tree (Salem Street), all of which are the perfect places to get your holiday shopping accomplished – and maybe find something for yourself, too!So, this Small Business Saturday, I encourage you to explore your neighborhood, support your community, and shop local.last_img read more

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Ahead of Fridays major coastal storm the city an

first_imgAhead of Friday’s major coastal storm, the city and property owners on Boston’s waterfront are preparing for extreme flooding and high-tide concerns. Record flooding and 15 feet+ high tides, damage could be worse than during January’s storm and close major thoroughfares along Atlantic Avenue and Commercial Street. See full NWS storm forecast here.The MBTA placed sand bags at Aquarium and Orient Heights on the MBTA Blue Line, Fenway on the MBTA Green Line in order to deploy as needed and mitigate any water issues that may occur.Nothing like getting your sandbags in a row before the next big storm. @universalhub pic.twitter.com/HTaQtAqQDT— Jocelyn (@hkergrrl) March 1, 2018*Advertisement* At Aquarium Station, escalators and elevators on the Long Wharf-side of Aquarium sustained extensive water damage during the January weather event and will remain out of service for several weeks.Atlantic Wharf has deployed the “AquaFence” around its entire building.In preparations for the possible #flooding in #Boston this weekend, our #AtlanticWharf crew is working hard to install the @aquafence! We purchased #AquaFence (a mobile flood protection system) several years ago as a climate resilience measure to mitigate flood risk. pic.twitter.com/jWNIBzHJ8x— Atlantic Wharf (@atlanticwharf) March 1, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Kyoto, Japan was ranked number 1 for being a “beautiful city full of history.”In the Top 25 Hotels in Southeast Asia, two came from the Philippines: Edsa Shangri-La Manila at no. 9 with 92.1 points, and Makati Shangri-La at no. 25 with 85 points.Only Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa made it to the Top 20 Resorts in Asia, at number 8 with 92.5 points.The island destinations were grouped into Australia and the Pacific; Asia, Africa and the Indian Ocean; Caribbean and the Atlantic; Canada, Unites States, and Europe.A record-breaking 79,268 readers participated in the survey this year, almost double the number last year. They cast 1.3 million votes for more than 16,000 properties  around the world.The Readers’ Choice Survey, begun in 1988, and is available through a secure website.Condé Nast Traveler is an American magazine published by Condé Nast which began in 1987. A separate U k edition, Condé Nast Traveller, is produced from offices in London. Aside from the use of the British spelling, it has also a different format, content and design.Read Next BPI nets P13.74B in H1 In 2010, Cebu was shut out from the list, with the honor bestowed on Luzon island at number 7 (75.1 points).But on that year, another international magazine, Travel + Leisure, named Cebu the 3rd Best Island in Asia, in a global survey of best hotels, airlines, cruises, islands and cities.Maui, Hawaii was ranked number 1 by Condé Nast in the Top 25 Islands in the World (with 93.9 points). Magazine readers called it a “veritable paradise; a combination of tropical ambience and American comforts.”The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards survey was conducted through a questionnaire. Candidates must receive a required minimum number of responses to be eligible for an award.The criteria used a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair and poor.Island candidates were rated based on activities, atmosphere/ambiance, beaches, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and scenery.Resorts were rated on activities/facilities, food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service.The highest scores for Cebu and the Visayan Islands were made in “friendliness” with 88.8, “scenery” and “beaches” with 83.5.Other scores 78.5 for atmosphere; 68.3 for restaurants; 78.4 for lodging; and 79.2 for activities.No Philippine city made it to the Top Ten Cities in Asia. Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros MOST READ The Top 5 Islands in Asia were described as Bali, Indonesia with 83.1 points; Koh Samui, Thailand with 82.8 points; Phuket, (Thailand) with 78.9 points; and Lombok, Indonesia with 77.8 points.MORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateMORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateReaders raved about Bali for its “exquisite hotels, exotic and rich culture and extraordinary food, and the sweetest people in the world.”Although some readers felt Koh Samui was “almost too developed,” the island moved up to the 2nd slot from 5th last year, with some readers saying it is a “beautiful island with fun nightlife and great restaurants, and plentiful natural foliage and beauty.”Phuket went down from number 2 to number 4 this year, with some readers saying “it’s good for families but too chaotic and filled with many tourists.”In past years, Cebu was cited in the survey rankings, occupying 7th place five times in 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2004.. Thrice, it was ranked 8th best island destination in the same survey in 2011, 2006, 2005.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal It said Cebu and the Visayan islands “have it all, including all the shopping and restaurant needs for any traveler with the friendliest people anywhere in the world!” One reader said, “The nightlife is big here, but not as wild as Phuket. Entertainment is ‘smaller, more up-close and personal.’”The Visayan Islands include the major islands of Cebu, Panay, Negros, Bohol, Leyte and Samar.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealOne survey taker said “in all my years of traveling, Cebu is my No. 1 choice!” while another said, “It is probably the best island city in the universe.”Cebu and the Visayan islands got a Readers’ Choice Rating of 80.4 points, trailing behind Koh Samui, which is Thailand’s second largest island, but ahead of Phuket. When an earthquake rocked Cebu and Bohol on October 15, it was also the day these islands landed in a travel magazine’s list of Top 5 Islands in Asia.Condé Nast Traveler Magazine announced online the winners of the 26th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which rank the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resorts in the world. The full list will appear in the magazine’s November 2013 issue.ADVERTISEMENT Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system SMC bags Bulacan airport project View commentslast_img read more

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By FFWPU Germany Robert Bentele A Culture of Peac

first_imgBy FFWPU Germany, Robert BenteleA Culture of Peace, this was the topic of a seminar held by the Munich branch of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification on Saturday 4 December 2016, and attended by 60 first and second generation members.One purpose was to help us to clarify how to introduce people to the Blessing; and secondly, this was for the time being, the last seminar in preparation to receive the Holy Items. We were especially happy to welcome our national leader, Dieter Schmidt, as one of the speakers. Annette Bentele was the emcee.Alfons Wellenhofer gave the first presentation. His topic was: ‘the (eternal) meaning of life on earth ‘. He gave a comprehensive explanation of the three phases of life and about the meaning of spiritual growth here on earth and how it is a preparation for eternal life in the spiritual world. His talk, which was impressively illustrated by power point, stimulated a great deal of discussion.The second speaker was Alan Ingram, whose talk was eagerly anticipated because of the unusual title he had chosen: ’my life – with one foot in the spiritual world’. His presentation, also accompanied by pictures, was mainly a testimony about his life and early contacts he made with the spiritual world in his childhood and youth. He told us about several experiences with different realms of the spiritual world. He also related how he met our movement and how, eventually, and clearly with God’s guidance, he was ‘matched’ and blessed with Susanne. Albert Einstein’s statement: ‘He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead’, seems to fit Alan’ life very well.Through these first two presentations, we were made very aware that man ‚does not live from bread alone ‘, as Jesus said, and lives not only in the material world, but also in the spiritual world. It is essential to unite these two worlds.Before lunch, Thomas Schuhmann and Albert Beck were recognized for 40 years of membership in the Unification Church/ Family Federation. They both gave a short testimony.The third speaker, also eagerly awaited, was Dieter Schmidt, president of the FFWPU Germany. His topic was: ‘world peace through healthy families – the World Peace Blessing – from utopia to reality’.He began by recalling the large marriage blessing in Madison Square Garden in New York in 1982, which was held under the motto „World Peace Through Loving Families „and was organized by our movement. This was also the motto of his talk, with the addition of the word ‘healthy’. The world religions must take up the challenge of working for peace (no world peace without religious freedom – Project World Ethics by Hans Küng) as must the United Nations, said Dieter. The UNO is obliged by its charter to invest itself first and foremost for peace.He then spoke about the closely connected topic of health. The WHO definition of health is: a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely only the absence of illness or infirmity.Healthy families, loving relationships and love and fidelity in marriage are the essence of a peaceful society. Sexual abuse and infidelity bring misery and chaos. Not only is the nuclear family important, but also the extended family, relatives, home, garden, pets and of course, the presence of God. These are all contained in the Korean expression for family ‚kajong‘.True Parents teach us a new paradigm: God is parents and the world should grow together as one family under God.The final part of his lecture was about the marriage blessing and all the steps and ceremonies leading up to it. The world peace blessing offered by True Parents is the key for peace. And we all hope that large blessing movements can be established in Europe and the Western world, as they have been in Asia.In the breaks as well as after the seminar, there were lively discussions and exchanges about all these topics.Click blow to watch the to the videos of the presentations: (in German)Die (ewige) Bedeutung des irdischen Lebens by Dr. Alfons Wellenhofer  Mein Leben – mit einem Fuß in der geistigen Welt by Alan Ingram Weltfrieden durch gesunde Familien – Weltfriedenssegnung – von Utopie zur Wirklichkeit by Dr. Dieter Schmidtlast_img read more

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Prepared by FFWPU USA Dr Ki Hoon Kim Regional Ch

first_imgPrepared by FFWPU USADr. Ki Hoon Kim, Regional Chairman of Family Federation North America, recently contributed $3,672.62 on behalf of the American Unification movement to ship 3,000 books to Family Federation for a Heavenly Nigeria. This is one of the many ways the American Unification family is fulfilling True Mother’s desire by contributing to the providence in Africa and around the globe.Rev. George Ogurie, President of the southern West Africa Region for a Heavenly Africa, along with the Family Federation for a Heavenly Nigeria headquarters staff received the books at the Peace Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, in August. They then cleared out an office and dedicated it to housing about half of the library in eight large bookcases. The other half, consisting largely of elementary education texts, will be kept in storage for eventual use in a church-based school.When the Unification youth of the early Nigerian blessed families began to reach school age, there was a growing need for a Family Federation school because local public schooling was inadequate. Blessed families had to place their children in private schools, if they were able to afford them. The others did their best to supplement their children’s education at home despite full time missions and jobs.With that need in mind, Dr. Michael and Maria Kiely, Abel National Messiahs for Family Federation for a Heavenly Nigeria, began to assemble books for the school. Maria and the couple’s daughter had been elementary school teachers and had amassed a substantial library of teaching materials. When the Kielys became empty nesters, they sold their home and moved. They downsized in part by placing the library in storage, intending to ship it to Nigeria in 2014.After four years of fruitless searching for a way to ocean ship the library to Africa, Dr. Kim kindly offered to do it as a way for Family Federation for a Heavenly USA to support the Africa providence. With substantial help from Rev. Sebastian Huemer, the Pastor of the Albany Family Church, the books were loaded onto pallets and trucked to the port of Bayonne, NJ for ocean shipment.The new Peace Embassy library consists of Divine Principle books and other Family Federation publications, True Parents’ speeches, and works on theology, philosophy, church growth, history, finance, psychology and personal development, parenting, non-profit administration, and more. There is also a complete Encyclopedia Britannica.Family Federation for a Heavenly Nigeria plans to create an online index for the library to make it more accessible to local Unificationists. But the elementary school is still a long-hoped-for dream for future development.last_img read more

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Gordon Ryan Competition Kit

first_img Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Standard Ranked Rashguard Standard BJJ Gi Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Latest From Our Partners “I don’t hope for anything less than a knockout, but it’s not easy on Hendo. He’s putting his hands on him, buddy. If he didn’t have this (reach) advantage things would be much simpler, even because he has many flaws on his defensive system. But there’s no unbeatable reach you can’t win with patience and calm. We’re having him doing sparrings with guys the same size as Jones so that Dan get used to it. It’s important not to rush things and want to punch him right away. We have to cut well the octagon, putting pressure but not rushing into things. We have to try to make the octagon small, leaving no space out for Jones to escape Henderson. We have to use a lot of flow, combine kicks, move the head and work on the reach.”– The confidence runs high with Dan Henderson’s boxing coach, Gustavo Pugliesi, who tells Tatame that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight will indeed “put his hands” on the current 205-pound champion, Jon Jones, when the two meet at the recently-announced UFC 151 on Sept. 1, 2012. “Bones,” who is aiming for his fourth consecutive title defense in 12 months, will definitely have his hands full with the wily veteran. The title fight will be Henderson’s third chance at capturing UFC gold. The former PRIDE Welterweight and Middleweight champion came up short against Quinton Jackson at UFC 75 in a 205-pound title unification match, followed by his loss to Anderson Silva in their 185-pound title fight six months later. In a bout that embodies youth versus experience, Jones will most likely be on the lookout for the former Olympian’s dangerous right hand, which has put the hurt on veterans such as Fedor Emelianenko, Rafael Cavalcante, Michael Bisping and Wanderlei Silva, among others. Jones, who has taking a few licks from the likes of Lyoto Machida and most recently Rashad Evans has proven he can take a shot, but will an “H-Bomb” be too much for him to handle? Remember: It’s a game of inches. Sale Good Night Tee Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Dan Henderson rocks Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce: “Fedor vs. Henderson” on July 30, 2011. Latest From MMA Warehouse Lockdown duffle bagcenter_img Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Lights. Out. Gloves Apparel Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars ProMax 440 BJJ GI More From Accessories More: There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender MMAmania.comlast_img read more

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first_img Accessories Standard Ranked Rashguard Apparel One of the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters ever entered the cage for just the second time in four years earlier this evening (Fri., June 17, 2016) at Eurasia Fight Nights 50 in St. Petersburg, Russia.Fortunately for the legendary Fedor Emelianko, he escaped Friday’s tilt with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) defector Fabio Maldonado, a guy Emelianenko handpicked from a list of potential opponents leading into EFN 50, with a fairly controversial majority decision win.Despite the victory, Emeliankeo’s performance was anything but legendary. He was able to respond after getting absolutely hammered in the first round, but his overall effort resembled that of a 39-year-old veteran who has yet to get back into full form.Credit should be given to Maldonado who utilized heavy hands and exceptional ground-and-pound to nearly finish “The Last Emperor” in the opening round. Understandably, the Brazilian gassed for the remainder of the fight after the referee refused to stop Emelianenko’s beating.The action can be seen below, courtesy of ESPN: Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Sponsored Content While Emelianenko captured victory over a tested veteran of the sport, he did little to assure promotions like UFC that he has enough left in the tank to warrant a lucrative contract. More From King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Latest From Our Partners Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? MMAmania.com Standard BJJ Gi Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Lights. Out. There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq California Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day Comparisons.org Salecenter_img Good Night Tee ProMax 440 BJJ GI Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Lockdown duffle bag Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Unknown Rule in Los Angeles, CA Comparisons.org Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Recommended by Latest From MMA Warehouse Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Gloves Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight More:last_img read more

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