“World Extreme Cagefighting will continue to put on the best fights in the world,” said Scott Adams, the founder and general manager of WEC. “We have the best talent in the world in all of our weight divisions. I think fans will be entertained by what we have to offer.” On Jan. 20, the WEC held its first event under the Zuffa banner, and it was obvious by the atmosphere inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas that the organization is focused on attracting the younger end of the male 18-40 demographic. When it was announced this December that Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, had purchased World Extreme Cagefighting, it was widely perceived that the smaller organization based in Lemoore would become a feeder system for the more established brand. But recent developments suggest that won’t be the case and, in fact, the WEC may become a viable alternative to UFC. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The lighting was set at a nightclub level and a DJ played music between bouts to keep the fans in attendance entertained. The small arena, which holds 1,000, was sold out, and ticket prices ranged from $50 to $225. The company also has a television deal in place with Versus Network, which also airs NHL games and boxing events. The network will air six one-hour highlight shows and three two-hour live specials beginning this summer. Atmosphere and television deals aside, the most important aspect to building a successful company will be the success of the fighters. Leading the way in that department is featherweight champion Urijah Faber. Nicknamed “The California Kid,” the Davis native sports a 17-1 record. “I go out and try to put on a good show and stand up,” Faber said. “Even though I have a strong wrestling background, I always go out there trying to stand and give the fans what they want to see and do something spectacular. When it gets taken to the ground, usually it’s because of my opponent. I don’t mind, because I’m confident in my ground game, but I like to put on a show and let the fans leave happy.”
Medora Community School Corp. recently announced plans to participate in the Summer Food Service Program that provides free meals to all children 18 or younger.Free meals also will be made available to anyone older than 18 who is enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.The meals will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis from June 6 to Aug. 5 at Medora Junior-Senior High School, 82 George St., and Rivervale Chapel, 10935 W. County Road 675S, Medora. Information: Rebecca Starr, 812-966-2210
Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will begin offering a new specialized clinic for children and adults who stutter. The clinic will be located at WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville, beginning in August on Wednesdays and Fridays.Chagit Clark, an Asheville-based speech-language pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, will conduct the clinic. Much of Clark’s 10-plus years in the field has focused on helping individuals who stutter, both clinically and through research. Her studies have been published in various academic journals and presented at national and international conferences. She has been trained in an array of traditional as well as nontraditional therapeutic techniques, and has trained others in the field.“The university is well-known for work in communicative disorders,” said Bill Ogletree, head of WCU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “WCU has long been a leader in speech services to individuals who stutter and their families. David Shapiro’s work put us on the map over three decades ago. Stuttering can be such a challenge, and now adding Clark’s presence creates a tremendous opportunity for local individuals seeking therapy to address speech fluency disorders.”Shapiro, recently retired as WCU’s Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and now a professor emeritus, is the author of “Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom” and a recognized figure in treating communicative disorders. He has received numerous awards and honors related to his work and research, including the 2016 Oliver Max Gardner Award, the highest honor the University of North Carolina System presents to faculty; the International Fluency Association Award of Distinction for Outstanding Clinician; and Honors of the Association by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and by the North Carolina Speech, Hearing and Language Association.“I am thrilled to learn of the planned expansion of Western Carolina University’s Speech and Hearing Clinic services to the Biltmore Park instructional site,” Shapiro said. “As it has been the mission of WCU and our Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders to meet the needs of people from Western North Carolina and beyond, this location will be ideal to serve a larger population. My own work in stuttering intervention has brought people to WCU from the most diverse international locations. Greater proximity to the Asheville Regional Airport will be helpful. Chagit comes well recommended and is an excellent and experienced candidate to coordinate this project, particularly with people who stutter.”Clark said she views stuttering as a complex disorder that typically affects many aspects of one’s life, effects of which often differ from one individual to another.“Stuttering might even present itself differently within a person, from day to day,” Clark said. “Treatment must be tailored for each client. Doing so involves a careful balance of a variety of stuttering therapy techniques, depending on individual needs. I am excited to join WCU’s team of esteemed speech-language clinicians and researchers. We have an incredible opportunity to serve and significantly affect the lives of people who stutter across Western North Carolina — in Cullowhee and now in Asheville and the surrounding areas.”For more information, contact WCU clinic director Tracie Rice at [email protected] or 828-227-3378.
Fun Stuff!Live chats are always fun. Check out Angela and Fred as they talk crowds, Galaxy’s Edge, and more.Who doesn’t love saving money? You could save a fortune on international travel with this tip.More love for Stitch with this cone for Stitch Day.The Kitchen Sink is this week’s pick for Chocolate Friday.The popular YouTube roundup is back with attraction videos, a top 5 list, and more.The Week AheadIf you’re planning to the visit to the parks soon, here’s what’s going on this week.The week ahead at Walt Disney WorldThe week ahead at DisneylandThe week ahead at Universal OrlandoThe week ahead on Disney Cruise LineSave time! Save money! Have fun! For complete access to all of our great vacation-planning tools like the Crowd Calendar, customizable Touring Plans, Cheapest Ticket Calculator, Dining Reservation Finder, Hotel Room Request automator, and MORE, subscribe to TouringPlans.com.For the latest news on all things Disney and Universal, follow our social media channels: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Share This!Welcome to your one-stop shop for our news from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Universal Orlando, and more.This week’s news certainly made a splash!Walt Disney World News of the WeekThere’s one thing we didn’t love (but lots we did love) about the new Dumbo cupcake.The secret is out about the new treat at Pineapple Lanai.Disney food can be expensive, but there are values in dining to be had at the Magic Kingdom.This vacation package may cost you more than you think.A new stroller program at Animal Kingdom may make you rethink bringing a stroller from home.We’ve come up with 100 things you should know before your first WDW trip.Ooooooo! It’s video of Alien Swirling Saucers!How many pressed pennies are in the Magic Kingdom? We’re tracking them down.What’s on tap for the 4th at Walt Disney World?BBQ at Epcot? That’s been on our wish list for forever!Reservations are open now for the BBB at the Grand Floridian, coming this fall.Taste Track is gone!Julia takes us to the serenity of the Imagination Fountains at Epcot.Refurbishment has started at Canada.July 4th PhotoPass options will be available at WDW.You’ll want to bring your appetite to Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night.Getting excited for Food and Wine Festival? Here’s what’s new.Disneyland News of the WeekThe opening day for Galaxy’s Edge was surprising to say the least.Magic shots at Galaxy’s Edge are a ton of fun.Looking to visit Disneyland? May want to see if your friend has an AP.Pixar Pals Parking Garage to open on June 30.Take your emotions for a whirl at Disney’s California Adventure.The Main Street Electrical Parade is coming back to Disneyland Resort.If you want to see Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, time is running out.Universal OrlandoSpoiler alert: We’re sharing the ins and outs of the new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.Saturday SIX takes us to look at what’s new at Universal, from She-Ra to doughnut burgers.MerchandiseGet a cute plush and help conservation efforts with these unique Lion King plush.Are these retro prints the next purchase to end up in your home?Looking for an eco-friendly souvenir? Check out the seed pod art.Bubble wand or light stick? Now your kids don’t have to choose.Want to work on your Sia impersonation? Oversized bow, check.What bagged candy do you like for National Candy Month?6-26 is Stitch Day. Here’s some merchandise featuring the adorable alien himself.Did you know that we’ve been on a shopping touring of the World Showcase Countries in Epcot?Knit plush toys are perfect for the child in all of us.Looking for a great toy for kids of all ages? Check out these figurine playsets.Collectible cups at Animal Kingdom make a useful souvenir.We’re trying a new feature: The Random Pin Roundup.Vintage Mickey and Minnie dolls are on sale for almost half off.Show your American spirit with these patriotic items.Retro-style Loungefly bags have been released.Disney beverage holders are shockingly expensive.Here’s where we’ve been so far:Shopping in CanadaShopping in MexicoShopping in the United KingdomShopping in FranceShopping in GermanyShopping in NorwayShopping in ItalyShopping in Morocco
Creativity and StorytellingZooBurstWith ZooBurst, storytellers can create online 3D pop-up books on PCs or tablets, which can be linked to or embedded on a web page. Authors/creators can find images and combine them with text to create narrative content. Augmented reality is a really neat touch – hold up printed out pages in front of a webcam and it’ll come alive in 3D.ComicLifeUsing digital photos found in libraries, online or taken in real-life, teachers and students can create comic pages to create high-impact and memorable stories with ComicLife. Children might be more easily persuaded to engage in material which is visually compelling, using their creativity and imagination to create their own narratives.PixtonWith the emergence of graphic novels as legitimate reading material, comics have become particularly interesting to educators, bridging the gap between learning and entertainment. With Pixton, teachers create classroom sites, which students join to use a step-by-step comic creator. They build their own visual stories, indulging their artistic and creative sides.StorybirdWith Storybird, teachers and students can create their own narratives through a free online social community, combining their own words with a library of unique curated art supplied by artists. These stories, which could be about any subject (such as science or history) can be shared or even printed for a fee.I Can PresentGreen-screen technology is not something you associate with teaching, but with I Can Present it’s possible to become broadcast journalists by creating and filming presentations in front of appropriate backgrounds uploaded using image files, combined with the use of a teleprompter. An interesting way to build speaking, listening and creative writing skills. To receive further resources and information like this, sign up to our Intel Education Newsletter Follow us on Twitter or FacebookDiscover more about how Intel is powering innovation in education The internet offers numerous online resources for education. However due to the vast array of tools available it can often be confusing for teachers, students and parents to decide which ones to use and which ones really assist in student learning. In order to help you out, and for our own interest, we asked our Intel Education Ambassadors to list their favourite ones.For a bit of background information, the majority of our Ambassadors are teachers themselves. They are also, to a greater or lesser degree, involved in deciding which technologies find their way into the classrooms of their schools and colleges. They therefore have first-hand experience of using these online tools and resources in the classroom and knowledge of which ones really engage their students.As the list did grow quite long, we’ve split them into those focused on collaboration and communication, and those on creativity and storytelling – though there’s naturally some crossover. Many of the resources are ideally suited to 2 in 1 devices, allowing as they do individual input through a traditional keyboard, and further collaboration and presentation in a tablet form.We hope you find them both useful and inspirational. Visit the Intel Education website for more thought-provoking content. Collaboration and CommunicationToday’s MeetToday’s Meet is a tool which helps teachers generate real-time digital conversations about topics covered in the classroom through easy-to-create chat rooms. These are flexible enough to carry wider conversations between different classes and conduct other useful collaborative tasks.ScribblarScribblar allows the creation of online whiteboards encouraging collaboration between students and teachers. Multiple users can use the whiteboards for drawing, writing and downloading images on different devices such as mobiles, tablets and laptop PCs, communicating through messages or voice chat.CreatelyA business productivity tool that may also be useful for older students. Creately is a tool which allows users to create many different types of diagram, including mind maps and flowcharts. Teachers could also use it in subjects like Chemistry and Maths, such as the creation of Venn diagrams and other projects to share with students.Bubbl.usVisual aids such as mind maps and flowcharts can be useful in education, allowing students to learn visually – very effective in aiding memory and organising thoughts. Bubbl.us allows children and teachers to get stuck in with building these types of diagram in the cloud, which they can then share with others.SeesawSeesaw is a tool which allows students to create their own online journals or portfolios, allowing teachers to see their digital and physical work (captured through photography) all in one place. They can also add text and voice recordings to these which allow them to look back and develop an academic voice. Teachers can also share items with parents when required.
Roger Federer is out of the Australian Open in the third round, beaten by Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Friday.Federer was trying to come from two sets down for the 10th time in his career, most recently at last year’s US Open against Gael Monfils.The 17-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t been beaten this early at the Australian Open since 2000, the second year he played here. It was also the unseeded Seppi’s first win against Federer in 11 matches.Federer was up 4-1 in the second-set tiebreaker before he allowed the Italian to win six of the next seven points and the set. He led the fourth-set tiebreaker 3-1 before a double-fault helped allow the Italian to again overcome the deficit.Earlier, Andy Murray beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-1, 7-5 to set up a fourth round clash with Grigor Dimitrov. The sixth-seeded Murray is attempting to become the first man to win the Australian Open after losing three times in the final. He lost to Novak Djokovic in 2013 and 2011 and Roger Federer in 2010.His next match against the 10th-seeded Dimitrov will be a reprise of their Wimbledon quarterfinal last year, won by the Bulgarian. With coach Amelie Mauresmo watching from the stands, Murray has yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park.He said, “I’ve played three quite quick matches, which helps. You expect with every round they’re going to get a little longer, tougher on the body.”
José Mourinho ‘Guardiola would win the title at Man Utd’ – Mourinho’s moaning picked apart by Carragher Chris Burton 02:46 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(33) Getty José Mourinho Guardiola Manchester United Manchester City Premier League The former Liverpool defender believes that man in charge at Manchester City has shown how to develop a winning team, rather than grind out results Jose Mourinho’s argument regarding spending at Manchester United is flawed because Pep Guardiola would win the title with his squad, says Jamie Carragher.The Portuguese coach recently bemoaned the fact that his managerial rival at the Etihad Stadium has an almost limitless transfer fund at his disposal, with Manchester City buying “full-backs for the price of strikers”.Mourinho has, however, spent big himself since arriving at Old Trafford and has received little sympathy on the back of his transfer gripe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Former Liverpool defender Carragher his now added his voice to that debate, with it suggested that a man accustomed to grinding out results by whatever means necessary has been overtaken in the coaching game by a Catalan tactician proven in the art of squad building and development.Carragher wrote in a column for The Telegraph: “There is a flaw in Jose Mourinho’s argument that the difference between Manchester United and Manchester City is money.“If Pep Guardiola was in charge of the United squad I believe they would win the title. “Rewind to the start of this season and assess the head-to-head qualities of the United and City squads. Player-for-player, which would you argue was superior?“Was Ederson considered better than David De Gea? Were City’s centre-backs Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones preferable to Eric Bailly and Phil Jones? Did United fans want Fernandinho or Nemanja Matic?“United broke the world transfer record to sign Paul Pogba, and then made Romelu Lukaku the most expensive Premier League player of last summer. Which English clubs made bigger statements of intent? “How many United or England fans would have swapped Marcus Rashford for Raheem Sterling a year ago? And when Anthony Martial first arrived from Monaco, was his reputation greater than that of Leroy Sane when he joined City?“Although he was signed before Mourinho’s appointment, Luke Shaw was a £30 million full-back – more expensive than City striker Gabriel Jesus. The United manager’s complaints about the value of the squads do not add up.“We can go on throughout the respective lists. Where Mourinho sees players unable to execute his tactical blueprint, I believe Guardiola would have taken a different approach with a squad Mourinho believes needs reinforcing.“Even now, it is the United squad that has the most expensive ‘superstars’ – or certainly those with the greater reputation when they joined the club. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pogba and Lukaku delivered elsewhere prior to moving to Old Trafford. Have they improved under Mourinho? That is the troubling question for the United manager. It is starting to sound like he has no patience or will to make what he has better.“City are ahead this season because Guardiola has developed players rather than expected ready-made talent to instantly deliver.“Mourinho has increasingly come to rely on more experienced, established performers. If you want to evolve a club or a team, you don’t call Mourinho. He is a coach who navigates his way to silverware with teams that have the raw materials – something he has already achieved at United with two trophies in his first season. His reputation as a world-class coach is based on his ability to find a way to win. “If Mourinho was coaching the Manchester City side they would not be playing the style of football we are seeing today.”