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Conor McGregor is the Most Tested Athlete in Combat Sports

Conor McGregor is no stranger to breaking records. He holds way more than a handful in the UFC, including the biggest gate, largest purse and being the first simultaneous two-division champion just to name a few. It looks like those records just keep on coming, but in the current climate of the UFC, this one should mean a lot. According to the USADA data compiled by Dimspace on Twitter, McGregor is the most tested athlete in combat sports and it’s not that close. McGregor has been tested by USADA a total of 36 times.

“I’m happy to be tested. The boy [Nate Diaz] is not far along — they f-cking all are on steroids. So it is f-cked up. The co-main and main at 200. That’s messed up to me. I don’t know. It’s his teammates that have been caught before. I just hope that he’s being tested as much as I’m being tested. I am happy to be tested. I never kick up a fuss. I never do [a Jose] Aldo and throw the piss over my shoulder and ring the police like he done in Brazil. I welcome them in, I do the test and on they go and then that’s it. It’s a good thing for the sport, that’s all I know.” — Conor McGregor said on the UFC 202 conference call.

Conor McGregor has been vocal about PED use in the UFC, even more so after Nate Diaz accused him of being on steroids during the build-up to their first fight at UFC 196. It’s worth mentioning that 11 of these USADA tests are not from UFC fights, but from his one boxing match with Floyd Mayweather alone. For you sticklers out there, if you subtract the boxing tests from his total and only count UFC tests, then Holly Holm would actually be the most tested athlete in the UFC at 31 tests.

Call McGregor everything under the sun. Regardless of what you think of his personality or the recent antics that he’s becoming infamous for, you at least have to call him a clean athlete. Not only in one sport, but two sports, which is something to be proud of with all the anti-doping violations lately.

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Jose Aldo defends Conor McGregor after Bellator 187 incident

Conor McGregor recently dominated headlines for a bizarre incident at Bellator 187, in which he stormed the cage during his teammate Charlie Ward’s fight, and ultimately shoved referee Marc Goddard, and slapped a commissioner. These actions understandably generated scorn from the vast majority of the MMA community. Not everyone, however, faults McGregor for the way he acted. Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, one of the fiercest rivals of McGregor’s career, even defended him.
“I haven’t seen the video, but I heard about it,” Aldo said during a media day in Rio de Janeiro (h/t Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com). “I think it’s normal. He’s an emotional guy, and when an Irishman is fighting the Irish people embrace them a lot. I don’t condemn him.”

“He didn’t do that for attention, he’s done that before. When we did The Ultimate Fighter, an athlete from his team won and he went up there and in there, he even tore his pants. He’s really emotional, and I don’t condemn him for what he’s done.”

Aldo even admitted that he has acted similarly in the past.

“How many times have I invaded the Shooto (cage) when someone close to me is fighting?” the former champion said. “I really go there. The referee talks to me, but I still do it. I think it’s the heat of the moment, but there are bigger things than just the rules.”

Jose Aldo will next fight on December 2, when he takes on current featherweight champion Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 218. This title shot was originally expected to go to long-time contender Frankie Edgar, who was unfortunately forced out of the bout with an injury.

Where do you stand on Conor McGregor’s antics at Bellator 187? Do you share Jose Aldo’s understanding outlook?

Iran-Iraq earthquake: What happened and why


A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran on Sunday evening.

This is what we know:

What happened and where?

  • Over 50 tremors struck Iraq and Iran. The shocks were felt as far as  Kuwait , Qatar, Turkey, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Earthquake hit near Halabjah. At 9pm (18:18 GMT) local time in Iraq on Sunday, November 12, 2017, an earthquake struck near the border with Iran. The earthquake was 45km from Halabjah in the country’s east.
  • Seven earthquakes hit on Monday. At 12am local time in Iran on Monday, a 4.5 magnitude tremor was felt near Sarpol-e Zahab. Until 3am, one more tremor of the same magnitude hit again in Sarpol-e Zahab. Then, at 7am, a stronger 4.9 magnitude tremor hit again.
  • At 7am and 8am on Monday, two tremors were felt in Halabjah with a magnitude of 4.3 and 4.2 each.
  • At 11am a tremor of magnitude 4.4 hit again in Kermanshan province in Iran.
  • At 12pm a tremor of magnitude 4.8 hit in Khanaquin, Iraq.

Death toll

  • The majority of victims were Iranian. IRNA, the country’s state news service, said on Monday that at least 407 people were killed and 6,700 were injured.
  • At least seven people killed in Iraq. Reports quoting Iraq’s interior minister said at least seven people were killed in Iraq’s northern province of Sulaimaniyah, and at least a further 300 people were injured there.
  • No injuries in neighbouring countries. Although tremors were felt beyond Iraq and Iran, no injuries have been reported in the neighbouring countries.

Why did it happen? How often are there earthquakes?

  • Being situated near a fault line, earthquakes are frequent in the region.
  • The epicentre of the earthquake near Halabjah falls on the 1,500 kilometre-fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates. The fault line extends through western Iran and into northeastern Iraq.
  • In 2012, two earthquakes hit north-west Iran killing 200 people, with more than 2,000 injured, near the towns of Tabriz and Ahar.
  • In 2005, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Iran’s Kerman province and killed more than 600 people.
  • In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam in southeastern Iran, killing some 26,000 people, 1000 km (600 miles) southeast of Tehran.

Is it safe now? How extensive is the damage?

  • Risk of more tremors. Small and big magnitude earthquakes have continued to hit around the area. As of latest, at 4.4 magnitude earthquake hit Khanaquin in Iraq at 12:19 on Monday.
  • Emergency declared in Iraq. Officials in Sulaymaniyah declared an emergency on Monday to assess the aftermath, according to local Kurdish media.
  • Residents were told to sleep outside their homes as precautionary measure. Iraq’s meteorology centre also advised people to stay away from buildings and elevators, in case of aftershocks.
  • The most extensive damage was in the town of Darbandikhan, southern Sulamaniyah.
  • More than 70,000 shelters needed. The Iranian Red Crescent said more than 70,000 people needed emergency shelter. It is “difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been cut off … there have been landslides,” said Iran’s emergency services chief, Pir Hossein Koolivand.
  • IRNA said 30 Red Cross teams had been sent to the quake zone.
  • Several cities have been cut off from electricity, schools in Kermanshah and Ilam provinces closed, and three days of mourning have been announced.
  • Oil pipelines and refineries in the area remained intact, an Iranian official said.

Reactions

  • President Rouhani said: “I wholeheartedly sympathise with all the injured and the victims of this disaster, and ask the Almighty [for] mercy for those who lost their lives, swift recovery for the injured and patience and health for those fellow Iranians who lost their beloved one.”
  • Turkey was the first country to offer aid through its Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency. It announced 92 rescue personnel were on standby, with 4,000 tents and 7,000 blankets.
  • EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc was ready to cooperate with Iran in providing emergency relief aid.
  • Pakistan also expressed its condolences.

In Pictures

People receive treatment following an earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah, Iran [Reuters]

People react as they run following an earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah [ Reuters]

A man walks past a collapsed building following an earthquake in Darbandikhan in Sulaimaniyah Governorate, Iraq [Ako Rasheed/Reuters]

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Talking about Fu Yuanhui’s generation

CHINA’S newest internet celebrity Fu Yuanhui took bronze in the women’s 100m backstroke swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Tuesday morning, finishing in 58.76 seconds.

On learning about the small 0.01 second difference between her and second place, she retained the good humour that has captivated much of the nation.

“Perhaps it is because my arm are too short,” she joked.

Fu was born on January 7, 1996, the generation now dubbed the “post 95s,” and became hugely popular as a quirky and highly expressive TV interview that she gave after her semi-final went viral.

In online discussions of Fu and the lively interview, many suggested that understanding her was the key to better understanding Fu’s generation in China today.

INTERNET CELEBRITY

In just one day, Fu’s Weibo account rocketed to over 2.7 million followers. In her profile, she describes herself as “loving cats, dogs,stuffed toys and food; a capricorn mixed with scorpion blood; and someone who regards herself as a quite beautiful boy.”

Teammates of Fu said they always believed she would become popular as she has so many facial expression, dares to joke about herself and is always full of witty remarks.

From the National Games, to the Asian Games, to the Olympic Games, it has been quite a journey for the 20 year old from Hangzhou, who is widely admired for her relaxed attitude and good nature.

“I did not reserve my strength. I tried my best … I am very satisfied with the result and I have never thought about the final,” Fu said in her interview after the semi-final.

Besides Chinese Internet users, Fu has also attracted many foreign fans. A Twitter-user commented, “you do not need to know Chinese to understand her good mood.”

NOT ALONE

In less than 24 hours, Fu has been discussed thousands of times on Weibo, WeChat and other digital platforms, with her interview snapshots being used as emoticons and in cartoons.

At the same time, another young athlete, Zhang Mengxue, who won China its gold medal, in the women’s 10m air pistol event, was also much discussed.

Zhang’s extrenemly calm expression during the competition has been commented on by tens of thousands people online.

In fact, some argue that these young Chinese athletes reflect an entirely new generation who grew up with a fast developing internet, endless information technology, and had more opportunity to develop their own characters compared to previous Chinese generations.

ACCELERATED GENERATIONAL SHIFT

“China’s post-90s and post-95s generations differ from the post-70s and post-80s generations. They are the direct beneficiaries of China’s reform and opening-up policy and had more resources to develop than their parent’s generation,” said Chen Rui, the executive director of bilibili.com, a popular online TV platform.

Zhao Jun, general manager of a sports copyright operator, said she had noticed the generational shift of sports audiences.

“China’s younger generation may one day use their own way to appreciate sports. They will pursue happiness, rather than money and fame,” she said.

In this new era, people like Fu Yuanhui are not just heroes and heroines, but also represent the spectators. They reflect the spirit of the new generation of China.

Earlier this year, Fu wrote a post about her 20th birthday.

“I have been living in this world for 20 years, and I have been searching for the meaning of my life and my attitude towards the world. One that only belongs to me and is unique.

“I understand what I’ve been living for and what kind of life I want. It’s simple. Happiness. Love. Gratitude. These are what I want.”

It is just possible that she might have been speaking for a whole generation, Fu’s Weibo followers found.

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No shining results but some hopefuls at Chinese National Swimming Champs

HUANGSHAN, Anhui – The five-day Chinese National Swimming Championships concluded here on Tuesday with no shining results but several hopeful rookies.

The tournament was more like a junior competition as China’s top swimmers such as Sun Yang, Fu Yuanhui and Li Bingjie were all absent after competing at the World Championships and National Games in a row.

Wang Jianjiahe, 15, took her second title in Huangshan by winning the women’s 800m freestyle final in 8:37.93 on Tuesday. She was also the winner of the 1,500m race.

“I’m too tired to swim smoothly today,” said Wang of Liaoning, who took part in five individual events this time. “I still need to enrich my experience and to improve my strength of sprint.”

File photo of Wang Jianjiahe, 15, competes during the 2017 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup in Doha, Qatar on Oct 5, 2017. Wang wins both the 400m and 800m free.

Earlier this month, Wang beat teammate Li Bingjie in the 800m race at the short course World Cup in Doha, smashing the world junior record with a time of 8:15.35.

Wang Yichun made a splash at a even younger age as the 12-year-old girl from Shandong grabbed two gold medals of butterfly at the National Championships after learning swimming for six years.

She also took a silver in the 50m freestyle in 25.57 on Tuesday, 0.34 seconds behind the winner Wu Qingfeng from Zhejiang.

“I performed not bad. I can learn something from every competition,” said Wang, who finished fourth in the 100m butterfly final at the National Games.

“My body grew up earlier than most of my peers. So when I took part in the junior tournaments, I always felt that it’s not a fair play,” said Wang in a height of 1.74m.

Sun Jiajun of Hubei clinched the title of the men’s 200m breaststroke in 2:12.09. The 17-year-old also won the 100m butterfly and took silvers in the 50m breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke.

Ji Xinjie, 20, won his fourth title in individual freestyle events by touching the wall first in the men’ s 400m race in 3:51.08.

“I have to say that I’m not competitive yet in the 200m and 400m races in major international events,” said Ji. “My focus will be on the long distance events.”

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India award for burning elephant photo

An image of two elephants fleeing a mob that set them on fire has won top entry in a wildlife photography competition.

(Warning: The full version of this image is below – some may find it distressing.)

Biplab Hazra’s picture shows a calf on fire as it and an adult elephant run for their lives in eastern India.

Announcing the award, Sanctuary magazine said “this sort of humiliation… is routine”.

The photo was taken in West Bengal, where human-elephant conflict is rife.

It’s unclear what eventually happened to the two elephants in the award-winning picture, which was taken in Bankura district.

The district has often been in the news for human deaths caused by encounters with elephants.

  • Human-elephant conflict destroying lives in India
  • Elephant and tiger attacks highlight India’s wildlife conflict

The magazine’s note accompanying the photograph explains that this was also a case of human-elephant conflict.

The note says a “crowd of jeering men” were flinging “flaming tar balls and crackers” at the two elephants when Biplab Hazra took the photograph.

He recalls the calf screaming in “confusion” as it fled.

“For these smart, gentle, social animals who have roamed the subcontinent for centuries, hell is now and here,” he added.

The photograph has attracted a lot of attention on social media

Mainak Mazumder, who lives in Bankura, commented that villagers were responsible for “heavy habitat destruction” and that “elephants have been subjected to terrible abuses and tortures”.

But, he said, elephants also have “wreaked havoc” by destroying crops, damaging farmland, and have “killed innocent people”.

Photo by Biplab Hazra

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Eminem’s New Album Title Could Very Well Be The Third Part Of A Trilogy

There’s an entire viral marketing campaign underway as well

Eminem fans have been looking forward to the drop of a new album for a long time now, and late Wednesday (October 25), they may have gotten their first promising beacon of hope via a somehow opaque Instagram post.

Em’s longtime manager Paul Rosenberg uploaded a pic of the new Yelawolf album (on CD!) called Trial By Fire, ostensibly hyping it before Friday’s release. But fans were more interested in what’s in the background: a strategically placed advertisement for what looks to be a pharmaceutical drug called Revival.

Billboard points out that some eagle-eyed fans on Reddit noticed that the “E” in Revival is styled backwards at the bottom of the ad, in the same way that the “E” in Eminem’s logo appears.

Beyond that, a website for Revival exists showing an image that implies the drug could be taken via ear and that it works better than a “bullshit placebo.” There’s a phone number listed, too: 1-833-2GET-REV. (Call it for a surprise.)

And of course, there’s the fact that two of Em’s previous albums are titled Relapse and Recovery. Revival would thematically make sense as a related entry.

Em popped back up earlier this month for his furious BET Hip-Hop Awards cypher, in which he called out Donald Trump’s endless hypocrisy and genuine despicableness, and via a guest verse on P!nk’s song “Revenge.” Hey, that’s another “re-” word.

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‘Twisted Light’ Could Create Ultra-Fast Wireless And Make Fibre Optics Obsolete

A new method of using photons to carry information might provide a new wireless solution for communication.

A collaborative team of researchers developed a way to ‘twist’ photons to improve on open-area quantum information transfer.

Using particles of light, i.e. photons, to transmit information isn’t exactly new.

Photons have seen use in a number of tests to determine the precision of quantum networks over long distances.

While the advent of quantum communication might just well be on the horizon, another team of researchers have figured out a way to use photons to carry information and data wirelessly, potentially replacing today’s fibre optics and creating a much faster internet.

Researchers from the University of Glasgow in the UK, working with colleagues from Germany, New Zealand, and Canada, described what they call ‘optical angular momentum’ (OAM) in a study recently published in the journal Science Advances.

This works by ‘twisting’ light across open spaces.

Concretely, the team twisted photons by passing them through a special kind of hologram, which they described as “similar to that on a credit card”, to give the photons this OAM.

Capable of traveling across open spaces, these twisted photons can carry more data in each transmission, while also becoming strong enough to withstand interference caused by turbulent air.

The hologram enables the photons to carry more than just the usual binary bits of 0s and 1s used in today’s digital communications — the same way a quantum network relies on quantum bits (qubits) to relay information.

The method was shown to be effective across a 1.6 km (roughly a mile) free space link the research team built in Erlangen, Germany, an area that simulated an urban environment with all the potential sources for signal disruption.

Faster and more reliable

The development of more reliable means to transfer information is necessary, given how the world consumes data and information today.

“In an age where our global data consumption is growing at an exponential rate, there is mounting pressure to discover new methods of information carrying that can keep up with the huge uptake in data across the world,” Martin Lavery, head of the Structured Photonics Research Group at Glasgow, said in a press release.

“A complete, working optical angular momentum communications system capable of transmitting data wirelessly across free space has the potential to transform online access for developing countries, [defense] systems and cities around the world,” he added. 

Since fibre optics remain the fastest way of transferring information, Lavery believes that their method can “give us the bandwidth of [fibre], but without the requirement for physical cabling.”

Though effective, this type of communication has its own limits.

For one, relying on photons means it can’t be used in transmitting indoors, obviously.

Furthermore, for such a wireless network to be practical, one has to consider a number of other issues: Does it withstand interference from extreme weather conditions? How much information can it handle effectively?

Still, Lavery’s team made a promising achievement, demonstrating how so-called adaptive optics can improve quantum information transfer.

“With these new developments, we are confident that we can now re-think our approaches to channel [modeling] and the requirement places on adaptive optics systems,” said Lavery.

“We are getting ever closer to developing OAM communications that can be deployed in a real urban setting.”

This article was originally published by Futurism. Read the original article.