Panetta Visits Latin American Partners

first_img “This is a way of making contact and dealing with the region (…) to handle the threat posed by transnational crime and, specifically, drug trafficking organizations,” said Steve Johnson, a former Pentagon official specializing in Latin America, according to news site VOA. After giving a speech in a Military academy in Rio de Janeiro, Secretary Panetta will travel to Chile, where he is expected to meet with Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allamand and President Sebastián Piñera. The U.S. is interested in the Chilean Military’s response to natural disasters, a topic which will be on the agenda at the upcoming Defense Ministers of the Americas meeting slated for October in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, said AFP. By Dialogo April 24, 2012 Panetta then headed to Brazil on April 24 for similar meetings with his counterpart, Celso Amorim and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Among the topics of discussion is a pending large-scale contract to equip the Brazilian Air Force with 36 new jet fighters, for which U.S. firm Boeing is competing, reported AFP. For the first time since he assumed his position, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was on his way to South America on April 23, as part of a U.S. effort to build regional partnerships in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism. Panetta’s agenda includes visits to Colombia, Brazil, and Chile. In Bogotá, the U.S. representative met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón to further discuss the bilateral agreement signed a week earlier by the South American country and President Barack Obama regarding Plan Colombia. last_img read more

Osim: Field Could Be Our Biggest Ally

first_imgFootball players of the Sarajevo Željezničar are playing a rematch game today of the second round Champions League qualifiers against the Czech team Viktorija Pizen.The champions of BiH in the first leg played in Pilsen last week achieved a favorable result that gives hope to this team against their better opponents. Željezničar lost with a tolerable 4:3.The trainer of Željezničar Amar Osim said at today’s conference for the media that the biggest ally could be the stadium ”Asim Ferhatović Hase”, which is worse than the field the Czechs are used to.“Obviously an inferior field will be more suited to the team that is less technically versed. The Czechs are in a position to add ½ hour without losing the ball, but we are not’’, said Osim.The game will start at 21:00.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Money talks: UFC reaches ESPN with first fight of $1.5B deal

first_imgView comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Overweight Jhack Tepora replaced, stripped of interim featherweight title ESPN has brushed off the low ratings, convinced it can offer the cross-platform exposure UFC needs to widen its fanbase. “SportsCenter.” Studio shows. Podcasts. Fights on linear TV and streaming services. Documentaries. On-demand content. UFC, which has also aired on Spike, should feel right at home in the ESPN lineup as network bedrocks such as the NFL, the NBA and baseball.“The programming that they’re going to build around the fights and the amount of money that they’re spending on advertising just shows the overall power of ESPN,” White said.ESPN kicked off the deal with a night full of classic fights and it peppered college football’s national championship game with spots for UFC’s arrival and the Brooklyn fights. It also ran a three-hour version of “Ariel Helwani’s MMA show” on ESPN2 on New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2019 with the reporter giving 2018 awards and talking with fighters, including Cejudo and Dillashaw.“The entire company has really rallied behind this and has started to better understand the potential value here to us,” said Glenn Jacobs, ESPN vice president, UFC and Boxing. “We’re going to cover the sport the way we cover every sport, hopefully. We don’t want the UFC to be looked down or thought about any differently internally than we think about (other sports).”The contract comes with some risks. UFC will no longer have a free TV home and its most loyal fans are now expected to stretch their fight dollar each month to pay for a cable bill, ESPN-plus ($4.99), UFC Fight Pass ($7.99 to $9.99) and PPV (often $64.99 per fight) to access all content.ESPN is available in 86.8 million homes and ESPN-plus has hit 1 million subscribers; Fox was available in 119.9 million homes, FS1 in 83 million and FS2 in 57.5 million.“You get more bang for your buck right now,” White said. “Everybody has ESPN. We’re bringing all these great fights to ESPN linear that you get for free. And then it’s $5 for ESPN-plus. That’s affordable for everybody.”ESPN’s parent company, Walt Disney Co., is set to start its own Netflix-type streaming service this year that could open more doors for UFC. Imagine a day when Ariel (The Little Mermaid) throws it over to Ariel (Helwani) before a podcast.But will fight fans flock to their devices for fight nights running almost every weekend?“It’s similar to what happened with NASCAR. NASCAR took a lot of money from the cable companies to put their events on the cable channels to help grow the channels. What happened is, NASCAR ended up losing its audience,” said Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports who now runs his own sports television consulting company. “But I think the biggest risk is from ESPN putting up a lot of money to try and jump-start and grow its subscriber service. That to me is more of a risk element than anything from UFC.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title White said the time was right to shift to ESPN-plus and that streaming for Endeavor-owned UFC was “absolutely the future.”“Certainly the world wants to see if subscriber TV is going to work,” Pilson said. “ESPN is chasing the younger audience. Everyone else is. But are they going to get that audience to stay with UFC on a streaming basis and watch it on your phone for hours at a time? Wow, I don’t know.”Grab the phone or iPad, UFC will also unveil new championship belts Saturday to mark the new era. But so much else will look familiar. Jon Anik remains the play-by-play announcer and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is the color commentator. Karyn Bryant will host and Megan Olivi reports backstage. Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping will also contribute from the on-site desk team.“Any time we’re on ESPN, we’re looking to deliver the biggest and the best up-and-coming fighters,” White said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Dana White, president of the UFC, speaks at a news conference after the UFC 229 mixed martial arts event in Las Vegas. ESPN will raise the curtain on the octagon Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, and air the first card of a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that will plaster UFC all over the sports network’s various platforms. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — Years before UFC was worth billions, Dana White used to plead his case with ESPN for air time.This was no negotiation for a big-money rights package — the UFC president simply wanted highlights on “SportsCenter.”ADVERTISEMENT BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard PLAY LIST 03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I was out there all the time,” White said of his trips to ESPN’s Connecticut headquarters. “For most of the time, the last 18 years, I was battling just to get coverage. We used to fight just to try and get covered by them.”Call off the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUFC and ESPN have launched a partnership that would have seemed inconceivable even a decade ago, until stars like Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Anderson Silva and Brock Lesnar helped shake the mixed martial arts promotion from a fringe sport even banned in some states to a firm, mainstream player.White will get his highlights — and so much more. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ESPN will raise the curtain on the octagon Saturday and air the first card of a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that will plaster UFC all over the sports network’s various platforms.“It’s our time now on ESPN,” White said. “We want to kill it this weekend.”The UFC card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will air on both ESPN and ESPN-plus and features a pay-per-view worthy main event: Henry Cejudo defends the 125-pound title and the fate of the flyweight division against T.J. Dillashaw, the current bantamweight champ looking to add a second belt. UFC’s career wins leader Donald Cerrone, crossover star Paige VanZant, and troubled former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy all fight on the debut show.“I would love to see my face all over ESPN,” VanZant said.UFC has opened a TV deal with a bang before: its first network prime-time appearance on Fox in 2011 earned 5.7 million viewers. UFC has soared on PPV over the last seven years — McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov in October had nearly 2.4 million buys — while TV ratings dipped on free TV. The final UFC on Fox show in December dropped 13 percent from 2017 and netted only 1.8 million viewers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Firefox Hello the WebRTC inbrowser chat feature

Firefox Hello the WebRTC inbrowser chat feature

first_imgFirefox Hello, the WebRTC in-browser chat feature first included in Firefox 34, is now available to all with the launch of Firefox 35.The real-time communication feature allows users to start plug-in-free video chats within the browser in the form of a pop-up box, without the aid of a service such as Google Hangouts and Skype. According to Mozilla, over time it plans to add Firefox Hello features such as screen sharing and online collaboration.Other new features in Firefox 35 include integration with the Android download manager. More details about Firefox Hello are available here.io.js 1.0 releasedThe popular open-source io.js platform, an evented input/output JavaScript platform that began as a fork of Node.js, has reached version 1.0. Built on the Chrome V8 JavaScript runtime, io.js is designed to enable faster and more predictable release cycles, and is compatible with the npm package manager ecosystem. More information can be found here.Google Cloud Monitoring now available in betaGoogle has announced that its Cloud Monitoring solution is now available in beta. The solution was previously announced at Google I/O back in June, but was only available to a limited amount of alpha users.“Since then, the team has been working to make operations easier for Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services customers, and hundreds of companies are now using the service for that purpose,” wrote Dan Belcher, product manager at Google, on the company’s blog.With Google Cloud Monitoring, users can get insight into the overall health, usage, uptime, performance and incidents of their applications.last_img read more

The GNU Compiler Collection has had a fairly busy

The GNU Compiler Collection has had a fairly busy

first_imgThe GNU Compiler Collection has had a fairly busy 2017 so far. Today, David Edelsohn, CTO of GCC technology at IBM, announced that the GCC steering committee will add a RISC-V port of the collection somewhere in the 7.x release timeframe.Last week, the project announced that it is fully C++17 compatible. All planned C++17 features will be supported in GCC 7. Some of those features are even supported in older versions of the compiler collection.(Related: A change in priorities for the Free Software Foundation) The new hexadecimal floating literals for C++, for example, are supported all the way back to GCC 3. On the other hand, other features, such as construction rules for enum class variables and dynamic memory allocation for over-aligned data, will only be supported in the 7.x line and beyond.The Clang static analyzer project is also coming along, and has added extensive support for C++17. That project still has a few features to implement, such as template argument deduction for class templates.On the RISC-V side of the GCC fence, Palmer Dabbelt, Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, and Andrew Waterman, cofounder and chief engineer at SiFive, will head the RISC-V GCC port. SiFive is the company behind the effort to build RISC-V, an open-source processor specification.last_img read more