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Rumble in the Jungle so epic it needed a name

first_imgIn this Oct. 30, 1974, file photo, challenger Muhammad Ali watches as defending world champion George Foreman goes down to the canvas in the eighth round of their WBA/WBC championship match in Kinshasa, Zaire. (AP Photo/File)It was a fight so epic it had to have a name.Muhammad Ali gave it one, and then gave boxing one of its most memorable moments when he stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire.It was the Rumble in the Jungle, and it’s still a big part of the Ali lore today. Forty years have passed since the two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974 to earn $5 million put up by dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, but time has done nothing to diminish its place in boxing history.Foreman was the brooding heavyweight champion who destroyed Joe Frazier and Ken Norton without breaking a sweat. Ali was, well, Ali.“You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned,” Ali crowed before the fight. “Wait till I whup George Foreman’s behind.”FILE – This is a Thursday, Sept. 12, 1974 file photo of Muhammad Ali, who is due to fight World Champion Georeg Foreman tells a crowd of boxing fans in N’ Sele Zaire, “Ako bo mai ye,” which translates from Zaire’s Lingalla dialect as: “I will kill him.” Ali’s trainer Angelo Dundee is at left.  It was 40 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle. In one of boxing’s most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire. (AP Photo/Horst Faas, File)Few believed the bombastic Ali, whose oratorical skills at the time seemed better than his boxing skills. He wasn’t the same fighter who was forced into exile for refusing the draft, and many wondered why he had even agreed to the fight.“People were praying before the fight that Ali doesn’t get killed,” said Bill Caplan, who was Foreman’s public relations man in Zaire. “No one thought Ali had a chance, and that included George.”But Ali turned it into a home match, embracing Zaire from the moment his plane touched down at the Kinshasa airport, where thousands were waiting for his arrival. Before speaking, he asked his right-hand man, Gene Kilroy, what the people of Zaire hated most.“I told him white people. He said, ‘I can’t tell them George Foreman is white,’” Kilroy recalled. “Then I said, ‘They don’t like the Belgians, who used to rule Zaire.’”Ali stepped out on the tarmac and yelled out: “George Foreman’s a Belgian!”The crowd erupted, chanting “Ali boma ye, Ali boma ye (Ali, kill him).”Foreman’s arrival also set the tone for his African adventure. He got off the plane a day later with his dog, a German Shepherd he brought to keep him company for a trip he didn’t really want to make. But the crowd waiting for his arrival wasn’t quite as welcoming as they were for Ali.“The dog wound up being trouble,” Caplan said, “because that’s what Belgians used to use on the people to keep order.”If Foreman was miserable in Africa right from the start, it got worse when he was cut days before the fight and it was postponed six weeks. Foreman wanted to go to Paris to recuperate and train, but the fear was that if he left he wouldn’t come back. Kilroy, meanwhile, suggested to Zaire officials they might want to confiscate passports to keep him there.This is a Sept. 12, 1974 file photo of heavyweight champion George Foreman as he carries two unidentified little girls as he arrives at Kinshasa, Zaire Airport, where the fight for the championship against Muhammad Ali will take place in October. Boxing promoter Don King is seen in background, centre, in green shirt.  (AP Photo, File)The day before the fight, Foreman and Ali made separate trips to the presidential palace to pay homage to Mobutu, the brutal dictator who wanted to put his country (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) on the world map. The fight would finally unfold in the steamy darkness of equatorial Africa at 4 a.m., with machine gun-carrying soldiers watching the crowd from ringside and Joe Frazier among the interested spectators.Mobuto was a no-show, but if anyone had to be reminded who was in charge, a huge portrait of the dictator towered over the country’s main soccer stadium.Ali’s plan was to come out and hit Foreman with a hard shot to let him know he was there to fight, not run. He landed it and a flurry of quick right leads, but by the end of the round Foreman was landing some powerful punches of his own that forced Ali to the ropes.Much to the dismay of his corner, Ali stayed on the ropes, allowing Foreman to throw looping punches that seemed to be landing. Ali would later call it the “rope-a-dope” strategy, which would later seem even more brilliant because it was conceived on the fly.At ringside after the end of the second round, Caplan saw his fighter was already winded. He turned to Time magazine photographer Ken Regan and said: “Ken, we’re going to blow this fight.”In the final seconds of the fifth round, Ali hit Foreman with a series of punches that seemed to sap whatever power Foreman might have still had on his shots. Finally, late in the eighth round he landed a combination with a final right hand that seemed to crumple Foreman in pieces. As the champion was going down, Ali could have landed one more punch, but he pulled back.FILE – This is a Oct. 30, 1974 file photo of Muhammad Ali, right, as he stands back as referee Zack Clayton calls the count over opponent George Foreman, red shorts, in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali won the fight in Africa by a knock out in the 8th round. (AP Photo, File)“He had mercy on me,” Foreman said recently. “Would I have done the same for him at that time? No.”At ringside, longtime Associated Press boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr. was dictating the action back to an editor in New York, hoping someone was on the other end of the line. The fight had barely ended when a torrential rainstorm flooded the stadium and the dressing rooms of both fighters.“I think it was one of the top-10 upsets in boxing,” Schuyler said. “Foreman was Sonny Liston all over again. A young Ali beat Sonny Liston and an old Ali beat Sonny Liston.”Ali would go on to win another fight with a name, the Thrilla in Manila, the next year against Frazier, but the punches ended up taking a terrible toll on him. Foreman, meanwhile, would retire a few fights later only to return to boxing 20 years and become the oldest man to win the heavyweight title.And forty years later, the Rumble in the Jungle still lives up to its name.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar For Olympia

first_imgIt’s guaranteed to be a busy weekend in Olympia.  Beyond the opening of the New Hands On Children’s Museum and the Olympia Film Festival, there are loads of activities ready to be put on your weekend.  Add in an extra day (thanks veterans!) and you have even more time to experience all the wonderful events happening in Olympia and Thurston County.Grand Opening of the New Hands On Children’s Museum – members only opening on Saturday, November 10, public opening begins on Sunday, November 11Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail – open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pmOlympia Symphony Orchestra concert – “Honoring America’s Freedom” – Sunday at 7:00 pmThe schedule for the Olympia Film Festival can be found on our event calendar.If you are interested in Olympia area high school sports, check out our weekend playoff calendar here.   Our sports writer will be following area match-ups so watch’s sport section for stories and photos.Special thanks to for the cover photo taken at the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail last weekend.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook5Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Westport Winery Hosts Second Geocache

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery is now host to a second geocache within their 15-acre display garden located halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. Westport resident Ken Wilson (the person responsible for creating the winery’s first geocache ten years ago) and his geocache compatriot Rick Stoddard, designed this new online search. The cache is titled “A Stroll Through The Gardens.”Established in 2000, geocaching is known as the world’s largest treasure hunt, with over 3 million geocache sites in 190 countries around the world. There are over 500 treasure sites in Grays Harbor County and environs. Searchers use Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate and hide the caches. The search may include clues, puzzles, and multiple steps to find the location. The treasures are usually sealed in a waterproof container. Those who search log in their finds. They can take prizes or trinkets from each cache but they need to leave something of equal or greater value for the next persistent player to discover.Westport Winery Seaside received the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11am to 6pm. To book Westport Winery Seaside Retreat (a three, king suite vacation rental) go to Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

The lost treasure of Mary Hyde

first_imgAhoy mates, the journey has begun. Join your crew on the Friend League and learn how you can find the lost treasure of Mary Hyde here.Spanning the globe and the seven seas, we introduce you to the infamous Captain Mary Hyde. Her ship, The Golden Cache, was the fiercest, and the bearded buccaneers and sea legged sailors reported to her. Legend has it that she ruled the high seas for many years, and found no shortage of riches throughout her reign. We’ve come upon a battered letter, found in a bottle on the shore near Geocaching HQ, with the infamous crest of Captain Mary Hyde. It seems there is one last treasure yet to be found. Avast ye! Join us for a swashbuckling geocaching adventure through daring feats and stormy seas. Make yer way through a four week souvenir journey to find the lost treasure of Mary Hyde. Up to six digital souvenir moments are up for grabs, and on is something new to be had…Some days you’ll be up, and some maybe down, but the only goal is to have fun all around. You’ll want some friends and a desire to cache because this new feature may show who’s first and who ye could pass.July 15-16 – Build your crew by attending or hosting an event and earn a souvenir. The more friends you have on, the easier it will be to keep sailing on…July 17 – 23 – Though the treasure may seem far away, if you work together you’ll earn the first map piece one day.July 24 – 30 – Don’t be afraid to take the lead, to earn the next map piece you already have everything that you need.July 31 – August 6 – When you work with a crew, earning the third map piece becomes easier to do.August 7 – 13 – Challenge yourself to earn the last piece, or else the search for lost treasure will never cease. Arrrr you with us? Pledge your participation in the comments below and start planning yer events for July 15 or 16.Don’t forget to visit Shop Geocaching for the lost treasure of Mary Hyde collection!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWhat’s, why’s, and who’s of Geocaching promotionsJune 13, 2017In “Learn”The lost treasure of Mary Hyde has been found!August 22, 2017In “News”FAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”last_img read more

Assessing Doomsday: How Cyber War Could Attack U.S. Infrastructure

first_imgU.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta did his best to scare the pants off of the American people last week. In a briefing with reporters, he warned of the growing danger of cyberwarfare and its potential to cripple critical infrastructure in the United States. With the rise of so-called state-sponsored cyber attacks in recent months in the form of viruses called Flame, Mahdi, Stuxnet and now Shamoon, how much does the U.S. have to worry about malicious hackers terrorizing American infrastructure?If you believe Panetta, the answer is a lot.The Defense Secretary painted a very grim picture of the cyber threats that could do damage in the U.S. – leading to significant damage and loss of life. Panetta noted to reporters that, “cyber-actors are probing America’s critical infrastructure networks,” and are targeting control systems for electricity, water, transportation and chemical facilities. Predicting fire and brimstone is probably in the job description of any Defense Secretary. That does not mean that Panetta is blowing hot air. The danger of significant damage to the U.S. critical infrastructure from cyberwarfare is very real. Two Key Cyber Attack Vectors Two distinct attack vectors have been seen in recent large-scale cyber attacks on governments and infrastructure. The first and potentially most damaging are viruses specifically targeted towards disabling computers and critical systems. The most prominent example of this was the Stuxnet virus that tortured Iran’s nuclear program. In that same vein, Shamoon disabled 30,000 computers at Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, wiping the devices clean and shutting them down. The process attack caused irreparable harm to the company’s operations. The second attack vector falls into the category of “cyber-espionage.” Viruses that have made headlines this year acting as spies include Mahdi and Flame, the latter considered to be one of the most complex viruses ever created. These viruses infiltrate target computers and hide, sending information back to command-and-control servers on communication activity, key strokes, important data and more. The breadth of these viruses has led many to believe that they were developed by government-run entities as specific weapons in cyberwarfare. Multi-Layered Defenses RequiredDefending against cyber threats requires a multi-layered approach. If we look at the history of recent viruses that have damaged infrastructure in the Middle East, the deployment mechanisms have been precisely targeted. In some cases, the viruses (such as Shamoon’s introduction into Aramco) have been attacks known in the security industry as “spear-phishing.” This type of attack generally comes through email to a critical employee’s inbox with the virus attached. Clever spear-phishers construct their attacks to make it difficult for the victim to tell the difference between an attack and a legitimate email. Once inside a target computer, the virus can spread to other systems in the network.Viruses can also be introduced into systems manually, through a USB drive or some other storage device. This approach requires a human actor in the physical presence of target computers. Stuxnet was believed to be introduced into the Iranian nuclear program in this way. In both cases, viruses were “let in” to the target environment by somebody within the organization. In one case it would be an actual employee unknowingly succumbing to spear-phishing, the other would be by circumventing the physical security teams responsible for securing buildings and critical systems. The most obvious way to fight these types of attacks would be to boost training and investment in cyber and physical security teams as well as employees to how they can avoid letting malicious actors into critical environments. But even the best training may not be enough.We have seen time and again that motivated hackers can find a way in to even the most heavily secured systems. State-sponsored hackers will likely be armed with original viruses that security companies know nothing about and thus have no signature in their databases with which to identify and stop the viruses. Zero Day attacks are, by nature, hard to detect because they exploit unknown vulnerabilities in software. It can be difficult to determine that critical systems have been infected when the virus is hiding in the background, biding its time and learning when and how to strike.Advanced Persistent ThreatsIn the cyber security industry, attacks against infrastructure and large organizations are often referred to as “advanced persistent threats.” According to Aviv Raff, CTO of threat detection company Seculert (which helped discover the Shamoon virus), the best way to counteract such persistent viruses is to take a long view using a data-driven approach. The idea is to analyze data sets in organizations over time through the cloud, looking for irregularities in logs to assess if a malicious actor is present. Secretary Panetta said that the Department of Defense will take an active role in helping protect U.S. private sector companies from cyberwarfare attacks. What exactly that means, isn’t entirely clear. It could mean anything from shutting down the Internet to the idea that the best defense is a good offense. (For more on this notion, see Brian Proffit’s New Cyberwar Rules Of Engagement: WIll The U.S. Draft Companies To Fight?)  The notion of a government-held “kill switch” to the Internet scares many people, but the alternative may too horrific to fathom. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#security#web dan rowinski A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

US likely to give 6 months notice to withdraw from NAFTA reports

first_imgCanadian government officials say there’s an increasing likelihood that the U.S. will give six months’ notice to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to separate reports from Reuters and Bloomberg.The Canadian dollar and the Toronto stock index fell on the news.The Loonie closed at an average trading price of 80.03 cents US, down 0.27 of a U.S. cent.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 71.29 points to 16,247.95, with industrials among the main decliners.The rate on Canada’s two-year government bonds declined seven basis points to 1.73 per cent, dropping from a six-year high reached Tuesday.CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld says a Bank of Canada interest rate hike next week is not a given.“The existing Bank of Canada forecast had assumed no change in trade relationships, so this is a negative for their outlook,” said Shenfeld.Talks to overhaul NAFTA between the U.S., Canada and Mexico began in August but have so far yielded few results. A sixth round of negotiations will begin this month in Montreal.last_img read more

Meeting with Federal officials about Caribou Recovery cancelled

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says a meeting was scheduled between Area E Director Dan Rose and Federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change but was cancelled at the request of Province of B.C.Rose says the meeting between the PRRD and the Federal Government was scheduled for Monday, December 10 to discuss their concerns with the Southern Mountain Caribou.  The meeting was cancelled the day before.Rose said Thursday; the PRRD has been working with the Federal Government.  “The Federal Government was quite concerned with the lack of transparency and engagement by the Provincial Government in the creation of the caribou recovery plan.” Rose wants the current plan to be suspended until a comprehensive impact analysis is completed on all socioeconomic impacts of any changes to land use in the B.C. Peace.This is the second meeting with the PRRD that has been cancelled by the Province.  The Province was supposed to meet with the Board at the beginning of December, but the meeting was cancelled when the Province discovered the meeting would be open to the public.The Regional District says they are continuing to advocate for an open conversation with the Province, Federal Government and local governments regarding the status of the discussions about caribou recovery activities west of Chetwynd.Over 17,000 people have signed a petition against the proposed Caribou Recovery Plan.  You can see the petition and sign it here.last_img read more

Coldest Night of the Year 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN. B.C. – Fort St. John Community Bridge is hosting the Annual Coldest Night of the Year walk. A family fun event that raises money for the less fortunate in our community.With the holiday season fast approaching, Community Bridge would like to send out a reminder to mark February 23rd, 2019 in your calendars to participate and walk in the Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser. Registration for the walk is $25 which includes an entry for the walk, a commemorative toque, delicious chilli dinner donated by the NLC and more great prizes donated by local companies. Walkers can choose to fundraise for the entry to the event in exchange for the $25 entry.The walk starts and finishes at the Northern Lights College, which can be either a 2km or 5km walk from the College to the Credit Union and then back to the college.  This year goal is to raise $25,000. Over the past two years, Community Bridge has raised $40,000. These monies continue to help provide high quality, accessible, inclusive, and flexible services for the needy in the Peace Region. To Visit the Official Page CLICK HERE This Fundraiser helps to continue providing education, support and professional counselling programs, to individuals and families. Counselling and support services, including violence and homelessness prevention, family-strengthening, women’s outreach, and youth justice help build better lives.Community Bridge is committed to creating a safe, caring environment for people to nurture their emotional and social well-being.Walkers can choose to be solo or join a team! Dressing up is welcomed and encouraged, just remember, Its Cold Out There!last_img read more

SC lifts Sreesanths life ban its BCCIs call now

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday cancelled life ban on India cricketer S. Sreesanth and asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reconsider his punishment. Sreesanth was arrested by Delhi Police along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on charges of spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In a relief for the pace bowler, the apex court set aside the life ban imposed on him as a bench headed by Ashok Bhushan asked the BCCI to consider the quantum of punishment on Sreesanth. The top court though maintained that he is guilty of betting/match-fixing. Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth from his friend’s house while Chandila and Chavan had been picked up from the team hotel as the three were plying their trade for Rajasthan Royals in the T20 league.last_img read more