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28 Sep, 2016

‘Who the f-ck is this guy?’

When McGregor is asked who would be the toughest challenge for him after the Alvarez fight, Stephens says:

This guy right here (points to self): the hardest hitter. This guy (pointing to McGregor) TKOs people, when I knock people out they don’t f-cking move.

To which McGregor responds:

Who the f-ck is this guy? Who the f-ck is that?

UFC 205: Conor McGregor Shuts Down Jeremy Stephens

27 Sep, 2016

UFC 205 press conference

White introduces McGregor and Alvarez at the UFC 205 press conference. McGregor, on his value to the company:

4.2 billion dollars that’s what I’m worth to this company!

On his earnings:

[For UFC 202] $25 million baby! I feel by the time 2016 closes out I’ll be closing out on $40 million. This has been a good year for me.

On the move to Lightweight:

I’m very happy with the 155 pound weight limit. Of all the divisions I’ve ran through and around I feel 155 will be the one where I take over the most. So I look forward to that…I’m gonna put one belt on one shoulder, and the other belt on the other shoulder. You’re gonna need a fuckin’ army to take those belts off of me…

Is Mystic Mac back?

I have nothing against Edward…I run New York. I run this whole shit, and Mystic Mac predicts I’m going to KO you in one round!..The Irish built this town. We built this damn city. Now we’re taking it back. I’m going to take out one of your own. But make no mistake, it’s all love.

He’s chinny. He has a chin. He gets cracked. He gets dropped. He’s a weathered fighter. He’s on his way out. He’s very lucky to be in the position he is in…One round it will take me to knock him out. This guy’s a balloon. He’s gonna be shooting panic. And that’s all she wrote!

Update on leg:

That fight was five weeks ago. I cam e out of that fight fresher than I wnt in. Look at Nate’s face. Nate will never look the same. I looked the same. I had a bruised foot…I was chillin here waiting for the call, and then the call came last minute, and I jumped on a plane. I’m brand new…I said it out straight ‘Beg me’, and they begged me.

On Alvarez:

He didn’t even negotiate new money for himself. Imagine that. Look at everyone up here. This is a lottery fight. They all dressed like me, they all talk like me. They all trying to to be me. Everyone in the game wants this fight. And this man took it on his last contract. Imagine getting the biggest fight in the history of the game, and saying shut your mouth kid you;re getting paid what you got paid what you got paid for your last fight…He’s just another broke bum, trying to sell some shit. Just another broke bum who can’t pay his bills…You’re blessed that I chose you. You’re blessed that I choose to whoop your ass.


You ain’t got a shot. You’re here because you’re the easiest dude in this division.

UFC 205 Press Conference

21 Aug, 2016

Post-fight press conference

McGregor gives his first press conference after the fight.

It was not easy. It was a war. I’m happy it went that way. I got to show my heart in there.

On Diaz helping him up at the end.

He’s a class competitor. It’s intense in the build up and everything is real. If my team saw his team then something’s going down. We’ll regroup and gather up for another battle.

Is 170 done for you?

I wanna to get my abs back. I can’t get abs at this weight. Sometimes I feel I’m a bit of a fat belly. I’m going to go down weight. I’m the 145 pound champion. It will be on my terms this time. He was way bigger than the last time. I knew I was up agaisnt it. I was thinking this might be a mistake, but I said, f-ck it, I’ll train hard, be smart, learn from our mistakes and go in. But I belive that if we do it it’ll be 155, maybe for the belt.

On the leg kicks:

Fuck leg kicks. My leg is a bitch.

On the scoring

I felt I won the fight. 3-2 was a fair opinion. I won that fight and I’m happy with it. My respect to my opponent. He’s a hell of a fighter.

18 Aug, 2016

‘F-ck Team Diaz’

McGregor appears at his final session for the media.

F-ck the Diaz brothers. F-ck those cockroaches…We came here ready for war, not to throw little bitch bottles and go runnin’. We’re here ready to fight, so let’s go! That fairy tale he had is coming to an end. He can be knocked out, and he will be knocked out…My legacy is set in stone. It was set in stone when Jose crumbled. This is something separate from this. I came in here for a straight fight…Like I said, Fuck team Diaz, and if you’re down with Team Diaz, then f-ck you too.

13 Aug, 2016

McGregor on Mayweather: ‘Show me the money’

At the UFC 202 press scrum, McGregor talks about Mayweather.

Right now, I have Floyd running around the Showtime offices gathering my money. That’s what he’s doing. He’s running around the Showtime offices, begging those executives to come up with the $100 million cash he needs to fight me. As soon as he gets my money, we can fight…Look, If you want to fight me, we can fight. If you need a specific rule set to protect you from a true fight, that’s no problem. Just make sure that money is there. As long as that money is there, we can fight under your safe net of rules. With me, I don’t need rules. I am the fucking rules.

I’ve got the boxing community saying “I can’t box”, and then I say “okay lets fight,” “Oh well you can’t kick or elbow or grapple… as long as you can’t do that then we’ll box your ass up.” And then I’ve got the grappling community saying “I can’t grapple” so I say “okay let’s fight” and then the grappling community [say] “oh well you can’t box or kick, as long as you can’t do that, then we’ll grapple your ass up”. All these people saying I can’t do this or I can’t do that, well lets fight then and then all of a sudden rules, you need to bring in rules to protect them. I don’t need no rules to protect me, I can fight any way.

I don’t really hold it against [Floyd], I wouldn’t wanna come into my world no way. I mean how is he gonna come into my world, he’s a novice where I come from. He’s a phenomenal boxer, a phenomenal athlete, an intelligent businessman, but he’s a novice in true fighting and that’s just simple fact. I don’t blame him, trying to set rules under the boxing rules. And like I said, I’ve no problem going over there. I would not show up unconfident. I would show up to kill that man and take that win down 100%. Why dominate one world when you can dominate two? We’ll see how that plays out.


Calls Cena ‘a fat, failed Mr Olympia’

At a gym day to promote UFC 202, McGregor expands on his comments about WWE wrestlers, particularly calling out Cena.

What’s the main guy? John Cena. He’s 40. He’s 40 years of age. He’s walking around in a luminous orange t-shirt and a headband talking about nobody can see him. We can see him right there. He’s a big fat, 40-year-old failed Mr. Olympia mother f*cker…Ric Flair’s a legend but as far as gimmicks, this is the real thing over here. I think these WWE guys, they’re not right in the head some of them. I mean the new guys are dweebs, let’s be honest, absolute dweebs but the old school guys are legends…I don’t know what to say to Ric Flair. This ain’t no gimmick, this is the real shit. I’ve got to get in there and fight a man for real. With no script, with no nothing.

Like I said, no disrespect to the dons of the game, the McMahons, [WWE CEO Vince McMahon] is a f*cking legend. They wrote Vinny off a few years ago when he dropped from the billions and then he rose back up and now he’s back in the billionaire club. What he’s been able to do with that bunch of dweebs he has over there at the moment has been phenomenal and I respect him for that. And then of course the OGs of the game, The Rock, Stone Cold, they’re cool mother f*ckers. Even Ric Flair is a cool mother f*cker…I’m just speaking the truth. That new age of those guys are absolute dweebs. They just seem messed up in the head. I don’t know what it is. When I listen to them talk, when I listen to them carry themselves, they just don”t seem right in the head. That might have been a bit rudeness for me to say, but again: It ain’t trash talk, it’s truth talk.

Conor McGregor UFC 202 Media Day Q&A

5 Aug, 2016

Diaz, McGregor conference call

In a conference call for UFC 202, McGregor says he will beat Diaz in the second round.

I know I said I was going to stop the guy in the first round (at UFC 196) but if I really look at it I thought he has a solid chin, he’s durable, he’s very experienced. He has the size and the weight on me and I think that was the wrong thing to go in expecting the first round (finish). And I did go out to KO him in the first round, nobody can say that (I didn’t). I marched forward and backed him up against the fence and teed off on his head. I did what I said I would do. But respect to him. He stuck it out and he was durable, he was experienced. He weathered the storm. I’m still going to march forward, I’m still going to press him, I’m still going to bust him. There’s just going to be a lot more in my tank. I’m going to be a lot more prepared for a man that can stay in there with me. But even still, I struggle to give him past round three. If I was to make a prediction which I will right now, I believe I will repay the favour and KO him inside the second round.

UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor Media Conference Call

3 Jun, 2016

Faber: ‘Stay away from boxing, Conor’

At the UFC 199 pre-fight press conference, Faber talks about his plans for the future:
I want the fights that matter, and I don’t know what that timetable is, but I’ve told the UFC brass I want big fights – fights that are going to put money in their pockets, money in my pockets, and staple me as one of the best of all-time.
About a potential McGregor-Mayweather fight:

I actually like Conor. He’s got a mouth on him, I love talking back and forth with him. He’s got some wit about him, he’s got a weakness for Northern California fighters [Nate Diaz] and he’s got a weakness in his submission game, we know that. But he’s a powerful dude…[But] stay away from boxing, Conor. Not that he can’t do great over there, but this is a sport he loves, this is a sport he’s been training for.

UFC 199: Press Conference

27 Apr, 2016

UFC 200 press conference

White introduces the fighters fro UFC 200. He talks about McGregor:

Listen, Conor’s going to fight again. He’s going to fight at UFC 201, 202, 203 – whatever the deal might be. We’ll see what’s next when that plays out. But (UFC) 200 is the fight everybody’s been looking to for a long time. It is what it is. The show’s going to roll on, and Conor will fight again.

UFC 200 Press Conference: Tickets On-Sale

16 Mar, 2016

Rossi: No rivalry with Marquez

Rossi, Marquez, and Pedrosa appear at a pre-Qatar press conference. In his first appearance with Marquez since last year, Rossi brushes off comparisons to other racing rivalries.

I’m happy to hear my name close to Agostini/Hailwood and Senna/Prost – it is something extra for motorsport, but I think nothing particularly special will happen and on track I think everything will be the same. Everybody will try to give the maximum to try to be in front without something more ‘special’…Personally speaking, the finish can be different and better and I prefer to win than lose. But it is like this and it is past and the good thing is that we are here and we will try to have another good fight in this season.

Marquez does not address the situation with Rossi directly.

We saw in the past in MotoGP, you always try to beat your opponent, but in the end I have 20 opponents and I must fight against each one for try to win the championship and that is my target. This year will be an interesting season because everything looks closer.


I think it was a big moment for MotoGP, maybe not like everybody thinks, but there was a lot of fans and the track was super crowded. They had to put up extra grandstands and sell extra tickets, this was a positive thing and the result affects part of the show but overall we can say that MotoGP is trying to grow and that is what we look for, to put on a good show.

5 Mar, 2016

UFC 196: Post-fight press conference

Diaz and McGregor talk at the post-fight press conference. McGregor:

It’s a bitter pill to swallow. I took a shot, I went at it. I feel I was inefficient with my energy. Usually I fight a man in the division I am champion in, and they crumble under those shots. But Nate took them well. The weight allowed him to take those shots well…It was simply a battle of energy and he got the better of that.


I knew I was the superior boxer, the superior martial artist, the superior Jiu-jitsu…so nothing surprised me, except that I got hit at all…The last few years I’ve been curious when it was going to pay off, and this is the time.

UFC 196: Post-fight Press Conference

18 Feb, 2016

Responds to Pope: ‘Disgraceful’

Trump responds to the Pope’s comments.

If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.

The Mexican government and its leadership has made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope, because they want to continue to rip off the United States, both on trade and at the border, and they understand I am totally wise to them. The Pope only heard one side of the story – he didn’t see the crime, the drug trafficking and the negative economic impact the current policies have on the United States. He doesn’t see how Mexican leadership is outsmarting President Obama and our leadership in every aspect of negotiation.

For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.

Trump Responds To Pope Saying He's 'Not Christian' [FULL RESPONSE]

24 Jan, 2016

Wants to get tested for HIV

As part of her HIV advocacy, Wutzbach says she will be tested for HIV.

The first step is get yourself tested and to let yourself be informed. I have plans of getting tested myself, too. If I take the first step, then maybe others can follow suit. So I hope that they do, they really do.

Pia Wurtzbach plans to get tested for HIV

23 Jan, 2016

Reacts to La Loche shootings

Prime Minister Trudeau reacts to the La Loche shootings from Davos, Switzerland, where he learned of the attack hours later.

Obviously this is every parent’s worst nightmare. When I spoke with community leaders, they obviously expressed that their community is reeling and all of us across the country, our hearts are going out to the families and the whole community.

Trudeau reacts to Saskatchewan school shooting

8 Jan, 2016

Holds gun policy town hall

Obama speaks with gun owners at a televised town hall meeting hosted by CNN. The president explained his measures to make legal products safer, akin to child-proof medicine caps, and sought to reassure gun owners that no one was coming for their property. The NRA chose not to participate. The American Firearms Retailers Association was involved with the meeting. On gun registration:

That’s an area where there’s just not enough national consensus at this stage to even consider it. And part of it is is people’s concern that that becomes a prelude to taking people’s guns away…Part of the challenge of this is that the gun debate gets wrapped up in broader debates about whether the federal government is oppressive and there are conspiracy theories floating around the Internet these days all the time.

16 Sep, 2015

Press conference

Mohamed talks to the media for the first time.

So I guess everyone knows I’m the person who built the clock and got into a lot of trouble for it.  built the clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her she thought it was a  threat to her. It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it, and I got arrested later that day. But since the charges have already been dropped I really want to go to MIT. I think of transferring school from McArthur to any other school. Thank you to all my supporters.

Ahmed Mohamed talks about being arrested at Irving school over clock

25 Aug, 2015

Ejects Ramos from press conference

At a press conference before his Iowa speech Trump refuses to answer questions from Univision’s Ramos, who is asking them out of turn.

Trump: Excuse me, sit down, you weren’t called. Sit down.
Ramos: I have the right to ask questions.
Trump: You haven’t been called. Go back to Univision.
Ramos: You can not deport 11 million people.

When Ramos continues, Trump has him removed by security. Trump later says he doesn’t mind if Ramos is let back in. Ramos comes back later and discusses his stance with Trump.

The moment Jorge Ramos is removed from Trump's press conference

20 Aug, 2015

Cancer spreads to brain

At a press conference in Atlanta, Carter says he has been diagnosed with melanoma, a skin cancer that has progressed to his brain and liver, and he will begin a course of radiation therapy today to combat it. Doctors say four small spots of melanoma on his brain are treatable. His surgeons removed the cancer from his liver in an operation earlier this month. He thanks his wife, Rosalynn, then his Emory Healthcare doctors and then the large numbers of well-wishers who have expressed their support for him.

12 Aug, 2015

Three accusers come forward


At a press conference in Allred’s Los Angeles office, Whitedeer, Hughes and Tirl say they were victimized by Cosby. Whitedeer says she met Cosby in the early ’70s when she was on a movie set with Cosby, who told her, he was going to interview her in the director’s office.

I felt Cosby’s left hand gently grab my long hair behind my head … his giant frame blocked the door so if anyone should try to enter, they would not be able to see what he was doing. As I looked up his penis was out of his pants and he shoved it in my mouth. His attack was fast with surgical precision and surprise on his side…When Cosby was done, there was a horrible mess of semen all over my face, my clothes and in my hair. He took out a Kleenex to try to wipe off my face. I was bordering between vomiting and passing out. He was mumbling that I had been blessed with his semen as if it was holy water. [He] gloated over my humiliation.

Hughes says she met Cosby while she was an American Airlines flight attendant in the early ’70s on a flight to L.A. They went to her hotel room so she could shower and change clothes and, when she emerged, Cosby had ordered appetizers and champagne which she claims Cosby drank out of her shoe. After she drank a glass of champagne, the last thing she claims to remember was Cosby attempting to hold her hand, after which she woke up hours later.

My clothes were thrown all over the room and I felt semen on the small of my back and all over me. Bill obviously did not use a condom and there was no lunch and he was nowhere to be seen.

She says that when she reminded the comedian of the alleged incident a year, when she saw him on another flight, he “turned pale and said ‘did you ever report that to anyone?'” She replied that she had not. Tirl says that after shooting an episode as a police officer on The Cosby Show on its fifth season she was ushered to Cosby’s dressing room where he locked the door. Although no sexual attack took place, Tirl says:

There was a palpable shift of power. I lost my breath…I had handled being ‘hit on’ many times in the industry, this had far surpassed that. I felt dominated.

27 Jul, 2015

Huckabee’s comment ‘ridiculous…so sad’

While speaking at a press conference in Ethiopia, Obama speaks about comments on Huckabee’s comments, and others made by GOP leaders and 2016 Presidential candidates.

It would be ridiculous it it weren’t so sad…We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We’ve had a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president, suggest that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican Party. Politicians can have serious political differences, but we just don’t fling out ad hominem attacks like that, because it doesn’t help inform the American people. We’re creating a culture that is not conducive to good policy, or good politics. I want to make sure I’m turning over the keys to someone who’s serious about the problems the country faces and the world faces.


Stand For Reality ad

Clinton unveils her some of her climate change agenda, along with a video titled, Stand for Reality. In the video she talks over quotes about climate change by Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Donald Trump.

It’s hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate change, who would rather remind us they’re not scientists than listen to those who are. You don’t have to be scientist to take on this urgent challenge that threatens us all. You just have to be willing to act. Those people on the other side, they will answer any question about climate change by saying, ‘I’m not a scientist.’ Well, I’m not a scientist either. I’m just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain.

Clinton also outlines two positions she will take if she wins: to have more than half a billion solar panels installed across the country by the end of her first term, and to have the U.S. generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home in America within 10 years.

Stand for Reality

26 Jul, 2015

Admits army under pressure

Assad says the Syrian army has been forced to give up areas in order to hold onto more important ones in its fight with insurgents, and the scale of the war means the military faces a manpower shortage.

Sometimes, in some circumstances, we are forced to give up areas to move those forces to the areas that we want to hold onto. We must define the important regions that the armed forces hold onto so it doesn’t allow the collapse of the rest of the areas…Everything is available (for the army), but there is a shortfall in human capacity, Mr Assad said. Despite that, I am not presenting a dark picture.

Assad says increased support from states backing the rebels is the reason for recent setbacks and dismisses the view that Syria is heading towards partition into areas run separately by the Damascus government and armed groups fighting him. He says amnesty for men at home and abroad who have dodged military service will encourage thousands of conscripts who want to join the army but hold back because of penalties.

25 Jul, 2015

Kenya visit tensions

Obama’s push for gay rights in Kenya causes some debate while Kenyatta refuses to change laws involving homosexuality. There are also some tense moments between Obama and Kenyatta over other topics like U.S. aid. Many Kenyans also believe that Obama is not implementing enough American aid programs, whereas Obama does not want other African countries to believe he is playing favorites. Obama:

When you start treating people differently, not because of any harm they’re doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode and bad things happen


There are some things we must admit we don’t share, [that] our culture, our societies don’t accept. It’s very difficult for us to be able to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept.

23 Jul, 2015

‘An awful night for Louisiana’

Louisiana Gov. Jindal speaks from just outside a Lafayette movie theater after the shooting.

This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for Louisiana. This is an awful night for the United States. But we will get through this.

Jindal also says that two of the patrons in the theater were schoolteacher friends, one of whom may have shielded the other from a fatal bullet — and one who likely saved even more lives.

One of the teachers jumped on top of the second teacher in an act of braveness. Both teachers got shot but the second one, the one who got saved, even though she got shot she had the presence of mind to pull the fire alarm and save other lives

Gov. Jindal "horrified and shocked" by movie theater shooting


Visits U.S. – Mexico border

Trump visits the U.S. border with Mexico and says he will not  apologize for his comments on illegal immigration or back away from his plan to build a wall between the two countries. Trump wears a blazer, white dress shoes and a white ball cap emblazoned with his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Border Patrol agents who had invited Trump back out, citing the appearance of politicization. Trump accuses unnamed officials in Washington of trying to silence them. When questioned by a Telemundo journalist about his comments on immigration:

No, no, no. We’re talking about illegal immigration and everybody understands that. And you know what: that’s a typical case — wait, that’s a typical case of the press with misinterpretation. They take a half a sentence — they take a half a sentence, then they take quarter of a sentence and put it all together. It’s a typical thing.

Donald Trump FULL Press Conference In Laredo, TX at U.S./Mexico Border (7-23-15)

17 Jul, 2015

Talks about divorce difficulties

Paltrow talks about her divorce in an interview at the BlogHer15 conference in New York:

We’ve gone through really difficult times with it, but we’ve always said these children are our priority, so what that means is, even though today you hate me and never wanna see me again, we’re going to brunch because it’s Sunday and that’s what we do…Unfortunately, even though we couldn’t stay in a romantic relationship, our values are very much around the importance of family and those relationships.

16 Jul, 2015

Visits Oklahoma federal prison

Obama is first sitting president to visit a federal prison. During his visit he suggests that under different circumstances, he could have been a prison inmate:

When they describe their youth, these are young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different from the mistakes I made, and the mistakes that a lot of you guys made. The difference is that they did not have the kind of support structures, the second chances, the resources that would allow them to survive those mistakes… That’s what strikes me — there but for the grace of God.

Obama Visits Prison, Calls for Fairer Justice

15 Jul, 2015

Defends Iran nuclear deal

President Obama defends the nuclear deal brokered with Iran, at a White House Press Corp meeting, arguing that the only way of assuring Iran not obtain a nuclear weapon is the agreement between the United States, Iran, and five other countries. The deal obtains assurances from Iran to stop and immediately downsize its nuclear program. In exchange, all previous sanctions are lifted.

This is the most vigorous inspection and verification deal that has ever been negotiated. The bottom line is this. This nuclear deal meets the national security interests of the United States and our allies. It prevents the most serious threat of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon… that’s why this deal makes our country safer and secure.

Vigorous congressional debate on the deal is expected, with some efforts to block it. President Obama promises to veto any attempts to nullify the treaty.

I expect the debate to be robust, and that’s how it should be. This is an important issue. I hope we don’t lose sight of the larger picture — the opportunity that this agreement represents.

President Obama Iran Nuclear Deal Press Conference July 15, 2015 [FULL]


Obama comments on Cosby

In a White House press conference, Obama says:

There’s no precedent for revoking a medal. We don’t have that mechanism…If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape.

Obama comments on Bill Cosby

12 Jul, 2015

Katniss ‘part of me’

At Comic-Con, Lawrence talks about saying goodbye to her most iconic character, Katniss.

I don’t feel like it’s happened yet. It’s still such a big part of my life. These movies really did change my life. The people who are in my life…you guys challenged me. I love you. I think that the changes that happened in my life are so permanent that I don’t think I’ll ever really say goodbye to her. She feels like she’s part of me.

11 Jul, 2015

Meets families of illegal immigrant victims

In Los Angeles Trump meets with families whose loved ones were killed by undocumented immigrants, saying U.S. immigration policy has allowed criminals from other countries to find sanctuary in American borders. The participants held up pictures with details of their deceased family members, saying the United States’ immigration system allowed the assailants to enter the country illegally, and then got away with little to no jail time. Trump:

People came into the country illegally and killed their children. It’s a very sad thing that’s happened to our country.

Family member:

All I was hearing was ‘Well, these people work, they contribute, they have to take their kids to school. Like that was a reason that it was okay that they killed people.

27 Jun, 2015

News conference

Prime Minister Essid, responds to the recent terrorist attack by announcing additional security measures and asking the people of Tunisia to work together to get through the crisis. According to the Prime Minister, crucial security upgrades that must be put into place immediately include:

examining the funding of organisations suspected of promoting radicalism, closing about 80 renegade mosques outside government control and declaring certain mountainous zones military areas and calling up army reservists…The fight against terrorism is a national responsibility. We are at war against terrorism which represents a serious danger to national unity during this delicate period that the nation is going through.

23 Jun, 2015

Releases Marikana report

Almost three years since 34 men were shot dead on a hillside by South African Police, following the death of 10 other people, including police officers and mine security staff,  Zuma releases the  Marikana Report. the report calls for an investigation into the National Police Commissioner’s fitness to hold office. The commission also recommends that the North West Provincial Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo, be investigated as well.

I have written to the national commissioner to inform her of the recommendations pertaining to her…The commission recommends a full investigation…with a view to ascertaining criminal liability on the part of all members of the SAPS members who were involved.

The commission largely cleared members of the executive for their role in the shooting, saying Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa did not cause the shooting. Zuma:

The commission found that the executive played no role in the decision of the police to implement the tactical role.

It said the deaths of 10 people, ahead of the massacre should be criminally investigated. The Marikana workers are unhappy about being given such short notice of Zuma’s conference, but do not contest it as they want what they term the truth, to be released.

16 Jun, 2015

ESPN interview

James explains the Cavaliers NBA Finals loss and reviews the season:

It’s never a success if you go out losing. But I think we put ourselves back where this franchise needs to be, being a contender. But we’ve still got a lot of work to do…It hurts me to know that I wish I could have done better and done more and just put a little bit more effort or whatever the case may be to help us get over the hump. But it just wasn’t our time…I knew it was going to be a tough task, and I continued to tell you guys we were undermanned…I don’t even know if it’s ever happened, for a team to lose two All‑Stars and still be able to make it to The Finals…I put my body through a lot, you know, but it’s the price for your body feeling this way for winning…I didn’t win a championship, but I’ve done a lot of good things in this first year back, and hopefully I can continue it.

22 May, 2015

Agrees with U.S. policy on Iraq

At a news conference in New Hampshipre Clinton speaks on the U.S. handling of Iraq.

I think it’s a very difficult situation and I basically agree with the policies that we are currently following, and that is, American air support is available. American intelligence and surveillance is available.

American trainers are trying to undo the damage that was done to the Iraqi army by former prime minister Maliki, who bears a very big part of the responsibility for what is happening inside of Iraq today.

This has to be fought by and won by Iraqis. There is no role whatsoever for American soldiers on the ground to go back, other than in the capacity as trainers and advisers.

13 May, 2015

Three agencies report El Nino return

Three meteorological agencies on the Pacific Rim (The Australian Bureau of Meteorology, United States Climate Prediction Centre and Japan Meteorological Agency) agree that the El Nino weather phenomenon, which can spark deadly and costly climate extremes, will return strongly this year. The Japan Meteorological Agency has forecast that it would continue into late 2015, but there is no consensus between the three agencies over how long it will last, as they each have their own criteria for the phenomena. Commercial forecasters also have their own opinions, which also diverge. The U.S. Climate Prediction Centre says there is a 70 percent chance the pattern will continue through the Northern Hemisphere summer. The Australian weather bureau says:

We know that once an El Nino event’s established, it’s very likely to last through to the end of the year.

30 Apr, 2015

Remains search ends

Makes Statement

Investigations for recovering human remains and wreckage from MH17 crash site ends. Mission head:

We have done everything humanly possible…Many more body parts were recovered over the past two weeks in the search near Petropavlivka, about 10 kilometers (six miles) west of Grabove where most of the debris fell….Many personal belongings like watches, passports… and other documents that is of great value to the victims’ families were also recovered.

27 Mar, 2015

Accuse Cosby of sexual assault


Welles and Shapiro have come forward claiming comedian Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them while they were teenagers. Welles said she was a 17-year-old aspiring singer when she met Cosby in Hollywood. Welles:

He was a star. He was Bill Cosby and I buried it in my memory until all of these brave women began to come forward.

Shapiro said when she met Cosby, she was 19 and working at a donut shop in Santa Monica. She claims Cosby drove her to his place, where she took a box of matches inscribed with his name. They went to the Playboy mansion, and she took a pill after losing a bet with Cosby. She reportedly woke up with him (Bill Cosby) laying on top of her, sexually assaulting her. Shapiro presented the box of matches as evidence during the press conference.

23 Mar, 2015

‘We don’t play hard all the time. And that’s a problem.’

After the Mavericks’ loss to the Phoenix Suns, Carlisle rips into his team. He said the team didn’t show up in the first half of the game and that was flat-out embarrassing. The Mavs are 8-8 since the All-Star break. Seven of those losses have been decided by ten or more points.

This is a Dallas Mavericks hard-play problem, all right? We don’t play hard all the time. And that’s a problem…It’s pretty clear that’s where our inconsistency is, and we’ve got to get better. We’ve got to be a more together team. I believe that we can do it. We did it in the second half, but it’s work. It takes effort. It takes effort in the locker room, it takes sacrifice, and we’ve got to be willing to do those things.

16 Mar, 2015

Opening night starter

Gray will be the opening night starter against the Texas Rangers for second consecutive year. Coach Melvin:

I do have a big announcement today. You guys may want to sit down…It was a matter of letting [Gray] know for sure. But I mean, he’s made for this. It’s who he is. He’s extremely competitive. He’s talented. He loves the spotlight games. If anyone was made for it, it was him.

3 Nov, 2014

Press conference

The team announces Maddon as their manager.

At the end of the day, unless we are aligned perfectly it’s not going to work. It just can’t work. That’s the way the game has evolved to this point. The autocratic manager of yesteryear has gone. It’s not just about one guy any more…to be philosophically aligned with these guys is important to me.

Maddon officially announced as Cubs manager

1 Jun, 2014

Father: Son wanted to help Afghans

Bergdahl’s father, Bob, says he is proud of how patient, determined and resilient his son was during his 5-year Taliban captivity.

But most of all, I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people, and what you were willing to do to go to that length. And I think you have succeeded

Bowe’s father urged him to trust his military reintegration team, and Jani Bergdahl told her son to take all the time he needs to heal and decompress. They say they are grateful for the work that the U.S. government and other countries — including Qatar, which served as a go-between in the negotiations — did to bring their son home.

You are from a strong tribe, you are even stronger now. Five years is a seemingly endless long time, but you’ve made it. … You are free. Freedom is yours. I will see you soon, my beloved son.

24 Jan, 2013

DOD clears path for women in combat

In a joint press conference and signing ceremony, Secretary Panetta and Gen. Dempsey announce the decision to rescind the ban on women serving in direct combat roles. The Secretary directs the process to be completed by Jan 1, 2016.

Today we are acting to expand the opportunities for women to serve in the United States armed forces and to better align our policies with the experiences we have had over the past decade of war. Ultimately, we’re acting to strengthen the joint force.

20 Jul, 0215

Showers Blatter with cash

During a press conference in Zurich, Nelson approaches Blatter with two wads of cash in his hands, saying the cash is to support North Korea’s bid for the 2026 World Cup. When Blatter asks for security, Daniels tosses the wad of bills in the air and they float all around Blatter. The comedian is removed from the stage. Blatter:

I just called my late mother, and she said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s just a lack of education.’

Sepp Blatter Has Money Thrown At Him By Lee Nelson