Wrestler finds life outside ring

first_img Both of his sons are promising football players at Santa Clarita Christian High. Borden never misses a game and even hosts the team for practices at his second home in Agua Dulce. “Steve is a great dad who’s been so helpful to our program. He’s very supportive,” Santa Clarita Christian coach Garrick Moss said. Borden also has hired private football coaches Ted Iacenda and Dean Herrington to work with his sons on weekends so they can have every advantage in pursuing the sport they love. As a young wrestler, Borden wasn’t so fortunate. When he started in his twenties, Borden wrestled for $50 per match, sacrificing everything for a profession that traditionally has eaten its young. “I was basically living out of my car, and working seven nights a week,” he said. In those days, Borden did have an advantage over most wrestlers because as a slam-dunk basketball player he was a natural athlete, and at 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds he was bigger and more acrobatic than most newcomers. “I first got into wrestling because I wasn’t doing much and was bored, working as a bartender and bouncer, and looking for something to do,” he said. “But once I got into it, I did move up fast because I had a strong work ethic and came up with the right look and the right moves in the ring.” Borden culled his image as Sting by wearing face paint, bleaching his hair and, he now admits, ingesting steroids to help add about 60 pounds of muscle since his Hart days. His big break came when a fellow wrestler was injured and Borden was called upon as a late replacement against legendary Ric Flair. “I was just starting to gain popularity. Ric was a bad guy, and we just had this chemistry together in the ring,” Borden said. “Ric is the one who really made me. We wrestled each other for four years all over the country.” As the No. 1 good guy in the WCW, Borden had quite a ride, winning and re-winning championships, selling out arenas and headlining pay-per-view cards. But Borden’s dark secrets outweighed the glory, and at one point he was a complete mess because of his gripping addiction to painkillers. “I severed a tendon in my knee. I detached a pectoral muscle. I broke ribs and ankles and separated my shoulders. I was just in so much pain I couldn’t sleep,” he said. “That’s what happens from years on the road and two knee operations and two elbow operations. I started taking a lot of painkillers and muscle relaxers – plus alcohol – and that’s what started it all.” Searching for answers, Borden found God, and in 1998 became a born-again Christian and eventually left wrestling – along with his addiction and the dark pursuits that went with it, he said. “Some people believe in a 12-step program, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I did a one-step program to Jesus Christ, and I stopped cold turkey,” he said. After leaving the WCW, Vince McMahon of the World Wrestling Federation called Borden with promises to make the Sting character bigger than ever, but Borden didn’t budge. His mission was to serve God and not to fly off the top rope, and Borden resisted the temptation to revive his wrestling career. “It wasn’t easy. I’d see my friends wrestling on TV and think to myself, `Wow, I could fit in right there so easily,”‘ Borden said. Instead, Borden dedicated his energy to motivational speaking and to Church On The Rock in Canyon Country, where he serves as an elder. His brother, Jeff, is a pastor there. Just recently, Borden decided it was time for Sting to make a comeback – albeit in moderation. He’s joined a fledgling wrestling organization, TNA, which is based in Orlando and requires just a few days’ work per month. “TNA is a lot cleaner than the other popular wrestling companies, and that’s something that’s important to me because the others are pushing the envelope too far with sexual storylines and things like that,” he said. “We’re going prime time on the Spike TV network in April, so we’ll see what happens. We’ll see how much I have left in me.” Borden continues to work out five days a week. He’s still got a great body. The difference these days is he’s got a mind and soul to match. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Let’s just say my wife Sue has stuck with me for 19 years through thick and thin, because there was so many times where we almost lost everything,” he said. “When she was finally ready to leave, I just couldn’t believe what was happening to me. You can’t be married and be a father and be apart from your family for so long. I sure don’t recommend it, but I got caught up in the whole deal and made all the wrong choices.” It has taken until now for Borden to finally have peace. After leaving wrestling at the height of his popularity in 2001 – shortly after setting a USA record for pay-per-view buys with a much-anticipated title match against Hogan – Borden is a born-again Christian. These days, he travels the world as a motivational speaker, sharing his life experiences and spiritual guidance. It’s a life Borden has always dreamed about – after living the life so many others dreamed about. “If I had to do everything over again, I’d probably do a lot of things differently because of the bad choices I made. But then again, I’ve learned what I’ve learned, and today I refuse to make certain compromises in my life,” he said. “I mean, there was a time where everyone knew who I was, and I had so much influence over so many people that I was on a power trip. My life has changed. Now I put my family first. I’m a husband and a father, which is the way things are supposed to be.” Borden lives in a sprawling ranch home off Sand Canyon with his wife, sons Garrett, 15, and Steven, 14, and daughter Gracie, 6, plus his golden retriever Levi. CANYON COUNTRY – One of the world’s most popular and successful professional wrestlers during wrestling’s heyday, Sting had it all – millions of dollars, a WCW world championship belt, and a stream of hangers-on willing to grant his every whim. Yet the man behind the mask, former Hart High basketball standout Steve Borden, now 46, has mostly painful memories from a sport that supposedly pulls its punches. When he wasn’t grappling with the likes of Hulk Hogan or Andre the Giant, Borden battled ongoing burnout from being on the road 340 nights per year, along with serious injuries, severe loneliness and depression, drug and alcohol addiction, and finally the near-breakup of his marriage. “The best part was being in the middle of the ring because the roar of a crowd in a packed stadium is pretty awesome. But once I had that power, I made all the wrong choices,” said Borden, a six-time World Championship Wrestling world champion who for several consecutive years was named Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Most Popular Wrestler. last_img

Mandela to be laid to rest in Qunu on 15 December

first_img6 December 2013 The late Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, 15 December following a week of national mourning, President Jacob Zuma announced on Friday. Madiba passed away in his family home in Houghton, Johannesburg on Thursday night. Briefing the media after visiting Mandela’s family in Houghton, Johannesburg on Friday afternoon, Zuma said that the former president would lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria from Wednesday, 11 December to Friday, 13 December. Zuma also announced that this Sunday, 8 December, had been declared a national day of prayer and reflection, with the nation called upon to gather at their places of worship to pray and reflect on Madiba’s life and legacy. The official memorial service for Mandela will take place at the FNB Stadium outside Soweto in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 10 December. Several other memorial events will take place around the country over the mourning period. Zuma thanked all South Africans and people from across the world for the support they had shown to the Mandela family. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

J&K BJP upbeat on Rajnath visit

first_imgThe BJP on Sunday said Home Minister Rajnath Singh had come to the Valley with an “open mind”, and expressed confidence that his meetings would bring about a resolution to the problems in the strife-torn State.“Singh has already said he has come with an open heart and mind to talk to people. He will speak to anybody who comes to meet him,” State BJP general secretary (organisation) Ashok Kaul told presspersons here.Mr. Kaul added that all sections should meet him and put forth their points of view. “His meeting with the people will help resolve the problems in Kashmir. It will be an achievement,” he said.Ahead of his visit, the Home Minister had said, “I am going with an open mind and I am willing to meet all those who come to meet me. We want a resolution to the problems.” Challenges galoreNational Conference representatives from Leh and Kargil met Mr. Singh and highlighted pressing issues in the areas. “The representatives raised challenges faced on the connectivity, communication and infrastructure front, and sought that the Central government resolve these issues that are a cause of great misery and inconvenience to the people,” the spokesman said.They said the exorbitant airfare to Leh round the year, especially when the road-link is closed, is a source of great misery and sought a reasonable airfare policy for such hilly areas.They also highlighted poor and in certain places defunct quality of the BSNL network connectivity. They reiterated the long-pending demand of a functional civil airport in Kargil and interim, adequate winter air connectivity arrangement that would enable the district to explore its maximum economic and tourism potential.A Peoples Democratic Party delegation, led by party vice-president Sartaj Madni, also called on Mr. Singh and conveyed the party’s views on many issues. At an interaction with Central Reserve Police Force personnel, Mr. Singh said the government has launched a “Bharat Ke Veer” programme to support martyrs’ kin.Premium on courage“The nation is supporting the courage of our security forces. We are proud of our CRPF personnel. Courage cannot be purchased from any market and you are born with unassailable and unmatched courage,” he added.The Home Minister later presented a memento the CRPF team which took part in operations in Pulwama recently.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active with 4,000mAh battery to launch on June 10: Report

first_imgSamsung will reportedly launch the Galaxy S7 Active, a rough and tough version of the flagship Galaxy S7 phone on June 10. A new Venture Beat report suggests that the upcoming Galaxy S7 Active will be exclusively sold through exclusive AT&T in the US, just like its predecessor phone, the Galaxy S6 Active. It will further be available in stores in June.The Galaxy S7 Active, as per its leaked hardware specifications in the report stands nearly identical to the Galaxy S7 except its resistance properties to wear and tear. The Galaxy S7 Active will be dust and water-proof much like its predecessor and will reportedly have a bigger 4,000mAh battery inside. The phone will weigh in at 185grams and will be 9.9mm in thickness.Rest of the specifications remain the same as the Galaxy S7, meaning a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable via microSD card.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge launched in India, price starts at Rs 48,900It will sport a 12-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone will further run Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI.The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phones were launched in India in March this year. Prices start at Rs 48,900 for the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7, while the larger 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge costs Rs 56,900.Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge boast of almost similar design aesthetics (glass and metal) as their predecessors. Samsung has employed curved 2.5D glass on the new Galaxy S7, while the Galaxy S7 Edge has a screen that curves on two sides giving you quick access to notifications etc al (via Edge panel). advertisementlast_img read more

Sorting out evolving AI requirements

first_imgThe advent of artificial intelligence (AI) will require diverse new microelectronic solutions to meet the evolving demands of large-scale data centers, “mid-size” systems like autonomous vehicles and robots, and a growing array of mobile devices, appliances, wearables, and as-yet un-envisioned applications. Of central importance is the need to achieve unprecedented efficiency and speed in the collection and analysis of data, while also managing power consumption and form factor.In the hardware domain, this will require innovative thinking and new paradigms in sensors, processors, memory, interconnection, and packaging. Promising options are beginning to materialize from established and emerging research efforts, which we will review in the context of Edge AI and other broad trends. Going forward, interdisciplinary pre-industrial collaboration will be needed to create practical, manufacturable solutions from these efforts.We can envision the coming AI marketplace by comparing applications based on computing capability and power consumption requirements (Figure 1). Wearables have the greatest power restrictions and (in relative terms) lowest computing needs. Data centers are at the opposite end, with smart appliances, augmented reality, robots, and autonomous vehicles in between. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, IoT Continue Reading Previous Research lab shows off tech advancesNext Clientron to showcase latest POS system and IoV intelligent in-vehicle driving solution center_img Figure 1. (Source: Leti) Edge AI, in which most data analysis takes place at the point of collection, is well-suited to applications on the left-hand side. While this is simple to describe, it requires unprecedented levels of sensor and processor capability in extremely small packages. Sensors will need to take inspiration from human eyes and ears, becoming far more adaptable by changing their characteristics (such as dynamic range) based on cognition and local intelligence.Larger-scale applications, meanwhile, will strain traditional computing paradigms, particularly constant memory read/write cycles that consume both time and energy.With these requirements in mind, Leti has prioritized research into smart sensors and innovative computing approaches.One focus is a fundamental problem of modern computing: moving data between memory and processor now costs vastly more than computation, both in time and energy consumption. Data transfer and memory access account for up to 90% of system energy usage, and because applications like artificial neural networks rely on large databases and simple computation operations, reducing data movement becomes critical.Stacking of memory onto processors, to shorten the physical links, is the subject of long-standing Leti research into 3D circuitry. We are now also pursuing new memory designs, which allow addition, subtraction, and Boolean logic to be performed within SRAM. The area cost is negligible and, more important, data never leaves the memory. These in-memory-computing (IMC) processors have strong potential for applications like neural networks and cryptography, and we believe that by the 2020s they can provide 100 times the throughput of conventional processors on AI applications while maintaining the same frequency and energy budget. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Ganja Cultivation Project for Small Farmers to Begin by March – PM

first_img The programme aims to prevent and eliminate the illicit cultivation of ganja and channel the process through legal streams. The pilot, which will commence in Accompong, St. Elizabeth and Orange Hill in Westmoreland, will involve the farming of ganja to provide raw material for processors. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the Alternative Development Programme (ADP), which will provide an avenue for small ganja farmers to benefit from the ganja industry, will start by March 2019. “It is a real fear that as that [ganja] industry emerges to become more corporatised, that the original ganja man, the original farmer, could very well be left out of the gains and the benefits, when you were the ones singing the praises and the benefits from how long,” Mr. Holness said. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the Alternative Development Programme (ADP), which will provide an avenue for small ganja farmers to benefit from the ganja industry, will start by March 2019.The programme aims to prevent and eliminate the illicit cultivation of ganja and channel the process through legal streams. The pilot, which will commence in Accompong, St. Elizabeth and Orange Hill in Westmoreland, will involve the farming of ganja to provide raw material for processors.“It is a real fear that as that [ganja] industry emerges to become more corporatised, that the original ganja man, the original farmer, could very well be left out of the gains and the benefits, when you were the ones singing the praises and the benefits from how long,” Mr. Holness said.“So this programme is of significant importance to ensure that small farmers, and, in fact, communities like Accompong, where there is certain discipline, a certain order, a certain social system that will ensure that it is not used in illicit ways, will benefit,” he added.He was speaking at the Accompong Maroons’ 281st celebration of the signing of the peace treaty with the British and to commemorate the birthday of legendary leader Cudjoe, on Sunday (January 6), in the Maroon village, St. Elizabeth.The Prime Minister said he has received the commitment of the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, that the programme will begin within the first quarter of this year.“I know that you have actually started your part of the programme, but you are now awaiting the Government’s part of the programme to commence. I had a word with him (Minister Shaw) and he gave me a commitment that the Alternative Development Programme for the small ganja farmers to produce for the legal trade will start,” he said.The 1998 Action Plan, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, provides for the inclusion of a programme, such as the ADP, through specifically designed rural development measures consistent with sustained national economic growth.The programme will be administered by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries with oversight from the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).Among the stipulations are the tagging of plants under a track and trace mechanism; sale of products through licensed processors; farmers’ alignment to community-based associations/organisations; accommodating special groups, such as the Maroons and Rastafarians; and that maximum cultivation should not exceed half an acre per farmer.last_img read more

PM Encourages Communities to Create Play Areas for Children on Labour Day

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging communities to renovate open spaces or parks for children to play, as part of activities for Labour Day.“Part of the safety and security and emotional and psychosocial development of the child is their ability to play… . Let’s get our children out there playing… . It’s good for their health,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2019 activities at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday (May 7).Stressing the importance of play to the development of the child, Mr. Holness pointed out that it teaches good sportsmanship, how to resolve conflicts, builds confidence and helps with physical development.“Children have stress as well, and it is an excellent way to reduce stress… both for parents and for children,” he said.He noted that sophisticated playsets are not necessary, noting for example, that used tyres and rope could be utilised to make swings.In the meantime, Mr. Holness invited all Jamaicans to volunteer their services, talents and abilities on Labour Day in support of the well-being of the nation’s children, in keeping with the theme ‘Child Safety…it’s you, it’s me, it’s all ah we!’.“The safety and security of our children must be everyone’s business,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, announced four national Labour Day projects, which will focus on renovating the environs of some schools.The activities will take place at the Papine High School in St Andrew, which will be led by the Prime Minister; Holland Primary School in St Elizabeth; Fair Prospect Primary School in Portland; and the Barrett Town All-Age/John Rollins Primary School in St. James.The scope of work includes installation of pedestrian crossings; paving/repairing of roads; installation of sidewalks, bus lay-by and signage; erection of fencing; bushing of school environs; and painting of murals.The works will be carried out by the National Labour Day Committee in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jamaica, JN Foundation and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).Additionally, there will be parish projects organised and led by mayors and councillors across the island.Minister Grange encouraged persons to register their projects with the municipal corporations, the Labour Day Secretariat in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport or on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) website at www.jis.gov.jm.Labour Day 2019, to be recognised on Thursday (May 23), is the culmination of Workers’ Week activities, which begins on Sunday (May 19). The week is being observed under the theme ‘Yes to decent work; No to child labour’. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging communities to renovate open spaces or parks for children to play, as part of activities for Labour Day. “Part of the safety and security and emotional and psychosocial development of the child is their ability to play… . Let’s get our children out there playing… . It’s good for their health,” he said. The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2019 activities at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday (May 7). Story Highlightslast_img read more

SP Global Maersk Ratings Lowered with Negative Outlook

first_imgzoom The long-term counterparty credit rating of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller – Maersk has been lowered to BBB from BBB+, while the outlook is negative, according to Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings.Additionally, S&P Global Ratings lowered its issue ratings on Maersk’s senior unsecured debt to BBB from BBB+ and removed all ratings on Maersk from CreditWatch with negative implications, where they were placed on July 5, 2016.“Today’s rating actions reflect our expectations that Maersk’s operating performance will remain constrained over 2016-2017 because of significant market difficulties and industry pressures,” S&P Global Ratings said.“We also take into account the risk that the ongoing strategic re-focusing of the group may lead to reduced diversification benefits over time,” the rating agency noted, adding that it is not ruled out that these factors, either combined or on a stand-alone basis, “could lead to a further downgrade to BBB-, depending on the group’s measures to counter the aforementioned risks.”The ratings agency said that Maersk’s competitive position and consolidated performance has deteriorated over 2016, while industry prospects remain uncertain, notably in the container liner industry where fundamentals continue to be very challenging, including constrained freight rates owing to structural overcapacity and sluggish expansion of global trade.Persistent high cyclical industry pressures and low oil prices “are likely to continue to weigh on Maersk’s earnings and cash flow well into 2017.”Given that all Maersk’s segments continue to face significant market difficulties, S&P Global Ratings said it anticipates that the group’s operating performance may falter in 2016-2017.Furthermore, S&P Global Ratings said that the negative outlook reflects the risk that Maersk would reap less diversification benefits if the ongoing evaluation of the ownership structure results in the disposal of a major part of or of all of its energy division.“The negative outlook predominantly reflects the risk of a one-notch downgrade because of the group’s ongoing strategic review,” the ratings agency informed.last_img read more

First LNG Bunkering Carried Out in the UK

first_imgzoom For the first time in the UK, a ship has been bunkered with liquefied natural gas (LNG). This is part of a project carried out between UK’s LNG provider Flogas and compatriot port operator Associated British Ports (ABP). The project, which mirrors similar successful schemes in other European countries, saw a 110-meter cement carrier named Ireland – operated by Norwegian shipping firm KGJ Cement AS – refueled with LNG at the Port of Immingham on August 16.The joint venture between Flogas and ABP is said to be a step forward for maritime bunkering in the UK. It means ships from across the globe will now have direct access to LNG – a fuel that is becoming increasingly popular in shipping, due to its ability to help vessels comply with current and future climate legislation.“There is great potential for LNG in the maritime industry as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional oil-based bunker fuels, but until now this potential has remained untapped here in the UK,” Lee Gannon, Managing Director at Flogas, explained.Although only a limited number of ships currently bunker with LNG, demand is expected to grow rapidly as environmental regulations increasingly prohibit the use of polluting heavy fuel oils. Both Flogas and ABP see potential to replace thousands of tons of heavy fuel oil each year with cleaner, cost-effective LNG.“We are proud to be a key part of this flagship operation, which has really put the UK on the map as the latest European hub for more climate-friendly bunkering. Demand is already beginning to shift away from oil across the international fleet, and we very much see natural gas taking its place as the marine fuel of choice. We look forward to welcoming increasing numbers of ships to Immingham as a result of our new … offering in partnership with Flogas,” Mark Frith, Port Manager for ABP Immingham and Grimsby, added.The new tanker-to-ship service provides the flexibility needed to service current demand, but as the LNG marine market grows, Flogas plans to invest in storage and bunkering facilities at ABP ports when required.last_img read more

Lone Wolf Golf Club hires new General Manager

first_img“I’m just really excited to be a part of the District team and the Lone Wolf Team. I had a chance to meet everyone over here at the Office and at the Golf Course. I’m excited to be a part of that brand and team.”Mayor Rob Fraser says he is looking forward to seeing Galay and the new team work together.“Thank you very much for taking the position and we’re looking forward to you and the team, there’s a new team there at the Golf Course, so we’re interested in how you are going to gel them together and we’re interested in your new ideas. Welcome, and thank you.”Prior to this position, Galay was General Manager and Lead Pro at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club in Charlie Lake. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a recent District of Taylor Council Meeting, Council introduced the new General Manager for the Lone Wolf Golf Club.Ryan Galay was hired by the District as the new General Manager for the Golf Course, replacing Dave Callum.Galay says he is very excited to join the Lone Wolf Team as a General Manager.last_img read more