WATCH: Federer still having fun with ‘boy band’ buddies

first_imgPrince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu The video is a more polished performance than the group’s first effort at the number, which Federer unveiled during the Australian Open in January.However, Federer acknowledged the One-handed Backhand Boys probably still shouldn’t give up their day jobs.“So bad, yet so good,” was his assessment, and when asked if the Backhand Boys themselves might one day feature at the Grammys, he replied: “I don’t think so.”RELATED STORYFederer, Nadal win to set up early showdown at Indian WellsADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Indian Wells tennis fans denied a chance to see Roger Federer in action on Friday were treated instead to the Swiss great’s dubious talents in the music department.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAfter Australian Nick Kyrgios pulled out of his scheduled quarter-final against Federer in the first ATP Masters tournament of the year, Federer turned out for a light-hearted on-court question and answer session to entertain spectators.It included the showing of an updated video featuring Federer, Tommy Haas and Grigor Dimitrov belting out Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” — accompanied by Grammy Award-winning Canadian musician David Foster on piano with a cameo from Novak Djokovic thrown in. Extra work brings back ‘Big Game’ from Yap No seriously, we’re actually starting a boyband: The one handed #BackhandBoys 🎤🎹🎼@GrigorDimitrov @TommyHaas13 @officialdfoster @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/DtTSu39KIM— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 17, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Mullings books Contender semi-final spot

first_imgSakima Mullings, the No. 1 seeded boxer in the Wray & Nephew 2017 Contender series, booked himself a spot in the semi-finals of the competition last Wednesday night with a hard-earned victory over Canadian Larone Whyte at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road in St Andrew. He is now into the money round of the competition, which will pay $2 million to the winner, $500,000 to the runner-up, $250,000 for the boxer who finishes third, and $200,000 for the fourth-place finisher. After five bruising rounds, which had spectators cheering wildly for the entire time, judge Lindell Allen 49-46 and judge Ransford Burton 48-47 voted for Mullings while judge Brian Beauchamp voted 48-47 for Whyte. “I gave myself four rounds. I thought that I won fair and square, but so it goes,” said Whyte. SLOW STARTER Whyte had shown in his fight with Moncriffe that he is a slow starter. He lost the first two rounds that night, but came back to win the next three. He tried to emulate that feat on Wednesday, but just fell short of his goal. He, again, lost the first two rounds on the scorecards of the judges, but they differed regarding who won the next three and he lost by split decision. The atmosphere in the auditorium was electric as both men entered the ring, Mullings behind the Jamaican flag, and Whyte with both the Jamaican and Canadian flags, because he has Jamaican parents. Mullings started quickly, and with jabs and hooks to the body and head, he kept one step ahead of Whyte all the way. Whyte found his bearings in the third and made things much more competitive, as he and Mullings entered into a battle of attrition. Mullings said afterwards: “He would not make me rest and I would not make him rest. It was tough going.” In the fourth round, the pace started to tell on Mullings and he looked to be a bit winded. He switched tactics then – from torrid in-fighting to slick boxing. This gave him some respite, but he still knew that he was in the fight of his life. At the end of the contest, the crowd roared in appreciation and both men paid their respects to each other.last_img read more

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PVL: PetroGazz bags back to back wins after blanking BanKo

first_imgNCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Warriors seek more NBA history as Raptors hunt first title Janisa Johnson topscored with 21 points for the unbeaten Angels who were hardly threatened in the match.Even in the most competitive set, the Angels were simply dominating, out-attacking the Perlas Spikers, 14-9, in the second set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNicole Tiamzon scored 12 points for BanKo Perlas which debuted in the conference on a losing note. View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan votingcenter_img Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ MANILA, Philippines–PetroGazz scored its second straight victory after blasting BanKo Perlas, 25-19, 25-21, 25-12, Wednesday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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‘Liberia Losing a Lot’

first_imgThe Resident Representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Liberia has observed that the country is losing a lot because she is not prioritizing agriculture and spends too much on imported agricultural products. In order to make agriculture workable and transformative, Dr. Margaret Hilda Kilo pointed out that attention must be given to road networks, cross border security and women’s involvement in agriculture. The AfDB Executive made the statement recently when she held talks with the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Zolu Jallah, at his Capitol Building offices. Dr. Kilo, who has been in Liberia since 2011 and will retire in 2018, informed Pro Temp Jallah about her passion for agriculture, and disclosed that she already has 200 hectares of farmland in Cameroon. For his part, Pro Tempore Jallah underscored the significance of a sustainable agricultural program in Liberia and wants government to invest in oil palm production by simply strengthening smallholder farmers. Jallah told Dr. Kilo that he was constructing a nursery of palm seedlings and intends erecting a processing facility in Gbarpolu County to add value to agricultural products such as cassava, and wants government to work on a five-year agricultural program in the oil palm industry and empower at least 150 family heads in the industry. Since the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has growth impact and that agriculture is the bedrock of a country, Pro Temp Jallah said he thinks the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture should be increased to an appreciable amount to enable the MOA effectively support agriculture. Jallah, who hails from one of the country’s mineral rich counties, is suggesting that the government owns and operates government farms as encouragement to individual farmers and be able to give out seedlings, seed rice and other agriculture-related products and remove all stringent local laws that are intended to deny many farmers the right to farmland. The MOA’s 2016/2017 budget is US$9,428,260.00.Meanwhile, Jallah has promised to collaborate with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. Alex Tyler, to make appropriation in the National Budget as support to smallholder farmers and all agriculture-related projects. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Celtic must produce ‘perfect game’ – twice – to beat revitalised Valencia

first_imgIn less than two weeks Celtic will visit Valencia in a huge Europa League round of 32 clash, and the good news for the Scottish champions is that their opponents have a demanding domestic fixture list that will ask much of them before they even come up against the Hoops.The bad news, however, is that the LaLiga side have just hit their finest form of the season, and are functioning far better than they were when the draw was made.Getting the better of a team from a much bigger league with a far bigger budget was never going to be easy for Celtic, but developments since the tie was announced in mid December have not favoured the Scots. RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions It was a display in keeping with the strong displays he has been producing week after week this winter.Celtic will surely have to focus much of their attention on containing the playmaker, who has a nose for sniffing out space in and around the area. MONEY A string of positive results have eased the pressure Marcelino was under Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Brendan Rodgers’ side visit Los Che later this month before welcoming the LaLiga side to Celtic Park Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Back then, Valencia were 15th in the table and teetering above the relegation zone. Star striker Rodrigo had only scored two goals all season – never in back to back games – and some were beginning to question coach Marcelino.Now, Los Che are only a hair’s breadth off a Europa League spot, and progressing to the semi-finals of Copa del Rey has given them a huge morale boost.Rodrigo, meanwhile, has now chalked up seven goals. That includes hitting five in the 10 days between their LaLiga game with Celta, Copa quarter-final against Getafe (where he was the hero with a hat-trick) and league derby win over Villarreal.As for coach Marcelino, with the players rallying behind him and results turning, his position has now been significantly reinforced; his insistence all season that the team only needed a slice of fortune to go their way apparently proving to be accurate. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Dani Parejo fired Valencia two goals ahead, but his side could not hold out for the win LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF 3 ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The culmination of the turnaround came on Saturday at Camp Nou, where Valencia produced one of their best performances of 2018/19 and became the first team to take a point from Barcelona since November.“This team is growing,” their coach glowed in the post-match, arguing that the struggles of previous months had simply served to “increase our self-esteem and ambition”.There was plenty of that self-esteem on show in Catalonia.Not many teams go two goals ahead on Barcelona’s turf with half an hour on the clock, but this was Valencia in vintage mode. All of the hallmarks of them at their best under Marcelino were back on show; a style based on effective, aggressive pressing in the final third followed by breaking with accuracy and in numbers. 3 3 REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining For a time it overwhelmed Barça, with Daniel Wass regularly finding Dani Parejo’s late runs into the area with a well rehearsed cutback that is difficult to defend against.The two strikers, Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo, showed their understanding has developed significantly since the turn of the year. The most obvious example came in the Frenchman’s goal, where Rodrigo, after driving forward to cut through Barcelona’s midfield, weighted an excellent pass into the area that Gameiro could hit first time to give Marc-Andre Ter Stegen no chance.The movements are ones Marcelino has drilled his team on since day one, but with confidence, the finishing touch is now being applied, unlike earlier in the campaign.At the heart of it all was captain Parejo, who quite literally produced a perfect first half; all of his passes were completed (not a simple task considering the way Barcelona press), all of his tackles and duels were won, and all of his shots hit the target, including an excellently struck penalty that doubled Los Che’s lead. REPLY REVEALED Valencia have been crazy deep in this half. A lot of ground to cover if they want to break pic.twitter.com/uSXcBHZJkS— Lee Roden (@LeeRoden89) February 2, 2019Los Che ultimately left Camp Nou feeling further vindicated that they have finally turned a corner, and while the accumulation of fixtures in the coming 10 days could yet take its toll, the feel-good factor now surging around the Mestalla following months of doom and gloom will have a huge impact.The harsh reality is that Celtic will likely need to produce the perfect game – twice – if they are going to upset the odds at the LaLiga side’s expense. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Dani Parejo vs Barça en 45 minutos: 1 gol, 22 pases (100% acierto), 7/7 balones en largo, 3 tiros a puerta, 3/3 duelos ganados, 2/2 tackles y 2 recuperaciones. Tremendo.— Albert Ortega (@AlbertOrtegaES1) February 2, 2019It wasn’t all perfect though, as Barcelona’s recovery to draw the game proved.While Valencia have shaken off many of their issues from before, they still lack the cool head to see things out from a favourable position. In the second period Rodrigo squandered a golden opportunity to make the score 3-1, and within seconds Barcelona had equalised at the other end through Lionel Messi.The brilliance of the Argentinian’s disguised shot was almost impossible to defend, but the build-up wasn’t, and the mistakes the visitors made showed they still have a habit of lapses in concentration that give opponents a fighting chance. | 🐐 |Lionel Messi scored his 115th double in #LaLiga against Valencia today 🤯Barca were 2-0 down and Messi brought them back level 💪 pic.twitter.com/Ayz9GMjwmn— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) February 2, 2019That said, holding on to a valuable point from a game where they would surely have let all three slip not long ago reflects upon a renewed mental strength in Valencia that should not be underestimated.After conceding the equaliser they spent large periods under intense pressure, but the generosity in the defensive cover that players like Ezequiel Garay produced made a huge difference, and gradually helped them to grow in confidence.Rodrigo, covering huge stretches of the final third even after running for more than an hour, was another example of how Valencia have the hunger of a small team to match the talent levels of a squad that was built to compete at Champions League level. no dice last_img read more

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Hull midfielder Ryan Mason: ‘I feel lucky to be alive’

first_imgHull City midfielder Ryan Mason has released a statement saying he feels lucky to be alive and thanking everyone for their support since he suffered a fractured skull.Mason was released from hospital on Monday after eight days, having suffered the injury in a match against Chelsea.The former Spurs man said: “It has been an emotional rollercoaster and I feel lucky to be alive, but I am happy to say that I’m resting and recovering.”Mason went on to thank the medical teams of Hull City and Chelsea who treated him immediately after the clash of heads with Gary Cahill.last_img read more

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A Tutorial on Big Data in the Retail Industry and Other Columns in the…

first_imgBig data is a bit of a buzzword and in some cases isn’t that big at all. It really depends on what your organization’s big data strategy is and where the loss prevention department fits in. It’s really not about the amount of data; it’s what you plan to do with it. This is part of the tutorial that Tom Meehan, CFI, our new Future of LP columnist, provides in the current issue of the magazine. He gives readers an explanation of descriptive and predictive analytics versus prescriptive analytics along with key steps to planning and implementing a retailer’s big data strategy.Also in the current issue, David Zulawski, CFI, CFE, and Shane Sturman, CFI, CPP, talk about memory and how to approach an interview where the subject says they don’t remember details. For example, they advise that in situations where a subject reverts to “I don’t remember,” it is generally a means of defending himself without having to admit to participation in a particular act. For example in a Senate hearing, if the person under oath denied committing the act, he will have committed perjury. However, if the “I don’t remember” response is used, it enables the subject to respond without committing perjury.Other columns in the January-February issue include: – “How eBay Works with Law Enforcement” by Dave DiSilva – “Loss Prevention Leaders Must Win” by Read Hayes, PhD, CPP – “Adding Certification to a Master’s Degree” with Jennifer Schaefer, MA, LPC – “Cargo Theft and Its Impact on the Retail Community” by Maurizio Scrofani, CCSP, LPC – “How Will Retail Respond to a New Wave of Cyber Crime” by Jacque Brittain, LPC – “Fifteen Years of Growth and Change” by Jim Lee, LPC- Sponsor – The contents of the print magazine are available online here as well as in a PDF version via the Print Archive on the magazine tab. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Hopes Dashed for (Another) Alzheimer’s Drug

first_imgAlzheimer’s researchers have faced a series of frustrations in recent years as one promising compound after another has flopped in late-stage clinical trials. Unfortunately, the string continues with the announcement today that another closely watched trial—for a drug called dimebon—has failed. Dimebon was something of a dark horse. An antihistamine introduced in Russia in 1983, it turned up in a screen for potential Alzheimer’s drugs and led to a clinical trial that yielded remarkably encouraging results: In 2008, researchers reported in The Lancet that 78 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease who took dimebon showed significant improvements in memory and cognition, as well as the ability to carry out the activities of daily life. The new study was led by Medivation, a San Francisco, Californai-based biopharmaceutical company, and Pfizer (which reportedly paid $225 million to license the drug). It enrolled 598 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. This time, there were no significant differences between the dimebon and placebo groups. “The results … are unexpected, and we are disappointed for the Alzheimer’s community,” Medivation’s president and CEO, David Hung, said in a statement. 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From the beginning, it was never clear why an antihistamine would protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease, Tanzi and others say. “There wasn’t a single bit of published data on the mechanism of action,” says Sam Sisodia of the University of Chicago in Illinois. Several possible explanations had been floated, Sisodia says, but in his view the drug’s actions weren’t understood well enough to justify a trial. “Just throwing drugs into people just because you have an idea it might work is illogical,” he says.last_img read more

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Tihar shows the way

first_imgNew Delhi’s Tihar Jail has always prided itself as being a cut above the others in the country. It has held VIPs and conmen and murderers and thieves, but it also has an aggressive programme to engage prisoners through “extra curricular” activities like yoga, sports, computer education and so on.Instead of getting into drugs and violence which are endemic in prisons, the inmates are entertained, as well as provided an opportunity to do something productive.Tihar’s latest experiment is a project in using the universal love for music to engage its inmates. The 18th century poet and playwright William Congreve once said, “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.” He may not quite have had rock music in mind, but the general idea is the same.A recent rock concert for the inmates featured several Delhi bands as well as an in-house group, “Flying Souls”, which pointed to the ways in which innovative ideas can be used to occupy prison inmates in some fruitful and pleasant activity.last_img read more

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Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Core Prime vs Micromax Canvas A1

first_imgAs the budget smartphone war heats up in the Indian market, mobile companies are launching great devices for the masses more than ever. Samsung is facing stiff competition in the Indian market and now with its latest Galaxy Core Prime it is pitted against Micromaxs Canvas A1 for the bigger market.So if you are looking for a good budget smartphone, we bring you a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime,which is yet to be announced but is listed on Flipkart for Rs 8499, and Micromax Canvas A1. The comparison is in terms of their specs.Design and BuildBoth the smartphones are quite similar and simple in designs, with interchangeable rear back covers. However, the Micromax Canvas A1 looks better when compared to the Galaxy Core Prime.DisplayThe Micromax Canvas A1 sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime uses a 4.5-inch (480 x 800).ProcessorBoth run on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. The Micromax Canvas A1 assures upgradation to the upcoming Android L when it is launched later this month. This gives the phone an upper hand over the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime.CameraThe Micromax Canvas A1 sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper to take images and make video calls as well or even take selfies. The Galaxy Core Prime, meanwhile, come with a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP shooter.ConnectivityBoth the budget smartphones offer 3G, Wi-Fi, 3G/2G, Bluetooth v4.0, FM Radio, and GPS. Neither are compatible with 4G LTE. Canvas A1 accepts Micro Sims.advertisementBatterySamsungs offering is packed with a 2000 mAh battery while the Canvas A1 has 1700 mAh battery. The battery life can be judged better only after use.PriceWhile Samsung is yet to launch the Galaxy Core Prime, Micromax Canvas A1 is already present in the market at a price of Rs 6,499.So to conclude with the verdict, Micromax Canvas A1 emerges as the winner when compared in terms of specs and highlighted features. It is affordable and will also be getting the Android L update. Plus, it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat without any custom UI on top of Android.last_img read more

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