McIlroy shows his mettle in win for top spot

first_img“I could hear the huge roar,” McIlroy said. “And it definitely wasn’t a birdie roar.”The cheering was for Woods’s eagle on the final hole, which momentarily pulled the 14-time major champion within one shot of McIlroy.McIlroy made his birdie at 13 to stretch the gap back to two, and delivered a series of clutch par putts coming home to seal the victory.“It was always a dream of mine to become the world number one and the best player in the world or whatever you want to call it,” McIlroy said.“But I didn’t know what I would be able to get here this quickly. … Hopefully, I can hold onto it for a little longer.”McIlroy, whose resume includes a record-setting US Open victory at Congressional last year, was celebrating by flying to New York to see his girlfriend, Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki — herself a former world number one in her sport.He was due back in Florida later in the week for the World Golf Championships event at Doral.It was the second week in a row that McIlroy had a chance to supplant Luke Donald at the top of the world rankings. He missed out at the WGC Match Play Championships when he fell in the final to American Hunter Mahan.This time around, despite the pressure from Woods, McIlroy held on, single putting four of the last six holes.Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell was delighted for his compatriot, and for the excitement that Sunday’s final round promised for the rest of the season.Not only did Woods pour on the pressure with his closing 62, England’s Lee Westwood rocketed up the leaderboard with a fourth-round 63.“It was a lot of fun out there today,” McDowell said. “For Rory to go out today with a two-shot lead and have Tiger shoot 62 on him and Westwood shoot 63 … this golf season just got a lot more spicy.”McDowell said McIlroy, who becomes the second-youngest player behind Woods to rise to number one, said improved putting had helped his compatriot.“That was the missing link, because the rest of his game is all there,” McDowell said. “As soon as he learned how to putt, he was going to be a dominating force, and you’re starting to see that now.”Donald, who did not play in Florida this week, was quick to offer his congratulations via Twitter.“Congrats @McIlroyRory enjoy the view!” the Englishman tweeted.But former number one Woods — who has not won a tour-level title in more than two years — garnered as much attention as the new number one.Still the biggest draw in golf, the 14-time major champion demonstrated he is ready to rekindle his stalled pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles.That can only be good for the game, McDowell said.“I’m excited to be part of golf right now,” he said. “It’s great to have Tiger Woods back playing the kind of golf we know he can play, because he’s exciting for golf…“I think Rory … he’s working harder and he has a huge amount more belief in himself and he knows what he wants to do now and he knows how to do it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, March 5 – Rory McIlroy heard the roar and knew Tiger Woods had done something special.The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland calmly lined up his eight-foot birdie putt and made it — just one of the tests he passed with flying colors Sunday for a Honda Classic victory that propelled him to number one in the world golf rankings.last_img read more

Sense of Africa – A New Behind The Scenes Tour For Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

first_imgShare This!©DisneyOne of the neat things to do at Walt Disney World is to take the different backstage tours that are offered. This week, Disney is debuting a brand new tour that sounds like it will be a very unique experience.Sense of Africa will take place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and it will give Guests a behind-the-scenes look at the people art, animals, and food of Africa. The tour is a three and a half hour experience that begins with Guests enjoying breakfast at Boma, where Guests will be able to enjoy the buffet, as well as delight in a few exclusive African dishes, while learning from Cast Members stories of Africa.Once Guests finish their meal, they will be able to board a special safari truck that will then take them backstage for some unique up close encounters with some of the animals of the lodge. Animals that Guests may get to see include okapi, ostrich, red river hogs, and giraffes. This will be an unpredictable experience, for sure!The tour costs $249 per person and Guests must be at least 10 years old. 15% discounts are available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. The tour will begin on April 9 and will occur on Tuesdays and Saturdays.Reservations can be made by calling reservations will be available by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.last_img read more

Zlio Launches in US – Build Your Own Online Shop

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting French startup Zlio.com, a service that enables any Internet user to start avirtual store, has just launched in the US and also has plans for a UK version. It’s afree template-based system and you select the products you want to sell from a list ofpre-approved merchants. There are 75 merchants in France, 25 in US. At this time youcan’t sell your own products, but that functionality is being worked on. Example shopsinclude a Woody Allen shop and a kids sports store. Note that we first mentionedZlio back in September, in our Top Web Apps inFrance article.The competitionMore than 35,000 shops have been opened in the last 5 months in France and Zlio ishoping for similar success in the US. Right now they have competition in the form of MyPickList, a slick widget-based online shoppingapp. Loomia is similar. Also there is aStore from Amazon (only amazon products) and Shoplinc from Chitika (for people who already have awebsite). CafePress.com is kind of in this markettoo, although their focus is on customizable goods and services.What I like about Zlio is its straightforward positioning, which they’ve only recentlychanged. Zlio.com originally opened in November 2005 in France as a “recommendationservice”. Their positioning at that point was: “Recommend your favorites products to yourfriends and make money”. Zlio CEO Jeremie Berrebitold me they got “thousands of subscribers” but it was very difficult to manage andmaintain – users would recommend once, 2 times, 3 times, but after seeing that they onlymade a few Euros, a lot of users didn’t want to use the service anymore.So in September 2006 Zlio totally changed its market positioning – now Zlio is aservice that “allows any internet user to create his own online shop even if they havenothing to sell.”UsabilityZlio has a nice wizard-type sign-up process. It took me just a few minutes to sign up,select a template, and ‘open’ my store. Thecontrol panel for adding products is slick and easy to use. My one complaint is that Icouldn’t see any way to add bulk products, or a whole category. I had to individually addeach product, which is time consuming. It would be great if I could tell Zlio to add “allmicrosoft office products” or “all Apple iPod products”; even better if I could say “addany Apple iPod product that has at least 4GB of memory” etc. Tags:#e-commerce#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market There are also some useful promotional tools, such as creating a video to show on“Zlio TV” and a widget to display on your blog. There’s also an area called “boostingtools”, which includes a wizard to help you copy your store into your blog.Business ModelZlio has two business models: CPA & CPC (in France). For the US launch, it is CPAonly for now – but CPC will be introduced in the US soon. The CPA model means that whensomeone buys a product through a shop, the shop owner makes money via a commission (theyare paid through PayPal). The company is based in France, but half the team is in Israeland they are planning to open a US office in the coming months.ConclusionAll in all, it’s a nicely designed app and very well positioned in the market. It kindof reminds of Swickis, which are custom search engines. Having a niche custom online shop will be an attractive (and possibly profitable) proposition for a lot of people. It nicely plays into the needfor specialized and focused online properties, which are increasingly the success storieson the Web. In other words, if I am a Woody Allen fan then what better way to shop forhis products than on a dedicated Woody Allen shop? So I like what Zlio enables and I’llbe watching to see how much uptake it gets. Also I need to work on that R/WW shop! 🙂 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Councilman defends Columbia city manager finalist

first_imgOf all the city manager candidates out there, why did Columbia pick a finalist who’s been fired three times and taken at least one old employer to court?MLive.com reports James Palenick’s run with a town in New Mexico ended with a legal battle, among other stops that were contentious at times.Councilman Michael Trapp says on The Gary Nolan Show that’s actually pretty common in this job.“Most city manager positions end badly. City councils and mayors get elected, and then they hire a person who shares a vision with the majority of those folks, and then they change.”Palenick is now the city administrator in Racine, Wisconsin. He’s up against Columbia’s interim city manager, John Glascock. You can meet them during an open house Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at city hall.last_img read more

Science lessons for the next president

first_img The genome-editing revolution beckonsCRISPR raises tough ethical issuesWhat the science says: CRISPR is a new gene-editing technology that makes it easier, faster, and cheaper than ever before to alter the DNA of any organism, from bacteria to people. It is based on a molecular system that single-celled creatures evolved to defend against invading viruses. CRISPR is a major departure from earlier genetic-engineering techniques, including transcription activatorlike effector nucleases and zinc finger nucleases, which were costlier, slower, and less precise. CRISPR readily snips DNA, which allows scientists to cripple a gene, add in DNA, and even mix genes from unrelated organisms.Why it matters: A powerful tool for basic research, CRISPR could also lead to new treatments for genetic disease in humans, pest-resistant crops with higher yields, and disease-resistant livestock. But uses of CRISPR could also raise profound ethical and regulatory concerns. It could allow the creation of human embryos with modified genes in their germ line—eggs and sperm—meaning the changes would be passed on to future generations. And, in an approach known as gene drive, CRISPR could be used to permanently alter the genome of an entire species in ways that could shift its evolutionary path and ecological role, or even wipe it off Earth. In principle, gene drive could give an endangered species a boost, wreck the genetic defenses that allow some weeds to resist herbicides, or drive a disease-carrying mosquito to extinction.Pending policy issues: One big question facing the government is whether it should fund CRISPR editing of human embryos for research purposes. More troublesome is the prospect that CRISPR could be used to make babies that are free of known genetic defects and even have enhanced traits, such as better night vision or a stronger pitching arm. The next president will also face debate over whether the government should regulate plants and animals altered with CRISPR in the same way it treats other genetically modified (GM) organisms. (The U.S. Department of Agriculture has already said that using CRISPR to modify crop DNA in ways that could occur naturally is not covered by existing regulations on GM crops.) And what limits should be placed on potentially powerful gene drives?—Jon Cohen Smart drones and other weapons could ultimately make their own decisions about when to attack. New York City officials boosted police presence in Times Square after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, but people tend to overestimate the likelihood of such events. Related article George W. Bush won the 2000 presidential election after promising to be a “compassionate conservative” who would cut taxes, promote education, and boost the economy. His presidency, however, soon became dominated by the 2001 terrorist attacks and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But history will note that two science-focused events bracketed the 9/11 attacks. A month earlier, Bush wrestled with whether to allow federal funding for research involving stem cells taken from human embryos. And just a week after the attacks, someone mailed anthrax-filled letters to media outlets and politicians, killing five people and prompting the White House to launch a massive effort to improve bioterror defenses.New presidents typically move into the White House neither expecting to spend much time on such arcane technical issues, nor prepared to. But history shows that, ready or not, every president ends up grappling with a host of science-related policy issues or crises. Surgeons prepare a genetically modified pig lung for transplantation experiments. Seas are rising sooner than you thinkRegional variation means Atlantic shorelines are already at risk of floodingWhat the science says: There’s a political truism that also applies to understanding one of the most pressing problems created by human-driven climate change: All sea level rise is local. As the world warms, its oceans are swelling by an average of 3.2 millimeters a year; they have risen by nearly the height of a playing card since 1993. Some 40% of this increase stems from the physical expansion of water as it heats. The rest is mostly caused by melting mountain glaciers and, especially in recent years, retreating ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. If current emission trends continue, the seas could rise by a half-meter or more by century’s end.But these tidy figures hide a harsh and more complex reality: Because of regional geology, ocean currents, and shifts in gravitational pull caused by changes on Earth’s surface, such as the melting of massive ice sheets, the ocean does not rise evenly everywhere. That means some U.S. shorelines are at much greater risk of near-term flooding than others. Although the erosion of southern Louisiana is well-known, for instance, much of the East Coast is sinking as Earth’s mantle, deep below, continues to adjust in complex ways to the disappearance of weighty ice age glaciers. From Maryland to the Carolinas, groundwater pumping is exacerbating subsidence. And Atlantic currents that whisk warm, tropical water north, and, ultimately, away from the coast, have weakened in recent years, allowing water to slosh toward land. Together, these forces mean East Coast sea levels are rising at double the global rate, and at triple the average in Virginia and many points north.Why it matters: Nearly 40% of the U.S. population lives near the coast, and shorelines host extensive infrastructure—including roads, rail lines, ports, military bases, and energy, water, and sewer plants—that will cost billions of dollars to protect or replace. Already, shorefront communities in hot spots of sea level rise, such as Hampton Roads, Virginia, and Miami Beach, Florida, are seeing tidal floods—even on sunny days—that clog traffic, poison lawns, and corrode utilities. Key ecosystems are also at risk of inundation, such as wetlands and aquatic grass beds that help protect coastlines from storms and provide important nursery grounds for economically important fish. This rising stage also allows stormwaters to surge deeper and higher inland, exacerbating their damage.Pending policy issues: Given that some increase in sea level is now inevitable as a result of past emissions, how can the federal government best help communities prepare for and adapt to rising waters? How can policymakers prevent initiatives involving many agencies at the local, state, and federal levels from duplicating effort or engaging in turf wars? Who should decide when communities build defenses, or simply retreat? What research should be funded on climate and adaptation? (Local planners, for instance, would benefit if researchers could reduce the uncertainty in projections of sea level rise over the next century, by better understanding how ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica are melting.) Above all: How can the world reduce the global emissions of greenhouse gases that are driving sea level rise? —Paul Voosen We aren’t so great at assessing riskGut instinct can lead to poor policyWhat the science says: When experts calculate risk, they rely on statistics, but ordinary people tend to rely on their guts. Both approaches have their pitfalls, says Paul Slovic, a pioneer in the psychological study of risk at the University of Oregon in Eugene. “There is wisdom and foolishness on both sides of the divide,” he says.One downside of gut assessments is obvious: They lead us to overestimate the chances of horrible things happening and underestimate more familiar risks. For example, since the attacks of 9/11, terrorists have killed at most a few hundred Americans. Over the same period, car accidents have killed more than 500,000 and heart disease roughly 8 million—perils we tend to take in stride.At the same time, the instinctive dread we feel regarding a terrorist attack or plane crash doesn’t necessarily scale up to larger humanitarian crises where many thousands of people risk starvation, deprivation, or death. “We underreact to the statistics of catastrophe,” Slovic says. We also tend to underestimate more diffuse threats that unfold slowly over time or across a wide area—such as the economic and public health impacts of climate change. The next president needs to understand how gut-level assessments can lead to misperception of risk.Expert risk assessments, on the other hand, may seem totally objective because they’re based on numbers. But even experts have to make judgment calls about which numbers really matter, and how to express the risk. In evaluating the threat from a toxic chemical leak, for instance, they might describe the risk simply in terms of the number of expected fatalities (likely to be low), or as the percent increase in risk of a rare cancer (which could be large). Changing the endpoints can alter the perception of risk, and of course experts themselves can have different biases and agendas.Why it matters: Misperception of risk can push a president to overreact to lesser threats and underreact to greater problems, or to embrace policies that may make people feel good but end up being costly and ineffective—or even counterproductive. And how a president communicates with the public about risk can mean the difference between sowing panic and maintaining calm. Talking realistically about risks in advance—as opposed to promising absolute protection—may help prepare people for the inevitable disasters and minimize calls for a policy response that’s out of proportion to the actual threat. To do this effectively, the president will have to maintain the public’s trust, which is much harder to earn than it is to lose. Understanding the basic psychology of risk can help avoid missteps.Pending policy issues: The next president will face a lengthy list of policy decisions surrounding known risks, including terrorist attacks, foreign conflicts, domestic crime and violence, flu pandemics, and natural disasters. But there will be emerging issues, too, including the potential risks of new technologies such as DNA editing and autonomous cars. With each, the challenge will be correctly assessing the risk, communicating it to the public, and developing sensible policies that can win support from voters, affected industries, and local, federal, and state policymakers. —Greg Miller Floods, like this one in North Carolina earlier this year, will become more common as sea level rises. Science lessons for the next president Chris Maddaloni/Nature By David Malakoff, Jeffrey MervisOct. 20, 2016 , 2:00 PM Machines are getting much, much smarterAdvances in artificial intelligence carry promise and perilWhat the science says: After years of halting progress, artificial intelligence (AI)—which aims to give machines a humanlike ability to gather information, learn, and make independent decisions—is taking off. More powerful processors, together with sophisticated pattern-seeking algorithms that learn from massive data sets and the surrounding world, have turned science fiction into everyday reality: phones that understand speech, vehicles that navigate on their own, machines that can trounce humans in complicated games. This past March, a largely self-taught computer program beat one of the world’s best human players of the board game Go—an achievement AI experts hadn’t expected for another decade. Researchers have also built systems that can accurately recognize images, help make investment decisions, and help control traffic flows and energy use. And they have figured out ways of helping advertisers place ads more effectively on the internet.Why it matters: Although experts say we are still decades away from machines that truly think like humans, narrower applications of AI are already having an impact on society. Products and services from self-driving cars to systems that guide medical care and treatment could bring major benefits, including increased labor productivity, lucrative new markets, and fewer deaths from traffic accidents and medical mistakes. But AI brings worries, too. It will enable employers to automate more tasks and displace workers, and economists predict that some low-wage jobs will be among the first to be eliminated, possibly increasing economic inequality. Letting machines make their own decisions also raises profound ethical, legal, and regulatory questions. Who is responsible if an autonomous car crashes, a piece of software wrecks an investment portfolio, or a sensor switches a stoplight to green at the wrong time? The stakes are even higher on the battlefield, where the military is exploring the possibility of fielding autonomous lethal weapons that would make their own decisions about when to fire.Pending policy issues: Many companies are eager to get self-driving cars on the road and autonomous aircraft into the skies, and want federal regulators to quickly clarify the rules. The next president will also have to decide how much the federal government should spend on AI research. (It currently invests about $1 billion a year.) And the administration will need to keep a close eye on AI’s impact on the economy, workforce, and national security if the United States doesn’t want surprises as this technology ripples across the planet. —David Malakoff Science Source Science in the Oval Office: 1933–2016 Benjamin Shearn / Getty Images Living Art Enterprises / Science Source During the Ebola epidemic, scientists anxiously monitored the virus (blue) for signs that it was changing. President Gerald Ford, for instance, spent much of 1976 dogged by what the media dubbed the swine flu fiasco. After a new strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus appeared in soldiers, public health experts urged a massive vaccination campaign. Some 40 million Americans got the vaccine, but the effort was plagued by missteps, and the flu turned out to be less dangerous than believed. 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But Reagan’s muscular foreign policy, intended to demonstrate U.S. technological superiority over what he called “the evil empire,” also included two major civilian science projects: the Space Station Freedom, which evolved into today’s International Space Station, and the Superconducting Super Collider, a giant particle smasher that Congress ultimately canceled.What science-related issues will the next president face? Climate change is sure to loom large, as will the annual debates over how much the government should spend on basic research and which fields are likely to provide the biggest short-term economic payoff. Technological advances, from self-driving cars to genome engineering, will pose new regulatory challenges. And surprises such as disease outbreaks, oil spills, and natural disasters are all but certain.In each case, a little science savvy might help a president better understand the issues and how best to respond. With that in mind, we offer the winner of next month’s election a crash course in six areas of science that are likely to demand attention in the Oval Office over the next 4 or 8 years. Alzheimer’s disease, detectable in this brain image, is on the rise. Evolution promises unpleasant surprisesPathogens change faster than our defensesWhat the science says: The viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites that cause disease in people, farm animals, wildlife, trees, and crops are in an arms race with their hosts. Unfortunately for us, they often gain the upper hand, evolving the ability to evade or overrun host defenses and potentially becoming deadly superbugs. And because many disease-causing agents reproduce so quickly—the gut bug Escherichia coli can double its numbers in as little as 17 minutes—they can outrace our ability to develop new treatments. This fundamental process has helped produce bacteria that can resist antibiotics and deadly flu viruses that can jump from animals such as birds, bats, and pigs to humans, posing the threat of a global pandemic that could kill millions. Bacteria and other organisms can even trade genes through a process called lateral transfer, accelerating the spread of traits like drug resistance.Why it matters: Evolving pathogens can threaten our food and water supplies, natural resources, and health. In the United States, 2 million people develop antibiotic-resistant infections each year, and 23,000 die. Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that in 2015 there were 580,000 new cases of tuberculosis resistant to the two most powerful drugs used against this disease. Increasing drug resistance in malaria, HIV, and other major diseases threatens to undermine control efforts. And recently emerged threats, such as the Zika and Ebola viruses, are certain to evolve in ways that can be hard to predict. To develop treatments, scientists often must work with the most dangerous pathogens in laboratories, and sometimes even engineer new strains; this creates the possibility of accidental or intentional releases that could have dire consequences.Pending policy issues: The United States needs to be ready for serious epidemics, and even a global pandemic. Readiness requires international cooperation and coordination, because diseases respect no borders. Experts say disease surveillance systems need improvement, along with diagnostic tools and treatments, but obtaining funding for these activities has proven problematic. Policies must ensure that work with the most dangerous agents is done in safe, secure laboratories—but regulations must not stifle needed research. The next president will also need to implement the U.S. National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, launched in 2015 to curb the overuse of antibiotics in health care and agriculture, which has spurred the evolution of resistant strains. And the new administration will have to find ways to create incentives for drug companies to develop new antibiotics, which have little profit potential, to replace ineffective drugs.—Elizabeth Pennisi Brain health should be top of mindThe personal and budgetary costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other maladies are immenseWhat the science says: The human brain, with its 86 billion neurons and trillions of connections, orchestrates everything from understanding and memory to movement and sleep. Throughout life, its networks of neurons are constantly resculpted by influences including learning and experience, lifestyle, injury, and disease. Some areas of the brain also grow new neurons, contrary to the long-standing idea that the number is fixed very early in life. Neuroscientists are poised to discover how the brain works in unprecedented detail, thanks to advances in large-scale computing and revolutionary new tools such as optogenetics, which allows investigators to prod neurons into action and watch them work in real time.Why it matters: Brain health touches us from cradle to grave, and when brain disease strikes, the costs—personal and budgetary—are staggering. By 2025, at least 7 million Americans are expected to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, which causes memory loss, personality changes, impaired reasoning, and, eventually, death. This year alone, treating and caring for Americans with Alzheimer’s and other less common dementias cost $236 billion, with government health programs shouldering two-thirds of the cost. At the other end of life, the prevalence of autism, a disorder of language and social communication, rose by 123% between 2002 and 2012. That year, one in 68 U.S. children was affected; costs to each affected family are estimated at about $60,000 annually.Other brain health issues abound. Learning disabilities are a big issue in classrooms; mental illness is common in the homeless, in addicts, and in prison inmates; and concussions have become a major concern in sports. The military faces the burden of treating traumatic brain injuries and the psychological aftereffects of combat. Effective diagnostics and treatments could make a huge difference.Pending policy issues: The new president will have to plan for a ramp-up in spending on care for elderly people with brain disease, and decide how high a priority to place on spending for brain research. Since 2014, federal agencies have spent more than $750 million on the Obama administration’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative; and the next White House will determine how it evolves. At the same time, advocacy groups are pushing for expanded spending on research into maladies from pediatric brain cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. Funding for Alzheimer’s grew by some $350 million in 2016, and Congress may dole out at least as big an increase in the coming year. In the meantime, many law enforcement agencies are seeking more cash assistance for programs related to mental health in prisons and criminal justice proceedings. Balancing these competing priorities will be a challenge in the current budget climate, especially as mandatory spending on programs like Medicare expands, limiting available funds. —Meredith Wadman © Lucas Jackson / Reuters © Carlo Allegri / Reuters Editorial: A short presidential reading listPodcast: Science lessons for the next U.S. president, human high altitude adjustments, and the elusive Higgs bisonlast_img read more

Rondina powers UST past Adamson in 3 sets for 2nd win

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Leaning on Cherry Rondina anew, the Golden Tigresses improved to 2-2 and created a massive four-way logjam at the third spot with the Lady Falcons, Ateneo, and Far Eastern University.Hit with injuries, UST played without two key players in libero Rica Rivera (leg) and hitter Milena Alessandrini (shoulder).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlessandrini’s absence meant that UST had to find a replacement for the 11.7 scoring average the Filipino-Italian rookie brings to the table for the Golden Tigresses.UST’s offensive spark, apart from Rondina, came from Dimdim Pacres, who had 13 points against the Lady Falcons. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Undermanned University of Santo Tomas blanked Adamson University, 25-9, 31-29, 25-19, to earn its second win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Jema Galanza led Adamson with 10 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Russians face unfamiliar wait for first Olympic goldcenter_img Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Golden Tigresses head coach Kung Fu Reyes said it was, ironically, Adamson head coach Air Padda that gave them the motivation against the Lady Falcons.“The players wrote the articles where coach Air said that UST won’t win relying on just one person alone,” said Reyes in Filipino. “They had a different response when a different coach made the same observation.”After UST labored just to get the second set, the Golden Tigresses had a steadier path come the third set.The Golden Tigresses were in firm control of Adamson in the third set leading 10-3 early on, although this was an error on Lady Falcon Chiara Permentilla’s part, Alina Bicar then had two straight service aces to give UST a 16-9 lead.Rondina finished the match with a game-high 22 points while Carla Sandoval added nine.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaislast_img read more

Emeli Sandé To Perform At Elton Johns Oscar Viewing Party

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced today that it has selected soulful Scottish songstress Emeli Sandé to perform at this year’s Academy Awards Viewing Party to be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at West Hollywood Park.This annual gala, sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells Fargo, is the largest fund-raising event in Hollywood on Oscar night and has raised more than $34 million to support the Foundation’s mission to empower people infected, affected and at risk of HIV/AIDS.“Emeli Sandé’s album, ‘Our Version of Events,’ is a true work of art and a favorite of mine,” said Founder Sir Elton John. “When she is on stage, you can feel her passion for music and the heart that goes into her lyrics. I can’t wait to introduce Emeli to my guests and experience her live performance together. I predict that by next year she will be a multi-Grammy Award winner.”Sandé leads the 2013 BRIT Award nominations with four nods, including Best Female Solo Artist, Album of the Year and two for Best Single. Her breakthrough multi-platinum album, “Our Version of Events,” was the top-selling album in the U.K. last year, winning over critics, fans, and fellow artists worldwide. Sandé has also enjoyed international success, selling 2.5 million copies and achieving Gold and Platinum status in France, Italy, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland.“I’m absolutely delighted to have the chance to work with Sir Elton again and to help support the amazing work he continues to do with his Foundation,” said Emeli Sandé. “I was lucky enough to perform at his Winter Ball recently and I’m sure this will be as memorable a night. I look forward to helping the Foundation raise funds and awareness for those touched by HIV/AIDS.”In addition to Sandé’s performance, guests can look forward to an evening of fun that includes a dinner prepared by internationally renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay and a lively auction performed by Sotheby’s own Jamie Nivens. The event will play host to a myriad of Hollywood top names, many of whom are committed supporters of the Foundation’s work to provide services, including direct treatment and care for people living with HIV/AIDS in marginalized communities.Among the individuals who will attend the celebration are the 2013 Event Chairs, including Bill and Tani Austin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Joseph Blount, Chris Colfer, Miley Cyrus, John Demsey, Alec Gores, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Diana Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Heidi Klum, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Sandra Lee, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Pablo and Nathalie Salame, Caroline Scheufele, Sharon Stone, Steve Tisch, Edward Walson and John Waters.Audi, Grey Goose and MAC Viva Glam are the evening’s Co-Sponsors. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for its continued collaboration with EJAF. American Airlines is EJAF’s official sponsoring airline.last_img read more

CANADIAN ACTRESS COBIE SMULDERS LANDS THE LEAD ROLE IN ABC SERIES STUMPTOWN

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement . Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook James Griffiths is an executive producer and directed the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th  Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.Cast: Cobie Smulders as Dex Parios, Tantoo Cardinal as Sue Lynn Blackbird, Cole Sibus as Ansel Parios, Adrian Martinez as Tookie with Camryn Manheim as Lieutenant Cosgrove and Michael Ealy as Detective Miles Hoffman.So excited to announce that #Stumptown is coming to ABC this fall! pic.twitter.com/69aASpcUU0— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) May 14, 2019 Based on the Stumptown graphic novel series, Stumptown follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders) – a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police. Watch the official trailer for Stumptown, coming WEDNESDAYS 10|9c to ABC this fall.Writer Jason Richman produces the series with Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad (The District), Greg Rucka (author of the Stumptown graphic novel series), Matthew Southworth, and Justin Greenwood (illustrators of the Stumptown graphic novel series).Cobie Smulders stars as Dex Parios in the new drama, Stumptown, coming WEDNESDAYS 10|9c to ABC this fall Cobie Smulders (Askmen.com) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

New scoreboards huge addition to the atmosphere of Ohio State baseball and

The scoreboard at Bill Davis Stadium during a game between OSU and Akron March 18. OSU won, 6-5.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAs Bill Davis Stadium and Buckeye Field opened their doors for the first time this season, new video boards and sound systems for the 2014 campaign were unveiled.The change is a clear improvement over the old video boards, much to the delight of Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals. The team revealed its new toys for the first time March 14 in an 8-5 win against Siena.“It is a huge addition to the atmosphere of our ballpark,” Beals said after his team defeated Xavier, 10-3, Wednesday. “The umpire who was (at) third base today has been at our park for the last five years and I go out for the game and the sounds and the bells are playing for the bottom of the first inning and he is like, ‘Yeah it’s sweet.’”The old scoreboard, which was installed in 1997, was not capable of the color animation that is brought by the new and improved video board.The new baseball video board cost approximately $475,000, while the sound system cost $192,000, an OSU athletic spokesman told The Lantern, in an email. The video board at the softball field cost $400,000, while the board at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium cost approximately $600,000.Senior starting pitcher Greg Greve said the improvements have definitely made a difference, especially with the players.“Huge improvement, no doubt about it,” Greve said. “It pumps the boys up in the dugout … it brings a nice energy to the ballpark.”Not only was the video board revamped, the renovations included adding a new sound system which plays each player’s walk-up song as well as between inning music and, of course, the OSU fight song.“It is great to finally hear the music and not have to you know, sit out there during (batting practice) wondering what is playing,” Greve said. “It is really awesome.”Junior pitcher Ryan Riga, who leads the team in strikeouts, echoed his teammate’s excitement about the renovations.“It’s sweet,” Riga said. “The sound system is 10 times better … you get a more baseball vibe out of it.”The baseball team is 7-1 at home this season, while the softball team is 3-0.The scoreboard at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, which plays host to men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse and track and field also received the same modifications. read more

Report Man City begin search for Agueros successor

first_imgManchester City have reportedly begun the search for a long-term successor to record goalscorer Sergio AgueroThe Premier League champions are aware that they only have another two years left of Aguero before he returns to his native Argentina to see out the twilight phase of his career at boyhood club Independiente.Therefore MEN claim that manager Pep Guardiola hopes to bring in a suitable replacement by next season.Apparently, the Catalan has already got a few options lined up.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The plan is for this new recruit to spend 12 months acting as Aguero’s understudy and learn from the Argentine striker.Currently, Guardiola fields both Aguero and Gabriel Jesus as his two main forwards in the City line-up.The report also suggests that City are willing to permit Aguero’s long-held desire to rejoin Independiente on a free transfer as a good-will gesture.Aguero has scored 204 goals and provided 59 assists in 297 games across all competitions for City since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011.last_img read more