LATEST STORIES ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely BACOLOD CITY—Up until early Thursday, Ceres-Negros winger Iain Ramsay still can’t seem to shake off the golden opportunity he missed hours earlier.He wasn’t sure if he did make contact with Fernando Rodriguez’s pass too early or if he was just a tad late in meeting the low cross from inside the six-yard box in the 74th minute.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home 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 Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Just the same, Ramsay’s bungled chance characterized a subdued night for the Busmen, who were held to a goalless draw by Felda United of Malaysia in their Group G clash in the AFC Cup at Panaad Stadium here.“I felt I could have done better with that chance,” said the Fil-Australian.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 returnCeres remained on top of Group G with five points, barely ahead of Vietnamese side Hanoi, on goal difference.Victory at home would have given the Busmen the cushion they needed with two of their three matches in the second round to be played away from home. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sorry, LVPI tells Ateneo for missed invites View comments
1 Luke Shaw Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he spoke to his former player Luke Shaw after he suffered a double leg fracture on Tuesday.The left-back sustained the horror injury during Manchester United’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to PSV and is facing six months on the sidelines.Pochettino worked with the England international during his time at Southampton and he has revealed he phoned the youngster on Wednesday morning to offer his support.“It is difficult, I spoke with him this morning. He is much better today but it is always difficult with this type of injury,” said Pochettino.“I only give my support and wish him a speedy recovery, but now he must only think about the recovery.“Always it is difficult, he was crying. It’s normal, you can understand after the big injury that was yesterday – not only because of the pain but everything around it.”
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10 10 Roberto Carlos – Roberto Carlos had to be included and needs no introduction. Just sit back and relive his famous free kick against France on YouTube. Marcos Alonso – Alonso has thrived in a wing-back role and during Chelseas title-winning season he was a huge threat in front of goal. That included free kicks. After hitting the post with a couple of attempts in previous games for the Blues, he scored his first from a set piece with a sublime effort against Bournemouth. Aleksandar Kolarov – Yet another left footed player to feature. Kolarov has often stepped up for club and country, and will continue to do so for new club Roma. Alex – Free kicks scored against Liverpool and Arsenal will be a fond memory for Chelsea supporters. Alexs first goal for the Blues was a 30-yard finish against Middlesbrough in October 2007 and he became something of a specialist from set pieces at Stamford Bridge. David Luiz – Like any quality Brazilian footballer, David Luiz can play and do almost anything on the football pitch. That includes free kicks, with his latest in a Chelsea shirt coming in January last season in a 1-1 draw at Liverpool. Leighton Baines – Baines remains one of the top free kick takers in the Premier League, with his wand of a left foot having caused plenty of problems for goalkeepers over the years. His powerful strike against Newcastle United is well worth reminding yourselves of. 10 10 10 10 10 Young right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold opened his account for Liverpool in style this week.The defender put the Reds ahead in an eventual 2-1 win over Hoffenheim in a Champions League play-off tie, curling a wonderful free kick into the bottom right corner.Revelling in his strike, talkSPORT.com has taken a look at other defenders who are/were brilliant at taking free kicks – scroll through the gallery above to see who features. 10 Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool’s young right-back, opened his account for the Reds with a fine free kick in a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim mid-week – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at great defenders who are/were excellent free kick takers Sergio Ramos – Theres plenty lining up to take set pieces at Real Madrid, and its no surprise Ramos, an exemplary example of the modern centre back, is capable of firing in a free kick. The Spaniard did exactly that against Valladolid towards the end of the 2013/2014 season. Dani Alves – Alves regularly lined up to take free kicks while at Barcelona, but had plenty of world class competition. He netted a free kick on his debut for Paris Saint-Germain, who he joined from Juventus earlier in the summer, in a Champions Trophy final win over Monaco. Victor Lindelof – Upon signing for Manchester United in June, Lindelof said hes hoping to share free-kick duties with team-mate Paul Pogba. He provided a glimpse of his ability from set pieces with a superb finish for Benfica against Sporting CP in the Champions League in April. 10 10
Grabban scores yet again for Forest Harry Wilson netted two, making it four goals in three games, to lift play-off chasing Derby to a 2-1 triumph over Swansea, who set up a nervy finish when Fikayo Tomori scored a 87th-minute own goal.Birmingham are four points off the top six following a 3-0 win over Preston at St Andrew’s.Declan Rudd made a major error in the North End goal, letting Maikel Kieftenbeld’s long ball squirm under his foot in the 46th minute, before Jacques Maghoma and Che Adams made the game safe.A 3-2 win at QPR moved Hull two points above the relegation zone. Teemu Pukki pounces to score for Norwich City Jarrod Bowen scores for Hull City 3 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship ROUND-UP EFL result But Todd Cantwell’s effort just after half-time started a turnaround as Maximillian Aarons and Teemu Pukki also found the net, the latter for the 11th time this campaign.Leeds remain a point behind after Pablo Hernandez took advantage of an error from goalkeeper Dean Henderson in the 82nd minute to secure a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane.Paul Lambert is still waiting for his first win as Ipswich boss after Lewis Grabban scored twice in Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 victory at the City Ground.The in-form striker took his goal tally in the league to 14 as Forest moved up to fifth, leaving bottom-placed Town seven points adrift of safety. 3 REPLY Jarrod Bowen scored twice and Markus Henriksen netted for the Tigers at Loftus Road, with Pawel Wszolek and Luke Freeman responding for Rangers.Mo Barrow netted a last-gasp equaliser to ensure Reading drew 2-2 with Stoke.Trailing 1-0 to Marc McNulty’s goal just before the interval, the Potters responded through Benik Afobe and Tom Ince before Barrow struck at the death.Blackburn ended a two-match losing streak courtesy of a 4-2 success over Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park. 3 stalemate Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Latest Championship News Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues goalless Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off GREAT NEWS Norwich City maintained their position at the top of the Sky Bet Championship after coming from behind to beat Rotherham 3-1 at Carrow Road.With Leeds United beating Sheffield United in the early kick-off and the Millers opening the scoring through Richie Towell in the 11th minute, the Canaries appeared to be relinquishing their position at the summit. Danny Graham bagged a hat-trick and Bradley Dack converted his ninth league goal of the season for Rovers, with Lucas Joao and Barry Bannan on target for Wednesday.Bolton’s winless run extended to 10 matches with a 1-1 draw at home to Wigan after Will Grigg’s penalty cancelled out Will Buckley’s early opener.
South Africa’s lawmakers want mobilephone operators to cut the interconnectionfees by more than half.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Josias MathibaIndependent Communications Authorityof South Africa+27 83 377 1493+27 11 566 firstname.lastname@example.org• Tiyani RikhotsoDepartment of Communications+27 12 427 8010+27 83 800 email@example.comNosimilo NdlovuThis festive season will be lighter on South Africans’ pockets as the country’s lawmakers put pressure on mobile phone operators to slash interconnection fees by more than half before the end of 2009.Users pay interconnection fees to enable mobile phone calls to be transmitted from one network to another.On 13th October, the first of a two-day public hearing session in parliament, Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda ordered the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), responsible for licensing and regulating electronic communications and broadcasting services, to implement a policy of cheaper fees by 30 November.Mobile phone operators MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Virgin Mobile were also present and invited to make written submissions stating their case.These companies currently charge an interconnection fee of R1.25 per minute in peak time, but the proposal is that they cut this to 60 cents a minute, and then reduce fees by a further 15 cents over the next three years.Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications is now putting significant pressure on operators and Icasa to effect this after four years of failed talks.According to Communications Department spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso, they may call on Icasa to force operators to cut their rates if it feels discussions between the companies and the regulator aren’t proceeding fast enough, referring to the 30th November deadline.Rikhotso said due to the unproductive talks “we, as a department, would like to see this issue resolved as soon as possible”.Mobile phone charges in South Africa are the third highest in the world after Mexico and Turkey, according to Icasa. This is a big concern of the government, as it feels high rates result in a less competitive telecoms environment.“There is no dispute that costs are too high,” Rikhotso said. “The question is how much should costs be slashed by. We want these reductions to come into effect by Christmas. Consumers are being hard hit by these high prices.”The day before the public hearings mobile phone operators met with Icasa to discuss the much-disputed fee issue. “Icasa will make recommendations on pricing to lawmakers following the meeting,” said acting Icasa spokesperson Josias Mathiba.Public upbeatConsumers have welcomed the move. National Consumer Forum (NCF) chairperson Thami Bolani said: “Having a cellular [mobile] phone is a necessity not a luxury for many people living in rural areas. We need reasonable, affordable telecommunications.”The NCF is an independent non-profit organisation committed to raising vital consumer issues, and the protection and promotion of consumer rights and interests in South Africa.Independent Democrats leader Patricia De Lille, who in June 2009 launched a campaign for cheaper telecommunications prices and was later joined by other political parties, is also pleased. “After years of being ripped off by the cellular phone operators, this is the Christmas box we all deserve,” she said. De Lille accused operators of stalling so they could rake in more money.Advocate Johnny de Lange of the African National Congress has also slammed mobile phone operators for their high interconnection fees. “They have done terrible things to the South African people,” he said.Operators warn governmentMobile phone operators have warned the government that drastic cuts could destabilise the South African mobile phone market or even discourage future investment in telecommunications infrastructure.At the hearings Vodacom warned parliament that the government’s plan to force a cut could negatively affect a significant segment of the company’s usership.“An arbitrary and ill-considered intervention could have unintended consequences, which could result in the disconnection of marginal customers who make up at least 30% of our customer base,” Vodacom chief executive Pieter Uys said in a written submission.MTN, Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator, said the government’s plans may force it to cut its expenditure and raise other fees.“While there may be pressure and dire need for drastic reductions in interconnection rates, there is no sound basis to determine the extent of this reduction,” the company said in their submission.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce Photo: Qantas Qantas boss Alan Joyce says Boeing is a fantastic engineering company and will fix the 737 MAX that has been grounded for months after two fatal crashes that killed 346 passengers and crew.In an interview with The Irish Times, Mr Joyce said: “I think Boeing is a fantastic engineering company, they will fix this issue.”Next year Qantas will have a competition between Boeing and Airbus to replace the airline’s 75 737NGs.Qantas is also currently evaluating the Boeing 777X and A350-1000 for its Project Sunrise for an aircraft to carry 300 passengers from New York to Sydney non-stop. A decision is expected by Christmas with Airbus considered the front runner.“We’re working on the price of the aircraft and the performance of the aircraft and we’re nearly there,” he told the Irish Times.LOVE the high life? Check out our photo galleriesLOVE nostalgia? Who doesn’t? See our fabulous videos from the 50s and 60s. According to insiders Airbus can deliver earlier and its A350-1000 is lighter than the Boeing offering.However, Boeing has made Qantas an offer “it can’t refuse” according to Joyce. However, details are scant.Boeing is offering its 777-8X which will seat 350 passengers and fly 17,220km but the program is delayed pushing delivery of the -8 out to 2023 at best.It is suggested from sources in the US that Boeing is to offer Qantas its larger 777X-9 for delivery in 2021 to launch its Project Sunrise non-stop flights from New York and London to Sydney as an interim solution.The US manufacturer will compensate Qantas for operating the larger 777X-9 with reduced payload to meet the range mission with just below 300 passengers.
Algorithmic management is is a system where algorithms rather than humans decide how business operations should be performed. Charles Schwab and Uber are two companies that are already experimenting with the use of algorithmic decision making.Uber’s app, for example, controls the fares that drivers change and raises rates during busy periods. Drivers are automatically sent notifications when potential passengers are nearby. The algorithms of Uber even create performance reports for its 200,000 drivers. Schwab is using algorithms to automatically manage portfolio investments.As algorithms become smarter it is increasingly likely that organizations will turn to algorithms to assist with management and decision making. The role of algorithms can be advisory. Hybrid decision making combines objective analysis from algorithms with heuristic input from humans.Peter Sondergaard, Gartner senior vice president, said that “algorithms define action. Amazon’s algorithm keeps you buying. Netflix keeps you watching. And newer algorithmic applications like Waze keep you moving. Algorithms define business. They encode the rules, the behaviours and the decision-making abilities into software. I now have so many smart devices, that the only thing is not smart, is me.”
Featured Events Motown The Musical — Through Sunday, January 18 Motown The Musical hits Philadelphia’s world famous Avenue of the Arts for a can’t-miss run at The Academy of Music. Chronicling the epic story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, this unstoppable productions tells the story of the legendary artists, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more, who would shattered barriers and write the songs that would make the entire world move to the same beat. Sam Smith — Tuesday, January 13 Still riding high off the release of his platinum-selling hit “Stay With Me,” UK singer/songwriter Sam Smith performs in Philly later this month. Headlining his first North American tour, Smith will bring his arena-rocking sound to The Liacouras Center in support of his debut studio album, In The Lonely Hour. Art After 5 with DJ Rob Base — Friday, January 16 Kick off your weekend right with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5. Inspired by Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Sound Reformation, led by Darryl Yokley, will perform a set of jazz music they’ve coined as Pictures at an African American Exhibition. Later in the evening, the vibe switches to a dance party with celebrity guest DJ Rob Base. Who Got Jazz | Nina Simone Tribute — Thursday, January 22 Check out the new face of Philly jazz as Veteran Freshman and Flygirrl return with the next edition of Who Got The Jazz. This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds at popular Philly soul food joint, Warmdaddy’s. This month’s showcase honors legendary jazz great Nina Simone and includes featured performances by Brianna Cash, Roi Lush, Parris Love, Shotty G and more. A$AP Ferg & YG — Saturday, January 17 A founding member of the breakout rap group A$AP Mob, A$AP Ferg lands in Philadelphia on January 17 to perform at the Electric Factory. Also on the bill for that evening will be Def Jam recording artist YG, who is currently touring to promote his 2014 release My Krazy Life, which includes guest appearances by an impressive lineup of talents, including Drake, Rich Homie Quan, and ScHoolboy Q. Get Lifted — Friday, January 23 Philly, this month Flygirrl and GL Productions return with another dope concept. On January 23, all roads leads to Trilogy Nightclub for the inaugural edition of Get Lifted with DJs Rich Medina, Mike Nyce and Cosmo Baker. The trio of Philly turntable phenoms will spin everything from hip-hop and classics to funk, afrobeat, soul and more. Trust us—this is 100% a can’t-miss affair. Red Bull Thre3Style — Philadelphia Qualifier – Friday, January 30 After sifting through applications from some of the top DJs in the nation, an expert panel of judges like Philly’s own DJ Jazzy Jeff has selected 60+ participants to compete across 12 regional qualifiers leading up to the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships. For the Philadelphia regional qualifier, five DJs — Dj Impulse, Patrice McBride, FingerSmith, Reed Streets, Royale — will battle it out to advance to the USA and world championships. We definitely think Philly has this one in the bag. Let’s go! Philly 360° Spotlights Represent: 200 Years of African American Art This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a groundbreaking exhibition highlighting its exception collection of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad spectrum of styles, subjects and traditions, Represent will include over 75 works by more than 50 artists including Horace Pippin, Kara Walker, Henry Tanner, Jacob Lawrence and more. The 2015 Must-Hit List It’s official—the new year is here and it is already shaping up to be an epic year in Philadelphia. Roots Picnic, BlackStar Film Festival, Forbes Under 30 Summit and more—there are plenty of dope events on the horizon. So, check out our list of 10 must-hit events going down in Philly this year. Rewind: 20/20 Experience After Party Last month, two of the industry’s most in-demand musical directors, Adam Blackstone and Darryl Robinson, joined forces to throw the official Philadelphia after party for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour. Philly fans came out in record number to show their love for JT and these two hometown heroes. And, of course Philly 360° was there to capture it all. Watch out recap video now. Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter Philly-based creative Ivben Taqiy is one of the dopest, and busiest, visual artists on the city’s booming art scene. This week, Taqiy opens his latest exhibit, Green Winter, featuring over a dozen portraits of the notable personalities and performers who have inspired our generation. Red Bull Thre3Style(© Jeremy Deputat/Red Bull Media House)
Last night, I took a plane to San Francisco from Boston. It was a last minute thing and I was running behind.The woman behind the ticket counter said, “Relax. The plane has been delayed a half an hour. You’ve got some time”She was all smiles. She asked if I was going home and helped me get a package into the luggage system. I asked her if I had time to get dinner and if there was a decent restaurant. She said yes to both and recommended Legal Seafood (my favorite Boston Chain).She cracked a couple of jokes and I went happily down the hall 250 yards to the restaurant. I’ve been flying for 35 years and can’t remember a happier encounter at the checkout counter.I ordered dinner. Just as my meal hit the table, she pulled up a chair and began to make a little small talk about San Francisco. After a couple of minutes, she said that the delay was lifted and that boarding would begin in 10 minutes.“Enjoy your meal,” she said. “Just get your check and come on down.” I thought that was an amazing addition to the experience and started to get this amazingly warm feeling.Dinner was great. Just as I was signing the check, she reappeared and pulled up a chair again. A little more small talk and then “Boarding is almost done.”I felt special, happy and relaxed. She never hurried me and was never anything but a wonderful conversationalist. When she got up from the table, she mentioned that she was herding about a half dozen travelers through the restaurant and onto the plane.I never, ever would have guessed that. She was able to slow down and be perfectly present in each and every interaction. It was the most amazing check-in line experience I’ve ever heard of.I walked past the check in counter on my way to the gate. She waved and smiled.So how does my airport tale relate to getting a job?If you really, really want a new job, the answer usually starts with being really, really excellent in the one that you currently have. Delight your customers. Do the unthinkable. Go a thousand yards beyond the goal line. Make the people you interact with smile.The weird truth is that if you can’t figure out how to be happy in your current job, you’ll have the same trouble in the next one.And, if you want to hire her, I’ll help you get in touch with her.