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Arrival of former MVP Arwind brings new expectations for the Batang Pier as NorthPort looks to contend with the Governors’ Cup heavyweights

Pido Jarencio is usually thrilled whenever NorthPort prepares for a new conference, as it affords him and his Batang Pier a fresh chance to cash in on the lessons picked up in the prior campaign.But there’s nothing quite like the excitement he has for the coming PBA Governors’ Cup.“I’m excited for my team,” Jarencio shared over the phone on Sunday. “Truly excited, especially with this composition, I feel like we’re an even more balanced squad now.”Much of that stems from the arrival of Arwind Santos, the former Most Valuable Player (MVP) and San Miguel Beer skipper who helped lead the Beermen to historic heights.“I feel like getting Arwind is a bless

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Germany plans to make vaccination compulsory for some jobs - draft

BERLIN (Reuters) - The incoming German government wants to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory from March 16 for people working in

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Trio of PH medalist pugs now have dream homes

TAGAYTAY—Tokyo Olympics silver medalists Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam and bronze medal winner Eumir Marcial have realized their dreams, but remain hungry for more.On the day they received brand-new homes from patrons Senator Francis Tolentino and Philippine Olympic Committee president Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, the trio vowed to work even harder to achieve their Olympic gold dreams, with Paalam even looking as far as suiting up for Team Philippines until Los Angeles 2028.“I’m definitely going back. As I’ve said before, I’m not going to stop until I win the gold,” said Petecio in Filipino, who will resume training next week, four months after her Japan

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Strictly results: Dan Walker is latest contestant to be eliminated

Dan Walker is the latest contestant to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing, after narrowly missing out on a spot in the semi-final. On Saturday (4 December) night, the BBC Breakfast presenter scored 31 points for his tango with Nadiya Bychkova, placing him second from bottom on the leaderboard. Beneath him was AJ Odudu, who received 30 points for her salsa after partner Kai Widdrington nearly dropped her, with Craig Revel Horwood calling the performance a “complete dance disaster”. Walker and Odudu both ended up in the dance off together, with the judges unanimously choosing to save Odudu. Following his elimination, Walker joked that he “would have saved AJ and Kai as well”. “The last 11 weeks have been absolutely amazing, I’ve genuinely loved every second of it,” he said. “When I go back to the first day when I was asked to dance in front of some glitter balls, at that point, if there had been a fire exit, I’d have just walked away.” The four remaining celebrities – Odudu, Rhys Stephenson, John Whaite and Rose Ayling-Ellis – will now go through to next Saturday’s (11 December) semi-final, where they will perform two dances for the first time. Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday 11 December at 7.05pm on BBC One. Read More Strictly viewers urge Shirley to ‘choose her words more carefully’ after ‘cringe’ Rose comment Strictly week 11 recap: Rhys Stephenson impresses as John Whaite and AJ Odudu are rocked by errors Strictly 2021: AJ Odudu in tears after ‘letting down’ viewers with error in latest dance

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Historic playoff: Alabama-Cincinnati, Michigan-Georgia

The College Football Playoff is set and it is historic: Cincinnati will play Alabama in the Cotton Bowl and Michigan will face Georgia in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve

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Saudi Arabia Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton draws level with Max Verstappen after victory in astonishing race

Lewis Hamilton claimed victory in an astonishing Saudi Arabia Grand Prix to pull level in the world championship heading into the final race. It was 50 laps in Jeddah that saw red flags, safety cars, a crash between Hamilton and Max Verstappen, and eventually a weekend to remember for Mercedes. Hamilton took the fastest lap, and with Verstappen finishing in second, it means the two title rivals head to Abu Dhabi completely level. Valtteri Bottas took third right on the line from Esteban Ocon, with Mercedes now enjoying a wide advantage in the constructors championship too. Hamilton, who started on pole, kept his lead into the first corner, and maintained it until a safety car on the 12th lap. Mick Schumacher crashed heavily, and Hamilton took the chance to pit. Verstappen stayed out and had the lead, and when the red flags were then waved, he could then pit during the stoppage while maintaining track position. Hamilton and Verstappen then very nearly collided at the restart, before another red flag just seconds later. Race control decided that for the third start of the race, it would be Ocon ahead of Hamilton, with Verstappen in third. But Verstappen made a stunning start, and got past both of those ahead of him to take the lead ahead of his big rival. On lap 37, the two of them went wheel-to-wheel. Hamilton moved ahead, but Verstappen then forced him wide in a move that the stewards investigated. There were more extraordinary scenes the following lap. Verstappen was told by his team to give the place back and slowed down, but Hamilton was unaware of what was happening and went straight into the back of the Red Bull. A furious Hamilton claimed he had been brake tested. Verstappen then gave the place back a few laps later for a matter of seconds, before lunging straight back down the inside to move ahead. Eventually the Dutchman would give up the place, and was also given a five-second time penalty, as Hamilton roared into the distance to take the fastest lap and the race victory. The quick, tight nature of the Saudi Arabia track promised drama, and it certainly delivered with one of the most incredible races in recent F1 history, setting up a title showdown next weekend. Read More Lewis Hamilton ‘more relaxed than ever’ ahead of Saudi Arabia showdown with Max Verstappen in F1 title race Lewis Hamilton’s title duel with Max Verstappen could turn nasty in fiery final showdowns, warns Damon Hill Lewis Hamilton warns Mercedes have their work cut out to catch Max Verstappen and Red Bull in title race

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Strictly Come Dancing: Dan Walker becomes tenth celebrity to leave competition

BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker has become the tenth celebrity to exit Strictly Come Dancing. The journalist, 44, described his time on the ballroom dancing competition as “an absolutely incredible experience” which taught him that he could dance. He was sent home from the BBC One series after his quarter-finals tango with dance partner Nadiya Bychkova failed to earn him a spot in the semi-finals next weekend. Mr Walker and Ms Bychkova landed in the dance-off against AJ Odudu and her partner Kai Widdrington, who went on to receive the majority vote from the judging panel for their salsa, meaning they are safe for another week. Following his elimination, Mr Walker told Strictly presenter Tess Daly: “By the way, I would have saved AJ and Kai as well. “The last 11 weeks have been absolutely amazing, I’ve genuinely loved every second of it. “When I go back to the first day when I was asked to dance in front of some glitter balls, at that point, if there had been a fire exit, I’d have just walked away.” He paid tribute to his professional dance partner, saying: “I’m not a dancer, but she showed me that I can dance, and that for me, this has been an absolutely incredible experience. “Thank you to the judges, your feedback every week has been brilliant, and really constructive and helpful, and everyone over there, my fellow competitors, have been brilliant.” Four couples – TV presenter Odudu and Widdrington; EastEnders actress Rose-Ayling Ellis and Giovanni Pernice; Bake Off winner John Whaite and Johannes Radebe; and CCBC host Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu – remain in the competition for the semi-finals, with Walker saying they are all “so good”. He added that “the standard has been amazing, it’s been a pleasure for me to watch them dance each week, and thank you to all the pros for being so kind, caring and encouraging.” Bychkova said: “Like he said, sometimes the right person walks into your life at the right time and that’s what happened. You always encourage everyone, you always have time for everyone, it just inspires me to be a better person myself. Thank you.” After watching a montage of their Strictly highlights, Walker said: “I’ve loved it, I don’t think I’ll dance all the time, but the one thing that will be different is that I won’t ‘not dance’ anymore. So thank you for having me, it’s been brilliant.”. Following Sunday’s dance-off, judge Craig Revel Horwood, choosing to save Odudu and Widdrington, saying: “Well I’ve got to say, Dan I think you did such a great job in the dance-off, that’s the best I’ve ever seen you dance, ever! “AJ, you totally nailed that last bit, that was fantastic, a dilemma, but the couple I am going to save is AJ and Kai.” Fellow judges Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke, filling in on the judging panel this series for Bruno Tonioli, both also opted to save Odudu, with Du Beke saying: “Can I just say, it’s a thing to make the quarter-finals of Strictly Come Dancing, and to pick this year of all years, to make the quarter-finals would have guaranteed you a place in the final in any other year. “It was an immense dance-off, congratulations to both of you. You danced brilliantly, but the edge just goes, for me, to AJ and Kai.” Mabuse returned after having to miss last weekend’s shows while she self-isolated after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Head judge Shirley Ballas agreed with the panel and said she would have also saved Odudu and Widdrington. Stephenson and Xu finished joint top of the leaderboard on Saturday night alongside soap star Ayling-Ellis and Pernice with scores of 39. Whaite and pro dancer Radebe had a bit of a stumble in their salsa routine after they failed to execute a lift properly, but finished third in the judges’ vote. Sunday night’s elimination show included a performance from boyband JLS. Strictly Come Dancing’s semi-final airs on December 11 at 7.05pm with the results show on December 12 at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Read More Man arrested on suspicion of making or possessing explosive substance in Derby Energy Secretary to review power firms’ operations following Storm Arwen outages Bansky pledges millions to help transform prison into arts centre

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Memorable moments from Bob Dole's life and political career

Bob Dole's political career began in 1950 with election to the Kansas Legislature

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Special request to give 32 students admission to Class 11 post-deadline in Pune

These students have given a request letter to the deputy director office, for which the directorate is now going to coordinate with the head office

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r₹r32 lakh stolen from ATM in Gurugram’s Naharpur Rupa village

A group of unidentified men sprayed paint on the CCTV camera of an ATM kiosk of a private bank in Naharpur Rupa village on Friday evening and stole ₹31

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Nagaland: 14 civilians die in Army firing, area tense

Kohima Protests erupted on Sunday after more than a dozen civilians were killed by Indian Army soldiers who appeared to have mistaken them for militants in Nagaland’s Mon district, according to officials

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BHOG scheme in Prayagraj: Now, prasad to be prepared under FSDA guidelines at 2 Hanuman temples

Across Uttar Pradesh, 17 districts including Prayagraj, have been included under BHOG scheme, said an official

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Delhi’s first Omicron case a 37-yr-old man with mild symptoms

The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in Delhi early on Sunday, even as 16 more such infections were detected in Rajasthan and Maharashtra through the day, officials said, taking the number of reported infections of the heavily mutated variant of Sars-CoV-2 in India to 21

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Putin arrives today; defence, strategic issues on the agenda

India and Russia will hold the first 2+2 format dialogue in New Delhi on Monday, and discuss key bilateral, regional and international issues, including the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s day-long visit, according to officials

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Drew Barrymore 'unravelled' during pandemic

Drew Barrymore "unravelled" when she was trying to build a new life in New York at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gary Barlow isn't cool

Gary Barlow has never been cool and that doesn't bother him.

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Princess Diana sing Tina Turner with her sons

Prince William "quite secretly enjoys" listening to Tina Turner's 'The Best' because it reminds him of car journeys with his late mother, Princess Diana.

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Michael Buble: Hannah Waddingham is the 'spirit of Christmas'

Michael Buble was keen to have his good friend Hannah Waddingham perform on his NBC holiday special because she embodies the "spirit of Christmas".

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Northam to remove Lee statue pedestal, transfer land to city

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced that his administration will remove an enormous pedestal that until earlier this year held a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E

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Hamilton edges Verstappen in chaotic Saudi GP to send title race to wire

Lewis Hamilton edged out Max Verstappen to win a chaotic and controversial Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday to send

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The Latest: Notre Dame, Oklahoma St to clash in Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame will face Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl in a matchup of two teams that just missed the College Football Playoff

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Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant

U.S. health officials say that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading in the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations

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Khattar to lay foundation stone on Dec 13 for WTE plant at Gurugram’s Bandhwari

The agreement for starting a WTE project at the Bandhwari landfill was signed way back in August 2017 between Ecogreen, the concessionaire for the project, MCG, Municipal Corporation of Faridabad, and the Haryana government. Primarily due to the lack of space at the landfill, the project remained in limbo for the next four years

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Covid-19: Pune sees 161 new cases and one death on Sunday

PUNE As of Sunday, Pune district reported 161 new Covid-19 cases and one death due to the infection

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