Former Purefoods point guard Ulysses ‘Buboy’ Tanigue passes away

first_imgUlysses “Buboy” Tanigue. PHOTO FROM TANIGUE’S FACEBOOKCOTABATO CITY — Former Purefoods point guard star Ulysses “Buboy” Tanigue passed away at 43 years old on Sunday around 9 a.m. due to a lingering illness.Efren Piñol, Tanigue’s former coach with the North Cotabato Braves, which played in the Manila Basketball League in 2004, said Tanigue had died after eight years of battling leukemia.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In 2016, he worked at the office of Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol but had to go on medical leave after his operation for tumor.Tanigue is survived by his wife, Emelyn, and children Anne Margaret, 14; and Pete Maverick 13. His wake was at the Tanigue Residence in Barangay Poblacion in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. /jeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jokic has triple-double as Nuggets beat Mavericks Tanigue started his career with the San Sebastian Stags and was eventually drafted by Purefoods.Tanigue was a three-time Most Valuable Player of the Stags.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHe also played with the Chowking team at the Philippine Basketball League.He later quit basketball and worked as sports coordinator of Mlang, North Cotabato. While working in Mlang in 2010, he was diagnosed with chronic leukemia.center_img MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View commentslast_img read more

NBTC: RJ Abarrientos shines as FEU stuns Canada Durham to enter semis

first_imgAbarrientos finished with a near triple-double with 32 points eight rebounds, and seven assists while Kyle Bautista added 19 points and seven boards.In the three games he’s played so far, Abbarientos tallied a total of 63 points and 41 of those all came in the fourth quarter.Brendon Ocampo put up 18 points for the Canadians.Joshua David led the Greenies in their 99-69 conquest of Vancouver’s Top Flight Hoops in the first game of the Division 1 Fantastic Eight earlier in the day.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Enhanced positions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—FEU Diliman once again banked on the fourth quarter expertise of RJ Abarrientos as it stunned Canada Durham, 87-84, in the Fantastic Eight of the 2019 NBTC National Finals Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Abarrientos, who had 12 points in the first three quarters of the game, exploded in the fourth quarter and dropped 20 to push the Baby Tamaraws to the Division 1 semifinals against La Salle-Green Hills.The Baby Tamaraws trailed 56-67 at the end of the third but charged to a 19-7 run that Abarrientos capped off with a three-pointer for the 75-74 lead with 3:08 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“That’s RJ for you, he will always deliver,” said FEU head coach Allan Albano. “In every tournament we played at, we’ve been consistently having slow starts, but it’s a good thing we’re able to wake up in the end.”The Canadians not only got flustered against Abbarientos’ onslaught, their 17 points in the fourth quarter were three less than what the star Baby Tamaraw scored on his own. MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

GTT hosts successful Pinktober walk/run

first_imgGuyana’s largest telecommunication services provider, GTT, on Saturday hosted their annual Pinktober 5K Walk/Run and Cycle Race to bring attention to Breast Cancer.This event commenced at D’Urban Park at 4:00am, and individuals supported in their numbers as GTT continued their month-long awareness campaign with the goal of raising funds for the fight against Breast Cancer. The large number of participants who were engaged in the various categories of races were rewarded for their outstanding performances.Glendon Aaron dominated the 10k Run, which required a huge amount of strength and endurance. He copped the 1st place prize, while the exceptional Pauline Murphy and Nicketa Wilson came in 2nd and 3rd respectively.Jonathan Fagardil was the standout performer in the 5K Run, finishing 1st. Quacy Mc Ryan came in 2nd while Dexter Alexander finished in 3rd position. The youngest participant was seven-year-old Silvia Paraso, while Anthony Thom was the youngest cyclist.The well-known GTT Pinktober Walk concluded the calendar activities planned. GTT representative Devi Sukhdeo presented the participants with their respective awards, while Gizmos and Gadgets Guyana, along with Shoe Heaven, handed out vouchers to the women who participated in the GTT Pinktober Walk/Race.Additionally, the Pinktober event received support from the Mexican Suarez Brothers Circus, Republic Bank, ExxonMobil, 93.1 Real FM, and other agencies.last_img read more


first_imgThe 18 year old girl shot dead in South Derry yesterday morning had celebrated her birthday in Letterkenny last weekend.Lauren O’Neill visited Donegal with a number of friends and had been to a number of nightspots in the town.Tragic Lauren died when she was blasted to death at a house in Bellaghy. Her 21-year-old sister, a mother of two young children, was seriously injured and remains in a critical condition at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital.She managed to make it to a neighbour’s house to raise the alarm.A Belfast Trust spokesperson confirmed that she had undergone surgery on Saturday afternoon.A 26-year-old man is still being questioned by police on suspicion of murder. A man and woman, both aged 28, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender were released, without charge, on Saturday evening.They were all arrested in the Toome area within an hour on the shooting.Parish priest Fr Andy Dolan said the feeling in the area is one of “shock and horror.”He said that the siblings were always together – if you “saw one you saw the other.” 18 YEAR OLD SHOT DEAD IN COUNTY DERRY HAD CELEBRATED BIRTHDAY IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: May 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lauren O’Neillletterkennyshotlast_img read more

€1,000 to be won in new creative category at Enterprise Awards

first_imgCreative businesses in Donegal will get the opportunity to shine a light on their success this year by entering a brand new category for Creative Coast Businesses at this year’s Donegal Local Enterprise Awards.A total of eight awards will be presented in separate categories, with a prize of €1,000 up for grabs for the Creative Coast award.The competition is open to all businesses in Donegal that employ less than 50 full-time staff, but businesses who enter must have been in receipt of direct Local Enterprise Office supports under one or more of the following interventions: Grant aid; Mentoring Programme; Trading Online Voucher Scheme; Participation on LEO Training Programmes; MicroFinance Ireland Scheme. Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said the recent launch of the new strategic action plan for creative entrepreneurship in the county, outlined aspirations for longer-term development of the creative industries in Donegal.“We know that creative industries play a significant role in the economy of the county and the publication of ‘Donegal – We Make Things’ earlier this year followed by the launch of the new creative strategy, is a clear indication of our commitment to the sector.Since the launch of the Creative Coast Initiative we have discovered, not only how so many creative businesses find their inspiration here in Donegal, but that so many of these businesses learned that with the help and support on offer from the Local Enterprise Office, they can match the talent and ambition they have with real and tangible business success,” he said.The new category in this year’s awards will help continue to shine a light on successful creative businesses in Donegal and the Head of Enterprise urged creative industries in the county to get their application before the deadline on November 11. “We know there are many determined and resilient creative businesses in the county who have shown that you can be based here in Donegal and be a truly successful creative business.These awards are a perfect opportunity to show the world that you can build a strong and successful creative business from here and I urge those in the creative sector to make the most of the opportunity,” Mr Tunney added.To enter, applicants must submit a soft copy of a simple application form and a recent set of financial statements before the closing date of 12 noon on Monday 11 NovemberForms are available to download from and completed applications should be e.mailed to before 12 noon on Monday 11 November 2019.Hard copies of applications can be delivered to the Local Enterprise Office Donegal, Donegal County Council, Enterprise Fund Business Centre, Ballyraine, Letterkenny by the closing date and time. For more information call the Local Enterprise Office 074-9160735 or visit the Local Enterprise website Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.€1,000 to be won in new creative category at Enterprise Awards was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Is Tech Making You More Anxious? 5 Things to Try

first_imgRelated Posts Follow the Puck Frank Landman Technology makes our lives better in many ways, making us more productive, giving us access to cheaper resources, and even extending our lifespans. But our human minds and bodies didn’t evolve to deal with the effects of long-term technology usage, and accordingly, tech has the power to make our lives worse as well.How Tech Makes Us AnxiousOne of the most prevailing problems here is technology’s tendency to make us more anxious, sometimes spurring the development of full-blown anxiety disorders.These are just some of the ways in which it happens:Information overload. The internet connects us to resources all over the world, and it’s easy to think that more information is always better, but there’s a dark side to that availability: information overload. When we’re presented with too much information, or too many options, we become paralyzed with uncertainty, and a desire to always learn more.Notifications. Everything seems to send out a notification, from our email to our social media, to the apps we use on a regular basis. With a constant stream of interruptions, it’s hard to focus on our most important work, and we get the sense that we’re pulled in dozens of directions at any given time.Dealing with uncertainty. You can look up anything in an instant, whether it’s the name of the actor in the movie you’re watching or how to get to the drug store in a new city. While this accessibility is usually a good thing, it also makes us less comfortable with uncertainty in our daily lives. We want an immediate answer for everything, so we feel anxious whenever we don’t have one.Social isolation. With tech, you can buy things and handle your responsibilities without ever interacting with other humans. Unfortunately, this leads to social isolation, and makes us less confident when engaging with other people in a real-world environment. Even socially competent people can struggle with social anxiety after being used to purely online interactions.Public judgment. Making a social media post leaves you vulnerable to worldwide judgment; in an instant, thousands of people could see into your life. This virtual vulnerability can also contribute to our feelings of anxiety.Comparison. On social media, we often see our friends and acquaintances posting about the amazing vacation they’re about to have, or the new promotion they got at work. It’s easy to compare our lives to theirs, filling us with anxiety and a kind of existential dread.What to DoIf you’re reeling from the effects of tech-driven anxiety, there are a number of strategies you can try to lessen its effects:1. Try anti-anxiety remedies. First, consider taking a natural supplement, like Blue Lotus. This Egyptian herb has been used in Eastern medicine for hundreds of years and is said to promote a calming, sedative effect. It can make your social interactions much easier and put you in a better mood overall.2. Turn off your notifications. Head to your device’s settings and turn off every notification you can stand to turn off. In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have any such interruptions; you can access your apps individually, on your own terms, to learn new things or check for new messages. This way, your life will be less interrupted, and you’ll feel a better sense of control. You’ll also have more natural exposure to uncertainty.3. Narrow your exposure to social media. While social media can be beneficial, it’s also a major opportunity for jealous comparisons and other anxiety-inducing behaviors. Instead of cutting it out of your life completely, try to narrow your exposure; for some people, that may mean narrowing the number of people you follow. For others, it may mean deleting half your current platforms.4. Go on an information diet. You could also go on an “information diet,” a temporary or permanent lifestyle change meant to expose you to less information overall. This requires you to evaluate the quality of each source of information in your life, including apps and websites you frequent, and eliminate the majority of them. Less news and less information may actually make you feel better.5. Expose yourself to uncertainty. Finally, try to expose yourself to more experiences where the outcome is uncertain. That may mean getting yourself intentionally lost in the woods, or talking to more strangers on your daily commute. It will help you learn to cope with uncertainty in a healthier way.Because tech tends to reward us for using it, many of these strategies require a significant amount of self-discipline—but they’re worth the effort. Start with one, and gradually make your way to the others. Chances are, you’ll start to feel their positive effects in your life, and you’ll be motivated to continue with the process. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. last_img read more

Just How Expensive Are Real Cinema Lenses?

first_imgNext to Zeiss and Panavision is Cooke. In particular, the S4 line has been used for many years, dating back to the late 90s. These primes offer an insanely sharp image that rivals most of what Zeiss and Panavision provide, yet at a fraction of the cost. In fact, Cooke has been working for years to develop cheaper lens options for independent filmmakers. While not used as frequently as it was in years past, with the resurgence of the Panavision Primo, the Cooke S4 has a firm legacy as solid glass.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsControl of flareSpherical aberrations at full apertureCam-type focusT-stop 2.0*Selected Filmography12 Years a SlaveHarry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2O Brother, Where Art ThouJohn WickNeed for SpeedPrice Points35mm: $19,000.0050mm: $19,000.00135mm: $21,900.00Angenieux Optimo Zoom The lenses above are the most widely used by big-budget cinematographers, and the Angenieux Optimo line is the zoom lens of choice for these same filmmakers. With the ability to capture an incredibly sharp image that’s compatible with the latest digital cameras and 4K resolution, the Optimo is the premier option. While Canon has the sport arena zoom lens on lockdown, Angenieux has a firm grip on cinema.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsZoom lens of choice for most cinematographersWeight Range 4.2-16lbsClose focus 1’9″T-stop 2.2*Selected FilmographyThe Book ThiefCaptain PhillipsWhiplashKingsman: The Secret ServiceIron Man 3Price Points17-80mm: $59,400.0030-80mm: $18,073.0056-152mm: $80,880.00Honorable MentionsWhile these are the most widely used lenses in the industry, there are several other lenses that we need to mention. These particular pieces of glass are used in big-budget productions, just not to the extent as those listed above. These options include Canon K35, Hawk Anamorphic, Fujinon and Leica Summilux. You can see the quality of these lenses in films such as Selma, The Theory of Everything and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.Want more content on lenses? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.The Science Behind Nikon Lenses10 Things to Know About Shooting with Vintage LensesAffordable Filmmaking: An Overview of Rokinon’s New Wide Angle LensesWhat are your thoughts on these lenses? Would you use these? Have you ever used any of these? What was your experience like? Sound off in the comments below. We’ve rounded up some of the most widely used real cinema lenses utilized on big-budget films. Let’s explore the high cost of high-end lenses.Top Image from RedUser.There’s just something about the look and feel of a studio-backed film. For many filmmakers who have the good fortune to utilize top-level gear, this look and feel is within reach. For the rest of us who are strapped to a finite budget, we have to make due with what we can. But what if we could break beyond our current budget and get our hands on some of that top-level gear, particularly lenses? What would it cost us? The answers to this question is, well, a lot.For many of the high-end lenses we’ll discuss, the price tag is such that if you have to ask for it, chances are you can’t afford it. Regardless, let’s take a look at some of the top-level glass that big-time filmmakers use on big-budget films. We’re going to start off with the top five cinema lenses being used by cinematographers on films such as Life of Pi, Gravity, Interstellar, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Zeiss Master PrimesFirst up on our list is ol’ reliable Zeiss, who’s been manufacturing lenses since the late 1800s. The Master Prime lenses are an incredibly popular tool for directors and cinematographers. The Zeiss Master Primes are one of the most widely used lenses on big-budget productions.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsBuilt specifically for the ARRI line of camerasWeight ranges from 6-8lbsFront diameter ranges from 114-134mmT-stop 1.3*Selected FilmographyLife of PiBirdmanSkyfallFurious 7The Imitation GamePrice Points35mm: $19,790.0050mm: $21,100.00135mm: $26,820.00Panavision Primo VNext is the Panavision Primo V line of prime lenses. While their roots aren’t as deep as Zeiss, Panavision does date back to the 1950s. Originally started as a manufacturer of anamorphic lenses for Cinemascope, the company expanded to cameras by the mid-1960s. Like Zeiss and its Master line of lenses, Panavision’s Primo V line of lenses has been a mainstay in the industry. Beginning in 2001, the company began buying up major motion picture rental houses around the world, but in 2010 the bottom fell out when Panavision called for debt restructuring. As of 2013, creditors were still suing over unpaid debt.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsLens Range (14.5mm – 35mm)Classic Series Range (21mm – 125mm)Uses both Legacy Glass and New Glass designsT-stop 1.9*Selected FilmographyJurassic WorldMad Max: Fury RoadGuardians of the GalaxyAmerican SniperStar Wars: The Force AwakensPrice PointsPanavision does not sell any standalone lenses. If a studio wants to purchase the lenses, they are usually restricted to purchasing them with a camera like the Panavision Genesis. For this bundle, one would be looking at shelling out $500,000-$750,000 to purchase or $4000.00/day to rent.Cooke S4last_img read more

Make our leader Chief Minister, MGP sets ultimatum to BJP

first_imgThe Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), a BJP ally in Goa, gave an ultimatum on Saturday that the charge of the Chief Minister’s post be given to its minister Sudin Dhavalikar in view of Manohar Parrikar’s illness. The MGP warned that it would contest the Lok Sabha polls and Assembly by-elections in the state against the BJP candidates if the demand was not met.Mr. Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, is recuperating at his residence since October 14 after being discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Two Assembly seats — Mandrem and Shiroda — fell vacant last month after respective MLAs, Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar, resigned as legislators and quit the Congress to join the BJP. “Party’s central committee had a detailed discussion on the leadership issue today. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is ailing and, because of that, the administration is completely paralysed for the last eight months,” MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar said. “Therefore, to bring in discipline and efficiency to the administration, we demand that the chief minister’s charge be given to senior MGP MLA Sudin Dhavalikar as early as possible,” he said. “If the charge is not given immediately, we will contest all upcoming elections, that is (Assembly) by-election and Lok Sabha polls, by fielding our candidates against official candidate of the government,” he said. Sundin Dhavalikar is presently the second-most senior minister in Goa Cabinet after Mr. Parrikar. MGP’s central committee will meet again next month to review the situation, Mr. Dipak Dhavalikar said. “We will see if the government has taken our warning seriously or has continued with the same situation,” he said, adding that he himself might contest the by-election from Shiroda, while the party would support Independent MLA Jit Arolkar in Mandrem. MGP is part of the BJP-led coalition, which also includes Goa Forward Party and three Independents.last_img read more

Elephants may have best noses on Earth

first_imgDogs, most of us think, have the best noses on the planet. But a new study reveals that this honor actually goes to elephants. The power of a mammal’s sniffer hinges on the number and type of its olfactory receptor genes. These genes are expressed in sensory cells that line the nasal cavity and are specialized for detecting odor molecules. When triggered, they set off a cascade of signals from the nose to the brain, enabling an animal to identify a particular smell. In the new study, scientists identified and examined olfactory receptor genes from 13 mammalian species. The researchers found that every species has a highly unique variety of such genes: Of the 10,000 functioning olfactory receptor genes the team studied, only three are shared among the 13 species. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the length of its trunk, the African elephant has the largest number of such genes—nearly 2000, the scientists report online today in the Genome Research. In contrast, dogs have only 1000, and humans and chimpanzees, less than 400—possibly because higher primates rely more on their vision and less on their sense of smell. The discovery fits with another recent study showing that Asian elephants are as good as mice (which have nearly 1300 olfactory receptor genes) at discriminating between odors; dogs and elephants have yet to be put to a nose-to-trunk sniffer test. Other research has also shown just how important a superior sense of smell is to the behemoths. A slight whiff is all that’s necessary, for instance, for elephants, such as those in the photo above, to distinguish between two Kenyan ethnic groups—the Maasai, who sometimes spear them, and the Kamba, who rarely pose a threat. They can also recognize as many as 30 different family members from cues in their urine.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018 final: Usain Bolt, Sourav Ganguly in Moscow

first_imgA galaxy of stars descended upon the Luzhniki Stadium for the final showdown between France and Croatia in Moscow on Sunday.As France bid for their second World Cup title and Croatia their first, celebrities from the world of sports and politics gathered to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.The likes of Usain Bolt, Sourav Ganguly and Conor McGregor, Lilian Thuram and Philipp Lahm were among the ones, who were seen in the stands for the blockbuster clash. Lahm and Ronaldinho were also part of the closing ceremony in Moscow. While Lahm carried the trophy to the ground, the Brazilian was seen performing during the opening ceremony.President of France Emmanuel Macron, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic were all smiles and exchanging handshakes before kick-off.Moscow Ganguly (@SGanguly99) July 15, 2018 Conor McGregor had showed his support for France on Instagram (Reuters Photo) Philipp Lahm and Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova during the presentation of the World Cup trophy (Reuters Photo) From left to right: Emmanuel Macron, Gianni Infantino, Vladimir Putin and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic before the match (Reuters Photo)They were treated to a colourful closing ceremony headlined by Hollywood star Will Smith, who performed along with Nicky Jam and Kosovian artist Era Istrefi.The artists performed the tournament’s official song, “Live it Up” in front of a jam-packed stadium.As Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, giant screens laid out on the pitch showed images of soccer players and the colours of the Croatian and French flags – the two teams who face each other in the final.advertisementIn the final sequence of the ceremony, Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina performed Russian folk song “Kalinka” accompanied by bagpipes, a children’s choir, and a percussion section.That section featured a guest performer: Ronaldinho, who for a few bars of the song hammered out the rhythm on an African drum. Will Smith, Nicky Jam, and Era Istrefi perform during the closing ceremony (Reuters Photo) Ronaldinho and performing during the closing ceremony before the match (Reuters Photo)The tournament kicked-off on June 14 with the opening ceremony where English pop singer Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina had performed.France are eyeing their second title while this is the first World Cup final for Croatia, whose previous best finish was third in 1998.Croatia, who came out with scathing replies after defeating England in the semi-final, might look for a 1998 revenge on Sunday.In the semi-final of 1998 World Cup, Croatia’s golden generation were up against France and two second half strikes by right-back Liliam Thuram propelled France to the final, one that they went on to win.This time, however, Zlatko Dalic-coached Croatia have a squad capable of going all the way. Just like the Davor Suker-captained batch of 1998, this Croatian side, has a similar never-say-die attitude, coupled with talent from the best clubs all over Europe.However, France have, at least on paper, a squad loaded with talent and more depth. In Didier Deschamps, they have a coach who has previous experience of winning the World Cup as a player.Deschamps, who captained the 1998 French side, has a chance to achieve the rare distinction of becoming only the third man, in history — after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and German legend Franz Beckenbauer — to win the World Cup both as a player and a head coach.(With inputs from agenices)last_img read more