New FIFA probeBERNE, Switzerland (AP) – The corruption scandal sweeping world football engulfed Germany as FIFA said yesterday that it would investigate “very serious allegations” that voters were bribed to win the 2006 World Cup bid.The latest claims of wrongdoing linked to football’s governing body broke as suspended president Sepp Blatter went public with his fight to get his FIFA ethics case thrown out.Blatter may have deepened the prospect of a long ban by admitting there was only a “gentleman’s agreement” for the 2011 payment he authorised to UEFA president Michel Platini and which led to them both being suspended by FIFA last week after it emerged through a criminal investigation.The investigation will now include looking into a report in news magazine Der Spiegel that Germany’s 2006 World Cup bid committee established a slush fund of 10.3 million Swiss francs (then about US$6 million) to bribe four of the 24 voters.Nadal at his bestSHANGHAI (AP)Rafael Nadal is starting to look like his dominant former self, the player who won 14 Grand Slam titles. He’s even beating the top players again.After struggling with his confidence and consistency for much of the season, the Spanish star beat a top-five player for the first time in more than a year with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters yesterday.It wasn’t just a victory, but a convincing one. It was Nadal’s most lopsided win over Wawrinka in 15 meetings.Top-seeded Novak Djokovic also advanced with his 15th consecutive victory, holding off Australia’s Bernard Tomic in a tight first-set tiebreaker before closing it out 7-6 (6), 6-1.Djokovic will play Andy Murray in today’s semi-final after the third-seeded Briton saw off Tomas Berdych 6-1, 6-3. Nadal will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other semi-final after the French player topped Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4.Venus in Hong Kong semisHONG KONG (AP)Venus Williams closed in on a spot in the season-ending WTA Finals by beating Alize Cornet 6-1, 6-1 yesterday to reach the Hong Kong Open semi-finals.The third-seeded American, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, won the Wuhan Open this month.Williams will next meet Jelena Jankovic, who beat Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-1.Angelique Kerber and Samantha Stosur also advanced, and will face each other in the semi-finals. Stosur beat Heather Watson 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 while Kerber defeated Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-3.
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Especially since the points came from just about everybody in the Ateneo lineup, with Ponggay Gaston making 16, including six from the service area.Kat Tolentino added 15, while Jules Samonte and Maddie Madayag chipped in seven and six, respectively.“That’s the difference now, they are talking to each other. And they know what they want to do out there,” said Almadro.The Lady Eagles are now alone on top with a 5-1 card while inflicting on the Lady Falcons their fifth defeat in six games.Rookies Ivy Lacsina and Princess Robles combined for 31 points, while libero Jennifer Nierva had 29 excellent receptions and 26 excellent digs for the Lady Bulldogs, who snapped their three-game losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying The Lady Maroons, despite the 20 points from Tots Carlos and 15 from Justine Dorog, fell to their third defeat in six matches despite seemingly being in control for a majority of the match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn a day National University pulled off a huge stunner, Ateneo quietly locked up a fifth straight victory and tightened its hold on the top spot in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball—and the Lady Eagles owe a lot of their success to the emergence of Bea de Leon as a team leader.The feisty team captain scored 14 points in her breakout game for the season as Ateneo demolished Adamson, 25-8, 22-25, 25-16, 25-10, on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The win did not generate as much thrills as the one later in the day, when the Lady Bulldogs chewed off three match points to shock University of the Philippines, 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25-23, 17-15.But it cemented Ateneo’s status as top title threat after that label was put in question by an opening weekend defeat to defending champion and fierce rival La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDe Leon received profuse praises from Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro, who said his senior player “always makes things easier for me on the bench.”Known for providing leadership and spunk rather than piling up points, De Leon said she got a boost when Almadro told her that he doesn’t “always need my points, he just wants my voice.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title PH clubs Ceres-Negros, Kaya-Iloilo lead their groups after big victories View comments
Dear Editor,The list of persons dying in road accidents due to the parking of vehicles on both sides of the Corentyne Highway continues to escalate while persons in authority display the tendency to be deaf, dumb and blind to this avoidable carnage of our citizens.The Prime Minister’s representative in Berbice, Gobin Harbhajan, highlighted these ‘weapons of mass destruction’ at the end of last year and he lamented the fact that no Ministry was taking the responsibility of removing these vehicles, which include abandoned and derelict ones. These obstructions include tractors, trailers, draglines, water pumps, combines, grain carts, tanks and other types of agricultural machineries. This gets worse when large swathes of paddy – which actually take over more than half of the road – are being dried by the same farmers guilty of illegal parking. It was stated that pedestrians also faced a high-risk venture when they traverse these areas.A few days ago, another horrific accident at Number 59 Village on the Corentyne sent shockwaves through Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) when a car returning from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport slammed into a parked lorry on the side of the road. Regardless of what explanation is given, the fact is if the lorry was not parked there then the accident would not have been fatal. One life is lost, and another is fighting for her life.Moreover, when one looks at all the deadly accidents on the Corentyne Highway, a common trend can be discerned – all the vehicles slammed into these parked obstructions. In one of the gruesome accidents, which claimed the lives of five persons, the driver tried in vain to evade a pothole and slammed into an approaching lorry after he tried to avoid hitting the obstructions on the road sides. According to onlookers, if there were no parked obstructions then the driver would have evaded the approaching lorry.There is now an increasing number of grain carts parked on the roadsides. Each gran cart has the capacity for 80 bags of paddy and they have no lights or reflectors and I am sure they are not licensed. I am not against the rice farmers using technology, but they must follow the law and they need to be reminded they should not present a risk to other road users.As an NDC Councillor, I am requesting the Commissioner of Police to investigate and to instruct his officers to enforce the laws so that we can save some of the lives of our citizens.Yours sincerely,Raj Lakhram
Representative Lawrence Morris addresses citizens of his district.30 doctors from Diaspora expected soonThirty (30) Diaspora-based doctors are expected to arrive in the country to address the health needs of residents in District #1, Montserrado County, the district Representative, Lawrence Morris has disclosed.Morris made the disclosure recently following a consultative meeting with residents in four of the townships in the district.He told citizens of his district that the doctors upon their arrival will address most of the health needs of the citizens who cannot afford to go to other health facilities for treatment in the district.According to Mr. Morris, his office has been working closely with partners within the diaspora to see how best to come into the country to render some health services for his people. These professional health practitioners, according to him, will stay in the country for two days. They are expected to conduct eye and dental surgeries, removal of hernias, among other conditions, will be treated.“I am lobbying with my office to ensure that these doctors are taken care of for the two days, “Morris stated.At the same time, he underscored the need for citizens of his district to work together in order to address the many challenges citizens have experienced over the years. “Despite what we have experienced over the years before becoming a lawmaker of this district, within the short period of time we have stayed in office, we are cognizant of the fact that there is more to be done”During the consultative meeting in the township of Louisiana, student D. Morris Flomo from the Elizabeth Tubman Memorial Institute pleaded with the district representative to offer young people scholarships, adding, “if the capacity of the youth of the township is built, they will become a role model for national transformation”.Following the request, honorable Morris pledged 70 scholarships to students based on defined criteria. District #1, which is one of the biggest districts in Montserrado County, has about four townships – Louisiana, Crozierville, Harrisburg and White Plains. Students from surrounding villages also stand to benefit from the scholarships.Representative Morris, however, noted that there are criteria setup for obtaining the scholarships, saying, “We want transparency in the vetting process, and we are going to work with the various township commissioners to ensure that there is no “pick and choose” and that the process starts next academic school year.”The scholarships which are expected to be awarded for the next academic school year will be offered at the Barshall University, he disclosed.Chris Harris is a resident of White PlainsIn a related development, Chris Harris, a resident of White Plains, told the Daily Observer newspaper that there are lots of challenges that confront citizens of the township, and he named the lack of good health delivery services, lack of electricity and good water systems, bad road networks among others.He further explained that over the years citizens of the Township of White Planes have not been able to benefit from the Mount Coffee Hydro. “We are the direct (source) of the hydro that provides current to other inhabitants in Monrovia but we do not have current.”He further described the situation as a disservice to the citizens of the township, noting that there are times when pregnant women in the township die due to the distances they are from maternity services when they are in labor.Harris, however, lauded Representative Morris for touring various townships to know the conditions of the people. “This is the only lawmaker who has ever visited our township; we believe that he can bring the change that we want.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
NEW GPC INC over the weekend launched several new and innovative products at GuyExpo 2016 which will definitely contribute positively to the overall development of the country’s health sector while boosting the health and well-being of all Guyanese.Some of the new and reformulated products displayed at this year’s GuyExpo include Children’s Phanadyl Multi symptom Cold and Flu, BabyCare Gripe Water and VitonePlus Multivitamin.A consumer inspecting Children’s Phanadyl at the NEW GPC boothPasserby inspects Whisper Mouth Wash at the NEW GPC boothPersons visiting the Expo also got the opportunity to see NEW GPC’s Xcite (Sildenafil Citrate) tablets which have been generating a lot of interest in the local and international markets.Xcite is NEW GPC’s brand of performance enhancers which come in 25mg, 50mg and 100mg strengths and are used to treat erectile dysfunction.These products complement the already established line of products and bring the company’s product portfolio closer to 300.Patrons visiting the booth also spoke highly of the Bio-Klenz – an expanding line of hand sanitisers; Shoo insect repellent – which is assuming added importance since the Zika threat; Chlorophan Expectorant and Syrup, custom packaged for and widely used by the Ministry of Public Health and the wide range of prescription tablets.In an invited comment, the Marketing Manager, Trevor Bassoo disclosed that several other products would be launched on both the local and overseas markets in the coming months.He explained that consumers can expect extensions to popular brands like Whizz, Phanadyl and Nutrophos. In the case of Whizz, which is popular in Caricom States, the company would soon release several versions that specifically treat migraines, arthritis, tension headaches, and sinus and allergies.“The new Whizz formulations are without Aspirin and likewise some of the new tonics are sugar/alcohol free and are, therefore, safe for use by diabetics and young children. NEW GPC also has new classes of prescription/therapeutic medicines under development that target chronic and emerging conditions. Examples are Atorvastain – (cholesterol); naproxen (pain and anti-inflammatory) and clopidogrel – (prevent blood clots)”, he said.Over the last few years, NEW GPC has started to rapidly extend its range by manufacturing Captopril (hypertension); Omprezole (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD); Diclofenac (anti-inflammatory); Ciprofloxacin (antibiotic); Nystatin (anti-fungal); Neomycin and Bacitracin (antibiotic) and Ketoconazole (anti-fungal) just to name a few.All of the company’s products are manufactured under strict approval of the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department and the plant is compliant with US Food and Department Agency regulations. …promises more as local, int’l demand soars
Burnley celebrate Burnley retained the bragging rights over east Lancashire rivals Blackburn as Scott Arfield’s second-half winner saw the Clarets come away from Ewood Park with a 1-0 victory.Having gone 35 years without defeating their neighbours, Burnley have now claimed back-to-back derby wins over Rovers.It was a harsh result for the hosts, who were the more creative team throughout, but their prolificacy in front of goal – with Tom Lawrence and Jordan Rhodes both squandering brilliant chances – was eventually punished by Sean Dyche’s men.Burnley registered only two shots on target all game, but Scottish midfielder Arfield made the most of his opening with a fine curling strike just after the hour.Rovers had a gaping opportunity to level moments later, but fluffed their lines again as Craig Conway struck the crossbar late on.The result temporarily lifts Burnley to second in the Championship table, while Blackburn remain in 17th, just two points above the drop zone. 1
Like other parts of your body your hair will change during the nine months of your pregnancy. For most woman hair tends to grow quicker, fuller hair is one benefit for some women and finer for others while some experience hair that is just a little different in some way.It is important to remember that hair can be more fragile and prone to breakage during pregnancy. Do not be alarmed as your hairdresser will be more than delighted to recommend the correct product and services during your pregnancy. Should You Colour Your Hair During Pregnancy?One of the most frequently asked questions that our team at the Centre of Excellence get asked is whether or not you can colour your hair during pregnancy. YES YOU CAN! Evidence suggests that it is safe to colour your hair during pregnancy as very little chemicals in hair dye is actually absorbed into your system and colour has become so much more gentle and advanced in recent times to cater for hair colouring during pregnancy.To combat grey hair and maintain your colour perhaps you should consider a colour that is less of a commitment such as a Balayage; semi- permanent which is still hugely on trend. It is best to try and avoid scalp bleach applications as your skin and scalp can be at its most sensitive during this time. This is why it is important to carry out a skin test prior to any colour service during pregnancy. Patrick feel’s that it is important for women to feel good about themselves and with the advancement of colour recently there is a safe colour formula when used in a professional capacity is suitable during pregnancy.Dry HairVery often during pregnancy hair can lose moisture, expecting mothers often visit us for a hydrating in-salon treatment that will pump some much needed moisture back into the hair. We would also recommend that you treat yourself to a good quality shampoo and conditioner for home use that is moisture based if needed.Keep Heat To A MinimumYour body temperature can rise during pregnancy so in order to be more comfortable try to blow-dry on a low setting. We would also recommend that you dry your hair in an airy room with a window open if possible to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. New StyleMany expecting mothers want to try a new hairstyle and go for a complete restyle which is fantastic; but just remember to choose a style that will compliment your face shape and also be mindful of choosing a style that will be low maintenance after the baby is born, because by all account you will be busy! A good in-depth consultation with your stylist will help you decide on a look that is suitable for you.So to all you future mammy’s there is no reason why you can’t look and feel beautiful with your hair at any time.PATRICK GILDEA’S HAIR TIP – HAVING BEAUTIFUL HAIR DURING PREGNANCY was last modified: October 15th, 2015 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Planting ProgressOn our farm in SE Nebraska corn planting is complete and beans are underway. The balance of the central corn states are making progress on corn plantings and are likely on pace with the five-year average. While north of I-90 weather is limiting planting. This is still within normal range, but if cold and wet conditions continues to linger then upside potential in the market is possible. WheatSome are suggesting that wheat may be damaged by cold temperatures, which may motivate farmers to put it up for hay, or tear it up and plant it to corn. Others say the cold weather may reduce test weight but increase protein levels. There is still a lot of wheat in storage from last year with low protein and heavy test weight, this could ultimately provide for great blending opportunities and limit any upside potential. Without a wheat rally it will be very difficult for corn futures to move significantly higher.Lack of droughtFor the first time in seven years the drought monitor shows no extreme drought conditions across the U.S. Once showers forecasted for the mid-south region move through, there will be few, if any, dry areas across the Corn Belt. In other words, weather conditions for the 2017 crop look nearly perfect to start, which is limiting price increases.2016 option tradesAs I will finish my 2016 options positions in late June, I compared the number of trades and profits I made this year to previous five. Interestingly, I made the most options trades in 2016; however, it’s worth noting that frequency of trading doesn’t correlate to increased profits.YearOptions tradedPremium per Bu.201638$.2520155$.0220145$.01201321$.01201217$.08201122$.10 Why is there so much variance year to year?Each marketing year is different and requires different strategy approaches. What works in one year, doesn’t always work in the next. This year the market stayed mostly sideways. Because of this, trades with shorter time periods and increased frequency were more profitable. While I never had more than 33% of my crop tied up in options throughout the year, I managed to collect 25 cents of trading options premium for all of my production bushels. I’m very happy with those results.Understanding the impact of broker commissionsWith so many options trades I mention above, it’s important to take into consideration broker fees when determining profitability. This is often dismissed by farmers as a small fee, but if not considered can make an impact on the bottom line.Two weeks ago May corn was trading around $3.60. I had previously sold a May $3.75 corn call for 11 cents give or take. On a particular day two weeks ago the $3.75 May call was trading for 3/8 of a cent to buy it back. I did NOT buy it back for what seems like nearly nothing. A farmer questioned my reasoning on that day, saying that weather could send the market higher than $3.75 in a matter of days. While I understood his point, and I hoped he was right, I still didn’t buy it back. The reason — my broker and CBOT exchange fees along with the 3/8 of a cent to buy back the call would have totaled nearly 1 cent per bushel.Seeing this individual trade outside of my marketing plan may seem shortsighted. Why wouldn’t someone do a sound trade that reduces risk exposure for 1 cent? The main reason: this trade only represents 10% of my 2016 crop production. I still have 85% of my 2017 crop production to sell and I need higher than current prices to be profitable. So, if the market swings above $3.75, and the worst decision I’ve made was to not buy back a call for 1 cent, I’m fine. When thinking about the big picture, I’m willing to sacrifice a loss on 10% of my crop when 85% of my next crop will benefit from that loss.(The call in question above was part of a straddle trade, which also involved a sold put position. Generally speaking when doing straddles it is usually best to let the call expire worthless while a case could easily be made to repurchase the short put position for less than a penny because the nature of a short put position can make a farmer have to buy corn which adds risk.)The total cost of commissionsUnfortunately, the market settled well under the strike price, so I made the right decision not to buy the call back. Often farmers don’t account for commissions in their marketing plan and don’t even realize what they are missing because individually they are usually small and seen as the “cost of doing business.” But, those commissions can really add up for farmers. For example, in the last year I’ve had 15 options expire worthless and eight that I let get exercised by choice (turning automatically into a futures position). If we assume each of those 23 trades were one contract each, I saved over $1,000 in commissions by not buying any of those options back. That $1,000 is a lot of money to pay for commissions on trades that are not likely even needed, despite the small reduction in perceived risk.Conflicts of interestFarmer’s also don’t always recognize the conflict of interest between brokers and their farmer clients. Generally, brokers make commissions based upon the number of trades executed. In other words, the more trades made, the more brokers make. To be clear, I’m not suggesting that most brokers intentionally make unethical decisions to increase their profits. For instance, in the example above it would be easy to justify buying back the $3.75 option two weeks before expiration because it would reduce my risk exposure. I’m just saying that farmers need to include the cost of doing a trade into their decision, and I doubt most brokers detail that out for them as to what and how fees are applied or why the farmer might not want to make the trade at all.Broker fee structuresFee structures vary from broker to broker. There is no set standard. Some charge the full “in and out” of an option upfront because they know some farmers will ride trades to expiration and not get out of them. Others charge more for options than futures (for the same reason). Unfortunately, I’ve also seen fee structures that were so strange and confusing that I would never consider working with a particular broker. I urge farmers to look carefully at their broker’s fees to make sure they are understood. Also, farmers should be wary of brokers who recommend excessive trades, suggest highly speculative trades, or do not fully explain not only the potential benefit of each trade, but also the potential concerns.Identifying good brokersPersonally, I have a great relationship with my broker and have worked with him for 10 years. I feel confident he watches my back and advises me when there is a potential of wasting money on commissions. For example, when I need to make a trade and he identifies a way to avoid extra commissions, he lets me know. The best brokers understand that it’s more about having a long-term relationship than making a quick buck. If both the broker and the farmer are making money, it’s a win-win. The expense of going aloneI’m also not saying that farmers should attempt to do options trading without the support of a reputable broker, even if that means slightly different or more expensive fee structures. Far from it. Trading options is very complicated and farmers would likely make more expensive mistakes going alone that would cost then more than the commissions of a broker. Sometimes you do get what you pay for. That being said, it’s important that farmers understand that brokers and farmers have different priorities and objectives. Brokers usually think like speculators and weigh each trade on its individual merits. I recommend that farmers aggregate all of their trades to an overall strategy, not just a few ideas. By doing that, most farmers would likely move from a strategy full of speculation to a less risky long-term strategy that will generally be more profitable. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. 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Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand scored a crushing victory over Shakhriayar Mamedyartov of Azerbaijan in the eighth round to share the lead with Norway’s Magnus Carlsen in the Tata Steel chess tournament in Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands.Having outclassed Vladimir Kramnik of Russia as black in the previous round, Anand, a five-time winner, continued his demolition act and grounded Mamaedyarov who currently holds the third position in the world rankings.The Indian ace took his tally to 5.5 points out of a possible eight and is matched only by reigning world champion Carlsen who himself played a fine game to beat Richard Rapport of Hungary.With two leaders in front, Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, Ding Liren of China and local star Anish Giri are right on their heels, tailing by half a point.Temour Radjabov of Azerbaijan is in sole sixth spot on 4.5 points while other Indian Vidit Gujrathi shares the seventh spot having four points in all. Five rounds still remain in the first super tournament of the year.Wijk aan Zee has been Anand’s favourite hunting ground for over two decades and he seems to be again hitting his top form here. Mamaedyarov was outwitted in all departments of the game.The Caro Kann defense by the Azerbaijan GM met with the topical advance variation and Anand was in control after a slight inaccuracy by Mamedyarov on 12th move itself.Anand increased his advantage in a flurry thereafter and struck in the centre with a smart pawn sacrifice. Mamedyarov was outdone thereafter as the Indian temporarily left his rook in the middle of the board and some moves later another tactic on the same square ended the game. It was over in 29 moves.advertisementCarlsen was also in his elements as he avenged his defeat against Rapport a couple of years back in the same round of the same tournament. The Norwegian was in control right through in the Sicilian Taimanov game as white and squeezed out black’s resources.Gujrathi played out a draw with Anish Giri. The fact these two also work together did not make things exciting as Giri opted for a Queen’s Gambit declined and Gujrathi did not do much. The players reached a rook and pawns endgame soon and the draw was a just result.Vladimir Kramnik suffered another defeat as he lost to Jan Krzysztof Duda of Poland while Vladimir Fedoseev defeated American champion Sam Shankland in the other decisive games of eighth round.Andrey Esipenko of Russia proved superior to R Praggnanandhaa in the battle of young Grandmasters held in the challengers section being held simultaneously. Mikhail Chigaev of Russia was in front on six points out of eight rounds while Praggnanandhaa was on 3.5 points needing some victories in the final lap.Results Masters Round 8: V Anand (Ind, 5.5) beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 3); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 5.5) beat Richard Rapport (Hun, 3); Vidit Gujrathi (Ind, 4) drew with Anish Giri (Ned, 5); Duda Jan Krzysztof (Pol, 4) beat Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2); Ding Liren (Chn, 5) drew with Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 5); Jorden Van Foreest (Ned, 3.5) drew with Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 4.5); Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus, 3.5) beat Samuel Shankland (Usa, 3.5).Also Watch: