G.E.M. jams with Daniel Ricciardo

Hong Kong singer and F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo wow fans as they show off their skills with the drums

POPULAR: About 700 fans turned up at Tag Heuer's free Don't Crack Under Pressure showcase to catch G.E.M.and Daniel Ricciardo (right) on stage.

G.E.M. stands for Get Everybody Moving, and she showed off her groove in a new way - on the drums.

The 25-year-old Hong Kong singer, whose real name is Gloria Tang, wowed fans at Ion Orchard's outdoor event space ION², on Wednesday evening, performing a drum piece with Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, who is in town for the Singapore Grand Prix (GP).

The pair thumped out a rousing chorus on the drums, which lit up with colourful LED lights, and were accompanied by local percussion group The Urban Drum Crew.

G.E.M. and Ricciardo's performance was part of Swiss watch Tag Heuer's free Don't Crack Under Pressure showcase, which was attended by 700 fans.

Both G.E.M. and Ricciardo are ambassadors for the brand, which sponsors the F1 Red Bull Racing Team that Ricciardo belongs to.

The duo also unveiled Tag Heuer's new limited edition F1 Red Bull Racing Team watch at the event.

G.E.M., known for her impressive vocal range and piano skills, told emcee Rosalyn Lee that she and Ricciardo had practised drumming for "just two minutes" before the event.

"It was fun meeting Daniel at rehearsal. He's a really cool and kind guy," G.E.M. told The New Paper after the showcase.

"He's actually not aggressive at all, so I can't believe he's an F1 driver," she joked.

The Singapore GP will be G.E.M.'s second experience watching the F1 races. She attended the Monaco GP in May.

"It was interesting as it was the first time I got to watch the race. I found it really amazing how (the mechanics) can change the wheels of a car in seconds," she said.

Asked if she would like to drive an F1 car, she said: "Not now. But it's something I would like to learn."

G.E.M.'s set was only three songs long, but it made an impression on her fans, who had turned up in full force to show their support.

Rain earlier in the afternoon had threatened to dampen the mood of the open-air event, but the skies were clear when G.E.M. took the stage at about 7.20pm.

PERFECT

"It's too bad her set was so short, but her performance was perfect," G.E.M. Club Malaysia leader Ong Lai, 23, told TNP.

"She looked very cute and it was nice seeing her play the drums, too."

The restaurant service employee, who had travelled here from her home in Penang to catch the showcase, said 60 members from both G.E.M's Singaporean and Malaysian fan clubs had attended to the show.

Among them was Singaporean brokerage analyst Daphne Toh, who has attended four of G.E.M.'s local events, including her last autograph session here in July to promote her Heartbeat album.

The 25-year-old said: "G.E.M. was amazing tonight. We were really excited that she sang her new single The Brightest Star In The Night Sky, as we've only seen her perform it on TV so far."

The love between G.E.M. and her fans is mutual, as the singer joked on stage that she has been to Singapore "about seven or eight thousand times", but keeps coming back because the local fans are so special to her.

"They came out to support me today and were so hyped up, even though this was not my concert," G.E.M. said.

"I'm very grateful to them and will definitely be back in Singapore when I tour next year."


It's too bad her set was so short, but her performance was perfect.

- G.E.M. Club Malaysia leader Ong Lai

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The PS4 Slim is light and better for the environment

PS4 Slim is lighter - on your wallet and the environment too

There is a new battle of the bulge brewing between Xbox and PlayStation.

Last week, Sony announced the release of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) Slim - as powerful as the PS4, butmore than 30 per cent smaller, 0.4kg lighter and 28 per cent more power efficient.

More importantly, it is $50 cheaper than its predecessor at $449 for the 500GB model, and $70 cheaper at $499 for the 1TB one. It is available in Singapore from tomorrow.

This follows last month's launch of Microsoft's Xbox One S in the US. It is 40 per cent smaller than the Xbox One. No word on a Singapore launch date, though.

Unlike the PS4 Slim, the Xbox One S is capable of playing 4K-resolution games and video, and even comes with a 4K Blu-ray player.

Sony also announced a higher-end PS4 Pro, which has more powerful processing and graphics capabilities to support 4K games and video streaming. It will retail for $599 in November.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has a more powerful Xbox in the works - called Project Scorpio for now - which is likely to trounce its rivals in processing power. It will be launched only at the end of next year.

We got our hands on the PS4 Slim and here are our first impressions.

SIZE

The PlayStation 4 Slim measures 265mm x 39mm x 288mm and weighs 2.1kg.

Compare this to the current PS4, which is 275mm x 53mm x 305mm and weighs 2.5kg.

You can really feel the 16 per cent decrease in weight, especially when you carry it with one hand.

AESTHETICS

The PS4 Slim's finish is fully matte, compared to the matte-and-gloss look of its predecessor. Also missing is the light strip in the centre of the console, which lets gamers know whether their machine is turned on.

Sony has also replaced the touch-sensitive power and eject buttons with physical buttons.

Touch buttons look sexier, but physical buttons are more practical as you can avoid accidentally turning the console on.

POWER

The Slim sports the same chipset and RAM as its bigger brother. So if you are looking for an upgrade in terms of speed, you might want to take a look at the PS4 Pro instead, which comes with a 4.2-teraflops graphics engine instead of the 1.8 teraflops in the existing PS4 and PS4 Slim.

However, the PS4 Slim is 28 per cent more energy efficient. This means that it runs cooler and there is less fan noise.

OTHER KEY FEATURES

Missing in the PS4 Slim is the optical out port, which is useful for gamers who want to output their gaming audio to a higher-fidelity home theatre system instead of relying on the standard HDMI output.

The hard disk bay has also been relocated so it is easily removed by gamers who want to upgrade the internal hard disk themselves.

The PS4 Slim also comes with the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds.

ACCESSORIES

The new DualShock 4 controller that comes with the PS4 Slim is largely similar to its predecessor except that it has an extra light strip at the touchpad so that gamers can see the lighting indicators without flipping over the controller.

COMPATIBILITY WITH GAMES AND APPS

All PS4 (2015) games are compatible with the PS4 Slim and the transition across both consoles is seamless. Likewise, games from a couple of years back can be played on your new PS4 Slim.

VERDICT

Compared to the PS4, the PS4 Slim is largely the same machine, but with a smaller footprint and a sweeter price tag.

With the launch of the PS4 Slim and the upcoming PS4 Pro, Sony will phase out the standard PS4 models. That means the PS4 Slim will become the de facto PS4 model, and the PS4 Pro will be the higher-end version.

If you are looking to upgrade your current PS4, waiting for the Pro might be a better idea if you are willing to fork out extra bucks or are a big fan of 4K videos on Netflix or 4K gaming.

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$178m cash seized from his home

Arrest of Russia's anti-corruption chief a blow to Putin's campaign against graft

PAPER TRAIL: The cash found in the apartment in Moscow is estimated to weigh about 1.3 tonnes.
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About PAssion Children's Football

The PAssion Children's Football (PACF) programme provides a platform for parents and children aged five to 12 to spend quality family time and bond with the community through football.

Initiated by the People's Association and Community Sports Clubs (CSC) in 2004, PACF also aims to promote an active lifestyle.

About 2,000 children and 500 parent volunteers are part of this programme.

Aside from exam and fasting periods, trainings are held weekly at 50 different CSCs island-wide.

Annual fees for children start from $45. This includes insurance coverage, a training T-shirt and a football.

Interested participants can register at any of the 50 community clubs listed at www.pa.gov.sg/Our_Programmes/Community_Sports, or call 6340-5299.

Guardiola fires up Man City

Aguero, Guendogan show enough to suggest club belong in the top echelons of European football

"I’m really happy with the new manager. He is one of the managers who has helped me most in my career. I’ve improved my game near the box and scoring goals. With Guardiola, I will score more goals." - Sergio Aguero (above), on Pep Guardiola

GROUP C

MAN CITY 4

(Sergio Aguero 8, 28-pen, 77, 
Kelechi Iheanacho 90+1)

B M'GLADBACH 0

Manchester City have a new conductor.

He waves the baton to an irresistible beat.

He charms the audience with verve and finesse.

His 90-minute performance yesterday morning (Singapore time) left the Etihad Stadium faithful spellbound and in love.

Pep Guardiola is who they have been waiting for all along.


Pep Guardiola. PHOTO: AFP

City swept aside Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0 yesterday morning (Singapore time), and the crowd were carried off their feet as Guardiola began his maiden Champions League campaign with the club with a bang.

Sergio Aguero led the charge with a superb hat-trick, before Kelechi Iheanacho buried one himself late in the game.

This win was so comprehensive.


"He is an amazing player and we are so happy to have him here." - Man City boss Pep Guardiola, on Ilkay Guendogan (above). PHOTO: AFP

Their previous struggles in the continental competition are well documented.

Under Manuel Pellegrini, they made gradual progress, and last season they went all the way to the semi-finals for the first time after twice being eliminated in the Round of 16, and twice in the group stage under Roberto Mancini.

But their Abu Dhabi owners, who from the start made known their objective of world domination, wanted more.

In Guardiola, they possibly have found the final piece of the jigsaw.

The Champions League is the Spaniard's stage.

In seven campaigns in the competition as manager, he has never failed to reach at least the last four.

Twice, he won it with Barcelona.

After the systematic dismantling of Moenchengladbach, City fans will be convinced the 45-year-old also has the weapons to finally break down the Champions League wall.

There is Aguero, the Argentine striker of such pedigree that any attempt at a breakthrough without him would be unthinkable.

Three times he sliced the German outfit apart to take his all-time Champions League tally for City to 20 goals.

In the eighth minute, he stole in at the near post to stab in the opener, before netting from the spot to hand the hosts a 2-0 half-time lead.

MASTERCLASS

His masterclass was completed 13 minutes from time, when he rounded goalkeeper Yann Sommer to slot the ball into an empty net.

The hitman looked at home on club football's biggest stage, but a new City star was also born.

On his debut, Ilkay Guendogan sizzled in the No. 10 role vacated by the injured David Silva.

And the 25-year-old midfielder showed just why Guardiola made him his first signing at City, ahead of other high-profile options like Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante and Toni Kroos.

His energetic style and brilliant passing fit nicely into Guardiola's meticulously crafted mould, while his link-up play against the visitors was crucial in the final third.

Brought down by Christoph Kramer for the penalty which Aguero converted, Guendogan was playing his first game in four months and there is so much more to come.

And the list of five-star performers for City goes on.

Kevin de Bruyne's speed and direct running were painful reminders to Chelsea, who had him in their stable but then foolishly released him.

Raheem Sterling's rejuvenation after a poor first season under Pellegrini was another positive takeaway.

John Stones, the much-criticised centre back thought to be pretty but ineffective, looked an elegant and composed figure.

Playing with the width that Guardiola demands, City displayed remarkable urgency and concentration and, crucially, a balance that revealed close to no weaknesses.

The Citizens oozed poise and panache.

At Moenchengladbach's expense, Guardiola rolled on to his seventh straight win, firing a warning to their Group C rivals and his former club Barcelona, who impressively thumped Celtic 7-0 just a day earlier.

After the match, Guardiola said: "Last season with Manuel (Pellegrini) was the first time in the semi-final.

"The target is to be there every season."

It must be music to the ears for City fans.

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