In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Balkman has Santos’ full support in Beermen return Wozniacki was facing 15th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in a late match on the red clay of the Foro Italico.Keys also withdrew from the doubles competition, where she was partnered with Venus Williams.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 crownLast year in Rome, Halep rolled her ankle in the final and lost a lead and the championship to Elina Svitolina.Halep will next play either U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens or seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Romania’ Simona Halep reacts after winning a point to Japan’s Naomi Osaka, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP)ROME — Simona Halep’s hold on the No. 1 ranking received a boost when American opponent Madison Keys withdrew from their third-round match at the Italian Open on Thursday due to a right rib injury.Halep needed to reach the quarterfinals and progress further than No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki to hold onto the top spot, and she has accomplished the first task.ADVERTISEMENT Svitolina also reached the quarterfinals, overcoming a poor start in beating 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina 0-6, 6-3, 6-2. She’ll next face either former No. 1 Angelique Kerber or Maria Sakkari of Greece.This is the last major warmup for the French Open, which starts in 10 days.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina
Constitutionally mandated electionsHaving been unable to reach a compromise with the coalition Government regarding a possible date for the next General and Regional Elections, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said the only option left is to internationalise and lobby international organisations, countries and bodies for their support.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo maintained that there is nothing wrong with doing so. The former Guyanese Head of State said as a patriot, it bothers him that “we can’t resolve our own issues.” The Opposition Leader said he has exhausted every possible means available to him to try to work on a solution to the matter.“Sometimes when you meet all the good-faith efforts and you don’t have a party that is willing to engage like this Government… they started off by saying that we respect the passage of the No-confidence Motion and now they are coming up with all spurious reasons why it shouldn’t apply.”Jagdeo said he felt that President David Granger and his Government were never keen to listen to his party’s concerns, and was insisting that it is business as usual. “In the clear face of a crisis, how do you make a breakthrough because they don’t listen to us. I’ve asked for several meetings. You would recall the two meetings I’ve had how far apart they came,” he told a recent media conference.In addition to that, the Opposition Leader pointed to the fact that when he met with the President, he had made a proposal to him. And instead of consulting with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to find out whether his proposal was realistic, instead he repeated the same old excuses.“Clearly, that is not engagement and when in countries people at the national level refuse to respect the Constitution as they have done in two cases; the GECOM Chairman’s (James Patterson) appointment being one. How do you at the domestic level get them to comply, except approach the international community for sanctions,” the Opposition Leader said, giving his reason for doing so.Jagdeo pointed to 2014 when President Granger, who was the then Opposition Leader, called for sanctions for Guyana when the issue was not even close to what has transpired now. “… That situation that was practically harmless, when (Donald) Ramotar pirogue the Parliament because he had the right to do so.”Besides that, the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) General Secretary said there is also an international principle when it comes to issues such as human rights, free and fair elections, and freedom and universal values. He said many countries have in some way or the other accepted these core values.“The guardians of which must be the multilateral institutions, the global community as well as the domestic politicians and if democracy or human rights and freedom are infringed upon at the local level in these areas, then you have to seek the support for these universal values,” he asserted.Jagdeo will be seeking to get personal sanctions against the President, Prime Minister, Ministers, the GECOM Chairman and Government-appointed GECOM Commissioners. “We have seen sanctions of various kinds done by the international community on organisations, Government or personal actions… I am more in favour of personal sanctions because when you sanction a country, the people all suffer.”Jagdeo said he will be comfortable if the Commissioners are banned from travelling to certain international jurisdictions and their bank accounts are frozen. He said, too, that he will be seeking sanctions against the Executive when it becomes illegal after the March 19 deadline.Jagdeo said he has met with the Carter Center twice already and has made this known his position.
When the cars crossed the finish line, the cheating scandal that ensnared five teams and tainted preparations for the Great American Race was forgotten – at least for a while. By allowing Harvick and Martin to race to the checkered flag, giving Harvick his first Daytona 500 victory and dropping Martin to 0-for-23, NASCAR created a whole new controversy. “We get criticized for everything we do, and this is no exception,” competition director Robin Pemberton said Monday. “If we throw the flag too early, people are mad that we kept Harvick from winning. If we throw it too late, people are mad that Mark Martin didn’t win. “It’s hard. It’s always hard. All we can do is make the best decisions that we can in that moment.” But in that moment NASCAR slightly changed its own rules. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a split-second decision that NASCAR could get neither right nor wrong. As the cars tumbled across the track in the Daytona 500’s closing moments, series officials had to make a tough choice. They could throw a caution flag immediately, giving Mark Martin a sentimental victory while denying Kevin Harvick a chance to race to the finish. Or they could let them race on – even as a seven-car demolition derby exploded behind them – in a frenzied final stretch that will be remembered as one of the best in NASCAR history. NASCAR went for the drama. In the old days, drivers raced to the flag when the caution came out. That practice was stopped in 2003, when NASCAR determined it was too dangerous to allow speeding cars to zip past an accident scene. Now, the field is frozen and all cars must slow down when a caution comes out. Multi-car mayhem generally warrants a caution. But as Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon bumped and banged across the track just a few hundred yards from the finish, NASCAR let the racing go on. It wasn’t until Clint Bowyer flipped, crossing the finish line on his roof as flames ripped through his car, that NASCAR finally waved the yellow flag. By then, it was too late for Martin. Harvick already had nosed ahead, beating him across the finish line by the length of his car hood. The .020-second margin of victory was the closest in the history of electronic scoring at Daytona. Martin initially was irate over his radio, criticizing NASCAR for not throwing the caution. “I can’t believe they waited!” he wailed. Still, he refused to blast NASCAR for its decision – which might have cost Martin his last shot at a Daytona 500 victory. He’s easing into retirement and is racing a partial schedule this season, with no firm plans for his future. “No one wants to hear a grown man cry,” the 48-year-old Martin said. “I’m not going to cry about it. This is the end. They made the decision. That’s what we’re going to live with.” That’s just how it goes in NASCAR, where the rules can be a moving target and enforcement is almost always arbitrary. On any other lap at any other race, it’s likely the caution would have come out the moment Busch and Kenseth made contact. Arguing that it was OK because it was the last lap isn’t right, either. In 2005, NASCAR froze the field on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway because of a spinning car way behind the leaders. Tony Stewart crossed the finish line first, but Dale Jarrett got the win because he was ahead when the field was frozen. Different circumstances lead to different interpretations. It’s why in a week that saw six people thrown out of the garage for cheating, Jeff Gordon received only a slap on the wrist when his car failed an inspection. It’s why Elliott Sadler and Scott Riggs were penalized for infractions that car owner Ray Evernham insisted are not even addressed in the rule book. And it’s why Michael Waltrip wasn’t kicked out of the Daytona 500 after NASCAR found a fuel additive in his new Toyota Camry. The transgression was so blatant Pemberton said he was personally insulted. NASCAR cracked down on Waltrip with stiff penalties, but his presence in the race infuriated rival drivers. The one constant of Speedweeks? Every incident proved it’s past time for NASCAR to have a very clear rule book. Otherwise, everything will always be arbitrary – even fantastic finishes like Sunday’s. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It is unknown whether they were thrown by suspects on foot or in a vehicle. Luckily none of them caused a fire in the residence or yard, and the residents at home at the time were uninjured. The incident occurred just 20 minutes before the third reports of shots fired in a Fort St. John building in a week. At approximately 11 p.m. shots were fired at two hotel rooms at the Northwoods Inn, which followed shots fired in the Marquis Centre apartment building early Sunday morning and the previous Monday morning. RCMP has not commented on the possibility of a connection between any of the attacks.- Advertisement –
1 Everton Ribeiro has confirmed Manchester United were interested in signing him before the Brazilian star chose to join Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ahli.The playmaker was high on the list of many clubs’ transfer targets during the January transfer window after impressing for Cruzeiro in Brazil.AC Milan and Monaco both made enquires after the the 25-year-old, while Manchester United also expressed an interest.However, despite the best efforts of the European trio, in the end the Brazil international sealed a £7m move to United Arab Emirates side Al Ahli on deadline day.“Yes, there were some offers and discussions with Manchester United, Monaco and AC Milan,” said Ribeiro.“But none of those offers convinced Cruzeiro and they didn’t let me go.”
Real Madrid have named club legend Zinedine Zidane as manager of Real Madrid following the sacking of Rafa Benitez.Club president Florentino Perez announced the change on Monday evening, despite Madrid sitting third in the table, four points off league leaders Atletico Madrid.Zidane, who previously served as assistant manager while Carlo Ancelotti was at the helm, has been in charge of Real Madrid’s ‘B’ side this season and was linked with taking over from Benitez in November following the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona.The job is the first managerial job of Zidane’s career and some fans are not so certain he has the experience required to lead on of the biggest teams in the world.See below for the best reactions to Zidane’s appointment! 1 Zinedine Zidane
Malin Senior and reservesCloich Cheann Fhaola 0-12 Malin 0-12Malin drew away in Cloughaneely at the weekend, they trailed 0-07 – 0-04 at half time with the team unlucky seeing Brendan McLaughlin hitting the woodwork. They fell further behind in the second half by five points but managed to rally and in a tight finish they went ahead by a point before falling behind by a point, needing Brendan McLaughlin’s late free to level the scores and secure a hard earned draw. The team and scorers were: Darragh McLaughlin, Michael McLaughlin, Conor Farren, Gary Farren, Kieron McColgan, Declan Walsh (0-01), Paul McLaughlin, Anthony Kelly (0-02, 1f), Christopher McLaughlin, Stephen McLaughlin (0-01), Dan McDaid, Brendan McLaughlin (0-02,1f), Matthew Byrne (0-06,1f) Seamus Houghton and Damien Harkin. The reserves lost on a scoreline of Cloich Cheann Fhaola 1-11 Malin 0-05. Philidelphia Cup The reserve team overcame Urris in the quarter finals of the Philadelphia cup last Monday and now play against Steelstown in Muff on Wednesday at 8.15. All support welcome.Malin Gaa Summer CampThe Annual Cul Camp is taking place all week from 11th-15th July from 10:00am – 2.30pm in Connolly Park. Any questions regarding the camp please contact Maria McLaughlin(F) on 087 7763679.Night At The Races The club are holding a Night at the Races on Saturday 16th of July upstairs in the clubhouse. Horses are available to buy now off any senior and reserve player and managemet as well as from any committe member.Sliabh Sneacht Sponsered Climb There will be a Sliabh Sneacht sponsered climb on Saturday the 23rd of July in aid of our minor board. Buses will leave the clubhouse at 10:00am with the climb starting at 11:00am. Sponser cards will be available through all underage teams in the coming week. Everyone welcome on the day and all children are asked to be accompanied by an adult. Underage The minor girls have training every Monday at 8:00pm. All girls from aged 15 upwards are welcome to attend. Matches will start from mid July. This is the first year for a ladies minor side. The under 12 girls lost the first leg of their semi-final at home against Urris and now play them away where a loss will see their season end but a win could see them advance to the Inishowen final. The girls under 10’s finals day is on the Saturday morning of the 23rd of July with the girl’s under 8’s finals day on Friday evening the 22nd of July. The under 12 boys have made it through to the Gerry O’Neill (15-a-side) finals with a victory last Sunday over Carndonagh on a scoreline of Malin 4-14 Carndonagh 3-16. The B team are also through to the B final after beating Moville last Tuesday. The club hosted a very successful Stonecliff Developments Under 10 Go Games Finals last Saturday with both our under 10 teams unlucky to be beaten in thier finals. These boys have put in an excellent effort since the start of the year and there was some great skills on display from all teams. The club would like to thank all teams involved and to all the volunteers who helped on the day.Good Luck The club would like to wish Donegal senior and minor teams the best of luck in the Ulster finals on Sunday.GAA NEWS: MALIN SECURE A POINT AWAY IN FALCARRAGH was last modified: July 11th, 2016 by John2Share 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)
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants’ ability to stay in contention for one of the National League’s two wild card spots might hinge on whether they can turn things around at their home park.Yes, that’s a bit unusual for a team that’s averaged over 45 wins per season at China Basin over the last decade.Thursday’s game against the New York Mets was the first of seven straight at home for the Giants, who came into the game with a dismal 20-26 record at Oracle Park. Among NL teams, only the Miami Marlins …
As business and government leaders from across the globe gather in Abuja, Nigeria, for the World Economic Forum on Africa, KPMG International’s global head of corporate citizenship Michael Hastings reflects on reasons to be hopeful about the future of the continent. People in an internet café in Kampala, Uganda. “The communication revolution is a boon for Africa,” writes Michael Hastings. “The rise of social media will lead to more transparency and more sophisticated forms of democracy.” (Image: World Bank) • Michael Hastings Global head of corporate citizenship KPMG International +44 20 7311 8370 Michael.Hastings@KPMG.co.uk kpmg.com/citizenship • How Africa tweets • Rwanda finds a path out of history of horror • Death penalty declines in Africa • Diaspora dollars spur African development • Africa’s green revolution ready to grow. Just add investmentMichael HastingsWhen I meet young Africans who have graduated from overseas universities, I’m struck by their excitement for Africa. They have a vision for their countries of origin, and a passion to return to, and invest in, their homelands. This new desire for engagement is a sign of incredible optimism and hope. There are many other signs of hope.1. A communication revolution, a data revolutionThe communication revolution is a boon for Africa. The rise of social media will lead to more transparency and more sophisticated forms of democracy, both in Africa and elsewhere. Citizens now have extremely powerful tools to hold leaders to account and ensure funding is correctly channelled. The communication revolution has spawned a data revolution, and mobile phones will help Africa catch up with other continents in the gathering of data. Africa sorely needs more, and better, data collection. I’m confident that new technologies will help level the playing fields and give poorer countries a chance to generate the data they need for better decision-making. In 2001, only 25-million Africans had a mobile phone subscription; today, Africa has over 650-million subscriptions.2. Africa: the Silicon Valley of bankingAccording to Carol Realini, California-based mobile-banking innovator and executive chairman of Obopay, “Africa is the Silicon Valley of banking. The future of banking is being defined here … It’s going to change the world.” Mobile phones spread information about agriculture and healthcare to far-flung areas. The Grameen Foundation is going further and using mobile technology to gather extensive data from farmers; the mobile phone is the ultimate data-capturing device. More and better data is sorely needed in Africa to ensure informed policy and investment decisions. For too long the rural poor have been used as tools in an ideological battle between left and right. The mobile phone has the potential to integrate them into the mainstream economy and into the body politic.3. Consistent sustainable development leads to prosperityAfrica has the opportunity to learn from the developmental mistakes of the more established countries. One such mistake was to take a narrow reading on the data. Per capita GDP is now considered a blunt instrument for determining if a country is on the right trajectory. The trend is towards a holistic approach (such as the Legatum Prosperity Index), whereby individual well-being is as important as raw wealth. According to Legatum, prosperous societies are those that afford their citizens good education, entrepreneurial opportunity, freedom and social integration – among other things. Countries become prosperous by consistently investing in sustainable development over a long period.This more nuanced approach to prosperity helps explain the concern that Africa’s growth is mainly attributable to the extractive industries. Yes, this constitutes economic growth and development, but how sustainable is it, and can it be considered quality development? How do we ensure that mining wealth leads to prosperity? These are questions KPMG is wrestling with. We advise government, the private sector and investors to take a long-term approach. Short-termism was one of the sins of colonialism: it takes time to build strong institutions, which can counter the tendency towards centralisation of power. America is rich and powerful because of the early establishment of property rights, a strong judicial system, a sound and fair system of taxation, and representative government reaching down to village level.4. The power of individual libertyIn many African countries there is growing trust in the power of individual liberty. Certain African governments seeking to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of their young and energetic populations have downsized. Cleaner, leaner governments are driving growth on the continent and helping to boost the private sector. Nigeria is a prime example of this, as is Ghana. I mention examples at the risk of annoying those I leave out, but we must not forget that one of the most sustained and ordered development stories is Europe after the Second World War. When the countries of that continent stopped fighting and channelled their competitive energy into commerce, the results were spectacular. It’s very encouraging when Africa looks to Africa for examples of economic success and technological innovation. Rwanda has, in 20 years, gone from devastating genocide and war to a progressive, entrepreneurial, tech-savvy dynamo, posting record growth. Countries that get their policy house in order can attract investment from neighbours. Successful African countries pull others along in their wake.5. Bring back the dignity of the landCountries that develop institutions, with roots deep in the African soil, will build wealth for their citizens. Agriculture is an important source of income, and too many African countries have to import food. This is a drain on the national finances and undermines national confidence. Infrastructure development, incentives and secure property rights could reverse the trend and usher in a food boom on the continent. Farming demands a certain commitment to land and community: the same cannot always be said for mining. Further, agriculture employs 65% of Africa’s labour force. Farm yields in Africa are relatively low – productivity gains in agriculture directly benefit the hundreds of millions of Africans who work the soil. Promoting the development of agriculture is the quickest way to build prosperity. We must bring back the dignity of the land. African self-reliance depends on it.6. Better data for better educationWe must enhance the dignity of the teaching profession. School enrolment has improved dramatically in Africa, and this is to be celebrated. But the quality of instruction is of concern. Again, qualitative data will help. Children attending school is not enough, there needs to be the expectation of high standards. Improved data collection will help ascertain areas of weakness in the school system.7. Knowledge equals power and wealthIf it is true that knowledge equates to power and wealth, then Africa can look forward to an exciting future. No continent stands to gain as much from new technologies, which allow for the exchange of information, as Africa. Soon, every single African will have the world’s entire fund of knowledge in the palm of his or her hand. As a key knowledge resource to African governments, and outside investors, we will play our part by developing systems of knowledge gathering and analysis to help African countries join the world’s most prosperous nations.Michael Hastings, CBE, is global head of corporate citizenship, KPMG International. This article was originally published on the World Economic Forum blog.