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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacers’ Evans to sit out game after being late for practice Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 FILE – In this July 22, 2017, file photo, Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert waves to applause as she arrives at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. The Women’s Tennis Association has dedicated its trophy for the top-ranked player of the year in honor of Chris Evert. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)SINGAPORE — The Women’s Tennis Association has dedicated its trophy for the top-ranked player of the year in honor of Chris Evert.Simona Halep has received the newly named Chris Evert WTA World No. 1 Trophy. She’s the year-end No. 1 for the second straight season. Halep isn’t playing in the current WTA Finals because of a back injury.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Evert was the first WTA No. 1 in 1975, when she won 15 titles. She says she’s “honored and privileged” to have her name on the trophy. The American finished her career in 1989 with 157 singles titles and 18 Grand Slam singles titles.Steffi Graf earned the year-end No. 1 a record eight times from 1987-96.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentscenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgWar imagery is invoked to show determination to win. But as Sen. Reid and others assert with regard to Iraq, shooting wars have no winners; just those who lose more and those who lose less as casualties mount. However, the casualties caused are the last thing “War on X” supporters ever discuss, although any honest evaluation would find many casualties, as with large public housing projects which became “instant slums” or the litany of failed training programs promoted as part of the “War on Poverty.” Wars also end with a formal surrender. But government wars on poverty, drugs, etc., can never be won in a similar way. If a belief that the war in Iraq cannot be won is a reason to end it, it is equally a reason to end those domestic wars. Because of its powerful emotional impact, war imagery and language is also abused in other ways that would make George Orwell proud. We hear of trade wars, in language implying that they are contests between domestic and foreign producers, so that protectionism for “our” firms against “their” firms sounds sensible. However, both buyers and sellers expect to gain by trading, or they would not voluntarily participate, so trade creates wealth. (This is why every defensible study of protectionism finds that it destroys wealth). Protectionism, in fact, is an alliance between domestic producers and the government declaring war on domestic consumers to force them to pay higher prices. Those in Washington who constantly reiterate their opposition to a war they say can’t be won are the same people who propose wars to “solve” every other crisis (often caused by their “solution” to some earlier alleged crisis). But those policy wars are never won, either. Rather being given up as un-winnable, they get escalated, expanding government encroachment on our shrinking freedoms. And adding more government intervention in virtually every aspect of our lives because politicians who oppose war call everything else a war cannot stand up to careful examination. Gary M. Galles is a professor of economics at Pepperdine University. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SENATE Majority Leader Harry Reid triggered a flurry of partisan attacks and counterattacks with his statement that “this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything.” However, while it is being given little attention, perhaps most striking about his assertion that we ought to abandon rather than escalate a war that cannot be won is how inconsistently it is applied. There are a host of government sponsored domestic “wars” to which that same argument applies, yet they get escalated rather than ended. This is illustrated by some politicians’ intense opposition to the Iraq war, because of its negative consequences, while at the same time, those same people call every new domestic policy initiative of theirs a “war,” in order to galvanize support for it. We have heard that “war is hell,” “all’s fair in love and war,” and “war is politics by other means.” We heard that the 1970s oil crisis was the moral equivalent of war (although government price controls did far more damage than OPEC, making one wonder who declared war on American citizens). And government wars have been declared on every problem. Unfortunately, however, the imagery of urgency, resolve and “giving all we’ve got” for the good of the country doesn’t match the policies actually implemented or their effects on taxpayers’ pockets and citizens’ liberties. Rather, declarations of such “wars” are often just dramatic rhetoric used to promote politicians’ pet programs, which frequently do more harm than good, such as the vast invasions of property and privacy, as well as increases in violence and corruption, triggered by the un-winnable but frequently escalated “War on Drugs.” last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has given his side a boost by announcing his return to training following a groin injury picked up in the Merseyside derby.The Brazilian international was identified as a key reason for Liverpool’s upturn in fortunes this season before limping off after just 16 minutes at Goodison Park on February 7th.The 28-year-old has been plagued by injuries in his Anfield career but has played an important role when he has been able to establish himself as a first-team regular.Lucas’ comeback is expected to come too late for the crunch Premier League clash with Manchester United, while the midfielder will also have his work cut out to displace Joe Allen in the Reds’ midfield after a series of impressive performances.Liverpool are 13 games unbeaten in the league since a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in early December, and Sunday’s fixture arrives with Brendan Rodgers’ side just two points and one place behind their opponents. 1 Lucas Leiva last_img read more

first_imgGOP: Each accuses the other of doing less to cut taxes. Remaining candidates just observe. By Liz Sidoti THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DEARBORN, Mich. – Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani quarreled over tax and spending cuts Tuesday, each claiming greater commitment than the other in a debate in the nation’s struggling manufacturing heartland. After months of polite debate sparring, Giuliani and Romney squared off without hesitation, a reflection of their struggle for primacy in the race for their party’s presidential nomination. “I cut taxes 23 times. I believe in tax cuts,” said Giuliani, former mayor of New York and leader in national Republican polls. Romney initially conceded that, but quickly criticized his rival for once filing a court challenge to a law that gave President Clinton the right to veto spending items line by line. “I’m in favor of the line-item veto,” he said, adding he exercised it 844 times while governor of Massachusetts. Romney also said that while mayor, Giuliani “fought to keep the commuter tax, which is a very substantial tax … on consumers coming into New York.” The former governor leads his rivals in the polls in Iowa, where caucuses will be the first contest of the campaign, and he and Giuliani are in a close race in surveys in New Hampshire, the leadoff primary state. Giuliani responded that spending fell in New York while he was mayor, and rose in Massachusetts while Romney was governor. “The point is that you’ve got to control taxes. I did it, he didn’t. … I led, he lagged.” “It’s baloney,” retorted Romney. “I did not increase taxes in Massachusetts. I lowered taxes.” The exchange was among the most heated of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, reflecting a quickening pace as the 2008 caucuses and primaries draw close. It also left Fred Thompson, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and the other contenders as bystanders for the several moments that Romney and Giuliani went at one another. All nine men on stage sought to stress their conservative economic credentials throughout the two-hour debate, held in the city that gave birth to the Ford Motor Co. more than a century ago. McCain of Arizona said President Bush was right to veto a children’s health expansion bill, and he urged him to reject a multibillion-dollar public works measure as well. “We have to get spending under control,” agreed Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback. No matter whether Republicans or Democrats are in control of Congress, he said, “the system is built to spend.” Challenged to identify one government account he would cut, Brownback cited a program involving “advanced technology.” “If you want to control federal spending you must look at Social Security and Medicare,” said Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado. He said he favors private Social Security accounts, or “forget the idea of ending deficit spending.” Thompson said that without changes, Social Security would not survive. He said there should be no change for current retirees and those expected to begin drawing benefits soon. But for those retiring further in the future, benefits should not be allowed to rise as quickly as now expected. While maneuvering against one another, the Republicans found a minute or two to jab at Democrats. Giuliani criticized Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, for a proposal to provide tax cuts of up to $1,000 to help families open 401(k) retirement accounts. Eight of the candidates support the continuing U.S. military presence in Iraq, but Rep. Ron Paul of Texas drew applause when he loudly dissented.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Jeremie Boga has scored three goals on loan at Ligue 1 side Rennes this season Marseille are preparing a summer loan offer for Chelsea starlet Jeremie Boga.The 19-year-old has been tipped for a big future by youth coaches at Stamford Bridge but he is struggling to break into the first team.Marseille tried to sign the midfielder on loan last summer but they missed out to their Ligue 1 rivals Rennes.However, according to Foot Mercato, Marseille are ready to return for Boga at the end of the season.The Ligue 1 club want to take the Frenchman on loan in the summer and have assured Chelsea he will have a prominent role in the team.Boga has scored three goals in over 20 appearances for Rennes this season and they are keen to keep hold of him for another year, too. 1last_img read more

first_img Loreto Milford hosts end of year prize-giving – Pic Special was last modified: May 23rd, 2018 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:Davitt WalshLoretoMilfordprizegiving Loreto in Milford was the scene for a great evening of prizegiving.Awards were given in a range of categories.And special guest on the night was former pupil Davitt Walsh. last_img read more

first_imgMathiba Molefe Children are set to parade the streets of Yeoville in celebration of Africa’s legacy at the Gauteng Children’s Carnival.(Image: Play Your Part)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mpolokeng M. MoloiPublic Relations OfficerGauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation+27 11 355 2623+27 83 554 1974RELATED ARTICLES• Educated children help the nation grow• Nurturing the children• Putting children’s rights first• Teaching children to love themselvesThe start of spring after a long, cold winter will be marked with a celebratory carnival, which will also reference the vibrant history and culture of South Africa. Schoolchildren from across the province will participate in the third annual Gauteng Children’s Carnival through Yeoville on Saturday, 7 September.In all, 90 schools are participating. The carnival will be centred at Yeoville Boys Primary School, but the children will put their creative skills on show in a parade through the suburb’s streets in costumes of their own making. The Children’s Carnival is part of the build-up to the Road to Gauteng Carnival, scheduled for December. It will expose not only South African arts and various cultures, but those from around the continent. In this way, it will help to end xenophobia by exposing the youth to other people.It aims to enforce the feeling that Africa is one community, and to help African nationals hailing from all corners of the continent integrate into local spaces. It will also spread unity among the diverse groups of young people.Yeoville was previously known for its energy and artistry, all of which will be brought back to life by the children and their colourful, extravagant costumes. The theme is “Celebrating Africa’s Legacy”. Given that Yeoville has such a large African community, the carnival organisers identified it as the perfect venue to make as big an impact as possible.Organisers hope it will help to strengthen social cohesion and return the suburb to its former splendour. Another aim is to highlight the importance of education and to use this day of fun and games to encourage participating children to pursue their dreams of one day becoming world-class professionals in the fields of their choice.Festivities will begin at 10am and end at 4pm, starting with a 2.3km walk, the route of which will be painted in bright colours. Among those who will attend are Trevor Fowler, the Joburg city manager, and Boy Ngobeni, the head of the Gauteng department of education, as well as representatives from SA Breweries, which is working alongside the National Youth Development Agency and the Department of Trade and Industry on the You Decide campaign.You Decide is aimed at educating the youth and building awareness about the dangers of alcohol consumption and abuse at a young age.About the carnival, Lebogang Maile, the MEC of sport, arts, culture and recreation, says: “The Gauteng Children’s Carnival is more than fun and more than showcasing talent; it is also a means to urge youth’s interest in education using the arts. It is about telling the youth to remain in school while pursuing their talent or ambition, especially within the entertainment industry. It is also about celebrating Africa’s heritage and creativity. The learners don’t only participate on the day but get involved in the creation of the costumes, music and dance.”The interest from local leaders such as the area’s ward councillor, Sihlwele Myeki, has led to an additional number of children from Yeoville and surrounding areas being allowed to join in on the action this weekend. Music will be provided on the parade by DJs performing on flatbed trucks. They are the finalists of the 2012 Gauteng Carnival DJ programme, held to unearth musical talent.Children will also be involved in the hip-hop programme at Yeoville Boys Primary School, in which they will compete in activities such as such as emceeing, poetry, graffiti and dance. It will take place after the parade, and marks the end of the Dance to your Rhythm project aimed at high school pupils who have a passion for all things hip-hop.last_img read more

first_imgBhima-Koregaon violence condemned in Rajya Sabha  The Pune Rural police have arrested 25 persons in connection with the death, while the Shikrapur police have lodged eight cases of rioting and murder.The names of radical Hindutva leaders Milind Ekbote (60), who heads the fringe rightwing outfit ‘Samasta Hindu Aghadi’, and 85-year-old Sambhaji Bhide ‘Guruji’, who heads the ‘Shiv Pratisthan’, have surfaced for allegedly orchestrating the violence. A criminal against the duo was lodged at the Pimpri police station on Tuesday. The Pune city police have filed a criminal case against newly-elected Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid for allegedly promoting enmity between two groups by delivering allegedly provocative speeches at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held at Shaniwarwada Fort in the city on December 31.Mumbai police say ‘no’ to event to be addressed by Mevani, Umar KhalidThe FIR was registered against Mr. Mevani and Mr. Khalid under sections 153 (a) [Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race etc], 505 (making statements conducive to public mischief, creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes) and 117 (Abetting commission of offence by the public or by more than ten persons) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Vishrambaug Wada police station late on Wednesday night.The case was lodged based on a complaint filed at the Deccan Gymkhana police station on January 2 by two youths Akshay Bikkad (22) and Anand Dhond (25), who disclaimed affiliation with any social outfit or political organisation.The FIR quotes the allegedly controversial fragments of speeches made by Mevani and Khalid. Following are speeches of Mevani, KhalidMr. Mevani is quoted as having said: “Nav Peshwai ke saamne agar humein jeetna hain, Bhima Koregaon ke iss ladai ko aage leke jaana hain, uss sangharsh ko aage le jaana hain, us sangharsh se agar prerit hona hain, ye chunavi raajneeti se nahin hoga. Main maanta hoon ki, janata ki ladai ladne wale kuch log, Gujarat ki aur Maharashtra ki assembly mein hone chahiye. Iss desh ke parliament mein bhi hone chahiye. Lekin jaatir nirmoolan toh sadakonki ladai se hoga. Ek varga ka dusre varga pe, jo shasan hain, woh sadakon ki ladai se khatam hoga. [If we have to win against the ‘new Peshwas’, we will have to take forward the battle of Bhima Koregaon, take forward that struggle, and take inspiration from it. This cannot happen through electoral politics. I understand that some of the people who fight for the common masses should be in the Assemblies of Gujarat or Maharashtra, and in Parliament of this country. But annihilation of caste differences would happen only through street fights. The rule of one section of the people over others would end through street fights].”Mr. Khalid is quoted as having said, “Bhima Koregaon ki is ladai ko aanewala kal bana sakte hain. Unhone hamla kiya, palatwar ki baari hain. Ladai ko ladenge aur ye ladai jeetna hi, un shahidon ko shraddhanjali rahegi. Aur Nav Peshwai ka khatma hi Bhima Koregaon ke shahidon ko shraddhanjali rahegi. [We can make this battle of Bhima Koregaon our future. They had attacked us, now it is time for retaliation. We will fight and we have to win this battle. This [our future victory] will be a tribute to those martyrs. The end of the neo- Peshwas will be a tribute to martyrs of Koregaon).”The police said they were analysing these speeches.Mr. Mevani, Mr. Khalid, Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar and Radhika Vemula were among the speakers at the Parishad, held to commemorate the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in which 500 soldiers of the Mahar community fought alongside the English to defeat the forces of Peshwa Bajirao II.Clashes on January 1The next day, January 1, violent clashes between two groups marred the bicentenary celebrations of the battle at Koregaon Bhima village, resulting in the death of Rahul Phatangale of Sanaswadi village.Also Readlast_img read more

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party’s successful campaign in the Karnataka Assembly elections has set off speculation over the appointment of a new BJP president in Rajasthan.The turn of events in the southern State is set to affect the decision in Rajasthan, with the party’s central leadership asserting its right to make the choice.The BJP’s Rajasthan unit has been without a chief for a month after Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s loyalist Ashok Parnami resigned on April 18 following the party’s defeat in the by-elections to the Mandalgarh Assembly and Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituencies. Raje’s discomfortThe delay in finding Mr. Parnami’s successor has also brought to light Ms. Raje’s uncomfortable relations with the party’s senior leaders. The State BJP president’s appointment has assumed significance because of the Assembly elections due later this year. Since the party chief will have a say in the distribution of tickets, the central leadership is keen that all interests are taken care of. Besides, Rajasthan will also be crucial for the 2019 general election, as the BJP had won all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in 2014.BJP national president Amit Shah has reportedly been pushing for Jodhpur MP and Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat as well as Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal for the Rajasthan BJP president’s post. Ms. Raje has resisted the names of both Mr. Shekhawat, considered close to the party’s central leadership, and Mr. Meghwal.With the Raje camp insisting on the appointment of someone with “strong roots” in the State and bringing in the issue of Jat-Rajput caste rivalry, the deadlock continues.The indecisive state of affairs has also affected the morale of party workers, who are unable to render explanation to both the party’s supporters and those opposed to it.Suspense continues“This suspense will end after the political developments in Karnataka take a final shape. If the BJP is able to form the government, the central leadership will reject all objections and nominate the person of its choice in Rajasthan,” a senior BJP leader said here on Wednesday. In the event of the BJP sitting in Opposition in Karnataka, Ms. Raje is likely to have a greater say.The Chief Minister was also reportedly told during a meeting with Mr. Shah in New Delhi recently that the BJP State chief’s name would be announced only after the Karnataka election results. The move to bring forth Mr. Shekhawat’s name was seen as the party’s attempt to mollify the Rajputs who, despite being the BJP’s traditional supporters, have been opposing it on a number of issues.Other names doing the rounds with the assertion of support by Ms. Raje’s camp are Urban Development Minister Srichand Kriplani, former Minister Lakshmi Narayan Dave and Rajya Sabha MPs Bhupender Yadav and Narayan Lal Panchariya.Meanwhile, Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot has said that there is infighting in the BJP. He claimed that no one in the ruling party wants to be a “scapegoat” because they know that they are going to lose this year’s Assembly polls.last_img read more

first_imgIn case you don’t know, Triple H has been using a replica of this motorcycle in his WrestleMania entrances as a tribute his late friend Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy had performed two of Triple H’s entrance themes and also that of Evolution. Moreover, Stephanie McMahon had accompanied her husband when they squared-off against the team of Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 34 in the motorcycle of the same brand.We don’t know if Stephanie McMahon will step inside the ring for a match at WrestleMania or not. However, don’t be surprised if she lights up the ramp with the motorcycle that Triple H had gifted her yesterday.Advertisement AdvertisementStephanie McMahon, the daughter of WWE chairman Vince McMahon, turned 42 yesterday and she couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift than what her husband Triple H had offered. The 14-time World Champion gifted her a WrestleMania motorcycle for the joyous occasion, and she seemed to be ecstatic about it.Triple H gifted Stephanie McMahon his WrestleMania 33 motorcycleStephanie McMahon announced the same on her official Instagram account and also thanked the fans who had wished her a happy birthday. In the video posted on her account, she could be seen jaunting through the streets of the United States on her newly gifted motorcycle. We hope that she is safe as she was not wearing a helmet!last_img read more