GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victory over Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the men’s singles final of the ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at the Ahoy stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings. He achieved that goal Friday. On Sunday, he put an exclamation point on a remarkable week by winning the tournament for good measure.Federer overpowered an ailing Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour to win his 97th career title.ADVERTISEMENT After his strong start, the Bulgarian appeared to be struggling physically, but said afterward that he simply wasn’t good enough.Tournament director Richard Krajicek said Dimitrov was ill Saturday night and was short on energy on court.“Against Roger in the current situation he is in you can’t play any less than 100 percent,” Dimitrov said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Messi aims to score against Chelsea at 9th attempt 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “What a week it’s been. Absolutely amazing,” Federer said. “The goal was to make the semis and I won the tournament so of course I’m incredibly excited and so, so happy.”The 36-year-old Swiss extended his domination over the player once dubbed “Baby Fed” for the similarities in their playing style, registering his seventh victory in as many meetings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFederer’s third title at the Rotterdam tournament comes a day before he officially returns to the top of the rankings, more than five years after he was last world No. 1.He will become the oldest person to hold the No. 1 position when the rankings are updated on Monday. It’s been more than five years since Federer was last No. 1, and 14 years since he first reached the top spot. Federer, who has 20 Grand Slams to his name, said his next target is 100 career titles. He moved a step closer Sunday.Federer said ahead of the final that the more aggressive player would win and Dimitrov started the strongest, winning his first game to love as he slammed powerful forehands and backhands past Federer.But the Swiss great quickly started matching Dimitrov’s groundstrokes and converted his first break point in the fifth game. Federer broke Dimitrov again to go up 5-2 and then served out the set.Federer kept the pressure on Dimitrov in the second set, breaking the Bulgarian in the first game and continuing to dominate on his way to victory in just 55 minutes.Federer won a massive 82 percent of points on his service compared to 55 percent for Dimitrov.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES MOST READ
Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City After drawing first blood in the best-of-7 series, Fajardo admits that he expects another tough outing come Sunday for Game 2, still at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I anticipate that they’ll defend me harder, so we have to make our adjustments also. We’ll go back to practice and focus on our gameplan again,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The difference with Fajardo and other big men, though, is that he is willing to share the rock and let his other teammates shine.“I know I have to immediately find my open teammates,” said Fajardo, who collected seven rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in the win.Ginebra’s defense freed up a lot of shooters for San Miguel as it cashed in on its open looks and went 16-of-34 from downtown.Though it’s a known fact that Fajardo, too, can hit it up from distance, he said that he’s not tempted in anyway to take his game to the outside.“No,” he said when asked if he also feels the urge to shoot a three. “That’s not my strength and I’m willing to give that role to our shooters.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Helpless Slaughter trying to shake off frustration as he completes recovery UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fajardo was even the first to commend teammates like Arwind Santos, who led San Miguel with 23 points and eight rebounds, and Von Pessumal, who got a career-high 18 markers, for stepping up and taking the scoring cudgels for the defending three-time all-Filipino conference champions.“Credit goes to my teammates because they played well. Everyone stepped up like Arwind and Von. Both of them played really well,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWithout Greg Slaughter to match Fajardo down low, Ginebra took extra measures and threw bodies like Prince Caperal and Raymond Aguilar to the reigning four-time PBA MVP in an attempt to stymie the Cebuano giant.“They played really good defense on me. When I get the ball, they quickly put a double-team on me,” said Fajardo, expecting to continue getting a tough draw in the games to come. View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo isn’t losing sleep after being limited to a conference-low nine points in San Miguel’s 102-90 Game 1 win over Ginebra on Friday.“It’s no problem with me,” he said in Filipino after the Beermen gained a 1-0 series lead in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. “The important thing is we win. We are not competing on who scores the most.”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
– massive May month activities plannedProfessor Pedro Welch, Chairman of the Barbados Reparations Task Force, with the Reparations Relay Baton before it was handed over to GuyanaIn keeping with the Caribbean Reparation Commission’s (CRC) International Reparations Relay (IRR), the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday received the Reparation’s Baton from its Barbadian counterpart.The baton and torch will be presented to the national reparations commissions across the region at youth rallies organised under the banner ‘Roots, Rock, Reggae, Reparations’ which will celebrate the principles and programmes of the Caribbean and global reparatory justice movements.From Guyana, the baton will be taken to other Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries during the course of the year. Magnificently carved from fine Barbados mahogany wood, the baton is a symbol of justice, that has engraved on it, a map of Africa, the words “Reparations Now,” representing the 15 Caricom countries. The relay will culminate in Jamaica later this year where the Emancipation Rebellion, led by Sam Sharpe, will be remembered and celebrated.Chairman of the Guyana Reparation Commission, Dr Eric Phillips told Guyana Times on Friday that there are about a dozen different activities planned for May that will be centred around the torch. He spoke of a massive youth rally, which will see the baton being taken to several villages throughout Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo.“We are now looking at a three-week programme beginning around May 13 and ending around the 28, mainly weekend driven. The programme is contextualised in the International Decade of People of African Descent in recognition of justice and development and we are looking to have global interest during the Guyana’s programme”. He said further details on the plans by the Reparation Commission here, which is also working in concert with the Caribbean Reparation Commission, will be made available as the time draws closer.Guyana, like the other Caribbean countries, remains steadfast in its calls for Britain to make its due payment to the descendants of those who suffered in the massive slave trade which spread between the 16th and 19th centuries.Earlier this month, the Caribbean Diaspora was called upon to support Caricom’s calls for the UK to pay reparations as compensation for its involvement in slavery and the slave trade.So far, there has been no definitive outcome of the reparation issue to date, as regional leaders are still awaiting answers from Britain authorities concerning reparation for slavery. The Region recently pushed their campaign further, when, on behalf of the 15-member countries of Caricom, Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who is also the Chairman of Caricom Reparation Commission formed in 2013, wrote and sent a formal letter of complaint to the British Foreign Office seeking reparation. Stuart called on London to formally acknowledge the Region’s demands for payment for the Transatlantic Slave Trade.The Caricom Reparations Commission, which was launched in July 2013, had set a number of demands to the former European slave trading nations.These include that those countries providing diplomatic help to persuade countries such as Ghana and Ethiopia, to offer citizenship to the children of people from the Caribbean who “return” to Africa; devising a developmental strategy to help improve the lives of poor communities in the Caribbean still devastated by the after-effects of slavery; supporting cultural exchanges between the Caribbean and West Africa to help Caribbean people of African descent rebuild their sense of history and identity; supporting literacy drives designed to improve educational levels that are still dire in many Caribbean communities; and providing medical assistance to the Region, which is struggling with high levels of chronic diseases such as hypertension and Type Two Diabetes that the Caricom Reparations Commission links to the fallout from slavery.Caricom Reparations Committee Chairman, Sir Hilary Beckles had said that the plan was also to set out areas of dialogue with former slave-trading nations including the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.The claims are being channelled through the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and processed with the help of the London law firm Leigh Day.The economies of Caricom Member States reportedly total close to US$78 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which would place the Region at 65th in the world if it were a single country.Reports are that the Region cannot claim much in the way of the economic blow. However, after having suffered over 400 years of slavery and colonialism at the hands of European powers, its demands for reparations possess enormous moral authority.The Transatlantic Slave Trade brought over 10 million captured Africans to work as chattel slaves in sugar and cotton plantations throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. It was the largest forced migration in human history.Today, Caricom nations have a population of 16 million, and the Diaspora in the United States, Canada and Europe totals about five million people.
(L-R) Carlos Williams, Didier Sossa and John Jaysay (Photo Credit: BYC)As BYC signs additional players There will be intriguing competition among Barrack Young Controllers players in the upcoming season after the team on Tuesday signed three additional players in continuation of their bid to build up the team for the 2017/2018 Liberian Football Association First Division Championship.Following several weeks of negotiations with clubs, the ‘Go Blue Boys’ announced the signing of the three new players that include Benin international defender Didier Sossa and defensive midfielder John Jaysay, both from FC Fassel, and left back Carlos Williams from Watanga FC.Center-back Sossa, defensive-midfielder Jaysay, and left-back Williams all penned a two-year deal with their new club for an undisclosed fee.The trio, who played momentous roles in their former clubs’ last season campaigns, expressed delight over their new move and promised to play to the best of their abilities to help the team win trophies.“I had a great season last year and it was because the coach motivated us. Coach Lartey will do the same for me, which is the reason I made the decision to sign for BYC. My goal is to defend BYC and make our fans happy,” John Jaysay said.Jaysay, 18, made his debut for the National Team after he was named in James Debbah’s lineup against Sierra Leone in an international friendly, and has so far made four appearances for Liberia. For center-back Sossa, he featured for the Soccer Missionaries – Fassel, over the years and made strikers find it difficult to beat him in the air.The 24-year-old player’s manager, Sardy Browne, was also excited to see his player joining one of Liberia’s top clubs.Signed to replace former left-back Hilton Varney, Williams said his new move is a challenge and an opportunity for him to book a starting position in the national team.This brings to eight the number of new players signed by the ‘Go Blue Boys.’ BYC had earlier signed promising right-back Jeremy Saygbe, goalkeeper Alpha Jalloh from Fassel FC, central back Eugene Swen from Keitrace FC, goalkeeper Abdulai Koulibaly from Monrovia Club Breweries and Fallah Sherriff on a free transfer from LISCR FC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I teach a course at the University of Judaism called “Understanding the Middle East.” I promise my students that by the end of the course they will not understand, but they will have a pretty good grasp of all the moving parts – the religions, the sects, the tribes and ethnicities that roil the oily waters of the region. My aim is to attack our oversimplified certainties and to appreciate a sense of just how politically complex, tactically difficult and strategically unpredictable our actions and inactions are. Most people believe that their positions are pretty fixed regarding the Iraq war. Most people also believe that their own positions are both moral and immutable. We cannot imagine feeling differently from how we already feel. We cannot imagine trading places with those whom we now, often passionately, oppose. I am not going to argue for a course of action – other than to promote a sense of curiosity, an attitude of understanding and a bit of humility. Generally, liberals think we should get out of Iraq – sooner rather than later. They advocate leaving because the mission is impossible and the suffering incalculable. We are stuck in the middle of a domestic dispute we don’t understand. By being there, we have become a part of the problem. While chaos will surely ensue when we leave, whether tomorrow or in 20 years, chaos is inevitable. It is also inarguable, they argue, that there is already plenty of chaos, anarchy and destruction now. Our leaving can hardly be worse for Iraqis than our staying, but it will certainly be better for our overextended, nearly broken military – not to mention the moral and economic welfare of our country. All of this is true. Conservatives, mostly, believe in either “staying the course” or altering it to give our occupation a chance of success. They insist our staying is a moral imperative, and that leaving is akin to cowardice and irresponsibility. Should we leave, our Iraqi supporters would be seen as collaborators and surely be slaughtered. The internecine violence would grow far worse. A power vacuum would be formed in which Iran will be fighting for hegemony its Shia brothers, the Saudis will come charging in to aid the Sunni minority, and the Sunni will be slaughtered in wholesale numbers. Meanwhile, the Kurds would be fighting for independence, and the Turks would be trying to grab the oil fields in the Kurdish north, while stifling their own domestic Kurds’ aspirations for independence. Suffice it to say, it would be a mess – a dangerous mess whose instability would threaten the entire region. All of this is also true. These two truths, instead of promoting humility and understanding, lead us to taunting and name-calling. We question the patriotism of the liberals and the realism of the conservatives. But imagine a different scenario, a slightly different set of facts, that could make liberals demonstrate for the moral necessity of being in Iraq, while conservatives did everything they could to stop the war. Impossible, you think? Then think again. Many argue that we should view Iraq and the whole Middle East, in terms of the Vietnam model. Liberals argue that the dominos did not fall, and today we are at peace with Vietnam, enjoying mutual trade and tourism. The Cassandraesque predictions of the hawks failed to come true. Conservatives argue that it was a tragedy that led to slaughter in the region, the deaths of many of our former allies, the horror of “re-education camps” and the killing fields of Cambodia and Pol Pot. A still more useful model would be Pak-India. When Pak-India fought for its freedom from British colonial rule, ethnic violence, even chaos and tragedy, were predictable. Indeed, all the worst fantasies of horror came true. As the English left, Pakistan and India fractured along ethnic lines, with Pakistan becoming a Muslim state and India a majority Hindu nation with a large Muslim minority. The region was awash with blood, and the fighting has continued for half a century. Now, with both India and Pakistan having nuclear weapons, the region is poised for nuclear war. Looking back, should the Crown have extended the Raj indefinitely? Is it possible, even with the clarity of hindsight, to say absolutely what could have been done to prevent the vicious ethnic, religious and political conflicts that killed hundreds of thousands and that now threaten hundreds of millions? If we consider the history of Pak-India as a model, we realize that we cannot predict very much with a high degree of confidence, save that ethnic strife will somehow ultimately play itself out. This brings me to the question of changing viewpoints. Inarguably, Saddam Hussein, being mortal, would some day have died – by natural causes or assassination. As with the death of Marshal Tito, of the former Yugoslavia, chaos would have been the likely result – if not immediately, then soon. The hand-off of authority to Saddam’s sons, Qusay and Uday, would likely have failed. All the schisms and fractures we see today would have come to pass without us as catalyst. Had Saddam died – but not at our hand – and the Kurds moved for independence, the Shia for revenge and the Sunni to stay in power, the civil war would have been, as it is now, a humanitarian horror. All the arguments we now make regarding staying the course or not, would certainly come into play. But consider this: liberals and conservatives would likely reverse positions. Liberals would argue that we couldn’t stand on the sidelines observing ethnic and religious genocide. Liberals feel guilty about missing the opportunity to save Rwandans and supported an early intervention in the Balkans. Today, liberals believe we should stop the slaughter and genocide in Darfur. They would likely make the same argument for going into a post-Saddam Iraq. Conservatives would, just as likely, argue that we cannot solve the civil wars of other nations and should not spend our blood and treasury unless doing so is vital to our national interests, and the fight is clearly winnable. They would be quoting as Gospel the Powell doctrine: Have clear objectives. Employ overwhelming force. Plan an exit strategy. This little exercise of mine is not meant to be an answer or even a guide, but only a reminder. Deeply held beliefs and wars of terrible consequences are often rationalized, attacked and defended on the slender reed of the happenstance of first causes. We kill Saddam and one series of events ensues. He dies without our help and everything changes – not in Iraq but in our domestic political argument. Just a thought. Jonathan Dobrer is a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air. Write to him by e-mail at email@example.com.
Finn Valley athlete Dempsey McGuigan has been chosen to take part in the Commonwealth Games.Dempsey McGuiganThe well-known hammer thrower will compete for Northern Ireland at the events in Glasgow this summer.All at Finn Valley have offered Bradley congratulations. Only yesterday he was pre-selected for the European cup team for June 21/22 in Tailinn – a team managed by Finn Valley boss Patsy Mc Gonagle. FINN VALLEY ATHLETE CHOSEN TO TAKE PART IN COMMONWEALTH GAMES was last modified: June 10th, 2014 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:Dempsey McGuigandonegalfinn valleyHAMMER
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A barricaded car-theft suspect forced police to send a dog into a home on Greenleaf Avenue on Monday, ending an hourlong incident without serious injuries to officers or the suspect.The incident began at about 3 p.m. when Whittier police spotted a man walking from a stolen vehicle. Officers pursued the man, who they recognized as a suspect in an auto theft last week, said Officer Alan dela Pena.The man ran into a home in the 9100 block of Greenleaf. Officers surrounded the house.At that point, the man climbed onto the roof of the two-story house and held a knife to his own neck, police said.The man then jumped to the ground and went into another home nearby.About an hour later, officers sent a K-9 unit into the home, where the man was found hiding under a bed, dela Pena said.The police dog bit the man and he surrendered. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.Police identified the man as Michael Lopez, 24, of Whittier. He was booked on suspicion of grand theft auto. From staff reports
Deputy Charlie McConalogue has described as irresponsible and unhelpful, a decision by the Tánaiste and Jobs Minister Frances Fitzgerald to hold back two Brexit related reports.Minister Fitzgerald confirmed that she has two reports on her desk – ‘Sectoral implications arising from Brexit: Most exposed sectors’ and ‘Strategic Implications arising from EU-UK Trading Patterns’.However, she is refusing to publish them. The Inishowen TD fumed “I am astounded by Minister Fitzgerald’s decision to hold on to these reports. This revelation comes only weeks after it emerged that the Government had supressed a Revenue Commissioners’ report into the potential impact of Brexit on the Border. This is a deeply worrying development and raised serious transparency issues.”“We are all too aware that counties like Donegal will be disproportionately impacted by Brexit and businesses and farmers should have every source of information available to them to help them Brexit-proof themselves.”He added these reports have cost the taxpayer €250,000.“It beggars belief that they are not being published. Brexit is the biggest challenge this country, and the border counties in particular, has faced in decades. We need full disclosure on all business reports being commissioned by the Government to ensure that everyone can be as prepared as possible”, concluded Deputy McConalogue. McConalogue slams Govt for “suppressing” Brexit reports was last modified: October 20th, 2017 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:BrexitCharlie McConaloguereports
NEW YORK — Sheldon Neuse didn’t sleep all Wednesday night. He had a flight out to join the A’s in Kansas City at 7:50 a.m. from Albuquerque, but excitement overwhelmed sleepiness.Just a few hours prior, triple-A Las Vegas manager Fran Riordan pulled Neuse from the batting cages with the news.“He said ‘We’ve had two and a half, three years together now. I watched you dominate the league this year after going through all that last year. Now it’s time to try and go do it up there,’” Neuse said. …
Whoa, head rush.“And I’m going to say, ‘We’re going to ignore (the Warriors’) transgressions — with Swaggy P, Iggy … Who says Stephen A. Smith doesn’t have a curveball?Appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” recently, he went soft on the Warriors and their new All-Star guard.Dog, it’s like we don’t even know you anymore.“I’m going to do something that most people wouldn’t expect of me,” he began. “I’m going to look at D’Angelo Russell and I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.”