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A referendum for the opposition

Whether or not Bam Aquino does make it to the magic 12 in the official COMELEC Canvass the outcome of the 2019 senatorial elections is a disastrous showing. 1 out of 12 elected senators will make it 5 opposition senators out of 24 in the next senate. In the lower house, there may be less […] The post A referendum for the opposition appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

Tottenham beats Chelsea 2-0 to end 13-match EPL winning run

br /> ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer   LONDON (AP) — Dele Alli underlined his growing reputation by single-handedly ending Chelsea's 13-match winning run Wednesday, scoring two headed goals to give Tottenham a 2-0 victory over the Premier League leaders. The defense has been the bedrock of Chelsea's three-month hot streak but Alli was gifted space to score carbon copy goals in each half at White Hart Lane after meeting crosses from Christian Eriksen. By taking his tally to seven goals in four games, the 20-year-old Alli inflicted Chelsea's first loss since its last trip to north London at Arsenal in September and prevented the Blues from earning a league record 14th successive win in a single season. 'This league is very tough,' Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. 'Now it's important to restart. After 13 wins in a row it's difficult to accept defeat.' Chelsea still leads Liverpool by five points but Tottenham is now only seven points behind in third after a fifth successive victory. 'It's a big statement for us but we are happy to stay under the radar,' said Alli, whose team's hopes of a first title since 1961 were ended by Chelsea last season. Conte established the winning run that sent Chelsea to the summit after switching to a three-man defense to stem the tide of goals in a 3-0 first half collapse at Arsenal. But the defense is now leaking goals, conceding four in the last two matches after only letting in two in the previous 12 fixtures. Tottenham matched Chelsea's formation and restricted Conte's side to few chances, while proving more cohesive and solid at the back to frustrate the visitors' forward line. 'I didn't get on the ball as much as I would have liked to,' Alli said. The midfielder didn't need to. Alli was described on the eve of the game by manager Mauricio Pochettino as the 'most important player to emerge in English football in recent years.' Signed from third-tier club MK Dons two years ago for 5 million pounds (then $8 million), Alli lived up to his manager's exalted praise with his mastery of the attacking spaces. While Chelsea was looking more likely to score on the counterattack in the first half, Tottenham used a break to devastating effect on the stroke of halftime with Alli making the breakthrough. Kyle Walker teed up Eriksen and as the cross was floated into the penalty area, Alli was left unmarked between Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta to coolly nod past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. It was an assertive start to the second half by Chelsea, but Tottenham preserved its lead. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris blocked a low shot from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard's low header was off target and Moses' penalty appeals were dismissed when he was clipped by Mousa Dembele. Spurs then punished Chelsea's porous defending again in the 54th minute with a replica of the opener. Walker did the running down the right flank before laying the ball off for Eriksen. The Danish international picked out Alli between Moses and Azpilicueta, and the midfielder found the target with this header. 'We were short of the levels we set ourselves, for whatever reason that may be, a few misplaced passes and not moving the ball as quick as we have been,' Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said. 'They are a top quality opposition and we got punished for being short.' Chelsea's plight in the derby was summed up in the first half by the team's top scorer, Costa, engaging in an on-pitch row with Pedro Rodriguez for several minutes. It followed Pedro's failure to run into space in front of goal to meet a pass from Costa when the score was still 0-0. 'It is normal disappointment,' Conte said. 'It was a good chance for us and we wasted it.' ___ Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

LP bloc to remain with Senate majority

LIBERAL Party senators on Tuesday agreed to stay with the majority bloc even after the unprecedented ouster of Sen. Leila de Lima as head of the Senate committee on justice and human rights. In a joint statement issued Tuesday, Senate President Pro-Tempor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 20th, 2016

Taiwan to Expand Joint Rescue Operations in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI - Taiwan said Tuesday it will continue doing 'humanitarian' search and rescue work in the South China Sea, where it holds the largest of about 500 tiny islets.In a statement, the Coas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 25th, 2019

Taiwan to Expand Joint Rescue Operations in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI - Taiwan said Tuesday it will continue doing 'humanitarian' search and rescue work in the South China Sea, where it holds the largest of about 500 tiny islets.In a statement, the Coas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 24th, 2019

Comelec proclaims ‘winning’ senators

There are now only four opposition senators in the opposition, prompting fears that the previously opposed legislations including charter change, the worst of all proposed charter changes according to senatorial bet Neri Colmenares, may soon be resurrected. By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Amid protests questioning the integrity and results of the elections, the Commissions… The post Comelec proclaims ‘winning’ senators appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

34 people hurt in LRT-2 train collision

THIRTY-four people were hurt in a collision of two coaches of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2), authorities said on Sunday. In a joint statement, the Department of Transportation…READ The post 34 people hurt in LRT-2 train collision appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 19th, 2019

‘Pray for me, pray for country,’ Bam asks supporters as count continues

Reelectionist Bam Aquino, the last hope of the opposition coalition for the 2019 senatorial race, asked for prayers as he remained outside of the winner’s circle......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

What the 2019 Election Results Tell Filipinos About Themselves

Based on the unofficial results from CNN Philippines, and other media outlets, voters appear to have given President Rodrigo Duterte an enthusiastic “thumbs up” in this midterm election. The unofficial count for the Senate races where only the top 12 vote-getters get to become Senators, shows that not a single opposition candidate made the cut ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

JV Ejercito kicks Bam Aquino out of ‘Magic 12’ in official, partial tally

Reelectionist Sen. JV Ejercito entered the winners’ circle of the Commission on Elections’ partial and official count of the May 2019 senatorial race, kicking opposition candidate Sen. Bam Aquino out of the Magic 12......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

Bam Aquino breaks into ‘Magic 12’ of official, partial tally

Reelectionist Sen. Bam Aquino broke into the so-called Magic 12 of the partial and official count of the May 2019 senatorial race—the only one from the opposition Otso Diretso slate to do so......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

Against backdrop of controversy, Red Sox honored by Trump

By Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump honored the World Series champion Boston Red Sox — well, some of them — at the White House on Thursday, but made no mention of the controversy that shadowed the visit. The team's manager, Alex Cora, did not attend the ceremony after citing his frustration with the administration's efforts to help his native Puerto Rico recover from a devastating hurricane. And nearly a dozen members of the team, all players of color, skipped the opportunity to shake Trump's hand. Meanwhile, every white player on the team — as well as outfielder J.D. Martinez, who is of Cuban descent — attended. The Red Sox repeatedly denied that there was any sort of racial divide caused by the White House visit, which has been transformed from moment of celebratory ritual to hyper-politicized event under Trump. And there was no sign of discord during the rained-upon ceremony on the White House South Lawn. The U.S. Marine Corps band played versions of "Dirty Water" and "Sweet Caroline," two unofficial Red Sox anthems. A derogatory shout about the Red Sox rival, the New Yankees, was heard. Trump was presented with a Red Sox jersey with No. 18 on the back. The day was not without mishaps: The White House first incorrectly labeled the team as the "Red Socks" on its website and then later, in an email, dubbed them the champions of something called the "World Cup Series." But Trump himself stuck to the correct script, honoring the team's dominant run to the title. "Frankly, they were unstoppable. I watched," said Trump, who noted that the squad had now won more World Series titles than any other franchise this century. He laughed when Martinez teased him for being a Yankees fan. The president was accompanied by two of the team's stars, Martinez and pitcher Chris Sale, from the Oval Office and joined the rest of the team assembled under the South Portico. The team's third base coach, Carlos Febles, who is from the Dominican Republic, stood two rows behind the president. And dozens of administration officials and members of government, many of whom hail from the six New England states, stood on the lawn to cheer. Tom Werner, the team's chairman, downplayed the no-shows, saying that it was each player's personal decision whether to attend. "We don't see it as a racial divide," he said after the team received a post-ceremony tour of the Lincoln Bedroom. "I think, to the extent that we can, baseball is apolitical." A championship team's coach rarely, if ever, misses the White House visit, a tradition that began in earnest in 1924 when then-President Calvin Coolidge invited the Washington Senators. Cora had considered attending Thursday's White House event to call attention to the plight of those in Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria is estimated to have caused nearly 3,000 deaths. But in the end, he opted not to go. "Unfortunately, we are still struggling, still fighting," Cora said in a statement. "Some people still lack basic necessities, others remain without electricity and many homes and schools are in pretty bad shape almost a year and a half after Hurricane Maria struck. I've used my voice on many occasions so that Puerto Ricans are not forgotten, and my absence is no different. As such, at this moment, I don't feel comfortable celebrating in the White House." Before the visit, Trump defended his stance on Puerto Rico, falsely asserting once again that the territory received $91 billion in hurricane relief money, which he claimed was "the largest amount of money ever given to any state." In fact, Congress has allocated Puerto Rico just a fraction of that figure. The White House has said Trump's $91 billion estimate includes about $50 billion in speculated future disaster disbursements that could span decades, along with $41 billion already approved. Actual aid to Puerto Rico has flowed more slowly from federal coffers, with about $11 billion given so far. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 cost the U.S government more than $120 billion — the bulk of it going to Louisiana. Trump nonetheless told reporters, "the people of Puerto Rico should really like President Trump." Those around the Red Sox locker room stressed that a player's decision to attend was a personal choice and not, in many cases, political. "Politically, it didn't matter who was in the White House. If I have an opportunity to go to the White House and meet the president, I'm going to go," relief pitcher Heath Hembree said Wednesday. "Nobody tried to persuade me. They have their reasons why not to go." For some players, it may be their only chance for a White House invite. It also reflects a larger trend across baseball: A number of players hail from Trump-friendly states like Texas and Florida, while the sport has also seen a surge in Latino players and a decline in African Americans. Having also won World Series titles in 2004, 2007 and 2013, the Red Sox — who also visited wounded veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Thursday — have been honored at the White House under both Republican and Democratic presidents. But the events have taken on sharp political overtones since Trump took office. When the New England Patriots visited in 2017, Trump's first year in office, far fewer players attended than when the franchise won a title under President Barack Obama. After several players on the Philadelphia Eagles and Golden State Warriors publicly declared that they would skip White House ceremonies, Trump disinvited the teams. Trump has also instituted a new tradition for the ceremonies, scrapping gourmet meals in favor of offering plates of fast food to the athletes. The Red Sox were not at the White House for a meal, Werner said. Moreover, the optics of the Red Sox visit are certain to receive additional scrutiny due to the history of racially charged moments for both the team and the city it calls home. The Red Sox, infamously, held a failed tryout for Jackie Robinson before he broke the sport's color barrier. They were the last team in the major leagues to integrate. And an Elks Club in the team's former spring training home of Winter Haven, Florida, invited only white players to events, a practice that stopped only in the 1980s, when black players complained ___ Associated Press writers Kevin Freking in Washington, Jimmy Golen in Boston and David Ginsburg in Baltimore contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 10th, 2019

UEFA puts future Champions League ideas to league officials

By Graham Dunbar, Associated Press NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has included promotion and relegation, plus places for more teams, in its future vision for the Champions League and other club competitions. European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson told reporters that UEFA leaders proposed the ideas in a meeting Wednesday. It was part of year-long talks about changing competition formats and prize money distribution models that would take effect in 2024. The leagues are competing for influence with the European Club Association, whose own plans are reflected in UEFA's opening proposal. "There are ideas about promotion and relegation. It's a different system to the one we have today," Olsson said at UEFA headquarters. "The total picture is that there would be more clubs involved." Olsson said there was "not a big difference" between UEFA's presentation Wednesday and the ECA's confidential proposal at UEFA in March that has since been reported. He declined to give more details before UEFA updates its 55 member federations on May 17 in Budapest, Hungary. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who hosted the 2 ½-hour meeting, said talks currently involve "only ideas and opinions" and are more transparent than the previous round in 2016 before he was elected. Decisions then favored clubs from Europe's wealthiest leagues. "Our aim is to find a solution that reflects the changes in the game, preserves the position of UEFA's competitions as the most attractive and exciting in the world, while providing significant solidarity funding across European football," Ceferin said in a statement. UEFA expects to announce any changes next year after further rounds of meetings with clubs, leagues and other stakeholders including broadcasters worldwide. "This is the first meeting of several," said Olsson, suggesting the 29-nation European Leagues group could agree a counter proposal at an October assembly in London. The leagues want Champions League entries to be decided only on the merit of domestic league placings and winning a UEFA competition. That has been a basic principle since the European Cup kicked off in 1955 with only national league champions playing. Club leaders want placings in Champions League groups, possibly doubled in size to eight teams, to secure some entries for the next season's edition. Bigger groups also would satisfy elite clubs who want more games against each other and prize money increases funded by new broadcasting rights deals. The ECA's move toward a closed league system is seen as protecting the elite group from new challengers. It follows Juventus and Real Madrid — whose officials hold the top two positions in the ECA — being eliminated in the Champions League by Ajax. Though Ajax is a four-time European champion, it had to advance through three preliminary rounds last August as runner-up in the mid-ranked Netherlands league last season. Olsson welcomed Ajax's return to the top 24 years after last winning the Champions League. "Competitions (themselves) are more important than individual clubs. There will always be clubs to play (in them)," he said. It is unclear if possible extra places in UEFA competitions from 2024 would be added in larger group stages or only in expanded preliminary rounds. Starting in September 2021, and for three seasons until 2024, there will be 32 teams in the group stages of each of the Champions League, Europa League and a new third-tier competition. The round-robin groups have four teams each playing six games. The leagues have pushed for a fairer distribution of more than $2 billion in annual Champions League prize money to help close a widening wealth gap between clubs. UEFA said it would share around €240 million ($268 million) in solidarity payments this season to clubs across Europe......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

Lower inflation to boost economy in countryside, says Davao biz leader

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 May) – The easing of the country’s inflation rate to 3 percent last month will drive more economic activities in the countryside, Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. president Arturo Milan said. In a statement on Wednesday, Milan said the lower inflation would be a boon for businesses and countryside […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

Newsbreak Chats: Does the opposition slate stand a chance?

Bookmark this page to watch the discussion on Thursday, May 9, at 4 pm MANILA, Philippines – The odds are against Otso Diretso if preelection surveys are to be believed. Out of 8 senatorial candidates running under the opposition slate, it was only reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino who made it to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

Para patunayan na walang tattoo: Bong Go, muling nagpakita ng katawan

Manila, Philippines – Hinamon ni dating Special Assistant to the President Christopher Bong Go si opposition Senator Bam Aquino na tingnan nang malapitan ang kanyang katawan kasabay ng kanyang paghuhubad. Nangyari ito sa launching ng […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMay 6th, 2019

Kris Aquino endorses Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno in San Pedro, Laguna

LAGUNA, Philippines – Kris Aquino on Monday, May 6, visited San Pedro, Laguna with two of her preferred senatorial candidates – her cousin Bam Aquino and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno. Kris visited the Antonio Tee compound, where Aquino held a mini-rally and a small birthday celebration. The opposition senator ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 6th, 2019

Diliman-Gerry s sinks Marinerong Pilipino in PBA D-League

Diliman College-Gerry's Grill continued its Cinderella run to the 2019 PBA D-League playoffs, sinking Marinerong Pilipino, 86-85, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Beninese big man Kevin Gandjeto uncorked 29 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks, none bigger than his split from the line with 12.4 seconds left to give the Blue Dragons the marginal lead. The Skippers still had a chance, but Mike Ayonayon and Art Aquino flubbed their chances as the final buzzer sounded. "We just stuck to our character. We won because of our defense and our character," said coach Rensy Bajar. Diliman-Gerry's also garnered solid performances from Joseph Brutas and Johnnel Bauzon, both of whom wound up with 15 points on a 3-of-4 shooting from distance. The win propelled the Blue Dragons to joint fourth place in the Foundation Group, tying Chadao-FEU at 4-3. Marinerong Pilipino, on the other hand, fell to 3-4, tied with Wangs Basketball at sixth and in danger of missing the playoffs altogether. Ayonayon led the Skippers with 16 points but on a 5-of-21 field goal shooting, as well as adding nine rebounds and six assists. Santi Santillan got himself 15 points and six boards, while Jhonard Clarito recorded a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds in his debut for the souped-up Marinerong Pilipino. BOX SCORES DILIMAN-GERRY'S 86 -- Gandjeto 29, Brutas 15, Bauzon 15, Mahari 9, Darang 7, Balagtas 7, Torrado 2, Sombero 2, Cabanag 0, Enriquez 0, Bonsubre 0. MARINERONG PILIPINO 85 -- Ayonayon 16, Santillan 15, A. Aquino 14, Clarito 12, M. Aquino 7, Victoria 7, Montalbo 5, Wamar 5, Mendoza 2, Reyes 2, Gamboa 0, Bunag 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-26, 49-50, 69-68, 86-85......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2019

BSP sees 2.7-3.5% inflation for April

INFLATION likely eased to as low as 2.7 percent or picked up to 3.5 percent in April, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) announced on Tuesday. In a statement, the…READ The post BSP sees 2.7-3.5% inflation for April appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019

Inflation could have eased further in April — central bank

THE OVERALL INCREASE in prices of widely used goods could have eased for the sixth straight month to a 20-month low in April as a continued decline in rice prices and the peso’s appreciation offset upward pressures from higher fuel and electricity costs, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Department of Economic Research (DER) said in a statement to journalists on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019