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PBA: Clutch Bolick is Player of the Week

Robert Bolick showed he’s ready to take over the mantle at NorthPort following the shocking exit of top gunner Stanley Pringle. Two games since the Batang Pier dealt Pringle to Barangay Ginebra for the trio of Kevin Ferrer, Sol Mercado, and Jervy Cruz, the rookie guard out of San Beda jacked up his numbers in helping the team clinch a quarterfinals berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Bolick averaged 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 9.5 assists in an all-around effort to steer NorthPort to back-to-back wins over Rain or Shine and Blackwater and hike its record to a league-best 7-1 slate in a tie with TnT Katropa. The impressive performance earned the 23-year-old native of Leyte his first ever PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week for the period June 17-23. Also getting a vote from the PBAPC was Bolick’s NorthPort teammate Sean Anthony. Others who contended for the weekly citation were Batang Pier Moala Tautuaa, Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy of TnT Katropa, San Miguel Beer’s Alex Cabagnot, Paul Lee of Magnolia, Pringle, and Jericho Cruz of NLEX. In NorthPort’s first game without the 32-year-old Pringle, Bolick and Tautuaa carried the fight for the Batang Pier by rallying them from as much as a 25-point deficit to nip the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in overtime, 107-105. Bolick hit 22 points and fired the pressure-pack three-pointer with 11 seconds left in regulation that sent the game into overtime.     Tautuaa finished with a career-high 34 points for NorthPort, which played with only an eighth-man rotation. Three days after, Bolick was at it again, missing just a single rebound of completing a triple double in the team’s 127-99 rout of the Elite. He finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists in the win that marked the first game of Mercado, Ferrer, and Cruz with the team. Bolick admitted he owed Pringle a lot for making him the player that he is with NorthPort right now. “Gusto ko siyang makasama ng mas matagal. Kaso one conference lang, madami pa sana akong matututunan. Kung ano man meron ako ngayon (sa) laro ko, lahat, sa kanya (Pringle) ko natutunan yun,” said Bolick of the player he considered as his first pro mentor......»»

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Italys Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland Riding a wave of widespread Italian enthusiasm to be an Olympic host, Milan and Cortina dAmpezzo won the vote Monday to stage the 2026 Winter Games. International Olympic Commit.....»»

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Erdogan s party loses re-run of Istanbul mayor election

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a bruising defeat on Sunday, June 23, as the opposition candidate in Istanbul's controversial mayoral election re-run romped to victory. Ekrem Imamoglu had won the first mayoral vote in March by a slim margin of 13,000 votes over Erdogan's chosen candidate, Binali Yildirim, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 24th, 2019Related News

Mauritania ruling party s Ghazouani declared presidential vote winner

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania – Mauritania's ruling party candidate Mohamed Ould Ghazouani has won the presidential election with 52% of the vote, the electoral commission announced Sunday, June 23, with opposition candidates crying foul. Ghazouani obtained 52.01% of votes cast in Saturday's presidential poll, easily beating main opposition opponents Biram Ould Dah ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 24th, 2019Related News

Ruling party candidate declares himself victor in Mauritania vote

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania – Government candidate and frontrunner Mohamed Ould Ghazouani has declared himself the winner of the first round of Mauritania's presidential election. The 62-year-old former head of the domestic security service made the claim in the early hours of Sunday, June 23, in the presence of current president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, his ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 23rd, 2019Related News

Erdogan in lose-lose situation after Istanbul vote – analysts

ANKARA, Turkey – Voters in Istanbul will take part in a re-run of the mayoral election on Sunday, June 23, after a vote in March was annulled over alleged irregularities. Local elections around Turkey on March 31 showed the ruling party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remained the most popular overall, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 21st, 2019Related News

Iniyayabang na 61 solid party-list solons fake news, unity vote wasak!

WALANG nangyari, bigo, at sumemplang ang nakatakdang pagpili ng grupo ng party-list solons noong Miyerkoles kung sino ang susuportahan nilang kandidato bilang speaker. Ibig sabihin, puro ingay lang ang ginawa ng PBA Party-list congressman na si Jericho Nograles na pipili sila kina Rep. Martin Romualdez at Cong. Lord Allan Velasco. Anyare? Bakit walang napili? Nagkaatrasan ........»»

Source: Hatawtabloid HatawtabloidCategory: MoviesJun 21st, 2019Related News

BOP posts surplus for 7th straight month

The Philippines continued to register strong inflows resulting to a surplus in the balance of payments (BOP) position for the seventh straight month with $928 million in May, reversing the $583 million deficit booked in the same month last year......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceJun 19th, 2019Related News

France detains soccer great Platini in 2022 World Cup probe

By John Leicester and Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning. Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is "absolutely confident in the future" and has "strictly nothing to reproach himself for." Also questioned Tuesday were two one-time associates of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, adding a layer of political intrigue to the investigation of the hugely controversial decision to hold soccer's showcase tournament in a desert country so scorching hot in June and July that the matches will be played instead in November and December. As head of European soccer's governing body UEFA, Platini was the continent's top representative on the FIFA committee that picked Qatar in 2010. The closed-door, secret-ballot vote baffled many at the time, not least because the Persian Gulf nation has no soccer pedigree to speak of. But gas-rich Qatar is pouring billions into the world's most popular sport and has the means to finance new stadiums. Platini, 63, was taken into custody after being summoned to a French police anti-corruption and financial crimes office outside Paris, a judicial official told The Associated Press, confirming a report by online publication Mediapart. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. French authorities did not announce any charges against the soccer legend or say exactly what he was being asked. He can be held for questioning for up to 48 hours, after which he can be either released or formally charged. It was the latest turn in a string of scandals in recent years that have brought down dozens of soccer officials from FIFA and other organizations over such offenses as vote-buying, kickbacks and bribery. French prosecutors are known to be investigating an array of winning bids for major sports events, including the 2018 World Cup, awarded to Russia, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and track and field world championships. Qatar beat the long-favored United States 14-8 when FIFA selected the host country for the 2022 World Cup. Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who presided over the vote, has accused Platini of backing out of a secret "gentleman's agreement" to award the tournament to the United States after meeting with Sarkozy, France's president at the time. Platini's representatives said he was taken into custody only for "technical reasons." His lawyer, William Bourdon, explained that police wanted to ensure that Platini and other witnesses couldn't confer with each other about their accounts. Also detained Tuesday was Sophie Dion, a former sports adviser in Sarkozy's administration, the judicial official said. She was released late in the evening. Claude Gueant, former secretary general of the Elysee presidential palace under Sarkozy, was questioned as a witness and not detained. French prosecutors previously questioned Blatter. Ahead of the FIFA vote, Sarkozy hosted a meeting in November 2010 that brought Platini together with Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, then the crown prince of Qatar and now its ruling emir. Al-Thani also owns the French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain, and Sarkozy frequently attends its games. Platini has long insisted that the meeting did not influence his vote for Qatar less than two weeks later. "Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good," he told the AP in 2015. But in the same interview, he also said that he "might have told" American officials earlier that he was going to vote for the United States' bid. Blatter quoted Platini as saying ahead of the vote: "I am no longer in your picture because I have been told by the head of state that we should consider the situation of France." FIFA had no comment on Platini's detention and said it has made a "full commitment to cooperating with the authorities." As a player, Platini was one of the best ever, a creative midfielder who lit up the pitch for club and country. He helped France reach the World Cup semifinals in 1982 and 1986 and led his national team to the 1984 European Championship title. He also played club soccer for Nancy and Saint-Etienne before switching to Italian club Juventus. He won three straight Ballon d'Or titles as the best player in Europe while playing for Juventus from 1983 to 1985. Both Platini and Blatter were toppled from their positions at the top of soccer in 2015. Platini was banned by FIFA for financial misconduct in connection with a $2 million payment authorized by Blatter — a suspension set to expire in October. ___ AP Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris in Nice, France, and AP Sports Writer Graham Dunbar in Geneva contributed......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 19th, 2019Related News

Former FIFA head Blatter: Sarkozy meeting key to Qatar vote

By Graham Dunbar, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the arrest of soccer great Michel Platini as part of a French corruption probe lends weight to his version of how the United States lost the 2022 World Cup vote to Qatar. Blatter told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has insisted for years that the result of the 2010 vote was swayed by a meeting in Paris two weeks earlier involving then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Platini and Qatar's future Emir. Blatter spoke hours after Platini, the former France midfielder who was the UEFA president at the time of the vote, was detained in Paris on Tuesday by French authorities who also questioned two former Sarkozy aides. "It's all detailed — what I always said," Blatter told the AP in a telephone interview from Zurich, citing the twobooks he has published since being banned by FIFA. Qatar beat the long-favored U.S. 14-8 in a final round of voting by a since-discredited FIFA executive committee. Most of the voters have since been banned by FIFA — including Blatter and Platini — indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice, or implicated elsewhere in financial wrongdoing. Two weeks ahead of the vote in Zurich, Platini had been hosted by Sarkozy at the French presidential residence, and met senior Qatari officials including then-crown prince Sheikh Tamim. According to Blatter, that Élysée Palace lunch changed the course of FIFA's plan to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to the U.S. on the same day. "Platini phoned me and said, 'Listen, president, our gentlemen's agreement which we have made inside the FIFA executive committee will have difficulties to work,'" Blatter said Tuesday. In Blatter's version, Platini — who in 2015 acknowledged switching sides — and three other voters from European soccer body UEFA changed their planned American support. "It was four votes which have disappeared," he said. "If you change the four votes then the winner will be the USA." Platini has long insisted that the meeting did not influence his vote for Qatar less than two weeks later. "Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good," he told the AP in 2015. But, in the same interview, he also said that he "might have told" American officials earlier that he was going to vote for the United States' bid. On Tuesday, Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is "absolutely confident in the future" and has "strictly nothing to reproach himself for." The 83-year-old Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban by the FIFA ethics committee, was interviewed as a potential witness by French investigators in Zurich in April 2017. On a day of intrigue for Blatter, the attorney general for Switzerland was recused from overseeing a sweeping criminal investigation of FIFA officials. The Swiss, French and American cases have shared information and evidence over the past five years, since the Blatter-led FIFA filed a complaint in 2014 about suspected money laundering in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. Now, Switzerland's federal criminal court removed attorney general Michael Lauber from his department's case because of undeclared meetings with current FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The federal court says it upheld requests by two claimants it did not identify. "Now I get part of my trust and confidence in the Swiss justice back," said Blatter, who has been a criminal suspect since September 2015 but never charged. He denies wrongdoing in a case which ended his 18-year FIFA presidency, and asked Tuesday: "Why the hell is not all over yet?" Criminal proceedings against Blatter are among at least 25 opened by Lauber's federal prosecution team in the wider soccer probe. Lauber's job has been at risk since two 2016 meetings with Infantino were revealed last November in the Football Leaks series publishing confidential emails and documents from the soccer industry. A disciplinary case was opened against Lauber last month when an undeclared third meeting with Infantino in Bern in June 2017 was revealed. "This is an old story," Blatter said of the investigations against him, adding he is recovering from knee replacement surgery four weeks ago. "I do hope that the Lord will give me enough time to live and to have a look at the end of this story.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 19th, 2019Related News

Qatar building for 2022 World Cup on Copa America debut

By Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For 2022 World Cup host Qatar, every Copa America match will be like a final. Sunday's clash against Paraguay at the historic Maracana stadium is especially so because it is probably the team's best chance to pick up points in the tournament. Qatar's Spanish coach Felix Sanchez told journalists on Saturday his team will try to compete at a high level in all three group stage matches against Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay. He believes the first two are candidates to win the title, meaning the game against the Paraguayans represents the best chance for Asian Cup holder Qatar to register a victory. "It will be like a final," said Sanchez. "But it will be the same against Argentina and Colombia. These are all great footballing nations." Qatar, which is making its Copa America debut, lost a friendly against hosts Brazil 2-0 earlier this month. Brazil coach Tite said he was impressed with Qatar's defense, although the team's ball possession was not as good as it was in the Asian Cup. Paraguay is trying to rebuild under coach Eduardo Berizzo after failing to qualify for the last two World Cups. "It is a team that counters very well, that can adapt to different tactics. They have a great offense," Berizzo said of Qatar. Paraguay's coach, however, thinks his team is the favorite to win in Rio de Janeiro. "We need to reaffirm our identity," he said. Sanchez, who took over in July 2017 and had his contract extended to 2022 just before the Copa America, said matches like these will help the team reach a higher level before the World Cup. "We have to forget what happened in the UAE and focus here," the Spanish coach said, in a reference to the venue for his team's Asian Cup triumph. "For us to get there (2022) in good conditions, we have to play tournaments like this." Qatar captain Hassan Al-Haydos, who was taking selfies on the Maracana pitch before the press conference, agreed. "We are here to develop, to adapt and to grow," the striker said. "It is an honor to be in this tournament and to be in Brazil with so many other great teams." Next year Qatar will return for another Copa America in Argentina and Colombia. In 2021, the tiny nation will stage the Confederations Cup......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 16th, 2019Related News

Party-list coalition to vote as one

The 54 members of the Party-list Coalition in the House of Representatives reiterated yesterday their commitment to vote as one in the election of the next speaker......»»

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Get Free Fuel Worth P1,000 When You Register for the Phoenix Golf Cebu

Register for the Phoenix PULSE Technology Amateur Golf Tournament at the Phoenix Petroleum station along Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Brgy. Kasambagan, Cebu City (near Banilad) and get Php 1,000 worth of fuel cards for free. Only the first 100 registrants can avail of the promo which will run from June 12 to June 23, 2019. […].....»»

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Sa Speakership… Vote buying hinamon talakayin sa kampo ng PDP Laban

UNANG umugong ang isyu ng vote buying sa House Speakership nang kompirmahin ni dating House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at sinundan ito ng rebelasyon ni Pampanga Rep. Dong Gonzales na aabot sa P7 milyon ang bribe money para makuha ang boto ng isang mambabatas. Sina Gonzales at Al­va­rez ay kapwa kabilang sa PDP Laban kaya hamon ........»»

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Brexit figurehead Johnson tops first-round vote for British PM

LONDON, United Kingdom (UPDATED) – Brexit figurehead  Boris Johnson came top by a landslide in a first-round vote on Thursday, June 13, for a leader to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May as the deadline for leaving the EU looms. In the ballot of Conservative MPs, former London mayor Johnson secured ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 13th, 2019Related News

Renault and French gov t trade blame over failed Fiat deal

PARIS, France – French officials rejected Thursday, June 13, any blame for the abandoned tie-up of Renault and the US-Italian automaker Fiat Chrysler, a day after Renault's chairman said the government had blocked a vote on a deal that would have upended the global automotive industry. "We did not derail ........»»

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PDP-Laban hinamon na talakayin ang vote buying sa speakership mula sa kanilang kampo

Manila, Philippines – Unang umugong ang isyu ng vote buying sa House Speakership nang kumpirmahin ito ni dating House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at sinundan pa ito ng rebelasyon ni Pampanga Rep. Dong Gonzales na aabot […].....»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: NewsJun 13th, 2019Related News

Robredo camp urges PET to resolve incidents in pilot provinces vote recount

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s legal counsel, filed an Urgent Motion to Immediately Resolve all Pending Incidents involving former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s electoral protest against the vice president......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 13th, 2019Related News

Cebu City council voids Cebu South Road Properties sale

CEBU CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – With councilors affiliated with Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) having the majority vote, the Cebu City council on Tuesday, June 11, approved a resolution declaring as void from the beginning the sale of land in Cebu City’s South Road Properties (SRP) area 4 years ago. In a vote ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 11th, 2019Related News

Handpicked successor sweeps Kazakhstan vote criticized by monitor

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The handpicked successor of Kazakhstan's longtime ruler won a sweeping victory in a presidential election, but the vote was marred by a police crackdown and monitors said Monday, June 10, it showed "scant respect" for democracy. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took 70.8% of the vote in the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 10th, 2019Related News