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Margaret Thatcher’s spouse not happy about McCartney invite

LONDON (AP) --- Most hosts would be quite happy to have Paul McCartney come to a shindig. But that wasn't the case with Denis Thatcher in 1988 when planning a gala reception at 10 Downing Street. Newly released papers show that the late husband of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher put a question mark next to the former Beatle's name on a proposed guest list he was reviewing. The papers, released Saturday, show Denis Thatcher leaving check marks next to the guests he approved and question marks next to those he was less comfortable with. The papers didn't offer an explanation of why he questioned the inclusion of the ex-Beatle. In a note, he wrote that he di...Keep on reading: Margaret Thatcher’s spouse not happy about McCartney invite.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 7 hr. 43 min. ago Related News

New topical agents for acne are rolling out

The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of adapalene gel 0.1 percent as an over-the-counter treatment for acne is a potential game changer that could lead to revision of guideline-recommended treatment algorithms......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News14 hr. 56 min. ago Related News

Johnson and Kisner, housemates and British Open leaders

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — A light rain in the morning that gave way to soft sunlight in the afternoon took some of the sting out of Carnoustie. Just not all of it. Kevin Kisner found that out with one swing that erased his two-shot lead Friday in the British Open and left him tied with housemate Zach Johnson. He hit an 8-iron that only needed to go 150 yards to clear the Barry Burn in front of the 18th green. Instead, it floated out of the yellow grass to the right, bounced off the base of the rock wall that frames the winding stream and led to a double bogey. Disappointed but not down, Kisner removed his cap behind the green and scratched his head as if he wondered what hit him. "They call it 'Car-nasty' for a reason," he said after signing for his 1-under 70. "Even when you think you've got it, it will jump up and bite you." It took a chunk out of Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, the Nos. 1 and 2 players in the world who won't be around for the weekend. Johnson finished with a double bogey to miss the cut by one. Thomas made three straight double bogeys on the front nine and missed by one. And it left a wide-open weekend on a course with a history of crazy finishes. Zach Johnson, whose name already is on the claret jug from his playoff victory at St. Andrews three years ago, played in the morning under an umbrella and finished with a 30-foot birdie putt for a 67. Johnson and Kisner are staying in a house of seven players — five of them major champions — and share the lead at 6-under 136. They played on different ends of a day that started gray and ended with shadows. Scotland's unusually dry summer finally got a reprieve. There wasn't enough rain to turn brown fairways green, though it at least kept shots from rolling endlessly. They head into a weekend with endless possibilities. One shot behind were Tommy Fleetwood (65), Pat Perez (68) and Xander Schauffele (66). Perez was tied for the lead until he hit into a bunker on the 18th hole and took bogey. Rory McIlroy, pledging to "go down swinging" to rid himself of a bad Masters memory this year, had another 69 and was part of a large group two shots behind. Jordan Spieth also is in the mix in his bid to take the claret jug back home to Texas. Spieth hit 8-iron through a gap in the trees for a birdie-birdie start to the back nine, and he dropped only one shot — not four like he did on Thursday — over the four closing holes at Carnoustie for a 67. He goes into the weekend just three shots back. "Very happy to be back in the tournament," Spieth said. Tiger Woods still has work to do after a rugged start, good recovery and then a mix of birdies and bogeys that left him stuck in neutral on a better day for scoring. Woods had another 71 and was six shots behind, with 28 players between him and the lead. "We've been fortunate with the conditions. It hasn't blown yet," Kisner said. "I think it will blow this weekend and make it even more difficult. Who knows what's going to happen? We're going to just keep trying to get after it." Carnoustie was a far different test from the opening round, when sunshine baked the fairways crisp and it was difficult to figure out how far the ball was going when it hit the ground. The steady, light rain made them a little slower and a lot more predictable. The greens held shots a little better. Strategies changed. Slightly softer conditions meant power players who were driving beyond the trouble hit more irons off the tee, and shorter players hit more drivers and fairway metals. Kisner hit 5-iron off the first tee Thursday. He hit 3-wood Friday. "Hit the same club as the approach," Kisner said. "That's a pretty dramatic difference in distance." Kisner is a newcomer to what amounts to an American fraternity house at golf's oldest championship the last three years. Four of them are among the top 11 on the leaderboard going into the weekend with Spieth and Rickie Fowler, who shot 69 and was at 3-under 139. As for talking shop after work? Nothing is off limits. "Everybody will tell their horror stories and good stories, and we'll laugh and eat a big old meal and sit around and watching something stupid," Kisner said. Thomas will have one of the horror stories. The PGA champion took three to get out of a pot bunker from the fairway on the par-5 sixth hole, making the first of three straight double bogeys. Johnson became the first No. 1 player to miss the cut since Luke Donald in 2011, and it was the second straight that the top two players in the world ranking missed the cut in a major. The way golf has been going, it would be reasonable to see the name "Johnson" atop the leaderboard and assume it belonged to the top-ranked player. But not necessarily at the British Open. "I've been called Dustin many times," Zach Johnson said. "I doubt he's been called Zach that many times." Johnson overcame a bogey on the opening hole with birdies on the third and fourth holes, and he never put himself under too much pressure the rest of the way. Already a two-time major champion with titles at St. Andrews and Augusta National, the 42-year-old from Iowa now has made the cut 12 straight times in the British Open, a streak that began at Carnoustie in 2007. His low ball flight, grinding nature and good putting give him the right ingredients. Kisner is no stranger to pressure at a major. He had at least a share of the lead after each of three rounds at the PGA Championship last summer until a bogey on the 70th hole ruined his chances. "Hopefully, I'll have another chance to prove that I can do it here," Kisner said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 21st, 2018Related News

Fintech gets the ball rolling

I recently met with a businesswoman who has been inquiring about financing and has expressed interest for a partner for her business growth. Over dinner, she discussed her woes and recent worries as well as her optimism for her well-established business. As a director of a major corporation, she learned that fintech has been a [...] The post Fintech gets the ball rolling appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJul 21st, 2018Related News

Neymar not upset at critics of his World Cup rolling

FILE - In this Friday, July 6, 2018 file photo Brazil's Neymar holds his shinbone during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in K.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 20th, 2018Related News

SUPER 8: Long Lions dominate Elite after Blackwater goes cold in fourth quarter

MACAU --- Good start and even better finish for the Long Lions. Guangzhou shut down Blackwater in the fourth quarter, rolling to a convincing 88-69 win Wednesday in the Summer Super 8 tournament at the East Asian Games Dome here. Up by only one entering the final 10 minutes, 59-58, the Long Lions opened the fourth with 13 straight points. That was part of a larger 22-1 run to put the game on ice. Guangzhou's defense was merciless and it helped that the Elite missed easy shots all through the fourth quarter. Blackwater was scoreless in the first five minutes of the final period and didn't score a field goal until the 2:11 mark via a triple from Mike Digregorio. "Actually ang nangyari, ang dami naming atake na libre na di na-covert," head coach Bong Ramos said. "Basketball is a game of moments, they [Long Lions] momentum and naka-kuha sila ng three points, yun di na kami naka-score," he added. Five players scored in double figures for the Long Lions led by captain Ju Mingxin with 21 points. Guo Kai added 16 points while Shirelijian Muxtar and 7'1" center Zheng Zhun were good for 14 points each. Digregorio led the Elite with 13 points.   The Scores: GUANGZHOU 88 – Jing 21, Guo 16, Shirelijian 14, Zheng 14, Gu 10, Tian 5, Wang 3, Yao 3, Heng 2, Song 0. BLACKWATER 69 – DiGregorio 13, Jose 11, Maliksi 11, Sumang 8, Erram 6, Palma 6, Javier 5, Pinto 5, Banal 2, Belo 2, Zamar 0. Quarters: 24-21, 46-37, 59-58, 88-69.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 18th, 2018Related News

S. Korea probes army plan for troops to control protesters

SEOUL, South Korea --- A group of army generals rolling tanks and troops into Seoul to seize power. Paratroopers firing at large crowds calling for democracy. Tanks and armored vehicles stationed at universities to intimidate student protesters. Such scenes of military intervention in South Korea have been nonexistent since the country achieved democracy in the late 1980s. But revelations this past week of a document showing the military drafted plans to mobilize troops to suppress protests last year have struck a nerve among people in one of Asia's most vibrant and wealthiest democracies. Some allege the plans even included a scenario for a coup. The memories of brutal, mil...Keep on reading: S. Korea probes army plan for troops to control protesters.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 15th, 2018Related News

      CSU Conducts 1st Abaca Stakeholders & Farmers Consultative Forum

 Highly committed to its newly mandated function as the “Abaca Research and Development Center” (ARDC), the Catanduanes State University (CSU), this early, had started the ball rolling, so to speak, with the holding of the “First Abaca Stakeholders & Farmers Consultative Forum” on June 26, 2018 at the CSU Auditorium. The consultative forum attended by […].....»»

Source: Bicolperyodiko BicolperyodikoCategory: NewsJul 14th, 2018Related News

Duterte names Antonio Kho Jr Comelec commissioner

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed former justice undersecretary Antonio Kho Jr Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said Kho's appointment papers were released on Thursday, July 12.  Kho now takes the spot vacated by Sheriff Abas when he was appointed Comelec chairman. Kho's ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 13th, 2018Related News

Libyan commander wanted by ICC escapes prison

BENGHAZI, Libya – A Libyan commander wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes has "escaped" from prison, the forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar said. Haftar, head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, "has ordered the re-arrest of commander Mahmoud al-Werfalli after his escape from the military prison" ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 12th, 2018Related News

Run with Kapamilya star Gerald Anderson!

This 5th of August, join leading athletic footwear and lifestyle brand Skechers in its inaugural Skechers Performance Run at SM By the Bay, MOA Complex!  Headlined by its ambassador and celebrity athlete Gerald Anderson, the first in the country event highlights the brand’s slogan to “GO like never before” and its mission to make a fit and active lifestyle more accessible and enjoyable to more people. Inviting the public to sign up and run with them areSkechers Ambassadors Gerald Anderson, triathlete Faith Garcia, and pro runner Richard Salano. The brand’s celebrity ambassadors will also be joining in on the pioneering, fun-filled event. The Skechers Performance Run 2018 consists of three categories: 5k, 10k, and 21k run distances to cater to both beginners and seasoned runners. Registration is ongoing online and in selected Skechers stores across the metro. Much awaited racekit entitlements include a sleek Skechers Performance Run race shirt, finisher’s medal and a drawstring bag. 21km finishers get an additional 21km finisher shirt as well. The day doesn’t end with crossing the finish line. After completing their race distance, participants can look forward to several interactive booths and installations, exciting games and activities, and of course, fabulous freebies and prizes! Performances from top artists are also part of the program to make for an exciting day filled with something for everyone to enjoy. In tandem with the launch of the run event, Skechers Performance has just released its newest and most advanced running shoe collection to date which are the perfect gear to wear to the inaugural run!   Running Gear Skechers Performance shoes are engineered to provide maximum speed and comfort using signature technology, making it a top choice for pro runners as well as anyone who can appreciate their excellent features. The award-winning products are achieved through a close partnership between athletes and the brand where innovative footwear and apparel are designed and engineered to the highest standards: the athlete's standards. Now, with a collection of shoes to suit all types of runners, Skechers Performance introduces its latest line of running shoes outfitted with all-new Flight Gen midsole technology. Flight Gen is a new generation midsole designed to provide a highly responsive ride with plenty of cushion protection. It generates an increased rebound with less weight, coming in a huge 30% lighter than the previous 5gen midsole material. In terms of actual benefit, it delivers increased comfort and enables the wearer to move at higher speeds. All of the latest renditions of Skechers Performance’s flagship running silhouettes, the GO RUN 6, GO RUN FORZA 2, and the GO RUN RIDE 7 feature Flight Gen technology. Slip on or holdany of the Flight Gen shoes and you will notice that all of them are surprisingly lightweight and breathable. In addition to Flight Gen technology, the entire collection is also equipped with Skechers Performance’s signature M-Strike; Mid-foot strike technology which promotes efficiency in each stride. M-strike works by reducing each stride from three counts: landing on the heel, rolling to the midfoot, and then toe off,  to only two counts:  landing on the midfoot, followed by immediate toe-off Skechers Performance thus delivers a combination of speed and comfort within each shoe through Midfoot strike, Flight Gen technology, and innovative construction and materials.   PHP 800 OFF PROMO FOR SKECHERS PERFORMANCE SHOES Great news to interested participants, you will receive a Php 800 Discount Voucher valid for any Skechers Performance Go Run series footwear once you purchase a race kit for the Skechers Performance Run 2018 in the six participating registration sites from July 16 to August 04, 2018. - RELEASE.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 12th, 2018Related News

Finished with a hug: Nadal edges del Potro in 5 at Wimbledon

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — When the 4 hours, 48 minutes of diving across the grass and leaping into the stands, of slipping and sliding, of so many moments of great tension — and, above all, great tennis — were done, when Rafael Nadal had sealed his Wimbledon quarterfinal victory, the man he edged, Juan Martin del Potro, was face-down at a Centre Court baseline. "I wanted to stay there," del Potro said afterward, "all night long." He did hold that pose, a mixture of full-on despair and utter exhaustion, for a bit, which felt appropriate. So, too, did what happened next after Nadal won 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday and earned a trip to the semifinals at the All England Club for the first time since 2011: He went over to give del Potro a lengthy hug. Then they walked to the sideline together, arms draped across each other's shoulders. "Emotional match for both of us," said Nadal, who is ranked No. 1 and seeded No. 2 and won two of his 17 major championships at Wimbledon. "And for the fans, too." Now Nadal will face longtime rival Novak Djokovic in the semifinals Friday. It will be their 52nd career meeting; Djokovic leads 26-25. Djokovic, a 12-time major champ whose resume includes three trophies at the All England Club, advanced earlier Wednesday with a four-set victory over Kei Nishikori that didn't require nearly as much energy or effort as what followed on Centre Court. And Nadal rued failing to take control against del Potro much earlier. Nadal could have gone up two sets to none after leading 6-3 in the tiebreaker. But he blew those three set points, the last with a double-fault he later called "a big mistake." Nadal wasted a fourth chance at 7-6, before letting 2009 U.S. Open champion del Potro grab three points in a row for that set. After del Potro also took the third, repeatedly taking points with his thunderclap of a forehand, Nadal knew he needed to make some adjustments. The most important was pushing forward: The Spaniard went to the net a total of 23 times over the first three sets, and upped that to 24 over the last two, winning the point on 19 of those. At 1-all in the fifth, del Potro jumped to his right, rolling along the turf and losing his racket, for a volley winner, and then celebrated by raising both arms. Later in that 14-point, four-deuce game, Nadal chased a ball to no avail, sprinting so hard he was carried all the way over to the seats. He stepped on the short wall and landed in the lap of a female spectator. Soon, Nadal gained the upper hand, shaking off a hard fall onto his back on one point by whipping a cross-court backhand winner on the next to break for a 3-2 lead. That never really felt like much of a cushion, though. In the next game, Nadal staved off two break points, the first when he used his never-give-up-on-a-ball defense to stretch a point and del Potro pushed a forehand way long. Del Potro put both hands on his head. "Against Rafa," del Potro said, "you must go for winners all the time." Then, at 4-3, they played an epic 18-point game that featured six deuces and another trio of break points for del Potro, none of which he managed to convert. Soon enough, del Potro was down on his belly after one last slip, as Nadal finished off the victory with a volley. "Rafa is a fighter," del Potro said. "Also, he has a fantastic game.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 12th, 2018Related News

AP Exclusive: How an ordinary ICE raid left behind a crisis

  COVINGTON, Kentucky --- It had taken a decade for Brandon Tomas Tomas to establish a life in America: a wife, a steady job and five American-born children. It took 20 seconds for that life to be taken away. An immigration officer looking for someone else spotted him and asked an innocuous question: "Cmo ests?" How are you? Then he asked whether Tomas had papers. In a flash, the 33-year-old Guatemalan was in handcuffs, in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, headed to jail and probable deportation. Many miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities are separating families in raids that target immigrants at home and at work, conducted in the na...Keep on reading: AP Exclusive: How an ordinary ICE raid left behind a crisis.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 9th, 2018Related News

Froome starts pursuit of 5th Tour de France title

NOIRMOUTIER-EN-L'ILE, France --- Chris Froome's pursuit of a record-tying fifth Tour de France title has begun amid big crowds under sunny skies on an island off the Atlantic coast. The full peloton of 176 riders split between 22 teams got rolling Saturday morning for the mostly flat 201-kilometer (125-mile) first stage from Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile to Fontenay-le-Comte. Three French riders --- Kevin Ledanois (Team Fortuneo-Samsic), Jerome Cousin (Direct Energie) and Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) --- attacked at the start flag and quickly established an advantage of more than a minute. After crossing a bridge to the mainland, the route will take riders along the coastli...Keep on reading: Froome starts pursuit of 5th Tour de France title.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 7th, 2018Related News

The Superfight: Champions Cormier, Miocic collide at UFC 226

LAS VEGAS --- According to Daniel Cormier, true UFC superfights have much in common with cartwheel kicks, flying knee knockouts or inverted rolling triangle chokes. Everybody in mixed martial arts loves to talk about them. Plenty of people try to make them happen. And almost nobody actually pulls them off. Cormier and Stipe Miocic are getting it done Saturday night. For only the third time in the UFC's 25-year history, a reigning champion will fight a reigning champion from another weight class at UFC 226. Cormier (20-1), the affable light heavyweight champ, is moving up to challenge Miocic (18-2), the most accomplished heavyweight champion in UFC history , in the main ...Keep on reading: The Superfight: Champions Cormier, Miocic collide at UFC 226.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 7th, 2018Related News

Bourdain leaves bulk of $1.2M estate to 11-year-old daughter

        NEW YORK --- Globe-trotting chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain was worth $1.2 million when he died last month and left most of the estate to his 11-year-old daughter, according to court papers filed this week in New York. Bourdain's will and related papers show assets including $425,000 in cash and savings, $250,000 in personal property, $500,000 in intangibles like royalties and residuals, and $35,000 in a brokerage account. The documents also list a $1.1 million mortgage. The 61-year-old Bourdain was found dead June 8 in an apparent suicide in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, France, an ancient village where he was working on hi...Keep on reading: Bourdain leaves bulk of $1.2M estate to 11-year-old daughter.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 7th, 2018Related News

Under fire for ethics scandals, US EPA chief Pruitt resigns

US Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who pleased President Donald Trump by rolling back environmental regulations but came under fire for travel and security expenses and a condo arrangement, has resigned, Trump said on Thursday. Source link link: Under fire for ethics scandals, US EPA chief Pruitt resigns.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jul 5th, 2018Related News

As inflation soars to fresh high, lawmakers reiterate call for TRAIN brake

As the country's inflation soared to a fresh five-year high, some lawmakers are urging the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to reassess its tax reform law and start rolling back its excise tax on fuel......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 5th, 2018Related News

Beermen near top six finish, rip Elite

San Miguel Beer kept rolling after crushing Blackwater, 115-106, to book a ticket to the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. It was a collective effort by the Beermen, who had seven players finishing in double-digit scoring led by Arwind Santos' 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. "That's a very important game for us. We knew we can beat Blackwater but I told them this team is very dangerous because of their import Henry Walker," said SMB head coach Leo Austria. The Beermen notched their sixth win in seven games and their 6-4 record put them in good position to finish in the top six and avoid a twice-to-win disad...Keep on reading: Beermen near top six finish, rip Elite.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 4th, 2018Related News

Huawei shares updated schedule of GPU Turbo rollout

MANILA, Philippines - Aside from a soon-to-be announced gaming-related phone, Huawei is doubling-down in catering to the growing mobile gaming community by rolling out a software update called GPU Turbo. The update, first announced in CES Asia 2018, mixes both hardware and software in the way it optimizes a device’s ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 4th, 2018Related News