Good fight: Durham, Meralco come up short anew but with their head held high

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “It was a hard fought game. We started a little too late with the spots. But you know, they’re a great team. They kept their foot on the gas, so we got to figure out a way to come out with more intensity at the start so we don’t get down,” he said.There’s no reason for Durham and the rest of the Bolts to not to keep their head high knowing that the future could only be bright.READ: Meralco import Durham fined P30k for Game 5 comments “Eventually, when Ranidel de Ocampo comes back and some of the other pieces that they added — Garvo (Lanete) and the young guys, they’re definitely heading into the right direction,” he said. “The guys really don’t have nothing to hang their head about. We fought good. We lost to a good team. We don’t have to be ashamed or anything like that and we gotta keep working.”As for Durham, he’s just hoping to get one more shot and earn another return ticket next season, wishing that third time will definitely be the charm for Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “Last year, we lost in Game 6. This year, we pushed it to Game 7,” said Durham, putting spotlight on how close Meralco was on claiming its first title in franchise history.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDurham put up another valiant effort in the final game of the season, unleashing 26 points, 24 rebounds, and nine assists as the Bolts fought back from as much as 20 points down before fizzling out in the end.But the two-time Best Import was man enough to admit that just like last time, Ginebra was the better team. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Allen Durham. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Eventually, something’s got to give.That was how Allen Durham described  Meralco’s 101-96 Game 7 defeat to Ginebra as the Bolts finished as bridesmaids anew for the second straight PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Brownlee proud of Ginebra’s response after test of character in crunch time Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Hopefully, I can come back next year as we go at it again. It was a hard fought series. It’s tough and it hurts, but we got to figure out a way to get over this hump. I really wanna win with this group of guys. They work so hard, we work so hard and we’re gonna keep going at it,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ministry of Justice Suffers Crippling Blow, As Justice Minister and Attorney General Resigned, …

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has responsibility for different parts of the justice system – the courts, prisons and probation services and legal aid. It works in partnership with the other government departments and agencies to reform the criminal justice system, to serve the public and support the victims of crime. It is also responsible for making new laws, strengthening democracy, and safeguarding human rights.But, within the past days the Ministry has suffered a crippling blow, which started with President Ellen Johnson  Sirleaf’s dismissal of key deputy ministers, Cllr. Wheatonia Dixon-Barnes, Deputy Minister for Administration, and Public Safety; Ms. Victoria Sherman-Lang, Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs.The President also dismissed   Hilary Sirleaf-Siakor, Assistant Minister for Prisons.When she dismissed the officials, President Sirleaf contended that she was doing it because of their failure to return home to help in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.Her action, she said, was a follow-up to her directive regarding restrictions on travel of government officials, including their return within a week for those who were out of the country without an excuse. According to the Executive Mansion, these government officials “showed insensitivity to our national tragedy and disregard for authority.”Unfortunately, Justice Minister and Attorney General Cllr. Christiana Tah resigned her post on Monday, October 6.In her resignation statement,  she argued that she was doing it because President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf blocked her investigation into fraud allegations against the country’s National Security Agency (NSA), which is headed by the president’s son.Announcing her resignation in a statement dated Oct. 6, Justice Minister Christiana Tah said she could not remain in office “and not supervise the operations of the security agencies under the Ministry of Justice.”  “What is the ‘rule of law’ if the president asserts that she does not trust the Ministry of Justice to independently investigate allegations of fraud against the National Security Agency?” Minister Tah added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aids: Mandela calls for leadership

first_img16 July 2004Just days short of his 86th birthday on 18 July, Nelson Mandela made an urgent call for strong leadership, from all countries and from all sectors of society, to turn the tide of the Aids pandemic.Addressing delegates at the 15th International Aids Conference in Bangkok on 15 July, Mandela said the world had to meet four main challenges in fighting HIV/Aids: increasing funding; harmonising funding efforts; developing more comprehensive national treatment programmes; and, as a matter of urgency, providing strong leadership.“And I speak not only of political leaders”, Mandela said, “but also of leaders from every sector of society.”Leadership, Mandela said, involved both personal commitment and concrete actions. Leaders had to lead the response to HIV/Aids “with clear vision and imaginative action.“They must dare to be different, and they must be prepared for the course to be difficult. They will be faced with tough decisions, and they must come up with bold and innovative responses. This is what leaders are for, and the Aids epidemic will test their leadership skills to the limits.”Prisoner number 46664Mandela’s address followed a screening of a one-hour special on 46664 Cape Town, an all-star concert that took place in South Africa on 29 November 2003 as part of an ongoing music-led campaign to raise global awareness about HIV/Aids and to raise funds for fighting the epidemic in South Africa.The former Robben Island prisoner number 46664 said that during his incarceration, he and his fellow inmates “were kept alive by our strong sense of hope and the firm knowledge that the world would not forget us … Despite the efforts of the apartheid regime to reduce us to prison numbers and so reduce our humanity, the world did not forget.“Today, I call upon all of you – every global citizen – not to forget. We must seize this opportunity to demonstrate that we share a common humanity … We must never reduce the issue to statistics.”The 46664 campaign, Mandela said, would continue to create global awareness of HIV/Aids, to advocate for and support HIV/Aids care, treatment and prevention, and to raise the funds urgently needed to fight the epidemic.It would also continue to pressurise governments and other agencies to meet their responsibilities, Mandela said, but added: “We cannot leave this matter only to governments and others. We must ask ourselves the question: What can I do as a global citizen?“The more we create awareness, the more we advocate for more resources, the more we remind others of their responsibilities, the more we must never forget our own responsibilities.”Mandela had high praise for the “extraordinary example of leadership” by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who announced on the same day an additional US$50-million donation to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria,He added, however, that it was going to take “much more than the resources of the Gates Foundation to achieve the scale-up required to fund the fight against Aids, TB and Malaria. We need to build the public-private partnership that is the vision of the Global Fund. We challenge everyone to help fund the Fund now.”Mandela concluded: “In a world that is divided along many lines, we now have a unique opportunity to bring us all together around a common challenge. In ensuring that the millions of people who are infected and affected by HIV and Aids are not forgotten, we will not only make a difference to their lives, we will also make a difference to our lives as well. We owe this at least to humanity.“Give one minute of your life to Aids. Support the 46664 campaign.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

SA a stable democracy: Motlanthe

first_img5 March 2012 South Africa is politically and economically stable and investors should not be put off by debate about the country’s policies, which is natural in a fledgling democracy, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Addressing the Ernst and Young Strategic Growth Forum Africa at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town on Friday, Motlanthe said it was “normal in a fledgling democracy that you will have a plethora of views, but we think we are doing very well in terms of national cohesion”. The country has been alive with debates on nationalisation, land reform and labour policies in recent months.Making space for opposing views “We come from a [past] where views were not tolerated, views were suppressed, so we have to open up space for people to ventilate their views in public,” Motlanthe said. “The trick is knowing which views influence policy processes and how policy is adopted,” he told business leaders and government officials from across the continent. South Africa is a constitutional democracy owing its allegiance to the Constitution. “Certainly as the executive we know we have to work in a co-operative fashion with the other two arms of the state [the judiciary and and legislature] and that we are held accountable to the Constitution,” Motlanthe said.Predictable investment environment South Africa remains an attractive investment destination – it has a predictable investment environment, is politically stable, has a stable banking system and offers many investment opportunities, the Deputy President said. The country also enjoys goodwill with neighbouring countries, which bodes well for investors looking to expand across Africa. Motlanthe said the country’s response to the 2008-09 global financial crisis – which brought the government, labour, civil society and business together in a national dialogue – was even adopted as a model by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).Cabinet ‘to consider amendments to labour laws’ Earlier last week, Motlanthe said the Cabinet would be considering amendments to the country’s Labour Relations Act over the coming months, as part of a range of measures to ensure that more jobs are created. Responding to a question in Parliament from leader of the opposition Lindiwe Mazibuko on Wednesday, Motlanthe added, however, that South Africa’s current labour legislation was flexible enough to allow for competition in the labour market. He said the improvement of the country’s tertiary colleges and training institutions, mooted in the recently released Green Paper on Post-School Further Education and Training, would accelerate efforts to build a capable labour force. Turning to what was being done to ensure that economic growth was being led by the private sector, Motlanthe said the private sector played a major role, but that there would also be a role for government to create an enabling environment for growth. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Explore the hidden underground. – Grotte de L’ Observatoire (GC2HC3E) – Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhat geocachers are saying:“WOW!! I planned to try earthcaches while I was on holidays but didn’t look too much in to the details involved. We got lost trying to find this (lack of planning on my side), but it was so worth it when we got there! I was amazed at the whole experience. Thanks so much for this earthcache, my favourite so far and therefore very worthy of a favourite point!” – sarahmur“Short stop in Monaco. What a marvelous little city with great architecture and lovely boats. I loved it and found a lot of secret places on my hunt once around the harbour and race track.” – Lemmer“This definitely was a highlight in our short visit to Monaco. First the very nice exotic garden with lots of big plants and beautiful views on the city and the sea, and afterward the many interesting sights inside the grotto. Thanks a lot for this Earth Cache.” – Jan_Peter What the Geocache owner, eisenstaedter, has to say:“I was on holiday in Monaco and I visited this this great place. Not only the cave, but the Exotic Garden and the view to Monaco Ville is worth to see. My first idea was: Here had to be a cache. And the cache gave my the inspiration to place an Earthcache. By chance, we planned to see the Exotic Garden, then we dicovered the Grotte de L’Observatoire.…I placed two other “Cave-Earthcaches”, because I think people like them ;). Grotte Gigante (GC3YQ2N) and Eishöhle auf der Rax (GC3BRA1). Thank you for your positive logs and favorite points, this gives me a lot of motivation to seek other interesting points and places.” Formations inside the cave. Photo by geocacher FTACHStalactites and stalagmites. Photo by geocacher ohjoy!The caves from the outside. Photo by geocacher Organisator SharePrint RelatedSunshine and Pancakes — Punakaiki Pancakes Earthcache (GCN98H) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 22, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”The Ice King’s palace. — Eisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World (GC18G08) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 9, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Watch out for Wampas* — Big Four Ice Caves (GC1575A) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 27, 2013In “Community” Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Monaco is known for being a playground for the rich and famous. During a stroll through the city, you’re bound to see incredible yachts, fancy sports cars and maybe even a movie star or two. But there’s more to Monaco than just luxury and relaxation. Just outside the city lies an amazing cave system. Many people visiting the area may not ever know it’s there, but geocachers do. The EarthCache at this location has introduced travelers to another aspect of Monaco that they won’t soon forget.center_img Photos: What city secrets have your discovered through geocaching? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More The main room of the cave. Photo by geocacher irisisleukGeocache Name:Grotte de L’ Observatoire (GC2HC3E)last_img read more

World Cup T20: Virender Sehwag must play in India match against Pakistan, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgTeam India must bring back match-winner Virender Sehwag for the must-win game against Pakistan in Colombo on Sunday, but the swashbuckling batsman would be under pressure, if he is included in the XI after being axed for the tie versus Australia, says former Pakistan tearaway Shoaib Akhtar.Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni chose to drop Sehwag for India’s first World T20 Super Eights game, against Australia on Friday, and the team got walloped by nine wickets, thus making the game against Pakistan a do-or-die battle. Although India have another game to go against South Africa, a win against Pakistan is a must to progress in the tournament.”If I were India captain I would bring back Sehwag. He creates pressure on the opposition. If he hits out Dhoni (too) will benefit (and not just Sehwag). But the pressure will be on Sehwag and not on Dhoni,” Shoaib told Mail Today in an exclusive interview. Shoaib Akhtar at the India Today Mediaplex where he will be an expert on the TV Today Network during the T20 World Cup.Dhoni dropped Sehwag against Australia, and instead picked a third spinner, leggie Piyush Chawla, but surprisingly gave him only one over, in which he conceded 14 runs.Sehwag has played just one Twenty20 International against Pakistan and scored five runs.The ‘Rawalpindi Express’, as Shoaib is often called, felt that Dhoni should have picked Sehwag against Australia. “If he had played him, he would have known whether to persist with him for the match against Pakistan,” he opined.However, the Pakistani advised Dhoni to not to pay “attention to the ongoing issues” and concentrate on the upcoming match. “He is Dhoni and he should remain Dhoni. He is a ‘diler’ (brave) and he should remain just that. When a ‘diler’ takes a wrong decision, even that, at times, turns out to be a right one, eventually,” he said.Shoaib, 37, said that winning the toss could be decisive, but it would not be the be-all-and-end-all in the crucial game. While lauding Pakistan for playing fearless cricket so far in Sri Lanka, Shoaib said that if captain Mohammad Hafeez’s team chases the target, it should not panic or play reckless shots.”Pakistan should chase maturity and sensibly. They should not panic. That’s a problem with them; they, at times, play irresponsible shots. They should play natural cricket,” he emphasised. “We don’t know any other way to play cricket; we have been taught to play the game that way since beginning. And this Twenty20 format suits Pakistan cricketers.”The former Pakistani speedster particularly want hard-hitting batsman Shahid Afridi to succeed against India. “I want him to perform and he should first stay at the wicket and then hit out in the crunch game,” he said.Shoaib, who has shifted his base back to his home city Rawalpindi from Lahore, said that Pakistan should play the same XI that held its nerves to edge past South Africa by two wickets with two balls remaining at the same venue where they will clash with India, R Premadasa Stadium.The Pakistani advised the two captains to enjoy the game in front of a ‘neutral’ ground. “Both captains don’t need to worry. They might as well enjoy the pressure of the game,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more