Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Highlighted by dunks of the driving, put-back or alley-oop variety, Davis had 33 points to go with 18 rebounds and four steals, and the Pelicans defeated the Warriors 119-100 on Friday night to trim Golden State’s series lead to 2-1.“He came out aggressive. He set the tone on both ends of the floor,” Rondo said. “He attacked the rim strong tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPelicans coach Alvin Gentry added that he “felt real good” during a time out when he heard Davis say, “We’re not losing this game.”Davis’ determined play around the basket helped New Orleans outscore the Warriors 54-36 in the paint and outrebound Golden State 54-44. LATEST STORIES New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts after his slam dunk during the second half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors in New Orleans, Friday, May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Rajon Rondo told Anthony Davis to “take a nap and think about 50” in the hours leading up to playoff game New Orleans all but had to win to have any hope of staging a playoff upset of defending champion Golden State.Davis didn’t quite score 50, but his dominance around and above the rim got the Pelicans back in the series.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Rondina, Gervacio oust Canada to barge into FIVB Manila Open quarterfinals In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Pelicans five-time All-Star said “aggression” had more to do with his team’s victory than any tactical adjustments they made.The Warriors have been known to erase large deficits in a hurry, but each time they tried to do so in Game 3, the Pelicans responded en route to a resounding victory. The Warriors never led by more than a single point and trailed by double digits for almost the entire first half, going down by 25 points in the third quarter and 26 in the fourth.Golden State shot uncharacteristically poorly from outside, missing 22 of 31 3-point attempts and finishing at 38 percent shooting (35 of 92) overall.“Most of it is attributed the Pelicans. Their defense was great,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They were the aggressors. They brought the necessary force to the game on their home floor and these are the ebbs and flows of the playoffs.”Jrue Holiday scored 21 for New Orleans and Ian Clark added 18 points against his former club. As in Game 2, Rondo once again had a heated exchange with Warriors forward Draymond Green. This time, Rondo backed it up with 21 assists.ADVERTISEMENT “You can’t get assists without your teammates. They made shots tonight. Guys moved well without the ball,” Rondo said. “It starts with defense. We were able to get stops, get out in transition — create mismatches in transition. Guys are going to their spots and I’m just trying to find them.”Klay Thompson scored 26 for Golden State, but missed 13 of 22 shots. Stephen Curry, in his second game back after a sprained knee sidelined him more than a month, missed 13 of 19 shots and finished with 19 points. Kevin Durant scored 22 points for the Warriors, but hit only two shots in the second half.“I was rushing a little bit and just missed shots,” Curry said. “I’m not going to get in my head about it. … You can’t really dwell on anything.”The Pelicans, meanwhile, made 14 of 31 3s, with Holiday, Clark, Nikola Mirotic and Solomon Hill each hitting three.They seemed to benefit from being back at home and looked to be the more comfortable team shooting from the outset.Hill, who missed all four 3s he took in the first two games, made his first three from deep. At one point late in the second quarter, New Orleans was 10-of-15 from 3, while Golden State was just 5-of-15.Mirotic’s third 3 of the first half put the Pelicans up 60-48 late in the second quarter, but the Warriors’ ability to score in bursts help them slash their deficit in half before the period ended.Thompson, who’d shot poorly in Game 2 and at the beginning of Game 3, scored eight quick points on a driving layup and a pair of 3s, trimming New Orleans’ lead to 62-56 at halftime.But the Pelicans opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run and led by double digits the rest of the way, responding each time the Warriors tried to make a run.TIP-INSWarriors: Green, who was soundly booed by Pelicans fans, had 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. … Kerr juggled the starting lineup with two new insertions, elevating Curry back to starter and also starting center JaVale McGee. 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Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pelicans: Mirotic finished with 16 points and E’Twaun Moore scored 13. … New Orleans outrebounded the Warriors 54 to 44 and finished with a 19-12 advantage in second-chance points. … Got 32 points from reserves, led by Clark.UP NEXTGame 4 is Sunday afternoon, when New Orleans can even the series or the Warriors can take a 3-1 lead back home for Game 5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments
As things stand, Australia and Gilas have already booked safe passages into the next round, but the tricky thing in this format is that records are carried over to the next phase, making this a vital game for the Filipinos.Gilas is running second with a 3-1 record, its only loss coming at the hands of the Aussies. They meet again, also July 2, at the cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, where Team Philippines, granting it defeats Chinese Taipei, would need to win by at least 19 points to take the No. 1 ranking in Group B.The others in Reyes’ pool are Baser Amer, Jio Jalalon, RR Pogoy, Allein Maliksi, Carl Bryan Cruz and Gilas Cadet Troy Rike.Gilas scored a 90-83 win over the Taiwanese last November as the Filipinos recovered from a bad start and got the goods in the second half from Castro, who finished with 20 points, and Fajardo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial View comments LATEST STORIES The team has until 7 p.m. with Fiba rules calling for coaches to submit their final rosters 24 hours before tip off. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Banko, Pocari complete PVL final 4 cast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ 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 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Why we do what we do. For our countrymen #parasabayan pic.twitter.com/7Gv48rJZ2M— Chot Reyes (@coachot) June 26, 2018Chot Reyes will cut three players from his 15-man pool on Thursday evening as Gilas Pilipinas clashes with Chinese Taipei in the third window of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers at Taipei Heping gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownReyes will cut four local players, with one slot obviously reserved for naturalized center Andray Blatche.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Reigning four-time Philippine Basketball Association MVP June Mar Fajardo, point guards Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo, power forwards Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar and Troy Rosario, gunslinger Matthew Wright, and skipper and prime defender Gabe Norwood appear to have locks on slots as the Filipinos try to keep their mastery of the Taiwanese.The Filipinos arrived in Taipei on Monday and have gotten in two practices where overseas Filipino workers made them feel right at home.“They really serve as an inspiration for us,” Aguilar was quoted by ESPN5 as saying. “It’s an honor to play for the flag. When you see them and the support they show, it makes you want to play better on the court and strive more for them.”“These are some of the things I cherish as a basketball player, to be able to inspire other lives. That’s why it’s added motivation to play for them.”Chinese Taipei hasn’t beaten the Philippines since an upset in the Asian Championship at Mall of Asia Arena in 2012.It needs to win the Friday game to avoid being put in a do-or-die game with Japan on July 2, also at home.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Wozniacki crashes out, tells opponent: ‘You won’t go far’ View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Aces tapped former import Diamon Simpson in place of Antonio Campbell with one more game remaining in its PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Thursday.Simpson first played for Alaska in 2010 and instantly became a hero for the Aces leading the team to the 2010 Fiesta Cup over San Miguel, which at that time had Gabe Freeman, Dondon Hontiveros, and Arwind Santos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Simpson is rejoining an Aces team that holds a 7-3 record and could enter the quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat advantage courtesy of the no.2 seed.Apart from the reacquisition of Simpson, Alaska also reactivated Jeron Teng in place of Davon Potts. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Teng seems to have recovered from the injuries he suffered in a stabbing incident in Bonifacio Global City in May.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Alaska has brought back a familiar face that has brought the franchise to the top of the league in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs
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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Showdown up for SMC-MVP teams ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With a raging bull of an opponent in the Argentine champ, Pacquiao still aims to score his first knockout win in almost nine years.The senator’s last KO win came on Nov. 14, 2009 when he pummeled Miguel Cotto to earn a 12th-round technical KO triumph.That masterpiece of a performance, held at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, capped Pacquiao’s string of fantastic stoppages of an A-list of opponents that included Brit Ricky Hatton (KO, second round), Oscar Dela Hoya (retired, eighth round) and David Diaz (TKO, ninth round).If Pacquiao is adamant in delaying Father Time, fans will expect no less than another KO win against the offensive-minded Matthysse.ADVERTISEMENT “He (Pacquiao) said that he was happy with the training,” Fernandez told philboxing.com in Filipino. “Most of us are Filipinos aside from Justin (Fortune, conditioning coach), the energy is back within the team.”But Pacquiao is not only expected to win his unprecedented 11th world title and the 60th fight in his storied 23-year career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’What remains to be seen is how much of that energy Pacquiao has been regained since he will be coming into this fight after a year’s inactivity.Pacquiao’s last fight was on July 2 last year when he lost in upset fashion to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Manny Pacquiao conquers highest peak in Maasim, Sarangani province. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Winchell CamposA day before closing his training camp and flying to Malaysia, Manny Pacquiao declared that he’s happy with how preparations for his fight against Lucas Matthysse transpired.Childhood buddy Buboy Fernandez, who took over Freddie Roach as head trainer for the July 15 fight at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, reported that the energy is back in Team Pacquiao ahead of the WBA welterweight championship duel.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ
LATEST STORIES TNT, though, lost its next game 104-98 to Blackwater but Racela said he understands what Davis went through before arriving at the KaTropa’s camp.“From what we saw today, yeah we’re satisfied,” said Racela. “It’s not really easy for him, but I’m sure he’ll get better as he plays more.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Davis put up 23 points and 16 rebounds while shooting 9-of-26 from the field after arriving in the Philippines on Thursday morning.In comparison, Glover was with TNT for more than two weeks before he played his first PBA game. 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt looks like TNT head coach Nash Racela is sticking it out with new import Stacy Davis in the PBA Governors’ Cup.The KaTropa didn’t get the best return from their investment in Mike Glover after the import had a disastrous debut of 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting, with 15 rebounds in TNT’s 103-90 loss to NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Racela added that Davis had little rest the moment he landed with the import immediately taking care of the requirements needed to play in the PBA and then running straight to TNT’s practice at 12 noon in Ateneo.Davis then went to the PBA office for the official measurements after his first practice with the KaTropa.“That bad shooting night was understandable, he did go thorough that kind of trip and of course you will lose your legs,” said Racela in Filipino as his team dipped to a 1-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Chemistry is the key as Maliksi, Pinto team up to lift Blackwater Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Durant had 28 points and 11 assists, Cook scored a season-high 27 and the Warriors used another big run in the third quarter to pull away and beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-100 on Saturday.“I just feel like Quinn thinks that he’s always supposed to be ready no matter what,” Durant said. “When his number is called he’s able to go out there and produce, and that’s just because of the work he puts in every day. It’s no surprise to me that he can do this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTwo days after losing Curry to a groin injury in a 23-point home loss to Milwaukee, Golden State bounced back behind Cook with little problem while their leading scorer sat at home watching.Signed on a two-way contract a year ago when he made 18 starts with Curry out, Cook looked just as comfortable this time around. He made his first seven shots and matched Durant with 19 points in the first half, then made a shot-clock beating 19-footer in the third to push the Warriors lead to 103-81. 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FILE – Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — Quinn Cook did an admirable job late last season for Golden State when Stephen Curry was hobbled by knee and ankle injuries. With the two-time NBA MVP sidelined again, Cook is ready to do it again.Kevin Durant showed with his passing that he can do a pretty good imitation of Curry, too.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jimmy Butler going to 76ers from Minnesota Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Warriors: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “That’s the mark of a pro,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s a great fit for us. Always prepared and always ready. His role is going to swing wildly based on our health and what’s happening out on the floor but he’s always ready.”Cook hasn’t played much this season but said the experience he got last year was a big factor in keeping him ready when his turn came up.“Our guys do a great job of always making you feel important, making you feel a part of the team, even when you aren’t playing,” Cook said. “I felt comfortable out there and we got it done.”Draymond Green was also missing from Kerr’s lineup but Durant – with a lift from Cook – made both absences a moot point while ending Brooklyn’s three-game winning streak.The nine-time All-Star had 13 points in the first quarter, scored the final six of the second then came up big again in the third when the Warriors led by as many as 20.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Golden State needed it on a night when their other Splash Brother, Thompson, had an off night shooting. Thompson made four of his first five shots but finished 11 of 20.Joe Harris scored 24 points for the Nets. Spencer Dinwiddie added 14 points and six assists and DeAngelo Russell had 12 points.“You had Durant and Thompson, and (Cook) did a Curry imitation tonight,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. “You could argue he made the difference tonight. He really scored the ball well.”GOTTA BE THE SHOESDinwiddie has taken full advantage of the NBA’s relaxed policy on shoe colors and has worn a different pair each night. Earlier this season Dinwiddie wore a pair of white shoes with a picture of 11-time All-Star Allen Iverson. With the Nets in the Bay Area, Dinwiddie switched things up again and had shoes that were inscribed with the word WITH across the top of one and KAP on the other, along with a picture of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the side.TIP-INSNets: Russell left the game late in the fourth quarter as a precaution after appearing to injure his hand while reaching for the ball. … Brooklyn has lost eight straight to Golden State. … The Nets haven’t won our consecutive games since a six-game streak in 2014-15.Warriors: Golden State is 51-12 following losses since 2014-15. … Curry did not play as expected but was feeling better after getting some work in with team trainer Rick Celebrini at the team’s downtown facility. “I saw him this morning,” Kerr said. “He had better mobility, less pain so it’s a good sign.” The two-time NBA MVP is nursing a mild to moderate left groin strain suffered Thursday in the loss against Milwaukee. … Green missed his second straight game because of a sprained right toe. … Shaun Livingston (right foot soreness) was also held out.UP NEXTNets: At Minnesota on Monday.
The No. 2-ranked Nadal enters the Australian Open as a legitimate title contender along with No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3-ranked Roger Federer, both six-time champions at Melbourne Park. Nadal is 32. Djokovic turns 32 in May, a week or so after Murray. Federer is 37.Five-time finalist Murray plans to start the tournament in Australia, but he has conceded it could be his last after 20 months of struggling to overcome a long-time injury. The severe pain from his surgically repaired right hip is restricting his movement and he has already flagged he’ll retire after Wimbledon — if he can keep playing that long.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMurray practiced on Saturday at Melbourne Park not long before Nadal appeared at a news conference to talk about his health after three months out of competitive tennis and his prospects at the Australian Open, the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that he hasn’t won at least twice.“Yeah, of course is very bad news,” Nadal said of Murray’s tearful news conference the previous day. “Will be a very important loss for us, for the world of tennis, for the tour, for the fans, even for the rivals that he have been part of a great rivalry between the best players for a long time, and a great competitor. Stephen Curry moves to third on all-time 3-point list Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “Seems like he had not very long career because today players are playing that long. But he’s 31 — 10 years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career,” Nadal said. “We will miss him. But today is him. Tomorrow another one. We are not 20 anymore. Our generation, everyone is more than 30s.”The Big Four have dominated the men’s circuit for more than a decade and shared around the major titles with few exceptions, such as Stan Wawrinka’s wins at the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 French and the 2016 U.S Open, and Marin Cilic’s victory at the 2014 U.S. Open.There’s a crop of other players coming through, including No. 4-ranked Sasha Zverev, but much of the attention in the first the couple of days at Melbourne Park will be on Nadal, Murray and Djokovic — who went through juniors together — and Federer.Nadal will open against Australian James Duckworth in the second match Monday on Rod Laver Arena. Federer has a night match against Denis Istomin on the same center court.Murray is scheduled to play No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday at Melbourne Arena, the third of the show courts. Djokovic is on the other side of the draw and will start on Day 2.Nadal recalled a younger Murray — “a little bit a bad boy” — in the under-13s and 14s, but was full of praise for how his Scottish friend had evolved.“At the end of the day you appreciate a lot your rivals because you shared lot of important moments in our lives,” he said. “I always had good relationship with him. We shared courts in the most important stadiums in the world, competing for the most important things. That’s impossible to forget.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “But being honest, when somebody like him, that he achieved almost everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he’s doing for such a long time already … probably he does the right thing for his mental health.”Nadal has missed long periods of tennis because of injuries throughout his career, still managing to amass 17 major titles, but has never contemplated a date for retirement.“I didn’t arrive to that point. I am a positive guy. I always had the feeling that we’ll fix it,” he said. “But, of course, there is periods of time that you don’t see the light. Is tough.”Federer has credited improvements in travel, in nutrition and in life balance for giving modern tennis players the ability to extend their careers well into their 30s. He was 35 and coming off a long injury layoff when he revived his career with an Australian Open title in 2017. He successfully defended the title last year, his 20th major.Nadal’s plan for longevity revolves around playing fewer tournaments and resting whenever he has persistent injuries. 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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told her international partners and counterparts from other countries— who are in Abuja, Nigeria commemorate part of its Centenary Celebration of the nation’s Amalgamation— that Liberia has come a long way, yet still has a long way to go. She said the future is bright and full of promise because the Liberian people, walking away from the terror of the past, have made it so.The Liberian President said in the interest of creating a free, fair and open Liberian society, she has striven to have an inclusive government; one that is courageous enough to include people from all parties, all counties, and all religions, even those who have maligned her. She said this is in line with her policy to create an environment where all Liberians are assured of their right to own and enjoy the benefits of their homeland.According to a dispatch from Abuja, Nigeria, President Sirleaf spoke on Thursday February 27, 2014 at a one day summit organized by Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The summit is one of several occasions in commemoration of Nigeria’s Centenary Celebration of its Amalgamation, an occasion that took place on the 28th.President Sirleaf was invited to make a presentation on: “Human Security and National Reconciliation: The Liberian Experience.”In her presentation, President Sirleaf told her audience that Liberia’s peace and prosperity is intertwined with that of all African countries, particularly those in the West African sub-region. She indicated that this is why Liberians applaud the tremendous effort Nigeria is making to contain its internal conflict, and— through significant contribution— the conflict in several other nations in the region.She said central to the provision of human security and national reconciliation is transparency in the utility of the country’s natural and God-given resources. To this end, she said Liberia signed on to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) and partnered with Resource Watch to improve transparency and accountability in mining, agriculture, forestry and nascent oil sectors, going beyond the required to include forestry and agriculture to ensure that revenues generated from the natural resources can bring more benefits to all citizens.According to the Liberian leader, also central to national reconciliation in Liberia is the National “Palava Hut” Program. The National Palava Hut program is based off the Gacaca in Rwanda, and serves as a traditional and cultural conflict resolution mechanism in rural Liberia. It was launched in October last year.She said Palava Hut Talks, in the form of community-based truth-telling, atonement and psychological recovery, provide victims and perpetrators a safe space to tell their stories and seek means of fostering national peace and reconciliation. She noted that an Independent National Commission on Human Rights is overseeing the process and coordinating its activities.“We have challenged the commission, traditional and religious leaders, the Liberian Council of Churches, the Muslim Council, political parties, civil society and all Liberians to fully participate and support the National Palava Hut Program, in order to ensure lasting peace and harmony,” President Sirleaf said.On the continental front, the President said Africa ranks high on the perception ladder of potentially successful transformation made possible by the support of our regional institutions and underpinned by the African Union, which continues to place peace and security as top priorities.She observed that the winds of solidarity, cooperation and the pursuit of integration blow strong among all African nations. She said if this continued, perhaps the dream of Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah for political union would finally come true. In addition to a keynote address by President Jonathan setting out the human security and development agenda for Africa in the 21st century, the Summit heard goodwill messages by visiting Heads of State, Government and Heads of Delegations.Explaining the conference, Nigerian officials pointed out that the commitment and contributions of Nigeria to peace in Africa and around the world are widely acknowledged. It is in that spirit that the country seized the opportunity of the centenary celebrations to hold a one-day summit-level international conference.The conference also sought to reaffirm Nigeria’s and Africa’s commitment to global human security, peace and development; to highlight and seek support for a continental and global agenda for peace and human security for the 21st century.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,In response to the domestic violence crisis, The Caribbean Voice beseeches and implores the Government to urgently organise a stakeholders’ focus group to come up with a coherent and concerted action plan for immediate implementation.By stakeholders we mean organisations that are currently directly involved in gender-based activism – not those who say they are but do nothing, not those who talk, talk and talk but do nothing else and not those who engage in photo ops and pageantry but no concrete action. We also urge that politics be taken out of the equation and that only the passionate and committed, who already give of their time and efforts, be involved.Consultants are not needed because there is absolutely nothing to consult on. Contractors are not needed because there is nothing to contract out. And consultations are not needed because everyone is aware of the harsh realities on the ground.In short, bring together all those who are already striving to address the issue, build a plan that is practical and doable and implement it across Guyana, with Government and the Private Sector providing the financial and logistical resources.Provide the requisite training, develop and deploy signposting, create gatekeepers/first responders in every community, map a network of counsellors nationwide that can almost be immediately available to jump in and help, provide capacity to shelters and safe houses to be able to handle intake, and enhance and nationally extend the victims assistance plan that already exists through the Social Protection Ministry.Establish trained domestic violence units in every police station with the ability for quick responses and the skillsets to know what to do and how to do it with priority on victims’ safety. Establish strident efforts to ensure that police do not allow themselves to be influenced to dismiss reports, belittle victims, engage in casual investigations that destroy cases and ignore any and every sign that clearly points to abuse and potential for femicide.Give teeth to the requisite legislation and protection orders, sensitise victims to the concept of safety first, last and always, follow through on all reports taking cognisance that victims will often withdraw complaints or refuse to testify because of threats to self, children and family, economic dependence on abusers and ‘because of the children’. The judiciary system must be advised to maximise all sentencing and convicted abusers must be mandated to periodically report to Police after serving their sentences.Additionally, all convicted abusers should be publicly listed along with their photos in a registry that would be easily accessible. There are those who would academically argue about rights of abusers but completely ignore the rights of victims and the potential for abuse to be repeated. Furthermore, they completely ignore the fact that there is a mountain of literature and lived experiences that clearly say that every abuser is a potential murderer.In effect, what to do is very clear. Now, instead of verbiage and rhetoric from officialdom and wastage of resources in piecemeal, ad hoc, infrequent and ineffective action, the political fortitude needs to be displayed to build a network of activism, nationally armed with skillsets and resources to handle this crisis, through stakeholders’ collaboration. The Caribbean Voice stands ready to be part of such a process and, in fact, to assist from the inception with realising the stakeholders’ focus group.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voice
The Daily Observer has confirmed that a nationwide strike by the National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL) now in its third day, is disrupting clearing of imports at the nation’s seaports, airports and borders, depriving the government of millions of dollars in tax revenues.Unconfirmed reports say the 40,000 strong Customs Brokers across the country who contribute a hefty US$2m daily into government coffers have a list of complaints that have so far not been addressed by the Liberia Revenue Authority or the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. The Customs officers, citing unlawful, illegal and unjust collection of taxes from members of the business community by LRA, among other criticisms, have threatened to continue the strike until their terms are met.As the frustrated customs brokers entered their third day of strike action today, clearing of imports have slowed down denying the Government of Liberia millions of dollars from tariffs and other import charges.The major ports of entry affected include the Freeport of Monrovia, the Port of Buchanan, the border points in Cape Mount and Lofa Counties as well as Ganta entry point in Nimba County.During a press conference yesterday at their headquarters in the Freeport Community, NCBAL said their protest stemmed from ‘unsuccessful negotiations’ between them and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), headed by Madam Elfrieda Tamba.The president of NCBAL, Mr. Ivan J.F. Tumbey, said that a letter of complaint it sent to the Minister of Finance and Development Planning is yet to receive any redress.There is unlawful, illegal and unjust collection of taxes from members of the business community by LRA, especially those businesses involved in the importation of cargo through the Free Port of Monrovia and the Roberts International Airport (RIA), Mr. Tumbey charged.He said the association was taken aback when the LRA began charging tax payers additional fees on Clean Report of Findings (CRF) and collecting fees of US$50 per 20 foot container and US$100 per 40 feet container for scanning of Pre-Shipment Containers (PSI) when in fact, the scanner is not functioning.Tumbey said the unnecessary additional fees are disturbing and NCBAL is demanding that the LRA stop such charges until the scanner is functional and the charging power is renegotiated.“This an act which contravenes an earlier agreement signed between GOL and BIVAC (Bureau Inspection Valuation Assessment). If the LRA will continue tore-appraise the Clean Report of Findings, then let it forget about the BIVAC and Liberia’s lawful contract of 1997,” Mr. Tumbey declared.Another point of contention said Tumbey is that the LRA has appointed additional assessors to the already assigned assessors in Assessment at the DI-sites at the Freeport of Monrovia to re-appraise all cargos, a procedure which he said is outside of the agreement signed between BIVAC and GOL.Only BIVAC is authorized to appraise all cargos at the Country of Origin, using all of the internationally accepted procedures, according to the agreement between GOL and BIVAC.“Assigning additional Customs officers has also created serious congestion at various DI-sites at the Port causing delays in the clearing process which is a serious burden for the Tax Payers and the consuming public at large,” the Customs Brokers’ president said.Mr. Tumbey further called on the LRA to put an end to the inhumane treatment being meted out against Tax Payers, including denying them access to restrooms, drinking water, cafeteria and waiting accommodations among, others.“We want such deprivations to stop because it is not in the best interest of the country and it circumvents international best practices,” Mr. Tumbey noted.The NCBAL boss described as an act of corruption LRA officers prohibiting the clearing of cargos and door-to-door delivery of Cargos after 4:00 pm instead of these activities being 24-hour services according to the Maritime and Revenue Laws of the Country.“This situation results in the tax payers having to pay more for storage at APM Terminals while at the same time leaving their perishable goods at the mercy of truck owners and port security, posing a huge cost burden on both the tax payers and the consuming public,” Mr. Tumbey indicated.Mr. Tumbey alleged that Customs officers of the LRA and employees of the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Finance and Development Planning are engaged in Clearing and Forwarding while at the same time carrying on their normal government functions.“We think that this is unprofessional behavior by (employees of) these government agencies and this is a very serious conflict of interest. How will you be a referee and a player at the same time? Clearing and forwarding is for the Brokers,” he said.The Customs officers maintained that the strike action will continue causing the Liberian government to lose millions of dollars until their terms are met.When Madam Tamba’s offices was contacted for her comment, a female employee who picked up the call, refused to give her name and position, but said the LRA would come out with its position statement very soon.The female employee, however, dismissed reports that LRA is charging unlawful fees. She argued that all fees charged by the LRA are aimed at collecting lawful revenues on behalf of the government. She promised to contact the Daily Observer very soon to respond to their “so-called allegations.”There is speculation that Commissioner Tamba is making efforts to resolve the strike action.This means if the Liberian Government through the Ministries of Finance and Development Planning and Commerce and Industry as well as the National Port Authority do not resolve the strike action soon, government revenues to support the projected US$660 million 2015/2016 budget may be at risk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)