Win or lose, Pacquiao home by Nov. 7

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter “I need to return home at once,” said Pacquiao, who’ll be missing a Senate session for the first time when the upper chamber reconvenes Nov. 7.Pacquiao will resume legislative duties the following day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“It’s important for me to be there because we will do our budget deliberations,” Pacquiao said.During the election campaign, Pacquiao, a frequent absentee in Congress, promised to give priority to his legislative duties over boxing.After beating Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision last April, Pacquiao announced his retirement. We are young View comments Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, wearing a black shoulder brace and arm sling, waves during a welcome motorcade in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Pacquiao returned home to the Philippines on Wednesday nursing his right shoulder after surgery and weighing up whether to retire or push for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. APHOLLYWOOD—Regardless of the outcome of his title fight with Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5, Manny Pacquiao will fly back to the Philippines the day after.Deviating from his usual schedule of returning to Los Angeles by land first and taking the flight out of the US, Pacquiao will head to Manila from Las Vegas on Sunday (Monday in Manila).ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Belga and Almazan stay with RoS, seal maximum pay deals Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Thus far, he has lived up to that promise, training early morning and at night to be able to fulfill his Senate duties.The fight against Vargas was also scheduled based on the closing of the Senate sessions on Oct. 19 and its resumption.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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SA pays tribute to Arthur Chaskalson

first_img6 December 2012 Tributes continued to pour in for the late Arthur Chaskalson, South Africa’s former Chief Justice and the first president of the Constitutional Court, with mourners attending an official memorial service in Johannesburg on Wednesday remembering him as a man who served his country with humility. President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the government-organised service at Johannesburg City Hall, described Chaskalson as prolific jurist and a “legal legend of our time”. Chaskalson, who died at the age of 81 on 1 December after a battle with leukaemia, was buried on Monday. The national flag has been flown at half-mast at all state buildings since his passing. He served as the first president at the Constitutional Court and later as Chief Justice of South Africa from November 2001 until his retirement in 2005. During apartheid, Chaskalson represented members of the liberation movements in several major political trials, including the Rivonia trial. He has been widely praised for his role in the struggle against apartheid and his contribution to South Africa’s successful transitional period. Zuma told the gathering that South Africans would remember Chaskalson not only for his commitment to law and the Constitution, but for his contribution to the attainment of the country’s democracy.‘Unwavering fighter for freedom’ “He has been a solid and an unwavering fighter for freedom, human rights and social justice. Despite the threats of being jailed or losing their clients, they [Chaskalson and others] soldiered on … they knew that each case was an uphill battle,” Zuma said. He said Chaskalson’s role in building South Africa’s Constitution and his subsequent leadership of the Constitutional Court could not be underrated. Chaskalson wanted to see a society where all South Africans had water, food on the table, and could fall asleep without fear at night, a society where every community had a school and clinics with dedicated nurses, Zuma said. “Once we have achieved these goals, we would have made his contribution worth it. We commit to do better, working with other arms of the state to reverse the burden of the past injustices.” Friends and colleagues in the legal fraternity described him as an intelligent individual and a giant of the legal profession.‘Mandela held him in high esteem’ Veteran human rights lawyer George Bizos said Chaskalson represented activists from different political persuasions with distinct professionalism. “I know that Arthur was not a member of any political party, he would not allow any organisation to be an impediment to his independent thinking … President Nelson Mandela held him in high esteem, he enjoyed the respect of the profession, he was a member and respected by a lot of other people in and out of the profession,” said Bizos. Former Chief Justice Pius Langa remembered Chaskalson as a man who was humble and showed respect to all he interacted with. His life philosophy was driven by a determination to uplift the poor and marginalised, a cause he fought for until the end. “His influence ranged far and wide. He not only had wisdom and high principle; he was generous and shared his talent. He spoke in a quiet, modest tone and never raised his voice, even in times of provocation,” Langa said. Chaskalson used his expertise to assist the country during the negotiations for the new Constitution with its world-renowned Bill of Rights. “We were extremely fortunate to have had a person of his calibre. He built the institution [Constitutional Court] to what it is today; today our court stands as a shining exemplar throughout the world.” Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said: “He, more than anyone else, understood the link between the struggle before and the struggle after the democratic revolution. He was faithful to his oath of office. “We promise to defend fearlessly the independence of the judiciary,” Moseneke said. “We must be part of the transformation project to help our country realise its goals.” Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Justices rule against Missouri inmate with rare health issue

first_img(AP) – The Supreme Court says Missouri can execute an inmate who argued his rare medical condition will result in severe pain if he is given death-causing drugs.The justices ruled 5-4 Monday against inmate Russell Bucklew (BUCK-loo), who is on death row for a 1996 murder.Justice Neil Gorsuch’s opinion for the court’s five conservative justices rejects Bucklew’s argument that subjecting him to lethal injection could cause a tumor in his throat to burst and make him choke on his own blood. Bucklew argued that would violate the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.Bucklew had suggested he could be executed using nitrogen gas.last_img

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Video: This Kanye West Remix Of Coach K’s “Amazing” Rant After Loss To Syracuse Is, Well, Amazing

first_imgMike Kzryzewski talks after loss to Syracuse.Twitter/Coach KMike Krzyzewski was not happy with his Blue Devils’ Monday night loss to Syracuse at Cameron Indoor Stadium. During his post-game press conference, he referred to the end of the game, which featured a few controversial calls that helped the Orange, as “amazing.” Of course, many fans found comedy in that statement because of Duke’s reputation for getting questionable calls throughout the years. North Carolina’s SportsChannel 8 made a very funny remix of K’s presser, using his quotes over Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak hit “Amazing,” spliced with clips of many, many controversial calls that have helped the Blue Devils over the years. We’re sure ACC fans, especially supporters of the Tar Heels, will appreciate this one.[SportsChannel 8]last_img read more

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Cate Blanchett Video Highlights What Refugees Take When They Flee

first_imgIn the moment they flee, refugees cast a last desperate look around their homes and grab a few vital possessions to take into exile.Cate Blanchett and actors Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, and Douglas Booth rehearse What They Took With ThemCredit/Copyright: Rich HardcastleHighlighting their harrowing choices, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett has launched a powerful video, supporting UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign and petition exclusively on the Facebook platform.The video is based on a rhythmic poem entitled ‘What They Took With Them’ by Jenifer Toksvig, inspired by first person testimony from refugees of items they took with them when they were forced to flee.“As soon as I read Jenifer Toksvig’s poem, and even more so after I took part in an early performance of it, I was struck by its immense power,” said Blanchett.“The rhythm and words of the poem echo the frenzy and chaos and terror of suddenly being forced to leave your home, grabbing what little you can carry with you, and fleeing for safety,” she added.Blanchett performs the poem alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman.“Over 65 million people across the world have been forced to leave everything behind them – everything – and start their lives again from scratch,” Blanchett said. “As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, I believe the very least each of us can do is work together to ensure refugees have the basics with which to build back their lives – an education, somewhere safe to live, the ability to work. I hope this film will urge people to go to withrefugees.org and sign the petition.”The video is exclusively released on the Facebook platform. The centre-piece of the UN Refugee Agency’s #WithRefugees campaign is a petition asking governments to ensure all refugee children can go to school, all refugees have a safe place to live and that all refugees can work and contribute to their local community.It already has nearly 900,000 signatures and will be delivered to the UN Secretary General and the President of the UN General Assembly on Friday September 16 ahead of the historic UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants on September 19.The film of ‘What They Took With Them’ is also being released on UNHCR’s Facebook page at 09.00 BST on September 12 as part of a ‘Facebook live’ from Australia with Cate Blanchett.During the broadcast, Blanchett talks about her personal experience of meeting refugees in Lebanon and Jordan with the UN Refugee Agency, and why the #WithRefugees campaign is so critical in the run up to the Summit on Refugees and Migrants. She will also be answering questions related to her work as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador submitted by viewers.This broadcast will be the first in series of Facebook live events with UNHCR high profile supporters that will sweep across the world encouraging people in every region to sign the #WithRefugees petition, building momentum and support for the campaign in the lead up to the hand-in moment on September 16.One of the sources for the poem was Brian Sokol’s photography project, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ made in collaboration with UNHCR. Many of Brian’s photos, along with firsthand accounts from the refugees he photographed, are featured in the film.Sign the #WithRefugees petition and see the full version of the film here.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

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Environmental groups denounce Trump override of climate plan

first_imgHAZARD, Ky. – A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration’s move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.Speaking Monday in the coal-mining state of Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would be issuing a new set of rules overriding the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s drive to curb global climate change.“The war on coal is over,” Pruitt declared, adding that no federal agency should ever use its authority to “declare war on any sector of our economy.”It was not immediately clear if Pruitt would seek to issue a new rule without congressional approval, which Republicans had criticized the Obama administration for doing. Pruitt’s rule wouldn’t become final for months, and is then highly likely to face a raft of legal challenges.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was among those who said they will sue.“The Trump Administration’s persistent and indefensible denial of climate change — and their continued assault on actions essential to stemming its increasing devastation — is reprehensible, and I will use every available legal tool to fight their dangerous agenda,” said Schneiderman, a Democrat.For Pruitt, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan will mark the culmination of a long fight he began as the elected attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt was among about two dozen attorney generals who sued to stop Obama’s 2014 push to limit carbon emissions, stymieing the limits from ever taking effect.Closely aligned with the oil and gas industry in his home state, Pruitt rejects the consensus of scientists that man-made emissions from burning fossil fuels are the primary driver of global climate change.President Donald Trump, who appointed Pruitt and shares his skepticism of established climate science, promised to kill the Clean Power Plan during the 2016 campaign as part of his broader pledge to revive the nation’s struggling coal mines.In his order Tuesday, Pruitt is expected to declare that the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet.Pruitt appeared at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at Whayne Supply in Hazard, Kentucky, a company that sells coal mining supplies. The store’s owners have been forced to lay off about 60 per cent of its workers in recent years.While cheering the demise of the Clean Power Plan as a way to stop the bleeding, McConnell conceded most of those lost jobs are never coming back.“A lot of damage has been done,” said McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. “This doesn’t immediately bring everything back, but we think it stops further decline of coal fired plants in the United States and that means there will still be some market here.”Obama’s plan was designed to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 32 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. The rule dictated specific emission targets for states based on power-plant emissions and gave officials broad latitude to decide how to achieve reductions.The Supreme Court put the plan on hold last year following legal challenges by industry and coal-friendly states. Even so, the plan helped drive a recent wave of retirements of coal-fired plants, which are also being squeezed by low cost natural gas and renewable power. In the absence of stricter federal regulations curbing greenhouse gas emissions, many states have issued their own mandates promoting energy conservation.The withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan is the latest in a series of moves by Trump and Pruitt to dismantle Obama’s legacy on fighting climate change, including the delay or roll back of rules limiting levels of toxic pollution in smokestack emissions and wastewater discharges from coal-burning power plants.On Thursday, Trump nominated former coal-industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to serve as Pruitt’s top deputy at EPA — one of several recent political appointees at the agency with direct ties to the fossil fuel interests.The president announced earlier this year that he will pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement. Nearly 200 countries have committed to combat global warming by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.“This president has tremendous courage,” Pruitt said Monday. “He put America first and said to the rest of the world we are going to say no and exit the Paris Accord. That was the right thing to do.”Despite the rhetoric about saving coal, government statistics show that coal mines currently employ only about 52,000 workers nationally — a modest 4-per cent uptick since Trump became president. Those numbers are dwarfed by the jobs created by building such clean power infrastructure as wind turbines and solar arrays.Environmental groups and public health advocates quickly derided Pruitt’s decision as short sighted.“Trump is not just ignoring the deadly cost of pollution, he’s ignoring the clean energy deployment that is rapidly creating jobs across the country,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.___Associated Press writer Michael Biesecker reported from Washington. Follow him at http://twitter.com/mbieseck___This story has been corrected to show the percentage of coal jobs created under Trump was 4 per cent.last_img read more

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party noconfidence vote but troubles remain

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a brush with political mortality Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and country.May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally that reflected the discontent within the party over her handling of Britain’s exit from the European Union.Despite the victory, Brexit remains her government’s biggest problem. May is heading to Brussels to seek changed to her divorce deal from the European Union in order to make it more palatable to Parliament.The balloting came after May’s Conservative opponents, who circled the weakened prime minister for weeks hoping to spark a no-confidence vote, finally got the numbers they needed to call one.The result was announced to loud cheers from lawmakers gathered in the wood-panelled room where they had voted. Under party rules, May cannot be challenged again for a year.May had earlier vowed to fight for the leadership of her party and the country “with everything I’ve got,” and spent the day holed up in the House of Commons trying to win over enough lawmakers to secure victory.“A change of leadership in the Conservative Party now will put our country’s future at risk,” May said in a defiant statement outside 10 Downing St.She said that ousting her and a vote on her replacement — a process that could take weeks — could result in Brexit being delayed or even halted. May, who spent Tuesday touring European Union capitals to appeal for changes to sweeten her divorce deal for reluctant U.K. lawmakers, has until Jan. 21 to hold a vote on the agreement in Parliament, a timetable that could be scuttled if she is replaced.In a bid to win over wavering lawmakers, May indicated she would step down before the next election, due in 2022.Solicitor-General Robert Buckland said May told lawmakers at a meeting that “it is not her intention to lead the party in the 2022 general election.”Another Tory legislator, Nick Boles, tweeted: “She was unambiguous. She will not be leading the Conservative Party into the next election.”May has not said what she will do if, as many expect, there is an early election triggered by Britain’s Brexit crisis.The leadership challenge marked a violent eruption of the Conservative Party’s decades-long divide over Europe and throws Britain’s already rocky path out of the EU, which it is due to leave on March 29, into further chaos. It comes days after May postponed a vote to approve the divorce deal to avoid all-but-certain defeat.The threat to May has been building as pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers grew increasingly frustrated with the prime minister’s handling of Brexit.Many supporters of Brexit say May’s deal, a compromise that retains close economic ties with the EU, fails to deliver on the clean break with the bloc that they want.Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson accused May of acting like a “supplicant” in dealings with the EU.“She’s not the person to see Brexit through,” he said.Opposition lawmakers expressed astonishment and outrage at the Conservative civil war erupting in the middle of the fraught Brexit process.“This government is a farce, the Tory party is in chaos, the prime minister is a disgrace,” Scottish National Party leader Ian Blackford said during a pugnacious Prime Minister’s Questions session in the House of Commons.British business figures had expressed alarm at the prospect of even more political uncertainty.“At one of the most pivotal moments for the U.K. economy in decades, it is unacceptable that Westminster politicians have chosen to focus on themselves, rather than on the needs of the country,” said Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce.Graham Brady, who heads a committee overseeing Conservative leadership contests, announced early Wednesday that he had received letters from at least 48 lawmakers asking for a vote. That’s the 15 per cent of Conservative legislators needed to spark a leadership challenge under party rules.May cancelled a Wednesday trip to Dublin to meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar so she could stay in London and battle for lawmakers’ support.But before it, Cabinet colleagues rallied to May’s support. Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted that a leadership contest, with Brexit little more than three months away, “will be seen as self-indulgent and wrong.”Justice Secretary David Gauke said: “I think it’s vital for the country that she wins tonight.”He said that if May lost, “I don’t think we will be leaving the European Union on the 29th of March.”EU leaders tried to stay out of the fray. There was no change in plans for May to address them about Brexit at a summit on Brussels on Thursday.The European Parliament’s Brexit point man, Guy Verhofstadt, could not contain a note of annoyance, tweeting: “Once again, the fate of EU-U.K. relations, the prosperity of businesses & citizens’ rights are consumed by an internal Conservative party catfight over Europe.”___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit crisis at: https://www.apnews.com/Brexit___Associated Press writers Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz in London contributed.Jill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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SP-rank officer to lead CRPF convoys in J&K

first_imgNew Delhi: CRPF convoys moving to and from the Kashmir Valley will now be commandeered by a higher SP-rank officer and a single motorcade will not have more than 40 vehicles at any point of time, the paramilitary force has ordered in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 troops during a similar movement. A set of new standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the force headquarters in Delhi for vehicle-mounted movement of troops in Jammu and Kashmir, and it has also been ordered that the ‘passenger manifest discipline’ for each vehicle in the convoy be strictly adhered to. Amongst the first set of changed SOPs is the move to depute a second-in-command rank officer (equivalent to Superintendent of Police rank) of the force to lead the convoy instead of the current practice of a junior Assistant Commandant-rank (Assistant SP) officer heading the entourage. This is to ensure that the convoy is led by an experienced and senior officer who will have a better understanding and strategy to manoeuvre the convoy to and from the Kashmir Valley which is operationally very sensitive due to terrorist acts and IED threats, official sources said.last_img read more

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Low content with Germanys goalless draw with France

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low says that he can “live” with their goalless draw against FranceDie Mannschaft put in a battling display against the side that dethroned them as world champions in Thursday’s UEFA Nations League game at Munich.But Germany were made to settle for a goalless draw after France’s third-choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola denied Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller and Matthias Ginter.The 25-year-old made a total of six saves to deny Germany.“After our disappointing World Cup, we tried to turn over a new leaf,” said Low, according to BT Sport.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Against Mexico (at Russia 2018), in particular, we were left exposed to counter-attacks and we stopped France from doing that.“We had two or three really good chances and you rarely get so many chances versus a world champion.“So I am pleased with the strong running and fighting qualities of the team. We were compact and well organised. I can live with the result and our performance.”Germany will next face Peru in a friendly on Sunday.last_img read more

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Georginio Wijnaldum reveals how Klopp keeps Liverpool grounded

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed manager Jurgen Klopp is stopping the players from being distracted by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.The Reds are currently top of the Premier League, six points above second place Spurs with City having slipped to third after back-to-back defeats.Klopp has spoken of his players focusing on their on game and Wijnaldum says the team will not be distracted by what other teams are doing.“When we played Wolves away (the Friday before Christmas) a lot of the players didn’t even know who City or Tottenham were playing,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“We were just focused on our own game and trying to get the most out of that one. That is why it goes so well.”“We are only focused on the things we can control. We can control our own performance. We are only busy with that.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“If you are maybe less focused than normal, then you have a manager in Jurgen who will tell you directly that there is no space for doing less or enjoying things too much. He says keep both feet on the ground.”last_img read more

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