Woods files entry to play US Open for 1st time since 2015

first_imgCarpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Balkman lifts Alab past HK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast FILE – In this April 5, 2018, file photo, Tiger Woods hits a shot on the fourth hole during the first round at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Woods has filed his entry to play in the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015. The USGA says Woods officially entered on Thursday, April 12, 2018, four days after he tied for 32nd in the Masters.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tiger Woods has filed his entry to play in the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015.The USGA says Woods officially entered on Thursday, four days after he tied for 32nd in the Masters. Even exempt players have to formally enter the U.S. Open.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Woods hasn’t played the U.S. Open since he missed the cut at Chambers Bay with rounds of 80-76.The U.S. Open is June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, where Woods made his U.S. Open debut in 1995 as the U.S. Amateur champion. He opened with a 74 and withdrew the next day with a wrist injury. He tied for 17th at Shinnecock in 2004 when he was in the midst of changing his swing.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 crownWoods is in the last year of a 10-year exemption from winning the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Shaq attacks verse in new TV series Poetry in America

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments LATEST STORIES 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 Pacers erase 17-point deficit to take 2-1 lead over Cavs Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames He brings his best bard to a dramatic reading of a poem in his episode of the 12-part “Poetry in America ,” then discusses it with Elisa New, a Harvard English professor who hosts the show.“I’ve always been into poetry,” O’Neal said in an interview with The Associated Press in a sunlit conference room overlooking the Los Angeles skyline. “I’ve been writing rhymes all my life.”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 crown“Poetry in America,” distributed by American Public Television and presented by WGBH in Boston, is airing at various times on local public TV stations. Some episodes, including Shaq’s, are already available to stream.On the show the 46-year-old former All-Star from the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat recites “Fast Break,” a poem by Edward Hirsch from his 1986 book “Wild Gratitude.” It describes some very imperfect players who manage to put together a perfect basketball play.center_img MOST READ In this April 13, 2018 photo, Shaquille O’Neal poses for a picture in Los Angeles. The basketball icon-turned-TV personality is adding poetry to his resume as one of the stars of the new public television series “Poetry in America.” (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES — Shaquille O’Neal called himself “The Big Baryshnikov” and “The Big Socrates” in his days in the NBA. Now he can add “The Big Shakespeare.”The basketball Hall-of-Famer, TNT TV analyst, commercial pitchman and onetime rapper is putting poetry on his lengthy resume as part of a new public television series.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The professor had another name for him. “He’s a learner!”O’Neal partly looked the poet during the interview in a polo shirt and jeans, having traded his basketball sneakers for a pair of slip-on Toms shoes, size 22.When he wanted them, a company executive told him “it wouldn’t be worth it to make them in my size unless I bought 500 of them,” O’Neal said. “I told him to give me 2,000.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “A hook shot kisses the rim and hangs there, helplessly, but doesn’t drop,” the poem begins, “and for once our gangly starting center boxes out his man.”O’Neal, whose 350-pound bulk would never be called “gangly,” still related to the center in the verse, but said he initially missed the poem’s point.“The first mistake I made was thinking it was about basketball,” he said. “I read it real quick I said ‘fast break, shovel passes, sure, this is what I do.’”He said New, who sat next to O’Neal in the interview and like almost everyone is utterly dwarfed by him, gave him whole new insights that led to a fast friendship.“When she broke it down intelligently for me, I was very astounded and very amazed,” O’Neal said.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The poem is written for a close friend and playing partner of Hirsch’s who had just died. That’s easy to miss if you skip past the dedication at the top, as most readers do.“It’s fun that only later as you’re reading, you look back at that dedication,” New said. “One line can change everything.”Suddenly it becomes an examination of transcendent moments and human connections.“It’s about friendship, it’s about caring, it’s about emotions,” O’Neal said. “I had missed that.”His latest learning experience took O’Neal’s thoughts back to high school, where he had a 69 percent in English after blowing a test during the basketball playoffs, and needed a 70 to stay eligible for sports.The teacher allowed him a retest, and suggested a tutor.“This guy, his name was McDougal, he was a geek, he saved my academic life,” O’Neal said. “Everybody bullied him in school, except me.”O’Neal said he took the work and “broke it down, made it seem so simple.”“I retook the test, got an 80, and we won the state championship,” O’Neal said.“Now,” he said, “I always tell kids I’m a geek.”last_img read more

Wright, Phoenix earn character-building win heading into All-Star break

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ And for Phoenix swingman Matthew Wright, the grueling game was what Phoenix needed heading into the All-Star break.“These kinds of games build character, they either make or break you,” said Wright Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Every game’s a different chapter so today we faced a tough opponent, a completely type of opponent, and we were lucky to execute down the stretch.”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 crownWright, as if mirroring his team’s inconsistency, was miserable in the first three quarters as he scored just eight points entering the final frame.He would, however, change his fortune for the remainder of the game, scoring 11 in the final 22 minutes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “Everything’s mental, I just told myself I’m not tired and I told the guys that we’re not tired,” said Wright, who played for more than 44 minutes. “I was playing with more energy, and the other team was huffing and puffing and they were really tired and we tried to take advantage of that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s been a seesaw campaign so far for Phoenix in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Through five games, the Fuel Masters have had alternating results with the latest a 103-98 double overtime win over Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jarencio blames poor decision-making, turnovers in GlobalPort loss LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Ancajas to defend IBF super fly title on Sept. 14 in US

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Rage against ‘The Machine’: Pacquiao puts career on line It’s been a busy year for Ancajas, who had already fought twice, stopping Mexican Israel Gonzalez in the 10th round in February before dominating fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan in May.The 26-year-old Ancajas said he’s been keeping in shape since his fight against Sultan and that conditioning won’t be a problem for him with less than two months before his next bout.”We’re always ready. Coach Joven (Jimenez) and I make sure that we’re always training so that I’m always in shape,” said Ancajas in Filipino on Friday during a lunch with the media at Le Meridien Hotel.Ancajas said he’s ready for either opponent but Gibbons sees a more appealing fight with Santiago than Gonzalez due to the longstanding Philippines-Mexico rivalry in the ring.”He’s a very tough fighter from Tijuana, very hungry,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trainer Joven Jimenez, IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, center, and matchmaker Sean Gibbons. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netKUALA LUMPUR — Rising Filipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas is set for another title defense in the US this year.Ancajas will defend his IBF super flyweight title for the sixth time overall on September 14 in Fresno, California for the second straight time.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sean Gibbons, international matchmaker based in Las Vegas, said Ancajas will face either Alejandro Santiago of Mexico or Miguel Gonzalez of Chile.Here’s matchmaker Sean Gibbons announcing Jerwin Ancajas’ next fight earlier during a lunch with media: | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/Mk4RtyxG10FEATURED 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’— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) July 13, 2018 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Belga, Rain or Shine stay confident: ‘We can beat Ginebra’

first_imgGetting off to a good start will be one of Rain or Shine’s top priorities in a do-or-die Game 4 on Monday night.“We kept it close last game and we survived in the end. We just need to fix our start and hopefully, our coaching staff will be able to make a good game plan,” said Belga, who had six points, six rebounds, and four assists in 20 minutes off the bench.READ: Yap’s clutch heroics lift Rain or Shine past Ginebra for tied series“I’m happy with the way we performed in the second half but really, I was a bit disappointed because we’ve had a bad start for the last three games,” ROS head coach Caloy Garia said. “We have to find a way to start better to keep us in the game earlier and maybe have a chance.”Garcia said his team remains upbeat heading into Game 4 following a gutsy performance in the last two quarters where they outscored the Gin Kings, 49-29.ADVERTISEMENT “We can beat them,” said Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga in Filipino. “We were down by 20 in the fourth quarter and we came back so we know that we can beat them if we really want to.”But Belga also knows it’s not that simple.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’READ: Ginebra averts meltdown, beats Rain or Shine to close in on finals spot“We just can’t afford to fall behind by 20 or more. We strived but it’s just really hard to win if you’re down that big.” The way Rain or Shine played in the second half provided enough reasons for the Elasto Painters to keep believing they can beat Barangay Ginebra in their best-of-five semifinals series.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “We’re confident. After the way we played in the second half that gave us at least confidence that we just have to watch what we did in the second half.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments 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 Cone concerned as Ginebra blows huge lead: ‘We have to respond better’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more

UP ends losing spell at expense of UE

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:50Trending Articles01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dario’s surge at the start of the fourth became UP’s foundation as his teammates followed that up with a 9-0 run that Bright Akhuetie capped off for the Fighting Maroons’ 80-64 lead with 5:45 left in the game.Akhuetie eventually finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead UP’s attack while Paul Desiderio added 16 points and eight boards.Alvin Pasaol carried the Red Warriors to the tune of 30 points and nine rebounds while Philip Manalang added 15 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines stopped a three-game skid after rolling past University of the East, 94-81, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Fighting Maroons tied University of Santo Tomas for a share of the No. 5 spot with a 4-5 record while the eighth-seeded Red Warriors lost their fourth straight game for a 1-8 card.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Jokic triple-double powers Nuggets past Suns Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Juan Gomez De Liaño tallied 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists for the league’s first triple-double since UP’s Marvin Cruz had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Fighting Maroons’ 98-88 loss to Ateneo on Aug. 20, 2006.And as De Liaño filled up the box scores, Diego Dario was doing things in the fourth quarter for the Fighting Maroons going on a personal 8-2 run for their 71-64 lead at the 7:40 mark of the period.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 Chriss“More than the win it was the effort in the second half that made us believe that we can compete this season,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “I don’t know the reason why we don’t give a hundred percent effort every game but the second half proved that once we get our acts together we’re able to string up some victories.” View commentslast_img read more

DeRozan’s season-high 36 help Spurs beat Blazers

first_imgCarpio 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Butler, Simmons spark 76ers past Grizzlies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spurs: Aldridge became the 69th player in NBA history with 7,000 field goals, joining Pau Gasol and former Spurs George Gervin, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kevin Willis, Dale Ellis, Terry Cummings, Moses Malone and Dominique Wilkins. . DeRozan’s previous season high was 34 points, accomplished three times. . Marco Belinelli missed his first game of the season, sitting out due to neck stiffness.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Dallas on Tuesday night.Spurs: At Utah on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Al-Farouq Aminu tied a season high, scoring 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter. Aminu also finished with nine rebounds.DeRozan scored 18 of San Antonio’s final 20 points to close the third quarter, giving the Spurs a 97-90 lead entering the fourth.The Spurs made four 3-pointers in the fourth to fend off the Blazers.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Every starter scored in double figures except Maurice Harkless, who finished with eight points on 3-for-5 shooting. . Aminu also scored 20 points against Denver on Nov. 30. . Evan Turner missed the game with an inflamed left Achilles tendon. Turner had played in every previous game, averaging 8.2 points in 26 minutes per game.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points and Rudy Gay had 18 as the Spurs snapped a two-game skid.Lillard scored 37 points for Portland, and C.J. McCollum had 24.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 ChrissDeRozan scored 26 points in the second half as the Spurs rallied from a seven-point deficit in the third quarter after blowing a 12-point lead in the first half.Portland opened the second half on a 24-10 run in taking a 79-72 lead. San Antonio aided the spurt by committing four turnovers and missing five of its first six shots. San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan (10) attempts to shoot against Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan had a season-high 36 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a big game by Damian Lillard, rebounding from a pair of lopsided losses to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 131-118 on Sunday night.The Spurs held a practice Saturday morning following consecutive losses of 39 points and 31 points and the team responded with its highest point total in two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Another Petron-F2 title clash looms

first_imgCarpio 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 Ateneo has Tab to thank for Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Petron and F2 Logistics seek to arrange another finals duel as the semifinal phase of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference get under way Tuesday at Muntinlupa Sports Center.F2 battles Generika-Ayala at 4:15 p.m while Petron, which ended the preliminaries at 10-0, will clash with Cignal at 7 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Earlier, University of Santo Tomas tries to inch closer to the Collegiate Grand Slam championship when it faces University of the East at 2 p.m.After four previous titular showdowns, the Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers are tipped to make it all the way to the best-of-three finals after gaining twice-to-beat advantages in the Final Four.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 Chriss LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

Rafael Nadal hopes to be ready for ‘special’ Roger Federer clash

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “If I don’t see this match as special it’s because I don’t love this sport and I don’t appreciate the story of this sport,” Nadal said after reaching the semi-final showdown with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2) victory over Karen Khachanov.“It’s not my case,” he said. “Of course it’s a special match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFederer, who defeated Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals, feels the same, saying the contrast in styles and personality between himself and Nadal lend spice to their history.“The way we go about it is very different, yet we both find a way to excel,” Federer said. “The way he came up was very clay-court based, and I was apparently very grass-court based, and we both found our ways also on the other surface,” Federer said. “It’s been quite a journey with Rafa side by side.” UAAP men’s volleyball: FEU sweeps first round; NU comes in 2nd Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Just hours earlier Federer had looked forward to the chance to take on a healthy Nadal, after similar knee trouble spelled the end of the Spaniard’s US Open campaign last year, and his US Open campaign last year.He didn’t play again until the Australian Open, where he fell in the championship match to Novak Djokovic.Nadal said he hoped to be ready to battle again with Federer, but with a pragmatism born of hard experience he couldn’t help but hedge.“Of course my goal and my idea is to be ready for tomorrow,” Nadal said. “I cannot guarantee how I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES After 38 career meetings, Nadal leads the series 23-15, but Federer holds a slight 11-9 advantage on hardcourts.The Swiss great has won the last five in the series, but says that’s of little significance now that it has been almost a year and a half since their last meeting in the Shanghai Masters final in October 2017.Nadal, too, says the contrast in styles, coupled with the pair’s sheer longevity, makes every meeting something to treasure.“Different styles, different ways to understand the sport. And at the same time, two players with a good relationship after all the things that we went through in our careers, competing for the most important things,” he said.There was a shadow hanging over the blockbuster showdown however, after oft-injured Nadal needed treatment to have supportive tape applied to his right knee in his victory over Khachanov.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates his victory against Karen Khachanov, of Russia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)A hurting Rafael Nadal is “hopeful” he’ll be ready Saturday to renew his rivalry with Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.The longtime foes have amassed 37 Grand Slam titles between them — Federer with 20 and Nadal with 17 — and built a unique relationship over 15 years and 38 prior matches, not to mention countless promotional and charitable activities off the court together.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

Liberian Bankers and the Currency

first_imgMonday began Bankers’ Week in Liberia and the Liberia Bankers Association (LBA) president, John Davies, used the occasion to address the future of the Liberian currency.This has been a hot issue in recent months, as the Liberian dollar has suffered a significant downturn against the United States dollar.President Davies welcomed Finance Minister Amara Konneh’s indication, quoting the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), that the decision to establish one Liberian currency would take three years.  Mr. Konneh said the government did not want to “shock” the economy.President Davies concurred with Minister Konneh that a definitive switch to the Liberian dollar would have to be backed by a substantial increase in the nation’s export earnings, which would bring more foreign currency into our economy.Mr. Davies described the Liberian economy as being currently “import-dependent.”  He is right.  We annually spend hundreds of millions of US   dollars importing our staple, rice; as well as other foods including, shamefully, pepper  and tomatoes.  In the 1970s and even earlier, until he was brutally murdered during the 1980 coup d’etat, Liberia’s soil chemist, James T. Phillips, grew pepper on a very large scale at his Careysburg farm.   Market women flocked there daily to buy pepper and other veggies wholesale to supply their customers. But we in this country are good at destroying the little we have—good, talented, achievement-oriented people; and persistently misusing or underusing that which we have in abundance, such as our rainfall.  With all this rainfall God has given us, why are we importing food?  Why are we importing meat—beef, chicken, lamb, sussages?  And this bothers NO ONE—not even those whose job it is to ensure that this does not happen, that Liberia should be, on a massive scale, a food producing country.It bothers NO ONE to see taxi, pick-up and truckloads of not vegetables, fruits and rice  making their way to the city—NO! Not edibles (food) but CHARCOAL!  But in other parts of West and East Africa, it is the reverse.  There on any given day, a visitor can see truckloads of banana, cassava, plantain, potato, rice, vegetables and yams  supplying the marketplaces.By shameful and unfortunate contrast, what we see in Liberia are truckloads of charcoal and timber.  God has given us so much but we have taken a back seat: instead of producing, we are extracting.  No wonder Liberians are so poor. We have failed to organize  agriculture, something so many other African countries have successfully done—Ghana, Guinea, La Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda.  And this bothers NO ONE!  As we have so often asked editorially, WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE WE LIBERIANS?In his Monday statement, Banking President Davies   reassured the public that the banks in Liberia are willing to lend to serious borrowers, people with good ideas, plans and the integrity and determination to implement them.  Maybe the banks can go one step further—travel around the country and find the few farmers who are serious and offer them soft loans to produce more.But then the government must do its part by getting on the backs of the road contractors and forcing them make rapid progress, so that our farmers will easier get their produce to the markets.What is the Ministry of Commerce and Industry doing?  Is it a ministry in name only?  Where is the commerce they are encouraging Liberians to enter?  But for our hardworking market-women, the only commerce we see is in the hands of Lebanese, Indians and Fulas.  Does the Commerce Ministry care that Liberians are missing in action and have been for a very long time; and because of that Liberians remain poor and powerless in their own country?These issues, President Davies, we are sure will agree, are germane (connected, relevant) to the issue of CURRENCY because the more we produce, the less we will import, the bigger our foreign currency reserves.But there’s something else.  The Daily Observer has reliably learnt that the foreign businesspeople are not putting their US dollars in the banks, but in their homes and secretly  shipping them out. This must be of serious concern to the banking industry, warranting an urgent, serious investigation.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more