Vajpayee Government does minor reshuffle of portfolios

first_imgIN HIGH PLACES: (From left) Adsul, Verma, Geete, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Vajpayee, Shekhawat and L.K. AdvaniThe minor reshuffle of portfolios in the Vajpayee Government was indeed minor. The move to depute two BJP ministers for party work fizzled out.While Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee was forced to replace Shiv Sena’s Suresh,IN HIGH PLACES: (From left) Adsul, Verma, Geete, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Vajpayee, Shekhawat and L.K. AdvaniThe minor reshuffle of portfolios in the Vajpayee Government was indeed minor. The move to depute two BJP ministers for party work fizzled out.While Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee was forced to replace Shiv Sena’s Suresh Prabhu with Anant Geete as power minister following Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s diktat, he stopped short of positive action.While senior Union ministers Arun Jaitley and M. Venkaiah Naidu stepped down from the Cabinet to strengthen the party last month, Vasundhara Raje and Uma Bharati are having second thoughts.The BJP brass has been unable to persuade Minister of State for Personnel Raje to work out a time-table to take over as Rajasthan party chief.After Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s move to the Centre, there is a vacuum in Jaipur, but Raje hasn’t yet obliged. Neither did the former sports minister.Bharati’s shift to the Coal Ministry though is rather surprising, coming as it does after her high-profile presence at the Manchester Commonwealth Games. She was supposed to take over from Madhya Pradesh BJP party president Vikram Verma, who has been given the sports portfolio, but didn’t. Former chief minister Kailash Joshi has been named for the post.The BJP’s “generational shift” strategy has come apart within a month. The other addition in the Vajpayee ministry – now 78 strong – is Sena MP Anantrao Adsul. If Adsul and Geete fail to deliver on Thackeray’s demands, there might be another reshuffle.advertisementlast_img read more

Manny doing just fine

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Broner was pressing his left glove on Manny and it rubbed on his eyes,” said best friend and chief trainer Fernandez in Filipino.Pacquiao also wore dark eyeglasses during the post-fight press conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat triggered rumors that Pacquiao suffered a serious eye injury, like a detached retina which ended the career of Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard in the 1980s.‘Be careful’ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Buboy: Face Floyd, then quit International media reported that Pacquiao’s injury was caused by a devastating 1-2 punch from Broner.Website www.nydailynews.com stated that “according to a member of Pacquiao’s camp who requested anonymity, the 40-year-old welterweight champ stayed up all night after the Broner bout playing chess, but complained of pain and vision loss in his left eye on Sunday morning.  ‘He told me it was like covering one eye with his hand,’ the source said.”Another camp member agreed with Fernandez, telling the Daily News that the injury was relatively minor, a corneal scratch from the tape on one of Broner’s gloves—an injury Pacquiao has suffered in previous fights.Yet another website, www.talksport.com, even suggested that Pacquiao may have to retire because of the injury.“Everything seemed fine following the win on Saturday night, but Pacquiao woke up in great distress Sunday morning,” wrote talksport.com.Pac-May 2Observers also feared that no Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. rematch would happen if indeed the Filipino’s eye is damaged.Three years ago, the two fought in the “Fight of the Century” and  Pacquiao wants to avenge his loss.He immediately challenged the unbeaten five-weight world champion Mayweather, 41, to a rematch after beating Broner.The retired Mayweather was at ringside in Las Vegas. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. (From left) Justin Fortune, Buboy Fernandez and Freddie Roach attend to Manny Pacquiao after the WBA welterweight champion’s match against Adrien Broner on Saturday in Las Vegas. Pacquiao’s camp assures the fighting senator’s left eye will heal in three days. —WENDELL ALINEA/MP PROMOTIONSHOLLYWOOD—Buboy Fernandez allayed fears about Manny Pacquiao’s left eye that was grazed by Adrien Broner’s glove during their WBA welterweight title bout in Las Vegas on Saturday night (Sunday, Philippine time).Fernandez said doctors have checked on Pacquiao after the eight-division champion complained of pain and partial loss of vision soon after he defeated Broner to keep his WBA belt at MGM Grand Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes In the post-fight press conference, Pacquiao was repeatedly asked about the rematch.“If [Mayweather] goes back to the ring and wants to challenge me, I’m a champion. Get back to the ring and we will fight again if he wants.  If he wants to come out of retirement, then announce it and challenge me. I’m a champion and I don’t pick any opponent,” said Pacquiao. —WITH A REPORT FROM CNN.COMSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “I saw Broner doing that (long stance with right hand loaded up) because he was trying to launch that [Juan Manuel] Marquez punch on Manny,” said Fernandez.  “Totally he (Broner) abandoned his jabs.”That was when Fernandez warned Pacquiao to be cautious of Broner.Fernandez said doctors ordered Pacquiao to rest his eyes for three days.“The important thing is that our champion is safe,” added Fernandez.Conflicting reportsADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Man City 3 wins from retaining Premier League title

first_imgView comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A 2-0 win over fierce rival Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday allowed City to climb over the biggest obstacle on its way to retaining the title, a feat no team has achieved in a decade. Beat Burnley away, Leicester at home and Brighton away, and Guardiola’s team will make yet more history.City moved a point ahead of Liverpool in an oscillating title race in which neither of the two protagonists is backing down. Neither side has dropped points since Liverpool drew 0-0 at Everton on March 3, and City is on an 11-match winning streak in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCity’s class of 2018-19 has reached new levels of scoring, too. Thanks to second-half strikes by Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane, City has now scored 157 goals in all competitions for the season — beating the English record for a single top-flight campaign that the team held from the pre-Guardiola era in 2013-14.While City is arguably getting better, United is seemingly regressing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This was a seventh loss in United’s last nine games, with five of them coming in the six matches since Solskjaer was given the full-time job at Old Trafford following an impressive spell in interim manager. Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane, right, celebrate at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday April 24, 2019. Manchester City won 2-0. (AP Photo/Jon Super)MANCHESTER, England— As an excitable Pep Guardiola congratulated his players one by one in the center of the field, a chant of “Champions” rang out from the Manchester City fans in one corner of an otherwise-deserted Old Trafford.Three more victories and City will indeed be a Premier League winner once again.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles With doubts emerging about the desire and attitude of some of its players, United is set to end the season without qualifying for the Champions League, potentially making Solskjaer’s attempts to rebuild the team this offseason even harder.United is in sixth place — two points behind Arsenal, three behind Chelsea and six adrift of third-place Tottenham — and would drop out of top-four contention with a loss to Chelsea on Sunday.Arsenal gave United some hope by losing 3-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers in Wednesday’s other match. It is the first time Arsenal has lost back-to-back matches in the league since the opening two games of the season.DE GEA CULPABLEDavid De Gea has won plenty of games for United almost single-handedly in recent years but the goalkeeper was possibly at fault for both of City’s goals in a derby that became one-sided after a tight first 30 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Wolves took advantage of several defensive mistakes by Arsenal to score first-half goals through Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota and earn a first league win over Arsenal in 40 years.Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed in a late consolation goal for Arsenal but Unai Emery’s side has won just six times on the road this season and is now one point behind Chelsea in fifth ahead of another tough away game at Leicester on Sunday.Arsenal’s best chance of qualifying for the Champions League might be through winning the Europa League, where the team is through to the semifinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The Spain international was slow to get down to Bernardo Silva’s 54th-minute shot that crept inside the near post and then failed to keep out Sane’s powerful shot that virtually went straight at the legs of De Gea. Last week, De Gea let a shot from Lionel Messi slip through his grasp in a heavy Champions League loss at Barcelona.“In times like this, it’s not time to point fingers or blame anyone,” Solskjaer said. “We have to stick together.”Solskjaer did, though, make it abundantly clear that United’s performances aren’t good enough for a club of its stature.“You can’t linger along,” he said, “because the Premier League is so competitive that suddenly you’ll be caught up by other teams as well.”City saw Fernandinho hobble off with a muscle injury early in the second half, while Ilkay Gundogan battled through the second half after getting hurt by a fierce challenge by Jesse Lingard.Next up for City, which is on a punishing run of a game every three or four days, is one of the most physical teams in the Premier League.“I know people are going to say how pretty we are, how handsome we are,” Guardiola said. “But now we have to go to Burnley!”HUNGRY WOLVESChelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and now Arsenal have all been beaten at Molineux this season. Man City only left the stadium with a point.It has been some return to the Premier League for Wolves, which is on target to finish the so-called “best of the rest” in seventh place. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Blake Griffin has arthroscopic surgery on left kneelast_img read more

‘Do it again’: Djokovic confident of historic second Slam sweep

first_imgNovak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a point against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their ATP Masters tournament final tennis match at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)Novak Djokovic believes that his 2016 achievement of holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time is the perfect playbook for a repeat performance at Roland Garros as he tries to become just the second man to complete the feat.The world number one heads into the French Open with Wimbledon, the US Open and Australian Open titles already under his belt.ADVERTISEMENT However, Djokovic’s potential date with destiny would have appeared to be fantasy 12 months ago.In Paris in 2018, Djokovic, still recovering from elbow surgery, crashed to a shock quarter-final loss to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato from Italy.The defeat saw him slip out of the top 20 for the first time in over a decade and briefly had him contemplating skipping Wimbledon.That threat was soon retracted and he went on to win the next three majors, a performance which has put him on the brink of history.Victory in two weeks’ time would also move him halfway to emulating Laver’s feat of calendar Grand Slams in 1962 and 1969.ADVERTISEMENT Victory in the June 9 final in Paris would allow him to join Rod Laver as the only other man to hold all the four majors at the same time twice.“There is an extra motivation and incentive to win Roland Garros because of the opportunity to hold all four Slams, something I did three years ago,” said the 32-year-old on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That gives me obviously enough reason to believe I can do it again.”Old rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal may have more career majors — 20 and 17 respectively to Djokovic’s 15 — but neither of them has managed even one private sweep, let alone two. View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport GALLERY: Ateneo lights up another bonfire for UAAP Season 81 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “I hold three Slams, am world number one. Obviously, it’s quite a different feeling approaching the tournament, with more confidence, and hopefully I can have a good two weeks,” he said.Despite his optimism, however, Djokovic prefers to pile the pressure of expectation onto the shoulders of 11-time Roland Garros champion Nadal.Nadal defeated the Serb in the Italian Open final last weekend, a performance which led Djokovic to anoint the Spaniard as the man to beat in Paris.“He’s the main favorite to win the title,” said Djokovic who remains just one of two men to have beaten the Spaniard on the Roland Garros clay in 14 years.“It wouldn’t be fair to pick anybody else but him as the main favorite, because he has won this tournament so many times.“He has lost two times in his career on Parisian clay. So lots of respect for him, obviously, as always.”Djokovic starts his bid for a second Roland Garros title and 16th major against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, the world number 43.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Jabari Parker Named Prep Hoops Player of the Year

Jabari Parker, the Chicago high school player of Mormon faith who selected Duke over a plethora of colleges, was named the Morgan Wootten Male Player of the Year during a news conference Monday at the Ronald McDonald House.“It’s a big-time (honor),” Parker said of the award. “I always dreamed about being amongst the ranks of especially Chicago players, but now I can say nationwide. Hopefully, I can take this and give myself a little bit motivation.”Parker, whom ESPN ranks as the No. 2 senior in the country, helped guide Simeon Career Academy to its fourth consecutive Illinois state championship in Peoria, Ill., on Saturday. He had 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting and eight rebounds in the Wolverines’ state title victory. He also had 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 15 rebounds in the team’s semifinal win.Parker averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds during his senior year after battling a foot injury early in the season. He averaged 21.7 points during the team’s seven playoff victories.The Wootten award is named after the former DeMatha High School (Hyattsville, Md.) coaching legend and given to the McDonald’s All-American who demonstrates outstanding character, exhibits leadership and exemplifies the values of being a student-athlete in the classroom and the community. McDonald’s established the award in Wootten’s name to pay tribute to his achievements as a teacher and coach.Taya Reimer, a guard/forward and Notre Dame recruit from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Ind., won the girls’ Wootten award.Parker, a 6-foot-9 small forward, was among six finalists for the award. The other finalists included Archbishop Mitty power forward Aaron Gordon (uncommitted), William B. Travis guards Aaron Harrison (Kentucky) and Andrew Harrison (Kentucky), Montverde Academy center  Dakari Johnson (Kentucky) and Huntington Prep forward Andrew Wiggins (uncommitted). All six players are ranked among the top 11 players in ESPN’s Class of 2013 rankings.Parker committed to Duke over BYU, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford on Dec. 20.As a junior, Parker was named the Team USA basketball 2011 Male Athlete of the Year, the Gatorade national player of the year and Illinois’ Mr. Basketball.Parker will be presented with the Wootten award on April 2 during the McDonald’s All-American Game festivities and will play in the April 3 McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago. The game will be televised on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. CST. read more

Group Claims Marijuana Laws Unfair

first_imgThe nation’s capital has made progress when it comes to cannabis, with the passing of Initiative 71, legalizing recreational marijuana use and possession. Even with the legislation, marijuana advocates contend that amendments are needed to make D.C. a “District of Cannabis.”There are factors that make D.C. cannabis laws restrictive. For instance, marijuana cannot be sold or purchased unless one has a medical card and is at a dispensary. In addition, local weed laws are not acknowledged on federal land, which accounts for 29 percent of the city’s total land area. Yet, D.C. marijuana advocates note one of the largest problems with the legislation is that it marginalizes an already disenfranchised group in the district.“The law’s not working for low-income people,” said Adam Eidinger, a White advocate in the fight for cannabis legalization instrumental in the passing of Initiative 71. He also co-founded DCMJ, a local marijuana advocacy group.Ras Fia, CEO and founder of Cannabis Alliance Networking Group, noted that low-income residents being negatively affected by the current marijuana legislation are disproportionately Black. “Since the passing of Initiative 71 there are a lot of benefits, but there are a lot of negatives. A lot of the African-American community is receiving the negative backlash because they live in public housing,” said Fia.Because the property is federally owned, those who live in public housing cannot legally consume cannabis in their homes, yet they also cannot go outside, because public smoking is illegal as well.Eidinger said that federal law and the many rules being enforced by the housing authority are stifling in general. “They’re basically trying to make public housing for sweet old grandmothers who don’t touch alcohol, cigarettes, or weed,” he said.Even with a medicinal card, those living in public housing are not afforded any of the privileges of card holders not living on federal land.A 53-year-old with fibromyalgia living in public housing in Southeast, who asked to be referred to as Cookie Brown for fear of repercussions, has been met with roadblocks as a medicinal marijuana user. “The medical program itself [laid out by the legislation] is not as beneficial as it could be for the patients. The dispensaries and the prices . . . It could be better laid out with the patients in mind. It’s more laid out for bureaucrats to get their cuts,” said Brown. “We’ve basically been threatened here, that if there are any activities that go on with marijuana that you can be evicted . . . No recourse. No appeal,” she said.To function, Brown said, she consumes marijuana in her apartment, but acknowledges the serious risk. “I absolutely feel unsafe with every jay I light,” she said.Brown and other advocates like Eidinger and Fia, argue there are other drugs authority figures should be more preoccupied with than marijuana. “Some officers realize there are other issues more important such as the opium epidemic and K2,” Fia said.He said he has noticed that depending on the geographical location in D.C., certain officers are more concerned about marijuana than others. “It seems as though in areas like Southeast, areas where individuals are not as financially blessed, it seems to me like there’s a police car at every other light . . . I live in Northeast. I see people smoking and Caucasians walk right past officers smoking and they don’t say anything . . . It all depends on where you are in the city,” said Fia.In 2011, prior to the passing of Initiative 71, there were about 5,700 marijuana arrests in the city. According to Eidinger, after the passing of Initiative 71, in 2015, marijuana arrests were reduced to 351. In 2016, the number rose to 654, 354 of those arrests being for public smoking.While arrest numbers are lower than they were prior to the passing of the current marijuana legislation, in 2017 people are still going to jail for cannabis use. Eidinger was arrested twice in April. He was arrested for giving marijuana away on April 20 – the internationally recognized marijuana-lovers’ holiday – and next on April 24th, with Fia, when smoking cannabis near the capitol as part of a religious ceremony.Eidinger, who has been arrested 21 times because of his marijuana advocacy, said he learned a lot in his most recent jail stint. “This time it just reaffirmed that jail and prison are set up to oppress African American people. I was the only White guy of the 80 guys in central cell block,” he said. “People are self-medicating with Molly and MDMA (ecstasy) not because of PTSD from war, but for what was seen in the hood.“The felons are our disenfranchised communities and I don’t think that’s what our founding fathers even intended . . . I’m aware of this issue as a White man. I’m painfully aware of it. My Jewish mother is livid that I voluntarily put myself in jail.”Eidinger continues to serve as an advocate because he contends there will be major improvement once there is true legalization.Cannabis is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, which includes substances like heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Eidinger and Fia said they think marijuana laws will be reformed once the substance is rescheduled.During the January inauguration, Eidinger and other advocates were able to bring 10,000 people together from various backgrounds, by gifting them with free marijuana. “Trump supporters, religious people, all races… It was like such a diverse crowd and it wasn’t just Democrats or Republicans. All kinds of Americans. People put their politics aside for free weed,” Eidinger said.last_img read more