18 Jan
2020

Gilas routs Taiwan 5

first_imgPhoto from FIBA.BasketballTAIPEI – Laboring under another bum start against an enemy that broke out of the gates hard, Gilas Pilipinas on Friday night got going in the second quarter and showed why it is one of the best teams in the region these days.June Mar Fajardo didn’t show traces of what kind of a shy guy he is on the floor, throwing his weight around when the chips were down for the Filipinos, whom he helped to a 93-71 ripping of Chinese Taipei that put the hosts in danger of missing the second round of the Fiba World Qualifying tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jayson Castro scored 15 points, Terrence Romeo also came off the bench to shoot 14 and Andray Blatche redeemed himself from a bad outing the last time against Taipei with 13 that went with 12 rebounds and five assists.Quincy Davis III scored 17 points, Cheng Ju-Lu had 13 and Ying Chun Chen 11 for Taiwan, which got the superb backing from this basketball crazy country that didn’t let up in cheering each of their baskets even during garbage time.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 93 – Fajardo 22, Castro 15, Romeo 14, Blatche 13, Norwood 8, Pogoy 8, Wright 6, Rosario 5, Jalalon 2, Abueva 0, Maliksi 0, Aguilar 0.CHINESE TAIPEI – Davis 17, Cheng 13, Ying 11, Kuan 9, Yi 9, Tsin 7, Wen 3, Cheng 0, Yu 0, Creighton 0.Quarters: 16-19, 44-37, 68-60, 93-71.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Defending champ San Beda trips Benilde, forges Final duel vs Ateneo 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding A huge crowd showed up at Taipei Heping Gym here and rattled the Filipinos early, as Gilas leaned on sheer firepower, cohesiveness and size to overwhelm the Taiwanese in the final three periods, winning with plenty to spare and taking a winning feeling going into an interesting return match with Australia on Monday.Coach Chot Reyes was all praises for his Fighting 12 for this game, which he described as “no quit in this team.” He now focuses his sights on the Aussies, who just lost in upset fashion to Japan, 79-78 in Chiba also Friday, which will make the Taipei-Japan match on Monday a KO match for the third and last Group B slot.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 crownTeam Philippines improved to 4-1 and is already assured of a berth in the second round, and that loss by the Aussies will make the Monday match at cavernous Philippine Arena one for top-ranking in Group B.“We came to this game not even thinking of Monday,” Reyes said. “Our focus was all on Chinese Taipei and that’s no exaggeration. Now that we are done, I think it (win) will help give us good momentum.” But Reyes is wary of what just happened in Japan.“They dropped a game against Japan, and for sure, they (Aussies) will come out like wounded tigers on Monday,” said Reyes, whose charges lost, 84-68, the first time they clashed early this year.Fajardo came off the bench and fired up the Filipinos a lot, showing emotion early on when he completed a three-point play as Gilas was able to keep the Taiwanese within arm’s length.“He has every right to demand to start (the game),” Reyes said of the reigning four-time PBA MVP. “But for him it doesn’t matter. That’s the culture of this team.”Fajardo scored 22 points in just under 21 minutes and after that, showed his very taciturn side when he greeted Filipino reporters in the press room with: “nahihiya talaga ako dito.”ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View commentslast_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Gold Prices Could Fall Further over Next 12 Months

first_imgGold prices are expected to see further selling pressure in the coming months due to heightened expectations over interest rate hike by the US central bank, lacklustre safe-haven demand and turbulence in Chinese markets.On Monday, the yellow metal prices crashed to a five-year low due to a heavy sell-off witnessed in the gold exchanges in China.”We think that sentiment towards gold is now excessively negative,” said Capital Economics in a note.A rise in China’s gold reserves also did not underpin the gold prices, as the increased amount was far below the market expectations.”We have been highly negative on gold for the last one year. China’s gold reserves were substantially below expectations and the upside of stock markets has taken the attention of investors there away from gold to equities,” G Chokkalingam, founder of Equinomics Research & Advisory, told NDTV Profit.Chokkalingam expects the gold prices to decline further by 10-15% over the next 12 months.On Friday, China reported that its gold reserves rose to 1,658 tonnes by the end of June, up 57% since April 2009.Besides, the safe-haven demand of gold remained weak in recent weeks despite increased concerns over debt crisis in Greece and a crash in Chinese equity markets.Gold prices did not gain much even though there was a significant sell-off in other asset markets before the debt-ridden Greece got bailed out for the third time last week.The lacklustre performance of the metal during the peak of Greek debt crisis this month had raised concerns over its status as safe-haven.”Gold has failed to benefit as much as we (and others) had anticipated from safe-haven demand, despite the catalysts of the Greek crisis and China’s equity crash,” said Capital Economics.A strengthening dollar in the wake of growing expectations over rate hike by the US Federal Reserve in September is also a big concern for the gold prices in the coming months.”If gold prices fall below $1,050 (an ounce), then there will be more pressure on gold prices. I won’t buy gold right now,” said Jamal Mecklai of Mecklai Financial.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Helicopter crash kills Mexican governor senator

first_imgMembers of Federal Police search the scene of a helicopter accident in which the governor of the Mexican state of Puebla, Martha Erika Alonso, and her husband, senator and former governor of the same region, Rafael Moreno, died when the chopper plummeted to the ground in San Pedro Tlaltenango after taking off from nearby Puebla, on 24 December 2018. The cause of the accident is still unknown. Photo: AFPThe governor of the Mexican state of Puebla and her husband, a senator and former governor, were killed on Monday in a helicopter crash, the country’s president said.“My deepest condolences to the relatives of senator Rafael Moreno Valle and his wife, governor of Puebla Martha Erika Alonso,” Mexico president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wrote on Twitter.“I assume the commitment to investigate the causes” and “tell the truth about what happened,” Lopez Obrador wrote.Local media reported that the pilot and another person were also killed in the accident.The aircraft crashed in the Santa Maria Coronango area of Puebla, and the cause of the crash is still unknown.Alonso was sworn in as governor on 14 December after an electoral tribunal certified her victory in July polls.She was the first woman to occupy the position in Puebla, where her husband was governor from 2011 to 2017.According to the local constitution, the state legislature will have to appoint an interim governor and to call an extraordinary vote that must be held in three to five months.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Pak lifts moratorium on death penalty after attack

first_imgPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday lifted a self-imposed moratorium on death penalty in terror related cases, a day after ruthless Taliban militants massacred at least 132 students and nine staffers at an army-run school in Peshawar.Prime Minister Sharif told an All Parties Conference here that the moratorium on death penalty has been lifted. “Yesterday’s incident is extremely tragic,” he told the political leaders. “These sacrifices will not go wasted and we all want complete elimination of terrorism from Pakistan.” Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenAn official from the PM office in Islamabad said that the Prime Minister abolished the moratorium on death penalty in terrorism-related cases. A de facto moratorium on civilian executions has been in place in Pakistan since 2008.Sharif had decided to resume moratorium soon after his government took office in June last year but suspended the plan under international pressure.Pakistan is feared to lose a concessionary trade deal with the European Union after resuming hangings. Some 150 countries have abolished the death penalty or no longer carry out executions. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanAccording to the interior ministry estimates more than 8,000 death row prisoners are in Pakistan who have already exhausted all options and would be hanged within weeks if the government allowed the executions. Terrorism has a very broad definition under Pakistani law. About 17,000 cases of “terrorism” are pending in special courts.Justice Project Pakistan released a report saying Wednesday that those convicted of terrorism were often tortured into confessions or denied lawyers, and that recent crackdowns had not stopped militant attacks.A moratorium on the death penalty was imposed in 2008 and only one execution has taken place since then. Taliban attackers shot most students point blank in headMost of the students at the army-run school in Peshawar were shot in the head from point blank range by the ruthless Taliban suicide attackers, in one of the most gruesome attacks against children in recent years. At least 132 students and nine staffers were killed when the attackers wearing para-military Frontier Corps uniforms stormed the Army Public School on Warsak Road and started indiscriminate firing on them on Tuesday. Quoting students, Dawn reported that the attackers scaled the boundary wall from the adjacent graveyard and started firing while moving towards the classrooms and auditorium. “Most of the students have received bullets in the head,” Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa information minister Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani said, giving out chilling account of the attack.The parents, who usually wait outside the school to pick their children at the closing time, were seen crying outside hospitals.Besides the parents and relatives, the people visiting the hospitals were also seen mourning on seeing the bodies and injured students in their blood-stained school uniform. “I saw 17 bodies at the CMH (Combined Military Hospital) and all of them had received bullets in the head,” said an eyewitness. He said that some of the bodies were mutilated. Mohammad Zeeshan, a student of grade-7, said that he and many others were getting first aid training in the school hall when they heard the gunfire. “Our trainer told us to lie down on the floor,” he said, adding that in the meantime the terrorists entered the hall. Zeeshan said the terrorists started shooting the students in their heads at a close range. “They killed our class-fellows and then left us in the main hall. I received a bullet in my foot,” the boy said. Paki begins three-day mourning and mass burials for its childrenPakistan on Wednesday began three days of mourning for the 132 children and nine school staff massacred by the Taliban in the country’s deadliest ever terror attack, as the world united in revulsion. Across the country many schools closed as a mark of respect, while those that opened held special prayers for the 141 killed in Tuesday’s assault on an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.Schools, colleges, offices and markets were closed across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the northwestern province of which Peshawar is the capital.Funerals for the victims, many of whose bodies were pulled from the school still wearing their smart green uniforms drenched in blood, began late on Tuesday and the rest will be carried out on Wednesday.Eyewitnesses said the six attackers came in a white van and torched their vehicle before opening fire to scare away onlookers and clambering over a wall to enter the school.“One of them poured petrol over the vehicle and then set it alight. Then they opened fire in the streets and me along with another person ran away to save our life,” said witness Zabihullah, 12. Two Blasts Outside Girls College Near PeshawarTwo blasts have been heard near a girls college in Pakistan, where 132 children were killed in a massive terror attack by the Taliban at a Peshawar school yesterday. The explosions were reported in Dera Ismail Khan, another city in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. he security forces rushed to the spot of the incident and cordoned off the area.According to some reports, no militant group has claimed the responsibility of the blasts as of now and no casualty has been reported. The nature of the blasts yet to be established.last_img read more

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