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Officials defend Drilon vs SONA attack

first_imgCong. Lorenz Defensor (3rd District, Iloilo) said the President should have focused solely on the government’s plans and responses to pressing matters such as the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Duterte started his SONA by accusing Drilon of defending oligarchs, and specifically the Lopezes who own the closed ABS-CBN television network. “Dapat hindi niya ‘yan sinabi sa SONA, dapat sa iba na lang,” Cadiao told Panay News. In closing his SONA on July 27, Duterte again lambasted Drilon. He accused the senator of having a hand in the water concession agreement entered by the government with Manila Water. “I aired my support for the renewal of franchise of ABS-CBN because undeniably the network complements other stations in providing timely and accurate reportage even in the farthest locality unreachable to others, even to the government,” he added. The SONA is delivered by the President of the Philippines every year. In it, the Chief Executive reports on the state of the country, unveils the government’s agenda for the coming year, and may also propose to Congress certain legislative measures. For democracy to thrive, according to Drilon, “We need free press and to allow journalists to exercise complete freedom to do their mandate of reporting facts without fear.” “Kung may mali si Senator Drilon pag-usapan nila sa ibang forum,” said Cadiao who described the senator as “our kasimanwa, he is our neighbor.” The governor, however, said the President may just have been carried away by his emotions. Drilon said he was defending press freedom and not the Lopezes. “Unahon na lang naton ang gusto mabatian sang tawo sa subong pareho sang COVID response, economic stimulus, employment creation,” said Defensor. “Siguro mali ang forum,” said Antique’s Gov. Rhodora Cadiao.center_img The SONA is a constitutional obligation required by Article VII, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution. ILOILO City – President Rodrigo Duterte should not have used his State of the Nation Address (SONA) to attack Ilonggo Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon, according to some officials in Panay Island. “It is something that is imbued with public interest, No. 1 because of the role of the media. How do I tell the people to follow this executive order kon wala ninyo kami gina-interview? No. 2, it involves a lot of workers and it’s a big investment,” said the governor. “Kon ako lang ‘ya, mas maayo kon nahatag ang franchise,” said Defensor. Drilon also denied having anything to do with the water concession agreement entered by the government with Manila Water. “The closure of the ABS-CBN sent a chilling effect,” he stressed. “Siguro napikon sia. Well, he is just human. Pero sige lang, pagbigyan natin. Pero mali ‘yon,” said Cadiao. For his part, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo shared Drilon’s concern over ABS-CBN’s franchise. He found it strange that the President singled out Drilon when the Ilonggo senator was not the only one in the Senate to have opposed the denial of a franchise to ABS-CBN. “I had nothing to do with that contract – not even a period or a comma. I have not seen a copy of that contract. It was signed by the government during the time of President (Fidel) Ramos. I think I was already in the Senate when that was signed. I had nothing to do whatsoever with that contract. I had no participation,” he stressed./PNlast_img read more

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Government, CPL sign contract for use of Guyana National Stadium

first_imgCARIBBEAN Premier League (CPL) yesterday inked its contract with the Government of Guyana, which will allow for Guyana National Stadium to play host to the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ four home fixtures in the T20 spectacle.Guyana Amazon Warriors will battle Jamaica Tallawahs on August 17, Trinbago Knight Riders two days later, followed by a clash against Barbados Tridents on August 22, and would wrap up their four-game home stand against the St Lucia Zouks.The agreement was signed in the boardroom of the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture’s Main Street office by Omar Khan, Team Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, in the presence of Hon. Minister Nicolette Henry and Permanent Secretary Melissa Tucker.Also present at the agreement signing was Anthony Xavier, the General Manager of the Guyana National Stadium.“It’s a significant part of the process and an opportunity for Guyanese to once more enjoy world-class international cricket and entertainment at the National Stadium,” said Khan.Khan noted too that Guyanese have been tremendous supporters of the CPL and of the Guyana Amazon Warriors and he expects that support to continue.Minister Henry at the agreement signing dubbed it an honour on the Government’s behalf to partner once again with the CPL.last_img read more

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Torginol lends support ahead of 2019 Kennard’s Memorial Boxing Day horse race

first_imgTHE 2019 Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club Boxing Day horse race gathered some pace leading up to the annual meet, as long-time sponsors Torginol Paints continued their financial funding of the event.Yesterday’s brief ceremony held at Torginol’s Industrial Site location, where turf club president, Justice Cecil Kennard, received the sponsorship cheque ahead of the upcoming iconic meet which is held every Boxing Day at the Bush Lot venue.Justice Kennard thanked the company for its continued support of the horse racing fraternity – a partnership which has spanned decades and continues to blossom annually as the support is given.Kennard also pointed out that roughly $7M has been injected into the restoration process of the turf club. He said the financial support the club attracts is usually put into refurbishing the venue while helping to offset expenses in other areas.Seven different groups will feature a number of talented jockeys and horses who will compete for almost $2M in prize money. However, the real winner will be the one who rides away with the grand prize of $1M, from the ‘METRO MILLION MILE OPEN’ feature race.Apart from the million-dollar, main event the other classes set for the event include: L NON-EARNER, H & L LOWER, 2-YEAR-OLD MAIDEN, L NON-WINNER, J & K LOWER and L OPEN. Each class fetches lucrative 1st to 4th place prizes which range from $250 000 to $130 000.Continental Group of Companies Office Manager, Ravi Brijnandan, was also elated at the two entities continuing their relationship which he said is important to the culture of horse racing. Brijnandan said the company will not only throw its full support behind the upcoming meet, but will be a part of the club’s future endeavours to ensure that the sport maintains its pedigree.Rules for the meet will fall under the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA) mandate while entries are set to close on December 16, with all late entries being denied following the date of closure.Meanwhile, Kennard tipped this year’s race to exceed those of the previous years, as more participants are expected. The strong, overseas Guyanese contingent, who have been supporting the event yearly, are set to return home for the Christmas holidays, thus making the race a bigger spectacle. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

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Arsenal Set to Go Third at Everton

first_imgWith Tottenham and Manchester United not in action this weekend, the Gunners can strengthen their place in the top four in the Premier League with victory. A win would see them move up to third, two points above Spurs.Manager Unai Emery said: “Each match is very important for that. If we win we are third. We want to win so we can hold this position. But it is a long way.“We need to be positive but also realistic. Realistically, Sunday is a very big challenge.”Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are long-term absentees for Arsenal.Everton have no fresh injury concerns as they look for a third win in a row. Defender Yerry Mina misses out with a thigh injury while Marco Silva says goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is in the right frame of mind to face Arsenal after being involved in a scuffle last weekend.“He has had full focus during the week to prepare for the next match,” said Silva.Everton have lost seven of their last eight Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W1), including the last four in a row. They last lost five consecutively against the Gunners between May 1998 and April 2000.Arsenal have beaten Everton 97 times in league matches – more than any side has beaten another in English Football League history.Arsenal have scored more Premier League goals against Everton (107) than any side has against another in the competition’s history.Everton’s victory against Chelsea in their last home game ended a run of 25 Premier League games without a victory against ‘big six’ sides. They last won consecutive such matches in April 2014, beating Arsenal and Manchester United.RESULTS & FIXTURESNewcastle 0 – 1 Crystal PalaceMan City 1 – 0 BrightonJuventus 2-1 AC MilanBarcelona 2-0 Atletico MadridBayern Munich 5-0 DortmundEverton v Arsenal 2:05pmWatford v Wolves 4pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny face late fitness tests for Arsenal’s trip to Everton today as the Gunners look to leapfrog Spurs into third place in the Premiership.Defender Koscielny (bruised foot) and midfielder Xhaka (groin) will be assessed while Lucas Torreira is suspended.However, midfielder Aaron Ramsey is expected to be available after training on Friday following a groin issue.last_img read more

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Entire Fenerbahce Team Tested, One Player, Backroom Staff In Hospital

first_imgTurkish football club Fenerbahce said on Wednesday that one of its players and a member of its medical staff had been sent to hospital for coronavirus tests after showing symptoms during a team testing.Last week, Turkey became one of the last countries to suspend its sports leagues, taking the decision after growing pressure from clubs, players and coaches.Turkey had also come under international pressure to postpone competitions after the vast majority of European soccer leagues, and others globally, shut down. The death toll from the outbreak in Turkey rose to 44 late on Tuesday, while the number of confirmed cases of the virus in Turkey rose by 343 to 1 872.In a statement, Fenerbahce said its entire team had been tested for the virus on Wednesday.“Our player and the medical staff member were sent to the hospital for further tests and treatment,” the club said.Fenerbahce’s statement comes two days after Fatih Terim, the coach of their rivals Galatasaray, said he had tested positive for the virus and was being treated in hospital.Besiktas, the third of the “big three” clubs in Turkey, said on Tuesday that none of its players or staff had tested positive for the virus after being tested following Terim’s diagnosis.At the weekend, Fenerbahce said its basketball players and staff members showing coronavirus symptoms were sent to hospital for tests.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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US Under Secretary talks diplomacy

first_imgThe USC Center on Public Diplomacy hosted United States Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel on Wednesday at a forum discussion on the complexities surrounding public diplomacy in a hyper-connected world. The discussion, “Why We Need to Harden Our Soft Power,” was live-streamed online from Wallis Annenberg Hall.Mr. Secretary · Richard Stengel, the United States Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, discussed U.S. policy on Wednesday. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“Soft power is the communications between people about policy,” said Stengel, a Princeton graduate and Rhodes Scholar. “From a government perspective, it’s about putting people and policy together.”The Under Secretary, a former managing editor of TIME.com, joined the U.S. Department of State last February to provide global strategic leadership for all Department of State public diplomacy and public affairs engagement work, focusing specifically on propaganda from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — more commonly known as ISIS or ISIL — and Russia. Stengel discussed the impact that both ISIS and Russia are having on the cybersphere, spreading their message in a multitude of languages and using state-controlled news and entertainment programming to push their opinions onto the populace.“Ninety percent of Russians get 100 percent of their news from state-controlled media,” Stengel said. “There was no answer from the U.S. government [to this information]. In this information environment where you are up against Russian propaganda and this nasty and violent ISIL propaganda, we have to contest the space.”Stengel credits his journalism background for helping him see the media from a different perspective. He is trying to bring speed and efficiency to the government in their dissemination of information to the public.“We have to do a better and more forceful job of getting our ideas out,” Stengel said. “We need to shape the response in real time. We can’t be on our back foot.”Stengel said that though U.S. pop culture has been a huge factor in public diplomacy in the past, its influence has dropped given the rise of other countries’ involvement in the entertainment industry. As such, countries such as Russia and China have utilized their increased media presence to gain more autocratic control in their respective countries. Stengel recounted that a month into his position at the State Department, he witnessed the ramifications of such media involvement in the Russian annexation of Crimea.“We saw the Russians in the social media space laying a predicate for their battleground in Crimea, all before they were actually in the kinetic battlefield,” Stengel said.Though Stengel claims the government’s goal is to spread U.S. public policy, he differentiates that from the Russian and ISIS methods of spreading propaganda. Stengel explained that whereas the United States seeks to explain their own policy goals, Russian and ISIS’s propaganda methods attempt to disseminate a false perception of how things actually are.“As there is a difference between flattery and honest praise, there’s a difference between propaganda and what our policy is,” Stengel said. “We are trying to tell people what our policy is, explaining what our policy is and having a conversation. It’s not about winning hearts and minds.”Stengel stressed the importance of third parties getting involved in spreading the message of U.S. policy and urged the next generation to be involved in this discussion.“I don’t think it will be my generation that solves this problem,” Stengel said. “It will be this generation.”last_img read more

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The Final Word: Syracuse stuns No. 10 Duke, 78-75

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ MORE COVERAGEGallery: Syracuse’s upset victory over No. 10 DukeTyus Battle scores 18 points in Syracuse’s 78-75 upset win over No. 10 DukeSyracuse upsets No. 10 Duke with John Gillon’s buzzer-beating banked 3What we learned from Syracuse’s 78-75 win against No. 10 Duke Published on February 23, 2017 at 12:00 am Behind John Gillon’s second-half outburst, Syracuse (17-12, 9-7 Atlantic Coast) upset No. 10 Duke (22-6, 10-5), 78-75, Wednesday night in front of the largest on-campus crowd in college basketball this season. Gillon hit the game-winner at the buzzer, freshman guard Tyus Battle returned to his old self (18 points) and the Orange scored 53 second-half points to complete the victory. SU plays next at Louisville on Sunday.Our beat writers Connor Grossman and Paul Schwedelson discuss SU’s comeback win and where it puts SU in NCAA Tournament contention.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

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Tipp minor hurlers lose Munster opener

first_imgThe victors were inspired by a similarly prolific display from Eoghan Murray, who got 0-11. Liam Cahill’s side went down 1-20 to 1-17 in a play-off match at Walsh Park – the first time the Deise have beaten the Premier County in this grade since 2011.The loss means that Tipp will now face Clare in a winner-takes-all encounter in Ennis early next month.Lyndon Fairbrother was top scorer for the losers with 0-10, 0-7 of which came from frees with 0-2 being 65s.last_img

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Quinn family ‘back in business’ following launch of Quinnbet Ireland

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Submit Former billionaire Seán Quinn has launched new online sportsbook Quinnbet, aiming to ‘ruffle up’ the Irish and UK betting sectors.The new sportsbook represents Quinn’s first venture since the multi-billion collapse of Irish conglomerate the Quinn Group in 2010.Quinn was once considered Ireland’s richest person (2008), with an estimated personal wealth of €3.5-4 billion. However, the Irish tycoon lost his assets having been saddled with debts related to the 2009 bankruptcy of the Anglo-Irish Bank.Officially launching Quinnbet in Ireland last week, sports mad Quinn stated that ‘the family was back in business’. Quinnbet operations will be led by son Sean Jnr acting as CEO, with further Quinn family members taking on senior positions within the new company.Registered in Ireland Quinnbet is wholly owned by Seán Quinn, with Seán Quinn Jnr, brother-in-law Seán Kelly and Cavan businessman Séamus McMahon, of Kilconny, Belturbet, listed as company directors.Speaking to Irish business news sources, an ambitious Sean Jnr stated that Quinnbet aims ‘to mix-it up with established brands in online betting’.  As CEO, Sean Jnr detailed that the sportsbook would initially aim to offer the best product, market-range and pricing for Ireland’s unique betting punters.Quinnbet is being powered by FSB Tech and Quinn added about the relationship: “We’re very excited about the prospect of the new site and the app that goes with it and believe FSB’s tailored approach are perfect for our ambitious plans. We now have the right tools to deliver a top-class betting experience and are very confident we’ll be able to offer a very competitive product alongside the larger brands.”FSB Business Development Director Richard Thorp commented: “The Quinn family are a huge name in Ireland and we are honoured to have signed them to our service which will enable them to refine and grow their online offer.”last_img read more