Duterte to grace 40th MassKara Festival

first_imgThe much anticipated MassKara Streetand Arena Dance competitions will be held on Oct. 26 and 27, the final weekendof the festival. (With a report from PNA/PN) Last year, the President, who arrivedon Oct. 27, said he came to Bacolod because he finds the MassKara beautiful andenjoyable. Last week, Leonardia met with the ChiefExecutive in Davao City during the 69th National Executive Board Meeting of theLeague of Cities of the Philippines (LCP). Leonardia, national president of LCP,said that when he asked Duterte if he can attend the festival once again, thePresident did not hesitate to say yes. In 2016, Duterte was the first-everpresident to have graced the opening of the MassKara Festival during its 37thedition on Oct. 2. The following year, Duterte attendedthe festival highlights on October 22. BACOLOD City – President Rodrigo Duterte will be the guest of honorduring the 40th MassKara Festival.  The highlights will start on Oct. 24and 25, featuring the Electric MassKara parades. “Without batting an eyelash, he said:Yes, I’m going to show my support for you,” the mayor said. “This only meansthat Bacolod is very special to him.” “As our top tourism icon, this nowinternationally-acclaimed festival is a showcase of our people’s unity and asymbol of the dynamism of the city. Your presence will again be a wellspring ofinspiration for our people,” the mayor added. The Ruby MassKara celebration, themed“Bacolod, City of Smiles”, will formally open on the night of Oct. 7 at thepublic plaza. This was announced by Mayor EvelioLeonardia yesterday, saying the President is expected to arrive anytime duringthe festivity slated from Oct. 7 to 27. In his letter addressed to thePresident dated Sept. 26, Leonardia invited Duterte to be “the guest of honorat any day or time convenient to you during these 21 days of our celebration”.last_img read more

Roger Stone to be sentenced despite controversy

first_imgJudge Amy Berman Jackson will still give Stone time to make challenges in his case after he is sentenced. That means that even if the judge sentences him to jail this week, he won’t be detained right away. Judge Amy Berman Jackson declared Roger Stone to be sentenced on Thursday as scheduled, after rejecting requests from the defense for a delay over concerns of jury misconduct.Roger Stone, ex-Trump advisor, was convicted last year on 7 charges of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.Jackson’s decision comes after Stone’s defense made a second request for a new trial last Friday.Judge Holds Special Hearing in Roger Stone Case Todaylast_img

LaLiga: Spanish FA Backs Fans over Monday, Friday Matches

first_imgThe Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has ruled that LaLiga games cannot be played on Fridays and Mondays without its approval.The first three round of matches for the 2019/20 season had already been scheduled by LaLiga, with Athletic Bilbao hosting champions Barcelona in the season opener on Friday, 16 August.But the RFEF’s competition judge has now rescheduled those fixtures. “Spanish football fans do not want games on these days,” the RFEF said.“Especially on Mondays, it is very difficult for fans to enjoy games.”In February, Alaves supporters held a mock funeral during their La Liga win over Levante in protest at the match being switched to Monday night for live TV coverage.La Liga said the ruling threatens their 2bn euro broadcast deals and a court hearing has been set for 7 August.Changes made by the RFEF mean the season will now open with Athletic-Barcelona a day later than originally planned, on Saturday, 17 August, with all other fixtures scheduled for Saturdays or Sundays.“With this illegal conduct RFEF officials are generating confusion in the national and international broadcast space, which accounts for 2bn euros in annual rights income for La Liga,” said La Liga president Javier Tebas.“These officials have no idea of the consequences of their irresponsible acts. This has no purpose, nothing will change, this only creates confusion, which is the only thing they know how to do.”This is the latest in a long-running row between the two organisations.They clashed over La Liga’s failed bid to play Girona’s home league game against Barcelona in Miami in January, after the RFEF did not give approval for the game.La Liga called the RFEF’s move “an attack” and said it is “the only competent organisation to set schedules and dates in the national professional football competition”.It claims the judge’s ruling changes nothing and “the schedules already indicated by La Liga for the first days of the competition will be those in which the matches will be played”.The RFEF said the judge made the ruling “due to the incompatibilities detected between the approved calendar and the days and established schedules”.In a statement after Friday’s ruling, the RFEF claimed responsibility for setting the days of the fixtures.“Setting the schedules is a competency of the League, while the days are of the RFEF,” it said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts ‘sick’ over pulling Rich Hill during perfect game

first_imgThat decision was made based on Stripling’s past — he had Tommy John surgery a year earlier and had not fully regained his arm strength — with an eye toward the 26-year-old’s future. Saturday’s decision was based on the Dodgers’ hopes for the immediate future with Hill at the front of a playoff rotation, with an eye toward the blister issues in his recent past.“I told him that he is in a tough position and I totally get it,” said Hill, who was visibly angry in the dugout after he was told he would not go back out for the eighth inning.“I get it. Obviously, I didn’t want to come out of the game, right? But there is a bigger picture here and I think we all know what it is. It’s something for Dave that he is in a very difficult position. You look at it and you move on. That’s all you can do.”Hill came back to that multiple times during the postgame interview. In his previous start, he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres before giving up his only hit. Hill threw 89 pitches in that game as well. He hasn’t thrown more in a big-league start since July 7 and after that game Roberts said he was not sending Hill out for the seventh even if the no-hitter was still intact.“There’s a lot of fans in Los Angeles that are very upset with me, I’m sure,” Roberts said without even seeing the firestorm on social media. “But there’s nothing worth, in my opinion, compromising our opportunity this year to win a championship.“I’m going to lose sleep tonight and I probably should. I don’t see myself having to make a tougher decision than this one. But I know that my best interest was for him and his finger and the Dodgers.”Yasiel Puig did his manager no favors.The perfect game seemed to be over — and Roberts off the hook on any decision to pull Hill from the game — when Martin Prado sent a drive into the left-center field gap with two outs in the seventh. Making his first start in left field since June 25, 2013 (his first month in the big leagues) and only his second major-league start there, Puig gave chase and tracked it down on a full sprint, making an all-out diving catch at the edge of the warning track to preserve the perfect game.It was the kind of catch that becomes legendary in a perfect game.“I thought it was a double, for sure,” Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson said. “He came out of nowhere with a diving catch.”It would have made Roberts’ job easier if Puig had just played it off the wall for that double. Instead, it was the last batter Hill faced.Roberts said some “heat” and tenderness was developing in Hill’s finger after 89 pitches, giving him reason to worry about pushing the left-hander to the 110 or 120 pitches it would take to complete the game. Asked about that, Hill said his finger was fine.“No, I didn’t notice it,” he said.Blanton retired the first two batters in the eighth before Jeff Francoeur hit a looping line drive over the head of shortstop Corey Seager. The 6-foot-4 Seager made a leaping attempt but the ball glanced off his glove and into left field.“Rich threw the ball — perfect, I guess you could say,” said center fielder Joc Pederson, who hit two of the four home runs that produced all of the Dodgers’ runs in the win. Seager and Justin Turner hit the others.“We’re looking farther past this one game and he’s going to be one of our key guys in the playoffs. It’s tough. Doc (Roberts) did what’s best in the long run for the team. … Dave did what he thought is best to put us in position to win a World Series.”It’s a decision that Roberts acknowledged would keep him up all night. But not one he would admit to regretting.“You know what? Situations come up and you’ve got to deal with them the best way you can,” Roberts said. “You have to make tough decisions. … After we’re holding that trophy up it’ll feel a lot better.” MIAMI >> Dave Roberts and LeBron James have something in common now. They both made decisions involving Miami that made them into villains.Like LeBron, Roberts might need to win a championship to erase the memory.Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill was perfect for seven innings Saturday night, retiring all 21 Miami Marlins’ batters in order. But the Dodgers manager pulled him from the game after 89 pitches out of concern for another flare-up of the blister issues that sidelined Hill for over a month.Joe Blanton replaced Hill and gave up a single, ruining the perfect game and no-hitter, before the Dodgers closed out a 5-0 victory over the Marlins. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I feel sick to my stomach. Rich obviously had a perfect game and an opportunity of a lifetime,” Roberts said of his decision.“It’s the toughest thing I’ve had to do. But I know that it was for the reason to give us the best chance to win a World Series. Without Rich — if something would have happened and (the blister) would have come up again that opportunity would have been lessened.”There have only been 23 perfect games in the modern era (since 1900) and the only one thrown by a Dodgers pitcher came 51 years almost to the day before Hill’s gem. Sandy Koufax did it on Sept. 9, 1965.But this wasn’t the first time Roberts has pulled a pitcher with a no-hitter going. Just five games into his rookie season as a manager, Roberts pulled Ross Stripling from his big-league debut in San Francisco with a no-hitter going in the eighth inning. The next batter, Trevor Brown, hit a home run off Dodgers reliever Chris Hatcher.last_img read more