In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Serena happy to plant seed of doubt for Wimbledon rivals 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 LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Manny Pacquiao conquers highest peak in Maasim, Sarangani province. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Winchell CamposManny Pacquiao showed his head trainer Buboy Fernandez and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune a preview of what to expect in his ring return against Lucas Matthysse next month.Pacquiao on Tuesday flashed his deadly form when he rocked Gherich Chavez with a solid straight to the jaw during sparring that delighted Fernandez and Fortune.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a sign that Manny is trying to ask himself questions whether he still has it or not. That talks a lot about his warrior spirit,” said Fortune.‘The Fight of Champions,’ the biggest boxing event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia since the great Muhammad Ali beat Joe Bugner in 1975 is less than three weeks away.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I would say he is 85 already percent ready and we don’t want him to peak too soon,” said Fernandez.“He is right there where we want him to be right now,” said Fortune.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 crownPacquiao’s power and speed may have diminished in time but he remains one of the best-conditioned boxers.On Monday morning, Pacquiao conquered the steepest climb in Maasim, Sarangani province.
From left: DED’s Jürgen Wilhelm, loveLife CEO Grace Matlhape, and Khanyisile Kweyama, Barloworld’s group executive for human resources and transformation, listen to a youngster relating his loveLifeexperience. (Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS• Fareed MohammedLoveLife public relationsTel +27 11 523 1000• Rebecca Morgan Barloworld media relationsTel +27 11 445 1333 USEFUL LINKS • LoveLife • Barloworld • Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst • Volunteer Service Enquiry Southern Africa RELATED ARTICLES• Loving life, fighting Aids • HIV-Aids in South Africa • Social development in South AfricaJanine ErasmusNational youth HIV prevention programme loveLife has signed a new partnership with the German Development Service (Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst or DED) and major South African corporate Barloworld.Lovelife’s new initiative named Connected! will be the main beneficiary of the partnership.Connected! is a strategy aimed at the thousands of young South Africans who possess leadership potential but have no chance to develop it.Barloworld has given a grant of US$120 000 (R1-million), to be spread over three years. DED will match the first year’s portion.DED director-general Jürgen Wilhelm, present at the signing with several other dignitaries, applauded the new initiative and the opportunities for development that it presented.“The DED believes that our support of innovative approaches to HIV prevention, such as this one, is key to halting the spread of the disease,” said Wilhelm. He added that the organisation was delighted to be able to contribute, through its association with loveLife, to this exciting new national strategy.Since it seeks to groom a new generation with a new outlook on life and renewed sense of responsibility, said Wilhelm, Connected! would serve as an example to the international community, especially within the Southern African region.Local innovatorsDr David Harrison, former loveLife CEO and now consultant and Connected! project manager, was confident that the initiative would fulfil its five-year goal of building bridges between mainstream South African society and the country’s poor communities.Explaining the three-part Connected! strategy, Harrison said the first step is the establishment of the network that will provide a platform for youth to make their ideas known. “Let their voices be heard, but in a way that is constructive and problem-solving, instead of just angry,” he commented.The second task is to change the mindsets of the youth so they see themselves less as recipients of public redress, and more as local innovators among their people.Lastly, the young innovators will be linked to opportunities. This, said Harrison, is what differentiates Connected! from a number of other leadership programmes, which often only benefit those who already have access to opportunities.“In this way they will show their peers that corruption and graft are not the only ways to get ahead,” said Harrison, “and that a risky lifestyle is simply not acceptable”.LoveLife CEO Grace Matlhape agreed, saying that many young people put themselves at risk not because they are ignorant, but because they feel they have little reason to protect themselves.“We hope to contribute to building leaders who will be inspired to work towards their dream, but will also serve the community and go on to find their place in the world,” said Matlhape.Breaking new groundConnected! will draw on youth who have participated in loveLife’s two volunteer leadership programmes, groundBREAKER and mpintshi (isiZulu, meaning friend), explained Harrison.GroundBREAKERs are the 18- to 25-year-olds who are already familiar with the loveLife mission and vision, have experience in mobilising their communities for good, and in many cases have become local leaders.To date, almost 10 000 youth have graduated from the one-year service programme.In addition, more than 20 000 youngsters between the ages of 12 and 25 have completed training as mpintshis, assisting their groundBREAKER team leader in implementing programmes in schools, clinics and community-based organisations.According to a 2008 survey conducted by Volunteer Service Enquiry Southern Africa, groundBREAKER graduates are powerful advocates for change, are tremendously positive about working with their communities, and often go on to hold leadership roles in community organisations.Furthermore, the survey revealed that groundBREAKERs have better prospects of education and employment. About 60% have found employment or started their own businesses. And almost 50% have enrolled in tertiary studies, compared with the national average of 30% of young people who study after matriculation.With careful nurturing, the partners believe, these will be the leaders of the future. By putting them in touch with an ever-growing country-wide network of similar-minded people, Connected! aims to encourage about 5 000 of these potential young leaders, located mainly in marginalised communities, to become public innovators.At the same time the programme will boost their management, analytical and innovation skills, giving them the tools to address pressing issues in their communities.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … How Fantastical For iPhone Was Made“We’ve always been thinking about the iPhone,” says Michael Simmons of Flexibits. “We’ve always wanted to do an iPhone version, but we never had something that let us say, ‘This is right. This is going to solve the problem.’” Until May, that is, when Kent Sutherland, the other half of Flexibits, came up with the DayTicker concept.The Flexibits team was working on a new contacts app for the Mac at the time (teaser screenshots), and they actually put that on hold to build Fantastical for iPhone. It took less than six months.“For us, Fantastical as an application isn’t about whether it’s a Mac app or an iPhone app,” Simmons says. “It’s about solving a problem with calendaring.” You can enter the event as a single stream of words; it even interprets shortcut words like “lunch” as meaning Noon. The natural language input makes life much easier on screens both big and small.But phone typing is easier to fumble, so Simmons points to the built-in speech-to-text features of the iPhones 4S and 5 as an even easier way to add events. It’s faster than the interaction with Siri, since it doesn’t have to talk back to you, and having the rest of your calendar at a glance is a much more useful context.Fantastical for iPhone is available Thursday for $1.99. It will be $3.99 when the launch sale ends. Tags:#apps Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Smartphones are still kind of dumb. Even for features as essential as the calendar, built-in apps usually deliver the bare minimum instead of nailing the experience. That’s why there’s Fantastical for iPhone from Flexibits, which came out Thursday. Fantastical is something I have used constantly since the Mac version debuted in 2011, and the iPhone app is superb. Its main feature is the ability to type in events in plain English (or French, German, Italian or Spanish), like “go to the thing at 6 on Thursday,” and have the app translate it into an event on your calendar with the right description, date, time and everything.There are no time spinners or drop-down menus or fiddly controls. Just describe the event the way it is in your head, and it shows up on your calendar.Fantastical for iPhone also has the best mobile calendar view that I’ve ever seen. The default view shows a ticker of the past and next two days with today in the center, and there are dots on days where you have events. Below, your upcoming events are listed in chronological order. You can scroll up and down in that list, and the ticker above ticks along accordingly. You can always tap the title bar to return to today.If you swipe down, it switches to a month calendar, with today’s events displayed below. Swipe down again to return to the ticker. I find that kind of confusing — seems like swiping back up should return to the first view — but it’s still very convenient. jon mitchell Related Posts
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Europe’s big 5 in talks with Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Ramsey is in talks with five of Europe’s biggest clubs about a move away from Arsenal, it has been claimed.BBC Sport says starting from January 1, the opening of the transfer window, Ramsey is able to negotiate and sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides.The Welshman is considering moves to PSG, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus, and Bayern Munich.Over the past week speculation over Ramsey’s future destination has stepped up, with Juventus being the current most likely club to acquire his services. The 28-year-old is reportedly ‘increasingly tempted’ by a move to Turin and the Italian champions.
Chelsea boss Sarri: Willian and Hudson-Odoi must stayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Willian must stay after he proved the matchwinner against Newcastle.Willian is being linked with Barcelona.But Sarri says: “Willian, for us, is a very important player. As I said yesterday in the press conference, in my opinion he has to stay with us. He’s very important player, like Pedro.”Hudson-Odoi is becoming a very important player so with Eden like a striker today, we need wingers, so we need Pedro, Hudson-Odoi and Willian, of course. At this moment he’s a fundamental player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index fell moderately Thursday, as Wall Street pulled back from the record highs it set the day before.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 42.23 points to 16,284.47, as the base metals, gold and energy sectors lost ground.Shares of Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) were down $1.29, or 6.77 per cent, to $17.77, following Wednesday’s announcement that operations aboard its SeaRose FPSO vessel off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast was ordered suspended by the federal-provincial regulator because of a close call with an iceberg last March.Meanwhile, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) was up two cents, or 0.03 per cent, to $59.84 after the Calgary-based company said Thursday that it has confirmed enough commercial support for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline thanks in part to a commitment from the Alberta government.South of the border, U.S. stocks were also slightly lower, with Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) losing 3.1 per cent and Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE:KMI) falling 2.9 per cent.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 97.84 points to 26,017.81. The S&P 500 index inched down 4.53 points to 2,798.03 and the Nasdaq composite index edged back 2.23 points to 7,296.05.“Yesterday was a big day, you can’t go up every day,” Norman Levine, managing Director of Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto, said of the modest North American stock movements.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar continued its slide Thursday after losing ground on Wednesday following the Bank of Canada’s dovish interest rate hike announcement that it would raise its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 per cent.That saw investors grapple with uncertainty after the central bank said it would be cautious about future rate hikes due to unknowns surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.The currency closed at an average trading value of 80.35 cents US, down 0.13 of a U.S. cent, on Thursday.“The loonie to me looks expensive here because based on our belief of the Canadian economy, the optimistic views about how many rate increases are going to be coming in Canada ain’t going to be happening. You might get one more this year, or you might be done,” said Levine.A stronger-than-expected jobs report released by Statistics Canada earlier this month had in part played into economists widely-held expectations that a rate hike would be announced Wednesday — but Levine said he thinks the jobs numbers “were overstated and will get revised, and things are not going to look as wonderful as it seemed.”In commodities, the March crude contract gave back three cents to US$63.89 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down four cents to US$3.19 per mmBTU.The February gold contract fell US$12.00 to US$1,327.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up one cent to US$3.20 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is complaining about Canadian trade practices while threatening some as-yet-undefined international tax that has revived fears he might be contemplating new American import penalties.The U.S. president made the remarks at the White House on Monday while unveiling a long-awaited infrastructure plan. During a lengthy session with reporters, he complained about countries considered allies of the U.S.He mentioned one directly to America’s north.”Canada does not treat us right in terms of the farming and the crossing the borders,” Trump said.”We cannot continue to be taken advantage of by other countries.”It’s unclear what he was referring to. In the past, he has complained about Canada’s dairy controls and softwood lumber. Administration officials have also expressed anger over Canada’s wide-ranging attack at the World Trade Organization on the U.S. system for imposing duties.Meanwhile, the White House downplayed the tax threat Monday and various U.S. media outlets said there was nothing imminent.Trump did promise more clarity on a new tax. More details could be coming this week, he suggested.”We are going to charge countries outside of our country — countries that take advantage of the United States,” Trump said. ”Some of them are so-called allies but they are not allies on trade. … So we’re going to be doing very much a reciprocal tax and you’ll be hearing about that during the week and the coming months.”It’s unclear what type of tax he’s referring to. Earlier this year, the administration dropped the idea of a border-adjustment tax in its since-passed fiscal reform, because of widespread opposition on Capitol Hill.The confusion was compounded by several factors:—In the U.S., Congress sets tax rates — not the president. And the Congress, which just completed a major tax reform, has shown little inclination to hike taxes.—Tariff rates, meanwhile, are negotiated at the WTO.—The idea wasn’t even mentioned in the White House’s 2018 budget proposal — which was released Monday.The most specific clue Trump offered involved motorycles.He complained that the U.S. brings in products tariff-free and other countries sometimes charge more than 50 per cent tariffs on the same product: ”Harley-Davidson. They’re treated very unfairly in various countries. You know the countries I’m talking about,” Trump said. ”So we’re going to be doing very much a reciprocal tax.”Those motorcycle tariffs are highest in Asia — they don’t exist in North America.Several trade experts contacted Monday confessed to some confusion about what the president was threatening. Dan Ikenson of the Cato Institute said the only action he could think of might violate international trade law.It involves a rarely used retaliatory measure from a 1974 U.S. trade law.”Could be anything, but nothing he could do, while remaining true to the trade rules,” Ikenson said.”Presumably, he could invoke Section 301 (of the 1974 U.S. Trade Act) and threaten to impose taxes to mitigate, countervail, reverse foreign practices that he finds unfair. (That) could pass muster with U.S. law, but not WTO rules.”
Kieran Trippier made his international debut less than one year ago – and now, he is about to be included in England’s starting eleven in the upcoming World Cup in Russia.The Tottenham Hotspur full-back admitted that the last year has been a bit crazy for him as he was called up to the national team for the first time and now, he is about to be given a chance to play in the World Cup.Trippier spoke about his current feelings as he said, according to tottenhamhotspur.com:Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I made my England debut last year and if I thought then about having the chance to go to the World Cup and even starting…it’s an unbelievable feeling.”“I grew up watching the World Cup and to now actually be a part of it, I’m speechless really.”“To be involved in a World Cup, just to be there and part of the squad and now people talking that I could start, it’s incredible. I can’t wait and whatever happens, I’ll give my all.”
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller believes that they can use the pain of last season’s Champions League semi-final exit to prompt them to glory this time aroundThe Bundesliga champions were eliminated in the last four of last season’s competition at the hands of eventual winners Real Madrid.Now, under new coach Niko Kovac, Bayern are hoping to lift their first European Cup since 2013, when they won against German rivals Borussia Dortmund in the final.“We all know that we could have won the trophy,” Muller told Sport Bild.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are seething with anger and in Niko Kovac we have a new, young and aspiring coach.“Hopefully, this year we will for once have the full squad available from March to May. Everything’s possible for us in that case.”Bayern have been drawn with Ajax, AEK Athens and Benfica in Group E of the 2018/19 Champions League.For now though, the Bavarians will return to action this weekend by hosting Bayer Leverkusen.