Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua April 16, 2020 Find out more to go further News August 23, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Papua New Guinea Organisation Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News August 12, 2020 Find out more News reporting hit by Internet blackout in West Papua Reporters Without Borders condemns the beating that National Broadcasting Company radio reporter Mark Kayok received last week from several police officers in the capital, Port Moresby, after he intervened in an attack on a friend and identified himself as journalist.“This is the second attack on a reporter by police officers since the start of the year,” Reporters Without Borders said. “On both occasions the policemen involved knew they were attacking a journalist. The recurrence of this kind of assault could have serious consequences in terms of media self-censorship.“While hailing the communication and information minister’s rapid condemnation, we remind the government that failure to punish those responsible will be taken by the media and the public to mean the police are above the law.”A court and police reporter, Kayok was assaulted near his office on the evening of 20 April but the attack was not reported until 23 April, when NBC included it in its morning news bulletin.The incident began when a friend accompanying Kayok was attacked by several uniformed police officers who had been following them. Kayok interceded and identified himself as a NBC reporter. Accusing the media of reporting bad things about the police, they turned on Kayok, punching and kicking him repeatedly, breaking his nose and inflicting other, lesser injuries.The PNG Media Workers Association reacted by voicing concern about the “unusually high number of threats and acts of intimidation.”In a 9 March press release, Reporters Without Borders condemned the behaviour of the police officers who threatened and manhandled Post-Courier reporter Patrick Talu while he was covering a meeting in Port Moresby on 7 March between officials and opponents of a proposed pipeline. News News Papua New Guinea: Government minister calls for two reporters to be fired over Covid-19 coverage April 25, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio reporter beaten up by uniformed police officers
Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Panels of former players and soccer commentators debated the unusual tactics throughout the day on Japanese TV, with most expressing support for Nishino.“It was a difficult decision by Nishino but the correct one,” said soccer commentator and former player Tetsuo Nakanishi.Both Japan and Senegal finished the group phase with four points, had the same goal difference and the same amount of goals scored. They also played to a 2-2 draw on Sunday.Starting at this year’s tournament, disciplinary records — known as fair play — were added by FIFA as a tiebreaker. Japan had four yellow cards in its three group matches while Senegal had six.As they have done for previous matches, large groups of Japanese fans assembled at various venues around the country.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town 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 ‘Karma is AB’: Batshuayi’s celebration at World Cup gets online giggles Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Once it was confirmed their team would advance, wild celebrations lasted into the early hours of Friday morning.“It wasn’t pretty near the end, but the team did what it had to do,” said company employee Makoto Uchida. “I’m happy we are going to the next round.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In this Thursday, June 28, 2018, file photo, Japanese soccer fans celebrate at a public viewing venue in Tokyo as Japan advanced to the next stage of the World Cup following their team’s loss to Poland in the Group H World Cup soccer match. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)TOKYO — Japanese soccer fans on Friday debated their team’s controversial tactics at the World Cup, with most accepting them as an inevitable outcome of the tournament’s tiebreaking format.Japan lost 1-0 to Poland in their final group game on Thursday in Russia. Despite the loss, Japan advanced to a round-of-16 match against Belgium because it received fewer yellow cards than Senegal, which lost to Colombia by the same score at the same time.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Once Colombia had scored in Samara, Japan knew it had done enough to advance even though it was losing late in its match. The Japanese players slowed play down to almost nothing, softly passing the ball back and forth in little triangles in their own end to waste time.READ: Japan advances to knockout stage on yellow cards despite loss to PolandFEATURED 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 crown“My decision was to rely on the other match,” Japan coach Akira Nishino said. “I’m not too happy about this but … I forced my players to do what I said. And we went through.”Poland, happy to get a victory after two losses, did little to pressure Japan’s players. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments
12 February 2015A mobile app that aims to make government information and services easily available to citizens was launched in Cape Town by Deputy Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams on Wednesday evening.The android and iOS app offers a new entry point to Gov.za, home of government’s public information.The launch was part of a networking function hosted by the Department of Communications ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Jacob Zuma.The app allows users to view the latest available jobs in the public service; tender bulletins; news and radio bulletins; information on services such as renewing your driver’s licence or renewing your car licence disk.AccessThe app gives users quick access to government leaders, events, speeches and other government information. It has contact details of all government departments across all spheres of government.The app was developed because of an an increasing appetite for government information. “As government, we are committed to ensuring that our people indeed are governed,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said.It is available on both Android and Apple mobile devices.Vuk’uzenzele appThe government launched the Vuk’uzenzele newspaper app in November last year. This app allows users to download and read the government newspaper that is distributed nationwide, giving the public further access to a publication with a print-run of 1.7-million copies. A Braille version is also available.The SA Government App was developed by Cape Town-based company Creative Spark and is available as a free download from the App Store and the Google Play store.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Rod MauszyckiDTN Tax ColumnistI’m writing this column at 10 p.m. at night after a long week reviewing tax returns. Although tax reform has produced some mixed results, I’m still finding benefits for my clients.This year, people have been discussing solar energy — both purchasing solar panels and selling or leasing property to solar energy businesses. This got me thinking about the variety of credits available to taxpayers. There is a long list of credits, but here are a few that have sparked conversations.— Fuel credits are probably the most commonly used tax credits in farming. A farmer (or farm entity) can claim a fuel credit for certain nontaxable uses of fuel. If you purchase undyed diesel, kerosene or gas (which you paid tax on), you may be eligible for a fuel credit. If the fuel was used for farm purposes (including aviation), off-highway use (forklifts, skid steers) or boats for commercial fishing, the farmer may be eligible for the credit.— Although only extended through December of 2017, there was a 50-cent-per-gallon credit for vehicles operating on natural gas, liquefied hydrogen, propane, P-Series fuel or liquid fuel derived from coal. This applies to farms that use natural gas and propane forklifts and small motorized vehicles. Although the credit is not available for 2018 or 2019 at this time, you can always apply for the credit tax years it was.— A credit up to $7,500 is available for certain electric-powered cars. That amount is based off the size of the car and its battery. However, when a manufacturer produces the 200,000th plug-in vehicle, the credit is phased out.— For farms that are looking into solar or geothermal, the Business Energy Investment Tax Credit allows for a 30% credit in 2019, 26% credit in 2020, 22% credit in 2021 and 10% credit for 2022 and beyond. The credit applies to solar energy, fuel cells and micro turbines, and it increased the credit amount for fuel cells. It also established new credits for small wind-energy systems, geothermal heat pumps, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems. Most of these would also apply for accelerated depreciation.People often ask about individual tax credits not business related. And solar and geothermal systems are eligible for tax credits, much like the Business Energy Investment Tax Credit. There is one major difference: residential tax credits for solar and geothermal end Dec. 31, 2021. Also note that, unlike a business, a residential solar or geothermal system can’t be depreciated.— For those who hire employees, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) was extended through 2019. If you hire someone in a target group (unemployed veterans, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients, Social Security Income recipients, ex-felons, residents in Empowerment Zones and Rural Renewal Counties, to name a few), you may be eligible to receive a tax credit equal to 25% or 20% of a new employee’s first-year wages. Consult your CPA to learn more about the WOTC credits before hiring an employee in one of these target groups.These are just some of the credits available to businesses and individuals. There are many others out there to consider, but before making a major purchase or hiring someone who might provide a tax benefit, consult your CPA to thoroughly talk through the implications.**Editor’s note: Tax Columnist Rod Mauszycki is a CPA and tax partner with the accounting firm of CliftonLarsonAllen, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Send questions to [email protected](AG/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Features#NYT#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… In December, Facebook made a series of bold and controversial changes regarding the nature of its users’ privacy on the social networking site. The company once known for protecting privacy to the point of exclusivity (it began its days as a network for college kids only – no one else even had access), now seemingly wants to compete with more open social networks like the microblogging media darling Twitter.Those of you who edited your privacy settings prior to December’s change have nothing to worry about – that is, assuming you elected to keep your personalized settings when prompted by Facebook’s “transition tool.” The tool, a dialog box explaining the changes, appeared at the top of Facebook homepages this past month with its own selection of recommended settings. Unfortunately, most Facebook users likely opted for the recommended settings without really understanding what they were agreeing to. If you did so, you may now be surprised to find that you inadvertently gave Facebook the right to publicize your private information including status updates, photos, and shared links. Want to change things back? Read on to find out how.1. Who Can See The Things You Share (Status Updates, Photo, Videos, etc.)Probably the most critical of the “privacy” changes (yes, we mean those quotes sarcastically) was the change made to status updates. Although there’s now a button beneath the status update field that lets you select who can view any particular update, the new Facebook default for this setting is “Everyone.” And by everyone, they mean everyone. If you accepted the new recommended settings then you voluntarily gave Facebook the right to share the information about the items you post with any user or application on the site. Depending on your search settings, you may have also given Facebook the right to share that information with search engines, too. To change this setting back to something of a more private nature, do the following:From your Profile page, hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the top right and click “Privacy Settings” from the list that appears.Click “Profile Information” from the list of choices on the next page.Scroll down to the setting “Posts by Me.” This encompasses anything you post, including status updates, links, notes, photos, and videos.Change this setting using the drop-down box on the right. We recommend the “Only Friends” setting to ensure that only those people you’ve specifically added as a friend on the network can see the things you post. 2. Who Can See Your Personal InfoFacebook has a section of your profile called “personal info,” but it only includes your interests, activities, and favorites. Other arguably more personal information is not encompassed by the “personal info” setting on Facebook’s Privacy Settings page. That other information includes things like your birthday, your religious and political views, and your relationship status. After last month’s privacy changes, Facebook set the new defaults for this other information to viewable by either “Everyone” (for family and relationships, aka relationship status) or to “Friends of Friends” (birthday, religious and political views). Depending on your own preferences, you can update each of these fields as you see fit. However, we would bet that many will want to set these to “Only Friends” as well. To do so:From your Profile page, hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the top right and click “Privacy Settings” from the list that appears.Click “Profile Information” from the list of choices on the next page.The third, fourth, and fifth item listed on this page are as follows: “birthday,” “religious and political views,” and “family and relationship.” Locking down birthday to “Only Friends” is wise here, especially considering information such as this is often used in identity theft. Depending on your own personal preferences, you may or may not feel comfortable sharing your relationship status and religious and political views with complete strangers. And keep in mind, any setting besides “Only Friends” is just that – a stranger. While “Friends of Friends” sounds innocuous enough, it refers to everyone your friends have added as friends, a large group containing hundreds if not thousands of people you don’t know. All it takes is one less-than-selective friend in your network to give an unsavory person access to this information. 3. What Google Can See – Keep Your Data Off the Search EnginesWhen you visit Facebook’s Search Settings page, a warning message pops up. Apparently, Facebook wants to clear the air about what info is being indexed by Google. The message reads:There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. This is not true. Facebook created public search listings in 2007 to enable people to search for your name and see a link to your Facebook profile. They will still only see a basic set of information.While that may be true to a point, the second setting listed on this Search Settings page refers to exactly what you’re allowing Google to index. If the box next to “Allow” is checked, you’re giving search engines the ability to access and index any information you’ve marked as visible by “Everyone.” As you can see from the settings discussed above, if you had not made some changes to certain fields, you would be sharing quite a bit with the search engines…probably more information than you were comfortable with. To keep your data private and out of the search engines, do the following:From your Profile page, hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the top right and click “Privacy Settings” from the list that appears.Click “Search” from the list of choices on the next page.Click “Close” on the pop-up message that appears.On this page, uncheck the box labeled “Allow” next to the second setting “Public Search Results.” That keeps all your publicly shared information (items set to viewable by “Everyone”) out of the search engines. If you want to see what the end result looks like, click the “see preview” link in blue underneath this setting. Take 5 Minutes to Protect Your PrivacyWhile these three settings are, in our opinion, the most critical, they’re by no means the only privacy settings worth a look. In a previous article (written prior to December’s changes, so now out-of-date), we also looked at things like who can find you via Facebook’s own search, application security, and more. While you may think these sorts of items aren’t worth your time now, the next time you lose out on a job because the HR manager viewed your questionable Facebook photos or saw something inappropriate a friend posted on your wall, you may have second thoughts. But why wait until something bad happens before you address the issue? Considering that Facebook itself is no longer looking out for you, it’s time to be proactive about things and look out for yourself instead. Taking a few minutes to run through all the available privacy settings and educating yourself on what they mean could mean the world of difference to you at some later point…That is, unless you agree with Facebook in thinking that the world is becoming more open and therefore you should too. Note: Other resources on Facebook’s latest changes worth reading include MakeUseOf’s 8 Steps Toward Regaining your Privacy, 17 steps to protect your privacy from Inside Facebook, the ACLU’s article examining the changes, and DotRights.org’s comprehensive analysis of the new settings. If you’re unhappy enough to protest Facebook’s privacy update, you can sign ACLU’s petition. The FTC is also looking into the matter thanks to a complaint filed by a coalition of privacy groups, led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. You can add your voice to the list of complaints here. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJaja Santiago’s volleyball resume is already worth of anyone’s envy.The 22-year-old middle blocker has won the Rookie of the Year, Best Attacker, and several Most Valuable Player plums while playing in the club level.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Ross displeased after Miranda says groin kick ‘part of game’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ And although Santiago won four titles with NU in the offseason tournaments, and two in the club leagues, the closest she got to the UAAP trophy was in her first two years when the Lady Bulldogs reached the Final Four.“Now that this is my last year I won’t allow myself to not get that title,” said Santiago. “And I won’t forgive myself if I will graduate without having led the team to the title.” View comments Santiago has also become a key figure for the Philippines in the international level having competed in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, Southeast Asian Games, and the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship.Of all those accolades, however, Santiago still needs one more piece in her stacked trophy cabinet—the UAAP title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd as she enters her final collegiate year, Santiago said only the championship will complete her Lady Bulldog career.“Of course that’s the one thing I’ve been searching for since I was a rookie, in the four years that have past I never got that,” said Santiago of the title in Filipino. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
The Indian team working out in MadrasThe shyness is gone. The cloak of reticence exchanged for one of assertiveness. Track-suit bottoms, Reebok T-shirt hanging loosely, Mohammed Azharuddin exudes confidence these days. Perhaps, he now realises that it’s nothing personal. That he is just part of a quaint Indian ritual, wherein,The Indian team working out in MadrasThe shyness is gone. The cloak of reticence exchanged for one of assertiveness. Track-suit bottoms, Reebok T-shirt hanging loosely, Mohammed Azharuddin exudes confidence these days. Perhaps, he now realises that it’s nothing personal. That he is just part of a quaint Indian ritual, wherein the moment someone becomes the Indian cricket team captain everyone begins finding reasons why he’s not good enough. But Azhar’s not quitting. Win or lose the World Cup, he’s staying put for “four more years”.But perhaps he knows he may not have a choice; that the long, hard winter ahead will eventually decide his fate. First comes the New Zealand series. Then, the 1996 World Cup. And all over the subcontinent, from the Indian team working out in Madras to TV magnates finalising their master plans and organisers working out the opening ceremony, the buzz has begun. After all, it will be the most expensive (cost: Rs 200 crore), most widely covered (each match will be televised live by seven maj or sports channels in Test-playing countries) and the most watched (estimated audience: 1.5 billion) World Cup ever.The ’96 world cup is expected to be the: most expensive, most widely covered and the most watched world cop ever. For the team, it’s homework time. Sure, the Kiwis don’t qualify as the best of sparring partners, and yes, the short tour by Pakistan is as yet uncertain, but the team is trying to imbibe the best it can. Says team manager Ajit Wadekar: “The Kiwis are no pushovers, a gradual buildup is beneficial because it helps plug the loopholes and allows us to peak at the right time. Not to mention what a win and a few persuasive individual performances will do for collective confidence.”At the Madras camp though, the World Cup is the final mission. Says vice-captain Sachin Tendulkar:” It’s the last world cup of the century, and we would love to win it.” Team members reflect his attitude, for unlike other years, all have been here since day one. Navjot Singh Sidhu, who faced Azhar’s ire for arriving late at the last camp, not only reached here a day early but showed clearly through his fitness that he hadn’t had a lazy off-season.advertisementNot surprisingly, of course, it is Azhar who is setting the standards: a daily regimen of jogging, stretching, over 500 sit-ups and nearly two hours of fielding practice. And if Sachin has lost 8 kg during the off-season, through training and a new “fruit diet”, even the normally plumpish off-spinner Ashish Kapoor looks much slimmer. Says a beaming team physio Ali Irani: “They are much fitter now than they were at the beginning of the season last year.”The team is much the same:lacklustre bowling, poor fielding and batting dependent on Sachin. The team itself does not promise to be radically different. The one major discordant chord has been fielding, and Azhar (see interview) is adamant that all socks need pulling up. Not to mention the bowling in the slog overs – in Sharjah in April this year, wides and no-balls gave away 43 runs. But Azhar is buoyed by the fine form of the Indians playing English county cricket. Javagal Srinath, especially afflicted by wides and no-balls, picked up an impressive 8 7 (at last count) wickets for Gloucestershire, AnilKumble going further with 105 for Northants.But Manoj Prabhakar at Durham (around 50 wickets) hasn’t done well enough, though he has an attitude the team craves. Round up the usual bunch of suspects – Venkatesh Prasad, Ven-katapathy Raju, Rajesh Chauhan – and Sachin chipping in with his wobbly stuff now and then, and the Indian bowling looks much the same.So does the batting, unarguably solid but equally unarguably, over dependent on Sachin. Azhar realises this, warning that “the rest have to perform as well”. Old problems remain, though: there may be enough openers in Sachin, Prabhakar, Sidhu and Ajay Jadeja. But a No. 6 batsman whose hitting target is the stands is still missing.Frenetic activity of a different sort is on too. With an estimated Rs 42 crore as the cost of being the title sponsor, ITC will spend another Rs 10 crore-Rs 12 crore on promoting the Cup. Apart from the logo and the usual merchandising like caps, shirts, yearbooks, magazines et al, it also plans to make five promotional films. pilcom (Pakistan, India, Lanka Organising Committee) is hard at work too, promising that the February 11 opening ceremony at the Eden Gardens in Calcutta will be spectacular.The President will inaugurate it and effects will be provided by the Italy-based Half Moon Image Consultants, which produced the opening ceremony of the 1990 soccer World Cup. In a sweet touch, invitations have also been sent to captains of every previous world cup team worldwide.Other deals are already signed. Coke is the official drink. VISA the official card, in a deal worth approximately Rs 119 crore. The staggering revenue includes a Rs 30 crore guarantee from WorldTel Corporation for TV rights and 7 5 per cent of World Tel’s profits (see box).advertisementGrounds too are being given a facelift. The stadia in Mohali, Bangalore. Gwalior, Madras and Bombay are being floodlit, and most are acquiring electronic scoreboards, instant-replay video screens and modern pitch covers. Bombay’s Wankhede Stadium, for instance, hosting just one match, is getting a Rs 10 crore spruce-up.Unlike India, many Pakistan centres will host more than one match. Centres without a certain grade of five-star hotels have been ignored, so that Lahore has four of Pakistan’s matches, including the final; Karachi and Rawalpindi three each; Peshawar and Faisalabad two each; and Gujranwala and Sheikhupura (probably) one each. Sheikhupura, although just an alternate site, is building a brand-new 25,000-capacity stadium. The Karachi and Lahore stadia are being upgraded too.Despite the continuing violence in Karachi, Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Arif Abbasi says there are no plans of shifting the venues of the matches. Indeed, they are hoping that a truce will be declared with the country’s image and honour at stake.And honour, both teams know well, depends on a win. Pakistan goes to Sharj ah in October and then to Australia for what must be a superior warm-up to India’s. Playing the World Cup at home, Azhar knows, will bring the worst kind of pressures; and failure could mean his head. Fairness never counts in moments like that.
PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Cavaliers hold off Wizards’ late comeback for 116-113 win MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The three-time champion and four-time MVP, who is in his 16th season, has been out since Christmas Day.James’ arrival in Hollywood immediately revived the Lakers’ hopes of regaining their lost glory and his absence has been greatly felt.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 starsThe 34-year-old James, one of the greatest players ever, is reportedly eyeing to return on Friday (Manila time) against the Los Angeles Clippers. View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Sprawling mural of LeBron James on a basketball court in Taguig.LeBron James moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland in the NBA offseason and it’s only right that the Nike LeBron Hypercourt at Bonifacio Global City gets an update as well.The Hypercourt, located in the metro’s booming financial and lifestyle district, underwent a purple-and-gold makeover in time for James’ keenly-awaited return from a groin injury.ADVERTISEMENT
Maria Sharapova will probably have to win 10 matches to claim a second Wimbledon title this year after deciding on Friday not to request a wildcard for the championships.The 30-year-old returned from a 15-month doping ban last month and has failed to gain a high enough ranking for automatic entry into the 128-strong main draw.Set to enter the top 200 on Monday, however, she is eligible to play in the qualifying event the week before in Roehampton, where she would need to survive three rounds just to take her place in round one at the All England Club.Russian Sharapova, the 2004 champion and former world number one, announced the news on her website.”Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will also be playing …in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wildcard,” said Sharapova, who has received a wildcard for the Wimbledon warmup event in Birmingham.Sharapova could have secured a place in the Wimbledon main draw by right had she reached the semi-finals at the Italian Open in Rome, but she withdrew injured during a second round match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.”I have already started getting treatment on the injury I sustained a few days ago in Rome, and will begin my preparation as soon I get better,” the five-times grand slam champion said.Her decision takes the heat off the Wimbledon wildcard committee which meets on June 20 and could technically still offer her automatic entry into the main draw.However, in light of the decision of French Tennis Federation (FFT) on Tuesday to snub Sharapova for a French Open wildcard, they would have been under pressure to follow suit.advertisementSharapova was initially banned for two years after testing positive for then newly-banned heart condition drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced the sanction to 15 months, saying she was not an “intentional doper”.The U.S.-based player called her punishment “unfairly harsh” saying she had not realised meldonium, a product she had used legally for much of her career, had been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned list.Her comeback has been aided by wildcards in Stuttgart, where she reached the semi-finals, Madrid and Rome.Several players have voiced their disapproval at Sharapova’s return, most noticeably Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard who said Sharapova should have been banned for life, calling her a “cheater”. Bouchard beat Sharapova in Madrid.Sharapova will have to break new ground if she is to win Wimbledon this year as no qualifier has won the women’s singles title.American Alexandra Stevenson came closest when she reached the semi-final in 1999 before losing to Lindsay Davenport.John McEnroe reached the men’s singles semi-finals as a qualifier in 1977.