Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke and his wife Blanche d'Alpuget arrive at the Australian Labor Party's campaign launch in Brisbane in September 2013. (AP file photo) CANBERRA: Bob Hawke, Australia's longest-serving Labor Party prime minister, whose charisma and powers of persuasion earned him near-folk hero status among many Australians, died on Thursday, his wife said. He was 89. The former union leader dedicated much of his political career to trade union issues, and he was widely regarded as a man of his people. He had a down-to-earth attitude, a passion for sports and legendary status among beer lovers — for once drinking himself into the record books. He won four terms as prime minister, serving from 1983 to 1991 before being ousted by his own party when the economy soured. Only two other prime ministers served Australia longer, and both were members of the conservative Liberal Party. He had been actively supporting Labor's campaign for elections on Saturday … [Read more...] about Ex-Australian prime minister Bob Hawke dies at age 89
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MANILA, Philippines — Believing that the truth will come out over accusations that he and his family are receiving payoffs from drug traffickers, President Duterte has expressed no interest in filing charges against personalities who have allegedly conspired to bring him down. Duterte said he is not keen on going after his detractors, some of whom were identified by presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo as coming from the Liberal Party (LP). Panelo named former senator Manuel Roxas II and former presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda as being behind the video clips where a certain “Bikoy” bared “Ang Totoong Narcolist,” which linked Duterte and his family to the drug protection racket. “I’m not interested to file cases,” Duterte said in his speech during the campaign rally in Garcia Hernandez town in Bohol, which was in support of the gubernatorial bid of former Cabinet secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. “Sabagay, mogawas ang … [Read more...] about Duterte cool to raps vs those in Bikoy matrix
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., May 3, 2019 Bumped into Nikita Soshnikov over at the Coca-Cola Coliseum on Thursday (as you might have surmised from this story about Egor Korshkov). Sosh looked good. He’s working out on his own, starting to get ready for next year. He figures he’s going back to the KHL – maybe St. Petersburg -- after things didn’t work out for him in the NHL. There was real hype – and hope – for him. He remembers it, and believed it and in himself. He was terrific his first call-up (two goals, three assists in 11 games) at the end of the 2015-16 season. “I had a lot of ice time, I had a lot of confidence,” he said. “It’s all confidence. The coach trusts you. You feel good. You’re going to play. But injuries. You have to find a way to stay healthy.” A concussion and a neck injury cost him playing time in Toronto. He was traded to St. Louis. He suffered a concussion in … [Read more...] about Mailbag: Whatever happened to Nikita Soshnikov?