SYDNEY: Australia looks set to change prime minister again Saturday (May 18), but this time via the ballot box - after a nasty campaign marked by shrill rhetoric, climate rows and growing anger with mainstream career politicians.The centre-left Labor party has led the polls for months and is tipped to squeak over the finishing line, making Bill Shorten the sixth prime minister sworn into office in a decade.Out on the campaign trail, candidates have been egged, abused and a slew have resigned for racist, sexist and otherwise jaw-dropping social media posts.Prime Minister Scott Morrison - who came to office less than a year ago via a party coup - has campaigned virtually solo. Many members of his cabinet have either quit or were so politically toxic he kept them away from the cameras.Final polls put Shorten, a former union boss, and his allies around one-to-two percentage points ahead of governing Liberal coalition, but on track to secure the first centre-left parliamentary majority … [Read more...] about Left tipped to win scrappy Aussie election
Marinerong Pilipino thumps Perpetual to keep playoff bid alive (Philstar.com) - May 14, 2019 - 4:21pm Games Thursday MANILA, Philippines – Marinerong Pilipino kept itself in contention for the fourth playoff spot in the Foundation Group with a 90-76 drubbing of Perpetual Tuesday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Santi Santillan scattered 21 points and 17 rebounds as he willed the Skippers back from an early 32-20 deficit and grab a 50-36 halftime lead. Gab Banal anchored Marinerong Pilipino's attack with 27 points, 12 boards and six assists, while Art Aquino added 13 points and five rebounds. It was a big win for the Skippers, rising to 5-4 in the team standings as they now bank on CEU to topple FEU in their duel next week to claim the seat. Diliman College-Gerry's Grill also got eliminated following the Marinerong Pilipino win as the Blue Dragons hold an inferior quotient in the event of a … [Read more...] about Marinerong Pilipino thumps Perpetual to keep playoff bid alive
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Mon., May 6, 2019 Let me start today with a correction. Last week I answered a question by saying that the Patrick Marleau’s contract could not be bought out since he signed it when he was over 35. That’s not true. It can be bought out, it’s just that the cap hit will remain with the team. So, kind of, there’s no point. But maybe there is. Credit here to a faithful reader, Dave B, who patiently corrected me. I’ll let him explain. “Hi Kevin. Thanks for answering my question last week about getting another team to buyout Marleau. I have a follow-up comment about it. In your answer, you said that Marleau's contract can't be bought out because it was signed when he was over the age of 35. According to capfriendly.com, a 35+ contract can be bought out, but the team receives no cap relief from the buyout. They would only save 1/3 of the salary remaining on the contract, with the rest payable over … [Read more...] about Dubas Mailbag: Can the Leafs trade Patrick Marleau?
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., May 5, 2019 Yeesh. I hope you all can get through this before the 3:30 p.m. game time because there’s some good stuff in here and I wouldn’t want you to miss any of it. So enjoy and try to enjoy the game. Maybe it’ll be fun. And there’s gonna be another one on Tuesday, regardless. - Q: Good day Doug and happy birthday month. Being a year or two older than you, I'm going to use your cue and go for a birthday season leading up to my next special day. Article Continued Below Since you will have lots of basketball questions, and since in your earlier life you covered lots of track action, I will throw another current issue at you for your comments. As you know, Castor Semenya has just lost her case allowing her to run without some sort of treatment to artificially lower her natural testosterone levels. I think this was the wrong decision for several reasons. Firstly, I cannot understand the … [Read more...] about Semenya to Millar to the Raptors; all in the weekend mail
IN RECENT years, dragon boat racing has been gaining popularity worldwide as a sport. But these races have a festive significance, in the form of the Dragon Boat Festival, which is a major celebration in the Chinese lunar calendar. For a total experience combining the sport and the tradition, look no further than the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. This annual event, organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and co-organised by the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association (HKCDBA), is taking place for the 10th time this June. The dragon boat, a long canoe carved with a decorative dragon head and tail, and painted with totems, embodies the venerable creature in Chinese mythology. HKCDBA chairman Arnold Chung Chi Lok explains: “Traditionally, dragon boats and paddles are made from teak and camphorwood, and there are three different boat sizes. Today in international races, stronger fibreglass is used, and the boat size has been standardised.” While dragon boat racing is … [Read more...] about Home of dragon boat racing