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first_imgMOST READ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Krueger and Celski later teamed with Thomas Hong and Aaron Tran for the 5,000 relay heats. They finished third, relegating the U.S. to the B final four years after earning silver in Sochi. That medal represented the only podium finish for the American speedskaters — long track or short track — in a stunning showing.Among the big names advancing to the 1,000 quarterfinals on Saturday were 1,500 champion Lim Hyo-jun and teammates Hwang Dae-heon and Seo Yira of South Korea, Sjinkie Knegt and Liu Shaolin Sandor of Hungary, Wu Dajing of China, Charles Hamelin of Canada and Russian Semen Elistratov.Knegt earned silver and Elistratov took bronze in the 1,500.In the men’s 5,000 relay, China, Canada, South Korea and Hungary advanced to the Feb. 22 final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 In a surprise, China failed to advance either of its skaters out of the semifinals. Fan Kexin and Qu Chunyu each got penalized.Veteran Marianne St-Gelais of Canada was ousted in the quarterfinals after being penalized for impeding.American teenager Maame Biney, an Olympic rookie at 18, finished last in her quarterfinal. She had to go up against wily veteran Fan, who along with Russian Sofia Prosvirnova, crowded out Biney as she tried to go for the lead early in the race.“I’m still in that learning process of just trying to get back really quick because I don’t usually get bumped in the start,” Biney said. “I’m usually first or second. I’m going to have to figure out how to get back in the rhythm.”The 500 was Biney’s only individual event of the games and it left her eager for more.“Just for next time, the next four years, I’m going to try and find that rhythm and keep going,” she said.In the men’s 1,000 heats, American John-Henry Krueger advanced to the quarterfinals by winning his heat and avoiding a collision that knocked down two other skaters.His teammate, J.R. Celski, wasn’t so lucky.The three-time Olympian was taken down in a three-man crash and he needed repair work on his right skate. Pavel Sitnikov, the Russian who caused the pileup, was penalized for impeding.That left Celski and two other skaters to compete in the re-start. Celski was in contention early before finishing third, one spot out of advancing to the next round on Saturday. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Arianna Fontana of Italy reacts as she crosses the finish line to win the ladies’ 500 meters short track speedskating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Choi Min-jeong skated around waving to the South Korean fans who chanted her name. Arianna Fontana grabbed the Italian flag in celebration.This being wild and wooly short-track speedskating, the result of the women’s 500 meters waited on the judges’ decision.ADVERTISEMENT “When I saw I was first, I was just yelling and started crying,” Fontana said. “I worked for four years and the last four months were really hard for me. I was really focused on getting here in the best shape ever.”That meant sacrificing, especially at the dinner table.“I was on a strict diet,” she said. “I like to eat, I’m Italian, so I like to eat a lot of carbs. I had to cut that off.”Fontana claimed a medal at her fourth different Winter Games, joining Tania Vicent of Canada as the only female short trackers to do so.The referees assessed a penalty to Choi that shook up the order of finish.“I prepared my best and I thought that even though the result does not come out well, I did a competition that I will not regret,” Choi said. “But I feel sorry for the fans of Korea.”Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands took silver and Kim Boutin of Canada earned bronze.Choi had a roller-coaster ride to the final after surviving a three-way photo finish for second in the quarterfinals that allowed her to advance.Elise Christie of Britain crashed on the last lap of the furious sprint final in which Boutin pushed Choi and Boutin caught Fontana’s left hand in her face as they careened at top speeds around the rink.The earlier rounds of the women’s 500 were filled with drama, too. Fans chanted Choi’s name, as if willing her to win the only Olympic short-track event that has eluded the powerful South Koreans.But soon Choi was leaning over the rinkside padding listening to consoling words from her coach Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt was Fontana who was celebrating, jumping up and down in her skates and shaking her fists in triumph. The Italian earned her sixth career Olympic medal, equaling Wang Meng of China for most by a short-track skater.It was her first gold. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_imgThe Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Boima Kamara, has admitted that the Liberian government is unable to control the rate of the US dollar against the Liberian dollar, but can only mitigate its fluctuations.Minister Kamara explained that the reason is because Liberia depends on imported goods and therefore the strength of the US to the Liberian dollar is determined by market forces abroad.However, he said until “we strengthen the structure of the economy by ensuring movement of people in ways that do not hinder the road network that forms the basis for which export takes place, the government will intervene with measures; and we need to appreciate that depreciation has not reached 10 percent.”Minister Kamara additionally said the impact of the new fiscal corrective measures being instituted by the government has resulted in securing a significant amount of money, which is being directed to other meaningful projects.He spoke yesterday at the Ministry of Information’s special press conference and noted that the implementation of a very rigid fiscal rule on travels alone has resulted in significant savings of about US$2.9 million in the 2016/17 fiscal year.Minister Kamara said, “The number of travels within government or by officials of government has reduced by 71 trips. This is from a mammoth 226 trips during the first five months of FY2015-2016, to 155 in the first five months of this current fiscal year.”He said the ministry will continue to engage spending entities to accelerate their spending and procurement plans for the timely execution of investment projects.“We were able to achieve this feat because we took some measures that we needed to take to address the challenging economic situation that our country is currently experiencing,” he said.Paramount among these fiscal measures, he said, is the aforementioned reduction in the number of travels by top government officials. “The new rule lowers the class of travel and the number of travel days. Also the travel rule also considers classes of travels, meaning the class of the flight that an official is traveling with—be it first class, business class or economy class. People are now traveling with the intent of bringing economic return to the country. Travel must reposition Liberia in context of engagement with partners,” he said.He reechoed the execution of the FY 2016/2017 budget which is guided by the implementation of fiscal rules that aim to streamline recurrent expenditures, especially spending on travel.On other developments, Kamara said the government has allotted spending entities to spend US$24.5 million on key public investment projects across different sectors. Minister Kamara said despite the slow revenue performance, the government remains resolute in securing funding for these critical public investments.He said “US$2.9 million has been disbursed to the National Elections Commission (NEC) toward preparatory works for the upcoming 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections. US$12.45 million of the total allotment has already been disbursed in cash on various projects, including US$4 million on the Mount Coffee Hydro, among others.” According to Kamara, the total approved expenditure for Public Sector Investment is estimated at US$79.75, and is focused on key priority projects that include initial financing of the 2017 elections, incremental government support to the UNMIL Transition Plan, road maintenance and completion of ongoing roads as well as support to the agriculture sector to kick-start government’s economic diversification program.Kamara said since the approval of the National Budget in October this year, the economic conditions which underpinned the draft budget during early May have changed.“The slow economic performance owing to lowering global prices for Liberia’s key export commodities, including iron ore and rubber, has triggered downward adjustment of real growth from 2.5 percent to –0.5 percent. This implies difficulties in realizing the full approved revenue envelope, especially the full tax revenue component,” he said. However, Kamara said with promising growth trends in the agriculture sector, especially rice, cassava production and fisheries, there are prospects for a bright future, beginning 2017, when the economy is expected to grow by 4.7 percent.He said the government is still determined to address these challenges through policies and concrete actions that will bring about positive results.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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