Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation NBA eliminates timeouts to keep the ends of games moving MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite It would also take him to 19 career majors and make him the oldest champion at Wimbledon in the Open era.“The plan was always to hopefully be strong later on in my career,” said Federer who will face Tomas Berdych in Friday’s semi-finals.“I don’t see myself playing better than a few years ago. I always hope to improve every year.“I’m just very happy that I’m still doing so well. Am I surprised? Maybe a little bit.”The contrast between Federer and Murray and Djokovic on Wednesday was impossible to ignore.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Defending champion and world number one Murray lost in five sets to Sam Querrey of the United States, hobbled by a long-standing right hip injury.Djokovic, the three-time winner, quit after two games of the second set of his quarter-final against Berdych with a right elbow injury.Like Murray’s hip, the elbow problem plaguing Djokovic has been a constant menace for many seasons.It has got so bad that Djokovic admitted he is contemplating either surgery or even an extended break from the sport.Federer has already trimmed back his schedule, skipping the 2016 and 2017 French Opens which were won by Djokovic and Nadal.After losing to Raonic in the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, Federer shut down his season to rest a knee injury which had already required surgery earlier in 2016.He came back in January this year, won the Australian Open for his 18th Slam, added the Indian Wells-Miami Masters double before hibernating again through the claycourt season.“Once you hit 30, you’ve got to look back and think of how much tennis have I played, how much rest did I give my body over the years, how much training have I done, did I do enough, did I overdo it or not enough,” he explained.“It’s always calibrating the whole thing. For me it worked out. Sometimes the body and the mind do need a rest.” CBB It was his 100th match at the All England Club and the 50th Grand Slam quarter-final of his career.At 35, Federer is the second oldest man to reach the semi-finals after Ken Rosewall who finished runner-up in 1974 at the age of 39.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’READ: Djokovic ponders long break ‘for body and mind’With ‘Big Four’ rivals Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffering injury-hit exits on Wednesday and Rafael Nadal having lost in the fourth round, Federer is favourite to reclaim the Wimbledon title on Sunday and break the tie for seven he has shared with Pete Sampras since 2012. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments LATEST STORIES Switzerland’s Roger Federer, left, celebrates as he leaves the court after beating Canada’s Milos Raonic, right, at the end of their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal Match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Wednesday, July 12, 2017. APLONDON, United Kingdom — Roger Federer insists he is only slightly surprised to find himself tantalizingly within touching distance of a record eighth Wimbledon title despite his 36th birthday fast approaching.The Swiss star reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the 12th time on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) win over Milos Raonic.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Mabaruma mayoral election fiasco…maintains by-elections should have been heldThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillors in Mabaruma have collectively decided to continue their boycott of all meetings chaired by incumbent Mayor Rupert Henry Smith after he was re-appointed Mayor by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.In keeping with the instructions of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, the Town Council of Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) held elections for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor on Monday last.Smith was nominated as the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For ChangeMayor Rupert Henry Smith(APNU/AFC) pick for the mayoral chair while Councillor Vibert Emmanuel was the PPP/C’s pick and following the voting process a tie of 6:6 was declared. This according to Chapter 28:01 resulted in the need for another round of voting, which was done with the same results. However, Town Clerk Barrington Ward wrote to Minister Bulkan requesting his intervention.In a letter dated March 15, Bulkan appointed Smith Mayor.“By virtue of the authority vested in the Minister of Communities in Section 13 (8) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, which also provides that in such circumstances the Minister shall select one of the above-nominated Councillors as the Mayor, it is hereby declared that Councillor Henry Rupert Smith is the Mayor of the municipality of Mabaruma for the ensuing year,” the letter noted.This, however, did not go down well with the PPP/C Councillors, who were furious at the Minister’s appointment, since they have a matter of similar nature before the courts. The Councillors have collectively decided to continue their protest of boycotting all meetings chaired by Smith.This position was related to Guyana Times by Opposition Member of ParliamentPPP/C MP Collin Croal(MP) for the Region, Collin Croal. He noted that the Councillors would continue working for the betterment of their constituents, but would not support the person that sat in the mayoral chair unless a democratic process was employed for his or her election.“The Councillors all would continue to do their work and attend the committee meetings and the statutory meeting, but when the instrument is handed over (at the statutory meeting) and the Mayor have to chair it, then they will walk out of that meeting,” he explained.“By staying there and recognising the Mayor would give legitimacy to his post and it was not a democratic process that got him there,” Croal added.Croal further related that in the event of a second tie, according to Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, the power to break that tie lay with the registered voters within the town. According to Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, “on account of equality of votes, the Town Clerk shall appoint a date not later than December 28 in the same year for the election of the Mayor from the tied candidates by the voters whose names appear on the register of voters, for the time being in force, for the city.”In April of 2017, Justice Diana Inshanally quashed the appointment of Smith as the Mayor and ordered that fresh elections be held. The ruling was as a result of PPP’s Zulfikar Mustapha challenging the decision by Bulkan to appoint a mayor after there was a 6-6 tie in the number of seats won at the 2016 Local Government Elections.Justice Inshanally noted that the appointment violated the Municipal and District Councils Act because it was “is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and improper considerations, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultra vires, null, void, and of no legal effect”.With the same situation playing out again, Croal said that they were still awaiting a ruling on the 2016 case, which would decide if they were to challenge Smith’s appointment once again.He added that they would continue their protest as Smith was expected to be sworn in as Mayor for a third term soon.