first_imgView comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Happy Lady Eagles soar to victory But with the Elite teetering at the brink, Blackwater coach Leo Isaac has challenged his team to get the job done just two days after the 95-76 win over Kia.Fatigue remains a concern for Isaac, but the veteran mentor feels his team should have more than enough in its tank to overcome NLEX. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Drawing firepower from reliables Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos, San Miguel notched its seventh win against two losses, including a shock defeat to Blackwater last week, to keep top spot in the PBA Philippine Cup.The Beermen, who bucked the absence of the injured Alex Cabagnot, also bolstered their bid for a top two finish in the elimination round that comes with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.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 folkSantos came through with a dunk off an inbound pass from Ross that shove the Beermen ahead, 98-87, going to the last minute as they dealt the Aces a second straight loss in a 4-6 card.Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra tries to stay in the hunt for a quarterfinal bonus as it tangles with Meralco in their first meeting since Game 7 of the Governors’ Cup finals at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img In a tie with NLEX at fifth spot with a 5-4 record, the Gin Kings are looking to avoid complications in the quarterfinal race, even as the Bolts are hoping to keep their bid alive for a playoff spot.With their backs against the wall, the Bolts recovered in time to score a 92-90 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters last Wednesday.The Gin Kings are seeking a follow up to their 99-84 drubbing of TNT Ka Tropa last week.Just like Ginebra, the Road Warriors are gunning for a sixth victory against a Blackwater team coming off a morale-boosting win just two days ago.Banking on the heroics of rookie Kiefer Ravena, the Road Warriors have put themselves in a strong position of punching their ticket to the quarterfinals with games to spare.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Chris Ross. PBA IMAGESOnce the San Miguel Beermen found their rhythm, the Alaska Aces couldn’t keep in step.The Beermen poured in 33 points while holding the Aces to 15 in the third quarter to overhaul a 15-point deficit and win, 109-96, on Saturday night in Batangas City.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

End of Arsenal’s title bid? Petr Cech ruled out for FOUR weeks with calf injury

first_img Petr Cech in action for Arsenal 1 Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will be sidelined for three to four weeks with a calf injury, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.The veteran shot-stopper suffered the problem in the closing stages of the midweek defeat to Swansea.He will now miss a crucial run of games, including Saturday’s north London derby clash at Tottenham, the FA Cup fifth round replay with Hull and the last-16 Champions League tie at Barcelona.Cech’s absence is a huge blow for Arsenal as they bid to get their title bid back on track against Spurs.Wenger’s side go into this weekend’s White Hart Lane meeting on the back of two straight defeats in the Premier League, which has left them six points adrift of leaders Leicester.“[Cech will be out for] three to four weeks. It’s a serious calf injury,” said the Frenchman.“He had a groin alert on the first Swansea goal and maybe compensated a bit too much and provoked another muscular injury.”The Gunners will also be missing Laurent Koscielny against Tottenham with a calf injury, but the defender should be back for the visit of West Brom a week on Saturday.Wenger added: “It is what we call a grade one tear. I don’t think he will be available for Tuesday but should be OK for next Saturday.”last_img read more

The elusive dream

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals One of the tools that has helped many, particularly younger buyers, to get in the market is the home-mortgage deduction, which allows them to write off the interest paid on the home loan. For Californians, that can equal several hundred dollars a month and can mean the difference between homeownership and remaining a renter indefinitely. Unfortunately, President George W. Bush’s Advisory Panel and Tax Reform recently recommended as part of its tax-simplification report that the deduction be replaced with a credit equal to up to 15 percent of the interest paid on a home – with a regional limit set at just $312,989. This would virtually wipe out the deduction. And for many, it would mean they could no longer afford their home. Surely, reform of the complicated and unfair federal tax code is something that most Americans could get behind. But exchanging it with a system that could so curtail families’ ability to procure their piece of the American dream would be catastrophic. Hopefully, Bush will reject this recommendation to avoid being remembered as the president who shattered the American dreams of so many. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In this uncertain world, there’s very little average working Americans can count on. There’s little job security anymore, with workers and employers considering each other disposable. Pensions are fast becoming a relic of the 20th century. Even 401(k) accounts are not reliable, as Wall Street has proven from time to time. What’s left is the gold standard, the piece of the American dream that has not yet let us down: Owning a home. But that’s becoming ever more elusive for Californians, many of whom are finding homeownership beyond their financial reach, despite low interest rates. And many of those who do manage to buy find themselves stretching their resources as thin as possible just to get in before the median home price rises again above the current $568,000 for California. last_img read more