DILG spokesman Jonathan Malaya. PCOO MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) slammed the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army for casting doubts of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unilateral ceasefire declaration. President Duterte on Wednesday declared a ceasefire with the communist rebels that took effect on Thursday and will expire on April 15. DILG spokesman Jonathan Malaya expressed dismay over the hesitation of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison to reciprocate the ceasefire declared by the Duterte administration. Sison, however, responded that the “militarist” lockdown on the entire Luzon was meant not to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 but to “intimidate the people, suppress democratic rights, commit human rights violations and prevent the working people from going to their workplaces, and immobilize even the health workers and people who wish to tested and treated for COVID-19 and serious ailments.”/PN Malaya also said that DILG chief Eduardo Año has already ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to terminate all on-going and planned offensive police operations against communist rebels across the country. “Ready naman ‘yan kung sakaling sila ay tirahin ng mga New People’s Army, lalaban sila. Ngunit, sana naman po ilagay naman po ang national interest above their own interest,” Malaya said. Should the communist rebels launch their attacks despite the country’s problem on coronavirus disease, Malaya said that the PNP is ready to defend themselves. “Lumalabas po sa kanilang mga aksyon na wala po talaga silang pakialam sa sitwasyon na kinahaharap ng ating bansa,” he added. “Nakakalungkot na ang naging tugon naman po ng Communist Party of the Philippines ay wala pa raw basehan para sila din ay magdeklara ng ceasefire,” Malaya said during the Laging Handa Public Briefing on Thursday.
MOHALI, India (AP): Virat Kohli produced a sublime 82 not out off 51 balls yesterday to help India defeat Australia by six wickets in their World Twenty20 match and advance to the semi-finals. Kohli took charge at a crucial time in what was a virtual quarter-final, smashing nine fours and two sixes as India reached 161-4 off 19.1 overs in reply to Australia’s 160-6. The No. 3 batsman added 67 off only 31 deliveries with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) after a useful 45-run stand for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (21) as India scored 59 runs in the last 4.1 overs of the Group 2 game. Kohli, who had also guided India to a six-wicket win over Pakistan with 55 not out, remained calm during his 15th T20 half-century after Shikhar Dhawan (13), Rohit Sharma (12) and Suresh Raina (10) failed to get going with India struggling at 49-3 in the eighth over. The opening stand was worth 54 and ended in the fifth over when Nehra induced an edge to dismiss danger man Khawaja. David Warner (6) and Smith (2) fell to spinners Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh, respectively, with Dhoni having a hand in both dismissals. Ashwin’s single wicket yesterday made him the first Indian to take 50 wickets in T20 internationals, while wicketkeeper Dhoni’s three victims brought him level on 60 with Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal for dismissals in T20 internationals. Glenn Maxwell chipped in with a useful 31 that included a reverse-sweep six off Yuvraj Singh. Shane Watson made an impressive exit from international cricket as he followed up his unbeaten 18 with 2-23 in four overs and a brilliant diving catch at cover to dismiss Yuvraj off Faulkner. Kohli batted himself in with Yuvraj and then took the initiative, smashing 19 off the 18th over bowled by James Faulkner and 16 off the 19th from Nathan Coulter-Nile, to the delight of more than 25,000 fans. Dhoni hit Faulkner for a four down the ground to complete a memorable win that sets the 2007 champion against 2012 champion West Indies in the semi-finals in Mumbai on Thursday. “That was a pretty serious innings there, under pressure,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. “He hit it right out of the middle and he’s done it for a long time. Virat played an unbelievable knock … I think 160 was around par, it just took an unbelievable innings to get India over the line.” Earlier, Australia got off to a quick start as left-handed opener Usman Khawaja began the innings with a pulled four off Ashish Nehra and then took four fours off the following over from Jasprit Bumrah to finish with a 16-ball 26 comprising six fours. Australia raced to the 50-run mark in only 3.4 overs as Aaron Finch (43 off 34) smashed two consecutive sixes over long on off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, but the scoring rate was checked as wickets fell at regular intervals. “It was a tough score, they got 60 runs in the first six overs,” Dhoni said. Australia reached the 100-run mark in 12.5 overs and 150 in 19.4. fifth over 25,000 fans
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — It was just six months ago when the Giants’ dreams were consumed with the thought of Bryce Harper blasting home runs to a territory only Barry Bonds regularly explored.It happened twice at Oracle Park on Friday, but no dreams came true in the process. Instead, they were dashed.As a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, Harper slammed a pair of home runs including a go-ahead three-run shot in the …
One of the happiest – and greenest – outcomes in Habitat for Humanity’s quest to provide housing for low-income families is a recently completed ranch-style home just west of downtown Rochester, New York.A dedication ceremony for the home, held in its front yard on September 26, highlighted the excitement of homeowner Fredericka Washington and her daughter, Courtney, and praised the efforts of Flower City Habitat for Humanity (the local affiliate) and the design and building professionals and other sponsors and volunteers who helped complete the project for about $102,000 in building costs.Just as impressive, though, is the fact that the house – a three-bedroom, one-bath, with 1,056 sq. ft. of interior space – was completed with enough green features to make it the first Habitat home in Rochester to earn a LEED certification. The home was constructed using a waste-reducing framing system, and includes a tankless water heating system and low-flow fixtures, condensing-type furnace, additional wall insulation including soy-based spray foam, an Energy Star rating, extensive sorting and recycling of construction waste, and water-efficient landscaping. All that, and other features relevant to construction and site location, earned the property a LEED Gold rating.As Bill Bartlett, construction manager for FCHH, told the Democrat & Chronicle, a similar home without all the green features would have cost about 10% to 15% less. The LEED certification process, including documentation and third-party verification, added $3,000 to the price.
2015 Copa América finalChasing their first Copa América title since 1993 against hosts and fierce rivals Chile, Argentina had a chance to win on the break in the last minute, but Higuaín could not squeeze the ball inside the post. He went on to miss in the penalty shootout as Chile won their first ever title Twitter Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/AFP The 31-year-old scored 31 goals in 75 Argentina appearances, with his last appearance coming in the 2-1 win over Nigeria in last year’s World Cup. Higuaín started that game but was dropped for the last-16 defeat to France, and has arguably been made the scapegoat for Argentina’s recent underachievement on the international stage.Higuaín, who has scored three goals in 10 games since joining Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January, added that he has taken the decision in order to focus on club football and spend more time with his family. Premier League run-in: who will be each club’s most important player? Show Facebook Higuaín’s international career was defined by three misses in major finals – including this, against Chile in the 2015 Copa América. Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images news “People remember the goals I missed and not the ones I scored. I’m sure everyone celebrated the goal against Belgium,” he said, referencing his only other World Cup goal in the 2014 quarter-final.“When you criticise someone maliciously, it hurts everyone,” Higuaín added. “I saw how much my family suffered, but I gave everything for the national team. It’s one thing to say that we did not achieve our objectives, but when people talk about failure it’s very hard.”Higuaín’s retirement comes less than a week after Lionel Messi returned from his post-World Cup international hiatus, featuring for Argentina in the friendly defeat against Venezuela in Madrid last Friday. Share via Email Share on Twitter 2014 World Cup finalHiguaín was put through on goal by a Toni Kroos error in the first half at the Maracanã, but rushed his shot and fired wide. Higuaín did score later on but his effort was ruled out for offside. Former Argentina coach Alfio Basile later said the striker ‘soiled himself’ and was to blame for the eventual defeat Chelsea Hide Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Thank you for your feedback. Pinterest Topics 2016 Copa América finalHiguaín had the chance of swift redemption in the tournament’s centenary edition in the US a year later. Clean through on goal, he lifted the ball over Claudio Bravo but wide of the post. Argentina lost on penalties to Chile for the second year in a row Reuse this content Read more Share on Facebook Was this helpful? “I’ve made the decision because I want to enjoy my family, I want to spend time with my daughter, and at the same time, I feel that I gave my country everything I could.“I’m fully focused on my commitment to Chelsea,” the forward added. “The Premier League is amazing and I really want to enjoy it. It’s very competitive indeed.”Higuaín opted to play for Argentina over France, the country of his birth, and made his debut in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign. He scored four goals in South Africa, but later gained a reputation for expensive misses, failing to score in the 2014 World Cup final defeat to Germany and the consecutive Copa América final losses to Chile in 2015 and 2016. Argentina Share on LinkedIn Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuaín has announced his retirement from international football, and taken a swipe at those who have criticised his performances with Argentina.“My time with Argentina is over. Thinking things through in depth, my time is up,” Higuaín said in an interview with Fox Sports. “To the delight of many people, now I will only look at it from the outside. I have spoken to [the manager, Lionel] Scaloni and told him my point of view.” Quick guide So close but so far: Higuaín’s costly misses Share on Messenger