Serena-Sharapova and Federer kick off US Open

first_imgView comments Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after scoring a point against opponent Wang Xinyu of China during their match in the Shenzhen Open tennis tournament in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Sharapova reached the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open on Wednesday after Chinese teenager Wang Xinyu retired in the second set with cramps. (Mao Siqian/Xinhua via AP)Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will meet in Monday night’s first feature match at the US Open with 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer following them on Arthur Ashe Stadium.Schedules for the first two days of the year’s final Grand Slam were released Friday by the US Tennis Association following the completion of qualifying matches.ADVERTISEMENT Other Tuesday matches there find Greek eighth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas against Russia’s Andrey Rublev and Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep, who beat Serena Williams in last month’s Wimbledon final, facing American Nicole Gibbs. Kei Nishikori ponders mixed doubles with Naomi Osaka at Tokyo Olympics Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Eighth-seeded American Williams, trying to capture her 24th Grand Slam singles title to match the all-time record held by Margaret Court, has a 19-2 record against the Russian, a five-time Grand Slam winner.Following the dramatic night opener will be third-seeded Federer against India’s Sumit Nagal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMonday’s day session begins with reigning French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, facing Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic launches his bid for his fifth title in six Grand Slam events after that against Spaniard Roberto Carbella Baena. MOST READ Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Monday’s schedule at Louis Armstrong Stadium includes Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, chasing her first major title, against compatriot Tereza Martincova, India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran against Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev and China’s Zheng Saisai against seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams.Tuesday’s schedule was also revealed with top-seeded defending women’s champion Naomi Osaka of Japan in the opener on Arthur Ashe Stadium against Russia’s Anna Blinkova.Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem meets Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano in the next match.Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal opens the night session against Australian John Millman, who upset Federer in last year’s first round, with 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens, the US 11th seed, facing Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya.US 15-year-old Coco Gauff, in the event on a wildcard after a run to the fourth round at Wimbledon in her Slam singles debut, opens against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova on Louis Armstrong Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon LATEST STORIES Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’last_img read more

Death Row inmates win requests for case reviews

first_imgIn the other case, justices ruled 5-3 that Tennessee Death Row inmate Paul Gregory House can use new evidence to try to get his conviction overturned in the 1985 murder of a neighbor. DNA testing revealed that semen found on Carolyn Muncey’s nightgown and underwear belonged to her husband, not House. “House has cast considerable doubt on his guilt,” Kennedy wrote. The ruling lowers the bar for inmates who want to get a new hearing on evidence that was not used at their trials.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2It was a slap to the Bush administration and 25 states, which supported Florida in arguing that allowing new appeals would jeopardize finality and justice for victims’ families. “A series of court rulings have created so many chances for appeal that whether we have the death penalty or not is almost becoming moot when people are spending all of their natural lives on Death Row rather than having the sentence be complete,” Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday. The winner in the case was Death Row inmate Clarence Hill, who was strapped to a gurney with lines running into his arms to deliver the drugs in January when Kennedy, acting on behalf of the court, intervened and blocked the execution. Hill is on Death Row for the 1982 killing of Pensacola, Fla., police Officer Stephen Taylor. Following the court’s intervention in the Hill case, executions were stopped in California, Maryland and Missouri. Another state, North Carolina, began using a brain-wave monitor in executions to assure a federal judge that inmates would not suffer pain. In California, attorneys for Michael Morales, who had been scheduled to be executed last February for the 1981 murder of a Stockton teenager, have filed a lawsuit arguing that Morales might feel too much pain if the sedative used in the lethal injection process did not make him unconscious before two other drugs were administered – one to paralyze him and another to stop his heart. WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court made it easier Monday for Death Row inmates to contest the lethal injections used across the country for executions and to get DNA evidence before judges in a pair of rulings that hinted at fresh caution on capital punishment. The decisions, both written by moderate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, ease the rules for longtime prisoners to get their cases back into court and could add years to their appeals. “Today’s decisions are further evidence of the Supreme Court’s increasing discomfort with many aspects of the death penalty system,” said Steven Shapiro, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. The vote was unanimous in allowing condemned inmates to make special federal court claims that the chemicals used in executions are too painful – and therefore amount to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. last_img read more

All Trudeau has built with infrastructure program is towering expectations

first_img Public administration is hard enough when all a government wants to do is tinker; a tax cut here, a few rule changes there, maybe a new trade agreement if the stars align.It is extremely difficult when the objective is transformative change; think Jean Chrétien’s and Paul Martin’s overhaul of Canadian fiscal policy in the 1990s or the exertions of the Democratic majority in Washington to introduce universal health care in 2010.This brings us to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s infrastructure program, the latest reminder that good ideas don’t implement themselves.In 2015, Trudeau told us voters that he would abandon balanced budgets in order to build roads, bridges, metro lines and other infrastructure that would make Canada’s economy bigger and more competitive. Canadian voters endorsed a return to deficit financing in surprisingly strong numbers. Four years later, many of those people must be disenchanted, notwithstanding what they might think of the prime minister’s ditching of electoral reform, his star-crossed sojourn in India, and his decision to take the side of the white men running SNC-Lavalin over the Indigenous woman running his justice department. Report raises fresh doubts over economic benefits of Trudeau’s $188 billion infrastructure plan What has Trudeau’s Infrastructure Bank achieved? A recycled loan and millions in expenses ‘We’re delivering’: Ottawa defends infrastructure program critics say has been hobbled by delays Trudeau took about $90 billion left unspent by Stephen Harper’s government, budgeted about $100 billion in new spending, and unveiled to much fanfare a record-setting commitment to infrastructure. Yet only about $19 billion of that money has been spent, the National Post’s Jesse Snyder reported on March 13, citing Infrastructure Canada data. The Parliamentary Budget Office reported last year that program was responsible for a “modest” increase in gross domestic product, and said this week that provinces appear to have used the promise of money from Ottawa as an excuse to reduce their own infrastructure budgets. Meanwhile, the budget deficit, which Trudeau once promised to erase by 2019, is about $20 billion and the economy nearly stalled in the fourth quarter.“Expectations were too high, they were unrealistic,” Mahmood Nanji, a former Ontario finance ministry official who now is director of the Lawrence Centre for Policy and Management at Ivey Business School, told me in a phone interview on March 14.Trudeau shares the same political lineage as Chrétien and Martin, and he and Obama reportedly became fast friends. Either those men are poor mentors, or Trudeau is an uninterested student, because he appears to have missed the most important lessons of the 1990’s budget cuts and the tortured history of Obamacare.The previous Liberal government’s austerity program was successful because Martin managed expectations, which helped him demonstrate success. That kept the public behind him.Obama and his highly educated advisers devised a program that survived Washington’s gauntlet of lobbyists, but they took the boring part — implementation — for granted. The website on which many Americans were to purchase their subsidized health plans crashed out of the gate, and it took months to get it working. The failure emboldened the Republican campaign to repeal the law. The Democratic Party lost control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and Obama never really recovered politically.Trudeau’s experience with infrastructure mirrors Obama’s star-crossed experiment with health policy. He had the right idea. Canada had been underfunding infrastructure for decades, and it showed in the country’s miserable productivity numbers. A significant body of research shows that spending that boosts competitiveness will pay for itself through stronger economic growth. Canada is better off now that the balanced-budget spell has been broken.But some politicians continue to see red ink as the answer to everything. And now, the fiscal zealots have the upper hand in the debate because the infrastructure program hasn’t delivered what was promised. “They developed an infrastructure policy with zero evidence or research on the economic benefits,” Matt Jeneroux, the Conservative infrastructure critic, said after the release of the latest critical PBO report.That matters. In January, Nanji and some co-authors at Ivey published a paper that aims to get policy makers thinking differently about infrastructure. They describe six macro risks that they contend are responsible for delays, poor decisions, and blown project budgets. One of those is political risk.Nanji reckons Canada needs to spend billions of dollars more a year than is currently budgeted to reach its economic potential. Yet it’s fair to wonder what would become of Trudeau’s existing infrastructure promises if he loses the election. Before the SNC-Lavalin scandal broke, the Opposition was spending most of its time making a fuss over the deficit. If the Conservatives win, and balancing the budget becomes a priority, the infrastructure program would be an obvious place to cut.“In good economic times, a balanced budget should be in the forefront of politicians’ minds,” said Nanji. However, given the infrastructure deficit, he added that politicians should be asking a different question: “What is a reasonable deficit that you can manage?”You reduce political risk by creating systems that shield strategic policy decisions from the election cycle.The Trudeau government has tended to blame the provinces for failing to figure out how they wanted to spend the money, but Ottawa should have seen it coming. Australia has an independent agency that assess what the country needs to maximize its economic potential. Nanji’s report proposes that Canada’s various levels of government could agree on a list of priority projects that are worth of funding, regardless of who is in power at any given time.Here’s the point: a country that is serious about infrastructure will remove politics from the equation to the greatest extent possible. Something for Trudeau to consider, if it isn’t already too late.• Email: kcarmichael@postmedia.com | Twitter: All Trudeau has built with infrastructure program is towering expectations Kevin Carmichael: The point is, a country that is serious about infrastructure will remove politics from the equation to the greatest extent possible What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation advertisement ← Previous Next → Facebook Reddit Twitter Share this storyAll Trudeau has built with infrastructure program is towering expectations Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Join the conversation → Emailcenter_img Comment Sponsored By: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s infrastructure program is the latest reminder that good ideas don’t implement themselves, writes Kevin Carmichael.Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press/File More Kevin Carmichael Featured Stories March 15, 201910:56 PM EDTLast UpdatedMarch 16, 20192:52 PM EDT Filed under News Economy 26 Comments Recommended For YouDavid Rosenberg: How weak economic growth is actually fuelling this bull market’s riseIt’s getting harder to be a long-term investor: Here’s how to keep your focus on what really countsDavid Rosenberg: The hopes that fuelled the market rally are all evaporating — and now reality is setting inThe storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them throughTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permits last_img read more