Practice makes perfect for PH booter Belgira Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ramirez said he was invited to the luncheon in the presence of some cabinet members where Go, who represented President Rodrigo Duterte, and Cayetano inquired about the status of 2019 Manila Games.“I was asked if there’s still a chance to push through and I told them that I have no problem with it (hosting),” said Ramirez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn a board meeting on Wednesday, Ramirez said the PSC board, which is also composed of commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Charles Maxey, Arnold Agustin and Celia Kiram, gave the go-signal for the hosting.“We were very upbeat and happy that there is a big hope of holding the 2019 SEA Games,” said the PSC chief. Barring any major obstacle, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines will most likely push through as planned.Presidential assistant Christopher Lawrence Go and Department of Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano breathed life into the country’s hosting of the biennial sportsfest in a meeting with Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ramirez said he asked Fernandez to reconcile with Cojuangco in the spirit of unity and cooperation as the PSC board forms a partnership with the POC in the hosting.Ramirez said Fernandez has thrown his full support and even offered Cebu as a venue for equestrian.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ “The POC welcomes the government support for the hosting and will defer to Secretary Cayetano to announce it. The POC sees the support as a unifying force for Philippine sports,” said POC president Peping Cojuangco.Ramirez, however, added there’s a few more concerns that has to be settled as Sen. Cayetano tries to discuss the positive development with the Philippine Olympic Committee.A reliable source said Cayetano would be named chair of the local organizing committee, replacing Senator Migz Zubiri.The government initially declined to host the 2019 Games, citing the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City.POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. appealed to Duterte to reconsider the decision before the deadline on Aug. 18 during the SEAG Federation Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT
Bengaluru: As political parties in Karnataka prepare for by-polls to 15 assemblyconstituencies, JD(S) leader and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday predicted that new “political drama” may unfold in the state after October 24 by-election results. He also said party candidates would be fielded in all the constituencies. “… Party has decided to go it alone in this bypolls. By September 30 nominations have to be filed. In another twodays we will complete the process of selection of candidates, local party workers will be fielded,” Kumaraswamysaid. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, he said the party’s target is to win maximum number of seats and efforts are on to strengthen the organisation and win confidence of the people. “This election is acid test for all political parties, also for the government. Let’s see what all new political drama will unfold after October 24 results,” he added. JD(S) that had run a coalition government andcontested Lok Sabha polls in alliance with Congress, but hasdecided to go it alone in this by-polls. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad By-elections to constituencies represented by 15 out of 17 disqualified former Congress-JD(S) legislators will be held on October 21 and results will be declared on October 24. Among 15 constituencies that will go for polls, 12 were represented by Congress and 3 by JD(S). Kumaraswamy, his father and JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda, also Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah have repeatedly predicted midterm polls in the state, and the fall of B S Yediyurappa lead BJP government. Winning most seats in this by-elections is crucial for BJP to stay in power. The ruling party has a 105 MLAs (including one independent) in the assembly whose current strength is 208 (after 17 disqualification). While the Congress’ strength is 66, JD(S) has 34 MLAsin the Assembly that also consists of one BSP member, anominated member and the Speaker. The actual strength of the assembly is 225 and the half way mark is 113. BJP will need to win at least six seatsin the bypolls for 15 constituencies that will go for polls,to remain in majority in the assembly, which will still have two vacant seats (Maski and R R Nagar). Absence and resignation of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAsduring the trust vote had led to the collapse of the H D Kumaraswamy headed coalition government in July, and helped BJP to come to power. After examining the petition moved by leadership of both parties, the then assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar had disqualified 17 Congress and JD(S) MLAs and one independent under the anti-defection law, which they have challenged in the Supreme Court.