first_imgRain or Shine guard Rey Nambatac wears a customized pair of Adidas Harden Vol. 2 against GlobalPort in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn a heated game between Rain or Shine and GlobalPort that saw three ejections, Elasto Painters guard Rey Nambatac brought his own fire when he rocked a customized pair of Adidas Harden Vol. 2.The former Letran star had his kicks customized with an image of Son Goku shooting a Kamehameha wave and Nambatac said it was to show love for his favorite anime.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m a big fan of Dragon Ball and when I was a kid I never missed an episode,” said Nambatac in Filipino Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I will go home immediately after school just to watch Dragon Ball.”Nambatac, who is under contract with adidas, said his college friend Brian Yabut did the illustration on his sneakers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I really planned on when I will wear this pair. I plan on wearing another customized pair next time,” said Nambatac, who finished with one rebound, one assist, and three steals in close to nine minutes of action.Nambatac said he’s looking at wearing a red version with a Supreme look against Magnolia. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Tiu says ‘intentional’ elbow by White like ‘getting punched by Pacquiao’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

first_imgFunding basic public services “We are mindful of the fact that even though transfers to municipalities have increased strongly over the past five years, service delivery problems persist,” Gordhan said. The government has acknowledged that while progress has been made in the transformation of local government, there is still a long way to go before all municipalities in the country are fully functional and sustainable. The Industrial Development Corporation will play a key role in the implementation of the government’s Industrial Action Plan soon to be unveiled by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Gordhan said the government had taken steps to equip development finance institutions to step up their lending to municipalities, land reform programmes and businesses in distress as result of the financial crisis. A guarantee of R15.2-billion has been approved for the Development Bank of Southern Africa, enabling it to extend capital to poor municipalities for infrastructure projects. A further R2.5-billion will go to the Municipal Infrastructure Grant to help municipalities address issues of aging infrastructure and to improve provision of services. Municipalities countrywide have been the subject of fierce criticism, something believed to have sparked widespread service delivery protests. Some have cited issues of budget shortfalls as causing a lack of service delivery. Delivering a Budget totalling R907-billion, Gordhan said the country’s municipalities would receive an additional R6.7-billion through the local government equitable share to help them cushion poor households from the rising costs of electricity and water. Last year, government approved a strategy to turn around local government. The strategy aims to respond to both internal problems such as transparency of procurement systems as well as external factors.center_img 17 February 2010 A sizeable number of municipalities countrywide were cash-strapped in the past financial year as most families in poor households battled to pay for services. The equitable share funding allows municipalities to supplement their revenue in order to achieve the intended access to basic public services for communities. Gordhan said his department was working with the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs to ensure that the higher spending allocations to municipalities translated into real improvements in people’s lives. Development finance Delivering his maiden Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced a R55-billion allocation to South Africa’s cash-strapped municipalities for 2010/11, set to increase to R78-billion in 2012/13. “We need better alignment between provincial government budgets and national priorities,” he added. Municipalities: long way to go Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgOn Saturday, he’s expected to ride Agent Murphy in the Geoffrey Freer, a race they won together in 2015. Since that day, the horse has only run three more times. “Two old crocks together,” is how Fortune has described their reunion in the Racing Post today. Younger race-fans might not be aware of Fortune’s achievements because it’s eight years since he last won a Group One. But he racked up 16 of them from 1998 (Commander Collins in the Racing Post Trophy) to 2009 (Rainbow View in the Matron). He won a Leger, a QEII, a Lockinge, a Coronation and a Sussex Stakes among others. We’re lucky to still have him in the weighing room and I wish him well. Beverley is my focus today, being the venue where Attention Seaker (4.40) will try to follow up her win at Catterick last week. That first run in a tongue tie left quite an impression on me because she resisted a strong, persistent challenge from a heavily backed favourite who had travelled into the argument like a certain winner.Caveats: that was on soft, while it will be no worse than ‘Good’ today, despite 8mm of overnight rain. Also, she bagged the stands’ rail last week, which must have helped. But the front pair pulled 17 lengths clear of their six rivals and I really think she has more to offer, coming from the Tim Easterby yard that remains in fine form.The favourite is a Godolphin beast who hasn’t been seen since running last on his handicap debut in May. There’s a lot to like about 13-2 Attention Seaker.Earlier on the card, Mr Carbonator (3.10) runs from the same mark as when short-headed on heavy at Nottingham last week. He’s 6lb well in against his future mark and appeals to me at 11-2, for all that the Mark Johnston favourite has a solid look. features I’m surprised to be getting 7-1 about Sir Pass I Am (6.45) for his return to Chepstow, where he was a heavily eased winner in May. The attempt to win under a penalty didn’t work out but he has been given some time since then and can show the benefit here, with some cut underfoot once again. Project Bluebook is a likeable favourite, having become such a good hurdler, but I’m not convinced he has anything in hand on his Flat rating, following his Catterick defeat last month. I gather from the Racegoers Club, owners of Glacier Point (7.45), that there is a good deal of hope behind Clive Cox’s filly tonight, as indeed there should be for a 9-4 shot. She was second last time in a race from which the third and fourth have since won three times between them. “Although she won on quickish ground, she actually prefers a softer surface, so the overnight rain should help,” I’m told. Tips for all Thursday races Fontwell 1.30 Raleagh Mountain 2.00 Firmount Gent 2.30 Little Windmill 3.00 Jack Snipe 3.30 Psychedelic Rock 4.00 Black Corton 4.30 Chic Theatre Salisbury 1.50 Autumn Leaves 2.20 Spiritual Star 2.50 Fair Selene 3.20 Killay 3.50 Jive Talking 4.20 Hathal 4.50 Chicago Star 5.25 Pow Wow Beverley 2.10 Elnadim Star 2.40 Gold Stone 3.10 Mr Carbonator 3.40 Chauvelin 4.10 Roaring Rory 4.40 Attention Seaker (nap) 5.10 Pantera Negra 5.40 Bigbadboy (nb) Yarmouth 4.55 Tanseeq 5.30 Tyrsal 6.00 Lord Reason 6.30 Flying Fantasy 7.00 Slow To Hand 7.30 Cat Silver 8.00 Justice Rock Chepstow 5.15 Shepherd Market 5.45 Native Prospect 6.15 Spin Point 6.45 Sir Pass I Am 7.15 Zavikon 7.45 Glacier Point 8.15 Pastfact Topics Reuse this content Read more Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing Share on WhatsApp Horse racing tips Talking Horses Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… News and tips: BHA to publish non-runner league table in October Support The Guardian Today’s best bet, by Chris CookWhat a pleasure to see Jimmy Fortune booked for four rides at Newbury tomorrow, having been absent since May with back trouble. The years have evidently taken some kind of toll on the 45-year-old but he still has big days in him, as he proved by winning the Cambridgeshire last year.  The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coveragelast_img read more