Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates winning her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Croatia’s Donna Vekic in two sets 7-5, 6-4, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — The topic was the location of Maria Sharapova’s upcoming third-round match at the French Open, and a reporter noted it likely will be at one of the tournament’s main arenas, given that it involves 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova.“Well,” came the rejoinder, “there is also Sharapova.”ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls And she wasn’t at all shy about sizing things up against Sharapova, saying: “I believe I have (a) better serve than she (does), so I think that can be the deciding key.”Then there was this remark: “She can do a lot of mistakes … a lot of free points from double-faults.”After her 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over 2015 French Open runner-up Lucie Safarova on Wednesday, Pliskova acknowledged she has been thinking about taking on Sharapova since the draw was done a week ago.“For me, it was the goal to play her in the third round,” Pliskova said, adding a few moments later: “I believe I have a good chance to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial When on-target, her strokes are among the best in the game. So is her grit.Those could both be tested Saturday against Pliskova, who is seeded No. 6 and was a semifinalist in Paris last year.Her top skill is her serve, which Sharapova knows will provide a test.“I don’t expect extremely long rallies against an opponent like that. But sometimes (that’s) not what it takes to win a match, and I think you have to kind of take care of your service games, and I have to serve better than I have been,” Sharapova said. “And take care of the return. But that side of the game, I feel, has improved in the last few months.”Pliskova is on pace to lead the WTA in aces for the fourth consecutive season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ This was delivered with Sharapova’s chin resting on her right hand and was followed by a bit of a staredown, as if to say: Let’s not forget who you’re talking to here. The 31-year-old Russian has, after all, been ranked No. 1. She does, after all, own five major titles. And that total does, after all, include a pair from Roland Garros.She is playing in the clay-court Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2015, though, and she advanced Wednesday by beating 50th-ranked Donna Vekic of Croatia 7-5, 6-4 to improve to 13-0 in the second round.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 don’t think there is ever, like, a perfect way to go into a match. I think you always have to feel that you’re improving and there are things that you’re working on, because that will always make you better,” the 28th-seeded Sharapova said. “There are a lot of things I feel I could have done better (in) the last two matches and I hope I will.”She missed the 2016 French Open while serving a doping suspension, then was denied a wild-card entry by the French tennis federation last year, when her ranking was too low to earn automatic entry. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Call it a comeback: Serena Williams to 3rd Rd at French Open 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – According to three unnamed sources familiar with the matter, Malaysian state oil firm Petronas is considering selling its majority stake in Pacific NorthWest LNG.In an article from The Financial Post and Reuters, Petronas is said to be weighing options for the project after crude oil prices have fallen more than 50 percent since the middle of 2014, which has hit the company’s profits and prompted cuts to capital expenditure and jobs. The economics of the project, which has taken three years to get approved due to environment concerns have been called into question as the price of natural gas has also dropped more than 70 per cent since 2014.Petronas was given the go-ahead for the project by the federal government earlier this week. The company stated after Tuesday’s approval that executives would study the project’s 190 conditions and conduct a review before deciding on what to do next. When asked about the potential sale today, Petronas said that it will not provide any additional comment.- Advertisement -The sources said Petronas has been considering a sale for months, after it became apparent that a Canadian approval was possible, but had yet to take a final decision. Other options are also being considered, including putting it on ice.“They are going to be looking at gas prices, costs and returns before they make the final decision,” said one of the sources. “It is a very tough call.”Petronas signed on for the project in 2012 through the acquisition of Progress Energy.Advertisement Article courtesy The Financial Post/Reuters: http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/petronas-weighs-sale-to-exit-27-billion-canadian-lng-project-sources-say?__lsa=e709-5cc6.
11Dec Chatfield, House approve plan forming new oversight panel for Line 5 tunnel Categories: Chatfield News,News State Rep. Lee Chatfield speaks in support of Senate Bill 1197 today before the Michigan House of Representatives.State Rep. Lee Chatfield said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support will protect the Great Lakes by providing the proper oversight for the new underground infrastructure corridor in the Straits of Mackinac.Chatfield, of Levering, said the plan creates a new, independent authority – not the Mackinac Bridge Authority – to provide oversight and take ownership of the new multi-use utility tunnel in the Straits. The new body will be called the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority.“This is the best solution we need to protect our beautiful Great Lakes and ensure Northern Michigan families continue to have the resources they need to heat their homes,” Chatfield said. “This has been discussed for years, and doing nothing is not an option. It’s time to move forward.”Chatfield said Enbridge, not taxpayers, will pay for 100 percent of design, construction, operation and maintenance of the tunnel. Once the company reaches an agreement with the newly created Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, the authority would own the tunnel and provide proper oversight, including a public, transparent process for ongoing operation of the tunnel.“When you consider that Enbridge has agreed to pay for the underground corridor at full cost, this is a no-brainer for the people of Michigan,” Chatfield said.Chatfield said he pushed to create an entity separate from the Mackinac Bridge Authority to oversee the tunnel after weighing feedback from Northern Michigan residents, as well as members of the bridge authority.“By creating an independent authority to oversee the tunnel project, we ensure the bridge authority can continue doing an outstanding job maintaining one of Michigan’s truest gems, the Mackinac Bridge,” Chatfield said. “That was extremely important to me, as well as the residents of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.”The legislation, Senate Bill 1197, is expected to move to the governor for consideration later today.###