Lacuna, PH swimmers hope to get out of SEA Games slump

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ But two-time Olympian Jhessie Lacuna hopes to break that slump when he competes in the men’s 400-meter heats in the morning. He won silver two years ago in this event in Singapore.Lacuna has trained in Italy along with fellow Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Also buckling down to work are Nanjing Youth Olympic Games veteran Roxanne Yu and Fil-American Nicole Oliva who will vie for 100m backstroke heats.Six gold medals are at stake in one of the two centrepiece events of the SEA Games which will have heats in the morning and finals in the evening starting at 7 p.m. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Also swimming for the Philippines is Fil-Am newcomer James Deiparine, who owns the national record of 28.13 seconds in men’s 50-meter and 1:02.00 in 100-meter breaststroke.Deiparine, whose mom hails from Angeles City, Pampanga, is making his first SEA Games appearance. He first donned the tricolours in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month.The country bagged two silvers and 11 bronze medals in the Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 6 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Jasmine Alkhaldi. INQUIRER File photoKUALA LUMPUR — Swimming, the Philippines’ biggest frustration the past Southeast Asian Games, hopes to get out of the doldrums this time when competition starts Monday at KL Sports City.One of the sports with the biggest number of gold medals at stake at 38, the country went home with nothing two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Timeline: Delay in response to kidnap

first_imgBy Pamela Hess THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Last spring, with insurgents apparently holding three American soldiers in Iraq, it took the U.S. government more than nine hours to begin emergency surveillance of some of the kidnappers’ electronic communications. The bulk of that time was spent on internal legal deliberations by Bush administration lawyers and intelligence officials, according to a timeline from the office of the director of national intelligence. One of the soldiers was later found dead. The other two are still listed as missing. Justice Department officials had to make several phone calls to Gonzales’ staff before they were able to speak directly with him to get his authorization for the surveillance, according to the timeline. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The delay was a centerpiece of the Bush administration’s argument to Congress in late July that the law requiring court orders to conduct electronic surveillance inside the United States was dangerously restrictive. Congress subsequently approved an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that removed the requirement for a court order to intercept foreign communications on U.S. soil. The original law was written to protect Americans from inappropriate government surveillance. The timeline, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, showed that the Bush administration held “internal deliberations” on the “novel and complicated issues” presented by the emergency FISA request for more than four hours after the National Security Agency’s top lawyer had approved it. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, last week blamed the delay on unnecessary bureaucracy within the Justice Department. Justice Department and U.S. intelligence officials dispute that, and say the NSA decision alone was not legally sufficient to authorize an emergency request. “It’s not a done deal at that point,” Dean Boyd, a spokesman for Justice Department, said Thursday. “We believed we needed additional information and needed to resolve novel legal questions before we were satisfied we could take this to the attorney general.” last_img read more