Don’t be ‘thorn in the flesh’ of state-owned firms, minister warns private sector

first_imgState-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir said the government was happy for private firms to work with state-owned companies in tapping the country’s growing economic potential.He warned, however, that the private companies should have good intentions in such partnerships rather than become a “thorn in the flesh” of state-owned companies.”Private companies are welcome to partner with SOEs, but with good deeds. Don’t trick the SOEs, because many friends from the private sector often try to outsmart state firms,” he was quoted by as saying on Wednesday. Erick said private businesspeople often colluded with insiders of SOEs to get big projects. “Don’t try to get people [into certain positions] just to eat away at SOE assets, “said Erick, the former chief of Italian soccer club Inter Milan.Collusion between owners of private companies and executives of state-owned companies has become common practice in the country as private companies try to win lucrative projects from SOEs.Some members of the House of Representatives and senior government officials have been jailed for involvement in corruption at SOEs. They were used to lobby key people at the SOEs to award big projects to their cronies. (hen)Topics :last_img read more

Thaddeus Myers is back in custody after being apprehended in a Wichita motel Friday

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s homecoming next week in Wellington. But for Wellington resident Thaddeus Myers, who is facing a multitude of drug felony charges, homecoming came this week.The Wellington Police Department — along with the assistance of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department —apprehended Myers Friday, Sept. 19 at an unnamed motel on S. Broadway and 47th Street in Wichita.“Let’s just say we developed a lead and with good investigative work, found Mr. Myers in a motel room,” said Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath. “I don’t know the extent for how long he had been there, but we know it has been at least a couple of days.”Myers, born in 1973, was extradited from Sedgwick to Sumner County jail at 8 a.m. this morning. His bond has been set on two separate warrants of $50,000 and $20,000.Myers is facing eight Level 3 and 4 felony charges, including seven that are drug related. He is accused of selling methamphetamine and marijuana from April 11 to July 19, 2014 in Sumner County and accepting a stolen 60-inch Vizeo television for payment in one transaction (see story here.) He was originally detained in Sumner County jail on July 24, 2014 for the same charges. However, due to an appendicitis attack while in jail, Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer dropped the charge in hopes of recharging him once he took care of his medical issues.Spencer said he dismissed the charges then for two reasons.1) He did not want Sumner County to incur Myers’ medical bills because he was in custody;2) He did not have the manpower to have a Sheriff Deputy sit outside his door during the duration of his hospital stay.The court dismissed those charges “without prejudice,” meaning the county attorney could refile those charges at a later date.On Thursday, Aug. 21, Myers, who had already checked out of a Wichita hospital for the appendicitis, was facing a court date in Sumner County District Court on an unrelated misdemeanor charge of criminal deprivation to property. Spencer had intended for him to show up at the courthouse that day, where he would then be recharged on the felony counts. However, Myers failed to show up and was considered missing for almost a month.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +19 Vote up Vote down Nonya · 307 weeks ago Good Job we got him and we don’t have to pay his medical bills, maybe not as planned but it worked anyway Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down guest 1 · 307 weeks ago I like it when a plan comes together! Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down john brown · 307 weeks ago Hope he dont get sick again. Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago -13 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 307 weeks ago yay now we get to pay for 3 meals and somewhere for him to stay now!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Member of the jury · 307 weeks ago It’s always interesting to see the mug shot photo’s of these “productive citizen” drug dealers. Society would be better off if these people who push meth and mj on our kids were done away with. It’s time to consider a real death penality in this country for murderers and drug dealers. Not the current attorney pad the bill system we have today but a true system of trial, conviction and swift carrying out of the penality. Report Reply 1 reply · active 307 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Chris Stewaryl · 307 weeks ago Hé is where hé belongs, and likely feels at home. Ha Ha Ha(:(:(:…….. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Chris Stewart · 307 weeks ago Ha Ha Ha, enjoy your new home(:(:(: Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Write em up · 307 weeks ago Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile. Should have never been released in the first place. Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. 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‘It’s cruel, sometimes, tennis’: Nadal tops Thiem at US Open

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Hard to not think back to 24 hours earlier, when Nadal’s great rival, No. 2 seed Roger Federer, was upset in the fourth round during similarly muggy conditions. Nadal was sweating so much in the 90-degree heat and 50-percent humidity that a mountain of white towels formed next to his changeover bench.Thiem made him work for this win. And how.The depth and strength of Thiem’s groundstrokes were doing what Nadal’s shots usually do to opponents: robbing them of time and space. Plus, Thiem — an Austrian who turned 25 on Monday — was serving well, taking every point when he put a first serve in, and handling returns without a hitch.“After that first set,” Nadal said, “the match became more normal.”It took a while for Nadal to figure out what was wrong and become Thiem’s equal in entertaining, body-punishing baseline exchanges that inspired loud gasps from spectators. Still, this whole contest was filled with challenges for Nadal.He fell behind by a break in the third set before rebounding. He was two points from victory at 6-5, deuce, in the fourth as Thiem served, but flubbed a forehand volley, leaping for a ball that appeared to be sailing out and dumping it into the net. That mistake might have stayed in Nadal’s head, because he played terribly in the ensuing tiebreaker.In the fifth, Nadal held three break points at 5-all, love-40, but Thiem took the next five points told serve.That, Nadal would say afterward, managed to “break my heart. But I just keep going.”He usually does.When Nadal makes it this far in New York, he usually doesn’t stumble. He has now won seven U.S. Open quarterfinals in a row when he’s made it that far; his only loss in that round came back in 2006. Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Dominic Thiem, of Austria, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, early Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal began his U.S. Open quarterfinal as poorly as possible, shut out in a set by a 6-0 score for only the fourth time in 282 career Grand Slam matches.On the previous three such occasions, he’d lost. On this one, he managed to come back to win, although it took 4 hours, 49 minutes and never did get easy for him.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college He is bidding for a fourth title at Flushing Meadows and 18th Grand Slam trophy overall.Del Potro, the No. 3 seed, got to the semifinals by defeating No. 11 John Isner 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2.During that earlier quarterfinal, Isner doubled over and rested his elbows on his knees. He grimaced. He shook his head. He looked as if he wanted to be anywhere but where he was: falling further and further behind in energy-robbing heat.“Whatever the humidity is on outer courts or in the city, I think it’s amplified on center court,” Isner said. “It’s just very difficult to deal with. I have never seen Roger sweat ever. If he’s sweating a lot and has to change clothes, then you know it’s pretty humid out there.”Isner was bidding to become the first American man in a dozen years to get to the final four at Flushing Meadows.But while Isner was playing before what could count as a home crowd, del Potro got all manner of support throughout, from the blue-and-white flags or soccer jerseys dotting the stands to the repeated singsong chants of his nickname, “Delpo,” punctuated by clapping.Those choruses resonated in the arena after key points, such as each time del Potro erased one of Isner’s break chances, three in all. Still, it was Isner who struck first, closing the opening tiebreaker with a 132 mph (212 kph) ace down the middle. That was the first set dropped by del Potro in the tournament.He managed to take the next three, though, and now meets Nadal for the 17th time on tour.Nadal leads 11-5, including the past three, each at a Grand Slam tournament: in the semifinals of the U.S. Open last year, followed by the semifinals of the French Open and a five-set thriller in the Wimbledon quarterfinals this year. The defending champion and No. 1 seed at Flushing Meadows recovered from his disastrous start and other stumbles along the way to beat No. 9 Dominic Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) for a semifinal berth at a third consecutive Grand Slam tournament, winning a physical, back-and-forth tussle that concluded after 2 a.m. on Wednesday.“Very demanding, in all aspects,” said Nadal, who will face 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro on Friday for a berth in the final. “A question of a little bit of luck at the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’How tense and tight was this one? Not only was Nadal two points from losing at 5-all in the closing tiebreaker, but he finished with fewer total points, 171-166.“It’s cruel, sometimes, tennis,” Thiem said, calling the loss “the first really epic match I’ve played.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Double down on D When it ended, on an overhead by Thiem that sailed long, everyone in Nadal’s guest box — a group that included actor Ben Stiller — leaped to their feet to celebrate. Nadal climbed over the net to hug his opponent , then whisper an apology and words of encouragement.“I’m very sorry for Dominic,” Nadal told a rowdy crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium. “He’s a close friend on tour. He’s a great guy. A great player.”Asked about that at his news conference, Thiem said with a chuckle: “Well, I don’t think he’s really sorry.”This rematch of the French Open final in June, won by Nadal, was his first match against a top-20 opponent at the U.S. Open since 2013, when he beat then-No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final.It sure seemed at the shocking outset as if Nadal was somehow unprepared for this step up in competition. Thiem collected 24 of the opening set’s 31 points, thanks in large part to a 13-3 edge in winners.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more