View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames More importantly, it sent a strong statement that he’s ready to get another crack at ONE Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandez. He failed in his first challenge back in January 2016.But Belingon would rather let the powers-that-be decide his future match.“I’m just waiting for the decision of ONE. I’ll take whatever they give me,” he said.Leone, meanwhile, fell to an 8-4 record with this second straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Kickboxers, muay thai specialist shine in ONE Super Series Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Kevin Belingon. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKevin Belingon delivered a dominating performance, decimating Andrew Leone in the main event of ONE: Heroes of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Igorot contender wasted no time going for the kill, bombarding his American opponent with a barrage of strikes after the opening bell.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Though Leone was able to squeak in a spinning elbow, Belingon shook off the hit and took him down, leaving his opponent a bloody mess with his lethal flurry of elbows and knees that needed the referee to momentarily halt the action.The 30-year-old Team Lakay stalwart continued to pummel Leone after the break and in the succeeding rounds, with the coup de grace being a spinning side kick that sent the American to the corner which led to the ground and pound strikes that ended the match at the 1:27 mark of 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 saw him stepping back. When I saw the opportunity, I took it,” said Belingon.With the win, he notched his fifth straight win to improve to 18-5. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’
George made 13 of 22 shots, including 5 of 11 3-pointers. He was coming off a 32-point performance on Monday night against Phoenix during which he made 11 of 19 shots and 6 of 10 threes.“My body has just been feeling good,” he said. “I’ve kind of played myself into good shape from a body standpoint. If I can just find open looks like that, I feel comfortable taking them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissKnicks coach David Fizdale has seen this from George before. Fizdale was an assistant coach for Miami when George was with the Indiana Pacers, one of the top roadblocks to the Heat’s championship runs.“There was just times where we were under his shirt and he was just letting that thing go from deep,” Fizdale said. “We tried to trap him some. … I felt that pain from him when I’ve had my best teams. This guy’s a big-time player. When he gets it going like that, he’s tough.” View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SCHRODER STEPS UPSchroder has been a star in Westbrook’s absence, averaging 19.2 points and 5.8 assists.UP NEXT:Knicks: At New Orleans on Friday night.Thunder: At Phoenix on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celtics returns home from roadtrip with rout of Bulls 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) goes up to dunk against the New York Knicks during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)OKLAHOMA CITY— Paul George is feeling well — and found his shooting touch.The All-Star forward scored a season-high 35 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder rout the New York Knicks 128-103 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES “We have a microcosm of how I’d like our guys to play,” Fizdale said. “Fast, athletic, disruptive.”TIP-INSKnicks: Kanter, who played for the Thunder for two seasons and part of another, got a warm reception from the fans when he checked in as a reserve. … Rookie F Kevin Knox scored 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting.Thunder: Shot 65.2 percent in the first quarter to take a 37-22 lead. … It was Oklahoma City’s first time wearing its City Edition uniforms, which pay homage to Oklahoma’s Native American heritage by incorporating elements of the state’s tribal nations. … Adams matched a career high with five assists. … F Jerami Grant scored 15 points. … Rookie reserve Hamidou Diallo scored 11 points.ADAMS TALKS TRASHAdams and Kanter were best friends in Oklahoma City. They talked trash throughout the game, with Adams even suggesting Fizdale should take Kanter out.Adams said he said it because he respects Kanter.“Yeah, I was trying to discourage him because he’s a bloody good player,” Adams said. “It’s best to have him off the floor for us.”THUNDER DEFENSESince Westbrook’s injury, the Thunder have held opponents to 96.2 points per game. For perspective, every team in the league entered Wednesday’s action averaging at least 101.2 points per game. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steven Adams had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Dennis Schroder added 15 points and 12 assists for the Thunder. They have won nine of 10 since an 0-4 start, and improved to 4-1 since point guard Russell Westbrook was sidelined with a sprained left ankle. The Thunder matched their second-best scoring output of the season and posted their largest victory margin.Tim Hardaway, Jr. scored 20 points, and Enes Kanter added 19 for the Knicks.George scored 18 points in the first half and Adams added 15 to help the Thunder take a 65-49 lead. Oklahoma City shot 56.5 percent from the field before the break.The Thunder put the game out of reach in the third quarter. Adams threaded the needle to find a cutting Patrick Patterson for a dunk, then Patterson lobbed to George for a jam that put Oklahoma City ahead 85-61. George scored 17 points in the third quarter, and the Thunder led 100-80 at the end of the period.Fizdale said it was a learning experience for his young squad.ADVERTISEMENT
Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney AllicockNinety-two participants of the Hinterland Employment Youth Service – HEYS programme have received $50,000 each to boost their respective business ventures across Indigenous villages in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). This amounts to a fruitful investment of $4.6 million by Government.The young and promising entrepreneurs received their grants on Wednesday and Thursday last on the side lines of the “Government Comes to You” outreach in the region.Toshaos attending the exercise noted with great satisfaction the positive impact the programme continues to have on the lives of the regions young people.David Wilson, Toshao of Akawini Village, said he is confident that the youth from his village will be able to supply furniture to schools across the region, since the HEYS programme has imparted this among other skills to his young people.Aubrey Fredericks, Toshao of Capoey Village, said the impact the programme is having in his village is commendable since “people are bringing in cooking gas for sale for the first time in our village and that is very good to me. There is also talk about bringing in other stuff like motor cycle parts, like the bearings, the tube and such things and of course the residents will have better access to these things because before you would have to come to Anna Regina to buy them”.According to Department of Public Information (DPI), during their testimonies, the youth explained how they were once dependent on their parents or other family members for financial assistant but once they were part of this youth programme, their lives have changed for the better.Janella Abrams, a participant from Bethany Village who has been running a successful snackette, said “HEYS helped me to start up my business and provide for my family because I had a sick father and he died, and it’s helping me up to now… and right now I have some snacks here”.Dan Richards, who has been supplying his village of Wakapoa with cement blocks for close to two years, said “I have been successful so far me and my brothers, and at least we are employing more young people to come and work with us so far and the lil grant we have now, will come more good for our business so we can employ more young people to work with us”.Desmond Thompson a participant from Bethany recommended “HEYS to be more informative, so that they would not plan on a business that would exceeds the grant or the finance they would receive… I think that the Ministry through HEYS can revisit some of these communities and motivate these youths to keep going”.After listening to profound testimonies from the young people, Vice President and Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock commended them for persevering.The Minister told the young people that “you are there as a good example of how others can follow, they don’t have to reinvent the wheel, you were the ones who have tested, made your mistakes, you correct them, you benefited, some of you just kept on going.”Close to 4000 youths across the hinterland have benefitted and are taking every opportunity the HEYS programme has afforded towards their development.The Ministry’s hall mark focus, is that of empowering the Indigenous people, especially the young people. These are investments in people, not profits.Ministers Allicock and Valerie Garrido-Lowe are looking at entering into a third cohort, which will cater for an additional four thousand youth, before the end of 2019, bringing the figure of empowered youth close to eight thousand, since 2015.The “Good Life” promised by President David Granger is being realised.A section of the gathering at the event
In light of the regular blackouts and load shedding that are being experienced throughout the country, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told a media briefing on Thursday that the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project that the present Government scrapped could have been the solution.The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) on Wednesday announced that it has a shortfall of 12 megawatts of electricity due to the damaged submarine cable which has resulted in daily power failures. This occurrence, GPL stated, can last for a prolonged period.Nevertheless, Jagdeo railed against the Government for scrapping the flagship Amaila Falls Project and now pursuing wind power initiatives as an alternative. In his view, the hydropower project if materialised could have prevented the present situation.“How many times are we going to say this? Buying wind power even if it is feasible and it is not corrupt, even if it was a clean contract, wind power is not buying capacity, it is buying energy. What about the periods when the wind stops blowing and there are several periods during the course of the day and in the night? You still need the fossil fuel to step up at that time, because when the wind stops blowing, it goes down to zero, you go down to zero and so you have to then match that with the comparable capacity to pick up that, you cannot build future or satisfy future demand on buying just energy, you have to also install capacity,” Jagdeo said.He is convinced that purchasing energy from a tenuous source is not a wise idea and that the Amaila Falls Hydropower facility would be a much more reliable source that the country would immediately benefit from once the project is completed.The Amaila Falls Hydropower Project, which was initiated under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, could have been generating about 50 per cent more electricity than the entire GPL supply at the time in 2012. But the project was scrapped by the coalition administration who had controlled the National Assembly by a one-seat majority.In addition, the former President posited that the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project was far more stable and reliable than any of the renewable energy projects being pursued by the Government.In fact, none of the renewable energy projects that are being undertaken by the coalition Government will contribute to the national grid and as such, it will not help solve the blackout woes. The Amaila Falls Hydropower Project was the flagship of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy.Amaila was expected to deliver a steady source of clean, renewable energy that would have been affordable and reliable and was envisioned to meet approximately 90 per cent of Guyana’s domestic energy needs while removing dependency on fossil fuels.The Electric Plant was proposed to be a 165 MW (installed capacity) hydropower generation facility, located in west-central Guyana, approximately 250 kilometres south-west of Georgetown.The hydroelectric plant, if completed would have shifted Guyana’s reliance on thermal generation to renewable energy, eliminate over 90 per cent of the country’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, providing energy production for approximately 90 per cent of Guyana’s population.In addition, it would have improved Guyana’s balance of payments by significantly reducing the importation of fuel, significantly reduce end-user costs for electricity and improve reliability of energy supply and generation of clean energy, which would help to encourage economic growth and development by improving regional competitiveness, Private Sector investment and Foreign Direct Investment.In actuality, an “objective and facts-based” assessment done by Norconsult, an engineering and design consultancy firm from Norway, had concluded and recommended that “the only realistic path” for Guyana moving towards an emission-free electricity sector and achieving its 2025 Green Agenda commitment was to develop its hydropower potential in general, and maintain the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project in particular.Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader added that while the Government seeks to cast blame on the PPP Administration for failures with GPL, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, who has responsibility for GPL, should be held accountable.“It is the Minister (David Patterson) who is responsible for all of this and this government, the Minister directly, they did not appoint the Board, and this Cabinet, they did not appoint a board for a year and a half. How can you have a Corporation like that and not pay attention to that? How the issues of generation and all of that are dealt with? The Minister is totally inept. He is only looking for other things on the side, not looking for the main issues.”Over the past days, the electricity company has been advising the general public of possible blackouts or load shedding. This has had a significant effect on businesses and the general citizenry of Guyana.
0Shares0000PSG will be looking to Neymar to make the difference against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu © AFP/File / REMY GABALDAMadrid, Spain, Feb 13 – Zinedine Zidane is hoping the Champions League will again bring out the best in Real Madrid as the title-holders prepare to face the formidable Paris Saint-Germain of Neymar in Wednesday’s last 16, first leg.Real are floundering in La Liga this season, sitting in fourth place, 17 points adrift of leaders Barcelona. For them, it all comes down to what they can do in Europe, where they have enjoyed such success in the past. Madrid are the record 12-time champions, and winners of the Champions League in each of the last two seasons.However, their recent domestic form has called into question Zidane’s future as coach, and PSG have been feared in Spain ever since they swooped to sign Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record fee.“I am not thinking about my future. I am only thinking about the match. I can only control what happens on the field and prepare for that,” a relaxed-looking Zidane told reporters at Real’s Valdebebas training complex on Tuesday.“That is what is important. My future does not matter much.”It is hard to imagine Zidane’s future not being tied to the outcome of this tie, with such an early exit from Europe unthinkable for a club who have been European champions in three of the last four seasons and reached at least the semi-finals in seven straight campaigns.The last time Madrid fell in the last 16, it was to a French side in Lyon in 2010.This is the first time that Zidane, a World Cup winner with France, has come up against a side from his home country as a coach.– ‘Two great players’ –It is impossible not to also see this tie as a confrontation between the global superstars on each side in Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.Cristiano Ronaldo will be measured against Neymar on Wednesday © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“They are two great players. We are talking about a player (Ronaldo) who has done extraordinary things, won five Ballons d’Or, scored 500 goals. I am not going to compare them, I’m talking about my player,” said Zidane.Ronaldo, at 33 exactly seven years Neymar’s senior, stands on 99 Champions League goals for Real.“I am delighted to have Neymar,” responded Paris coach Unai Emery, back in his home country.The last time the sides met at the 81,000-seat Santiago Bernabeu was in the 2015/16 group stage, with Nacho scoring the hosts’ winner.He is set to start here in the absence of suspended right-back Dani Carvajal, with Gareth Bale also tipped to return to the line-up.Paris have of course been in Spain since that game in 2015, and will never forget the 6-1 humiliation they suffered in Barcelona at the same stage of last year’s Champions League.PSG fans are hoping there can be no repeat of such an embarrassing defeat, especially with Neymar — who masterminded that Barcelona comeback — now in their ranks.“Perhaps our preparation began with that match. We have not talked about it a lot but we have spoken very clearly about what happened,” Emery told reporters at the Bernabeu.“We have learnt a lot. I think we are better prepared now and ready to compete.”However, one of the Qatar-owned club’s most experienced players, Thiago Motta, was left out of the squad by coach Unai Emery.That means Lassana Diarra, the former Real player who joined PSG just last month, could well start in midfield, behind the star front three of Neymar, Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.PSG are staying at a plush hotel in a Madrid skyscraper built on the site of Real’s old training ground near the Bernabeu, and will be backed by around 4,000 fans.As many as 1,800 police officers will be on duty to look out for trouble on what has been classified a “high risk” occasion.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah’s “unbelievable record” for LiverpoolLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is relaxed about Mohamed Salah’s goalscoring drought, saying the Egyptian forward remains a key part of the title chasers’ attacking armoury.Salah, who scored 44 times in his maiden season at Anfield, has gone eight matches without finding the net but still has 20 goals in 2018/19 and played a pivotal part in the last-gasp winner against Tottenham on Sunday. “When everybody is talking about ‘he didn’t score in I don’t know how many games’, he doesn’t seem to be bothered about it. I’m not,” Klopp said on Wednesday.“For sure we didn’t really speak about it. I think if something is clear and obvious you do speak about it. How do you deal with a situation when he scored 40 goals last year?“His career’s not over. It’s like if he can score this year 20 goals then he’s scored 60 in the last two. Wow, that’s not too bad.”Salah’s success last season means he has attracted more attention from opponents in the current campaign, often being double-marked.It has had the effect, though, of benefiting teammates, with Sadio Mane (20 goals) and Roberto Firmino (14) taking on some of the burden.“Sometimes you need a bit of time to adapt to the new situations and I don’t think he really needed that,” said Klopp on Salah’s overall value to the side and how he has coped with the close attention.“He’s a threat. He helps us a lot. He deals with all the new situations for him really well.“If you have only one (goalscorer), you think maybe you rely a bit too much on that. This year we don’t rely on Mo’s goals, but he’s still in a very good position in comparison to all the other players.“Seventeen (league) goals is a good number, and there are still a lot of games to come. But it was never a problem. We have 79 points — you cannot have that with a lot of problems over the year.”Liverpool travel to Southampton on Friday and Klopp reported a clean bill of health after a minor injury worry over defender Virgil van Dijk following the win over Tottenham.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As long as Tracy McGrady’s back doesn’t give out, he’ll gladly carry the Houston Rockets. McGrady scored 34 points, Juwan Howard made two late jumpers and the getting-healthier-by-the day Houston Rockets got their second straight quality road win, 90-81 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. McGrady surpassed 30 points for the fourth game in a row as the Rockets, who are without center Yao Ming and have been beaten, bruised and battered with injuries all season, followed up a win at Washington by handing the Cavaliers just their fourth loss in 17 home games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Derek Fisher made two free throws with 1:46 left to get Golden State within 91-89, before Jackson scored and was fouled on the other end but missed a free throw. McGrady outdueled LeBron James, who had 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists but couldn’t prevent Cleveland from falling to 1-1 since learning that guard Larry Hughes could miss two months with a broken finger. Pacers 99, Warriors 89 : Stephen Jackson had 27 points, five rebounds and three assists and Indiana jumped to a quick lead it nearly relinquished in the waning moments of a victory over Golden State.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The transaction also ends the successful run of Trizec as an independent company, which is controlled by flamboyant Canadian Chairman Peter Munk, who also chairs the world’s leading gold producer in Barrick Gold Corp. After moving its headquarters from Canada to New York because of tax issues, and then Chicago, Trizec grew to become the second-largest office real estate investment trust in the United States behind Equity Office Properties Trust. Toronto-based Brookfield, part of Canada’s Brascan mining conglomerate, has 67 office buildings totaling 48 million square feet in downtown New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C., as well as cities in Canada. Chicago-based Trizec is nearly as large, with 61 office properties totaling 40 million square feet in seven U.S. markets. Under the agreement, Brookfield will buy all outstanding shares of Trizec not owned by Trizec Canada for $29.01 per share in cash, an 18 percent premium over the stock’s closing price this past Friday. Brookfield will acquire all outstanding voting shares and multiple voting shares of Trizec Canada for $30.97 in cash, a 30 percent premium over the closing price of Trizec Canada’s subordinate voting shares price on Friday. Trizec Canada shareholders may be given the option to receive part of the payment in preferred shares of Brookfield properties. Holders of common units of Trizec Holdings Operating LLC, a Trizec subsidiary, will receive $29.01 per share in cash or can receive a common or preferred unit in the surviving limited liability company subsidiary. The boards of Trizec and its Canadian arm each approved the agreement. Tim Callahan, president and CEO of Trizec Properties, said the deal was made because the company, while successful, continued to be undervalued by stock markets. The transaction “accomplishes Trizec’s ultimate objective as a public company, which is to maximize stockholder value,” he said. The purchase will give Brookfield a bigger property portfolio in Manhattan. Shares in Trizec Properties jumped $4.08, or 16.6 percent, to close at $28.68 on the New York Stock Exchange, while Brookfield Properties rose 19 cents to finish at $31.17.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Brookfield Properties Corp. said Monday it will acquire Trizec Properties and its Canadian arm for $4.8 billion in a commercial property deal creating one of North America’s largest landlords. Investment firm The Blackstone Group joined Brookfield in the purchase, which is expected to close in the third or fourth quarter. In addition to what is being paid for Trizec shares, Brookfield will assume $4.1 billion in Trizec debt. The deal highlights just how hot the U.S. office market remains even as residential real estate loses some of its sizzle. It will nearly double the size of Brookfield, which already included the World Financial Center in Manhattan and other former holdings of Toronto’s Reichmann family, whose Olympia & York real estate empire stumbled after developing the massive Canary Wharf project in London.
Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The likes of Manchester United and Tottenham have also expressed an interest in the full-back Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Everton have ended their interest in Celtic defender Kieran Tierney.Tierney, 21, was linked with a move to Goodison Park in the summer as new manager Marco Silva looks to reshape his squad. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND moving on targets But the Toffees appear to be turning their attention elsewhere in the search for a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines.It was thought Everton were prepared to offer around £25million for Tierney, who is under contract with Celtic until 2023.However, the Hoops are reluctant to let the Scotland international go while Tierney himself appears to be in no hurry to leave. REVEALED Latest transfer news on talkSPORT.com Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tierney has made over 130 appearances for the Scottish champions and has earned nine Scotland caps.He has won three Premiership titles and three domestic cups with Celtic. RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It sounds odd to say it, but democracy in Iraq has become, well, old news. In January, when the country held its first democratic election, the world watched in eager anticipation, then celebrated over images of cheering Iraqis with ink-stained fingers. But that wasn’t so much the case Saturday, when Iraqi voters apparently did what most experts expected, peacefully approving a new constitution. Still, just because we’re now used to seeing Iraqis vote doesn’t make it less remarkable. Sunni turnout was higher than in January, and there were far fewer terrorist attacks. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the Iraqi people can defend their country and avert civil war. But for all that’s gone on in Iraq, it’s heartening to see that American blood has helped to move that country closer to becoming a self-sustaining democracy and – we can only hope – to bring that troubled part of the world closer to peace.