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‘Marcial law’: Belga, Brondial first to swap fines for community service

  PBA stars Beau Belga and Rodney Brondial made surprise visits to three barangays around Metro Manila as part of the league's new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.   Belga, Brondial and PBA legend Benjie Paras, who volunteered for the event, made rounds in basketball courts at Barangay Marilag, Project 4, in Quezon City and Barangays Jesus dela Pea and Taong in Marikina with the help of league officials and staff led by Officer-In-Charge Willie Marcial.   Under Marcial's initiative, players can pay off minor fines with community work.   "It's a great feeling making the fans, especially the kids, happy," said Belga, who was game i...Keep on reading: ‘Marcial law’: Belga, Brondial first to swap fines for community service.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

Papa Bear Benjie Paras leads first PBA 'Homecourt' visit

PBA fans in three Metro Manila barangays got the surprise of their lives Thursday following the unannounced visit made by Hall of Famer Benjie Paras, Beau Belga of Rain or Shine, and Magnolia’s Rodney Brondial. The three players were accompanied by officials and staff of the PBA led by Officer-In-Charge Willie Marcial during their personal appearances in Barangay Marilag, Project 4 in Quezon City, and Barangays Jesus dela Pena and Tanong in Marikina as part of the new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program of the league dubbed ‘PBA Homecourt.’ Belga and Brondial went along with the group as part of their community work after being fined by the Commissioner’s Office for various infractions just before the holiday break. Under the league’s new CSR setting, players are given the chance to write off minor fines through appearances in basketball courts within the metropolis. On the other hand, Paras, the only player to become Rookie-MVP in a season (1989), volunteered to go doing the rounds of barangays as a way of giving back to PBA fans. “Masarap at magaan sa pakiramdam na makita mong napapasaya yung mga fans, especially yung mga bata,” said Belga, who did his share of taking selfies, photos, and autograph signings during the event. A shoot around was held in all three barangay courts, with fans who made the basket receiving gift items, basketball, and select tickets from the PBA. League stickers were also attached to the barangay courts visited by the group. Marcial said the event will be held every other Thursday, or on Saturdays when no out of town games are scheduled. And like in its initial staging, the tour will be held unannounced. “Mas maganda yung ma-surprise mo sila,” said the league OIC.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Trump praises congressman who assaulted Guardian reporter

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US President Donald Trump on Thursday, October 18, praised a US congressman who assaulted a reporter, making light of the attack . Greg Gianforte was sentenced to 6 months of deferred jail time, 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management sessions and $385 in fines and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

MID, partners conduct gift-giving activity in Capas

CAPAS, Tarlac, Dec.18 (PIA) -- Approximately 400 students from Maruglu Elementary School in Capas benefited from a community service and gift-giving activity organized by the Philippine Army - Mech.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News1 hr. 55 min. ago

MID, partners conduct gift-giving activity in Capas

CAPAS, Tarlac, Dec.18 (PIA) -- Approximately 400 students from Maruglu Elementary School in Capas benefited from a community service and gift-giving activity organized by the Philippine Army - Mech.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News10 hr. 43 min. ago

Adults can learn ballet—even for cross-training

You are never too old to start learning ballet. In the west, the number of adult ballet classes has been growing exponentially---as much as 70 percent in the past few years. Major dance companies and academies offer them as a service to the community. They acknowledge dance as a vital element in building a civilized society, rather than just a hobby for the young and nubile. Mindful Movement Asia, the studio which specializes in Merrithew/Stott-Pilates and rehabilitation, has opened ballet classes as a cross-training program. "Ballet is for everyone. No need to have a dance background," says Filipino-Italian ballet instructor Angelo Cacciatore. "Those who want to pursue ball...Keep on reading: Adults can learn ballet—even for cross-training.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: A Battle of Generations

At long last, perhaps the most anticipated finals match in PVL history has been set. Showing dominance and proving why they are the defending champions despite some minor stumbles, the Creamline Cool Smashers barged their way into the Finals uncontested by dispatching a gritty dark horse in the Petro Gazz Angels. On the other hand, proving that their modern approach to the sport can trump experienced veterans, the Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles are proving to be one of the most formidable collegiate teams in the country under the helm of a new head coach. While old and new fans of the Ateneo community will be torn between cheering for the former Queen Eagles Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano and the current Queen Eagles in Bea De Leon, Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston, it is also of particular interest how Creamline head coach Tai Bundit will defend his trophy from his Ateneo successor Oliver Almadro. While Bundit has laid the foundation for a modern approach to the sport during his stint in Ateneo, Almadro on the other hand has taken it a step further in terms of intricacies in attack strategy. The dream finals match couldn’t be more interesting from a technical point of view as it is an arms race of volleyball modernization stemming from similar schools of thought. Creamline Cool Smashers: The OG New School Ever since coach Tai Bundit took the reins for the Ateneo Lady Eagles, the local volleyball scene has been introduced to numerous innovations that inarguably helped ALE seize a pair of crowns in the UAAP. Modern strategies such as the Setter-Open-Middle rotation, libero getting second ball when setter digs, fast pin plays, to name a few. For a good couple of years, the advancements brought about by Bundit have been a bane even for perennial champion coaches in the collegiate scene. As expected, most teams followed suit in order to adapt and challenge the new system introduced. Though the Bundit riddle has been challenged and conquered in the collegiate scene, Tai’s system still holds an iron grip in the professional scene despite everyone else following suit and that is primarily because of his connection with long time apprentices Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado coupled with supplementation of astounding players in Jema Galanza, Kyla Atienza and Melissa Gohing to name a few. Despite a surprising upset to start of their PVL Open Conference journey, the Creamline Cool Smashers continued to defy odds in exerting dominance given a handicapped line-up for the most part of the season. Regardless of key players like Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato, and Pau Soriano missing action for a number of games, the trio of Valdez, Morado and Galanza have been sufficient in holding off the competition as shown by the team’s performance in serve, passing, setting, and attack – skill departments that are highly influenced by the aforementioned trio. On the other hand, the absences of Sato, Gumabao and Soriano have definitely influenced their sub-par blocking performance since these three players have the major responsibility of setting up the net defense. It is of no surprise that in order to compensate the block, the Cool Smashers have intensified their serving to at least disrupt opponents' attack strategy. Coupled with exceptional floor defense by Atienza in transition, Morado had little difficulties in setting up counter attacks throughout the tournament.   With a full force line-up coming from the semis into the finals, the Creamline Cool Smashers are at their deadliest and all set to defend their crown. With few attack options on the right side as both middles rarely prove threatening with a slide attack, it is expected that the Creamline offense would still be heavy from the left pins care of Valdez and Galanza. The Lady Eagles would certainly load up their tallest players Madayag, De Leon, and Kat Tolentino to shut down the left pin. As such, the most crucial performance that could spell the difference in the finals series would be from opposite player Gumabao. Though Morado usually opts for combination x-plays in the middle to ease off some burden from the left, the Lady Eagles have proven disciplined enough with their block that combination plays rarely work against them. Should Gumabao exert significant threats from the right and if Bundit can develop her right back row attack in time, the Cool Smashers can circumvent one of Ateneo’s strongest suit which is their block and capitalize on their sub-par floor defense to eventually defend the crown. Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles: Paving Their Own Path Just when the future of the Ateneo Lady Eagles went uncertain with the exit of Bundit, Almadro’s takeover proved to be a major step in the right direction as witnessed in their remarkable performance for their first major tournament. For a team with a good mix of veterans and rookies, going toe to toe with top club teams in the country bids a bright future for the team as well as making them a significant contender in the upcoming collegiate league. The match-up against their predecessors, the Creamline Cool Smashers, is not just a treat for the fans but for volleyball analysts as well since it will be highly interesting how Almadro has brought about innovations to the framework established by his predecessor and how he will use it to his advantage. Right off the bat, the best change Almadro implemented upon his succession is relegating Kat Tolentino to the opposite position. The right wing couldn’t be a more perfect position for Tolentino since she can maximize her height and power advantage to rack in the points while minimizing burden on her weakness which is floor footwork and defense. While it’s true that we have seen some players shine in the opposite position in the past, Tolentino’s height, power, and ability to be a significant threat even from the back row makes her a cut above the rest. Almadro’s approach of having a tall, dominant, hitter from the right is a step to a modern approach employed even by top foreign teams. Another noticeable shift in Almadro’s system is the lack of reliance on combination x-plays. While some teams employ such strategy as a bread and butter on offense, the Lady Eagles have moved on from the outdated strategy and have only utilized such attack to break monotony. With a tall, dominant hitter from the right and deadly middles given a good pass, setter Deanna Wong is rarely forced to bunch up the attack in the middle in the hopes of confusing the block when she can separate the defense with fast sets to the pins. Almadro’s inclination towards safe and consistent pin play instead of fancy combination plays proves that he is taking the team to a more modernized approach. While the Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles have been stellar in both net defense and attack, a glaring limitation too hard not to notice in the sub-par passing and floor defense. No matter how threatening Madayag and De Leon are from the middle, inconsistent passing would severely limit their output and threat imposed from the middle. With Creamline notably deadly from the service line and having a full force line-up that can finally establish a decent wall on the net, it would be of utmost priority for the Lady Eagles to slow down the serve with high passes and consistent distribution of back row and pipe attacks. In a similar way, the Lady Eagles are pressed to be aggressive with the serve as the main advantage of Creamline is consistency in passing care of Gohing. Ateneo-Motolite cannot afford to be lax or careless with the serve as a good pass almost always converts for a point for Morado and company. Though the Lady Eagles have proven formidable with the block, Valdez is still expected to plow and muscle through with her attacks hence Almadro’s ability to quickly adjust the floor defense pattern would spell the outcome of the game for the Lady Eagles. Catch Game One of the PVL Open Conference Finals on December 5, Wednesday, 6 PM on LIGA, LIGA HD, iWant and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

Health groups give free medical service to Itogon

Doctors, nurses, medial students and other volunteers led by the Community Health Education Services and Training in the Cordillera Region (Chescore) and Medical Outreach Mission Foundation Inc. (MOMFI) and Samahang Operasyong Sagip (SOS) gave free medical services to some 95 residents of barangay Ucab, Itogon on November 24......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

UAAP: Sean Manganti, the man who gave his all for Adamson

After three years of service for Adamson University, Sean Manganti took his final bow for the blue and white, Wednesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum. It was a tearful exit for the team captain as the Soaring Falcons lost to fellow history-seeking University of the Philippines, 89-87, in a do-or-die semifinals thriller in front of nearly 21,000 fans. Take a bow, Sean Manganti. @WCSPM #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/PgQVQO8bLa — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 Manganti was inconsolable after the final buzzer. Teammates and friends took turns in hugging the 6-foot-5 forward, but tears kept falling. Even during the Adamson University Hymn, he could not fight back his tears as he trembled, singing the song for the last time. The heartbroken reaction was understandable from the 24-year-old athlete. From being a mere athletic dunker in Season 79, he evolved to a clutch shot maker in Season 80, to the team leader that was now in Season 81. It was one wild ride for Manganti. In all those seasons, his team had been part of the top four cast, but they have yet to break through to the Finals.  Season 81 was supposed to be different. It was the first year under Pumaren's mentorship that they finished the eliminations as the second-seeded team, and the first time that they were enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage. This season was their strongest in the Pumaren era. This was also Manganti's best year. He delivered two clutch baskets versus UP in the eliminations that earned him the reputation for being a 'UP killer.' He also posted a career-high 27 points versus University of the East, and he ended his college career with averages of 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals. But as the dust settled, this season was still not Manganti's. It still wasn't Adamson's. Regardless of the heartbreaking finish, Manganti expressed that hopefully, the Adamson community will still remember him as a winner. "I just hope I can be remembered as one that left it all on the floor, one that gave his life to Adamson, one that gave his heart to Adamson, and sacrificed everything for Adamson no matter what," he said while fighting back tears. "And hopefully as a winner and a competitor," he added. Manganti is still nursing this heartbreak but he hinted that this is not the last time Filipino basketball fans will see him. "I'm looking at the [PBA] Draft. Either this year or next year," shared the Fil-Am athlete. His UAAP exit may not be as rosy as he wanted it to be, but at least he ended his career in front of a massively supportive Adamson community -- the community he treated as his home for three years. "I love you forever. That's all I can keep saying. I love Adamson forever. They'll always be a big part of me. They are the reason who I am today, they have shaped me into the man I am today. And I hope the feeling is mutual," Manganti said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

LoveYourself opens three more HIV testing centers

LoveYourself Inc., a group promoting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) awareness, expanded its service through three new community centers. The organization said it would offer HIV counseling and treatment in three centers such as "LoveYourself Welcome" in Manila near Welcome Rotonda, Lily by LoveYourself x DIOSSA in Paraaque City and LoveYourself Whitehouse in Cebu City. According to Chris Lagman, senior director of LoveYourself, the testing centers are open to all -- not just residents of the cities where they happen to be located. "Anyone can come to any center. The idea of Love Yourself is to provide options to everyone. Some people who live in Mandaluyong may not come ...Keep on reading: LoveYourself opens three more HIV testing centers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

PCC fines Grab, Uber P16 million for merger violations

The Philippine Competition Commission has imposed a fine of P16 million on ride-hail service apps Grab and Uber for violations on interim measures such as maintaining separate business operations and deferment of the merger during the antitrust body’s review of the transaction......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Philippine watchdog fines Grab, Uber for rushed merger, drop in service quality

MANILA — The Philippines‘ competition watchdog fined ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber Technologies on Wednesday, saying they consummated their merger too soon and that the quality of service dipped, becoming the second regulator in the region to penalize them. Uber sold its money-losing Southeast Asian business to bigger regional rival Grab in March, prompting regulators in the […] The post Philippine watchdog fines Grab, Uber for rushed merger, drop in service quality appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

WATCH: Police load helicopters with food for struggling farmers in Australia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=dJgKT4UtpAs Police kicked off the "Feed A Farmer" appeal on Friday, Oct. 12, filling helicopters with food to take to farmers suffering drought throughout New South Wales, Australia. All emergency service organizations joined forces to fill a helicopter with groceries and non-perishable food, which the community can donate to until December. The video above shows one of the first Food Bank convoys to be given to farmers. KM RELATED STORIES: WATCH: Family calls police after whales got too close to their boat LISTEN: 10-year-old Colorado boy calls police for help in math homework...Keep on reading: WATCH: Police load helicopters with food for struggling farmers in Australia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

PBA: Hotshots bounce back, keep ROS winless

Magnolia is back on track. The Hotshots frustrated the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters all game long, rolling to an impressive 92-76 win Wednesday at the Big Dome in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Recovering from a poor effort last week, Magnolia improved to 3-1 in the standings while keeping ROS winless in two outings. "Credit to the players, they executed very well on both ends," head coach Chito Victolero said. "I think lahat ng ginawa namin sa practice nagawa namin. Very happy and proud kasi coming off a loss," he added. In a wire-to-wire win, the Hotshots led by as many as 20 points. Paul Lee led all locals with 22 points, seven assists, and four steals while import Romeo Travis powered through for another 22 points and 16 rebounds. Ian Sangalang scored 13 points for Magnolia for good measure. For the Elasto Painters, four players scored in double figures led by import J'Nathan Bullock with 15.   The Scores: Magnolia 92 - Lee 22, Travis 22, Sangalang 13, Simon 11, Barroca 9, Reavis 7, dela Rosa 4, Brondial 2, Jalalon 2, Ramos 0, Melton 0, Herndon 0. Rain or Shine 76 - Bullock 15, Norwood 12, Ahanmisi 11, Daquioag 10, Belga 8, Torres 8, Maiquez 3, Yap 2, Almazan 2, Nambatac 2, Casino 2, Ponferada 1, Tiu 0, Borboran 0.    Quarters: 21-15, 40-27, 66-56, 92-76.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

PVL: Tots Carlos thinks this is the hungriest UP has ever been

For the past 36 years, not once did University of the Philippines taste a championship in any major league. But on one stormy Wednesday night, the Lady Maroons ended their title drought in the second season of the PVL Collegiate Conference at the expense of Far Eastern University. They achieved all this in spite of not having their ace Tots Carlos. Carlos was sidelined for the PVL due to a stress fracture in her right shin. She has been recovering from the injury for four months already. With UP achieving such a huge feat without her, Carlos can't deny the mix of emotions she is in right now. "Syempre happy [ako] pero sa lugar ko mixed emotions kasi syempre history, sino ba namang may ayaw na kasama kang naglalaro knowing na yun nga, makakatulong ka sa team," she said. However, her hurting right shin did not stop her from showing support for the Lady Maroons. Carlos stood near the court together with her other teammates, screaming UP Fight for almost every single moment regardless if they were leading or not. "Cheer lang kami. Sabi ko sa mga teammates ko, wag tayong tumigil kahit sobrang down na nila cheer pa rin kami ng cheer," she recalled about their cheering moments as their chants were joined by the screams from hundreds of UP supporters present at the Filoil Flying V Centre. "Sobrang nagulat kami. Grabe yung first game saka game two ng Finals, sobrang dami ng tao. On behalf of my team, gusto ko mag thank you sa kanila na kahit down yung team, kahit sampu pa yung lamang ng kalaban, di sila tumitigil sa pag cheer," she elaborated. Aside from her overflowing gratitude to the UP community for pressing on with the team, Carlos' pride for her teammates specifically tournament and Finals MVP Isa Molde, Ayel Estranero, and Marian Buitre was overflowing too. "Sobrang proud [ako kay Isa], sobrang nag-step up sya eh. Dati di mo naman maiiwasan, [kapag] andun ako, syempre iniiisip mo oh katulong ko naman si ganito eh. Pero ngayon sobrang nag-step up sya. Pero lahat nag contribute. Si Marian [Buitre], sobrang nag imporve din. Si Ayel [Estranero], wala akong masabi," she said beaming with pride. "Sobrang shookt ako sa teammates ko kasi kahit UAAP game never ko sila nakita ganyan ka gutom sa panalo," she added. She rushed to the court the moment the championship point from Estranero's service ace was called hugging her teammates especially the seniors.   Tournament MVP Isa Molde emotional after UP's first ever championship in any major league in 36 years. She is being hugged by injured Tots Carlos. #PVLCollegiateConference2018 @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/7AYP5uqpds — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) September 12, 2018   UP's emotional celebration right after the championship point. @abscbnsports #PVLCollegiateConference2018 pic.twitter.com/ah3jCvd7d5 — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) September 12, 2018   Looking forward to their next few preparations and their main league, the UAAP, Carlos vows to come back strong especially that she is already getting back to the grind. "Nagte-training na ako konti konti, and then nagiintay na lang ako ng clearance. Pero nakaka-spike na ako. Bibigay ko talaga best ko kahit anong laro pa yan," she said. Now that the Lady Maroons have showed such hunger for a win, expect a hungrier UP and wilder UP crowd in their next tournaments. "Sana di mag sawa [yung fans], and start pa lang to eh, UAAP sana andun pa rin sila. Lagi lang nila iisipin na lahat ng ginagawa namin para sa kanila," Carlos said. Given this achievement, UP has shown that they have come a long way from their losing years. With a topnotch coach in Godfrey Okumu, a promising lineup of players, and an enamored crowd, the Lady Maroons have nowhere to go but up. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

FilCom Center sets annual Bayanihan Gala Dinner 

HONOLULU -- To commemorate Filipino American History Month in October, the FilCom Center will hold its 16th Annual Bayanihan Gala Dinner on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the FilCom Center, starting at 5:30 p.m. (cocktails) and program to begin at 6:30 p.m. This year's Gala theme is "Celebrating the Joy of Service" and four individuals will be honored for their contributions to the Filipino community: Himig at Indak, Don Anderson, Cecilia Villafuerte, and Nic Musico. Sponsorships for the event are available. For more information, contact the FilCom Center at 808-680-0451. Event chairs are Roland Casamina and Eddie Flores, Jr....Keep on reading: FilCom Center sets annual Bayanihan Gala Dinner .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

File a complaint with Anti-Red Tape Authority and stop giving bribes – Barba

DTI's Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) appealed to the business community to take an active part in the implementation of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Act by reporting inefficiencies in government services......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

US OPEN 18: On the clock! 25-second countdown s Slam debut

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press Any discussion of the serve clocks that will make their Grand Slam debut during the U.S. Open's main draw starting Monday, and could become a regular part of tennis as soon as next year, inevitably turns to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. They are two of the greatest players in history — and two of the slowest between points. For one thing, Djokovic's incessant bouncing of the ball before a service toss delays things. So do Nadal's habitual mannerisms: the touching of the nose, the tucking of the hair, the grabbing at the shorts, and on it goes. And while neither was a big fan of introducing digital readouts on court to show the 25-second countdown before each first serve, the two men with a combined 30 Grand Slam singles titles seem ready to accept that they must abide by a change intended to add uniformity to their sport. "I just need to go faster," Nadal said, matter-of-factly. Djokovic's take: "I'm pretty comfortable with it." Both got a chance to see what this new, stricter world will look like during a test run at a handful of hard-court tuneup tournaments over the past month. "Some of the guys might think this is targeted to them," said Gayle Bradshaw, the executive vice president for rules and competition on the men's tour. Referring to Nadal and Djokovic, specifically, Bradshaw added: "They'll adjust. And I think for Rafa, it's going to be a benefit: Him wearing down the other guy." The U.S. Tennis Association, ATP and WTA are tracking what competitors, spectators and TV broadcasters make of the new system. Reviews from players so far have mostly been positive or indifferent, although Serena Williams said she's "not a fan of it at all." "You're aware of it. You certainly look at it and notice it. I do think it's a good thing," said Andy Murray, a three-time major champion. "It's one of those things in tennis that is so stupid: The players were sort of expected to sort of be counting to 25 in their head. ... How are you supposed to know how much time you're actually taking?" Wimbledon semifinalist John Isner and others noted they would step to the line to serve and still have plenty of time — sometimes 10 seconds or more — left, enabling them to catch their breath or think about how to approach the next point. "I didn't feel rushed at all, by any means," Isner said. "Maybe it can slow you down." That might have contributed to one unintended consequence during the three men's tournaments where clocks were used for qualifying and main draws: longer matches. It's a small sample size, and, of course, it's dependent on the particulars of individual contests — nearly 30 percent more matches went to 7-5 or a tiebreaker in the third set in 2018 than 2017 at those events. But third sets lasted an average of 5 minutes longer this year than last year. First sets were nearly 1 1/2 minutes longer this year while second sets were a minute shorter. Servers were warned 74 times and returners received nine warnings at the ATP and WTA tournaments with the clocks. It's possible this setup will become more widespread as soon as 2019; the ATP Board could consider that for the men's tour during its U.S. Open meeting. The amount of time taken between points has been a subject of discussion in tennis for quite a while now, just as other sports are concerned about whether events that take too long are losing viewers in this age of short attention spans and competition for eyeballs (take Major League Baseball's limits on mound visits, time between innings and movement toward a pitch clock). "This just makes it a little more transparent, a little more visible," U.S. Open tournament director David Brewer said. "North American fans are used to shot clocks. They actually expect this sort of thing." There already was a time limit in tennis, but it was entirely up to a chair umpire's discretion, because no one — most importantly players, but also folks in the stands and TV viewers — knew exactly how many seconds had elapsed. Now it will be apparent to everyone, much like a shot clock in the NBA and college basketball or a play clock in the NFL and college football. The serve clocks — along with a strict 7-minute period from when players enter a court until a match begins, also shown on digital readouts — were tested during 2017 U.S. Open qualifying. The basics of the serve clock: After announcing the score, chair umpires start the countdown (they have leeway to wait if a particularly long point merits an extra pause). If the 25 seconds expire before the service motion begins on a first serve, the server will receive a warning, then be assessed a fault for each subsequent violation (second serves are supposed to happen without delay, so clocks won't be used). If the returner isn't ready at the end of 25 seconds, first comes a warning, then the loss of a point with every other violation. The basics of the pre-match period: Clocks will count a minute from when players step on court until the coin toss, 5 minutes for the warmup, then another minute until the opening point. Delays can result in fines of up to $20,000, according to USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier. He said players already have been docked as much as $1,500 during recent tournaments. "The intent is not to fine players. The intent is to get players used to this new procedure and also to truly build consistency," Widmaier said, "so the matches start when they're supposed to start for television and for fans.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

Pulitzer and Nobel winners among this year’s TOFA honorees

  NEW YORK -- A Pulitzer Prize winner and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient are among this year's distinguished The Outstanding Filipinos in America (TOFA) honorees.   Mariel Padilla (Youth) contributed to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Pulitzer-Prize winning project, "Seven Days of Heroin," about the drug epidemic in the Midwest. Vivian Talambiras-Cruz (Community Service) was part of the team at the UN's International Atomic Energy that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for its work to demilitarize nuclear technology.   They are just two of this year's notable Fil-Ams, who are being recognized in celebration of Filipino American History Month. An awarding ceremo...Keep on reading: Pulitzer and Nobel winners among this year’s TOFA honorees.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Rotary Club of Calbayog facilitates bloodletting activity

The Rotary Club of Calbayog delivers one heroic deed to the community by implementing its Health Service Program in a bloodletting activity held Saturday, July 28, at the Calbayog City Police Station, Brgy. Aguit-itan, Calbayog City......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Student accused of beating ex-girlfriends expelled from university

Updated on Aug. 14, 2018, 10:10 a.m. Remember that college student who was accused of beating his ex-girlfriends but only got community service? Well, here's good news for you: The University of Santo Tomas reportedly expelled him. The Varsitarian, UST's official student publication, reported that the suspect was found guilty once again of violating the Code of Conduct and Discipline after a third victim came forward. Similar to the first two women, she filed a complaint of physical abuse against the male student. A photo obtained by TomasinoWeb shows a statement from the College of Science that the student is officially "excluded" from UST's list of students. He is also bar...Keep on reading: Student accused of beating ex-girlfriends expelled from university.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018