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13 Reasons Why still discomfiting but even more relevant

Dylan Minnette (left) and Miles Heizer play students seeking justice for their abused friends. Last year, the teen drama '13 Reasons Why' was immediately controversial upon its release, p.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesMay 26th, 2018

WADA report: Kenya doping serious, not institutionalized

By GERALD IMRAY,  AP Sports Writer Kenyan athletes are the target of nearly a quarter of out-of-competition doping tests in track and field, a statistic that underlines how much suspicion there is over the world's most successful distance-running nation. Figures were revealed Thursday by the head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles anti-doping for the world track and field organization, the IAAF. Brett Clothier said Kenyans made up 22% of the AIU's out-of-competition testing program, and the country's athletes took up "at least the equivalent amount of time in our investigations and intelligence team." "Kenya is a great and justly proud athletics nation, but it now has a serious doping problem," Clothier said in comments accompanying the release of a report following a near two-year investigation in the East African nation by the AIU and the World Anti-Doping Agency's intelligence and investigations department. The joint report concluded there was "widespread doping" in Kenya but "the doping practices of Kenyan athletes are unsophisticated, opportunistic and uncoordinated and there is no evidence of an institutionalized system." It didn't need a two-year investigation to discover a problem, with a clear spike in cases involving athletes from the African country since around the time of the 2012 London Olympics. What the report did do, however, was dig deeper into some of the reasons behind the mess in Kenya. It appeared to separate Kenya's doping problems from that of Russia and that country's organized, state-sponsored scheme. Doping in Kenya "is different from other doping structures discovered elsewhere in the world and, as such, it requires a different approach," WADA director of intelligence and investigations Gunter Younger said. In Kenya, athletes are "insufficiently educated on doping and/or wilfully blind as to the consequences of doping," the report said. The investigation also stressed the need for better control over medical practitioners and "quasi-medical practitioners" who are "highly relevant" to the doping problem and often the source of banned substances. Overall, the report pointed to a weak and at times non-existent anti-doping effort in Kenya exacerbated by the unwillingness of athletes to help. WADA and AIU investigators said they reached out for information to 31 Kenyan athletes serving doping bans. Only seven attended interviews and none of them said they had used prohibited substances despite being found guilty at doping hearings. None of them provided any information that was helpful to the investigators. There were other findings in the report: — A total of 131 Kenyan athletes failed doping tests between 2004 and this year. Track and field was by far the worst sport in the country for failed tests. In the same period, all other sports in Kenya produced seven failed tests. — The anabolic steroid Nandrolone was the most prevalent banned substance for Kenyan athletes. The corticosteroids group, anti-inflammatories that can improve athletic performance, were the next most used. The blood-booster EPO was third most prevalent. — The AIU's focus on out-of-competition doping tests on Kenyans was prompted after only 13% of their athletes caught for doping were caught through out-of-competition tests. — Two elite Kenyan athletes, Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong and Rita Jeptoo, provided falsified medical records in an attempt to avoid doping bans. Sumgong made up a story about having to attend hospital for an emergency blood transfusion to explain testing positive for EPO. Jeptoo, the leading marathon runner in the world when she was caught in 2014, claimed she was given EPO by a doctor to treat malaria and typhoid. Both athletes were found to be lying and banned for four years......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

Time for Trumpy Filipinos to flip, and you can do it anonymously

I've followed the phenomenon of the Trumpy Filipino for nearly two years now, and despite all the reasons for flips to flip, each time I go back and ask if any of them would like to recant their support for The Donald, they stand pat. They mention reasons for sticking with Trump, like Hillary, as if that's relevant. Or they talk about the economy. Yeah, that's a good one. Taxes are lower. And what about conservative values about controlling the debt? Oh, but the economy is good, they say. So, forget about the president who is the subject of an active criminal investigation; an unindicted co-conspirator; the subject of a damning book by Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, who cal...Keep on reading: Time for Trumpy Filipinos to flip, and you can do it anonymously.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

The Special Australia-ASEAN Summit: Highlighting Australia’s significance as an Indo-Pacific Middle Power

Middle powers have an interest in preserving the international order. They follow the leadership of a relevant great power, but they do so willingly and with alacrity compared with the small powers. As a general rule, middle powers forgo the attainment of great power status for various reasons such as the urgency to prosper economically […] The post The Special Australia-ASEAN Summit: Highlighting Australia’s significance as an Indo-Pacific Middle Power appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Relevant Topic

The staging of the 17th Cesar V. Sarmiento’s Oratorical Cup last January 26 at the Catanduanes State University (CSU) Auditorium at this point in time is truly imperative, providential, and timely due to some compelling reasons. Written in an interrogative form, the topic was challenging and thought-provoking: “ Change to Federal Form of Government: Will […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolperyodikoRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2018

Marawi delays visa-free entry to Taiwan

Scheduled implementation of visa-free entry to Taiwan (Republic of China) in September might be postponed once again because of the Marawi crisis, among other reasons. In a statement, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines on Monday said it is addressing some administrative and inter-agency procedures and relevant mechanisms including the security [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 24th, 2017

San Joaquin hospital conversion, funding requires ordinance

By: Gail T. Momblan THE reorganization of committee assignments at the Sanguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Iloilo was meant to ensure the conversion of the San Joaquin Mother and Child Hospital (SJMCH) into a district hospital, among other reasons. First District Board Member Marcelo Valentin Serag, who voted for the reorganization, said the revamp would pave the way for […] The post San Joaquin hospital conversion, funding requires ordinance appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News11 hr. 35 min. ago

Leading a transformation

In 2016, a few days after officially stepping down due to health reasons, the former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alberto F. del Rosario graced a testimonial luncheon organized in behalf of him by the nonprofit Makati Business Club (MBC), along with the American Chamber of Commerce, Bankers Association of the Philippines, Chamber of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

ANC Soundbytes: Balangiga bells to return to PH | ABS-CBN News

After more than a century, the Balangiga bells are making their way back to the Philippines. But why are they relevant? Find out in this video. #ANCAlerts.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Prenups: To have and to hold

In my two previous columns, I cited the following as reasons to enter into a prenuptial agreement: ensuring that family wealth remains within the bloodline; providing financial security for either spouse in the event of a “divorce” or separation; protecting children from a prior or other relationship; protecting oneself from existing and future debts of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Drummond, Johnson pace Pistons to easy win over Hawks

By GEORGE HENRY,  Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Andre Drummond had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Stanley Johnson added a season-high 22 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 124-109 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). In a game that was essentially decided in the first quarter, the Pistons were so dominant that they scored 74 points and led by 23 at halftime with Blake Griffin, the NBA's fifth-leading scorer, 0 for 2 from the field. Drummond's double-double was the 300th of his career, most in the league since his rookie season of 2012-13. The Hawks had nobody capable of matching up with his 6-foot-11, 279-pound frame. Drummond has hit 31 field goals, shot 62 percent and pulled down 54 rebounds in his last three games. The rebuilding Hawks, who feature one of the NBA's youngest rosters, have lost three straight and seven of eight. Jeremy Lin finished with 19 points. Trae added 16, and Omari Spellman had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Griffin didn't take a shot until the 2:20 mark of the second, heading to halftime with seven assists and five rebounds in his first 10 minutes. His first basket, a 3-pointer from the right corner, came with 5:14 to go in the third, pushing the lead to 93-67. He finished with nine rebounds, nine assists and six points. The Pistons, who have won two straight, took their first 26-point lead on Stanley Johnson's three-point play midway through the second. They matched it several times in the third, the last coming in the final minute when Ish Smith's layup made it 103-77. TIP-INS Pistons: Griffin began the night with 273 points, the most for a Detroit player through 10 games since Jerry Stackhouse had 277 in 2000-01. ... Detroit had seven players in double figures. ... . ... G Reggie Bullock finished with 13 points and four assists in 23 minutes. He returned against Orlando and had one point and four assists in 18 minutes after missing the previous two games with an ankle sprain. ... The Pistons hit 12 free throws, 18 less than Atlanta, and had their 19 attempts were 21 less. Hawks: The state of the organization could be summed by the loudest cheer of the night, which came midway through the fourth when Drummond missed two free throws to guarantee fans a promotional card for a free chicken sandwich. ... Alex Poythress had four fouls in six minutes of the first half and spent the rest of the game on the bench. ... Kevin Huerter returned to the team after missing Wednesday's loss to New York for personal reasons and had two points in 29 minutes. NEW DESIGN The court and the Hawks' uniforms had a new color combination with the standard white — black trim with gold numbers and letters — to acknowledge their 50th year in the city. UP NEXT Pistons: Host Charlotte on Sunday. Hawks: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

ERC exec resigns for ‘health reasons’

ONE of the four commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) who were suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman last year has stepped down for “health reasons,” the state-run...READ MORE The post ERC exec resigns for ‘health reasons’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Pressure mounts for Guiao with 'best Philippine team ever'

Upon the announcement of Gilas Pilipinas' new 20-man pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have surfaced as well. And with good reason. The lineup currently looks like this, for those who missed it: Jayson Castro Paul Lee Stanley Pringle Alex Cabagnot LA Tenorio Matthew Wright Marcio Lassiter Ricci Rivero Scottie Thompson Gabe Norwood Troy Rosario Arwind Santos Japeth Aguilar Greg Slaughter June Mar Fajardo Beau Belga Christian Standhardinger JP Erram Ian Sangalang Kai Sotto It's certainly the tallest, most imposing, and perhaps most balanced pool in the whole of Gilas Pilipinas, and this is without regulars Andray Blatche, Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva, and RR Pogoy. So talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have some traction and members of the team are feeling it now even before their first practice session. Because if this is truly the Avengers version of Gilas Pilipinas, they have no reason not to impress. There's no Thanos in the Asian Qualifiers. "You know, you feel a little bit of pressure. Dapat malakas yung team na ito," head coach Yeng Guiao said of his national team. "On paper, it looks lke that [best Philippine team ever] but on paper is always different sa actual so nadadagdagan yung pressure sa akin pag ganoon. Though sabi ko nga, nandiyan naman parati yan [pressure], but we'll try to whip it into the best team that people expect it to be," he added. The best Gilas team ever can prove itself soon as the Philippines hosts Kazakhstan and Iran in the 5th window of the Asian Qualifiers. It's imperative for Gilas to score a sweep for a number of reasons. First, a sweep protects home court and second, beating Kazakhstan and Iran likely clinches Gilas' spot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Finally, it's a chance to showcase what a unified national team can do. "Ang importante naman dito is manalo tayo sa Kazakhstan at sa Iran eh. Yun lang muna kasi I think pag nangyari yun, malaki na chance natin sa World Cup which is the ultimate objective anyway," Guiao added. With full support of the PBA and SBP, Gilas Pilipinas can form the ultimate team everytime. Now, it's just time to win. "Naniniwala ako na the strength of the national team is proportional to the strength of your professional league eh. Pag malakas ang professional league mo sa isang bansa, lumalakas ang national team mo because your pool really comes from your professional players, so it’s going to be a reflection of the PBA," Guiao said. "That responsibility is on our shoulders and we hope we can live up to it," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

ERC commissioner resigns for ‘health reasons’

ONE of four commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) resigned for “health reasons,” the agency said. Geronimo Sta. Ana’s resignation was effective on September 15, ERC spokesperson Florensinda Digal...READ MORE The post ERC commissioner resigns for ‘health reasons’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

PIA Region 1 launches Information Network for the Youth

ALAMINOS CITY, Nov. 7 (PIA) -- In its bid to provide timely, accurate, and relevant information down to the grassroots level, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Region 1 launched the "Infor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

PIA Region 1 launches Information Network for the Youth

ALAMINOS CITY, Nov. 7 (PIA) -- In its bid to provide timely, accurate, and relevant information down to the grassroots level, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Region 1 launched the "Infor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Book publisher brings her ginikan to America

Thereonce was a little girl named Justine Eva Li Villanueva. She grew up along the basin of Sawaga River. With its bounty, the river has given life to the people since time immemorial. It is the place where people gather for various reasons -- a rendezvous for young lovers, a refuge after a hard day's work, a place for fiesta, and a lot more. Despite the river's grace and bounty, people have come and gone. At 16, Justine and her siblings crossed the vast ocean to reach the other side of the world to follow her parents who were searching for the American Dream in a gray, cold and foggy place called Daly City. Why is it always foggy in Daly? "Daly is the Pinoy Capital of the Unit...Keep on reading: Book publisher brings her ginikan to America.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

4 reasons why we love K-pop group WINNER

  MANILA, Philippines – Korean pop (K-pop) group WINNER is coming to the Philippines on Saturday, November 10, for the Manila stop of their 2018 Everywhere Tour . The 4-member group is no stranger to the country: they were here in 2014 and performed during labelmate 2NE1's All or Nothing concert , and again in 2018, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Go to PHLPost: Be relevant despite competition

Former special assistant to the president Christopher Go yesterday challenged the Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) to continue making itself relevant despite stiff competition from modern forms of communication......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

No country for foreign activism, no issue for sentimentalism

Pragmatism, not sentimentality, is a more sensible reaction to the departure of Sister Patricia Anne Fox from the Philippines on Saturday when her visitor’s visa expired. Her talk during her farewell news conference prior to departure ironically appeared to give substance to the reasons advanced by the Immigration bureau for downgrading her visa. Sister Pat… link: No country for foreign activism, no issue for sentimentalism.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Palace hopes Build-projects probe not for ‘political grandstanding’

While it promised that relevant resource persons from the executive branch would attend Senate hearings on the government’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure projects, Malacañang Palace also hoped that the legislative’s investigation into the program was truly “in aid of legislation and not for political grandstanding purposes.” Source link link: Palace hopes Build-projects probe not for ‘political grandstanding’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018