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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

These dishes are best when shared

The new year calls for new reasons to celebrate. Memories are created over good company and even better food. With Max’s Restaurant’s latest offerings, celebrating has never been more delicious! A classic Filipino dish served with a special spin, the Adobo Ribs is made by slow-cooking a half slab until it is moist and tender. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News7 hr. 47 min. ago

Young wins point guard battle, Hawks top Thunder 142-126

By Charles Odum, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young had 24 points and 11 assists to win the showdown of past and former Atlanta point guards, leading the Hawks over the Oklahoma City Thunder 142-126 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Former Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder scored 21 points in his return to Atlanta. Schroder struggled early but had 14 points in the third period when the Thunder outscored the Hawks 41-27 to reclaim the lead. Atlanta was similarly dominant in the second period, outscoring Oklahoma City 45-30 to match its high mark for any quarter this season. After holding a big lead of 15 points, the last time at 70-55, the Hawks led 70-59 at halftime. Led by Schroder and Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City answered strong in the third period. A jumper by Westbrook tied the game at 87-all. Schroder scored the Thunder's final 11 points of the third period, the last six on free throws, for a 100-97 lead. John Collins made 12-of-14 shots from the field and led Atlanta with 26 points. Alex Len had 24 points and 11 rebounds. The Hawks were 18-of-37 on three-pointers. Westbrook led the Thunder with 31 points and 11 assists. Paul George had 24 points and Jerami Grant added 21. Young, Atlanta's rookie starter, opened the final period with a tying three-pointer. Young added a three-point play and another basket as the Hawks regained momentum. A jam by Omari Spellman pushed Atlanta's lead to 117-107, and another dunk by Spellman pushed the advantage to 121-109. George sank a three-pointer with about 90 seconds remaining to cut Atlanta's lead to 132-123, but the Hawks quickly pushed the advantage back to double figures. A steal and reverse jam by DeAndre Bembry iced the win. The Hawks had a "welcome back" video tribute for Schroder during a first-quarter timeout. Schroder raised his arm to acknowledge the fans. The Hawks wore new powder blue uniforms with red trim and numbers for the first time. The uniforms were introduced as part of the Hawks' 50-year celebration in Atlanta. TIP-INS Thunder: F Nerlens Noel (concussion protocol) "is doing a little more each day," coach Billy Donovan said before the game. ... G Alex Abrines (personal reasons) missed his eighth straight game. Hawks: G Jeremy Lin (flu-like symptoms) was not with the team. F Taurean Prince was limited in his second game back while recovering from similar symptoms. ... G Kent Bazemore (right ankle sprain) and F Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle sprain) did not play. Dedmon may return Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against Boston. UP NEXT Thunder: Host Lakers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Hawks: Host Celtics on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

3 Reasons why Hard Rock Cafe Manila should be your next ‘chillnuman’ spot – MB Life

Hard Rock Cafe is back 🎸🎷Check this out! 😉🍹🎼 #HardRockCafeManila 3 Reasons why Hard Rock Cafe Manila should be your next ‘chillnuman’ spot – MB Life Source link: 3 Reasons why Hard Rock Cafe Manila should be your next ‘chillnuman’ spot – MB Life.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

The 2018 Pilipinas Conference

The year that was, 2018, was special and memorable for a plethora of reasons. It also ushered in the mid-term of the Duterte administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

In Focus: 4 Reasons Why Kisses Delavin Is The Sweetest Angel Ever

Here's a little appreciation post for our favorite sweetheart......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Iceland’s Northern Lights: Beautiful sight, risky drives

AKUREYRI, Iceland --- Police in Iceland have a warning for visitors: Beware our roads in the winter. Spending a clear winter night under an Arctic sky lit up by spectacular streaks of color from the Northern Lights is an often-cited "bucket-list" experience among the reasons more people are visiting Iceland, especially its northern region. The remote region on the edge of the Arctic Circle is one of the best places in the world to spot the colorful phenomenon. But police say many foreign visitors lack the experience and expertise to handle Iceland's wintry road conditions. They are increasingly worried about visitors scanning the sky for the Northern Lights and not looking a...Keep on reading: Iceland’s Northern Lights: Beautiful sight, risky drives.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

China s Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland

BEIJING, China – Chinese telecom giant Huawei has fired a Chinese employee who was arrested in Poland over espionage allegations , saying he had harmed the company's global reputation, a state-run newspaper said Saturday, January 12. Wang Weijing was arrested for "personal reasons", the company said in a statement to the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

US economic growth could lose momentum in 2019 | The Manila Times Online

There are compelling reasons to believe that the US economy is less likely to continue on a robust growth path this year. The US economys strong growth in 2018 wasREAD The post US economic growth coul.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

LIST: 2019 concerts in Manila – Rappler

LIST: 2019 concerts in Manila  Rappler MANILA, Philippines – 2019 is going to be a good year and the upcoming concert scene in Manila is one of the reasons why. Music-lovers and concert-goers … Source link link: LIST: 2019 concerts in Manila – Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

Camarines Sur Vice Governor Ato Peña resigns

MANILA, Philippines – Camarines Sur Vice Governor Fortunato “Ato” Peña has resigned from his post for ”personal” reasons effective February 28. Peña himself made the announcement on his Facebook page on Wednesday, January 9. He confirmed that he submitted his resignation letter to the Office of the President that day. “Si Vice ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

Patrick Beverley s trademark defense getting new test

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com There was a foul, followed by a stoppage in play, a scene replayed dozens of times in NBA arenas. Except in this case, the victim was former two-time Kia MVP Stephen Curry and the punisher was the notorious Patrick Beverley. And so the situation (of course) turned snippy. Beverley has fought against better players his entire basketball life and carries an underdog gene that tends to flare in these situations. That explains why he tried to slap the ball from the Warriors guard after the whistle. Curry wasn’t having it, and so there was a gentle shove. And then a shove was returned. Then a staredown with noses just inches from each other. Then a separation of bodies. This was Beverley doing what he does by reputation: namely, irritate and push his defensive aggression and agenda to the very limit … and then some. His “crime” was restricting Curry’s movement with a forearm. Sometimes Beverley gets away with it, but in today’s NBA, no longer with any regularity. Such is the new normal. He’s a defensive-minded player with the LA Clippers and works in a league that suddenly favors scoring and shooters. He’s quite possibly, in his estimation and that of others, someone who’s forced to evolve or perish. For him, there’s no other option. “It would be very hard,” Beverley said, “to come into the league today and try to play defense like we did years ago.” Before this season, the NBA's Points of Emphasis centered in part on freedom of movement. The goal is to help players move without barriers, which creates high-scoring games, which makes games more entertaining for fans. Halfway through the season, the evidence is convincing: Scores are up, stops are down. To date, 11 teams have an offensive rating greater than 110 and 18 teams are scoring more than 110 points per game. Last season, those numbers were six and six, respectively. For players born with height, wingspan and leaping ability, these defensive rules don’t handcuff them much. But Beverley buys his clothes off the rack, so to speak. He’s a shade over six feet and is therefore a normal man trying to make a living in a big man’s world. At 30, Beverley deals with players who are often taller and even quicker. It’s his job to make their life tougher -- but here in the new age of barely-contested shots and 120-point games, the opposite is ringing true. He’s averaging a career-high 3.6 fouls per game and can’t get away with much. As Draymond Green, a defensive demon himself and teammate of Curry’s said recently: “Defense is not allowed. You can’t really play defense in this league. I guess that’s not what they want.” ‘We’re forced to adjust’ Green's words are perhaps an extreme assessment and a touch of exaggeration. Fifteen teams averaged at least 106 ppg last season; now it’s 26. Calls are less forgiving, as only 13 teams are averaging 24 free throw attempts per game (it was five last season). The ball moves and there’s less restriction, which was the intention. And there appears to be little blowback in the basketball universe from those who observe and play. It’s just … accepted. For the most part. Even Beverley offers a shoulder shrug. “Guys who make a living off defense, we’re forced to adjust,” he said. This evolution of shifting away from certain defensive tactics is decades in the making. The NBA once allowed defenders to shove a forearm into the back of a post-up player, and subtle jersey grabs were often excused. And there was the hand-check, too. All have been outlawed. The game is far less physical, which means the “Bad Boys”-era Detroit Pistons would have little chance of winning one championship today (let alone two). The NBA has sought to distance itself from that brand of ball, from Pat Riley’s New York Knicks (and their “no free layups” mentality) and from the 85-80 scores that often stifled the creativity of the game. The result is a game that sees open lanes and quicker whistles, and less of what helped players like Beverley overcome tremendous odds to reach the NBA. “There is where we’re at,” he said. “They want to see more scoring, more up-and-down, more points and all that, which is understandable. Of course, it makes it hard for me.” Relishing his ‘instigator’ role This is Beverley’s sixth year in the NBA, but his 10th in professional basketball. His journey curved through various stops overseas before he became rooted with the Houston Rockets, his first true NBA home. It speaks to Beverley’s doggedness and his value, at least initially, as a defensive specialist assigned to the grunt work. With the rise in scoring point guards across the NBA landscape, Beverley’s role became more important, and difficult as well. In a typical week, Beverley could guard Curry, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard and opposing shooting guards, too. He brings an edge to the job that he learned from growing up on the West Side of Chicago to a single mother as well as a grandmother who adopted a dozen kids. Daily life was a chore. He was one of the main characters in the documentary “Hoop Reality,” the sequel to the acclaimed “Hoop Dreams.” Beverley was friendly rivals with former Kia MVP winner Derrick Rose since grade school and was actually a scorer in high school, averaging a state-best 37 points as a senior. After getting kicked out of Arkansas in 2008 after two years for academic issues -- a tutor wrote a paper for him -- he played three years in Russia and Greece before filling the point guard void on the 2012-13 Rockets caused by Kyle Lowry’s trade to Toronto the summer before. “I wouldn’t change one thing about how I got here,” he said. “Sometimes you don’t get in through the front door. Sometimes you don’t get in through the back. Sometimes you got to climb through the window. That doesn’t mean the opportunity wasn’t there. There’s a way; you’ve just got to find it.” He immediately became singled out for eyeball-to-eyeball defense that teetered on the edge. The moment that earned him a name was in the first round of the 2013 playoffs against Oklahoma City. He went for a steal on Westbrook in Game 2 while Westbrook signaled for a timeout, causing his knee injury five years ago. He still answers for that, even to this day; not that the play on the ball was reckless, but was it necessary? “I don’t go out there to hurt people, I don’t even know how to attempt to hurt somebody,” Beverley said. “I play hard, bring the edge. I’m an instigator. That gets me going. I like to bump people, to feel me getting into somebody’s jersey. I’m just different. I like contact, like physical play, like pushing and holding. But I’m not dirty.” Beverley hasn’t spoken with Westbrook -- their on-court relationship is clearly frosty -- and with the exception of Rose, he doesn’t encourage any friendships beyond his teammates. “I don’t talk to anybody,” he said. “I don’t want personal battles that take away from the team. I’m trying to win games. When I come to San Francisco or Oklahoma City or Portland, I know I’m going straight to my room because there’s people I got to be ready to play the next day. And I know they do the same. There’s respect that’s not being said. When it comes to Steph, Dame, Westbrook, I make sure I get my rest. But they get their rest, too. They know what I bring to the table.” A game that won’t change Beverley was an All-Defensive first teamer two seasons ago, both a career highlight and confirmation of his devotion to studying film and learning opponents’ tendencies. He has also overcome microfracture knee injury in 2017-18 that limited him to 11 games in his debut season with the Clippers. “I worked my ass off and I’m still working,” he said. “If it’s not one thing it’s another. Me getting hurt, coming back faster and stronger. Got kicked out of school, had to go overseas, knew I was going to the NBA anyway. I didn’t know how. But I knew. “This is bigger than me. It’s for my mom, grandmom, seeing how hard the women in my life worked to raise me. It’s not easy being a single mother raising a kid in the inner city but she made it happen. She taught me to stand on my own two feet and get the best out of hard work, which becomes part of your mindset, especially when you see two women doing it every day.” And now comes another challenge for Beverley and those like him. How do you thrive in a league that’s suddenly married to offense? “Maybe after the All-Star break they’ll stop calling ticky-tack fouls,” he said. “The better defender you are, the more you’re singled out. But I’m going to go out there and be Pat. Don’t care. Won’t change.” Beverley estimates that “70 percent” of the players he guards are rattled by him, to different degrees. He said “only a few don’t,” which he refused to name (for strategic reasons). The game may not be designed to help the underdog, average-sized player who brings intensity and defense. But there’s no sense waiting for Beverley to make excuses. He’s come too far for that. “When you’re done with this game, you don’t want to go around saying, ‘Man I wish I could’ve done this, put more time into that.’” Beverley said. “Every year I go out like a person fighting for my spot, fighting for my contract. That’s the way I train. That’s how I prepare. That’s why I’m still in the league.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

3 hurt after car rams tricycle in Quezon City

  MANILA, Philippines -- Three people were injured after a car hit a tricycle in Quezon City on Thursday night. A witness, who requested not to be named for security reasons, toldINQUIRER.netthe incident happened along Sto. Domingo Street corner Calamba Street around 9 p.m. The witness said a silver sedan with license plate number NLI 820, crashed on a tricycle and wounded the three persons, who were consequently given medical aid. According to the witness, the car's driver, who was allegedly drunk, even tried to flee from the scene and was only cornered by concerned citizens at Amoranto corner Don Jose Streets minutes after the incident.   Nam...Keep on reading: 3 hurt after car rams tricycle in Quezon City.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

A ‘sham and a shame’

One of the main reasons why Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD) was elected President last 2016 was his advocacy of a federal form of government. Majority of Filipinos really believe that federalism will be more appropriate and advantageous to our country primarily because of the topography or the surface features of our country which has numerous islands......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

First public appearance for Ghosn

TOKYO, Japan — Carlos Ghosn will on Tuesday appear in public to give his side of the story for the first time since the auto tycoon’s shock arrest in Japan stunned the world. The 64-year-old former Nissan boss will attend a hearing at the Tokyo District Court where the judge will explain the reasons for his […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Southeast Asia: Hiding in plain sight

Emerging-markets jitters notwithstanding, there are compelling reasons to be optimistic about the economic prospects of this part of the world. Ask many American, German or Canadian businesses or investors about Asian business opportunities, and they’ll probably think China and perhaps India. Southeast Asia — home to countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore — […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019