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Despite doping scandals, Russia could bid for 2028 Olympics

div>MOSCOW (AP) — Still mired in a doping scandal and with a track team banned from international competition, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee said his country may put forth a bid to host the 2028 Games. /div> div>  /div> div>Alexander Zhukov said Friday that Russia is considering three cities as candidates for a 2028 bid, even as it battles accusations of a mass doping cover-up at the Sochi Olympics three years ago. /div> div>  /div> div>'It's hard to say now, but why not? I think it's completely possible to try,' Zhukov told state news agency RIA Novosti. 'It's not just St. Petersburg, we also have Kazan which is a possibility. It's also possible in Sochi.' /div> div>  /div> div>Bidding for the 2024 Games is still under way, with a vote in September set to choose between Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest. The 2028 host is expected to be decided in 2021. /div> div>  /div> div>Russia hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, spending about $51 billion on the games, but is under intense pressure following accusations of a massive doping cover-up at the games. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren has said there is evidence that doping test samples given by 12 Russian medal winners at the games were tampered with. /div> div>  /div> div>The doping scandals also heavily depleted Russia's team for last year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Evidence of widespread doping meant the entire Russian weightlifting team was banned and only one of the 68-strong track and field team was allowed to compete. /div> div>  /div> div>Following McLaren's report last month, a group of 19 national anti-doping agencies on Tuesday called for Russian teams to be banned from all international sports competitions and for the country to be stripped of hosting major events, including the 2018 World Cup. National anti-doping agencies, however, do not have the powers to impose such sanctions. /div> div>  /div> div>Zhukov said the anti-doping agencies were 'creating a certain backdrop, putting pressure on the federations.' /div>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Neri-Chaves Clan: A Tale of Southern Nobility

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, the crown jewel of Mindanao, is the country’s newest boom town, experiencing an accelerated level of modernization and real estate investments. Infrastructures such as hotels, malls and condominium towers are vigorously constructed one after the other to accommodate the influx of new residents and visitors to the city. Proof that, Cagayan de Oro as it is fondly called, had long since shed its small-town roots, to become the mega melting pot of pioneering entrepreneurs and upwardly mobile young professionals that it is today. Apart from the perks and comforts of living in a highly urbanized city, people who call Cagayan de Oro home also bask in its rich and colorful history that dates back to pre-colonial times. One clan in particular has been a prominent figure in the city’s enduring saga and cultural evolution. The Neri-Chaves family are descendants of a strong-willed Rajah whose resoluteness drove him to seek out dominions beyond his stronghold’s fertile terrains in Lanao province. The Malay prince, whose name was Samporna, or Sanskrit for ‘perfect’, decided to invade Cagayan or Kalambagohan as it was then known. Excerpts from the writings of the Neri-Chaves family historian, Filomeno M. Bautista, recounted how a potential bloody struggle was averted, when the then chief of Kalambagohan, Datu Bagani, sent his beautiful daughter guarded by his bravest warriors to meet Rajah Samporna. She was to initiate the conditional surrender, so that their people would not be enslaved by the invaders. It was told that the Rajah, captivated by Datu Bagani’s daughter, ended up marrying her. The prince also built a fortress around their village in Kalambagohan to protect them from other conquistadores. Rajah Samporna later succeeded the Datu as ruler of Cagayan. He also converted from Islam to Christianity to solidify his devotion to his wife’s religion, and in 1779 was baptized by a Spanish priest with a peculiarly Italian name, Neri. It ushered an era of peace in Mindanao, when Muslims lived harmoniously with Christians. The Neris intermarrying with the Chaveses of Cagayan was perhaps providential as it produced one of the most enduring clans in the country. Today, the Neri-Chaves clan is many thousand strong. Well-known lawyer and congressman Rufus Bautista Rodriguez attributes the successes enjoyed by many family members throughout many generations to the tireless pursuit of life’s true purpose. “We are hardworking people. We are also fortunate to have had many individuals in the family who continue to inspire us, like Vice President Emmanuel Neri Pelaez and Ambassador Felino Neri”, Rodriguez said, adding in jest, “At mga gwapo, gwapa pa!” Most if not all of Cagayan de Oro’s earliest leaders, from Governors to Mayors, were members of the Neri-Chaves family. Some became pioneers in other fields like business, education and the arts, from Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan to musicologist and concert pianist Vilma May Chaves Cataylo. The clan has had three grand reunions, first in 1985, then in 1993, and the most recent one took place in August 2016 where hundreds of family members came together from all over the world to rekindle family ties. Jessica Dingcong, who spearheaded the recent reunion held at the Chaves family-owned Chali Beach and Mallberry Suites in Cagayan de Oro City, wants to inspire the next generation to carry on the legacy of benevolence and integrity of their forebears. “We should be proud that we are very family oriented,’ Dingcong said. In attendance at the grand reunion were the Neri-Cheves clan’s many young professionals and millennials. Sixth generation Neri-Chaves and journalist Alessandra Marie Chaves Jalandoni, who carries her nickname Apples professionally, admits feeling the pressure of belonging to a family of achievers. “We have some pretty big shoes to fill, so we soldier on, and never give up,,” Jalandoni said, adding that, “We have always been taught to do the right thing, and not just what looks good on paper.” Jalandoni’s maternal grandfather Engineer Camilo Vamenta Chaves was a World War II veteran and subsequently Dean at the family-owned Liceo de Cagayan University. Her mother Alma Marie Chaves Jalandoni is a pioneer in garments manufacturing and export in the Philippines. Current Social Security Services Commissioner Pompee La Viña will head the next Neri-Chaves grand reunion in 2018. La Viña is the son of Lourdes Chaves Maestrado La Viña who was the first woman elected to the City Council in Cagayan de Oro. His younger brother is former Ateneo School of Government dean and climate change lead negotiator Tony La Viña. Commissioner La Viña hopes to welcome many more family members to their tight-knit Mindanaon clan. “It roots us in Mindanao, the blood of Mindanao is running through us,” he said. La Viña also ponders on how leadership is ingrained in the members of the clan. After all they are descendants of a warrior prince. But the word is also taking on a new meaning as the Neris and Chaveses usher Mindanao to its most vibrant era. “We will always be leaders, we are simply inclined to lead,” La Viña maintained, “but to lead as serving the people rather than ruling them.” (By J. C. Bautista) &'160; 121&'160;total views, 121&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

136-member Team Philippines vies in Bimp-Eaga Indonesia meet

MANILA, Philippines - A 136-member Philippine delegation will compete in the ninth Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) F.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2016

PH to send 10 bets to World Wushu meet

Ten of the country’s best wushu athletes will compete in the 6th World Junior Wushu Championships scheduled on September 29 to October 3 in Burgas, Bulgaria. Leading the Philippine campaign are world champion Faith Liana Andaya and Asian champion A.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 28th, 2016

PH sends 10-man team to World Junior Wushu meet

A 10-man Philippine team will compete in the 6th World Junior Wushu Championships (WJWC) slated on September 25 to October 3 in Burgas, Bulgaria. 2014 World Junior meet silver medalist Faith Liana Andaya will lead the Filipino squad’s campaign in t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2016

Trump, Clinton compete to meet top leaders in New York

NEW YORK: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met Egypt's president in New York on Monday as the two US presidential candidates tried to bolster their diplomatic credentials at the United Nations. Democratic standard-bearer Clinton said last week that she wo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 20th, 2016

Foton ready for AVC Asian Women’s Club meet

Foton Pilipinas checked out of the Thai province of Sisaket looking ready and more prepared to compete in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship starting this Saturday at the Alonte Sports Center in Binan City. The Tornadoes landed in Manila late .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 29th, 2016

3 Pinoy karateka off to SKIF World meet

Three Filipino karateka will compete in the 12th Shotokan Karatedo International Federation (SKIF) World Championships slated on August 26 to 28 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Filipino-Irish Ryan James Eamonn with Sandino Miguel Garcia and Ninel Thyra Garcia will.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 24th, 2016

DepEd to hold 2017 National Schools Press Conference - GMA News

DepEd to hold 2017 National Schools Press Conference - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Pagadian hosts 2017 National Schools Press Conference - Minda News

Pagadian hosts 2017 National Schools Press Conference - Minda News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Top karters compete in Carmona

Young ace karters gear up for crucial intense showdowns in their last ditch efforts for the titles at stake in the season-ender of the 2016 Petron ROK Karting Super Series at the Carmona Racetrack......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Alab PH faces HK today

The capability of Alab Pilipinas to compete for the championship will be known today as it faces the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions for the first time in the ASEAN Basketball League at the Southorn Stadium in Hong Kong......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Duterte to meet Miss Universe bets

President Duterte is set to meet the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant in Malacañang tomorrow, the Department of Tourism said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

NSPC under way today

Campus journalists from private and public elementary and secondary schools nationwide are set to gather today for the 2017 National Schools Press Conference conducted by the Department of Education......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Globalization rewards only the elite

The world’s elite that meet every January at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, are now very concerned about the world’s “obscene” income inequ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

The joys of women’s basketball

MEET the true Joys in women’s basketball—Love Joy, Lyla Joy and Leah Joy Sto. Domingo from Sto. Nino in Marikina......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Brillante Mendoza says TV5 told him: "Di kami makikipag-compete ng ratings."

Brillante Mendoza says TV5 told him: "Di kami makikipag-compete ng ratings.".....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Standard’s Choice: 65th Miss Universe hot picks

Pageant fever is taking over the entire country as 86 of the most “confidently beautiful” women in the world descended on the Philippine capital to compete for the coveted diamond-encrusted Miss Universe crown......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

DepEd National Schools Journalism Contest Slated January 23-26 in Pagadian City

DepEd National Schools Journalism Contest Slated January 23-26 in Pagadian City.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Darvish wants to prove himself in final year of Texas deal

STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer br /> DALLAS (AP) — Yu Darvish marked his five-year anniversary as a Texas Ranger this week. Now healthy again, he wants to prove how good a pitcher he is. 'It's not much about my contract, but coming back from Tommy John surgery,' Darvish said through his interpreter at the Rangers' winter banquet Friday night. 'This will be my second year to see how my body reacts and how much I can do to prove how good of a pitcher I am. That's what I'm looking forward to.' Darvish is entering the sixth and final year of the contract he signed with the Rangers in January 2012 after seven seasons in Japan. While the 30-year-old Darvish is 46-32 with a 3.29 ERA in 100 career starts for Texas, he missed all of the 2015 season because of the surgery and didn't pitch for the Rangers last season until May 28. Darvish was 7-5 with a 3.41 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings during the regular season. But in his first AL Division Series start last October, he gave up a career-worst four homers. Three of them were in the same inning of a 5-3 loss to Toronto in Game 2 of the best-of-five series that the Blue Jays swept. 'I would love to pitch in that kind of situation again this year,' Darvish said. 'And I would like to pitch very well.' Darvish said he just started throwing again and feels 'really good.' Texas spent more than two years scouting Darvish and getting to know him personally before committing more than $107 million to get him. On top of his guaranteed $56 million contract, the Rangers had to pay in the old system a massive $51,703,411 posting bid to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, his team in Japan. The 2017 season could have become a player option without a buyout had Darvish won the Cy Young and finished second-through-fourth another time, or finished second in the voting once and second-through-fourth two other times. Darvish finished second behind Max Scherzer in the 2013 AL Cy Young voting, when the Rangers right-hander was 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA and a league-high 277 strikeouts. He was an All-Star each of his first three seasons (2012-14), a span in which he had 680 strikeouts before getting shut down late in the 2014 season because of elbow inflammation. 'I am really grateful to the Texas Rangers organization by just giving me this big of a contract. They've been taking care of me really well,' he said. 'So I just want to show the Rangers how much I can do and then show them that they were right giving me that contract.' Darvish said he considered it too much of a risk just two years after surgery to compete in the World Baseball Classic this spring. Then, he smiled and said, 'At the end, let me tell you that I didn't get offered' a spot. NOTES: The Rangers announced they will retire uniform No. 7 during an August ceremony to honor former catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this week and will be inducted with the class of 2017 on July 30 in Cooperstown, New York. The only other Rangers to have their numbers retired by the club are Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan (No. 34) and former manager Johnny Oates (No. 26). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017