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ALPSIDE DOWNED: Davos of the People

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 25 January) – Davos is a small city in the Swiss alps of about 283 square kilometers, most of it forested or used for agricultural purposes. But this time of the year, Davos makes the headlines as venue of the annual World Economic Forum or WEF. And the world only takes […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsJan 27th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Our People of the Sea (2)

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 01 May) – Costa Crociere crew had it better  maybe a decade or two ago. They had higher pay and better work conditions then. In the year 2000, Carnival Corporation & plc, a Miami, Florida-based US cruise company, bought and took over the Costa Crociere. Carnival is listed as the world’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Has Davos made the world better?

GENEVA, Switzerland – Klaus Schwab, who founded the World Economic Forum (WEF), has said his childhood during World War II inspired him to build an organization that would make the world a better place.  His foundation, which hosts many of the world's most powerful, famous and wealthy people at its annual ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Fantasyland

BERN (MindaNews /12 January) — To someone just back from vacation in the Philippines, we use this queer remark: “Welcome back to reality!”. We call this world where we live and work in “Reality” and the Philippines as “Fantasyland.” At the least that tells us that our boots are squarely on the ground in our […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Busted

BERN (MindaNews / 22 December) -- To use a cliché in a contemporary setting – you will never realize the loss of your freedoms in the drugs war in a martial law setting, until you are busted for something......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2018

2018: The year of collegiate champions and people s champions

From Katipunan to Mendiola, from Intramuros to San Marcelino, and from Morayta to Las Pinas, the year 2018 will be tough to top. That goes for both the NCAA and the UAAP as both leagues learned that it all begins here before experiencing unparalleled heights. Now, it’s high time for look back at the year that was in collegiate basketball. New year, new regime Before we can look back, however, we first need to look ahead as several new eras are already underway even before the year has ended. Over at La Salle, American coach Jermaine Byrd has been tapped with the hopes he can do to the Green Archers what American-Kiwi mentor Tab Baldwin has done for Ateneo. The same task of a turnaround is also what’s expected from the new hires of Mapua in Randy Alcantara, EAC in Oliver Bunyi, and Arellano in Cholo Martin. Immediate impact Alongside talented tacticians, however, teams need talented players. Fortunately for a handful of teams, they got just that from their first-year players. Ateneo won back-to-back championships all while featuring a brand new paint presence in Ivorian tower and Rookie of the Year Ange Kouame. While being a force is already a given for any 6-foot-11 player like Kouame, both CJ Cansino and Dave Ildefonso also exceeded expectations in their rookie seasons for UST and NU, respectively. Over in the NCAA, Filipino-American high-flyer Justin Gutang propelled CSB just right outside the playoffs while Rookie of the Year Larry Muyang helped re-establish Letran as a powerhouse. The Walls of Intramuros are up again Speaking of Letran, it’s nothing but a welcome development to see them contending once more for the first time since their magical season and championship in 2015. Head coach Jeff Napa, at long last, has a team he can call his own and the Knights look like they will be big, big threats for the foreseeable future. Of course, size was never the advantage for neighboring LPU and rather, they have run-and-gunned their way to back-to-back Finals. With new head coach Randy Alcantara, Mapua is nothing but hoping it can finally catch up with its fellow Intramuros occupants. Started from the bottom, now we’re here Just four years ago, Adamson and UP were cellar-dwellers and were fighting over wins that were meaningless in the standings, but meaningful to their morale. Now, the two teams have just figured in classic semifinals series with both games going down the wire. In the end, it was the Fighting Maroons who advanced to the Finals, but the Soaring Falcons have nothing to be ashamed of, especially as they were one of only two teams that had downed champion Ateneo. Controversy, controversy The on-court action in both the NCAA and the UAAP was, without a doubt, intense. The same can be said, however, for the off-court happenings. The NCAA season started with San Sebastian being forced to forfeit a couple of its wins due to RK Ilagan playing in a commercial league, continued with Perpetual also being questioned about having players who suited up in a different commercial league, and ended with LPU main man CJ Perez getting suspended in Game 1 of the Finals. The UAAP had its share of colorful events with Thirdy Ravena getting suspended and therefore, getting disqualified from individual awards as well as FEU being indirectly helped into the playoffs by the untimely injuries to Adamson’s Jerrick Ahanmisi and Sean Manganti. 2 MVPs, 1 alma mater It’s a universally accepted truth that Prince Eze deserved the NCAA MVP and Bright Akhuetie deserved the UAAP MVP. What’s funny is that, at one point in time, those two were actually teammates over at Perpetual. Yes, the Altas had both Nigerian tower Eze and Nigerian powerhouse Akhuetie seeing action for them for two seasons. Even more, they were also teammates with now Ginebra star Scottie Thompson for one year. Of course, the NCAA MVP and the UAAP MVP agreed that they had to go their separate ways so that both of them can spread their wings and fly. Good thing they did. Good thing they did. Just another season in the office for San Beda So much happened in the NCAA season – LPU’s continued contention, Letran and Perpetual’s resurgence, CSB and San Sebastian being darkhorses. In the end, however, San Beda left no doubt that it was still their kingdom by blanking the Pirates in the Finals. With that, the Red Lions extended their league-leading title total to 22 – with half coming in the last 13 years. We can talk about all the teams and all the players we want, but at the end of the day, the NCAA title will still go through Mendiola. Blue Eagle, still the king At the end of the first round of the UAAP season, Ateneo found itself in a three-way tie for the top spot with FEU and Adamson. By virtue of having lost to both the Tamaraws and the Soaring Falcons, the Blue Eagles were actually in third-place entering the second round. From there, however, Ateneo never lost – and was never even threatened – all the way to back-to-back championships. They did that, with court general Matt Nieto injured for most of the second round and do-it-all forward Thirdy Ravena incurring a suspension as well. Come the Finals, however, Ateneo just unleashed both Nieto and Ravena and ultimately, took the fight out of UP. Her-story for Lady Bulldogs These are the most important numbers for the NU Lady Bulldogs at the end of the UAAP season: five straight championships, 80 wins in a row. Yes, NU has not dropped any of its last 80 games dating back to 2014. With that, they not only eclipsed the 72-game winning streak of the Adamson softball squad, once the longest winning streak in league history, but also ran way past it. Oh, that winning streak – and the five-peat, for that matter – is still ongoing. That’s short of saying that the Lady Bulldogs will only continue to make history next year. Indeed, up was where the Fighting Maroons went From 2007 to 2015, UP only won 13 times out of 126 games. Those days have been self-depreciatingly called “the dark days.” In the recently concluded UAAP season, the Fighting Maroons finally found light at the end of the tunnel. First, at 7-6 with one game to go in the elimination round, they already registered their best showing in 14 seasons. Then, at 8-6 to end the elims, they claimed their first Final Four berth since 1997. Then, in discarding Adamson’s twice-to-beat advantage, they won in the playoffs for the first time in 21 years. Then, by doubling down against the Soaring Falcons, they climbed to their first Finals since 1986. In the end, UP’s Cinderella run didn’t get a happy ending at the hands of Ateneo. But maybe, just maybe, the Fighting Maroons actually aren’t Cinderella. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Reunions

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 11 Oct) – In a month-long visit to the homeland last month I had the luck to be in four reunions. And like all reunions, there was never a dull moment. “Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.” That’s a deep quote from Arthur […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Siargao-ed (Last of two parts)

GENERAL LUNA, SIARGAO (MindaNews/ 24 Sept) – According to a story in Rappler, up to 1.2 billion pesos had been allocated in 2016 to add and improve infrastructure in the Caraga region, with special focus on tourism facilities in Siargao. Three hundred million of this amount has gone to the construction of a sports complex […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Siargao-ed (Part 1)

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao (MindaNews / 19 Sep) ­– I touched down on this surfer’s island early this month, nearly 10 years since my first visit. And at once I felt things here are much different from before. I opt for a quick breakfast at the Sayak airport in Del Carmen (formerly called Numancia, which occupied […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: When politics is poured down the Cup

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews/18 July) – World Cup 2018 fever may have died down, but some controversies are lingering like a virus simply gone dormant. Don’t think that the all-girl Russian punk band Pussy Riot made the only significant political statement in the month-long tourney. Four members of the group invaded the pitch during the cup […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Illogics

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 30 June) — Going through new Facebook posts, it seems to me that the million-peso propaganda machine is being cranked up again. And the target this time is the Catholic church. The church is being vilified for its excesses in material wealth; for its erring priests and their superiors’ protection of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Whatever happens, Rhayyan Amsali will not play in NCAA Season 94

It’s final – Rhayyan Amsali is not eligible for San Beda High School for the upcoming NCAA Season 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The league’s eligibility meeting concluded on Friday and there, it was determined that with one failing grade, Amsali was unable to meet academic requirements. The 6-foot-3 forward, who had just transferred to San Beda from Nazareth School of National University, has been the talk of the town as he and his camp filed a complaint questioning his failing grade. Last Tuesday, the Amsalis, through Atty. Michelle Africa, forwarded a letter to NSNU stating that Rhayyan was belatedly informed that he had failed a subject. For their part, NSNU said that the Amsali camp, through mother Nurisa, had knowledge of the failing grade since early May. Now, the latest update in the issue is that the Department of Education is asking for clarification from NSNU about how “there was no intervention given to prevent Rhayyan from getting a failing grade before the school year ended. Furthermore, no effort was done by the people concerned to inform the parents about the child’s predicament.” (photo courtesy of DepEd) Whatever happens from this point, though, will not change the fact that the NCAA’s eligibility meeting is over and done with and there, Amsali was unable to get into San Beda’s lineup. Nonetheless, the 17-year-old said that he is set to stay in Taytay. “Kahit hindi ako maglalaro, nandito pa rin yung isip ko at yung heart ko sa team na ‘to. Susuportahan ko sila kahit anong mangyari,” he told reporters as he and the Red Cubs, serendipitously, downed the Bullpups in the semifinals of the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. This, even though it would mean that he now only has one playing year left in the NCAA Juniors. “Yung samahan po rito sa San Beda, iba e. Unang pagpunta ko pa lang dito, ang gaan na e,” he shared. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Not in Our Name

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 6 June) –  Some excesses of this government are being committed in the name of the OFW (overseas Filipino worker), the Filipino living and working abroad. That may be a rash statement to make. But I can cite several examples, the latest of which is “The Kiss” committed during the President’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Our “People of the Sea” (Part 1)

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 24 April) –  A luxury ship cruise is associated with pleasure and fun and merrymaking. And this month we were on a ship of the Costa Crociere S.p.A., an Italian cruise company, do to just that. We certainly enjoyed the week-long cruise, stuffing ourselves on the buffet meals and snacks that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Human (rights) targets

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 27 March) –  In a human rights forum that I helped organize here in the Swiss capital early this month, I became acutely aware of the imminent threats now being faced by human rights workers in the Philippines. Carlos Conde, Philippines researcher of the Human Rights Watch Asia division, was telling […] The post ALPSIDE DOWNED: Human (rights) targets appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Alpside Downed: Human (rights) targets

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 27 March) –  In a human rights forum that I helped organize here in the Swiss capital early this month, I became acutely aware of the imminent threats now being faced by human rights workers in the Philippines. Carlos Conde, Philippines researcher of the Human Rights Watch Asia division, was telling […] The post Alpside Downed: Human (rights) targets appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Tattoo it

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 14 March) – It’s always a pleasant surprise to learn about the Filipino artist making good in Switzerland.  But I never expected Pinoy artists in an unlikely niche here—in the tattoo business. My team from the Tambayan Pinoy Swiss, a videomaking volunteers group, met Cebu tattoo artist Benson Gascon in his […] The post ALPSIDE DOWNED: Tattoo it appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

ALPSIDE DOWNED: The Box Of Our Tears

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 09 March) — March 31 this year should be a red-letter day for OFWs. That’s the day when the Philippine customs ends its suspension of the revised rules on the sending of our balikbayan boxes. The new set of rules — Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 05-2016 — took effect last August […] The post ALPSIDE DOWNED: The Box Of Our Tears appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Diarrhea outbreak hits Balabac town in southern Palawan

PALAWAN, Philippines –  A diarrhea outbreak which has gone on for two months now has killed 4 people and downed 176 others in the island town of Balabac in the southernmost part of Palawan, according to provincial health officer Dr. Mary Ann Navarro. Navarro said the figures reaching her office ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

ANKARA, Turkey – Some 11 Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday, February 10 including two military personnel when a helicopter was downed, in the bloodiest day in Ankara's offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria. On January 20, Turkey launched a military operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in the Afrin ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

8 rescued after U.S. Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea

TOKYO, Japan (4th UPDATE) – Rescuers have plucked eight people to safety south of Japan after a US Navy aircraft with 11 people on board came down in the Philippine Sea, the latest accident to hit American armed forces in East Asia. Japanese and American forces scrambled to reach the downed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017