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Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 17th, 2018

PBA: Uytengsu slams point that Aces will be “winning with integrity”

Alaska remains as one the strongest “indie” teams in the PBA and Wilfred Uytengsu remains as the single strongest, most defiant “indie” team owner in the league. Monday during the 25th PBA Press Corps awards night, Uytengsu delivered a strong message on the supposed problems that PBA has dealt with over the past couple of seasons. In particular, the Alaska team owner has singled out the PBA’s parity, or supreme lack thereof. “Over the years, we and the PBA have been challenged with circumstances and controversies and that could and should have been mitigated. Circumstances that led to an unleveled playing field. This started with the Fil-sham debacle, where players with Filipino-like surnames were playing in the PBA with fake birth certificates and passports. Unfortunately, the league was slow to respond to this,” Uytengsu said in his speech right after he received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement award from the Press Corps. “In more recent years, we've seen dubious trades that created an even more unleveled playing field, creating further disparity in the league,” he added. While he never went into specifics, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that one of the “dubious trades” referred to by Uytengsu was the San Miguel-Columbian swap for the no. 1 pick of the 2017 PBA Draft. That no. 1 pick turned out to be Christian Standhardinger and the Beermen added another star to an already loaded lineup for pretty much nothing. The trade led to the PBA changing Commissioners and it caused a clear divide among the PBA Board. Fortunately, the Board has since reunited and the PBA is now under the management of one of the more likeable Commissioner’s in recent years in Willie Marcial. Still, that doesn’t stop Uytengsu on hitting out on supposedly unfair tactics and he insists that the Aces have always done it the right way and are very much proud of winning numerous titles with honor and integrity. “I can tell you that we always respected the league and honored the game by not participating in these tactics. I believe we have a greater responsibility than just winning games, and that is to set an example and show the next generation how to do things the right way,” he said. “As I look back now of more than 3 decades in the league, of course I'm proud of our 14 titles and more than 30 finals appearances, but I'm more proud of how we honored the game,” Uytengsu added. The Alaska owner maitains his stance that his Aces will continue to chase more championships with the two things his team holds dear: honor and integrity.   “Don't get me wrong, I'm still looking for that 15th championship, and the 16th and the 17th and so on. But it will always be about winning with integrity,” Uytengsu said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

DR Congo court to rule on disputed poll, snubbing African Union

KINSHASA, DR Congo – DR Congo's top court said it will give its verdict Saturday, January 19, on final presidential election results which have been challenged at home and abroad, spurning an appeal from the African Union to suspend the announcement. The Constitutional Court is urgently hearing an appeal over the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

Trump Plans Big Announcement on Shutdown, Border

WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump says he'll make a "major announcement" on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues. The White House did not immediately provide details on Friday about what the president would be announcing, but a person familiar with the planning said Trump planned to outline a new deal with specific proposals that the administration believes could potentially pave the way to the shutdown's end. The person was not authorized to discuss the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. The move --- on Day 28 of a shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers wit...Keep on reading: Trump Plans Big Announcement on Shutdown, Border.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

Embiid, Butler lead 76ers 120-96 rout of Pacers

By Chris Goff, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Joel Embiid had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their seventh win in nine games, a 120-96 blowout of the Indiana Pacers. Jimmy Butler added 27 points, eight assists and five boards as Philadelphia shot 53 percent and finished with 38 assists, the most by an Indiana opponent this season. In a matchup of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, the 76ers improved to 2-1 in the four-game season series. The road team has won all three games. J.J. Redick contributed 20 points and five assists, and Ben Simmons finished with 11 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Indiana's starting backcourt of Darren Collison and All-Star Victor Oladipo was limited to 21 combined points on 9-of-30 shooting. What had been a competitive game turned into a rout in the third quarter. The 76ers led 28-25 after the first quarter and 54-48 at halftime, but a quick 8-0 run put them up 66-55 and prompted Pacers coach Nate McMillan to call timeout. Redick hit two three-pointers assisted by handoffs from Embiid, and Embiid scored in the lane during the burst. T.J. McConnell's driving bank shot in the final seconds of the quarter pushed the lead to 15 for the first time. Philadelphia carried that 86-71 advantage to the fourth. Redick's sixth triple made it an 18-point lead. Indiana replied with a 10-0 run, but back-to-back three's from Embiid and his backup, Mike Muscala, quieted the crowd and forced yet another Indiana timeout. Muscala had 11 points and seven rebounds. Indiana, held to 40 percent shooting, never challenged again. Ex-Sixer Thaddeus Young had 27 points and six rebounds. Oladipo ended up with 15 points and seven assists. TIP-INS 76ers: Embiid was third and Butler fifth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players in fan votes for the All-Star Game when the league announced the third set of ballot returns Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Simmons was fourth among guards. ... Listed as questionable to play because of back tightness, Embiid stretched on a foam roller during one rest. Pacers: Reggie Miller, back where he played his entire 18-year NBA career, served as an analyst on TNT's broadcast of the game and took a tour of the Pacers' new practice facility near Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miller ranks second on the NBA's career three-point list at 2,560, though Stephen Curry is on his heels at 2,313. ... Oladipo was fifth among East guards in All-Star voting as of Thursday (Friday, PHL time). UP NEXT 76ers: Return home to face Oklahoma City on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Pacers: Continue a five-game homestand Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) against Dallas......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

Another challenge vs martial extension filed

Another group of opposition lawmakers on Tuesday challenged factual basis of President Rodrigo Duterte’s third extension of martial law in Mindanao before the Supreme Court......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

UAAP: League-leading Bullpups get challenged by Nonoy s Tiger Cubs

Games on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre 9:00 AM – Adamson vs UPIS 11:00 AM – FEU-Diliman vs DLSZ 1:00 PM – UST vs NU 3:00 PM – Ateneo vs UE Nazareth School of National University has set the standard thus far in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Coming for them on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, however, is a University of Sto. Tomas side led by a triple-doubling talent. The Bullpups are on the hunt for their seventh win in as many games, but will first have to get through the challenge certain to be put up by the 4-4 Tiger Cubs led by super rookie Mark Nonoy starting at 1:00 PM. At the same time, Ateneo de Manila High School (5-3) is on the hunt for a bounce back win up against lowly University of the East (1-7) at 3:00 PM. These two games will be LIVE and EXLUSIVE on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA and LIGA HD There will also be matchups between Far Eastern University-Diliman (6-2) and De La Salle Zobel (3-5) at 11:00 AM as well as between Adamson High School (5-3) and the University of the Philippines Integrated School (1-7) at 9:00 AM. All matchups will also be LIVE on streaming over at sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap and iWant.ph --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

FALSE: Man who challenged father of accused school bully has not been found dead

Online reports being shared across multiple social media platforms claim a man who challenged the father of an accused bully in one of the Philippine's top schools has been found dead. However, the video used in the reports shows a 2016 news clip about an unrelated incident. Also, the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Fabregas almost creates winner as Monaco draws at Marseille

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Cesc Fabregas almost had a dream debut for Monaco in the French league only for teammate Youri Tielemans to waste a late golden chance in a 1-1 draw at Marseille on Sunday. Despite only signing from Premier League Chelsea on Friday, Fabregas went straight into the team and added poise and assurance to Monaco's midfield. In the first minute of injury time, Fabregas cleverly chipped the ball over the Marseille defense, only for Tielemans to drag his shot wide. Watching from the sideline, Monaco coach Thierry Henry could barely contain his frustration. Still, it was an important point for 19th-placed Monaco in its relegation fight. Next up for Henry's Monaco is eighth-placed Nice at home on Wednesday, a match which pits Henry against his former Arsenal and France teammate Patrick Vieira, who is now coach of Nice. Both Henry and Vieira were also teammates of Fabregas when he started his Arsenal career late in 2003. The 31-year-old Fabregas went on to become one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League with Arsenal and Chelsea. He won league titles with Chelsea and with Barcelona, as well as winning the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain. He could prove a vital signing for Henry. It was another midfielder, Maxime Lopez, who put Marseille ahead with a low strike in the 13th minute. Marseille sat back waiting for halftime and was punished in the 38th when Belgium midfielder Tielemans swept home his fifth goal of the league season, following good work down the left by midfielder Aleksandr Golovin. Golovin was one of Russia's World Cup stars last year and should have put Monaco ahead in the 51st, but he sliced his shot wide after latching onto new signing Fode Ballo-Toure's excellent pass from the left. Monaco appeared to pay for that miss when Marseille winger Florian Thauvin pounced from close range in the 70th after goalkeeper Diego Benaglio saved a shot from Lucas Ocampos. But referee Mikael Lesage ruled out the goal following a video review for an apparent foul by Ocampos on Benaglio as they challenged for the ball, even though it looked accidental. Henry is still finding his feet in his first managerial role, and this was evident when he took off Ballo-Toure midway through the second half when he was one of Monaco's best players. Thauvin headed over seconds from the end as ninth-placed Marseille almost snatched a win. MONTPELLIER MISSES OUT Montpellier missed the chance to move up to third place after drawing 1-1 at relegation-threatened Dijon. Defender Damien Le Tallec earned a point for Montpellier with a 61st-minute equalizer, shortly after striker Wesley Said put 18th-placed Dijon ahead in new coach Antoine Kombouare's first game in charge. Montpellier's draw leaves it fifth and two points ahead of sixth-placed Strasbourg, which has played a game more. Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain is 13 points clear of second-placed Lille, having played two games less, with Lyon 17 points behind PSG in third place. Strasbourg kept its consistent start to the season with a 2-1 win at Toulouse. Midfielder Ibrahima Sissoko grabbed the winner midway through the second half. RENNES WINS AGAIN Defender Damien Da Silva was involved at both ends of the field as seventh-placed Rennes won 1-0 at Nantes. He put Rennes ahead with a glancing header from forward Hatem Ben Arfa's free kick after 13 minutes. Ben Arfa has set up both his goals this season. With Nantes pushing for an equalizer during a frantic second half, Da Silva appeared to block a goal-bound shot with his arm. Claims for a penalty were dismissed by referee Ruddy Buquet, whose video assistants either did not spot the infraction or deemed it an accidental handball. Then, in the closing stages, Da Silva made a legitimate block to keep Nantes at bay. Earlier, Buquet had consulted VAR to rule out a sixth-minute Nantes goal from defender Diego Carlos for a handball. Rennes coach Julien Stephan — who is the son of France's World Cup-winning assistant coach Guy Stephan — has made a great start to his fledgling managerial career with four straight league wins. This hard-fought victory ensured continued bragging rights for Rennes over 11th-placed Nantes, which has not beaten Rennes at home in 14 years......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

Diokno to accuser: Go ahead, sue me

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno yesterday challenged House of Representatives Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. to file a criminal complaint against him in connection with the alleged multibillion-peso flood control scam under the Duterte administration. “He should file a case with the Office of the Ombudsman so that I can explain,” Diokno told ABS-CBN News Channel......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

20,000 deaths?: Duterte questions critics death-toll claims from drug war | ABS-CBN News

'20000 deaths?': Duterte questions critics' death-toll claims from drug war ABS-CBN News Duterte on Thursday challenged his critics to prove the government's anti-illegal drug campaig.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Palace: Lagman’s argument vs martial law is ‘faulty’

MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaan Palace slammed on Sunday as "faulty" and "intellectually challenged" the claim of Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman that rebellion no longer existed in Mindanao because no one had been arrested or charged with rebellion. This was the reaction of presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo after Lagman questioned the reason behind the need to extend the martial law in Mindanao. According to Lagman, it is "only in the Philippines does rebellion exist without a single rebel." READ:Petition at SC vs martial law cites AFP intel report "If no arrest has been made on the rebels then with more reason martial law in Mindanao should continue because the rebellion conti...Keep on reading: Palace: Lagman’s argument vs martial law is ‘faulty’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Albarracin: A town lost in time

I challenged my sister Anafe, a resident of Spain for more than 40 years and a serious traveler, to recommend a town like no other as an added destination on our next family visit......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

PBA: MVP winner will deserve it says June Mar

In a surprise twist, June Mar Fajardo is actually losing in the Most Valuable Player race for the 2017-2018 PBA season. In a year-end release by the league, Stanley Pringle maintains a statistical lead over Fajardo, getting an average of 35.5 points to June Mar’s 33.1 points. While statistical points are only part of the criteria and Fajardo is expected to make up in other categories, it’s still quite amazing that June Mar is actually trailing. In the four straight seasons that the San Miguel star has won the MVP award, Fajardo was barely challenged and his dominance has been undeniable. For Fajardo, whoever wins this season’s MVP award is truly the PBA’s top dog no question. “Kung sino manalo dun [MVP], deserve niya,” Fajardo told ABS-CBN Sports after a San Miguel practice Wednesday. Reigning 4-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo on Stanley Pringle actually leading him for the MVP race for 2017-2018. Winner will be announced on Jan. 13 at the opening of the new PBA season #PBA2019 | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/HHVX9TzIBR — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 2, 2019 After having four straight MVPs, Fajardo is no longer concerned about individual honors. Even before he won four straight MVPs, he never truly bothered about it, his concern is to improve himself as a player and the awards just came along with it. “Syempre kung makukuha ko yun, blessing,” he said. “Pinaghirapan ko naman eh. Gusto ko mag-improve every game, every conference. Hindi ako magiging stagnant. Gusto ko mag-improve lagi, yun ang goal ko. Hindi ko masyado iniisip yung mga individual awards,” Fajardo added. The 2017-2018 PBA MVP winner will be announced on January 13 before the league opens for a new season.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2019

Yemen rebels begin withdrawal from Hodeida port – UN

HODEIDA, Yemen – Yemeni rebels have begun to withdraw from the port of Hodeida, the country's key aid lifeline, under an agreement reached in Sweden earlier this month, a United Nations (UN) official said on Saturday, December 29. The official, who requested anonymity, said the Huthi rebels began to pull back from the Red Sea port at midnight. The Huthis began "the first phase of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2018

Challenged

What a challenged year 2018 has been......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 28th, 2018

Paving the way to effective risk financing solutions

CARD Mutual Benefit Association’s (CARD MBA) experiences and strategies in delivering affordable and efficient microinsurance products for the socioeconomically challenged communities in the Philippines is one of the featured talks at the Global Partnership Forum of InsuResilience Global Partnership on December 10, 2018 in Katowice, Poland (COP24). Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip (3rd from left), the […] The post Paving the way to effective risk financing solutions appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

U.N. convenes warring sides in Yemen s Hodeida

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A UN-led truce monitoring team including members of Yemen's warring sides held its first meeting in the flashpoint city of Hodeida on Wednesday, December 26, a pro-government official told AFP, Agence France-Presse. "We are expecting a good outcome," said the official, who requested anonymity. The ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

2018 s most memorable bits of boxing

The sweet science is always a source of headlines in the sporting world, especially in a country that's full of fight fans like the Philippines. Over the last twelve months, we've seen comebacks, championships, and even a little controversy.  Here are some of the best bits of boxing from 2018!    PAC BACK ON TOP 2018 saw Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao once again claim world championship gold following a bitter and controversial loss to Jeff Horn in 2017.  Fighting in Asia for the first time since 2014, Pacquiao challenged reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in July.  Billed as a durable, heavy-hitting brawler, Matthysse was supposed to be the one to threaten Pacquiao with a KO finish.  Instead, looking like the Pacquiao of old, it was the Filipino star who came out aggressive, landing bombs until finally scoring a seventh-round TKO finish, his first since 2009.  Just months shy of his 40th birthday, Pacquiao was a world champion for the eleventh time in his storied career.    THE BREAKUP Prior to Pacquiao's win over Matthysse, the Filipino boxer made headlines the world over after a split from long-time trainer and head coach Freddie Roach.  In April, months before Pacquiao's return to the ring against Matthysse, reports surfaced that Pacquiao, for the first time in over 15 years and 34 bouts, would not be working with the Hall of Fame trainer. According to various sources, the split stemmed from a disagreement between Pacquiao and Roach following the loss to Jeff Horn back in 2017.  Taking Roach's place as head trainer was Pacquiao's best friend, Buboy Fernandez, and judging from the result of the Matthysse bout, it paid dividends.  Still, the split didn't last too long.  Soon after Pacquiao's first WBA title defense against Adrien Broner was announced, both Pacquiao and Roach have confirmed that they will be working together once again.  This time however, Roach will be serving more of a consultant role, guiding Fernandez who remains as Pacquiao's head trainer.    CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS CANELO-GGG 2 In 2017, middleweight stars Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez went to an exciting 12-round draw that warranted a rematch in 2018.  In January, it was announced that the two warriors would square off once again in a Cinco de Mayo rematch. The rematch was put in jeopardy however, when Canelo tested positive for a banned substance in March. By April, the fight was off after the Mexican star decided to withdraw from the highly-anticipated rematch.  The fight eventually pushed through in September, with Alvarez picking up the majority decision win to hand Golovkin his first career loss, and more importantly claim the WBA (Super) and WBC Middleweight World Championships.  Three months later, Canelo would stop British boxer Rocky Fielding in the third round to capture the WBA (Regular) Middleweight World Championship as well.    ALL-FILIPINO For the first time in 92 years, two Filipino boxers faced off for a world championship when reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas defended his title against Jonas "Zorro" Sultan in California.  In the historic meeting, it was Ancajas who emerged victorious, defeating Sultan via unanimous decision as the reigning IBF 115-pound champ continued his run of dominance with five successful title defenses. Four months later, Ancajas would retain his world championship once again, but this time after figuring in a split draw against Mexican Alejandro Santiago.    DONNIE NIETES MAKES THE JUMP Speaking of all-Filipino bouts and going to a draw, Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte experienced both in just one bout.  Following a spectacular albiet short-lived run at Flyweight, which saw him capture and retain the IBF's 112-pound title, Nietes made the decision to move up to the 115-pound super flyweight division, where he'll be in the same pool as the big names like Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada, and compatriot Jerwin Ancajas.  Nietes' debut bout at 115 however, would be against fellow Negrense in Palicte, and it would be for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in September.  In what many believed as a win for Nietes, the 12-round bout went to a controversial split draw, that denied Nietes of the distinction of joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipinos to capture four world titles in as many divisions.  Nietes still has the chance to do that before the end of 2018 however, as he gets another shot at the title on New Year's Eve when he meets Japan's Kazuto Ioka in Macau.    BUD MOVES UP Following years of dominance at junior welterweight, Terence "Bud" Crawford also made the jump up to a heavier weight class, and immediately made a splash.  Facing off against WBO Welterweight World Champion Jeff Horn, Crawford announced his arrival at 140-pounds with a dominant TKO win over the Australian in June.  Four months later, Crawford successfully defended the title against Jose Benavidez Jr. with a 12th-round TKO victory.    FLASH FORWARD Nonito Donaire Jr's 2018 didn't start off as well as he would have wanted.  The Filipino Flash lost his April bout to Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World Championship, prompting questions regarding the former four-division world champion's future.  In a surprising move however, Donaire announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury. As a result, Donaire advanced into the next round of the tournament with the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship around his waist.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.    WILDER AND FURY GO TO WAR In one of the most talked-about heavyweight bouts in recent history, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a 12-round war that ended in...surprise, surprise, a split draw. Fury used his movement and technique to dictate the pace over Wilder throughout the 12-round bout, but the reigning champion dropped the British challenger in the final round that led to the draw decision, setting up what could be another highly-anticipated rematch in the future. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

Suicide bomber attacks Libya’s Foreign Ministry, 3 killed

BENGHAZI, Libya --- A suicide bomber targeted Libya's Foreign Ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, killing three people, according to security officials. The officials said a second attacker was shot dead by guards before he could detonate his explosive vest. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. The Health Ministry confirmed the death toll and said 10 other people were wounded. No one immediately claimed the attack, which bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group. Libya has been a haven for militants since a 2011 uprising toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The country is split between rival governments, each b...Keep on reading: Suicide bomber attacks Libya’s Foreign Ministry, 3 killed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 25th, 2018

Palace hits Pangilinan for blaming Duterte on daily killings |

MANILA, Philippines -- Malacaang slammed Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan's "intellectually challenged" and "infinitely reckless" remark blaming President Rodrigo Du.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 24th, 2018