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Con-con to cost P7B – Nograles

MANILA, Philippines — The proposal of some lawmakers to elect a constitutional convention for Charter change will cost taxpayers at least P7 billion, the cha.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 7th, 2018

Nograleses defend Go: He’s collateral damage

MANILA, Philippines — The Nograles brothers in the House of Representatives have taken up the cudgels for their fellow Davaoeño Christopher Go, the special a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News18 hr. 5 min. ago

Bong Go issue ‘hack job vs DU30 gov’t’

THE Bong Go-Frigate link is nothing but a desperate hack job against the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. This is how Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles and PBA party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles see the issue linking Special Assistant to the President Bong Go to the Philippine Navy frigate project.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

    SANTIAGO, Chile --- Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.   Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are "all calumny."   The pope's remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifet...Keep on reading: Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Up close with The Art of Eight Limbs : My first experience of watching Muay Thai live

I’ve been a combat sports fan for nearly a decade now. I began watching MMA back in 2009, around the time that stars like Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn were at their peak, and immediately got hooked, and it’s actually that fandom that got me to where I am now today…a sportswriter. It’s also that appreciation for the sport that got me to try and get into combat sports, and I’ve been practicing on a regular basis since then. The first time I ever set foot inside a boxing gym and put on a pair of 16-ounce gloves was for my first ever Muay Thai class. I saw these fighters on TV throwing these beautiful kicks, knocking the bejeezus out of their opponents. I wanted to be able to do that too, I decided to try it out. That first session was really fun, but real tiring…and painful. I was sore for days after that, but I enjoyed it and decided to make it a regular part of my life. It wasn’t necessarily to be a pro-level practicioner, rather a way to keep fit and stay healthy. My first session was around eight years ago, and I’ve been going as regularly as I can ever since. Of course, my appreciation for the widely popular martial art grew, I started doing some research and watched some Muay Thai fights online, and eventually being able to try and train Muay Thai in Thailand and getting to watch a legit fight became parts of my ‘Bucket List’ so to say. Fortunately, I got to tick one of those things off my list late last year.   The Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. Home of some of the world's best Muay Thai fighters. pic.twitter.com/yKCRvLqtDf — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 When I was sent to Bangkok (to cover ONE Championship MMA, fittingly enough), I was able to catch a big Muay Thai card at the most popular Muay Thai arena in Thailand, the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. A quick look at the Lumpinee Stadium schedule on their website shows that there’s usually a fight card thrice a week, every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, which gives you an idea of how popular it is to patrons, and how many competitors there are. It’s a 5,000 seater arena, no bigger than the San Juan Arena, but boy, the place was buzzing on that Friday night.   A look inside the Lumpinee Stadium. It's fight night Friday here in BKK. pic.twitter.com/Tagws4qZCC — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 Unlike here in the Philippines, where boxing or MMA shows don’t get filled up until about midway through the card, the Lumpinee Stadium had a decent number of people after the first fight of the night, and amazingly, the fans were already into it, a testament of just how big Muay Thai is in the country. It is, after all, their national sport.   But before I go on any further, here’s a quick backgrounder on what Muay Thai is. A striking-based form of self-defense and combat sport that rose to prominence in Thailand during the 1900s, Muay Thai makes use of one’s hands and elbows, knees, and feet to inflict damage. It’s commonly known as “The Art of Eight Limbs” because practicioners can punch, kick, knee, and elbow their opponents. Names like Samart Payakaroon, Buakaw Banchamek, and Saenchai have made names for themselves in Muay Thai. In MMA, former champions such as Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke are known for their high-level Muay Thai.   So, going back… The card I went to that night was apparently a big one, with three championships up for grabs. The ticket cost me 1000 Baht, which is around 1500 PHP. A small price to pay, I believe, to get to see some honest-to-goodness Muay Thai action in the country’s most popular stadium. (I did, however, get into an argument with the ticket lady because I tried haggling for a lower price, to the point that she let out an exasperated 'OH MY GOD!' in the thickest Thai accent I've ever heard.) There was no reserved seating, at least for the ticket I paid for, so I had to find a spot that gave me a good view. Being that the stadium itself was small, my spot wasn’t too far away from the ring. Think lower box seats. It was close enough for me to see the action.   Also known as 'The Art of Eight Limbs" Muay Thai utilizes punching and kicking techniques, as well as knee strikes, elbow strikes and clinching. pic.twitter.com/lN8z8LbPO5 — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 When I said that Thai fans were immediately in to the action, I meant it. When I got in, it was towards the end of the first fight of the night, but it felt like it was already the main event, as the fans were as rowdy as they could get.   While the 5000-seater stadium isn't particularly packed, the active crowd makes it feel as though it is. pic.twitter.com/kQ1NC5QpOU — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 With every kick and with every punch, the people would go “EYYYYYY!!!” whether or not it connected or it missed, and with every knee, they’d yell out “KNEEEEEE!!!” Every fight had that ‘big fight feel.” The fights lasted for up to five three-minute rounds, and while much shorter than boxing bouts, there was definitely no shortage of action. Again, with the small stadium, you could hear every time that flesh hit flesh, which was both entertaining and at the same time unnerving.   All the fights have this "big fight feel" because the crowd roars with every hit. pic.twitter.com/XYl72AUL4Z — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 One thing that you’ll notice in Muay Thai fights is that the competitors do a little dance before the fight commences.   Before each fight, the fighters perform a ceremonial dance known as the Wai Khru. This is to give honor and pay respects to their teachers. pic.twitter.com/ZJLCCUHRFZ — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 This ritual is called the “Wai Khru” and it’s done to pay their teachers respect and show their gratitude. Interesting note: the Wai Khru isn’t just limited to Muay Thai. Students in schools in Thailand participate in this ritual as well. I asked my trainer about this years ago, and he said that usually, the actions and gestures in the Wai Khru are thought of on the spot. The thing that struck me the most about this experience was that bets were being placed inside the arena as the fights were going on. After every round, a few people in the crowd, would yell out and call for bets, much like the ‘Cristo’ that you see in cockfighting arenas. I really hate the comparison, but it looked a lot like human cockfighting. Be that as it may, when you look past the gambling aspect of it, (which in reality, is prevalent anywhere anyway, just not as blatant), you’ll see that the martial art is very much a part of Thai culture. If you can fill up a 5,000 seater arena three times a week, I’d say that you’re doing something right. The experience was really something worth going through, especially if you enjoy combat sports in it’s purest form. I’ve gotten to watch boxing and mixed martial arts in bigger, sold out stadiums, but getting to watch Muay Thai in a tiny arena such as the Lumpinee Stadium was very different experience. The action and the atmosphere was unlike any I’ve ever seen before, and it’s something that I highly recommend to anyone who gets to visit Bangkok, whether or not you’re a fight fan. If you are a fight fan, it’s definitely something to experience. I’m really happy that I did. Now to check that other thing on the bucket list off........»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Meralco, Solar Philippines seek ERC go-signal for supply deal

MANILA ELECTRIC Co. (Meralco) and Solar Philippines Tarlac Corp. (SPTC) are seeking provisional authority to implement their power supply agreement (PSA) that will bring down the cost of solar energy to a record low P2.9999 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). “Considering that SPTC’s solar power plant is expected to achieve commercial operations in the fourth quarter of […] The post Meralco, Solar Philippines seek ERC go-signal for supply deal appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

With no World Cup for US this year, Altidore shifts focus

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press For Jozy Altidore, this was supposed to be the time when the United States was preparing for this summer's World Cup. That changed early in October when the Americans got bounced from the tournament. The stunning failure shifted Altidore's focus. He spent the beginning of 2018 in Grand Cayman, where his foundation is bringing soccer to kids in a region hit by hurricanes last fall. Soon, he'll start the new season with defending MLS Cup champion Toronto FC. As for this summer? Altidore will watch a few of the matches in Russia on television. The 28-year-old forward isn't stewing in the loss, he's looking with hope to the future. "Of course I'll obviously be disappointed not to be there, but at the end of the day, man, we're blessed to do what we do," he said. Apart from the national team loss, Altidore is coming off one of the better years of his career. He scored 18 goals with the Reds and another four with the U.S. national team. Toronto FC won the Supporters' Shield for the best regular-season record before sweeping through the playoffs and defeating Seattle 2-0 for the league title. Altidore scored in the final and earned MLS Cup MVP honors. The victory was a bit of revenge for a loss to the Sounders for the MLS Cup the previous season, but Altidore said Toronto's motivation was part of a season-long journey he took with his teammates and coach Greg Vanney. "I think more than anything we understood how close we were and how it hurt that we had come up short that season," he said. "The focus for us was to do what we did that last year and if we got to the last game, obviously make sure we got the W and make the most of our chances." Toronto teammate and fellow national team player, Michael Bradley, echoed the sentiment after the title match. "When push comes to shove, you want to step into the biggest moments with people that you would do anything for, that you love, that you believe in, that you trust, that you know have your back," Bradley said. But it wasn't all smooth. Altidore got into a confrontation with New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan in a tunnel at BMO Field during the conference semifinals. Altidore and Kljestan were handed red cards in the aftermath. Altidore sat out Toronto's next game, while Kljestan was suspended an additional game and won't be able to play the first two games of the upcoming season. Kljestan, who was also fined, was traded in the offseason from the Red Bulls to Orlando. Altidore and Bradley were also jeered — sometimes with profane and personal attacks — by opposing fans over the U.S. team's qualifying performance. "Look, all that stuff I think would have been magnified had we not achieved our objective," Altidore said. "But we did, and we did it in such a convincing manner." Following the 2-1 U.S. loss in Couva, Trinidad, that cost the national team a spot in the World Cup, coach Bruce Arena stepped down and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said he would not run for another term. Interim U.S. coach Dave Sarachan called 30 players into January training camp in advance of an exhibition game against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28 in Carson, California. Altidore and many of the team's veterans were not invited. The camp roster includes 15 players who have never played in a match for the senior national team. The most experienced was LA Galaxy midfielder Gyasi Zardes, who is 26. Twenty-one of the players are 24 and younger. Altidore, who has 41 goals in 110 appearances with the national team, understands that developing young talent is important heading into the next World Cup quadrennial. "We have to do a better job of identifying new talent, for sure," he said, suggesting that missing out on the past two Olympics — where under-23 teams compete — has hurt development efforts. For now, Altidore is pouring his energy into charitable endeavors. Altidore, whose parents are from Haiti, launched his foundation in 2011 following the devastating earthquake that hit the country the year before. The foundation built a well to provide water to a town of more than 400 in Haiti, along with other rebuilding efforts. In 2016, he paid to bring the Copa America matches to television in the country. The latest effort in the Cayman Islands focuses on getting youth involved in soccer. "I think the whole region, the Caribbean has a lot of talent and has a lot of kids who want to become players. And I think it helps to see and identify with players who have played in different leagues from around the world," he said. "If I'm able to be one of those guys that can start that whole thing, it's a great opportunity and honor for me."      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Jags ‘threw a tantrum’ when Marrone started making changes

By Mark Long, Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville’s locker room was abuzz late last season. Four guys played table tennis while others crowded around a small table for dominoes. Two 80-inch televisions were tuned to a sports highlight show, and music blared from one corner of the room. Doug Marrone, the team’s offensive line coach at the time, walked through and shook his head. “Can you believe this?” Marrone whispered. The Jaguars were in the middle of a nine-game losing streak that would ultimately cost coach Gus Bradley his job. Marrone had watched from afar for two years, witnessing an atmosphere he felt was too loose, too laid-back and too lenient amid losing. So when Marrone was hired to replace Bradley last January, high on his to-do list was to change the culture in Jacksonville. His success is one reason the Jaguars (12-6) are in the AFC championship game against New England (14-3). The ping pong table was the first to go. Dominoes followed. The locker room stalls were overhauled, too, with Marrone mixing and matching position groups and putting certain players next to veteran leaders and/or NFL role models. “We definitely threw a tantrum,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. “Went in there and talked to him about it. Definitely wasn’t happy. I learned just to be quiet, you know, and go with the flow. He’s been at it longer than I have, and I’m just the football player. He says do this and I go do it. Just learn to follow him, and I’m glad I did.” Marrone saved the most significant changes for the practice fields. Marrone, top executive Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell wanted a much tougher and more physical team. They drafted bruising running back Leonard Fournette and fiery left tackle Cam Robinson to complement a defense that was significantly beefed up in free agency with the addition of All-Pro pass-rusher Calais Campbell, Pro Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye and veteran safety Barry Church. They also designed an offseason program that was more grueling than most players had experienced. Marrone’s message was clear: Go hard or go home. “You remember guys in camp talking about this took a few years off their lives,” Jackson said. “It’s pretty funny just to see us now. I guess he does know what he’s doing.” The Jaguars were in full pads nearly every day during training camp, a tortuous stretch in draining heat and humidity that left rookies and veterans questioning the process and wondering if it would pay off. It was the NFL’s version of boot camp. Break them down, then build them up. It ultimately brought players closer, making them accountable to each other and causing them to care more for each other. Winning was the final piece, and thumping Houston 29-7 in the season opener was all the proof players needed. “It was the toughest training camp I’ve ever been a part of,” said linebacker Paul Posluszny, in his 11th season. “Coach Marrone would talk to us and say, ‘Listen, I have a plan and you have to trust me.’ With that, guys were able to say, ‘OK, we haven’t gotten what we wanted in years past doing things a certain way, so we have to buy in, trust the head man and know that that’ll bring us success when it’s time.’ “It was difficult just because of so many changes from what we were used to. I think the most important thing is we always said, ‘Well, if it helps us win, then it’s all good.’” Jacksonville had lost 63 of 80 games over the previous five seasons — the worst record in the NFL during that span — and had been through two coaching changes. Coughlin’s return was a key part of the team’s revival, and although the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach with the New York Giants gets much of the outside credit for the team’s turnaround, the reality is Marrone was the one pushing all the right buttons. Marrone has been other places where players resisted, prompting personnel moves that would slow progress. That wasn’t the case in Jacksonville, and he credited his players for being open to change. “They gave our staff the opportunity to say, ‘This is what we want to do. This is what we believe in as coaches or as an organization. This is how we want to handle ourselves,’” Marrone said. “We are still working toward that. It is not perfect by any means.” It’s clearly working, though. The Jaguars are in the title game for the third time in franchise history, one victory away from their first Super Bowl appearance. “They say (stuff) rolls downhill,” Jackson said. “Well, the good stuff rolls downhill, too. ... It’s all worth it when you win.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Airbnb lets users stagger cost of stays

  Airbnb is now letting users stagger the cost of their bookings. Travelers can cover the total cost of their rental, including Airbnb fees, in a maximum of two installments. No extra fees apply to bookers choosing this payment option. Airbnb points out that this is not a credit offer. This option is only available for bookings of a minimum $250 or 200 (over P12,000). Bookings must also be made at least 14 days before the first day of the stay. Payment is possible by bank card or by Paypal. The first 50 percent installment is debited at the time of booking, while the remainder is debited a few days prior to the guest's arrival, depending on the host's payment policy. Us...Keep on reading: Airbnb lets users stagger cost of stays.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Sanofi refund won’t affect probe on dengue vaccine — Palace

PHARMACEUTICAL giant Sanofi’s decision to refund the unused Dengvaxia vaccines will not affect the investigation into the controversial dengue vaccination program, Malacanang said on Tuesday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque gave the assurance after Sanofi agreed to the demand of the Department of Health (DoH) to refund the cost of the unused vials of Dengvaxia which, [...] The post Sanofi refund won’t affect probe on dengue vaccine — Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

NCAA volleyball: Lady Chiefs drop a set, but improve to 4-0

Defending champion Arellano University got an unexpected but much-needed wakeup call in the second set but still fended off Jose Rizal University, 25-11, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16, in the NCAA Season 93 women's volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Regine Arocha fired 20 points, including a kill that ended a long rally and snuffed out JRU's hopes of a comeback with Arellano extending its lead to seven, 21-14. Lady Chiefs coach Obet Javier said he was happy with the win but didn't like that his team played inconsistently that cost itself a set. "I'm glad we won but at the same time, it's sad that the players relaxed after dominating the first set," Ja...Keep on reading: NCAA volleyball: Lady Chiefs drop a set, but improve to 4-0.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Hontiveros dares Sanofi to compensate all kids who got Dengvaxia

  Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday challenged Sanofi Pasteur to compensate all the children given the Dengvaxia vaccine on top of refunding the P1.4 billion for the unused vaccine.   In a statement, Hontiveros said that while she welcomed the French pharmaceutical company's move to reimburse the cost of the unused Dengvaxia, she asserted that the "ethical response is for Sanofi to do more."   "Reimbursement is not enough. Over and above its plan to pay back the government for unused Dengvaxia vials, I call on Sanofi to shoulder the health needs of the affected children and compensate their families. Even pending the result of the evaluation by ...Keep on reading: Hontiveros dares Sanofi to compensate all kids who got Dengvaxia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Morneau to make retirement official with Twins sendoff

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP and Minnesota Twins first baseman whose career was derailed by concussion symptoms, is retiring after 1,603 hits and 247 home runs in 14 major league seasons. The Twins confirmed Morneau’s retirement on Monday. They scheduled a news conference with Morneau and team officials for Wednesday. Morneau didn’t play in 2017. He appeared in 58 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2016. After the Twins drafted the Canadian in 1999, Morneau became a four-time All-Star. His MVP-caliber performance in 2010 was halted by a knee to the head he took during a slide that cost him half of that season. He produced one more strong year, winning an NL batting title with the Colorado Rockies in 2014......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Constitutional amendments panel: Con-ass will cost P204 million, con-con P11 billion - GMA News

Constitutional amendments panel: Con-ass will cost P204 million, con-con P11 billion - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Higher Education chief Licuanan resigns

COMMISSION on Higher Education chairperson Patricia Licuanan announced her resignation after a flag-raising ceremony at the agency on Monday morning. Licuanan’s resignation six months before her retirement came amid allegations of excessive foreign travel. Licuanan’s term ends officially in July. Rep. Jericho Nograles of Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) accused Licuanan earlier this month on [...] The post Higher Education chief Licuanan resigns appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Nograles: Licuanan’s travel documents from ‘disgruntled’ teacher-scholar

House Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Jericho Nograles revealedon Mondaythat the internal travel documents of Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan he received was from a "disgruntled" teacher-scholar.   "I am confirming that I receive the internal documents of CHED from a disgruntled Teacher-Scholar. It was given to me freely in the hope that changes will be made in the Commission," Nograles said in a statement.   READ:Licuanan travels abroad without President's authorization, says solon   Nograles also confirmed the existence of "forces out to get" Licuanan, which included 11,000 teacher-scholars protesting the delayed r...Keep on reading: Nograles: Licuanan’s travel documents from ‘disgruntled’ teacher-scholar.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

P1 T worth of projects under construction as of Jan — DOF

MANILA, Philippines — Forty-four public infrastructure projects with a total cost of about P1 trillion are under construction as of early-2018, according to.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Pimentel urges DOH to demand full refund from Sanofi

Published: 11:36 a.m., Jan. 14, 2018 | Updated: 11:50 p.m., Jan. 14, 2018 Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Sunday called on the Department of Health (DOH) to ask not only for a refund on unused Dengvaxia vaccines, but also for the P3.5 billion cost of the entire contract. Pimentel's statement came on the heels of DOH's announcement that it has issued demand letters asking the controversial anti-dengue vaccinemanufacturer,SanofiPasteur,to refund the P1.4 billion cost of the vaccines that remain unused and to conduct serotesting of the children who were given the vaccine. "All the vaccines were defective from the very beginning. Therefore, under our laws, we sh...Keep on reading: Pimentel urges DOH to demand full refund from Sanofi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Koko to DoH: Demand refund for cost of entire vaccine deal

SENATE President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III yesterday called on the Department of Health (DoH) to not just ask for a refund on unused vaccines, but demand for the cost of the entire contract. Pimentel’s statement came on the heels of DoH’s announcement that it has issued demand letters asking Sanofi….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Pimentel calls for full Dengvaxia refund

SENATE President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III yesterday called on the Department of Health (DoH) to not just ask for a refund on unused vaccines but demand the cost of the entire contract. Pimentel’s statement came on the heels of DoH’s announcement that it has issued demand letters asking Sanofi to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Facebook discovers cost of factory-farming users

Mark Zuckerberg is discovering the cost of factory-farming Facebook’s users. The $550 billion social network’s success harvesting advertising dollars through mass-appeal content has made it very profitable. The snag is that users are increasingly unhappy. The founder and chief executive’s return to focusing more on their welfare may limit short-run earnings but should improve sustainability......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018