Duque tests for HIV to help erase procedure’s stigma

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III had himself tested on Friday for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) in a bid to eliminate the stigma associated with testing ahead of next week's celebration of International AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) Candlelight Memorial Day.   Duque said that with the continued rise in the number of HIV cases in the country, testing and early detection were key in helping combat AIDS, which kills an average of 500 Filipinos each year.   "It is important to know one's HIV status to enable people living with HIV to access treatment, which is now given for free by the Department of Health," Duque said on Friday.   Since ...Keep on reading: Duque tests for HIV to help erase procedure’s stigma.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMay 12th, 2018

Mandatory pregnancy testing in schools may violate women’s rights — professor

Mandatory pregnancy testing in schools may be in conflict with several laws on women's rights, although it is a standard operating procedure in medical schools, a professor from the Sociology and Anthropology department of the University of the Philippines-Baguio said on Tuesday. Reacting to a memo from Pines City Colleges (PCC) in Baguio which supposedly requires students to undergo pregnancy tests, Professor Jennifer Jose said the memo was offensive. However, she said her research revealed that compulsory pregnancy testing is a standard operating procedure in medical schools. "My gut reaction was this was offensive but I tried to research on the memo, and the information I got wa...Keep on reading: Mandatory pregnancy testing in schools may violate women’s rights — professor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

DOH chief: Duterte upbeat, shows no sign of illness

Despite the laboratory tests that he had undergone, President Duterte is still “upbeat” and showing “no sign of illness,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Revellers seek 2-0 cushion vs Scratchers

Che’Lu Bar and Grill hopes to erase the stigma of its failed title bid in the last conference as it shoots for a 2-0 cushion against Go for Gold in their PBA D-League Foundation Cup title clash at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Karate hopes to find redemption in Asiad

Five karatekas from the national team will try to erase the stigma attached to their sport in the coming Asian Games. Mae Soriano is ready to rise to the challenge in the women's kumite (-55kg.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

QC passes ordinance offering free clinical laboratory services to poor residents

To erase the stigma of being left out, the Quezon City Council has passed an ordinance that offers free clinical laboratory services to the city’s poor residents. QC passes ordinance offering free clinical laboratory services to poor residents To erase the stigma of being left out, the Quezon City Council has passed an ordinance that… link: QC passes ordinance offering free clinical laboratory services to poor residents.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

New Zealand passes law to quash historic gay convictions

New Zealand's parliament has passed legislation to erase historic convictions for engaging in gay sex, saying the bill would help right past injustices. Homosexuality was decriminalized in New Zealand in 1986, but men who were convicted before then still had the offense listed on their official records. Lawmakers unanimously passed a bill late Tuesday allowing those convicted of consensual homosexual sex to have their records expunged. "I would like to apologize again to all the men and members of the rainbow community who have been affected by the prejudice, stigma and other negative effects caused by convictions for historical homosexual offenses," Justice Minister Andrew ...Keep on reading: New Zealand passes law to quash historic gay convictions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

Quezon police taps reformed addicts, pushers for road duty

LUCENA CITY --- You may not notice them when you drive along the Maharlika Highway and other roads in Quezon province, but reformed drug users and pushers would be there to assist motorists during the Holy Week trek. Senior Supt. Rhoderick Armamento, Quezon police director, said the reformed addicts and pushers would be "manning the frontline" along highways and in ports, terminals and tourist destinations, distributing flyers on safety and giving emergency assistance. Armamento said the former users and pushers were tapped to help them erase the stigma of their drug past and give them "renewed self-esteem and importance" in the government-private sector campaign. 'Not useless' ...Keep on reading: Quezon police taps reformed addicts, pushers for road duty.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

On World AIDS Day, Duque urges public to break stigma on HIV

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III called on the public to be more sensitive to the feelings of people diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS). The Department of Health (DOH) chief made the appeal during the commemoration of World AIDS Day on Friday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017

High school drug tests: DepEd reviews procedure amid concerns

High school drug tests: DepEd reviews procedure amid concerns.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2017

Longtime friends James, Wade prepare for last meeting as opponents

By Shaun Powell, LOS ANGELES — Friendships are never formed totally by choice, because fate demands a say-so in the process by creating the time and the place and in the curious case of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the basketball court. It was in Chicago, June of 2003, site of the NBA’s annual draft combine, the meet market for young players gathered to someday change the game, when Wade and LeBron had each other at wassup. In some ways, it was an unlikely pairing: Teenaged phenom from Akron, Ohio, fresh from the cover of Sports Illustrated and the high school prom who already had a national following; and an overlooked underdog from the Chicago suburbs who only became an acquired basketball taste weeks earlier after a searing run through the NCAA tournament. That day, Wade and LeBron went through the checkup lines for height and weight, vertical leap and whatever else the combines put rookies through and then during a break came the only measurement that counted, when one future Hall of Famer sized up the other. LeBron said: “Some things you can’t explain. Sometimes it’s just chemistry.” Wade said: “When you’re young and coming into the league, you find guys you have something in common with, then you continue to link and that’s what we did. It’s organic how we built this friendship.” Some 15 years later, the bond will endure, likely forever. The basketball part, however, ends Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) after the game when Wade, who’s calling it a career after this season, peels off his sweat-soaked Heat jersey and swaps it for a Laker top belonging to LeBron. It might qualify as the best trade of the NBA season, or at least the most emotional. "It's sweet and sour,” said LeBron, anticipating the moment at Staples Center. “The sweet part about it is I've always loved being on the same floor with my brother. And the sour part about it is that this is our last time sharing the same court.” Brother? How many folks with different blood can call each other that? True friendship is answering the phone at 3 a.m. instead of letting it ring, and reaching for the tab with longer arms, and above all, becoming a mattress when the other guy falls. Those tests were aced throughout the LeBron-Wade bromance that stretched through two Olympic teams, four years in Miami, two NBA championships and even 46 games in Cleveland together but of course was always put on hold whenever they were on opposite benches. This is best placed into proper context by Gabrielle Union, the actress and wife of Wade, who says ever so delicately about her husband in those friend vs. friend moments: “He wants to kill him. Drop three-balls on him.” Perhaps so, because as Wade says, “you always want to beat your best friend,” yet their competitive spirit is confined within the baselines and between the jump ball and buzzer. Then the teasing and bragging rights begin by text or call, almost instantly. This arrangement irked the old-school basketball culture, long cringing at the chummy ways of a new generation, believing that most if not all interaction should cease until the offseason, or even better, when careers are done. Wade and LeBron then turned up the volume on that subject when they linked up as teammates with the Heat in 2010, angering the purists and creating, at least initially, a team to be despised as well as respected. Not that Wade and LeBron regret that experience at all, or the noise that followed; this was, as Union observed, “far bigger than basketball.” The chance to be neighbors and watch their kids grow up together and celebrate championships on South Beach until well past sunrise was a priceless part of the bonding process, something neither will be able to duplicate as they begin a new phase of their relationship. The chance to let their hair down (well, Wade anyway) and loosen up, away from the crowds and the media, is something they could keep to themselves. Although: Mrs.Wade spilled a few friendship secrets the other day, with an ohmigod and a roll of the eyes. “They laugh a lot,” she said. “LeBron is silly. Dwyane is silly. They’re silly and goofy together. When they’re around each other it’s like a never-ending sleepover. That’s what it feels like when you’re in their orbit. They have an unspoken language and jokes and it’s like a show and everyone’s watching.” It helped that, in addition to being in the same sport, both LeBron and Wade became all-time greats, because like-minded and like-talented people tend to magnetize. It was LeBron who collected MVP awards and a huge social media flock at first, then Wade followed up by winning a championship first, and this created a mutual respect for each other’s abilities. It also allowed them to walk through the same exclusive doors together, for example, making a pair of Olympic teams and a batch of All-Star Games, therefore putting them in close company even before the Heat experience. From those moments, a relationship tightened. And when life threw airballs in their direction, one was there to help the other. “When I was going through the custody of my kids and that battle, he was someone I talked to constantly and told him what I was going through,” said Wade. “And vice versa, when he was going through things family-wise, I could talk to him and try to relate. You lean on guys who have similar stories and have gone through similar things in their lives to help with advice or just be there to listen.” Curiously, one of their few awkward moments happened when they became teammates in Miami initially. The transition, Wade admitted, was friction-free but not totally smooth. Superstars have egos. Adjustments were needed and were done and this was made possible by LeBron’s game, which is built on unselfish play. “It would’ve been easier if we went to a neutral site,” Wade said. “But because he came to Miami, it was my team before he got there. It was a little hard because of that, but once we got through the first year it was easy. He can play with anybody. He can go out and score or he can get 17 points and 20 assists. He knows if a guy hasn’t shot the ball in a while and how to get him going.” Their on-court chemistry was astonishing to witness at times, the best entertainment in basketball back then. They knew each other’s tendencies, spots on the floor and how to mesh. How many times did Wade toss a lob to a streaking LeBron for a dunk, or vice-versa? Along with Chris Bosh, this was one of the most productive link-ups in NBA history. Four years and four trips to the NBA Finals don’t lie. And true friendship is following your pal to Cleveland in winter, as Wade did last year in an awkward attempt to re-create the past. To this, Wade shook his head and laughed: “Yeah, yeah, you right about that.” While Wade is putting a bow on this retirement season, he marvels at his friend’s staying power and salutes LeBron’s decision to sign up with the Lakers and take on Los Angeles. “I think it’s great, something he wanted to do,” Wade said. “For a player to be able to map out his career the way he has been able to do, he’s doing it his way. This is the way he wanted, to end it here in L.A., on and off the court. His career is not over, but this is the last layer of his career.” And LeBron, reflecting on Wade’s NBA imprint, said: “D-Wade has definitely had a helluva career, obviously. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, a three-time champion and so on and so on. I mean, it speaks for itself. But what he's done for that franchise and what he's done for that community since he's been drafted has been a pretty good story.” This is curious timing, how the NBA schedule has Wade making his last trip to Los Angeles and against LeBron not long after Wade and Union, who have a home in L.A., recently welcomed a newborn daughter. The families spent Sunday (Monday, PHL time) together at the baby shower, then the farewell game tips 24 hours later. Union calls it the “end of a basketball brotherhood but the beginning of a real friendship with basketball gone” and Wade agrees. “When we first came into the league people couldn’t understand how we could be friends during the season," Wade said. "When I was in Cleveland for a game I’d go to his house the night before, we’d go to the movies and hang out and then we’d go at each other in the game. We’d laugh about that. We enjoy having a different relationship than what was done before us, but then going out and playing against him, I’d always want to whup his you-know-what. And vice versa. Just the times we shared. The moments when it’s not all been great, but to be able to have somebody to talk to and run things by. A lot of people don’t have a LeBron James to call up and say, 'Hey, I’m thinking about this, what do you think about it?’ That’s special.” What will also be special Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) is when Wade, as has been his routine after every game this season, swaps jerseys with an opposing player; this will be the 1,001st game of Wade’s dwindling NBA career. “Obviously this is something I wanted to do in my last year,” Wade said. “But of all the players in the league, LeBron is one of my closest friends so this one will mean a little more, because of the paths that we both went down as competitors against each other and as teammates. We’ll be linked together forever.” And what might be said between friends and competitors caught up in that moment? Wade offers this: “We’ll look at each other and say, 'Yo, this is it.’ It’s crazy that it happened so fast. We remember the night we got drafted like yesterday. But it comes fast. Just an ending of a chapter in both of our lives.” 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 NewsDec 10th, 2018

Doncic scores 11 straight, Mavs rally past Rockets, 107-104

By SCHUYLER DIXON ,  AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic shrugged off a rough shooting night with 11 straight points to erase an eight-point deficit late in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks went on to their ninth consecutive home victory, 107-104 over the Houston Rockets on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Doncic was 3 of 13 before hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to get Dallas within two. After Chris Paul missed two free throws, Doncic hit a floater in the lane for a tie, then followed an air-ball 3 from James Harden with another from long range for a 105-102 lead. It was 26th lead change. The Slovenian rookie had 21 points along with Wesley Matthews, who missed two free throws with a chance to put the game away in the final seconds. Eric Gordon missed a potential tying 3-pointer for Houston at the buzzer. Harden overcame early foul trouble to finish with 35 points, and Paul had 23. Both finished with eight assists, but the Rockets couldn't hold a lead less than two weeks after losing to the Mavericks by 20 points at home. Doncic's flurry helped Dallas overcome a nearly six-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks extended their longest home winnings streak since winning nine straight in 2011, the year they won their only championship. The 19-year-old ended up 7 of 17 from the field with seven rebounds. DeAndre Jordan had a double-double at halftime and finished with 12 points — all in the first half — and 20 rebounds. Paul hit a 3-pointer for the 25th lead change at 94-92. It looked like it would be the last one as the Rockets took their biggest lead at eight. Then Doncic took over. Harden already had 10 points when he picked up his third foul after a pump fake from Doncic with 4:17 left in the first quarter. But he didn't foul again until midway through the fourth, finishing 11 of 22, including 6 of 16 from 3. But Harden missed all four shots from long range in the fourth quarter. Dallas rookie second-round pick Jalen Brunson made his second start for the Mavericks with Dennis Smith Jr. out because of a sprained right wrist. The two-time national champion at Villanova had a career-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. TIP-INS Rockets: Clint Capela had 12 points and 13 rebounds. ... The Rockets had just four other assists besides the 16 combined from Harden and Paul. Mavericks: F Maxi Kleber was out with a left big toe sprain. ... Smith sat for the second straight game and third time in seven games because of the wrist issue. ... Dorian Finney-Smith had 14 points along with Harrison Barnes. UP NEXT Rockets: Host Portland on Tuesday night. Mavericks: Host Orlando on Monday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Catholic priest hugs HIV-positive person to help break stigma

Filipinos were amazed when a priest hugged a young man who declared that he has human immunodeficiency virus or HIV in the midst of a Catholic procession in Intramuros, Manila. Joross de Vera attended the “Pedal for HIV” campaign with the Philippine Red Cross who observed the World AIDS Day last week. He had a […] The post Catholic priest hugs HIV-positive person to help break stigma appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

New Sulu-Bound Infantry Division Activated This Month

To fully neutralize Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists in Sulu, the military will formally activate a new infantry division sometime this month. “The unit shall be oriented, armed, and equipped to address the peculiarity of the enemy, weather, and terrain; as well as enemy techniques, tactics and procedure; and other variables that are unique to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

ISU prexy supports CHED s mandatory drug tests to students by 2019

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Dec. 4 (PIA) -- A top official of the Isabela State University (ISU) has expressed his support to the Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) memorandum to conduct mandator.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

[ANALYSIS] Deep Dive | Draft constitution: Surgical precision, not blunt force

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a draft federal constitution benignly called “Resolution of Both Houses No 15” (RBH15). Under the respective Rules of the Senate and the House of Representatives, a “joint resolution,” which is what RBH 15 actually is, undergoes the same procedure ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

ISU prexy supports CHED s mandatory drug tests to students by 2019

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Dec. 4 (PIA) -- A top official of the Isabela State University (ISU) has expressed his support to the Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) memorandum to conduct mandator.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

Fear, ignorance define AIDS epidemic – WHO

“Fear, stigma and ignorance” are what defined the HIV epidemic that raged through the world in the 1980s, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

Papua New Guinea s gay village offers sanctuary, hope

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – As an openly gay man in Papua New Guinea, where sex between men is illegal and stigma and violence widespread, 24-year-old Kapera Patrick remembers thugs pelting him with abuse, stones and bottles. His life changed when he was taken in by a family in Hanuabada, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2018

U.S. approves seismic tests despite dolphin, whale concerns

TAMPA, USA – The US government Friday, November 30, took a big step toward opening oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic ocean by approving seismic airgun tests that experts warn are harmful to dolphins and whales. Last year, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to expand offshore drilling, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2018

PLDT reports 700 Mbps speed in 5G tests, claims 1st 5G video call in PH

MANILA, Philppines – PLDT reports that they have made the Philippines’ first successful video call using next-generation 5G technology between “Smart 5G cities” in Clark, Pampanga and Makati City on Wednesday, November 28. PLDT has deployed 5G equipment in the two places with Clark being a suitable hotbed for 5G use cases and Makati being home to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 29th, 2018