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EDITORIAL- Serving the country

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is shifting its focus from internal threats to conventional or external defense......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2019

EDITORIAL - Coastal cleanup

As the country marked the 47th anniversary of the declaration of martial law last Saturday, about 20,000 people gathered around Manila Bay for a different type of observance: International Coastal Cleanup or ICC Day......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2019

EDITORIAL - Fighting revisionism

Today the country marks 47 years since martial law was declared, with martial law in place in Mindanao for the entire year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2019

EDITORIAL - Rice hoarding

Since Republic Act 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law took effect seven months ago, the Department of Agriculture estimates that some 2.4 million metric tons of rice imports have arrived in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019

EDITORIAL - No end to political violence

Whether it’s election season or not, armed violence is a constant threat for politicians in this country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2019

NCAA 95: Shorthanded CSB, dangerous JRU fight over right to get back on track

Games on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre 2:00 p.m. - CSB vs JRU 4:00 p.m. San Sebastian vs EAC College of St. Benilde and Jose Rizal University dispute a bounce back win when action finally resumes in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Blazers are out to overcome the absence of head coach TY Tang and the loss of court general Jimboy Pasturan up against the young yet daring Heavy Bombers starting at 2:00 p.m. Coach TY will be serving a one-game suspension while Pasturan will be missing his first game since being ruled out of the season due to a shoulder injury. Of course, all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. In the day's other game at 4:00 p.m., San Sebastian College-Recoletos is on the hunt for a string of wins at the expense of struggling Aguinaldo College. Jrs. action will then see the CSB-LSGH Jr. Blazers and the JRU Light Bombers also fighting over the right to get back on track at 10:00 a.m. There will also be a matchup between the San Sebastian Staglets and the EAC Brigadiers at 12:00 p.m. For the first time ever, the best and brightest young talent in the country will be on livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2019

Tennis champ, trailblazer Althea Gibson honored at US Open

By Melissa Murphy, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Althea Gibson basked in a ticker-tape parade in New York a decade before Arthur Ashe won the 1968 U.S. Open. Gibson won 11 majors in three years from 1956-58, including the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles. She integrated two sports — tennis and golf — during an era of racial segregation in the United States. "She's our Jackie Robinson of tennis," said Billie Jean King, who at 13 watched Gibson play. "I saw what it meant to be the best." One Love Tennis is an athletic and educational program for youth in Wilmington, North Carolina. During a rainy day in 2017, the girls watched the documentary "Althea and Arthur." They learned Ashe has a stadium named for him at the U.S. Open on the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. The mood in the room grew somber afterward, according to program director Lenny Simpson. The girls realized there wasn't even a "dag-gone hot dog stand" named for Gibson. Why wasn't there a monument to the first African American to win a major title (1956 French Open) before winning both the U.S. Nationals (precursor to the U.S. Open) and Wimbledon in 1957-58? Simpson suggested the girls be part of the solution by writing letters to his friend and then-U.S. Tennis Association President Katrina Adams. King and Adams had been working on the Gibson project for years. King's advocacy before the USTA board resulted in a unanimous vote. Adams later read letters to the board from the girls, including Xerra Robinson, to reinforce the importance of a tribute. "I know she would be proud to see the progress that's been made with so many women of color leading the pack in professional tennis," Adams said of Gibson, who died in 2003 at 76. "Her bravery, perseverance and determination paved the way." On Monday, the USTA will unveil a statue in her honor at the U.S. Open. The girls and boys of One Love Tennis will attend the ceremony, along with Gibson's 85-year-old doubles partner, Angela Buxton of Britain. "It's about bloody time," said Buxton, who won the 1956 French and Wimbledon titles with her friend. More things to know about Gibson, who made the covers of Time and Sports Illustrated and was voted AP Female Athlete of the Year in 1957-58: EARLY YEARS Gibson traveled the hard road from Harlem to Wimbledon, but she had a community of support. The oldest of five children, Gibson was born in Silver, South Carolina, before her sharecropper parents relocated to Harlem. At 18, Gibson moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, to live with Dr. Hubert and Celeste Eaton. She honed her tennis and social skills on Dr. Eaton's court at his home, called "the black country club" because African Americans couldn't play at public courts or white country clubs. "Culturally, it was a tough adjustment," said Simpson, who met his coach and mentor on that court at age 5 when Gibson gave him a racket and called him "champ." ''(In Harlem), she didn't see the signs of white and colored water fountains and white and colored bathrooms. The prejudice and discrimination certainly was there, but nothing like the Jim Crow days of the South." She spent summers in Lynchburg, Virginia, training on the court of Dr. Robert Walter Johnson, who later nurtured Ashe, a winner of five Grand Slam titles. Both were forced to play in segregated tournaments early in their careers. Barred by the precursor of the USTA, Gibson won 10 straight American Tennis Association women's titles starting in 1947. After lobbying by the ATA and a withering editorial from four-time champion Alice Marble, Gibson became the first African American to compete in the 1950 U.S. Nationals at Forest Hills on her 23rd birthday. A graduate of Florida A&M, Gibson taught physical education and considered quitting tennis because she couldn't make a living in the low-paying amateur days. But in 1955, she was tapped by the State Department for a goodwill tennis tour of Asia. That's how she met Buxton in India. ALTHEA YEARS Both were looking for a doubles partner in 1956. Buxton was denied membership at the club in London where she practiced after she listed Jewish for religion on the application. She grew up in England and South Africa and understood Gibson's struggle. "No one spoke to her, let alone played with her," Buxton said by phone from London. "(Her playing style) was like a young man. She wore little shorts, a vest and hit the ball hard, even her second serve. She came charging up to the net. She bamboozled people with her attitude." They won at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but the "powers that be" were not thrilled and "you needed a spy glass to see the headline 'Minorities Win,'" Buxton said. Both were denied membership at the All England Club despite being Wimbledon champions. (Buxton is still waiting). Nonetheless, Gibson got the royal treatment with a ticker-tape parade in July in New York after receiving the 1957 Wimbledon trophy from Queen Elizabeth II. Two months later, she won the U.S. Nationals at Forest Hills. "That was an incredible joy for her," Simpson said. She duplicated those feats and retired from tennis at No. 1 in 1958 — a winner of more than 50 singles and doubles titles — because there was no significant prize money until the professional era began in 1968. The men's and women's 2019 U.S. Open winner will each receive a check for $3.8 million. No other African American woman won the U.S. Open until Serena Williams in 1999 or Wimbledon until Venus Williams in 2000. AFTER TENNIS Gibson played exhibition tennis before Harlem Globetrotters games, signing a $100,000 contract, and joined the LPGA full-time in 1964. In 1975, she became state commissioner of athletics in New Jersey. She served on the state athletics control board, and the governor's council on physical fitness until 1992. The twice-divorced Gibson's health failed in her late 60s after a stroke and she struggled to make ends meet. Buxton said Gibson reached out to a handful of tennis friends without much success. Gibson was on the verge of suicide in 1995 when the tennis great called her, she said. Buxton provided financial support and visited her friend in East Orange, New Jersey. "Angela Buxton saved her life, literally," Simpson said. Buxton also wrote a letter to Tennis Week magazine, and donations flooded in from all over the world. The WTA currently has a hardship fund to help former players. Frances Gray, a longtime friend and co-founder of the Althea Gibson Foundation, has kept her legacy alive. A self-described "born athlete," Gibson said she wanted to be remembered as "strong and tough and quick." "If not for Althea Gibson, there would be no Arthur Ashe, no Serena and Venus, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and the list goes on," Simpson said. "She opened it up for all of us.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2019

US Open 19: As usual, Djokovic, Nadal, Federer lead the way

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press Men to watch at the U.S. Open, where play begins Monday: ___ NOVAK DJOKOVIC Seeded: 1 Country: Serbia Age: 32 2019 Match Record: 38-7 2019 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 75 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 16 — U.S. Open (3: 2011, 2015, 2018), Australian Open (7: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019), French Open (1: 2016), Wimbledon (5: 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-Won Championship, 2017-Did Not Play, 2016-Runner-Up, 2015-W, 2014-Lost in Semifinals Aces: Has won 4 of past 5 major tournaments, 33 of past 34 Grand Slam matches. ... Reached at least semifinals in each of last 11 U.S. Open appearances. Topspin: At the moment, it's hard to pick against Djokovic, in general, but especially on his preferred hard courts — and when the stakes are greatest. Matchup to Watch For: Could play Sam Querrey in 2nd round, three-time major champ Stan Wawrinka in 4th round. ___ RAFAEL NADAL Seeded: 2 Country: Spain Age: 33 2019 Match Record: 41-6 2019 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 83 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 18 — U.S. Open (3: 2010, 2013, 2017), Australian Open (1: 2009), French Open (12: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019), Wimbledon (2: 2008, 2010) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-SF, 2017-W, 2016-4th, 2015-3rd, 2014-DNP Aces: Closing in on 750 consecutive weeks ranked in the top 10; only Jimmy Connors (789) has more. Topspin: Chances of getting closer to Roger Federer in Grand Slam title chase depend on how body holds up. ... Retired from his semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro a year ago in New York. Matchup to Watch For: Plays John Millman, who beat Roger Federer in New York last year, in 1st round. ___ ROGER FEDERER Seeded: 3 Country: Switzerland Age: 38 2019 Match Record: 39-6 2019 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 102 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 20 — U.S. Open (5: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), Australian Open (6: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018), French Open (1: 2009), Wimbledon (8: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-4th, 2017-QF, 2016-DNP, 2015-RU, 2014-SF Aces: 62-minute loss to Andrey Rublev this month was quickest tour exit since 2003 and left Federer with just 1 hard-court match victory on the tuneup circuit. ... Turned 38 on Aug. 8; no man that old has won a Slam title in the professional era. Topspin: Since 6 consecutive U.S. Open finals from 2004-09, has been back to the title match only once. But there's a lot less tread on his tires this time. Matchup to Watch For: Could play Lucas Pouille in 3rd round. ___ DOMINIC THIEM Seeded: 4 Country: Austria Age: 25 2019 Match Record: 31-12 2019 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 14 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: RU, French Open (2018, 2019) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-QF, 2017-4th, 2016-4th, 2015-3rd, 2014-4th Aces: Has beaten No. 1-ranked player in each of past 3 seasons, including Djokovic in 2019. Topspin: As good on hard courts as clay, with only 1 major quarterfinal so far, but if the draw breaks his way, could return to Week 2. Matchup to Watch For: Could play Gael Monfils or Felix Auger-Aliassime in 4th round. ___ DANIIL MEDVEDEV Seeded: 5 Country: Russia Age: 23 2019 Match Record: 44-16 2019 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 5 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: 4th, Australian Open (2019) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-3rd, 2017-1st, 2016-DNP, 2015-DNP, 2014-DNP Aces: Leads tour in match wins, hard court wins (31-8), final appearances (6). ... Reached finals at past 3 tournaments, all on hard courts. Topspin: A lesser-known, younger player who could make a major quarterfinal for first time — as long as he's not too exhausted. Matchup to Watch For: Could play Fabio Fognini in 4th round. ___ STEFANOS TSITSIPAS Seeded: 8 Country: Greece Age: 21 2019 Match Record: 37-18 2019 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 3 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: SF, Australian Open (2019) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-2nd, 2017-DNP, 2016-DNP, 2015-DNP, 2014-DNP Aces: Enters on 3-match losing streak. ... Already had defeated Djokovic, Nadal and Federer before turned 21, youngest player with a win against each member of the Big Three. Topspin: Still dealing with inconsistency but serving, volleying and court coverage are strong enough for a strong performance in his second U.S. Open. Matchup to Watch For: Plays Andrey Rublev in 1st round; could play Nick Kyrgios in 3rd round. ___ TAYLOR FRITZ Seeded: 26 Country: United States Age: 21 2019 Match Record: 26-21 2019 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 1 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: 3rd, U.S. Open (2018) and Australian Open (2019) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-3rd, 2017-2nd, 2016-1st, 2015-DNP, 2014-DNP Aces: Lost to Dominic Thiem in New York the past two years. ... Cracked ATP top 25 in August, youngest American man that high since Andy Roddick in 2004. Topspin: If he keeps up his year-by-year progress at Flushing Meadows, due to make Week 2 Slam debut. Matchup to Watch For: Plays Feliciano Lopez in 1st round......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2019

EDITORIAL - Focus on science

They work away from the limelight, but what they do often give society lifelong benefits. Scientists make life easier, healthier, more comfortable and enjoyable. So when they are given official recognition for their life’s work, the country applauds......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 10th, 2019

Canada resident home after Iran jail escape – foreign ministry, family

OTTAWA, Canada – An Iranian serving a life sentence on a conviction of designing a pornographic website has fled the country while on short-term release from prison and has arrived in Canada, the foreign ministry and his family said. "Canada welcomes the news that Saeed Malekpour has been reunited with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2019

Panelo hits New York Times editorial vs Duterte as false information

MANILA, Philippines – Reacting to a New York Times (NYT) editorial  that hit President Rodrigo Duterte over his "brutal" stance making the Philippines the most dangerous country for environmental activists, Malacañang slammed the publication for spreading "false information" on Duterte's presidency. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace "takes exception" to the NYT editorial, which ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Japan s Abe keeps upper house grip but no supermajority

TOKYO,  Japan – Japan's ruling coalition has retained its grip on the country's upper house , but failed to secure a "supermajority" that would ease the path to constitutional reform, results showed Monday, July 22. The outcome of Sunday's election means Shinzo Abe remains on track to become the country's longest-serving prime minister later this ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2019

EDITORIAL - National dengue alert

The provinces of Guimaras and Capiz have declared outbreaks of dengue. Since the start of the year, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has recorded 89 deaths out of 15,803 reported cases of dengue across the country, with the highest number recorded so far in the Visayas......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

Serving your country

Among generations that have never seen war, it can be difficult to comprehend the need to undergo even basic military training......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

EDITORIAL - Stunted and malnourished

Organized labor’s campaign for a wage increase has reminded the country of another problem arising from poverty and limited resources: malnutrition......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 1st, 2019

EDITORIAL - Steep cost of hospitalization

Most Filipinos cannot afford the cost of hospitalization, according to a recent study. The 2nd Philippine Wellness Index, initiated by hospital maintenance organization and insurer PhilCare, showed 40 percent of 1,350 respondents from across the country expressing uncertainty over their capability to pay medical bills......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

EDITORIAL - Illegal and unregulated fishing

Earlier this month, a special day was observed by the international committee, which should have received more attention in our country with 7,100 islands......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

EDITORIAL - A work in progress

The country marks the 121st Independence Day today with the administration professing to pursue an independent foreign policy, with the Philippines a friend to all and enemy of none, as President Duterte puts it......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Matteo Guidicelli back to serving country, off to Mindanao for ‘Kalilintad sa Timpu sa Ramadan’

Cebu City, Philippines—Three days after launching his single titled, “Sundo”, Cebuano actor Matteo Guidicelli is back to serving the country. In an Instagram post, the 29-year-old actor and singer showed photos of him with officials of the Philippine Army while on board a plane to Zamboanga and Cotabato on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. “With ARESCOM […] The post Matteo Guidicelli back to serving country, off to Mindanao for ‘Kalilintad sa Timpu sa Ramadan’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

Biggest tapioca dessert served in first Cebu Mangoes Festival

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, Philippines — Cebu has outdone itself one more time as it showcased the making of the “biggest mango sago (tapioca) dessert in the world” on Sunday, May 26, at the Mactan Newtown. The country’s biggest serving of mango sago was unveiled during the first Cebu Mangoes Festival. It was made by Chef […] The post Biggest tapioca dessert served in first Cebu Mangoes Festival appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2019

EDITORIAL - Money laundering haven

The Anti-Money Laundering Council’s report that the country is a haven for dirty money did not come as a surprise......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019