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Heartbreaking situation for under-reported evacuees — humanitarian group

Hazardous ashfall following Taal Volcano's eruptions continues to disrupt the lives of many......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 15th, 2020

NBA postpones media sessions in Shanghai amid China rift

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and Shenzhen were anything but guaranteed. The NBA called off scheduled media sessions Wednesday for both teams. At least two other NBA events to be held Wednesday before the start of the China games were canceled as part of the fallout that started after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a since-deleted tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. "Given the fluidity of the situation, today's media availability has been postponed," the league said. They were not rescheduled Wednesday, though having them on Thursday — game day in Shanghai — remains possible. Later Wednesday in Washington, a bipartisan group of lawmakers — including the rare alignment of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — sent a letter to Silver saying the NBA should show the "courage and integrity" to stand up to the Chinese government. They asked the NBA to, among other things, suspend activities in China until what they called the selective treatment against the Rockets ends. "You have more power to take a stand than most of the Chinese government's targets and should have the courage and integrity to use it," the lawmakers told Silver. The NBA did not have any immediate comment on the letter, and it was unclear if Silver had even seen the document. In Shanghai, the mood surrounding the game that — if played — will feature LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and other big NBA names was anything but festive. An NBA Cares event that was to benefit the Special Olympics was called off, as was a "fan night" celebration that was to be highlighted by the league announcing plans to refurbish some outdoor courts in that city. And workers in multiple spots around Shanghai were tearing down large outdoor promotional advertisements for Thursday's Lakers-Nets game. The teams are also supposed to play Saturday in Shenzhen. Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has joined the list of companies that have suspended ties with the NBA for now, only adding to the uncertainty surrounding the China games. Vivo was a presenting sponsor of the Lakers-Nets games, and on Wednesday there was no reference to the game in Shanghai on the list of upcoming events scheduled at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Other firms such as apparel company Li-Ning announced similar moves earlier this week, as the rift was just beginning. Silver said Tuesday in Tokyo that he supports Morey's right to free speech. Several Chinese companies have suspended their partnership with the NBA in recent days, and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said it will not broadcast the Lakers-Nets games. "I'm sympathetic to our interests here and to our partners who are upset," Silver said. "I don't think it's inconsistent on one hand to be sympathetic to them and at the same time stand by our principles." All around China, stores that sell NBA merchandise were removing Rockets-related apparel from shelves and many murals featuring the Rockets — even ones with Yao Ming, the Chinese great who played for Houston during his NBA career — were being painted over. Effects were even felt in at least one NBA arena Tuesday night. In Philadelphia, where the 76ers were playing a Chinese team — the Guangzhou Loong Lions — two fans were removed by arena security for holding signs and chanting in support of Hong Kong. The signs read "Free Hong Kong" and "Free HK." The sentiment was not different from Morey's since-deleted tweet last week of an image that read, "Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong." The 76ers and Wells Fargo Center, the team's home arena, released statements Wednesday confirming that the fan removal took place and explaining why. "During the second quarter of last night's 76ers game, Wells Fargo Center security responded to a situation that was disrupting the live event experience for our guests," the arena's statement said. "After three separate warnings, the two individuals were escorted out of the arena without incident. The security team employed respectful and standard operating procedures." The NBA is not the first major corporation to deal with criticism from China over political differences. Mercedes-Benz, Delta Air Lines, hotel operator Marriott, fashion brand Zara and others also have found themselves in conflicts with China in recent years. After Morey's tweet was deleted, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said Morey does not speak for the organization. Joe Tsai, who recently completed his purchase of the Nets and is a co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has said the damage to the NBA's relationship with China "will take a long time to repair." ___ Reynolds reported from Miami. AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston in Philadelphia and Associated Press writer Yanan Wang in Beijing contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2019

Bayan Muna, Karapatan condemn ‘witch hunt’ vs Lumad evacuees in Davao City

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers from the progressive Bayan Muna and human rights group Karapatan condemned the paramilitary group Alamara's attack against more than 500 Lumad evacuees. In separate statements on Saturday, January 25, Bayan Muna and Karapatan alleged the bolo-wielding members of Alamara forcibly ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2020

Taal evacuees receive help through ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya

The entire country was shocked when Taal volcano suddenly erupted, sending a thick ashfall to blanket over Batangas and Cavite, and even reaching some parts of Metro Manila. Despite the heartbreaking disaster, affected families didn’t feel abandoned with all the help and support that came pouring in from fellow Filipinos......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2020

San Luis evacuees say ‘thank you’

The volunteers of Operation Damayan, Philstar Media Group’s humanitarian arm, embarked yesterday on the first of a series of relief operations for Taal evacuees in San Luis, Batangas......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2020

Ailments hound Taal evacuees

A week after thousands of families fled the wrath of Taal Volcano, the situation at evacuation centers sheltering them has begun to deteriorate because of overcrowding. Evacuees on Monday said children were getting sick and water was getting scarce. Forty-year-old Luz Mendoza, from Barangay Laguile, Taal, Batangas, worried about her two-month-old baby who has had […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 21st, 2020

Duterte set to visit evacuees in Batangas

President Duterte will visit evacuees in Batangas tomorrow to personally assess the situation in areas affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano, according to presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 19th, 2020

Damayan Taal relief totals P4.25 million

As it winded down its fund-raising for relief operations to benefit Taal evacuees, Operation Damayan, the social arm of the Philstar Media Group, continued to receive more donations from benefactors seeking to extend assistance......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2020

Repatriation of OFWs in Middle East starts

The first batch of evacuees, totaling 14, were reported at the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq as of 9:00 a.m. on Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2020

Enes Kanter seeks to open school in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma City Thunder player Enes Kanter plans to open a charter school in the metro area that focuses on serving low-income minority students and those from immigrant families with limited English-speaking abilities. Kanter, who currently plays for the Boston Celtics, notified Oklahoma City Public Schools of his intention to open the Enes Kanter School for Exceptional Learning, according to a letter first obtained by The Frontier. He and a group of “civic-minded individuals” from the city will submit a charter school application to the school district on Tuesday, The Oklahoman reported. The Oklahoma City School Board will then consider the application in a vote. Kanter and his associates have not selected a location for the school, but noted that they want to pick a site where “the need is high,” according to the letter. The school would be designed mostly for under-served minority and immigrant students from fourth through 12th grade. Kanter played for the Thunder from 2014 to 2017 before he was traded to the New York Knicks. “Despite playing for other teams, I continue to return to Oklahoma City to host my annual basketball summer camps and to support programs that serve the OKC children,” Kanter wrote. “Through my foundation, my philanthropic activities extend to all of the cities where I have played for: Utah, Portland, New York, and Boston.” The school would offer a syllabus that highlights reading, writing, math and science skills with an emphasis on physical, emotional and mental health education. It would embed “rich sports and arts activities in students’ daily schedule.” Kanter would not be the first NBA player to open a school. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James gained recognition for opening the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. James’ school opened in 2018 as an elementary school to serve at-risk children. He has also faced challenges beyond the court. As a native of Turkey, Kanter missed a game last year in Toronto shortly after joining the Portland Trailblazers because he felt like his life might be in danger if he left the United States. As a result of his criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter had been labeled a terrorist by his native country. His passport was revoked and Turkey reportedly issued a warrant for his arrest with Interpol......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2020

Injuries pile up as EPL managers vent at festive workload

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press It's tough to know who had the bigger workload during a Premier League festive period perhaps like no other - the players or the clubs’ medical departments. Newcastle manager Steve Bruce lost four of his players to injury - and was forced to keep on the field a player, American DeAndre Yedlin, with a suspected broken hand - in a 20-minute spell around halftime during a game against Leicester on Wednesday. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe fielded already-injured players in his team’s loss at Brighton days earlier, while Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson acknowledged starting star player Wilfried Zaha against Norwich despite knowing he was carrying a problem. Across a period where some teams were forced to play four games in an 11-day span, a website that compiles injuries in English soccer’s top flight - Premier Injuries - has calculated that there were 53 reported injuries sustained by players. “Like all things in life, it’s about quality over quantity,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has been one of the most vocal critics about the workload asked of a modern-day player. “If you have a good friend and you see him twice a year, it’s brilliant, the best time of your life. If you see him every day, you’ll think after five days, ‘What the heck?’” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, the owner of one of the best and deepest squads in world soccer, also spoke out Friday about the crammed nature of the festive period in England. “Like I’ve said before, nobody cares,” Guardiola said, referring to soccer’s authorities. “And next season there will be more than 50 injuries in this period again.” While most leagues in Europe take a break over Christmas and New Year, the Premier League plows on regardless, continuing a tradition in England that saw - at its most extreme - top-flight teams playing on both Christmas Day and Dec. 26 until the late 1950s. It’s a dream for soccer-mad TV viewers - in England and around the world - less so for Premier League managers who are left to pick up the pieces as their squads are left in tatters at the heavy workload that often impacts on the quality of the games. “The boys last night ran 13 kilometers (8 miles),” Klopp said, the day after his team beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Anfield on Thursday to restore its 13-point lead. “I can’t tell them, ‘Come on, try to run only 11 km so you’ll be ready for the next game.’ It doesn’t work like this. “It’s more, it’s quicker, it’s more physical, it’s more demanding in more departments. But the schedule is the schedule. That’s the truth.” Klopp called on all parties - football authorities, broadcasters, managers - to come together and discuss a solution, though he is not holding his breath. “Try to think at one time in all these negotiations about the players,” he said. “Without the money, it doesn’t work. But without the players, it doesn’t work, as well.” Wolverhampton and Manchester City played two games in less than a 48-hour period (on Dec. 27 and Dec. 29). City, especially, has the capacity to rotate its lineup to keep players slightly fresher but there was no such luxury for the likes of Palace, Newcastle and Bournemouth, who already had a long lost of injuries to players. “We have 10 out of 22 outfield players injured. It's horrendous,” said Bruce, who added that he had never seen such an extreme situation in 40 years in professional football. Hodgson said his players had done “extremely well during this period to actually get on the field and play.” “Do you say we need to play what we think is near to our best team, and we put players on the field and risk that they are going to pick up an injury, or do we say we can't afford to risk it with all the games we have coming up?” said the 72-year-old former England manager. "It is a dilemma and I am still waiting for some bolt from the blue which will tell me what I need to do to solve the dilemma - but it hasn't happened yet." FIFPro, an organization that represents more than 65,000 professional players, made a series of recommendations in a report - called “At The Limit” - it published last year. file:///C:/Users/sdouglas/Downloads/at-the-limit.pdf They include introducing mandatory periods of rest, of four weeks in the offseason and two weeks midseason, and limiting the amount of times per season when players have back-to-back competitive games with less than five days of recovery time in between. FIFPro also wants soccer authorities to consider imposing an annual cap on matches for each player “to protect his health and performance.” For the first time in English soccer, the top flight will have a midseason break this season. It will see one round of Premier League games played across two weekends - five games on one, five on the other - in February to give clubs a two-week break. The then-chief executive of the Football Association, Martin Glenn, said when the new schedule was announced last year that it would keep the “much-loved Christmas schedule in place” and prove to be a “valuable addition for our players” who will be going into end-of-season international tournaments. Try telling that to England captain Harry Kane, who came off after tearing his left hamstring muscle while playing for Tottenham against Southampton on Wednesday, or Tom Heaton, an England goalkeeper who is out for the rest of the season with knee-ligament damage sustained while playing for Aston Villa the same day. Expect managers to roll out largely reserve teams as the English soccer calendar continues this weekend with the third round of the FA Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2020

International group backs Philippine approval of Golden Rice

The Golden Rice Humanitarian Board, an international group, has backed Philippine regulators amid calls of a green group to revoke the approval of the controversial Golden Rice even after it passed rigorous biosafety assessment......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

Turkey arrests 100 ISIS suspects

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkey has arrested 100 suspected members of the Islamic State group in raids across the country, state news agency Anadolu reported on Monday, December 30.  More than 40 Iraqis, around 20 Syrians, and 1 Moroccan were among those detained across 6 provinces in recent days, including Ankara, Bursa, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

4 boat operators missing in Santa Fe; 9k families evacuated

CEBU, Philippines — Four boat operators from Santa Fe town, Bantayan Island have been reported missing hours after the onslaught of Typhoon Ursula in northern Cebu. According to the situation report of the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), the boat operators were reported missing around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 25, […] The post 4 boat operators missing in Santa Fe; 9k families evacuated appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 25th, 2019

Thousands flee fresh Syria violence

Tens of thousands of civilians are fleeing bombardment in Syria’s Idlib region, the UN said, as fighting flares in the jihadist bastion fueling an already dire humanitarian situation. The Idlib region, which is home to some three million people including many displaced by Syria’s civil war, is controlled by the country’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat […] The post Thousands flee fresh Syria violence appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 21st, 2019

FIFA has 9 offers for competition to rival Champions League

By Rob Harris, Associated Press DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino is assessing nine offers from companies seeking to buy the commercial and broadcasting rights for a new club competition he hopes will become the most lucrative in world football, usurping Europe's Champions League. The deadline passed Thursday for investors to submit tenders for the rebooted Club World Cup, which is due to begin in June 2021 with a 24-team group stage. “The Club World Cup will become the best club competition in the world — whatever FIFA is doing has to be the best," Infantino said Friday. "We shouldn't be worried or ashamed about the commercial success. I want the Club World Cup to be the best in terms of quality on the pitch, but also in terms of revenues.” FIFA's ambitions to become more heavily involved in club football, beyond its usual main remit of organizing national team competitions, poses a challenge to the Champions League run by UEFA, where Infantino was general secretary before being elected to run the global game in 2016. “The Champions League is generating money from all over the world ... and the money goes where? To Europe,” Infantino said. “Obviously, it's the mission of UEFA. The mission of FIFA is the world. If we can pay and we can generate more revenues for the clubs, the big clubs, the 10, 12 Europeans or 15, or however many, it will be 20 in future but also 30 around the world, then we've done something good.” By floating the prospect of 30 teams, Infantino is envisaging expansion of the Club World Cup in the future beyond the new format initially approved by the FIFA Council in March. The penultimate edition of the annual seven-team version of the Club World Cup is being held in Qatar, with Champions League winner Liverpool playing South American champion Flamengo in Saturday's final. Liverpool is due to be among the eight European teams featuring in 2021 in the 24-team group-stage, which will follow a proposed playoff between the champions of China and Oceania. “If part of what we generate can be reinvested around the world, then I think we've done some good," Infantino said in Doha. In a tender document to potential investors seen by The Associated Press, FIFA said it is “building the tournament into the world’s greatest club football experience.” Companies were offered the chance to submit their own suggestions, which FIFA said could include “alternative tournament parameters” around “frequency, format, qualification process and team participation” Infantino frames FIFA's desire to become more involved in the game club as a desire to redress the imbalance where a few European teams, like Liverpool, are a magnet for fans globally. "If you want to develop football in the world and that's certainly the task FIFA has to have, then we need to have the ambition and the objective to have 50 clubs around the world," Infantino said. "This doesn't mean 50 clubs playing in Club World Cup ... 50 clubs which people around the world can identify themselves with. “And we have to think about what kind of platforms and competitions we can give them. The new Club World Cup is certainly one that goes in that direction.” Florentino Pérez, the president of Real Madrid, is reported to have floated the idea with Infantino of creating two world leagues, each with 20 teams. “I'm speaking to everyone about many things,” Infantino said. “It's important to listen as well to everyone.” The Spaniard went to Zurich to see Infantino last month in his capacity as the head of the newly-created World Football Club Association — a rival body to the European Club Association that is closely aligned with UEFA. Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA, has attacked Perez's “selfish and egotistical scheme," saying “it would clearly ruin football.” Infantino also signaled an end to FIFA's opposition to cross-border leagues. “We need to be open to discussions. The Belgians and the Dutch have been discussing creating a Benelux league and these discussions have been going on for 20 years and we are always saying no, because we are based on national leagues,” Infantino said. “But maybe it helps? Maybe it is the only way out, maybe in Europe they have to think about this, maybe in Africa. I was proposing something like this for Africa. I think we have the duty to study these things, then we will see where it goes.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 20th, 2019

Former policeman killed in QC drug bust

A retired policeman was killed in an anti-illegal drug operation in Quezon City on Monday, police reported. Tirso Agustin Lactaotao, 48, was shot dead in the operation conducted by the Philippine National Police – Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group in Barangay Novaliches Proper at 12:25 am. The police said Lactaotao fired at the police operatives, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 9th, 2019

Eastern Visayas nutrition situation reported

Based on 2018 Operation Timbang Plus of pre-school children aged 0-59 months, Samar province ranks first in the provincial ranking on underweight and severely underweight with a prevalence of 13.7 percent......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

For U-22 Azkals, now is not the time to cry, says Stephan Schrock

The Philippine Under-22 Men's National Football Team absorbed their first loss in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Men's Football Tournament Wednesday afternoon, falling 1-2 to Myanmar thanks to a late-second half goal from Win Naing Tun.  That, after Justin Baas provided what was yet another big-time equalizer for the Pinoy side.  It was indeed a heartbreaking result for the U-22 Azkals, who had controlled majority of the match's possessions.  "It’s painful that we didn’t get rewarded for the effort we did, in the second half especially," said team captain Stephan Schrock. "The last 15 minutes, we probably broke down a little bit due to, let’s say, lacking of fitness maybe?" With the last two matches in the group stage essentially a must-win for the Pinoy side, Schrock says that now is definitely not the time to give up. Wins against Malaysia and Timor Leste could definitely swing things in the U-22 Azkals' favor.  "We can now sit in the corner and cry [or we can look forward to] getting six points off the last two games, which is absolutely possible. I’d rather choose the second option because I’m a never-say-die type of person," Schrock stated. "I still believe we can advance. We will get the next game [and the] three points and from then on we prepare for the next game." Only the top two teams in each group will advance into the semis, and with the top two teams in Group A sitting at just four points apiece, it's still a wide open race, and a pair of wins from the Pinoy side could definitely propell them into the next round, which is why dwelling on past results won't be of help, says Schrock.  "Like I said, now is not the time to sit in the corner and cry. What happens stays in the past, so does good results count [the] same as the bad results. I choose to treat winning and losing just the same. It happened yesterday so we chin up and look for the next two games.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2019

U-22 Azkals in must-win match against Malaysia in 2019 SEA Games Men s Football

The Philippine Under-22 Men's Football National Team find themselves in a must-win match against Malaysia in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Men's Football Tournament, Friday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Coliseum in Manila.  The U-22 Azkals are coming off a heartbreaking 1-2 loss to Myanmar, Wednesday, and are in dire need of a 3-point result of they wish to make it out of Group A and advance into the semifinals.  Currently, the Azkals sit at one draw and one loss for four points, just one win away from top-seeded Cambodia and Myanmar.  Malaysia, meanwhile, is coming off a 1-1 draw against Cambodia on opening day.  This will be the first time that the Philippines and Malaysia cross paths in the SEA Games since the Philippines last hosted the biennial sporting showcase back in 2005. Malaysia defeated the hosts, 4-2, at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.  In the 4:00 PM Group A matchup, Myanmar faces Timor Leste.  Catch the action LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, iWant and via livestream!    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

U-22 Azkals come up short against Myanmar in 2019 SEA Games action

There would be no last-minute equalizer this time, as the Philippine Under-22 Men's Football absorbed a heartbreaking 1-2 loss to Myanmar in the second match of their 2019 Southeast Asian Games campaign, Wednesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.  The Philippines once again found themselves unable to finish off their opportunities as they couldn't convert on early chances.  For the second straight match, the U-22 Azkals conceded first, as Aung Kaung Mann put Myanmar on the board first with a fantastic finish in the 17th minute from an assist from Myat Kaung Khant.  Took Myanmar 16 minutes to break through the Azkals' defense. Still a lot of time left ???????? #SEAGames2019 pic.twitter.com/71i6tjkUtC — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 27, 2019 The Pinoy side would manage to pull even just before the mid-game break, thanks to Justin Baas, who was able to finish from a cross from Yrick Gallantes that bounced off Dennis Chung and landed in range.  DAT VOLLEY ???? JUSTIN BAAS WITH THE EQUALIZER #SEAGames2019 #GalingNatinIto pic.twitter.com/MKO7w5RQNG — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 27, 2019 It was the same story for the U-22 Azkals in the second half, as they found themselves coming within inches of finding the back of the net, but ultimately missing.  Win Naing Tun scored the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute, shaking off his defender before firing past Azkals keeper Anthony Pinthus and sealing the deal for the visitors.    He got slick with it ???? Myanmar regains the lead #SEAGames2019 pic.twitter.com/mUvv8CK6Ll — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 27, 2019 With the loss, the U-22 Azkals drop to one draw and one loss in two matches played. Myanmar meanwhile, records the first win in Group A and they improve to one win and one draw in two matches for four points.  The Azkals return to the pitch for a crucial matchup against Malaysia on Friday, November 29th at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Kickoff time will be at 8:00 PM. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019