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Love in the time of viruses

Some say it is not a good time to celebrate love, even as I write this on Valentine’s Day. It’s not just the COVID-19 virus that is threatening our society and families—the viruses of hate and anger fueled by disinformation can be more harmful than a virus that we don’t understand. With so much mean spiritedness in our world and our islands, there seems not much to celebrate......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 14th, 2020

ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE in Singapore to be a closed door event

ONE Championship recently announced that the company has made the decision to convert one of its live events into a closed-door event. ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE, which is scheduled for Friday, 28 February in Singapore is to proceed as planned, but the Singapore Indoor Stadium will be closed off to fans and media. The decision was made with regards to the situation in Singapore surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (official name COVID-19).  Singapore’s Ministry of Health recently raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level from yellow to orange after having confirmed 75 cases of infection. ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement to convert their event in Singapore to a closed-door event initially on his social media accounts. Shortly after, Sityodtong fielded questions from the media on a global conference call. “In light of the coronavirus situation in Singapore, I have made the decision to convert ONE: King of the Jungle on February 28 into a closed event for broadcast only. The Singapore Indoor Stadium will not be open to the general public, but the event will proceed behind closed doors as scheduled live on all TV and digital platforms across 150+ countries around the world,” Sityodtong wrote on his official Facebook page. Fans who purchased tickets to the event will be given a full refund through Sportshub Tix, ONE’s official ticketing partner in Singapore. All bouts are to proceed as scheduled, and will still be available live via TV and digital platforms worldwide, as well as through the ONE Super App. The main event of ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE will see two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex of Thailand defend her ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Title against Janet “J.T.” Todd of the United States. In the co-main event of the evening, reigning ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will take on Lachlan “Rocky” Ogden of Australia for the ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title. Representing Singapore on the global stage is former ONE World Title challenger Amir Khan, who is accompanied by fellow Singaporean stars Tiffany “No Chill” Teo and Radeem Rahman. In addition, Singapore-based athletes Troy Worthen and Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat are set to see action. “We just felt that this was an incredible moment for us to ignite hope and strength across the continent of Asia and to our fans all over the world during this difficult time,” Sityodtong said during the global conference call. “I also want to say that it is only by love, compassion, and resilience that Singapore as a country and Asia as a continent can overcome and conquer the Coronavirus.” Sityodtong also says that while Singapore will proceed with its closed-door event, other events the organization has scheduled in other countries will proceed as planned. ONE Championship remains firm in its promise to deliver at least 50 events this year across all of its properties, and will make decisions to alter its events based on various factors as situations change. “It was not an easy decision for us. In fact, many people were pushing us to cancel the event. But I thought back to why I started ONE Championship in the first place. And our mission since day one has been to unleash real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams, and inspiration,” Sityodtong continued. “It’s a very different mission than all of our other global competitors. Yes we want to put on the greatest fights. Yes, we have the greatest martial artists in the world but there’s a deeper mission for ONE Championship. And in a time of crisis, in a time of fear in the continent of Asia, our heroes are ready to inspire the world.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News14 hr. 35 min. ago

Hontiveros hits immigration officers for alleged POGO corruption | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: DOH stays 'vigilant' even with admitted PUIs for coronavirus down to 171 ‘Magkano at hanggang kanino?’: Hontiveros reveals bribery in entry of POGO workers 'Show of love for democracy': Groups hold Red Friday protest to support ABS-CBN Senators to question VFA termination at Supreme Court Billie Eilish drops new James Bond theme song 'No Time To Die' – Rappler.com Executive Producer / Writer Lilibeth Frondoso Associate Producer / Publisher Marga Deona Jaira Roxas Master Editor / Playback Emerald Hidalgo Jaene Zaplan Jaen Manegdeg Quita Chuatico.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

Signs of God’s love

Sunday, February 16, 2020 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 1st Reading: Sir 15:15–20 2nd Reading: 1 Cor 2:6–10 Gospel: Mt 5:17–37 (or Mt 5:20–22a, 27–28, 33–34a, 37) Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not think that I have come to annul the Law and the Prophets. I have not come to annul them but to […] The post Signs of God’s love appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

LIST: Where you can find soufflé pancakes around Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – They're fluffy, soft, jiggly, and tasty – what's not to love about Japanese soufflé pancakes? These Instagrammable cottony clouds have taken many sweet tooths' worlds by storm, and with the crazed demand comes supply – more and more restaurants are taking notice of this time-consuming (but totally worth ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

You ll find true love : Heart Evangelista reassures boy rejected by crush for not eating veggies

“Happy Valentine’s Day Eman in time you will find your one true love!”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

7 simple ways to show you care this month of love

February is the time to celebrate all kinds of love, and whether you’re “self-partnered,” spending it with someone special, or dedicating the season with family and friends, you can rely on mobile technology to help show your love in simple but meaningful ways. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

Valentine& rsquo;s Day 2020

It’s the time of the year again when social media is full of images of hearts. As I am writing this, I have received more than a hundred greetings for Valentine’s Day from friends, acquaintances, and even people that I do not know. Love is in the air, people say......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

Golden years of love: The key to a lifetime marriage

NAGA CITY, Cebu, Philippines — A love story that can stand the test of time. This was the kind of love Solomon Alfanta, 76, promised his wife, Lucia, 74, 50 years ago in front of the altar. This very promise was what the couple held onto in the five decades they shared together through thick […] The post Golden years of love: The key to a lifetime marriage appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

BDO Shares Tips to Protect Your Bank Account This Love Month

What’s worse than getting your heart broken? Getting your bank account broken into! Some individuals will spend time and effort in tugging at your heartstrings until you reveal your personal information. Then, they will use this to break into your bank account and steal your money. They know all too well how to manipulate and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

Seven simple ways to show you care this month of love

February is the time to celebrate all kinds of love, and whether you’re “self-partnered,” spending it with someone special, or dedicating the season with family and friends, you can rely on mobile technology to help show your love in simple but meaningful ways......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Stories of love

Today is a red-letter day as most of the world celebrates Valentine’s Day, albeit in the time of the novel coronavirus......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Fall in Love this Valentine’s Season with I Love Metro

It’s that time of the year again when balloons, chocolates, and bouquet of flowers fill the streets and even malls, too! With everyone, in all walks of life, looking forward to their romantic dates and get-togethers, Metro Retail holds a month-long celebration this Valentine’s Season. Fall in love with the novelty Valentine apparels and gift […] The post Fall in Love this Valentine’s Season with I Love Metro appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2020

Love in the time of nCoV

To say that it has been a very trying start of the year would, once again, be a severe understatement......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

Clippers hand Cavs worst home loss in franchise history

  STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers routed Cleveland 133-92 on Sunday night, the Cavaliers' worst home loss in franchise history. Cleveland's previous worst was a 39-point loss to Chicago in 2012. Paul George had 22 points and Marcus Morris added 10 in his first game with Los Angeles, which led wire-to-wire without star forward Kawhi Leonard. Andre Drummond started in his first game with Cleveland after being acquired from Detroit at the deadline. He scored 19 points and had 14 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Clippers didn't miss Leonard, who was out because of a sore left knee. Morris, acquired from New York at the trade deadline, started in Leonard's spot at power forward and played 22 minutes. The Clippers were obviously angry following an embarrassing 142-115 loss in Minnesota on Saturday. Los Angeles shot 70% percent in the first quarter, making 14 of 20 from the field. Los Angeles' biggest lead was 45 points in the fourth quarter after coach Doc Rivers had given his starters the rest of the night off. Drummond's presence was Cleveland's lone bright spot. He brought the crowd to its feet in the first quarter with a one-handed dunk off a lob pass from Cedi Osman. Drummond also hit two 3-pointers, his career high for a game, and again drew a big ovation. Morris knocked Drummond to the floor with a hard foul as Cleveland's center tried to score in the third quarter. The play was upgraded to a flagrant foul after a review. Drummond's acquisition couldn't stop Cleveland's skid. The Cavaliers have lost 12 straight at home and 13 of 14 overall. Morris' final game with the Knicks came in Cleveland on Feb. 3. He scored 26 points in New York's overtime win. Drummond replaced Tristan Thompson, who has started 48 games. Thompson came off the bench and scored seven points in 19 minutes. Kevin Love had 10 points in 26 minutes. .TIP-INS Clippers: Leonard missed his 13th game of the season. ... G Patrick Beverley (strained right groin) was out for second straight game. ... Los Angeles wore throwback Buffalo Braves uniforms. The franchise played in Buffalo from 1970-78. Cavaliers: Drummond is 3 for 24 on 3-pointers this season. .... Thompson hit his fourth career 3-pointer in the second quarter. ... Kevin Porter Jr. had 17 points. WELCOME BACK Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue was the Cavaliers' coach during their 2016 NBA championship season. He returned to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for the first time since being fired by Cleveland after six games last season. Lue was given a standing ovation and waved to the crowd when he was introduced during a timeout. UP NEXT Clippers: Visit Philadelphia on Tuesday. Cavaliers: Host Atlanta on Wednesday. Cleveland's last win at home came over the Hawks on Dec. 23......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

Volcanoes and love in the time of the Corona virus

There’s something oddly comforting about a bit of menace in our country’s many natural wonders and nobody would be as prescient about this than the Philippines’ very first National Artist, the anointed king of Filipino landscapes, Fernando Amorsolo......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2020

Love in the time of Artificial Intelligence

Everybody loves a good love triangle, but here’s one that veers away from the usual. The formidable third wheel in the romance between a man and a woman is… a hologram!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2020

Is All About Love on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just lurking around the corner with posts and videos already spreading all over the internet. For many, Valentine’s Day is a chance to go out on a date and spend quality time with the one they love.  Whether it be in a fancy setting or just a simple candlelit dinner at home. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2020

A step ahead? Nike s Vaporfly shoe changing marathon game

By PAT GRAHAM and ALEXANDRA OLSON Associated Press To pick the favorites in this year's Olympic marathon, just glance at the shoes of the runners on the starting line. Anyone wearing Nike's Vaporfly model may already have a head start. The shoe has shaken up distance running since the world’s largest sports apparel company introduced it four years ago, with technology credited for helping runners shave minutes off their times. To some, the advances are an exciting revolution. Others have called it “technology doping” that risks reducing marathons to a shoe competition. “Running is so simple. That's why people love it so much. Now we have a shoe that is blurring that," said Geoff Burns, a runner and Ph.D candidate at the University of Michigan's School of Kinesiology. The controversy prompted World Athletics, the sport’s governing body, to issue its most stringent shoe regulations in decades ahead of the Tokyo Games. But the Vaporfly escaped a ban, and the debate continues. Now, Nike has a new racing shoe that also squeaks by the new rules: The Air Zoom Alphafly Next%, which was unveiled at a flashy fashion show in New York on Wednesday night. Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya wore a prototype of the shoe when he ran the world's first sub-2-hour marathon in an unofficial race in October. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei was also in a version of the shoe when she set the world record for women in Chicago last year. Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya wore a version of Vaporfly when he won the New York Marathon in November. All three of the men’s marathon medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics laced up a version of the shoe as well. Vaporfly shoes have become a common sight at marathons all over, easily spotted with their neon green or pink hue. Many marathoners are gladly paying the $250 price tag on Nike’s website — and sometimes more — even as they wonder how much credit they can personally take for improved results. Bryan Lam, an amateur marathoner in Washington, D.C. said he spent $400 for a pair of StockX ahead of the London Marathon last spring because the version he wanted was sold out elsewhere. He ran the marathon in 2:59.30, seven minutes faster than his previous personal best, a result he called “insane.” It helped him achieve his lifelong goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon this year. “I’d like to think that it was because of all of my training for the London Marathon but I do think the shoes had something to do with my performance,” Lam said. “It’s definitely not a level playing field when those who can afford the shoes have that type of advantage." What differentiates the Vaporfly is a foam midsole that is lighter and less dense than others, allowing for extra cushioning without adding weight. The shoe also has a carbon-fiber plate that acts like a lever to reduce the work at the ankle. Independent and company-sponsored studies have found that the shoe gives runners a 4% edge in energy efficiency. The Air Zoom Alphafly Next% steps it up a notch with two “air pods" in the sole for extra cushioning. Both the Vaporfly and the Alphafly meet a World Athletic rule that limits the sole thickness to no more than 40 millimeters. The Alphafly will be available for sale to Nike members starting Feb. 29, meaning it meets a new rule that shoes must be available on the open market by April 30 to be allowed at the Tokyo Games. Kyle Barnes, an exercise science assistant professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, conducted a study around two years ago that compared the Vaporfly shoes to Nike’s Zoom Matumbo 3 (a track spike) and Adidas Adizero Adios 3. His findings showed about 4.2% more efficiency by wearing the Vaporfly model. Bottom line: Barnes estimated that slipping into the Vaporfly could potentially trim several minutes off a professional’s time and in the vicinity of 10 minutes for, say, a 4-hour marathoner. “It is a form of technology doping,” said Barnes, who co-authored the study with exercise physiology professor Andrew Kilding from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. “You're at a disadvantage not being in those shoes. ... Everything is happening so quick right now in the shoe industry.” World Athletics sought a middle ground in its recent decision, making clear that wearing the Vaporfly will not constitute cheating. But in tightening its rules, the Monaco-based organization signaled a new era of vigilance. The governing body said an expert working group will be created to assess new shoes entering the market and placed a moratorium on certain criteria for shoes. It also banned any shoe with a sole thickness of more than 40-millimeters, or that contains more than one plate. The Vaporfly controversy has drawn comparisons to the advantages that swimmers received wearing the Speedo LZR Racer, a full-body compression suit that trapped air for buoyancy and improved performance, leading to a slew of world records. Swimming's world governing body later banned all body-length swimwear. But the minimal technology involved in running has evolved only gradually, said Burns. The last major changes, he said, came in the 1960s and '70s, when shoe manufacturers developed EVA-based foam midsoles and all-weather tracks began replacing cinder tracks. N ike also is working on a fast shoe for the 100 meters. It's called the Nike Air Zoom Viperfly and as of now will not be at the Olympics because its design does not meet the new World Athletics regulations. Nike is looking at ways to adjust the shoe so that it will comply with regulations, according to a person familiar with the discussion. The person spoke on condition of anonymity of the ongoing process since it's not public. Other companies are also pushing the boundaries of shoe technology. Saucony has a carbon-plated shoe called the Endorphin Pro, which m arathoner Jared Ward wrote in a blog felt like the shoes were “pushing me forward into more of a half-marathon cadence.” Translation: It’s fast. Joyciline Jepkosgei won the women’s marathon in New York wearing an Adidas Adizero Pro prototype, which the company said in a statement conforms with the new rules. Adidas did not release details about the shoe's technical design. Hoka One One recently came out with the Carbon X, which was described as a cushioned, carbon-plated “speed machine” for a "propulsive, responsive ride.” “We’re all fans of the sport,” said Colin Ingram, director of product for Hoka One One. “We’re all for (technology advances) as long as we're able to do it within our own DNA when we decide to jump into the foray.” For the moment, though, Nike appears to hold a sizable lead over any rival. "I suspect they're three years behind, minimum, and so it'll take a long time before race results have any real integrity in a competitive sense," sports scientist Ross Tucker wrote in an email. “It turned athletes from 2:06 to 2:04. It decided results. It changed the relationship between physiological input and performance outputs.” Burns said a new era of advanced shoe technology could potentially disrupt the prevailing sponsorship model in running, in which shoe companies generally serve as the main sponsors of athletes. Burns said more athletes may look beyond shoe companies if a contract forces them to wear a shoe that puts them at a competitive disadvantage. "If you have guys bringing knives to a gunfight, it's not a good look for the knife sponsors," Burns said. American distance runner Roberta Groner doesn't have a shoe deal and trains in a variety of brands, including a version of the Vaporfly. She could be wearing that model at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta later this month. "I don't get into the science," Groner said. “I just go with how I feel.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2020

Ateneo football star Jarvey Gayoso wraps up legendary UAAP career

Ateneo football star Jarvey Gayoso announced that he will be foregoing his fifth and final playing year in the UAAP to prepare for a professional club stint overseas.  In a lengthy, heartfelt post on Instagram, Gayoso announced that he would not be returning to the Ateneo Men's Football Team this year, just days before the start of the UAAP Football tournaments.  "After much thought and deliberation, and with the guidance of Ateneo de Manila University and the AMFT, I have decided not to return to the UAAP this year," Gayoso wrote. " Although this was a tough decision to make, ultimately I had to choose what I believe would be what’s best for me and my future." The opportunity, Gayoso detailed, came following his most recent National Team call-up during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here in the Philippines.  "After my stint at this year’s South East Asian games, God blessed me with an opportunity to play professional football overseas. Thus, in preparation for this huge task, I have made the decision to join a local professional team." The 22-year old added that he will continue to finish schooling in the Ateneo, as this was a 'lifelong dream.'          View this post on Instagram                   After much thought and deliberation, and with the guidance of Ateneo de Manila University and the AMFT, I have decided not to return to the UAAP this year. Although this was a tough decision to make, ultimately I had to choose what I believe would be what’s best for me and my future. After my stint at this year’s South East Asian games, God blessed me with an opportunity to play professional football overseas. Thus, in preparation for this huge task, I have made the decision to join a local professional team. I will, however, continue to pursue my college degree at the Ateneo, as this has also been a lifelong goal. I have played my heart out for the Ateneo for 8 wonderful years. 8 years that have brought me trials, triumph, and memories I will keep with me forever. As a student, my biggest task was to balance my academics and my love for the sport and along with this, came setbacks that tested my ambition. Being an athlete, I was given the opportunity to compete in football and track and field which strengthened my athleticism and versatility. As a football player, I have suffered devastating losses which helped build my character. And taking on the responsibility of representing my country and my alma mater showed my heart and my passion for the beautiful game. So to my dear Ateneo, I’d like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to strive for an Ateneo education, while proudly representing the blue and white. Playing for the Ateneo has improved every aspect of my life and opened numerous doors for me and I could never thank you enough. Choosing the Ateneo was and will always be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. To the 12th men, thank you for your continuous support and love for the game and for cheering us on through every minute. Thank you for all your sacrifices - for coming to watch our games under the heat of the sun, taking the time off your busy schedules to watch us do what we’re most passionate about, and for crying, celebrating, and fighting with us. (1/2) A post shared by Jarvey Gayoso (@jarveygayoso) on Feb 5, 2020 at 7:11am PST           View this post on Instagram                   To my teammates, thank you for being a part of my journey as a player. You have all taught me many important things in football and constantly pushed me to be the best that I can be for the team. Thank you all for giving your one big fight whenever we’d face the most difficult situations. We have gone through painful losses, celebrated championship highs, some players have been with me since high school, while others were new faces, but one thing was constant throughout, we were a brotherhood, a wolf pack. It has been an honor playing alongside each and every one of you. To the coaching staff, managers and coach JP Merida, thank you for guiding me to become who I am today. Thank you for pushing me to work my hardest and trusting me to give my all for the team. You have always been like a father to me, coach. I’m thankful that we were able to achieve championships together. I believed in your system and coaching style and it has led, not only me, but the entire football program to greater heights. I know I carry a big part of your legacy and I will continue to keep it as my inspiration wherever my passion takes me. To my family, I thank you for your undying support. Thank you for keeping me grounded and guiding me through situations I couldn’t deal with on my own. I stand proud representing the Ocampo-Gayoso name across my jersey knowing I have such wonderful people in my life cheering me on. You’ve all inspired me to continue carrying the torch Lolo Ed and Lolo Poch once carried. It’s a scary step I’m about to take but knowing that you will all be there for me makes this journey a whole lot more exciting. The Ateneo and the Ateneo Men’s football team have prepared me well enough for my next step. I know the team will continue to represent the Ateneo name with the highest honor. As I continue on with my journey, know that my heart will ALWAYS BLEED BLUE. I will continuously strive to leave a legacy in this beloved school and I will always carry the Jesuit values instilled in me. You have all been a blessing in my journey and I hope to continue to make all of you proud. This is Jarvey Ocampo Gayoso, number 11 signing off! (2/2) A post shared by Jarvey Gayoso (@jarveygayoso) on Feb 5, 2020 at 7:11am PST A third-generation sports star, Jarvey is the son of PBA veteran Jayvee Gayoso and the grandson of Filipino sporting great Ed Ocampo, and the nephew of De La Salle coach and former National Team member Alvin Ocampo.  In his four seasons in the UAAP, Gayoso was nothing but impressive as he was able to lead the Blue Eagles to two UAAP Men's Football Championships (Season 79, Season 81) and a Runner-Up finish in Season 78, while also claiming two Most Valuable Player Honors and a remarkable four Best Striker nods. During his time in the UAAP, the Blue Eagles never missed a final four appearance. Gayoso will likely go down in UAAP and Ateneo history as one of the best to ever lace up a pair of football cleats. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2020

Love in the time of ‘corona’

Last week, after officiating over two wedding rites, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte recalled the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel Love in the Time of Cholera and dubbed her social media post, “Love in the Time of nCov.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2020