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Tunisia prepares for polls after death of president

TUNIS, Tunisia – Tunisia is gearing up for snap elections as early as September following the death of president Beji Caid Essebsi , amid uncertainty over who could step forward to run the North African country. Essebsi, the country's first head of state elected in nationwide polls, died Thursday, July 25, at the age of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2019

Tunisia s Essebsi, world s oldest president, dies at 92

TUNIS, Tunisia (UPDATED) – Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the country's first leader elected in nationwide polls, died Thursday, July 25, triggering political uncertainty ahead of planned elections. He was 92. The veteran politician, the oldest head of state after Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, came to power in 2014 , 3 years after the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2019

Garin to DOH: Listen to real experts; make dengue vaccines available

MANILA, Philippines — Former Health Secretary Janette Garin said Thursday the Department of Health (DOH) should “listen to real experts” and make vaccines available in light of the “national dengue alert” raised all over the country. On July 15, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III declared a “national dengue alert” as 106,630 dengue cases have been reported nationwide from January […] The post Garin to DOH: Listen to real experts; make dengue vaccines available appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2019

End of an era: Westbrook exits Oklahoma City

By Steve Aschburner, LAS VEGAS – Just when you thought it was safe to step out from under a doorway, another seismic tremble rumbled through the NBA Las Vegas Summer League Thursday evening (Friday, PHL time). Earthquake again? Nope, just more Thunder. Get your first look at the NBA’s top Rookies during NBA Summer League LIVE on NBA League Pass! Oklahoma City and general manager Sam Presti were back at it, this time reportedly sending former Kia MVP Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for guard Chris Paul, first-round draft picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025. Six days earlier, OKC had stunned the pro hoops world by trading All-Star wing Paul George to the LA Clippers, serving up the co-star that coveted free agent Kawhi Leonard wanted as a condition of signing with Staples Center’s other NBA team. That deal yielded for the Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, along with five first-round picks and swap rights on two more. The biggest difference in moving Westbrook was that this one was anticipated. George had gone to Presti quietly after conspiring with Leonard, requesting the trade in a way that enabled the OKC GM to work behind the scenes. Presti had leverage on the Clippers, since he in essence was delivering both two-way stars – George and Leonard, who otherwise might have re-signed with Toronto – simultaneously. The deal Thursday (Friday, PHL time) paired Presti with Rockets counterpart Daryl Morey. Given their trade-happy track records, it wasn’t surprising that, if an NBA fan listened closely, he or she might have heard the sound of gods bowling. George’s departure and OKC’s subsequent trade of forward Jerami Grant to Denver made it clear which direction the Thunder were heading. Getting ousted from the playoffs’ first round for three consecutive years made the team’s $146 million payroll (and the luxury taxes it triggered) untenable. “People [within the league] knew they were going to do something pretty profound,” one GM told earlier this week. “What they got for George was more than a king’s ransom. And if they end up trading Russell for all the tea in China, it will be the same deal again, right?” There were other suitors, most notably Miami, fueling speculation that Presti might not be done. How about Chris Paul to the Heat for expiring contracts, a prospect or two and more draft assets? As it is, the Thunder already have lassoed or retained an outrageous 15 first-round picks over the next six years. That sets up Oklahoma City ridiculously well, on paper, for the medium- and long-term. Short-term? Meh. A crew of Paul (if he stays), Gallinari, Gilgeous-Alexander, Andre Roberson, Steven Adams and Terrance Ferguson seems undermanned in the wild, wild West. But Presti has amassed enough picks that Thunder fans won’t have to worry about their favorite team tanking -- they can just root against the Clippers, the Heat and the Rockets in hopes of desirable draft positions. Westbrook deserves credit for spending the first 11 years of his career in an unglamorous, small-revenue market (though $168 million in NBA earnings had something to do with it too). He had two MVPs (Kevin Durant and James Harden) and one MVP candidate (George last season) leave via trade or free agency before he did. Now he has a chance, re-teamed with Harden in Houston, to step into the void opened by Golden State’s anticipated decline in 2019-20 (Durant’s departure from the Bay has something to do with that). The Rockets and Morey have to be on the clock, their extended window as championship contenders not likely to stay propped open for long. Westbrook and Harden, a tandem of past MVPs, should have most of their statistical and usage itches scratched by now. Each badly needs a ring on his resume. Paul, meanwhile, might find himself hooking up with Jimmy Butler with the Heat, a pairing that makes more sense than Butler-Westbrook at least in terms of basketball compatibility. Presti’s performance over the past 10 days or so has been “breathtaking,” according to the rival GM. But with so many folks in and outside OKC so eager to spin the Thunder’s picks and prospects forward, a nagging question remains: What should we make of their past? In Presti’s 12 seasons, beginning with the franchise still in Seattle in 2007-08, his team has won 50 games or more six times (counting the 47-19 equivalent in lockout-shortened 2011-2012). Over the Thunder’s first 10 seasons in Oklahoma, only the San Antonio Spurs won more often. The Thunder have reached the postseason nine times, winning 14 series. They lost the Finals in five games to Miami in 2012, and got bounced three times from the conference finals, once from the West semifinals and four times from the first round. There were injuries and close calls, sure, but those are a part of it for everyone. Drafting, Presti strung together Durant (No. 2 overall in 2007), Westbrook (No. 4, ’08) and Harden (No. 3, '09). His record deeper into the first round has been predictably mixed: Reggie Jackson (No. 24, ’11) and Adams (No. 12, ’13) on one side of the ledger, fellows such as Perry Jones (No. 28, ’12), Mitch McGary (No. 21, ’14) and Cameron Payne (No. 14, ’15) on the other. The Thunder’s two most notable trades prior to this summer involved Harden going out and George coming in. When they sent out Harden -- the league’s reigning Kia Sixth Man of the Year award winner in 2012 -- it was an anticipatory financial move that for a time kept them out of luxury tax trouble ... as well as the Finals. When Presti traded for George in 2017, the players he gave up, Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, had a better first season in Indiana than George in OKC. But as with Westbrook, Presti got George to sign a *cough* long-term extension, and the former Pacer finished third in MVP balloting this spring. So bottom line, which is it: Should the Thunder’s extended run as a contender in the West be applauded? Or should they be considered underachievers, considering the three MVPs they had – Durant in 2014, Westbrook in 2017 and Harden (with Houston) in 2018 – as well as George? OKC got a total of 25 seasons from those four players, 23 of them in tandem or as a trio. Only Durant as a rookie and Westbrook in 2016-17 worked as a solo act, star-wise. Those two plus George made a total of 17 All-Star appearances while playing for the Thunder, and in seven of the past nine seasons, OKC sent two to the February gala. That’s a lot of firepower for a fairly limited payoff (the lone Finals trip). So as excited as the Thunder and their fans might be for what’s headed their way, they’re right to feel melancholy over what’s done and now gone. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and 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 NewsJul 12th, 2019

Vic Sotto, Vice Ganda films among first 4 MMFF entries

SUREFIRE crowd-pullers once again dominate the first four film entries for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), which is set to run from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7 in cinemas nationwide......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

Cancer Control Law IRR Out Soon

The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11215, otherwise known as the National Integrated Cancer Control Act, will be out soon. This, as the technical working group created to draft the said document has completed its nationwide public consultations. On Thursday (July 4), the Dept. of Health (DOH) and the Cancer Contol Act […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

Upset with Barcelona, Atlético says it wants Griezmann back

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona's attempt to sign Antoine Griezman hit a setback after Atlético Madrid accused the Catalan club of negotiating with the player without its consent before his contract was over. Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed Friday the club is trying to sign the France forward, but Atlético told Griezmann's staff the player must report to the start of the team's preseason on Sunday "in compliance with his contractual obligations." Atlético said it felt disrespected after learning that Barcelona and Griezmann reached an agreement in March, just days after the team was eliminated by Juventus in the round of 16 of the Champions League. It said Barcelona and Griezmann had been negotiating the terms of the agreement since mid-February. "Atlético wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behavior of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atlético at a time of the season when the club was involved in the Champions League tie against Juventus, as well as the league title race against FC Barcelona," the club said. Atlético said it believes the behavior "violates the protected periods of negotiation with players and alters the basic rules of integrity in any sporting competition, as well as causing enormous damage to our club and its millions of fans." Atlético said officials from both clubs met Thursday at Barcelona's request. The Catalan club asked for a deferred payment of the buyout clause of 120 million euros ($135 million), a request Atlético said it "obviously" denied. Griezmann's buyout clause was reduced from 200 million euros ($225 million) to 120 million euros on July 1. The France player had announced he was leaving Atlético before the season was over. Also Friday, Barcelona's president said Paris Saint-Germain doesn't want to sell Brazil forward Neymar. "We know Neymar wants to leave PSG, but we also know that PSG doesn't want Neymar to leave," Bartomeu said. Barcelona also introduced Frenkie de Jong, the 22-year-old midfielder who was signed from Ajax earlier this year for 75 million euros ($84 million). Spanish media said about 20,000 fans were at Camp Nou Stadium on Friday for the player's presentation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

Gilas Youth gives their all before bowing out of 2019 World Cup

Gilas Youth remains winless and is now out of the running in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, but not before standing tall in the face of world no. 4 Serbia and surrendering a 60-87 decision, early Thursday morning (Philippine time) inside Heraklion Indoor Sports Arena in Greece. Dave Ildefonso and Kai Sotto starred anew for the Filipinos with the former finishing with 18 points, three rebounds, and two assists and the latter ending with 13 markers, eight boards, and three dimes. Gerry Abadiano also turned in his best game of the world meet with 12 points on top of two rebounds and two assists while Carl Tamayo contributed seven markers and five boards. All of that was unable to topple the global powerhouse, however, and the Philippines is now headed to the classification round even as the Serbians advance to the quarterfinals. Still, Gilas Youth actually got a strong start and even had a 12-8 edge early on before falling victim to a 33-9 tear by their opponents. That did nothing but spell doom for the Filipinos who could only come as close as 12 for the remainder of the game. Sotto, Ildefonso, and company have yet to win a game as they have dropped all of their assignments opposite higher-ranked Greece, Argentina, Russia, and now, Serbia. Nonetheless, they have a golden opportunity to better the country's best finish in the FIBA U19 World Cup - 10th-place way back in 1979. To do so, the Philippines will first have to take care of business against world no. 10 Australia in the beginning of the classification round on Friday (Philippine time). BOX SCORES SERBIA 87 -  Pecarski 21, Petrusev 17, Ilic 13, Trifunovic 9, Vasiljevic 8, Paunovic 8, ?ubi? 4, Mi?ovi? 3, Kuzmanovi? 2, Grbovi? 2, Cerovina 0, Islamovic 0. PHILIPPINES 60 - Ildefonso 18, Sotto 13, Abadiano 12, Tamayo 7, Chiu 5, Fortea 3, Panopio 2, Oczon 0, Amsali 0, Spencer 0, Torres 0. QUARTER SCORES: 19-14, 43-28, 64-42, 87-60. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2019

Sotto sees no problem with China fishing in Philippine waters

  MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday, June 27, echoed President Rodrigo Duterte's remark that Chinese fishermen can fish in the West Philippine Sea. Sotto said that the President is being "diplomatic and stern" at the same time on the Recto Bank incident. The oil-rich reef is in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2019

Copa America guests Japan, Qatar still in contention

By Eric Nunez, Associated Press PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Copa America guest teams Japan and Qatar are still in contention as the last round of group stage matches begins, and some of their South American opponents aren't too pleased. Qatar and Japan, who met in the Asian Cup final in February, are in third place in their groups. The top two in each of the three groups qualifies for the quarterfinals but only the two best third-place finishers advance. If winless Argentina is prematurely eliminated, Group B rival Qatar could be responsible after being given entry to the Copa America to help preparations for the 2022 World Cup. Asian champion Qatar has so far drawn with Paraguay 2-2 and lost to Colombia 1-0. "We have come to compete, not to take pictures, even if we admire the players of the teams we are facing," Qatar's Spanish coach Felix Sanchez said on Saturday. "Our main goal is to evaluate ourselves in a tournament of this caliber, so demanding." Sanchez's team on Sunday has the chance to upset Lionel Messi's Argentina, which has only one point from two games. "It would be beautiful to qualify no matter if it is against a monster like Argentina," said Sanchez, whose contract was extended until 2022 after winning the Asian Cup. "It will be a great step, even though we know they are also trying to advance to the next stage." The Qataris have already been invited to return to next year's Copa, which is being hosted by Colombia and Argentina. Australia will be another guest side. Japan has brought an under-23 team to Brazil that is being groomed for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Japan was thrashed by Chile 4-0 but held favorite Uruguay to 2-2 after leading twice. On Monday the young Japanese can eliminate Ecuador to advance and, depending on other results, possibly face host Brazil in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel is particularly upset with Japan's decision to bring its Olympic team. "I do not agree that a guest like Japan gives due importance to its participation by coming with players that are mostly under 23," Dudamel said Saturday after Venezuela beat Bolivia 3-1 and qualified to the quarterfinals of Copa America. "I raise my voice and say Copa America needs to be only for South American teams," he added. "We have not seen South American teams be invited to the African Cup of Nations, tournaments in Europe... We have to respect the hierarchy that we have historically built." There is nothing unusual about guest teams being invited to the Copa America. Mexico, Costa Rica, United States, Jamaica, Honduras, Panama, Canada and Japan have all contested past editions. Mexico had the best result among those, reaching the final in 1993 and in 2001. Still, Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo said he doesn't like the idea of teams outside of the Americas being given slots. "Playing among all American teams, that is logic," Berizzo said after drawing Qatar. "We should think of a Copa America with Central and North Americas integrated. I never saw any European cup with South American teams. I strongly believe that Copa America needs to be played by American teams." Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said business was the main reason to invite teams to the Copa America. "We are few countries in South America to organize a tournament with 10 teams, even more so with four phases like in a World Cup," Tabarez said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

Name-dropping DU30: KAPA founder’s blunder

Last Thursday, June 13, 2019, there were two big separate events that happened in General Santos City. First was the so called prayer rally of KAPA (Kabus Padatuon) Ministry International Inc. led by its founder Pastor Joel Apolinario and second was the distribution of land ownership certificates to agrarian reform beneficiaries led by President Rodrigo […] The post Name-dropping DU30: KAPA founder’s blunder appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

Gilas Youth headed to Doha camp on a high after win over FEU

Gilas Youth gutted out a well-earned win over their kuyas from Far Eastern University, 67-66, Thursday at Meralco Gym in Ortigas. The Philippine national youth team rode Kai Sotto and Geo Chiu to build up a 12-point lead, 63-51, inside the last six minutes before holding off a late charge by the Tamaraws. Chiu’s back-to-back inside baskets and Sotto’s couple of charities put the youngsters up by double-digits only to see L-Jay Gonzales and Barkley Ebona set off an uprising. FEU even pulled within one with 11 ticks to go, but from there, Gilas Youth dodged the final bullet as Ken Tuffin muffed on his corner triple. In the end, Sotto had 14 points to his name while Xyrus Torres chipped in 14 markers of his own. AJ Edu and Gerry Abadiano also added nine points to help the national youth team score a morale-boosting win ahead of their training camp in Doha and then the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Greece......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

Kai Sotto headed home as Gilas Youth gears up for FIBA U19 World Cup

With the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup just a few weeks away, Gilas Pilipinas Youth need to be complete for its training sessions. Even though he is at the other end of the world, Kai Sotto made sure of that and he and his family are headed home from Atlanta.         View this post on Instagram                   We are now heading back!!! See you in a bit Philippines!???????????????????????????????????????? A post shared by Kai Zachary Sotto (Official) (@kzsotto) on Jun 6, 2019 at 6:45am PDT The Sotto family left the US Thursday evening and will arrive on Friday. With that, the 7-foot-2, 17-year-old will be in Manila just in time to re-unite with Gilas Youth as they gear up for the upcoming world meet in Greece. This was all made possible with an assist from one of Kai’s biggest backers. “Whether nandito si Kai or sa labas ng bansa, our support will continue,” said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas who arranged the homecoming of the Philippines’ newest basketball prodigy. For that, the father and son Sottos are only thankful. "Chooks-to-Go is my one and only corporate sponsor and financial supporter for my U19 campaign," said Kai. "Sobrang thankful ako sa kanila for making this happen." "Maraming salamat talaga sa kanila dahil kahit saglit pa lang kami dito sa States, miss na namin ang Pilipinas. We can't wait to get back home," expressed Ervin......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Most Read Apr 26, 2018 – 01:29 PM

Most Read as of Apr 26, 2018 – 01:29 PM SC to announce 2017 bar exam results at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday 25.5% of 6,750 pass Bar Exam 2017 University of St. La Salle alum tops Bar Exam 2017 Sotto bares initial list of Senate bets NPC will endorse in 2019 Sunshine Dizon explains why […] The post Most Read Apr 26, 2018 – 01:29 PM appeared first on»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

DPWH joins first Nationwide Earthquake Drill for 2019

Over 180 employees of the DPWH Leyte Second district engineering office participated during the 1st Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) for 2019 held on February 21......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

PSSuptGornez stresses shared responsibility in crime fighting

In his first PPOC appearance… PSSuptGornez stresses shared responsibility in crime fighting Stressing that “working closely with stakeholders will be a key success factor in fighting crimes, PSSupt. Julius Cesar Gornez made his first official appearance and report to the Provincial Peace and Order Council last Thursday, February 28 with succinct words. “The achievement of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

South Cotabato declares day of prayer

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 January) &'8212; The provincial government of South Cotabato has declared every third Friday of January as a &'8220;day of prayer&'8221; in the entire province. South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes issued on Thursday, Jan. 12, Executive Order No. 03, setting every third Friday of January as the provincial prayer day and enjoining [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Nobody is assured of a slot in the national team -- Vicente

Aspiring players seeking inclusion to the national women’s team will need to work and earn their spot to represent the country in the 29th Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games. Head coach Francis Vicente buckled down to business after getting the nod from Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. Thursday to handle the team that will see action in the biennial meet set from August 19 to 31. The University of the East and national youth team mentor said that even the so-called stars and popular names will need to go through the process of screening and tryouts.   A national tryout set on February will be held in Manila, Cebu and Davao where Vicente will pick 16 players for the national pool. “Gusto ko ibalik ang dating sistema na halos magpatayan ang mga players para sa iilang slots sa national team,” said Vicente. “Gusto ko makita silang magutom kasi dun natin mapapatunayan na handa silang gawin lahat para sa bansa natin.” Once formed, the national team will participate in the Asian Under-23 Championship and Asian Senior Championship as part of their build up for the SEA Games.  Vicente, a decorated mentor who steered the University of Sto. Tomas girls high school team to numerous titles and molded the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Kim Fajardo and the Santiago sisters Dindin and Jaja into volleyball gems, said that he will be strict with the process of choosing the members of the national team. He’s looking at a player’s dedication and willingness to sacrifice for the flag and country.  “Nobody is assured of a slot in the national team,” said Vicente. “Even if you’re my former player like Alyssa Valdez, everybody has to go through the process.” “You have to dedicate yourself. You will no longer carry the colors of your university or your club or your league,” he added. “You will carry the colors of your country. So I want her to submit herself if ever she’s interested in joining the national team.”  Valdez, who was a part of the national team that competed in the Asian U-23 Championship and the 2015 Singapore SEA Games where she was also chosen as the country’s flag-bearer during the traditional parade of nations, is set to fly to Thailand on January 15 to join 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League and Thai-Denmark Super League until April. Valdez, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Jaja Santiago as well as Aby Marano, Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Denden Lazaro, Jia Morado, Bea De Leon, Rhea Dimaculangan, Grethcel Soltones and Maika Ortiz represented the country in its first volleyball participation in the SEA Games since 2005.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Terror alert heightened

TERROR alert level 3 is in effect nationwide police said Thursday following the arrest of two men suspected of planting a bomb near the US Embassy in Manila on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 1st, 2016

Parishioners hold prayer rally for victims of hate, EJK, abortion

By Juan Escandor Jr. NAGA CITY&'8212;Praying for the dead, a parish here held prayer rally Thursday night last week “for lives that have been lost and victimized by the culture of death,” the parish priest told Bicol Mail. Held at the St. Jude.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolmailRelated NewsNov 10th, 2016