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State agencies told: Brace for storm; classes scrapped

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all government agencies to make the necessary preparations for areas that will be hit by Typhoon “Tisoy” (international name “Kammuri”), which is expected to make landfall Tuesday as a Category 3 hurricane, the Palace said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardDec 3rd, 2019

Suns rout Warriors; Curry breaks left hand

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry broke his left hand and became the latest injured Warriors player when he fell hard in the third quarter of another embarrassing defeat by Golden State, 121-110 to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). The two-time MVP drove to his left defended by Kelly Oubre Jr. and with big man Aron Baynes standing solidly in the paint. Curry leapt with the ball then came down head first landing awkwardly on his hands to brace himself from the court, with Baynes crashing onto Curry's left hand. Curry grimaced in pain grabbing at his fingers then walked to the locker room with 8:31 left in the third quarter. Baynes had 24 points, 12 rebounds seven assists and three blocked shots, Devin Booker scored 31 points as the Suns jumped out to a huge lead they never relinquished. The Warriors have lost badly in their first two home games at sparkling new Chase Center. The ailing, undermanned Warriors welcomed back two players but still fell behind 39-11 shooting 4 for 17 as the Suns made 14 of their first 23 shots and 8 of 12 3-pointers. Curry had nine points on 3-for-11 shooting before getting hurt. Losing Curry, Golden State's longest-tenured player and oldest at age 31, for an extended period would be a huge blow for a young Warriors team. Golden State is struggling to start the season with Kevin Durant's departure to Brooklyn and Klay Thompson out for perhaps the entire season recovering from July 2 surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. This was another rough one after an embarrassing season opener in the first game at Chase Center, a 141-122 loss to the Clippers last Thursday (Friday, PHL time) that saw some fans leaving after the third quarter. Golden State returned home with a 1-2 record and amid a stretch with five games over seven days and two back-to-backs. The Warriors trailed 72-46 at halftime Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) after falling behind 70-37 at the break in Oklahoma City on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Golden State center Willie Cauley-Stein, who missed all of training camp with a sprain in his left foot, had 12 points and five rebounds in his Golden State debut. He checked in for the first time at the 8:23 mark of the first quarter. LGBTQ NIGHT The Warriors held LGBTQ Night with a panel following the game featuring Golden State COO Rick Welts — the first openly gay NBA executive — WNBA and Olympic champion Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm and her partner, Megan Rapinoe, of the World Cup-winning U.S. women's soccer team. Warriors coach Steve Kerr tried to connect with Rapinoe over the summer to have her speak to the World Cup basketball team he coached that went to China. It didn't work out but he hoped to get a few minutes with her Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). "She's such an incredible athlete and advocate and Sue has been one of the best women's players in the game for a long time," Kerr said. "I know Rick is close with both of them so it's important I think, especially on a night like tonight where we're celebrating the idea of being accepting of everyone, it's great to have them here." The women also spoke to members of the Warriors organization earlier in the day. Bird and the U.S. women's basketball team play at Stanford on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). TIP-INS Suns: Phoenix beat Golden State for just the third time in the last 21 regular-season meetings. ... The Suns' 115-111 win at Golden State on March 10 (Mar. 11, PHL time) this year snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Warriors and a 14-game road skid in the series. ... Suns assistant coach Willie Green spent the past three years with the Warriors. Warriors: Kerr said F Kevon Looney, who missed his fourth straight game because of a right hamstring injury, is scheduled to be evaluated early next week by a team of specialists because of an "on-going presence of a neuropathic condition in his body, which has a direct correlation to his recent injury." Looney is limited to controlled workouts with the training staff for now. "He's frustrated and we're frustrated for him," Kerr said. ... Rookie Eric Paschall made his first career start. ... Alec Burks, who missed all five preseason games and the first three of the regular season, also returned for the Warriors and scored seven points in his first game with Golden State. ... G Jacob Evans III sat out Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) after exiting Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) against the Pelicans in the first quarter with a left adductor strain. UP NEXT Suns: At Grizzlies on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Warriors: Host Spurs on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) in the first of two games in two nights with Charlotte visiting Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 31st, 2019

5 state agencies told: Improve services or die

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered five government agencies to improve their services, and threatened to terminate them if they fail to do so. During his fourth State of the…READ The post 5 state agencies told: Improve services or die appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2019

Mid-major to millions: Ja Morant’s life is changing quickly

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Here’s how much everything has changed for Ja Morant in the last 12 months: He’s gone from being considered the No. 3 option at Murray State to the possible No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. Put another way, he’s a player from a mid-major and will soon be a multimillionaire. Even Morant doesn’t fully understand how quickly it has all come to fruition. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] “It’s been crazy, honestly,” Morant said. “Coming from being under the radar to one of the most talked-about players now, obviously, it’s been rough. It’s something I’m getting used to. But I’m happy for it.” Morant made his appearance at the NBA’s draft combine Thursday (Friday, PHL time); he wasn’t playing, but has talked with a handful of teams since he arrived in Chicago. With Zion Williamson seeming very much like a lock to go No. 1 overall, a pick held by the New Orleans Pelicans, that would seem to point to Morant going No. 2 to the Memphis Grizzlies. Morant has met with the Grizzlies. If they’ve decided he’s their guy, they haven’t told him yet. “I haven’t heard it myself from Memphis,” Morant said. “But obviously, I’ve seen what was on the internet. I’d really be happy with any team that drafts me. It means they see something in me. It’s just an honor to play this game at the highest level and just to be in the position that I’m in right now.” Williamson is not attending the combine; he met with teams earlier this week and left Chicago before the combine technically started. The NBA invited 77 players to the combine. Of those, 41 are listed on rosters to compete in games through Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Others will go through various testing and have their measurements such as height, weight and wingspan recorded — but won’t be playing any 5-on-5. Morant is hardly alone in that regard; most of the top players who were invited are doing the same thing, including Texas Tech guard and presumed early lottery pick Jarrett Culver. “There are a lot of talented guys here,” Culver said. “To be talked about as one of the top players in this draft, it’s just an honor.” They’re already selling tickets at Murray State for a draft party to watch Morant, so Racers fans can cheer him at least one more time. He helped them to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference championships and a 54-11 record over the last two seasons. He averaged 12.7 points as a freshman, then 24.5 points and 10 assists while shooting 50 percent as a sophomore. His stock soared, and he’s about to go places he’s never been. Morant said he’s never played in an NBA arena and doesn’t know much about most NBA cities. All he really knew about Chicago before arriving this week was Michael Jordan and the Bulls. He played in Detroit as a freshman — not in the Pistons’ building, but rather at Detroit Mercy, before a crowd of 1,107. “Ja Morant, everybody knows about him,” Grizzlies director of player support Elliot Perry said at the draft lottery earlier this week, when Memphis bucked the odds and jumped up to the No. 2 pick. “He was a super-explosive young man, very exciting. I think he has a lot of confidence in himself and his abilities. He’s one of those guys who will be good.” Good, probably. Boastful, probably not. Morant isn’t the type to proclaim himself the best player in the draft, or even the second-best for that matter. He’s a kid from the small town of Dalzell, South Carolina, from a mid-major school like Murray State, who hasn’t even started to fathom that he’s likely a few weeks away from a contract that will pay him somewhere around $8 million next season. “I’m just a pass-first point guard who just loves to get his teammates involved,” Morant said. “I feel like my IQ is the strongest part of my game, being able to make plays for me and my teammates.” Regardless of where he goes, this experience has been a long time coming for his family. Tee Morant, Ja’s father, was a high school teammate of Ray Allen’s and a good college player who had an opportunity to play professionally overseas. When he found out that his wife was pregnant, he scrapped those playing-abroad plans and stayed home. Ja was born, and he had a coach even before knowing what basketball was. Morant doesn’t have NBA players that he idolizes. He just tries to play in his dad’s image. “That’s my motivation,” Morant said. “It’s like I’m living my dream and his dream through me right now.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

Kerr keeps Warriors winning with yoga, creative approach

em>By Janie McCauley, Associated Press /em> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Anderson Varejao lowered his 6-foot-11 frame into a runner's lunge and raised one arm high into the air to add a twist, demonstrating after a recent shootaround the new yoga pose he just learned. Then, he took it up a notch and attempted an airplane balancing pose on one leg with his arms spread wide. The Golden State Warriors have become yogis. Coach Steve Kerr is committed to changing things up, and he gave Golden State a day off from the practice floor one day last week so the players could practice yoga instead. In the middle of a prolonged stretch at home with a more regular routine, the schedule allowed for some improvising. 'I really liked it,' Varejao said. 'I'm going to do more.' Doubt you'll see Draymond Green or Klay Thompson doing downward-facing dog again soon — though Green might be talked into another try eventually. 'I'm bad,' Green said. 'Yoga isn't for everybody. I think it's a great thing, I just don't think my body is made for all of those different positions. I did well at a few of them. It's hard, it's tough. My body really isn't cut out for yoga.' The very next night after the group class, during warmups for a home game with the Pistons, player development coach Bruce Fraser pulled his foot to his opposite inner thigh for an impromptu tree pose. He laughed as an amused Shaun Livingston watched from the baseline. Andre Iguodala is an experienced yogi who can really cat-cow and is considered top on the team, often taking classes. Center Zaza Pachulia also can forward fold with the best of them. They took prominent positions in the class led by Lisa Goodwin, Golden State's director of corporate communications and also a yoga teacher, at a Berkeley studio — a first for Kerr taking the team away from team headquarters for a yoga session. No surprise, two-time reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry can bring it on the mat, too. 'We've had some optional yoga sessions at our facility. This is the first time we took everybody and made it mandatory,' Kerr said. 'It was good.' The temperature was about 92 degrees for the hour-long power vinyasa class, so it was steamy. Everybody was drenched in sweat by the end for final resting pose, or savasana. 'My muscles felt good,' forward James Michael McAdoo said, rubbing his stomach where his core got a workout. 'It was fun. It was hot in there, like working in a sauna. I told our strength and conditioning coach, 'You got to step up your game. Lisa embarrassed us.'' 'It's awful, it's pitiful,' Thompson said of his own yoga ability. 'It's something I worked on and it's something I actually enjoy. More than just being physically challenging, it's an incredible mental workout. It tests your pain tolerance and your ability to push yourself mentally. That's why I like it. It was really good. I think it helped a lot of us — everybody, even the coaches.' Along with the experienced yoga veterans, there were some first-timers. A few found it extremely tough. 'I'm not the most flexible,' acknowledged player development coach Chris DeMarco. Assistant coach Mike Brown described his debut as 'terrible.' 'For me, it was really hard, but it was fun,' he said, later adding, 'I nearly passed out.' Ron Adams, another assistant who focuses on preparing Golden State's defense, happened to work out in the hottest corner of the room for his first time practicing in that high temperature. 'It's such a cleansing exercise,' he said. The Warriors aren't the only ones doing it. Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy has scheduled yoga time for the Pistons, saying: 'It's got its value, no question about it. Would I consider doing it with them? Probably not.' Kerr goes whenever he can fit it in, typically taking an hour-long class during the lunch hour on game days when the schedule — and his body — allows. It's a time he can focus on taking some deep breaths, literally, away from the pressure-packed NBA workload and just be just another yoga student for 60 minutes out of his day. This weekend marks one year since Kerr formally returned to the bench last Jan. 22 against Indiana after a lengthy leave of absence to deal with complications from a pair of back surgeries. Current Lakers coach Luke Walton led the way during a record 24-0 start and went 39-4 before Kerr's comeback on the way to winning Coach of the Year after an NBA record 73-9 finish. While the 51-year-old Kerr still has some discouraging, physically challenging moments dealing with pain and headaches, he considers himself fortunate to be on the sideline doing what he loves. 'I guess normal is a good way to say it. He seems like his old self,' Curry said. 'You know he's been through a lot just physically trying to recover from the surgeries he's had. I can't imagine the frustration, how long it took and things he had to do and all the doctors he's met with. His whole story is crazy. We're obviously happy to have him back but not only that, you see him with energy and his presence like he wants. It's been good to see.' Whether Kerr will take his team back to yoga any time soon, time will tell. The Warriors are at the season's midway point and the 'dog days' of January as Kerr has put it. Golden State was home for all but a night from Dec. 26 until leaving for Houston on Thursday for Friday's game against the Rockets, with just a quick bus ride to Sacramento as the lone road trip in a 10-game stretch during that span. Because there was so much time to practice, the yoga day was a nice change of scenery. 'Just to get away and go do something else,' Green said. 'We're still together doing something productive. But, it's not for me.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Despite doping scandals, Russia could bid for 2028 Olympics

div>MOSCOW (AP) — Still mired in a doping scandal and with a track team banned from international competition, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee said his country may put forth a bid to host the 2028 Games. /div> div>  /div> div>Alexander Zhukov said Friday that Russia is considering three cities as candidates for a 2028 bid, even as it battles accusations of a mass doping cover-up at the Sochi Olympics three years ago. /div> div>  /div> div>'It's hard to say now, but why not? I think it's completely possible to try,' Zhukov told state news agency RIA Novosti. 'It's not just St. Petersburg, we also have Kazan which is a possibility. It's also possible in Sochi.' /div> div>  /div> div>Bidding for the 2024 Games is still under way, with a vote in September set to choose between Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest. The 2028 host is expected to be decided in 2021. /div> div>  /div> div>Russia hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, spending about $51 billion on the games, but is under intense pressure following accusations of a massive doping cover-up at the games. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren has said there is evidence that doping test samples given by 12 Russian medal winners at the games were tampered with. /div> div>  /div> div>The doping scandals also heavily depleted Russia's team for last year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Evidence of widespread doping meant the entire Russian weightlifting team was banned and only one of the 68-strong track and field team was allowed to compete. /div> div>  /div> div>Following McLaren's report last month, a group of 19 national anti-doping agencies on Tuesday called for Russian teams to be banned from all international sports competitions and for the country to be stripped of hosting major events, including the 2018 World Cup. National anti-doping agencies, however, do not have the powers to impose such sanctions. /div> div>  /div> div>Zhukov said the anti-doping agencies were 'creating a certain backdrop, putting pressure on the federations.' /div>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

'TisoyPH palabas na ng PAR, Huwebes; Pinas, typhoon-free sa susunod na linggo-PAGASA

Manila, Philippines – Tahimik na umuusad patungong West Philippine Sea ang Severe tropical storm #TisoyPH habang walang direktang epekto ito sa anumang lugar sa bansa, ayon sa state weather bureau PAGASA ngayong Miyerkoles. Sa alas-5pm bulletin na inilabas ng PAGASA, namataan si #TisoyPH bandang alas-3 ng hapon sa layong 380 kilometers kanluran ng Subic, Zambales […] The post #TisoyPH palabas na ng PAR, Huwebes; Pinas, typhoon-free sa susunod na linggo-PAGASA appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

DBM issues 2021 budget call

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has started the process of crafting the 2021 government spending program by issuing a budget call that outlines the guidelines for the formulation and submission of agency proposals. Released on Tuesday, the budget call, signed by Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado on November 29, told agencies that the government […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

Disaster response agencies on standby, residents told to be alert as Philippine braces for ‘Tisoy’ landfall

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday said that all concerned disaster-related agencies were ordered to be on alert and perform all measures for the anticipated onslaught of Typhoon “Tisoy.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

Police in Cebu, Cebu City on alert for Typhoon Tisoy

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Police in Cebu are on alert in case of emergencies as Typhoon Tisoy’s effects start to be felt in Cebu with the raising of Storm Signals No. 2 in northern Cebu and Signal No. 1 in Metro Cebu. Police Colonel Geovanie Maines, Cebu City Police Office’s officer-in-charge told reporters that he […] The post Police in Cebu, Cebu City on alert for Typhoon Tisoy appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend

MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm Kammuri has intensified into a typhoon while closing in on the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), the state weather bureau said Thursday. The typhoon, however, slowed down while moving west-northwest, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). In its 11 a.m. weather update, Pagasa said […] The post Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

DILG backs calls to suspend classes in Metro Manila for SEA Games

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) supported calls to suspend classes in Metro Manila during the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, its spokesman said on Wednesday. “On our part we support the calls na magdeclare na lang ng (to just declare) class suspension,” Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya told reporters in a press briefing. Malaya […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

Potential typhoon may enter PAR as Philippines hosts SEA Games 2019

What's the weather like in your area? Tweet us at  @rapplerdotcom . MANILA, Philippines – The state weather bureau is monitoring a tropical storm outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), with the international name Kammuri. The name was contributed by Japan and refers to the Corona ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

Trump barks praises, wags Conan’s tail

“So this is Conan — right now, probably the world’s most famous dog.” In a stream of superlatives, Donald Trump on Monday introduced to the world the military dog involved in the raid that led to the death of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “Conan did a fantastic job,” the US president told […] The post Trump barks praises, wags Conan’s tail appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 26th, 2019

Sarah weakens; monsoon brings more rains

Tropical Storm Sarah continues to weaken but rains will still be experienced in several parts of the country due to the northeast monsoon, the state weather bureau said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2019

DepEd Isabela: Pre-school, kindergarten classes suspended on Nov 18

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Nov. 17 (PIA) - The Schools Division of Isabela has suspended pre-school and kindergarten classes tomorrow, Nov. 18 to ensure the safety of learners as tropical storm Ramon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 18th, 2019

Storm Ramon, LPA to bring rains in Central, Eastern Visayas

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Keep your rain gears close as cloudy skies and scattered rains may continue to affect Eastern and Central Visayas. The state weather bureau is currently monitoring three weather systems within and surrounding the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). Joseph Gerald Merlas, a meteorologist of the Mactan Station of the Philippine Atmospheric […] The post Storm Ramon, LPA to bring rains in Central, Eastern Visayas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2019

Tropical Storm Ramon remains almost stationary

Tropical Storm Ramon has remained almost stationary since Friday night, state weather forecasters said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2019

Walang Pasok: Class suspensions for November 15

A number of local government units on Thursday announced suspension of classes in view of the anticipated landfall of Tropical Storm “Ramon.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2019

'WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Thursday, November 14, 2019

What's the weather like in your area? Tweet us at  @rapplerdotcom . Please refresh this page for updates. MANILA, Philippines – Here is a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Thursday, November 14, due to Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) . Bicol Albay - starting 1 pm in all levels (public and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2019

Signal No. 1 still up in Samar, Catanduanes as ‘Ramon’ intensifies  — Pagasa

TROPICAL depression “Ramon” may intensify further into a tropical storm in 24 hours as it remains off the coast of Visayas, state-run weather bureau said. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) last spotted the LPA at 515 kilometers east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar. It maintained its strength, packing maximum sustained winds […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 13th, 2019