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Virtualvolunteer.org: Help for Pinoys in Distress Anywhere in the World

A new mobile and web-based application was developed and introduced to assist and save the lives of distressed Filipinos, including finding missing persons abroad during emergencies and disasters. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) recently introduced www.virtualvolunteer.org in Zamboanga City. This is accessible anywhere thru laptops or smartphones with internet connectivity. Dr. Zenaida Beltejar, PRC National […].....»»

Category: newsSource: metrocebu metrocebuAug 11th, 2018

Pinoys seek world sepak title repeat

The Philippines takes on the best of the best, upbeat of its chances to keep the doubles crown in the premier division of the 33rd King’s Cup World Sepak Takraw Championships, which gets going today in Nakhon Rachasima, Thailand......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

Nietes, Pinoy contingent disappointed after SuperFly 3

Saturday's SuperFly 3 card at The Forum in Los Angeles easily could have been a landmark moment for Filipino boxing.  Four Filipino pugs were contending for championships, including Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte, who were vying for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship.  In the end however, none of them ended up with with any hardware.  With an all-Filipino matchup for the WBO's 115-pound crown, it was considered a given that a Pinoy would be crowned world champion.  And then, the judges came into play.  After twelve rounds of action from both contenders, many believed that Nietes was well on his way to capturing a fourth world championship in as many weight classes.  Instead, one judge scored the fight in favort of Palicte, one judge scored it in favor of Nietes, and the third judge saw it go to a draw, leading to a Split Draw decision.  "Sa tingin ko panalo talaga ako," Nietes shared with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles. "Pero 'yun ang nakita talaga ng mga judge, wala na tayong magagawa doon. Judges' decision."  After an early onlsaught from the younger, taller, and rangier Palicte, Nietes used his speed, movement, and experience to outbox his rival for what appeared to be the majority of the twelve-round contest.  As for Palicte, the 27-year old native of Bago City showed that he was a force to be reckoned with in the division, after using hs range and his strength to do some damage on Nietes.  Still, he believes that he's got more work to do.  "Pinakita ko ang best ko, but kulang pa, kulang pa talaga," Palicte shared. Kung 100 percent ako talaga, mananalo. Eh na-draw, so ibig sabihin may kulang pa."  Sharing the ring with arguably one of the best Filipino boxers in history is invaluable experience, and that fact isn't lost on the Roy Jones Jr.-promoted talent.  "Masaya ako, basta nakalaban ko ang best boxers sa mundo. Ayun na si Donnie, hindi basta-basta si Donnie. Three-time world champion siya tska longest-reigning, so proud ako sa sarili ko sa laban, kasi lahat masaya." "Siguro may kulang parin kasi naging draw." Palicte added.  After the matchup, Nietes, Palicte, and their respective teams shared a moment of respect backstage.  Everyone is back to being friends again as Team Nietes and Team Palicte greet eachother after their #Superfly3 draw. pic.twitter.com/ORbu4n9T6J — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) September 9, 2018 With the WBO Super Flyweight World Championship still vacant, it's highly-likely that Nietes and Palicte get a second go-around for the championship.  "We'll sit down and see what we can do. Right now, it's still vacant." said ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer. "We'll see, I'll try to talk to the WBO and see what happens there, and think of it and maybe what's next."  Aldeguer adds that he too believes a rematch is the likely course of action.  "There's always that way because it's still a vacant title right now, and the usual procedue is they call for a rematch."  The ALA Promotions head honcho however, couldn't hide his disappointment for what transpired.  "With Donnie now, him being 36 and trying to get hid fourth-division title, he won it tonight, it's just sad that he didn't."  In the undercards, a pair of Pinoys also missed out on bringing home belts, both losing via split decision.  Here’s what @ALAPromotions1 Sir Michael Aldeguer had to say after the #PalicteNietes #superfly3 draw and what’s next for Ahas. @abscbnsports @ABSCBNNewsSport 🇵🇭🥊🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/qpmdGZ2Tpm — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) September 9, 2018 Bruno Escalante, a Cebuano who's based in the US, fell to Romanian Alexandru Marin for the IBF Intercontinental Super Flyweight championship, while Filipino-Australian Louisa Hawton came up short in her WBC Interim Women's Atomweight Championship against Mexican Brenda Flores.  More from #Superfly3 after her split decision loss to Brenda Flores in their women’s championship match, Fil-Aussie Louisa Hawton catches up with @villainfy and me backstage. She felt she won and wants a rematch. 🥊🥊🥊 pic.twitter.com/YLyPvZQcg7 — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) September 9, 2018 "I was the aggressor, I feel like I dominated her, and I should have gotten that win. I should be holding that tile over my shoulder right now." a visibly disappointed Hawton said after the bout.  "I want the rematch, simple as that." she added.   H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Pinoys assured on PH economic state

MALACANANG yesterday assured the public that “everything is good” and that there is no cause for alarm even after the country’s economic growth fell below targets. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque admitted that they could not control the price of oil on the world market, which he said affected the growth….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Pinoys nab Ironman 70.3 world championship slots

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – Filipino triathletes Banjo Norte and Alexandra Ganzon earned slots in the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Nice, France after ruling their divisions in the 2018 Asia-Pacific race on Sunday, August 5 in Mactan, Cebu.  Norte clocked 4 hours, 24 minutes and 34 seconds to defend his Asian ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Why Pinoys cheer for France

If there’s a FIFA World Cup team that most Filipino fans are cheering for, it has to be France. That’s because there’s a Filipino connection in Les Bleus with goalkeeper Alphonse Areola......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Unapologetic Romeo will defend Gilas to the very bitter end

BOCAUE, BULACAN --- Terrence Romeo was defiant and unaplogetic after Gilas Pilipinas figured in an ugly brawl against Austrlia Monday at the Philippine Arena here for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. With four minutes to go in the third period and the Boomers up by 31, an incident involving RR Pogoy and Chris Goulding sparked an ugly free for fall. Gilas' benched was cleared as Pinoys started to go after the visiting Australians. When the dust settled, a total of 13 players were ejected, four on the part of the Boomers and nine from the Philippines. The game ended via default in favor of the Australians. Both teams declined to give statements and FIBA will review the situation for possible penalties but as Gilas was stuck in its locker, star guard Terrence Romeo sent a tweet out, saying that the Gilas boys were ready to defend one another. Romeo also had none of the people calling them an embarrassment. "Dun sa mga kapwa namin players na nag sasabing embarrassing kami wala kaming paki alam sa inyo," the fiery Romeo said. "Kami magka-teammate sa loob kailangan namin mag-tulungan," he added. Here's the full set of tweets. FIBA should have an official response in the coming days regarding the incident.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Boomers regret ugly brawl with Gilas Pilipinas

BOCAUE, BULACAN --- In the immediate aftermath of the ugly brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia Monday at the Philippine Arena here during the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the Australian Basketball Federation has released another statement. Anthony Moore, the Chief Executive of Basketball Australia regrets what happened in the highly-anticipated match. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl] Late in the third period, a free for all broke out sparked by an incident involving the Philippines' RR Pogoy and Australia's Chris Goulding. The Gilas bench was cleared as the Pinoys went after the Boomers. After the dust settled, four Australians were ejected and Gilas lost nine players. The game continued until the Philippines only had Baser Amer eligible. Australia ended up winning by default with the final score of 89-53. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas loses to Australia by default after fight-marred game] "Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight’s match between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila," Moore said in the statement. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it," he added. FIBA is yet to release any official statement on the matter although initial word is that basketball's world governing body will review everything. A decision should come out in the next couple of days. “This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball," Moore said. "We apologise to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Pinoys go all out vs tough Aussies

Gilas Pilipinas rides the momentum of its confidence-boosting 93-71 romp over Chinese Taipei Friday and hopes to draw home crowd support as it battles Australia for top spot in Group B play in the first round of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

3 Stars, 1 Heart: Wish granted for Pinoys in Dubai

GMA Network’s ‘3 Stars, 1 Heart’ concert series concluded its successful Dubai leg last June 16, at the Dubai World Trade Center. Kapuso abroad from all over the Middle East flocked to witness the powerful trio of Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista, Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose, and Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid in […] The post 3 Stars, 1 Heart: Wish granted for Pinoys in Dubai appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Repercussions of Duterte’s Behavior on Pinoys

Long before being elected president, President Rodrigo Duterte was already known for his "colorful” language. While some thought he would temper his speech once in Malacañang, it appears that has not been the case. In fact, Duterte simply raised his insult-level to include world leaders and United Nations executives ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

1 in 3 Pinoys has financial accounts

Over a third of Filipinos aged 15 and above owns a formal account, according to the 2017 Global Findex published by the World Bank, the latest edition of the world’s most comprehensive database on financial inclusion. Data showed that 34.5 percent of Filipino adults have a formal account that can….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Connect with Earth Hour, Pinoys urged

MANILA, Philippines — Conservation group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is urging Filipinos to use the power of social media to raise awareness on the impo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

52-year-old Filipina Ironman finisher aims to replicate feat in home soil

At 52 years old, Filipina triathlete Chang Hitalia powered through the grueling test of endurance that is the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. The Ironman entails for triathletes to accomplish the following: Swim 3.86 km, ride a bike for 180.25 km, and run 42.2 km. It’s so tough that only 1 out of 10,000 people actually finish it.  For Hitalia, who only started doing triathlons at the age of 46, it was by no means an easy feat.  Hitalia may have a tiny physique but she’s powered by a strong desire to achieve her fitness goals—a must for anyone who wishes to be an Ironman.  Hitalia was like most people wanting to be a better version of themselves. Her journey began eight years ago when she joined a running group with the goal of shedding a few pounds.  Regular running gave her a high and soon, she joined races. In 2010, she started yearning for a tougher challenge. She added swimming and biking to her routine and soon, Hitalia was a full-fledged triathlete.  Unlike her running pursuits, Triathlon is much more demanding in terms of training time, cost, and motivation. Hitalia needed to make major adjustments to her daily routine to ensure she gets to train for all three sports and still have ample time for other things.  Soon, Hitalia aimed at loftier goals in the sport and in 2014, she finished strong in the Langkawi Ironman, bagging second place for her age group despite it being her first crack at an Ironman race.  Hitalia continued her swim, bike, run lifestyle, competing in two Ironman 70.3 races in Hefei and Xiamen, China in 2016. The latter earned her a coveted slot to compete in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.  “It was always a goal to qualify since I embraced triathlon as part of my life,” Hitalia shares. After qualifying, she knew the sacrifices she needed to make in order to finish strong in Kona.  Hitalia spent seven months reinforcing her stamina to endure the Ironman grueling leg. In between, she joined a number of races to check her progress. She also underwent training in different conditions—hot weather, strong winds, and uphill routes—essentially what the Kona race was infamous for.   Despite being prepared, Hitalia says that “you have to come in and fight” as far as Ironman races go. During the swim leg of her race in Kona, water conditions were not ideal to swim in. “Starting off with more than 600 female age groupers was really a struggle. I kept my calm and stuck with my rhythm,” she recalls. The bike part was equally brutal, too. “The hills were punishing, the heat and humidity were harsh, and it was crazy windy,” she describes.  Hitalia made up for lost time during the 42.2 km run. However, as with the tough nature of Ironman races, fatigue soon set in.  Thoughts of giving-up creeped up in her mind. With her dream almost within reach, Hitalia decided to soldier on.  As she crossed the finish line, she describes the experience as nothing but amazing. “The cheers from the crowd, the festive mood, and the red carpet made it an overwhelming experience. Suddenly all the pain subsided and all my hard work became reality. The happiness when you finally hear your name being called out is surreal,” Hitalia shares.  Having accomplished her goal of crossing the finish line in Kona, Hitalia’s next target is to finish strong on home soil. She’s focused to achieve this in June at the Philippine leg of Ironman.  Knowing what it takes to finish the grueling race and the elation that takes over, Hitalia wishes for her fellow Pinoy triathletes to experience this.  Her advice for those looking to join: Respect the distance.  “Train right, work with a certified coach, and come in adequately prepared. When race day comes, enjoy the experience,” Hitalia says.  With the Ironman Philippines posing a challenge for Filipino triathletes in June, Hitalia’s story of perseverance and success rings even truer now as she hopes to inspire more Pinoys to pursue fitness and be part of making the Philippines a healthier and fitter nation. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Pinoys Must Always Remain Vigilant Against Fake News

I once thought that tyrants like Ferdinand Marcos would never make it in today’s wired and networked world. When he declared martial law in the 1972, he shuttered radio and TV stations, padlocked the printing presses of newspapers, and made sure Filipinos heard, read, and saw only what he wanted them to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Why Millennial Pinoys Are Switching to the Ketogenic Diet

The Ketogenic Diet has become the latest health trend all over the world due to its proven weight loss effects. As a spin-off from the usual high-fat, low-carb diet, several celebrities including Billy Crawford and KC Concepcion are reported to having lost more than 30 lbs in just one month following the regime. According to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

All-Filipino affair as Carlo Biado, Roland Garcia, meet in World 9-Ball Final

Filipino cue-artists Carlo Biado and Roland Garcia make it an all-Filipino final at the 2017 World 9-Ball Championships after dispatching opponents Wu Kun Lin of Taiwan and Klenti Kaci of Albania in their respective semifinals matchups, Thursday in Doha, Qatar.  Biado and Garcia found themselves neck-and-neck with their opponents in the early goings of their race-to-eleven matchups, with Biado and Kun all knotted up at three racks apiece, while Garcia and Kaci were tied at two racks each.  The Pinoys eventually pullled away with Biado going up 6-3 after nine racks, while Garcia took a 6-4 lead after ten racks.  Kun and Kaci would not go down easily however, as they each pulled to within two racks apiece, but niether would go past the six-rack mark, as the Pinoys closed it out with identical 11-6 victories.  With an all-Pinoy finale, the Philippines will have their first World 9-Ball champion since Francisco "Django" Bustamante's run in 2010.  The Final is set to take place later today.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Know about illegal drugs and their ill-effects

WHAT’S WITH DRUGS that make the world so deeply concerned about people using them? In the Philippines alone, an estimated four to seven million of its 104 million populations are said to be using prohibited drugs. As a campaign promise, President Rodrigo Duterte has made the crackdown on illegal drugs a centerpiece of his administration — for which he has been chastised from all fronts, in and out of the country. Drug addiction, no doubt, has severely affected society, cutting across all socio-economic echelons and demographics. No one can deny that drug addiction is a societal menace, resulting in countless crimes, financial problems, and broken relationships, both with families and friends. Here’s a glimpse of what the common prohibited drugs are and how they affect the body and mind. According to a primer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) posted on its website, drugs are chemical substances that affect the normal functioning of the body, either physically and/or psychologically. Not all drugs are illegal, it says. The caffeine in coffee, the nicotine in cigarettes, and alcohol are technically legal drugs. Medicines are pharmaceutical drugs used to treat or prevent illnesses. They are legal, although they could also be abused. The ones people should totally shun are the illegal drugs because they alter a person’s mood, thinking, and behavior. All illegal drugs have immediate physical effects, and they also hinder psychological and emotional development, especially among young people, says the UNODC. Drugs cloud a user’s judgment, making him/her take more risks, for instance having unsafe sex that could lead one to contract sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. The effects of illegal drugs do not last long. When they wear off, a user gets depressed, lonely and sick, appears confused, sweats a lot, has red eyes, and neglects his/her physical appearance and then comes the irrational craving. The following are the most common prohibited drugs and how they affect their users: Methamphetamine Methamphetamine, also known as Shabu, also goes by the names Crack meth, Ice, Crystal meth, Tik, and Yaba. Methamphetamine belongs to a group of drugs called amphetamine-type stimulants. Like ecstasy, it is manufactured in illegal laboratories and sold in powder, tablet or crystal form. It could be swallowed, sniffed, smoked or injected. The UNODC says meth produces a feeling of physical and mental well-being, euphoria, and exhilaration. Users experience a temporary boost in energy, often perceived to improve their performance of manual or mental tasks, along with delayed hunger and fatigue. At times, they become more aggressive and violent. Over the short term, users tend to lose their appetite, start to breathe faster, and sweat due to increased heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Taking in large doses would make users feel restless and irritable and could induce panic attacks. Taking in excessive doses could result in convulsions, seizures, and death from respiratory failure, stroke or heart failure. Long-term use could also lead to malnutrition, weight loss, and psychological dependence and stopping its use results in a long period of sleep, followed by depression. Ecstasy Ecstasy goes around by the names E, Snackies and New Yorkers. The drug, usually made in illegal laboratories, consists of a range of substances that make it dangerous to consume. It comes in the form of tablet, powder or capsule and is usually swallowed, but could also be snorted or injected. Ecstasy increases users’ empathy levels and induces a feeling of closeness to people around them. It makes them feel more sociable and energetic. Short-term use of ecstasy prompts the body to ignore distress signals such as dehydration, dizziness, and exhaustion, and interferes with the body’s ability to regulate temperature. It could also severely damage the liver and kidneys and could cause convulsions and heart failure. In large doses, ecstasy could cause restlessness, anxiety and severe hallucinations. Long-term use damages certain parts of the brain, bringing about serious depression and memory loss. Cannabis Sativa Cannabis is known by many names – Bongo, Ganja, Grass, Pot or Thai sticks. Its most famous name, however, is Marijuana, or Mary Jane. Cannabis, a tobacco-like greenish or brownish substance made of dried flowering tops and leaves of the cannabis plant, is usually smoked, but its resin and oil could also be swallowed or brewed in tea. According to the UNODC, cannabis smoke contains 50 percent more tar than high-tar cigarettes, putting users at an increased risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. After taking cannabis, users feel relaxed and sometimes euphoric, with an intensified sense of sight, smell, taste, and hearing. Short-term use makes them experience increased appetite and pulse rate, and an impaired ability to perform physical and mental tasks, such as driving a car and thinking logically. With large doses, users’ thinking slows down and they become confused and have bouts of anxiety, panic, and psychotic episodes. The UNODC said that regular users of cannabis run the risk of developing psychological dependence to the point that they lose interest in all other activities, such as work and personal relationships. Cocaine Cocaine is known as Crack, Bazooka, Blanche, Cake, Coke or Lady. It is a fine white or off-white powder extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. The UNODC said that on the street, cocaine is diluted with other substances, such as ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), to increase its quantity and produce crack. Cocaine is usually sniffed or injected, while […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

TALE OF THE TAPE: Gilas Pilipinas vs. Japan

The Philippines and Japan are traditional basketball rivals in the Asian basketball scene. Unlike China and South Korea, Pinoys have had some success against the Japanese, including a two-game sweep in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championships. Gilas 3.0 beat the Akatsuki Five in the second round of the Asian Championships two years ago and again in the semifinals. Japan will be out for revenge this time around as the opening round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers kick off Friday in Tokyo. With Gilas Pilipinas taking on Japan, see how both countries stack up against each other with this Tale of the Tape.   PHILIPPINES World rank: 30th Asian rank: 5th Points per game (from 2017 FIBA Asia Cup): 84.7 Rebounds per game: 37.3 Assists per game: 18.5 Steals per game: 7.3 Blocks per game: 3.7 Total Field goal percentage: 41.5 percent 2-point field goal percentage: 42.9 percent 3-point field goal percentage: 39.5 percent Free throw percentage: 79.7 percent Key players: Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo   JAPAN World rank: 50th Asian rank: 8th Points per game (from 2017 FIBA Asia Cup): 78.8 Rebounds per game: 34.3 Assists per game: 19.0 Steals per game: 9.5 Blocks per game: 3.5 Total Field goal percentage: 45.2 percent 2-point field goal percentage: 46.1 percent 3-point field goal percentage: 43.2 percent Free throw percentage: 78.9 percent Key players: Yudai Baba, Joji and Kosuke Takeuchi, Ira Brown   Gilas Pilipibas vs. Japan will be on Nov. 24, Friday, 6 pm (Philippine time) at the Komazawa Gymnasium in Tokyo.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

Tabora gives PHI its eighth Bowling World Cup title

Krizziah Tabora distinguished herself in the elite league of Filipino bowlers. Tabora joined the likes of keg legends Paeng Nepomuceno and Bong Coo after conquering the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Mexico over the weekend. A third seed after the qualifying games, Tabora bested Malaysian Siti Safiyah in an all-Asia final, 236-191, to give the Philippines the country’s eight World Cup title. Tabora scored strikes in frames five to nine to build a good cushion against her rival. "I know people at home have been watching on the live streaming, and I've already got lots of notifications from friends and family," a delighted Tabora told the QubicaAMF website. "It has been a good year for me," added Tabora, who bested Colombian Rocio Restrepo in the semifinals, 249-222. "Our ladies team won bronze in the SEA Games, and then we got silver in the Asian Indoor Games. But this is far and away, the best." Aside from Tabora, Nepomuceno and Coo, Lita dela Rosa and CJ Suarez were the other Pinoys who bagged the World Cup titles......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017