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Young and sober: Drinking on the wane for Australian teens

Drinking among Australian teenagers has declined sharply in the past two decades, with parents less likely to supply kids with booze and youths increasingly conscious of their health, researchers said Friday. The study by Deakin University, which surveyed more than 41,000 teenagers between 1999 and 2015, found that the number of adolescents who had consumed alcohol has dropped from close to 70 percent to 45 percent. Australia, where the legal drinking age is 18, was among the highest youth consumers of alcohol in the world when the survey began, researchers said. But minors buying alcohol has declined from 12 percent nearly two decades ago to just one percent today, the stud...Keep on reading: Young and sober: Drinking on the wane for Australian teens.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 12th, 2018

Parents initiating teens to drinking a bad idea — study

Paris, France --- Parents who give their teens alcohol, even to teach them how to drink responsibly, are more likely to do harm than good, according to a six-year study in Australia, published Thursday. "Parental provision of alcohol is associated with risk, not with protection," said lead author Richard Mattick, a professor at the University of New South Wales. "Parents should avoid supplying alcohol to their teenagers if they wish to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harms," he said in a statement. Mattick and colleagues monitored nearly 2,000 teens aged 12 to 18 in three Australian cities, along with their parents, over a six year period, with participants completing detaile...Keep on reading: Parents initiating teens to drinking a bad idea — study.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

Tañada urges gov’t to invest in job creation

Former Deputy House speaker Erin Taada said the government should invest in job creation so it can provide jobs to those who are "able" and "willing." Taada issued the statement after a recent survey showed that there are 9.8 million jobless Filipino adults. READ: Jobless adult Filipinos reach 9.8 million in Q3 of 2018 "Everyone who can and is willing to work should have a job. If we look around us, there is so much work to be done: Ensure food for every Filipino, a home for every family, clothes, and shoes for everyone," he said in a statement. "Someone to look after young children, to teach the youth, to care for the sick; ensure clean water for drinking, cooking, and bathi...Keep on reading: Tañada urges gov’t to invest in job creation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Over 30 girls hospitalized after fighting sexual harassers in India

About 36 female students were taken to a local hospital in India after standing up to young men who were harassing them. On Saturday evening, the victims aged 10 to 14 were playing in their school in Supaul district, Bihar, reports The Hindustan Times. A group of men, some in their teens, passed by and sexually harassed the girls, as well as made lewd comments. In response, the girls confronted the men, allegedly beating up four boys. After retreating, the group of men returned --- some with their parents --- and attacked the victims with bamboo sticks and other objects, reports Gulf News. Teachers were also involved in the altercation. Supaul district magistrate Baidynath Yadav ...Keep on reading: Over 30 girls hospitalized after fighting sexual harassers in India.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Derivative ‘Slender Man’ quickly wears thin

An internet bogeyman terrorizes teens in the horror flick "Slender Man," a visually stylish but narratively jarring film that follows the slasher formula of many cinematic chillers.   That's disappointing, given the fact that the titular creature has taken a life of its own in various media. The Slender Man is an enigmatic fictional character that looks humanoid, has a blank face and long limbs, and often wears a dark suit. Different tales have been written about it that helped expand its lore, later seeping into the real world because of a shocking controversy---it made the news because of an actual stabbing incident involving young American girls who were supposedly infl...Keep on reading: Derivative ‘Slender Man’ quickly wears thin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Frequently talking with your teen about sex can encourage safe sex later in life

New United States research has found that parents who communicate often and openly with their teens about sex could be encouraging them to practice safer sex later in life. Carried out by Laura Padilla-Walker, a family life professor at Brigham Young University, the new study recruited 468 14 to 18-year-old teenagers and their mothers, plus 311 of their fathers, and followed them over a 10-year period. Although previous research has suggested that parents can be an important source of sex education for their children, Padilla-Walker explains that little is known about how this type of communication changes between parents and children over time, and how these changes may affect...Keep on reading: Frequently talking with your teen about sex can encourage safe sex later in life.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

LOOK: Celeb mamas show they’ve still got it at the ABS-CBN Ball

The ABS-CBN Ball 2018 is one of the most anticipated events in the showbiz industry, filled with the latest celebrity love teams and trendy young teens walking down the red carpet at the glamorous event.   However, several celebrity mamas gave the younger generation a run for their money as theystruck a pose and projected in front of the camera.   Here are some of the gorgeous mothers who rocked their outfits during the ball held in Makati Makati Shangri-La Hotel on Saturday:                 ...Keep on reading: LOOK: Celeb mamas show they’ve still got it at the ABS-CBN Ball.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

AC/DC working on a new album with recordings of Malcolm Young

A year after the death of Malcolm Young, NME reports that the Australian rock band AC/DC is working on an album dedicated to his memory, its 18th, which will feature recordings of the songwriter and rhythm guitarist. Malcolm Young, AC/DC's deceased rhythm guitarist will be present on "every track" of the forthcoming album. The group, whose founder member passed away in November 2017, is working with unreleased material recorded by Young in the early 2000s, according to JAM magazine. Five years prior to their 15th album "Black Ice" (2008), the Young brothers, Angus and Malcolm, who were the group's founders, got together in a studio to compose "hundred" of songs. The best moment...Keep on reading: AC/DC working on a new album with recordings of Malcolm Young.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

1, done: Halep 1st No. 1 to lose 1st Open match; Serena wins

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Some players, like top-ranked Simona Halep, freely acknowledge they don't deal well with the hustle-and-bustle of the U.S. Open and all it entails. Others, like 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi, take to the Big Apple and its Grand Slam tournament. Put those two types at opposite ends of a court at Flushing Meadows and watch what can happen: Halep made a quick-as-can-be exit Monday, overwhelmed by the power-based game of Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 to become the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose her opening match at the U.S. Open in the half-century of the professional era. On a Day 1 that featured the major tournament debut of 25-second serve clocks, Halep blamed opening-round jitters, a recurring theme throughout her career. The reigning French Open champion has now lost her first match at 12 of 34 career major appearances, a stunningly high rate for such an accomplished player. "It's always about the nerves," said Halep, who was beaten in the first round in New York by five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in 2017. "Even when you are there in the top, you feel the same nerves. You are human." She also offered up an explanation tied to this particular site. "Maybe the noise in the crowd. The city is busy. So everything together," said Halep, who was coming off consecutive runs to the final at hard-court tuneup tournaments at Cincinnati and Montreal. "I'm a quiet person, so maybe I like the smaller places." Her departure means she can't stand in the way of Serena Williams, who could have faced Halep in the fourth round. Williams, the 23-time major champion who missed last year's U.S. Open because she gave birth on Sept. 1, returned with a flourish, following singer Kelly Clarkson's opening night performance in Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Magda Linette under the lights. "The first set was tight. It was my first back here in New York, so that wasn't the easiest," Williams told the crowd. "Once I got settled, I started doing what I'm trying to do in practice." Williams, a six-time winner at Flushing Meadows, moved a step closer to a possible third-round matchup against her older sister, two-time winner Venus, who defeated 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Others making the second round included defending champion and No. 3 seed Sloane Stephens, two-time finalist Victoria Azarenka, and two-time major champ Garbine Muguruza. Four seeded men lost, including No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov against three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, who also beat him in the first round of Wimbledon, No. 16 Kyle Edmund and No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut. Andy Murray, whose three major titles include the 2012 U.S. Open, played his first Grand Slam match in more than a year and won, eliminating James Duckworth 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. At night, defending champion Rafael Nadal advanced when the man he beat in the 2013 French Open final, David Ferrer, stopped in the second set because of an injury, while 2009 champ Juan Martin del Potro had no trouble dismissing Donald Young 6-0, 6-3, 6-4. Halep's loss was the first match at the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium, which now has about 14,000 seats and a retractable roof, and what a way to get things started. That cover was not needed to protect from rain on Day 1 at the year's last major tournament — although some protection from the bright sun and its 90-degree (33-degree Celsius) heat might have been in order. "The courts suit my game, and I love being in New York. I like the city," said Kanepi, who is from Estonia and is sharing a coach this week with another player, Andrea Petkovic. "I like the weather: humid and hot." But several players had trouble in the heat, struggling with cramping or simply breathing. Since professionals first were allowed to enter Grand Slam tournaments in 1968, only five times before Monday did women seeded No. 1 lose their opening match at a major — and never at the U.S. Open. It happened twice to Martina Hingis and once to Steffi Graf at Wimbledon, once to Angelique Kerber at the French Open and once to Virginia Ruzici at the Australian Open. Halep got off to a slow start at Roland Garros this year, too, dropping her opening set, also by a 6-2 score, but ended up pulling out the victory there and adding six more to lift the trophy. There would be no such turnaround for her against Kanepi, a big hitter who dictated the points to claim her second career win against a top-ranked player — but first top-20 victory since 2015. Kanepi has shown the occasional ability to grab significant results, including a run to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows a year ago. On this day, Kanepi took charge of baseline exchanges, compiling a 26-9 edge in winners, 14 on her favored forehand side alone. Wearing two strips of athletic tape on her left shoulder, the right-handed Kanepi also had far more unforced errors, 28-9, but that high-risk, high-reward style ultimately paid off. "I thought, 'I just have to be aggressive and try to stay calm,'" Kanepi said. Early in the second set, on the way to falling behind by two breaks at 3-0, Halep slammed her racket twice, drawing a warning for a code violation from the chair umpire. Eventually, Halep got going a bit, taking advantage of Kanepi's mistakes to break back twice and get to 4-all in that set, getting a lot of support from fans who repeatedly chanted her first name. "I was thinking about that: Why (did) they cheer so much for her? Because normally, they cheer for the underdog," Kanepi said with a smile. "It was a bit annoying for some time, but I got over it." Sure did. She ended a 14-stroke exchange with a cross-court forehand volley winner to break right back for a 5-4 lead, then served out the victory......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Gold medal winner Saso eyes Youth Olympics next

JAKARTA — Yuka Saso, owner of an individual gold in golf at the 18th Asian Games that also towed the women’s team to the crown, intends to bring her winning act to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires is hosting in October. The Filipino-Japanese was still in could nine over the double-gold victory on Sunday but she couldn’t wait to buckle down to serious training for the YOG. The Asian Games gold medals were  overwhelming for Saso and teammates Bianca Pagdanganan and Louis Kay Go that they could not seem to get over their success that easily. “These [gold medals] are really, really big. The Asian Games are like the Olympics,” Saso, 17, said. “I’m proud of myself, my team and everyone who supported us.” Their coach, Rick Gibson, a journeyman on the Asian Tour who has won the fabled Philippine Open, was as ecstatic as the young girls. “Unbelievable,” Gibson said. “Wow, these girls!” “It’s my honor to be part of the team, to be part of NGAP [National Golf Associaton of the Philippines] and put the pieces [of these championship team together.” Saso’s path to the gold medal—and so as the team’s—were laced with sheer talent and destiny. An eagle-3 in the 18th and final hole coupled with the collapse of erstwhile leader Liu Wenbo, who had a quadruple bogey in the same hole, spelled a double victory for the Philippines four days after weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the country’s first gold. The 17-year-old Saso was in her best form when it mattered most at the Pondok Indah Golf and Country Club course, rallying from four shots down to end a gold medal drought that started after Ramon Brobio won the men’s individual title in the 1986 Seoul Games. Pagdanganan also clinched bronze in individual play as the Philippines dominated the podium for the first time in the Games.  “I just never lost faith in myself and I never doubted this team form the beginning,” Saso said. “We are all fighters and we really fought hard for our country.” Although still in their teens, Gibson said Saso and her teammates already possess the experience to excel under pressure and win major tournaments. “Yuka is a US NCAA champion. She has the makings of a world champion,” Gibson said. Gibson confided that it was only Pagdanganan and Go who walked the course ahead of the Games. “Yuka? She didn’t join the two girls. But she knows the course, she played there three years ago,” he said. The YOG are set October 6 to 18 and Gibson said Saso is eager to get back to the course and prepare herself for another gold. Saso’s No. 48 world ranking qualified her for the YOG. She will be joined by Luis Miguel Castro, who also played here in the Games along with Lloyd Jeferson Go and Ruperto Zaragoza but finished eighth behind Japan, China and South Korea. “The girls have shown that Filipinos could win in the Asian Games,” Gibson said. “It was a great day for Filipinos.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Teens are spending more time on social media and less time reading, says new research

New research published by the American Psychological Association has found that the number of teenagers reading is dropping at an alarming rate, as young people shun books, newspapers and magazines in favor of social media. The new study, led by Jean M. Twenge, PhD, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, looked at data taken from Monitoring the Future, an ongoing study that surveys a nationally representative sample of approximately 50,000 eighth-, 10th- and 12th-grade students annually. The researchers analyzed the survey results from 1976 to 2016, which includes responses from more than 1 million teenagers, and found that digital media use has increased subs...Keep on reading: Teens are spending more time on social media and less time reading, says new research.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Teens are spending more time on social media and less time reading, says new research

New research published by the American Psychological Association has found that the number of teenagers reading is dropping at an alarming rate, as young people shun books, newspapers and magazines in favor of social media. The new study, led by Jean M. Twenge, PhD, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, looked at… link: Teens are spending more time on social media and less time reading, says new research.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

How Deeply Has China Infiltrated the Philippines?

In late May of 2005, Chen Yonglin, a young, up-and-coming, junior diplomat assigned to the Chinese consulate in Sidney, Australia defected. Chen asked Australian authorities for political asylum for himself, his wife, and their young daughter. After defecting, Chen made a stunning revelation. He told the Australians that China had more than a thousand undercover agents and informants operating in their country ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Sprint star Bolt chases new dream

“He will create dreams for young people and he will give the A-League a profile no amount of money can buy. SYDNEY, Australia — Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt will undergo a six-week tryout with the Central Coast Mariners, hoping to land a deal that could see him play for a season in Australian […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Usain Bolt to trial with A-League s Mariners

SYDNEY (AP) — Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt will trial for six weeks with the Central Coast Mariners from next month in a deal which could see him play for a season in Australian football's A-League. Australian football agent Tony Rallis said Monday a "deal between the Mariners and Usain Bolt in principle has been agreed, subject to a couple of benchmarks." Rallis said it would be necessary for the 31-year-old Bolt to trial and for Football Federation Australia to support his salary. "Once the FFA comes back and says that they'll be part of the process, we're going to the trial," Rallis said Bolt has a long-held ambition to play professional football and, since his retirement from the track, has trialed with Germany's Borussia Dortmund and Stromsgodset in Norway. "If he's competitive, he will lift our A-League profile," Rallis said. "He will create dreams for young people and he will give the A-League a profile no amount of money can buy. This bloke's an ambitious athlete. The A-League needed a hero and we got superman." Rallis said the owner of the Mariners would guarantee 70 percent of his salary and the FFA would be expected to fund the remainder. Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said there was still a lot of work to do and a trial was imperative to determine Bolt's skill level. "It would only be big if he can play and if he can go really, really well," he said. "Beause if he comes and he's not up to the level then it actually has a detrimental effect. "But if he comes and he's as good as our reports are saying that he can be, then that would be very exciting and I'm sure that this stadium would be pretty full every time he put the boots on.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Cave divers get immunity

SYDNEY, Australia — Two Australian divers who helped extract the young football team trapped in a Thai cave obtained diplomatic immunity before the rescue in case it failed, national broadcaster ABC reported Monday. The “Wild Boars” team were stuck in the cave in northern Thailand for 18 days before Thai Navy SEALs and international cave […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Pacquiao still has it

KUALA Lumpur---Young again, Manny Pacquiao was in ebullient form Sunday after he leapt back into the global boxing spotlight with a seventh round knockout of World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse. Pacquiao will be 40 in December but was beaming as he told reporters afterwards: "Do I look 39? "At 39 years old, I'm still OK, I'm still fine. When you see me in training, you can tell I'm like 28, 27 years old," Pacquiao said. "You cannot say I'm 39 years old! You can say I'm 28, 27 years old." Pacquiao certainly seemed to have been drinking from the fountain of youth as his speed, agility, lightning quick movements and punching power magically returne...Keep on reading: Pacquiao still has it.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

‘Do I look 39?’: Pacquiao rolls back years in KO win

Young-again Manny Pacquiao was in ebullient form Sunday after he leapt back into the global boxing spotlight with a seven-round knockout of WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse. Pacquiao will be 40 in December but was beaming as he told reporters afterwards: "Do I look 39? "At 39 years old, I'm still OK, I'm still fine. When you see me in training, you can tell I'm like 28, 27 years old," Pacquiao said. READ:Pacquiao: Matthysse scared of my punches "You cannot say I'm 39 years old! You can say I'm 28, 27 years old." Pacquiao certainly seemed to have been drinking from the fountain of youth as his speed, agility, lightning quick movements and punching power magical...Keep on reading: ‘Do I look 39?’: Pacquiao rolls back years in KO win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

All those oh, so nears and more for England at World Cup

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — They sing of alcohol and agony, and of all those oh, so nears. The anguished English now have another line to add to the lyrics of "Three Lions": Football's not coming home. There was no penalty heartache this time, like in the semifinals at the 1990 World Cup or 1996 European Championship. But a 2-1 loss to Croatia in extra time stopped England from reaching its first World Cup final since 1966. "It hurts a lot," England striker Harry Kane said. "It's going to hurt for a while." The fans sang of 30 years of hurt in 1996. Two years later, they refreshed it to 32. But the Lightning Seeds, an English musical act, stopped producing updates after that. It's now 52 years and counting. England came very close on Wednesday. For more than an hour, Gareth Southgate's young team led Croatia before the weary, aging opposition sprung back into life at the Luzhniki Stadium. Now, on their way to St. Petersburg for a third-place playoff against Belgium, there are just so many agonizing misses to replay in their heads. Kane. Jesse Lingard. Raheem Sterling. Chances to build on the lead secured by Kieran Trippier's free kick in the fifth minute. While Trippier did Bend it like Beckham for his goal, this generation of England players is far removed from the celebrity-obsessed David Beckham-era that straddled the millennium. They even managed to win a game on penalties, breaking the streak of five tournament shootout losses, in the round of 16. "Wasn't to be this time," British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote on Twitter amid the latest Brexit turmoil within her government, "but it's been a great journey that's made the country proud." There is a genuine sense of warmth between this squad and its followers. The apathy of just four years ago — when the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium was more than half empty — replaced by a newfound affection for the national team under Southgate. Fans could relate to players like Kane, Trippier and John Stones, who toiled through lower leagues to eventually reach the pinnacle of the game. The coach even became an unlikely fashion icon. "If we have brought joy back home, which I know we have," Southgate said, "that has been worthwhile." Tens of thousands packed into Hyde Park in central London to watch Wednesday's match, roaring in delight and flinging beer in the air when Trippier scored. Thousands more made the journey from England to Russia, packing into the Luzhniki after shunning the group stage. Even after Mario Mandzukic's 109th-minute goal, a young squad was saluted for exceeding expectations with its deep progress in this year's tournament. "They are still maturing and Croatia have some hardened warriors," Southgate said. "They have broken through a number of barriers over the last few weeks. We have made such strides with our supporters." And still they sang , long after the final whistle as midnight approached, about "drinking all your vodka." There are sorrows to drown, but this was not an embarrassment for England. No need to rip up the script that has seen England recover from the humiliation of being denied a place at the 2008 European Championship by Croatia with a coaching blueprint instilled through all age groups winning titles. Champions last year at both the under-17 and under-20 World Cups, collecting the main prize will have to wait at least until 2022. A timepiece at the national team's St. George's Park base has been counting down to the final in Qatar. It was compared to the Doomsday Clock when new leadership took charge at the Football Association. But Southgate has real optimism that his team can hit its peak in the Gulf in four years — from Kane up front to Jordan Pickford in goal. "It's clear to everyone the progress that's been made in terms of the level of performances and the quality of the group," Southgate said. "This is a thoroughly different journey." English soccer has now had its reset moment. The country came to Russia to regain respect. From the ignominy of the failure to win a game at the 2014 World Cup to the meek collapse against Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. "This team has taken us to a place that we never thought we would ever have imagined we would get," Gary Neville, England's assistant coach during the Euro 2016 campaign, said on British broadcaster ITV. "They have taken the nation with them." For all the playfulness in practice with rubber chickens, splashing around with unicorns in a pool and the sense this was a group of friends having fun on an extended summer vacation, there was always a steely, winning mindset. There should be tinges of regret about falling short at a World Cup where defending champion Germany was eliminated in the group stage, and Argentina, Brazil and Spain fell before the semifinals. England does not appear in semifinals very often. Southgate was in the last one 22 years ago. A post-match news conference after the loss to Croatia looked like the last place he wanted to be. "I'm trying to get the balance right," Southgate said, "of recognizing that tonight was a wonderful opportunity for us and you can't guarantee that those opportunities will ever come again." Football will come home in two years when Wembley Stadium stages seven games, including the semifinals and final, at the 2020 European Championship. Southgate has to find a way to get his team one step further than in Russia. Without just coming oh, so near......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Thai cave hero emerges to family tragedy

SYDNEY — An Australian doctor who looked after a young Thai football team during their harrowing cave ordeal emerged from the flooded underground complex to the sad news that his own father had died. Richard Harris, a world-renowned medic and diver whose presence in the dramatic rescue of the Wild….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

‘No small dreams’: Filipino scholar in Australia sees hope for PH in public schools

Orphaned at seven and raised by two older siblings, John Carlo P. Fernando learned from a young age what it meant to struggle to survive day-to-day --- and how important it is to work together to achieve dreams. At 27, he stood before 2018's Australia Awards scholars from the University of Sydney, where he studied, to address them at their completion ceremony held Wednesday, July 4. The Australia Awards is part of the Australian government's aid to the Philippines where Filipino leaders are provided with a postgraduate studies scholarship. Its aim to equip these leaders with the necessary qualifications to contribute to their home country's socio-economic development after the progra...Keep on reading: ‘No small dreams’: Filipino scholar in Australia sees hope for PH in public schools.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018