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Defending champ La Salle tops Ateneo to open UAAP Season 81 campaign

MANILA, Philippines---De La Salle's four-peat bid started off in the right footing after the defending champion dismantled Ateneo, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, in the opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Lady Spikers are aiming to become the first team since University of Santo Tomas, which won seven straight from 1985 to 1991, to win four straight titles. After a minor hiccup in the third set, the defending champions immediately went back to work in the fourth set showing Ateneo who the boss of the playing field is. From leading by just two points, 12-10, early in the set, La Salle made a run for it and took a ...Keep on reading: Defending champ La Salle tops Ateneo to open UAAP Season 81 campaign.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 17th, 2019Related News

Country star Miranda Lambert reveals secret marriage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Country star Miranda Lambert celebrated Valentine's Day weekend with the announcement that she secretly got married. A representative for the singer confirmed the marriage after Lambert posted photos on social media Saturday showing her in a white lace gown with her new husband, Brendan Mcloughlin. She wrote that in honor of Valentine's Day, she wanted to share that she "met the love of my life. And we got hitched!" It's unclear when the marriage occurred. The two-time Grammy winner was previously married to country star Blake Shelton, but she hadn't spoken publicly about her relationship with Mcloughlin before Saturday. The Texas-born singer who is also...Keep on reading: Country star Miranda Lambert reveals secret marriage.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 17th, 2019Related News

WHO: Measles fight ‘backsliding’

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were “backsliding,” with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year. Last year, measles cause approximately 136,000 deaths around the world The UN health agency pointed to preliminary data showing that the disturbing trend of resurgent measles cases was […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

UAAP Season 81: Kailangan naming panindigan ang mga championships na yun -- Carlos

Veteran hitter Tots Carlos and the rest of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons are determined to prove that their twin titles in the pre-season are no fluke. UP will try to translate its success in the Premier Volleyball League and Philippine Superliga into a good showing if not a championship in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.  “Two championships hindi naman ibinigay yun na free lang, pinagtrabahuhan namin yun. Sabi nila coach yung championships namin motivation but at the same time pressure,” said Carlos, one of the Lady Maroons’ veterans who is expected to deliver the goods for the Godfrey Okumu-mentored squad. “Kailangan naming panindigan ang mga championships na ‘yun and mag-perform ng maayos this UAAP. Siyempre di kami makakapag-perform kung di kami magtatrabaho.” The Lady Maroons are coming into the season brimming with confidence after their Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference and Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam conquests. UP crushed Far Eastern University in the PVL Finals highlighted by an amazing fifth set comeback while University of Sto. Tomas became the victim of the Lady Maroons in the PSL championship. Those twin crowns were UP’s first major titles after ruling the UAAP 36 years ago.  The Diliman-based squad is also parading an intact core with fourth-year veteran Carlos, who skipped the PVL to recover from a foot injury, Isa Molde and graduating setter Ayel Estranero leading the charge. And for the first time in years, UP is considered as one of the legitimate contenders to challenge the reign of four-peat-seeking De La Salle University.   “Kailangan naming maging confident pero at the same time kasi lahat ng teams pantay-pantay talaga. ‘Di mo alam kung ano ang laro nila eh especially La Salle kasi wala akong nakita nilang laro before the season,” said Carlos. “Sabi nga namin ‘di kami puwedeng pumunta ng season na hindi kami handa. Lalaruin namin ang laro namin and middle of the game mag-adjust kami kung sino man ang opponent namin.” With the showing they made in the pre-season, Carlos admits that it gave their opponents a glimpse of their game, play patterns and strategy.  “Siyempre may fear din pero at the same time sabi ni coach, kasi skills pantay-pantay naman lahat ng mga teams eh pero more on mental and emotional kailangan. ‘Yun ang labanan na lang dito.” Mental toughness, according to her, is one of the most important things that they learned during the pre-season. “I think oo (nakuha ang mental toughness sa pre-season). Kasi winning the championship hindi naman yun madali lang like straight three sets lang eh. Very crucial. Doon ko nakita na sobrang taas ng confidence ng team at ‘yung gusto talaga nila ang game eh,” she said.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

UAAP Season 81: Lady Maroons, Lady Warriors clash in season opener

Pre-season favorite University of the Philippines and University of the East cross paths Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The two squads will duke it out at 2:00 p.m. in a match that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Lady Maroons are coming into the season as one of the top contenders after their impressive pre-season showing and an intact lineup. UP ended a 36-year title drought in any major tournament after the Lady Maroons ruled the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. The Diliman-based squad followed it up with its conquest in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam that also earned them an all-expense paid training camp in Thailand. Expectations are high for the Lady Maroons especially with an intact core. Top hitters Tots Carlos and Isa Molde are back with other holdovers in Ayel Estranero, Marist Layug, Marian Buitre and Justine Dorog. But UP is sure to face a tough resistance from an inspired Lady Warriors side. UE bagged third place in the PSL Collegiate Grand Slam, its first tournament podium finish in years. The Lady Warriors will also parade an intact core led by prized libero Kath Arado, Me-Anne Mendrez, Judith Abil, Roselle Baliton, setter Lai Bendong and Seth Rodriguez.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

FALSE: This is a photo of Duterte urging voters to reject Mar Roxas

A photo that has been shared over a thousand times on multiple Facebook pages claims to show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte holding a banner urging voters to reject an opposition candidate. A reverse image search found the picture had been doctored from a 2016 photograph showing Duterte holding a ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

Go in middle of Magic 12

Former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate has sustained his strong showing in the senatorial race at the onset of the formal campaign period, landing middle of the “Magic 12” or ranking of 6 -12 based on the 26-31 January 2019 Pulse Asia survey. In the 14-21 December 2018 Pulse Asia survey, […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

WHO warns of backsliding in measles fight as cases soar worldwide

GENEVA, Switzerland – The World Health Organization warned Thursday, February 14, that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year. The UN health agency pointed to preliminary data showing that the disturbing trend of resurgent measles cases was happening at a global level , including in wealthy ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

FALSE: This is a photo of Pope Francis meeting President Duterte

CLAIM: A photograph that has been shared thousands of times on social media claims to show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meeting Pope Francis. The claim is false; a reverse image search found that the picture is a doctored version of a photo showing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg meeting Pope ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

Long queue at photo booth an image of Chinese influx into Philippines

A photo shared on social media showing a long line of Chinese nationals waiting to get their identification photos at a mall in Quezon City is reviving concerns about the influx of Chinese citizens in the country. Facebook user Philip Lustre Jr. said that one of his friends gave him the photo and asked him […] The post Long queue at photo booth an image of Chinese influx into Philippines appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopFeb 14th, 2019Related News

NU tower Carl Tamayo rises to number one in NBTC UAAP 24

Carl Tamayo hasn't had the best of years this UAAP Season 81 Juniors' Basketball Tournament. The NU slotman has been on-and-off all season long, which hampered his candidacy to stake his case among the league's elite. But on the final week of the eliminations, Tamayo showed his true colors and dropped 11 points and nine rebounds, showing the way for the Bullpups as they swept the second round with a big 81-75 victory over FEU-Diliman. And thus, at long last, the 6-foot-8 former Batang Gilas stud has snared the pole position in the Chooks-to-Go NBTC UAAP 24 high school rankings as NU finished the eliminations on top at 13-1. Tamayo put an end to Kai Sotto's three-week run at the top of the standings, forcing the runaway MVP from Ateneo to settle for no. 2 this week despite his 17-point, 15-rebound, and 2-block effort over Adamson. UST senior guard Mark Nonoy finished at third after ending his high school career with a solid win over De La Salle Zobel, as NU guard Gerry Abadiano earned the no. 4 spot. FEU-Diliman sniper RJ Abarrientos completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 are Ateneo's Geo Chiu, NU's Terrence Fortea, Ateneo's Forthsky Padrigao, Adamson's Joem Sabandal, and UST's Bismarck Lina. Here are the complete Week 11 rankings of the Chooks-to-GoNBTC UAAP 24: 1.            Carl Tamayo (NU) (10) 2.            Kai Sotto (ADMU) (1) 3.            Mark Nonoy (UST) (2) 4.            Gerry Abadiano (NU) (5) 5.            RJ Abarrientos (FEU) (9) 6.            Geo Chiu (ADMU) (12) 7.            Terrence Fortea (NU) (3) 8.            Forthsky Padrigao (ADMU) (7) 9.            Joem Sabandal (AdU) (6) 10.          Bismarck Lina (UST) (4) 11.          Adam Doria (AdU) (23) 12.          Ian Espinosa (ADMU) (15) 13.          Royce Alforque (FEU) (11) 14.          Andrey Doria (AdU) (16) 15.          Jesse Sullano (UE) (24) 16.          Bryan Sajonia (FEU) (N/A) 17.          Jomar Amador (UST) (18) 18.          Jacob Estrera (UPIS) (N/A) 19.          Xyrus Torres (FEU) (13) 20.          Mike Flores (UE) (N/A) 21.          Shane Dichoso (UE) (21) 22.          Joshua Barcelona (AdU) (N/A) 23.          Nat Sevilla (DLSZ) (N/A) 24.          AP Manlapaz (AdU) (N/A) This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year. After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 14th, 2019Related News

Indonesian Islamic State militant killed in Syria – police

JAKARTA, Indonesia – An Indonesian Islamic State group member who appeared in terrorist propaganda videos showing the execution of prisoners has been killed in Syria, police said Wednesday, February 13. Muhammad Saifuddin, who was known widely by the alias Abu Walid, was killed on January 29 in the Syrian province of ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2019Related News

NCAA: Arellano University wins 3-peat volleyball crown

MANILA, Philippines – In the end, there is no denying Arellano University a three-peat. Showing grit and experience, the Lady Chiefs ended the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD) Lady Altas’ fairy tale run in 4 sets, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-18, on Tuesday, February 12, to clinch a third straight ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 13th, 2019Related News

Scales of justice: Indonesia police probe snake interrogation

JAYAPURA, Indonesia – Indonesian authorities on Monday, February 11, launched an investigation after a police force chief admitted an officer wrapped a live snake around a terrified suspect in a bid to force a confession. Shocking viral footage emerged online showing an alleged pickpocket – handcuffed and sitting on the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 12th, 2019Related News

I believe we would be in the Final Four -- Okumu

The University of the Philippines showed what it could do during the pre-season after collecting titles in the Premier Volleyball League and the Philippine Superliga. It is but natural for Lady Maroons fans to expect more from the Godfrey Okumu-mentored squad come UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. Their pre-season romp, according to Okumu, is a morale boost, but at the same time it created pressure for his wards to live up to expectations. “The excitement is there but also the stress, the pressure. We cannot count that out,” said Okumu, who has done wonders to the squad in just his second year as mentor. “The fans are excited, we are excited, the players are excited as well because most of them believe that it's a time for them to show themselves to the UAAP community.” Okumu’s first year with the squad was a period of adjustment and the Lady Maroons struggled to adapt to the new system and ended up at fifth to sixth spot tied with Adamson University, tallying six wins in 14 games. For the second straight year UP missed the Final Four.     “The last season was quite challenging, Season 80. I barely had enough time to prepare the team the way I wanted,” he said. During the offseason, the Lady Maroons were able to fully grasp Okumu’s system and it paid dividends.       UP made history by capturing the PVL Collegiate Conference award, the Diliman-based team’s first major women’s volleyball crown since winning it all in UAAP Season 45 back in 1982, despite playing without injured spiker Tots Carlos. The Lady Maroons followed it up with another championship run in the PSL Collegiate Grand Slam without Isa Molde, who was rested following her stint in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament. UP’s PSL win also earned them an all-expense paid training camp in Thailand, where they got a chance to play against club team Supreme Chonburi led by Thai national team stars Pleumjit Thinkaow and Wilavan Apinyapong.   “They never had a pre-season like this. Playing together as a team. This was a good opportunity for them to test themselves. They were tested well and they've land their position but this were just preseason tournament,” said Okumu. But for Okumu, the real battle will start come February 16 in the UAAP wars. “I expect them to give their best, I expect them to play like this is their last tournament of their lives,” said the mentor, who will parade a battle-tested core led by Molde, Carlos and graduating setter Ayel Estranero. “That's what I say every time they play, ‘Make it look like it's your last. Don't play thinking that oh we still have another game. Don't serve that ball thinking that oh I still have another serve to six rotations. Always make it look like it's your last so give it your best everything you do and also have disciplining, know your court, respect your opponents and respect the game that you're playing and you'll get your returns.’” Also back in the fold are veterans Marist Layug, Justine Dorog, Jessma Ramos and Marian Buitre, giving UP a mature and experienced core.     “What I expect is for them to go hard, they came from far, some of them four years ago, some of them five, like Ayel, she's coming, five years, playing and training to win. I think some of them in their first years that was when they were in the Final Four,” said Okumu. “Last season they thought they were gonna be in the Final Four but it was bad luck that that we didn't make it. I think this time we should start strong, and finish strong.” With the Lady Maroons pre-season showing, Okumu is confident that his team will make it to the Final Four this time and even beyond if they stick to their game plan, focus and work hard to achieve their goals. “This season, 81, I think I believe we would be in the Final Four based on how we played. That is my strong belief,” he said. “Like every other team, we have a chance of winning like all the strong teams. We have a chance and we wanna go out there and take that chance because as I said before, it's not gonna be easy.” “We have to go there hard, nobody is gonna give it to us. We have to go out and take it so that's what we are trying to do. Go out there and take it because everybody else is trying to take the same so we tread carefully, very politely, and with a lot of discipline towards our goal,” Okumu added. “As I said before, it's not gonna be easy because everybody wants the same thing.”   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 11th, 2019Related News

PBA: Terrence plays best game as SMB gets into groove

Slowly but surely, Terrence Romeo is finding his groove with San Miguel Beermen. Terrence has posted season-highs in back-to-back games, following up a 17-point output against Blackwater with a 23-point showing against Magnolia Sunday. Romeo was balanced and efficient against the Hotshots, scoring at least five points per quarter all while shooting 80 percent from the field. He’s slowly integrating himself with the Beermen, a process that was delayed with an untimely injury during the season-opener. “Ini-isip ko pa rin kun paano makakapag-blend sa team,” Romeo said. “”Di ako pwede makuntento sa isa o dalawang game kasi hindi yun yung goal eh. Ang goal namin is mapuntahan kung saan namin gusto mapunta. So para makarating kami dun kailangan maging consistent ako, kaming lahat,” he added. Terrence getting into a groove coincides with the Beermen picking up steam as a whole team. After a below .500 start, San Miguel has won back-to-back games for the first time for a 4-3 record. “At least alam namin sa sarili namin na kaya naming manalo,” Romeo said. “Siguro mas kailangan na lang namin maging ready, mas paghandaan yung next game namin after ng pahinga,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 10th, 2019Related News

Pelicans balancing Anthony Davis’ playing time with future concerns

NEW ORLEANS --- Even with one foot out the door, Anthony Davis is showing he can still produce prolific statistics for the New Orleans Pelicans. He only needed 25 minutes to score 32-points in his first game for New Orleans since requesting a trade nearly two weeks ago. Davis also had nine rebounds and three blocks in a 122-117 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Whether his presence in the lineup is sustainable for a club that is trying to move on without him --- and protect his trade value by keeping him healthy --- remains to be seen. But for now, coach Alvin Gentry and other Pelicans veterans sound inclined to try to make it work. "He's obviously made it...Keep on reading: Pelicans balancing Anthony Davis’ playing time with future concerns.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 10th, 2019Related News

Brownlee-led Mighty registers Philippines’ best finish in Dubai

Mighty Sports-Pilipinas was forced to settle for a finish just right outside the Finals of the 2019 Dubai International Basketball Tournament. Still, the Filipinos were nothing but happy to celebrate the country’s best showing in the tourney, which they formalized with a well-earned 91-76 win against Lebanese champion Homentmen on Saturday (Philippine time) at the Shabab-Al Ahli Club in Dubai. With that, the Philippines triumphed in the battle for third. As always, Justin Brownlee was at the forefront of the attack. The result of this one isn’t much different from the last time the two teams met. Mighty-Pilipinas also topped Homentmen in the elimination round. This bronze is the first medal the Philippines has gotten in the 14-year history of the Dubai International. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 9th, 2019Related News

MISLEADING: Manila Bay ‘resort,’ ‘soon-to-be-beach’ photos

Claim: Photos of a blue, garbage-free Manila Bay have been going viral on social media after the beginning of the clean-up drive on January 27, with some Facebook users already calling the bay a "resort" and "soon to be beach." In a post showing ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 2019Related News

76ers get Tobias Harris from Clippers in 6-player deal

PHILADELPHIA --- The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to acquire Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris as the centerpiece of a six-player, four-draft pick trade they hope can put them over the top in the East. A person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press the Sixers also acquired center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott as part of the deal. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been announced. Harris is ready for the move --- he tweeted early Wednesday a GIF from the opening credits of the 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" showing Will Smith's character playing basketball. The Clippers restocked the ...Keep on reading: 76ers get Tobias Harris from Clippers in 6-player deal.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 6th, 2019Related News