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Assault charge against pitcher Roberto Osuna dropped

Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Canadian prosecutors dropped a domestic assault charge on Tuesday against Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who agreed to stay away from the alleged victim for one year and continue counseling. Osuna, formerly with the Toronto Blue Jays, was charged with assault in May. The 23-year-old player was suspended without pay for 75 games for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, and the Blue Jays dealt him to Houston on July 30. Speaking in court, prosecutor Catherine Mullaly said the complainant, who lives in Mexico, had made clear she would not travel to Toronto to testify against Osuna. "The Crown does not have a reasonable prospect of conviction on this charge absent her testimony," Mullaly told Judge Melvyn Green. Osuna nodded when Green asked if he understood the agreement, known as a "peace bond." "Now I can begin to put these allegations behind me and focus on baseball," Osuna said in a statement. "I am grateful to the Astros for providing me with the opportunity to play baseball and compete for a World Series championship." He said he would have no further comment on the matter, declining to address reporters for a second straight day before Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, citing advice from his attorney. Osuna's attorney, Domenic Basile, had said his client was remorseful but planned to plead not guilty had the matter gone to trial. "I wish to make it clear that this is not an admission of criminal or civil liability," Basile said Tuesday. "He is content to enter into the peace bond (and) is aware of the conditions and will abide by the conditions." At Rogers Centre on Tuesday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow acknowledged that Osuna's case had been "a distraction for everybody" since the closer was acquired from Toronto. "You never know how a legal case is going to get resolved," Luhnow said. "We're thankful it's behind us now and we can focus on what's ahead." Houston, the reigning World Series champion, is on the brink of its second straight AL West title and a second straight 100-win season. Monday's win moved the Astros to 99-57, and their magic number to clinch the division is two. Osuna was met with boos when the Astros beat the Blue Jays in Toronto on Monday. The Astros have said they would not tolerate another incident involving their closer and that the organization is committed to supporting victims of domestic violence......»»

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LIVE: Senate resumes probe into missing P6.8-B shabu

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate blue ribbon committee resumes its probe into the missing P6.8 billion worth of methamphetamine (shabu) on Wednesday, September 25. Last August 8, police discovered 4 empty giant magnetic lifters inside a warehouse in General Mariano Alvarez town in Cavite. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) believes ........»»

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Senate blue ribbon committee eyes probe of ‘tara’ system in NFA

The Senate blue ribbon committee is inclined to investigate allegations of a "tara" (payola) system in the National Food Authority (NFA) and a supposed scheme to favor private traders as claimed by Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Sen. Richard Gordon said on Tuesday. Gordon, the committee chair, said the panel would "most probably" look into the allegations. Sen. Cynthia Villar, the Senate agriculture committee chair, said those accusing NFA Administrator Jason Aquino should file cases against him. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier agreed to let go of Aquino amid NFA rice supply problems, which pushed up prices of the staple. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque wants Aquino to be ...Keep on reading: Senate blue ribbon committee eyes probe of ‘tara’ system in NFA.....»»

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Red October

A Masbate native who is now a blue-collar worker in Manila says communist rebels have a strong presence in his home province......»»

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Blue-backed fish oil helps reduce patients’ anxiety—Japan research

TOKYO -- Blue-backed fish oil is effective at helping ease patients' anxiety with certain mental diseases and cardiac infarction, among other diseases, researchers of the National Cancer Center Japan have announced. Blue-backed fish such as sanma saury and mackerel contain rich omega-3 fatty acids. According to the research team, some effects are seen when those with such diseases take 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per day for about three months. One and a half sauries contain that amount. There are some types of omega-3 fatty acids, such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) that decrease neutral fat in blood. They are less likely to clot than other oil...Keep on reading: Blue-backed fish oil helps reduce patients’ anxiety—Japan research.....»»

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Treñas names Baronda as ‘congresswoman’

REPRESENTATIVE Jerry P. Treñas has named former City Councilor Julienne “Jam-Jam” Baronda as Iloilo City’s “first congresswoman-to-be.” Treñas made the statement during the oath taking of the Blue Angels Association in Brgy. Cubay Jaro on Sept 22, 2018. “Ang aton nga napilian magpadalagan congressman, the first congresswoman-to-be of Iloilo City, Jam-Jam Baronda,” Treñas said in […] The post Treñas names Baronda as ‘congresswoman’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsSep 24th, 2018Related News

Baldwin puts Ildefonso, other recruits on notice: Ateneo is right place to be

Ateneo lobbied heavily to keep Dave Ildefonso in Katipunan but the former Blue Eaglet star opted to go somewhere else and join his father and older brother at National University.........»»

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Elite Ateneo defense holds NU to 46 points in blowout win

      MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo Blue Eagles flexed their defensive muscles and muzzled the NU Bulldogs, 72-46, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, September 22 at the Araneta Coliseum. Thirdy Ravena unloaded 13 points to lead the Blue Eagles, who picked up their second straight win ........»»

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Tab Baldwin wants Dave Ildefonso to rethink his decision

    MANILA, Philippines – It wasn’t enough that the Ateneo Blue Eagles destroyed the NU Bulldogs in a 72-46 statement win . It also wasn’t enough that the Eagles’ defense held prized NU recruit and former Ateneo high school star Dave Ildefonso to a season-low 4 points. No, after the blowout win, Ateneo ........»»

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Baldwin puts Ildefonso, other recruits on notice: Ateneo is ‘right place to be’

Ateneo lobbied heavily to keep Dave Ildefonso in Katipunan but the former Blue Eaglet star opted to go somewhere else and join his father and older brother at National University. But after Ateneo handed NU a 72-46 whipping on Saturday night, Blue Eagles coach Tab Baldwin said he wanted Ildefonso to "rethink" the decision he made six months ago. READ: Ateneo shuts down NU, improves to 2-1 "Dave, as everybody knows, was a very valued recruit for Ateneo and we ended up not getting him," Baldwin told reporters. "And I think we wanted Dave to rethink that decision or perhaps in hindsight, wonder why he made that decision." The Blue Eagles made it tough for Ildefonso, who struggled mighti...Keep on reading: Baldwin puts Ildefonso, other recruits on notice: Ateneo is ‘right place to be’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 22nd, 2018Related News

UAAP: Ateneo marches forward to solo second after mowing down NU

Even after a loss to open the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Ateneo de Manila University still stands in the top two of the standings. Drawing contributions from up and down the roster, the Blue Eagles dominated National University from start to finish for a 72-46 rout on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum. Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto didn’t even have to do much in terms of scoring as the defending champions got much welcome contributions from the likes of Mike Nieto and Adrian Wong in their second straight win following a season-opening loss. Ravena still top-scored with 13 points, but only had to play 13 minutes while Matt Nieto just had two points in 16 minutes. That didn’t prove to be a problem as Mike Nieto and Wong each scored seven points while Anton Asistio also added nine markers. The balance extended to the other end as well as Ateneo allowed no more than 16 points in each and every quarter. “I thought our defense was the way we wanted it to be. There’s no excuse to not play that way after this,” head coach Tab Baldwin said. In fact, the defense was so suffocating that Bulldogs’ super rookie Dave Ildefonso, averaging 17.5 points in the first two games, only had four points in this one. All in all, they only allowed their opponents to make good on 18 of their 65 attempts. With that end-to-end dominance, the Blue Eagles separated themselves from the pack and seized solo second in the standings. “When we get that defensive effort, we can be a prospectively hard team to bet,” coach Tab said. Trending in the opposite direction are the Bulldogs who were dealt back-to-back defeats following a season-opening win. Enzo Joson was the lone player in double-digits for them with 11 points. BOX SCORES ATENEO 72 – Ravena 13, Asistio 9, Wong 7, Nieto Mi. 7, Go 6, Verano 6, Black 6, Kouame 5, Belangel 5, Andrade 3, Nieto Ma. 2, Daves 2, Mamuyac 1, Navarro 0, Mendoza 0, Tio 0. NU 46 – Joson 11, Tibayan 8, Clemente 7, Gallego 6, Ildefonso D. 4, Ildefonso S. 4, Rike 2, Galinato 2, Malonzo 2, Gaye 0, Diputado 0, Sinclair 0, Aquino 0, Yu 0, Morido 0, Salim 0. QUARTER SCORES: 11-9, 33-18, 49-30, 72-46 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 22nd, 2018Related News

UAAP: Coach Tab wants Dave Ildefonso to rethink going to NU

Is it wrong to grant a second chance? Or should one's decision be final? After a 72-46 thrashing by defending champs Ateneo Blue Eagles against the NU Bulldogs, head coach Tab Baldwin is asking NU rookie Dave Ildefonso to reconsider his move to Sampaloc and back to the confines of Katipunan. Ildefonso, a key member of the Blue Eaglets squad that triumphed over the NU Bullpups in the UAAP Season 80 juniors' basketball tournament earlier this year, made the move to the school where his dad, Danny, rose from an unknown probinsyano to being the greatest product the school has ever produced. Baldwin made it known at the post-game presser that the highly-sought recruit was courted heavily by his former alma mater, but to no avail. "I think that we wanted Dave to rethink that decision or perhaps in hindsight, wonder why he made that decision,": the American-Kiwi coach shared. The mentor then added that the win was a statement not only for Ildefonso, but to all recruits the school are scouting. "And we want that next recruit that it's in that position to remember today. And we'll continue to put performances on the court that hope for all of our recruits to take note. And think that this is the right place to be. Because they don't want to be on the other side." For the rookie Ildefonso's part, who joined his older brother, Sean in his move from Katipunan to Sampaloc, an opportunity to immediately shine was the ultimate reason why he left Ateneo. "I really want to play. So yung nakita ko sa Ateneo, it's a stacked lineup. Naisip ko na I won't be able to play, have a lot of minutes after two years, so pinag-isipan ko na I really need the exposure and siguro I didn't want to get that exposure from playing Team B, ganoon," the forward said in a previous interview at the ABS-CBN Sports office. "I really didn't want that. Sa tingin ko, I didn't really want to become a bench player."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.     .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 22nd, 2018Related News

UAAP: NU s Dave I: I think I made the right decision, Coach Tab

After averaging 17.5 points in his first two games in the UAAP Seniors, Dave Ildefonso was shackled down to just four points on Saturday. “Lakas ng katawan ni Thirdy [Ravena] e. Maganda yung game plan talaga nila,” he told reporters post-game after National University succumbed to Ateneo de Manila University, 46-72. Of course, Ildefonso’s worst game thus far in the Seniors had to come against Ateneo, the very same school he left. As it turns out, the Blue Eagles really saw to that. “I think that we wanted Dave to rethink that decision,” head coach Tab Baldwin in an earlier interview. For the past three years, Ildefonso had worn the blue and white as a Blue Eaglet and in his last season there, won a championship. And so, Katipunan’s Seniors squad did its all to keep the graduating players from that championship core – Ildefonso, SJ Belangel, Jason Credo, Joaqui Manuel – together. Only Belangel and Credo stayed in Ateneo, however, while Ildefonso and Manuel transferred to NU and De La Salle University, respectively. Even so, Ildefonso said he has no regrets about his transfer. “I don’t think I made the wrong decision in switching schools. Whatever statement they were sending me, I didn’t get it,” he said after being told about Coach Tab’s words. The super rookie went on to re-emphasize that he wanted to make an immediate impact for whichever team he was joining – and he wouldn’t have been able to do that with the fully loaded defending champion Blue Eagles. “Isipin mo, si SJ, limited minutes. Kung nag-stay ako dun, mas lalo na ako, mas limited,” he shared. He then continued, “I think I made the right decision, Coach Tab, and I’ll see you soon.” Looking at the stat sheet, Belangel, the top senior of the most recent graduating class, only played 12 minutes for Ateneo. Still, Ildefonso made it clear that he harbors no ill will towards his former school. Asked if he’s looking forward to the next NU-Ateneo matchup, he answered, “I’m not thinking about that. I’m just thinking about Adamson next and trying to bounce back.” Indeed, all that’s on the mind of the 18-year-old is moving forward from his four-point performance. “Part din naman ‘to ng (buhay) ng athletes, ups and downs. Babawi naman talaga ako,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UAAP: Coach Tab upset over inappropriate refereeing vs Ateneo

Coach Tab Baldwin expressed his disappointment over how the referees handled the game during the low points of Ateneo's blowout win over NU at the Araneta Coliseum Saturday evening. Baldwin implied that the three-man crew was partial towards the trailing Bulldogs, who were down by as much as 27 in the contest. He stated examples of the supposed bias of the three referees, who allegedly let NU give out excessive contact with the Blue Eagles players.  "I'd like to know why the foul count skews considerably when you have a big lead. I'd like to know why players are allowed to push off, when we're denying them the basketball for full court throughout the game," the former Gilas Pilipinas coach said after the game. "And they warned us for flopping. I'd like to know what is the rationale in the referee's minds to change the way they referee because the score changes. And those are questions somebody should answer." The mentor however clarified that what the referees did was out of a culture, something that he has consistenly seen in his 35-year coaching career.  He then added that that kind of officiating must not stoop down to the collegiate level. "You should referee on the possession, on the merits of the possession. And nothing else. If there's any other agenda working in referee's minds, it's inappropriate. Baldwin made it known that he was not happy, even though they got the win, and hopes that things will called right down the middle.   "[I]t annoys the hell out of me. Obviously, I'm sitting here like I should be happy, but I'm pissed off." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 22nd, 2018Related News

Prom and Debut fair at Robinsons Place Jaro

ROBINSONS Place Jaro once again sprinkled a dash of love, color, and charm as it held its Prom and Debut Fashion Show, a prelude to its 6-day fair at The Quad, last September 14, 2018. Themed “ Roses are Red, Violets are Blue: A Prom and Debut Affair for a lovely lady like you,” this […] The post Prom and Debut fair at Robinsons Place Jaro appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsSep 21st, 2018Related News

From G League to GM, 76ers turn franchise over to Brand

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Only two years out of the NBA, Elton Brand is set to return to the league as a 39-year-old general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. For a franchise that underwent the painful “Process” for a few seasons and had its last GM caught up in a Twitter scandal, a youth movement in the front office could be what the Sixers need to take the next step into Eastern Conference contention. Brand is ready to help lead the way. “I’m going to rely on my team,” Brand said. “Not just on the court, but the off-the-court team. I can’t keep saying it enough. In my opinion, we are one of the top groups in the NBA.” Brand was introduced Thursday at the Sixers complex as the new GM, and it was made clear the two-time All-Star will not yield the power to make the final decisions, but rather work in concert with coach Brett Brown and the rest of the front office. “The 76ers are on the cusp of something very special and the next 12 months are really important,” Brand said. “I think that’s why I was the leading candidate, to bring stability to the organization and this group that I know really well.” Brand had worked for the Sixers as vice president of operations and was the general manager of the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers’ G League affiliate. Sixers owner Josh Harris said Brand emerged from a list of at least 10 candidates as the right choice to steady a franchise rocked by Bryan Colangelo’s sudden departure. Colangelo resigned in June as the 76ers’ president of basketball operations after what an investigation concluded was “careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information on Twitter. “I’ll lead with honesty, integrity,” Brand said. Brown had assumed interim GM duties but wanted no part of holding the job full time. But he will work as Brand’s partner in key decisions the franchise faces coming off a 52-win season. “Coach and I are aligned,” Brand said. “Teams that have won in the NBA, the GM, the coach have to get along. He’s going to have the players. But when it comes to trades, draft process, I’m running that. That’s what I’ve been hired for. Final say? Coach is going to have a voice in it.” Brand played in 1,058 career games over 18 seasons with the Bulls, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas, Atlanta and two stints with the Sixers. He posted career averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. A two-time All-Star and the 2000 co-rookie of the year, Brand was also the recipient of the 2005-06 Joe Dumars Trophy, presented each season to the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court. “I think we’re at a new point in our team’s development into hopefully an NBA championship,” Harris said. “We need to be attracting talent here. Certainly, Elton’s image and who he is as a person were real positives. But leadership and managerial skills and the things you’ve got to do in the front office that aren’t just about image, he’s got those, too. But certainly, that was a huge positive.” Brand said it’s fair to question his inexperience as he skyrocketed through the organization from the G League to GM. But it’s a job he’s ready to handle. “I’ll take the hits,” he said. “When there’s decisions made on the basketball side, I’m taking the hits.” Alex Rucker was promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations. Ned Cohen will remain assistant general manager and Marc Eversley will stay as senior vice president of player personnel. The Sixers beat Miami in the first round of the playoffs before they were eliminated in the conference semifinals by Boston. Under Brown’s watch, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have blossomed into two of the top young players in the league. Embiid and Markelle Fultz were among the players who attended Brand’s press conference. The Sixers were stunned when an independent review found that Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, operated four Twitter accounts. She admitted using private information to criticize the Sixers and rival colleagues. Brand, the fourth black GM in the NBA, is ready for the Sixers to put the offseason mess behind them and make a jump in the East. “This is a special team, an incredible opportunity, and we will lead a disciplined and determined path to building a championship organization,” he said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 20th, 2018Related News

003 Edits March 12 & 14, 2018 – Manila Picture

Cheerleading Competition 2018 at PNHS Baclaran "IMG_2697"; 1/100 sec at f/4.0, ISO 1000, Normal, 2/3 EV, Pattern Metering, 75 mm Focal Length, no flash, Blue, 4 Star/s Rating; Shot at Parañaque National High School – Baclaran, Rimas Street, Dimasalang Extension, Baclaran, Parañaque, Metro Manila. (14°31’50" N 120°59’56" E, 18.2 ft); Taken Last Sunday, March 11,… link: 003 Edits March 12 & 14, 2018 – Manila Picture.....»»

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Senate to detain importer for lying in P6.8-B smuggled shabu hearing

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee, moved to detain the owner of SMYD Trading Marina Signapan, for lying during the hearing on the P6.8-billion worth of smuggled shabu .  Gordon accused Signapan of not telling the truth about who paid her to be a consignee of a shipment ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 19th, 2018Related News

LOOK: UAAP 81 Cheerdance order of performance

The order of performance for the UAAP season 81 Cheerdance Competition, the most anticipated contest of the collegiate sports calendar, has been released ahead of the event tentatively scheduled November 17 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Reigning champion Adamson University is set to performance last. Last year's surprise podium finisher University of the East will go first, followed by the crowd favorite University of the Philippines.  Meanwhile, season 80 second-placer UST will perform third.  Here's the complete order:  1. UE Pep Squad 2. UP Pep Squad 3. UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe 4. DLSU Animo Squad 5. NU Pep Squad 6. Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion 7. FEU Cheering Squad 8. Adamson Pep Squad.....»»

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Gordon cites alleged consignee of P6.8B ‘shabu’ shipment for contempt

Senator Richard Gordon has cited for contempt the owner of SMYD Trading, the alleged consignee of the magnetic lifters that supposedly contained P6.8 billion worth of shabu (chrystal meth) that slipped through the country in August. Gordon said that SMYD Trading's Marina Signapan has consistently lied during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee's hearing on the shipment. READ: 1 ton of shabu worth P6.8B eludes PDEA, PNP In the past, Gordon, chair of the committee, has repeatedly refrained from citing Signapan for contempt. He said he doesn't want to press the charges since Signapan is a woman. But the Senator suddenly reversed his position on Wednesday, saying that Signapan misse...Keep on reading: Gordon cites alleged consignee of P6.8B ‘shabu’ shipment for contempt.....»»

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