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TURNING POINT: Déjà vu

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/16 July) – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is truly an amazing persona, a charismatic leader in Philippine horizon beyond compare whose every word on anything is accepted by his rabidly adoring followers as gospel truth, justifying and massaging in fact  those that look immoral and  unsavory to fit to their belief system. […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: News7 hr. 45 min. ago Related News

If you’re done looking at Hailey Baldwin’s engagement ring, let’s look at her OOTDs

Hailey Baldwin has been in several headlines the past few days after being engaged to Justin Bieber. Did you see that big diamond? It's insane! But if you're thinking that she's only getting popular because of her pop star beau, you're wrong. For the longest time, Hailey has worked as a model. She's been featured in like major publications likeElle ItaliaandVogueMexico. She's also walked the runways of Bottega Veneta, Missoni, and Alberta Ferretti, to name a few. Long story short, Hailey's been hustling in the past few years and doesn't really need Justin to affirm her status in the world. Aside from her accomplishments, many also look up to her for style inspiration. One look ...Keep on reading: If you’re done looking at Hailey Baldwin’s engagement ring, let’s look at her OOTDs.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 9 hr. 32 min. ago Related News

Pacquiao sparmate Kambosos stops Filipino Magboo

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – What he learned from a master teacher, George Kambosos applied in one actual test on Sunday, July 15. True to his word, the 24-year-old Australian, a prime prospect in the lightweight division, made short work of Jay Ar Magboo, stopping the native of Agoncillo, Batangas, in ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 15th, 2018Related News

Time to correct the story and be missionaries again

  Let me invite you to reflect on three stories that show us the importance of the word being translated into action. The first two stories show how the word moved people into action, with one ending tragically and the other bearing fruit in one shining moment.   The third story is an unfinished story. It is the story that also invites us to a deeper reflection.   "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" This famous line uttered by King Henry II in 1170 led to the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. While his words did not mean "murder the priest," his minions interpreted them as such. Thus we have the murder in the cathedral. &n...Keep on reading: Time to correct the story and be missionaries again.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 14th, 2018Related News

Our choices, our destiny

It makes sense Many of life’s blessings and problems can be traced to one word: choices. We are the product of the decisions other people made for us and we make for ourselves. Specifically, one’s life is profoundly shaped by career decisions. In short, our choices are our destinies. This….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJul 14th, 2018Related News

Anderson tops Isner 26-24 at Wimbledon; other SF suspended

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — To say that Kevin Anderson won this interminable Wimbledon semifinal, and that John Isner lost it, didn't really seem fair. To Anderson, anyway. They had played on and on, through 6 1/2 hours of ho-hum hold after ho-hum hold, during the second-longest match in the history of a tournament that began in 1877, all the way until the never-ending serving marathon did, finally, end at 26-24 in the fifth set Friday, with Anderson claiming the most important of the 569 points — the last. So when Anderson left Centre Court, well aware that his 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 victory earned him the chance to win his first Grand Slam title at age 32, the South African said: "At the end, you feel like this is a draw between the two of us." He continued: "John's such a great guy, and I really feel for him, because if I'd been on the opposite side, I don't know how you can take that, playing for so long and coming up short." Only one match at Wimbledon ever lasted longer: Isner's 2010 first-round victory over Nicolas Mahut, the longest match in tennis history. It went more than 11 hours over three days and finished 70-68 in the fifth on Court 18, which now bears a plaque commemorating it. Friday's contest lasted so long, the day's second semifinal didn't finish. Novak Djokovic was leading Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) in a compelling showdown filled with entertaining points that was suspended as soon as the third set concluded at just past 11 p.m., the curfew at the All England Club. Some people in the stands booed the decision to halt the match after a fantastic tiebreaker in which Nadal wasted three set points at 6-5, 7-6 and 8-7. Djokovic cashed in on his second when Nadal's backhand found the net after an 18-stroke exchange. Because Nadal and Djokovic didn't begin playing until after 8 p.m., the retractable roof above the main stadium was shut between the matches and the arena's artificial lights were turned on. Now they'll come back Saturday to figure out who will face Anderson in the final, resuming at 1 p.m. local time, under the roof. The women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber will then follow. That creates an unusual situation: Instead of a standard 2 p.m. start, Williams and Kerber won't know exactly when their match will begin. Anderson will certainly appreciate the chance to put his feet up ahead of Sunday's final, while Nadal and Djokovic — who have a combined 29 Grand Slam titles between them, five at Wimbledon — push each other some more. Anderson's fifth set alone lasted nearly 3 hours as his semifinal became a test of endurance more than skill. "He stayed the course incredibly well," said the No. 9 seed Isner, a 33-year-old American playing in his first major semifinal. "Just disappointed to lose. I was pretty close to making a Grand Slam final and it didn't happen." Anderson finally earned the must-have, go-ahead service break with the help of a point in which the right-hander tumbled to his backside, scrambled back to his feet and hit a shot lefty. "That definitely brings a smile to my face," said Anderson, the runner-up to Nadal at last year's U.S. Open. "At that stage, you're just trying to fight in every single moment, and I was like, 'Just get up!'" The No. 8 seed Anderson eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in a 13-11 fifth set in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Between that and the energy-sapper against Isner, it's hard to imagine how Anderson will have much left for his second Slam final. Wimbledon doesn't use tiebreakers in the fifth set for men, or third set for women, so there's nothing to prevent a match from continuing ad infinitum. Both Isner and Anderson said they'd like to see that change. At one point in the fifth set, a spectator shouted, "Come on, guys! We want to see Rafa!" The 6-foot-8 Anderson and 6-10 Isner go way back, to their college days, Isner at Georgia, Anderson at Illinois. In the pros, Isner had won eight of 11 previous matchups. But this one was as close as can be. There wasn't a whole lot of intrigue, or momentum shifts. The serving, though, was something else. Isner pounded his at up to 142 mph; Anderson reached 136 mph. They combined for 102 aces: 53 by Isner, 49 by Anderson. "The effort they both put in and the performance and the guts, the way they competed — a lot to be proud of," said Justin Gimelstob, one of Isner's coaches. Both failed to seize early opportunities. Isner wasted a set point in the opener. Anderson served for the third at 5-3, got broken, and then had a pair of set points in that tiebreaker, double-faulting one away. By the latter stages, with break chances so rare, murmurs would spread through the Centre Court stands whenever a game's returner got to love-15 or love-30. Could we be about to see the sixth and last break of a match that would end up with 90 holds? Repeatedly, the answer was, of course, "No," even when Anderson held break points at 7-all, 10-all and 17-all. The 10-all game ended with Isner hitting a forehand passing winner on the run to hold, then letting his momentum carry him directly to his sideline chair, where he plopped himself down. By the end, he was looking exhausted, leaning over to rest a hand on a knee between points. "I feel pretty terrible," Isner said afterward. "My left heel is killing me and I have an awful blister on my right foot." He never got a break point in the fifth set. Anderson finally came through on his sixth for a 25-24 lead, when Isner wearily put a backhand into the net. Then Anderson served out the victory, with Isner sailing a forehand wide on match point. Soon, they were meeting for an embrace......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 14th, 2018Related News

Isner, Anderson agree: Wimbledon needs 5th-set tiebreaker

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — John Isner already had won the longest match in Wimbledon — and tennis — history. And now he's lost the second-longest one ever played at the All England Club. So there's not much better an authority to weigh in on whether it's time for fifth-set tiebreakers at all Grand Slam tournaments. Actually, both Isner and Kevin Anderson, the man who won their Wimbledon semifinal 26-24 in the final set after more than 6 1/2 hours Friday, agree a switch is necessary. "I'm a proponent of changing that rule, for sure," Isner said. "I think it needs to be done." The 33-year-old American is best known, of course, for beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of an 11-hour, 5-minute match that was contested over three days in Wimbledon's first round in 2010. This one seems rather tidy by comparison: Anderson won 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24. Still, Isner did jokingly ask chair umpire Marija Cicak at one point during the last set whether they could play a tiebreaker. That's how the U.S. Open settles things at 6-all in the fifth set of a men's singles match — or at 6-all in the third set for women — and has since 1970. But the other three Grand Slam tournaments all play on until one player wins by two games. "It's way beyond a normal tennis match or tactics. I mean, it's just who's going to outlast each other," said Anderson, a 32-year-old from South Africa who is seeking his first major trophy. "It's pretty tough in the format that we have right now, especially at Slams. I mean, it's not easy in that setting at the end." He and Isner suggested one possible compromise: a tiebreaker at 12-all. "A sensible option," Isner called it. Anderson noted that some members of the Centre Court crowd were ready for his match to end, so that the day's second semifinal, between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, could begin. One spectator called out, "Come on, guys! We want to see Rafa!" "If you ask most of them, I'm sure they would have preferred to see a fifth-set tiebreaker, too. They've paid to see two matches, and they came pretty close to only seeing one match," Anderson said. "I don't see the other opposing view of not incorporating a fifth-set tiebreaker at all the Slams." Now he's going to have to use Saturday to try to rest and recover so he can give it his best shot in Sunday's final. Isner had nothing left to give after his 70-68 record-setter eight years ago, and lost his next match. Of course, Isner would love to have to deal with such problems now. He also would love it if this were never again an issue. "I think it's long overdue," Isner said. "I mean, I'm a big part of that, a big part of this discussion, of course.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 14th, 2018Related News

IN PHOTOS: Robredo joins opposition s youth concert vs charter change

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo received a warm welcome at GenWe: Tambayan, a youth concert against charter change held at the Sagul Malingap Foodpark on Friday, July 13.  The music and spoken word event was the first opposition-led gathering the Vice President attended after she publicly said she would ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 13th, 2018Related News

Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press Antonio Conte's protracted divorce from Chelsea was finalized on Friday when he was fired after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he craved at the London club. Chelsea began a terse, four-sentence statement on its website, "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company." Leaving Stamford Bridge was always the likely outcome for Conte following a season in which Chelsea missed out on Champions League qualification after a fifth-place league finish, 30 points behind champion Manchester City. The Italian coach regularly grumbled about his failure to exert control, particularly over transfers. Contrast that to the end of his first season at the club, where Conte was feted for leading Chelsea to the league title by seven points after a record-breaking run of 13 straight wins in the middle of the season, sparked by an inspired and bold change of formation. Conte took preseason training this week at Chelsea's practice base in Cobham with players who hadn't featured at the World Cup, but reports emerged in the Italian media on Thursday saying Conte had been fired. That speculation only intensified when Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas and former Chelsea captain John Terry paid tribute to Conte on social media. "Thank you boss," Terry wrote on Twitter. "Great man, Great manager. I wish you every success in the future." The club's 64-word announcement was eventually made on Friday, ending with: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career." Conte still had a year left on a revised deal he signed last summer after delivering the fifth Premier League title since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003. Only the pay was improved, though, with Conte's contract still running for just another two seasons — hardly a show of commitment by either the club or its manager. The Italian's main gripe for the past year was Chelsea's failure to land the signings he really wanted for its Premier League title defense. Chelsea was beaten to the signing of Romelu Lukaku by Manchester United and then Fernando Llorente by Tottenham, for example. "The club decides every player," he moaned last season. Winning the FA Cup by beating Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in May — and getting one over his great managerial rival, Jose Mourinho — proved to be Conte's last hurrah and maintained his record of winning a trophy every season he has been in charge of Juventus — where he won the Serie A for four straight years — and Chelsea. Chelsea seeks a 13th permanent manager under Abramovich's ownership, and at possibly the most turbulent period of the Russian billionaire's trophy-filled reign. It emerged in May that Abramovich had yet to have his British visa renewed amid a crackdown by authorities on associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chelsea also halted plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge, citing an unfavorable climate to invest in the 500 million pound ($665 million) project. Conte leaves amid reports in the British and Italian media that former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri will take over at Chelsea for next season. Sarri's future has been up in the air since Napoli hired Carlo Ancelotti as its new coach in May. Sarri spent three years at the club and led it to two runner-up finishes and a third place, playing an entertaining and high-energy brand of football like that seen at Man City under Pep Guardiola, Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool under Juergen Klopp. Sarri didn't win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea. As Conte and many of his predecessors have learned, even winning trophies is no guarantee of job security at Chelsea under Abramovich......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 13th, 2018Related News

GM Pelinka: Lakers landing LeBron is ultimate validation

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Rob Pelinka says the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t trying to beat the Golden State Warriors at their own game. Instead, they’re building a team around LeBron James to do something different. Pelinka spoke publicly Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) for the first time since the Lakers’ remarkable offseason overhaul began, and the irrepressibly optimistic former agent radiated excitement about the future for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in five seasons. “To get the commitment from LeBron James to come to the Lakers for four years was really the culmination of everything we’ve been working towards,” Pelinka said. “When LeBron chose to come here, it was the ultimate validation for the moves we’ve made and what we’ve been building since we started.” The longest postseason drought in franchise history could be finished after James chose the Lakers in free agency. The club also added veterans Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson alongside their young core while parting ways with Julius Randle and Brook Lopez, among others. Pelinka and top executive Magic Johnson hope the result is a sturdy, defense-minded team with enough up-tempo offense to trouble the Warriors, the Houston Rockets and every other contender for the title. “I think to try to play the Warriors at their own game is a trap,” Pelinka said. “No one is going to beat them at their own game, so that is why we wanted to add these elements of defense and toughness and depth and try to look at areas where we will have an advantage.” Pelinka said the Lakers focused their free agency recruitment efforts on versatile, playoff-tested talents who can score and defend, instead of looking for elite players with only one specialty. He hopes the result will be a flexible, dangerous team under coach Luke Walton — and a different look around James, whose Cleveland Cavaliers teams often looked like a collection of perimeter shooters whose deficiencies were exposed by Golden State and others. Pelinka praised Rondo as a gritty guard whose championship pedigree will fill a void on the roster. He also described Stephenson as providing “an extreme toughness and an edge,” comparing his skills to Dennis Rodman’s contributions to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, or Metta World Peace’s work with Kobe Bryant’s late-career Lakers. “The road to the NBA championship has to go through the team that won last year, and we all know the guys up north have a special group,” Pelinka said. “But one of the ways to attack what they have is with defensive toughness. I think we saw that in the Houston series with some of the players that Houston has.” Pelinka’s desire for flexibility extended to the payroll as well. After years of trading away draft picks and acquiring high-priced veterans in an effort to win now with Bryant, the Lakers were overextended until Pelinka and Johnson spent the past 16 months creating enough salary cap space to sign two elite free agents. They only got one, although the Lakers still appear to be in contention for disgruntled San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard, who has a year left on his contract with the Spurs. No matter what happens, Pelinka said the Lakers’ series of one-year contracts around James will put them in position to have ample cap space again next summer, when several stars could be available to join James. Pelinka said the Lakers will have “an open training camp” in September, with only James guaranteed to be a starter. That means Rondo and second-year pro Lonzo Ball will compete to be Los Angeles’ starting point guard, a possibility that was welcomed by Rondo after he signed. Pelinka also said Ball will be fully healthy for training camp. The point guard has a torn meniscus in his left knee. Pelinka’s idiosyncrasies shone through again Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), with the GM beginning his news conference by reading a passage from Brazilian author Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,” a book recommended to him by former client Bryant and carried by James throughout the playoffs. The passage describes the process of making a decision being “only the beginning of things.” “Hopefully it will lead to things ... happening that are bigger than our dreams could ever imagine,” Pelinka said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 12th, 2018Related News

iOS bug crashes messaging apps on iPhones after typing ‘Taiwan’

A recently discovered iOS bug caused iPhones to crash after the word "Taiwan" was typed in. The bug also kicked in when the Taiwanese flag emoji was used. The bug generally caused a "denial of service" issue in iPhone 5 and later models. It affected remote messaging apps like iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and other similar applications, according to a statement by security researcher Patrick Wardle, whom Apple credited for the discovery. When triggered, the bug would crash any app where the Taiwanese flag emoji or the word "Taiwan" had been typed in for iPhones where the region had not been properly set. Fortunately for iPhone users, Apple already patched the bu...Keep on reading: iOS bug crashes messaging apps on iPhones after typing ‘Taiwan’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 11th, 2018Related News

Time to abolish JBC

“It would even be doubly embarrassing for Carpio after having publicly declined the chance to become the top justice in the High Court, for him to go back on his word.” Bending the rules was what got the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in trouble when this council broke its rules to accommodate then applicant […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJul 10th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Justin Bieber confirms engagement to Hailey Baldwin

MANILA, Philippines – A day after his whirlwind engagement to model Hailey Baldwin was first reported, Justin Bieber took to Instagram to confirm the news, penning a long, gushy post to his now-fiancee. “Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 10th, 2018Related News

Hypocrisy, the greatest problem of our country

But don’t just listen to God’s word......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 10th, 2018Related News

City wants word out on anti-discrimination law

TO promote a culture of respect, the Cebu City Government urged all barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials, and leaders of urban poor and homeowners’ associations to take part in the barangay-based education drive for City Ordinance 2339, or the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance. The ordinance was written by former councilor Alvin Dizon, who now sits as executive… link: City wants word out on anti-discrimination law.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jul 7th, 2018Related News

Cussing Duterte still donates to Caritas

The profanities continue, and so does President Duterte’s promised donation of P1,000 to the Caritas Davao Foundation for every cuss word he says......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 6th, 2018Related News

Chinese teacher-trainee fails qualification test due to her height

INQUIRER.net stock photo A Chinese teacher-trainee failed to pass a regional teacher qualification exam due to her lack of height. Identified only by her surname, student Li received word that she.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 5th, 2018Related News

Trump to meet Queen Elizabeth despite chorus of discontent

When Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth next week, he will become the 12th US President that the monarch has met during her 66 years on the throne, the longest in British history. Trump to meet Queen Elizabeth despite chorus of discontent LONDON – When Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth next week, he will become the… link: Trump to meet Queen Elizabeth despite chorus of discontent.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jul 5th, 2018Related News

Longest lunar eclipse to be seen in PH on July 28–Pagasa

THE longest total lunar eclipse of the century will be visible in the Philippines on July 28, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. The state-run weather bureau said in its advisory that the six-hour eclipse would occur from 1:13 a.m. up to 7:30 a.m. “The entire event will also be seen in Antarctica, Australia, Asia, [...] The post Longest lunar eclipse to be seen in PH on July 28–Pagasa appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJul 5th, 2018Related News

Late Mayor Halili was like the father of Tanauan

BATANGAS, Philippines – It does not matter what President Duterte says. For the people of Tanauan City, specially for the throngs visiting his wake, slain mayor Antonio “Tony” Halili  was the “father of Tanauan” and the only leader who changed the city's image. Since 2013, long before the word “TokHang” gained nationwide notoriety,  ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 4th, 2018Related News