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Federer and Nadal advance, Wawrinka ousted at Miami Open

TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer br /> KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — For Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it was a happy anniversary. For Stan Wawrinka, it was not a happy birthday. Federer and Nadal — playing back-to-back on stadium court on the 13th anniversary of their very first match — both advanced Tuesday to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, surviving strong tests in both cases. Wawrinka wasn't as fortunate, the No. 1 seed getting bounced on his 32nd birthday by teenager Alexander Zverev. 'Every match is going to be tough from now on,' said second-seeded Kei Nishikori, who also survived a three-setter to reach the quarters. That seems to already be holding true. The fourth-seeded Federer outlasted No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), the fifth-seeded Nadal got past Nicolas Marut 6-4, 7-6 (4), and Nishikori — a finalist at Key Biscayne a year ago — rallied from a break down in the final set to beat Federico Delbonis 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Federer is 16-1 this year, matching his career-best record at this point in a season. 'Is it the best I've ever played?' Federer said. 'For me, it's hard to say yes to that question. ... Maybe on the offensive side, overall, I think I'm doing definitely a few things better than I ever have. I do feel that I have improved. The game has evolved, I had to adjust, but overall I do believe I'm probably a better player than I was 10 years ago.' Zverev, who turns 20 next month, downed Wawrinka 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, and showed no ill effects by playing just 24 hours after winning a three-setter over John Isner that went entirely to tiebreakers. 'I played well in the second and third,' Zverev said. 'I turned it around a little bit. I had to be aggressive.' Zverev won 26 of the 36 points played in the final set. 'I had no more gas in the second and third sets,' said Wawrinka, who smiled when a surprise birthday cake — replete with 'Stan The Man' lettering — was brought into his post-match news conference. 'But at the end of the day, you have to try with what you have that day, and today was not enough.' Nadal won the only break point played in his match against Marut, and it was enough. He was an up-and-coming 17-year-old when he faced Federer at what was then called the NASDAQ-100 Open in 2004, and surprised many with a straight-set win that day. More than a decade later, they're still rolling. 'It's a good start of the year, I think, for both of us,' Nadal said. 'Obviously, it's a little bit better for him, but at the same time I'm happy with the way that I am playing, happy with the way that I started the year after a tough second part of the year last year with injuries. 'So I think it's a positive for both of us that we can still (be) around here and be very competitive almost every week that we are playing.' Federer had a battle with Bautista Agut, and seemed to enjoy himself. He needed — and got — a break with Bautista Agut serving for the first set, and with Federer serving at 4-5 in the second they played about a half-dozen back-and-forth shots at the net in a tete-a-tete that ended with Federer winning the point. He cracked a slight smile as the crowd roared. Federer gets Wednesday off, and will meet 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych on Thursday in the quarters. Berdych advanced with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Adrian Mannarino. 'You'll always take those days off,' Federer said. 'They are worth gold.' Nishikori will next face unseeded Fabio Fognini of Italy, who beat Donald Young 6-0, 6-4. Young's loss meant only one American man would reach the quarters — that being No. 13 Jack Sock, who beat Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-1. Karolina Pliskova, who has never found Miami exactly to her liking, got into the women's semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 26th-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. It's the first time Pliskova has made the semifinals at Key Biscayne. Pliskova improved to 23-3 this year, the best record on the women's tour. 'I'm really enjoying my tennis this year ... winning almost every match so far,' said Pliskova, who took advantage of 10 double faults by Lucic-Baroni and avenged a loss to her in the Australian Open quarterfinals. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports6 hr. 59 min. ago Related News

Bidders swarm RTB issue

MANILA, Philippines - The government sold yesterday P70 billion in retail treasury bonds (RTB) at a slightly higher rate in a week-long offer meant to raise.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Finance12 hr. 2 min. ago Related News

Carvajal: Poor man’s high

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/orlando-p-carvajal" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Orlando P. Carvajal /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/break-point" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Break point /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> LET me start with a couple of disclaimers. First, nothing I say here about drugs comes from experience. I got everything from basic research. Second, nothing here is meant to justify whatever extrajudicial killings have been or might be happening in the war against drugs. Extrajudicial killings by anybody are simply morally reprehensible. I am simply speaking on the objective level where sociology explains, without moral judgment, the generally known fact that the poor have been almost exclusively the direct or collateral victims of the drug war. Of course, one can never totally discount a possible anti-poor intention of those doing the killings. Humans always act for a variety of motives they alone know in their hearts. But on sociological ground zero, regardless of intention that is, the drug war has victimized only the poor mainly because meth or locally shabu is the drug of choice of the poor. The drug of choice of the rich is cocaine or coke. It is a great deal more expensive than shabu because it is organic hence scarce. It comes from the leaves of the coca plant that takes months to grow and only in South America making it an expensive import for Filipino users. It is also expensive because a coke’s high does not last very long and one has to snort (hence buy) more of it and often to maintain a high. Coke is not as socially problematic as shabu because it is less addictive. It also takes longer to be addicted to it and the coke addict knows he is an addict and is, therefore, able to hide his addiction as he performs his regular day to day activities in between snorts of the drug. Shabu, cheaper and more available, is the poor man’s drug. It is a chemical substance compounded in large amounts in laboratories. Shabu takes less time to make one an addict and its high lasts a long time. But unlike in the case of coke, a shabu addict is not aware of, does not admit to, his/her addiction. If the poor are mainly the victims of the current anti-drug war, it is not necessarily because the war is anti-poor although it could be. It is more because of the sociological reality that only the poor use and/or push shabu in order to earn a living or feed an addiction or both. No rich man will be caught peddling coke to feed a habit or earn a living. They have their coke discretely delivered to them which they snort in the privacy of their homes and exclusive parties. Rich drug lords who distribute shabu naturally have the poor pushing the drug for them. Shabu is the poor’s affordable go-to drug for a high. This is the sociological underpinning of why in the current war against drugs only the poor are its direct or collateral victims intentionally, extra judicially, or otherwise. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Source: Sunstar SunstarCategory: News17 hr. 2 min. ago Related News

Echaves: A hundred days

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/lelani-p-echaves" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Lelani P. Echaves /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/thinking-aloud" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Thinking aloud /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> WHEN US President Donald Trump’s replacement for Obamacare did not fly in the US Congress, it was a triple blow. A blow to his campaign promise that he would immediately repeal Obamacare. Another blow to his boast that he was a superb negotiator. And the most lethal of all blows, to his leadership; that despite the Republican majority in the US Congress, he couldn’t convince them to support his pet program. Naturally, the US media highlighted and bannered it. And there was no mistaking the TV anchors’ snicker, gloat and smirk practically saying “What now, bright guy?” I lament the posturing, but I can also see where they’re coming from. Here he is, this political neophyte with a surprising victory as US President who continues to bellyache about the “crooked media.” It must sting hard that he leads the most powerful country in the world, but is not considered the most powerful leader in the world. It’s Russia’s Vladimir Putin instead. Now, inked in the chronicles of Trump’s first 100 days is this debacle of his proposed health care act. Trump allies have rushed to their hero, even calling the tradition of the 100-day performance rule as a myth. Still others say 100 days are too short for the complex and complicated world that the 21st century is. Still, this performance metric has been used to measure all US presidents since Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) set it up, though not officially. Presidential historians say that when FDR took office in March 1933, the US had fallen into the Great Depression. The banking system had collapsed, unemployment was at 25 percent, and the stock market had plunged. Knowing his response had to be bold, FDR declared a bank holiday, thus closing all banks for four days. He flooded Congress with bills meant to save farmers from insolvency, and to put thousands of jobless to construct infrastructure and parks. By end of summer, Congress had passed 15 major bills. When people looked back, they saw that FDR had done a lot in just 100 days. He never planned the 100 days, just to do a lot. Thus began the yardstick for every president from then on, a standard that historians say always saw other presidents fall in the shadow of FDR. Trump must level up as well, especially because of his campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again.” His master promise creates his very own pressure to deliver, and to move his country forward. What I’d like to truly see is America’s and the free world’s moving forward after he has solved the ISIS challenge. Did he not say “Only I know how to stop ISIS?” Indeed, let’s see what he can come up with now that he has only ten days to go before his 100 days hit zero. While 100 days do not tell the end of the story, they do tell the end of the beginning. A survey by a leading business school in Lausanne, Switzerland showed that more than 70 % of the human resources executives strongly agreed that success or failure during the transition period is a strong predictor of overall job success or failure.  /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Source: Sunstar SunstarCategory: News17 hr. 29 min. ago Related News

Wenceslao: Duterte on Robredo

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/bong-o-wenceslao" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Bong O. Wenceslao /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/candid-thoughts" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Candid Thoughts /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> I HAVE been critical of the policies and moves of President Rodrigo Duterte but this time around I like the way he is handling the case of Vice President Leni Robredo. I initially thought that with the way his allies like House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are acting, preparing to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the VP, the plan is to make her another Leila de Lima. That move would be in keeping with the goal of gaining total political control. The Duterte camp always felt uneasy with Robredo, who is with the opposition Liberal Party (LP), as the VP. That uneasiness apparently intensified when Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano filed am impeachment case against the President. Any move to oust Duterte, whether the VP has a part in it or not, would benefit her. Alvarez must have looked around him and realized that an oust-Leni move can be successful. He already tasted success when he forced the members of the House super-majority to support his bill seeking the re-imposition of the death penalty. He can do that again to force the same House super-majority to vote for the VP’s impeachment—especially if he has the President’s imprimatur. I also think the Senate seating as an impeachment court would eventually oust Robredo considering the number of Duterte supporters there and the lack of scruples of some of them. Consider that even Senate President Aquilino Pimentel had started hitting Robredo and the LP, virtually linking them to the Alejano impeachment case. What happens if Robredo is ousted. Here’s Section 9 of the 1987 Constitution: “Whenever there is a vacancy in the Office of the Vice-President during the term for which he was elected, the President shall nominate a Vice-President from among the Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives who shall assume office upon confirmation by a majority vote of all the Members of both Houses of the Congress, voting separately.” In this sense, the possibility of either Pimentel or Alvarez becoming VP is high. Of course, the process would be long and divisive, that is why I was pleasantly surprised when, after linking Robredo to the impeach Duterte move, the President told those behind the impeach Robredo move to “stop it,” noting that the elections have just been held and that Robredo is an elected official (she garnered more than 14 million votes in the polls). Not content with that statement the President, during the graduation ceremony of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) where he and the VP was guest, also invited Robredo and her children to a dinner with his family. That’s an interesting twist that could be interpreted a number of ways. Here, the VP can go hardline or be pragmatic. The hardline stance was enunciated by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who warned that the dinner is a “trap” meant to “disarm her and politically neutralize her.” The pragmatic stance is her accepting the invitation to clear any misunderstanding blanketing their official ties and to neutralize those who are raring to defy Duterte’s diktat on the impeach Robredo move. Whatever Robredo’s response would be, I would say that the President showed a rare act of diplomacy on this one. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Source: Sunstar SunstarCategory: NewsMar 27th, 2017Related News

Aldridge's heart in rhythm, and so is his jumper

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> When LaMarcus Aldridge felt the familiar flutter with his heart, an issue that has sidelined him twice before in his NBA career, there was no telling how long the San Antonio Spurs star would be out and how big of an impact it would have on Aldridge's health and the Western Conference playoff race. Less than two weeks later, Aldridge has quickly regained the form that made him a five-time All-Star and has the Spurs positioned as a serious challenger to Golden State out West. 'Just trying to get better every night, trying to be dominant down there,' Aldridge said after scoring 26 points to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves last week, 'and trying to be the player that I have to be for us to win.' The Spurs announced that Aldridge would be out indefinitely after a heart arrhythmia surfaced again. Aldridge was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome — an abnormality that can cause a rapid heartbeat — in 2007. He missed time at the end of his rookie season to get treated and also sat out for 10 days in training camp in 2011 after the symptoms returned. Aldridge consulted several specialists after the arrhythmia came back during a game earlier in March. But he missed only two games over less than a week before being able to return to the Spurs, who are chasing the Golden State Warriors for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. In the six games since he has returned, Aldridge is averaging 21.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in more than 33 minutes per game, giving the Spurs the inside scoring threat they need to complement MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard. 'The attention that he draws and the ability he has allows us to keep going and have enough offense so that if we maintain our defense we can be in the hunt,' coach Gregg Popovich said. Aldridge is finding his rhythm at the perfect time for the Spurs, who host Cleveland on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) and Golden State on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), play at Oklahoma City on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) and come back home for games against Utah and Memphis in a particularly grueling, though home-heavy, stretch. If Aldridge is concerned about his health, he sure isn't showing it. 'God is good. I'm a man of faith and I believe what's meant to be will be,' Aldridge said. 'I have faith in the plan. I'm just happy to be back and playing.' .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 27th, 2017Related News

Danny Blind fired as coach of Dutch football team

MIKE CORDER, Associated Press br /> THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch football association fired national coach Danny Blind on Sunday, a day after his team's humiliating 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia. KNVB director Jean Paul Decossaux said in a statement that Blind was removed because of poor results under his leadership. Blind said he believed the team was on the right path and that the Bulgaria defeat was 'an incident.' 'It's a shame it ends here,' he added. The KNVB said it will now start the search for a permanent replacement. Blind's assistant, Fred Grim, will temporarily replace him when the Netherlands plays Italy in a friendly on Tuesday in Amsterdam. The defeat in Sofia meant that the Netherlands slumped to fourth in Group A and now faces an uphill fight to even finish second and retain a chance of reaching playoffs for next year's tournament in Russia. Only the top team from each group qualifies automatically. Blind took over from veteran Guus Hiddink in 2015, with a mission to revive the Dutch team's faltering European Championship qualification campaign. He failed and the Netherlands — World Cup semifinalists in Brazil in 2014 — did not qualify for the 2016 European Championship. Constantly battling to cope with injuries to key players, Blind rarely managed to select a stable team. He lost five European Championship and World Cup qualifiers during his tenure. A former defender for Ajax and the Dutch team, Blind spent three years as No. 2 coach with the Netherlands and his only other coaching experience was a short spell in charge of Ajax. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 27th, 2017Related News

A short week for McIlroy on long road to Masters

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer br /> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rory McIlroy rarely has played so well and had so little to show for it. No matter what happens Friday in the Dell Technologies Match Play, McIlroy won't be around for the weekend. That's not unusual for this event. Four times when Match Play was single elimination, he didn't make it out of the second round. But this week was as strange as it gets for the No. 2 player in the world. He played 17 holes on Wednesday, most of them good. McIlroy was 4-under par and would have beaten most players in the opening round, except that Soren Kjeldsen closed with four straight birdies, the last one a pitching wedge that landed 2 inches from the cup on one of the toughest little par 3s in Texas. No shame there. 'Overall, I can't be disappointed,' he said. And that's when his week took an unexpected turn. Gary Woodland had to withdraw Thursday because of what was described only as a personal family matter with no other details. McIlroy faced Woodland in the championship match when he won the Match Play in 2015 at Harding Park. That meant McIlroy won a match he didn't even play. And then without hitting another shot, his tournament was over. Kjeldsen defeated Emiliano Grillo to go 2-0 in group play, and because Kjeldsen was to face Woodland in the final day of round robin, he was assured of winning his match. McIlroy plays what amounts to a practice round on Friday. For someone who has played 14 matches over the last two years, this was the last thing McIlroy needed before going to the Masters. After his match Friday against Grillo, the four-time major champion will have played just 14 rounds in 2017. He lost in a playoff at the South African Open with an injured rib that turned out to be more serious than he realized. It was a hairline fracture, and it sidelined McIlroy for seven weeks. McIlroy returned at the Mexico Championship, where he was assured of playing four rounds, and he had the 36-hole lead until a 70-71 weekend gave him a tie for seventh. A week ago at Bay Hill, he made a late charge until a bogey on the final hole. McIlroy tied for fourth. The biggest decision he faced Friday was not whether to go for the green over the water on the par-4 13th. It was whether he should enter the Houston Open next week and try to get in some more meaningful golf ahead of the Masters. He'll have to decide after Friday's match. It might not be the worst decision. If he wants to get to Augusta for early practice, he'll have all weekend. And it's worth nothing that McIlroy played the week before he won three of his four majors — the Scottish Open ahead of his 2014 victory at Royal Liverpool, and the Bridgestone Invitational the week before the PGA Championship he won in 2012 at Kiawah Island and in 2014 at Valhalla. He played the Memorial two weeks before his record victory in the 2011 U.S. Open. McIlroy is getting the most attention because he has so much at stake — a chance to become only the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam. But when it comes to Match Play, he wasn't alone in his misery. Alex Noren also got a free pass into the round of 16 at Austin Country Club. He easily defeated Thongchai Jaidee in the first round and Bernd Wiesberger in the second round. Next up was Francesco Molinari, and Noren failed to win, he would have gone into a sudden-death playoff against the winner of the third-round match between Thongchai and Wiesberger. But then Molinari withdrew with a wrist injury. Just like that, Noren won the group and Thongchai and Wiesberger had a Friday match with nothing riding on the outcome. These are the vagaries of Match Play, even in a round-robin format designed to keep the 64-man field around for at least three days. The idea was to keep it interesting until the last day of group play, though there is nothing particularly interesting for four matches where the winner ends up losing — the others are McIlroy and Grillo, Byeong Hun An against Joost Luiten, Shane Lowry against Kevin Chappell. Those eight are among 21 players who will play Friday with no chance to move on. There is bound to be criticism of the format. The answer has always been to play better. What wound up hurting McIlroy is he didn't get to play at all. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 24th, 2017Related News

Yap: Mental health

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/januar-yap" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Januar Yap /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/meanwhile" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Meanwhile /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> YOU might have seen this one bone-heap of a boy with a big sack stuffed with rusty tin cans and plastic bottles. You were perhaps irked as well when he clung on the jeepney rear. He was some good distance from the junkshop, the day’s rounds carried him to the city’s outskirts. This riled up the jeepney driver, too, he pulls over to shoo the guttersnipe away. Bad day, you see, so he drove a kick to the boy’s thigh. But that hardly counted as hurt. It was life as it was and hardly surprising. There was no mercy; whatever mercy meant anyway. Time toughened this nut to the core. Domestic life was worse, some grim fiction of sorts. In the few times he had gone to school, he saw no connection between what was taught and the conditions at home. You have seen this boy, or at least as some passing vision as you went about your day, worrying about work or reading news that your beloved congressman said “Aye! Aye!” to death penalty. Pretty sure you saw that boy, and probably forgot about him as he shied away from peripheral vision. And yet his invisibility does not dissolve the line that connects that ordinary day to the eventful strangling of a victim by the roadside or when bankers and coffers are riddled with bullets. My undergrad education in psychiatric nursing taught me that psychopaths don’t arrive in crime scenes without a traceable causality. The mind is a mesh. The complex wiring of the human psyche is not shaped solely by life’s circumstances, but by chemical imbalances as well. In there is a grand cytopolis (cell city) where police work doesn’t always succeed. The real “Inception,” the character Cobb in the movie should know, takes place in reality, not in a dream state. You probably looked down on failed individuals for being so defeated in life, but you have no idea of the million short circuits in their brain. Some of them beyond repair or reform, unless perhaps by some incredible hypnosis or dark sorcery. As a teacher, I often wonder that if we allow students with physical disability some leeway, why not those with emotional disability, too? The itinerant, introverted bipolar who, after a long absence, shows up and shine the brightest in class? A humanistic view tells us that society itself is just as guilty in impairing individuals in their feeble age, and we ought to share in the guilt each time a crime blows up in our faces in primetime news. If we are to hang a criminal to death, all of us should be next in line. Literature shares the view. In fact, that is literature’s magical gift to humanity—a deeper comprehension of human nature. Characters don’t pop out in stories like chipmunks from a hat. The brief arch in which they exist as we read them only highlights the more telling moments in their lives. We’re hinted of back stories or dished with flashbacks if only to shed some context, some explanation on their current nature. A deed only makes sense in light of the past. That even as narrative ends surprise us, they are unarguably inevitable. So I am one in the push for a national mental health policy, and that at once means an opposition to reintroducing capital punishment. An Al Jazeera interview during the campaign season showed candidate Duterte (playing “tatay” to commercial sex workers by the roadside) saying prostitution is a health issue. Pretty impressive, and if only he could use the same tack in arguing that drug addiction or even criminality are also mental health issues. That will be the day, one policy speech stripped of the old cussing. Sen. Risa Hontiveros, in pushing for the Mental Health Law, cited a research that said one out of five adult Filipinos suffer from mental or psychiatric disorder. Some strange math leads one to believe that this is wrong, especially in the case of the legislative majority. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Source: Sunstar SunstarCategory: NewsMar 23rd, 2017Related News

Shaken, not stable

DESTABILIZATION or destab, it was a stab in the back, what the Vice President did in bringing the country’s problems to the UN. It doesn’t help that the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs for whom her meant-to-tell-all tape was intended has issued a disclaimer on the date the tape was received and aired. The harm has been done, thank you very much......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsMar 23rd, 2017Related News

Bank that lent $300m to Trump linked to Russian money laundering scam – The Guardian

The German bank that loaned $300m (£260m) to Donald Trump played a prominent role in a money laundering scandal run by Russian criminals with ties to the Kremlin, the Guardian can reveal. Deutsche Bank is one of dozens of western financial institutions that processed at least $20bn – and possibly more – in money of “criminal origin” from Russia. The scheme, dubbed “the Global Laundromat”, ran from 2010 to 2014. Law enforcement agencies are investigating how a group of politically well-connected Russians were able to use UK-registered companies to launder billions of dollars in cash. The companies made fictitious loans to each other, underwritten by Russian businesses. The companies would default on these “debts”. Judges in Moldova then made court rulings enforcing judgments against the firms. This allowed Russian bank accounts to transfer huge sums to Moldova legally. From there, the money went to accounts in Latvia with Trasta Komercbanka. Deutsche, Germany’s biggest lender, acted as a “correspondent bank” for Trasta until 2015. This meant Deutsche provided dollar-denominated services to Trasta’s non-resident Russian clients. This service was used to move money from Latvia to banks across the world. During this period many Wall Street banks got out of Latvia, citing concerns that the small Baltic country had become a centre for international money laundering, especially from neighbouring Russia. In 2013, and under US regulatory pressure, JP Morgan Chase ceased providing dollar clearing services to the country. From 2014, only two western lenders were willing to accept international dollar transfers from Latvian banks. They were Deutsche and Germany’s Commerzbank. Deutsche eventually withdrew correspondent services to Trasta Bank in September 2015. Six months later, Latvian regulators shut down the bank. They cited repeated violations, and said the bank had failed to deal with its money laundering risk. Latvia’s deputy finance minister, Maija Treija, said the money sent via Trasta was “either stolen or with criminal origin”. The defunct bank was being used as vehicle to get money out of the ex-Soviet Union and “into the EU financial system”, she added. Deutsche said it had significantly strengthened its systems and controls. It said that by the end of this year it will have hired more than 1,000 new staff in its compliance and anti-financial crime unit since 2015. It added: “The bank has comprehensively reviewed its client onboarding and know-your-client processes and where necessary is exiting higher risk client relationships and markets.” Commerzbank said it could not comment on its relationships with other banks. It said it put a high value on compliance. It said that suspicious transactions picked up during routine monitoring were reported to the authorities. Deutche Bank ended its relationship with Trasta soon after Latvia’s regulator issued a warning, it is understood. In August 2015, the Financial and Capital Markets Commission stopped all transactions above €100,000. Deutsche severed its relationship with the other key Laundromat bank &'' Moldova’s Moldindconbank – in 2012. Ties with Russia are a matter of acute sensitivity for Deutsche. In February, it emerged that Deutsche had secretly reviewed multiple loans made to President Trump by its private wealth division to see if there was a connection to Russia. Trump owes Deutsche about $300m. Deutsche refused to comment on its internal review. Sources say the bank discovered no evidence of any Moscow link. That covers other members of the US president’s family who are also Deutsche clients. They include Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, and Kushner’s mother, Seryl Stadtmauer. In January, the UK and US imposed record $630m fines on Deutsche for its role in another money laundering scam run out of its Moscow office. The bank failed to prevent $10bn of Russian money being laundered in a complex “mirror trades” operation. The wealthy Russians that used the scheme have not been identified. Deutsche’s Private Bank – the division that lends to Trump – appears in the Global Laundromat scheme. Sources suggest that many of its clients are rich Russians, typically with personal assets of $50m-plus. According to Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, Deutsche processed more than $24m of Laundromat cash in 209 transactions. Records obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Project (OCCRP) and Novaya Gazeta from anonymous sources show how the money was spent. Much of it vanished into opaque offshore companies. Some of it went on luxury items including diamonds, leather jackets, and home-cinema equipment. One of Deutsche’s high net worth customers blew €500,000 at Mahlberg, a German jewellery firm. The payment in January 2013 was made by Seabon Limited, a Laundromat company registered in Tooley Street, London. More than $9bn was funnelled via Seabon, records show. Almost €1m went to a Munich electronics firm, Rohde &'38; Schwarz, which produces surveillance technology for security services and police. Often, the explanation for high-volume payments was fake. The money spent on watches was marked down on the bank wire transfer as a payment for “computer equipment”. Another $500,000 payment was made to a London fur broker, Gideon Bartfeld. Bartfeld said the money had arrived from Deutsche Bank New York, before being sent on to the Bank of New York Mellon, which paid the invoice. Trasta – the bank that first sent the money to Deutsche – did not appear in any paperwork, he added. Bartfeld said the payment came via two “highly reputable and respected” global banks. He said: “Consequently, we received this payment in full confidence [as they] were satisfied that the payment met their [&'].....»»

Source: Mindanaoexaminer MindanaoexaminerCategory: NewsMar 22nd, 2017Related News

Remembering Jerry Krause, Bulls' GM during 90s dynasty

em>By Andrew Seligman, Associated Press /em> CHICAGO (AP) — Respected and reviled in his hometown, this much can't be argued when it comes to Jerry Krause: He helped take the Chicago Bulls to heights few teams have reached. Krause, the general manager of the Bulls during a 1990s dynasty that included six NBA championships with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way, has died. He was 77. The Bulls confirmed his death on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). A Chicago native, Krause spent 18 seasons leading the Bulls' front office and was a two-time NBA executive of the year. He helped put together a run that ranks among the most successful in NBA history and made the franchise a worldwide brand. 'The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause,' chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. 'Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years. He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the '90s.' With Jordan and Pippen soaring around Chicago and Phil Jackson pulling the strings from the sideline, the Bulls dominated in a way few teams have. Krause, who took over as general manager in 1985, was responsible for surrounding Jordan with the pieces that helped create two championship three-peats in the 1990s. 'Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls' dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago,' Jordan, the Charlotte Hornets' owner, said through his spokesperson. 'My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends.' Krause hired Jackson from the Continental Basketball Association as an assistant to Doug Collins and fired Collins in favor of Jackson following a run to the Eastern Conference finals in 1989. At the time, it was not a popular move. But did it ever pay off in a big way. The same goes for the 1987 draft-day trade that brought Pippen to Chicago. On top of that, he drafted Horace Grant with the 10th overall selection that year, adding two major pieces to the championship foundation. Draft picks such as Toni Kukoc, Stacey King and B.J. Armstrong also played prominent roles on those teams. He also signed key contributors John Paxson, Steve Kerr, Bill Wennington and Ron Harper. Dennis Rodman, a flamboyant force on the glass, was acquired in a trade. Krause also hired assistant coaches such as triangle offense architect Tex Winter and Doberman defense mastermind John Bach. 'He had a great eye for talent, and his ability to build a team is unrivaled,' said Paxson, now the executive vice president of basketball operations. 'He's one of the best the league has ever seen.' A baseball player at Taft High School on Chicago's Northwest Side, Krause spent more than five decades in professional sports as an executive and scout. He was responsible for drafting Hall of Famers Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld as a scout for the Baltimore Bullets. He helped select Jerry Sloan, Norm Van Lier, Clifford Ray, Michael Cooper and Norm Nixon as a scout for the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and the Bulls in an earlier stint. Krause also worked for baseball's Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, White Sox, New York Yankees, New York Mets and, most recently, Arizona Diamondbacks. But he is best remembered for his time as the Bulls' general manager. 'There's no question he was one of the great GMs of all time, a Hall of Famer,' Kerr said of Krause, who is not enshrined. 'Just to be a part of those teams and to have been given the opportunity to be part of it by Jerry, by Phil Jackson, I feel blessed to have had that opportunity.' For all their success, it wasn't necessarily a smooth ride. Jordan referred to him as 'crumbs' for doughnut residue on his clothes. A feud with Krause contributed to Jackson's departure and the disintegration of the dynasty following the second three-peat in 1998. It didn't help Krause's image when he was quoted as saying, 'Players and coaches don't win championships, organizations win championships.' He insisted he was simply trying to give scouts and employees behind the scenes their due and that he actually said this: 'Players and coaches alone don't win championships, organizations.' The Bulls, meanwhile, ranked among the league's worst teams after the breakup of the dynasty. Krause retired as GM in 2003, unable to lift them back to the top of the NBA. 'It was difficult at times but I always respected Jerry,' said Wennington, now a Bulls analyst. 'I understood that we're all human and in business you're going to have to do things that are what you think are best for the business. Did I agree with everything Jerry Krause did? No, but I did agree with a lot of things he did.' Wennington remembered Krause as a 'caring man' who would always spend a few minutes with his son when he brought him to the team's practice facility. Coach Fred Hoiberg, who played for the Bulls when Krause was the GM, said: 'He was a great person and we just saw him; he came to one of our practices earlier in the year and it was good to be able to spend some time with him.' Krause is survived by his wife, Thelma; his two children, Stacy and David; and his grandchildren Colette, Josh, Mia and Riley. Memorial information was pending. ___ em>AP Sports Writers Steve Reed in Charlotte and Stephen Hawkins in Dallas and freelance writer Paul Attfield in Toronto contributed to this report. /em> .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 22nd, 2017Related News

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Cabaero: Avoiding road rage

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/nini-b-cabaero" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Nini B. Cabaero /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/beyond-30" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Beyond 30 /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> THE road rage incident that left a nurse shot and wounded has been turned by some people into a rich-versus-poor situation, with outrage aired over how the wealthy could get away with crime. That shouldn’t be the case though because not all wealthy people can be generalized into irresponsible persons who can escape the consequences of their acts. There are those who make excuses, manipulate others, and tell lies just so they would not be imprisoned or so they would be spared of paying the price for hurting others. But that is not how the case is developing. And rich people of Cebu are not banding together to consolidate forces. Comments on social networks about the incident when David Lim Jr. shot and wounded Ephraim Nuñal, 33, a nurse, over a traffic altercation pointed to how the suspect belonged to a prominent family with possible political influence. Some used humor to comment on the incident while others were genuinely furious that a rich man can again get away with committing a crime. The incident does not have to result in more violence or the dangerous thinking of pitting the poor against the rich and vice versa. What should be encouraged is discipline on the road and other measures to prevent a similar incident. The website DefensiveDriving.Org prepared a list of ways to escape aggressive driving. It said road rage is an epidemic that can affect every driver on the road and can lead to death or injury. “While aggressive drivers are everywhere, the most dangerous road rage incidents happen when two or more drivers have aggressive responses to each other. Getting cut off in traffic can quickly escalate to further aggression if you choose to honk or gesture at another driver,” it said in the article titled “Avoiding road rage: 12 ways you can escape aggressive driving.” Tips to stay safe even with aggressive drivers on the road include: Don’t make rude gestures or yell at other drivers because you’re not the police and it’s not your job to remind others how to drive. Avoid making eye contact with an aggressive driver who is trying to pick a fight. Use your horn sparingly and primarily only in emergency situations. Tap your horn lightly if you need to get a driver’s attention. In the road rage incident, Nuñal reportedly honked at Lim for blocking the road. Lim resented this, and that started the fight. Apologize if you’ve done something wrong. If you’ve accidentally cut off another driver, braked too fast, or made some other mistake that could be offensive, simply smile and wave as an apology. This will disarm and calm most drivers. Don’t drive under distress, when you’re angry, upset, or overtired. Give other drivers the benefit of the doubt. Many mistakes are unintentional and not meant as a personal offense. Consider whether responding aggressively is worth being injured or killed. If you are attacked, call 911 or drive to the nearest police station or public place with witnesses. Do not drive home. The incident Sunday morning was unfortunate. It should be addressed not by driving a wedge between two groups but by teaching road discipline. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Source: Sunstar SunstarCategory: NewsMar 20th, 2017Related News

Anna Nordqvist wins Founders Cup in college homecoming

JOHN NICHOLSON, AP Sports Writer   PHOENIX (AP) — Anna Nordqvist caught up with some college friends — and left everyone else behind Sunday on another hot afternoon at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. The 29-year-old former Arizona State player shot a 4-under 68 to hold off fellow major champions Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis and In Gee Chun by two strokes in record 96-degree heat at Desert Ridge. 'I have so many friends and family here. They feel like family, my U.S. family,' the 6-foot Swede said. 'Couldn't think of a better place to be. I'm just so happy to be back. I wasn't even going to play a couple weeks ago and just ended up adding it last minute. Maybe it was meant to be.' Nordqvist won her seventh LPGA Tour title and first since successfully defending the ShopRite LPGA Classic title last June. In the U.S. Women's Open in July, she lost a three-hole playoff to Brittany Lang after being penalized two strokes for touching the sand with her club in a fairway bunker on the second extra hole. 'Of all the wins probably this is the one that's going to be more special,' Nordqvist said. 'If it wasn't for me getting an opportunity to come to Arizona State University about 10 years ago, I wouldn't be here today. This truly still feels like home, even though I'm based in Florida.' She finished at 25-under 263, two shots off the LPGA Tour record that Sei Young Kim matched last year at Desert Ridge. The Swede had a tournament-record 61 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round. Jutanugarn matched Nordqvist with a 68 in the final pairing, playing the back nine in 5 under. The second-ranked Thai star had a bogey-free week. She won five LPGA Tour titles last year and topped the player of the year points race and money list. Lewis also shot 68, and Chun had a 66. Lewis is winless in 67 events since June 2014. The 32-year-old Texan finished second for the 25th time in her career and the 12th since her last victory. She won at Desert Ridge in 2013 to reach No. 1, was second in 2014 and 2015 and tied for fourth last year. Nordqvist made a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th to take a one-stroke lead, and pushed the margin to two with an 18-footer in the par-4 13th. She made a 25-footer on the par-3 17th and closed with a bogey after failing to get up-and-down from the left greenside bunker on the par-4 18th. 'Saw the leaderboard on 15, but I just tried to keep my head down and do my thing,' Nordqvist said. 'Felt like I played pretty solid on the front and made two good putts on 13 and 17. A little interesting at the end, but I'm so happy and proud of myself this week.' She earned $225,000 and is projected to jump from 13th to 11th in the world ranking. Ha Na Jang (63), Inbee Park (67) and So Yeon Ryu (69) tied for fifth at 21 under. Top-ranked Lydia Ko also had a bogey-free week, closing with a 68 to tie for eighth at 20 under. Moria Jutanugarn, Ariya's older sister, also was 20 under after a career-best 63. .....»»

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MANILA, Philippines -  The move to file an impeachment complaint against President Duterte is nothing but part of efforts to discredit his administration, pr.....»»

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MANILA, Philippines -  A propaganda blitz meant to destroy the credibility of President Duterte may have led him to think there are destabilization efforts a.....»»

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