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How Diego changed from cocky to cool racer

  Actor Diego Loyzaga was the first to admit that he could be a tad "wild" on the racetrack. So when Diego was tapped to join the third season of History Channel's reality racing tilt "Celebrity Car Wars," not a few observers pointed out that he had his work cut out for him. Diego recounted that host Bobby Tonelli had dismissed him, at the start of the competition, as "very cocky, obnoxious, a typical 20-year-old with a heavy foot, who was always in a rush." Diego owned up: "I was a leadfoot. I just wanted to go fast all the time." But as the show progressed, Diego related, the host had noticed marked changes in the young man-in-a-hurry. "Bobby said that I beca...Keep on reading: How Diego changed from cocky to cool racer.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 18th, 2018Related News

Breaking Down Gilas vs Kazakhstan

From the get-go, it was obvious that this iteration of Gilas Pilipinas would be a bit different. Coach Yeng Guiao, who could have opted on a more offensively potent starting unit, decided to go with familiarity and defense, starting three players from the Rain or Shine core in Gabe Norwood, Maverick Ahanmisi, and Beau Belga, and inserting JP Erram at center and Stanley Pringle at the point guard spot. The effect was immediately evident, as the corner triple from Norwood off a Pringle assist in the first play of the game set the tone. The trio of Norwood-Ahanmisi-Pringle showed why they are probably one of the strongest, more athletic, quick, and defensive-minded perimeter trios that Gilas has fielded in recent years. Practically switching everything on the outside, they did not allow Kazakhstan any room to operate, nor to get any rhythm from the field while forcing multiple turnovers, with Ahanmisi getting two steals that led to transition layups early. It was a 12-2 start for the Philippines before Kazakhstan could blink. The only thing going for the opposing team was their offensive rebounding, albeit these only prevented further transition baskets from the Philippines, as the Kazakhs couldn’t convert on the put backs. One thing Gilas has to adjust to however, is the way the international referees call the game, as their bigs – Almazan and Belga – got into foul trouble early, and penalty situation allowed Kazakhstan to make some headway from the line despite shooting just 1/13 from the field in the first. It was a low scoring first quarter, with Gilas held scoreless for the last 4 minutes and Kazakhstan unable to capitalize on the penalty situation, missing multiple charities. The quarter ended 16-9, Philippines. The second quarter started with Kazakhstan giving up their 7th turnover, which would be a recurring theme throughout the game thanks to Gilas’ defensive pressure. With 6 steals through the first 15 minutes of the game, Gilas prevented their opponents from getting any rhythm offensively, despite Rustam Yergali coming out more aggressive on the offensive end.  James Yap came off the bench and poured in 7 points in the first half, hitting 1 of Gilas’ 6 first half triples. They were 6/19 from deep while holding Kazakhstan, who is known for their outside shooting, to 1/12 at the half. Defense was once again the key in the 2nd quarter, as Gilas allowed just 11 Kazakhstan points, with themselves scoring 25. They forced 15 turnovers with 11 steals total in the first half, scoring 18 turnover points as a result; while they themselves committed just 5 turnovers, yielding 0 turnover points for the Kazakhs. The only downside was they gave up 18 freethrows to Kazakhstan, who luckily only converted on 11 of them. The half ended with the Philippines holding a commanding 21-pt lead, 41-20. Stanley Pringle was impressive to say the least, running the offense and controlling the pace of the game, living up to the all the accolades thrown his way prior to the Asiad. Kazakhstan came out of the halftime huddle with a lot more urgency, employing full court pressure all throughout the 3rd quarter, and outscoring Gilas 9-5 in the first 2 1/2 minutes. They also continued to hold the rebounding edge, especially on the offensive glass. While the Philippines continued to pressure defensively, doubling the ballscreens, Kazakhstan was able to adjust, hitting the rolling big man on multiple occasions for easy undergoal baskets. It was here that Fil-German Standhardinger went to work, getting offensive rebounds and scoring on back-to-back baskets midway through the 3rd, despite picking up his fourth personal with still 4 minutes left in the quarter. This turned out to be Kazakhstan’s best quarter, and the only one where the breached the 20-pt mark, outscoring Gilas 23-20. Whether it was the adrenaline rush with the arrival of Jordan Clarkson in the venue or an earful from Coach Yeng at the end of the third, Gilas started out much better in the fourth, with Pringle once again leading the charge. He hit back-to-back baskets to get to his game high 18pts to start the fourth period; while Almazan – who had multiple skirmishes throughout the game – also hit back-to-back baskets. By the time Paul Lee hit his 3rd consecutive triple midway through the fourth – his only field goals of the game – the game had been blown wide open on a Gilas 20-9 fourth quarter run, 81-52. At that point everyone started getting into the scoring picture while they kept the defensive intensity and held Kazakhstan to just 16 points in the fourth for an emphatic 96-59 opening day win. It was an impressive start to the tournament for Gilas, despite the absence of Kazakhstan’s best player due to injury, and more so with all that had happened prior to arriving in Indonesia. They now have four days to prepare for a key matchup with powerhouse China. With Clarkson, they get not just another elite athlete on the perimeter, but a legitimate NBA talent in his prime. It will take a lot more than that however, as the game against Kazakhstan showed. There will be no room for error against the huge and athletic Chinese frontline, and their younger guards. Defensively they’ll have to communicate as well, if not better; and our bigs will have to work extra hard to box out their Chinese counterparts. We can’t give up too many fouls, as the Chinese are tremendously better free throw shooters, and putting our already thin frontline in foul trouble will further limit their ability to implement Coach Yeng’s defensive gameplan. Offensively, I’m confident we have the talent to compete or even surpass China in the perimeter, and everyone knows Coach Yeng is a master at bringing out the best in his players. If our guards can wreak havoc and break China’s perimeter defense, and we’ll be able to get open looks both inside and out. If our bigs, Belga, Erram, Standhardinger, Almazan, and Taulava can limit China’s 2nd chance opportunities and give us a decent amount of 2nd looks, then we definitely have a shot. This Gilas squad definitely looks promising. I’m sure glad we decided to send one.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 18th, 2018Related News

Public transport emergency

Just observe any major road or transport terminal in Metro Manila during rush hour and you’ll find many people waiting, often for hours, just to get a ride not knowing when they can find a place on a bus or jeepney. It’s a cruel reality for most commuters. Any government that cares for its citizens [...] The post Public transport emergency appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2018Related News

MMDA defers full implementation of driver-only car ban

MANILA, Philippines – Amid public clamor against the rule, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday, August 17, said it has deferred the full implementation of the  driver-only car ban on EDSA during rush hour, which was supposed to begin on August 23. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said in a ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2018Related News

HOV scheme’s full implementation on Edsa suspended for now

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended the full implementation of the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on August 23. In a press briefing on Friday, the MMDA said they need to convene with the Metro Manila Council first before fully implementing the policy. It earlier launched a week-long dry-run of the HOV policy, which covers the rush hours along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) until August 22. The HOV policy was initially scheduled for full implementation starting August 23, /kga...Keep on reading: HOV scheme’s full implementation on Edsa suspended for now.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 17th, 2018Related News

Bongbong Marcos, imported Galunggong, PH beats Kazakhstan | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: President Rodrigo Duterte will likely step down if former senator Bongbong Marcos wins his election case against Vice President Leni Robredo. United States Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver warns the Philippines against buying military equipment from Russia. Ride-hailing giant Grab Philippines urges its riders to avoid bookings along EDSA during rush hour, with the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 16th, 2018Related News

Exempt senior citizens from driver-only ban on EDSA–Pimentel

SEN. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd on Thursday urged the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to exempt senior citizens from its driver-only ban along Epifano delos Santos Ave. (EDSA) during rush hours. The senator said that only 8.2 percent of the population were senior citizens and that the percentage of elderly drivers plying Edsa “was probably even lower.”… link: Exempt senior citizens from driver-only ban on EDSA–Pimentel.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Aug 16th, 2018Related News

Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are not getting married anytime soon

It may have been a whirlwind engagement between Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber last month, but the two are in no rush to tie the knot. "The wedding planning has slowed down a bit," a source tells People. "They stilldon't want a long engagement, but they are also not rushing the wedding." "It was getting quite intense and they realized they want to enjoy being engaged for a while. It's not like they need to rush---they are both so young. They aren't slowing things down though because they are unsure if they want to marry; they definitely want to get married." Last week, the two were spotted crying in Manhattan and a few rumors sparked that their relationship might be on the rocks...Keep on reading: Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are not getting married anytime soon.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 16th, 2018Related News

Driver-only ban won’t solve gridlock, possibly unconsitutional – solons

  Banning driver-only cars from Edsa during rush hours is a "temporary solution" and "may be unconstitutional," a party-list congressman said Thursday.   Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin also said Metro Manila traffic is complicated that it was "not just a singles issue."   "Banning single drivers is a temporary solution and may be declared unconstitutional as it unduly restricts property rights without due process," according Villarin. What government should do to lessen vehicles in the metropolis, he said, is to implement environmental laws banning highly-polluting engines as well as unclog roads with illegally parked vehicles and other obstructions especi...Keep on reading: Driver-only ban won’t solve gridlock, possibly unconsitutional – solons.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 16th, 2018Related News

Senators seek suspension of MMDA’s driver-only ban

The Senate approved yesterday a resolution calling on the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to immediately suspend the implementation of the ban on driver-only vehicles during rush hours along EDSA......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 15th, 2018Related News

Netizens’ single cry: driver-only car ban isn’t helping

MANILA, Philippines – Traffic congestion during rush hour? MMDA’s solution: a driver-only car ban along EDSA. Singles steered away from EDSA after Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) started its dry run of the driver-only car ban on August 15. The first day of the dry run sparked an ........»»

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

What James has learned from his uphill climb to the top

  There was a lot of noise when we met James Reid for this one-on-one "quickie." Yup, you read that right---we were both in a rush to finish our chat at the recent "Miss Granny" sortie, because there was a long queue of well-wishers just "waiting in the wings" for their chance to chit-chat with Viva Films' dashing 25-year-old heartthrob. Despite the show biz frenzy crazily unfolding around us, James was far from distracted. He was unusually sharp, focused, appreciative of the blessings that are coming his way, and introspective about the issues we raised during our Q&A. Talking to a "more expressive," no-holds-barred James has allowed us to see him in a disarming ne...Keep on reading: What James has learned from his uphill climb to the top.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 15th, 2018Related News

Senators urge MMDA to suspend driver-only ban on EDSA

Senators called for the uspension of the implementattion of the expanded high occupancy vehicle lanes in EDSA, which bans single-passenger cars during rush hours......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 15th, 2018Related News

Provincial bus ban on EDSA starts today

Provincial buses will no longer be allowed on certain portions of EDSA during rush hours starting today......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 15th, 2018Related News

1 killed, 3 others injured in road crash

ROXAS City, Capiz – A tricycle driver died while three of his passengers were injured when  they were hit by a speeding Toyota Revo car in Barangay Dinginan, Roxas City Sunday. The victim was Cirjun Buñi, 57, of Barangay Sibaguan here who succumbed to fatal head injuries. Three of Buñi’s passengers – Noel Acutillar of […] The post 1 killed, 3 others injured in road crash appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Game-changing imports who raised the bar in the PBA

Imports are considered not only crowd drawers that invite national attention to the PBA. They are also game changers who raised the bar of play in the pioneering Asian pro cage league, with their incredible skills, breathtaking court wizardry, huge scoring might, and of course fantastic flights of fancy. Through the years, we’ve anticipated only the best from them, and definitely there are a few of them who really made their mark with their names etched in the annals of the league. One of them is Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, who bagged the PBA Best Import Award recently. Not flashy or flamboyant, Brownlee just gets the job done, leading Ginebra to the 2016 and 2017 Governors Cup, and just recently the 2018 Commissioners Cup. Aside from Brownlee, who were the other imports in PBA history that made a huge impact in the league and in the consciousness of this basketball-crazy nation? Here are some of the greatest imports ever to play in the country. 1. Cyrus Mann Cyrus Mann is remembered as one of the first prolific imports that played in the PBA, donning the Crispa Redmanizers jersey during its Grand Slam year in 1976 up to 1979. He provided that imposing presence in the paint with his 6’10” frame and was a monster off the boards, including those killer moves in the paint scoring at will against opponents. 2. Byron “Snake” Jones Memorable for his versatility and workhorse attitude, Byron “Snake” Jones was a journeyman, playing for three different teams in the PBA and leading two of them to championships. He played for the Toyota Comets in the PBA’s maiden season and won the First and Second Conference crowns and then went on to play for the U-Tex Wranglers and help them in bagging their first-ever title in the PBA Open Conference in 1978. He would then end his PBA journey with the Crispa Redmanizers in 1981. 3. Andy Fields Considered the first “resident import” in the league, Andy Fields has been called back frequently to play for his lone PBA team Toyota in his entire stint in the PBA. A feared shotblocker, midrange shooter, and rebounder, Fields led Toyota to three PBA championships, including the 1979 Invitationals, 1981 and 1982 Open Conference titles. 4. Norman Black Norman Black is simply called the import that gives his all in each game, one who was frequently labeled as “Mr. 100%.” He started his PBA career with the Teflin Polyesters in 1981, then began his connection with the San Miguel franchise in 1982 as its main workhorse and scorer, who would guide the Beermen to its second franchise title in the Invitationals the same year. He would then serve as import for Great Taste the next year, played again for the SMC franchise in 1985 under Magnolia Quench Plus, then suited briefly for Alaska in 1986. After returning to San Miguel in 1987, Black would then become a playing coach and eventually a coach who engineered its first Grand Slam in 1989. 5. Billy Ray Bates Billy Ray Bates is considered by many as the “best ever” who would fascinate everyone with monster dunks from the charity stripe years before Michael Jordan. Not only would he run rings around defenders, Bates would soar up, up away to score, and score without letup, hence the title “The Black Superman.” His debut stint with Crispa in its second Grand Slam year in 1983 was astounding and remarkable, as his unstoppable incursions, aerial shows, and powerful slams made him unforgettable to this day. Three years later, he would bring his greatness to Ginebra San Miguel and bag the 1986 Open Conference crown, which was the then-Palanca franchise’s first title. 6. Michael Hackett Loyal and dedicated, Michael Hackett is the gentle giant opponents feared. He is considered one of the most dominant forces in PBA history, who would just power his way through defenders at the paint and score at will. Playing for Ginebra San Miguel, Hackett is best remembered for being the first PBA player to score over a hundred points, 103 points to be exact, in a match against Great Taste in the 1985 Open Conference, wherein he won Best Import honors. In the next year, Hackett and fellow import great Billy Ray Bates collaborated to lead Ginebra to the 1986 Open Conference title.   7. Bobby Parks For most coaches, the late Bobby Parks was seen as the greatest not only due to the fact that he is the most decorated with seven Best Import awards, but also being the most hard working and coachable import ever. A gallant scoring machine yet a silent operator, Parks showed a wide variety of moves in his lane incursions in his prime that would leave defenders helpless, ending in mind-boggling baskets. Apart from his individual skills, Parks really completes his mission, giving championships to San Miguel Beer in the 1987 Reinforced Conference, and then Shell as its resident import with two titles, the 1990 and 1992 First Conference plums.      8. Tony Harris He might not be that much of an obedient trooper, but Tony Harris and his brand of play was simply breathtaking. As Coach Yeng Guiao decided during his time as coach of the Swift Mighty Meaties that they must let him be and ordered his court lieutenants to just pass the ball to him and make him simply wield his magic. And he did leave everyone in awe with his speed, agility, and power to score over all defenders thrown at him, hence the monicker “The Hurricane.” Proof of his incredible abilities is scoring 105 points, the single game scoring record that holds to this day, against Ginebra in the 1992 Reinforced Conference, wherein he would single-handedly cop the title for Swift. 9. Sean Chambers You could be charmed by his beaming smile when you meet him off the court, but when you meet him on-court, prepare for the worst beating. Though he’s not the heavy scorer type of an import PBA fans are accustomed to, Alaska’s “resident import” shows his class and might as a team player. He worked for the Milkmen in 13 seasons, giving them titles 6 times, yet only won the Best Import plum once—in the Reinforced Conference of Alaska’s Grand Slam year in 1996. The memory of what these imports brought to the league continues to delight true PBA fans through the years. And we see their legacy in such players as Justin Brownlee, who continue to show the example, the standard for other foreign players setting foot in the country to follow.     .....»»

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

Hero dog saves Indian family in flood-hit Kerala

A family in the flood-ravaged Indian state of Kerala narrowly escaped death after their pet dog woke them up moments before a landslide destroyed their home, local media reported Monday. Mohanan P. and his family were sleeping at home in the mountainous Idukki district when their pet dog started barking raucously at around 3:00 am, waking the household. "That's when we realised something was wrong. I went out to see and we had to just rush out of the house," Mohanan told Indian news network NDTV. No sooner had the family rushed out when the landslide ploughed down a nearby hill and demolished their home. The family, dog in tow, have since moved to a government-run relief ...Keep on reading: Hero dog saves Indian family in flood-hit Kerala.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 13th, 2018Related News

Art Dela Cruz set to make long time coming Ginebra debut

After months of recovery, Art Dela Cruz is projected to finally debut for Barangay Ginebra in the upcoming PBA Governor's Cup. As per Dela Cruz and head coach Tim Cone, they are looking into fielding him starting around October. "Sabi ni Coach [Tim Cone], middle of the conference. My goal is October, second week of October. But my focus right now is rehab nga, and then sabi rin sa akin ni Coach na this time, i-sure mo na 100% ka na. And loaded naman yung team so there's no hurry," said Dela Cruz Sunday afternoon during Ginebra's victory party with fans for their latest championship. "He's due back maybe in October, but we'll see. We'll play it by ear by that time, we're not gonna push him," added Cone. Dela Cruz first ruptured his Achilles tendon during a Gilas Pilipinas practice in March 2017. He was still a player of Blackwater Elite then. When he was shipped to Brgy. Ginebra in a trade that involved Chris Ellis, Raymond Aguilar, and Dave Marcelo in August 2017, he re-injured his tendon before he had his Ginebra debut. It has been 17 months and counting since Dela Cruz last played a game in the PBA. "Medyo matagal na. Talagang maging patient lang ako, iniisip ko din 'yung long-term eh, hindi lang itong conference na ito," he said. In those long months, Dela Cruz focused on his injury's rehabilitation and understanding the sophisticated system of Cone's triangle offense. "Learning na rin yung triangle sa akin. Actually, bago lang ako sa triangle, most of my career is run and gun sa college [San Beda] eh. Ito slow ball kaya maganda rin pag galing ka sa injury, di ka masyadong masusunog," explained the former NCAA star. Interestingly, the versatile forward is also trying out the point guard role. "Actually, nagpa-practice na ako tapos ang position na nilalagay sa akin ni Coach, point guard. Ang laking bagay na noong sa college naumpisahan ko na. Pero ngayon, primary na eh. Primary na na point, kaya point going from power forward," said the 6-foot-4 player. As the Kings still celebrate their latest conquered land now - the Commissioner's Cup, there is no rush for Dela Cruz. After all, Ginebra seems to have long term plans for him in the pipeline. "After a second Achilles surgery, we do not want to rush him back. He's only 25, so he's got a lot of basketball ahead of him. And I keep telling him: it's not about this conference, it's about the next 8-10 years, that's when we want him for. We want him ready for the next 8-10 years," Cone shared. This is not a surprise given Cone's high regard on the do-it-all forward. He considers his game as a marriage of Scottie Thompson's and Joe Devance's. "We were choosing between him [Dela Cruz] and Scottie [Thompson] when he came out of the [2015] draft, and we chose Scottie which was obviously a great pick. But Art was a close second, just because we thought that his skills were very unique, similar to what Scottie does, but in a bigger version," Cone explained. "Art to me is kind of like the in-between Scottie and Joe, kind of right in between those two guys." Dela Cruz has so far posted norms of 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in the PBA. Aside from Dela Cruz, Cone also targets to line-up new acquisition from Globalport Julian Sargent who is recuperating from a shoulder injury......»»

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

Is Cebu now a crime scene?

THIS question has to be asked in light of the latest rush of unsolved killings in this historically peaceful, serene and deeply religious Queen City of the South. After Fathers Tito Paez of Nueva Ecija, Mark Ventura of Cagayan, and Richmond Nilo also of Nueva Ecija were murdered within a period of six months, topping [...] The post Is Cebu now a crime scene? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsAug 12th, 2018Related News

At the start of the Mass, we are invited to listen

Amid the noise and rush in the streets of New York City, there's an old building on 5th Avenue across Central Park with these words etched around the structure: "You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6: 8)   This is an apt invitation for us in the middle of a busy life. It likewise makes a perfect antiphon at the beginning of the Mass. Let us use this reflection from today's Gospel---Christ's invitation to listen.   In the Gospel, Christ says: "Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me." (John 6:45) The murmuring of the peo...Keep on reading: At the start of the Mass, we are invited to listen.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 12th, 2018Related News