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Cora gets new deal from Red Sox through 2021 season

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora brought a new voice and culture to the Boston Red Sox that helped propel them to their latest World Series title. The Red Sox rewarded him for bringing home a championship in his first year with the team by giving him a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season. The deal containing the extension was announced Wednesday by Boston also includes a club option for 2022. In his rookie season as a major league manager, Cora guided the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 victories and the team’s fourth championship in 15 seasons. He finished second in the AL Manager of the Year voting announced Tuesday. “We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in a statement. “His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an historic championship season. We know we are in good hands and could not be more pleased to know he will be with us for the foreseeable future.” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was in search of new direction for the club when he fired former manager John Farrell after back-to-back Al Division Series losses in 2016 and 2017. After the historic regular season, Cora then steered Boston past the 100-win Yankees and Astros in the AL playoffs before downing the Dodgers in the World Series. “For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field,” Cora said in a statement. “We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title.” During Boston’s run Cora got the best out his young talent, led by AL MVP favorite Mookie Betts. They shined in player-centric approach in which Cora encouraged an aggressive hitting mentality, lots of hit-and-runs and active running of the bases. Cora also the most out of his pitching staff, which included clutch performances in the postseason by Chris Sale and David Price. Neither pitcher had logged a playoff victory as a starter prior to this season. Price had a tough time acclimating to Boston’s rugged sports environment during his first two seasons of the seven-year, $217 million deal he signed in 2015. He’s found a groove late in the season, pitching the clinching Game 5 of the ALCS to help the Red Sox advance. “Just his demeanor. It doesn’t change,” Price said last month. “I know it’s easy to not change when your team wins 108 games in the regular season. But he hasn’t changed one bit.” A member of the Red Sox’s 2007 World Series title team as a player, Cora was the bench coach on Houston’s 2017 championship team. He learned from manager A.J. Hinch that being close to players would be beneficial. “Talking to players is not bad, having a relationship with players is not bad,” Cora said in describing his managerial philosophy. “Doing that, you’re going to get the best out of them. People may think that crossing that line is not helpful, but I see it the other way around, and I lived it.” Cora became the first manager from Puerto to guide a team to a championship. It came more than a year after Hurricane Maria devastated island, prompting Cora during initial contract negotiations last October to ask the Red Sox to help his people with relief efforts. Ownership responded by sending a chartered plane full of supplies. Days after winning the World Series, they again obliged Cora’s request to take the trophy to his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 15th, 2018Related News

Frank Garza to conduct referees seminar

Frank Garza will conduct a referees seminar during the third WBC Women’s Convention and WBC Asian Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center this weekend with the Detroit resident expected to expound on his philosophy that’s centered on the four Cs – compassion, concern, courteousness and common sense......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsNov 14th, 2018Related News

UAAP: Yet again, Ateneo shows off its enviable depth with Tyler Tio

Matt Nieto sat out for Ateneo de Manila University due to a fever up against the University of the Philippines on Sunday.  For any other team, losing its lead guard would have been a big blow.  The Blue Eagles, however, only soldiered on. “Luckily for us, guys stepped up just like Tyler [Tio]. Ang laking tulong niya lalo nang nawala si Matt,” Thirdy Ravena told reporters post-game.  Indeed, starting in place of Nieto, Tio turned in his best performance of the season with 12 points and five assists – almost matching his season totals of 13 points and five assists before the game.  For the second-year stud, he was only staying true to Ateneo’s identity. “We have a philosophy in the team na ‘next man up’ so when Matt went down, obviously, we were hurt because he’s one of our better players, one of our leaders,” he said.  He then continued, “So the captains and the coaches talked to us point guards and told us we really need to step up.”  Tio did just that, holding down the for the Blue Eagles and helping them get back on track.  Still staying true to their identity, though, he also deflected the credit to his fellow guards in SJ Belangel, Jolo Mendoza, and Adrian Wong. As he put it, “I give props also to Jolo, SJ, and Adrian. It wasn’t just me who stepped up so we just wanted to fill the void left by Matt.”  ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

In defense of liberalism

The broad definition of liberalism is that it is a political and moral philosophy based on liberty and equality espousing civil rights, democracy, secularism, gender and race equality, internationalism and the freedom of speech, the press, religion and markets......»»

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

[Right of Way] Where the sidewalk ends: The woes of being a pedestrian in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Road safety advocate Vince Lazatin goes on a couple of walking tours with Sunny Sevilla, a regular commuter and former Customs commissioner, and Remmon Barbaza, a philosophy professor from the Ateneo de Manila University who teaches a Philosophy of the City course. From the Makati perimeter to the Katipunan-Cubao ........»»

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

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: The importance of philosophy

MANILA, Philippines – Philosophy majors often get two different reactions when asked about their courses – awe, because of the seemingly esoteric nature of this field of study, and concern, because for the more conservative lot, taking up a course in the liberal arts is "useless." History teacher Leloy Claudio ........»»

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

Jr. NBA Clinic on-going at San Fernando, Camarines Sur

Jr. NBA Clinic on-going at San Fernando, Camarines Sur Vox Bikol Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:10 San Fernando, Camarines Sur – (Feb 11, 2018) This town, just over 10 kilometers north of Naga City, is host to more than 300 boys and girls with age ranging from 7 to 16 years who were selected as participants of this year's edition of Alaska's Jr. NBA Clinic. The event is on-going, having started yesterday, Feb 10 to run for 2 days at the San Fernando Sports Complex. While the bulk of participants come from San Fernando, young basketball enthusiasts from and other parts of the Bicol region were among the attendees. Alaska launched Jr. NBA Clinic on 2007 and it has has been conducted in more than 100 cities and municipalities in the Philippines. According to Mr. Cyrus James Santelices, overall coordinator of the program, the Jr. NBA’s holistic approach is intended to strengthen the culture of youth basketball, teach life lessons, and empower youth to live a full and healthy life. “Its philosophy is to share the game of basketball with youth across Bicol by teaching skills, values, and wellness in a positive and fun environment,” he added. The aim is to develop complete and well-rounded basketball players and individuals. The municipality of San Fernando, with Mayor Fermin M. Mabulo at the helm, has been host to region-wide sports events and is now making its mark towards becoming a center for regional sports championships, including chess and volleyball......»»

Source: Voxbikol VoxbikolCategory: NewsAug 9th, 2018Related News

Weightlifting coach builds foundation of success

What Totten, the 66-year-old CEO and head coach of a national weightlifting team, experienced as a competitor shaped his coaching philosophy, which has bred considerable success.........»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 22nd, 2018Related News

Sharpening the Saw: Region 10 Designer Pool to level-up small business competitiveness

Thanks to a the vision of three dedicated professionals, Northern Mindanao (Region 10) has taken the first in a journey of a thousand steps to instill world-class design philosophy among its micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Last month, a partnership between a university based think-tank, a government agency and a local design atelier graduated the first batch of 19 junior designers in what would hopefully the first of many aimed at creating a pool of local designers who would assist small businessmen gain a competitive edge in the design of their products......»»

Source: Kagay_an Kagay_anCategory: NewsJul 18th, 2018Related News

Pinoy millennials seek to change the world, find meaning in work

The philosophy of having so many options and being attached to the hip to technology extends to the working youth’s attitudes towards company loyalty, alleged entitlement, need for validation, and making their labor mean more. Source link link: Pinoy millennials seek to change the world, find meaning in work.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jun 26th, 2018Related News

PBA: NLEX still clinging to flicker of hope remaining

With a 2-7 record, the NLEX Road Warriors' playoff hopes are getting slimmer by the minute. However, for coach Yeng Guiao, NLEX will still be trying to hold on to a 'flicker of hope remaining,' if they could win their remaining games against San Miguel and Magnolia, and hope for the best to force a tie at the bottom of the playoff picture. The 11th-seeded NLEX were able to make things interesting in the third quarter, taking a four-point lead briefly against the top-seeded Aces before collapsing in the final quarter. Even though they were not able to last against the Aces, Guiao commended his wards for making the game competitive up until the buzzer, a trait he wants to see the rest of the way. "If we're not lucky enough to make the playoffs this conference we’ll play as hard as we can the last two games and we’ll consider that as preparation for the  next conference...Baka may ano pa, baka-maka-tie ka pa. Meron ka pang playoffs ano? There's still a ficker of hope remaining, so we will hang to that." The six-time PBA champion coach was impressed with Mac Tallo's NLEX debut, who contributed 11 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 two blocks in his first game in six months, recovering from latent tuberculosis. He also let go of Tallo's blunders, who gave away the ball four times, but he vows to give a strong piece of his mind in the following games. "We have to demand something better out of his judgment, out of his decision-making, I think that will happen ano? Because MVP to sa Cebu, he's a go-to-guy, he can score, he can pass, he's a creator no for the team. And that's exactly what we need even without Kiefer and Kevin." As another project seen by the longtime coach, Guiao sees a combination of former Red Bull guard and Cebu teammate Jimwell Torion and the body structure of former league MVP Willie Miller. "He’s a strong point guard who can withstand a physical game," he said of the comparison for the first-round pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Despite trying to fill the shoes of the backcourt of Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas, the NLEX mentor is not putting expectations for Tallo, already entrusting him with almost 20 minutes of playing time. "Wala akong pressure sa kaniya. I just want his natural game to develop, I just want him to be able to grasp the system of the team and the philosophy. Kaya binabad ko na siya today." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 15th, 2018Related News

Ethel Booba likes her ‘mocha’ with sugar, creamer, but never with ad hominem

  Whether or not Ethel Booba prefers coffee over tea is unknown, but as far as her "mocha" is concerned, she has declared a preferred mix:with "sugar and creamer" and "never [with] ad hominem." For the unknowing, ad hominem is a logical fallacy wherein a person attacks an opponent's character or personal traits to undermine the opponent's argument. Familiarity with such logical fallacies doesn't necessarily require a philosophy degree nor a 150 genius IQ. Criticalthinking and discernment are free, after all. And it appears that comedian Ethel Booba can attest to this, as she once again put on one of her many hats to act as Twitter court jester in the middle of the latest so...Keep on reading: Ethel Booba likes her ‘mocha’ with sugar, creamer, but never with ad hominem.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 7th, 2018Related News

50 years of the Montessori revolution in Philippine education

The Montessori system is a way of life, not just a method combining philosophy and behavioral psychology as discovered by Dottoressa Maria Montessori......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 30th, 2018Related News

Brighter days seem to be in store for Knicks, new coach Fizdale

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst There was only one job that made sense for David Fizdale. Despite all the openings for which he interviewed, his pedigree and background -- and, let’s be honest, ambition -- made one gig stand out above the others. And it’s the one he got, with the New York Knicks. New York agreed to a four-year deal with Fizdale last week, a correct pairing of young coach and franchise that is trying to build back up the right way, with an emphasis on defense and conditioning that is right up Fizdale’s alley. No matter the occasional oddity created by working for Jim Dolan, he is an owner who has been willing to spend money when asked, and his team is in the top media market on earth. When you win there, they have parades for you in the Canyon of Heroes, and you almost always wind up in your particular sport’s Hall of Fame. You can’t not take the shot. The Knicks believe they’re in a place where the things Fizdale did in Miami and what he took to Memphis -- his philosophy of culture-building, team-building, discipline and how he connects to players -- were a good fit for where they are as a franchise. Among the 11 candidates the Knicks interviewed for the job, several had more head coaching experience than Fizdale -- whose tenure in Memphis lasted exactly 101 regular season games and six playoff games. But Fizdale checked the most boxes, and at 43, the Knicks are betting he has a lot of growing and improving to do, just as the team does. The Knicks, of course, looked into just why the Grizzlies fired Fizdale so abruptly last season, after just 19 games. Team president Steve Mills and General Manager Scott Perry didn’t just get started in the league last week; they know a lot of people. The chatter around the league was that Memphis chose star center Marc Gasol over Fizdale after the two clashed during the coach’s season-plus there. As I wrote just after Fizdale was fired, the deterioration in their relationship reached the point of no return when Fizdale went after Gasol hard in a film session, basically dismissing the importance of Gasol’s accomplishments overseas, including as a member of the Spanish national team. That that rankled Gasol to no end should have been no surprise to anyone paying attention. The Spanish team’s international triumphs are a point of considerable and understandable pride for both Marc Gasol and his brother, Pau. They helped lead Spain to the greatest era of basketball accomplishment in that country’s history, including a 2006 gold medal at what was then called the FIBA World Championships. Fizdale tried to fix things with Gasol, even flying to Europe after the season to try and make it right. But Gasol was close with majority owner Robert Pera; Fizdale wasn’t. That closed off a potential area of outreach between the two. Gasol had no interest in rapprochement, a stance that Grizzlies players made clear to Fizdale throughout the season. (Caught most in the middle, per league sources, was Grizzlies veteran point guard Mike Conley, Jr., who did and does have strong relationships with both men.) But, importantly, in his discussions with the Knicks, Fizdale took responsibility for his failures with Gasol. He didn’t blame Gasol or anyone else. As one of his chief calling cards is connecting with players, and not finding common ground with Gasol was an L he has to take. “He knew where he messed up and what he’d try to let it never happen again,” said a source who’s spoken with Fizdale since his firing. But, equally importantly, just because Fizdale couldn’t make it work with Gasol doesn’t mean he’s doomed to a similar outcome with All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis. The 22-year-old’s relationship with the Knicks has been scrutinized within an inch of its life the last couple of years. The toxicity level reached under former president Phil Jackson has abated some, but Porzingis and the team still have some navigation to do -- a trip that is blurred as Porzingis continues rehabbing and recovering from the torn ACL he suffered in February. (Porzingis’s brother, Janis, who serves as his agent, politely declined comment on the Fizdale hire via text Saturday, though the Knicks were in contact with Janis Porzingis during the coaching search.) Porzingis’s injury keeps the Knicks in flux, a position it seems they’ve been in most years since the Nixon administration. He is a potential superstar -- “potential” is used quite deliberately here, as “The Unicorn’s” stans on social media have made a very talented offensive player into something that he is not, at least not yet -- a transcendent player. But, assuming Porzingis ultimately makes a full and healthy return, New York has a terrific building block around which to build. And, they have a chance to really get in the game in the summer of 2019. First, they’ll have to resolve Joakim Noah’s status -- he has two years and roughly $38 million left on his current deal. It’s likely the Knicks will stretch him and the only question is whether that happens before or after next season. If it’s the former, the Knicks can spread the remainder of his salary across five seasons; if the latter, three seasons. Nothing is certain, but it would be surprising to see Noah still in New York by the start of camp. Why saddle a new coach with an old problem? That would leave the Knicks with more flexibility going into ’19, which is when Perry has said he’d like New York to be ready to pounce in free agency -- and when the likes of Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard (player option) and Jimmy Butler (player option) can be free agents. But until that bridge year, Fizdale will have to max out the existing roster. Charitably, there’s not a lot there at present that’s proven and has led to much winning anywhere. The Knicks will need to be lucky in next week’s Lottery -- preferably, getting a high enough pick to land one of the elite big men that should be among the top four or five picks in the Draft. If that doesn’t happen, the hope in New York is that until the roster improves, Fizdale can develop the talents of the Knicks’ trio of guards -- Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Tim Hardaway, Jr. -- in which New York has invested Draft and literal treasure the last couple of seasons. (It will help that Fizdale’s relationship with Hardaway, Jr., goes back to when the latter was a kid and his father, the master of the killer crossover, worked in the Heat organization after Tim Hardaway Sr.’s playing days ended.) The additional hope is that Fizdale will get Ntilikina in elite shape while honing his competitive edge, and that a full season under Fizdale will let the Knicks know once and for all if Mudiay can be a significant contributor. Fizdale will also have to adjust his nomenclature. Last week’s story in the New York Daily News correctly identified Fizdale’s consistent referencing “the Miami Way” as shorthand for how he wanted to do things in Memphis alienated Grizzlies people who were -- again, justifiably -- proud of the “Grit-n’Grind” era that produced seven straight playoff appearances before this season’s 22-60 crater. And, he’ll have to be prepared to be, perhaps, the biggest face of the franchise, in a city whose media is dogged and nonplussed and will often go off cockeyed in a crazy, incorrect direction. But its influence should never be underestimated. Fizdale is from Los Angeles, and he has a great way with most. And it didn’t hurt him to work some for ESPN while he was between jobs. But he’ll have to learn the media landscape in New York quickly -- who to befriend, who to be wary of, who he can trust and who he cannot. (Also: I’m sure the Knicks pointed out to him that while he had several causes which were near and dear to him in Memphis, from advocating the removal of Confederate statues in the city to lending his name to other civic causes, he needs to win games in Gotham first.) At base, the Knicks will want to see players throughout the roster held accountable, and charged to compete on a nightly basis. There was not enough of either last season under coach Jeff Hornacek -- who, in fairness, didn’t have all that much time to put his stamp on what was a poor roster. Fizdale will get more time. The Knicks’ roster will look a lot different in two years than it does now. Fizdale will have to be a lot different coach than he was in Memphis, as well. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 8th, 2018Related News

China will continue to ‘hold high the great banner of Marxism’, Xi says

Beijing — Chinese president Xi Jinping pledged Friday his country will keep following Marxism, as the world’s largest communist party prepares to mark the 200th birthday of Karl Marx. China will continue to “hold high the great banner of Marxism” and the party will forever remain “guardians and practitioners” of the philosophy, Xi said during […] The post China will continue to ‘hold high the great banner of Marxism’, Xi says appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceMay 4th, 2018Related News

PBA: James White out there still learning

In his latest stint in the PBA, the still young James White is setting different goals for himself. Aside from the obvious goal of winning a lot of games, the 24-year-old reinforcement is looking to stock up on some precious basketball knowledge. And with Phoenix, he has the perfect mentor in head coach Louie Alas. "Attain knowledge on the game of basketball," White said when asked what's his personal goal for his third tour of duty in the PBA. "We have coach Louie, one of the best basketball coaches in the Philippines, I just wanna get the proper knowledge on how to be a great basketball player. At the same time, I wanna become a coach as well so I'm learning a lot of things from him. You know, I'm just blessed," he added. While he's looking to gain some basketball knowledge, White's work on-court remains as good as it has been since he first got here two years ago. Perhaps it's even better now. In his first game with the Fuel Masters, White scored 32 points on 67 percent shooting. He also had 14 reounds, five assists, and five blocks. More importantly, as Phoenix lost a 22-point lead to Blackwater, White was always the one to hit the timely dunks to help the Fuel Masters pull through. "First game was a great lesson for us, we learned how to keep a lead and how to lose a lead. Coming into practice tomorrow, we just gotta work on situations to you know, get that mindset where we have a lead, we should keep it," he said. "Blackwater, compliments to them, they were playing hard, making shots. That's the game of basketball. I think for us, we gotta stick to our philosophy, play aggressive and stay consistent with our plays. But credit to Blackwater, they played hard," White added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 25th, 2018Related News

Sevilla hopes big-match experience counts vs Bayern in CL

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Faring well against some of Europe's top teams has given Sevilla confidence of matching Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals. Sevilla eliminated Manchester United in the last 16 and was a few minutes away from defeating Barcelona in the Spanish league last weekend. The Spanish club hosts five-time European champion Bayern on Tuesday in the first leg at Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. "We are getting used to playing these high-profile matches every three days," Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella said on Monday. "It helps us become better and maximize the talent that we have." Sevilla got past United 2-1 on aggregate, drawing at home and winning in Manchester. On Saturday, it was comfortably defeating Spanish league leader Barcelona 2-0 until the 88th minute, when Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored to salvage a 2-2 draw. "They are different matches, but Bayern and Barcelona have the same game philosophy," Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia said. "We will need to play with intensity and be very efficient. We will rely on our own weapons and in the end we will see if that's enough to eliminate Bayern and advance." Bayern, in the quarterfinals for the ninth time in 10 seasons and coming off a 6-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, was not taking Sevilla lightly despite being considered the clear favorite. "The best example to back up what I think of the danger Sevilla can pose to us is its performance against Barcelona on Saturday," Bayern defender Javi Martinez said. "Sevilla's rise in recent seasons has been meteoric. Sevilla is one of the most dangerous rivals we could have been drawn against." Sevilla is trying to establish itself as a major player in the Champions League after winning the Europa League three times in the last four seasons. It is in the last eight for the first time in nearly 60 years. Last year, it was eliminated in the last 16 by Leicester. "We can learn a lot from what happened last season," Sarabia said. "We played a great match against Leicester in our stadium but we didn't capitalize on the many chances we created. We ended paying for that in the return match in England." Montella won't be able to count on suspended midfielder Ever Banega on Tuesday, while Heynckes will likely have midfielder Arturo Vidal available following an unspecified muscle injury......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 3rd, 2018Related News

Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies peaceful stereotypes

HONG KONG — Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion’s tolerant image. Buddhist mobs in Sri Lanka last week led anti-Muslim riots that left at least three […] The post Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies peaceful stereotypes appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceMar 13th, 2018Related News

KWF best dissertation: Thomasians contribution to Filipino philosophy

This is a press release. MANILA, Philippines – A dissertation tackling the contribution of Thomasian philosophers to Filipino philosopy was hailed as the best disertation on Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino’s (KWF) prestigious Julian Cruz Balmaseda contest. Dr. Emmanuel C. De Leon, a professor of the University of  Santo Tomas, and his dissertation, Ang Intelektuwal ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 6th, 2018Related News

Godfrey Okumu to instill passing philosophy in Lady Maroons

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons were on the verge of earning the first sweep in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament when they took a 2-0 lead in their match against the University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors on Sunday, February ........»»

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