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Underprivileged kids from Marawi, Metro Manila, and Batangas participate in Real Madrid-sponsored camp

The two-day YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic came to a close last Sunday with 300 underprivileged kids getting the rare opportunity to learn football the Real Madrid way at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig City. Two kids from previously war-torn Marawi City were among those who experienced the world-class football training from coaches of the most multi-titled La Liga team in history with 33 Championship titles to its name.  Children from Gawad Kalinga communities were first to undergo the clinics on Saturday, followed by children from lakeshore communities in Batangas on Sunday morning.  Homeless children who live and sleep on streets and places like Luneta and the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan, and are cared for by Child Hope Asia Philippines had their own exhilarating football experience in the afternoon. Mohammed Faried Anganto and Alintor Bangote were brought by their coach, Espiridion Paran under the auspices of Gawad Kalinga. “Football was one way for the kids to cope and transcend the experience of the past,” said their coach.  “It was special for them to experience the YKK Football Clinic conducted by Real Madrid coaches because they learned new skills and trained with professional football gear. They’re used to playing with makeshift equipment, using tennis balls and playing barefoot,” he added. Real Madrid Foundation coaches Pablo Gomez Revenga, Santiago Sanchez Martin and Hector Vicente were assisted by 30 local coaches who shared and demonstrated world-class training methodologies and training techniques throughout the sessions. The Real Madrid Foundation coaches also promoted values through sports and education, teaching the kids about commitment, responsibility and teamwork, all while having fun.  All participants in the kids clinic received a full set of YKK/Real Madrid Foundation football kits, which include football boots, cap and socks. Everyone received a certificate at the end of the session. The Most Valuable Participants in the morning and afternoon sessions received Real Madrid t-shirts and bags......»»

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Grandmaster in a flash: Indian prodigy chess champ at 12

NEW DELHI: A 12-year-old Indian boy described as “unstoppable” by his proud father has become the world’s second youngest chess grandmaster ever. Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, the son of a bank employee from the southern city of Chennai, achieved the feat with some aggressive play at an event in northern Italy that ended Sunday. Praggnanandhaa—whose 17-year-old big [...] The post Grandmaster in a flash: Indian prodigy chess champ at 12 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Sunken Indonesia ferry may have been located – officials

SIMALUNGUN, Indonesia: A sunken Indonesian ferry could be sitting 450 meters (1,475 feet) below the surface of one the world’s deepest lakes, officials said on Monday, raising fears that scores of missing may never be retrieved from their watery grave. The vessel was believed to be operating illegally with no manifest, life jackets or passenger [...] The post Sunken Indonesia ferry may have been located – officials appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Taiwan’s Tsai urges world to stand up to China

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen called on the international community to “constrain” China by standing up for freedoms, casting her island’s giant neighbor as a global threat to democracy. Her comments in an exclusive interview with Agence France-Presse on Monday come as Taiwan faces what Tsai called “immense pressure” from Beijing. She urged other nations [...] The post Taiwan’s Tsai urges world to stand up to China appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Fil-Am forward from Wake Forest candidate for Gilas-Taipei match

Six-foot-7 Gilas cadet Troy Edward Rike is an option as a stretch forward in the 15-man Gilas pool that flew to Taiwan Monday for the Philippines-Chinese Taipei rematch in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers......»»

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Small luxury hotels finds winning formula for rapid growth

BANGKOK --- Small luxury hotels of the World (SLH) sees growth potential for its luxury hotel brands in Southeast Asia, according to its chief executive Filip Boyen.   "Southeast Asia is an emerging region for luxury boutique hotel operators as governments are starting to recognise the economic potential of the tourism industry and more destinations are getting developed for tourism," says Boyen in an exclusive interview with The Nation.   "As a result, we see more luxury boutique hotels opening in the Southeast Asia region including 7 Secrets Resort and Wellness Retreat Lombok, Akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok (June 2018) and Cape Fahn Koh Samui (August 2018). At SLH, w...Keep on reading: Small luxury hotels finds winning formula for rapid growth.....»»

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Celebrations, tears as Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades Sunday as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The much-trumpeted move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to modernize the conservative petrostate--- but it has been dented by the jailing of female activists who long opposed the driving ban. Women in Riyadh and other cities began zipping around streets bathed in amber light soon after the ban was lifted at midnight, with some blasting music from behind the wheel. "I feel free like a bird," said talk show host and writer Samar Almogren as she cru...Keep on reading: Celebrations, tears as Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving.....»»

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Banksy needles France on migrants with Paris mural blitz

The mysterious British street artist Banksy appears to have taken aim at the French government's crackdown on migrants in a series of new murals in Paris. The world's best known graffiti painter apparently "blitzed" the French capital over the last few days, leaving as many as six works on walls across the city. None of the works were signed--- as has been Banksy's wont in recent years--- but experts told AFP that they look genuine. The most political takes issue with France's tough anti-migrant policy, with nearly 40 makeshift camps razed in Paris in the last three years and President Emmanuel Macron determined that the city does not become a magnet for refugees. In the ...Keep on reading: Banksy needles France on migrants with Paris mural blitz.....»»

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15-man Gilas pool arrives in Chinese Taipei as World Cup qualifiers resumes

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas has a few days to fully prepare itself as the team landed in Chinese Taipei to kick off the 3rd window of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.  The 15-man national team, who left Manila Monday morning, June 25, will be facing ........»»

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With luck, Kane joins England s great World Cup strikers

England's Harry Kane kicks a penalty to score his team's fifth goal during the group G match between England and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizh.....»»

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Messi is running out of time to save Argentina s World Cup

Argentina's Lionel Messi, center looks down after Croatia's Luka Modric scored his side's second goal during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World.....»»

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Kane scores hat trick in England s 6-1 rout of Panama

England's Harry Kane celebrates after he scored his side's second goal during the group G match between England and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in N.....»»

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Kickoff: Spain, Portugal can t coast to World Cup 2nd round

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball during the training session of Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Kratovo, outskirts Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Franci.....»»

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Bubba Watson shoots 63 to rally for 3rd Travelers title

By Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Bubba Watson says TPC River Highlands feels like home. It certainly was a comfortable place again this week. Watson overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday to win his third Travelers Championship title, shooting a 7-under 63 for a three-stroke victory. The left-hander became the first three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season and pulled within one of Billy Casper's tournament record of four victories. He finished at 17-under 263. Third-round leader Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Beau Hossler and J.B. Holmes tied for second. Casey shot 72, Cink 62, Hossler 66 and Holmes 67. Watson also came from six back to win the 2010 event for his first tour title and beat Casey in a playoff in 2015. "I feel like this is my home course," Watson said. "As soon as they put the schedule up, I sign up for this. I want to come back here. This means so much, not only from the golf side of it, but from the family side. My dad, it was the only time he got to see me win (in 2010). He got to see me qualify for the Ryder Cup at this event. So all these things just mean so much to my family." During the victory ceremony, Watson's adopted children — 6-year-old son Caleb and 3-year-old daughter Dakota — received small trophies of their own. Watson shot a 33 on the front nine, but really got it going on the back, with five birdies. He tied Casey at 16-under par by getting up and down from the bunker for a birdie on the course's signature 15th hole. Still tied on the par-4 18th, Watson hit his tee shot 366 yards, then pitched inside 3 feet, giving caddie Ted Scott a big high-five before taking the lead with the putt. "Hitting some of those shots, especially the shot on 18, downwind, it was very difficult, but somehow pulling it off" Watson said. "And that's what we all try to do on Sundays is pull off the amazing shot." Casey, who shot 65, 67 and 62 to lead the field by four shots coming into Sunday, birdied his opening hole. But he gave that back on the fifth and had back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 to end any chance he had of catching Watson. The Englishman has finished in the top 20 in eight of his last nine tournaments. He was second here during his first visit in 2015, came in 17th a year later and had a fifth-place finish in Cromwell a year ago. "There was a lot of fight in there," Casey said. "But, I fought my golf swing all day as you can see coming down the last couple of holes." Watson also won at Rivera in Los Angeles in February and the World Golf Championships-Match Play in Austin, Texas, in March. He earned $1.26 million for his 12th career victory. Cink tied the best round of the week with a 62 on Sunday. The two-time Travelers Champion came out blazing, opening with three straight birdies and putting up a 29 on the front nine. He was 7-under through 10 and acknowledged thinking about a sub-60 round after making birdie on the 15th. "I knew that I needed three birdies to shoot 59. But quickly, I also remembered that the golf tournament was on the line and it would mean a lot more to me to win the Travelers Championship than to shoot a 59." He bogeyed 16, but finished the round with his 10th birdie. Defending champion Jordan Spieth, who was tied for the lead after the opening round, shot a 69 to finish at 4 under. There hasn't been a repeat champion in Cromwell since Phil Mickelson in 2001 and 2002. Spieth said he was originally planning to take time off until he defends his title at the British Open, but may re-evaluate that as he works on his game. U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka shot a 65 to tie for 19th at 9 under. He said his top priority right now is rest, but said that won't come until after he attends a bachelor party for his best friend next week. "I don't feel like I need to play; I feel like my game is in a good spot," he said. "I played really well this week, just some stupid mistakes, just mental errors. That's all it was, lack of focus, low energy. To be honest with you, I'm not surprised." Qualifier Chase Seiffert shot a 63 on Monday just to make the tournament. He shot a 64 Sunday to finish at 12 under and tie for ninth. Seiffert's round included an eagle at the sixth hole that saw him put second shot 301 yards over the green, before holing out from 49 feet away. The 26-year-old former Florida State star also qualified last year and tied for 43rd. "I feel like my game's good enough to be out here full-time and kind of confirms that with the way I've been playing this week and last year here as well," he said. Jason Day holed out on 18 from 38 feet, just in front of the greenside bunker to finish at 69 and 11 under......»»

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DJ Calvin Harris stoked by Harry Kane nod to One Kiss

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Harry Kane led England into the round of 16 at the World Cup then gave a nod to Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. Kane was asked after England's 6-1 victory over Panama to pick a song to play on a Brazilian program as reward for his hat trick in the victory. Caught off guard by the request, the striker mulled the question from the Brazilian reporter. "I'll go 'One Kiss' by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa," he offered Sunday. Dua Lipa is British, and both she and Harris were thrilled with Kane's selection. "Yes I'm Scottish but I don't care the legend Harry Kane picked our song," Harris posted on Twitter with a clip from Kane's post-match news conference. Yes I’m Scottish but I don’t care the legend Harry Kane picked our song hahahahaha pic.twitter.com/r0JclobgzN— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) June 24, 2018 Dua Lipa acknowledged the shout-out by reposting a tweet about Kane's selection. Fans of both the soccer player and the artists also flooded social media supporting Kane's song choice......»»

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Protectionism a threat to ‘vintage’ global growth

GENEVA: A year of “vintage” economic growth could be undone by rising protectionism, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) said on Sunday, as fears of an all-out global trade war ramp up. The BIS, often described as the central bank of central banks, credited “a decade of extraordinary monetary policy,” for leading the world out [...] The post Protectionism a threat to ‘vintage’ global growth appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Gilas upbeat vs Taiwan despite lack of practice

Gilas Pilipinas departs at noon today for Taiwan for its third and last “away game” in the first round of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, seeking a repeat of its “home” win over Chinese Taipei in a bid to firm up its spot at second place behind mighty Australia in their group......»»

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‘Group of Death’ awaits Batang Gilas

Batang Gilas coach Mike Oliver said yesterday the Philippine team arrived a week early in Argentina to adjust to the time difference and climate conditions before opening its campaign at the fifth FIBA U17 World Cup in Rosario, a port city 300 kilometers from Buenos Aires, on Saturday......»»

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An Invitation to Understand Suicide - Part 1

In mere days, the cyber world was shocked with the deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef-media personality, Anthony Bourdain. Spade and Bourdain come in addition to the long list.....»»

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German Blitzkrieg

The desperate world champions from Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden’s penalty area......»»

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