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Afghans face impossible race against time to flee Kabul

Tens of thousands of Afghans were racing Sunday to flee their country as the United States warned of security threats at Kabul's chaotic airport and the European Union said it was "impossible" to evacuate everyone at risk from the Taliban......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardAug 22nd, 2021

Wallace, NASCAR s agent of change, doing what feels right

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Being an agent of change in NASCAR cuts both ways for Bubba Wallace. He is seen as a hero to some, particularly those who have longed for a Black driver to shake things up in a predominantly white sport. To others, the 26-year-old Wallace represents something else entirely and he has seen plenty of haters out on social media over his career. It has intensified in recent days. He has brushed them off, especially the ones accusing Wallace or his No. 43 team of being involved in a hoax, of somehow being behind the garage door pulldown rope fashioned as a noose that was found in their garage stall at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway last weekend. “You quickly realize,” Wallace said, “they don’t give a damn about you and I don’t give a damn about them.” It has been a remarkable and exhausting three weeks for Wallace since he helped spark NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its races and venues. That is seen as a sea change for the 72-year-old stock car series with its core Southern fan base, but then came the noose and a federal investigation that ultimately determined Wallace had not been the target of a hate crime. He’s been besieged with media requests and made the rounds on morning talk shows and chatted with late night hosts. Wallace even unified the sport when every one of the 40 teams on the grid lined up with Wallace and their series in an effort to show they do not and will not tolerate racism. The face of a movement is a tough haul for anyone, especially when he stands as the lone Black driver at the top level of NASCAR. “It’s just what I feel in my heart, what feels right,” Wallace said Friday. “I’m finally voicing my opinion on the tough subjects that a lot of people are afraid to touch on. I’m not afraid to speak my mind. I’ve done it and gotten in trouble and learned from it. People that know me, I’m 100% raw and real.” It’s part of his appeal, and why a small number of Black fans rushed the fence and cheered for Wallace after he finished 14th at Talladega. He wants more Black fans in NASCAR -- he said his social media following has exploded and scores of famous fans like LeBron James have offered support - and said he is ready to lead the charge. He would also like some of his newfound fame to lead to more sponsorship to fund the No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports. He's not going to change his approach for them. “Ever since I’ve been speaking out, I haven’t been thinking about my sponsors,” Wallace said. “I’ve been thinking about me being a human being and standing up for what’s right. I would hope that sponsors would see that and back me up on that.” But he’s tired. His free time has been chewed up and life in the spotlight as a national newsmaker has him “wore the hell out" and there are two more races this weekend for a team that has been running well. “It’s not like I wanted to be in this position or asked to be in this position,” Wallace said. “It just kind of happened." He is grateful NASCAR released the photo of the rope; NASCAR President Steve Phelps stated “the noose was real,” though it remains unknown who tied it. Phelps said NASCAR determined the noose was not in place when the October 2019 race weekend began but was created at some point during that weekend. “We can’t say it was directed toward me, which is good,” Wallace said. “But somebody still knows how to tie a noose. Whether they did it as a bad joke or not, who knows? It was good for the public to see. It still won’t change some people’s minds of me being a hoax. But it is what it is.” He has received support from NASCAR friends and foes, like fellow driver Aric Almirola who started a text with “we’re not friends and we don’t act like we are” but was ready to stand next to Wallace as a brother. Wallace even had fun on the Talladega grid after drivers pushed his car to the front, joking, “I don’t like half you guys, but I appreciate all of you guys.” NASCAR is at Pocono Raceway this weekend for Cup Series races on Saturday and Sunday, just one more piece of a grueling schedule where all eyes are on Wallace. “Let’s get away from what happened at Talladega,” Wallace said. “Let me go out and have some good races, have some bad races, try and figure out what the hell we’re going to do to rebound from those bad races and get back to race car life.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2020

The extreme former life of Ginebra star Scottie Thompson

(This story was originally published on February 23, 2017.) For a guard that stands barely above six feet, Scottie Thompson sure has a knack for gobbling up rebounds as if he's five to six inches taller. Through the elimination round of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Scottie averaged 10.4 rebounds per game, good for fourth behind 6'11" June Mar Fajardo (16.0 rebounds), 6'9" Raymond Almazan (11.6 rebounds), and 6'5" Sean Anthony (10.7) rebounds. Again, Thompson stands barely above six feet, and he's a guard. With the sophomore star doing the dirty work down low, among other things, Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel is back in the PBA Finals. And before you accuse of Scottie having special powers or magnets or something because the ball almost always end up in his possession, Scottie does have a strange past that may explain his affinity for the extreme and hauling down rebounds and other stuff for the barangay. We're talking about volleyball, dance, drag racing with motorcycles, and BMX biking. Let Scottie explain for himself. "Varsity ako samin sa basketball pero ang dami kong sports. BMX. Di pa ako mahilig sa basketball nun," Thompson said, recalling his days growing up in Davao del Sur. "Kung ano sinasalihan ko nun—sayaw, volleyball. Kahit ano. Naloko din ako sa motor, sa drag race. Siguro, dun ko rin nakuha yung pagiging versatile ko. Kahit anong nilalaro kong sports dati, ganun kasi sa probinsya kung ano lang uso," he added. Wow Scottie, BMX bicycles? Really? For those who may not be familiar with what those are, BMX bikes are those off-road sports bicycles that people mainly use to do crazy and fancy stunts. Turns out, the typically low-key Scottie was 'bout that life. And he has the scar to prove it. "Dito nga, natusok ako sa manibela," he said, pointing to a scar on his neck. "Wala eh, pinalipad ko. Tapos [inikot] ko yung manibela, pag land ko di na bumalik." "Tapos pag-uwi ko naka [takip damit sa leeg] ako kasi papagalitan ako," he added. After turning his back on the extreme, Scottie has had quite a basketball career, which is good news for Ginebra fans. So far in his young PBA stint, Thompson has been to the Finals in two out of four conferences, hoping to give the barangay back-to-back titles. "Unang-una nagpapa-salamat ako kasi youngest ako dito uli," Scottie said. Panagalawa ko na to, sobrang blessed and sobrang thankful kay God." In the Philippine Cup, the Gin Kings now face two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer, a matchup that hasn't been seen in 10 years or since Mark Caguioa and Jay-jay Helterbrand led Ginebra in a six-game conquest of Danny Seigle and the Beermen. While he was already a basketball fan then, Scottie couldn't even remember if he even watched that series. He was still probably busy with his bike. "Malamang nasa Digos pa ako nun. High School, mga first year pa ako, magse-second year," he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2020

Dixon wins IndyCar opener after Covid delay

Los Angeles, United States —New Zealand’s Scott Dixon climbed out of his car and donned a white protective face mask after seizing the checkered flag in the delayed IndyCar season-opening race in Texas on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

Gregg Popovich: “Embarrassed as a white person”

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he’s “embarrassed as a white person” that George Floyd could die in such a “nonchalant” manner. The 71-year-old Popovich addressed Floyd’s death in a video released Saturday by the Spurs as part of the team's #SpursVoices social media series. Floyd was in handcuffs when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. “In a strange, counterintuitive sort of way, the best teaching moment of this recent tragedy, I think, was the look on the officer’s face,” Popovich said. “For white people to see how nonchalant, how casual, just how everyday-going-about-his job, so much so that he could just put his left hand in his pocket, wriggle his knee around a little bit to teach this person some sort of a lesson -- and that it was his right and his duty to do it, in his mind. ... “I think I’m just embarrassed as a white person to know that that can happen. To actually watch a lynching. We’ve all seen books, and you look in the books and you see black people hanging off of trees. ... But we just saw it again. I never thought I’d see that, with my own eyes, in real time. “It’s like the neighborhood where you know there’s a dangerous corner, and you know that something’s going to happen someday, and nobody does anything. And then a young kid gets killed and a stop sign goes up. Well, without getting too political, we’ve got a lot of stop signs that need to go up -- quickly -- because our country is in trouble. And the basic reason is race.” Popovich said white people must help lead the charge for change. “We have to do it. Black people have been shouldering this burden for 400 years,” Popovich said. “The only reason this nation has made the progress it has is because of the persistence, patience and effort of black people. The history of our nation from the very beginning in many ways was a lie, and we continue to this day, mostly black and brown people, to try to make that lie a truth so that it is no longer a lie. And those rights and privileges are enjoyed by people of color, just like we enjoy them. So it’s got to be us, in my opinion, that speak truth to power, and call it out, no matter what the consequences. We have to speak. We have to not let anything go.” Popovich has led the Spurs to five NBA titles and is a three-time coach of the year. He's set to coach the United States in the Tokyo Olympics.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2020

Afghanistan minute by minute: the Taliban crush those who oppose it

Afghans celebrate their country’s 102nd Independence Day with the national flag in Kabul. (Photo by Wakeel Khader/AFP via Getty Images) A crowd of Afghans in.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

The tragedy in Afghanistan

After 20 years of involvement in a war in Afghanistan, the United States finally withdrew in defeat. Now with the fall of Kabul, the Taliban has taken over the reins of government for the second time after the Afghan president surreptitiously fled to Tajikistan. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Taliban vows ‘different’ rule, no revenge

Nevertheless, Afghans and foreigners continued to flee the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Philippines willing to receive Afghan refugees, asylum seekers

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is willing to accept refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control over its capital Kabul, Malacañang said Tuesday. “Since time immemorial po, the Philippines has had jurisprudence even before the convention on refugees welcoming asylum seekers. Sabi nga po ng Korte Suprema, the Philippines will not […] The post Philippines willing to receive Afghan refugees, asylum seekers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

US brass bitter as chaos reigns in Kabul

Washington—The mood was somber Monday in the corridors of the Pentagon, where US military personnel watched helplessly as chaos erupted at Kabul airport and privately criticized the slow pace of Joe Biden’s administration in evacuating US-allied Afghans who fear Taliban retribution......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

Haiti rescue: Race against time

Port-au-Prince—At least 724 people were killed in the powerful earthquake that rocked Haiti, authorities said Sunday, updating the toll on the disaster-hit nation......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 16th, 2021

The Taliban are already close to Kabul – El Sol de México

Kabul. Taliban forces have captured a large city in northern Afghanistan, causing Afghan forces to flee and locking down Kabul as Western countries scrambled to.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Small retailers, consumers warned on fake cigarettes

The Federation of Philippine Industries has warned small retailers such as sari-sari stores and consumers against patronizing illegal cigarettes as they face charges and penalties including jail time......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 31st, 2021

Luis Manzano moves on to his next life chapter, wiser

Luis Manzano has just wrapped up two shows – “I Can See Your Voice” and “Your Face Sounds Familiar” – which means he now has more time on his hands to conceptualize video content for his YouTube channel, “LuckyTV” and focus on his businesses, some of which are under the essential category like transportation and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 31st, 2021

Marawi rehab ‘a race against time’ — Duterte

The rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi is now a "race against time," President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday, as he ordered agencies to finish the rebuilding of the city......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

Boosting immunity

In the time of more virulent COVID variants, the race is no longer just to get vaccinated, but to get booster shots......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2021

J& T Express Philippines honors outstanding delivery riders

CEBU CITY, Philippines — As modern heroes of today, our delivery riders have a really huge impact in our day-to-day lives. Aside from making sure that our packages and orders are safe, they also ensure to get these items delivered on time right on our doorsteps. With this task that they face daily, rain or […] The post J&T Express Philippines honors outstanding delivery riders appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2021

Bucks close out Hawks, set up NBA Finals clash with Suns

The Milwaukee Bucks are headed to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974 to face off with the Phoenix Suns......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 4th, 2021

Fearless Gilas gives world No. 5 Serbia huge scare before losing 83-76

By JONAS TERRADO The fearless group of youngsters representing Gilas Pilipinas nearly pulled off the “impossible dream” early Thursday (Manila time) after pushing world powerhouse Serbia to the max before absorbing an 83-76 loss in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the latter’s home floor in Belgrade. Given little chance not only to win but […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 30th, 2021

Who’s afraid of Serbia?

The Philippine national basketball team will take to the court to face host Serbia in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Belgrade tonight (tomorrow, 2:15 a.m., Manila time) with nothing to lose, everything to gain......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 30th, 2021

Race against time to contain & lsquo;Delta& rsquo;

The highly-contagious Delta variant is causing a surge in new COVID-19 cases even in countries with high vaccination rates – and experts warn that immunization campaigns are in a race against time to contain it......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2021