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Animated film Abominable pulled in Vietnam over China s 9-dash line in map

HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnam has pulled the animated film Abominable from theaters over a scene featuring a map of the South China Sea showing Beijing's claims in the flashpoint waterway, state media reported Monday, October 14.  China has long used its so-called 9-dash line to justify its jurisdiction over most of ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerOct 14th, 2019

Animated film Abominable pulled in Vietnam over China s 9-dash line in map

HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnam has pulled the animated film Abominable from theaters over a scene featuring a map of the South China Sea showing Beijing's claims in the flashpoint waterway, state media reported Monday, October 14.  China has long used its so-called 9-dash line to justify its jurisdiction over most of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2019

MTRCB bans ‘Abominable’ over China map–report

MANILA, Philippines–The Philippines has pulled “Abominable” from theaters because the US-Chinese-made movie showed the controversial “nine-dash” line map supporting Beijing’s claims to nearly all of the South China Sea. The animated film has been removed from Philippine theaters since Tuesday, the Movie and Tele­vision Review and Classification Board  said in a statement sent to Pilipino […] The post MTRCB bans ‘Abominable’ over China map–report appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2019

Pinoys boycott ‘Abominable’; movie pulled out of PH theaters

Filipinos have decided to boycott the animated film “Abominable” for containing scenes that government found just as abominable to the on-going dispute over territories in the West Philippine Sea. Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Ann Hofer, chairperson of the House Committee on Foreign Relations, said that Filipino moviegoers have apparently “decided on the question of whether the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 18th, 2019

Locsin wants ‘offensive’ map scene deleted from ‘Abominable’

The Philippines’ top diplomat has suggested a “universal boycott” of DreamWorks movies in the country following an animated film’s depiction of China’s nine-dash line in the South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2019

Locsin wants DreamWorks boycott over Abominable movie

MANILA, Philippines – Following the appearance of China’s 9-dash line in a DreamWorks children’s film, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr called for a "universal boycott" of the animation studio’s movies in the country. "For me, call a universal boycott of all Dreamworks productions from here on," ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2019

Locsin: Cut nine-dash line scene on ‘Abominable’

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday suggested the removal of a scene in the controversial movie “Abominable”, where China’s nine-dash line in the South China Sea was featured, after it drew flak from viewers. “Of course they should cut the offending scene which will show our displeasure better than if we unconstitutionally ban […] The post Locsin: Cut nine-dash line scene on ‘Abominable’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 16th, 2019

Vietnam rejects Chinese passports featuring nine-dash line

The decision on the illegality of the nine-dash line by The Hague-based court appears to have emboldened the Southeast Asian country, which has a similar claim to islands situated in the South China Sea/East Vietnam Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJul 19th, 2016

Donnie Yen, nag-donate ng 1M HK dollars sa Wuhan medical workers

EYESHA ENDAR   NAG-DONATE ng isang milyong HongKong dollars o katumbas ng mahigit 6.6 million pesos ang martial star at film producer na si Donnie Yen para sa mga Wuhan medical workers sa China. Say ni Donnie, ito ay bilang pagbibigay pugay at pasasalamat sa lahat ng medical staff na nasa front line ng laban […] The post Donnie Yen, nag-donate ng 1M HK dollars sa Wuhan medical workers appeared first on PINAS......»»

Category: newsSource:  pinasglobalRelated NewsMar 4th, 2020

The Coronavirus Could Derail China’s Hegemonic Ambitions

There are probably more than a few Filipinos who cannot help feeling a sense of schadenfreude over China’s coronavirus outbreak. Since the Scarborough Shoal standoff in April 2012, China has time and time again rubbed Filipinos’ faces in the dirt. First, it continues to occupy Scarborough Shoal unlawfully. Then China refused to abide by the ruling of the UN’s arbitral tribunal that flatly rejected its preposterous Nine-dash-line claim to the South China Sea. Even today, China continues to cordon-off Scarborough Shoal’s lagoon denying Filipino fishermen access to their historical fishing grounds ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2020

In appreciation: Kobe Bryant, a life defined by hard work

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer It was April 14, 2016. It was the first full day of Kobe Bryant’s new chapter as a retired NBA player. All he had done the night before was score a mind-boggling 60 points in his farewell game, not getting out of Staples Center until around midnight. His staff at Kobe, Inc. were certain they would beat their boss to the office that morning. They were wrong. He beat everyone there by two hours. “We have a lot of work to do,” Bryant told them. Even in retirement, Bryant found no substitute for hard work. Kobe Bean Bryant was many things: one of the greatest players in basketball history, a five-time NBA champion, Olympic gold medalist, a fluent speaker of multiple languages, a resident of the world, an Oscar winner, the self-described Black Mamba that started as a nickname and became his brand, someone so good he had two numbers retired by the Los Angeles Lakers. And he never stopped. Basketball was his obsession for 20 years in the NBA. Storytelling was the obsession for the rest of his life. Tears, as would be expected once the news broke of Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday, flowed freely in the NBA world. LeBron James was inconsolable when he got the news, a day after passing Bryant for No. 3 on the all-time scoring list. Doc Rivers struggled when he tried to put feelings into words. Even from the normally beyond-stoic Kawhi Leonard had his eyes well up when he was talking about Bryant. But the pain was obvious elsewhere: Oregon women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu didn’t hide her anguish when she said she was dedicating the rest of her season to Bryant’s memory, soccer’s Neymar held up a “24” with his fingers after scoring a goal for Paris Saint-Germain, and marquees at the Super Bowl in Miami were lit up in the Lakers’ colors of purple and gold as a tribute. The elite ones, the ones like James and Leonard and Ionescu and Neymar, were all like Bryant. Driven. Obsessed with their craft. Those are the sort of people Bryant enjoyed most. He didn’t have much patience for anything else. Teammates were never immune from his criticism; not even Shaquille O’Neal, a fellow all-time NBA great, could avoid clashes with Bryant. O’Neal was half-a-foot taller and probably an easy 100 pounds heavier than Bryant. Didn’t matter. Bryant wanted to fight one day in practice, so they fought. His toughness was legendary; Bryant blew out his Achilles on a play in 2013 where he’d been fouled and made the two free throws knowing that his season would be over a few seconds later. It was against Golden State; the Lakers trailed at the time, and Bryant — who hyperextended a knee in that same game and played through it because the game was so important in the playoff race — swished both shots. “We were down two. Had to tie the game first,” Bryant said years later, when asked why he stayed in the game. His commitment was legendary; there was a game in 2011 in Miami where the Lakers lost by six, and Bryant was so displeased with how he played that he went back onto the court for 90 minutes of uninterrupted shooting that went on until after midnight. His teammates were on Miami Beach for dinner. Bryant was working instead. “It’s my job,” Bryant said. His swagger was legendary; during the FIBA Americas tournament in 2007, Bryant was less-than-impressed with how Brazil thought it had a chance to beat Team USA. So, he tasked himself with guarding Leandro Barbosa, who until that point had been the leading scorer in the tournament. With Bryant blanketing him — making it difficult for him to even dribble at times — Barbosa made one shot all night. The Americans won by 37. “Looking at a great white shark is one thing,” Bryant told teammates, “but jumping into the pool with one is another thing.” He played in Los Angeles, but he was a star everywhere. Everywhere. At the Basketball World Cup in China this past summer, Bryant was on the court for a game during the medal round. He said a few words in Mandarin and the fans in Beijing screamed in more delight than they had for the guy who had taken the floor just before Bryant, a fellow by name of Yao Ming. He was as driven in his storytelling life as he was in his playing days. Kobe, Inc. wasn’t just a cool name. It was his world. He wanted to inspire kids through books that combined the worlds of sports and fantasy. He was toying with the idea of taking his stories to Broadway. He won an Oscar for “Dear Basketball,” a short animated film in 2018 that had been converted from a poem that he penned when he decided it was time to retire from playing the game. He had a podcast for kids and families, not with him blathering on about whatever he wanted to talk about but with characters talking about how to be a good teammate. He had a franchise of shows called Detail, where he broke down the nuances of basketball and had other huge names from other sports do the same thing. He wasn’t kidding around when talking to his staff on April 14, 2016. Kobe Bryant still had a lot of work to do. He was just getting started. And now he’s gone. The tributes will continue, though eventually fade away. The legacy will be forever. ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds(at)ap.org  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2020

& lsquo;Star Wars& rsquo; struggles in a country far, far away: China

​While Star Wars fans from around the world waited in line for days to catch The Rise of Skywalker, the sci-fi series has struggled to woo film-goers in the increasingly important Chinese market......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2019

Lapu-Lapu, Magellan and blind patriotism

“Much Ado About Nothing” is the title of a play by Shakespeare — and also a line that sums up last week’s trending firestorm over the Spanish animated film “Elcano y Magallanes: La primera vuelta al mundo.” Now that the noise has somewhat died down, we should look in the mirror, analyze the outrage over […] The post Lapu-Lapu, Magellan and blind patriotism appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2019

Jackie Chan’s trip to Vietnam cancelled over China sea row

Martial-arts film star Jackie Chan’s planned visit to Vietnam for a charity has been cancelled following an online backlash related to Beijing’s expansive claims in the disputed South China Sea. The Hong Kong-born actor was set to visit Hanoi on November 10 to support Operation Smile, a charity that gives free surgery to children with […] The post Jackie Chan’s trip to Vietnam cancelled over China sea row appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 8th, 2019

PH resumes stamping Chinese passports with disputed 9-dash line

MANILA, Philippines – Ending a 7-year protest, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration said on Wednesday, November 6, that it will now resume stamping Chinese passports that bear China's invalid "nine-dash line" claim over the West Philippine Sea. "In a memorandum issued by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, immigration officers ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2019

Locsin calls for DreamWorks boycott over 9-dash line scene in Abominable

"For me call a universal boycott of all [DreamWorks] productions from here on.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2019

Fact check: ESPN broadcasts China map showing invalidated 9-dash line

The map contained the legally invalidated “nine-dash line” that alleges China's claim to virtually the entire South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2019

A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships. Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U.S. 89-79 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull off the upset. The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships and continuing through every FIBA Americas, World Cup and Olympics event since. It was bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, after winning three straight Olympic golds in that span. But the best the Americans can do now in China is finish fifth. They're going home with a berth in the 2020 Olympics secured, but no medal. "We came here to win gold," Gobert said. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy. A lot of people counted us out, but we got the win." Gobert said beating the Americans wasn't the goal — winning gold is. "It doesn't mean anything if you don't win in the end," Gobert said. Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points for the U.S., all of them coming in the first three quarters. The Americans came up scoreless on six consecutive possessions down the stretch, the drought that allowed the French to take control of a back-and-forth game for the final time. Nando De Colo scored 18 for France. France was up 10 early in the second half. The U.S. went on a 31-14 run over the next 10 minutes to go up by seven. And then the French responded with a 15-2 run over the next five minutes, going up 82-76 on a long jumper by Frank Ntilikina with 2:05 left. Mitchell had a chance to get the U.S. within two with about a minute left, driving against Gobert — but the Jazz center read what the Jazz guard was going to do perfectly, swatting the try away. France had been 0-9 against the U.S. in major international play, most of those outcomes one-sided affairs. But the last meeting between the nations was only a 100-97 U.S. win at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics three years ago, and France returned three players — Gobert, De Colo and Nicolas Batum — who got minutes in that game. None of the U.S. players who played that afternoon in Rio are on this year's World Cup team. France outrebounded the U.S. 21-12 in the first half, Gobert found his way to the line 10 times in the game's first 20 minutes and the Americans went into the break trailing 45-39. The U.S. had trailed for 8:25 in their first five games combined — and trailed for 11:24 in the first half alone on Wednesday. Fournier's layup with 7:33 left in the third gave France a 53-43 lead, and that's when Mitchell got going. He had 14 points in the third quarter alone, and his dunk with 2:40 left pulled the U.S. into a 60-60 tie. Marcus Smart made three free throws after getting fouled by Gobert to put the U.S. back on top, and the Americans took a 66-63 lead into the fourth. But they couldn't finish it off. TIP-INS France: Gobert played the first 12:26. The longest he went before getting his first break in a Jazz game last season was 11:30. ... Ntilikina scored 11 for France. U.S.: Smart scored 11 and Kemba Walker had 10 for the U.S. ... Before Mitchell's offensive outburst Wednesday, the previous single-game scoring high for any U.S. player at this World Cup was Jaylen Brown's 20-point game against Japan in the opening group round. ... Jayson Tatum (sprained left ankle) missed his fourth consecutive game. UP NEXT France: Faces Argentina in semifinals at Beijing on Friday. U.S.: Faces Serbia in consolation round at Dongguan on Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2019

THROWBACK: FIBA 1954—the Philippines’ pinnacle as third best in world basketball

No other Asian team could eclipse what the Philippines achieved in 1954.  And this is what is considered an accomplishment that spoke of the glory the country once had—something that we had long desired to duplicate.  Sixty-five years since this stellar bunch of Filipino basketball icons first strode into Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 23, 1954, we still long for that moment, but have since made gargantuan steps in regaining that world basketball glory. It was the second FIBA World Basketball Championship, four years after the inaugural tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At that time, Asia wasn’t even in the map of international basketball, with only Europe and the Americas battling it out for dominance. It wasn’t really a surprise, considering how the sport hasn’t really reached that kind of popularity in the region for it to produce a world-caliber team. Favorite pastime Except of course in the Philippines, where basketball has already been the most popular pastime and already the source of national idols people fancy. Collegiate and commercial leagues were already drawing crowds, not to mention the everyday Filipino finding extreme joy swooshing that ball in a ring with an attached net—be it at the backyard or the neighborhood street—thanks to an overwhelming American influence that continues up to this day.  But what they really find so much delight is watching the country’s best players and ballclubs going at it—a sort of primetime top rating action drama in today’s parlance. And the main cast steps in while everyone howls or cheers, seeing San Beda’s Carlos Loyzaga’s “Big Difference” in scoring baskets with impunity from everywhere on the court or watching Letran’s Larry “The Fox” Mumar with his sly and cunning moves, running rings around the opposition for that easy two.  And, a Philippine team of basketball demigods? Insane. Silva’s 12 picks They did prove their wizardry and magic in their first shining moment—when they were called upon to play in the 1954 Manila Asian Games. True enough, they were unstoppable clinching the Gold against the Republic of China and earning the first-ever Asian slot in the Rio FIBA World Basketball tourney.  It was a team coached by the legendary Herminio “Herr” Silva, who despite his failing health, became that ingenious and innovative tactician who devised the “dash-and-dribble” and the vaunted zone and “freeze” defense that sent opponent plays in disarray.  Joining the Loyzaga and Mumar in Silva’s 12 picks from the original 24 selected by the country’s governing body were the “Rajah of Rebound” Francisco Rabat, skipper Tony Genato, Benjamin Francisco, Nap Flores, Florentino Bautista, Pons Saldana, Bayani Amador, Rafael Barretto, Mon Manulat, and Mariano Tolentino. Their poise even at the start of hostilities were already world-class. They would pound Paraguay without let-up behind Loyzaga’s 15 points in a 64-52 drubbing on opening day.  Their intensity in the first game, however, left them gasping in their second game the next day, facing a mighty host team and lost, 62-99. Despite the loss, however, they still advanced to the final round with their 1-1 slate in Group A, after Brazil ousted Paraguay, 61-52. The Filipinos will soon have its first acid test and face the United States on October 27 for its first assignment in the Final Round. The Americans, who lost to Argentina in the Gold Medal match in 1950 was definitely hungry for their first World title, but facing the Philippines proved to be their most challenging match.  Challenging the US It was a close match in the first half with the Filipinos giving the Americans a very hard time in executing their offense, trailing by a mere three points at halftime, 25-22, and even led with its largest margin at 31-26 at the start of the second half. But the US, bannered by the Illinois squad Peoria Cats, adjusted their offense and pulled away at 49-30, with three minutes left to play. The game ended with the US winning by a mere 13 points, 56-43, their lowest winning margin in the tournament.  Mumar topscored with 14 points, Loyzaga added 12, and Tolentino had 11, but the rest each had at most two points.  Eventual MVP Kirby Minter led the US with 15 points. The Philippines, despite the setback gained the respect of the world with their performance against the Americans that sent shockwaves across the tournament. Led by Flores, the Filipinos would then cruise past Formosa (now Chinese-Taipei), 48-38, on October 29. The following day, Loyzaga and Saldana each scored 20 points and Philippines clobbered Israel, 90-56. They would however lose to their Group A tormentors and hosts Brazil, 41-57. Sealing glory What really sealed their glory and place in history, however, was their successive victories against Canada, 83-76, behind Mumar’s 24 points, France, 66-60 with Loyzaga leading all scorers with 19 points, and the hotly contested match against Uruguay, 67-63 with Loyzaga bombarding 31 markers.  The match against France was memorable when Mumar had an altercation with the French behemoth 7-footer Jean-Paul Beugnot, who took issue with Mumar’s sly tactics as he defended him in a drive to the basket. Rubbing his eyes after he claimed to have been spat on, Beugnot could not do anything but notice Mumar scoring on a lay-up unmolested that sealed the win.  Already assured of the bronze, the Philippines still engaged Uruguay in a tough battle. In fact, Uruguayans had complained about the Filipinos’ rough play throughout their game.  It however spoke of the Philippines’ tenacity in getting the win, as Genato made the biggest defensive gem of all, limiting Uruguay sniper Oscar Moglia, who buried 37 points in a previous match against Canada, to a mere nine points. Loyzaga’s monster game was the key factor in the four-point win, with Mumar scoring nine, Tolentino and Barretto contributing five each, with Bautista and Manulat both had four, Rabat two and Amador one.  The US would eventually cop their first World title, manhandling Brazil in the final, 62-41. Loyzaga part of World’s Mythical Five Loyzaga ended the tournament as the second top scorer with a combined 148 points, with a 16.4 average, behind Canada’s Carl Ridd, who totaled 164, and became part of the World’s Mythical Five.  Looking back, the stature of this Philippine squad seems too lofty to even emulate, but we are slowly, yet even at a painstaking grind, getting close even with small baby steps to achieving that feat. With today’s Gilas Pilipinas already reaching unanticipated heights in this more challenging and competitive arena, especially with open basketball coming into play, the Philippines’ lost world basketball glory may soon reemerge. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2019

US: SCS ruling legally binding on China, Philippines

The United States underscored the United Nations arbitral tribunal’s 2016 decision invalidating China’s nine-dash line claim in the South China Sea is “final” and “legally binding,” as Washington strongly opposed Beijing’s efforts to assert its “unlawful” maritime claims......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Europe won’t coalesce to recognize SCS ruling — Locsin

European countries are unlikely to form a coalition to recognize the arbitral ruling invalidating China’s nine-dash line claim in the South China Sea as they are “desperate” for Chinese money......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019