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Canada mourns & lsquo;model family& rsquo; cut down on an evening stroll

London, Canada---A mother who was a “brilliant scholar,” a cricket-loving father with “a welcoming smile,” a teenage daughter who was “a friend to many”; a doting grandmother: the victims of Sunday’s truck-ramming attack in Canada, all Muslims with roots in Pakistan, were a “model family,” friends say. .....»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJun 9th, 2021

& lsquo;Premeditated& rsquo; Canada truck attack sees Muslim family of four killed

London—A man driving a pick-up truck slammed into and killed four members of a Muslim family in Canada’s Ontario province, in what police and officials said Monday was a premeditated attack motivated by “hatred”......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78

By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown into a “Hoya Paranoia” powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, has died. He was 78 His death was announced in a family statement released by Georgetown on Monday. No details were disclosed. “Our father was an inspiration to many and devoted his life to developing young people not simply on but, most importantly, off the basketball court. He is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport, dedicated to the welfare of his community above all else,” the statement said. “However, for us, his greatest legacy remains as a father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. More than a coach, he was our foundation. More than a legend, he was the voice in our ear everyday.” One of the most celebrated and polarizing figures in his sport, Thompson took over a moribund Georgetown program in the 1970s and molded it in his unique style into a perennial contender, culminating with a national championship team anchored by center Patrick Ewing in 1984. Georgetown reached two other title games with Thompson in charge and Ewing patrolling the paint, losing to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina team in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985. At 6-foot-10, with an ever-present white towel slung over his shoulder, Thompson literally and figuratively towered over the Hoyas for decades, becoming a patriarch of sorts after he quit coaching in 1999. One of his sons, John Thompson III, was hired as Georgetown’s coach in 2004. When the son was fired in 2017, the elder Thompson -- known affectionately as “Big John” or “Pops” to many -- was at the news conference announcing Ewing as the successor. Along the way, Thompson said what he thought, shielded his players from the media and took positions that weren’t always popular. He never shied away from sensitive topics -- particularly the role of race in both sports and society -- and he once famously walked off the court before a game to protest an NCAA rule because he felt it hurt minority athletes. “I’ll probably be remembered for all the things that kept me out of the Hall of Fame, ironically, more than for the things that got me into it,” Thompson said on the day he was elected to the Hall in 1999. Thompson became coach of the Hoyas in 1972 and began remaking a team that was 3-23 the previous season. Over the next 27 years, he led Georgetown to 14 straight NCAA tournaments (1979-92), 24 consecutive postseason appearances (20 NCAA, 4 NIT), three Final Fours (1982, 1984, 1985) and won six Big East tournament championships. Employing a physical, defense-focused approach that frequently relied on a dominant center -- Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo were among his other pupils -- Thompson compiled a 596-239 record (.715 winning percentage). He had 26 players drafted by the NBA. One of his honors -- his selection as coach of the U.S. team for the 1988 Olympics -- had a sour ending when the Americans had to settle for the bronze medal. It was a result so disappointing that Thompson put himself on a sort of self-imposed leave at Georgetown for a while, coaching practices and games but leaving many other duties to his assistants. Off the court, Thompson was both a role model and a lightning rod. A stickler for academics, he kept a deflated basketball on his desk, a reminder to his players that a degree was a necessity because a career in basketball relied on a tenuous “nine pounds of air.” The school boasted that 76 of 78 players who played four seasons under Thompson received their degrees. He was a Black coach who recruited mostly Black players to a predominantly white Jesuit university in Washington, and Thompson never hesitated to speak out on behalf of his players. One of the most dramatic moments in Georgetown history came on Jan. 14, 1989, when he walked off the court to a standing ovation before the tipoff of a home game against Boston College, demonstrating in a most public way his displeasure against NCAA Proposition 42. The rule denied athletic scholarships to freshmen who didn’t meet certain requirements, and Thompson said it was biased against underprivileged students. Opposition from Thompson, and others, led the NCAA to modify the rule. Thompson’s most daring move came that same year, when he summoned notorious drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III for a meeting in the coach’s office. Thompson warned Edmond to stop associating with Hoyas players and to leave them alone, using his respect in the Black community to become one of the few people to stare down Edmond and not face a reprisal. Though aware of his influence, Thompson did not take pride in becoming the first Black coach to take a team to the Final Four, and he let a room full of reporters know it when asked his feelings on the subject at a news conference in 1982. “I resent the hell out of that question if it implies I am the first Black coach competent enough to take a team to the Final Four,” Thompson said. “Other Blacks have been denied the right in this country; coaches who have the ability. I don’t take any pride in being the first Black coach in the Final Four. I find the question extremely offensive.” Born Sept. 2, 1941, John R. Thompson Jr. grew up in Washington, D.C. His father was always working — on a farm in Maryland and later as a laborer in the city — and could neither read nor write. “I never in my life saw my father’s hands clean,” Thompson told The Associated Press in 2007. “Never. He’d come home and scrub his hands with this ugly brown soap that looked like tar. I thought that was the color of his hands. When I was still coaching, kids would show up late for practice and I’d (say) ... ‘My father got up every morning of his life at 5 a.m. to go to work. Without an alarm.‘” Thompson’s parents emphasized education, but he struggled in part of because of poor eyesight and labored in Catholic grammar school. He was moved to a segregated public school, had a growth spurt and became good enough at basketball to get into John Carroll, a Catholic high school, where he led the team to 55 consecutive victories and two city titles. He went to Providence College as one of the most touted basketball prospects in the country and led the Friars to the first NCAA bid in school history. He graduated in 1964 and played two seasons with Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics, earning a pair of championship rings as a sparingly used backup to Bill Russell. Thompson returned to Washington, got his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of the District of Columbia and went 122-28 over six seasons at St. Anthony’s before accepting the job at Georgetown, an elite school that had relatively few Black students. Faculty and students rallied around him after a bedsheet with racist words was hung inside the school’s gym before a game during the 1974-75 season. Thompson sheltered his players with closed practices, tightly controlled media access and a prohibition on interviews with freshmen in their first semester -- a restriction that still stands for Georgetown’s basketball team. Combined with Thompson’s flashes of emotion and his players’ rough-and-tumble style of play, it wasn’t long before the words “Hoya Paranoia” came to epitomize the new era of basketball on the Hilltop campus. Georgetown lost the 1982 NCAA championship game when Fred Brown mistakenly passed the ball to North Carolina’s James Worthy in the game’s final seconds. Two years later, Ewing led an 84-75 win over Houston in the title game. The Hoyas were on the verge of a repeat the following year when they were stunned in the championship game by coach Rollie Massimino’s Villanova team in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. Success allowed Thompson to rake in money through endorsements, but he ran afoul of his Georgetown bosses when he applied for a gambling license for a business venture in Nevada in 1995. Thompson, who liked playing the slot machines in Las Vegas, reluctantly dropped the application after the university president objected. Centers Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo turned Georgetown into “Big Man U” under Thompson, although his last superstar was guard Allen Iverson, who in 1996 also became the first player under Thompson to leave school early for the NBA draft. “Thanks for Saving My Life Coach,” Iverson wrote at the start of an Instagram post Monday with photos of the pair. The Hoyas teams in the 1990s never came close to matching the achievements of the 1980s, and Thompson’s era came to a surprising and sudden end when he resigned in the middle of the 1998-99 season, citing distractions from a pending divorce. Thompson didn’t fade from the limelight. He became a sports radio talk show host and a TV and radio game analyst, joining the very profession he had frustrated so often as a coach. He loosened up, allowing the public to see his lighter side, but he remained pointed and combative when a topic mattered to him. A torch was passed in 2004, when John Thompson III became Georgetown’s coach. The younger Thompson, with “Pops” often watching from the stands or sitting in the back of the room for news conferences, returned the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007. Another son, Ronny Thompson, was head coach for one season at Ball State and is now a TV analyst. ___ Joseph White, a former AP sports writer in Washington who died in 2019, prepared this obituary. AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

Wong, Viray join ChocoMucho

Prized setter Deanna Wong and Caitlin Viray are now ready to take flight for the ChocoMucho Flying Titans. The Flying Titans made a recruitment coup as they officially introduced the two college standouts Sunday evening through their official Twitter account. ChocoMucho has been shoring up its lineup in time for the Premier Volleyball League Season 4, which is set to hold its Open Conference late this year if the current health crisis improves. Everything is SET. Bet you all saw this coming! Let’s all welcome Deanna Wong as she officially joins the Choco Mucho Flying Titans family! ???????? ???? @deannawongst #ChocoMucho #FlyingTitans #TitanPride pic.twitter.com/wTosQKicEe — Choco Mucho Flying Titans (@CMFlyingTitans) June 28, 2020 My oh my! It’s Caitlyn Viray! Welcome to the Choco Mucho Flying Titans family! We can’t wait to soar with you on the court! ???????????? #ChocoMucho #FlyingTitans #TitanPride pic.twitter.com/cMBVdWbsJ3 — Choco Mucho Flying Titans (@CMFlyingTitans) June 28, 2020 The ‘face reveal’ came two weeks after then team gave fans a teaser of its newest members. [Related story: Flying Titans to name newest members] ChocoMucho, which finished seventh out of nine teams last year in its debut in Season 3 Open Conference, earlier welcomed the arrival of veteran libero Denden Lazaro. Wong helped Ateneo de Manila University capture the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball title while Viray played a crucial role in University of Sto. Tomas’ return to the Finals after an eight-year drought. Wong is not new to PVL as she saw action two years ago for Ateneo-Motolite in the second edition of the Open Conference when Lady Eagles finished runners-up to powerhouse and ChocoMucho’s sister team Creamline. Viray, on the other hand, has been in the commercial league scene for quite a while.        Wong’s addition will give the Flying Titans a better direction on offense with her familiarity with college teammates Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag and Bea De Leon. Meanwhile, Viray’s presence will further strengthen ChocoMucho’s net defense while serving as another threat on the wing.     ......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2020

& lsquo;Pepito Manaloto& rsquo; shares untold stories in new chapter

Pepito Manaloto: Ang Unang Kwento, the prequel to the award-winning Filipino sitcom, premiered on July 17 featuring a fresh set of stars adding color to the already well-loved story of Pepito, Elsa, their family, and friends......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

Magazine show & lsquo;Pusong Pinoy Sa Amerika& rsquo; now on GTV

The number of Filipinos migrating to the United States has increased dramatically over the decades. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 battle globally, Filipino labor migration has grown modestly as some seek better job opportunities or want to reunite with their migrant family members and friends in the USA......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 10th, 2021

Maestro Cayabyab& rsquo;s & lsquo;Musika Para sa Kinabukasan& rsquo; e-concert set on June 5

National artist Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and the RC Singers are this year’s featured artists in a digital fund-raising concert dubbed as ‘Musika Para sa Kinabukasan’ on June 5, 2021 for the benefit of Family Farm Schools and their students. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021

Asean deems Myanmar issue a & lsquo;family problem& rsquo;

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations had talked about the Myanmar situation as if it were a “family problem.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 25th, 2021

Pop sensation Johnny Orlando explores early stage of dating in & lsquo;I Don& rsquo;t& rsquo;

After weeks of anticipation, singer-songwriter and international pop star Johnny Orlando has released his latest single “I Don’t (with DVBBS)” via Universal Music Canada and Island Records.  .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 27th, 2021

& lsquo;Start Up& rsquo; heartthrob Kim Seon Ho holds virtual fan meet with Pinoy fans

Fans of Korean actor Kim Seon Ho were taken on a reinvented (virtual) date to officially welcome #TeamGoodBoy to the Globe family, on the Kmmunity PH Facebook group last March 21......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 25th, 2021

& lsquo;The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition& rsquo; premieres in Asia on AXN

Singapore -- “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” premiered across Southeast Asia, China, and India with its inaugural episode Thursday evening. The show debuted on AXN, its official Asia broadcast partner, with additional free-to-air broadcasts to follow......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 19th, 2021

Cassy and Joaquin& rsquo;s many firsts in & lsquo;First Yaya& rsquo;

Teen stars Cassy Legaspi and Joaquin Domagoso are paired for the first time as onscreen love team via First Yaya, a family romantic comedy topbilled by Sanya Lopez. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

CNN Philippines launches first-ever podcast & lsquo;Suddenly Family& rsquo;

CNN Philippines announces the release of its first podcast,  Suddenly Family, hosted by Emmy-winning journalist  Samuel Burke.  .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021

Diego Gutierrez debuts as recording artist with & lsquo;On A Dream& rsquo;

Coming from a musical family, it’s no longer a surprise that Diego Gutierrez, one of the latest members of the Gutierrez clan to enter show business, is launching a recording career......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 30th, 2021

Fly south or roost? Canadian & lsquo;snowbirds& rsquo; weigh Florida mid-pandemic

Montreal, Canada---Birds of a feather normally flock together, but the pandemic has divided Canada’s “snowbird” warm weather migrants into two camps: those staying home this winter and those heading to Florida no matter the cost.  .....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

Extending the promise of good drama in & lsquo;Paano Ang Pangako& rsquo;

The IdeaFirst Company and Cignal Entertainment proudly present Paano Ang Pangako, a continuation of the sought-after family holiday saga Paano ang Pasko that has gripped the audiences and left them wanting for more. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

23 things about Bright Chiva-aree

Fans may have first met him as Sarawat who pursued and teased Tine to kiss him ‘til he dropped, but this “forgetful boy” is more than just an actor. He’s a singer, a model, an advocate, a son, and “a bright star.”.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 27th, 2020

& lsquo;Incel& rsquo; follower goes to trial in Canada

The trial of a Canadian man linked to the misogynist “incel” movement and accused of killing 10 people by ploughing a van into pedestrians in Toronto begins Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

Bracing for worst: Powerful storm & lsquo;Rolly& rsquo; lurks in PH area

Filipinos are bracing for a powerful typhoon that is expected to make landfall in the Aurora-Quezon area Sunday evening or early Monday, with the weather bureau warning of winds of 175-195 kilometers per hour......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

vivo V20 series: A new level of thinness, lightness for capturing unfiltered joy

The latest addition to the vivo V series family takes thinness to a whole new level. The vivo design team, in their quest for a smartphone that sits comfortably and stylishly in the hands of a highly social generation, sought inspiration in everyday items and from nature to come up with a design that challenges the convention of ‘thin’......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Zamboanga rules Leg 1 of 3x3 tilt

Showing their fighting spirit, Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines held off Butuan-Uling Roasters, 21-17, Wednesday evening to claim the top honors for Leg 1 of the 2020 3x3 Pilipinas......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020