Congressman cleared of & lsquo;narco-pol& rsquo; tag& mdash;CA

President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug war has suffered a legal setback after the Court of Appeals granted the privilege of writ of habeas data earlier sought by Leyte 3rd District Rep. Vicente Veloso and ordered the government to delete his name from the so-called “narco-list” of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in the country......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJun 10th, 2021

Noose found in stall of Bubba Wallace at Alabama NASCAR race

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR said late Sunday that a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace at the NASCAR race in Talladega. Wallace is the only full-time Black driver in NASCAR’s elite Cup Series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and properties. NASCAR said it has launched an immediate investigation into the noose. The series says it was “outraged” and said there is no place for racism in NASCAR. On Twitter, Wallace said the “the despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and ow persistent we must be in the fight against racism.” “As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you,'” he wrote. " This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP's previous story is below It cost $40 to get into Talladega Superspeedway if you were one of 5,000 people to purchase a ticket and live within 150 miles of the NASCAR staple. But to get to the seat in Row 26A, Seat 12W, you first likely passed dozens of people outside the track proudly displaying Confederate flags, some flying them from pickup trucks. Look up, and you might spot a plane pulling a banner of the Southern symbol, now banned from being displayed inside race tracks, with the words “Defund NASCAR” The Confederate flags that once flew openly around the infield and stands are still for sale across the street. NASCAR hasn't disclosed how it will handle fans flying flags. With the most fans allowed into a NASCAR race during the Coronavirus pandemic it put the spotlight on the Confederate flag ban. There weren't any immediate reports of how many, if any, flags were confiscated or taken down at the venue. NASCAR two weeks ago said it would ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and venues following a call from Bubba Wallace, the series’ only full-time Black driver in the Cup Series. The ban was not tested last week at a track near Miami, where 1,000 military members attended the race. This weekend was seen as a much bigger challenge in the heart of the South with up to 5,000 fans allowed in and a relatively small number of RVs cleared to camp nearby. The ban drew informal protests Saturday and Sunday alike, with cars and pickup trucks driving along nearby roads flying the flag and parading past the entrance to the superspeedway, along with the plane. NASCAR did not acknowledged the plane or its banner, though executive Steve O’Donnell Tweeted a picture of black and white hands shaking: “You won’t see a photo of a jackass flying a flag over the track here...but you will see this...Hope EVERYONE enjoys the race today.” Rapper Ice Cube even tweeted about the plane saying, “(Expletive) him NASCAR, you got new fans in this household.” The race was pushed back to Monday afternoon because of heavy rain and lightning. But before the rain came, the scene was a dramatic departure from the Talladega norm. “It’s weird. It’s eerie,” said David Radvansky, 32, from suburban Atlanta, who brought his wife and boys, 3 and 6. Radvansky, who started coming to Talladega in the 1990s when his father parked cars at races, applauded NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flags. “I don’t think there’s a place for it in NASCAR, to be honest with you,” the 32-year-old said. “That doesn’t sit well with all the good ole boys but it is what it is.” Fans had to go through screening and wear masks to get in for the race, though a few were walking around inside without theirs on. But lines seemed to flow quickly and the sun was shining until about an hour before the race, when rain and lightning started. Bathrooms had arrows directing patrons which way to enter or exit, and attendants lined the way holding signs urging them to “please wear your masks.” Directly across from the track, Ed Sugg’s merchandise tent flew Confederate flags prominently in a display alongside Trump for 2020 banners and an American flag. “They’re doing very well,” said the Helena, Alabama resident, who has been selling an array of wares at NASCAR races for 21 years. “People are disappointed that NASCAR has taken that stance. It’s been around for as long as all of us have been. I don’t think anybody really connects it to any kind of racism or anything. It’s just a Southern thing. It’s transparent. It’s just a heritage thing.” Longtime racing fan Faron Elam, meanwhile, wasn’t thrilled by the fan restrictions and more minimal atmosphere. “This ain’t racing,” said Elam, a 50-year-old from Cottondale, Alabama. “This is nothing like it used to be. You used to come up here and have fun, go to all the souvenir trucks, everything. “You’ve got two out front now. That’s all you’ve got and if you don’t like who’s in it, then you don’t get anything.” Then again, it was to provide the key element for the fan of everything from dirt track to drag racing. “Just anything with speed,” Elam said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

& 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

Djokovic hails & lsquo;bold, brave& rsquo; Osaka

PARIS—World number one Novak Djokovic on Tuesday hailed Naomi Osaka as “brave and bold” for withdrawing from the French Open after revealing her struggles with depression and anxiety......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2021

Woods silent on future, talks & lsquo;painful& rsquo; rehab

LOS ANGELES—Tiger Woods described his rehabilitation from injuries sustained in a February car crash as the most “painful” experience of his career and declined to comment on his possible return to the sport, Golf Digest reported Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 30th, 2021

Fixing Jake Zyrus

Singer Jake Zyrus has released the music video for “Fix Me”—a song that speaks about wanting to ‘fix’ his own anxiety issues—now streaming on  Apple Music and Star Music YouTUbe channel......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 27th, 2021

RSF launches & lsquo;trust& rsquo;& nbsp;certificate for media

Paris—France-based NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launched its “Journalism Trust Initiative” on Tuesday, a platform aimed at battling disinformation by identifying and promoting “trustworthy” news sources. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 18th, 2021

Cyclone & lsquo;Tauktae& rsquo; leaves 21 dead, 96 missing amid COVID-hit India

Mahuva—At least 21 people were dead and 96 were missing on Tuesday after a monster cyclone slammed into western India, compounding the misery for millions of others who are enduring a devastating coronavirus surge......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 18th, 2021

& lsquo;Maynila: Noon at Ngayon& rsquo; on view at The Art District Gallery

A gallery within the historical Calvo Building in Escolta, Manila opened its doors to the public in March. The inaugural opening of The Art District Gallery coincided with its first art exhibit—a group show entitled Maynila......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2021

Oust & lsquo;Red hunters& rsquo;& mdash;Sotto

Senate President Vicente Sotto III pushed back against moves by some senators to defund the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), saying it would be hasty to end a program because of irresponsible statements from some of its officials, who should be replaced......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2021

TS & lsquo;Bising& rsquo; hard to track & mdash;PAGASA; red alert up

Disaster officials went on red alert over the potential impact of Typhoon “Bising,” as the storm moved closer to the Bicol region......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

Matsuyama shuns & lsquo;greatest Japanese golfer& rsquo; tag

AUGUSTA—Hideki Matsuyama won’t accept the title as Japan’s greatest-ever golfer, but after a quarter-century journey from child novice to historic Masters champion, the usually humble star will accept some praise......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 13th, 2021

News media see & lsquo;post-Trump slump& rsquo; as passions cool

Tensions have cooled between the news media and the White House after four tumultuous years—potentially bad news for outlets struggling with a long downtrend in the industry......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 27th, 2021

PNP & lsquo;red-teaming& rsquo; risky& mdash;solon

Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel on Sunday warned the Philippine National Police against the perils associated with the conduct of police “red-teaming” maneuvers......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 21st, 2021

Cases & lsquo;nearing& rsquo; 2020 peak

The Palace on Tuesday said the country is nearing its peak daily increase in coronavirus infections in August last year—and might surpass it soon based on projections by the OCTA Research Group......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 16th, 2021

The & lsquo;middle kingdom& rsquo; reaches out

Last Sunday, some half a million doses of the Chinese vaccine Sinovac were airlifted into Manila—the very first vaccine to actually land here. Not to be outdone, the vaccine produced by the UK firm Astra-Zeneca was supposed to be delivered in roughly the same amount the following day, yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2021

Tiger Woods in & lsquo;good spirits& rsquo; after leg surgery

LOS ANGELES—Tiger Woods is recovering and in “good spirits” after a second day of treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following his horrific rollover solo car smash that left him with serious leg injuries......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2021

ATM fee hike & lsquo;oppressive,& rsquo; & mdash;Defensor

A party-list lawmaker on Thursday denounced what he called the “oppressive” increase in interbank automated teller machine (ATM) withdrawal fees that the country’s 58 million cardholders are set to shoulder starting April 7......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2021

Beach volley players cleared to wear bikinis in Qatar event

BERLIN—Beach volleyball players will be able to wear bikinis for an upcoming tournament in Qatar, the sport’s governing body said Tuesday, after two Germans and their coach vowed to boycott the event amid a row over strict dress regulations......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2021

Inventor reintroduces & lsquo;Probaton& rsquo; for frontliners

Francisco ‘Popoy’ Pagayon is reintroducing “Probaton”—a patented truncheon made of rubber--to equip security frontliners after President Rodrigo Duterte asked the police to use batons as the “first line of defense”......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 31st, 2021

NFL inviting 7,500 health care & lsquo;heroes& rsquo; to Super Bowl

Los Angeles—The NFL is inviting roughly 7,500 health care workers vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend next month’s Super Bowl in Florida, the league confirmed in a statement on Friday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 26th, 2021