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Opacity, audacity

There is much furor these days about vaccine doses that have supposedly been given to members of the Presidential Security Group, those men in perpetual close contact with President Duterte. Reports have it that they received the vaccine as early as September. Some privileged Cabinet members—and who knows who else in government—are also feeling more secure these days for having been inoculated, ahead of everybody else, against the dreaded virus......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 6th, 2021

Cavite s Remulla urged: Declare Parlade persona non grata instead

"Cavite Governor Remulla should be commended for his audacity to confront a military general who is on a red-baiting galore of activists and progressive celebrities," Myrna Candinato, Pamalakaya-Cavite spokesperson, said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

Relentless, shameless red-tagging

The audacity of Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy seems to have no limits when it comes to red-tagging critics of President Rodrigo Duterte. In a recent guesting on One News’ ‘The Chiefs,’ Badoy accused 41-year-old independent think-tank IBON Foundation as being a communist front. The topic of that episode was Duterte Legacy, a campaign initiated by the… The post Relentless, shameless red-tagging appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJan 31st, 2020

Louis Vuitton and NBA announce global partnership

PARIS AND NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2020 – Louis Vuitton and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced a multiyear partnership that makes the French fashion house the first official Trophy Travel Case provider of the NBA.  The partnership marks Louis Vuitton’s first and only partnership with a North American sports league. Expertly hand-crafted in Louis Vuitton’s historic Asnières workshop on the outskirts of Paris, the trunk is coated in the House’s emblematic Monogram canvas and fitted with traditional brass fixtures.  The bespoke case will house and display The Larry O’Brien Trophy that is presented annually in June to the NBA team that wins The Finals. “Louis Vuitton and the NBA are both icons and leaders in their respective fields, and the joining of the two promises exciting and surprising moments, forging historic memories together,” said Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO Michael Burke.  “Louis Vuitton has long been associated with the world’s most coveted trophies, and with this iconic partnership the legacy continues – victory does indeed travel in Louis Vuitton!” “The NBA Finals is defined by iconic players and memorable performances, culminating with the presentation of The Larry O’Brien Trophy,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum.  “The tradition, heritage and identity of Louis Vuitton create a natural synergy with the NBA, and this partnership provides a unique and befitting way to showcase our championship trophy to our fans around the world.” The NBA and Louis Vuitton will also work together to co-author compelling stories regarding one of sport’s most symbolic trophies and its unique travel companion.  As part of the expansive partnership with the NBA, Louis Vuitton will create an annual limited-edition capsule collection, with details to be announced at a later date. The announcement was made ahead of The NBA Paris Game 2020 Presented by beIN SPORTS, which will feature the Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks playing the first-ever regular-season NBA game in France on Friday, Jan. 24 at the AccorHotels Arena. About the NBA The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in nearly 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2019-20 season featured 108 international players from 38 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes. About Louis Vuitton Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the finest quality. Today, the House remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, bags and accessories which were as creative as they were elegant and practical.  Since then, audacity has shaped the story of Louis Vuitton. Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened its doors to architects, artists and designers across the years, all the while developing disciplines such as ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelry and fragrance. These carefully created products are testament to Louis Vuitton’s commitment to fine craftsmanship......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2020

The real winners of the Barretto feud

Could Manila’s real life Pretty Woman, Gretchen “La Greta” Barretto of arguably unparalleled beauty and audacity be the victorious queen of this edge-of-your seat drama that has unfolded before our eyes the past weeks?.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 30th, 2019

Presyong kartel, presyong hassle!

We can only cringe at the US-Saudi imperialist war machine's audacity to make us believe that we are all hapless victims on the same side. The price of oil is controlled by the global oil cartel. The post Presyong kartel, presyong hassle! appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsSep 24th, 2019

Audacity

For ten years, Ramon Ang waited patiently while bureaucrats hewed and hawed, ran a fine comb for possible faults in his plan and generally bided their time......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2019

Kim back on track, rules GP Super Karting

Jarred Kim returned to Philippine karting with amazing audacity, sweeping both rounds in the third leg of the 2019 Petron Blaze 100 ROK GP Super Karting Series at Clark International Speedway’s kart track in Pampanga recently......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2019

Respondents to writ of amparo petition a no show in hearings

“The audacity in yakking against us to our extreme prejudice outside the courtroom could not be matched by any modicum of fortitude by at least showing up in court." The post Respondents to writ of amparo petition a no show in hearings appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Brazil beats Argentina and advances to Copa América final

By Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazil without Neymar has proved to be better than Argentina with Lionel Messi. In a performance that ended with "olé" chants from the crowd, Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 on Tuesday and will play Sunday's Copa América final at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro seeking its 10th South American title. Superstar Messi, meanwhile, remains without trophies for his national team despite showing his best performance in the tournament at the Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte. Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring at 19 minutes after a samba-style play from right-back Dani Alves. It was the striker's first goal in the tournament. Roberto Firmino added the second at 71 minutes assisted by Jesus in front of 56,000 fans that sang chants on Messi's lack of trophies with Argentina and Diego Maradona's drug problems to celebrate. Brazil's opponent will be determined on Wednesday when defending champions Chile take on underdogs Peru at the Arena do Grêmio in Porto Alegre. Wearing a flamboyant golden jacket, striker Neymar, who left the squad shortly before Copa América because of a right ankle injury, celebrated Brazil's victory with friends and with far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in the stadium's corporate boxes. For the first time since Copa América began, Argentina repeated its starting lineup of the previous 2-0 win over Venezuela, keeping its up-front trio with Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Lautaro Martínez. But the approach against Brazil was clearly different, with the team sitting back and preparing for counters. Brazil had two changes to face its archrivals, with midfielder Casemiro returning from suspension in Allan's place and Alex Sandro substituting injured Filipe Luis in the left-back. Still, Argentina still was first to get an opportunity to open the scoring. At 12 minutes, Leandro Paredes fired from long distance and the ball flew close to Alisson's bar. That did not intimidate Brazil. On the first goal, Alves flicked the ball over Marcos Acuña, left Paredes behind and passed to Firmino on the right flank. With a low cross, he allowed Jesus to score only meters away from goalkeeper Franco Armani. The visitors nearly leveled at 30 minutes, when Messi took a free kick and Agüero headed the ball onto the bar. Brazil's defense cleared and avoided conceding its first goal in five Copa América matches. After the break Brazil took extra precautions by substituting winger Éverton for midfielder Willian. But that did not stop Messi and Argentina. At 57 minutes, Messi hit Alisson's right post from close range. He also got the rebound, crossed the ball into the penalty box, but no Argentinian was near enough to push it to the net. To keep the pressure on the Brazilians, coach Lionel Scaloni substituted midfielder Acuña for winger Ángel di María. But a counter at 71 minutes punished his audacity. Jesus stole the ball in his half of the field and bulldozed through Argentina's left flank. Facing Armani, he gently assisted Firmino to score the final goal. "They were more efficient, we had our chances and could not score," said Argentina defender Nicolás Tagliafico. "We played well for some time, badly for some time." His coach disagrees: "By merit, the team that should have advanced to the final was Argentina," Scaloni said. The coach also complained about the refereeing in Firmino's goal, insisting his team had heard a whistle in the beginning of Jesus' move. At the end of the match, Argentina's Paredes wept sitting on the pitch as Messi once again looked distraught. The Brazilians celebrated with moderation after a match that could have a different ending if Argentina had found the net instead of the posts on two occasions. The match at the Mineirão was once again marked by homophobic chants of the Brazilian fans when Armani took his goal kicks......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

Mentality of giants : Self-belief fueling Klopp s Liverpool

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Like the rest of the soccer world, Juergen Klopp had his doubts. Given the scenario — the big first-leg deficit, the presence of Lionel Messi on the other side, injuries to important players — the Liverpool manager just wasn't sure, deep down, that his team could come back from 3-0 down to beat Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals. So he laid down a challenge. "I said to the boys before the game, 'I don't think it's possible, but because it's you I think we have a chance. Because you have the mentality of giants,'" Klopp said, recalling some of his final words before kickoff on arguably the greatest night of soccer in Anfield history. That Liverpool managed to pull off the most unlikely of 4-0 victories in the second leg is a testament not only to the quality of the team Klopp has put together but also the belief he has instilled in a group of players who don't know when they are beaten. They've shown it all season. The late goals — however bizarrely they have come — in wins over Everton, Tottenham and, most recently, Newcastle have kept Liverpool in the Premier League title race with Manchester City to the final weekend. The backs-to-the-wall 1-0 win over Napoli in the final group game in the Champions League, which sent the Reds through courtesy of the head-to-head tiebreaker of goals scored. The mental fortitude to rebound from losing to Real Madrid in last season's Champions League final in the most painful way, certainly for Mohamed Salah after his first-half shoulder injury in that match. So maybe the comeback against Barcelona was natural for this machine that Klopp has created, albeit one that has yet to win a trophy under the German coach. And it feels entirely justified that if Liverpool is to fall short in the Premier League — the team is one point behind City with a game to play — it still has the chance to end the season with some silverware in a competition that has become so synonymous with this storied English club, a five-time European champion. "I am really happy having another chance to get things right," Klopp said, referring to the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in Kiev. "Last year, we felt we have to go back, we cannot let it stand like this. I am not sure it will happen again, so it's so special." For Klopp, it is a chance to end his six-match run of losses in cup finals stretching back to the 2013 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, when he was coach of Borussia Dortmund. Since then, he has lost two German Cup finals with Dortmund and then three title matches with Liverpool — in the English League Cup (2016), the Europa League (2016), and last year's Champions League. "I know what people say about me and losing finals," Klopp said in one of his many candid moments in a post-game news conference during which he often seemed lost for words. There's certainly no self-doubt among his players. Check out, for instance, Andrew Robertson pushing Messi on the head with two hands while the Barcelona forward was on the ground one minute into the match. This a defender who, in 2017, was playing for Hull but is now one of the most highly regarded left backs in the world. Look at Trent Alexander-Arnold, who — at the age of 20 — had the audacity to pull off a 79th-minute corner routine in which he pretended to walk away from the ball only to spin around and cross for Divock Origi to sweep in the fourth and clinching goal while Barcelona's defenders looked the other way. It was such clear-thinking amid the furnace that was Anfield on Wednesday. And then there's Origi, an afterthought at Liverpool at the start of the season after spending last year on loan at Wolfsburg in Germany before being reportedly close to sealing a loan move to Huddersfield. Now here he is, scoring the late winner against Newcastle on Saturday and adding two more against Barcelona three days later. Salah was out, recovering after a concussion. Roberto Firmino was missing, too, with a muscle strain. And Naby Keita was recently ruled out for the season. Even during the game, Robertson was taken off at halftime with a calf injury and captain Jordan Henderson played on after hurting his right knee in the first half. Henderson was everywhere in the second half, eclipsing more-esteemed Barcelona midfield rivals Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic and helping to nullify Messi as the Argentine dropped deep. "The belief we have in the changing room is amazing," Henderson said. "Look at the supporters and the lads." Indeed, the night ended with Liverpool's players and coaching staff standing arm-in-arm in a line in front of jubilant supporters in The Kop, singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" — the club's anthem. Together, they'll head to Madrid for the final, feeling it's their destiny to win European soccer's biggest prize for the sixth time......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

De Lima: I owe my predicament to my audacity, not my gender

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Leila de Lima on Friday said she attributes her problem to her audacity and not because of her being a woman. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2016