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TURNING POINT: Understanding the President

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 22 November) — It was not fair. It was uncalled for to look for the whereabouts of the President of the Republic in the wake of the devastation and suffering left by Typhoon Ulysses.. To expect him to wade in murky leptospirosis-laced floodwaters was wrong and gross. It was absolutely […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsNov 22nd, 2020

TURNING POINT: Pathetic

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 07 November) — Pathetic, how else would you describe the man? On the verge of losing, US President Donald Trump cried “fraud” and moved to stop the counting of ballots in the states of Georgia, Pennsylvania and  Michigan where his leads are fast diminishing, never mind that by so doing […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

Was Duterte s UN Speech a Turning Point In Philippine-Sino Relations?

President Rodrigo Duterte's speech before the United Nations General Assembly—albeit remotely—should be seen as a positive first step. But did it change any minds? His detractors say 'no.' They still see him as weak, in over his head, and lacking leadership skills. His supporters, on the other hand, offer a resounding 'yes,' as they cheer his every move......»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

TURNING POINT: Command Management on the Pandemic and Corruption

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 11 Aug) – No president of the country beats President Duterte, not even the cunning Marcos, in putting under his sway the security forces of the state to secure their loyalty and his hold to power. He raised unprecedented to high heavens their salaries and multiplies their benefits endearing him […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

TURNING POINT: SONA 5: Inutile

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 29 July) – Somewhere in his speech, President Duterte desired the people’s unity, cooperation and support in weathering the trying times. Yet his opening salvo and concluding blast was divisive. He raged and shamed opposition Senator Frank Drilon, without mincing words, called him a hypocrite. Drilon offended the President for […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Golf makes a conservative return with an eye on the long run

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan went from wondering if any golf would be played this year to a schedule that resumes next week with a calendar filled through Thanksgiving. What hasn't changed is his belief that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic isn't over just because golf is back. “I don't think it's over," Monahan said Friday in a telephone interview. “I'm really confident in the plan. But you spend a lot of your time, given the uncertainty, thinking through scenarios that could play out. That's what we'll continue to do. We won't be comfortable until we're told we can be comfortable. That will be when we have a vaccine and there's no risk.” Golf is the second major sports league to return behind NASCAR, which began racing three weeks ago and ran nine national series races in a span of 14 days. The Charles Schwab Challenge next week in Fort Worth, Texas, has one of the strongest fields in Colonial's rich history, starting with the top five players from the world ranking. There will be no spectators for at least a month, even though Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week moved the state to Phase III in the recovery that allows outdoor events at 50% capacity. “We've developed a safety plan that doesn't include spectators. That's what we stand by,” Monahan said. “We want to have a sustained return. If you think about a run to go through the FedEx Cup, we want to make sure week to week we're not taking on unnecessary risk.” Monahan said he is “not the arbiter of confidence,” rather it comes from guidance of health experts at all levels and a plan that involves testing players, caddies and essential personnel as much as twice a week — trying to create a bubble for the traveling circus that is golf. Players were mailed a test kit and were recommended to use it before they travel. They will be tested when they arrive at tournaments and before they leave if they're on charter flights the tour has arranged, and then the process is repeated at the next tournament. Thermal readings and health surveys are required daily, along with sanitizing and social distancing. “It's the only manner we could return,” he said. The tour added another layer this week in a deal with South Dakota-based Sanford Health to have mobile labs at every tournament, with capacity to get results in a matter of hours without taking away resources from the markets where they play. Monahan said CBS Sports is creating its own bubble for the telecast, with Jim Nantz the only person in the booth and other analysts working remotely. Ninety days will have passed from the opening round of The Players Championship, which was canceled the next day, until the first tee shot at Colonial. “We all went home dealing with the same questions,” he said. “How do I get a complete understanding of where we are with the virus and all the elements? How do we recognize that we're turning off (canceling) 11 events? How do you think about resumption and at the same time develop a safety and testing program, not our area of expertise?" The reset began with the majors picking new dates — the British Open was canceled — with the PGA Championship in San Francisco moving to Aug. 6-9, the U.S. Open in New York on Sept. 17-20, and the Masters on Nov. 12-15. “At that time it was very unclear where we would be with safety and testing,” Monahan said. “It could have been earlier than we are, it could have been through points of next year. Information was changing by the minute.” Now that golf is returning, Monahan couldn't predict when spectators would return. He said the tour has worked with tournaments the last several years on building a reserve fund for a crisis such as this. “If you’re not selling tickets, and there’s not hospitality, you don’t have the pro-am experience or the honorary observer program for the sponsor ... that’s a significant financial impact on those tournaments, and the impact on the way tournaments connect with their communities,” he said. Tournaments and their title sponsors still have managed to raise money for their local charities. The Zurich Classic matched last year's donation of $1.5 million to a children's services foundation. The John Deere Classic expects $10 million in donations, even though it canceled its July event. The pandemic is not the only talking point as golf tries to get back on track. The tour on Friday posted Monahan's letter to staff and players on the nation's civil unrest, which the AP first reported on Tuesday. He had a 10-minute video conversation with Harold Varner III, one of three PGA Tour members of black heritage, who wrote passionately on social media on George Floyd, killed when a white police officer held a knee to the back of Floyd's neck while the black man was handcuffed. The conversation was scheduled before the protests began, and Varner was chosen because he's on the Player Advisory Council and golf was ready to resume. “We'll be talking about COVID and civil and social unrest for some time,” Monahan said. “Next week will not be an exception on that front.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2020

UAAP working on alternative formats for collegiate events

With the National Capital Region placed under Public Health Emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has declared the current format collegiate tournaments cancelled. This is due to the stringent social distancing measures being implemented from March 15 to April 14, 2020 which prohibits mass gatherings such as "sporting events and other entertainment activities". Classes at all levels have also been suspended until April 14, 2020. The collegiate tournaments will only resume if the government declares it is safe to resume classes on April 15, 2020 and does not prohibit mass gatherings. If so, the league will work toward alternative formats of competition, to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020.   "We will continue to coordinate with lead government agencies to determine the protocols for the safety of everyone in or connected with the UAAP community," read the statement co-signed by UAAP President Emmanuel Fernandez and Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag. Collegiate events that have stopped are the women's and men's volleyball tournaments and the men's football tournament. Currently, National University sits atop the women's volleyball standings with a 2-0 slate. De La Salle University sits at second with a 1-0 record. University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, and University of the Philippines are 1-1. Adamson is 0-1, while University of the East is 0-2. For the men's side, NU and FEU are on top with 2-0 records. UP, Ateneo, and UE are 1-1. La Salle and Adamson are 0-1, while UST is at 0-2. In Men's Football, Ateneo, FEU, La Salle, and UP are on top of the table with four points each. UE and UST hold three points while Adamson and NU have yet to notch a point. Yet to begin are the women's football tournament, baseball, softball, athletics, lawn tennis, and 3x3 basketball. "The UAAP intends to do the greater good for the greater number, without disregarding the hard work of its coaches and student-athletes. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this most trying of times.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

Kansas City Royals being sold in deal expected to fetch $1B

By Dave Skretta, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — David Glass and his family had a very specific set of qualities they were searching for in a potential owner when they decided to put the Kansas City Royals on the market. They wanted an astute and successful businessman, someone with local ties who, perhaps most importantly, had a deep love for baseball. John Sherman fit that description perfectly. So on Friday, the Glass family announced the sale of the two-time World Series champions to an ownership group led by Sherman in a deal expected to be worth about $1 billion. Sherman and his local co-investors will become only the third owners since Ewing Kauffman founded the club in 1969. "The decision to sell the Royals was difficult for our family," said Glass, whose son Dan has served as the Royals' president. "Our goal, which I firmly believe we've achieved, was to have someone local, who truly loved the game of baseball and who would be a great steward for this franchise going forward. In John Sherman we have found everything we were looking for in taking ownership. The 64-year-old Sherman has lived in Kansas City for more than four decades, even after he bought an interest in the Cleveland Indians. He founded, built and then sold a series of energy companies, and he has remained an influential local businessman, dabbling in agriculture and biosciences. Sherman, who played quarterback at nearby Ottawa University, is also a well-respected civic leader, even though he keeps a low profile. He has given time and money to the Truman Presidential Library in nearby Independence, the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, and several local schools. He and his wife, Marny, also work with Teach for America and other programs serving underprivileged youth. "I am enormously grateful to David and the Glass family for this extraordinary opportunity," Sherman said in a statement, "and am humbled by the chance to team up with a distinguished group of local investors to carry forward and build on this rich Kansas City Royals legacy. "Our goal will be threefold: to compete for a championship on behalf of our fans; to honor their passion, their experience and their unwavering commitment; and to carry their hopes and dreams forward in this great Kansas City region we all love for decades to come." Sherman will need to divest his interest in the Cleveland Indians, believed to be about 30 percent of the franchise, and the deal is subject to the approval of Major League Baseball. Those hurdles should be cleared before owners vote on the sale at their meeting Nov. 21. "There's no way that Mr. Glass and the Glass family would entertain selling this team unless they could find what they believe to be the perfect owner who represents everything they stand for, and would go on and represent what baseball means to Kansas City," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. Sherman was introduced to Dolan by Steve Greenberg, the son of Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg. His financial involvement allowed the Indians to push their payroll over the years, including in 2016, when they acquired All-Star reliever Andrew Miller from the Yankees before the trading deadline. The Indians proceeded to reach the World Series for the first time since 1997. "We're very supportive of John and his group reaching an agreement to acquire ownership of his hometown Kansas City Royals," Indians president Paul Dolan said. "His acquisition of the Royals is good for the game of baseball and I wish him nothing but the best." Before the Indians broke through, the Royals had represented the American League in the previous two Fall Classics, winning their second World Series title when they defeated the New York Mets in 2015. But the back-to-back pennants, and the accompanying rise boom in fan interest, came after a long period of dismal performances that left Glass with a mixed legacy in Kansas City. On one hand, the 83-year-old longtime Wal-Mart executive and his family kept the club in town following Kauffman's death in 1993. Glass helped serve as caretaker of the organization until April 2000, when he purchased sole ownership for $96 million — considered a strong bid at the time. On the other hand, Glass was derided during the Royals' many 100-loss seasons for being unwilling to spend money on payroll, something he rectified in more recent years. Many fans also viewed him as an absentee owner whose family was more committed to northwest Arkansas than Kansas City. "He's one of the most unique people I've ever met," countered Royals manager Ned Yost. "Probably starting in 2012, my whole focus was to win a world championship for him. I didn't have any understanding or inkling what it would mean to win a championship for the city. I found that out later. But I wanted to win a championship for him. Every waking moment was meant with him in mind." Yost said watching Glass raise the World Series trophy at Citi Field in 2015 was "one of the top three highlights of my baseball career, because we had accomplished it for him." Glass has reportedly been in declining health, increasing the urgency to find a new owner. The goal all along was to identify someone with ties to Kansas City who would keep the club in town. "I will never forget the thrill of seeing over 800,000 people of this community come together on one sunny November day to salute the newly crowned world champions. It's been a fantastic ride," Glass said, "and I want to thank our great fans for supporting us through the years. But now it's time for someone else to oversee this franchise into its next championship." The sale comes at an opportune time for other reasons, too. Their local television contract expires after this season, and the Royals are expected to sign a new deal that would double annual rights fees to about $50 million. They also have just 12 years left on their lease at Kauffman Stadium, meaning the push for more renovations or a new ballpark — potentially one in the revitalized downtown area — is expected to begin in the next few years. On the field, the club is in the midst of a massive rebuilding effort while barreling toward another 100-loss season. But the Royals have a bevy of young prospects rapidly rising through the minors, and the front office is hopeful the Royals will contend within the next two years. "I heard he's a former season-ticket holder, so that's nice to have someone who's had some love for this city and wants to do what's best," said outfielder Alex Gordon, the Royals' longest-tenured player and a part of both AL championship teams. "This is a great town with great fans. We haven't been giving them a lot the last few years. Hopefully this is just the start of turning things around." ___ AP Sports Writer Tom Withers and AP freelance writer David Smale contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2019

TURNING POINT: SONA 4: I failed

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 23 July) – Instead of asserting, as promised, the country’s sovereign right in West Philippine Sea, the President plunged into an ingratiating diplomacy to Chinese aggression. Despite the iron fist approach and the PNP official tally of 6,600 deaths, the illegal drugs continue to proliferate and the problem remains dumbfounding […].....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2019

TURNING POINT: Exclusively Yours

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/08 July) – Now, we understand why Chinese  vessels crowd and are aggressively fishing in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ): they are vested the license to do so emanating from President Duterte’s secret fishing deal with President Xi Jinping as early as 2016. In forging the verbal agreement, which allows the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 8th, 2019

TURNING POINT: Fraud, the Land of Promise

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 20 June) – “If it’s too good to be true, it’s fraud.” So said President Rodrigo Duterte on the KAPA investment scam that victimized millions of Filipinos. The fraudulent investing scam promises high rates of return with little risk to investors. The scheme generates returns for early investors by acquiring new investors. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

TURNING POINT: Of Figure of Speech, Predictability and Reliability in Governance

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 07 December) &'8212; Every time the President opens his mouth and comes out with a controversial statement that spurs critics to action, his phalanx of apologists, and hyperactive supporters are quick to downplay thin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 7th, 2016

TURNING POINT: Anti-Climax

NAAWAN, Misamis Occidental (MindaNews/26 November) &'8212; The understanding was that if he would cooperate and the Committee is convinced that he is telling the truth, he would walk out a free man from his detention cell in the House of Representatives. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 26th, 2016

TURNING POINT: A Villain in Hallowed Grounds

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/18 November) &'8212; Why should the interest of the nation be compromised to fulfill a political promise intended to lure votes from a jaded political dynasty and local interest groups? President Duterte may be stretchi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 18th, 2016

TURNING POINT: Dissent and the Old Roman Justice System

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/08 August) &'8212; Nothing is absolutely wrong with a senate’s probe of the extrajudicial executions and vigilante killings occurring daily under the present dispensation. President Duterte himself has time and a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 8th, 2016

TURNING POINT: Normalizing Lives

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 20 November) – All over the globe, many bank on the COVID -19 vaccine to return to normal life. But the vaccine is slow in coming and is still far away and the virus is piling the dead everywhere, making people sick just by the thought of it. While waiting […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

China s huge economy is base of global fee trade& mdash;Xi

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—President Xi Jinping hailed China as the pivot point for global free trade Thursday, vowing to keep its "super-sized" economy open for business and warning against protectionism as the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

Xi touts China s openness on trade in APEC address

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | President Xi Jinping pegged China as the pivot point for global free trade on Thursday, vowing to keep his huge economy open and warning against protectionism......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

V-League to make comeback

In the light of the Premier Volleyball League turning professional, Sports Vision President, Richard Palou informed this writer last Sunday, November 15, about a new development — the return of the V-League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2020

Duterte: South China Sea dispute shouldn’t turn into power play

President Rodrigo Duterte has warned East and Southeast Asian nations against turning the South China Sea row into a “locus of power play” as he underscored the need for peaceful resolution of maritime disputes. Speaking at the 15th East Asia Summit held Saturday via video conference, the President urged state leaders to lower the tension […] The post Duterte: South China Sea dispute shouldn’t turn into power play appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

PVL belles entering pro world

PVL belles entering pro world Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) – November 13, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Premier Volleyball League is turning professional. “With the support and approval of team owners, the PVL decided to turn pro,” said PVL president Ricky Palou yesterday. The league’s pro status will be made official when […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020