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EDITORIAL - Stand up for human rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 today with its guiding principles under threat......»»

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Asian Continental Chess kicks off

The 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships (second Manny Pacquiao Cup) starts today at the Tiara Hotel in Makati City......»»

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CAAP on heightened alert for holiday rush

Starting today, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will be on heightened alert in anticipation of the expected surge in the number of passengers at the airports during the holiday season......»»

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PBA: Harris after big Alaska win: 'We just prevented a sweep'

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Now we have a series. Despite taking a dominant 29-point win in Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals Sunday, the Alaska Aces are still actually down in the series, 1-2. Alaska's 100-71 victory over the Magnolia Hotshots at the Ynares Center here only counts as one and the Aces only did enough to avoid a possible sweep. And so Alaska is not going to celebrate this game much, despite finally breaking out following back-to-back bad outings. "I think they knew we weren't gonna quit. I think this is one of those games that we needed to win, if they won this game they go into Game 4 trying to close it. Now both teams are able to refocus," Harris said of Game 3. "We haven't done anything, we just prevented a sweep. I think now we got their attention a little bit more but they have our attention as well, they're leading 2-1," he added. Harris has mirrored Alaska's performance as a whole so far in this series. The leading Best Import candidate struggled in the first two games before dominating Game 3. Harris scored 36 points in Game 3, 22 in the third period. At one point in the third quarter, Harris scored 18 straight for Alaska and the Aces pulled away for good. "I got a couple of shots to go in, very fortunate to finally hit some outside shots. Good thing my teammates, they know what I'm capable of and they just told me to keep shooting," Harris said. "Today was just one of those days," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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[OPINION] Promises and pitfalls of cool Japan in Philippine geo-politics

In November, pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) released its 2018 3rd Quarter Social Survey . Among its findings is increased opposition to government inaction on China's intrusion, the sentiment of 84% of Filipinos. The surey results also showed that 87% of Filipinos believe it's important for the Philippines to regais control of ........»»

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December 9, 2018 Visayas Weather Forecast

VALID BEGINNING: 6:00 AM today until 6:00 AM tomorrow SYNOPSIS: Easterlies affecting the whole country Forecast: Sunny and partly cloudy skies Winds: 30-40 KPH NE Coastal Waters: Mod (1.25-2.5m) Temp: 25-32°C Maximum Heat index: 38°C PAGASA.....»»

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Carcar City Conducts NPM for CNC and BNCs

“The nutrition of every Carcaranon is important, your presence today, signifies that we (can) take up the challenge of reducing malnutrition in our city”, were the words by Mayor Nicepuro L. Apura during the closing ceremony of the two (2) day joint Barangay Nutrition Committee and City Nutrition Committee training held on 18-19 October 2018. […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsDec 9th, 2018Related News

Rebels declare holiday ceasefire in Philippines | TODAY.NG

Maoist rebels in the Philippines declared a ceasefire on Friday for the Christmas and New Year holidays, but the government said it would not be fooled into joining the truce......»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsDec 9th, 2018Related News

On drug addiction and marijuana

I have avoided writing about the “war on drugs” until today. I believe most people would agree that drug addiction must be stopped......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 9th, 2018Related News

Kluber, Bauer, Greinke could be dangled at winter meetings

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner appear to be available for teams looking to bolster starting rotations. Hometown star Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the two top free agents, remain unsigned heading into the traditional high-point of the offseason. Catcher J.T. Realmuto, third baseman Kyle Seager could be among the position players dangled as trade bait in the suites of Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay, where executives and agents gather next week for the annual swap session, which in an age of complicated finances and medical records serves as a midpoint for talks as much as a place to finish deals. Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein predicted the week will be "really active." "It seems like there is plenty of trade talk, and there are still a lot of good free agents out there," he said. "A couple of moves have already occurred that sort of always set the stage for increased activity in the next week or so." First baseman Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona to St. Louis) and second baseman Robinson Cano (Seattle to New York Mets) are among the All-Stars already traded since the end of the World Series. Pitchers Patrick Corbin ($140 million for six years with Washington) and Nathan Eovaldi ($68 million for four years with Boston) already struck big deals in a free-agent market moving more swiftly than last offseason's, and third baseman Josh Donaldson took a $23 million, one-year agreement with Atlanta. Nineteen of 164 players who exercised major league free agent rights have announced deals, up from eight heading into the meetings last year. And with A.J. Pollock, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel still unsigned, there's plenty more holiday shopping. And for the bottom of the market, there is sale time in January, February and even March. It's not like the old days when teams made deals as soon as the market opened and tried to fill all their needs by the end of the winter meetings. "Things are slow," Oakland general manager Dave Forst said. "I don't think it's that different from last year. Maybe the winter meetings will kind of jumpstart things." Also on-deck at the meetings: HALL OR NOTHING Orel Hershiser, Albert Belle and George Steinbrenner will be considered for the Hall of Fame when a 16-member panel votes this weekend in Las Vegas. Results will be announced Sunday at 8 p.m. EST. Harold Baines, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Lee Smith, Davey Johnson, Charlie Manuel and Lou Piniella are included on the ballot. The Hall of Fame board-appointed Today's Game Era Committee includes Hall members Greg Maddux, Roberto Alomar, Joe Morgan, Bert Blyleven, Pat Gillick, Tony La Russa, John Schuerholz, Ozzie Smith and Joe Torre. PICK-N-PACK The Rule 5 draft is the last item of business at the winter meetings, held Thursday morning before clubs clear out of town. Teams scour each other's 40-man rosters, looking for players left off. Royals pitchers Brad Keller and Burch Smith, Tigers outfielder Victor Reyes and Texas outfielder Carlos Tocci were among those picked last December in the Rule 5. HEAR THIS Eight announcers who called games in the early days of radio are candidates for the Hall's Ford C. Frick Award that honors broadcasting excellence. Waite Hoyt, Harry Heilmann, Connie Desmond, Pat Flanagan, Jack Graney, Al Helfer, Rosey Rowswell and Ty Tyson are all deceased. Hoyt and Heilmann already are in the Hall as players — Hoyt was the top pitcher on the famed 1927 Yankees, Heilmann played alongside Ty Cobb in the Detroit outfield and hit .403 in 1923. No player in the Hall has also won the Frick award. The prize will be announced Wednesday......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 9th, 2018Related News

Providing perfect vista for next gen | Inquirer Business

His passion never seemed to have wavered, not even today when he is clearly back on the top of his game. The post Providing perfect vista for next gen appeared first on Inquirer Business ......»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsDec 9th, 2018Related News

N. Luzon to see ‘Amihan’ rains – manilastandard.net

N. Luzon to see ‘Amihan’ rains  manilastandard.net The northeast monsoon affecting northern Luzon will cause light rains over the region, the weather bureau said Saturday. Batanes and the Babuyan Group of … Source link link: N. Luzon to see ‘Amihan’ rains – manilastandard.net.....»»

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Happy 33rd birthday, PDI!

Our paper celebrates a milestone today. Thirty-three years. Imagine that! No one, probably not even its founders, thought it would survive so long.   It was birthed in tumultuous, severely critical times. Some people feared it was too controversial, too forward, and dangerously gutsy. No one wants realities thrown in one's face. Too contentious, some argued. Many applauded while others gnashed their teeth.   But as a whole, everyone held his breath.   But here we are (permission to use freely the "editorial we"), over three decades later, alive and well, and although we may repeatedly struggle against the changing tides, we manage to stay on even keel, ke...Keep on reading: Happy 33rd birthday, PDI!.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 8th, 2018Related News

The importance of context

Dec. 9, Second Sunday of Advent   Baruch 5: 1-9; Psalm 126, R. "The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy"; Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11; Luke 3: 1-6   Our Gospel for this Second Sunday of Advent opens with the setting of historical markers, to establish the context of the ministry of John the Baptist, who in turn was to establish the coming of the Messiah.   Today let us reflect on the importance of context---the time, the place, the situation, the background or history, etc.---in our life, which is always a key element in our encounter with God.   Ignatius of Loyola gave wise counsel to the early Jesuits with regard to their m...Keep on reading: The importance of context.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 8th, 2018Related News

PVL: Cool Smashers crush Lady Eagles, rule Open Conference

BATANGAS CITY --- For coach Tai. Creamline gave outgoing head coach Tai Bundit a fitting farewell gift by capturing the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference title in a sweeping fashion Saturday at the Batangas City Coliseum here.      The Cool Smashers rallied from a six-point hole in the opening set and successfully quashed Ateneo-Motolite’s repeated comeback attempts to carve a masterful 25-20, 25-20, 25-15, Game 2 Finals win for the franchise’s second straight crown. Veterans Alyssa Valdez, who earlier earned the conference Most Valuable Player and 1st Best Outside Spiker honors, Jema Galanza, Michele Gumabao and setter Jia Morado spearheaded Creamline’s march back into the throne after annexing the Reinforced Conference crown months back. Valdez scored all of her 13 points off attacks with 12 digs and 11 excellent receptions, Gumabao had 12 markers with all but one coming off kills while Risa Sato had 10 points for the Cool Smashers, who punished the Lady Eagles with 49 attacks.   Top playmaker Jia Morado tallied 39 excellent sets on top of eight points including four from the service line for Creamline and was named Finals MVP. The 2nd Best Outside Spiker winner Galanza finished with eight markers. "I think we played today to win for coach Tai. He deserves a great exit, he deserves nothing but the best and to always win games so that's what we thought before we entered the court. Its really for coach Tai and we want to give this championship to him," said Valdez. Bundit will fly back to Thailand on Dec. 14, closing his colorful five-year coaching stint in Philippines which started back in 2013 with Ateneo where he steered the Lady Eagles to back-to-back UAAP titles in his first two seasons. He was replaced by Oliver Almadro after UAAP Season 80.     Then Cool Smashers took the fight away from the Lady Eagles with a masterful comeback in the opening set and a great escape in the second frame after Ateneo-Motolite attempted to mount a rally.   The third set was all Creamline as the Cool Smashers built a 16-6 lead. Ateneo-Motolite saved four match points before sealing the victory.  Coming off a straight sets loss, 17-25, 10-25, 15-25, in the series opener Wednesday, the young Lady Eagles showed determination to force a decider by playing aggressively in the opening frame. Behind middles Maddie Madayaga and Bea De Leon, Ateneo-Motolite buried the Cool Smashers to a 16-10 hole and looked poised to give Creamline a scare. But the seasoned Cool Smashers displayed composure and turned the tables around with a scorching 8-0 barrage to take the lead, 18-16. The Lady Eagles were able to close the gap, 19-18, but Creamline answered with a 5-1 burst capped by Morado’s back-to-back aces to put the Cool Smashers at set point. Ateneo-Motolite saved a set point before Valdez blasted a thunderous attack at the middle to seal the frame. Bea De Leon and Best Opposite Hitter Kat Tolentino finished with 10 markers each while 1st Best Middle Blocker Maddie Madayag got seven for the Lady Eagles.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 8th, 2018Related News

PVL: Bundit proud of his award-winning players

BATANGAS CITY -- Aside from winning the championship in his farewell coaching stint in the Philippines, Creamline head coach Tai Bundit was doubly proud of the individual awards received by his players at the close of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. Five volleybelles who played under the tutelage of the Thai mentor with the Cool Smashers and those playing on the Ateneo-Motolite side, had their names called for seven categories including the conference and Finals Most Valuable Player awards. “Today, I’m super happy because five of my players became best players (individual awards winners) in the PVL,” said Bundit after the Cool Smashers completed a best-of-three Finals sweep of the Lady Eagles, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15, Saturday at the Batangas City Coliseum here.    Creamline star Alyssa Valdez won the tournament MVP and 1st Best Outside Spiker honors while teammate Jia Morado collected her third straight Best Setter award and was named Finals MVP. Valdez and Morado were also the key players of Bundit during their stint with Ateneo in the UAAP where the three delivered the Katipunan-based squad’s breakthrough crown in Season 76 before following it up with a rare tournament sweep in Season 77.       Jema Galanza of Creamline bagged the 2nd Best Outside Hitter award while Ateneo- Motolite’s Kat Tolentino and Maddie Madayag received the Best Opposite Hitter and 1st Best Middle Blocker awards, respectively. Madayag was part of the Lady Eagles squad that won the UAAP Season 77 crown while Tolentino played in Bundit’s last two years with Ateneo in Seasons 79 and 80. "I’m really happy because I trained them and they improved so much,” said Bundit, who is set to fly back in Thailand to be with his family after five fruitful years in the country.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

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December 8, 2018 Visayas Weather Forecast

VALID BEGINNING: 6:00 AM today until 6:00 AM tomorrow SYNOPSIS: Easterlies affecting the whole country Forecast: Sunny and partly cloudy skies Winds: 30-40 KPH NE Coastal Waters: Mod (1.25-2.5m) Temp: 25-32°C Maximum Heat index: 38°C PAGASA.....»»

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Creamline eyes sweep; Lady Eagles vow to strike back | The Manila Times Online

Creamline cant wait to wrap it all up today, eager to ride not only on the momentum of its lopsided Game One victory but also on the proverbial seventh manREAD The post Creamline eyes sweep; Lady Eagl.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsDec 8th, 2018Related News

Short but sweet search lands Fisher as coach of LA Sparks

By Beth Harris, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a “short but sweet” search to find the new coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Turns out he has been sitting in the courtside seats for years. Derek Fisher was introduced Friday as coach of the team that he watched play at Staples Center while helping the Lakers win five NBA championships as their point guard. It’s Fisher’s second stint as a head coach in the pro ranks. He was fired from the New York Knicks in 2016. “This opportunity is not a step down, sideways, backwards, somehow different than the men’s game,” Fisher told a room full of media at a downtown hotel, insisting the WNBA isn’t a steppingstone. “There isn’t a future outside of what we’re here to talk about today.” Executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler didn’t look far in finding a replacement for Brian Agler, who resigned last week. “Our coach’s search was short but sweet,” she said. “The first person who came to mind was Derek Fisher. Derek has been a huge supporter of the Sparks, but even more importantly, he’s been a huge supporter of the WNBA from day one. He would leave his practice and fly and watch us play.” Toler said that during her 20 years as GM she would discuss the team with Fisher and seek his advice and suggestions. “He’s invested,” she said. Fisher becomes the 12th coach in franchise history. He takes over a team that went 19-15 in the regular season this year before losing in the second round of the playoffs. Agler resigned without explanation after four years that included winning the WNBA championship in 2016. He had an 85-51 career mark with the Sparks. “I don’t know why he wanted to. I didn’t ask,” Toler said. “When someone wants to resign, it’s not my job to talk them out of it.” Former league MVP Candace Parker was on hand to welcome Fisher. She waved her right hand in the air, showing off her WNBA championship ring that made a clunking noise when her hand hit the table. “I want more,” she said. Besides Parker, the Sparks have another former league MVP in Nneka Ogwumike and hope to re-sign guard Chelsea Gray. “We have chemistry,” Parker said. Parker noted she first met Fisher when she was 8 or 9 and her older brother’s agent was based in Arkansas, where Fisher is from. Fisher was fired in New York after going 40-96 in 1 ½ seasons while working under then-Knicks executive Phil Jackson, who coached him on the Lakers. Fisher said it took a while for him to come to terms with the fact that he was “overly fixated with what other people thought about my experience in New York as opposed to what I felt about my experience in New York.” Fisher peppered Toler with what she said were “about 2,000 questions” before agreeing to take the Sparks job. He indicated the homework was necessary after his time with the Knicks. “What I learned is, if there is not clarity in purpose, vision and mission from ownership to management to coaches to players to staff, it doesn’t work,” he said. “Some of the basketball things are irrelevant if ownership, management, staff, players, if we are not aligned in the way we see going about our jobs and achieving our purpose and our mission.” Since leaving New York, Fisher has worked as a TV analyst. He said he explored jobs with college and men’s pro teams but the timing wasn’t right. He also experienced upheaval in his personal life. In June 2015, he and former teammate Matt Barnes got into an altercation at the home of Gloria Govan, Barnes’ ex-wife who is now Fisher’s fiancée. In June 2017, Fisher was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his vehicle flipped on a Los Angeles freeway. He and Govan weren’t injured. Govan and two of Fisher’s children from his first marriage were on hand Friday. “The book is not finished yet,” Fisher said. “I feel like this is an opportunity for me to continue writing my coaching book and I’m excited to do it here in LA with the Sparks.”  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 8th, 2018Related News