Palace directs FDA to stop illegal trading of repacked ivermectin

President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take the lead against the illegal trading or dispensing of ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug for animals but believed to be effective against the coronavirus disease, Malacanang said......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnApr 22nd, 2021

Clampdown ordered vs illegal sale of Ivermectin

Malacañang has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to take charge of identifying actions against illegal trading or distribution of Ivermectin, the anti-parasitic drug that some sectors believe can treat COVID-19 infections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

17 NBA things that have been ghosted from memory

By Steve Aschburner, On a night traditionally known more for tricks and treats than picks and rolls, it seems appropriate to do a little ghost hunting, NBA-style. We’re not talking the Ghost Ballers of BIG3 fame or even the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City, a stop on the circuit that some teams claim is actually haunted. We’re thinking of things that used to be, gone-but-not-forgotten aspects of the league that lurk in the memory, even if they’re never coming back. Here in no particular order are some Halloween hoops hobgoblins that fall somewhere on the scary scale between the chain-rattling Jacob Marley and Casper: 1. Long-gone arenas. Oracle Arena, so recently vacated by the Golden State Warriors, is the latest addition to the NBA’s long list of abandoned homes. Many are gone themselves, though you still can catch a glimpse now and then on Hardwood Classics. There are too many to list, due to NBA teams moving on up to bigger, better digs over time. But a sampling would include the Cow Palace, Cobo Arena, Chicago Stadium, Boston Garden, The Forum, L.A. Sports Arena, Milwaukee’s MECCA, the Salt Palace, McNichols Arena, HemisFair Arena, Market Square, the Summit, the Spectrum, the Omni, the Pyramid, ARCO Arena/Sleep Train Arena and on and on. 2. Belted shorts. Relegated to the throwback bin, along with the more recent sleeved jerseys. 3. The six-foot lane. Heck, the 12-foot lane. The former was widened in 1951 in response to Minneapolis big man George Mikan’s dominance. Then it was widened again in 1964 to its current 16 feet in hopes of tamping down Wilt Chamberlain’s impact. 4. Commercial air travel. Some things on a used-to-be list inspire nostalgia in those who experienced them and curiosity in those who didn’t. But it’s highly unlikely any former or current players and coaches would swap today’s luxury charter flights for the way the NBA used to travel. Wake-up calls at 5 a.m. for the first flight out. Waiting out delays at the gate with the beat writers and civilians. Seven-footers folding themselves into economy class seating. 5. Obstacle-course schedules. The NBA in recent years has tried to be responsive to players’ performance needs and physical limitations, working to minimize the number of back-to-back games and four-in-five-night stretches. Didn’t used to be that way. Consider the Baltimore Bullets, who in January 1966 were put through these paces: Games in St. Louis, Detroit, back to St. Louis, day off, to Philadelphia, to Boston, home vs. Lakers. A week later, they bounced back and forth between L.A. (Lakers) and San Francisco for four games in four nights, then traveled to New York to face the Knicks for their fifth game in five nights. Baltimore’s record in those 11 games: 2-9. 6. Doubleheaders. Some teams in the NBA’s first few decades would book a Harlem Globetrotters exhibition as the night’s opening attraction. But the biggies were when the Knicks would host at Madison Square Garden a neutral-site game for two other NBA clubs. A lingering memory for some who attended: The thick haze that hung over the arena’s upper reaches, courtesy of the smokers puffing away all evening. 7. Tape-delay. It seems inconceivable in 2019 that an NBA playoff game, never mind a Finals contest, might be shown on anything but live TV. Nope. The league didn’t have much leverage in the late 1970s, before Magic Johnson and Larry Bird arrived to help goose interest and ratings. Networks forced fans to stay up late to watch games that were off before the telecasts tipped off. The practice continued into the ‘80s, with four of six Finals games in 1981 held till 11:30 p.m. ET. Michael Jordan was already creating new fans when the last tape-delayed game, Game 3 of the West finals between the Lakers and Rockets, aired on Friday, May 16, 1986. 8. “Illegal!” That used to be a frequent bellow from the league’s benches, with coaches trying to alert the refs when opposing defenses breached (or didn’t) the complicated illegal defense rules. The NBA purged most of that around the turn of the century by legislating in zone play. 9. Shattered backboards. For a while, it seemed as if backboards were exploding every few weeks in the Association. Darryl (“Chocolate Thunder”) Dawkins was the most avid crack-titioner, getting two in 1979. The earliest recorded instance came in 1946, when a Celtics forward named Chuck Connors (later more famous as TV’s “Rifleman”) shattered one during warmups. Baltimore’s Gus Johnson is said to have shattered three. Shaquille O’Neal didn’t get the glass but twice got entire support structures, pulling the backboards down to the court in his rookie season. In March 1993, against Chicago, New Jersey’s Chris Morris dunked and shattered a board without glass falling to the floor. 10. Three to make two. That old free-throw bonus was abolished by 1981-82. It made the game drag, and Jerry Colangelo, then GM of the Suns and the chairman of the NBA’s competition committee, rightly said: “Pro players shouldn’t need that extra foul shot.” 11. Phantom franchises. Oooh, pretty scary, kids, when you think of all the teams that are no more. They are rattling around in the mind long after they were supposedly dead and buried. We’re not talking just about the antiquities such as the Indianapolis Olympians, the Washington Capitols or the Toronto Huskies. The spirits of the Seattle SuperSonics, Buffalo Braves, San Diego Clippers and Vancouver Grizzlies still walk the NBA earth. Then there are most of the ABA franchises -- Virginia Squires, Utah Stars, Kentucky Colonels, Spirits of St. Louis -- that died more than 40 years ago before or in the merger. 12. Hand checking. A lot of capable defenders had their effectiveness vaporized overnight when the laying on of hands vs. a ball handler was outlawed in 2004. The NBA, in case you hadn’t noticed, likes scoring. 13. Injury shenanigans. As silly or frustrating as labels like “DNP-Old” or “load management” seem today, the reporting of injuries real or feigned used to be much less authentic. Before the inactive list, there was “injured reserve,” to which NBA teams would designate up to two players. Anyone put on that list was sidelined for a minimum of five games, and with smaller roster sizes in effect, it was a handy place to stash guys. So there was a whole lot of tendinitis and plantar fasciitis going on. This practice was snuffed in 2005-06. 14. “Play on!” Like the force-out ruling, this is a remnant of the days when the referees had and used more discretion in working their games. If a player lost the ball out of bounds but his elbow was knocked by a foe, the force-out meant the ball handler’s team retained possession. “Play on!” was a frequent order barked by refs when certain contact or violations were deemed minimally intrusive. Heavier scrutiny of the game officials’ performance and, later, video reviews now try to adjudicate everything down to the tip of a fingernail. 15. The 2-3-2 Finals format. This was adopted in 1985 as a reaction to those Lakers-Celtics or Lakers-Sixers championship series, which had the NBA universe crossing the country four or five times in a span of two weeks. Suggestions that the league was being energy-conscious, in terms of jet fuel, were part of it, too. The practice fiddled some with the notion of home-court advantage, although MLB continues to use it for its World Series. With charter flights deployed by all teams, league execs and even some of the media, the NBA changed back to the 2-2-1-1-1 format in 2014 to align with its postseasons’ earlier rounds. 16. Player-coaches. Forty men in NBA history have done it. The first was Ed Sadowski of the Toronto Huskies in the Basketball Association of America precursor to the NBA. Only two men won championships as player-coaches: Baltimore’s Buddy Jeannette in 1948 and Boston’s Bill Russell in 1968 and 1969. The youngest player coach ever was Dave DeBusschere, who took over the Pistons in 1964 at age 24 (not long after ending his second career as an MLB pitcher). The Hawks’ Richie Guerin logged the most games (372) in the role, yet was named Coach of the Year in the one season in the middle when he stopped playing. Legend Lenny Wilkens was a player-coach for two teams, spending three seasons at it in Seattle and one in Portland. And the last player-coach in NBA history was Dave Cowens, who accepted the gig after coach Satch Sanders got fired in 1978-79. None of the players wanted to learn a new system, Cowens said, so “I kind of took one for the team.” The practice died with the arrival of the salary cap in 1984, with NBA brass wary that paying a coaching bonus might enable a team to circumvent the cap. 17. Victory cigars. For obvious reasons. Probably victory vaping, too. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 1st, 2019

Palace pleased as EU, UN aid continue despite acrimony over drug war

Malacañang is pleased that the European Union and the United Nations are reportedly not planning to stop foreign assistance to the Philippines despite criticism on President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2016

FDA tasked with stopping illegal trade of ivermectin

“All operations to apprehend or seize goods must be done in coordination with the FDA,” Roque said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2021

CIDG vows crackdown vs illegal use of Ivermectin

BY AARON RECUENCO The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) vowed to run after those who would sell and distribute the anti-parasite drug Ivermectin in the country. CIDG director Maj. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro said the move is in response to the instruction of no less than President Duterte himself to conduct operations against the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsApr 11th, 2021

Let doctors prescribe Ivermectin, solon urges FDA

Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Mike Defensor appealed to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow doctors to produce and prescribe Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, to Covid-19 patients.During an interview online that was uploaded Wednesday, Defensor said the FDA must stop from being too bureaucratic amid the coronavirus disease pandemic where the cure for illness remains […] The post Let doctors prescribe Ivermectin, solon urges FDA appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 31st, 2021

Bello: No vaccine, no work policy illegal

MANILA, Philippines — It would be illegal for employers to stop their workers from reporting to work because they refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Saturday. Bello said the Department of Labor and Employment had not received any complaint about a company or employer implementing a “no vaccine, […] The post Bello: No vaccine, no work policy illegal appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

Customs out to stop flow of illegal drugs

Airport authorities have heightened their vigilance in the campaign against trafficking in illegal drugs in a bid to discourage international drug syndicates from using the Philippines as a transshipment point for those......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

PNP, AMLC freeze Cebu drug lord’s assets

Authorities implemented a freeze order on assets of yet another drug suspect in Cebu, in a bid to put a stop to his illegal activities. National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas and Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) Executive Director Mel Georgie Racela led operatives of their agencies in implementing a freeze order of the Court of […] The post PNP, AMLC freeze Cebu drug lord’s assets appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2021

CA affirms drug conviction of Chinese national

The Court of Appeals has sustained the 2019 conviction of a foreigner by a regional trial court after finding him guilty of committing the crime of illegal drug trading......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2021

Stop illegal activities, Aguirre tells cops

Police officers better shape up as National Police Commission vice chairman Vitaliano Aguirre II vowed to institute policies to reform the Philippine National Police, which has been accused by critics of committing human rights abuses and other irregularities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2021

Internet providers to face sanctions for allowing child porn online: Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to impose sanctions on internet service providers that will fail to stop the proliferation of child pornography, Malacañang announced Tuesday. Duterte issued the directive during the Cabinet meeting on Monday amid reports that cases of online porn involving minors doubled from 19,000 in 2019 to […] The post Internet providers to face sanctions for allowing child porn online: Palace appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 12th, 2021

Gordon warns vs. illegal vaccination of VIPs in government

Senator Richard Gordon, in an interview on Super Radyo Balita heard nationwide, has called on government authorities to stop early vaccination of some VIPs, saying the covert inoculation was wrong......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 8th, 2021

Japanese execs urged to stop unlawful layoffs at Dole Philippines, pineapple workers calls for reinstatement

Hundreds of unlawfully laid off pineapple and banana workers are calling for their reinstatement and thousands more are appealing to Japanese top executives to stop the illegal retrenchments of Dole Philippines Inc. employees in Polomolok, South Cotabato......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsJan 5th, 2021

Palace blasts Senate probe on illegal vax

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Monday accused some senators of interfering in the internal matters of the executive department after some of them called for a Senate inquiry into the unauthorized inoculation of members of President Duterte’s security detail against COVID-19, using an unregistered vaccine from China......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

Palace questions calls in Senate to probe Sinopharm mess

Palace on Monday made a repeated attempt to bury the illegal vaccination of the smuggled Sinopharm on security details of President Rodrigo Duterte, questioning calls in the Senate for a probe over widely criticized incident......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

325 drug suspects killed during quarantine

The declaration of a community quarantine to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 did not stop law enforcers from carrying out President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2021

Roque: Duterte s narco list has basis but not enough to stand in courts

Palace spokesman Harry Roque on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte's list of politicians supposedly involved in illegal drug trade — which includes slain Los Baños mayor Cesar Perez — is not drawn "out of thin air," but also admitted that such is not enough to file charges......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2020

Palace: Parked funds in PITC not idle

The P33.4-billion funds parked in the Philippine International Trading Corp. are not necessarily idle, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2020


In a moment of epiphany, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced a crackdown on illegal mining and quarrying. These illegal activities have been with us since the 1970s. A succession of governments had vowed to stop them, but the problem seems to get worse with every change in regime, and with deadlier consequences. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020