Neymar not upset at critics of his World Cup rolling

first_imgFILE – In this Friday, July 6, 2018 file photo Brazil’s Neymar holds his shinbone during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in Kazan, Russia. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)SAO PAULO — Neymar said he isn’t upset with critics who have made fun of his apparent theatrics during the World Cup in Russia.At an auction Thursday organized by Neymar Jr. institute, the striker appeared in public for the first time since Brazil was eliminated by Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award His advocates, however, say the 26-year-old needs to be more protected by referees against constant and aggressive fouling from adversaries, and that his reactions are not as important.Neymar also said “the grief is over” after Brazil’s World Cup elimination.“We have to choose to be happy. We have reasons to be sad, but I choose to be happy,” he said.The Brazilian also praised his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe, who won the World Cup with France at age 19.“He is a phenomenon, a great player. We knew that from our day-to-day with him. I am very happy he played such a great World Cup,” Neymar said. “I speak to Mbappe almost every day. I congratulated him for the title. It will be great to welcome him back as a World Cup champion.”ADVERTISEMENT Earlier Thursday, the Brazilian posted a video on Instagram like many others poking fun at his exaggerated reactions after being fouled during the World Cup.“I was joking (in the social media video). Since everybody is hoping on the bandwagon, I take it as a joke. I am not upset,” the Paris Saint-Germain striker told Fox Sports before the auction.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In the short video, Neymar is surrounded by children who fall after he gives them a sign. “It was just a moment I was with the kids and I decided to do it,” the striker said.Fans, players and former soccer stars criticized the Brazilian for his overacting on the pitch in Russia, including a tearful moment at the end of the 2-0 win against Costa Rica and a lot of rolling after being fouled by adversaries. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Painters tie series MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View commentslast_img read more

Christie wins host Indonesia’s signature gold at Asian Games

first_imgNCAA: Arellano recovers from San Beda loss, rallies to beat Perpetual DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The Jiang twins from China created history by winning the duet in the synchronized swimming, returning to the Asian Games after extended breaks to have children.Jiang Wenwen and Jian Tingting won the duet titles at the 2006 and 2010 editions of the Asian Games and reunited for another gold in Jakarta.The 32-year-old siblings, the oldest artistic swimmers to compete at the Asian Games, topped the technical and free routines to win with 186.5101 points, more than four clear of Yukiko Inui and Megumu Yoshida who took silver for Japan. Another set of twins, Yekaterina and Alexandra Nemich, collected bronze for Kazakhstan.There are 31 gold medals on the line in 12 sports on the 10th day of competition in the co-host cities of Jakarta and Palembang.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jonatan Christie of Indonesia celebrates after defeating Kenta Nishimoto of Japan during their men’s badminton singles semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)JAKARTA, Indonesia— Every host has a signature event that defines the success of the games, at least in context of sport.Jonatan Christie won that for the 2018 Asian Games hosts with a 21-18, 20-22, 21-15 win over Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen to secure the badminton men’s singles gold medal for Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The 21-year-old Christie, nicknamed Jojo, grabbed the national attention with his shirt-shredding celebration following his semifinal win over Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto and enhanced it with his pressure-packed win in the final.Just like national hero Tan Joe Hok did in 1962 when Indonesia last hosted the games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Badminton is the national sport in Indonesia, although it hasn’t won the men’s singles title at the Asian Games since Taufik Hidayat won back-to-back golds in 2002 and ’06. China’s Lin Dan won both in between.The hosts picked up another badminton gold in the men’s doubles — it was an all-Indonesian final — after top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan beat India’s Olympic and world championship silver medalist and millionaire Pusarla Venkata Sindhu 21-13, 21-16 in 36 minutes for the women’s singles final. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

Lawyer dubbed ‘Mr. Loophole’ wins speeding case for Beckham

first_imgSpotlight will be on Mbappe’s behavior as he returns for PSG Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Beckham’s lawyer Nick Freeman — nicknamed “Mr. Loophole” — argued that the notice arrived at Bentley Motors on Feb. 7, a day outside the statutory 14-day window.District Judge Barbara Barnes said the notice had been sent Feb. 2 and “more likely than not” did not arrive within the 14 days. She said therefore “the defendant in this case cannot be convicted.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBeckham, the former Manchester United and England soccer star, did not attend Thursday’s hearing at Wimbledon Magistrates Court. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Former England footballer David Beckham speaks during a promotional event where he appeared as the global brand ambassador for insurance company AIA in Hong Kong on September 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACELONDON — A London speeding case against former football star David Beckham was dropped Thursday after his lawyer successfully argued that notice of the intended prosecution had not been served within the legal deadline.Beckham was accused of driving a borrowed Bentley at 59 mph (95 kph) in a 40 mph (64 kph) zone in the Paddington area of London on Jan. 23. He had pleaded not guilty.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Durham, Amer rally Meralco past NLEX

first_imgMOST READ “We’ve struggled throughout the game. We’ve been struggling a lot lately especially when we came back from Thailand,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Our defense is really not on point right now but the players did not give up in this game. They kept fighting until the end and the result is we got a win tonight to keep our flickering hopes alive for the playoffs.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe reigning two-time Best Import came alive in the second half where he erupted for 30 points after just scoring six in the first two quarters while Amer fired 17 of his 22 in the final frame, including the game-tying three-point play and game-winning triple with 13.6 seconds remaining.“AD (Durham) did not play well in the first half but he really came through in the second half and showed determination to will us to victory and Baser Amer really hit some big shots down the stretch,” Black praised after his team won only its second game in eight tries. Durham also collected 18 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks with his last rejection making sure extra time won’t be necessary after he spiked NLEX guard Juami Tiongson’s potential game-tying 3-pointer as time ran out.The Road Warriors were still ahead by eight, 101-93, after a layup by Aaron Fuller with 3:30 remaining.Fuller kept the Bolts at bay with timely baskets but he was rendered helpless when the Road Warriors needed him most after he fouled out with the game tied at 105 with still 46.2 ticks to go.Without Fuller and star guards Kiefer Ravena (suspended) and Kevin Alas (ACL), NLEX struggled to get anything going offensively with crucial turnovers and empty trips.NLEX slid to seventh at 4-5 after blowing a golden opportunity to seize solo sixth place.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESAllen Durham and Baser Amer teamed up in the fourth quarter to rally Meralco past NLEX, 108-105, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Durham and Amer accounted for 12 of Meralco’s final 15 points inside the last four minutes as the Bolts came back from 16 down in the final frame to resuscitate their flatlining quarterfinals bid.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ateneo recovers, dumps UP to open 2nd round Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Ray Parks finally joining 2018 PBA Rookie Draft

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven Parks, the son of legendary PBA import Bobby Parks, submitted his application for the upcoming 2018 PBA Rookie Draft on Thursday, finally putting end to speculations on when he’s making the jump to Asia’s pioneering pro league.The two-time UAAP and ASEAN Basketball League MVP made his decision official just days away from the December 3 deadline for the local players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHis application hikes the number of applications for PBA Rookie Draft, set for December 16, to 34.Before the draft proceedings, applications are required to participate in the traditional PBA Draft Combine on December 12 and 13. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is finally joining the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Nikola Vucevic leads Magic over Bulls in Mexico City

first_imgOrlando Magic’s D.J. Augustin moves the ball as Chicago Bulls’ Ryan Arcidiacono defends during their regular-season NBA basketball game in Mexico City, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)MEXICO CITY — The Bulls had the fans, but Nikola Vucevic and the Magic got the win.Vucevic scored 26 points, including a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds remaining, and Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over Chicago on Thursday night in its first of two games in Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Most of the 20,201 fans that packed the Arena Ciudad de México were using the red and black colors from the Bulls, who arrived in Mexico amid reports of turmoil in the locker room under new coach Jim Boylen.“We knew about the fans and we wanted to come here and give Mexico City an exciting game and we did,” said Justin Holiday, who finished with 18 points for the Bulls. “We are on the right direction. We got another loss but we are on the right direction.”After Lauri Markkanen tied it at 91 with 1:06 left to play, Vucevic nailed a 15-foot jumper to put the Magic ahead and Augustin iced the game with four free throws in the final seconds.The Bulls led 26-24 after the first quarter, but Augustin nailed a couple of 3-pointers in an 11-3 run in the middle of the second and Orlando was ahead 39-29 with seven minutes left to play. LaVine scored on back-to-back jumpers to close the deficit to 51-46 at halftime.LaVine had 14 points after two quarters while Vucevic led the Magic with 13.ADVERTISEMENT Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has surgery on dislocated thumb Chicago started the second half on a 7-2 run and tied it at 53 after a couple of free throws from Wendell Carter Jr., but Orlando took a six-point lead into the fourth period after 3-pointers from Jonathon Simmons and Mo Bamba.The game was the NBA’s 27th in Mexico, and Orlando will play Utah on Saturday. Only the United States and Canada have hosted more.Eight of the last 26 games in Mexico have been regular-season contests.TIP-INSMagic: With 11 3-pointers, the Magic have 19 games with 10 or more and have an 11-8 record in those games. … Orlando broke a four-game losing streak to the Bulls, who swept them in the 2017-18 series for the first time since 2012-13.Bulls: The game was the first neutral-site, regular-season game for Chicago outside of the United States. … Holiday made four 3-pointers and has converted at least one in 39 straight games, the longest streak in Bulls history and the longest of his career.UP NEXTMagic: Play at Mexico City against Utah.Bulls: Play at San Antonio on Saturday. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Vucevic shot 11 for 21 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds, while D.J. Augustin added 15 points for the Magic.“It was what we came here for. We were coming from (three) straight losses and we knew the trip was not going be easy against a team that was going to regroup,” Vucevic said. “It was tough, but we found a way in the end and now we are focusing on Utah for Saturday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissZach LaVine scored 23 points but the Bulls (6-23) lost for the 10th time in their last 11 games and remained with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.The Bulls, playing in Mexico for the first time in their history, were the main attraction for the game in a country where the franchise is considered the second-most popular among local fans. Many of them fell in love with the team when Michael Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in the 1990s. 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Image issues hound start of Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race

first_imgBut PETA has also increased its pressure on Iditarod sponsors, targeting them with mass email campaigns. Given the Iditarod’s strong name recognition outside Alaska, even the perception of animal mistreatment could be a “big brand hit,” according to branding expert Bob Dorfman of Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco.Pressure from a prominent organization like PETA could make sponsors think twice, according to Dorfman.“If they have a legitimate case, it’s going to be very difficult to say, ‘OK, I’m backing this,’ because in a sense, you’re backing cruelty to animals,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard hits winner, Raptors beat Trail Blazers FILE – In this March 3, 2018, file photo, Eagle River, Alaska musher Tom Schonberger’s lead dogs trot along Fourth Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska. The world’s foremost sled dog race kicks off its 47th running this weekend on Saturday, March 2, 2019, as organizers and competitors strive to push past a punishing two years for the image of the sport. Some of the drama has been resolved for Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen, File)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The world’s foremost sled dog race kicks off its 47th running this weekend as participants strive to push past a punishing two years for the sport’s image.Some of the drama has been resolved for Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. In December, race organizers cleared four-time winner Dallas Seavey of any wrongdoing in a 2017 dog-doping scandal. New members also have been appointed to the Iditarod’s governing board following musher discontent over perceived conflicts.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In December, Hooley said he was leaving after 25 years with the Iditarod to take on a new opportunity outside the state, but added he was not at liberty to say what it was. He said his departure had nothing to do with the Iditarod coming off a difficult time.Earlier pressure from activists led to the sport addressing “past imperfections,” said four-time champion Jeff King.“The last couple years have been very trying for many,” he said. “But in the end, I think there will be good that comes out of it.”The Iditarod begins Saturday with a short ceremonial run in Anchorage, the state’s largest city. The real race to the old Gold Rush town of Nome starts Sunday in Willow, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the north.The 52-team field — the smallest in more than two decades — includes defending champion Joar Ulsom, of Norway, along with King and two other four-time winners and a three-time champion. St. George said he doesn’t believe the number of competitors is indicative of any trend. But the economy could play a role because of the big expense involved in mushing, and St. George said some mushers have retired or are taking time off or racing elsewhere.ADVERTISEMENT But animal activists are turning up the heat over multiple dog deaths in the history of the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race, which spans mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and dangerous sea ice along the Bering Sea coast, with village checkpoints staged across the trail. Big-name sponsors continue to drop their support, and have been replaced by smaller, Alaska-based backers. And organizers still grapple with budget strains manifested in a purse far below the prizes offered in the recent past.The expected top prize is $50,000, the same amount as last year, but more than $20,000 below the 2017 prize. The total purse is again $500,000 — about $250,000 below the 2017 purse. The prize money comes from sponsors and other sources, including fundraisers, special promotions and the Iditarod Insider, a paid online subscription that provides race coverage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Iditarod has survived similar pressures, said Chas St. George, acting CEO of the Iditarod Trail Committee.“We have a bright future as long as we stay committed to and focused on what’s in the best interest of the sled dogs and in the best interest of the communities that are part of this race, that step up every year to make this happen,” said St. George, who is filling in at the helm while the board seeks a replacement for longtime CEO Stan Hooley, who departed in January. That is the case with Seavey, who has adamantly denied giving the opioid painkiller tramadol to his dogs during the 2017 Iditarod.Seavey skipped last year’s race in protest, competing instead in Norway’s Finnmarkslopet race. He said he’s going back to this year’s Finnmarkslopet, which starts about a week after the Iditarod, because of unfinished business after placing third last year.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a longtime Iditarod critic, plans to protest at both starting points. By PETA’s count, more than 150 dogs have died in the race, including one last year. Five dogs connected with the 2017 race also died.The total number of deaths is disputed by race officials, who cannot provide their own count because they say no records of dog deaths were kept in the Iditarod’s early years. St. George didn’t immediately respond to a request Friday morning for the number of dog deaths they have counted.For this year’s race, PETA posted ads on Anchorage public buses that say, “Iditarod: Chained, suffering and dying dogs. End the race.” PETA maintains the dogs are forced to run and are subjected to cruel conditions that leave them with bloody paws, stress fractures and other injuries.“This race is an annual tragedy. It’s nothing more than organized animal abuse,” PETA spokeswoman Colleen O’Brien said in an email to The Associated Press.Mushers and race officials say great strides have been made in animal care, thanks largely to the Iditarod, the mushers themselves and an army of veterinarians stationed at every checkpoint along the trail.This year’s race, for example, incorporates a new rule that requires mushers be automatically be removed from the race if a dog dies, unless the death is caused by an unpreventable hazard like a moose encounter.The lifestyle of keeping and training sled dogs year-round actually enhances the animals’ lives, contrary to critics’ claims, said veteran musher Matthew Failor, who is running his eighth Iditarod.“You’re never going to get rid of PETA,” he said. “Those are extremists, just like dog mushers are extremists. We love our dogs as much as they don’t want dogs to pull you around.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Jordan Clarkson, Cavaliers celebrate first Filipino Heritage Night

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Naomi Osaka advances in straight sets at Indian Wells Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson, who is Filipino-American, celebrates Filipino Heritage Night with members of the Philippine American Society of Ohio. Photo from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ official Twitter accountThe Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated their first Filipino Heritage Night on Tuesday ahead of their game against the Toronto Raptors.Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson met and interacted with members of the Philippine American Society of Ohio, who may have served as the Cavs’ lucky charm.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? We ❤️ our Filipino fans!Ahead of #CavsRaptors, @JordanClarksons had a meet & greet with The Philippine American Society of Ohio! #BeTheFight pic.twitter.com/ajN20RSxU0FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 11, 2019 Heavy underdogs, the Cavaliers stunned the Raptors (48-20), who are one of the top teams in the league, 126-101.Clarkson helped the Cavs (17-50) in the victory, scoring 14 points in 31 minutes off the bench.Collin Sexton led the way for Cleveland with 28 points. Kevin Love added 16 points and 18 rebounds while Cedi Osman had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chieflast_img read more

Problem in School System Begins with Teachers: Ganta City DEO

first_imgThe newly assigned District Education Officer of Ganta, Mr. Lynol Mantor has disclosed that many of the problems in our school system today were due to laissez-faire(lax) attitudes  of school administrations and their teachersMaking the disclosure to reporters recently, Mr. Mantor said based on his observation on school campuses he had visited in his district; school administrations and teachers are not committed to their duties by being punctual.He added that he is going to be very tough on teacher’s attendance records and make sure that they are fully intact in all public schools under his control.“I am going to start with the teachers first. If they are supposed to be in class at certain time and don’t show up, what do you expect the students to do?” he asked rhetorically.“I am going to go from school to school to see the attendance roster of teachers; their time in and time out,” he added.Mr. Mantor said, “If the student is in uniform doing different things in the street during school hours, the principal should be able to answer the question, why?”In the Ganta School System, parents prefer sending their children to private schools rather than public ones because on many occasions, students attending public school are seen roaming the campuses during school hours when they are supposed to be in classes learning.One of the reasons for students roaming their campuses during school hours is government paid teachers who are teaching in more than two schools daily. This situation makes it hard for them to be to their various classes on time.“I will make sure schools that are lacking teachers are being staffed adequately; and schools that are overstaffed be staffed evenly,” he asserted.“If any school doesn’t meet up with the criteria for a high school by bringing qualified staff, I am going to cut the school down to Jr. High level,” he added.“I have observed that some schools have only one BSc Degree holder and they are running a high school. Can one BSc Degree holder alone teach a high school?” he queried.Mr. Mantor also called on money lenders in Ganta to cooperate with his office to ensure effective teaching; because some teachers are in the habit of taking loans. Upon receiving such money, they abandon their duties and do something else.“Many teachers who get cash from these money lenders sometimes take 10 months’ salary advance and go to their villages and abandon classes”, he explained.“Before they give loans any of my teachers, my office should be notified,” he asserted.In Ganta, there are two money lenders, Pheree Dekpah and Sam Brown. Their businesses are patronized equally to banks in Ganta.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Democracy for the Wealthy and Ruling Elites

first_imgAn amendment to the National Elections Law, sponsored by Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and a few colleagues, would require candidates contesting elections to pay the following amounts in United States dollars:  presidential – $25,000; vice-presidential  $15000; senatorial – $5000; and representative – $3000.  Also, candidates for the positions of paramount, clan, and town chiefs would be required to pay $150, $100 and $50 respectively.  The current law requires the following payments from candidates: presidential – $2,500; vice-presidential- $1,500; senatorial – $750; and representative – $300.   The proposed amendment represents an astronomical increase of 1000% in the required presidential, vice-presidential and representative fees as well as 667% in the senatorial fee. One wonders why the fees for senatorial candidates received a lower percentage increase compared to other categories. Is it because the proposal emanated from the senate? Interestingly, the Liberian Constitution requires in Article 52 (b) that individuals seeking to be president or vice president should be “the owners of unencumbered real property valued at not less than twenty-five thousand dollars” (Liberia or US?).   This constitutional requirement is meant to ensure that candidates are property owners, taxpayers, and key stakeholders in their communities. To propose that candidates pay an additional twenty-five/fifteen thousand dollars in cash for the presidency/vice presidency respectively imposes unconscionable taxation on Liberians wishing to offer their leadership skills and expertise to develop the country.  Participation must not be tagged to unbearable registration fees. The joy of democracy is participation and inclusion.  Prohibitive registration fees will stifle participation and exclude competent citizens from pursuit of democratic leadership.  High registration fees restrict leadership to the wealthy.  Allowing the wealthy class to monopolize politics is a recipe for conflict and could lead to official corruption in a bid to gain wealth for electoral advantage.   The proposal to charge astronomical fees is tantamount to transforming our democratic system into a plutocracy.   We have to guard against plutocratic tendencies taking over our fledgling democracy.  Many Liberians are poor, and many of those that have the literate capacity and right leadership attributes may not boast bulging bank accounts to muster the proposed astronomical fees.   Moreover, this amendment has the propensity of undermining the individuality of political participation.  Some independent candidates and individuals in political parties will be deterred from contesting simply because they cannot afford the required fees.Some politicians and legislators believe the proposed amendment will reduce the number of candidates, political parties and functional illiterates that participate in elections.  We find these assertions interesting and wonder how leaders that are expected to drive our democracy would have such perverted thinking.  Intriguingly, many of those advocating for the increment were once poor, but amassed wealth upon assuming high-level positions in government.  What if the law had existed during their impoverished conditions?  Would they have had the opportunity to be elected?  In a country where wealth is usually accumulated through public sector pilferage, instead of business acumen and ingenuity, we are attempting to set the stage for the corrupt and unexplained-wealth-accumulators to tighten their control over the national purse and power.     Already, there are allegations of neglect of some constituencies by their lawmakers. Payment of such stratospheric fees may result to underperformance, as some legislators prioritize paying back borrowed registration fees compared to addressing problems in their constituencies. They could also manipulate competitive processes (procurement, contract award and ratification, recruitment of political appointees etc.) in favor of debtors as payback for financial support.                                                                                                                                                              Liberia requires comprehensive reforms and actions to consolidate peace and successfully rebuild state structures that are resilient to the unsettling effects of wars and unwarranted socio-economic downturns.  These reforms and actions have to be measured consistent with existing economic realities and must be informed by socio-economic and political norms and values of the Liberian society.  After years of conflict, Liberia still remains fragile and cannot afford to relegate substantive citizens’ participation by passage of anti-democratic laws that undermine national cohesion with the propensity to divide the country between rich and poor – literate and illiterate. Historically, bad laws promoted a structure of state that marginalized many citizens and allowed the ruling class to accumulate wealth and cling unto power. Resistance to bad laws and marginalization of the majority segment of the society led to overthrow of the ruling elites in the 1980 coup and uprisings against the Doe and Taylor regimes.Democracy in Liberia is thriving and citizens are enjoying unhindered power to field candidates of their choice albeit affordable candidacy fees.  It would be unfortunate to change the game now to serve the interest of a few greedy and power hungry Liberians. Our current candidates’ registration fees are reasonable and affordable, and must be maintained.   The onus is on the National Elections Commission to rigorously enforce acceptable laws and regulations that govern the political space.  Higher standard is also required of the legislature to make laws that are satisfactory, balanced, and supportive of efforts to enhance the democratic space. When bad laws are made/proposed, like the one under review, few persons will be short-term beneficiaries, but many will suffer as time progresses. We must guard against proposing/enacting laws that seek to reduce competition, create wealth for a select few, and perpetuate their stay in power.Thomas Doe Nah is Executive Director of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in CENTAL, the Liberian Chapter of Transparency International, the global anti-corruption coalition. Follow me on twitter @loveofliberty or email: tnah@cental.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more