CINCINNATI: Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who returns to the world number one ranking on Monday for the first time in three years, remains “destroyed” by the terror attacks that rocked his homeland. Nadal was upset by Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in a Friday quarter-final at the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters, the last major tune-up for the US Open. “All my support to Barcelona and especially to the people that are suffering a lot, for all the families of the victims,” Nadal said. “So I’m going to work hard to show myself why I’m there. I’m going to give my best during this week of practice,” Nadal said.
Two-time SEA Games gold medalist Mario Fernandez, on the other hand, will have to take the long route as he starts his campaign in the preliminaries against Maung Nge of Myanmar in the bantamweight class. “Malampasan sana natin ang mga una nating kalaban and, hopefully, they all make it to the semis,” said Alliance of Boxing Association of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson. Carlo Paalam, the youngest on the team at 19, will compete in the flyweight category to fill the void left by Rogen Ladon, who opted to fight in the AIBA World Championships from Aug. 25 to Sept. 3 in Hamburg, Germany. Paalam drew a bye to the quarterfinals where he would clash with Muhamad Fuad B.M. Also fighting on Monday is Filipino-British recruit Marvin Tupaz, who also advanced to the quarterfinals against Felix Merlin Martinez of Cambodia in the light heavyweight category.
Runners and cyclists from across Metro Manila joined forces on Saturday to help abandoned children find shelter through Trikini 2017, an urban fitness party, at the Mckinley West Park in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Winners received loot bags from ON Shoes and Colnago Bikes while the cash prize was automatically donated to SOS Children’s Villages Philippines. SOS Children’s Villages Philippines is a non-profit organization that provides healthcare, housing, and education to underprivileged children and families in the country. We are the home that provides a normal family environment for neglected and abandoned children,” said SOS Children’s Villages Philippines marketing officer JM Giron. The Trikini 2017 is scheduled to travel to other key cities in the country soon.
SAARBRUCKEN, Germany: Estonia’s Ott Tanak holds the lead going into Saturday at the muddy Rally of Germany as Thierry Neuville claimed a slim advantage over four-time world champion Sebastien Ogier, his rival for the world title. Tanak, 29, who claimed his first win in the championship this year in Sardinia, set the fastest time in his Ford Focus through the soggy vineyards of the Moselle. His performances enabled Tanak to wrestle the lead from unheralded Czech driver Jan Kopecky who had set the pace on Thursday after the super special stage on the streets of Saarbrucken. Neuville, who races in a Hyundai, is third at 28.2 sec, just 2.4 ahead of Ogier, another Ford driver. Ogier’s Fiesta finished the day covered in mud and lost 21 seconds behind Neuville on the eighth stage.
August 19, 2017 14:48 UTC
Gilas Pilipinas will face Thailand in the opening day of the basketball competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today. The 6’8 Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger is expected to arrive Saturday night to fortify Gilas’ lineup. Thailand won the bronze medal in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship in Manila in May. The Philippines won 80-75 over Thailand in the semifinals then beat Indonesia, 72-64, in the finals of the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. The Philippines lost to Malaysia in the finals of the 1989 SEA Games that the Malaysians hosted.
August 19, 2017 14:48 UTC
Archers Loren Chloe Balaoing and Shanaya Rose Dangla of University of Baguio start the tough grind for the Filipinos in the five-day archery competitions at the Taiwan Sports University Stadium. The sport of taekwondo produced a silver medal for the country in the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade when no one was looking, courtesy of Far Eastern University star Samuel Thomas Morrison. Archer Loren Chloe Balaoing of University of Baguio gets the ball rolling for the Filipinos taking part in the 29th Summer Universiade. Weightlifters Elien Rose Perez, Kurk Kuffka Abala, Clark Cuico and Elie Perez Jr. then take their turn at the Tamkang University Shaomo Memorial gymnasium, before lone diving participant Monique Ann Demaisip sees action at the University Taipei Diving Hall. I wish everyone good luck," Ong told Filipino athletes during a get-together at the Universiade Village.
August 19, 2017 13:41 UTC
BEIJING—China is to restrict foreign investments in sports clubs, real estate and entertainment and is banning investment in pornography and “unauthorized” military technology. The new rules were announced Friday by the government, which had previously encouraged overseas spending sprees, but then warned late last year of “irrational” acquisitions amid fears that powerful conglomerates were racking up dangerous debt levels. Wanda has announced the sale of 77 of its hotels and 13 tourism projects to Chinese real estate developers Sunac and R&F properties for a whopping $9.3 billion. The only companies still permitted to make overseas investments are firms “supporting the real economy” or working with new technologies. Meanwhile, China’s first “cyber court” was launched on Friday to settle online disputes, as the legal system attempts to keep up with the explosion of mobile payment and e-commerce.
August 19, 2017 13:41 UTC
PUTRA JAYA, Malaysia—Playing true to form—and her words—Rio Olympian Mary Joy Tabal poured her might in the women’s marathon event to hand Team Philippines its first gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games here. It was a dominating performance for Tabal as she led from start to finish despite the lack of sleep going into the early morning event. Mary Joy Tabal kisses her gold medal“Kada hakbang ko noong una ay napakabigat dahil parang bitbit ko ang lahat ng mga paghihirap ko bago lumaban. Tabal, with the Philippine flag wrapped around her, celebrated with a throng of Filipino supporters after crossing the finish. “I will also be running in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays.”Richardson’s father, Jeffrey, said pulling his daughter out of the century dash is a logical move.
August 19, 2017 13:30 UTC
GILAS Pilipinas will not be playing too many powerhouses in the 2017 Southeast Asia Games but head coach Jong Uichico doesn’t want to take any chances. Uichico has summoned Fil-German cager Christian Standhardhinger, who will join the national squad in its opening game today, Sunday. Christian Standhardinger (FIBA.com)“We prefer not to play Thailand in our first game, but it’s there already,” said Uichico before the team left for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Standhardinger played for the national under-18 team of Germany in 2007. He played with the team at the 2017 William Jones Cup and the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.
August 19, 2017 13:18 UTC
After reigning supreme in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Men’s Championship in Manila last May, hopes are high on Gilas Pilipinas despite the vast improvement of its competitors. And Gilas Pilipinas head coach Jong Uichico humbly acknowledges that. “That’s why we have to be consistent,” he said shortly after arriving in this bustling Malaysian capital late Friday. Two-time SEA Games gold medalist Mac Belo also made the team as he was tapped as a last-minute replacement for injured Carl Bryan Cruz while Gilas coach Chot Reyes is also expected to be in town to help Uichico plot the Nationals’ gold-medal campaign. “There’s always pressure in the SEA Games,” he said.
August 19, 2017 13:07 UTC
IN a bid to attract more tourists and foreign investors, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is now offering “visa-upon-arrival [VUA]” privilege to nationals from China. Each of them shall be charged a visa fee of $25 and P10 legal research fee. The rules also provide that applications for VUA should be filed at least 10 working days before their arrival. If the applicants are qualified, the BI commissioner shall issue an order approving the VUA and the same shall be presented by the Chinese passengers to immigration officers upon their arrival in the country. Copies of the order shall also be furnished to the BI port operations division whose personnel (immigration officers) shall implement the visa on the travel documents of the Chinese passengers during the conduct of arrival formalities at the port of entry.
August 19, 2017 12:56 UTC
FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has instructed the Philippine Embassy in Madrid to extend help to a Filipina who was seriously injured in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain. Cayetano also directed Chargè d’Affaires Emmanuel Fernandez to help locate the missing 7-year-old son of the 43-year-old Filipina who is married to a British. He ordered Fernandez to proceed immediately to Barcelona to assist the unidentified Filipina who remains in serious condition at a hospital in Barcelona. The Filipina’s husband is on his way to Barcelona to help locate his son who got separated from his mother during the attack. She and her son were in Barcelona to attend the wedding of a cousin from the Philippines when the terror attack took place.
August 19, 2017 12:56 UTC
Even before Kian delos Santos, another 17-year-old student with a clean record had already been killed in a drug raid in Caloocan city at the start of the year. Police reports claim that Bolanin had run to hide in the house in the middle of a sting operation by the police. The half-Japanese Kawata had then supposedly confronted the pursuing law enforcers with an Uzi, prompting the police to shoot him dead. She said her boyfriend did not even own a gun and did not have any criminal record. According to Ordillos, Mitos had said Kawata even pleaded for his mother not to leave him.
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer
August 19, 2017 12:45 UTC
DATU SALIBO, Philippines: The Philippines’ largest Muslim militant group has launched a deadly offensive against a splinter faction that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, police said Saturday. Clashes between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and its offshoot, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), took place on Friday and Saturday, with six fighters from the original group killed. The fighting comes as the military fought a near three-month battle in Marawi, a Muslim city 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the north. The fighting in Marawi is being led by two other Muslim rebel factions, the Maute group and the Abu Sayyaf. The Marawi battle has left 573 militants and 128 soldiers and police dead, along with at least 45 civilians, according to an official tally.
August 19, 2017 12:00 UTC
NEW DELHI: Nearly 600 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Saturday, as relief and rescue operations continued. Indian authorities sought military help in two districts of northern Uttar Pradesh state after heavy rains left hundreds of villages marooned. As many as 33 out of 75 districts in the state are reeling from floods that have left 55 people dead. At least 100 people have died in neighboring Bangladesh with close to six million affected by the floods. A massive landslide in India’s Himachal Pradesh state swept two passenger buses off a hillside, killing 46 people on Sunday.
August 19, 2017 11:26 UTC