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The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has advised motorists to take alternate routes as the intersection of Quezon Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City will be closed to traffic starting Saturday, May 21.
In an advisory, MMDA said the closure was to give way to the construction of the Skyway Stage 3 project. MMDA said traffic lights in the area will be in flashing mode and the U-turn slot will be opened for affected vehicles going to Edsa while the construction is ongoing.
The Skyway Stage 3 project is an elevated expressway that will run from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City. DAVAO CITY– Incoming Energy secretary Alfonso Cusi on Saturday said he was “humbled” by his appointment to the Cabinet of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
The former Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager vowed to “ensure reliable, steady and affordable power supply” in the Philippines.
Besides heading the MIAA, Cusi also served as head of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA). Cusi was appointed director general of the CAAP in March 2010 but resigned nine months later after public dispute over the appointment without his knowledge of senior management officials at the agency.
In 2004, Cusi was implicated in alleged massive electoral fraud involving then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
A Thai well-wisher holds a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people gather to celebrate his 88th birthday at the Siriraj hospital where the King has been staying for months in Bangkok on December 5, 2015.
BANGKOK—Doctors treating Thailand’s hospital-bound monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej have drained excess fluid from his spinal cord and brain, the palace said in a statement late Friday.
The king, 88, is the object of an intense personality cult and his frail health is a subject of significant public concern.
The wheelchair bound monarch has spent most of the past two years hospitalized for a series of ailments, with very few public appearances and speeches. The Royal Household Bureau said in a statement published late Friday night that doctors adjusted a tube used to drain excess fluid after they noticed facial twitching.
Bhumibol is the world’s longest-reigning monarch and most Thais have never known life under another king.
Anxiety over what will happen after his reign comes to an end is considered an aggravating factor in the country’s past decade of tumultuous politics as competing elites jostle for power and influence ahead of the transition. Bhumibol last left Bangkok’s Siriraj hospital in early January for an hour-long trip by car to visit his palace and other royal projects, according to officials. The kingdom has one of the world’s strictest lese majeste laws, punishing any criticism of the monarchy with up to 15 years in prison. Use of the law has skyrocketed ever since royalist army generals seized power in a May 2014 coup with scores arrested and jailed, some for as long as 30 years.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association’s NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the NRA Convention at the Kentucky Exposition Center on May 20, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. But the timing is notable because it came months earlier than in the previous two election cycles, suggesting the nation’s largest gun-rights advocacy group was seeking to help the Republican Party unite conservatives fractured over Trump.
The group’s chief executive Wayne LaPierre declared it was time to prevent Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, from gaining the White House and appointing a new justice to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. Speaking Sunday at the majority black Canaan Christian Church, also in Louisville, Clinton pledged to build on Obama’s efforts to keep firearms out of the wrong hands. Meanwhile Trump repeated his assertion that last year’s terror strikes in France could have been minimized or even avoided if citizens had been armed. PARCHED LAND Corn stalks in Tuguegarao City have turned brown as temperatures rise, intensified by El Nino. UNITED NATIONS, United States–UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson and Kenyan diplomat Macharia Kamau as special envoys for El Nino and climate. The El Nino weather phenomenon, which occurs every two to seven years, affects rainfall patterns and causes both drought and flooding.
Its effects can be seen in places like Sudan, where the UN estimates 400,000 people will need food aid due to El Nino-related drought. Robinson had previously served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and as Ban’s special envoy for climate change.
Kamau is Kenya’s ambassador to the United Nations and former president of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Board.
Relatives and friends of passengers of the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean, comfort each other on May 20, 2016 during prayers at Abou Bakr el-Sedek mosque in Cairo.Egypt found wreckage including seats and luggage from the EgyptAir plane, as investigators tried to unravel the mystery of why it swerved and plummeted into the sea.
CAIRO, Egypt–Wreckage including seats and luggage from EgyptAir Flight 804 were spotted in the eastern Mediterranean Friday as investigators tried to unravel why the plane turned sharply and plunged into the sea.
The disaster comes just seven months after the bombing of a Russian passenger jet by the Islamic State jihadist group over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula in October that killed all 224 people on board. Families of the 66 people aboard the EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo gathered at a hotel near the Egyptian capital’s airport after meeting airline officials as they struggled to come to terms with the catastrophe.
French investigators were due to meet their Egyptian counterparts in Cairo, while a French patrol boat carrying equipment capable of tracking the plane’s black boxes was expected on Sunday or Monday.
The plane disappeared between the Greek island of Karpathos and the Egyptian coast in the early hours of Thursday, without its crew sending a distress signal.
It had turned sharply twice before plunging 22,000 feet (6,700 metres) and vanishing from radar screens, said Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos. The Wall Street Journal and CNN cited unnamed sources as saying the plane’s computer systems sent warning messages indicating smoke in the nose of the aircraft just before air traffic controllers lost contact. It said the information was insufficient to determine whether the plane was brought down by a bomb or other causes. Philip Baum, the editor of Aviation Security International Magazine, told the BBC that technical failure could not be ruled out.
Greek civil aviation chief Constantinos Litzerakos said the pilot had mentioned no problem in his last communication.
Personal belongings and parts of the Airbus A320 were spotted by search teams scouring seas off Egypt’s northern coast about 290 kilometres (180 miles) from the city of Alexandria, the military said. The passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French citizens, two Iraqis, two Canadians, and citizens from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. The discovery of the wreckage came after the European Space Agency said one of its satellites had on Thursday spotted an oil slick about 40 kilometres southeast of the plane’s last known location. In October, foreign governments issued travel warnings for Egypt and demanded a review of security at its airports after the Islamic State group said it downed the Russian airliner over Sinai with a bomb concealed in a soda can that had been smuggled into the hold. IS has been waging a deadly insurgency against Egyptian security forces and has claimed attacks in both France and Egypt. A young protester stands with others in front of the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory, where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to make his first public campaign appearance in New Jersey on May 19, 2016 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Stars from Cher to Lena Dunham have declared their intention to head north if the former reality star, famous for insulting Muslims and Mexicans, and under the microscope for alleged sexism, reaches top office. The site is the brainchild of 25-year-old Joe Goldman, who always wanted to set up a dating site but used the Trump bandwagon to drive publicity. While actual introductions and dates are a way off, Goldman says that more than 30,000 people hungry for love have already signed up.
After Cape Breton Island, off the tip of Nova Scotia, offered a refuge to Trump-hating Americans earlier this year, visitors to its tourism site exploded from 65,000 last year to 600,000, says tourist chief Mary Tulle. US academic Neda Maghbouleh moved to Toronto three years ago with her husband when they were offered attractive faculty jobs at a university. Their daughter was born in Canada, the couple have acquired permanent residency and now they want to sponsor Maghbouleh’s parents to join them.
But while the ad generated a lot of interest, the company has yet to recruit any Americans although talks are ongoing, says digital marketing officer Brenden Sherratt. Canada has tightened immigration procedures for many categories of people, although it has been liberal in accepting Syrian refugees.
Katz says Dominica in the Caribbean is the cheapest place for Americans to buy second citizenship — yours for an investment of $100,000. And even if Americans have itchy feet, their country remains a premier destination for foreigners, particularly Chinese.
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PARIS, France–The last surviving member of the jihadist team that attacked Paris, Salah Abdeslam, refused to answer questions in his first interview with a French anti-terror judge on Friday.
Authorities had hoped Abdeslam would shed some light on the operational details of the November 13 attacks that killed 130 people, as well as provide clues as to whether other members of the wider jihadist cell are still at large. A source close to the investigation said Abdeslam’s silence may have been the result of advice from Mehdi Nemmouche, the man suspected of a shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels in 2014. They were locked up in the same prison in the Belgian city of Bruges after Abdeslam was captured in March and were able to shout to each other from their respective cells, the source said, quoting Belgian prison guards. Abdeslam, who had responded to questions during his first interrogation with Belgian police, has not cooperated since.
He is the only surviving member of the group of Islamic State (IS) gunmen and suicide bombers who attacked multiple night spots around the French capital and tried to breach the Stade de France national stadium.
For months, he was the most-wanted fugitive in Europe until he was tracked down and arrested on March 18 in the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek where he grew up. Transferred to France on April 27, Abdeslam was brought for questioning on Friday in a large black 4×4 vehicle with tinted windows, escorted by heavily armed elite police and a helicopter flying overhead.
Meanwhile, Foued Mohamed-Aggad, one of the men who attacked the Bataclan concert hall where 90 people died on November 13, was buried in eastern France early Friday, an investigation source said. Mohamed-Aggad was buried in Wissembourg in the Alsace region where he had lived with his mother before travelling to Syria in late 2013.
Abdeslam played more of a logistical role, renting cars and hideouts for the gang and transporting the three suicide bombers who blew themselves up outside the Stade de France, killing one person. A childhood friend of suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Abdeslam is thought to have backed out of blowing himself up. CCTV pictures from petrol stations showed him fleeing back to Belgium in the hours after the attack. In the preceding months, he also transported other jihadists around Europe, including Najim Laachraoui, the suspected bombmaker who went on to kill himself as one of the suicide bombers who struck Brussels in March. Investigators hope Abdeslam can shine light on the links between the attacks in Paris and Belgium, both claimed by IS. However, Jean Reinhart, a lawyer representing some of the victims, had warned before the hearing not to expect much in the early stages. In his two interrogations in Belgium, Abdeslam gave the impression he was merely a pawn of Abaaoud and his own brother Brahim, who blew himself up outside a Paris cafe during the November attacks, though some have argued he may be putting on an act to lessen his responsibility. But he has already been caught in a lie, saying he only met Abaaoud once before, when in fact they had a record of teenage delinquency together in Molenbeek. Doctor Angela Rocha shows brain scans of a baby born with microcephaly at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. GENEVA, Switzerland–The Zika virus strain linked to surging cases of neurological disorders and birth defects in Latin America has now been found in Africa, health officials said Friday, as the first fatality on French territory was reported on the Caribbean island of Martinique.
The World Health Organization announced that the strain of Zika circulating in Cape Verde had been shown to be the same as the one behind an explosion of cases in the Americas. The so-called Asian strain of the virus, which has infected some 1.5 million people in Brazil, the worst-affected country, was detected in Cape Verde through the sequencing of Zika cases in the island nation. The virus, which also causes the rare but serious neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome, is mainly spread by two species of Aedes mosquito but has also been shown to transmit through sexual contact. Friday saw the French Caribbean island of Martinique suffer its first Zika virus-related death, the regional health agency said. Some experts believe there is a link between Zika and Guillan-Barre — in which the immune system attacks the nervous system.
WHO believes the Asian Zika strain was imported to Cape Verde by a traveller coming from Brazil, before it began spreading locally last October. As of May 8, 7,557 suspected Zika cases had been registered in Cape Verde, as well as three microcephaly cases, WHO said.
The African strain of the Zika virus, which takes its name from Uganda’s tropical Zika forest where it was first discovered in 1947, has been widespread on the continent since then. But until recently, Zika caused little concern, as it usually leads only to mild, flu-like symptoms, and it appeared many Africans had built up immunity against the virus. But it remains unclear what impact the arrival of the new strain to the continent will have, said Bruce Aylward, WHO chief on outbreaks and health emergencies. Cape Verde and other African countries at risk should inform pregnant women especially about the risks associated with the Asian strain of the Zika virus, as well as about the best ways of protecting against infection, including avoiding mosquito bites, WHO said. The UN agency also urged countries to step up efforts to detect microcephaly, Guillain-Barre and other neurological disorders linked to Zika and their preparedness to deal with increases in cases. This combination of files pictures created on May 20, 2016 shows Pope Francis (L) attending the funeral of Cardinal Giovanni Coppa at St. VATICAN CITY, Holy See–Pope Francis came under fire Friday after meeting Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Lyon archbishop suspected of covering up for a pedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in France. After meeting the pontiff, Barbarin said he would be staying in his post with Francis’ blessing.
A support group for the alleged victims in the French scandal voiced regret that Francis had met Barbarin while magistrates are still mulling whether the cardinal should face criminal charges. French examining magistrates are currently carrying out two preliminary investigations to decide whether to pursue charges against the archbishop for his handling of the allegations against Bernard Preynat, a priest in his diocese who has been charged with sex abuse.
Preynat was charged in January after admitting sexual assaults on four boy scouts between 1986 and 1991 — crimes which his lawyers say he can no longer be convicted of.
According to the Lyon diocese, Barbarin first received testimony from an alleged victim in mid-2014 and relieved Preynat of his duties in May 2015. Victims groups reacted angrily, saying Francis could not possibly know all the details of a case they say highlights the reluctance of the Church to hand pedophile priests over to criminal authorities. Virieux also expressed regret at Francis meeting the cardinal on the same day as an important court hearing in the charged priest’s case. Pope Francis came to power promising a crackdown on cover-ups and a zero tolerance approach to abuse itself, which he famously described as being akin to taking part in a Satanic mass. After decades of scandals that have badly damaged the Church’s standing in many countries, victims complain they are still not being listened to, that bishops will not hand priests over to police and that a conspiracy of silence remains in place. Francis had put in place legal structures enabling pedophile clerics to be tried by the Vatican’s criminal court. When even your closest friends publicly disagree with you on your choices, perhaps you should pause and take stock. Evangelist Apollo Quiboloy, a longtime friend of Rodrigo Duterte, is not happy with the Cabinet appointments announced so far by the incoming president’s team. But, now, Quiboloy is miffed at Duterte and his team, apparently for having been left out of some crucial deliberations. Quiboloy may well just be suffering from injured  amor  propio—the self-sacrificing hometown friend who believes he did so much to help his buddy become, soon, the most powerful man in the country, only for dirty interlopers from Manila and beyond to elbow him out once Malacanang was won. That revelation compounds the unease that has met the announcement of Villar heading the Department of Public Works and Highways. It’s understandable if Villar was flattered at the invitation to serve the incoming president and his country in so direct a capacity. Duterte’s Cabinet is purportedly patterned after that of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—diverse, dynamic, competent, with more women and young people in it. Predictably, a number of Duterte supporters are pushing back by saying that all the complaining is too much and too soon, that Villar should be judged once he has warmed his seat at the DPWH. A coalition government with the Communist Party of the Philippines has been proposed by presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with an offer of at least four Cabinet portfolios—agrarian reform, social welfare, environment and natural resources, and labor. Duterte’s flirtation with Left politics began when he was a member of the Kabataang Makabayan and Bayan.
Duterte’s proposed coalition with the Left differs from the European norm where coalition regimes are transacted by opposing political parties for lack of a dominant political party. In this case, the Cabinet posts are being offered even as Duterte and his advisers know that the underground Left’s agenda of revolutionary reforms seek to alter the power structures in the country—dislodging the ruling oligarchs and financial elite and building a people’s coalition government. Offering the “hand of peace” to the Left as well as other cause-driven rebel forces, Duterte anchors his incoming administration on a healing presidency with a program of national unity, peace and development.
In fact, the offer of Cabinet posts to the CPP reveals a Duterte ready to embrace the party’s national democratic program with a socialist perspective. In principle, a true coalition government must include forming parallel coalition councils at the local levels. Which brings us to the important questions: If the Left comes on board, how will Duterte be able to balance and rein in a government of incongruent political forces—the Left armed with a progressive ideology and rightist groups representing neoliberal and pro-elite interests?
Duterte understands the political influence of the armed Left—the extensive guerrilla zones they operate in countless barrios all over the country and now under revolutionary councils. Both Duterte and the Left will need mutual support and cooperation to sustain what may turn out to be the country’s first socialist experiment. Believe it or not, the new K-to-12 curriculum that takes effect beginning this school year in all elementary and high school classes discusses both Philippine and world history quite extensively.
In fact, a close inspection of the K-to-12 curriculum guides, easily accessible at the Department of Education website, will show that the discussion of history and historical events can be found in the learning areas of practically every grade level.
The new K-to-12 curriculum shows that the DepEd is not averse to making the appreciation of history a core basic education competency, at par with English, science, math and Filipino. Existing global evidence likewise strongly suggests that a curriculum that consistently nurtures a deep sense of legacy is a key characteristic of high-performing education systems, regardless of whether a society is authoritarian or liberal.
Singapore and South Korea did the same thing when they took a long hard look at their respective curriculums several years ago. Lately, social media has been abuzz with calls to rewrite history textbooks in the wake of Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s bid to put himself a heartbeat away from the presidency. Roscelle Cruz, the information specialist at the University of the Philippines Library who famously dared netizens and Marcos apologists to unfriend her on Facebook, pointed out that irrefutable evidence and accurate historical accounts of the atrocities during the Marcos dictatorship are readily accessible to anyone who cares to look. Cruz raised an excellent point: All the information one needs to investigate any historical event dispassionately is readily available, online or in print.
In her paper titled “Making a Case for History In Basic Education,” Maria Serena Diokno wrote: “History serves numerous purposes, from the development of citizens as meaningful members of a larger community with which they identify, to the training of the mind in critical thinking and sound judgment. Now that the elections are over and a new administration is set to take the reins for nation-building, we begin the hard work of continuing major reforms, paramount of which is the K-to-12 program.
Amid the commendations for the Aquino administration for finally paving the way for K-to-12, some critics remain cynical about the Philippines’ readiness for it, given various transition issues. Opposition to K-to-12 has focused on labor concerns, which, while valid, have already been tackled in multisectoral efforts.
For example, in filling senior high school (SHS) personnel posts, the DepEd has established a “green lane” for the priority hiring of displaced faculty and staff.
For those who will not join the SHS ranks, the Commission on Higher Education has allocated a total of 15,000 scholarship slots (8,000 masters and 7,000 PhDs), apart from the 13,606 faculty and staff development grants and 100 school innovation grants—all lodged under the Tertiary Education Transition Fund. On the national policy front, while it is true that government spending on education remains below international standards, it has been steadily increasing in absolute value across the years. The transition issues surrounding K-to-12—and the criticisms they inevitably draw—merely underscore one challenge for us all: ensuring that the next administration will also put a premium on education by pursuing the full and effective implementation of K-to-12, among other critical reforms of recent times.


Education Secretary Armin Luistro said it best: “One of the criticisms [for K-to-12] is ‘Why do you do it?
Indeed, the battle for real and lasting change in Philippine education can only be fought one classroom, one teacher, one student at a time. Respect for rights.  Preeminent among the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948 is the right to life.
Human Rights Watch and the Commission on Human Rights have documented the unsolved killings of over 1,424 people allegedly perpetrated by death squads in 1989-2015 in Davao City, as mentioned in the pastoral letter of Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ.
People cannot take the law in their own hands, and these death squads, as well as self-styled vigilantes who operate with impunity in other localities, must be disbanded and held accountable. Moreover, the threat of the reimposition of the death penalty has again been raised, which, rather than inhibit, will certainly further promote a culture of violence.
Respect for women.  During the election campaign and now in countless articles in the global media including the Time cover story featuring the presumptive president-elect, mention is made of the attitude and the words of disrespect to women and to women victims of rape and abuse. To say even in jest that it is all right to copy, or to cheat, or to be content with a 75 percent—that is, to be mediocre—provides a demotivating example to the young. Among the contributors to the presidential campaign are business people and financiers known to have vital interests in the extractive industries.
Respect for the people’s right to a just peace.  For countrywide development to be sustainable, the building of a just and durable peace, one that responds to our people’s needs and the aspirations of those on the margins of society, is required. The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Bangsamoro Basic Law were the fruits of rigorous peace negotiations and extensive consultations.
As I see it, incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s timeline so far has this feature: Three to six months into his term, he will have reduced criminality and corruption in the country by a substantial amount.
Then we have a second feature: Within two years, he will submit his federalism proposal to either a plebiscite or a referendum. Duterte explains that within this period, he will create a commission (Commission to Study Federalism?), whose main task (quoting from newspaper reports, which may be dangerous) would be to start the discussion on how the country could effect the shift to a federal form of government. Reader, if you are now thoroughly confused with the words “parliamentary,” “presidential,” “federal” and “unitary,” let me try to dispel the confusion. The federal system is based on the principle of subsidiarity, which is basically the idea that a central authority should have a subsidiary (that is, a supporting, rather than a subordinate) function, with the central performing only those tasks which cannot be performed effectively at a more immediate or local level. The votes of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members might matter for some contests, and some candidates.
In this contest, the INC instruction was critical, given Marcos’ current official deficit from Robredo of only about half a percentage point. In the 2010 vice-presidential race, it should be recalled, candidate Roxas, backed by the INC, was narrowly defeated by candidate Binay who surged in the homestretch.  The situation in 2016 is a photo finish again. The Senate race.  The INC slate was quite mixed, with three LPs (Franklin Drilon, Joel Villanueva, Ralph Recto), two NPCs (Vicente Sotto and Sherwin Gatchalian), four independents (Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon, Juan Zubiri, Francis Tolentino), and one each from UNA (Manny Pacquiao), Akbayan (Risa Hontiveros), and Lakas (Martin Romualdez).
In voting for senators, fully half of the INCs went for the complete recommended slate, and thus their median number of names was 12. Among the candidates endorsed by their hierarchy, there is still considerable variability in the INC vote, as seen in the table, which sequences the top 15 candidates according to their Comelec vote rank. Pangilinan and De Lima, despite not being favored by the INC hierarchy, won nonetheless.  Tolentino’s INC support was not enough to overcome De Lima’s ultimate 3-point margin over him. To sum up, in 2016 the INC votes matter for the vice-presidential contest and for one of the seats in the senatorial contest.  When fighting for every fraction of a point, politicians have to take the INC into account. Encouraged by Duterte’s blunt ways, allow us to cut to the chase: He and his team—who should not only be the best and the brightest, but also the most patriotic and compassionate, especially with poor Filipinos—should first and foremost fully implement our environment laws as effectively as he has implemented the laws in Davao City.
In his campaign speeches, Duterte repeatedly warned criminals, drug lords and the corrupt: “S-T-O-P. Can he say the same to “environment criminals,” the “pushers” and “coddlers” of illegal logging, quarrying, coal-fired power plants, mining and other environmentally destructive activities? Thus, it is vital for Duterte to include environmental protection and conservation in his top 5 agenda. If we are resource-conscious, our behavior would be reoriented for good, we would have more land space for reforestation and agriculture, clean water to drink, clean air to breathe.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s landslide election to the presidency, by all indications, is, indeed, providential. Duterte is offering the group the powerful posts of agrarian reform, labor, social welfare, and environment and natural resources. Duterte, reportedly, was a student of exiled CPP head Jose Maria Sison at the Lyceum of the Philippines, one of the centers of student activism in the late 1960s through the 1970s. To conclude, Duterte, by the providence of the Unseen Hand, should understand the lifelong struggle of Jose Maria Sison; after all, as the latter’s student, he literally rubbed  elbows (and minds) with a great Filipino. The robust economic expansion in the first quarter is seen sustainable throughout the year, prompting British financial giant Standard Chartered Bank to raise its full-year growth forecast for the Philippines to 6.4 percent. Separately, debt watcher Moody’s Investors Service said the Duterte administration’s plan to liberalize investment restrictions would augur well for growth in the next six years and could be positive to the country’s credit rating.
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Thai King Bhumibol, the world’s longest reigning monarch who is regarded as a demi-god by many Thais and considered a unifying force in a politically turbulent nation, turned 88 on December 5, 2015.
Last Saturday the palace said Bhumibol had been treated with antibiotics for a lung infection and knee inflammation. To do that we need the full support and attention of the international community,” he was quoted as saying. He was co-chair of the UN General Assembly working group on sustainable development goals, which includes the fight against climate change. Search teams spotted personal belongings of passengers and parts of the Airbus A320 about 290 kilometres (180 miles) north of Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, the military said. The error warnings also indicated that the flight control computer malfunctioned, the Journal report said. The appearance with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a $200 per head event with proceeds going towards helping Christie, a Trump ally, pay off debt from his own presidential campaign. An abandoned explosives vest was found in a dustbin in southern Paris close to where mobile phone data placed him on the night of the attacks, although his DNA was not found on it.
Peter’s Basilica on May 18, 2016 in Vatican and Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin leading a mass, on April 3, 2016 in Saint-Jean cathedral in Lyon. He has made his displeasure known through his spokesman Mike Abe, who said there should be “a correct process” when it comes to choosing Duterte’s alter egos. Not only did he apparently agree to abandon his Las Pinas constituency just like that, mere days after being reelected as their representative; worse, his new job as overseer of the Philippines’ real estate poses a blatant conflict of interest given his family’s status as one of the country’s largest property developers. But the public also has reason to raise an eyebrow at the circumstances surrounding his appointment. But Duterte has just been elected on a platform of change, with over 15 million Filipinos handing him the nation’s highest office based on his extra-blunt promise to sweep clean the Augean stables of Philippine politics and society.
But conflict of interest has nothing to do with competence; it’s integrity that’s at stake—and the clean and transparent administration that Rodrigo Duterte has promised to bring to Malacanang. Thanking his former student for the “magnanimous offer,” exiled CPP founding chair Jose Maria Sison politely declined the Cabinet positions, clarifying, however, that the offer would be studied seriously. As mayor of Davao City, he staked his political career by accommodating the New People’s Army, and backing a ban on US armed exercises in the metropolis.
Forged by compromise, these power-sharing coalitions eventually turn fractious because of incoherent policies and strategies.
The posts at stake are as strategic and critical as they involve social services, employment, land reform, and protecting the environment from development aggression. He will lead and micromanage a hard-fist antidrugs and anticrime campaign, but national security will lose steam without a peace agreement signed with the Left and capped by comprehensive social, economic, and political reforms for a just and lasting peace.
Others may interpret it as an attempt to coopt the Left by using the peace process as a ploy for capitulation. However, Duterte’s planned first moves as president converges with the Left agenda—an end to labor contractualization, rebuilding the national steel industry en route to industrialization, and tax reform, among others.
The support that Duterte expects from the Left in helping administer government affairs can be enhanced by a broad progressive movement’s representation in the local governments. How will basic disagreements on policies and strategies be reconciled to assemble a coherent six-year program? Negotiations with the National Democratic Front, which were stalled in 2013, promise to rectify past mistakes of not honoring 10 peace agreements, with both sides now expected to accelerate the process as speedily as possible. Past regimes failed to defeat the NPA because of its mass base support and also due to the government’s inability to address the roots of rebellion. Tuazon teaches at the University of the Philippines and is CenPEG’s director for policy studies.
As former education undersecretary Isagani Cruz pointed out last year, “The story of our country, as told in the K-to-12 curriculum, is a story of fighting for freedom, first against foreign invaders, then against local and foreign rulers. Cruz cited the teaching of Asian history in Grade 7, which deals with the struggles of various Asian countries against colonialism, imperialism and neocolonialism, and the teaching of European history in the context of imperialism in Grade 8.
In fact, the study of history is the best way to nurture the discipline of critical thinking in learners, in much the same way that scientific inquiry becomes second nature to students through their science subjects.
For instance, in Fidel Castro’s Cuba, education has always been a cornerstone of the Cuban Revolution. The learning approaches of these two countries differ greatly, but their education systems strongly emphasize national identity. Is the study of who we are and where we came from of such low priority that we need to crowdsource the sentiment in order to heighten its importance? And yet, it is disheartening to see how easily memes and viral videos derail intelligent public discourse, and not just among millennials.
Much has been said about how this long-overdue reform in education can benefit the Filipino people.
These include nationwide caravans by the Department of Education (DepEd) and regional dialogues by the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Cocopea), and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd).
It has accommodated a total of 41,692 SHS faculty applications for 2016 alone, well beyond the 39,000 faculty members estimated to be displaced over a period of five years. Finally, the Department of Labor and Employment will facilitate the provision of financial and livelihood assistance to displaced personnel. From P188 billion in 2010, the total education budget has nearly doubled to P371 billion in 2015, equivalent to a fifth of total new appropriations for the year.
And the thing with such massive change is that the first few, wobbly steps are also the hardest. I have drawn these reflections from the contentious election campaign that I would now like to convey to presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. In the next six years, it is imperative that we underline the message that life is sacred, and that the rule of law will prevail by putting a stop to all forms of killings, particularly summary political killings and extrajudicial executions.
The police and local authorities under whose watch these crimes have been committed must likewise be made to answer for these atrocities.
Studies of Amnesty International over four decades have repeatedly discredited the argument that it serves as a deterrent. In an imperfect justice system where unfair conditions may exist, those who are poor or marginalized, or who belong to minorities, are more likely to be sentenced to death; more often than not, it is those who have less in life who are unable to mount a proper defense. It is important to note that in politics as well as in life, “words do matter” whether said in anger or in jest. Balancing competing voices in any coalition (especially one with no clear program of government presented to the people during the campaign, and absent political parties with comprehensive platforms of government except perhaps the Communist Party of the Philippines) will present a monumental challenge. Waging peace with the CPP, National Democratic Front and New People’s Army, on the other hand, has been a labyrinthine journey that now needs to be completed to ensure that peace will prevail nationwide. Ed Garcia cosponsored the provision abolishing the death penalty as one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution.
After that, he would call for a constitutional convention (obviously through Congress, because the latter is the only one who can call it, by a vote of two-thirds of all its members). Joaquin Bernas, SJ, categorizes our present system as a “mitigated unitarism” since 1987 because the new Constitution gives the local government some powers, such as the power of local taxation and the encouragement of local autonomy. Aside from dividing powers vertically, it will require the very ticklish problem of dividing our country into states. There are quarters who say that the Constitution does not have to be amended, only the Local Government Code, and some laws, assuming that the main objective is more autonomy, and devolved powers and resources to the local government units. The INCs are notoriously slow in deciding for whom to vote.  Last Election Day, 53 percent said they made their choice for president only sometime between May 1 and May 9 itself. Robredo’s advantage over Marcos comes from the very populous Catholics, and the Muslims, who are almost as many as the INCs. The other 12 in the table, in bold type, were the INC’s recommendees; they got between 56 (Recto) and 68 (Drilon and Pacquiao) percent.
In that case De Lima would have moved up to 11th place, while Recto and Osmena would be in a tight battle for 12th.
One or two or even a hundred of them may be killed, but there will remain a thousand other hungry stomachs that could turn to crimes to get themselves filled. Duterte impressed us when, after his final rally at Luneta, which gathered the biggest crowd among the presidential candidates’ rallies, he and his supporters left the place clean of garbage. Dumps all over the country are polluting and destroying our land, water and air resources, and harming public health.
We invite the presumptive president-elect of the Philippines to join us in pursuing aggressively the use of renewable sources of energy—solar, wind, water—because air pollution kills. Is it because the memory of computer operators walking out of the Philippine International Convention Center from the canvassing of votes in the 1986 snap presidential election—after they realized that they were being made to encode erroneous data to favor his father—is still fresh in his mind? With the  mayor at the helm of the government after June 30, 2016, there is every chance that, for the first time in the turbulent history of our country and at a most crucial time, a true leader has arrived to steer a genuine government of the Filipino people, by the Filipino people and for the Filipino people.
Then Ali surprised the contestants with extremely exciting news: for the next two weeks, the contestants will heade to New Zealand. This 5k was across hilly, wet, sandy New Zealand terrain.The winner got a helicopter ride to an island with a delicious lunch awaiting them .
While home, he and his father journey back to New Zealand together so that Moses could bungee jump off the Auckland bridge. Brazilian officials still say they believe there’s a sharp increase in cases of microcephaly and strongly suspect the Zika virus, which first appeared in the country last year, is to blame. Pope Francis met with a cardinal accused of covering up for a pedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Church in France, the Vatican spokesman said on May 20, 2016.
That Quiboloy would air his disappointment in this way is startling: The two men are so close that Duterte has no qualms admitting that the evangelist regularly buys him shoes, and Quiboloy once said he was ready to lend his private jet gratis so his friend could fly home to Davao from Manila every day if necessary. Barely had the ink dried on the “coalition” agreement that Duterte’s party PDP-Laban had signed with the Nacionalista Party headed by Villar’s father, Manny Villar—the real-estate mogul, former senator and 2010 presidential candidate—than the congressman’s name was announced as the incoming head of the DPWH. His camp had fanned the expectations of a hopeful public, even those who didn’t vote for him but who quickly came to terms with his victory as the result of a vigorous democracy.
But in all other aspects, his appointment to the DPWH is a troubling throwback to the old-boys-club politics of self-interest and accommodation. Through the Marxist lens, it is more accurate to cast him as socialist-leaning and a nationalist with an unqualified sympathy for the poor.
In short, they serve as key platforms for initiating basic social and economic reforms with socialist paradigms—issues that previous pro-elite regimes failed to address. A negotiated political settlement that will accommodate a progressive agenda opens the possibility of an alliance between Duterte and the Left, which may even solidify his socialist orientation.
The basic social and economic reforms of a Duterte presidency should be grounded where community-based change-movers have long been struggling for grassroots empowerment. How, indeed, will expected resistance from the elite and diehard anticommunist elements be handled? The outcome of these talks will shape the final configuration of the coalition government and to what extent Duterte is determined to support it.
The curriculum is designed to impress upon learners that they are duty-bound to use and improve their talents and skills for the common good.
Singapore’s math and science curriculums are legendary, and its students practically dominate international assessment tests.
I’ll give you all the records, documents and photos that I have [of] martial law,” she said.
I’ve seen well-educated professionals sharing these sometimes humorous but poorly researched posts online, without even the benefit of cursory verification. But what remains contentious is how such a sweeping initiative can be sustainably implemented while also tackling its attendant challenges in the short term.
While there is certainly merit in raising these issues, we must keep in mind that fundamental to any significant change are difficulty and confusion (think of the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, or the birth of a child). A range of comprehensive support programs has been developed by government agencies in order to mitigate the adverse impact on labor and to leverage the opportunity to upgrade Philippine higher education.
It is thus inaccurate to say that the government is just willing to leave our teachers languishing during the transition. Moreover, from 461 elementary schools running on three shifts a day in 2011, we now only have 15 such schools in 2014. It is thus critical that we sustain the momentum and guarantee the optimal use of public funds.
Salazar and Dylan Dellosa are president and research director, respectively, of the Philippine Business for Education.
In fact, AI concludes that “there is no evidence that the death penalty is any more effective in reducing crime than imprisonment.” A most effective deterrent against crime is the certainty of conviction and the effective administration of justice.
Examples of prisoners sent to death row and later exonerated demonstrate that in matters of life and death, there is no room for error. It is our hope that our presumptive president-elect comes through with his renewed pledge to show a better example to our young people who are both impressionable and may easily be influenced by leaders who may seem larger than life. Reassurance has been given that no concessions will be made to friends and funders alike as quid pro quo, which remains to be seen. Diokno once put it, we have to address the underlying causes of the conflict, “jobs and justice, food and freedom.” It would also mean redressing historical injustices and ensuring respect for the dignity of the Bangsamoro and lumad  in Mindanao.
To silence the guns once and for all after nearly half a century will indeed be a lasting legacy to succeeding generations. He worked with the secretariat of Amnesty International and the London-based peace-building organization, International Alert.
Duterte, tell us how we are to measure the success (or failure) of such an effort.  What will constitute “substantial”?  The number of shoot-to-kill orders carried out? In a unitary system, the central government holds all (or most) of the power, and in a federal system, power is divided between central and local governments.


Now if there are other objectives like staying in power indefinitely, that’s something else.
This is 20 points more than the 33 percent of Catholics, 31 percent of Muslims, 30 percent of other Christians, and 32 percent of other religions, that said they decided at that time. But Tolentino would still be out, at 14th.  Thus, the one winning senatorial candidate for whom the INC votes really mattered was Recto. Some say, however, that beyond the clean surroundings of Davao City, there are still dumps. The key to managing our wastes is in valuing all our natural and manmade resources so that nothing will be wasted, everything will have its proper place.
For 30 years they have been carrying on a violent, bloody struggle to wrest control of the government, but they have never succeeded and never will they succeed. But, if they accept the offer, the first of its kind in 30 years, the insurgency can be put to an end, and the entire nation will be blessed to enjoy the benefits of true peace and untrammeled opportunities for prosperity. Austin won a special economy plus seat by answering a trivia question – how tall is the sky tower of Auckland, the tallest structure in the Southern hemisphere. Moses, Jay and Roulan did not get the option to bungee down because Moses and Roulan were over the weight requirement and Jay has a heart condition. Even though Kaylee gained 4 pounds this week, Austin and Ken lost enough weight to save the green team from elimination.
For the second year in a row they waited until the last game of the year to let Bearcat fans know their playoff fate.
The arrangement came off as naked quid pro quo: the Villar-led NP pledging to support the fledgling administration in seeming return for a powerful government post that happens to have enormous implications on the Villars’ family business. The C-5 controversy—a multibillion-peso highway project said to have been redesigned, at huge extra cost, to benefit the Villars’ housing projects—doomed his father’s presidential candidacy; now, his conflicted appointment will only cast a shadow at the very dawn of the Duterte presidency. These are the change forces that no Cabinet secretaries or political and business supporters of Duterte can promise. Garcia’s “Filipino First” policy that is now enshrined in Article XI, Section 9 of the 1987 Constitution and on the Oil Deregulation Law in Grade 9, and discussions on same-sex marriage, the Reproductive Health Law and political dynasties in Grade 10. Similarly, the DepEd’s voucher program ensures that all 3.9 million junior high school finishers will have equitable access to SHS in 2016, regardless of their school of origin.
Moreover, the proposed medieval practice of hanging desensitizes people, reflecting the barbaric methods that were condemned in the past. To move the struggle from the field of battle into the parliamentary arena will remove guns out of politics, leading to a future truly different from the past.
He taught political science at the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila, and now works at Far Eastern University Diliman. He also asserts that our presidential, unitary form of government has led to unequal distribution of wealth.
So does that mean he ultimately wants a federal, parliamentary form of government, as opposed to our current unitary, presidential? The head of government (there are exceptions) is generally chosen among the legislators, and so is the Cabinet.  Hence my dismay. While a large part of the country suffers from the heat, some parts are experiencing heavy rains and floods. We know that we have “killed” some dumps and that we have set up instead barangay ecology centers for segregation at source (households and establishments), composting, and recycling.
And he must really have such a fertile imagination to even think that the Liberal Party or specifically, Leni Robredo, cheated him while he was in sweet slumber after garnering a sizable lead in the early hours ofthe count. Their struggle has only resulted in countless deaths and suffering on both their side and government’s, without sparing civilians.
Although ken was deathly afraid of heights,  he and Bob (also deathly afraid of heights) decided they would both do it and conquer their fears.
Black team fell behind because Jay was suffering from a hamstring injury.  Both Irene and Olivia decided to give their spots up on the helicopter to Kaylee, so that she could enjoy the experience with her father. The blue team lost the weigh-in, but Irene had the highest percentage of weight loss, giving her immunity. Last year, they won their last game but lost out on the playoffs when Granbury snuck in upsetting O. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month warned pregnant women to reconsider visits to areas where Zika is present. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate in the election, lobbied for Villar to get the post instead of the trade and industry portfolio for which he had been initially eyed. The progressive movement can, and a reform agenda needs a strong and nationwide mass movement as a political backbone and development force. When they go abroad to study engineering, information technology and healthcare, they do so because they can bring back their world-class competencies for the benefit of national businesses and industries. This is why we need to talk about K-to-12’s early hurdles, if only to show that they do not warrant giving up the fight for a better basic education system for our youth.
The jailing of Jojo Binay (you promised he would be the first one you would go after, remember)? Is the parliamentary form of government his actual objective, and he is only hiding behind federalism? Wyatt There would be no such drama this year as Aledo rode the hot hand of junior guard Dawson Gates. Will we have three states (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao), or five, or seven, or 11, or 15, or 80?
Poverty will worsen and those who would resort to robbery, theft, drug pushing, murder and the like will only grow in number.
After hearing Olivia’s plea, Moses explained that he was ready to go home because Olivia needed to experience the joys of having her own family. After beginning the season 4-0, they hit some hard times the second half of district with five of seven games on the road.
Aledo had lost four straight and were 1-5 in the second half of district.The Bearcats reached back and did what they needed to turn back a hot South Hills team. It was gut check time for the Bearcats and they fulfilled the promise they showed earlier in the year in tough District 7-4A. But a parliamentary form of government will mean no more term limits, more political dynasties, and more chances to keep feudalism alive and well. Carl Williams scored 11 and Luke Bishop was also in double figures with ten points.The Bearcats will face District 8-4A Champion (24-3) Everman Bulldogs Tuesday February 18 at Brewer High School.
In other words, it will mean the triumph of  trapos  and their kin, the  buwayas  who have impoverished our country. Everman is currently ranked # 14 in Class 4A.It will be a repeat performance for the Bearcats in the playoffs under Coach Steve Smith. This year, Aledo is in the driver’s seat and can control their own playoff fate with just one more victory over surging South Hills. Granbury has been eliminated at 5-8 with a 47-45 loss to South Hills last night.
The victory for the Scorpions was their third in the last four games and has propelled them into the do-or-die final showdown with Aledo on Tuesday night. Aledo got off to another slow start against Arlington Heights. The Bearcats could only manage 19 points by halftime and were down 27-19 at the end of the first half. The Bearcats have been a second half team all season and Friday’s Senior Night home finale was no different. Arlington Heights pulled away in the fourth quarter to spoil Aledo’s Senior Night with a 52-43 victory. The game was delayed one day due to bad weather Friday night. It was the final home game for Aledo seniors Josh Bell, Sean Church, Chandler Dean, Matt Dunn, Alex Stockdale, and Carl Williams. Leading Bearcats vs.
Southwest (8-5) and Arlington Heights (8-5) are currently tied for second place in the district.
The two teams could still tie.For Aledo (6-7), it all comes down to the final game against South Hills (6-7).
Unfortunately for the Bearcats, these are two teams going in opposite  directions in the second half of district play.
Since Aledo beat South Hills at home 56-44 on January 17, the Bearcats are 1-5 while South Hills is 4-2. The Bearcats will be playing their fifth road game out of seven in the second half of district.
With Williams in the lineup for that game, we would most likely be talking about the Bearcats already clinching a playoff spot. It is what it is and what it is isn’t that bad at all.
If you recall last year, the Bearcats had to win their final game on Senior Night to have a chance at the playoffs. Nick Losos will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. The Bearcats are already going through a rough stretch on the schedule playing their third straight road game and four of the last five away from home.
On top of the schedule, they had to play undefeated district leader Trimble Tech. This will be the last trip for Aledo to the historic Billingsley Field House in Fort Worth as a member of District 7-4A.
Unfortunately, the Bearcats did not leave on a winning note as the Bulldogs defeated Aledo 64-54. The Bearcats stayed with the quick and athletic Bulldogs in a fast paced first quarter. A  I learned something from every man I met or exchanged emails with, and Lou taught me a few words in Spanish.A  Ole! Carl Williams tipped in the Dunn miss. Moments later, Matt Bishop snaked through the lane and scored on a nice drive through the lane.
The Bulldogs scored five more consecutive points giving then an 18-0 run to end the second quarter. The Bearcats have a few games where there have been some offensive lapses, but nothing compared to Wednesday night at Billingsley Field House. Spencer Franklin is a space eater in the lane and an intimidating presence as a shot blocker in the middle.One word this Bearcat team just does not have in their vocabulary is “quit”. Aledo fought back in the second half and solved the relentless full court pressure by the Bulldogs. Braxton McCoy hit three long range bombs in the third quarter and Matt Dunn added another as Aledo won the third quarter 16-14. In the fourth, Carl Williams came alive with ten points and Dakota Fisher played excellent basketball on both ends of the court. In the jumbled District 7-4A playoff race, all that has really happened is Aledo dropped from second to fourth in the district. It is a dubious position to be in because two games remain on the schedule and five teams have a shot of getting the last three playoff spots. Trimble Tech has clinched first place. Aledo (6-6) has another huge game at home Friday night against Arlington Heights (7-5).
We can take a little walk, maybe get our feet wet, and then lie on a blanket and listen to the waves. Emotions stayed in check but some Granbury fans acted like they just don’t get out that often.
It was at times a rough and ugly game held in check somewhat by the officials. Aledo was fighting from behind the entire game but kept clawing back to almost win the game. After Bishop’s basket, Granbury scored six of the next eight points with a Nick Losos basket sandwiched in between. Granbury led 13-8 and increased the lead to 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. Aledo started a comeback beginning in the second quarter. I do the same thing myself, when the mood strikes.A  And how about this for being an "in tune with women" kinda guy?A  A few days after I had ordered myself 2 new green dresses and several in black to add to my collection from a mail order company named Newport News, he sent an email asking:A  "So, what are you wearing right now? The Bearcats went to work on the offensive end with two free throws by Stockdale. Granbury scored on a nice finger roll after the two Stockdale free throws. Nick Losos scored a basket and Carl Williams got his first basket of the game with 4:29 left to play in the first.
Braxton McCoy missed the front end of a one-and- one, but Alex Stockdale got an offensive rebound and scored pulling Aledo within one 21-20. Luke Bishop sank two free throws to give Aledo its first lead of the game 21-20. Granbury was already in the one-and-one and hit both ends to go up 43-36. Aledo went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 43-43. Braxton McCoy followed with a tremendous drive down the lane scooping in a left handed layup. A  For Christ Sake!!A  How about saving the Taxpayers a buck?A  In addition to that $6 million you've already blown by hovering and covering me, and scheduling a proper Face to Base meeting in your office; at my convenience? The good crowd helped the atmosphere for the Bearcats. Granbury scored again to go up by two points. The bad news is there are a lot of teams now who can strip Aledo of a playoff spot. Whoever designed the schedule for the second half of district was a mean person. The Bearcats have to play five road games in the second half and will play their third road game in a row Wednesday night t Billingsley Field House. Aledo has lost five District 7-4A games by a total of 19 points. Aledo lost that game by six points without the services of their top scorer and rebounder Carl Williams. The Bearcats have a tough schedule the rest of the way. Dramatic, but no drama.A  Short black skirt, or long black dress?A  Heels or boots?A  Camo, or commando? They return home on Friday to play Arlington Heights who defeated Aledo 57-53 in the first half. The final game is against South Hills who have shown some improvement in the second half of the season.
Aledo defeated South Hills 56-44 in the first meeting at home. Here are the remaining games for teams either 6-5 or 5-6 in district. They play at Granbury on Friday and stay on the road for a Tuesday night showdown with district leading Trimble Tech (10-0) Tuesday at Billingsley Field House. District 7-4A is like a soap opera. All the teams are so evenly matched the games are close making predictions almost impossible.
The loss puts Granbury at 4-6 in district.The game Friday at Granbury is the biggest game of the season for Aledo’s playoff hopes.
It would clinch a playoff spot for Aledo if the Bearcats are tied with Granbury at the end of the season. Arlington Heights is at 5-4 in district. It was the largest margin of victory so far in district play and the best defensive performance limiting the Cougars to 28 points. Three Bearcats were in double figures scoring led by senior Matthew Dunn with 15 points. Point guard Luke Bishop had his best game since coming back from football with 10 points. There are no easy wins in District 7-4A. Even though the Cougars are dragging the bottom of the district, they have played some teams tough this season. Western Hills only lost to Granbury by three and played much better in the first game against Aledo when the Bearcats won 54-50. Friday night, the Bearcats made sure there would be no late game drama outscoring the Cougars 28-15 in the first half.
Until then, as in the end,there is much more to come.A A A  Once Upon a Time, a little mushroom popped through the moss covered ground of the Southeast Alaska Rainforest.
Al the other teams in district have at least an outside chance at the playoffs. Aledo is currently in second place and control their own destiny at 6-3.
The Bearcats are 1-2 on the road this season in district play. This is a huge week for the Bearcats playing two teams on the road who are still in the thick of the playoff hunt.
Aledo would own the tie-breaker over both Southwest and Granbury with two game sweeps of both teams. Arlington Heights was in the state tournament last year and are playing strong again with a 5-4 record and tied with Southwest for third place in district.
Last year Arlington Heights, third place in district, made it to the state tournament. Despite losing three senior starters, Aledo had reason for optimism entering the 2014 season. All-District players Travis Gough, Alex Riner, and Kyle Gromann all graduated off a team that tied for a playoff spot but then lost out when Granbury upset second place O.D. Taylor Johnson also led the team in rebounds, steals, and assists. Coach Smith still had some solid players returning from varsity but replacing Johnson left an unexpected big hole to fill. A high school team does not usually lose their star player before his senior year. Coach Smith already knew he would be without the services of point guard Luke Bishop until football was over. Little did he know Bishop would quarterback the Bearcat football team all the way to the Class 4A State Championship. The Bearcat basketball team also had another setback when senior Alex Stockdale decided to play football during his senior year. It was a heartwarming story about a player who never played football in his life deciding to suit up during his senior year. With Travis Gough and Matthew Ogden gone to graduation, Aledo was already a little “short” in the post position. Stockdale is a physical player who has no problem guarding taller opponents using his strength and creating position on taller players with his wide body. Bishop and Stockdale missed the first 13 games of the season including the first two district games.
Grant, Attorney at Law, Juneau, AK From Wedding Bells to Tales to Tell: The Affidavit of Eric William Swanson, my former spouse AFFIDAVIT OF SHANNON MARIE MCCORMICK, My Former Best Friend THE AFFIDAVIT OF VALERIE BRITTINA ROSE, My daughter, aged 21 THE BEAGLE BRAYS! It takes players a few games to transfer from a football mentality to a basketball regiment. Despite all the adversity, the Bearcats finished the first half of District 7-4A in second place with a 5-2 record. It was an amazing accomplishment considering all the obstacles. The key player for Aledo during their renaissance this season has been high flying senior Carl Williams. He leads the team averaging 15 points per game while shooting 64% from the floor and leading the team with a 78.9 free throw percentage. Aledo had to play the first game of the second half of district without their star player. The Bearcats easily defeated the Chaparrals in the first half of district 73-63 with Williams pouring in 31 points. Every game counts in the tough district race. Coach Smith has found a way to make lemonade out of lemons his entire tenure as the Bearcat head basketball coach. Alex Stockdale is getting his basketball legs back and has averaged 4.7 rebounds per game in six district contests.
Luke Bishop leads the team with four assists per game in district play. Catch the Bearcats at home this Friday at Bearcat Gym against Western Hills. Worth, TX—The Aledo Bearcats went on the road and lost their second close district game in a row 57-53 against the Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets. The loss comes on the heels of a heart breaking loss to Trimble Tech 48-46. Aledo started out the season 4-0 and still is in great position for a playoff spot in District 7-4A especially if they can get back to their winning ways against South Hills at home on Friday night. A win would put the Bearcats in a commanding position for the playoffs with a 5-2 record during the first half of district play. Aledo took a 23-33 lead into halftime before being outscored 19-13 in the third quarter. Aledo’s first basket came on a three-pointer by Matthew Dunn with 4:30 left to play in the first quarter. He made one of two free throws sending Alex Stockdale to the bench with his third foul. Nick Losos came in and crated some excitement for the crowd with a blocked shot and steal. To make matters worse, a horrible charging call on Carl Williams with 5:36 to play waived off a basket for Aledo. The Bearcats came up with the ball after a mad scramble and a tie ball with the possession going to the Bearcats. Besides being down by two points, the other problem for the Bearcats was the clock. The clock only resets to seconds, not tenths of seconds. In the pandemonium over the clock, fans and some players from Trimble Tech drifted over and would not leave the Aledo bench area. Aledo scored seconds later putting the Bearcats up by three.Bearcats Complete Improbable Fourth Quarter Comeback to Defeat Granbury 41-37Behind by six with under three minutes to play, Aledo goes on 9-0 runBig game vs. Nick Losos kept Aledo in the game with six first quarter points off the bench. Alex Stockdale did the heavy lifting in the third quarter with five points as Aledo’s defense shut down the Pirates allowing only six points.
HELL'S BELLS: THE TELLS OF THE ELVES RING LOUD AND CLEAR IDENTITY THEFT, MISINFORMATION, AND THE GETTING THE INFAMOUS RUNAROUND Double Entendre and DoubleSpeak, Innuendos and Intimidation, Coercion v Common Sense, Komply (with a K) v Knowledge = DDIICCKK; Who's Gunna Call it a Draw? The basket and free throw not only cut Granbury’s lead to one, the foul was on Granbury’s big man Mitchell may sending him to the bench after fouling out.Aledo made a defensive stop and Coach Smith was able to call a time out retaining possession for Aledo before the referee called a jump ball.
Matt Dunn put the game on ice hitting one more free throw to give Aledo a 41-37 win.It was a huge win for Aledo to keep them undefeated this season at 4-0.
The Bearcats play undefeated Trimble Tech at home Friday night for sole possession of first place in District 7-4A. Arlington Heights is also a factor in district play at (3-1) and still have Aledo and Trimble Tech in the first half schedule. Aledo still has Heights, Trimble Tech, and South hills in the first half of District 7-4A.
Trimble Tech Cedar Park- Game 1 Bishop Amat- Game 2 Monterey Tech- Game 3 Joshua- Game 4 Burleson Centennial- Game 5 Everman- Game 6 Crowley- Game 7 Burleson- Game 8 Granbury- Game 9 Cleburne- Game 10 Byron Nelson Scrimmage Tanner Heppel # 3 Sr.
Boswell Playoff Game # 3- Canyon Playoff Game # 4- Wichita Falls Playoff Game # 5 Ennis Playoff Game # 6- Brenham Denton Guyer Scrimmage 2013 Game 1-Highland Park Game 2- Stephenville Game 3- Prepa Tech Game 4- Arlington Heights Game 5- South Hills Game 6- O.D. Wyatt Game 7- Western Hills Game 8- Southwest Game 9- Granbury Game 10- Trimble Tech Brock Parker # 1 Sr.



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