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Kiefer Ravena a changed man in basketball return

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:32 AM

Suspended by FIBA for more than a year, the 25-year-old guard grows into a 'stronger, wiser, and better person'

GETTING THERE. Kiefer Ravena inches closer to the time he can don the Gilas Pilipinas jersey again. Photo from FIBA


UNESCO title seen to help safeguard Palawan's imperiled mountain range

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List since 2015. Local officials say its potential inscription will add 'another layer of protection' to the area.

IRREPLACEABLE. Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape is the highest peak in the province, standing at 2,086 meters above sea level. Photo by MMPL Protected Area Office

BTS fans get chance to manage their idols in new game

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:28 PM

BTS World – set to release on June 26 – is a role-playing game where the user is the band manager, recruiting and training the musicians and guiding the group in their quest for stardom

Scottie begs off from Gilas, says Guiao

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:56 PM

According to Yeng Guiao, Scottie Thompson wants to improve first before he returns to the national team

GET BETTER. Scottie Thompson leaves Gilas Pilipinas looking for other quality guards. File photo from Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Kiefer Ravena marks basketball return by joining Gilas practice

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Sidelined for more than a year, the 25-year-old guard tries to make up for lost time as he is set to take over the point guard role left by Jayson Castro

BACK TO BUSINESS. Kiefer Ravena joins Gilas Pilipinas for the first time in more than a year. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Thurman looks past Pacquiao, says he wants to fight Spence

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Keith Thurman claims he will 'crucify' Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight unification bout

WORD WAR. Keith Thurman proclaims he will make 'easy work' of Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Darnell Ellerbe/Mayweather Promotions


Kiefer 'most logical choice' to take Castro spot for Gilas, says Guiao

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Jayson Castro will not be seeing action in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, and Yeng Guiao expects a familiar face in Kiefer Ravena to help fill that void

BETTER THAN BEFORE. Kiefer Ravena says he has grown 'tougher' from his FIBA-imposed suspension. Photo from FIBA


Bolick, Perez new additions to Gilas pool for FIBA World Cup

Jun 23, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Yeng Guiao says he doesn't discount the possibility of Robert Bolick and CJ Perez cracking the Magic 12 for the global hoops showdown

YOUNG GUNS. Robert Bolick and CJ Perez may contend for spots in Gilas Pilipinas' lineup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photos from PBA Images


World Cup in ASEAN's sights in '15 years' – Thai FM

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Southeast Asian nations hope to bring for the first time in the region football's biggest spectacle by launching a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup

CHAMPS. French players celebrate their World Cup triumph in the 2018 edition in Russia. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Skin deep: Japan's 'washi' paper torn by modern life

Jun 22, 2019 - 4:30 PM

At a small workshop in western Japan, Hiroyoshi Chinzei, a fourth-generation traditional paper maker, creates washi with a unique purpose that may help revive interest – both at home and abroad

This picture taken on March 15, 2019 shows Hidaka Washi president Hiroyoshi Chinzei, a fourth-generation traditional paper maker, displaying the world's thinnest paper at his factory in Hidaka, Kochi prefecture, some 640 kilometres (400 miles) southwest of Tokyo. Once indispensible for the daily life of Japanese, washi -- literally "Japanese paper" -- was used not only for writing and painting but also for sliding doors, room dividers, lampshades and umbrellas. Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

UN slams Sudan protesters for attacks on Darfur premises

Jun 22, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Protesters attack properties of the World Food Program and aid agency World Vision

Sudanese protesters gesture and chant slogans outside Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019 after security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in. - General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, interim leader of Sudan where security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in in a deadly operation Monday, was largely unknown until seven weeks ago. A doctors' committee said at least 13 people were killed as gunfire echoed from the protest site outside army headquarters in central Khartoum. (Photo by Ebrahim Hamid / AFP)

Is Jayson Castro retiring from Gilas? 'Maybe'

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:19 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas veteran – twice named as the best point guard in Asia – reveals he wants to dedicate his time to his family

MULLING RETIREMENT. Jayson Castro may have seen the end of his international career. Photo from FIBA


GAME SCHEDULE: Gilas Youth at FIBA U19 World Cup 2019

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:22 PM

The tallest Gilas Youth team sizes up to lofty expectations in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup

Parks: Declining Gilas invite in respect of Blackwater, national team players

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Ray Parks denies that he turned down the offer to join Gilas Pilipinas' pool due to 'other priorities,' as what Yeng Guiao said

TOP PICK. Ray Parks has been tearing it up in the PBA for Blackwater. Photo from PBA Images


Palicte surprised by ref stoppage in world title loss to Ioka

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:44 PM

The defeat marks the second time Aston Palicte fell short of his bid to become a world champion

FAILED BID. Aston Palicte falls prey to Kazuto Ioka. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Parks turned down invitation to join Gilas pool, says Guiao

Jun 20, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Ray Parks has donned the national colors in the past a myriad times, helping the Philippines win 3 SEA Games and 1 SEABA gold medals

ROOKIE VET. Ray Parks continues to put up impressive numbers in the PBA for Blackwater. Photo from PBA Images


Migrants in limbo off Italy as world marks Refugee Day

Jun 20, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 remains stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12

MIGRATION. An alleged work by British street artist Banksy depicting a migrant child wearing a lifejacket holding a pink flare, is painted on the outer wall of a house overlooking the canal Rio de Ca Foscari, in Venice, on May 21, 2019. Photo by Marco Sabadin/AFP

Crumbling roads, grids cost poor nations billions due to storms – World Bank

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The World Bank says the effects of disasters in low- and middle-income nations are worsened by poor management of bridges, roads, and electricity grids

A police line is placed at a damaged bridge following torrential rain in Bogor, West Java on April 28, 2019. Photo by Rangga Firmansyah/AFP

UN on World Refugee Day: Bring forward our 'shared values as human beings'

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:48 PM

The United Nation Human Rights Office for Southeast Asia says it is time to abandon a narrative founded on prejudice and fear when dealing and protecting the rights of all refugees

Rohingya refugees, who landed on an isolated northern shore near the Malaysia-Thai border, huddle in a group in Kangar on March 1, 2019, following their detention by Malaysian immigration authorities. - Thirty-four Rohingya landed on an isolated beach in Malaysia on March 1, police said, the first group of the Muslim minority caught arriving in the country by sea for almost a year. (Photo by ISMAEL KAMALDIN / AFP)

Reforms, transparency needed for Belt and Road success – World Bank

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The World Bank says China's Belt and Road Initiative has the potential to boost trade and investment, but only if China and other nations make policy reforms

BELT AND ROAD. Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) and other leaders pose for a group photo session at a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 26, 2019. Photo by Jason Lee/Pool/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Treating patients in world's largest refugee settlement

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:42 PM

How do you address the needs of 900,000 Rohingya refugees, who are vulnerable to serious health risks like infections, outbreaks, and psychiatric conditions?

DAILY WORK. Healthcare workers from Médecins Sans Frontières walk along a bamboo bridge to start their work of providing medical care to refugees. All photos courtesy of Médecins Sans Frontières

South Korea to send 50,000 tons of rice to North

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:14 AM

It will be the first time the South provides food aid to the North since 2010, when it sent 5,000 tons of rice across the border

People take part in an annual rice planting event in Nampho City in Chongsan-ri, near Nampho on May 12, 2019. The event takes place every May 12 to mark the occasion in 1971 when late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il planted rice in the area. KIM Won Jin / AFP

France has lowest levels of trust in vaccines globally – poll

Jun 19, 2019 - 1:31 PM

A third (33%) of French people do not agree that immunization is safe, according to the poll of more than 140,000 people across 144 countries.

WWE returns to Manila in September 2019

Jun 19, 2019 - 1:24 PM

WWE is set to hold another show in the Philippines after 3 years

BACK IN MANILA. WWE superstars will make a splash again in Manila in September 2019. Poster from Wilbros Live Facebook page

Population of Earth to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 – United Nations

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The study paints a picture of a future in which a handful of countries see their populaces surge as life expectancy lengthens while the global growth rate slows amid declining fertility rates

Women's World Cup: Norway in last 16, France and Germany top groups

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Norway edges out South Korea for a spot in the last 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

NEXT ROUND. Norway defeats South Korea 2-1 in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo from Caroline Graham Hansen's Twitter

Gilas looking at Ravena as Castro status uncertain for FIBA World Cup

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Kiefer Ravena, whose suspension from FIBA ends in August, can make it just in time for the global hoops showdown

WAITING GAME. Kiefer Ravena may don the national colors in the near future. Photo from FIBA


Not just Kai or AJ: Teamwork key for Gilas youth in FIBA U19 World Cup

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:09 AM

The Philippines will have its work cut out for it in the global hoops showdown as it faces heavyweights Argentina, host country Greece and Russia in the first round

TWIN TOWERS. Kai Sotto (middle) and AJ Edu (right) are expected to be the cornerstones of the Gilas Pilipinas youth in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Palicte braces for world title battle vs Ioka

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Aston Palicte has his sights set on the WBO super flyweight belt vacated by fellow countryman Donnie Nietes

RACKING IT UP. Aston Palicte seeks his 26th win in his professional career. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler


Jayson Castro could miss Gilas campaign in FIBA World Cup

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Yeng Guiao says Jayson Castro has begged off from national team duties due to 'personal priorities'

KEY COG. Jayson Castro has played a pivotal role in helping the Philippines reach the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time. Photo from FIBA


Record-breaking Lloyd propels USA into FIFA World Cup last 16

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Carli Lloyd now holds the distinction as the first player to score in 6 consecutive women's FIFA World Cup matches

SCORING MACHINE. Carli Lloyd adds another two goals to her tally. Photo from FIFA Women's World Cup's Twitter account (@FIFAWWC)


Raptors coach Nurse to guide Canada in FIBA World Cup

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

After leading the Raptors to an NBA title as a rookie coach, Nick Nurse will test his mettle in the international scene

ONE OF A FEW. Nick Nurse becomes the ninth rookie coach in NBA history to steer a team to a championship. Photo from NBA.com


PH faces tough draw in men's softball world championships

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The RP Blu Boys will test their mettle against defending champion New Zealand and Asian champion Japan

CHALLENGING. The RP Blu Boys aim to make it to the top 4 of Group A. Photo from release

WHO emergency panel meets on Ebola after Uganda deaths

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The current Ebola crisis, which began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last August, has recorded more than 2,000 cases, including 1,411 deaths

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

LIST: Activities in PH for World Blood Donor Day 2019

Jun 13, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Want to participate in World Blood Donor Day? Here's a running list of activities.

13-0 win 'part of growing the game,' says USA football captain

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Team USA records the biggest win in Women's World Cup history as Alex Morgan scores 5 goals in a 13-0 demolition of hapless Thailand

DISRESPECT? Alex Morgan (center) and Megan Rapinoe (right) whoop it up after a goal, but the Americans have also received criticisms for their wild goal celebrations in the one-sided game versus Thailand. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DR Congo

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The World Health Organization confirms that Uganda has now recorded 3 cases of Ebola, in the first spread across the country's porous western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Harden, Davis among NBA stars set for USA World Cup camp

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'We've got an excellent cross-section of veteran USA Basketball and NBA players,' says Team USA coach Gregg Popovich

BIG NAMES. NBA stars James Harden and Anthony Davis headline Team USA’s 20-man pool. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: K-pop World Music Festival 2019

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Missed out on the concert? We got you covered!

World No. 1 China ends Gilas girls’ magic run in U18 World Cup

Jun 07, 2019 - 3:29 PM

China's firepower prove too strong for the Philippine 3x3 girls team

WHO alarmed at STD spread in the era of dating apps

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The World Health Organization says in a fresh report that every day globally there are more than one million new cases of treatable sexually transmitted diseases or infections

World leaders mark 75 years since D-Day on Normandy's beaches

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Tens of thousands of French and foreign visitors, many donning WWII uniforms or driving vintage military vehicles, have converged on Normandy to honor the veterans

VETERANS. Canadian veterans stand for the National Anthem during the international ceremony on Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, northwestern France, on June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. Photo by Guillaume Souvant/AFP

China toughens up for FIBA World Cup with army drills

Jun 06, 2019 - 6:18 PM

Bent on a solid World Cup run, host China's basketball team swaps its training court for army barracks

ASIAN REPS. China and the Philippines are two of the 8 teams from Asia that qualified in the 2019 World Cup. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

IMF's Lagarde: Resolving trade tensions 'immediate priority' for G20

Jun 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde describes the United States and China's tit-for-tat tariffs as 'self-inflicted wounds that must be avoided'

Signs with the US flag and Chinese flag are seen outside a store selling foreign goods in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province on September 19, 2018. - China on September 18 announced tariffs on US goods worth $60 billion in retaliation for President Donald Trump's decision to slap duties on $200 billion in Chinese products next week. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Clutch Gilas girls crash World Cup quarters, face China next

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:19 PM

After absorbing a record loss, the Gilas girls bounce back big to march on to the World Cup quarterfinals

STUNNER. Karl Ann Pingol and the Gilas girls vie to pull off another upset in the knockout round. Photo from FIBA

Trump, Queen lead emotional tributes to D-Day heroes

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944, famously known as D-Day, led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) reacts as she sits with US President Donald Trump an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. - US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and 300 veterans are to gather on the south coast of England on Wednesday for a poignant ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Other world leaders will join them in Portsmouth for Britain's national event to commemorate the Allied invasion of the Normandy beaches in France -- one of the turning points of World War II. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP)

Humans consume 'tens of thousands' of plastic pieces each year

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:36 PM

'The most effective way to reduce human consumption of microplastics will likely be to reduce the production and use of plastics,' authors of a recent study say

Image via Shutterstock

Meggie Ochoa bags bronze in 2019 World Jiu-jitsu Championship

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Meggie Ochoa misses a shot at a gold after getting disqualified due to a technicality

VYING FOR GOLD. Meggie Ochoa turns her focus to winning a gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo from Instagram (@jjfphilofficial)

Trump, queen, and world leaders remember D-Day heroes

Jun 05, 2019 - 7:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944 led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

D-DAY. (L to R) Philip May, husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel attend an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

On World Environment Day, groups intensify campaign vs Kaliwa Dam

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:27 PM

In celebration of World Environment Day, groups opposing the construction of Kaliwa Dam start their campaign to convince President Duterte to revoke the contract to build

Various groups converged to campaign against the construction of New Centennial Water Source Kaliwa dam on World Environment Day, June 5. Photo by Anna Mogato/ Rappler