BALITANG MARINO DAILY NEWS for June 9, 2021

BALITANG MARINO DAILY NEWS for June 9, 2021

HEADLINES

Pandemic shakes up rankings of world’s most liveable cities

Media, government websites worldwide hit by outages

Retail Sales Continues to Drive Import Volumes at Major US Ports

Scotland Bars Cruise Ships Day Before First Arrival was Scheduled

LNG-powered Mardi Gras makes U.S. debut docking

Metro Manila, parts of Luzon, W. Visayas to experience more rain showers, thunderstorms due to ‘habagat’ — PAGASA

PH elected vice president of United Nations General Assembly

Masbate bomb attack a war crime, perpetrators subject to int’l prosecution —HRW

Duterte: Reds asked for too much

DOTr, OWWA sign agreement to help displaced OFWs

Duterte backs restoration of death penalty for heinous crimes

Miss Universe Philippines adjusts age requirement for 2021 final call

Liam Payne confirms split with fiancée Maya Henry

Angel Locsin asks fans to wish her luck as she starts weight-loss journey

Nikola Jokic lowest NBA draft pick ever to win MVP award

Nadal, Djokovic sail through

Eala-Selekhmeteva make French Open QF

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Pandemic shakes up rankings of world’s most liveable cities

June 9 —— The pandemic has shaken up the rankings of the world’s most liveable cities, a study released on Wednesday showed, with metropolises in Australia, Japan and New Zealand leaping ahead of those in Europe. Auckland tops The Economist’s annual survey of the world’s most liveable cities in 2021 followed by Osaka and Tokyo in Japan, Adelaide in Australia and Wellington in New Zealand, all of which had a swift response to the Covid pandemic.

“Auckland rose to the top of the ranking owing to its successful approach in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, which allowed its society to remain open and the city to score strongly,” the Economist Intelligence Unit said. In contrast, “European cities fared particularly poorly in this year’s edition.”

“Vienna, previously the world’s most liveable city between 2018-20, fell to 12th. Eight of the top ten biggest falls in the rankings are European cities,” according to the study. The biggest fall overall among the European cities was the port city of Hamburg in northern Germany, which fell 34 places to 47th. The trend was motivated by a “stress on hospital resources” which the study said increased for most German and French cities and resulted in a “deteriorated healthcare score”.

Pressure on European health systems also had a knock-on effect on culture and overall liveability because of restrictions on movement, the Economist said. The most notable rise was recorded by Honolulu, Hawaii, in the United States, which came 14th in the ranking and moved up 46 places because of its containment of the pandemic and fast vaccination programme. Damascus remains the city where life is most difficult because of Syria’s ongoing civil war.

Source: mb.com.ph

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Media, government websites worldwide hit by outages

PARIS, France, June 9 —— Several media, government and social sites such as the UK government, the White House and Reddit suffered temporary outages on Tuesday due to a glitch in cloud computing services provider Fastly. Fastly said “the issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return.” Access to many sites were restored around 1044 GMT but others were still affected.

Messages such as “Error 503 Service Unavailable” and “connection failure” appeared on the websites of CNN, the Financial Times, The Guardian, France’s Le Monde newspaper, Italy’s Corriere delle Serra and Spanish daily El Mundo as well as social and entertainment site Reddit. The White House and gov.uk websites had an error message but were available again later.

The BBC and the New York Times were temporarily inaccessible, but also later returned. A number of websites were down in the Nordic region including those of Swedish newspapers Aftonbladet and Svenska Dagbladet, news aggregator site Omni, as well as the site of the Swedish social security service Forsakringskassan. In Denmark, the website of TV2.dk was also down before later returning. Down Detector, which specializes in internet access problems, said the outages were due to a massive glitch in Fastly.

Fastly is a content delivery network that helps websites speed up loading times and present their content to users. Its clients include Deliveroo, Pinterest and Shazam.

Source: philstar.com

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MARITIME NEWS

Retail Sales Continues to Drive Import Volumes at Major US Ports

June 9 —— Strong retail sales as US consumers return to stores with COVID-19 restrictions being relaxed are continuing to drive record import numbers and contribute to the record-setting volumes across America’s largest container ports. According to the National Retail Federation, the volumes are on track to set new records for the year. The retail trade association, however, notes the continued disruptions to the supply chain and the potential to cause challenges as retailers prepare for the busy fall and holiday season sales periods. “Vaccine rates are increasing, shoppers are back in stores and retail supply chains are working overtime,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “There’s no shortage of demand from consumers, but there continue to be shortages of labor, equipment and shipping capacity to meet that demand. Supply chain disruptions, port congestion, and rising shipping costs could continue to be challenges through the end of the year.”

The NRF’s monthly Global Port Tracker, which reports on import volumes at the US’s busiest ports, forecasts that container volumes will be up over 35 percent year-over-year for the first six months of 2021. While year-ago volumes were impacted by the disruptions caused to the supply chain in 2020, the NRF highlights the continuing monthly growth in 2021 as a sign of the strength of retail sales. March 2021 set a record for the most containers imported during a single month since NRF began tracking imports in 2002. The trend continued with by far the busiest April on record and for May the NRF is forecasting a combined import total of 2.32 million TEU at the US’s largest ports.

The NRF Port Tracker continues to see strong growth into the summer of 2021. Monthly TEU volume could be up over 30 percent in June but with the recovery having begun a year ago, the NRF forecasts a moderation of growth falling to 7.5 percent in August and just 1.7 percent in September. According to the forecast, October 2021 could be the first year-over-year decline since July 2020. The NRF predicts just over two million TEU for a decline of 6.5 percent in October. “Supply chains are finding it difficult to keep up with demand as shipping capacity struggles,” says Ben Hackett founder of Hackett Associates that produces the monthly forecast. He notes disruptions to shipping schedules due to congestion and a lack of equipment, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on port operations.

Fears are continuing to grow over the potential for disruptions and delays due to the current challenges at China’s Yantian port. The container terminal continues to struggle with restrictions and disruptions after an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Chinese province. Maersk today again warned customers that it expects “continued terminal congestion and vessel delays upwards of 14 days in the coming week,” at the Yantian terminal. Other reports indicate that the delays may be spreading to other ports as carriers have begun to divert vessels. Despite the pandemic and recent challenges to the supply chain, the NRF says that the six-month total for container imports is expected to put 2021 on track to easily beat 2020’s full-year total of 22 million TEU, which was up 1.9 percent over 2019.

Source: maritime-executive.com

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Scotland Bars Cruise Ships Day Before First Arrival was Scheduled

June 9 —— In a last-minute decision, the Scottish Government announced today that it decided to keep its ports closed to large cruise ships at this time despite progress in controlling COVID-19. The decision came the day before the first large ship in the UK’s summer domestic cruise restart program was due to arrive in Greenock. Briefing the Scottish Parliament on the broader situation of COVID-19 across the region, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the overall condition as “still fragile.” During the update, she said that “while all of these signs are very positive, there is a need for continued caution.”

Based on the current situation, the Scottish Government decided that domestic cruises would only be permitted to restart when all of Scotland reaches “level one” on its scale of zero to four. While the county where the port of Greenock is located is currently at level one, parts of Scotland remain at level two and there are still some restrictions for travel within Scotland and across the United Kingdom. The government referenced the risks “between both cruises and the wider travel context,” according to a BBC report. The government noted that it understood “the impact of the current restrictions on domestic cruises,” but said it had been clear in its policy that it would determine its position on cruises at the beginning of June based on the current status of the efforts to combat the virus.

The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association, which represents Scotland’s travel sector, issued a statement condemning the decision and the potential impact of Scottish businesses by denying the return of cruises visiting the ports or embarking passengers in Scotland. England permitted domestic cruises for UK residents to resume under tight restrictions in May, but said the decision would remain with the local authorities. “We’re now facing the situation where Scottish passengers who joined the cruise in Liverpool are barred from setting foot in their own country,” said Joanne Dooey, president of The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA). “The Scottish Government has effectively closed the country’s borders to anything other than road travel. The irony is that any of these passengers can get in a car and drive from Southampton to Inverclyde with no testing, border control, or vaccinations.”

The first cruise ship to be impacted is MSC Cruises’ MSC Virtuosa, which is making its first cruise around the British Isles this week after start short cruises from Southampton. The cruise ship, which has a normal capacity of 6,000 passengers, is currently sailing with approximately 900 passengers due to the limitations imposed by the British government. The SPAA said that it understands three-quarters of the passengers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as MSC’s crew, and that the cruise line is administering COVID-19 testing for passengers and crew as well as other precautions. The MSC Virtuosa was in Liverpool today and scheduled to arrive in Greenock on June 9 for an approximately 10-hour stop. The SPAA reports that approximately 300 passengers were expected to go ashore for excursions, as well as some passengers that were to disembark and others to embark in Scotland. The MSC Virtuosa is operating a 7-day loop cruising between Southampton, Liverpool, Greenock, Belfast, and the Isle of Portland.

The SPAA reported that MSC sent a message to passengers saying “Due to the latest Scottish Government Covid-19 restrictions and regulations … we are sorry to inform you that the port call of Greenock has been canceled. No guests are allowed to embark or disembark… This decision has been made by the Scottish Government and is out of our control.” Travel agents in Scotland have also been informed that departures from Greenock on June 16 and 23 have also been canceled. A spokesperson for MSC confirmed to the BBC that the port call had been canceled, but said they hoped cruise calls in Scotland can commence soon. The MSC Virtuosa extended its stay in Liverpool for a second day. Other cruise lines had also planned to cruise from Scotland as part of the summer restart of domestic cruising for UK passengers.

Source: maritime-executive.com

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LNG-powered Mardi Gras makes U.S. debut docking

June 9 —— Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, the first LNG-fueled cruise ship in the Americas, has docked at Cape Carnival, Florida. Mardi Gras is a 180, 000 gross tonnage, LNG-powered cruise ship, belonging to the world’s largest cruise ship operator Carnival Cruise Line. The 5,200-passenger ship was constructed by Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku. The newbuild bears the same name as Carnival Cruise Line’s first ship launched in 1972.

Mardi Gras made the U.S. debut docking on 4 June 2021 at Port Canaveral Cruise’s Terminal 3, built specifically for this vessel. The ship was joined by Carnival Freedom and Carnival Liberty. Mardi Gras will sail year-round from Port Canaveral, offering seven-day itineraries to the eastern and western Caribbean.

Source: offshore-energy.biz

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PHILIPPINE NEWS

Metro Manila, parts of Luzon, W. Visayas to experience more rain showers, thunderstorms due to ‘habagat’ — PAGASA

June 9 —— The southwest monsoon or “habagat” will continue to affect Luzon and Western Visayas, while the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) will prevail over the rest of the country in the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday afternoon, June 8. Weather specialist Joey Figuracion said scattered habagat rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced in Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Cavite, Batangas, Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Central Luzon, and Western Visayas.

PAGASA warned against possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered moderate to at times heavy rains in these areas. Figuracion said the rest of the country will have generally fair weather conditions apart from isolated afternoon or evening rain showers or thunderstorms. He advised the public to remain alert against possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Meanwhile, the low pressure area off the coast of Eastern Samar has already dissipated.

PAGASA has not issued a gale warning on Tuesday afternoon thus fisherfolk and those using small seacraft are safe to sail. However, Figuracion still advised fisherfolk and seafarers to observe caution during severe thunderstorms, which are most often accompanied by strong winds and could trigger big waves.

Source: mb.com.ph

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PH elected vice president of United Nations General Assembly

June 9 —— The Philippines was elected as one of the Vice-Presidents of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for the period 2021-2022 during a vote by acclamation on Monday, June 7, 2021. A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs said the election for the Vice-Presidents was held following the election for President of the UNGA of the 76th session, in which Minister Abdullah Shahid of the Maldives was also elected after a secret ballot in view of the seat being contested, with Dr. Zalmai Rassoul of Afghanistan as the other PGA candidate.

Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Enrique Manalo will represent the Philippines at the said session. “I look forward to working with the President of the General Assembly and representing the Philippines as Vice-President of the 76th Session. Together with the other Vice-Presidents, I will work collaboratively with colleagues to contribute efficiently towards addressing the complex issues the UN faces,” Manalo said.

It was learned that the Philippine nomination as Vice-President was endorsed by the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) through a silence procedure held on May 2021, along with the other three (3) VP candidates to represent the 54-Member States of the Asia-Pacific Group: Bangladesh, Kuwait, and Laos PDR. There are 18 vice presidents across all regions, which include the African Group (AG), Group of the Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC), Western European and Other States Group (WEOG), Eastern European Group (EEG), also elected by acclamation.

Established in 1945, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the United Nations comprising of all 193 Members of the United Nations. It provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law.

Source: mb.com.ph

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Masbate bomb attack a war crime, perpetrators subject to int’l prosecution —HRW

June 9 —— Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday said the communist rebels’ bomb attack in Masbate using an improvised explosive device planted on the ground constitutes a war crime. In a statement, HRW senior Philippine researcher Carlos Conde said the use of anti-personnel landmines are prohibited in the Philippines under the Mine Ban Treaty. “The killing of a labor leader and a football player by an IED planted by the New People’s Army shows the terrible threat such weapons pose to all civilians,” he said.

“The use of anti-personnel landmines, which are prohibited in the Philippines under the Mine Ban Treaty, is a war crime,” he added. According to Conde, the perpetrators behind the attack are subject to criminal prosecution not only in the Philippines but also in courts around the world. On Sunday, college football player Kieth Absalon, 21, and his relative Nolven were killed in the bomb and gun attack perpetrated by the NPA. Nolven’s 16-year-old son also sustained injuries from the explosion.

The Communist Party of the Philippines and the NPA expressed remorse over the incident, with CPP spokesman Marco Valvuena attributing it to “errors of an NPA unit.” “The entire CPP and NPA express deep remorse and take full responsibility for the untimely deaths of cousins Kieth and Nolven Absalon,” Valvuena said. Commission on Human Rights spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia, meanwhile, strongly condemned the attack. “The use of anti-personnel landmines is a violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL),” she said in a statement.

“Not only do they cause exceptionally severe injuries, suffering, and death, [but] anti-personnel landmines also fail to distinguish between civilians and combatants, such as what happened in this case,” she added. She pointed out that even non-state entities such as the NPA “are bound to respect IHL, alongside the government.” The Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines both have announced that they were conducting a manhunt for the suspects behind the blast.

On Tuesday, three alleged members of the NPA who were suspects in the bomb attack were killed during hot pursuit operations conducted by government forces.

Source: gmanetwork.com

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Duterte: Reds asked for too much

June 9 —— President Rodrigo Duterte said he does not want to resume peace talks with communist rebels, saying they ask for too much from the government. In an interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City, Duterte claimed communist rebels have demanded a coalition government. “Ayaw ko na makipag-usap eh kasi arogante. I mean, I reviewed with the military. Sabi ko sa military, i-review and bigyan ako ng recommendation,” Duterte said.

“So ni-review nila at ni-review ko ulit. Tama sila na it might appear that the participation of the governance is just too much. Too much has been asked. Parang noon economic policies of the country, they would be a part of it, like a coalition government. Hindi puwede ‘yon,” the president added. In April last year, Duterte scrapped the peace talks with the National Democratic Front, the political arm of the group. Duterte made the remark as he accused the New People’s Army of killing soldiers on humanitarian missions amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Source: gmanetwork.com

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DOTr, OWWA sign agreement to help displaced OFWs

MANILA, Philippines, June 9 —— The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has signed an agreement with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to help displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) find jobs in various transport projects being undertaken nationwide. The agreement seeks to provide OFWs displaced by the pandemic with employment opportunities in the DOTr through seamless reintegration.

Under the agreement, the DOTr will provide OWWA with a list of vacant positions and skills required where an OFW can apply for work. The DOTr will also be informing OWWA of other projects that may benefit OFWs. “This agreement will serve a dual purpose. First, our repatriated OFWs who are out of work will be able to work under the DOTr and they will be here in their own country. They no longer need to go out of the country because work is here at home,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

“Second, we will not be looking elsewhere in getting the needed work force to finish various infrastructure projects,” Tugade said. As countries deal with the pandemic, the employment of many OFWs were affected, forcing them to return home, he said. Tugade urged former OFWs to make use of available employment opportunities, especially those under the government’s Build Build Build initiative. He said he wanted OFWs and displaced workers in the transport sector to be hired in DOTr projects.

Tugade said he instructed contractors of ongoing projects to prioritize hiring of these individuals, should they be found qualified. He said 200 former OFWs are employed in the PNR Clark Phase 1 project. He said 2,000 more jobs would be made available to prioritize not only OFWs, but also displaced public utility drivers and conductors, once the project becomes operational.

‘Jobs abound’

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said despite the pandemic, jobs abound for OFWs. POEA chief Bernard Olalia said over 15,000 jobs are available during the online job fair to be mounted by the agency on June 12. Olalia said the POEA is holding the online job fair to commemorate the country’s Independence Day. Olalia said vacancies are also open for Filipino seafarers.

Jobseekers may visit the POEA website to register and submit digital copy of application as well as requirements. “Wait for the call of the licensed recruitment agency for the interview,” Olalia said. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported that thousands of local jobs are also available for jobseekers. Data from the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment showed a total of 1,111 slots open for call center agents and 1,021 for tutors.

DOLE said there are also job openings for production workers, technical support staff and street sweepers as well as machine operators, cashiers, nurses and sales representatives. Applicants may coordinate with the Public Employment Service Office of their local government unit. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the labor market condition is expected to improve with the rollout of COVID vaccines for essential workers. Bello attributed the increase in the number of jobless people in April to the imposition of stricter community quarantine.

“This had significantly affected the April 2021 Labor Force Survey (LFS) result as businesses and mobility of workers were again restricted to contain the spread of the virus,” Bello said in a statement. Results of the LFS undertaken by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed the unemployment rate rising to 4.138 million in April from 3.44 million in March. The number of underemployed people also rose by 118,000 at 7.45 million from the 7.34 million in March.

Bello urged all workers to get inoculated against COVID and comply with the minimum public health standards as well as occupational safety and health policies. The DOLE aired support for the safe re-opening of the economy. It gave assurance that there are ongoing programs to sustain improvement in the labor market.

Source: philstar.com

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Duterte backs restoration of death penalty for heinous crimes

June 9 —— President Duterte is making a fresh pitch for the reimposition of death penalty for heinous crimes in the country. The President, who launched a bloody war on drugs, said he was in favor of the “restoration” of capital punishment especially against those convicted of crimes committed against innocent people. “I have always been for the restoration of death penalty,” Duterte said during an interview with religious leader Apollo Quiboloy Tuesday, June 8.

“Ako basta heinous crime, drugs, tapos yung nangyayaring sabi mo yung atrocities committed against so many innocent persons, ‘yung bata dyan sa Makati na kinatay, pinako sa kawayan, yan ang hindi maintindihan ng human rights (I’m in favor as long as it’s a heinous crime, drugs, the atrocities committed against so many innocent persons, the kid who was killed in Makati, nailed to a bamboo, that’s what the human rights groups do not understand),” he added.

Duterte, in his remarks, claimed that the death penalty was “not abrogated” but merely “suspended.” “Sinuspend lang ‘yung the act of killing a criminal,” he said. He said some groups were opposed to death penalty and insisted the suspect should instead be prosecuted and sent to jail. But he claimed that some crime suspects who land in jail still manage to wrestle a gun from a cop and kill the law enforcer.

In his State of the Nation Address last year, the President called for the passage of a law reviving capital punishment by lethal injection. He said death penalty could be applied for crimes specified under the country’s anti-drug law. “This law will not only help us deter criminality, but also save our children from the dangers posed by the illegal and dangerous drugs,” he said in his annual speech before Congress last year. The two houses of Congress have yet to pass the President’s priority bill.

Source: mb.com.ph

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Miss Universe Philippines adjusts age requirement for 2021 final call

MANILA, Philippines, June 9 —— The Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) organization, through its social media account, announced its deadline for applications on June 24. This final call also came with an update on an entrant’s age requirement. The revised age requirement clause now reads, “(An applicant) must be 18 years of age and not over 28 years of age at the time of the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 pageant.”

This update bears some interest to pageant fans who want to field Miss Grand International 2020 first runner-up Samantha Bernardino and Miss Globe 2019 second runner-up Leren Mae. Bautista. Both are 28 years old. Other girls named in the fans’ wishlist are Miss Asia Pacific 2018 Shareefa Akeel, Miss International 2018 first runner-up Ahtisa Manalo, Binibining Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2019 Emma Mary Tiglao, Binibining Pilipinas-International 2019 Patricia Magtanong, and former Miss Cebu Steffi Aberrasturi.

The other requirements to the application reads:

– Must be a Filipino citizen and Philippine passport holder.

– At least, high school graduate.

– No height requirement.

– Female, never been married nor has borne children.

This last requirement has seen much controversy, in light of Spain’s participation in the Miss Universe 2018 pageant with transgender Angela Ponce, as well as the open invitation of Miss Universe South Africa and Miss Universe Vietnam organizations. Miss Trans Pakistan 2021 crowned film star Shaira Roy recently. It was not clear though if she would be sent as the country’s representative to the 70th Miss Universe edition.

On the homefront, MUP national director Shamcey Supsup-Lee, during an earlier interview, said that they will accept transgender applicants as long as they can provide legal proof of being female and has already gone through reassignment surgery. And in a pageant-related news, Bragais Shoes will be the official footwear of the Miss Chile Universe 2021 competition. Filipino brands are surely conquering international pageants, one show at a time. There’s also a circulating rumor that the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 coronation night might be held in Iloilo in September.

Stay tuned for more updates in the weeks and days leading to the final show.

Source: philstar.com

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Liam Payne confirms split with fiancée Maya Henry

June 9 —— Liam Payne has called it quits with his fiancée Maya Henry. The English singer confirmed the split on Monday’s episode of Steven Barlett’s “The Diary of a CEO Podcast.” When asked if he’s single, Liam said, “I am indeed,” and said that he is “disappointed in myself that I keep on hurting people.”

“That annoys me. I’ve just not been very good at relationships,” he said. “I’m just not very good at them so I just need to work on myself before I put myself on to somebody else.” “I just wasn’t giving a very good version of me anymore, that I didn’t appreciate,” he added. According to Liam, he now feels “better” out of the relationship and that the decision “had to happen” since it was the “best for both of us.” The former One Direction member confirmed his engagement with the model in August last year.

In 2017, he welcomed his son Bear Grey with singer Cheryl Cole. However, they broke up in July 2018.

Source: gmanetwork.com

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Angel Locsin asks fans to wish her luck as she starts weight-loss journey

June 9 —— Finally. After breaking many hearts seemingly letting herself go, going on to actually accrue unneeded poundage, Angel Locsin is now eager to steal her old, svelte self back. Recently, on social media, the actress shared with fans that she is trying a diet program as prescribed by a respected clinic.

She would go on to share a photo of her first meal under the program. “I’m on a 800-calorie diet and according to my nutritionist … ‘yun ang kailangan to achieve my goal,” she explained. “So please bear with me and wish me good luck.” The actress was body-shamed in 2019, after photos of her looking all-too rotund made it to social media.

She was hurt, of course.

Angel said in a statement,“May mga bagay kasi na hindi mo dapat gawin sa kapwa mo. Kung ang taong ito comfortable siya sa ginagawa niyang ‘yan, ayaw ko mag-deal sa mga ganu’ng klaseng tao. Kasi sad ang life niya. Kasi ako, wala akong problema. Bakit ikaw ang dami mong isyu? Ako nga, walang isyu, e. Katawan ko ‘to, ako ‘to, sarili ko ‘to. “E, ikaw, okay ka ba?”

Prior, Angel related her weight gain was due to her not being able to workout as much due to a spinal injury. “Noong bumalik ako ng workout, umiyak ako, e. Naramdaman ko ‘yung mga hindi ko na puwedeng gawin. Dati kasi feeling mo superhero ka talaga, kaya mong gawin lahat. Kailangan mong harapin na iba na. Hangga’t hindi mo natatanggap ‘yon, hindi ka mag-mo-move forward kasi, eh,” she shared.

Source: mb.com.ph

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SPORTS NEWS

Nikola Jokic lowest NBA draft pick ever to win MVP award

DENVER, June 9 —— Nikola Jokic was selected with the 41st draft pick when he entered the NBA seven years ago. Now, by overwhelming consensus, he’s No. 1. The Nuggets’ big man was revealed on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2020-21, making him by far the lowest draft pick ever to win the award. “The Joker” now has his name etched alongside the greatest players in league history, which surely seemed unlikely when he was that unheralded prospect out of Sombor, Serbia in 2014. “To be honest, I didn’t even think I would be in the NBA,” Jokic said. “My goal when I started to play basketball back home, it was playing in Euroleague because that was kind of the closest top league to my country.”

He did a little more. Jokic was the runaway winner, getting 91 of the 101 first-place ballots cast — 100 of them from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the league, the other being an aggregate first-place ballot compiled from fan voting. That fan vote was the outlier: It went to 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose of the New York Knicks, the only vote Rose got. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid was second, Golden State’s Stephen Curry was third, 2019 and 2020 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee was fourth and Phoenix’s Chris Paul was fifth.

The previous record-holders for lowest draft picks who became MVPs were Steve Nash and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who were both chosen 15th overall. Antetokounmpo won the MVP award each of the last two seasons. Greece now cedes the bragging rights to Serbia — the fifth nation outside of the U.S. to claim an MVP, joining Canada (Nash), Greece (Antetokounmpo), Nigeria (Hakeem Olajuwon) and Germany (Dirk Nowitzki). After the top five, the rest of the voting was Dallas’ Luka Doncic, Portland’s Damian Lillard, New York’s Julius Randle, Rose, Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Washington’s Russell Westbrook, Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and, tying for 13th, was the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, Brooklyn’s James Harden and the Lakers’ LeBron James. James got one fifth-place vote — extending his streak to 18 years with at least one vote in the MVP race.

Jokic had a league-high 60 double-doubles and added 16 triple-doubles — second-most in the NBA behind only triple-double king and former MVP Westbrook — this season. Jokic’s scoring average jumped from 19.9 points per game last season to 26.4. He tied his career high with 10.8 rebounds per game and his average of 8.3 assists was just shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time season average (8.6) for a center. He shot 56% from the field and 39% from 3-point range. “The Denver Nuggets drafted me, it was an opportunity for me to become an NBA player,” Jokic said. “I think I did a good job of using that opportunity.”

Source: spin.ph

From your news staff:

RESULTS

Philadelphia 76ers – 118 vs Atlanta Hawks – 102

Utah Jazz – 112 vs Los Angeles Clippers – 109

STANDINGS

Western Conference Semi Final Series

Phoenix Suns – 1  vs Denver Nuggets – 0 

Utah Jazz – 1 vs Los Angeles Clippers – 0

Eastern Conference Semi Final Series

Brooklyn Nets – 2 vs Milwaukee Bucks – 0

Atlanta Hawks – 1 vs Philadelphia 76ers – 1

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Nadal, Djokovic sail through

MANILA, Philippines, June 9 —— Novak Djokovic survived a five-set scare while Rafael Nadal shone in the Paris sun as the two Grand Slam heavyweights reached the French Open quarterfinals for the 15th time, stalling the advance of tennis’s next generation.

World number one Djokovic stayed on course to become the first man in over 50 years to win all four Slams twice but only after fighting back from two sets down to see off 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti, 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-0, 4-0. Musetti, who had needed a medical time-out, retired suffering from cramps and a back injury. Nadal, the 13-time champion and bidding for a record 21st major, claimed his 104th win in Paris by beating another Italian 19-year-old, Jannik Sinner in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, 6-0.

Meanwhile, in the women’s draw, Coco Gauff, Barbora Krejcikova and Maria Sakkari all reached the quarter-finals of a Slam for the first time while defending champion Iga Swiatek cruised through. Gauff swept to an impressive 53-minute, 6-3, 6-1 win over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur. Last year’s runner-up Sofia Kenin, the fourth seed, was knocked out by Sakkari 6-1, 6-3.

Source: philstar.com

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Eala-Selekhmeteva make French Open QF

June 9 —— Alex Eala and Oksana Selekhmeteva made short work of Belgium’s Sofia Costoulas and Finland’s Laura Hietaranta, 6-3, 6-1, to advance into the quarterfinal round of the 2021 French Open girls doubles tournament at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, Tuesday evening (Manila time).

After failing her yesterday, Eala made sure her service game was on point this time around. And the match ended on her serve after just 57 minutes. A strong second serve found its intended target, before she punished a short return for a wonderful down-the-line winner. The Filipino feinted a cross-court shot, but instead went straight down the opponent’s left court to end the dominant second set.

Costoulas and Hietaranta somehow got one back from the top-seeded duo in that second set. They broke the Selekhmeteva serve to cut it to four at 1-5. The unseeded European duo then impressed at the net. Nonetheless, that was their last hurrah. It was a tight first set between the two pairs. Eala and Selekhmeteva then took advantage of the opponent’s mistakes to break their third service game and instead take the 3-2 lead. From there, the ITF Platja D’Aro runners-up never looked back to take the set advantage.

Eala and Selekhmeteva will face the winner between Czech Barbara Palicova and Canadian Annabelle Xu; and Croatian Petra Marcinko and Hungarian Natalia Szbanin in the last eight.

Source: tiebreakertimes.com

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