The Wright Way: Demand more from administrators

January 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_img As I understand it, when entry lists are submitted, a substitute list should also be submitted. This was, apparently, the case at last year’s World Junior Championships in the United States, when Jonielle Smith and Michael O’Hara withdrew from the female and male 100-metre races, respectively. Smith, because of injury, and O’Hara, because he decided to do one sprint instead of two, (the 200 metres instead of the 100 metres). Jamaica were refused permission to replace them because no substitute list was submitted! So there was precedent! Further, our own general secretary, Garth Gayle, applied for membership of the prestigious technical committee and was accepted, so it is reasonable to assume that he knew and/or (at least) read the rules. Therefore, to voice shock and surprise and to appeal a decision that could not be altered leaves us, the people, to wonder: What on Earth is happening in China; and will there be more bleeps and blunders before the championships are over? Will anyone be sanctioned and returned home as Stephen Francis has suggested? No. I will not hold my breath. Nothing will happen. No one will be sanctioned and the same group will be selected to accompany the team to next year’s Olympics in Rio, and soon a national award for ‘contribution to track and field’. The confusion surrounding the selection of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the World Relays was supposed to be addressed by the president of the JAAA. To date, I am not aware if he has issued a statement. Hopefully, the rejection by the IAAF of three of the four nationals of the leading sprint country in the world to Council and other important committees will signal to some of our athletic administrators that the world seems to be of the opinion that our athletes can save the sport, but our administrators are not good enough to enter the inner sanctum of the IAAF. As in netball, as in cricket, as in football, as in security, and now, as in track and field, let us demand excellence from those in charge. Let us refuse to accept underperforming administrators consistently giving themselves 10 out of 10, when the entire nation knows that their score is two out of 10. Let us demand better. We deserve it. On Sunday the 23rd August, 2015, a few minutes past eight o’ clock in the morning, normal activities in Jamaica stopped and an entire nation waited to exhale. Many miles away in Beijing, China, the world’s greatest sprinter ever was about to start the finals of the men’s 100 metres at the World Athletics Championships. The USA had four finalists, three of whom had failed drug tests in the past, and Jamaica had two finalists, one of whom had failed a drug test in the past. For some, this final featured the good, the bad and the up-and-coming, the young guns – one from Canada and one from the USA. After 9.79 seconds, it was over. Jamaicans of all walks of life were screaming, hugging strangers, and behaving as if all our economic woes were over and all gunmen were captured by the police and awaiting trial. Usain Bolt had won … again, allowing all those who voiced doubts about his ability to overcome injury and consistent poor starts this year, to say (through the side of their mouths) “I knew he would win”. The good won and the young guns shared the bronze medal. What a man! What a Jamaican! What a champion! This man from Trelawny made us forget all our troubles and, for a brief moment, feel how good it is to be a Jamaican. His victory last Sunday morning was due to his immense talent, discipline during training, and an amazing ability to follow the instructions of his coach, the great Glen Mills. A lot of other people will claim a hand in this triumph. Stephen Francis, Jamaica’s other coaching guru, has stated quite clearly his thoughts surrounding what he deems to be administrative blunders leading into the championships. But the refusal of the technical committee of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to allow Nesta Carter to replace the injured Kemar Bailey-Cole in the heats of the men’s 100 metres is impatient of a fulsome response by the JAAA to the question: Did the person responsible for submitting entries to the IAAF before August 10 make an unforgivable error? previous caselast_img read more

Simmons reinstated?

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first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Phil Simmons will be reinstated as head coach of the West Indies Cricket team weeks after his suspension, a newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago has reported.The Guardian newspaper has quoted “well-placed sources” within the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as confirming that Simmons will resume his post as head coach.The report in the newspaper follows a meeting between Simmons and the WICB Human Resource Committee after his public outburst in which he questioned the make-up of the one-day international ( ODI) squad.The Guardian quotes WICB sources as saying Simmons was warned about his outburst and was told that comments like those would not be tolerated in the future.Simmons was suspended for saying there was “too much interference from outside” in the selection of the ODI squad.high demandThe former Windies allrounder was upset that allrounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, whose services are in high demand in Twenty20 leagues around the world, failed to make the one-day international squad.WICB selection panel member Eldine Baptiste is acting as coach for the current series in Sri Lanka.Simmons is expected to take the West Indies to Australia for three Test matches starting in early December.last_img read more

Scorpions facing defeat against Barbados Pride

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first_img SMALL STANDS BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions were staring an innings defeat in the face after two batting collapses left them hanging by a thread against Barbados Pride, heading into the final day of their first-round encounter in the Regional First Class Championship today. Resuming yesterday’s penultimate day at Kensington Oval on 114 for two in their first innings, Scorpions were dismissed for 189, with Kirk Edwards hitting 58, John Campbell 49, Andre McCarthy 30, and Carlton Baugh Jr, 29. Seamer Kevin Stoute picked up four for 12, while West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican claimed three for 74 and fast bowler Miguel Cummins, two for 27. Asked to follow on, Scorpions fared no better the second time around and were languishing at 161 for eight at the close, still 23 runs adrift of making Pride bat again. Campbell got 35, Brandon King hit 30, Baugh 27, while Damion Jacobs finished the day unbeaten on 21. Cummins (3-20) and off-spinner Ashley Nurse (3-66) both finished with three wickets to wreck the Scorpions’ innings. Starting the day well placed to make a strong reply to Pride’s 373, Scorpions suffered a major blow inside the first hour when Edwards, unbeaten on 51 overnight, was taken at gully by Shai Hope off Cummins after adding just seven runs. All told, the Barbadian right-hander batted for 175 minutes, faced 150 balls and hit six fours. Baugh then anchored two small stands to steady Scorpions, putting on 26 for the fourth wicket with McCarthy and a further 22 with Brandon King (10). They seemed to be fighting back at 181 for four, but once King was lbw to Warrican, the Scorpions’ innings declined swiftly, as the last six wickets went down for eight runs to be all out at lunch. Batting a second time, Scorpions got a bright start mainly through Campbell, who played fluently for his 35 off 40 balls with five fours, as he put on 42 for the first wicket with captain Paul Palmer, who made six. The left-handed Campbell was out tamely, driving Nurse to captain Kraigg Brathwaite to cover, and his dismissal triggered a slide, where two more wickets fell for just the addition of ten runs. A series of small partnerships again kept the Scorpions’ innings afloat. Baugh put on 31 with Edwards (18) for the fourth wicket and a further 24 with King for the fifth, before King and David Bernard Jr (7) added 20 for the sixth wicket. The right-handed King had struck three fours and two sixes in a breezy 43-ball knock before playing back to one from Cummins and losing his off-stump, to be one of four wickets to fall for 32 runs as Scorpions stumbled from 107 for four to 139 for eight. On the verge of folding totally, Jacobs held off the Pride in a 22-run unbroken stand with Jason Dawes (eight not out), to force the game into the final day.last_img read more

Uncertainty around Coley, but JC confident

January 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgOn Thursday, defending champion, Jamaica College (JC) navigated their second round must-win ISSA/Flow Manning Cup victory over arch-rivals Wolmer’s to book their place in the last four of that competition.However, they did it without coach and motivator Miguel Coley on the sidelines, as he had commitments with the national senior team. But JC showed they never really missed their coach as they came through that game with flying colours.For today’s FLOW Super Cup final, Coley, the Reggae Boyz assistant coach, might be missing again but manager, Ian Forbes, is confident his team has what it takes to stop the red hot St George’s College and defend their title, whether or not Coley is in the dugout.”Unsure, we are not certain as yet (if Coley will be available). But we pretty much have a team, not only in terms of players, but in terms of coaching and management,” Forbes said. “So we know exactly what is to be done and what is expected. So we will do what we have to do, whether or not Mr Coley is there. Everybody knows their roles, we just have to execute as good as possible.”St George’s College have been putting teams to the sword since the start of the second round, but even though this Jamaica College team is not as highly rated as last season’s team, Forbes has every confidence they can beat ‘George’s’ and return the trophy to Old Hope Road.”The boys are in a very positive frame of mind. We are a team, everyone depends on each other. We have not been heralded much thisseason, but that’s no problem, because we are defending champion and we are out to defend our title stoutly with all the dedication andcommitment.”We are confident in our ability, and once we go out and execute we can look for a positive result. They are a good team and it makes for a very good game, so it’s who execute the best on the day will come out victorious and we are going out to give our best,” he added.- Livingston Scottlast_img read more

Portmore ready for RSPL final

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first_img Portmore United will be without inspirational captain Omar Daley for Sunday’s game, and Waugh admitted that it is a big loss. “Omar Daley is out for the final because of an injury. His absence will be a big loss as he is a good leader, on and off the field,” the Portmore technical director said. He added that he had no problems with the decision to play the match in Montego Bay. “Once the decision was made, we worked with it and we have no problem with the venue and time of the game. We have no fear,” Waugh, who is also physical trainer for the Jamaica national senior team, said. Promoted Portmore United returned to the RSPL after being demoted two seasons ago. Last season, they captured the St Catherine FA Major League and knockout titles. They then won the South Central Confederation Super League and went into the Jamaica Football Federation premier league qualification play-offs and came out on top ahead of the University of the West Indies FC. BIG LOSS Portmore United FC are ready and willing to play the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final against Montego Bay United (MBU)FC in St James on Sunday at 4 p.m. “We won’t mind taking the trophy if they (MBU) are not there; however, the fans will be cheated,” Andre Waugh, technical director of five-time national champions Portmore United told the RSPL weekly press conference at the Red Stripe Hospitality Lounge yesterday morning. MBU failed to send any representative as they continued their protest against the move by the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) decision to stage the final at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, St James. Waugh said MBU’s absence from the press conference is an issue for that club. “We won’t be caught up. We will remain focused on the game,” he stated. Portmore have beaten MBU the three times that the teams have met in the RSPL preliminary stage this season, but Waugh is not taking his opponents lightly. “We have beaten them three times this season, but we won’t be complacent. We want to go all the way by adding the title to the regular season trophy we won for ending on most points.” The Portmore technical director added that he expects MBU to show for the final. “We expect MoBay to turn up, so we will go there to win,” he pointed out.last_img read more

NCB banks on young Reggae Boyz

January 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe National Commercial Bank contributed $3 million for a six month period towards the national Under-20 football programme. The announcement was made at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) offices in New Kingston, yesterday.The sponsorship is to assist the team in preparation for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men’s Under-20 qualifiers to be held in the Dominican Republic, June 15-19.Patrick Hylton, NCB Group managing director, said that his organisation’s decision to assist the Under-20 programme is because of four areas that they focus on.”We have four areas – education, youth development, community development and sports – that we contribute towards. There is a process for development, so we think it is important to support the youngsters,” said Hylton.JFF’s general secretary, Raymond Grant, while appreciative of NCB’s contribution said that the budget to prepare the team for the CFU Under-20 tournament stands at $10 million.”Well, preparation of the team is running up to $10 million. However, the JFF has its role to play. We are closing the gap, and the team will also benefit from the recent Digicel sponsorship,” Grant disclosed.Coach of the team, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, said the sponsorship will definitely motivate the group towards it’s goal of qualifying for the Under-20 FIFA World Cup next year.”I remember the day we went in to see Mr Hylton, he didn’t hesitate,” Gardner disclosed. “With the support, we will get there in 2017. It will take hard work and dedication, and we think the youngsters are gifted and moving to a professional level. They have the talent to achieve and NCB believes in the youngsters.”last_img read more

Nervous Dehaney gears up for new experience in Australia

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first_imgMICO University College’s Kadie-Ann Dehaney is the latest Jamaican netballer to go the professional route, as the former St Hugh’s High player has been offered a one-year contract to play for Melbourne Vixens in the Australia National League.The 20-year-old Dehaney, who will leave the island in a few weeks’ time, will join two other Jamaicans in the Australian league, which is set to begin in February next year.Malysha Kelly, who recently captained the Sunshine Girls in the recent three-match series against New Zealand, in New Zealand, will take up a one-year contract with the Adelaide Thunderbirds, while shooter Romelda Aiken has been a member of the Queensland Firebirds since 2008.Five other Jamaicans will also ply their trade in England soon.Dehaney, who started her netball career at Melrose Junior High School and who has represented Molynes United since her early days at Melrose, is excited for the opportunity to go overseas, but has mixed feelings.”I am nervous and I am puzzled because it will be a new culture for me. But at the same time it will be a great experience because I’ve always wanted to play at the highest level,” said Dehaney.She continued: “I was looking forward to representing Mico at the Inter-collegiate level because this would have been a new challenge for me after doing so well at the high school level and after going through orientation and meeting a lot of new friends it is kind of sad not to be spending more time with them.”Dehaney, who will be the youngest Jamaican to go on a professional netball contract, is still keen on education.”Academics is very important to me and I want to know that when I go there I can still continue with my schooling as I do not want to know that my friends are moving forward here and I am falling back, so this is something I will be making sure to continue when I leave,” said Dehaney.She pointed out that she thought twice before taking this decision, noting that her grandmother played a key role.Despite her tender age, Dehaney has had international experience as part of the successful Jamaica Under-16 team which toured Birmingham, England for a three-match series in 2012; Jamaica senior team that participated in the World Cup last year in Australia; and Jamaica’s Under 21 team which played against England in a five-match series last summer.President of Netball Jamaica, Dr. Paula Daley-Morris, says the move augurs well for the country’s netball.”I am very elated that Kadie-Ann has gotten the opportunity to go overseas to play because this is what we need for our players, for them to play consistently at the highest level as this will only help them to get better,” said Daley-Morris.”Definitely the experience will do her a whole lot of good and it is also good for netball in the country when several of these players can get contracts to go overseas and play. This is telling us that people are looking on our netball and I am happy that I am at the helm and hopefully after getting all the experience these players will come back and represent the country of their birth,” noted Daley-Morris.last_img read more

JRU fends off Mapua, finishes first round with 4th win

January 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Pencak silat gives PH 24th gold, 3 more bronzes LATEST STORIES Ervin Grospe and MJ Dela Virgen also tallied 11 points and three rebounds each in the conquest.Despite the win, coach Vergel Meneses still expressed dissatisfaction with how his wards played against the cellar-dwelling Cardinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“A win is a win, but the way we played, I’m not happy about it,” he said. “They thought they can easily win against Mapua, but Mapua gave them a hard time.”JRU seemed like well on its way to an easy triumph after Ervin Grospe drilled a rare three-pointer to put his crew up, 64-45, midway in the payoff period. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles However, turnovers doomed the Heavy Bombers as Mapua cut the deficit down to just seven, 66-59, in the final minute, but Abdulwahab Abdulrazak scored on a huge putback in the dying seconds nail the win.“It’s a good thing that we converted after the three turnovers we had. But we’re not yet in the level of San Beda and Lyceum. I hope we can bring this winning run to the second round, but we can’t play like we did in the first round,” said Meneses.Abdulrazak also hauled down 21 rebounds to go with his five points in the game.Christian Buñag led Mapua with 15 points and 21 rebounds, while Laurenz Victoria had 12 markers and five boards in the loss, which was the Cardinals’ seventh straight defeat to finish the first round on a 1-8 card.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ JRU 68 – Bordon 17, Mendoza 12, Grospe 11, Dela Virgen 11, Teodoro 7, Abdulrazak 5, Poutouochi 3, Mate 2, Sawat 0, David 0.MAPUA 59 – Buñag 15, Victoria 12, Gabo 8, Aguirre 8, Pelayo 6, Nieles 4, Raflores 4, Jimenez 2.Quarters: 19-16, 38-34, 49-42, 68-59. Aaron Bordon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University gutted out a 68-59 victory over Mapua to finish the first round on a four-game tear Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Aaron Bordon was the one to step up this time for the Heavy Bombers, unleashing a career-best 17 points and four rebounds, while Jed Mendoza got 12 markers, five boards, and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View commentslast_img read more

Meralco averts disaster, ousts Blackwater

January 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After Mike Digregorio cut Meralco’s 99-91 lead to five, 99-94, with a three-pointer at the 3:07 mark, Allen Durham and Jared Dillinger scored five unanswered to give the Bolts a 104-94 lead with 1:29 left in the game.“My guys showed a lot of heart in this game tonight, we were down at halftime and we had to find direction for the team,” said Bolts head coach Norman Black after his team trailed 52-40 in the first two quarters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We couldn’t do anything right offensively or defensively and we were having a hard time defending [Henry] Walker who lit us up in the first half.”Walker had 27 first half points, 21 in the second period alone, on 7-of-15 shooting but Ranidel De Ocampo managed to clamp down on the Blackwater import in the second half. With De Ocampo guarding him, Walker just shot 3-of-11 in the second half and that became a welcome reprieve for the Bolts who almost lost import Allen Durham to a sprained right ankle at the 7:05 mark of the fourth.Blackwater also took an 84-79 lead early in the fourth quarter but Baser Amer and Jared Dillinger teamed up for an 11-0 run to give the Bolts a 90-84 lead with 8:06 left.Amer led the Bolts with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting while Durham missed out on a triple-double finish with 18 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists.Garvo Lanete and Dillinger lit up from beyond the arc and finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively.Walker finished with a game-high 34 points with 16 points to lead the Elite while JP Erram added 18 points and nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda stretches streak to 12, clinches twice-to-beat Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene PBA IMAGESTop seed Meralco showed its mettle and stopped Blackwater’s upset hopes with a 104-96 win in the do-or-die quarterfinal match of the PBA Governors’ Cup Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts, who had their twice-to-beat advantage neutralized after the Elite won the first game, used a strong finish to overcame a double-digit deficit and oust the tough-fighting Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidelast_img read more

Adamson, FEU dispute finals slot

January 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winner in the 6:30 p.m. match will have the unenviable right to challenge the juggernaut that is National University for the championship.FEU coach George Pascua must look for other options as team captain Bernadeth Pons is out, opting to banner the Lady Tams’ UAAP beach volleyball bid with Kyla Atienza.In the men’s side, Ateneo and UST also duel for the other finals seat at 3:30 p.m. FEU is already waiting in the finals.The Tigers stopped the undermanned Eagles, 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, on Saturday to force a rubber match.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “Because they’ve been losing for so long, now that they’re winning, it’s almost like they have a chip on their shoulder and tonight we got knocked down,” said Padda on Saturday after Far Eastern University equalized their PVL semifinal series with a 21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11 win in Game 2.On that night, the Lady Falcons committed 43 errors against the Lady Tamaraws’ 29.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“You’re not gonna be able to win a match like that,” added Padda, noting that FEU also out-attacked Adamson, 61-52.Now the erstwhile unbeaten Adamson fight in a no-tomorrow duel against driven FEU on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s something Adamson coach Airess Padda was all too familiar with: That sinking feeling as the Lady Falcons were throwing away points on errors and were simply not doing their job.For six games into the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, the outspoken American mentor thought the last UAAP season was all behind them.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Dutch dominates Powerman Philippines field View commentslast_img read more