TOKYO (Reuters) - Tears were shed and dreams came true for Britain's 4x200m freestyle relay team as they celebrated an historic first at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday and their country's best performance in the pool in more than a century. Tom Dean collected his second gold medal of the Games, after winning the individual 200m on Tuesday, while a tearful James Guy joined Matthew Richards and Duncan Scott in collecting a first. Calum Jarvis also swum in the heats. Guy and Scott were silver medallists in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 to a U.S. team that included Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte but they started as favourites on Wednesday and lived up to expectations. "In 2016 we came second but that was a monster achievement at the time," said Scott, who swam the anchor leg to touch out in six minutes, 58.58 seconds. That was 0.03 off the world record set by the United States in 2009, a different era, and 0.02 slower than the Olympic record set by the Americans in Beijing in ... » Learn More about Olympics-Swimming-Tears and triumph as Britain hit a 113-year high
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The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present to you, our valued readers. Last week, we asked you the following: Reader Talkback: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions? Some context around the question: This week, we are going to choose the biggest topic on most people’s minds, Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone, or dark red, effective tomorrow, July 20th, 2021 until further notice. This announcement brings a number of tough new restrictions, measures, closures, and other rules. Officials claim the move will help prevent Covid-19 in the province as cases have steadily been rising for the most part regionally. The decision was, it is to be noted, made by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, with the central ... » Learn More about Reader Talkback Results: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions?
As of this writing, 185,291,530 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed worldwide, with 4,010,834 deaths. When two of those deaths belong to your family, you want to be precise; just as you want to be circumspect about saying anything positive can come from all this pandemic madness. "The Earth is healing," was one of the early ones. "Our grandparents went to war and all we need to do is stay home and watch Netflix," was another. The unavoidable, self-congratulatory proselytizing came out too: "Learn a new skill," "Write that novel," "Develop that side hustle…" otherwise you’d have wasted the opportunity of all this “free” time. And the narcissists, never to be outdone, started counting their "true friends" based on who checked on them, while some folks needed the nudge of a few million deaths to value “family time” and/or “self care” and/or “simple living.” I sound salty and I won’t be the only one. The (mostly) well-meaning comforts turned tone-deaf and hollow quickly, ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Injustice is contagious
Last week, the Ateneo School of Government released its first working paper for “Duterte at 5,” a series that assesses different areas of governance including economic policy, legislative reforms, and crime and corruption. In that first report, we focused on social development reforms. While the report speaks for itself, we would like to use this space to reiterate some of our salient points especially on poverty and hunger. Social development is a pillar of Duterte’s administration. The reduction of social inequality is clearly enshrined in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 . And in its Kasama sa Pamana pre-SONA report, rolled out in different regions in the first half of 2021, the administration applauds its accomplishments in combating hunger and ensuring food accessibility. So, are Filipinos indeed faring better now? Poverty To be sure, poverty incidence in the past two decades has been steadily declining. During the ... » Learn More about [ANALYSIS] Poverty, hunger, and Duterte’s wasted political capital
The President's next State of the Nation address is expected to be his last, barring an unconstitutional extension of his term, and he would naturally want his valedictory, a victory lap of his administration. At best, however, it would be a pyrrhic victory lap, for we, the nation, are not at our best. We are instead languishing: in the tides of history, in a flood of blood and tears. We languish in COVID, with the Philippines holding the ignoble record of the longest continuous lockdown. $15 million has been borrowed to tide the country over during the pandemic, but we've only seen infection numbers seesawing, business shuttering, families going hungry and losing loved ones, and the vaccination rollout still trying to gather steam. All this was derived from decisions made since February 2020, when, despite evidence that the Wuhan outbreak could become a pandemic, the Duterte administration dithered on controlling flights from the region. That other countries are also going ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The languishing state of the nation
TOKYO: Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be looking to make history on Saturday (Jul 31) as the first woman to win three Olympic 100m gold medals and cement her place as one of the transcendent talents in the sport. Thirteen years after her triumph in Beijing, at the age of 34, and having taken time out to have a baby, Fraser-Pryce arrived in Tokyo on the back of an astonishing 10.63-second run. She is the hot favourite to match compatriot Usain Bolt with a third gold in the blue ribbon 100m event. The performance made her the world's fastest woman alive - the time topped only by Florence Griffith Joyner - and is the fastest sprint in more than three decades, a performance that surprised even Fraser-Pryce herself. "I never expected I would run 10.6," she said after the June race. "Because 10.6 has been a dream, a goal, I've been working so hard, being so patient to see it finally unfold. I'm so ecstatic." Now, she is the woman to beat as she seeks to add to her 2008 ... » Learn More about Athletics: Fraser-Pryce on brink of amazing Olympic 100m hat-trick