Olympian sues USA Swimming alleging sex abuse cover-up

LOS ANGELES, USA – Former Olympian Ariana Kukors Smith filed a lawsuit Monday, May 21, against USA Swimming, accusing the governing body of knowing she was being sexually abused by her coach and covering it up. Kukors Smith alleged in the lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court near Los Angeles, … Source: Politics

Record-breaking $100 million in store for 'Fortnite' players

SAN FRANCISCO, USA – Epic Games on Monday, May 21, stoked the blazing popularity of its Fortnite death-match video game by putting up $100 million in prize money for esports competitions. The announcement of the rich prize money is a milestone for the emerging sector of esports, or video gaming … Source: Politics

True grit: Sharapova back at French Open with point to prove

PARIS, France – There will be questions about suspensions, favoritism and rivalries, and fashion, parties and candy lines. There will be accusations of slights – real or imagined – greeted either with a giggle, an icy stare or a pitch-perfect, withering put down. It can only mean one thing – Maria Sharapova … Source: Politics

Fr Mark Ventura's bishop hits 'unfounded rumors' on his murder

MANILA, Philippines – Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio Utleg criticized “unfounded rumors and malicious insinuations” about the murder of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura. Utleg made the statement as President Rodrigo Duterte justified Ventura’s murder by alleging that the priest had illicit affairs.  “Obviously, he had enemies. We … Source: Politics

Former Azkal Chieffy Caligdong to coach Perpetual Help football

MANILA, Philippines – Perpetual Help has tapped Azkals legend Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong as its new football coach, and the team is eyeing its first football National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title in more than two decades. Caligdong, who has retired from national team duties 4 years ago, has taken over the reins … Source: Politics

Will Malacañang look into Mark Tolentino's Mindanao railway allegations?

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte may have fired transportation assistant secretary Mark Tolentino, but will he or Malacañang still look into the former official’s  claims that the Mindanao Railway project is being delayed to ensure it is funded through a foreign loan? Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque was asked … Source: Politics

Senate asks Duterte to certify proposed BBL as urgent to meet June 2 deadline

MANILA, Philippines – With only 5 session days left, Senate leaders asked President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as urgent. (READ:  BBL needs a push from Duterte to become law before SONA ) In a letter dated May 21, Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said the chamber seeks to … Source: Politics

WATCH: LeBron James surpasses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in playoff field goals made

MANILA, Philippines – On Tuesday, May 22, Manila time, LeBron James just added another personal milestone to a very long list of achievements. With 3:07 left in the second quarter of Game 4 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics, James calmly sank a mid-range jumper to surpass Hall of Famer … Source: Politics

11 out of 87 kids died of dengue despite Dengvaxia shot – DOH

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) said the latest data showed that 11 out of 87 children who died after receiving at least one dose of Dengvaxia had dengue despite their vaccination. DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo gave the figures, which were as of May 15, to … Source: Politics

Zuckerberg testimony to EU Parliament to be livestreamed

MANILA, Philippines – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg agreed to a change in his testimony regarding the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal to the European Parliament, with the change allowing for livestreaming of the proceedings happening Tuesday, May 22 (May 23, Manila time).  Facebook earlier admitted up to 2.7 million people in the … Source: Politics